Types of Breast Implants

Breast Implants

Types of Breast Implants Palm Springs Plastic Surgeon | Rancho Mirage CABreast augmentation cosmetic surgery is an increasingly popular procedure designed to enhance the size and fullness of breasts in proportion to the rest of the body. One of the key decisions that a cosmetic surgeon must take in consultation with the patient is to choose the right type of breast implants to match the patient’s unique aesthetic goals.

The choice of implants in breast augmentation plastic surgery will have an impact on the final results. Therefore, the patients should be aware of various implant options and make an appropriate decision to match with their needs. Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is an experienced plastic surgeon providing breast implant surgery to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

Broad Classification

In breast augmentation cosmetic surgery, the types of implants can be broadly classified as saline implants and silicone implants. During the initial consultation, the cosmetic surgeon will explain the pros and cons of both types of breast implants to help the patient make an informed choice.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are considered the traditional implants that are filled with a saline solution. These implants are designed to provide a uniform shape, firmness, and feel. The implants have been approved by the FDA for women in the age group of 18 and above.

Saline implants may be chosen as a part of breast augmentation plastic surgery for their key benefits such as high biocompatibility. In case of an implant damage or leakage, the saline solution will get naturally absorbed by the body, and pose no health risk to the patient.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are a popular choice among patients due to their superior aesthetic advantages. These implants are filled with silicone gel, which has a higher consistency and mimics the touch and feel of natural breast tissue quite closely.

The FDA has approved silicone breast implants for women in the age group of 22 and above. New advanced qualities of silicone implants are very safe due to the highly cohesive nature of the silicone gel. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other areas for breast implant surgery.

Form Stable Breast Implants

Form stable breast implants are also popularly called gummy bear implants because of their highly cohesive silicone gel core. These implants maintain their form and shape due to the higher gel consistency. Furthermore, if the implant shell is damaged, broken or cut, the silicone gel will not leak to other areas of the body.

This makes them a safe choice that is widely accepted by the patients today. The cost of gummy bear implants is likely to be a little higher as compared to traditional saline implants, but the aesthetic appeal and long term patient satisfaction is significantly higher with these implants in most cases.

Breast implants are also classified according to their size, shape, profile, and texture. Typical sizes available in implants range from 120cc to 960cc. Shapes can be round or tear drop, depending on the patient’s aesthetic needs.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at  760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com .

Not All Doctor’s Are the Same…

not all doctors are the same infographicRecently, NewBeauty Magazine published an article explaining the variables that exist in surgical training and education amongst physicians who perform plastic surgery procedures. The article included an infographic entitled “Not All Doctors are the Same.”

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) responded to the article with an open letter to NewBeauty magazine claiming the publication was misleading to the reader. The president of the ABCS stated in the open letter: “NewBeauty is endangering the public by suggesting they indiscriminately choose a board-certified plastic surgeon, when the truth is, the traditional path to board certification in plastic surgery doesn’t require cosmetic surgery training.”

Following is the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s response to NewBeauty’s article and the ABCS’s open letter. Read more

Read the original New Beauty Magazine article

Wall Street Journal Reporting: Lifestyle Lift Shuts Down Most of Its Business, Considers Bankruptcy

Lifestyle Lift, a nationwide chain of cosmetic surgery centers, abruptly shut down the majority of its business Monday and said it is considering filing for bankruptcy.

Known for Informercial’s

Lifestyle Lift, often featured in informercial-like advertisements claiming to allow consumers to “look as young on the outside as you feel on the inside,” specializes in less-invasive facelift procedures that require only local anesthesia and short recovery periods.

Letter sent to employees

In a letter sent to employees over the weekend, Dr. David Kent – the founder of the company – said he made the “decision to temporarily cease operations until further notice.”

“The future of the Company is uncertain and therefore it is currently developing both a wind down plan to close the business and a reorganization plan to accommodate a new investment,” the letter states. Read more.

Re-Q-venation: Advanced Non-invasive Cosmetic Surgery

Many people are keen to enhance their physical appearance with modern aesthetic techniques, but not every individual may be ready to undergo cosmetic surgery. Surgery may permanently alter the shape, which may not be acceptable to some, while some others may not prefer to invest the kind of time and cost it may involve. However, it is possible to tighten loose skin, and firm up certain areas of the body without plastic surgery procedures.

This is where a reputed and experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) has developed a system called Re-Q-venation that helps patients achieve desired aesthetic outcomes without surgery. Re-Q-venation procedures are ideal for people who wish to take smaller steps rather than opting straightaway for surgery to maintain their appearance. Facelift and tummy tuck are among the popular procedures that Dr. Q can perform without surgery for her patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

Facelift

As a dedicated cosmetic surgeon herself, Dr. Q understands the intricacies of facial anatomy, and has created innovative non-surgical solutions for facelift for patients who wish to avoid surgery. With Re-Q-venation techniques, she is able to provide significant lifting to the face, and catalyze the production of fresh collagen in the deeper layers of the facial skin for long-lasting facelift results.

Ulthera

One of the most effective techniques that Dr. Q recommends is Ulthera, which is an ultrasound-based non-invasive procedure. The treatment is useful for patients who are concerned about signs of aging appearing on the face, and need preventative care. With Ulthera, such patients will usually experience marvelous results within 90 days, with almost no downtime involved.

Liquid Facelift

Liquid facelift is another innovative procedure that is a part of Re-Q-venation. Patients may choose this option to achieve facial skin tightening and volumizing without cosmetic surgery. Dr. Q may recommend this treatment to suitable candidates among her patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby locations.

Liquid facelift involves multiple non-surgical solutions such as Botox or Dysport, along with dermal fillers such as Juvederm or Radiesse. The procedure can help reduce wrinkles, erase laugh lines, lift the brows, and fill in facial depressions.

Lasers and Chemical Peels

Certain laser treatments and chemical peels can be provided as a part of Re-Q-venation to reverse advanced signs of aging without plastic surgery. Chemical peels and lasers such as Ultrapulse CO2 can tighten loose skin and reduce the impact of the wrinkles significantly. Recovery time can be slightly longer with these treatments, but it is still lesser compared to most surgical options.

Tummy Tuck

CoolSculpting is a revolutionary non-surgical fat reduction technique that Dr. Q may recommend as a substitute for tummy tuck surgery. The technique involves targeting of stubborn fat pockets using a controlled cooling process. Unwanted fat cells will disintegrate with this non-invasive technique, and gradually get eliminated from the body.

Thermage is another innovative fat reduction technique, which involves treatment with radio frequency energy to tighten loose skin and shrink fat cells. Three to five inches of waist loss can be achieved with this technique.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at  760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com .

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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.

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