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For some, the reason for a decision to have cosmetic surgery is driven by the need to repair a past procedure. One example of this type of surgery is breast implant removal, which can become necessary due to faulty implant materials, a poorly executed procedure, or the changing preferences of the patient.
You may have heard or read about the unfortunate Poly Implant Prothèses (PIP) implant scare. These implants, made in France and used by 300,000 women around the world, have been found to be faulty and prone to bursting. Dr. Robert Colgrove is well prepared and qualified to assist women who are concerned about their PIP implants, as well as any other breast implant removal issue.
If you decide to have your implants removed, Dr. Colgrove will work with you to decide the best course of action for you. If your implants are ruptured, or if you have capsular contracture or capsular calcifications, you may also need to have the implant capsule removed through a surgery called capsulectomy.
Most breast implant removal surgeries take an hour or two under general anesthesia. However, most patients also need internal breastwork done. Dr. Colgrove uses an innovative technique to put the breast tissue back where it belongs. This is critical to having a full, high breast after implant removal.
Finally, depending on the amount of loose skin you have after the removal, you may also need a breast lift. The scar from mastopexy varies from patient to patient, depending on the degree of excess skin. Scarring will be kept to a minimum.
Recently, a patient of Dr. Colgrove shared her experience with breast implant removal at Vinings Surgery Center:
“In 2005 I had my first breast augmentation in my country, they got encapsulated, they hurt so much and they were very hard…no normal look. On 2009 I went back to my country to visit another doctor who advised me to do an ultrasound because I had PIP brand, they found out that the silicone immigrate and it was under my armpit (axilla). I was terrified because that brand was using an industrial silicone so it was urgent for me to replace them but I could not do it there. I wait because I did not have the money but my health was in dangerous. So after 2 years I decided to visit Dr. Robert Colgrove who explained procedure in detail and helped me to understand all the process; the nurses did a completion of the documents and provide all the information necessary what to do before and after surgery; they were so nice and compassionate; I was very nervous and terrified for what was going to happen. Almost 2 years since the surgery I feel great and my breasts look natural and perfect.”
To schedule your consultation with Dr. Colgrove, call (770) 955.9000.
Even if you made it your New Year’s resolution to get more fit and toned in 2014, there are some frustrating areas that just don’t respond to a healthy diet and exercise. One of those stubborn fatty areas is the arms–but there is help!
Arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) is a procedure that tightens loose or sagging skin around the upper arms, sometimes not-so-affectionately called “bat wings”. Arm liposuction is often conducted at the same time as the arm lift.
At Vinings Surgery Center, Dr. Robert Colgrove uses some of the most advanced liposuction techniques to remove localized fatty tissue deposits and create beautiful body contours. He customizes each treatment according to the unique needs of each patient, an approach that allows him to consistently deliver remarkable liposuction results. Because each patient’s situation is different, only a personal consultation with Dr. Colgrove can help you determine which liposuction method is the best for you.
Liposuction precisely breaks apart and emulsifies fat deposits for easy, safe removal. The result is a more beautifully sculpted appearance with less time off for recovery. The length of the surgery is generally 2 to 3 hours, depending on the extent of the surgery, and is typically performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Recovery time is 1 to 2 weeks. Strenuous actives can be performed within 2 to 4 weeks after procedure. The results of this procedure are permanent when accompanied by an appropriate diet and exercise.
Here are some happy words from a recent patient of Dr. Colgrove’s who had an arm lift:
“Dr. Robert Colgrove did a arm lift and took off excess skin from my elbows. Both turned out better than I expected. Downtime wasn’t painful. Only took two weeks off work.
I would definitely recommend this procedure. My arms look 20 years younger than before. The scars are looking better everyday and should not be noticeable by summer when I get in to my tank tops.”
For more reviews, as well as before and after photos of arm lift procedures, check out RealSelf.com.
It’s a brand new year! Are you thinking of making a change in 2014? If you’re considering having any kind of cosmetic procedure, it’s a good idea to take some time to reflect on your motivations, hopes and expectations for the process and results.
Here are a few questions it’s important to ask yourself as you decide whether a procedure is right for you.
- What are the main reasons I want to have this procedure?
- Does the area or issue I want to address keep me from going out in public?
- Does it keep me from having relationships or friendships with people?
- How much will money influence my selection of surgeon and procedure?
- Have I talked to others who have had a similar procedure, and what were their experiences like?
- How much of my day do I spend thinking about having the procedure?
- How do I feel about the cosmetic surgeon I have selected? Do I feel ease and trust in the relationship? Is this choice the best fit for me?
- Do I have any questions remaining about the procedure?
- Will I be able and willing to take the time needed for recovery and proper care after the procedure?
- How do I envision my body and my life being different after the procedure?
Cosmetic procedures can certainly complement other positive life changes, but they should not be looked to as a way to completely change your life. It’s vital to make your goals for the procedure realistic and part of an otherwise healthy, balanced life.
As you are considering all your options, feel free to give us a call with any questions at 770-955-9000.
Dr. Colgrove and the staff at Vinings Surgery Center have an innovative new technology to offer patients who want to reduce wrinkles, tighten loose skin and contour problem areas of the body: ThermiRFTM.
ThermiRFTM uses radiofrequency (RF) technology, which for more than 75 years has been safely used in cardiology, pain management, dermatology, plastic surgery and other medical specialities. This technology allows physicians to precisely locate an area for treatment, then apply a specific dose of controlled radiofrequency energy to a portion of the targeted area for wrinkle reduction, body contouring, lifting, relaxation of frown lines and skin tightening.
ThermiRFTM is the first aesthetic therapy that uses temperature control technology, which is a safer than laser and other RF technology currently being used. All procedures done with ThermiRFTM can be performed in the office setting and do not require any down time. Patients can have procedures done during a lunch hour and return to work.
ThermiRFTM can be used to tighten small areas of adipose tissue (fat) deposits in areas including:
- Frown reduction
- Axillary fold
- Arms (tricept area)
- Abdomen (love handles)
The ThermiRFTM device is FDA-cleared and provides a minimally-invasive solution for tightening and fat reduction anywhere on the body. A tiny radio-frequency probe delivers the prescribed dose of safe RF energy through the non-insulated tip of the probe to heat the targeted loose tissue and fat cells. This is a very accurate method to selectively target the loose tissue and fat pockets results in controlled tissue reduction and tightening. Over time, the treated fat cells are drained via the lymphatic system and then excreted as urine and the lax tissues tighten.
The prescribed temperature is set by the clinician to ensure a comfortable yet effective treatment for each patient. The ThermiRFTM Platform controls the temperature of the handpiece tip that is in contact with the patient. The clinician can set the desired temperature and know that it is being delivered to the patient. Once the handpiece tip reaches the target temperature, a digital clock measures time. With precise temperature and time, the clinician can target and control the therapeutic dose. The system increases safety and delivers more reliable clinical outcomes.
Call 770-955-9000 to schedule your consultation today!
Vinings Surgery Center-Dr. Colgrove was named a Best of 2013 winner for Atlanta Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery on Kudzu.com, a leading source for local business information and consumer reviews. Dr. Colgrove received the “Best of” honor in 2012, as well.
More than 5 million local businesses competed across a wide range of categories including home, auto, health and professional services. Winners were determined based on thousands of votes from consumers in the Atlanta Kudzu community. “The ‘Best of’ contest allows consumers to show their appreciation for local businesses that have served them well. Kudzu is proud to be an avenue for this support, and to recognize companies that offer the highest levels of service” stated Fran Wills, General Manager of Kudzu.
Dr. Colgrove is a board certified cosmetic plastic surgeon who has maintained a private practice in Atlanta since 1981. He performs cosmetic surgery of the breast, body and face, specializing in breast augmentation, breast implants, breast lifts, breast reduction and breast revision surgeries. Breast surgery procedures include breast augmentation using saline and silicone breast implants. Body contouring procedures include liposuction surgery and tummy tuck surgery. Other specialties include body contouring procedures, tummy tucks and facial rejuvenation techniques. Facial plastic surgery procedures include facelift, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and more. He maintains a fully accredited AAAASF Accredited Surgery Facility where plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery, and reconstructive surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Atlanta breast augmentation and plastic surgery expert Dr. Colgrove takes pride in the fact that his patients are well informed and goes into surgery with more confidence and realistic expectations. He is dedicated to the principles of personalized patient care and individualized attention.
For a full list of Best of 2013 winners, visit: http://www.kudzu.com/best.
Here’s just one of the many great reviews for Dr. Colgrove posted recently on Kudzu.com —
“I went to Dr. Colgrove for my 2nd breast augmentation and was beyond impressed. After seeing results from a different place I could truly see how good it was! I had no bruising, and very little pain! They looked and felt so GREAT! The price was also very much cheaper, but the office was much more inviting, staff was much more friendly and the procedure itself was much better. I tell everyone I know to go to him he is so amazing! I am so glad I went to him, because after not being happy with the first procedure (not with him of course) I was afraid to even try again, but now I couldn’t be happier with the way my breasts turned out! Thank you so much Dr. Colgrove and team!”
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As we all celebrate Thanksgiving this week, it’s the ideal time to focus on gratitude. For example, we here at Vinings Surgery Center are grateful for the wonderful patients who make what we do so great every day! We love hearing your stories and seeing the transformations. Watching you take active steps to live your best possible life and make positive changes is always so inspiring. Thank you!
Did you know that in addition to improving your overall well being and mental state, expressing gratitude can actually make you healthier?
First, gratitude can help you sleep better. Researchers found that people who felt more grateful also reported more positive thoughts and feelings, which allowed them to fall asleep faster and improved their overall quality of sleep. The research suggests that taking just a few minutes before bed to write down or say aloud a few things you’re grateful for might help you fall into a deep slumber.
Also, gratitude may just be the inspiration you need to stick with your gym routine. Exercising regularly was just one of the additional benefits reported by the subjects in a study. If feeling grateful can boost your energy level and happiness and help you get a great night’s sleep, it’s no surprise it can help you stick with your workout program, too! Read more about what gratitude can do in this great Shape magazine article.
With so many choices in breast implants these days, how do you know whether the “gummy bear implant”, Mentor® MemoryShape Breast Implant, is the right option for you?
As with all breast implant choices, you and Dr. Colgrove will take into consideration your unique features, as well as your desired outcomes in order to give you the beautiful result you’re looking for. Here are some of the factors that may guide your decision:
Do you have a certain look in mind?
If teardrop-shaped implants are made to match the silhouette of a natural breast with more fullness at the bottom than at the top is the look you want, MemoryShape Breast Implants may be right for you. If you want a look that is more “round” at the top of your breast, discuss the option of MemoryGel® Round Breast Implants with your surgeon.
Is the feel of the breast implant most important to you?
MemoryShape Implants are filled with a highly cohesive silicone gel that helps the implant create a natural breast silhouette. Although this gel is pliant, it may feel firmer to you than your natural breast tissue, depending on your amount of tissue coverage. If the feel of your implant is a top priority, ask your surgeon about MemoryGel®Breast Implants. They are a round breast implant option that may have a slightly softer feel.
Do you have sufficient tissue coverage?
An important consideration in determining if MemoryShape Implants may be a good choice for you is the amount of breast tissue coverage you have. During your consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your breast tissue to determine if MemoryShape Implants are well suited to you.
Do you have an incision site preference?
When placing a breast implant, there are three common incision sites: around the nipple (periareolar), within the breast fold (inframammary) and underneath the arm (axillary). MemoryShape Implants may be placed using any of these incision sites. However, the most common incision site is within the breast fold. Shaped implants may require a larger incision than round implants.
What is gel cohesiveness and why is it important?
Gel cohesiveness is determined by the amount of cross-linking within the silicone gel filler. The more cross-linking, the more cohesive the gel and the more it helps to maintain its shape. As such, highly cohesive silicone gel filled breast implants are able to retain their molded, teardrop shape whereas MemoryGel® Implants (round) are more pliable.
Visit loveyourlook.com, yourbreastoptions.com or mentordirect.com to learn more.
It’s time to look flawless for those holiday parties coming up!
You are invited to a very special Botox Express Day with Vinings Surgery Center nurse injector Jennifer Garrity, RN, BSN.
Here are all the details:
WHAT: Botox Express Day
WHERE: Vinings Surgery Center
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 13, appointments 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
DETAILS: Special Botox pricing of $9 per unit (regular price $10 per unit; 20-unit minimum purchase required)
Additional $50 instant savings with the purchase of two areas
Use your Brilliant Distinctions coupons for even greater savings! Remember to print out your coupon and bring it with you to this event.
Space is limited, so please book your appointment today by calling (770) 955-9000.
ABOUT BOTOX: Recent research has proven that Botox Cosmetic lasts up to 4 months. Experience these remarkable results for yourself. For frown lines and crow’s feet, the treatment blocks impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines.
The injection relaxes the muscles so they don’t contract. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
Treatment takes just about 5 minutes and no anesthesia is needed. Temporary bruising is the most common side effect. In some cases the toxin can migrate and cause temporary weakness of nearby muscles. In rare cases there can be a temporary drooping of an eyelid or facial asymmetry.
The risk of any side effect depends on the muscles injected. Because the effects of the procedure are completely reversible, all side effects are only temporary. Recovery is immediate, with minimal restrictions for four hours.