Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in NYC

Breast Reconstruction Options Post-Mastectomy

POSTED ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016 AT 11:49 AM by Dr. Elie Levine

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we would like to acknowledge the millions of women bravely fighting this disease. For many breast cancer patients, treatment can bring about substantial physical changes—especially for those who have underwent a mastectomy or double mastectomy. Breast reconstruction is an important part of the recovery process for many breast cancer patients and can help restore a sense of self after undergoing a mastectomy. Thanks to technological advancements, there are now numerous surgical options available to help reconstruct the breasts post-mastectomy, including breast implants, fat grafting, and tissue flap surgery. When choosing which form of breast reconstruction is right for you, your plastic surgeon can work closely with you to determine the best treatment option. In many cases, a combination procedure may be recommended to achieve an optimal result. Symmetry procedures on the other side may be of benefit in patients with one-sided breast cancer. Options include lift, augmentation, reduction, or fat transfer to achieve better symmetry. Learn more about these breast reconstruction techniques below.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is designed to add natural-looking size and shape to the breasts. When undergoing breast reconstruction, patients can opt for breast implants, natural breast augmentation using fat grafting, or tissue flap surgery, depending on their treatment goals.

Breast implants are specially made to complement your body type. Implants are available in different sizes, as well as shapes (round and teardrop) to fit the body size of each patient.

Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer, can complement breast implants by volumizing the surrounding areas using your body’s natural fat cells. These fat cells are first taken from a donor location (usually the thighs, flanks, or abdomen) using liposuction. After being collected, your natural fat is then injected into the breasts to add shape and smooth asymmetries.

During tissue flap surgery, skin, muscle, and fat are taken from the back or abdomen and used to reconstruct the breasts. Since this method uses your body’s own skin and muscle, tissue flap surgery can achieve realistic-looking results.

Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lift surgery can yield substantial results and is often combined with the above breast augmentation or fat grafting techniques for those who have underwent a mastectomy or double mastectomy. During a breast lift, the breasts are raised to a more youthful position and breast tissue is carefully redraped or removed, if necessary, to achieve natural-looking contours.

NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, and the staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about breast reconstruction, breast augmentation, breast lift, and fat grafting, as well as our other breast enhancement procedures. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!

 

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Treat Summer Sun Damage With These Laser & Light-Based Techniques!

POSTED ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 AT 11:08 AM by Dr. Jody Levine

Though the summer has concluded, some may still be seeing the effects of sun damage after spending the past few months outdoors. Sun damage often presents itself as redness, blemishes, or uneven pigmentation on your skin. Over time, sun exposure can also lead to the formation of unsightly wrinkles and fine lines. The face, arms, chest, hands, and legs are among the most common areas affected by the sun’s rays. New York dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine of Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC specializes in treating sun damaged skin to restore a natural-looking complexion! Below are some of the different laser and light-based modalities available at our New York City office.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is an innovative skin care procedure that uses PicoSure® laser technology to resurface your skin and encourage the growth of new skin cells. PicoSure® technology can deliver bursts of energy to the skin’s surface with the upmost precision and efficiency, while ensuring the surrounding skin cells are left unharmed. Heat from the PicoSure® laser also stimulates the production of new collagen in the underlying skin layers to promote youthful-looking skin.

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy uses light-based techniques to improve skin tone and texture, while also addressing the medical effects of sun damage, such as actinic keratosis. During this non-invasive procedure, a photosensitizing topical medication is applied to the target area and is absorbed by the damaged skin cells. Next, the area is exposed to a specialized light source, which activates the topical medication and eliminates sun damaged skin cells. Photodynamic therapy can achieve substantial results with only 1 treatment. Follow up appointments are required, if necessary, to maintain your complexion.

BBL Photorejuvenation

BBL (BroadBand Light) photorejuvenation is a light-based procedure that can break up excess or uneven skin pigmentation. Pulses of light are delivered to the target area(s), restoring a smooth, glowing skin tone. Heat from the BBL device can encourage new collagen production for months following your BBL photorejuvenation treatment.

NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, and the staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about laser skin resurfacing, photodynamic therapy, and BBL photorejuvenation, as well as our other sun damage treatments. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!

 

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The Most Popular Facial Rejuvenation Procedures For Men!

POSTED ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 AT 1:34 PM by Dr. Elie Levine

Did you know facial rejuvenation is consistently among the most requested cosmetic procedures by men? Each facial surgery technique can address a variety of needs, such as skin laxity, excess tissue, and facial asymmetries. The eyes, brows, nose, chin, and neck are often problem areas for male patients, as the signs of aging first begin to present themselves around these regions. At Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC, we specialize in achieving long-lasting facial rejuvenation results using the latest technological advancements. Below are some of the most common facial surgery techniques for men!

Restore Youthful-Looking Eyes & Brows

Many men begin to notice slight sagging around the eyelids as they age, as well as bags under the eyes; these effects can contribute to an older-looking appearance. Blepharoplasty surgically removes excess skin while repositioning lax tissue to correct drooping or bagging and to restore natural contours to your eyelids.

Your brows can also show signs of aging, often in the form of deep forehead furrows. Browlift surgery can lift and redrape loose skin that contributes to brow wrinkles for a smoother, more youthful profile.

Improve Nose Contours

Male patients can enhance nose shape and size with rhinoplasty to improve facial symmetry. During nose surgery, your plastic surgeon can straighten the nose, correct bumps around the nose bridge or tip, and reshape the nostrils. Rhinoplasty can also be an effective solution for men who have sustained trauma to the nose or suffer from functional issues, such as a deviated septum.

Enhance Your Jawline

Opting for chin implants can help achieve a firm, confident jawline, especially for patients with a round or receded chin. Chin augmentation uses customized chin implants that fit in with your facial profile. Your plastic surgeon will carefully place your implant to ensure a natural-looking, masculine chin.

Neck lift surgery can also enhance your chin line by addressing lax neck skin. During a neck lift, loose skin is tightened and small pockets of excess fat are carefully removed through liposuction to ensure a more defined neck line.

For patients seeking a minimally invasive approach, LazerLift can carefully firm the neck and lower face in as little as 30 minutes. LazerLift uses specialized laser technology to heat underlying tissues and promote skin tightening, as well as precise fat removal. Male patients suffering from jowls or neck bands can undergo LazerLift treatment to accentuate jawline contours.

NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, and the staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about blepharoplasty, browlift surgery, rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, neck lift surgery, and LazerLift, as well as our other facial rejuvenation procedures. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!

 

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Enhance Your Most Distinguishable Facial Features With These Surgical Techniques!

POSTED ON MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2016 AT 2:23 PM by Dr. Elie Levine

Facial aging can result in the gradual loss of definition and youthful-looking volume around your most distinguishable facial features. As we age, a loss of skin elasticity can lead to sagging wrinkles and folds, as well as lost volume. Common problem areas include the eyelids, brows, nose, cheeks, and chin. A variety of different facial rejuvenation techniques are available to address these areas of concern and ensure natural-looking results. At Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC, plastic surgeon Dr. Elie Levine can incorporate eyelid surgery, browlift surgery, rhinoplasty, cheek lift surgery, chin augmentation, and fat transfer to bring about a youthful, natural-looking profile.

Contour The Eyelids!

The eyelids tend to droop over time, leading to sagging, as well as under-eye bags. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can reposition and remove loose skin from the upper and lower lids. By redraping excess skin, your blepharoplasty surgeon can reduce under-eye bagging and drooping lids for a smoother result.

Reposition Sagging Brows!

Fine lines and furrows may develop along the forehead. Browlift surgery targets these unsightly forehead wrinkles and creases. During a forehead lift, the brows are carefully lifted and loose skin is repositioned and/or excised to eliminate furrows that contribute to a tired appearance.

Reshape The Nose!

Patients may wish to reshape the nose to correct irregularities. Rhinoplasty can enhance the features of your nose to ensure a balanced facial profile. Any bumps or asymmetries around the nose tip, bridge, or nostrils can be corrected during nose reshaping. Patients can also undergo rhinoplasty to address breathing issues caused by a deviated septum or past facial trauma.

Lift The Mid-Face!

The cheeks may slip from their natural position over time, leading to the formation of smile lines. Undergoing a cheek lift can reduce the appearance of fine lines, as well as jowls. During a mid-facelift, the cheeks are restored to a youthful position and excess fat is redraped to ensure a smooth, natural-looking result.

Improve Chin Definition!

Chin augmentation utilizes chin implants to improve the appearance of a round or receding chin. During your chin implant procedure, your implant is carefully placed to ensure a natural-looking fit. Implants can be sized and shaped in accordance with your facial proportions to improve jawline contours.

Add Natural-Looking Volume!

Patients may experience a loss of facial volume as a result of aging. Natural fat transfer can replenish facial fullness using your body’s own fat cells. During your fat grafting procedure, fat cells are taken from a donor location, such as your abdomen, thighs, or flanks, using liposuction. Next, these fat cells are reinjected into the upper, mid, and lower face to smooth wrinkles and enhance definition. Patients can expect youthful, natural-looking improvements to their facial profile after undergoing fat grafting.

NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, and the staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about eyelid surgery, browlift surgery, rhinoplasty, cheek lift surgery, chin augmentation, and fat transfer, as well as our other facial rejuvenation procedures. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!

 

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3 Unlikely BOTOX® Treatment Areas That Can Revitalize Your Facial Profile!

POSTED ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2016 AT 10:29 AM by Dr. Jody Levine

BOTOX® can improve the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines to promote a younger-looking profile. While many patients undergo BOTOX® injections to treat forehead furrows, crow’s feet, and smile lines, this non-surgical treatment can also be used on facial regions one would not expect. Dr. Jody Levine of Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC utilizes BOTOX® in a few unique places in order to bring about natural appearing, symmetrical facial rejuvenation results. Below are 3 unique BOTOX® treatment areas that can accentuate your facial profile!

The Chin

BOTOX® injections can be used to treat bumps on the chin. This condition, often called “pebble chin,” can occur as a result of repeated facial expressions. Strategically placed BOTOX® injections can relax underlying chin muscles, producing a smooth, youthful-looking chin.

The Lips

People with gummy smiles can opt for BOTOX® to improve their expression. Gummy smiles form when the upper lip pulls up, revealing your upper gums; this can make teeth appear smaller than normal. BOTOX® injections help keep the upper lip in its normal position to reduce the appearance of your gummy smile.

Under The Eyes

Did you know BOTOX® can improve bunny lines and rolls under the eyes? As muscles repeatedly contract due to squinting or other facial expressions, wrinkles or creases begin to form under the eyes and beside the nose. BOTOX® targets these areas of concern by relaxing underlying muscles to reduce tension.

NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, and the staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about BOTOX®, as well as our other non-surgical treatments. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!

 

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