Freeze, Fry or Suck?

November 1, 2018 10:12 pm Published by

That is the question when it comes to stubborn unwanted fat. Most Americans would like a better physique as evidenced by the popularity of gym memberships and appointments made for various fat reduction treatments. If you have tried the diet and exercise route and are not getting the results you want, it is reasonable to assess other options. It is... Read the full post

Liquid Facelift

September 17, 2018 11:37 am Published by

Women, and men in Scottsdale & Phoenix seek non-surgical options to look their best You may have heard others raving about a non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedure called a “Liquid Facelift”— leaving you to wonder: what exactly is a “Liquid Facelift? Board certified plastic surgeons such as myself who have the requisite training and an eye for detail can often use... Read the full post

What to Consider When Considering a Breast Augmentation

July 25, 2018 12:24 am Published by

Many patients come to my practice seeking breast augmentation, and because breast implants in Scottsdale are seemingly ubiquitous, it’s often assumed that it is a “simple procedure.” Plastic surgeons simply create an incision in each breast, insert the implants, and voila! No major organs are involved, so not much can go wrong, right? Wrong. While breast augmentation may seem like... Read the full post

Breast Implant Conundrums: How do you know which implant is right for you?

February 8, 2018 5:00 pm Published by

Breast augmentation was originally performed in the 1960’s. Last year over 300,000 women in the US opted to undergo the procedure. Much has changed about this operation since its development over half a century ago, not the least of which are the implants themselves. If you are considering breast augmentation and are confused about implant options, this article will provide... Read the full post

Which Implants Are Best? You Can’t Tell by Looking

April 13, 2017 2:28 pm Published by

Saline or silicone? What size fits my body best? Round or teardrop-shaped? If you are considering breast augmentation, you likely have many questions and may even have heard that one type of implant or another is the “best” option. If you have been told that shaped gummy bear implants are your best bet for natural results, you’ll want to read... Read the full post

Trying to Lose Weight Before a Cosmetic Procedure? Here Are Tips that Work With ANY Diet

February 7, 2017 1:48 pm Published by

“Why should I lose weight before a mommy makeover if the procedure is supposed to give me a better body?” This is a common question I hear from patients who would like to restore a firmer, flatter tummy or lift sagging breasts following pregnancy. I understand where these patients are coming from, but the truth is that getting a “better... Read the full post

Mommy Makeover Hurdles Made Easy

October 8, 2016 9:25 am Published by

It is rare to meet a woman that does not wish she had her pre-childbearing body back. We all love our kids, but the impact a pregnancy or especially multiple pregnancies has on our bodies is significant, and annoyingly resistant to improvement with diet and exercise alone. A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon can provide you with all... Read the full post

Is Fat Transfer Really a Safe, Effective Option? The FDA is Wondering Too

August 11, 2016 10:13 am Published by

An increasing number of plastic surgeons and patients are turning to fat grafting as a way to treat facial aging or enhance the breasts or buttocks. More than 84,000 such procedures were performed in 2015, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The appeal is understandable. A procedure that can take unwanted fat from one area of the... Read the full post

It’s Official: Plastic Surgery Continues to Grow

July 14, 2016 4:57 pm Published by

Every spring, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) releases statistics indicating current trends in cosmetic medicine. I am always interested to see what the numbers have to say. From the 2015 plastic surgery statistics, we learn that nearly 2 million men and women in America underwent a cosmetic surgery procedure last year; this does not count the almost... Read the full post

Don’t Put Up with that Waddle or Double Chin

July 11, 2016 5:02 pm Published by

There is one major change that has occurred in aesthetic plastic surgery during my career that I hear about every day in my offices. People do not want downtime. We have become a very fast-paced culture, and we all want immediate results without having to take time out for recovery. Well, who wouldn’t choose this if it were possible? There... Read the full post

Gummy Bear Implants: Hype not Help

May 5, 2016 2:22 pm Published by

I recently returned from the yearly American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery meeting. I was very interested in hearing what the world’s experts had to say about their experience with textured shaped implants, commonly referred to as teardrop, anatomical, or gummy bear implants. What I heard confirmed my intuition. Don’t believe the hype This type of implant has been hyped... Read the full post

Which Body Contouring Procedure is Right for Me?

April 6, 2016 2:41 pm Published by

Spring in Scottsdale is rapidly approaching; before long we will be slipping into swimsuits and shorts. If you have been eating well and exercising all winter long but are still not quite happy with what you see in the mirror, it may be time to consider a body contouring procedure to achieve the look you want. There are multiple factors... Read the full post

Mommy Makeovers

October 13, 2015 12:06 pm Published by

Repeat after me: I cannot tighten loose tummy skin or lift my breasts with diet or exercise. While we all might say this is obvious, it is amazing how many women come to me near tears telling me how hard they have worked to recapture their pre-childbearing bodies with stringent diets and rigorous work-out schedules. Don’t get me wrong, I... Read the full post

International Study Explores Aesthetic Preferences in Breast Shape Around the World

October 2, 2015 2:19 pm Published by

Millions of women around the world have experienced the benefits of breast augmentation surgery. While every patient’s natural anatomy, unique concerns, and desired results play a large part in choosing the perfect breast implant, a recent study shows how a surgeon’s aesthetic preferences and culture may also contribute to your final results. An international study examined what plastic surgeons from... Read the full post

Subtle Rhinoplasty

June 12, 2015 5:24 pm Published by

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job” was the fifth most common cosmetic procedure performed in the US in 2014. Close to 150,000 people chose to have the appearance of their noses altered with surgery in that calendar year. This surgery is one that I truly enjoy because it is technically challenging and yet it also allows me to... Read the full post

Understanding Your Plastic Surgery Recovery

June 2, 2015 4:10 pm Published by

It is rare for a patient to come in for a consultation without asking, “how long will my recovery take?” You may be surprised to learn there are two different answers to this question for each patient, and both are correct. Cosmetic surgery is unique in that recovery is measured in both medical and aesthetic terms. General surgeons typically consider... Read the full post

Five Most Common Misconceptions About Breast Augmentation

April 9, 2015 6:58 pm Published by

Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed, with over three hundred thousand women having the procedure again last year. With popularity comes a lot of information on the internet. Unfortunately, I repeatedly see misinformation propagated. This article is my effort to dispel some of the most common myths. Myth number one: Bigger is better when it... Read the full post

Body Lifts 101: What You Need To Know To Make An Informed Decision

March 24, 2015 9:17 pm Published by

Whether a patient loses weight through diet and exercise or via bariatric surgery, a secondary problem typically develops: loose skin. I have seen many patients frustrated by the fact that their skin is not conforming to their body’s underlying changes in shape. Why Does Skin Sag After Weight Loss? There are several medical reasons why weight loss is associated with... Read the full post

To Lift or Not to Lift? Breast Lifts Explained.

February 11, 2015 6:00 pm Published by

Dr. Patti Flint highlights the various surgical options available to help restore volume and shape to sagging or deflated breasts. Often using a combination of procedures, such as breast lift with breast augmentation, Dr. Flint is able to provide women with more shapely, youthful-looking breasts. Consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Flint, can help determine if your... Read the full post

Is There a Way to Treat Cellulite?

January 30, 2015 6:50 pm Published by

Despite devices and products that claim otherwise, cellulite can be an extremely difficult condition to treat. Patti Flint, MD cautions patients against seeking unverified treatments to address this stubborn condition. Video Transcript: Many women have cellulite. I wish there was a great treatment for it. Unfortunately, there are many devices out there that are purported to work and unfortunately don’t.... Read the full post

Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

January 29, 2015 6:06 pm Published by

Dr. Flints reviews before and after photos of real tummy tuck and liposuction patients to demonstrate how these procedures can correct different issues. She emphasized how the most appropriate choice is dependent upon a patient’s concerns and desired results.

Revision Breast Surgery

January 22, 2015 6:04 pm Published by

Dr. Patti Flint discusses revisionary breast implant surgery. Although complications from breast augmentation are rare and patient satisfaction with the procedure is very high, Dr. Flint occasionally receives requests to revise issues that arose from breast augmentations performed by previous surgeons.

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

January 15, 2015 7:48 pm Published by

Liposuction may seem like a good option for weight loss, but Dr. Patti Flint emphasizes that patients should be at or near their ideal body weight before pursuing the procedure for a safe and successful outcome. If you have any questions about liposuction, contact our office today. Video Blog Transcript: Hi, I’m Patti Flint. Welcome to my video blog. I’m... Read the full post

I HATE MY NECK!

January 13, 2015 11:24 pm Published by

I hear this comment frequently in my office. Patients are bothered when their neck skin forsakes them and starts heading toward their chest. Most patients want the most effective way to tighten their neck skin, but want minimal down time. These are laudable goals, but being realistic is vitally important to obtaining a result that you will be happy with... Read the full post

Eyelid Rejuvenation

January 11, 2015 6:02 pm Published by

Dr. Flint visited Sonoran Living Live in early January to explain the toll that sagging, loose skin around the eyes can have on a person’s appearance. She outlined her approach to eyelid rejuvenation, which often involves a combination of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments to provide a natural, youthful result.

Dr. Flint Featured on Sonoran Living Live

December 30, 2014 2:58 pm Published by

Dr. Flint is sharing her plastic surgery expertise with local Arizona viewers in an ongoing series of articles and video segments for ABC 15’s Sonoran Living Live. The series will provide insight into some of the most common cosmetic procedures. During her first segment, Dr. Flint discussed how facial rejuvenation can be personalized to suit the unique anatomy and goals... Read the full post

Mommy Makeovers for Women with Big Families

November 26, 2014 10:28 pm Published by

Having a large family may be the culmination of years spent dreaming and planning, but it doesn’t come without sacrifice. Giving birth to just one child takes a toll on a woman’s figure, and with each additional pregnancy, the body has an increasingly difficult time bouncing back to its pre-baby shape. Many women struggle with skin and muscle laxity in... Read the full post

Body Sculpting Options for Men

November 21, 2014 2:48 pm Published by

Many men struggle with body issues related to weight loss or gain, age, and genetics. Women concerned with the same issues have long known to consult with a plastic surgeon for help; we’re glad to report more men are realizing they too can benefit from plastic surgery. Choosing an Experienced Surgeon Plastic surgery for men has risen over 273% since... Read the full post

Do I Need a Breast Lift or a Breast Augmentation?

November 3, 2014 3:39 pm Published by

Often, patients are unsure if they need a breast augmentation or a breast lift. In this video, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Patti Flint discusses the difference between the two procedures, outlines common indicators of which is needed, and describes when a breast lift and breast augmentation combination may be appropriate .

Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

November 3, 2014 3:32 pm Published by

Tummy tuck surgery is not a replacement for weight loss and should be performed when you are at or near your ideal body weight. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Patti Flint discusses what it means to be a good candidate for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery. Read Dr. Patti Flint reviews from patients.

Things to Consider When Seeking Breast Augmentation

November 3, 2014 2:57 pm Published by

If you are considering breast augmentation, there are a number of important factors to consider. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Patti Flint discusses what decisions will need to be made and how to ensure your procedure is safe and successful.

Abdominoplasty in Phoenix

October 30, 2014 8:12 pm Published by

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Patti Flint describes the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure from a female’s prospective. Click here to learn more about body contouring procedures like tummy tuck surgery in Phoenix.

Which Breast Implant is Right for Me?

October 28, 2014 7:19 pm Published by

Dr. Flint discusses the differences between a patient who needs a breast lift or a breast augmentation. In certain situations, a combination of breast lift and augmentation can restore volume and return the breasts to a youthful position.

Breast Implant Problems?

September 24, 2014 4:23 pm Published by

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular aesthetic plastic surgeries performed. I have personally performed over three thousand implant based breast surgeries in my career. Many women considering the procedure are concerned about needing additional operations down the road after breast augmentation. I feel that if the original surgery is done properly with appropriate choice of implant size and... Read the full post

No Pain, No Gain! …Not True With Breast Augmentation

September 8, 2014 8:19 pm Published by

Each patient I consult with regarding breast augmentation has a hurdle or two they must overcome to allow them to undergo the procedure and obtain the results they desire. For some, it’s the post-operative recovery restrictions, for others, time off of work, but for many, it is the concern over post-operative pain. At this point in my career, I have... Read the full post

I Can’t Wait To Try on Swimsuits!

July 7, 2014 4:57 pm Published by

I would venture to guess that only a small minority of people I know would make that statement. Most of us have a few areas on our bodies that in spite of a balanced diet and an exercise program stubbornly are more prominent than we would like. Thankfully, liposuction offers an effective and safe option to improve the appearance of... Read the full post

A More Beautiful Breast Lift

June 25, 2014 5:06 pm Published by

Did you know that breast lifts have increased in popularity more than any other cosmetic breast surgery? The number of breast lift procedures performed in the U.S. has increased by a striking 70% since 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is double the rate of increase for breast augmentations over the same period. These rising numbers... Read the full post

Why You Need to be Upfront Before Anesthesia

June 3, 2014 1:14 pm Published by

We were all taught to tell the truth, right? Well, it is never more important than when you are meeting with your anesthesiologist before surgery. As a board certified plastic surgeon, I am dedicated to my patients’ education, safety, and comfort. It is very important that you understand that the safety and success of your surgery is greatly influenced by... Read the full post

NO, I am not pregnant!

April 16, 2014 7:56 pm Published by

If you are past the point of desiring or being capable of another pregnancy, it is more than a little annoying to continue looking pregnant. For some who have never been pregnant, genetics alone can lead to a protuberant or “pot belly” appearance. Not to worry, there is help available! Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck can make an... Read the full post

IS FAT REALLY WHERE IT’S AT IN FACIAL REJUVENATION?

February 13, 2014 6:35 pm Published by

I have been in practice long enough now that I have seen quite a few plastic surgery fads come and go. On the other hand, there are some very beneficial surgical innovations that have occurred. In fact, there are very few procedures that I perform the same way I did when I started practice in 1996! I am excited to... Read the full post

When Am I “Restaurant Ready”?

November 12, 2013 9:07 pm Published by

Many of my patients are concerned about when they can expect to be ready to attend social events after facelift surgery. It is a commonly asked question, and although there is no exact answer, I have this general advice about the recovery cycle. It is important to realize that everyone heals at a different rate. There is swelling and bruising... Read the full post

Mommy Make-Over Timing

November 8, 2013 7:12 pm Published by

After childbearing, our bodies change, and not always in a good way. In spite of a good diet, and exercise program, there are just certain things that will not snap back to the way they were before kids. It can be a bit depressing to accept that fact, but on a brighter note, there is help available to get that... Read the full post

Scar Be Gone

November 1, 2013 12:00 pm Published by

It would be nice if scar-free surgery was possible, but so far it is not. A well-placed scar that is treated properly following breast augmentation should fade very nicely if a few post-surgery tricks are followed. Now that surgeons know that there is good data that shows placing implants through the armpit or nipple results in much higher rates of... Read the full post

Ready, Set, Heal!

October 18, 2013 3:00 pm Published by

Many patients that are going to undergo breast augmentation surgery want to do whatever they can to improve their chances of uneventful healing. There are a few subtle tricks that can be employed to create a tolerable and brisk recovery. Stage I: Immediate post-op period For the first forty-eight to seventy-two hours, take all prescribed medications as directed. Apply ice... Read the full post

First Scientific Study of Aging Now Underway

October 11, 2013 1:00 pm Published by

At its annual meeting this year, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) hosted a special presentation by a member surgeon who is conducting an ongoing scientific study of facial aging. This is the first medical study of its kind to systematically document how the face actually ages. Interestingly, this study is being conducted on plastic surgeons themselves. It... Read the full post

BIGGER ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER…ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO BREAST IMPLANTS!

October 7, 2013 4:55 pm Published by

Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the world. Over three-hundred thousand women in the US undergo this surgery every year. For over five decades now, there have been multiple generations of different types of breast implants and there have been multiple different techniques used for implant placement. Each new implant and different placement techniques... Read the full post

Breast Augmentation and the Older Woman

August 29, 2013 2:10 pm Published by

Beautiful, shapely breasts are not just for younger women. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that nearly one-third of all breast augmentations are performed on women over the age of 40. There is no correct age for breast enhancement because the greatest factor in this or any surgical decision is a woman’s health, not her youth. Because the contours of breasts change... Read the full post