How To Choose The Best Breast Implants For You

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The decision to have
breast augmentation is the first of many choices that you will need to be made before you have your procedure, and this is a complex decision, regardless of your age. Breast implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials and may be placed in the body using different surgical techniques. There is no one right choice for every patient; the ideal option for you will factor in your body type, lifestyle and desired outcomes. You will probably recognize the “best option” simply because it feels right.

When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, breast augmentation is a highly personalized and satisfying procedure. Dr. Scott D. Holley of West Michigan Plastic Surgery carefully evaluates each patient who visits him for breast augmentation in order to recommend the best breast implants for their needs and goals; this is the first step to achieving lasting and high-quality results. While you will discuss all options in detail during your consultation, as well as the pros and cons of each, you can have a more productive conversation with your surgeon if you are well informed about your options beforehand. There are several aspects of the surgery you will want to spend time considering to get the most value from your office visit.

The first big question — silicone or saline?

Breast implants fall into one of two main categories — silicone or saline. Implants filled with silicone gel tend to feel more like real breast tissue than their saline counterparts and are less prone to rippling after surgery, which is cosmetic, not a functional, concern. They are a popular choice for women of any age, hoping to achieve results that look and feel very natural. Because they come pre-filled, silicone implants typically require a slightly longer incision. If a silicone implant leaks, the implant will not collapse, unlike saline implants. This can make it more challenging to detect a rupture without routine doctor check-ups.

Saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater that provides the device with uniform shape, firmness and feel. Saline implants may be the better choice if you desire a more obviously enhanced look with a high degree of upper pole fullness and projection. While saline implants are considered safer in the event of a rupture and can require a smaller incision during placement, they are more likely to wrinkle and can feel less natural than silicone implants. Both breast implant types are manufactured with a silicone outer shell.

Your next decision — round or teardrop?

Breast implants can be round or shaped like a teardrop. Round implants are circular and symmetrical, giving the breast an even level of fullness all the way around. This can achieve more outward projection and more volume at the top of the breasts, which may be desirable if you are going for a fuller look or want to correct sagging. There is no concern about a round implant rotating out of place because it is the same shape all the way around. This is the most common implant shape, in part for this reason.

Teardrop, or anatomical, breast implants are shaped with a sloping contour, with more volume in the lower half. The shape is designed to more closely resemble the shape of a natural breast, which can make teardrop implants the preferred option for women who are concerned with having a very natural-looking result after surgery. Teardrop implants are available only with silicone and a textured outer shell, and because their shape is not uniform, shifting inside the implant pocket can affect your look and will require a correctional procedure. However, both round implants and teardrop implants can look very natural with a surgery performed by a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Scott Holley.

Which shell texture is right for you, smooth or textured?

The outer surface of your breast implants may be either smooth or textured. Smooth implants are softer than textured implants, creating a more natural look and feel, but they may be more likely to shift position over time. Textured breast implants have a slightly coarse outer shell that sticks to the body’s tissue and helps the implant maintain proper placement within the breast pocket. Textured implants may look, feel and move less naturally than smooth implants. All teardrop implants are textured by design to reduce the risk of displacement. Some surgeons believe smooth implants pose fewer risks to patients based on patient reports of problems with textured devices; however, more research must be done before a conclusive finding can be reached.

What implant size will best fit your personality and lifestyle?

When you think about the size you want your breasts to be after surgery, you probably imagine a specific bra size. Although it seems like a logical way to measure, it’s not the best way to choose the size of your breast implants. Bra size differs between manufacturers, so it isn’t a consistent and accurate way to measure breast size. In addition, implants are measured in volume (cubic centimeters or CCs), which does not have a direct correlation to cup size. The best way to determine your desired implant size is to try on a range of breast implant sizers in your surgeon’s office or at home. Another way to preview your results is through the VECTRA 3D Imaging System, offered by West Michigan Plastic Surgery. This revolutionary technology can generate three-dimensional renderings, based on photos of your body, that can show you what you will look like with different implant sizes. You’ll also want to consider your body frame, current breast volume, wardrobe, personality and lifestyle as you select the implants that are right for you.

Lastly, which device profile best represents you?

The profile of your implants influences how full your breasts will look. Implants with a low or moderate profile are flatter and typically look more natural, while implants with a high or ultra high profile give the breasts a dramatic, pushed up look. The ideal profile differs from patient to patient, and yours will be determined based on two considerations: your existing body proportions and the breast appearance you wish to achieve.

Women Seeking Their Ideal Breast Augmentation Results Trust Dr. Scott Holley of West Michigan Plastic Surgery

Dr. Scott Holley has helped women of all ages find the implants that best meet their cosmetic goals and has performed their surgeries safely. Since 1997, Dr. Holley and his practice, West Michigan Plastic Surgery, have served the needs of women in the Portage and Kalamazoo areas, putting the sum of their expertise, training and judgment to work to achieve the quality, lasting results his patients deserve.

Call to schedule your in-person consultation with Dr. Holley today. You can reach the practice at 269-222-1611. Dr. Holley and his entire staff look forward to helping you achieve lasting wellbeing through breast surgery.

Our Favorite Treatments Brighter Skin this Spring

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Despite all of the #WinterIsComing posts we’re all seeing online, spring is finally here. So, as you prepare to face the outside world again, and maybe even take a nice vacation somewhere, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite treatments to help not only rejuvenate tired, winter-dulled skin, but to keep skin glowing for years to come.

Remember, not all skin is treated equally! For personalized recommendations based on your unique skin type and goals, schedule a private consultation with Dr. Scott Holley at West Michigan Plastic Surgery. Give us a call at 269-222-1611 to discuss any of these following treatments, or another that you’ve been curious about.

Protect Your Skin From the Sun with Professional-Grade Products by Obagi®

Everyone needs a good sunscreen to keep the sun’s harmful UV rays at bay and maintain smooth, youthful skin. Unfortunately, the products available at your local department store are not always the best options – often formulated with skin-irritating or ineffective ingredients, or too little of what your skin truly needs for protection.

At West Michigan Plastic Surgery, we offer only the best sun-care products. Obagi’s Sun Shield line is proven to provide patients of all skin types with daily sun protection to help prevent early signs of aging. Obagi Sun Shield products come in strengths from SPF 30 and up, and have been recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for both active purposes and daily use.

Whether you’re hitting the lake, heading out of town for vacation, or even just walking about town, make sure to lather on a good sunscreen like Obagi to keep your skin healthy and wrinkle-free.

Find out about current specials on Obagi products at West Michigan Plastic Surgery.

Completely Rejuvenate Your Skin with Halo® and BBL™ Non-Surgical Treatments

There comes a point when our skin begins to show the cumulative effects of past years. All the dry winters and long sunny days begin showing their marks on the skin in the form of sunspots, poor texture, fine lines and wrinkles, and skin laxity or looseness. With non-surgical treatments like Halo and BBL (BroadBand Light), we can effectively fade these signs of aging for younger-looking skin without having to make any incisions.

Halo is a dual hybrid fractional laser used to restore the skin’s naturally youthful glow. Dr. Holley’s team can personalize the strength of your Halo treatment based on your skin condition and specific goals. Whether you’re wanting a lighter treatment to brighten up for a weekend getaway, or a deep-rejuvenation to show off your best skin at an upcoming wedding, Halo’s dual-wavelength technology helps to provide optimal results with less downtime.

BBL (or BroadBand Light™) is a light-based treatment that achieves numerous benefits for the skin. Dr. Holley recommends BBL treatments for those looking to address common skin concerns, such as age spots, freckles, redness or visible veins, and sun damage. BBL treatments can also be used to reduce unwanted hair and even tighten loose areas of skin to get you ready for your next spring vacation.

Schedule Your Next Spring Treatment Today

Feel radiant and confident this spring with these exciting non-surgical treatments at West Michigan Plastic Surgery. Call 269-222-1611 to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Scott Holley. We serve patients in Portage, Battle Creek, and nearby areas of Michigan.

Start Thinking About Your Summer Body

Woman's flat, toned torso, wrapped in a flowing white sheetIt’s almost spring, and while the weather is still pretty chilly, it’s slowly starting to warm up. You still have some time before swimsuit season, so if you’ve been struggling to lose those last few inches, let us help. Dr. Scott Holley offers both surgical and non-surgical body contouring options to help you sculpt your summer body.

If you’re interested in learning more about body contouring and whether you’re a candidate, call Dr. Holley today at 269-222-1611 to schedule your initial consultation.

Surgical Body Contouring Options

When it comes to body contouring surgery, there are two main options: liposuction and tummy tuck. Liposuction is a great procedure for men and women who have good skin and muscle tone, and just want to lose a few areas of stubborn fat that have resisted diet and exercise.

Tummy tuck, on the other hand, is a much more comprehensive procedure that can treat:

  • Significant excess fat in the stomach area
  • Sagging abdominal skin, such as after pregnancy or massive weight loss
  • Loose abdominal muscles from pregnancy or inactivity

Both liposuction and tummy tuck can achieve dramatic results in the right candidate. The best way to learn which procedure is right for you is to visit Dr. Holley for an in-person consultation.

Non-Surgical Body Contouring

Dr. Holley offers CoolSculpting as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. CoolSculpting uses a process called cryolipolisis to freeze your fat cells away. It is FDA approved, and has been proven effective in clinical trials. CoolSculpting is the most popular non-surgical body contouring option.

CoolSculpting has the advantage of requiring no recovery time at all. If you wanted to have the procedure done over your lunch break, you could return to work directly afterwards. Other advantages of CoolSculpting include:

  • No anesthesia required
  • No incisions
  • No need for any painkillers
  • Can be more affordable, depending on how many treatments you need

If you have minor areas of excess fat on the stomach, back, thighs, flanks, or upper arms, you may be a good candidate for CoolSculpting. However, keep in mind that CoolSculpting often requires multiple sessions for maximum fat loss, and results are typically not as dramatic as with liposuction.

Dr. Holley can help you decide whether CoolSculpting or liposuction is a better option for you. Generally, if you have larger areas of fat that you want to reduce, liposuction will be better. Liposuction can treat multiple areas at once, and only requires a one-time procedure for dramatic results.

CoolSculpting, meanwhile, can require 3 to 6 sessions per area for best results. Many people find that it’s worth it, whether because they can’t take time off of work for recovery or simply because they don’t want to undergo a surgical procedure.

Schedule Your Body Contouring Consultation Today

If you’re ready to get a head start on your summer body, don’t hesitate to schedule your consultation with Dr. Scott Holley at West Michigan Plastic Surgery by calling 269-222-1611. We serve patients in Portage, Battle Creek, and nearby areas of Michigan.

Liposuction vs CoolSculpting: Which Is Right for Me?

Liposuction and CoolSculpting are both safe and effective ways to lose a few Slim woman wrapping measuring tape around torso after liposuctioninches of fat in stubborn areas that don’t respond to diet or exercise. Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, while CoolSculpting is non-surgical.  In order to determine which procedure is right for you, you will need to take into consideration a number of factors, including your goals, tolerance for recovery,  budget, and personal preference.

The best way to find out which procedure would be right for you is to visit Dr. Scott Holley at West Michigan Plastic Surgery.  Call 269-222-1611 today to schedule your initial consultation.

Pros and Cons of Liposuction and CoolSculpting

Liposuction has many benefits, including that it can reduce a greater amount of fat in one session than CoolSculpting can. If you are looking for dramatic results that show up more quickly, liposuction is probably what you want. Liposuction is also better for people with larger amounts of fat to get rid of.

The drawback to liposuction is that since it is a surgical procedure, you will need to spend some time recovering. Many patients are able to get back to work after just a long weekend, but it can take up to 3 months for all of the swelling to resolve.

CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is a non-surgical procedure with zero downtime. You can have a CoolSculpting treatment done over your lunch break and go immediately back to work and your normal activities. However, CoolSculpting often requires 4 or more sessions to see full results, and it is not as effective for getting rid of larger areas of stubborn fat.

Liposuction and CoolSculpting Candidates

You may be a good candidate for liposuction if:

  • You have multiple areas of stubborn fat that you want to get rid of all at once
  • You are looking for dramatic results
  • You are okay with taking a few days off of work as needed
  • You have realistic expectations

You may be a good candidate for CoolSculpting if:

  • You have smaller areas of stubborn fat that you want to lose
  • You understand that it may take more than one session to achieve ideal results
  • You do not want to undergo surgery
  • You are okay with results that appear slowly over time
  • You have realistic expectations

People often think that CoolSculpting is less expensive than liposuction, and this is true initially. However, depending on how many areas you need done and how many sessions you need to meet your goals, CoolSculpting could end up costing just as much as liposuction.

It’s better to choose your procedure based on which one makes more sense for you, rather than trying to choose the less expensive option. If you are unsure about paying the full cost of liposuction or CoolSculpting upfront, we offer financing plans to help you fit body sculpting into your budget.

Schedule Your Body Contouring Consultation Today

If you are interested in liposuction, CoolSculpting, or another body contouring procedure, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Scott Holley today at 269-222-1611 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Portage and Battle Creek, MI.

Say Goodbye to Sun-Damaged Skin with Halo!

Now that summer is over, the days are starting to get shorter and cooler. But the effects that the summer sun had on your skin may still last into the fall months and beyond. All that exposure can really have a negative impact on your exterior, causing many of the unwanted flaws and blemishes you may be experiencing. Fortunately, non-invasive treatments with Halo™ can wipe out those unfortunate reminders of happy times spent enjoying the nice weather to restore healthy, glowing skin. (more…)

Microneedling with the SkinPen®: Your Questions Answered

Here at
West Michigan Plastic Surgery, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about the best way to rejuvenate and revitalize aging skin. While we are proud to offer a number of safe and effective dermal treatments, the truth is, dull and damaged skin is no match for microneedling with SkinPen. Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling can reverse the flaws and blemishes brought about by the sun and aging to give you skin that shines.

How Does SkinPen Work?

SkinPen is microneedling at its finest. It works by causing countless micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s own natural healing process. The device’s tiny needles are extremely fine and short, which enables them to only penetrate the uppermost layer of the skin.

During treatment, the handpiece is glided over the selected area, easily removing dead skin cells and debris without causing any damage. This action activates growth factors which allow for the creation of new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid—all important elements to youthful, healthy-looking skin. For an added benefit, you’ll also notice that your topical skincare products will go on more uniformly and be more effective following your microneedling procedure.

Is SkinPen Right for Me?

Dr. Holley typically recommends SkinPen for women and men of any skin type—fair to dark. This therapeutic procedure is a great option for anyone who would rather avoid lasers or other MedSpa treatments. Your session will be personalized to suit your unique skin conditions, concerns, and goals to address a wide range of issues, such as: 

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Enlarged pores
  • Hyperpigmentation and sun spots
  • Acne scars
  • Dull, rough, or uneven tone and texture
  • Lax skin
  • Stretch marks

What’s SkinPen Procedure Like?

Treatments with SkinPen are relatively quick and painless. Sessions typically last about an hour, and there’s very little downtime once you’re finished. To begin, a topical anesthetic cream will be applied to ensure your utmost comfort. After the skin is prepped, the targeted area is coated with a gliding gel and the SkinPen is carefully moved over the skin. The sterile, disposable microneedle cartridge on the tip of SkinPen, set to the chosen settings, makes thousands of microscopic injuries that encourage cellular regeneration and repair.

What Happens After My SkinPen Session?

Dr. Holley will give you specific instructions for all of your post-procedure needs. While each patient experiences treatments with SkinPen in their own way, most patients will see some redness, swelling, and bleeding once the microneedling session is done. These symptoms are completely normal and they usually fade fairly quickly. You’ll be able to apply makeup within 48 hours. Make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your newly revealed healthy skin. 

Revitalize Dull and Damaged Skin with Microneedling in Western Michigan

If you would like to learn more about this remarkable skin-revitalizer and you’re in the Portage, Kalamazoo, or Battle Creek areas, please contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.

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