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Pre and Post-Op: What to Know About Breast Procedures

Procedures of the breast are consistently among the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in America, year after year. In 2020, surgeons performed over 193,000 breast augmentations, more than any other procedure except rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, facelift, and liposuction.

If you’ve been thinking about a breast procedure–whether it’s augmentation, implants, reduction, or something else, here’s what you need to know to prepare for best results, including what to do and what to expect before, during, and after your procedure. 

Early Pre-Op: First Steps

Assuming you’ve already had your consultation with your surgeon and selected your procedure, the next step is preparing for the operation. 

Smokers should aim to stop nicotine usage for at least 4 weeks pre-procedure and stay smoke-free for 4 weeks post-procedure to reduce the risk of complications like infection–and to help the body recover naturally. Smoking also may cause nausea and aggravate the lungs during surgery, as well as decrease blood flow, which puts your body more at risk of heart attack or stroke. 

Stop taking aspirin and any other blood-thinning medications at least two weeks before your procedure, as these can put you at risk for excessive bleeding. Be sure to talk with your surgeon about any vitamins, supplements, herbs, or medications you take or plan to take throughout your recovery as some of these may interact with anesthesia and/or post-operative prescribed medication. 

Finally, depending on procedure, patients may be asked to complete lab work in order to be cleared for surgery. 

Pre-Op: Just Before Surgery

The best time to plan your recovery is just before your procedure. In the days leading up to your surgery, fill any prescriptions you’ll need post-op, plan out easy meals, and clear your schedule so you can rest and recuperate. 

Patients should also abstain from alcohol for roughly 72 hours before their procedure, as it can affect their immune system. 

The Day of the Procedure

If you have questions or concerns, don’t wait until the day of your procedure to bring them up. Remember, communication and transparency are crucial to both a quick recovery and best results. 

Your surgeon will tell you what medications you can and cannot take leading up to, directly before, and after your procedure, including the morning of. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s recommendations regarding food and drink; most procedures don’t permit eating or drinking after midnight the night before your procedure. 

Dress comfortably and avoid wearing jewelry. Have your insurance card and all proper documents handy, as well as your personal effects securely organized. 

Make arrangements for someone to drive you both to and from your procedure, as well as to stay nearby for at least the first 24 hours so you can rest and focus on your recovery. Try to arrive at our facility to give yourself enough time to adequately check-in and prepare for your procedure. 

Post-Op: Just After Surgery

The most important things to remember immediately post-procedure are rest and ice–which can help with both bruising and swelling and pain management. Remember, it’s better to take your prescribed pain medication before you start to feel pain and discomfort. Preventing pain is much easier than trying to manage it. 

Once our team has determined it’s safe, you can return home. As mentioned, it’s important to have someone to drive you home and stay with you so you can rest and recover. 

Within a few days post-procedure, your doctor will check your bandages, assess your condition, and ensure you’re well on your way to optimal recovery. Make sure to let your doctor know if you’re experiencing significant pain or discomfort. 

Post-Op: What to Expect After Your Breast Procedure

If you set up your recovery space, you won’t need to risk injury or strain yourself performing simple tasks. Try to stay on the ground floor, if possible, and avoid stairs. Move any frequently-needed items to within arm’s reach and keep a water bottle nearby–hydration is key! 

a photo of a patient post breast procedure

Depending on the procedure performed, recovery time can range from anywhere between a few weeks to a few months. Typically, patients can return to their normal lifestyle within three weeks to a month. However, despite popular belief, the first stage of your recovery (bedrest) may only last three to five days. Being up and moving helps facilitate blood flow, as opposed to a sedentary lifestyle, which may lead to stiffness, pain, and discomfort. 

Patients should expect a level of discomfort or muscle soreness similar to that of a workout, especially when they move or raise their arms. Patients may also experience itchiness around the incisions. Both are completely normal and abate with time. Depending on your procedure, your surgeon might also prescribe a surgical bra–as well as advise against wearing an underwire bra until you’ve fully healed.  

Your surgeon will also schedule a follow up appointment to monitor your progress and recovery, as well as to finalize any parts of the procedure (like removing a drain). It is possible you may need an additional follow up procedure to correct any issues that arise from the first surgery or if you’re not satisfied with your initial results. However, it may take months before you can accurately determine your satisfaction with your new look. 

Pre and Post-Op Recap

Early pre-op: 

Quit smoking & nicotine use. 

Talk to your doctor about what medications you can and cannot use. 

Complete lab work.

Ask any questions/clear any concerns. 

Late pre-op

No alcohol for 72 hours pre-procedure.

Fill any prescriptions you need post-op. 

Clear out schedule to prepare for rest and recovery. 

Day of procedure:

Arrive early enough to check-in and prepare for your procedure.

Dress comfortable, avoid jewelry. 

Have insurance card/important documents handy. 

Days-weeks post-op:

Rest & ice.

Avoid strenuous activity for ~one week post-procedure. 

Follow up appointments with your team.

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At DeLuca Plastic Surgery, the difference is in the details. Whether you’re looking for breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, or something else, our team has the experience and proven results you’re looking for. From the moment you meet with us for your consultation to the moment you revel in your new look, you’ll feel comfortable, listened to, and taken care of. 

Get in touch with us today to schedule your in-person consultation, phone-in consultation, or instant email consultation, and start on the road to loving your new body!


Pre and Post-Op: What to Know About Your Facial Procedure

When it comes to your cosmetic procedure, pre and post-op care are just as important as the overall results. In fact, proper care, both pre and post-op, is instrumental for the best results. For your facial procedure, let’s go over what to expect, do’s and don’ts, and everything else vital to your pre and post-op care to maximize your results, minimize your recovery time and discomfort, and become your best self!

a healthy looking, smiling woman with great skin

Early Pre-Op: First Steps

Once you’ve consulted with your surgeon, settled on your desired facial procedure, and booked the date, the next step is proper self-care and preparation. 

Smokers: Smoking slows the body’s healing process by decreasing blood flow and inhibiting inflammation. Quitting 4-6 weeks before your procedure and staying smoke-free for at least 4 weeks post-op can decrease your risk of complications and help speed up the recovery process. It’s important to note that nicotine replacement, while safer than smoking, is still toxic. For best results, we recommend complete cessation and abstinence from nicotine for at least 4 weeks pre-op and 4 weeks post-op. 

Roughly two weeks before surgery, patients should stop taking any blood-thinning medications, as well as any medications containing Vitamin E, diet pills and supplements, and aspirin or ibuprofen. You should discuss your medication list and physical history with your surgeon at your consultation. 

Part of your preparation for a facial procedure also involves taking care of the skin on your face. For best results, we recommend a facial regimen with Vitamin C, Retinyl, and Moisturizing serums. This will help keep your face hydrated, moisturized, and ready for your procedure. 

Pre-Op: Just Before Surgery

On the day just before your procedure, in addition to clearing out your schedule so you can rest and heal unimpeded, you should begin your antibiotics, as well as your Arnica (a holistic anti-inflammatory). 

Antibacterial (or antimicrobial soap) is instrumental to your recovery. On both the night before surgery and the morning of, it’s important to wash your face thoroughly with this soap, as it will help minimize the risk of infection. 

Continue your antibiotics and Arnica through the date of surgery, including the morning of your procedure. If you take an anxiolytic for your procedure, take that the morning of as well.

The Day of the Procedure

Don’t wait until the day of your surgery to ask your surgical team questions. If you have any questions or concerns in the days or weeks leading up to your procedure, be sure to contact your team without delay.

*Remember, communication and transparency are crucial to both a quick recovery and best results!*

As mentioned, your surgeon will tell you what medications you can and cannot take leading up to, directly before, and after your procedure, including the morning of. You should also arrange transportation to and from the facility. Depending on the procedure(s) performed, we also recommend having a loved one nearby for the first few days of healing. This can help the patient rest and focus on recovery. 

Post-Op: Just After Surgery

Immediately after surgery, the most important things to remember are to keep the head elevated and to apply ice to help reduce swelling. As mentioned, we recommend having someone nearby for at least the first 24 hours post-op, to help the patient follow these two rules. Take any prescribed pain medications before you begin to feel discomfort–it’s easier to prevent pain than to try to control it. 

Continue your antibiotics, Arnica, and any other medications as recommended by your surgeon immediately following your procedure. Try to restrict your activities for at least a few days post-procedure. It may take up to a week or longer to feel “back to normal”-at which point you can resume physical activity. 

Post-Op: What to Expect After Your Procedure

Both bleeding and swelling are completely normal side effects of a facial procedure. Both should be easily controlled with rest, elevation, ice, and medication. If persistent bleeding or swelling occurs, contact your surgeon immediately. 

As early as you can post-procedure, we recommend washing with antibacterial soap again. Continue your antibiotics, Arnica, and any other medications as directed by your surgeon. We also recommend the application of CBD restorative creams to help pain/numbness relief, moisturizing, and healing. 

About one week to one-month post-op, you can discontinue your antibiotics. Remember to take the entire prescription, however, as avoiding even one dose can significantly reduce the efficacy. Continue your Arnica and CBD creams and consult with your surgical team about scar management. 

Scar management: We begin scar management strategies about 10-14 days post-op. These include the use of sunscreen, gentle massages of the operative area, and the use of silicone-based gel to encourage optimal scar maturation. We continue these scar management strategies for up to a year post-op to ensure full scar maturation. 

We also recommend patients start warm compresses around this time to reduce bruising. Your surgeon will tell you what compresses or apparel is best for your specific procedure. Continue use of these garments as recommended by your surgeon for as long as needed post-op. 

Pre and Post-Op Recap

Early pre-op: 

Quit smoking & nicotine use. 

Stop taking blood-thinners, Vitamin E, ibuprofen/aspirin, and dietary supplements. 

Begin facial regimen. 

Ask any questions/clear any concerns. 

Late pre-op

Begin antibiotics, Arnica. 

Clear out schedule to aid in rest and recovery. 

Wash face with antibacterial/antimicrobial soap. 

Day of procedure:

Continue taking antibiotics, Arnica.

For IN-OFFICE PROCEDURES, if you take an anxiolytic for your procedure, take that the morning of as well.

Keep head elevated, apply ice.

Days-weeks post-op:

Continue to wash with antibacterial/antimicrobial soap.

Continue antibiotics, Arnica. Remember to take entire course of antibiotics.

Apply CBD restorative cream for pain/numbness, moisturizing, and healing. 

Start scar management. 

Start warm compresses to relieve bruising. 

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From face and neck lifts to facial implants, rhinoplasty, eyelid lifts and so much more, DeLuca Plastic Surgery offers dazzling results customized to your needs. We also take great pride in walking our patients through all the aspects of pre and post-op care. From answering your questions to outlining a customized treatment plan to standing by your side through recovery, DeLuca Plastic Surgery is about more than just results. Our over 30 years of experience is a testament to the personalized, professional care we provide to each patient who walks through our doors. 

If you’re ready to experience a different side of cosmetic surgery, book a consultation with DeLuca Plastic Surgery today. We offer in-person, phone-in, and instant email consultations. 

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Drainless vs. Drains Tummy Tucks: What’s Better?

Now that we’re getting into the warm weather, tummy tucks are the talk of the town. In fact, tummy tucks are some of the most performed procedures in the country, year-round! Let’s talk a little bit about the different kinds of tummy tucks, including drainless vs drains tummy tucks, which option is best for you, and the next steps to take if you’ve been thinking about your own tummy tuck!

What’s The Difference?

Typical tummy tucks include a drain, or tubing, as part of the recovery process. Since your body naturally produces liquid as an immune response (swelling) after surgery, surgeons will often install a drain in the abdominal cavity to collect excess liquid the body can’t absorb.

A drainless tummy tuck, on the other hand, leaves a space between the skin and muscle tissue. Liquid from swelling distributes evenly through the abdomen–meaning there is no need for a drain. 

Importantly, there can still be fluid buildup after a drainless tummy tuck. For best results, patients should wear the provided compression garments, avoid strenuous activity, and follow their surgical team’s recovery instructions as closely as possible. 

Benefits of Drainless Tummy Tucks

Generally speaking, the recovery time for both drains and drainless tummy tucks is the same. Patients can resume light activity 1-2 weeks after their procedure and full activity within 1-2 months. Both drainless and drains tummy tucks produce relatively identical results as well. 

If recovery time and results are similar, why would a drainless tummy tuck be preferable?

For starters, a drainless procedure avoids drain-site irritation, a common minor byproduct of a traditional tummy tuck. Since there is no need for a drain, there’s no need to install or remove it, which means when the procedure is done, the procedure is done! That also means there’s less chance of noticeable, visible scars forming. 

Not to mention, since there’s no drain, there is no need to empty it or measure the amount of fluid collected. There’s also the peace of mind of not having to carry a drain around in your abdomen–or carving out time to have said drain removed in-office. Finally, a drainless procedure means less for the body to deal with and a smoother healing and recovery process. 

Overall, a drainless tummy tuck is commonly preferred by both surgeons and patients alike, due to the simplified, straightforward process. 

How to Go Drainless

There are many factors that determine a candidate’s suitability for a drainless or drains tummy tuck procedure. Your surgeon will recommend the procedure that best suits your unique situation. 

If you’ve been considering a tummy tuck, the first step is to make a consultation with a trusted, proven cosmetic surgeon. At DeLuca Cosmetic Surgery, we’ve performed thousands of tummy tucks with dazzling, artistic results.

Check out our patient reviews, view before & after photos, and schedule an in-person or virtual consultation to learn more about we can help you choose a body contouring plan to suit your beauty and self-image goals! 


Ready For Your Ultimate Spring & Summer Body?

As spring (and the warm weather) come rolling in, it’s time to shed the baggy sweatpants, heavy sweaters, and thick winter coats. For many people, however, the warm weather-and less clothing-means heightened anxiety. While winter provides ample opportunity to cover up the parts of your body you deem substandard, those opportunities are few and far between in spring. Fortunately, DeLuca Plastic Surgery has you covered!

Let’s take a look at some of the more popular procedures to help you appreciate the warm weather and show some skin with confidence!

Mommy Makeovers Are Perfect For Spring!

Having a child changes everything-including the shape of your body. Between pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, the body undergoes some serious stress. While diet and exercise can minimize weight gain, the body won’t look the same as it did before becoming a mom. The surgeons at DeLuca Plastic Surgery can help you regain your confidence-and body-with a mommy makeover!

A mommy makeover is a series of procedures aimed at helping mothers regain their pre-birth bodies. There is no “one-size-fits-all” mommy makeover procedure. Instead, your surgeon will work with you to develop a customized program targeting the areas where you most need help!

The most important thing to note about a mommy makeover is that it’s not for women who plan to have children again. Additional pregnancies can reverse or undo the work done during a mommy makeover. Finally, while recovery time depends on the nature of the procedures performed, patients can expect to see optimal results with a full recovery in a few weeks, on average. That means if you plan your mommy makeover now, you’ll have the body you want for spring and summer!

Let’s take a look at some of the procedures that make up a mommy makeover. 

Procedures that Make Up a Mommy Makeover

Tummy Tuck: the area arguably most affected throughout pregnancy and childbirth. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, sculpts and tightens the midsection by removing excess skin and tissue to return the body to its pre-baby shape. Patients achieve a full recovery in about two weeks, on average. 

Liposuction: For patients who put on excess weight during pregnancy, liposuction may be the answer. As the standard for removing excess fat, liposuction can target any and all problem areas, including the abdomen, arms, legs, and neck. Patients achieve a full recovery in between two to four weeks, on average. 

Breast Lift/Reduction/Augmentation: Between pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts enlarge and then return to “normal” size, which can lead to significant volume loss and sagging. Depending on your individual concerns, your surgeon can help you achieve your pre-baby breasts or the breasts of your dreams! Full recovery time is typically around four weeks but depends on the specifics of your procedure. 

Body Contouring: While the breasts and abdomen are the areas most affected throughout pregnancy, a mommy makeover can help reshape any part of the body by eliminating excess skin and fat, and contouring the overall shape of the area in question. Full recovery time depends on the area of the body. 

Start Planning Ahead For Spring & Summer Procedures!

You guessed it. Spring and summer are some of the more popular times of year for cosmetic surgery. Whether it’s liposuction, body contouring, breast augmentation, or a facelift, if you’re thinking about a procedure or procedures this spring or summer, give DeLuca Plastic Surgery a call to schedule a consultation. Our board-certified surgeons will work with you to target any problem areas and help you achieve the body of your dreams!


Popular Procedures: What to Know

Have you been thinking about cosmetic surgery, but wanted to know more about the whole process? At DeLuca Plastic Surgery, we offer a wide range of procedures aimed at the face, breasts, and body. Our specialized surgeons will work with you to develop a customized plan for real, amazing results with minimal downtime, scarring, and discomfort. Let’s take a look at a few of the more popular procedures being performed daily at DeLuca Plastic Surgery. 

Think you might be a candidate? Give us a call or schedule a consultation online!

Blepharoplasty (Upper and Lower)

Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery, is perfect for those looking to rejuvenate their appearance without the invasiveness of a facelift. It can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, blepharoplasty was the second most popular cosmetic procedure of 2020. 

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty can help to correct heavy drooping, tighten eye muscles and tissue, and reduce excess skin and fatty deposits. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is more cosmetic in nature-aimed at reducing excess fat around the bottom of the eyes-which builds up as we age. In both cases, your surgeon makes a delicate incision in the natural crease of the eye. That means no scarring or visible signs of surgery. 

Recovery time for both upper and lower blepharoplasty is, on average, two weeks. Because individual results may differ by patient, some patients may have more or less bruising or swelling than others. 

Importantly, not everyone is a candidate for blepharoplasty. During your consultation, your surgeon will conduct a thorough examination of your eyes, face, and health history, answer any questions, and develop the plan that best suits your needs and circumstances. We’ll also remain available 24/7 for the duration of your recovery. 

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Neck Liposuction

The fourth most common procedure of 2020 and historically among the most popular, liposuction aims to eliminate unwanted fat deposits. One of the more common areas of concern is the neck. Neck liposuction can remove the unwanted “double-chin” and create a more aesthetic, youthful, and tight neckline.

At DeLuca Plastic Surgery, we use Tumescent Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) to reduce discomfort and improve overall results. Most patients can return to work within one week and resume full activity within two weeks of the procedure. With the right post-op care, including a healthy diet and exercise, results are permanent! 

Neck liposuction can be performed on its own or in conjunction with other facial cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, or facelift. As with any cosmetic procedure, not everyone is a candidate for neck liposuction. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss your unique circumstances to develop a customized plan and answer any questions, and we’ll remain available 24/7 for the entire duration of your recovery. 

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Mini Face & Neck Lift

In 2020, facelifts were the third most popular cosmetic procedure. A mini facelift or necklift is perfect for patients with saggy skin or loose jowls, deep lines or wrinkles, or a tired, aged appearance. A number of factors, including age, exposure to the sun, genetics, and gravity can all contribute to showing the signs of age-sometimes prematurely-in the face and neck. 

a diagram showing the effects of a necklift, one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic surgery

Typically, a mini facelift differs from a full facelift in that the former is less invasive and focuses on the jowls and upper neck, whereas the latter includes the midface and entire neck. A mini facelift or necklift works by tightening the face or neck by pulling the skin and tissues up and outward towards the ear. 

Most patients report minimal-to-no discomfort and recovery time is typically no more than a few weeks. We advise patients to avoid strenuous activity for 14 days post-procedure. After roughly three months, patients can expect to see target results. Not everyone is a candidate for a mini facelift or necklift; a consultation will determine your eligibility. As with all procedures, we will remain available 24/7 for the entire duration of your recovery. 

Read More About Facelifts

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The popularity of cosmetic surgery is on the rise, with over 13 million procedures performed in 2020. If you’re considering a procedure, the first step is to schedule a consultation with DeLuca Plastic Surgery. We offer in-person, phone-in, and “instant” email consultations. We combine our experience with a detailed focus and artistic eye to offer you a customized plan for the best results. 

Take a look at before and after photos, read patient success stories, and contact us with any questions or to schedule a consultation or get more information. 


Look Your Best For The Holidays!

The holidays are a time for togetherness and socialization. Unfortunately, for many people, fears and dissatisfaction over appearance can get in the way of a festive, social holiday season. Whether it’s a school reunion, a corporate holiday party, or seeing your extended family, one thing is clear: you want to look your best for the holidays. With quick fixes from DeLuca Plastic Surgery, you can go into the holidays feeling confident and powerful. 

Botox & Fillers-A Quick, Easy Solution

Easing away those wrinkle lines and signs of aging is as easy as scheduling an appointment for Botox injections. In as little as 15 minutes, your surgeon can make you look drastically younger, tighter, and more vibrant. Best of all, results can last for up to 6 months! That means you’ll be looking fit and healthy all Winter and Spring!

While it can take a week or two for best results, there is no downtime with Botox-you can leave your appointment and return to your daily routine. Common areas for Botox treatment include crow’s feet, forehead, frown lines, and even neck bands. 

As we age, our face loses volume, which causes the skin to sag. While Botox relaxes the muscles to make wrinkles disappear, facial fillers, like Restylane and Juvederm, “fill” the lost volume, restoring a full, healthy look. Not only do dermal fillers help restore the “full” look of your skin but they actually rejuvenate your skin-and replace collagen as they work and typically last longer than Botox. 

Both Botox and dermal fillers can help restore a youthful, radiant look to your skin and face quickly and with no downtime. Ask your surgeon whether Botox or fillers are right for you this holiday season!

Immediate Availability With Dr. Yan!

Worried you don’t have time to get the look you want for the holidays? We have immediate availability for most procedures, including Botox and dermal fillers, with Dr. Yan! Call or go online to schedule an in-person or phone-in consultation with our office today! 

During a consultation, you can expect a detailed conversation on your overall reconstructive or aesthetic goals. We’ll work with you to develop a customized plan to help you visualize the new you. We accept most insurance plans, and consultations for functional concerns are billed to insurance. 

Can’t make it in-person? Dr. Yan offers “instant” virtual email consultations. Just upload your photos and desired procedure, and within 24-48 hours, we will email you with an assessment, quote, and available surgery dates. You can even submit multiple requests for multiple procedures! 

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Happy Holidays From DeLuca Plastic Surgery!

With your new look from DeLuca Plastic Surgery, you can go into the holiday season feeling happy, comfortable, and confident. Don’t hide from your imperfections or signs of aging-call us or go online today to get started on your new look!


Introducing Facial Remodeling!

When you think of remodeling, what comes to mind? Home remodeling, whereupon you upgrade or change your home to make it look how you want. The same concept applies to facial remodeling. Through a variety of advanced, painless procedures, patients can achieve their ideal shape, contour, and overall facial appearance. Facial remodeling is a safe, efficient way to get real results and increase your confidence.  

Types of Facial Remodeling Procedures

From forehead reduction to the reconfiguration of the cheeks, chin, and jawline, facial remodeling can completely reconfigure your face. Best of all, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” procedure; your surgeon will work with you to develop a customized procedure to get you real results. No more worrying about age lines, appearing too “manly” or “feminine”, or hiding your face. 

a candidate for facial remodeling surgery with a forehead reduction

Forehead Reduction

If you’re self-conscious about your “five-head”, forehead reduction could be for you. The name is a bit of a misnomer. In reality, your surgeon isn’t actually manipulating the skin of the forehead itself but instead lowers the hairline through two small incisions, shortening the forehead. Forehead reduction is done under general anesthesia, and patients can return home immediately following the procedure. Most importantly, though forehead reduction surgery changes the appearance of the eyebrows, it does not raise them. 

Jawline Remodeling

a candidate for angle of the jaw reduction procedures.

Through a variety of surgical and non-surgical methods, your surgeon can reduce the width of your lower face and change the overall shape of your face. Surgically, your surgeon will perform the procedure under general anesthesia. Non-surgical procedures typically involve botox injections. In both cases, patients are free to return home immediately after the procedure with minimal downtime and no visible scarring. 

Cheek & Chin Augmentation

Cheek and chin implants can be used to redefine the dimensions of the chin and cheekbones to dramatically alter your appearance by enhancing the features of your face. Like most facial cosmetic procedures, your surgeon will work with you to develop the plan of action that works best for you. Most cheek and chin augmentations are performed under general anesthesia in an hour or two, and patients can return home immediately following the procedure.

Recovery & Results

Depending on the procedure performed, recovery time for facial remodeling procedures is typically somewhere between one and four weeks. It’s normal to have mild to moderate bruising and swelling for a few days post-procedure, but any abnormal swelling or bruising should be addressed with your doctor. Patients are advised to return for post-operative checkups within a few weeks of the procedure and to avoid intensive activity until permitted by a physician. 

After recovering, patients can see results in as little as a few weeks with no visible scars or obvious signs of manipulation. Not everyone is a candidate for every procedure; talk with your doctor about whether you’d be a good candidate for your desired procedure.  

Experience The Best With Dr. Yan

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DeLuca Plastic Surgery warmly welcomes the addition of Dr. Alan Yan! Dr. Yan is the Capital Region’s specialist in Asian eyelid and transgender facial remodeling surgery and brings nearly 20 years of experience, as well as a fundamental understanding of the unique difficulties and challenges faced by his patients. 

Dr. Yan’s practice encompasses the full breadth of plastic surgery with a focus on facial bone contouring, facial masculinization or femininization, and Asian eyelid surgery. To learn more about Dr. Yan and schedule a consultation, click here

Change Your Face With Facial Remodeling

Facial remodeling is a safe way to get the appearance you want! Give us a call, read patient reviews, or schedule a consultation today to learn more and change your life!


Procedures For The Holidays

The holidays bring everyone together. The 2021 holiday season presents a unique opportunity, as most of us had our family time limited as a result of COVID. What better way to dazzle your friends, family, and loved ones this holiday season with a rejuvenated, youthful-looking appearance! That’s right-there’s still plenty of time to get the look you want for the holidays. Let’s take a look at some of the more in-demand procedures this holiday season. 

Modified Mini Facelift

Who says the best things have to be big and flashy? Especially around the holidays, small packages can elicit the biggest reactions (think engagement rings). When it comes to cosmetic procedures, smaller is sometimes better. A mini modified facelift, for example, is the perfect pre-holiday treatment!

a candidate for a modified mini face lift, a procedure that can be performed in time for the holidays!

Also known as a “short scar” facelift, a modified mini facelift involves the surgeon making two small cuts just behind the ears, which allows for a significant lifting of the face with minimal scarring. In addition to substantially reduced healing time, a modified mini facelift also typically comes with a lower risk of complications, and can be completed in as little as a few hours!

Though modified mini facelifts produce stunning results, the procedure is not for everyone. Ideal patients are typically age 45 and younger and in good health. Patients must also have relatively firm neck and jaw skin. Be sure to tell your doctor about any complications or health issues before undergoing any procedures. A good rule of thumb is to have a physical examination with your physician before scheduling any cosmetic procedure. 

Eyelid Lift

The skin around the eyes starts to show signs of aging as young as your 30s! As we age, the thin, delicate skin around our eyes starts to sag, resulting in a perpetually tired look. Who wants to look tired around the holidays, let alone at all? With an eyelid lift, you can achieve the look you want-with minimal downtime-to be ready for the holidays!

a patient preparing for an eyelift procedure

Also known as blepharoplasty, an eyelid lift is designed to eliminate saggy tissue around the eyes, creating a tightened, alert, youthful appearance. The best part of an eyelid lift? It addresses those loose bags of skin below the eyes, meaning no more dark circles! 

Your surgeon can even work with you to personalize your proceduretargeting the upper or lower eyelids or even both. Patients can see immediate benefits, and downtime is typically anywhere from two to four weeks. That means you can schedule your procedure today and be fully healed by Thanksgiving!

Liposuction

When it comes to body fat, the old adage “first on, last off” is actually true. That means, even with the most rigorous exercise and diet, that stubborn fat you’ve been packing for years isn’t coming off any time soon. Fortunately, for those long-dormant problem areas, there’s liposuction. Best of all, liposuction can be completed in several patient-friendly ways. 

Liposuction procedures use suction to separate fat from the body, slimming and reshaping areas of the body by reducing excess fat deposits to improve body contours and proportion. By reducing your fat cells by as much as 90%, patients can see significant results in the abdomen and waist, hips and buttocks, inner and outer thighs, calves and ankles, upper arms, and even the cheeks, jowls, and neck. 

Patients typically need no more than three to five days of recovery time-and over the following six months patients typically see stunning results. Liposuction can give you the body you’ve been dreaming of without giving up your favorite foods or spending grueling hours in the gym. Importantly, however, liposuction can be the spark you need to kick yourself into a healthy lifestyle!

Consider combining liposuction with your new year’s resolution and start living better today!

Start Planning For The Holidays Today

You’ve probably seen in the news that this holiday season will be like no other. Make it an unforgettable season by scheduling the procedure to give you the look you’ve always wanted in time for the holidays! Call or go online to learn more or schedule a consultation today!


Don’t Forget About Skincare!

What’s the largest organ in the human body? If you guessed the skin, you’re correct. Furthermore, experts have concluded your skin can start aging as early as age 25! While various cosmetic procedures can augment the body, only vigilant skincare, including the use of skincare products, can keep you looking youthful, refreshed, and vibrant! Here are a few tips for maintaining radiant-looking skin!

Moisturize

The human body is made up of more than 70% water. You’ve probably heard that hydration is key, but did you know staying hydrated does more than keep your body running smoothly? That’s right-it can keep your skin looking soft, moist, and healthy. In addition to drinking 8 glasses of water a day, try to limit bathing time and use soaps that won’t dry out or irritate your skin. 

In the winter months especially, use a humidifier to keep the air moist and your skin from becoming rough, red, or cracked. Choose a laundry detergent that won’t dry out or irritate your skin and avoid dressing too often in wool or synthetic fabrics, which will further exacerbate dry skin conditions. 

Be gentle to your skin and your skin will be gentle to you! While the above tips will help your skin look better, a regular skincare routine will have your skin feeling better too!

Skincare Products & Day/Night Regimens

When it comes to taking care of your skin, there are a number of over-the-counter products to freshen and invigorate your skin. Let’s take a look at what a typical skin-care routine might look like, including what kinds of products to use.

Daytime Routine & Skincare Products

The morning should start with a good cleanse. Wash your face with warm water and apply a mixture of water and cleansing cream to your face, avoiding the area around your eyes. After you cleanse, at least once or twice a week you should be exfoliating. Target the areas with clogged pores, like your nose, cheeks, or forehead. 

guarding it against harmful pollutants and UV rays and preserving your youthful, radiant-looking skin. The hyaluronic acid especially will keep your skin hydrated and the Vitamin C will keep it elastic and smooth!

What part of your face betrays your age the most? That’s right: the eyes. The right eye solution will minimize dark circles, age lines, and puffiness, as well as keep your skin hydrated, smooth, and youthful. Finally, apply the right moisturizer to seal in the above steps, and get ready to take on the day!


Nighttime Routine & Skincare Products

Getting your skin ready for the day is just half the battle. At the end of a long, stressful day, your skin has been through the ringer. With the right steps, however, you can peel back the years and delay the signs of aging one day at a time. 

When you’re ready for bed, the first skincare step should be removing your makeup, if applicable. Use a makeup remover or cleansing product to clear it all away. Be sure to get everything, including lipstick, mascara, smoky eye, and more. Just like you did when you woke up, apply a coat of cleanser and warm water to give yourself a clean canvas with which to work. 

Again, like in the morning, you should next apply your nighttime serum. Essentially, as it did in the morning, it helps you absorb the rest of your skincare products and seal in its effectiveness. The goal is to lock in moisture and keep your skin from becoming dehydrated when you sleep.

A nighttime mask of hyaluronic acid and retinol can additionally help your skin breathe without clogging pores and keep it moisturized, protected, and beautiful all night long. If you choose to u

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Diet, Exercise, & Nutrition

What you take into your body and how you treat your body both affect the appearance of your skin. For instance, a diet high in sugar and fat can exacerbate dehydration, prematurely aging, and stretching out your skin. Alcohol and smoking can worsen these effects as well.

a healthy looking, smiling woman with great skin

When it comes to exercise, the increased blood flow can help give you that healthy, radiant glow, but be sure to shower afterward and avoid wearing makeup while you work out, as it can clog your pores and cause problems.

The more you take care of your body, the more it will thank you. That means eating right, working out, and avoiding alcohol and smoking can keep you looking and feeling better than your vice-wanton contemporaries. 

Change With The Seasons

The right skincare routine changes depending on the seasons. In summer, for instance, you can expect to be exposed to more UV rays. In the winter, your skin is probably more prone to drying out. Adapt your regimen as necessary to account for changes in weather, including your exposure to the sun and water. For instance, if you spent all day swimming, your skin is more likely to be dried out. There are even skincare products designed for folks who spend all day in the water!

Healthy, youthful-looking skin is the cornerstone of feeling confident about your appearance. Keeping to an effective routine, staying hydrated, exercising, eating right, and using the right skincare products can all work together to keep your skin looking beautiful for years to come. 


A Guide to Combination Procedures

When exercising, putting on makeup, and even dressing up, we improve the aesthetic of multiple areas of the body. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to combine procedures to improve multiple problem areas without needing multiple surgeries? While you can’t pick your procedures a la carte, your surgeon can work with you to plan out combination procedures that fit your goals, health, and budget. 

What Kinds of Procedures Can You Combine?

The most common of the combination procedures is the Mommy Makeover. Aimed at restoring your body to its pre-pregnancy state, the classic mommy makeover combines a tummy tuck with breast surgery-namely a breast lift, contour, or augmentation. 

With that said, there is no “one-size-fits-all” mommy makeover. A modern mommy makeover can include anything from the aforementioned procedures to additional surgeries like liposuction and even vaginal rejuvenation. You and your surgeon can develop a comprehensive plan to target your specific problem areas.

In addition to classic and modern mommy makeover combination procedures, patients can combine procedures on the face and eyes, arms and legs, liposuction and buttocks, and other procedures involving fat transfer. Talk to your surgeon about what combinations would be suitable for your body and your goals. 

Not every procedure can be combined. Some combinations simply don’t make sense. Only your surgeon can determine which procedure combinations are possible. 

Are Combination Surgeries Safe?

In addition to saving time and money, combining cosmetic procedures can be safer than undergoing multiple procedures separately. Patients only have to undergo anesthesia one time. Additionally, combining multiple procedures into one decreases overall recovery time compared to separate procedures. 

Combining multiple procedures can also mean less time off work. Your surgeon will let you know what to expect with regards to recovery time. Importantly, times can range from a few days to a few weeks, depending on what procedures were performed.

Ultimately, your surgeon will advise on what procedure combinations are available to you based on your overall health. Due to a number of factors, not every procedure is advisable for every patient. 

Combination Procedures Can Mean Better Results

Arguably the biggest benefit to combination plastic surgery is the spectacular results. After a short recovery time, you’ll be able to dazzle your friends, family, co-workers, and even complete strangers with your new-and-improved look. Anyone can overlook a gradual change in your overall look, but no one will be able to stop themselves from commenting on the dramatic, sudden change in your appearance.

If you’re interested in dramatically altering your look, saving time and money, and wowing your friends and family, contact us today for a consultation. We can develop and implement a customized strategy to get you the look you want inside your time and budget specifications. Call us, read previous patient success stories, and schedule an in-person, phone-in, or instant email consultation today!