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Facial Surgery vs. Fillers: Which Is Best for You?

Facial Surgery vs FillersDermal fillers have become much more popular over the years because they have shown to have significant results. The problem is that it’s not best for everyone when considering people’s desired results. Although fillers have the potential to change the appearance of the face, they do have some limitations that are important for people to be aware of when trying to decide between facial surgery and fillers.

Overview of the Differences Between Facial Surgery and Dermal Fillers

The differences between facial surgery and dermal fillers can help people understand if it’s right for them.

Dermal Fillers

Fillers are best for people who show minor signs of aging. It is noninvasive and the results last for 4 to 6 months. Follow up treatments are required to keep the results they deliver.

Facial Surgery

This is best for people who have moderate to severe signs of aging. It’s invasive and recover can take up to 3 weeks. The results last about 10 years and no follow up treatments are needed.

Dermal Filler Details

Dermal fillers can address many facial aging issues. Most fillers, such as Juvéderm and Volbella, contain hyaluronic acid (HA). This provides instant volume to smooth wrinkles. It’s this volume that can change the appearance of the face.

The draw to fillers is that they require little downtime and the treatments are fast. Many people can get a treatment in during their lunch break.

The downside to fillers is that they don’t last very long – as little as four months. They also can’t correct some of the more advanced signs of aging.

People under the age of 50 years will usually try dermal fillers first because they don’t have the volume loss and sagging skin that those over this age experience. As people grow older, they start to see that fillers simply aren’t effective in giving them the youthful appearance they desire. This is when they start to consider facial surgery.

About Facial Surgery

Facial surgery is an efficient way to tackle advanced aging effects. It involves a manual excision and tightening of loose and sagging skin. Several incisions are also made along the hairline, past the front of the ears and under the chin. Excess fat can be removed and muscles can be tightened as needed. The skin is then pulled and stitched back when the cut was initially made.

People choose facial surgery because it can drastically improve the look of their face, making them look years younger. It’s also long lasting, so follow up treatments are not needed like with dermal fillers.

The drawbacks include the recovery time of about three weeks and the lump sum cost versus paying for treatments every 6 months, although the total cost of fillers vs. surgery end up being similar.

The Cost of Fillers and Facial Surgery

Many people choose dermal fillers over facial surgery because they believe they are less expensive. The truth is that the cost of fillers over time can be just as much or even exceed the cost of facial surgery. Most people do not want to spend a lot of money at once, but it can be the most cost-effective way to achieve desired results. Financing is available for those who would like to have facial surgery but do not have the money to pay for it.

Facial Surgery on Long Island in East Setauket

Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC for more information on facial surgery. We would be happy to help you make the decision on what would help you achieve your desired results for a more beautiful and younger looking you.

5 Signs You Should Consider a Breast Reduction

Breast ReductionA breast reduction goes through the minds of many women. If you’ve been thinking about it, the following are 5 signs you should book a consultation with Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC.

#1: Pain

Breasts can weigh a lot and may cause pain in your shoulders, upper back, and neck. Reducing the size of the breasts reduces the weight, which will relieve the pressure on those areas. Women with large breasts usually suffer from redness, rashes and on occasion, open wounds. Most patients report their reduction changed their lives because they no longer suffer with pain every day.

#2: Unwanted Attention

It’s hard not see them, no matter what you wear. As much as you want attention, your breasts are bringing the wrong kind of attention. This can be especially bothersome at work or at social functions where you want to be noticed for your intelligence and personality rather than the size of your chest. A breast reduction reduces the breasts to a size where the real you can be seen.

#3: Troubled Sleep

It can be difficult to find a position to sleep when your breasts are in the way. Lying on your side means the breasts fall to that side, causing pain. Lying on your back can seem like an elephant is sitting on your chest. Lying on your stomach isn’t comfortable either because it’s almost impossible to lie flat. Reducing the size of the breasts can make all these positions possible.

#4: Difficulty Finding Clothes

Finding clothes that fit large breasts can be difficult. Some simply won’t fit in the chest, and those that do, may be too large in other areas. This can make an outfit just not “look” right. It may also keep a woman from wearing more trendy styles.

A breast reduction will make it possible to wear just about any clothing in a comfortable and beautiful way. The breasts will be in proportion to the body.  Showing too much cleavage will be a thing of the past.

#5: Hard to Exercise

Large breasts can make exercising or any physical activity nearly impossible. A sports bra big enough for large breasts may not provide the support needed to run, jump, or even strength train. The breasts can easily get in the way and slow down activity levels.

A reduction of the breasts will make it much easier to be physically active. Sports bras will be able to support all the areas of the breasts and keep them in place. It will be easier to lift weights because you can lift your arms without the breasts getting in the way. Patients often report they can breathe better as well because they aren’t carrying around the weight of their breasts when they are running or walking.

Making the Decision to Seek a Breast Reduction

We know you’ve probably gone back and forth many times about getting a breast reduction. It can be a difficult decision to make because your breasts are a special part of you. The best way to know if this procedure is right for you is to ask yourself “will my quality of life improve if I have them reduced?”  If the answer is yes, then the next step is to schedule a consultation. A consultation will help you learn more about the procedure and ask specific questions, including the cost.  A breast reduction, unlike a number of cosmetic procedures, can sometimes be put through insurance.   A pre-determination will be submitted to your health insurance company, who,  based upon certain criteria, will determine your eligibility under the plan.

Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC for a Breast Reduction

Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC is a cosmetic and reconstructive practice located in East Setauket, NY. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are highly experienced in breast reduction.  Contact us now at 631-364-0333 to schedule a consultation. We would love to help you achieve the look you want.

What to Consider Before a Breast Lift

Breast LiftGravity and time have taken over your breasts, and now you’re considering a breast lift. Before you decide to move forward with it, we wanted to give you some information about the procedure.

A Breast Lift Just Lifts the Breasts

The goal of a breast lift is to bring the breasts up. Over time, skin can lose elasticity and breasts can lose fullness. This may be due to genetics, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and age. The breast lift procedure removes excess skin and tightens surrounding tissue, which will boost the breasts to a place where they may have been in the person’s 20s.

What Breast Lifts Don’t Do

It doesn’t change the size of the breasts. It also doesn’t make the top part of the breasts round.

Many people who consider a breast lift believe they will look fuller when raised, but the only way to do that is to have breast augmentation.

Many patients decide to have a breast lift and augmentation because they can be performed at the same time and the results are much more in line with what they desire.

It’s Not for Everyone

This procedure is one that should be decided based on what the person wants – not what someone else wants. The level of satisfaction with the procedure often correlates with how much the patients wanted the procedure opposed to a significant other wanting it.

Other factors that can influence whether someone decides to have the surgery include:

  • It’s important to be physically healthy before having the surgery.
  • Those who smoke should not have the procedure, unless they quit several weeks before it.
  • The person has a low self esteem because of their breasts.
  • The chest is bothersome because of how low they are on the person.

The most important factor is if you will feel better about yourself after the procedure. If your life is affected by how much your bosom sags, it’s a good idea to explore getting a breast lift.

Prices Vary

The best way to know how much a breast lift will cost is to contact a board-certified plastic surgeon. The surgeon will examine you and then discuss what needs to be done as well as provide you with a written quote.

As with any surgery, it is crucial to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience performing the procedure, as well as being knowledgeable about the surgery itself.  Choosing a plastic surgeon based solely on cost is never a wise decision.

Consultations Are for Information

A breast lift consultation is the time to ask questions and learn more about the procedure. It’s also a time for the plastic surgeon to review your medical records and find out what result you desire.

Some of the questions you should ask are:

  • What do I need to do to prepare for the procedure?
  • Where will it be performed?
  • How many of these procedures have you completed?
  • Do you have before and after pictures of past patients?
  • What can I expect from the recovery?
  • How long will recovery take?
  • How much will it cost?

You may have many other questions, but the above ones will get you started and are usually covered in a typical consultation. Do not hesitate to ask any questions you have about it because the plastic surgeon has heard all of them.

Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC for a Breast Lift or any of your Plastic Surgery Desires

If you are considering a breast lift, contact the office to schedule a consultation.  This is the first step.  A consultation allows you to explore your options and will give you more of an idea if a breast lift is what you want to do for yourself.

Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC now at 631-364-0333 to schedule an appointment in our East Setauket office.

Facial Surgery vs. Dermal Fillers

facial surgeryDermal fillers are growing in popularity because many people believe its all they need to improve the look of their face. While dermal fillers are effective, they won’t provide the results many people want. Understanding when you should choose facial surgery vs. dermal fillers will help you save money and time.

Age

Age is an important consideration when deciding between facial surgery and dermal fillers. People who are in their 20s or 30s probably have fine lines and minor wrinkles on the face. Dermal fillers may be enough in smoothing those out, but people in their 40s and beyond will likely be more satisfied with facial surgery, as it can reduce the appearance of deeper wrinkles.

What Needs to Be Done

Those who need minor improvement in the face including smoothing away small wrinkles or add more volume to help with lose skin will be happy with dermal fillers. However, those who need much more to achieve their desired look will need facial surgery. For instance, if someone has a lot of loose skin on their face, which has caused deep wrinkles and sagging eyes, a facelift is an effective way to remove the skin and lift the entire face.

Longer Lasting Results

Dermal fillers only last a few months, and then people need to have them again to keep up their results. Facial surgery is permanent, which means you don’t have to keep going in for treatments and paying for it.

Budget

Facial surgery may be expensive when looking at the lump sum you’ll have to pay, but dermal fillers is a continued expense. Over time, people spend more money on dermal fillers than on their one facial surgery.

Dramatic Results

Fillers can only do so much in changing a person’s appearance. For those who seeks dramatic results, facial surgery is a much better choice. With facial surgery, a surgeon can adjust the face in ways that dermal fillers cannot. This makes patients much happier.

Tone Facial Muscles

Fillers simply fill the face, but facial surgery can re-sculpt lost muscle tone. As people age, muscles become smaller, and then the skin droops. Facial surgery can correct this, especially in the orbicularis oculi (eye muscle), buccinator (jaw muscle), zygomaticus major (cheek muscles), and platysmal (neck muscle). When these muscles are tightened, people look younger because their face has a more youthful toned appearance.

Improving the Neck

The neck is another area that many people want improved as they age. It’s common for the skin to sag in this area giving people a double chin or “turkey neck”. Fillers don’t usually treat this area effectively because there is a lot going on with it. There’s a loss of volume, sagging skin, and there may even be some excess fat in the area. Facial surgery can take care of all of that in one procedure. The plastic surgeon can remove the excess fat and skin, and that will create a tight, smooth appearance.

Remove Jowls

People who have jowls often report it’s the most embarrassing part about their face. Loose jowls look much like the ones on a bulldog. Facial surgery can take care of the loose skin along the jawline, which completely removes the jowls forever and creates a younger looking appearance.

How to Make the Decision Between Facial Surgery vs. Dermal Fillers

It’s important to ask yourself the following questions when trying to decide between facial surgery vs. dermal fillers.

  • Do you want dramatic results or just a slight improvement in appearance?

If you answered dramatic results, facial surgery is what you want. If you want slight improvement, choose dermal fillers.

  • Do you want to be on a schedule for getting dermal fillers every few months?

If yes, you should choose dermal fillers. If no, facial surgery is better for you.

  • Are you looking to remove excess skin, fat, and tighten the look of your face?

If yes, facial surgery will do that. If no, dermal fillers may work for you.

  • Do you have a sagging jawline or neck?

Facial surgery is the best choice if you want to tighten the jawline or neck.

  • Do you have the means to pay for facial surgery?

If you can pay for facial surgery now, it will save you a lot of money. Dermal fillers may seem less expensive, but when you must continuously pay for it every few months, it will quickly end up costing you more money.

Choose Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC for Facial Surgery in East Setauket

If you’ve decided facial surgery is for you, contact us at 631-364-0333. We have a team of experienced facial surgeons who can help you achieve a more youthful, beautiful appearance. We offer consultations to those who would like to explore all the services we have to offer. Call us now to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Facts About Liposuction

LiposuctionHow much do you know about liposuction? If you’re like most people, you know it can help you look leaner, but that’s about all you know. Learning as much as you can about liposuction is important, so you know exactly what the procedure can and cannot do.

All About Liposuction

When people think about liposuction, they immediately imagine an easy way to get rid of unwanted fat. Most people know that a plastic surgeon simply sucks the fat out of the body. That’s not all they need to know, though. The following are 10 facts about liposuction, so you can make an informed decision about whether this procedure is right for you.

#1: It Doesn’t Remove All Fat

People who are obese cannot instantly become thin with liposuction. This procedure is primarily for people who are nearly at their ideal weight and want to lose excess fat in certain areas. For instance, losing fat in the abdominal area is quite difficult. If after eating healthy and exercising you still have undesirable fat there, liposuction can get rid of it for you. However, if you have a large amount of fat in your midsection, thighs, arms, and other areas that you want to remove, liposuction is not the right procedure for you.

#2: General or Local Anesthesia Can Be Used

General anesthesia is when patients are placed into a state of unconsciousness. Local anesthesia is simply numbing the area where the liposuction will be performed. A plastic surgeon will determine whether a patient needs general or local anesthesia. Usually, if there’s only a minimal amount of fat to be removed, local anesthesia is all that is needed. For those who need much more fat removed or multiple procedures, general anesthesia will be much more comfortable for the patient.

#3: Liposuction Can Remove Fat from Many Body Areas

Liposuction is effective in removing fat from the:

  • Back
  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Inner knee
  • Chest
  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Calves and ankles
  • Upper arm

These are the main areas of the body that often accumulate fat. Smaller areas of the body may be treated with other procedures. Speak to one of our plastic surgeons for more information by sending us a message here.

#4: It Doesn’t Eliminate Cellulite

While liposuction reduces the appearance of cellulite in some people, it doesn’t eliminate it completely. Many people are surprised to see that they are thinner, but still have cellulite after the procedure.

#5: Liposuction Doesn’t Tighten Skin

Removing fat from the body will result in loose skin. The loose skin may tighten up in time, but not always. It’s important to speak to the plastic surgeon if you have concerns about lose skin after the procedure. The plastic surgeon may be able to remove the excess skin to give you a tighter, leaner look.

#6: People Who Smoke Can’t Have Liposuction

Smoking interferes with the safety of the procedure, so people who smoke should not get liposuction. Some people quit smoking just so they can have it performed, which is a great way to start on the path to a healthier lifestyle.

#7: Patients Return to Work after a Few Days

Recovery can take a week, so it’s important to plan to take at least a week off work. Many patients will use their vacation time to do it because it gives them the right amount of time off for it.

Full recovery takes approximately two weeks. This is when most patients can return to normal activities, such as exercising.

#8: Recovery Isn’t Too Uncomfortable

Most people report that they experience some swelling, soreness, and bruising, but it isn’t bothersome. The intensity of these effects depends on the individual and how much fat was removed during the procedure.

#9: Other Procedures Can Be Performed with the Liposuction

Many people will opt to have other procedures in addition to the liposuction. For instance, they may have a facelift or breast augmentation. Since they will already be under general anesthesia, it just makes sense to take care of everything at one time.

#10: Liposuction Doesn’t Keep You from Gaining Weight

Many people believe they can go back to an unhealthy lifestyle after liposuction and not gain weight. While the fat cells are removed in treated areas, it doesn’t mean fat won’t accumulate in other places. People who want lasting results from their liposuction should continue eating healthy and exercising.

Learn More About Liposuction

Our team of experienced plastic surgeons have been performing liposuction on patients for many years. We understand the look you’re seeking, and we can help you achieve it with liposuction and possibly other procedures. To learn more about our services and the ways we can help you improve the look of your body, contact us at 631-364-0333. Our office is conveniently located in East Setauket on Belle Meade Road.

We look forward to working with you on achieving a body you will love.

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