Plastic Surgery Articles

We take pride in our reputation as a leading authority on plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures. We want every patient to be thoroughly educated and completely at ease with the treatments they are considering.

  • Alternatives to shaving and waxing, IPL and laser are two very effective procedures for long-term hair removal. In addition to preventing hair from re-growing, both treatment methods reduce growth speed and thickness of remaining hair. They work in similar ways: Light energy heats and damages the hair follicle, slowing down and eventually preventing hair growth. Multiple treatments are usually necessary. The main difference is the light source. LASER HAIR REMOVAL Lasers are single beams of intense, one-color light that can… More

  • Dr. James Green is happy to announce that we are the first Plastic Surgery Center to be joining the Christus Health organization. What does that mean? More services, more facilities, a larger staff, and an expansive group of supporting specialists—exciting changes! EXPANDED SERVICES With our expanded team we will be able to add additional cosmetic and rejuvenation procedures and treatments to our service offering. More information will be available soon! If you haven’t already, join our newsletter for news and special… More

  • The forehead is especially susceptible to signs of aging, simply because it’s so expressive. Surprise, concern, interest, disbelief, anger, joy and the majority of other human emotions all transform the brow and shift the eyebrows. Repetitive expressions over many years eventually become wrinkles, and wrinkles eventually become deep creases. These “memory lines” in the forehead have a tendency to make a person look concerned, stern, or just older than they actually are. TREATMENT Muscles tend to work in opposing directions.… More

  • A powerful and protective muscle surrounds the eye. In a split-second, it can squeeze the area shut, completely closing and shielding the pupil from harm. It’s also a very expressive muscle. Squinting, smiling and other facial emotions engage this area of the face hundreds of times per day. With decades of folding and refolding skin can develop noticeable wrinkles. Crows feet are wrinkles that radiate from the corners of the eyes. They are harmless and completely natural, but can make… More

  • Form stable, cohesive gel implants provide a more natural contour. To date, saline and silicone implants have essentially been round. Even though we can get good results with round implants, a natural-looking breast tends to have a more “teardrop” profile. Some efforts have been made through the years to create implants that have a natural shape, using a cohesive gel, meaning a gel that could hold a different shape. The shortcoming of these implants was that they weren’t cohesive enough, and over time we found that they… More

  • Although many doctors claim to practice plastic surgery, not all have the same degree of surgical training. Motivated by profit, and taking a few seminars put on by manufactures of new products and procedures; many family practitioners, dentists, oral surgeons and even OB/GYNs have added some plastic surgery procedures to their practice, including certain types of skin care and injectables. Frankly, a few seminars and classes does not make anybody an expert. It takes much more time and expertise, particularly… More

  • It’s important to understand that breast implants are not permanent. Given enough time, things in the body change, and additional surgery may be required. Time isn’t the only cause of implant problems; we occasionally treat patients who have received less-than-perfect augmentations and need help to improve or correct any issues, or we see people who have been in accidents that have caused damage to their implants. The three most common issues are: capsule hardening, implant rupturing, and implant displacement. CAPSULE HARDENING… More

  • Our impressions of plastic surgery are based mostly on what we’ve seen on television and in the movies. We’ve seen enemy agents undergo facial reconstruction to look like another person. We’ve seen patients select the nose they want out of a book. The impression is that plastic surgery can do almost anything for anyone. These ideas can be misleading—good TV, not good science. We’re not talking about nuts and bolts. When we talk about Plastic Surgery or Cosmetic Procedures, we’re… More

  • It’s our goal to get to the truth behind the hype, and to help patients make the best decisions for their health, appearance and well-being. Patients usually choose to have cosmetic surgery because they want, not because they need, the procedure. These personal choices are often influenced by stereotypes and aggressive marketing that can contain confusing and misleading information. For example: the “latest and greatest” in medicine is actually an oxymoron, because the newest things are always the least proven. What makes us able to understand if something is… More

  • After your operation, it’s important to let your body rest for at least 48 hours to avoid bleeding or increased swelling. Don’t do any overhead lifting for 3 to 4 weeks. Drink plenty of water, and slowly progress to other clear liquids such as tea or juice. Drinking ginger ale is good for nausea. Eat light foods as you can tolerate, and resume your regular diet after 2 days. Take medications according to the instructions on the bottle. If you’re… More

  • It is very critical that you do not perform any maneuvers that will generate a sudden rise in blood pressure the day after surgery. Examples are a constipated bowel movement, sudden coughing fit, or bending over and reaching down to tie a shoelace. Keep your head elevated for the first two days after surgery. An easy way to do this would be using two pillows or a rolled blanket under the head of the mattress. Keep your head in a… More