Many people don??t understand the physical and even sometimes emotional strains of having very large breasts. The neck, shoulders and back can suffer and even breathing can be made more difficult. Exercise can be painful and uncomfortable. Shopping can also be a stressful challenge as large breasts may not be in proportion to the rest of the body and can make you look heavier than you are. Dr. Erella has helped countless women relieve the pain of large breasts with Breast Reduction Surgery.

A Breast Reduction Surgery is a procedure in which excess glandular tissue, skin and fatty tissue is removed to create lighter, firmer breasts more proportionate to the rest of the body. Sometimes the areola is repositioned or even adjusted in size or shape to create the most ideal, natural appearance. The first step in find is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Erella to discuss your options. Contact our office to schedule your confidential consultation.

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Weight loss and gain, pregnancy, and genetics all play a huge role in creating the abdomen you have. Many people, both men and women are not happy with the abdomen they have, and desire a sleeker, leaner, more contoured mid-section. Unfortunately, sometimes diet and exercise are not enough to be able to create the results desired.

The abdominoplasty procedure itself involves removing fat and excess skin, tightening the abdominal muscles and suturing the remaining skin closed over them. Liposuction may also be used in this procedure. Abdominoplasty may not be right for everyone, though. Ideal candidate are in good health and have been at a steady, normal-range weight for at least several months. In addition to being healthy, it is equally important to have healthy aspirations. You should not seek out this procedure if you are doing it for anyone but yourself, or if you expect to receive unrealistic results.

Talking to your plastic surgeon is the first step in finding out if your expectations are realistic. Contact Dr. Erella today for your confidential consultation.

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Chin Augmentation

If you have a weak, recessive chin and are looking to improve your profile with a stronger jawline, a chin implant may be right for you. Chin augmentation is a form of mentoplasty (also called genioplasty), which is the term for any cosmetic reshaping of the chin. Though most patients qualify for this procedure, those with jaw functionality issues may be ineligible.

Because of its effect on the face as a whole, mentoplasty is often coupled with other cosmetic surgeries to create a cohesive look. These include facelifts, forehead lifts, and many other alterations. Whether or not you want to couple a mentoplasty with other procedures is up to you.

Chin implants are made of solid silicone, Medpor, Gore-Tex, or other materials with similar textures. They come in a variety of shapes, and the shape can be altered by the surgeon to best fit the needs and goals of the patient. Though cartilage-graft implants have also been used, they carry with them an increased risk of infection and are no longer as popular.

There are two possible incision sites: on the chin or inside the mouth, situated between the bottom lip and the gums. The benefit of a mouth incision is that any resulting scar is entirely hidden, whereas with a chin incision, a scar has the potential to be more visible (though it is still very subtle). Unfortunately, the mouth incision carries with it an increased risk of infection, since the site is exposed to new bacteria whenever the patient is eating.

After the initial incision is made, a pocket of tissue is created in front of the lower jawbone area. The implant is inserted and placed into the pocket. For greater stability, it is sometimes affixed to the bone or the tissue using small screws or sutures. If the pocket of tissue is tight enough, these measures are not required. The incision is then closed up with sutures.

Chin implant surgery can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, sometimes longer. Though local anesthesia is an option, most patients elect to go with general. Patients are usually able to return home the same day as the procedure. In the recovery period, suture removal depends on the incision site; with a chin incision, sutures must be removed, but with a mouth incision, they will dissolve.

As with all types of plastic surgery, it??s important to remember that swelling and bruising are common side effects. These can impact the initial appearance of the procedure??s results, so wait for these side effects to disappear before judging its overall effectiveness. Potential risks associated with mendoplasties include infection, chin or lip numbness, or the chin implant shifting out of place. In the case of implant shift, a corrective surgery may be required; the original incision site would be the access point, so no new incision would be required.

It can be difficult to make decisions regarding cosmetic procedures, so it??s best to set up a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. Whether you live in the Austin area or are just visiting, Dr. Erella is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you attain your cosmetic goals. Contact our office now to make an appointment.

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More plastic surgery patients in Austin are turning to minimally invasive treatments such as SmartLipoTM for improving their appearance and self-esteem.

Austin, TX ?? Dr. Venkata Erella, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Austin, says he has seen a dramatic increase in minimally invasive body contouring procedures over the past few years as new advancements continue to improve the safety and effectiveness of nonsurgical techniques. With minimal downtime and less bruising, he says SmartLipoTM has become a particularly popular option for patients at his Austin plastic surgery practice.

Designed to reduce pockets of excess fat without the need for invasive surgery, SmartLipoTM is a laser liposuction procedure that uses small fiber optic lasers to melt away the fat and remove it for a more sculpted appearance. Dr. Erella says some of the major benefits of the liposuction alternative include:

Additionally, because the procedure is performed under local anesthesia, he says most patients can be back at work within 48 hours and only need to wear a compression garment for a short period of time.

??SmartLipoTM is one of the most common office procedures I do,? says Dr. Erella. ??We have found that our patients really like it because it boosts their confidence and doesn??t require the downtime and scarring associated with traditional surgery.?

According to Dr. Erella, the ideal candidate for SmartLipoTM falls into several categories at his practice:

Overall, Dr. Erella says the SmartLipoTM procedure has opened up a number of new doors for patients who are interested in taking advantage of the innovative developments available through modern plastic surgery.

About Venkata Erella, MD, FACS

Dr. Venkata Erella is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and has been recognized as one of the Leading Physicians of the World, the Top Plastic Surgeons in Austin, and one of America??s Top Surgeons. He is available for interview upon request.

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Dr. Venkata Erella says abdominoplasty is helping more Austin plastic surgery patients remove stubborn fat around their stomach.

Austin, TX ?? At his Austin plastic surgery practice, Aspira Plastic Surgery, Dr. Venkata Erella says he has observed a significant increase in tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and lower body lift procedures over the past few years. He attributes much of this growth to the new techniques available for helping patients improve the contours of their stomach and achieve a firmer, more sculpted abdominal area. Dr. Erella says recent developments in postoperative care and incision placement have allowed plastic surgeons to perform tummy tuck or lower body lift procedures safely and effectively with reduced scarring and recovery time.

Designed to tighten a patient??s midsection by eliminating excess inelastic skin on their abdomen, Dr. Erella says tummy tucks make up about 15 percent of his patient base. Also beneficial for patients who have previously undergone bariatric surgery, he says ideal candidates have a large amount of loose abdominal skin with a bulge in their lower abdomen, but are otherwise healthy. Dr. Erella says tummy tuck, lower body lift, or circumferential tummy tuck procedures can help address a number of these patient concerns; however, proper technique and postoperative care should be the top priority during a patient??s search for the right plastic surgeon in Austin.

??I find that most of my patients would like a taut abdomen without loose skin,? says Dr. Erella. ??They are usually experiencing some type of upper and lower abdominal loose skin, lipodystrophy, pannus, loose skin around the hips, sagging buttocks, side rolls, or large mons.?

While there is no special preoperative care needed for a tummy tuck or lower body lift, Dr. Erella says choosing a plastic surgeon in Austin with the proper experience, the most advanced techniques, and a commitment to patient recovery is essential for achieving the highest quality results. He says he utilizes the following techniques to help ensure his patients have the safest, most comfortable plastic surgery experience possible:

??We do remove all the loose skin and tighten the muscles, using liposuction as needed to contour the body,? he says. ??Of course, in any body contouring procedure, we place the utmost emphasis on safety.?

Following the procedure, Dr. Erella says most patients can expect to return to work after two or three weeks, although the abdominal binder may be kept for up to six weeks. By implementing proper technique and a strict attention to the patient??s unique needs, he says results should be visible immediately and should continue to improve as the swelling goes down. As with any medical procedure, Dr. Erella says he urges patients considering a tummy tuck or body lift to first consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon before undergoing any treatment.

About Venkata Erella, MD, FACS

Dr. Venkata Erella is double board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons. Having delivered numerous presentations across the United States and India, Dr. Erella dedicates numerous hours each year to continuing his education and teaching others. He has been recognized as one of the Leading Physicians of the World, a Top Plastic Surgeon in Austin, and one of America??s Top Surgeons. Dr. Erella also volunteers his time and services in various third world countries to help underprivileged communities.

Located at 11851 Jollyville Road Suite 104 in Austin, TX 78759, Aspira Plastic Surgery can be reached at (512) 730-3885. It can also be contacted online via the websites or

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Dr. Venkata Erella and the entire team at Aspira Plastic Surgery would like to welcome you to our brand new, state-of-the-art website. This virtual doorway into our practice is designed to provide you with an easy-to-use, comprehensive educational tool to learn more about our board-certified plastic surgeon, our philosophy of care, and the many procedures we offer, including facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, body contouring, and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement.

Hundreds of hours have been spent putting together this wonderful new website, with attention to detail, ease of navigation, beautiful design, and accessibility to an extraordinary amount of important information being the top priorities of its creation. Throughout the site, you will find helpful descriptions of our practice, a detailed biography and list of credentials for Dr. Erella, and why Aspira Plastic Surgery may be the right practice for your needs. The website also includes information on what you can expect from a range of plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery procedures, including face lift, SmartLipo? liposuction, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, Mommy Makeover, breast reconstruction, and skin cancer treatment, as well as non-surgical options available at Spa Aspira including BOTOX?? Cosmetic, Restylane??, the Liquid Face lift, laser skin resurfacing. You can also read testimonials from patients who have been treated by Dr. Erella, and view before-and-after photos of procedures to give you an idea of potential results.

Dr. Venkata Erella is proud to offer you this extensive resource on Aspira Plastic Surgery and how we can help you attain your goals. We welcome you to take a look through our new website, and contact us today with any questions you may have.

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Julie talks about being bothered by unsightly, excess skin after her bariatric procedure and decided to see Dr. Erella to complete her body contouring procedures.

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