Front Range Plastic SurgeryFront Range Plastic Surgery Front Range Plastic Surgery Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:06:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation Fri, 08 Jan 2016 17:17:18 +0000 When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? At Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we understand that life takes its toll on our bodies, and though this is natural, sometimes steps need to be taken to keep us feeling confident. The good news is, modern plastic surgery makes positive changes possible. If your body is taking the joy out of your life, you have the right to take a stand.

If your breasts are drooping or sagging, you have two options: breast lift and breast augmentation. These two operations can be combined, too. Here are some basics:

Implants are best when:

  1. The nipple is still close to the breast’s center and it does not point down
  2. Breast drooping is mild
  3. Some skin is still visible beneath the areola when breasts are viewed straight on
  4. The patient is in favor of going up a cup size

A lift is best when:

  1. The nipple points down or is at the bottom of the breast
  2. Breast drooping is more severe
  3. No skin is visible beneath the areola when breasts are viewed straight on
  4. Patient does not want to go up a cup size

To find your unique solution, make an appointment with our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Schutte. At Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we are on a mission to restore beauty, wholeness, confidence, and balance to every single one of our clients. We know that these benefits look different for each person, and it is our pleasure to uniquely tailor our services to you. Even if you are not sure you need plastic surgery, we are open to simply talking with you about options and if you need them. Call today!

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Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: Which Do You Need? Sat, 26 Dec 2015 22:46:20 +0000 If you are looking to reduce the mass you carry around your middle, Northern Colorado offers you a great option in Front Range Plastic Surgery. Our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is here to make it as painless as possible for you to achieve the body you want.

There are two popular procedures that can help you achieve the body you want: liposuction and tummy tuck, here are the general differences and what each operation offers you.


  • Liposuction physically removes fat from the body. The recovery time is a few days to a week. Full results take around six months to show up.
  • Liposuction works best on the hips and stomach and gives the best results to those who are already close to their ideal body weight.
  • Liposuction is not effective for people who are overweight, because only six to eight pounds can be safely removed.

Tummy Tuck

  • During a tummy tuck, a large amount of skin is removed from the lower belly and the skin on the upper stomach is tightened.
  • It is a more extensive surgery than liposuction and incisions stretch from hip to hip. The recovery time is one week before returning to work and at least a month before physical activity.
  • A tummy tuck is effective for people who have a large amount of skin that needs to be removed after a significant weight loss.

Determining which one you need is easy when you have a consultation with our surgeon, so make an appointment today!

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Timing for Your Facelift Procedure Sat, 19 Dec 2015 22:45:54 +0000 If you are looking into getting a facelift in Loveland, one of the challenges you may not have foreseen is how to fit it into the events of your life!  Depending on how discrete you want to be about your operation, managing your recovery can be a challenge. Oftentimes, this social recovery is more challenging than the physical recovery.

Everyone is different, but we can provide you with some ballpark timing to help you figure out the best timing for your facelift. You should also get a friendly consultation with our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and get his take on things.

  • Pain Recovery:
    • You should experience only mild pain after your facelift. Give it one or two days to fade off.
  • Driving Recovery:
    • Once you are off pain meds, you are good to drive. This should be about four days. Keep in mind that your neck may be stiff, which will make it difficult to turn your head and look for cars.
  • Bruising and Swelling Recovery:
    • Bruising and swelling will actually increase during the four days after your surgery. Things begin to calm down on the fifth day, and you should be good to put on makeup by the seventh or eighth day.

When can I go to dinner with friends?

If you want to go to dinner and not have any questions asked, you should give it about two weeks. By this point, any lingering bruises can be covered with makeup. If you really want to deflect attention away from your operation, get a slight change in hairstyle, and you can attribute any differences in appearance to that.

At Front Range Plastic Surgery, we put you first. Contact us today for a consultation!

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Can Female Weightlifters Get Breast Augmentation? Thu, 10 Dec 2015 22:45:35 +0000 At Front Range Plastic Surgery, we are passionate about empowering you to live life to the fullest, whatever that means for you. Colorado is a very active state, and we have many patients who enjoy weightlifting. We have found that many women who weight lift worry when it comes to breast augmentation, and we are here to dissipate the concern.

Women who weight lift can definitely get breast augmentation procedures. In this blog, we will discuss how it can work best for you if you weight lift.

Over the Muscle or Under the Muscle?

Should your implants go over or under the muscle that you have worked hard to develop and will continue to work in the future?

  • The criteria here for weightlifters is the same as it is for non-weightlifters. Implants under the muscle will look more natural for women with little breast tissue, while over-the-muscle implants will look more natural for women with more breast tissue.
  • Keep in mind that implants below the muscle will spread when you use your pecs, but this is not obvious.

What About Recovery?

You may be wondering: will I be able to lift the same way again? The answer is absolutely. You  need to ensure that you follow your surgeon’s advice on when to start working out again to avoid complications. If you do this, you will be lifting like you were before surgery in about two to three months.

We highly encourage you to schedule a consultation with our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Schutte to get the most personalized input. Call today!

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How to Prepare for Your Breast Operation Sat, 28 Nov 2015 18:00:59 +0000 Whether you are getting your breasts augmented or reduced, there are some things you can do to make sure you are ready for your operation. At Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we want everything to go as smoothly as possible!

When you got through your preoperative appointment with our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Schutte, you will be given detailed instructions on how to be fully prepared. In this blog, we will outline main steps that are generally required across the board. Keep in mind that Dr. Schutte may have detailed directions just for you – it is important to us to treat each patient uniquely and according to her needs.

  1. Do not take blood-thinning medications like aspirin or ibuprofen for at least 10 days before the surgery. Thin blood slows down healing!
  2. Wear comfortable clothing, including pants that come off easily and a shirt that opens and closes in the front.
  3. If you smoke, try to stop four weeks before surgery. If you cannot quit, hold back as much as you can. Smoking constricts your blood vessels, which interferes with healing.
  4. Do not wear makeup, contact lenses, nail polish, jewelry, or hair accessories to your surgery.
  5. Do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours before surgery.
  6. Do not consume alcohol for 24 hours before surgery.

At Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we make you our highest priority. From the minute you walk into our office, you will receive the very best care. Contact us today with any questions you may have about breast augmentation or reduction.

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