How Paula Abdul Gets Ready for Her Dazzling Performance

International pop icon Paula Abdul who is also now a brand ambassador of InMode Ltd, a prominent medical technology company, has shared via parade.com how she gets ready for her performance — from meditating to scheduling self-care on her calendar.

How Paula Abdul Gets Ready for Her Dazzling PerformanceThe “Cold Hearted” singer was currently prepping for her new Las Vegas residency, “Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl,” at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino on August 13 where she had put on the hard work, starting each day before the sun and going until late at night. She admits that being on stage takes work. Fortunately for her, dancing is still just as meaningful, because it is something she’s done since she was just 8 years old. For her, dance is one of the most precious gifts of her life and it largely contributes to aging gracefully. She shares her positive outlook to aging — “I feel like I’m aging as gracefully as one can be, with a healthy outlook. Dancing with passion everyday keeps that going. Aging is inevitable, and I haven’t really put too much pressure on it.”

In an exclusive interview with Parade.com, the 57-year-old singer opened up about how she makes time for self-care i.e. how she schedules it, how she stays in shape, mentally and physically for the performances and more.

  • Preparations for Performance: The pop idol says that she does lots of stretching, Pilates, yoga, and massages, and also gets a lot of rest in between performances and rehearsals. However, rehearsal, mentally and physically, is a vital part of preparing to perform and is sacred because it brings the team together for the love and sharing of dance (parade.com). She also opened up about the treatments she got from InMode’s BodyTite and FaceTite to tighten her arms and lower face, to look as good as she feels when she is up there on that stage. Moreover, wanting to avoid traditional cosmetic surgery, Paula looked for a non-invasive option to address her concerns and found InMode and its BodyTite and FaceTite technology.
  • Fitness choices: According to a report from PEOPLE, the 57-year-old singer and dancer is far from slowing down as she has to treat her body well to keep going day after day. Abdul told PEOPLE that, “It’s very physically intense. I get up at 6 and I work with my trainer for an hour and a half. Then I go to rehearsals at about a quarter to 9. We do a warm-up and then we dance. We go from about 9:45 until 7 p.m., and we take one day off.” She describes her workout routine which includes a lot of stretching and back and core work (if her trainer is around). She says, “even though I’m dancing all day I often do straight cardio just so that I’m conditioning my body. And after each performance I usually get in an ice-cold tub. It’s not fun! It shocks your body, but it helps with inflammation.”

More than any other fitness workouts, Abdul loves dance fitness, especially cardio dance. This dance fuses so many styles such as ballet, salsa, hip-hop, jazz and contemporary. One of her other favorites is Pilates, which is great for strengthening the core, for training the correct use of muscles, and for overall good posture.spero and paula

  • She follows a low-alkaline diet: The Parade report says that Paula Abdul follows a low-alkaline diet, which helps her minimize inflammation in her body. She told people.com, “When you have RSD, the best thing to do is lower your acidity to slow inflammation, so I follow a low alkaline diet. I don’t like following diets but I try to keep the acidity down because that’s what causes flares up in my body.”
  • Making time for self-care: By proper scheduling and keeping the appointment, she makes time for self-care. For her, self-care is listening to her body and resting, playing with her dogs, meditation and affirmations.
  • Unwinding after a show: After a performance, Abdul’s own personal gratitude is to get quiet, stretch and meditate. She would let herself feel grateful about the entire performance, and everything and everyone that had to do with it:  the gorgeous Flamingo venue, her talented dancers, their rehearsals, the phenomenal crew, the audience, every moment of the performance, and so on, which not only helps her unwind, but it also fills her heart and energizes her in a peaceful way.
  • Plans for off days: She loves to get in touch with her family and friends by visiting them and seeing what everyone’s doing and would plan a family barbeque or a movie.
  • Her positive affirmations: For Paula, pain is also a mental battle that helps her build confidence. She looks to certain positive affirmations to strengthen her mental health and some of her favorite messages are (parade.com):
    • You can’t get to where you want to be unless you can accept where you’re at.
    • Whatever your plans are today, smile, say hello, and open the door for someone.
    • Just “Stick to it”–whatever your goals and dreams are for this day, this week, this year, this life.
    • What you don’t like, only you have the power to change.
    • If you avoid situations where you might be told ‘”No,” how will you get to your “Yes?” This so-called rejection process is part of success.
    • When taking care of others, don’t forget to nurture yourself. You cannot give if you yourself have been depleted.
    • Give yourself a quiet moment alone today and just breathe. Remember, there’s power in pause.

However, apart from all this self-care, sometimes you may require cosmetic surgery to improve your looks, confidence and self-assurance. For instance, Paula Abdul required InMode’s BodyTite and FaceTite technology for her arm and lower face. Excited by her results, Paula says, “I am proud to get the word out about what InMode’s amazing technology in face and body rejuvenation can do for people like me who notice the inevitable effects of natural aging. While maintaining a healthy lifestyle of fitness and skincare routines, I still wanted more definition and tighter, firmer skin at my jawline and arms – and InMode’s BodyTite and FaceTite helped me restore a sleeker, more youthful look without invasive cosmetic surgery. I am very pleased with the results!”

Paula Abdul is bringing her renewed feeling of confidence and self-assurance to others who want the same benefits.

Why Should You Choose Winter or Fall Season for Plastic Surgery?

Maintaining a toned body is a difficult task for women, especially after delivery. Women turn to exercise and diet in an attempt to reclaim their pre- pregnancy body shape but sometimes they are not able to achieve the desired results. BodyTite liposuction surgery is an ideal solution to contour the body and achieve an attractive appearance. This plastic surgery improves the overall appearance of the treated areas. It can remove large quantities of fat, correct irregularities from earlier procedures and sculpt delicate body parts precisely.

Why Should You Choose Winter or Fall Season for Plastic Surgery?According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), nearly a quarter million more cosmetic procedures were performed in 2018 than in 2017. Around 1.8 million cosmetic surgeries were done last year and the top plastic surgeries were breast augmentation, liposuction, nose shaping, eyelid surgery and tummy tuck. Butt augmentation also showed an increase.

A study in UK analyzed 204 questionnaires to know the factors that influenced a person’s likelihood of opting for cosmetic surgery. The study showed that the people who were more exposed to media were interested in undergoing plastic surgery.

According to the data from ASPS, three out of the top five surgical procedures in 2018 focused on the body. The number of liposuction procedures increased by more than 12,000, while surgeons performed more than 13,000 additional breast augmentations.  A small percentage of people look for other alternatives that are non-surgical and non-invasive, especially of the face and neck.  If you are considering plastic surgery, then fall and winter are the ideal seasons for it. Here are three reasons why you should choose winter or fall for plastic surgery.

  • Quick recovery: Many people choose not to go for any plastic surgery procedure, thinking about the time taken for recovery. Winter or fall is the right time for any plastic surgery as you can stay indoors for a few days and in case you want to go out, you can cover your plastic surgery scars, marks or garments with layers of clothes.
  • A great reason to stay at home: If you have a stressful job, winter vacation is the right time to have plastic surgery as it is the perfect opportunity to stay at home and recover. Make sure to choose a plastic surgeon who is close to you so that you can easily go for follow-up visits and you will also have family and friends to help you.
  • You can avoid the sun and its harmful effects: The sun can harm the skin especially when you are in the healing stage. Too much exposure to the sun could increase the recovery time because the wound may take longer to heal. Infections and scarring are a possibility. During the winter and fall seasons, the sun is not as intense as in the summer months.
  • A time to enjoy cosmetic surgery as a gift: Holidays are the best part of the winter season and the ideal time to undergo plastic surgery. Many people consider giving plastic surgery as a gift for their loved ones. This is the perfect time to give loved ones time to pamper themselves. Spouses can gift each other a plastic surgery procedure. You can also consider giving yourself a treat and choose to undergo a procedure of your choice. After the procedure, you get to relax, minimize stress and start fresh with more confidence and self esteem.

Today, various plastic surgery procedures are available for almost any part of the body, but the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery should not be taken lightly. The results are often permanent, so it is important to be sure about the decision, to approach a qualified and experienced practitioner, and to have the right motivation. If you wish to undergo BodyTite surgery or any other plastic surgery procedure in New York, then make sure to choose plastic surgeons in NYC who are trained and experienced, and focus on achieving the best results.  They provide optimal experience using the latest technologies. They also educate their patients about the procedures and weigh up all the pros and cons beforehand.

Inmode’s Votiva Radiofrequency Device Found Safe for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Treatment

Inmode’s Votiva Radiofrequency Device Found Safe for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction TreatmentA new study, “Role of Radiofrequency (Votiva, InMode) in Pelvic Floor Restoration”, published on April 25, 2019 in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open Journal highlights the safety and efficacy of using Radiofrequency (RF) energy for Pelvic Floor Restoration (PFR) after vaginal delivery. Authored by plastic surgeons Spero J. Theodorou of bodySCULPT® in NYC; Erez Dayan, MD; Henry Ramirez, MD; and Lacy Westfall, RN, the research reviews the use of a radiofrequency device, Votiva, InMode for postpartum pelvic floor restoration using an electrostimulator to objectively measure treatment effect.

Around 24% of women in the United States are estimated to get affected by postpartum pelvic floor disorders. The occurrence of these conditions surges significantly with age, with a lifetime risk of undergoing a single operation for prolapse or incontinence of 11% and a reoperation rate of 30%. Studies indicate that providers are unsure of therapeutic options and are inadequately trained to manage these problems. Current treatment options for PFD are limited and include biofeedback, laser, electrical muscle stimulation, and in certain cases, operative intervention. However, advancements in the aesthetic field have introduced a number of energy-based devices, that include RF and laser (CO2, Er:YAG) devices which have been used for PFR to improve external genital appearance, vaginal laxity, and stress incontinence.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimated a 39% increase in plastic surgeons performing vulvovaginal restoration procedures in the US from 2015 to 2016. Among both surgical and nonsurgical procedures, nonsurgical vulvovaginal therapy has been one of the fastest growing areas in plastic surgery and urogynecology over the past 10 years. This is mainly due to the attractive benefits – less downtime, discomfort, and cost – when compared to invasive surgical treatment.

The study points out that there is a surging interest in PFR which is a reflection of decreased stigmatization of female health issues and demonstrated safety and efficacy of energy-based devices. Despite this, there are barriers preventing sound scientific evaluation of these devices including: lack of objective outcome measures, use of unvalidated surveys, paucity of case/control studies, and inadequate follow-up. The researchers explain how the RF workstation, Votiva by InMode may potentially fill a treatment gap of pelvic floor disorders.

What is Votiva?

RF treatment may provide particular benefit in cases of disturbance to the genito-pelvic floor, where stretching of the vaginal introitus can lead to decreased sexual function, lubrication, genito-pelvic sensation, stress urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, and pelvic organ prolapse. Votiva is a versatile radiofrequency workstation for women’s health and wellness, combining gentle volumetric heating with fractional coagulation of tissue. Used for vaginal rejuvenation, it is the first and only device on the market that helps to revive both the internal and external tissue of the vagina without the need for painful surgery or significant downtime. Votiva treatment combines 2 innovative radiofrequency devices – FormaV™ and Morpheus8 ™- to tighten loose tissues and reinforce vaginal skin structure and elasticity.

Inmode’s Votiva Radiofrequency Device Found Safe for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Treatment

  • Votiva with FormaV is 510k cleared for temporary improvements in blood circulation, muscle pain relief and muscle relaxation and is an adjunct to Kegel exercises (tightening of the muscles of the pelvic floor to increase muscle tone)
  • Morpheus8 is fractional device for use in dermatologic and general surgical procedures for electrocoagulation

In this RF workstation study, a retrospective evaluation was conducted between April 2017 and May 2018 of consecutive patients (50 women with an average age of 32 (29-40) years old, average of 2.6 pregnancies, and 1.8 vaginal deliveries) undergoing vaginal radiofrequency treatment. Inclusion criteria were patients at least 6 weeks post vaginal delivery with symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. Resting pelvic floor muscle tone and maximal pelvic floor contraction were measured.

The study notes that there were no adverse events from the Votiva treatment and found a significant correlation between treatment and maximal contraction of pelvic floor muscles. Moreover, the patients say they felt subjective improvement correlated to number of treatments.

The study concludes mentioning a prospective randomized study that is being conducted to further evaluate the efficacy and role of this technology.

Abdomen Liposuction or Tummy Tuck – Which is the Right Option for You?

Abdomen Liposuction or Tummy Tuck - Which is the Right Option for You?Tummy tuck surgery, otherwise known as abdominoplasty and liposuction are two different procedures that can make your stomach appear flatter, tighter, and smaller. Liposuction removes excess, stubborn fat from hips, thighs, buttocks, stomach and other areas and improves body contour. On the other hand, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin from the middle and lower abdomen to tighten the muscles and fascia of the abdominal wall. This procedure will restore a flat and well-contoured midsection. Leading plastic surgery practices offer both abdomen liposuction and tummy tuck in NYC personalized to meet individual needs. Knowing the differences between what these treatments can achieve is necessary to understand which would be the right option for you.

Candidature for Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Surgery

In general, candidates for abdominal liposuction, tummy tuck surgery and other body contouring procedures must meet the following criteria:

  • Have stubborn abdominal fat that is resistant to diet or exercise
  • Have a stable weight
  • Are within 30% of their ideal weight
  • Do not have medical conditions that could impair healing
  • Do not smoke
  • Are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcome

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck Candidates – Key Differences

Candidate for Liposuction

You may be a good candidate for liposuction, if you

  • Have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
  • Are bothered by stubborn deposits of fat in the abdominal area that do not respond to diet or exercise
  • If the abdominal muscle is still relatively tight and there’s only concerns about excess fat

Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery

 You may be a candidate for tummy tuck, if you

  • Have excessive skin, laxity of muscle as well as excessive fat in the abdominal area due to aging, heredity, prior surgery, weight fluctuations or pregnancy
  • Want to restore the look of a flat and contoured midsection
  • Skin that surrounds the stomach has been stretched out due to pregnancy or significant shifts in your weight

 

Though the outcome of a tummy tuck is technically permanent, significant fluctuations in weight may greatly affect the outcome. Individuals who are planning on losing weight or women planning to get pregnant in future should postpone tummy tuck surgery.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck – How the Procedures are Performed

Both these procedures require incisions and anesthesia.

Liposuction

In recent years minimally-invasive techniques such as Smartlipo Triplex (laser-assisted), VASER (ultrasound) and BodyTite (radiofrequency assisted) have made liposuction safer, easier, and less painful. With these FDA approved, energy-assisted lipolysis devices, the procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis.  These safe and effective fat removal treatments come with great skin tightening effects. Based on your anatomical considerations and aesthetic goals, your plastic surgeon will recommend the option that will provide the best results.

Tummy Tuck Surgery

Various surgical techniques are used to perform tummy tuck procedures:

 

  • Complete or Full Abdominoplasty – This procedure is ideal for those patients who need the most correction.
  • Partial Abdominoplasty or Mini Tummy Tuck – This procedure is designed for those patients who have a lesser degree of skin laxity and mild lower abdominal skin excess.
  • Liposuction-only Abdominoplasty – This option is for younger patients with good skin elasticity and moderate fatty deposits.
  • Brazilian Tummy Tuck – In this procedure, the incision will be placed very low on the pubic area, so that the surgical scar will not be visible even when a low-cut bikini is worn. This treatment pulls the waist in and gets rid of excess skin, providing a smaller looking waist. It also pulls up the pubic area that is likely to drop with age and pregnancy. This option is generally recommended when there is more excess fat than skin.

Expected Results

Liposuction

People who had liposuction on their abdomen tend to see a flatter, more proportioned midsection once they recover from the procedure.

Tummy tuck

Your abdominal wall will be more stable and strong, after a tummy tuck. 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.

To determine which procedure is right for you, schedule a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon in NYC. A reliable surgeon will assess your specific aesthetic concerns and determine which procedure will work to meet your goals. Undergoing treatment in an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice is important for your safety.

 

Debunking Myths Associated with the Brazilian Butt Lift

Debunking Myths Associated with the Brazilian Butt LiftMyth 1: A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) just makes your buttocks bigger

Fact: The Brazilian butt lift not only increases buttock volume, but also enhances the shape of your posterior and improves proportions with the rest of your body.  This procedure is suitable for women who are not necessarily looking for a big size increase but something to fill out their yoga pants and help smooth out minor issues. It involves removing fat from areas where it is available in excess such as the axilla or arm pit, flanks, outer thighs, inner thighs, and abdomen via liposuction and injecting it into the buttocks. An additional benefit is that the removal of fat slims down these areas. Brazilian Butt Lift in NYC is performed by plastic surgeons who are skilled in liposuction and fat transfer.

Myth 2: Liposuction results in loose skin

Fact: The surgeon will remove only a limited amount of fat during a butt lift which will not make the skin sag. Moreover, liposuction using the latest energy assisted devices will tighten the skin as you recover.

Myth 3: Buttock implants are better option

Fact: Buttock implants may be appropriate for some patients, but they are not an ideal option. They often look less natural than your own fat and can shift or become uncomfortable over the years.  Using your own fat to augment your buttock reduces the chances of rejection and infection.  When implants are used to augment the buttocks, you will be sitting on the implants frequently, and they may flatten a bit.

Myth 4: Slender women cannot get BBL

Fact:  Ideal candidates for BBL are those who are in good general health and have an appropriate body type and enough fat to harvest. This is important to produce a visible change to the buttocks. However, techniques have evolved greatly and even smaller patients who have enough fat in appropriately found places can have an effective BBL.

Myth 5: Gaining weight after BBL will ruin your results

Fact: The results of BBL surgery are long-lasting. Over time, the size and shape of the buttocks may change due to aging and gravity. This fat behaves like any other fat in your body. So, if you gain weight, the fat in your buttocks may grow and if you lose weight, you may lose some of the volume in the buttocks as the fat shrinks. Maintaining your weight and a healthy lifestyle will help you retain your results longer.

BBL does come with certain risks and most patients are concerned about the safety of the procedure. The truth is that only a plastic surgeon with extensive experience in performing BBL can do so safely and effectively. In addition to the usual safety precautions and hygiene measures, an expert would perform BBL with due regard for factors such as the amount of fat that can be safely removed, injecting the fat at the right place and depth, and the amount of fat that can be safely injected.

If you are planning to undergo BBL, choose a surgeon who is an expert in performing liposuction, as if fat removal is not performed properly, it can result in unsightly lumps, bumps and contour deformities. An experienced surgeon will be able to achieve the right balance between the removal and addition of fat to produce a beautifully shaped behind with a smaller waist. Having the treatment in AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice will ensure the highest standards of safety.

Breast Augmentation – Important Things You Should Know

Breast AugmentationMany women who are concerned about the appearance of their breasts opt to have cosmetic surgery to enhance volume, correct asymmetry, and reshape the breasts and make them firmer and rounder. Breast augmentation in Manhattan is performed by surgeons who are experts in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), breast augmentation retained its position as the top cosmetic surgical procedure in 2017 and up to 300,378 procedures were performed that year. However, while its popularity continues to increase, women considering breast augmentation need to make sure that they know everything about it in order to make an informed decision.

  • The Procedure: Breast augmentation in New York City is performed using FDA-approved implants. Today, there are tailor-made options for individual patients as opposed to a one-size-fits-all implant. There are many types of breast implants such as saline, silicone, gummy bear, IDEAL and composite breast augmentation, allowing women to choose the option that will work best to meet their aesthetic goals. Breast enhancement is also performed to reconstruct the breast following mastectomy.
  • The Consultation: For optimal results, it’s crucial to choose a well-qualified and experienced plastic surgeon with extensive experience in performing breast implant surgery. The surgeon should be well-trained in the most current aesthetic techniques. There are different methods involved and only a breast augmentation specialist can achieve consistently good results for patients. Schedule a consultation and discuss your aesthetic goals and options with your surgeon, including implant type, positioning, and incision location.
  • Candidature: Not all women can undergo this procedure. Typically, to be an ideal candidate you should be in good health and desire an increase in breast size. Your surgeon will discuss you medical history, aesthetic desires, and many other considerations to determine your candidature for the treatment. If you have a health problem that might make it unsafe for you to undergo the procedure, the surgeon will advise against it. In this case, your surgeon will explain that the risks outweigh the benefits of surgery. If you are cleared for the procedure, the next decision would be about implant size and shape.
  • The Decision: In leading NYC plastic surgery practices, patients can choose from saline, silicone, gummy bear and IDEAL implants. When choosing implant size, remember that what worked for your friend may not work for you. Your surgeon would obtain information on your overall build, chest circumference, shoulder width, height, weight, and current breast size as well to decide what type of implant suits you.

Reliable surgeons help patients visualize their breast augmentation results using advanced imaging technologies, such as Axis Three, Vectra 3D and Oculus Rift 3 dimensional imaging glasses. Knowing what you will look like after the procedure before it is performed helps the candidate to take an informed decision on what type of implant they had to choose.

Also, plastic surgeons use different types of incisions and techniques to place implants. Considering various factors such as body type, quality and amount of natural breast tissue, breast implant type, size, and placement, and whether you need a breast lift, personal preference for scar location and your expectations, the plastic surgeon will decide on the right incision option for you. Usually, breast implants are inserted behind the breast tissue or under the chest muscle through an incision in the armpit, at the edge of the areola or under the breast. The best placement will depend on the implant type and the amount of natural breast tissue present.

Scarring after a breast augmentation is generally mild, although it will remain visible, so discuss with your surgeon about the scars you should expect. A good plastic surgeon can minimize the appearance of scars that may result from the procedure and provide guidance on how to reduce scarring.

  • The Preparation: Even though the procedure is performed using minimally invasive techniques, like most surgical procedure, you will be asked to prepare for the procedure. During this time you would be asked to
    • Quit smoking at least six weeks before surgery to better promote healing.
    • Avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs as that can increase bleeding, in advance of your procedure.
    • Irrespective of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after procedure for safe recovery.
    • As the breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis, you should arrange for someone to drive you home after procedure and to stay with you at least the first night following surgery.
  • Benefits: For many women, breast augmentation boosts self-confidence and overall quality of life. A study by surgeons in Italy found that breast implants improved posture. Women have cosmetic surgery to look their best and strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle to do so. Having breast augmentation supports these goals by making women feel good about themselves. It improves their physical appearance, which leads them to project a more confident appearance.
  • Risks and complications: You should discuss the risks and complications associated with breast augmentation with your surgeon. What’s important is how the surgeon will handle those risks. Possible risks include anesthesia risks, bleeding, infection, and scarring. These risks can be reduced by selecting a surgeon with extensive expertise in performing breast implant surgery. Capsular contracture (a condition where hard and painful scar tissue forms around the breast implant) is a frequent post-op complication. You can ask your surgeon how he/she deals with these issue.
  • Recovery and Downtime: You will be given specific postoperative instructions and a follow-up appointment by your plastic surgeon. Most women return to work and light activity within one week after this procedure. There’s no such thing called expiration date for an implant, but if a saline implant breaks, then breast size would decrease and women may opt to restore that volume for aesthetic reasons. Further, breast implants require only little maintenance, but you may be asked to take an MRI scan every few years just to ensure the implant is right in position. The FDA recommends medical imaging to verify the implant’s integrity beginning at three years and every two years after that.

In Manhattan, breast augmentation is available in AAAASF accredited plastic surgery practices. Choose an established practice with surgeons who are experts in performing breast implant surgery. Make sure you communicate with your surgeon about all your concerns during the consultation.

Pectoral Implants for Men: A Booming Trend

Pectoral ImplantsAccording to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the demand for male plastic surgery is booming, with more than 1.3 million procedures performed on men in 2017. One procedure that is becoming increasingly popular among men is pectoral implant surgery. Pectoral implants for men are a great option when even hours of body building exercises cannot provide the desired bulk and a well-defined chest.

According to a www.askmen.com report, the demand for muscle implants increased 437% between 2013 and 2018. ASPS reported that the most surprising trend in 2017 has been the rise in demand for pectoral implants and calf augmentation surgery in the U.S., with up to 983 men receiving pectoral implants and 378 getting calf implants (a 59 percent increase since 2016). According to the report, social media is one of the main factors driving the demand for muscle implants. The article cites a plastic surgeon as saying, “The numbers started going up when the internet became popular, but it went up exponentially with social media about five years ago.”

Genetics, growth defects, injury and other conditions can limit the growth of the chest muscles. Pectoral implants:

  • Provide a more defined, muscular chest
  • Correct underdeveloped or asymmetrical chest contour by birth or accident
  • Improve self-esteem and self-confidence

Pectoral implant surgery involves placing solid silicone implants in the chest to enhance bulk and create an attractive masculine appearance. In AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practices in NYC, 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 then is placed in the pocket and the sutures are used to reconnect the muscle lining and close the skin. The sutures will dissolve over time. The procedure brings forward the major pec muscles and provides a full, thicker look.

During the healing process, the implant becomes surrounded by the scar tissue pocket, where it stays permanently. The treatment causes only minimal injury to blood vessels, nerves, tendons and other tissues and comes with a short recovery period. Medications and compression garment may be recommended to help minimize swelling. Patients usually return to their routine activities within two weeks of the procedure but may have to wait up to two months to resume exercise.

Expert surgeons say that in most cases, men can continue to enhance their pectoral muscles after the insertion of chest implants. The muscle is not cut or damaged as the implants are inserted between the major and minor pectoralis muscles. So the muscle continues to grow with routine exercises and workouts. Moreover, one of the advantages of male pectoral implants is that you won’t be able to feel them that easily when the surgery is performed correctly and the implants are placed so that they are well hidden by the tissues.

If you are considering pec implant surgery in NYC, there are some important things that you should do to prepare for the procedure to get optimal results. The first step is to choose a reliable AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery center with surgeons who are experts in performing the procedure. Experts will first make sure that you are in good health and can undergo the surgery without any complications. A good surgeon will consider factors such as body type, symmetry, proportions and individual preferences and expectations to provide the best results.

One in four People considering Plastic Surgery to Boost Career Prospects

Plastic SurgeryPeople have body contouring in NYC for various reasons such as to look younger or to change a feature they’ve never liked. In September, Market Watch reported on a survey which found that people also consider cosmetic surgery to stay competitive or boost their career prospects. Conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the popular online cosmetic marketplace RealSelf, the survey found that 26 percent of the respondents had a cosmetic treatment to boost their confidence and look “professional” or young at work.

The survey, which covered 2000 American adults, found that while boosting confidence is a top factor driving interest in cosmetic surgery, work-related reasons are also a key motivator. Key findings:

  • About 3 in 5 (58%) of those who have had a cosmetic treatment or are considering one in the next 12 months reported that a life event influenced their decision. This is significantly greater among men (71%) than women (46%).
  • Work-related events were cited as a top motivator, with more than one in four (26%) saying they wanted to appear youthful at work and/or when looking for or starting a new job. This was followed by a milestone birthday (15%), and starting dating or a new relationship (14%).

According to the Harris Poll report, one in three American adults were considering a cosmetic treatment like Botox, cosmetic dentistry, tummy tuck surgery, and nonsurgical fat reduction (CoolSculpting) in the next 12 months. Other treatments being considered include laser hair removal, lip fillers, facial skin treatments, eyelid surgery, neck or chin lift, facelift lift and breast augmentation.

Having plastic surgery can your enhance job prospects by refreshing your appearance and making you look younger. While there are federal laws against employee discrimination and professional qualifications are essential to get hired, your appearance also seems to matter. Citing from various sources, www.theladders.com reported that about 43% of American tech workers were worried about losing their jobs over their older age, and more than 40% of Americans identified as obese faced daily stigma about their weight.

MarketWatch reports that supermodel Tyra Banks opened up about the cosmetic procedures (nose jobs and fake hair) that she had undergone early in her career to stay competitive. Marie, a 27-year-old fashion and lifestyle blogger in Los Angeles, also said that having cosmetic surgery was a life-changing confidence boost for her as it gave her more confidence to face the camera. She says her videos attracted more web traffic after she spent $10,000 on a nose job and lip fillers to give her face a “more flattering” profile. In short, her career skyrocketed since she had cosmetic surgery.

A recent John Hopkins University study found that people with successful nose jobs appear more attractive, more successful and healthier to other people than they did before getting work done. According to the study author, improving our attractiveness and health can give you a competitive advantage. Other studies have reported obesity discrimination in the recruitment process and a positive correlation between attractiveness and income.

Body sculpting in New York City includes a variety of minimally-invasive and nonsurgical procedures to help men and women restore a youthful, attractive appearance. These include liposuction treatment, Kybella injections, and facelifts using advanced modalities. For instance, EmbraceRF is an innovative scarless facial contouring that combines radiofrequency-assisted FaceTite and Morpheus8 for adipose tissue remodeling. It improves the jaw line, rejuvenates the neck and tightens the skin in the neck and jowls, while retaining the fullness necessary to maintain a youthful appearance.

Gifting Plastic Surgery: Things You Should Know

Plastic SurgeryIs there any “particular season” for plastic surgery? Yes, many people consider body contouring NYC in holiday season or winter as they think this is the perfect time to get nips and tucks and rejuvenate their appearance before the New Year dawns. Plastic surgery has also become an increasingly popular gift. According to an article published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), holidays are the busiest time of year in plastic surgery offices. Plastic surgeons are busier than ever in the weeks between Thanksgiving and the end of the calendar year. This is because patients get a lot of time to coordinate their procedure and for recovery during the holidays. But there are certain things you should consider before getting or gifting a plastic surgery procedure.

  • Popular procedure: Avoid getting or gifting a popular plastic surgery procedure, just because it’s a trend. Have a procedure only if you feel like you need it or it will make you happy. For instance, while breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery and tummy tuck in NYC are popular surgical procedures, it doesn’t mean that you should choose to have one of these procedures or that they are a good option for gifting.
  • Gifting a procedure: Plastic surgery procedures can enhance one’s appearance and boost self-confidence, but gifting cosmetic procedures to your loved one can be tricky. The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a personal choice and you need to make sure the recipient would not feel embarrassed or pressurized by this gift. So before you gift a procedure, discuss the matter with the intended recipient and identify what procedures the person might be interested in. Anyone who intends to gift a cosmetic procedure to a loved one, need to consider:
    • Whether it is a suitable gift
    • Whether your loved one will appreciate it
    • Find an accredited practice that offers the procedure
    • Make sure that the plastic surgeon is qualified to perform it
    • What the procedure involves in terms of risk and recovery time

It is important to note that cosmetic surgery is like any other type of surgery and does carry certain risks. Moreover, not everyone is a good candidate for every treatment. Even if your gift is exactly what your loved one wants, the plastic surgeon should confirm that he/she is suitable for candidature. There are many important factors to consider when it comes to body contouring and one is determining your candidature for the procedure. If you have any serious illness or health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, a bleeding disorder, heart disease, or depression, you might be advised to refrain from having an aesthetic procedure. Moreover, for women considering a cosmetic procedure such as tummy tuck or a breast procedure, it’s better to wait until they are done having children and breastfeeding. This is because the abdominal wall and skin stretches out during pregnancy, and you may lose the results achieved.

Therefore, the best option would be to gift your loved one a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon. This will give the intended recipient a chance to explore various options, educate themselves, and decide exactly what treatment, if any, they would like to have.

Key Benefits of Brazilian Butt Augmentation

Brazilian Butt Lift SurgeryPlastic surgery reports indicated that the demand for buttock augmentation procedures has soared in recent years. Celebrity social media photos have made a bigger, curvy derriere a much-sought-after attribute among women. Earlier, implants were the only option available to reshape the buttocks, but now, it’s Brazilian butt augmentation in New York City that has caught the attention of women. This minimally invasive procedure involves using the patient’s own fat for the enhancement. It has become a favored option among women who don’t want butt implant surgery and desire natural looking results.

Brazilian butt augmentation in NYC is a combination of liposuction and fat grafting and results in youthful, perky, firm buttocks and a more sensual body profile. The procedure starts with liposuction to extract excess fat from other areas of the body where it’s available in excess. The fat is then processed and injected into the buttocks to enhance volume and shape. Injections are made at different depths and areas based on the degree of enhancement required.

The procedure can enhance a flat derriere, enhance buttock volume and shape following pregnancy or weight loss, correct proportional imbalances, or improve your appearance in an evening dress or beachwear. The major benefits of buttock enhancement are:

  • Reshapes your body: Although Brazilian butt augmentation is performed to enhance the derriere, the procedure would help to reshape your whole body. The process of extracting excess fat from other areas helps correct irregularities in the donor site. For instance, if you have excess fat pockets in the abdomen, liposuction of the site for fat transfer to the buttocks, improves the contour and appearance of the tummy. In fact, removing stubborn fat pockets from select areas will give you a far more sculpted and streamlined look overall.
  • Not as invasive as implant surgery: Despite the fact that BBL is still considered a surgical procedure, it is not highly invasive like buttock implant surgery. The implant technique involves surgery to place silicone implants for enhancing the size and shape of the posterior. On the other hand, Brazilian butt augmentation can help achieve the wonderful transformation you always dreamt about, with minimal surgical trauma and short downtime. Depending on patient goals and other considerations the procedure can be administered safely with local anesthesia.
  • Can be performed under local anesthesia: 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 shorter recovery time.
  • Clothes look more flattering: With a shapelier and proportionate body, your clothes including swimwear will fit better. This can enhance your confidence.
  • Brazilian butt augmentation is customizable: With buttock implants, patients have limited choices while deciding the shape and size of the implant. Butt augmentation using your own fat can be customized to your preferences.
  • Natural looking results: The biggest advantage is that Brazilian butt augmentation uses natural tissue and the results look and feel natural. In fact, most of the grafted fat will remain in the long-term. And unlike implants, there is no risk for shifting or an unnatural appearance following surgery.

Patient safety and optimal outcomes depend largely on choosing the right surgeon. Consult a plastic surgeon in an AAAASF-accredited surgical practice who is experienced in performing Brazilian butt augmentation in New York City under both general anesthesia and local anesthesia. BBL requires comprehensive training and experience in fat transfer techniques as well as a professionally trained eye for aesthetic detail. So do some serious research when choosing your plastic surgeon because all practitioners may not have received this specialized training. The benefits of having Brazilian butt augmentation in NYC in an AAAASF-accredited practice with expert surgeons are:

  • Attractive, natural looking, long-lasting results
  • Minimal discomfort, pain bruising and scarring
  • Less downtime
  • Fast recovery

Not everyone is good for this procedure. To be an ideal candidate for Brazilian butt augmentation you need to have a sufficient amount of donor fat.