Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

One of the most important decisions to make before having breast augmentation surgery,  is what type of breast implants are best for you. Currently the two most popular, FDA-approved options are saline and silicone implants. “Gummy bear” implants are still in the testing phase and only available through doctors who are participating in clinical trials. Saline and silicone breast implants have their own unique set of pros and cons that should factor into the decision-making process. (more…)

Are you a good candidate for breast implants?

There are many reasons a woman may desire breast implants. Perhaps she was born with naturally small or asymmetrical breasts. Or her breasts lost volume because of childbearing or breastfeeding. Other women want to reconstruct their breasts after a mastectomy. Some breast implant candidates have lost a significant amount of weight and experienced changes in their breast size and/or shape. (more…)

Liposuction vs. SmartLipo – How Do They Compare?

For the third year in a row, SmartLipo by Cynosure was named the “Best Body Contouring” procedure by the American Health and Beauty Readers’ Choice Awards. What makes this procedure so popular? An advanced liposuction modality, SmartLipo takes a non-invasive approach; the system yields wonderful results without significant downtime or recovery. SmartLipo reduces small areas of excess fat thereby refining the body in a slimmer and more attractive shape.

How Does SmartLipo Work?

SmartLipo uses laser energy to heat and melt away fat cells. A small fiber optic cannula delivers an extremely precise laser beam through tiny incisions to the fat deposits. The fat cells then rupture, and the liquid is suctioned from the body through the incisions. Approved by the FDA for safety, SmartLipo can be used on the thighs, buttocks, knees, abdomen and arms, as well as smaller areas of fatty tissue like the neck and cheeks. When used on the face, SmartLipo may eliminate the need for major facial rejuvenation procedures like a facelift or neck lift.

There are added bonuses of SmartLipo treatment: First, the laser beam seals blood vessels as it targets the fat cells, so there is less swelling, bleeding and bruising than with traditional liposuction. Also, the heat from the laser energy produces a skin tightening effect in the treatment areas.

SmartLipo is the ideal treatment for patients who seek effective body contouring treatment but have a busy lifestyle and need to return to work within a few days.

Advantages of SmartLipo

Some of the perks of SmartLipo include:

  • Less bruising, swelling and bleeding
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Doesn’t require general anesthesia
  • Skin tightening effect
  • Rapid recovery
  • Less risk of complications than traditional liposuction
  • Eliminates the need for more invasive surgical procedures

The results of SmartLipo are permanent, provided the patient maintains a healthy diet and regular physical activity. If fat deposits develop, they accumulate in parts of the body other than the treatment area.

Dr. Joshua Greenwald’s New York City plastic surgery practice is one of only a few in the area that offer this body contouring option. Please contact us for more details.

What is Zeltiq Cool Sculpting?

The Zeltiq CoolSculpting system was recently named “Best of Non-Invasive Fat Reduction” in the American Health and Beauty Readers’ Choice Awards. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body slimming treatment based on the premise that fat cells are vulnerable to cold temperatures. It essentially freezes fat away. (more…)

Are you a good candidate for liposuction?

Liposuction surgery is an extremely popular procedure among patients seeking plastic surgery in New York. It eliminates troublesome areas of fat from the body that are unresponsive to healthy weight loss efforts like diet and exercise. However, it’s not right for everyone. Here are some questions to ask yourself when considering liposuction. (more…)

Mommy Makeovers: The Safety of Combined Procedures

Most of my female plastic surgery patients have heard about the “Mommy Makeover” procedures.

Mommy Makeover - combined tummy tuck and breast augmentation

Mommy Makeover – combined tummy tuck and breast augmentation

Many patients often question whether it is safer to do the procedures they desire at a single operation or as multiple standalone operations.    (more…)