Should I Worry About Bruising?

Should I Worry About Bruising?
Plastic surgery, like any kind of surgery, involves cutting, shaping, and other medical techniques. Tools like scalpels and stitches are used. This means that bruising will occur. But does that bruising pose a problem? Should you be worried?

Bruising Is Normal

Bruising is bound to happen. There’s really no way around it. It is a totally normal, natural part of the healing process. Your body is working hard to recover so you can get back to life. This will take some time and patience. Remember not to re-bruise the affected areas. Take care not to bump into things or do activities that risk hurting any areas that have bruising. You may have to take it slow for a little while until things heal. Dr. Vennemeyer and you will discuss when you can get back to various activities and how long you can expect the healing process to take.

There’s Gonna Be Some Weird Colors

Purple, yellow, brown: these are all potential colors your bruises could take on. This is usually normal. It’s part of the healing process. Remember when you were a kid and bumped your arm too hard and gathered all your friends around to look at the cool colors? Those colors still happen as an adult. They indicate various points in the healing process. Plus, light hitting varying layers of skin can also change the way your bruises look in various conditions. To get the best idea, stay in a well-lit room with neutral-colored lighting and make a note of your progress.

When In Doubt, Ask The Doctor

Dr. Vennemeyer and his staff are always available to answer your questions. Feel free to call us and ask away. Some things to keep in mind: call us if your bruises do not seem to heal after a long time, if they seem to be getting worse, or they start spreading way beyond any surgery affected areas. These are usually rare, however. Even if everything is going normally and you just need some reassurance, we’re happy to talk. Bruising and healing are a normal part of surgery recovery, and we want you to have the best possible experience.

Local Moms Tried These 3 “Butt Lift” Products. Did They Work?

Bigger butts are big news these days. Because of this, along with legitimate options like Brazilian butt lifts, a whole host of off-the-shelf “quick fixes” have popped up to meet demand. Here are some thoughts on three of these products from three local moms.

“Wedgie Fit” Jeans

Wedgie Fit Jeans
Gloria H. “‘Wedgie’ indeed! I felt like they were riding up all day. Not cool. Plus I really don’t want to answer ‘wedgie’ if a girlfriend asks me what kind of jeans I’ve got on.”

Debra R.: “I felt like I was just wearing high-waisted jeans, not that my butt looked any better. And what’s with the rolled up cuffs? It just feels like I am covering up for the fact that I bought too-short jeans.”

Gayle M. “For supposedly accentuating a nice butt, I feel like they still can't figure out how to make them so they fit the waist and the hips correctly. Fail.”

Padded Panties

Padded Panties
Gloria H. “Literally like I just strapped two pillows to my butt and called it a day. Not natural looking.”

Debra R. “These are like SUPER uncomfortable to sit on. I thought having some extra padding in my undies would be comfy, but it’s weirdly not.”

Gayle M. “These feel oddly like a medical device. Like I broke my tailbone so my doctor was like ‘wear these for 2 weeks and sorry you will look and feel ridiculous.’”

Butt Lift In A Box

Butt Lift In A Box
Gloria H. “I swear late night infomercials used to peddle this stuff for your boobs back in the day. Obviously it did not work then and didn’t work now.”

Debra R. “I skipped this one. I have allergy-prone skin and I am not taking chances on that.”

Gayle M. “Seriously? Just call it snake oil. At least it’d be more honest that way.”

While all these products promise a bigger butt, the only way to ensure natural results that last a lifetime is with a consultation from Dr. Vennemeyer. Call us today for an appointment, and skip the mystery creams and weird jeans.

What’s That Texas Summer Sun Got To Do With Your Plastic Surgery? The Surprising Answer

What’s That Texas Summer Sun Got to Do with Your Plastic Surgery?Summer has rolled in, and you are ready for it! You’ve got the pool, the iced drinks, and maybe even a new tummy or booty to show off, too. Time to bask in the sun and soak it all in, right?

However, if you’ve recently had plastic surgery, you need to be extra careful of that hot summer sun. Why? Because the recovery process has some effects on your skin, namely its sensitivity to sun and damage. Without taking some simple precautions, you could be compromising healing and results.

After plastic surgery, the skin is especially sensitive to sun damage. That is because your skin is working hard to heal itself after surgery. Remember, plastic surgery, like all surgery, does involve sterilization, incisions, and other activities that require the skin to heal afterwards. Exposing these healing areas to the sun, even if you feel up to basking by the pool, may not be the best idea. Damaging UV radiation is always a concern, but remember your skin is healing and especially vulnerable after surgery. These concerns apply in tanning beds and booths as well.

This sensitivity to the sun means to take extra care to use sunblock, and ideally keeping all areas affected covered until you get the all clear from your plastic surgeon. Regularly moisturizing the skin and using proper skincare techniques should all also occur. Of course, you will have follow-up appointments and aftercare instructions to follow, so be sure to stick to these.

Now, all of this does not mean you cannot go out and enjoy your new found confidence, but it does mean ensuring your health comes first. In the hot Texas summer, you can still have fun in the sun after you have done your research. Speaking to Dr. Vennemeyer about any questions you have is a good start. Make sure to mention the kinds of outdoor activities you plan on enjoying.

Breast Implants? Breast Lift? Both? Which Is Right For You?

A better bosom is no doubt desirable. With the various options available to you, however, it may feel a bit overwhelming and intimidating when trying to decide which procedure to get. With a bit of information about these two types of breast surgeries, they are easy to understand.

Breast Implants

Breast implant, silicone breast implant

Breast implants augment the size of breasts, but not their position on the chest.

Breast implants are silicone or saline medical devices that are inserted either over or under the chest muscles to make the breasts larger. They usually look like small bags, with silicone implants coming pre-filled from the manufacturer, and the surgeon fills saline implants after their insertion into the body.

Implants augment, or add to, the breast and make them physically larger. This is beneficial to those looking for increased volume and a fuller bust. This could be because of a loss of volume due to breastfeeding or simply because you feel your breasts are not at the size you wish them to be. Breast implants come in many varieties of shape, feel, and size and when speaking with Dr. Vennemeyer, you’ll go over these options so that you both can ensure the result will be to your satisfaction.

Breast Lift

Breast lift chart

A breast lift re-positions the breasts on the chest to a more youthful, perky place.

A breast lift moves the breasts up. Sometimes, due to age, pregnancy, or other factors, the breasts can sag and sit lower than their initial natural position on the chest. This can make fitting clothes, bras, and dresses difficult.

To lift the breasts, the surgeon removes excess skin and may also move around and re-position your breast tissue. This procedure creates perkier breasts that look more youthful. If you are satisfied with the size of your breasts, but would like them to be perkier and sit higher on your chest, a breast lift is ideal. When working with Dr. Vennemeyer, you’ll decide on how much lift is right for you.


Breast Augmentation Vennemeyer Plastic Surgery

Both procedures may be right for you if both size and position are concerns.

If you feel that your breasts are both smaller and less perky than you’d like, both procedures combined could be your best route. In a combined procedure, the breasts are moved up and augmented. This combined process is often best when the breasts are smaller than you like and are sitting down further on the chest as well. Dr. Vennemeyer will provide advice and options to determine if a lift and augmentation are right for you. Keep in mind there still may be more than one surgery required.

When going over your options, be sure to ask Dr. Vennemeyer any questions you may have. Breasts that you want and that feel like the truest expression of you are possible, and lifts and implants have their place, sometimes together.

4 Myths About Plastic Surgery and 3 Benefits You Won’t Believe

4 Myths About Plastic Surgery and 3 Benefits You Won't BelievePlastic surgery pops up in our lives quite often. From celebrities getting work done to your friend’s new nose, we all carry some idea of what it is and why people do it. And many of those ideas are wrong. Plastic surgery is one of medicine’s more mythologized practices, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Myth 1: Only Vain, Impulsive People Get Plastic Surgery

This myth is entrenched into the traditional idea of plastic surgery. After all, the stigma is who else but the vainest, most vapid person would get plastic surgery? But this is far from reality. The majority of individuals that elect to get plastic surgery are quite aware of the balance between body and mind.

It’s not as if one day you notice your eyebrows are droopy, so you call the surgeon and schedule a facelift. Plastic surgery starts with research, often long hours of it. Then there are plenty of consultations with doctors to find out if plastic surgery is the right choice. This can actually weed out the most impulsive, vain folks and leaves the majority of patients with realistic expectations of what they’re getting into.

Myth 2: Plastic Surgery Means You Don’t Love Your Body

It’s true, we live in a society that places a high value on looks. And of course, we should all take care of the body we’re in. For some people, loving their body means making it line up with how they see themselves on the inside. A majority of those that get plastic surgery do not see the body as something to be punished. Rather, they love their body enough to realize how best to balance body and mind.

The idea, then, is to line up the mind and body. This too is a form of love. Finding it after research and introspection that lead to surgery is just as valid a path as any other.

Myth 3: Only Super Rich People Get Work Done

While it is true that plastic surgery is not cheap, if only celebrities and millionaires were getting work done, the industry wouldn’t be as thriving and nuanced as it is today. The truth is, plenty of everyday people elect to get plastic surgery. As mentioned above, they think about it and do their research, know themselves enough to know what to change, and have realistic ideas of what the work entails.

For some folks, saving up for a breast augmentation or tummy tuck is just as rewarding as saving up for a new car. Moreover, they get to experience a body that makes them much more confident each day. A wise investment indeed.

Myth 4: Any Doctor Will Do

There are many kinds of plastic surgeons. Some only work on reconstruction, others cosmetic. As mentioned, doing thorough research is required. Reading reviews, watching testimonials, and looking at before and after pictures to get an idea of the process are all good ideas. Remember, you shouldn't just call the first surgeon you see and go under the knife.

Benefit 1: It’s Proven You’ll Feel Better

A study by the University of Florida found that women who elect to get breast augmentation feel measurably better about themselves and their sexuality. Rather than being driven by vanity, they find satisfaction in the work done.

This also notes the importance of women’s health and sexuality. While much research has focused on men’s feelings in these areas, women are just as likely to deal with issues and need recourse. Feeling better after plastic surgery, then, can be part of an overall wellness strategy.

Benefit 2: Once Lipo Removes Fat Cells, They’re Gone for Good

We’re all born with all the fat cells we’ll ever have. But they can grow and shrink over time depending on diet and exercise. Liposuction actually removes them forever. So, no, they can’t “come back elsewhere." In fact, they’ll be gone for good! This may reduce risks of high blood pressure and heart conditions. Some people also find it easier to keep weight off after the procedure, as their new figure may inspire healthier choices.

Benefit 3: Your Quality of Life Improves

Not only do you look and feel better, but your life may actually improve, too. That new found feeling of confidence may inspire you to ask for a raise, pursue a new career, or dive back into the dating pool. Many unexpected results could occur. You may find your new positivity leads to better social gatherings or stronger friendships. While you’ll look better, it’s also because you’re feeling better and more confident that ultimately will lead to even greater benefits.

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