Dr. Van Natta's Blog

Exercise After Breast Reconstruction: No Extreme Workouts

I recently saw a patient who was almost 4 years post-double mastectomy and cancer reconstruction. She had participated in a Pilates session that utilized spring-based equipment – a new workout regimen for her. She decided she wanted to kick her workout routine up a notch. This gal is strong, has worked out regularly her entire adult life and was a college athlete. 
Yet, during this workout, she over-stretched her pectoral muscles, which caused her implant to bulge out on one breast. All it took was this one workout to over-exert her tissues. And, she felt no pain from it.

Dr. Van Natta Talks About His Breast Augmentation Approach

Breast Augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery performed in the US every year. In this video, Dr. Van Natta talks about his philosophy and approach to this procedure. There are many important factors to consider and discuss with your plastic surgeon such as implant selection, risks and complications. And, Dr. Van Natta will discuss his Rapid Recovery Breast Aug Program. 

Worried About Antiperspirant and Deodorant Safety Issues?

A hot topic that has stirred much controversy revolves around the discussion of antiperspirant and deodorant. Are they linked to breast cancer? I bring this up only because we offer the wonderful miraDry treatment. With no surgery and no anesthesia, you won’t need to worry about applying antiperspirant or deodorant. MiraDry safely destroys underarm sweat and odor glands. There are no chemicals! And, it’s FDA-approved.

miraDry Eliminates Sweaty Armpits and the Need For Antiperspirant

I’m excited to announce that I am performing miraDry® — a cutting-edge non-surgical procedure that permanently eliminates underarm sweat and odor glands. That’s right! What it means for my patients is no more sweating, no more embarrassing underarm stains and the end of deodorant or antiperspirant use. It takes only about an hour, and I’ve had miraDry done myself and love the results.

Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation Really Works

Ladies, if you listen to the radio, you’ve probably heard about my Rapid Recovery breast augmentation procedure with no down time. This advanced and unique approach really does work, and our patients love the results.

On the day of your surgery, you go home and take a two-hour nap. You get up, wash and style your hair and get dressed. Then you go out to eat and go shopping with your family or friends. The more you move, the better you do. And, I have you do simple arm stretches every hour to keep the pectoral muscles from tightening up.

Pillow Can Alleviate Back Discomfort After Breast Surgery

One of my patients who recently had breast augmentation as part of her cancer reconstruction came to me with a suggestion I’d like to share with you. Her only complaint following surgery was some discomfort in her back – which made it difficult to sleep through the night.

I tell my breast augmentation patients sleep on their back for about a month – to give the breasts and surrounding tissues time to heal properly without having direct pressure placed on them.

Exciting New Treatment Tightens Skin!

I am very excited about a new treatment I am using that was mentioned in this month’s Allure magazine. It’s called ThermiTight.

ThermiTight is FDA approved, minimally invasive and tightens skin utilizing heat from radio-frequency energy. It is the first aesthetic procedure to deliver controlled thermal energy under the skin to reverse the effects of aging.

Medical Tourism

This topic is a great follow-up to my last blog about “bogus board certifications”. I recently taped a video for the Plastic Surgery Channel titled “Is Cheaper Better? Why the Right Plastic Surgeon is Worth the Cost!” I am sure you have seen the many stories that have aired on evening television about patients who travel overseas to have plastic surgery because “it’s a really good deal”. We refer to this concept as medical tourism.

Beware Bogus Board Certifications!

Every week, I see at least one patient who has had a “botched” plastic surgery procedure. There are a variety of reasons, however, a recurring one is surgery performed by non-plastic surgeons and plastic surgeons who are not board certified. More and more, physicians in other medical specialties (i.e., emergency room docs, OBGYNs, etc.) are getting into plastic surgery – in part I think – because insurance reimbursement in their fields are shrinking. Plastic surgery, for the most part, is a cash business, so it’s a way to boost their income.

Statistics From the American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

The American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recently released some interesting statistics that I’d like to share with you. These stats tell me that the economy must really be recovering, as Americans are back to spending money on the way they look and feel – from nonsurgical services to full-blown surgery. And, plastic surgery for men is becoming more popular than ever.

Refine Suture Suspension in Breast Lift and Reduction Procedures

Over the years we have many patients who have had mastopexies (breast lifts) or breast reductions and have experienced a normal settling of tissues due to gravity. This results in a loss of fullness in the upper part of the breast even though the overall shape and appearance are greatly improved. Honestly, we just haven't had a good answer for maintaining “upper pole” fullness – until now. I am fortunate to be the medical advisor for a company, Refine Medical, that has a device made of permanent suture – which can be placed to provide support and lift to the upper breast tissue.

Tummy Tuck Step-By-Step

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin, and in the majority of cases, also restores separated or weakened muscles in the abdominal area. The result is a firmer looking and smoother abdominal contour.

What Does Tummy Tuck Surgery Include?

Step 1 – Anesthetics

You will undergo a general anesthetic administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The procedure will take approximately 2-2 ½ hours, depending on your individual situation and the degree of correction necessary.

Beware of Marketing Gimmicks Geared Toward Facelifts

As a board certified plastic surgeon with 25 years of experience, I am able to provide my patients with safe, natural-looking surgical outcomes that don’t have an “operated” look. This success comes not from marketing gimmicks, rather from the skills, knowledge and techniques I have acquired performing thousands of surgeries and operating at an accredited surgery center with board certified anesthesiologists.

Liposuction Step-By-Step

Many of my patients have asked me to outline the steps of some of my surgeries. Below is a blog post that details Liposuction.

Step 1 – Anesthetics

You will have a general anesthetic administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The procedure takes anywhere from 1 ½ hours or more, depending on how many areas of the body we are including and your individual situation.

Step 2 – Incisions

Liposuction uses small, insignificant incisions.

FDA Clears HydraSolve™ as the Only Liposuction Device Approved for Fat Grafting

Exciting news: the FDA has given approval to HydraSolve™ for use in fat grafting – the only liposuction device on the market to receive this. HydraSolve™ is a revolutionary device that uses warmed, pressurized saline to release the fat cells from the surrounding tissue structures and provides a uniform, easily injectable form of fat for grafting. I am fortunate to be one of 15 sites in the country to be testing the new HydraSolve™ device.

Refine Suture Suspension - Another Breakthrough for Plastic Surgery Patients

I am truly excited to announce the availability of an exciting new technology for my plastic surgery patients: Refine Support System. This device is a made of suture materials that have been used by surgeons for years. The materials comprise a soft and flexible suture-mesh-anchor system that supports soft tissue internally. The Refine system is placed by the plastic surgeon to provide an internal support – I most commonly use this for maintaining upper breast tissue fullness. Almost any patient having a breast lift or breast reduction is a candidate for this device.

HydraSolve™: A New Technology For Liposuction

I am excited to announce that I am the third plastic surgeon in the country (and the first in Indiana) to now offer HydraSolve™ for liposuction. Following is a press release that explains this exciting new technology. Look for updates on our website soon.

Dr. Bruce Van Natta of Meridian Plastic Surgeons becomes the first plastic surgeon in Indiana to offer breakthrough HydraSolve™ liposuction treatment from Andrew Technologies