Is it time for a tummy tuck?

Beautiful young woman in white underwear posing with arms up.Summer is the time for bathing suits and cute summer outfits – but this summer, you might have started noticing that maybe those summer outfits don’t fit like they did last year and your stomach doesn’t look as flat as it used to in your bathing suit. That extra bit of pooch can come as a very unwelcome shock, and it is notoriously difficult to get rid of. You may be wondering – is it time for a tummy tuck?

What happens during a tummy tuck?

  • A tummy tuck (also known as “abdominoplasty”) is surgery to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen. There are different types of tummy tucks – your doctor can help you decide which one is right for you:
  • The full tummy tuck. This is a good option for patients who have lost a lot of weight. A long incision is made across the lower abdomen and a second incision is made around the belly button. The belly button is repositioned and the skin and muscles are tightened.
  • The mini tummy tuck. This is known as a “mini” tummy tuck because the belly button is not repositioned, the scar is shorter, and the recovery time is quicker than it is with a full tummy tuck.
  • Endoscopic-assisted tummy tuck. This procedure uses smaller incisions (and therefore there is minimal scarring) and is a good option for those who still have fairly tight abdominal skin.

Who should get a tummy tuck?

Patients considering a tummy tuck should understand that it is not a substitute for weight loss, and they should also have realistic expectations about what the outcome will be. You should be in good overall health, and you should know that after the surgery you will have to live a healthy lifestyle to maintain your tummy tuck results, with exercise and a healthy diet.

That extra bit of fat around the waist can be very difficult to get rid of – but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it! Contact the office of Dr. Gary J. Price in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT, for a tummy tuck consultation. Call (203) 453-6635 for an appointment today!

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Repair the Damage Caused by Gauges

face of beautiful woman touching her earIt seemed like a good idea at the time – getting gauges. But now, years later, you are having second thoughts. Maybe you aren’t allowed to wear them at work, or maybe you are just tired of looking at them. Unfortunately, unlike regular earrings, it is difficult with gauges to just take them out and go on about your life – but you can do something about it!

It’s not just gauges that can damage earlobes

Gauges are large cylinders placed in holes in the earlobes. The holes needed to accommodate gauges go way beyond those needed for earrings – gauges can be half an inch or even bigger. If the individual decides that he or she doesn’t want the gauge anymore, the hole doesn’t just shrink and disappear. The skin is too stretched out and disfigured.

However, earlobes can become stretched out even if you don’t have gauges. Wearing heavy earrings for many years or some sort of trauma – such as having an earring ripped out of your ear – can also cause damage to the earlobe.

Correcting earlobe damage

Fortunately, the earlobes can be repaired in a fairly simple procedure. In otoplasty (the medical term for cosmetic ear surgery), your doctor will plan the reconstruction of your earlobe so that it will look completely natural. Tiny sutures may be used to help repair the damage. General anesthesia is used, and the procedure can be performed in your doctor’s office – there’s no need for a hospital stay. It typically takes less than an hour and you can return to your normal activities right after the surgery. There will be some discomfort, but most patients find that over-the-counter pain medication is enough to manage this.

Having a gauge may get your ears some attention, but the stretched-out skin you’re left with after you take out the gauge will get you even more. Otoplasty is a quick procedure that can repair your earlobes so you don’t have to keep regretting your decision to get gauges. Contact the office of Dr. Gary J. Price in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT, for an otoplasty consultation. Call (203) 453-6635 for an appointment today!

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What is the difference between a breast augmentation and a breast lift?

Close up of breast of attractive woman presenting her black bra.There are many reasons why you may not be happy with the size or shape of your breasts – but luckily, there are also a few different options to choose from so that you can do something about it. Read on for more information about breast lifts and breast augmentation.

Breast lifts and breast augmentation

Both procedures improve the appearance of your breasts, but they do this in very different ways. In a breast augmentation procedure, implants are used to increase the size of the breasts and give volume to the chest. There are different kinds of implants to choose from, such as saline, silicone, and the IDEAL implant – your doctor will be able to go over the benefits and disadvantages of each to help you decide.

Fat grafting is also an option. In this procedure, fat is taken from one area of the body (such as the thighs or lower stomach) and transferred into the breasts. This is a great option if you are concerned about any side effects that can come with an implant – because it comes from your own body, you don’t have to worry about any safety issues.

In a breast lift, excess skin is removed and the breast tissue is tightened and contoured. It can be used to “lift” breasts that sag after pregnancy, nursing, or after a dramatic weight loss.

Which one should you choose?

Your doctor will be able to tell you which procedure would be best for you – it will depend on the results you would like to see and some other factors as well. Some patients even opt for both procedures, with a breast lift to raise sagging tissue and an augmentation to increase firmness and size.

If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts, it can begin to affect your self-esteem and can even start to affect your quality of life. A breast procedure can lift sagging breasts and give you a curvier figure. Dr. Gary J. Price in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT, can discuss the different breast surgery options and can help you decide which one would be best for you. Call (203) 453-6635 for a consultation today!

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Take care of your skin this summer!

Beautiful young latin woman applying suntan lotion at sea with copy space.After years of living a (hopefully) fun and productive life, it is inevitable that skin will get damaged – sun, wind, and the stress of life can take their toll. There are a variety of ways to treat skin blemishes and wrinkles and make skin look refreshed, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take good care of your skin, especially during these hot and sunny summer months.

Protect your skin

Spending time outside is good for you, both physically and mentally, and summer time means that there are lots of fun activities just waiting for you to do outside. Here are some tips for staying safe this summer:

• Stay indoors between 10 am and 4 pm, if possible. This is when the sun is at its strongest.

• Don’t forget the sunscreen! Even if it is a cloudy day, the sun’s rays can still cause damage to your skin. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and reapply it often if you stay outside for long.

• For maximum protection, in addition to sunscreen, cover up with pants and a long sleeve shirt. A wide-brimmed hat will protect your skin and will also help to keep you cool.

• Protect your eyes as well, with sunglasses that block UV rays and cover the skin around the eyes.

• If you do want to tan, you should sunbathe for no more than 20 minutes a day.

Sun exposure increases the odds that you’ll get skin cancer, but, unfortunately, skin cancer can strike even if you don’t go outside very often. If you notice any spots or moles on your body that just don’t look right, see your doctor right away. Skin cancer is very treatable when it is caught early, but can be deadly if it is not.

Taking care of your skin and protecting it from the sun will help to keep it looking young and beautiful – and will help you to stay healthy, too. For help taking care of your skin and keeping it beautiful, contact the office of Dr. Gary J. Price in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT. Call (203) 453-6635 for an appointment today!

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What is blepharoplasty?

Beautiful model woman with shiny and straight long hair.“Blepharoplasty” is the medical term for eyelid surgery, and it’s a procedure that can be done for medical or cosmetic reasons. Read on for more information on eyelid surgery, how it is done, and how it can help you to see better and look younger!

What happens during a blepharoplasty procedure?

Eyelid surgery typically takes less than 2 hours and is an outpatient procedure. It can be done on the lower lids, the upper lids, or on both eyelids. Your eyelid area will be numbed and an incision will be made to tighten the muscles, and then excess fat and skin will be removed. Fine sutures will be used to close the incision.

Some patients have eyelid surgery along with other cosmetic procedures, such as a brow lift or a facelift.

What can blepharoplasty do for me?

As we get older, fat accumulates in the eye area, making the eyes look puffy, creating bags under the eyes, and making us look old and tired. Blepharoplasty can get rid of this fat and excess skin, tightening up the eye area and making you look younger and more alert. Blepharoplasty is also performed for medical reasons. It can remove excess skin around the eyes that can make it difficult to see properly and can cause functional problems with your eyelids.

What can I expect after the procedure?

Patients can usually return to work and regular activities within a few days, although you should avoid strenuous activity for at least a week (follow your doctor’s instructions). The eye area will be swollen and bruised, but ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication can help. You should sleep with your head elevated higher than your chest for a few days and avoid smoking and rubbing your eyes. You shouldn’t wear contact lenses for a couple of weeks, and when you go outside make sure to wear dark sunglasses to protect your eyes from the wind and sun.

Blepharoplasty can help you to see better and look younger. If you are interested in eyelid surgery, contact the office of Dr. Gary J. Price in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT, for a consultation. Call (203) 453-6635 today!

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Breast Implant Myths

woman breast for surgery of breast implantMyths have a way of living on and on, even if they simply aren’t true. If you are considering breast implants, things you’ve heard about this procedure over the years have no doubt been on your mind. Read on for more information about breast implants, and why some of the things you’ve heard simply aren’t true.

Myth #1: You can’t breastfeed after you get implants

For the majority of patients, the ability to produce milk is not affected by implants, which can be placed in such a way as to not interfere with mammary glands or milk ducts.

Myth #2: Breast implants aren’t safe

This may be what concerns women the most, and for good reason. However, thousands of women get breast implants every year and live with them for years with no problems. Please feel free to ask your doctor about the risks involved and discuss your concerns with him or her.

Myth #3: They will need to be replaced in a few years

Breast implants are made to last. They may need to be replaced over time, but some women’s implants last for decades with no problems.

Myth #4: They will look obviously fake

You may not want implants because you are concerned they won’t look natural. However, with the right surgeon, the right implants, and the right technique, you can have implants that look natural and beautiful.

Myth #5: Breast implant surgery is painful and recovery is hard

The thought of the pain and downtime involved in a surgical procedure may be the reason you have decided against a breast implant procedure. However, recovery from this type of procedure is not as difficult as you might think. Most patients report only discomfort, not pain, and recovery typically only takes about 2 to 4 weeks.

Learning all you can before deciding to go through with a surgical procedure or not is a smart move. Dr. Gary J. Price and his staff want to make sure that all of your questions are answered so that you can make the best decision possible. Contact the office in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT, for a breast implant consultation. Call (203) 453-6635 for an appointment today!

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Botox: 7+ Things You Should Know

Rejuvenating facial injections procedure for tightening and smoothing wrinklesYou probably have a friend, a coworker, or a family member who has had Botox; it is a very popular procedure that has been safely used for decades. Perhaps you are considering having some Botox yourself, but you have some questions – here are 7+ things you should know about Botox that you might not.

Botox facts

1. Botox is made from the botulinum toxin. Although the word “toxin” isn’t very encouraging, when used correctly this toxin can be very useful. It is not only used cosmetically, but it can also be helpful for people who suffer with migraines, lazy eye, and even bladder problems.

2. Botox works by blocking signals that pass between muscles and nerves. This keeps muscles from contracting, which relaxes wrinkles.

3. Although Botox is very well-known to help reduce wrinkles, there are other injectables that can be used to do the same thing, such as Dysport. Your doctor will be able to discuss with you the differences between them and which one would be best for you.

4. Botox is a great alternative to a surgical procedure such as a face lift. It only takes a few minutes, is painless (most patients report it only feels like a little pinch), and there is no downtime afterward, all of which is much better than surgery!

5. Botox can be combined with other procedures or fillers, so that you can get the exact results that you want.

6. It may take a few weeks to really see the effects of your Botox injections, although you will start to notice a difference within a few days. These effects can last for months. Once they wear off you can have another Botox treatment – many patients get it every 3 months or so.

7. Some patients feel a bit bruised after a Botox treatment, but this will fade in a couple of days.

Botox is a great option if you aren’t ready for a face lift or other surgical procedure, but you have found that serums and creams just aren’t doing a good job of reducing your wrinkles and fine lines. Schedule a Botox appointment with Dr. Gary J. Price at the office in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT, at (203) 453-6635. Call today!

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Cosmetic Procedures for Men

topless athletic manContrary to what some people might think, cosmetic procedures aren’t just for women. After all, everyone wants to look and feel their best, and everyone has flaws they wish they could correct – even men! Read on for some more information about cosmetic procedures for men and how they can benefit you!


“Gynecomastia” is the medical term for enlarged male breasts, which can be treated with male breast reduction. Enlarged male breasts are actually very common, and they may be the result of excess weight gain or a reaction to certain medications. Male breast reduction is an outpatient procedure where excess fat and tissue are removed to reduce the size of breasts.


Liposuction may also be used to reduce male breast size, and it is also used to get rid of fat that you just can’t seem to get rid of through diet and exercise. Liposuction can be used on the abdomen, thighs, face, neck, and arms.


Different injectables can do different things: Botox, Dysport, and Juvéderm can help to reduce wrinkles, and Restylane can help to smooth wrinkles and can replace lost volume. These injectables provide great results, and they can be done very quickly – many patients have an injectable procedure done on their lunch hour and then get right back into their day. Ask your doctor if there is an injectable that can help you!


It isn’t just women who may not like how their nose looks – if you are a man, of course, you may not be happy with your nose, either! Rhinoplasty can help to change the appearance of your nose (thus changing the appearance of your whole face), it can also help to repair a nose that has been damaged through accident or other trauma, and it can also help to correct structural problems that keep you from breathing (and even sleeping) properly.

Everyone has something they would like to change about themselves. Whether you are a man or a woman, Dr. Gary J. Price can help – these listed are just a few procedures to choose from. Call the office in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT, for a consultation. Call (203) 453-6635 for an appointment today!

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Do you deserve a Mommy Makeover? Of course you do!

Beautiful sexy woman in swimwear on private luxury sailing yacht laying relaxing on deckHaving a baby is a magical, life changing experience – and of course it also means a lot of very dramatic changes for your body! If you are looking for a way to get your body back to its pre-baby condition, a Mommy Makeover can help!

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Exercise and good nutrition can go a long way toward keeping a new mom healthy – both physically and mentally. However, as you may have discovered, there is only so much exercise and a good diet can do. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can lead to lost volume in the breasts, a loss of tone and contour in different areas, and bits of fat that you just can’t seem to get rid of.

A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures to deal with problem areas. The procedures are customized according to your wishes and your cosmetic surgery goals. You might choose liposuction to remove fat, a tummy tuck to get rid of excess fat and skin, and/or a breast lift or breast augmentation to perk up sagging breasts. In a Mommy Makeover the procedures can be performed simultaneously, which means you only have to recover from one procedure instead of different procedures spread out over time. You’ll also have less exposure to anesthesia.

Before considering a Mommy Makeover, you should be in good health and at a stable weight. It will take from 2 weeks to a month before you’ll be able to return to all of your regular activities, depending on which procedures you have done. You should plan on having help around the house for about a week after the procedure, and you should arrange to have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours after the procedure. You should be done having children and finished breastfeeding, and you should have lost most of your baby weight.

Dr. Gary J. Price can help you to decide what procedures to include in your Mommy Makeover. You know you deserve to look and feel your best! Schedule a consultation at the office in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT, at (203) 453-6635. Call today!

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What is a mini facelift?

woman are happy with perfect clean healthy skin and beautiful long brown hair.If you have been considering a procedure to correct sagging facial skin, you should know that there are other options out there besides a full facelift. A mini facelift has many benefits over a full facelift – here is some more information on what a mini facelift is and why it might be right for you!

What is a mini facelift?

A mini facelift is used to treat stretchy and saggy skin on the lower two-thirds of the face. It can help reduce extra skin underneath the chin and the jowls and those deep folds and wrinkles that can develop on the lower part of the face. In the procedure, an incision is made in front of the ear, at the hair line. A thin layer of muscle underneath the skin is lifted, the extra skin is trimmed, and the incision is hidden. Lifting the muscle helps to enhance your face’s natural contours and gives your jaw definition while still looking natural.

What are the benefits of a mini facelift?

Patients appreciate the benefits of a mini facelift over a traditional facelift. In a mini facelift, you don’t need general anesthesia – local anesthesia or intravenous sedation is used. The procedure typically takes just a little over an hour, and most patients report minimal to no pain afterwards.

With a mini facelift, you get the impressive results of a traditional facelift but with a quicker recovery (although you will have to avoid strenuous activity for about 2 weeks), shorter incisions, and less cost. It is a good alternative for patients who are just starting to see changes caused by aging and for those who have already had a facelift but are starting to notice that the effects are wearing off. A mini facelift can be done with other plastic surgery procedures – such as a brow lift, eyelid surgery, Botox, or dermal fillers for the top third of the face – depending on the results you would like to see.

If you would like more information on a mini facelift, make a consultation appointment with Dr. Gary J. Price! Call the office in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT, at (203) 453-6635 today!

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