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Spotlight on: Anita Zargar, RN, BSN

What she does at VSC: What keeps my job exciting is that each day is a little different. Mondays are predominantly for surgery re-checks and surgery consultations. On these days, I assist Dr. Colgrove with patient examinations in order to ensure they are progressing accordingly after surgery. Wednesdays are when most pre-operative appointments are done. I especially enjoy pre-ops because it allows an opportunity to further educate our patients with the knowledge they need regarding expectations during the day of surgery and after surgery. Lastly, on Fridays, I spend my day in the operating room helping Dr. Colgrove with surgery followed by monitoring my patient’s condition in the recovery room until they are ready to be discharged home.

Joined Vinings Surgery Center in: April of 2011

What she loves most about what she does:  I enjoy working with patients that are choosing to better their lives and attitudes by undertaking cosmetic surgery. I have the opportunity to build a relationship with my patients from the moment they walk in for their consultation until they have progressed through their post-operative appointments. It’s a rewarding feeling to be there for them every step of the way!

What  she hopes her clients gain from treatment: The perception of an individual is oftentimes a reflection of how they view themselves. With that said, my hope for patients is to transform their specific insecurity to confidence so they can channel it to their goals and successes. What I find the most rewarding in my work is to see patients return after surgery with renewed confidence!

Her biggest piece of advice for patients: Be open and confident about what you want to achieve with your desired look. At Vinings Surgery Center, we care about each one of our patients and want them to have the best experience possible.

What she does when she’s not working: I am currently in graduate school obtaining a master’s to one day become a family nurse practitioner. When I am not studying, I spend my time exercising and spending time with my friends and family.

Spotlight on: Tonya Brannon, RN, BSN

What she does at VSC: My main focus includes pre-op appointments, were I spend at least an hour with patients prior to surgery to discuss what they can expect the day of surgery, after the surgery and everything in between, including lab results, prescriptions, what to wear and address any questions or concerns they may have. I am also in the operating room with the patient during surgery and help patients recover until they are ready to go home.

Joined Vinings Surgery Center in: July 2007

What she loves most about what she does: Our patients have a choice and they chose us. So it is my responsibility to make sure every patient is as comfortable as possible through the entire process and make them feel confident in their decision.

What  she hopes her clients gain from treatment: No matter how small or big the procedure is, whether it is Botox or a tummy tuck, I want patients to enjoy the process of working with us, and most importantly LOVE the outcome so they can walk with their head held a little higher. Everyone is nervous when they come in, and that is OK! But we do this everyday and we are going to take care of you every step of the way. So sit back and enjoy the ride, because it is an exciting experience.

Favorite things to do for fun: I have a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old … I don’t have time for fun! They are my whole world, so I enjoy spending my days with them and quite time with my husband of 11 years. When I do have spare time I enjoy running.

Come meet Tonya in person! For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 770-955-9000 or email vsc@colgrove.com.

Join Dr. Robert Colgrove and his staff at Vinings Surgery Center this month for these great, informative and FREE seminars:

Breast Augmentation Seminar

Wednesday, August 15, at 12:30 p.m.

During this seminar, Dr. Colgrove will offer in-depth information about the procedure and will be available for personal consultations and evaluations. He and the knowledgeable VSC staff will answer questions and address concerns, while providing you with all the information you need to make your decision about breast augmentation.

Sculptra®Aesthetic and eMax Laser Seminar

Wednesday, August 29, at 12 p.m.

During this seminar, you will learn about the eMax laser, which delivers a comprehensive range of aesthetic applications to successfully treat a broad spectrum of hair colors, skin textures and skin tones.

You’ll also learn about the benefits of Sculptra®Aesthetic, which include:

• It works gradually to replace lost collagen – a key cause of wrinkles, lines and folds.
• It can give subtle yet noticeable results that can last up to 25 months.
• Treatment sessions are, on the average, just three injections over a few months.

Space is limited. Please call 770-955-9000 to reserve your spot and for more information.

It’s the season for skirts, shorts and swimsuits, but if you have spider veins, you may be reluctant to bare your legs this summer. Sclerotherapy, now offered at Vinings Surgery Center, is a safe, effective and virtually painless way to eliminate this annoying (though not at all uncommon) cosmetic issue. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, at least half of all women develop small clusters of red, blue or purple veins that appear on the thighs, calves and ankles.

In some women, spider veins become noticeable in their early 20s. For others, the veins may not become obvious until they reach their 40s. Men get spider veins, too. However, usually they are concealed by hair growth on the leg.

A number of factors may contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs, including:

• Heredity

• Pregnancy

• Hormonal shifts

• Weight gain

• Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, such as running, professional nursing, etc.

Sclerotherapy is the injection of a solution into each affected vein, causing it to collapse and fade. It can be performed on people of any age and is a good option for you if:

• You are bothered by spider veins anywhere on your body.

• You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for your spider vein treatment.

• You are committed to following your plastic surgeon’s prescribed course of treatment.

Nurse injector Carmen Wagner administers sclerotherapy at Vinings Surgery Center. She has been with the center for six years, and also administers fillers and Botox treatment. According to Wagner, sclerotherapy can be a more effective and longer-lasting vein solution than laser treatments, since it gets to the source of the spider veins and eradicates them completely. Wagner says she loves working with patients to provide sclerotherapy because “it makes such a big difference in their lives and how they see themselves.”

Sclerotherapy requires no anesthesia and is usually performed in an outpatient setting. Two or more sessions, each lasting about 20 to 30 minutes, Wagner says, are usually required to obtain optimal results. Although everyone is different, you can generally expect to receive one injection for every inch of spider vein that is treated. Bright light and magnification may be used to ensure maximum precision while the skin is held taut to inject sclerosing solution. A cotton ball and compression tape is often applied to each injection site as it is finished.

After treatment, you may be instructed to wear support hose to help your legs heal. You may feel some cramping in your legs for the first day or two after treatment. This discomfort is temporary and usually doesn’t require prescription medication. You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for your legs following treatment, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to return for a follow-up appointment.

For more information or to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Colgrove, call (770) 955-9000 or visit www.colgrove.com.

Compiled using information from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

You’re invited to join Dr. Robert Colgrove and his staff at Vinings Surgery Center for one of our upcoming lunch and informational seminars focusing on breast augmentation. The next seminars will be held:

  • Wednesday, May 16, 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 20, 12:30 p.m.

During the seminars, Dr. Colgrove will offer in-depth information about the procedure and will be available for personal consultations and evaluations. He and the great VSC staff will answer questions and address concerns, while providing you with all the information you need to make your decision about breast augmentation.

Dr. Colgrove is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has practiced in this Atlanta area for more than 20 years. His surgical skills have produced many satisfied clients, most of whom return to him for additional procedures.

This event is free and space is limited. Please call 770-955-9000 to reserve your spot and for more information.

Spotlight on: Stephanie Graiser, RN (soon-to-be Stephanie Bauman, RN)

Role at Vinings Surgery Center: Mondays, I assist Dr. Colgrove in clinic day for all rechecks. Wednesdays, I perform pre-ops or work with the new patients in their consult. I spend Thursdays and Fridays in surgery. I enjoy being with the patient from the beginning during the consult all the way through to the surgery and then onto the recovery phase!

Joined the staff in: 2010, after being a patient in 2008.

What she loves most about what she does: After working on a neurology unit for 3 years, I love working at VSC because everyone is happy, healthy and wants to be there. I also really enjoy developing relationships with the patients and helping them feel comfortable while going through a life-enhancing process.

What she hopes patients gain: My hope for patients is for their embarrassing or bothersome areas to be transformed into confidence boosters. Patients often come in feeling nervous or self-conscious. By the time they are done healing after surgery, you can see they walk with their head a little higher and have a pep in their step!

Her biggest piece of advice: My biggest piece of advice for the patients is to bring your caregiver/spouse/friend to the consult and pre-op. It is very important for the caregiver to understand what the surgical and recovery process is to better know what to expect. Patients heal much better when they are thoroughly cared for and not made to feel guilty for going through with the surgery. Everyone needs a positive support system.

Favorite things to do for fun: I stay very active with working out, running, playing softball, tennis and flag football or just being outside. I enjoy going to church and participating in a small group. I love to spend time with my fiance, family and friends. I also stay very busy planning to marry my best friend this summer!

Come meet Stephanie in person! For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 770-955-9000 or email vsc@colgrove.com.

Yesterday’s free lunch-and-learn seminar focusing on breast augmentation gave attendees the valuable opportunity to ask Dr. Colgrove and his staff questions about the most popular procedure at Vinings Surgery Center.

During the seminar, Dr. Colgrove offered in-depth information about breast augmentation and specific types of implants. He explained the differences between silicone and saline implants, as well as the pros and cons of each type. Dr. Colgrove also spoke to participants about what to expect in the recovery and healing process following the surgery, emphasizing the importance of stretching, massage, and the use of high-quality support bras in the weeks after the procedure is done. He introduced the group to his nursing staff, which is always on hand to answer questions, address concerns and walk patients through the entire process.

Curt Trogdon of Allergan, maker of the Natrelle® silicone implant, was on hand to give attendees in-depth information about the implants. Attendees were reminded that, for a limited time, patients who select Natrelle® implants receive a free Botox® treatment or Latisse® for themselves and a friend.

Dr. Colgrove also gave personal consultations and evaluations to each attendee, giving each woman all the information she would need to help her in making a decision about breast augmentation.

Check back often for more information on upcoming seminars. We’d love to hear from you about seminar topics you’d like to see. Let us know!

Please join Dr. Robert Colgrove and his staff at Vinings Surgery Center Wednesday, March 21, at 1 p.m. for lunch and an informational seminar focusing on breast augmentation.

During the seminar, Dr. Colgrove will offer in-depth information about the procedure and will be available for personal consultations and evaluations. He and the staff will answer questions and address concerns, while providing you with all the information you need to make your decision about breast augmentation.

Dr. Colgrove is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has practiced in this Atlanta area for more than 20 years. His surgical skills have produced many satisfied clients, most of whom return to him for additional procedures.

This event is free, with space limited to the first 12 participants to register. Please call 770-955-9000 to reserve your spot and for more information.

There are so many things that make Vinings Surgery Center stand out from the rest. Specialized attention, vast professional experience, time devoted to inform and educate patients, and a comfortable, relaxed environment are just a few of the qualities that make it unique. And at the top of the list of what sets Vinings Surgery Center apart is Dr. Colgrove himself. Get to know him a little better now with our video spotlight.

Robert A. Colgrove, Jr., M.D. is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

He has been a licensed Medical Doctor (MD) since 1981 and his private practice specializes in plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He is a graduate of Loma Linda University Medical School, one of the oldest medical schools in California. Upon completing medical school, Dr. Colgrove began an extensive internship and residency in general surgery at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Residency in plastic surgery was then completed at Charles F. Kettering Hospital in Dayton. Dr. Colgrove moved to Cobb County, Georgia, in 1986 and worked to build a plastic surgery practice that would specialize in the excellence of surgical results with personal patient care. He lectures on a regular basis to hospital groups, radio and television talk shows and business organizations, and is an educator emphasizing the various aspects of plastic surgery. Dr. Colgrove continues to hold staff privileges at WellStar Kennestone Hospital and Emory Adventist Hospital. He has held the position of Chief of Plastic Surgery at two local hospitals. On a personal note, Dr. Colgrove resides in Atlanta, where he is an active member of the ALTA tennis organization and plays at the “A” level. He enjoys swimming, biking, weight-lifting, wake boarding and motorcycle riding.

Contact Atlanta Plastic Surgeon Dr. Colgrove to Schedule a Consultation

For more information about treatments and procedures by Board Certified Atlanta Plastic Surgeon, Robert A. Colgrove, Jr., M.D. at Vinings Surgery Center please visit us at www.colgrove.com Vinings Surgery Center is taking patients from Greater Atlanta Georgia, Buckhead, Marietta, Roswell, Dunwoody and surrounding areas. See Our Cosmetic Surgery Price List

Spotlight on: Jennifer Garrity RN, BSN, nurse injector (recently married, previously Jennifer Carey)

Services she offers: Injections of Botox for facial rejuvenation and dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane and Sculptra, which replace facial volume that is lost with age. Botox and Dysport relax facial muscles to give a more rested and refreshed look.

Joined Vinings Surgery Center in: 2005

What she loves most about what she does: “I love the relationships that I acquire with my clients. We get to know each other and work together to help them achieve their desired goals.”

What  she hopes her clients gain from treatment: “I want my clients to feel like they still look natural. They love when people tell them, ‘I don’t know what your doing, but you look great.’ When I hear this, I know that we are on the right track.”

Favorite things to do for fun: “I love spending time with my friends and family, especially my husband and dogs. We are looking forward to football season in the fall. Go DAWGS!  I also enjoy running and yoga.”

Come meet Jennifer in person! For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 770-955-9000 or email vsc@colgrove.com.

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