Breast Augmentation vs. Fat Transfer

Breast Augmentation vs. Fat Transfer

Breast Augmentation | Fat Transfer | Palm Springs | Palm Desert CACosmetic surgery techniques and technologies have evolved rapidly over the last two decades, giving rise to a number of cutting-edge procedures for the face, body, and breast. Many women are keen to increase the size of their breasts to make them more proportionate to the rest of the body. A plastic surgeon will usually recommend breast augmentation through implants to enhance the breast size. However, of late, a few surgeons are also willing to consider fat transfer surgical technique as an option to improve breast size.

An experienced cosmetic surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of both treatment options so that the patient is in a position to make the right choice to meet her unique aesthetic goals. Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is a well-known plastic surgeon providing state of the art breast surgery and other procedures. Patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations can receive the latest plastic surgery procedures from Dr. Q in a safe and professional surgical environment.

Prove and Accepted Procedures

A cosmetic surgery procedure such as breast augmentation is primarily an elective surgery, which makes it even more important to maintain patient safety as the topmost priority over other considerations. An experienced plastic surgeon will evaluate the safety profile of both breast implant surgery and fat transfer technique in view of a patient’s individual aesthetic goals and other factors.

Safety standards in the case of breast implant plastic surgery are well-established. Both silicone and saline breast implants have been approved by the FDA several years ago. Extensive research has gone into this area, and thousands of breast implant procedures are conducted each year in the United States with very successful and predictable results. Advanced qualities of highly cohesive silicone implants have practically eliminated the risk of leakage even in the event of implant rupture.

The fat transfer technique for breast augmentation, on the other hand, has not been widely accepted as a standard procedure as of now. Adequate medical research has not been conducted to determine the effectiveness of this technique with regard to breast enhancement. As a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Q is completely dedicated to the safety of her patients in every procedure she provides. She receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for various surgical and non-surgical procedures.

Scope of Increasing Breast Size

Breast implants surgery is usually ideal for patients who are keen to achieve a significant increase in the breast size. Implants are available in sizes ranging from 120cc to 960cc. Patients also have a choice of shapes, profiles, and textures in implants. The breast surgeon can deliver fairly customized outcomes with a treatment plan that closely matches with the patient’s aesthetic goals.

In the fat transfer breast augmentation technique, one of the first limitations is the volume of spare fat tissue that is available in other parts of the body. Gluteal area, lips, and cheeks can be augmented successfully with fat transfer, but in case of breast enlargement, only a marginal enhancement may be achieved.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at  760-324-2660.

Your Breast Augmentation Surgery Before and After Photos

Breast Augmentation | Breast Implant Results | Palm Desert | Palm SpringsYour Breast Augmentation Surgery Before and After Photos

Breast augmentation cosmetic surgery procedure is designed to increase the size of breasts by way of surgical insertion of breast implants. In some cases, the procedure may be performed as a reconstructive plastic surgery to compensate for breast tissue loss due to mastectomy or a traumatic injury to the breasts. In any case, it is important the procedure should be performed only on suitable candidates.

During the initial consultation process, the cosmetic surgeon will show breast augmentation surgery before and after photos to explain various aspects of the procedure, and help her make the right decision. Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is a reputed plastic surgeon providing this procedure to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other areas.

What are Breast Augmentation Before and After Images?

Before and after images in case of breast augmentation surgery refer to a pair or group of pictures belonging to a previous patient who has received the same procedure with a successful outcome. The pictures include images taken prior to the cosmetic surgery and after the surgery at a stage when the initial swelling and bruising have disappeared and full effects of the procedure are visible.

The cosmetic surgeon will take these pictures with the patient’s consent, and use them in a discreet way for new patients of breast augmentation. The pictures can help educate new patients about various aspects of the procedure, and help them make an informed choice. Patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other areas have an opportunity to receive this procedure from Dr. Q.

Advantages

A new patient may only have a vague idea about how breast augmentation may help enhance her breast appearance. At the time of initial consultation, the plastic surgeon will be able to use breast augmentation before and after photos as a visual aid to explain various aspects of the procedure. Several key decisions are involved in this procedure, such as the type and extent of incisions, the placement position of implants, and the type, size, shape, and profile of implants.

Sometimes the surgeon may recommend a combination of breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. All these issues may be confusing for the patient, and this is where the before and after photos will come in very handy to help the patient make the right choices in consultation with the surgeon.

Being Realistic about Results

Success in any cosmetic surgery procedure will, in part, depend on whether the patient had a positive outlook, clear aesthetic goals, and realistic expectations. With the help of breast augmentation before and after photos, the surgeon will ensure that the patient knows exactly what the procedure can or cannot do for her. This mitigates the risk of any misunderstanding or disappointment at a later stage.

Digital Photos

Some plastic surgeons like to provide the breast augmentation before and after photos on their practice website. This allows new patients to access the photographs online before even they have visited the surgeon’s office for a consultation. Patients can review these pictures at their own convenience in the privacy of their home or office.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at  760-324-2660.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Cost

Plastic Surgery | Palm Springs | Palm Desert | Rancho MirageThe Price Tag on Your Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation is one of the more popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the US today. Advancements in surgical techniques and FDA approvals for high quality silicone implants have led to a growing number of women seeking this plastic surgery treatment. During the initial consultation for breast augmentation, the cosmetic surgeon will discuss various aspects of the procedure, including its estimated costs.

Dr. Suzanne Quardt is an experienced plastic surgeon providing state of the art surgical procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other areas. Dr. Q ensures that patients receive correct information about the potential costs of surgery so that they can make an informed decision, and explore their financial options, if necessary, well before the procedure.

Cost Factors

The financial investment of breast augmentation cosmetic surgery may vary between two practices, and even between two patients at the same practice. A number of factors go into determining the overall cost of the procedure. The cost of living index varies from place to place, so the location of the practice can impact the cost of plastic surgery procedures. The fee charged by the cosmetic surgeon may depend on their qualifications, experience and reputation.

The costs of general anesthesia and surgical facility costs may also vary from one place to another. Patients may choose different breast implant qualities. The cost of some of the latest FDA approved highly cohesive silicone implants will be considerably more than that of traditional saline implants. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Q will discuss all cost-related issues during the initial consultation with her patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding areas.

Insurance and Financing Aspect

Breast augmentation is typically performed as an elective surgery for cosmetic reasons. In such cases, the health insurance companies may not provide coverage for the cost of surgery. In a few cases, where the patient needs breast restoration following a mastectomy or breast injury, the cost may be covered by the insurer, depending on the specific health policy of the patient.

In any case, most patients have an option to get the procedure financed by way of a bank loan, loan from a professional medical care financing firm, personal borrowings from friends or family, or credit card extended payments.

Break-up of Costs

Major cost components in a breast augmentation procedure may include the following:

Surgeon’s Fee

The fee charged by a plastic surgeon may range from $3,000 to $6,000. The exact fee will be based on the length and complexity of a particular case, and the credentials of the surgeon who performs the procedure.

Implants Cost

The cost of saline breast implants may range from $1,200 to $1,500, while silicone implants may cost more than $2,000. The cost of highly cohesive silicone implants such as Gummy Bear implants may be in the range of $2,500 to $3,000.

Anesthesia and Surgical Facility Costs

These costs may together range between $3,000 and $4,000, depending on the type of facility and the credentials of the anesthesiologist.

Overall Financial Considerations

Breast augmentation procedure may cost between $8,000 and $15,000 overall, depending on various factors as discussed.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at  760-324-2660.

Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt, is featured as a Top Doctor in the next edition of New Beauty magazine

beauty_seal_2014Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt  is featured in the Fall/Winter 2014 edition of NewBeauty magazine, National Glossy Magazine Herald As The Beauty Authority, which is due on newsstands September 23, 2014.

Dr. Suzanne Marie Quardt, called “Dr. Q ™”  by her many patients, is Board-Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr.  Quardt believes in giving people the opportunity to enhance their appearance and change their lives through plastic surgery.  New Beauty editors rely on Dr. Q’s  plastic surgery training in both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of both the face and body as a top doctor beauty expert for the magazine each issue.

Readers looking for the latest in “must-have” beauty products, anti-aging strategies and cosmetic enhancements turn to the pages of NewBeauty. The world’s most unique beauty magazine, NewBeauty is the ultimate aesthetic resource for “everything beauty,” covering subjects from advancements in facial fillers to the most luxurious spa treatments to the newest wrinkle-reducing serums and everything in between. NewBeauty’s reach beyond print—to online and retail—cements its reputation as a beauty brand powerhouse among readers, marketers and medical professionals.

Since its launch in January 2005, NewBeauty has fearlessly enabled an open and ongoing line of communication about cosmetic enhancements between consumers, manufacturers and medical professionals. Let’s face it: More than 12.4 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures were performed in 2010—a number that continues to rise each year.

nb37_Cover_NoBleed_NoBarcodeYet no other publication approaches the subject with NewBeauty’s dedication to fairness and accuracy. Issue after issue, NewBeauty fills the void for reliable information on all types of aesthetic procedures in light of the growing interest and surge in cosmetic-enhancing treatments. Informed, enlightened and inspired readers are empowered to make the best decisions to reach their beauty goals, be they topical, surgical or minimally invasive.

To ensure the accuracy of information in NewBeauty’s pages, the publisher established the Editorial Advisory Board, comprised of recognized experts in their respective fields. Each article and advertisement has been carefully reviewed by at least two members of the Advisory Board, assuring readers that the information provided is fair, accurate and reliable. In its Beauty Experts Guide, NewBeauty only profiles physicians who are board-certified plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons and dermatologists, as well as cosmetic dentists who have met rigorous standards and demonstrate extreme due diligence in their respective fields.

With a distribution of approximately 500,000 copies per issue, NewBeauty is available for purchase at 40,000 plus retailers in the United States, including major bookstores like Barnes & Noble, as well as airports, supermarkets and newsstands.

Sandow Media Corporation is a cutting-edge publishing company built around a single philosophy: “Always exceed expectations.” Based in Boca Raton, Florida, Sandow Media Corporation is defined by an unrelenting drive to innovate. Founded in 2002 by Adam I. Sandow, Sandow Media specializes in high-end consumer books and magazines in the categories of travel, shelter and beauty.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at  760-324-2660.

Fall Into Savings with Dr. Q Plastic Surgery

If You Can Squeeze It, We Can Freeze It!

Fall CoolSculpting Pricing – 40% Off
  • One area -$450 (reg $750)
  • Four areas – $1,500 (reg $2,500)
  • Eight areas – $2,700 (reg $4,500)
  • Ten areas or Total Body Makeover $3,000 (reg $5,000)

Face & Neck Non-Surgical Rejuvenation

 
Fall Ultherapy Pricing – 40% Off
  • Brows and Crow Feet: $597 (reg $995)
  • Cheeks: $597 (reg $995)
  • Submental Region: $597 (reg $995)
  • Neck: $597 (reg $995)
  • Lower face and neck:  $1,791 (reg $2,985)
  • Full Face and Neck:  $2,388 (reg $3,980)

Fall Savings with our Surgery Specials

 
Fall Surgery Specials   
* Surgery must be booked before the end of September and scheduled by the end of October 2014 

 

Dr Q is the only plastic surgeon in the area to offer all choices of implants including
the Seintra “Gummy Bear” available only to Board Certified Plastic Surgeons.

     With Dr. Q, It’s All About You!  

 

     Dr. Quardt will spend as much time as you need talking with you about your desires      and personalizing your treatment plan. During your consultation, she will discuss
     your expectations, whether you are a good candidate for the procedures you’re      
     considering, and what to expect during and after your procedure.
     With Dr. Q, it’s all about you. 

 

     Contact Dr. Quardt to find out more about our Summer Specials today.

 

 

Call and Schedule Your Consultation Today

Call  800-515-1254 | 760-324-2660

 

 

Summer Blow Out with Dr. Q Plastic Surgery

As Summer Comes to an End, So Does Our Simmering Summer Specials

Summer Ultherapy Pricing – 30% Off

  • Brows and Crow Feet: $746.25 (reg $995)
  • Cheeks: $746.25 (reg $995)
  • Submental Region: $746.25 (reg $995)
  • Neck: $746.25 (reg $995)
  • Lower face and neck:  $2,238.75 (reg $2985)
  • Full Face and Neck:  $2,985.00 (reg $3980)

Summer CoolSculpting Pricing – 30% Off

  • One area -$500 (reg $750)
  • Four areas – $1,667 (reg $2,500)
  • Eight areas – $3,000 (reg $4,500)
  • Ten areas or Total Body Makeover $3,333 (reg $5,000)

Summer Surgery Specials Ending Aug 31

      * Surgery must be booked before the end of August and scheduled by the end of
         September 2014 

 

   Double Points Ends August 28th

   Earning Double Points with Brilliant Distinctions on All Allergan Products         including BOTOXJuvedermand Voluma Ends August 28th

 

   With Dr. Q, It’s All About You!  

 

Dr. Quardt will spend as much time as you need talking with you about your desires and personalizing your treatment plan. During your consultation, she will discuss your expectations, whether you are a good candidate for the procedures you’re considering, and what to expect during and after your procedure.  With Dr. Q, it’s all about you. 

 

Contact Dr. Quardt to find out more about our Summer Specials today.

 

 

Call and Schedule Your Consultation Today

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What is Liposculpture?

Liposculpture | Liposuction Palm Springs | Palm Desert | Rancho MirageA wide range of body sculpting techniques is used in plastic surgery today because of the growing demand of patients to achieve a more attractive figure. Liposculpture is one such technique under the liposuction cosmetic surgery procedure, which can help reduce excess fat deposits in specific areas of the body.

Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is an experienced plastic surgeon providing liposculpture and other treatments to her patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding areas.

What is Liposculpture?

Liposculpture, which is also known by the name of tumescent liposuction, is a technique of body sculpture applied by a cosmetic surgeon to achieve targeted fat reduction by using only local anesthesia. This conservative treatment approach avoids the use of general anesthesia and reduces the invasiveness of a typical liposuction plastic surgery.

Liposculpture is now widely used and accepted as a key advancement that has revolutionized the way excess fat is removed surgically with liposuction. Many surgeons regard this technique as the “best” type of liposuction approach available today.

How is it performed

Liposculpture cosmetic surgery procedure involves the delivery of a substantial volume of a saline solution containing lidocaine local anesthetic and a drug called epinephrine. This solution is injected directly into the targeted areas with stubborn fat deposits. The solution causes numbness in the area, which allows the plastic surgeon to remove the unwanted fat tissue without subjecting the patient to general anesthesia or heavy IV sedation.

The technique can be made more effective if the surgeon adds certain micronutrients in the anesthetic solution to promote faster healing. During the liposculpture procedure, the patient remains in an alert state and can comfortably read a book, listen to music or converse with the cosmetic surgeon. Many surgeons believe that the liposculpture technique allows for greater fat removal from the body in comparison to traditional liposuction techniques. This is because the local anesthesia disintegrates the fat cells, making it easier to extract them.

Pain and Recovery

Dr. Q will explain the procedure and the potential pain and discomfort involved in it to her patients at the time of initial consultation. Patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas may discuss their queries and concerns with Dr. Q regarding liposculpture. During the procedure, the patient may feel only a minor pinching or discomfort while beginning to numb the area. Once the area is properly numbed, the patient will not feel anything.

Liposculpture is preferred over other liposuction techniques because it involves lesser painful and faster recovery. The local numbing caused by the anesthetic solution wears off gradually and can provide sustainable pain control for up to 24 to 36 hours. The feeling of nausea or sickness is also avoided, which may occur in case of sedation or general anesthesia.

Safety

Liposculpture or tumescent liposuction has a fantastic safety record. Patients rarely report of complications after this treatment. The risks typically associated with general anesthesia are also avoided with this technique. Some surgeons believe that liposculpture reduces the risk of infection because of the use of a local anesthetic kills harmful bacteria.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at  760-324-2660.

 

Recovering from Breast Augmentation Surgery

Recovering from Breast Augmentation Surgery Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsBreast augmentation surgery is a type of cosmetic surgery that women with small breasts choose to undergo. In an augmentation procedure a plastic surgeon will insert either saline or silicone implants in your breasts, to make them fuller and enlarged. This is a surgical procedure, which can take up to one to two hours. The surgery can be performed in an outpatient setting, so that the patient can be discharged on the same day.

The plastic surgeon will make incisions in the underarm, around the nipple area, or under the curve of the breast. The location of the incision depends on the breast implant being inserted, and the breast size wanted by the patient. Dr. Suzanne Quardt, a skilled plastic surgeon, practicing in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, can discuss this with you before you go into surgery.

After the cosmetic surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room so that the doctor can keep you under observation. This is to make sure that no complications arise after the surgery. Once your breasts are properly dressed with gauze and elastic bandages, you may be allowed to go home on the same day.

Like any other surgery, breast augmentation also involves a recovery period. Speed of recovery can depend largely on the patient and their overall health.

Follow-up Appointment

In a follow-up appointment, Dr. Suzanne Quardt will remove the bandages and gauze dressing that was placed on your incisions.  After careful examination, you might be prescribed pain medication to ease the pain. It is important to use any ointments or medicines that your plastic surgeon prescribes as this can accelerate the healing process.

First Week After Surgery

In your first week after the breast augmentation surgery, you will be asked to wear a support bra constantly. You should also keep checking the area where the incisions were made, for any signs of septic or bleeding. This will help prevent the occurrence of infections. Take your medication as prescribed by the surgeon, and do not forget to apply the ointment regularly.

You might experience a slight discomfort and pain while doing your daily activities. During the first week, try not to participate in any rigorous activities, or heavy lifting. It is likely that you will notice some swelling and soreness in and around the breasts in the first week.

You might feel some tightness in the breasts and the surrounding area. This is normal, as you skin is adjusting to the implants and the increased size of your breast. It is also normal to have reduced sensitivity near the nipple for a few days after surgery.

A few weeks after the surgery, you should be able to return to your daily routine, and exercise. You should still try to avoid any rigorous activities, because the breasts can stay swollen for a month or two after the surgery. Extensive use of your arms and chest should also be avoided.

For more details on how to take care of your breasts and things to avoid during the recovery period, speak to your surgeon. Most importantly, if you notice any bleeding, fever or uneasiness, contact your doctor immediately.

Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt, is on New Beauty Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board

What does it take to be a New Beauty Magazine Guest Advisory Board?

There are 782,000 doctors in the US only 3.5% are actually qualified to perform aesthetic procedures. New Beauty relies on their editorial board for expert advice for every article.

To qualify, each doctor must:
new beauty advisor board
1. BE PROPERLY BOARD CERTIFIED
by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in their respective specialties.

2. PRACTICE WITHIN THE SCOPE of their respective medical field, meaning they are qualified to perform procedures that fall under their respective specialties.

3. DEMONSTRATE DUE DILIGENCE, especially in terms of patient safety, ethical integrity and reliability and be in good standing with their state medical boards.

4. ADHERE TO THE NEW BEAUTY EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD GUIDELINES, meaning they cannot be boastful, exaggerate results or discuss treatments done off-label without indicating them as such.

5. CANNOT SUBMIT MISLEADING BEFORE-AND-AFTER IMAGES or suggest that they offer superior services that cannot be substantiated by fact.

6. HAVE THEIR PROFILES PEER-REVIEWED AND VETTED by at least two members of the Editorial Advisory Board.

Plastic Surgeon Dr Suzanne Quardt New Beauty Editorial Advisory Board

 

Dr. Suzanne M. Quardt, referred to as “Dr. Q” by many of her patients, is extensively-trained in all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, with a particular emphasis on breast surgery and liposuction / liposculpture techniques. Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Quardt remains on the cutting edge of her field with her zealous research efforts, including published articles on the topics of new surgical and nonsurgical technologies. A member of numerous national medical societies, Dr. Quardt uses her education, skill, artistic flair and passion for helping people to enhance the patient experience.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at  760-324-2660.

 

 

Dr. Suzanne M. Quardt featured in New Beauty magazine

On newstands June 24!  Q&A with Dr. Q:

HOW DO YOU SHOW PATIENTS YOU CARE?

I am very intent on listening carefully to each patient and determining their wants, needs and desires. I feel that open communication, patient education and safety are paramount. I only perform surgery in either my own private, in-office operating suite or a fully accredited surgical center with board certified anesthesiologists. I see and support my patients often throughout their recovery, and they deeply appreciate my undivided attention and care.

Dr. Suzanne M. Quardt featured New Beauty magazine.

HOW DO YOUR PATIENTS DESCRIBE YOU?

Friendly, warm, compassionate, meticulous, an artist and a perfectionist—those are the types of words I often hear. Some think I look very young, but it is my reputation and ongoing contributions to the community that give me credibility. I have served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Eisenhower Medical Center and am a proud Member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. I was also named a “Top Doc” by Palm Springs Life Magazine.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?

I love everything about it. I love helping people and making them whole again. This specialty is so creative and comprehensive that I’m able to do so many different things from helping people improve their self-esteem to relieving chronic pain. What’s not to love?
Beauty Expert New Beauty Magazine

WHAT ALTERNATIVE OCCUPATION WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

When I was 15, I had the honor of playing at Carnegie Hall so I seriously contemplated a career as a concert pianist. However, my passion and desire to help people and make a difference overshadowed my love for music.

WHAT ANTI-AGING ADVICE DO YOU OFFER PATIENTS?

It’s the simple, everyday things that make the biggest difference, such as leading a healthy lifestyle with a good diet and exercise. Use skin-care products that have been clinically proven to have anti-aging effects. I also offer my own prescription-strength line to improve the appearance and quality of the skin.

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