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botox-before-and-after-picture-300x223 Your Botox Consultation Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsBotox is a time-tested non-surgical anti-aging procedure for people who want to mitigate the appearance of fine lines and mild wrinkles on the face without the need for cosmetic surgery. According to the figures published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Botox currently ranks as the most popular cosmetic non-surgical treatment in the US.

During the Botox consultation, the treatment provider will discuss various aspects related to the injectable procedure. The provider’s first goal should be to educate the patient about appropriate treatment options and help them make a well-considered choice. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides Botox to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

 

Assessing the Patient’s Requirements

The Botox injection provider will utilize the consultation opportunity to assess the reasons why the patient wants to undergo Botox injections, and what exactly about their facial appearance may be bothering them. If the patient is worried about minor facial wrinkles and fine lines caused due to overactive underlying muscles, they may suggest Botox as a suitable treatment option.

But if the patient suffers from facial volume loss or has significant sagging skin, and wants a long-term solution with more substantive results, they may require a facelift plastic surgery or another procedure instead of Botox. At the time of the consultation, the provider will apprise the patient about the label and non-label uses of Botox, the expected longevity of results, and the potential risks and costs involved.

 

Developing Expectations

Sometimes the Botox treatment provider may like to present Botox before and after pictures during the initial consultation. These pictures will help the patient develop reasonable expectations, and make them see what Botox can or cannot do for them.

Patients with realistic expectations typically make good candidates for Botox, and the consultation is an opportunity for the treatment provider to ensure this. The provider may also show testimonials of past Botox patients to give an insight to the patient about the experience of others with this procedure.

 

Determining Candidacy

Botox is not for everyone. The provider will determine the patient’s candidacy for Botox injections during the consultation process. They will ask whether the patient has received Botox injections within the last six months, whether they have a history of skin allergies, and whether they are pregnant or nursing.

The provider will also examine the facial skin elasticity, weakness in the forehead muscles, droopiness around the eyelids, and look for any signs of untreated infection in the facial skin. If the patient suffers from volume loss in the mid-face or other facial areas, dermal filler injections along with Botox may be recommended.

 

Other Instructions

Smokers will be required to avoid smoking for a certain period prior to the injections. If they are currently using blood thinner drugs, the provider may ask them to stop it for a few days in consultation with the physician.

Post-treatment care instructions will be given to the patient during the consultation. Judicious and committed cosmetic surgeon Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other cities and neighborhoods around this major city in North Florida for Botox.


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

botox-before-and-after-photo-300x223 Botox Risks and Safety Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsThe sustained popularity of Botox as an anti-aging injectable treatment for the face arises from the fact that it avoids almost all the risks and complications that are typically associated with a facial cosmetic surgery. However, it is still vital to be aware of the potential risks and side effects of Botox in order to make a well-considered decision.

The main component of Botox is botulinum toxin type A, which is one of the most potent biological agents. Botox uses this neurotoxin in extremely diluted quantities, but if it is administered wrongly or in wrong volumes, it can lead to significant side effects.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides Botox and various other aesthetic procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other cities and neighborhoods in this part of the country.

 

Potential Side Effects

Some of the side effects that may potentially occur in the treated areas following the injectable procedure will include inflammation, redness, swelling and bruising, bleeding, and infection. In rare cases, the patient may develop an allergic reaction to Botox. In case of rare events such as breathing difficulties or dizziness, the patient should quickly get in touch with the Botox treatment provider.

Additional side effects of this injectable treatment may include twitching, neck pain, headache, muscle spasms, dry mouth, fatigue, numbness and droopy eyelids. Muscle immobility in the treated areas may cause numbness in a few patients. If the Botox treatment was not effective, the patient may experience muscle spasms.

Although the risks are much lower than that of a plastic surgery procedure, Botox can still pose severe risks if the injections are administered wrongly or in wrong volumes. If the medication spreads beyond the affected site, it can have an adverse outcome on the surrounding tissue. For example, if it is injected around the upper lids or between the brows, it may cause temporary droopiness in the eyelids.

 

Other Complications

Botox may cause the following complications in rare situations:

  • Cockeyed brows
  • Crooked or drooling smile
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Excessive tearing
  • Vision problems
  • Muscular weakness
  • Hindrance in swallowing or speaking
  • Poor bladder control

Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other communities and cities across the horizon for Botox injections.

 

Who should Avoid Botox?

People with one or more of the following characteristics should avoid Botox treatment:

  • Known allergy to botulinum toxin
  • Experienced side effects of Botox in the past
  • Having an untreated infection in the affected site
  • Suffering from ALS, myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome or another disease that affects muscles or nerves
  • Chronic breathing or asthma problem
  • Bleeding tendency
  • Having undergone a facial surgery recently
  • Weak forehead muscles
  • Unable to avoid smoking or blood thinners for a few days
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women

A responsible Botox treatment provider will carefully choose the candidates for Botox injections. The patient should avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area for 24 hours to achieve safe and desirable results with Botox.


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

botox-before-and-after-photos-300x167 Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Procedure Steps Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsThe key ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin type A, which can quickly relax an overactive wrinkle-forming muscle in the face and mitigate the effect of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin. The procedure is ideal for people who want to avoid cosmetic surgery for facial rejuvenation.

Prior to the Botox procedure, the treatment provider will explain the steps involved to the patient. Botox injectable treatment can be completed in about 20 minutes, and does not involve any specific downtime. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides Botox to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.  

 

Learn about Botox

When the patient is considering Botox injections, they should conduct a basic Google search to learn about the Botox procedure from a few reliable websites. They may also go through the website of the plastic surgery practice where they plan to visit for a Botox consultation.

 

Choose a Provider

When the patient has acquired a basic understanding of Botox treatment, they should select a practice that is well-equipped to provider Botox injections in a safe and professionally managed office environment. If the practice is headed by a board certified plastic surgeon, the patient can be better assured that they would follow the best practices and standards to perform the procedure.  

 

Sharing Information

The patient should disclose relevant information at the time of Botox consultation, such as whether they have received any injections of botulinum toxin in the last six months, or whether they are currently using any allergy drugs, sleeping pills, blood thinners, or muscle relaxants. If the patient is a smoker, they will be required to avoid it for a certain period of time prior to Botox treatment.

 

Botox Appointment

Botox injections will be administered in less than 20 minutes. The provider will identify the targeted sites for injections, and cleanse the area with a mild solution. A topical numbing gel or cream may be applied to the marked areas. The provider will use a narrow gauge micro needle to inject Botox medication into the targeted facial muscles that are causing wrinkles.

Frown lines and the lines in the outer eye area are most commonly treated with Botox. One to three injections may be needed to address an individual facial muscle. The tiny size of the needle will ensure that the patient experiences minimal discomfort.

 

Post-Treatment Instructions

When the treatment is over, the provider will instruct the patient on how to maintain the results. The patient should refrain from rubbing or massaging the treated area for at least 12 hours after the Botox injections. For about four hours after the injection procedure, the patient should avoid lying down.

These simple tips will help to ensure that the neurotoxin does not shift to another area in the face where it was not intended. If the patient experiences persistent pain, severe swelling or other side effects that do not resolve in the first week, they should contact the surgeon. Judicious and committed cosmetic surgeon Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and an assortment of other communities across the landscape for Botox injections.


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

shutterstock_159175349-300x272 Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Recovery Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsBotulinum toxin type A is a powerful neurotoxin that constitutes the key ingredient in Botox Cosmetic. Botox is currently the most popular facial rejuvenation non-surgical alternative for people who want to avoid cosmetic surgery. One of the primary reasons behind the consistent popularity of Botox is that the treatment involves virtually no downtime or a recovery process.

During the Botox consultation, the treatment provider will explain to the patient about the potential benefits and limitations of the injections, including the recovery aspects. The patient should objectively compare Botox against other treatment options, and then make a choice. Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is a board certified plastic surgeon providing Botox injections to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

 

Quick and Easy Procedure

As long as the Botox injections are administered by a qualified Botox expert, the patient will not have to worry about side effects or complications. An efficient provider will identify the correct target sites for injections, and complete the entire treatment in less than 30 minutes. The patient will not have to make any special preparation or worry about post-treatment care.

For people who want to avoid plastic surgery, particularly working people who do not want to go through an extended recovery process, Botox serves as a useful alternative. Working people can even choose to receive their treatment during lunch time from work, and simply go back to work after the treatment session is over.

The patient should only take care to avoid lying down for about four hours after the Botox injectable treatment. This much time period is essential to allow for the botulinum toxin to spread properly in the injected areas. Massage of the injection sites as well as any vigorous activities or exercises should also be avoided for about 24 hours following Botox injections.

 

 

Side Effects

As long as the Botox injections are administered by a qualified professional, the chances of major side effects are negligible. However, the patient may experience temporary minor side effects such as mild bruising, swelling, and redness in the injection sites. Some patients may also complain of minor headache.

The side effects will normally resolve without the need for any treatment in about two to three days. Makeup can be applied from the second day after the procedure to camouflage any effects of bruising and swelling.

For one or two days, the patient should refrain from doing physical workouts or playing an outdoor sport. It is also important to avoid using any blood thinners such as aspirin or ibuprofen for about two days after the Botox treatment.  

 

Results

Most patients will be able to see noticeable reduction in fine lines and wrinkles in the treated areas after Botox injections. It will take about one week for full results to appear as the bruising and swelling gets resolved. Patients can usually sustain the benefits of Botox for about three to four months. Judicious and proven cosmetic surgeon Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other communities across the horizon for Botox injections.


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

botox-before-and-after-photo-300x223 Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Candidates Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsBotulinum toxin type A, popularly known as Botox, is a widely accepted injection procedure to mitigate facial signs of aging for people who want to avoid cosmetic surgery. Botulinum toxin is a highly potent biological substance, and it is vital for a treatment provider to recommend this treatment only to the right candidates who can benefit from it.

A committed treatment provider will carefully evaluate the patient’s fitness to undergo Botox injections before going ahead with the procedure. Sometimes it may be a good idea to use Botox in combination with another non-invasive or surgical procedure to achieve comprehensive outcomes. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides Botox to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

 

Candidacy

An appropriate candidate for Botox treatment will typically be a person in the age group of 18 to 65, who is in good physical health and does not have a history of neuromuscular disorders. The candidate should have a need to mitigate or eliminate mild to moderate facial wrinkles and fine lines with Botox, while being full aware of the potential risks it involves.

People who want to avoid facial plastic surgery due to various reasons can make good candidates for Botox, provided they are willing to accept a treatment with temporary results. The treatment may have to be repeated in the future for extended benefits. Busy mothers and working individuals are typically more inclined to choose Botox because it involves minimal to no downtime and has a much lesser risk of complications compared to a surgery.

Younger people who want to prevent the onset of facial aging signs or delay the appearance of more obvious wrinkles and lines can also be good candidates for Botox. A lot of candidates choose Botox just before a social function such as a wedding so that they can have a more youthful looking face in a public gathering.

If a patient suffers from deep facial folds or creases, such as nasolabial folds, they may not be the best candidates for Botox, and should instead choose soft tissue filler injections. Botox is more suited for people who have facial lines caused by overactive muscles, and not due to the loss of elasticity of the soft tissue and skin or loss of facial volume.

A fabulous Botox candidate will have a positive mindset, clear cosmetic goals and realistic expectations. They should clearly understand that the results with Botox may not be as sustainable or dramatic as facial surgery, and should instead focus on the subtle aesthetic enhancements and natural looking results that Botox can deliver.

 

Who should Avoid Botox?

People with one or more of the following conditions may not be suitable candidates for Botox:

  • Allergic to any of the Botox ingredients
  • Suffered side effects in the past from Botox or its variants
  • Suffering from an untreated skin infection in the injection area
  • Having a muscle or nerve disorder

Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for Botox.

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

shutterstock_131719940-cropped-300x265 How much does Breast Implant Exchange Surgery Cost? Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsBreast implant exchange procedure may be required at some stage after the primary breast augmentation cosmetic surgery. Many women want the exchange procedure to have new implants of a different size or type, while in some cases the implant may be damaged and require replacement. During the initial consultation, the breast revision surgeon will discuss all aspects of the procedure, including its estimated costs.

Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is a board certified plastic surgeon providing breast implant exchange surgery and various other procedures. Dr. Q’s first goal will be to educate the patient about the procedure and help her to make a well-considered decision. She provides breast implant exchange surgery to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

Financial Aspects

The monetary amount of breast implant exchange plastic surgery may often be a little higher than the cost of the primary augmentation procedure. The exchange procedure can be more complex, and must only be performed by a fully trained and experienced surgeon who has performed revision surgeries previously.

The new implants may cost more than the original ones, depending on the type of implants chosen. Nowadays ultra-cohesive silicone implant qualities are available, which are superior but relatively more expensive. In several cases, the implant exchange procedure may have to be accompanied by breast lift surgery. This will add to the costs, but the results can be highly attractive and natural looking.

Factors Impacting the Cost

The price tag for breast implant exchange procedure will usually vary from one surgical practice to another. A number of factors may be responsible for such difference. An important aspect will be the geographical location of the practice. If the practice is located in a major metropolitan area or a prime urban center, it will usually have higher costs because the overall cost of living index in such areas will be higher.

The skill and experience of the operating surgeon will typically influence how much fee they may charge for the procedure. The advantage of choosing an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon is that they have advanced training and invest in latest techniques, ongoing education and the latest safety protocols to create the best outcomes. Therefore, the surgeon’s fee should be a secondary consideration when selecting a surgeon for breast implant exchange surgery.

If the procedure is performed using general anesthesia, it will involve the fee of the anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist. Their fee may vary according to their skills and qualifications.

The surgical procedure may be performed at a hospital, an ambulatory surgical center or a private surgical suite. The costs and benefits under each option may vary. Dedicated cosmetic surgeon Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for breast implant exchange.

Financing Options

Most patients will be eligible for third party financing of breast implant exchange surgery through professional medical care finance firms. These firms offer specially designed loans for elective cosmetic procedures, which will have competitive interest rates, quick loan approvals, and easy monthly installment plans.

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

shutterstock_132746420-300x200 What is Liposculpture? Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsWhile liposuction is one of the most sought-after cosmetic surgery procedures in the US, not many people know about a related technique called liposculpture. This procedure is designed to enhance or accentuate the contours in certain areas to create a more sculpted appearance.

Liposculpture should be performed by a surgeon who has an artistic surgical skill and combines the principles of science and art to produce targeted results. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt provides liposculpture to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

 

Different from Liposuction

Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure to reduce excess fat deposits in a particular area to restore more uniform and even looking contours. Liposculpture, on the other hand, involves not just fat removal, but fat sculpting in a specific area to create a more attractive contour. With liposculpture, it is possible to make the muscles look more defined and sleek.

Unlike liposuction, which is a one-dimensional procedure to reduce fat, liposculpture will typically involve slimming down of one area with an aim to augment or accentuate another area. In recent years, a growing number of men and women are seeking liposculpture to achieve highly accentuated body contours like one of their favorite celebrities.

 

Liposculpture for Men

Liposculpture is a unique procedure that has seen consistently rising demand from men. The procedure is more naturally suited to the male anatomy, and results can be quite dramatic. In many cases, a man’s skin will have a higher level of collagen and elastin fibers than a woman’s. This helps to ensure that the skin remains tight and firm after fat reduction.

A cosmetic surgeon can perform liposculpture more easily and effectively for men because the procedure is designed to enhance contours that are typically considered masculine. For instance, a growing number of men want to achieve six pack abs, which can be sculpted with a creative approach to liposculpture. Pectoral augmentation and male breast reduction can also be performed using liposculpture technique.

Dr. Q commonly performs liposculpture for men in areas such as the flanks, love handles, abdomen, chest, face and neck, and knees and ankles. Muscles can be made to appear flatter, larger and more defined with liposculpture technique. As compared to traditional liposuction, liposculpture will have a much lower risk of lumpiness or unevenness below the skin. Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for liposculpture.

 

Advantages

Liposculpture is a relatively less invasive surgical technique, and can be performed using only local anesthesia. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. The typical risks and complications of a surgery are much reduced with this procedure. Less bruising and less discomfort will be experienced with this surgery, resulting in a faster recovery.

Patients are encouraged to stay active after the procedure, and may go back to work in about three to five days. Very tiny incisions are involved, and no cutting or suturing is necessary in this procedure. Therefore, healing is faster and scarring is negligible with liposculpture.

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

shutterstock_87614344-300x246 Body Contouring Procedures and Treatments at Dr. Q Plastic Surgery Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsAging, sun exposure, genetics, disease, weight loss, pregnancy, and other factors can take their toll on the skin, and make it appear lax and saggy. Body contouring cosmetic surgery procedures can effectively reverse these effects and restore a tighter, firmer, and more youthful looking skin.

Body contouring procedures can be performed in areas such as the abdomen, buttocks, groin, thighs, breasts, and upper arms with safe and sustainable results. Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is a board certified plastic surgeon providing body contouring procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

 

 

Range of Procedures

Dr. Q offers a wide range of body contouring plastic surgery procedures, which include:

 

Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery is designed to reduce excess skin and fat from the abdominal area to restore a flatter and firmer tummy. Underlying weak abdominal muscles may also be tightened in some cases. A number of surgical techniques are available today to perform abdominoplasty.

 

 

Reverse Abdominoplasty

This procedure is not meant to reverse the effects of abdominoplasty. This procedure involves pulling up of the excess abdominal skin rather than pulling it down as in traditional abdominoplasty. Reverse tummy tuck technique can be used in certain cases, including women who want both a tummy tuck and a breast surgery.

 

 

Breast Lift

 

Loose skin in the breast area may cause the breasts to droop or sag heavily with nipples pointing downwards. Breast lift surgery can be used to remove excess breast skin, and restore firmer and perkier looking breasts. Nipples and areolas may also be repositioned to a new, raised position.

 

 

Arm Lift

 

Many people suffer from poor skin elasticity in the upper arm area. Drooping upper arms can be corrected with brachioplasty, commonly known as arm lift surgery. Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for body contouring procedures.

 

 

Liposuction 

Liposuction is one of the popular body contouring procedures. When performed alone, the procedure will only reduce excess fat from targeted areas. But when combined with other body lift procedures, it can produce more comprehensive outcomes involving fat elimination as well as skin tightening. Laser assisted liposuction is another popular form of liposuction, which can make the procedure less invasive and more targeted.

 

 

Body Lift

 

Body lift body contouring procedure is primarily performed in the lower body areas such as the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thighs. Each of these areas can be lifted as combined body lift surgery or individually as the patient requires. Brazilian butt lift is one of the popular body lift procedures that is less invasive and involves only fat transfer to enhance the shape of buttocks. Thigh lift can be performed separately or as a part of body lift for the inner, outer, and mid thighs.

 

 

Pectoral Implants

 

Pectoral augmentation is a unique body contouring procedure performed on men to enhance their chest definition. Pectoral implants can help to create bulk in the chest area. Silicone pectoral implants may be used for men to sculpt their chest region to the desired proportions.

 

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

iStock_000015764487Large-300x223 Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Recovery Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsTummy tuck cosmetic surgery may be performed as a partial, standard, or extensive abdominoplasty. Recovery process will vary in each case according to the extent of surgery involved. The surgeon will discuss the recovery aspects along with various other issues during the initial tummy tuck consultation.

The patient should have a clear idea about the estimated downtime in order to make a well-considered decision about the type of tummy tuck surgery they want to receive. Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is a board certified plastic surgeon providing tummy tuck and other procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

 

Estimated Downtime

In case of a partial or mini tummy tuck, the downtime involved will be minimal. The procedure only focuses on the area below the navel, and the patient will have to go through about one week of minimized physical activity before they can resume more regular routine or return to work.

A standard tummy tuck plastic surgery may include treatment above the navel, but in other aspects it is similar to a partial tummy tuck. An extensive tummy tuck surgery will generally involve liposuction and other additional techniques. The treatment may extend to the flanks.

In both standard and extensive tummy tuck procedures, the downtime can be about 10 to 14 days. The patient can usually resume normal routine by the end of second week, but vigorous activities and exercises should be avoided for at least a month after the surgery.

 

Staying Active during Recovery

Patients should be aware that they are not expected to remain immobilized during the recovery phase. On the contrary, the cosmetic surgeon will encourage the patient to perform mild walks and simple day to day tasks from the first or second day after surgery. By remaining active, the patient can reduce their risk of blood clot formation.

Lifting of heavy weights, bending excessively or performing strenuous activities should be avoided, but the patient can perform simple tasks such as standing up and walking to the kitchen for a glass of water. Any physical action that places strain on the incisions should be avoided until the healing is completed.

Patients with sedentary jobs may be able to return to work in about one week after tummy tuck surgery, while those with more physically straining jobs may require about two weeks before returning to work.

Each patient’s case is different, but generally speaking, those who have sedentary jobs that mainly require sitting at a desk can return to work about a week after abdominoplasty. Those with more physical jobs will probably require at least two to three weeks before returning to their workplace. Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations for tummy tuck.

 

Follow-up Appointments

The day after the tummy tuck surgery, the patient may have to visit the surgeon’s office for a review of the condition. At this time, the surgeon may fit the patient with a compression garment to help prevent blood clot formation. Further post-operative appointments will be scheduled during this visit to continually monitor the healing progress.

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

VelaShape-III-300x239 What is a Lower Body Lift? Rancho Mirage | Palm SpringsLower body lift is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure to enhance contours in areas such as the thighs, hips, and buttocks. Weight loss, pregnancy or aging can result in excessive skin folds in these areas. This can be corrected with a lower body lift. The procedure is less invasive than full body lift surgery.

Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is a dedicated plastic surgeon providing body lift and various other body contouring and anti-aging procedures. Dr. Q provides these procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.

 

Procedure

Lower body lift plastic surgery procedure will begin with the surgeon making an incision around the waist line, across the lower abdomen and down the inner thighs. The specific incision patterns can vary from one patient to another depending on their unique aesthetic needs and the skills of the surgeon with a particular technique. In any case, an experienced surgeon will be able to maintain discreet scarring with carefully placed incisions.

Through the incisions, the surgeon will access and remove excessive fat tissue before trimming loose skin and pulling it taut over the area. The incisions will be closed with sutures after the procedure is complete, and will be covered with bandages. The patient will be provided with a compression garment to be worn for a few weeks to expedite healing.

In many cases, it becomes important to tighten the abdominal skin while performing lower body lift in order to achieve more harmonious results. Therefore, at the time of surgical planning, the patient may choose to combine lower body lift surgery with a tummy tuck or mid body lift procedure. Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas.

 

Lower Body Liposuction

Depending on the amount of fat tissue in the targeted lower body areas, the surgeon may have to perform liposuction procedure in some cases along with lower body lift. In such cases, the surgeon will usually first perform liposuction to remove excess fat cells, and then make the specific incision patterns for a lower body lift.

Through the incisions, the lax underlying muscles will be tightened and excess skin will be trimmed before it is closed with sutures and laid smoothly over the area. The duration of lower body lift procedure can range from two to seven hours, depending on whether mid body lift or liposuction procedures are combined and the amount of fat and skin to be removed.

 

Benefits of Lower Body Lift

The patient can expect to enjoy the following medical and aesthetic benefits following lower body lift surgery:

  • Wider choice in clothing and fashion
  • Easier to perform daily activities and exercise
  • A slimmer, more youthful looking appearance
  • Multiple areas treated at once in a customized manner
  • Improved personal hygiene and reduced infection risk
  • Additional weight loss in some cases

Recovery in case of lower body lift can vary from one week to a month, depending on the extent of surgery performed. The patient should follow the surgeon’s post-operative care instructions to achieve optimal results.

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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70-017 Highway 111, Suite #1
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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