Today is BRA day, the National Day devoted to Breast Reconstruction Awareness. BRA day was created to “promote education, awareness and access regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction”.
While society often focuses on the augmentation side of breast enhancement plastic surgery, BRA day shines the spotlight on the other important side of breast plastic surgery: reconstruction after a breast cancer diagnosis.
Breast reconstruction is an understandably sensitive and private matter. Some patients opt for immediate reconstruction at the time of mastectomy while others prefer to wait, and still others opt out altogether. And despite the great advances in public awareness and support of breast cancer patients, the subject of reconstruction is still not widely spoken of in public. BRA day is an initiative to reach and support women facing the breast reconstruction decision.
So today’s post is dedicated to educating women on the wide variety of options we offer for breast reconstruction.
Prosthetic Reconstruction Utilizing Silicone or Saline Implants
We offer the standard of care in breast implants with the traditional round silicone options from the brands we’ve trusted for years. These implants have proven results and patient satisfaction records going back decades and remain popular among reconstruction patients. Sometimes, reconstructive efforts are multi-staged and incorporate the use of tissue expanders.
Prosthetic Reconstruction Utilizing New “Gummy Bear” Implants
All four of our plastic surgeons are board-certified. As a result, we can proudly offer our patients the latest in breast implant technology… new silicone gel implants which are only available to board-certified plastic surgeons.
These implants… known to the public as “gummy bear” implants… are made from durable, cohesive silicone gel and are the biggest breakthrough in breast implant technology in decades. What sets them apart, besides their high strength gel, is their many sizing and shaping options including “round, oval and classic” based options and “low, moderate and high” projections” to allow a more customized end result.
Natural Tissue Breast Reconstruction Utilizing the New DIEP Flap Procedure
Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, P.C. is one of only two regional practices to offer the very latest breast reconstruction option: DIEP Flap. This surgery recreates the breast with the woman’s own tissue offering patients a natural, non-implant alternative to breast reconstruction.
DIEP Flap, or Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap, takes your own tissue (generally skin and fat from the abdomen) and transfers it micro-surgically to craft a new and natural breast. In patients who are candidates for sensory nerve reconstruction, the newly-constructed breast may even have some sensation or feeling. The added bonus… often a slimmer appearance and more contoured abdominal area since the procedure mimics a “tummy tuck”.
Not all patients are candidates for DIEP flap reconstruction, but if you are interested in this cutting edge breast reconstruction option, Suffolk Plastic Surgeons can help answer your questions.
Whether you choose immediate or delayed reconstruction, with implants or natural tissue, we are here to help you make the best choice for you. Thank you for trusting us with your care.
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What questions do you have about your breast reconstruction options? If you’ve already had breast reconstruction, what was the best thing about the choice you made?
Florists have Valentine’s Day. Taverns have St. Patrick’s Day. Those are the busiest days of the year in those industries. But being busy isn’t always a good thing…
The Fourth of July is often the busiest day of the year for many plastic surgeons across America.
Thousands of people are rushed to the hospital for fireworks-related injuries to the extremities (hands and fingers) and head (faces, ears and eyes) as a result of illegal backyard fireworks displays on and around July 4th. Injuries often involve severe burns, loss of hands or fingers, and blindness. Alcohol is often a factor as is the erroneous assumption that sparklers are not dangerous.
Here are some sobering government statistics on fireworks injuries:*
The Most Injured Body Parts:
46% Hands and Fingers
17% Heads, faces, and ears
Injuries by Fireworks Type:
14% Reloadable Shells
7% Roman Candles
6% Bottle Rockets
Please view a professional fireworks display from a safe distance this weekend. If you or someone you know sustains a fireworks-related injury, get medical treatment immediately.
The doctors of Suffolk Plastic Surgeons cover the following Suffolk County hospitals: Stony Brook University, J.T. Mather Memorial, St. Charles, and Brookhaven Memorial. When you’re faced with an injury that threatens the permanent loss of your hand or fingers, be sure your plastic surgeon is also a burn specialist and an experienced hand surgeon. Likewise, don’t trust your face to just anyone if you’ve been disfigured by fireworks.
As on every Fourth of July, physicians from Suffolk Plastic Surgeons will be on-call to assist you at any of the above hospitals in the event of an emergency.
But they are looking forward to not seeing you this weekend. So be safe.
While many are still under the impression that plastic surgery is just for women, recent statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery prove that is not the case. The ASAPS recently revealed that men account for about 10% of all plastic surgery procedures performed in 2012. While it may seem like a relatively small number, the number is up over 106% from 1997. So why are so many men now deciding to go under the knife?
Most commonly, to fight the signs of aging. As we age, it becomes harder to lose fat in certain spots, or to have the toned body of our younger selves. Plastic surgery allows men to combat these common problem areas, like male breasts, facial wrinkles or sagging, and areas of stubborn body fat. So what were the most common plastic surgery procedures for men in 2012?
Top 5 Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men
Liposuction: The most common plastic surgery procedure performed on men in 2012, liposuction removes excess fat from areas that regular diet and exercise can’t seem to get rid of. It’s commonly used to target the midsection, love handles, chest, and more.
Rhinoplasty: Widely known as a nose job, rhinoplasty can fix a myriad of aesthetic problems involving the nose. For men dealing with a nose that is too big, has bumps or depressions, or is asymmetrical, rhinoplasty presents a helpful solution.
Eyelid surgery: A man’s eyelids can begin to droop with age, causing men to turn to blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery. By removing excess skin and fat from both eyelids, patients can attain a younger and fresher look in their face.
Breast reduction: Many men struggle with gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, as it can be hard to get rid of fat in those areas with the standard weight loss methods. Male breast reduction involves the use of liposuction to remove the excess glandular tissue in the area.
Ear shaping: For those who have large, misshapen, or protruding ears, ear shaping may present a good option. Many men are embracing this procedure as a way to correct any aesthetic imperfections that are preventing them from looking their best.
Plastic Surgeon on Long Island
To learn more about male plastic surgery or any of the procedures we offer, contact us today and schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in East Setauket, and you can reach us directly at 631-751-4400. We look forward to meeting you!
What better time to talk about Lip Enhancement than on Lips Appreciation Day!
After a long, cold winter, your lips (and the areas around them) are whispering for some attention. Don’t ignore them.
Suffolk Plastic Surgeons… and its Spa Belle Meade on-site medical spa… can help rescue your thin or lackluster lips. We can help with lines and wrinkles around the lips and mouth as well.http://bit.ly/Zy8FYN
Lip enhancement options vary greatly. Non-surgical to surgical. Fillers to implants. In fact, injectable fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures done today. Restlyane™ and Juvederm™ are two options of available lip enhancement fillers.
Call us at (631) 751-4400 to schedule a free cosmetic consultation to see what Suffolk Plastic Surgeons can do for you.
Current specials running through the end of April 2013 include Restlyane™ “Buy one syringe, get one half off”. There are other specials as well.
Time to turn that frown upside down and get the pretty pout you’ve always wanted.
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Have you done any lip enhancement procedures? What’s YOUR favorite one?
Each year, the American Society of Plastic Surgery releases a report detailing emerging trends in the world of cosmetic medicine. This year’s data, unsurprisingly, showed a significant jump in the number of minimally-invasive procedures performed nationwide. Topping the list was BOTOX®, with over 6 million procedures being performed in 2012 alone! Of course, BOTOX isn’t the only treatment that saw significant growth. Read on to find out which minimally-invasive procedures made the cut.
ASPS Data: Top 5 Minimally-Invasive Procedures in the US
BOTOX: Botulinum toxin type A – a category that includes treatments like BOTOX® and Dysport® – was far and away the most popular cosmetic procedure of the year. Sporting an 8% increase in one year alone, these treatments work to gently ease away fine lines and wrinkles. Essentially a muscle relaxer, BOTOX is particularly well suited for “dynamic lines,” such as frown lines and crow’s feet.
Soft tissue fillers. Coming in at number two are soft tissue fillers – treatments such as Restylane® and Juvéderm®. Working to fill in deep-set lines and wrinkles, fillers can also be used to plump the lips and sculpt the cheeks. As one of today’s fastest-growing treatments, filler use increased by a full 5% last year.
Chemical peels. With over 1.1 million chemical peels performed in 2012, it’s clear that this skin-smoothing treatment is still quite popular. Using a chemical solution to remove the skin’s damaged outer layers, these treatments work to improve the appearance of scars, blemishes, or any irregularities with your skin.
Laser hair removal. For those tired of shaving, waxing or tweezing, laser hair removal is often an ideal solution. Quick and precise, the ASPS reports that laser hair removal rose 4% in 2012.
Microdermabrasion. Working to restore a fresh, more youthful appearance, microdermabrasion uses a stream of fine particles to exfoliate the skin. As one of today’s most popular “MedSpa” treatments, the ASPS is reporting nearly 1 million procedures performed in 2012.
BOTOX and Fillers in Suffolk County
To learn more about these or any of the cosmetic treatments we offer, we encourage you to contact us today and schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in East Setauket, and you can reach us directly at 631-751-4400. We look forward to serving you.
What is the true sign of a successful cosmetic procedure? For our practice, the answer remains simple: patient satisfaction. That is, whether or not a patient would do it all over again, if given the chance. Or perhaps, whether they would recommend a treatment to a friend or family member.
Of course, it’s always been difficult to measure patient satisfaction on a bigger scale, to understand the success of certain procedures across the board. Thankfully, that’s where plastic surgery community site, RealSelf®, comes in. Drawing together the opinions of thousands of users, patients have the opportunity to vote on whether cosmetic procedures were “worth it” for them. RealSelf compiles these “votes” and assigns each treatment a “Worth It” rating from 0 to 100. So, want to know how Tummy Tuck Surgery stacked up?
According to the most recent figures, Tummy Tuck Surgery earned a remarkable 95% Worth It Rating. That’s one number that is very hard to deny!
Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Right for Me?
Not sure what Tummy Tuck Surgery is all about? Here’s a brief introduction. Technically referred to as “abdominoplasty,” a Tummy Tuck works to flatten and reshape the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening underlying muscles. An ideal solution for those with stubborn fat and unresponsive loose skin, Tummy Tuck Surgery is also a popular component of a “Mommy Makeover” procedure as well as following extreme weight loss.
Performed under general anesthesia, Tummy Tuck Surgery generally requires two incisions: one from hipbone to hipbone and one around the navel. Abdominal muscles are then repositioned and stitched into place. The skin is then stretched down and excess tissue is permanently removed. All incisions are closed and sterile surgical dressings are applied. As one of today’s most popular and effective cosmetic procedures, Tummy Tuck Surgery remains the ideal way to achieve a flatter, more toned abdominal area that fits the natural contours of your body.
Tummy Tuck on Long Island
Ready to find out what Tummy Tuck Surgery can do for you? Contact us today and schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in East Setauket, and you can reach us directly at 631-751-4400. We look forward to meeting you soon.
One of the most important goals of our practice is staying on the cutting-edge of cosmetic medicine. In keeping with that, we are now proud to offer one of the most exciting new advances in the world of breast augmentation surgery: gummy bear breast implants. Also known as “cohesive silicone gel,” gummy bear implants have been used widely in Europe for over a decade. Now available in the United States, our practice was the first in the area to offer this safe, new alternative to silicone or saline-filled implants. And, because we want our patients to understand all their plastic surgery options, we wanted to take a moment to introduce you to this exciting new product and answer some of your most pressing questions. Are you ready to find out what gummy bear implants are really all about?
Here is our list of today’s Top 5 Patient Questions About “Gummy Bear” Breast Implants:
What can breast augmentation do for me? For those struggling with a small or disproportionate bustline, breast augmentation surgery can be an ideal solution. Working to increase breast size, fullness and proportion, the procedure historically relied on silicone or saline-filled implants. Now our practice is excited to offer cohesive silicone gel or “gummy bear” breast implants, manufactured by Sientra®.
Where does the term “gummy bear” come from? While the name might sound a bit funny, gummy bear implants are named for their consistency and resiliency. Like gummy bears, they have the ability to maintain a consistent shape, even when cut.
What are a few advantages of gummy bear implants? Compared to traditional silicone or saline-filled breast implants, gummy bear implants are more likely to maintain their shape over time. What’s more, since the implants are predominantly solid, leakage becomes less of a concern down the line.
Are gummy bear implants FDA approved? Our practice is now proud to offer Sientra® breast implants, what many consider to be the “gold standard” in gummy bear type breast implants. And, according to a March press release from the manufacturer, the company “has received FDA approval of its portfolio of Silimed-brand silicone breast implants.”
Is breast augmentation right for me? The best way to find out if you’re a candidate for breast augmentation is to schedule an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area. As Suffolk County’s largest all-board certified plastic surgery practice, we encourage those on or around Long Island to contact us today.
Our practice is now proud to offer one of the most popular new fillers on the market: Belotero®. Quickly becoming a go-to treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, this hyaluronic acid filler offers remarkably natural results – safely, easily and effectively. And, because we know that the best patients are those who know all their options, we thought we would take a moment to introduce this cutting-edge treatment. Want to find out what other patients are asking?
Here is our list of the Top 5 Questions About Belotero:
What exactly is Belotero? Belotero is one of the most advanced dermal fillers available today. Working to “fill in” wrinkles and restore a more youthful face shape, Belotero integrates with the tissues of your skin, providing volume and enhancing your natural facial contours. Belotero is composed primarily of hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the body.
Is Belotero the same thing as BOTOX®? While BOTOX and Belotero are both powerful wrinkles treatments, how they work varies slightly. Where Belotero is best suited for deep, persistent lines around the nose and mouth, BOTOX is more appropriate for “expression lines” like horizontal lines across the forehead. A highly purified protein, you can think of BOTOX as essentially a muscle relaxer.
Is Belotero FDA approved? Yes. For over a year, Belotero has been FDA approved “…to smooth moderate to severe wrinkles and folds,” explains the manufacturer. And, in the words of the FDA, “Belotero Balance will help smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. In a clinical study, most (103 out of 118) patients needed two injections to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing. The smoothing effect lasts up to six months and then slowly goes away.”
What are some advantages of Belotero? Belotero is a simple treatment with big results! Completely minimally-invasive, patients can expect natural-looking results with little to no downtime. And, while the results aren’t permanent, they can often last up to several months!
Is Belotero right for me? The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for Belotero is to contact our offices and schedule a consultation. This is a great time to explore your treatment options and have any remaining questions answered.
Belotero on Long Island
To learn more about Belotero or any of the cosmetic treatments we offer, contact us today and schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in East Setauket, and you can reach us directly at 631-751-4400. We look forward to meeting you!
Dr. Adler, Coccaro & Kneessy recently returned from New Orleans where they all attended the ASPS Plastic Surgery 2012 educational symposium from Oct. 26-30. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world organizes this event. The doctors received informative information on many areas of plastic surgery.
The doctors all came back with information on the latest technology and techniques in plastic surgery from panels and educational seminars they attended. Some of the hottest topics discussed were the Benefits of fat graphing for Breast reconstruction, depressed scars & radiation skin damaged skin. Harvesting fat for use to improve wrinkles to create younger looking skin was discussed. Harvesting fat from the belly & inner thighs is used to inject lips, eyes, nasol-labia folds and breasts after breast reconstruction.
The doctors attended the 1st annual Sientra educational seminar where they heard a discussion of how they differ from other implants. . Sientra is the 1st FDA approved anatomic saline implants.
The doctors had the opportunity to attend “An Evening with Jewel” – a charity event offering an opportunity to support breast reconstruction awareness.
Dr. Adler, Coccaro & Kneessy all came back from this symposium with the latest tips & techniques covering many areas of plastic surgery including rhinoplasty, neck lift, brow lift, body contouring, fat graphing & breast reconstruction just to name a few.
If you’re considering a cosmetic surgery procedure but would like more information call 631-751-4400 to make an appointment to see Long Island’s Ultimate doctors of expertise in plastic surgery always offering all the latest procedures available.
Plastic surgeons *Dr. Hilton C. Adler, *Dr. Stephen F. Coccaro, *Dr. Kenneth C. Kneessy, and Dr. Snezana Veljic, who is not Board Certified or a member of the ASAPS,
serving Suffolk County, East Setauket, Port Jefferson Station,
Centereach, Selden, Coram, St James, Stony Brook, Miller Place, Middle Island, Ridge NY, and all surrounding areas.