3 Reasons Fat Transfer is Right for You

3 Reasons Fat Transfer is Right for You

Fat transfer is a way to add volume to one area of the face or body while sculpting another. The process actually consists of two steps; removing fat from one area of the body and then replacing those fat cells in another area to restore youthful volume and fullness. For many patients, fat transfer has replaced injectable dermal fillers as the go-to choice in facial enhancement. Dr. Madnani and the staff at Madnani Facial Plastic Surgery has some good reasons why fat transfer might be the right choice for you as well.

Double Benefit

Unlike dermal fillers, fat transfer offers two benefits in a single treatment session. First, liposuction is used to remove fat from one area of the body. The procedure focuses on stubborn areas of fat that mar the overall body contour and do not respond to diet and exercise efforts. This minimally-invasive surgical procedure can be performed under local anesthesia and improves the body profile in those common problem areas like the waist, abdomen and thighs.

As one area of the body is carefully sculpted to create a smoother, leaner contour, another area in need of additional fullness can be enhanced. Removed fat cells are purified so that they can be injected in a similar fashion to dermal fillers. Common areas for fat injections include under the eyes, along the cheekbones or jawline or in the temple area. By plumping up these areas, we can effectively restore volume for a more youthful facial profile and appearance overall.

Safe, Natural and Long-Lasting

Using a patient’s own fat to augment areas of the face completely eliminates the risk of an allergic reaction. The results also tend to look and feel more natural than synthetic fillers, since it is the patient’s own cells that are used in the injection process. Fat transfer also lasts much longer than the results of dermal fillers. While more than half of the fat placed into the area will eventually be reabsorbed by the body, the remaining fat will maintain positive results for many years. On the other hand, dermal fillers only tend to last for 6-12 months before a touch-up procedure is required.

Customizable to Each Patient

Fat transfer is a highly customizable procedure that can be tailored to the unique needs of each patient. Liposuction areas can be carefully chosen based on the areas of the body that the patient is most unhappy with. As long as there is sufficient fat for the transfer process, patients can opt to remove isolated deposits from the midsection, hips, thighs, buttocks and back. Even smaller areas like under the chin and behind the knees can be sculpted through different liposuction techniques.

At the same time, injections of fat can also be strategically placed precisely where the patient would like to see improvements. Because there are no incisions involved with the procedure, there is no worry over leaving visible scarring behind. A single liposuction procedure may also yield enough fat cells to cover more than one area of the face, allowing the plastic surgeon to make subtle improvements throughout for an overall improvement in appearance.

Fat transfer is performed right in Dr. Madnani’s office, using local anesthesia for the liposuction procedure. Patients are able to return home the same day as treatment and most are back to all of their regular activities within a few short days. To learn more about how fat transfer can benefit you, contact Madnani Facial Plastic Surgery at 212-203-8591 or 6516-226-1080.

Why Fall is the Best Time for Your Procedure

Why Fall is the Best Time for Your Procedure

Fall has officially arrived, have you booked your plastic surgery yet? There are a number of reasons to go under the knife this time of year. With many benefits to be gained, make this fall the season when you finally reach those aesthetic goals you have been putting off. We have five good reasons why fall is the best time to schedule your plastic surgery.

More Time Off

Many people find that fall is a relatively easy time to take off from work, after the rush of summer vacations and before the bustle of the holiday season. Many businesses actually slow down by the holidays, making time off more available to employees. Since some plastic surgery procedures require 1-3 weeks of recovery time, the ability to take sufficient time off to heal ensures your procedure is both as safe and successful as possible.

Good Time for a Staycation

When you book a plastic surgery procedure during the summer months, it can be difficult to take time away from all the outdoor activities. When the temperatures cool off in the fall, spending those days indoors recuperating can be a lot more inviting. This is a pleasant time of year to curl up in front of the fire with a book or binge watch your favorite television show under your favorite afghan.

Easier to Hide the Healing

Plastic surgery involves incisions, bandages and healing time, which can all be a dead giveaway you had a cosmetic procedure. When the temperatures cool down and the jeans and sweaters come out, it is much easier to conceal those telltale signs under cool weather clothing. You can even grab a scarf, hat or gloves to hide incisions, swelling and bruising during the recovery process.

Get (or Give) the Gift of Beauty

Plastic surgery can be pricey and insurance does not typically cover procedures done strictly for cosmetic reasons. If you plan your procedure near the holidays, you might be able to get that special someone to give you at least a portion of the procedure as a gift. Keep in mind this is also a good time of year to offer the gift of plastic surgery to someone you care about that you know has specific aesthetic goals they would like to meet. Most plastic surgeons provide the ability to purchase gift certificates that can be used by a recipient.

Greet the New Year in Style

Depending on the specific procedure you decide to undergo, you can be completely healed up within a matter of weeks. This means that if you schedule your procedure now, you may be ready to flaunt your new look in time for New Year’s Eve. Even if you book a bit later in the season, you can rest assured you will be recovered in time for your spring break adventure.

Fall is an opportune time for plastic surgery for a number of reasons. Dr. Madnani offers a variety of procedures at his Manhattan office, giving his New York City patients options to help them reach all of their aesthetic goals. To learn more about your personal choices in plastic surgery, contact Madnani Facial Plastics at 212-203-8591 or (516) 582-8976.

What is the Proper Age to Begin Anti-Aging Treatments?

What is the Proper Age to Begin Anti-Aging Treatments?

Plastic surgery has traditionally been linked to advancing age, as patients have primarily used these procedures to restore a youthful appearance. However, today’s cosmetic procedures, including those dubbed “anti-aging” treatments are used at increasingly younger ages as those patients are beginning to tune into the benefits of these procedures as well. Dr. Madnani has a few basic guidelines on the best time to begin some of these popular treatments.

The Aging Process

It can be difficult to set an age in stone as to when to begin your anti-aging regimen. This is because the skin ages at very different rates, depending on a variety of factors. Some of those factors might include:

  • Genetics
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Diet and exercise
  • Stress
  • Sun exposure
  • Excessive facial expressions
  • Smoke and other pollutants

For some men and women, the aging process may begin quite early, so they will see visible signs by the time they celebrate their 30th birthday. Others may not become bothered by lines and facial laxity until their 40s or even later. The best gauge for when to start anti-aging treatments is the condition of your skin, not the candles on your birthday cake.

Age for Most Treatments

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 40 percent of all cosmetic procedures performed in 2015 were on patients between the ages of 35 and 50. Another 30 percent of all patients fell between the ages of 51 and 64. Liposuction was the most popular procedure in both of these age groups. Facial procedures included eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty. Non-surgical treatments are also popular among these age groups, particularly injectable treatments like Botox and dermal fillers.

Treatments in the 30s

Signs of aging may begin to appear in the 30s, but they are usually fairly subtle and do not require the most invasive treatments to produce the best results. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons lists the following cosmetic procedures as the most performed among this group in 2015:

  • Rhinoplasty
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Botox injections
  • Dermal fillers
  • Microdermabrasion

Treatments in the 40s

By the time most people hit their 40s, the signs of aging are probably a bit more prevalent. Surgical procedures are required more frequently at this point to achieve full desired results. Popular procedures for this age group include:

  • Eyelid surgery
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Facelift
  • Botox and dermal fillers
  • Chemical peels

Treatments in the 50s and Beyond

By the time patients hit 55, aging symptoms have usually become more pronounced. The menu of cosmetic treatments is shifting more to surgical procedures, although some non-surgical treatments can still produce positive results for some patients. The most common treatments for this age group include:

  • Eyelid surgery
  • Facelift
  • Forehead lift
  • Botox and dermal fillers
  • Chemical peels

Versatile Treatments Appeal to All Ages

While treatments like Botox and dermal fillers are typically recognized for their anti-aging benefits, they can also be used to effectively enhance facial contours and features without surgery. For this reasons, patients as young as their 20s may pursue these treatments to correct a gummy smile, augment the lips or correct a host of asymmetries.

No matter what your age, Dr. Madnani can help you determine the best cosmetic procedures for your specific concerns and goals. To learn more, contact Madnani Facial Plastic Surgery today at 212-203-8591 or 516-226-1080.

Which lift is right for you?

Know Your Lift: Which One is Right for You?

Lifts are surgical procedures designed to take years off your appearance by firming the skin and smoothing away facial lines. There are many different types of lift procedures available today, which can make it difficult to know which procedure will provide you with the best possible results. To make your choice a bit easier, we have provided the basic lift procedures we offer, along with their specific benefits.

Mini Lift

A mini facelift is a procedure often recommended to patients between the ages of 40 and 60 with some of the preliminary signs of aging. This procedure is less invasive than a full facelift, but also does not produce quite the dramatic results of a traditional facelift procedure. The surgery tends to focus on the mid and lower areas of the face. A mini lift is a good option for treating the following concerns:

  • Mild to moderate skin laxity around the midface
  • The beginning formation of jowls along the jawline
  • More significant facial wrinkles in the middle and lower face
  • Loss of definition to the cheekbones and jawline

This procedure is also performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia in most cases. Incisions for this procedure are smaller than those used during a full facelift and are usually disguised within the hairline or around the natural skin folds of the ear. The procedure involves less discomfort and typically a shorter recovery period than a traditional facelift procedure.

Facelift

A full facelift is more invasive than a mini lift, but will offer the most dramatic and longest-lasting results in the mid and lower face areas. A full facelift will address the same concerns as a mini lift, including sagging skin in the mid-face, the formation of jowls along the jawline and deep facial creases around the nose and mouth. This procedure will also begin to treat skin laxity of the neck, reducing the appearance of horizontal lines known as platysmal bands that appear on the neck over time.

Like the mini lift, full facelifts also uses incisions placed inside the hairline and around the ear to reposition underlying tissue and muscle, while removing redundant skin and creating a smoother, firmer facial profile. Dr. Madnani performs his facelifts with local anesthesia, resulting in a shorter recovery period than those performed under general anesthesia. Recovery period is generally only 7-10 days.

Neck Lift

If your signs of aging are primarily located around the neck area, a neck lift may be the procedure that offers you the best results. This procedure specifically focuses on creating a smoother, more youthful transition from the jawline to the chest. Specifically, it will address the following concerns:

  • Sagging skin around the jawline and neck
  • Loss of definition in the jawline
  • Loose skin under the chin that creates a “turkey wattle” appearance
  • The formation of a double chin due to redundant skin and excess tissue
  • Horizontal bands that form around the neck

Like other lift procedures, a neck lift can be performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia for most patients. The incisions for a neck lift are placed underneath the chin or behind the ears to minimize post-operative scarring. Through the incisions, extra skin and tissue are removed to create a smoother, sleeker neck contour.

Dr. Madnani is highly experienced in all of these lift procedures and will help you determine which surgery will provide you with the best possible outcome. In some cases, a combination of procedures may offer the best results. To learn more about the lift procedures available, contact Madnani Facial Plastics today at 212-203-8591 or 516-226-1080.

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