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Dr. Todd Pollock

Welcome to North Dallas Plastic Surgery

The practice of plastic and cosmetic surgery is extremely gratifying and I am pleased when I am able to make a difference in patients’ lives through surgery. Whether it is correcting a deformity, enhancing one’s natural features, or repairing a defect from injury or cancer surgery, I am always honored when residents of Dallas and Allen trust me with their care.

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BEAUTY BEGINS WITH KNOWLEDGE

Cosmetic surgery is elective surgery and involves a very personal decision. However this decision should be objective, based upon knowing the facts, the details of the procedure, alternative treatments, surgeons credentials and facility accreditation. Our website and our consultations emphasize patient education and factual information.

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Dr. Todd Pollock Co-Created the Progressive Tension Suture (PTS) Abdominoplasty: the Drain-Free Tummy Tuck

This procedure simplifies tummy tucks, greatly reducing surgical complications, improving results, and shortening convalescence. We have been using this technique over the past 30 years and have found it to be reliable and long lasting.

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Pregnancy After Breast Augmentation 300x200 - Pregnancy After Breast AugmentationFew moments in life are more memorable than the day you find out you’re pregnant. All sorts of fun things begin swimming through your mind, such as names, nursery colors, or the year your child will be eligible to make a run for the presidency. And, of course, health issues take center stage. If you have had a breast augmentation surgery, you might be wondering if, or how, a pregnancy will affect those surgical results.

The following are the most common questions regarding breast augmentation surgery and how it affects pregnancy.

Will Breast Feeding Be Possible?

Most likely, but breast augmentation won’t affect your ability to breast feed. In fact, breast implants are placed under the chest muscle and the breast tissue is above the muscle. Since first time mothers have not demonstrated the ability to breast feed, the surgeon cannot guarantee your ability to do so after augmentation surgery, but it has nothing to do with the surgery. While breasts increase in size due to pregnancy, their engorgement won’t interfere with your implants, and vice versa.

Could Incisions from Surgery Have Harmed Milk Ducts?

Most incisions are made under the breasts allowing the implant to slide underneath the muscle and breast tissue. This incision site should not affect milk production.

Will I Need a Breast Revision Procedure After Pregnancy?

The best answer is that it is unknown. Engorged breast glands due to pregnancy may stretch the skin. Many women return to their pre pregnancy look and do not need further skin tightening. For those women who have resulting breast tissue sag, a breast lift procedure may be desired. In this procedure, the breast tissue and skin is shaped around the implant to more closely represent the pre pregnancy appearance.

What if I Get Pregnant Right After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

While it’s not recommended to get pregnant within a few weeks after breast augmentation surgery, surprises do occur. But, becoming pregnant soon after a breast augmentation should not have a negative impact on you or your surgery.
If you have questions about how breast augmentation surgery may affect your pregnancy, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Todd Pollock, MD at North Dallas Plastic Surgery.

If you’re a smoker and are considering plastic surgery, one of the things your doctor will talk to you about is the effects of nicotine use on plastic surgery. If you are a smoker, you’ve probably think you’ve heard all the reasons to quit by now. But it might surprise you to hear that nicotine, in any form, can be particularly damaging for plastic surgery patients, for a number of reasons.

The following are reasons why it’s critically important to stop smoking―or using any type of tobacco products―before and after plastic surgery.

Healing After Plastic Surgery

Use of nicotine products seriously compromises your body’s ability to heal after plastic surgery and will probably diminish the quality of results achieved. Nicotine constricts blood vessels causing them to shrink in diameter. Constricted vessels reduce the flow of blood, which is critically important for healing. Good blood flow is particularly important for healing to certain areas like the nipples. Nicotine use has the possibility to be especially damaging prior to a breast lift, tummy tuck, or mommy makeover.

Nicotine also increases the risk of blood clots and is associated with severe surgical complications such as stroke and heart attack. Additional significant problems associated with nicotine use prior to cosmetic surgery include:

  • Fat Necrosis
  • Loss of Skin
  • Permanent Blood Vessel Damage
  • Delayed Healing
  • Infection
  • Increased Pain

Anesthesia and Smoking

Smokers are more likely to suffer from adverse effects of anesthesia, either general or local. A 2015 study by the European Society of Anesthesiology found that smokers require significantly more anesthesia (33% more) during surgery and more pain medication (23% more) after. Smoking creates more mucus, which can interfere with airways and its associated respiratory problems interfere with oxygen uptake and delivery. And because smoking inhibits each cell’s ability to maintain oxygen, there’s an increased risk of lung infections.

What about e-Cigarettes or Chewing Tobacco?

E-cigarettes, like their tobacco-burning counterparts, contain nicotine, which constricts blood vessels and raises blood pressure so they are just as harmful to the healing process. The same holds true for chewing tobacco and snuff. While smokeless tobacco doesn’t introduce carbon monoxide into your body, the nicotine will increase your risk of cardiovascular issues.

How Soon Prior to Plastic Surgery Should I Give up Nicotine and/or Smoking?

It’s best to eliminate your intake of nicotine at least eight (8) weeks prior to plastic surgery. Your body, especially your cardiovascular system, begins healing from the effects of smoking cessation within hours. Eight (8) weeks is enough time to adequately assist your body during plastic surgery and in its healing efforts afterwards.

It’s very important to be open with your plastic surgeon about your lifestyle, including diet, exercise, alcohol intake and any use of nicotine products or illegal drugs. Being upfront with your doctor is the first step you should take if you’ve decided to undergo any type of surgery. Doing so will help you obtain the safest and most beneficial results.

If you have questions about how nicotine can affect your plastic surgery, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Todd Pollock at North Dallas Plastic Surgery. He’ll advise you on how to help ensure your plastic surgery is safe and effective.

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