The Difference between Reconstructive and Cosmetic Procedures

blonde woman with pink makeupPeople are interested in plastic surgery for a variety of different reasons. Some aren’t happy with the shape of their nose or how their skin has aged whereas others may need to go under the knife for more medically necessary reasons. With the popularity of plastic surgery in full force, it’s important to understand where your procedure lies. For example, certain cosmetic procedures that aren’t always considered necessary, such as eyelid surgery, may be recommended to a patient for medical reasons.

Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstructive plastic surgery is most often performed on abnormal parts of the body caused by development issues, congenital defects, infections, or trauma. These surgeries are intended to improve functionality and better the life of the patient. For example, those who were severely injured at one point in their life may opt for scar revision to reduce the jarring appearance of the healed wound.

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic plastic surgery is most often performed on those who want to reshape normal areas of the body in order to improve form and appearance based on personal preference. Many women opt for face lifts, Botox, or skin rejuvenation as their body begins to show signs of aging to achieve a younger appearance once again.

Dr. Hanna is one of leading specialists in plastic surgery in Raleigh, NC. If you’re interested in setting up an appointment, call Cary Plastic Surgery today at (919) 233-1933.

Plastic Surgery Recovery Tips

doctors performing plastic surgery on a patientWhen you go under the knife, whether it’s for cosmetic or corrective reasons, the thought of having a less than perfect recovery can be quite scary. Fortunately, there are a variety of things you can do to benefit the recovery phase and offer you peace of mind while your wait for your body to heal.

Have Patience

Everyone is different and though your friend may have had a speedy recovery from their procedure, your body may naturally require more time to heal. It’s also important to be realistic with your expectations once you’re finally to take the bandages off for the first time. As with all surgical wounds, and wounds in general, your body is going to bruise and swell. This may mean that you’ll be sporting a black and blue nose for a few days or that your face and neck will be puffier than usual. The initial bruised reveal may be a bit jarring, but don’t panic and you’ll see the true results of your procedure soon enough.

Plan Accordingly

Be sure to factor in your recovery time when scheduling your plastic surgery procedures. Recovery can range between a few days to a few weeks depending on what you have done, so be sure to keep your work, home, and social life in mind and make the proper arrangements to aid in your recovery process. If you want to look great for your upcoming cruise, you’ll want to avoid scheduling your CoolSculpting appointment too close to departure.

If you’re searching for a plastic surgeon in North Carolina, Dr. Hanna at Cary Plastic Surgery is board certified with 29 years over experience in the industry. Give us a call today at (919) 233-1933 to schedule an appointment.

Facts About CoolSculpting Cont.

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In our last blog, we discussed some facts you should know about CoolSculpting. To learn more, please read on!

The Results Can Last If You Put in the Effort

Plastic surgery can help you achieve the looks you want but it is up to you to make the results last. Like any other procedure, if you want to keep the great results, you will have to make a change or maintain your healthy lifestyle. This means you should eat healthy and exercise regularly.

You Will Need To Give Great Results Time

CoolSculpting can give you amazing results but you need to remember it is not one of the cosmetic procedures that give instant gratification. You might need to do several treatment sessions to achieve the perfect look. Most patients see results in a couple weeks to six months.

You Might Need to Get a Lift

CoolSculpting focuses on removing fat from the body but it will not reduce excess skin or improve the elasticity of your skin. If you have loose skin in the treated area, you can consider a tummy tuck, thigh lift, or any other skin tightening procedure to get the look you want.


To schedule a consultation about a CoolSculpting procedure, please give our office of cosmetic surgery in Durham, NC, and nearby areas a call at (919) 233-1933 or (984) 221-0403.

Facts About Coolsculpting

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CoolSculpting is a great way to tighten up some of your problem areas, without the long recovery time of liposuction. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that has great results because it freezes the fat to destroy it. For some facts on the CoolSculpting procedure, please read on!

You Might Experience Some Discomfort

While CoolSculpting is minimally invasive, you might still feel some pain or discomfort. The device is sucks up the fat and when we work on your problem areas, you might feel pressure. There is also a blast of cold air that can feel unpleasant at first. Once the procedure is over, you will notice some swelling in the treated air but this can be massaged.

It Can Take Awhile

Depending on how many areas you want to get treated, your procedure can take an hour or longer. The more areas you want to target in your session, the longer it will take. A plus side to this procedure is that you will be awake and alert. You can see if you can bring a tablet or laptop to read or watch movies on to pass the time.

If you are interested in learning more facts about CoolSculpting, please refer to our next blog.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hanna, our experienced and licensed plastic surgeon in NC, please give us a call today at (919) 233-1933 or (984) 221-0403.

Why People in Their 20’s and 30’s Benefit from Botox Cont.


In our last blog, we discussed the pros to younger people using our treatment for Botox in Cary, NC. For more reasons, please read on!

Stressful Lifestyles

In these modern times, people are not only constantly exposed to computer or phone screens, there is also a rise in stressed and high-paced lifestyles in their work environment. Working late nights or waking up early to get to your job usually means you are not getting the recommended amount of sleep, which results in unhealthy skin. Millennials, or the younger generation, also deal with high stress from trying to secure jobs and become more stable after college.

Save Money in the Long Run

With preventative measures, you can actually save money because instead of paying for expensive fixes later in life, you can instead invest a smaller amount of time and money now. Starting earlier means lower doses of Botox and visits to the doctor’s office are needed. It can also help stop lines from forming before they require a more aggressive and costly treatment like fillers, lasers, peels, or even surgery.


If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Hanna, please give us a call today at either (919) 233-1933 or (984) 221-0403.

Why People in Their 20’s and 30’s Benefit from Botox


Botox might seem like a cosmetic procedure only older people should or can get but younger people can benefit from our procedure for Botox in Cary, NC, too!

Preventative Measure

As we get older, we begin to lose collage in our skin and as a result, our skin begins to weaken, sag, and wrinkle. Collagen begins to disappear and stop being produced around age 20 and although we can’t see it, our skin starts to lose its elasticity.

Improve Your Mood

There are some studies indicating that Botox injections might help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.  There can be a lot of pressure for people to feel beautiful and have flawless features. Someone who is insecure about their facial features and experiences stress from social anxiety would greatly benefit from cosmetic procedures, such as Botox, to fix the things they do not like.

Rise in Modern Technology

With the rise of modern technology, most people have some form of a smartphone, television, tablet, and laptop or are exposed to these things regularly. The artificial light from these devices can accelerate the appearance of lines and wrinkles in your skin. With a treatment of Botox in Cary, NC from Dr. Hanna, he can help ease those premature lines.

Best Cosmetic Surgeries For Spring and Summer

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With spring coming, summer is quickly after so it’s the perfect time now to prepare your beach bod! Read on to learn the best cosmetic surgeries to get before the spring and summer season.


Liposuction is a great procedure if you have some problems areas that you want to touch up. It’s usually a supplement for other cosmetic surgeries such as a facelift, breast reduction or a tummy tuck. Common areas that liposuction is used on is the back, butt, arms, stomach, thighs, and chin.

Breast Surgery

A breast surgery can lift or enhance your chest area which makes it great for bikini or shirtless weather. If you want to enhance the size, you can choose from saline or silicone, depending on your preference. Men are also able to receive breast surgery, or a gynecomastia. This can tighten any loose, overdeveloped, or enlarged skin in the chest area and provide a more youthful look.

Tummy Tucks

A tummy tuck focuses entirely on the stomach area and it can remove excess or loose skin. It also strengthens weak muscles so that your entire abdomen looks smoother and firmer.


To look your absolute best for the spring and summer season, please trust in Dr. Hanna, one of the leading board certified plastic surgeons in NC.


To schedule your appointment, please give our professional staff a call today at (919) 233-1933 or (984) 221-0403.


What to Expect From a Thigh Lift


With the springtime approaching, it’s time to start thinking about cute warm weather outfits like rompers, shorts, and skirts! However, nothing can put a damper on the nice weather than feeling uncomfortable in shorter clothing. At Cary Plastic Surgery, the leading office for plastic surgery in North Carolina, Dr. Hanna offers high quality thigh lifts that will get you the results you want. If you are interested in a thigh lift, please read on to learn what to expect from this cosmetic procedure!

The thigh lift procedure focuses on your lower body area such as your thighs, butt, and hips. Dr. Hanna, a board certified and experienced plastic surgeon in NC, will work to tighten any loose or sagging skin in your problem areas to give you a more youthful look. The procedure can also consist of liposuction to remove any isolated pockets of fat and small incisions can lift or reshape the tissue.

During the recovery period, you can expect to experience some moderate swelling for several months. The results will be visible several weeks after the surgery and are long lasting if you do not gain a significant amount of weight. With any cosmetic surgery, it is important you rest the suggested amount of time. At Cary Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hanna will be sure to explain all the necessary information you need during your first consultation and post-surgery.

To schedule your thigh lift at our office of plastic surgery in North Carolina, please give us a call today at (919) 233-1933 or (984) 221-0403.

What to Expect from Your Facial Implant Surgery

girlA facial implant can enhance features such as a small chin, weak jaw, or lack of facial contour. This procedure can balance out the proportions in your facial structure giving you the gorgeous results you’ve always wanted!

What to Expect

When you first come in for your initial consultation with Dr. Hanna, one of the leading plastic surgeons in Raleigh, North Carolina, you can expect to be treated with respect and discretion. Our helpful staff strives to provide a comfortable space for you. Dr. Hanna will work closely with you to determine what your dream results are and discuss your health records, the reasons you want the procedure, and what to expect from the procedure. Once we’ve determined your health, Dr. Hanna will lay out the outcomes and course of treatment for the pre-surgery and post-surgery period.

Preparing for the Surgery Procedure

Dr. Hanna will instruct you for the pre-surgery preparation but here are some tips to remember:

  • Stop smoking: If you are a smoker, it is important you stop smoking at least a couple weeks before your surgery date.
  • Avoid aspirin: Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs can potentially increase bleeding so you may have to stop taking them before your surgery. Please consult Dr. Hanna to learn more about whether you can take aspirin.
  • Prepare for post-surgery recovery: You will want to plan out your post-surgery recovery period from designating a driver to and from the plastic surgery office to taking off of work for some rest. You will also want to prepare yourself for potential skin irritation, bleeding, skin sensitivity, and more. If you are experiencing any symptoms that you are uncertain if they are normal reactions, please consult Dr. Hanna with your concerns.

If you are interested in scheduling a facial plastic surgery in Raleigh, NC, and nearby areas, please trust in Dr. Hanna, one of the leading board certified plastic surgeons in NC.


To schedule an initial consultation, please give us a call at either 919-233-1933 or 984-221-0403, today!

The Dangers of Plastic Surgery Tourism

planeRecently, there has been an increase in people seeking to find cheaper plastic surgery procedure prices by visiting other countries. This is called plastic surgery tourism and while it might be successful sometimes, it is proving to be a dangerous new trend.

Plastic surgery procedures can get costly which is why people look for cheaper alternatives in places such as Costa Rica, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, and more. These places do offer plastic surgeries for a fraction of price sometimes saving a person 90 percent.

Other reasons why people look into plastic surgery tourism is as follows:

  • They want plastic surgery procedures that are not offered in America
  • The idea that medical care in other areas is a higher quality than America
  • They can use the time away as a cover for their plastic surgery procedure
  • They hear about a skilled plastic surgeon in another country

If you are considering plastic surgery tourism, the most important thing you should do is to research the surgeon and area you are considering. If you cannot find a lot of information on the surgeon or the place where you are looking at, you might want to reconsider another place.

Plastic surgery tourism can be more expensive than just having the procedure done in America. If the surgery goes wrong, you can end up paying double the price to have it fixed. There is also a potential that you can become very sick if the doctor does not use sanitary tools. Other reasons plastic surgery tourism is not a great idea are as follows:

  • Issues with communicating: if you are not fluent in the language that the surgeon and his helpers speak, you can have a really difficult time understanding what he/ she is saying and vice versa. This can lead to surgery complications, incorrect procedures being done, and more.
  • Low quality medication, medical tools, etc.: receiving a medical procedure in another country can be very complicated because you also do not know their regulations for medication, medical tools, rules for sanitation, etc.
  • Difficulty in finding out qualifications: In the U.S, you can easily determine the qualifications of any surgeon by checking their board certifications and disciplinary records. However, finding out a surgeon’s qualifications overseas can be more difficult because there are not many international organizations that provide verification.

In the long run, while plastic surgery tourism seems like a great idea that will save you money, it can end up costing you a lot of money, promote health problems, and potentially leave you with negative long term consequences.


To schedule a plastic surgery with Dr. Hanna, one of the leading board certified plastic surgeons in NC, please give our professional staff a call at either 919-233-1933 or 984-221-0403!