Fitness is a Bigger Factor for Surgery than Age

For many years now, the basis for determining whether or not someone is suitable for surgery has been age. However, a recent study published in the medical journal Annals of Surgery in June 2013 found that a patient’s fitness level is a bigger factor for surgery than their age. Although age has historically been the major risk factor in complications and surgical survival, cardiovascular wellness and increased fitness levels of patients of all ages have proven to be the higher standard.

Being physically fit decreases numerous risk factors involved in surgical procedures. Risks on the operating table are decreased if one’s physical fitness is at a desirable level, and patients who struggle with obesity and heart problems are more susceptible to the risks and complications that can occur during surgery. In addition, the length of the hospital stay is usually shorter for patients who are well.

Wellness is so significant for surgery that there are actual fitness programs available for patients who will undergo elective surgeries. The goal of the programs is to reduce recovery time by improving physical fitness levels and increasing muscle strength prior to surgery. With simple changes to one’s lifestyle and diet, not only will the surgeon’s job be easier, but also the risks of infection will be reduced along with a shortened time for full recovery.

When it comes to surgery, remember that “physiological” age is much more important than “chronological” age. It is never too late to become more physically fit and live a healthier lifestyle.

If you are seeking the professional advice of a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Samuel J. Beran offers many different types of cosmetic surgery procedures to provide you with healthy, natural looking results. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Beran, by calling us at (212) 792­-7938 or fill out our contact form and, together, you can discuss which options are best for you. 

Even More Interesting Facts About Breasts

We’ve already talked about 10 fun and fascinating things you may not know about breasts, but there are still more! With so much to be discovered about these features of the female chest, it’s no wonder that breasts are so popular. Here are some more interesting facts regarding breasts that many people are unaware of:

  • Unlike most primates’ breasts that only increase in size when lactating, human breasts often begin to grow before menstruation and generally maintain their size after menopause and whether lactating or not.
  • The breasts contain around 20 milk glands that are connected to milk ducts inside the nipple, which are held together with connective and fatty tissues.
  • Brain scan data showed that when women’s nipples were stimulated, the area of the brain that corresponds to the genitals was also stimulated. Some women can actually orgasm just from nipple stimulation.
  • The world’s largest natural breasts belong to Norma Stitz (born Annie Hawkins-Turner). Her bra size is 102ZZZ, and it seems her clever pseudonym is quite appropriate.
  • By the middle of the 20th century the majority of women had abandoned breastfeeding and instead fed their babies formula from bottles. Fortunately, the medical and neurodevelopmental advantages of breastfeeding have been confirmed, and now the majority of women follow the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics and breastfeed their babies.
  • Within the last few years there has been an explosion of women employing wet nurses to breastfeed their children, and many milk-sharing networks have been established for women who are unable to breastfeed.
  • Perfectly symmetrical breasts are very rare. In fact, the majority of women have a size difference of up to 20 percent between breasts.
  • There are at least four types of nipples: “normal” nipples protrude a few millimeters from the areolas, “flat” nipples only protrude when they’re stimulated, “puffy” nipples have raised areolas, and “inverted” nipples have turned inward to some degree.

If you are interested in a procedure to enhance the appearance of your breasts, Dr. Samuel Beran is highly skilled in a wide variety of procedures. He is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and can provide healthy, natural-looking results. Please call (212) 792-7938 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation today.

Pros and Cons of Combining Multiple Plastic Surgery Procedures

The popularity of cosmetic plastic surgery has increased over the last decade, partly due to the various reality shows that chronicle individuals who undergo a procedure, or two. It is becoming quite common for patients to request a combination of procedures in order to achieve their ideal outcome in one surgery setting.

However, it is important for patients to fully understand the pros and cons of undergoing multiple procedures at one time. The most common reasons my patients want to undergo more than one procedure at a time are to save recovery time and to save money on fees associated with surgery. Every time a patient goes in for a procedure, he/she will need some time to recover and many times combination procedures do not have a longer recovery time than one procedure would. In addition, with every surgery there is a charge for anesthesia, surgery center, and other miscellaneous fees. By combining more than one procedure, patients can significantly cut their final cost.

On the other hand, there are some risks involved with a prolonged time in surgery. There are some circumstances in which multiple procedures can result in longer recovery time than a single procedure. The specific safe combination of procedures is based upon the patient’s general health and the procedures involved. For example, a tummy tuck is often combined with a breast lift.

The best way to determine if undergoing multiple procedures is right for you is by scheduling an initial consultation. We can discuss your surgery of choice and desired outcome in further detail.

Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men

It has often been reported that women are more likely than men to undergo a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure. However, there has been increase in popularity amongst male patients in recent years. From facial rejuvenation to body contouring, men are now just as likely to visit a plastic surgeon for their face and/or body enhancing needs.

According the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedures for men are:

  • Liposuction (“lipoplasty”)
  • Nose Surgery (“rhinoplasty”)
  • Eyelid Surgery (“blepharoplasty”)
  • Male Breast Reduction (“gynecomastia surgery”)
  • Hair Transplantation

Whether it is to regain a more youthful appearance to help boost their self-esteem, or in hopes to better their chances in their careers, men are just as interested in cosmetic surgery as women. Nose surgery and eyelid surgery can be performed together in order to provide an overall facial rejuvenation, while liposuction and male breast reduction can produce a better contoured, more masculine form. Furthermore, advances in hair restoration procedures now provide patients with long-lasting results.

Be sure to browse my website to learn more regarding your procedure(s) of choice and schedule an appointment. We can discuss your desired outcome and implement a personalized treatment plan to meet your goals.

Plastic Surgery to Get Ahead

The recent economic state has led to several layoffs, putting many individuals on the hunt for new employment. Some of these are older men and women who now have to compete with the freshly graduated college students. Although they may have the experience necessary for a position, their physical appearance may not be what the company is looking for in its employees. In order to gain leverage, some individuals are turning to plastic surgery. In addition, those already employed are choosing cosmetic enhancements in hopes to further their careers.

Some of the most commonly performed procedures are for facial rejuvenation and fat reduction. For the face, patients often target fine lines, wrinkles, creases, and sagging skin in the neck/jowl area. If you are unsure about having an invasive surgical procedure, you may wish to undergo facial injectables and fillers to smooth out the skin. However, sagging skin can only corrected through a facelift, neck lift, and/or brow lift, depending on where the excess skin is located.

If you are interested in removing excess fat from the abdomen, hips, or thighs, liposuction may be the most beneficial procedure. In addition, tummy tuck surgery can reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen by tightening the abdominal muscles and trimming away excess skin.

Regardless of the procedure you are interested in, it is best to schedule an appointment in order to discuss your options. Rejuvenating one’s appearance often comes down to a boost in self-esteem, which may be all that he/she needs to nail an interview.

Can Breast Implants Cause Cancer?

There have always been questions regarding the safety of breast implants: Can they be harmful if they leak? Do silicone implants cause a greater health risk than saline breast implants? Can breast implants cause cancer? This last question is one that has been increasingly popular in recent years due to some related cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a very rare type of cancer, and breast implants. In a recent U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) press release, it is reported that there is a possible association between saline and silicone gel filled breast implants and this type of cancer. Usually found in the lymph nodes and skin, those who have been diagnosed with ALCL typically have undergone breast implant surgery.

However, these findings are still being further investigated in order to learn more regarding the source of the cancer. The FDA is asking all healthcare professionals to report any cases of diagnosis and urge patients to be aware of any changes to their breasts after surgery. There are 60 cases worldwide; however, some of these may be duplicate reports and there may still be some that have not been reported. In any case, it is important to always be cautious when considering breast enhancement surgery. Be sure to ask of the risks related to this procedure in order to be better prepared should you experience any complications.

At my practice, patients may anticipate a safe and professional environment. Along with my staff, I am fully dedicated to patient education and safety throughout your entire procedure. Feel free to browse my site to learn more regarding breast augmentation and to schedule an appointment.

Plastic Surgery Abroad – Good idea?

It is a fact that cosmetic plastic surgery procedures are not cheap; however, patients should never choose price over quality. There are several countries abroad that are offering plastic surgery procedures for a fraction of the cost of a procedure in the United States. Although the lower fee may sound appealing, it is imperative to take all other factors into account – safety being the most important of these. When it comes to your body and surgery of any kind, there is no price tag.

As I see it, how can you undergo a safe procedure in a country where you cannot drink the tap water or use ice cubes in your beverages? In addition to safety, there is a hefty cost in traveling to another country just to save a few dollars on the procedure. When it’s all said and done, you may end up spending much more on the overseas surgery than you would have at home. Furthermore, if you are visiting a surgeon in a foreign country you will not be able to continue your follow-up appointments with him/her during the following year or so. This may lead to complications and/or unsatisfactory results. If you are set on going abroad for your surgery, be sure to research the surgeon and facility in order to ensure the utmost in safety throughout the entire process – from consultation to final post-surgery appointment.

You may contact my office to schedule an appointment to discuss your options in cosmetic plastic surgery. I look forward to helping you meet your goals

Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

When considering breast augmentation surgery, one of the most common questions is: Which breast implant is best? The two options available are saline and silicone gel filled breast implants. Each carries its own set of pros and cons, which are thoroughly discussed during your initial consultation. While they are both made of a thin, silicone shell, they have very different fillings.

Saline implants are placed in the breasts through one of various incision sites – under the breast, around the nipple, or through the armpit. The empty shell is placed either beneath or above the chest muscle and then filled with the desired amount of saline. Silicone gel breast implants can also be placed through any of theses incisions. These come pre-filled; therefore, the volume is changed by choosing a specific implant size. In regards to natural look and feel, silicone implants are ideal. However, should a silicone gel filled implant rupture, it will not be as noticeable as when a saline breast implant leaks. One important factor that patients must take into account is the age restriction of each implant type: 18 years old for saline and 22 years old for silicone gel.

You may gain further information regarding saline and silicone gel breast implants and learn of the most appropriate options for your body shape and size by contacting our office. After a thorough examination a personalized treatment plan can be created to meet your goals.

Breast Surgery – What procedure is right for me?

Women who visit my New York plastic surgery practice to learn about their options in breast surgery often have the same question: Do I need a lift or augmentation? The answer to this depends on various factors – breast shape, size, nipple alignment, and overall body shape and size. If a patient has small breasts with minimal or no sagging, breast augmentation may be the best option for her. When there is excess sagging and loss of volume, a breast lift may be a better choice. However, there are some circumstances that would be ideal for a lift with augmentation.

In addition to breast enlargement and lift, patients may inquire about reduction, reconstruction, and implant revision. If you have large, pendulous breasts that causes neck, shoulder, and/or back pain, a breast reduction may alleviate these symptoms and provide a more balanced contour. Breast cancer patients who have undergone a mastectomy (breast removal) may be interested in a reconstructive procedure. Also, if you have had a primary breast enhancement procedure and were left with unsatisfactory results or experienced complications, revision surgery may be of great benefit.

In order to determine which of these procedures is right for you, it is best to schedule an appointment at my practice. We can discuss your options, ideal outcome, and most appropriate procedure to meet your needs.

Do Multiple Plastic Surgery Procedures Mean Addiction?

Most individuals look in the mirror and pick out a few “flaws” that they are unhappy with and would like to enhance – crooked nose, thin lips, creases in the forehead, small breasts, bulging abdomen, and much more. While some people may not be as inclined to actively seek the assistance of a plastic surgeon right away, there are others who research their desired procedures and move forward with a surgery, or two.

Patients who experience a positive and satisfactory outcome may request to undergo further enhancement often stating that it was quicker, safer, and less expensive than they had initially thought it would be. However, just because a person undergoes multiple procedures it does not mean that he/she is addicted to surgery; as I see it, an addiction is something that you need and will do whatever it takes to feed the addiction.

Although some patients are undergoing procedure expecting realistic results, there are those who have a skewed perception of themselves. These patients often seek enhancements that may be unnecessary. For example, comedienne and TV host Joan Rivers has undergone several cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and has led many to believe that she is truly addicted to plastic surgery. In these circumstances, there may be underlying psychological issues such as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

Patients who have questions regarding BDD or plastic surgery are encouraged to schedule an appointment for further information.