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Research indicates that tummy tucks are among the most common types of cosmetic surgeries women undergo. However, one of the most important details they leave out is the healing and the type of scar you will have afterward.

The Kind Of Scar To Expect

Since it is a surgical process, you should expect scarring after the tummy tuck procedure. However, the type and size of your scar will depend on where the surgeon made the incision and the technique they use. Some of the common areas that you can expect scarring include:

Belly button

During a traditional tummy tuck, the surgeon brings out the belly button, creates a new opening in the skin flap over the original location of your belly button, and inserts it through that opening. That results in scarring around the belly button.

However, that scarring is usually not very visible since it is normally pulled in or tucked because of the tightened abdominal wall.

If you are getting a mini tummy tuck, where there is less skin and fat, the surgeon makes smaller incisions, which means that you might not have belly button scarring.

Lower abdomen

This is the area between the pelvic area and the belly button. It is the place many people think about scarring when they hear about tummy tucks.

That is true because no matter the type of tummy tuck you get, either mini or full, you will have a horizontal scar a few inches below your belly button between your hips. The scar can be a few inches long or sometimes be all across the abdomen or even cross over to the back.

Pelvic area

Many surgeons prefer making the incisions as low as possible to make the scars less visible, which is why many patients get their scars in the pelvic area. Just like the other two areas, the size of the scar in the pelvic area depends on the technique and the amount of fat and skin you want to remove.

What Does The Scar Look Like And How Long Does It Take To Heal?

Regardless of where the scar is, the healing process of tummy tuck scars takes almost the same time. It takes around a year for the scar to fully heal and start disappearing from the skin.

However, experts say that their scars may still be red for some patients after a year, and if that happens, you need to give it more time. Some take up to 18 months to fully heal and start becoming invisible.

Immediately after the surgery, the scars are invisible since they have not begun healing. After a few months, they start thickening and discoloring to either brown or red. The discoloration should not alarm you as that is an inflammation process where the scar is knitting together.

The scars will look most discolored or the reddest a few months to about six months after the surgery. How your scar heals depends on your skin and how it heals. If you develop hypertrophic scars or keloids, you will not scar well to the tummy tuck.

If you have darker skin, you are prone to having thick scars, while you are more prone to red scars for light-skinned people.

If you notice that your scar is turning blue, becoming excessively red, developing drainage, or opens up, you should see your doctor immediately.

Make sure that your surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon when preparing to get a tummy tuck. Dr. Glasberg and his team are committed to providing you with the best possible results and look forward to scheduling your consultation and answering any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 212-717-8550 or use our easy online form.

The best age for a facelift is when you want it. In some cases a facelift can be done early in life but, in most cases, a facelift works best for people who are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, when the signs of aging begin to appear more prominently on your face. Those deep lines, wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin you see are indicators of the aging process. Our genetics, skin care habits, and even environmental factors are contributing factors to the tone and texture of our skin. Because the skin on our face thins as we age, and we tend to lose facial fat, a facelift can remove the excess skin and tighten tissue and muscle, restoring your skin and repairing the signs of aging to create a smoother and tighter facial appearance.     

There’s no true age when you should consider a facelift because everyone ages differently. You should choose a facelift when the signs of aging begin to bother you and the non-surgical treatments you’ve had are no longer producing the results you want.

If you have a facelift later in life, because you have aged the change to your face will be more dramatic. If you have your facelift earlier in your life, you will have a less dramatic change but with a better end result. Keep in mind that if you do have a facelift in your 40s or mid 50s, you will most likely have a second one 10 to 15 years later to refresh the one you previously had. 

The Importance Of Choosing A Skilled, Experienced Surgeon

Having a facelift includes making sure that your surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Glasberg and his team are committed to providing you with the best possible results and look forward to scheduling your consultation and answering any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 212-717-8550 or use our easy online form.

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In the past, there was a definite stigma against cosmetic procedures for men. With each passing year, that stigma has been fading, with men representing a growing share of both surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Men want to remain youthful and attractive as they get older, and are increasingly turning to procedures like liposuction.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgical procedure involving the suctioning of fat from places like the thighs and arms. The fat is vacuumed out through a tube that is inserted through small incisions.

Who makes the best candidate for a liposuction procedure?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has stated that the best candidates for liposuction are:

The best way to determine if you would make a good candidate for liposuction is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon.

What areas does liposuction treat?

Liposuction should not be considered as an obesity treatment. It cannot treat cellulite.

How long does it take to recover from liposuction?

To resume light activities, it should take from one to three days. It can take weeks or months for all post-procedure swelling to resolve.

What is laser liposuction?

The goal of a laser liposuction treatment is the same as with regular liposuction: removing unwanted fat. The difference is that a laser liposuction uses a medical laser instead of conventional surgery.

A laser fiber will be inserted into the treatment area. The laser melts the fat, which is then suctioned out. In many cases, incisions are not sutured following a laser lipo. Instead, surgical dressings may be applied to allow for the drainage of fluids in a natural way.

What is the treatment process like for laser liposuction?

The laser will be directed into the skin to break down fat cells. It creates openings in the membranes of the treated fat cells, resulting in the release of the contents of the fat cells into the bloodstream. This shrinks the size of the fat cells, leading to a more slim and contoured body profile.

The waste products from the fat cells are then transferred to the lymphatic system for eventual elimination from the body.

One last optional step following a laser lipo is the use of a special vibration machine that can assist the body in ridding itself of the fat cell waste.

Who makes a good candidate for laser liposuction?

Basically, the same people who make good candidates for regular liposuction are also eligible for laser lipo. Your eligibility can be determined during your consultation.

What is the recovery time for laser liposuction?

Most people are able to resume their normal activities in one or two days.

How common is liposuction for men?

Men account for approximately 11 percent of total liposuction procedures. So, although their share is smaller than that of women, it is still a significant number. And that number continues to grow as the social stigma around plastic surgery for men continues to fade.

Dr. Glasberg and his team are committed to providing you with the best possible results and look forward to scheduling your consultation and answering any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 212-717-8550 or use our easy online form

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Spring is here and before you know it summer will too! While you may have been trying to diet and exercise as part of your New Year’s resolution, your results may not be what you wanted. Regardless, Dr. Glasberg can perform procedures that can help you on your way to the summer body you are looking for. 

Some of the procedures that will help you get you in shape for the summer include:

Liposuction, also known as liposculpting

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures and can enhance your silhouette and restore a more slender appearance to your body. Dr. Glasberg is a liposuction specialist, located in Manhattan, and has years of experience with positive reviews from patients about the appearance and shapeliness of their results.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation can help you achieve your goals for your appearance and help you feel more comfortable in your skin. If you have always desired larger, fuller, or more even breasts, this procedure could be the right option for you. Dr. Scot Bradley Glasberg can help you by creating natural, beautiful results that reflect your desires for your appearance.

Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is the overdevelopment of male breasts. It can affect between 40 to 60 percent of men. The cause of gynecomastia can be the result of hormonal imbalance, obesity, certain drugs, or heredity, and can affect one or both breasts. If you are a good candidate, a male breast reduction can reshape the contours of your breasts post-surgery.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal uses pulsed laser energy to remove unwanted hair from nearly any area of the body while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. Common areas on which laser hair removal is performed are the chin, upper lip, chest, underarms, back, bikini line, and legs.

Spider Vein Removal

Spider veins are small, thin blood vessels visible beneath the skin. They appear most commonly on the face and legs and may look like a series of lines, tree branches, or spider webs. There are several types of laser treatment available and spider veins can be treated over the course of several treatment sessions. 

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are FDA-approved and safe for use by most patients. Many of the fillers are made from substances found naturally in the body and are used to restore volume and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Glasberg offers patients several different dermal filler options in order to provide the best possible results for their individual needs.

BOTOXCosmetic

Properly placed injections of BOTOX Cosmetic can block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract, and temporarily eliminating moderately severe furrows and lines.

The Importance Of Choosing A Skilled, Experienced Surgeon

Getting ready for the summer includes making sure that your surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Glasberg and his team are committed to providing you with the best possible results and look forward to scheduling your consultation and answering any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 212-717-8550 or use our easy online form.

Getting the body of your dreams is something that many individuals aspire to achieve no matter the age, race or creed. Feeling comfortable in the skin that you’re in will certainly have anyone oozing with confidence. Unfortunately, the majority of individuals in society today have less-than-perfect physiques. There are many ways to get a body that’s functional while turning heads in the process. Of course, eating healthy and working out are high on the menu, but there are other ways to get a better body in a fraction of the time.

Liposuction

A tried-and-true way of slimming down in a fraction of the time is via liposuction. Incisions are made within your skin in which a surgical tube is used to suck out unwanted fat cells. Liposuction is very popular and has been used for years to reconfigure certain areas of the body such as the stomach, lower back, and upper thighs. Downtime can be up to six weeks and is required since this procedure is considered to be an invasive treatment that can leave bruising and soreness. Since the 1980s, liposuction has been used to produce slimmer, more-tones bodies. When comparing liposuction with other noninvasive treatments, patients can expect higher costs. Many of your favorite celebrities have gone down the lip route on multiple occasions throughout the years.

Body Contouring

Body contouring is another fine treatment that’s used to produce a slimmer physique. Body contouring just so happens to be a non-invasive treatment that’s considered to be more efficient since patients can expect less downtime and lower expenses. This alternative procedure can use either heat or cold to melt the fat away in a since. Unlike its popular counterpart, body contouring takes away the risks of obtaining blood clots as well as other health complications. People who have good skin elasticity and are of ideal body weight are perfect candidates. Individuals who are trying to reduce fat in smaller areas and trouble spots are also ideal candidates. There are many different names and types that will fall underneath this particular category of medical aesthetics.

CoolSculpting is non-invasive and is used to freeze fat cells in which the body naturally removes as waste. Another form of body contouring is Thermage CPT in which pulse technology is used to tighten the skin. VenusFreeze can be used for facial contouring, skin tightening and wrinkle reduction.

In the end, your personal health condition can play a major role in which medical-aesthetic treatment is right for you. If your health is fairly stable across the board, then you’ll definitely have many more options to contend with via invasive or non-invasive surgery.

Dr. Glasberg and his team are committed to providing you with the best possible results and look forward to scheduling your consultation and answering any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 212-717-8550 or use our easy online form