• BODY PROCEDURES

  • BREAST PROCEDURES

  • FACE PROCEDURES

  • Skin Procedures

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

It is not uncommon to develop excess skin around the abdominal area, particularly after significant weight loss or pregnancy. This redundant skin can make it very difficult to achieve the flat, trim abdomen that you desire, even with ample diet and exercise. With the help of a procedure known as abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, this excess skin can be eliminated and a youthful abdominal contour can be restored. The abdominoplasty procedure removes excess skin and tightens the abdominal wall. As a result, most patients finally feel comfortable wearing bathing suits or slim-fitting clothes, because their abdomen is more youthful and attractive. Moreover, tummy tucks are often coupled with liposuction in order to achieve the best possible results.

 

 

Is an Abdominoplasty Right for Me?

Most of our tummy tuck patients meet at least some of the following criteria:
• You have excess skin on your abdomen after pregnancy or weight loss
• You have been unable to eliminate that skin through diet or exercise
• You want to your abdominal area to have a more flat and slim appearance
• You are currently at a stable weight
• You are healthy enough for surgery
• You have realistic expectations about what a tummy tuck can accomplish

The Abdominoplasty Procedure

Abdominoplasties are performed in a hospital or surgical suite setting under general anesthesia. In most cases, the incision is made at the upper edge of the pubic hairline, well below the bellybutton, across the lower abdomen. It is designed to hide the scar within the underwear or bikini line. During the procedure, the excess skin is removed and the abdominal muscles may be tightened to create a more aesthetically pleasing abdominal contour. Depending on the amount of skin to be removed, there may also be a small incision around the belly button.

Recovery and Results

Many tummy tuck patients are kept in the hospital overnight after their surgery, for close observation and to make sure that they are comfortable. Patients should generally plan on taking at least two weeks away from work for their recovery, and they must avoid strenuous activity for six weeks after surgery in order to allow for an appropriate amount of time to heal. Most swelling diminishes over the first couple of weeks, but it takes several months for all of the swelling to resolve.

Patients are typically thrilled with the results of their tummy tuck. Their clothes fit better and feel more comfortable, and they are more confident about their bodies. If you are interested in discussing a tummy tuck with Dr. Justin Martin, contact him at his Dothan, AL, plastic surgery practice to schedule a consultation.

Body Contouring

Reaching a weight loss milestone can be a monumental achievement. Weight loss journeys often involve a large amount of discipline and self-control. It is a difficult and long process, but the rewards can be wonderful. Most patients who achieve massive weight loss, however, are left with a significant amount of excess skin. This is true whether the weight loss was achieved through a lifestyle change, bariatric surgery, or a combination of both. The skin simply loses the ability to bounce back. This means that weight loss patients often continue to feel uncomfortable with their bodies. After putting so much work into their transformation, this can be disheartening. The solution is a group of procedures that fall under the umbrella of body contouring after weight loss. Specific areas addressed by these procedures include the abdomen (abdominoplasty), buttocks (butt lift), thighs (thighplasty), arms (brachiolasty), breasts (mastopexy) and back (back lift). Descriptions for these procedures can be found under their individual headings.

 

Is Body Contouring After Weight Loss Right for Me?

Most candidates for these procedures meet at least some of the following criteria:
• You have recently lost a significant amount of weight (whether through bariatric surgery or through a lifestyle change)
• You have a significant amount of excess skin
• You are bothered by your excess skin
• You have skin irritation associated with the excess skin
• You currently maintain a relatively stable weight (that is, you have finished losing weight)
• You are healthy enough for surgery
• If you have had bariatric surgery, you are fully recovered from your previous operation
• You have realistic expectations about what body contouring after weight loss can achieve

Body Contouring Procedures

The primary goal of body contouring after weight loss is to remove excess skin from specific parts of the body, resulting in a smoother, more toned final appearance. These procedures are performed under general anesthesia, and some of them, such as procedures involving the abdomen or lower torso, might require an overnight admission postoperatively. Others are commonly performed on an outpatient basis. Recovery After Surgery Most patients can return to work by two to three weeks after surgery, as long as no strenuous physical activity is involved. However, it is important to note that restrictions will be placed on your movements for a certain amount of time in order to protect your results. This usually involves avoiding strenuous physical activity for six to eight weeks following surgery, depending on the procedure. Patients should also be aware that while results will be almost immediately visible, it may take several months to a year for the final results to be evident. After body contouring surgery, most patients feel as though they have finally accomplished their weight loss goals. The importance of this to long-term health and happiness cannot be understated. They feel comfortable in their own bodies, in many cases for the first time in their lives. They no longer have to tuck excess skin away when they exercise, or fear wearing a bathing suit at the beach. If you have recently accomplished massive weight loss and you find yourself struggling with excess skin, contact Dr. Justin Martin at his Dothan, Alabama plastic surgery practice to schedule a consultation. Get started on the last stage of your weight loss journey today.

Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

When the weather is warm, people avoid wearing clothes with long sleeves. But there are some people who, unfortunately, do not feel comfortable doing so due to excess skin hanging from their arms. This skin results not necessarily because of un-fitness, but because as we age, our skin loses elasticity, allowing gravity to ever so slowly stretch the skin. This problem can also be due to skin that is left behind after significant weight loss. The redundant tissue that remains can often lead to feelings of self-consciousness. The solution is a procedure called brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift. This procedure removes redundant skin and fat from the arms, resulting in a smoother, more aesthetically contoured shape. Patients who undergo brachioplasty will often feel comfortable enough to wear short sleeves and sleeveless clothing in the summer, keeping cool and looking good at the same time. Patients also report an increase in confidence and self-esteem after brachioplasty procedures, in large part because they feel great about their arms. Brachioplasty is an excellent way to feel great about the way you look again.

 

 

 

 

Is Brachioplasty the Right Procedure for Me?

Most candidates for brachioplasty meet at least some of the following criteria:
• You have excess tissue along your upper arm
• That excess tissue creates an unwanted “flag” on your upper arm
• You are currently uncomfortable wearing t-shirts or tank tops
• You feel self-conscious when your arms are exposed
• You are generally healthy enough for surgery
• You have realistic expectations about what brachioplasty can accomplish

The Brachioplasty Procedure

Brachioplasty procedures are typically done under general anesthesia in an operating room setting. The incision is normally placed along the inner aspect of the upper arm. Once the incision is made, excess tissue is removed and closure is carried out with several layers of absorbable sutures. Liposuction may also be used to remove excess fat if indicated. This procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis, so you should be able to return home on the day of your surgery.

Brachioplasty Recovery and Results

Generally, brachioplasty patients can count on 2-3 days of rest before returning to work, assuming that their occupation does not involve strenuous activity. Most patients are urged to refrain from any strenuous activity with their arms for six weeks, after which they may resume their normal activities. Dr. Martin will develop an individualized recovery plan for you that will not only help ensure your comfort but also your desired results. Once recovery is complete and swelling subsides, patients will notice the distinct absence of “flags” on their arms. The tissue around the upper arms will be smooth and trim, bringing welcome definition to your arms. This means that clothes will fit better and you will feel more comfortable wearing short sleeved or sleeveless clothing. With this will come an increase in self-esteem, self-confidence and possibly even quality of life.

If you’re bothered by loose skin or “flags” on your arms, contact Dr. Justin Martin today to schedule a brachioplasty consultation at his Dothan, Alabama practice, and get started on your transformation right away.

Liposuction

Diet and exercise are important to achieve an ideal weight and get rid of fat. But neither diet nor exercise can be targeted, and patients often have areas of fat that they wish to eliminate but that won’t go away. The solution is a procedure called liposuction. Among the most popular plastic surgery procedures of all time, this is a great option for patients who want to eliminate certain areas of persistent fat. Modern liposuction techniques are able to create a natural-looking contour by selectively removing fat in specific areas. In other words, you can take a little off your waist or a little off your hips and it will simply look as though you have lost weight in that area. This natural look, as well as the ability to pick and choose where the fat is removed, makes this procedure exceptionally popular. The result is a body that you love, and a boost in confidence and self-esteem.

 

Is Liposuction the Right Choice for Me?

It is important to consider whether the results you desire are best achieved with liposuction. For example, many patients who have excess skin around the belly area are better candidates for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure. Dr. Martin’s liposuction candidates generally meet at least some of the following criteria:
• You are a relatively stable weight
• You have specific areas of fat that you would like to eliminate
• Those areas of fat seem immune to diet and exercise
• You are generally healthy enough for surgery
• You have realistic expectations about what surgery can accomplish

The Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is usually performed as an outpatient procedure in a hospital or surgical suite setting. Depending on the patient and the amount of work performed, a general or local anesthetic may be used.

Liposuction is minimally invasive. One or more small incisions will be made near the desired target and a small tube, called a cannula, will be inserted into that incision and will begin to break up the fat. Using suction, the cannula will extract the fat that has been broken up. This technique provides Dr. Martin with an exceptional amount of control in contouring the body.

Recovery and Results

Once your liposuction procedure is complete, Dr. Martin may require you to wear compression garments to help reduce swelling. Depending on the scope of the procedure, most patients should be able to return to work within a couple of days. However, swelling may persist for several weeks, and it might be difficult to see or appreciate your final results for a few months. Dr. Martin gives every liposuction patient an individualized recovery plan, designed to optimize comfort while simultaneously protecting the final results of the surgery. It should not be surprising that most patients love their results. Liposuction is consistently one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Patients are able to eliminate troubling or vexing areas of fat—areas that were immune to diet and exercise. This can lead to a more aesthetically-shaped body, clothes that fit better, and an increase in confidence and self-esteem. If you have certain areas of fat that you would like to get rid of, contact Dr. Justin Martin at his Dothan, Alabama, plastic surgery practice to schedule a consultation.

Thighplasty (Thigh Lift)

Many patients who have lost a significant amount of weight are left with redundant skin in the thigh area. This excess skin can be uncomfortable and emotionally deflating, making them feel as though the weight loss journey is incomplete. The solution is a procedure called thighplasty, also known as a thigh lift. This procedure eliminates excess tissue and helps to smooth out the contour of the thighs.

 

Is a Thigh Lift Right for Me?

Most thighplasty candidates meet at least some of the following criteria:
• You have excess skin around the thighs
• This excess skin causes physical or emotional discomfort
• You have recently lost a significant amount of weight
• You are currently at a relatively stable weight
• You have realistic expectations about what this procedure can accomplish
• You are healthy enough for a surgery

The Thighplasty Procedure

Thighplasty is performed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. There are several thighplasty techniques that plastic surgeons use, so you should discuss your goals with Dr. Martin during your consultation to determine the right approach for you. Full thigh lift techniques involve longer incision lines but offer more dramatic results. A “mini thighlift,” on the other hand, focuses the upper third of the thigh. The results are more subtle, but the procedure is much less invasive.

Recovery and Results

Most patients return home on the day of surgery. During the first one or two days, you will require assistance from a friend or family member for help around the house. Swelling is common after surgery and may take several weeks or months to subside. You should be able to return to work, assuming that work is a desk job, within a couple of weeks. However, you will not be able to do any strenuous activity with your legs for several more weeks after surgery.

For most patients after thighplasty, the days of feeling self-conscious or uncomfortable because of excess skin on the thighs are over. Patients note that they no longer have reservations about wearing shorts or other clothes that reveal the smoother, more aesthetic contour of their thighs, and this brings them confidence and an increased sense of well-being.

If you are uncomfortable with excess skin around your thighs, contact Dr. Justin Martin at his Dothan, Alabama, plastic surgery practice to schedule a consultation.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world. Over 300,000 women in the United States alone had a breast augmentation procedure performed last year. And when it comes to the results, it is easy to see why. When you undergo your breast augmentation procedure, you are granting yourself increased confidence, a boost to self-esteem, and, most importantly, the feeling of finally being comfortable in your own skin. While breast augmentation is certainly one of the most widely known plastic surgery procedures, you may be surprised by some of the options you have and some of the decisions you can make about your final outcome. Breast augmentation patients can make choices not only about the size of the breast implant, but also the shape and the material used. Together in consultation with Dr. Martin, you will also discuss the best technique to give you the results that you desire.

 

Is Breast Augmentation Right for Me?

Breast augmentation might be a good option for you if some or all of the following criteria are met:
• You want to increase the size of your breasts
• You are seeking breast augmentation for your own reasons (there is no pressure coming from significant others, for example)
• Your weight is stable
• You are healthy enough to undergo surgery
• You have realistic expectations regarding what this procedure can accomplish

The Breast Augmentation Procedure

Most breast augmentation procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, but in a hospital setting and under general anesthesia. The process itself starts with a consultation, during which you will discuss your desired results with Dr. Martin and determine the best way to achieve those results. Breast augmentation procedures are usually performed using one of the following incision techniques:

• Inframammary – Perhaps the most common incision technique, an inframammary incision is versatile and produces a scar that is easily hidden. The incision is placed on the fold at the bottom of the breast. The scar is typically hidden by the breast, and after healing may be no more visible than a fine line.

• Periareolar – This technique creates an incision around the bottom edge of the areola. The primary advantage of a periareolar incision is that the transition from dark to light skin effectively masks any scarring. However, the size of the silicone implant that can be used will be limited, and the ability to express milk later in life may be compromised. That said, this may still be the best approach for the right patient.

Implant Material: Silicone and Saline

There are two basic types of implant material used in breast augmentation: silicone and saline. Silicone breast implants are usually favored by plastic surgeons, as they have an excellent safety record and provide a natural overall look and feel. Saline implants are used less commonly, but offer a wide range of volumes and sizes, and they generally cost less than silicone implants. Because they can be filled after insertion, saline implants are popular for some less-invasive techniques.

Recovery and Results

Most patients should be able to return home on the day of surgery. However, patients should refrain from normal activity for 3-5 days and focus instead on rest and recuperation, even if there is little to no discomfort. Most patients return to non-strenuous work after a few days, but should wait several weeks before engaging in any kind of strenuous activity such as exercise.

Once your recovery is complete, you will be able to admire the new profile, shape, and size of your breasts. It is important to wait for swelling to subside completely before judging the final outcome of your procedure. However, patients are almost always thrilled with the results of their breast augmentation very soon after surgery. If you are thinking about increasing the size of your breasts—if you want that added confidence and poise—contact Dr. Justin Martin at his Dothan, Alabama practice to schedule a consultation.

Breast Reconstruction

There are many reasons that patients might seek out a breast reconstruction procedure. Sometimes, patients are looking to address issues caused by birth defects. Other times, to correct problems caused by trauma. However, the most common reason that patients undergo breast reconstruction is after mastectomy for breast cancer treatment or prevention.

Breast reconstruction techniques are designed to replace missing tissue in the breast. Modern plastic surgeons such as Dr. Martin use a wide array of techniques to help reconstructed breasts look and feel as natural as possible. Plastic surgeons, breast surgeons, and oncologists often work together to devise the best reconstruction procedures and schedules for individual patients. Not all women will chose to undergo breast reconstruction, but most of those who do will note a significant increase in confidence and quality of life after the procedure.

 

Is Breast Reconstruction the Right Procedure for Me?

• Breast reconstruction is a broad term, so it is quite possible that there is a version of the procedure that is indeed the best fit for you. However, most breast reconstruction patients will meet at least some of the following criteria:
• Your breasts have undergone trauma, lumpectomy, or mastectomy, or you have a congenital breast deformity
• If you are undergoing treatment for breast cancer, you have discussed treatment options with your oncologist and breast surgeon
• You desire to have the look and feel of natural breasts
• You and your plastic surgeon have discussed reconstruction options that are appropriate for you
• You are generally healthy enough for surgery
• You have realistic expectations of what the procedure can accomplish

Breast Reconstruction Procedures

There are two broad categories of breast reconstruction: one type uses breast implants, and the other approach uses the patient’s own tissues from various other parts of the body. Dr. Martin will work with you to determine the best technique for your needs.

Implant-Based Reconstruction – Implant-based breast reconstruction procedures use the well-known saline or silicone breast implant devices that are also used in breast enhancement procedures.  Because implants require a “pocket” in which to sit, a device called a tissue expander is often inserted, either at the time of the original mastectomy or at a later date, after the patient has healed from the mastectomy. The tissue expander is essentially a hollow breast implant that is slowly filled with saline over a period of several weeks to expand the overlying skin and create a pocket for an appropriately-sized permanent implant. Once the expander reaches the right size, another surgery will be scheduled to remove the expander and replace it with the permanent breast implant. Occasionally, permanent implants can be placed during the first surgery, avoiding the need for tissue expanders.

Autologous Tissue-Based Reconstruction

Latissimus Dorsi Flap – This technique involves using tissue from the latissimus dorsi, a muscle in the back just below the shoulder blade. A tissue expander is often also used in this type of case to provide for additional breast volume.

TRAM Flap – This technique relies on tissue from the lower abdomen to reconstruct the breast.  There is typically enough tissue available to reconstruct a breast of appropriate size without the additional use of an implant.

Breast reconstruction procedures are almost always performed under general anesthesia. Hospital stays vary based on the specific reconstruction technique used, with implant-based techniques usually requiring one night in the hospital, and autologous tissue-based techniques usually requiring a hospital stay of several days.

Recovery and Results

Recovery time varies based on the reconstruction technique used, but most patients can expect to be back to their full activities in six to eight weeks. Many patients can return to work with light activity in about two to three weeks.

Once recovery is complete, some patients will elect to have their nipples reconstructed. This is typically done as an outpatient procedure, and is usually the last step in the breast reconstruction process.

Breast reconstruction has had a huge positive impact on the lives of many patients. For many women, the breast is a key component of their identity, and breast reconstruction is a way for them to regain their identity after a rather unpleasant interruption. That kind of closure and resolution can be a wonderful thing.

If you are considering breast reconstruction, contact Dr. Justin Martin at his Dothan, Alabama plastic surgery practice to schedule a consultation.

Breast Reduction

One of the most popular types of breast enhancement is a procedure called breast reduction. As the name implies, this procedure is designed to eliminate excess tissue in the breasts, reducing their overall size and weight and the same time.

For many women, breast tissue can increase with weight gain. For others, large breasts are an issue of genetics.  The weight of the breasts can cause a great deal of strain and discomfort in the back and neck, which is usually felt on a daily basis. Breast reduction surgery offers relief from that pain, and this procedure is often coupled with a breast lift in order to restore a youthful, perkier appearance to the breasts. If certain requirements are met, breast reduction might be covered by individual health insurance plans.

 

Is Breast Reduction the Right Choice For Me?

Most good candidates for breast reduction will meet at least some of the following criteria:
• Your breasts are uncomfortably large
• You have back or neck pain caused by the size of your breasts
• You have rashes under your breasts that are unresponsive to topical treatment
• You are at a relatively stable weight
• You generally feel that your breasts are too large for your frame
• You feel as though your breasts draw an uncomfortable amount of attention
• You are generally healthy enough for surgery
• You have realistic expectations about what breast reduction can accomplish

The Breast Reduction Procedure

Breast reduction procedures are carried out in a surgical suite under general anesthesia. There are several incision patterns that are commonly used in breast reduction. One involves an incision around the areola with a vertical extension under it. Another uses an inverted “T” pattern, which goes around the areola, extends vertically under it, and then across the lower fold of the breast.  These techniques have distinct advantages, and each one is appropriate for certain patients. You will decide on the best option for you during your consultation with Dr. Martin.

Recovery and Results

Depending on the patient and the specific technique used, most patients either return home the day of surgery or remain in the hospital for one night. There will be swelling and bruising immediately after surgery, but this should decrease significantly in one to two weeks, after which time you should be able to return to most of your routine activities. You will be asked to avoid strenuous activity with your arms for six weeks. You should also avoid underwire bras for the first six weeks after surgery, opting instead for a soft but supportive garment, such as a sports bra. Because it takes a while for all of the swelling to resolve, the final result will not be apparent for several months following surgery.

Patients are almost always thrilled with their final result after a breast reduction. Not only will the breasts appear more youthful and more proportionally in tune with the rest of the body, but most patients will also notice an immediate weight lifted from their chests, with improvement in their shoulder, back and neck pain.

If you are uncomfortable with the disproportionately large size of your breasts, or if you suffering from shoulder, back, or neck pain due to breasts that are too large for your frame, you do not have to live with it.  Contact Dr. Justin Martin at his plastic surgery practice in Dothan, Alabama to schedule a consultation.

Breast Revision

Breast enhancement procedures are effectively permanent. However, this does not necessarily mean that the results will last for your entire life. Some patients develop breast asymmetry or deformity due to capsular contracture or implant deflation. Others might change their minds about the size and shape they desire their breasts to be, and this might happen several years down the road. These issues have led to the development of a procedure called breast revision surgery. This type of surgery is designed to help patients get the final look they want, even if it is the second attempt.

Whatever the reason that you are considering breast revision surgery, it is very important to get things right the second time around. Dr. Martin has a great deal of experience ensuring that patients are happy with their breast revision surgery, most often when he wasn’t even the initial surgeon. Breast revision surgery can move your breast implant size up or down, replace a faulty implant, treat a capsular contracture, or help you finally get the results you were looking for in the first place.

 

Is Breast Revision Right for Me?

Most breast revision candidates exhibit at least some of the following characteristics:
• You are no longer content with the size or shape of your current implants
• You are having issues with one or both of your implants
• You have capsular contracture of one or both breasts
• You were unhappy with the results of your previous breast enhancement surgery
• You are generally healthy enough for surgery
• You have realistic expectations about what a breast revision procedure can accomplish

The Procedure

The first step in any procedure is a consultation. Dr. Martin will discuss with you what is unsatisfactory about your current situation as well as what you would like your final outcome to look like. Some patients elect to remove their breast implants altogether, while other patients are simply seeking to change the size of their implants. The issue you are attempting to solve and your desired result will play a large role in dictating how your procedure is planned.

In most cases, breast revision surgery is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital setting, and patients typically return home on the day of surgery. If possible, Dr. Martin will attempt to use the same incision as your previous breast enhancement procedure in order to minimize additional scars. However, sometimes a new or extended incision will be necessary to accomplish your goals. Once the incision is made, the old implants will be removed and the new implants, if desired, will be inserted, often after additional work on the breast to treat capsular contracture or optimize symmetry.

Recovery and Results

In some cases, recovery from a breast revision surgery may go more quickly than for a breast augmentation procedure, as the “pocket” in which the implant sits has already been created. Most patients should count on taking it easy for a one to two weeks before returning to work, and it may take several weeks to months for swelling to subside completely. However, most patients are able to resume normal daily activities after several days, with no strenuous activity for four to six weeks.  You will receive individualized care instructions from Dr. Martin based on your specific surgery.

Breast revision surgery usually leads to a breast size and shape that is more in line with your vision of yourself.  After all, a breast enhancement procedure is designed to make you feel comfortable in your own skin, bringing you more self-confidence and a better quality of life.  Breast revision procedures help to ensure that this is exactly what happens.

If you are unhappy with your current breast enhancement procedure, you don’t have to live with the results. Contact Dr. Justin Martin at his Dothan, Alabama plastic surgery office to schedule a consultation.

Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)

In our culture, breast tissue is generally associated with femininity. Men that develop breast tissue, therefore, face a wide variety of associated challenges and discomforts. Male breast tissue, also known as gynecomastia, can develop for various reasons. Sometimes, gynecomastia develops due to genetics, while other times it is closely associated with diet, certain medications, or a hormonal imbalance that might need to be addressed before any surgery is undertaken.

For men that are self-conscious about their breast tissue, a procedure known as male breast reduction may be the best way of regaining a masculine profile. During this procedure, Dr. Martin will remove excess breast tissue in order to produce a chest that is flatter, more masculine, and more youthful.

 

Is Male Breast Reduction for Me?

To know whether or not your gynecomastia should be treated surgically, consider whether you meet some of the following criteria:
• You have unwanted male breast tissue
• Your male breast tissue creates discomfort or makes you feel self-conscious
• Your male breast tissue affects the lifestyle you would like to have in a negative way
• Underlying causes for your gynecomastia, such as a hormonal imbalance, have been ruled out
• You are at a relatively stable weight
• You are healthy enough for surgery
• You have realistic expectations about what surgery can accomplish

The Male Breast Reduction Procedure

Gynecomastia surgery is performed in a hospital or surgical suite setting under general anesthesia.  If your gynecomastia is caused mostly by fatty tissue, then liposuction may be all that is needed. A cannula (a small tube) will be inserted through one of several small incisions and the fatty tissue will be removed via suction. If it is caused by excess skin, fat, and breast tissue, that excess tissue will need to be removed with an excisional technique involving a larger incision. It is not uncommon for patients to require a combination of both liposuction and excision.

Recovery and Results

Specifics regarding your recovery will vary depending on the type of surgery you have undergone.  The less invasive, liposuction-based surgery will require less recovery time, whereas the excisional technique might require a slightly longer recovery period. It will be recommended that you avoid strenuous activity for several weeks following your surgery. Most patients can return to work, however, within a week or so, as long as it doesn’t involve strenuous activity. Swelling may persist for several weeks to months, but most of it resolves within the first couple of weeks.

The results of gynecomastia surgery are almost universally praised. Patients love the fact that they get to enjoy a more masculine profile and all of the perks that come with it. They no longer have to hide their chests when they go swimming or in the locker room. Clothes fit better. And, perhaps more importantly, gynecomastia patients feel more confident and secure with their own bodies.

So if you are troubled by male breast tissue, contact Dr. Justin Martin at his Dothan, Alabama, plastic surgery practice to schedule a consultation. Your more masculine physique could be right around the corner.

Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

For moms looking to get back their pre-baby bodies and women looking to give themselves a little youthful perk, mastopexy, also known as breast lift, is a great way to accomplish this. As your body ages, gravity plays an ever-increasing role in the changes that are seen, because it is constantly pulling down on your features. This can have a significant cumulative effect when added up twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, over multiple years.

The results of this can often be seen in the breasts, due to their tissue composition and changes in volume. Women who go through pregnancy and nursing know that the stretching and shrinking of the breasts tends to leave them less perky and more deflated. These changes in the breasts can also be attributed to weight fluctuations, as seen after significant weight loss.

A mastopexy removes excess tissue and “lifts” the breast back into a more youthful position. The result, in addition to a more youthful breast, is often a boost in confidence and self-esteem. Because of this, most patients who undergo a mastopexy are incredibly happy with their final results. In fact, according to recent data published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast lifts have grown in popularity 70% since the year 2000.

 

Is Mastopexy the Right Procedure for Me?

Mastopexy candidates generally meet some of or all of the following criteria:
• Your breasts have begun to sag, whether due to gravity, weight loss, or child-bearing
• You want your breasts to appear more youthful
• You are unhappy with the orientation of your nipple
•You have a relatively stable weight
• You are generally healthy enough for surgery
• You have realistic expectations about what this procedure can accomplish

The Procedure

Mastopexy is generally performed on an outpatient basis. There are several different incision patterns, and the one that is best for you will depend on the dimensions of your breasts and your desired results. This will be discussed in detail during your consultation with Dr. Martin.

Once the incision is made, the breasts will be “lifted” by repositioning the breast tissue and skin. Dr. Martin will then reposition the nipple and areola to a more appropriately youthful height. When necessary, excess tissue will also be removed, including from around the areola. In fact, enlarged areolae are a common concern among mastopexy patients. When Dr. Martin closes the incisions, he will work to ensure that the end result is smooth and natural, giving the breast a more youthful appearance.

Recovery and Results

Nearly all patients return home on the day of surgery. Most patients can return to work in less than a week, though strenuous activities that involve the arms or chest should be avoided for about six weeks after surgery. It may take several months for all swelling to diminish and for the breasts to settle into their final positions.

Unless you elect to undergo a concurrent breast reduction, your breasts will remain roughly the same size, but they will appear perkier and more youthful. This can help many women feel younger and revitalized—leading to better fitting clothes and increased self-confidence.

If you are considering a breast lift procedure, contact Dr. Justin Martin at his practice in Dothan, Alabama to schedule a consultation. Get started on your transformation today!

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)

It has often been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul.  In a way this is true, as your eyes have much to say about you. However, sometimes your eyes communicate messages that you cannot entirely control. Eyes with droopy lids or excess tissue around them can make you look tired, sad, and more aged than you feel. These changes happen naturally. As we age, eyelid skin shows the effects of gravity by stretching and losing elasticity, and it cannot bounce back effectively as a result.

The solution for many people is a procedure called blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift. This procedure is designed to eliminate excess tissue and make you look more youthful, more energized, and more alert. Eyelid lift procedures can even help improve your vision, as the excess tissue that accumulates can hang down in front of the eye, causing a visual field obstruction. Cases in which visual field obstruction is involved might also qualify for health insurance coverage if the appropriate criteria are met.

 

 

Is Blepharoplasty the Right Procedure for Me?

To ensure that you are a good candidate for blepharoplasty, consider whether or not you meet some of the following criteria:
• You have excess tissue around your eyes and eyelids
• Your eyelids obstruct your vision
• You feel like your eyelids make you look older than you feel
• Your eyelids make you look tired or sad when you are not
• You have realistic expectations regarding what this procedure can accomplish
• You are generally healthy enough for surgery

The Blepharoplasty Procedure

In most cases, blepharoplasty procedures are performed under sedation or general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. A small incision is made along the natural crease on the upper eyelid in order to remove excess tissue. If the lower eyelid is being corrected as well, a small incision will be made just below the eyelashes of the lower eyelid and/or behind the eyelid. In some cases, blepharoplasty may be combined with other procedures, such as a facelift or a brow lift. Incisions are closed with removable sutures, and patients typically return home the same day.

Recovery and Results after Blepharoplasty

Immediately after surgery, you may experience bruising and swelling around the eyes, and this should diminish over the first couple of weeks. All patients will receive personalized care instructions once their surgery is complete. Patients are often asked to apply an ointment to the incisions several times per day, and to wear dark sunglasses when outside.

Most patients, upon seeing how alert and energized they suddenly look, feel much more youthful than they did before surgery. Additionally, some patients report an improved field of vision. This helps explain why blepharoplasty is among the most popular facial rejuvenation procedures available today.

If you are troubled by the appearance of the skin around your eyes, or if you feel that you have a decreased field of vision as a result of excess eyelid skin, it might be time to talk to a plastic surgeon about improving this. Contact Dr. Justin Martin at his Dothan, Alabama plastic surgery practice to schedule a consultation.

Brow Lift

As we age, tissue descent and wrinkles can develop in several key areas of the face, and the eyebrow is one of these areas. This can often make a patient look older than he or she feels, and it often makes one look tired or sad. Patients with facial aging in the eyebrow area who want to appear more youthful may be interested in a procedure called a brow lift. Also known as a forehead lift, this is a plastic surgery procedure that can elevate the eyebrows and smooth out wrinkles in the forehead area, making the eyes and forehead appear more youthful, energetic and alert.

Most patients love the way they look in the mirror after this procedure, and they are often pleasantly surprised by the way that changing one feature, the brow, can have an impact on the perception of the face as a whole.

 

 

Is a Brow Lift Right for Me?

There are many face rejuvenation procedures available, and Dr. Martin is well-versed and highly-experienced when it comes to these procedures. A brow lift targets a very specific area of the anatomy, so to see if it is a good fit you, you should meet at least some the following criteria:
• Your brows sit at a low position above your eyes
• You have excess skin and tissue around your brows
• Your brows give your face an angry or tired appearance
• There are deep lines on your forehead, around your brows and on the bridge of your nose
• You are generally healthy enough for surgery
• You have realistic expectations regarding what this procedure can accomplish

The Brow Lift Procedure

Most brow lift procedures are performed in a surgical suite setting under general anesthesia. Dr. Martin typically uses a technique known as endoscopic brow lift. With this technique, rather than making one long incision around the top of the forehead, he is able to make several small incisions behind the hairline. He then uses an endoscope (essentially a camera at the end of a very thin tube), along with several other specialized instruments, to elevate the eyebrows and skin of the forehead.

Endoscopic techniques are favorable for brow lift procedures in many patients because they are less invasive than other techniques. This means that healing usually occurs more quickly and with less discomfort. This technique, however, is not appropriate for every patient, as the specific anatomy of some patients is better suited for traditional brow lift techniques.

Many patients also elect to couple a brow lift with a blepharoplasty procedure (an eyelid lift), as the excess skin can sometimes continue into the eyelids, obstructing vision and diminishing the youthful look that is desired.

Recovery and Results

After your brow lift surgery, you will receive instructions regarding your recovery and post-surgical care. It is possible that there will be swelling for up to several weeks, but you should be “presentable” in public, or free of visible swelling and bruising, within a two week period.

The results of brow lift procedures are easily noticed and among the most profound of facial rejuvenation procedures. Your forehead will be smoother, your wrinkles and folds diminished. You will also find that your eyes will look much more alert and youthful, especially if you have also elected to undergo any type of blepharoplasty procedure. When performed properly and methodically, as Dr. Martin has extensive experience doing, brow lift procedures can make you look naturally more youthful.

So if you find yourself bothered or uncomfortable because of the tired or angry appearance caused by your eyebrows, contact Dr. Justin Martin at his plastic surgery practice in Dothan, Alabama to schedule a consultation.

Facelift

Deep wrinkles and lines form in the face due a combination of age and gravity, which pulls the skin and facial tissues in a downward direction. Because your skin loses elasticity as you age, that skin can no longer bounce back. Facelift procedures correct this by elevating the facial soft tissues, smoothing wrinkles, and removing excess skin. The end result is a face that more clearly reflects how you feel: youthful, energized, and confident.

 

Is a Facelift a Good Option for Me?

During your consultation with Dr. Martin, you will discuss your desired facelift results and determine whether you meet some of the necessary criteria:
• You have deep wrinkles or folds on your face
• You have excess tissue in the lower part of your face
• You have excess tissue around your jawline (jowls)
• You have excess skin, wrinkles, and folds along your neck
• You are generally healthy enough for surgery
• You have realistic expectations of what a facelift procedure can accomplish

The Procedure

Facelifts are performed in a hospital or surgical suite setting and under general anesthesia. The most common facelift technique uses an incision from the temple down and around the ear. In selected patients, Dr. Martin also uses and innovative technique called an endoscopic mid-face lift. This technique is minimally invasive, relying on several small incisions behind the hairline, and an implanted device to help suspend the midfacial skin and soft tissue, restoring a more youthful appearance to the face.

Because of the way that the face and neck interact with each other, many patients will also elect to have a neck lift performed concurrently with their facelift procedure. A neck lift will smooth out the wrinkles and folds of the neck, making it look more youthful in a way that naturally matches your face. For some patients, a neck lift is a vital way to complete the overall look of a facelift procedure, so that the entire face and neck area look rejuvenated.

Recovery and Results

Facelift patients typically return home the day of their procedure.  Most swelling will diminish within the first two weeks, although there may be some mild residual swelling, minimally noticeable, that will last for several months.

Results appear quite natural, as Dr. Martin’s technique avoids the windblown appearance that has been associated with facelifts in the past. Patients are almost always happy with their results, noting that they look rejuvenated, recuperated and more youthful, and they feel more confident as a result.

If you are unhappy with the aged appearance of your face, contact Dr. Justin Martin to schedule a consultation at his Dothan, Alabama practice. Get started on your transformation today!

Otoplasty (Ears)

Due to a wide variety of reasons, from genetics to trauma, the ears can be misshapen or too large. This draws unwanted attention to them, and because of this, some patients desperately want to achieve more proportional-appearing ears with regard to the rest of their face.

The way to do this is through a surgery called otoplasty. This procedure is designed to alter the size, shape, or orientation of the ear. Many patients who pursue otoplasty are concerned with diffusing the amount of attention their ears generate, and this often means bringing the ears into alignment with the rest of the head and with the face in general. Dr. Martin offers experience and expertise with otoplasty to patients who are looking to change the appearance of their ears.

 

Is Otoplasty the Right Procedure for Me?

To know whether or not this procedure will be a good choice for you, it is important to examine your particular concerns, and this is something Dr. Martin will do during your consultation. Most otoplasty candidates meet at least some of the following criteria:
• You were born with overly large and/or protruding ears
• Through trauma, you have misshapen ears
• You are generally unhappy with the appearance of your ears
• You have realistic expectations about what this procedure can accomplish
• You are healthy enough for surgery

The Otoplasty Procedure

The shape of the ear itself is quite complex, so most otoplasty procedures will vary based upon each patient’s concerns. In the case of correcting protruding ears, for example, an incision will be made behind the ear. Through this incision, the shape of the ear can be altered. Because the incision is behind the ear, it is hidden from view.

As with most plastic surgery procedures, otoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia, though in some cases local anesthesia and a sedative may be used. These procedures are usually performed on an outpatient basis in a hospital setting or in a surgical suite.

Recovery and Results

Once the surgery is complete, Dr. Martin will typically instruct patients to wear a protective headband dressing around the ears for a short period.  It is very important that patients wear these dressings, in order to protect the results of their surgery. Patients may experience some mild discomfort during the first several days after surgery, but should be able to return to work after that time. All swelling should subside within a couple of months.

The results of an otoplasty allow patients to feel like their true selves, without being self-conscious about their ears. The new position, orientation, and size of the ears allows patients to feel more “normal,” and allows them to pursue their dreams and desires with confidence.

If you are bothered by the position or size of your ears, contact Dr. Justin Martin at his Dothan, Alabama, plastic surgery practice to schedule a consultation.

Rhinoplasty (Nose)

In many ways, the nose is the centerpiece of the face: it holds all of the other features together and, in the best cases, blends seamlessly into the background. However, a nose that is too big, too small, or misshapen can become a source of unwanted attention. This can be corrected with a procedure known as rhinoplasty, which can reshape the entire nose or make subtle changes to certain areas. Modern rhinoplasty techniques may focus on the midportion of the nose, giving that area a more pleasing shape, or the nostrils and the tip of the nose, correcting malpositioned nostrils or a drooping tip.

 

Is Rhinoplasty a Good Choice for Me?

Good candidates for rhinoplasty usually exhibit at least some of the following characteristics:
• You are unhappy with the overall size or shape of your nose
• You have a hump on your nose
• You have nasal asymmetry
• You are healthy enough for a surgical procedure
• You have realistic expectations about what the procedure can accomplish

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia in a hospital or surgical suite setting. There are several different incisions that may be used in rhinoplasty, and the ones that are employed are chosen based on the specific issues being addressed. These incisions are typically made inside the nostril or on the columella, so they are hidden from view. There are several ways to change the overall shape of the nose, from removing excess tissue and trimming cartilage, to inserting cartilage from another location. Each technique is employed to correct a specific problem, and several of them are often combined in one operation to address the needs of that particular patient.

Recovery and Results

Most patients should be able to return to work after a few days.  During the first week, Dr. Martin may ask you to wear a nasal splint in order to protect your results. Most swelling and bruising will subside within one or two weeks, but some minor swelling may persist for several months. After rhinoplasty, patients who felt that their nose was drawing unwanted attention are pleased that their nose is now in harmony with the rest of the face.

If you find yourself uncomfortable with the appearance of your nose, schedule a consultation with Dr. Justin Martin at his practice in Dothan, Alabama today.

Botox® Cosmetic

Perhaps the most well-known nonsurgical aesthetic procedure in the world, Botox® entered the market in the 1990s and has shown no signs of fading popularity. In fact, Botox® is more requested today than it has ever been before.

You may have noticed that some wrinkles tend to develop in areas of your face that express your emotions: around the eyes, the mouth, and so on. Botox® works by selectively causing some of those muscles to relax, which allows the associated wrinkles to soften. As a nonsurgical technique, Botox® can generate excellent results with almost no down time.

Botox® is designed to eliminate a very specific set of wrinkles, and it does so with great efficacy in the appropriate patient. However, if you are interested in treating wrinkles caused by other aging factors, you may want to consider a dermal filler, such as Juvederm® or Restylane®. These products are designed to soften wrinkles by adding volume to the skin and soft tissues of the face.

Is Botox® Right for Me?

Botox® candidates will meet at least some of the following requirements:
• You have facial wrinkles associated with muscles of facial expression
• You have no desire for surgery or are not a good candidate for surgical facial rejuvenation
• You are not pregnant or nursing
• You have no allergies to Botox®
• You want a procedure that can be accomplished quickly
• You have realistic expectations about what Botox® injections can accomplish

 

The Botox® Procedure

Botox® is administered at our plastic surgery clinic. An anesthetic is generally not needed, though a topical numbing agent can be applied.  Dr. Martin will select the appropriate sites for treatment based on the results that you desire. Most patients report very little discomfort during this process, and normal activities can be resumed almost immediately after the procedure.

Recovery

There is very little recovery time associated with Botox®. There may be some mild bruising or redness around the injection sites, but this usually diminishes within a couple of days. Patients are also advised to avoid strenuous activity for about a day in order to avoid spreading the Botox® to other areas of the face. Dr. Martin will develop an individualized recovery plan for each patient to ensure optimal results.

Some patients are concerned about significant loss of facial expression after Botox® injections, but this is typically only seen when it is administered in doses and locations that are not indicated.

If you are considering Botox®, contact Dr. Justin Martin at his Dothan, Alabama plastic surgery practice for a consultation.

Dermal Fillers

A dermal filler works by adding volume to the skin and soft tissues of the face.  When the volume is added, your features appear fuller, less wrinkled, and more youthful.  Dermal filler injections can be accomplished in the office with almost no downtime, making them a popular choice for patients who are looking for a solution that can be implemented quickly.

 

Should I Get Dermal Filler Injections?

While there are a wide variety of options, most dermal filler patients meet at least some of the following criteria:
• You have facial lines and wrinkles that you would like to diminish
• You have no objection to results that typically last several months to a year
• You have no interest in or are not a good candidate for surgical facial rejuvenation
• You are willing to have maintenance injections if you like your results
• You are not pregnant or nursing
• You want to look more youthful
• You have realistic expectations about what this procedure can accomplish

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

A dermal filler is a substance that is injected into the skin or underlying tissue to fill volume lost by aging. Over time, the filler is absorbed, and the results will wane over several months to years, depending on the particular filler.

Recovery and Results

There is very little recovery time for dermal filler injections.  There may be some slight bruising or redness immediately following your procedure, but both should fade in a day or two.  Dr. Martin will provide you with individualized recovery instructions to help ensure that you get the results you desire.

Results themselves will vary depending on the area of the face that is targeted.  Lines around the nose, lips, and mouth can be greatly diminished.  The overall appearance of the skin of the face will appear more youthful.  Many patients are thrilled with their results because they look and feel younger than they did before.

To get more information about your dermal filler options, contact Dr. Justin Martin at his Dothan, Alabama plastic surgery practice to schedule a consultation.

Facial Fat Grafting

Fat is used as a filler in a variety of areas. Perhaps most famously, though not necessarily most commonly, to increase volume in the lips as part of a lip augmentation procedure. Fat grafting can also be used when your face needs more volume than a dermal filler can provide, or you want a more permanent result. This makes fat grafting a particularly versatile plastic surgery procedure.

 

Is a Fat Graft Procedure Right for Me?

Most fat grafting patients exhibit at least some of the following characteristics:
• You have “hollow” areas of the face you would like filled
• You want bigger, fuller lips
• Dermal fillers do not provide enough volume for your desired look
• You would like more permanent results than dermal fillers can provide
• You are healthy enough for surgery
• You have realistic expectations about what the procedure can accomplish

The Fat Graft Procedure

The procedure begins with the collection of fat. This is typically accomplished via a small-area liposuction procedure, which is usually done with local anesthesia, depending on each patient’s desires and needs. Once the fat is collected, it will go through a purification process. It will then be injected in several select areas, depending on your desired results. Common fat grafting locations include the cheeks, nasolabial folds, tear troughs, and lips.

Fat Graft Results and Recovery

There is very little recovery after a facial fat grafting procedure. Mild swelling and bruising at the sites where the fat graft is taken and where it is placed will last for several days, and discomfort should be minimal.

Fat graft procedures are a great way to give yourself a significant amount of natural-looking volume, which can help make you look more attractive and youthful, and make you feel more confident.

If you are thinking about a fat grafting procedure, contact Dr. Justin Martin at his Dothan, Alabama plastic surgery practice to schedule a consultation.

Mohs Reconstruction

Skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body, and when it occurs in an area where scarring and distortion should be kept to a minimum, such as on the face, more complex reconstructive techniques are needed. Dr. Martin has extensive experience in reconstructing these wounds so that changes in patients’ features are kept to a minimum, and in many cases are barely noticeable.

 

The Procedure

There are many different ways to reconstruct Mohs surgery defects, and the specific techniques used depend on the location and size of the defect being treated. These procedures range from primary approximation of the skin edges, to skin and cartilage grafts, to local tissue rearrangements, to regional flaps. Sometimes these procedures require several surgeries before the final result is achieved, but if preserving your facial features is the goal, taking the time to do it correctly will be worth it in the end.

Recovery and Results

Some of these reconstructions can be performed under local anesthesia in the office, and other more complex cases will require an outpatient surgical procedure under sedation or general anesthesia. During your consultation, Dr. Martin will evaluate your wound, discuss your goals with you, and will formulate a treatment plan to give you the best result possible. In most cases, recovery time is minimal and you may resume your normal activities within a few days. With other more complex or staged approaches, the recovery period can be longer, sometimes lasting a few weeks.

If you have skin cancer in a cosmetically-sensitive area, or if you are planning on Mohs surgery to have it removed, contact Dr. Justin Martin at his Dothan, Alabama practice to arrange a consultation.