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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What is a Liposuition Procedure and What is Available in Dallas and Allen, Texas?

What is a Liposuition Procedure That is Available in Dallas and Allen, Texas?

What is liposuction? As you may know, it is a plastic surgery technique for removing excess fat from under the skin by suction. As Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock describe the procedure to patients, the goal is to reshape certain areas of localized accumulations of fat. A cannula (which is a hollow tube) is attached to a vacuum pump, inserted through a small incision, and then fat is removed to reshape an area.

So liposuction is a contouring procedure but it is not a weight loss method. While traditional liposuction relates to the actual technique of vacuuming excess fat, over the years a variety of devices have been introduced related to this cosmetic surgical procedure – some of which are still used and many others discarded.

Find out what our North Dallas Plastic Surgery (NDPS) physicians thinks about the various liposuction procedures and their perspective on the subject. More information is here, on our website: http://www.drpollock.com/dallas-allen-liposuction.htm ».

Our current promotion is a complimentary surgical consultation with one of our Dallas and Allen plastic surgeons. Call NDPS now to schedule yours: 214.363.2575!


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Breast Surgeries Performed by Drs. Harlan and Todd A. Pollock


Both Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock at North Dallas Plastic Surgery like to help our patients make the best possible decision when considering breast augmentation surgery. Our doctors are the ones who consult with our patients, not some staff member.

While the idea of placing an breast implant to enhance the breast size may seem simple, there are many differences in opinion as to which of the following variables will produce the best result: most attractive, least potential for complication, etc.

One should understand that there is no single, standard breast augmentation operation. Educating yourself is a good way to help you make an informed decision. We offer many surgeries to help patients with their specific needs:

Each of these topics are mentioned on this page of our website: http://www.drpollock.com/dallas-breast-surgery.htm ». Schedule a consultation now to get answers to your questions from one of our Dallas surgeons!

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A Free Consultation Available Now for Dallas and Allen, TX, Women Wanting a Breast Enhancement


Free Consultation Available Now for Dallas and Allen, TX, Women Wanting a Breast Enlargement

Breast augmentation, sometimes known as breast enhancement,  refers to the enlargement of the female breast utilizing either silicone or saline breast implants. It is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedures and is done to improve the patient’s body proportions, as well as, her self-image.

A woman considering breast augmentation should carefully consider the various options and potential risks of the procedure that may have lifelong implications. Women in the Dallas and Allen, Texas, areas who are considering a breast augmentation appreciate that they can sit and have a consultation with one of our surgeons, not just a staff member, to learn about the surgery and what to expect.

If you are considering a breast enlargement, read the opinions of our North Dallas Plastic Surgery (NDPS) doctors: http://www.drpollock.com/dallas-breast-augmentation.htm »

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