29 May 5 Steps to Select the Best Plastic Surgeon

Advice on how to select a great plastic surgeon.

Make sure the surgeon is board-certified

This one, say experts, is a no-brainer. For plastic surgery, you want a doctor who’s certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It’s simple: The American Board of Medical Specialties’ Web site will tell you if a doctor is board-certified in plastic surgery.

Why is it so important to have a board-certified surgeon? Because legally any doctor is permitted to do any procedure — a psychiatrist could do a breast augmentation. If you use a board-certified plastic surgeon, you know he or she has completed three to five years of training in general surgery and a minimum of two to three years of training in plastic surgery, plus they have to take written and oral tests, according to Dr. Jim Stuzin, chairman-elect of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and assistant clinical professor at the University of Miami.

Board-certified plastic surgeons also have to do continuing medical education and take a written test every 10 years.

Check the surgeon’s record

Many state licensing boards, like California’s, list malpractice judgments, plus any disciplinary actions by the board.

Ask if the surgeon has hospital privileges

Even if you’re having a plastic surgery procedure at an outpatient clinic, it’s worth asking where the doctor has hospital privileges, because hospitals do background checks, says Dr. Rod Rohrich, past president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. “If they don’t have hospital privileges, that’s a huge red flag,” he says.

Come armed with questions for the doctor

One crucial question for your potential surgeon is how often he or she does the procedure you’re interested in. “If I’m coming to you for a facelift, you’d better do it almost weekly,” says Rohrich, who’s also chairman of the department of plastic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

The Arizona Medical Board’s Web site has a list of questions you can print out and bring with you to the doctor’s office. For example, the medical board suggests asking whether the physician will be performing the procedure in its entirety.

Be wary of multiple procedures

“When you bundle procedures, the risk goes up,” says Stuzin, the plastic surgeon in Miami.

The more procedures you have, the more money the doctor makes. Dr. Grant Carlson, a plastic surgeon at Emory University School of Medicine, says an unethical surgeon might suggest a neck lift when someone has come in looking for just for a nose job. “Unfortunately, money is a motivation in some people.”

Perhaps the most valuable advice, Trobaugh says, is to be swayed only by objective information about the surgeon, and not by how the doctor makes you feel. “[Adams] truly sounded like he was going to help me. He seemed like he would be truly concerned about me,” she says.

“And there are no stupid questions when you’re about to alter yourself in some major way.”

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16 May Thermi Laser Treatment, is it worth it? General feedback and reviews from around the country

Thermi Laser – Skin Care Treatment in Nashville, TN

I Like my Photos Again – Plymouth Meeting, PA

For the past year or two, I have hated every picture I’ve been in. My neck/chin looked awful. I have been a patient of Dr. Allan Wulc’s in Philadelphia for years (fillers/Botox) but I wasn’t ready for surgery. He suggested an in office treatment he just started doing called ThermiTight. WOW.   Thank you.

40 Year Old Mom. In Good Shape, but Had Lax Skin in Jowls and Neck. – Scottsdale, AZ

I was given the opportunity to try ThermiTight for my neck and jowls. Wow!!! So far, I am only a little past a month post treatment and my “turkey neck” is almost gone. My jowls are tight against my jaw line now. I am told the 3 month mark is the WOW moment. I can’t imagine it even getting any better.  Its already amazing.

ThermiTight Took 10 Years off my Face & Neck.. – Raleigh, NC

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02 May Fantastic Surgeon, Great Reputation, Excellent Experience. I Feel Like a Million Bucks!

I’m not usually a review writer, but after my experience with Dr. Sieveking, I felt he was worthy of the praise he truly deserves. Not only is Dr. Sieveking a fantastic (Nashville native, Vanderbilt and Stanford-trained) surgeon (which is apparent to anyone who does their research on his education), but his bedside manner was impeccable. He is kind hearted, patiently & thoroughly answered all of my questions, and seemed to truly care about my concerns. I had a facelift with Dr. Sieveking after he was referred to me by 2 different friends in Belle Meade whom had (truly) excellent results and had nothing but great things to say about he and his staff. Upon my visit, I was told that Dr. Sieveking’s nurses have been with him for over 8 years and are top-notch, and easy to talk to. My surgical process and fees were outlined clearly and considerately, and after meeting with 3 doctors before making a decision, it was clear to me that Dr. Sieveking was my surgeon. I’m so glad I made that decision (as are my 2 friends, who celebrate our finally getting our aging faces back to their more youthful state!) I feel so thankful and thrilled that I made this choice and took the advice of my friends whom, themselves, had the results to prove his expertise. Two of us recently went to a reunion and people couldn’t believe how well we’d “held up”…if they only knew it was at the hands of one of Nashville’s best. Dr. Sieveking, if you ever read this – I am so thankful!! See you at my 2-month followup! – I’d recommend you to anyone out there who wants truly quality surgery with a truly caring surgeon & staff.When Dr. Orcutt (his partner) retires, (which is rumored, I guess!) that practice will remain in the hands of one of the best out there.Thanks, Dr. Nick!



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20 Apr Board Certification Matters

When you or a family member is considering a plastic surgeon, you want a highly qualified doctor dedicated to providing outstanding care. Procedures as simple as Botox, Laser Facial Treatments and Filler to Face Lifts, Tummy Tucks, Breast Augmentations and Body lifts all require the focus and training of experts and are Board Certified.  When you choose a doctor who is Board Certified by one of the ABMS Member Boards, you can be confident he or she meets nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge, experience and skills to provide high quality care in a specific medical specialty. Board Certification goes above and beyond basic medical licensure.

A History of High Standards

Since 1933, the ABMS Member Boards have been certifying doctors to help assure patients as well as hospitals, health plans, insurers and the government that these doctors are qualified to provide expert health care in an ever-expanding number of medical specialties and subspecialties. With the guidance and support of ABMS, each of our 24 Member Boards is responsible for developing and implementing the educational and professional standards for quality practice in a particular medical specialty or subspecialty, as well as for evaluating candidates for Board Certification.

A Lifetime of Learning

ABMS is nationally recognized for the high standards our Member Boards set to certify doctors in various medical specialties. And to make sure Board Certified doctors continuously refresh and expand their knowledge, our Member Boards have also established the ABMS Maintenance of Certification® program for career-long self-assessment, learning and improvement activities.


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06 Mar Cosmetic Surgery Trends of 2015

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — As 2014 draws to a close, facial plastic surgeons are gleaning their crystal balls to predict what we will see more of and less of in 2015.

And we will surely see more of nips and tucks. “We expect the interest in cosmetic procedures — both surgical and non-surgical — to continue to climb in 2015 due to the improving economy, increased consumer awareness and a growing comfort level with the safety of cosmetic treatments,” says Dr. Stephen Park, facial plastic surgeon and president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The stigma of getting a little work done is so last decade.

Here’s what else we can anticipate in facial plastic surgery in 2015:

Blurred Lines

The line between cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery will fade. “Today someone who wants a rhinoplasty for functional reasons may also desire a cosmetic benefit, and people who opt for the procedure to correct a bump or another concern also want to breathe better,” says Dr. Park.

It’s All About the Combination

In 2015, one plus one will equal five or more as facial plastic surgeons learn that stacking procedures – whether fillers plus neurotoxins to smooth wrinkles or laser-assisted drug delivery to ensure that an active ingredient effectively reaches its target tissue – can exponentially increase the benefits of individual stand alone therapies.

Smile, You’re Still on Facebook

The selfie trend shows no sign of expiring in 2015. Growing numbers of teens to seniors are seeing themselves all over social media, and are more cognizant of their appearance on these networks. Expect an uptick in requests for rhinoplasty, eyelid rejuvenation and neck contouring and other facial plastic surgery procedures based on these images and the social media era.

On Golden Pond

Seventy is the new 50 and there is nothing stopping today’s active seniors from looking as young as they feel and act. “It is increasingly common for women and men in their 60s and 70s to seek out the expertise of facial plastic surgeons to maintain a youthful appearance. As less invasive techniques continue to evolve, coupled with people living better and longer, there is really no maximum age for cosmetic procedures anymore,” said Dr. Park. A recent study showing that even octogenerians are at no higher risk for complications from cosmetic surgery when compared to their younger counterparts will likely encourage even more seniors to seek cosmetic enhancements in the New Year.

Bright Eyes

Advances in rejuvenating the delicate eyelid area are exploding. Procedures to brighten aging eyes and rehabilitate lower eyelid bags and crepey skin will soar in 2015. “When it comes to rejuvenation procedures, blepharoplasty often offers the most bang for the buck. The surgery can be performed in an accredited ambulatory surgery center under local anesthesia by a board certified facial plastic surgeon. It can take years off your face, with minimal risks, side effects and recovery time,” said Dr. Park. For patients wishing to avoid surgery, there is a myriad of non-surgical treatments that can also be effective in this area.

Fat Still Phat

Fat grafting will continue to be the biggest game in 2015 thanks to refinements in harvesting techniques as well as more reliable, reproducible results with or without facial surgery. “Research on the power of stem cells and growth factors found in fat will also help confirm the place for fat in the facial plastic surgery hall of fame,” says Dr. Park.

The Small Stuff

Facial plastic surgeons are seeing more patients asking for little tweaks that can have a big impact on their overall appearance and self esteem. For example, earlobe reduction, injecting fillers into creases in front of the ears and into the hollows of the face such as the temples and jawline, using energy based devices to remove moles and birthmarks, lifting the upper lip through hidden incisions under the nostrils, as well as soft lifts using resorbable suture material to gently lift up sagging cheeks, brows and jowls.

Coming Soon to a Syringe Near You

While no one knows exactly when the FDA will act, many facial plastic surgeons are bullish about a new fat-melting injection to help reduce the appearance of double chins, as well as a new topical form of BOTOX®. The FDA nod could come some time in 2015. Stay tuned.

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery.  It represents more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck. AAFPRS members subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provide consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in their area by visiting the AAFPRS website, www.AAFPRS.org.

SOURCE The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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16 Feb Plastic Surgery Trends – Liposuction, Botox, Augmentations & Tummy Tucks

The 2014 plastic-surgery statistics will be released later today by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Thanks to an advance peek, I can report that butts are getting bigger, while breasts are getting smaller.

Buttock augmentations are up 86 percent over 2013. Michael C. Edwards, a plastic surgeon and the president of the ASAPS notes that most women don’t want giant backsides, they just want more shapely ones. The other big news is breast revisions, which are up 30.4 percent. Many attribute that rise to aging implants in need of replacement, along with many women’s desire to switch from saline to silicone-gel-filled implants, which may not have been available when they originally had surgery. What’s more, insiders say most of these women are exchanging their old implants for smaller replacements.

The other news in the numbers is a five percent drop in overall procedures: 10,663,607 in 2014, down from 11,419,610 in 2013. The decrease was mostly in minimally-invasive procedures like Botox and fillers. No explanation for this was offered by the ASAPS, but could it be what I call injection fatigue? Many women I’ve spoken to don’t want to return again and again for refills. Surgical procedures fell only 1.5 percent from 1,883,048 to 1,764,956, a drop that the number crunchers say is not statistically significant.

Fat—and getting rid of it—is still a high priority. In recent years the top surgical procedures for women have flipped back and forth between breast implants and liposuction. In 2014, liposuction held the number one spot, followed by breast augmentation (down 8.5 percent), tummy tuck, blepharoplasty (or eye lift), and in fifth place, the breast lift. Facelifts are in eighth place.

Liposuction may still be king (or is it queen?) in the surgical department, but non-surgical fat reduction with devices such as CoolSculpting and VASERshape rose a whopping 42.7 percent, from 94,922 in 2013 to 135,448 in 2014. That number could rise even more this year if ATX-101, an injection for fat reduction under the chin, gets FDA clearance, which it’s expected to receive.

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13 Sep Great Experience

After an absolutely terrible experience with another well known local surgeon (pain, excessive bleeding, and very poor aesthetic outcome), Dr. Sieveking did a wonderful job of repairing the worst looking breasts that I could have imagined. His office staff is great, he couldn’t have been kinder himself, and the pain during a small touch up in the office was so minimal I was shocked. Being a nurse myself, I’m very aware of good vs bad healthcare, and Dr. Sieveking is truly one of the best surgeons in Nashville. And no, he didn’t pay me to say that:)


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10 Sep Nashville Plastic Surgeon Offers a Look Inside the Facelift Process

Nashville plastic surgery, facelift, Clinic of Ageless Solutions, Nashville plastic surgeon, Dr. Nicholas Sieveking

Dr. Nicholas Sieveking explains the details of the facelift procedure, covering the consultation process through the recovery period.

Nashville, TN – Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Sieveking is known as one of the top facelift surgeons in the region, offering safe, reliable and natural-looking results. At his Nashville plastic surgery practice, he addresses cosmetic facial concerns on an individualized basis, choosing the best procedure based on the unique needs of each patient. He believes that following a “cookie cutter” approach will only lead to bad results. Dr. Sieveking says his techniques are always based on achieving the optimal outcome for each individual.

According to Dr. Sieveking, any age can benefit from good skin care practices, such as avoiding the sun, using physician-recommended products and undergoing light skin peels and office-based laser procedures. While these can help slow down the aging process, he explains that cosmetic concerns go beyond the scope of non-surgical treatment. Factors such as age, genetics, smoking, and excessive weight loss all influence when the point of surgical treatment becomes necessary. In regards to his facelift patients, Dr. Sieveking has performed the surgery on patients ranging from age 38 to 85, although he says the average patient is typically around age 55.

When patients need a more thorough treatment for their cosmetic facial concerns, Dr. Sieveking considers their candidacy for the facelift procedure. Generally, if a patient is in good health and has a low risk for surgery complications, Dr. Sieveking considers them a candidate for facial cosmetic surgery. However, he finds it imperative that patients fully understand the commitment of such a procedure. To maintain the surgical results, he says patients should be dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, and good skin care. At Sieveking Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sieveking says he has invested in the most advanced cosmetic lasers and skin care products to help prepare his patients for surgery and maintain their unparalleled results for many years after their procedures. He adds that his three licensed Medical Aestheticians are the best in the South, and often work seven days a week to keep up with the demand at his office and ensure timely care and convenience for all of his patients.

With his comprehensive laser and skin care center, as well as his Clinic of Ageless Solutions, Dr. Sieveking is able to choose the most effective therapies for a patient’s needs. Once he determines a patient requires surgical attention to correct cosmetic concerns, Dr. Sieveking will adapt his surgical technique to address such factors as age, gender, skin quality and sun damage. As a result of his thorough consultation process and approach to Anti-Aging therapies, Dr. Sieveking says his patients can expect to see more natural-looking, youthful appearance that stands the test of time. In addition to looking great on the outside, he adds that his patients experience an inner-healing and vibrancy to complete the rejuvenation process.

Following the facelift surgery, Dr. Sieveking’s patients tend to resume their normal schedule within two to three weeks. Preparing patients mentally and physically as well as using gentle, meticulous surgical techniques helps minimize bruising, swelling, and down-time for all of Dr. Sieveking’s patients. The Nashville plastic surgeon explains that results can continue to appear over three to six months, including skin tightening, jaw line contouring and softened appearance of scars. In the end, Dr. Sieveking hopes not only to rejuvenate his patients’ cosmetic appearance, but renew their overall self-confidence.

About Nicholas E. Sieveking

Dr. Nicholas Sieveking completed his General Surgery and Plastic Surgery training at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California and continued his training in Brazil under Ivo Pitanguy and Ewaldo Bolivar de Souza Pinto, two of the world’s plastic surgery leaders. Following his studies, Dr. Sieveking joined Dr. Thomas Orcutt’s Nashville plastic surgery practice. Since Dr. Orcutt’s retirement, Dr. Sieveking has maintained his own successful plastic surgery practice as well as an anti-aging wellness clinic. He is available for interview upon request.

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22 Aug A Very Happy Client!

I can’t say enough good about Dr. Sieveking. He is most caring, and takes all the time needed to listen to all your questions and concerns.His work is impeccable. His bed side manner is second to none. He seems to truly care about you as a person and a patient.I had done an enormous amount of research spanning over a year before I made my decision on a surgeon. I had it narrowed down to 2 and had visited Dr Sieveking 3 times before booking my surgery. He didn’t mind at all, and took all the time needed to answer my every question.If your considering a facelift, upper and lower eye surgery, do yourself a favor and use this doctor! I have a very natural result that took about 15 years off my appearance !!!! Wow it just don’t get any better than that! :o)



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25 Jan I could not have chosen a more competent physician

Dr.Sieveking was wonderful, the manner in which he explains your surgery is not only professional, but in a very kind and caring way. I could not have chosen a more competent physician. He explained my whole procedure and once I arrived I was totally at ease. I had been bullied most of my life for having small breasts and finally decided to do something about it. Dr. Sieveking was my first Dr. to see and he remained the only Dr. for me. I cancelled my other appointments, after feeling very at ease with him and his whole staff are terrific. My surgery went well and I will most defiantly consult him in the future for things that may need taken care of with the whole aging process. Thank you so very much for your kindness and exterpise as a terrific surgeon. God bless everyone at your office, you all are terrific. -P.K.

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