New Study Supports Safety and Efficacy of Radiofrequency in Aesthetic Applications

Radiofrequency (RF) has been shown to be safe and effective in a variety of medical applications. RF use also gained momentum in aesthetic surgery in the 2000s when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved it for facial wrinkle reduction. RF devices are widely lauded for their efficacy in treating skin and soft tissue laxity in a variety of body areas, with high patient satisfaction rates. A new study looked into the effect of thermal energy in RF treatments – this is an area that has not been sufficiently explored to date, according to the authors.

Radiofrequency in Aesthetic Applications

Spero J. Theodorou, MD (bodySCULPT plastic surgeon) is one of the authors of this recently published study titled “Aesthetic Applications of Radiofrequency: Lymphatic and Perfusion Assessment” published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open2020 Oct 26;8 (10):e3193. The study aimed to objectively evaluate perfusion and lymphatic assessment tools pre and post bipolar and fractional RF treatment. The findings support the safety of radiofrequency (RF) treatment in terms of preservation of tissue perfusion and lymphatic drainage.

RF energy is delivered via various methods such as monopolar, bipolar and fractional and each delivers different thermal effects. All of these RF application methods generate thermal injury to tighten existing collagen and encourage production of new collagen over the subsequent 3-4 months. One of the major clinical concerns with RF is its ability to control temperatures and avoid injury to soft tissue elements. The depth and degree of energy transferred depends on several factors, including the size and configuration of the treatment device, energy settings, time of treatment, and inherent conductive properties of the tissue. The retrospective IRB-approved study was conducted between January 2019 and April 2019 to evaluate this soft tissue perfusion and lymphatic function after treatment with bipolar and fractional radiofrequency treatment.

For the study, a total of 63 patients were treated with bipolar ((Accutite/BodyTite/FaceTite, InMode, Lake Forest, Calif.) and/or fractional radiofrequency (Morpheus8 InMode, Lake Forest, Calif.), or both depending on the evaluating plastic surgeon’s clinical assessment of soft tissue laxity. Three types of patients were treated. They are:

  1. patients who had a prior excisional procedure with recurrent laxity
  2. patients whose skin laxity was not severe enough for an excisional procedure or
  3. patients who preferred to not undergo traditional surgery and were willing to accept a more modest result with RF

Patients with more severe soft tissue laxity were typically treated with both RF modalities. All procedures were performed by a single surgeon to control for technique variation.

The study found that both lymphatic function and soft tissue perfusion was not significantly impacted by electromagnetic RF induced heat to 68°C internally and 38°C externally. Evaluations of bipolar and fractional RF independently and in combination demonstrated no demonstrable impairment on lymphatic function.

“The results of this study demonstrate that bipolar and fractional bipolar radiofrequency do not appear to impact subdermal lymphatic flow or perfusion either in isolation or in combination”, the researchers concluded. They also said that more studies are needed on these increasingly popular technologies to ensure safety and efficacy.

Study author Dr Spero J. Theodorou is bodySCULPT® plastic surgeon and InMode’s Chief Medical Officer. Dr Theodorou has extensive training in radiofrequency-assisted and other power-assisted liposuction procedures. He is responsible for the development of all of InMode’s procedures, clinical studies and training. Dr Theodorou was instrumental in the development and introduction of EmbraceRF, the innovative facial contouring solution that blends InMode’s FaceTite and Morpheus8.

BodyTite in NYC: What the Procedure Involves

Men and women who want to achieve a sleek, trim, well-shaped body can consider getting BodyTite liposuction surgery. An FDA-approved modality, BodyTite utilizes patented RFAL™ (radiofrequency assisted liposuction) technology to address excess fat and provide significant skin tightening effects. Despite strenuous exercise and diets, most people find that excess fat deposits in various areas just refuse to budge. Liposuction has been proven the gold standard to get rid of this stubborn fat. However, while conventional liposuction does provide effective fat removal, sagging skin or loose skin would persist. Moreover, liposuction surgery involves general anesthesia, extended downtime, scars, and long recovery. Today, innovative minimally-invasive procedures like BodyTite which use local anesthesia provide surgical quality results without the added downtime and scars.

BodyTite liposuction surgery is similar to liposuction but without the lengthy recovery time or complex surgery techniques. The BodyTite handpiece delivers radio frequency energy to liquefy subcutaneous fat so that it can be easily removed and also coagulates the blood vessels, and tightens the skin, while leaving the surrounding tissues unharmed. It can provide 40% more skin tightening than traditional liposuction treatment. A young, healthy person with good quality skin is an ideal candidate for RF-assisted fat removal and skin tightening.

After marking the area to be treated, the patient will be administered local anesthesia. A tiny incision will be created to insert the BodyTite handpiece into the subcutaneous tissue. RFAL energy passes from an internal cannula to an external electrode, delivering focused energy into the adipose tissue to melt the fat. This powerful heating action tightens loose skin and reduces pockets of fat cells, helping to sculpt the body into a naturally-beautiful shape and minimizing the appearance of wrinkling and sagging. The handpiece simultaneously aspirates the liquefied fat and coagulates the tissue. The RF energy also stimulates collagen production and tightens the skin. The outcome is a smooth, attractive and natural looking physique.

An added advantage of BodyTite in NYC is that it can treat deep fat up to 50 mm, and controls heating so that large volume contraction is consistent. It also avoids over-treatment or under-treatment, and allows focused treatment of all large volume areas.The other key benefits of this breakthrough body remodeling procedure are:

BodyTite in NYC

  • Minimally invasive
  • Requires only local anesthesia or light sedation
  • Significant fat reduction and body firming
  • Controlled heat generation
  • Visible skin tightening through renewed collagen production
  • Reduced surgical trauma and the risk of any thermal or heat injuries
  • Takes only 30-45 minutes and is virtually painless
  • Short downtime, does not require overnight stay
  • Quick healing and less scarring
  • No lumpy irregularities

Though the procedure offers many benefits, results are patient specific and completely depend on the treatment area and amount of fat removed. Each treatment area requires about 15 minutes or so and results can be seen immediately, although optimal results are usually seen within 3-6 months after the treatment. Although the procedure is considered minimally-invasive, most patients will require some downtime, usually between 5-10 days depending on the place and number of areas treated. Any discomfort can be managed with the medications prescribed by your plastic surgeon.

Choosing an expert plastic surgeon is a critical to make BodyTite liposuction in NYC a safe, memorable, and rewarding experience. For that, consider getting this treatment in an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice that provides the services of plastic surgeons who are well-trained in BodyTite. In a reliable practice you can expect personalized solutions and end-to-end till complete recovery.

bodySCULPT® Surgeons to Speak at the 22nd Annual Dallas Cosmetic Surgery™ and Medicine Meeting

Dr. Christopher Chia and Dr. Spero J. Theodorou, bodySCULPT plastic surgeons will participate and speak at the 22nd Annual Dallas Cosmetic Surgery™ and Medicine Meeting scheduled to be held on March 20 and March 21, 2019 at the Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas. The Dallas Cosmetic Meeting brings together a world-class faculty and the program includes presentations, live demonstrations, panel discussions, pre-recorded video, and Q&A sessions with audience participation. The meeting aims to instruct physicians and residents on how to achieve safe and reproducible aesthetic results.

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On the first day, March 20, 2019, the focus will be on cosmetic medicine and attendees can benefit from exposure to new technology and patient safety in lasers, non-invasive fat removal, skin tightening, and dermal fillers among other topics. Dr. Chia would speak on the following topics:

  • Body Contouring/Skin Tightening: “Non-Invasive Rejuvenation – Where it Works Best and Why” – 8:00 – 8:20 am
  • Minimally Invasive Approaches in Body Contouring: “What Is the Next Revolution in Body Contouring” – 9:30 – 9:55 am

The Dallas Cosmetic Meeting is designed for board-certified physicians who are interested in learning the latest techniques and advances in surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation, as well as breast and body contouring surgery. It will highlight new innovations and technology in a variety of topics including skin tightening and non-invasive fat removal, lasers and skin discussions featuring approaches to scars and tattoos, fillers and neuromodulators, combination therapies, practice management, social media and much more. The spotlight will be on controversies and innovations in facial, breast and body contouring procedures including the use of fat for augmenting the face, breasts and buttocks.

The target audience expected to attend this meeting includes:

  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Facial Plastic Surgeons
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Oculoplastic Surgeons
  • Dermatologists
  • Non-physician Providers (registered nurses, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, skincare aestheticians, injectors) – working in the office of a board-certified physician in the specified areas

The major purpose and content of this meeting includes:

  • Attendees will become familiar with the latest techniques and advances in cosmetic medicine.
  • The focus will be on controversies and advances in face, breast and body contouring procedures.
  • Interactive discussions will concentrate on surgical and non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation and autologous fat grafting.
  • Attendees will be able to view demonstrations of the latest injectables and technology.
  • The cadaver lab will include one-on-one instruction from leading cosmetic surgeons presenting cutting-edge techniques.

Dr. Chia will be present in various panels, including a live Instagram session along with other renowned plastic surgeons.

Which Should be Done First – BBL or Tummy Tuck?

BBLBased on their needs, women in the U.S. can choose from a wide variety of body contouring procedures. Many undergo multiple cosmetic surgical procedures. For instance, those opting to have a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) in NYC, may also request a tummy tuck. One common concern among such patients is as to whether BBL or tummy tuck should be completed first.

Advancements in technology can help you achieve the wonderful transformation you always dreamt about. Both BBL and tummy tuck can now be performed using advanced minimally-invasive techniques with minimal surgical trauma and short downtime. Buttock augmentation with autologous fat grafting, or gluteal lift (currently marketed as the “Brazilian butt lift surgery in NYC”), represents one of the most rapidly evolving and increasingly popular operations in aesthetic surgery. In this “dual-benefit” body contouring procedure, fat is removed via liposuction and injected into the gluteal region. BBL under local anesthesia is a relatively new concept invented by leading plastic surgeons Drs. Spero Theodorou and Christopher T. Chia of bodySCULPT® in NYC. BBL under local anesthesia can be performed safely in patients who desire a moderate increase in the buttocks with one or two areas of liposuction. When performed by a surgeon with expertise in both techniques, BBL can be done effectively, with little or no discomfort, minimal downtime and a much faster recuperative time.

Similarly, tummy tuck in NYC is also performed using advanced, minimally-invasive FDA-approved liposuction devices such as BodyTite, Smartlipo Triplex and VASER lipo. The procedure removes excess fat and skin around the stomach and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall to result in a firmer midsection. This cosmetic surgical procedure is the ideal option when diet and exercise cannot address a sagging abdomen.

But if you are considering both, which should you have first – BBL or tummy tuck? Replying to this question on www.zwivel.com, one expert plastic surgeon recommends getting BBL done in the first stage followed by tummy tuck three months later. This will maximize the amount of fat available for transfer to the buttocks. In BBL, fat is extracted via liposuction from other areas such as the abdomen, hips, and thighs, purifying it, and reinjecting this into the buttocks. Surgeons point out that if tummy tuck surgery is performed first, there would be less fat available for transfer. Depending on your figure, you may have insufficient fat in other areas to make the BBL feasible.

On RealSelf too, surgeons advise against combining tummy tuck and Brazilian butt lift surgery. One expert points out that recovery positioning for one surgery would compromise the healing of the other. After BBL, patients cannot constantly on the buttock for about two weeks to ensure that the fat graft is not damaged. On the other hand, after abdominoplasty, most people will be unable to lie on the stomach for some days.

Another surgeon says that he is very careful about what procedures are combined with abdominoplasty, the reason being that this procedure comes with greater risks of deep venous thrombosis than other cosmetic procedures. For this reason, he recommends staging BBL and tummy tuck.

If you are considering more considering BBL and a tummy tuck in NYC, consult the right plastic surgeon with relevant experience in the procedures. After evaluating your candidature for both procedures, your surgeon will recommend how they should be staged.

Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery – Gift Yourself Attractive Figure in time for Valentine’s Day

One way to make yourself feel really special on Valentine’s Day is to gift yourself a cosmetic procedure before the celebrations. Getting a Brazilian butt lift (BBL) in New York City for instance, can provide you with an attractive, curvy backside and a more youthful-looking figure. This popular procedure involves using your own fat instead of implants to enhance your buttocks. Expert NYC plastic surgeons offer Brazilian butt lift under local anesthesia (BBLULA), a new, innovative and a safer alternative to the traditional technique. Invented by two plastic surgeons of bodySCULPT in NYC, BBLULA is a relatively short procedure that allows patients to remain awake throughout the procedure, heal faster, and get back quickly to their normal routine.Brazilian Butt Lift

Celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Nicky Minaj and Kim Kardashian West have inspired many women with their voluptuous curves. Many women now undergo BBL to get prominent, youthful-looking, curvy buttocks using their own fat. The popularity of the treatment has soared as it provides beautiful natural-looking outcomes without the hassles associated with implants. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), BBL or buttock augmentation using fat grafting increased 10% in 2017 over the previous year.

The procedure is a combination of liposuction and fat grafting. Fat is removed via liposuction from other areas of the body (typically the stomach, hips, and thighs), and is transferred to the buttocks. In this “dual-benefit” body contouring procedure, fat is first harvested from unwanted areas such as the stomach, flanks and thighs, using liposuction and prepared for transplantation into the gluteal region.The fat is then injected carefully into the buttocks to provide the desired augmentation. A skilled surgeon can improve the shape the back area just under the curvature of the top of the buttocks in such as way that it decreases waist size and improves the projection of the buttocks even before the fat is injected.

The key benefits of getting BBL under local anesthesia include:

  • No risks of general anesthesia
  • No hospital stay
  • Minimal downtime
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Procedure is customizable
  • Natural looking outcomes
  • Minimal risks of fat graft rejection as your own tissue is used

BBL usually requires only 36 hours of recuperation regardless of the day of the week. Final results are usually seen approximately 6 months after the treatment and full recovery depends on how well patients follow their surgeon’s pre and post-operative care instructions.

Considerations of risk for traditional BBL are the same as any other type of elective plastic surgery. BBLULA minimize these risks and provides satisfactory outcomes without injecting fat into the muscle, thereby eliminating the potential for misguidance, misadventure, and fatal complications. The use of local anesthesia promotes patient safely and involves minimal pain. However, the surgeon’s skills are paramount to the success of any cosmetic surgical procedure. In the case of BBL, if patients are not careful with their choice of surgeon, they may end up with unsightly lumps and bumps and also compromise their safety. When performed by a surgeon with expertise in both techniques, BBL can be done effectively, with little or no discomfort, and a much faster recuperative time.

When it comes to a butt lift, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer – as an expert surgeon notes, it’s all about meeting the patient’s expectations. That’s why it’s important to discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon in an in-person consultation beforehand. Professional surgeons offer 3D imaging to help patients visualize their outcomes and take informed decisions.

If you are considering a Brazilian Butt Lift in NYC, consult a plastic surgeon in an AAAASF-accredited surgical practice who is experienced in performing the procedure. In addition to comprehensive training and experience in performing BBL, the right surgeon would have a professionally trained eye for aesthetic detail to provide attractive outcomes. Do some careful research before choosing your plastic surgeon because all practitioners may not have received this specialized training.

Considering a Brazilian Butt Lift? Your Plastic Surgeon Matters!

Brazilian Butt LiftBrazilian butt lift (BBL) in NYC has seen a surge in demand in recent years, which is largely attributed to social media images of celebrities like Kim Kardashian. This cosmetic surgical procedure is designed to provide women with prominent, youthful-looking, curvy buttocks using their own fat. Fat transfer to the butt has to be done very strategically and carefully to avoid any complications while injecting the fat in to the buttock. Therefore, if considering a Brazilian butt lift, make sure you consult a plastic surgeon with relevant experience in the procedure.

The procedure involves harvesting fat from the abdomen, flanks or thighs, processing it, and injecting into targeted areas of the buttocks. This combination of liposuction and fat transfer can dramatically enhance the silhouette of the midsection and lower body to deliver the curves that many women desire. However, considerations of risk for BBL are the same as any other type of elective plastic surgery, and should be discussed with the plastic surgeon.

The results of a Brazilian Butt lift are very dependent on the technique that your surgeon will use and also on his level of experience. Make sure your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has completed all necessary requirements for membership in this professional organization. An ideal surgeon for this procedure should have the education, expertise and experience in body contouring surgery, and in performing BBL surgery. Ask how frequently the surgeon performs the BBL procedure. Ensure that the chosen surgeon’s facility is accredited by the AAAASF or another similar nationally recognized body as such accredited centers utilize highly advanced, proven butt lift techniques.

Injections are made at different depths and areas of the buttocks, depending on what degree of enhancement is required. No matter how carefully it is done and how advanced the fat transfer techniques used are, not all of the fat will survive. Before beginning the procedure, the surgeon must make sure that as many fat cells as possible will survive. In general, a good amount of fat is required in the order of several hundred CCs or even more per buttock. Removing and adding fat in the right proportion makes the difference between attractive outcomes versus just increasing size.

Discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon in an in-person consultation beforehand so that your goals are met. Professional surgeons offer 3D imaging facility to help patients visualize the procedure outcome. Evaluate before and after photos of your surgeon’s work and also talk to previous patients of this surgeon. This is a great way to get a better understanding of what you might experience from start to finish.

Drs. Spero Theodorou and Christopher T. Chia of bodySCULPT® in NYC offer a small to moderate size BBL under local anesthesia. This procedure can be performed safely and effectively with minimal pain. However, with local anesthesia, the areas of liposuction and the amount of fat that is injected to the buttocks is limited when compared to the procedure done under general anesthesia.

Many surgeons also offer virtual consultations to provide a quick answer to your questions, wherever you are in the world. Before choosing a surgeon, make sure to educate yourself on the procedure. When you educate yourself, you will know the right questions to be asked during consultations.

Are You a Good Candidate for Pectoral Implant Surgery?

Pectoral Implant SurgeryMany men desire a fuller, athletic-looking chest and spend hours at the gym trying to achieve this attribute. However, factors such as genetics, growth defects injury and medical conditions may defeat their efforts to achieve a toned, sculpted chest. Fortunately, pectoral implant surgery offers the solution. A popular aesthetic procedure for men, pec implant surgery involves placing a solid silicone implant under the chest muscle to result in a sculpted, well-proportioned masculine torso.

Made of solid silicone, pec implant surgery can create an athletic-looking chest. The procedure enhances the bulk and projection of the chest muscles to provide a thicker, fuller look. Pec implants look and feel remarkably natural, greatly improving a man’s self-confidence. The procedure might be right for you if you:

  • Are self-conscious about the lack of definition in your pectoral muscles or simply looking to improve volume in the pectoral region
  • Have an underdeveloped chest
  • Have asymmetrical development of the chest muscles
  • Lack muscle type which allows enlarging the chest with exercise
  • Are in good health to handle the procedure and recovery
  • Are emotionally stable and have realistic expectations about the outcomes

Once your candidature is determined, it’s important that you discuss your expectations and cosmetic goals with your surgeon. Experienced surgeons offer custom chest implants to help patients achieve the desired chest size and a toned, sculpted look.

In technologically advanced surgery practices, pectoral implant surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and needs just one to two hours to complete. After numbing the treatment area., the surgeon will make an incision in the crease of the armpit and create a pocket under the pectoralis major muscle. The implant is placed in the pocket and sutures are used to reconnect the muscle lining and close the skin. The sutures will dissolve over time. During the healing process, the implant becomes surrounded by the scar tissue pocket, where it stays permanently.

But before you undergo pec implant surgery, there are some important things that you should do to prepare for the procedure. Usually, the treatment causes only minimal injury to blood vessels, nerves, tendons and other tissues, and comes with a short recovery period. Patients can return to their routine activities within two weeks of the procedure but have to wait up to two months to resume exercises. Proper post-operative care can give you quick and better results, but it can vary based on individual aspects.

To determine your candidature for pectoral implant surgery, consult a reliable NYC plastic surgeon. AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practices have surgeons who are skilled in performing male pectoral implant procedures on bodybuilders as well as on people with genetic and physical flaws. Pec implants for men come in different sizes and shapes. An experienced surgeon can determine the best option for you and will also have the artistic skills to provide attractive, natural looking results.

Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon before KYBELLA Treatment

One of the common aesthetic concerns that affect men and women, a double chin is usually occurs due to factors such as aging, genetics and weight gain. KYBELLA in NYC is an innovative treatment for this aesthetic concern. KYBELLA is the first and only double-chin injectable treatment. This FDA-approved treatment can address this unwanted fat under the chin or submental fat that causes a double chin and turkey neck – that too, without surgery or downtime. However, if you are considering the KYBELLA injectable treatment, there are certain things that you need to discuss with your plastic surgeon.

Before the treatment, your plastic surgeon will examine the area under and around your chin to determine if KYBELLA double chin treatment is right for you. Not every person is an ideal candidate for the procedure such as person with an infection in the treatment area is not a good candidate for the treatment.Kybella

At the outset it’s important to that you get proper information regarding KYBELLA and what it involves. Before receiving KYBELLA double chin treatment, tell your plastic surgeon about your all your medical conditions, as well as if you:

  • Have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin
  • Have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin
  • Have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area
  • Have had or have trouble swallowing
  • Have bleeding problems
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
  • Are taking any medications, especially blood thinners

Inform your surgeon about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements and importantly, if you take a medicine that prevents the clotting of your blood (an antiplatelet or anticoagulant medication).

After determining the candidature, your specialist will tailor your treatment to the amount of fat under the chin and your aesthetic goals. Kybella NYC involves administering a synthetic deoxycholic acid injection into the treatment site. A naturally occurring molecule in the body, deoxycholic acid helps in breaking down and absorbing dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA destroys fat cells, resulting in a visible reduction in the fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, the cells cannot store or accumulate fat. Quicker and easier than chin liposuction, this in-office procedure typically takes 15-20 minutes, with injections taking only 5 minutes. Each KYBELLA treatment session is given at least 1 month apart, and you should not receive more than 6 treatments. In clinical studies, 59% of patients received 6 treatments. Re-treatment is not necessary once you reach your desired goal.

You can expect to see a noticeable change in your chin profile in two to four treatments and optimal outcomes in six sessions. Since everyone’s chin profile is different, the number of treatments required varies from patient to patient.

Though the procedure is nonsurgical, after this treatment, some bruising and swelling is expected, but won’t last for long. Swelling usually lasts for just two days but can last for up to three weeks or more in people with larger volumes of treated fat and higher doses. As older patients tend to have more skin laxity, swelling may take longer to resolve than in those with tighter skin. Be sure to inform your plastic surgeon if you develop open sores or drainage from the treatment area, an uneven smile, facial muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing or injection site problems such as bruising, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), and damage and tissue cell-death (necrosis) around the injection site.

Today, more and more men and women are choosing Kybella in NYC to reduce chin fat and achieve a sculpted jawline without surgery. To benefit from optimal outcomes, it is important that you choose a plastic surgeon who is experienced and skilled in administering this double-chin injectable treatment. Treatment at a reliable accredited NYC plastic surgery practice will ensure compliance with the highest standards of care and patient safety.

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.

Benefits of Undergoing Tummy Tuck after Pregnancy

Sagging in the lower abdominal area is a common concern after pregnancy and childbirth. Most women find that even regular exercise and rigorous diets fail when it comes to getting back in shape. The good news is that a tummy tuck in NYC can do what measures cannot accomplish. The procedure addresses excess fat and skin, tightens the abdominal muscles, and reshapes the lower abdomen to provide a trimmer, firmer, midsection.

The key benefits of having a tummy tuck after pregnancy are:
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  • Repairs separated and stretched abdominal muscles
  • Corrects C-section scars and stretch marks from pregnancy
  • Improves abdominal tone and core strength
  • Removes stubborn fat
  • Improves urinary incontinence after childbearing
  • Reduce health risks including diabetes, fungal infections, heart and liver disease, and even heart attacks
  • Reduces back and neck pain
  • Helps stabilize weight
  • Re-creates the pre-pregnancy figure
  • Contours the waist
  • Results in a more youthful figure with a slimmer waistline

After a tummy tuck, most women find their clothes fit better, which improves their self-confidence and self-esteem.

You should wait at least six months to a year after delivery to have a tummy tuck, and if you’re breastfeeding, you should wait 3 to 6 months after you stop breastfeeding. According to a Healthline report, a woman should consider a tummy tuck only if she does not have any plan to become pregnant again. However, it’s safe to become pregnant after the procedure and it will not threaten your health or the health of your baby. Tummy tuck surgery can also be performed after a C-section, but, to get best results, the patient should get back to her original weight and be in good health.

In AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practices in NYC, tummy tuck surgery is performed as a part of a “mommy makeover”, which would include other treatments to help women restore their body after pregnancy. If you’re considering a tummy tuck in NYC, consult an experienced surgeon to learn how the procedure can help you. Experienced surgeons will answer all your questions about the treatment, provide pre- and post-operative instructions, and discuss the possible risks and complications. In an established practice, your NYC plastic surgeon will use advanced 3D imaging technology to help you visualize your outcome and guide you in taking an informed decision.