Am I a candidate for eyelid surgery?

If you think your eyes are looking tired and puffy, you may want to think about eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty. The eyes are usually the first place on the face that shows our age, and your eyes can make you look tired, sad or older. If you’ve been thinking about undergoing eyelid surgery, read on to learn if you would be a good candidate for surgery.

What happens during surgery

Eyelid surgery is also called an eye lift. During this procedure, Dr. Price will remove excess skin, fat or muscle from the areas around the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both.

Who benefits from surgery

The eyelids can age dramatically over time due to constant exposure to the sun and the environment. Most people over the age of 40 could benefit from eyelid surgery as it rejuvenates the eye areas to make you look younger.

The most common concerns with the eyelid area are the sagging, droopy skin of the upper eyelid that can impair vision, and excess fat that has accumulated in the eyelids, creating a puffy appearance. This surgery also addresses the bags that form under the eyes and improves the drooping of the lower eyelids and wrinkles under the eyes.

Aesthetic and medical benefits

There are aesthetic and functional benefits of eyelid surgery. First, improving the appearance of the eyes can make the rest of the face look younger and refreshed as well. This improves confidence and self-image. Second, eyelid surgery removes excess skin that droops over the eyes, which can improve vision and reduce headaches caused by excess skin.

Types of eyelid surgeries

There are two types of eyelid surgeries – lower eyelid blepharoplasty and upper eyelid blepharoplasty. The lower eyelid blepharoplasty modifies eye bags and smooths out the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty removes fat deposits and excess skin from the upper eyelid. Many patients choose both procedures to address a multitude of concerns.

Hidden incisions

The small incisions are made so that the remaining scars will be easily hidden. For upper eyelid surgery, a small incision is made within the natural crease of the eyelid. For lower eyelid surgery, incisions are made behind the lower lash line.

To learn more about eyelid surgery and whether you would be a candidate for this popular procedure, call (203) 453-6635 today to set up a consultation.

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Do I need a breast augmentation or lift?

A woman’s body goes through many changes in her lifetime. Pregnancy, breastfeeding and aging itself can cause breasts to lose their youthful position and begin to sag. If you’ve thought about breast surgery, you may be wondering which breast procedure is right for you. Here is more information on  and breast lift.

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A breast augmentation surgery is the most common plastic surgery procedure that’s performed each year. A major reason is women are unhappy with their breast size and want larger breasts or to balance out asymmetrical breasts.

If you are considering breast augmentation, you and your surgeon will look at four major areas: the placement of the incision, type of implant, implant size and shape, and the risks with each implant. Silicone and saline breast implants give you several options for the desired look and feel. While silicone implants are the most popular because of their more natural feel, they do carry a risk of rupture without you knowing. That’s why it’s important to have a great relationship with your surgical team and physician to have routine imaging of the breasts.

Breast lift

Drooping or sagging breasts are best addressed by a breast lift, which will correct the drooping by reshaping and “lifting” the breasts. During this surgery, the surgeon removes excess skin and tightens the surrounding tissue to create a more youthful contour. Often the areolae become enlarged over time, so a breast lift can reduce the size of the areolae as well.

There is a variety of incision patterns and techniques for a breast lift. The technique for you will be determined based on the size and shape of your breasts, the size and position of your areolae, the degree of breast sagging, the amount of extra skin and the skin quality and elasticity.

Breast augmentation with lift

Often, a breast lift is done in conjunction with breast augmentation. This surgery provides breast fullness and repositions sagging breasts and nipples.

The decision to undergo breast enhancement surgery is a very personal one. A consultation with your plastic surgeon will determine which procedure would meet your goals. If you’re interested in learning more about your breast enhancement options, call (203) 453-6635 to set up a consultation with Dr. Price.

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How does Botox work to reverse the signs of aging?

The skin around your eyes and forehead are often the first place on your face to show the signs of aging. Millions of people turn to Botox each year to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines to gain a more youthful look. How does Botox work? We break it down here.

If you’ve been wanting to turn back time but you’re not quite ready to go under the knife, you should consider Botox. Derived from a bacterial toxin, it’s the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the world. Delivered in small amounts through a tiny needle, the bacterium can cause temporary muscle weakness, relaxing the muscles from contracting. This prevents the skin above it from folding or wrinkling and causing what’s called dynamic wrinkles.

Botox is FDA-approved for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet around the eye area and forehead lines. It’s a safe and effective treatment for dynamic wrinkles,

Squinting, frowning, smiling and laughing are all facial expressions that form dynamic wrinkles in the skin. Reducing the appearance of these wrinkles is where Botox shines. Botox doesn’t have an effect on static wrinkles, which are wrinkles such as smile lines and lip lines that are constantly present. Dermal fillers plump tissue and restore volume and do well on static wrinkles. Often patients get both Botox and dermal fillers that will help them achieve their aesthetic goals.

Botox treatments take 20 minutes or less, and patients have very little discomfort. A numbing cream is placed on the treatment area prior to the injections. Patients can return to normal activities immediately after treatment.

Botox is a temporary cosmetic treatment. The effects last an average of four months. Eventually, the muscles begin to contract again, and wrinkles start to reappear. That’s when you return for subsequent treatment. With each session, treated muscles become more “trained” to relax and are less severe when they do reappear.

To learn more about Botox, dermal fillers and other treatment options to help you turn back time on your skin, call (203) 453-6635 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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6 frequently asked questions about Mommy Makeover

Childbearing is a fulfilling time in a woman’s life, but not the loose skin, excess fat and sagging breasts that comes with it. Many women turn to a plastic surgeon for what’s called a “Mommy Makeover,” which is a popular combination of procedures that can help a woman get her pre-pregnancy body back. Read on for some of the most frequently asked questions if you’re considering a Mommy Makeover.

What are the procedures of a Mommy Makeover?

A Mommy Makeover usually centers around improving the appearance of the breasts and abdomen. While each surgery is customized to a patient’s needs, the most common procedures involved in a Mommy Makeover include breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, tummy tuck, abdominoplasty and liposuction.

Why get multiple procedures at one time?

A Mommy Makeover is a popular surgery as it entails a single operation and hospital visit, which means less risk and one recovery period for faster results.

What is the difference between breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reduction?

Breast augmentation with implants helps restore fullness and lost volume. A breast lift will lift the breasts into a more youthful position. A breast reduction can help women with disproportionately large breasts achieve a more ideal, comfortable size.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck can take care of loose, sagging skin and excess abdominal fat after pregnancy. It consists of removing excess fat and skin and fixing separated abdominal muscles.

How long is recovery?

Recovery can take up to two weeks, depending on the specific procedures you have done. During recovery, you can expect to be sore, bruised and swollen. Swelling can last for several months, after which you will see full results.

When is the best time to have a Mommy Makeover?

When you are sure you are done having children, that is the best time to have the procedure. If you become pregnant after a Mommy Makeover, you risk reversing the results of your surgery.

If you’re interested in learning more about a Mommy Makeover and you live in the New Haven area, call (203) 453-6635 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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Am I a good candidate for a nose job?

Rhinoplasty, also called a nose job, is a common plastic surgery procedure that can improve your appearance and self-image and even correct impaired breathing and other functional concerns. Read on to learn about who would make a good candidate and benefit from a nose job.

Functional and Aesthetic Concerns

There is a variety of functional and aesthetic reasons why someone will get a nose job. If you don’t have an aesthetic concern, nose surgery doesn’t always have to affect appearance. If you have breathing problems, a previous injury or birth defects that affect the function of your nose, a nose job may be right for you. A deviated septum is one of the most common causes of breathing impairment and why people seek rhinoplasty.

Often, patients want to change the size and shape of their nose, to make it more symmetrical with their face. A rhinoplasty can change the width of the nose at the bridge or the size and position of the nostrils. It can correct a nasal tip that is bulbous, enlarged, hooked, drooping or upturned. Nose surgery can correct visible humps or depressions on the bridge of the nose.

Age and Overall Health

If you are at least 13 years old, physically healthy and don’t smoke, you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty. It’s crucial to have a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind for what a nose job will do to your appearance. As with any plastic surgery that alters your appearance, you should be doing it for yourself, not to fit anyone else’s desires.

Two Techniques

Dr. Price uses one of two methods for nose surgery. During a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made inside the nostrils. In an open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made across the two nostrils. During both techniques, the soft tissues that cover the nose are lifted away, while the bone and cartilage are sculpted to the desired shape. If additional cartilage is needed to augment the nose, it is usually taken from the septum.

For a patient with a deviated septum, the septum and inner structures of the nose will be adjusted to improve breathing. After this, the tissues are re-draped and incisions are closed with stitches. If nostril reshaping is done, it is performed during the final stage of surgery.

A rhinoplasty is a life-changing surgery that can help patients not only look better but feel better, too. To learn more, call (203) 453-6635 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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An alternative to mascara and eyelash extensions

Long, beautiful eyelashes are all the rage right now, but some women are deterred from false eyelashes because of the cost and continual upkeep. Latisse is an FDA-approved treatment to help lengthen, thicken and darken your very own eyelashes for a more natural look. Read on for more information about this popular eyelash growth treatment.

Latisse has a unique story with how it was discovered. Patients using a medicated eye drop to treat elevated intraocular pressure in their eyes began to grow longer, fuller and darker lashes as a side effect. The medication’s active ingredient, bimatoprost, was then studied and developed into what we now know as Latisse eyelash growth treatment.

Latisse is a once-nightly topical treatment for people with inadequate or not enough lashes. Starting with a clean face, patients place one drop of solution on a disposable applicator and brush the applicator along the base of the upper eyelashes only, blotting away any excess with a tissue.

Latisse is believed to work by affecting the growth phase of eyelashes by increasing the length of this phase and increasing the number of hairs in the growth phase. Patients start to see some growth in as little as four weeks, with full growth in 16 weeks.

For optimal results, patients must consistently apply the daily treatment. Once you stop Latisse treatment, your lashes will return to their original state before treatment over the next several weeks and months.

You can use Latisse if you wear contacts, but you will want to remove your contact lenses before applying the solution. Wait at least 15 minutes before reinserting your contact lenses.

Latisse is available by prescription only. If you’re interested in learning more about this popular eyelash treatment and you live in the New Haven area, call (203) 453-6635 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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Why the IDEAL IMPLANT may be right for you

There are so many things to consider when electing to undergo breast augmentation surgery. Women have choices when selecting the right implant type, which makes it one of the toughest decisions. The IDEAL IMPLANT is a state-of-the-art structured implant that has several advantages over other implant types. Read on to learn the differences between implants.

Saline Implants

Saline implants are not as popular as silicone gel implants because they don’t have the natural feel of breast tissue. If the implant ruptures, it will deflate as the saltwater leaks into the body and is expelled naturally. These implants are FDA-approved for use in women ages 18 and older.

Silicone Gel Implants

Silicone gel implants have been the most popular implant type as they look the best and feel most natural. However, these implants can rupture. The danger is not knowing it has ruptured, which is called a “silent rupture.” The gel may stay in the shell, or it may leak into the breast implant pocket. It’s only detectable by an MRI scan, which is something you need every 2-3 years as recommended by the FDA. These implants are FDA-approved for use in women ages 22 and older.

IDEAL IMPLANTS

IDEAL IMPLANTS combine the safety of saline with the natural feel that silicone gel implants provide. For IDEAL IMPLANTS, a series of implant shells are “nested” together, and two chambers hold the saline filler. This unique structure controls the movement of the saline for a more natural feel. It also reduces folding and wrinkling, another concern that patients have when deciding between implant types. An IDEAL IMPLANT also has a lower rupture risk. If a rupture occurs, you can tell by looking at the breast. IDEAL IMPLANTS are approved for ages 18-22, whereas silicone gel is FDA-approved for women 22 years old and older.

Breast augmentations continue to be the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, with more than 300,000 surgeries performed annually in the United States. To learn more about breast augmentation, schedule a thorough consultation with Dr. Price by calling (203) 453-6635 today.

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Sun Safety Tips for Your Skin

It’s no secret that prolonged sun exposure can damage your skin and cause fine lines and wrinkles to appear, not to mention increases your chances for skin cancer. And if you’ve had cosmetic surgery or a non-surgical treatment, your treated skin is even more sensitive and more prone to ultraviolet radiation absorption. Scars from incisions are more prone to sunburn, and there’s a chance the scar will become more noticeable with sun exposure. Read on for eight tips to protect your skin in the sun.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Choose a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Apply generously and often, reapplying every 60-80 minutes if you’re swimming or sweating. And use a lip balm that has an SPF of 30 or higher.

Stay in the shade. Limit your time in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., as that is the window of time when the sun’s harmful rays are the strongest. An easy way to check the time is the shadow test: If your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s rays are strongest and you need protection.

Wear sunglasses. Broad-spectrum sunglasses that block 99-100% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays are preferred. Wear them even on cloudy days, too, as harmful rays from the sun can penetrate through clouds.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat. A hat that covers your face, neck and ears offers another layer of protection from the sun.

Wear protective clothing. Certain clothes are made with sun-protective materials, but even wearing a long-sleeved shirt and long pants will help protect your skin.

Stay out of the tanning bed. Tanning in the sun or in a tanning bed leads to premature skin aging and is linked with an increased risk of skin cancer.

Beware reflective surfaces such as water and sand. These surfaces reflect the sun’s dangerous rays.

Check your medications. Some medications make you more sensitive to the sun, including specific types of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, blood pressure medications and antifungal medicine.

To learn more about ways to treat sun-damaged skin, call (203) 453-6635.

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Achieve your best beach body with gynecomastia surgery

Many men who have gynecomastia, or enlarged breasts, may be too self-conscious and will avoid certain physical activities and intimacy. But this condition shouldn’t keep you away from enjoying activities, including going shirtless at pools and the beach. Gynecomastia surgery offers many benefits, including improved self-confidence through improved male contouring.

Excess weight gain can be the cause behind some male breast enlargement, but often the cause is a condition called gynecomastia. This can be caused by aging, heavy drinking, certain medications or drug use, or it can be a result of developmental or hormonal changes. Often teenage boys will deal with excess fatty deposits on their chests during puberty, but this usually resolves by adulthood. Unfortunately, some men have enlarged breasts during adulthood, and that’s when gynecomastia surgery comes in.

Men who are unhappy with the appearance of their enlarged breasts are ideal candidates for this surgery. Once men’s breast development has stabilized, they are a good candidate for surgery. Men who are considering surgery must be healthy, close to their normal weight, nonsmokers, with no serious illnesses or medical conditions that would affect recovery.

Also known as male breast reduction surgery, gynecomastia surgery reduces enlarged breasts in men, flatting and enhancing the contours of the chest. This procedure is performed in a few different ways. Liposuction is recommended for those who have excess fatty tissue. Excision is recommended for men who have glandular breast tissue or excess skin that needs to be removed. A combination of liposuction and excision is indicated for some patients for the best results. Each areola may be reduced in size, and nipples may be moved to a more natural male position in the breast.

Recovery from the procedure is short, with minimal residual swelling and soreness. Most patients will return to daily activities within a week or so.

If you’re suffering from low self-esteem and a lack of confidence due to gynecomastia, this procedure may be right for you. To learn more about male breast reduction surgery, call (203) 453-6635 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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Spring into these habits for healthier skin

Skin Care | Gary j Price | New Haven, Connecticut If you have surgical and non-surgical procedures done to restore a youthful appearance to your skin, it’s important to take care of your skin to enhance and prolong results. Here are xxx habits you can adopt for healthier skin:

Eat your fruits and vegetables. Consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins will help improve the health of all of the organs of your body, including your skin, which is the largest organ of the body.

Stay hydrated. Hydration is essential for radiant, healthy-looking skin, but you won’t get that with soda or diet soda. Keep your skin and body hydrated by drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

Protect your skin from the sun. Sun exposure over time will cause lines, wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply liberally and every two hours, applying more often if you’re swimming or sweating in the heat. Wear sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats to protect the skin as well, especially the delicate skin around the eyes.

Don’t smoke. Smoking deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients, causing it to have poor, uneven skin tone. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin, which are fibers in your skin that provide strength and elasticity, causing the skin to sag. Smoking also contributes to lines and wrinkles, especially the deep lines around the lips called the “smoker’s pucker.”

Get your sleep. Your skin will benefit from getting eight hours a night, so develop a good nighttime routine to help you have a better chance at restful sleep.

Use the correct cleanser for your skin type. If you are dealing with oily or acne-prone skin, you’ll want a cleanser that’s designed to address those skin concerns. No matter your skin type, find the products that address your concerns.

Moisturize day and night. Apply a moisturizer right after you shower in the morning and before you go to bed. If you’re spending time in the sun, use a moisturizer containing SPF.

Adding these simple habits to your daily routine will help your skin achieve a more youthful appearance. To formulate a comprehensive plan to help turn back time on your face, call (203) 453-6635 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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