Planning Surgery before a Wedding? Things to Consider

When a woman is getting married, she wants to look her best. It is a magical day filled with fairytale dresses and many, many photographs. Diets almost always are begun, and the bride begins to obsess over how she will look. Sometimes, a plastic surgeon is consulted.

When someone is getting married, it is important to consider how much time we have before the big day to plan for recovery to the point of being photo ready. Things like liposuction require little time off from work, but take a while for swelling to disappear. If it is arms or a back or neck, you want to make sure you can have massage after, and 3 months ahead is a good time frame.

For breast surgery, you will look fine for photos in a month, but if the honeymoon requires lifting or force with the upper body, 3 months is safer. For a tummy tuck, at least 2 months is a good guideline. Face or eyelid or nasal surgery are trickier. This is a very photoed site. I recommend 3 months at least.
Things like botox or fillers or peels are usually good to do about 6 weeks prior in case of any bruising or if touchups are needed. You do not want to have any additional stress on your wedding day.

So if plastic surgery needs to come before your wedding, or someone close to you is getting married and you want to look your best, plan early to see your plastic surgeon as scheduling often takes a while as well. Good luck!


Plastic Surgery does not cure Depression

On the paperwork you fill out at Yager Esthetics, there is a place for medical problems. When I speak to the patients, they often leave out several issues and medications. One of the most common is depression. I believe it is partly out of shame and fear, and partly due to the fact that they do not consider depression a medical problem. This is potentially dangerous.

When people have a history of depression, they often do not respond to emotional stress well. Plastic surgery, even the use of skin care or wrinkle injections, can be a stressor. This is especially true if they do not have supportive people around them. Situations such as these can be very dangerous.

It is important to tell your doctor about depression, and to not be ashamed. It is no more embarrassing then diabetes or high cholesterol. This knowledge helps the anesthesiologist dose certain medications differently, and the surgeon to insure that you have the support network you need before a procedure is done.

Plastic surgery does not cure depression. You only get better looking depressed people. If you are the family member or friend of a potential patient with depression, make sure to let the doctor know. Be positive and supportive, let them know you care, and tell them they look fabulous. Sometimes, treatment is needed prior to surgery, and your surgeon can help you find a qualified health care professional to help you on the inside as well.


Spider & Varicose Veins

One of the areas of interest of my patients at Yager Esthetics has been spider veins and varicose veins. I have always done cosmetic surgery of the face , breast, and body, but have not offered any solutions for these blue lines that embarrass women (and men). As a leading provider of cosmetic plastic surgery and esthetic services in the Hispanic community, I decided to research the safest and most effective treatments.

For true varicose veins, the very thick and bulgy ones that stick out from the skin, I still refer patients to a vascular surgeon for treatment. Venous disease like this needs a full workup of underlying circulation, and the surgeries are best performed by someone with vascular surgical training. Open surgeries, as well as endovenous laser options are available.

For the true spider veins, and thin varicose veins of 3mm diameter or less, we offer two options. Some are amenable to laser therapy. Given the unique challenges of Hispanic skin, a test spot is done to insure that darkening of the skin is less likely. A special type of laser that is safer for darker skin tones is always used.
The tried and true method of sclerotherapy, or injections into the veins to dry them up, is also used. We have the latest product, Asclera, which is a concentrated solution that is very effective in treating these annoying venous problems.

If veins are a problem, we invite you to visit the office for a consultation so that my nurses and I can evaluate your particular problem, and review the options with you. I promise your visit will not be in “vein”.


Rejuvenate your Hands

Patients come to Yager Esthetics because it is an all inclusive center for Hispanic beauty. We changed the name from Yager Plastic Surgery when we expanded our offices to include advanced laser and skin care services, and added an injectable filler specialist. We do plastic surgery of the face, breast and body, treat dark spots, offer botox and fillers, as well as laser hair removal, skin tightening, peels and spider vein therapy. So what about the hands?

Modern plastic surgery is great for the face breast and body. After spending time and money looking younger, it is often the hands that betray your true age. Dark spots, prominent veins, and loss of fat on the backs of the hands can lead to an aged and bony appearance.

Skin care and Silkpeels can help with spots and texture issues, and we have been using them for years. The newest innovation is using fillers in the backs of the hands. In just 5 minutes, the hands look filled and more youthful.

We were recently featured on Telemundo demonstrating the technique, so click here to see the link. This might be the quick boost you need to turn back the clock.