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5 Benefits of Exercise for Skin Health

February 21, 2022

Woman holds weights as she exercises for benefits including better skin health according to advice from plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Szymanski

You know that exercise is good for you, but are you aware of the benefits to your skin? As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Szymanski frequently works with patients who have concerns about skin health, whether on the face or body. No matter the area you’re concerned with, getting active and getting that blood pumping can help improve your skin and overall health.

Skin covers our entire body, serving as a protective barrier both inside and out. With any cosmetic procedure, skin health can impact the outcome. When choosing to undergo a plastic surgery procedure, we want every patient to experience optimal results, so healthy skin is vital. Exercise can help improve your skin in several ways, so we’re breaking down the five habits below as well as how to get the most benefit.

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Removing Fat for More Toned Arms

February 7, 2022

Woman confidently exposes her upper arms after having fat removed from her arms with liposuction, a procedure detailed by plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Szymanski

Certain areas of the body are prone to accumulating stubborn pockets of fat. In most cases, these areas are ideal for targeted liposuction when lifestyle modifications like diet and exercise aren’t doing the trick. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells from the treated area by sucking them out. Once removed, they are either discarded or transferred to another area of the body via autologous fat grafting.

The upper arm is one common area a trained plastic surgeon like Dr. Karen Szymanski can treat with liposuction. Fat deposits along the bicep and triceps can make you feel self-conscious in sleeveless tops and swimwear. Liposuction can help you create slimmer arms, remove flabby tissue, and reduce the hanging down of excess arm fat.

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Five Easy Ways to Improve Your Complexion

January 24, 2022

Woman with glowing, clear skin follows these five tips for a healthy complexion from plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Szymanski

It’s one of our most noticeable traits – the quality of our skin’s appearance. However, many of us have developed habits that actively work against the youthfulness of our skin. Oftentimes, we marvel at other people and how they’ve taken care of themselves, while lamenting the fact that our skin simply does not look like what it used to. However, there are a few ways to improve our skin almost immediately and keep it younger and fresher looking for the long term. Continue reading

Now Offering Liposuction in Atlanta, GA

January 10, 2022

Dr. Szymanski is excited to announce that she will be offering liposuction from an affiliate office in Atlanta, GA. Patients in the Atlanta area looking to undergo liposuction should contact our office and schedule an appointment for Dr. Szymanski’s next visit to Atlanta – typically 2 weekends per month.

Pin on map marks new location for Dr. Karen Szymanski in Atlanta, GA

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Making Your Arm Lift Last (And Look Good for a Long, Long Time!)

December 27, 2021

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, can be an excellent cosmetic option for those with sagging skin because of genetics, age or extreme weight loss. When performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, an arm lift can be safe, effective, and cosmetically appealing, lasting a long time. Before we get into how to maximize the results of surgery, it is important to understand and set proper expectations.

Women exercises her chest and biceps to make the most of the arm lift from Dr. Karen Szymanski

First, it will take several weeks after surgery for the swelling to go down. Remember that an arm lift is major surgery, and it is traumatic to the body. Second, it may take up to a year for the scars to fade, the skin to heal and settle and to get the full effect of the procedure. So be patient as you wait for the results of your surgery.

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Plump Lips Without Injections

December 13, 2021

Very few will argue that today, plump, full lips are more desirable and in demand than ever before. Unfortunately, not all of us have been graced with naturally plump lips. So, to keep up with the demand for fuller lips, new topical and injectable solutions have been brought to market. While injections may offer the most obvious and immediate plumping effects, many patients simply don’t want to go that route and Dr. Szymanski is here to give you options.

Plump lipstick kisses show plump lips after working with Dr. Karen Szymanski without the need for injections

Before we get started, it is worth noting that non-injection and non-surgical plumping techniques are neither permanent nor will they change the shape or size of your lips. They are simply intended to maximize the look of your lips for as long as possible.

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Winter Skin Care Tips

November 29, 2021

Thick skin cream spread thick to care for winter skin with recommendation from plastic surgery Dr. Karen Szymanski

Winter can be a beautiful time of year, but that change in weather can wreak havoc on your skin if you don’t take care of it. Drier air, cold wind, and exposure to significant temperature changes can lead to sensitivity and irritation, especially in our most visible areas, like the face. That said, transitioning to a winter skin care regimen is both easy and very effective. Following are some tips to keep your skin hydrated and looking its best no matter how cold or dry it may be outside. This is especially useful for those that suffer from dry skin anyway and may find winter to be not only aesthetically unpleasing, but downright uncomfortable.

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How Much Weight Do You Lose with A Tummy Tuck?

November 15, 2021

Measuring tape around the waist checks the change in size for a patient after tummy tuck weight loss with Dr. Karen Szymanski

The short answer to today’s question is that other than the weight of some hanging skin – somewhere between a few and 10 pounds – you should not expect any significant weight loss from a tummy tuck (also known as an abdominoplasty). The primary purpose of a tummy tuck is not to lose weight, but to improve abdominal aesthetics. In fact, you should consider a tummy tuck only when you know that your weight won’t fluctuate significantly.

It is important to explore why patients opt for a tummy tuck. For some, it is a post pregnancy procedure to tighten any loose or hanging skin that may have been stretched by pregnancy. For others, it is the final victory after significant weight loss either from a bariatric procedure or just focused dieting and exercise. It can also help one age more gracefully  by tightening one’s loose skin. In all cases, excess skin is cut away and the abdominal muscles are tightened to create a flatter, more attractive mid-section and waistline. This is slightly different from a panniculectomy, which is simply the removal of the sagging skin.

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Truths You Need to Know About Breast Reconstruction

October 25, 2021

Breast cancer affects upwards of one-in-eight women in the United States, and it does so in some of the most obvious and difficult ways. While many cancers are hidden from plain view, breast cancer can sometimes manifest in the removal of an integral part of what makes a woman a woman. Fortunately, the physical and emotional scars associated with a mastectomy can be somewhat mitigated by breast reconstruction.

Breast cancer patient in hospital gown holds up an illustration of round breasts in front of her body as she contemplates the truths of breast reconstruction

Over the years, breast reconstruction has become safer and more effective than ever before. It is also more aesthetically pleasing than ever has been. The result allows many women to move past the effects of cancer more quickly and completely. However, there are several misconceptions and myths about breast reconstruction surgery that can alternately delay this life-changing surgery or make a woman question whether reconstruction is right for them. In this article we discuss a few of those myths and tell you why you should ignore them.

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Cosmetic Surgery Addiction

October 11, 2021

Woman covered in bandaged after multiple cosmetic surgeries to alter her appearance due to a possible plastic surgery addiction

There are no shortages of articles on the Internet or exposés on TV that discuss patients who take cosmetic surgery to the next level, either employing extreme surgeries to change their look or having so many surgeries that they look completely different from their prior selves. But is addiction to cosmetic surgery a real thing? While one can debate whether cosmetic surgery itself is the source of the unhealthy obsession, there is certainly a mental illness known as body dysmorphic disorder which can lead to the overuse of cosmetic surgery, and generally being unhappy with the results of the surgery, thereby leading to more and more (sometimes extreme) surgeries.

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