Facial aging shows up fast. Your face starts showing the signs of your age faster than most other body parts. This is mostly due to environmental factors like exposure to UV light and sunlight, stress, and decreased production of natural oils–which can dry up your skin and reduce its elasticity.
Fortunately, DeLuca Plastic Surgery offers a number of convenient procedures to help reduce facial aging, including lower face and necklift, upper lid blepharoplasty, CO2 CoolPeel Resurfacing, and IPL photo facial.
These procedures can not only help you look revitalized and refreshed but they can peel back the signs of aging to help you look younger, and tighter, helping you restore your confidence.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular procedures focused on facial aging offered here at DeLuca Plastic Surgery, as well as how they can help you achieve the look you desire.
Lower Facelift and Necklift
Your jawline is one of the first parts of your face to show signs of aging. Not only do lines and wrinkles show up with more prominence, but your jawline in general loses its definition. If that’s not enough, fat and tissue build up, creating loose skin and jowls.
A lower facelift and necklift focuses on the lower half of your face and jawline, naturally elevating the deep tissues of the face – reversing the effects of gravity, and targeting sagging skin and wrinkles and tightening lax skin, double chin, and more. More importantly, it’s not meant to simply reduce wrinkles–it helps restructure your facial features for an attractive, confident appearance.
At DeLuca Plastic Surgery we use cutting-edge techniques to be able to perform this surgery in the office under local anesthesia as part of our “Wide Awake Surgery” experience. Patients feel no pain except the brief pinch and sting from the numbing medicine.
After your procedure, most patients show little to know signs of having a procedure performed. After a couple days, you may see some yellowing on your neck or chest–caused by gravity pulling excess blood and bruising downwards and minor swelling of the neck and upper face. These side effects will subside within 1-2 weeks.
There are a number of different facelift and necklift procedures available, and not every procedure is the same for every patient. Only you and your surgeon can develop a plan that works for your unique needs.
If you’ve been thinking about a lower facelift or necklift, schedule your appointment with DeLuca Plastic Surgery today!
Upper Lid Blepharoplasty
Your eyes are another focal point that reveals the signs of aging more prominently. Baggy, droopy eyelids, excess skin, and loose skin around the eyes is caused by a loss of tissue as you age, and can cause you to look older, more tired, and even less attractive. After all, most people look at–if not notice–your eyes first when they look at you.
An upper lid blepharoplasty focuses on tightening the upper eyelid, removing excess skin and sagging for a more youthful, replenished appearance. This surgery is most often performed in the office under a local anesthetic. Nearly pain-free, this technique allows interaction with the surgeon during the procedure that is not available in the OR – ensuring an optimal result.
After the procedure, most patients experience mild bruising or swelling around the eyes, which can last for around 1-2 weeks. Most patients can expect to see a full recovery within 1-2 months.
If you think upper blepharoplasty might be an option for you, don’t hesitate to schedule your appointment with DeLuca Plastic Surgery!
CO2 CoolPeel Resurfacing
Too much time in the sun can leave your skin dried out, loose, and damaged. While procedures like laser resurfacing can refresh the skin, many patients have been looking for a non-invasive solution with less downtime and a shorter recovery.
The answer is here: CO2 CoolPeel Resurfacing.
CO2 CoolPeel Resurfacing is a new way to rejuvenate your skin by leveraging the body’s healing process to stimulate the growth of new collagen and elastin–giving your skin the revitalized look and feel you’ve been looking for.
The procedure works by vaporizing tissue in microscopic columns–targeting only certain skin sections, leaving healthy tissue “bridges” to speed up healing.
After the procedure, patients have a pink glow similar to a day in the sun and are free to return to their daily routines immediately. The CoolPeel REsurfacing targets the deeper tissues – avoiding the crusting and open wounds of traditional peels and CO2 laser resurfacing.
Ove the course of several treatments, the result is a tighter, more youthful appearance with virtually no downtime!
CO2 CoolPeel Resurfacing is becoming more and more popular as patients rave about virtually no downtime and the stellar, revitalizing results.
Thinking about CO2 CoolPeel Resurfacing? Schedule an appointment with DeLuca Plastic Surgery today!
IPL Photo Facial
It’s not only your skin, but your complexion that takes a beating. Aging, makeup products, pollution, stress, and UV rays all contribute to the complexion in your skin breaking down and losing that youthful, tight glow.
An Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photo Facial is a Swiss-army knife for skin and facial aging issues, helping tackle everything from age spots to sun damage.
It works by using short blasts of high-intensity light to target poor coloration and redness of the skin. Patients can expect a feeling similar to a sunburn right after the procedure with crusting of pigmented lesions over the course of several days as the skin heals.
Overall, the procedure involves little to no recovery time and no surgery.
If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to rejuvenate your skin and reverse the effects of sun damage and aging, look no further than IPL Photo Facials.
Call and schedule an appointment with DeLuca Plastic Surgery today!
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As you get older, facial aging starts to show. Peel back the years with a selection of fast, easy procedures from the experienced surgeons at DeLuca Plastic Surgery.
We’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan based on your unique goals, helping you achieve dramatic, long-lasting results to change your life.
Schedule an in-person, phone-in, or instant email consultation today!
With the end of summer right around the corner, it’s almost time to get ready for fall–and winter. While that means exchanging your light summer attire for something a little warmer (and perhaps more concealing, it also means now is arguably the best time for a quick office pick-me-up.
In addition to being the official start of facelift season, it’s also a great time to get the look you want before the holidays. As UV exposure gets less extreme and the weather cools down, there’s ample time for recovery.
Even if you’re not in the market for a facelift, there are plenty of fast, affordable procedures perfect for the end of summer and early fall.
Here are a couple of the best procedures for a quick pick-me-up to prepare yourself for Thanksgiving, the holidays, and everything 2024 has in store!
The latest, most popular advancement in facial fillers is Resilient Hyaluronic Acid, or RHA collection. What makes them so popular is their unique ability to mimic the natural hyaluronic acid your body already produces.
Combined with their flexibility–adapting to your facial expressions–they’re a perfect way to regain a youthful, healthy, radiant look.
RHA fillers work by filling out your facial volume, enhancing the look and shape of your lips, chin, and cheeks. They also minimize the appearance of fine lines and folds, most notably around your mouth, nose, and chin.
While other fillers–like Juvederm–contain hyaluronic acid, what really sets RHA apart is that they’re designed for the dynamic wrinkles and folds of your face. Comparatively, other fillers focus on collagen loss and reducing the sides of aging.
The difference means a look that responds more naturally to your movements and expressions. That means no unnatural stiffness when smiling, frowning, or speaking–and a more natural appearance.
As for the procedure itself, once we work with you to determine the best course of treatment, the procedure takes about 15-25 minutes. Patients are free to return to work the same day.
Most importantly, RHA fillers break down more slowly than other fillers, meaning results last for roughly 15 months.
If you think RHA fillers are right for you, now is the best time to schedule a consultation with DeLuca Plastic Surgery!
Daxxify Long-Acting Botox
Another popular procedure for the end of summer and early fall is Daxxify Long Acting Botox.
Compared to traditional Botox, it both works faster and lasts longer–meaning results that show up within just a few days and last for up to 6 months.
A new and popular alternative to Botox, Daxxify is quickly catching interest around the country due to its efficiency. Compared with other facial injectables that require 3-4 trips to the office per year to maintain an optimal appearance, Daxxify patients may only need a treatment once or twice per year.
The result is a minimally-invasive, fast way to smooth frown lines, reduce crow’s feet, and reduce facial wrinkles. Plus, compared to traditional Botox, Daxxify contains no human or animal materials–it’s instead composed of peptides.
Best of all, Daxxify treatments require no recovery or downtime. Patients are free to return to work–and normal activity–immediately after the procedure.
If you’re looking to cut down on your number of trips to the office and replenish your appearance quickly and comfortably with a quick pick-me-up, Daxxify Long Acting Botox may be right for you.
Now is the best time to schedule a consultation with the experienced professionals at DeLuca Plastic Surgery!
Get Ready For Fall with DeLuca Plastic Surgery!
At DeLuca Plastic Surgery, we are committed to providing you with the latest, most innovative treatments to give you the look you want.
That means we’re proud to offer both RHA fillers and Daxxify Long Acting Botox, two new, exciting pick-me-up procedures that have folks around the country buzzing.
Take advantage of our experience to revitalize your appearance just in time for the business of the holiday season.
Schedule an in-person, phone-in, or instant email consultation today, and be well on the road to a more confident you!
With summer here, it’s time to talk about summer skin care. Roughly one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays–from the sun, tanning beds, and even sunlamps.
What’s more, overexposure to UV light can also dehydrate your skin, giving it a wrinkled, cracked, tired appearance.
The best way to keep your skin healthy–especially during the most UV-intensive months–is to limit your exposure to the sun, but who wants to miss out on all the summer fun?
Let’s examine a few ways you can keep your skin glowing and healthy all summer long without having to coop yourself up inside!
Sunscreen: Your Summer Skin Care Secret Weapon
More than one-third of Americans report getting sunburned at least once a year.
The best thing you can do for your skin is keep it protected against the sun. Believe it or not, it only takes about 15 minutes for UV rays to start to do damage. Prolonged exposure can cause severe damage, including first degree burns, dehydration, and even increase your risk of heatstroke or heat exhaustion.
All sunscreens are not created equal–and no sunscreen is 100% effective. Sunscreens are assigned a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) number that corresponds to their effectiveness at blocking UV rays–the higher the SPF, the more protection it offers.
It’s important to choose the right sunscreen not only for your skin type, but also for the type of outdoor activity you’ll be doing. Most dermatologists recommend a minimum SPF of 30, though those with fairer skin or who spend more time outdoors might want a higher SPF.
It’s important to remember that sunscreen needs to be applied regularly. Typically, that means you should reapply a coat every two hours, especially if you’re swimming or sweating.
Sunscreen can be combined with other products, like makeup or lip balm, to offer enhanced protection, though if these products don’t have an SPF of at least 15, their effectiveness is minimal.
On average, your risk of developing melanoma more than doubles after you’ve had just five sunburns. However, even one sunburn–in childhood or adolescence–can also double your risk of developing skin cancer later in life.
When it comes to summer skin care, sunscreen is number one.
Keep your skin healthy with the most important first line of defense. Choose the right sunscreen and be sure to apply it regularly!
Revitalisant Hydrating Daily Face Cream
Sunscreen isn’t the only product you can use to keep your skin healthy and hydrated during the most UV-intensive months.
One of the best ways to keep your skin looking refreshed and healthy all year long is to implement a skin care routine. Since your skin is up to 64% water, the most important thing you can do is keep it hydrated.
To keep your face well-hydrated, healthy, and looking your best, we recommend Revitalisant Hydrating Daily Face Cream by Ageless Millennial Aesthetics by Estéticoceuticals.
A non-greasy, quick-absorbing cream that instantly hydrates dry skin, it’s the perfect daily moisturizer for revitalized, youthful-looking skin. Plus, its aloe-infused water and Hyaluronic Acid blended with Vitamins E, C, and B, it will lock in moisture to keep your skin perennially fresh and moisturized.
If you’re thinking about a daily skin regimen, a great place to start is with Revitalisant Hydrating Daily Face Cream! It’s not only great for summer skin care-it’s great all year round!
Pro-C Illuminating Vitamin C Serum
Another great product to keep your skin looking its best is Pro-C Illuminating Vitamin C Serum.
It works at a cellular level to provide an extra layer of defense against UV rays–and everyday pollutants–to keep your skin looking vibrant and beautiful. It’s also infused with citrus stem cells from oranges, which help to further enhance the skin’s elasticity.
It has Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, which help reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve firmness, and even skin tone.
Furthermore, Vitamin C can improve the appearance of skin by reducing wrinkles in the face and neck. It can also protect against sun damage, aid in wound healing, and brighten complexion.
Hyaluronic Acid, while naturally found in your eyes, skin, and joints, helps provide extra hydration. When used in skin care, it can reduce wrinkles and add fullness and prompt your body to produce more collagen and elastin. That keeps your skin elastic and moisturized and can help reduce scarring.
Add a few drops to your morning skin care routine before your makeup, moisturizer, or sunscreen, and watch how your skin feels glowing all day long! Perfect for summer skin care or all year!
Exfoliating Coconut and Vanilla Facial Scrub
Don’t forget about exfoliating. Regular exfoliation as part of your skin care routine can help clear away dry or dead skin and make your skin more clear, radiant, and youthful.
Exfoliating Coconut and Vanilla Facial Scrub can instantly rejuvenate your skin to scrub away impurities, reduce the lines and wrinkles of stress, and nourish and moisturize.
Importantly, it contains no plastics or microbeads–for a gentler, more refreshing, feel.
Use it daily as a face scrub or consider leaving it on for 10 or more minutes as a mask.
Watch how it removes dead skin cells, clears out your pores, and leaves your skin with a refreshing, radiant, youthful glow!
Matrixyl Rapid Eye Corrector Serum
Your eyes are not only a crucial part of social interactions, but they’re one of the first things on the body that attracts both men and women.
That means if you have bags, crows feet, wrinkles, or other signs of fatigue or aging around your eyes, you might feel self-conscious or unhappy about your appearance.
Matrixyl Rapid Eye Corrector Serum can help by minimizing the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles. It can also reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, as well as even skin tone by rehydrating the whole eye area.
The eyes start to age before any other part of the body. With more stress, fatigue, and even exposure to UV rays, the skin around your eyes can take a beating. Plus, the skin around the eyes is thinner than the rest of your skin.
Start Taking Care of Your Skin Today!
You can’t replace your skin, so it’s important to take care of it.
Let’s recap some ways to keep your skin looking its best this summer while reducing your risk of sunburn, dehydration, and skin damage.
First, limit your time in the sun. If you know you’re going to spend a long time outside, especially between the prime hours of 10 am and 4 pm, make sure to dress properly and use sunscreen with the proper SPF.
If you really want to step up your skin care routine, check out the line of high-end products from Ageless Millennial Aesthetics by Estéticoceuticals. See more of their line!
Follow these summer skin care tips and keep your skin looking great all summer!
Gender affirmation surgery is growing in popularity across the country, with the benefits of FTM, Non-Binary, MTF, and facial remodeling surgery helping folks feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin.
At DeLuca Plastic Surgery, we offer a suite of gender affirmation procedures. We have the experience to help you achieve transformative, lasting results.
If you’re considering gender affirmation surgery, take a moment to learn about some of the most common procedures we offer. We also answer some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding gender affirmation surgery below.
If you’re interested in learning more, schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable surgeons. We’ll help you get started on the road to living your best, most confident life!
FTM/Non-Binary Top Surgery
FTM/Non-Binary Top Surgery, is a procedure that masculinizes the chest by removing and reshaping the breast tissue. It is not a uniform procedure, meaning that results differ from patient to patient.
The specific procedure is influenced by the starting size of the breast as well as patient goals.
Patients with a smaller starting chest size may be able to have surgery while keeping the nipples and areolas fully intact. Patients with a larger chest size may need to have the nipples and areolas removed, resized, and put back into position.
Recovery from FTM/Non-Binary top surgery differs by patient, but most patients are able to return to work within two weeks post-procedure. Additionally, most patients will wear a compression wrap around the chest for two weeks post-procedure.
Best results are typically achieved in patients with a BMI below 30, and patients with smaller starting breast size–as well as patients who have been on hormone therapy or weight loss regimen.
FTM/Non-Binary top surgery is the perfect solution for transgender men and non-binary people who want to achieve a more masculine, confident look.
MTF Top Surgery
MTF top surgery, also known as chest feminization surgery, is a procedure that feminizes the chest by increasing breast size and augmenting the overall shape of the chest. Like FTM top surgery, results may differ by patient.
Again, the specific procedure depends on the patient’s starting chest size, as well as their individual goals.
The principles of MTF top surgery are similar to breast augmentation procedures for cisgender women. However, transgender women typically have broader chests with larger, thicker pectoral muscles as well as a shorter distance between the nipples and the crease under the breasts. Notably, this may result in a wider space between the breasts, even with larger implants.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make incisions near the areola or under the breast, through which they will place implants.
Patients wear a bra for eight weeks post-procedure, and most patients can return to work within a week.
MTF top surgery is the perfect solution for transgender women who want to achieve a more feminine look.
Gender Affirmation Facial Remodeling
Gender affirmation facial remodeling may be a suitable solution for transgender women, transgender men, and nonbinary people.
From forehead reduction to jawline remodeling to cheek & chin augmentation, we offer a full suite of facial remodeling procedures for all patients.
Facial feminization surgery may differ by patient, but typically, it involves a brow lift, forehead bone reduction, hairline lowering, nose reshaping, jaw contouring/reduction, lip lift, chin implants, and a face/neck lift. The results help achieve a more traditionally feminine appearance.
Facial masculinization surgery also differs by patient, but typically involves forehead and cheek augmentation, rhinoplasty, and chin and jaw implants and recontouring. The results help achieve a more traditionally masculine appearance.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to gender affirmation facial remodeling. Depending on your unique goals, our surgeons can work with you to develop a treatment plan to help you gain the look you want.
Gender Affirmation Surgery FAQs
As with any procedure, prospective patients are sure to have questions. Below are some of the more frequently asked questions–with answers–regarding gender affirmation surgery procedures.
Q. How permanent is gender affirmation surgery?
A. Gender affirmation surgeries result in a permanent transformation. This is why patients must meet eligibility requirements (see below).
Q. Am I eligible for gender affirmation surgery?
A. To be eligible for gender affirmation surgery, patients must be at least 18 years of age, be able to make an informed, conscious decision, and have a physician’s diagnosis of gender dysphoria. Most patients have been transitioning for at least 12 months–including hormone therapy (although hormone treatment is not necessary) and have completed counseling with a licensed professional in gender affirmation healthcare.
Q. Do I need to stop hormone therapy before my procedure?
A. Typically only transgender female patients will need to stop hormone therapy prior to their procedure. Pausing therapy helps reduce the risk of blood clots associated with estrogen treatments. During your consultation, we will discuss the particulars–including what medications to continue taking or stop taking.
Q. How long is recovery from gender affirmation surgery?
A. Your recovery will depend on the procedure(s) performed. Full recovery can take up to 6 months or longer.
Q. Does insurance cover gender affirmation surgery?
A. Federal and state laws prohibit most public and private insurers from discriminating against patients on the basis of sex or gender, meaning they can’t exclude medically-necessary gender-affirming surgery. The amount of out-of-pocket costs vary, however, with your specific insurer and plan, including co-pays and deductibles.
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If you think gender affirmation surgery is right for you, the next step is to schedule a consultation with the experienced professionals at DeLuca Plastic Surgery.
We are proud to offer the most advanced techniques in both FTM/NB surgery and MTF surgery. Our surgeons will develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your individual needs, and we’re always available to answer your questions.
The warm weather is on the horizon, and it’s time to get your body ready for summer! That means bidding adieu to those baggy sweaters and sweatshirts and soaking up the sunlight in a swimsuit! If you’re worried or concerned about your appearance, enjoying the nice weather is probably the last thing on your mind.
Fortunately, you’re in luck.
At DeLuca Plastic Surgery, we offer a full suite of affordable, patient-friendly ways to get the body you want-all year round. Some of the best solutions are CoolSculpting, liposuction, and breast augmentation.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular confidence-boosting procedures to get you ready for summer!
CoolSculpting doesn’t just have the perfect name for summer. It is the perfect procedure to shed those stubborn, unwanted pounds without dieting or spending grueling hours in the gym. It’s no wonder millions of Americans have successfully undergone CoolSculpting with dazzling, long-lasting results.
A permanent, nonsurgical alternative for fat reduction, CoolSculpting works by targeting subcutaneous fat cells with freezing temperatures. Importantly, nce the cells freeze, they crystallize and die, resulting in a trimmer, toned appearance.
Importantly, CoolSculpting isn’t a weight loss procedure. It’s not meant for patients who want to lose an excessive amount of weight. Notably, it’s designed to get rid of stubborn fat that hasn’t responded well to other treatments.
The most popular target areas for CoolSculpting include the belly and abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms, chin, and face. Most patients can expect to lose up to 80% of fat in the area targeted by CoolSculpting. Results depend on a number of features, like the size of the target area. Not all patients should expect identical results.
Notably, CoolSculpting patients are cleared to resume day-to-day activities immediately after. Most procedures take anywhere from 30-60 minutes.
If you’re looking to trim a few inches off your belly, arms, thighs, or elsewhere, CoolSculpting is an attractive, affordable solution!
Getting rid of fat is one of the best ways to get ready for summer.
Whereas CoolSculpting is designed to eliminate a smaller volume of fat for mild to moderate results, liposuction removes a more substantial volume of fat for more noticeable contour change than through non-invasive procedures such as CoolSculpting. Liposuction isn’t a weight loss procedure, however, the procedure results in a more dramatically slimmed appearance–toned arms, slimmed thighs, tight abdomen, and more.
Liposuction is done under general anesthesia. It involves liquefying and removing fat deposits from the body. Like CoolSculpting, the results of liposuction are permanent–and the results can be life-changing.
Of note, in addition to slimming and reshaping the body by removing excess deposits of fat, liposuction helps tone the body and enhance the contours and curves.
Our surgeons can perform liposuction anywhere on the body with excess fat deposits. The most popular areas to target include the buttocks, belly and abdomen, upper arms and thighs, and face.
Most patients can return to work within 3-5 days after their procedure, with a full return to normal activities within 4-6 weeks. Most procedures take anywhere from 60-90 minutes.
If you’re looking to trim those stubborn areas of fat,, liposuction could be the right solution for you.
Summer is the time for swimsuits and tanning. If your breasts have you preferring to cover up, we have a solution for you.
The most common procedure performed by plastic surgeons in America, breast augmentations represent around 18% of all cosmetic surgeries performed.
The goal of breast augmentation is to fill and shape the breasts to achieve your optimal bust. DeLuca Plastic Surgery offers a number of convenient breast augmentation options, from implants to implant removal to solutions for tuberous breasts.
Depending on the specific breast augmentation procedure performed, patients can expect to return to work within a week, with a return to normal activities within 8 weeks.
If the perfect bikini body is on your wish list this summer, DeLuca Plastic Surgery offers a full suite of breast augmentation procedures. Our surgeons would be happy to work with you to find the right fit for you to get you ready for summer!
Consequently, the last thing you want this summer is a bulging belly. It can be the difference between partaking in any number of fun activities or staying indoors.
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen. First, your surgeon will make an incision along the lower abdomen and then separate the skin from the abdominal wall, removing any excess fat. After we tighten the muscles and abdominal wall, we reposition the belly button.
Like liposuction and CoolSculpting, a tummy tuck isn’t a weight loss procedure. Importantly, while patients can expect to lose a few pounds, the results are more focused on eliminating excess skin and fat and sculpting the overall aesthetic.
Most patients can return to work within 2-4 weeks of their surgery, with a return to normal activities within 8 weeks. The duration of the procedure can vary, with most surgeries taking anywhere from 2-3 hours.
A tummy tuck can give you that boost of confidence to feel more comfortable in a swimsuit or other summer clothing. If you want to show off your shirtless summer body, a tummy tuck could be the right fit for you.
Get Your Confidence Back!
Don’t let your body hold you back from embracing all that life has to offer. Trust the surgeons at DeLuca Plastic Surgery to get you ready for summer with the right procedure for your complex needs.
When you think of major body contouring procedures, typically you think of the main surgeries: abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast augmentation, and leg, arm, or thigh lifts. But what about the more discrete areas? You know, the area “down there.”
Also known as vaginal rejuvenation, there are a set of procedures designed to aid problems stemming from aesthetic concerns, childbirth, issues with physical activity or intimacy, discomfort from clothing, or even self-consciousness.
With many of these procedures becoming both more popular and widely known, let’s take a minute to talk about who might be a candidate, what body contouring procedures are available, prognosis and recovery, and more!
Procedures For “Down There”
There are a number of procedures that can help relieve problems with vaginal discomfort and self-consciousness, such as labiaplasty, monsplasty, clitoral hood reduction, and labia majora fat grafting.
While not often talked about, even A-list celebrities have boasted about the benefits of vaginal rejuvenation procedures.
Take a moment to learn a little bit about each procedure below.
Labiaplasty is quickly becoming one of the more popular, albeit lesser talked about cosmetic procedures, with a more than 200% increase in popularity between 2012 and 2017.
For many women, the size, shape, or overall aesthetic of the labia majora or labia minora becomes a problem. This can be due to childbirth, genetics, or myriad other reasons.
During the procedure, your surgeon will first design a skin removal pattern that fits your goals. Using carefully placed incisions, the excess labia is removed to reduce the height of labia minora to lie within the labia majora and/or to reduce excess labia majora and the tissues sutured together with absorbable sutures. Typically, the procedure takes about an hour, and patients can return to normal activity within three to four days and exercise in a a few weeks.
While perhaps not as well-known as labiaplasty, monsplasty remains one of the more in-demand body contouring procedures.
Whereas labiaplasty aims to reduce the size or alter the shape of the labia, monsplasty helps deal with excess skin and fat in the mons–the hair-bearing, upper part of the vulva.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make a triangle-shaped incision, from which we remove unwanted fat and excess tissue. The area is then pulled up or “sculpted”, leaving you with a more comfortable appearance.
Patients can typically return to work about a week post-procedure, with a return to physical activity somewhere between 4-6 weeks.
Clitoral Hood Reduction
Clitoral hood reduction, whether done on its own or on conjunction with labiaplasty, is another lesser talked about, in-demand body contouring procedure for the area “down there”.
Also known as a hoodectomy, clitoral hood reduction–as the name suggests–reduces the size and shape of the clitoral hood by removing excess tissue to expose the clitoris and enhance the overall appearance of the vulva.
During the procedure, your surgeon will remove excess skin and then suture the area up for a symmetrical, aesthetic look.
Best of all, clitoral hood reduction typically takes no more than an hour and patients can return home the same day, with a return to work in about one week and a return to physical activity within roughly six weeks.
Labia Majora Fat Grafting
No part of the body is immune to the effects of aging. That includes the genital area.
Labia majora fat grafting is designed to help restore a youthful appearance to the vulva by taking fat from other areas of the body and using it to restore lost volume.
Whether performed on its own or in conjunction with labia majora reduction, labia majora fat grafting can rejuvenate the vulva and restore your freedom and self-confidence.
Patients have little downtime post-procedure, with most patients being able to return to work the same day and return to excercise within two to three days.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Typically, a good candidate is any woman who has pain or discomfort, or soreness with physical activity or intimacy, as well as women for whom childbirth has significantly altered the size and/or shape of the vagina.
Who is a good candidate for body contouring procedures “down there” or vaginal rejuvenation differs depending on the procedure(s) performed, age, and a variety of other factors.
However, there are a few constants to consider for every patient, regardless of the variables.
•Patients should be in good health and free of any complications that may increase the risk of complications.
•Talk to your doctor about recent changes in your health, recent illnesses, and medications.
•Avoid alcohol and smoking for at least four weeks pre-procedure and four weeks post-operative to further reduce your risk of complications and aid in recovery.
To best decide if you might be a good candidate, consider scheduling a consultation with your surgeon.
Prognosis & Recovery
Your prognosis and recovery after vaginal rejuvenation body contouring differs depending on procedure.
In most cases, the recovery time is somewhere around a week. However, more comprehensive vaginal rejuvenation may take up to three months or longer to see full results and recovery.
Like most cosmetic surgery procedures, patients should ice the area and plan to rest immediately post-op. The most common side effects include swelling, redness, pain and discomfort, itching, and a limited range of movement.
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Rejuvenation of the pubic areas can help you regain your freedom to wear whatever you’d like, enjoy physical activity and intimacy, and restore your self-confidence.
If you’ve recently lost a significant bit of weight, you’re probably dealing with some mixed emotions. On one hand, you’re excited about your new, slimmer, healthier look. But for many patients, massive weight loss also comes with excess, sagging skin–and even residual pockets of fat that simply won’t go away.
After your massive weight loss, you probably have questions.
Fortunately, the experienced team at DeLuca Plastic Surgery is here for you. We’ve helped thousands of patients obtain dazzling results after dramatic weight loss–and we can help you too!
Learn all about your plastic surgery options after dramatic weight loss, including how long you should wait, what options are available, and tips to make your new look permanent.
Let’s dive in!
Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss
Almost three-quarters of American adults are considered overweight or obese. Being overweight dramatically increases your risk of developing adverse cardiovascular conditions like high blood pressure or heart disease.
Whether you lost a significant bit of weight through diet, exercise, bariatric surgery, or a combination, you should be proud. You have taken active steps to promote your long-term health!
However, after losing roughly 100 pounds or more, you’re going to notice excess skin left behind.
That’s because skin stretches with increased weight gain. The more weight you’ve gained, the more your skin will have stretched. More significant weight loss typically means more excess skin.
Plus, as many patients know, weight loss doesn’t always happen evenly.
You’ve probably heard the expression, “first on, last off.” Typically, the first place you add fat is the last place from which it comes off. Some stubborn pockets of fat just won’t come off–no matter what you do.
So what kind of body contouring procedures are right for patients who have undergone massive weight loss?
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
As we gain weight, the composition of tissues, skin, and fat in our bodies changes. That means even after you’ve lost all that weight (and fat), the skin remains stretched and sagging.
Whether you need to tighten up your abdomen or shed excess fat for a more even, symmetrical look, abdominoplasty might be the perfect solution for you.
Abdominoplasty–especially for patients who have recently undergone massive weight loss–focuses on removing the excess skin and fat of the abdomen, as well as repairing the weakened abdominal muscles.
Liposuction is the perfect solution to remove those difficult fat deposits, especially after losing weight.
The reason liposuction after massive weight loss is so impactful is because it can help restore the slim, toned body contours you’re looking for.
Liposuction can also tighten up muscle tone, remove the appearance of male breasts, and add definition.
Best of all, liposuction is not just for the abdomen; it can be used to tone up your arms, legs, thighs, and buttocks!
After losing a significant amount of weight, you’ll probably notice your breasts are flat, deflated, or drooping.
A breast augmentation or lift can help restore your breasts to a more youthful, healthy appearance.
By restoring lost volume and optimizing the size, shape, and fullness of your breasts, we can help you regain your confidence!
Arm lift & thigh lift
Arm lift, or brachioplasty, can remove floppy, loose arm skin and fat, especially for patients who have just undergone massive weight loss.
The result is toned, sculpted arms that look–and feel–natural, toned, and attractive.
A thigh lift, or thigh plasty, focuses on restoring a sculpted, toned look to the upper and inner thighs.
Thigh lifts are often combined with other procedures, like liposuction or arm lifts, for a more symmetrical, comprehensive body restoration.
The face, and the neck, are two of the more noticeable areas where excess skin causes discomfort for patients.
After massive weight loss, the stretched skin around your face starts to sag, causing pronounced jowls or “turkey neck.”
A facelift or neck lift can tighten up the skin around your face and neck and restore a healthy, youthful appearance to match the rest of your body.
How Long Should You Wait After Massive Weight Loss Before Surgery?
After massive weight loss, defined as 100 pounds or more or 40% or more of your total body mass, most patients are anxious to get rid of their excess skin and start living with their slimmer, lighter bodies.
However, patients should be at or near their target body weight–and have maintained that weight for 3-6 months before considering any additional procedures.
More importantly, plastic surgery isn’t designed for weight loss. It’s designed to help patients improve their overall body appearance or aesthetic.
Before considering any cosmetic procedure after weight loss, patients should:
•Be in good health
•Have realistic expectations and a positive outlook
•Have established and maintained weight loss
•Be a non-smoker or abstain from tobacco use
Tips to Keep Your Look Post-Op
Arguably the biggest concern with post-weight loss plastic surgery is keeping the weight off.
Gaining any or all of the weight back can cancel out all the transformative work–and operations–you’ve worked so hard for.
With that said, the best tips to keep your post-operative look after massive weight loss are:
•Follow your physicians’ recommendation: whether your bariatric surgeon prescribes a reduced-calorie diet or your plastic surgeon recommends rest and recovery, listen to what they say!
•Diet: especially if you’ve had bariatric surgery, you’ll notice you simply can’t eat as much as you could when you were at a heavier weight. However, failure to adhere to a healthy, lower-calorie diet can cause the stomach to swell. Be sure to drink lots of water and eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins.
•Exercise: once you’ve recovered from your plastic surgery procedures, you should strive for at least 30 minutes of mild-to-moderate exercise every day. This is especially important if you’re consuming more calories than recommended. Exercise can help you burn off everything you take in!
•Follow up with your physicians: while the specific care you’ll need depends on the procedure(s) performed, it’s important to attend all your follow-up appointments. Your doctor will be able to ensure you’re charting the right course for long-term health and body maintenance.
Ready For Your New Look? Schedule A Consultation Today!
The results from plastic surgery after massive weight loss can be life-changing.
However, it’s important to remember that it’s not a magic fix: patients still need to adhere to dietary and lifestyle changes in order to make their body transformation stick.
If you’ve recently lost a significant amount of weight and are considering cosmetic procedure(s) to achieve the look you want, DeLuca Plastic Surgery can guide you through the process from start to finish.
Now that you’ve cleaned up the holiday decorations, spent time with the whole family, and turned the calendar over to 2023, what’s next? Wouldn’t it be nice to start the new year with a new you?
Regardless of whether it’s one of your new year’s resolutions or not, just about everyone wants to look better. In fact, year after year, among the most common goals for the new year are to exercise more, lose weight, and eat healthier.
The common link?
A transformation to a healthier, more attractive face–or body–that both inspires and evokes confidence.
For many folks, working out, eating healthy, and losing weight isn’t as easy as they sound.
On the other hand, cosmetic procedures like a mini facelift or fillers, Botox, and even breast augmentations can provide that transformation to a new you!
Let’s examine how DeLuca Plastic Surgery can help you find the new you in 2023!
New Year, New Breasts: Could Breast Augmentation Be Right For You?
You want to make the new year the best year yet. What better way than a procedure that can give you the dream breasts you’ve always wanted?
As it turns out, a breast augmentation procedure can not only help you start the year with more confidence but give you the dream curves, cleavage, and bust size you’ve been looking for!
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits!
•Each breast enhancement procedure starts with the patient’s goals in mind, meaning we tailor each procedure down to the specifics of each individual case
•Using the Mentor breast implant sizing system, patients can “try on” different implants to gauge the right look and feel
•DeLuca Plastic Surgery offers 3D imaging for the most accurate preview of patients’ post-operative results
•In most cases, recovery time is between 6-8 weeks, meaning patients can take advantage of winter downtime and achieve an optimal look by spring
This year will undoubtedly be full of exciting events–parties, birthdays, holidays, etc. Wouldn’t it be nice to go into the bulk of the year with a body you can feel good about?
Mini Facelift: Face The New Year With Confidence
Everyone wants to look as young as they feel. A mini facelift is a perfect procedure to help you peel back the years for that refreshing, radiant, youthful glow.
Compared to a traditional facelift, a mini facelift is less-invasive, quicker, and focuses more on combating the most visible signs of aging–sagging, creases, wrinkles, and even the start of jowls.
During your mini facelift procedure, we’ll primarily focus on the cheekbone, jowls, and upper neck. Your surgeon will make small incisions near the hairline or behind the ear, tightening the skin and offsetting the signs of early aging.
Best of all, the natural folds of the skin hide the scars–meaning a mini facelift is the perfect procedure for those looking for a way to look younger without showing obvious signs of plastic surgery.
As the years pass, diet and exercise sometimes are not enough to stop the signs of aging. Fortunately, a mini facelift is a quick, easy way to provide relief–and confidence.
Plus, the effects of a mini facelift procedure can last up to 10 years!
The start of the year is a perfect time to reverse the effects of gravity.
Fillers: A Quick Boost to Start The Year
Another great way to peel back the first signs of aging is through facial fillers, such as hyaluronic acid. The results are nearly instantaneous–and both the procedure itself and the recovery take minimal time, meaning it’s the perfect procedure for those with a busy schedule.
The best part?
Fillers can be used on their own–or in conjunction with Botox injections–to reduce lost volume, smooth wrinkle lines, and enhance facial contours without surgery, scarring, or months of rest and downtime.
Each facial filler product is formulated differently, meaning it can be targeted to different areas of the face and different depths within the skin.
Go into the rest of the year with a younger, healthier face, and look your best at all the big events coming up this year!
Botox: A New Year’s Favorite
Winter is the most popular month nationwide for Botox.
That’s because most Botox procedures can be performed in as little as 10 minutes. Patients often see results in just a few days. Plus, the cooler weather and relative lack of sunlight provide the perfect environment to settle into a new look.
The results of Botox treatments help to reverse the obvious signs of aging, like wrinkles, crease lines, and sagging. They do this by blocking chemical signals that relax or “sag” the skin.
Those effects can last anywhere from 3-6 months. For best results, and to maintain your best look all year, seek treatment early and often.
At DeLuca Plastic Surgery, we’ve performed thousands of Botox and filler injections. We can help find the right treatment to suit your goals and get you feeling like a better, younger you.
Schedule a consultation today and learn more about why Botox is one of the most popular, non-surgical alternatives to facelifts.
Transform to The New You!
Unfortunately, most new year’s resolutions fail.
If you’ve been thinking of hitting the gym more often, cutting back on your favorite foods, or shedding unwanted pounds the old-fashioned way, consider a more feasible alternative: a cosmetic procedure at DeLuca Plastic Surgery!
Our experienced, compassionate surgeons will work with you to get you the results you want. Whether you’re looking for fuller breasts, fewer signs of aging, or simply a look you can feel good about, we’re here to help you achieve your goals.
Between Botox & filler injections and procedures like facelifts and mini facelifts, there are myriad ways to combat the signs of aging. Some are more invasive, while others are more cosmetic than surgical. One of the more popular non-invasive treatments involves using trichloroacetic acid. More commonly known as TCA chemical peels, they give the skin a more youthful, radiant glow.
Here’s the scoop on TCA chemical peels. Read more to learn what to expect, who’s a candidate, and why it might be the right option for you!
What is a TCA Chemical Peel?
The outer layer of the skin is made up of layers of epidermal skin cells. While these cells provide a layer of defense against environmental dangers, as we age and endure bruises, nicks, cuts, and sun damage, the cells take a beating.
Those cells are held together by microscopic fibers called tonofilaments, which are surrounded by an extracellular–which works as a glue holding all those cells and fibers together. Again, as we age, those cells shed through the body’s natural process of exfoliation.
TCA chemical peels work to dissolve that “glue”, speeding up the natural exfoliation process.
By removing dead skin cells from the affected area, like the face, neck, hands, or other part of the body, TCA peels reduce and minimize the visible signs of aging, like acne scars, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and even wrinkles.
Notably, of the most commonly used chemical peels, TCA penetrates the skin more deeply than glycolic or salicyclic peels. This makes it arguably the most powerful of the chemical peels. This makes it an ideal choice for those with the most visible signs of aging–like scarring or pigmentation issues.
TCA chemical peels can be applied in a variety of concentrations and strengths, from light to medium, depending on a number of factors, including age of the patient, the area of focus, and the number of layers applied during treatment.
Treatment & Recovery: What to Expect
Depending on the strength and concentration of TCA chemicals involved, the chemical peel procedure may vary from patient to patient.
First, your surgeon will apply the TCA solution to your skin–using gauze or an applicator–to the treatment area. As the acid penetrates the outer layers of your skin, it removes the dead skin cells and stimulates growth of new, healthy cells.
After about 5 minutes, we can add more layers–depending on the depth of the treatment.
Once we have applied the desired amount of layers, your surgeon will remove the TCA peel and apply a cold compress to the skin. We then apply a topical, moisturizing ointment to lock in the hydration.
Immediately after a TCA chemical peel treatment, it’s normal for the skin to feel red or swollen. After a few days, the redness and swelling will transition to darkening, crusting, or peeling. This usually subsides within 1-2 weeks.
During the recovery period, we recommend patients avoid picking or peeling at the skin. Use only mild skin cleansers, and if you’re going to be in the sun, choose a sunscreen with a high SPF. Until fully healed, avoid using products with vitamin C, as well as retinoids and other exfoliation products.
Most patients are able to treat discomfort effectively with over-the-counter pain medications like Ibuprofen, Aspirin, or Tylenol. Be sure to schedule and attend your follow-up appointment post-treatment for best results.
Who is A Candidate For TCA Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are not just for folks who want to reduce the signs of aging.
TCA peels are also a great way to treat a wide variety of skin flaws and conditions. For instance, discoloration, scars, and sun damage.
However, not everyone is a candidate for chemical peels.
Importantly, prospective patients should be free from infections and in good general health. We do not recommend TCA peels for patients with extremely sensitive skin.
Schedule Your Consultation!
TCA chemical peels are one of the best ways to treat imperfections of the skin and restore a healthy, vibrant, youthful look. They’re widely used in the dermatology community to treat a wide variety of skin conditions across a wide spectrum of skin tones and types.
Schedule a consultation today! One of our experienced, knowledgeable surgeons will work with you to find the right chemical peel treatment for you.
During your consultation, we’ll discuss your medical history, your goals, the procedure itself, and even ways to maximize the efficiency of your treatment. This can include moisturizers, creams, and other products you can use to make your treatment last longer and look better!
It’s the perfect time of the year to start thinking about Botox and filler treatments. In fact, winter is the most popular month nationwide for Botox! Every year, millions of Americans choose Botox as a quick, safe, pain-free way to reduce the visible signs of aging. If you’ve been thinking about Botox and fillers, here’s why now is the time to start looking younger, healthier, and more confident!
What Can Botox Do For You?
Botox injections are primarily used to treat the most visible signs of aging–wrinkles, lines, creases, and sagging. They can also be used as a treatment for neck spasms, excessive sweating, overactive bladder, lazy eye, chronic migraines, and a number of other conditions.
Unlike fillers–or facelifts and other surgical procedures, Botox doesn’t actually manipulate or “fix” the skin. Instead, the injections block chemical signals from the nerve–which in turn stops the muscles from contracting–or in other words, relaxes them. As the muscles relax, wrinkles fade away, leaving the face smoother and radiant.
Botox injections can be performed in as little as 10 minutes, meaning you can even have it done on your lunch break! Most patients see results within a few days as the treated muscles weaken and relax. Your best results will start to appear about 1-2 weeks after your treatment.
The effects typically last anywhere from 3-6 months, so to maintain best results, seek treatment as soon as you notice wrinkles or signs of aging reappearing.
Dermal fillers can be used on their own or in conjunction with Botox injections to reduce lost volume, smooth wrinkle and crease lines, and enhance facial contours.
Fillers can last anywhere from 6-15 months – depending on the type and placement of the filler. Arguably the most popular dermal filler, Hyaluronic Acid is already found in your skin as a naturally occurring substance that keeps your skin hydrated. Some more common HA products include Juvederm, Restylane, and Revance. Although similar, each product is formulated differently – targeted to different areas of the face and different depths within the skin.
An alternative to fillers is autologous fat Injections. Unlike the above options, fat injections require surgery. During the procedure, your surgeon will graft fat from another area–typically involving liposuction–purified, and then used as filler in the cheeks, temples, or elsewhere. The results typically last for many years.
Of the more than 7 million Botox procedures performed each year, winter is arguably the most popular time of year–with patients favoring the cooler weather, lack of sun, and increased downtime to settle into their new look.
Not to mention, Thanksgiving and the holidays are right around the corner. With a quick Botox and filler treatment, you can wipe away wrinkles and other signs of aging around your forehead, eyes, cheeks, and chin to feel–and look–your best around the in-laws, your nieces and nephews, and even dazzle folks you haven’t seen in years!
Botox & Fillers: What Treatment Is Right For Me?
With a number of options available, how do you know which treatment is best for you?
The best first step is to discuss your treatment goals with your doctor – don’t be afraid to ask questions. The surgeons at DeLuca Plastic Surgery have a range of products to offer – each with different price points and treatment characteristics.
Just recently, DeLuca Plastic Surgery introduced the high-end filler and toxin products from Revance to its patients. For more than 20 years, Revance has built an elite reputation as the pinnacle of medical aesthetics, developing and distributing advanced, expertly-crafted products to select practices who produce exceptional consumer experiences and outcomes.
The Revance RHA collection of fillers – featuring the latest innovation in hyaluronic acid fillers – sports a longer duration of action (15 months) and a more natural form of hyaluronic acid. Daxxify – a long acting toxin – was just FDA approved and will be available to our practice starting in March of 2023. This toxin is injected like Botox but can last upwards of 9 months – three times the duration of comparable toxin products.
Schedule Your Consultation Now!
Botox and fillers are among the most popular non-surgical alternatives to facelifts. Now is the time to get the look you want for the holidays!
At DeLuca Plastic Surgery, we’ve performed thousands of Botox and filler injections. Let us use our expert knowledge and experience to find the best option for your cosmetic goals!