Author Archives: Dr. Shannon O’Brien

A woman feels a bra while shopping after her breast augmentation surgery.

Bra Shopping After Breast Augmentation

Many of our breast augmentation patients at Portland Plastic Surgery say that the chance to shop for new bras is one of the perks they really look forward to. They talk about the excitement of buying styles that they ignored or felt wouldn't fit them well before getting breast implants. But there are some important …

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A close up of a woman's skin after receiving a vampire facial.

5 Things to Know About “Vampire” PRP Facials

Ever since Kim Kardashian's 2013 selfie put the Vampire Facial® on the aesthetic map, the interest in using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to rejuvenate skin and promote hair growth has steadily increased. The phrase "vampire facials" caught people's attention, but the concept of using the growth factors in PRP to stimulate the body's natural healing process …

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The New Era of Injectable Fillers

There is no denying the growing popularity of injectable dermal fillers. At our Portland practice and across the country, patients take advantage of these minimally invasive treatments to re-contour their facial features without committing to surgery. As more people discover the possibilities dermal fillers offer, the perception about their use is changing. Patients are no …

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Why Tummy Tucks Aren’t as Scary as You May Think

While a tummy tuck can be a confidence booster for anyone struggling with the appearance of their midsection, the procedure does come with various risks associated with a surgical procedure. I often meet with prospective tummy tuck patients at our Portland practice who are excited about the results the surgery can achieve for them—but are …

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Getting the Most Out of Your Injectable Fillers

You know that maintaining a good skincare routine is always important, but solid habits are important for more than just a clear complexion. A regular routine, bolstered by effective products, can actually help you maintain the results of your clinical treatments, including injectables. We'll discuss here ways to maximize the return you get on your …

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Why Is Breast Augmentation So Popular in the West?

Breast augmentation is popular, period. It's consistently among the leading cosmetic surgery procedures performed every year in the U.S. But a recent study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that breast augmentation is more popular in the western U.S. than anywhere else in the country. We can certainly attest to the popularity …

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What Makes A Male Chest Masculine, Anyway?

The popularity of male breast reduction, called gynecomastia, at our Portland plastic surgery practice increased sharply during the past few years. And our practice isn't alone. Statistics show male breast reduction procedures rose 30% during the past five years as men come to view plastic surgery as a legitimate solution to their physical concerns. Getting …

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Surprising Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery

Many women who are finished having children get frustrated because they can't get rid of the excess abdominal skin that often follows pregnancy. Getting a tummy tuck at our Portland, Oregon, practice removes that skin and creates a slimmer tummy. But a recent study shows that when tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, includes repairing damaged abdominal muscles, …

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BOTOX® vs. Fillers – Which Do I Need?

Often people use the words BOTOX® and dermal fillers interchangeably. Yes, they are both injectables, but other than that, they are very different. BOTOX and dermal fillers at our Portland practice can be great ways to rejuvenate the face, but patients must understand the differences before choosing to undergo treatment. Being properly informed will help …

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What Causes a Double Chin and How to Get Rid of It

The double chin can be frustrating because it can affect anyone, regardless of weight. Patients often complain that their double chins make them look heavy, even though they are not overweight. In this post, we will talk about what causes a double chin—also called submental fat—and ways to remedy this issue, like an injectable called …

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