Plastic Surgery: Shaping Confidence And Self Esteem, Not Just Bodies 6

Maybe it’s that bikini you’re hoping to fill this year, or maybe you don’t want to be mistaken for your mom. Whatever your reason, if you’re looking to make a change in your appearance, Dr. Greg Ratliff and Dr. Brenda Schiesel at Plastic Surgery Center of Tulsa are exactly who you need to help you bring out that confident, self-assured person you always knew was there!

And really… that’s what plastic surgery 
is all about.

“Having plastic surgery is something that most patients enter into after much consideration,” says Dr. Ratliff. “Our patients come to us because there is something about their physical appearance that they want to improve — something that has always held them back or made them feel insecure.”

Today, the options available are as varied and unique as the patients themselves. “It’s about understanding exactly what the patient is trying to accomplish,” says Dr. Schiesel, “and coming up with a treatment plan that not only meets those needs, but gives them results they never really thought were achievable.”

BREAST

Many women want fuller breasts or breasts that are not deflated in appearance. Both changes can be achieved through breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty), breast lift (mastopexy), or a combination of the two.

Dr. Ratliff has long been recognized for great breast enhancement results. He has completed over 6,000 successful breast augmentations.  The practice offers saline, silicone, and shaped silicone implants.  The shaped implants are highly-cohesive silicone gel to offer shape retention, leak resistance, and the most natural appearance.

“Part of our job is to evaluate the patient and make recommendations that will help them achieve the look they desire. For example, can they get what they want with just an implant or do they also need a lift? What treatment plan is going to be the most successful for them?” says Dr. Ratliff.

On the other end of the spectrum, some women seek consultation for breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty). Large breasts can cause back and neck issues.  They are also the culprits for many women to be self-conscious and insecure about their appearances. This surgery removes fat and excess skin from the breasts, reshaping the breast into a smaller, natural-looking breast.

“Breast procedures can make an enormous difference in a woman’s confidence. It’s amazing to see how they light up when they attain the look they have desired for so long,” says Dr. Schiesel. “It really can change their lives.”

FACE

A woman is more than just a pretty face, but many women want their outward appearance to match the way they feel inside.  Even minimally invasive procedures can make a woman feel years younger.

“The face is such an important part of how a person feels about themselves and how they believe the world sees them. Giving people options, such as a facelift or eyelid lift, can help them regain a youthful appearance and make all the difference in the world to someone who feels they look older than their actual age,” says Dr. Schiesel.

There are also less invasive alternatives that can be explored; for example, BOTOX®, Restylane®,  Juvéderm®, Sculptra®,  and other injectables help to give your face a more youthful appearance by smoothing out wrinkles and adding fullness. Recovery time from these types of procedures is minimal, and the positive results can last for months and even years.

Plastic Surgery Center of Tulsa continues to be at the forefront in offering quality services in this area. Because Dr. Ratliff and Dr. Schiesel are fully trained plastic surgeons, they can evaluate new treatments as they come to the market and only adopt those that offer real results.  In addition, staff members are trained and certified to ensure the practice offers the latest technology and the highest quality care to patients.


BODY CONTOURING

There are a number of procedures that can improve the shape of your body. One of the most commonly requested procedures is a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).  There are different types of tummy tucks, ranging from a skin-only tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck, a full tummy tuck, and an extended tummy tuck. In each of these options, fat and excess skin is removed and connective tissues may be tightened to give your body a more toned appearance.

“In each of these surgeries, patients see results quickly, and that gives them a confidence boost that translates into all areas of their lives,” says Dr. Ratliff.

Liposuction is often used in conjunction with tummy tuck procedures and has been successful in removing excess fat from the hips, buttocks, back, thighs, knees, and upper arms.

And for those who aren’t ready to commit to surgery, CoolSculpting®, a noninvasive procedure that freezes fat cells and eliminates them from your body, has proven successful for some patients. It has been highly publicized on national television and in several magazines, with dramatic results.


MOMMY MAKEOVERS

Increasingly popular with moms, both young and old, Mommy Makeovers are a combination of procedures that help restore your body closer to the way it was before pregnancy. Typically, the procedures might include three of the following: a tummy tuck, breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, and liposuction. Performing these procedures in a single operating room visit minimizes recovery time for a busy mom. The procedures selected are dependent on your individualized treatment goals.

“The Mommy Makeover combination has become popular with mothers who are finished having children, and simply want help getting their bodies back to pre-pregnancy shape,” says Dr. Ratliff, “It can have a dramatic effect on the way these women feel about themselves and their bodies.”

ABOUT THE PRACTICE

Plastic Surgery Center of Tulsa, nestled on historic Cherry Street, provides a tranquil setting for patients. This amazing facility was converted from a residential property into an all-inclusive treatment and surgical facility, under the direction of Medical Director Dr. Greg Ratliff. It provides a comfortable atmosphere that sets patients and their families at ease from the moment they arrive. Easy access from all major area thoroughfares and the airport and ample parking just steps from the door make Plastic Surgery Center of Tulsa the choice for area residents, as well as out-of-town guests.

The facility offers consultation rooms, a state-of-the-art surgical suite that was recently expanded to include a second operating room and an additional recovery area, and a comfortable waiting area for your family.

“Creating an environment where our patients and their families can come for our services and have their initial consultation, examinations, surgery, and follow-up visits all in the same place was extremely important to our practice,” says Dr. Ratliff, who is board certified in Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has been in private practice for nearly 25 years.

Dr. Brenda Schiesel joined the practice in the summer of 2015 after spending several years in the Kansas City area. She has made a wonderful addition to the team, which includes our two surgeons, three registered nurses, a certified aesthetic nurse specialist, and medical support staff with specialty training and certifications to ensure your care and experience with Plastic Surgery Center of Tulsa is unparalleled.