If diet changes and exercise haven’t given you that flat stomach you’ve tried so hard for, an abdominoplasty may be right for you. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen area while tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. The result is a flatter and taut abdomen. An abdominoplasty is different from liposuction, though some patients choose to have both procedures.
You may be an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck if you have a had several pregnancies and want to tighten the abdominal muscles, or if you have hanging skin or excess deposits of fat near the stomach. If you plan to get pregnant or lose a lot of weight, a tummy tuck is not for you but could be later. This procedure should not be viewed as a substitute for weight loss.
In preparing for a tummy tuck, you will consult with your doctor to determine if you need a complete abdominoplasty or a partial abdominoplasty. A complete abdominoplasty includes incisions from hipbone to hipbone after which the surgeon will contour the muscle, skin, and tissue to fit the desired result. This procedure will move your belly button, which will require tubes for drainage for a few days post surgery. A partial abdominoplasty is specifically for patients who have fat deposits below the navel. This option does not move the belly button and as a result takes less time complete.
A tummy tuck will take between one to five hours and may require an overnight hospital stay. General anesthesia will be used during the surgery. After the surgery, it is normal to have pain, swelling, fatigue, or bruising for a few days to a few weeks. Soreness may occur for up to a couple of months after. Complications are rare, but can include blood clots, infection, or bleeding beneath the skin flap. You are more likely to experience problems if you have liver, lung, or heart disease or poor circulation. A tummy tuck procedure will naturally leave scars. These may fade over time but will never fully disappear. Your surgeon will recommend medications for pain and ointment for scarring.
To determine if a tummy tuck is right for you, contact Dr. Sanjay Lalla at 973-324-9455. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your goals and concerns. Don’t hesitate to call today.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery was established in 1937 to uphold ethical, safe, and efficacious plastic surgery. Here is why you should choose a plastic surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery:
Board certification shows that the surgeon is qualified:
Even if a state medical board qualifies a surgeon, this does not guarantee they are certified and capable in the services they offer. There is a lot of profit to be had in the cosmetic surgery industry, and many physicians may arbitrarily add services to exploit this, whether or not they are qualified.
Board certification demonstrates continuing education: To be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a surgeon must complete six or more years of extra training after they graduate from medical school. Board certified surgeons could opt to pursue additional education to become qualified in other categories of plastic surgery. After they are certified, the surgeon will undergo comprehensive exams and regularly complete continuing education goals to keep their board certification. As the plastic surgery industry continues to expand and new technology is developed, continuing education is an invaluable component in making sure your surgeon is fully qualified to perform plastic surgery.
Board certification shows that the surgeon upholds high standards: Part of the mission of the American Board of Plastic Surgery is to support a philosophy grounded in ethical and safe practices that protect the patient. Too many times the news has reported botched plastic surgeries where unsafe or unethical practices were followed. Your investment in pursuing plastic surgery should be a confident one because you know that the safest practices are being upheld. With a board certified surgeon, you can rest assured that the greatest effort is being made to ensure that the highest ethical standards are observed.
If your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, they will likely make it very obvious on their website or about page. If you can’t find it there, call into the office and ask “Is this doctor board certified?” If you have questions about plastic surgery or if you want to schedule a consultation with board-certified Dr. Sanjay Lalla, contact us at 973-324-9455.
Each year, approximately half a million people in the US undergo liposuction for body contouring. That’s because liposuction has been proven to effectively reshape one or multiple areas on your body that haven’t responded to diet and exercise. But to make sure you’re getting the most out of your liposuction treatment it’s important to remember certain guidelines. That way, you can stay on the path to recovering safely with a pleasing outcome.
Wear compression garments.The best way to reduce swelling and bruising is to wear compression garments. This will also improve circulation and promote healing. Bandages will be applied to the treated area(s) after the procedure, and compression garments may be provided to you by your doctor. Ask ahead of time if you need to purchase your own.
Stay on top of pain.To ease pain and swelling, as well as help manage any pain, take an over-the-counter medicine like Aleve or ibuprofen. You will be prescribed an antibiotic to prevent infection, so be sure to take it for the entire recommended time to help with healing.
Patients typically need two to three days of recovery time before returning to work. Make sure to use that time to rest and recover. This includes preparing your recovery area in advance with things you frequently use on your nightstand, as well as having children looked after by a friend or relative while you recover.
Move carefully, but do get moving. Walking at a slow pace as soon as you feel you’re able is an effective way to fend off potentially fatal blood clots. Just be sure to avoid strenuous activity for at least the first few weeks following your liposuction procedure.
Listen to your doctor. Liposuction is a serious surgery, and your doctor knows what’s best. That’s why it’s important to follow doctor’s orders when it comes to pre- and after-care instructions. And make sure he listens to you, too. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to help you heal safely and incident-free.
Please click here to view before and after images of a liposuction procedure. And for more information about the benefits of liposuction, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.
Bellafill treatmentis a facial filler meant to treat smile lines and certain types of acne scars. While there are many dermal fillers on the market that treat fine lines and wrinkles, the results are temporary and require follow-up treatments to maintain results. Bellafill is different. It contains ingredients that add instant volume that lasts. What’s more, Bellafill is the only FDA-approved dermal filler on the market for treating acne scars and the most effective and long-term dermal filler currently available. Made with a combination of two distinct components (bovine collagen and PMMA microspheres), Bellafill has the ability to support your body’s collagen production over time.
How Bellafill® Works Bellafill treatment is a two-part process. The bovine collagen initially provides volume while smoothing out scars, and then the PMMA microspheres (a proven substance that has been used in medical implants for years) stimulate the body to produce more collagen gradually over time, essentially laying the foundation for long-term smoothness.
The Bellafill® Procedure Bellafill is injected with a tiny needle to make injections as inconspicuous and comfortable as possible. Your doctor may provide you with a topical anesthetic to relieve any discomfort, but because Bellafill already contains the numbing agent lidocaine, a topical treatment may not be necessary. The duration of the procedure depends on how many injections you have, but it only take a few minutes to administer the Bellafill. As with other injectable treatments, there are potential side effects including redness, bruising and swelling, which generally goes away within 24 hours. You will be able to see improved volume and fullness immediately following the procedure. The PMMA microspheres then get to work to create a foundation for your skin’s natural collagen, a process that will continue over the next several months. The bottom line: immediate results with long-lasting effects.
For more information about the positive effects of Bellafill, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.
Do you have a flat derriere or are you looking for more voluptuous curves to your backside? A Brazilian butt lift may be just the thing for you. For years, synthetic implants were the go-to way to enhance the buttocks, and while they still remain an option, the Brazilian butt lift is much more common today.
How It Works The Brazilian butt lift procedure uses a cannula (a small, hollow tube) and a suction device to extract connective tissue that stores fat from areas like your hips, waist, abdomen or thighs. Your surgeon will recommend the best areas to target for fat cells for a successful outcome. Once the fat cells have been removed, they will go through a purification process to extract the healthiest cells and prepare them for transplantation. The fat cells are then injected in tiny amounts into the buttocks to add volume and create a uniform, smooth appearance.
Recovery Time Most patients can return to work in about a week. In some cases, recovery time can be longer, such as if your job requires more physical activity like lifting or being on your feet for long periods of time. You will experience some bruising and swelling after the procedure, which will diminish in three to four weeks.
Are You a Candidate? You are an ideal patient for a Brazilian butt lift if you have enough fat in at least two areas of your body that can be used to reshape their buttocks. You should also be in good overall health and have the desire to correct a sagging or flat posterior. This procedure also works well on patients who have recently lost weight and want to balance out their overall curves. It’s important for you to be at your ideal weight for best results, and you should be committed to a healthy diet and exercise routine. Ideal candidates are also non-smokers who have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure.
To learn more about the benefits of a Brazilian butt lift, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455. And to view before and after images of successful Brazilian butt lift procedures, please click here.
There are three layers to your skin – epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. Dermis (the second layer) holds collagen, a group of molecules clustered together to provide support, strength and elasticity to your skin. As you age, your collagen levels drop, causing your skin to become less soft and supple looking. The good news is there are ways to help increase your collagen, including what you eat. Certain foods carry nutrients that promote skin elasticity. Here’s a breakdown of some of these collagen-friendly foods:
Dark green, leafy vegetables. Cabbage, spinach and kale are rich in the antioxidant lutein, which has been known to boost skin elasticity and hydration. And veggies rich in vitamin C like collards and asparagus can help your body produce more collagen.
Products like soy milk and cheese contain genistein, which amps up collagen and helps block the enzymes that are known to age your skin.
Dark fruits and vegetables.Red peppers, beets, sweet potatoes and carrots are just a few of the fruits and vegetables that contain the collagen-producing antioxidant lycopene, which builds up under the skin to add an extra layer of protection from harmful UV rays.
Omega acids.To create an excellent environment for collagen production, incorporate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids into your diet, including tuna, salmon and mackerel. And snack on nuts like cashews, pecans and almonds to give your skin an elasticity boost.
Sound the hallelujah chorus – chocolate is good for your skin! The cocoa bean can increase blood flow to the skin, creating higher levels of moisture. It can also help with UV protection. Just be sure it’s dark chocolate you eat. Only dark chocolate has enough antioxidants to be effective.
To learn more about maintaining and building skin elasticity, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455. And to view before and after images of successful skin treatments, please click here.
Out of all the organs in the human body, your skin is the largest. As such, you want to keep it looking and feeling amazing for quite some time. With the help of a chemical peel, you might be able to do just that. This particular treatment helps eliminate the old skin and pave the way for softer, suppler skin. In fact, chemical peels have a whole host of different benefits that you might not even realize were possible.
Main Benefits of Chemical Peels
Reduction in wrinkles and fine lines – As you age, it is only natural to develop wrinkles and fine lines. While they might start smaller, they tend to deepen and worsen over the course of time. Chemical peels are not only effective, but the procedure is relatively simple as well. The results can leave you looking younger in a minimal amount of time.
Minimized appearance of freckles and age spots – Anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors has probably dealt with a few sunburns along the way. While you might get a nice tan from all of your time outdoors, you could also end up with age spots and freckles. While many people use makeup to try to minimize the appearance of these spots, it might be a little difficult to use makeup all over your entire body. A facial treatment can work wonders for smoothing out your skin tone and minimizing the appearance of these spots.
Diminished acne – Regardless of how old you are, acne isn’t exactly something anyone wants to deal with. Peels can help with scarring and minimize acne leaving you with smooth, soft skin. Instead of acne standing out on your face, your skin could end up looking and feeling like it did when you were younger.
Interested in learning more about the benefits of chemical peels? Contact Dr. Sanjay Lalla, MD For more information about how this particular facial treatment or any of the other treatments we have can benefit you, contact Dr. Sanjay Lalla, MD at 973.324.9455. You are bound to love the new you looking back at you in the mirror.
The breast cancer journey is full emotion. If you’ve had a mastectomy because of breast cancer, you may be wary of having yet another procedure such as breast reconstructive surgery, a procedure that restores symmetry between the two breasts by replacing skin, breast tissue and the removed nipple. Let us put your mind at ease about breast reconstruction by answering these frequently asked questions.
How do I know if it’s right for me? The decision to undergo breast reconstruction is a highly personal and often difficult one to make. Many women choose to wear breast forms or pads instead of undergoing surgery, while others may feel that reconstructive surgery will give them psychological benefits like an overall sense of wellness. If you do choose breast reconstruction, be aware that there are options; you can choose to either get breast implants or have a flap procedure, during which your surgeon will your own tissue from another part of your body, such as the abdomen or back.
When should I have breast reconstruction? The best time to have reconstruction surgery depends on your medical conditions, cancer treatment and basic desire for the procedure. It can be done at the same time as breast removal or later on in life. Talk to your doctor to help decide the best timing for you.
Is breast reconstruction cosmetic surgery? Breast reconstruction surgery is considered part of treating a disease and is not considered a cosmetic procedure. In fact, according to the law, insurance providers cannot deny coverage.
How soon will I fully recover from surgery? The typical hospital stay is one to two days for implants and five to six days if you have the flap procedure. You can expect swelling, bruising and soreness for up to three weeks, and most women return to normal activities in as little as six weeks post-surgery. Over the following months, you’ll begin to notice gradual improvement to the shape of your reconstructed breast.
Please click here to view before and after images of breast reconstruction surgery. For more information about the benefits of breast reconstruction, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.
BOTOX is one of the most popular treatments for smoother, younger looking skin. That’s because it’s quick, safe and effective. If you think you could benefit from BOTOX injections but are still on the fence about the procedure, check out the most commonly asked questions about this treatment.
How does BOTOX work? Botox is a highly purified toxin that can semi-permanently eliminate forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet. It is injected directly into the face muscle to block the signals your nerves sent to that muscle to make it contract. When it’s relaxed, the lines that the contracting was creating are eliminated.
Does Botox Hurt? As with most injections, there can be some slight pain when receiving Botox, especially in the forehead area between your eyebrows. Your doctor may offer a topical anesthetic or numbing agent prior to the procedure.
How do I know if I’m a Good Candidate for Botox? Botox may be the right treatment for you if you are:
Unhappy with the way aging has affected your appearance
In good physical health
Free of a history of deep scars, skin disorders, or neuromuscular diseases (multiple sclerosis or myasthenia gravis)
Not pregnant or nursing
Over age 18
Are there side effects with Botox? After your procedure, you should expect some bruising around the injection sites which tends to only last a sort while. If you had Botox injected around your eyelids, your face may also feel a little slack after treatment, but this will wear off after a few hours.
What can I expect after Botox? Typically, patients begin to see results within a couple of days, with gradually more marked results over two weeks. You will be able to wear makeup immediately, but your doctor may advise you to avoid heavy workouts during this timeframe.
How long do the results of Botox last? While patient results vary, the effects of Botox usually last up to four months.
Please click here to view before and after images of Botox treatment. For more information about the benefits of Botox, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.
As one of the most common plastic surgeries performed today, a nose job (rhinoplasty) is a dramatic and effective way to change the shape, size and angle of your nose. In addition to approving your appearance, rhinoplasty is also an excellent procedure for correcting nasal conditions such as breathing problems and chronic congestion. Additional reasons why rhinoplasty is done include:
Altering the width of your nose at the bridge
Fixing a deviated septum
Balancing the size of the nose with the rest of your face
Improving your profile by getting rid of bumps or humps on your nose
Reshaping the tip of your nose if it is upturned, too big or drooping
Narrowing the nostrils
How It’s Done Rhinoplasty is performed when your surgeon makes incisions inside the nose in order to access the cartilage and bones. Tissue may be added, or some bone and cartilage may be removed, depending on the desired outcome. Your surgeon will then reshape and rearrange the bone and cartilage, followed by redraping the skin and tissue over the nose structure. Lastly, a splint is secured to the outside of your nose to support it as you heal.
Recovery After about a week, the splint will be removed from your nose. You’ll experience some bruising and swelling for several days following the surgery, especially around your eyes and nose. To help reduce the swelling, your doctor will recommend that you elevate your head and stay relatively still post-surgery, as well as refrain from strenuous activity for several weeks.
Talk to Your Doctor Before you decide to undergo rhinoplasty surgery, it’s important that you discuss with your surgeon that type of correction you desire. Together, you can set goals for the surgery and discuss your expectations, making sure that your idea of the outcome is realistic. If you’re expectations are reasonable, rhinoplasty can have a significant impact on your self-image.
Please click here to view before and after images of a rhinoplasty procedure. For more information about rhinoplasty, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.