Why Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery is On the Rise

Plastic Surgery in Pittsburgh, PA

The year 2014 saw a significant increase in the amount of butt lift procedures — 58 percent increase when compared to the previous year. Re-Nova Plastic Surgery has outlined a few reasons why this plastic surgery procedure continues to be one of the fastest growing procedures.

The “Apple Bottom” Shape Is In

Like it or not, celebrity culture is mostly responsible for the popularity of this procedure. With pop stars and debutantes that include the likes of Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj proudly displaying their buxom backsides in “butt selfies” (termed “belfies”) on social media, people (most often women) are desiring a rounder, curvier rear end. Brazilian butt lift surgery, which adds fat that has been removed through liposuction from another area of the body and injected into the buttocks, gives the butt a fuller, more voluptuous appearance.

Fat Grafting is More Natural Than Implants

If you are unhappy with a flat or deflated buttocks, or if you simply want a more balanced, hourglass shape, the Brazilian butt lift procedure is the safest, most effective way to add volume to your posterior. Unlike buttock augmentation procedures that use gluteal (butt) implants, the Brazilian butt lift uses your own fat that has been removed from another part of the body (most often a “problem area” with excess fat) and refined before it is injected into the buttocks. This surgery is less invasive, involving only minor incisions where the needle is injected (as opposed to the larger incision created when placing implants) and there is less bleeding and a shorter recovery period. Plus, with Brazilian butt lift surgery, there is no need to worry that your body will “reject” any foreign material (like an implant), because it involves the use of your own fat! As such, the Brazilian butt lift procedure also creates the most natural-looking results.

You Can Slim Your Body and Plump Your Rear All At Once

Who wouldn’t want the benefit of two procedures in one? Brazilian butt lift surgery not only gives you a sexy, round derriere, it also removes fat from another part of the body (often the stomach or thighs) and gives you an all-around smoother body shape. The result? A smaller waistline or thinner thighs to accentuate your shapely new rear. What’s more, with Brazilian butt lift surgery you only have to go through one recovery period!

Schedule Your Brazilian Butt Lift Consultation Today

Are you ready to fill out your jeans and bikini bottoms with a curvier bottom? Find out more about the Brazilian butt lift procedure when you call Re-Nova Plastic Surgery at (412) 638-2391 to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez.

Do I Need a Breast Lift?

A breast lift can restore breasts to their previously youthful appearance, eliminating the sagging that often results from extreme weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding, normal aging or genetic disposition. Every woman desires to look her very best and a breast lift can often restore not only outward appearance but self-confidence as well. In this week’s blog, Pittsburg cosmetic surgeon Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez helps you answer the question, “Do I need a breast lift?”

The Breast Lift Result

First, it is crucial to understand what exactly breast lift surgery can achieve. Breast lift, known in the medical world as mastopexy, is a plastic surgery procedure performed to elevate breasts that are drooping, sagging or look flat on the chest. The desired result is perky and youthful looking breasts. The breast lift can be done alone or performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation or reduction, tailored to each individual’s needs and desires. Following a thorough examination of your breasts, your board certified plastic surgeon will present the options most appropriate for your goals during your consultation.

Signs You May Need Breast Lift Surgery

Several factors may indicated that you need breast lift surgery. One is the location of your nipples; if your nipples have fallen below the breast crease, or the region where your breast and torso join, you may be in need of a lift. Another factor is breast shape: flat, stretched or “deflated-looking” breasts are indicators of a need for breast lift. Many women seeking breast lift feel their breasts are simply not as beautiful as they once were and want to restore them to their youthful exuberance.

Recovery

The recovery time for breast lift surgery is two to four weeks, or longer if breast augmentation or reduction is performed in conjunction with the lift. Generally, any bruising or swelling is mostly resolved at two weeks, allowing patients to return to work and their regular routine.

Call Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez

To schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez regarding your concerns, and to determine whether breast lift is the right option for your goals, please call 412-638-2391 or email  us today

Tips for Your First Plastic Surgery Consultation

When you decide to undergo plastic surgery, it is imperative that you are ready for your first consultation. You’ll want to be able to clearly explain your desires to potential surgeons and ask questions regarding benefits, options and risks for the procedures you are considering. Pittsburg plastic surgeon Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez offers these tips to help you prepare for your initial plastic surgery consultation and make the most of the appointment.

Questions to Ask

You’ll want to begin by asking the potential plastic surgeon if they are board certified. Board certification indicates a certain level of education, safety record and commitment to the profession. Next, ask the surgeon how often he or she has performed the procedure you are considering and the complication rate on the particular procedure; this information is important because no surgery is without risks. You’ll also want to ask about pre-operative preparations, risks, downtime and post-operative care, as well as any other personal concerns or questions you have.

Items to Bring Along

The surgeon will ask for your complete medical history, including any issues in your family medical history, previous surgeries and a list of your current medications, plus any vitamins or supplements you use. Depending on the type of surgery you are considering, you might elect to bring along swimwear so that the surgeon can take special care in planning incision placement and subsequently concealing scars as much as possible following your surgery.

Financial Obligations

Since elective plastic surgeries are typically not covered by your health insurance provider, you will want to plan accordingly. Be wary of plastic surgeons offering fees at considerably lower prices to other cosmetic surgeons in your area, and never base your decision solely on price. Your safety, well-being and successful outcome are of the utmost importance.

Contact Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez

Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez is ready to provide you with a personalized consultation to discuss your cosmetic surgery needs. Contact the doctor at 412-638-2391 or via email to schedule your consultation today.

Daddy Do-Overs on the Rise

Today’s fathers are constantly on the move with work, hobbies and family. Responsibilities abound; from career pressures to date nights to peewee soccer leagues, dads are a busy bunch. In spite of it all, they still want to look good, staying fit and attractive for the special people in their lives. As a result, Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez has seen “Daddy Do-Overs” catching up with the ever popular “Mommy Makeovers.” Here, Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez discusses the finer points of the Daddy Do-Over procedures to help you determine if the procedure is right for you.

What Exactly is a Daddy Do-Over?

You might find yourself wondering what exactly a Daddy Do-Over is, and you wouldn’t be alone in your query. Daddy Do-Overs are a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures that address love handles (liposuction), oversized male breasts (breast reduction) and puffy or saggy eyelids (surgery to alleviate the tired, sad look). Because each daddy is different, a Daddy Do-Over can include other procedures; Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez customizes each and every Daddy Do-Over.

Lid and Brow Surgery

Many times, busy dads just don’t have the time to devote to procedures with lengthy recovery times, yet still desire anti-aging results. This makes eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and brow lifts a great option for dads. The eyelid surgery removes excess fat at the lower lid and excess skin on the upper lid restoring a youthful quality to the eyes. Brow lift addresses drooping eyebrows, furrows in between the brows and creases on the forehead to restore a “bright eyed” look. Both procedures cause minimal, hardly noticeable scarring, and the recovery is only a week or so.

Non-Invasive Treatments

While some dads opt for cosmetic surgery to achieve a more youthful look, others find non-invasive procedures more appealing and turn to Botox and fillers (hyaluronic acid) to hide fine lines, wrinkles and creases in the skin. These options restore youthfulness to the face and require only a short visit with minimal recovery time, which makes them popular among busy dads.

Contact Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez

To receive customized information along with exceptional care for your own Daddy Do-Over, call 412-638-2391 or email us to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez today.

5 Critical Decisions You’ll Make about Breast Implants

Size

The decision to have breast augmentation is a big one, and your choice of implant size is one of the most critical components. It is important that you fully and carefully express your goals and your desired result to your board certified plastic surgeon. He or she will take measurements and make recommendations based on your chest size, your overall anatomy and your desired result.

Type

Essentially, you’ll make your selection from silicone implants or saline implants. There are different variations of each type, with new variations being introduced regularly. There are also positives and negatives with both types. Many people believe silicone implants offer a more natural look and feel; however, ruptures and leaks are harder to detect. In contrast, if a saline implant ruptures, it is absorbed by the body and the breast becomes noticeably deflated, allowing the patient to remove the implant as soon as possible. No matter what you choose, regular follow-ups with your surgeon are a must.

Implant Location

Breast implants are placed in one of two locations: on top of the breast muscle or underneath it. Atop the muscle tends to provide a shorter recovery time while many believe underneath the muscle provides a more natural look. Your surgeon will help you decide which is the best option for you based on your desired outcome and other factors.

Incision

While you and your surgeon must decide what is best for you, implants are generally placed through incisions located underneath the breast, in the armpit or in or near the areola. Your surgeon will make recommendations based on implant size, type and location, and what is best for you.

Recovery

Recovery following your breast augmentation is generally in the one- to two-week range. Keep in mind that your breasts will be bandaged immediately following surgery, and some patients have drainage tubes which are removed a few days after surgery. During the first few days, you will want to rest and relax. You’ll likely have a bit of swelling and some discomfort. Over-the-counter pain medication can be used, and prescription pain medication will be prescribed as needed.

Contact Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez

To receive personalized information about your breast augmentation, call 412-638-2391 or email us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez today.

How to Make Your Plastic Surgery Recovery Short, Smooth and Stress-Free

Whether you already have decided to have plastic surgery or are just starting to do your research, it’s important to start thinking about how to prepare for your recovery. You need to make sure that you have everything ready, so that once you are home, the rest of your recovery is smooth sailing. In this blog post the experts at ReNova Plastic Surgery provide tips to help you look and feel your best as soon as possible.

Top Ways to Ease Your Recovery

Aside from making sure you have all of the gauze, tape and medications you will need at home prior to having your surgery, there are a few things that you can do to help encourage a quick, more comfortable recovery. Here is a quick list of what to do, and what to avoid, to make your recovery easier.

  1. Do – wear any compression garments given to you by your plastic surgeon, and continue wearing them for as long as your surgeon tells you to. These garments are specifically designed to minimize bruising and keep swelling down significantly, and must be worn as directed to give you the easiest recovery.
  2. Avoid – exercise. Most of the time, exercise is really good for you, but when your recovery period following plastic surgery is one of the few times where taking it easy is key. Wait until your doctor tells you it is safe to go back to your regular workouts.
  3. Do – take your pain medications as directed. Pushing through the pain is never advised after plastic surgery, as the pain could increase your blood pressure, which can cause more swelling and bruising, which then slows down how long it takes to recover after surgery.
  4. Avoid – smoking, both before and following the surgery. Smoking in general slows down how quickly your body can recover, but it can also make it more likely that problems will arise during the recovery process. If you were able to avoid smoking for the weeks prior to your surgery, keep up the good work and steer clear of lighting back up just because your surgery is done.
  5. Do – move around as your doctor says it is safe to do. You will be advised to rest as much as you can during the first 24-48 hours after surgery, but after that, you need to be up and about. Moving your body around not only speeds up the healing process, but also helps keep your pain to a minimum.

For a Relaxing and Stress-Free Recovery, Contact ReNova Plastic Surgery

The staff and surgeons at ReNova Plastic Surgery are committed to helping make your recovery as stress-free and smooth as possible. If you have any extra questions about how to increase the ease and speed of your recovery, let us help guide you. Contact us today at (412) 638-2391.

Can Men Have Facelifts?

While the majority of trusted Pittsburgh plastic surgeon Julio Clavijo-Alvarez’s clientele is female, he does see male patients regularly. Many of these men desire a younger looking facial appearance, and are curious whether facelift is an option available to them. The good news is that men can certainly have facelift surgery — and when performed by the right surgeon, the results can be magnificent! However, there are some special considerations for male facelift surgery, which Dr. Clavijo explains here.

Excellent technique for natural-looking results. The key to successful male facelift is to make slight tweaks for subtle improvement. Unfortunately, there are plenty of examples in Hollywood of bad male facelift surgery that overcorrected and feminized the patient. It is important to choose a plastic surgeon that understands the nuances of male and female facelift and has a track record of great results with both.

Unique challenges. Working around hair-bearing skin and a beard is challenging. The incisions must be made carefully, and the skin lifted and tightened in a way that does not change the position of the beard or side burns. Ignoring the hair pattern during these modifications could lead to hair growing in unnatural spots, such as the tragus (i.e., the bump in front of the ear) or behind the ear. Men typically don’t wear their hair as long as women do, so the incisions need to be carefully camouflaged.

Additionally, men’s skin tends to be thicker and less pliable than women’s skin. Men also have stronger ligament support, heavier necks and bigger faces. A good plastic surgeon like Dr. Clavijo understands how to work around these obstacles.

Increased post-operative risks. Men’s skin is more vascular than women’s, which can raise the risk of post-operative complications such as hematomas. Closely monitoring the patient and controlling blood pressure is critical to a safe recovery. Thicker male skin heals faster, so men tend to have rapid recoveries and resume activities sooner. Being too physically active within the first week of recovery could lead to other complications, so careful physician supervision is essential.

Desire for discretion. Many women have a natural proclivity to change their appearance, whether through cosmetics, a new haircut or facial plastic surgery. Some even talk about their plastic surgery procedures within their group of friends. On the other hand, men are less likely to change their appearance and not likely to discuss it within their social circle. As such, they generally prefer more privacy and discretion from their surgeon and staff throughout the entire experience.

Learn More about Male Facelift

To learn more about facelift surgery, please contact ReNova Plastic Surgery by calling (412) 638-2391 today.

How to Make Botox Results Last Longer

On average, you can expect the wrinkle-reducing results of Botox treatment to last three to four months. However, Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez is often asked by Botox enthusiasts whether there is anything they can do to make their results last longer. In fact, there is! Read on for tips to make Botox results last longer.

Schedule Regular Treatments (At First)

Having Botox injections regularly weakens the muscles over time, relaxing them so they don’t contract as frequently and cause prominent wrinkles. Initially, you may schedule treatment every four months; however, after a year or two, you may notice the effects lasting longer and need to schedule treatments less frequently.

Choose the Right Injector

As Dr. Clavijo discussed in a previous blog post, not all Botox injectors are created equally. An experienced and reputable injector knows how to target the right muscles with the precise amount of product for long-lasting results. Look for someone that is a board-certified plastic surgeon and has extensive experience using Botox (and other injectable fillers). A less-experienced injector may over- or under-treat the area, messing with the longevity of the effects.

Beware of Cheap Gimmicks

Steer clear of med spas that advertise special “Botox Days” (especially if they are held on a Friday). The cheap prices may seem appealing, but the practice may actually be trying to use up reconstituted Botox that is close to expiration. Old or over-diluted Botox certainly wears off faster than normal.

Don’t Stress About Lines and Wrinkles

Botox relaxes the facial muscles that contract to form wrinkles, but constantly looking in the mirror and worrying about your wrinkles only activates the facial muscles more, canceling out the effects of treatment. Avoid obsessing about wrinkles and try to relax and enjoy the results of your Botox.

Protect Your Face from the Sun

Unprotected sun exposure can dilate the blood vessels, potentially dispersing the Botox more quickly than normal. Not to mention, sun contributes to the breakdown and premature aging of the skin anyway. Use facial sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

Schedule a Botox Appointment

If you are bothered by noticeable wrinkles around your forehead or eyes, schedule an appointment to discuss Botox with Dr. Clavijo. Call ReNova Plastic Surgery today at (412) 638-2391 to make your appointment.

Sculpsure – Not painful

SculpSure – Not painful

  • Sculpsure – Not painful procedure for the removal of stubborn fat.
  • Sculpsure is an Easy, fast and effective non invasive fat reduction method.
  • Not painful and customize to the any patient needs
  • No need for surgery or anesthesia.
  • No time down
  • Fast:  only 25 minutes.
  • Affordable.

Trust your SculpSure procedure to the best-reviewed plastic surgeon in Pittsburgh.

What’s the Difference Between SculpSure and CoolSculpting?

For the growing population of people who want a slimmer, sleeker physique without going through an invasive surgery, the latest fat reduction technology is here in the form of SculpSure. SculpSure fat reduction is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that uses laser technology to get rid of stubborn fat on a patient’s stomach and flanks (the area where “love handles” often reside). ReNova Plastic Surgery is proud to offer this latest advancement in fat reduction. In this blog post, Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez discusses how it works to eradicate fat for good, and what makes it superior to CoolSculpting treatment.

How Exactly Does SculpSure Work?

The SculpSure fat reduction treatment uses laser energy to heat up the fat cells in the treatment area, which causes them injury. The natural response of the body’s immune system is then to eliminate those damaged fat cells, which are naturally metabolized by the body. Since this treatment is non-invasive, the heating of the fat cells is done through laser light administered by a handheld applicator that is moved over the surface of the skin in the area(s) being treated.

What is a SculpSure Fat Reduction Treatment Like?

A SculpSure treatment takes approximately 25 minutes, during which time patients are free to read, listen to music, or use their phones. No anesthetic is used or needed, as this is a non-invasive and painless treatment. Although SculpSure uses focused laser heat to damage fat cells, it is administered through an applicator that cools the area as it works, so that it doesn’t affect the surface of the skin or cause discomfort. Instead of using suction like other fat reduction methods (such as CoolSculpting), the applicator itself is laid flat on the skin, allowing the laser energy to penetrate into the underlying tissue. And since SculpSure uses four separate applicator heads, the doctor is able to treat multiple areas at once for maximum body sculpting benefits in a shorter period of time. After the treatment, patients are free to return to work, driving and all other normal daily activities — there is no recovery period or downtime. Results can be seen in as little as six weeks, and optimal results after 12 weeks.

SculpSure vs. CoolSculpting: Why SculpSure Comes out on Top

With a 90 percent patient satisfaction rate, SculpSure fat reduction treatment is clearly ahead of the game over other treatments of its kind — including CoolSculpting, a fat reduction method that uses cooling technology to freeze and eliminate fat cells. A comparison of the two methods, as follows, shows why SculpSure fat reduction is superior.

Treatment time:

  • CoolSculpting: 60 minutes
  • SculpSure: 25 minutes

Number of applicators used:

  • CoolSculpting uses only one applicator.
  • SculpSure uses four applicators, allowing the doctor to treat multiple areas at once — and in a shorter period of time.

Patient comfort level:

  • CoolSculpting applicator (whether vacuum-assisted or flat) potentially creates a number of sensations, including pulling, tugging, tingling or stinging.
  • SculpSure applicator moves over surface of skin comfortably; use of chilled applicator head ensures maximum patient comfort level.

Recovery:

  • CoolSculpting patients often report discomfort, bruising and/or a numbing sensation in the treatment area for weeks after treatment.
  • SculpSure patients have not reported any of these effects after their treatment.

Results:

  • A CoolSculpting treatment results in a 22 percent reduction of fat in the treatment area after two to four months
  • A SculpSure treatment results in a 25 percent reduction of fat in the treatment area after only six weeks to three months

Learn More about SculpSure Fat Reduction

Find out more about this innovative, effective fat reduction method offered at ReNova Plastic Surgery when you schedule a consultation with Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez. Call his practice today at (412) 638-2391.