Dr. Pollard Celebrates Her 25th Year in Practice

We couldn’t be more pleased and honored to share a fantastic recent article in the Philadelphia Tribune celebrating Dr. Emily Pollard, who the Tribune cited as, “one of the region’s leading plastic surgeons”. The article, entitled, “Local surgeon celebrates 25 years in practice”, describes how, “In September, Dr. Emily Pollard celebrated her 25th year in practice. She specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery which includes body contouring, facial rejuvenation, and breast surgery.”

Going on to note that, “Dr. Emily Pollard is a board certified plastic surgeon”, the article describes in magnificent detail how Dr. Pollard, “was drawn to plastic surgery while doing her rotations in medical school. She says she liked the problem-solving that was involved and seeing the end product.”

Pollard Plastic Surgery, 25 year logo,  Dr. Emily PollardIt really is this commitment to problem-solving on behalf of her patients that characterizes Dr. Pollard’s career of service to her community. But leave it to Dr. Pollard to be extremely thankful and appreciative to everyone who has supported her in fulfilling that mission: “’I am certainly grateful to all of my patients, the staff that I have and my family for supporting me during this time,” Pollard said as she reflected on her years practicing medicine.”

Patient-centric care runs deep in the Pollard family, as Dr. Pollard’s father was a urologist, who encouraged Dr. Pollard to pursue her ambition of helping patients realize their aesthetic and cosmetic dreams, even though she and her father both knew she would need to be a genuine trailblazer, as even “early on, Pollard knew she would be a rarity in her field. She was one of two African-American women out of a group of 35 surgical residents when she completed her residency at Georgetown University during the 1980s.”

This took tremendous courage and resilience on Dr. Pollard’s part, and she recently reflected on those early struggles, recalling how as an African-Americans, she frequently was “mistaken for someone other than a surgeon and asked to retrieve a wheelchair or draw blood for lab work while in various medical settings.”

The courage and persevering attitude that Dr. Pollard exemplifies is a tribute to her upbringing and tenacity: “When I went into practice, there were very few African-American plastic surgeons and there were even fewer African-American female plastic surgeons, so it was kind of a lonely trip,” Pollard recalled. Nevertheless, Dr. Pollard persevered, and that persevering attitude paid off, in large part because she was able to stay grounded, for which she “credits her parents and being a member of the National Medical Association, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of African-American physicians.”

Dr. Pollard at first practiced in the Indianapolis area before making the decision in 1996 to move to Pennsylvania and establish her cosmetic surgery practice near Philadelphia, and as the Philadelphia Tribune notes, “Dr. Pollard currently runs her private practice in Bala Cynwyd and has served as the chief of plastic surgery at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood since 2006.”

The Philadelphia Tribune article captures the essence of Dr. Pollard’s philosophy, which is the essential component to the caring and compassionate way that she treats all of her patients.

In the Tribune article, Dr. Pollard describes her approach to helping patients achieve their dreams: “If somebody comes in for body contouring, we want to look at them from all sides, not only physically but physiologically,” Pollard explained. “I may ask lifestyle questions because we know that you are what you eat and we know that exercise improves your muscles, your bone strength, and your posture and supports your metabolism. That all goes into a good-looking body,” she continued. If you ask to be pencil thin but you have lousy posture or no good muscle or bone support, then nothing I do is going to turn out all that great.”

But beyond just her own words, the article aptly sums up the feelings that Dr. Pollard’s fellow physicians have for her, their respect and admiration for her skill as well as her ability to achieve outstanding results for her patients. Dr. Wilfreta Baugh, an internist who referred patients to Dr. Pollard for many years, sums up the sentiments of her fellow physicians: “She’s one of best doctors, from my perspective as a physician to refer patients to,” Baugh said, because she is so, “extraordinary gifted. She’s also extraordinarily kind to people who have problems.” Many patients that Dr. Baugh referred to Dr. Pollard had “developed scars and other types of physical issues”, and often times, “the problems that they were having would be physical [issues] that caused them to have emotional difficulties, and that’s where (Dr. Pollard) is a real jewel,” Baugh said.

Dr. Baugh, who is a former president of the local chapter of the National Medical Association, the Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania, reports that “Dr. Pollard has been an active member of the Medical Society and noted that other African-American physicians who hold similar positions don’t often show up to their meetings.”

As the article notes, Dr. Pollard has worked long and hard to be able to be of such service to her patients, beginning with her college education at the exclusive and elite Seven Sisters college, Smith College: “Pollard was an honors student at Smith College and received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin. She graduated from Meharry Medical College, where she was class valedictorian. She completed her general surgery residency and served as chief resident at Georgetown University Medical Center. Pollard completed her plastic surgery residency at Indiana University.”

We are beyond delighted to have this kind of recognition for Dr. Pollard’s incredible 25 years in practice, and we encourage you to take the time to read the article (LINK) and then to schedule your consultation with Dr. Pollard. No matter whether you need body contouring or facial rejuvenation procedures, which are among the most popular procedures requested by Dr. Pollard’s patients, to help you so that “unsightly bulges are removed from (your) thighs, hips, abdomen or other areas”, Dr. Pollard can help you get the kind of results you deserve.

Take the time today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Pollard, and receive the benefits of Dr. Pollard’s professional skill and expertise, but also her positive outlook on life: “Have faith in yourself and gravitate toward positive thinking [and] supportive people.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!



Looking for a Unique Gift for the Holidays?

 

It’s that time of year again when holiday music starts to echo in the stores, and sparkly decorations begin to pop up everywhere, and we are all starting to think about holiday gift giving and finding just the right present for that special someone on our holiday gift giving list. Are you looking for a gift that keeps on giving, something that can be remembered for years to come? Or are you thinking about giving yourself a gift, something special that will add a little light to the season?

How about a unique and timely gift basket from Pollard Plastic Surgery? We have amazing gift baskets that start at $120.00 and they can be customized to your wishes, and feature skin care basics but can be personalized as well to include any products that you or that special someone might wish for. And, for even greater flexibility in your gift giving, we can add gift cards to any basket for whatever amount you wish.

Look for a Unique Gift for the Holidays, plastic surgery blog, Pollard Plastic SurgeryThe gift cards to Pollard Plastic Surgery are an annual tradition, and each year we see more and more patients who are getting treatments – and results – they really love thanks to the kindness and generosity of someone who gave them a gift certificate to Pollard Plastic Surgery. We have seen the smiles and happiness that a gift from Pollard Plastic Surgery can bring, and the good cheer that it stirs in a loved one’s heart all year long.

For instance, with a combination gift card and gift basket, you can make a friend or loved one feel really special, giving them the freedom to choose whatever treatment or procedure at Pollard Plastic Surgery is right for them, no matter whether its Botox® or Juvederm® for a more youthful glow, or laser resurfacing or microdermabrasion to enhance the skin tone, or any one of our range of restorative and rejuvenation focused treatments and procedures.

They say with giving gifts that it is the thought that counts, and when you give the gift of a Pollard Plastic Surgery gift card or gift basket, the lucky recipient always knows that you really cared to give the very best with the most heartfelt intentions.

Why not stop by Pollard Plastic Surgery early on in your holiday shopping season this year and let the caring staff in our office help you put together a customized gift basket designed exactly the way you want it, stuffed with delicious skin care products and a generous gift card. While each of our gift baskets comes with skin care basics, you can personalize your gift by choosing from our exclusive collection of physician grade skin care products, so the recipients on your holiday list know that you took the time to give a gift with only them in mind.

Don’t let this holiday season pass without considering the gold standard in seasonal gift-giving, a holiday basket and generous gift cards from Pollard Plastic Surgery. For yourself, for a loved one, or for a special friend, they are the gift that shows someone just how much they mean to you!

Contact our office today, and learn more about our customizable holiday gift basket, the ultimate in spreading good cheer that lasts throughout the year!



Help, I want my body back!

 

Help, I want my body back! This is a common statement made by women who have had children and know all too well the physical toll of childbirth. Mommy Makeover refers to a combination of aesthetic procedures that are designed to reverse the physical damage caused by childbirth.  Mommy Makeover has received a 97% Worth It rating on RealSelf (based upon 2,762 respondents over 24 months).

Click here to see before and after photos

Many women experience:

  • increased belly fat that does not improve with weight loss
  • weak abdominal muscles that do not improve with exercise.
  • skin loosening on the belly and breast area
  • stretch marks on the belly and breast
  • increased volume of breast tissue
  • decreased volume of breast tissue
  • enlarged nipples

Mommy Makeovers generally combine breast and body procedures.

                Breast Procedures                                           Body Procedures

Breast Lift                                                         Liposuction

Breast Augmentation                                     Tummy Tuck

Breast Reduction                                             Non-Invasive Skin Tightening

 

Mommy Makeover in Bala Cynwyd, PASince every woman is unique and has specific goals there is a wide of the cost of a Mommy Makeover. The cost of a mommy makeover depends on the many variables for each person that giving one solid price just doesn’t make sense. This is because the plastic surgeon is working on reversing the effects of being a mommy on each individual. The surgeon may also be reversing the effects of age, large amounts of weight loss, old scars, and all manner of other damage that life offers. The plastic surgeon is also working based on the preference for the final result of the aesthetic procedures. On top of all of that, other factors such as the genetics of each individual change how things will heal, and how they remodel during that process. A plastic surgeon must design the strategies for each person based on all of these factors, and so there is not a fixed cost of a Mommy Makeover.



Repair that Tear

Ear Lobe Repair in Bala Cynwyd, PA

Suffering from the problems caused by wearing heavy earrings, stretching or even tearing your pierced ears experiencing low-grade trauma to the ear-lobe using gauges

Don’t despair Pollard Plastic Surgery can Repair that Tear. Damage to the ear lobe can be fixed.  Earlobes are prone to tearing because they do not contain any bones or cartilage, just skin and fat. Dr. Pollard can perform a quick pain-free, in-office procedure that requires only local anesthesia, so you don’t have to go to sleep. The procedure takes about an hour and you will leave with just a bandage covering the ear lobe. In about six or eight weeks, your earlobe will be completely healed, and Dr. Pollard can even re-pierce your ear.

Did you know that Oprah flew Dr. Pollard out to pierce her ears on air? Check out the video on our website here.

At Pollard Plastic Surgery, we can help you feel better about yourself with our ear surgery options. Call our office today to schedule your consultation!

Ear Lobe Repair Before and After in Bala Cynwyd, PA



Don’t Sweat It – Don’t Let Hyperhidrosis Ruin Summer

Underarm Sweating in Philadelphia, PAAs summer approaches, we get excited about ditching bulky clothing for some lighter, brighter and possibly some new additions to the wardrobe. Unfortunately for some, this excitement is short lived, and some anxiety sets in about how warmer weather also brings some sweatier underarms. Millions of people suffer from hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating due to overactive sweat glands. You are not alone! Fortunately you do not have to resort to an all-black wardrobe to hide sweat. The solution lays in a quick stop to Pollard Plastic Surgery for Botulinum toxin injections to the axilla

I recently had the procedure done at Dr. Pollard’s office. The procedure took less than 10 minutes. Dr Pollard had me rest the back of my head on the palms of my hands. She then proceeded to apply iodine to my underarms. After the iodine dried, she sprinkled starch on top. The areas with the most sweat turned dark blue. Based on where it was the darkest, Dr Pollard injected about 10 spots under each arm with botulinum toxin. The shots had numbing medication in them, and each prick actually hurt less and less. Before I knew it, the treatment was done. I was not allowed to go to the gym or shower that night, but the next morning I showered, and went about my day as I normally would.  There was no bruising or any noticeable swelling, and a few days later I was dancing the night away it my beige dress-not a single sweat stain in sight!

How does it work?

Botulinum toxin temporarily blocks the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands.

How long does a treatment last?

The results will first be seen in about 2-4 days after injection, and will last for 4-12 months. Some studies show it can even last 14 months.

Does insurance cover this?

The best way to check is to call insurance benefits and ask if this code will be reimbursed:

64650 – Chemodenervation of eccrine glands, axillae.

Pollard Plastic Surgery does not accept insurance, but can provide itemized receipts and procedure codes for out of pocket reimbursement.

Also Allergan, the maker of Botox, also offers savings up to $100 reimbursement or rebate per treatment. Visit their website to see if you qualify. https://www.botoxsavingscard.com/

Similarly, Galderma, the maker of Dysport, offers rewards for each treatment received. Visit www.aspirerewards.com to learn more.

Don’t sweat it, call for a consultation today.



 Get that summer glow! 4 simple, effective steps!

Skin Rejuvenation in Bala Cynwyd, PA1. Cleanse day and night.

Cleansing Day and night is very important to remove impurities such as dirt, dead skin cells, pollutants and viruses from the environment. dermHA’s Gentle Face and Body Wash is the perfect cleanser for the summer. Recommended for all skin types and contains a few necessary treasures that do wonders for your skin

  • Hyaluronic Acid – retains moisture, softens and smoothes the skin
  • Aloe – moisturizer that helps to protect the skin.

The best part about this product is that it can be used on your entire body!

2. Exfoliate

Exfoliating helps to remove built up dead skin, oil and debris, normally the culprits of pore clogging and improve hydration and allows for a smoother application of your morning make-up routine. We recommend dermHA’s Rejuvenating Tonic for daily exfoliation. This product is alcohol-free with witch hazel, multi fruit acids and hyaluronic acid. Those ingredients rejuvenate the skin and remove impurities without depleting the skins natural moisture.

Step it up a notch with dermHA’s Lactic Acid Exfoliating Body Gel. This product is actually a leave on body exfoiliant which can be applied to the rough areas of the body! We love to use it on our feet in the summer.  It is also a great product for that annoying back and chest acne. Our little secret is that it helps prevent in grown hairs in between waxing or shaving!

3. Skin Brightening

dermHA’s Skin Brightening Serum is highly recommended to achieve the summer glow. It has skin lightening properties that help to reduce pigmentation issues caused by blemishes and sun damage. It contains natural plant extracts, kojic acid, arbutin, vitamin c and antioxidants, ingredients that improves effectiveness of the product ability to penetrate the skin.

 4. Sunscreen

Last but not least, Sunscreen is one of the most important all year round skin products! Without protection measures from the sun, your risk of early skin aging and skin cancer are increased. We recommend elta MD UV Facial and Broad Spectrum Sun Screen minimum SPF 30. Sunscreen is most effective when you apply 15 minutes before you go out into the sun.

Bonus tip: Hydration improves skin tone and quality.



Dermal Fillers and Botox® Cosmetic Enhancement This Holiday Season

Festive Women in Elf Costumes

As the holidays approach, men and women are in a time crunch. As the demands of overtime hours, gift shopping and wrapping, and other duties overwhelm you, it is easy to find yourself at the bottom of the totem pole – not only feeling exhausted, but seeing it in your reflection too. If you fantasize about a fresh, youthful appearance, look no further.

Dr. Emily Pollard to the rescue!

In your search for a provider who specializes in cosmetic treatments, rest assured that Dr. Emily Pollard is an award-winning, board-certified Philadelphia plastic surgeon. She is here to provide you with top-notch, professional service.

Fillers and Injectable Options

Dermal fillers, also known as wrinkle fillers, are soft tissue fillers that have been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). These products bring the skin to life, erasing wrinkles and other signs of aging – without the hassle and downtime of surgery.

As men and women strive to turn back the hand of time, facilities offering filler and injectable treatments are collectively growing.  As you come to a decision on your choice of provider, consider Dr. Pollard’s cosmetic expertise in the following areas:

BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic injections target the areas between your eyebrows, your forehead, and your eyes, relaxing the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. If you have crow’s feet, lines around your mouth, or deep creases in your forehead, Dr. Pollard considers you a candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. This treatment, which last an hour, requires no surgery – or downtime. Enjoy immediate results for up to six months.

Juvederm®

Juvederm® is a specially formulated injectable filler that contains hyaluronic acid (HA), which is naturally present in your body. With time, your skin loses its HA. Hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin and allows it to retain a youthful volume. Dr. Pollard injects Juvederm® into the skin with a fine needle, targeting deep creases, wrinkles, and fine lines. The non-invasive treatment requires less than an hour of your time. After your session, you can immediately resume your work or recreational activities. Results can last up to a year.

Restylane®

Restylane® treats wrinkles and lines and is also used to enrich the volume of cheeks and lips, without surgery. Also containing hyaluronic acid, Dr. Pollard injects the affected area. As the skin becomes more hydrated, visual enhancements will appear right away and continue to improve in a matter of days. Your session will be complete within a few minutes, will not interrupt your daily activities, and you’ll be able to enjoy these benefits for up to six months.

Perlane®

Dr. Pollard recommends Perlane®, another product containing HA, for patients who desire fuller lips or cheeks, or a more youthful appearance. Comprised of larger particles, the gel substance is more effective on severe lines and deeper creases. The treatment is non-invasive, completed in less than an hour, and doesn’t interfere with your normal schedule. Results last up to six months.

Dysport®

Dysport® effectively relaxes line-forming muscles, reducing laugh and frown lines and wrinkles. This injection only takes a few minutes and does not interfere with your work or recreation time. Ultimate cases completely erase these creases in some patients. Enjoy immediate results and full enhancement within a week, and reap the benefits for up to six months.

Sculptra®

Sculptra® targets your body’s natural ability to produce collagen, which is essential for healthy skin. With age, collagen levels decrease, and leaving us with wrinkles, lines, and skin folds. Dr. Pollard also recommends Sculptra® to increase cheek volume. Sessions don’t even require an hour of your time. This non-surgical treatment is quick, and you can immediately resume your daily duties as normal.

Radiesse®

Radiesse® is another non-surgical solution to complement your body’s natural collagen in replenishing your skin’s health. This option treats severe wrinkles and deep creases. Almost magically, Radiesse® creates a supportive wall, accomplishing a two-fold result: 1) stimulating natural collagen production and 2) reducing severe lines and folds. Enjoy a short session and immediately return to your regular schedule without interruption. Radiesse® results in long-lasting enhancement, sometimes permanently.

Make an appointment today!

Dr. Emily Pollard is available to help you look and feel your best throughout the holiday season. Get a head-start on the New Year. Give yourself the gift of a new you!



Breast Augmentation Vs Breast Lift

Whether you are a warrior who has survived breast cancer or gravity has won the battle, you have come to the right place. Dr. Emily Pollard is an award-winning, board certified Philadelphia plastic surgeon. A woman’s breasts are a treasure of her heart and soul. Dr. Pollard understands this and she, along with her impeccable staff are here to guide you through the process of feeling whole and feminine once again.

Dr. Emily Pollard and her attentive staff can help you make the proper choice from the following two options.

Breast Augmentation

Maybe you desire a larger cup size, or you feel your breasts are not proportionate to your hips. Perhaps you aren’t pleased with the shape and volume of your breasts, or you’re suffering from loose skin. In cases like these, Dr. Pollard recommends breast augmentation.

Breast Lift

On the other hand, maybe you are very pleased with the shape and portion of your breasts. Maybe you love their size and don’t require a larger bust. The weight of bigger breasts, however, can cause them to sag over time. If your breasts appear deflated and sag, a breast lift is the procedure Dr. Pollard will recommend.

Plastic surgery goes much deeper than cosmetic changes. When you find a procedure that you’re comfortable with and follow through with the surgery, you will enjoy endless benefits – including a new, improved confidence that goes beyond physical image.

Make an appointment today!

Dr. Emily Pollard is available to help enhance your breasts, either by augmentation or lift. Contact her today!



Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?

Slim tanned woman's body.

Has the tautness of your skin’s elasticity been weakened by significant weight loss, surgery or pregnancy? Is loose, flabby skin making you feel uncomfortable? If so, it’s time to consider either a tummy tuck or liposuction from Pollard Plastic Surgery.

If you’re ready to eliminate that extra skin and fat around your midsection, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Emily Pollard is an award-winning, board-certified Philadelphia plastic surgeon. She and her professionally-trained staff are here to educate you with strategic solutions that are perfect for your body.

Liposuction or Tummy Tuck? Which surgery is best for me?

Both liposuction and tummy tucks offer solutions for anyone who has a small amount of fat that has become difficult to eliminate. If your muscle tone is great, and you’re active and eat a well-balanced, healthful diet, liposuction is the perfect remedy in Dr. Pollard’s professional opinion. However, if you have loose skin that won’t tighten up, a tummy tuck is the procedure she will recommend.

Vaser® Lipo

Perhaps you have lost weight the old-fashioned way, through improved diet and exercise, yet you simply cannot eliminate those last few inches of fat – no matter how you target it. If you are looking to lose a couple of inches and firm up, liposuction via Vaser® Lipo will work beautifully for you.
The Vaser® Lipo system uses minimally invasive ultrasound technology for precision body contouring. It can be used to eliminate fat from many areas of the body, from love handles to thighs. Vaser® Lipo produces eye-catching results in just one procedure and the technology provides many benefits versus traditional liposuction treatments. Using precision contouring, Vaser® Lipo can help you to finally achieve that look you’ve always wanted.

Tummy Tuck

If you have persevered through countless crunches and other fat-burning exercises while ensuring your diet is healthy, and still cannot obtain a firm, toned tummy, Dr. Pollard recommends the tummy tuck.

A tummy tuck is a surgery that eliminates not only additional fat but also skin that has lost its elasticity, allowing separated, weak muscles to replenish. The surgical term for this option is abdominoplasty. Once you have healed from your tummy tuck, your tummy will have a firm, smooth appearance.

Make an appointment today!

Call today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Emily Pollard. The doctor and her well-equipped staff are prepared to meet and exceed all of your surgical and healing expectations.



Age Management With Minimally Invasive Dermal Fillers

The quickest and easiest way to healthier and younger looking skin are minimally invasive dermal fillers and neurotoxins – called liquid facelifts. A liquid facelift is a technique for injecting advanced dermal fillers, such as JUVEDERM®, Radiesse® and Restylane® to lift and contour facial features. A non-surgical liquid facelift can be done to accomplish any of the following:

  • Gentle lift of individual (or overall) facial features
  • Reduced wrinkles, creases, line or folds
  • Restoration of natural, curved facial contours
  • A more rested, energetic look

With treatments that take less than an hour and are performed right in-office, liquid facelifts require no downtime and can be seen in just a few days. Dr. Pollard offers:

A great and easy way to refresh and update your look, dermal fillers address a multitude of skin conditions and problem areas. Each filler – from Botox® to Radiesse® – is just a quick procedure to refresh your entire look, while giving subtle yet noticeable results. Dr. Pollard has a very natural hand. If you’re considering a liquid facelift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Pollard. She can help you decide what fillers are best for you.