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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Rhinoplasty for Your Health

Most people probably think of rhinoplasty – also known as a “nose job” – as a cosmetic procedure. True, it can drastically change your appearance, since the size and the shape of your nose can affect how the rest of your face looks. But rhinoplasty can also help to solve some health issues you may have while improving your quality of life – it’s not just for cosmetic purposes! 

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure in which the surgeon adjusts the amount of bone and cartilage in the nose in very specific ways to change the size and/or shape. It can remove a bump on the nose, reshape the tip of the nose, and even reshape the nostrils. It is often used for cosmetic reasons, but it can also help if a patient has had a broken nose, which often doesn’t heal the way the patient would like it to. These are just a few reasons someone may have rhinoplasty. 

Rhinoplasty for medical reasons

Rhinoplasty is often used to help people who snore or have breathing issues. A common cause of snoring is problems with the septum or cartilage; rhinoplasty can fix these structural problems in the nose. 

A nose job can also help patients with sleep problems, such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a very serious condition in which the patient briefly stops breathing during the night. This happens over and over again, waking the patient up many times throughout the night. This not only makes them feel tired all the time, but it can eventually result in serious health problems. Rhinoplasty can remove any blockage in the nasal passage, helping the patient to breathe easier and sleep better. 

Rhinoplasty can make quite a difference for your facial features, but it can also make quite a difference to your health and your quality of life. Whether you would like rhinoplasty for medical or cosmetic reasons, you want to make sure you are getting the right doctor to help. Contact Dr. Gary J. Price in New Haven and Fairfield County, CT, to discuss the benefits of rhinoplasty! Call (203) 453-6635 for a consultation.

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What Are Ideal Breast Implants?

Plastic surgery technology has come a long way since its beginnings, and new and improved techniques and products are being discovered all the time. Ideal Breast Implants are the newest kind of implant, and they have many benefits over the older kinds of implants.

Here is some more information on these implants, their benefits, and why they are becoming more and more popular. 

Ideal Breast Implants are natural looking

Ideal Breast Implants look and feel natural. They have an internal structure that reduces wrinkling and collapse, which is often seen with other kinds of implants. The saline is held in two different chambers, which helps to contribute to the “real” look of the implants. Even the outside edges of the implant have been designed in such a way to make them look contoured and natural. 

Ideal Breast Implants are safe

The structure of these implants not only gives them a natural look and feel, but it also makes them very safe. They contain saline, which is safer than silicone gel, which makes up other kinds of implants. They have been shown to have a higher rupture strength and a lower rupture rate. 

In patients with silicone implants, an MRI is recommended every year, to check and make sure they haven’t ruptured. If a silicone gel implant does rupture, it can be very painful and must be removed surgically. However, with an Ideal Breast Implant, all that is needed is a look in the mirror to check that everything is all right and your implants are intact. If a rupture should occur with an Ideal Breast Implant, the saline is absorbed into the body harmlessly. 

Although there are many options for breast augmentation, Ideal Breast Implants have many benefits to consider. They are safe and natural looking, and patient satisfaction with this type of implant has been very high ever since they first started being used. If you have been considering implants, call Dr. Gary J. Price in New Haven and Fairfield County, CT, to discuss if Ideal Breast Implants may be right for you. Call (203) 453-6635 for a consultation today!

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How to get more luscious lips this summer

Aging is to blame for the formation of lines and wrinkles, and it’s also one of the top reasons why your lips start to look thinner over time. A lip enhancement procedure can give you the fuller, plumper lips you want. Here’s what you need to do about this popular cosmetic treatment.

  • Lip enhancement is good for women who are self-conscious about the appearance of their thin lips.       
  •  Lips can be restored to a more natural, normal appearance, or a lip enhancement can even out uneven lips.
  •  There is more than one way to enhance the appearance of your lips, and different methods can be combined to give you the look you desire. This includes fat transfer, natural or synthetic fillers, dermal grafts, lip implants, lip lifts and Vermilion advancement. Vermillion advancement is a surgical procedure that involves making an incision around the borders of the lips and pulling the skin around the border to achieve fullness.
  • The newest dermal filler Restylane Kysse is increasingly popular as it can provide results for up to a year. Other dermal fillers provide great results but last anywhere from three to six months.
  • Most lip augmentation procedures take around 30 minutes or less.
  • For patients who choose dermal fillers, the recovery period is relatively short. You may notice redness, swelling and bruising at the injection sites for the first 1-2 days after surgery, but this can be covered with lipstick or makeup.
  • For patients who undergo lip augmentation surgery with implants, you will need to lay low for about 1-3 days after surgery. For the first 1-2 weeks, you’ll want to avoid putting any pressure or pulling around the lips as it can cause implants to shift.

You have many options when it comes to lip enhancement. Dr. Price will discuss your options and help you determine the best one for your condition and goals. If you’ve been wanting more youthful, kissable lips, call (203) 453-6635 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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