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Is there any scarring with a thigh lift?

Has the skin on your thighs become so loose and flabby, that you’re thinking about having a thigh lift?  If so, scars are probably a big concern for you, so it’s important to ask your plastic surgeon if there is any scarring after a thigh lift.

What is a Thigh Lift?

A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that is done to reshape the inner or outer thighs by removing excess skin and fat.

Is there any scarring with a thigh lift?

Yes, there is scarring with a thigh lift, but the scars will fade over time.  Scars are normal after any type of surgery, because they occur as part of the body’s natural healing response to a skin incision.

The size and location of the scars after a thigh lift will depend on the extent of the procedure, and the surgical technique of the surgeon.  A skilled, experienced plastic surgeon can use specific techniques to make scars less noticeable after a thigh lift.  

Incisions for an inner thigh lift, are typically made within the natural fold of the inner thighs, so the resulting scars are hidden in the groin area.  The incisions for an outer thigh lift may extend from the groin area, and around the hip to the low back.  These scars are made as discretely as possible. 

Minimizing scars after a thigh lift

In order to minimize the appearance of scars after a thigh lift, patients are advised to follow their plastic surgeon’s instructions regarding caring for incisions.   In addition, procedures such as laser therapy and microneedling can make scars less prominent.

Interested in learning more about a thigh lift?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the greater Philadelphia, PA area, The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery, is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.drbrenman.com, or by calling (267) 843-8186.

Can wrinkles go away?

Have you been using anti-aging creams and serums for your wrinkles but they aren’t going away? If you have, you may be wondering if there are any treatments out there that can get rid of those unwanted wrinkles and fine lines.

Why you get wrinkles

It’s normal to get wrinkles as you age, because the skin becomes thinner and less elastic over time. Factors such as excess sun exposure, smoking, and pollutants can also contribute to the formation of wrinkles.

Can wrinkles go away?

Yes, there are several methods that can be used to smooth wrinkles and make them less visible.

Popular treatments for wrinkles:

  • Botox is typically used to treat dynamic wrinkles, specifically forehead wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet. These wrinkles form due to repeated movement of the muscles linked to facial expressions such as frowning, laughing, or squinting. When injected, botox blocks the signal normally sent from the nerves to the muscle, and this prevents the muscle from contracting. As a result, the wrinkles in the overlying skin soften over time (learn more).
  • Dermal fillers reduce the appearance of wrinkles by adding volume to the skin. Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are the most common fillers used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. When HA fillers are injected into the skin the HA molecules attract water, and this plumps the skin and fills in lines and wrinkles.
  • Chemical peels can also reduce unwanted wrinkles, because they resurface the skin. A chemical peel exfoliates the outer layer of dead skin cells, and when these peel away the new skin that emerges is smoother, clearer, and more youthful.

Are you interested in a chemical peel? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Dallas, Heath, Garland, Greenville, or Royse City, TX areas, Juvanew Medspa in Rockwall, TX is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.juvanew.com, or by calling (972) 449-9932.

Why is it important for a healthcare facility to move toward a paperless environment?

Healthcare in the US is going paperless, as electronic health records (EHRs) are now widely used. Paperless healthcare is not without challenges, as it requires significant investment in time and technology. But why is it important for a healthcare facility to move toward a paperless environment.

Here are some important reasons why healthcare facilities are going paperless.

  1. Increases the security of patient information.When it comes to health records, there is greater risk associated with traditional paper records. Digital records that are properly secured and monitored based on HIPAA security rules, are less likely to face a security breach.
  2. Financial incentives. Healthcare facilities can gain financial benefits by going paperless. By making the move to electronic files, eligible hospitals can access federal money under the EHR Incentive Program, once they can substantiate ‘meaningful use’ of electronic health records.
  3. Improves Efficiency: Digital records are available whenever and wherever they are needed. This makes sharing data between medical providers or with patients, much easier.  The timely retrieval of data also saves time and money.
  4. Enhances quality of care. EHRs provide access to complete patient information at a glance, enabling physicians to improve patient care. Clinicians have ready access to lab results, clinical notes, prescription information, and more.
  5. Reduces errors. Digital records offer better documentation, without the annoying problems associated with paper files such as illegible handwriting or missing notes.

Successful EHR implementation depends on choosing the right hardware and software systems.  Onyx Healthcare USA, Inc, located in Orange, CA, provides medical computer solutions that can make the transition to digital health records a smooth, cost-effective process.

Call us today at714-792-0774to schedule a consultation.

Can physicians waive out-of-network patient co-pays?

Health care providers ought not to waive or discount a patient’s copayment, as it has serious legal and business implications. However, some providers do waive the extra charges for patients, if they think they are hard-pressed financially. This is a practice insurers view as fraudulent. They consider it a ploy by non-contracted providers to retain out-of-network patients. So in light of the foregoing, can physicians waive out-of-network patient co-pays.

As a general rule, patients treated by out-of-network providers, are charged extra for going outside the network.  They often go this route, when they are aware that some of their out-of-pocket expenses will not be billed. For their part, some doctors are willing to forgo the extra expenses, because the fees they collect being outside the network are higher than in-network fees.

This was brought into focus in November 2014, by the ruling of the Ninth Circuit’s Court of Appeals in the Spinedex Physical Therapy v. United Healthcare of Arizona, Inc. matter. Spinedex brought the suit against United Healthcare for non-payment of health claims submitted. United was the claims administrator for several health plans to which patients treated by Spinedex were enrolled. Spinedex was an out-of-network provider, and United argued that they failed to collect its charges from the patients.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Spinedex. This has been seen as a victory by out-of-network providers, in their ongoing dispute with health plans about waiving co-pays.

However, attorneys caution that the judgment by the Court of Appeals does not signify an endorsement of the practice. A lot depends on the terms included in the respective health plans. It is therefore best to seek legal advice before deciding to waive out-of-network patient co-pays. For more information contact Nelson Hardiman, LLP at 310-203-2800 or email [email protected]