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What Is Augmentation Mammaplasty?

Augmentation Mammaplasty is an enhancement of the size of the breasts. This surgery is performed in an outpatient facility, Aesthetic Operative Suite. Aesthetic Operative Suite is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc.

Small incisions are used to place and implant beneath the breasts. There are various surgical approaches that can be used and these are discussed in detail during your consult with Dr. Dawkins. Mammograms and photographs are taken before surgery. After surgery, the patient is usually able to return to work full time within one week. Augmentation Mammaplasty does not increase or decrease the chances of having breast cancer.

Augmentation Mammaplasty is an excellent solution for a lady who wants to increase the size of her breasts or who has lost the fullness of her breasts after pregnancy.

 

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What Is Liposuction?

Using Superficial, Tumescent and Ultrasonic Liposuction procedures, Dr. Dawkins can remove the fat cells in the hips, thighs and buttocks as well as other areas of the body. The results are dramatically noticeable with minimal recovery time.

 

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What Is Endermologie®?

Endermologie® (Ultrasonic Cellulite Reduction) Endermologie® is a comprehensive and effective treatment to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. Performed with the ES1 Therapeutic Massager®, this treatment improves subcutaneous blood circulation. Our specialists have undergone comprehensive training to fully master the LPC® technique. As skin becomes smoother and the overall body more attractive, patients are truly glad they opted for Endermologie®. "Don't give in to cellulite: Defy it!"

 

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What Is Tummy Tuck?

For the protruding stomach or loose skin that can result from aging, weakened muscles, childbearing and previous surgeries, the tummy tuck can improve the contour of the body considerably. This procedure is more complex than liposuction; therefore, the recovery time is longer. However, the results are just as satisfying.

 

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What Is Facelift?

The most well known procedure, the facelift slows the signs of aging on the face by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and re-draping the skin of your face and neck.

A facelift can be done alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic facial procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery or laser surgery for wrinkles.

A facelift performed alone or with other procedures can be safely done in our accredited operative suite and does not require hospitalization. Therefore, we can assure you that your confidentiality and anonymity is protected.

A facelift requires a few days of rest and relaxation. However, time from work or normal activities is very limited.

Most patients are delighted with the final results of a more attractive and rested appearance. Many of our patients enhance their facelift through Collagen Treatments.

 

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What Is An Eyelid Lift?

Your eyes are the most focused-on feature of your face and droopy skin does not show the image you desire for yourself. With eyelid surgery, the skin is tightened and puffy fat is removed. You then reveal a more refreshed, alert, and younger look.

Worry and tension lines on the forehead are re-softened and the brow is raised to provide a more youthful, energetic appearance. This procedure is often included with a facelift and/or eyelid surgery. Dr. Dawkins performs the forehead lift with the endoscopic technique, which reduces the standard ear-to-ear incision to as few as three small incisions on the hairline. The endoscope (small camera) helps guide the surgeon, who can remove the muscles that produce the frown lines and reposition the eyebrows.

 

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What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Recent advances in carbon dioxide laser technology have made skin rejuvenation with the CO2 laser a practical reality.

It is now possible to treat wrinkles associated with age and exposure to the sun, reverse sun damage and correct pigmentary problems with the laser.

Laser resurfacing treatment is safe and effective, and the entire process proceeds over a course of approximately 10 to 14 days, after which patients usually can resume most normal activities.

Laser treatment may be performed on the whole face or designated facial areas such as around the eyes or the mouth. It can be carried out under local or general anesthesia, depending on the specific needs of each individual.

"Dr. Dawkins uses the Ultrapulse® CO2 Laser as seen in Vogue and on 20/20."

 

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What Is Photo Waxing?

Introducing Photo Waxing -- "without the wax" -- from Aesthetic!

Clear away unwanted hair quickly, comfortably, and safely, with long-lasting results.

Photo Waxing removes hair safely and effectively from all types of skin -- even tanned skin. And our Photo Waxing System is one of the fastest available. It can treat a woman's legs or a man's entire back in only 15 minutes!

Aesthetic uses Photo Waxing to provide both maximum results and a pleasant experience for the patient. The system operator gently glides the handpiece along the skin. With exclusive Photon Recycling, light that gets reflected out of the skin is captured and redirected back into the hair follicles, maximizing the effectiveness of treatments.

Until now, treating persons with dark or tanned skin has been a problem because the pigment in such skin absorbs enough of the laser energy to cause considerable side effects and discomfort. However, with Super Long Pulse Technology hair removal is available for everyone without hurting the skin.

 

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What Is California Peel / Microdermabrasion?

With the California Peel, the skin is lifted by a precision handpiece and gently abraded by a blast of fine aluminum oxide crystals. The handpiece gradually glides across the skin's surface, removing the dead outer layer of skin and erasing fine lines and blemishes to uncover the smoother, younger-looking skin underneath. The California Peel is effective on all colors of skin.

The simple process is virtually pain-free and can be performed without any anesthesia in most patients. Immediately after the procedure, the skin has a pink appearance with no excessive redness. Its texture feels silky smooth. Patients can apply cosmetics directly afterwards.

The California Peel takes only 20 to 30 minutes. Safe and convenient, many patients schedule their procedure during their lunch hour. Initially, five to ten treatments may be necessary to achieve the best results. Your licensed paramedical aesthetician can help you establish the appropriate treatment plan for your skin type and condition.

The California Peel is affordable, costing significantly less than traditional dermabrasion, chemical peels or laser resurfacing.

 

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What Is Collagen?

Facial lines and wrinkles are caused by the wearing down of the natural collagen support layer that lies just beneath your skin. External factors, such as exposure to the sun and pollution, and internal conditions such as the body's natural aging process, also contribute to the wearing down of the collagen layer.

What is Collagen? Collagen is a fast, safe, nonsurgical way to reduce lines and wrinkles. Collagen replaces the skin's natural support layer, smoothing facial lines. Specifically, you can smooth facial lines, wrinkles and also enhance the lip border in just one treatment session, and see immediate visible results!

You too can look this good - on your lunch break - with Collagen!

 

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Howard G. Dawkins, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
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Dr. Howard G. Dawkins
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Serving North Carolina
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