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What To Expect After Breast Reconstruction

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Losing one breast, or both, to breast cancer is a physically challenging and deeply emotional experience. There are numerous decisions to be made during this time, including whether or not to undergo breast reconstruction surgery. This is a personal decision that every woman must make for herself. As you explore your options, one of the factors you should consider is your life after reconstructive surgery.

At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, our goal is to help every patient look and feel her best — soon after surgery and for many years to come. Dr. Terrasse uses advanced reconstructive techniques to ensure your surgery is safe, your recovery is as comfortable as possible and your results are natural and beautiful. This overview will help you prepare for the days, weeks and months after your breast reconstruction procedure.

Recovering From Breast Reconstruction

Every patient’s recovery is unique. The details of your individual recovery will depend on which method of reconstruction you choose (implant reconstruction or autologous reconstruction), the timing of your reconstruction (immediate or delayed) and whether you have surgery on one breast or both breasts. In all cases, Dr. Terrasse will provide you with aftercare instructions and will meet with you for follow-up appointments during the healing process.

After your breast reconstruction surgery, your incisions will be dressed and drains may be placed temporarily under your skin to remove any excess fluid. Wearing special garments will help support your reconstructed breast and minimize swelling. Some degree of pain and discomfort is universal after surgery, but these sensations will gradually get better and can be managed with medication. Follow Dr. Terrasse’s instructions for wound and drain care.

Recovery takes longer for an autologous reconstruction than for an implant reconstruction as there is a second surgical site to heal. Healing from any breast reconstruction surgery will continue for several weeks while swelling decreases and the shape and position of the reconstructed breast evolves. Most women start to feel better in a couple of weeks and can resume usual activities, including work, within a couple of months. Dr. Terrasse will advise you of when you can return to specific activities such as driving, housework, sex, heaving lifting and exercise.

Risks and Complications of Breast Reconstruction

All surgical procedures have risks. Though many of them are uncommon, it’s important to have an understanding of the risks and complications you could encounter after breast reconstruction.

Some of the issues that can occur during or shortly after surgery include:

  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Fluid build-up
  • Infection
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Poor healing of incisions
  • Problems with anesthesia

Problems that can occur later on after breast reconstruction include:

  • Changes in nipple and breast sensation
  • Loss of muscle strength at a tissue flap donor site
  • Tissue death of all or part of a tissue flap
  • Problems with a breast implant (rippling, rupture, capsular contracture, etc.)
  • The need for additional surgery to correct concerns or refine your results

Dr. Terrasse will explain in detail the risks associated with breast reconstruction before your procedure.

Additional Procedures as Part of Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is often a staged process that involves multiple procedures with time to heal in between. If you choose to have your breast reconstructed with an implant, you may first require use of a tissue expander before an implant can be placed in a second surgery. You may also need surgery in the future to replace your implant if it wears out or ruptures.

Whether you choose implant reconstruction or autologous reconstruction, you may decide to undergo additional procedures to make your breasts look as natural and symmetrical as possible. These surgeries may include nipple reconstruction and tattooing on the reconstructed breast, and/or breast augmentation, breast reduction or breast lift on the opposite breast so it matches the reconstructed breast as closely as possible. The likelihood of needing additional surgery should be factored into your decision to have breast reconstruction.

Breast Cancer Screening After Breast Reconstruction

Women who have reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy generally do not need routine screening mammograms on the breast that was affected by cancer. There is not enough breast tissue remaining after mastectomy to perform a mammogram. It’s possible for cancer to come back in the skin or chest wall on that side, but it is usually found during a physical exam. A diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound or MRI may be done if an area of concern is found during an exam on a woman who has had breast reconstruction.

If only part of the breast was removed during breast-conserving surgery or lumpectomy, you should continue to have mammograms on the reconstructed breast. You should also continue with annual breast cancer screenings and regular self-examinations on the unaffected breast if you had a single mastectomy. Women who have had one breast cancer are at higher risk of developing cancer in the other breast.

The Emotional Journey of Breast Reconstruction

Only one part of recovery from breast reconstruction is physical. Just as it takes time to accept the loss of a breast, you may need time to start thinking of your reconstructed breast as part of your body. There is often a period of emotional adjustment after breast reconstruction. You may not think your breasts look or feel as natural as they should. You may be troubled by the lack of sensation or the look of your scars. You may find that certain parts of returning to your normal routine — like physical intimacy or shopping for clothes — trigger difficult emotions.

These feelings are normal and valid. Our goal is to help you feel whole, both physically and emotionally, so you can eventually move beyond this challenging period of your life. That is a process that looks different for every woman. Talking with a mental health professional and other women who have had breast reconstruction can be helpful as you adapt to your new body and move forward with your life as a breast cancer survivor.

Call Us Today to Schedule a Consultation

If you decide that breast reconstruction is right for you, you’re in competent and caring hands with Dr. Anthony Terrasse of Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery. His extensive experience and training as a plastic surgeon, combined with his eye for aesthetics and compassionate approach to patient care, make Dr. Terrasse a leading provider of breast reconstruction surgery in Lake Forest, Illinois. Call Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation.

10 months ago

Tackling Tummy Tuck Myths

For men and women alike, a toned and flat stomach is considered to be the epitome of a fit, healthy and attractive figure. But whether due to genetics, childbearing, weight fluctuations or lifestyle habits; achieving that slim and smooth belly can feel impossible with so many factors actively working against you. Tummy tuck surgery, otherwise known medically as an abdominoplasty, is a frequently requested surgical cosmetic procedure that helps patients attain the otherwise unattainable by tightening the abdominal muscles and eliminating excess fat and skin from the midsection for a more toned and sculpted stomach that lasts for years to come.

If you are bothered by the appearance of stretched skin, stubborn fatty deposits or weakened muscles in the abdominal region, tummy tuck surgery may be the perfect solution for getting the body you want. At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we’ve debunked some of the more common myths about tummy tucks to help you determine whether tummy tuck surgery is right for you.

Myth: Tummy Tucks are a Weight Loss Procedure

One of the more common misconceptions patients have regarding tummy tucks is that it is a surgery intended for those who would like to lose a substantial amount of weight from their midsection. However, a tummy tuck is not considered to be a weight loss or bariatric procedure. In fact, the ideal candidate for tummy tuck surgery is someone who is otherwise active and healthy but is troubled by the appearance of a protruding abdomen or sagging, loose skin on their stomach.

That’s not to say that a tummy tuck won’t address excess fat within your abdominal region. Often times, liposuction techniques will be utilized during your tummy tuck surgery to gently minimize stubborn zones of fat that have proven resistant to diet and exercise to improve the contours and tone of your midsection. While your stomach will be flatter and slimmer after your abdominoplasty, it will not drastically lower the number you see on your scale. For this reason, if you are considering a tummy tuck you should be within a reasonable range of your goal weight before undergoing the procedure but will also need to have maintained a stable weight for at least 6 months; any future significant weight fluctuations can reverse the results of your surgery.

Myth: You Can Get the Results of a Tummy Tuck with Diet and Exercise

When it comes to getting the slimmer and sleeker stomach you desire, diet and exercise are well-known as the most effective tools in your toolbox for losing weight, building muscle and improving your overall health and wellness. However, while each of us should incorporate eating right and exercising into their daily lives, traditional weight loss methods still have their limitations in terms of the results they can provide. No matter how much time or energy you put into these efforts, you cannot control where you will lose weight from, and may still struggle with a stubborn belly even if you’ve hit your target weight.

Additionally, there are some aesthetic concerns that working out and eating right simply cannot address alone. Excess or stretched abdominal skin, for example, can usually not be reversed or tightened without surgical intervention; especially when it is a result of pregnancy or massive weight loss. Childbearing or significant weight fluctuations can also weaken the abdominal muscles and stretch the inner girdle of connective tissues known as the abdominal fascia; which only further exacerbate the appearance of a protruding belly. If your skin, abdominal wall or fascia have become stretched, tummy tuck surgery is the only way to restore a taut and youthful midsection.

Myth: Tummy Tucks are Only for Women

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), tummy tuck surgery was the fourth most popular cosmetic surgery among women in 2018 with 152,446 women undergoing the procedure. Abdominoplasty has been an incredibly popular cosmetic option for women for years, in part due to the many irreversible changes to the midsection that accompany pregnancy and childbirth, such as stretched skin and abdominal muscles. Tummy tucks are frequently included in “mommy makeover” procedures and increasingly in “daddy do-over treatments; which refer to a full suite of cosmetic surgeries performed concurrently to help women restore their pre-baby body and men to regain a leaner physique.

While women did make up for 96.8 percent of the total tummy tucks performed in 2018, men can also benefit from this procedure. Tummy tuck surgery was the fifth most popular cosmetic surgery for men in 2018. While men may not have to worry about the physical changes that women’s bodies endure from pregnancy, they are not necessarily immune from developing a “dad bod.” Heredity or significant weight loss can leave men with stubborn belly fat or loose skin that leaves them feeling self-conscious of their midsection. Whether you are male or female, tummy tuck surgery will tighten and tone the contours of your abdomen to allow clothes to fit better and restore a fit and youthful stomach you are thrilled to flaunt.

Myth: You’re Too Old to Get a Tummy Tuck

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, age truly is just a number. While a majority of patients who underwent tummy tuck surgery in 2018 were between the ages of 35 and 50 (56.3 percent), 21 percent were between the ages of 51 and 64, and four percent were over the age of 65. There is no wrong age to opt for a tummy tuck procedure; however, there are more critical factors that will be considered by Dr. Terrasse when determining your candidacy for the procedure. To be a good candidate for abdominoplasty, patients must be:

Physically healthy: You must be in good overall health before undergoing invasive surgery to prevent complications.
Nonsmokers: Smoking can inhibit the healing process or cause serious complications both during and after your tummy tuck surgery. If you do smoke, you will be asked to quit for 2 months before and after your procedure.
Within a stable, healthy weight: Tummy tuck surgery is not intended for significant weight loss or for treating obesity.
Realistic with their expectations: While a tummy tuck will dramatically enhance the contours of your midsection with long-lasting results, no cosmetic surgery will stop the aging process or deliver perfection, or fully camouflage a larger core abdominal shape.
To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, contact board-certified surgeon Dr. Anthony Terrasse of Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery and ERASE MediSpa today at 847-234-2400 to schedule your tummy tuck consultation.

1 year ago

Why You’ll Love Getting a HydraFacial

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With today’s busy schedules and hectic lifestyles, it’s easy to let skin care fall by the wayside. Extensive spa treatments, while effective, tend to be lengthy and difficult to fit into an already packed schedule. This is where the HydraFacial MD procedure shines. At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we offer the HydraFacial MD, a comprehensive skincare treatment that not only deeply cleanses skin, but also stimulates the natural restorative processes in the
tissues in less than half the time it takes for an all-out spa treatment. Below are just a few reasons why you’ll love getting a HydraFacial MD.

The “Lunchtime” Facial

While in-depth spa facials can deliver amazing results, the time investment and skin irritation that sometimes follow often require you to block out large portions of the day, not to mention additional recovery time. An advanced HydraFacial procedure delivers amazing results without harsh peels or ablative lasers. In a nutshell, a HydraFacial MD consists of four distinct treatments, each of which addresses your skin’s essential needs. In spite of the scope of benefits from the process, the entire procedure takes less than an hour to complete, from start to finish. This is how HydraFacial got the nickname, the “lunchtime” facial.

Treats a Wide Range of Skin Problems

You can expect to see noticeable results after just one HydraFacial treatment. The procedure deep cleans, exfoliates, extracts and replenishes the skin, leaving behind a smooth, taut surface that reveals your skin’s natural, radiant glow. This multi-faceted treatment approach not only improves the skin’s health and appearance but also treats a wide range of skin problems, including:

● Acne
● Dry patches
● Oily skin
● Brown spots
● Fine lines
● Uneven skin tone

An All-In-One Skincare System

The HydraFacial MD protocol uses a machine equipped with a handheld device that delivers all four treatments using specialized HydroPeel tips. HydroPeel tips serve multiple purposes: they break up dead skin layers, clear out clogged pores and bathe the skin’s surface in replenishing serums. The device also has a built-in vacuum mechanism that removes dead cells, dirt and debris in a tidy, efficient manner along the way.

HydraFacial – Four Treatments in One Procedure

Deep-Cleaning and Exfoliation

Dead skin cells, oil and dirt can create the types of imbalances that eventually develop into full-blown skin problems. For this reason, a HydraFacial starts by opening up and cleaning out the pores of the skin. The handheld device uses a technology called Vortex cleansing, which is a deplaning tip. The tip essentially breaks up surface debris, while the vacuum component suctions it away. This part of the procedure stimulates healthy blood circulation so that
the skin can get the levels of oxygen and nutrients it needs.

Chemical Peel Treatment

If you’re wincing at the thought of a chemical peel and the stinging and burning that results, please don’t! You’ll be pleased to know that a HydraFacial peel produces little to no discomfort. The pain brought on by traditional chemical peels results from a high acid concentration. The HydraFacial chemical peel combines glycolic and salicylic acids to produce a low acid concentration that draws dirt and debris out of the deeper layers of the skin. This particular treatment is an excellent choice for treating acne by eliminating the debris that causes pustules to form.

The Extraction Treatment

The extraction treatment part of a HydraFacial uses a nozzle tip attached to the handheld device. The nozzle tip produces a powerful suction effect that extracts any remaining dirt and debris from deep inside your pores. This treatment works especially well after the chemical peel, as the peel has already cleared away surface debris and opened up the pores. The suctioning effect is powerful enough to extract blackheads and any other impurities that the
chemical peel may have missed.

Replenishing Treatment

After your skin has undergone the deep-cleaning effects of deplaning, peeling and extraction, the HydraFacial replenishing step delivers essential nutrients to nourish your fresh, new skin. This part of the procedure bathes the skin cells in an antioxidant-based serum that helps protect it from harmful, environmental elements. A collagen-building serum designed to stimulate the skin’s natural collagen-producing processes is also applied. By the end of your
HydraFacial MD procedure, you’ll see noticeably smoother skin that glows from within.

Customized to Meet Your Skincare Needs

For patients with specific skincare needs, the HydraFacial system offers additional booster serum treatments, each of which targets different skincare needs. While the standard HydraFacial procedure produces dramatic results on its own, the booster serums further enhance the rejuvenating effects of a HydraFacial. Booster serum treatments to choose from include:

● Britenol boost – designed to create an even complexion by targeting and reducing dark spots
● Dermabuilder boost – reduces signs of aging by supporting the skin’s natural restorative and repair processes
● Growth factor boost – targets fine lines and wrinkles to restore a smooth, taut skin surface

Call Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery to Schedule your HydraFacial

If you are looking for an effective all-in-one treatment that will leave your skin looking refreshed and beautiful, call Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a HydraFacial procedure and see just how vibrant your skin can look!

2 years ago

Is Rhinoplasty Right For Me

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Ongoing dissatisfaction with one or more physical features of your nose, as well as functional or aesthetic problems due to injury or trauma are just some of the common reasons why patients decide to undergo rhinoplasty. Commonly known as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty consistently ranks in the top ten of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures. While it may seem like a straightforward surgery, rhinoplasty requires a high level of experience and training to produce superior quality results.
Dr. Anthony Terrasse of Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery has a wealth of experience and training as a plastic surgeon, as well as an eye for aesthetics and detail. If you do decide that a rhinoplasty is right for you, you’re in good hands with Dr. Terrasse. His passion for artistic symmetry, coupled with his attention to detail and ongoing education and training make him the preeminent choice for rhinoplasty surgery in Chicago’s North Shore area. Keep reading to learn more about things you may want to consider when thinking about undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Your nose is composed of cartilage, tissue and small bones, all of which work together to create the shape and appearance of your nose. Any changes made to any one of these components can significantly alter the appearance of your nose, which is why rhinoplasty can be an intricate, complicated procedure. During rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Terrasse works with these individual parts, utilizing a range of techniques to alter the nose both aesthetically and functionally. The techniques he uses for your rhinoplasty will depend on both your personal goals as well as on the natural anatomical makeup of your nose.
Considering how delicate this procedure can be, it’s especially important to choose a doctor with extensive training and experience in facial plastic surgery. Dr. Terrasse is not only a board-certified plastic surgeon, but is a nationally-recognized expert in the field of Aesthetic Surgery, as well as a member and spokesperson for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. These are the types of credentials you should look for when choosing the right surgeon to perform your rhinoplasty procedure.

Reasons to Consider a Rhinoplasty Procedure


To Change the Way Your Nose Looks

Many people considering rhinoplasty want to change the shape and appearance of their nose, which is known as cosmetic rhinoplasty. Depending on the anatomical makeup of your nose and the look you’re going for, cosmetic rhinoplasty may only require that external adjustments be made. In some cases, altering the internal structure of the nose will be necessary to achieve the look you want. Cosmetic rhinoplasty is typically done to change the overall shape of the nose, making it wider, larger, narrower or smaller. The tip of your nose can be altered as well.

To Improve Your Breathing

Injuries, genetic abnormalities and growths inside the nose can impede the flow of air into the nose and make breathing difficult. Under these conditions, rhinoplasty can be done to change the shape or structure of the nose so air can flow through normally. This type of procedure will likely involve altering the septum. The septum is the long, large piece of cartilage tissue that runs along the very center of the nose. Changing the position or size of the septum typically is considered a medically necessary surgery because the goal entails a marked improvement in function, and may be covered by health insurance.

To Complement Your Ethnicity

Ethnic rhinoplasty is an approach that changes the appearance of the nose, but in doing so, remains true to the patient’s ethnicity – enhancing your nose and balancing your features without sacrificing the various nasal features that characterize different ethnicities. The objective is to give you a beautiful, natural-looking nose that remains in harmony with the rest of your face and unique features.

Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

The decision to undergo rhinoplasty is a personal one, based on a dissatisfaction with certain features of your nose and the desire for a different look. The presence of one or more undesired nasal features may well make you a good candidate for rhinoplasty, including:

  • A crooked septum that makes the nose appear off-center
  • A bump on the bridge of the nose
  • A wide nose
  • A thick nasal tip
  • Cosmetic irregularities due to injury or trauma
  • Breathing difficulties

Call Us Today to Schedule a Consultation

While most any plastic surgeon can perform a rhinoplasty procedure, you want to entrust the alterations of the focal point of your face to someone with experience and training in the procedure. You want to make certain that the plastic surgeon you choose possesses the level of expertise necessary to deliver the superior results you expect. Dr. Anthony Terrasse of Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery has repeatedly been named “Top Doctor” in plastic surgery by multiple sources including the Castle Connolly Guide, Chicago Magazine, and U. S. News & World Report. A consultation with Dr. Terrasse will provide you with all the information needed to ensure that your procedure is safe and successful. Call Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation.

2 years ago

Why Coolsculpting Works

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By now, most everyone has either heard of, or utilized, CoolSculpting, a non-invasive procedure designed to help get rid of those stubborn pockets of excess fat that refuse to budge, no matter how carefully you watch your diet or how much you exercise. The name, CoolSculpting, seems to be pretty self-explanatory, but most people don’t know that the beginnings of the discovery of CoolSculpting technology were discovered by accident. So what is the science behind the technology, and why is CoolSculpting such a popular and effective choice for body contouring? Read on to find out.

What is CoolSculpting

In the 1970s, both cryolipolysis and liposuction were discovered, and though liposuction has since grown to be the number one requested plastic surgery procedure, cryolipolysis continued to be researched. The simple explanation for cryolipolysis is that it is a medical procedure that destroys fat cells by freezing them. It was discovered accidentally when dermatologists noticed that when children sucked on an ice cube or a popsicle, they would exhibit mild redness and swelling in their cheeks that lasted up to three days. The dermatologists called this “popsicle panniculitis,” and they discovered that in that small area of the cheek affected by the ice, the fat would slowly decrease. This led them to theorize that the adipose tissue in the body (fat-based tissue) appeared to be more affected by freezing temperatures that other tissues (such as skin) that are water-based.
As researchers continued to try and prove this theory, in 2007, they found that when fat cells are exposed to freezing temperatures, they crystallize and die. This phenomenon is called “fat cell apoptosis,” and describes natural and controlled cell death. When the targeted fat cells are frozen, the body’s natural inflammatory response kicks in, triggering the release of specialized cells that naturally digest the dead fat cells. The lipids from the cells are also eliminated, and flushed out through the lymphatic system.
The entire process is called “selective cryolipolysis,” and these discoveries laid the groundwork for developing the technology utilized in the CoolSculpting procedure. The conclusion by researchers was that when fat cells are exposed to a specific freezing temperature range for a prolonged period of time, they will die, reducing and eventually permanently eliminating subcutaneous fat in the areas targeted. This is accomplished with no damage to skin or other surrounding tissues. The FDA approved CoolSculpting for use in the U.S. in 2010, and it has since become an extremely popular choice for nonsurgical fat reduction and body contouring – so popular, in fact, that over four million CoolSculpting procedures have been performed worldwide.

Permanent Fat Cell Elimination

Now you know the science behind CoolSculpting and how it works, but you might be wondering how to keep the fat cells that you got rid of through the procedure from coming back. The short answer is that once fat cells are eliminated from your body, they don’t grow back.
By the time we get to our teenage years, the number of fat cells in our body has usually become fixed, meaning that from then on, the weight we gain and lose isn’t because we’ve gotten more or less fat cells, but because the existing cells are growing or shrinking. With CoolSculpting, the fat cells that are targeted for treatment die and are flushed out of your body, getting rid of them permanently. While this is a good thing, it doesn’t mean that you can ease up on your diet and exercise regimen. You may have less fat cells in certain areas, but the existing cells can still accumulate excess fat, leaving you with lumps and bumps that you thought you had seen the last of.
If you’ve heard about CoolSculpting, but haven’t decided if it’s right for you, now is the time. Call Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation and learn more about the procedure that millions have used to get the slender figure of their dreams.

2 years ago

Three Reasons You’ll Love Cheek Fillers

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With the passage of time, you may notice that your once defined cheeks are looking more gaunt and less supple. It’s a completely natural side effect of age, but that doesn’t mean that you have to simply accept it and move on. The advent of injectable fillers has made regaining a smoother, more youthful face a much easier prospect, offering quick, virtually painless procedures that can immediately restore volume that lasts. At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we have several fillers available to boost your facial volume, and we’ve chosen three reasons why we think you’ll love the results.

Different Fillers Work Differently With Your Body

The fillers that are used most often and are the safest and best known are either hyaluronic acid-based, or contain calcium hydroxylapatite. At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we also offer fillers that utilize other ingredients, so you have a variety of choices available. Depending on your filler needs and desired results, Dr. Terrasse may recommend using one type over another, because each type of filler can do different things.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a minuscule molecule that is found naturally in just about every cell in your body, and its primary purpose is to keep your body’s many systems properly hydrated. It has the magical ability to retain nearly 1,000 times its own weight in water, and once it binds to water, it creates a viscous gel that lubricates and moisturizes everything from your skin to your eyes to your joints. It is an essential part of keeping your skin healthy, soft and supple, as almost 50 percent of the hyaluronic acid in your body is found in your skin. When used as filler to restore volume to your cheeks, HA fillers provide a soft, natural look while also working to boost collagen production.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) is a compound found in our bones, though the CaHA used in facial fillers is synthetic, and not made from any animal or animal products. CaHA has been used successfully and safely in other areas, including reconstructive surgery and dentistry, before being utilized for aesthetic reasons. CaHA fillers are made up of microspheres suspended in a gel carrier, which provides an immediate increase in the volume of your cheeks. The microspheres are designed to stimulate your body’s natural production of collagen, so that your results will last longer and you will look as natural as possible. Once the gel from the filler is absorbed by your body, the microspheres remain, providing a base for the new, healthy collagen to build upon. Like other fillers, you will need to be consistent with your injections to maintain your results, but the idea is that since your body is doing its job by providing collagen, your results will last longer and eventually you may not need filler at all.

One Filler Session Can Last Up to a Year

When you choose injectable fillers to increase volume in your cheeks, you can expect your results to last at least nine months, and depending on the filler, for a year or longer. You’ll see results immediately after your treatment, as the filler itself provides instant smoothing and plumping effects. But because HA and CaHA fillers have the ability to absorb water in varying degrees and to stimulate collagen, your results will last longer, even after the filler itself has been absorbed by your body.

Done Correctly, Fillers are Invisible

Because the use of fillers is so prevalent in society today, it seems that everywhere you turn, there are opportunities to try them out. But before you jump at a two-for-one deal or go to your aunt’s neighbor’s daughter’s salon, keep in mind that the person performing your filler injections is as important as the type of filler you’re getting. Dr. Terrasse is a board-certified plastic surgeon, and because of that, he is intimately familiar with the face and its underlying structures. His skill and experience will ensure that you get the results you desire – you won’t look overly plumped up or asymmetrical, but instead, you’ll look beautiful and natural. The goal is to look more youthful and radiant, but without anyone knowing that fillers are the reason, and Dr. Terrasse can provide that.
If you’re frustrated with volume loss in your cheeks, it may be time to explore what injectable fillers can do for you. Call Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation.

2 years ago

Best Spots for Liposuction

As winter changes to spring, our thoughts turn to more outside activities, and you may notice that you gained a bit of extra padding during the colder months. Even though you may have stuck closely to your new year’s resolution of healthier eating and regular workouts, there might still be a few problem spots that refuse to respond to your best efforts. At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we understand that even the fittest among us may have pockets of excess fat that keep you from the results you work so hard to achieve. That’s why we offer liposuction – to help put the finishing touches on the physique you are ready to show off in the heat of the summer.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that has been used successfully to contour millions of bodies for over 40 years. In fact, liposuction is consistently at the top of the list of most-performed cosmetic surgery procedures, with nearly half a million people choosing to undergo the treatment each year. It’s a tried-and-true method of body contouring that has stood the test of time – since its beginnings, there have been very few advancements or changes to the basic technology, because it works. At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we offer two types of liposuction:

Traditional Liposuction – is a surgical procedure performed using general anesthesia, or local anesthesia with IV sedation. During the procedure, Dr. Terrasse marks the areas of your body targeted for liposuction, and makes small incisions at those target points. A thin, narrow tube, known as a cannula, is inserted into the incisions and moved around, gently loosening the fat from other tissues. The excess fat is then suctioned out of the treatment area and disposed of. Traditional liposuction requires a little downtime for recovery – most patients only need to rest and limit activity for a few days, and are able to return to all of their everyday activities within about two weeks following the procedure.


SmartLipo – is a minimally invasive, laser-assisted lipolysis body contouring procedure. It uses thermal energy to dissolve fat cells in problem areas, melting the fat for easy suctioning from your body. Besides the liposuction technology of SmartLipo, the laser energy used also provides additional benefits, including coagulating the blood vessels in the tissue around the treatment area to decrease bruising, as well as boosting your body’s natural production of the vital protein collagen and stimulating the tissue’s collagen to contract, which tightens the skin. The end result is better contours and more youth and smooth looking skin. SmartLipo is performed in our office using local anesthesia, and requires no significant downtime for recovery.

Keep in mind that liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a method of weight loss. If you have a BMI of under 30, and maintain a healthy, stable weight, liposuction may be the right procedure to help you meet your goals.

What are the Best Spots for Liposuction?

Liposuction can address nearly any problem area on your body, from head to toe. While the “best spot” for liposuction is any area that you have stubborn pockets of excess fat, some of the most popular spots include:

Abdomen and Waist – if you have a “pooch” on the front of your abdomen that keeps you from the flat tummy you work so hard for, liposuction is an excellent option. It can also address that pesky muffin top that no amount of oblique exercises can diminish. Many women undergo liposuction in conjunction with a tummy tuck, as well as alone in order to achieve a smoother waistline and flatter stomach.


Back – when you put on a bra or swimsuit, do rolls of fat appear above and below the straps? It’s a frustrating problem to deal with, as it can ruin the smooth line of your clothes or cause you to feel self-conscious about the bulges around your back. Liposuction can eliminate those rolls in a short time-frame, giving you a streamlined back you’re happy to show off.


Hips and Thighs – No matter your diet or exercise regimen, sometimes you just can’t fight genetics. If you have thick thighs and padded hips that cardio and low carb diets won’t shrink, liposuction can help. Lumpy pockets of fat on your inner and outer thighs can be removed, as well as excess fat around your hips, leaving you with the slimmer lower body and more proportionate shape you’ve been looking for.
If you are ready to slip into your summer clothes, but want to look just a little more contoured, liposuction at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery may be the answer. Call our office today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation.

2 years ago

Is a Breast Augmentation for Me

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If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, you’ve probably started your journey with research. There are so many things to consider, including size of implant, material, placement – the list is extensive. However, with the help of a board-certified plastic surgeon, you’ll have the best possible guidance through the process. At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Terrasse is the aesthetic surgery specialist you’re looking for, experienced in breast augmentation and ready to help you achieve the beautiful, natural looking breasts you’re looking for. Everyone has different reasons for choosing cosmetic surgery, and so below we’ll explore some of the factors you may consider when thinking about breast enhancement.

Creating a More Feminine Body Contour

As we all know, when it comes to the way our bodies look, it’s hard to fight genetics. If you have naturally small breasts, you may decide that breast augmentation is the procedure you need to help you feel more shapely and feminine. Or maybe you’re curvy in almost all the right places, and want to explore breast augmentation to bring more balance to your figure. By choosing an implant that is sized to fit your individual body shape, you can get the proportion and curves you’ve been missing without looking like you’ve had anything done. Advancements in shape and material of breast implants offer you augmentation that looks natural (for example, implants that are teardrop shaped, versus classic round shapes) and feels natural (viscous gel-filled implants that feel soft, just like the real thing).

Restoring Volume and Shape

Pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight loss are all factors that can affect the size and shape of your breasts. During pregnancy, weight gain and hormone changes can cause your breasts to enlarge, while breastfeeding can continue the size increase until you’ve completely weaned your baby. Once you’re no longer nursing, your breasts will go down in size, but in most cases, they won’t look like they did pre-baby. They may sag, and look a little like deflated balloons. While this is a natural occurrence, it doesn’t do a lot for your body image as a new mom. The same applies to weight loss – you may have worked hard to achieve the slender body you’ve always wanted, but you’re left with flat, shapeless breasts. Breast augmentation can give you back the volume you’ve lost, as well as restoring the shape of your breasts. And if sagging is an issue, Dr. Terrasse can give you a breast lift at the same time. Breast implants can be done at any time after the age of 18 – you want to ensure that your breast tissue has developed completely before augmenting the size. If you decide on augmentation before you’re done having children, getting implants won’t affect your ability to breastfeed. However, your augmentation results may suffer, and require you to get a touch up later on.

Correcting Breast Deformities or Reconstruction

For some women, small breasts are a result of congenital issues like tuberous breasts. Tuberous breasts not only cause the breasts to remain small, but the tissue constriction can cause them to be misshapen or asymmetrical. For other women, their breast size may be “normal,” but one breast is noticeably smaller than the other. And still other women may have had cysts or tumors removed (leaving volume loss and asymmetry) or even undergone a mastectomy due to cancer, and they are looking to regain the sense of femininity and wholeness that their breasts gave them. Women with breast cancer can undergo breast reconstruction either after their treatment is complete, or work with their surgeon during their cancer treatment. Dr. Terrasse is sensitive to these intimate issues, and can provide you with options for augmentation and reconstruction that can restore your confidence and give you the feminine contour you desire.
If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts, it may be time to explore the breast augmentation and other enhancement options at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery. Call our office today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation, including 3-D imaging to help you visualized the intended outcome, and discover how we can help you regain your confidence and feminine shape with the beautiful, natural looking breasts you’ve always wanted.

2 years ago

How to Get Rid of Your Stubborn Fat Without Surgery

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Even though you may have kept up your workout regimen through the holiday season and early winter, and are sticking to your resolutions to stay fit, there may be a few pudgy places on your body that won’t budge. If you’re sick of skipping muffins and still fighting a muffin top, or if you have love handles that are anything but lovely, it may be time to explore CoolSculpting at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery & ERASE MediSpa.
In the past, your choices for dealing with stubborn pockets of excess fat were limited – you either covered them up the best you could, or underwent liposuction. However, because of the advancements in technology and more widely available options, you no longer have to choose between surgery or “living with” unsightly bumps and bulges. CoolSculpting offers a completely noninvasive way to eliminate fat and achieve that improved figure that you’ve been working towards, in just a few short treatments.

The Science Behind CoolSculpting

Once you reach your teen years, the number of fat cells in your body is usually fixed, meaning that while you may gain or lose weight, the actual number of fat cells isn’t affected; the existing cells simply grow or shrink. CoolSculpting relies on the science of cryolipolysis – freezing the fat cells – to completely eliminate the cells from your body.
CoolSculpting technology works through an applicator that provides precisely targeted cooling, freezing the unwanted fat cells while causing no damage to your skin or surrounding tissue. The frozen cells crystallize and die, and are gradually flushed out through the natural processes of your lymphatic system and the area from which they were, contracts.

What to Expect From Your CoolSculpting Sessions

At ERASE MediSpa, we offer several different sized and shaped CoolSculpting applicators designed to target the areas you are unhappy with and are looking to reduce. CoolSculpting has been proven to reduce fat in targeted areas by up to 25 percent, so the hourglass figure you’ve been chasing is well within your reach. The applicator we use to smooth and contour the area around your waist is the CoolAdvantage™. It features interchangeable applicator contours – the CoolCurve+ Advantage™ will diminish love handles and contour your waist, while the CoolCore Advantage™ will smooth your abdomen.
At your CoolSculpting appointment, you will get comfortable in one of our treatment rooms, and gel pads will be placed over the areas targeted for fat reduction. The pads are used for increased protection and comfort during your CoolSculpting session. The hollow-tipped vacuum applicator is then placed over the pads, and the unwanted pocket of fat is sucked into the tip. You may initially feel a tugging sensation, but as the temperature drops, the area becomes numb and the feeling subsides.
Your session is usually complete in under 45 minutes during which you can get work done or your laptop or iPad, read or take a nap, and you can immediately go back to your everyday activities. The CoolSculpting procedure is non-invasive, nearly painless, requires zero downtime, and leaves you with almost no side effects. You may have some mild redness, bruising or swelling after your treatment, but these are temporary and will resolve on their own.

Results of Your CoolSculpting Treatment

Once the fat cells have been frozen during your treatment, they die off and are gradually eliminated by your body. Because your results depend on how fast your body naturally processes the frozen cells, you won’t see your final results immediately. While you may see some results as soon as three weeks after treatment, it typically takes between three and six months for your full results to be visible. Depending on your individual needs, you will most likely need more than one treatment to get that improved contour, but that is something you will discuss with Dr. Terrasse and his medical aesthetician at your consultation.
CoolSculpting is a contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure, so while you will most likely not see a change on the scale, you will notice a tighter, more toned figure. And because the targeted fat cells are gone for good, you will be able to maintain your results through a healthy diet and weight management.
If you are frustrated by unsightly bulges that ruin the contours you’ve worked so hard for, it may be time to explore CoolSculpting at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery & ERASE MediSpa. Call our office today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation and take control of your shape.

2 years ago

Is a Liquid Facelift for Me?

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If you enjoy keeping up with the latest trends in skin care and anti-aging treatments, you may have heard the term “liquid facelift.” Liquid facelift is the term used for a combination of injectable procedures that can address some of the issues associated with aging – like loss of volume or wrinkles – without going through invasive surgery or recovery. At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we offer liquid facelifts in a myriad of combinations available to combat the skin and soft tissue issues unique to your face, so that you leave our office looking and feeling refreshed and beautiful.

What is a Liquid Facelift?

Liquid facelifts feature a combination of injectables to address common problems that arise as your skin ages, including:

  • Lines on your forehead, as well as around your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Sagging brow lines, corners of your mouth or jaw line
  • Loss of volume in your temples, under your eyes, or in your cheeks or lips

At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we offer several options for both wrinkle reducers and fillers, and will customize your treatment to address your specific concerns. The products we use include:

  • Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers
    • Juvederm Ultra XC
    • Juvederm XC Ultra Plus
    • Juvederm Voluma® XC
    • Juvederm Volbella® XC
    • Belotero Balance
  • Collagen-Boosting Fillers

The results of your liquid facelift are visible almost immediately, and depending on the injectables you choose, the effects can last for at least a year and longer. Dr. Terrasse will work with you to create an individualized treatment schedule to ensure that you continue to look refreshed and rejuvenated.

Am I a Candidate for a Liquid Facelift?

Ideal candidates for a liquid facelift include patients who:

  • Have mild signs of aging (fine lines and wrinkles or minimal volume loss)
  • Do not have excessively sagging skin or developed jowls

The thing to consider when thinking about a liquid facelift is that the treatments require maintenance, and are designed to give you a boost in volume or smooth out wrinkles. Keep in mind that there are limits to what fillers can do while still preserving your natural look. If you have jowls or loose excess skin on your face and neck, fillers can’t effectively address that completely. If you choose an untrained and less experienced individual to perform your procedure to use fillers to add volume to fill excess skin, the result may be a puffy, unnatural look that ends up distorting your natural facial definition. Dr. Terrasse has additional extensive training and has the experience and expertise your require.

Liquid Facelift Results and Recovery

Because liquid facelifts are non-invasive, Dr. Terrasse performs the procedure right in our office. Most of the time, it takes under an hour to complete, though you may choose to break up the process into more than one session. A liquid facelift is virtually painless, not only requiring no anesthesia, but most contain a numbing agent to make your experience more comfortable. There is minimal, if any, downtime required and minimally noticeable signs that you have undergone a cosmetic procedure that can be covered with light make-up. You may experience minor side effects, including mild swelling, bruising, redness or hardness at the injection sites, but they are temporary issues that will resolve themselves within a couple of days.

If you have tried injectables on an individual basis, but are ready to try a more complete approach to addressing signs of aging on your face, a liquid facelift may be the answer you’re looking for. Call Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Terrasse to discover the combination of injectable treatments that will leave you looking younger and more refreshed.

2 years ago

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