Spring= New Beginnings
I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning. -J. B. Priestly
With Spring upon us, and everything around us changing, many people use this time to begin a change themselves. It can be a new job, new home, new relationship, or even a new hairstyle. Whether it is a small change or a drastic one, it offers the chance for a new beginning, and new beginnings are filled with endless possabilities. Working at Conkright Aesthetics I have the opportunity to see changes and new beginnings almost everyday, and I am so gratefull. I myself have recently began a new chapter in my life and though I am scared, I too am excited. No, it is not my appearance I have changed (I know that is what you were thinking), I welcome this opportunity with the idea that "perhaps a bit of magic" is waiting for me. So, what are you thinking about changing? What has come to an end in your life, only to offer the chance for a new beginning? Not sure you really want to change, but know it is for the best? DO IT!!! What better time then the present?! Like I said, working in this business, I see change all the time, and 99.9% it is for the better. I am writing this blog not trying to sound cliche' about change, because believe me, I have heard it all lately, but because I feel that I have the chance to begin a new, and want you to feel the same. Look at Spring as natures way of giving you the go-a-head to move forward, start what might be the most amazing moments of your life so far, I am looking forward to whatever is waiting for me and I just can't wait...
Danielle Blevins-Clinical Team Associate
You are my sunshine
It is spring and the sun really feels good. Winters grey skies are suppose to be gone. Southern Indiana continues to have below normal temperatures but "Spring Break" is upon us and we are seeking that warm glow. Feeling good is one thing, but looking good, not so much... The number one question that I get almost on a daily basis and sometimes several times a day is " What can I do about these spots?". Each time my reply is the same! Protect your skin from the sun!!!! No, they say I have a boat, motorcycle or garden ect. Or, " I have to have color!" " I look sick without it!" " I just need to have these spots removed." Well, I can tell you that certainly those spots can be removed via Hydroquinone, a typical skin bleaching cream, or chemical peels and lasers. All of these methods are effective removing these "age" spots, but if you continue to expose your skin to the sun they will certainly return and sometimes a lot worse! The sun or the sun's ultra violet rays causes our skin to produce more melanin and over time repeated sun exposure can cause the melanin to group together into darker patches. Tanning beds, or artificial sources of UV light can cause the same. Save your money on removing these unsightly dots if you are prepared to protect your skin from further exposure.
Healthy radiant skin is achievable. The beauty of spring and the warth of the sun is something to look forward to. Invest in a trendy hat, designer sunglasses, and a good skin care regime that includes sun protection. Make sure the "glow" on your skin is one of radient health, not sun
And the fee is for...
Did you know that the most popular Google searches regarding plastic surgery is "plastic surgery costs"? In fact, plastic surgery cost is so paramount, that if you listen to some of my friends it seems that cost is so often the only determinant factor indicating the performance of the surgery or not. So, in light of these glaring facts, I thought I would let everyone know just what the fees associated with plastic surgery are.
In performing cosmetic and plastic surgery there are three basic fees that must be considered: 1) the surgical fee, 2) anesthesia fee, and 3) facility fee and materials cost.
The simplist of the three to understand is the surgical fee. Basically, it is what the surgeon takes home. From this fee the surgeon pays for all the costs incurred in becoming and being a surgeon. This could include school loans, malpractice insurance fees, office rent or mortgage, staff salaries, and other costs, just to name a few. The surgical fee is determined by the judgement of one person alone, the surgeon. Depending on his or her practice expenses, they determine the fee.
The fee often overlooked by many is the anesthesia fee. This is what the anesthesiologist takes home. This fee may depend on several factors, including the nature of the surgery, the nature of the anesthesia administered (local, regional or general), the time needed for the surgery as well as other technical issues. This fee is usually determined before the surgery between the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and the surgical facility.
The fee most often misunderstood and hard to generate is the facility fee. It is composed of many elements that may not be readily seen, including cost of nursing care, medical materials and drugs used for the surgery, and other costs that are associated with running an ambulatory surgery facility. This price is usually fixed. Additional material fees may be added, an example being when using breast or facial implants or other materials related to specific cosmetic surgery.
When discussing the cost of surgery with your cosmetic surgeon during your consultation it is always a good idea to ask about each of these fees. Cosmetic surgery is not covered by medical insurance, thus making it a luxery item paid for by discretionary income has contributed to it becoming affordable and within reach to larger segments of the population. The more knowledgeable and informed you are, the better the chances you will get a "better product" so to speak and a "bigger bang for your buck" if I may say. However, I want to caution you, in that in plastic surgery, as is in most industries, you get what you pay for. Qaulity assurance is the doctor's creditionals and bedside manner, their board certification in plastic and cosmetic surgery and surgical center accreditation.
Well, my friends, I hope I have cleared some of the questions up about what you are infact paying for when having plastic surgery. Remember, just because it is more expensive at one physicians office and less at another does not mean the more expensive surgeon is the best. YOU have to decide the right fit for you! And the fee goes to...
" What can help my lower eye lid puffiness??'
" Help, I have dark circles under my eyes!''
" Is there anything for these fine lines under my eyes?'
The answer to all of these questions is Neocutis Lumiere Riche. An intensive line smoothing eye cream with PSP, a complete protein blend of Human Growth Factors, Cytokines and Interleukins to help smooth and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Caffeine helps alleviate skin puffiness. Hyaluronic acid helps firm and hydrate the delicate skin for both upper and lower eye lid skin. Dark circles are visibly improved as this product helps constrict vessels in the lower lid. I have personally used this product for 2 years with definite visible results. In Style magazine listed Lumiere Riche as the number one anti-aging cream in 2012. It is easy to use and requires only seconds to apply, morning, evening or both. It is supplied in an attractive metered pump the lasts months when appropriately used. Cost: $90
Pot of Gold sale price: $60
Results: P R I C E L E S S
Martha Hahus-Clinical Team Associate
I DID IT!! For those of you who have not read our Winter newsletter yet I am refering to my breasts. Yes, I finally had my breast augmentation surgery January 3rd, 2013, and I am sooo HAPPY! Was I nervous? Yes! Was I super excited? Absolutely! Do I have more self-confidence now? You better believe it! If this is something you have been thinking about but are just too scared or worried about what others might say if you were to "have your breasts done", then please read on. First of all being nervous or scared is completely normal. I mean it is surgery, and with any surgery there are risks. It is up to you to decide if the benefits of breast augmentation out way the risks. This is why speaking to a board certified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Conkright is so important. With his years of education and experiance he will answer all your questions, address your concerns, provide you with all the facts and allow you to decide if breast augmentation is best for you. Obviously, I chose the surgery, and I am so glad that I did. The question I get the most from women considering augmentation is "how big did you go?' Well, that is kind of a hard question to anwer. I can tell you all that my implants are 285 cc and that I now wear a 34 C bra. That said, these implants are what fit my frame, and complemented the breast tissue I already had. Someone else with a different build and amount of breast tissue may need a 385 cc implants, and they still might be a C-cup. I know this may seem somewhat confusing, but once you sit down and talk with Dr. Conkright and he selects an implant for you it will make perfect sense. Next, are my two favorite phrases, the first, "you are having your breasts done?" and " what, you had your breasts done, oh my gosh". Don't worry, if you haven't heard them yet, you will hear them soon. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of cosmetic surgery, and whether or not you want to hear it they are going to tell you once you decide to have it done or have it done. My response, is "YES, YES, YES!" I mean, I already told over 1,500 people who receive our newsletter, and now I am righting a blog about, so really everyone knows, and it is A-O-K with me. Having a breast augmentation is something I did for me, and no one else. So, you do it for you, who cares what anyone else thinks or says, only you know what is best for you. I hope this information has inspired some of you to pick up the phone and call me, I look forward to hearing from you!
Danielle Blevins-Clinical Team Associate
Girls just wanna have Funds
On a daily basis I help "girls" with finances associated with the practice of aesthetics. Third party reimbursement or "insurance" is not an option to cover any procedure or product. Payments must be made by cash, cashiers check or credit cards (Visa, Master Card and Discover). Care Credit is another option that many or our patients find very attractive. It is a medical credit card that may be used for most all medical needs, i.e. dentist, veterinarian, and eye doctor, etc. We even have a local bank that offers a very nice alternative with a 12 month no interest credit card. There is no office financing. Typically every year as income tax time approaches our phone rings with excited voices planning their procedure pending their refund check.
Discretionary spending (money available for non-essentials) has changed. The price of the essentials...gas, food, housing, etc, has increased. Income has not risen to keep up, thus allowing less for the non-essentials. It is obvious to me that girls consider the funds necessary to make them feel better about themselves a priority, and are willing to make sacrifices to reach their goal. My advice is to become as educated as possible about the procedure, cheaper does not mean better, it may cost more in the long run. It is imperative to understand exactly what is involved with any financing (there are some shady characters out there). Anything that sounds to good to be true probably is. Interest rates vary, make sure you understand everything you sign! Be smart ladies! Girls who make smart financial decisions always have FUNDS!
Martha Hahus-Clinical Nurse Coordinator