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Guys, Let’s Talk About Gynecomastia

The over-development of breasts in men, known as gynecomastia, affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of males. Men with larger or sagging breasts can feel self-conscious about their breast size and restrict themselves from activities they love. Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, P.C. can decrease the size of a man’s breasts, helping restore confidence and feel more comfortable every day.

What is the Cause of Gynecomastia?

Many studies have been conducted to better understand gynecomastia, and several factors have been discovered, including a hormonal imbalance and the use of certain medications. When a male holds too much estrogen, it’s possible for his breast tissue to over-grow. This abundance of estrogen, known as estrogen dominance, diminishes the amount of testosterone that is available in the body.

Hormonal changes can occur during any time of life and for many reasons. Newborn boys carry some of Mom’s estrogen and may have swollen breasts. As levels stabilize, swelling reduces. Hormones strike once again for teenage boys who may experience a temporary swelling of the breasts. This also should reduce with maturation. A decline of testosterone in adulthood can cause estrogen levels to rise.

What Treatment is Available for Gynecomastia?

There is no real way to prevent gynecomastia in men and one can never predict if the swollen breast tissue will reduce on its own. If your breasts are consistently swollen, you may benefit from an appointment with Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, P.C.! We typically perform male breast reduction surgery under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The surgery takes one to three hours on average. Several techniques can be used to perform male breast reduction, depending on the severity of the swelling.

If the primary cause of the enlarged breasts is excessive fatty tissue, liposuction may be performed through tiny incisions to remove that excess fat. In other instances when larger amounts of glandular tissue or fat need to be removed, excess skin may need to be also removed. We close the incisions using sutures and the chest may be wrapped to keep your skin firmly in place after the procedure.

We will encourage you to walk around on the day of your breast reduction surgery and you typically can be expected to return to work after one week. You should avoid vigorous activities for around three to four weeks after the procedure.

Who is a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?

Any man who feels uncomfortable with his larger breast size is a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery. Men of all ages can have this procedure performed, as long as they are in good health, both physically and emotionally. Having firm, elastic skin helps to reshape to new body contours.

You are not alone. Gynecomastia is a very common problem! Without help, many men struggle with the swelling of breast tissue throughout adulthood and that’s why it’s important to speak about it. Get your confidence back when doing regular daily activities! To find out more about male breast reduction surgery, contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons P.C. now at 631-364-0333 to schedule a consultation.

Fall in Love with Yourself This Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re looking forward to Valentine’s Day with a loved one or Galentine’s Day with your besties, don’t wait for someone else to get you a gift! It is totally normal to have areas that you are self-conscious of, but you don’t have to live with that unhappiness. Skip the flowers and chocolate and give yourself the gift of confidence this year.

Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, P.C. can help you show self-love with a variety of non-invasive treatments you can have done with no downtime before February 14th:

Pucker up for Valentine’s Day with Restylane Refyne

FDA-approved Restylane® Refyne is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid that is specifically formulated to give your lips fullness and definition as well as help visibly correct mild to moderate lines and wrinkles. Take advantage of our Valentine’s Day special and enjoy 30% off Restylane Refyne through 2/28/19!

Say Goodbye to Stubborn Love Handles with CoolSculpting

Now you can relax while we permanently freeze stubborn fat cells in all those stubborn spots! CoolSculpting is a state-of-the-art procedure that doesn’t require a single incision or suture. Fat cells hate the cold! They will freeze at higher temperatures than their surrounding tissues. We can precisely target fat cells beneath the skin anywhere you want: the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and many more areas! Results from CoolSculpting are long-term and with no downtime! The only thing you’ll feel is a soothing, cold sensation and some gentle tugging.

Restore and Improve your Sexual Wellness and Satisfaction with Geneveve by Viveve

As a woman ages, her body produces less collagen, her skin begins to lose firmness and the vaginal walls will lose resiliency. This can cause decreased sensation and lubrication, leading to pain during intercourse, stress incontinence and leakage. Geneveve™ Vaginal Rejuvenation can improve a woman’s sexual wellness with a non-surgical procedure. One 45-minute treatment is all that’s needed to see results lasting 12 months or longer and there is no downtime!

Tighten Tissues in your Face and Neck using Ultherapy

Ultherapy® is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive procedure that may effectively lift and
tighten the face and neck using ultrasound energy. It also can improve lines and wrinkles on the chest. This nonsurgical treatment targets the deep layers of tissue normally adjusted during a facelift or neck lift, stimulating collagen production to achieve a slimmer, much more youthful appearance. Ultherapy can be used to treat sagging skin on the cheeks and neck while leaving the surface of the skin intact.

Get Glowing Skin for Date Night with Microdermabrasion

Do you ever wish that your face had a more even skin tone? You should try microdermabrasion! This minimally-invasive treatment rejuvenates the skin’s appearance, treating sun damage, scarring, wrinkles and other unwanted skin problems. During the procedure, a gently stream of tiny particles exfoliate the outer layer of skin, gently exfoliates your skin, giving your complexion a smoother, brighter appearance that is more even in color.

Don’t wait until Valentine’s Day for self-care. Give yourself the gift of confidence at Suffolk Plastic Surgeons P.C. Call us now at 631-364-0333 to schedule your treatments!

Why Millenials Are Choosing Botox & Fillers

Botox is typically associated with those that are middle-aged looking to turn back the clock. However, in our social-media obsessed world it’s no surprise that millennials are also turning to Botox and fillers to look the best online! According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox procedures have seen a 28% increase and dermal fillers have seen a 32% increase since 2010 among the people between the ages of 20- 29.

Older generations are concerned with correcting damage already done, while people in their 20’s and 30’s are trying to stay ahead of the game and be pro-active in preserving their skin tone and avoiding unwanted lines. Increasingly popular among millenials is preventative Botox. In order to ward off wrinkles, this treats the facial muscles you use more frequently. Many consider it just another form of grooming, like getting a facial or a wax.

What is Botox and how does it work?

Botox is a popular name brand for Botulinum Toxin Type A, an injectable neuromodulator that can weaken select facial muscles to smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles. This popular treatment can be used in the upper face to improve crow’s feet, forehead lines, frown lines, and even lift the eyebrows.

What age should I start getting Botox?

The FDA has approved the formula for those 18 and older. There is no exact age when you should start, but the sooner you treat facial signs of aging, the better your results will be. If a patient is seeing traces of lines in the mid-to-late twenties or early thirties, it’s best to act now! The later you start, it will be much more difficult to achieve the same results.

Will I look frozen?

Botox is not noticeable if injected in small doses by a trained physician. Results will be subtle and natural looking, with patients looking well rested, more open and youthful eyes and more defined brows. Our board certified plastic surgeons at Suffolk Plastic Surgeons will never make your face appear frozen!

What Are Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable formulas, similar to Botox, but they do not affect the facial muscles. Fillers add subtle volume and to fill certain facial areas. They are used to improve the appearance of wrinkles, enhancing sunken eyes and achieving fuller cheeks and lips. Fillers can help improve facial proportions, helping patients of all ages achieve subtle results that enhance their natural beauty. It is important to note that with constant changes to the types of filler used and the different approved uses that you should always consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

In the age of selfies and online reviews, millienials feel more comfortable sharing their injectable experiences. That stigma about “having work done” has left as the population in general becomes more open about cosmetic enhancements. Many people feel comfortable sharing their experiences with injectables and even more significant procedures, thanks in part to the popularity of online reviews.

While we never want to rush plastic surgery, Botox and fillers can be a great option to prevent signs of aging. Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, P.C. today at 631-364-0333 to book your appointment!

5 Plastic Surgery Myths

With 17.5 million* total cosmetic procedures performed in 2017, it’s no surprise that there is a ton of misinformation circulating on the internet about plastic surgery. Here are the top 5 plastic surgery myths, along with the actual truth behind them:

MYTH 1 – PLASTIC SURGERY AND COSMETIC SURGERY ARE THE SAME

Plastic surgery involves a repair or enhancement, so almost any procedure has a cosmetic element. However, plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are not the same thing. While there is no nationally recognized standardization of training for cosmetic surgeons, a plastic surgeon must receive board certification in plastic surgery from the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. A physician must complete five years in surgical training at an accredited hospital, with at least two of those years dedicated to plastic surgery.

MYTH 2 – LIPOSUCTION IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT

While liposuction removes fat from the body, it is not meant as a weight-loss tool. The procedure is designed to remove localized areas of fat from trouble spots that have not responded well to traditional diet and exercise. Weight-loss through liposuction is site-specific. The best liposuction candidate is someone at a fairly stable healthy weight, with areas of exercise resistant fatty deposits and who prefers a slightly different body shape.

MYTH 3 – PLASTIC SURGERY IS JUST FOR WOMEN

Plastic surgery is increasing in popularity among males. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, men accounted for 13% of all cosmetic surgical procedures and 8% of all minimally-invasive procedures in 2017**. Common procedures amongst men include gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction), facelift, rhinoplasty, liposuction and eyelid surgery. Common treatments also include Botox and fillers such as Juvederm to enhance their appearance.

MYTH 4 – PLASTIC SURGERY IS ONLY FOR THE RICH AND/OR FAMOUS

Do you think of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when you hear the term plastic surgery? While it can increase a woman’s self-confidence by giving her the body she’s always dreamed of, it can also help babies born with severe birth defects, or give a breast cancer survivor a new outlook on life. Not every patient of Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC wears designer labels or is adorned in diamonds. Most patients are just regular people seeking increased confidence through an enhanced appearance! We offer a number of financing options [link] and, in some cases, insurance may even cover the cost.

MYTH 5 – FAT CAN APPEAR IN OTHER AREAS AFTER LIPOSUCTION

If fat reappears after liposuction, it is not due to the procedure! During a liposuction procedure, fat cells are removed from the body. If a patient gains weight, fat can reappear in other places. A continued plan of exercise and healthy eating to prevent weight gain is key to long-lasting results. In some cases, a patient might perceive increased fat because after the procedure, the perception of their body is out of proportion. For example, a woman might feel as if her arms look heavier after having liposuction on her thighs.

Do you have a question about a procedure? Call Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC at 631-364-0333 to schedule a consultation with one of our 4 board certified plastic surgeons!

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Skin Recovery After Weight Loss Surgery

Loose skin after a dramatic weight loss can affect almost every part of the body. This problem happens after losing a large amount of weight (100 pounds or more) in a small amount of time. It can happen when the weight loss is through diet and exercise, but loose skin happens more often to bariatric or gastric bypass surgery patients. With a slow, gradual weight loss, a person’s skin elasticity snaps back into place much easier, shrinking back down as the fat is slowly lost. But when too much is lost so fast, the skin’s elasticity doesn’t have the time to catch up.

After bariatric surgery, patients normally will be healthier and have a boost in self-confidence, greater mobility, relief of symptoms and lower risks of weight-related illnesses. They also will see that their inelastic skin is stretched and hangs over their smaller body. Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, P.C. offers post-bariatric plastic surgery to tighten, lift and contour sagging areas of skin for a better appearance. The patient may choose to treat the arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, neck, face or other areas.

Procedures include:

• Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Breast Lift
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
• Buttock Lift
• Thigh Lift

Almost every part of the body can be affected by loose skin after weight loss. The most common area that people are concerned with is the stomach. An overhanging apron, called a “pannus,” causes a fold of skin on the front of the abdomen. Besides preventing clothes from fitting well, a pannus can cause symptoms of rash and skin irritation. These symptoms can become worse in hot weather. An extremely large and heavy pannus can interfere with exercise and even normal activities, as well as cause lower back pain.

While the belly is a common area for excess skin, rashes and irritation can also happen in folds of skin under the breasts, and on the thighs and back. Excess skin on the upper arms can be annoying to many patients. Skin rashes aren’t as common in this area, but the hanging skin may cause discomfort and embarrassment during physical activity.

According to a recent study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, people who have had weight-loss surgery and later had the excess skin removed, were less likely to gain weight back than those who had the surgery but did not undergo a post-bariatric procedure. The study followed 100 patients who had lost about 100 pounds each after bariatric surgery. Those who did have the resulting excess skin removed only gained back around 13 pounds while those who did not have any cosmetic procedures gained back around 50 pounds.

The best time to consider post-bariatric surgery is when you are as close to your goal weight as possible and are weight stable. This typically happens around 12-18 months after the gastric bypass surgery. Patients should be at a stable weight for at least 3 months before having surgery. Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, P.C. today at 631-364-0333 to schedule a complimentary consultation and see if you are a candidate for post-bariatric surgery!

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