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 A Better You

We are thrilled to bring you a new series from our favorite and most trusted plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Denk of Associates in Plastic Surgery. Our first question we asked this esteemed surgeon: what can we do to achieve a brighter and younger face? Enjoy the summer, smartly! Apply sunscreen often and generously. Limit your Continue Reading


Exparel (bupivacaine/depofoam) is a recently developed, unique, long-lasting anesthetic. Prior to the arrival of Exparel, local anesthetics were injected at the time of surgery and lasted for only several hours after surgery. Exparel is injected around the surgical incisions while the patient is under anesthesia. This anesthetizes the surgical area and markedly reduces post-operative pain Continue Reading

 The Effects of Sun

The summer season is coming to Virginia Beach and the damaging effect of the sun on our skin is important to all of us. Sun exposure causes an increased rate of aging to our skin due to the destruction of collagen and elastin fibers. In addition, the relationship between sun exposure and the common forms Continue Reading

 Lessen the Signs of Aging with Noninvasive Cosmetic Surgery

With cosmetic surgery becoming so popular over the past couple of decades, those who thought they would never turn to cosmetic surgery to combat signs of aging on the face and neck area are now vying for noninvasive cosmetic procedures such as exclusive skin care products that target treatment of the signs of aging, laser Continue Reading

 Breast Reconstruction

According to a recent article posted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, a research and polling company, found that less than a quarter (23%) of women know the wide range of breast reconstruction options available. Only 22% of women are familiar with the quality of outcomes that can Continue Reading

 Scar Reduction: Silicone-Based Creams and Other Solutions

Scarring is a big worry for many cosmetic surgery patients. Fortunately, scar treatments have been developed to reduce the severity and duration of post-surgery scars resulting from breast augmentation, breast lift, body lift, face lift, tummy tuck, mommy makeovers and many other cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. Methods to prevent scarring include eliminating contamination around suture Continue Reading

 Breast Implant Contamination Prevention

These days, when performing breast augmentation surgeries, plastic surgeons take every precaution necessary to prevent breast implant infections caused by bacterial contamination. That’s why infections after breast augmentation with implants are rare. Encapsulation is commonly caused by bacterial contamination. The current rate of occurrence of encapsulation is low, perhaps less than 5%. If a breast Continue Reading

 Buttocks Enhancement Long-Lasting Results

Recent advancements in surgery have made buttocks enhancement very popular. The most common technique is direct transfer of the patient’s own fatty tissue by injection. Fat is harvested from donor areas on the body that are out of contour, most commonly the abdomen or areas over the greater trochanters (saddle bags). That fat can then Continue Reading

 Good News! Fat Does Not Return!

Liposuction patients can now rejoice! Previous studies reported that fat can regrow in areas of the body that have been treated with liposuction or direct excision. However, recent findings from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons proved that there is no evidence to support fat regrowth. It was found that fat cells excised from the Continue Reading