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Body Assets – Investing in Yourself with Cosmetic Treatments (Part 2)

| May 29, 2015 | Reply

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Looking good and feeling good often go hand in hand. Last month I outlined how to look amazing from the neck up…and now lets discuss what you can do to get your body looking great so that you can brave the beach with confidence.

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The season for bikinis, shorts and sleeveless tops can be intimidating if your not happy with your figure. There are many ways to get your body into shape and feel wonderful when you stroll down the beach this summer. The most common ways are sometimes the most difficult – eating and maintaining a healthy diet along with exercising, and getting adequate hydration and sleep. When you are taking care of your body and feeling healthy but you are still plagued with issues that make you self conscious such as excess fat, cellulite, stretch marks, loose skin, small or sagging breasts and/or sun damaged, aging skin of the body, it may be time to get help from a professional – A board-certified plastic surgeon. When you see a plastic surgeon he or she can give you options (both surgical and non-surgical) to help guide you toward getting the body you want while keeping in mind your needs/desires, lifestyle and budget. Once you have reached your cosmetic goals, your plastic surgeon can help you to maintain your results, which I call “protecting your investment.”

Dr. Diktaban’s Solution

The solution to body contouring issues in three categories:

– Non-surgical with laser treatments

– Surgical

– Maintenance and Protection

Non-Surgical Solutions

You can restore, rejuvenate, and refresh the tone and texture of your body skin with treatments such as lasers, radiofrequency, resurfacing and/or peels. These treatments can help tighten the skin, eliminate fat, remove stretch marks, scars, brown spots, age spots or other imperfections, including an unwanted tattoo. I help to customize each treatment to the exact level of skin rejuvenation that you desire.

Non-invasive body contouring with radiofrequency can be a beneficial procedure for any patient who wants to tone and tighten their body skin without surgery. Technologies such as Fractora Firm Plus and Body FX can make excellent improvements through skin contraction and fat elimination. Common areas where these treatments are applied are arms, stomach, thighs, buttocks and hips. These treatments are performed in a series of sessions and have little to no discomfort or downtime. Both of these technologies can be used on their own or as an adjunct after recovery from liposuction or Cellulaze surgery.

A large percentage of women and men suffer from stretch marks, but just because stretch marks are common does not mean you have to live with them. Stretch marks can appear from either puberty growth spurts, weight fluctuations or pregnancy. Stretch Marks tend to appear on areas such as the buttocks, thighs, arms, stomach and breasts. I recommend the Palomar Icon non-ablative laser. It is FDA-cleared to treat Stretch Marks for both light and dark skin tones. This non-surgical treatment works by using pulses of fractional laser light to break down stretch marks and help your body to create new tissue. In just a few treatments redness and stretch marks are significantly reduced. In addition to stretch marks, The Palomar Icon laser also treats many types of scars. Patients can resume regular activities and go back to work after a treatment.

Laser skin rejuvenation of body parts most vulnerable to sun damage, such as decolette, arms and hands, can remove discoloration, brown spots and uneven texture. These quick treatments, such as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and PicoSure Laser Facial, can be easily scheduled to fit into your busy lifestyle and provide smoother more youthful skin.

Sometimes the thing that bothers a person the most about their body is self-inflicted. Having an unwanted or embarrassing tattoo can make you shy away from baring your skin over the summer and in certain cases can have a negative impact on your professional and personal life. Removing an unwanted tattoo is faster and easier than ever before with PicoSure Tattoo Removal. Skin can be cleared in as little as 4 or 5 sessions depending on the tattoo.


Surgical Solutions

Over 80% of women have some Cellulite – lumps and dimples on the buttocks, legs, thighs, abdomen and even the arms. The most effective treatment available for cellulite is a minimally-invasive treatment called Cellulaze. This procedure targets the structure of cellulite from under your skin and delivers laser energy which releases the dimples, melts protruding fat and thickens the skin – resulting in smoother looking skin. A cannula (very small tube) is inserted under the skin through a tiny incision to deliver energy exactly where it is needed to diminish the lumpy pockets of fat, release the fibrous bands that pull the skin inward creating dimpling and finally to thicken the skin. Unlike existing cellulite laser treatments that utilize radio frequency or light energy on the outside of the skin, Cellulaze fights cellulite at the source, from under the skin, to smooth the connective tissue between fat cells that cause cellulite.

For patients who have unwanted fat, Smartlipo is a minimally invasive procedure offering less discomfort, minimal risks and a reduced recovery time as compared with traditional liposuction. Smartlipo is a medical device designed exclusively to perform laser-assisted lipolysis, also known as “Laser Liposuction.” A tiny cannula is inserted into the skin and then used to targeted fatty areas through this small incision.  A laser fiber delivers thermal energy directly to fat cells to disrupt the fatty tissue and melt the fat, which is then removed with gentle suction. Smartlipo is utilized to give an extra boost of skin tightening together with fat removal, to firm up areas of skin laxity. Smartlipo’s technology can be used for areas of unwanted fat on the stomach, back and thighs as well as on the face, neck, jowels and chest. I use a local anesthetic and there is minimal discomfort during the office procedure. In my practice Smartlipo is most commonly performed on the stomach, flanks (love handles), thighs, arms and neck. With the arms, a Brachioplasty (arm lift) is an option to remove fat and loose skin, sometimes referred to as ‘bat wings’.

Some women want to enhance what they weren’t naturally born with. Many women do not like the shape, size or the outward appearance of their breasts. Fortunately, Breast Augmentation, a type of cosmetic breast surgery, can enhance female breasts improving size and shape with the use of implants (silicone or saline). This procedure can be achieved by using small incisions either in the fold under the breast, around the areolas or in the folds of the armpits (transaxillary). In the hands of an experienced and skilled surgeon, the results are natural-looking and beautifully shaped breasts.

An alternative to breast implants is Fat Transfer to the Breasts, which is performed in a 3 step procedure. Fat is first harvested using liposuction. This fat can be taken out of any area of the body where there is unwanted fat such as the abdomen, lower back, hips, and thighs. Once it is removed I use a special process to clean and prepare the fat for re-injection. Using focused injection techniques, the prepared fat is carefully placed around the breast tissue to create fullness. This technique can also be utilized for Fat Transfer to the Buttocks a.k.a. Brazilian Butt Lift.

With age, weight loss and breast-feeding a womans breasts can droop and sag. For patients with this issue a Breast Lift can be beneficial. This surgical procedure can lift your breasts and restore youthful perkiness. This procedure is often combined with others in a ‘Mommy Makeover’. The Mommy Makeover refers to a combination of plastic surgical procedures which restore a womans body after childbirth and can include procedures such as Liposuction, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) and Breast Augmentation.

There are some women who can benefit from breast reduction surgery when their large breasts cause back issues. Breast Reduction is the removal of excess breast tissue and skin and restructuring the breasts to a more comfortable size for the patient. For men, the breast or chest can also be an area that makes them feel self conscious. Approximately 40-60% of men will suffer from Gynecomastia, excess male breast tissue, in their lifetime. This condition can be due to hormonal changes, medication or can simply be genetic. Many men will avoid taking their shirts off in public places like the beach or the gym due to embarrassment over this condition. The surgical solution to decrease the fat and tissue of male breasts is a combination of liposuction and removal of excess breast tissue (if needed) to flatten the appearance of the male chest. Men who have this surgery can be back at work after a couple of days and back in the gym in less than 2 weeks.

Maintenance and Protection

Achieving your goals does not stop when you leave my office. Post treatment care and post operative instructions are always provided to my patients to ensure that they have a comfortable recovery and optimal results. Certain procedures require special undergarments to be worn for 2-4 weeks post surgery. I always encourage my patients to use sun protection for the face, neck, and any body part exposed to the sun especially as the summer approaches. It is vital to maintain a healthy life style, maintaining a healthy diet, proper hydration, regular exercise, adequate sleep and techniques for reducing stress.


Finally, regular maintenance treatments in my office several times a year can help retain your appearance and keep you looking your best and feeling confident. Most of all it will maintain the investment that you have made in yourself. 

As always, I invite you to visit my office by scheduling a consultation. You may have many questions about the procedures we offer and I would be happy to help answer them for you and get you on the right path toward achieving your aesthetic goals. Feel free to call my office at 212.988.5656 or email us at [email protected]. Mention BELLA blog to take advantage of our special offer! Have a wonderful summer!

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As one of New York City’s Top Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Theodore Diktaban has been providing impeccable surgical and lifestyle enhancements to his clients for over 30 years. Dr. Diktaban is double board certified in both Plastic surgery and Otolaryngology and offers surgical and non-surgical procedures for men, women and selected procedures for teen’s and children.

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