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
Valentine's Day Botox Special!
Valentine's Day is synonymous with love, roses, chocolate and BEAUTY! Everyone wants to feel that they look absolutely breath-taking on Valentine's day and that their significant other will not be able to take their eyes off of them. Well, Conkright Aesthetics is going to make sure that this happens! Starting Monday, February 11th we will be offering $100 off Botox instantly, plus, thanks to Allergan you will have the opportunity to receive up to $325 off future Botox treatments.
So, here are some reasons to have Botox treatments, as if the fact that looking AMAZING isn't enough.
1. Botox produces almost impressive results within just a couple of days, and who has the time to wait for that facial cream to kick in.
2. Botox treatments are a wonderful intermediary option for those who want to look younger but are not ready to invest the money yet in a more permanent surgical solution.
3. Botox treatments requires hardly any down time. In fact, the only recovery instructions generally given are to avoid lying down for a couple of hours or massaging the injection sites.
4. Botox treatments at Conkright Aesthetics are injected at localized sites with precision and expertise so that any potential discomfort is literally as minimal as a pin prick. The procedure takes only a few minutes yet produces results that last months with very little trauma to the skin.
I feel that I have provided you with ample reasons to call our office next week and take advantage of this great beauty gift, so I will leave you with this...
Do I love you because you're beautiful, or are you beautiful because I love you?
Oscar Hammerstein II
Skin Care Drama
Recently a new patient arrived in the office requesting a consultation concerning her skin. The 30-40 something was concerned with fine lines, laxity, pore clogging and discoloration. Referred by a family member whose skin was "radiant" and "beautiful", this patient was seeking a regime that would render the same radiant, beautiful results for her. After careful examination, I made recommendations and proceeded with demonstrations of products along with written instructions and explanations for their use. The final part of the consultation included a question and answer session. The patient was examining the products and said "there are parabins in this product". "Yes", I said "that is only to preserve the product". "I only use products that are not harmful to my body", she said, thanked me for my time and left. The fact is one must treat what ails them and be realistic about their goals. Drama results from not having all of the information necessary to make an informed decision. Parabins are simply preservatives that have been proven to reduce bacterial and fungal growth in skin care products and cosmetics. SOME consumers believe that they cause cancer, influence estrogen levels and accumulate in tissues that would increase UVB mediated DNA damage. This thought stemming from a study that involved rats. The amount of parabins used in the study was 10,000 times what one would get from using skin care products with parabin. It does not apply to humans that is why the FDA continues to approve their use.
Conkright Aesthetics has three skin care lines, Obagi, Jan Marini Skin Research and Therapon. I like to think we have something for everyone. Not everyone has the same expectations, needs or budget, thus the goal statement at the beginning of the consultation appointment. Proper education about the products, their efficacy and safety are crucial and can save a lot of drama... Radiant, beautiful skin stems from using skin care products that will best cleanse, rejuvenate, resurface, hydrate and protect. Therapon products are parabin free but a lot less aggressive, come in smaller containers and do not address the needs of all. Obagi and Jan Marini do include parabin, but have products to address most skin care needs, are more aggressive and are available in larger sizes. All of the products offered in this office are only sold in physicians offices and offer 100% patient satisfaction.
Martha Hahus-Clinical Nurse Coordinator