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Dallas and Allen Tummy Tuck at NDPS

If you’re not happy with your current body’s state, perhaps a tummy tuck would be just what you need.

A tummy tuck (or an abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure that not only addresses removal of fat but also the tightening of skin excesses and the repair of muscle separation often associated from pregnancies or weight loss.

At North Dallas Plastic Surgery, we believe the procedure should be individualized for the patient. Our abdominoplasty approach differs from standard approaches: we use the Progressive Tension Suture (PTS) technique which allows secure healing and prevents fluid accumulation – without the use of drains.

During the initial consultation by our surgeon, Dr. Todd A. Pollock, an individualized evaluation and treatment plan to address a patients’ specific needs is created.

Learn more: Dallas and Allen Tummy Tucks (Abdominoplsty) »

Extra information about our progressive tension sutures (PTS) »

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Your Homework Before Having Plastic Surgery

Dallas Plastic Surgery Credentials - What to consider before selecting a surgeon

When considering plastic surgery, you want to make sure you’ve completed your homework.

Dr. Todd A. Pollock at North Dallas Plastic Surgery wants to remind potential cosmetic surgery patients how obtaining information about the credentials and hospital privileges must be part of the decision in selecting a particular plastic surgeon. Other factors that one should consider are the surgeon’s reputation, referrals by physicians or friends and - most importantly - one’s comfort level and confidence in the surgeon. One can best determine this after a personal consultation with the physician.

Read more about North Dallas Plastic Surgery and our Board Certified Plastic Surgery Credentials: http://www.drpollock.com/plastic-surgery-credentials.htm

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Royal College of Surgeons finally addressing an old problem: Who should do cosmetic surgery? But, do they go far enough?

Photo of Dr. Todd A. Pollock, Dallas Plastic Surgeon Comments from North Dallas Plastic Surgery’s Dr. Todd A. Pollock:

The first step to fixing a problem is admitting that you have one. The United Kingdom’s leading authority on all things surgery, the Royal College of Surgeons, is proposing a bold rules change to address a problem that has been a dirty little secret of cosmetic surgery for a long time – doctors performing surgery outside of their training and scope of practice – often to the detriment of the patient. Like the UK, the current US rules allow a licensed physician to perform any surgical procedure they want, assuming they have: 1) a willing patient and 2) a surgical facility that will let them. An anesthesiologist can perform brain surgery if they have a willing patient and a place to do it.

Obviously that is an extreme example but since most cosmetic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and can be done in an office OR setting. Finding a place to perform surgery is often the biggest hurdle for those looking to work outside of their training and office surgery removes this obstacle. This opens the door to those physicians who want to get away from the increasingly burdensome and poorer reimbursements of health insurance and into the cash market of cosmetic surgery.

This has been kept on the down-low for a long time, considered by the powers-at-be to just be turf battles between specialties. However, time and a trail of patients injured by unqualified surgeons make this problem harder to ignore. New rules proposed by the Royal College seek to address this problem and protect patients by certify physicians for each procedure they perform and creating a register of physicians who provide evidence of their expertise. Unfortunately, the proposal is for this to be voluntary, not mandatory and policed as many feel is needed to really affect the problem.

What can you do?
While this is being hashed out across the pond and is still in the shadows in the US, the smart consumer seeking cosmetic surgery can take these steps to protect themselves. First, make an effort to confirm a surgeon’s quality through multiple sources, not just one friend. Look for board certification by an American Board of Medical Specialties board like the American Board of Plastic Surgery and be sure that the surgeon’s board is one relevant to the procedure you are seeking. For instance, board certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology may be appropriate for a facial procedure but should be suspect for a breast or body contouring procedure. And finally, be sure that doctor has hospital privileges to perform the procedure you seek even if it is planned to be done in an office setting. Hospitals will do the in-depth due diligence on a surgeon that the individual doesn’t have the knowledge or resources to perform.

Find out more about our thoughts for Dallas and Allen plastic surgery – especially  why knowing about your surgeon’s credentials is important before you seek treatment: http://www.drpollock.com/plastic-surgery-credentials.htm »

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A “Mommy Makeover” After Pregnancy – Women in Dallas and Allen, Texas, are Wanting a Change

Mommy Makeover After Pregnancy in Dallas and Allen, TX
At North Dallas Plastic Surgery, we know that eating right and exercise are always important steps to a good body; however, sometimes they’re not enough especially after pregnancy. Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock each agree with the idea that undesirable changes and perceived deformity are a result of pregnancy are inevitable and often are distressing. Patients should consider many factors in the decision about surgery, but in reality surgery is usually the only means of reversing these changes.

Pregnancy changes in the abdomen and breasts are natural changes that are common to many women. Though there are numerous and varied suggestions for prevention of stretch marks, loose skin, breast sag and volume loss, none of these preventative measures are effective. Fortunately, when appropriate, then this “Mommy Makeover” can be a very effective method of reversing these changes. Our surgeons have developed a technique called Progressive Tension Sutures (PTS) which can shorten the recovery time after a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) and involve no drains. This part of how they are focused on making patients as comfortable as possible before, during, and after surgery.

Learn more about what a Mommy Makeover is and how it can transform your body: http://www.drpollock.com/dallas-mommy-makeovers.htm »

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Dallas and Allen Breast Lift Surgery Information

Breast Lift Surgery Information for Patients in Dallas and Allen, Texas

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that lifts and reshapes the breasts. Many women will want mastopexy following weight loss, pregnancy, or menopause. A common misconception is that a sagging breast can be lifted by using a large implant. An implant is an effective way of creating a breast enlargement or enhancement. However, adding a large implant to an already sagging breast results in a larger sagging breast, so this should be avoided if the goal is to improve the shape of the breast. A breast lift is a very satisfactory procedure.

To find out more information and to see if Dr. Harlan Pollock or Dr. Todd A. Pollock can make a breast lift could work for you, visit our North Dallas Plastic Surgery website: http://www.drpollock.com/dallas-breast-augmentation.htm#lift »

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Presbyterian Should be Honored – Not Blamed – for Ebola Response: Dr. Todd A. Pollock

Presbyterian Nurses show support for their employer, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
Above: Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas rallied in support of their employer outside the hospital Oct. 17. The hospital has gained experience after handling an unprecedented three Ebola cases and is sharing its lessons.

The following was published in the Thursday, 28 October 2014, Op Ed section of the Dallas Morning News. It was written by North Dallas Plastic Surgery physician Dr. Todd A. Pollock who is the 2014 President of the Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS):

As New York faces the fourth case of Ebola to be diagnosed on U.S. soil, the experiences of those who cared for the first three patients here in Texas have begun to take on new context and meaning.

Before Thomas Eric Duncan presented to the emergency department at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, no hospital in this country had diagnosed a case of Ebola. His tragic death and the subsequent diagnoses of two nurses who cared for him are powerful reminders that medical knowledge is constantly evolving.

The experience at Presbyterian uncovered weaknesses in diagnosing this rare disease in our country, and measures that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had hoped would be effective in protecting health care workers proved less than perfect. But the experience gained in handling this unprecedented situation has contributed mightily to the ability of health care providers nationwide to better detect and care for Ebola patients and protect their own safety.

As the courageous nurses, doctors and staff at Presbyterian cared for these three Ebola patients, the hospital worked with the CDC to continuously update guidelines for diagnosing and treating Ebola and improving protection of personnel. In the aftermath, the hospital has continued to reassess what it got wrong and what it got right in order to make changes in its procedures, and to share its lessons learned to thousands of hospitals and health care providers nationwide.

At recent briefings of hospital, physician and nursing groups, Presbyterian officials outlined a number of changes they have implemented based on flaws uncovered in the overarching health care system at the local, state and national levels.

This knowledge will help the entire health care community, not only with Ebola but with other deadly infectious diseases. Among their major changes:

  • They created new triage procedures to quickly identify at-risk patients.
  • They added a procedure to isolate high-risk patients within five minutes.
  • They upgraded medical-record software to clearly highlight risks, in particular travel history.
  • They added a final step for clearing patients.
  • They increased emphasis on face-to-face communication.

Interestingly, we have come to realize the importance of face-to-face communication among caregivers and between caregivers and patients. Electronic records are an increasingly important tool, but they cannot replace the personal exchange of information as a way to be sure the most important information is communicated effectively. This is a crucial heads-up for the entire U.S. health care field.

It is also important to appreciate that Presbyterian has also shown what does work in the nation’s readiness and response system. For one, the virus is showing itself to be readily containable as a public health threat because it is transmissible only through contact with bodily fluids of symptomatic patients, especially those who are in the advanced stages of the illness.

Rapid contact identification and effective isolation methods have protected the public from disease spread. This should be very reassuring to the public.

These have been extremely trying times for the Dallas area and especially for the men and women of Presbyterian. They didn’t expect to be the first, but they have acted with selflessness, honor and professionalism in caring for those struck with the disease. They have served this community valiantly while withstanding intense scrutiny and criticism.

Presbyterian should be honored for its role, not blamed. It has served the people of Dallas as a highly respected medical facility for nearly half a century, and this experience only further demonstrates that. It has taken aggressive measures to show that it is a safe and secure place to work and to receive quality medical care. The Dallas County Medical Society is very proud of Presbyterian’s actions. I’m confident the people of Dallas are as well and will continue to support this valuable institution.

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Why Your Surgeon Being Board Certified is So Important

North Dallas Plastic Surgery: Dallas & Allen TX Board Certified Plastic Surgeons

If you are considering plastic surgery, make sure the surgeon you pick is a board certified plastic surgeon.

You might think that a physician has the proper training, credentials and experience to provide the service you need or want; however, any physician may call himself/herself a plastic surgeon or cosmetic surgeon with training. One does expect a board-certified plastic surgeon has gone through a broad and rigorous training program, to have adequate surgical experience, and to have passed both written and oral objective testing.

At North Dallas Plastic Surgery, we feel that obtaining information about credentials and hospital privileges must be part of your decision in selecting a particular plastic surgeon. Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock are each board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and members in good standing in the American Society of Plastic Surgery. They have hospital privileges at several Dallas and Allen area hospitals to perform all of the procedures and some are offered in our accredited office surgical suite.

Find out more about both of our Dallas and Allen surgeons why knowing about your surgeon’s credentials is important before you seek treatment: http://www.drpollock.com/plastic-surgery-credentials.htm »

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Congratulations to Dr. Todd A. Pollock – 2014 Best Doctor in D Magazine

Dr. Todd A. Pollock was named 2014 Best Doctoro for Plastic-Cosmetic Surgery in D Magazine

North Dallas Plastic Surgery is proud of our own Dr. Todd A. Pollock for being named a “Best Doctor” by D Magazine »! He was awarded this honor for the category of 2014 Plastic-Cosmetic Surgeon just as he was in 2013, 2010, and 2009.

Congratulations, Dr. Pollock!

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The Safety of Having An Office Surgery

The tragic death of comedian Joan Rivers earlier this month during a procedure in an outpatient endoscopy center raises the question of the safety of procedures performed in outpatient or ambulatory surgery centers. As a surgeon with extensive experience with office-based surgery and the immediate past president of Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF) », one of the most respected accreditation organizations for ambulatory surgical facilities, our own Dr. Harlan Pollock would like to answer that question:

“All surgery has risks, regardless of where it is done, and requires qualified medical providers, careful patient selection, and the safety parameters of an accredited surgical facility. With proper precautions office surgery is as safe as a hospital setting. However, as a patient, you should be aware of several:

  • “Be certain your surgeon (or proceduralist) is appropriately credentialed. Research the credentials of your surgeon. The surgeon should be board certified by a Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Further, the surgeon should have hospital privileges to perform that procedure that is to be done in the ambulatory setting. The same principle of proper credentials and hospital privileges applies to the anesthesia provider.
  • “Selection of which patients and procedures can safely be done in the ambulatory setting is the responsibility of the surgeon. But sure you are comfortable with this decision. Remember that you have a say. Surgery in patients with a significant underlying medical condition is best treated in a hospital.
  • “Look for the accreditation of the ambulatory surgical facility. JCAH, AAAHC, and AAAASF are the three most accepted accreditation organizations. Each of these agencies has data showing the safety of their accredited facilities.
  • “As with any other medical decision, don’t hesitate to seek the advice of your referring physician, primary care physician and obtain a second opinion.”

We have more information on our website related to this topic:

 

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Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck – Which Treatment is Right for You?

Most people considering liposuction do not know this procedure is reserved for patients within 20% of their ideal body weight and with adequate skin elasticity. Our north Texas surgeons, Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock, believe it is very important to understand whether you are a good candidate for liposuction alone or whether you would be better served by a tummy tuck ».

Our patients in Dallas and Allen wanting liposuction will have it performed at a surgical hospital or our AAAASF-accredited office surgical facility, depending on the  patient’s preference, extent of surgery to be done, and other medical considerations. Liposuction can be performed under either twilight sleep or general anesthesia – our surgeons will talk with you about these options to see what is best: the anesthetic choice is a combined decision made by you, your surgeon and the anesthesia provider (see Promises and Pitfalls: Anesthesia »).

At North Dallas Plastic Surgery, we consult with you to make sure which procedure is best for you. Right now we have a special promotion: your consultation with one of our plastic surgeons is complimentary. Please contact our office »214.363.2575 – to schedule an appointment with one of our North Dallas Plastic Surgeons.

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