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Uplifting News

2012 November 12

Leading plastic surgeons across the country check in with the latest and greatest procedures to make us look as good as we feel. “Meet” these board-certified doctors here and learn what they’re up to in their practices. If you plan to have plastic surgery, we want to make sure it’s a beautiful thing.

{Giveaway} Non-Invasive Ultherapy Treatment, Valued At Up To $5,000

2014 September 10

In case you haven’t heard the great news, you can effectively lift your sagging facial and
neck skin, without surgery!

Ultherapy, a non-invasive cosmetic procedure, uses ultrasound technology to direct heat to the underlying layers of your skin. This technique “lifts, tightens, and tones,” says Dr. Kevin Tehrani, a New York board-certified plastic surgeon. The treated areas heal as your body stimulates collagen production, creating a tightening effect. Not only is Ultherapy designed to improve the chin, brow and neck areas; it’s now FDA-cleared to work on décolletage wrinkles, too!

An Ultherapy procedure performed by Dr. Kevin Tehrani

Ulthera, Inc., the creator of Ultherapy, is giving away an Ultherapy treatment. Simply visit the entry page and follow the instructions. You’ll also be able to see a simulation of what Ultherapy would look like on you!

Click on the image below to enter!

This post is sponsored by Ulthera, Inc. Thank you for supporting FabOverFifty!

The Truth About Your Tummy Tuck and Weight Loss

2014 August 28

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding tummy tucks, starting with the popular belief that a tummy tuck is the perfect way to lose weight. If you’re overweight and have decided to slim down once and for all, you may be surprised to learn that a tummy tuck is not a “quick fix” that will eliminate extra pounds as a shortcut to your dream body. Although it is possible to lose weight by having some surgeries, a tummy tuck is not one of them. However, once a person has reached a healthy weight, a tummy tuck can be an ideal way to fine-tune the figure and enhance weight loss success.

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A Really Cool Way To Zap Fat And Gain Confidence

2014 July 28

To our FabOverFifty Friends: This is a sponsored post for CoolSculpting.

Dana, a recently divorced, Fab-Over-Fifty friend, works hard to keep her body in shape, and it shows. But now that she’s started dating again, the cellulite on her thighs is bothering her more than ever. “The dimples on my outer thighs never go away or even decrease, no matter how many leg exercises I’ve done over the decades. And my muffin top appeared overnight,” Dana says.

“I may sound vain, but I wouldn’t be comfortable wearing a bathing suit around the man I’m dating now, no less having him touch or see me nude.”

Although many women would be ecstatic to have bodies like Dana’s, it’s understandable that she needs all the self confidence she can get, after being out of the dating market for 23 years. “I’d like to feel as good about my body as possible,” she says. “It’s hard enough starting over.”

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A Sculpted Summer You

2014 July 26

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How To Have A Great-Looking Chest

2014 July 14

Whether we’re rocking a swimsuit or wearing a low-cut top this summer, we want our skin to look the best it can. Dr. Rondi Walker, board certified plastic surgeon, tells us to protect our décolletage and improve sun damage.

What happens to the skin and neck area as a woman ages?

Our skin’s main support structure, collagen, starts to break down and is difficult to rebuild. The subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin) also deteriorates. Consequently, our skin becomes drier, thinner, and duller.

Because our skin doesn’t have the volume it had when we were younger, it looses pores, follicles, oil and sweat glands and makes it less efficient and more fragile.

Skin also becomes more sensitive to light, heat and extreme temperatures, which leads to increased problems with photo aging, and the emergence of sun freckles and liver spots. Further, the incidence of skin cancer rises because our skin can’t repair itself like it used to.

What are some easy things women can do to keep their décolletage areas healthy?

First and foremost, use sunscreen to protect yourself against UVA and UVB rays. Wear SPF30 for everyday use, and SPF50 or higher if you’re going to be in the sun for extended periods of time. One of the best over-the-counter brands is Neutrogena. Our office sells SPF50 from the ZO Skin Health line, which has a titanium dioxide base. No matter what skin type you have, you need to protect it. And don’t forget to moisturize daily!

If the damage has already been done, what can a woman do to improve the appearance of her skin?

It really depends on the patient, but some of the easier solutions we provide are skincare kits from ZO Skin Health, which will brighten, moisturize, and exfoliate, or light chemical peels, such as the ViPeel. These help to counter pigment damage and improve the appearance of our skin.

What if peels and creams aren’t enough?

If the problem is deeper wrinkles or more complex pigmentation, I use a Fraxel laser, which usually requires a series of treatments. This procedure should not be done when you’re going to be exposed to the sun.

Ultherapy is a fantastic treatment for deeper wrinkles and skin laxity, but it is not used to treat pigmentation. It treats deep and superficial levels. This non-invasive, in-office, procedure uses ultrasonic energy, which causes small bombardments in the very deep level below the skin. When these areas have to heal, new collagen is laid down and the skin tightens and smoothes out. It can be performed any time of year on any type of skin and is a one-time treatment. The full effect can be seen after 90 days, and the results last about 18 months.

Ultherapy on the chest

Dr. Walker is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who practices in Washington, DC. See her news segment below!

What Are The Three Magic Questions?

2014 May 27

He’s a prominent board certified plastic surgeon in Dallas and she’s the owner of St. Lucien, a prestige beauty salon, not to mention one of the doctor’s loyal patients. Together, Dr. Rod J. Rohrich and FOF Mary Crosland wanted to write a book that would help women choose the right professional for their surgical and non-surgical procedures, no matter where they live or what procedure they’re having. The result—Navigate Your Beauty: Smart & Safe Plastic Surgery Solutions—is a must-read for anyone about to start a doctor search or even contemplating having a procedure.

FOF’s Geri Brin asked Mary and Dr. Rohrich to tell us what motivated them to take on the book project and why plastic surgery patients choose the wrong doctors.

What are your backgrounds?

Mary: I’m married and have a daughter, son, three stepchildren and six step grandchildren. I’m originally from Michigan and Ohio, but studied business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and have been here for 30 years. I’m only involved in the business end of my salon.

Dr. Rohrich: I grew up on a ranch in North Dakota. After graduating from Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston, I trained at the University of Michigan Medical Center, then did craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery residencies at the Radcliffe Infirmary at Oxford University in England, where penicillin was discovered. I also did a fellowship at Mass General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston. I came to Dallas in 1986 and I am Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

I’m a hand surgeon, a craniofacial surgeon and an ASPS board certified plastic surgeon. My practice is primarily cosmetic today, but I do it all.

Mary, what led you to Dr. Rohrich?

He worked on a ruptured implant. I’ve also had fillers and a lower facelift.

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Opening Your Eyes In More Ways Than One

2014 May 23

Let’s say you’re intrigued by the results cosmetic surgery can deliver, but you’re unable to take the plunge. Whatever the roadblock may be—even if it’s simply that you never thought you’d use the words “I” and “cosmetic surgery” in the same sentence—you are far from alone.

When you think about it, every patient is uncertain whether plastic surgery is the right move until they actually schedule a procedure.

If you’re longing for some rejuvenation help but just can’t seem to take a step forward, you might consider blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery. For the right candidate, the procedure can be a perfect first experience with cosmetic surgery.

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The Skinny On SAFELipo

2014 May 19

What is SAFELipo?

Definitely not your mother’s liposuction, SAFELipo is a comprehensive, multi-step body contouring process that doesn’t just remove fat—as traditional liposuction does—but also uses local fat grafting to sculpt the target areas for visibly smoother and more dramatic results.

First, we Separate and partially dissolve the unwanted areas of fat with specialized, vibrating probes. The process allows the fat to be removed more easily and more smoothly. Fat separation also preserves the important blood vessels and network of skin support, preventing damage to the skin or deeper structures. Since this technique doesn’t generate heat, there’s no thermal damage to essential blood vessels, skin, and other tissues, as with many other forms of liposuction.

Next, the Aspiration step uses gentle suction and smaller, less aggressive cannulas to remove the separated fat without causing bleeding or damage to the skin.

Finally, Fat Equalization sculpts the remaining fat to create a smooth, even layer of fat below the skin, without visible indentations, ripples, or other surface irregularities commonly seen with most all other forms of liposuction. This remaining layer of fat then prevents the skin from sticking down to the body in an unnatural or unattractive way.

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Let’s Talk Labiaplasty

2014 May 7

What is labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is the reduction of the labia minora (inner lips around vagina) or labia majora (outer lips), performed for cosmetic and/or medical reasons.

Who is a candidate?

Labiaplasty has become a more popular procedure, due in part to greater awareness that the surgery even exists, more acceptance talking about preferences in the genital region, and grooming trends towards hairless or minimal hair styles. It’s important to know that “normal” labia come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. While many women prefer a neat, trim look, there also are those who prefer a natural look, no matter how large their labia or what their color. Ultimately, it’s a personal decision whether or not you want to undergo the procedure.

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Reconstructing A Child’s Life

2014 April 10

When the public thinks of plastic surgeons, it most often thinks of the cosmetic side of the profession: The facelifts, tummy tucks and Botox injections. The other side—reconstructive surgery—may be far from glamorous, but it’s often a life-saving profession, physically and emotionally. Consider, for instance, what Dr. John Van Aalst is doing to help a severely deformed child from India. Adopted after his birth parents wanted to euthanize him, baby Adam was brought to the United States to see Dr. Van Aalst because of his reputation and expertise in the pediatric arena. As Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Pediatric and Craniofacial Plastic Surgery at the University of North Carolina Department of Surgery, he is one of the foremost specialists in the world on deformities as extensive and dramatic as Adam’s.

FabOverFifty congratulates Dr. Van Aalst for his passion and success thus far in helping Adam to become the little boy he deserves to be. Please watch this video and be thankful that we have doctors like him to come to our children’s sides during times of great stress and need.

Watch The Video Below

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{Surgeon Spotlight} Dr. Rondi Walker Combats Domestic Abuse

2014 March 29

We love reporting the outstanding things our plastic surgeons are doing across the country, and today we’re spotlighting Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Rondi Walker, MD!

Dr. Walker, whose practice is in Washington, DC, has been named Chairwoman of 2014 Knock Out Abuse Gala, a charity she’s been involved with for nearly two decades. Knock Out Abuse is a DC-based charity which promotes awareness of domestic violence and raises money to combat it. “Knock Out” has raised over $5 million in support of shelters for women and children since its inception in 1993.

During Knock Out Days, Dr. Walker discounts her aesthetic services and donates 50 percent of the proceeds to Knock Out Abuse. This year, April 1 is the first Knock Out Day.

If you live in the DC area, or simply want a consultation with a fantastic plastic surgeon, a Knock Out Day is a great way to start! Call (202) 364-6673 to support a great cause.

Demystifying Facial Rejuvenation

2014 March 26

“A well-done facial rejuvenation makes patients look as they did when they were younger, but does not change their unique appearance.”

Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jeff Scott, recently sat down with us to answer questions about his different approaches to facial rejuvenation at The Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, Florida.

When a patient is looking for facial rejuvenation, how do you determine the most appropriate procedure?

It is most important to listen to the patient’s individual concerns about his or her face and neck. I then evaluate the patient holistically, considering age, medical conditions, medications, previous facial surgery, weight gain/loss, level of physical activity and smoking history. Next, I perform a thorough evaluation of the forehead, periocular area (around the eyes), mid-face, lower face and neck. Based on this information, I recommend a procedure or combination of procedures that best suits the patient’s desires while creating a harmonious, youthful and natural appearance.

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What To Do When Our Best Friends Let Us Down

2014 March 12

Maybe they were our best friends when we were 20, or even 40, but our breasts have a way of letting us down the longer they hang around with us (or should we say on us?) “A woman’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can result from pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, gravity, and heredity,” says a spokesperson for the ASPS, the leading society of Board Certified plastic surgeons.

Enter the breast lift, a surgical procedure that gives breasts back their youthful appearance. And while the surgeon is at it, he also could augment or reduce their size. Here, we’re showcasing seven breast lifts, for their lovely, natural results. Every single woman looks like herself, just a fresher version.

See 7 Breast Lifts Before & After Below

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Don’t Listen To Goldie Hawn

2014 March 6

Choosing a plastic surgeon involves doing a lot of homework. Besides looking at his or her technical expertise and experience with the surgical or non-surgical procedure you desire, you’ll want a plastic surgeon whose aesthetic sense is similar to yours. Think of it this way: When you visit a museum with a friend, you don’t necessarily love the same artwork. She is a Picasso fan and you love Pissarro. Both artists may be brilliant, but you’d prefer to hang the work of one.

See 7 Facelift Patients Before & After Below

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Her Breasts Interfered With Her Daily Life

2014 January 9

Every woman wants nice breasts, but when yours are 44G, and you’re only 5’2”, they’re not usually your best friends.

Read why one woman finally made the decision to downsize.

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Eyelid Surgery: Fact vs. Fiction

2014 January 3

Eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty within the medical community, is one of the most consistently popular cosmetic procedures. It’s in demand among both women and men.

Despite the fact that the procedure enjoys such widespread appreciation, however, there are still many misconceptions about blepharoplasty. Let’s set the record straight.

  • Blepharoplasty Only Addresses the Upper Lids — Fiction

    Blepharoplasty is actually a term that is applied to lower lid surgery as well. Upper eyelids are typically lifted as excess skin is eliminated, while lower lids often have fat pockets removed, as well as saggy skin.

    Over the years, the procedure has grown to encompass additional steps to rejuvenate and brighten the eyes as needed. Dermal fillers or a patient’s own fat can be used to smooth tear troughs and hollows beneath the eyes, and some patients elect treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic to relax forehead wrinkles at the same time as surgery.

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How to Maintain Hand Health and Minimize Joint Pain

2013 December 3

For many men and women, arthritis treatment begins with a preventative, proactive approach. This includes maintaining proper hand health, and learning how to effectively minimize joint pain. Here’s a closer look at some ways to keep hands and joints healthy and pain-free.

The Complex Nature
of the Hand

The hand, by nature, is one of the most complex parts of the body simply because it’s required to perform such a wide variety of tasks. There are very few activities that can be carried out without using the hands. Pain in the joints of the hand can indicate a number of issues, and could have a number of different causes. If you notice hand and joint pain, an accurate diagnosis from a hand and wrist surgeon is essential in order to ensure the correct approach toward treatment.

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Rejuvenate On Your Own Terms

2013 November 14

Walk into any ‘ole spa—even in the biggest cities—and chances are you’ll be presented with a menu of options, including multiple types of facials, peels, laser treatments and things called skin resurfacing and microdermabrasion. All the descriptions may confuse you more, so you start asking questions of the people behind the counter. Unfortunately, they seem to know less than you.

Not so at the Classique Medical Spa, in Northborough, Massachusetts, which is owned by Dr. Cynthia Poulos, a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience. Dr. Poulos opened her spa in 2000 to offer non-invasive treatments because she wanted to help patients keep their skin beautiful over time, instead of simply operating and sending them on their merry ways.

Since then, more and more of these treatments have been introduced and are being offered by board certified plastic surgeons across the country. Performing them in a soothing and beautiful spa environment adds to their appeal and popularity.

“I love to operate,” Dr. Poulos says, “but I like to explore alternate ways to deal with issues.” The doctor meets with each patient to discuss his/her skin care goals and what are the expectations from each treatment option, or group of treatment options. “We’ll decide the best course depending on whether someone wants to correct, rejuvenate or enhance their appearance,” Dr. Poulos explains. “My medical background gives me the ability to thoroughly evaluate the safety and effectiveness of available treatments. I will only offer them in the spa when I am convinced they have value.”

The doctor’s spa staff includes licensed aestheticians and nurses. Located less than an hour’s drive from Boston, Classique Medical Spa is a great stop for a rejuvenating treatment in the area. Dr.Poulos’ practice and spa are located at 17 South Street in Northborough.

Two Good Reasons to Learn About Brow Lifts

2013 November 13

Ask any of the top facial plastic surgeons in the nation to vote for the most underappreciated facial rejuvenation procedure, and chances are many of them will choose the brow lift, also called a forehead lift. Eyelid lifts, facelifts and injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic seem to grab all the limelight, when in reality, the brow lift can turn back the clock several years for the right patient.

If you’re thinking about cosmetic surgery and/or a non-invasive treatment to rejuvenate your face, make sure you understand what a brow lift is all about. Then you can consider whether the procedure might have a place in your strategy. Here are two powerful ways the lift can help you look younger:

Brow lift surgery does wonders for aging eyes. If your eyelids are droopy and you look tired, sad or angry, you’ve likely thought about having an eyelid lift. But consider this: your eyelids probably aren’t the only part of your face that has migrated southward. Raise your brow with your fingertips and you may see that your forehead could use a lift. Some people who think they need eyelid surgery would actually look more refreshed and natural with a brow lift.

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Breast Reduction Surgery “Didn’t Hurt As Much As Nursing My Kids!”

2013 November 5

FOF Joan*, 61, has had “large breasts” her entire life. (Or at least, since puberty.) “When I was younger, it was great,” she says. “I had a phenomenal figure. They were a solid D cup—high and full… the best accessories I could ask for!” But as Joan got older, they started getting… less great. “By my 50s, I was up to a 34 DDD, and I just didn’t like the way they looked any more.” Although Joan’s weight was the same as ever—”I’ve always worn a size 8”—her breasts seemed too large—and saggy. “I had deep grooves in my shoulders from where my bra straps dug in,” she explains. “And I felt self-conscious.”

*Name changed to protect privacy.

Breast reduction and lift performed by Dr. Friedlander.

So when one of Joan’s interior design clients got a breast reduction, Joan peppered her with questions. “She looked fabulous,” Joan says now. So I got her doctor’s card.” She went to see Dr. Friedlander that March, just for a consult. “After two hours in her office, I booked the surgery that day,” she says. Here, Joan talks about her procedure, the aftermath, and what she’d tell other FOFs about breast reduction surgery.

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Can Breast Reduction Improve Your Quality of Life?

2013 November 1

Not all breast enhancement procedures are focused on increasing cup size. Instead, many women opt for breast reduction surgery to resolve physical discomfort. The concerns over larger breasts aren’t limited just to physical frustrations either; larger breasts can also be a source of emotional distress for many women. Can breast reduction actually improve your quality of life along with physically decreasing breast size?

The Impact of Large Breasts

Many women with overly large breasts would not agree that ‘bigger is better.’ The weight of the average breast is just over one pound, while the average breast weight removed during reduction surgery is around 1000g per side, or about two pounds per breast. That’s a lot of extra weight to carry around all day.

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A Beautiful Chicago Evening

2013 October 16

Put one plastic surgeon, one fashion designer, two hair gurus and an elegant-FOF-who-knows-how-to-entertain together in one room and what do you get? Answer: A party worth attending. Which is just what more than 40 women did recently, at the magnificent Chicago Gold Coast home of Gerri Shute.

Dr. Gus Galante, ASPS board certified plastic surgeon, discussed why someone considers plastic surgery and who is a good candidate, then gave a live Botox demonstration and chose the lucky raffle winners for a box of Latisse and a $50 gift certificate to Ralph Lauren Restaurant. Fashion designer Maria Pinto unveiled her spectacular new M2057 collection. And beauty gurus, Elline Surianello and Nic Andrews, shared some of their valuable hair secrets with the rapt guests.

In true Gerri Shute style, the buffet, drinks and service were delicious and impeccable. Thank you, Fab Friend Gerri, for everything you did, and Dr. Galante, for sponsoring the wonderful evening.

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7 Reasons We’ve Considered Plastic Surgery

2013 October 9

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Top 3 Myths About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

2013 September 18

Dr. Frank Campanile, a board certified plastic surgeon with fellowship training in hand and microsurgery, holds a S.O.T.H. (Surgery Of The Hand) certificate and leads Denver Hand Surgery, which specializes in treating conditions of the hand, including carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, trigger finger and other hand and wrist related injuries and ailments.

As the number of carpal tunnel syndrome cases increases, with 500,000 related surgeries per year (according to this New York Times article), so too does the amount of misinformation about the condition. To set the record straight, here are the top three myths about carpal tunnel syndrome and the best ways to treat it.

1. It’s Because of My Keyboard

There is no hard evidence that Carpal tunnel is directly linked to excessive computer use, or to using the wrong keyboard. The condition could be the result of virtually any repetitive motion that causes cumulative damage over the years.

Further, not all wrist pain is carpal tunnel. Pain in the hand, arm or wrists following a long day of typing could be caused by arthritis, tendonitis or an injury. These can all cause symptoms that are very similar to carpal tunnel, yet a different treatment approach may be required to be effective. As with any health concern, it’s critical that you visit an experienced medical doctor who can give you an accurate diagnosis and suggestions on how to properly minimize any discomfort.

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Against Plastic Surgery? Read This Now!

2013 July 17

Dr. Malcolm Roth is Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, and former president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. A practicing board certified plastic surgeon for 25 years he is passionate about his profession and one of it’s most articulate spokesmen.

FOF talked to Dr. Roth about changing consumer attitudes towards plastic surgery and about changes in the field itself.

What is most rewarding about being a plastic surgeon?

We restore and enhance lives. We perform procedures in the reconstructive area that make people function better. A woman who has had a mastectomy, for example, can go to the beach looking as she did before. We work on children born with deformities and on cardiac patients who have infected wounds after heart surgery. We make people happier about their appearance and more confident about themselves.

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{Plastic Surgery} “Look At You!”

2013 July 10

Circumferential abdominoplasty performed by Dr. Feledy

“I come from a family of Rubenesque people,” says Mariane, 63. “I was always the fat kid on the block. That’s just the way it was.” But when Mariane became FOF, she says, she went from “chubby” to “obese.”

“I don’t like to talk numbers, but I was a good 100 pounds overweight by the time I was 50,” she admits. A new grandma, Mariane wanted to be able to get down on the floor and play with her granddaughter. “I also wanted to be around to see her grow up.” So, in 2000, she had gastric bypass surgery and lost over 120 pounds. She felt great, but she didn’t love the way she looked undressed. “The best way to understand it is to look at my ‘before’ pictures,” Mariane says. “There was a lot of excess skin and bad scarring all the way around.” She discussed corrective plastic surgery with her husband. “We talked about it off and on for 10 years. But you’re only ready when you’re ready. Last year, I thought, I have longevity in my family. If I fix this now, I could enjoy it for a good twenty years!”

Here, Mariane discusses exactly which procedure she had done, what surprised her most about the result and why she says her doctor is her “Michelangelo.”

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We Want To Move There, Too!

2013 June 4

Now that Dr. Mary Powers has opened an office in Westlake Village, CA, her two practices offer plastic surgery from Long Beach to Beverly Hills in Southern California. A Board Certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years experience, Dr. Powers chose Westlake Village because she says it appeals to her to her “aesthetic sense as a place to live and work!”

WLV (pop. around 9,000) residents are wealthy (average income is over six figures) and many are college educated.  Attracting both retired people,as well as young families, the town is like a “mini South Hampton, but with a lower pretense factor,” Dr. Powers says. “We have a lake instead of a beach [although the Malibu beach is 15 minutes away] and many country clubs,” she adds. “I love the area physically. It is surrounded by rolling, green hills and looks and feels like a different country from LA, but it’s only 40 minutes away.  There’s no traffic and you can’t see the air. The streets are wide, well designed and clean and they don’t have potholes.”

And, oh yes, while WSV residents care about keeping their well-planned community safe, secure and attractive, they also care about their appearance.  That is surely a good thing for Dr. Powers!

10 Years of Botox Were Enough

2013 May 23

“I didn’t used to have much aging in my face.  It just sort of happened in the past few years.”

Karen, 63, is a mother of three grown children, ages 40, 28, and 26, and is a retired computer programming analyst and apparel retailer.  She wanted to have her “crooked” nose straightened for a number of years. When her gynecologist referred her to Dr. Rondi Walker of Washington, DC,  Karen knew she’d found her surgeon. “I just trusted my doctor.”  Pleased with the results from the October 2012 septorhinoplasty (“basically, she rebuilt my nose),” Karen and Dr. Walker discussed a facelift at one of their follow-up appointments, when Karen noticed her jowls “just looked awful.”

Dr. Walker thought the best procedure for Karen would be a facelift, including upper and lower eyelid lifts (blepharoplasties) and fat transfer to the cheeks.  Her facelift was about three months later, in January 2013.

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{Life Changing Plastic Surgery Story} “It Was My First Time Ever Wearing A Two-Piece Swimsuit!”

2013 May 1

Julia on the beach post-op.

Julia*, 55, doesn’t cover up at the beach.  But this wasn’t always the case.  “I was looking in a mirror and my boobs were just hanging there,” this flight attendant and mother of three recalls thinking, about two years ago.  Julia knew working out and dieting would not resolve this issue, so she decided surgery was “the perfect choice.” It was an opportune time for her to have this done, as her skin was “already stretched out” with “deflated” breasts and a saggy tummy from three C-sections.  After extensively discussing her options with Dr. Jeffrey Ditesheim, Julia scheduled her surgery.

*Name changed to protect privacy.

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{Life Changing Plastic Surgery Story} “Before, When Someone Complimented Me, I’d Say, ‘Yeah Right.’” Now…

2013 April 17

Face, neck, upper and lower eyelid lift & lip filler performed by Dr. Powers.

Sonya*, 60, feels reborn. “I am so happy with my life, it’s the life I wanted.” It wasn’t an easy road for Sonya. She had custody of her ailing mother and became very depressed. “My mother had Parkinson’s and it was tough taking care of a parent who is very ill. She passed away two years ago. During that time, I was feeding my depression with food and gained a significant amount of weight,” she says. Sonya was medicated with antidepressants and desperately wanted to lose the weight. She found a chiropractor who put her on a diet and got her off the pills.

*Name changed to protect privacy.

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{Life Changing Plastic Surgery Story} “I Used To Have Buddha Hips…”

2013 April 10

Liposuction procedure performed by Dr. Wallace.

“I always swore I’d never get plastic surgery,” says 53-year-old Beth*, from Dallas, TX. “But somewhere around the age of 50 I woke up and changed my mind.”

A jewelry designer and mother of two, Beth never wanted to look “overly done,” a look she sometimes sees in Dallas, she explains. But after having two kids and emergency surgery for an ectopic pregnancy, she was “left with a not very pretty scar” on her abdomen and some other body issues that had been bothering her. “I’m your basic pear shape,” Beth says, “with smallish, B-cup breasts and what I call my Buddha hips.” Over time, she felt her shape was growing increasingly unbalanced. “Between the scar tissue and my widening hips, it was difficult to find ready-to-wear clothes that fit.”

So Beth decided it was time for “a little mommy makeover” and went for a consultation with Dr. Charles Wallace, a Dallas board-certified plastic surgeon. Here, she ta exactly how she got the “natural look” she was looking for.

*Name changed to protect privacy.

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A “Cool” New Fat-Busting Treatment Using H2O

2013 April 10

Charlotte, North Carolina — FOF recently caught up with Dr. Jeffrey Ditesheim about a “cool” new, minimally invasive lipo-technology, called AquaShape, that uses the pulsating action of sprayed water to remove fat and sculpt the body. Dr. Ditesheim is the first first board certified plastic surgeon in North Carolina to offer this procedure to his patients.

“AquaShape is a gentle way to eliminate fat and shape your body permanently,” the doctor told us. “It’s strong enough to remove fat, but gentle enough to minimize downtime.”

Liposuction is the most popular plastic surgery, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, with more than 205,000 procedures performed in 2011.Although lipo has evolved dramatically over the years, Dr. Ditesheim reports that some surgeons continue to use outdated techniques because they’re faster.

“The goal shouldn’t be to do something because it’s faster or more agressive,” he says. “I don’t look at liposuction as a way to destroy or remove fat; it’s about shaping the body to create a more beautiful or more proportional shape.”

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Game-Changing Advancements

2013 April 4

Texas—FOF recently chatted with Dr. Charles Wallace, board-certified plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas, about the latest—and greatest—innovations in the field. “We’re really excited about a couple things that I believe are game-changing advancements,” the doctor believes.

The new implant in town!

“Sientra has introduced FDA-approved, shaped breast implants that come in a broad selection of sizes, profiles, projections, and surfaces, giving women more options for breast augmentation and reconstruction than ever before,” Dr. Wallace reported.

“The new Sientra implant is simply the best we’ve ever seen. In my opinion, it’s the first truly meaningful change in breast implants for decades,” Dr. Wallace explained. These high-strength, cohesive gel implants are made from a more viscous gel than other FDA-approved, silicone gel-filled implants, he said. “They feel natural, yet retain their shape very well and are less likely to rupture and leak. If they’re cut in half, for example, they remain form-stable. The silicone gel inside the shell does not ooze or migrate out of the casing.”

The Sientra implants also minimize the potential for ripples and wrinkles, so the results are more predictable, with fewer potential problems and less likelihood for revision surgery, the doctor added.

Sientra Implant Shape Retention Demonstration. Left: Cut implant with visible gel stability. Center: Pressure induced gel displacement. Right: Gel retraction demonstration shape retention.

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{Life-Changing Plastic Surgery Stories} “I Felt Like My Lower Face Was Sinking Into My Chest.”

2013 April 2

Written by Ramona Duoba

Deciding to have a surgical procedure often comes after a defining moment. You glance at your passport photo and can’t believe what’s happened to your looks during the last decade. You won’t go near the pool without meticulously wrapping a sarong over your swimsuit. You secretly pull back the skin on your face to see what you’d look like, minus the lines around your mouth, eyes or on your forehead. Penelope L.’s defining moment was a bit more dramatic. “When I did cardio exercise I had a sensation that lasted about a minute and then stopped suddenly. It wasn’t an ache or pain. It was something that was just different. It’s kind of hard to explain. The sensation was on my left side and probably had more to do with my breathing, but my breathing never stopped. The doctor recommended I have an EKG. On April 29, 2011, the same day as the Royal wedding, I checked in for an outpatient procedure. The last thing I remembered hearing was, ‘We’re taking you to the O.R.’ Fifty-year-old Penelope had three major heart blockages. “I was a walking time bomb,” she said.

How was a triple by-pass your defining moment?
Once I recovered I told myself I wasn’t putting off what I wanted to do. My jowls had to go. Sagging jowls run in my family. My mom is beautiful, but she has them.

When did you have the surgery and are you happy with the results?
I had a lower face-lift and neck lift surgery on December 14, 2012. I’m very, very happy with the results. I no longer walk around with my lower face sinking into my chest. Now I look more the age that I am and I really like that.

You are a practice administrator for a plastic surgeon, so you see patients and their results daily. What was the procedure like for you?
The lower face and neck lift were a breeze. I had I-V sedation, also known as a twilight. I just felt like I was having a really good sleep. Dr. Magassy pulled the neck back behind my ears and the lower face up in front of my ears. I came home with a wrap that looked like a helmet. The reason for this is to keep everything in place for the first 48-hours of healing. If you can imagine the wrap underneath your chin, pulling up, it helps with the contour. The wrap was the part that bugged me the most, but then again it was only 48-hours.

Did the procedure require liposuction?
Dr. Magassy always does a little lipo with this procedure. It’s called sub mental liposuction and it eliminates any fat that might be lying there.

Were you swollen?
Yes, but I didn’t bruise because I pre-medicated with Arnica Montana, a supplement to prevent bruising and swelling. The noticeable swelling lasted about two weeks.

How long was the recovery?
I had the surgery on a Friday and was back at work the following Tuesday. Since I work in a plastic surgeon’s office it wasn’t uncomfortable to be there with a swollen face. There was a little redness from the stitches, which lasted about three weeks. The area from the sutures is slightly raised so I use a silicone in a tube for scar management.

How did your friends and family react?
I went to have my nails done a couple of weeks after my surgery and the manicurist asked if I changed my hair color. When I told her I had a lower facelift she said, ‘You don’t look like you had surgery at all, you look well, like you had a vacation.’ No one asks if I had work done. Everyone thinks I look ‘well rested.’ I had the surgery just this past December and the friends I saw after Christmas just told me that I looked really good.

You’ve worked for Dr. Magassy for seven years. What do you like about him? Why did you choose him?
I’ve seen the results of many patients over the years and I liked them, so Dr. Magassy was an easy choice. He has the experience and I knew there would be a balance of the results I wanted and what he felt I needed. The results are subtle and natural. What you want may not be what you need.

How has this surgery changed your life?
It has enhanced how I feel about myself, the image I put forth in my job. I love telling people what I do for a living and what I’ve done to my face. I’m not hush-hush about it. I talk candidly about it. Getting natural results is the product of skilled hands. Don’t wait until it’s too late because once your skin becomes even more lax, you’re likely to look more pulled back after surgery. It’s harder to achieve a subtle result.

Are you considering other procedures?
Not now. Maybe I’ll have my eyes done, but I’ll let Mother Nature decide. When it’s time, I won’t think twice.

A note from Dr. Magassy:
Penelope was an excellent candidate for the lower face lift and neck lift surgery. Besides being motivated to do this surgery, she has nice bone structure. The surgery took about 2 1/2 to 3 hours under a local anesthesia. An incision is made in the hair line and the skin is raised. Penelope had sagging skin and it was very elastic, so her results are great. I see her every day and her attitude is terrific. I have seen this type of surgery make a big difference in a person’s life. They feel better about themselves. Much more confident. They feel as good as they look and vice-versa.

{Life-Changing Plastic Surgery Stories} “I Looked Like A Melting Snowman!”

2013 March 28

Karen B., 62, vividly remembers report card day in sixth grade. “In those days, your grades were listed with your height and weight,” Karen explains, and the teacher would read them out loud as he handed the report to you. “I remember jumping out of my seat and running to his desk in tears, begging him not to read mine.” Karen was 12 years old and 126 pounds. “I was the biggest girl in the class. Always,” she says.

Smart and ambitious, Karen excelled in school, eventually earning a B.S. in chemistry and becoming a nurse. She married a Marine in her early 20s and they had two children while he built a successful business. Through it all, Karen felt powerless over her weight, which fluctuated between 220 and 280. “I would diet, work out and then gain it back,” she says. Finally, in 1989, she had gastric bypass—then a new procedure—and lost 120 pounds. “But the brain is funny thing,” she relates now, “and you can find ways to circumvent the surgery and eat what you want.” Over the next two decades, the weight crept back. “When I retired three years ago, I was hanging out at about 215.”

Then, during a routine physical, Karen was diagnosed with diabetes. Shocked and upset, she spent the next year researching on the internet.  “I found a good diet and a trainer at LA Fitness. I also started taking Byetta, a diabetes medication.” Over the year, the weight came off steadily. “I hated working out. Hated it,” Karen laughs. But ultimately, her weight got down “to the low 140s” and stayed there for two years.

Now at her “perfect weight,” Karen was thrilled, but when she looked in the mirror, she saw “all these sags. I looked like a melting snowman.  My 10-year-old granddaughter would say, ‘I love your arms, Grandma!’ and would swing the skin back and forth!

“I didn’t want to grow up to be a saggy, saggy old lady,” Karen says. So she asked a friend who was in a gastric bypass support group if anyone had come to talk to them about plastic surgery. “She gave me Dr. Boynton’s name and said he seemed wonderful. So I called his office.”

Ten months and two surgeries later, and the results speak for themselves. “I want to run through the mall naked!” Karen laughs. “I have not stopped smiling.” Here, she explains the details of what Dr. Boynton did to give her “a body I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have.”

Tell me about your first meeting with Dr. Boynton.

First of all, the thought of showing someone an old body with all this saggy droopy skin on it made me want to die of embarrassment! I’ve spent my whole life trying to tuck it in and not show it. But you walk in his office, and everyone is so nice. He meets with you while you’re dressed, so you can get to know him. He tells you about his philosophy and his training, and you can just feel that he has a good spirit. I thought, ‘I can handle this!’

What surgeries did you have?

Dr. Boynton likes to do things in stages. He’s very careful, which I like. The first surgery was a tummy tuck and some liposuction on my flanks and lower back. He told me he likes to start with the tummy—the core. After having two babies my muscles were spread apart, so the muscle repair was a big deal. He did a breast lift in round two, as well as a breast augmentation and my upper arms.

How was the recovery?

Surprisingly easy. Dr. Boynton had explained that he was using Experil, a new drug that keeps you comfortable for 72 to 96 hours after the surgery. He injects the drug along the muscles and the incisions during surgery so when you wake up you really feel great. I’m a geek, so when he told me about it I went on YouTube and watched procedures being done. I was very impressed. After the first recovery, I asked him if he could use Experil again when he did my breast augmentation and he actually researched it and learned the technique for breasts at my request. I couldn’t believe he did that.

When were you able to get up and leave the house?

One and a half weeks after the second surgery I went to the mall, still with my compression garment on, because I wanted the woman at Victoria’s Secret to measure me. I wanted to see what size I was. She couldn’t believe I was out. She said, ‘no one is up like this two weeks later!’

So what is your new size?

Well, I went to Black House White Market the other day and I bought a new pair of pants, because literally everything is falling off of me. And they were a size four.  A four! I’m someone who used to be over the moon about a size 10. I showed my husband and he was like, ‘did you ever in your wildest dreams think you’d be a size 4?’

What’s your husband’s reaction to all of this?

My husband is the most wonderful person. He has told me my whole life, ‘I love you no matter what you weigh.’ And he has loved me unconditionally no matter what. What makes him happy now is seeing how happy I am. That’s the kind of guy of guy he is. I said ‘honey, you have your trophy wife and you didn’t even have to get divorced and lose half your money to get it.’

What about friends? What do they say?

People who haven’t seen me for a while have said, ‘Oh my god, what have you done?’ And I just say, ‘I lost some weight and I kept it off and I had a little something something done.’ And then I hand them Dr. Boynton’s card. I  went back to see my co-workers after my tummy tuck and they could not believe it. Three of them asked for his card.

Do you plan to have any more surgeries, or are you done?

In the fall we’re going to do legs and butt—get the sags off and finally finish it. We’re not quite there, yet, but as long as Spanks exist I can fake it til I make it!

What’s your overall impression of Dr. Boynton?

I have worked with hundreds of doctors over my 32 years as a nurse and assisted on many surgeries, and I can tell you he is number one in every respect. I feel like I am in such competent hands. But more than that, he’s very real and down to earth. You can talk to him. One day I came into his office with my 10-year-old granddaughter. She has a lot of physical disabilities, and the first thing he said when he saw her was, ‘You have pink river shoes on!’ And that just melted my heart, because most doctors—especially surgeons—won’t do that. They are too rushed and harried and they have no bedside manner. His heart is right there.

And trust me, you never want to go to a doctor that a nurse wouldn’t go to!

What would you tell an FOF who was considering surgery?

It’s never too late. I’m an evangelical Christian, and I remember going to a big camp meeting in 1981 with a popular evangelist minister. He had everyone close their eyes and think about  the desire of their hearts. Mine had always been to be a normal size. He said, ‘I will pray for everyone here, and if you hang onto that, it will happen.’

Well, it took 32 years—diabetes, exercise, bypass surgery. It wasn’t overnight, but all this time has made me appreciate it that much more. I mean, unless you’ve lived in double your body, I don’t know if you can really appreciate size-four pants. This is the first time ever in my life that I actually feel desirable and alive and sexy. Before, that wasn’t even in my realm of awareness.

Dr. Rosenblatt Holds An After-Hours Get Together

2013 March 21

“He’s a God to me!” gushed Rodi, one of Dr. William Rosenblatt’s FOF patients, at a get-together at his New York office this week. Looking fantastic at 57, Rodi told the gathering of 15 women (and one man) that Dr. R performed a breast reduction on her and removed “three or four chins.” Delighted that she “hasn’t had to wear a bra in two years,” Rodi also is thrilled that her back “no longer hurts” from the heaviness of her breasts. As for some of the fat that Dr. R eliminated from her chin, he injected into her cheeks to give her face more fullness.

Billed as An Evening of Beauty on the email invitation from Dr. Rosenblatt’s office, the program featured a discussion of new plastic surgery trends, including an introduction to Xeomen, which the doctor calls a “new Botulism toxin.” Manufactured by Merz, the same company that brings us the filler, Radiesse, Xeomen, is “15 to 20 percent less expensive than Allergan’s Botox, but has  the same  effect, lasts the same amount of time, and is injected the same way,” Dr. R explained.

Although Xeomen has been around for a while, he told us, it couldn’t be introduced in the United States until some legal issues were resolved. Now Merz is charging doctors less so it can take market share from Allergan, a common tactic among drug companies.

Xeomen is used to paralyze muscles and get rid of the deep lines in the glabella region, the area on the forehead between our eyebrows, where lines develop from frowning repeatedly over the years. It’s often used also to eliminate crow’s feet around our eyes and “bunny lines,” which develop when we wrinkle our noses, Dr. R said. “I sometimes inject it to elevate the eyebrows slightly, but I don’t like to fully paralyze a forehead. It looks terrible when you can’t raise your eyebrows.”

While we sipped wine and enjoyed sushi and raw veggies with hummus, Dr, Rosenblatt covered other techniques and trends.

On Breast Implants

“Silicone breast implants, even on the rare occasions that they might break, don’t explode. They run trucks over these and they do fine, from what I understand. The silicone won’t pour out, even if the implant were to be cut. It would act more like silly putty and blub up.”

“Round silicone gels are the most popular in this country for elective cosmetic breast augmentations. Newer implants on the market, commonly known as ‘Gummy Bear’ implants, are hard, not soft like silicone. They work pretty well for breast reconstruction after mastectomy, but I don’t find that they work well for

routine cosmetic breast augmentations.”

On Breast Lifts

“A breast isn’t lifted only by an implant. To determine the sagginess of your breasts: Put a pencil or finger under the breast. If the nipple is below the line created by the pencil or finger, you need a surgical lift.”

“Just putting a really, really big implant into a sagging breast will create what’s called the ‘Snoopy deformity’: The breast is here and the implant is here,” said Dr. R, pointing to two different spots on his chest. “If you have very large breasts that sag, we do a small reduction and then lift them up. The bigger the breasts are, the more they’re going to sag. If you have smaller breasts, you can lift the skin and put in an implant at the same time.”

“Breasts are held up by just skin. They don’t have ligaments or muscles. They have nothing.”

“Different styles of implants are popular in different parts of the country: Slightly smaller implants in the Northeast. In the Southeast and California, they start where we leave off.”

On Liposuction

“Liposuction is designed for skinny people, in order to remove some lumps and bumps and a little excess fat. It’s not designed for overweight people. Diet is what works with them. The biggest liposuction we do is 12 pounds, which is a drop in the bucket for really heavy people.”

Following a brief Q&A period filled with laughs (another of the doctor’s patients, who had breast augmentation last year, said ‘they’re mine and they’re magnificent,’ recalling the famous line on Seinfeld,) Dr. Rosenblatt did live Botox and Radiesse demos.

{Life Changing Plastic Surgery Stories} The Eyes Have It

2013 March 6

“When I was young, I remember walking through the cosmetics section of a department store, where there were so many mirrors, and thinking ‘Jeez, I look pretty good,’” says Kathy H., an FOF from Indiana. “As I got older, and the bags under my eyes started getting worse, I didn’t want to go near those same mirrors.”

Now 65, Kathy decided to finally do something about her bothersome bags 10 years ago. Impressed after her initial consult with Dr. Gus Galante, she booked her procedure on the spot. A month later, he performed his magic.

So pleased with the results, Kathy returned to Dr. Galante three years later for a lower facelift. Today, she sees him for Botox injections.

“It changed my life,” says Kathy, who once thought only “movie stars and important people” got plastic surgery. “I’m happy to look in the mirror again.” Here, she chats with FOF:

Eye surgery performed by Dr. Galante.

What bothered you about your eyes?

I had bags and my upper lids were droopy. I had no crease. It always bothered me but got worse as I got older. I tried everything on the market–nothing would take them away.

How important are your looks to you?

Very–I used to be in real estate and worked with the public. Now, I work at the local humane society but still want to look good, for myself.

How did you find Dr. Galante?

A couple of people I knew had been to him. I live in Indiana, near Chicago, and there are a lot of surgeons in the city. Turns out Dr Galante was in my own backyard (Schererville, Indiana). I called and spoke to his receptionist, Marcie. When I told her what I wanted done, she made it sound so simple and told me she had it done herself. So, I went for a complimentary consultation.

Were you nervous?

Yes. I grew up in a blue collar town. I thought of plastic surgery as something only wealthy people do. Not anymore. When I went to Dr. Galante’s office, I expected to see all these beautiful, 30-year-old women. But, there were normal people like myself. And, after I spoke with Dr. Galante, my apprehensions completely went away. I knew it was going to work out well. I ended up booking a treatment for the following month.

What did you like about Dr. Galante?

He is very trustworthy and would never talk you into doing something you don’t need.

Tell us about the eye bag removal procedure.

I went in at 6:30 in the morning on a Friday and was out by noon. I had twilight anesthesia so I wasn’t completely out. My stitches were removed on Monday. I iced my eyes the way I was told.  They were very swollen. Marcie told me this was normal and, in fact, I looked better than most people. Within a week, I was back at work with just slight bruising near my cheekbone. I could see the full effect after about a month, and was very happy.

What did your friends and family think?

They all loved it and thought I looked younger. I didn’t necessarily do it to look younger, I just didn’t want to look tired anymore.

Are you married? Was your husband supportive?

My husband died three years ago, but he was supportive at the time.

Do you date?

I’m dating someone now. He’s older than I am. We met in high school and his wife died a couple years before my husband died.

Do you want to get married again?

No. I like being independent.

Why did you decide to have a lower facelift, three years later?

My jowls started bothering me. I put my makeup on in front of a magnifying mirror and I thought, ‘This has got to go!’

Describe the treatment.

I went into surgery about 6:30 a.m and was home at about 2 p.m. I was out completely, under general anesthesia. I had to return the following day to have a drain removed. Healing is slower than for the eye surgery.  It took about five to six months before I could see the full results.

What did you and your friends and family think?

They thought it wasn’t as noticeable as my eyes, but that it looked great. It was certainly noticeable to me.

Did you have anything else done since the lower facelift?

I go to Dr. Galante for Botox about two to three times a year.

You are pretty open about your procedures. Did you ever think about hiding the fact that you had plastic surgery?

No. It’s just the personality I have. There’s no reason to hide it.

How do you think it has changed your life?

It’s the best thing I’ve done for myself and I wish I had done it earlier. Women over 50 have done things for others all their lives. Now, they should do something for themselves. If you don’t feel good about yourself, you can’t feel good about anything or for anyone.

A note from Dr. Galante:

I think Kathy’s statement about wanting to look less tired, not necessarily younger, represents the typical expectation of the patient who seeks facial rejuvenation. Her “after” photos demonstrate just that…a clean, refreshed look. Kathy initially presented with concerns about baggy upper eyelids and puffy lower lids. The upper lid problem is excessive skin which can mask the lid and sometimes even block the peripheral field of vision. My treatment for this was the removal of the skin and a slim strip of muscle to better define the crease. The lower lid problem is the bulging outward of fat which normally sits in the eye socket to cushion the globe.  I made a small incision just under the lashes to gain access to the protruding fat, and then removed it. A small amount of skin was also taken to keep the area smooth.

Kathy went on to have a facelift and most recently a few Botox injections to keep her appearance fresh. Again, the end result in these patients is to look better, not necessarily look younger. Looking good makes one feel good, and feeling good after fifty should be an attainable goal for anyone who wishes for it. The recipe to this feeling includes a healthy diet, exercise, engaging social relationships, optimizing emotional, intellectual, and spiritual well-being, using the most favorable cosmetic, hair, and clothing styles, and a plastic surgery procedure, if desired.

{Life Changing Plastic Surgery Stories} FOF Chris C.

2013 February 14

FOF Chris C., a 52-year-old Indiana hairdresser, liked her body in high school. While many of her classmates were insecure, Chris–above-average height, slender and well-endowed–was confident. So why, decades later, did she decide to have three different plastic surgery procedures: Breast augmentation, tummy tuck and breast lift?

“Having kids changed everything,” Chris says. Breastfeeding three babies, three C-sections and a hysterectomy left her breasts with far less tissue and her stomach looking like “a jigsaw puzzle.”

“There were scars left to right and up and down,” Chris told us.

Ten years ago, she decided to take action and met with Dr. Gus Galante, a board certified plastic surgeon, for her first consultation.  She says it was one of the best decisions of her life.

Dr. Galante has done his part to make me look the best that I can. I’d do it a thousand times over.”

How did you find Dr. Galante?
Dr. Galante and his office manager were long-time clients at a salon where I worked in Schererville. We became really good friends. But, never in a million years did I think I’d have work done.

What treatment did you have first?
I had a breast augmentation around 2003.

Breast augmentation performed by Dr. Galante on Chris.

What made you decide to do that?
I breastfed all three of my children and, as a result, didn’t have much breast tissue left. That’s what happens…you lose it. When Dr. Galante’s office manager came into the salon, I’d talk with her about having an augmentation. She suggested I consult with the doctor.

What did Dr. Galante recommend?
At that point, we decided solely on the augmentation and that maybe down the road I’d have a breast lift.

What size were you before?
I was a C but it was just skin–there was no tissue at all. Dr. Galante gave me a saline implant, and I ended up a Double D. My breasts filled up my bras again, and lingerie shopping became fun again.

You also had a tummy tuck?
Yes, about a year after the breast augmentation I went back to Dr. Galante. The skin on my stomach looked crazy because I had three C-sections. I also had a little bit of excess skin, which the doctor removed.

Abdominoplasty performed by Dr. Galante on Chris.

Were you happy with the results?
The results were wonderful. Dr. Galante did a great job removing the excess skin. I don’t have big, thick scars. After the surgery, he had me wear special foam tape religiously and now you can’t see the scars at all.

What were the treatment and recovery like?
Everything was good. The surgeries were done on an outpatient basis.

Tell us about the breast lift you had last year.
When Dr. Galante put in my implants he said I might eventually want a lift. Ten years after the augmentation, the implants didn’t move, but due to gravity, everything else did. So, I had my breasts lifted this past October.

“This is the patient 10 years after her breast augmentation,” Dr. Galante says. ”You can see how the age-related changes have affected the shape of the breast. She underwent an implant exchange with a slightly larger volume and a breast lift to improve the shape.”

At one point you never dreamed you’d have plastic surgery, but now you’ve had three treatments. Why were you hesitant?
I had three kids…and kids are expensive! The cost [of plastic surgery] is not cheap, but it was worth every penny. As a hairdresser I felt it was important to look my best. You’re not going to have your hair done by someone whose appearance isn’t good.

You used Dr. Galante for all three treatments. What do you like about him so much?
I’ve known him for years. I trust him wholeheartedly. He’s down to earth. He’ll tell you right off the bat if he doesn’t think a treatment is right for you or if what you want doesn’t work with your body proportions.

What do your husband, family and friends think?
My husband thinks I look great. My oldest daughter just had a baby and said when she’s finished having kids she’s going to Dr. Galante. My college-aged clients say they want to look like I do when they’re my age! I’ve sent three or four of my clients to Dr. Galante. I was confident about how I looked before, but knew that I could look even better.

A note from Dr. Galante: 

“Chris’ story is not uncommon to women who have gone through several pregnancies. The breasts may undergo involutional changes and may appear deflated. The tummy skin and muscles stretch out. These patients consult with me to get the figures they once had before children.
Performed separately or simultaneously, these procedures make up what’s commonly referred to as the “mommy makeover.” Chris was emotionally and physically an excellent candidate for these procedures.”


Dr. Gus Galante

322 Indianapolis Blvd., Suite 103
Schererville, IN 46375

Tel:  (219) 322-3131
Fax: (219) 322-9494
Email: info@galantemd.com


{Life Changing Plastic Surgery Stories} Dr. LoTempio made this woman “whole again.”

2013 January 23

Lauren Cahn, a yoga instructor from Westchester, N.Y., was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. Little did she know, it was just the beginning of a nightmare that would last almost eight years.

Lauren opted for implants immediately after her mastectomy but a botched implant job left her breasts looking “hard as rocks” and “square.” To add insult to injury, one ruptured just a year later.

Take two: Lauren got new and improved implants but soon after, suffered a fourth-degree burn to one from a heating pad. Disgusted, disheartened and traumatized by the whole experience, Lauren was ready to call it quits and accept spending the rest of her life completely flat chested.

A doctor recommended she meet with one more surgeon, Dr. Maria LoTempio, one of the only doctors in the world performing breast reconstruction using autologous (the patient’s own) tissue. Hesitant, Lauren sent off a few pictures to Dr. LoTempio and when she was deemed an ideal candidate, she underwent her third breast reconstruction surgery.

Lauren, who now has two of the “most beautiful, perky” breasts and a “bonus” butt lift says it was one the best decisions of her life.

When you were first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, what were your options?
There were no options besides implants. The only kind of body tissue breast reconstruction they were doing at that time was through the stomach and I really didn’t have enough fat there to create one, let alone, two breasts.

Did you get implants at the time of your mastectomy?
Yes, the cancer doctor finished her surgery and the plastic surgeon went right in. They used implants that were also the expanders. It was a terrible disaster.

How so?
Before the surgery, I had been a 32C, sometimes a 32D. I thought after surgery, I was going to look exactly the way I did before. My breasts ended up being as hard as rocks and square because there was a lot of scar tissue around them. Less than a year later, one of them ruptured and had to be replaced. I was very unhappy.

Left: Lauren in 2000 before breast cancer.  Right: Lauren after breast reconstruction #1.

At what point did you get them redone?
I kept them for three years, until I heard about another doctor who was doing silicone implants with aloederm over them for softness. I had the old implants removed and replaced with new ones by this doctor. The implants were much smaller. At first, it looked really good, but then, within a year I started sprouting more scar tissue. Everything started hardening up and looking square again. I didn’t fit into any bras.

At that point you had two breast reconstruction surgeries that you were unhappy with. Were you considering a third?
For the next four years, little by little I began looking into any other options. I read about a procedure where they take flesh from the buttocks but my understanding was I wouldn’t be able to sit or exercise for months. As a yoga instructor, this was disheartening. I don’t want to be told I can’t do something.

What happened next?
In the fall of 2009 I suffered a burn to my right breast from a heating pad. It never fully healed and by January of the next year, I was developing a Staph infection. Doctors in the hospital told me it was a fourth degree burn and that they could see my implant through my skin. I had the implant removed which was very sad to me because the whole point of having the double mastectomy was to look symmetrical. Now, I wasn’t. After a week in the hospital, 60 days of hyperbaric treatment that didn’t work, two surgeries and wearing a wound vac for two months, I had given up. I went to my plastic surgeon to tell them that I wanted to have the other implant removed and would spend the rest of my life completely flat chested. I was 43 at the time.

What did the doctor tell you when you told him you decided to be flat chested?
He said ‘You must not make that decision. You can’t give up.’ and referred me to Dr. Maria LoTempio, who he said does a surgery where they make a breast of flesh from your buttocks. I said ‘Oh no, I heard about that and it sounds really debilitating.’ He said what I heard wasn’t true.

How soon after that did you meet with Dr. LoTempio?
I spoke to her that day. I sent pictures to her because she was in South Carolina at the time. Through the photos she was able to tell me that I was a candidate for this and she could definitely make two small breasts. She sent me for an MRI to have my arteries looked at to make sure there was a good harvestable blood supply. I went to South Carolina for the surgery. I had to have it the week my youngest son was graduating from elementary school which was challenging. He was angry.

Why did you have the surgery in South Carolina?
At the time they didn’t offer it in New York. The care involved is so intense. It felt like I was the only patient in the whole hospital. This type of surgery requires a lot of watching and waiting. I was on a lot of painkillers, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety pills to relax me. Basically, for five days I was sedated.

How long were you in the hospital?
Seven days because they were extra careful. I was in South Carolina for another three days after that, because Dr. LoTempio didn’t want me to leave until ten days had passed. She has it down to a science. She knows exactly how many days it takes for your cells to regenerate and your blood supply to be made permanent. After that, I flew home and recovered there. I was able to sit, walk, and eventually, run and drive. I was able to do yoga within three months of the surgery.

Left: After breast reconstruction #2.  Right: 2 months post-surgery with Dr. Lotempio.

And we hear you also got an extra “bonus”?
I had a butt lift! The tissue for my breast was grafted from there. I had a little more junk in the trunk before. Now, its a little flatter on the top but I still have a nice round bottom. There’s no cellulite. It’s very tight. I wear True Religion jeans which is a brand I wouldn’t be able to wear otherwise!
And since two or three years passed, everything is still okay?
Everything is great!

Join us for an exclusive winter pampering event

2013 January 7

Join us for cool, beautiful and worthwhile experiences that will do you a world of good on a cold winter night. All on the house!

Where: New York Ear and Eye Infirmary, 77 Worth St. NYC, Ground Floor

When: Thursday, Jan. 24, 5-9 p.m.

One-on-one consult with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Olivia Hutchinson
Complimentary glycolic peel
Complimentary breast exam with Dr. Rachel B. Wellner
Skin analysis with a licensed esthetician
Hair analysis by Elline Surianello of LeMetric Hair and Beauty Center
20% off Vivité and IS Clinical skincare products
❄ $99 photo facials booked that evening. (Regular price: $400)
$100 off Juvaderm, $200 off Botox and Juvaderm combo booked that evening
 20% off treatments booked at The Mezzanine Spa that evening❄  20% off treatments booked at The Mezzanine Spa that evening
❄  Meet and greet with Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of Best of Everything After 50
And even more

Space is limited so hop to it and RSVP by:
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Baubles & Botox

2012 December 28

SCHERERVILLE, IN — One of the most successful family-owned jewelers in the country, 107-year-old Albert’s Diamond Jewelers sells upscale brands like Cartier, Chopard, David Yurman, Ippolita and Tacori and prides itself on its exceptional prices and service. “Whether you arrive at the store wearing a t-shirt or a tuxedo, you will get exceptional service during your visit. We appreciate every one of our customers and see every person who walks through the door as an honored guest in our home,” relates the store’s website.

Part of Albert’s service is to entertain customers throughout the year at special events and sales, including the chance to get married at the 12,000-square-foot store on Valentine’s Day. Dr. Gus Galante, board-certified ASPS plastic surgeon, was a featured guest at the store’sLadies’ Night recently, where customers had the chance to see him give live Botox demonstrations on his current patients. Dr. Galante also answered guests’ questions about plastic surgery.

“I appreciate having the opportunity to inform the public about plastic surgery in such a wonderful setting,” Dr. Galante told us.  Consider partnering with fine boutiques in your area for events such as this. Like Albert’s, there are thousands of sharp merchants who recognize that customers who love beautiful jewelry and clothes also want their faces to look the best they can, no matter their ages.

The skinny on VASER shape: a non-invasive fat melting procedure

2012 December 13

VASER Shape before and after.

New York – Dr. Sharon Giese recently appeared on Dr. Oz to promote VASER shape, a “cutting-edge,” non-surgical treatment using ultrasound and lymphatic drainage to smooth and shape the body. She also performed the procedure on air. The treatment, which can take as few as five minutes, uses an ultrasound device that glides over the targeted area, warms it and treats the fatty tissue. A second device stimulates the lymphatic system, draining away excess toxins and fats.

“It’s different than liposuction because it’s totally non-invasive and involves no downtime or recovery time. However it doesn’t melt away as much fat as lipo,” says Dr. Giese. “I have patients who tell me it feels like a hot stone massage.” Results can be immediately visible after one treatment and treatments start at $450 per session. According to Dr. Giese the procedure works best on the abdomen, muffin top, love handles, back and upper arms. Dr. Giese’s  patients typically have one to three treatments. “You are a good candidate if you have ½-inch to four inches of fat you want to eliminate,” she says. “If you are a good candidate I’d rank this an 8 or 9 out of 10 as far as non-invasive fat removing procedures go.”

For more information about VASER shape call Dr. Giese at 212.421.3400

image source: castleknockcosmetics.ie

Don’t Let Its Advertising Fool You

2012 December 5

New York - Dr. William Rosenblatt turns cynical when he talks about the “Lifestyle Lift,” more cynical than usual.  After practicing plastic surgery in New York City for decades, he thinks the field has taken a decidedly “scuzzy” direction now that dermatologists are performing liposuctions; gynecologists are performing tummy tucks and general surgeons are doing breast augmentations.  He is especially skeptical of the methods used by the company that has catapulted “Lifestyle Lift” into the public consciousness. “Patients have told me that you meet with someone on the staff when you visit their offices. The doctor doesn’t appear until the day of the surgery. You give them a credit card with a down payment and if you decide to cancel your appointment, you lose the deposit,” Dr. Rosenblatt related.

Anyone considering facelift surgery must consult with the doctor who will perform the surgery, in order to cover concerns and the recommended a treatment plan.  No one but a surgeon should recommend the course of treatment, Dr. Rosenblatt emphasizes.

The “Lifestyle Lift” procedure costs about $5,000 and the doctors get $1,000. Many of these are doctors who don’t have thriving practices, Dr. Rosenblatt says. He also says the pseudo facelift would never be effective “with a neck like yours,” referring to the lose skin I love so much. Funny, I wasn’t insulted and he wasn’t trying to insult me. He was trying to make a point, in a pointed way.  I got the point.

Dr. Rosenblatt sent me a magazine article from one of the medical trade publications, which talks about misleading LSL advertising, inadequate follow-up care, and sales pressure. The company promotes a one-hour procedure, for instance, but shows examples of procedures that take longer. It also shows examples of procedures performed by doctors who are no longer working with the company. Sometimes, a patient can’t even reach the surgeon after the surgery is performed. One LSL surgeon, who didn’t have hospital privileges, couldn’t visit a patient in an ER who developed an acute post-operative surgical wound and breathing problems.

LSL gone wrong

Dr. Rosenblatt has also decided to steer clear of the new machines that reportedly zap cellulite and tighten collagen without surgery. “They cost over $100,000 and then you have to spend more to promote that you have them.  I don’t think they work well, anyway.” He doesn’t understand why a woman would have two or three procedures on her face, each costing thousands of dollars and lasting only a couple of years when she could have a facelift that lasts for many years more.

I liked the doctor’s straight talk.

Geri Brin, founder, faboverfifty.com

Giving Bras for Women in Need

2012 November 26

Indiana- You’ve got to love a plastic surgeon who collects new and gently used bras from his patients to distribute to homeless and other women in need. Dr. Gus Galante, who practices in Schererville, IN, is part of an affiliate network of surgeons working with Breast Oasis, a non-profit organization, to donate bras throughout the country.

Bras collected at Dr. Galante’s office are inspected, sorted and laundered for packaging and delivery to charitable organizations in Northwest Indiana. Interestingly, bras are the least donated articles of clothing to women’s shelters, yet they’re among the most expensive necessities for women.

Dr. Galante is a natural partner for this innovative and worthwhile cause since he is in daily contact with women whose bras no longer fit them, following breast augmentation or reduction surgery.

For more information or to make a donation, call (800) 721-3244. Donated bras are accepted at Galante’s office, 322 Indianapolis Blvd, Suite 103, Schererville. Or visit www.breastoasis.org.

Read Dr. Galante’s profile here.

Uplifting News

2012 November 12

Leading plastic surgeons across the country check in with the latest and greatest procedures to make us look as good as we feel. “Meet” these board-certified doctors here and learn what they’re up to in their practices. If you plan to have plastic surgery, we want to make sure it’s a beautiful thing.