Millennials Turning to Preventative Botox to Ward off Wrinkles

BotoxIt’s no secret that social media is one of the reasons why an increasing number of people are choosing to have a facelift in NYC. A facelift can take years off your face with long-lasting outcomes. Another popular way to fight the signs of aging, Botox smoothes wrinkles though the results are temporary. And now there is a new option on the scene – preventative Botox. According to a recent Fox News report, millennials in their 20s and 30s are staying ahead of the game by choosing to have preventative Botox to keep wrinkles from forming.

Botox or Botulinum Toxin Type A is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that enjoys tremendous popularity largely because of the excellent aesthetic results it offers. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported that the year 2017 saw 7.2 million iBotox injections, an increase of 2% from 2016. In this selfie era and social-media obsessed world, it’s not surprising to see millennials turning to preventative Botox to look their best. ASPS also confirmed this trend — Botox procedures increased 28 percent since 2010 among 20 to 29-year-olds.

What exactly does Botox do? Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles that cause frown lines and reduces crow’s feet wrinkles. The treatment can also lift the brows, help turn up the lips and soften the chin area. Used correctly, Botox can dramatically reduce early and moderate signs of aging. The effects typically wear off in three to six months.

The idea underlying preventative Botox is to treat the more frequently used facial muscles to avoid getting wrinkles and fine lines. It works by relaxing the muscle and also the overlying skin so that wrinkles do not form. There’s no specific age to start getting Botox and if you traces of lines or wrinkles appear in the 20s or 30s, then it’s better to start the treatment.  The sooner you treat the signs of aging, the better your results will be. The benefits for early users of Botox are:

  • They may not need fillers or more invasive procedures that are required to treat deep creases in patients who start Botox in their 40s or 50s.
  • People who continue using Botox may need only less Botox as they get older.
  • Cheaper for younger patients as they need only lesser amount of the injection

Concerns relating to skin tone and texture imperfections can be addressed by nonsurgical procedures such as Botox, dermal fillers and laser resurfacing.

Millennials seeking preventative Botox should find a plastic surgeon who has experience in catering to younger clientele. A skilled surgeon would know how to use Botox appropriately and inject the right doses to provide subtle, natural looking results. It is important to steer clear of heavily discounted treatments performed by unqualified or inexperienced providers.

Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox, and in such cases, comprehensive facial rejuvenation procedures would be needed. A facelift in NYC can address sagging, creases below the lower eyelids, creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth, facial fat, jowls and a double chin. Today, the conventional surgical facelift is competing with minimally-invasive procedures such as the mini facelift, S-lift, neck lift, or endoscopic facelift. Modern facelift techniques are subtle and can be customized to suit the needs of the individual patient.

Tips for Smooth Recovery after a Brazilian Butt Lift

Brazilian Butt LiftGetting a Brazilian butt lift in NYC is a feasible option for women who want a well-shaped curvy posterior without the hassle of implants. This innovative cosmetic surgical procedure allows you to achieve attractive, natural-looking buttocks using your own fat. In fact, Brazilian Butt Lift surgery is the latest trend among women who want a booty boost and an all-natural way to refine the proportions of the body.

Fat is removed via liposuction from other areas of the body (typically the stomach, hips, and thighs), and transferred to the buttocks. Skilled surgeons will perform additional liposuction around the butt to improve the appearance of surrounding areas for more attractive results. While the surgeon’s skill is paramount to achieving optimal outcomes, a lot depends on how you handle the recovery phase, especially when it comes to following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions. Proper postsurgical care is crucial for a smooth, safe recovery and good results.

Usually, the final results of this buttock augmentation procedure are seen approximately in 6 months after the treatment. It is necessary to take proper care of your skin and body after the procedure to obtain optimal results and increase the survivability of the graft taken. Here are some important tips for recovery from a Brazilian butt lift:

  • Initial recovery: It’s quite common to experience slight swelling and bruising soon after the procedure, but these subside in few days. Depending on your level of discomfort, your plastic surgeons will prescribe certain pain medications. Taking the prescribed medications can help manage the initial pain, swelling and bruising.
  • Sitting: One of the most important post-operative instructions involves avoiding sitting and lying on the behind after this procedure in order to maximize the survivability of the fat graft. Sitting during the recovery period is harmful to the new fat graft because it exerts a tremendous crushing pressure on the sensitive cells and tissues. If you need to sit, use a donut pillow or inflatable pillow.
  • Compression garment: Patients are usually advised to wear a compression garment for up to 4-6 weeks after the surgery. This helps prevent tissue swelling and also enables the operated areas to heal properly and quickly.
  • Strenuous activity: Most patients resume walking within a day’s time. But it’s advisable to avoid high impact activities for up to 4 weeks after the procedure. This will help the donor site heal faster and also improve the outcomes. You can generally resume exercise after six to eight weeks.
  • Lymphatic massage: Your surgeon may advise you to seek a lymphatic massage from a licensed massage therapist as it may help to promote healing and enhance the appearance of skin around the treatment area.
  • Avoid swimming and hot tubs for at least 4 weeks after your procedure.
  • Avoid exposing the scars to the sun for at least 12 months.
  • To speed healing, take adequate rest, follow a balanced diet, and avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.
  • Contact your surgeon if you experience any unusual symptoms or problems such as infection and keep your follow-up appointments.

Brazilian Butt Lift under local anesthesia is a relatively new concept invented by leading NYC plastic surgeons Dr. Spero Theodorou and Dr. Christopher T. Chia of bodySCULPT®.

Global Breast Implants Market to Touch US$ 1482.1 Million by 2024

Breast Implants Market to Touch US$ 1482.1 Million by 2024Most women place a lot of importance on physical appearance and many turn to plastic surgery to achieve their goals. For instance, the demand for breast augmentation in New York City has increased over the years. In fact, according to the latest annual report of the American Society of Plastic surgeons, breast augmentation was among the top cosmetic surgical procedures in 2017 along with liposuction and nose reshaping. Persistence Market Research predicted that the global breast implants market is likely to attain a 4.1% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) over the assessment period from 2016 to 2024 and will reach US $ 1482.1 million by the end of 2024.

Women opt to have breast augmentation for various reasons: to enlarge breasts that are naturally small in size, reinstate size and shape after breastfeeding or excessive weight loss, and to address asymmetry. Augmentation mammoplasty, as the procedure is also called, involves surgery to place a breast implant under the chest muscles or breast tissue. Leading NYC plastic surgeons help women achieve their aesthetic goals using FDA-approved saline and silicone gel implants.

A Global Market Insights (GMI) breast implants market report (2013-2014) published in August 2017 provided an analysis of the market based on product type (saline or silicone), shape (round, teardrop), application, end user (hospitals, cosmetic surgery practices) and region. The findings of the report are as follows:

  • By Product: Silicone gel implants dominated the market in the year 2016 and the report predicted that the trend would continue over the forecast years. With silicone-gel breast implants, there is less wrinkling or rippling, and importantly, they offer natural-looking outcomes. However, the report noted that their comparatively higher cost and larger incision required for insertion might discourage demand.
  • By Shape: Breast implant shapes include round and teardrop. Round breast implants accounted for the larger share of the market in 2016. Their ability to give round, soft and proportioned breasts and availability in a range of diameters and degrees of projections offer a great deal of flexibility to fit any body type. Moreover, the round shape addresses the problem of rotation. But the report predicted that the disadvantage of superior pole fullness in women with small breasts would restrain the growth of this type of implant during the forecast period.
  • By Application: The GMI report noted that the demand for breast augmentation would grow as it is a short duration procedure with minimal complications and can be performed under local or general anaesthesia. Breast augmentation improves a woman’s self-confidence and this would drive  the growth of the breast implants market.
  • By Region: According to the report, the S. market held over 85% of the regional revenue share in 2016 due to the demand for breast augmentation to address aesthetic concerns. GMI predicted that the rising adoption of innovative products, evolving healthcare infrastructure, and growing awareness could strengthen regional growth.

Persistence Market Research predicted that the North America market may achieve a 4.0% CAGR during the forecast period. Revenues are expected to grow in the APAC market and the Latin American market is expected to record a 4.3% CAGR, with higher growth in Mexico and Brazil. However, expansion would be limited in the MEA region due to low understanding and other factors. In Asia, especially China, women tend to imitate Western trends and their increasing disposable incomes are leading to an increasing number of women opting for breast augmentation.

Factors such as risk of complications such as infection, capsular contraction, breast and nipple sensitivity and deflation of implants could dampen the growth of the market over forecast period. However, the increasing emphasis on physical appearance and rise in women’s disposable per capita income are expected to be strong factors that will drive growth of the global breast implants market in the coming years.

Are CoolSculpting and Other Noninvasive Techniques Effective Body Contouring Options?

 CoolSculpting - Effective Body Contouring OptionWhen it comes to body contouring, there are lots of techniques and procedures available to help you accomplish your aesthetic goals. Conventional methods involve invasive surgery to remove excess fat. But now, people don’t want to undergo knife to get rid of those bulges. Fortunately, advancements in the field of plastic surgery have resulted in innovative noninvasive techniques such as CoolSculpting NYC which destroys fat cells by freezing them. Nonsurgical modalities employ ultrasound or radiofrequency energy to melt and remove fat. Popular options include BodyFX, Liposonix, VASERshape, Vanquish, Fractora, and Kybella. They involve minimal surgical trauma and shorter downtime than traditional procedures. But many people ask: do these nonsurgical body sculpting techniques really work? Are they safe and are results are permanent?

These novel nonsurgical body contouring procedures are considered effective for healthy people who are close to their ideal body weight. This is because these procedures work well for small to moderate trouble spots where excess fat is present. They are ideal for treating areas such as the upper and lower abdomen, back, and inner thighs.

Though their prime intention is to remove fat cells, these modalities use different methods to help men and women achieve their body contouring goals. CoolSculpting in NYC, a popular procedure among both patients and plastic surgeons, has the ability to address stubborn fat and tighten the skin. It is an effective noninvasive body contouring solution for both men and women who are not willing to go under the knife to meet their aesthetic goals. This FDA-cleared fat reduction technique works on cryolipolysis, a treatment which destroys fat cells by freezing them. It helps people to get in shape by removing excess fat without the need for any surgical incisions. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics, procedures that use special technology to “freeze” away fat without surgery increased 7% from 2016.

Like fat freezing, ultrasound and radiofrequency techniques are also popular options to get rid of stubborn fat. Liposonix and VASERshape employ ultrasound energy to remove fat easily, quickly and effectively without harming the skin or surrounding tissues. VASERshape can effectively treat a wide range of body types and body areas below the neck such as the arms, abdomen, flanks, hips, buttocks and thighs. Vanquish and Fractora use radiofrequency energy for effective fat removal. Vanquish is designed for painless and lasting fat reduction. It can effectively remove fat from the abdomen and love handles. Fractora wrinkle treatment slows down the effects of aging and restores the youthful look of the skin. It can improve wrinkles, scars and skin tone in areas such as the lower eyelid, upper eyelid, smile lines, cheeks, mouth and neck. Kybella in NYC is a injectable treatment to reduce chin fat and achieve a sculpted jawline. This is the first and only double-chin injectable treatment.

The benefits of the nonsurgical fat reduction procedures are:

  • No incisions required
  • Effective in reducing stubborn areas of fat
  • Outpatient treatment with little to no downtime and minimal discomfort
  • Minimal bruising, swelling and pain
  • Minimal risks of post-procedure complications such as infection
  • Short recovery time
  • Quick return to normal activities

However, nonsurgical fat removal will work only for the right patient who have less amount of fat to remove or if surgery is not possible. It is also important not to compare nonsurgical procedure results with traditional liposuction which can remove larger amounts of excess fat and produce more dramatic results.

To determine if you qualify for a nonsurgical procedure like Kybella or fat freezing in NYC, consult a plastic surgeon who is experienced in using these techniques. If you are a good candidate, a skilled surgeon can provide you with optimal results.

Significance of FDA Approval for Cosmetic Devices and Treatments

FDA Approval for Cosmetic Devices and TreatmentsWith the advancements in technology, plastic surgeons offering body contouring in NYC are using innovative devices and treatments to help men and women achieve their aesthetic goals. The excitement starts when the news breaks that a product or procedure has earned approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA-approved cosmetic devices include Smartlipo Triplex, CoolSculpting, and injectables such as Kybella. The FDA has also approved dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid to smooth out facial wrinkles. Saline, silicone, and IDEAL breast implants are also FDA-approved.

What is the role of FDA approval in aesthetic treatment and devices? Is it important that a treatment that you are considering has FDA approval? To answer these questions, let’s take a look at what FDA approval means.

It is the FDA’s responsibility to grant and oversee a company’s interstate medical product marketing, that is, when drug companies develop a new medicine, they have to do various tests to make it sure that the drug is safe and effective before it can be sold and prescribed. The FDA’s role is to approve the medication for the specific use the drug is made for. Usually, drugs are approved on the basis of a specific disease or diseases, a specific age group, a specific problem and a specific health condition, like weight or pregnancy. A Hudson Institute report states, “The FDA’s valuable and important role is to conclude whether products are appropriately labeled as determined by risk analysis, assessment, monitoring of approved product clinical studies, evaluation of a company’s safety and efficacy claims, and then to grant interstate marketing licenses.”

Besides medications for humans and animals, the FDA monitors food, vaccines, tobacco products, dietary supplements, radiation-emitting electronics, cosmetics, and medical devices. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeon (ASPS),”almost half (48%) of the approvals made by the FDA are for medical devices. One third (33%) are given to foods intended for human consumption. The next largest share is cosmetics (8%), followed by housewares and food-related items at 5%, and drugs and “biologics” at 3%.”

Though some products are FDA-approved for a particular use, providers may use them in other ways too. For instance, though Botox is FDA-approved for frown lines, crow’s feet and now horizontal forehead lines, it is also used to smooth out lines on the nose, to enhance the appearance of the lips and to uplift the eyebrows to a more naturally relaxed position. These uses, though not officially recognized by the FDA, are known to have a history of successful and safe use by qualified providers.

If a particular aesthetic device has obtained FDA approval for one purpose, then the surgeon can prescribe the treatment for a patient which is called prescribing medication “off-label.” Continued research on the same device for other purpose requires FDA approval for that purpose too. For example, CoolSculpting in NYC is a unique nonsurgical treatment that is FDA-approved to remove unwanted fat from various areas of the body such as the chin, thighs, abdomen and flanks or love handles. This fat freezing method was first cleared for by the FDA for non-invasive fat layer reduction in the flank or love handles and got FDA approval for abdominal fat reduction in 2012.Later, it received FDA approval in 2016 for reducing fat around the bra straps, back, and underneath the buttocks. In 2017, the FDA approved this fat-freezing device for “improving the appearance of lax tissue” (or loose skin) in the under-chin area.

The FDA’s goal is to safeguard people from harmful drugs and procedures. Companies must prove their offerings to be both safe and effective before they can be put on the market. A device or drug gets approval only after a detailed presentation in well designed scientific studies and investigations led by the FDA which is a long, arduous process intended to weed out less than proven products. Once a product gets FDA approval, the manufacturers are then allowed to advertise their product to the consumer according to what has been proven effective.

While FDA approval doesn’t guarantee safety or effectiveness, it is a successful regulatory body that can be referenced for unbiased information. If a drug or device doesn’t obtain this approval doesn’t mean that it is not safe and effective, but the term “FDA approval” provides comfort to the consumer.

FDA approval is important for a cosmetic devices and injectables, but their safety and effectiveness would also depend on the plastic surgeon who uses them to perform a procedure. To ensure optimal outcomes and safe body contouring in NYC using approved modalities, choose an AAAASF accredited plastic surgery practice with qualified surgeons with expertise in performing the procedure you are considering.

Market Research Report identifies Key Players in Plastic Surgery Market

Key Players in Plastic Surgery MarketBody contouring in NYC involves a slew of plastic surgery procedures to address various aesthetic concerns. Having aesthetic surgery enhances one’s appearance and boosts self-esteem and self-confidence. The plastic surgery market has grown rapidly in recent years and expanded to include a wide variety of procedures to enhance almost any area of the body. According to a recent Technavio report, the global cosmetic surgery market will grow at a rapid pace and achieve a CAGR of close to 7% over the forecast period 2016-2020. The report identifies the leading players in the plastic surgery market as Cynosure, ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Allergan Inc., Merz Pharma, Galderma, and Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

The Technavio report provides a detailed segmentation of the market by various procedures, products, and geographical areas. Plastic surgery procedures include surgical and non-surgical options. Surgical procedures are further sub-segmented into:

  • Liposuction
  • Nasal surgery
  • Breast augmentation
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Tummy tucks

Body sculpting in New York City is performed by surgeons who are specially trained in using both minimally-invasive and noninvasive modalities to provide the best results. Cynosure’s minimally-invasive Smartlipo Triplex laser assisted workstation has made liposuction easier, quicker and safer on any area of the body. Its advanced technology is designed to target trouble spots, eliminate stubborn fat, and tighten the skin for superior results with less pain and recovery downtime than traditional liposuction. This workstation comes with intelligent delivery systems to monitor the delivery of energy and prevent overtreatment.

ASPS data show that the noninvasive procedures to eliminate fat and tighten the skin are gaining popularity. A noninvasive body contouring option, Coolsculpting in NYC allows men and women to get rid of stubborn fat without needles or scars. Developed by ZELTIQ Aesthetics, the CoolSculpting device delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin, while leaving the skin itself unaffected.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, breast augmentation was the most popular procedure in 2017. Women choose to undergo breast augmentation in NYC for different reasons such as to enhance the breast volume, to correct breasts that differ in size and shape, and to reshape the breasts making them firmer and rounder.

In terms of geographic areas, North America and Europe dominate the plastic surgery market due to rising aging population and high adoption rates of aesthetic products. The U.S. represents the largest market for plastic surgery followed by Canada in North America. High disposable income is one of the significant factors driving America’s market growth. Moreover, the rising cases of obesity in the region are also expected to contribute to the growth of this market until the end of 2020.

Gynecomastia: Causes and Effective Treatment Options

Gynecomastia: Causes and Effective Treatment OptionsAbnormal enlargement of breast tissue or gynecomastia is an embarrassing concern for many men. It often has an impact on the individual’s social and emotional well-being. Gynecomastia can be effectively addressed with the cosmetic procedure male breast reduction in NYC. Though gynecomastia can occur at any age, it is commonly seen in adolescent boys, with around two-thirds of them developing some form of gynecomastia.

A recent US News article discussed the views of expert plastic surgeons on excess breast tissue or gynecomastia, how it affects millions of males regardless of age and the required strategies to cope with the situation. Dr. Christopher T. Chia, MD, the surgical director of bodySCULPT®, a plastic surgery group in New York City, points out that gynecomastia patients who come into his office are often men in their 20s and 30s who recall painful memories for having “man boobs”. Dr. Chia says, “It’s especially poignant for young boys who are coming into puberty, that’s a complicated period of life anyway. You add to that how kids could be merciless. A lot of these boys [with gynecomastia] don’t want to take their shirts off. They won’t change in front of their peers in the locker room, they wait until everyone leaves. Or they won’t shower after their gym class, their self-consciousness is that great.”

Factors such as hormonal imbalances, heredity, obesity, Gilbert’s syndrome, prevalence of certain medical conditions and the use of certain drugs that either increase estrogen production or hamper testosterone production could be the reasons for abnormal enlargement of the male breast. According to the Mayo Clinic, most cases of gynecomastia are caused by hormone changes during puberty in adolescents and a small percentage is caused by medication. Dr. Chia says, “Talk to your primary care physician, so that they can identify whether your gynecomastia is caused by medication, and whether discontinuing the meds could correct the condition.” He also adds that the doctor can reassure the patient that this condition is an extremely common one, and that they are not alone.

Other plastic surgeons say that gynecomastia caused by hormone changes in adolescent boys (age of 12 to 14) is relatively common. That is, in as many as 50 to 75 percent of adolescent boys (with gynecomastia), the excess breast tissue typically go away without treatment in six months to two years, but for others it would remain. Gynecomastia could create fullness under the breast or under the nipple which could be mild to severe. But the effects of gynecomastia are strictly aesthetic, and the condition isn’t associated with any other ill effects.

If you have gynecomastia and if medications have failed to resolve this embarrassing issue, you can benefit from male breast reduction surgery or gynecomastia surgery. When thinking about undergoing treatment, ask yourself these questions.

  • How much does the condition bother you? Is it basically a cosmetic concern? Gynecomastia becomes a concern when it is moderate to severe and causes a person considerable distress and embarrassment, and affects his quality of life.
  • Consider whether seeking treatment will make you feel better and whether you can afford the treatment.
  • Are you an ideal candidate? Talk to your doctor to find out whether you need the treatment and whether it can benefit you.

In recent years, the changing fashion concepts of men have persuaded an increasing number of teenagers and men to seek gynecomastia surgery. Even though the procedure provides optimal results, is there any minimum age to have the treatment? This question is more relevant for teenagers, because when teenage boys are seeking this treatment, they have to understand that it is not uncommon for boys to experience some changes to their breasts during puberty which however would take 2 to 3 years to resolve. If the condition persists and becomes a source of emotional distress and embarrassment, breast reduction treatment could be the solution.

With advanced technologies such as BodyTite RFAL (radiofrequency assisted liposuction) device or the Smartlipo Triplex laser liposuction device, male breast reduction in NYC can be performed safely and effectively. Both these modalities are designed to provide effective fat reduction as well as significant skin contraction. The procedure also improves the appearance and position of the areolas and gives a more natural male chest contour.

Yet another innovative surgical technique, ‘Boomerang’, can safely and effectively correct gynecomastia in muscular men who have shed significant amounts of weight. In this method, gynecomastia is successfully resolved as part of comprehensive body contouring surgery. The procedure involves making a series of opposing elliptical excisions to remove excess skin. The final result is tight skin closure to reveal superficial muscular bulk.

Ideally, gynecomastia surgery is delayed until full development of the male breast. This could be around the age of 18 years, after the effects of adolescent hormonal development on the breasts cease. Experienced and skilled plastic surgeons at an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery center would perform a comprehensive history and physical exam and possibly blood tests to check your hormone levels. To confirm that the patient is a good candidate for surgery, they will make sure that there is no other underlying cause for the gynecomastia. Understanding how common gynecomastia is and that it’s not associated with other health effects can help you keep the condition in perspective.

New York City Plastic Surgeons Develop ArmTite, a Minimally Invasive Scarless Arm Lift

New York City Plastic Surgeons Develop ArmTite“Bat wings” or flabby arms are an aesthetic concern that many women face. Flabby upper arms are resistant to diet and exercise. Till recently, brachioplasty or invasive arm lift surgery was the only option to address the issue. Today, advances in technology and plastic surgery techniques make it easy to get rid of that excess fat with a scarless arm lift. Invented by plastic surgeons Dr. Spero Theodorou and Dr. Christopher T. Chia of bodySCULPT® in NYC, this innovative technique can provide you with smooth, shapely arms without the unavoidable visible scars associated with traditional arm lift surgery. The minimally-invasive procedure, BodyTite™ on arms (ArmTite), is performed using the FDA-approved BodyTite radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL) platform.

Saggy underarms are usually the result of weight fluctuations which cause the skin to stretch, not exercising the upper arm area, aging, reduced muscle tone, and gravitational forces. Most people find that those unwanted deposits of fat in the upper arms refuse to go away even with stringent diets and rigorous exercise.

If your concern is just excess fat, then liposuction on arms would be enough, but it would offer very little in terms of skin tightening.  When excess fat and excess skin are both concerns, then BodyTite liposuction is the most reliable solution. BodyTite in NYC removes the unwanted fat pockets and tightens the excess skin between the underarm and elbow. The procedure can provide your upper arms with a toned, youthful look, with minimal side effects and discomfort, and importantly, no visible scars. Unlike traditional arm lift surgery or brachioplasty, ArmTite helps you achieve the well-shaped arms you desire without extensive downtime.

The procedure begins with administering local anesthesia to the treatment area, avoiding the usual risks associated with general anesthesia that can affect your heart rate and blood pressure. A tiny incision is then made in the skin of the upper arm to insert the cannula used for BodyTite treatment. The RF energy delivered via the cannula gently liquefies the unwanted fat cells quickly, allowing them to be easily removed.

BodyTite uses bipolar radiofrequency technology for superior skin tightening effects. The device features two parallel probes, one that passes below the skin and the other that passes directly above the skin. The radiofrequency energy passes between the two probes, melting fat on the inside while simultaneously causing skin to contract and tighten, allowing the surgeon sculpt the arms to achieve the ideal shape.

The key benefits of BodyTite for arms are:

  • Arm lift without scars
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Recontouring effects are immediately visible
  • Significant skin tightening
  • Minimal pain, swelling and bruising
  • Short downtime
  • Quick recovery

Due to minimal surgical trauma and downtime, most patients return to routine activities soon. Depending upon the area treated and the amount of fat removed, the recovery time and results vary.  Larger areas will require a longer recovery time and results is patient specific. Best results appear 6-12 weeks after the procedure. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions on exercise and other matters after arm lift surgery to obtain optimal results. Importantly, a healthy lifestyle is necessary to maintain the outcomes.

As there are limits to the amount of fat that can be removed and the extent of skin that can be tightened, not everyone is a good candidate for the BodyTite arm lift. If you are a suitable candidate, ArmTite is the ideal option to resolve those saggy upper arms before summer arrives.

Know the Reasons why you should Not have Plastic Surgery

Plastic SurgeryAn increasing number of men and women are opting to have body contouring in NYC. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeon, there were 17.5 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2017, a 2 percent increase over 2016. There are different reasons why a person might want to have plastic surgery. Reliable plastic surgeons evaluate patient goals carefully to ensure that they made their decision to have a procedure for the right reasons.Such assessments are also done to determine if the patient has plastic surgery addiction.

Women who consider a breast lift or facelift in NYC generally do so to improve their appearance. However, not all individuals are good candidates fora procedure like facelift surgery if they are experiencing any emotional distress at the time they want to change their appearance. Importantly,changing your appearance is something very personal and is something that should be done for yourself and not for anyone else.

In addition to aesthetic reasons, procedures can be performed for medical reasons. Let’s take a look at some sound reasons not to have plastic surgery.

  • Societal and peer pressure: A recent article from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) stresses that peer and societal pressure should not be a reason for having a cosmetic procedure. Such pressure can be very difficult on teenagers. Teens tend to compare their bodies with models, movie stars, and other celebrities and end up seeking plastic surgery to look like them. This is not acceptable. Media images of celebrity stars are often photoshopped and flaws are covered with makeup, editing, and enhancements. Sometimes, even adults feel self-conscious about their age when they are around younger people and think they should have a procedure to look more youthful.
  • To please or impress someone else: Plastic surgeons often come across people who want to have a procedure just to impress someone, which could be their spouse, boyfriend, or friends. It’s important to understand that you should never consider plastic surgery simply because someone else wants you to change your appearance. You should have a procedure only if you want to do it, and for no other reason. So before you go under the knife or the needle, ask yourself, “Am I doing this for myself?”
  • Want to look like a celebrity or someone else: A good candidate for cosmetic surgery would have realistic expectations about the outcome. Some people become obsessed with the looks of their favorite actress or singer and think that having the same procedure their idol did would create the same results for them. Whatever cosmetic surgical procedure you have, you need to keep in mind that plastic surgery is not a magic wand that can transform your looks completely and make you look like your favorite celebrity.
  • If you have serious health concerns: Not everyone is a good candidate for plastic surgery. People with health issues such as heart disease, hemophilia or a bleeding disorder, lung disease, heavy smoking/drinking, high blood pressure, obesity, severe allergies and high cholesterol are supposed to have a discussion with their primary physician or specialist to make sure plastic surgery is safe. It’s important to prioritize to your health over surgery for aesthetic benefit.
  • To follow a current trend: Don’t opt to have a procedure just because it’s a trend-setter as you may end up being disappointed. Trends are temporary, but surgery is not. Have a cosmetic procedure only if it can address a flaw that you are really unhappy about.
  • For quick weight loss: Body contouring procedures are not weight loss procedures. While liposuction does involve fat removal, it is not option for huge weight loss. Surgical treatment for extreme weight loss is performed by bariatric surgeons. Liposuction is an option for people who are close to their ideal weight but cannot get rid of stubborn deposits of fat and improve body contour with just diet and exercise.

So if you are considering plastic surgery, make sure that your decision is based on the right reasons. Reputable plastic surgeons who offer safe and effective body contouring in NYC  also guide their patients in making informed decisions.

Teenagers and Plastic Surgery – Important Considerations

Teenagers and Plastic Surgery - Important ConsiderationsRecent reports indicate that body contouring in NYC is no longer confined to adults. According to a recent American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) report, plastic surgery patients are getting younger and the number of teens seeking plastic surgery is increasing.

Most teenagers are extremely conscious about their looks. Teens seeking cosmetic surgery are usually inspired by celebrity trends, social media, the need to conform, and the desire for perfect selfies. Many teens report that improving their appearance boosts their self-esteem and confidence. Some parents even give plastic surgery as a gift for certain occasions such as graduation. The rise in requests for teen enhancement and cosmetic surgery has given rise to important questions — can teens have plastic surgery and if the answer is yes, when is it appropriate for them to have a procedure?

The most common surgeries teens consider are breast augmentation, male breast reduction (gynecomastia treatment), rhinoplasty, and otoplasty. Breast augmentation in New York City improves breast volume, contour, symmetry and overall appearance. However, teenage girls and their parents should know that breast enhancement should not be performed on those younger than 18 years. Rhinoplasty or surgery to reshape the nose can be performed when the nose has attained 90% of its development, which is usually at age 13 or 14 in girls and 15 or 16 in boys.

Male breast reduction NYC surgery is in demand by boys who want to address gynecomastia or overdevelopment of male breast tissue. The condition can be caused by hormonal imbalance, medication side effects, obesity, or other reasons. Usually, male breasts attain a natural appearance when boys attain full maturity and slim down. Breast reduction surgery would be appropriate for teenage boys in severe cases, especially if it can resolve the psychological or emotional problems that the condition causes. NYC surgeons perform the procedure using the minimally invasive ultrasound-assisted VASERlipo system.

Teens also request noninvasive procedures to improve the overall appearance of the skin such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing for improving acne scars and skin discoloration.

However, any surgery involves risk and teens must have a proper understanding of the risks and the limitations of plastic surgery. Also, not every plastic surgery procedure is appropriate for a teenager. For example, surgeries that are designed to rejuvenate the face or to make a person look more youthful are usually inappropriate for teens. At the same time, they can have an eyelid lift if ptosis or drooping eyelids obstruct vision. Here are some important considerations governing plastic surgery for teens:

  • Be emotionally mature, have realistic goals and understand what the surgery can and can’t do.
  • Specifically ask or request the procedure – it is not advisable for the parent to suggest plastic surgery.
  • Understand both the risks and benefits of a potential change, especially if it is a permanent, surgical procedure.
  • Have the ability to follow the directions for the preparation before the surgery and during recovery.

Family support is important for teens to get through even a minor corrective procedure. As ASPS notes, this will promote the physical and emotional safety of the teen patient.

The most critical element for optimal outcomes, patient safety, and proper decision-making is to find a well-qualified, experienced and empathetic plastic surgeon. The right surgeon would have the expertise to guide teen patient in taking an informed decision.