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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How does a brow lift help achieve a more youthful, alert look?

Aging brings about many advantages and benefits, but not when it comes to our skin. As we age, our faces show the effects of time as skin loses elasticity. Wrinkles form along the forehead and brows sag, making the upper eyelids appear saggy as well and contributing to an overall tired look. If you’re interested in achieving a more youthful, alert look to your face, then a brow lift may be right for you.

Also called a forehead lift, a brow lift removes or alters the muscles above the eyes to smooth lines and raise eyebrows for a more youthful appearance. Patients typically range between the ages of 40 and 60 as they start seeing the effects of time on their faces. Ideal candidates are in good health and have horizontal lines across their forehead, vertical “11” lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet around the eyes and a general sagging of their brows, which makes them look tired or angry.

There are a couple ways to perform a brow lift, but Dr. Price most often performs an endoscopic brow lift rather than a coronal lift. A coronal brow lift is a traditional brow lift that consists of one long incision from ear to ear across the top of the head, hidden within the hairline. The forehead skin is lifted away from the head as underlying muscles are trimmed and repositioned as necessary. Eyebrows may be lifted as well, before excess skin is trimmed. The skin is re-draped and the long incision is then closed.

An endoscopic brow lift consists of making 3-5 short incisions within the hairline. An endoscope, which is a long, thin tube with a camera on the end, is inserted through one of the incisions to provide an excellent view of the areas that need to be addressed. Microsurgical tools are inserted through the other incisions to manipulate the skin and muscles to tighten and lift. The small incisions are then closed, resulting in minimal scarring and shorter recovery time than traditional coronal brow lift surgery.

What’s great about a brow lift is that it can be combined with a number of procedures, including a face lift, upper and lower eyelid surgery (called blepharoplasty) and skin rejuvenation to achieve the results you desire. To learn more about a brow lift and other ways to achieve a more youthful look, call (203) 453-6635 for a consultation today.

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Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation not only improves a woman’s breast shape, but it also has the power to improve self-confidence. As this is a deeply personal surgical procedure with high patient satisfaction, it’s essential to understand what makes someone a candidate for breast augmentation.

Here are some criteria:

You are generally healthy and are not pregnant or breastfeeding. You will discuss your medical history and any health concerns during your consultation. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or even if you are planning a future pregnancy, you will want to hold off until you are done with childbearing. Patients who smoke, drink excessively, have active infections or serious illnesses are not good candidates for this procedure.

Your breasts are fully developed. You have to wait until your breasts are done growing until you have this surgery, as it can reverse your results. Some women still go through changes in their 20s. To be considered for surgery, a patient must be at least 18 years old to have saline implants and 22 years old to get silicone gel implants.

You believe your breasts are too small. If you have abnormally small breasts (micromastia), implants can help you achieve a more proportional shape to your figure.

Your breasts have lost shape and volume after pregnancy, weight fluctuations or aging. Pregnancy, nursing, losing significant weight not related to pregnancy and just aging in general can make breasts lose volume and sag, appearing deflated.

One breast is larger than the other. Puberty, hormonal changes and trauma can affect the shape and size of breasts. Breast augmentation can help you achieve a symmetrical look.

One or both breasts didn’t develop normally. If your breasts didn’t develop normally or have an elongated shape, this surgery can help bring about a youthful, balanced look.

It’s imperative you have realistic expectations and to be in a good frame of mind when undergoing any plastic surgery, as they can permanently change your appearance. If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery for fuller, larger breasts, give us a call today at (203) 453-6635 to set up a consultation.

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What are my breast implant options?

Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure, with around 300,000 breast augmentation surgeries performed in the United States each year. There are many options when it comes to implants and the way they are inserted, giving you a lot to consider when making your decision.

Here, we break down the differences between implants and placements:

Silicone gel implants

Silicone gel implants feel most like natural breasts. They are made of a silicone outer shell filled with medical-grade silicone gel. These gelatin-like implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women ages 22 and older. If the implant ruptures, the gel may remain in the shell or some of the silicone gel can leak into the breast pocket. Known as a “silent” rupture, you wouldn’t know that a leak has occurred since there is no collapse of the implant. You will need an MRI scan every two years to make sure

Saline implants

FDA-approved for breast augmentation in women ages 18 and older, saline implants start as empty implant shells that are placed into the breast pocket and filled with sterile saltwater. If the implant ever leaks, it is absorbed by your body and expelled naturally.

IDEAL IMPLANT®

Also filled with saline, this new implant has a natural feel thanks to its internal support structure that controls the movement of saline. If this implant ruptures, it also gets absorbed by the body safely and naturally.

Choosing implant size

With the aid of a 3D imaging system, you can get a preview of how your body will look with different implant sizes, which will help you make a more confident decision.

Choosing implant placement

There are two options for breast implant placement: subglandular and submuscular. For women who have significant sagging but don’t want a breast lift, a subglandular placement may be recommended. This is when the implant is placed behind breast tissue in front of the pectoral muscle. The implant is placed firmly behind the chest muscle wall with submuscular placement. This is preferred by plastic surgeons over subglandular as there is less noticeable wrinkling or rippling and the placement is more natural-looking.

For a thorough breast augmentation consultation to discuss all of your options and questions, call (203) 453-6635 today.

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What to expect from a breast lift

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, gravity and weight loss not related to childbearing can all contribute to the appearance of breasts. Over time, breasts begin to sag and droop, which leads many women to discuss a breast lift surgery with their doctor. If your breasts have lost their youthful shape and firmness, a breast lift may be all that’s needed to make you look and feel your best. Here’s what you can expect from this surgery:

This surgery does not add volume. A breast lift can be done with or without augmentation, which requires placement of implants to increase volume.

There is more than one incision pattern. You will discuss the options that best suit your anatomy with your surgeon, which include an incision solely around the areola, a “lollipop” incision around the areola and down to the breast crease, or an “anchor” incision around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally along the crease.

A breast lift is an outpatient procedure. This surgery takes three hours on average while the patient is under twilight, or mild, anesthesia. Extra skin will be removed and breast tissue will be lifted into the proper location. Nipples may be relocated depending on the new breast shape.

The results are immediate. Even though you will still have some swelling and visible incision lines, you will see the results right away. Your satisfaction will continue to grow as you recover from surgery. There will be scarring, but incision lines are concealed in the natural breast contours as much as possible. Scars will significantly fade and improve over time.

The results are long-lasting. Aging and gravity will change your breasts over time naturally, but you can maintain your results much longer by maintaining your weight and keeping a healthy, active lifestyle. Significant weight loss can impact the appearance of your breasts as well.

Wait until after childbearing to get a breast lift. Changes that happen to the breasts during pregnancy and breastfeeding can reverse the improvements made by a breast lift.

A breast lift is a great way to restore a youthful shape to your breasts. To explore all of your options for a breast lift with or without augmentation, call (203) 453-6635 and schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Price.

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