Patients seeking to improve body profile through body contouring procedures should consider working toward getting close to their ideal weight. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dreyfuss recommends your body should be below the Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30. To determine your BMI divide your height in meters into your weight in kilometers. If necessary, there are plenty of free online BMI calculators for conversions.
It is crucial you complete your weight loss goal before surgery. You should also stay at a realistic weight, and you can maintain for the foreseeable future. Restricting yourself of calories to improve your outline, then gaining back the weight is not healthy. Each patient has a unique body structure making an evaluation necessary to determine how much weight you should lose before surgery.
The amount of weight you lose before body contouring is vital not only for safety but to enhance your aesthetic results. A BMI under 30 will decrease the risk of blood clots and wound healing issues. This measure will also make the abdomen and waist look smaller because of a decrease in mass in those areas. These results will help any patient seeking a tummy tuck, liposuction, Brazilian Butt Lift or post-bariatric surgery.
There are particular situations when patients have reached their plateau in their weight loss journey, and body contouring surgery can help. These procedures can assist the patient in achieving their long-term goals and encourage them to maintain healthy lifestyle choices for continued body contouring benefits.
Will My Skin Get Loose?
When you lose considerable weight (over 10% of body weight), this decrease in body mass can reduce significant volume in areas like the breasts, butt, and face. With this volume loss skin laxity in these areas is possible. Because excess skin is often unsightly and uncomfortable, its removal will be a consideration for your surgery if necessary.
Will Dieting Affect My Healing After Surgery?
All surgical procedures cause trauma to the body. During your healing process, additional protein intake is necessary for proper healing and reduced risk. We recommend a healthy diet (not starvation) with daily supplements (at least 80 grams of protein) to aid healing for healthy patients with no kidney issues. Dramatically reducing calories during recovery could starve the body of necessary nutrients which help the body to heal. This could lead to excess fluids, infection, slow healing, and wounds opening. We recommend you follow a healthy diet and maintain a stable weight during your recovery.
Will I Gain Weight After Surgery?
You may notice your weight does not change or slightly increase after body contouring surgery. This is normal. Any increase in weight is from fluid retention, not increase in fat or protein intake. Fluid retention is a natural consequence of surgery because the body experiences a shift in hormone production which signals the body to begin the healing process. Also, any fluids administered during surgery may stick around for a period. Another reason for fluid retention is inflammation (swelling). As your swelling goes down so will the amount of fluid revealing your surgical results and providing you an optimal contour. This process will take a few weeks to several months with continuing improvement realized.
To learn more on how you can improve your body contour after significant weight loss, contact board-certified Dr. David Dreyfuss today.
Botox is a popular non-surgical option for diminishing unwanted facial lines and wrinkles. However, this cosmetic stalwart has more uses than eliminating those pesky expression lines. It has proven to be an effective treatment for other cosmetic and non-cosmetic procedures as well. Here are a few:
Yes, Botox has been used for treating Acne breakouts by reducing oil production to combat those unsightly pimples. But before resorting to Botox for Acne treatment, all other forms of acne treatments should have been implemented. The best facial area for Acne treatment is the forehead.
When a smile shows more than those pearly whites and exposes too much gum above the teeth, Botox can relax the upper lip allowing it to cover more of the exposed gum. Then your smile will focus more on your teeth creating a beautiful smile.
Those little lines on either side of the nose which scrunch up and become noticeable are known as bunny lines. Botox injections on each side of the nose will relax the muscles, and like magic, those funny wrinkles will go away.
Whether your experiencing eye or neck spasms, Botox is effective in relaxing the muscle responsible for the spasm. This treatment will temporarily fix this issue which is troublesome to many patients.
For many women over 40 who suffer from urinary incontinence, Botox can be a Godsend. Often prescribed medication does not help, and Botox injections can be the answer. It can be injected into the bladder wall providing relief for up to six months.
When you don’t want ever to let them see you sweat, especially in the armpits, Botox may be an effective treatment. Excessive sweating is common with many women and men particularly during big events like a wedding or a presentation at work. Botox can effectively reduce sweating for up to two years.
Because Botox can control involuntary muscle tension and spasms, it is effective in reducing the problem with grinding your teeth. It weakens the chewing muscles which are responsible for teeth grinding, without upsetting the ability to smile or chew. The results last up to four months.
Migraine headaches can be debilitating. Recently, the FDA has approved Botox for Migraine treatment. Injected into areas around the neck, forehead, and temples, Botox eases the pain and discomfort associated with this uncomfortable condition.
While only a few of these treatments are approved by the FDA, others are off-label treatments. Research is experimenting with Botox for multiple treatments on multiple body parts. Early findings suggest Botox can be helpful in an array of solutions including hair loss and cerebral palsy patients. It can improve a patient’s quality of life in many ways, including those outside aesthetic medicine.
When searching for a taut tummy through plastic surgery, many patients are interested in the amazing results from an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) which include a flatter stomach, firmer midsection, and improved figure. However, additional medical benefits are a welcome surprise for anyone seeking these cosmetic perks.
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure which eliminates excess abdominal skin and fat while also strengthening the abdominal wall. This popular surgery helps patients recapture the abdominal shape and tone lost with weight fluctuations or pregnancy. It can also have some underlying medical benefits which include:
Because excess skin and fat in the abdominal area can create unsightly folds, these cosmetic concerns can also cause discomfort during a workout. Certain body shaping exercises can become too painful to include in a workout regimen or cause physical fitness to become too uncomfortable. With the removal of excess skin, physical exercise can become a daily routine in the patient’s lifestyle to further improve health and body contours. A tummy tuck can also trigger motivation to improve other areas with a dedicated workout routine.
Maintain Optimal Weight
We often see our patients start healthy habits after a tummy tuck surgery because they become motivated to keep their weight at healthy levels through diet and exercise. These two components in themselves will create a healthier lifestyle and lead to a more aesthetic appearance.
When the patient experiences improvement in their body shape, their confidence and determination will soon follow, so they remain focused on keeping up with the good work.
Not only does abdominoplasty create a tight and taut tummy, but it can also tighten tissue which supports the urethra, pelvic floor, and the bladder. The tightening is crucial for women after pregnancy and childbirth who often suffer from incontinence. By eliminating this embarrassing inconvenience, the patient enjoys a great lifestyle improvement.
Back Pain and Posture
A decrease in back pain and an improvement in posture is also a medical benefit often enjoyed by abdominoplasty patients. Much of back pain is a result of poor posture due to poor core strength and abdominal support. When abdominoplasty strengthens the abdominal muscle, posture often improves relieving the patients back pain.
When the intestines or other internal organs penetrate any tear in the abdominal wall, the result is a hernia. Although not considered a dangerous condition, hernias may cause pain or discomfort, and in a few cases more severe complications. The only correction for a hernia is surgery. This correction can be combined with a tummy tuck to eliminate a hernia while reinforcing the abdominal wall. However, the type, number, and location of hernias determine if a tummy tuck can offer the proper correction necessary.
Is a Tummy Tuck for You?
Abdominoplasty is a popular aesthetic surgery for patients who wish to have a tight tummy. To learn more about the multiple benefits this amazing procedure can deliver, call board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dreyfuss today and schedule a consultation.
If you have chronic back pain, restricted activity, and nerve pain due to large breasts, a breast reduction might be the solution for you. This procedure will not only make your life easier but will give you that extra boost of self-confidence!
Schedule your breast reduction consultation and see for yourself how life-changing this procedure can be.
Every patient we treat at our state-of-the-art Medical Spa has individual skin concerns which require a custom skincare regimen. With age, and through different stages of life, your skin transitions to different phases as well. It is crucial to have a relationship with an aesthetic medical professional with the expertise and experience to provide you with the procedures to help you pass the years with grace. This crucial factor in anti-aging medicine is why board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Dreyfuss, performs all nonsurgical procedures at our surgical clinic in Orland Park.
As a plastic surgeon, he has the training and experience to provide treatments and products to enhance your skin’s health and appearance aestheticians don’t have. He not only has a full arsenal of treatment regimens to ensure your best skin ever, but he can also recommend home products to help enhance the appearance of your skin. Here are some of his recommendations for each stage of your life:
Although skin care is important to teens and young adults as well, when you reach thirty, it’s time to get very serious about your skincare. Use a facial cleanser when you rise in the morning and before you go to bed at night. This practice will be gentle on your skin and will avoid pre-mature wrinkles, lines, and blemishes.
Also, wear sunscreen! Nothing adds to wrinkles and fine lines like sun and wind exposure, and wearing sunscreen daily with an SPF of 30 or higher will ensure you have the proper protection. Dr. Dreyfuss can recommend one with the proper blend of moisture and antioxidants. He can also recommend a topical cream or serum to use at night with the proper levels of AHA, retinol, and moisturizer.
A personalized facial every six to eight weeks is highly recommended to hydrate the skin and clean the pores. Microdermabrasion is also a great treatment for exfoliation to provide a polished and refined appearance.
If you start noticing some lines around your eyes or on your forehead, Dr. Dreyfuss may recommend Botox® to get a jump start on your anti-aging regimen.
Now is the time to step up your skin care treatment to meet the ever-advancing onset of aging skin. Dr. Dreyfuss will suggest more advanced products and procedures which are appropriate for this time in your life. With proper skin evaluation and a stronger treatment regimen, you will find your skin maintaining its youthful glow or reverse the effects of aging.
Dermal fillers like Juvederm® and Restylane® are optimal treatments to ensure your facial appearance has enough volume for a smooth texture with fewer wrinkles and lines. Botox can also be utilized for effective treatment of wrinkles and lines about the eyes and on the forehead.
To maintain proper skin care and keep you looking wonderful, this decade in your life requires consistent and proper treatments. While maintaining a daily skin cleansing regimen and using daily sunscreen as mentioned earlier, you will probably also require products which trigger new cell growth and regeneration of elastin and collagen, the proteins which provide support and skin tightness. Dr. Dreyfuss will recommend products to ensure you receive the proper nutrients your skin requires; plus, he might also suggest treatments appropriate to keep your facial appearance young and vibrant.
Ultherapy® is an advanced skincare treatment which is FDA-approved for the face, neck, chin, décolletage, and brow. This non-invasive ultra-sound procedure stimulates collagen production to offer a gradual skin tightening and resolve wrinkles, lines, and folds.
Laser Genesis is a laser treatment used for skin rejuvenation at this critical age. Skin issues like wrinkles, uneven texture, scars, redness, and large pores can all be resolved with Laser Genesis, giving you healthy and rejuvenated skin.
Your Sixties and Beyond
Now your skin will need more protection than at any other time in your life. Hydration and sunscreen are critical to ensuring optimal health and appearance. Gentle cleansers in the morning and at night should be maintained as well as sunscreen application daily.
Hyaluronic acid fillers will also keep your face full and plump while easing wrinkles and lines. Regular facials will ensure your skin will receive proper hydration and an infusion of necessary nutrients.
Facial surgery is also a possibility at any age to shave a decade off your appearance and ensure your graceful aging process.
If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to schedule a plastic surgery consultation, fall is the perfect season! With dropping temperatures and the chaos of the summer behind you, you’ll be able to enjoy a smoother procedure and recovery.
Why the Fall
Because recovery is a phase for any surgery, the fall season is the best season for comfort and staying indoors for an extended period. Additionally, plastic surgery in the fall allows patients enough time to prepare for upcoming holiday gatherings. Thanksgiving, Christmas and bringing in the New Year come with dinners, parties, and activities which are great to show the world the new version of you! With these occasions still a few months off, now is the time to start the process of improving your concerns about your body or facial issues, and give you plenty of time to recover and look and feel great.
Also, having major surgery now to improve your body contour will give you a great start on your bikini body for next summer.
Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Dreyfuss, offers multiple procedures to enhance your body’s appearance. Whether it’s taking away those stubborn fat pads diet and exercise seem to ignore, removing excess skin, or adding volume to your breasts, Dr. Dreyfuss can suggest the best procedures to help you attain the body you want and deserve.
These surgeries include:
Jowls, horizontal lines across the forehead, crow’s feet, sagging facial skin, hollow cheeks, and sagging eyelids can alter the youthful facial appearance every patient wants to maintain. With incisions needing to heal properly to avoid visible scarring, the fall season is the best time for recovery to ensure you can stay out of the sun for consecutive weeks for optimal healing.
Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery offers these facial surgeries to help you look your best and boost your confidence:
To start the process is simple, contact us today and schedule your consultation. This initial appointment will give you all the information you need to decide which procedure will be the best for your cosmetic goals. Dr. Dreyfuss will provide you with his professional expertise gleaned from many years serving Chicago residents look their best.
Fall is a season of transition. The leaves change color, kids go back to school, and the temperatures begin to drop after one more blast of heat from the departing summer. In Chicago, we transition from outdoor barbeques to indoor dinners at our favorite charity event or our kids’ school boosters. We put away our bathing suits and summer wardrobe while pulling sweaters, jacket, and coats out of storage. There are several transitions which mark the change in seasons, recovery from aesthetic treatment doesn’t have to be one of them.
At Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, we find many patients look to avoid lengthy recovery as they prepare themselves for the common fall events. Occasions which populate many calendars during autumn include weddings, back to school events, and preparation for the winter holidays.
With this in mind, we thought we would help our readers with some suggested treatment options to make sure you are ready this fall no matter what the occasion.
Whether it’s a blood relation, distant cousin or someone you don’t know, a wedding invitation triggers our aesthetic sensibilities. Everyone wants to look their best at a wedding. It might be a time of reflection; looking at personal wedding photos and noticing how much you’ve changed. Here are some suggestions which will make you look your best and give the bride a run for her money.
This treatment is for resolving those lines and wrinkles which appeared out of nowhere this summer. Botox® is the most popular cosmetic procedure in Chicago because the product is quick, effective and easy. Injections are possible during your lunch break or any convenient time which fits your busy calendar. The treatment is effective at reducing forehead lines, crow’s feet, and verticle lines between the brow.
This body contouring procedure will allow you to wear your favorite outfit. You know, the one you love but struggle to squeeze into comfortably. Although your fitness routine and eating habits have you at or close to your optimal weight, pesky fat bulges remain in all the wrong places. Liposuction eliminates the stubborn fat which diet and exercise seem to ignore.
Back to School
With the hustle and bustle of back to school shopping, carpools, and running your kids from one practice to another; now is the time to take advantage of this slow period and schedule the procedures you have been contemplating for some time. Although these have extended recovery periods, you have plenty of time before fall to cross off another task on your cosmetic wish list.
Tired of looking tired? Eyelid surgery is designed to restore those beautiful peepers and make you look fresh and alert. Dr. Dreyfuss can correct hooded upper eyelids or sagging bags under each eye. The procedure will have your loved ones commenting, “you look great,” more times than you want to hear. Well, not really.
This treatment is a fantastic anti-aging therapy which helps lift sagging skin on the brow, décolletage, chin, neck, and face. Ultherapy® uses advanced ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen and elastin production. These two components are responsible for the flexibility and support of your skin. When their production naturally diminishes, fine lines and wrinkles naturally appear.
Although the temperatures still reach the nineties, the winter holidays will be here before you know it. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah and New Years are filled with parties and dinners which demand you look your best. Also, who doesn’t want to be envied by family and friends who only see us during these annual get-togethers? Here are some suggestions to help you make a stunning impression:
It’s possible to eliminate facial voids and unsightly wrinkles before the Chicago Bear’s start their regular season. You will have plenty of time to get used to this younger version of yourself. With taut, beautiful facial skin, you will amaze friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances with a younger looking, more beautiful appearance and attitude.
It’s a fact, most women in their forties need a breast lift, and some in their thirties as well. The best way to realize if you need a little elevation in your breast area is to determine if your nipples point down or sag below your natural breast crease.
A breast lift will elevate your breasts to a perky, youthful position and work wonders for your figure and self-confidence.
Plastic surgery is not exclusively for women. In fact, a recent study on the most popular plastic surgery procedures shows that men received about ten percent of all plastic surgery procedures in 2016. With that said, here are the most popular plastic surgeries which men undertake for aesthetic enhancement today.
Liposuction is the most popular plastic surgery among both men and women in the United States and around the world. In 2016, 45,000 men elected this body contouring procedure. This surgery is designed to eliminate stubborn fat pads from troubled areas which diet and exercise ignore. Men looking to complete their body shaping regimen for a lean and taut body find that liposuction is a helpful tool for achieving their goals.
Male Breast Reduction
Another procedure which has been trending among men is Gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction). About a quarter of all men have some form of breast enlargement. Recently, more men have become comfortable with the idea of cosmetic surgery with over 30,000 men deciding to create a more chiseled chest appearance through this procedure in 2016.
This popular surgery crosses gender lines because it offers both aesthetic and functional improvement. With eyelid surgery, men can improve the hooded overlap of the upper eyelid, remove the obstruction of their vision, or eliminate unsightly under-eye bags. Plastic surgeons report performing over 28,000 eyelid surgeries on men in 2016.
This injectable procedure is the most popular cosmetic procedure throughout the world. With over 450,000 men receiving Botox injections in 2016, this treatment is by far what men seek the most from aesthetic medicine. Although these injections are non-surgical, most surgeons offer the procedure because of their knowledge of facial anatomy and because they can create better results than non-medical injectors.
Because men have aging issues involving sagging skin and hollow cheeks, a facelift has become popular with many male patients. Here, men, as well as women, can take a decade off their facial appearance and look young and fresh. With advanced skills and techniques, men look to a facelift for improving self-esteem for motives which are both personal and professional.
This state-of-the-art body contouring treatment is taking the cosmetic world by storm. A non-invasive alternative to liposuction, CoolSculpting can freeze away unwanted fat leaving a firm and tight body. Target areas include abdomen, chest, thighs, and back. With CoolSculpting, the ever-elusive six-pack abs may be achievable when fat seems to hide a well-developed midsection.
It’s About Winning
Many male patients often feel a plastic surgery procedure can give them a competitive advantage in many aspects of life. By looking younger and stronger, men seem to be more confident in every endeavor they encounter.
Summer is almost here and with it comes warmer weather. This temperature rise means you’ll be exchanging your winter woolens for your crop tops, summer shorts, and bikinis. It may be wonderful to think you’ll be able to get some sun on your skin; but is your summer body ready to flaunt?
Here at Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, we see an uptick in patients looking to get summer ready for the events on their calendar. Here are the most popular procedures they choose:
Liposuction is the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the Chicago area and around the United States. It is the least invasive plastic surgery available and has the shortest recovery period. Liposuction is designed to eliminate the stubborn fat that diet and exercise can’t seem to resolve and help you look your best this summer.
The procedure involves tiny incisions that enable a thin suction tool to remove stubborn fat cells from target areas. It is not a weight loss procedure but rather a body contouring treatment, and patients should be close to their optimal weight before considering the surgery.
What could be more satisfying than freezing away unwanted bulges to prepare for the warm weather that approaches? Coolsculpting uses advanced fat freezing technology to create a sculpted body outline designed to turn heads. The non-surgical, non-invasive procedure is a perfect alternative to liposuction for patients with less fat issues or who shy from surgery.
CoolSculpting is a comfortable way to eliminate fat pads. Many of our patients bring a book, watch Netflix or take a nap during treatment.
Breast surgeries like augmentation or a lift are designed to provide youthful, vivacious breasts which add confidence and body self-esteem. Breast augmentation brings balance, firmness and optimal size and shape to the bust line while a breast lift will elevate the breasts to a perky youthful position.
Brazilian Butt Lift
This procedure lifts your tush so you can feel sexy in the sleekest dresses and tightest jeans. Your summer wardrobe will not include loose-fitting clothing designed to hide what you have, but rather the most stylish outfits for summer wear.
The Brazilian butt lift will increase projection and improve your overall body profile making you look feminine and sexy.
Cellfina is an FDA approved cellulite treatment product with long-lasting, clinically proven results. The traditional methods of radiofrequency, laser treatment, lotions and topical creams have had sporadic results at best.
This in-office cellulite treatment takes about a half hour and provides initial results within three days, gradually improving over two to three months.
Laser Hair Removal
Prepare for this summer with the need for little hair removal maintenance. The ProWave laser provides permanent hair removal results so you can reveal a soft, smooth skin every time you go to the beach or wear your favorite shorts.
Instead of shaving, tweezing, waxing or plucking, try this revolutionary treatment for effective but gentle hair removal for the chin, back, bikini line, legs or underarms. Patient results vary, and multiple treatments may be necessary for permanent results.
Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery offers Laser Genesis, an innovative Yag laser treatment for non-ablative skin rejuvenation. This procedure resolves common skin issues like uneven texture, redness, large pores, scars, and wrinkles providing a healthy skin glow.
It delivers consistent high energy pulses to skin tissue, heating, and targeting multiple skin layers. You will enjoy the relative comfort of the procedure with best results after a series of five treatment sessions.
Laser Genesis is available for all skin types but ideal for light to medium skin tones.
If you want to learn more about preparing for your summer events with cosmetic procedures, reach out to Dr. Dreyfuss today.