Get Rid of the ‘Dad Bod’ With These Procedures

What is a “dad bod,” you ask?

According to the term’s original source:

“The dad bod is a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. The dad bod says, ‘I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.’ It’s not an overweight guy, but it isn’t one with washboard abs, either.”

While this isn’t exactly an all-out criticism, it’s also not a glowing review. Furthermore, if you yourself have what someone might describe as a “dad bod,” you’re probably looking for solutions, rather than just accepting the dad bod fate.

The good news is that there is absolutely no reason to settle for a dad bod if you don’t’ want it. If you want to eliminate the beer gut and love handles, you have that option with several plastic surgery procedures.

So, when you’re ready to say “so long!” to the dad bod life, here are the top procedures that will help.

Top Procedures for Tackling Dad Bod

Male Liposuction

Male Liposuction New York CityWhen you look in the mirror, you want to see what your mindset reflects: Confidence and strength. When you don’t see this, however, discouragement is inevitable. And it’s even more discouraging when you’ve been putting in long hours at the gym and you still aren’t seeing results.

When this is the case, male liposuction is the best procedure that can help. Any man with a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) and with good skin elasticity and muscle tone can be a strong candidate for liposuction. Remember that liposuction is not a weight loss tool – it is a body contouring procedure. It is designed to help the specific areas that are resistant to your diet and exercise.

The liposuction procedure removes stubborn fat from common fatty areas that men struggle with: abdomen, arms, chest, thighs, neck/chin, and flanks. This is achieved through the insertion of a hollow stainless steel tube, called a cannula, into the skin through very small incisions. Once the cannula is inserted, Dr. Schulman will suck out the excess fat cells by a combination of back-and-forth motions and suction. This trusted procedure is highly effective and can be performed as an outpatient. In fact, from start to finish, you’ll generally only have to spend a few hours in our office for liposuction.

Male Tummy Tucks

Male Tummy Tuck New York City Many men assume that procedures like tummy tucks are only for women. It is common for women to get a tummy tuck after pregnancies, but men also complain of excess abdominal skin that occurs with aging or with weight loss. The truth is, men are just as likely to get a tummy tuck as women are. Likewise, tummy tucks performed on men are just as effective as they are with women. Finally, men are just as satisfied with the results.

Whereas the liposuction procedure only removes fat deposits beneath the skin, the tummy tuck procedure (abdominoplasty) tightens up the ab muscles and also removes excess skin. This is often a good procedure for those who have recently lost a large amount of weight as it can help remove stretched out skin and stretch marks, especially on the lower abdomen.

In some cases, male liposuction is used in tandem with male tummy tucks — in effect, removing small deposits of excess fat while at the same time tightening the excess abdominal muscles, and removing excess skin. The entire result will give you a flatter, firmer, decidedly less “dad bod” abdomen.

Male Breast Reduction

It’s not uncommon for fullness in the male chest (gynecomastia) to develop over time. This may be caused by normal aging, hormonal factors, recreational drug use, prescription medications, weight fluctuations, or a genetic predisposition. Some men develop enlarged chests during puberty and it never improves.

Regardless of the cause, wanting to get rid of this excess tissue is completely natural, so many men attempt to reduce on their own. However, even with rigorous exercise and dieting, these efforts often prove futile. This may be because the glandular breast cannot be reduced with diet or exercise, because the fullness is actually caused by stretched skin, or because genetic factors make slimming in this area on your own simply impossible.

Fortunately, the male breast reduction procedure performed by Dr. Schulman is the ideal way to solve this problem.

In a male breast reduction (or gynecomastia surgery) New York City Dr. Schulman removes the excess glandular breast tissue and lifts and firms the area in order to get rid of droopiness and sagginess. Because everyone’s experience with gynecomastia is unique, Dr. Schulman will cater your procedure to you, specifically. In this way, your procedure may involve liposuction, physical tissue removal, and/or skin removal. The scars and recovery will depend on exactly what needs to be done for you.

Botox for Men

In the non-surgical realm, many men are looking for quick and effective solutions to facial rejuvenation. This means the reduction or elimination of wrinkles and lines — often, most troublesome at the corners of the mouth, between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and at the outer corners of the eyes (crow’s feet). As a man, you may also want to combat unfortunate natural facial expressions that can sometimes make you appear angry, worried, or tired — even when you aren’t.

The best solution for these challenges is — time and again —Botox.

Botox provides fast and highly-effective solutions to wrinkles and the appearance of unwanted expressions. It can also slim bulky or unattractive jawlines, and it can even reduce excessive sweating on the hands and feet or beneath the underarms.

Furthermore, Botox will not only reduce and get rid of wrinkles, but it will actually prevent further wrinkles from forming as you age.

Possibly the best news about Botox is that the process is fast, and simple. Discomfort is extremely minimal, and there is no downtime involved.

Chemical Peels or Laser Treatments

When you’re after improvement for skincare issues such as scarring, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, or uneven texture, chemical peels and lasers are simple, noninvasive procedures that can help.

Dr. Schulman uses a variety of chemical peels of varying strengths. These peels may treat the outermost layers or go even deeper into the skin.  Recovery from chemical peels is minimal, but will depend on the depth of the treatment. It may involve several days of redness, followed by several days of peeling. In the end, you’ll enjoy smoother, tighter, more even skin.

Laser treatments are also a great option. Dr. Schulman has a variety of lasers available to you. These lasers may resurface the outer layers with minimal downtime, or he may recommend a deeper laser treatment to reduce lines, wrinkles, and old acne scarring.

For optimal effectiveness, many patients opt to combine their chemical peels and lasers with procedures such as neck lifts and eyelid surgery.

Ready to Start Working on That Dad Bod?

Dr. Schulman a New York City Plastic Surgeon offers the type of male plastic surgery New York City guys can get on board with: Straight-forward, effective procedures with straight-forward, effective results.

From Botox and chemical peels to male liposuction and breast reduction, Dr. Schulman will help you say goodbye to the dad bod lifestyle and hello to a body you can be proud to strut at the beach or gym.

To schedule your “dad bod” consultation with Dr. Schulman today, give our office a call at (212) 289-1851, or send us a message and we’ll be in touch with you soon!

Top 3 Cosmetic Procedures Most in Demand by the New Generation

In this new age of social media, everyone wants to look their best. Everyday millions of people post images on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram that showcase their best selves to the world. That includes this new generation of millennials who are signing up for plastic surgery procedures in record numbers.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in their 2019 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, an estimated 17.7 million cosmetic procedures took place. Many of those procedures were requested by the “new generation”, a subset of Millenials who are 20-39 years old. Of the procedures that were most requested, the top of the list include breast augmentation, liposuction, and rhinoplasty.

Let’s look at a little bit more about these top 3 cosmetic procedures most in demand by the new generation and why people are exploring these options in body improvements. Plus, the best part of this new generation is that they aren’t afraid to talk about the body and face improvements they want a plastic surgeon to make for them. It’s a whole new world of full transparency

Breast Augmentation New York City is the #1 Requested

Breast augmentation is by far the most requested cosmetic procedure by this new generation. This is also called an augmentation mammoplasty or more informally referred to as “breast implants” or “breast enlargement”. During this procedure, a plastic surgeon inserts implants that are filled with either silicone or saline under a patient’s existing breast tissue. The goal with implants is to get the most natural looking and feeling results as possible. The latest implant technology allows a combination of durability and natural appearing and feeling.

There are many reasons that people decide they want to enhance their body in this way. It may be that they like their breasts but desire a larger cup size. Other times it could be to even out differences in size and shape between each breast. Asymmetry is very common and is a big reason why people decide they want to undergo breast augmentation surgery with breast implants.

Some people have this type of procedure after surgery to treat breast cancer. This would be reconstructive surgery. A mastectomy to remove one or both of the breasts after cancer can contribute to the desire for implants. The rebuilding of this area with a breast implant can make a person’s recovery feel more complete by restoring their body to the form they want.

Millennials Want to Feel More Confident

As a confidence booster many women feel that having breast augmentation will make them happier with their figure. This subset of millennials is very outspoken about their desire to better themselves in any way they see can. There is less stigma associated with this surgery than ever before. With social media, the new generation isn’t afraid to document their own plastic surgery journeys to their friends, family, and followers. 

Past generations might have been more close-mouthed and secretive about visiting a plastic surgeon, but that’s not the case anymore. It’s a very accepted way to better your appearance if that’s what you choose to do. People are proud of the improvements that a plastic surgeon can do for them. It’s evident on television shows that highlight and explore the benefits of plastic surgery.

What to Expect After Breast Augmentation Surgery

After the surgery there can be some pain and swelling. It is done on an outpatient basis, with the patient being allowed to go home the same day. The stitches used for the incision are dissolvable and will be absorbed into the body within six weeks. To relieve the pain and discomfort an over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen can be taken. Most patients are back to normal daily activities within a few days.

The patient will have to be careful to avoid strenuous activities for about 3-4 weeks, wear a special supportive bra, and may have to do some post-operative exercises to relieve pain and increase arm movement.

The #2 Cosmetic Procedure is Liposuction New York City

Liposuction is one of the oldest cosmetic procedures and it’s still very popular among the new generation to tone and tweak their figures. This procedure removes extra pockets of fat from various areas in the body. Those places can include the stomach, thighs, hips, neck, or arms. It’s not meant to be a weight loss solution, but rather the procedure can help to streamline and slim those hard to lose places where exercise isn’t doing the trick. It is a body contouring procedure.

This procedure is also done as an outpatient, and you are able to go home the same day, There can be soreness, bruising, and swelling after the surgery. The discomfort will vary depending on the extent of liposuction and the number of areas.

Compression garments are worn after the surgery to help minimize the pain and reduce swelling. Over-the-counter medications can also be taken as well.

The Long Term Results of Liposuction

For different people the long term results of liposuction can vary. If the person gains significant weight, the fat deposits will come back in certain areas. You have to be very careful to maintain a healthy lifestyle after having liposuction done and your body may change as you continue to age. 

Rhinoplasty New York City is the #3 Top Procedure

Finally, the third most popular procedure is rhinoplasty or what is commonly called a “nose job.” This allows the plastic surgeon to slim down, reshape, or fix bumps and asymmetry in the nose area. It can enhance the entire facial structure for a person when it’s done the right way.

The nose is one of the most common areas for improvement that makes a big difference in a person’s overall appearance. In this age of “selfies” being taken all the time, the new generation has mastered this way of taking their own photo for showing off on social media. That’s why a cosmetic procedure involving the face is still such a popular surgery for millennials to have.

Many older teens also request this surgery before they head off to college as a graduation present from their parents. This rite of passage has been popular for decades.

After a Rhinoplasty Cosmetic Procedure

This surgery is also done on an outpatient basis.  After a rhinoplasty procedure, the patient can expect to be bandaged with some swelling and pain. Over-the-counter medication can also be taken to deal with some of the minor pain that happens after the procedure. Splints will be worn on the face around the nose area for about a week after the surgery.

You will also have to be careful about any activities where something could potentially injure your face. Hardcore exercise should be avoided for a few weeks and it’s also not advisable to wear glasses or sunglasses during this time while the nose area is healing.

Dr. Matthew Schulman is Ready to Serve the New Generation of Millenials

Dr. Matthew Schulman is a board certified New York City plastic surgeon who is more than ready to serve this new generation of patients. If you are ready to make serious improvements to your face and body, this New York City based physician is going to be there for all your aesthetic goals. Be the beautiful person you want to be inside and out with any of these top 3 cosmetic procedures and all others he offers. Contact Dr. Schulman’s office with any questions or to schedule an appointment to explore how you ideally want to look today.

What is PermaLip Lip Augmentation?

If you’ve long coveted the lips of stars like Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson or the iconic Marilyn Monroe, you’ve probably done some research on lip augmentation procedures and wondered which option would, once and for all, give you the plump, pouty, natural look so admired on stage and screen. While there are several options available, from temporary injectable solutions to implants, Board certified New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman is particularly excited about PermaLip lip augmentation implants.

What makes PermaLip Implants Different from Others?

PermaLip lip implants are a significant and pleasing step up from previous varieties of cosmetic lip implants. They have been a life-changer for many of Dr. Schulman’s patients who wanted to boost and plump up thin lips, or who have experienced the thinning of the lips that often comes with the aging process.

Previous models of permanent lip implants came with several disadvantages, the most obvious of which was their unnatural look and feel. Some of them had what Dr. Schulman calls the “cigarette roll” look, as the ends were not tapered to conform to the natural shape of the mouth. Many of these older lip implants would migrate into unnatural positions over time, causing lip distortion and difficulty with activities like speaking, eating and kissing. They were also difficult to customize, so that also contributed to the unnatural look of older styles of lip implants.

In addition to these problems, if a patient later wanted a lip implant removed, the process was difficult and complicated because, over time, the body would begin to absorb the material and the implant would become one with the patient’s face, sometimes in an unnatural position. Bruising, scarring and swelling were frequent side effects of the removal process, and more extensive work was usually needed to restore the patient’s natural lip contours.

PermaLip implants, however, are extremely easy to implant; they are even easy to remove if the patient later feels that is necessary. Otherwise, PermaLip lip implants can stay put and perform well and naturally for years and years. They are made out of a soft, non-reactive silicone that has a natural feel and texture when inserted inside the lip. Patients rave about how natural these lips feel when eating, talking and even kissing.
Another thing that patients enjoy about PermaLip lip augmentation is that they are more customizable than previous styles of lip implants. They are tapered at each end to prevent the “cigarette roll” look and they come in three different widths and three different lengths. The patient can choose either a 3-millimeter, 4-millimeter or 5 millimeter diameter, along with the correct length. The wider the diameter, of course, the bigger the pout.

PermaLip implants also do not become incorporated into the body’s other tissues over the course of time. This is an added benefit for those patients who choose this lip augmentation procedure. If the patient later decides to remove the implant for any reason, the removal process is as simple as the original insertion process. The insert just slides right out, and recovery time is minimal.

Some patients initially express concern that perhaps the PermaLip lip augmentation inserts will rupture or leak, but they cannot do this. They are made from solid, but soft, flexible silicone that remains inert inside of the lips. There is no liquid component to the implants, so there is no danger of leaking.

For most of Dr. Schulman’s patients with PermaLip, however, these implants have lasted and looked great for years and years, so it’s relatively uncommon for him to have a removal request with these particular models.

Is PermaLip Lip Augmentation Better than Injected Solutions?

For years, lip augmentation by way of an injectable fat, collagen or other solution was the standard procedure for people going for the pouty, kissable look. Over the years, more sophisticated injectable solutions were developed, including hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body, so adverse allergic reactions are extremely rare.

Dr. Schulman also has excellent results using several other non-surgical lip fillers such as Restylane®, Juvederm®, Perlane®, Radiesse®, Sculptra® and Belotero®. These all produce wonderfully natural, plump, pouty puckers and are a good option for many patients on a temporary basis.
The keyword here is temporary; lip augmentation injections usually last from about six to nine months, on average. So the main issue that patients have with injected solutions is that they have to be re-injected a couple of times a year to keep the pretty pout going strong. The cost of these repetitive injections can add up over time. Painful, biannual injections and the inconvenience factor of having to schedule the procedure and recover from it regularly can be a turn off for many patients.
The PermaLip lip implant, on the other hand, is truly permanent. It stays put and continues to plump up your pucker, so you only have to pay for it one time and then proceed to enjoy life with the fuller lips you’ve always wanted without having to keep paying to have them redone periodically.

What Should I Expect from a PermaLip Implant Procedure?

If you would like to know more about PermaLip lip augmentation or any other lip enhancing procedures, please schedule an appointment to talk with Dr. Schulman personally. He will talk with you about all of the options we can provide and help you plan a procedure that will create the best look and overall outcome for you.
If you and Dr. Schulman opt for PermaLip lip augmentation, you’ll schedule another appointment for the short, outpatient procedure. Dr. Schulman will use a local anesthetic and then cut tiny slits on either side of the mouth to slide the PermaLip implant right into the correct area of the lip, or lips. You can have the bottom, top or both lips augmented in this way.

Following the lip augmentation, you will probably experience some swelling, pain and tenderness in the area, particularly over the first 24 to 48 hours. Some patients experience minor bruising as well, but this is not common. You should be able to see the final results over the course of the next few days as the swelling continues to go down. Tenderness and light sensitivity can last for about two weeks in most cases. Just be sure to follow Dr. Schulman’s recommendations for recovery for the best outcome.
If there is ever a reason you want to have these lip implants removed, the process is fairly straightforward and simple. Once again, tiny incisions will be made on either side of the mouth and Dr. Schulman will simply slide the PermaLip implant right out.

If you are curious about the results other patients are getting from PermaLip lip augmentation, we invite you to look through the lip augmentation photo gallery. You might also benefit from hearing Dr. Schulman talk about PermaLip implants on his YouTube channel. But to find out how PermaLip lip augmentation, or any of our other lip augmentation procedures could give you the lips you’ve always wanted, definitely schedule an appointment with Dr. Schulman today.

Why is Plastic Surgery Growing Among Men?

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An area of plastic surgery that continues to grow is procedures for men. While men comprise only about 10% of all plastic surgery patients, this number is increasing each year. More men are requesting both surgical and non-surgical procedures for the face and body.

Top Surgical Procedures for Men and their Statistics

According to the official procedural statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the American Aesthetic Society of Plastic Surgeons, the top 5 surgical procedures for men includes nasal surgery (rhinoplasty), eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), male liposuction, male chest reduction (gynecomastia surgery), and hair transplantation.

Hair transplantation For Men

Among these top five surgical procedures, hair transplantation is the fastest growing, increasing about 20% from 2016. This is mostly due to a combination of increased awareness as well as improved technology. Historically, hair transplant surgery involved techniques that were very crude, and resulted in very unnatural results. Oftentimes, the transplanted hair appeared to be “doll-like” and it was very obvious that a procedure was done. This made these procedures undesirable to most men and there was a stigma attached to it. However, there has been significant improvement in the understanding of the procedure and also the technology used.

Doctors have become more knowledgeable about creating an appealing hairline. They recognize that the hairline should be softer. This means that the transplanted hairs should be arranged more “randomly” along the front hairline, in order to avoid creating a sharp “wig-like” appearance. This was often not possible in the past since the older technology only allowed for larger clumps of hairs to be transplanted. Modern technology now allows them to harvest and transplant small number of hairs, even individual hair follicles. This means that the doctor can alternate groups of one, two, or three hairs along the hairline. The result is a much more natural appearance. Additionally, the improved technology allows for a much faster (and more discrete) recovery process. Since “donor” areas can be more hidden and heal quicker.

Liposuction for Men

The second fastest growing surgical procedure is liposuction. This can also be partially attributed to improved techniques as well. The use of smaller cannulas allows for smaller scars and faster recovery. Also, the use of newer energy-based liposuction technologies can help decrease bruising and swelling and also help stimulate more skin retraction. Men have also been happy with newer “highlighting” and “etching” techniques that create the appearance of muscle definition and a more masculine physique. There has been a 7% increase in male liposuction procedures since 2016.

Non-Surgical Procedures for Men

Non-surgical procedures are also more common among men. The top five non-surgical or minimally-invasive procedures among men are Botulinum Toxin injections (Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin), laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and soft tissue fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra).

Botulinum Toxin injections is the fastest growing of these top non-surgical procedures. Approximately half a million Botulinum Toxin treatments are performed each year on men. This represents a 7% increase since 2016. These are simple injections that are almost painless and require zero recovery time. They are done to reduce or eliminate lines between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and around the eyes. The results last approximately 3 to 4 months.

Why are men requesting more plastic surgery procedures?

So why are men requesting more plastic surgery procedures? As discussed earlier, the increased demand can be partially attributed to improvement in technology and techniques. Modern technologies and techniques allow for more natural results, less pain, and a faster recovery. This applies to all procedures, including those done for women. Those men who have avoided plastic surgery procedures because of fear of scarring, pain, and time off from work are now reconsidering things.

Also important is that there has been a reduced stigma surrounding male plastic surgery. 10 to 20 years ago, most people had plastic surgery done in secret. They were hesitant to let people know that they were having a procedure done. Men were even more secretive of plastic surgery procedures. More recently, everyone, including men, have become more open about what they want to have done and what they have had done. This can be credited to social media and television. Men are more open to discussing plastic surgery with others and this makes them more willing to have procedures. This is especially true when it comes to less invasive procedures like Botox, hair transplantation, and liposuction.

Increased desire among men to look better

There is also an increased desire among men to look better. Men are more concerned about their appearance. They want to look better and are no longer accepting of the old adage that men appear more distinguished as they get older. Men are more aware of personal grooming, fashion, and other things designed to look better. This trend may be fueled by millennials who grew up without the plastic surgery stigma and are now pursuing cosmetic procedures.

Society may also be putting pressure on men to look better as well. It is not uncommon for a man to have a procedure done in order to help advance personally and professionally. Some men feel that as the workforce becomes more competitive, there is a need to look better…. or younger. The influx of younger men into the workplace may put pressure on the older men to appear younger. There is also pressure within the dating world as well to look better.

As you can see, there is a variety of factors that have contributing to the increase number of men having non-surgical and surgical plastic surgery procedures. These are improved techniques and technologies, increased professional and personal pressure to look better or younger, and the reduced stigma surrounding plastic surgery in general. I have seen a growing number of men in my practice and anticipate that this trend will continue in the future. I would not be surprised if the number of men undergoing these procedures becomes 25% of the total plastic surgery procedures within the next 5 years.

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SMART LIPO VS LIPO WHICH IS BEST?

The surge in medical and cosmetic aesthetic technology has led to a market that’s flooded with new devices, products, and procedures, such as Smart Lipo — which all claim to be the “greatest and latest” best thing. But not all new technologies are better than the tried-and-true procedures that have stood the test of time.

Therefore, it’s important you do your due diligence in researching and sorting out all this new technology being marketed simultaneously to ensure they’re really as “great” as they claim.

As an example, what’s the difference between traditional liposuction and Smart Lipo, and is one better than the other?

WHAT IS TRADITIONAL LIPOSUCTION?

Liposuction (or lipo for short) is one of the most common surgical procedures performed each year in the U.S. Many individuals have areas of their bodies that they wish would be smaller or a different contour. But regardless of how much they exercise or how healthy they eat, they can’t seem to make any substantial improvements. And, for a lot of these people, the small pockets of fat can negatively impact their body satisfaction and confidence. If this is something you’re struggling with, traditional liposuction could be the answer.

While liposuction has seen advances and innovations over the past 40 or so years, the modern liposuction procedure dates back to 1974, with roots going back to the 1920’s.

Lipo is a minimally invasive treatment that helps remove unwanted fat from just about any area of your body, including your:

  • Chin
  • Hips
  • Abdomen
  • Knees
  • Flanks
  • Chest
  • Upper arms
  • Thighs

It helps to improve your overall body contours. Doctors can perform liposuction by itself or in combination with other cosmetic procedures such as a:

It’s important to know, lipo isn’t a substitute for proper exercise and diet or a treatment for obesity. It’s also not an effective cellulite treatment.

WHAT IS SMART LIPO?

Smart Lipo, sometimes written as smartlipo, uses a type of medical device made exclusively for performing laser-assisted lipolysis. It also often called laser liposuction or laser lipolysis. The doctor makes a small incision and inserts a thin tube that contains the Smart Lipo laser fiber in targeted fatty areas.

The laser fiber passes on the thermal energy directly to your fat cells, disrupting the fatty tissue for simple removal. It melts the fat, which the doctor then removes with gentle suction. Along with this, tissue around the area starts tightening through coagulation and contributes to a smoother shape overall.

WHAT ARE THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN SMART LIPO AND TRADITIONAL LIPO?

There are some similarities between the two procedures with respect to their:

  1. Body areas: Both procedures can be used for flabby upper arms, love handles and double chin, but they both can also be used for all body areas.
  2. Weight loss: Neither traditional lipo or Smart Lipo is considered a weight loss procedure.
  3. Look and fit: Both procedures can help you look more defined and fit by removing the fat that covers your muscles.
  4. The number of treatments: Both procedures can be done in less than a couple of hours and require only one treatment.
  5. Type of procedure: While Smart Lipo is a little less invasive than traditional lipo, it’s still surgery.
  6. Anesthesia used: They both require anesthesia (although traditional lipo requires general anesthesia and Smart Lipo uses local anesthesia).

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SMART LIPO AND TRADITIONAL LIPO?

While both Smartlipo and traditional liposuction are effective for unwanted fat removal, there are some differences between them. These include in their:

  1. Technique: Traditional lipo uses physical manipulation and a cannula to suction your fat from under your skin. Smart Lipo uses laser heat for liquefying or softening the fat/
  2. Type of procedure: Smart Lipo is considered less invasive than traditional liposuction.
  3. Candidacy: Smart Lipo is more geared to individuals within 20 percent of their ideal body weight and is only struggling with a stubborn exercise- and diet-resistant pocket of excess fat, while traditional liposuction can help people who have more volume they’d like to reduce.
  4. Recovery: Traditional lipo can have a little longer recovery time with some swelling, bruising and soreness that could last several weeks. You may also need to use compression garments for up to six weeks. Smart Lipo usually provides a quicker recovery, but you still need to usually wait for a few weeks for strenuous activities and still need compression garments for four to six weeks.

WHICH IS BEST: SMART LIPO OR TRADITIONAL LIPO?

Keep in mind, what really makes the difference is your surgeon’s hand, qualifications, and experience, not the device. Lipo, whether it’s laser-assisted or traditional, is a surgical procedure. Beyond having to meet “general surgeon” requirements, your New York City liposuction doctor should be an expert in aesthetics (balance, proportion, symmetry) and beauty. Their favorite tool for fat removal and creating pleasing contours isn’t as important as their experience and qualifications.

If you’re looking for minimal downtime, don’t have much volume to remove, or would rather be awake during your procedure, Smart Lipo may be for you. However, if you require a good deal of volume removed and are comforted by a procedure that has been performed for nearly 40-plus years, traditional lipo is likely the better choice.

Everyone can benefit from liposuction, whether it’s traditional or Smart Lipo. Traditional lipo, however, has been around longer and is more well-established. Many patients prefer going with the time-tested procedure of traditional lipo.

But, no matter what, liposuction can be what leads you into a more balanced, healthier life. And, once it’s helped remove those fatty areas that exercise and diet wasn’t able to if could boost your confidence and motivation.

REQUEST A LIPOSUCTION CONSULTATION

If you’re interested in learning more about a tummy tuck and liposuction, contact New York City Plastic Surgery expert Dr. Schulman would love to help you. Dr. Matthew Schulman is only one of the few in the New York City area who is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

Our friendly staff is here to assist you in setting up your appointment for your initial consultation and talk to you about your tummy tuck and liposuction options. We may even be able to combine the two. Therefore, if you’re ready to start loving the image you see in the mirror and gain more confidence, contact us today by completing our online form or calling us at (212) 289-1851.

 

Plastic Surgery Procedure Guide: 10 Steps to a Gorgeous New You

A beautifully successful plastic surgery experience is, at its core, a team effort. As a patient, it’s essential for you to be educated, informed and prepared for the before, during and after process to get the results you desire. It’s also critical to do your homework and select a board-certified plastic surgeon who has the skills, expertise and experience to help you make your dreams come true. So before you do anything else, look through our comprehensive Plastic Surgery Procedure Guide: 10 Steps to a Gorgeous New You:

 

1. Research Your Plastic Surgery

First things first: do your homework! Dr. Schulman, our board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City makes it incredibly easy for people considering a plastic surgery procedure to learn about each and every possible operation, in-depth, in a number of ways. In fact, this is one of the reasons why 40 percent of his patients travel long distances from outside of New York to work with Dr. Schulman.

 

  • Spend some time Googling before and after photos of the procedure you are interested in, whether it’s a breast augmentation or reduction, a tummy tuck, a Brazilian butt lift, a Mommy Makeover, or any other procedure.
  • Download Snapchat and subscribe to Dr. Schulman’s daily video series at @nycplasticsurg. His Snapchat Plastic Surgery video stories have helped thousands of patients get informed by viewing plastic surgery close up, in the office. It’s an active, informative way to learn about the before, during and after process, as well as getting to know everyone you’ll work with in our office. Naturally, you can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Be sure to talk with friends and family members and pay attention to those all-important word-of-mouth referrals from other happy patients.
  • Also visit review sites like realself.com, healthgrades.com and Yelp! to learn more and make sure that your doctor is a board-certified plastic surgeon who abides by the highest standards and safest procedures.

 

2. Call Dr. Schulman to Schedule a Consultation

After you’ve researched your desired plastic surgery procedure and watched Dr. Schulman’s @nycplasticsurg Snapchat videos, call our office at 212-289-1851 to talk with one of our friendly receptionists, or, if you prefer, you can fill out the form on our contact us page.

When you call, feel free to ask any questions about the procedure you’re interested in. Our office staff are very knowledgeable about all of our procedures and their estimated pricing and can answer many of your questions over the phone.

When you schedule your first consultation, we’ll get the following information from you:

  • Name and contact information
  • Because demand is high, we’ll also need your credit card information (to hold your appointment). We’ll tell you about our 48-hour cancelation policy on the phone as well.
  • We’ll send you an email, text and phone reminder three days ahead of your appointment, just to touch base with you.

 

3. How to Prepare for Your Plastic Surgery Consultation Appointment

We recommend that you come 15 to 20 minutes early to your consultation appointment so that you have ample time to fill out the necessary paperwork.

After you complete all the necessary forms, our Physician Assistant will call you in to begin the appointment. We’ll record your height, weight and go over your medical history during this phase. We’ll also discuss the procedure you’re interested in and take notes for Dr. Schulman to go over with you when he talks with you.

Then you’ll get to meet with Dr. Schulman personally to consult with him about the plastic surgery procedure you want. During your appointment, he will evaluate your medical history and examine you to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for your desired procedure.

Dr. Schulman will discuss with you, in detail, how the procedure works, if there are alternative procedures that would be more suitable, what the normal recovery time is and what realistic outcomes you can expect. He will also be happy to answer any questions you have after his evaluation and consultation.

He will also discuss your medical clearance with you—this is essential for your health and safety during the procedure, and it is our top priority.

After meeting with Dr. Schulman, you will spend some time with our patient coordinator to discuss pricing and financing options. We’ll also look at the calendar to discuss scheduling your operation.

 

4. Booking Your Plastic Surgery

You have a couple of options for scheduling your surgery:

  • If you feel confident about everything you discussed at your consultation, you can book your pre-operative appointment and surgery day in the office before you leave.
  • If you need some extra time to check your schedule (and that of your post-operative chaperone), just call us back at 212-289-1851 and talk with our surgical scheduler over the phone to set a date.

Note: Keep in mind that Dr. Schulman is usually booking about 2 to 4 months in advance right now, due to high demand.

After setting a date, you will sign the booking paperwork, which includes a financial agreement and a medical clearance consent form (so we can check with your physician that surgery will be safe for you).

You will also need to pay the 10 percent deposit to hold your surgery date in place.

After you’ve set a date, you’ll need to follow any recommendations Dr. Schulman provides in order to properly prepare yourself for surgery. We will help you all along the way, and you’ll have another pre-operative appointment to make sure you’re on track for a successful plastic surgery.

 

5. Attend Your Pre-Operative Appointment

This appointment is extremely important as it will cover all of the things you need to be ready for on surgery day. This appointment includes:

  • Signing your plastic surgery consent form packet. These forms will authorize us to go ahead with sculpting your new, improved self.
  • You’ll meet again with our Physician Assistant who will describe the process of preparing for your surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and how important following the recovery guidelines is to the final outcome of your procedure.
  • After talking with our Physician Assistant, you will talk with Dr. Schulman again to discuss operation specifics. He will answer last minute questions and make sure that you feel confident and fully informed about what to do and how to prepare for surgery day.
  • You’ll also get your “before” photos taken during this appointment so that you can compare them to the “after” photos once you’ve recovered from surgery several weeks later!
  • During this appointment, you should also purchase any post-operative recovery items that you will need, such as a BBL Recovery Kit, Scar Gel, etc. Our staff is very knowledgeable and will help you to know what you will need.
  • You will also fill prescriptions for post-operative medications at this time so you have them and they are ready to go the day of your surgery.
  • At the end of the appointment, once you have signed everything and gotten your post-operative medicines and supplies, you’ll make your final payment for the operation.

 

 

6. One Week before Plastic Surgery: How to Prepare

Although the pre-operative appointment a few weeks prior is extremely comprehensive, we also give you a call one week before hand to make sure you’re fully prepared for surgery day. We’ll confirm with you the following details:

  • Where and at what time you need to arrive for the surgery.
  • Last minute instructions about how to prepare in the days leading up to your operation.
  • That you have a chaperone scheduled to take you home after surgery.

Make sure to follow all of your preparatory instructions carefully so that everything will go smoothly that day.

 

 7. Plastic Surgery Day!

Bring all of the things with you that you were instructed to bring and arrive at the surgical facility an hour before the surgery is scheduled to begin. Here’s what to expect that day:

  • You’ll complete any final surgical forms, then meet with Dr. Schulman’s nurse to begin prepping you for the operation.
  • You’ll be given an intravenous antibiotic and other medications at this time.
  • The anesthesiologist will meet with you and discuss everything and answer your questions about the anesthesia process.
  • Then Dr. Schulman will come in and mark your body for the surgery.
  • After you’ve been prepped, you will be given relaxation medications and then the anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia and you will go to sleep for the surgery.

 

8. Recovery Time

After you come out of surgery, you will spend 1 to 2 hours in our recovery room. During that time, we’ll check all of your vital signs and ensure that you are in stable condition for going home.

We will also talk with your chaperone and release you to him or her when you are ready. Your chaperone will be given discharge instructions for your immediate post-operative care at home.

Make sure to take good care of yourself and follow all the instructions we give you!

 

9. Your First Post-Operative Appointment

About a week to 10 days after your surgery, you’ll have a follow-up appointment with our Physician Assistant to evaluate how well you are healing and answer any of your questions. If you need to purchase any additional recovery items, this is a good time to do it. Frequently, we have patients who need to purchase extra scar gel, surgical compression garments or recovery kits.

At this appointment, you’ll also make another follow-up appointment with Dr. Schulman about 2 to 3 weeks later so that he can evaluate your progress and answer any further questions you may have.

 

10. Don’t Miss Any Follow-Up Appointments!

Follow-up appointments are very important for your full recovery and to make sure that you get the results you were dreaming about when you first started Googling plastic surgery and watching Dr. Schulman’s Snapchat videos on @nycplasticsurg. It may seem like a long process, and it is—re-sculpting and re-shaping your body and, therefore, your life, is a process that requires time and commitment from the patient and a high level of skill and commitment from your board-certified plastic surgeon. Like we said, it’s a team effort through and through. So make sure to attend the following appointments:

  • First post-operative appointment (listed above), a week to 10 days after your surgery to make sure everything is healing nicely.
  • The second post-surgery appointment with Dr. Schulman, between 6 and 8 weeks after the operation. At that time, he will personally evaluate how well you are healing and discuss the results with you. You’ll also get your “after” photos taken at this time so you can compare them to your “before” photos! This is one of our patients’ favorite moments!

Take a look at our before and after gallery to get an idea of what kind of results you can expect. (Simply click on the links along the left side to choose before and after pictures of the procedures you’re interested in.) You can also visit our latest blog posts, such as this one on Brazilian butt lift surgery, to learn more about various procedures. Dr. Schulman likes his patients to have as much information about procedures and potential outcomes as possible so they are well informed and successful in helping us make their plastic surgery dreams come true!

Dr. Schulman and our whole team are committed to making sure you have the most amazing plastic surgery experience! To ask questions or schedule your consultation appointment, contact us at 212-289-1851. We look forward to working with you!

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Check Out Dr. Schulman’s Snapchat Plastic Surgery Videos

Snapchat is no longer only the domain of teenagers sending bathroom selfies to each other; it has become a serious and legitimate channel for anyone who wants to learn more about the process behind high-quality plastic surgery. You all know about the classic “before and after plastic surgery pictures; but now Snapchat gives our potential patients the opportunity to make informed decisions about the process because they can see what happens during the surgery and well into the whole recovery process as well—between the before and after, if you will. To see it all for yourself, set up your Snapchat account and subscribe to Dr. Schulman’s channel: @nycplasticsurg.

What Can You See on Dr. Schulman’s Snapchat Plastic Surgery Account?

If you don’t have a Snapchat account, it’s easy to download the app and set up an account on your mobile device. Typical “snaps” sent between friends will disappear 10 seconds after the recipient opens them. But Dr. Schulman uses “Story” mode to post daily collections of 10-second videos that are available to view as many times as you want for up to 24 hours. You can basically watch an entire day at the office with Dr. Schulman, his team and his patients if you want. It’s an intimate, accurate way to see what things are really like, and he’s not afraid to show you!

The typical daily collection of videos consist of during-surgery Brazilian Butt Lifts, Breast augmentations and reductions, facelifts, liposuction (for men and women), neck lifts, lip implants, “Mommy Makeovers” and more. In fact, nearly a quarter of the surgery videos he posts highlight Dr. Schulman repairing failed plastic surgeries that patients received from less-than-reputable sources. These videos are extremely popular, and Dr. Schulman has a great reputation across the Eastern Seaboard for being the trusted authority in this area. In addition to the operating room videos, Dr. Schulman also posts videos of the recovery process for many patients as well as other things we do in the office to serve our clients.

While there are other plastic surgeons putting wacky office shenanigans videos up on Snapchat too, Dr. Schulman, who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, sticks to the professional and educational. These procedures are major surgeries that include important preparation for the patients, as well as a fairly intensive recovery process. It’s important to him that you know exactly what to expect during any one of these surgeries so that you can make an informed decision and get the results you really want. Plastic surgery is a collaborative process and Dr. Schulman has regularly seen that the better educated his patients are, the better the results will be.

Who is Watching Dr. Schulman?

In a word: millennials. Of course there are many other segments of society watching, but millennials swim in the ocean of social media and want to see how things work in real video before making major decisions like undergoing plastic surgery. They are research junkies and want to know as much as possible ahead of time. Dr. Schulman thinks this is a great thing and he’s running with it.

When Dr. Schulman started posting plastic surgery videos to Snapchat a little over a year ago, he had only a few followers—mostly just the folks here in the office and a few friends. But once word got out to people interested in how the surgeries could help them achieve their ideal body, and what to expect from these surgeries, his following exploded. He currently logs well over a million views of his videos each day. And although Snapchat doesn’t keep a log of how many regular followers a person has, Dr. Schulman’s Instagram account (nycplasticsurg) currently logs 19,000 regular followers. The benefit of Snapchat over Instagram, of course, is that videos can provide so much more detail behind the intensive process of plastic surgery than static photographs (although they most definitely have their place in the research and education process as well).

Why @nycplasticsurg on Snapchat is a Good Thing

Dr. Schulman has received a lot of press regarding his Snapchat channel recently, and naturally, people have had a lot of questions. One of the biggest concerns journalists have asked about is whether or not bringing Snapchat into the operating room is a distraction for him. The answer is a resounding “No.”

In addition to being one of the most respected plastic surgeons in the nation, Dr. Schulman is a Professor of Plastic surgery, constantly teaching residents in the operating room and explaining procedures to his students at one of the top plastic surgery schools in the country. A separate staff member is always in charge of filming the surgery while he does what he always does: perform high-quality plastic surgery while teaching about the process as it happens. In fact, aside from people who are thinking about undergoing surgery, another huge segment of his Snapchat following are plastic surgery students. He is 100 percent focused on the patient at all times.

Journalists and prospective patients also ask about privacy issues regarding having their plastic surgery broadcast to millions of viewers on Snapchat and other social media platforms. Dr. Schulman will not post anything unless the patient signs a consent form first—and he also respects each individual patient’s wishes for exactly what does or doesn’t end up in a Snapchat video post. And strangely enough, the majority of patients are more than eager to share their experiences in order to help other patients and potential patients through their decision-making, preparation and recovery processes. In fact, there is now a sense of community among patients that has evolved through his Snapchat channel; a development that makes a great positive impact on a patient’s ability to research, decide, prepare, undergo and recover.

Have you been watching Dr. Schulman’s Snapchat videos and are ready to take the next step? Just schedule an appointment for a consultation online or call us today at 212-289-1851.

Botched Plastic Surgery? You Can Trust Dr. Schulman To Repair The Damage

Interviewed as one of New York City’s top cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Matthew Schulman told New York’s PIX 11 News that about 25 percent of his business is now repairing botched plastic surgery performed by other doctors — and even con artists posing as doctors.

The problem, he said, is that New York State rules allow any doctor to perform any procedure. “Dentists doing lipo, gynecologists doing breast implants. I’ve seen eye doctors doing butt lifts. It’s crazy,” Schulman said.

And, illegal procedures — offered at low cost without a licence — can lead to results that are unattractive, dangerous and sometimes deadly.

“It’s very common for women to come in and have illegal silicone or other things not approved in the U.S. but allowed in other countries,” he said. “They’ve got infections, hardness, lumps, chronic inflammation, skin breakouts.”

Elizabeth Hernandez shared her experience in the PIX 11 News story “Botched: When plastic surgery goes horribly wrong — and how you can prevent it.” Hernandez reveals an unskilled surgeon left her “totally deformed.” She visited Brazilian butt lift surgery expert Dr. Schulman, who skillfully repaired the damage.

“I had to undo everything the other doctor did and then rebuild everything to give you this nice shape,” he explained.

The number of patients seeking help after botched plastic surgery procedures has risen so much that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons was inspired to launch a “Do Your Homework” patient safety campaign to inform the public that not all doctors are qualified to perform cosmetic surgery.

The ASPS suggests ensuring your doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (check their Find a Surgeon page) and that they operate in an accredited facility. They list the rigorous qualifications to be an American Society of Plastic Surgeons member.

You can trust board-certified ASPS Member Surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman. See photos of Dr. Schulman’s clients in our before-and-after Brazilian butt lift gallery.

To schedule a private consultation, contact Dr. Schulman online or by phone (212-289-1851).

Looking For A Plastic Surgeon? Make Sure You ‘Do Your Homework’

If you’re interested in boosting your appearance and your confidence with cosmetic surgery, your search for a doctor might reveal a wide scale in pricing. As you consider your options, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has a warning: “Do Your Homework.”

The number of patients seeking help after botched plastic surgery procedures has risen in recent years, the ASPS reports. More unqualified people are offering treatment, says ASPS President Dr. Scot Glasberg. Their “Do Your Homework” patient safety campaign informs clients that not all doctors are qualified to perform cosmetic surgery.

“Sometimes patients will spend more time picking a color for a new car or deciding on a new car than actually investigating a surgeon that is actually taking your life into his or her hands, and that to me is frightening because it’s your life. You can replace your car, but you can’t replace your life,” Glasberg said.

Their advice? Make sure the doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery — the only certifying body in the U.S. — and that they operate in an accredited facility. Their Find a Surgeon page is a helpful way to find a board-certified doctor. And, here’s a handy list of the rigorous qualifications to be an American Society of Plastic Surgeons member.

Nafsika Lourentzatos is sharing her story in the “Do Your Homework” patient safety campaign. She’d had silicone injections by unlicenced doctors as a lower-cost breast enhancement, and after years of dangerous complications, had to have both of her breast removed.

“Your body is the most important thing that you have. Doing research and finding out as much info as you can … is extremely important,” Lourentzatos said. “The trauma, depression and sadness going through with this whole experience, I wouldn’t even want my own worst enemy to going through it.”

For breast surgery in New York City, you can trust board-certified ASPS Member Surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman. To schedule a private consultation, contact Dr. Schulman online or by phone (212-289-1851).

Cosmetic Surgery Is Just As Safe For Seniors, Study Reports

Medical advancements and expanded knowledge about how to stay healthy and vibrant with lifestyle changes are allowing more and more people to live active and fulfilling lives as they age. And, with that, comes the desire of seniors to look as young and radiant as they feel. But many might be wondering whether their age makes undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures more risky.

Well, according to a study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ annual scientific meeting in Chicago, there’s no need to worry.

“Our study demonstrated that patients over 65 years old can safely undergo cosmetic procedures with a complications rate similar to younger patients when surgery is performed by board-certified plastic surgeon,” explained Dr. Max Yezhelyev, who wrote the study.

Researchers found that older men and women are at no greater risk than younger patients of having complications with cosmetic surgery. As the average age of the U.S. population climbs, the study shows that seniors can take advantage of the opportunity to rejuvenate their appearance without added concern.

Published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the study — called Safety of Cosmetic Procedures in Elderly and Octogenarian Patients — reviewed information gathered from 2008 to 2013. A look at the numbers: Despite the seniors’ increased risk factors (higher incidence of diabetes and a slightly higher average Body Mass Index), the difference in their post-surgery complication rate was statistically insignificant compared to younger patients, 1.94 percent compared to 1.84 percent. Even for those age 80 and older, the rate was only 2.2 percent.

Seniors were more likely to choose facial procedures: 62.9 percent, compared to 12 percent. Only abdominoplasty indicated a higher complication rate: 5.4 percent to 3.9 percent. The most common postoperative complications in older patients were hematoma, infection and problems with the healing of wounds.

If you would like to reverse the signs of aging, schedule a consultation with Dr. Matthew Schulman, who is highly sought after as one of New York City’s top board-certified plastic surgeons.

Dr. Schulman offers face lift, eye lift (blepharoplasty), neck lift and forehead lift / brow lift, alongside a variety of non-surgical treatments, including Botox, to restore your youthful glow.