Front Range Plastic Surgery Front Range Plastic Surgery Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:39:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Are You A Good Candidate For Cellfina? Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:39:18 +0000 Almost all women have some cellulite. It is estimated that at least 85 percent of women over the age of 21 have at least some cellulite. It is caused by bands of cellulose that cause the skin to tighten in areas, causing a dimpled look. If you feel self conscious about cellulite around your upper thighs and buttocks, there is a solution that can help you feel better about your appearance. You should always explore all of your options, and consult a board certified plastic surgeon before undergoing any treatments of this type. This article should give you a good idea of what to expect and of whether or not you are a candidate. And, please, don’t hesitate to call with questions or schedule a consultation to learn more. We’re here to help.

If you’ve got cellulite dimples, you may want to consider Cellfina®. It is a new minimally-invasive procedure, available only from certified doctors, that provides long-lasting cellulite reduction on the thighs and buttocks. A single treatment can deliver results that last more than three years.

The procedure is currently only approved for use on the thighs and buttocks of women. So, if you are a woman who wants to reduce cellulite in those areas, you may be a good candidate.

The best candidates for Cellfina are:

  • Healthy, and have had a complete medical screening.
  • Have realistic expectations based on a consultation with their doctor.
  • Not allergic to anesthesia or certain medications.
  • Not taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications that could react negatively with the treatment.
  • In relatively good physical condition and are not significantly overweight.
  • Nonsmokers.

What Is Cellfina?

This FDA-cleared procedure is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It treats the cause of cellulite. The tension in the tight bands of tissue that create the dimpling effect is released, so skin can bounce back to its original, smooth texture. Results are often seen in as few as three days.

There is no need for general anesthesia. The minimally-invasive procedure uses a small, needle-size incision to release the bands of cellulite to smooth out the skin.

The procedure may only be performed by licensed physician. And, like any procedure, you’ll want the best qualified doctor you can find. We recommend only working with a board-certified plastic surgeon, or a certified doctor working under the supervision of a board-certified plastic surgeon.

What Should You Expect?

A single treatment can take as little as 45 minutes. Patients experience bruising and swelling. There is some tenderness. But, symptoms typically clear up completely in four to six weeks. Downtime is very limited, and while everyone’s experiences are different, most patients report returning to regular activities within one-to-two days.

When you arrive for your procedure, the area to be treated will be marked and photos will be taken. The marked areas are then treated after the area has been numbed. It is a very simple and straightforward procedure.

If you have isolated dimples in a few areas, they may be completely eliminated by your treatment. The same goes for a few a dimples depressions in an isolated area. And, while the treatment is also effective for areas of significant cellulite, it won’t eliminate it 100 percent. It will, however, make tremendous difference in your appearance. Schedule a consultation to get the best information about whether or not you are a good candidate.

Who Is Not A Candidate

If you don’t have cellulite, you are not a candidate. Cellfina is not a fat elimination system like CoolSculpting. If you have belly, arm, chin or other areas of exercise resistant fat that you want to eliminate, CoolSculpting is a better choice. Call us to schedule a CoolSculpting consultation.

If your skin is wavy rather than dimpled, you may not be a good candidate. Cellfina is approved for, and effective for dimpled cellulite.

You are probably not a good candidate for Cellfina if you:

  • Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant in the next three months.
  • Are not in generally good physical condition, or are excessively overweight.
  • Have a current infection near the treatment area, or other significant infection.
  • Are suffering from diabetes.
  • Are allergic to epinephrine or lidocaine.
  • Have significant varicose veins or other vein-related illnesses.

Know Your Options

There are a lot of options for fat reduction or elimination. Most of them are available here, at Front Range Plastic Surgery. If you are considering plastic surgery for reducing or eliminating fat, consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. They should review all of your options and answer all of your questions. If it turns out that you are not a good candidate for Cellfina, that doesn’t mean that you just have to live with things that make you self conscious and impact your quality of life. Call and schedule a consultation, and let’s work together to find the best solution for you.


Take Care of Your Aging Skin Whether You Have Plastic Surgery or Not Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:59:48 +0000 Plastic surgery is an excellent option if you want to have a more youthful look by lifting sagging skin and reducing visibility of crows feet. See us for a consultation to discuss your options. Whether or not you choose to have plastic surgery, there is a lot that you could and should be doing to take care of your skin as you age. Be sure to follow these skin care rules. You’ll look better, and if you choose to have surgery, your results will be better and longer lasting.

If you are reading this and you think you are too young for plastic surgery, that doesn’t mean you are too young to take care of your skin. Take care of it now, and you’ll be very happy you did later on.

Stay Out of the Sun

Limiting exposure to midday sun, and always wearing a moisturizing sunscreen are two of the best things you can do for your skin, no matter what your age. If you have had a facelift, or are considering plastic surgery, it is important to remember that staying out of the sun and wearing sunscreen are going to remain very important to your post-surgery routine. You don’t get a pass just because you’ve had surgery.

Properly Clean Your Skin

Use a gentle cleanser every night and every morning. Follow it up with a moisturizer that is well suited for your skin type. You’ll want to use an eye serum as well. The skin around your eyes is more sensitive and deserves special treatment. If you aren’t sure what to use on your skin, get the help of of a professional esthetician that you trust. Or, give us a call. We are happy to make recommendations.

Be Gentle

As you age, your skin changes dramatically. Thanks to everything from changing hormone levels to gravity, there’s no way to avoid these changes. You can take steps to make sure you don’t make them worse though. Make sure that you are using products that are age appropriate. The thick moisturizer you used in your 30s or 40s is probably not going to be appropriate in your 50s or 60s. Your skin gets thinner, drier and much more sensitive as you age. Again, if you aren’t sure what to do, give us a call. We’re here to help.

You can’t reverse some signs of time with anything other than surgery. So, if you are in your 50s or 60s and are frustrated that your routine isn’t giving you the results you want, it might be time for you to consider plastic surgery or other medical intervention. The field of plastic surgery has advanced a lot in the past decade, and you may be surprised by what can be accomplished and how quickly you can heal from many procedures. If it is on your mind, come in for a consultation. It can’t hurt to get all of the facts.

Don’t Smoke

We wish we didn’t have to say it, but we are always surprised by how many people don’t realize that smoking prematurely ages skin. If you are considering surgery, we strongly recommend that you stop smoking first. In addition to improving your overall health, as a non smoker you’ll likely heal faster and have better, longer-lasting surgical results.

Post Surgery Care

If you’ve had a facelift or other plastic surgery, properly caring for your skin becomes even more important. Follow these recommendations for the long-term, overall health of your skin.

Be Even More Gentle

Make sure you are using hypoallergenic, gentle products. Stay away from products with added fragrances or soap-based cleansers. Follow the cleansing recommendations of your surgeon.

Be More Sun Aware

It is critical for the months following surgery that you stay out of the sun. But don’t take your new look for granted. Make sure you’ve got a multi-spectrum sunscreen on every single day. And please, stay out of direct sun between 11am and 3pm whenever possible.

Go Sparingly on Makeup

Be certain that your surgical wounds have completely healed before using makeup. Once you start wearing makeup again, use the gentlest formulas you can find. Look for gentler mineral-based options. And be sure to remove all of your makeup as part of your evening cleansing and moisturizing routine. This is especially important after surgery.

Whatever your age, and whether or not you opt for plastic surgery, taking care of your skin is important. After all, it is the only skin you’ve got. If you are considering a facelift or other procedure, please give us a call to schedule a consultation. We’ll assess your skin, listen to what your goals are, and make honest and thoughtful recommendations about what we think will get you the best possible results. We look forward to meeting you.


Tummy Tuck Facts Part Two Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:48:08 +0000 In part one of this series, we covered some basics about surgery, including what to expect and how to choose a good surgeon. Picking a good surgeon is the easy part if you choose Front Range Plastic Surgery in Loveland. Dr. Schutte is one of the area’s few double board-certified surgeons, so you know you’ll be in good hands.

If you are considering tummy tuck surgery, continue reading and then give us a call to schedule a consultation to get the rest of your questions answered.

Know the Facts

The objective of abdominoplasty, the official name for tummy tuck surgery, is to smooth the abdominal area and increase firmness. How big of a change you see depends on the type of surgery you choose. There are a couple of different procedures, and some are more extensive. Depending on how extensive the surgery is, you may be able to tighten your abdominal wall muscles and reduce some fat. But, remember, fat reduction is not the primary objective. If you’ve got stretch marks, a tummy tuck may help reduce their appearance. If that is one of your goals, be sure to discuss that with your surgeon.

Discuss all the Options

You’re planning to have extensive surgery. So, if there is anything else you or your surgeon think you should consider doing at the same time, have that conversation early. Liposuction is sometimes done at the same time as a tummy tuck. Talk to your doctor to decide if that is a good option for you.

Understand Recovery

This is not a simple surgery. Regardless of which type of tummy tuck procedure you and your surgeon decide is best for you, there is going to be a significant, and somewhat unpleasant, recovery period. You may have drainage tubes on either side of your incision for a few days. It will be approximately three weeks before you can return to your regular routine, and a few more weeks until you are 100 percent healed.

While you won’t have to stay in the hospital during your recovery, you’ll probably need some assistance at home for the first week, because you’ll be in pain and your mobility will be significantly reduced. You may have difficulty sitting up and even rolling over for the first week. Don’t push your body too hard during this period. Your skin has just been pulled very tight, so you’ll feel like you’re a little bent-over. You are. Don’t worry, that’s just part of the recovery process. You may experience some back pain because of your posture during the first couple of weeks. Ask your doctor about pain medication or other ways to relieve discomfort.

Prepare at home to make your recovery period as comfortable as possible. Try to set up a space for yourself where you won’t need to climb stairs daily. Have loose-fitting clothing that is easy to get on and off handy. Make sure to have a couple of changes of clothes available each day. Have ice packs ready in the freezer. Set up a chair in the shower and a hand-held shower head to make showering easier.

Make Sure it is For You

If you may become pregnant at some point in the future, you should not have this procedure. If you get your muscles tightened, they could become separated during pregnancy. And, while tummy tuck results are very long lasting, they won’t last through a pregnancy. Your skin will get stretched, and you’ll end up dissatisfied with your results.

If you are more than 20 pounds overweight, your surgeon will probably recommend that you wait to have the surgery until you’ve lost the weight. If you have the surgery, and then lose that weight, your skin may sag in areas where it used to be plumped up by fat. You may be able to tighten it back up a lot with exercise, but your tummy tuck results will be much better, and much longer lasting, if you lose the weight first.

If you need to lose a significant amount of weight, 30 pounds or more, your surgeon will probably require that you do so before having the surgery. Abdominoplasty is not a substitution for weight loss.

Do not go on a crash diet before your surgery. It won’t improve your results, and it just isn’t healthy.

If you’ve read both of the articles in this series, you should have a very good idea of what to expect if you decide to have this surgery. If you want to learn more, come in to see us in Loveland for a consultation. We’ll walk you through the procedure step-by-step. Going through that process always raises more questions. And it is important for you, and for your surgeon, that you have an opportunity to ask all of your questions before making a final decision.

Tummy Tuck Facts Part One Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:36:19 +0000 Whenever you are considering any elective surgery, it is critical to get all of the facts beforehand so that you can make an informed decision about your health and your body. There is a lot of information available about plastic surgery. Just do a search for tummy tucks, and you’ll be overwhelmed with information, much of it conflicting.

So, who do you trust? Well, you can start by trusting a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Warren Schutte at Front Range Plastic Surgery. An experienced, certified surgeon is always going to be committed to your best interest, not in just booking another surgery on their schedule. Once you’ve read some of the facts here, we encourage you to come in and meet Dr. Schutte for a consultation about a tummy tuck or any other plastic surgery that you may be considering. Or office serves patients in Loveland, Fort Collins and the entire Colorado Front Range.

The next place to go is to trusted sources like The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Both are great sources of information, but both are industry-facing organizations with a lot of information to sort through in order to find the details that are important to you. So, we’ve gathered some of the most important facts for you here, in one place, so you have an easy, single-point of reference where you can get your questions answered.


Some of us are just built differently than others. If your stomach isn’t as flat as you’d like it to be, it could just be a function of genetics. A less-toned, or saggy stomach can also result from a significant amount of weight loss, prior surgery, pregnancy, and frequent fluctuations in weight.  

The medical term for tummy tuck surgery is abdominoplasty. The surgery improves weakened muscles and removes fat, providing a much firmer and smoother appearance. It is not a substitute for weight loss or a proper fitness routine. As a matter of fact, maintaining a healthy weight and a fitness regimen are important to maintaining the results of your tummy tuck.

Who is a Good Candidate

If you are generally healthy, have maintained, and expect to continue to maintain, a healthy weight for the past year, are a physically-active nonsmoker and just can’t seem to get the flat, toned appearance you desire, then you are probably a good candidate.

The procedure, and the results, are different for everyone, so in addition to understanding the facts, a good candidate will always have a thorough consultation with their surgeon, and ask all of the important questions we’ve outlined here, to make sure that they understand exactly what to expect.


Tummy tuck results are typically permanent. But, those permanent results depend on a patient’s commitment to maintaining a healthy weight and continuing a fitness routine that includes ongoing abdominal muscle strengthening.


Recovery time for a tummy tuck is something to consider carefully before undergoing the procedure. In most cases, you won’t be able to return to 100 percent of your normal activities for a couple of weeks.

You will either have dressings and bandages or an elastic compression garment to wear for a couple of weeks. And, very likely, drainage tubes will be inserted to let excess fluid and blood drain from the surgery site. You’ll also have a list of instructions from your surgeon. It is very important to follow those instructions, to make sure your muscles heal correctly and completely.

Questions to ask

When you are in the process of choosing your surgeon, be sure to discuss these very important topics before committing to surgery.

Discuss your goals, be honest about any underlying conditions, previous surgeries and medications you are taking. You may not think that a medication or condition is relevant, but let your surgeon make that determination. Your candidness with your surgeon plays an important role in determining the outcome of your procedure.

Find out if your surgeon is certified, how long they have been certified, and how many times they have successfully performed the procedure.

Ask to look at before and after photos, and if those photos raise any questions or concerns, discuss them.

Breast Augmentation Vs Breast Lift Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:07:42 +0000
These plastic surgeries are two of the most popular in the country. It can be confusing to know which is best for you. You may be able to achieve the shape and look that you want with a lift, but you won’t know that unless you talk with a board certified plastic surgeon about what your specific goals are. It is possible that only augmentation will give you the results you are looking for. We’ve put together some educational information, tips and pros-and-cons here for your consideration.

If you think that one of these options is for you, be sure to give us a call and schedule your consultation with Dr. Schutte. You’re in goods hands at Front Range Plastic Surgery. Dr. Schutte is dual board certified and a member of the Colorado Medical Society and the Larimer County Medical Association.

Keep in mind that the best candidates for these surgeries are women who have stable lifestyles and maintain a fairly consistent body weight. It is best, with either option, to wait until you are sure you are done having children. And, as you age, your body is still going to change. Implants and lifts are both subject to the effects of time. Nothing lasts forever.

Both of these surgeries require some preparation on your part.  You may have to undergo a mammogram and will have to follow instructions regarding taking certain medications prior to surgery. They both are done under general anesthesia, so be sure that you fully understand and accept the risks it presents. In rare cases, a lift may be done with a local anesthesia and a sedative.


Typically women seek out this procedure, known as mastopexy, because they want a more youthful appearance. Time, breastfeeding, and other things take a toll. As the old saying goes, gravity is not your friend. Depending on the severity of drooping or sagging that is occurring, a lift may be the best option. But, augmentation may be the right course of action. That’s why it is important to let a qualified plastic surgeon help you make the decision. Don’t just decide on your own and tell your doctor which procedure you want until you’ve hear all of the facts from them directly.

Is severe sagging is making you self conscious? Or do you just want to improve shape but definitely don’t want to increase size? Do you have loose skin after pregnancy or significant weight loss? Or does your skin just lack enough elasticity to “snap back” as your body changes over time? Or maybe you just prefer to have your breasts sitting higher on your chest. These are all indications that you are probably a good candidate for a lift.

Keep in mind that after your surgery, the change of contour and position of your breasts may also cause them to appear larger or smaller. It is important to consider this if size is also a concern.

Talk to your doctor about skin removal and scarring. Each woman is different. Sometimes scarring is virtually undetectable. Other times, when a significant amount of skin must be removed, some scarring may be visible. Make sure you know what to expect.


While most women focus on increasing size, augmentation also provides some lift. That’s why it is important to carefully consider which option is best for you. Filling up a small amount of drooping or loose skin can give you the result you are looking for.

You’ve got a lot of decisions to make, in consultation with your doctor, if you choose to go this route. Depending on your age, genetic predispositions, body-shape and other factors, you’ll need to decide on a saline or silicone implant, where your implants will be placed, where and how incisions will be made, and the size of implant that is right for you.

If your breasts have gotten smaller with age, if they are different sizes, or if you don’t feel that they are proportional to the rest of your body, you may be a good candidate for this surgery.

After surgery your breasts will be larger, more firm, and will not sag. If that’s what you’re looking for, come in for a consultation to talk about it.

A combination

Often what is most effective is a combination lift and augmentation. Talk to your surgeon about this option. A lift with a smaller size implant may give you a more natural look and give you the result you’re hoping for. The surgeries can usually be performed at the same time so there’s no need to go under general anesthesia more than once.

Come See Us

Whatever option turns out to be best for you, you won’t find a better team than the one at Front Range Plastic Surgery. We walk you through your options step by step. Once you’ve made a decision, we’ll guide you through the process, making sure you are fully informed and comfortable at each stage leading up to your surgery. We can also help you secure financing for your surgery. Give us a call to learn more.

Your Plastic Surgeon. What Certifications to Look For Fri, 12 May 2017 21:36:03 +0000
Surgical Certifications

We talk a lot about the importance of working with a board-certified plastic surgeon. But what does that really mean? In this article, we’ll take a detailed look at what it means to be board certified and why you should also look at professional memberships when choosing a plastic surgeon.

American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification

The American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification was founded in 1937. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining safe, ethical, and highly effective plastic surgery standards. In 1995, standards were changed to require retesting to maintain certification rather than lifetime certification.

This certification is only available to surgeons who have completed a rigorous course of training beyond what is required to receive their medical license. Certification also requires surgeons to pass a specific set of exams that tests expertise in their speciality.

Surgeons who take the time to receive American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification demonstrate their commitment to maintaining their skills and continuing their education. These surgeons are at the top of their field.

American Board of General Surgery Certification

As with American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification, this certification requires retesting every 10 years, and requires the completion of coursework and exams beyond what is required for licensure.

To qualify to take the certification exam, a surgeon must first complete residency training, apply for certification, and be approved by the Board. Testing includes a written test and the oral Certifying Examination. Surgeons who receive this certification have demonstrated both surgical knowledge as well as excellent judgment and decision making.

Professional Memberships and Recognition

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

Recognized as a leading professional organization, an ASAPS membership is only available to board-certified plastic surgeons. Currently, only about 25 percent of board certified plastic surgeons have been accepted for membership.

The organization was founded in 1967 and currently has more than 2,600 members. It serves as a public information source and consumer advocate. Additionally, it facilitates research and supports clinical studies in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery.

Accredited Surgical Facilities

Established in 1880, The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities is committed to ensuring patient safety. They are one of the largest organizations of their kind in the world.

It is important to have any plastic surgery done in an accredited facility to make sure your surgical setting is fully equipped to handle your procedure and any possible complications.

In order to be accredited, outpatient and office-based facilities must meet hospital-level standards. Surgeons at these facilities must have hospital privileges and be board certified.

Always look for these certifications and associations in any surgical environment. Dr. Schutte and Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are fully certified and accredited. Our number one commitment is to the health and well-being of our clients. If you are considering plastic surgery or an invasive cosmetic procedure, give us a call. We’ll work with you to determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

All About Botox Fri, 12 May 2017 21:33:31 +0000
What is Botox?

Botox is technically a neurotoxin. It is used medically to treat conditions such as crossed eyes, movement disorders, and muscle spasms. It has been used cosmetically, to reduce the use of fine lines and wrinkles, for more than 20 years. More than 4 million people have received cosmetic Botox treatments, and it is the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure. Because of their popularity, Botox treatments are offered by a wide range of providers. It is very important to make sure that you only receive Botox treatments from a board-certified plastic surgeon. Permanent scarring as well as functional complications are prevalent side effects of poorly administered Botox treatments.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox relaxes muscles by blocking signals from nerves that cause contractions. From a cosmetic perspective, when muscles no longer contract, they also relax, causing fine lines to soften and become less visible. Within a week, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the treatment area are visibly improved. After about one month, the full effects of the treatment are realized. This effect was discovered quite accidentally when a doctor was using Botox to treat patients for double vision. It was actually the patients themselves who discovered the side effect of smoother, younger-looking skin and reported it to the doctor.

Am I a Good Candidate for Botox?

Always be sure to consult with a plastic surgeon. These are just guidelines. Generally, as with all cosmetic procedures, it is recommended that you be in overall good health prior to undergoing treatment. Certain people are typically not good candidates, including people with certain skin disorders, facial scars, or facial muscles that are already weak due to illness, injury, or surgery. The best candidates are healthy, have reasonable expectations for results, and who have fully discussed all existing conditions, including what supplements and medications they are taking, with their plastic surgeon. Cosmetic Botox treatments are generally not recommended for anyone under 18.

What are the Side Effects of Botox?

Side effects are typically mild and include bruising, redness, and some swelling at the injection site. Occasionally people will report flu-like symptoms. Although they are very rare, serious side-effects do occur. Be sure you ask your doctor to inform you about all of the risks. Rare side effects include, among other things, vision problems, difficulty swallowing or breathing, and vision problems.

Botox should always be administered under a doctor’s care. A dangerous trend has developed lately. Botox parties where treatments are administered at a home as part of a social gathering are gaining in popularity. It is never a good idea to receive any cosmetic procedure when you have been drinking alcohol, which is often offered at these parties. Don’t take chances with your health. Avoid these kinds of environments.

Dr Schutte is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He and his team at Front Range Plastic Surgery are Botox experts. They’re here to answer all of your questions and to help you decide if Botox is the right choice for you. Call to schedule a consultation.

Scar Revision Plastic Surgery – Are You A Candidate? Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:38:50 +0000 Different types of scarring require different treatments and respond differently to surgical intervention. The appearance of some scars can be addressed with non-surgical options, such as laser skin resurfacing. Give Front Range Plastic Surgery a call to learn more about your options.

The best candidates for scar revision plastic surgery:

  • Follow their doctor’s scar-care instructions and are fully recovered from the surgery or injury that caused their scar.
  • Are informed about options for reducing the appearance of scars, including surgical and non-surgical alternatives.
  • Have realistic expectations about results and have had an honest conversation with their doctor about what to expect.
  • Are generally in good health with no serious pre-existing conditions.

Here are some things to take into consideration if you have a keloid scar that needs surgery, or a surgical or burn scar that is impeding your mobility.

The location of your scar

Facial scar revision is often done for aesthetic reasons, so it is particularly important to be clear about options and expectations. Be sure to give yourself time to heal before seeking a surgical option. After six months, there is still much room for natural healing and improvement of appearance.

The timing of your facial scar surgery and the technique used by your plastic surgeon will depend on the location, appearance, and cause of the scar. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Make sure you understand why your doctor is recommending a particular technique and the pros and cons of each potential approach.

The type of scar you have

Keloid scars are raised, often bumpy, scars resulting most often from an incision or wound. They can be treated non-surgically with steroid injections. But when those efforts fall short, your plastic surgeon can explain your surgical options. Typically, keloid scar treatment is an outpatient procedure.

Be sure to discuss the possibility of recurrence. Keloid scars can have a tendency to reappear and can sometimes be more visible after treatment.

The impact on your quality of life

Contracture scars caused by injuries, including burns, often tighten areas of the skin and significantly restrict mobility. Over time, muscles and tendons may be affected. From the inability to bend or straighten fingers, to difficulty walking or standing upright, people with contracture scars often suffer serious, life-altering consequences.

Surgical revision of contracture scars can be complicated. Be sure you are working with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who can explain all of the benefits and risks. Plastic surgery for contracture scars is usually done under general anesthetic and may require a hospital stay.

Another consideration with regard to contracture scar revision is that, because muscle tissue and other structural elements may be impacted, physical therapy is often required to regain maximum mobility. The pain and difficulty involved with recovery will be different for every patient. You have to be willing to put in the work required for maximum benefit.


Risks of plastic surgery

Surgery always carries risk. The most common types of scar revision surgeries have significantly different risks, recovery times, and potential consequences. As a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon, Dr Schutte at Front Range Plastic Surgery is here to help you understand the pros, cons, and risks of each type of scar revision plastic surgery, including z-plasty, skin grafting, flap surgery .

Follow up care is always critical to the success of your procedure. You must be committed to care and maintenance of your surgical site and to following your doctor’s instructions. Prior to surgery, make sure you understand what will be required and that you are able and willing to take the required actions to ensure the best possible results.

How to Keep Skin Looking Younger for Longer Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:05:29 +0000 artboard-1

Many of our patients seek out our facelift services in Loveland as a way to lift the skin on their face to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. As we age, the skin on our face begins to lose some of its elasticity. This is primarily what causes our skin to start to wrinkle and droop, giving a more aged appearance. There are a number of things you can do to counteract these natural effects of aging in order to retain a more youthful appearance. If you are concerned about the appearance of your skin, try some of these tips to regain younger-looking skin.

Try These Tips For More Youthful-Looking Skin!

Eat a healthy diet.

What you eat plays an important role in the health of your skin. Eating a balanced, healthy diet that’s full of fruits and vegetables as well as things like nuts that are full of Omega-3’s can help keep your skin healthy. The nutrients can help your skin retain it’s elasticity for longer and help you avoid skin issues like eczema, acne, and rosacea. Any of these issues can cause your skin to start aging prematurely.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

We can’t emphasize the importance of moisturizing your skin! Start doing this early and often. Your skin needs to be well moisturized to retain the moisture barrier, slowing down how quickly your skin loses the moisture inside (and an important part of its elasticity and healthy, plump appearance). Invest in a high-quality moisturizer and use it regularly.

Drink lots of water.

No matter how much moisturizer you use, though, it’s no good if the rest of your body is dehydrated. Drinking plenty of water (at least eight 8 oz. glasses each day) will help keep your skin well hydrated so your moisturizer can work better. The fluids will also help flush toxins out of your system that can create issues with your skin.

Drop bad habits.

If you care about your skin, you might need to drop some of the bad habits that could be hurting it. Things like smoking and drinking excessively are going to age your skin quickly and create more wrinkles than you would otherwise have if you didn’t have these habits. You should also stop skipping out on sleep. Getting eight hours of sleep each night will keep your skin looking healthier and help you avoid dark bags under your eyes.

Stay out of the sun.

The sun is your skin’s worst enemy. Not only do you need to worry about skin cancer from too much exposure to UV rays, but the sun can start prematurely aging your skin as well. Use face products like moisturizers and foundations with sun protection built in. If you spend time out in the sun, wear a hat that offers you shade and cover up when you can.

Of course, all of these tips work better the earlier you implement them. If your skin is already starting to sag and wrinkle, you can use these tips to prevent further damage, but they won’t reverse what’s already been done. But we can. If you are concerned about the wrinkles and lines you see when you look in the mirror, come into our office for a consultation about facelifts. We’ll help you determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure and show you the difference it can make in your self-confidence.

Most Popular Plastic Surgeries Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:19:04 +0000 According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 1.8 million elective cosmetic surgeries were performed in the United States in 2016. That doesn’t include reconstructive or medically necessary surgeries.

The Society has compiled a list of the most popular cosmetic surgeries. Each one can be done by Dr. Schutte at Front Range Plastic Surgery. But wherever you choose to have yours done, remember to always choose a board certified plastic surgeon with a history of success.

This article identifies the top five trends according to the Society, and provides some valuable advice from us about what to consider if you are planning to have one of these procedures in 2017.

Plastic Surgery Trend #1: Breast augmentation

Topping the list as the most popular trend is breast augmentation. This probably is not a surprise to anyone. Known technically as augmentation mammaplasty, this procedure may include the use of transferred fat or implants to increase breast size, and we think it is popular because the enhancement it provides is so significant.

The procedure has come a long way and very natural-looking results make it almost impossible to tell if someone has had an augmentation. It is not a cure-all though. Implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime and they are not recommended for women whose breasts are still developing.  

There is one other thing we strongly recommend that you discuss with your doctor – your surgical anesthetic options. Breast augmentation used to require general anesthesia under all circumstances. Now, it can be performed using a local anesthetic and sedative. There are pros and cons for each approach. Be sure you understand them.

Plastic Surgery Trend #2: Liposuction

You know it as “lipo,” but the technical term for the procedure is lipoplasty. Popular for more than a decade now, liposuction continues to be sought after by patients wanting to slim and reshape parts of the body. One of the most important things to understand about liposuction before choosing to have the procedure is that it is not a substitute for healthy behavior. It is not an effective treatment for cellulite or obesity. If you maintain a healthy weight and are plagued by troublesome areas that just won’t respond to diet or exercise, you may be a very good candidate for liposuction.


Plastic Surgery Trend #3: Nose reshaping

Rhinoplasty seems to never go out of style. The reasons that people opt for the proverbial “nose job” range from correcting a deviated septum to simply gaining better facial balance and symmetry. The procedure can be used to change the nostrils, bridge, angle or slope, and span or width of the nose. It offers improvement. It doesn’t deliver perfection. Be realistic about what your expectations are and have an honest discussion with your doctor about why you want to have the procedure.

Plastic Surgery Trend #4: Eyelid Surgery

Officially known as blepharoplasty, we can’t help but wonder if the aging of the American population is one of the reasons this surgery has become so popular. As the skin on your eyelids begins to sag due to age, it can significantly impair your vision – so much so that eyelid surgery is often recommended by general practitioners and ophthalmologists for patients who have no other medical reason for the difficulty they are having with their vision.

Plastic Surgery Trend #5: Facelifts

The ever popular rhytidectomy is still near the top of the list, and with today’s technology and procedural advances, results are more dramatic and longer-lasting than ever. The best candidates remain those with realistic expectations whose goal is to look more refreshed, to reduce the appearance of aging created by loose skin or jowls, or to simply reduce the appearance of wrinkles. With all of the advancements that have been made, a facelift is still a surgical procedure, performed under general anesthetic and should be taken seriously. If you come to us for a consultation, we’ll review all of your options, including some less invasive and non-invasive options that we can provide right here in the office on an outpatient basis.

Whether one of these trends is on your list for 2017 or if you have some other cosmetic or reconstructive surgical need, we’re here to answer you questions and to help you get the best possible results. Please give us a call and schedule your free consultation.