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Nov 13, 2017

Saline breast implant removal in ScottsdaleThere are situations in which women may feel that they have arrived at a point in their life where they no longer want to have their breast implants. But for many of these women, they dread the idea of going back to surgery, with the operating room costs, not to mention the time it takes to recover from the effects of general anesthesia and the added expense for that as well. But there are conditions in which breast implants may be removed in the office under just local anesthesia!

Dr. Corey has been very successful in removing implants in an office setting with the patients experiencing almost no pain, and feeling good enough to walk out the door afterwards. There are some conditions that apply and it is not for everyone.

First of all, Dr. Corey insists that they be saline implants. These do not require a big incision and in most cases are deflated during the procedure to aid in a comfortable removal. Silicone implants can be a bit more stubborn to remove and there is always the chance that an undetected rupture could be found and this requires a bit more effort and treatment at the time of surgery to make sure that no silicone filler from the implant is left behind.

Second of all, the thinner the patient's breast tissue is and the closer the implant is to the surface, the easier it is for office removal. Should there be too much native breast tissue overlaying the implant, it may be difficult to comfortably get to the capsule that holds the implant inside. The ideal patient has a thin covering of tissue at the bottom of her breast, which can be thoroughly anesthetized, and the implant can be easily felt and removed. A few sutures are placed and with a bandage and a snug wrap, she is on her way!

Oct 30, 2017

Aren't sure whether you are a tummy tuck candidate? Take our quiz to learn more! Then schedule a one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey. To arrange your appointment, please call our Scottsdale, AZ office at 855-515-4177.

Oct 24, 2017

Tummy tuck results in ScottsdaleNo one likes a flabby belly! Even in clothing you may not like the way your abdomen protrudes. A tummy tuck creates a flatter, tighter abdominal area by surgically removing the extra fat and skin and when needed, even tightening up muscles that have become stretched. To learn more, please call the Scottsdale, AZ practice of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John J. Corey at 855-515-4177. We look forward to meeting you to discuss your goals!

What to Expect Before the Procedure

So you are interested in a tummy tuck and wondering what to do next – the very first step is your consultation with Dr. Corey! There will be several objectives when you visit, including:

  • Discussion of your goals and what your priorities are (swimsuits, workout clothes, dresses or jeans etc)
  • Whether your goal can be attained through diet and exercise and where you are in overall health, lifestyle and fitness
  • Whether your goal can be achieved surgically and if you are a good candidate

Dr. Corey wants to make sure you find the absolute best course to achieving your goals. If a tummy tuck is the right option, he will explain why and also what other surgical options might be available to you. But if he thinks there may be a better path to getting the look you want, he will be very honest and tell you so. For some, a fitness and nutrition plan might be all they need, while others may require surgery to change the things that the gym and dieting can't. As a board-certified plastic surgeon who is passionate about what he does, Dr. Corey wants each and every patient to feel their rejuvenated best and when needed, to help patients achieve what they could not do on their own.

Your Tummy Tuck Appointment Day

It's perfectly normal to feel nervous about your first visit, and Dr. Corey and our staff will ensure that you're comfortable throughtout the enitre process and that all of your questions are answered. There are variations on the conventional tummy tuck procedure, and Dr. Corey will discuss with you the different techniques, how they vary and which one would be the ideal one for you based on your goals and physical presentation. 

Generally, the following things will be accomplished in a tummy tuck:

  • Incisions are kept low so as to easily hide under jeans, workout clothes or a bikini bottom
  • Excess skin and fat are removed to give tightness and contour to the tummy.
  • If abdominal muscles have stretched apart, sutures are used to stitch them together.
  • The incisions are carefully closed to give the best scar possible. 

Don't worry – Before your surgery we will discuss your procedure in detail. Tummy tuck is a big operation and we want to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible before making your decision!

The Recovery and Follow-Up Phases

Tummy tuck surgeon Scottsdale AZOur team will make sure you are prepared to return home following your surgery. Your incision will be covered by surgical tape and a drain will have been placed to remove any excess fluid. Pain and swelling are quite normal after this procedure. During surgery Dr. Corey now injects a long acting local anesthesia (Exparel) directly into the muscles and this has helped to dramatically reduce the discomfort, for up to 4-5 days. Dr. Corey also prescribes medications to assist with pain control and muscle relaxation as well.

You will need to take some time off from work after tummy tuck surgery, about 10 to 14 days. During this time you will need to abstain from strenuous activity beyond walking. You should be able to return to work after a couple weeks, but continue to abstain from strenuous activity for 6 weeks.

You should see your final results within 6 months after your surgery and if you eat well, exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle, it makes both you and your result last even longer!!!! 

Arrange Your Consultation

Ready to find out if a tummy tuck is right for you? If you live in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa or any of the surrounding areas in Arizona, please call the practice of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John J. Corey at 855-515-4177. We look forward to meeting you!

Sep 29, 2017

Breast implant revision surgery Scottsdale

Breast implants do not last forever. At some point, most women require or elect a breast implant revision. There are three main reasons why:

  • Breast changes. Unfortunately, breast implants can't stop the effects of time! Over the years, your breast tissues may begin to sag and droop, although the drooping may be less noticeable because of your breast implants. Many women decide to replace their breast implants with slightly larger ones in order to fill out tissue that has become a bit loose and give a firmer shape given the effects of time and gravity.
  • Breast implant changes. Breast implants are susceptible to rupturing over time. When a saline implant ruptures, the fluid will leak out harmlessly and will be absorbed by your body and your breast will look completely deflated and very easy to see. A silicone rupture is not obvious, which is why regular MRIs are recommended for women with silicone implants. A revision is necessary when rupture occurs.
  • Capsule problems. After implant placement, your body naturally forms a capsule of your own scar tissue around the breast implant. This capsule should be relatively soft and flexible. When it hardens – a condition known as capsular contracture a procedure to loosen or even remove the capsule may be needed. This may require replacement of the implant as well. Another type of capsule problem known as malposition, is caused when the capsule forms in such a way that the implant is held in an undesirable position.

Additionally, many women choose breast implant revision because they want to change the size, shape or type of implant. For example, you may prefer to increase or decrease the size at some point, or change from saline to silicone breast implants. It is common for women, over time, to desire a change in their look, and this can be addressed with implant revision.

What To Do Next

If you are considering revision, seek out a surgeon with a certain set of skills and experience. Many plastic surgeons won't perform revisions if they didn't place the original implants. Dr. John Corey is an experienced breast surgeon who has completed thousands of revisions over the years, giving him a distinct advantage. In implant revision surgery, as with any field of medicine, first making the correct diagnosis leads to a much higher rate of success!

Ready to learn more? Please call our Scottsdale, AZ office at 855-515-4177. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your options for breast implant revision.

 

 

Sep 28, 2017

5 Reasons to Consider Cosmetic Injectables This Fall

Fall is upon us and each season brings change, and Injectable fillers and BOTOX® may be just the change to smooth out signs of aging on your face and restore firmer, more youthful skin. To learn more, please call the Scottsdale, AZ office of Dr. John J. Corey at 855-515-4177.

Cosmetic injectables for the autumn season in Phoenix

 

 

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. 

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