Salem Plastic Surgery: You Have Choices in How You Age

Each morning when you look in the mirror, do you think, ‘I wonder how I will age?’ If you’re curious about how you will look in the years to come and want to slow down the onslaught of lines, wrinkles, age spots and sagging body parts, you’re not alone. We all want to live long, happy and healthy lives, but we don’t want the long part to exactly show through on our faces or bodies. But where do we begin and really how much is in our control? Dr. Scott L. Tucker and Dr. Hampton A. Howell of Salem Plastic Surgery and their staff can help you love the skin you’re in, now and in the future.

Things Start Changing Before You Realize It

Even though you have a genetic predisposition for how you will look as you get older, your habits have a tremendous impact on aging. Avoiding smoking and limiting sun exposure can make a huge difference. If you already have some aging, advancements in treatments offered at Salem Plastic Surgery from skin care, to facial rejuvenation with a non-invasive and surgical option, can help you age gracefully.

“Our esthetician, Sherri Harvey, works alongside both surgeons in order to enhance and complement any pre-or post-surgery treatments. She also works independently and does noninvasive procedures for facial rejuvenation such as micro-needling, peels, facials, skin analysis and consults. We carry iS clinical, Obagi and Skin Medica. All three brands are pharmaceutical grade products and should only be used through a licensed facility with direction from an esthetician. Sherry’s primary goal is to get patients’ skin at optimal health,” said Dr. Tucker. Drs. Tucker and Howell have the knowledge, experience and certification to help you get the results you want should you decide that maybe you need to look into something more than esthetics and into some of the non-invasive treatments available, or even surgical options.

Certification Is Important When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

In 1990, Dr. Scott Tucker founded Salem Plastic Surgery, with Dr. Hampton Howell joining the practice in 2006. At the foundation of their practice is the philosophy that everything they do, from consultations to procedures, is patient-focused. Not only do the surgeons share the same philosophy for their practice, but they are also both certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. This certification is very important when choosing a plastic surgeon as it shows in-depth study in the field and recognition of rigorous training and examination that the surgeon has gone through. Drs. Tucker and Howell are also members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), showing their dedication to the field and practice of aesthetic plastic surgery. “It cannot be overstated how important the many years of surgical training that a board certified plastic surgeon has gone through, as well as passed both rigorous written and oral examinations. For instance, a nonsurgical medical doctor, such as someone with family practice background training, can obtain a ‘cosmetic surgery certification,’ without going through a recognized formal surgical training program. However, even with a minimally invasive procedure, the physician performing that procedure should have an extensive knowledge of the anatomy of that area being treated, and be well equipped to handle any potential complications should they arise. The goal of certification is to ensure that a surgeon is with sound surgical judgment, has good training, good ethics, good outcomes and has his or her patients’ safety as a top priority,” Dr. Howell commented.

Non-Invasive Treatments vs. Surgery: What’s Best for You?

With the advancements in ways to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and laxity of skin of the face and body, you may be a candidate for non-invasive treatments, or surgery may give you the results you want to achieve. Either way, Drs. Tucker and Howell can present your options and the realistic expectations for your outcome. “As plastic surgeons, we can address the body as a whole, often combining different procedures together. A good example is a ‘Mommy Makeover,’ where we combine breast enhancement and body contouring to improve two commonly desired areas. Just as with the face, there are a range of options for the body. There are non-invasive options, such as Cool Sculpting, and minimally invasive options, such as liposuction or SmartLipo. There is an array of surgical options from head to toe. We take pride in our ability to really listen to our patients, understand their desires and goals and mutually decide on a customized treatment plan for the individual,” said Dr. Howell.

Salem Plastic Surgery is located at 1345-A Westgate Center Drive, Winston-Salem, NC. To learn more about the surgeons and team at Salem Plastic Surgery, visit, or call 336-768-8483 to schedule a personal consultation.


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