Our Plastic Surgical Procedures

Office Hours: Dr. Raskin sees patients by appointment.
The office staff is available Monday through Friday from 8AM (MST) until 5PM (MST).
If you are from out of town, it is medically necessary for you to remain in or close to Colorado Springs for your early recovery and follow-up care. This will be discussed with you pre-operatively and varies from procedure to procedure.
Further information about Cosmetic Plastic Surgery can be obtained through our office.
A brief overview of common plastic surgical procedures is listed in the right hand column.

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Overview of the Procedures

Breast Enlargement
This operation is designed to increase the fullness and size of the breasts.
Breast Reduction Surgery
This operation is performed in patients who have large breasts and associated musculoskeletal symptoms.
These operations are performed in patients who have excess localized fatty deposits with associated cosmetic deformity.
Tummy Tuck Surgery (abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty is performed in patients who have excess abdomenal skin and fat with associated abdomenal wall laxity.

Breast Lift Surgery (mastopexy)

  • The surgical procedure known as mastopexy is performed in patients who may or may not have had large breasts when younger but whose breasts have now have sagged and, as a general rule, volume has diminished. It is an operation basically designed to improve the cosmetic appearance of a patient and is considered a major operation. Ptosis, or sagging of the breasts, is a common condition in women who have had moderate to large breasts or whose breasts enlarged during pregnancy. The sagging occurs following a return of the breast to the previous size. The excess skin does not contract in some women, thus leaving a sagging breast which looks smaller.

    The mastopexy procedure is designed to perform the same role as a properly fitting brassiere. This one, however, is fashioned by the patient's own tissues. The operation involves a rearranging of the soft tissues, primarily the skin, shifting the nipple position and increasing the firmness by tightening the skin covering. The skin may be excised laterally on the outside of the breasts, placing the scar beneath the bra. Another approach involves an anchor-type incision, placing the scar in the inframammary crease beneath the bra with a vertical component running straight up to and around the nipple. Under some circumstances this procedure may be combined with use of a small breast implant to achieve fullness, a modest augmentation of breast volume when the readjustment of normal tissues alone will not be sufficient. This is decided upon preoperatively. In some instances, again depending upon the patient and the condition, a donut-shaped segment of skin is removed from arou

    When breast lifts are performed, on occasion, a small breast implant is placed to increase the breast size.
    We prefer Sientra Breast Implants since they are of high quality and provide a superior and free warranty for our patients.

    HOSPITAL STAY: This is an outpatient procedure, usually performed at the Surgery Center at Kissing Camels.

    SURGICAL TIME: Approximately two 1/2 hours.

    ANESTHESIA: General anesthesia.

    COMPLICATIONS: The patient will be given proper medications for discomfort and an antibiotic. In the event of complications, such as undue pain, or bleeding, your doctor should be contacted. Major complications such as an expanding hematoma where a large collection of blood develops underneath the breasts is very unusual but any great difference in the size should serve the patient notice to notify the surgeon immediately. Additional complications also include the occasional loss of nipple sensation and nipple symmetry - these are usually temporary, with sensation returning over a period of several weeks.

    SCARS: Surgical scars are permanent and are from the central part of the chest area, underneath the breast, and around toward the armpit, and also toward the sternum or breast bone. In addition, there is a verticle scar from the nipple-areola down to a point located just underneath the breast (at the mammary line). Occasionally, delay in healing occurs at this site. These scars, while quite noticeable for a period of approximately six months to a year, tend to fade and the disability relative to scarring is generally mild. These scars, as stated, although red and eventually end up somewhat widened, are the price the patient pays for improvement in contour and breast size. In some instances a revision of these scars may be indicated a year or two following the original or primary procedure.

    SOCIAL ACTIVITIES: Social activities should be limited for approximately two weeks following this type of surgery. It is best to limit excessive arm movement exercises and lifting for another week or so.

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