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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!

Cosmetic Procedures to Help Lose Those Winter Pounds

It’s very common to overindulge over the holidays, which is why one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Even with proper diet and exercise starting on January 1st, there are specific body areas that will always be resistant to change without extra help. Cosmetic surgery is really best for addressing things that your trainer can’t such as after-pregnancy pouch, loose skin, stubborn fat areas and breast size/volume.

Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, P.C. can help contour your body in 2019 with invasive and noninvasive treatments:

Liposuction

Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that removes localized areas of fat from the body through a small tube called a cannula. If a patient is in good overall health and maintains a healthy lifestyle, but has one or more problem areas with unresponsive fat deposits, they are a candidate. Liposuction is performed through a tumescent technique, and may also include the assistance of ultrasound imaging or laser energy. Unlike a diet and exercise plan, liposuction can contour areas of the body where fat is difficult to lose, and is a permanent solution to excess fat deposits in tough-to-reach body areas.

VASERlipo®

VASER is a one-of-a-kind precision body-sculpting system, which provides surgeons with advanced technology to create dramatic contouring compared to traditional liposuction. It is unique in its ability to target fat while leaving other important tissues intact. With VASER, treat multiple areas in a single procedure with less pain, swelling and downtime. See immediate and precise sculpting results!

CoolSculpting

Fat cells hate the cold. It’s science! Fat cells will freeze at higher temperatures than their surrounding tissues. CoolSculpting technology enables us to precisely target fat cells beneath the skin, and cool them down to temperatures that initiate their natural death. Diet and exercise can help diminish the appearance of fat cells, but they don’t permanently remove them. CoolSculpting freezes off fat cells for good, enhancing your diet plan and serving as great encouragement for continuing that healthy lifestyle. CoolSculpting results are long-term and with no downtime!

Tummy Tuck

A flat and well-toned stomach is something many strive for through exercise and weight control. When these methods fail, a Tummy Tuck can achieve those goals! Abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is firmer and smoother.

Mommy Makeover

Get back to your pre-pregnancy body with a Mommy Makeover. This package combines some of our more popular procedures into one and can include tummy tuck, liposuction and/or breast enhancement. By having multiple procedures at a time, patients only have to recover once, instead of two or three separate times.

With the long winter ahead of us, now is perfect time to plan for summer! Trading in sweaters for bikinis in 2019 will seem discouraging when carrying around a few extra holiday pounds! One of the most optimal times for plastic surgery is in the late winter and early spring. Be beach-ready long before summer, call Suffolk Plastic Surgeons P.C. now at 631-364-0333 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Preparing for Plastic Surgery

You should properly prepare yourself both physically and mentally before any kind of surgery. A serious change is about to happen to your body, so take every precaution to reduce possible complications and to quicken the healing process.

No more smoking or drinking! Smoking constricts blood flow and slows down your body’s healing capabilities. Drinking can also affect your healing and immune system, making it easier to contract illness and disease. Alcohol consumption prior to surgery can also make you more susceptible to bleeding. You shouldn’t drink any alcohol before or after surgery until your surgeon gives you approval. All prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications (including vitamins and supplements) that you take should be discussed with your surgeon at your consultation and again at your pre-operative appointment.

Patients on regular medications for blood pressure, heart conditions, thyroid issues, and psychiatric conditions should stay on these medications as prescribed. Two weeks prior to your procedure, you may begin taking multivitamin supplements with the approval of your surgeon, including vitamins A and C. Bromelain can also help relieve swelling after surgery, and homeopathic arnica ointment can be used to prevent and treat bruising.

Boost your body’s immune system and healthy by eating healthy and regularly. Maintain a healthy diet and weight, this includes eating fruits, vegetables, and protein with every meal. Extreme dieting before surgery is not advised, as good nutrition and a stable weight is important for proper healing.

Make sure to get all your prescriptions filled ahead of time, especially any that are related to your procedure, and have someone ready to drive you to and from the procedure. Have somewhere prepared to recover after your surgery.

When you decide to have a treatment with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, we will help you prepare physically and mentally to ensure the greatest chances of success for the procedure. Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons P.C. at 631-364-0333 for your complimentary consultation!

Eyelid Surgery or a Facelift: Which Comes First

A frequent question we hear during a patient consultation is “Should I have eyelid surgery or a facelift first?” There really is no answer that suits all patients. Most base their decision on which area of facial aging they are concerned with at the moment.

What is Blepharoplasty?

The eyelids are often one of the first to show signs of aging and damage, as the skin of the eyelid is thinner than the rest of the face. People can appear older or more fatigued due to eyelids that droop or bulge. Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a procedure that removes tissue, muscle and sometimes excess fat, improving the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids. Patients may choose to have the procedure on upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both.

If you have loose, sagging skin or puffy bags around your eyes, this procedure can help reduce these unwanted effects and leave the eyes looking young and fresh for a long time. While surgery cannot prevent your eyes from aging any further, most patients are satisfied with their results in the long-term and do not seek additional procedures.

What is a Facelift?

Facelifts, technically known as rhytidectomy (literally, “removal of wrinkles”), counteract signs of aging by tightening muscle, removing fat, and trimming excess skin, giving your face a fresher, youthful look.

Facelifts are most effective for patients who want to correct:

  • Midface sagging
  • Deep creases under the eyes
  • Deep creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)
  • Jowls due to loss of muscle tone
  • Sagging areas of fat
  • Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw

Should I have Blepharoplasty first?

A blepharoplasty of the upper eyelids will have a dramatic impact and recovery will be easier and fairly simple. Also, the results will impact the appearance of your brow and the area to the side of your eyelids. This may impact the technical details of your facelift, so it is better that this procedure be completed before the facelift. If you choose to do the facelift first, one of our surgeons can take these details into consideration.

Can I Have a Blepharoplasty and Facelift Together?

Not all surgeons or patients think having combined procedures is a good idea. However, we can give you recommendations based on decades of expertise in performing eyelid surgery, facelift surgery and neck lift procedures. During your consultation, we will make an assessment of your skin, health and surgery objectives. Both procedures can be done together for suitable candidates.

Whether to have eyelid surgery or a facelift first or even both at the same time, really depends on the patient’s lifestyle, facial-aging, skin laxity and our assessment and recommendations. Plastic surgery is not a one-size fits all scenario and every patient has different concerns and choices.

All surgery involves risks and recovery time; find out more by arranging a consultation with our facial rejuvenation surgeons at Suffolk Plastic Surgeons P.C. Call us now at 631-364-0333!

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