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Why Ultherapy May Be Better Than Lasers

Everyone wants to look and feel their best. Unfortunately, as many of us grow older, we find that as a normal part of the aging process our skin slowly loses its elasticity. Wanting to tighten and tone and improve the texture of that skin has led many people to try chemical peels and laser treatments as nonsurgical ways to look more youthful. Now, there’s a newer – and perhaps better – option available: Ultherapy®.

Ultherapy®

First approved by the FDA in 2009, Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound waves on the face, neck, chin and décolletage (chest area). It targets the underlying, foundational layers of skin instead of merely surface layers, reaching 3 mm to 4.5 mm beneath the surface – as far as the muscles – to trigger the natural production of new collagen while tightening and lifting. This can provide significant results without any of the downtime for recovery associated with a traditional facelift or chemical peel.

The process usually involves one treatment per focus area, and results are long-lasting and natural-looking. The procedure lasts from thirty to ninety minutes, depending on the area being treated. Most patients describe the experience as merely uncomfortable, resembling multiple, tiny bee stings. Additional benefits of Ultherapy include the fact that most people can return to their normal routine the same day, and there is no need for any needles or exposure to toxins.

There is also no unsightly swelling or bruising after an Ultherapy session, and the changes appear gradually, so that it is not as likely that people will notice a significant change and think you had “some work done.” Instead, you slowly begin to look younger, with tighter, more resilient skin. Full results may take up to six months to appear, but they last for approximately two years. While the change may not be as dramatic as a face-lift, most patients are thrilled with the results.

Laser Treatments

Lasers, on the other hand, rely on light energy instead of sound and focus on the skin’s surface. Fractional skin resurfacing also triggers the production of collagen, but it is more useful for addressing surface issues, such as acne scars, blemishes, fine lines, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage.

Lasers also usually require multiple sessions, and there are frequently treatment side-effects, including swelling, redness, darkening of spots, and peeling. Recovery from laser skin resurfacing can take up to two weeks, and it may take months for the full results to appear. Smoking and some medications can prolong your healing time, so it’s important to be open and honest with your doctor about your habits. You may also need a prescription for an antibiotic and/or antiviral medication, depending on your medical history.

As always, the best way to decide which cosmetic treatment option is best for you is to discuss your particular case, including concerns and desired results, with an expert. The physicians at Suffolk Plastic Surgeons specialize in Ultherapy and are happy to consult with you on the best option for your skin.

What’s the Difference Between Coolsculpting and Liposuction

Looking to shed a few stubborn pounds? Liposuction has long been the preferred treatment for permanently removing unwanted fat deposits. And now, with the introduction of CoolSculpting®, clients have a choice. The question is, which procedure is right for you? Let’s take a look at exactly what each procedure involves, including its pros and cons.

Liposuction

Believe it or not, liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, has been around since the 1920s, when it was first introduced in France. It finally gained popularity during the 1980s, after a suction-assisted method of removing fat was introduced, and quickly became a common cosmetic treatment. Newer technology has evolved over the years to provide greater accuracy with shorter recovery times. Today, most liposuction techniques involve a minimally-invasive surgical procedure using a small, thin tube, or cannula, inserted into tiny incisions. It is currently the most popular cosmetic procedure performed in the United States.

Pros:

  • Effective for small, targeted areas
  • Works on small pockets of stubborn fat
  • Offers immediate results
  • Limited amount of pain during recovery
  • Works well for those in good health
  • Outpatient process
  • General anesthesia is not required
  • No stitches necessary
  • Can usually return to work within a few days
  • Results can be permanent

Cons:

  • Not an effective technique for major weight loss
  • Is not recommended for those with serious health issues
  • Exercise and strenuous activity must be avoided for a few weeks
  • Weight gain after the procedure may alter results
  • May result in minor, local scarring

CoolSculpting®

CoolSculpting, or cryolipolysis, was first approved by the FDA in 2010 for use in destroying subcutaneous fat. Sections of skin and underlying fat in target areas are pulled up into a device where they are cooled enough to damage the fat cells without harming the surrounding skin and connective tissue. The treated fat cells then crystallize, die, and are safely absorbed by your body over time.

Pros:

  • Effective for small, targeted areas
  • Works on small pockets of stubborn fat as well as generalized areas
  • Few side effects that resolve completely within a few weeks
  • Works well for all patients
  • No scarring
  • Outpatient process
  • No anesthesia is necessary
  • No needles or cuts to the skin required
  • Can usually return to work immediately
  • No need to avoid exercise or strenuous activity

Cons:

  • Not an effective technique for major weight loss
  • Weight gain after the procedure may alter results
  • May require more than one treatment
  • Results will not appear for a few weeks
  • May cause temporary bruising, swelling or numbness
  • Long-term results unknown

How To Decide on a Treatment

The best way to decide on any cosmetic procedure is by scheduling a consultation with a specialist who is experienced in the procedure(s) you are considering. Far more goes into recommending the specific treatment that may be best for you than can be covered in any blog post. To learn more about your options for cosmetic fat reduction, schedule a free consultation with one of our board-consultants.

Blanca’s House 5th Annual Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving night, Blanca’s House held their 5th annual Thanksgiving Feast in Bay Shore. Blanca’s House is an organization that brings much needed quality medical care to countries and communities throughout Latin America. The services specifically benefit people who otherwise would have limited or no access to a doctor. Each year, over 200 medical and non-medical personnel travel to countries throughout Latin America to provide free healthcare services.

In addition to their healthcare services, Blanca’s House hosts events to bring people together, so on November 24th, the community was excited to come together for a Thanksgiving meal! Dr. Kneessy and his wife, Lori who acts as the Outreach Coordinator of Blanca’s House, attended as co-chairs of the dinner. Dr. Kneessy and the Nyholm family provided the food for the feast, in addition to partnering with Roger from Ragazzi Restaurant to put the finishing touches on the dinner.

Dr. Coccaro also attended the event, as he is a Co-Chairman of Blanca’s House. Along with Dr. Coccaro was his son and nephew who helped to distribute nonperishable food items to the dinner guests, courtesy of the Cusano Family, the St. Anthony’s Baseball team and Hofstra Club baseball. The co-chairs of the event and those involved in the organization also distributed winter coats to participants.

Overall the event was a great success, and helped to illustrate the real meaning of Thanksgiving – giving abundance to those in need!

The Most Common Male Procedures

In the United States, the number of men who undergo procedures to improve their overall appearance has increased by nearly 325% over the last 19 years. Cosmetic procedures for men are becoming more and more popular by the year. According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the top five surgical and nonsurgical procedures for men are gynecomastia surgery, eyelid rejuvenation surgery, rhinoplasty, liposuction, and Ultherapy neck-lifts. Keep reading to find out more about these and other popular plastic surgery procedures for men.

Surgical Cosmetic Treatments

Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is the disorder of the overdevelopment of male breasts. This disorder impacts nearly 70 percent of boys during puberty and a large percentage of men. Though the condition is quite normal, it can cause a significant lack of body confidence. A gynecomastia surgery procedure reduces a man’s breast size significantly by getting rid of excess fat or stretched skin.

Eyelid Rejuvenation

Over time, our eyelids can droop or sag, usually due to age or significant sun damage. Because the skin around our eyelids is thin and sensitive, aging or damage to the area shows fairly quickly. Eyelid rejuvenation surgery is a great way to reverse these effects and maintain the area for an extended period of time. Tightening the upper and lower eyelids or removing excess fat around the area can repair the skin around the eyelid, making the overall appearance of the face younger.

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, or nasal surgery, is a very common procedure today. This procedure is more invasive than the above-mentioned processes. During a rhinoplasty, the nose can be reshaped or realigned to create the patients desired angle. Some people opt to undergo a rhinoplasty because they have suffered an injury to the face or nose region in the past and want to correct the damage, or because of breathing and sinus issues.

Liposuction

Liposuction is the most common procedure to remove specific areas of fat from the body. During this procedure, a tube is used to remove fat deposits. The process of conducting a liposuction treatment has changed drastically over the last two decades. Today, laser technology and ultrasound imaging are used to complete liposuction procedures.

Nonsurgical Treatment Options

Neck Lifts

Ultherapy is a great nonsurgical treatment that can improve the overall appearance of your neck without drastic or more invasive methods. By tightening the tissues within the neck and face regions, sagging or stretched skin can be rejuvenated to give a more youthful appearance to your skin. Ultherapy uses an applicator that delivers low-level focused heat to a specific portion of the neck or face, signaling for new collagen to be produced.

Coolsculpting

Coolsculpting is the first and only nonsurgical treatment that can effectively reduce fat layers and problem areas. This procedure uses cooling technology to select and eliminate fat. The most common problem areas that are treated by Coolsculpting are muffin tops, love handles ad back fat.

Botox

Soft tissue fillers are a great way to restore volume and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles throughout the face. For men, Botox is most commonly used between the eyebrows and across the forehead. These injectable fillers typically last for up to six months and the procedure itself is quick and causes little to no discomfort.

At Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, your body confidence is our number one priority. We offer all of the above procedures and would be happy to discuss the options available to you during a consultation. Please give us a call today!

What is Microdermabrasion?

Every day, your skin is exposed to the environment and the elements. Over the year, the sun’s rays, pollution, and other damaging agents will inevitably take their toll. Microdermabrasion resolves this issue by removing the damaged layer to reveal younger, healthier looking skin.

How Does It Work?

Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a fine spray of microcrystals to abrade the outer layer of dry, dead skin cells. This procedure is much more gentle than dermabrasion, which is used to treat deep facial lines, scars, and sun damage.

What Can Microdermabrasion Fix?

Microdermabrasion has many uses. It improves the appearance of the skin not only by removing the outermost layer, but by encouraging the production of a new underlying layer of skin cells with a higher level of collagen and elastin (the proteins that make your skin appear taut and smooth). The procedure can also help eliminate:

  • Wrinkles and lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Age spots
  • Light acne scars and blackheads
  • Undesired hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin)
  • Stretch marks
  • Enlarged pores

Am I a Good Candidate for Microdermabrasion?

 

Ideal candidates for microdermabrasion are healthy adults with relatively minor skin conditions or imperfections. It is also important that prospective patients understand that this mild, non-invasive procedure cannot correct deep facial creases and folds, significant scarring, or significant sun damage. Such issues can, however, be addressed with other procedures.

Patients experiencing legions, Stage 3 or 4 acne, unstable diabetes, or pregnancy should not pursue microdermabrasion.

Is Microdermabrasion Painful?

No. Microdermabrasion is a gentle procedure which uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the skin. Most patients describe the treatment as having a “warming” or “tingling effect”, or liken it to having a massage.

If you’re ready to reveal younger, healthier-looking skin, contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, P.C. to schedule an appointment today!

Look and Feel Your Best This Holiday Season

Winter might mean an end to bikini season, but it also means the beginning of holiday parties, dinners, and get-togethers. There are a number of ways to feel younger, more refreshed, and more confident in front of your guests this season. Keep reading to find out how Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, P.C. can help!

Zap Lines and Creases

From holiday shopping to gift wrapping, the holidays can be a stressful time, and worry lines can start to make an appearance. BOTOX® Cosmetic Injection is a quick, simple procedure that can get rid of those pesky lines around your mouth, forehead, or eyes. The procedure only takes minutes and can be performed in between all your holiday errands—so there’s no excuse not to look your best in this year’s holiday photos!

Get Cheeky

If your cheeks have become hollow over time, leaving you tired and sallow-looking, there are many dermal filler options that can restore them to their original fullness. Juvederm and Restylane are great options for those who want to achieve a healthy holiday glow. These options and more can help you get back your round cheeks and tell the world you’re ready to be merry.

Banish Spots

If brown spots on your face and hands are telling the world how much fun you had this summer, it may be time to remove them. Laser treatments can gently remove brown sun spots, as well as treat those tiny veins that pop up around your nose and cheeks. Keep that youth-restoring face cream off your gift list and opt for something that REALLY works!

Get More Sleep

More sleep can not only help you feel more alert and attentive during the day, it can also make your skin more radiant, reduce dark under-eye circles, and make your complexion glow. Set a strict bedtime for yourself, keep your smartphone and/or tablet out of reach, and be sure to get a solid 8 hours a night.

Are your ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year? We know we are! Give us a call today or stop in to make an appointment.

Repairing Gauged Ear Lobes

Trends often go out of style. If you get a new tattoo or a piercing because in the moment you love it, chances are, you aren’t thinking about how you’ll feel about your added artwork in the long run. But what happens when five years pass and we decide its outdated or not what we want? Well, in the case of ear gauging, a popular trend that involves stretching an ear piercing to accommodate a large plug, Suffolk Plastic Surgeons specializes in a repair process that can return your ear lobe to its normal size and shape.

This procedure is quite simple, and can be done under local anesthetic. The area is numbed and the excess skin, which has been stretched out by the plug, is removed and the ear lobe is reshaped to closely resemble what the ear looked like prior to the plug. We do often suggest that you take out the gauges first and allow for the ear to shrink naturally as much as possible.

As with any procedures, you will want to be sure that you keep the surgical area clean so that the scar does not get infected. The most important thing to realize about this surgery is that it is reversing something you did willingly, therefore it is imperative that you not re-stretch the earlobe as this could have serious implications for the ear as a whole. If you are unsure as to whether or not this cosmetic repair surgery is right for you, give us a call today to schedule a consultation and hear about your options!

Drs. Coccaro and Kneessy Attend the American society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting

Last month, Drs. Coccaro and Kneessy attended the American Society of Plastic Surgeons‘ Annual Meeting in Downtown Los Angeles. The meeting brought together over three thousand plastic surgeons from across the United States as well as over 60 countries. During the meeting, doctors reviewed the latest techniques, products and research in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Coccaro met his cousin Judge Patricia DiMango in Beverly Hills for drinks at the Palm and dinner at The Bazaar.

Dr. Kneessy stoped in front of the famous Beverly Hills sign for a photo!

Dr. Coccaro meets with plastic surgeons from Japan, Portugal, and the Azores at The Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) International and Research Reception at The Novo.

Keeping Your Skin Soft Through Fall

As Fall quickly sinks in, we continue to soak up the last few rays of sunshine. Before you know it, leaves will be falling and we will be adding on the layers. Just as our wardrobe changes, so does our skincare routine. Gone are the days of long, hot sun, as October ushers in crisp air and dropping temperatures. To ensure that your skin looks and feels its best, follow these quick skincare tips and enjoy the season!

Moisturize

With crisp air comes drier air. While we love the changing of the seasons, it’s not always easy on our skin. Transitioning from a lighter-based moisturizer to a more emollient cream protects your skin from drier conditions. Not only will you want to invest in a more substantial cream, but you’ll want to replace your body wash as well. Aim for a moisture-rich foaming wash, and be sure to moisturize soon after exiting the shower to give your skin the most protection from dry air. Bonus tip: keep a small travel sized bottle of moisturizer in your bag or by your desk at work to keep your hands feeling smooth.

Protect Your Lips

Dry air doesn’t just impact your skin; it greatly impacts your lips as well. To prevent cracked or chapped lips, start moisturizing your lips now, as this will help as the weather continues to get colder. Purchasing a non-petroleum based lip balm is a great idea to protect your lips from painful cracking.  In addition to investing in a good lip balm, you may want to consider setting up a humidifier in your bedroom. This will help to hydrate the air and make it less dry, and benefits not just your lips but also your skin in general.

Exfoliate

Exfoliating is a great way to get rid of your dead layer of skin so that you feel smooth and refreshed. Finding a face scrub that also exfoliates will dramatically improve your skin care routine and give you a glow in the colder months. When it comes to exfoliating your body, look for an oil-based scrub, as this will also help you stay hydrated. Bonus tip: Remember to exfoliate your feet! Your heels are prone to serious skin cracking, so to avoid this, start now and pay special attention to the backs of your heels.

Sunscreen

Summer might be over, but the sun isn’t going anywhere. Every day, your hands are exposed to the sun whenever you step outside, whether it be to walk to work or go to the supermarket.  Effects from the sun cause premature aging, sun spots, and wrinkles. You don’t need to lather on SPF 100 sunscreen, but use a moisturizer that includes SPF 15 as the minimum. This will protect your skin, hydrate you, and keep you wrinkle-free in the long run.

Listen to Your Body

As Summer comes to an end, weekends become shorter and we have less opportunities for rest. Now that you are back in the full swing of things and adhering to a stricter routine, it is important to make time for sleep. Ignoring your body when it is tired will make you feel and look tired. Added stress will not benefit your skin, and will result in more rapid aging that will show on your face and hands.

Taking advantage of these tips before the weather starts to change will get you into a routine so that you are better prepared when the temperature drops. At Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, we are here to assist you with all your skincare needs. Stop in or give us a call today to find out how to keep your skin feeling refreshed and soft!

Diamond Annual Gala

On October 1, 2016, Dr. Coccaro attended the Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center‘s 60th Diamond Anniversary Gala at Sand’s Point. The gala honored the Knapp and Rose families, as well as Isabella Rossellini. Dr. Coccaro was on hand to congratulate his colleague Dr. Badri Nath, who won the Dr. Dranitzke Award. This award is given each year to an individual who demonstrates involvement, support, and commitment to his profession, the Medical Center, and the community.

This event raised over $600,000 for the expanded Knapp Cardiac Care Center. At the end of the night, guests enjoyed a magnificent fireworks display overlooking the Long Island Sound.

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