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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!

Getting Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back

New motherhood is one of the greatest experiences you will ever have. We’re sure you love every moment of being a Mommy, but pregnancy and breastfeeding can take its toll on your body! Unfortunately, your body will never be exactly the same as it was before having kids on its own. Your figure may be saggier, softer, or larger. After birth, your body may have issues regaining its original skin elasticity, muscle tone, and slim physique. Your breasts will change shape and size and your abdomen will expand and contract, but rarely back where it was before pregnancy. Your hips, butt and thighs will also increase in size during pregnancy.

For some lucky ladies, their bodies spring back into their old shape, but unfortunately for most, that doesn’t happen. Diet and exercise can only help so much and for many women, diet or exercise will never get their bodies back to the way they were.

The Mommy Makeover at Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC Is designed to help correct the following conditions that happen to your body after pregnancy:

• Sagging breasts
• Small or deflated breasts
• A protruding abdomen
• Separated abdominal muscles
• Stretched skin on the abdomen
• Excess stubborn fat on the body

While one or more of the above might not apply to everyone, we’d say these things occur in the majority of women. Our Mommy Makeover is a customized set of procedures selected to address your personal needs and typically includes the following procedures:

Tummy Tuck
Liposuction
Breast Enhancement

Some moms need a breast lift to get their pre-baby body back, some need a breast augmentation and a tummy tuck. These procedures can be completed in different stages at different times.

Tummy Tuck

After you give birth, the skin on your stomach might not be as tight as it was pre-pregnancy. A Tummy Tuck [link] involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightening of the abdominal muscles, if necessary. Skin doesn’t respond to exercise so this is a popular procedure for mothers. A tummy tuck will also help remove stretch marks in this area!

Liposuction

Liposuction is a removal of stubborn fat cells that are not responding to diet and exercise. After giving birth, fat can accumulate on the abdomen, thighs, hips, and buttocks, and might not go away with exercise. Often, liposuction may be used solely or in combination with the other procedures to give Mom the firm look that her body had before the baby.

Breast Enhancement

Many women find that their breasts are smaller after breastfeeding, and that they are sagging in a way that chest exercising would never correct. Breast augmentation involves placing an implant in the breast to replace volume you’ve lost. If your breasts are sagging after pregnancy, a breast lift will return them to their position and shape. A breast lift and augmentation can be combined if needed.

Are you a new Mom? Contact us today at 631-364-0333 to schedule a Mommy Makeover consultation with Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Reconstruction Options

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many women eligible for breast reconstruction following cancer surgery are not being informed of their choices. All women should know their options!

Studies have revealed*:
• Only 23 percent of women know the complete range of breast reconstruction options available
• Only 19 percent of women understand that the timing of their treatment for breast cancer and the timing of their decision to undergo reconstruction can greatly impact their options and results

Our Breast Reconstruction procedure restores a natural, symmetrical appearance to breasts, maintains body proportion, allows clothes to fit better, and most important of all, boosts self-confidence for women who have had one or both breasts removed via mastectomy or who lack breasts due to a genetic or developmental abnormality.

The goal of the reconstructive surgeons at Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC is to create a new breast and nipple that resemble the woman’s natural breast as closely as possible in shape, size and position. The reconstruction itself consists of multiple surgeries, the first of which involves creation of the breast mound and is performed during or after mastectomy in a hospital under general anesthesia. Follow-up surgeries may be done in an outpatient facility, under either general or local anesthesia.

There are several ways to reconstruct the breast, both with and without implants; Suffolk Plastic Surgeons will work help you to decide which one is best for you.

Reconstruction Options

The most common procedure combines skin expansion in the breast area with implant insertion. First, your surgeon will insert a balloon expander beneath the skin and chest muscle where your reconstructed breast will be located. A saline (salt water) solution is then injected into the expander through a tiny valve beneath the skin over a few weeks or months, eventually filling it and stretching the skin. The expander may then be left in that place or replaced with a breast implant. A final procedure reconstructs the nipple and areola. Not all patients require the tissue expansion and can begin with the implant.

DIEP Flap

Another reconstruction option is a deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap. This procedure uses skin and tissue from the abdominal area to recreate the breast mound after a mastectomy. In the majority of cases, there is enough excess fat and skin in the tummy area to create a new breast mound and restore the breast appearance. A DIEP flap does not involve moving any muscle tissue, and will result in less pain and shorter recovery times. Patients may also benefit from a flatter and more toned abdomen after skin and fat are removed.

The recurrence of cancer, chemotherapy or radiation treatment will not be affected by breast reconstruction. However, in additional to the complications that may arise after any surgical procedure, there are some risks that can occur, including infection around the implant, if an implant is used, and capsular contracture, when the scar around the implant tightens, causing the breast to feel hard.

If you’re a breast cancer survivor whose cancer was eradicated with mastectomy, you are a candidate for breast reconstruction. Women with health problems such as obesity and/or high blood pressure and those who smoke are advised to wait. Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons PC at 631-364-0333 for your breast reconstruction consultation!

*Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Guys Say Goodbye to Wrinkles for Good!

Calling all men! Do you ever wish you could improve your appearance? Well good news! We can help restore your look and make you look much younger! We offer our male patients several different filler options in order to provide the best possible results for their individual needs, including: BOTOX®, Sculptra®, Dysport, Collagen, and Hyaluronic Acid. 

When you smile, laugh, frown, or look puzzled, you contract the muscles of your face. Over time, these contractions produce furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin, especially around the eyes and mouth, between the eyebrows, and on the forehead. These lines can make you look older, sad, angry or tired. Soft tissue fillers can not only prevent you from deepening these lines during natural facial movements, they can also erase these marks of aging, leaving you looking younger and refreshed.

Thought Botox was just for women? Wrong! The reality is, hundreds of thousands of Botox procedures are performed annually on men as it is effective for reducing lines and wrinkles all over the face. The most popular areas of treatment for men are between the eyebrows and across the forehead. If you would like to learn more about the options available to you, please feel free to reach out to us on social media or give us a call 631-364-0333.

Hey Moms, It’s Time to Treat Yourself

As the summer comes to an end, and the back to school shopping begins, don’t forget about YOU! Yes, moms, we are talking to you! You spend so much time focused on everyone around, it’s finally time to treat yourself.

Have you always wished you could have your pre-baby body back? Have you always wanted a more youthful figure but it just never happened? Or perhaps you’ve always considered a breast augmentation, but just couldn’t find the time? Well, the time is now!

Our ‘Mommy Makeover’ is designed to restore youthful contours and help correct the following conditions:

  • Sagging breasts
  • Small or deflated breasts
  • A protruding abdomen
  • Separated abdominal muscles
  • Stretched skin on the abdomen
  • Excess stubborn fat on the body

It typically includes the following procedures: tummy tuck, liposuction, and a breast enhancement. However, it is also possible complete the procedures in stages at different times.

The confidence boost that our ‘Mommy Makeover’ provides to your self esteem may be immeasurable. Now you can get your body into shape and confidently enjoy the active lifestyle your children demand.

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