Our Patients. Their Stores. Featuring Stacey
Life has different stages, different needs, and different stories.
“Dr. Wells not only gave me my face back, he gave me my life back”.
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Our Patients. Their Stories. Featuring Rachel
Life has different stages, different needs, and different stories.
“When someone tells me I’m beautiful, I really feel it”.
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Choosing a Plastic Surgeon: Doing Your Homework
We all know that choosing a plastic surgeon is more than surfing the Internet until you find some pictures you like. Doing a little homework to make sure you know the questions to ask to qualify your doctor is key. Choosing a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon like Dr. Henry Wells is your best choice.
About Website Photographs
Pictures are important and we have a lot of them on our website, where all of our photos are of our surgeries and even the models have been our patients. Be aware that on some plastic surgery websites that pictures are sometimes stock photos or may even be copied from another surgeon’s website.
Choose Only a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
The one thing to make your search easier is to look for a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. There are a number of self-proclaimed cosmetic surgery boards and societies that require very little training or qualifications beyond a license to practice medicine. If they are simply ‘board certified’ don’t assume its in plastic surgery. The American Board of Medical Specialties governs certification requirements not only for Plastic Surgery but many other specialties such as Radiology Dermatology, and General Surgery. There are other board certified specialties, such as ENT, Dermatology and Ophthalmology that perform cosmetic procedures within their area of specialty.
Have More Than One Consultation
It is also wise to have a consultation with more than one plastic surgeon. Face to face interaction with your surgeon and his staff helps you determine your comfort and confidence level. You are entrusting them not only with your appearance, but also with your safety and well-being. Cosmetic surgery may well establish a life-long relationship with a practice that can help guide you through life’s stages. While you may not be thinking that long term, comprehensive practices provide services such as lasers, skin care, facial and even makeup counseling that can enhance your surgical results as well as reduce the effects of aging and the environment.
While many surgeons have their own surgical suites, it is important to know if your surgeon has hospital privileges to perform your surgery. This assures that their skills have been reviewed and approved by their peers to perform surgery in their facility.
Experience is a Must
Experience is essential when choosing a plastic surgeon. You many not want a surgeon that does hundreds of assembly line breast augmentations, but you do want someone with a good reputation and a proven history of good results and happy patients. Be sure to ask your friends who have had plastic surgery about their experiences.
Go With Your Gut
It ultimately comes down to the doctor/patient relationship and how comfortable you are going forward. Were you well informed? Were all your questions answered? Did the surgeon himself (or her) take time to listen to your concerns and clearly understand them? Because when it comes down to it, it is all about the understanding between you and the surgeon when you are in that operating room together.
Dr. Henry Wells of Wells Plastic Surgery and Skin Care is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and of the prestigious American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
When a Tummy Tuck is Not Enough
While the tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is our most frequent abdominal procedure, there are times when it is not appropriate. After extreme weight loss, some patients have excess skin that extends to the back so we usually recommend a lower body lift. This procedure will not only tighten the abdomen but will also lift the lateral thigh and buttocks.
Patients who benefit from this have usually lost more than 100 pounds and have often had bariatric surgery for weight loss. These patients often initially say that they only want to fix their tummy. However, if the excess skin at the back and sides is not addressed, a nice flat tummy will actually make the flanks and back appear even larger. In my practice, the massive weight loss patient will start with the lower body lift. The next step is usually a breast lift and arm lift, followed by a thigh lift. Staging the procedures allows an opportunity to do any revisions that might be needed during the subsequent stage.
The remaining extra skin following massive weight loss is a complex problem and should be addressed with a plan tailored to each individual patient’s needs. Losing weight from surgery or diet and exercise is a huge benefit to the health of these patients. Unfortunately, the aesthetic outcome may not be as great. Removal of excess skin and restoration of a more normal contour can complete the transformation, restore self-esteem and improve their quality of life.
Dr. Henry G. Wells at Wells Plastic Surgery and Skin Care was one of the first plastic surgeons in the Lexington, Louisville and Eastern Kentucky area to perform the lower body lift, and is one of the few who regularly perform it today.
Mommy Makeover by Dr. Wells
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The mommy makeover can get rid of the excess skin caused by stretching of the abdominal muscles and the extra weight from bearing children. It can also lift the breasts into their natural position with a breast lift. For some this may require augmentation while others may wish to undergo a breast reduction. Plastic surgeon Dr. Henry Wells will offer suggestions as well as realistic expectations on what can be achieved from undergoing the procedures.
Facial Rejuvenation for Men – A Means of Staying Competitive in the Workplace
Today over 90% of plastic surgery patients are women. But that number is steadily decreasing as men are realizing the important benefits both personally and financially of facial rejuvenation. They are seeing that this can help them looking young and vital. In business the old adage of ‘image is everything’ applies when you are working with younger and more tech savvy competition.
The larger number of female patients is understandable since they have to deal with the after effects of child bearing. However, we all get older while younger, recently educated people are constantly entering the workplace. It is not at all unreasonable to consider cosmetic surgery as a means of staying competitive.
Most men fear that surgery will make them look too different. Because of this men sometimes opt for minimal procedures thinking the results will be less drastic. Liposuction can make the neck look better in younger patients, but it can’t correct the loose skin of older patients. A smaller procedure can even have a negative impact in your appearance when a more dramatic procedure is actually the appropriate course of action.
What are the most popular cosmetic surgery options for men? Rhinoplasty is one of the most common procedures and chin implants are becoming very popular for men. Upper eyelid surgery is also very popular with men but if overdone can make the eye round and thus more feminine. The same applies to a brow-lift, which makes women look youthful, but a lower brow is a very masculine characteristics, so lifting it should be approached with caution. Robert Redford and Clint Eastwood in their prime were excellent examples of very masculine eyes. On the other hand, lower eyelid surgery can make men look rested and more youthful without altering the shape of their eyes.
Face-lifts and neck-lifts sound like a lot of surgery, but the effect can make you look younger without drastically changing your appearance, with many patients returning to work in a week. It’s almost like coming back from a week long vacation looking relaxed and refreshed.
Cosmetic surgery can be considered an investment in yourself, and when chosen appropriately and performed with an eye for subtlety, can make you look younger, fresher and more competitive compared to your younger, less experienced colleagues.
Wells Plastic Surgery and Skin Care can schedule a consultation to discuss your rejuvenation options personally with Dr. Wells. The $100 consult fee is applied directly to your procedure costs. Non-surgical procedures could be your ‘jumping off’ place, like Botox, IPL or Rejuvapen treatments.
The Big Trend in Breast Augmentations – Smaller Implants Making a Big Comeback
Over the years I have seen a significant change in the size of breast implants that my patients request for their breast augmentation surgery. In the early ‘90’s it was unusual to use breast implants over 350cc, and then it trended to a larger implant size, from an average of 250-300 cc to 350-400 cc. Because trends are trends, and they tend to swing back and forth, we now see a lot of women requesting B-cup or small C-cup size implants.
Patients frequently have jobs that are physically demanding and more women participate in sports and fitness programs than ever before. Lifestyle is an important factor in a woman’s decision to have cosmetic surgery. Today more women seek breast augmentation to balance their figure, not to dominate their appearance.
They may have lost volume from having children and want to restore their breast shape and size. They may want to get rid of their padded bras without a significant change in their appearance in clothes and in the workplace. Many women feel that large breasts interfere with an active lifestyle and would prefer smaller implants for a more fit, athletic look.
Today’s patients are well informed and understand that a large implant may not address all of their concerns. Shape and nipple position are at least as important to the aesthetic appearance of the breast. Today we see more patients seeking a breast lift as well as augmentation to achieve a more attractive breast. To achieve a better overall appearance we can do a Mommy Makeover, which adds a tummy tuck to address abdominal laxity associated with pregnancy.
There are still women who want their breasts to be a major feature of their appearance. However, a woman who exercises regularly and maintains her fitness and health is not just interested in the size of her breasts. She wants everything to look good and in harmony with the rest of her body, as well as her lifestyle. Our practice goal is to recognize our patient’s lifestyle and needs, to provide choices, and help guide them through life’s changes to help them be their best.
Wells Plastic Surgery and Skin Care offers our breast augmentation patients even more. To enhance your new look and make you feel even more special, every breast patient receives $525 (50 units) of complementary Botox. Gel implant patients get an additional $525 (50 units) of Buddy Botox for a friend.
Breast Lift – Frequently Asked Questions
Learn about the most common breast lift questions answered by our Lexington, KY plastic surgeon, Dr. Henry Wells.
1. Breast lift vs. breast augmentation: How to tell which is needed?
If the nipple is at or below the fold at the bottom of the breast, a lift is usually needed. If the nipple is above the fold an implant will usually be enough.
2. Can breast lift with implants provide symmetrical breasts?
Breast implants with a lift is an excellent choice to improve breast symmetry. Breast implants alone only change the volume of asymmetrical breasts, so to make them look symmetrical they also may need the nipple lifted and the skin reduced.
3. What kind of breast lift leaves minimal scars?
The scars of all types of breast lifts are usually very good. Each type of lift is chosen because it gives the best result for a particular problem. We always try to achieve the best result with the smallest incisions possible. The circumareolar mastopexy can lift the nipple with a circular scar around the areola. This lift is limited and can make the breast appear flat if too much skin is removed. The next step up is a vertical mastopexy and the most skin can be removed with the inverted T mastopexy. The different incisions are not interchangeable and the appropriate procedure is recommended after examining the patient
4. Can breast lift and breast augmentation procedures be performed on the same surgery?
I frequently do these procedures at the same time and they are often combined with a tummy tuck for a “mommy makeover”, for less stress for the patient and only one recovery period.
5. Is it possible to breastfeed after breast lift surgery?
It is possible but a few patients are unable to do so.
6. Should I wait until after pregnancy to get a breast lift?
Most breast lifts are done on women who have had children and nursed them. However, we also do breast lifts for weight loss, tubular breasts, and sagging for other reasons. If you have a breast lift before pregnancy, it is possible that your breasts will sag again after you have and nurse your children.
7. What questions should I ask my doctor before a breast lift?
- Explain your concerns and ask what procedure he recommends and why.
- What is the recovery time and what limitations will you have during that time?
- What are the risks and how often do they need revision?
- Ask how many of these procedures has he done and ask to see pictures of his actual patients.
- Is he a board certified plastic surgeon?
8. What is the recovery time from a breast lift surgery?
After a week, most patients can resume normal activities with restrictions. We limit lifting and strenuous exercise for 3 weeks. Many patients return to work after 1-2 weeks. With more extensive procedures patients may be off work from 2-3 weeks
9. What is the difference between a crescent breast lift and a vertical lift?
A crescent procedure is a lift with the incision along the upper edge of the areola. I don’t do it because the scars are often conspicuous and it doesn’t provide much lift. For minor lifts I do the circular incision. If I need to remove more skin, I remove a vertical wedge making it a vertical mastopexy.
10. Can I combine breast lift and areola reduction in one surgery?
With most lifts we usually reduce the size of the areola.
11. Will a breast lift without implants make breasts look smaller or larger?
They usually look smaller.
Breast Augmentation – Frequently Asked Questions
1. Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation: How to tell which is needed?
For women seeking a breast augmentation, I usually recommend a breast lift when the nipple is at or below the fold at the bottom of the breast. If the nipple is above the fold, but there is significant tissue below the fold, I might recommend a lift to avoid using a very large implant.
2. How to choose the right breast implant size?
There are many formulas based on various parameters, but for me, the most important considerations are the patient’s expectations. Are her goals reasonable and safe? We then choose an implant based on her height, weight, chest size and existing breast size. Most of our patients choose implants that will give them a C-cup or slightly larger. We do have patients whose lifestyle would make a B-cup more appropriate. Others may feel a D-cup would best meet their goals. We try to give our patients options so they can choose what is appropriate for them.
3. Do breast implants lift slightly sagging breasts?
Implants make the breasts fuller and give the illusion of raising the nipple by adding volume below the nipple. Many patients appear to sag after losing volume even though the nipple is well positioned. These patients may look lifted after a having only a breast augmentation.
4. Can I have breast implants under local anesthesia?
Some surgeons will do breast augmentations under local anesthesia, frequently in office operating facilities. For maximum patient safety and comfort, I prefer to have the patient asleep and perform all of my breast augmentations in a hospital based outpatient surgery center.
5. Can I have breast implants if I’m planning on having kids in the future?
Many women have breast implants before having children. However, it is important to be aware that pregnancy and nursing can have a profound effect on the shape and size of the breast. If you are planning to have children in the near future, it would be best to wait until after to have breast augmentation
6. Can I breast feed if I have breast implants?
Most women can breast feed after breast implants. However, there is a possibility that they may not be able to do so.
7. What is the best shape of implants to achieve more natural looking results?
Most plastic surgeons usually use smooth round implants. For most women a moderate profile implant will give the best shape. High profile implants are best for patients who want large implants without making their breasts too wide, and low profile implants may be used for patients who desire only a small increase in volume. Anatomically shaped implants are all textured and do not move. They are very useful for breast reconstruction, but I rarely use them for breast augmentation.
8. Do silicone implants harden over time?
The implants themselves don’t harden, but the tissue around the implant can thicken and contract making them feel hard. This is known as capsular contracture and frequently can be treated without additional surgery.
9. Do breast implants need to be replaced overtime?
Implants can degrade over time and possibly leak. Saline implants simply deflate, and many women simply wait until that happens before replacing them. Silicone implants can leak and remain asymptomatic indefinitely. The FDA recommends periodic MRI exams for women with silicone implants. Unfortunately, the results may not be conclusive. A better option would be to replace them every 10-15 years. New implants will also provide the patient with a new warranty.
10. How long is the downtime for breast augmentation surgery?
Most women can return to work with some restrictions after a week. I ask my patients to avoid lifting over 25 pounds and avoid strenuous activity for 3 weeks.
11. Silicone vs. Saline: Which breast implant is safer?
I think they are both safe. The silicone gel implant is arguably the most widely studied medical device in the history of medicine. Silicone gel implants have a higher rate of patient satisfaction, because they have less rippling and feel more natural than saline implants. They appear to be more durable and need fewer revisions. This means less surgery, and less risk.
12. What are the risks of breast implant?
There are risks that are associated with any surgical procedure, such as bleeding, scarring, wound healing problems, infection, and complications from anesthesia. Risks unique to breast augmentation can be scarring that makes the implants hard, asymmetry, contour irregularity, poor positioning of implants, loss of sensation, inability to nurse, failure to achieve desired result and possible need for future revisions. This is not conclusive and patients may have unique concerns that should be addressed as well. For your safety and satisfaction it is important to find the right surgeon. Someone who will listen to you and help you achieve your goals.
For help finding board certified plastic surgeons, contact the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
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Value and Price
I am certainly no economist, but I do know that the lowest price is not necessarily the best value. In our office we have people call every day and ask how much a service costs without scheduling an appointment. They are shopping for the lowest price for Botox, laser hair removal, or even surgery. Finding the lowest price may save money in the short run but if the results don’t justify the cost it is not a good value. Patients may ask about cost but the most important considerations are: Is it safe and is it effective.
To answer those questions, you need to ask people who have had cosmetic surgery or skin care about their experience. How were they treated? Did they have any problems and if so how were they handled. Were they happy with their result and did it meet their expectations. Did they feel that it was a good value?
A good place to start is The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. For cosmetic surgery also contact The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. For skin care the Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists. By searching these sites for board certified plastic surgeons or licensed aestheticians, you can rest assured your body will be in good hands. You don’t need to travel to New York or LA to have a great result. They can help you find a qualified plastic surgeon in your area who will be readily available to answer your questions and meet your needs.
If you would like to contact us, use the contact section of our home page or just call us at 859-255-6649. We would love to hear from you. You will find that we are a great value.