Vacation Plastic Surgery – Keep It Simple

The plastic surgery vacation industry is booming! Luxury medical tourism is gaining popularity across the globe, but consumer beware…while opportunities to combine a surgery and luxurious vacation as a lower-cost package outside the United States may seem appealing, there are inherent risks and complications to consider before getting too excited.

Get the facts:

You should know that nearly all cosmetic surgery procedures involve swelling and bruising that tends to increase over the first several days. During this time, you’ll need to keep your head elevated and apply ice packs to reduce swelling. It’s also important to stay out of the sun, so vacation plans should include somewhere that has interesting attractions that you can visit indoors or in the shaded areas. To promote the best healing possible, you should plan to drink plenty of fluids, eat a little something before taking medications, get plenty of rest and protect your investment from physical strain.

Do your homework.

5 Things You Should Know About Plastic Surgery Tourism

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1. Cosmetic surgery is real surgery and has some risks.
Every surgery, including cosmetic surgery, has some risks involved. These risks may increase during vacation-related plastic surgery.  (At DermOne, we book your vacation plastic surgery in the hotel right next to the office of your surgeon, Dr. Deidra Blanks).

2. Vacation-related activities may compromise your health after having a procedure. Cosmetic surgery trips are marketed as vacations, but rigorous vacation activities should be avoided after surgery in order to ensure proper healing and reduce the risk of complications. (At DermOne, we offer assistance in arranging an array of low-risk activities you can enjoy in Wilmington, NC).

3. Travel + surgery significantly increases the risk of complications.
Did you know that long flights (such as overseas or across the country) and surgery can increase the potential risk of developing pulmonary embolism and blood clots? (Although the risk is minimal, at DermOne we believe it is prudent to remain in close proximity of your surgeon during the immediate post-operative period).

4. You may not be legally protected in the U.S.
There are no U.S. laws that protect patients or mandate the training and qualifications of physicians who perform plastic surgery outside the United States. There may be no legal recourse if surgical negligence occurs. (Dr. Deidra Blanks is double board-certified in facial plastic surgery).

5. Bargain surgery may not be a bargain. Patients can incur additional costs for revision surgeries and complications that may total more than the cost of the initial operation.

Would you risk your face in a foreign country?


Give us a call at DermOne to set up a free consultation (910)762-1070.

Grand Opening & Celebration of Healthy Living

Deidra Blanks, M.D., Jonathan Crane, D.O.,
Kamran Goudarzi, M.D., & the staff of DermOne

invite you to celebrate our Grand Opening & Celebration of Healthy Living

September 25th – 27th, 2014
The Offices at Mayfaire III
6752 Rock Spring Road, Suite 200 (behind Harris Teeter)
Wilmington, North Carolina

To celebrate our new flagship office at Mayfaire,
& the Merging of DermOne, Atlantic Dermatology, Scarless Vein Care,
& DermOne Plastic Surgery;
our plans include:

Thurs, Sept 25thYou Must Remember This
9:00 AM – Ribbon Cutting at our Mayfaire Office
12:00 Noon – Barnes & Noble
Book Signing of Robert J. Wagner’s
“You Must Remember This  – Life and Style in Hollywood’s Golden Age”
Robert Wagner & Jill St. John will be present





Saturday, Sept 27thlogo
8:00 AM – Melanoma “Umbrella” 5k (3.1 mile) Walk
Details and Registration online

11:00 – 3:00 Celebration continues with outdoor & indoor activities:
delicious food, activities for kids, and great music by Mr. Potato Head!


DermOne Staff on hand: free screenings, discounts, and information on our comprehensive services. Please call 762-1070 if you have any questions!

You Look Tired! Are you Sleep-Deprived?

   “Gosh you look tired!” Caught off guard, you search frantically for an excuse to Tired eyesgive…”I’ve been so busy I haven’t slept much” or “this project at work is killing me,” all the while thinking “Really? Did you just say that to me?” Suddenly you realize you simply didn’t put on make-up that day. You think, “But I feel great today! That’s just rude!” After a few minutes, you may think, “gee-whiz I used to go without make-up all the time…”

When people are actually sleep deprived, studies show that others readily identify them as such. Tired people possess droopy, swollen eyes with hanging eyelids and darker circles, and as having paler skin with more wrinkles and fine lines. Not only that, they are perceived as being more sad and depressed, less healthy and vibrant, and less overall attractive.

On the flip side, as you age, according to the Mayo Clinic, your eyelids stretch and the muscles supporting them weaken. As a result, the excess fat that gathers in the folds causes droopy upper eyelids, bags under your eyes, and sagging eyebrows ( Sound familiar? Hint hint…you may look sleep deprived even when you aren’t.

      Tactless friends or coworkers don’t hesitate to sling the “wow, you look tired today” at you with or without intent. You hear it loud and clear and decide you CAN take action. It’s time you appear as rested, healthy, and vibrant as you feel. Read more…

1.   Of course, get your sleep! Go to bed and wake-up as consistently as possible every day. Getting the sleep you need has numerous health benefits including helping you achieve/maintain a proper weight, improving brain and immune system function, and optimizing physical performance. In addition, adequate sleep will maximize a well-rested appearance.

2.   Seriously consider Blepharoplasty (BLEF-uh-roe-plas-tee), an eyelid surgery to repair droopy eyelids that involves removing excess skin, muscle and fat. One of the most commonly performed plastic surgeries, it is performed on an outpatient basis and achieves superb results.

3.   Compliment your eyes with one or more nonsurgical aesthetics such as:

  • neotensil™ to decrease the appearance of dark circles under the eyes;
  • BOTOX® to improve the wrinkles and furrows that develop from squinting, concentrating, frowning, and looking surprised;
  • BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler for lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
  • Facial Fillers for lip augmentation, lip lining, smile lines, lines around your nasolabial fold, and your temples for a fuller face.

[hr] Contact Dr. Deidra Blanks to set up a free consultation at (910)762-1070.

How to Prevent that “Turkey-Neck” and Maybe Fixing it with a Neck Lift

Have you ever looked at a picture of yourself, perhaps a “selfie” and thought “Where did Better Selfies with neck lift in wilmington nc from Dr. Blanksthat turkey neck come from?” In this high-tech age where selfies and friend photos are shared in social media so often, people have become more aware of the appearance of a sagging neck and vertical lines under the chin. Botox and fillers may have kept the face appearing youthful, but the neck is left behind to give away age. The great thing is you can do something about it.

People in Wilmington NC are out in the sun a lot so…

First, prevention is key as age is not the only factor. Sun damage, weight gain or loss, and muscle atrophy also contribute to turkey wattle.Avoid that Turkey neck with a neck lift in wilmington nc from Dr. Blanks

  • Make sure you use a good sunscreen daily on your face and neck as these areas have the most sun exposure. This will help prevent wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Be mindful of obtaining and maintaining a program that keeps your weight steady as you will reap many health and beauty rewards as a result. Include colorful fruits and vegetables as they provide a rich supply of antioxidants to aid in the reduction of damage. Be sure to include salmon and cantaloupe. Don’t forget to stay well hydrated too.
  • Because the neck muscles are attached directly to the skin, facial exercises that contract those muscles will shorten, lifting and spreading the skin to give you a more youthful appearance.
  • The neck muscles are attached directly to the skin. In particular, the platysma muscle gives your neck its youthful contour, and when weakened, vertical lines under the chin will appear. A daily regimen of face and neck exercises can subtly build the muscles in the neck and improve circulation for a firmer appearance. Facial exercises will shorten the muscles lifting and spreading the skin to give you a more youthful appearance.

Neck lifts are Another Option

However for most folks, committing to these steps daily is difficult. Before you know it the turkey waddle develops enough that even facial exercises cannot noticeably improve your look . It may be time to consider a neck lift procedure called a platysmaplasty. It is performed through a small horizontal incision hidden under the chin that eliminates these muscle cords by joining the two muscle edges together. It creates a single sheet of platysma that resists the reappearance of muscle bands and improves the shape of both the jawline and the waistline of the neck.

[hr]Contact your local Wilmington Plastic Surgeon today for a free consultation to discuss what she and her staff can do to make your summer wonderful! 910.762.1070