Skin Care Perspective From A Staff Member

August 28, 2014

How to choose skin care products can be confusing. There are so many choices, they all tell you they are the best and the prices can vary considerably. Are the choices at the drugstore comparable to the department store? Is paying more really worth it?

For me, I tried it all. I never had great skin but approaching 30 I also began to develop adult acne. Adding insult to injury, every time a pimple cleared up it left a red spot that I had to cover with makeup. The red spots never went away no matter how expensive the over-the-counter products were that I used. My medicine cabinet was full of half used bottles of expensive and not so expensive “miracles”.

Fortunately, my miracle came in blue and white Obagi bottles. I have to admit the bottles aren’t as alluring as those from the department store but what Obagi has going for it, is that it has actual prescription strength medicine in it. In the past I didn’t mind spending the money if something would JUST work, but I could never find those products. With Obagi, I began seeing results in a few weeks and actually started getting compliments on my skin. My skin! That never happened before. I started getting comments about how the skin around my eyes looked great and that my skin looked healthy. I could also feel a difference. Putting on makeup was so much easier now that my skin was functioning properly. The best part, now at the age of 45, I’m still getting compliments on my skin.

Needless to say, I am a big fan of skin care products that you purchase from a doctor’s office. Why? If purchased through a doctor’s office, the products typically have medicines in them that cannot be sold over-the-counter in retail stores.

If you are going to spend time and money on your skin care regimen, then get the most out of it. Find the products that work for you! I promise they’re out there; you just may not find them at your local drugstore or in those pretty bottles at your favorite department store cosmetic counter. Jami - Dr. Alexander & Co. Staff


CHOOSING A PLASTIC SURGEON IS LIKE FALLING IN LOVE

July 18, 2014

Is there really a difference between Plastic Surgeons?
I was asked this question the other day and to me it’s such an obvious answer; YES, YES and YES! As a plastic surgery coordinator for Dr. George Alexander, I speak to patients all day long who are considering cosmetic plastic surgery. Of course for patients, the first step for them is deciding if they even want to have surgery. Once they’ve made that decision, they head to the internet or ask their doctors or their friends to find a plastic surgeon. At this point, some patients think that all doctors with an ad or a website that say “cosmetic surgeon” or “plastic surgeon” are created equally. This is a tricky spot in the research process. Not all specialties are the same. If you want foot surgery, you look for a podiatrist which is a doctor specially trained in all things feet. But too many people are okay choosing any doctor to be their “cosmetic surgeon”.

Credentials really do matter
If someone on the phone is telling you they don’t, then beware. Once patients have narrowed the list of doctors’ names down to only the board-certified plastic surgeons then there are many other factors to still consider. And some friendly advice here . . . it can’t be all about price. Yes, we all have budgets that need to be considered but sometimes you really do get what you pay for. For example, all the prices you’ve received by calling around or emailing include anesthesia and facility. But what’s the quality of the anesthesia and facility? Is the anesthesia being administered by a board-certified doctor who stays with you throughout your surgery or is performed by the surgeon, a nurse, someone with even less credentials? Is the operating facility a fully-accredited surgical facility with proper staffing prepared to handle medical emergencies or is the surgery being performed in an office or an unaccredited surgical suite? Remember the old saying “Are you comparing apples to apples”? These significant safety differences may even be small differences in the price quotes but obviously are VERY big considerations when choosing a plastic surgeon.

All consultations are not the same
Every plastic surgeon has a different approach to consultations with prospective patients. Some treat it as a quick visit where you come in and they tell you what they would recommend. Short and sweet!

Our approach is quite different
We treat the consultation appointment as an integral part of the surgery decision making process. First of all, this appointment is with Dr. Alexander. We consider this very important. He spends time going over your past medical history (because how else would we even know if you’re candidate for any type of surgery. He performs a physical exam and discusses what you want to change about your body or face. He then has an honest and collaborative conversation with you about surgery. I use the word conversation because it’s not just Dr. Alexander telling you what surgery you need; it’s Dr. Alexander discussing surgical options and outcomes with you. This is the important difference; we all need to be on the same page when discussing your surgical plan and its pros and cons. You have to be part of the conversation too! This can’t be one-sided. You need to feel comfortable with Dr. Alexander’s plan and his approach to your care. One patient described choosing the right surgeon as “like falling in love, you just know it when you feel it.”
I don’t expect everyone who calls me asking about a procedure to know all the right questions to ask. I feel it’s my job to help them with that and to make suggestions, answer questions and to explain these differences. You can bet I’m prepared when through the phone line I hear “Is there really a difference between plastic surgeons?” And if you’re still not sure, call me, we’ll talk!


Mother and Daughter Support Each Other Through Breast Augmentation

May 9, 2014

We all know that having a strong social support network is important to maintaining health and well-being, and the same goes for completing a successful plastic or cosmetic surgery procedure. With Mother’s Day this weekend, we are reminded that often times the most important and dependable support comes from Mom, and because of that, moms are often the primary caregiver following plastic surgery. Dr. Alexander has also had several patients opt to have cosmetic procedures alongside their mom.

Kimberley and Ashton were a mother and daughter that both came to Dr. Alexander for breast augmentation, and during recovery, grandmother Mary was their caregiver. The plastic surgery was truly a family affair and mother-daughter bonding experience. Kimberley says, “I knew that Ashton shared similar feelings with me. We weren’t 100% confident and sometimes felt self-conscious when wearing certain dresses or bathing suits. We talked and decided we would feel more comfortable having the procedure if we both did it. We wanted to be supportive of each other through the process.”

Ashton shares, “Mom and I talked about our feelings and what we wanted before we made the final decision, and once the decision was made, we both researched doctors.”

“After hearing about Dr. Alexander’s reputation and meeting with him, I was confident that he was the right doctor for me and my daughter,” says Kimberley. “He was very clear regarding what to expect, and from start to finish, his entire staff made Ashton and me feel we’d made the right decision.”

When it came time for recovery, Ashton says, “We couldn’t have asked for a better caregiver than my grandmother, and yes, I am certain that having her support and care made recovery easier. And, so did having my mom by my side.”

If you are considering plastic or cosmetic surgery, think about the benefit of not going it alone, whether that means inviting Mom along for the consultation or being sure to have a caregiver lined up following your plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure. Whether you’re interested in breast augmentation, liposuction or another procedure, Dr. Alexander has two decades of experience helping men and women in Summerlin, Las Vegas and Henderson achieve their personal best. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander please call 702-242-6776.

And, whatever you do, don’t forget Mom this Sunday! Happy Mother’s Day!


I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD GET PLASTIC SURGERY

April 18, 2014

As a Patient Coordinator for a plastic surgeon, you hear very personal stories and motivations about why someone wants to have cosmetic plastic surgery. The patients I have a special empathy are for those that are really amazed and shocked that they are sitting in my office discussing their potential surgery. I guess it’s because I grew up in Seattle where we are programmed to be natural, look natural and dislike everything “fake”. So when I have a woman tell me that she was always against surgery and never thought she would have surgery but nonetheless here we are discussing it, I understand where she’s coming from.

Our views change over time as our circumstances and life experiences do. For example, take the woman who does everything natural and healthy when she gets pregnant. She is fit, she eats right, she’s breast fed for a year or more and does it again for the second and sometimes third baby. She’s kept herself in shape and she’s proud of it, as she should be. The kids are older now, no more pregnancies or breast feeding coming up for her. She may weigh the same and is back to cycling, running, doing yoga, etc. but her body is definitely not the same. No matter what she does the loose skin on her tummy isn’t going anywhere. Contributing to that “pooch” in her tummy is the loose abdominal muscle that’s been stretched with each baby. She also can’t exercise or diet her breasts back to the way they were. They were full while breast feeding but they figuratively, and sometimes literally, deflate. The breast tissue is gone. I’ve heard many times “My kids sucked my breasts away!” Of course, no one needs to have either of these issues fixed but if a woman is bothered by her tummy or breasts and just wants to “put things back” then plastic surgery can be a safe and gratifying option.

You see, the women I typically meet aren’t trying to look like anyone else; they really are just trying to be the best version of themselves. I listen to their concerns and I listen to their excitement. I help them balance both to make a decision that is best for them. If they decide on surgery, I walk them through it step by step and we address questions along the way. A big one that comes up is what I like to call “Mom Guilt”. It comes up when Mom realizes that she is going to take a couple of weeks to recover and ask for help with the kids and that she is going to spend money on herself. Even if family and friends have enthusiastically lined up to help after surgery and the money has been set aside, the Mom guilt nevertheless creeps in. I listen and then I explain to them that every Mom experiences it. This seems to help and we move forward. I get so excited to go through surgery and their recovery with them. Their outcomes are always so natural and just perfect for them. It’s also fun to hear the positive comments from husbands, friends and other moms about how great the patient looks and that they didn’t realize someone could look so natural after plastic surgery. Then we all laugh when they playfully argue who gets to have surgery next. Almost all of these women end up referring other patients to us. It may be their friends, friends of their friends, people they meet at the nail salon or family members. I can just imagine that those conversations begin, “I never thought I would get plastic surgery but . . .”


Love Letters

February 8, 2014

Dr. George Alexander
Valentine’s Day Blog Post

Chocolates and red roses. Yes, love is in the air. While you’re celebrating the loved ones in your life, we’re appreciating the “love” notes that we receive from patients throughout the year. Each kind word reminds us why we love working with people to improve their self-image with realistic plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we want to share from some of our favorite thank you notes. (We like to call them love letters.) These notes mean a great deal to our entire team, so perhaps this will be an inspiration for you to write a note to someone who has made a difference in your life.

Tianna, who was an out of state patient, wrote, “From the very first email everyone was so helpful and made me feel very comfortable.” She let us know that despite traveling for her procedure she “couldn’t have asked for more,” and she’s ready to come back to Vegas!

Dona said, “I feel as if my surgical experience was a textbook case of the perfect surgery. I was treated with just the right amount of friendliness, the greatest respect and the utmost professionalism.” She signed off rating us a 20+ on a scale of 1-10! And, Kelly just wrote to let us know “what a great group of people” we are. (We’re blushing a little.)

If you are considering plastic or cosmetic surgery, we want you to have results that you love, so remember to do plenty of research on your desired procedure, whether it’s a facelift or liposuction, and to go in with realistic expectations. Plastic Surgeon Dr. Alexander loves helping men and women in Summerlin, Las Vegas and Henderson achieve their personal best and is available for a consultation to ensure you get love-letter worthy results. Contact Dr. Alexander & Co. to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon, 702-242-6776.


Top New Year’s Resolution

January 22, 2014

With every New Year comes resolutions, and according to the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology losing weight is at the top of 2014’s list of self-improvement vows. Perhaps you’ve made the decision to shed extra pounds before and despite eating healthy and exercising you still have areas that are stubborn & resistant to diet and exercise. If so, then this could be the year to consider liposuction.

Keeping New Year’s resolutions and recovering from plastic surgery are both made easier with strong support, so why not consider cosmetic surgery with a loved one? Heather and Ethan are a married couple who underwent liposuction together with Dr. Alexander.

“Despite both of us having low body fat percentages, there were certain areas on each of us that just didn’t seem to respond to exercise and diet alone,” says Heather. Heather chose to have liposuction on her abdomen, hips & thighs, while Ethan opted for his abdomen & hips. Body contouring is very effective in removing deposits of fat in all of these areas.

When considering plastic surgery as a couple, Heather advises, “It is important to be open and honest with your spouse, which includes being able to speak freely about your desire to have surgery.” She also suggests that you have the surgeries within a few days of one another so you can heal together. “The benefit was that we both knew exactly what the other person was experiencing, and we each had someone to talk to about the procedure and how we were feeling post-op. It was nice to have the full support of someone who understands what it is that you are experiencing.”

As for the results, Ethan shares, “I was surprised that I didn’t have much pain at all,” and Heather boasts, “No one would ever know that I had the procedure done because Dr. Alexander did such a good job of making sure that he removed fat evenly. The results look completely natural.”

Dr. Alexander’s surgical wisdom and artistic sense have earned him the trust and confidence of countless happy patients seeking liposuction in Summerlin, Las Vegas, and Henderson. Contact Dr. Alexander & Co. to schedule a New Year’s consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon, 702-242-6776.


Who makes the best facelift candidates?

January 30, 2013

There are countless options to help combat the common signs of aging, such as over the counter applications, in office injectables, or plastic surgery. The facelift procedure is a significant surgery that should not be entered into lightly, and there are some patients that make better candidates than others.

Physical characteristics can make men or woman a better candidate for facelift surgery over others. Facelift surgery is best for a patient looking to smooth out lines around the nose, tighten loose skin around the jaw and removing any fat or folds around the neck. Patients who have any of these problem areas will likely be the happiest with their results as this procedure offers the best permanent solution.

The best candidates for facelift surgery, and most other cosmetic procedures, are those who have a healthy lifestyle & realistic expectations. Facelifts can improve your appearance by giving you a more youthful look, but it will not result in perfection or keep you immune from aging. Knowing what to expect will ensure you are that much happier with your results.

Las Vegas facelift surgeon Dr. Alexander has almost two decades of facelift experience. His surgical wisdom and artistic sense have earned him the trust and confidence of countless happy patients seeking successful facial plastic surgery. Contact Dr. Alexander & Co. to schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Alexander. 702-242-6776


2013 Spring Beauty Trend – Bold Eyebrows

January 16, 2013

We’re quick to welcome a seasonal wardrobe change, so who’s to say our beauty routine should stay the same from year to year? Women have been spending a lot of time and money maintaining a good pluck or groom, but bold brows are making a comeback. Many artists are saying that the supermodel esque thick and ample eyebrows from the 90's give a more natural appearance and can make you look younger. As seen on the runways and magazines, this year’s trendiest accessory is a set of strong, full eyebrows.

Thick and beautifully shaped eyebrows are an important part of a refreshed & polished look. When done well, eyebrows draws attention to your eyes, frames them, and makes them appear more open, rested and alert. Before you enhance the brow to adopt this beauty trend, you will want to make sure the brow is in the right position. Unfortunately, due to heredity and overactive muscles in the forehead and brow region, the brow may appear low or saggy. A brow lift or Botox can improve a low-positioned or sagging brow, correct furrows across the forehead and between the brows making the skin look nice and smooth. After correcting the placement of the eyebrow, you can then focus on reshaping the brow.

Plastic Surgeon Dr. Alexander is helping men and women in Summerlin, Las Vegas, and Henderson achieve their personal best in surgical and non-surgical facial enhancements! Contact Dr. Alexander & Co. to schedule your consultation appointment and get you on the right track to facial radiance!

 


Which 1* are you? – Botox Cosmetic

January 4, 2013

Years of squinting, concentrating, or frowning can cause your skin to furrow and crease. As your skin becomes less elastic, those moderate to severe frown lines remain—even when your muscles are not contracting.

BOTOX® Cosmetic likes to refer to those frown lines in between your brows as your “digits”. Depending on the condition (moderate-severe) those frown lines can create vertical lines. The amount of vertical lines you have will determine “Which 1*” you are. A 1 indicates one wrinkle line, 11 indicates two lines, and 111's is for more severe cases that have three lines.

BOTOX® Cosmetic uses a series of injections that block the nerve impulses and reduces the muscle activity for a more smooth and relaxed appearance. With real, noticeable results, no surgery and no recovery time, there are many reasons why BOTOX® Cosmetic has been chosen by millions of women and their doctors.

You may feel that the moderate to severe glabellar lines between your brows make you look tired or unapproachable. BOTOX® Cosmetic May Be the One for You. Come seek the advice of a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Alexander and see if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you. Contact Dr. Alexander & Co. for your Botox treatment in Las Vegas, NV. 702-242-6776.


What is Rhinoplasty Surgery?

December 21, 2012

The shape of your nose is usually the result of genetics, or the appearance may have been altered in an injury or accident. Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure for correction or reconstructing the nose. This procedure is sometimes referred to as a nose job or nose surgery. Las Vegas rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Alexander, performs rhinoplasty to improve the appearance and proportion of the nose, enhancing facial harmony and self-confidence.

Who is a candidate?
A healthy male or female looking to correct the nose profile by correcting visible bumps, improve overall proportion to other facial structures, or help with tip refinement. This procedure may be performed on teens based on individual circumstances and Dr. Alexander’s approval.

Where is the incision located?
Most of the time there is just a small inconspicuous incision at the columella, the part in between both nostrils.

Anesthesia used?
Dr. Alexander prefers general anesthesia for this procedure as it provides the patient with a high level of safety and comfort. All anesthesiologists that Dr. Alexander works with are board certified in the field of Anesthesiology by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

Length of surgery?
This answer can vary depending on the specific enhancements that will be performed. On average, this procedure ranges about 2-3 hours in length.

Contact Las Vegas plastic surgeon, Dr. Alexander to coordinate your consultation and surgery appointment today! 702-242-6776.