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Planning Your Contouring Journey

Whether you have ‘trouble spots’ that aren’t responding to diet and exercise, have recently lost a significant amount of weight, or are a mom looking to restore your pre-pregnancy figure, body contouring surgery can help you feel better about your shape and get more out of life.

If you ‘re considering body contouring, it’s important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience with these particular procedures. At your consultation, be sure to ask these questions, along with any others that you may have to help make the best decision for your goals:

  1. Which procedure is right for me?
    • The best body contouring procedure for you is dependent on your current body shape and type, as well as your goals.
  2. Am I a good candidate for body contouring?
    • The ideal candidate will already be at or very close to their target weight. Even if you are still working on your fitness goals, you can still start by establishing healthy habits.
  3. What kind of results can I expect?
    • Maintaining realistic and accurate expectations for your goals is important throughout the planning process and into your procedure. These procedures are meant to serve as tools to enhance your natural body shape, and are not weight-loss methods.

Liposuction may be a good fit if you are looking to remove fat deposits (commonly found on the hips, thighs, buttocks or stomach area). It can help reduce bulges and improve contouring, and is best suited for patients who are in good overall health, near their goal weight, and have firm, elastic skin with pockets of fat in certain areas. It is important to remember that liposuction can ‘empty’ the skin, but will not get rid of loose skin if present before the liposuction.

Alternatively, a tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the core muscles. This is a good option for those with loose abdominal skin or muscles that have some separation. The muscle tightening provides extra stability to the stomach and back, and can help improve back pain in some individuals. Almost all patients having a tummy tuck will also have liposuction to their hips. This hip liposuction significantly improves the waistline and contour seen from the back or side. Multiple areas of liposuction can be combined with a tummy tuck and treat the body in a 360-degree approach.

Dr. Poulter is specialized in body contouring surgery. He has completed supplemental training in advanced body contouring procedures, and has the experience of treating more than 20,000 patients. His knowledge and experience can guide you along every step of your journey.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Poulter to discuss your exact needs and make sure you receive your desired results!

Dr. Poulter

 

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Dr. Poulter Answers The Question “Is It Time For My Makeover?”

I can’t tell you how many times post-operative patients confide after their surgery they wish they had done it sooner. They’d been thinking about getting their procedure done for months or even years, and they just couldn’t ‘pull the trigger.’  

There can be a few concerns that lead to this hesitance. Some worry about pain and nausea, some about scarring. Others don’t want to seem too vain, or perhaps they don’t want anyone to know they had anything done. Finally, many are concerned about the ability to pay for their desired surgery. I will address each these concerns below to get you from on the fence to “Yes, let’s schedule!”

I have been fortunate to institute a multimodal pain therapy for the last 15 years – before it was fashionable. This allows me to prescribe several different medications that can control pain very well, with just a small amount of narcotic required to manage your post-operative discomfort. By using a long-acting (3 day) local anesthetic injected before you wake up, Gabapentin, a muscle relaxant, and extra strength acetaminophen, there is very little incisional pain following many procedures. This also means you need fewer narcotics that can leave you constipated and nauseated. We also use a patch behind your ear – like you are on a cruise – which limits nausea. Many breast augmentation patients wake up in the recovery room with no pain, just a tight feeling of the implant under their muscle. My prescribing policy also falls under the new guidelines aimed at helping minimize the concerns associated with the opioid overdose epidemic.

While we are continuously trying to minimize our incisions, there will always be a small scar if the skin is being removed or shape transformed. By gentle handling techniques, my goal is a fine, light line that is easily hidden within your clothing. For abdominoplasties, we mark the patient’s bikini outline on their body first, then plan the operation beneath that to keep the incision concealed. I also spend extra time on the belly button to have the incision tacked down to the deep tissue, so no one will be able to tell you had a tummy tuck by a rounded scar of your navel.

Breast augmentation incisions are in the inframammary fold, and when you see the before and after photos on our web site, they are most difficult to see and can be covered by the smallest of bikini tops. We also pay close attention to the postoperative care of the incisions by providing complementary scar gel and detailed instructions on how to use the gel, as well as a referral for lymphatic drainage massage to help remove the swelling associated with your surgery. This reduces tension on the incisions that can thicken scars.

Having a procedure that returns you to the normal body you had before pregnancy, corrects deficiencies in development or erases the clothing crises you have when trying to find something that makes you feel good is not vain. Being your best self includes feeling good about the way you look and feel. Being able to fit into your jeans after liposuction or not carrying that extra skin around after weight loss is an incredibly freeing feeling.

I’m very careful to spend your cosmetic dollars wisely – many times, the procedures you want can be combined, saving significant money and recovery time. Please know, if you have raised children, lost weight, or just feel you are worth it, YOU ARE!

Many of my patients prefer subtle changes, such as a modest augmentation or subtle injectable treatments for facial rejuvenation. How much others are aware of your transformation is completely up to you. The confidence you gain, and the smile you will be wearing sometimes will have your friends and family asking what is different.  My staff and I always respect your desires for discretion and conservative alterations. Your secret is safe with us, but you may find yourself spilling the beans with your enthusiasm and new-found happiness.

Finally, no one considers cosmetic surgery cheap. But, be very careful, you do get what you pay for. Cosmetic surgery tourism is at an all-time high but so is the risk of infections, with organisms that can be very difficult to treat, such as mycobacterium and staph. Having a local team of experts that will guide you through your transformation is hard to beat. Should you have concerns, you can always get into the office to be seen. We also offer financing options to help with your procedure.

When you come to our office for your consultation, you will never feel pressured to have something done. I will talk to you about your goals and the best order to have your procedures in to save you downtime and money as well as provide the safest and best results. We will do our best to limit your pain and nausea and optimize healing in a confidential, convenient, and cost-effective manner. Our attention to your health, safety, and excellent results will make it easy for you to say…

“Sign me up”!!!

 

Dr. Poulter

 

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Best Time for Breast Augmentation

Timing is crucial for many aspects of life, including when to schedule your plastic surgery. In the Midwest, winter and early spring are traditionally the times many patients choose to have cosmetic surgery. After digging out of a cold winter, patients want to hit the ground running when the weather turns around. If you have decided this is the year breast enhancement is something that will give you more confidence, planning ahead is essential so you can recover before your big trip. Returning to your pre-pregnancy shape before you have your first local lake boat ride also requires a little thought.

Thanks to modern technology, patients are experiencing faster recovery times. Especially with the multimodal pain therapy Dr. Poulter offers that includes Exparel, a local anesthetic that keep you numb for up to three days, your early discomfort is minimal. However, your recovery 24 hours post-surgery is much different from your full recovery. You may be able to walk around and perform simple tasks even drive just a few days after surgery, but you are not fully healed; incisions require 2-3 weeks to heal. You will be able to walk as far as you like without sweating in 7-10 days and use an elliptical machine without arms in 3 weeks. At 6 weeks you are released to full activity so this is how much time you should allow for healing before you leave on your beach vacation or wanting to spend time après skiing in the hot tub. By allowing yourself enough time several weeks to recover from the expected side effects (such as bruising and swelling), you will be able to get your fun in when the sun comes out.

It is important to note that breast augmentation patients will want to avoid soaker baths, hot tubs, or swimming until the incisions have completely healed. Water sports and physical activities with high impact on the body such as workouts and running will require longer for the deeper tissue to heal. Taking the time to heal after a significant procedure will enhance the result of your surgery and help minimize the already low risk of complications such as post-surgical infections.

If you’ve been thinking about breast augmentation or body contouring, Schedule a consultation with Dr. Poulter today or call our office at (309) 663-1222 or Toll Free at (888) 841-4108, and get ready for summer!

Dr. Poulter

 

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Dr. Jeffrey Poulter →
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What to Know About Breast Revision Surgery

If you’ve had a breast augmentation, reduction, or lift, but didn’t fully achieve the results you were desiring, a breast revision surgery might be right for you. Or, if you were very pleased with your outcome but time, gravity, or pregnancies have altered your result, a revision may get you back to loving your result once again. The goal of this procedure is to change or improve the breast’s appearance, which could include reshaping the breast implant pocket to reposition the implant on the chest, increasing or decreasing the size, shape or style of the implant, or adding a breast lift or scar revision.

Breast revision surgery is not a ‘standard’ procedure, so it needs to be tailored specifically to your goals and desires. Since breast procedures are among the most popular cosmetic surgeries, many surgeons perform them, but not all have the specialized training and experience to create the results you want. Dr. Poulter, with almost 30 years in practice, is board-certified and has performed thousands of breast procedures, combining his surgeon’s skill with an artful eye to create natural-looking, beautiful results.

You may be a good candidate for breast revision surgery if:

  • You are unhappy with size, shape, appearance of your breasts or placement of your breast implants
  • Your scars are wide, painful, or unsightly
  • Weight changes and gravity have altered your previously nice results
  • You are concerned about the integrity or condition of your implants
  • You are a nonsmoker, physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • You have realistic expectations

Good communication with your plastic surgeon is the key to achieving your aesthetic goals, which will be discussed during your initial consultation. Your surgeon will evaluate you as a candidate for breast revision and explain what a revision can do for you. Considerations include the current size and shape of your breasts, what kind of implant you currently have, the size and shape you want, the quality and quantity of your breast tissue, the quality of your skin, and the placement of your nipples and areolas.

During your consultation, your breasts will be examined, measured and photographed for your medical record. You should also come prepared with information about your past and present medical conditions, allergies, current medications, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries including breast biopsies, family history or breast cancer, and current mammogram results.

If you’ve been thinking about a breast revision, schedule a consultation with Dr. Poulter today or call our office at (309) 663-1222 or Toll Free at (888) 841-4108, and love your breasts again!

 

Don’t Let Your Eyes Give Away Your Age

Your eyes are one of the first things people notice about you – especially in the age of masks! Droopy upper eyelids, sagging lower eyelids, or dark under-eye circles can all make you look older than you really are.

Whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems with your eyelids, a blepharoplasty can help rejuvenate your eye area. Surgery can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids, or both.

Eyelid surgery can treat a number of issues. It can help with loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the eyelid, fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids, bags underneath the eyes, drooping lower eyelids (that reveal white below the iris), or excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid. The results can provide a more rested and youthful appearance, which can lead to more self-confidence.

If you have a low eyebrow, a brow lift may also be recommended to help complete the improvement of the upper lids. A droopy brow can age you, while lifting it can help you look younger and more refreshed. A brow lift lifts the eyebrows and reduces lines and furrows on the forehead by treating the brow muscles and forehead. The incision can be placed in the hairline to shorten a longer forehead or further back in the hair to hide it completely.

Dr. Poulter has more than 28 years of experience and has performed thousands of procedures, combining his surgeon’s skill with an artful eye to create beautiful, natural looking results. He is very conscientious of where incisions are placed. For an upper eyelid surgery, the incision goes in the eyelid crease (so you do not see it at all when the eye is open). The lower lid incision is well-hidden, just below the lashes.

If you’re considering a blepharoplasty or other procedures for around the eye, schedule a consultation with today or call our office at (309) 663-1222 or Toll Free at (888) 841-4108.

What’s Best For You – Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?

Many people feel they could benefit from some type of body contouring but aren’t sure which options would be best for them. While body contouring procedures can be done in different areas, one of the most sought-after results is a flatter and smoother abdomen. Abdominoplasty (aka. tummy tuck) and liposuction are both body-contouring procedures that aim to change the appearance of your midsection and make the stomach appear flatter and tighter. The right procedure for your will depend on a number of factors, but it’s important to have a basic understanding of the similarities and differences between liposuction and a tummy tuck.

Liposuction may be a good fit if you’re looking to remove fat deposits (commonly found on the hips, thighs, buttocks or stomach area). While it can help reduce bulges and improve contouring, it is not recommended as a weight loss tool. Liposuction is best suited for patients who are in good overall health, near their ideal weight, and have firm, elastic skin with pockets of fat in certain areas. It’s important o remember that liposuction can ‘empty’ the skin, but doesn’t do as much to tighten the skin.

Alternatively, a tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. This is a good option for those with loose abdominal skin or muscles that have some separation. It can be combined with other body contouring procedures, including liposuction, and can treat multiple areas at the same time.

Depending on your appearance goals, an option may be to use both procedures. Liposuction is a great tool for sculpting and shaping while a tummy tuck  can tighten skin and muscle.

A consultation can help determine what the best procedure is best for you, based on your personal goals. Dr. Poulter has nearly 30 years of experience and over 25,000 satisfied patients. His knowledge and experience can help guide you along your body contouring decisions. Schedule a virtual or in-person consultation with Dr. Poulter today to discuss your exact needs and make sure you receive your desired results!

Now is the Time

A common reason for plastic surgery – by both men and women – is to boost confidence by enhancing and defining their appearance. Many patients want to look their best in the summer, when they can show off their physiques in bathing suits, shorts and sundresses. Since plastic surgery is a multi-step process (it requires planning, a surgical date, and a recovery period), winter is a perfect time to start planning ahead!

Planning your plastic surgery procedure during the winter will help you enjoy the warm summer months participating in activities you love, not spending time inside recovering. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why this is the perfect time to get on the road to looking and feeling your best!

  • Scars fade
    • While scarring is an inevitable part of plastic surgery, it’s always at its worst immediately after the procedure. A significant amount of healing happens in the first few months. With a winter surgery, you give your scars ample time to heal and fade before summer. This timing can be especially beneficial for procedures such as tummy tucks, liposuction, or breast augmentation.
  • Swelling disappears
    • Just as scars can take months to lose their initial redness, swelling can also be present for the same amount of time. Most swelling subsides after a few weeks, but the rest of it can take a few months to fully dissipate. Planning for your surgery early allows the expected swelling to be gone before summer.
  • Cold weather allows for easier concealment
    • Even after you have been cleared to return to your normal activities, you may still experience visible effects of the recovery process. Winter allows for easier concealment of that recovery. Long sleeves, loose sweaters and scarves all enable you to hide the treatment areas until you feel ready showing off your results!

If you think that plastic surgery might be right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Poulter today or call our office at (309) 663-1222 or Toll Free at (888) 841-4108. With his 25+ years of experience, he can provide solutions that will help keep you looking and feeling your best, all throughout the year!

Insurance Changes

Dear Patient:

We would like to inform you of a change to our insurance network here at The Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery. As of January 1, 2021 our status with all insurance plans has changed. We will no longer be in-network providers.

During the Covid-19 epidemic, we have had to change how we provide surgical care for our patients. Many times, our elective cases have not been able to be performed due to hospital overcrowding, and we have had to cancel and reschedule numerous cases throughout the year.  We have also had significant staffing changes and are doing our best to continue providing the exceptional service our patients expect and deserve.

Throughout the last 2 months, I have been unable to schedule or admit patients to the hospital and am unsure as to when we will be able to resume hospital admissions. As a result, we have decided to simplify our practice and continue to offer cosmetic and body contouring surgeries in our office. Unfortunately, health insurance plans do not cover in-office surgeries. Thus, we are opting out of our previously accepted insurance plans.

I will still be able to care for all my patients as an out-of-network provider. Your insurance will also continue to cover your anesthesia and operating room expenses (if done in the hospital or surgery center) as they would if I were in-network.

If you desire to transfer your care to an in-network provider, we will be more than willing to provide them with copies of your records. I am also willing to provide referrals for those providers I feel can best help you with your concerns.

We appreciate you trusting us with your health care needs in the past and look forward to continuing to help you in the future.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey S. Poulter, M.D., FACS

New Year, New You

The start of a new year is a time to reflect on what you want to change moving forward. If you’ve spent the last year considering making a change by investing in breast augmentation surgery, now might be the perfect time!

Breast augmentation has consistently been one of the leading cosmetic surgery procedures performed every year. There are several reasons behind its popularity, such as personalized options, long-lasting results, and satisfaction rates. With all the choices out there, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. Let’s break down some of the options:

Implants come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and cohesiveness. Saline, silicone, and cohesive gel (aka ‘gummy bear’) implants each have unique characteristics. They all have a silicone outer shell, but the inside differs. Saline implants are filled to the desired size with sterile salt water. Silicone implants are pre-filled to the correct volume with a gel. ‘Gummy bear’ implants are pre-filled with a thicker, cohesive silicone gel.

Dr. Poulter has been using responsive silicone gel implants since 2006, when they were re-approved by the FDA. These implants are a little softer, and settle at the upper pole just a little more. The more cohesive an implant, the firmer it is, with less rippling. It also has a little more upper pole fullness. Allergan ‘Gummy bear’ implants are among the most cohesive implants, and are available in a smooth, round implant.

Dr. Poulter uses Allergan cohesive gel implants, which offers the widest variety of shapes, so you can find the perfect fit for you. The Allergan Natrelle line of implants recently changed the amount of fill in their implants, so there is even less rippling, which produces better results.

Saline implants continue to be in limited use, as our practice has seen a significant increase in the number of silicone implants augmentations performed. Silicone implants have a good safety profile, softer feel, more natural look, and less capsular contracture.

Making the decision to get a breast augmentation can change your life by helping you look and feel better. Implants are recommended and selected on an individual basis, based on each patient. Dr. Poulter considers many factors such as if you have had children, have loose or tight skin, have a droop to the breast or not, your starting breast volume, and your height, weight, and body frame.

Dr. Poulter is board-certified and has extensive training and proven skill in the full range of cosmetic procedures. With his 25+ years of experience, he can provide solutions that will help keep you looking and feeling your best. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Poulter today or call our office at (309) 663-1222 or Toll Free at (888) 841-4108 and enhance your confidence!

Take Time For Yourself With Minimally-Invasive Options

2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year. If you’re like us, you’ve been a bit stressed and focused on helping those around you. But don’t forget to take time for yourself, too! You deserve to look and feel your best, and this is the time to make it happen. Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are a fantastic way to look rejuvenated and brighten up your look with minimal to no downtime.

Non-surgical facial treatments include Botox, injectable fillers, and Kybella. While these are some of the most popular treatments around, there’s still some confusion in what they are and how they work. While they are all minimally invasive treatments that can have a huge impact on your appearance, that is where their similarities end.

Botox is a natural purified protein used to help minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions. It works by temporarily relaxing the facial muscles for lines and wrinkles. Those glabellar lines (the ‘elevens’ between your eyebrows), forehead lines, and crow’s feet all respond well to Botox. It can also be used in other areas as well that your board- certified plastic surgeon can help you with on the entire face and neck.

Dermal fillers are designed to add volume and fullness to the skin. During the aging process, our bodies produce less collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Fillers can be used to treat various signs of aging, such as plumping thinning lips, filling in shallow areas on the face, decreasing wrinkles under the eyes, and more. Some fillers lift and smooth out the folds and wrinkles in targeted areas by adding a subtle amount of volume, while others act as structural support to help lift the entire cheek and minimize the need for individual wrinkle treatment. There are many different types of fillers that can be used to treat multiple areas of the face, ears, and neck that last up to two years.

Kybella is a newer product on the scene and helps reduce your double chin. Kybella is a bit different than Botox and fillers in that once results are achieved, re-treatment is not expected to be required.   While Kybella is primarily used under the chin, it can also be used to treat facial fat in the jowls and higher (done in small amounts) and can even be used for other areas of unwanted fat such as bra fat, anterior armpit fat, dorsal hump, and for postoperative touch-ups (rarely needed).

Since these procedures can treat slightly different problems and are usually used in different areas of the face, it’s best to discuss your goals and options with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Poulter holds the Master Injector designation from Allergan and has over 25 years of filler experience. Schedule a consultation to discuss what’s best for you, and remember to take care of yourself this winter!