Plastic Surgery Center Blog

July 8, 2018

Facial contours are among your most noticeable features. Some individuals may be unhappy with how they look as a result of congenital defects or injury to the face, while others are simply dissatisfied with their appearance. Chin implants can achieve a proportional size or balanced shape to the face.

Chin Implants

Chin implants are made of soft, solid silicone or porous substances that are designed to integrate with surrounding tissues. These implants are frequently chosen to enhance areas of the face for the following reasons:

• areas of the face are asymmetrical

• an area of the face is not well developed

• an area of the face is malformed due to a health condition

• to achieve better facial proportion for nose surgery patients

Chin implants improve or accentuate the appearance by providing balance or enhancing your natural contours.

Chin Implant Incision and Pocket Formation

The procedure is usually performed through a small incision on the inside of the mouth or along the underside of the c...

June 3, 2018

Changes to the breasts can be dissatisfying and make a woman feel as if she is losing her femininity and youthfulness. Over time, factors such as age, genetics, pregnancy and breast feeding, and weight and hormonal fluctuations can change the appearance of the breasts. Breasts that were once firm and shapely may begin to sag giving them a loose or heavy appearance. A breast lift, or mastopexy, can help restore a firmer, shapelier breast, which will improve body contours and give the breasts a perky, youthful appearance.

Breast Anatomy

It's important to understand the structure of the breast in order to understand why breast shape changes over time. Your breasts are made up of primarily fatty (adipose) and glandular tissues which determine the size and shape. Firmness and lift are influenced by how well ligaments connected to the chest wall support your breasts. The fatty tissue and ligaments surround the milk-producing glandular tissue (lobules) and milk ducts. Breasts also contain blood...

April 18, 2018

Overdevelopment of male breasts is a condition known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastia can affect men of all ages and most commonly is the result of genetics, hormonal changes, certain drugs or medications, and weight gain. Gynecomastia affects approximately one out of two men at some time in their lives. This condition is characterized by excess breast fat and glandular tissue and can be present in one (unilateral) or both (bilateral) breasts. Gynecomastia can cause emotional distress and self-consciousness and many men refrain from certain activities in order to hide their condition. While losing weight may reduce the size of male breasts, because of the presence of excess glandular tissue, weight loss alone will rarely result in satisfactory breast reduction. Gynecomastia surgery or reduction mammoplasty is an effective and long-lasting way to reduce breast size, repair nipple and areola abnormalities, and improve chest contours.

Breast Anatomy

Male and female breast anatomy is very simil...

March 26, 2018

Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed today. Over time, factors such as age, genetics, pregnancy, weight changes, and gravity can cause the size and shape of the breast to change. Women who are dissatisfied with the size of their breasts or have experienced changes in breast appearance can achieve fuller, shapelier breasts with breast augmentation. During this process, breast implants are placed inside a pocket behind existing breast tissue. Breast augmentation can increase or balance breast size, restore breast volume, or restore the breast shape after partial or total loss. It is important to realize that breast augmentation cannot correct significantly sagging or drooping breasts. In these instances, a breast lift is often necessary, which may be performed in conjunction with this procedure.

Implant Options

A variety of breast implant options exist. Breast implants differ by shape, texture, and profile. Breast...

February 8, 2018

Do you have pockets of unwanted fatty tissue that just won’t go away? You eat well and exercise regularly, but those bulges are persistent. Are you considering liposuction?

Almost any area of your body can be contoured with liposuction – thighs, hips, buttocks, lower legs, back, abdomen, chest, upper arms, neck, jaw line and cheeks - creating a slimmer, shapelier appearance. The procedures may vary for specific body areas, but the general processes are similar.

How Liposuction Works

Most body fat is located on top of muscle tissue, just beneath the skin. Blood vessels supply the area with blood, and nerve endings provide sensation to the skin. The amount of fat that accumulates under the skin varies depending on inherited traits, body type and lifestyle factors such as exercise and diet. Liposuction works by surgically removing excess fat with a suction device, resulting in improved contours in the desired area. There is a variety of liposuction techniques available today, including the u...

February 1, 2018

Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed. Unwanted hair grows on various regions of the body. Often, individuals find the presence of hair in certain regions of the body unsightly or embarrassing. In other instances, individuals wish to lessen the need for shaving, waxing, tweezing or other methods of hair removal. Most commonly, laser hair removal is used to reduce hair growth on the face, back, legs, forearm, underarm, and bikini line. However, laser hair removal can be used to permanently reduce the amount of hair on any area of the body.

How Hair Grows

Before you learn how laser hair removal works, you need to understand how hair grows. Hair grows from deep within hair follicles, which are thin cavities embedded in the dermis. Hair does not grow continuously, but grows in a three-phase cycle. While the rate at which hair grows differs by individual, the length of the hair growth cycle generally depends on the type of hair. For example, the active gr...

January 25, 2018

Signs of aging in the face and neck occur for many reasons, such as heredity, skin type, sun exposure, and lifestyle choices. If you are bothered by a combination of deep facial wrinkles, sagging jowls, drooping eyelids, or loose skin and excess fatty deposits under your chin or on your neck, a facelift may be right for you.

A full facelift is best described as a combination of separate procedures that affect different areas of the face. Not all people need the same procedures, so what may be full facial rejuvenation for one person may involve a slightly different set of procedures for another.

Typically, a full facelift involves a lower or mid facelift, a forehead lift and sometimes eyelid surgery. Your plastic surgeon can help decide the best options to give you the results you desire. 

The Forehead.  A forehead lift, also known as a brow lift, reduces forehead lines and creases, and can improve frown lines that may appear between your eyebrows. Sagging eyebrows may also be lifted with...

January 9, 2018

KYBELLA® (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness, sometimes referred to as “double chin”.

You and your doctor will design a treatment plan tailored to help you improve your chin profile. During your treatment sessions, your health care provider will administer KYBELLA® into the fat under your chin using multiple injections. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatment sessions. Up to 6 treatment sessions may be administered spaced no less than one month apart.


Submental fullness, sometimes referred to as “double chin”, is a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition. It can impact a broad range of adults, including both men and women, and can be influenced by several factors such as aging, genetics and weight gain, and is often resistant to diet and exercise alone.

You and your doctor will design a treatment plan tailored to help you...

December 14, 2017

Blepharoplasty - more commonly called eyelid surgery or “lid lift” is designed to correct the appearance of droopy upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Typically, due to aging, excess skin and fatty tissue can cause the eyes to droop, making people look perpetually tired or sad, or older than they actually are.

At Pinehurst Surgical Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Jeff Kilpatrick performs eyelid surgery, providing patients with a solution to the problem of aging, droopy eyelids. Performed on an outpatient basis, the procedure entails making small incisions in the natural folds of the upper eyelids or just below the lashes on the lower lids. Careful placement of the incisions minimizes the appearance of scars. Excess skin, fatty tissue, and muscle may be removed to produce the desired aesthetic result. Tiny sutures are used to close the incision and are removed about one week later.

The procedure is usually performed in an office with local anesthesia in as little as 45 minutes. Eyelid sur...

December 3, 2017

The CoolSculpting procedure eliminates stubborn fat safely and effectively, without surgery or downtime. This fat reduction treatment is the only FDA-cleared procedure to use controlled cooling to safely target and eliminate diet- and exercise-resistant fat.

CoolSculpting results are proven, noticeable, and lasting, so you'll look and feel great from every angle.

​Freeze away fat? It comes down to science. Fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than surrounding tissues.  CoolSculpting technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), and then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.

We will develop a customized CoolSculpting treatment plan that addresses your problem areas.  Additional sessions may further enhance your results. Your individualized treatment plan will be tailored to your body,...

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