Plastic Surgery

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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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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Liposuction Treatment Areas For Men – Achieve A Firmer Physique!

POSTED ON MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016 AT 5:30 PM by Dr. Elie Levine

Are you looking to achieve a firmer, more-masculine physique this summer? Despite your best efforts, stubborn fat may be getting in the way of hard-earned results. Certain problem areas are extremely difficult to slim, no matter how much time you spend at the gym. Excess fat under the chin, as well as fat pockets around the midsection or back, can take away from youthful definition. At Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC, we understand that certain problem areas may be preventing you from achieving an athletic-looking body. We offer a variety of liposuction treatments to trim fat and enhance body contours.

Improve Jawline Definition

A defined jawline is among the most-coveted physical attributes, as a strong chin can enhance the entire facial profile. Submental liposuction targets excess fat underneath the chin to accentuate your jawline. These fat pockets often lead to the appearance of a double chin, which can result in a rounder-looking facial profile. Small cannulas are inserted under the skin to gently suction-out fat cells from the neck area. Additionally, technology-based liposuction techniques, including SmartLipo® and VASER® LipoSelection, can promote skin tightening by heating collagen fibers beneath the surface. These lipo procedures can achieve a more-defined chin line for patients. Additionally, submental liposuction can be combined with facial rejuvenation procedures, including a facelift or necklift, for a younger-looking appearance.

Eliminate Male Breasts For A Masculine-Looking Chest

For men suffering from gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, lipo procedures can be used to help sculpt a firmer chest. Gynecomastia may result from obesity or genetics and is difficult to reduce through diet and exercise alone. During male breast reduction, excess fat can be removed with liposuction to improve chest definition. Traditional liposuction options, including tumescent lipo, super wet liposuction, and power assisted lipo, as well as technology-driven liposuction, can be used during this procedure. Gynecomastia surgery can also be combined to remove or re-drape excess chest tissue, reducing the size of male breasts. Together, these body sculpting techniques can promote an athletic-looking chest.

Enhance Back Contours

Back liposuction can remove stubborn fat from the upper, mid, and lower parts of your back to enhance contours. Liposuction can also eliminate mid-back bulges and lower back pockets. Depending on your individual treatment, either traditional liposuction or technology-based lipo may be utilized. Your plastic surgeon may also recommend back lift surgery to tighten lax back skin and promote sleek shoulders and back muscles.

Firm The Midsection And Flanks

The abdomen and flanks are among the most-troublesome areas for patients, as buildups of localized fat deposits often result in love handles at the waist. Abdominal liposuction is designed to remove stubborn belly fat and bulging. Eliminating excess fat from the abdominals and oblique muscles can promote a flatter-looking stomach. Additionally, a tummy tuck can surgically tighten abdominal muscles that have become weakened or stretched due to weight gain or substantial weight loss.

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 submental liposuctionmale breast reduction, back lipo, and abdominal liposuction, as well as our other body contouring procedures. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!

 

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Get Bikini-Ready With These Body Contouring Procedures!

POSTED ON THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016 AT 3:00 PM by Dr. Elie Levine

Bikini season is almost here! Are you ready to hit the beach? Or are there certain aspects of your physique that you’d like to improve upon before trying on your bikini? Dr. Elie Levine of Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC offers a variety of different body contouring procedures that can tighten loose skin, remove excess fat, and improve definition. Patients can target the breasts, midsection, thighs, and buttocks for a firmer-looking physique with these treatments!

Enhance The Breasts

Patients now have more breast enhancement options available to them than ever before. Breast augmentation can increase the size of your breasts through breast implants, while a breast lift can provide a youthful-looking lift to your bust. Additionally, fat transfer can be combined with these breast enhancement procedures to correct asymmetries in size or shape using your body’s natural fat.

Tummy Tuck For A Tighter-Looking Abdomen

Even with consistent diet and exercise, bulging around the midsection may persist, due to lax skin or stretched stomach muscles. Tummy tuck surgery can carefully remove excess skin around the abdomen, while also tightening stomach muscles that have become weakened due to weight gain or pregnancy.

Remove Fat From The Stomach & Flanks

Liposuction can target troublesome love handles around the stomach and flanks. These small pockets of fat are often difficult for patients to remove through traditional weight loss methods. Our technology-based liposuction techniques, including SmartLipo™, VASER® LipoSelection, and SculpSure™, can slim love handles, stomach bulges, and more, while also promoting skin tightening for firmer-looking results.

Reshape The Thighs

Thigh lift surgery can address sagging thighs to achieve a shapelier lower body. During a thigh lift, loose skin around the inner and outer thighs is carefully excised and re-draped for balanced results. Thigh lift surgery can also reduce the appearance of skin rashes caused by chafing at the inner thighs.

Buttocks Augmentation For Firmer Glutes

There are two approaches to creating a well-rounded buttocks: accentuating gluteal curves and lifting the buttocks to a more youthful position. Buttocks augmentation combines fat grafting and surgical techniques to achieve firmer-looking glutes. Buttocks fat transfer utilizes your body’s own fat cells to add natural-looking volume, while a gluteal lift reshapes and removes excess tissue for a more defined buttocks.

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 augmentation, tummy tuckliposuction, thigh lift surgery, and buttocks augmentation, as well as our other body contouring procedures. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!

 

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