Qualified Plastic Surgeons

Dr. ShienbaumPlastic surgery has many different choices but are you making the right choice? The most important choice you can make while inquiring and deciding on an aesthetic procedure is selecting a surgeon you can trust.

Many different deciding factors contribute into choosing a plastic surgeon. Read below to see some key pointers to look for during your next consultation. By choosing an American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) Member Surgeon defines you have selected a surgeon who has met all there required credentials as follows

  • Completed at least five years of surgical training with a minimum of two years in plastic surgery
  • Trained and experienced in all aspects of plastic surgery procedures; face, breast, body, and reconstruction
  • Adheres in a strict code of ethic
  • Operates with accredited medical facilities only
  • Is required to fulfill continuing medical education requirements, some in patient safety
  • Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)

Board certification is extremely important to inquire about a plastic surgeon but you should also keep in mind their professional affiliations. As an American Society of Plastic Surgeon Member, it designates the surgeon as an elite professional in their plastic surgery community.

As an ASPS member Plastic Surgeons must perform surgeries in only Accredited facilities. An accredited facility must meet national standards for operating room safety, equipment, staff and surgeon credentials. They have an extremely low rate of complications and are found to have lower costs to patients.

When researching Plastic Surgeons their core mission should be to enhance patient care and safety by practicing and maintaining the highest standards. Although these are great recommendations to ensure trust in a plastic surgeon they cannot guarantee the results of your plastic surgery, but choosing a qualified surgeon is an important step in assuring your satisfaction and safety.

Dr. Shienbaum is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience in all forms of Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery. To find out more about the procedures near you, please visit abdominoplastytampa.com

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Brachioplasty – What is it?

Arm liftA Brachioplasty is a medical term for removing the hanging or excess skin under your arms. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), 2015 statics, is showing more and more women are seeing plastic surgeons for a Brachioplasty. In the past two decades, the number of upper arm lifts has risen with nearly 26,000 being performed in just 2015.

Certain treatments for addressing underarm excess skin can range from a hidden incision in the arm pit, to minor liposuction to attempt to shrink the skin after the fat has been removed. Some surgeons prefer to do the procedure in a two to three step process depending on the severity or lack of hanging skin.

First the surgeon examines the skin and feels for any fat residing in the area. Some surgeons start with removing the fat by Liposuction with a very small incision. They often recommend the patient wait to see how much of the skin will shrink and retract to avoid any scarring. If the patient’s hanging skin is more severe the surgeon might recommend an axillary Brachioplasty where they Liposuction the fat and then pull the remaining skin into a tiny hidden scar in the armpit. If the hanging excess skin is of extreme severity the surgeon will pull the skin in a visible but small scar along the back of the arm where it lays against your body. The scar is semi hidden but can be seen when an arm is raised or moved in certain positions.

Liposuction is a great option for many, but they must be a candidate and have firm skin. If a patient has experienced massive weight loss most times they are a candidate for a full Brachioplasty.

To minimize scarring and scar appearance the surgeon focuses on a scar placement and where it would fit your body best given how your arms naturally rest on/ next to your body.

Keep in mind the type of weather conditions and clothes you wear. If you live in a hot climate like Florida, most people wear tanks tops all season long. Would this affect your self-image by having a scar on or under your arms?

Some pointers before your surgery or consultation is to work out your arms a little. Some women might notice a difference in their skin because the muscle is enlarging, while your surgeon then has some musculature to outline when he liposuctions. Sometimes just working out may help your hanging skin if it’s minor.

Smoking & Cosmetic Surgery

Smoking and Cosmetic SurgeryWhile smoking can be a tricky habit to kick, you might want to after reading this if your inquiring any cosmetic surgery. While after surgery complications are unlikely, they can happen. You want to reduce the chances of these as much as possible. Smokers have a slower healing process and can sometimes cause wound complications. The last thing you want after having a cosmetic procedure is for it to heal incorrectly.

Nicotine is the one to blame. Evidence suggests nicotine has been traced to many post-surgical complications. It slows the overall healing process down because of the lack of oxygen in your blood. When healing, your body needs extra rest, oxygen, etc. By smoking you are preventing your body from healing adequately. Some might say they smoked and did not have any problems, but that is not the case for all. You are recommended to quit smoking as soon as you consider having a cosmetic surgery, some surgeons won’t even permit you to have surgery unless you have quit smoking and pass a nicotine urine analysis.

With recent new “Nicotine-free” e-cigarettes, you may be thinking I’m in the safe-zone. The FDA analysis from 2009 found e-cig cartridges contain other harmful components that can limit your healing abilities. Research has been performed and shown e-cigarettes impact skin and soft tissue differently than traditional nicotine.

The American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) recommends you meet with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and discuss your smoking habits. Never be ashamed to tell your physician you slipped up and had a “smoke”. There number one priority is your well-being and healing process. Preoperative counseling and documentation can be performed with patients who smoke regarding the potential increased risk of adverse reactions and outcomes following a cosmetic procedure.

To speak with a Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon about your interest in a cosmetic procedure and if you are a potential smoker, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shienbaum at Brandon Plastic Surgery on our website.

The rise of Plastic Surgery

ASPSPlastic surgery is anticipated to rise in numbers over the next five years. North America and Europe are dominating the world market due to an increase in aesthetic needs to help the quickly aging population. Minimally visive and invasive surgeries are taking the lead to help enhance and slow the aging process.

Dr. Shienbaum of Brandon Plastic Surgery states, “procedures like the Tummy Tuck and Brazilian Butt Lifts have shown substantial growth over the years”. Whether it is from the increase of social media and cause of more self-image awareness or simply because we are able to further prevent aging with medical and technology advances; some are researching.

With social media, we have noticed many, even males are desiring to be more “appealing”. With the rise in Facebook and Instagram with many celebrities, people have the desire to acquire the same traits as their fellow fame and fortune they might be following. Plastic Surgery gives them that option. A quick plump of the lips or a little bit of a rounder buttock, Plastic Surgeons are here to help. “Social media is fueling our growth with aesthetic procedures!”, says double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shienbaum.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has recently released that invasive procedures related to the buttocks, are witnessing an all-time high of most requested procedures. With so many different surgeons able to perform this minimal surgery ASPS assures you do research on choosing the right plastic surgeon.

To learn more about Dr. Shienbaum’s procedures visit his website, or follow us on Instagram! @brandonplasticsurgery

Plastic Surgeons voice in social media

SelfieSince recent rises over the years in the abundance of social media, self-image is more important than ever. Social media goers are asking Plastic Surgeons to have a voice- by educating them more on the education behind cosmetic procedures rather than celebrities and self-promotion. The hashtag #plasticsurgery has nearly 2,900 hits, only 6 percent from actual Plastic Surgeons.

With the number of “likes” preceding over self-worth more and more are looking to plastic surgery to enhance their social media appearance. Cosmetic procedures are on the rise and researchers are relating it to the relevance of social media. Whether it’s a lip injection for the perfect selfie pout or a hand lift for an engagement ring selfie, plastic surgeons are hitting all-time highs of increased cosmetic surgeries performed. Lip injections reached a high in 2015 when the prominent “duck lips selfie” was popular. Good news for those seeking Lip procedures is you can change the shape of your lips as subtly as you want.

As the consumer is seeking out information in their desired procedures they look to the online interphases. They expect to see their plastic surgeon actively involved in the online community. The younger generations are able to relate respectively to more of an online based advertisement before seeking a consultation. They want to see results before they go in for an initial consultation. As patients are searching online; if cosmetic surgeons have a limited online presence the public considers them outdated.

As research continues the public has a noted huge appetite for the truth of evidence based findings. They want to be able to relate to the named procedure. They want to know more facts, and be educated about if it is really the right procedure for them. They are interested in their patient safety and new research. It can be beneficial to a practice to see the surgeons focused on safety and quality throughout their whole procedure.

Botox- the cure for headaches and wrinkles and more?

BotoxBotox injections is FDA approved currently for overactive bladders, chronic migraine headaches, repetitive neck spasms, spastic arm muscles, and more.

Most of these above have to do with muscles. Botox is botulinum toxin type A- Botox functions by stopping muscle contraction by blocking signals at the neuromuscular junction.

What does all this have to do with you? Since the FDA approval of the use of Botox in treating chronic migraines users have {literally} raised eyebrows due to it not being used to treat only muscles anymore.

Botox is now being said to improve your mood- by fighting depression. Everyday expressions of fear, sadness, anger, are all by the corrugator muscle. By injecting Botox into the corrugator muscle or glabella region you can suppress these emotions. When a person is depressed, the corrugator muscle activates. When you quiet the muscle, you quiet the emotions. Studies have been performed as far out as 6 months with a 45-60 percent range of calmed muscles and lower depression rates.

Although using Botox to treat depression is still consider an off-label use, Allergan the company that manufactures Botox is currently in Phase II trials on the effectiveness in the treatment of Botox for depression. We may not know for a while whether Botox can help our current mood, but in the process Botox is approved for the reduction in facial wrinkles and migraines. Hopefully we can find this as a breakthrough discovery as currently over 20 million people suffer from major depression.

In the meantime, visit Dr. Shienbaum to receive Botox injections and fight off aging and migraines! Contact us at (813) 681-5709 or visit our website for more information.

New Year’s Resolution & Plastic Surgery

SelfieWith 2017 already here, many people are quickly jumping in to starting an annual resolution for the upcoming year. Most resolutions are about living a healthier lifestyle specifically; going to the gym, eating cleaner, or losing weight. Sadly, less than 10% of 2016 resolutions were achieved.  What if you had a jump start, or boost of help by plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery cosmetic procedures are rising quickly based on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 2015 statistics of plastic surgery. With social media being so widely popular individuals are being found more self-conscious of their bodies due to comparing themselves to others. People are becoming more aware of their “selfie” and appearance. Plastic surgery isn’t just something people are considering for aging, young adults, and middle age women are considering breast augmentations, liposuction, Brazilian butt lifts, and more. Adults in their 20s have plastic surgery to obtain a better “selfie” which can enhance their professional lives, especially through social media.

While many New Year’s resolutions are focused on their overall health, plastic surgery can definitely help you get the body you are desiring without the stress and worry for the whole year. When considering plastic surgery to help you achieve your goal, keep a realistic idea of what you are wanting to look like. You cannot expect to look like a certain person on social media, but you CAN expect to look like a better version of yourself.

When consulting with a plastic surgeon, consider the options for the areas that bother you most. Always remember “you get what you pay for”, with plastic surgery. Looking for the cheaper way isn’t always the safest. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is ALWAYS recommended by the ASPS.

Plastic Surgery can help you achieve that self-esteem boost you’ve been looking for! What better way to start the New Year with a purpose and higher satisfaction with your self-worth? By considering plastic surgery in helping to achieve your New Year’s resolution is a great start to 2017.

Dr. Shienbaum is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience in all forms of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, including Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Breast Augmentation, Brazilian Butt Lifts, and Mommy Makeovers. He provides services for the entire Tampa Bay

Breast Feeding & Breast Implants

Breast ImplantBreast feeding with implants is impossible. False. Over the years, the percentage of breast feeding women that have had breast implant surgery is exceptionally high. If you’re an inquiring new mother and have implants and are fretting over being able to connect with your baby through breast feeding, worry no more!

In a recent study performed in Argentina, 100 women without and 100 women with Breast Implants, discovered that 93% of women with breast implants successfully breastfeed compared to the 99% of women without implants who successfully breast fed.

Some women may question the placement of the scar; being if it affects breastfeeding? The answer is also no. No known study has found any differences between a placement of an incision to have any known effect on being able to breast feed.

Another question mothers to be might be asking is if the placement of their implants could hinder their ability to breastfeed. Whether the implants being placed subglandular (above the muscle) or subpectoral (under the muscle) matters? Currently placement has no effect on your ability to breastfeed.

As women, we don’t have to sacrifice breastfeeding their babies if they have had or are interested in a breast augmentation. Although Dr. Shienbaum does recommend pregnant women inquiring about breastfeeding with implants to speak to your OBGYN on proper breastfeeding techniques, possible risks of breastfeeding in general, and how to properly nourish your new one!

Dr. Shienbaum is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience in all forms of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, including Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, Mommy Makeovers, Breast Augmentation, and Brazilian Butt Lift. He provides services for the entire Tampa Bay area. To find out more about a cosmetic procedure you might be interested in, please visit abdominoplastytampa.com

Athletes and Breast Implants

Plastic Surgery and SportsWith all the rumors of Rio Olympics Australian hurdler, Michelle Jenneke and Breast Implants– Did she or didn’t have cosmetic surgery to improve her “bosom”?

That answer is for Ms. Michelle to disclose to the public, but regarding her being so athletic and to possibly have breast implants? Is it even recommended?

Some athletic women may consider whether special considerations come into play given their rigorous activities or training. Jenneke is a great example to all physically active females considering a Breast Enhancement. Women who work out desire the volume of having nice Breasts but hesitate due to their lifestyle. With the variety of Breast Implants on the FDA approved list there are many to fit the diversity of each women’s body type. Believe it or not, Breasts do NOT all look the same. Each implant has different styles, there are some with more projection appearance, while some are broader at the base. Your choice of surgeon has a lot to go into play with your Breast Implant placement, scar, and recovery. It is always best to do some homework and choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Shienbaum of Brandon Plastic Surgery states, “When discussing with a female athlete her choice of implant, size and placement, all definitely matter!” Given the type of physical activity they do, you wouldn’t want to go too big or too wide and hinder their performance. It is a huge consideration whether to place the implant above or below the pectoralis muscle. Being thin and active, implant placement below the muscle might benefit you better to reduce seeing rippling or edging of the implant.

The scar is usually the next big question for active women. Most women want their scars hidden and unseen to the naked eye. While a surgeon can’t completely eliminate a scar, they can minimize the visibility and hide the placement of the scar. There are many different options to scar placement, discuss with your surgeon the best fit for you and your lifestyle.

Lastly, recovery is also a HUGE part of a Breast Augmentation. As an athlete, you MUST discuss your basic training schedule. Your surgeon can estimate how long you may need to discontinue your training or possibly train lighter. Give realistic consideration to whether you are okay with taking a week or two off, sometimes longer. If you are a body builder it could be months before your surgeon recommends you lift weights in fear it could interfere with the healing of your implant placement.

Being athletic is about working out and feeling good, and if that considers implants, go for it!

Body Contouring Surgery: What’s Next after MAJOR Weight Loss

Surgery after Weight LossHave  you recently undergone major weight loss or weight loss surgery and looking to the next step; Plastic Surgery. A tummy tuck could be your answer to help tighten your loose skin.

Body contouring following major weight loss can help remove excess skin and remove fat which in return improves the underlying support tissue shape. Think of it as redoing the transmission in a car. You’re not replacing but improving.

Weight loss can have many benefits, but with any pro comes a con. While you are losing fat, and starting to feel better/healthier with any substantial amount of weight loss, skin lacks the elasticity to shrink to your new body size and shape. With that being said put you at your newest inquiry, surgery.

Body contouring procedures can include many different things, here is a list with explanations to help you decide if you are candidate following your recent weight loss journey.

Breast Enhancement by Lift: loss of fullness, sagging breast

Facelift: sagging jowls, neck, wrinkling skin around face

Tummy Tuck: hanging skin over abdomen can be called the “apron”, loosen abdominal muscles from pregnancy

Arm Lift/ Bracheoplasty: hanging/ sagging skin under arms

Brazilian Butt Lift: loss of fullness in buttocks

Thigh Lift: excess skin hanging, requires very large scar that is not coverable with shorts or swimsuits

If you think you could be a candidate for one or more of the above listed procedures, you should prepare some questions for your plastic surgeon.

Your first question should always be, “Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?” By asking this question you are assuring they have had extra training in their specified field. What type of setting does the surgery take place in? If it’s an office-setting, is it accredited? Go over your health with your surgeon and any risk you might have with this surgery. Always ask questions, the more you ask the better you feel going into a surgery. Decide if this surgeon can give you the realistic outcome your desiring.

Dr. Marvin Shienbaum, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is recognized as one of the most sought after post weight loss plastic surgeons in Florida. If you are curious about how he could help you with this procedure or any plastic surgery procedure cal us today:  813-681-5709