July 30th, 2012 Dr Taranow
Teens Seek Plastic Surgery Before Prom
While cosmetic surgery for teens remains controversial in some circles, a growing number of teenage girls and their parents see it as a one-time indulgence that is well suited for a special occasion like the prom – just like the dress, the shoes, the salon visit, and the limo.
According to a spokesman for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the recent trend among teens has contributed to the 71 percent increase in the cosmetic surgery in 2011.
Deciding on Plastic Surgery for Teens
Not every teenager is a good candidate for plastic surgery. The ASPS states that the most rewarding outcomes require:
- Clear expression of interest from the teenager: While parental consent and support are essential, the patient should be the one who initiates the request.
- Realistic goals: Teens receiving plastic surgery must understand the benefits, risks, and limitations of plastic surgery.
- Sufficient maturity: The ability to tolerate temporary discomfort and disfigurement during recovery is a must. Teens who are being treated for mental illness or depression or are prone to mood swings, erratic behavior, and/or drug and alcohol abuse should not receive plastic surgery.
To ensure that your teenager receives ethical care and outstanding aesthetic results, please consult with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Taranow. You can call (212) 772-2100 for more information.
July 23rd, 2012 Dr Taranow
NIA24® is an award-winning line of skin care products that naturally protects and rejuvenates your skin on a molecular level. Pro-Niacin™, the active ingredient in NIA24, is a patented molecule that stimulates the skin’s natural repair processes in order to visibly reduce brown spots, lines, and other damage caused by prolonged sun exposure. NIA24 products have also been recognized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and The Skin Cancer Foundation (SCI) for its skin cancer prevention potential.
How Pro-Niacin Works
Pro-Niacin produces a continuous dermal-delivery of niacin that penetrates the skin and increases the amount of active niacin (called NAD) within the skin cells. This promotes the generation of healthier skin cells from the inside out in four ways:
- Stimulates the natural DNA repair process of skin cells
- Enhances skin cell turnover and energy metabolism
- Promotes the release of a natural repair hormone called lepitin
- Decreases hyperpigmentation by inhibiting melanin transfer
Not only does Pro-Niacin have an immediate rejuvenating effect, but it also strengthens your skin so it is more resilient and resistant to subsequent damage from the sun.
NIA24 Side Effects and Risks
Depending on your sensitivities, you may experience some mild side effects when you first start using NIA24. This includes a warming sensation that may lead to irritation or redness, temporary breakout of acne, and increased dryness. These side effects will typically diminish within seven to 10 days of use.
NIA24 and Cosmetic Procedures
You may benefit from combining chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser treatment, and/or other skin rejuvenation solutions with a NIA24 regimen. Pro-Niacin is often used pre- and post-treatment as an adjunctive therapy that facilitates better results and faster recoveries.
Getting Started with NIA24
Because NIA24 is all natural and allergy-tested, it’s safe to use every day. In fact, that’s how NIA24 is intended to be used. NIA24 products are everyday skin care products, such as facial cleansers, sun screens, moisturizers, skin-strengthening compounds, and exfoliating serums that contain the Pro-Niacin active ingredient as well as other natural ingredients and antioxidants. These NIA24 products can be used on the face, chest, back, arms, and legs. NIA24 has also developed products for intensive skin repair and rapid depigmentation that can be recommended by a doctor and used at home.
To learn how NIA24 products may suit your aesthetic goals, feel free to call Dr. Taranow at (212) 772-2100 to schedule a skin care consultation.
July 15th, 2012 Dr Taranow
The terms “liposculpture” and “liposuction” are commonly used interchangeably, but artistically, they are approached differently. Liposculpture is intended to remove modest amounts of unwanted fat to create more attractive body contours, as it involves the use of finer instruments, more advanced technology, and a keener eye for preserving – as well as improving upon – the patient’s natural aesthetics.
For several decades, liposuction has been a staple body contouring procedure used by plastic surgeons. Typically performed under a general anesthetic, it can eliminate a significant amount of fat from numerous areas of the body, including the thighs, stomach, love handles, buttocks, and chest.
The cost of both liposuction and liposculpture depends on multiple factors, including the area being treated, the amount of fat Dr. Taranow will remove, and the particular technique used. Dr. Taranow commonly performs the high-volume superficial tumescent liposculpture technique. This method uses a solution of lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (to shrink capillaries) to reduce discomfort and minimize bleeding for better results with fewer risks, faster recovery, and less bruising. Depending on the patient’s condition, Dr. Taranow may employ the ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL) method. This hi def liposculpture technique targets deep, transitional, and superficial fat layers for a truly defined musculature. Two of the areas not to be ignored, which may benefit from liposculpture with Dr. Taranow, are the face and legs:
- Facial Liposculpture – Contours key areas around the face to treat jowls, “double chins,” cheeks, and other signs of aging; sometimes combined with a face lift.
- Leg Liposculpture – Treats disproportionate distribution of fat around the ankles, thighs, and calves. An inherently delicate procedure, leg liposculpture should only be performed by the most talented and experienced plastic surgeons.
If you’ve carefully considered the several details associated with liposculpture, your next question is most likely: “Am I a good liposculpture candidate?” You’ll learn if this body contouring procedure is right for you during a one-on-one consultation.
Feel free to call Dr. Taranow at (212) 772-2100 and schedule your appointment today.
July 9th, 2012 Dr Taranow
Deciding to have plastic surgery usually creates feelings of elation and excitement, because your aesthetic goals are within reach. Unfortunately, anxiety and trepidation over the upcoming surgery can dampen your eagerness. It’s only natural to experience some feelings of fear and apprehension about an upcoming surgery. Luckily, there are many ways to minimize the dread you may be experiencing:
Not knowing exactly what to expect is frequently one of the main causes of pre-surgery anxiety. This fear of the unknown can be lessened by learning as much as possible about your procedure. Even though you can find a plethora of information about various cosmetic procedures on the Internet, some websites may contain inaccurate information, making it important to limit your research to trusted sites, such as leading medical universities and professional plastic surgery organizations. An initial consultation visit with a qualified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Taranow, is the perfect opportunity to voice your concerns and get the answers to your questions.
Meet with the Anesthesia Specialist
During surgery, a nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia. These professionals understand the anxiety many patients feel about losing awareness during surgery. You may want to ask if you can have a preoperative pill or injection to help you relax right before your procedure. The anesthesia specialist can also discuss the type of anesthesia used and how it is administered. He or she can also explain how certain equipment help ensure your safety, such as an oximeter that continually evaluates your oxygen saturation, as well as a blood pressure cuff and electrocardiogram that is designed to monitor your cardiovascular condition during surgery.
Eliminate Bad Health Habits
It is typically recommended that those who smoke quit at least a few weeks before and after surgery. This will help to minimize the risk of surgical complications, especially those related to respiratory conditions. Proper exercise and diet prior to your procedure can also help ease your mind and boost your health. Don’t attempt to reduce nervous jitters by self-medicating, such as drinking in excess or using illegal drugs.
Focus on the Positive
Participating in group activities, such as sports, community projects, art workshops or yoga classes, can help ease stress and distract you from worries over your upcoming procedure. Taking time for yourself by going on long walks or practicing meditation can also help reduce anxiety. Getting your mind and body into the best possible shape prior to your surgery will help you relax and revitalize. This will help allow you to enjoy those well-deserved feelings of excitement and anticipation!
July 1st, 2012 Dr Taranow
One of the most common questions regarding plastic surgery involves the amount of time the procedure takes to perform. The length of time it takes to complete your procedure can vary greatly, depending on the type of surgery and the amount of work required to achieve the desired outcome. Generally speaking, most cosmetic surgeries take an average of one to two hours. Some of this time is spent cleaning and prepping the surgical site, administering the anesthesia prior to making the incisions, as well as suturing and bandaging.
Less-invasive and non-surgical procedures, such as Botox® and collagen injections, can be completed within a matter of 20 to 30 minutes. This makes it possible to schedule these types of cosmetic enhancements over your lunch hour.
Many patients expect surgeries performed on the body to take longer than those performed on the face. Even though breast augmentations, liposuctions, and tummy tucks involve larger areas than eyelid surgeries and nose jobs, certain facial procedures often require more time. This is usually due to the intricacies of the surgeries. For example, a rhinoplasty procedure may require up to four hours of surgical time, and even longer if extra work is required to correct abnormalities. If the rhinoplasty procedure is limited to just the nasal tip, this can often be completed within a little less than an hour. While a straightforward breast augmentation surgery may take just one hour in the operating room, combining it with a breast lift will add to the length of the surgery time. Although liposuction can be completed on small areas that contain pockets of fat in about an hour, removing an excessive amount of fat from various body areas, such as hips, the lower abdomen, and upper thighs, may take more than four hours.
Patients often choose to have more than one cosmetic procedure performed while under anesthesia. Combining a tummy tuck with liposuction or an eyelid surgery with rhinoplasty will increase the amount of time for your surgery. The same is true with “package procedures,” such as a “Mommy Makeover.” Although having numerous procedures at once can increase the amount of time required for surgery, as well as add to the recovery phase, it is often less expensive and time-consuming in the long run. Dr. Taranow can help you determine the pros and cons of scheduling two or more procedures at once.
The best time to find out everything you need to know about your upcoming procedure, including the amount of time necessary for your specific surgery, is during your initial consultation. Because every patient is unique, individual considerations play a role in determining the length of each surgical procedure.