Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery reshapes normal body structures to improve appearance and self esteem. Please read on to learn about the cosmetic surgery procedures that we offer at Plastic Surgery Bellingham and begin to imagine the possibilities for looking and feeling your best!

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift
  • Juvederm®
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Liposuction
  • Abdominoplasty

BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX ® Cosmetic is a popular choice for anyone who wants to reduce wrinkles and enhance natural facial features. This simple procedure is also effective for elevating the brow and creating a fuller upper lip. BOTOX ® Cosmetic is a purified chemical that is injected into the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and to help restore your youthful appearance quickly, safely, and easily. To learn more about BOTOX ® Cosmetic, please contact us today.

Breast Augmentation

Full, shapely breasts can make any woman feel more feminine, beautiful, and secure. We believe that every woman deserves to love her body; that's why we have mastered the art of breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure designed to increase and enhance the size and shape of a woman's breast. The end result is a more curvaceous, sexy bustline and a natural, sculpted look. For added benefit, you can also opt for a breast lift in conjunction with the augmentation.

During this outpatient procedure, an incision is made either below the breast fold, in the arm pit (transaxillary) or the lower half of the areola and a saline or silicone filled implant is carefully inserted either under or above the pectoral muscles. Once the implant is in place, the incision is stitched closed. During recovery, patients typically experience breast sensitivity, soreness, swelling, and possible temporary decreased nipple sensation, but most side effects subside as breasts heal (usually within three to six weeks).

To learn more about breast augmentation, please contact our practice today.

Breast Lift

Pregnancy, nursing, excessive weight loss or gain, or the natural aging process can cause breasts to lose their natural elasticity. Breasts may begin to sag or hang. Breast lift can take years off your body by correcting a drooping bust line and restoring your curves to their youthful state.

During the procedure, excess skin and tissue are trimmed away and the bustline is tightened and lifted. Remaining tissue and the nipples will be repositioned to create the most natural-looking results. Risks include scarring, temporary bruising, swelling, and loss of feeling in the breasts or nipples. Nonetheless, breast lift is considered an extremely safe, effective procedure. The procedure takes one or more hours to complete and is often performed in conjunction with breast augmentation.

To learn more about breast lift, please contact our practice today.


Juvederm® products from Allergan®

Blepharoplasty (Cosmetic/Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery)

You can’t stop the clock, but you can reset it. Blepharoplasty reverses the signs of aging by eliminating droopiness above the eye or puffiness below, leaving you with a natural, youthful appearance.

The blepharoplasty procedure begins with an incision made along the eyelid. Excess fat, muscle, and skin are then trimmed away from the eyelid. This outpatient procedure, which typically takes one to three hours, is performed under anesthesia and is considered to be permanent in many cases (although it will not prevent natural aging). Following surgery, side effects such as dry eyes, swelling, bruising, and sensitivity to light may occur, but will fade within 10 days.

To learn more about eyelid surgery, please contact us today.

Liposuction with LipoSelection by Vaser

While sticking to a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen are the best ways to lose weight, many people just can't seem eliminate to fat pockets and cells from problem areas. This is particularly true for the legs, buttocks, hips, stomach, arms, chin, neck, and ankles. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that targets these problem areas and leaves your body more sculpted and toned.

At Plastic Surgery Bellingham, we use the LipoSelection by Vaser method for our liposuction procedures. LipoSelection by Vaser uses ultrasound technology to gently separate fatty tissue before it is removed. LipoSelection specifically targets body fat with minimal effect on other important body tissue, such as nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The ultrasound bounces off these healthy, vital tissues, leaving them fundamentally intact as it safely dissolves and removes softer fat cells. Since LipoSelection is gentler and more precise than traditional liposuction procedures, patients usually recover in a matter of days rather than weeks.

If you are among the millions of individuals who are seeking a simple and relatively painless path to a slimmer, more youthful body, LipoSelection could be the solution for you.

To learn more about liposuction with LipoSelection by Vaser, please contact our practice today.


If your abdominal area has not responded to diet and exercise alone, an abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck” may be the answer. Abdominoplasty is ideal for those who want the appearance of a firm, smooth and sculpted abdomen. We can tighten the muscles of your abdominal wall to leave you looking trimmer and more fit.

Abdominoplasty begins with an incision made from one hip to the other, creating a skin flap. Next, the skin is separated from the abdominal muscles, which are then tightened, narrowing the waistline and flattening the midsection. The flap of skin is then folded down and excess skin is removed. Last, the flap is replaced and the incision is stitched closed. The entire procedure takes between two and five hours, depending on how much work is needed. Bruising and swelling (which typically subside within 10 days) are the most common side effects of abdominoplasty.

Please contact our office today to find out more about abdominoplasty.

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Plastic Surgery Bellingham has been serving the needs of Bellingham patients since 2004. With our board-certified doctors and modern technology, we have the knowledge and the tools to achieve effective results in a safe manner. Drs. James H. Blackburn II and Timothy M. Whitney are affiliated with many prominent organizations, including the:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Northwest Society of Plastic Surgery
  • Whatcom County Medical Society
  • Washington State Medical Society
  • Washington Society of Plastic Surgery

For cosmetic enhancement or reconstructive surgery, request a consultation using our form or call our office at (360) 676-0972.

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