RealSelf Reports rise in Wedding-Related Cosmetic Procedures in 2019

RealSelf Reports rise in Wedding-Related Cosmetic Procedures in 2019

For many people, presenting an attractive, positive self-image is the best possible way to boost confidence. Reputable plastic surgery centers in the US offer a wide variety of safe and effective aesthetic treatments. This has made body contouring in NYC a popular option for men and women. People also rely on experts to help them look their best on special occasions. A new report from RealSelf reveals that more people are getting cosmetic procedures as part of their wedding preparation, with wedding-related reviews up 30 percent in 2019.

The analysis was based on the reviews that mention “wedding” or “getting married” that were posted on the RealSelf site between March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019 and the previous 12 months, March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018.

According to the report, reviews for nonsurgical treatments in particular are on the rise, making up 46% of all wedding-related reviews posted on RealSelf over the past 12 months. This is an increase of 10% compared to a year earlier, when surgical procedures accounted for higher percentage of reviews (64%) compared to nonsurgical ones (36%). The report lists the top three most reviewed nonsurgical treatments I 2019 as:

  • Nonsurgical Fat Reduction (23%)
  • Toxins (15%)
  • Injectable Fillers (14.15%)

The new data also reveals which general categories of nonsurgical cosmetic treatments are the most popular among pre-wedding patients. Nonsurgical fat reduction (which includes treatments like Kybella, SculpSure, CoolSculpting, and Emsculpt) ranked first for the second consecutive year, accounting for 23 percent of all nonsurgical pre-wedding treatment reviews posted on RealSelf during the last 12 months. Orthodontics, which includes teeth-straightening treatments, had ranked No. 2 in 2018, but did not figure in the list this year. The analysis did not segment reviews based on gender, age, or location.

Kybella is the latest cosmetic treatment for a double chin or submental fullness. The first and only FDA-approved double-chin injectable treatment, KYBELLA can address this concern without surgery. KYBELLA contains synthetic deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that promotes the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA destroys the fat cells. This results in a noticeable reduction in submental fullness and leads to an improved chin profile. Performed by skilled surgeons, KYBELLA double chin treatment in NYC offers patients the same advantages as surgery but without the scarring and lengthy recovery time. CoolSculpting, another popular nonsurgical body contouring option eliminates unwanted fat by freezing it.

Talking about the surge in nonsurgical treatments, RealSelf chief brand and marketing officer Jani Strand said, “Technology is making it easier and less expensive to feel our most confident. New nonsurgical treatments create options for people who want meaningful results but don’t want the downtime or expense of surgery, and RealSelf makes the information about them accessible to anyone, anywhere. No appointment necessary.”

The 2019 Wedding Trends report also lists the top 5 most reviewed cosmetic treatments. Breast augmentation and rhinoplasty share the top spot of surgical treatments reviewed before weddings, together accounting for 14% of all wedding-related reviews posted on RealSelf over the last 12 months. Breast augmentation ranked first in both 2018 and 2019, while rhinoplasty’s rank rose from No. 5 in 2018 to No. 1 in 2019.T

The Brazilian butt lift, another popular cosmetic surgical procedure, was the third most reviewed cosmetic treatment in 2019. The Brazilian butt lift (BBL) in NYC is a customized procedure that improves the appearance of a woman’s buttocks using her own fat. The latest annual statistics report of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reveals that the popularity of buttock augmentation with fat grafting grew by 19% from 2017, with a total of 24,099 procedures performed in 2018.

According to a RealSelf Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lara Devgan, “Cosmetic interventions are real medical procedures that require serious thought and consideration. While a major life event such as a wedding might motivate a patient to move forward with a procedure, that individual has likely been contemplating and researching for months or even years leading up to that point.”

Men and women planning body contouring in NYC before the wedding season should choose an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice that provides the service of expert plastic surgeons. The right surgeon will provide the right guidance and recommend the best solutions to help patients achieve their goals.

Cosmetic Procedures are on the Rise, Finds Latest ASPS Study

Cosmetic Procedures are on the Rise, Finds Latest ASPS StudyMore and more men and women are opting to have body contouring in NYC, which clearly indicates the increasing popularity of cosmetic surgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released their Annual Procedural Statistics recently. According to the study, total cosmetic procedures in 2018 increased by 2 percent from 2017.  The key findings of the ASPS study are as follows:

  • More than 17.7 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were performedin 2018, nearly a quarter million more than the previous year.
  • Of the 1.8 million surgical procedures in 2018, the majority were focused on the body rather than the face.
  • The top five surgical procedures were: breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery and tummy tuck surgery.
  • While tummy tucks remained about the same as in 2017, breast augmentations increased by 4 percent and liposuction by 5 percent from the previous year.
  • There was an increase in body-sculpting procedures such as buttock augmentations and thigh lifts.
  • Of the 15.9 million minimally-invasive procedures in 2018, the top five were: botulinum toxin type A (an injectable that includes Botox), soft tissue fillers, chemical peel, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion.
  • Non-cosmetic reconstructive procedures such as scar revision, non-facial laceration repair and tumor removal (including skin cancer) increased by 1 percent from 2017 to 2018.

The Fox News report detailing these findings quoted ASPS President Alan Matarasso as saying, “Liposuction continues to be the gold standard in body contouring because of its versatility, efficiency and effectiveness.”  Just one liposuction procedure can treat more areas and larger areas, he noted. However, while liposuction provides more consistent and predictable results than non-invasive treatments, Dr Matarasso pointed out that new non-surgical fat reduction machinery continues to evolve and play a role in reshaping areas of the body.”

Global Cosmetic Surgery and Procedure Market Analysis, Trends, and Forecast

Cosmetic SurgeryA growing number of men and women are opting to have body contouring in NYC to get rid of excess fat deposits that persist even after strenuous dieting and exercise. There is a wide variety of cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures for the enhancement or reshaping of various body structures or parts. Popular treatments include breast enhancement, facial contouring, facial rejuvenation, body contouring, and skin rejuvenation.

Today, cosmetic surgery is widely accepted, with people wanting to reduce the impact of aging, and look young and energetic. New market research shows that the growing desire to enhance appearance and improve self-confidence is the major factor driving the demand for cosmetic surgery, leading to the growth of global cosmetic surgery market worldwide. A recent market research report titled “Cosmetic Surgery and Procedure Market Analysis By Type (Surgical, Nonsurgical), Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa), Size share, Trend Analysis And Forecast Up To 2024” report from Axiom Market Research & Consulting predicts that the global cosmetic surgery and procedure market will grow with a CAGR of 7% over the forecast period 2019-2024.

According to another report from Persistence Market Research, the global cosmetic procedures market is anticipated to witness significant market valuation and a robust growth rate during the period of assessment 2017-2025. The report notes that the global cosmetic procedures market, which was valued at US$ 27 billion in 2016, is expected to reach US$ 51.6 billion by the end of 2025, growing at a robust CAGR of 7.5% throughout the period of forecast. The report identifies the factors driving the growth of the cosmetic surgery and procedure market as:

  • Rising trend of medical tourism
  • Higher adoption of cosmetic procedures, especially in the emerging economies
  • Rising prevalence of skin disorders that offer lucrative opportunities to adopt various laser surgical treatments
  • Growing innovations in the medical field

The Axiom MRC report categorizes the market based on type, region, and top key players. On the basis of type, the market is segmented into Surgical and Non-surgical Procedures. According to the report, the global cosmetic surgery and procedures market is dominated by surgical procedures. The global surgical procedures accounted for more than 60% of market share in 2017 and are anticipated to grow CAGR 7.0% during the forecast period 2019 to 2024. The major surgical procedures that included in the study are breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, eyelid surgery, and breast lift. The report points out that eyelid surgery and tummy tuck surgery are witnessing huge demand in emerging economies in the Asia Pacific region.

The study notes that growing demand for liposuction and breast augmentation is one among the major factors leading to growth of cosmetic surgeries market. Liposuction is the gold standard for removing stubborn, unwanted fat pockets and according the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), liposuction ranked second among the five top procedures in 2017, a 5% increase from 2016.

Similar to the demand for cosmetic surgical procedures, nonsurgical procedures are also growing in popularity as they are more accessible and affordable. Botulinum toxin (BTX) was found to account for the largest market share, that is, more than 40% in 2017. However, dermal fillers are expected to register the fastest growth during the forecast period 2019 to 2024. The report highlights a new trend – the use of augmented reality (AR) in plastic surgery operations.

Geographically, the Axiom MRC market research report segments the the global cosmetic surgery and procedure market into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America comprises U.S., Canada, and Mexico and Europe primarily covers Germany, France, UK, Italy, and Rest of Europe. The key players in the market are listed as Allergan plc, Merz Pharma, Nestle, Cutera, Cynosure Inc, Ipsen, Sientra Inc., Alma Lasers, Johnson & Johnson, Sinclair IS Pharma, Lumenis, Invasix Aesthetic Solutions, and Syneron Medicals among others.

Breast Reduction for Women – Frequently Asked Questions

Breast ReductionMany men and women are seeking ways to get rid of unwanted body fat and get into shape, which the rising popularity of body contouring in NYC. One major concern that many women seek to resolve is overly large breasts, a condition that can affect their appearance, health, well-being and lifestyle. Breast reduction surgery or reduction mammoplasty is an effective solution for this concern. This life-changing procedure can free women from the mental and physical stress of having overly large breasts and improve their overall appearance.

Though the demand for breast reduction is on rise, candidates still have many questions about the procedure. Here are the answers to frequently asked questions about breast reduction surgery for women:

  • What is breast reduction surgery?

    Pregnancy, hormonal changes, genetic and obesity are the main factors responsible for disproportionate enlargement of the breasts. The condition could also be the result of the side effects of some medications. Breast reduction surgery is a safe and effective means of reducing breast size and achieving a well-shaped, attractive bust line. The procedure involves removes excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin to provide the desired breast size and appearance.

  • What are the benefits of having breast reduction surgery?
    Reduction mammoplasty can address physical and aesthetic concerns associated with having overly large breasts. It puts an end to problems like rashes under the breasts, breathing difficulties, back and neck pain, and poor posture. Having the treatment can help you maintain a more active life and fit into normal-sized clothes. You would be relieved of the emotional stress associated with the condition. The procedure helps you achieve natural-looking, attractive breasts. Studies show that over 95 percent of breast surgery recipients are very satisfied with their decision.
  • Am I good candidate for the treatment?
    There is a misconception among women that only women with large breasts can undergo breast reduction surgery. The fact is that any woman whose breasts are disproportionate to the rest of their frame and is in good physical and emotional health may be a good candidate for the procedure.
  • What are the techniques used to perform the procedure?
    In leading AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practices, expert surgeons use advanced minimally-invasive liposuction modalities such as BodyTite RFAL (radiofrequency assisted) or Smartlipo (laser assisted) to perform breast reduction safely and provide optimal outcomes.
  • What type of anesthesia is used?
    Minimally-invasive liposuction treatment can be performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia. Patients remain awake throughout the procedure and are usually allowed to go home the same day.
  • Are there any risks involved with breast reduction surgery?
    Very rarely, though some loss of breast tissue may occur due to inadequate blood flow to the remaining breast tissue. This usually occurs in women who smoke ( Having your procedure performed by an experienced plastic surgeon in NYC will minimize such risks.
  • How should I prepare for the surgery?
    Your plastic surgeon will take a detailed medical history and conduct a physical exam to determine whether you are fit for the surgery. You would need to obtain medical clearance from your physician or specialist to ensure you are fit to undergo the procedure. Patients will also be advised to quit smoking at least 2 weeks prior to the surgery, stop taking medications with blood thinners, and avoid tanning.

If you are considering breast reduction in NYC, choose a reliable AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice that provides service of well-trained plastic surgeons in this procedure. You can expect end-to-end care and support all through the treatment, right from initial consultation up to full recovery. The benefits of choosing the right practice are:

  • Safe and effective removal of excess fat and skin
  • Customized treatment
  • Improved contour with optimal skin tightening
  • Reduced surgical trauma
  • Coagulation of blood vessels
  • Minimal downtime
  • Fewer risks and complications
  • Quick recovery

RealSelf releases Report on 2019 Aesthetics Trends

RealSelfBody contouring in NYC has been growing in popularity as an effective option to treat stubborn fat pockets, sagging skin and cellulite that are resistant to even stringent diets and rigorous exercise. With the rise of social media and a plethora of scientific and practical breakthroughs, industry experts have predicted that many new procedures will drive the aesthetic market in 2019. Real Self’s recently published 2019 Aesthetics Trend Report and 2019 Aesthetic watch list noted that consumer interest in minimally invasive cosmetic treatments outpaced interest in surgical treatments last year (CISION PR Newswire).

RealSelf’s 2018 Aesthetics Trend Report was compiled by analyzing user behavior trends of U.S. consumers researching on RealSelf that year. RealSelf’s 2019 report discusses trends that RealSelf analysts and medical experts predict would be big in 2019. Here are the trends featured in RealSelf’s 2019 aesthetic watch list:

  • The Year of the Toxins: This year, there was a lot of interest in preventative treatments and “baby Botox”. Though Botox smoothes wrinkles and fights early signs of aging, results are temporary. In 2018, it was reported that millennials in their 20s and 30s are staying ahead of the game by choosing to have preventative Botox to keep wrinkles from forming in the first place. According to RealSelf’s latest report, interest in Botox is increasing the fastest among 18- to 24-year-old RealSelf users. While Botox is leading the neuromodulator market today, it could face competition from new entrants such as Revance and Evolus.
  • Less Invasive Alternatives to Traditional Procedures: RealSelf’s survey indicates that there is a growing demand for nonsurgical treatments that are less invasive. Unlike traditional surgery with long downtimes, less invasive alternatives allow patients to quickly return to normal routine. Emsculpt, stimulates forced muscle contractions to cause muscle growth, is being touted as first nonsurgical buttock toning procedure. Another example is off-label use of fillers such as Sculptra Aesthetic. This FDA-approved to treat facial wrinkles saw 31 percent interest growth on RealSelf last year, and the report notes that many physicians are now using the injectable for buttock augmentation.
  • Expanded Conversations about Modern Beauty: Social media posts by celebrities and other influencers about their real-life treatment experiences have reduced the stigma around the cosmetic procedures. People are now exposed to more information about advancements in technology and techniques, and now have the ability to choose procedures that can provide them with the best results.

The desire for “instant gratification” is one of the key drivers of the demand for nonsurgical cosmetic treatments. People look for immediate results like a lunch hour transformation or better. Another catalyst in the quest for instant gratification is the selfie trend. Most social media users, especially millennials, have become more image-conscious than ever before and want to look good in every selfie they click. Fox News recently reported that “selfie awareness” is pushing people to take it one step further by undergoing aesthetics procedures to alter their looks. KYBELLA in NYC, a popular nonsurgical treatment, is an ideal option for people looking to resolve a double chin and look good in their selfies.

Recent Poll Finds Cosmetic Procedures Enhance Well-being

The demand for body contouring in NYC has been growing in recent years. More and more men and women are having minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures to reshape their body and enhance their appearance. But it seems that it’s not just about looking good. United Press International recently reported on a new survey which found that people who choose minimally invasive cosmetic procedures do so because they want to feel good, not just look good. The results of the poll were published online on August 15 in JAMA Dermatology.

To researchers surveyed about 500 adult patients in the U.S., most of whom were white middle-aged women. The patients had undergone some kind of relatively non-invasive cosmetic procedure between 2016 and 2017. The poll found that the key driving force for choosing cosmetic procedures is a personal desire to feel happy and confident with better quality life. The results of the survey are as follows:

  • Nearly seven in 10 of the respondents said they chose the procedure to improve their psychological well-being.
  • Over 50 percent of the respondents also wanted to protect their health, boost their confidence levels in a social setting, or look “professional” at work.Cosmetic Procedures

The author of the study noted, “Patients’ motivations for cosmetic procedures are not trivial, and those who get such treatments are sensible, normal people who are not just obsessed with their appearance. They have a range of motivations.”

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, up to 17.5 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2017 that is a 2 percent increase over 2016. The report showed a rising interest in minimally-invasive and non-invasive procedures, that is minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures have increased nearly 200% since 2000, showing that Americans are turning to new and innovative ways to shape their bodies.

The study author points out that today’s advancements in technology and the new techniques invented by dermatologists have also increased the demand for minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures. Unlike traditional plastic surgery procedures, these procedures provide many of the benefits as conventional procedures, but without the risk, scars, and downtime. The researchers reported that newer procedures accounted for the most of the more than 7 million aesthetic services performed by U.S. dermatologists in 2016.

Non-invasive cosmetic procedures do not break the skin and are applied on the top of the skin, whereas minimally invasive cosmetic procedures may break the skin, but not as much traditional cosmetic procedures do. For example, filler and neuro-modular injections are used to address the sagging aging face while reducing lines and wrinkles, and liposuction is used simultaneously to suction off excess fat through tiny incisions.

The patients who were polled for the survey had undergone a wide variety of non-invasive procedures including laser and light treatments for brown spots, blood vessels, wrinkle reduction, scar treatment and hair removal; chemical peels, non-surgical skin tightening and fat reduction with radiofrequency energy, cold treatment, or ultrasound. Moreover, the poll results suggested that age did have an impact on patient’s choice, that is, older patients wanted to treat visible signs of aging, whereas the younger patients were more interested in treatments that help to avoid or slow aging.

Dr. Jeffrey Janis, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said the survey “reinforces much of what plastic surgeons have learned from patients over the years.” He adds that “physical and mental well-being is powerful motivating factors, as is the desire to ward off the signs of aging or delay the aging process.”

Minimally invasive procedures can greatly improve a person’s appearance and restore youthful appeal. However, having the procedures performed by experienced and skilled dermatologists/cosmetic surgeons is paramount. Only an expert can tell if you will benefit from a minimally invasive procedure.

Practices offering cosmetic surgery in Manhattan, NYC, provide both minimally and non-invasive procedures. If you are considering a procedure, find an AAAASF accredited plastic surgery practice with well-trained plastic surgeons. Expert surgeons will carefully evaluate your anatomical considerations, recommend the right cosmetic procedure, and provide customized treatment to meet your goals.

Traits of a Good Plastic Surgeon

Plastic SurgeonMore and more men and women are opting to have body contouring in NYC to improve their appearance. Advancements in technology are helping them achieve the transformation they always dreamt about with minimal surgical trauma and short downtime. However, choosing the right surgeon is important for safe treatment and optimal outcomes. If you are planning to have an aesthetic procedure, you need to know about the traits to look for in a potential plastic surgeon. While this is the case, not all people are aware of what to look for in a good plastic surgeon. Here are the basic signs and traits to look for that can help you decide if a plastic surgeon is good enough for the particular procedure you are considering:

  • The plastic surgeon is experienced and well-trained in the procedure: While considering a cosmetic procedure, make sure that the surgeon you choose is well-qualified, that is, he or she should have the background, skills and experience to deliver a safe and effective procedure. Importantly, the surgeon should be experienced and skilled in performing the procedure you want. The surgeon should have extensive training with the most current aesthetic techniques. Body contouring is performed using different techniques and only a specialist who is skilled in these techniques can produce good results. Schedule a consultation and discuss your aesthetic goals so that the surgeon can determine which would be the best option for you.
  • Honesty: One of the important attributes to look for in a plastic surgeon is transparency and honesty. The plastic surgeon should be trustworthy and should open up about his expertise in the particular procedure (such as providing evidence of how many times they’ve performed it or and how it has worked out) patient is looking for. This will build trust in patients and also lead to better outcomes. According to the article in Readers Digest, “some doctors are so afraid of negative online reviews or of making a patient upset that they’ll allow the patient to bully them into doing something they don’t feel is best.” An honest surgeon who truly cares about the patient will be frank about anything in the patient’s best interests.
  • Comfort level: Our bodies are generally good at making judgments of situations and people. Make sure you are comfortable discussing your concerns with the plastic surgeon you approach. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
  • Not pressurizing: A good plastic surgeon won’t force or pressurize patients into cosmetic surgery before they are ready. Even if the procedure is performed under proper guidance, complications are a possibility. So choose a surgeon who will explain the benefits as well as risks of the surgery to you, including the potential complications. This will help you take an informed decision.
  • Easily accessible: Look for a plastic surgeon to whom you can connect to conveniently. As a Readers Digest article points out, physicians offer alternate scheduling (like weekend hours), call lines, online test results, and e-mail access to help patients get the care they need when they need it.
  • See if your surgeon updates his/her skills: Cosmetic surgery is a constantly changing field with new information, research, technology, and treatments emerging all the time. Good plastic surgeons will be willing to learn more about newer techniques and update their skills. Experts also train other physicians in innovative surgical techniques.

A good plastic surgeon would also respect the ethical principles in plastic surgery. According to a Northwestern Now News story, the four principles of medical ethics are respect for autonomy of the patient, beneficence or promoting what is best for the patient, nonmaleficence, also known as “do no harm”, and justice. They will also adhere to the guidelines for posting content on social media.

When choosing a NYC plastic surgeon, do your research well. You should educate yourself about patient safety and also learn how to make a smart choice about the facility where the procedure will be performed. If you are considering body contouring in NYC, choose an AAAASF-accredited practice. This would ensure adherence to strict national standards for equipment, operating room safety, personnel and surgeon credentials.

Thigh Lift Surgery Pre- and Post-Operative Instructions

Body contouring in NYC includes a wide range of treatments to address different aesthetic concerns. A well-defined lower body with no sagging skin or extra fat in the thighs or legs is what most women desire, but this is impossible to achieve with just dieting and exercise. Moreover, the upper legs become an increasingly problematic area as women age. Thigh lift surgery is designed to help patients achieve a slimmer, toned lower body. It removes excess fat from the thighs and tightens the skin to result in shapely legs. Today, skilled NYC plastic surgeons make use advanced minimally-invasive techniques such as Smartlipo, BodyTite, or VASER Lipo to perform the procedure.

Expert plastic surgeons recommend combining liposuction and skin tightening with thigh lift in one procedure to sculpt the legs with thigh lift surgery. The treatment involves liposuction of the inner thigh, outer thigh, buttock area, and even the area around the knees which can improve the appearance of thick legs. The procedure’s ability to create slimmer legs completely depends on the length of the leg, the quality and elasticity of the skin, and the amount of fat that can be liposuctioned without distortion.

Thigh Lift SurgeryTo be a good candidate for thigh lift surgery, patients should have excess fat in the area and a significant amount of additional skin. Thigh lift surgery removes the unwanted fat and skin from the upper part of the thighs to provide slimmer appearance. It improves skin laxity in patients who have lost a lot of weight and have flabby skin, and can resolve chafing in the thigh area.

If you are considering thigh lift surgery, following pre- and post-operative instructions is crucial to obtain superior results and reduce your risk for complications. Here are some tips to take care of your body and prepare for your recovery period in the weeks before your procedure:

  • Quit smoking and stop drinking alcohol as it can interfere with your procedure, including the healing process.
  • Discuss any supplements or medications you take with your surgeon and follow his/her advice on them. Stop taking certain drugs and supplements that can interfere with your healing process.
  • People with skin infections are not good candidates for the treatment. So make sure your skin stays healthy and sterile before your procedure.
  • To keep your body weight stable, exercise and follow a healthy diet.
  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure and if needed, arrange for someone to stay with you for few days and help with household chores.
  • Discuss all your concerns with your surgeon at the consultation, which will make you more confident and comfortable during the procedure.

After the surgery, you might experience some soreness, numbness and bruising in the treated area, which will subside eventually. Following your surgeon’s instructions on post-surgical care can promote smooth healing and recovery. Going by these tips will provide better results after your treatment:

  • Restrict strenuous activities and heavy lifting until healing is complete. The incisions in the thigh area will be subjected to tension and pulling when you sit, stand up, walk, and bend.
  • Based on your surgeon’s instructions and as recovery allows, walk or perform exercises to reduce risks of blood clots.
  • Lymphatic massage may help promote healing and enhance the appearance of skin around the treatment area.
  • Wearing a compression garment 24X7 is a must for few weeks after the surgery, as it helps to protect the incisions and provides support for your body as it heals.
  • Stick to a low-sodium diet to help reduce swelling.
  • Eating plenty of fiber-rich foods can help avoid straining during bowel movements.
  • Take the oral painkillers that your surgeon prescribes to alleviate post-procedural pain or discomfort.
  • Many patients position their body using pillows to take pressure off of the legs during healing. This also helps avoid stretching of the thigh tissue.
  • Get enough rest to help your body recover more quickly.
  • Keep your follow-up appointments.
  • If you notice any unusual signs at the treatment site or during the healing process, contact your surgeon immediately.
  • Maintain healthy lifestyle after the procedure to preserve your results.

Patients considering body contouring in NYC need to do their research well and choose an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice. Such practices have skilled and experienced plastic surgeons who are experts in providing leg makeovers. Moreover, an expert plastic surgeon will assess their needs and anatomical considerations and recommend the option that will provide customized treatment to help them achieve their aesthetic goals.

Things to Know about Plastic Surgery and Pregnancy

Pregnancy and childbirth are the most joyful, exciting and emotional occasions in a woman’s life. At the same time, due to hormonal fluctuations and physical changes it can also result in alteration of the body contour. Changes in physical appearance could lead to loss of confidence and self-esteem in many women, and they may often seek effective measures to restore their pre-pregnancy body. Women may consider plastic surgery solutions for body contouring in NYC to address their aesthetic concerns such as removing stubborn fat, or correcting / re-contouring their body. But is plastic surgery advisable during pregnancy or post pregnancy?
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In most cases, plastic surgery is an elective medical procedure, which means you have a choice whether to undergo the procedure or not. According to an article from Verywell Family, elective procedures such as plastic surgery are not usually performed during pregnancy. This is mainly because the drugs that are used to sedate patients during surgery may be harmful to unborn children, especially those in the first trimester. Even after the first three months, surgery is always riskier during pregnancy because that is the time when a woman’s body undergoes many changes as regards hormones, fat composition, blood circulation and so on, which cannot be accurately measured or predicted. All of those unknown factors make any operation, with the exception of a life-saving one, a huge risk to the lives of both the mother and the child. To ensure the patient is not pregnant, most plastic surgery centers perform a pregnancy test on all women of childbearing age immediately prior to surgery to prevent the patient who does not know she is pregnant from having surgery.

However, women who are willing to undergo plastic surgery procedure post-op to address their physical changes are typically advised to wait at least 6 months for better results. Physical changes after pregnancy and childbirth can be a concern, especially when a healthy diet and exercise regimen cannot address them effectively. In such cases, the mommy makeover procedure provided at NYC plastic surgery facilities would be an effective option to consider.

Women who are planning to have a child should wait until after pregnancy to have any plastic surgery procedure, especially mommy makeover. As an American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) report notes, pregnancy will stretch out the skin, lead to weight gain, and put some “baby fat” on the abdomen. So, women who choose to have lipolysis before pregnancy would enjoy only a short-term benefit. Therefore, the ideal option is to wait until you have finished having children. Moreover, women should wait until their body is fully healed after delivery to have a plastic surgery procedure such as liposuction. Liposuction surgeons recommend that women who have had a c-section should wait at least 6 months after delivery to have body contouring treatment.

The mommy makeover with its added advantage of combining multiple procedures at one go has become an increasingly popular body contouring option. It is a combination of procedures designed to resolve several postpartum changes such as loss of breast volume, breast sag and loose skin, excess skin in the abdominal area, stubborn deposits of fat in various areas, stretch marks, and wrinkles. The treatments typically included in this package are: tummy tuck, liposuction, breast lift and breast augmentation, as the most common areas of concern for many women are the tummy and the breasts. NYC plastic surgeons utilize advanced techniques and technologies to perform these procedures and improve all areas of the body affected by pregnancy with minimal scarring, minimal discomfort and short downtime.

Tummy tuck in NYC addresses excess fat and tightens the lax abdominal muscles to restore their natural contour. It’s important that the patient is in reasonably good shape and has just excess skin and skin laxity. A certain degree of size change and sagginess in the breasts is common with pregnancy, which can be treated with Mastopexy or breast lift surgery that can lift uneven, sagging breasts and restore their youthful firmness and shape. Breast augmentation is a key element in the mommy makeover as it restores breast volume. Women who want to improve sagginess and enhance breast size may be advised a breast lift combined with breast augmentation as part of their mommy makeover. Liposuction treatment can address all problem areas with stubborn pockets of body fat such as the pelvic area, back, abdomen, hips, flanks, thighs, knees, and arms, with the use of advanced technologies such as Smartlipo, VASER lipo and BodyTite.

It’s better to postpone the idea of getting a plastic surgery procedure during pregnancy and childbirth. A report in SMART BEAUTY GUIDE points out that “focusing on the health and development of the baby is the primary concern for most plastic surgeons, but the nips, tucks, and improvements shortly after the baby makes his or her way out into the world is where plastic surgeons typically feel they have the most to offer, safely.”

If you are not pregnant and done with having children, you can consider plastic surgery for body contouring in NYC. Choose an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery facility that provides the services of well-trained, experienced plastic surgeons. Such surgeons will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether plastic surgery is a suitable option for you after considering important factors such as your overall health, how long it has been after delivery, whether you are considering another pregnancy, and so on. After determining your candidature for the treatment, they will create a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals safely and effectively.

Is it Possible to have Multiple Cosmetic Procedures at the Same Time?

Cosmetic ProceduresAccording to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), up to 17.5 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2017 – a 2 percent increase over 2016. Body contouring in NYC includes a wide range of treatments to address different aesthetic concerns. According to NYC plastic surgeons, one common question potential patients ask is “Can I have multiple procedures at the same time?”

The answer is “yes”, multiple cosmetic surgeries can be performed at the same time. In fact, the number of patients having more than cosmetic procedure has increased in recent times. The 2017 ASPS report reveals that patients having multiple procedures at the same time are up 4%.

The main benefits of combining cosmetic procedures include:

  • Avoids the need for multiple consultations with the plastic surgeon
  • Only one surgery in a single sitting
  • Combines recovery time – no need for extra time off work
  • Get back to routine faster
  • Lower expenses (as it requires a single anesthetist, one consultation, etc)
  • Improved overall appearance

However, patient safety is the prime consideration. According to Philip Haeck, MD, former chairman of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Patient Safety Committee, “Combining a few minor procedures is certainly safe when there’s a time limit that’s appropriate on anaesthesia, when the patient is a healthy candidate, and when there is the correct decision on which procedures to combine.”

Other considerations that go into determining the possibility of having multiple cosmetic surgeries at same time include:

  • the patient’s overall health
  • the areas where the procedures are to be performed
  • the surgeon’s qualifications and experience
  • the length of time the patient would need to be under anesthesia

In terms of body sculpting, the most popular combination procedures are:

  • Mommy makeover (tummy tuck, liposuction, breast lift and breast augmentation)
  • Breast augmentation and breast lift
  • Thigh liposuction and thigh lift
  • Face and neck lift
  • Liposuction and arm Lift

One body contouring option that has become increasingly popular over the years is the mommy makeover, which is intended to help mothers restore their pre-pregnancy body. This treatment is a blend of cosmetic procedures designed to make mothers feel comfortable with their bodies again and regain their self-confidence. This combo treatment is designed to resolve several postpartum changes such as loss of breast volume, breast sag and loose skin, excess skin in the abdominal area, stubborn deposits of fat in various areas, stretch marks, and wrinkles. The treatments typically included in this package are: tummy tuck, liposuction, breast lift and breast augmentation. With the advanced techniques and technologies these procedures can improve all areas of the body affected by pregnancy with minimal scarring, minimal discomfort and short downtime.

Similarly, breast augmentation and breast lift can be effectively combined. Breast augmentation in NYC (with implants) is the right option to increase volume but it may not be appropriate to address excessive sagging. In such cases, the plastic surgeon may recommend augmentation along with a breast lift. A breast lift can resolve droopiness due to aging or childbirth and provide a more youthful bustline.

When it comes to combining a brazilian butt lift and breast lift, some surgeons recommend staging the procedures as recovery from a combination treatment could pose difficulties. But there are expert NYC surgeons who can successfully combine a Brazilian butt lift with a breast lift.

Each patient is unique, and so multiple aesthetic procedures will naturally have different outcomes on their bodies. Moreover, there are certain cosmetic surgical procedures that cannot be done simultaneously.

If you are considering body contouring in NYC and want to have more than one procedure at the same time, choose an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice with expert surgeons. A good surgeon will evaluate your goals, anatomical considerations, and health status and guide you in taking the right decision.