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Abdominoplasty Prices in Kansas City: Putting a Priority on Value

Gwendolyn Godfrey - Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Abdominoplasty prices in Kansas City are frequently requested by prospective patients.

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) at the Swanson Center, is one one of the most gratifying procedures for patients. Surveys of patients at the Swanson Center find satisfaction rates of 98.6%. Like any procedure, prices vary between operators and facilities. An advantage at the Swanson Center is having a state-licensed ambulatory surgery center on-site. This helps to control costs and ensures excellent customer service for patients. There are other advantages, too – optimal sterility and safe anesthesia care that is tailored to the needs of the cosmetic surgery patient.

For most patients in Kansas City and elsewhere, surgery prices are a major concern. At the Swanson Center, pricing is straightforward. An abdominoplasty typically costs $6000 to $6500, depending on patient size. Most patients (90%) choose to have at least some degree of liposuction at the same time, and this adds to the price. The anesthesia and surgery center fees are included. The Swanson Center is cost conscious. The objective is top value – competitive pricing with no compromise in safety or quality.

Dr. Eric Swanson of the Swanson Center in Kansas City is a well-known advocate for evidence-based medicine and has written more than 100 publications in the top plastic surgery peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Swanson is a frequent presenter and invited faculty member at the national meetings of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He frequently lectures on the topic of safety in body contouring surgery and particularly abdominoplasty. Dr. Swanson has been in practice for over 25 years and specializes exclusively in cosmetic surgery.

After having children, women are often ideal candidates for a tummy tuck. Pregnancies do stretch the abdominal skin and muscles. Both men and women can benefit if they have an unwanted skin roll after major weight loss. Patients realize that no amount of dieting or exercise can correct excess skin laxity. Fortunately, this problem can be remedied and a pre-pregnancy contour can be restored.

Stretch marks are often contained on the excess skin flap that is removed during a tummy tuck. Stretch marks below the belly button are eliminated. Any stretch marks above the level of the belly button are moved down to the lower abdomen where they are less obvious. The belly button is preserved, brought through a new opening.

A tummy tuck can have a profound effect on self-esteem. Surveys at the Swanson Center reveal that 76% of patients report an improvement in self-esteem, and 93% of patients find they are more motivated to stay in shape after surgery. They no longer feel discouraged when they look in the mirror. A pouchy abdomen can be a great source of embarrassment for women, who often wear loose-fitting clothing or jackets to hide their protuberant tummies. After abdominoplasty, many women are able to tuck in their tops and wear form-fitting clothing that flatters their figure, often for the first time in years (since before they had children). Many patients, when seen in follow-up in the office after surgery, volunteer that the surgery changed their lives.

If you believe that you might be a candidate, you have likely already searched abdominoplasty and abdominoplasty prices in Kansas City. The next step is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric Swanson at the Swanson Center. The consultation is unhurried. All of your questions are answered so you know exactly what to expect. If you are ready for a boost in self-confidence and quality of life, give the Swanson Center a call at 913-663-1030.

Facelift Pricing

Gwendolyn Godfrey - Wednesday, June 21, 2017

When considering facelift prices, it is important to understand that all facelifts are not equal, explaining the variety in facelift prices in Kansas City. Proper training and experience of the cosmetic surgeon are essential. Dr. Eric Swanson of the Swanson Center in Kansas City specializes exclusively in cosmetic surgery, including facelifts, and has been in practice over 25 years.

Unlike some operations, such as a breast augmentation, a facelift is often done in combination with other cosmetic procedures, which explains why cosmetic surgery prices can be so variable. The exact combination of procedures depends on your priorities and your expectations.Some operators offer a "minilift," which takes less time to perform, and may be less expensive, but also provides less benefit. Dr. Swanson believes that the result should not be compromised. He offers a more effective deep-plane facelift using limited scars. The tension is placed on the deep connective tissue layer, not the skin, avoiding a pulled-back look. Patients have their cake (hidden incisions) and eat it too (a more effective, lasting, and natural-looking result.)

Although the price for each procedure is similar from patient to patient (for example, a facelift costs $6500), the price for surgery depends on the combination chosen. After all, individuals' needs are different. After your consultation with Dr. Eric Swanson, you will know the exact price. At the Swanson Center, the price always includes anesthesia and the use of our on-site Surgery Center of Leawood, so there are no surprises. There is no substitute for a face-to-face consultation, and this is done in an unhurried visit with plenty of before-and-after photos available for your review.

Dr. Eric Swanson understands that you may have concerns regarding other signs of aging. Patients often wish to take advantage of other tools that complement their overall appearance. The Swanson Center offers the full range of options including the popular laser skin resurfacing to treat aging and sun-damaged skin, and fat injections to restore lost facial volume.

Price is a concern of course, but must be considered in the context of value. The Swanson Center is cost-conscious in pricing. Dr. Swanson emphasises safety, surgical expertise, and a competitive price. The surgery center is on-site, allowing better cost containment and maximizing value.

A concern for many prospective patients in Kansas City and elsewhere, in addition to facelift prices, is scarring. The scar must be minimized so that the trade-off remains highly favorable. Dr. Swanson limits the length of his facelift scars so that they are well-concealed and patients can wear their hair up or back, which is the true test of a facelift scar. The Swanson Center conducted a survey of its facelift patients to determine the impact of Dr. Eric Swanson's scar reduction techniques. The results were impressive:

  • 98% of patients were satisfied with their facelift scars
  • 97% reported that the results met or exceeded their expectations
  • 87% reported a positive reaction from others
  • 83% reported an improvement in self-esteem 

Breast Implants: Why Smooth is the Better Choice

Gwendolyn Godfrey - Monday, May 22, 2017

Some women may choose silicone gel implants while others choose saline implants (which are filled with salt water). The advantage of silicone gel implants is a more natural consistency, more like breast tissue. Saline implants feel more like a water balloon. At least that is how the implants feel when you hold them in your hands. Of course, once a breast implant is in your body, there is a layer of breast tissue and usually muscle (when the implant is inserted under the muscle) covering the implant, reducing any difference in how they feel. There is a difference in breast implant prices. Silicone gel is more expensive.

Then there is the shape of the breast implant to consider. Should it be round or shaped like a teardrop? Shaped implants are often called anatomical or form-stable. They tend to be a little firmer than round implants to help keep a teardrop shape. Shaped implants are textured, meaning they have a rough surface. They are designed this way so that the implant sticks to the tissues and resists movement. If a shaped implant moves, it may rotate, producing an unnatural breast shape. Rotation is not an issue for round implants. It does not matter is a round implant rotates, the breast will still look the same. Round implants are usually smooth because there is no need for them to adhere to the tissues.

We used to think that a textured surface helped prevent a complication called a capsular contracture. The body always forms a layer of scar tissue around a breast implant. Sometimes this layer contracts down on the implant and makes it feel hard, which we don't want. Texturing was thought to prevent this problem. However, it is not clear that texturing really works to prevent capsular contracture, especially when the implant is placed under the muscle.

Now there is something new to consider. Over the last decade, a number of women have developed a serious health concern, called anaplastic large cell lymphoma associated with breast implants, or BIA-ALCL.

Although this tumor is treatable and the prognosis is typically excellent, deaths have occurred - a total of 9 to date. We don't really know why, but this serious problem has been linked to textured implants. Fortunately, there is no evidence that a textured, shaped implant is superior to a smooth, round implant. So there is no need for texturing. I have not used textured implants since the 1990s. I prefer implants not to be too firm. Ideally they should move a little and jiggle like natural breasts.

Today it is difficult to justify using textured implants, given what we know about the extra problems associated with them, which include late seromas (fluid collections occurring >1 year after surgery) and BIA-ALCL.

Breast implant prices in Kansa City are comparable to those found in the Midwestern region of the United States. Of course, breast implant prices should not be your deciding factor. More important considerations include the type of implant you choose and your surgeon. To reduce the risk of complications, women are best advised to choose smooth, round implants. Breast implant prices are also less for these implants. Surveys show that patient satisfaction after breast augmentation is unsurpassed among cosmetic surgery procedures. 

What is a "Facelift"?

Gwendolyn Godfrey - Monday, April 17, 2017

As you are researching a facelift in Kansas City, and the prices associated with it, start first by truly understanding the procedure. A facelift remains one of the most effective and popular procedures used by cosmetic surgeons to provide true facial rejuvenation, especially when combined with other procedures such as forehead lifts, eyelid rejuvenation, fat injection and laser skin resurfacing. When a facelift is properly performed, it can do wonders, and there is no substitution, regardless of other advertised procedure’s claims. The facelift is a technically difficult procedure to perform, and results can vary greatly from surgeon to surgeon. It is critical that the surgeon is skilled and experienced. The facelift is the hallmark of a cosmetic surgeon’s anti-aging capabilities. It is a complex procedure that, like rhinoplasty, can never be fully mastered. There is little margin for error, and the surgeon must bring his or her A-game to the table.

A properly performed facelift in Kansas City, will not result in a totally different look, nor will it make someone in their 50s look like someone in their 20s, a fact which patients usually find comforting. Instead, a facelift reverses many of the effects of time and gravity on the face, such as sagging skin, jowls, and deep wrinkles. Patients feel that after surgery they look similar to old photographs of themselves. Family and friends may not even realize that any procedure was done, but comment that they just look really good.

In addition to the proper technique for elevating facial tissues, the “deep-plane” facelift, we now recognize that other signs of aging benefit from treatment, including changes in the skin surface, such as brown spots and wrinkles, and loss of facial volume. These changes of aging have largely been overlooked by plastic surgeons in the past but fortunately we now have the technology to effectively treat these changes with the use of laser skin resurfacing and fat injection.

Click here to read more about our facelift procedures in Kansas City, and the prices associated with it. Or, contact us today at (913) 663-1030. 

A New Book From Dr. Eric Swanson

Gwendolyn Godfrey - Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Dr. Swanson, a plastic surgeon in Kansas City, is proud to announce the publication of his new book, “Evidence-Based Cosmetic Breast Surgery,” published by Springer and available at amazon.com. The book is due by the end of April, 2017, in time for the meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Swanson will be giving a 2-hour instructional course titled “All Seasons Vertical Augmentation Mastopexy,” on May 1, 2017, at the meeting in San Diego. This course was sold out at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting in Los Angeles in 2016.

Although the book is written primarily for plastic surgeons, the writing style avoids jargon. It will be useful to the layperson with a keen interest in this topic.

For more information contact Dr. Swanson at 913-663-1030.

Why Lifting the Breasts Doesn't Work Without an Implant

Gwendolyn Godfrey - Thursday, December 22, 2016

You'd think that the plastic surgeon could take the breast tissue that has fallen, stuff it into the top of the breast, tighten the bottom part, and voila, the sagging breast is now a youthful attractive one.

Problem is, it doesn't work. Women are not surprised when I tell them that it just isn't possible to get the breast tissue to stay in its lifted position. Breast tissue just doesn't hold its shape well, which is why the problem happened in the first place.

Instead, we need to remove extra breast tissue from the bottom and add to the top using a breast implant. This is called the "minus plus" principle, which was coined in the 1980s by Dr. Daniel and co-authors.

The good news is that a breast implant works very well to fill out the upper breast pole. I tell patients, the worst thing about breast implants is that they are not just like natural breast tissue. The best thing about breast implants is they are not just like natural breast tissue.

When they see me in the office, women often lift their breasts in the cups of their hands and say, "this is what I want." These women will not be satisfied with a breast lift alone. They need a lift and implants too. This combination is called augmentation/mastopexy.

Some women want the sagging corrected and are OK with not filling out the upper poles. Of course, a bra can provide this effect. But women who desire upper pole fullness naked, in a bikini, and without a bra should consider implants, even small implants.

Some women do not want implants because they just don't like the thought of having a foreign material in their bodies. And that's ok. However, saline implants just contain water. If they leak, it's just water, not silicone gel. Women who do not like the thought of having implants might consider saline implants.

It's important for women to know that a breast lift makes the breast smaller. So if they want to stay the same size, they should consider implants. A skin-only breast lift (the surgeon just tightens the skin envelope without removing breast tissue) is unlikely to provide long-term correction.

Women need to know what to expect, so they don't undergo a procedure that is unlikely to deliver the results they want. This goes for any type of cosmetic surgery.