Scottsdale Cosmetic Surgery Blog


Jul 07, 2017

What's the Difference Between BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers?Injectables such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers offer unique benefits to reduce lines and wrinkles in the face. However, these injectable products provide different results and address specific signs of aging, among other skin issues. The main difference between BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers is the way in which they work to reduce lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers are used to restore volume or “fill in” wrinkles as well as plump up the cheeks or lips whereas BOTOX® works by “freezing” the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles to reduce their appearance and prevent them from worsening. Both BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers require repeat treatments to maintain results.

Our Scottsdale office offers cosmetic injectables and can help you determine which product will help you reach your ideal look as best as possible.

The Benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® is made of the bacteria botulinum toxin Type A and is a muscle relaxer. This injectable can treat more than aesthetic issues and is also used to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), migraine headaches, muscle weakness and twitching. BOTOX® Cosmetic is best used for lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle activity such as frowning and squinting. These are called “dynamic wrinkles” that naturally occur as you age and are near impossible to avoid in the long term.

BOTOX® Cosmetic has been on the market for more than 20 years and is an effective way to reduce wrinkles and restore a more youthful look. One BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment lasts approximately 3-4 months.

The Benefits of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are often made of hyaluronic acid, collagen, hydroxylapatite or poly-L-lactic acid. They work to eliminate specific wrinkles such as those around the lips and the vertical lines around the nose by promoting the natural production of collagen and adding volume to sunken areas of the face. Some fillers can be used for lip enhancement or to improve facial scarring such as acne scars. Common dermal fillers include Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra and Voluma. Dermal fillers are great, non-surgical options for skin rejuvenation, which tend to last longer than BOTOX®. Some filler options last up to two years.

If you’re interested in cosmetic injectables, please contact Dr. John Corey in Scottsdale today at (855) 515-4177 to schedule your consultation. Our skin care and plastic surgery office serves patients in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Chandler and nearby areas of Arizona. 

Jul 03, 2017

Why ABPS Board Certification Matters When You Choose a Plastic SurgeonWhen it comes to plastic surgery in Arizona, you want the best of the best in your area, and part of being a notable plastic surgeon involves having and maintaining board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). In order to gain ABPS certification, a plastic surgeon must have extensive training and education in this field of medicine as well as pass written and oral tests. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. John Corey, is not only ABPS board-certified but was also Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and has been voted one of the top doctors in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

There are many reasons to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon such as the peace of mind that comes with knowing your doctor is highly qualified to perform your plastic surgery. Additionally, you can trust that your physician:

  • Has finished his or her residency with an accredited institution.
  • Has made the commitment to be re-certified every eight years.
  • Devotes a minimum of 50 hours each year to continuing his or her medical education.
  • Has completed an advanced course on medical ethics, which ensures you receive quality care and compassion before, during and after your plastic surgery.

Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery isn’t a requirement to practice medicine, but it should be one of the deciding factors when you choose a plastic surgeon for your cosmetic procedure.

If you’re interested in enhancing your appearance with plastic surgery, please contact Dr. Corey in Scottsdale today at (855) 515-4177 to schedule your consultation. Our Arizona office serves clients in Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert and Phoenix. 

Jun 29, 2017

Why Choosing a Breast Revision Specialist is Important | AZSaline and silicone breast implants last longer than ever thanks to advanced techniques and materials available to plastic surgeons today. However, these results don’t last forever, and many women must undergo breast implant revision or replacement ten or more years following the original breast augmentation procedure. The initial breast augmentation procedure is distinctly different than breast revision surgery and must be performed by someone with the experience and skill necessary to improve the appearance of your breasts.

When it’s time to touch up your results, it’s important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast implant revision to ensure the best possible outcome.

Why Do I Need a Breast Implant Revision or Implant Replacement?

Breast implant revision is inevitable as aging continues to take a toll on your body and skin tissue, but there are also medical reasons such as an implant rupture that requires a second breast augmentation procedure and new breast implants. Common reasons you may need or want an implant replacement or revision include:

  • You’ve experience an implant rupture.
  • You’re unhappy with your initial results.
  • You wish to change the size or material of your implants.
  • You’ve begun to experience breast sagging and need a revision to restore your results.

Regardless of your reasoning, only a specialist can give you the best outcome with as little scarring as possible. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. John Corey, has specialized in implant revisions for more than 20 years and can discuss your options during your initial consultation.

If you’re interested in breast augmentation or need a breast implant revision, please contact our aesthetic plastic surgery office in Scottsdale, AZ today at (855) 515-4177. Dr. Corey and our skilled medical staff serve patients throughout Arizona including Phoenix, Gilbert, Chandler and Tempe. 

Jun 26, 2017

Liposuction for Men & Other Popular Plastic Surgeries | AZWhen you think of plastic surgery, you likely assume most patients are women. While the ratio of male to female plastic surgery patients is still heavily comprised of women, more and more men are seeking liposuction and other cosmetic procedures to turn back time or improve an area of their body. Liposuction was the number one invasive surgery among men in 2016, with more than 45,000 procedures performed. June is Men’s Health Month, and our board-certified plastic surgeon is ready to help you achieve your ideal goals for your body and face.

Some of the other popular procedures for men in 2016 included:

  • Breast Reduction to treat Gynecomastia: Approximately one in four men have gynecomastia, which is a condition that causes breast enlargement made up of excess breast tissue or fat. Male breast reduction for gynecomastia was performed more than 31,000 times in 2016.
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery): An eyelid lift or eyelid surgery is done for both cosmetic and functional reasons such as when a drooping eyelid interferes with vision. More than 28,000 men had a blepharoplasty in 2016, which involves repositioning and tightening muscles in the eyelid and removing any excess fat or skin tissue.
  • Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery): Nose surgery is typically done in your teenage years or early 20s and is performed to correct a deviated septum or improve the size and shape of your nose.
  • Chin Augmentation: This is a common procedure for men performed to achieve a more pronounced jaw line.

Non-invasive options such as cosmetic injectables are also popular choices for men looking to get rid of facial lines and wrinkles.

If you’re interested in plastic surgery, please call Dr. Corey in Scottsdale today at (855) 515-4177 to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler and Tempe, Arizona areas.

Jun 22, 2017

Restore Your Post-Baby Body with a Mommy Makeover | AZPregnancy is an amazing gift, and most women agree the pain and sacrifice involved in giving birth are well worth it. However, childbirth takes a great toll on a woman’s body, and many moms in Arizona undergo mommy makeovers to restore areas of their body to their pre-baby prime. A mommy makeover typically involves several plastic surgeries performed at once such as breast augmentation or a breast lift, liposuction and a tummy tuck. However, your mommy makeover will be tailored to fit your needs and address your specific issues and goals for your body.

When Can I Have a Mommy Makeover?

Some of our patients wish to have a mommy makeover as soon as possible after pregnancy, but it’s important to give your body time to heal. We generally recommend you wait at least nine months to a year after giving birth, so your uterus has time to contract. We also suggest you:

  • Wait until you’re done having children to have any form of plastic surgery.
  • Wait six months after you’ve finished breastfeeding, so your breasts have returned to their normal state.
  • Be as close to your ideal weight as possible before your mommy makeover.
  • Wait until your children are old enough not to require being held or picked up constantly.
  • Have a friend or family member available to help take care of your children while you recover from your procedure(s).
  • Have realistic expectations for your mommy makeover results.

Every woman is unique, and our board-certified plastic surgeon can help determine the right time and procedures for your mommy makeover during your consultation in Scottsdale.

Plastic surgery is not a substitute for weight loss, but rather a way to enhance your appearance when you have reached or are close to your goal weight.

If you’re interested in a mommy makeover or any other form of plastic surgery, please contact Dr. John Corey in Scottsdale today at (855) 515-4177 to schedule your consultation. Our aesthetic plastic surgery office serves patients in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa and surrounding areas of Arizona. 

May 10, 2017

7 Tummy Tuck Questions You Need to Ask a Plastic Surgeon | ScottsdaleA tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is an invasive procedure that requires a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon to achieve your desired results. It’s important to “shop around” when looking for the right plastic surgeon and create a list of questions to ask during your consultation to ensure you’re making the best decision for you and your health. Additionally, there are a few types of tummy tucks which vary in invasiveness and the resulting scars.

Some of the most important questions to ask your plastic surgeon include:

  1. Are you board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery? Board certification requires surgeons to have extensive training and stay up to date with the latest techniques and technologies available for this field.
  2. Do you have before and after photos for tummy tuck procedures? Look at the plastic surgeon’s before and after gallery to get an idea of what they’re capable of and your potential results. You can also reach out to former patients about their experience with that plastic surgeon.
  3. What surgical facilities do you partner with and are they accredited and state-licensed? Plastic surgeons typically use nearby surgical centers to perform procedures, and you need to know which facility you’ll be admitted to for the surgery.
  4. What type of tummy tuck do you recommend for me? Our board-certified plastic surgeon offers full and mini tummy tucks as well as combination options such as the mommy makeover.
  5. Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck? The best candidates for tummy tucks are close to their goal weight, in good health and have reasonable expectations for their results. Women interested in tummy tucks should also be done having children as pregnancy can reverse the outcome.
  6. What should I expect during my recovery? The recovery period for a tummy tuck will depend on whether you have a full or mini abdominoplasty and may require you to have outside help from family and friends, especially if you have small children.
  7. How are complications handled and what are my options if Im unhappy with my results? Most plastic surgeons have a protocol for these situations and will work with you to make sure you achieve the best outcome possible for your tummy tuck.

If you’re interested in a tummy tuck, please contact Dr. Corey in Scottsdale today at (855) 515-4177 to schedule your consultation. Dr. John Corey is a board-certified plastic surgeon who serves clients in Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler and Tempe, Arizona. 

Mar 29, 2017

Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey works to minimize postoperative discomfort following liposuction. Call 855-515-4177 to learn moreBoard-certified Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey utilizes advanced liposuction techniques, enabling him to reduce surgical trauma along with recovery time. By reducing trauma to tissue surrounding the incision site, Dr. Corey can assist in lessening postoperative discomfort as well. However, some medications prescribed by Dr. Corey may be necessary for complete control of discomfort during the initial phase of recovery.

Discomfort from liposuction typically lasts less than one week and can be managed by closely following the pre and postoperative instructions provided by our office.

Advanced Liposuction in Arizona

Dr. Corey prefers suction assisted liposuction to some of the other trendy techniques available today. He feels it is the best technique to completely remove the fat cells.

Suction assisted liposuction works to break apart stubborn fat deposits, allowing for easier and more complete removal. Because fat is broken up or liquefied prior to removal, force is not needed during these liposuction procedures. Eliminating the forceful breaking apart of fat reduces damage to muscles and tissue surrounding the treatment area, in turn reducing pain following liposuction and allowing for a faster and more rewarding recovery experience.

It would, of course, be irresponsible to suggest that liposuction recovery is pain free, but we will work directly with you to ensure the most comfortable experience possible. Following recovery, your results will be permanent, making any temporary discomfort well worth the amazing benefits you can enjoy in just a few short months after your liposuction procedure. Additionally, the use of lymphatic massage has been shown to help the body recover faster and the swelling to subside.

To learn more about liposuction recovery, please contact John J. Corey, MD today. Located in Scottsdale, our plastic surgeon serves Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, and all surrounding areas of Arizona.

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Mar 22, 2017

How much will your tummy tuck cost? Call Mesa plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey at 855-515-4177 to schedule a consultation and find out.The cost of tummy tuck surgery is dependent on different of factors, including the type of tummy tuck being performed and various anatomical considerations. This can make it difficult to give a blanket “here is how much a tummy tuck costs” statement. The best way to learn how much your tummy tuck will cost is through a private and confidential consultation with board-certified Mesa plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey. During this consultation Dr. Corey will assess your frame, talk about your tummy tuck options, and be able to provide you with a clear idea of how much your procedure will cost. Without first meeting with you, it is difficult to provide an entirely accurate cost analysis.

Financing Your Procedure

Because the cost of tummy tuck surgery is a necessary consideration for many of our patients, we have found that offering special financing opportunities enables even those who do not have the cash on hand to undergo this life-changing procedure. We work directly with Prosper Healthcare Lending to provide financing for tummy tuck and other plastic surgery procedures, helping men and women throughout Arizona obtain the funds needed to restore abdominal strength, slim the waist, and tone the entire midsection.

Understanding that a price cannot be placed on personal satisfaction, even when such things need consideration, Prosper Healthcare Lending offers a range of financing options that can work with nearly any budget. During your initial consultation we can discuss this in more detail or you can visit Prosper online to review your options and apply for financing for your tummy tuck procedure. You can also call us at 855-515-4177 with questions about payment options and financing opportunities, or to schedule a consultation and learn more.

Located in Scottsdale, our plastic surgeon welcomes patients from Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, and all surrounding areas. Please contact us today to schedule your initial consultation and learn how we can help you reach all of your body contouring goals.

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Mar 15, 2017

Your mommy makeover will be customized by Chandler plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey to meet you exact needs. Call 855-515-4177 to schedule a consultation and learn more.Motherhood changes the body in ways that may be resistant to diet and exercise. Pregnancy and nursing can also alter breast shape, symmetry, and volume, further contributing to an overall loose, saggy, and undefined appearance. If you have found your body altered in ways you are uncomfortable with after having children, Chandler plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey can help. Call us at 855-515-4177 to schedule a consultation and learn more.

Mommy makeover surgery is designed to target all of the areas impacted by pregnancy and nursing. This may include:

  • Breast augmentation to increase volume and produce ideal symmetry
  • Breast lift to restore firmness and proper position to the bust
  • Liposuction to remove stubborn fat from all areas of the body
  • Tummy tuck to restore core muscles, remove unnecessary skin, and tone the entire midsection

Of course, pregnancy impacts each woman differently and no two mommy makeovers are identical. The best way to find out which procedures will produce the results you desire is through a one-on-one consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon. During this meeting, Dr. Corey will listen to your concerns, carefully assess those areas of the body you are unhappy with, and recommend the procedures most suitable for your needs. Complete customization of the mommy makeover procedure allows for personalized results. We look forward to an opportunity to meet with you and discuss this in greater detail and to help you start the process of reclaiming your body.

To schedule your mommy makeover consultation with Dr. Corey, please contact us today. We welcome moms from Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, Phoenix, and all surrounding areas of Arizona.

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Mar 08, 2017

Nicotine, even in “vape” form, will impact plastic surgery recovery. To learn more, call Tempe plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey at 855-515-4177 todayTempe plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey strongly recommends quitting smoking before undergoing any aesthetic procedure. Cigarettes slow recovery time, increase risks of infection and encourage irregular scarring that can forever mar your results. To eliminate these risks, quitting at least six weeks before your procedure is encouraged.

It may seem like a safe bet to assume that these risks are linked to the 4,000+ chemicals found in cigarette smoke, most of which are not present in e-cigarettes. However, it is nicotine itself that causes these problems, and a new study conducted by researchers at Mount Saini Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine has found the e-cigarettes are just as harmful during plastic surgery recovery.

Nicotine constricts blood vessels. When blood vessels are constricted, oxygenated blood cannot quickly flow to the surgical site. One of the biggest risks posed by vasoconstriction is poor incision healing, but more serious medical complications can be caused by this process as well. In this latest study, it was found that eliminating all nicotine from the system was necessary to reduce these risks and complications, making it important that e-cigarettes be stopped as well as patches, gum, and any other product containing nicotine that may be used as an alternative to traditional cigarettes before you undergo plastic surgery. Your health and happiness may quite literally rely on it.

Healthy living plays a role in plastic surgery results. Our dedication to assisting patients in this is one of the things that distinguishes our Arizona plastic surgery practice from many others. When appropriate, we work directly with trusted and licensed nutritionists, physical trainers, and health experts to assist patients in preparing for their procedures. If assistance in quitting smoking or otherwise preparing for plastic surgery would be useful for you, we will gladly discuss these options during your initial consultation.

To schedule your consultation, please contact John J. Corey, MD today. Dr. Corey is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, and all surrounding areas from our conveniently located Scottsdale office. 

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