tummy tuck

Is Now the Season for Tucking?

tummy tuckThere 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.

 

 

body procedures

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.

 

 

 

 

breast-reduction-surgery

Planning Breast Reduction? Read This!

Breast Reduction | NYCUsually, it is breast enlargement that we tend to hear about on a regular basis. In our NYC plastic surgery practice, we help women of all shapes and size gain the shape and size that best suits their body. This doesn’t always mean augmentation. Sometimes, it means breast reduction. If the size and sheer volume of your breasts is troublesome, your daily life is affected in a negative way. Reducing breast size can make a notable difference in how you feel; not just physically but also emotionally!

The breast reduction procedure may seem less involved than augmentation because we are taking away rather than adding. However, there is a great deal of detail that goes into every reduction surgery. The goal is not to simply decrease size, but to do so in a way that recreates a naturally beautiful shape. In addition to removing tissue through appropriate incisions, Dr. Lorenc also repositions the areolas and contours the breasts so they sit nicely on the chest wall.

What to know about Recovery

One of the questions that looms over breast surgery patients (any of our patients, really) is how to get through the recovery process. Let’s face it, we would all like to avoid painful situations whenever we can! Breast reduction surgery is most often very easy to tolerate. Still, a few tips to improve the process certainly can’t hurt.

  • Prior to surgery, you may receive a prescription for pain medication. Even if you think you will not need this, fill it. The whole idea is to stay ahead of pain, not chase it. Taking prescription medication for a few days can set the stage for a more comfortable recovery process.
  • Hydrate! Did you  know that your tissues need more fluid while recuperating from any type of disruption? Remember that tea and other beverages are no substitute for good old fashioned water.
  • Take advantage of all the support you can get. Not only from friends and loved ones, but from the surgical bra that will keep your healing breasts from moving too much. The surgical bra needs to be worn at all times for several days. Then, you may want to transition into a well-fitting sports bra until your tissue has settled.
  • Exercise? Postpone it! Other than a light walk and normal activity around the house, your physical movement will be somewhat limited for 3 or more weeks.

For more information on breast reduction surgery, call the office of NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Lorenc at (212) 472-2900.

 

 

 

Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation and your Fitness Routine

Breast AugmentationThere are several ingredients that go into looking and feeling your best. Enhancing the body with breast implants can be a wonderful way to complement the other steps you take to complete your look. If another aspect of quality of life is staying fit with a strict exercise routine, you’ll want to know what to expect after your curve-creating procedure.

The recovery process after breast augmentation is relatively easy for most patient. This is good, on one hand, but it can also create a misperception as it pertains to physical activity. It seems logical to want to get back into your workout routine when you’re feeling up to it. The thing is, “feeling up to it” isn’t a good indicator that your body can handle your workouts. Here are some suggestions on how to plan your re-entry into the world of physical fitness:

  • Trust the expert. That is your doctor. Whether you choose to have breast augmentation performed by NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Lorenc or another physician, you should expect to be advised to wait until post-op follow up visits to even think about working out. Because your surgeon has the most familiarity with your case, he is the expert to trust when it comes to post-surgical activities.
  • Trust your body. The expert voice that you need to heed, after your doctor, is your own body. This is especially important once you are back in the gym, on the treadmill, or in the yoga studio. Settling takes place over several months, and your body needs a good amount of time to fully recuperate after breast augmentation. If your body says “stop,” listen.
  • Schedule a rest day. As you reintroduce exercise into your life after cosmetic plastic surgery, do yourself a favor by scheduling a mandated rest day into your routine. In fact, schedule more than you think you need. This way, you can stay on the safe side of balancing recovery with fitness.
  • Ease into the upper body exercises. Fly’s and chest presses require the exact muscles disrupted during surgery to fire. They may not be ready as quickly as you imagine. Don’t go straight for your old weight; go lighter in the beginning.

Breast augmentation is a safe and effective way to enhance your body shape. To learn more about this procedure, call (212) 472-2900.

Non-surgical treatments

Face not Ready for the Holidays? There’s Still Time!

Non-surgical treatments nycTo be holiday-ready means a lot of things. It means having everyone checked off your gift list. It means knowing exactly what you will wear to every holiday party, and what bottle of wine you will give to the host. It also means, perhaps most importantly, feeling great about how you look. Let’s face it, we all want our face to be selfie-ready this season (and every season, really!). While the holidays are fast-approaching, know that there is still time to resolve those issues that you see in the mirror every day. Here’s how.

Get an Instant Lift with the Silhouette Instalift®

Dr. Lorenc is one of only a handful of physicians in the U.S. to perform this procedure, which provides immediate results with little to no down time. The Silhouette Instalift® is a non-surgical, minimally invasive technique that lift and suspends the skin with a uniquely developed thread. Over time, tissue and collagen form around the thread, promoting a more youthful facial aesthetic. Even if your holiday festivities are in the very near future, you have time for a little lift.

The SelfieLift™, it’s Not your Mother’s Facelift

The SelfieLift™ is a customized treatment plan that Dr. Lorenc developed to meet each patients unique needs and preferences. With the SelfieLift™, you can gain more fullness in your lips and cheeks, tighten skin on the face and neck, and look like you did 10 years ago – all before that holiday party! Each treatment is different, and may involve wrinkle-reduction with neuromodulators, volumizing with dermal fillers, and skin tightening with ThermiTight.

Reveal the Real You, Only Better

Non-surgical treatments are an excellent path for the person who wants to let their inner beauty and youthfulness shine through this holiday season. Reviving your face does not mean that you have to choose either of our complete lift procedures. Your needs may revolve around the signs of aging across your forehead or around your eyes and brows. Whatever your needs, your New York plastic surgeon Dr. Lorenc has a solution. To schedule a visit to our NYC office, call (212) 472-2900.

neck lift

Keep the Harmony to Keep that Youthful Look

Neck Lift NYCWhen we think of how we could look a little younger, what tends to be the focus of our attention is the face. Rightfully so! It is here where nasolabial folds, frown lines, under eye bags, and sagging jowls scream “you’re getting older!” Fortunately, our concern with facial aging has led to a number of wonderful developments in aesthetic medicine. Patients of Dr. Lorenc can restore that youthful look they desire with facial plastic surgery, or with minimally invasive procedures such as the SelfieLiftTM. If you’re not careful about how you address the signs of aging, though, a lack of harmony could be giving something away.

The Aging Neck

When you look at your face and appreciate the smoothness and plumpness of your skin, you may feel a sense of satisfaction. That is, until you look down. When you do, you may notice that your chin is a little heftier than it once was. Perhaps the contour where your chin curves into your neck has loosened; perhaps it has disappeared altogether. You may also notice something that you never have before, that the skin on your neck is incredibly thin. Most people are not aware of this fact, but the neck skin is as delicate as the skin on the eyelids. For this reason, the subtle biological changes of aging can have a dramatic effect on the appearance of the neck.

What To Do

Luckily, there are as many solutions for the aging neck as there are for the aging face. We are happy to consult with patients about their needs, and to support them with treatments that will keep the neck and face in harmony. Some of the ways we can do this are:

  • Injectables such as Botox and dermal fillers. Botox and other neuromodulators can treat the platysmal band muscle that sags with age. Injectables can restore better contours along the jaw line.
  • ThermiTight takes radiofrequency skin tightening to a whole new level. The minimally invasive treatment delivers thermal energy deeper into the dermis to encourage collagen remodeling for tighter, younger-looking skin.
  • Neck lift surgery may be the best method, in some cases, to restore smoothness and suppleness to the aging neck.

Schedule A Consultation

We have three offices to serve your needs. Contact us at (212) 472-2900 today to see how we can help you age more beautifully.

breast lift

Breast Lifting, are Implants the Answer?

Breast Lift | Breast ImplantsA woman’s body may change permanently as a result of pregnancy, regardless of whether or not she also chooses to breastfeed. Weight loss can also affect body shape in unpredictable ways. One of the common concerns that we hear from women after they have had children or lost weight is how their breasts have lost volume and shape. This natural byproduct of expansion and subsequent shrinkage of fat cells in breast tissue can rob a woman of her optimal sense of self.

Breast lift surgery provides a woman with a straight path back to shapelier, younger-looking breasts. The mastopexy procedure, which repositions the breasts on the chest wall, does something completely different than breast augmentation. Because mastopexy is focused on repositioning only, patients may feel uncertain whether they can obtain their desired result if they do not augment the breasts with implants. Ultimately, it really depends on the expected outcome.

Positioning or Fullness: that is a Question

Choosing to incorporate breast augmentation into the mastopexy procedure is a personal choice that comes down to the desired fullness a woman wants to have. When we lift the breasts, no volume is added. However, the repositioning of existing tissue creates a better profile, and may make the breasts appear more shapely as a result of the heightened position. What may remain even after a breast lift is a slight slope on the upper part of the breast. If more volume at the upper pole is desired, we may discuss how implants can achieve this.

You can Always Wait

Breast augmentation is a big decision that many women feel uncertain about, even when they know they need and want a lift. Unless you are certain about the addition of implants, you may play the waiting game. Schedule your mastopexy and see how you feel about your new shape. If you tend to prefer an all-natural look, chances are you will feel satisfied with your choice. And, if you find that you would like some additional volume after your breasts have been reshaped with the lift procedure, there is still the opportunity to have breast augmentation at a later date.

One of the primary reasons that women hesitate in their decision to augment deflated breasts, rather than just lift them, is because they fear they will lose their natural curvature. The methods and products that are involved in breast augmentation today are tailored to authentic shape and, in many cases, to a smaller size.

Schedule A Consultation

Feel great about your shape again. Contact us to learn more about breast lift with or without breast augmentation.

fat transfer

Fill out the Face with Fat

fat transfer | NYCFat. It can be a pesky little problem that you want to get rid of. In our practice, fat-reducing procedures like liposuction are often discussed with patients wanting to finally bid farewell to lingering deposits across the backside or midsection. With all the talk of getting rid of fat, there has been little time to talk about the wonderful way that fat can actually accentuate the body. Now, we are hearing much more about the fat transfer technique and how it can benefit the aging face.

Fat as an Injectable
The injectables that most people recognize are those that are made in a lab. Treating lines and wrinkles with neuromodulators and dermal fillers can be fast and convenient. However, fat has been said to be the ideal filler product. The process does involve a minor liposuction procedure (added benefits!), but the adipose tissue that is extracted and processed is available for immediate use in the face or other area, such as the back of the hands.

And . . . Why would someone want to do this?
What makes fat transfer different than the usual method of facial rejuvenation is that fat is organic. While the synthetic products that are commonly used today are safe and effective, fat has properties that just can’t be replicated. First, the vascular nature of fat makes it ideal because it will expand and contract. It will continue to age as you would expect, and will behave as you want it to beneath the skin. The tissue that is inserted into the cheeks, jawline, or other area will become fully integrated with surrounding cells, achieving a look and feel that mimics nature. This integration also offers another benefit: longevity.

Fat transfer plumps the cheeks and lifts lines and wrinkles quickly and beautifully. Patients who choose this process also enjoy results that last several years (up to 7). This makes fat transfer more cost-effective than the best “special” on synthetic injectables.

Some of the most prevalent problems of cosmetic aging revolve around the natural loss of volume that occurs year after year. Rather than tighten skin over diminished structure, fat grafting restores that foundation that is needed for natural beauty.

Learn more about fat transfer when you call our NYC office at  (212) 472-2900.

Liposuction

Navigating the Land of Liposuction

Liposuction | New York NYLooking toned and trim is something that many of us would love. However, the very nature of modern-day living can make this incredibly difficult. You may diet. You may exercise. And yet, this may not be enough to enjoy the sculpted physique you want for yourself. The struggle is real; but there’s also help available when you are ready to put the finishing touches on the contours of your body. Here, we will discuss how navigate the process of determining if liposuction is right for you.

Know Yourself

Everyone from ancient Roman poets to Lao-Tzu to Buddha promote the value of knowing yourself. We aren’t going to go that deep, but we will say that it is important to know more than you might think as you prepare for liposuction. For instance, you might think that it sounds uber-convenient to have a walk in/ walk out procedure in the doctor’s office rather than a fully sedated procedure in an accredited surgical center. When you think further about the various sounds and sights of liposuction, you may reconsider your imagined preference.

Know your Surgeon

There may be a good number of doctors that offer liposuction  services. That does not mean that the physician located conveniently to you, or the physician offering the best deal, is the right surgeon to perform your procedure. Remember that this single surgery is likely to change your body forever. Choose a surgeon with whom you feel completely confident; one who has extensive training, years of experience, and a good number of happy patients.

Know your Body

The recovery process after surgical body contouring may not be what you initially imagine. The more you know about what could happen, the less stressful your healing process will be.

The removal of fat and fluid from beneath the skin is somewhat traumatic  to dermal tissues. This will result in enough swelling to keep you from seeing your new svelte self for some time. Post surgical swelling typically takes at least one month to subside enough for you to see a new you. Expecting immediate results is a surefire way to set yourself up for unnecessary frustration.

In addition to swelling, recovery from liposuction may bring you face-to-face with unexpected bumps and lumps. These minor areas of hardening beneath the skin are a natural part of healing. In almost every case, a bit of lumpiness occurs. Also in almost every case, lumps are very short-lived.

All in all, one of the most surprising aspects of liposuction  recovery is the fact that it really isn’t all that bad. Most patients take prescription pain medication for only a few days. After this point, discomfort is typically nothing more than a sense that you overdid it at the gym.

If lingering fat is keeping you from feeling the utmost confidence in your body, consider how a minimally invasive surgery can make all the difference in the world.

Rhinoplasty

Diving into some Details about Rhinoplasty

Details about Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)Millions of people have had a nose job. Some of them, like Michael Jackson, go a little too far. Most are so subtle that you would never know that it took surgery to create such a beautiful feature. More people are talking about their cosmetic surgery endeavors today, and that is good news because it allows you to learn more about what to expect before you commit to any procedure or any particular surgeon. Here, we will look at some important points regarding rhinoplasty.

Age is a Matter of Importance

There are two ways that age is important in the rhinoplasty process. First, a person needs to have a fully developed facial structure before this surgery can be performed. Otherwise, results could be unpredictable. The second aspect of age is the emotional requirements of undergoing a facial surgery. Rhinoplasty recovery takes time. Results are not always perfectly symmetrical down to the tiniest measure. Emotional maturity enables a patient to develop realistic expectations, and to manage them.

Managing those Expectations

Here’s what you can get from rhinoplasty . . . you can get your best nose. Here’s what you can’t get: someone else’s nose. Your results are determined by several factors, including the thickness of your skin, existing skeletal structure, and the condition of your cartilage. Even if you are given a virtual preview of the predicted outcome of rhinoplasty, it is vital to understand that some degree of variance is to be expected.

Patience is a Virtue

If you would describe yourself as an impatient person (or a perfectionist), rhinoplasty is something to think long and hard about. It can take up to two years to see the final results from your procedure. Sure, swelling and bruising dissipate in a matter of weeks. However, there is no magic timing for the appearance of your new nose to become obvious. This is because skin continues to contract over time, and bones and cartilage take time to fully heal. Until this happens, slight swelling may persist.

Here’s one last important fact about rhinoplasty: less than one-quarter of patients feel the need to have revisions made to their initial procedure.
Is it time to move forward into your most attractive facial structure? See how we can help you. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Lorenc at (212) 472-2900.