Scottsdale Cosmetic Surgery Blog


Aug 31, 2017

Some women have a minor amount of breast sagging, but do not need a conventional breast lift. In fact, they are not even good candidates for a conventional lift. Instead, a mini lift, which utilizes a donut-shaped incision, may be a better option. If you live in Scottsdale, Phoenix or the surrounding areas, please call the practice of Dr. John J. Corey, at 855-515-4177, to learn more.

Mini vs. Standard Breast Lift: What's the Difference?

The main differences are as follows:

  • Incision location
  • Incision length
  • Amount of breast tissue removed

The donut lift elevates the position of the nipple. That is the primary outcome. In many procedures, it also reduces the size of the areola, but it depends on your goals. It may also remove minimally sagging breast tissue in the lower portion of the breasts.

Breast lift incision options Phoenix

The donut lift incision is a circle around the nipple. A full lift incision extends down the front of the breast, and sometimes horizontally along the bottom of the breast. In the donut lift, a second circular incision is made around the smaller circular incision, and the skin in between these incisions is removed to tighten mildly drooping breasts.

Candidates for the Donut Technique

Good candidates have very mild breast sagging and drooping nipples. They want to restore a firmer, perkier breast appearance. Here are some of the candidacy particulars:

  • Minimal breast sagging
  • Nipples that fall below the crease of the breasts
  • Generally good overall health
  • Realistic expectations of what the procedure can achieve

The only way to know if you are a good candidate is to visit Dr. Corey for a one-on-one consultation. You and he will discuss what changes you would like to see and the best way of achieving them.

Deciding Whether to Incorporate Breast Implants

Breast implants are often combined with a donut mastopexy. In fact, some women who think they need a donut mastopexy actually end up choosing breast implants alone to achieve the firmer breasts they want. If you want larger breasts, in addition to breasts with an overall improved shape and position, Dr. Corey may recommend combining breast implants with your lift. Very minimal sagging can sometimes be lifted with implants alone.

Scarring Left By Breast Lift Surgery

All procedures leave scars, including the mini breast lift. The scar is generally well-concealed in its location around the areola, where there is a change in skin color and texture that helps to camouflage it.

As a skilled and experienced breast surgeon, Dr. Corey does everything he can to minimize the appearance of the scar, but your genetics and unique skin will have some amount of influence over the final appearance. Here are a few things you can do to soften the appearance of the scar:

  • Don't smoke. Smoking and other tobacco use delays wound healing and can ultimately make your scar appear worse.
  • Avoid UV exposure. Sun exposure as well as tanning beds can darken the final appearance of your scar. Keep it concealed until it is fully matured, about a year after the surgery. Even then, you should conceal it from UV, but be sure to use sunscreen when it is not concealed.
  • Eat healthy foods. A healthy diet will help your skin heal after surgery.
  • Ask Dr. Corey about other techniques. Hydration, massage techniques and silicone gel sheets are all options that can have a positive effect on the scar appearance. Ask Dr. Corey if they will work for you.

Dr. Corey wants you to love your results. He will make sure you know what to expect from  your results and what things are not possible. Your results will be long-lasting, and Dr. Corey and our team want those results to enhance your self-confidence.

Breast Lift Pricing

The price of the procedure varies across the country, and from surgeon to surgeon. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says the average cost in 2016 was $4,636. At Dr. Corey's practice, the final cost depends on a number of factors, all of which will be discussed at your consultation. There is a cost difference between the full vs. mini procedure, and cost differences between implant-based vs. non-implant procedures. A surgeon's experience also influences cost, as well as the techniques and technology used.

Rest assured you will receive a complete cost estimate at the time of your consultation. You will be able to take this information and your candidacy information into consideration as you decide what to do next. For those who qualify, payment plans through Parasail are an option. These loans have a fixed interest rate and no monthly fees.

Longevity of Results

There is no predetermined amount of time a breast lift will last. The results achieved will be long-lasting, but they cannot be said to be permanent because natural processes will continue to affect your breast appearance:

  • Aging
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Sun exposure
  • Pregnancy

Some women choose to delay their breast lift until they no longer plan to have more children. Doing so eliminates the possibility that pregnancy changes will affect donut mastopexy results. Working to maintain a stable, healthy weight is also a good way to preserve your results, as is not smoking and wearing sunscreen when your chest is exposed to UV rays.

Breast Lift Statistics

Breast lift surgery continues to be a popular procedure in the US from year to year. In 2016, there were 101,261 breast lift procedures performed, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This number is up 2 percent from 2015, and 92 percent from the year 2000, when there were 52,836 procedures recorded.

Breast lift statistics

The majority of these breast lift procedures are mostly conventional, full lifts. But it is possible it includes a group of mini lifts. Regardless, these statistics tell us that breast rejuvenation continues to be important to women across the US. Breast augmentation continues to be the number one cosmetic procedure, with over 290,000 performed in 2016. But lifts are not far behind.

Finding Out if You are a Good Candidate

Dr. Corey can help you decide if the donut technique is right for you. His Scottsdale plastic surgery practice serves people from across our region of Arizona, and from other places as well. Many of our guests visit us from Phoenix and Chandler, as well as all of the surrounding areas. To schedule your consultation, please contact us at 855-515-4177.

Aug 28, 2017

Asking your Phoenix Breast Surgeon questionsChoosing a breast surgeon is an important decision. Ask yourself these 10 questions as you consider whether you have made the right choice:

1. Does the breast surgeon have training and experience I am confident in? You should feel good about the surgeon's training and experience. Dr. Corey is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a certification requiring rigorous demonstration of surgical skill and knowledge. He has been practicing plastic surgery since the early 1990s, and has served in several prestigious positions, including Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center from 1994-1999 and is the immediate Past- President of the Arizona Society of Plastic Surgeons.

2. Does the plastic surgeon have an eye for aesthetics, and a concern for achieving my goals? Dr. John J. Corey's skills are a marriage of technical precision and aesthetically pleasing personalization. Following his training in the United States, Dr. Corey sought further training in Brazil under renowned Brazilian surgeons. Dr. Corey saw first-hand how Brazilian techniques focus largely on the art of the human form, creating beautiful results. American techniques that Dr. Corey learned seemed to at times, place more emphasis on technical points. Together, these approaches to breast surgery produce outstanding results.

3. Does the office and surgeon make you feel comfortable? Do you feel listened to? You should feel great about the surgeon you choose! Oftentimes the deciding factor is hard to define because it's more intuitive. Dr. Corey is personally committed to your goals and wants you to be exceptionally happy with your results. The first step in that process is effective, relaxed communication and Dr. Corey prides himself on achieving that. Come in and meet Dr. Corey and our staff. We think you'll feel right at home...

4. Do I know how routinely they perform breast surgeries? Your plastic surgeon should perform breast surgeries routinely. Dr. Corey performs a wide array of breast surgeries on an almost daily basis. As a result, he has a level of experience and know-how that his patients love.

5. Do I know where the procedure will be performed? As you plan your breast surgery, the process should be explained to you by the doctor and staff. An important thing to know is where the procedure will be performed: An accredited surgical center? A local hospital? The Doctors office?  You should know this ahead of time.

6. Do I know what type of anesthetic will be used and what I should expect immediately after breast surgery? You want to know what to plan for. General anesthesia may take longer to wake up from than say, IV sedation or local only, and the effects can linger for a day or two so make sure you know what to expect.

7. Do I know when I will be able to go back to work? Just about every type of breast surgery requires you to take some time off from work. For most procedures, this time is brief. Most jobs can be resumed within four to seven days. Jobs involving heavy lifting can take a bit longer. to return to. Knowing ahead means you can take the right amount of time off from work to help ensure a relaxed recovery.

8. Do I have a good idea of what to expect from results? How difficult will it be to achieve the results I am looking for? Part of what Dr. Corey does is to make sure his patients understand what to expect. We want to make sure that the procedure can fulfill your expectations. Although there is no way to show you an exact prediction, looking at before-and-after photos and discussing the results with Dr. Corey is a good way to gauge what is possible.

9. Do I know what the scars will look like? All procedures leave scars. A skilled cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Corey knows how to make them as minimal as possible, but your particular genetics have a huge influence over their final appearance. Ask to see images of scar results so you can get a good idea of what to expect.

10. Have I been shown how this breast surgery aligns with my goals and expectations? After a thorough discussion of what you want to achieve, your breast surgeon should describe how the procedure they recommend will accomplish your goals. Dr. Corey is 100 percent committed to your best results, and he will describe all of your options and what to expect from each.

Want to learn more about us or schedule a consultation? Please contact us at 855-515-4177. Dr. Corey proudly serves people from across region, including Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler.

Aug 23, 2017

Concealing a tummy tuck scarAfter a tummy tuck, you'll want to do all you can to get the best possible scar and there are certain steps that can definitely help. A fully mature scar will look flatter and lighter in color than it did right after surgery, but that full maturation can take close to a year. So what are some of the things you might do to help increase your chances of getting the most unnoticeable scar possible?

First, avoiding UV exposure where the incision is located is a big one. In general, tanning either naturally or in a tanning bed worsens the appearance of scars, especially if they are still healing. And scarring aside, we know that both have been linked to skin cancer, even more of a concern. You may want to reconsider tanning at all, but if you do tan, certainly make sure the scar area is concealed beneath clothing or your swimsuit, and remember, some sheer swimsuits can allow UV penetration so you may want to use a good sunscreen AND cover up!!!

Next, avoid stretching and irritating the area around your scar. Skin tension can spread a scar, making it much more visible, as can tight fitting clothing that rubs. Dr. Corey may suggest protective tape that can help reduce the effects of both.

 Dr. Corey is a big believer in scar reducing silicone gel which he recommends for reducing the appearance of your scars, using it up to 6 months to a year!

Dr. John J. Corey is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He not only has years of technical experience, he is also trained and experienced in Brazilian cosmetic techniques that enable him to customize your procedure to your figure. He shares your goal that the most flattering, beautiful results are achieved, and that scarring is as minimal as possible.

If you live in Phoenix, Scottsdale or the surrounding areas and want to find out if a tummy tuck is right for you, please contact us at 855-515-4177, to arrange a consultation. 

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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