About Arm Lifts (Brachioplasty)

With Summer quickly approaching we notice more inquiries regarding Arm Lift procedures.  Getting out our bathing suits and sleevless shirts we notice our arms aren’t as shapely as we’d like and many of us are embarrassed to show them.  There are a couple of options when it comes to contouring the arms.


An Armlift, or Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow.  Fluctuations in weight, growing older and even heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance.  Exercising may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits.  Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as the best judgement of your plastic surgeon.  Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow.  If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, it can be excised or treated with liposuction.


Coolsculpting may be an option also.  Coolsculpting is a cooling technique that freezes the fat causing the fat cells to gradually die and then they are naturally eliminated from your body.  In the weeks and months following treatment, remaining fat cells condense, reducing the fat layer.  Treatment takes about an hour per arm.  There is no down time and no restrictions following Coolsculpting.


The results of both procedures will be long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness.  As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.  If you’d like more toned and proportionate appearance in your arms then a arm contouring procedure may be for you.  Come in and we’ll talk.

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Mommy Makeover-What is it?

Mommy Makeover is a phrase describing a group of procedures that have risen dramatically in popularity in the past few years.  Typically this includes a tummy tuck with liposuction and breast augmentation or breast lift or a combination lift and enlargement.  The procedures are designed to help deal with the bodily changes women experience after one or more pregnancies.

Some of these changes women struggle with: stretched skin in breasts and abdomen; loose abdominal muscles and deeper tissues; loss of breast volume; stretch marks; and excess fat deposits.

We can address all of these concerns by combining procedures specifically designed for you that will help to restore a more youthful appearance and help you feel rejuvenated. Often these procedures can be done in a single surgery with just the one recovery period.

Call our office and schedule a complimentary consultation to see how we can help you!



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Sientra Breast Implants – Silicone Gel

Recently we have begun to use a new line of breast implants for special breast cases in Medford. The new company is called Sientra. The implants are all made with silicone gel of a thicker consistency than available with other manufacturers. They also are the only company in the USA with FDA approval of a shaped implant similar to teardrop shaped implants which have been available in the past.

Teardrop shaped breast implants were quite popular when they was available and I used it quite often. Since the implant moratorium that lasted 14 years and ended 4 years ago there have been no shaped implants like these available in the US. These implants have a textured surface that is important to holding the implant in position. This gives us a new important tool to use in providing our patients with the latest available products and techniques.

We also have computer imaging available for patients considering breast implants to help them in their pre-operative decision making process. The Crisalix System for imaging is a great adjunct when patients are undecided on shape or size of implant. It adds 20-30 minutes to the length of the consultation but is definitely worthwhile is such cases.

If you are interested in learning more about breast enhancement, please contact our office in Medford for a consultation.

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Breast Implant Placement – over or under the muscle?

If you decide to have saline filled implants then they would need to be placed under the muscle for the purpose of camouflaging the implant better. Saline breast implants are more detectable than silicone gel implants and need more coverage for that reason. In the case of silicone gel implants you have the choice of either location.

However, placing breast implants under the muscle carries with it some potential problems. Particularly muscle action on the implant can cause implant movement with muscle contraction and over time implants can be displaced to the side by this constant muscle force. Women who are very active with workouts or sports need to be very careful not to use their pectoralis muscles too much or there could be even more displacement.

In contrast, breast implants placed on top of the muscle are not subject to these same forces and therefore maintain their position better. Also there is usually better cleavage with breast implants on top of the muscle. My preference is to place the implants under the thin fascia of the pectoralis muscle which is still on top of the muscle but the fascia gives support to the implant and also blends the edges of the implant better. I have been using this subfascial implant position for most of my patients for over 5 years now. The surgery takes a little longer with this approach but in my opinion it is a superior implant location for most patients.

If you are interested in learning more about breast implant placement in Medford, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Parrish.

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Is There a Right Time to have Plastic Surgery in Medford?

One of the most frequent comments I hear from my patients is “I wish I would have done my procedure sooner”.

Most patients think about having a tummy tuck or facelift for years before they actually have surgery.

Is there a right time to have plastic surgery?

This is a great question. My general answer is that I would recommend you consider surgery as soon as you start to think about it seriously. Often patients regret that they did not elect to have a procedure done years earlier so they could have enjoyed the benefits of the cosmetic surgery for more years. Sometimes putting off the surgery results in more damage to your system from more years of “wear and tear”. This is especially true in cosmetic surgery patients in Medford who eventually have breast reduction or abdominoplasty. Continue reading

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