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Dysport and Botox…the units are different.

Dysport and Botox…the units are different.

As Dysport hits the market, I have come to realize that the patients don’t understand the dosing differences between this and Botox.

Dysport is dosed 2.5 times as much as botox. In other words, the typical dose of Botox to treat the glabella is 20 units. With Dysport we use 50 units.

Because of this difference, a unit of Dysport is less expensive than a unit of Botox, usually about 40% of the cost when compared unit for unit.

If you are considering Dysport please clarify this point with your injector before a treatment to avoid an unpleasant cost surprise at the check out counter.

Lee Corbett, MD

I hate my upper arms, what can I do?

Louisville, KY Liposuction or Louisville, KY Brachioplasty are the two options and each has its advantages and disadvantages.

With Liposuction of the upper arm, the limitation is the amount of skin tightening possible. The fat can be removed and the skin will tighten up to some degree, but  there will be residual skin laxity.

The brachioplasty operation is a more powerful operation in that it can deal with the skin laxity and the fat. But, and it’s a big ‘but’, the price for the improved contour is the scar.

Lee Corbett, MD

all posts on this blog are presented by Louisville, KY plastic surgeon, Lee Corbett, MD

Implant Exchange. When and Why.

As a Louisville, KY Breast Augmentation surgeon, I am frequently asked when implants need to be replaced. My answer is…”If they ain’t broke, don’t fix ’em.”

The only absolute indication for replacement is deflation.

Other relative indications are weight changes and breast changes resulting from pregnancy and aging. A lot of times I will meet with a patient who has implants that are twenty-soemthing years old, she has had a few kids, and has added a few pounds over the years. The actual implant is usually fine, but the appearance of the breast, particularly out of the bra, may not be. Often, due to weight gain, the original implants are making the breast too large. Another common problem is that the breast is now drooping off the implant and a lift is in order.

So the answer to the question is that implants only need to be exchanged if they have failed or if you are unhappy with your breast’s appearance.

Lee Corbett, MD

All posts on this blog are presetned by Louisville, KY Plastic Surgeon, Lee Corbett.

Brachioplasty Scars

After lap banding and gastric bypass surgery, a lot of patients seek Louisville Ky plastic surgery for breast, tummy, arm and thigh procedures to get rid of loose skin.

The arm reduction surgery, called a brachioplasty, is pretty popular for those with significant skin/adipose deposits on the back of the upper arms. This procedure is fairly straightforward and usually takes only about an hour. The problem is the scar that results.

Brachioplasty scars tend to be some of the more noticable scars left after cosmetic plastic surgery. The scars tend to widen and stay more red than typical scars. Still many patients find this an acceptable trade-off in order to rid themselves of all the loose skin.

The take home message is to make certain you see some photos before to make the decision to have a brachioplasty because the scars are the shortcoming of this operation.

Lee Corbett, MD

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What are my Financing options for Cosmetic Surgery?

Now that the economic dust is starting to settle, it’s looking like our most reliable and user friendly source for financing is Care Credit.

They offer a variety of financing options with different terms and ineterst rates. They also offer ‘same as cash’ packages.

Patients can finance any cosmetic procedure such as a Louisville, Ky breast augmentation, Louisville, KY liposuction, Louisville, KY tummy tuck or a Louisville, KY facelfit to name a few.

If you are interested in our financing options, please let us know. It is an option a number of patients choose!

Lee Corbett, MD

all posts on this blog are presented by Louisville, KY plastic surgery expert, Dr. Lee Corbett

If I have a Tummy Tuck, what happens to my belly button?

I get this question a lot when patients are considering a Louisville, Ky tummy tuck or a Louisville, KY mini tummy tuck.

The answer is… nothing. You will end up with the same belly button you started out with. What changes is the loose skin that surronds your belly button.

When performing a tummy tuck, we make a circular incision around your belly button and take this straight down until we hit the muscle surface. Sort of like an apple slicer with your belly button  being the core. Then we remove the loose skin, pull the skin downward and put your stiches in. In doing this, we bury your belly button, so at the end we come back to the skin surface and remove a core of skin and fat and the belly button pops back thru.

So you get to keep your belly button.

Lee Corbett, MD

All posts on this blog are presented by Louisville Ky plastic surgeon, Dr. Lee Corbett

What is a Mini Face Lift?

A mini facelift is a scaled down version of a standard Louisville Facelift.

With a mini facelift, and there are several versions out there, what you are looking at is a shorter incision, less undermining of the skin, and less work on the deeper tissues compared to a typical facelift.

The incisions are usually run just under the side burn to the top of the ear and then down to the bottom of the ear. We then tunnel out in front of the ear for about 5 to 6 cm. Then a series of purse string sutures are used to tighten the deeper tissue that actually give the lift.

These procedures also a quicker and take about an hour.

The procedures are great but are ideally suited for younger patients with less facial aging. Remember, you can’t have a mini operation with a mini price, mini scar, mini cost but still get a maximum result. So, talk to your surgeon and make sure the operation is right for you!

Lee Corbett

All posts on this blog are presented by Louisville, KY Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Lee Corbett.

Botox and Bruising

Bruising after a Louisville Botox or Louisville Dysport injection is definitely a possility. Now it’s not all that common but it can and does happen.

This is especially when we treat the crow’s feet area. There are always small veins that live at the side of the eye that are right in the way of where we inject. In fact, the face if full of small blood vessels around the eyes and on our foreheads. So, whenever we put the needle in to inject the toxin, it’s possilbe that we hit a blood vessel. The result…a possible bruise.

You can minimize the risk of a bruise by avoiding aspirin or advil type products and with the application of ice packs to the area immediately before and after.

In the end though, if you get a bruise camouflage with make-up and be assured that it will go away.

Lee Corbett, MD

All posts on this blog are presented by Louisville Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lee Corbett