Laser skin resurfacing is a popular skin rejuvenation procedure chosen by people who want to avoid cosmetic surgery. Laser treatments are safe, effective, and convenient, and restore smoother, younger looking skin. Results with laser skin resurfacing are long lasting, but will vary from one patient to another.

During the initial consultation, the laser treatment provider will educate the patient about all aspects of laser skin resurfacing, including the estimated sustainability of results. Board certified and stellar plastic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards provides laser skin resurfacing to patients in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding communities in this part of the southwest.

 

Factors Affecting Longevity of Results

A few key factors will influence how long the results of laser skin resurfacing procedure may sustain, which include:

 

Condition of the Skin

Without involving plastic surgery, laser skin resurfacing will gently remove the successive top layers of skin to mitigate the effect of wrinkles, fine lines and other superficial skin imperfections. The patient’s age, skin type and thickness, the degree of skin laxity, and the depth of wrinkles, creases and other imperfections will impact how effectively and how long the final results may last.

 

Type of Laser Used

Laser skin resurfacing may involve ablative or non-ablative techniques, depending on the patient’s unique needs. More invasive laser treatments are likely to produce dramatic improvement along with deeper, longer lasting results. But these treatments will also involve an extended recovery period. A gentle laser skin rejuvenation procedure, on the other hand, will create more superficial and less sustainable outcomes, but may require little to no downtime.

 

Number of Treatments

The treatment provider will determine the ideal course of action and the total number of treatments that a patient may require. If the patient agrees to undergo the optimal treatment plan and stays committed to receiving each treatment session on schedule, they will be able to achieve deeper and longer lasting results. Patients with acne scars or deeper wrinkles would require more treatments to achieve significant and sustainable outcomes.

 

Average Longevity

Different lasers are optimized for different skin imperfections and skin types because a single laser cannot treat all skin concerns and all patients. Therefore, the longevity of results will vary in each case. But on average, a patient may expect the results of laser skin resurfacing to sustain for about two to three years.

Laser energy will penetrate into the deeper tissue in the affected area, which stimulates the production of fresh collagen fibers. Collagen will volumize the skin, and will make it appear smoother and more youthful from within. Results are longer lasting because of the generation of new collagen and elastin fibers which rejuvenate the skin in a natural, healthy way.

 

Types of Lasers

Different lasers will produce different levels of results, depending on the nature of the skin issue. The longest lasting and more dramatic results are usually achieved with CO2 ablative lasers that are designed to treat deeper wrinkles, scars, warts, and other conspicuous skin flaws.

Erbium lasers, which can be ablative or non-ablative, promote collagen production, and are ideal for treatment mild skin laxity, fine lines and age spots. Remarkable and astute cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV for laser skin resurfacing.

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

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Laser skin resurfacing is a cutting edge skin rejuvenation technique that is ideally suited for people who want to avoid cosmetic surgery. Both ablative and non-ablative laser technologies are available to reverse the effects of aging, sun damage and other skin imperfections.

Ablative lasers involve the use of short bursts of high intensity light to remove the dead cells from the uppermost skin layers and restore smooth, supple and youthful looking skin. Non-ablative lasers, on the other hand, are less invasive and do not create wounds in the skin’s surface. The procedure is designed to stimulate collagen production in the deep dermis through controlled delivery of laser heat.

Dr. Bryson Richards is a noteworthy and committed board certified plastic surgeon providing laser skin resurfacing and other cosmetic procedures to patients in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding locations.

 

Steps Involved in the Procedure

Following the pre-op consultation, once the patient is ready to receive the laser skin resurfacing treatment session, they will be seated in a comfortable in-office setting. Unlike plastic surgery, the procedure can be performed without the use of general anesthesia. The patient will have to wear special eye shields to protect the eyes from sharp laser beams.

The laser treatment expert will move a wand over the affected areas. Tiny pulses of high intensity light will be emitted from the laser device to create controlled damage to the topmost layers of the skin. Once a pre-determined level of resurfacing is achieved, the provider will allow the skin to heal and rejuvenate. While the patient can go back home soon after the treatment session, they should arrange for someone to drive them back home.

 

Other Procedural Aspects

The treatment session in case of laser skin resurfacing will usually last for about an hour, but sometimes it may take longer depending on the extent of surface area to be treated.

  • Mild medications will be administered to the patient to ensure their complete comfort during and after the procedure.
  • The procedure is most performed using only local anesthesia.
  • While the treatment session is in progress, the patient’s vital parameters may be monitored using instruments attached to the body.
  • Once the treatment is completed, the patient will be moved to a separate recovery area.
  • After a brief period of observation, the patient will be allowed to go back home.

 

Variations in Procedure

Depending on the unique needs of a patient, slight adjustments in the laser skin resurfacing procedure can be made. To create optimal results, the treatment will be performed at varying depths. Various devices that are typically used to perform the procedure may include:

 

Ablative Laser

This device is designed to cause uniform injury to the upper skin layer, similar to a chemical peel.

 

Non-ablative Laser

The heat generated with this gentle laser device will trigger collagen fiber production in the deep dermis without damaging the skin.

 

Fractional Laser

This innovative laser creates minimal surface injury but greater depth of injury for enhanced results.

Impressive and focused cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV, and other suburbs and communities in this part of the country for laser skin resurfacing.

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

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Plastic Surgery Tourism in Las Vegas

Patients in need of cosmetic surgery procedures are increasingly turning to Las Vegas, which has emerged as a sought after medical tourism destination. Las Vegas has the inherent advantage of addressing the aesthetic needs of Hollywood stars who want to enhance their looks and appear younger.

This opportunity has encouraged local surgeons in the area to keep up with the latest innovations and follow the international trends. Remarkable and awesome board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards provides state of the art cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to patients in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding communities in this part of The Battle Born State.

Combining Surgery with Leisure

Visitors from across the US as well as international travelers are increasingly coming to Las Vegas to receive plastic surgery procedures. The city’s famous entertainment options and its convenience of services combined with expertise of the local surgeons are leading to a growth of the region as a hub of plastic surgery tourism.

If the procedure involves no overnight hospital stay, patients often book surgery and combine it with a visit to the casino or other popular entertainment spots. Some of the plastic surgery practices are entering into business relationships with hotels, airlines and limousine companies to offer total convenience to their patients.

Special tourism and plastic surgery packages are now offered by a number of medical tourism agencies to people from distant locations. To boost the medical tourism infrastructure further, the city plans to pump in $100 million in planned investment in the medical district beyond 2018.

High Quality of Services

With the growing interest of national and international travelers to seek cosmetic procedures in Las Vegas, the local surgeons in the city are driven to provide outstanding quality of services and create a niche in the area of medical tourism. In the desire to provide a happy and satisfying experience to those who have traveled from far to undergo surgery, many surgeons are constantly on their toes to deliver the best possible services.

Surgeons who are able to create a name in Las Vegas have no dearth of patients seeking a variety of cosmetic procedures. Some plastic surgery offices are doing 100 or more procedures in a single type of cosmetic surgery in a year. Outside patients typically consider surgery as just one of the many activities they want to do while they are in town.

Dedicated surgeons are willing to go the extra mile to help visiting patients figure out where to stay or how to get to and from the airport, and recommend to them the places of interest. Surgeons engage with tourist service provides in the city to gain the latest knowledge and pass it on to patients to help them have the best possible experience during their stay.

Privacy

Las Vegas offers another important benefit to tourists in terms of privacy. Many patients do not want friends or family to know about their procedures or see them with swelling and bruises. Las Vegas lives up to its reputation in this regard, which is “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Percipient and notable cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV, and other parts of this area of the southwest for various cosmetic procedures.

 

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

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A mini facelift, as the name suggests, is a less invasive alternative to traditional facelift cosmetic surgery. People who want a maintenance procedure or smooth away minor aging signs from certain areas of the face with minimal discomfort and downtime may choose a mini facelift procedure. The procedure can also help to delay the onset of facial aging for younger people.

During the initial consultation, the surgeon will explain the differences between a full facelift and a mini facelift, and help the patient make the right choice according to their personal cosmetic needs.

Board certified and prolific plastic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards provides mini facelift and various other procedures to patients in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding communities in The Silver State.

 

Advantages

Unlike a traditional facelift plastic surgery, a mini facelift involves reduced risk and a rapid recovery. The procedure is ideally suited for busy moms and working people who are seeking a quick procedure that can help them achieve superficial facial rejuvenation or correct mild skin laxity in the face.

The procedure involves re-positioning of the sagging facial structures and attaching them to the cheekbones. Skin laxity is reduced and the underlying weak tissue is tightened vertically.

Another advantage with a mini facelift is that it can be performed using only local anesthesia. This avoids the risk, discomfort and cost associated with general anesthesia. The procedure is often called a “weekend lift” because of the limited downtime involved. Post-operative pain and discomfort is also minimal in case of a mini facelift.

 

Candidacy

While the benefits of a mini facelift are numerous, it is usually appropriate only in cases where the underlying facial tissue has not lost its firmness in a significant way. If the candidate suffers from substantial slackness of the underlying tissue, they may require a full facelift.

People with skin laxity in the neck and jaw line are usually good candidates for a mini facelift. Unsightly jowling around the jaw line can be successfully addressed with a mini facelift. Candidates who want to minimize marionette lines or creases around the corners of the mouth can also benefit from this procedure.

 

Safer Procedure

A mini facelift is a relatively safer treatment option. The area of focus is primarily above the parotid salivary gland below which the facial nerves are located. Therefore, facial nerves are not exposed to surgery, which makes it a safer procedure. A full facelift involves a long incision along the hairline and near the ears.

But in a mini facelift, the surgeon will make about three or four tiny incisions through which the excess fat and skin will be removed. That will minimize the risk of scarring. A mini facelift will focus only on a few targeted areas in the face, with an aim to improve minor sagging around the cheeks, jaw line and the neck.

In a few cases, the surgeon may combine a mini facelift with an eyelid lift or brow lift to create more harmonious results. Profound and sagacious cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV and nearby areas for mini facelift surgery.

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Health and Wellness Destination

Widely known as the world’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas receives nearly 40 million visitors a year. Now the city is focusing on promoting health and wellness tourism to expand its economy. Many patients from around the country who seek cosmetic surgery procedures now consider receiving treatment in Las Vegas to combine it with an enjoyable vacation time.

The city is fully equipped to host visitors and provide them all the amenities and services they may need while they plan to get treated here.

That makes it an ideal destination for a growing number of patients. Stellar, perspicacious, and board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards provides cutting edge cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to patients in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding communities and suburbs around this magnetic and electrifying American city.

Engaging Healthcare Providers

Nonprofits such as Las Vegas HEALS are dedicated to improving the quality and access to medical care in Southern Nevada. With more than 600 healthcare professionals and representatives, the organization is helping providers to learn more about medical and plastic surgery tourism in the city and become involved. Las Vegas Spa Association is also helping promote the growing healthcare and wellness service options available in the city.

Wellness Destination

Las Vegas is uniquely positioned to cater to the wellness tourism needs of American people with 45 resort spas and a diverse community of dedicated therapists, fitness trainers and other wellness professionals. These professionals combine exceptional training with one-of-a-kind environment to create a high quality wellness experience for guests.

Las Vegas offers a variety of ways to visitors to reinvigorate the body and mind and receive services and treatments to improve overall health and well-being. From unique “Stay Well” suits at the MGM Grand and restaurants offering vegan and healthy dining options to multiple services at health spas, Las Vegas offers an unmatched wellness experience.

Learning about Medical Travel

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is playing a proactive role in promoting the city as a healthcare and wellness destination. One of the ways the LVCVA is working to reach more visitors and help them with their medical travel decisions is by sponsoring an interactive, online Well-Being Travel specialist course, presented by Well-Being Travel, a resource for medical and wellness tourism, and The Travel Institute.

The course helps travel planners better understand the needs of medical and wellness travelers, and it provides us with direct access to the planners allowing us to educate them on the opportunities and services available in Las Vegas

Medical Care Options

The list of medical care options for visitors in Las Vegas is growing. In addition to cosmetic and plastic surgery as well as non-surgical aesthetic procedures, it now also includes preventative health, alternative medicine, dental care, age management services, infertility treatment, and surgical services, such as orthopedic, cardiac, and bariatric and neurosurgery.

Organizations such as the LVCVA, Las Vegas Health Education Advocacy and Leadership of Southern Nevada (HEALS), and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) have developed a strategic plan for medical and wellness tourism. Impeccable and judicious cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV, and other suburbs and towns in this part of The Silver State for aesthetic surgical and non-surgical procedures.

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

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Laser skin resurfacing ranks among the most effective and proven cosmetic procedures that are designed to reduce the signs of aging without involving cosmetic surgery. At the time of pre-op consultation, the treatment provider will educate the patient about all aspects of the procedure and may also provide laser skin resurfacing before and after photographs.

This will enable the patient to understand the potential benefits and effectiveness of the procedure and compare it with other treatment options they may be considering. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards provides laser skin resurfacing and various other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures to patients in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding communities and neighborhoods in the part of Nevada.

 

What are Laser Skin Resurfacing Before and After Images? 

Before and after images with respect to laser skin resurfacing refer to a set of pictures belonging to a previous patient who has received the same treatment successfully. The set includes images taken before the procedure and after the procedure at a time when complete effects of the treatment have settled in.

The pictures will be taken with the consent of the patient, and the treatment provider will ensure that they are presented before new patients in an appropriate manner. The patient’s identity may be kept confidential as per the established protocol. The goal of the treatment provider is only to educate new patients about various aspects of the procedure through these pictures.

 

Advantages 

Laser skin resurfacing procedures may include aggressive treatments as well as non-ablative or fractional skin resurfacing procedures, depending on the patient’s needs. For a new patient, it can get difficult to decide which of the treatment approaches may be most suitable to meet their personal cosmetic goals.

This is where the treatment provider can utilize laser skin resurfacing before and after photos very effectively to help the patient make an informed choice. Different types of skin problems may be addressed with different laser treatments. Dedicated and percipient cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV and nearby areas for laser skin resurfacing.

 

Realistic Expectations 

Best satisfaction from any surgical or non-surgical aesthetic procedure can usually be achieved when the patient has clear aesthetic goals, a positive frame of mind, and realistic expectations. But a new patient may not always understand clearly what the laser skin resurfacing procedure can or cannot do for them.  

If the patient forms misplaced expectations, it could result in disappointment later on for no fault of anyone. To avoid such unsavory situations, experienced providers usually prefer to present laser skin resurfacing before and after photos at the very first appointment. Patients with realistic expectations will typically be able to appreciate the final results in a better way and feel happier about their new skin appearance.  

 

Digital Photos on the Website

Some providers may choose to provide laser skin resurfacing before and after photos on their official website. This allows free online access to anyone who may like to review the pictures. New patients can comfortably view the photos in the privacy of their home or office even before they have made up their mind to visit the practice for a personal consultation.

What is amazing about this technology is that it allows anyone to know almost as much as the surgeon himself. Now you can make a critical decision without anyone being the wiser. You do not have to make an appointment and talk to people at the clinic and no one you know has to know that you are contemplating this.

Digital technology has changed the game and the plastic surgery community has engaged digital technology like so many other industries. They say a picture speaks a thousand words but a digital picture speaks two thousand words. Now you can be truly comfortable with either route you choose to take since you know so much more about laser skin resurfacing.

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Risks and recovery in case of laser skin resurfacing will vary depending on the extent of treatment and the type of laser used for a particular patient. In any case, the risks are lower compared to cosmetic surgery skin rejuvenation alternatives. Recovery may take a longer time with laser skin resurfacing, if ablative lasers are used over a larger surface area.

However, a gentler laser skin resurfacing procedure involving only fractional laser will reduce the discomfort and downtime. The treatment provider will explain about the potential risks and recovery issues involved in different treatment options at the time of pre-op consultation.

Board certified and prolific plastic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards provides laser skin resurfacing to patients in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding communities and neighbors in The Silver State.

 

Temporary Side Effects 

Unlike plastic surgery, the side effects following laser skin resurfacing are usually very minor and fade away in a short time. Some of the common side effects may include redness in the treated sites, swelling, and moderate irritation similar to the feeling created by mild sunburn. In rare cases, more severe side effects such as scarring, burning or a change in skin pigmentation may occur.

At the time of initial consultation, the treatment provider will carefully evaluate the patient’s risk factors and discuss the likelihood of side effects and complications. An appropriate laser skin resurfacing treatment plan will be customized for the patient to ensure maximum effectiveness with minimum risks and side effects.

 

Estimated Recovery Time

While the recovery period will vary depending on the size of the treated area and the type of laser used, most patients will recover within two weeks. During this period, the treated areas will sufficiently heal and a new layer of healthy skin will emerge. Redness or pinkness of the skin will, however, last for a longer period.  

In some cases, the skin discoloration may persist for several months. If this happens, the patient can continue to cover it up with certain types of makeup in consultation with the treatment provider, until the discoloration completely disappears. Patients seeking laser skin resurfacing treatment should plan to take time off from work for about one to two weeks in order to have a safe and comfortable recovery.

 

Potential Risks

Although laser skin resurfacing is a safe procedure as long as it is performed by a qualified provider, patients should be aware of potential risks. Infections and abnormal healing, though rare, do occur in a few cases. If the patient is prone to scarring after a minor injury, they should avoid laser skin resurfacing. Skin disorders, acne and cold sores can increase the risk of complications and should be discussed with the treatment provider.  

Hyperpigmentation is a key risk for people with darker skin who seek laser skin resurfacing. In rare cases, hypopigmentation or permanent lightening of the skin may also occur. The patient should discuss their medical history with the treatment provider, and disclose information about any underlying health condition, drug allergy, immune disorder, previous surgery and prescription medications that they may be currently using.

Experienced and stellar cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV, and nearby areas for laser skin resurfacing.

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

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Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure Steps | Las Vegas Medical SpaLaser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure designed to reduce the effects of aging, sun damage and illness on the quality, tone and texture of the skin. The procedure involves no cosmetic surgery, but will be based on ablative or non-ablative lasers.

Ablative lasers use short pulses of high-intensity light to remove the top layer of the skin to smooth and tighten the skin, lessen fine lines, and improve pigmentation.

Non-ablative lasers are relatively less invasive and do not cause wounds. This technique will trigger the growth of new collagen fibers in the deep dermis in order to volumize and tighten the loose skin and tissue. Stellar and astute board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards provides laser skin resurfacing to patients in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding communities.

 

Key Procedure Steps

Prior to the laser skin resurfacing procedure, the patient will be required to wear special eye shields to protect the retinas and corneas from laser beams. Unlike plastic surgery, the procedure can be performed in-office. The provider will pass over a wand over the affected sites. The resurfacing laser device will emit tiny pulses of high intensity light to create controlled damage to the uppermost layers of the skin.

The procedure will be performed as pre-determined at the time of treatment planning. Thereafter, the skin will be allowed to heal and rejuvenate. Patients can return home the same day after the procedure, but they should have someone responsible to drive them back home after the treatment. If possible, the patient should also have someone stay over for the first night to assist at home.

 

Other Aspects

The laser skin resurfacing treatment is usually completed in about one hour. But in some cases, it can take longer if the surface area of treatment is larger.

  • The provider will administer mild medications for complete patient comfort during the procedure.
  • The procedure is often performed using only a local anesthetic.
  • The provider may attach monitoring instruments to check the pulse and heart rate, blood pressure and the amount of oxygen circulating in the blood.
  • After the treatment is over, the patient will be shifted to a recovery area.
  • Most patients can go back home the same day following a brief observation period.

 

Variations in Procedure

Minor variations in laser skin resurfacing procedure can be made as per the patient’s specific requirements. The treatment can be performed to varying depths for optimal results. A wide range of devices can be used to perform the procedure. These devices may be classified into:

 

Ablative Laser

This device causes a uniform injury to the skin, similar to dermabrasion or a chemical peel.

 

Non-ablative Laser

The controlled heat released from this laser device penetrates into the deeper skin layers without removing the top skin layers.

 

Fractional Laser

This may be an ablative or non-ablative laser, which causes less surface injury but greater depth of injury.

Fantastic and reliable cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV, and other cities and communities across the region for laser skin resurfacing and various other procedures.

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson G. Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

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Laser skin resurfacing is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation alternative for people who want to avoid cosmetic surgery.

Laser skin resurfacing is a safer procedure with mild, temporary side effects. The skin will typically feel like minor sunburn in the treated sites. Some amount of redness and swelling may occur for a few days. Itching or stinging sensation may also be felt in a few cases.

An experienced laser skin resurfacing provider will perform the treatment will high precision, using controlled heat as per the patient’s skin type, color and their unique cosmetic requirements. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards provides laser skin resurfacing to patients in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding locations across the horizon.

 

Potential Risks

If a stronger laser skin resurfacing procedure is applied, the patient may have what looks like a severe sunburn. The skin becomes raw, oozing and may even get blisters. From the treated sites, a yellowish liquid may ooze to form a crust. Picking or scratching at the crust must be avoided to prevent scarring. In any case, the risks will be significantly lesser than in the case of a plastic surgery.

Bacterial infections and acne flares are other potential risks that may occur after laser skin resurfacing. The doctor may prescribe a short antibiotic course before and after the procedure to mitigate the risk. If laser skin resurfacing is performed around the mouth area, it may increase the risk of reactivating cold sores.

The patient should disclose about any history of cold sores, if any. Reactivation may be prevented by taking antiviral medication before and after the procedure. A few patients may experience hyperpigmentation, and the treated area may become darker in tone. The provider may recommend a bleaching solution to improve the appearance.

During the healing process, small white bumps or milia may appear. A gentle cleansing solution with a washcloth can help to remove these bumps. Risk of scarring is minimal, but it may still occur in a few cases. If the procedure is performed around the eyes, the provider may prescribe oral steroids to address the risks of swelling.

 

Recovery

The patient will take about a week to recover in case of Erbrium laser, while CO2 laser resurfacing can take about two weeks. The skin will become dry and peel after the initial healing period. The patient may use an ice pack in the first two days to minimize swelling. The following steps can help the patient achieve a faster recovery:

  • Clean the treated areas a few times a day with saline or diluted vinegar solution.
  • Apply skin care ointments.
  • Use a special sunscreen, which is formulated for sensitive skin on the face.
  • Apply a liberal amount of moisturizer every day as per the provider’s advice.

The new skin will be pink once the treated sites begin to heel, but will lighten in about two to three months. Full natural complexion may occur over a period of almost one year. Remarkable and percipient cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV, and nearby areas for laser skin resurfacing.

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson G. Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

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Tummy Tuck Surgery (abdominoplasty) 

Abdominoplasty, more commonly and popularly known as the ‘tummy tuck’ surgery is an aesthetic procedure performed by a plastic surgeon. A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed on both men and women to correct an overtly protruding tummy. Especially post childbirth or after a drastic loss in weight, excess fat tends to particularly accumulate in the abdomen region. To reduce this accumulated fat, tissues and loose skin and further tighten up the abdominal muscles to give the tummy a firm and well-toned appearance, the tummy tuck surgery is performed by specialized cosmetic surgeon.

This abdominoplasty cosmetic surgery has been gaining immense popularity over the passing years. Due to the growing demand for a tummy tuck, more and more surgeons in the field of plastic surgery have become increasingly inclined towards specializing and mastering this tummy tuck practice.

Cost of plastic surgery

The overall cost of tummy tuck  cosmetic surgery can vary widely. This variation depends on several cost factors involved such as the anesthesia fees, surgical facility fees, other hospital related expenses such as medical tests, medication, surgeon’s fees etc.

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A plastic surgeon’s fee further varies depending on certain select criteria such as the experience the surgeon upholds, the patient’s case, the surgical procedure performed, the region of country his/her office is located in and so on. On taking all expenses into account, the final cost of the abdominoplasty surgery, can range anywhere from USD 4,000 to USD 9,000 or even more.

Types of surgeries

There are predominantly two main categories that the abdominoplasty surgery falls into. One being the complete abdominoplasty and the other being partial/mini abdominoplasty. The mini abdominoplasty is approximately half the cost as that of the complete abdominoplasty. Not all plastic surgeries are a guaranteed success in the first attempt and might need a follow up work to arrive at the desired appearance. The costs involved for this are separate.

Abdominoplasty and insurance

On financial grounds, it should be noted that the tummy tuck surgery and its complications if any, may not fall under the health insurance bracket. However, there are a few exceptions. Certain cases wherein the individual has experienced massive weight loss due to dieting or because he/she underwent a weight loss surgery such as the bariatric surgery, are proven eligible for insurance. To address this issue, few cosmetic surgeons have introduced certain financial plans that would prove beneficial to the patient.

Not all but a large number of plastic surgery facilities these days are associated with healthcare credit card, that supports financing cosmetic surgical procedures such as the tummy tuck surgery.

In many cosmetic surgery offices, the payment plans not only covers the surgery fees but also other surgery related expenses such as anesthesia, hospital care and so on. It is advisable to discuss your payment options and finance plans with your practitioner prior to the surgery.

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson G. Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

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