Consultations with a Cause

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Six weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey ravaged the 4th largest city in America and the entirety of Southeast Texas. Anyone who has lived through such a disaster knows too well that there will be years worth of work to do and months worth of recovering to normalcy. So two weeks after the hurricane, we searched as an organization for how we could help. Robbie, our COO extraordinaire, came up with a plan. He realized that when something like Harvey, or any of the other disasters of late occur, we all want to help but we don't really know how. He guessed that the many people out there who follow us on social media, or interact with us in person, might also be in the same boat. And that was where our Consultations with a Cause campaign was born.

It provided us an opportunity to do what we love, by meeting more of you, while providing you the opportunity to contribute to a community in need. I am tremendously proud to report that our doctors saw almost 100 consults in the last two weeks of September as a part of this plan. That's almost 100 hours of your time learning about the things we love to do. You, the wonderful community that interacts with our practice, helped us raise $12,000 dollars for the Greater Houston Community Foundation through that very campaign.

The above photo is taken with Jedidiah Gant. Jedidiah provides special value to businesses like ours by taking the challenges out of charity. As before, we worked with Jedidiah and the Raleigh + Relief Campaign to make certain that the money you all donated will find a good home.

Thank you,

Jeremy Pyle

Andrea's Experience with Cellfina

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Meet Andrea!  This 28-year old mother of two was active and healthy, but wasn't thrilled with the uneven skin texture on her thighs. Her shape had been improved by liposuction, but dimpling in the skin remained and she felt self conscious in shorts and bathing suits. After a friend had a Cellfina treatment, she sought out expert advice.

When did you first start thinking about seeking treatment for cellulite?

I'd tried creams and scrubs in the past but I never saw any significant improvement. I started hearing about Cellfina last year while I was pregnant (and of course wasn’t able to have the procedure.)

While I waited, I was able to research the treatment, clinical studies and results in more depth and starting seeing great before and after photos!

Seeing the results from a friend who'd had treatment only 2 weeks prior ultimately made the decision for me! And it was almost winter, which I learned was the best time to get Cellfina since your thighs get a little bruised.

After your consultation, how did you feel?

After being told I was a good candidate for Cellfina (phew!) I was really ready to go ahead and have it done right away!

I was a little nervous of the actual procedure but knew I was in very good hands. I had high hopes that this would help the appearance of my thighs and overall help my self-esteem considering I'd recently had my second child and was still actively trying to lose the baby weight.

Right before treatment, the surgeon circled all the dimples that bothered me the most - so he didn't miss any. This was tough because I didn't realize how many spots I had, but I was excited for all of those areas to be nice and smooth.

What surprised you about the process?

During the consultation, Dr. Wood prepared me for what to expect afterwards. I guess I didn't really absorb it all because I still wasn’t really mentally prepared for the amount of drainage and bruising I was going to have!

It looked much worse then it felt though. The draining was basically finished within 24 hours and the bruises were 95% gone within 10 days. This is not a procedure I personally would want to do in the summer if I had lots of outdoor plans.

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What tips or tricks did you find helpful during recovery?

I am glad I was warned I would leak from the little incision areas! The nurse made sure I had maxi-pad type gauze over each area. It was numb for the first few hours afterwards but by the next day I was definitely tender. I learned very quickly to sit down slowly and gently for a few days!

How do your results make you feel?

I had liposuction 3 years ago on my hips and thighs and was very happy with the results. However, liposuction did nothing for my cellulite. I loved my new shape but still wanted a smoother appearance. I am beyond happy with the outcome I got from just one treatment with Cellfina.

When I go to the pool with my kids, I no longer spend time thinking about covering up my bottom half or quickly wrapping a towel around my waist! Summer went from being a season I dreaded to one I can (finally) fully enjoy.

This was a much more simple and easy procedure then liposuction was and I would highly recommend it to anyone who's ever been bothered by cellulite! :)

Mary's Forever Labs Story

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Meet Mary!  This health-conscience 35-year old nurse eats extremely well, works out and wears sunscreen religiously, but wondered what else she could do to protect her health in the future. After researching stem cell harvesting and discovering Forever Labs, she now has access to these youthful and important cells forever.

Why did you decide to harvest your stem cells?

I have been fortunate enough at 35 years of age to say I am in good health. Being a medical practitioner, I am acutely aware of the aging process and how it affects the body over time. So, I try to do my part and live a health-conscious lifestyle so I can feel good for years to come!

Logically, if I’m trying so hard to preserve my health now, why wouldn’t I want to preserve my own healthy stem cells for the future? When Davis & Pyle introduced me to the Forever Labs’ cutting-edge science, development, and research it was not a question of if I was going to harvest my stem cells but, how quickly could I get on the schedule to have this procedure done!

What was the process like?

The sign-up process was a breeze. I simply answered a brief health questionnaire on the Forever Labs website, and paid for the procedure. Dr. Wood offered the give me a prescription to help me relax, and for the discomfort. But... I told him if he didn’t take anything for his stem cell harvesting procedure -  I wasn’t going to either (I’m competitive like that).

The day of the procedure I was a little nervous but, I couldn't help but think of the gift I was giving to my future self and family. Desha (Dr. Wood’s nurse) gave me a robe and informed me to lay down on my right side on the treatment table. Dr. Wood came in with the technician from Forever Labs, and he talked me through the entire procedure again which was reassuring.

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The procedure started with him disinfecting the area, and promptly followed by a pinch from the local anesthesia going in. We needed a few minutes for the medication to kick in which afforded me the opportunity to take a quick photo-op with Dr. Wood.

The sensation of the actual treatment was of deep pressure as Dr. Wood was finding the proper placement that was followed by a shift in pressure in my glutes, which I can only describe as a cramp. In total, the procedure only took about 15 minutes to perform, and immediately after the cells were harvested they were swiftly shipped off for freezing and storage by the technician.

Post procedure Dr. Wood placed a dressing on my back and went over my aftercare instructions which were basic. No submerging in water, keep the area cover, take an anti-inflammatory for any discomfort, and come back for a re-check in a few days. That was it. I drove myself home and relaxed for the evening.

Do I need to take time off work?

I went back to work (9 hours/on my feet) the next day! Visually no one could tell that I had anything done. I had a small discreet dressing on my back that had a tiny amount of drainage for a day or two. Physically I was a little sore but then again, I only really noticed it when I accidentally bumped into something because I had forgotten that I had a procedure the day before.

That was it, quick and easy! I am excited to see how this cutting-edge field continues to unfold. As advancements in stem cell therapy continue, who knows, it may help me live a healthier, longer life. How can gifting youth to myself be a bad thing?

- Mary Shaver, RN

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Aquisha's Mommy Makeover Story

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Meet Aquisha!  This yoga-loving 27-year old mother of two was ready to see her hard work paying off so she sought out Dr. Glenn Davis for advice.  Here is her Mommy Makeover story.

When did you first start thinking about surgery?  I started to think about surgery after I had worked out diligently for TWO YEARS faithfully after having my second child. My breasts really lost all of their fullness and my chest looked like I grew raisins! At that point I really wanted a better looking and more youthful bosom.  I was happy with my weight but hated the shape of my waist and the loose skin and muscles I was left with after pregnancy.  I started researching plastic surgery and my best friend raved about her plastic surgeon's office; Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery in Raleigh.

After your consultation, how did you feel?  OMG! I was so excited after my appointment I wanted to get the surgery done that day! Dr. Davis was so confident and so informative about the procedure and I just knew that I had found the right surgeon. The experience at Davis & Pyle was amazing. I scheduled my breast lift, implants and full tummy tuck surgery with Jessica and started counting down the weeks!

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What was the day of your surgery like?  It was the most laid back, cozy, and safe environment upon arriving. The nurses, the anesthesiologist, and the surgeon were all waiting for me! When I laid down on the operating table the bed was super warm like those massage beds, I was given instructions to breathe regularly and count backwards from 10…next thing I knew I woke up wrapped up under a blanket. It went by so fast I had to look down to make sure I had my Mommy Makeover actually done!

I went home that day with loads of support from Dr. Davis, Jessica and all of the staff. I knew once again I had made the right decision. So much that three friends of mine went to have their breast augmentation done by Dr. Davis! I love sharing my positive experience, because there are so many options out there for cosmetic surgery I wanted my friends to have the best like I did.

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What tips or tricks did you find helpful during recovery?  The best tip I have is to follow the doctors orders to the T! He has written out a detailed easy to read instruction form of how to take care of yourself post-op. I recommend having all of your prescriptions in arms reach before you head to surgery so when you come home its right there.

Most importantly - ask for help when you need it! You have no idea how much you will save yourself by doing so! I would recommend having at least one helper around you 24/7 for at least the first 4-5 days so you can truly rest and soak up the healing process. I had three helpers during this time because I have two small children, and I allowed my helpers to do everything for me and them! It is okay to ask for help, I cannot stress that enough!

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What is your favorite new item to wear/place to shop?   By far I love wearing bikinis and tops with NO BRA! Ladies, lets be honest, when we come home for the day the first item that comes off is the bra, even before the shirt! And the fact that I have beautiful perky boobs now means bras are optional and I usually OPT OUT of wearing one!

Sundresses, maxi dresses, and strapless gowns really give me so much more confidence because I never have to stress about finding the right bra to wear with it! Talk about freedom and happiness! The plastic surgery I received from Dr. Davis has really changed my life and improved my career tremendously.

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Fat Reduction: When Liposuction Makes the Most Sense

Liposuction helps our Raleigh, NC patients achieve a flatter, slimmer midsection.
Liposuction helps our Raleigh, NC patients achieve a flatter, slimmer midsection.

Most of us have our trouble spots. That muffin top that you can’t seem to get rid of after pregnancy. The love handles that seemed to grow after you turned 40. The hips and thighs that make you hesitant to put on a bathing suit.

A healthy diet and a consistent exercise program are key to losing weight and tightening up those problem areas. However, some stubborn pockets of fat may not respond to even the most faithful fitness regime. Sometimes, it's simply a matter of aging or genetics.

Fortunately, there are many effective options for removing that stubborn fat and getting the figure you want, including liposuction and CoolSculpting® — both available at our Raleigh, NC practice.

“Much of the skill of a surgeon is in being able to know what tools are available, what tools work for specific problems, and matching the tool to the problem,” explains Dr. Jeremy W. Pyle. “There are many options available. There is always a balance, and the less invasive options are typically less expensive with less downtime.

"The trade-off is that they tend to provide less dramatic results. From less dramatic results to more dramatic results, the options offered include noninvasive techniques like CoolSculpting, to techniques involving small incisions, like liposuction, to techniques involving longer incisions like a tummy tuck, arm lift, or thigh lift.”

Many patients are under the assumption that liposuction causes the fat to migrate to a different area of the body. That's not the case. Dr. Benjamin Wood elaborates: “By the time we are 18 years old, our bodies have made most of the fat cells they are ever going to make. We may get bigger because our fat cells grow in size, but we typically don’t create new fat cells. When fat cells are surgically removed, they do not grow back.”

Choosing the right fat removal technique for you depends on a number of factors, such as the areas to be treated, whether you want a less invasive procedure, whether you have the time for recovery, and your budget.

Liposuction is one of the better-known fat-removal techniques, of course. It involves making a small incision and then suctioning out fat cells from the target area. The surgery is performed under anesthesia in an operating room. Though patients may notice significant improvement immediately following surgery, Dr. Pyle says that it takes about three months for the skin to shrink down and the final liposuction results to be seen. Simply put, Dr. Pyle says, “The most powerful tool for getting fat out and reshaping the body remains liposuction.”

Liposuction results with a Raleigh, NC patient.
Liposuction results with a Raleigh, NC patient.

It is important to talk with a doctor about all your options for meeting your goals. Dr. Pyle also stresses the importance of working only with a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

“Because the promise of getting rid of fat without a lot of downtime is alluring, there will always be someone, somewhere, willing to offer those treatments that promise huge results. But without the right training, that surgeon may not deliver — or may do so with a big risk of a bad outcome,” Dr. Pyle says.

By working with a board-certified surgeon, he adds, you can “avoid less reputable physicians or centers offering unbelievable results without formal training in an accredited plastic surgery residency or fellowship.”

To find out if you are a good candidate for liposuction, a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon is the best place to start. That visit is the place to discuss details regarding outcome, recovery, and costs, so you can make the best decision for you.

Live Better, Longer. Introducing Forever Labs

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You may have thought at one time or another, “If I could just turn back time” and now, in a medical breakthrough, it has become a reality to stop the clock and store your healthy stem cells.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin C. Wood of Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, has been tapped to be one of the first plastic surgeons in the United States to be offering the Forever Labs Stem Cell Collection procedure.

“It is very gratifying to be able to help people of all ages be prepared for future advances in medical science, and I am honored to have been selected as one of the first in my profession to be trained on stem cell collection,” Wood said. This state-of-the-art approach is at the forefront of science and technology, and will now be made available to his patients and the community at large.

Forever Labs was borne under the premise that the best time to plant a tree is 25 years ago; the second best time is today. As a scientist, Mark Katakowski, Ph.D., age 41, spent years in various Michigan-based medical labs testing and using bone marrow stem cells to rejuvenate older animals by treatment of disease.

“Time and time again, I experienced the power of stem cells on the animals and I knew that I wanted to store my own stem cells for future use. It became evident that everyone can benefit from this procedure,” Katakowski said.

He shared his vision with Steven Clausnitzer, 39, an entrepreneurial colleague and friend, and the two jointly founded Forever Labs, Inc., based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Clausnitzer is CEO and Katakowski is president. Both preserved their stem cells before forming the company. “To know that I have access to my own youthful biology now is priceless. It’s pretty amazing because, in many ways, I am no longer aging,” Clausnitzer said.

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Wood explained that the procedure is being performed Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery’s private outpatient facility, located off Lake Boone Trail, where he and his medical team perform plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeries daily. He mentioned that the stem cell collection usually takes 15-30 minutes, uses local anesthetic and that the surgical technique includes aspiration of bone marrow from the pelvis at the lower back. Patients have reported a brief five- to 10-second pressure-like sensation. It is low-risk and they can immediately continue with their daily routines.

Dedicating his life to helping people feel more confident and beautiful, both physically and mentally, Wood sees this now as a natural fit for his medical practice since it has the ability to help patients be proactive – both to fight disease and for age rejuvenation in their future. Forever Labs mentioned that once the stem cells are collected by the physician, they are stored at an FDA-compliant Biorepository run by Fisher BioServices in Franklin, Massachusetts.

A Forever Labs informational event is set for Wednesday, April 26th, at 5:30pm at Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery. Katakowski will be giving a demonstration outlining the benefits of having access to your own, young-adult stem cells and will also share his personal experience. In addition, Dr. Wood, Dr. Glenn Davis and Dr. Jeremy Pyle will also explain the Forever Labs stem cell collection procedure. Anyone who attends the April 26th event and decides they would like the procedure will receive a complimentary year of stem cell storage.

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What Is Having a Tummy Tuck REALLY Like?

Tummy tuck before-and-after photos with a Raleigh, NC patient at Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery.
Tummy tuck before-and-after photos with a Raleigh, NC patient at Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery.

If you are lucky enough to have a close friend who’s had an abdominoplasty — and willing to share — you may get a decent idea of what the experience was really like. If that person is around the same age. With similar health and fitness levels. And used the same surgeon. Who used the same techniques.

You get the point. Every experience, recovery, and result is completely individual, just like you are.

Now, sites like YouTube and RealSelf are making it possible to follow thousands of plastic surgery patients' day-by-day experiences and recoveries — even by exact surgeon or technique — giving you a more accurate and current picture of what you might experience if you choose to flatten your midsection. Our Raleigh plastic surgery patients at Davis & Pyle frequently mention pouring through the photos and stories to gain some insight, and we wholeheartedly encourage it.

With sometimes daily updates, you can often truly follow not only the physical transformation, but the emotional journey of plastic surgery.  Stories like this one, from one of Dr. Pyle’s Mommy Makeover patients, can be of great comfort to those contemplating the recovery of a tummy tuck. Or if watching and listening are more your taste, videos like this from one of Dr. Davis’ Mommy Makeover patients may be helpful to you.

In the same spirit of getting the full story, we reached out to a patient of Dr. Pyle’s for her tummy tuck experience here in Raleigh, North Carolina, after losing over 100 pounds.

Q: So, what made you decide to have a tummy tuck?

After losing over 100 pounds and maintaining it for a few years, I couldn't help but be frustrated daily when I looked in the mirror and saw the extra skin hanging from my abdomen. I felt as though I was still hiding and covering up and didn't want to show off my new body, even though I had worked so hard. I realized that in order to be able to really continue my transformation and be proud of my body, I'd need to get some excess skin removed, so that's when I decided on starting with a tummy tuck!

Q: What feelings did you experience after scheduling your consultation?

I remember being super nervous before the consultation. I had never walked into a plastic surgeon's office before. I truly had no idea what to expect. I kept going back and forth about whether I was willing to undergo that type of surgery just to feel better in my skin — but I realized that it was something I had wanted for so long, so it would be totally worth it!

Q: How did you feel the day of surgery?

I was incredibly nervous, but excited as well. It was my first major surgery as an adult, and the thought of "going under" freaked me out. It's such a crazy experience to realize you're going into surgery looking one way and you're going to come out looking a different way. But there's something so magical and exciting about that, too, when it's something that enhances your body.

Q: How was your recovery process?

My recovery was not a breeze. I never realized how much I used my abdomen! A sneeze, a cough, even a laugh was painful at first. It only took about 7 to 10 days until I really started to feel better and like myself again, though. I'm so used to being on the go that lying still was hard for me, but I realized that it was as absolutely necessary to give my body the time it needed to heal.

Q: What tips or advice would you give to someone who is considering a tummy tuck?

From the weight loss side of it, make sure you are at or within your goal weight by 5 to 10 pounds at most, and that you have maintained that weight for over a year. Just because you get a tummy tuck, keep in mind that it's still possible to gain your weight back. It can certainly happen. Skin removal is truly the icing on the cake to a weight loss journey, so making sure you're totally ready is key.

Your body needs the rest afterwards to heal, so patience is a virtue. It's not easy, but so incredibly worth it!

I’ve Scheduled My Breast Augmentation! Now What?

Congratulations! You’ve taken a big step. We would love to help you prepare for your procedure financially, physically, and mentally.  We aim to provide the best breast augmentation experience possible here in Raleigh, NC. It's arguably the most common procedure Raleigh plastic surgeons do, and we have worked hard to exceed your expectations at every step. We have spent hundreds of hours honing our process so that your experience is extraordinary.

Breast augmentation at our Raleigh, NC practice is a collaborative experience between patient and surgeon.

Your Consultation

Before we get into the details of the surgery or recovery, let’s talk about what to expect during your consultation. The consultation begins in our office with a friendly hello from the front desk. The timing works best if you can complete your history forms before coming in. The doctor will then greet you and bring you back to his office.

One of our most important goals is making sure you understand every aspect of the procedure, and your personalized consultation will focus on helping you learn all you need to know to make a great decision. You will have a quick exam with the doctor and have your 3D imaging done with our VECTRA® 3D imaging software.  By the end of your consult, you will be able to begin seeing what you should expect by looking at your own body with implants.  You’ll be able to see them at home as well, by logging into your MyTouchMD portal.

Your consult will focus on making sure we understand your goals, learning about the different types of implants, learning how the surgery can be personalized to you (including complementary procedures as applicable, such as a mommy makeover), and learning about the recovery. That recovery is different for each person, but we moved to a rapid recovery system 2 years ago and have seen dramatic improvement.

1-on-1 Guidance

At the end of your conversation with the doctor, you will meet with our Patient Care Coordinator. Please know that our Patient Care Coordinators and Concierges are available for any questions, concerns, or support you need throughout your procedure and afterwards. They will help you schedule your surgery in our private onsite surgical facility and set up a preoperative appointment for you around 2 weeks prior to your breast augmentation.

During your "pre-op" appointment, be prepared to meet with your surgical nurse, surgeon and Patient Care Coordinator.  Your designated nurse will prepare you for a healthy and comfortable recovery.  They will also set you up with our custom day-by-day recovery videos you can preview.

Final Preparations

Stop smoking! We will recommend you to stop smoking several weeks ahead of your surgery. It’s not good for your health generally, but when you’re having surgery, it’s a big risk factor for problems with bleeding and healing. Always tell your surgical team in advance of your surgery which vitamins and medications you regularly take. You may be asked to stop taking certain medications (and vitamins) before surgery, or to take specific things.

You will then meet with your coordinator again to confirm future appointments, payment and financing options. Now you are all set!

All that is left is to start the process. If you're ready to speak with us, please reach out; you may also learn more about breast procedures at our practice.

Additional Resources

Many of our patients have enjoyed joining online communities to help with research and support. RealSelf.com and Eden Knows Implants are two groups many of our patients have found useful.

If you are considering financing some or all of your procedure, be sure and read through your options prior to your preoperative visit.  You can find more information by contacting our Patient Care Coordinators to discuss the best option for you.

Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery Welcomes Dr. Benjamin C. Wood to Raleigh Practice

Raleigh, N.C. – August 1, 2016Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery, Raleigh’s premier plastic surgery group focused on patient experience and modern results, today announced the addition of a new plastic surgeon, Benjamin C. Wood, M.D. A North Carolina native and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Wood returns to the Tar Heel state after developing a passion for facial aesthetic surgery while working alongside leaders in the field in Washington, D.C.

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In his new role, Dr. Wood will join Drs. Davis and Pyle in their commitment to providing deeply personalized patient experiences through the use of advanced technology, progressive approaches and contemporary treatment options that form trusted relationships and achieve optimal results.

“Our practice is experiencing steady growth, and as we continue to put patient needs at the forefront of our decision making, we knew that adding Dr. Wood was the right move,” said Glenn Davis, M.D., F.A.C.S., co-owner and founder of Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery. “His experience combined with his approach to patient care make him a good fit for our new and existing patients.”

Dr. Wood leverages a broad of experience in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. As a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Wood completed his graduate studies at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. His residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem and his Fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., culminated in his most recent position as an Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at George Washington University.

“I have known Dr. Wood for more than a decade and can attest to his work ethic, surgical skill and deep commitment to his profession. Patients trust him in the operating room because he consistently chooses excellence over status quo,” said Jeremy Pyle, M.D., F.A.C.S. “We are proud to welcome him to our team and look forward to his future contributions.”

While his professional accolades run the gamut, his nine international medical mission trips speak volumes about his commitment to community involvement and patient care. In fact, Dr. Wood has traveled throughout South America, Africa, Asia and Europe providing reconstructive care to pediatric and adult patients in need.

“Helping patients make highly informed decisions through an educational approach is important. It breeds trust as we work together to ensure optimal results and an exceptional experience,” said Dr. Wood. “I know my philosophy aligns with that of Dr. Davis, Dr. Pyle, and Dr. Wood, which is why I am excited to return to North Carolina and partner with two of Raleigh’s most respected plastic surgeons.” Dr. Wood begins his work with Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery Aug. 1, 2016.

To book an appointment or learn more about Dr. Wood’s new role with Davis & Pyle, call 919-785-1220 or visit DPRaleigh.com. Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery will host a meet and greet event for patients and members of the media September 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Skin Raleigh, located at 2304 Wesvill Ct., Suite 310, Raleigh, N.C.

About Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery is Raleigh, N.C.’s premier plastic surgery group focused on extraordinary patient experiences and modern results. Commitment to excellence, education, new technology and natural results generated a well-established reputation as the go-to group for plastic and reconstructive surgery for the body and face.

Founded in July 2002 by Dr. Glenn Davis, M.D., F.A.C.S., the practice has expanded exponentially. In addition to its 20-person office staff, managing partner Dr. Jeremy Pyle, M.D., F.A.C.S joined the practice in 2013. Dr. Benjamin Wood, M.D. began his work with the group in 2016. All three board certified doctors comprise a surgical team with a passion for excellence and more than 55 years of combined experience.

In addition to its surgical offerings, the organization also offers a variety of non-surgical cosmetic options, such as Botox, fillers and progressive laser treatments through its medical spa, Skin Raleigh, established in 2015.

In addition to its surgical offerings, the organization also offers a variety of non-surgical cosmetic options, such as Botox, fillers and progressive laser treatments through its medical spa, Skin Raleigh, established in 2015.

Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Find Skin Raleigh on Facebook and Twitter.

How Well Do You Know Your Plastic Surgeon?

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Choosing to have plastic surgery can be an exciting and even celebratory decision, but the next step of the process may be even more important. When selecting your plastic surgeon, it can be helpful to look for these three qualities.

1. Trusted and Experienced

Whether you’re planning on getting a breast augmentation, tummy tuck or other cosmetic procedure, take a little time to do some research before you make your final decision. Look for evidence that this particular plastic surgeon is trusted, reputable and experienced. Many practices will include before and after photo galleries to showcase the experience they have in performing various surgeries, and this can give you a better idea of the type of results you could expect as well.

2. Board Certification

Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon really is a must. Although the majority of plastic surgeries are elective procedures, they are still surgical procedures that require professional care. Board certification helps to ensure that you’re working with a reputable, knowledgeable professional who understands that your safety, an optimum recovery, and excellent results are of the utmost importance.

3. Medical Organization Memberships

Many board-certified plastic surgeons are also members or fellows of various medical organizations or societies like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons, to name a few. Participation in medical organizations such as these helps to show that a plastic surgeon is an active member of the medical community in his or her field of expertise.

No matter what procedure you’re considering, finding the right plastic surgeon can mean the difference between getting the natural-looking results you want and ending up dissatisfied with your experience. Invest the time to get to know your plastic surgeon before you proceed with your procedure.

3 Ways to Choose the Best Breast Implants

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After deciding that a breast augmentation is right for you, the next step is to choose what type and size of implants will best suit your needs and goals. While this can be a difficult decision, there are a variety of tools you can use to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

1. Vectra 3D Imaging

With Vectra 3D imaging, women can virtually try on their breast implants using 3D imaging technology. Using this tool makes it much easier to visualize what the final results will look like. This can also help you to work with your plastic surgeon to decide what you do and don’t like when it comes to implants. That way, you can work together to tailor your breast augmentation to best match the outcome you envision.

2. Share Pictures of Your Ideal Look

Because every woman’s body is different, every woman’s breast augmentation results will also be different. Bringing pictures with you to your breast augmentation consultation can be extremely helpful. Showing your plastic surgeon pictures of your ideal look can give them a much clearer idea of what you’re looking for, rather than simply relying on descriptive language. Careful communication and visual aids are integral to getting the results you want.

3. Choose a Plastic Surgeon Who Specializes in Breast Augmentations

Working with a trusted board-certified plastic surgeon who’s experienced in doing breast augmentations can be a huge benefit when selecting your implants. They will likely have a much better sense of which implants will help you obtain the results you’re looking for, while still complementing your body’s natural balance and shape.

Come Build with Davis & Pyle

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Each year, the Triangle Business Journal honors men and women under the age of 40 for their noteworthy contributions to organizations and the community. This year, Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery is proud to announce that one of our own, team member Gretta Handley, has been named as one of the 40 Under 40 leaders. As in past years, the 40 Under 40 group is raising funds for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. And 40 is an auspicious number, as that’s how long Habitat for Humanity has been fostering community and providing safe, affordable shelter for people around the world.

Laying the Foundation

At Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery, we welcome the opportunity to pitch in and lend a helping hand to our local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Gretta has already spent a day building a house, and we look forward to doing it together as an office in July. We invite you to join us in building a home for a hard-working family in our community. With your help, we hope to raise $65,000 to build an entire house.

Get in on the Ground Floor

The goal is for each 40 Under 40 winner to raise a minimum of $1625. If we can meet this challenge, then Habitat for Humanity of Wake County will have enough funds to build a complete home. Because we’re both optimistic and ambitious, Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery together with Skin Raleigh wants to raise at least $2500, and there are a number of fun ways that you can help us reach our goal:

  • Stop in to Skin Raleigh or Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery by June 23 to purchase a raffle ticket. You could win a CoolSculpting® treatment, a BOTOX® gift card, gift cards for Skin Raleigh, a NeoCutis skin care basket and more!
  • Visit http://www.habitatwake.org/donate/40under40 and enter Gretta Handley in the honor field. Please leave your name, as we’d like to recognize you and enter you into a separate gift drawing.
  • Use #BuildwDP across social media and show us your charity work. Our surgeons will donate $10 to Habitat Wake on your behalf. Be sure to tag Davis & Pyle so we can credit your donation. (One donation per person, not per household.)

On June 24, the Triangle Business Journal will hold its annual celebration at the Crabtree Marriott to honor this year’s 40 Under 40 leaders. This event also marks the fundraising finale, and the totals raised will be projected on the big screen, with special prizes awarded to the top two fundraisers. As we work together to build a new home, we look forward to your participation and are grateful for your support and encouragement.

Could 3D Printing Revolutionize Breast Implants?

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3D printing has been getting a lot of media attention for its potentially life-saving uses in the medical industry. And while it’s still fairly new and still being perfected, the potential uses of 3D printing appear to be quite vast. So is it possible that this new technology could also revolutionize breast implants?

How Does It Work?

Although not currently available to the public, researchers believe that using 3D printing to print out silicone implants designed to perfectly fit your body could be the next big step in breast augmentation technology. The process, which is similar to the method used to strengthen rubber tires, would combine 3D printing with the chemical process of vulcanization to achieve a multi-layered, more durable implant.

The Potential Benefits of 3D Printed Implants

By incorporating various levels of hardness and softness into a silicone implant, this innovative process would offer a highly customizable implant, rather than asking women to choose from ready-made uniform sizes. This layered effect could also mean that 3D printed implants would be self-supporting and would thus eliminate “dropping” or “fluffing” as the implant settles into the surrounding natural tissue.

When Might 3D Implants Be a Reality?

Continued development and trials are scheduled to take place mid-2016, and researchers hope to have commercially available 3D printed implants ready by as early as 2017. But for now, 3D imaging to virtually try on breast implants is currently available and can also offer more personalized results that are unique to your specific body type. If you’re considering a breast augmentation, check with your board-certified plastic surgeon to see if his or her practice offers 3D imaging technology.

4 Reasons to Love 3D Imaging for Breast Implants

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One of the biggest concerns for women getting breast augmentation is deciding what size breast implants to get. Even with various tools like implant sizer bras and looking at photos of other women, it can be difficult to know exactly how your implants will look on your unique body. But now, thanks to Vectra 3D imaging, you can “try on” various implants before beginning your procedure, which can be beneficial for a host of reasons.

1. Great Technology

For starters, 3D imaging is quick, comfortable and accurate. With a capture time of 3.5 milliseconds, this technology can take 3D images of your body and transfer them to a computer screen, where your surgeon can then add different implants.

2. Choose Exactly What You Want

Because 3D imaging uses images of your own body, it's the most accurate way to determine just what your finished results will look like. Often, women can get a skewed perception of how certain implant sizes will look on them, as implants are actually measured in volume rather than by bra size. With 3D imagining, you can get a sneak peak of your implants before choosing what size is best for you.

3. Better Communication Between You and Your Surgeon

This technology is just as helpful to surgeons as it is to women. When describing their desired look, women often use words such as “curvy” or “voluptuous,” but these can mean different things to different people. Using 3D imaging together with your surgeon can help you more accurately describe exactly what you’re looking for.

4. Key Details for Surgeons

Additionally, 3D imaging can help your surgeon assess small details about the shape of your body that may affect your implants. Because these details can be difficult to explain, 3D imaging allows surgeons to visually illustrate these elements.

Are Cosmetic Procedures Becoming More Commodified?

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Long before social media connected us and we shared our personal images with the world, cosmetic procedures were primarily the domain of the rich and famous. Elizabeth Taylor may have had the occasional nip and tuck, but in her pre-Internet heyday, image enhancements were only apparent through the lens of a 35mm camera. Sparked by the selfie and encouraged by Groupon deals, both surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures have grown considerably in popularity, especially among younger generations. Today, members of the millennial set are making treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetichousehold names.

No Shame in the Selfie Game

In the past, cosmetic procedures were fairly taboo. People had “work” done, but they kept that fact under wraps. But with celebrities like the Kardashians putting their enhanced assets front and center, everyday people are taking notice and following suit. The deluge of celebrity images has had an impact on viewers, and even those in their teens and 20s are choosing cosmetic procedures in order to look more like the airbrushed images they see.

Aesthetic Procedure Increase

Plastic surgeons have noted a significant uptick in young adults pursuing all types of cosmetic surgery to enhance their appearances. Noninvasive treatments like chemical peels, injectables and laser treatments are also appealing because they don’t require the downtime and costs associated with surgery and many men and women alike now make these a regular part of their beauty routine.

Looking Good as Its Own Reward

The increasing popularity of online networks and selfies lead many people to get cosmetic procedures so that they can feel always be assured that they look their best. However, even in the face of online pressure to maintain a certain look, the overwhelming majority of people who get plastic surgery report an improved self-image as their primary goal.

How to Pick the Best Breast Augmentation Surgeon

Picking the best breast augmentation surgeon is the single most important step in planning your new stage of life with breast implants. Since your surgeon determines your final results more so than any other factor, including breast implant size or type, it’s essential to know how to go about finding the perfect surgeon for you. One of my clients posted this video about her own process and the decisions that led her to our practice. She raised some great points that I think are important to think about for anyone considering cosmetic surgery.

Schedule Multiple Consultations

Most women are well aware that their first meeting with their breast augmentation surgeon won’t be in the OR, but rather, at their initial consultation. However, it’s highly recommended that you schedule multiple consultations with different surgeons so that you can compare and contrast.

What's Your Surgeon’s Personality Like?

During your consultation, your ideal surgeon should make you feel comfortable. Regardless of how impressive a plastic surgeon's qualifications may be, if they don't make you feel relaxed and open to having a conversation about your goals, you may need to simply say no. Having breast augmentation is a personal experience, so the right surgeon for you should be someone you can connect with and effectively communicate your ideal outcome.

Providing Outstanding Patient Care

Your surgeon isn’t the only person who creates your breast augmentation experience. The patient care coordinator, who typically operates the front desk, schedules appointments and helps to answer basic questions, is just as important. No one deserves to simply feel like a number at her doctor’s office. Instead, the entire staff should be friendly and enthusiastic, helping you feel comfortable and excited about your upcoming procedure.

By maintaining a focus on not only surgeon credentials, but also the overall experience of your breast augmentation journey, you can find the perfect practice that incorporates exactly the right balance of professionalism and personal connection to make for a comfortable and successful breast augmentation.

A Cellulite Treatment that Really Works

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Cellulite has been a plague to beachgoers since the dawn of the two-piece bathing suit (which can be traced back to 4th century Roman gymnasts, btw). So many products have promised results along the way, but each of these failed. Most were obvious shams, as the root of the problem was never really addressed, while others did hold some promise only to fizzle out when results were evaluated. Today, Cellfina™ finally offers a winning solution for correcting cellulite at its source.

The History of Treating Cellulite

In the battle against cellulite, first there were creams and topical tools that, to anyone who really understood the problem causing cellulite, could only fail. Then came liposuction. First used in the late 70s, liposuction seemed like the perfect solution.

It would make sense that if you address the fat the way liposuction does, you would no doubt address the dimples between the fat, too. Attempts at treating cellulite with lipo, however, were disappointing and we quickly learned that cellulite sometimes gets worse and almost never gets better with liposuction. About 3 years ago, a treatment called Cellulaze™ got FDA approval for treatment of cellulite, but the results were poor and often temporary.

With the advent of Merz North America’s Cellfina™ treatment, however, we are seeing something that’s never been seen before. That is, a cellulite treatment that works, that lasts, and a treatment where 94 percent of women are happy with their results even 2 years later. Cellfina™ is the most exciting minimally invasive treatment for cellulite that we have ever seen.

What Makes Cellfina™ Different

Cellfina™ is the first treatment we believe in because it works at the root of the problem. Cellulite is caused not by fat, but by tethering bands of tissue that link the skin to the deeper structures. Cellfina™ works by cutting these bands in a very controlled manner directly beneath the skin with the use of a precise needle. There are no big incisions and downtime is minimal. Treatments are done while you are awake, take 30-45 minutes, and require only local anesthetic.

The FDA approval studies show results are consistent even 2 years after treatment and patient satisfaction of 94 percent is exceptional. Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery is excited to be the first plastic surgery office in the triangle and only the second in the state to offer this groundbreaking technology.

Like any treatment, the most important step in determining whether or not you are a good candidate is setting up a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who can discuss this and other options with you.

How to Choose the Best Breast Implants for Your Body Type

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While getting larger breasts isn't always the reason women opt for breast augmentation, more often than not increasing their size is the motivation. Choosing the right implant size and type for your body doesn’t need to be difficult, and keeping a few things in mind as you’re considering breast implants can help make the decision a little easier.

Implants Are Measured in Volume

Unlike bra variations, breast implants are measured in volume rather than cup size. Cubic centimeters (cc’s) are the unit used when comparing implant sizes, and you’ll come across measurements like 300 cc’s and 450 cc’s instead of C-cup and D-cup. This can cause confusion, since you don’t necessarily have a reference volume to take into a consultation.

Bringing in pictures of how you’d like your breasts to look can help your surgeon tailor implant volume and shape to your individual physique. It's a good idea not to worry as much about the exact number of cc's and instead let your surgeon make the decision on implant size once he or she has a clear understanding of how you want to look.

Implants Aren’t One-Size-Fits-All

Just because a certain size of implant looks great on a friend or sits comfortably on a celebrity doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get the same results. Identical implant sizes can look very different on different bodies. You want an implant size that is complementary to your frame, and going too large simply because “that’s what so-and-so has” can lead to dramatic results you didn’t want.

Saline and Silicone Gel Implants

Today, size and shape aren’t the only options you have regarding breast implants. Some women still choose saline-filled implants, but silicone implant models have become much more popular. Knowing the pros and cons of both can help you make an informed and comfortable decision.

Whether you’re looking for a natural or pronounced look, finding the right size, shape and breast implant type shouldn’t be extremely difficult given the options available.

A Plastic Surgeon Gets CoolSculpting®

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By Dr. Jeremy Pyle

The reason I’m writing this in a public forum has a lot to do with how my story started. Guys like me just don’t think of a doctor’s office as a place to get more comfortable. Doctor’s offices produce discomfort. But here’s the thing about men: we have the ability to simultaneously not care what we look like and care a lot. When I finally sat down in the chair to do CoolSculpting® it wasn’t a need. I wasn’t uncomfortable in my clothes, I wasn’t uncomfortable out of my clothes. But when my attention was brought, one way or another, to the fact that I had some fat around my abdomen that I wasn’t fond of, it bothered me. I have known for some time that I was a good candidate for CoolSculpting® so when a break in my schedule coincided with the room being available, I finally sat down to have the treatment.

The decision of when to do the treatment was a lot harder than deciding to do it. I knew I would benefit from it, and it’s not a terrible experience, but I knew that I had three areas (lower abdomen and each love handle) that would benefit. When we only had two machines, treating three areas meant doubling the time of one treatment, from just over an hour to almost 3. I don’t get a lot of 3 hour breaks so I just never got around to doing it. When we got our third and fourth machines in September that meant that the whole process would take only a little more than an hour. The decision was easy then and I got on the schedule.

I first met with Louise, our CoolSculpting® Expert Technician. We talked about what was needed, made a plan, took some before pictures and got to work. For Coolsculpting® that means I sat in a chair and worked. Louise got me a Diet Coke, hooked up the machines, and 3 minutes later I was on my laptop. I avoided the temptation to watch Netflix or TV and spent an hour on staff development plans. Louise returned in time to remove the machines one at a time. They don’t hurt going on, and they don’t hurt coming off, but there’s a bit of pain as the tissues rewarm. It’s temporary. Five minutes later, I felt normal. I had some mild bruising and swelling that night and for about 5 days afterwards. I’m about four weeks out now and the results are shaping up. I know that it will take about 12 weeks for the results to be final. I’m not certain whether I’ll do another treatment then - I’m going to wait to see how things settle out.

With the advent of technologies like CoolSculpting®, the view that men take towards personal betterment is changing. Young men care more, middle aged people care more, and those who look around the boardroom and feel like the old guy are being forced to re-evaluate their perspective on the things that used to seem obviously off limits. The medical world has responded to these pressures by improving how men improve themselves. Busy professionals can lead their life without taking a break but while getting more comfortable in their own skin. I love my profession and my job and I work 16 hours a day. If I can do it, anyone can. And here’s the thing: there’s about a zero percent chance that my life is made worse with Coolsculpting® and an 80+% chance that it is made better. And in evaluating the opportunity cost in those terms, it just made sense.