Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery Blog

Cosmetic Surgeon in Alexandria, VA, serving Northern Virginia & Washington DC

11/10/2014 - 10:17

According to a recent report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cosmetic procedures have seen a steady increase over the past 12 years. Surgical options such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and facelift have remained popular choices, but much of the increase has been seen in minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatments.

Cosmetic treatments that require very little downtime and come with minimal risks have become increasingly popular. According to the 12-year study cited by ASPS, this trend has relied on several factor and shows no sign of changing any time soon.

Virginia plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Desman knows that there is not one solution for every patient. Committed to providing each patient with the exact treatment they need, Dr. Desman offers a full range of surgical and nonsurgical options, many of which can be used in combination for optimal results. During your initial consultation, Dr. Desman will listen to your concerns, assess all of your problem areas, and provide you with complete information about your options.

To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Desman, please contact the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery today. Our board-certified plastic surgeon serves the Metro DC area along with several Virginia communities from our convenient Alexandria location.

10/27/2014 - 07:19

According to a new study, breasts with a ratio of 45:55 are most appealing to both men and women. With this ratio, 45 percent of the breast tissue is above the nipple (upper pole) and 55 percent below (lower pole). The study involved showing numerous pictures of breasts to 1,315 randomly selected men and women. 54 plastic surgeons also participated. 87 percent of women and 90 percent of men preferred the 45:55 ratio. 94 percent of plastic surgeons found this more natural shape appealing as well.

Washington, DC plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Desman personalizes each breast surgery to produce ratios that ideally complement the patient. Dr. Desman will base your breast shape on your aesthetic desires and anatomical needs. This will be discussed with you in detail prior to your procedure to help ensure your absolute satisfaction with your final results.

If you live in the DC Metro area and are considering breast augmentation, please contact the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery today. Dr. Desman is a board-certified plastic surgeon who serves Washington, DC and surrounding areas from our conveniently located Alexandria office.  

10/17/2014 - 10:26

A new study presented at the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons suggests that patients who undergo body contouring procedures following bariatric surgery maintain a healthier BMI than those who do not. This study found that over a 15 year period, those who had undergone producers such as tummy tuck following bariatric surgery maintained a BMI of 24.6 percent – which is within the “healthy” range as determined by the CDC. Those who choose to forgo post-bariatric body contouring averaged a BMI of 31 percent, which is obese on the scale developed by the CDC.

Board-certified Washington, DC plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Desman offers a range of body contouring procedures that can restore ideal form to people who have experienced rapid weight loss. Post-bariatric body contouring options he may suggest include:

·         Liposuction

·         Thigh lift

·         Abdominoplasty

·         Breast lift

·         Breast reduction

The procedures best suited to help you reach your goals will be dependent on factors unique to your body and discussed in greater detail during your initial consultation.

To schedule your post-bariatric surgery body contouring consultation with Dr. Desman, please contact the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery today. We serve patients living in and around Washington, DC from our convenient Alexandria location.

07/24/2014 - 11:53

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Desman has been helping men and women in the Washington, DC area reach their aesthetic goals for nearly 20 years. Working with each patient on an individual level and offering customized solutions and personal care, Dr. Desman takes time to understand the unique needs of each patient he sees.

If you are unhappy with any aspect of your face, breasts, or frame, Dr. Desman would be honored to meet with you and discuss your concerns, and to help you determine the most effective ways to get the results you deserve.

Our Services

Dr. Desman offers a full range of plastic surgery procedures including:

·         Facial rejuvenation such as facelift, brow lift, and eyelid surgery

·         Breast surgery including augmentation, lift, and reconstruction

·         Body contouring options like tummy tuck, liposuction, and body lift

Dr. Desman also offers a wide selection of nonsurgical treatments and professional skin care solutions. During your consultation it can best be determined if one of these options can help you reach or maintain your aesthetic goals.

If you are looking for an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon in the Washington, DC area, please contact the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Desman.

07/21/2014 - 11:20

Three words you never want to hear – bad plastic surgery – have become so common, they’ve commanded their own television program. Unskilled surgeons performing complex aesthetic procedures in unaccredited facilities can’t help but lead to bad outcomes, and it is important to know how to select a Washington, DC plastic surgeon to help avoid an unpleasant experience.

The first thing to look for in a plastic surgeon is board-certification. If your plastic surgeon has not been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), he is not an actual plastic surgeon and should not be trusted to perform aesthetic or reconstructive procedures. There is no exception to this rule.

In addition to being board-certified, your plastic surgeon should be a member of professional organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) along with state and local trade associations. These affiliations indicate a dedication to the art and science of face, breast, and body contouring procedures.

Dr. Eric Desman

Washington, DC plastic surgeon Eric Desman is board-certified by the ABPS and a member of the ASPS with over 15 years of providing personalized treatments for men and women throughout the DC area. He welcomes the opportunity to meet with you for a personal consultation to discuss your desires, assess your areas of concern, and help you determine the safest and most effective ways to reach your goals.

To schedule your consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, please contact the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery today.

06/23/2014 - 12:52

Liposuction Recovery Blog

Recovery following liposuction is different for each patient. Factors that will influence recovery include the type of liposuction you have undergone, the number of areas treated, how much tissue was removed, and your body’s natural healing abilities. How well you follow Washington, DC liposuction surgeon Dr. Eric Desman’s pre and postoperative advice will also play a role in how quickly you recover.

Resuming Normal Activities

Work can generally be resumed within one week following liposuction surgery. If your job is physically demanding you may need to wait up to eight weeks before returning to full duties.

Frequent walks should being as soon as 24 hours following your procedure. Walking helps reduce swelling and speeds the healing process. However, strenuous exercise will need to be avoided for six to eight weeks.

Compression garments should be worn to reduce swelling and help the body retain its new form. As with all aspects of your recovery, how long you will need to wear compression garments is best discussed in person with Dr. Desman.

Of course, all of these time frames are generalized and may not be fully representative of your personal experience. During your liposuction consultation Dr. Desman will better be able to discuss what you can expect during recovery in more detail.

To schedule a liposuction consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, please contact the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery today. Dr. Desman serves the DC Metro area from our conveniently located Alexandria office.

06/17/2014 - 12:38

Asymmetrical breasts can significantly alter the appearance of your entire body. They can also interfere with clothing options and result in both physical and emotional discomfort. If you are experiencing breast asymmetry, Washington, D.C. plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Desman would be happy to meet with you for a one-on-one consultation to assess your frame, discuss your options, and help you determine how best to achieve the balanced look and comfortable feel you deserve.

Producing Symmetry

Our Washington, D.C. breast surgeon can utilize a number of techniques to produce symmetry. These include:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Breast reduction

These procedures are often combined for optimal results, though what’s best for your body will be based on your specific needs.

Why Choose Dr. Desman

Dr. Desman is a board-certified plastic surgeon who, for nearly 20 years, has been helping women achieve ideal contours through breast surgery in the D.C. Metro area. When you come to our office for your initial consultation you can expect to have your ideas listened to, your concerns addressed, and your options discussed in full. We want you to look and feel confident and secure, and will work closely with you to help ensure your ultimate satisfaction.

To learn more about breast surgery in Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas, please contact the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery today.

05/19/2014 - 23:00

Cohesive gel silicone breast implants, colloquially known as gummy bear implants, are among the newer types of breast implants on the market. However, newer does not imply untested. In fact, these implants adhere to the same strict regulations as all silicone breast implants – only the design has changed.

Gummy bear implants have become increasingly popular due to their ability to retain their shape after placement. This allows cohesive gel implants to continue to produce attractive results long after your initial procedure. However, their ability to retain shape is far from the only benefit offered by this type of breast implant.

To learn more about gummy bear implants in Virginia, please call Dr. Desman at 571.281.4341 today.

Benefits Offered by Gummy Bear Breast Implants

Gummy bear breast implants retain their shape long after they have been placed. Much of this has to do with their incredibly durability. It is this same durability that makes these implants less likely to ripple, wrinkle, or rupture, all of which are factors that can necessitate breast implant revision surgery. What’s more, gummy bear implants have nearly a 70 percent lower rate of capsular contracture, allowing them to protect both the appearance and comfort of your breasts for years to come.

If you live in Northern Virginia or Washington, DC and would like to learn more about gummy bear breast implants, please contact the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon.

05/09/2014 - 23:00

Board-certified Washington D.C. plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Desman is pleased to offer a complete range of breast surgery options, enabling him to better meet the individual needs of each woman who walks through our doors. Believing that every woman is entitled to look and feel amazing about her body, Dr. Desman attentively listens to the desires of each patient he sees. After understanding your unique needs, Dr. Desman will discuss your breast surgery options and provide you with honest information about which treatments can best help you reach your goals.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, please call Dr. Desman at 571.281.4341 today to schedule an informative consultation at our Alexandria office.

Breast Surgery Options

Breast surgery is intended to produce optimal balance and symmetry between your breasts and your body. Options at the Virginia Plastic Surgery Center that can help you achieve this include:

  • Breast augmentation to improve the size and shape of the breasts
  • Breast lift to produce a firmer, perkier, and more youthful appearance
  • Breast reduction to eliminate the physical discomfort caused by overly-large breasts
  • Breast reconstruction to produce symmetry following mastectomy or lumpectomy

If you would like to learn more about your breast surgery options in Fairfax and surrounding areas of Virginia, please contact the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon today.

04/16/2014 - 12:14

Fairfax cosmetic surgeon Dr. Eric Desman has been helping men and women throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C. reach their aesthetic goals for over 15 years. As the founder of the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Desman has personally helped thousands of people change their lives for the better through targeted and personalized cosmetic treatments.

If you are looking for a cosmetic surgeon in or around Fairfax, Virginia, please call 571-281-4341 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Desman today.

Training and Credentials

Our Fairfax cosmetic surgeon obtained board-certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1999. He was recertified by this prestigious medical specialty board in 2009.

Dr. Desman is an active member in:

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Medical Society of Virginia
  • The Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The National Capital Society of Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Desman is also a frequent contributor to Real Self.


All About You

Dr. Desman is passionate about helping people in our area look and feel their absolute best. By offering a wide variety of advanced treatments and techniques, our Fairfax cosmetic surgeon is better able to meet the varied needs of everyone who walks through our doors.

If you are considering a surgical or nonsurgical cosmetic treatment, Dr. Desman would be honored to meet with you for a comprehensive consultation to discuss your desires and your options, and to help you determine the most effective way to reach your goals.

To schedule your consultation with our experienced Fairfax cosmetic surgeon, please contact the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery today.