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!

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.

Mommy Makeover: Restoring Your Confidence

To all of the moms out there: your strength, dedication, and selflessness are never ending, but don’t forget it is also important to have some “me time”! In fact, the happier you are in your own skin, the happier those around you will be. Motherhood can sometimes compromise such happiness as it alters the body in more ways then one. Rebuild your self-confidence today with a Mommy Makeover! Be selfish, be confident, be your best you – you deserve it!

After birth, your body may have trouble regaining its original skin elasticity, muscle tone, and slim physique. Diet and exercise can only restore so much of your pre-pregnancy body. The Mommy Makeover at Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC is designed to restore youthful contours! In fact, it is designed to 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

If you are interested in learning more about our Mommy Makeover, please reach out to us on social media and/or call us to schedule a consultation: 631-364-0333.

The Do’s After Having a Breast Augmentation

Women may decide to undergo cosmetic plastic surgery for many reasons. Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S. and one of our most popular services. A breast augmentation can give women with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look through the placement of saline or silicone implants in the breast. 

So you are taking the next step in fulfilling your body goals. How can you make sure you’re setting yourself up for success? One of the best ways to do that is to educate yourself and make sure that you’re prepared for the recovery period after your surgery.

Self-care is one of the most important factors in your breast augmentation recovery. In fact, it will partly determine your final results. Here are some do’s after having a breast augmentation…

    • Avoid heavy lifting.
    • Rest and take it easy.
    • Eat healthy.
    • Follow your doctors directions for recovery.
    • Be patient.
    • Be positive!

If you are interested in learning more about any stage of a breast augmentation, please reach out to us on social media and/or call us to schedule a consultation: 631-364-0333.

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