Jan 29 2015

Breast Surgery Questions : Discuss, Inform & Answer: The inside scoop on size and technique


In an interview this week with Dr. Michelle Copeland questions are answered for anyone considering breast surgery. How would you like to be perceived, bold or natural? Do you want your breasts to be the first thing someone notices when they meet you, or would you like a more natural look? Dr. Copeland’s advice:  buy a bra of your desired size and fill it accordingly, put on your clothes and see what you think.


Take a look in the mirror, would you prefer a lift or volume? Woman with saggy breasts may opt for a breast lift, while those with smaller breasts tend to want an increase in breast volume. But, don’t be fooled, aside from aesthetics, lifestyle plays a role too. An athletically involved woman may want to consider how the size of her new breasts will affect her workout. Proportion. Proportion. Proportion. Shoulder width, waistline and other factors are included in the decision making process.


You may have an idea by now what you would like your breasts to look like, but which implant is right for you? You could use siliconE or saline. Saline uses a salt water filled implant and was considered safer at one time. Now, both are ranked equally in safeness to the patient. But, maybe you would like to try something a little more natural. In recent years, using the body’s own fat storage as filler has gained popularity.  This method is called fat grafting.


We’re not surprised this is a popular method. Who wouldn’t want to lose fat from other parts of the body while achieving their desired breast size at the same time? We know we would! Would you? Inserting your own fat into the breast can be done all at one time or in intervals until desired fullness is attained. And remember, desired fullness is what you think “desired fullness is”. While most of us do like to please our significant other, ultimately, it’s your body and your body only.


It’s important to consider all aspects of breast surgery before you dive in. That’s why it’s recommended you make an appointment with the Doctor and see what options are right for you. Final advice: if you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, do something about it, because breasts matter.


To listen to the interview: http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2015/01/26/inside-cosmetic-surgery-today-breast-surgery-too-big-too-small-too-saggy-advice-for-patients-from-dr-lycka-dr-copeland/

Check out before & after photos: http://www.drcopeland.com/beforeafter.php?cid=17


Jan 22 2015

Winter skin care tip

The combination of cold weather and indoor heating may cause dry and cracked skin on hands and feet. Over time, this can become painful and even infected.  Using AHA Body Smoothing Lotion and Daily Moisturizer, twice per day, will keep hands and feet supple and soft, and will help make those cracks disappear within a matter of days.

AHA Body Smoothing LotionDaily Moisturizer

Jan 21 2015

Are daily showers bad for your skin?



Recent studies show that frequent showers may damage skin. By “overbathing,” we are “drying out our skin and washing away the good bacteria that live there. Small cracks will begin to open in the skin leading to an increase chance of infection.”


There are other ways to minimize the risks without giving up the pleasure of a daily shower. Using the right  cleansers instead of harsh soaps can help preserve essential oils, and promote healthy skin.  For the body, use  Bath & Shower Gelee with green tea extract—a powerful antioxidant to gently exfoliate skin and stimulates new cell growth, plus has aloe to soothe skin.  For your face, Daily  Cleanser with Aloe and Lavender leaves your skin looking and feeling smoother, healthier and younger without harsh foaming agents.

After bathing, keep  skin soft by applying  AHA Body Smoothing Lotion which helps smoothe over cracked skin that may result from overdrying,

Finally, avoid using scrubbing sponges or brushes, which can crack skin and provide an opportunity for infection. Remember, your fingertips are ideal for this job.




Jan 06 2015

Blepharoplasty for droopy eyelids

Here is good news from a patient who sought correction of droopy eyelids:


Happy patient 9 days after upper blepharoplasty and correction of left upper eyelid droop (ptosis.) “Overall result looks very good. The procedures you did along with avoiding contact lenses have made a huge difference to my quality of life.  I no longer have any irritation in my eyes or tired/heavy feeling of my eyelid. They have not felt (or looked) this good for years. So many many thanks for this!”

See before and after pictures.


Dec 24 2014

Stress-free skin for the holidays



We know that the holidays can be very stressful. The shopping, cooking and in-laws can do a number on our nerves and also impact our skin. Stress in our lives is unavoidable but there are steps to take that protect our skin from its harmful effects. Here’s a good  regimen to follow during the holiday season: Cleanse, tone and exfoliate 1-2 times per day with Daily CleanserDaily Toner, and  AHA Face Cream.  Follow this with a burst of Vitamin C, E and A  in the  Revitalizing Formula and, of course protect with  Daily Moisturizer with SPF-30.

Caring for eyes and lips is also crucial to looking your best during the holidays. Sleep deprivation and stress can lead to dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. There are many fine topical products with ingredients like argireline and biopeptide that help reduce wrinkles and promote firming of these sensitive areas. My three holiday season must-haves contain these ingredients and are formulated to show improvement immediately, with long-lasting results when used on a regular and frequent basis: REWIND Eye FormulaAgeless Skin Undereye Concealer, and Lip Enhancer. This basic regimen and additional care items will get your skin through the holidays and give you a complexion that has your friends asking for your skin care secrets.

Dec 10 2014

A new, more convenient way to get slimmer with Zerona®!

Great news, recent studies show that after only four  60 minute ZERONA® sessions our patients are losing 3 1/2 to 5 inches.  So as a holiday gift to you we have  a special offer on Gilt City for Zerona® treatments. Is Zerona® right for you?  Here are some helpful  FAQs to help you make an educated decision.


How Does Zerona® Laser Work?

Zerona® uses low level (cold) laser technology that can easily target problem areas from outside the body. These lasers disrupt the stubborn fat cells that store excess fat in the body, forcing the fat to be released and naturally expelled by the body.

When was Zerona introduced?

Zerona® aesthetic laser treatments, FDA approved,  were introduced in 2009 after over 10 years of extensive research.  For nearly 5 years my patients have been losing inches painlessly.

Who is the Best Candidate for Zerona® Laser Treatments?

The best candidates for these body slimming treatments are those who lead a healthy lifestyle but need help getting rid of stubborn fat that’s often  very difficult to get rid of, even with good nutrition and regular exercise.  They are healthy individuals who are ready to commit to good habits .

Is Zerona® Laser Safe for Everyone?

Zerona® is FDA and Health Canada approved for safety and effectiveness. Zerona® laser is a  non-invasive treatment for aesthetic use. Zerona® treatments are not recommended  for pregnant women or patients who have a pacemaker. There are no known side effects with Zerona®.

How Many Treatments are Required?

After as little as 4 treatments you will see the inches disappear and with additional treatments you can continue to lose even more. A different treatment package is recommended if the Body Mass Index is over 30. Proper consultation with the doctor and certified technicians will give you a better idea of how many treatments would work best.

How Long until Results are Noticeable?

The majority of Zerona® users will have noticeable results within one week of their first treatment.

Is the Fat Loss Permanent?

Yes, the fat loss in targeted areas is permanent when weight is maintained. Everyone is reminded of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise. It’s always important to have balanced nutrition and regular exercise to maintain treatment benefits.

Should Anything be Avoided Between Treatments?

It is recommended to avoid caffeine and alcohol during the treatment program. This is because they are dehydrating and the body must stay well hydrated before and after each procedure.  

Are Zerona® Laser Treatments Covered by Insurance?

Zerona® treatments are generally not covered by insurance.

Nov 05 2014

National Healthy Skin Month-November 2014

Neglect your skin, skip water in favor of lattes, or opt for bar soap versus gentle cleansers, and your elbows will rat you out. Cosmetic surgeon, skin care expert and author of Change Your Looks, Change Your Life and The Beautiful Skin Workout Dr. Michelle Copeland can assess your skin’s health by running her fingers over the small patch of skin in this telltale spot. And according to Dr. Copeland, so can you. ”Elbows are a litmus test indicating how well you take care of your body,” she said. ”Regular exercise, eating healthy foods and reducing such things as alcohol intake and caffeine consumption, all affect the quality of your skin. You are what you eat, as the saying goes, and skin is an outward reflection of the internal situation. Incorporating a healthy lifestyle into the day-to-day maintenance of your skin is a must!”

This month, we recognize November as National Healthy Skin Care Month, making it the perfect time to evaluate your skin care habits and gear up for beautiful holiday skin. Your skin is the clothing that nature gave you. If you’ve abused it (as most of us have, to some degree) then cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and sun protection are good ways to undo the damage. Daily use of a product with anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, E, or green tea, is crucial. These anti-oxidants help to keep the skin clear, healthy, and nourished.

For great-looking skin, begin with the basics-treat your body’s skin as well as you do your face. The Dr. Michelle Copeland Skin Care Basic Regimen provides you with everything the average person needs to keep skin healthy and looking great. If you don’t currently practice a daily skin-care regimen, this is a great place to start. The Dr. Michelle Copeland Skin Care Advanced Regimen begins with the Basic Regimen and then kicks it into high gear. Not only do you get the basics, you receive additional products designed to soothe, revitalize, and rejuvenate your skin. If you’re already on a skin-care program and ready to go for the next step, the Advanced Regimen is for you.

Be in the know this November about the care and needs of your skin. Your skin is the way the world sees you.


Oct 27 2014

Why the Strong Reaction to Renée Zellweger’s Face?


Last Tuesday, in a strange moment of network television-pop culture syzygy, the new ABC comedy “Selfie” included a scene in which two colleagues, Eliza and Charmonique, were discussing the movie star Renée Zellweger.

She looks great, Eliza commented. Yes, Charmonique agreed, but she “doesn’t look a damn thing like Miss Renée Zellweger.”

The episode, which judging from typical television production schedules had most likely been filmed weeks before, came a day after photographs of a radically different looking Ms. Zellweger flooded news outlets. At Elle magazine’s annual Women in Hollywood celebration last Monday night, Ms. Zellweger’s forehead was as smooth as a packed ski slope, and her eyes as crystal-blue as ever, but they appeared, in some images, wide and round as pennies. In 24 hours, it seemed, every possible news media outlet had a story or a tweet or a blog post decrying the Oscar-winning actress’s new face. Another day passed, and every possible media outlet featured a chat or post or news report defending Ms. Zellweger and her new-looking face. By Friday, we were all ashamed to still be thinking private thoughts about Ms. Zellweger, but we were. Click the below link to continue reading the full story…


Oct 23 2014

Renee Zellweger’s before and after controversy

Celebrities face scrutiny from the public with every move they make, and Renee Zellweger’s recent photographs are no exception. Renee Zellweger had a natural, girl next door quality when she first became famous, and her latest look is a big departure that is unsettling to her fans. Even though she might be happy with her new look, Renee Zellweger fans have an image of her from movies like Jerry Maguire or Bridget Jones, and it doesn’t match up with her current look. Time will tell if the public will get used to her new look.


In my opinion, she looks like she has had an upper blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and possibly a forehead lift.  Unfortunately, instead of freshening her up, this surgery  removed that softness around her eyes.  She may also have had some tightening of her face and lifting of her cheeks, possibly with a temporary filler or fat grafting. It is possible to reduce the extra skin of the upper eyelids that worsens with age ( and can even sometimes interfere with good vision) without losing the soft contour.

The best outcome, in my opinion, doesn’t radically change your appearance.  When I talk with patients, I emphasize that cosmetic procedures should result in making you look like yourself, only better.  You want your friends to say you look well rested, not who are you. today.

Photos: Celebrity transformations

Renee Zellweger Plastic Surgery

Oct 15 2014

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day

Many women who have gone through mastectomy are not aware of the options available to them. Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, or BRA Day, occurs annually in October and is an initiative designed to promote education, awareness and access regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. BRA Day USA is a collaborative effort between the American Society of Plastic Surgeons-which Dr. Copeland is a member of, The Plastic Surgery Foundation, plastic surgeons, breast centers, nurse navigators, corporate sponsors and breast cancer support groups.

Breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery is often an important step in a woman’s recovery process—and an extremely emotional one. Dr. Copeland guides the patient through this difficult time, helping her make the decisions necessary to create a beautiful, natural appearance and get on with her life.

Click here to see before and after photos


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