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Plastic - Cosmetic Surgery St Louis

cosmetic doctor St. LouisCosmetic Surgery, also known as plastic surgery, is the process of improving your physical appearance through surgery. Cosmetic surgery in St Louis is done for both purely cosmetic and practical reasons and can be used to do anything from fixing a bump in the nose, creating a beauty mark or repairing tissue damaged during surgery. 

Popular cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures in St. Louis


Botox Injection  - Botox involves the injection of the botulinum toxin under the skin in your face. The procedure smooth’s wrinkles, lines and sagging skin around the eyes, nose and under the eyes. Botox injections work when the toxin paralyzes the muscles and nerves in your face so that they remain in a stiff position. If done correctly, a Botox injection can cause you to look years younger. However; Botox injections will reduce facial mobility and decrease your ability to smile, frown, etc. The procedure costs $300-$400 per treatment and involves little to no down time or recovery.  For more information about getting a botox injection contact a St Louis cosmetic surgery professional.  

St. Louis Cosmetic & Plastic Procedures Phone Number  Location
 Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Center  314-743-4000  Central County
 Judith Gurley Plastic Surgery  636-812-4300  West County
 Laser Vein Center  314-488-2586  West County
 The Lifestyle Center  314-863-5556  West County
 Metropolitan Cosmetic Laser Center  314-842-5600  West County
 Nayak Plastic Surgery  314-991-5438  West County
 New Look Vein & Aesthetics  314-300-6096  South County
 Parkcrest Plastic Surgery  314-485-4965  Central County
 Paul Rottler M.D.  314-966-8880  South County
 Renaissance Plastic Surgery  636-896-0600  St. Peters
 Richard Kofkoff M.D.  800-924-9482  Chesterfield
 Ridenour Plastic Surgery
 314-878-8600  Central County
 Shatz Plastic Surgery  618-207-5840  Metro East
 St. Louis Lipo  314-627-0755  West County
 St. Louis Plastic Surgery Consultants  314-739-8884  North County
 West County Plastic Surgeons  314-996-8800  West County 
 William Hart M.D.  314-251-6250  North County

Facelifts  - Facelift is another very popular St Louis cosmetic surgery procedure. As you grow older, the skin on your face will stretch and start to sag and fold. Usually this happens around the eyes and the mouth. A facelift pulls the skin up and ‘tightens’ it in order to remove wrinkles and sagging skin. Facelifts start at about $5,000 and can go much higher depending on your location. Facelifts also involve bruising, swelling and some loss of sensation in the face.

Nose Jobs: Nosecorrection surgery, commonly known as a nose job, is a very common plastic surgery procedure in St Louis. The procedure involves the removal of the skin on your nose and the reshaping of the bone and cartilage beneath. Nose jobs are very effective and can drastically change the appearance of your face. However; they can also involve a great deal of bruising and swelling. You should expect to have pain and swelling from your nose for 2-4 weeks after the procedure and you can expect to spend a minimum of $4,000.

Breast Implants:Breast implants involve the implantation of a saline filled sack into your breasts. The procedure is very effective at making your breasts appear larger and with newer methods of implantation, many breast implants look and feel real. Costs tend to be around $4,000, however; this can vary by location. You can expect to remain in bed for 1-2 days and to experience pain and swelling for 1-4 weeks.


Blepharoplasty: This is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in St Louis currently available. Blepharoplasty involves reshaping the eyelids to remove loose skin and wrinkles. The procedure is usually done to improve the look of the face without removing fine lines from around the eyes. Blepharoplasty can cost $2,000-$4,000 and will involve a minimum of 2 days recovery as your eyesight can be somewhat blurry after the operation.  

Lipoplasty: Lipoplasty or liposuction is probably the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in in St Louis, as well as the world. Lipoplasty involves the removal of ‘problem area’s’ of fat and from the body. It requires a small incision to be cut into the skin near where you would like fat to be removed (usually belly, waist and back) and then the fat is simply vacuumed out. Lipoplasty starts at around $2,000 and up and will involve a minimum of a few days in recovery.

 Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Resources

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Different Types of Lipo Procedures in St. Louis

Trying to choose the right kind of liposuction for you is a confusing kind of like buying a house without having a realtor. Every doctor thinks their way is the best . They can't all be right! To make the right choice you need some basic information so you can ask the right questions.

The original liposuction procedure (invented by a gynecologist) called traditional liposuction requires general anesthesia. After you are asleep, a large tube is inserted into your fat and the fat is sucked out. The recovery was long, painful and involved lots of bruising. Not a great choice.

About 30 years ago a dermatologist figured out how to do it without general anesthesia. He injected saline and local anesthetic and anti bruising medication[ epinephrine ]  into your fat and then sucked it out with smaller tubes [cannulae]. This is called tumescent liposuction. No general anesthesia is used, there is less bruising, less pain, and a shorter recovery. This has been single most important improvement to liposuction. It made the surgery safer, gentler and with less down time.

About 15 years ago doctors started using an ultrasound probe to inject energy and heat into the fat after the tumescent anesthesia. The idea was to melt the fat before sucking it out so smaller tubes could be used. It worked pretty well and there was improved skin tightening. This technique, called Vaser Liposuction is still used today. It's biggest problem (that nobody wants to admit) is that the fat got so hot it was causing both internal and external burns. There have been improvements, but burns are still a risk.  


About 8 years ago doctors tried using a laser to heat the fat tissue. The idea was that the laser help melt the fat and make easier to remove. The most popular version of this technique is called SmartLipo. The problem was that smart lipo laser is not as specific or smart as we hoped. It heats up everything, fat, skin, muscle, nerves, blood vessels, etc. It is very popular today, but mostly because of excellent marketing. Not a bad choice, probably safer than Vaser, probably not as effective as Vaser and probably not quite as safe as tumescent liposuction.

In the liposuction industry, lasers that are used for liposuction all have different wavelengths and all have different names : Cool lipo , Pro Lipo, Slim Lipo , and so on. There have not been any randomized trials comparing these lasers or for that matter trials comparing them to tumescent liposuction. They probably help with fat removal and they may add a bit of risk of injury from the laser. None of the lasers have been shown to be any better than the other. Now for some inside information. The laser its wavelength and it name are not really that important. The most important part is the experience and skill of the surgeon. 

There is one more option that you need to know about. It's called PAL or Power Assisted Liposuction. It's not a laser at all. It is a device that jiggles the suction tube back and forth a very tiny amount at extremely high speeds. This device helps make the suction process as smooth as possible. The high speed vibration can remove the tiny irregularities that are missed by the laser. This reduces the chances of having any lumps when you are finished.

Now that you know what the terms mean, here is what you need to ask your doctor.

1) What kind of anesthesia will I get? 

2) Do you use a laser ? Why ? Does it add any risk?

3) Do you use Power Assisted Lipo or anything similar to smooth out any lumps?

4) How many days will I have activity restrictions (recovery period)?

Knowing the answers to the above questions should give you the best chance of having a safe and effective procedure.