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Not Sure What to do After a Facelift? We’ve got some Tips!

facelift Park Avenue, NYCFacelifts are nothing new. Men and women have been restoring a more youthful aesthetic at the hands of their trusted cosmetic surgeon for years. Even with the advent of innovative therapies, there is immense value to be found in the surgical facelift. No other procedure or treatment can achieve the same results, nor secure the longevity of them, quite like a facelift. The fact remains, though, that we continue to age after our initial step to reinstate youthfulness. But there’s hope.

What you do after a facelift, or even beforehand in the preparation for your procedure, will make a difference in how your skin ages after your procedure. The tips are simple.

Get Protective

Protective measures don’t have to mean proactive measures. You can start protecting your skin from future damage no matter where you are at the moment. The first way to do this is by purchasing some broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30. Then apply it every day. A pea-sized dollop is all you need to start your day. That is unless you will be in the sun. Then, that pea-sized dollop will need to be reapplied every couple of hours. Because UV light breaks down collagen, it is something you want to block at every turn.

Get some Zen

Zen is a buzzword. But there is value in it if you look closely. To be Zen means that you have developed ways to manage stress. This could be going for a walk or listening to music as much as it could be hitting that hot yoga class or meditating. Stress management is good for health because it can prevent the shortening of telomeres in the DNA which leads to premature cell damage and death and, thus, premature aging.

Get some Help

You’re not on your own in this journey of aging gracefully. The stars don’t do it without help, and neither should you. Facelift surgery is only one way to maintain a youthful appearance. In our aesthetic practice on Park Avenue in NYC, we perform everything from BBL treatments to laser skin resurfacing to injectables and much more to support healthy collagen production and supple skin.

Learn more about your options for facial rejuvenation. Call (212) 472-2900.

Laser Liposuction NYC | Dr. Z Paul Lorenc

Benefits of Laser Liposuction

Laser Liposuction NYC | Dr. Z Paul LorencLiposuction is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that has been around for quite some time. Even before the process of fat removal had been refined, men and women continually expressed immense interest in this method of body sculpting. Today, there are a few different technologies that have become integral to the outcome of liposuction. Some surgeons use ultrasound or a mildly vibrating cannula. We use laser energy.

Laser liposuction is advantageous in 3 distinct ways. These include:

Minimal Invasiveness

To conduct the traditional liposuction procedure, it is necessary to use larger tubes to extract fat. More extensive movement is also required to reach the entire target area. This means a wider area of tissue disruption, which equates to more significant bruising and post-operative discomfort. Laser liposuction begins with targeted energy emissions. Laser energy is focused on fat cells in the surgical area, liquefying them very quickly. When fat cells are liquefied, they can be extracted through smaller tubes and with minimal tissue disruption.

Post-operative Recovery

Heat does more than liquefying fat cells before liposuction; it also has a positive effect on blood vessels across the surgical site. As the cannula moves through tissue, vessels are heated, which minimizes bleeding during the liposuction procedure. Instead of needing weeks to recover from surgery, patients who choose laser liposuction can often return to their normal routine (minus strenuous exercise) within a few days.

Better Body Contours

One of the unpleasant side effects that may occur after traditional liposuction is loose skin. The basic extraction of fat cells does nothing to remove or tighten what lies of subcutaneous tissue. That is unless the laser is involved. Just as laser energy heats the fat cells, and heats blood vessels, it also heats the collagen strands that run through the connective tissue beneath the skin. As these strands of protein contract, the surgical site becomes smoother, including overlying skin. This means a more sculpted appearance.

Our NYC cosmetic surgery office is located on Park Avenue. We would love to consult with you about liposuction or any other procedure that will allow you to experience ultimate confidence. Call (212) 472-2900.

 

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Need Volume? Consider your Options!

dermal fillers NYC | Dr. Z Paul LorencIn recent years, the whole idea of aging has been turned on its head. We don’t have to accept the consequences of age in the same manner our ancestors did. If you look at celebrities and reality television personalities for more than a few moments, you would think that we truly have found that proverbial fountain of youth. The changes that occur naturally can be immediately mitigated, or they can be corrected for the long-haul with an appropriate surgical procedure. Many of the patients whom we consult with are interested in how they can achieve the best results as quickly as possible. Let’s explore a couple of common options.

Fine-tuning Facial Volume

When we think of restoring volume to the face, we tend to go straight to dermal fillers. In fact, these natural or synthetic products are very well-suited to the early signs of aging. Nasolabial folds, smile lines, under eye puffiness, even a downward-pulled brow may be disguised with a boost of hyaluronic acid or synthetic granule of calcium hydroxylapatite. The latter substance does more than plump lines and areas of deflation; it also incites collagen production to enhance the longevity of results. Fine tuning with dermal fillers is an outstanding way to manage the early cosmetic concerns that arise with age. For more dramatic and lasting results, though, you may want to consider fat injections.

Fat: The Grand-Poobah of Facial Rejuvenation

Years ago, if a man or woman had more serious laxity and volume loss, a correction was available only in the form of a face lift. This procedure is still available, still popular, and better than ever. The reason being is the inclusion of fat introduction in the process. Fat injections can also be delivered on their own, as an alternative to a surgical facelift.

One of the common theories in medicine is that, whenever possible, like should be used to replace like. So, in aesthetic medicine, the loss of volume from fat depletion may be best addressed with autologous fat cells taken from your body. Fat cells introduced into an area such as the cheeks, the temples, the jawline, or under the eyes has the opportunity to receive blood flow. When it does, it integrates and becomes a permanent part of the facial structure. This is the primary advantage of fat injections for facial rejuvenation. Of course, we can’t forget to mention that another area of your body gets slimmed through the minor liposuction performed to harvest fat!

Would you like to determine how to achieve the results you want from cosmetic treatment? Call our NYC office at (212) 472-2900.

 

Liposuction

Liposuction, Check. Now What?

Liposuction | Paul LorencWhile there are now some ways to “lose” fat cells from just about any part of the body, liposuction remains the most efficient solution available. This body-sculpting procedure is performed in the office using minimal sedation and meticulous technique. The inclusion of laser technology aids in the end-result, including an expedited recovery. Still, something that patients should expect after liposuction is swelling; and this is an interesting side effect that isn’t likely to occur in the way you might expect.

Swelling isn’t there and gone.

When we think of post-surgical swelling, we tend to imagine a linear path to healing. As tissues recover from the disruption of liposuction, the appearance of the surgical site should progressively improve. This is the case, for the most part; but there is a caveat, and you should know about it. Swelling after liposuction does improve in a somewhat linear manner. You won’t go from less swelling to obviously bad swelling. However, you may notice that, as you start moving more, swelling “returns.” This is only a result of increased circulation and fluid movement, which should be eased with elevation.

Swelling takes it’s good, sweet time.

As anxious as you may be to see the ultimate, final result of liposuction, your body will do what it needs to do, and that means it will take all the time it needs to recover fully. Swelling is fortunately relatively short-lived regarding the most noticeable appearance. For the full extent of swelling to dissipate, though, can take up to a year.

Compression: make friends with it.

In the first weeks after liposuction, when swelling is most prominent, it is your compression garment that will provide you with the most relief. Compression is gentle and yet efficient at supporting tissue that has been agitated through the liposuction procedure.

Liposuction and post-surgical swelling go hand in hand; that’s just a natural pairing, there. However, there are several ways in which this procedure and the post-op instructions provided aim to minimize the various side effects of surgery. Using compression as needed, and easing back into physical activity (beyond walking) are two easy and efficient ways to manage swelling and comfort after liposuction.

Schedule a consultation

Do you have questions? We’re happy to schedule an appointment for you at our Plastic Surgery office in New York City, call (212) 472-2900 today!

Sometimes you Lose to Win

Weight Loss | Paul Lorenc NYIn most of life, losing just feels like losing. There are particular situations, though, in which we lose to win. Losing extra weight is an example. Losing negative thinking . . . You get the picture. Here, we want to point out the various ways in which women who undergo breast reduction surgery lose to win.

Lose attention to gain self-confidence.

This can feel a bit backward to some because we are often taught that getting attention from others feeds self-confidence. When that attention is unwarranted and focused solely on physical appearance, it doesn’t feel so great. Young women whose breasts develop to an excessive degree before adulthood often state that they feel embarrassed by the attention they get. This isn’t fair to any woman, and it is beyond her control – at least until she gets breast reduction surgery. Once this happens, it is character traits and personality that get the attention, not the body.

Lose breast size to gain harmony.

Ideally, breast fullness will harmonize with the fullness of the hips and the width of the shoulders. This is evident just by looking at common styles of clothing. A woman with large breasts isn’t “plus-size,” and yet she may struggle to find the right size to fit her disproportionate frame. Gaining harmony means looking better, and it also means having more options to dress as you’d like.

Lose fullness to gain health.

There is only minimal evidence that points to a link between breast cancer and large breast size. There is substantially greater data that says large breasts can impede health and wellness just by getting in the way – speaking. Activities like dancing, running, and even working out with weights can feel uncomfortable when the breasts are difficult to support. From this standpoint, it makes sense to say that reducing breast size could have a positive effect on overall health and well-being.

Learn more about breast reduction by scheduling a personal consultation in our Park Ave. Plastic surgery office. Call (212) 472-2900.

 

 

Do you know All that you Need to know about Lip Augmentation?

Lip Enhancement NYC | Lip InjectionsThey say “the eyes have it,” but we think there is much more to this story! To have a naturally beautiful face means that the various parts of the whole play well together. The nose and the lips and the cheeks should all create contours that draw the eye in. As you may know, we aren’t all born with such features. And, even if we do develop with luscious lips that turn up just enough at the corners, the volume and line of the mouth will change over time. This is when you turn to your trusted NYC plastic surgeon for help, and this is when Dr. Lorenc may turn to dermal fillers to get the job done.

What You Need To Know About Lip Augmentation

Have you thought about having lip injections, but hesitated? Let’s talk about some of the aspects of treatment that don’t often get discussed.

  • If we had a nickel for every time, we heard the name Kylie used to describe a pair of desirable lips, well, you know . . . The point is, it is oh-so-common to turn to real-life images of women (or men) we admire to explain how we want to look. This is only a piece of the puzzle. Yes, we want to get the best possible idea of your desired outcome. At the same time, we want you to realize that Kylie’s lips may not look good on your face. They’re Kylie’s lips!
  • We will customize your treatment to your face. This is how Dr. Lorenc obtains such gorgeous results. The fullness and curvature of your lips will, after treatment, play off of your other facial features, as well as the overall structure of your face; it’s roundness and length. In taking care to observe all of your assets, we can artfully extract your inner beauty.
  • Is it the idea of the pain that is stopping you? There is a slew of innovative treatments used today in place of cosmetic surgery, but patients are finding that they are not without their down-sides. Injections can sound uncomfortable, and, for some, they are. If you’re concerned about discomfort, do not be shy. A brief touch of an ice cube to your lips before treatment can do a lot to mitigate the pinch of injections.

We greatly enjoy bringing more beauty into the world, one face at a time. To schedule your lip injections with Dr. Lorenc, call (212) 472-2900.

Taking Cosmetic Surgery Consultation to a Whole New Level

plastic surgeryHistorically, if you wanted to consult with a cosmetic surgeon about a rejuvenating face lift or body contouring procedure, you needed to schedule a visit in the practice’s office for a face to face meet and greet. We’ve come a long way, Baby! Today, many of our patient consultations first occur in the virtual world. It’s a reality of this day and age, and it seems to be catching on.

There are a few pointed reasons why a virtual consultation may make the most sense. The primary reason people think of is that they want to learn more about a cosmetic surgeon who is not located in their immediate area. Dr. Lorenc is a world-renowned cosmetic plastic surgeon, so this emergence of virtual consulting makes life much easier on our patients.

What’s the Point?

If you do not live in New York City, then you get the point. But even if you do live nearby, your busy schedule may prevent you from having the extra time for pre-operative niceties. We want to accommodate our patients as much as we possibly can, and the virtual consultation via Skype just makes sense in many cases.

Having a consultation from your computer to ours is not much unlike the visits we conduct in our office. Prior to the virtual consultation, we may request specific, high quality pictures of your area of concern. This allows Dr. Lorenc the opportunity to evaluate your concerns before you are face-to-face (via the screen, that is). Having appropriate (and completely private) images beforehand facilitates a productive consultation without elongating the allotted time of 30-45 minutes.

Once you have completed your virtual consultation, you may be able to move forward with the scheduling of your procedure. If further information is needed, it will be requested at the time, or we will ask you to schedule an in-person visit to assure we have everything just right.

A Note about those Pictures . . .

The images that are sent to our office are confidential and considered a valuable aspect of your medical record. The staff in our office is trained in compliance of government regulations regarding HIPPA, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, instated to protect patient privacy.

Are you looking for an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon who is adept at working with out-of-town patients? Call our New York office at (212) 472-2900.

An Injectable Lift? Let’s Look more Closely!

brow lift | nycThere is a lot to be said for symmetry across the top portion of the face. It is natural for one brow to sit slightly lower than the other. However, when this imbalance becomes quite noticeable, it’s difficult to admire all the other aspects of beauty on the face. We speak with many men and women who express concern about the position of one or both of their brows, and we know just what to do in each situation. Sometimes, a surgical brow lift is the most appropriate approach to facial aging. However, we can often address the concern with a neuromodulator like Botox.

The “Botox Brow Lift”

Botox happens to be the most recognizable neuromodulator, which is why the injectable brow lift is often referred to as the Botox brow lift. In our NYC and Southampton offices, we also use Dysport and Xeomin based on appropriateness for each patient.

How it Works

The strategic use of neurotoxin product eases the downward pull placed on the frontalis muscle, the one that elevates the eyebrows. To do this, we very carefully inject product into the muscle just at the brow line, the orbicularis oculi, to release opposition. The proper use of neuromodulators allows us to raise one or both brows toward the upper orbital rim, and can also be used to accentuate the brows’ curvature over the eye.

Results of the Non-surgical Brow Lift

The obvious reason that many patients choose to lift the brow with injectables versus surgery is the minimal side-effects and elimination of down-time. Using a neurotoxin means seeing results appear gradually over about a week, and enjoying those results for 3 to 6 months. To maintain the lifted elevation of the brow, treatment can be repeated, or we can discuss the long-term effects that can be achieved with a surgical lift.

Facial rejuvenation does not have to be a complicated process. Call our office at  (212) 472-2900 to discuss your treatment options, and how we can help you reinstate the appearance you had ten years ago.

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Is Now the Season for Tucking?

tummy tuck | NYCThere are seasons for just about everything. As the trees become bare and snowflakes fall, it becomes a season of rest and reflection. Some people even change the way they eat during the different seasons of the year. And, yes, there are seasons, to some degree, of plastic surgery. Fall and winter tend to be times during which our NYC plastic surgery office sees an increase in requests for breast augmentation and body sculpting procedures like abdominoplasty. The timing makes a lot of sense, when you consider the lengthy recovery process, especially for the latter procedure.

In addition to the time of year, tummy tuck timing encompasses a few other crucial factors.

Weight

A tummy tuck is not performed to reduce waist circumference. That is a job for liposuction. While the two procedures can be performed together, there is a limit to how much fat can be removed. For this reason, patients are advised to be very near to their ideal weight; the weight they want to maintain for many years to come. If a tummy tuck is performed before a stable weight has been reached, there is a chance that a further drop in pounds will affect the final outcome of surgery.

Pregnancy

Just as it is important to feel confident that you will not lose a substantial amount of weight after abdominoplasty, it is also necessary to think very carefully about future pregnancies. The strain of an expanding womb is placed directly on the abdominal muscles. This could cause them to not only stretch but to separate. Even the slightest separation makes it impossible to regain muscle tone without surgical correction.

Work

The type of work a person does will factor into the timing of his or her tummy tuck. The abdominal muscles will not be able to tolerate extensive activity for several weeks post-surgery. In fact, full healing occurs over a 6-month period. While comfort level progressively improves, this does not correlate to an increase in activities. Patients whose work requires heavy lifting will need to schedule extra time off or arrange for lighter duties until cleared through a post-surgical evaluation.

NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Lorenc provides consultation and surgical services in the city, and also in Southampton. Call  (212) 472-2900 for a convenient appointment time.

 

 

Trendwatching is One Thing, Following is Another

body procedures | nycIn our bustling city, there is always a new trend to watch. There is so much fashion walking the streets and runways of NYC that we might seem the epicenter of it all. Close, but not quite. Wherever we stand in the making of new trends, there is certainly something to be said about our interest in them. There are positive aspects of following trends, and then there are things about trends that we should be aware of before making big decisions, such as undergoing cosmetic surgery.

Trends typically drive our desire for fashion. However, there is a direct correlation between what’s in and what body type society says is beautiful at any given time. Just like there are trends in fashion, there are trends in cosmetic plastic surgery. This could reflect the desire on some people’s part to fit that ideal body type. The thing is, there is no such thing. Let’s see how we have viewed body types over just the past 100 or so years:

  • The Gibson Girl. Maybe you’ve never heard of her. She didn’t exist. This perfect female body type was the creation of Charles Gibson, esteemed fashion illustrator of his time. To fit the ideal body, women corseted up their midsection to achieve exaggerated curves a la Jessica Rabbit.
  • The Flapper. Women in the Flapper era of the 1920s didn’t have to work quite so hard. Their clothing was the star of the show, fringed to the max to accentuate movement.
  • The Star-Spangled Woman. After WWII, fashion dictated that it was the tall, strong body type that was beautiful. Clothing was made to accentuate the breasts (pointed and industrial) and the shoulders (padded and squared).
  • The Hippy. Hippy dippy chickies in the 60s had the very little shape (circa 1920!). The ideal body type was super thin and flat-chested. Hips? Not in those bell-bottoms! Throughout the 70s, it was the thinner, more athletic frame that remained “in.”
  • Today, what we deem beautiful is the derrière. 2014 may have been dubbed the Year of the Butt, but the trend began years prior (2010) and continued to this day.

Beauty isn’t a Trend

Beauty is timeless, not trendy. When we consult with patients about Brazilian Butt Lift, liposuction, breast augmentation, or any other procedure, it is the authentic beauty that we seek, not a trendy body type.

Discover how to bring out the best in your appearance. Call the office of NYC cosmetic surgeon Dr. Paul Lorenc at (212) 472-2900.