When looking for a plastic or cosmetic surgeon, it is important that you do your research, get referrals, find out credentials, and ultimately go with someone who makes you feel comfortable. Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery procedures should be taken very seriously, just like any other type of operation. Looking for the cheapest doctor or finding a practice without a solid reputation is never recommended.
Here are a few things you should look for when locating the perfect surgeon.
Signing on with a board-certified plastic surgeon is very important. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), it’s the best indicator that a doctor is well trained in a certain area of expertise. Make sure that the American Board of Plastic Surgery certifies your potential doctor, and, in addition, that he or she is a member of ASAPS. This means that your doctor has a considerable amount of experience in the cosmetic surgery field. To find out if your doctor is a member you can do a search here.
If anything should happen while you’re having a procedure done, you want to ensure that your doctor can take you to a hospital right away. Hospital privileges guarantee this. Dr. Pearlman Hicks points out that hospitals do background checks and have checks and balances on a cosmetic surgeon’s practice. If a doctor doesn’t have privileges, you should stay away.
Referrals from Friends
Word of mouth and personal referrals are the way to go. If your friends and/or family members had a positive experience with a doctor, it’s likely that you will as well. Don’t rely on online reviews or Yelp posts—many times, businesses fake them in order to receive more customers.
Look at Before and After Photos
When you go into your potential doctor’s office, take a look at the before and after photos. Examine the pictures closely and decide if you like what you see. Ask questions about what was done to achieve those results. If the doctor is willing to answer your questions, and explains the procedures so that you understand how they’re done, then you should trust that he or she is reliable.
Go With Your Gut
After you find out all the necessary information and credentials, the cherry on top is whether or not you’re comfortable with the doctor. If you get a good feeling about him or her, take the next step. It might take a few tries, but it’s crucial that you feel at ease with your doctor.
If you have any questions about cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery procedures, feel free to contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Poblete here.
After you hit the age of 40, the exercises that were once easy may start to become more difficult. You have to adapt to your body’s changing needs and perhaps take on less strenuous physical activities in order to promote weight loss and/or management.
Don’t fret: You won’t have to give up your favorite exercises or slow down completely. All that you have to do is adjust your mentality along with your physical movements. That way, you won’t run the risk of hurting yourself or causing damage to your body.
The following are some exercise tips that you might want to act on if you’re over 40.
Participate in Less Intense Aerobic Workouts
According to WebMD, as you grow older, your connective tissue loses elasticity, which means that your joints are more susceptible to injury. Instead of taking any chances, cut back on the intensity of your workout if you feel that it’s too much to handle. Don’t run five miles a day or take a daily spin class if it’s painful. Some healthy alternatives are walking, biking around the neighborhood, and swimming. If you like going to the gym, try the elliptical, yoga, or pilates, which cause less stress to the body but still burn loads of calories if done right.
Start Out Slow
If you haven't exercised in a while, start out slow when beginning a new workout. Dr. Vonda Wright, director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, says that if you’re just getting back into exercise, have a simple plan. For example, you should walk after dinner every night. Once you’re doing it consistently and it’s become habitual, increase the difficulty. Don’t jump right into a workout either—make sure you warm up beforehand.
Perform Moderate Exercises
A recent study by Penn State found that middle-aged women respond better to moderate exercise. The women involved in the survey said that moderate exercise was more enjoyable than high intensity workouts and, as an added bonus, they could sustain working out longer than women doing high intensity workouts. Ballroom dancing, brisk walking, gardening, doubles tennis, and water aerobics are all moderate intensity exercises.
If you’ve tried changing your workout routine and aren’t having success with weight loss, consult with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Poblete. There are many options including liposuction, mommy makeovers, and tummy tucks that will finally help to eliminate those troublesome spots. Contact us today for more information.
Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. It can attack any woman, regardless of her age, background, or lifestyle. Thankfully, there are advancements in the way breast cancer is treated occurring all the time. If detected in time, it can be conquered, and its survivors can live healthy, normal lives.
Earlier this year, the Cleveland Clinic presented Innovations in Breast Cancer Care, a free event featuring plastic surgeon J. Vicente Poblete, MD, general surgeon Erica E. Peters, MD, and genetic counselor Jessica Moline.
The three experts gave speeches about the various treatments available for breast cancer patients and survivors. While Dr. Peters discussed prophylactic mastectomies, Moline touched upon genetic counseling and testing. Cleveland Clinic’s own breast augmentation and reduction surgeon, Dr. Poblete, talked about the 23-hour reconstruction program.
This year, an estimated 232,340 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Sadly, about 39,620 of those women will succumb to the disease. For women, it is the second leading cause of cancer death.
BRCA1 and BRCA2
Thanks to Angelina Jolie’s admission last May that she had a double mastectomy, the terms BRCA1 and BRCA2 are now in the public vernacular and awareness. Mutations in these genes can increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Through Moline and other genetic counselors, women can find out if they are at risk and what types of tests they can take. If the mutations are detected, women are able to take steps to ensure that they do not fall victim to breast cancer. Tests involve either saliva or blood samples and results are typically available within a month.
If a woman tests positive for BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations, she can choose to pursue a prophylactic mastectomy, which involves removing one or both breasts. It might be wise to consider this surgery, according to the Mayo Clinic, if breast cancer has already occurred in one breast, there is a family history of breast cancer, or a doctor determines that a woman is at a high risk of developing it. The amount of time it takes to perform a mastectomy varies, but some women can anticipate a 23-hour stay in the hospital afterwards for observation purposes.
Breast Implants After Mastectomies
After Jolie underwent the double mastectomy, she opted for breast implants. Mastectomy patients can either go that route or choose to have reconstructive surgery where their own tissue is used. Implant procedures take more time, but they are usually easier and less painful than reconstruction using existing tissue.
The holidays, a time of pleasure, parties, and fun, are fast approaching. However, it’s also the season of stress, overeating, and unhealthy decisions.
Though you may be tempted to pick up a piece of pumpkin pie or drink a glass of eggnog, ingesting too many calories over the next few weeks could potentially lead to weight gain. Instead of dreading the season, and the ways it might affect your waistline, be prepared going into it.
Here are a few ways that you stay fit and maintain your figure during the holidays this year.
Eat Before the Party
Before heading out to a family get-together or a work gathering, have a healthy snack. Fill up on fruits, vegetables, 100-calorie snacks, nuts, and water at home. If you’re already full or satisfied when you walk in, you won’t head straight to the pastries or bowl of chips. In the event that you’re too busy to eat at home, first drink some water before you eat. If the party is a potluck, bring a healthy dish, and munch on that.
The main point of a party is to socialize, not to eat. When you arrive, become a social butterfly. Talk to friends, family members, and even people you don’t know. Hand out business cards and network if it’s a professional event. If there’s a dance floor, don’t be afraid to use it. Distract yourself in any way you can from the food area after you’ve already had your fill.
Don’t beat yourself up
Everybody messes up. We all, at one point or another, eat too much at the Thanksgiving table or Christmas dinner. One of the worst things you can do is beat yourself up about it. Exercise and dieting aren’t “all or nothing.” There are small things you can do at the dinner table or party buffet to make sure that you’re taking positive steps, like limiting your sugar and alcohol intake. You can also take smaller servings of food and focus on fruit platters, the salad section, and any vegetables. If you lost a little bit of control and ate too much the night before, go to the gym the next day and walk it off. A little exercise is better than none at all. The exercise will also cheer you up and encourage you to keep trying.
Are you having trouble keeping off some of the pounds you put on during past holidays? Reach out to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Poblete to learn about liposuction, tummy tucks, and body contouring options.
If you’re starting a weight loss plan or simply want to maintain your figure, it’s necessary that you start every single day with a nutritious breakfast.
Beginning your day with the right foods will help lower your chances of becoming obese and being diagnosed with heart disease and diabetes. Throughout the day, you’ll be less hungry and your blood sugar will be balanced. What you eat for breakfast sets the tone for the whole day, which makes it the most important meal.
Here are some ways in which you can ensure that you’re starting your day off on the right foot.
More protein and fruit, less carbs
In the morning, you should be eating protein like egg whites, cottage cheese, or lean turkey sausages, according to The Stir. Protein stabilizes your blood sugar and keeps you satisfied for longer than your typical breakfast foods like cereal and bagels. You won’t be reaching for that after lunch snack or visiting the fridge at midnight if you’re getting your necessary protein in early. Make sure you put some fruit on your plate as well to reach your recommended two servings per day. Put some mangoes in your Greek yogurt or bananas in your oatmeal. It’ll add flavor and sweetness to the meal.
Seek out high fiber foods
If you do eat cereal, make sure that it’s high fiber and not full of sugar. You can also make a veggie scramble, a whole-wheat English muffin with peanut butter, oatmeal with dried fruits and nuts, or a breakfast bean burrito. High fiber foods, like protein, will help you stay satisfied for hours.
Eating sugar in the morning is tempting. It perks you up and gives you a short burst of energy. However, it’s one of the worst things you could eat in the morning. According to Time, if you ingest sugar, your blood sugar will spike and then drop very low. This means that after that momentary rush, you’ll feel hungry and eat even more sugar or junk food. Stay away from donuts and croissants in the morning and go for the eggs, fruit, and lean protein instead.
Eating a nutritious breakfast isn’t the only way to lose weight, but it sets you on the right path. If you’ve tried changing your diet and exercising and still aren’t seeing the results you crave, contact board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Poblete today.
From October 2-5, the World Congress of Liposuction and Body Contouring was held in New York City. The event, which was sponsored by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Society of Liposuction Surgery, featured speeches and discussions from doctors and plastic surgeons from around the globe. They touched upon liposculpture techniques and technologies, stem cells, mesotherapy, and cellulite, to name a few.
Combined Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
Cleveland’s own Dr. Poblete, a board certified plastic surgeon, discussed combining Smartlipo liposuction with tummy tucks to give an improved abdominal contour on his patients.
Smartlipo is one of Dr. Poblete’s signature procedures; it involves a laser-guided technique that eradicates unwanted fat and causes less swelling and bruising than regular liposuction surgery. Patients also heal faster and don’t undergo as much pain.
When a patient chooses to do a lipo tummy tuck, he or she will have excess fat removed. The plastic surgeon contours the stomach and smoothes the abdominal skin as well. Just like Smartlipo, there is a minimal amount of pain and bruising, and usually patients can return to their daily lives very quickly.
For women and men with stubborn or extra fat on their body, liposuction is a solid solution that will help eliminate it. It’s for those who have tried to get rid of fat with diet and exercise but haven’t succeeded. Smartlipo has become popular because it’s not as invasive but is just as effective.
Lipo = One of the Top Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
For many years, liposuction was the top cosmetic surgery procedure performed in the United States. In 2012, it was the second most popular procedure, with 313,011 surgeries taking place. Breast augmentations were number one.
Along with Dr. Poblete’s speech, moderators and doctors at the World Congress of Liposuction and Body Contouring gave lectures on a variety of topics including extremity contouring, chest augmentation, skin tightening, Brazilian buttlifts, megaliposuction, and body liposuction.
If you’re interested in liposuction or Smartlipo surgery, contact Dr. Poblete today. He offers a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures and can help give you the body and look you’ve always wanted. For a complete list of services, click here.
Fall: It’s the time of year for hayrides, hot chocolate, trick or treating with your kids, and sipping hot apple cider. Unfortunately, it’s also that time when your body starts to go into hibernation mode. Suddenly, your summer bikini bod may start to pack on a few pounds.
It doesn’t have to be that way, however. You can stay fit in the fall—and have fun while you’re at it—simply by partaking in some of the best activities that the season has to offer.
Here are just a few exercise tips that will encourage weight loss and management, even in the cold months ahead.
The leaves are falling on the ground. For you, that’s a good thing, because it means a free workout. Raking leaves can burn up to 290 calories an hour, according to That’s Fit. For a more nuanced look at how many calories you burn while raking, you can check out Self.com’s Health Calculator. For example, a 150-pound woman who does it for 60 minutes can burn up to 307 calories. That tall, nonfat pumpkin spice latte you just drank would be burned off in less than one hour.
Chop wood for the fireplace
An exercise that’s even more beneficial than raking leaves is chopping wood. In just 30 minutes of doing this activity, a 150-pound woman burns 207 calories. You will build strength in your torso and upper body and muscle in your arms, chest, and shoulders. Not to mention, you’ll impress your family with your outdoor skills.
Go apple and pumpkin picking
According to the Huffington Post, a 150-pound person can burn 270 calories in one hour by carrying around a 10-pound pumpkin. Both pumpkin and apple picking offer cardio exercise and, as an added bonus, the whole family can join in. Make sure you volunteer to carry whatever you pick, as it’ll build muscle and shed calories.
Walk through a corn maze
Another fun way to exercise with the family is to walk through a corn maze together. Slow walking for 60 minutes burns up to 178 calories if you’re a 150-pound woman, according to the Self.com Health Calculator. Skip the hayride if possible, and opt for the on-foot experience instead.
Exercise doesn’t have to be done on an elliptical or indoors. And, just because it’s a little chilly outside, it doesn’t mean that you can’t look good. This fall, you can maintain your ideal body just by having a little seasonal fun.
It’s fall again, which means it’s time to start stocking up on the season’s hottest trends.
If you didn’t catch Fashion Week in New York or are too busy to keep up with the trends, don’t worry. Here are some ways in which you can make sure you look fabulous all season long.
Knit beanies were a hit on the runway when they made their debut this fall. They look adorable and can be paired with a dress, skirt, or skinny jeans. Glamour’s Megan Gustashaw recommends wearing a knit beanie with an upscale outfit because “the contrast is part of what makes it look so chic.” Not to mention, it’ll keep your head warm during the cold months ahead.
Are you yearning to wear an outfit that resembles your high school uniform? Then you’re in luck, because the schoolgirl look is back in style. Break out your favorite pleated skirt and pair it with a Peter Pan collared shirt. Knitted knee high socks will complete the outfit and keep your legs cozy when it’s chilly outside.
Oversized Men’s Coats
If your style is more on the androgynous side, then oversized men’s coats, one of the season’s hottest looks, will fit right into your wardrobe. Borrow your boyfriend or husband’s coat or go for a vintage coat at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Both single and double-breasted coats are in. Fortunately, this trend is both fun and functional, and can be worn throughout the winter.
Judging by the amount of celebrities going for it, it’s apparent that all-white outfits are in fashion right now. From strapless dresses, to pantsuits and business casual ensembles, all white seems to work for any and all occasions. When wearing an all out outfit, keep it simple with your makeup and jewelry.
Before you try any of these trends, you should figure out your body type and what would look best on you. Go with colors that complement your skin, eyes, and hair and outfits that make you feel good about yourself.
If you’ve tried time and time again to find clothes that fit, but you just aren’t satisfied with how they look, contact us today for a cosmetic surgery consultation.
After undergoing breast enhancement surgery, you’re going to be excited to show off your new look to friends and family. However, it’s important that you take the proper amount of time to recover before going back to your daily routine.
Plastic surgery is just like any other procedure. Prior to it, you need to consult with your doctor, go over the recovery methods, and have a support network in place to help you get through it. Here are some guidelines you can follow to ensure that you have a full and speedy recuperation.
Carefully follow your doctor’s orders and ask questions
The first step when looking into breast augmentation is to find a board-certified plastic surgeon. You need a doctor that you can trust. It’s important to seek out one that friends and/or family have recommended. A doctor that is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is more legitimate than one who isn’t.
Before surgery, your doctor will tell you what to expect after your procedure. You’ll learn about how long it should take to recover, what activities are prohibited, the amount of rest you should get, and how long scars will be visible.
Take any available pamphlets from your doctor’s office and write down notes about what to expect. Inform your friends, family, and anyone taking care of you about the recovery process. Ask questions about when you can resume physical activity and exercise.
After surgery, you may feel sore and uncomfortable. However, if you rest up and listen to your doctor, the feelings should only be temporary.
Pay attention to your health
If you are experiencing a fever, redness of the breast, bleeding, or warmth, the FDA recommends that you let your doctor know right away. Any symptoms of an infection should be immediately reported. Make sure that you’re taking any medications your surgeon may have prescribed for nausea or pain.
Wear a post-operative bra or bandages
After surgery, some patients are told to wear a post-operative bra or bandages. These will help position the breasts correctly and provide extra support. For a certain amount of time, you might not be allowed to wear a regular bra. Consult with your doctor about this before buying new ones for your enhanced breasts.
If you’re considering breast enhancement surgery, and have any further questions or concerns, contact Dr. Poblete, a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Depending on where you live and what kind of outcome you expect, the decision to have cosmetic surgery based on season (or month, or occasion) can vary widely.
Those New Year’s Resolutions often prompt people to consider cosmetic surgery when deciding on weight-loss goals. But as leading Cleveland area surgeon Dr. Vicente Poblete reminds us, cosmetic surgery is no “quick fix” to replace a healthy diet and a safe, consistent exercise program.
But if you have consulted with your doctor and decided you are ready for your procedure, winter can be a prime time for cosmetic surgery. In December, you may be using up vacation days from work, which gives you more flexibility in scheduling your procedure. And if you live in a cold part of the country, the extra layers and coats will help hide surgical areas until you are ready to show off your new look. Winter is a good time for surgical contouring of the abdomen, thighs, buttocks and breasts.
Facelifts are also good choices for winter, because patients typically stay indoors more, which limits their exposure to harsh cold wind and glaring sun.
As swimsuit season rolls around, it’s only natural to wonder if you can fit a tummy tuck, fanny lift or other contouring procedure into your summer schedule.
Though different people heal and recover at different rates, as a rule, allow up to four weeks to fully recover from a cosmetic procedure. Keep that in mind if you’re hoping to get a “bikini body” in no time, or achieve a certain look in time for a wedding or other event.
Summer is a good time for face filling procedures, as people tend to take vacation time and stay in comfortable, air-conditioned environments.
Insist on Cleveland’s top cosmetic surgeon any time of year. Contact Dr. Poblete’s office for your free consultation.