Adam J. Oppenheimer, MD, FACS Receives RealSelf 100 Award For Enduring Commitment to Consumer Education
Orlando Plastic Surgeon Among Top Influencers in Aesthetic Surgery
Orlando, FL – March 26, 2017 – Local plastic surgeon Adam J. Oppenheimer, MD, FACS is one of 100 doctors worldwide to receive the RealSelf 100 Award, a prestigious award honoring the top influencers on RealSelf—the most trusted online destination to get informed about elective cosmetic procedures and to find and connect with doctors and clinics. This is his third consecutive year in the RealSelf 100.
In 2016, more than 82 million people visited RealSelf to research cosmetic treatments and connect with local medical professionals. The RealSelf 100 Award, now in its seventh year, honors the top rated and most engaged board-certified aesthetic doctors who consistently demonstrated a commitment to patient education and positive patient outcomes throughout 2016. This elite group of 100 doctors have excelled at sharing their expertise, free of charge, with tens of millions of RealSelf community members actively searching for information and the right provider, and together contributed 25 percent of the half a million total answers posted on RealSelf in 2016.
Dr. Oppenheimer's focus is on Women's and Children's Health. He has expertise in labiaplasty, vaginal tightening, and breast augmentation using "gummy bear" (shaped) breast implants, as well as mommy makeover surgery and BBL. Given his unique training in craniofacial surgery, he also has a specialized skillset in rhinoplasty (nasal surgery). Dr. Oppenheimer's goal is happy patients, and he strives to helps them achieve THEIR plastic surgery goals.
“The RealSelf 100 represents an exclusive group of doctors who embody both excellent patient service and an ongoing commitment to educating consumers shopping in the aesthetics market,” said Tom Seery, Founder and CEO of RealSelf. “Our research shows that more than 95 percent of patients expect a practice to engage with them online. These doctors are leading the way in terms of their online engagement and focus on empowering patients with good information.”
Dr. Adam J. Oppenheimer, MD, FACS, is an expert contributor to RealSelf, and to date has posted 1,000+ answers to questions on RealSelf. Dr. Oppenheimer also maintains a patient star rating of five out of five stars in RealSelf reviews. For more information on Adam J. Oppenheimer, MD, please visit OppenheimerMD.com and for the full list of RealSelf 100 Award winners, visit http://www.realself.com/RS100.
There's two great ways to instantly brighten your skin and get that holiday glow:
Microneedling and Chemical Peels
Both treatments are done in the office with numbing cream just a small amount of downtime: your face will peel for about 3-5 days.
Microneedling uses very small needles (duh) to give you thousands of pin pricks into the deeper layers of the skin. The result is thicker, plumper skin, with improved tightening and decreased pore size. This is an INSIDE-OUT treatment, forming collagen and elastin in the deeper skin layers.
Chemical peels uses glycolic and citric acids to shed the outer layers of skin, like an aggressive exfoliation. This is an OUTSIDE-IN treatment, and removes oils, dirt, residue, and skin cells to reveal the healthier layers below.
A series of peels or needling treatments is the best way to condition your skin. It should be a part of EVERY health regimen: going to the gym, the salon, and your friendly neighborhood plastic surgeon's office for skin treatments.
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Kybella is a new injectable treatment that can be used to reduce the presence of a double chin. It takes several injections to work, and it's an alternative to liposuction for submental fullness. It stings a little when the injection is done, and Kybella can result is some swelling afterwards. If you have a double chin in Orlando, FL, come by our office and get it taken care of WITHOUT surgery!
About 1 in 20 women on the planet have breast implants. Lest some future alien race think that we were customarily buried with silicone orbs, I’m compelled to clarify: what’s the deal with breast implants?
I place anywhere from 2 to 8 implants per week, almost always an even number, and almost always in patients with two "X" chromosomes (…but those are topics for a different post…) I'm a board certified plastic surgeon, so I'm an expert on the subject, but there are certainly plastic surgeons who place more implants than me. Regardless, breast implants have had a storied history filled with missteps and misconceptions. Let's get to the bottom (or shall we say, the top?) of things.
Breast implants come in two main varieties: saline (salt water) and silicone (an organic polymer of elemental silicon, Si). The first silicone implants were made by Dow Corning in the 1960s. Poorly executed pre-market research, misinformation, and horrible press led to a class action lawsuit against the company. Under mounting social pressures, the FDA removed silicone implants from the market in 1992, leaving saline as the only available option for breast enhancement. Saline implants work just fine to increase breast size (that’s really what breast implants do, in case that wasn’t clear) but they tend to ripple, are more firm to the touch, and are more easily palpable. After extensive research conclusively failed to demonstrate any connection between silicone implants and systemic disease (e.g. lupus, rheumatoid arthritis), gel implants are in full renaissance. After a 14 year hiatus ending in 2006, silicone has made a comeback.
The newest silicone implants are teardrop shaped, which create a more “natural” look, although many women still prefer round implants and the “augmented” look. The round implants also have a softer silicone than the shaped, “gummy bear” implants (so named for the more cohesive silicone gel…don’t think too hard about it, they just feel like gummy bears). The logic is that the more cohesive silicone implants are less likely to rupture and leak, which means a lower chance of capsular contracture. “CapCon” is really the most common potential complication with breast implants, and can result in a firm, and sometimes even painful breast. This occurs in about 10% of patients, but it’s much lower for some doctors (this depends on both the technique and arrogance level of your plastic surgeon.) The treatment? Remove the implantand capsule, place a new implant, and you’re good to go.
In terms of other risks, breast cancer is atop the list of concerns; but rest assured: Implants don't increase your risk for breast cancer. While special maneuvers are required to displace the implant in order to visualize the breast tissue during mammograms, this doesn’t change the disease prognosis or severity of cancer diagnosis if found.
Depending on the technique used to place the implants, breast augmentation actually caninterfere with breastfeeding. If a breast lift is also performed (where the nipple is moved upward), or if the incision is made near the nipple (dividing the milk ducts) then breastfeeding might not be possible. I always use a crease incision to place my breast implants and I almost always place them underthe muscle (actually I use a dual planetechnique—both over and under—but that’s for yet another post.) These two maneuvers bring breastfeeding difficulties almost down to zero, and also decrease the risk of “CapCon” (don’t call me arrogant). One thing is certain, silicone does not enter the breast milk. This has been conclusively studied, and it just doesn’t happen.
Ironically, the future of breast augmentation may take a page from its past. The first literature report of breast enhancement was written by Vincenz Czerny a Viennese surgeon who in 1895 transplanted a lipoma (a benign fatty growth) from a patient's back to their breast in order to correct asymmetry from a breast tumor he had removed. Fast forward 100 years: fat grafting (also called fat transfer) is red hot. Liposuction is performed to remove unwanted fat from certain areas of the body and it's then injected into areas that could use a little more plumping: the cheeks, lips, buttock, hands, labia majora and, of course, the breasts. "Natural" breast enhancement with your own own fat is rapidly gaining in popularity. Who knows: maybe breast implants will be obsolete before that alien apocalypse after all.
I really see plastic surgery as a continuum between reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. See my earlier post about my plastic surgery world view. Some procedures (like labiaplasty and prominent ears) are reconstructive in nature, even though the insurance world thinks of them as cosmetic. Is a cleft lip repair cosmetic? Those kids can eat just fine, they just look a little "different". But we don't think of it as cosmetic at all. What about a young girl who really inherited her dad's big bump on his nose. When she's 16 is it bad if she wants to change it? Let's say it was a boy who got the bump playing football. Should he be "allowed" societally to have the bump fixed while she should learn to live with it?
I'm rambling a little! The point is there's really a continuum of what is cosmetic and reconstructive. Just because an insurance company thinks a procedure shouldn't be covered, does that mean it's automatically cosmetic? They often say that breast reductions aren't medically necessary. Weight loss they say! Chiropractor! Massage Therapy!
If we let insurances have their way, breast reconstruction is the only thing that they'll cover, and even that is an issue sometimes. A Continuum. I really see plastic surgery as a continuum between reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. See my earlier post about my plastic surgery world view. Some procedures (like labiaplasty and prominent ears) are reconstructive in nature, even though the insurance world thinks of them as cosmetic. Is a cleft lip repair cosmetic? Those kids can eat just fine, they just look a little "different". But we don't think of it as cosmetic at all. What about a young girl who really inherited her dad's big bump on his nose. When she's 16 is it bad if she wants to change it? Let's say it was a boy who got the bump playing football. Should he be "allowed" societally to have the bump fixed while she should learn to live with it?
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