You look at your face in the mirror and you notice that something is lacking. Whether you’ve lost volume to aging, or just never had it due to your bone structure, you don’t have to be content with flat, hollow, or receding contours anymore. Whether you want to permanently alter the planes and curves of your face with implants, or “audition” a new look with temporary dermal fillers, Dr. Philip Miller, expert New York City facial plastic surgeon, can help you re-shape your jawline, cheekbones, and chin to get the beautiful, harmonious look and Aesthetic Confidence™ you’ve always dreamed of having.
Restore Lost Facial Volume
Aging and sun damage deplete key elements in your face that may result in a look that’s drawn and gaunt. Collagen and elastin — building blocks of skin that keep it plump, pliable, and elastic — diminish with age. The fat that once made your cheeks lovely and pinchable dissipates, too. Even your underlying bone structure atrophies over the years, so that your face no longer has the support it enjoyed in your youth.
In the early stages of aging, this process of volume loss can be reversed with treatments that stimulate your skin to produce more collagen and elastin, such as laser therapy and microneedling. However, if you’ve already lost volume, Dr. Miller can plump up your midface and build up sagging cheekbones with a lush filler such as Voluma®, which is made of hyaluronic acid (HA) — a substance that your body produces naturally. Dermal fillers are so effective for improving facial volume, they are the second most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure performed each year.
But if you’re looking for a permanent option to restore lost facial volume, Dr. Miller can use fat from other areas of your body where you don’t need it (such as lower abdomen), and transfer it to your cheeks, where it helps restore the volume of the mid-face.
Create Model Cheekbones
You may have noticed that most celebrities and models have well-defined cheekbones. Cheekbones not only create an elegant, sophisticated look, but they also provide a natural lift to your lower face. Whether your cheekbones have receded over the years due to bone loss, or you’ve always been frustrated with flat cheekbones, Dr. Miller can reshape and contour your cheekbones with either high-quality implants or dermal fillers such as Voluma or Sculptra®.
Building up your cheekbones with Sculptra, Voluma, or layering both is a great way to try out a new look. Sculptra adds volume by stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin over time. Voluma does the same by instantly plumping up and re-contouring your skin. Layering both dermal fillers gives you volume that’s both instant and long-lasting — up to a year or more.
Of course, the most dramatic way to re-sculpt your cheekbones is with permanent silicone implants. Dr. Miller chooses the size, shape, and angle that perfectly matches your unique beauty and facial structure. If you’d also like to compensate for lost skin volume, Dr. Miller can infuse your skin with Voluma at the same time you receive your cheek implants for complete facial rejuvenation.
Transform with a G.I. Jaw
Both men and women often long for the straight, clean jawline of a G.I. Joe or supermodel. Now you don’t have to be born with great bones to benefit from their effects. If your chin is receded or your jawline weak, Dr. Miller can resculpt your jaw and create a stronger chin with Sculptra and Voluma, or with permanent silicone implants. He may also suggest liposuction or Kybella® to remove excess fat and tighten the jawline skin.
Revive Your Facial Volume Today
Replenishing your skin and creating stronger, more lifted contours with either dermal fillers or facial implants is a great way to start the new year with a new you. Dr. Miller can even give you a preview of your new look via digital morphing. To set up an appointment and find out how fillers and implants can create the look of your dreams, call (646) 791-3025 or use the online form to book your consultation.
Read next, The Life-Changing Benefits of a Facelift
You’re considering a facelift but you’re wondering if it’s really worth the expense and downtime. If you’re listing the pros and cons while trying to come to a decision, a study from the Journal of the American Medicine Association (JAMA) Facial Plastic Surgery, supplies a number of new entries for your “pro” column. As it turns out, women who’ve had facelifts and other upper-face rejuvenation procedures aren’t just perceived as looking younger, but also as being more attractive, healthier, and more successful.
Dr. Phillip J. Miller, an expert facial plastic surgeon in New York City, has long promoted facelifts as one way to attain what he calls “Aesthetic Confidence®.” Dr. Miller’s patients relay that his surgeries do not just improve their appearance, but they have other life-changing benefits.
Some of these benefits include feeling happier and more confident after their surgery, and also that people react more positively to them than they did before. The following study, “Association Between Facial Rejuvenation and Observer Ratings of Youth, Attractiveness, Success, and Health” confirms his patients’ perceptions. Let’s explore each benefit so you can fully understand how, in the right hands, life-changing a facelift can be.
Before and After
The study included before-and-after photographs of twelve older women who’d either had eyelid surgery and a facelift, or eyelid surgery, a facelift, and a brow lift. Each of the 504 participants who looked at these photos in an online survey either saw the “before” or the “after” photograph from each of the twelve patients, but never saw both views.
When the researchers looked at how the observers rated all of the photos, they found that…
The “Afters” Looked Younger
On average, women were estimated 4 to 5 years younger in their “after” shots than they were in their “before” shots.
Technique plays an important role in creating this youthful result. When performing a facelift, Dr. Miller always lifts the underlying SMAS (submucosal aponeurotic system) layer, along with the skin. Lifting the SMAS both vertically and horizontally creates a more youthful, uplifted face that appears much more natural than when lifting skin alone. The re-positioned SMAS also provides better support for your skin, allowing your facelift to last longer.
The “Afters” Were More Attractive
On a scale of 1 to 100, the “before” photos were rated “50” on attractiveness. The “after” photos jumped up to 68.
Another technique that Dr. Miller utilizes to restore a youthful visage is fat grafting. Dr. Miller often recommends fat grafting in combination with a facelift to get the best outcome for facial rejuvenation. The fat grafts fill in areas of lost volume on your face by using fat you’ve donated from a place where you have excess fat, such as your abdomen. Using an artist’s eye, Dr. Miller uses fat grafts to give your face more youthful and balanced contours. Another added benefit is the fat grafts also help your facelift heal.
The “Afters” Looked Much Healthier
Using the same scale, the average of the “before” photos was just “50” on how healthy they looked. But the “after” shots gained 20 points.
Youthful vitality and health go hand in hand. To accelerate your healing and improve the quality of your skin overall, Dr. Miller recommends a skin rejuvenation procedure such as Fractora(TM) laser or microneedling in tandem with your facelift. Lasers and microneedling devices stimulate your skin to produce rejuvenating collagen. Your skin becomes thicker, stronger, smoother, and glows with health.
The “Afters” Looked More Successful
The study participants also rated that the women in the “after” pictures appeared more successful. The average “before” rating was only 50 but jumped to 61 for the “after” photos.
And, as Dr. Miller’s patients report, getting positive feedback on their appearance after a facelift or other cosmetic surgery really does give them a confidence boost. That confidence translates into more willingness to take risks in romance and on the job, leading to more success … and more confidence.
Rate Your Own “After” Photo
Not sure about getting a facelift, but still considering? As part of your facelift consultation, Dr. Miller can create a computer image that shows you what your life-changing results will be. Call Dr. Miller and his facial rejuvenation team to book your facelift consultation today. You deserve to live your after.
If you have sagging upper eyelids or dark, hollow or baggy areas under your eyes, you may have tried — and discarded — a number of ineffective creams, lotions, and devices. Unfortunately, the skin around your eyes is thin and delicate, which is why it’s one of the first areas to show your age. And although medical-grade skin care with retinoids or other rejuvenating agents can hold back the earliest signs of aging, once your eye skin starts to bag or sag, surgery may be your best option.
Dr. Phillip Miller knows that deciding to undergo cosmetic eyelid surgery is a major step that takes careful consideration and research. As the inventor of The Natralook Process™, Dr. Miller is committed to procedures that rejuvenate you while still maintaining your unique beauty and a natural, healthy appearance.
The Ideal Eyelid Surgery Candidate
Following are some tips that can help you determine the best procedure to get the results you want:
Are your upper lids sagging?
When your upper eyelids lose fat, collagen, and elastin, they start to droop and make you look tired or older than you feel. If the sagging is extreme, the excess skin can even hood your eyes, obscuring your vision.
Fat deposits in the upper lids also collect and droop with age, making your eyelids look thicker, too. Heavy, drooping lids are best remedied with a surgical procedure called upper blepharoplasty, otherwise known as an eyelift.
Dr. Miller hides eyelift incisions in the creases of your eyelids, then tightens the underlying lid muscle, which is one of the causes of your drooping lids. He removes excessive fat but leaves enough to make your eye look natural and youthful. He then tightens the eyelid skin and trims away any extra skin.
After you’ve healed from your surgery, your eyes look naturally more alert and youthful. Your incisions are so tiny that the hidden scar is barely visible.
Does your forehead look heavy or wrinkled?
Another sign of aging is a sagging brow that lowers the position of your eyebrows. If your eyelid skin also sags, you may benefit from both upper blepharoplasty and a brow lift.
During the procedure, Dr. Miller conceals the brow lift incisions in your forehead. He tightens the muscles in your forehead and eyelids. He lifts your brow skin — thereby smoothing out wrinkles — and trims away the extraneous skin. His skilled, artistic eye ensures that your eyebrows maintain a natural and youthful position.
If your eyelid skin hasn’t yet started to droop excessively, but you still notice that you don’t look as energized as you feel, Dr. Miller may suggest a forehead lift alone without or instead of upper blepharoplasty. This minimal surgery gives you the vibrant and energized look you deserve.
Do you have bags, wrinkles, or deep hollows under your eyes?
The first signs of aging under your eyes may be fine wrinkles, or just a darkening of your skin as it thins out due to aging or sun damage. Over time, your lower lids can sag so much that they reveal the white of your eye under your iris, a look that’s unflattering and aging. Fat also collects in the delicate under-eye area, creating puffy looking bags that make you seem perpetually tired, no matter how much sleep you’ve gotten.
Dr. Miller reverses age-related changes in the lower lid with a lower blepharoplasty. These incisions can be camouflaged under your lower lashes or inside your lid, then Dr. Miller tightens the underlying muscles, removes excess fat, tightens your skin, and trims away redundant skin.
Free from bags, sags, and dark circles you look youthful and rested. Many women and men elect to have both upper and lower blepharoplasty at the same time, with or without a brow lift.
Do you want to change your look?
If you have a monolid and desire a double eyelid, talk to Dr. Miller. He’s an expert at natural-looking facial plastic surgeries — including eyelid surgeries — that respect your ethnicity while giving you the improvement you want.
Are you still not sure about surgery?
If you’re still not sure you’re ready for surgery and your eye droop or bagging is minimal, there are a few options. Fillers used in combination with Botox are an alternative that may give temporary improvement to the under eye area. This is a great choice for patients looking for a non-surgical option or can be used in conjunction with surgery to meet your aesthetic goals.
Another non-surgical option Dr. Miller may recommend to revive your eyes is laser therapy. He employs groundbreaking Face-Tite™ radiofrequency(RF)-assisted liposuction technology by InMode to remove excess fat and tighten skin in the facial area.
Face-Tite works by sending pulses of RF energy through a tiny cannula. The energy heats up the fat, killing excess fat cells, while simultaneously initiating a collagen-remodeling process in your skin. Over the next weeks to months, your face tightens and your skin rebuilds itself with new, strong strands of collagen and elasticizing elastin.
Face-Tite can be used as a standalone therapy or in conjunction with facial plastic surgery. In addition to tightening your skin, Face-Tite makes it stronger and more pliable and also aids in the postsurgical healing process.
Either with Face-Tite or on their own, dermal fillers and fat grafts offer yet another way to rejuvenate your eye area. Dr. Miller performs nonsurgical eyelifts and fills tear troughs using state-of-the-art fillers, such as Restylane and fat grafts.
Restore Your Vitality
Whether you’re ready to rejuvenate your eyes, or still just curious, contact Dr. Miller for a consultation. Dr. Miller is committed to creating a unified vision of your desired results. Call his New York City office or use the online form.
Next, read our blog, Get “Tite” with These Great Treatments
Wrinkles get a lot of press when it comes to aging, but they’re not the only issue that can make you look older than you really are. In fact, sagging skin is one of the most frustrating signs of aging. This is skin that has lost its elasticity and firmness and has begun to droop and hang as a result. So what can you do about sagging skin? First, you need to understand why it happens. Collagen is a structural protein that gives the skin its firmness and youthful elasticity. As we age, collagen begins to break down and new production also slows. This means that the skin no longer has the support it needs to stay youthful and it begins to sag.
The good news? Your skin isn’t doomed once collagen production slows down. You can encourage new collagen to form by choosing to undergo skin treatments with a plastic surgeon. A series of “Tite” treatments is a great choice for sagging skin, whether you need face, body, or neck skin tightening. Let’s take a look at the options!
For many people, the face is the most pressing area of concern when it comes to aging. It’s easier to hide sagging skin and other issues in other areas of the body with clothing. But our faces are the first impression people get of us. Face-Tite is a great solution for sagging skin that can help contour the face for a more youthful appearance.
Using radiofrequency energy combined with gentle liposuction, the face is contoured by using small cannulas (tubes) to remove unwanted fat through tiny incisions. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that helps stimulate collagen production for tighter skin, while the liposuction removes any unwanted fatty deposits, allowing the skin to contract. The fat removed is minimal, but the overall results can be dramatic. Patients can look more youthful and refreshed, often gaining enhanced confidence following treatment!
Just like Face-Tite, Neck-Tite makes use of radiofrequency-assisted liposuction to tighten the neck and jowls. While sagging in the face is common and noticeable, sagging in the neck can be even more troublesome. Many people develop a “turkey wattle” look that can make them look much older than they really are. Neck-Tite contours the neck and jowls and helps the skin to tighten and contract for a fresh new look.
Stubborn fat and cellulite can be some of the most frustrating problems you can face, as no amount of diet and exercise can help resolve certain problem areas. BodyTite is a great solution for people who just want a sleek physique without the little lumps and bumps that persist, despite a healthy lifestyle.
Radiofrequency assisted liposuction is a gentle procedure that can help create a more toned appearance with little downtime. It also assists with tightening the skin, due to increased collagen production. Good results from liposuction require the skin to retract properly, and the subtle but powerful results of BodyTite accomplish just that.
Tite-FX uses the same radiofrequency technology as the other procedures, but instead of combining the energy with liposuction, it uses vacuum technology to remove excess fat non-invasively. This treatment is fantastic for people with busy lives because it effectively reduces fat and improves the overall body contours with no downtime. Cellulite is a difficult problem to treat. Yet some patients have noticed a reduction in cellulite after undergoing Tite-FX treatment, which can help boost confidence and self-esteem. This procedure can also be combined with liposuction for even better results.
Gradual, Lasting Improvement
The best part about getting “Tite” is that the results are gradual and long-lasting. You’ll notice a difference right away, of course, due to the contouring of the treated area, but the radiofrequency energy will produce other benefits that will become apparent gradually. You should notice your skin tightening over several months following treatment as new collagen is produced to support the skin. While this won’t last forever, the new collagen is long-lasting and should help slow down the effects of aging for a while. Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle is a great way to keep the results looking good for a long time to come!
Choosing the Right Doctor
As with any plastic surgery procedure, choosing the right surgeon is absolutely essential to your success. If you’re interested in the power of radiofrequency-assisted liposuction, you will want to make sure you choose an expert to perform your procedure—someone who has the experience and the artistic eye to make your dream a reality.
There are many excellent plastic surgeons in New York, NY, but Dr. Philip Miller is a seasoned provider of all four “Tite” treatments. He knows how powerful the procedure can be, and he helps patients regain their confidence and self-esteem by helping them choose a treatment plan that’s right for their needs. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, call (646) 791-3025 today!
Next, read our blog, 5 Myths About Breast Reduction.
Do a quick Google search, and you’ll quickly realize there’s an overwhelming amount of information available on the subject of breast reduction surgery. Not all of this information is reliable, however. Some pervasive myths surround the procedure, some of which can actually be harmful to prospective patients. If you believe some of these myths, you might delay a surgery that would improve your quality of life, or worse, rush into a surgery before you’re ready. With that in mind, we wanted to bust some of the common myths about breast reductions to help you make the decision that’s right for you.
1. Women should be happy to have large breasts
Many women, and men, are shocked to hear that some women want smaller breasts. But choosing to undergo breast reduction is a personal decision, and a perfectly legitimate one. Some women experience severe back pain from the weight of heavy breasts. In fact, some insurance companies cover breast reduction for exactly this reason. Others find that their large bust is an impediment to exercise or makes it nearly impossible to find clothing that fits. In most cases, the surgery is not cosmetic at all—it’s medically advisable. There are cosmetic benefits as well. The breasts typically look more youthful, firm, and perky after a breast reduction. The bottom line is that it’s not a bad thing to want a smaller bust, and you shouldn’t feel like you have to justify your desires to others.
2. Breast reduction causes an inability to breastfeed
If performed correctly, most patients should have no problem breastfeeding once they have healed from breast reduction surgery. Glandular tissue is removed during the surgery, but as long as the connection between the nipple and core breast tissue is not severed, the procedure should not affect milk production. However, in some breast reduction cases, it is advisable to reposition the nipples, which can affect the ability to breastfeed. There is also always a small risk of complications, which could include loss of the ability to breastfeed. However, this is very rare, especially when the procedure is performed by an expert, board certified plastic surgeon.
3. Weight loss can reduce breast size
Breasts are made up of more than just fatty tissue; glandular tissue is also present. Because of this, weight loss will not provide the kind of relief most breast reduction patients seek. While losing weight can reduce the size of the breasts a little, there’s more to a reduction than just liposuction. Both fat and glandular tissue are carefully removed to create an attractive shape and lift, something that requires the skill of an experienced plastic surgeon. Weight loss can be a good first step, but it can’t replace a breast reduction for significant results.
4. Patients can choose their cup size
As with any plastic surgery, it’s very important to have realistic expectations for breast reduction. While it is possible to aim for a general size range, the procedure is complex, and results cannot be fully predicted before the surgery. A computerized preview can help patients visualize the final results, but surgeons cannot reproduce an exact copy of those previews. Patients need to understand that variations in the surgery and healing affect the final size. It’s best to leave shopping for after the procedure! Unlike breast augmentation patients, breast reduction candidates don’t have implants to choose and can have more variation in the final results.
5. The procedure can be done without scars
All surgery produces some scarring. Depending on the amount of breast tissue to be removed, breast reduction can result in some significant scars. Some patients have scarring extending down from the nipple and all the way under the breasts. While these scars will fade somewhat over time and are easily hidden by a bra or swimsuit, scarring is just part of the breast reduction process.
Talk to a Trusted Surgeon
Because there is so much misinformation available online, you’re better off going directly to the source: a trusted, board certified plastic surgeon. Speaking to a trusted plastic surgeon will allow you to determine your candidacy for the procedure, ask specific questions, and get reliable answers. You will need to consult with each surgeon you are considering anyway, and these meetings are a great way to get to know the surgeons and learn more about the procedure. You should consider your decision very carefully, as breast reduction is permanent.
If you’re ready to get more information about breast reduction and start talking about your goals for the procedure, consider heading to New York, NY for a consultation with Dr. Douglas Steinbrech. Dr. Steinbrech is a board certified plastic surgeon offering a range of body contouring procedures, including breast reduction. Dr. Steinbrech is a well-respected surgeon who does not hesitate to share his knowledge and expertise with patients and colleagues alike. For more information and to schedule your consultation, call (646) 791-3025 today!
Next, read our blog, 5 Tips for Your Rhinoplasty Recovery
Planning your rhinoplasty procedure? Starting to feel nervous? Don’t worry! It’s normal to feel a mixture of excitement and anxiety before your procedure, and you’re probably speculating on how you’ll look and feel after your undergo the surgery.
While most people find that the recovery process isn’t as bad as they expected, it still pays to be prepared and set yourself up for a comfortable recovery and a beautiful result. Here are 5 tips for ensuring that your rhinoplasty recovery goes as smoothly as possible.
Tip #1: Give Yourself Enough Recovery Time
When you’re planning your recovery period, you may think that you don’t need the full 1-2 weeks of recovery time recommended by most surgeons. However, even if you feel fairly normal after the first few days, it’s important to give your body the rest it needs to recover and heal. Block off at least 10 days for the process. When you’re ready, start resuming normal activities slowly—it doesn’t pay to overdo things. Additionally, you may have some bruising during the first few weeks, which may not have you feeling very social!
Tip #2: Set up a Dedicated Recovery Area
You won’t be able to go about your normal routines during your recovery, so it’s a good idea to anticipate what you’ll need before you need it. The day before your surgery, set up a dedicated recovery area to maximize your comfort and rest.
You’ll need to sleep with your head elevated above your heart initially (to reduce swelling and to keep the nose from shifting), so it’s best to outfit an easy chair with pillows and blankets. If you don’t have a suitable chair, your bed will work as long as you add extra pillows and something to stabilize you as you sleep (such as pillows on either side of you). Make sure you have ice packs ready, along with books, magazines, or other entertainment close at hand. Finally, make sure you have your painkillers close at hand to help control any discomfort.
Tip #3: Plan Ahead for Meals
It’s easy to default to takeout when you’re not feeling well enough to cook, but salty or sugary junk food and takeout won’t cut it when you’re recovering from surgery. You need nutritious food for cellular renewal, and it’s best to prep your food ahead to make sure you’re fueling your recovery properly.
Try make-ahead recipes that can be frozen or refrigerated. That way, when it’s dinnertime, all you’ll have to do is pop a meal into the microwave with no additional hassle. Frozen meals can also often be heated in a slow cooker all day so dinner is ready by evening.
Tip #4: Take Your Meds
While it may be tempting to skip your meds and just suffer through any discomfort, this approach really doesn’t do you any favors. Take your meds according to your doctor’s guidelines, and just make sure you’re not taking more of them than you’re supposed to.
Tip #5: Treat Your Nose with Respect
Your surgeon and his team will work their magic in the operating room, but they can’t be there every step of your recovery to make sure you’re giving your nose every chance to heal properly. A surgery performed by the best surgeon can still end in a poor outcome if the nose is bumped or jostled too much during surgery, or isn’t given the opportunity to heal.
Smoking, drinking, the wrong supplements, overdoing it, or jostling the nose can all have a major negative impact on the healing process. Poor healing can lead to scarring, infection, and a poor aesthetic outcome—not something you want from a surgery that is supposed to help you look and feel better about yourself!
Always Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions
The most important tip for any rhinoplasty recovery is to follow your doctor’s pre- and post-operative instructions to the letter. It is up to you to take care of your nose following surgery, but your surgeon will give you everything you need to succeed. Read and understand these instructions thoroughly before the day of the surgery, and make sure you don’t skip any steps for your care. The instructions are given to you for a reason!
Because your surgeon’s skill will be the biggest factor in your rhinoplasty’s success, it’s important to take your time and choose your provider carefully. A skilled and board certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Philip Miller is the best choice for your surgery, since becoming board certified in this field is difficult and requires years of study and practice. To learn more about rhinoplasty with Dr. Miller in New York, NY, call (646) 791-3025 today to schedule a consultation.
Next, read our blog, Know the Do’s and Don’ts After Having a Breast Augmentation.
Of course you want your breast augmentation to go well. But aside from choosing the best surgeon for the job, how can you make sure you’re setting yourself up for success? One of the best ways to do that is to educate yourself and make sure that you’re prepared for the recovery period after your surgery.
Self-care is one of the most important factors in your breast augmentation recovery. In fact, it will partly determine your final results. Before you head to your doctor’s office, here are some do’s and don’ts of your breast augmentation recovery, so you can ensure you’re caring for yourself properly after surgery.
Do: Wear the Right Bra
Many women wonder if they should wear a bra after surgery, or whether that will cause problems with healing. You should wear a bra—but only the right kind of bra. Your breasts will need support following surgery, but it’s important not to wear a garment that will distort the shape of the breasts. A basic, supportive bra will be the best option, and your surgeon can give you recommendations for what to purchase.
Do: Avoid Heavy Lifting After Surgery
Many people, especially mothers of young children, have trouble avoiding heavy lifting after surgery, but it’s crucial to your recovery. You should not lift your arms above the shoulders for the first two weeks. If possible, it’s best to have someone stay with you immediately after surgery, and to help around the house for the first few days. Stretching, reaching, bending and lifting can all cause complications, compromise your incision, and cause bleeding. Don’t lift anything heavy until your doctor says it’s okay!
Do: Rest and Take it Easy
While light activity after the first day is encouraged, it’s easy to overdo it. Rest and take it easy—your body needs time to heal from the surgery. Furthermore, you risk complications by doing too much too soon. Make sure you prepare your home before surgery so you’ll be able to rest. Prepare a recovery area beforehand, clean the house, and make sure things you’ll need are in easy reach.
Do: Eat Healthfully
You might feel like grabbing any junk food you can find after surgery. For optimal healing, however, it’s best to follow a healthy diet. Prepare for your recovery by stocking your freezer and refrigerator with healthy food you can prepare and eat quickly—think crock pot meals or healthy microwaveable dinners. High sodium and poor nutrition will slow down the healing process, so think ahead!
Do: Be Patient and Follow All Instructions
After your surgery, you may be skeptical that all your surgeon’s instructions are really necessary. Don’t fall into this trap! It’s essential that you follow all your surgeon’s recovery instructions and take pain medication to ensure your comfort. Your surgeon will be specific about any massage or exercises you should perform, and any other important instructions to follow, so don’t discount any directions you are given. Be patient—it takes a while for your body to recover from surgery, and you won’t see the final results right away.
Do: Keep a Positive Outlook
Recovery from surgery can be uncomfortable, and it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel (your great results). Try to keep a positive outlook during your recovery. Staying optimistic will help you keep up with your post-op instructions and heal more quickly.
Don’t: Sleep on Your Side or Stomach
While you might be most comfortable sleeping on your side or stomach normally, you must sleep on your back during breast implant recovery. This will help prevent strain on the incisions and keep your healing even on both sides.
Don’t: Wear an Underwire or Pushup Bra
Your implants need to settle after surgery, and this process takes several months. It’s important to wear the right support garments after the procedure. Don’t wear an underwire or pushup bra, as these can affect the final shape of your implants or put strain on your incisions. Just stick to the bras your surgeon recommends for at least a month.
Don’t: Take a Bath
After the first few days, you will be allowed to shower, as long as you keep the healing incisions as dry as possible. However, you should not take a bath or get into a hot tub until you’re given the green light by your surgeon. Submerging the incision in hot water can allow bacteria to enter the wound and cause complications.
Smoking is very dangerous for your health, particularly before and after surgery. Do not smoke during your recovery, since it can slow down and impede healing by reducing oxygen flow in the body. The last thing you want is cigarettes to compromise your results, so make a vow to quit well before your procedure.
Don’t: Poke, Prod, and Worry
Your breasts will feel strange after the procedure, and it will be tempting to poke and prod at them. Don’t! Give your breasts time to heal undisturbed, and only touch them when absolutely necessary. They will feel tender, sensitive, and you may experience tightness in the area as your skin adapts to the size of the implants. Hands off until you’re healed!
Keep in Contact With Your Surgeon
After your procedure, you will need to return to your surgeon for several post-op appointments. Don’t skip these! It’s important to keep in contact with your surgeon and to notify him or her immediately if you think there is a problem. Call your doctor if you notice anything out of the ordinary, and call 911 if necessary. Don’t brush off possible complications—it’s not worth the risk.
If you’re still looking for an experienced plastic surgeon to perform your procedure, consider a consultation with Dr. Douglas Steinbrech in New York, NY. Dr. Steinbrech is a highly respected board certified plastic surgeon and works actively in research and educating the next generation of surgeons. For more information, call (646) 681-7126 to schedule your consultation.
Next, read our blog, Which Laser Treatment is Right for You?
Let’s face it: getting older is hard. Have you been poking and prodding at your face, trying to smooth out the wrinkles you see? If so, then the signs of aging are probably bothering you more than you think. Fortunately, plastic surgeons have many tools for non-invasive rejuvenation available. In fact, there are so many options that no one needs to spend even another minute worrying about how their skin looks.
Laser treatment is one of the most popular treatment types available for many different skin and aging concerns. Laser treatment uses light to control the skin’s natural processes and gradually heal the skin. The result is a refreshed and more youthful appearance. There are so many different types of laser treatments that choosing one can be totally overwhelming (a good problem to have)! If you’re thinking about laser treatments to look and feel younger, here’s what you need to know about choosing the laser that’s right for you—whether that’s a full laser option like Fractora, or a radiofrequency treatment like Face Tite or Tite-FX.
What are Your Goals?
Before you choose the laser treatment that’s right for you, you need to think about what your goals are for the procedure. Are you interested in repairing the sun damage to your face? Do brown spots and rough skin have you wearing layers of makeup to hide the damage? Are you seeing the beginnings of deep wrinkles? Or are you feeling that your body contour just never makes you feel good, no matter how much you exercise?
Ask yourself these tough questions and pinpoint what’s really behind your desire for cosmetic treatments. It’s much easier to choose the perfect treatment if you’re fully aware of your goals and motivations.
Learn About Types of Laser & Radiofrequency Treatments
Once you know what you want to achieve, you’ll need to know what some of your options are. Take some time to research the many laser and radiofrequency treatments available. This will help prepare you to talk with your plastic surgeon about the procedures you’re interested in. Here are just a few great choices:
While many people are focused on wrinkles and sun damage, others face different problems like sagging skin and excess fat in the face. If you’re struggling with these issues, Face Tite is a great option for improving the overall appearance of the face. This treatment combines radiofrequency energy with gentle liposuction. This will help to contour and tighten the face for a youthful, refreshed appearance.
Fractora is a laser radiofrequency technology that helps stimulate and resurface the skin. This is a minimally-invasive procedure that can be completed in just one visit! Like many other laser resurfacing treatments, Fractora uses fractional energy to address skin concerns. The benefit is that there is no prolonged downtime or extensive side effects. Fractora treatments can address many different problems, including fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation issues, poor skin tone and texture, visible blood vessels and the overall appearance of the skin.
We all know that exercise and a healthy diet are a key part of any wellness plan. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to achieve your desired cosmetic results through these methods alone. Tite-FX is a great way to help tone and contour the body when exercise alone isn’t working. Using a combination of vacuum technology and radiofrequency energy, this treatment can help improve body contour and even address cellulite. Some patients prefer to combine Tite-FX with liposuction treatments for more comprehensive results.
Talk to a Plastic Surgeon
After you know your options, it’s time to choose a plastic surgeon and discuss your treatment options with an expert. Your consultation is the most important step in choosing the perfect laser treatment. You’ll get an opportunity to receive personalized recommendations based on your goals and the condition of your skin. Be sure to come to your consultations prepared to make the most of them. Ask questions, get to know your surgeon, and make sure you feel comfortable before you commit to any treatment.
If you’re looking for an experienced plastic surgeon to help you make this important decision, consider a consultation with Dr. Philip Miller. Dr. Miller is an acclaimed facial plastic surgeon in the competitive New York area. His distinguished credentials have earned him respect from both colleagues and patients. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller in New York, call (646) 791-3025 today!
Next, read our blog, Benefits of a Facelift and Why This Procedure is Right for You.
A facelift is a type of procedure designed to make improvements to your face in order to reduce signs of aging in these areas. The following will provide a detailed look at the many benefits of a facelift and why this procedure is right for you.
When You Should Receive a Facelift
It’s important to understand that aging, stress, heredity and environmental conditions are just a few of the factors as to why you may begin to lose your youthful appearance. However, this exceedingly safe procedure will ensure that your face remains as youthful at the age of 40 as it was at 25.
If you notice signs of aging and believe that you could look better, a facelift if perfect for you. Full confidence with your appearance can do wonders to your personal and professional lives. These signs of aging include a loss of skin tone in the lower portion of the face, creases below the eyelids and along the nose, sagging around the middle portion of the face and drooping fat.
What a Facelift Procedure Entails
The primary procedure for a facelift is minimally invasive and only takes a small amount of time to complete. The procedure begins with the administration of anesthesia in order to make you comfortable during the surgery. This can include either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Once the anesthesia has been administered, the incision will be made. Where this incision takes place largely depends on the type of facelift you are looking to have done.
For a traditional facelift, the incision begins at the hairline and extends around the ear and towards the lower scalp. For a limited incision facelift, the incisions at the temple are smaller and only extend around the ear. Once the fat has been sculpted and rearranged for a better looking face, the incisions will be closed and will fade relatively quickly.
Ideal Candidates for This Procedure
Thankfully, it doesn’t require much to be an ideal candidate for this procedure, so there’s practically no reason to worry about being denied for it. The best candidates largely include people that don’t have health conditions that would cause problems with the healing process.
Non-smokers are preferable over smokers as well. It’s also important that you have realistic expectations of what this procedure will do for you and have a generally positive outlook about the results from the procedure, which will make preparations for a facelift much easier.
Benefits of a Facelift
There are a wide variety of benefits that you will receive when getting a facelift. For instance, you’ll automatically have a much more youthful and natural look to your face, which will aid in aging gracefully as the years pass by. This will also help to boost your confidence levels.
A few of the primary advantages of having this procedure done include repairing loose skin for a smoother look, providing improvements for facial contours for a better looking jawline and tightening your facial muscles for less tension in the face.
Risks and Recovery Time
Like any surgical procedure, there are a few risks involved as well. These include bleeding, risks with anesthesia, infections, fluid accumulation, skin discoloration, prolonged swelling, numbness, pain that persists and poor wound healing.
As for recovery time, you will generally be provided with instructions on how to treat your face once the surgery has been completed. Overall, recovery time is typically anywhere from two to three weeks.
Call us today to find out more about the facelift procedure and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller.
Next, read our blog, Proper Post-Op Nutrition.
Plastic surgeries may vary in complexity and anticipated recovery times, but everyone is ultimately looking to heal faster and minimize downtime after a procedure. While you should never actively rush your body’s healing process, it’s important to reflect on simple steps you can take to optimize your chances of fast recovery, and plan ahead while you are fully functional. In conjunction with proper sleeping habits, the food you eat can heavily influence expected downtime after surgery; correct nutritional choices can promote faster wound healing while mitigating the chance of complications.
Be Sure To Eat!
This may sound obvious, but don’t forget to eat. Depending on the location of your surgery, eating may become painful or inconvenient— while an impromptu diet may sound appealing, now is not the time to swear off food. Your body vitally requires nourishment when it is in a state of self-repair, and denying your system important nutrients could carry harmful consequences. If suffering from nausea, stick to simpler meals that are easier to keep down. If eating proves painful or uncomfortable but otherwise digestible, opt for calorically denser foods. If you can only handle ten bites per meal, make sure that your body is getting the most out of eat bite.
High-fiber foods help stabilize your digestive processes, and reduce the risk of constipation, a relatively common side effect of surgery. Popular foods include whole grain breads, fruit, vegetables, beans, and certain fiber-rich cereals. If concerned about constipation, avoid dehydrated or processed foods, dairy products, red meats, and sweets.
After surgery, muscle tissue is damaged and in need of repair. Adequate protein intake helps your system rebuild these body tissues. Vegetarians and vegans should seek protein through almonds, tofu, tempeh, and seitan. Those with carnivorous inclinations should avoid red meats due to saturated fat levels, instead opting for lean meats such as chicken, pork, and seafood.
Adequate Vitamin A intake promotes epithelial and bone formation, as well as boosts general immune function. For high vitamin concentrations, try leafy greens such as kale and spinach. Other viable sources include yams, carrots, squash, and bell peppers. Vitamin A is fat soluble, meaning that it must be consumed with fat for optimal absorption, so considering preparing your cooked kale with a serving of extra virgin olive oil.
Collagen regeneration is required to restore structural proteins in the skin, a vital element of recovery after facial surgery. In addition to boosting collagen formation, Vitamin C promotes immune function, and acts as a tissue antioxidant, blocking the harmful effects of free radicals in your system. The vitamin is water soluble and requires a continuous supply, as residual amounts of Vitamin C are expelled from the body in our urine. Vitamin C rich foods include citrus fruits, kiwi, mango, broccoli, and potatoes.
Drink Plenty of Water
Proper hydration is vitally important to daily nutrition, infinitely more so when recovering from surgery. Adequate water consumption flushes impurities (including surgery drugs) out of your system, stabilizes your metabolism, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Leading up to your surgery date, increase your water consumption to 8-10 glasses of water per day, and gradually work your way back up to that intake rate after the procedure.
Consider Vitamin Supplements
For those concerned about adequate post-op nutrition, vitamin supplements are available and worth considering. Speak to a specialist to determine which, if any, supplements are right for you and your recovery plan. If you are taking any special medications, be sure to ask your doctor if any foods are off-limits while you recover.
For comprehensive post-surgery advice, including a nutritional consultation, book an appointment with Dr. Philip Miller. A recognized facial plastic surgery specialist, Dr. Miller has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007. His office, located at 60 East 56th Street in New York City, can be reached by phone at (646) 791-3025.
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