Westlake Plastic Surgery Blog

What Is The Keller Funnel And How Is It 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. At our Austin plastic surgery […]

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What Is “Internal Work” During a Rhinoplasty Or Nose Job?

A rhinoplasty at our Austin plastic surgery center generally 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 […]

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Plastic Surgery And Menopause – What You Need To Know

I learned quite a lot during my plastic surgery residency and fellowship. I thought I knew just about everything there was to know regarding my chosen specialty. As I matured I learned that I don’t know everything and that life is about constant learning. My patients have taught me a lot—particularly about an issue I was confronted with daily but frankly didn’t realize its significance. I’m referring to the fact that the majority of my patients are female, and all […]

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Does drinking a lot of water speed up recovery?

Does Drinking A Lot Of Water Speed Up Recovery?

Let’s talk about one of the most common questions I get about recovering after a procedure: does drinking a lot of water speed up recovery? Despite what your friends have told you or what you have learned from the Internet, excessive drinking of fluids after cosmetic surgery will not speed your recovery. In fact, it often leads to delayed recovery and lots of swelling (edema). One real world example I noted recently was with a young mom of two who I […]

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How Poor Posture Relates to Plastic Surgery

How Poor Posture Relates to Plastic Surgery

Many of my patients know how often I discuss posture in my plastic surgery office. Seeing that I am constantly asked to evaluate an individual’s appearance, it’s easy to note the presence of poor posture and shoulder shrugging. Let me tell you a bit about how poor posture relates to plastic surgery. I see three groups of patients who use shoulder shrugging as a “defense mechanism” – something an individual does to protect themselves against something that creates anxiety. Women […]

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Vargas Girl - Breast Enhancement Plastic Surgery Procedures Over Time - Dr. Robert Caridi

The Varga Girls: Pin-Ups Of The 1940s

I was browsing in the bookstore recently, waiting for my daughter to finish her homework when I came across a book on the “Varga Girls,” pin-ups of the 1940’s. Esquire magazine introduced America to these “Glamour Girls” of the 1940’s, all produced from the hand of artist Alberto Vargas. They became the pin-ups of the day, decorating many World War II soldiers’ barracks. Aside from the impressive drawings, what I immediately noted was the unique shape of the women’s breasts. They are all […]

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