4 Top Questions For People Considering A Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck surgery is a common procedure performed by Dr. Rast in our Kansas City plastic surgery clinic. Tummy tucks remove fat, improve body contours, eliminate sagging/loose skin, and re-firm weakened abdominal muscles. If you’re considering a tummy tuck, read through the following frequently asked questions we often hear at initial consultations.

Am I A Good Tummy Tuck Candidate?

We recommend that all tummy tuck patients are nonsmokers and in generally good health. Patients should be moderately fit and have some overall muscle tone. Abdominoplasty is for the removal of loose/sagging skin and improving weakened abdominal muscles along with fat removal. If fat removal is your only goal – we typically recommend liposuction.

Note that if you are considering getting pregnant in the future, your tummy tuck should be postponed until after.

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How Long Is Recovery?

Following all of Dr. Rast’s instructions is essential to your recovery.  Avoiding bending, straining, or lifting anything for several days is also extremely important. Normal activity can be resumed within a few days of surgery, although there will be discomfort. Initial wound healing will take up to ten days. If no heavy lifting or vigorous activity is needed, our patients can return to work within a few weeks.

What Can I Expect Long-Term?

Abdominoplasty scars will be permanent and it may take over a year for the incision lines to fade and improve. Fortunately, normal clothing and even swimsuits should effectively conceal your scars.

Will My Tummy Tuck Last Forever?

As long as your fitness and weight is maintained, your improved body contours should continue to last. Loss of firmness is natural with aging but it should be minimal.

Schedule A Consultation In Kansas City

Ready to sit down with Dr. Rast and get all your questions answered? Call our expert plastic surgery team at (913)451-3722 or contact us online.

Before and After Your Eyelid Lift

An eyelid lift is a procedure performed to remove excess, baggy skin around the eyes and eyelids. Patients can expect to look more awake, rested with an overall youthful appearance almost immediately. Eyelid lifts are commonly known as eyelifts or blepharoplasty.

Eyelid lifts are performed with an incision in the natural crease of the upper eyelid (seen below), and/or within the lower eyelid. Dr. Rast will remove, tighten, and place skin for the best cosmetic results possible.

  • Remove and Tighten Excess Skin
  • Firm Eyelid Contours
  • Remove Excess Fat
  • Reduce Droopy Eyelids & Increase Symmetry
  • Treat Bags & Puffiness Under Eyes

Eyelid Lift Before & After Images

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Schedule A Kansas City Eyelift Consultation Today

If you’re considering eyelid surgery Kansas City patients can schedule a free consultation online, or call Dr. Rast at (913) 451-3722 with any blepharoplasty questions or concerns.

Kansas City Plastic Surgery Patients Choose Dr. Jon Rast

“I just wanted to send a quick note! I had breast implants by Dr. Rast, and I have never been happier. I have people always asking me in the summer if my breasts are real or fake, which is exactly what I wanted — a natural-looking implant. I have referred many people to Dr. Rast and plan to send many more. The staff was extremely nice and made you feel at ease with the whole process. I have had too many compliments to count on the great job he did — a very natural look. Thank you again to Dr. Rast and to everyone in the office who made the process a great experience.”

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Looking For Plastic Surgery in Kansas City?

breast augmentation kansas cityIf you’re considering plastic surgery in the Kansas City area, consider Dr. Rast at Associated Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Rast is one of the top plastic surgeons in our area, located conveniently and privately in Leawood, KS. Patients are extremely happy with their cosmetic results.

Patients are consistently choosing Dr. Rast to perform breast augmentations, facelifts, mommy makeovers, and more! Read more about his procedures at our services page.

Read more about his happy patients at realself.com and our testimonials page.

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Interested in hearing from Dr. Rast? Call us today at 913-451-3722 or fill out our online contact form.

 

Questions To Ask Before Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is the surgical placement of breast implants to enhance the size of a women’s breast, increase proportions, and improve body contours. Dr. Rast consults with patients almost daily about their questions and concerns about breast surgery. We’ve aggregated some of our top questions and provided answers so that you can come to your consultation fully prepared.

Breast Augmentation FAQ

breast augmentation kansas cityAm I A Good Candidate For Breast Implants?

Dr. Rast recommends that breast augmentation patients be people in generally good health and non-smokers. You would be an ideal candidate if you have specific, realistic goals for your implants that you can discuss openly with Dr. Rast.

 

What Is Involved In Recovery?

Dr. Rast will give you detailed instructions personalized to you. Immediately after your procedure, you’ll need a loved one to drive you home and stay with you during the first night. You’ll need to wear a support bra 24-7 for the first two weeks after surgery. The initial healing of the surgical incision wounds may take up to ten days, at which point you can return to work and normal activities. Intimate activity can continue after four to six weeks after surgery.

 

What Are The Risks Associated With A Breast Augmentation?

Other than any typical risks associated with anesthesia, the major risk with breast implants is the potential scar tissue that can form around them, making the affected breasts feel firmer than usual. Though this condition can be addressed surgically, it is not always permanent. Breast augmentation does require ongoing maintenance, including regular examinations for breast health and to evaluate the condition of your breast implants.

 

Do Breast Implants Last Forever?

Unfortunately, the results of a breast augmentation are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. With proper care and regular checkups, they should last for many years. Typically, breast implant manufacturers report that implants last around 15 years. Normal life changes such as pregnancy, weight gain, or weight loss can also affect the augmented breasts.

Schedule Your Kansas City Consultation Today

If you have questions about breast augmentation, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Rast today! Call our Kansas City plastic surgery clinic at (913)451-3722 or fill out a request form online.

 

Skin Tightening Procedures

eyelid surgery kansas cityLoose and sagging skin can cause emotional and confidence issues for men and women of any age. While skin tightening procedures are typically reserved for people of a certain age, it is a great option for people who have undergone massive weight loss, have been pregnant, or have had other skin issues. In our Kansas City plastic surgery clinic, Dr. Rast sees many people who would like to improve their looks (and self esteem) by undergoing plastic surgery of the skin. These can be minimally invasive, injectables, or traditional “lifting” procedures that involve going under the knife.

What Are Skin Tightening Procedures?

Skin tightening procedures are plastic surgery techniques that promote collagen regrowth (minimally invasive) or remove sections of sagging or excess skin for a tightened look.

Minimally Invasive

  • Laser Surgery
  • Skin Care Treatments
  • Skin Care Lines
  • Coolsculpting

Injectables/Wrinkle Fillers

  • BOTOX
  • Injectable Fillers

Traditional Plastic Surgery

Schedule A Consultation in Kansas City Today!

If you’re interested in improving your life and your looks by tightening your skin, call Dr. Rast today. Contact us online here or call now at (913)451-3722

New Year, New You

kansas city plastic surgeryNow that 2015 is in full swing, many people are trying to stick to their New Year’s resolutions to improve their looks and their life. Dr. Rast knows how much looking good factors in feeling good. If you’re interested in updating your look with plastic surgery — Dr. Rast is here to answer your questions and help you through the decision making process.

Top Plastic Surgery Procedures For 2015

Breast Augmentation

Enhance and enlarge small breasts with breast implants. Women can improve their body contours, proportions, and self-confidence with this popular procedure with Dr. Rast.

Anti-Aging/Skin Plastic Surgery

New technologies in plastic surgery are making minimally invasive skin procedures much more popular than ever before. Our top skin procedures are:

  • BOTOX Cosmetic
  • Injectable Fillers
  • Anti-Aging
  • Skin Care Treatments
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Skin Care Products

Tummy Tuck

For men and women who carry extra weight around their stomachs, a tummy tuck is a great option to quick reduce belly fat and improve body contours.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a good option for healthy individuals who are struggling with stubborn fat deposits, even with diet and exercise. These pockets of fat are usually due to heredity and no amount of exercise can remove them.

Contact Us Now For A Free Consultation

With our 2015 schedules filling up quickly, schedule your Kansas City plastic surgery today.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is the FDA-approved, noninvasive process used to target and eliminate fat cells without going under the knife. The procedure targets fat cells, using a cooling process developed by renowned Harvard scientists. Our Kansas City patients have zero downtime with dramatic results.

 How Coolsculpting Works

 The CoolSculpting procedure works by freezing the fat cells without damaging the skin or other cells using cryolipolysis. Fat cells are targeted, become crystallized, then break apart and die. As the fat cells are broken down and eliminated, they are naturally expelled by the body. as shown in the graph below.

Coolsculpting Kansas City

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Cryolipolysis is a process that causes the gradual death of fat cells. Patients typically see results begin to settle within 3 weeks of their first treatment, with more dramatic results appearing after two months. Fat cells continue to die and be absorbed and eliminated by the body even six months later, resulting in continued improvements and an overall sculpted body.

Get CoolSculpting in Kansas City

If you’re interested in the targeted, safe fat elimination results that CoolSculpting provides — call our Kansas City plastic surgery clinic today! Dr. Rast will gladly discuss your options and how the process works in detail with you in a consultation. Call us now at (913)451-3722 or contact us online.

5 Questions To Ask If You’re Considering Rhinoplasty

rhinoplasty nose job kansas city5 Questions To Ask If You’re Considering Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is an extremely popular facial plastic surgery procedure used to improve the shape, proportions, and general appearance of the nose. Sometimes called a “nose job,” rhinoplasty may also be used to correct structural defects that cause impaired breathing.

Dr. Rast performs rhinoplasty plastic surgery often in his Kansas City plastic surgery clinic. Learn more about rhinoplasty on our procedure page or contact us today online or by calling (913)451-3722 now.

Top Questions About Rhinoplasty

Am I a good candidate for a rhinoplasty?

The best candidates for rhinoplasty are nonsmokers who are generally in good health. Patients also must have finished facial growing — which is typically around age 15. We recommend a frank discussion with Dr. Rast to ensure specific, realistic goals in mind for the results of your plastic surgery.

How much does a nose job cost?

The costs associated with rhinoplasty procedures may vary and are dependent on the depth of surgery needed and desired. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a rhinoplasty is $4,545 (not including fees, anesthesia, etc.).

Will my insurance cover my rhinoplasty?

If a rhinoplasty procedure is undertaken to improve breathing, it is likely that your insurance provider may cover part (or all) of the cost.

What does a rhinoplasty surgery involve?

Rhinoplasty is either performed as an closed (with incision hidden inside the nose) or as an open (incision made across the strip of tissue between the nostrils) procedure. The skin tissue around the nose is raised through these incisions, then Dr. Rast sculpts the cartilage and/or bone within the nose. A deviated septum will be fixed during this step.

Once reshaping has been completed the skin and tissue are put back into place and the incisions are closed.

Rhinoplasty Before and After Illustration Kansas City

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What should I expect during recovery?

Once you’ve undergone the nose procedure, a split or medical packing will be placed outside and inside of your nose to protect and support your new nasal structure. This packing needs to remain in place until Dr. Rast removes it, usually after about a week. Your head will need to elevated at all times until swelling has gone down.

Typically, within a few days of surgery you can return to light activity. Healing will continue for several weeks. The major points of a successful recovery are:

  • Keep head elevated at all times during first week
  • Always wear sunscreen and reapply often
  • Protect nose from injury for four to six months (no contact sports!)

Schedule Your Rhinoplasty Kansas City Consultation Today

Come in to our Kansas City clinic to learn more about nose job and your options from Dr. Rast. Our experienced plastic surgery team will walk you through every step of the procedure and help you make the right decision for you. Contact us today online or by calling (913)451-3722 now.

Skin Plastic Surgery Treatment Options

Plastic surgery is a great option for complete skin care, whether patients are suffering from the affects of aging and gravity, sun-damage, drooping, or just general unhappiness with their skin’s tone and appearance. In Kansas City, Dr. Rast performs many skin plastic surgery treatment both minimally invasive and traditional surgical procedures including:

  • BOTOX Cosmetic InjectionsSkin Plastic Surgery Treatment
  • Injectable Fillers
  • Anti-Aging
  • Skin Care Treatments
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Skin Care Products
  • Post Weight Loss

Skin Plastic Surgery Treatments For Winter

Plastic surgery for skin care is also a great option to do in the winter months, with the less-harsh sunlight that can be abrasive for newly treated skin. Dr. Rast recommends researching fully and thinking about your environment before undertaking a surgical procedure on a place on your body that will not be protected at all times, like the skin of the face, hands, décolletage, or other areas.

Schedule A Skin Care Consultation in Kansas City Today

If you’re interested in learning more about the skin plastic surgery options available from Dr. Rast in his Kansas City plastic surgery clinic, call us today at (913) 451-3722 or contact us online. You don’t have to be unhappy with aging or sagging skin, Dr. Rast can guide you towards the best skin care strategy to help you look and feel your best!

Before and After Tummy Tuck Surgery

Kansas City Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

If you’re interested in tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty,  consider Dr. Jon Rast’s tummy tuck services in Kansas City. Dr. Rast’s extensive training, experience, and comfortable bedside manner with the ultimate goal of making his patients happy and comfortable make him an ideal candidate to be your plastic surgeon.

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What Is Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Tummy Tucks are plastic surgery procedures performed to remove excess fat and skin from the middle and lower abdomen, typically for women after pregnancy, for men and women after massive weight loss, or for people who need help cutting down the tissue around their middles. The surgery can also improve, tighten, and redefine protruding abdominal wall muscles, which can become separated after pregnancy or other medical event.

Before and After Tummy Tuck Pictures

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Schedule A Kansas City Tummy Tuck Consultation

If you’re uncomfortable with your body, you don’t have to suffer through, we can help you feel better and eliminate excess body fat. Call Dr. Rast now at 913-451-3722 to schedule a consultation for tummy tuck surgery or contact us online. Our Kansas City Plastic Surgery team will walk you through every step of the process to ensure that you feel comfortable and your goals are understood and met.