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Cupping the Problem: Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift

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Actual breast augmentation patient.

If you somehow stumbled upon this article, then the chances of you wanting to seek cosmetic intervention to enhance your breasts is very high. Do you want bigger, rounder breasts, or just to have them lifted higher to have a more youthful, perkier appearance?

Breast augmentation and breast lift are two of the more popular cosmetic surgical procedures performed on breasts in the United States. However, while these two procedures can be performed together, they do have different effects to your body.

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Breast Lift: Is it worth it?

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Actual breast lift patient.

New statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that “Lifts lead the list,” with breast lifts, buttocks lifts, lower body lifts, and upper arm lifts significantly increasing since 2000. In fact, breast lifts are up by 89 percent since 2000, when only 52,836 procedures were performed. In 2015, this number increased to 99,614, showing that quite a number of people are now invested in breast lifts.

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Maintaining Your Weight After a Tummy Tuck

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Tummy tuck before and after photos by Dr. Aldo Guerra, actual patient.

If you have decided to have a tummy tuck to get rid of flabby skin, congratulations! You probably already have a flat abdomen that makes you feel confident. However, don’t celebrate just yet. Did you know that the effects of tummy tuck can be reversed?

That’s right – your sexy, beautiful body can become a thing of of the past  if you do not take proper care of it. Weight gain and pregnancy are among the reasons of getting “flabby” again, which is why most doctors advise patients not to have a tummy tuck if they still want to get pregnant.

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Battle of the ‘Miracle Drugs’: BOTOX® vs. Dysport®

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Before and after BOTOX® cosmetic in the forehead and frown lines.

What medicine comes on top when we think of a “miracle drug” that gets rid of the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sagging skin, and other blemishes?

BOTOX® is the answer most people immediately come up with. After all, Botox has been around for a long time (it has been used cosmetically since the 1960s), and at this point, many celebrities and other affluent people have raved about its wonderful effects. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration more recently approved Dysport®, a competitor that many are hoping would tip the scales to make the medications more affordable in the long run.

The most common question many people ask is, should I choose BOTOX® or Dysport®? Here’s everything you need to know about the two brands, and what they can do for you.

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Tummy Tuck Overview Part 2

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Tummy tuck before and after photo by Dr. Aldo Guerra.

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is an effective way to get rid of excess skin, muscle, or tissue in your abdomen area. It is not an alternative to weight loss, and people who want to have a tummy tuck must already be at their ideal weight. Likewise, it is effective for people who want to get rid of excess skin that won't disappear even through rigorous exercise or diet. In a previous blog, we talked about what it is and how you can prepare for it. Here is additional information about the procedure.

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Tummy Tuck: An Overview

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Before and after tummy tuck by Dr. Aldo Guerra.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 127,633 tummy tucks procedures were performed in the United States in 2016. Of this figure, there were 123,000 female patients, and 4,902 were male, amounting to 4% of the overall procedure statistic. 

Surprisingly, the procedure is a hit not only among the older population but the youngish generation as well. According to the same source, 20-29 year-olds amounted for 10% of the statistic with 12,192 procedure performed for the age bracket, while 30-39 year-olds amounted for 35% or 45,088 procedures. Meanwhile, 40-54 year-olds took 41% of the procedure, with 52,697 incidences, and 17,656 or 14% of tummy tuck procedures were performed among patients 55-years-old and older. A total of $740,016,134 was spent on tummy tucks in 2014, averaging to $5,798 per patient. 

These figures clearly indicate that a tummy tuck is a popular procedure, embraced by both young and the old. Here’s everything that you need to know about it.

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Botulinum Cosmetic: What You Need to Know

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Actual patient treated with 35 units of BOTOX® Cosmetic of the forehead and frown lines.

Injection of botulinum toxin is the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the world today. There are several formulations available for patients to choose from including BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, Xeomin® and Myobloc®. The most popular formulation continues to be BOTOX® Cosmetic, but in the last few years it appears more physicians and patients are discovering the benefits of Dysport®. Xeomin® is also another very useful formulation of botulinum while Myobloc® mainly has other applications not related to the treatment of wrinkles or the aging face.

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Scottsdale Breast Augmentation Seminar May 17, 2017 Recap

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Scottsdale Breast Augmentation Seminar hosted by the Guerra Plastic Surgery Center Team!

Dr. Aldo Guerra presented the popular Scottsdale Breast Augmentation Seminar on May 17, 2017 at Guerra Plastic Surgery Center. It was a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in Arizona where the weather was not too hot and the skies were blue. The presentation started at 6:30 pm which allowed potential breast augmentation patients and their guests time to drive through traffic. Renee Schmidt our highly trained plastic surgery patient coordinator introduced Dr. Aldo. He then went on to discuss his breast augmentation techniques which included a focus on:

  • Breast Augmentation Surgery
  • Breast Sizes
  • Breast Implant Options
  • Breast Incisions
  • Breast Implant Placement
  • Before and After Photos
  • Questions and Answers Section
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Breast Reduction Surgery: What you need to know (Part 1)

‘Modern Family’ star Ariel Winter, 17-years-old, recently made waves when she decided to have a breast reduction surgery.  The five-foot petite beauty had her 32F cup size scaled down to a 34D.

Many were flabbergasted with her decision. After all, who doesn’t want to have gorgeous, big breasts? However, the actress said that her big breasts have caused back, neck, and spinal issues. She also claimed that she had to endure years of emotional and physical stress because of them, as well as miss out on age-appropriate roles. Lastly, she said she had to hide her large chest by wearing big sweaters or strapping down her breasts – and it became too difficult to do this every day.

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Presentation on the Clinical and Business Side of Integrating embrace® Active Scar Defense

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Congratulations to Dr. Aldo Guerra and Business Manager Genaro Guerra for an excellent presentation "Successfully Integrating embrace® Active Scar Defense into Private Practice" in San Diego, California on April 30, 2017. Dr. Aldo is one of the busiest surgeons in the Southwestern United States specializing in breast augmentation, tummy tucks, breast lifts, mommy makeovers, arm lifts, body lifts, liposuction and more. Having a high volume practice in cosmetic surgery in Scottsdale has been allowed Guerra Plastic Surgery Center to be the #1 Provider of embrace® Active Scar Defense in the Country. This intimate and unique presentation on both the clinical and business side of integrating embrace® into private practice has been a popular and a must see event for any plastic surgeon that wants to continue to enhance their already beautiful results. By offering the best scar therapy treatment on the market today patients will appreciate the opportunity to add embrace® to their procedure.

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embrace® Active Scar Defense product line.
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Breast Implants: What You Need to Know

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Round breast implants in different shapes.

In a previous blog we talked about some of the things you should know before you have a breast augmentation procedure. We tackled the importance of knowing your primary motivation for the procedure, choosing an implant size, and smooth and textured shells. Today we’re going to discuss the different types of breast implants to help you determine the right one for you.

Breast implants are defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as, “medical devices that are implanted under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle to increase breast size (augmentation) or to rebuild breast tissue after mastectomy or other damage to the breast (reconstruction). They are also used in revision surgeries, which correct or improve the result of an original surgery.”

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The Mommy Makeover: What You Need to Know

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Before and after Scottsdale mommy makeover with Dr. Aldo Guerra, actual patient.

Pregnancy changes a woman in countless ways. It affects her physically, emotionally, and mentally, oftentimes in very draining terms. For instance, many women have to battle postpartum depression following the birth of their little bundle of joy. Meanwhile, the majority of new mothers have to contend with new bodies they can’t whip into shape, no matter how hard they exercise or how healthy they eat.

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Plastic Surgery 101: What You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation

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Before and after breast augmentation, actual patient.

Many women have considered going under the knife to improve their breasts. Breast augmentation, as defined by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, is a surgery that “involves using breast implants or fat to increase the size of your breasts, restore breast volume, achieve a more rounded shape, or improve natural breast size asymmetry.”

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