February 26th, 2014
Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger understands how important a toned upper body is for men. One of the most common procedures he performs for men is a male breast reduction, which is used to treat a condition called gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia, which gives the appearance that a man has breasts, is embarrassing and can prevent you from taking your shirt off in public. People often associate this condition with obesity, but the truth is even men who are at or near their ideal bodyweight can suffer from gynecomastia.
Non-weight-related causes include:
- Hormone imbalances
- Thyroid and glandular disorders
- Steroids and other similar medications
Fortunately, Dr. Bottger can help. Male breast reduction is a simple procedure, usually requiring a fairly standard liposuction treatment to remove excess fat cells. If your gynecomastia is caused by a glandular issue, surgery may be required to remove some glandular tissue.
Dr. Bottger is happy to speak to you in person about gynecomastia and your treatment options during a consultation.
If you are considering male breast reduction to treat gynecomastia, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.
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February 22nd, 2014
There is a misconception among patients that any doctor who is certified in a medical field is qualified to perform plastic surgery. This is not only false, it is also a dangerous misconception to make. Plastic surgery is an incredibly complex and delicate process. General surgeons must go through years of rigorous training before they can become board-certified in plastic surgery.
Unfortunately, many unqualified medical professionals advertise plastic surgery procedures to patients at a “bargain” or discount price. While you may pay less at the outset by choosing one of these providers, you will most likely end up paying more in the long run, since you will have to seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon to repair any unsatisfactory results.
Safety is another reason why you should beware of discount plastic surgery providers. Like any other type of medical procedure, plastic surgery involves risks and potential complications. These risks can be anticipated, avoided, and managed by an experienced plastic surgeon – but an unqualified surgeon can compromise your safety and results without even knowing it.
In the end, the question of affordability should never push you to trust your body and appearance to anyone less than an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.
Dr. David Bottger is a double board certified plastic surgeon serving patients in the Philadelphia area. He has board certification in both general surgery and plastic surgery, ensuring he has the training and experience necessary to deliver the beautiful, natural looking results you deserve in the safest possible manner.
If you are looking for a Philadelphia plastic surgeon you can trust, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your initial consultation.
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February 14th, 2014
Serious complications after breast augmentation are rare. You can expect moderate swelling and bruising during the immediate aftermath of your surgery, but these effects should fade over time. If your swelling seems to worsen and cause increased pain, this may be a sign of a more significant complication called a hematoma.
Usually, hematoma after breast augmentation involves the following symptoms:
- Significant bruising (black and blue discoloration under the skin)
- Progressively worse pain
- Expanding breast size
- Significant asymmetry (uneven breasts)
A hematoma is a swelling of clotted blood within your breast tissue. If you are experiencing the symptoms above, you should inform Dr. Bottger right away, since a drainage procedure may be necessary to alleviate the problem. Dr. Bottger will follow up with you after your breast augmentation to ensure that you are healing normally, and that any complications are addressed as soon as possible.
If you have additional questions about breast augmentation complications, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule an initial consultation. We serve patients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.
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February 6th, 2014
When looking for a Philadelphia plastic surgeon, you should attend your initial appointment with a list of questions. First and foremost, you should select a plastic surgeon who specializes in the type of procedure you are seeking. Additionally, you should choose a plastic surgeon who is board certified.
Your initial consultation is a great opportunity for you to get a better understanding of your prospective plastic surgeons background, philosophy, and abilities. Don’t be afraid to ask difficult questions. Consider the following:
- Where will my procedure take place? In your office or in a hospital?
- Where did you receive your training for plastic surgery?
- How much do you charge for the procedure I want?
- How many surgeries or procedures will I need to undergo to accomplish my goals?
- Do you have before and after pictures of previous patients who elected for the same plastic surgery procedure that I want?
- What will my recovery be like?
These questions are meant as a guide just to get you started. Additional questions should certainly be asked. Also, you should consider the surgeon’s overall demeanor and bed-side manner during your consultation. Does he or she seem like the type of person you want as your surgeon? During your meeting, make sure the surgeon spends ample time with you and encourages you to ask questions. If you feel as though the surgeon is rushing you or making you feel uncomfortable, keep searching until you find someone you trust.
Please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your initial plastic surgery consultation. Dr. Bottger serves patients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.
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January 22nd, 2014
Dr. David Bottger utilizes a few different types of injectible fillers in order to eliminate wrinkes and fine lines on his patients’faces. One of the most popular is BOTOX® Cosmetic. Considered a non-sugical procedure, BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into problem areas via tiny needles. Our Atlanta BOTOX® Cosmetic patients are pleased by the results of this procedure and they frequently opt for additonal injections every few months.
Common areas that can be treated by BOTOX® Cosmetic include:
- Laugh lines and frown lines t near the mouth
- Crows fees near the eyes
- Wrinkles between the eyes
- Wrinkles, creases, and grooves on the forehead
Dr. Bottger offers BOTOX® Cosmetic injections to both men and women. The results of BOTOX® Cosmetic are not permanent, but they usually last several months. Therefore, if you have a facial area that you think might benefit from this procedure, you can try it without committing to anything permanent. If you love the results (and we believe you will), you can maintain your new look with repeated BOTOX® Cosmetic injections as often as they are needed.
If you have areas on your face that you would like to improve with the help of BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, please contact Dr. David Bottger today by to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.
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January 6th, 2014
You eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly. Yet in spite of your diligent health and fitness regimens, you find that there are still stubborn pockets of fat that will just not go away. This is a very common phenomenon that affects the vast majority of people. Fortunately, liposuction can help you put the finishing touches on your diet and exercise program so that you achieve the toned, fit body you desire.
Liposuction is a versatile procedure that can be used to remove targeted pockets of fat in many different parts of your body. Some of the most common areas treated by liposuction include:
During your initial consultation at our Philadelphia plastic surgery office, Dr. David Bottger will listen carefully to your goals in order to recommend the appropriate liposuction treatment plan for your unique needs. In some instances, he may recommend liposuction to treat more than one region of your body.
It is important to remember that liposuction is not a tool for weight loss. It is a body contouring procedure intended to provide the necessary sculpting to help you show off the results you have earned from your fitness regimen. If you are currently overweight, Dr. Bottger will recommend that you lose any excess weight before moving forward with liposuction.
To find out if you are a good candidate for liposuction, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Bottger serves patients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.
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December 30th, 2013
A mini tummy tuck may be right for you if you have a small amount of fat or tissue below your navel that keeps you from having the slim, toned appearance that you want. Unlike a full tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck will only smooth and tighten skin below your navel instead of your entire abdomen.
During a mini tummy tuck, Dr. Bottger will make a small incision above your pubic region to remove loose skin. Depending on your body’s needs, he may also perform liposuction to remove excess fat. Your belly button is usually not repositioned in a mini tummy tuck.
The mini tummy tuck is not right for everyone. You should consult with Dr. Bottger to understand the difference between the mini and the full tummy tuck and decide which procedure will give you the results you are looking for.
Dr. Bottger often recommends the full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) for patients because the results are far superior to the mini tummy tuck procedure. However, each patient is different, and Dr. Bottger will listen to your goals and concerns before recommending the right treatment for you.
If you are ready to find out how a mini tummy tuck can enhance your figure, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your plastic surgery consultation. We serve patients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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December 23rd, 2013
Your liposuction recovery will vary based on a variety of factors, including the location of the treatment region and the amount of fat removed. However, there are common aspects of the recovery period experienced by all liposuction patients.
You should expect to experience some minor bruising and swelling after liposuction, but this will subside over the first 2-3 weeks of your recovery. You will need to get plenty of rest right after surgery, but Dr. Bottger encourages you to begin moving around as soon as you feel up to it. This will stimulate blood flow, facilitating the healing process.
You should be able to return to a light work schedule after about a week, but you should refrain from strenuous activity until Dr. Bottger allows you to resume.
A compression garment will need to be worn for 2-3 weeks. Also, avoid showering for the first two days of recovery.
Once your compression garment is removed, you will start noticing some results. However it may take as long as 3 months for your final liposuction results to become apparent.
Dr. Bottger encourages you to ask any questions you may have during your liposuction recovery period. The more closely you follow his aftercare instructions, the smoother the healing process will be.
If you are interested in liposuction, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.
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December 18th, 2013
The holiday season is here, and if you are looking for some last minute gift ideas, you may want to speak to Dr. David Bottger about a BOTOX® Cosmetic gift certificate for your loved one. According to a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), BOTOX® Cosmetic gift certificates have become popular gift ideas across the country this year.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a great way to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. The procedure works by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles in the treatment region, preventing them from contracting. These muscle contractions are ultimately responsible for the development of wrinkles.
Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger can administer BOTOX® Cosmetic to reduce the appearance of:
- Forehead wrinkles
- Nasolabial folds
- Crow’s feet
Your results should last approximately 3-4 months. For longer lasting results, you will need to return to our Philadelphia plastic surgery office for a touch up procedure.
BOTOX® Cosmetic can make an excellent gift for your loved one. Talk to Dr. Bottger about BOTOX® Cosmetic gift certificates, as well as gift ideas for other minimally invasive, non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures.
Please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.
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November 29th, 2013
Though breast enhancement might change over time, only human plastic surgeons can provide a full continuum of care before, during and after your procedure. If you’ve undergone breast augmentation and think your implant might have failed, Philadelphia-area plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger can assess your case and help you pursue the right aftercare.
If your breast implant leaks or ruptures, the first thing to consider is your doctor’s qualifications and experience with the problem:
- Specialty: To ensure the best care, you should find a plastic surgeon who has considerable experience with breast surgery
- Board certification: A plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery has demonstrated experience and dedication, earning a medical degree, completing at least five years of general surgery training (including two solely devoted to plastic surgery) and passing a series of exams
- Fellowships: Programs of intensive study and training supplementing a plastic surgeon’s knowledge of specific procedures like breast augmentation could mean even more comprehensive treatment for your breast implant leak
If you believe a breast implant has failed, consult your plastic surgeon as soon as possible. If the leak isn’t visibly apparent, Dr. Bottger might conduct a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test, which creates an image of the soft tissue in the bosom using radio waves.
Should he diagnose your breast implant with a leak, you and Dr. Bottger can discuss next steps, including removal or replacement of the failed implant.
To learn more about breast augmentation and how a board-certified plastic surgeon can help you in the event of a rupture, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Bottger serves patients in the Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, West Chester, and Newtown Square areas of Pennsylvania.
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