Plastic Surgery and Teens: Information for Parents

November 16, Dr. Susan MacLennan

Most of my plastic surgery patients are adults, but teenagers can undergo procedures on occasion. Not all teenagers are mature enough for plastic surgery procedures, however, a reconstructive or cosmetic procedure can be a good option for some. Before you schedule a consultation for your teenager, there are some things parents need to be aware of.   When Can Teens…

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Is Facial Plastic Surgery Permanent?

November 16, Dr. Susan MacLennan

One of the questions that usually comes up during consultations is how long the results of surgery will last. This answer will vary from patient to patient, but each procedure will have an average expectation for results. During a consultation, I can give you a more detailed explanation, but here are some of the basic answers.   How Long Do…

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What’s the Difference Between Breast Augmentation And Breast Implants?

October 29, Dr. Susan MacLennan

There are so many ways to enhance, rebuild, and shape the breasts and because of that, there are a lot of terms to grapple with. Beyond simply referring to the surgery as a “boob job,” lots of other medical and technical terms that we always make sure our clients understand thoroughly before making any decisions about surgery. This includes delineating…

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What is the Difference Between a “Cosmetic surgeon” and a “Plastic Surgeon”?

October 29, Dr. Susan MacLennan

If you’re new to plastic surgery, understanding different terms can be confusing. Many people mistakenly believe that a “cosmetic surgeon” and a “plastic surgeon” are the same, for example. While they are somewhat similar, there are some differences in training and the procedures performed for cosmetic surgeons vs. plastic surgeons. Cosmetic Surgery vs. Plastic Surgery Plastic surgery is a general…

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The Ultimate Guide to Compression Garments

August 10, Dr. Susan MacLennan

If you’re considering having cosmetic surgery, you have likely done your research about the procedure itself, seen before-and-after photos, and read about what to expect during recovery. During that time, you’ve likely stumbled across instructions for wearing compression garments, which is often a point of confusion among plastic surgery patients. In this post, I’ll walk through why we use compression…

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Why is it called “Plastic Surgery”? I don’t want to look plastic!

July 6, Dr. Susan MacLennan

Many people have misconceptions about the term “plastic surgery”, associating it with the plastic material we know in everyday life. Learn more about the history of plastic surgery, how we are trained, and more.   The History of Plastic Surgery The English word “plastic” comes from the Greek word “plastikos” which refers to modeling or sculpting like an artist. Plastic…

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7 Questions about Blepharoplasty

May 24, Dr. Susan MacLennan

As with any plastic surgery procedure, my patients usually have questions about eyelid surgery during their consult. Here are seven of the most common questions I hear: 1. What is an Upper Blepharoplasty? What is Lower Blepharoplasty? Blepharoplasty is commonly referred to as “eyelid surgery.” This procedure involves reducing excess or drooping skin from the eyelid area, reducing excess fat…

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Your Guide to General Anesthesia

May 24, Dr. Susan MacLennan

If you’re looking into cosmetic surgery options to help you feel more like the person you are on the inside, you’re probably feeling a wide range of emotions. Hope and apprehension are usually intertwined when thinking about plastic surgery procedures, especially when it comes to the surgery itself. If you are anxious about the idea of going under anesthesia for…

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How to Care for Yourself After Breast Augmentation

March 19, Dr. Susan MacLennan

During your breast augmentation consultation, we will discuss an overview of what you can expect through your recovery. Aside from instructions you receive at the hospital and your follow-up appointments, a majority of your care after breast augmentation will be completed at home while you recover. This is a simple process, but there are some things you need to remember…

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How Long Do Swelling and Redness Last After a Facelift?

February 12, Dr. Susan MacLennan

When you’re choosing a facelift, it’s common to have some concerns about the recovery process. Most of my patients have questions about when they’ll look “normal” after the surgery. While swelling, redness, or bruising look slightly different for everyone, there is a general timeline for recovery that most patients will experience after a facelift. Facelift Recovery: Week One The first…

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