Front Range Plastic SurgeryFront Range Plastic Surgery Front Range Plastic Surgery Wed, 11 May 2016 21:50:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What to Expect After a Tummy Tuck Wed, 11 May 2016 21:50:59 +0000 Many people hesitate before deciding to get plastic surgery not because they are worried about the procedure itself, but they are concerned about recovery. At Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we fully understand. Facing recovery from any procedure can be daunting!

The good news is, thousands of people have recovered, are recovering, and will recover from plastic surgery. Our Board-Certified plastic surgeon knows exactly what’s needed to make your recovery as smooth as possible, and we will be with you the whole way.

In today’s blog, we are going to give you a general picture of what tummy tuck recovery looks like. Keep in mind that you are different than anyone else, and we will work with your needs.

  • Fluid tends to build up in the surgical site after an operation, so you will likely have temporary tubes under your skin during the first week to drain the fluid off. You will be glad for them!
  • You will have a compression garment to wear over your bandages. It will support you and make sure you heal right. Depending on circumstances, you may have to wear it for up to two months. It may also just be needed for two weeks.
  • It is common to feel more nauseous than pained after a tummy tuck, so you may be prescribed medication for that. Make sure you only take medications approved by the surgeon.

At Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we love answering questions. Contact us to start a conversation today!

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To learn more about this technology visit or set up a free cosmetic consultation by calling 970-372-2310!

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Key Facelift Recovery Tips Tue, 03 May 2016 21:50:56 +0000 Getting a facelift is a journey, and at Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we are ready to be your ally. Once you have gone through all the preliminary stages – considering, exploring, researching – and you actually get your procedure, you’re only two-thirds of the way through. It’s time to recover!

  • When you handle recovery right, your facelift will yield the very best results possible. Here are our tips!
  • Listen to your surgeon and do what he or she recommends.
  • Don’t lift or push anything heavy for up to two weeks after the operation. If you do, you can give yourself a hematoma and be back in surgery.
  • Avoid bending over. You won’t want to, because it will be uncomfortable, especially at first. You will feel dizzy and your face will feel full and sore. Instead of leaning over, bend your legs and lower yourself vertically.  
  • Use sunblock like crazy. Your face is a unique surgical location because you cannot cover it up with clothing. You need to be extremely cautious about exposing your face to the sun!
  • Do not smoke. This is a universal rule for everyone coming out of surgery, but it is especially true for facelift patients. Smoking restricts blood flow and therefore healing, which can lead to skin loss on your face.

You deserve the very best care, and Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery can deliver it. Our Board-Certified plastic surgeon is ready to bring all his experience and skill to bear on your behalf. Contact our Loveland office for an appointment today!

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Can You Scuba Dive After Breast Augmentation? Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:50:54 +0000 When you get a breast augmentation, it takes a while to adjust! There are things that you won’t have thought of before the procedure that you suddenly wonder about. One of these things is scuba diving. Though we are located in a landlocked state, everyone loves to take a vacation somewhere tropical, and many women with augmented breasts wonder if they can still scuba dive. There is concern that the implants will compress so much that they burst. There is no need for this concern!

To understand why your breast implants will be fine, you need to understand just what compresses when scuba diving. Gas compresses, but solid matter does not. To put it simply, if your breasts were actual balloons of air, you would have reason to worry. Not a single breast implant is created this way, so there is no need to worry. However, we do have some recommendations if you want to get into that beautiful water:

  • Consult with us before you dive. This is a normal precaution following any surgical procedure.
  • In general, you will find yourself waiting six weeks to return to the water. However, that depends on the doctor and the type of surgery, so make sure you check in and get the full picture.
  • Follow your surgeon’s advice. This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s amazing how many people don’t!

As we wrap up, we want to address another question: will your breast implants make you more buoyant? Saline implants are neutral and silicone implants are a bit heavy, but neither will make a noticeable difference.

Make an appointment to consult with our Board-Certified plastic surgeon in Loveland today!

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Facelift Concerns: What If I Scar Easily? Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:22:23 +0000 Our bodies’ ability to form scars is a wonderful thing when it comes to survival. However, when it comes to appearance, it’s a different story. Scars can be embarrassing, discouraging, and worrisome, especially when they occur on the face.

At Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we are very familiar with all the aspects of scars, because we are the go-to office for facelift operations. Scars are a common concern for facelift patients. The thing is, everyone’s skin is a bit different: some people’s skin scars only a little, and other skin scars dramatically. If you have skin that scars easily, this blog is for you. We want to share insights that will give you confidence!

  1. Facial skin is different
    • The skin on your face heals faster and more thoroughly than the skin on the rest of your body. It experiences high blood flow that allows incisions to heal so well, scar tissue isn’t as necessary. That means that the scar on your knee or arm is not a good indicator of how your face will handle its scars.
  2. Scars aren’t permanent
    • Over the year after a scar is formed, it improves in appearance. That means that the small incisions required for a facelift practically disappear over the year following the procedure.

No blog can replace a face-to-face conversation with our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Schutte. He will be able to assess any other scars you have and give you the personalized input you need to move forward with confidence. Contact our welcoming Loveland office today for an appointment!

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Tummy Tucks and Stretch Marks Tue, 08 Mar 2016 17:05:21 +0000 Many people who are looking into tummy tucks in Loveland and beyond also have stretch marks, whether from childbearing or obesity. Many of patients are as interested in getting rid of the stretch marks as well as the extra folds of skin. As the Colorado Front Range’s plastic surgery experts, we have great information on this topic. In this blog, we will discuss how tummy tucks interact with stretch marks.

Firstly, what is a stretch mark?

  • A stretch mark occurs when rapid growth pulls or stretches your skin. If the skin is stretched too rapidly, its production of collagen gets disrupted, and scars form. These scars are what we call stretch marks. This means that you cannot get rid of stretch marks by relieving the skin’s tension – the scars are simply there.

What can a tummy tuck do?

  • The primary purpose of the tummy tuck operation is to eliminate excess folds of skin and fat. If a stretch mark happens to land on the skin being removed, it will be eliminated, too. As you can see, stretch mark elimination is a byproduct of the tummy tuck, not the purpose. The good news is, a majority of stretch marks occur below the navel, which means that a tummy tuck can address them.

What can be done about other stretch marks?

  • This is a perfect conversation to have with our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Schutte! Until you make an appointment, here is some basic information
  • Beyond tummy tucks, laser removal is the other major solution to stretch marks. It can completely remove most scars and significantly reduce the visibility of the most stubborn marks.

Make an appointment at our Loveland office today to start a conversation!

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Acne Scars and Facelifts Sun, 28 Feb 2016 17:04:59 +0000 Unfortunately, acne is a very common issue. Depending on the intensity and duration of your acne, you may end up with scarring that can affect facelift results. At our Loveland plastic surgery office, we understand the pain that acne and its scars can cause. That is why we encourage you to make an appointment with us to discuss your options!

In this blog, we will discuss how acne scars can affect facelifts, and what can be done about them.

When you get repeated or overlapping acne outbreaks in one area, the skin has no chance to heal. It becomes overwhelmed with your body’s white blood cells, which end up breaking down the delicate framework of your skin as they fight the infection. Oftentimes, the body cannot keep up with the damage, and has to use scar tissue. The scar tissue’s collagen fibers are densely packed and generally go in one direction. The tissue is practically impermeable to all other cell types, which makes it difficult for the body to replace.

Acne scars tend to get more visible with age, because the skin loses its elasticity. Facelifts tighten the skin, which can reduce the scars’ appearance. At the end of the day, if you are targeting acne scars, a facelift is not the ultimate solution. However, if you want to reverse gravity’s work on your face, reduction of acne scar visibility is a benefit that your facelift will give you.

So if you have acne scars, what can be done to eliminate or reduce them? The best thing you can do is make an appointment to talk with our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Schutte. Contact our office today!

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Breast Reconstruction Basics Part 1 Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:04:25 +0000 If you have had a mastectomy, it can have a profound impact on how you feel about yourself. Many women lose breasts to cancer or other diseases, which take their own toll. By the time you feel good enough to face yourself in the mirror, it can be devastating to see the full extent of the disease’s effects on your body.  At Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we are dedicated to giving you options.

In this blog, we are going to discuss the basics of breast reconstruction. This operation is always a life-changer, and with good reason. It has been aggressively developed and improved to the point that it can be implemented right after mastectomy, allowing the patient to wake up from her mastectomy with a breast mound already there.

There are two main strategies for reconstructing the breast. You can read about them in more detail on our breast reconstruction page, but here is a synopsis of the first and most common technique.

  1. Skin Expansion
    • This is exactly what it sounds like: the chest skin and muscle are slowly stretched and expanded via a balloon that is gradually filled with saline solution over several months.
    • Sometimes, the balloon becomes the implant and is left in. Other times, it is removed and a permanent implant is put in its place.
    • The nipple and areola are reconstructed in a following procedure.

At Loveland Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we are committed to making sure you get the help you need. Our experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is ready to start a compassionate conversation about how to make you smile at the mirror again. Call for an appointment today!

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Tummy Tuck FAQ Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:18:18 +0000 Many of our patients spend years feeling badly about their appearance before they realize that plastic surgery can kindly and effectively return their confidence. As we all know, every body has its quirks. Sometimes, a quirk or developing characteristic can be an asset. Other times, changes to our bodies undermine our confidence and wholeness. If you have been living with a body that makes you feel lesser than you are, you don’t have to!

If you have sagging skin over your belly, we have a great solution called a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. In this blog, we will answer some common questions about this effective procedure.


  • What is a tummy tuck?


    • This is a procedure done to remove extra skin and fat around the abdomen that is a result of pregnancy, age, or obesity.


  • Is there a usual age for this procedure?


    • There is no “normal” age for this procedure. Often, it is done after a woman gives birth or someone has lost a lot of weight.


  • When do results show up?


    • You will see your results once the natural swelling that occurs as a result of an invasive procedure calms down. You will love what you see!

We know that there are many more questions, and we invite you to talk to us. We at Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are passionate about being true allies for everyone seeking beauty, wholeness, confidence, and balance. We are honored to be allowed to restore these all-important benefits that everyone deserves. Whether you are ready for an operation or you are just curious, make an appointment with our Loveland office today. We are eager to help you!

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Botox Basics Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:17:51 +0000 Did you spend a lot of time in the sun when you were younger? Do you have wrinkles that make you look sad, tired, or angry even when you are fine?

Wrinkles are honorable marks of long life and valuable experience, but if they reduce your confidence, it is time to start a discussion of how to lessen them. At Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we aggressively pursue innovations made in the plastic surgery world in order to offer you the best care. Wrinkle-reduction procedures like botox injections are constantly becoming kinder and more effective, and you can rest assured that you will get the height of proven care from us.

  • Botox injections have been a great solution to wrinkles and more for many years.
  • During this procedure, a very small amount of botulinum toxin is injected into a trouble site.
  • The toxin prevents the nerve cells from communicating with the muscle cells, preventing the muscles from bunching and creating wrinkles.
  • Yes, botulinum is a toxin, but only when used in large doses, so you do not have to worry.
  • It may take up to five days for the injection’s full effects to appear, and once you have your results, they will last three to twelve months.

If your face is undermining your confidence, there is no reason to soldier on. You can find relief and renewed wholeness with Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Schutte, is committed to understanding you and delivering the unique reconstructive and cosmetic procedures you need. Call our Loveland office today!

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