10 Questions to Ask Yourself

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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.


Now you can get Dr. Colgrove’s expert advice and answers wherever you go! We’re excited to announce the launch of our new mobile app! This1982-01 iPhone app features information, interactive features, photo galleries, and more–all straight from Vinings Surgery Center to your fingertips.

Using the app, you can access frequently asked questions, learn about procedures and services, see the latest blog posts, and use the interactive treatment journal.

You can also browse through before-and-after photos to help you in your cosmetic surgery decision-making process.

Download the new FREE Vinings Surgery Center App now!


Are you considering breast augmentation surgery and want to know exactly what to expect? You can get to know four dynamic women (all competitive bodybuilders at House of Payne CapturePersonal Training) and hear first hand about their personal experiences having breast augmentation with Dr. Colgrove at Vinings Surgery Center in this video. These four ladies discuss their individual reasons for having surgery, the concerns they had beforehand, how they chose between saline and silicone implants, their recovery process, and their advice on what to expect going into the process. They also share the experiences they had as they returned to their amazing exercise regimens, as well as how they feel about their results.

“I am 100% happy with my results. I would do this again in a heartbeat… I am so happy with my shape; I feel so much more balanced and feminine, my clothes fit better, I’m more confident…” — Leah Cunningham

We would love to hear about your own experiences! Please share below or on our Facebook page!

Referrals and reviews can be great tools to help you choose the cosmetic surgeon for the procedure you’re planning. You need to feel comfort, trust and confidence in your doctor, knowing he has listened to you and is treating you as an individual with unique needs, history, health and goals.  Fortunately, the internet provides plenty of ways to find out about other patients’ experiences. Here are some of the recent enthusiastic words of praise from patients of Dr. Colgrove:

“I had a breast augmentation in March of 2011. Dr. Colgrove really knows what he is doing and his staff is awesome and very knowledgeable. I don’t live in Georgia so I drove a little over 3 hours but it was well worth it. I love the results.” — mresendez2000, kudzu.com

“I had the best experience with the office staff and Dr. Colgrove performed a wonderful job. I look better now at 46 than when I was 26!” — clhmcd, kudzu.com

“I recently had a breast augmentation and liposuction by Dr. Colgrove. I was really nervous about the procedure, but Dr. Colgrove and his staff did an excellent job of making me feel at ease with the entire experience. After seeing my results, a couple of my friends have scheduled consultations to meet with Dr. Colgrove. I am very happy with my results and I highly recommend Dr. Colgrove to anyone seeking plastic surgery.” — doglver410, kudzu.com

“I love Dr Colgrove and the staff at Vinings Surgery Center. Everyone there was warm and friendly throughout every step of the surgical process. I am so happy with my results, and I would feel comfortable sending all my friends and family there.” — jammy1, kudzu.com

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Q: How many plastic or cosmetic surgery operations can a person have at one time?

A: A patient is safe if the time spent under general anesthesia is limited to five hours or less. The number of procedures done also depends on what other physical ailments the patient may have. For example, if the patient has diabetes or high blood pressure, it may be necessary to limit the number of areas to be surgically rejuvenated because the medical conditions may delay healing.

Q: What medications, vitamins and supplements should I stop taking before having plastic surgery?

A:  Before undergoing any invasive procedure, patients must stop taking any aspirin or ibuprofen containing products and Vitamin E. If a surgical procedure lasts more than an hour, you must also stop taking birth control pills two to four weeks before your procedure. Smoking can severely interfere with healing and good wound formation. I recommend quitting tobacco use at least two weeks before your procedure and for four weeks afterwards.

Q:  How old does a person need to be to have plastic surgery?

A: Performing plastic surgery on people younger than 18 can be difficult because the person can still grow. For this reason, the patient must be at least 18 for breast augmentations and reductions and any procedure done for reasons of vanity. Ear pinning requires the patient to be at least 10. The patient must be at least 14 for rhinoplasty. You can never be too old for plastic surgery, although surgeons must take into account the safety of anesthesia for those over 65.

— Robert A. Colgrove, Jr., M.D. of Vinings Surgery Center is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has maintained a private practice since 1986. He performs cosmetic surgery of the breast, body and face, specializing in breast augmentation, breast implants, breast lifts, breast reduction and breast revision surgeries.

If you’re thinking about having breast augmentation, the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, it’s important to carefully consider everything from sizing and proportion to implantBreast Augmentation Success options to recovery and aftercare. Here are a few of the secrets to breast augmentation success:

  • Proper sizing of your implants is a crucial step in achieving a successful outcome. Purchase a bra that you want to fill upon completion of the surgery. Take the bra to the doctor’s office prior to surgery and try different size implants with different types of clothing.
  • Pick out photographs from the Internet or magazines to demonstrate the size you prefer. It will be helpful to pick out one too large, one too small, and one as close as possible to the ideal size.
  • Think about your specific body type. Picking an implant size that is too large for your frame will make them look unnatural, and it may be more likely that they may start to sag prematurely.
  • Take advantage of the amazing technology available that lets you “try on” your new look before surgery. The online 3D Visualizer by Mentor at loveyourlook.com/visualizer/ uses a photo of yourself to create an example of how breast implants may transform your body. Also, the Mentor Volume Sizing System allows you to try on contoured inserts in various volumes and sizes during your consultation.
  • Use the “rice test” at home to experiment with sizing. Fill a zipper bag with rice and place beneath your bra to see how it looks. This also allows you to understand how that extra weight feels on your chest and shoulders.
  • Make sure you understand the qualities and pros and cons of each type of implant. Saline implants are filled with saline, typically at the time of surgery; they tend to feel firmer than silicone implants. Silicone implants are prefilled with silicone gel, which is a thick, sticky fluid that mimics the feel of natural tissue.
  • Your individual muscle stiffness or looseness is important to consider when choosing implant type. In most cases, there is little to no discernible difference between the appearance of breasts augmented with saline versus silicone, but there could be a slightly greater chance of visible rippling or wrinkling with saline implants. The chances of this are reduced when implants are inserted under the pectoral muscle.
  • Immediately after surgery, you may not be able to raise arms above the head, but you probably will be able to do most things unassisted by the second day. Patients can usually return to a desk job five to seven days after the procedure. Two weeks may be required for jobs that require exertion, such as food server or flight attendant.
  • Much of the success of and recovery depends on taking the proper steps for excellent aftercare. Doing the right types of stretches and massage techniques consistently following the procedure is crucial.
  • Wear a good, high-quality sports bra after surgery. It should have plenty of structural support and you should wear it every day during the weeks after surgery.




It’s difficult enough to gather all the information needed to make the right decision for you regarding cosmetic surgery without having to sort through all the confusing misconceptions and myths that are out there! Everything ranging from rumors that an airline flight will cause breast implants to pop to the misguided idea that the sun will melt a nose implant after rhinoplasty. Sometimes the Internet is not our friend when it comes to getting reliable information. Here’s some great information from EmaxHealth.com to help separate the facts from fiction.

Myth: Plastic surgery is a luxury only the wealthy can afford.

Fact: As with any other lifestyle choice, the average person may have to save and budget for it, but it’s within reach. What most patients have in common is not their wealth, but that they want to feel good about their appearance and understand that treatments are available to address their concerns. Payment options are available for patients such as plans, financing, partial prepayment, etc. This helps make plastic surgery much more mainstream, and not only reserved for the super wealthy.

Myth: Plastic surgery is unsafe.

Fact: Since patients having plastic surgery are having a purely elective procedure, reputable plastic surgeons usually will insist that the patient have a full medical clearance to ensure the patient is medically cleared for surgery. Many patients are worried about anesthesia and possible complications, but anesthesia is very safe, even for patients who have significant medical problems. Patients can protect themselves by seeking a plastic surgeon who is ASPS board certified and checking with the state department of health to see if any complaints have been filed.

Myth: All plastic surgeons will provide the same results.

Fact: In addition to certification and track record, it is important to look for someone who specializes in aesthetic/cosmetic procedures. If a surgeon in interested in this area, he/she is more likely to be very up to date on the latest techniques, products, etc. Also, it is important to look for someone who specializes in the part of the body you are interested in improving, because there is no substitute for experience.

We love to hear happy words like these recent messages from our patients:

“THANK YOU! I had breast augmentation performed by Dr. Colgrove over 10 years ago. I just wanted to say that even after 10 years I am still receiving compliments and I am VERY happy with the lasting results of my procedure. I had a mammogram on Monday and the technician did not read my file letting her know that I had implants. She took one image and then asked if I had implants. She, as a mammogram technician, could not tell that I had implants and stated that my surgeon did an EXCEPTIONAL job. Thanks again!”

“I had a tummy tuck with Dr. Colgrove after having three children. I could not be happier with my results. My stretch marks are even gone! The staff was courteous, informative, and patient with all of my questions. Their office is clean and comfortable. It is not like going to the hospital for your surgery. I listened to what Dr. Colgrove told me to do before and after and got amazing results. I have little to no scarring and a flat tummy! Dr. Colgrove or his nurses were always available and returned my calls promptly with advice for me about any questions or concerns I had before and after surgery. I would definitely recommend Dr. Colgrove and have done so with many of my friends. In fact, if I have any other surgery, I will being going back to him. He’s the best!!!”
Referrals and reviews can be great tools to help you choose the cosmetic surgeon for your procedure. Here are just a few places to find and leave reviews:

The competitive bodybuilders of House of Payne Personal Training are some truly incredible, motivated people! You can get to know four dynamic women who take part in this demanding pursuit and hear about their personal experiences with having breast augmentation with Dr. Colgrove at Vinings Surgery Center in this video.

In this video, these four fabulous ladies discuss their reasons for having surgery, the concerns they had beforehand, how they chose between saline and silicone implants, their recovery process, and their advice on what to expect going into the process. They also share the experiences they had as they returned to their amazing exercise regimens, as well as how they feel about their results.

We would also love to hear about your own experiences! Please share below and on our Facebook page. We would love to hear from you!





Have you had a great experience at Vinings Surgery Center? Do you think Dr. Colgrove is just the best (we sure do!)? Don’t hold back! Share your experiences, advice and tips with others—they’ll be thankful for it, and so will we. There are plenty of places you can voice your thoughts. Here are just a few:

Here are some very kind words from a couple of our patients:

“I had surgery in 1994 with Dr Colgrove. I had a tummy tuck and breast lift. My experience was fantastic. I felt very at home with him and his staff. They went out of their way to make sure all my needs were taking care of. I was so happy with my experience that I have returned for several more surgeries. I wouldn’t let any one else do surgery on me or my family. I have referred several people to him and they have had excellent results as well. I highly recommend him and his staff for any procedure that their office does.”  — twju356, kudzu.com

“I went to see Dr. Colgrove for minor surgery on my nose, to have some capillaries removed …  It was a fantastic experience.  He has a beautiful office, and his staff are very professional.  Dr. Colgrove had a very calming bedside manner, and explained to me in detail what he was about to do.  I was there less than an hour, and the results were fantastic!” — Ron. R, yelp.com

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