Neografting in 2019

What is a Neograft Procedure?

Neografting is a revolutionary, minimally invasive hair restoration treatment that provides significantly better results than more traditional methods. Unlike many conventional procedures that are painful and produce limited results, neografting is a much more successful solution to thinning and balding.

Dr. Rast and the professionals at the Associated Plastic Surgeons Clinic in Kansas City are experts in this procedure and have helped many men and women suffering from hair loss restore their natural locks as well as regain their self-confidence as a result. Because of Neograft, balding is no longer something that you just have to accept.

How Does Neograft Work?

After your initial consultation with the doctor, at which time you discuss the details as well as your expectations for the procedure, you will schedule the surgery. The procedure itself is actually quite simple. You take hair from a designated “donor”, or “harvesting”, region on your body, and transplant the follicles wherever you are experiencing the hair loss.

The amazing thing about this procedure is that it is not just limited to the head. Facial hair loss, thinning eyebrows, and even body hair can be restored using this method. The entire hair restoration process can take anywhere from 3 to 8 hours depending on the number of follicles being transplanted.

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When Can I Expect to See Results?

You may notice more fullness and volume immediately following the hair restoration, but it is important to understand that these new hairs might shed in the following few weeks. Don’t worry, however, because the follicles that were transplanted remain intact and will produce natural hair growth in the coming months.

It is also important to note that some patients may need more than one neografting session to see their best results. With that said, the best part about this procedure is that the follicles used are genetically resistant to balding. That means that once the restoration is complete and the desired results are achieved, the hair gain is permanent.

Where Can I Get Neograft?

Dr. Rast and the rest of the team at the Associated Plastic Surgeons Clinic in Kansas City, KS, are available to help you with any and all questions and concerns you may have. Dr. Rast is a leading expert in the field of cosmetic medicine and is a five-star rated surgeon. He is board certified and has previously served as President of the Kansas City Plastic Surgery Society.

Dr. Rast’s patients consider his compassion and caring personality to be matched only by his surgical skills. He takes the time to listen to and address each patient’s questions and concerns. He believes that cosmetic surgery is not an expression of vanity, but rather allows people to look the way they feel. In this way, it can lead to increased self-esteem, self-worth, and true happiness. To learn more about neografting and how it helps in hair restoration, reach out to Dr. Rast today and schedule a consultation.

Look Your Best for the New Year

There are many ways in which you can look your best for the new year. Exercise, meditation, proper diet, and much more can all do wonders, but sometimes we need to do a little more to get the body of our dreams. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jon E. Rast understands this and is here to provide you with a variety of surgeries and procedures to help you get your body to the place you’ve always wanted.

Whether you need a breast lift, face lift, liposuction, or something else, Dr. Rast is here for you.

How About a Breast Lift?

Dr. Rast offers a number of breast surgeries, but one of the most popular is a breast lift, or “mastopexy” as it is called in the medical world. Breast lifts do exactly what the name suggests. By lifting the breasts, the surgery helps to reduce sagginess caused by age, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and many other life events.

To accomplish this, Dr. Rast removes excess skin and tissue surrounding the breasts. As part of the procedure, the tissue is tightened in order to reshape and lift the breasts. After a short healing process, the breasts will have developed a new contour in order to increase overall firmness while adding a youthful appearance to the chest.

Maybe a Different Type of Lift

Often, it’s not the breasts which are the most problematic part of the body. As we age, the face can also succumb to sagginess, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and much worse. Other things like smoking, drinking alcohol, using other drugs, and poor diet as well as overexposure to the sun or other forms of UV lighting, such as that found in tanning beds, and air pollution can also wreak havoc on the skin and tissue of the face.

The cause of a saggy or wrinkled face, however, is less important than the fact that sagginess and wrinkles have appeared at all. Most important for most of Dr. Rast’s patients aren’t diagnosing the cause but fixing the problem. And, fortunately, a facelift can help with that.

A facelift, or “rhytidectomy, is accomplished by making small incisions beginning at the temples. The incisions continue around the ears and typically end at the lower scalp. Doing this allows the skin and tissue of the face to be lifted so that wrinkles and sagginess can be metaphorically wiped away. Sometimes, these procedures also incorporate a neck lift which involves making incisions in the chin area.

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Lose Weight with Liposuction

Perhaps the problem isn’t sagginess or wrinkles at all. Sometimes, all we need is to lose a little weight. Liposuction is one procedure offered by Dr. Rast to help with this.

While exercise and diet can do wonders for the body, it is often not enough. This is especially true if you’ve inherited genetic conditions which increase the buildup of localized fat deposits throughout the body.

Liposuction requires making incisions in the body where the fat is to be removed. This can be on the neck, stomach, back, legs, thighs, or just about anywhere else. After the incisions are made, a small tube is inserted into the body. It circulates at a high speed which causes the breakdown of fat deposits. Once broken apart the tube sucks the fat away.

Can Large Breasts Cause Upper Back Pain?

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Upper back pain is experienced by many people. Women with large breasts, however, often experience back pain to a greater extent than others. Many wonder whether or not large breasts are the cause of this pain.

The answer is not as simple as it may seem because back pain can be caused by many different factors. Still, a doctor or plastic surgeon may recommend breast reduction surgery in certain instances to decrease upper back in women with large breasts.

What is Upper Back Pain?

The upper back is the part of the back from the bottom of the neck down to the bottom of the rib cage. This includes the back of the shoulder and the area behind the heart and lungs. Upper back pain within these regions can be caused by many reasons including:

  • Poor posture

  • Overuse of the muscles which can occur with too much exercise or physical labor

  • Traumatic injury to the upper back resulting from car accidents, slips, falls, or other traumas

  • Herniated disks

  • Pinched nerves

  • Osteoarthritis or other forms of arthritis in the upper back

Can Large Breasts Cause Upper Back Pain?

Large breasts are typically classified as breasts which are cup D or larger. Breasts of these sizes can cause upper back pain and increase pain caused by other factors. The reasons for this is because the size and weight of large breasts force the spine to curve unnaturally within the upper back.

This bend can contribute to poor posture, resulting in the overuse of muscles, and even lead to herniated disks or pinched nerves. Of course, this won’t happen immediately. A woman with large breasts may be safe from back pain for quite some time. However, after years of walking around with this extra weight, upper back pain may develop.

Breast Reduction

Is Breast Reduction Surgery Needed?

There many methods which can reduce upper back pain associated with large breasts. Regular stretching, wearing the right type of bra, or walking with an upright posture might all be helpful. If back pain or large breasts are becoming too much of an inconvenience, breast reduction surgery is also a choice.

Breast reduction surgery ultimately results in a smaller breast size. By removing fat, tissue, and skin within the breast, surgeons reduce the size of large breasts. This surgery is also cosmetic. Women can often choose the size of breast they want at the end of the surgery. After one surgery, breasts which may have always felt too large for the body can be sculpted to become perfectly perpendicular with the rest of the body.

The Benefits of Rhinoplasty

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What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is what most people refer to as a “nose job.” It’s usually performed for cosmetic purposes to help patients regain self-esteem, and is one of the most popular forms of plastic surgery today. However, occasionally patients require it to resolve breathing problems as a result of structural defects in the nose.

Some examples of what rhinoplasty can treat are: nose size, nose width, a nose with visible bumps or ridges on the bridge, a droopy or upturned nose tip, nostrils that are too large or narrow, and nose asymmetry. Patients should bear in mind that some asymmetry is to be expected.

Hoes Does Rhinoplasty Work?

Rhinoplasty is performed primarily using two different techniques:

1. Open technique: The open technique (or external rhinoplasty) involves making a tiny incision on the columella, which is the delicate tissue separating the nostrils. Since the open technique grants a clearer view of problem areas, this method allows the surgeon to more accurately reshape and contour the nose according to the patient’s desires. It is ideal for patients with more complex or difficult nose shapes.

2. Closed technique: In the closed technique (or endonasal rhinoplasty), incisions are made inside the nose, preventing scars from being visible. Unlike in the open technique, the closed technique does not involve making any incisions on the columella, which reduces post-surgical swelling. The absence of this additional incision also results in a slightly faster procedure.

Many are afraid of experiencing pain during rhinoplasty, but because incisions take place during each method, the patient will be sedated. Luckily, rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, so the patient does not need an overnight hospital stay and can return home relatively soon after the surgery is completed.

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Cost of Rhinoplasty

The average cost of rhinoplasty itself is $5,125, but this does not include other medical expenses associated with surgery. Anesthesia costs typically range from $800 to $2,000. The fees for operating room facilities, prescription medication, and other medical expenses should also be taken into consideration when figuring the cost for rhinoplasty.

While it may be expensive, patients typically report high levels of satisfaction and self-esteem after undergoing rhinoplasty. If you feel your nose is reducing the overall quality of your life, don’t hesitate to call us at 913-451-3722 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jon Rast.

Does Botox Hurt?

Does Botox Hurt?

Does Botox Hurt? Is the Pain Worth the Gain?

Does Botox hurt? Botox injections are one of the most effective tools we have against fine lines and wrinkles. The good news is, there are ways to minimize discomfort while enjoying the benefit of Botox effects.

Does Botox Hurt

One of the most commonly asked questions when women consider Botox injections is “does Botox hurt?” As with any injection, there is the possibility of some minimal pain. This can be soothed, however, by applying ice or topical anesthetic to the treatment area prior to and after the treatment. Some areas, such as between the eyebrows, are naturally more sensitive than others, but there is no need to allow pain to prevent you from enjoying the full benefit of Botox treatment.

Botox Effects

When Botox is applied appropriately by an expert trained in its use, the effects are pleasing. The look of fine lines and wrinkles can be smoothed and areas lifted to give you a more youthful, rejuvenated look. It is crucial to be treated by a doctor with experience in Botox effects. Too much Botox can leave patches of numbness or even a lack of facial movement. When working with an experienced doctor, those risks are minimal and you can enjoy Botox effects at the smallest possible risk.

Botox Injections

Botox injections are one of the most popular and commonly administered cosmetic surgery options. It is able to lift the corners of your mouth that may be sagging due to age, smooth your chin, soften lines around your lips and lessen vertical neck cords as well as ease the look of fine lines and wrinkles. When you visit Dr. Rast’s office, you will engage in a full consultation. We will discuss your needs and goals and the treatment that is most appropriate for you. Call today for your appointment.

Seniors and Cosmetic Surgery-What’s Right for Me?

Seniors and Cosmetic Surgery-What’s Right for Me?

The signs of aging affect us more strongly as we become seniors and cosmetic surgery can provide answers. Dr. Rast offers solutions that can help you look and feel younger. Signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging skin can reduce self-esteem in women and men over the age of 65. When signs of aging begin to show on the face, neck, and body, there are options to help you look and feel younger.

 

Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery focuses on the areas around the eyes, reducing drooping skin
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and wrinkles. If the skin around your eyes is puffy or sagging and makes you look older or chronically tired, Dr. Rast can perform the procedure on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both. The incision is hidden within a natural crease, and muscles and tissue are tightened, fat deposits are repositioned, and excess skin is removed. The result is a more “awake,” open-eyed appearance that creates a more youthful look.

 

Breast Augmentation

As women age, breasts tend to sag and lose volume. Dr. Rast can improve the profile, fullness, size, and symmetry of a woman’s breasts with the use of implants. The surgery involves small incisions made under the breast, under your arms, or around the nipples. The implants are inserted, and the incision closed with stitches or surgical tape.

 

Face Lift

A face lift for a senior can help smooth out signs of aging around your face and neck. It does not alter your basic appearance, but it may help you look and feel younger. Incisions begin at the hairline and continue around the ear, ending at the lower scalp. Another incision below the chin may be necessary to remove excess skin and fat around the neck and to smooth your profile.

 

Get Your Appointment

Contact Dr. Rast at (913) 451-3722 or contact us online to learn more about cosmetic surgery for seniors. Our plastic surgery team strives to work with you to get you looking and feeling younger as soon as possible!

Can Otoplasty Help Me become More Confident?

Can Otoplasty Help Me become More Confident?

Many people are uncomfortable with the size or shape of their ears, and it can make them feel self-conscious. Otoplasty, plastic surgery of the ears, can help you feel better about your profile, increasing confidence.

Otoplasty

Typically people come to Dr. Rast seeking Otoplasty because they would like to reshape their
ears, improve the contours, reposition the ears or improve the proportions between the ears and face. Whether the cause is genetics, disease or injury, misshapen ears can be a source of self-consciousness. Otoplasty can make the patient feel more confident and attractive, improving their self-esteem significantly.

What is Otoplasty

Otoplasty uses the natural structures of the ear to reshape the overall ear, creating a more pleasing appearance. It can correct overly large ears, a condition called macrotia, or reduce the protrusion of ears. Often, children are brought to Dr. Rast for the surgery. Those who are five years old or above may be candidates, depending upon medical history, general health and a strong understanding of the surgery and its goals. Generally, it’s best to wait until a child is old enough to request the procedure before moving forward.

Should I get Otoplasty

Healthy individuals who are non-smokers, and who wish to have their appearance improved through improvements of the size, placement, proportions or shape of the ears, may be good candidates. Children should be at least five years of age when the ear cartilage is stable enough for correction. Understanding and consent are important for young children whose parents are considering the surgery to save them future ridicule. Adult patients should consider their personal goals and the potential outcomes of the procedure. Dr. Rast offers a full, open, and honest consultation to help you decide if otoplasty is right for you or your loved one.

Scarring after Breast Surgery- What you Need to Know

Scarring after Breast Surgery- What you Need to Know

It’s perfectly natural to have questions and concerns about any upcoming surgery. The potential scarring after breast surgery is a big concern, but with Dr. Rast’s expert skill, It can be minimized. The best plastic surgeons, like Dr. Rast, will only perform a surgery when they’ve determined that you’re a good candidate and the risk of scarring and other complications is minimal.

Scarring After Breast Surgery

A certain amount of scarring following any surgery is inevitable, but the feedback from our patients
 has been overwhelmingly positive. Most patients find that the positive outcomes of their surgery far outweigh any scarring left behind. They are happier with their newly-shaped breasts and relieved at the change. Incisions are hidden as much as possible in the crease underneath the breast and toward the edge of the areola whenever possible. There may be vertical scarring from the crease of the breast to the lower part of the areola. The scars will continue to fade over the upcoming year. Since every patient is unique, Dr. Rast will discuss the placement of your incisions before surgery so you know what to expect.

Reduce Scarring

There are steps you may take to reduce scarring following your surgery, including:

  • Protect your incision against stretching, strain, stress, and abrasion.
  • Always lay down on an incline of 25 to 40 degrees to help promote draining and proper posture.
  • Avoid taking hot showers or baths and the direct stream of hot water. Steam can have an adverse effect on your healing skin. Dr. Rast will let you know when it is safe to take showers, typically a few days after your procedure.
  • Limit your salt intake and focus your diet on fresh fruits and vegetables. Add vitamin K to your diet to help reduce inflammation.
  • Stay out of the sun to avoid hyperpigmentation which will increase visibility.

Breast Surgery Scars

The most important things to remember about breast surgery scars is that, although some scarring is inevitable, you can help take steps to reduce their appearance following your procedure. While every patient is different, and it’s impossible to predict the exact outcome of your procedure, it will be important for you to study before and after pictures, to get an idea of what to expect. Dr. Rast will be happy to discuss all of your concerns prior to your procedure, including any questions you may have about breast surgery scars.

Breast Implant Preparation 

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When organizing your breast implant preparation, Dr. Rast and the caring staff will provide you with a full packet of information, as well as supplies for taking care of your new breasts after the procedure. Following instructions carefully will help ensure your procedure produces the results you hope for.

Breast Implants Kansas City

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular choices in cosmetic surgery. Women seek augmentations for a variety of reasons. An augmentation may improve their overall proportion, correct asymmetry between the breasts, or be restorative following treatment for cancer or other disease or injury. Whatever the reason you seek breast implants, Kansas City residents will find Dr. Rast and his caring staff will work hard to help you fully prepare for your procedure, so you can enjoy the best possible outcome.

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Dr Rast and his staff will go over the plan with you and help you understand, step by step, the breast implant preparation and after-care. It’s important that you understand how to care for your body both before and after the procedure. All of Dr. Rast’s patients receive a full pre-operative exam. Pre-operative photos need to be taken and we will provide you with pre-and-post operative instructions. Our goal is to ensure that you have the best possible experience with your breast augmentation, and that you are pleased with your end results.

Breast Implant Preparation 

There are several steps you’ll need to take for breast implant preparation. First, you’ll want to be sure to have all your questions answered by studying the material Dr. Rast provides and attending all of your pre-operative appointments. Next, a full medical examination rules out any potential complications with the surgery. You’ll be asked to get a baseline mammogram, to monitor any changes in breast tissue. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop, and you’ll need to limit your alcohol intake in the weeks leading up to the procedure. Finally, you may be asked to adjust any medications you’re on, especially those that increase your bleeding risk. Dr. Rast will cover a full range of pre-operative and post-operative instructions when you come in for your breast implant preparation.

Kybella Treatment In Kansas City

Kybella Treatment In Kansas City

When a patient has a small amount of stubborn fat lurking under the chin that causes the appearance of a “double chin,” and desires a slimmer profile, Kybella treatment may be the best option. The treatment is administered over a  series of months

Double  Chin

A double chin is nothing more than excess fat that has settled in the upper neck and jaw area. The resulting pouch can create the appearance of an “extra chin,” making even a slim person look overweight.  By removing the excess fat, it’s possible to reduce the look of a “double chin” and provide a more slimming appearance.

Kybella Treatment

Kybella treatment involves the injection of deoxycholic acid, a substance naturally produced by the body, into the fatty tissue. The Kybella Treatment in Kansas City, cosmetic surgeon, substance dissolves the fat tissue, and the body’s natural processes reabsorb the tissue, leaving behind a slimmer profile. The treatment does not address excess or sagging skin, so other treatments may be recommended along with the Kybella treatment in order to complete the procedure, depending upon your specific needs and goals.

Kybella Treatment in Kansas City

Kybella treatment in Kansas City is the best option for the nonsurgical, noninvasive treatment of a “double chin.” The treatment involves a series of injections which dissolve fat, allowing the body to reabsorb the unwanted  cells. When seeking Kybella treatment in Kansas City, remember to search out a trained, experienced plastic surgeon. It’s important to work with a surgeon you can trust. When you call for your initial consultation, we’ll take a full evaluation of your medical history and discuss the best treatment options for you.