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Common Liposuction Treatment Areas

Wed, 08/04/2021

A middle aged man in gray glasses and a green button-up shirt stands against a orange background and holds his hand to his chin wondering about something with a smile on his face

Liposuction is truly a versatile treatment. Using thin tubes called cannulas, fat is disrupted and removed through tiny circular incisions. Once they completely heal and fade, the scars are virtually impossible to see and recognize. Dr. Kleto also works to place the incisions in well-hidden areas whenever possible.

Liposuction can be applied to many areas of the physique, including:

  • Areas of the face
  • The neck
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • “Bra roll” back fat
  • Breasts
  • Chest
  • Male breasts
  • Calves
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • “Banana roll” fat beneath the butt cheeks
  • “Love handles” and “muffin tops”
  • Hips
  • Flanks

These locations tend to hold onto stubborn fat accumulations, even if the rest of your body has slimmed as you pursue weight loss and fitness goals. Liposuction may be the right way to eliminate the persistent fat cells. 

Liposuction is very common in the U.S. It usually ranks within the top 5 procedures annually. Although not risk-free, the surgery has a long-standing record of safety and effectiveness when performed by an experienced and qualified surgeon. Dr. Kleto is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and he is personally committed to achieving great results for each one of his patients.

“Who is not a good candidate for liposuction?”

Although liposuction is a highly versatile treatment that can be used to reduce fat on many areas of the body, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for your goals. Liposuction wouldn’t be the right treatment for:

  • A lot of skin sagging from a certain area of the body
  • Cellulite
  • Wrinkles

Liposuction is an ideal procedure for removing fat. If there is a lot of excess skin, such as an apron-like section of skin hanging from the abdomen, then a tummy tuck or body lift may need to be performed to remove that skin. These body contouring procedures can often be combined with liposuction for optimal results.

Find Out if Liposuction is Right for You

Dr. Dean Kleto has been performing liposuction in Tennessee for many years. As an experienced plastic surgeon, he can describe all of your surgical options for achieving your goals. To schedule a consultation, please call us at 865-524-2442. We have offices in Sevierville and Knoxville.

How Long Does Breast Augmentation Last?

Wed, 07/07/2021

A young woman with curly hair in a professional red blouse smiles at the camera in an office settingBreast augmentation with breast implants not only increases breast size, but also improves overall breast shape. It continues to be one of the most popular procedures in the U.S. every year, and is often the Number 1 procedure with a few hundred thousand procedures performed annually.

If you are considering breast enlargement, you may be wondering how long the results will last. It’s a good question, because most people who invest in their aesthetic goals want to make sure the results will be long-lasting.

Overall, breast augmentation provides lasting enhancement. When it comes to longevity, the two things to consider are 1) how long the implants last, and 2) whether the breast skin at some point needs some rejuvenation due to sagging. Breast implants are not rated as or considered to be lifetime medical devices, which means it’s reasonable to plan to replace them at some point. They may leak, rupture, ripple, change position, or become surrounded by hardened scar tissue. You may also decide you want to change from saline to silicone, change the size, or change some other implant feature. You may also decide to get a revision procedure if skin begins to sag off the edge of the implant or droop, even though the implants themselves will not droop over time.  

On average, many women with breast implants will have a revision breast procedure to remove or replace their implants 10-20 years after the initial surgery. Although, it is important to note that there is no set timeline or expiration date with breast implants. By closely following Dr. Kleto’s recovery guidelines and aftercare instructions, you’ll set yourself on a good path toward long-lasting results. Dr. Kleto works with his breast augmentation patients to check in on their results and to address any concerns. You can rely on Dr. Kleto to help you decide if breast implant replacement will be beneficial down the road.

If you are wondering if breast enhancement is right for your aesthetic and restorative goals, please call the practice of Dr. Dean Kleto at 865-524-2442. Dr. Kleto has both a Knoxville and Sevierville location, and is proud to provide aesthetic results for women and men from across Tennessee.


Upper vs. Lower Eyelid Lift

Wed, 06/30/2021

A portrait of a middle-aged woman tilting her glasses down.In practice, a blepharoplasty can refer to an upper eyelid lift, a lower eyelid lift, or both. While patients with advanced signs of aging may benefit from combining both lifts into one procedure, other patients may want to only address a specific cosmetic or functional concern. For example, upper eyelid surgery may be ideal for patients who have sagging skin obscuring their vision, while lower eyelid surgery is best for those who want to minimize the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. Here are some of the differences between the two procedures and what they can address.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

The goal of this type of blepharoplasty is to remove excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids. As we age, the skin around our upper eye becomes droopy and puffy. While sagging skin is more likely to occur in older patients, fat deposits resulting in puffiness can occur in patients in their 20s or 30s.

During this procedure, incisions are made in the natural crease of the eyelids to help trim away loose skin and reposition them. When the excess tissue is removed, the eyelids are then lifted for a more youthful appearance.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

This procedure is focused on correcting bags and fine lines under the eyes. During the aging process, the cheeks will start to lose volume, causing the lower eyes to appear hollow. In addition, since the lower eyelids are lax, they develop wrinkles over time as they retract from the eye. This can make pouches of fat underneath look more prominent as well, leading to a puffy, sunken look. 

Lower eyelid surgery usually involves an incision right below the lower eyelashes. Skin and fat are removed during the procedure and, if necessary, the remaining fat is redistributed to look less puffy.

Considering a Blepharoplasty Procedure? 

If you want to restore the youthfulness of your eyes, call us today at 865-524-2442 to schedule an initial consultation. He will walk you through each procedure and help determine which one is right for you. We happily serve patients living in Knoxville, Sevierville, and surrounding Tennessee communities.

How to Prepare for Your Breast Augmentation Recovery

Thu, 04/22/2021

A middle-aged woman making her bed.If you are considering a breast augmentation procedure, you are probably wondering the best way to prepare for the surgery. Thankfully, there are some things you can do ahead of time to ensure an easier recovery. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your breast augmentation recovery.

Ask Someone to Drive You Home from Your Surgery

Although breast surgery is often performed as an outpatient procedure, it requires anesthesia. As a result, you will be tired and groggy after your surgery, so you won’t be able to drive home. Ask your spouse, a family member, or a friend to take you home after your breast augmentation procedure and monitor you for 24-48 hours.

Setup a Recovery Area in Your Home

During the first week of your recovery, you will need to rest as much as you can. To help facilitate healing, create an area in your home where you can rest comfortably. Make sure that it is close to a bathroom and that everything you may need is within your reach. This includes your medications, water, snacks, pillows, clothes, entertainment, phone, and phone charger.

Prep Your Meals

To help minimize the amount of time you spend doing physical activity during recovery, it’s best to prepare all of your meals for at least the first week ahead of time. Foods high in nutrients are preferable, since they will aid the body in healing. This can include leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. 

Find Some Loose-Fitting Clothing

On the day of your surgery and during your breast augmentation recovery, you will need loose clothing that doesn’t put any stress on your breasts. A zipped hoodie or buttoned blouse are ideal, since you don’t have to raise your arms above your head to put them on and take them off.

Want to Enhance the Appearance of Your Breasts? Call Dr. Kleto Today

If you are interested in improving the size and shape of your breasts, call Dr. Kleto at 865-524-2442 to schedule a consultation. We are happy to serve patients from our office in Knoxville, TN. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Brow Lift?

Tue, 02/23/2021

If you want to correct drooping, sagging, or furrowed eyebrows, you may be a good candidate for a brow lift. Through this procedure, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dean Kleto can help you achieve the smooth, youthful appearance you desire.

Generally, you may be an ideal candidate for endoscopic brow lift surgery if you have:

  • Minimal to advanced signs of aging
  • Droopy or sagging brows
  • An old or tired look
  • Heavy upper eyelids
  • Furrows between the brows
  • Horizontal lines across the forehead
  • Brows that obstruct your vision

There are also a few health factors to take into consideration to determine your brow lift candidacy. Before you undergo the surgery, you should be in good overall health and must be able to avoid smoking for a few weeks before and after the procedure. In addition, it is important to have realistic expectations for the outcome of your surgery.

A brow lift may also be a good choice if you want more permanent, substantial improvements. While dermal fillers can provide an immediate result for forehead wrinkles and lines, the effects have a short duration. In comparison, the results of a brow lift are not only longer lasting, but also more rejuvenating.

To help speed up recovery, Dr. Kleto performs an endoscopic brow lift. Instead of making one large incision along the hairline, he makes very small incisions in the scalp. He then lifts the excess muscle and skin of your forehead to give your brows a natural, flattering look. Dr. Kleto then closes the incisions using temporary sutures, which can be removed after just one week. This technique, compared to more traditional facial plastic surgery, greatly reduces recovery time, complications, and scarring.

Schedule a Brow Lift Consultation With Dr. Kleto

If you are considering a brow lift and want to know if it is right for you, call Dr. Kleto today at 865-524-2442 to schedule an appointment. He will create a custom treatment plan to ensure that you have exceptional results. Dr. Kleto works with patients living in Knoxville, Sevierville, and other communities in Knox County, Tennessee.

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