Frequently Asked Questions

Are chemical peels safe?

Chemical peels remove the damaged outer layer of your skin to reveal the new, healthier and younger-looking layers below. Generally, it is a perfectly safe beauty treatment. However, it’s important to know that not every type of peel is right for every skin type.

There are Three Different Levels of Chemical Peels:

Light or mild – these remove only the top layers of skin for a smoother, brighter appearance. They have very little side effects, but may require multiple treatments to achieve the results you want.

Medium – these go a little deeper and have a greater impact on reducing wrinkles, however they also have a greater risk for sensitivity to the sun and other complications.

Deep or phenol peels – these take off several layers and have a more dramatic result, but may be too strong for some skin types, yielding a higher risk of discoloration and scars.

Your best bet is to set up a consultation with Dr. Lisa J. Learn. By determining your skin type and considering what you want to achieve, we can help you decide which chemical peel is right for you. Call our Fort Lauderdale office at (954) 380-8411—and get ready to lose those lack-luster layers!

Can a breast reduction help with back pain?

Sometimes the source of back pain is right in front of you! Large breasts can weigh you down and pull you forward, causing your back muscles to become strained and nerves compressed (not to mention that uncomfortable, digging in to you bra!). By removing excess fat tissue and skin, a breast reduction can help you achieve a more proportioned figure, relieving the stress on your back and thus easing your pain. The procedure can result in improved posture too, which also helps out your back. You’ll not only feel better, you’ll look better too!

If you have been suffering with large breasts that are causing you back pain and discomfort, a breast reduction may be for you! Contact Dr. Lisa J. Learn to find out more or to make an appointment. You can reach our Fort Lauderdale office by calling (954) 380-8411—then you can say goodbye to that aching back!

Can droopy breasts be improved without augmentation?

Gravity, time, childbirth, genetics—they all can make your once perky breasts become saggy and droopy, decreasing skin elasticity, and weakening and stretching your chest wall ligaments. Like women don’t have to deal with enough! On the bright side, you don’t have to resort to a full breast augmentation to return your breasts to their rightful position. A breast lift procedure—and even just some simple lifestyle changes—can help.

Simply losing weight and/or strengthening your pectoral muscles with exercises like push-ups, incline presses, and chest flys, can help make breasts appear fuller and tighter.

If exercise and diet aren’t enough, however, and you do not wish to get a breast augmentation, a breast lift is a great option. With this procedure, inconspicuous incisions are made to tighten overstretched ligaments and remove excess skin. The tissues can be reshaped as well, to restore fullness and contours, and even areolas can be repositioned if necessary. Your breasts will be up where they belong, so you’ll no longer have to feel down about their appearance.

You don’t have to live with droopy breasts. Stop the sagging by calling Dr. Lisa J. Learn in Fort Lauderdale, FL at (954) 380-8411 today!

Can I exercise after plastic surgery?

It’s important to allow your body the time it needs to heal. Recovery from plastic surgery depends upon the type of procedure performed, but in most cases you should refrain from exercise for at least four weeks after your surgery. Being sure to follow aftercare instructions closely will help to ensure the healing process goes smoothly.

Once swelling diminishes, discomfort starts to fade, and you are given the go ahead, you can begin activity again by walking. Then you can slowly incorporate additional activity until you gradually build back up to your normal routine. Listen to your body, though. If you get fatigued, rest. Don’t push yourself too soon.

If you have any other questions, or would like more helpful hints about recovering from a procedure, please don’t hesitate to call us at (954) 380-8411. Dr. Lisa J. Learn is happy to help! You can also visit us online or at our office in Fort Lauderdale FL.

How can I dress to flatter my body type?

When you know what to wear to look your best, you feel your best too! Here are the four main body types and the clothing choices that are most flattering for each:

Female Body Types

Circle (bigger around the middle) – look for fashions that are loose around the midsection, yet snug in other places, like tunics and slim-fit pants. Stay away from high-wasted styles and belts.

Triangle, otherwise known as pear, (bigger on the bottom) – avoid oversized sweaters, skinny jeans, and clingy skirts. Wide leg pants, tailored jackets, and A-line skirts are best.

Hourglass (proportionately curvy) – Find pieces that move with your natural curves, such as wrap dresses, v-neck tops, and pencil skirts. Shapeless baby doll dresses and oversized sweaters are a no-no.

Rectangle (the same up and down) – Look for fashions that fit snugly around the middle. Flared pants and skirts with a fitted jacket will look great on you!

Of course, if there are things about your body that you just don’t feel good about no matter what you’re wearing, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lisa J. Learn to discuss procedures like liposuction, breast augmentations or reductions, tummy tucks, and more. Just call us in Fort Lauderdale, FL at (954) 380-8411.

How can I get rid of my baby bump?

If you’ve had a baby, that extra belly fat, a.k.a. “baby bump,” can be difficult to lose, but there are exercises that target this common trouble spot—some you can do without even getting up!  Lay down on the ground (we know you’re exhausted, but don’t go to sleep!), bend your knees with your feet flat on the floor, cross your arms over your chest, and lift your head while contracting your abs. Now try tilting your pelvis upward and holding it. Then, alternate straightening your legs, followed by sliding both of your heels away from you until your legs are almost straight. Finally, lift your bent knees up so that your shins are parallel to the ground then alternate tapping your toes to the floor.  Now you can take a nap—unless of course your baby just woke up!

If exercise isn’t enough and you still can’t get rid of your baby bump, call (954) 380-8411 and ask Dr. Lisa J. Learn about procedures that can help. From liposuction to tummy tucks to the whole shebang of a Mommy Makeover, we can help you achieve the shape you desire. As for sleep—we’re afraid you’re on your own there.

How can I hide dark circles under my eyes?

Whether you got them from your mom, staying up late, too much stress, aging, or crying over the fact that you’re aging, dark circles and bags under your eyes can make you look as tired as you feel and older than you’d like! Try applying almond oil or vitamin E at night. This will moisturize and fade the darkened area. Cucumbers have mild astringent and skin-lightening properties that can help too. Lay slices over your eyes or mix cucumber and lemon juice and dab the mixture under your eyes with a cotton ball. Potatoes and tomatoes both have skin-lightening super powers as well. Moist teabags can reduce puffiness, and applying concealer that matches your skin tone can help too, but don’t just swoop it across the whole area—it’s best to apply it in the inner corner of the eye and down to your nose.

If all else fails, ask Dr. Lisa J. Learn about procedures available—like eyelid surgery, facelifts, and more—that can help you look and feel younger. You can schedule a consultation by dialing (954) 380-8411 to reach our Fort Lauderdale, FL office today.

How can I look less tired?

If you’ve gotten plenty of sleep and had your cup of Joe, yet still look groggy, you may want to consider an eye lid lift to look less tired. Also known as blepharoplasty, cosmetic eye lid surgery can rejuvenate the upper and/or lower lids as well as the surrounding area. This is done by removing loose skin and fatty deposits both from your lids and under your eyes to counteract droopiness and bags. Afterward, you may experience some bruising and swelling, as well as dry eyes and irritation. However, this should subside in just a few days.

Sometimes age and even heredity can cause tired-looking eyes over time, but you don’t need to walk around looking like you just woke up or like you could use a nap!

If you want to regain that rested, youthful look, call Dr. Lisa J. Learn at (954) 380-8411 or visit her in our office in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Ask about eye lid surgery. It could be just the thing you need to look as awake as you feel!

How do I prepare for plastic surgery?

Preparing for plastic surgery starts with gathering as much information as you can. Browse our website to learn more about the procedures we perform. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Lisa J. Learn, and ask questions. We want you to feel confident and at ease with your decision and are happy to provide answers and address any concerns you may have.

If you decide to move forward, it helps to maintain a healthy weight and eat a well-balanced and nutritious diet. If you smoke, you’ll need to quit. Also, you must stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E for two weeks prior to your procedure.

Be sure to make arrangements for someone to drive you home, and surround yourself with supportive family and friends. It’s a good idea to prepare your home for recovery, too. Make meals ahead of time and freeze them or stock up on easy-to-prepare options. Set up an area where you can rest comfortably with everything you need handy—medication, pillows, phone, TV remote, and books.

Follow these tips and you’ll be on the road to recovery in no time! For more information, call (954) 380-8411 to contact our Fort Lauderdale, FL office today.

How do silicone & saline breast implants differ?

If you are considering breast augmentation, you’ll need to decide which type of implants to choose. There are two main options: saline breast implants and silicone breast implants. What’s the difference? Well, the saline variety are filled with sterile salt water, so if leakage occurs it is naturally expelled from your body. These implants provide a uniform shape with a firm look and feel. Silicone implants, on the other hand, are filled with silicone gel that feels more like natural breast tissue, but entails a bit more upkeep with regular doctor visits. Both types are FDA approved and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. It just depends on your personal preference.

Everybody’s different, with varied lifestyles, desires, and needs. Dr. Lisa J. Learn can help you decide which type of implant is best for you. Just call for an appointment at (954) 380-8411 or visit us in Fort Lauderdale, FL, today.

How long will my plastic surgery recovery take?

Recovery time for cosmetic surgery depends on the extensiveness of the procedure as well as the health of the patient. Most plastic surgery recovery takes two to three weeks, but bruising and swelling can often vary.

The best way to experience a speedy recovery is to start out healthy. Refraining from smoking and maintaining a healthy lifestyle—before and after surgery—can go a long way toward helping the healing process along. In addition, strictly following post-operation instructions is key to a quick and successful recovery. Be sure to stay hydrated, too, and be diligent about scheduling follow-up visits so we can monitor your healing and ensure that it is moving along smoothly.

If you are experiencing pain or any problems, or if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call. You can reach Dr. Lisa J. Learn by calling (954) 380-8411, or by visiting our Fort Lauderdale, FL office.

If I get breast surgery, will the scars show?

Breasts come in all shapes and sizes, but the ones you have may not be what you wish. Breast surgery can help you achieve your desired appearance. Procedures usually are done under general anesthesia and last one to two hours. If you’re worried about the scars showing, you can relax. Incisions are made in discreet, inconspicuous places such as under your arm pits, in the creases underneath your breasts, or hidden around your areolas.

You may experience some fatigue and soreness for a few days following the procedure, and any swelling or pain will diminish within a few weeks. The scars will fade over the next several months, making them even more unnoticeable.

If you are considering breast surgery and would like more information, contact Dr. Lisa J. Learn in Fort Lauderdale FL. Call (954) 380-8411 for an appointment today. Don’t let the fear of scars hold you back—no one will know they’re even there!

If I have breast augmentation surgery, can I still breastfeed?

Many women are under the impression that if they undergo breast augmentation surgery, they will not be able to breastfeed. This is simply not true. Advances in surgical techniques have made it entirely possible. A conscious placement of the incisions—so as not to damage crucial nerves—is essential to success.  Placement of the implant itself is also a factor. The best choice for women who want to nurse is usually what’s called the submuscular placement. This method inserts the implant below the pectoral muscles so that it does not put pressure on the glandular tissue necessary for milk production.  It’s important to note that although surgery does not prevent your body’s ability to lactate, it may affect the amount of milk you are able to produce. Also, the more time that passes after your surgery and before breastfeeding begins, the better.

For more information on a variety of plastic surgery procedures, contact Dr. Lisa J. Learn, board-certified plastic surgeon in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dial (954) 380-8411 today!

Is breast augmentation right for me?

Making the choice to have a breast augmentation is a big decision that is personal and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Dr. Lisa J. Learn offers some advice on what to consider in order to determine if this procedure is right for you.

How is your overall health? It’s important to live a healthy lifestyle and not smoke in order to be a good candidate for surgery. Think about the activities you enjoy to do and how they may be affected by a change in breast size. Keep in mind that some medications can impact healing. Also, consider the reasons you want to have the procedure done, and make sure they are with your own best interests in mind. Talk about your expectations, too, and educate yourself about the types of implants available, the maintenance involved, and other aspects of breast enhancement. The more you know, the more confident you will be with your decision.

A great way to get the answers you need is by scheduling a personal consultation with Dr. Lisa J. Learn. Just call (954) 380-8411.

How do I know what size implants to get?

Getting breast implants is a big decision, but deciding the best size for you can be tough. There are a lot of things to consider, such as your body type and measurements of your chest and shoulders. You should think about your lifestyle too, so you can achieve the shape you want and still be comfortable doing the things you enjoy.

Of course, it would be helpful to actually see how you would look, so go ahead and try some on for size! You can do this at home by taking a knee-high stocking or sandwich bag, fill it with a measurement of rice, then flatten and place it inside your non-padded bra. Throw a t-shirt on and see how you look. Add more or less rice until you achieve the silhouette you want.

Even better, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lisa J. Learn. You can discuss your desires and concerns and also try different shapes and sizes of actual implants with a special bra. You’ll be able to envision how you’ll look beforehand so you are confident with your decision, and happy with your results.

To schedule an appointment, call our Fort Lauderdale, FL office at (954) 380-8411 today.

What are the signs of melanoma?

Although most often found on areas of your body exposed to the sun, melanoma can occur anywhere, so it is important to check your skin regularly for any signs of change. Quick action at the onset is your best chance at beating it, so keep an eye out for these signs of melanoma—the easiest way to remember them is to remember your ABCDEs!

A – Asymmetrical shape. Moles with irregular shapes, like two halves looking different from each other.

B – Border irregularity. If the edges of your moles are ragged, scalloped, or notched-looking.

C – Color changes. Differentiations in color or changes in pigmentation

D – Diameter. A mole that is bigger than ¼ inch, or the size of a pencil eraser.

E – Evolving. Any change in shape, size, surface, color, or symptoms such as bleeding or itchiness.

If you notice any of these signs, make an appointment with your doctor right away. For more tips and information, or to learn about the procedures we offer to help keep skin looking and feeling healthy, contact Dr. Lisa J. Learn at 954) 380-8411. You can also reach us online or at our Fort Lauderdale, FL office.

What can a skin analysis tell me?

A skin analysis prior to any spa service is highly recommended. That’s because it reveals important information like your skin type (i.e.: dry, oily, combination) and the condition of your skin (i.e.: sun damaged, areas of acne, etc.). Knowing these details allows for a customized treatment plan to be created addressing your individual needs.

After all, if you have really dry skin, the last thing you need is a facial designed to dry up oil—talk about parched! What if you have sensitive skin which may not react well with a chemical peel? These things are obviously good to know! That’s why Dr. Lisa J. Learn takes the time to analyze your skin before performing any of her beauty services, determining your skin type, condition, and even specific problem areas that may need special attention. By using a magnifying lamp for an up close examination we are able to determine exactly how to personalize your care.

If you’d like to make an appointment for a skin analysis, simply call (954) 380-8411. Our office is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL and serves surrounding communities like Plantation.

What can I do about extra skin after weight loss?

Congratulations on losing weight! You should be proud of your new body. However, we understand that sometimes it’s hard to feel that way when extra skin after weight loss is left behind.

After an extreme amount of body fat is lost, stretched out skin does not naturally shrink with your size. This can leave you feeling droopy and unattractive instead of confident and happy—but we can help. A body lift performed by Dr. Lisa J. Learn can remove this annoying excess skin to reveal the new contours you worked so hard to get.

Discreet incisions are made, the excess skin is removed, and the underlying supporting tissues are then lifted and tightened. From abdomens and thighs, to buttocks, breasts, and arms, wherever you have extra skin, we can transform it from saggy to slim!

For answers to your questions, or to make an appointment, contact our Fort Lauderdale, FL office at (954) 380-8411. Get the body you deserve. Call today.

What can I do to make my thighs appear more toned?

When age hasn’t been so kind to your thighs, the last thing you probably want to do is don a bathing suit and head to the shore. However, if you find yourself longing for the toned legs of your youth, a thigh lift could be just the ticket. With this procedure, incisions are made in discreet places to remove extra skin and tighten tissues around your upper legs. There may be some swelling and bruising, but don’t worry—you’ll be able to hit the beach within a few weeks.

In Florida, people spend a lot of time in their bathing suits. It’s time you joined the crowd! If the ocean is calling, don’t ignore it. You can have toned-looking legs again with a visit to Dr. Lisa J. Learn. Dial (954) 380-8411 to make an appointment today or stop by our office located in Fort Lauderdale, FL—then break out your bikini!

What is a cheek lift?

Age and gravity can cause your cheeks to sag, which is fine if you’re a basset hound, but not so great for us women! A cheek lift is a surgical procedure that returns the youthful contours to your face and restores the full and rounded look you once had. Although there are different methods, typically this mid-face lift entails tiny incisions hidden near the natural creases by your ear. Skin is lifted, then underlying muscle is repositioned and excess fat removed or re-sculpted. Once the skin is pulled smooth and tight, excess will be trimmed away and the cheeks you remember from your younger days will be back!

To find out how you can return your sagging cheeks to their rightful position, give us a call at (954) 380-8411, or visit Dr. Lisa J. Learn at our Fort Lauderdale, FL office today. We are always happy to help you look and feel your best!

What is the cost of plastic surgery?

The cost of surgery varies, depending on the type of cosmetic procedure you desire. In addition, some procedures can be performed in multiple ways and can involve different elements from which to choose, which can impact the pricing as well.

We recommend setting up a consultation with Dr. Lisa J. Learn so we can take the time to assess your specific needs and desires in order to determine what’s best for you. Once we establish the exact procedure and the way in which you’d like it performed, as well as other aspects involved, then we will be able to provide you with a detailed quote.

Where on my body can I get liposuction?

Sometimes no matter how many lunges and squats and sit ups you do, and how many healthy food choices you make, there are areas on your body that have excess fat. Liposuction is a procedure that can streamline your silhouette by removing stubborn fat from problem areas, the most common of which include your thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, and waist. However, you can have the procedure done on other areas of the body as well. Fat can be gently loosened and removed from your upper arms, back, chest, and even your knees, calves, and ankles. If you’re unhappy with your chubby cheeks, double chin or thick neck, liposuction to the rescue! Remember though, in order to keep your lines luscious, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet and regular exercise.

Find out more by making an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Lisa J. Learn. Dial (954) 380-8411, or visit our Fort Lauderdale, FL office.

Will I need help post-surgery?

Yes, you will need someone to care for you, often for the first 48 hours post-surgery. The fact is, though, that aftercare starts before surgery even begins. Prior to your procedure, you should arrange for someone to help you with transportation, consult with the doctor, and receive important aftercare instructions. The success of your recovery depends greatly on how well these instructions are carried out, so make sure they are understood and followed closely.

You will also need help getting to follow-up appointments and keeping bandages clean and dry. Set up a recovery area in your home that’s comfortable and allows you to have what you need at your fingertips. You may even want to cook meals and freeze them ahead of time. The more you can do beforehand, the more you’ll be able to focus on healing and recovery.

If you are considering plastic surgery, go over all information with a loved one so he or she has an understanding of the procedure and what is expected. Get the answers you need before your surgery so you know exactly what to do after.

Learn more by calling our Fort Lauderdale, FL office at (954) 380-8411.

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