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Artistic Elegance in Surgical Aesthetics

by Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ashley Robey
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By jay 25 Jul, 2017
When women and men consider plastic surgery, it is often based on their preconceived notions of how traditional procedures might help them look and feel better. However, medical and surgical advances provide so many more options than just a facelift or liposuction. This is one reason why Dr. Ashley Robey is triple board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology. On-going, continuous learning, and advancement in the latest techniques allows today’s clients a wider range of options, often less invasive and with better results.

As someone considering plastic surgery, why should you care? Board-certification is easiest to understand when related to a driver's license. Can you operate a vehicle perfectly fine without having a valid driver's license? Absolutely. Let's say it was your first time in a vehicle with someone and you're about to embark on a road trip - would you be comfortable knowing they did not have one? Maybe/probably not?

Board-certification tells the patient, the public and the medical community that this Plastic Surgeon is certified (similar to how a driver proves they can drive by obtaining a license). Certification means that the surgeon obtained a specific curriculum to be proficient in plastic surgery. They studied, were examined, studied more and were examined more. It is a costly endeavor, a long process and one which holds merit.

Being certified by these prestigious boards “shows dedication and expertise to your field of study,” says Dr. Robey. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon has had rigorous training for between 6-8 years or longer after medical school on all aspects of surgery and plastic surgery. As such, those certified represent the gold standard for plastic surgeons. All plastic surgeons are cosmetic surgeons but not all cosmetic surgeons are plastic surgeons.

For example, Dr. Robey’s additional certification with the American Board of Otolaryngology acknowledges the growth and complexity of medical science, clinical care and the importance of the physician’s relationship with the patient in delivering quality clinical outcomes. Otolaryngology is a regional surgical specialty which is devoted to disorders, anatomy, birth defects, and reconstruction of the face, neck, and structures associated with it. This includes cosmetic and reconstructive surgery on the face and this training gives unparalleled knowledge and surgical anatomy of the face and neck.

Choosing a plastic surgeon is an important decision. By dedicating time and effort to advanced certification, Dr. Ashley Robey wants to ensure your best outcomes. Only by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Robey will you be able to understand all your surgical options as a patient.
By jay 27 Jun, 2017
Mommy Makeover You wouldn’t trade your children for the world. But the changes which happen to your body through childbearing can be surprising. Luckily, there are a host of options available to you and Dr. Ashley Robey, triple-board certified plastic surgeon, offers The Indy Mommy Makeover. This can be any combination of cosmetic procedures which restore your pre-pregnancy appearance, typically focusing on the breasts and abdomen. A typical makeover might include a tummy tuck, pelvic floor tightening, a breast procedure such as an augmentation, lift or reduction, and liposuction of the legs, arms or trunk.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), 36% of the 9.9 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2006 were on patients between the ages of 30 and 39; 29% of them were aged 20 to 29. New moms are choosing more and more to consider plastic surgery after having children.

Women’s breasts are greatly affected, due to milk production and weight gained during pregnancy. Plastic surgeons report the breasts of one-third of mothers return to normal after pregnancy -- if their weight does. Another third experienced stretched skin and less breast tissue. The final third, which often includes those who do not lose the baby weight, have larger breasts after their deliveries. Becoming a mom can result in larger, smaller or less-firm breasts, often which is not desirable. Dr. Robey will consult with you to determine if the size and shape of your postpartum breasts fits your lifestyle and desired body image.

After pregnancy, if you have too much flab or excess skin in your abdomen which doesn't respond to diet or exercise, you may be considering a "tummy tuck," which doctors call "abdominoplasty,” a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fibrous tissue of the abdominal wall. A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or exercise. Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a tummy tuck. And while a tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin which will be excised. Along with a breast procedure, the Tummy Tuck is a very popular part of the mommy makeover.

Most women gain weight during pregnancy, and often find it difficult to lose when done having children. Dr. Robey offers both surgical and non-surgical fat reduction options for all areas of the body, but new moms often choose to have excess fat removed from their buttocks, thighs, arms, neck, and more. Combined with a tummy tuck and breast enhancement, fat reduction can be the final piece of the puzzle to help you regain the body you want.

No matter which procedures you include in your mommy makeover, Dr. Robey will spend time discussing all your options, including preparation, day of surgery, postoperative recovery, cost and future considerations. Dr. Robey is a specialist and as such, is experienced using the latest techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. She will tailor your treatment plan to reach your individual goals while focusing on minimizing scars for an ideal cosmetic appearance.
By jay 09 Jun, 2017
Breast implants add volume to existing breast tissue to create a fuller chest during a breast augmentation. Women considering this procedure often ask, “What's the difference between saline and silicone implants? And which is right for me?”

Patients are often surprised to learn both saline and silicone implants have an outer silicone shell, yet differ in material and consistency. Silicone implants are sometimes superior, especially since the introduction of the new generation "gummy" silicone implants. Dr. Ashley Robey notes, “I am sure this is different from practice to practice, but would guesstimate about 70% of my clients choose silicone and about 30% choose saline. Worldwide, those numbers are skewed even more choosing silicone.”

Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water; they are inserted empty and then filled to a previously-agreed upon volume. Silicone implants are prefilled with silicone gel (like a gumdrop or gummy bear consistency), which more closely mimics the feel of human breast tissue. Most women think that silicone breast implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue.

“All implants, regardless of type, are not considered to be lifetime devices,” says Robey. “You can think about the wear patterns that you see on the bottom of your shoes after walking around for a few months - it's the same phenomenon with implants except the wear and material stress occurs with breathing, chest movements and arm movements.”

If an implant ruptures, the approach might vary depending on whether the implant is saline or silicone. If a saline breast implant ruptures, the implant will deflate, causing the affected breast to change in size and shape. The leaking saline solution will be absorbed by your body without posing any health risks, but you'll probably need surgery to remove the silicone shell.

If a silicone breast implant ruptures, you might not notice right away, or at all, because the form-stable silicone gel sticks to itself very well and  tends to be well contained within the implant capsule, which is natural tissue that forms around the implant. A ruptured silicone gel implant isn't believed to cause systemic or long-term health problems; it could, however, cause a change in the feel or contour of the breast. If this happens, you may likely need surgical removal of the implant.

Other implant options also include rounded or shaped, and textured or smooth, all of which come in a variety of sizes. Your best route is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Robey, who will discuss all these options with you, taking into account your body type and goals.

By jay 03 Apr, 2017

An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a surgical procedure that can address excess skin and fat of the abdomen. If the patient has a diastasis (separation of the two "six-pack" muscles in midline abdomen, commonly seen with pregnancies), the two rectus abdominis muscles can also be brought back together at the time of surgery; this will create a tighter core and improved contour.

Liposuction of the love handle areas is also commonly performed during this surgery to achieve the best contour. A typical abdominoplasty incision runs along the bikini line from one hip bone to the other. If a significant amount of tissue needs to be removed to achieve the desired results, an incision may also be made around the belly button so that it can stay in its aesthetically ideal position. 

Specializing in body makeovers.

  •     Tummy Skin Removal
  •     Mini Tummy Tuck
  •     Full Tummy Tuck
  •     Extended Tummy Tuck
  •     Circumferential Tummy Tuck

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