A nip here, a tuck there: What body contouring can do for you

A nip here, a tuck there: What body contouring can do for you

Have you recently lost a significant amount of weight and now find yourself feeling frustrated by the excess skin that remains? Do you miss the toned tummy you had before pregnancy? Have age and gravity caused your upper arms to look more like “bat wings”? If your answer to any of these questions was yes, you may be a good candidate for body contouring. A plethora of surgical and nonsurgical procedures can be performed to lift, tuck, tighten, and sculpt the body while creating desired contours that enhance one’s silhouette. The board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group in Florham Park, NJ, have highlighted several of the most popular body-contouring procedures performed at their practice.

Liposuction

One of the top cosmetic surgery procedures in the world, liposuction is extremely effective for removing pockets of fat, especially those that prove impervious to the efforts of diet and exercise. Even those who are at their ideal weight can use it to help banish areas of stubborn fat on the stomach, thighs, hips, back, and even the face. Surgeons make small incisions through which a narrow tube called a cannula is inserted to manually break up and suction out fat cells while simultaneously creating a more toned and youthful appearance. Meanwhile, fat cells that are extracted can be purified and injected into areas, including the breasts and buttocks, where volume may be needed to create a fuller, more curvaceous figure. The versatility of liposuction is one of the reasons it has become a favorite body contouring treatment among New Jersey area patients and physicians alike.

Tummy tuck

Tummy tuck surgery is another popular body contouring treatment. Several styles of tummy tucks are available. Each is performed differently to achieve the shared goal of making the midsection appear more trim. During a traditional tummy tuck, the board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group in Florham Park, NJ, create an incision on the lower abdomen and excess skin is removed. Underlying muscles are tightened and liposuction may be employed to remove pockets of fat, both of which work to give the stomach a flatter, firmer look and feel. The belly button may also be repositioned to look more aesthetically pleasing before the remaining skin is pulled tightly over the stomach and the incision is closed. This surgery often is included as part of wildly popular Mommy Makeovers, a collection of procedures designed for women in New Jersey to help restore features impacted by pregnancy and childbirth. An extended tummy tuck, on the other hand, typically is best suited for those who have lost a large amount of weight through diet and exercise or weight-loss surgery and now struggle with excess amounts of sagging fat on the abdomen. The results of an extended tummy tuck can be dramatic, altering a patient’s overall body size and shape.

Breast and other lifts

When the breasts sag due to age, weight loss, or the effects of breastfeeding, a breast lift can be helpful to reposition them on the chest wall. Incisions are made on the breast to remove excess skin, and implants may be placed to enhance their size and shape. Other areas of the body can also benefit from undergoing similar lift procedures, including the thighs, upper arms, face, and buttocks. During a lower body lift, excess skin is removed from the abdomen, outer thighs, hips, and buttocks, oftentimes during a single surgery. This procedure offers the added benefit of smoothing the skin’s surface and improving the dimpled appearance of cellulite.

CoolSculpting

This nonsurgical procedure requires little or no downtime following treatment to remove persistent, targeted fat. It is approved by the FDA for use by the board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group on areas including the back, thighs, upper arms, and abdomen. CoolSculpting involves a process called cryolipolysis, during which specialized equipment crystallizes (or freeze) subcutaneous fat cells, which then go on to die. The body processes the cells naturally over time and eliminates them. A short, deep-tissue massage is performed following each CoolSculpting treatment to help move the fat that has been released by the tissues, as well as boost its drainage from the lymphatic system. Several areas may be able to undergo treatment on the same day. New Jersey patients may begin to notice a more toned, contoured appearance in treated areas within several weeks. Once removed, fat cells cannot return to the body, making it possible to achieve long-lasting results with CoolSculpting.

Ultherapy

This innovative treatment uses ultrasound technology to improve the appearance of sagging skin, lines, and wrinkles and provide results similar to those achieved through traditional facelift procedures minus the surgery and extended downtime. This makes it ideal for those who wish to restore a youthful appearance to their skin but who are unable to undergo - or simply would rather avoid - invasive surgery. Cleared by the FDA, Ultherapy employs carefully calibrated levels of ultrasound energy that is deposited deeply into targeted areas of tissue at precise temperatures to stimulate the production of collagen over the course of several months. Most patients of The Peer Group in Florham Park, NJ, require only one Ultherapy treatment, which typically takes an hour or so to complete and requires no recovery period. Its long-lasting results may include visibly smoother skin and a slimmer-looking face overall.

SculpSure

With the help of laser energy, FDA-cleared SculpSure is able to remove targeted, pesky fat cells from areas including the inner and outer thighs, back, abdomen, and below the chin to create defined contours with minimal discomfort and zero downtime. Treatments take about 25 minutes to perform, during which light-based technology heats and destroys fat cells. All the while, patients are kept cool and comfortable, and most usually are able to return to work or other regular activities immediately following the procedure. Over the course of several weeks to a few months, damaged fat cells are naturally removed by the body’s lymphatic system. The long-lasting results may include a noticeably slimmer appearance in areas treated with SculpSure.

As you can see, numerous body contouring options exist for New Jersey area men and women. Some require surgery and a lengthy recovery period, while others have patients up and moving around within a few moments of their procedure. You are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group in Florham Park, NJ, to discuss how which of these exciting procedures may help you achieve the more-toned, shapely results that you desire.


7 Common Mistakes When Getting a Breast Lift in NJ and How to Avoid Them

Many women are getting breasts lifts done in New Jersey and all around the country - over 300,000 did last year, actually!

Women get breast lifts for a variety of reasons. Some do it to fix their sagging breasts while others do it to finally get that perky, proportional look they've always wanted.

Either way, a breast lift usually has the same outcome: it makes a woman feel much sexier and a lot more confident in her own skin. But, the best way to achieve such a feeling is to do everything right. You can't afford to make mistakes when getting a breast lift in NJ if you want the absolute best results.

Here are 7 things to avoid doing during your breast lift process.

1. Half-Hearted Research

The results of your breast lift heavily depend on the surgeon you choose. As such, you need to do a thorough search for all the surgeons in your area.

Consider how long each plastic surgeon has been doing breast lifts as well as the number of years they’ve been in practice. Check to see whether or not your top choices are board-certified and look into what past clients have to say as well.

2. Speeding Through the Consultation

The best way to tell if you've chosen the right surgeon is to get a consultation from a few different doctors. Plan 2-3 consultations within the same week then sit down on your own and compare the pros and cons of each one.

This is your chance to get a feel for each doctor's level of professionalism and knowledge of the procedure. It's also an opportunity to get a sense of how well you can trust them and how comfortable you feel with them.

More so, a consultation is the time to ask all the questions you have about a breast lift. Some women just take the doctor's word for it without bringing up their concerns or hesitations. As much as you need to trust the medical professional who will perform your procedure, it pays to educate yourself about the whole process.

Use your consultation to ask everything from the level of pain you can expect to feel post-op to everything you need to do to prepare for the surgery. Talk about the changes you'll need to make in your level of activity, too.

3. Not Looking at Before and After Photos

Another smart thing to do before getting a breast lift is to look at the results your surgeon has provided past clients. Browsing through the before and after photos gives you an idea of what your breasts will look like after surgery.

Although each woman's breasts are unique, before and after photos reflect the skill and attention to detail of the surgeon you've chosen. You don't want to ignore this. Make sure you ask for before and after photos before your consultation is over.

4. Ignoring the Surgeon's Recommendations

Keep in mind that part of building a relationship with your surgeon is to take their advice. A surgeon won't explicitly tell you what to do, but they will do their best to guide you in the right direction. Listen to them when they do.

You may go into a consultation with the thought of fixing your sagging breasts only to realize they can't be completely transformed. Or, you may contact a surgeon about a breast implant procedure and then realize that a breast lift is the better option or even a lift with an implant.

At the end of the day, you make the final decision (so long as it's possible for your body). But, it's good to do so with the surgeon's suggestions in mind.

5. Neglecting Your Post-Surgery Responsibilities

Don't forget that there's work to be done after the surgery is complete. This is arguably the most important part of the entire breast lift process. The doctor's efforts won't look as best as they can if you neglect your post-surgery instructions.

Make sure you're resting as much as you're supposed to, treating your incisions carefully and following the instructions provided. After several weeks, you can ease back into your fitness routine but don’t overdo it. And wear your surgical bra every single day.

6. Continuing to Wear Your Old Bras

It is important to wear a good fitting support bra or sports bra for several weeks after surgery. And as far as your old bras go; now's the time to treat yourself to new ones.

Even though the size may not change much, the overall contour wil. A new bra will provide the ideal fit for the way that your breasts are now positioned. They'll give you the best level of support to ensure the results you've gotten last a long time.

7. Getting a Breast Lift for the Wrong Reasons

Here's something to think about: why do you want a breast lift in the first place? Don't get a breast lift if you think it will please someone else.

Also, think about what kind of confidence you're looking to get out of this. It's one thing to fix the asymmetrical breasts you've always had or to lift sagging breasts that make you feel older than you are. But, there's a fine line between the confidence boost a breast lift can provide and expecting it to resolve all your body image insecurities.

Find the Right Surgeon to Do Your Breast Lift in NJ

Ready to get the breast lift you've been dreaming of for a while now? Great! Just be sure you find the right surgeon for the job.

If you're looking for a breast lift in NJ, you've come to the right place.

Click here to discover why The Peer Group is the perfect team to do your procedure.