“Bikini Season”

BikiniBikini season doesn’t always have to be a bad word. Every year it seems to sneak up on us faster and faster. Then you find yourself starting to plan a new diet regimen and how you can slim down to fit into that cute but tiny bikini you noticed at your favorite store. Diet and exercise is definitely a key to slimming down for the summer, but sometimes that stubborn fat is still hard to lose. With that case, your board certified plastic surgeon is your next step to help the slimming down process a little less challenging with your everyday hustle and bustle.

Not all options are invasive surgical body contouring procedures, most are noninvasive procedures. Let’s start with the basics. First change your eating habits, count your calories and eat just over all better. It is never recommended to starve yourself, this can deplete the body of it basic nutritional needs. There should be a balance with cutting calories and starving yourself. We all have that one friend who is always trying out a new diet fad, and it never seems to work for the long run. Eating healthier has to be a lifestyle change not a fad.

Next is exercise, it has been proven that if you exercise 3-5 times per week your overall health improves tremendously. Does that mean you have to hit the gym every single day? No, you don’t have to be a fitness expert to tone up and lose weight. The American College of Sports recommends a minimum of 150-250 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity. That’s only 20-30 minutes a day. You could take a brisk walk through the mall or simply jogging in place. Make it easy and manageable for you.

If you are exercising regularly and eating great but those couple of pounds you just can’t seem to shed a body contouring procedure could benefit you. There are several different options from Liposuction or Liposculpture to a Tummy Tuck. Liposculpture requires less downtime and can potentially eliminate fat cells and contour your shape. Although some women are not all candidates for Liposculpture so a Tummy Tuck is then recommended. To help achieve your beach body seek advice from a board certified plastic surgeon to give you an expert opinion of which surgical procedure might benefit you!

Dr. Shienbaum is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience in all forms of Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery, including Tummy Tuck/ Abdominoplasty, Liposculpture, Breast Augmentation, Brazilian Butt Lifts, and Mommy Makeovers. He provides services for the entire Tampa Bay area, including St. Pete, Largo, Clearwater, Pinellas, and Tampa, Florida. To find out more about the procedures near you, or contact us.

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Liposuction- Is it right for you?

LipoHave you recently inquired about the procedure, Liposuction? With it being named the second most popular cosmetic surgery last year many people are turning to the semi-invasive technique for great reasons. In 2015 more than 222,000 procedures were performed with the choice of personalized body sculpting of problem areas that you and your surgeon address together. Liposuction or Liposculpture has results that will last for many years without the drag of the long recovery time. With it being such a minimally invasive technique it only requires a few days of recovery and downtime. Occasionally for cases where there can be total or full body Liposculpture recovery can take up to five days.

Be aware that not every Liposuction case has the same result. Every patient is different, the key is to satisfying results is an informed and well educated patient. Both the surgeon and the patient are aware of realistic outcomes. The patient should thoroughly explain his or her expectations and the surgeon should address if your expectations are realistic for your body style. Knowing what to ask during your initial Liposculpture consultation can help determine if this is the right surgery for you! The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) has four questions that can help you in making the right choice for you.

  1. Are you board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

By asking this question you are inquiring their experience, training, and board certification. A plastic surgeon who is board certified has had unique and extensive training in their specialty and is required to pass rigorous board certification exams. They are required to complete continuing education credits. To be safest you should always choose a surgeon who has years of liposuction, and if they have any unique training specified to your procedure.

  1. Where will you be performing my Liposculpture procedure?

Inquire the type of facility your surgeon performs his or her procedures. Does your surgeon use an office facility, day surgery facility, or an area hospital? All are fine choices as long as they are accredited facilities. Liposuction is performed under anesthesia and is normally an outpatient procedure. An outpatient procedure is a procedure in which you would be discharged to a responsible adult to drive you home after your surgery. You will recover in the privacy and comfort of your home.

  1. What type of Liposculpture do you perform?

There are many different types of Liposuction, your surgeon will decide the best technique for you and your expected outcome. Many factors play a role in deciding the type of Liposuction- desired areas of treatment, the extent of the intended areas, and if any reinjection of fat is desired. Ask your surgeon the type of Liposuction he/she performs on a routine basis. Most skilled surgeons prefer some methods to others, but a skilled surgeon will be experiences in a variety of techniques. Always address your recovery time and what to expect following anesthesia and post-operative.

The most widely used form of Liposuction is Tumescent Liposuction. Tumescent Liposuction is a solution of epinephrine and lidocaine injected in the area, and with a tiny cannula the fatty tissue is suctioned away. Another popular method is, ultrasound-assisted Liposuction which uses ultrasound waves to liquefy the fatty tissue. This is to be used in hard to address areas, such as the neck and back. Laser-assisted Liposuction is newest but very popular. Laser Liposuction uses waves that are concentrated of laser energy to break down and target fat, then removed through a tiny cannula.

  1. Will the results of my Liposuction be permanent?

The biggest advantage to Liposuction is that the fat cells that are removed do not “return”, however, the surrounding fatty tissue can expand with future weight gain. It is recommended to stay active and have a permanent change in eating habits for longer lasting results. Of course, life happens and over time fat can accumulate by normal ageing, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and more. Ask your surgeon how he/she recommends how you can best maintain your Liposuction results to avoid needing repeat treatments in the future.

By talking with your desired Plastic Surgeon and asking these four questions and more you can have better insight towards if Liposuction is the right procedure for you.

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Cosmetic Surgery

BodyWhen you look in the mirror, do you constantly find something just absolutely terrible with your body? You may be struggling with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).

Plastic surgeons are becoming increasingly familiar with patients struggling with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). The American Society of Plastic Surgeons survey recently noted that BDD may be “under diagnosed”. A surgeon should question your body image problems during consultation.

When interested in a cosmetic procedure and experience some type of body dysmorphic disorder the surgeon should consider and evaluate their patients for BDD. The ASPS are linking personal, social, or occupational impairment in relation to extreme dissatisfaction in body images to mental health problems- including very serious conditions such as depression, and suicide risk.

Many plastic surgeons and cosmetic professionals stated they are fairly familiar with the disorder and aware of the diagnosis. Studies have shown about two percent of the general population experiences Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and as high as ten percent in patients seeking cosmetic procedures.

Many surgeons stated they sometimes addressed body image problems with their patients while others stated they rarely routinely did. Some surgeons collaborated with psychiatrists and psychologists to have a better understanding of BDD.

Many patients inquiring about cosmetic procedures have or experience some type of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Studies have shown that after having a procedure they remain dissatisfied with their results and seek more procedures. This is a result from the effects of the disorder. As a result, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is considered a “contraindication” for plastic surgery in other words it can hinder your ultimate expectations. Many surgeons stated they would refuse a patient they suspect with BDD because of these circumstances.

A patient with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) should be referred to a psychiatrist or psychologist. Some surgeons have reported refusing treatment and received verbal altercations and minor legal threats. It is ultimately up to the surgeon to decide whether you are a good candidate for a cosmetic surgery or procedure, they are seeking your best interest not theirs.

With the different studies performed this suggest more surgeons should receive more education about management and recognitions in BDD. It should be a standard topic with every patient during their consultation to understand realistic expectations.

Dr. Shienbaum is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience in all forms of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, including Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, Mommy Makeovers, Breast Augmentation, and Brazilian Butt Lift. He provides services for the entire Tampa area, including St. Pete, Clearwater, and Bradenton, Florida. 

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Have you heard the term “skin rejuvenation” and wondering what it might be?

Skin RejuvinationSkin disorders, the sun, aging, and heredity are all contributors to skin irregularities on the body. The most common skin irregularity complaint is those on the face and facial region. These can include scars from acne, wrinkles, freckles and sunspots, pigmentation changes from again, or even visible blood vessels.

With aging, skin can often feel more loose, lack firmness, and cellulite starts to form in certain areas.

Set up a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, there are many different treatments to help improve your skin irregularities. Not all skin irregularities can be treated but here are some that might be treatable-

Dynamic wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles are the ones describes as having from your expression lines. They remain in the folds of the skin, even when the skin is not moving. With a facial expression or movement, they deepen.

Static wrinkles: Visible wrinkles that do not change with facial movement

Pigmentation: Freckles, darken spots of skin excluding birthmarks, sun spots (usually related to sun exposure)

Loss of skin tone: Sagging and/ or weakening of supportive skin collagen thus, relating in loss of skin firmness, and can produce cellulite

Do you think one of the above mention skin irregularities is something you may be able to improve? Your next question may be well what is the cost of something like this?

Unfortunately, there is not a set price for procedures like these, since everyone is so diverse, one person’s wrinkles may require a very minimal amount of work while others require more. When addressing the costs most surgeon will go over, facility cost, the surgeon’s fee, and prescriptions and medications. There could be additional costs. It is always recommended to sit down with your surgeon and ask for a break down if one is not provided.

As you come to a decision on a board certified plastic surgeon, keep in mind your comfort with the surgeon’s experience is just as important as the final cost of the procedure.

Call Brandon Plastic Surgery for your free initial consultation to see if you’re a candidate for a chance of skin rejuvenation– (813) 681-5709.

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