What is Sculptra?

Are you looking for a nonsurgical, quick way to refresh the skin, make it look younger, and bring back some of the volume that you had when you were younger? Have you tried expensive face creams and serums with little to no result? As we age the face can lose volume and the skin can start to look old, but we don’t have to live with this if we don’t want to. Sculptra is an injectable that may be the answer for you! 

What is Sculptra?

Sculptra is an injectable filler made from poly-L-lactic acid, a material that can restore volume where you want a bit of plumpness in the face. It also helps to improve the structure of the skin by getting deep inside of it and restoring the collagen matrix back to its younger state. This means long-term benefits, because as new skin grows it looks younger, smoother, and softer. 

It is safe, FDA approved, and does not require allergy testing. Unlike other fillers, which may have effects that only last for a few months, the effects of Sculptra can last 2 years or more. 

What is Sculptra used for?

As we age, we all lose some volume in the facial skin, and sun and age can damage the skin down into the deep layers. Sculptra restores some of that volume and helps to fix damaged skin. It can be used in the cheeks, jowls, and temples. It can also help to soften deep folds on the face. 

You’ll start to see the effects of Sculptra within about 6 weeks. Immediately after the injection you may have some swelling and bruising for a few days. 

Sculptra can be used with other nonsurgical treatments, such as laser treatments, to give you the exact facial contours and the youthful and rejuvenated skin that you want. If you are interested in a nonsurgical way to restore volume and youth to the skin on your face, contact the offices of Dr. Gary J. Price today for a Sculptra consultation. Call the office in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT, at (203) 453-6635!

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Now is the time for liposuction!

Summer is the time to get outdoors, enjoy the nice weather, be active, and have fun. Winter is the perfect time to stay indoors and read a good book or catch up on your favorite shows. It turns out that winter is also the perfect time to schedule that plastic surgery procedure you’ve been considering. Read on for other reasons why now is the time to contact Dr. Gary J. Price for your liposuction procedure! 

What is liposuction?

Liposuction improves the contour of the body while providing the perfect proportions you crave. Suction is used to remove fat from the body, and it can be used for the face and neck, arms, thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. 

Why are fall and winter perfect seasons for liposuction?

There are several reasons why the colder months are a great time for a plastic surgery procedure:

  1. Liposuction is a quick, outpatient procedure that doesn’t require a stay in the hospital. You will, however, want to relax and recover at home for a couple of weeks. You’ll have some swelling and bruising, and you should avoid strenuous activity for about 2 weeks. Ugly winter weather is the perfect excuse to stay inside and heal.
  2. Speaking of healing, the final results of liposuction can take up to 6 months to see, although you’ll start to notice changes within a few weeks  – if you get the process started now, you’ll look great just in time for bikini season.
  3. After the procedure you’ll need to wear compression garments. Fluffy, bulky winter clothes are a perfect way to hide these.
  4. Does your office shut its doors over the holidays? Or maybe it just feels like it is shut down, because almost everyone takes time off? Either way, the slow season at work is yet another reason why winter is a great time to schedule that procedure.

Schedule your liposuction procedure now so that you can show off your new body when it gets warm! Contact the offices of Dr. Gary J. Price, in New Haven and Fairfield County, CT, for a liposuction consultation. Call (203) 453-6635 today!

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5 Ways Plastic Surgery Can Help After Weight Loss

Cropped close up photo of shirtless sexy tempting muscular attractive man's torso, man is keeping hands on hips isolated on gray background copy-spacLosing weight isn’t easy – especially if there is a lot of it to lose. When you do lose weight, very often you have excess skin and fat that you can’t get rid of, which can make it difficult to see the results you want and deserve to see after all the work you’ve done. If you’ve dieted and exercised for years and still don’t have the body you want, Dr. Gary Price can help, with a variety of plastic surgery options. 

One or more of these procedures can help: 

  1. Mastopexy. Very often, when weight is lost, it can dramatically reduce volume in the breasts, making them look droopy. Mastopexy, also known as a “breast lift,” can restore sagging breasts and help them to look younger and firmer.
  2. Facelift. Losing a lot of weight can mean sagging skin in and around the face, jaw, and chin. A facelift can remove this and help to contour and tone the skin.
  3. Abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck”). A tummy tuck can tighten and smooth the muscles and remove excess skin that remains in the stomach area after weight loss.
  4. Liposuction. This procedure can get rid of those extra bits of fat that remain in the hips, buttocks, and other areas of the body, to make you look more toned and make your body look more proportional.
  5. A body lift. A body lift can be used to attend to many areas of the body, all in one procedure, that have been affected by a lot of weight loss. It gets rid of excess skin and provides tone and contour for the abdomen, thighs, arms, buttocks, and hips.

Losing weight is a big accomplishment, and it is definitely something to celebrate. However, it can be hard to really feel good about it when you look in the mirror and don’t see the body you want to see. With one of these procedures from Dr. Gary J. Price, you can finally have the body you’ve worked so hard for and deserve. Call the office in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT, at (203) 453-6635 to discuss your options today!

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Is it possible to breastfeed after a breast procedure?

caring mother breastfeeding baby boy in bedroomIf you have been considering a breast procedure, you probably have a lot of questions – one of which may be how a breast procedure, such as breast augmentation, a breast lift, or breast implants, will affect your future pregnancies and the ability to breastfeed. It is important to bring up these questions with your doctor, but for now, here is some basic information about how a breast procedure can impact future motherhood. 

Can I breastfeed after a procedure?

Breast procedures include breast augmentation, using either the patient’s own tissue or implants; a breast lift (also known as mastopexy), which not only lifts breasts but gives them a firmness and an aesthetically pleasing shape; and a breast reduction, which reduces the weight and size of breasts. 

For most patients, future milk production is not affected by a breast procedure. In a breast lift or reduction, the breast tissue that enables milk production is left intact; in a breast implant procedure, the implants are placed in such a way that they don’t interfere with milk ducts or mammary glands. A woman will have a more productive milk supply if 5 years or more have passed since the breast procedure, according to the La Leche League, a group that strives to encourage women and educate them about the benefits of breastfeeding. 

But keep in mind….

If you do become pregnant and decide to breastfeed after a breast procedure, this can alter the work that you have had done, as both of these can really change a woman’s body! For this reason, you may want to consider putting any breast procedure off until you are done having children and breastfeeding. 

Breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience, one that not only nourishes your baby but gives the two of you the chance to bond, and it is an experience that you will look back on fondly for the rest of your life. If you are thinking about having a breast procedure but you have questions, Dr. Gary J. Price, in New Haven and Fairfield County, CT, can help. Call (203) 453-6635 for a breast procedure consultation today!

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Beautiful Lashes, Beautiful Eyes, With Latisse!

Woman eye with long eyelashes. Space for text.Eyelashes are tiny things, but they sure can make a difference. If someone has lush, beautiful, long lashes, people notice. But what if your lashes could do with some improvement – or what if they are falling out altogether? You have a few options, from adjusting your diet and beauty routine to beginning Latisse treatments! 

Why am I losing eyelashes?

Most people lose at least a few eyelashes every day, which is completely normal. Some people may have a medical condition that results in excessive eyelash loss, such as an eyelid inflammation, scleroderma, or hyper- or hypothyroidism. Chemotherapy can also cause eyelash loss. 

There are other reasons you may be losing eyelashes, though. If you wear mascara and notice a lot of eyelashes falling out, you may be allergic to that brand or to mascara altogether. Also, make sure you gently take off mascara before bed, because it can make eyelashes brittle and break easily. If you use an eyelash curler, use it carefully so that it doesn’t pull out eyelashes, and when you remove makeup you should also do so carefully. 

Is there a way to make eyelashes grow?

You can try a multivitamin or a vitamin that is specifically meant to promote the health of hair, skin, and nails. Iron, vitamins A and C, and niacin are good for hair and eyelashes. 

You can also start indulging in certain foods – those high in biotin and protein promote the body’s production of keratin, which is good for eyelash health. Biotin can be found in kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and in whole grains. 

Latisse is also another great option. It is an FDA-approved serum that darkens and lengthens lashes. With Latisse, you’ll start to see longer, fuller eyelashes within about 4 months. And, it is easy to use – all you have to do is apply it to the upper lashes before bed. 

Long, beautiful lashes can be yours! If vitamins and diet aren’t getting you the results you want, contact the offices of Dr. Gary J. Price in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT, for a Latisse consultation. Call (203) 453-6635 today!

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Are facial implants right for you?

Beautiful Woman Face Skin Care. Natural Make up. Skin Health Treatment. Model massaging Face by Hands. Beige Studio background. Fashion Girl with Closed eyesIf you have been looking in the mirror and considering making some changes to your appearance, you may be wondering what your options are. You should know that you have other choices besides plastic surgery and dermal fillers – facial implants are an effective and quick way to see the changes you want. 

What are facial implants?

Facial implants are a way to mold your cheeks, jaw, or chin exactly how you want them, by giving them new contours and definition. Implants can be made of a soft silicone material, or the patient’s own fat can be taken from one area of the body (such as the thighs or stomach) and transplanted to the face. Which material is used depends on what your cosmetic surgery goals are and what your doctor thinks would be right for you. 

Silicone implants improve the contour of the face and can help the cheekbones, chin, or jaw to look more prominent. There are many shapes and sizes to choose from, or the patient can have a custom-made implant. 

Fat can be used to restore lost volume in the face, to restore areas such as hollow areas under the eyes, cheeks, saggy jaws, and the area between the lips and the chin or between the nose and the lips. It has a very natural look to it, and it is very safe to use with no chance of rejection because it comes from your own body. 

What are the benefits of facial implants?

The procedure to get a facial implant is performed relatively quickly, on an outpatient basis. Patients typically report that beyond some swelling and bruising after the procedure (which an ice pack can reduce), there is little pain. The results are dramatic and long lasting – they can last forever, as opposed to fillers and other alternatives, which may last for a few months or a few years.   

Facial implants can give your face the contour, definition, and balance that you want to see when you look in the mirror. Call the office of Dr. Gary J. Price, in New Haven and Fairfield County, CT, at (203) 453-6635 for an facial implant consultation today!

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Preparing for Your Plastic Surgery Procedure

Whether you are going to have a face lift, a tummy tuck, or a nose job, there are some things you should know about preparing for a plastic surgery procedure. Your doctor will, of course, give you specific instructions for what to do before and after the surgery – but here are a few things to keep in mind to make your procedure and your recovery a success. 

Get help in advance

After any procedure, you should have someone to drive you home. You might even want someone to stay with you overnight, to help take care of you. If you have young children, having some help is definitely something you should arrange in advance. 

Prepare your home

If you can’t have someone there to take care of you every minute as you recover, there are some things you can do before the procedure to make things easier on yourself after the procedure. You can prepare a few meals ahead of time, make sure you have your favorite snacks on hand, and prepare a good place to relax, such as having a good book and the remote near your favorite spot on the sofa. 

Prepare yourself

Even if you are getting a tummy tuck to get rid of some extra fat, this is no time to start pigging out on junk food and giving up on your exercise routine. Eating right and staying in shape right up until the day of the procedure can help your body heal faster. 

Your doctor will give you a list of medications to stop taking, as well as details on when you should stop taking them. Generally, patients should stop taking anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, a couple of weeks before surgery. Don’t forget to ask your doctor about herbal medications or supplements, to see if you should stop taking them as well. 

Take the time to prepare yourself and your home before your procedure so that you can have a quick and comfortable recovery. If you are interested in a plastic surgery procedure or have questions about an upcoming surgery, contact Dr. Gary J. Price in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT. Call (203) 453-6635 today!

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6 Reasons to Get a Breast Augmentation

Close up of young woman measuring her bust size with tape measureYou may be on the fence about getting breast augmentation – should you spend the money? What will it look like when it’s complete? Will it be worth it? Here are 6 reasons why now is a great time to get a breast augmentation! 

  1. This one is #1 for a reason – breast augmentation can do wonders for your confidence and your outlook on life. Have you lost a lot of weight, along with some fullness in your chest? Have you always been self-conscious about your chest? Has it always been the one part of your body you wish you could change? There’s no need to feel self-conscious anymore, thanks to a breast augmentation procedure.
  2. You don’t have to wonder or worry about what the final look will be. State-of-the art technology such as the Vectra 3D imaging system can let you see what you will look like after augmentation. You can even compare implants of different sizes to help you choose which one is right for you.
  3. The recovery time from breast augmentation surgery is relatively quick. Your downtime will probably be less than 2 weeks, and you can get back to strenuous activity after about 4 to 6 weeks – not too bad, considering the dramatic and impressive results you’ll see.
  4. You’ll see results for years. Implants are long-lasting, and most will last for about 15 years, but some can even last a lifetime.
  5. Breast augmentation is a safe procedure. It is true that any surgical procedure carries some risk, but breast implants have a safe history, with few reports of complications or adverse effects.
  6. You have your choice of implant. Choose from saline, silicone, and Ideal. Each one has different advantages and disadvantages, which your doctor can discuss with you.

Honestly, any time is a great time for a breast augmentation, as long as the time is right for you. When you decide to go ahead and do it, call Dr. Gary J. Price for a breast augmentation consultation. Call the office in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT, (203) 453-6635 for an appointment!

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Is a Mini-Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

You’ve tried everything to get rid of that tummy pooch, but crunches every day and eating nothing but celery doesn’t seem to be doing the trick. Maybe you are trying to decide if you should go the plastic surgery route to tone your tummy, but a tummy tuck sounds a bit extreme. A mini-tummy tuck may be the answer! 

How is a mini-tummy tuck different from a full tummy tuck?

A mini-tummy tuck is often recommended for patients with excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen. Full tummy tucks are typically recommended for patients with excess skin and fat above the belly button. 

It is less invasive than a full tummy tuck – it leaves a smaller scar, and because a mini-tummy tuck tones the lower abdomen, your belly button won’t have to be repositioned as it is during a full tummy tuck. A mini-tummy tuck also takes less time than a full tummy tuck (2 hours as opposed to around 5 hours), and it will also end up costing less. 

How does the doctor decide if I can have a mini-tummy tuck?

Your doctor will take a look at where your skin and fat are located, and how much excess skin and fat you have in order to advise you on which type of tuck you should have. 

You should be healthy and at a stable weight and dedicated to staying in good health with diet and exercise. You should also have realistic expectations as to what a tummy tuck will accomplish. You should also know that, although a mini-tummy tuck is less invasive than a full tummy tuck, it will still take some time to recover. You will be sore and swollen for a few days after the procedure, and you should expect to take about a week off of work to heal. 

A mini-tummy tuck is a great way to get rid of that extra bit of fat that just won’t seem to go away. Contact Dr. Gary J. Price in New Haven and Fairfield County, CT, to see if a mini-tummy tuck might be right for you. Call (203) 453-6635 for an appointment today!

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How Crisalix Can Help You

Having a plastic surgery procedure is a dramatic decision; after all, you are changing your appearance, and that’s a big step to take. Choosing the right doctor to get the best results is very important – but wouldn’t it also be nice if you could somehow see what you were going to look like after the procedure? Now you can, with Crisalix! Read on for more information about this state-of-the-art technology and how it can benefit you! 

What is Crisalix?

Crisalix is a 3D imaging system. Take three pictures of your face or body (whatever area you are considering a procedure for), upload them to the Crisalix site, and then see how you would look after your chosen procedure. It’s as simple as that. 

Why should I try Crisalix?

Crisalix reduces any doubt as to whether you should have that procedure or not, because you can see exactly what you will look like when it is all complete. You don’t have to leave it up to your imagination. 

You can use the Crisalix system to get an advanced peek at how you would look with just about any procedure your favorite plastic surgeon offers, including nose jobs, cheek implants, breast enlargement/reduction, tummy tucks, and body contouring. You’ll be able to not only see how you would look after such a procedure, but Crisalix can help you decide exactly what the procedure should entail. For example, perhaps you know you want a breast enlargement, but you don’t know how large you would like them to be. Crisalix can help you decide. 

If you need help making those final decisions, Crisalix also makes it easy for you to show your friends and family your images, so you can get their opinions as well. 

Crisalix offers patients the opportunity to decide if they would like to proceed with plastic surgery, while also helping them to decide exactly what they want. Dr. Gary J. Price uses the Crisalix system to ensure his patients will be happy with their results. Call the office in New Haven and Fairfield County, CT, (203) 453-6635 for a consultation today!

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