POSTED ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 AT 6:18 PM by Dr. Elie Levine
A scar, no matter how big or the location, can be a daunting blemish on your skin. It can remind you of a traumatic experience, raise questions from others, and have a lasting effect on your self-esteem. Although scars can be caused by various occurrences, including skin conditions, surgical incisions, injuries, burns, or major trauma, they all incur similar aesthetic concerns that you may want reduced or eliminated if you’re embarrassed or self-conscious about your scar. At Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC, our plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, and dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine can custom design a treatment plan for your scar revision needs, helping to reduce the appearance of your scar.
Treatment plans to address your scar will be determined during your personal consultation. Some treatments that may be considered include:
Mechanical Scar Massage: Can aid in flattening scars.
Topical Agents: Topical silicone sheets and gels can improve the appearance of scars. Some agents can reduce the appearance of small scars with minor discoloration or texture impurities.
Steroid Injections: Decrease the appearance of raised scar tissue and eliminate discomfort.
Laser Treatments For Color: Laser light therapy can improve the color of scars.
Laser Skin Resurfacing: This treatment reduces scar tissue and creates a smoother texture by stimulating growth of new skin cells.
Surgery: Repositioning the scar can decrease discomfort, contracture, and increase mobility.
Dermal Fillers: Fillers have the ability to fill in depressions and smooth areas of concern, making scars less noticeable.
Improve the appearance of your scar with an individualized treatment plan created by our dermatologist and plastic surgeon. We welcome any questions you may have about scar revision at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!
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POSTED ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014 AT 1:03 PM by Dr. Jody Levine
Congratulations to CVS Pharmacy for eliminating the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products from all 7,600 stores! Smoking is a leading cause of premature disease and death in the United States, with over 480,000 annually. By removing cigarettes and tobacco products from their stores, CVS is promoting a healthier lifestyle to their customers. Thank you CVS, for supporting the health and wellbeing of your patients and customers.
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POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014 AT 7:09 PM by Dr. Elie Levine
Setting small, short term goals is a great way to break up the steps to achieve long term weight loss. Having a long term goal of losing one, three, or even five dress sizes for your New Year’s Resolution (depending on your current weight) is great, but how do you intend to jump to that end result? Exercise and diet are wonderful means of becoming fit and healthy. If you’re considering plastic surgery, such as body lift, to remove excess skin after your weight loss, Dr. Elie Levine has a few diet and exercise tips to keep in mind while losing weight:
Exercise: Develop a regular exercise routine that you enjoy and can manage within your busy schedule. Undergoing surgery at a weight that you can maintain is important in order to achieve long term results. Remember to continue your exercise schedule even after surgery!
Diet: Dr. Elie Levine does not recommend the use of fad diets. The best diets are the ones that can be maintained both before and after surgery. Remember to eat 3 balanced meals per day and avoid nighttime snacks.
Plastic Surgery: Body sculpting procedures should be performed when you are at an ideal body weight. This weight should be your long term target weight that can be maintained throughout a lifetime.
Make your weight loss goals a reality this year! Dr. Elie Levine and his staff will be happy to meet with you to discuss any questions you may have about plastic surgery and body lift in New York. Please call our New York office at 212-988-1800, or request an appointment online for a personal consultation.
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POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014 AT 7:01 PM by Dr. Elie Levine
What’s your 2014 beauty resolution? For many, meeting the goal of a more confident, beautiful appearance tops the list of goals for the New Year, but before you go in for your rejuvenated look check out what to know before plastic surgery. Getting to your ideal weight and healthy habits before surgery promotes quick healing and an easier transition to the “new you.” Start out as a healthy patient with these pre and post-operative tips from NY plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine.
Dieting: In some case, patients may follow a strict diet to become candidates for procedures they may not have otherwise qualified for, such as liposuction. No matter what procedure you are planning to undergo however, a healthy diet will help your body prepare for surgery.
Medication: Avoid using medications that carry a risk of bleeding, such as aspirin, Motrin, and Vitamin E. These products should be avoided 2 weeks before surgery and after surgery. Consult with your plastic surgeon for the best advice.
Lifestyle Choices: You may be advised to eliminate alcohol intake prior to your surgery and eliminate caffeine intake.
Dieting: Following surgery, you should drink lots of fluids, preferably water, and eat well. A continued healthy diet will keep your body happy and allow it to take the necessary energy it needs to help you recover.
Medication: Patients should always take pain medication as advised to ensure the fastest recovery. Pain can make your blood pressure go up which leads to increased swelling and bleeding. So, it is important you follow your plastic surgeons instructions.
Lifestyle Choices: Do not smoke and avoid alcohol consumption while taking medications. Smoking delays healing and can lead to complications.
Exercise: While you may be bed-ridden for a day or so following surgery, most procedures will allow you to be up and about. Movement will increase blood flow and encourage faster healing times. In many cases, you will be asked to avoid heavy lifting. Your board certified plastic surgeon will discuss your individual situation with you following surgery.
Follow-up appointments: Be sure attend any follow-up appointments your plastic surgeon recommends to ensure your recovery is running smoothly. He will recommend any further suggestions to speed-up your recovery following plastic surgery.
Your care shouldn’t end when you go home. Our NY plastic surgeon, dermatologist, and staff are dedicated to providing ongoing follow-up care for every patient. We welcome any questions you may have about your surgery and encourage you to ask questions. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!
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