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Why Winter is the Perfect Season for a Halo Treatment

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4 Reasons Why You Should Schedule Your Halo Procedure in NY this Winter

Releasing your inner glow has never been easier, all thanks to Halo. A worthwhile skin treatment that is offered at select plastic surgery centers, Halo is a mix between deep dermal rejuvenation and epidermal renewal. Utilizing the world’s first hybrid fractional laser, the treatment is non-invasive and requires little to no downtime. As winter continues to make itself known, consider these four reasons why you should schedule your Halo appointment this season:

1.    Halo helps hydrates beat-up skin that winter brings about

As the frigid temperatures of winter drop lower than we may like to see, it’s almost a reflex to crank the heat up inside of our cars, homes and workplace offices upon instance. While that heat does keep us nice and toasty, it does quite a number on our skin. The mix of hot and cold makes it extremely irritated, blotchy, red and completely dried out. The Halo treatment will improve your skin’s damaged tone and texture, all while bringing about a fresh new glow that’s not easy to find during the winter months.

2.    There’s a lot more time to effectively recover 

Even though Halo is a skin correcting procedure with little to no downtime, it still takes a designated period for the results to show completely, and for your freshly treated skin to heal. So if you receive the Halo treatment during this time of year, it’s a lot easier to give yourself the time you need to fully recover accordingly, and allow those results to shine through in the most effective manner. Not to mention, the snow, sleet and cool air are all primary reasons people tend to stick around indoors throughout the winter season. This means you won’t be missing out on anything while your skin desensitizes itself – another benefit to receiving the Halo treatment during the winter.

3.    Halo prepares your skin for the warmer seasons ahead

For those non-winter lovers, looking forward to the much warmer, brighter and cheerful days of the spring and summer is enough to get through the chilly winter months. When you opt for the Halo treatment during these cooler days, you’re virtually setting your skin up for its most beautiful, radiant appearance possible – a big bonus to those who love the warmer temperatures to come. Because the Halo results gradually improve with time – regardless of the changes you’ll see in a matter of weeks after the session – the collagen production becomes more stimulated, and therefore more noticeable by the time those first flowers bloom in April.

4.    You can easily avoid the sun post treatment

As previously noted, those who receive Halo during the winter can easily hang out and recover indoors, thanks to the freezing weather conditions. Another advantage? This newfound time inside makes it that much easier to avoid direct sunlight, which is a recommendation most certified plastic surgeons make to their patients upon getting the Halo treatment done. Because the treatment involves the use of a laser, it automatically makes the skin more susceptible to sun damage. Nevertheless, when you do make inevitable and brief appearances outside during the winter months after your treatment session, be sure to wear scarves and sunblock!

Halo Treatments in New York

Improve your skin’s complexion with the highly rated, highly effective Halo treatment. Your Halo treatment is a completely customizable plan that drastically improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, tone and texture, in addition to reducing the size of pores, and increasing your skin’s glow. Halo is a non-invasive procedure with little to no downtime, creating results that only become stronger with time.

We are proud to offer Halo treatments at Blaine Plastic Surgery, and encourage men and women alike to contact our office at (631) 470-2000 to schedule your consultation. Winter is clearly the best time for this treatment, so we’d love to hear from you as soon as possible!

6 Tips to Get Your Glow Back

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Have you noticed your skin losing its natural glow? Years of damage to your skin, including exposure to the sun, menopause, unhealthy eating, stress and cigarette smoking can all be contributors to your now lackluster complexion. Although you can’t control the way age affects your skin, you can control the other factors that leave your skin looking dull and tired. Improve your skin and get your natural glow back by following these six great skin care tips!

Tips for Natural, Glowing Skin

1. Practice Sun Safety

Sun exposure is a major contributor to damaged skin, but with the right skin care precautions, you can stay protected from the sun. A great way to protect your skin is by using Elta MD! This chemical-free, natural sunscreen is oil-free with just a touch of color that provides sun protection for every skin type and lifestyle. Water-resistant, this sunscreen will last all day long – withstanding water, humidity and perspiration.

2. Use a Skin Care Serum

Skin care serum is a lightweight formula with a host of active ingredients targeted to address concerns like wrinkles or pigmentation. Serums deliver the active ingredients into the deepest layers of your skin where the changes in your skin take place. However, serums only offer minimal moisture, so it’s best to use them along with a moisturizer. A serum can be applied morning, night or both, but the best way to apply it is after cleansing and before moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup. One of the best serums is Image’s MD Reconstructive Serum. It’s a unique daily hydrating serum with a complex of stabilized Vitamin C (Tri-C Complex™) protects skin from reactive oxygenated species (ROS). Also combats aging effects with a high concentration of anti-oxidants. Lightens, tightens, and brightens in one simple application.

3. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

What’s the key to amazing, glowing skin? Moisturizing! Moisturizing is an important factor to your daily skin care routine. If you leave moisturizer out of your routine, not only will your skin get dry, but it will also cause your complexion to look dull and flaky as well as lead to deeper wrinkles later on. But you can’t just use any moisturizer! Look for a day cream with an SPF 30 or higher. One of our favorites, including Miss USA 2015, is Image’s Prevention+ it’s not only a daily skin moisturizer but also a built-in broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection.

 

For your skin to look its absolute best don’t forget a night cream! It will give your skin the adequate hydration it needs and also stimulate collagen production, leaving your skin looking fresher when you wake up. A good night repair cream is Image’s The Max Stem Cell Crème. Its corrective peptides relax facial expressions reducing formation of wrinkles. It also contains a natural marine plant based tightening complex that will smooth the skin and leave it more radiant.

4. Eat a Healthier Diet

Healthy skin always starts with a healthy diet. If you eat the right foods, your skin will appear brighter and healthier, but if you’re eating junk food prepare for your skin to look dry and lackluster. For a better complexion, start eating skin super foods! Packed with vitamins – almonds, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, dark chocolate, flaxseeds and safflower oil are incredible for your skin and your health. Each super food serves a purpose to protect your skin from harmful rays, breakouts and dry, flaky and itchy skin. Start eating better, and you’ll be delighted when your skin starts to have a natural glow again.

5. Drink More Water

Make your skin glow by drinking more water! Drinking water can help nourish your skin, prevent it from looking dull and tired and get rid of harmful toxins. Drinking at least eight glasses a day will help you see improvements in your complexion, but also make sure you carry a water bottle with you throughout the day, especially if you’re building up a sweat at the gym! It’s always better to drink more water when you’re exercising to rehydrate your body and skin.

6. Get That Glow with Halo, The World’s First Hybrid Fractional Laser

Get back your glow with Halo! Halo gives you the results you want without the downtime you would expect. Some of the benefits include improvement in appearance of discoloration, texture, fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, scar revision, increased reflectivity and glow. There is no other treatment like it, Halo can eliminate years of damage by precisely targeting the right depth. Restore that luminous glow you had when you were younger. Just ask Sharon Osbourne, a satisfied customer of the Halo.

Get Your Glow Back with Dr. Blaine

Wow your friends and family with your new youthful appearance by getting the Halo Glow treatment at Blaine Plastic Surgery! Dr. Blaine will precisely target all of the years of damage to your skin, including discoloration, sun damage, signs of aging, uneven skin tone and more to get back your glow. We also offer Elta MD in both of our two New York locations so your skin can stay protected from the sun. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Blaine to get your natural glow back by calling (631)-336-2984 today!

Plastic Surgery Consultation Tips

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Things You Need to Know Before Your Plastic Surgery Consultation

Choosing to have a procedure done is a big decision. The next step is scheduling your cosmetic consultation! A plastic surgery consultation is not only an opportunity for a surgeon to learn about you, but it’s a great opportunity for you to evaluate your potential surgeon, while also learning the benefits, possible risks, and recovery time of the procedure you are interested in. Get the most out of your consultation with our help.

What to Bring to Your Cosmetic Consultation

You’ve completed your research about your desired procedure and your potential plastic surgeon, but the preparation doesn’t end there. Bringing the right materials to your consultation can make the appointment run much more smoothly, helping you feel more comfortable. Below are some things you should bring to your plastic surgery consultation:

  • Comfortable Clothes

    This is especially important if you’re thinking of a breast or body procedure. Wearing comfortable clothing will make disrobing much easier and practical. In addition, your plastic surgeon may be able to hide some of your scars if you bring in your favorite clothing, swimwear, or undergarments.

  • Medical History Information

    To make things easier, have your medical history information ready. This includes any medical problems that run in your immediate family. Having this information on hand will make the medical paperwork much easier.

  • Medications

    In addition to your medical history, it’s ideal to bring all of your medications, including any vitamins and supplements, with you to the consultation. That way you don’t forget about any of your medications while speaking to your plastic surgeon.

Questions to Ask During Your Cosmetic Consultation

Before your consultation, it’s crucial to think of a list of questions you would like to ask your surgeon. Bring a notebook and a pen so that way you can review your surgeon’s answers at home after the consultation has ended. Below are a few questions you should include on your list:

  • Are You Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

    This should be the first question you ask during your cosmetic consultation (or possibly earlier while you are making your appointment). While board certified surgeons may cost more than “cosmetic specialists,” it’s important to remember that you get what you pay for. Cutting corners to try and get the cost down isn’t worth it when it comes to your procedure! Many of these cosmetic specialists do not have any real medical training or expertise, resulting in botched surgeries. Ask to see your potential surgeon’s certificate from the American Board of Plastic Surgery. You can also visit ABPS’ website to verify your surgeon’s certification.

  • Am I a Good Candidate for this Procedure?

    A great cosmetic surgeon will not just give you what you want, rather, he or she will help you choose a procedure that gives you the look you desire and is best for your body.

  • What are Your Qualifications?

    Remember, the consultation is a place for you to learn all about your plastic surgeon! Asking about your surgeon’s qualifications, complication rate, and how often they perform the procedure are a great way to see how experienced your plastic surgeon is with your specific desired procedure.

  • What are Your Plans if a Problem Should Arise During or After Surgery?

    Even if your plastic surgeon has a low complication rate, it’s still crucial to have a backup plan. Learning about your surgeon’s contingency plans will help keep you at ease before your surgery.

  • What Will my Recovery be Like?

    Before you schedule your surgery, you need to understand the details of your recovery process so you can decide if it is the right time to proceed with a cosmetic procedure. Your surgeon will help you better understand how much time you can expect your procedure to take away from work, childcare, exercise, and other normal activities.

  • What is the Total Cost of my Procedure?

    Because plastic surgery is often elective, you may be responsible for all fees associated with it. Ask your surgeon what the estimated cost for your procedure will be, including surgeon’s fees, anesthesia, operating room expenses, and any materials needed.

Things to Look for at Your Plastic Surgeon’s Office

It’s important that you keep your eyes and ears open on your first visit to your plastic surgeon’s office. Even while you are sitting in the waiting room, there are some things you can pick up on that will help you decide if this surgeon is the right for you. Look for things like:

  • Is the office clean and organized?
  • Is the staff friendly and courteous?
  • Is the atmosphere warm and inviting?
  • Does your surgeon make you feel at ease?
  • Does your surgeon listen to your concerns and offer feedback?

Schedule Your Plastic Surgery Consultation Today

For more information on your desired procedure, give Dr. Blaine a call today at (631) 336-2984. Her attention to detail and care for her patients will immediately make you feel comfortable with all aspects of your procedure!

When is the Best Time For a Mommy Makeover?

When is the Best Time For a Mommy Makeover?

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Having a child is one of the best rewards that life can give. However, some of the negative side effects that come after childbirth, such as weight gain and body distortion can have new mothers feeling uncomfortable in their own skin. Even with a strict diet and exercise routine, some moms cannot get rid of loose abdominal skin, stretch marks, and sagging breasts. That’s why they choose to restore their youthful appearance with a mommy makeover procedure!

What is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover procedure consists of a combination of procedures to help new moms regain their confidence. Some common procedures of a mommy makeover include breast augmentation, body contouring, tummy tuck, and skin rejuvenation. Each mommy makeover is tailored to fit a patient’s individual wants and needs.

Mommy makeovers are extremely popular because several cosmetic procedures can be combined with a single recovery period. It allows for mothers to get the rest they need and deserve without sacrificing too much time. Whether a woman is insecure about her stretch marks, sagging from breastfeeding, or loose skin on her abdomen, a mommy makeover can help give her a body she is comfortable showing off, even with a baby on her hip!

How Long Should a Woman Wait After Childbirth Before a Mommy Makeover?

All cosmetic surgeons can agree that every woman’s safe period of when to have a mommy makeover is different. For some women, they are safe to have this procedure 3 months after childbirth. Other women will need to wait a year before it is safe for them to have a mommy makeover. Below are some of the questions women should ask themselves to see how long they should wait before having this procedure:

  • Am I Sure I Don’t Want Any More Children?

Women who are interested in this procedure should put it on hold until they are positive they are not having more children. This is to avoid repeat surgery in the future, costing extra time and money.

  • Has my Body Fully Recovered from Pregnancy?

This answer varies widely from woman to woman. If a woman does not give her body adequate time to fully recover from pregnancy, her body may change after the procedure. In addition, a woman should give her body enough time to fully heal so she knows exactly what parts of her body she wants to focus on during her procedure.

  • How Long do I Plan on Breastfeeding?

Women should wait anywhere between three to six months until after they have stopped breastfeeding to undergo this procedure. This ensures that the breasts are finished changing.

  • How Much Help do I Have?

It’s important to keep in mind that a mommy makeover procedure requires a recovery period. In addition to taking it easy when caring for their infant, women who undergo this surgery should refrain form household activities for about 2-4 weeks.

When Should I Consult a Plastic Surgeon About a Mommy Makeover?

No matter if it’s a day, a week, or a month after childbirth, you can schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon anytime about your mommy makeover procedure. Some like to schedule a consultation as soon as possible to find the optimal time to have the procedure. Others like to wait to see how their body changes after childbirth and to regulate their hormones so any residual pregnancy hormones do not affect their decision.

With her training in psychobiology, Dr. Christine Blaine has keen insight on how to meet her patients’ individual wants and needs. She knows that each of her patients desires and expectations are unique and is with them throughout the entire experience to ensure they are happy, safe, and comfortable. For more information on crafting your individual mommy makeover procedure, be sure to give her a call today: (631) 336-2984.

To Tell or Not to Tell: Keeping Plastic Surgery a Secret

To Tell or Not to Tell: Keeping Plastic Surgery a Secret

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Over the years, plastic surgery has been accepted more and more by society. Even with this new acceptance, many people struggle with telling their friends and family in fear of their loved ones’ reactions. Should you keep your plastic surgery a secret? It all depends on what’s the right decision for you and your body.

Why You Want to Keep Plastic Surgery a Secret

Privacy

Many people choose to not broadcast their plastic surgery procedure because they consider it a private matter. You are entitled to your privacy! Keep in mind that it will be easier to keep some procedures a secret compared to others. Procedures that require little to no downtime, or ones that are on a part of your body that aren’t visible on a daily basis, like a tummy tuck, will be easier to hide. On the other hand, with more noticeable procedures, like a facelift or breast augmentation, you may want to be ready to answer some questions from your friends, family, or coworkers. If you don’t get any questions, it’s really no one else’s business but your own.

Fear of Being Judged

With the continued growth of plastic surgery procedures every year, one can argue that going under the knife has become more acceptable compared to years ago. In addition, celebrities and mainstream media talk more positively about cosmetic procedures, making them more acceptable in our society. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, 71% of their respondents think our society is less judgmental about cosmetic surgery compared to just five years ago. Despite this growing acceptance, many people do not share the news about their procedure in fear of being judged by their peers. If you are worried that your friends and family are going to be unsupportive of your decision, the most you can do is assure them that you are making this decision for the right reason. At the end of the day, you have to focus on your happiness and confidence!

Why You Want to Tell People about Your Plastic Surgery Procedure

Have a Support System

One of the biggest reasons why people choose to tell their friends and family about their upcoming cosmetic procedure is because they need a support system throughout the process. Many procedures, like body contouring or a rhinoplasty, have a longer recovery period. Because of this, you will need to tell your spouse, a family member, or friend, so they can help you during this period of time.

Be Confident in the New You

Most people who consider a cosmetic procedure are looking to gain confidence about something that has upset them for years. Be proud of the new you and love the skin you’re in! You don’t have to make a loud announcement in front of your friends and family; you can either casually bring it up in conversation (before or after your surgery) or wait for people to ask you about your new appearance. No matter how people may react, it’s important to remember that your procedure was to boost your confidence and happiness, and you should not let anyone’s opinions make you feel bad about your decision.

Inspire Others

If you have already made the decision to have a procedure, you know that it’s not one that was made lightly. You may not even know it, but your friends or family members may be thinking about plastic surgery, but are scared of what his or her peers may think. Help inspire them to be more confident in their decision and themselves!

No matter your reason for getting a procedure, the choice of whether or not to tell people is your decision to make. For more information on a cosmetic procedure that you are interested in, contact Dr. Blaine today. With her background in psychobiology, Dr. Blaine will be able to help you throughout your entire journey, and help you feel comfortable with your decision to tell people about your procedure or keep it private.

Feeling good, but looking tired?

So you’re getting the recommended 8+ hours of sleep every night and you feel great, alert and the furthest thing from tired. So why do you look the exact opposite, as if you haven’t had a wink of sleep in days? Believe it or not, there are so many factors that can be the cause of your tired appearance. Some of these remedies are a quick fix while others require more attention and even money. Here are your options:

Water is the key to life
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It’s true. Think about it; water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. A lack of water will not only lead to dehydration but may be the reason you do not look as awake as you feel.

Drink plenty of water every day. And yes water, not sugary drinks that can actually do more to dehydrate your body. Many doctors recommend drinking eight 8-ounces glasses of water a day. If you start and end your day with a glass of water each, you’re bound to see a great improvement in your complexion.

Focus on your diet and take supplements
Feeling good, but looking tired?

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Sometimes those bag under your eyes don’t need home remedies, just a home-cooked meal. Stay away from artificial sweeteners, excess sugar, fried and salty foods, refined carbs, and alcohol. Instead, try any or all of these superfoods that will work wonders for your complexion and make you look a lot more awake:

  • Green tea
  • Salmon
  • Spinach
  • Tofu
  • Kiwi
  • Brazil nuts
  • Dandelion greens

Iron deficiency will not only make you feel tired all the time but can take quite a toll on your appearance. Even if you don’t actually qualify as being iron “deficient”, chances are your body will love it if you focus on adding a little more iron into your diet. Iron supplements are a quick remedy for this issue that you can add to the daily multivitamin you should already be taking.

Cosmetic Procedures
Feeling good, but looking tired?

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Unfortunately, some signs of tiredness in your face cannot easily be fixed by following the above home remedies. If you do not see an improvement in your appearance after trying to adjust your diet and drinking more water, there may be an underlying cause for your symptoms. Bags under the eyes or lines around the eye area can be hereditary or a cause of aging and sun exposure.

Fortunately, these unwanted features do not have to be a permanent part of your appearance. Various cosmetic procedures focus directly on the signs of aging that can be responsible for the tired look on your face each and every day.

Botox
Botox is perfect for fighting all kinds of wrinkles, the number one indicator of a tired look. This injectable goes straight into the muscle, causing it to firm, making those wrinkles disappear.

Juvederm
Juvederm is an injectable substance that works to replace the skin’s volume that naturally deteriorates over time, filling areas of the face with collagen and elastin for a more youthful and less tired look.

Blepharoplasty
Otherwise known as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty tightens the loose or sagging skin of the upper eyelids or the bags under the eyes that results in a more awake appearance.

It is important to give a cosmetic procedure the same amount of serious consideration that one would give a surgical procedure. If you feel that a cosmetic procedure is the right fix for your tired appearance, schedule a consultation with Dr. Blaine today at either our Huntington or Staten Island office.

It’s time to get back your awake and youthful appearance!

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.

-Samuel Ullman