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Tummy Tuck, Liposuction and CoolSculpting, Oh My!

Posted September 25, 2019 by Patrick Garmoe

A toned body is something many strive towards through weight control and working out. When diet and exercise are not enough to get rid of stubborn fat however, patients often wonder if a cosmetic procedure would help them reach their goals. While not a weight control tool, tummy tucks, liposuction, and CoolSculpting are all unique options for those looking to get rid of excess fat or skin. Read on for a quick overview of each procedure and how they differ from one another.

Tummy Tuck

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) still ranks as one of the top five cosmetic surgical procedures performed for men and women today. Intended to improve the appearance of the abdomen specifically, excess skin and fat are removed and abdominal muscles are tightened to create a more toned, slimmer appearance.

Patients have tummy tuck surgery for a variety of personal reasons, which may include significant changes in weight leaving excess skin, pregnancy, aging, or past surgery. Completed in one procedure, tummy tucks require anesthesia, surgical incisions, and a longer recovery time. Individual recovery time is based on a variety of factors, including age, general health, and type of tummy tuck you choose.

A tummy tuck can be performed along with other cosmetic procedures, such as breast surgery or liposuction. From a mini tuck to a full or extended tummy tuck, your surgeon will help you identify the best fit for your situation.


Even more popular than tummy tucks last year (up by 5%), liposuction procedures are on the rise. If you are looking to remove small fat deposits commonly found on areas like the hips, thighs, buttocks or back, liposuction may be a good fit for you. It may take one or more sessions to achieve the results you desire.

Liposuction works to remove fat tissue just under the skin, but does not address excess skin like a tummy tuck will. Hollow tubes are placed through tiny incisions, using suction to remove fat deposits. The procedure requires incisions and anesthesia. Performed on an outpatient basis, recovery time is shorter than a tummy tuck and depends on how many areas were addressed at once. The advantages of liposuction include minimal scarring and shorter down time.


With no surgery or downtime, CoolSculpting eliminates stubborn fat by targeting fat cells in trouble spots. Safely freezing fat cells that seem to be resistant to diet and exercise, the procedure noninvasively addresses small areas of the back, thighs, arms, buttocks, neck, abdomen and flanks. Treated cells then crystallize, die, and over time are eliminated naturally from the body. In the weeks and months following treatment, remaining fat cells will condense, reducing the fat layer. CoolSculpting is becoming an increasingly popular way to refine small areas of the body without surgery or risk to underlying tissue.

After a consultation discussion, review of your medical history, and careful exam, our expert providers will provide you with a realistic view of what to expect. Together, an individualized treatment plan will be tailored to your specific body, goals and budget.

Ready to discuss your options? Set up an appointment with one of our specialists by calling 402.596.4000.

Love the Skin You’re In

Posted August 23, 2019 by Patrick Garmoe

Esthetician Services at Dreams MedSpa

Every day your skin is exposed to environmental irritants, toxins and sun damage. As a result, the top layer of your skin may appear dull, show fine lines and wrinkles, and worsen already existing skin conditions. Skincare treatments can help to clear away damaged skin cells to reveal healthier, more youthful looking skin. Some of the most common esthetician services we provide include Dermaplane, HydraFacial and facial peels.
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Don’t sweat it! How to end excessive sweating

Posted July 5, 2019 by Sue Meyers

Sweating is one of those facts of life that most of us don’t like to talk about. However, for some people, like Amanda Brummels, excessive sweating can prevent them from living a normal life. For most of Brummels’ adult life, her sweating was so excessive that she had to bring multiple changes of clothes with her whenever she left her home. It started in junior high school. Between classes, she would run to the restroom to change tops. Classmates made fun of her. She began to plan her wardrobe around clothes that revealed less sweat – tank tops, black tops and sweatshirts. It was embarrassing and humiliating, she recalls.

Brummels tried sports but eventually quit all but one because she couldn’t keep up with the excessive sweating and constant uniform changes. She gradually withdrew from social activities or any outings that might take more than an hour or two. Her sweating created massive social anxiety.
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Are breast implants safe?

Posted July 2, 2019 by Sue Meyers

?hd=1&wmode=transparentReports that certain breast implants may be linked to a rare cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma, may have you concerned. While these concerns are still being investigated, Perry Johnson, MD, plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery | Dreams MedSpa, says it is extremely rare, and his team uses an alternative, more popular breast implant known as the gummy bear. This is a highly cohesive implant that holds its shape better than the textured surface saline implants that may be linked to the cancer.

Considering breast augmentation?
Make an appointment for a free consultation to help you determine if breast implants are right for you. Call Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery | Dreams MedSpa at 402.596.4000.

In this video, Dr. Johnson discusses these concerns in more detail. He also provides more information about the gummy bear implants and how to determine if they are right for you.

SkinPen + PRF Now Offered at Dreams MedSpa

Posted October 9, 2018 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Dear Acne Scars,

It’s over.

We are excited to introduce SkinPen paired with platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) at Dreams MedSpa. This is a natural way to safely and effectively treat facial acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines.

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Independence Day will have special meaning this year for Palmira Balsiene, medical receptionist

Posted July 3, 2018 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Independence Day will have special meaning this year for Palmira Balsiene, medical receptionist at Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery | Dreams MedSpa. On Tuesday, July 3, Palmira took the Oath of Allegiance, the final step in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.

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The Benefits of Combining Breast Augmentation and Lift

Posted May 9, 2018 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

In 2018, breast augmentations are still among the most popular plastic surgery procedures. Over a quarter million breast augmentation surgeries were performed last year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Many women are choosing to receive breast implants at the same time as a breast lift to further enhance the size and appearance of their breasts.

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Choosing the Right Size and Type of Breast Implant for You

Posted April 4, 2018 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Are you researching and talking to others about their breast augmentation while trying to understand all your options? Are you a good candidate? What are the best options for you? Plastic surgery is a personal choice and should be right for you; not to meet someone else’s expectations, to look like someone else or to try to fit an ideal image.

Breast augmentation (mammoplasty) is a surgical procedure to enlarge and enhance the size and shape of the breast with the use of implants. There are many factors (and misconceptions out there) when considering breast augmentation surgery and your options.

Many assume they know how breast implants actually work, what they are, and how they exist over time. However, augmentation has progressed, and even what women are choosing now for implants and preferred size is changing. Breast implants are simply not the same today as they were 20 or 30 years ago. They are evolving, along with big advances in surgical techniques.

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A Guide to Cosmetic Surgery

Posted March 20, 2018 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Perry Johnson, MD, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery

If you’ve ever thought about having cosmetic plastic surgery, you’re not alone. A recent consumer survey revealed that approximately 70 percent of Americans have given thought to having a little work done. The survey also revealed that Americans are feeling more confident about cosmetic surgery, which may explain its increasing popularity. If you’ve been giving more thought to having cosmetic surgery, you probably have lots of questions. In this short Q&A, I’ve answered some common questions so you can decide if you’re ready to take the next step.

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Three Breast Augmentation Trends to Watch for this Year

Posted March 12, 2018 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

In 2018, breast augmentations are still among the most popular plastic surgery procedures requested. Over a quarter million of these surgeries were performed last year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

When referencing any type of trend in plastic surgery, the future is built on the past. Over time, increased options, innovations, advances in surgical techniques and better ways to achieve results emerge. Doctors are witnessing a rise in patient requests for noninvasive aesthetic procedures. Despite this, requests for breast enhancement aren’t slowing down, but rather shifting and improving.

So, let’s take a look at some of the changes and trends moving forward.

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Six Things Your Face Could Be Saying About Your Health

Posted February 26, 2018 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

You look in the mirror every day. What do you see? Is your face trying to tell you something?

Your face is one of the most important parts of your body. It expresses a full range of emotions, reveals parts of your history, your story and even communicates unspoken language. It is almost always exposed to the environment, is impacted by what we eat, what products we use and is one of the first places we show signs of aging.

Changes on your face could mean it’s time to take a closer look at what may be happening behind your skin. While many facial skin issues are normal and could simply mean that you need to alter your health routine, your skin’s condition could also be the tell-tale sign of an underlying medical condition.

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Considering a Cosmetic Procedure? Schedule a Virtual Consultation

Posted July 21, 2017 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery


If you’ve ever considered a cosmetic procedure but were reluctant to follow through, lived too far away or just couldn’t find time to make the appointment happen, a virtual consultation, now available at Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery, may make that session easier. Learn how you can schedule a free, virtual consultation available to new patients considering a cosmetic procedure to the body, face or breasts.

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Posted July 6, 2017 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Hydrafacial5Do you have 30 minutes to improve the health and appearance of your skin? If so, a HydraFacial may be the skin treatment for you.

A HydraFacial is a hydradermabrasion facial procedure that cleanses, exfoliates, extracts, hydrates and replenishes the skin with antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. “It can help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, oily or acne-prone skin, hyperpigmentation and brown spots,” says Jessica Murdock, esthetician at Dreams MedSpa, located just west of the Village Pointe shopping center. “When done regularly, the treatment can help improve the appearance and long-term health of your skin.”

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The Males’ Guide to the Dreams MedSpa (and great gift ideas for Father’s Day!)

Posted June 12, 2017 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Shot of a handsome young man applying moisturizer to his face

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, male patients accounted for more than 1.5 million total cosmetic surgical procedures and almost 14 million cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures last year.

“Cosmetic procedures and skin care are not just for women” says Dreams MedSpa provider Jed Sanders, APRN. “It does take a little work to stay looking your best, but the benefits are fantastic! In the workforce and in the dating world, projecting your best self and feeling good about yourself can set you a step ahead of competition.”

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Scheduling a FREE Consultation

Posted June 5, 2017 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Young woman in white underwear sitting in the chair in beauty salon and looking her face in the mirror that female therapist is holding.

Many times our providers get asked, “What do I need done?” or “What do you recommend for me?” This question can be viewed as loaded, but if you dig down to the core of it, often times clients or patients are simply seeking more information or clarity about the services that we offer. We believe that you should be educated and provided with a deep understanding of our treatments and procedures, whether it is a facial treatment with our estheticians, a minimally-invasive procedure with our aesthetic nurses, or cosmetic or reconstructive surgery with our physicians.

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For the Mother Age 60+

Posted May 12, 2017 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

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Just when you think you’re done for the time-being, you realize that being a mother never ends. Women ages 60+ have been through it all. They have seen their children succeed, they have seen them fail, and everything in between. Some have even seen their own children become mothers themselves. We asked Roz Fisk, Licensed Esthetician for skin care advice for women ages 60+. What can these women do to maintain their radiant yet experienced skin?

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For the Mother in her 40’s or 50’s

Posted May 12, 2017 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Mothers between the ages of 40-59 live in a constant state of transition. Children range in age during these years, and they are often transitioning themselves. Likewise, these moms sometimes find themselves taking on the role of caregiver to their own parents, and they must allow themselves the flexibility to progress with whatever comes their way. We asked Brooke Engeman, Licensed Esthetician for skin care advice for women in this age range. How can these women transition their own beauty routine to meet new skin care needs?

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For the Mother in her 20’s or 30’s

Posted May 11, 2017 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Mother holding and kissing baby girl

Mommyhood during the ages of 20-39 typically revolves around balance. Whether it is balancing a career and family, balancing time and resources or balancing on one foot while holding your toddler to shut the refrigerator while cooking dinner – you have a lot going on in your life! We asked Jessica Murdock, Licensed Esthetician for skin care advice for women in this age range. Because, you’ve got a lot on your plate Mama, and not having to wonder about an appropriate skin care regimen is one last thing to worry about.

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May is Melanoma Awareness Month

Posted May 5, 2017 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Melanoma is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States and it is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Early detection is the best way to treat melanoma, so look for the ABCDEs of moles or growths to help identify early warning signs. Be sure to grab a complimentary SkinMedica Essential Defense Sunscreen on your way out of our clinic (while supplies last).

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Is Your Body Ready for a Mommy Makeover?

Posted January 3, 2017 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery


Motherhood is wonderful, but the toll it can take on your body, is not. If you are ready to reclaim your pre-pregnancy body, then it may be time to consider a Mommy Makeover.

A Mommy Makeover typically entails a combination of the following outpatient procedures: breast lift (with or without augmentation), tummy tuck and liposuction of the hips and/or thighs.

“These procedures are typically done all together, on the same day, as an outpatient procedure,” says Perry Johnson, MD, plastic and reconstruction surgeon at  Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery & Dreams MedSpa.

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New CoolSculpting Procedure Launches with Consultation Day

Posted October 20, 2016 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

coolsculpting-photoThe Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery and Dreams MedSpa hosted a CoolSculpting consultation day on Tuesday, Oct. 11 for patient volunteers interested in learning more about the procedure. Nurses educated volunteers on whether or not they would be candidates for the procedure, and if so, how they would benefit from the treatment. The consultation day launched the availability of the procedure at the Dreams Medspa, and CoolSculpting appointments are now being scheduled.

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The Ossential Stimulator Peel

Posted August 24, 2016 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

When downtime isn’t an option… Enjoy healthier looking skin with the perfect “lunchtime” peel! Esthetician, Marilyn Matyja explains the peel process.

Tackle Acne Scarring, Aging Skin with the SkinPen

Posted July 18, 2016 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

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As if suffering from acne as a teenager or adult isn’t tough enough, scarring that can result from its onset leaves a constant reminder of the psychosocial problems that may be left behind, including lowered self-esteem and body image, or social withdrawal. The Dreams MedSpa offers the SkinPen as a way to combat acne scarring, as well as a way to enhance the overall appearance of aging skin.

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GRASS Skincare Routine

Posted August 6, 2015 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

One of the main questions we get from clients is what they should be using at home for a skincare routine. The easiest way to remember what you need in your regimen and to cover all the bases is by using Grass. Grass consists of using a growth factor, retinol, antioxidant, specialty treatment, and sunscreen. Below is a breakdown of all the grass components, what they do and when to use them.
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Sun Protection Tips for Summer

Posted April 28, 2015 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

After the long winters in Nebraska, most of us are more than ready to get some Vitamin D when summer hits.  Just remember that while you are out in the sun, wearing sunscreen can be your most important defense from harmful rays that can not only cause premature aging, but cancer.  Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S., and it is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime
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Tummy Tuck Recovery

Posted April 10, 2015 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Dr. Hollins answers a question sent to us from our website asking, “what is the recovery time of a tummy tuck?”

Pixel Perfect

Posted February 3, 2015 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Refining your skin with the Alma Pixel Perfect laser can be one of your greatest tools in the battle against aging. The Pixel Perfect laser is designed to address age spots, fine lines and wrinkles-perhaps the biggest sign of aging. Fine lines and wrinkles can be caused by environmental factors and lifestyle choices such as smoking, sun exposure or even a genetic predisposition.

Pixel Perfect works to shrink the appearance of pores and smooth out acne scars, in an attempt to give you the soft and flawless skin of years gone by. 
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Refresh and Renew with glycolic peels

Posted November 3, 2014 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Get silky skin with a SilkPeel

Posted October 29, 2014 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Alma Laser procedures at Dreams MedSpa

Posted October 27, 2014 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Fillers at Dreams MedSpa

Posted October 23, 2014 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Sculptra Aesthetic

Posted August 18, 2014 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Collagen is a key structural component that keeps skin looking youthful and smooth.  At around age 30 that collagen starts breaking down and we start to notice the first signs of an aging face.  Collagen acts as a support structure for your skin and when it breaks down, fine lines and wrinkles appear.  Sculptra Aesthetic is a unique facial injectable that provides a whole new way to think about and treat facial aging. 
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Posted July 7, 2014 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Who is liposuction right for?  Dr. Miller discusses the procedure and who is a good candidate.

Vectra Imaging System

Posted May 12, 2014 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

The Vectra Imaging System is a great way for patients to get an idea of what they will look like after surgery.

Epionce Renewal Eye Cream – for sensitive eyes

Posted April 7, 2014 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Why is eye cream so important? One of the first areas to show signs of aging is your eyes. Epionce’s Renewal Eye Cream is great for age management as well as dark circles.  One of the reasons dark circles around the eye area are so visible is because the skin around the eye is thinner than the rest of the face. Thinner skin allows the blood vessels to be more easily visible. 
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Get Results with Vitalize Peel

Posted March 17, 2014 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Suffering from mild to moderate skin damage? The Vitalize Peel from SkinMedica may be the answer you have been looking for.  This peel is designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It will also target sun damage, scarring, hyperpigmentation, and melasma.  This is a stronger peel and will require some visible peeling after the product is applied.  It is suited for most skin types, and is considered a very predictable peel.  I am able to tell my clients where they will begin to peel and the progression of the peeling that will follow. 
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How do I know if I need a lift with augmentation?

Posted February 20, 2014 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Dr. Miller discusses when a lift is necessary with breast augmentation.

Dermal Fillers

Posted February 10, 2014 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Dermal fillers are a great way to help people look and feel younger.  We offer a variety of fillers allowing us to effectively address most client concerns.  Some of the biggest giveaways of aging are fine lines and wrinkles.  If you have deeper lines and wrinkles on the mid and lower face, fillers such as Juvederm, Voluma,or  Radiesse. The goal of dermal fillers is to enhance facial contours, restore shape and balance and achieve a youthful and aesthetically pleasing result. 
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Saline vs Silicone

Posted February 4, 2014 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Dr. Johnson addresses the most common question women have about breast augmentation, saline vs silicone.

Open vs Closed Rhinoplasty

Posted February 3, 2014 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Dr. Johnson at Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery discusses the two different approaches to this common cosmetic nose surgery.

Getting Glossy

Posted January 28, 2013 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

There are a variety of peels offered in spas these days it is hard to figure out which ones are right for you.  Basic peels, such as glycolic or salicylic, are great maintenance peels for almost anyone.  This type of peel is used really for maintaining a good healthy skin. They will help keep you clear of breakouts and help prevent early wrinkles as you age.  These peels are often called “lunch time peels” because they are quick and have very little to no downtime.
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Why a Mommy Makeover?

Posted April 30, 2012 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Carrying a child for nine months is one of the great joys of being a woman. Whether you had a great pregnancy and enjoyed every moment or were sick for the entire nine months, one thing most women can agree on is that pregnancy changed your body…forever. Even with a solid plan of healthy eating and exercising to lose all the baby weight, most women never get back the body that they had before pregnancy. Breasts that lost volume, a stomach that isn’t as tight, numerous stretch marks and fat in places it never was before are just some of the common complaints women have.
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3D Imaging

Posted April 17, 2012 by Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery

Starting this July, patients at Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery will have the ability to see modified 3D images and animations showing what they will look like after cosmetic surgery – before it even happens! This is made possible by a new system that enhances pre-surgical photos based what the surgeon proposes during the consultation.
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