Customized Minimally Invasive Procedures For More Youthful Looking Skin

Glowing, youthful looking skin is something most people dream about. But, your skin undergoes many changes as you age. It becomes thinner and develops lines, wrinkles and spots. It is impossible to stop the natural aging of the skin as sebaceous glands stop producing the oil which keeps it moist and smooth. Exposure to the sun and harsh weather conditions and genetic conditions are some of the factors that can impact skin texture and appearance. Getting a facelift in NYC using the latest technologies can help address these concerns.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Our experienced plastic surgeons NYC can provide effective treatments to rejuvenate your skin with state-of-the-art non-surgical modalities. They use the advanced minimally invasive Morpheus8 device to contour both the face and body with great results. Our surgeons can also provide customized Botox treatment based on your skin type and specific needs.

Signs that your skin is aging

Wrinkles that appear as early as the twenties and thirties can be emotionally distressing for many women. Healthy lifestyle choices coupled with good skincare regime can protect your skin to a certain extent. But if you identify with the signs listed below, then it might be time to consider cosmetic treatments face lifting and tightening.

  • Wrinkling of face especially around eyes and cheeks
  • Rough and dry skin
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Irregularities in the distribution of fat
  • Skin fragility
  • Skin pores becoming more visible

So what is the solution?

At bodySCULPT, we have the solution for all of the concerns. Aging is a natural process, but our minimally invasive procedures make these effects less visible and even can reverse some of them. We provide customized treatments that are compatible with all skin types and tones. Our top skin rejuvenation solutions include Morpheus8 and Botox.

Morpheus8 for Quick, Safe and Effective Facial Rejuvenation

This non-invasive, skin rejuvenating treatment can address wrinkles and scarring and restore facial glow.

How it works?

  • The FDA-approved subdermal adipose remodeling device (SARD) uses microneedles that deliver RF energy to the targeted area.
  • The microneedle penetration can be adjusted to reach the dermis, where collagen production is triggered.
  • The treatment tightens the skin by stimulating collagen production.

What are the benefits?

  • Considerable reduction in wrinkles
  • Improves acne scars by making the skin even
  • Uniform application of RF energy
  • Works effectively on highly-tanned skin
  • No risk of thermal injury to skin or body
  • Reduced risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Smooth those Wrinkles with Botox Injections

The primary objective of Botox injections to address wrinkles on facial skin. This injectable wrinkle muscle relaxer temporarily paralyzes the muscles to rejuvenate the skin. Our highly skilled plastic surgeons in NYC can provide effective treatment for temporarily smoothing facial wrinkles on the face, the eye area and the neck.

How does it work?

Botox or Botulinum Toxin Type A reduces the muscle activity by temporarily blocking nerve activity. It is administered carefully in the right doses in the location and area of the surface of the skin that requires the treatment. Preventive Botox injections can address early signs of aging of the skin.

What are the benefits?

  • Botox injections are minimally invasive and specifically target deep creases around the eyes (crow’s feet), lips and eyebrows.
  • Result in a smooth, sleek appearance by improving elasticity of the skin
  • Offers natural looking results
  • Preventive Botox keeps wrinkles from forming

If you are considering a facelift in NYC, schedule a virtual consultation at our safe and efficient AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice. Our surgeons will recommend the best option based on your skin type, aesthetic goals and other considerations.

Breast lift with Fat Grafting Beneficial for Mothers after Breastfeeding

Breast lift with Fat Grafting Beneficial for Mothers after BreastfeedingBreast sagging is a common problem many women face at some stage of their life. It can happen due to many factors, and the most common ones are pregnancy and breastfeeding. It can result in undesirable changes to the breasts, including leaving them stretched and sagging. A breast lift procedure can resolve this concern and restore firm, perkier breasts. Sometimes, breast lift combined with breast augmentation in Manhattan could be the right option if you want to increase breast volume and resolve droopiness due to aging or breast feeding.

Breast lift surgery addresses saggy breasts and mainly involves repositioning of the nipple for a more natural look. The treatment reshapes and tightens the breast tissue, reduces stretched, large areole, and makes wide breasts narrower or slightly smaller. At the same time, breast enlargement in Manhattan involves inserting implants in the breasts to increase cup size and improve shape. The procedure enhances a small bust line, restores the shape of breasts that have lost volume and firmness due to excessive weight loss, pregnancy, aging, breastfeeding, and other factors. It can also correct asymmetry or differences of form, position or volume.

After breastfeeding children and losing the baby weight, the top part of women’s breasts may appear flat, and may no longer be perky. To correct this issue and low nipple position, mothers can consider breast surgery. Breast augmentation in Manhattan with breast lift would be a better option for such concerns. However, nowadays, many women don’t want implants but want fuller breasts that are shapely and attractive. But, is it possible?

When you’re nursing, the flow of milk can stretch your breast skin and tissue, which leaves some women with an “empty” or “stretched out” look to their breasts when the milk-producing structures shrink to the size they were before they got pregnant (WebMD). There can be a loss of volume at the upper breast part, accumulation of breast tissue in the outer and lower breast quadrants and down-turning of the nipple position.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) blog, there is an alternative to breast implants. Yes, it is possible to improve sagging breasts and restore the breast shape with breast lift and fat grafting after breastfeeding.

Breast lift can be performed either in conjunction with fat grafting, or as a standalone procedure. Fat grafting involves liposuction of the abdomen, thighs, flanks or bra line to remove fat, which is then processed and transferred to the breast. Fat grafting can provide a subtle increase in breast volume and also round out the upper portion of the breast, an area that frequently is “deflated” postpartum. Moreover, liposuction helps to get rid of stubborn fat around the body and would enhance the silhouette of body.

Fat grafting is also used to add volume to breasts in the composite breast augmentation procedure. This is an ideal solution for women who want a natural-looking improvement for breast size and shape. This technique offers the best of both worlds by combining fat injections and implants. When you have insufficient breast tissue it may be difficult to hold the implants, and then this combination treatment becomes effective and gives an attractive-looking outcome.

Depending on the degree of lift needed, there are three types of incisions for a breast lift. They are:

  • Peri-areolar or “Donut” Lift: This incision is ideal for small lifts, and the scar is at the edge of the areola. Women who experience mild sagging are often good candidates for this technique. The donut lift corrects mild sagging with a single scar which can be nearly invisible after the incision heals. A surgeon first creates a circular incision on or around the perimeter of the areola and then a second outer incision to remove the “donut” of skin around it. This procedure is commonly performed in conjunction with breast augmentation. It is effective in reducing areola size and the nipple is sutured back to the breast skin, tightening it in the process.
  • Circumvertical (“lollipop”): For medium lifts, this incision can be used and the scar is around the areola and vertical to the bottom of the breast. It corrects moderate sagging and provides for more extensive reshaping of breasts. This vertical lift involves two incisions:
    • One around the edge of the areola
    • The other running vertically from the bottom of the areola, creating a “lollipop” shape

    This is the most common type of incision pattern for a breast lift. It allows the surgeon to remove excess skin, preserve the nipple, and reshape the entire breast with easily hidden scars.

  • Inverted T (“anchor”): This type of breast lift incision is for larger lifts, and the scar is around the areola, vertical and in the breast crease. That is, if you need dramatic reshaping to correct extensive sagging, then this technique is the best option. This conventional mastopexy technique allows the plastic surgeon to remove a significant amount of excess skin and sagging tissue. It involves 3 incisions:
    • One around the edge of the areola
    • One vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease
    • One along the inframammary fold, hidden in the breast crease.

    This incision is most commonly used when a breast reduction and lift are performed, as it causes visible scarring, but the scars will fade significantly with proper post-operative care.

However, with all three incision types, the nipple and areola remain attached to the underlying breast tissue, remaining connected to the milk ducts and nerve endings. There may be a temporary loss of nipple and areolar sensation as the small nerves around the areola are regenerating. The majority of patients can expect to maintain long-term nipple sensation and lactational ability (www.plasticsurgery.org).

If you are worried too much about scarring, then leading NYC surgeons have developed a minimally invasive scarless breast lift. Performed using BodyTite™, an FDA-approved device that uses Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) technology, the procedure can provide immediate, natural-looking results with minimal risk and downtime.

If you are a mother looking for breast lift without implants after breastfeeding, then find an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice that can provide the service of experienced and skilled plastic surgeons in NYC in breast lift and fat grafting. In a reliable practice, you can expect end-to-end care and support all through the treatment, right from initial consultation up to full recovery.

Study: Tummy Tuck Results May Be Affected by Prior Pregnancies

Study: Tummy Tuck Results May Be Affected by Prior PregnanciesAccording to the latest American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) report, tummy tuck was among the top five cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2018. To address a flabby tummy and achieve a trimmer, tighter midsection, consider getting tummy tuck surgery in NYC. The procedure helps improve the abdominal contour by removing excess fat and skin and in most cases, also restoring weakened or separated muscles. Being a popular option, tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is usually recommended when diet and exercise cannot provide the desired results. Though the tummy tuck results can last many years if you put in the right efforts to maintain your tummy tuck outcome, according to news reported in HealthDay Today, a new study suggests that the success of your tummy tuck may depend on whether you’ve borne children.

The report was published in the August issue of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The researchers found that pregnancy-related widening and thinning of the belly muscles may reduce the effectiveness of tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery and is especially true in women who’ve had multiple pregnancies. According to a Healthline report, a woman should consider a tummy tuck only if she does not have any plan to become pregnant again. This is because, after a tummy tuck procedure, your abdominal wall will be more stable and stronger, and the excess skin that has been removed will not return unless there is a significant shift in your weight or a subsequent pregnancy that stretches out the area again.

But then, the study authors found a fix for this solution, where in certain cases, an alternative approach that follows the principles of hernia repair may be successful. They showed this approach in an online video and case examples of two women with recurrent bulging of the abdominal wall after tummy tuck surgery.

For the study, to assess pregnancy-related changes in the rectus muscles running along each side of the abdomen,

  • The researchers examined abdominal CT scans of 60 women (aged 18 to 45)
  • They found that the muscles are separated by a band of fibrous tissue called the linea alba and pregnancy was associated with widening of the rectus muscles.
  • The average width of the rectus muscles was 2.4 inches in women who’d never been pregnant, 2.6 inches after one pregnancy, and 2.8 inches after three or more pregnancies.
  • They also found widening of the linea alba after pregnancy.
  • There was no additional widening after multiple pregnancies.

The authors of the study concluded that “this technique may be indicated for a minority of patients. They said evaluation of muscle width during surgery may avoid patient dissatisfaction and revision procedures”.

Despite maintaining the best diet and exercise regimen, many patients are stuck with a few extra pounds around the abdomen. Mothers, in particular, often find themselves in this situation post-pregnancy. Sagging in the lower abdominal area is a common concern after pregnancy and childbirth. Once you are done having children, you can consider getting tummy tuck surgery in NYC. Tummy tuck is a popular and beneficial procedure, especially after pregnancy as it can restore the natural shape of the abdomen. It is performed using advanced liposuction devices such as Smartlipo, BodyTite and VASERlipo and offers benefits such as short downtime, minimal postsurgical trauma, minimal scarring and quick recovery.

However, 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. Tummy tuck surgery can also be performed after a C-section, but, to get the best results, the patient should get back to her original weight and be in good health.

While tummy tuck surgery is safe and effective, experienced plastic surgeons are offering an even more advanced treatment – Brazilian tummy tuck surgery in NYC. In addition to all the benefits of a traditional abdominoplasty, this treatment offers better outcomes, greater efficiency, and reduced downtime. Brazilian Tummy Tuck surgery is a combination of liposuction and abdominoplasty, the traditional elliptical excision of excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. Invented by a Brazilian surgeon, this liposculpture technique is intended to significantly reshape the abdomen and central torso. It can provide superior waist contouring outcomes for patients who have large amounts of loose skin and fat in the abdominal area, such as that caused by multiple pregnancies.

To determine which procedure is right for you, schedule a consultation with experienced plastic surgeons in NYC. A reliable surgeon will assess your specific aesthetic concerns and determine which procedure will work to meet your goals. In an established AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice, your plastic surgeon will use advanced 3D imaging technology which is important for your safety. It will also help you visualize your outcome and guide you in taking an informed decision.

bodySCULPT’s Surgeons Publish Study on Utility of RF Microneedling-Bipolar RF Combination for Skin Laxity

Study on Utility of RF Microneedling-Bipolar RF Combination for Skin LaxityRF Microneedling (Fractora modified to Morpheus8) combined with Bipolar RF (FaceTite/BodyTite for Skin Laxity) is an effective combination treatment for skin laxity, according to a paper published 8 April, 2019, in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Titled “Adjustable Depth Fractional Radiofrequency Combined With Bipolar Radio frequency: A Minimally Invasive Combination Treatment for Skin Laxity”, the publication written by leading plastic surgeons Dr. Erez Dayan, Dr. Chris Chia, Dr. Jay Burns, and Dr. Spero Theodorou. Dr. Chia and Dr. Theodorou are leading plastic surgeons at bodySCULPT, NYC.

In a press release, InMode announced the results of the study which described the utility of combining two of its technologies to treat fat and skin laxity – Morpheus8, a subdermal adipose remodeling device (SARD) with adjustable depth, and FaceTite, a minimally invasive radio frequency (RF) based technology. This treatment combo is called EmbraceRF.

The demand for minimally invasive skin tightening and adipose reduction treatments is rising with the patient’s desire to avoid major surgery. Multiple energy-based technologies including laser, high-intensity focused ultrasound, and radio frequency (RF) have evolved in response to this demand. Of these, RF technology has steadily gained popularity with consecutive increases in use of 10% or more annually, according to the study.

In the article, authors note that a large treatment gap is prevalent among three cohorts of patients:

  • The younger demographic, who increasingly desire soft tissue tightening without traditional operations, scars, and downtime
  • Patients with soft tissue laxity who are not “severe enough” to justify an excisional procedure, but not “mild enough” to rely on liposuction with soft tissue contraction alone
  • Those with recurrent laxity who already underwent traditional excisional procedures

The use of traditional methods in such patients can lead to under treatment or over treatment. The study found that RF microneedling in combination with bipolar RF can address this treatment gap.

Morpheus8, one of InMode’s newest products, is a fractional radio frequency device with adjustable micro needles up to 4 mm depth, programmable according to the treatment area.  FaceTite is InMode’s clinically proven Radio-Frequency Assisted Lipolysis (RFAL) device that is used for the treatment of facial and body areas. EmbraceRF is a minimally-invasive treatment that combines these powerful technologies to provides a long-lasting solution to the effects of facial aging. The article highlights clinical applications, such as early facial aging, recurrent laxity after a facelift, brachioplasty, and focal areas of excess skin adiposity. The authors point out that complications are rare when employed judiciously in the appropriately selected patients.

The article describes the treatment procedure – pretreatment, anesthesia, treatment and post-treatment. For pretreatment, a detailed history and physical are obtained to determine if there are any contraindications to treatment (such as, collagen disorders, active infection, immunocompromised state, pregnancy, poor wound healing, unrealistic expectations). There are various options for anesthesia and type used would depend on energy employed, depth of treatment and patient tolerance. After the treatment, cooling of the skin immediately is important to reduce discomfort and erythema/edema.

The authors concluded, “In our experience, combination RF technology (RF microneedling and bipolar RF) advances and broadens our ability to achieve tissue retraction that does not reliably occur with other energy-based devices and liposuction alone.”

CoolSculpting vs SmartLipo – Choosing the Right Body Contouring Option

BBLExcess fat deposits in different areas of the body that refuse to go away despite strict diets and rigorous exercise are a major concern for men and women looking to achieve a sleek, trim body. These natural methods can help people get closer to their ideal body weight, but the problem is that some stubborn fat pockets tend to remain. Liposuction is the recommended solution and a highly popular one – the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported that it topped the list of cosmetic surgical procedures in 2014. There are many options available of which minimally-invasive SmartLipo laser liposuction and non-invasive Zeltique CoolSculpting are the most popular. While laser lipo melts fat, CoolSculpting freezes it. To make an informed decision and choose the right option, it’s important that you know more about these body contouring technologies.

The SmartLipo treatment involves making small incisions to insert a laser-enabled cannula and melt the targeted fat so that it can be gently suctioned off. The laser is fat specific and so it minimizes the damage to surrounding tissues. It also stimulates collagen production and tightens the skin, while minimizing bleeding and other side effects.

SmartLipo candidates see results right away and can return to work within a week. Results improve over the next six months. High Definition SmartLipo procedures are designed to not only removes the fat but also precisely sculpt the body to reveal the underlying musculature.

The Zeltiq handpiece is placed on the area to be treated and the skin is suctioned between two cooling plates. The temperature is lowered to just above freezing with the skin being protected by a gel pack. This freezes and kills the fat cells, and they are naturally removed through the body’s metabolic process.

Zeltiq patients can get back to their normal routine almost immediately, and it usually takes as much as four months to see a change. As the change is minimal, those who want more dramatic changes need to have multiple treatments.

While laser lipo needs local anesthesia, CoolSculpting requires none. The chances of risks and complications are minimal in the former, while side effects are least to negligible with the latter.

Making a decision between these procedures would depend on your preferences and goals. If you want to avoid a surgical procedure and would be satisfied with subtle improvements seen after a few months, Zeltiq would be the right choice. If you are looking for more dramatic and immediate results and would not mind minimal downtime to achieve your goals, Smartlipo could be the better option.

There are qualified plastic surgeons in NYC who are specialized in both these innovative procedures. The best way to decide between these body contouring options is to consult a reliable and experienced plastic surgeon in this area.

Am I the Right Candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Brazilian Butt LiftBrazilian butt lift (BBL), the cosmetic surgical procedure that uses your own fat instead of implants to enhance the buttocks, is becoming increasingly popular. With plastic surgeons who are skilled in performing the procedure, NYC has become a hub for prospective candidates. However, as not all women are good candidates for the treatment, let’s take a look at the basic conditions that suitable candidates have to meet.

First, to be a suitable candidate for fat grafting, you should have enough fat to spare for transfer to the buttocks. BBL involves transferring fat from areas such as the abdomen, flanks and thighs to the derriere. The fat tissues are extracted through liposuction, processed and purified and injected into appropriate places to improve the size and shape of the posterior. A successful procedure would provide you with rounder, curvier buttocks proportionate to your overall physique.

The best candidates for this natural buttock augmentation procedure are those who:

  • Want to improve the size, symmetry and overall appearance of the derriere
  • Want to avoid implants and are seeking natural-looking results
  • Are physically fit and do not have any medical condition that would impair healing
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcome

Being physically and emotionally mature is also crucial. Plastic surgeons in NYC get queries from women who are as young as 18, asking if they are suitable candidates for a BBL. While 18 years is legally the age of consent, expert surgeons recommend that young women wait until their body is fully developed before they have the procedure. Moreover, emotional maturity is also important as a young woman’s perceptions about her body image may change over time.

So if you are planning to have a Brazilian butt lift in NYC, schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon with vast experience in performing the Brazilian butt lift. The surgeon will evaluate you thoroughly to determine your candidature. With a skilled plastic surgeon, the right candidate would benefit from superior outcomes – a sculpted lower body with a beautiful S-curve.

To learn more about Brazilian Butt Lift procedure, listen to this podcast by Dr Chia, a board certified plastic surgeon at bodySCULPT in Manhattan, NYC.