Front Range Plastic Surgery Front Range Plastic Surgery Fri, 12 May 2017 21:38:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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.  


Tummy Tuck Basics Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:28:17 +0000 Front Range Plastic Surgery is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. This week’s blog topic is Abdominoplasty. This procedure is commonly known as a tummy tuck and we’ll go over some basics.

What is a tummy tuck?

  • A tummy tuck is a major surgery that eliminates excess fat and skin from the abdominal area.
  • Abdominal muscles are tightened and shortened.
  • Can remove stretch marks and scars.

What will the results be like?

  • You can see images of before and after tummy tucks here.
  • Your abdomen will be flatter and firmer, and  more proportionate to your body.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

  • Men and women in good health.
  • Women who have had multiple pregnancies and, as a result,  have stretched their abdominal muscles.
  • Have an accumulation of excess skin and fat that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise.
  • Older patients with slight obesity and the accompanying loose abdominal skin.
  • People who have lost a significant amount of weight and have excessive skin.

Who should consider postponing their tummy tuck?

  • Women who are considering a future pregnancy.
  • People who plan to lose a significant amount of weight.

What is the recovery like?

  • A tummy tuck is a major surgery and does require recovery time.
  • There is medication to be taken in the recovery process, painkillers and antibiotics are the most common.
  • There will be a pressure garment to wear while you recover.
  • There will be a few days of drainage tubes which are effective in minimize swelling.


There is so much more to say, but we are out of time for this week, check back for our next blog. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to call our office for a consultation with Dr. Schutte. 970.372.2310

Do I Need a Full Tummy Tuck? Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:21:18 +0000 If you look in the mirror and your eyes are drawn to your belly with dissatisfaction, you have options. Many of the people who come to our Loveland office did not necessarily expect to need a tummy tuck, and they are concerned about having the full operation. Other people think they need a full tummy tuck, when in fact they do not.

Nothing can replace a personal conversation with an experienced plastic surgeon who has examined your tummy and understands your goals. That is why we are using today’s blog to create a good foundation for your discussion.

Your treatment depends completely on where the problem is.

    • This may seem obvious, but many people assume that the solution to their issue must be a tummy tuck. This is not the case.
    • If you have too much fat, liposuction will play a big role for you. Liposuction gives only small scars.
    • If you have loose skin, a tummy tuck operation comes into play. The extent of your tummy tuck will depend on how much loose skin you want removed.
    • A small amount of loose skin can be fixed with either an endoscopic abdominoplasty or a mini-abdominoplasty, which result in two inch or C-section like scars respectively. A full tummy tuck results in longer scars.
    • Liposuction and a tummy tuck may be necessary to remove excess fat and tighten the resulting loose skin.

The procedure you need will be different from anyone else’s. The key to understanding how to get results that make you smile is to talk with an experienced plastic surgeon. At Loveland Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is ready to sit down and understand what you need. Contact us today for an appointment!

I Want My Breasts to Be Closer Together – Part 1 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:15:59 +0000 Many of our breast augmentation clients want to know how far apart their breasts will be. Generally, they want to have cleavage – the ability to press their breasts together with a bra. We at Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are here to ensure that our clients get the results they need to feel confident, and we know how to do it safely. Plastic surgery does have its limitations, and breast distance is one of them. If you consult with a plastic surgeon who says your breasts can be moved together, there are some risks you should be aware of.

You are born with your breasts a certain distance apart, and they are limited by the distance between your right and left pectoralis major muscles.  Implants should not be wider than the natural diameter of your breasts, so they can’t shift your breasts closer together. However, there are operations that can be done on naturally-distant breasts to make them seem closer together. Keep in mind that these options aren’t optimal.

Implants that are much larger than your breasts

  • By getting implants that are much bigger than your natural breast size, you will get the inner sides of your breasts to lie closer together. However, your recovery will be harder and your breast tissue will atrophy. Risks of permanent deformity, especially of the crease under your breast, become far stronger. In short, it is a riskier operation that could give you all the wrong results.

Don’t settle for plastic surgeons who just want your money. Instead, go with our Board-Certified plastic surgeon and get lasting solutions that will have you smiling in the mirror every time!



Foods to Help Your Skin Heal After a Facelift – Part 1 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:15:30 +0000 Scarring is one of the biggest concerns our facelift clients have. They don’t want to exchange their wrinkles for scars, and we don’t blame them! Fortunately, our Board Certified plastic surgeon has the training and experience to give you the look you want. Additionally, there are foods you can eat to help your skin heal quickly and completely. If you’re headed toward a facelift, you’ll want to stock up on the items we share in our next two blogs!

Vitamin-C Rich Foods

Vitamin C helps in collagen synthesis, and collagen’s job is to keep your skin healthy and strong. If you don’t have enough vitamin C in your diet, your skin will be weak and damage easily. Enjoy strawberries, kiwi, peppers, oranges, and broccoli, and you will give your skin the tools it needs to heal flawlessly. It also defends your skin against poor circulation, sun damage, and scarring.


Honey has been used as an antiseptic, moisturizer, and wound healer for centuries. When it comes from a raw source, it is one of the most powerful allies your skin can have. Make sure you check with your plastic surgeon before you apply it to your incisions.

At Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we work tirelessly to give our clients unparalleled results. From taking the time to understand your needs to making a plan to sticking with you through recovery and beyond, we are your closest allies. Contact our Loveland office today to learn more about our facelift procedures!

Foods to Help Your Skin Heal After a Facelift – Part 2 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:14:50 +0000 If you’re getting a facelift, you have many allies on your side. Everyone at Front Range Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is in your corner, but they aren’t the only ones! There are many times of food that can speed your recovery and ensure your skin truly looks better than ever before. In our last blog, we talked about vitamin-C rich foods that stimulate collagen and honey that heals wounds faster. Today, we have two more food items that your healing skin will love!

Seeds and Nuts

Your skin needs healthy fats in order to keep its oil glands going strong. Your skin’s oil glands keep your skin from drying out and act as its first defense. The polyunsaturated omega-6 oils you get from nuts and seeds are essential for your skin, and the average American’s diet doesn’t include them. Even better, seeds and nuts provide vitamin E, which also benefits your skin. Stock up on these powerful allies today!

Foods High in Lycopene

Lycopene can actually help protect you from sunburn – its benefits to your skin are that powerful. Chow down on watermelon, guava, and papaya to get fresh helpings of this great ingredient for your skin!

Our Board-Certified plastic surgeon has strategies and methods to make sure you heal completely from your facelift. Contact our office in Loveland to start a conversation. You will enjoy the care of our compassionate staff and access to the most advanced plastic surgery techniques. We are here for you, and we can’t wait to meet you!