There’s a first time for everything, and if you haven’t tried microdermabrasion yet, then you need to give it a go. Microdermabrasion is one of our most popular treatments here at our office. By using tiny crystals to exfoliate your skin, microdermabrasion signals your skin’s natural response to heal itself which will help with a variety of skin imperfections including hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, or even scarring. Depending on what we are treating your skin for, we may recommend a series of treatments right after each other to help get the best results possible.
But what can you expect after each treatment? Let’s take a closer look and see.
Redness does vary from patient to patient. Some of our patients leave our office after microdermabrasion with just a small amount of pinkness in their skin, while others leave our office looking bright red. After about 24 hours, the redness should die down or be completely non-existent. Because of the redness, a lot of people like to take the rest of the day off of work, but it’s not required.
Your skin will feel a little tender and raw for about 24 hours after microdermabrasion. A lot of patients say that their skin feels sensitive to the touch— similar to how your skin feels when you have a sunburn. To help ease the discomfort, try applying thick face cream and taking an over-the-counter NSAID like Ibuprofen.
As your skin heals from microdermabrasion, we encourage our patients to let it breathe as much as possible and avoid applying makeup. If you do have somewhere to go and you want to conceal the redness, try just using a little bit of concealer and some mineral powder, but be conservative with it.
Microdermabrasion can be a great thing to add to any skincare routine. Ready to schedule your first treatment? Contact our Huntington office today and call us at (631) 423-1000.
With new neuromodulators being released every couple of years, it can be hard to determine which one is right for you and your cosmetic concerns. In fact, it can sometimes be a little overwhelming for some patients when there are so many options available. One of the questions that we get from our patients is, “What’s the difference between Botox and other neuromodulators like Dysport?” Let’s take a closer look and see.
Botox is the most popular neuromodulator out there and for a good reason. Botox is made by a company called Allergan who is notorious for delivering patients with an excellent product each and every time. The unique thing about Botox is that it was initially created for medical purposes, but now it’s famous for a bunch of reasons (primarily cosmetic). And, the great thing about Botox is that, so you know that it is safe.
Dysport is another neuromodulator that we offer at our office. Although both of these are made out of a similar neurotoxin, they are different. Specifically, about two to three units Dysport equals one units of Botox. So, if you have had 40 units of Botox in the past, you will need about 80 units of Dysport in order to get similar results. One of the biggest things that patients like Dysport it is that it starts to kick in a lot faster (about two days faster) than Botox which is always a plus.
If this is your first time getting a neuromodulator injection, then it’s good to know a few of the fundamental distinctions between these two. During your initial consultation with us at our office, we will discuss the pros and cons of each of these injections as well as which one we think will give you the best results. Are you ready to hop on the neuromodulator bandwagon? Contact our Huntington office today at (631) 423-1000.
Gender affirmation surgery is a surgery that Dr. Duboys and the rest of or staff take very seriously. As such, Dr. Duboys follows the standards of care procedures that are adopted by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). These guidelines follow a series of steps to see if Dr. Duboys will consider surgery. Typically, the first step involves having patients meet with a mental help professional. As a step that many patients dread because of many misconceptions out there, Dr. Duboys thought it would be nice to lay out some of the basics that you can expect from your meeting with your mental health professional. Let’s take a closer look.
It’s a Helpful Tool
One of the things that we tell patients who are nervous about going into therapy before gender affirmation surgery is that they should look at it as a helpful tool. Think of it this way, we want you to go into surgery having every tool that you need in order to head into recovery feeling better than ever, both physically and mentally. During therapy, you will be able to better determine whether or not surgery will give you the outcome that you are going for. Additionally, if you have any issues that you are working through that may pertain to surgery, this will be held prul time to do that.
It’s Not Designed to Dissuade You
As long as you go to the right therapist, you should know that this form of therapy is not designed to dissuade you from going through with surgery. In fact, it’s just there to help you through the process. Going through gender affirmation surgery is a huge deal on your mentally, physically, and emotionally. Even though Dr. Duboys can help you out physically, it’s important that you get mental and emotional support as well; that way you can get through this feeling whole and complete.
If you want to learn more about gender affirmation surgery and the steps that you need to take before the actual surgery, contact our Huntington office today and call us at (631) 423-1000.
Whether you actually smoke or if you just have smoke lines around your mouth, you may be wondering how on earth you can get rid of those. Smoke lines are the lines that people get when they purse their lips over and over again which creates vertical lines on your upper lip. So, what can you do to get rid of those lines?
The mesofacial is a great way to treat a variety of different things including smokers lines. To start out, one of our estheticians will thoroughly cleanse the skin and then gently exfoliate it by either using a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. Then, we will apply a non-cross linked hyaluronic acid to help encourage the growth of collagen in the lips. After the hyaluronic acid has been applied, we will use a special instrument to make tiny perforations in the skin; this helps with collagen induction and it helps your skin more easily absorb treatments as well.
Another thing that we can do is add fillers to your lips. Hyaluronic based fillers like Juvederm and Restylane can do a variety of things including adding volume to your skin and your lips. By making strategic injections in your upper and lower lips, we can help smooth them out and get rid of the smokers line in the process. Plus, if you have been wanting more volume in your lips as well, fillers can help with that too.
If you want to learn more about how we can help you smooth out your lips, schedule a consultation with us and call our Huntington office at (631) 423-1000.
Having a slimmer, more toned body isn’t something that just happens overnight for most people. In fact, it usually takes months and months of hard work. With summer just a few short months away, you may already be sticking to a strict diet and exercise routine to get your bod bikini ready. If, however, it seems like you still have some stubborn fat that won’t come off with diet and exercise, then liposuction or liposculpture may be able to help you make it to the weight loss finish line.
Liposuction is the most traditional type of weight loss surgery and is great because it can be used on large areas of the body like the abdomen, buttocks, or upper thighs. During this surgery, one of our surgeons will start by making a small incision in the area, then scraping off excess fat, and suctioning it out with a device called a cannula. After the fat has been removed, we will then stitch you up and send you off to recovery.
The biggest difference between liposuction and liposculpture is that liposculpture works to target smaller areas of the body like the neck, abdomen, or knees. Because we treat smaller parts of the body, we are able to make smaller incisions and use an even smaller cannula than with liposuction which makes recovery a little bit easier.
Each of these options can help give patients, like you, real results and get that much closer to having the perfect bikini body. If you want to learn a little bit more about each of these weight loss procedures, contact our Huntington office and call us at (631) 423-1000.
Undergoing liposuction is one of the best ways for you to get rid of stubborn unwanted fat. If you have had a hard time losing a few extra pounds with diet and exercise, then liposuction may be your way to finally feel 100% about the body you are in. Even though liposuction can give you real, long-lasting results, we still encourage all of our patients to continue to eat a lean diet and get regular exercise. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may be wondering how on earth you’re going to eat healthily so that you don’t get your pre-lipo body back. Luckily, we have got your back and have created a list of a few ways to avoid that holiday weight gain.
Let’s take a closer look.
Skip the Alcohol
A glass or more of alcohol only means extra calories and on Thanksgiving, extra calories are the last thing that you want or need. Rather than adding more calories to your Thanksgiving feast, try to skip the alcohol altogether and just drink some water.
Skip the Seconds
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving unless you went back for seconds, right? Unfortunately that extra helping of food is only going to add to your waistline. And chances are, you’re probably not even hungry for seconds. This Thanksgiving, try avoiding going back for more food and just let the first helping of food digest for a little bit.
Try Small Servings
In addition to using the tips listed above, try only dishing up small servings of food on your plate; you may be surprised at how full you get off of less food. When you are dishing up your plate, try to just get one small spoonful of everything; that way you get to try it all but you don’t eat too much.
It can be hard to have weight loss on your mind during the holidays. Use these tips to help you enjoy your Thanksgiving without worrying about post-lipo weigh gain. To learn more about liposuction recovery and tips, contact us at our Huntington office today at (631) 423-1000.
In this day and age, it can be hard to believe that one single non-invasive treatment can give you multiple benefits and great results. With our mesofacial at Associated Plastic Surgeons, we can give patients smoother, healthier, more youthful looking skin while also reducing the appearance of scars all across the face. But other than the amazing results that you can get from a mesofacial, what makes it so unique? Let’s take a closer look.
Mesofacial Is Fast
It can be hard to take time away from work— especially before the holidays. The great thing about the mesofacial is that it can be done in our office in just 30 minutes which means that you won’t’ have to take a lot of time away from your work or your family. Additionally, most patients can start wearing makeup again in just a couple of hours (6 hours at most) which means that you won’t have to worry about too much downtime.
It Uses Combined Technology
Another great benefit of the Mesofacial is that it uses combined technology to help target the top few layers of the skin. To start out, we will either use a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. The goal of both of these treatments is to target the top layer of the skin in order to encourage the production of new skin. After this step, we will use a non-cross linked hyaluronic acid that we will apply directly to the skin. Then, we will use a microneedling device to make tiny perforations into the skin; encouraging new cell growth and making the skin more easily absorb the hyaluronic acid.
The biggest benefit of all is that the mesofacial is effective at giving patients real, lasting results without them having to undergo any type of surgery.
Now that we are clearly into fall and you have kissed the summer sun goodbye, for now, you may have some regrets regarding how much time you spent outside this summer and how much sun you exposed your skin to. Even though a lot of sunspots will fade on their own over time, there are some sun spots that may just want to stick around for the long haul. Luckily, here at Associated Plastic Surgeons, we have a few non-invasive ways that we can help you get rid of the summer’s sun damage this fall. Let’s take a closer look at how.
The Antioxidant Sun Fader Facial
Getting a regular facial from our office is a great way to moisturize and hydrate your skin so that it’s smoother and healthier. In addition to getting a regular spa facial from our office, however, we also offer facials like the antioxidant sun fader facial that’s designed to help patients like you get rid of age spots caused by sun damage. By using a combination of Vitamins A, C, and E, we can help to rejuvenate and brighten the skin.
Intense Pulse Light
Another treatment that we may recommend is intense pulsed light or IPL which is designed to target the top few layers of the skin. By heating up the top layers of the skin, IPL works to encourage the growth of newer, healthier skin in its place. After multiple treatments, a lot of patients notice a significant difference in the appearance of their sunspots.
In addition to these types of treatments, we also encourage all of our patients to wear a good sunscreen every day that contains ingredients like zinc oxide in it. This extra layer of protection will help you to keep more sunspots from coming back and will help your skin full heal afterward.
Even though it’s fun to dress up like Frankenstein on Halloween, he’s the last person you want to resemble any other time of the year. If you are getting any kind of surgery done by Associated Plastic Surgeons and are worried about scarring, we have got you covered. Although our surgeons do their best to make incisions in places that are hidden, sometimes it’s not totally possible. Let’s take a closer look at some ways that you can make sure your post-operative scars don’t end up leaving you looking like Frankenstein.
Avoid the Sun
If you are the type of person that likes to spend a lot of time outside laying out in the sun, then this may be hard for you to face, but sun exposure can darken scars. Make sure that you avoid exposing your scars to any sort of sun exposure and if you do, make sure to cover them up with a lot of sunscreen, clothing, or a hat.
While your scars are healing, they may be a little uncomfortable and itchy. Even though you may want to pick at them and scratch them, this will only make them more visible and worse. Make sure that you avoid picking at your scars as much as possible and let them heal on their own.
Apply Vitamin E Ointment
Another thing that you can do to help lighten the appearance of your scars is to apply a vitamin E ointment or gel. Vitamin E works to lighten the skin and help reduce the appearance of scars when applied on a consistent basis. Just makes sure that if you go outside, that you put sunscreen on top of it.
Are you ready to learn more about how you can get rid of your post-operative scars? Schedule an appointment with us at our Huntington office today and call us at (631) 423-1000.
Have you always wanted to have larger breasts but just haven’t been sure about whether or not a breast augmentation is right for you? Alternatively, have you recently stopped breastfeeding and realized that your breasts are maybe a little bit deflated? Here at Associated Plastic Surgeons, we specialize in a variety of cosmetic procedures including breast augmentation. Before you come into our office for your breast augmentation consultation, however, we have created a list of a few ways for you to feel more prepared.
Sure, you may not look like Kim Kardashian or even resemble her at all, but you may like the look of her breasts. As a good point of reference for both our surgeons and yourself, bring in some pictures of some celebrities or anybody else whose breasts you feel like are a good size and shape for your body. Then, from there, we can talk more about the results that you will get from a breast augmentation procedure.
Think About the Results You Want
Here at our office, we offer patients two different types of breast implants: silicone and saline. Even though we will go over the details of these implants during your consultation appointment, it’s still good to come into our office feeling a little more informed. So, what’s the difference between silicone and saline implants?
- Silicone: Silicone implants are pre-filled implants that contain a silicone gel in them. Silicone is really popular amongst patients because it tends to feel a bit more natural and softer than saline.
- Saline: Saline implants have a silicone outer envelope that is filled with saline during the procedure. One reason why patients choose saline over silicone is that the incision is usually smaller.
The last thing that we want you to feel about getting a breast augmentation is confused or uncertain. During your consultation with our staff, we will answer any questions or concerns about this procedure to help you determine whether or not it’s right for you. To learn more, schedule a consultation at our Huntington office today and call us at (631) 423-1000.