What is the Keller funnel and how it is used in breast enhancement?

The Keller funnel is a cone shaped plastic sleeve that is used to facilitate the insertion of silicone breast implants. The incisions for saline implants are quite small (usually about an inch or so) because they are inserted beneath the breast in a deflated state and then filled by the surgeon. Silicone implants, however, are pre-filled so the incision required is considerably larger to ensure that the implant can be inserted without too much trauma. The Keller funnel allows the […]

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What is “Internal Work” During a Rhinoplasty or Nose Job?

Westlake Plastic Surgery nasal work has two basic components. The first is the external or outside of the nose and the second is the internal or inside of the nose. Usually the outside of the nose is manipulated to enhance the general appearance while the internal nose is changed to ensure normal breathing. Often work on both components is necessary for the best outcome. The most common request for the external nose is a hump reduction or tip refinement. Most […]

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What is Gynecomastia Tissue Made Of?

What is the difference between normal chest tissue and gynecomastia chest tissue? It’s important to be aware that the term gynecomastia refers to the appearance of the chest area: it’s not determined by examining the tissue composition of the chest. There is no specific test to diagnose gynecomastia, but simply put, it is the appearance of a female-like chest in a male due to excess tissue. Each case is unique: some men may have obvious breasts while many others may […]

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Lifestyle Lift Shuts Down Many of Its Businesses, Considers Bankruptcy

This is the best news I have heard in years. As you may recall, this scam essentially marketed miraculous results of facial plastic surgery, but without the surgery, anesthesia or wait. It sounded wonderful, and the before and after photos on TV where phenomenal. The problem is that it was simply too good to be true. It’s impossible to achieve those results without surgery, anesthesia and downtime and risk. I have been telling patients for years to avoid this gimmick […]

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What is the Most Common Cause of Puffy Nipples After Gynecomastia Surgery?

The two visual problems with gynecomastia are the exaggerated size and shape of the chest area and the appearance of puffy nipples. The latter problem is perhaps the most embarrassing and humiliating aspect of gynecomastia because the appearance of nipples in men is considered a feminine trait. There are many ways men try to deal with this issue, from shrugging their shoulders, wearing compressive shirts or multiple shirts, to stimulating them to contract or worst of all, using tape to […]

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What are the Best Breast Implants?

Currently, the two types of breast implants available on the American market are the saline and the silicone variety. If you ask breast implant manufactures which implants they sell most, it will be silicone. In my practice, nearly 95 percent of the breast implants that I use are of the silicone variety. Without a doubt, the silicone implants offer a more natural feeling breast. Compared to saline implants, they have fewer potential complications, such as implant palpability or rippling. Ask […]

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What is the difference between a Breast augmentation and reduction (BAR) procedure and a breast augmentation and mastopexy?

Because the future of advanced breast enhancement requires tissue reduction and implant placement, it’s important for an educated patient to completely understand the differences in terminology that the media and plastic surgeons use to describe these alternative breast enhancements. In a mastopexy, or breast lift, the breast is reshaped by tightening the skin of the breast around the existing tissue without tissue removal. Results will almost certainly deteriorate in a short period of time and WILL NOT add fullness to […]

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The benefits of a Mommy Makeover at Westlake Plastic Surgery.

Do you feel sexy? When it comes to women considering plastic surgery after childbearing, no doubt these thoughts are inspired by the changes that occur from pregnancy, which can rob women of their figures and the assets that make them feel attractive. So much depends on having “sex appeal” and a positive body image: from being more confident to helping your sex life and increasing the intimacy between you and your significant other, feeling desirable can even reduce stress and […]

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The Austin Gynecomastia Center and its founder, Dr. Robert Caridi, thank all his patients.

It’s been ten years since the inception of the Austin Gynecomastia Center. I realized many years ago that gynecomastia is a big deal to my patients—yet I was never taught in my plastic surgery residency that there is a profound mental component to this condition. Here I am a decade later with one of the largest gynecomastia practices anywhere. I am so grateful to all my patients who have taught me the true meaning of gynecomastia, and who have opened […]

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Does the Austin Gynecomastia Center treat patients who are from out of town?

We are fortunate to have over half of our patients come from all over the country and overseas because it’s fun meeting new people and learning about them and where they are from. There is no need to travel to Austin for a consultation. We offer a “Virtual Consultation” feature on our website that allows prospective patients to access Dr. Caridi’s firsthand input, for free, using either email communication or a Skype session from the convenience and privacy of your […]

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