Plastic Surgery

New Year, New You

January has always been an ideal month for change. It’s filled with New Year’s resolutions, new goals and aspirations, and most importantly, it marks the beginning of a clean slate. So whether it’s been a longtime, personal ambition to achieve the look you’ve always wanted – or you’re simply looking to start the New Year off in a dramatic, transformative way – these are the top 7 most impactful procedures to consider for 2016.

The hype behind waist cinchers is nothing compared to the instant and long-lasting effects of a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty – the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. Whether it’s a full abdominoplasty or a mini tummy tuck, the procedure is a maximum of 4 hours (but can be as little as 1). The surgery can be an in-patient or outpatient procedure, depending on your situation’s severity.

Your nose’s relation to the entirety of your face can change your whole appearance. Some contributing factors behind a distorted facial balance include a nose’s size, profile, tip, nostrils and nasal symmetry. Among the most popular? Visible humps or depressions on the bridge. Rhinoplasty is also used to correct structural defects in the nose to improve impaired breathing – like a deviated septum, one of the most common.

Breast augmentation – Enhancing the size or volume in your breasts is the second most popular cosmetic surgery that women undergo. The breast implant can be inserted through incision into a pocket under the pectoral muscle, or directly behind the breast tissue. Patients who have had this surgery report higher feelings of confidence, attractiveness, and femininity than ever before.

The surgery removes fat from the male abdomen, back, flanks, neck and breast – breast being one of the most pressing for clients who choose to go this route, due to Gynecomastia (the swelling of breast tissues in boys and men). While there’s no specific cause, the condition can affect one or both breasts, and cause a serious amount of pain.  Liposuction removes the fat, but not the breast gland tissue thanks to several small incisions.

Commonly referred to as eyelid surgery, Blepharoplasty serves the purpose of refreshing the area surrounding your eyes. It’s used to treat loose or sagging skin, puffiness, eyelid bags, drooping lower eyelids, excess skin and wrinkles. While some may seem like pure cosmetic reasons, the surgery can resolve medical issues like impairing vision. Additionally, a brow lift (or forehead life) can reduce horizontal wrinkle lines, improve frown lines, raise sagging brows and set eyebrows in a youthful and alert position.

Once you’ve been healed, and the details of the surgery are all said and done, the incision lines from a facelift (or rhytidectomy) are extremely concealed within the hairline and natural contours of the face and ear. Even though it can’t possibly turn back time and reverse your age, the procedure truly does make a drastic, youthful impact on your appearance by improving the sagging in the middle of the face, deep creases below lower eyelids and along the nose, loss of fat, jowls, loose skin and fatty deposits.

On a more practical note, excisional surgery is performed to remove the entire cancerous growth that has formed on particular areas of the skin. The excised tissue is then observed to confirm that all cancerous cells have been removed. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most frequent occurring skin cancer form, and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form. Still weary? It has an accepted cure rate of 92 percent when this technique is used.

If you’re living in the greater New York City area, don’t put your stunning transformation on hold any longer. Dr. Blaine’s two offices are conveniently located in Huntington and Staten Island. Call 631-223-7869 (or fill out a contact form) to schedule an appointment today.

5 Must Have Procedures Before the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us. That means parties with family and friends, plenty of memories to be made and pictures that will last a lifetime. You want to look your best for those holiday parties and all of those photos. If you are not happy with your appearance and want to improve it, then give yourself an early Christmas present. With Dr. Christine Blaine, you can get fast results right before hosting your loved ones to celebrate the season. Here are five quick procedures you can have before the holidays at Blaine Plastic Surgery.

1. Breast Augmentation

Have you always wanted larger looking breasts? A breast augmentation from Dr. Blaine will have your breasts looking full and lifted in time for the holidays. With a choice between silicone and saline implants, Dr. Blaine will help you pick the perfect size to complement your body and meet your aesthetic goals. The procedure is quick, and only requires less than 1 week off of work! Get ready to look great in your holiday outfits.

2. Tummy Tuck

We have all tried to lose weight by dieting and exercising on a daily basis, but sometimes it is not enough. Your waistline might not be where you want it and even if you lose the weight, you could be left with excess skin on your abdomen. Right before you stuff yourself with holiday treats, consider a tummy tuck.

This procedure removes the extra, flabby skin and fat from all parts of the abdomen. It also will tighten the muscle in the area and give your stomach a firmness you can feel confident in. The surgery takes roughly 1-4 hours to complete and will look natural afterwards. You will be fully recovered in 2-4 weeks. The holiday season is the best time to do this because you will be wearing heavier clothes.

3. Botox and Fillers

Are you feeling self-conscious when you smile because of wrinkles or age lines on your face? Dr. Blaine’s noninvasive procedures such as Botox or fillers will take years off of your skin and bring back that youthful look you had years ago. Botox will eliminate the wrinkles and allow the patient to feel comfortable in their own skin again. When Botox is used early, it can help prevent lines from being seen in the first place.

Botox can help to treat numerous medical conditions such as migraines, muscle spasms, underarm sweating, eye twitching, overactive bladder and more. Results can hold up for roughly four months. You will be looking photo-ready for all of those holiday pictures!

Fillers such as Juvaderm, Voluma, and Restalyn are other great options for restoring volume to your face for a subtle but youthful look. Improve fullness in your cheekbones, lips, or anywhere else lacking volume to look picture perfect for the holidays.

4. Sciton BBL, Photofacial, & Skin Tyte

All of these facial procedures are quick and painless, and will have you looking the best you’ve looked in years! The holidays are the perfect time to come into Blaine Plastic Surgery for one of these quick treatments. Photofacial will remove the browns and reds from your skin for a glowing and even skin tone. Skin Tyte will begin the process of youthful skin for years to come, as it helps stimulate collagen. Sciton BBL is a laser hair removal treatment that will ensure you never have to shave again!

5. Blepharoplasty

Do you have a week off of work around the holidays? This is a great time to have a Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, at Blaine Plastic Surgery. This procedure will give you a rested youthful appearance, and you will be guaranteed to have people asking you if you just returned from vacation!

Contact Blaine Plastic Surgery today for a quick consultation. Any of these procedures will have you looking your best for the holiday season.

Why Winter Is The Best Time for Plastic Surgery

So you’ve decided that you want to get plastic surgery, but you’re not sure when you should go forth with the procedure. While you may be anxiously awaiting your transformation, it’s important that you take the time to plan accordingly. Here are a few reasons why winter is the best time for plastic surgery.

The Perfect Time for Recovery

Why Winter Is The Best Time for Plastic Surgery

Winter is a great season for plastic surgery because it’s the perfect time for recovery. With the weather being cold and not many activities taking place, it’s the perfect time to stay at home and recover from your procedure. Recovery from plastic surgery is one of the most difficult aspects of the procedure, and getting adequate rest is crucial for achieving the results you desire. Because you’re more likely to be less active during the winter, it’s an ideal time of the year to get a procedure done. Plus, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love curling up on the couch under some cozy blankets and watching TV or reading a book?

The Perfect Gift For the Holidays

If you’re sick of getting useless holiday gifts, or gifts that you despise and want to return, then waiting to get your procedure done in the winter may be the perfect solution! It has become extremely common for people to gift their loved ones cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures. Consider asking your family or significant other for your procedure as a gift for the holidays, like Christmas. If they planned on getting you a gift regardless, it might as well be something you actually want or need. It’s a win-win situation for all!

The Perfect Time To Heal 

Why Winter Is The Best Time for Plastic Surgery

Unlike spring and summer when you’re likely to wear less clothing and have your skin more exposed, the winter is the perfect time for plastic surgery because your incisions and scars will be covered. With the weather being colder during the winter months, you’re likely to wear clothing and layers that will cover your body, and possibly the area of your procedure. This is an advantage in your recovery as your incisions will be less exposed and more likely to heal without any problems. With your skin being covered by layers, this also gives your scars more of an opportunity to heal. This way, you can feel less self-conscious about any scarring that may occur, resulting in a more comfortable recovery.

The Perfect Time To De-Stress

Even though you may get some time off from work during the holiday season, this time of year can be extremely stressful for many people. In fact, studies show that stress and anxiety are often at their highest points during this time of year for women, who typically take on the responsibility of shopping for gifts, preparing meals and decorating the home. Since the winter seems to be a time when you need to de-stress the most, it makes perfect sense to plan your procedure during this time of year and hit two birds with one stone: de-stressing from the holidays while recovering from your procedure.

The Perfect Way to Start A New Year 

Why Winter Is The Best Time for Plastic Surgery

Every new year is a new opportunity. There’s nothing like starting off the new year on a fresh clean slate all while feeling great about yourself. Planning your plastic surgery procedure during the winter is the perfect setup for this. Having your plastic surgery procedure done in the winter also allows for you to be fully recovered by the summer, which is of significance when it comes to procedures in areas of your body that will be exposed by your bathing suit. Plan your plastic surgery procedure in the winter and you’ll be ready for a new year and a new you!

Dr. Christine Blaine offers a wide-array of plastic surgery procedures to her patients. Learn more about them here.

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