Frequently asked questions about Botox

Who says you need to accept the appearance of aging on your skin? Botox is the top-selling non-surgical treatment for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, and for good reason. Read on for some of the most frequently asked questions about this treatment that has become a household name when it comes to turning back time on your face.

What is it?

Botox is the first and only treatment that is FDA-approved for temporarily smoothing out and softening the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines in adults.

How does it work?

Botox targets the upper third of the face where lines and wrinkles form over years of repeated muscle contractions from smiling, frowning, squinting and raising your eyebrows. These wrinkles are called dynamic wrinkles. Botox is injected into the muscles to temporarily reduce muscle activity and smooth out lines and wrinkles.

How long does treatment take?

Treatment usually takes 20 minutes or less, depending on how many injections you need. Definitely something you can take care of during a lunch hour.

Is it painful?

Botox injections are administered through a tiny needle, and patients often report a small pinching sensation. While most patients don’t need it, some patients choose to have local numbing cream applied to the treatment area before treatment, which will extend your appointment time.

How long is recovery?

There is minimal downtime. You can return to your daily routine after you leave your treatment session. No one will even know you had anything done!

When will I see results?

Patients begin to notice results within 24-48 hours. While results vary from patients, typical results last for up to four months, at which time you’ll want to return for repeat treatment. Some studies show that people who get ongoing Botox treatments need the injections less frequency because they are able to achieve wrinkle-smoothing effects that last.

Botox can help you achieve a more youthful appearance and can be done on its own or in combination with other regenerative procedures. To learn more, call (203) 453-6635 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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When should you consider a tummy tuck?

If you’re bothered by an abdomen that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise, you may have been thinking about talking to a plastic surgeon about getting a tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty. This surgery flattens the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening abdominal muscles. Since it’s major surgery, here are some things to know about the procedure and whether you’re a candidate.

  • You’ve tried several diet and exercise programs to lose weight, but you’re still dealing with an abdominal pooch that won’t go away.
  • Your abdominal muscles and skin are stretched and sagging after pregnancy. If you plan on getting pregnant again, you should consider postponing a tummy tuck until you’re done having children as future pregnancies can separate the abdominal muscles and undo the work done during surgery.
  • You’ve lost a significant amount of weight and have loose, excess skin hanging around your belly like an apron.
  • If you are planning to lose weight, you may want to wait to have surgery. A tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure.
  • You’ve always been in good shape but you still have a belly that sticks out.

Different types of tummy tuck

A full tummy tuck involves one long incision made across the lower abdomen and a second incision made around the belly button. Skin and muscle from the chest down to the pubic area are tightened and the belly button is repositioned. Liposuction may be used to enhance the result.

A mini tummy tuck leaves a smaller scar and doesn’t require relocation of the belly button. This surgery is only for patients who need the skin of the lower abdomen tightened. Liposuction may be done as well.

Another technique is an endoscopic-assisted tummy tuck. This minimally invasive procedure consists of a tiny camera inserted through small incisions. It is best for patients who have fairly tight abdominal skin but excess fat in the abdomen and weak lower abdominal muscles.

If you’re interested in learning more about tummy tuck and which procedure may be best for you, call (203) 453-6635 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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What you should know about enlarged male breasts

Men who have enlarged breasts may feel self-conscious, but they should know that they aren’t alone. Breast enlargement, or gynecomastia, affects nearly half of adolescent boys and up to two-thirds of middle-age and older men. Here’s what you should know about gynecomastia and how you can get rid of it.

  1. Gynecomastia is characterized by excess localized fat, excess glandular tissue development, and can be present in one or both breasts. Some patients have excess breast skin that needs removal.
  2. Hormonal changes, heredity, obesity and the use of certain drugs are linked to enlarged or overdeveloped breasts. Drugs such as steroids, antibiotics, heartburn treatment drugs, and tricyclic antidepressants are all possible influences. Heavy drinking, weight gain and aging all potentially contribute as well.
  3. Gynecomastia can hurt your self-confidence and cause emotional discomfort. Some men avoid taking off their shirt at the beach or when working out and may avoid other physical activities because of enlarged breasts.
  4. Your breast development needs to stabilize before surgery can be considered. While adolescents could benefit from surgery, they may need future procedures if their breasts continue to develop.
  5. If your condition can’t be corrected with medical treatments such as over-the-counter supplements to regulate hormones, you may be a candidate for surgery for gynecomastia. You should be in good physical health and not smoke.
  6. The best treatment option is to surgically remove excess fatty and glandular tissue. For excess fatty tissue alone, liposuction may be the only thing necessary. For patients who have more severe gynecomastia, liposuction and tissue excision may be necessary.
  7. Incisions are designed to be hidden. Incisions are made around the areola, which is the darkened area around the nipple. This allows the scar to form at the natural border of the areola.
  8. Gynecomastia shouldn’t reoccur after surgery, but steroid or drug use or major weight gain could cause the breasts to grow again.

If you have enlarged male breasts and are bothered by their appearance, call (203) 453-6635 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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7 reasons why you should consider a breast augmentation

Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States, and for good reason. No matter their reason for going under the knife, women find many benefits to this surgery, including improved contours and self-esteem.

Here are seven reasons why you should consider a breast augmentation.

  • Your breasts didn’t develop. Some women have a condition called micromastia, which is when their breasts failed to develop as they should during puberty. This can affect one or both breasts, making women feel self-conscious.
  • You’ve experienced pregnancy or lost a significant amount of weight. Pregnancy and fluctuations in weight can do a number on the volume and perky appearance of your breasts. A breast augmentation may be performed with a breast lift to “lift” the breasts into a more youthful position.
  • One breast is a different size than the other. Breast augmentation surgery can address asymmetry in breasts. Not only does this look bother some women, but it can make it more difficult to shop for bras or tops that fit properly.
  • You’ve had a mastectomy. If you’ve undergone a mastectomy to treat breast cancer, a breast augmentation is part of the reconstruction process to help restore the normal look and feel of your breasts.
  • You can change the shape and size of the areola. The areola is the pigmented area of the skin that surrounds your nipple. During breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Price can change the size and shape of your areolae to a size that’s more in proportion with the size of your breasts.
  • You want to improve self-esteem. Breast enhancement surgery has been linked to significant improvement in self-esteem.
  • It can be performed with other procedures. A breast augmentation may be done with other body contouring procedures such as liposuction and tummy tuck for what’s called a mommy makeover. A body lift may be done to help patients who have reached a weight loss goal.

While breast augmentation surgery comes with ncallumerous benefits to the patient, it’s important that you make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons and not being influenced by others. If you’re interested in learning more,  (203) 453-6635 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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5 things you should know about eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates because of the rejuvenating results it provides to patients who have concerns about their tired- or sad-looking eyes.

Here are five things you should know about eyelid surgery and what you should consider before going under the knife.

  1. Eyelid surgery is usually performed on both upper eyelids and lower eyelids. On upper eyelids, surgery removes or repositions fat deposits, tightens muscles and removes excess skin. On lower eyelids, excess skin in the lower eyelid is removed while excess fat is removed or repositioned for desired results.
  2. Eyelid surgery can improve vision. While surgery is most often done for cosmetic reasons, eyelid surgery can help improve vision by correctly sagging upper eyelids that hag over the eye, impairing vision.
  3. Incisions can be easily hidden. The beauty of eyelid surgery is the fact that the incisions on the upper eyelid can be hidden by the natural crease in the lid, which means the resulting scar will fade and difficult to see once you’ve healed. On the lower eyelid, incisions are designed to be hidden as well as they are made at or just below the lower lash line.
  4. You should see results right away, but it will take time to see full results after swelling and bruising subside. Full results may take a few months as you continue to heal.
  5. There is little pain involved with this surgery. You can expect to experience some swelling and bruising and discomfort around your eyelids after surgery such as sensitivity to light or blurred vision from ointment. Use lubricating ointment, cold compresses and pain medication as instructed. It’s important that you follow the post-operative instructions closely to help with recovery and healing and to achieve optimal results.

Results from eyelid surgery are long-lasting. If you are interested in seeing if you are a candidate for eyelid surgery, call (203) 453-6635 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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Take years off your face with brow lift surgery

BrowliftAs we age, the skin loses its elasticity, causing wrinkles and creases to form in the forehead and cause the brows to sag. This often leads to a tired- or angry-looking appearance. If you’re thinking about a brow lift or forehead lift to attain a more youthful appearance, read on for facts about this surgery and the different approaches to help you achieve your ideal results.

What is a brow lift?

Brow lift surgery removes or alters the muscles above your eyes to smooth lines and wrinkles and raise the eyebrows for a more youthful appearance. There are two different methods. The endoscopic brow lift is the preferred method as it makes for easier recovery and invisible scarring. Three to five incisions are made within the hairline. A tiny instrument with a camera on the end is inserted into one of the incisions to help provide visuals and guides the other tools that are inserted through the other tiny incisions to manipulate the skin and muscles.

A coronal brow lift is a traditional brow lift that consists of making one long incision that runs from one ear, wraps around the forehead, and ends at the other ear. The forehead skin is lifted away, while underlying muscles are trimmed and repositioned. Eyebrows can be lifted at this time as well. Excess skin is trimmed and the remaining skin is re-draped before closing the incision. The incision and resulting scars are hidden in the hairline.

Ideal candidates

Brow lift patients are usually between the ages of 40 and 60 and are unhappy with the sagging skin and lines on their foreheads. If you have horizontal lines across your forehead, you would be a good candidate for surgery. If you have vertical lines between your eyebrows, also known as the “11” lines, or crow’s feet at the sides of your eyes, you are a candidate for brow lift surgery. Good candidates also have an overall sagging to their brows that make them appear tired or angry, even when they aren’t.

A simple test

Have you ever stood in front of a mirror and pulled the skin above the eyes up and away? Patients who are curious to know if they would benefit from a brow lift can perform this simple test. First, take the lower palms of your hands and place them above each eyebrow. Next, pull the palms up and away from your eyes. What you see is essentially what a brow lift would accomplish.

To learn whether a brow lift is right for you, call (203) 453-6635 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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Frequently asked questions about liposuction

LiposuctionLiposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures as it provides a slimmer, shapelier silhouette that patients desire. Liposuction can book confidence by helping you get rid of stubborn areas of fat that resist all your diet and exercise efforts.

Even though it’s one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, many patients have questions about this treatment.

Am I a candidate for liposuction?

Good candidates for surgery are in good overall health and at or near their ideal weight. If you have stubborn fat pockets that won’t go away no matter how hard you try with diet and exercise, you would be a good candidate. You should have a visible bulge where at least an inch can be pinched in the area that will be treated.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction surgery consists of inserting small, thin cannulas through tiny incisions in the skin. These cannulas are moved under the skin to target certain fat deposits, and then the fat is suctioned out of the body through these cannulas.

What areas of the body can be treated?

The most common place on the body is the abdomen as that fat is the most resistant to diet and exercise. This is often done in combination with a tummy tuck for body contouring. Liposuction can remove fat deposits in the face and neck area, namely the cheeks, jowls, and chin. This is often done in combination with other rejuvenation procedures. Other areas of the body that can be treated with liposuction include the thighs and buttocks, hips and back, arms, knees and calves, and breast area.

How long do results last?

Liposuction removes targeted fat permanently. But it is possible to gain the weight back with new fat cells. It’s important to follow a healthy exercise program and diet to maintain your results. Eat lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Stick to low-fat dairy products.

Liposuction is often done in combination with other procedures to help a patient achieve the desired look. To learn more about liposuction and if it’s right for you, call (203) 453-6635 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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An alternative to traditional face lift

For years, if men and women have wanted to rejuvenate their appearance by tightening lose skin and getting rid of extra folds of skin beneath the chin, they would have to turn to a standard, “full” face lift. Today, you can get a mini facelift, or “celebrity lift,” which offers many benefits over a standard face lift. Read on to learn more about the mini facelift.

The Mini Facelift

A mini facelift consists of making a short incision at the hairline in front of the ear. This incision extends down into the crease between the ear and the cheek. The skin in front of the ear is pulled upward and outward so that the thin, deeper muscle layer can be lifted into a more youthful position. Once the skin and underlying muscles are in their new position, they are sutured into place with permanent sutures. The extra skin is trimmed, hiding the incision where the cheek and ear meet.

Benefits

A mini facelift comes with many benefits over a traditional facelift. First, the surgery requires local anesthesia or IV sedation, not general anesthesia. No bandages are necessary. And the surgery takes 60-90 minutes.

As far as results, a mini lift enhances a patient’s natural facial contours, offering significant results so the patient still looks completely natural.

Recovery

A mini or celebrity facelift offers many benefits over a standard facelift, including a faster recovery, shorter incisions and less overall cost. Patients will notice minimal or no pain, and no dressings are needed. Sutures are removed five days after surgery. You will have restrictions on activities for about two weeks as lifting, pulling and pushing should be avoided.

Results

Results are immediate and will continue to improve over time. While your face will continue to age, your results are permanent. Some patients may choose to undergo a second surgery to restore their results five years later.

If you want to restore definition to your jaw, remove sagging and wrinkles around your lower cheeks and jaw and give your face a more rejuvenated appearance with a mini facelift, call (203) 453-6635 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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New Year, New You: Time for a Mommy Makeover?

The New Year is almost upon us. It’s a time for reflection and a time when many of us make plans for positive changes in our lives. If you’re done with childbearing and are unhappy with the changes in your body from pregnancy and childbirth, then you may have been thinking about surgery to improve your contours. A Mommy Makeover is a popular all-in-one plastic surgery that helps moms who long for their pre-pregnancy body to feel more comfortable and confident. Read on to learn if a Mommy Makeover is right for you.

What it is

A Mommy Makeover is a popular surgery for moms and even women who haven’t had children but have unwanted changes to their body from weight fluctuations and want to tackle multiple areas at once. It consists of multiple procedures in one operation, hospital visit and recovery period. It’s convenient and safer for those reasons.

Procedures

The most common procedures include a breast enhancement, tummy tuck and liposuction. Many women want a breast lift with breast augmentation, but some elect to undergo breast reduction surgery.

A tummy tuck will tighten underlying abdominal muscles that have been stretched after childbirth. Excess skin will be removed to achieve a flatter, firmer abdomen.

Liposuction will remove small fat deposits from different areas of the body to improve the overall contour and create a better figure. Often these are stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond well to diet and exercise alone.

Pre-op instructions

During your consultation, you will discuss pre-operative directions with Dr. Price. You’ll want to bring your medication list to your appointment and discuss what you’re taking as some medications can increase your risk for bleeding. Smoking can delay healing, so if you smoke, you’ll need to stop at least six weeks prior to surgery. You’ll want to arrange for someone to take you home after surgery and stay with you for the first day after surgery at least. If you have children, arrange for someone to care for them for the first several days as you’ll be prohibited from lifting, driving and cleaning.

If you are certain you are done having children, now may be the right time to consider surgery. To learn more about a Mommy Makeover and if it’s right for you, call (203) 453-6635 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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Why cosmetic treatments for the eyes are all the rage right now

Chances are, you own a mask, or many. Mask-wearing has become a part of our daily lives as we do our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Between school, work, dining and shopping, masks have become mandatory in many cities across the country. With the increased wearing of masks, plastic surgeons are noticing an uptick in cosmetic surgical and non-surgical treatments to improve the appearance of the eyes. Read on to learn more about these popular treatments.

Eyelid surgery wakes up tired-looking eyes

Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, has been a popular cosmetic treatment for years and for many reasons. Both men and women like the fact that the incisions are so small and placed in areas where the natural folds of the skin will hide the scar as it heals and fades. Recovery is not difficult, as there is minimal pain and fast healing. Visible bruising lasts 10-14 days.

Eyelid surgery can be done on upper eyelids and lower eyelids, depending on your concerns. This procedure treats the sagging, droopy skin of the upper eyelid that can impair vision. It removes excess fat that has accumulated in the eyelids, creating a puffy appearance. It also removes the bags under the eyes and improves the drooping and wrinkling in the area of the lower eyelids.

Botox softens and erases wrinkles

Botox is an effective wrinkle eraser that’s FDA-approved to improve the look of moderate-to-severe forehead lines, frown lines and laugh lines around the eyes. Botox tackles dynamic wrinkles on the upper third of the face caused by repeated facial expressions such as laughing, frowning or squinting. Botox temporarily blocks the nerve signal from reaching the facial muscle, which relaxes the wrinkle In the skin above.

Grow your eyelashes

Many women turn to false eyelashes, but the upkeep can be costly and damage their own real eyelashes over time. You can ditch false eyelashes for Latisse, which is the only FDA-approved treatment that is clinically proven to grow your lashes. Latisse is a once-nightly treatment available by prescription only. You swipe it across the base of your upper eyelashes at night, with results in about a month and full results in 16 weeks.

There is a variety of options to rejuvenate the appearance of your eyes and eye area. Call (203) 453-6635 to set up a consultation with Dr. Price.

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