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What You Need to Know About a Mommy Makeover

You’re a mother, and you love being able to care for your little bundle of joy. It’s that baby that makes all the body imperfections you see worth it, right? Even so, you may still be a bit frustrated with what you’re seeing in the mirror. You’re just not happy with your body.

The first thing you should know is that you are not alone. Everyone’s body changes during pregnancy, but not everyone’s body snaps back to looking like it did pre-pregnancy. Actually, most women never achieve their pre-pregnancy back.

What You’re Dealing with Now

When you look in the in mirror, you probably notice the following:

  • Your breasts are not as perky as they were before pregnancy.
  • The tummy area may not be as flat.

These concerns are common for new mommies, such as yourself. They aren’t impossible to get rid of either.

Yes, despite the work you’ve done at the gym already and all the healthy foods you’ve been consuming. Losing weight and exercising just isn’t enough sometimes to tone up the abdominal area and firm up your breasts. The body needs help because it’s been through so many changes over the last year.

When you were pregnant, your breasts grew to double or triple their size. After you had the baby and nursing, your breasts most likely have deflated from holding baby’s milk and they are sagging. On top of that, if you’ve lost weight, they are even smaller. They just aren’t the full, perky breasts you’re used to seeing pre-pregnancy.

The stomach is a whole other situation. Again, the skin stretched when your baby was growing inside of you. It also lost elasticity and muscle because it was in that state for several months. After having the baby and losing the added weight from pregnancy, you may just see skin hanging. This is completely normal and for some people, the skin will never shrink back.

Not all hope is lost, though. There’s something you can do about it – a mommy makeover.

About the Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover performed by an experienced plastic surgeon can correct exactly what you’re unhappy with when you look at yourself in the mirror. This includes a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction. Understanding each procedure will help you become more comfortable with the thought of having them done to improve the look of your body.

Breast Augmentation

The breast augmentation procedure can restore your breasts, so they look aesthetically pleasing. This procedure may include a breast lift, which will involve removing some of the extra skin to tighten the area and bring the breasts up.

Breast implants may be a consideration if you would like bigger breasts or you would like a fuller appearance. When meeting with the plastic surgeon, he will be able to advise you on the sizes that would help achieve your desired results.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

An abdominoplasty procedure, also known as a tummy tuck, restores and adjusts the abdominal wall. During this procedure, the plastic surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. The plastic surgeon can also repair the abdominal muscle if it was damaged during pregnancy.

Removing the excess skin and fat will result in a flatter, tighter tummy and smaller waist. Many people are amazed that most, if not all, of their stretch marks are gone as well.

The concern most patients have is about scarring, but there’s nothing to worry about because the scarring is hidden underneath the underwear line. The only time it will be visible is when you are completely naked, and you will have to look for it to see it.

Liposuction

Liposuction may be part of a mommy makeover to remove unwanted fat in other areas of the body. It can be used on the thighs, buttocks, neck, back, calves, back of the arms, and chin. A hollow instrument called the cannula is inserted under the skin and a vacuum sucks the fat through the cannula to remove it. The best way to know if you should have this procedure added into your mommy makeover is to contact your plastic surgeon.

When to Get a Mommy Makeover

While it is perfectly fine to have a mommy makeover and then have another baby, it’s best to wait until you’re done having them unless you want to repeat the mommy makeover. Most people find it’s better to wait, so they can hold onto the results for as long as possible.

Contact Us for a Mommy Makeover

Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC is the preferred plastic surgery office in East Setauket, NY. We offer all the procedures included in a mommy makeover, as well as many others such as browlift, rhinoplasty, body lift, and Coolsculpting.

Please contact us for a consultation appointment by calling 631-364-0333 or clicking here to send us a message.

 

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.

Bikini Ready by Summer with a Tummy Tuck

Summer is quickly approaching, and you may already be thinking how you will look in a bikini. You may have even lost a few pounds to see if that made your tummy flatter. Unfortunately, if you’re like most people, it didn’t make enough of a difference.

Why Losing Belly Fat Is Hard

Losing belly fat takes a lot of work and dedication. You must eat the right foods, avoid alcohol, and exercise intensely and consistently to lose the fat and keep it off. Most people do not have the time or the energy to do all of this for the rest of their life, or for as long as they want a flat, tight belly.

The Tummy Tuck Solution

A tummy tuck is the best solution for people who want to look beautiful in a bikini, but don’t want to put in the work. With a simple procedure, people will have the flat and tight belly they want.

When you decide to have the tummy tuck procedure, you will meet with a plastic surgeon who will examine your abdominal area to determine how much skin and fat needs to be removed.

After reviewing your medical history to ensure you are a candidate for surgery, the plastic surgeon will make an appointment for the procedure.

The tummy tuck procedure is not a long one (about two to five hours), but it is surgery. The first step is to administer anesthesia.

General anesthesia is used because of the invasiveness of the procedure. This means it’s important to have someone available to drive you home afterwards. If you do not have a loved one available to drive you home, schedule a transportation service.

After the anesthesia is administered, you will fall asleep in a few minutes. You will be unaware of what is happening during the entire procedure.

The next step is to make the incision. When someone needs a full tummy tuck, a horizontal incision is made between the pubic hairline and belly button. The length of the incision depends on how much skin needs to be removed. The scarring from the incision is completely hidden underneath the panty line.

The only scarring that may be seen afterwards is if the plastic surgeon needs to remove excess skin from the upper abdominal. This incision is made around the navel. The scarring is usually faint, and most people are not bothered by it. You will know whether this needs to be performed before the procedure, so you can make a decision about it.

Once the lower incision has been made, the plastic surgeon will lift the abdominal skin. This is where the abdominal muscles are, and if they need to be repaired, this is when it will happen.

For those who have excess skin above the navel, the plastic surgeon will pull down the upper abdominal skin. The excess skin is trimmed, and then the plastic surgeon will put the abdominal skin back with sutures.

Since the belly button may be gone after trimming and suturing, a new belly button opening can be placed where it looks best. After creating a hole for the belly button, it is popped through, and sutured in place.

The final step is to close all of the incisions. This includes using sutures, tapes, clips and/or skin adhesives. The plastic surgeon determines what will work best for recovery.

The flatter, tighter abdominal area is noticed right away. Full results are not seen until swelling goes down after recovery.

Recovering from a Tummy Tuck

Following the plastic surgeon’s recommendations during recovery is crucial. An infection can occur if patients do not care for themselves as the abdominal area heals.

Some general recommendations include:

  • Some patients may have a tube placed under the skin to drain the excess fluid from the incision site.
  • A compression garment must be used during recovery.
  • Recovery can take up to two months but can take as little as two weeks.
  • Patients should refrain from strenuous activity.
  • Patients should avoid lifting heavy objects.
  • Most people return to work by the second week of their recovery, but only with the plastic surgeon’s permission.

Recovering from a tummy tuck isn’t difficult. Most patients use the time to catch up on much needed sleep and relaxation.

Get a Tummy Tuck Just in Time for Summer

The perfect time for a tummy tuck is the winter and spring. By the time you’re fully recovered, it will be time for you to show off your amazing body in your bikini.

Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC. now to schedule a consultation. Our team of experienced plastic surgeons can perform a tummy tuck procedure before it’s time to make your summer body debut. Call us at 631-364-0333 to speak to one of our scheduling specialists.

 

 

 

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!

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