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.
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.
- 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.
- These operations are performed in patients who have excess localized fatty deposits with associated cosmetic deformity.
- Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
- The blepharoplasty procedure is one of many popular operations performed by plastic surgeons today.
- The FACELIFT operation is one of many popular operations performed by plastic surgeons today.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
Abdominoplasty is performed in patients who have excess abdomenal skin and fat with associated abdomenal wall laxity. This is major surgery. The abdominoplasty procedure involves a rearranging of the soft tissues, primarily by excision of excess fat and skin and increasing the firmness of the abdomen by tightening the muscle wall. The scar is placed in the bikini line and will be explained at the time of your office visit.
HOSPITAL STAY: The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis with an overnight stay.
SURGICAL TIME: Approximately two and one half hours.
ANESTHESIA: general anesthesia.
POSTOPERATIVE CARE: Drains must be emptied and volumes recorded every eight hours at home for the first 3-5 days. The sutures are removed within two weeks following surgery in most instances.
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 abdomenal flap is very unusual but any great difference in the size should serve the patient notice to notify the surgeon immediately. Risks of this procedure include the loss of sensation and umbilicus (navel) asymmetry. Sensory loss is usually temporary, with sensation returning over a period of several weeks to months. Umbilicus necrosis or skin necrosis is a rare complication of this surgery.
SCARS: Surgical scars are permanent. Occasionally, a delay in healing occurs at the incisional edges. 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 reduction of abdomenal 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 exercises and lifting for another two weeks.