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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The Truth About Breast Implants: Which Feel More Natural?

February 12, Dr. Susan MacLennan

There are many factors to consider when you’re planning a breast augmentation, and one question my patients often have is about the feel of breast implants. A majority of my patients prefer breast implants that feel more natural. The truth is that if you’re prioritizing a natural-feeling result, there are more factors to consider than just the type of implant….

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6 Surprising Uses for Botox

December 3, Dr. Susan MacLennan

Botox is one of the most popular injectable treatments out there because of how effective it is in softening lines and wrinkles. Despite how widely known the treatment is, many of my patients are surprised to learn that Botox is also used for many medical purposes as well. At Mountain Lake Plastic Surgery, my focus is on cosmetic applications for…

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What to Expect from the Labiaplasty Process

December 3, Dr. Susan MacLennan

Whether you’re still deciding if you’ll move forward with a labiaplasty or your consultation is already booked, understanding each step of the process often helps my patients feel more confident with their choice. Here, I’ll outline a brief overview of what you can expect at every stage of your labiaplasty from consultation through recovery. The Labiaplasty Consultation During your consultation,…

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Botox for Men: Everything You Need to Know

October 19, Dr. Susan MacLennan

The majority of my aesthetic treatment patients are women, but a growing number of men are choosing plastic surgery or nonsurgical procedures. Botox is one of the most popular. There are a few things that men should know before they request their first consultation. How Does Botox Work? Botox’s active ingredient is a diluted form of botulinum toxin. This neurotoxin…

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