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Strive for Self-Improvement with Breast Augmentation in NYC

POSTED ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012 AT 4:37 PM by Dr. Darrick Antell

Self improvement with breast augmentation

Friends and family you’ve lost touch with or have long since passed live in our hearts and memories, and our remembrance of them and times nearly forgot usually coincide with the coming of a new year. New Years is a time to reflect on the past and strive for self-improvement in the future, so as the years pass, your new memories become the memories upon which you reflect. This New Years as you consider self-improvement, keep the services that Darrick E. Antell, M.D., F.A.C.S. offers in mind, such as breast augmentation in New York City. Perhaps your breasts are disproportionate to the rest of your body or your breasts are different sizes, have decreased in volume after pregnancy, or need reconstruction after breast surgery. Dr. Antell performs breast augmentation in NYC to provide women with larger, more balanced, symmetrical, and shapelier breasts, so you won’t need a holiday to reflect on times past and a reminder to strive for self-improvement; you’ll simply need a mirror.

Breast augmentation in NY involves inserting an implant behind the breast in order to enlarge the breast one or more cup sizes. Ideal patients for this procedure are women striving for self-improvement, not perfection. The implants used during breast augmentation in NYC are composed of a silicone shell filled with either silicone or saline solution. Darrick E. Antell, M.D., F.A.C.S. typically uses local anesthesia with sedation (twilight sleep) so you sleep through the entire procedure. Dr. Antell will discuss what to expect during surgery, care during recovery, and reasonable expectations for the results of surgery with every patient during initial consultations.

Breast augmentation before and after

Breast implants before and after

Darrick E. Antell, M.D., F.A.C.S. offers some variation in the method of inserting the implant during breast augmentation in NYC, so incisions may differ depending on patients’ anatomy, their preferences, and Dr. Antell’s recommendations. The incision can be made in the crease where the breast meets the chest, near the armpit, or around the nipple. Dr. Antell will ensure that the incision scars are as inconspicuous as possible, but permanent scars will remain after surgery. Once Dr. Antell creates a pocket by lifting your breast tissue, the implants are placed. Breast augmentation in New York typically lasts approximately one to two hours. Patients may feel sleepy after surgery, but 95% of them never need, or take medicine for discomfort more than Tylenol.   Patients typically return to work in 3 to 5 days with surgery commonly performed on a Wednesday, so patients can return back to the office on Monday.  About 80% of any swelling will dissipate in around three to five weeks after surgery. You may be requested to wear a sports bra following surgery, especially if a breast lift was also performed.  Breast augmentation patients may often go braless in the early post-operative period to keep the implant seated until the initial healing occurs. Women of the age to receive regular mammograms should remember to inform the radiology technicians of your implants, so they may take additional images and angles of the breasts in order to receive a more accurate reading.

Breast Augmentation in NYC can boost your appearance and self-confidence. While you reflect on the variety of ways to strive for self-improvement this New Years, consider whether breast augmentation in NY is right for you. Darrick E. Antell M.D., F.A.C.S. and his staff encourage patients to voice any questions or concerns you may have about breast augmentation. You may contact his New York, NY office at 212.988.4040 or request an appointment online to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Antell.

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Treat Yourself to a New Nose with Rhinoplasty in NYC for the Holidays!

POSTED ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011 AT 5:15 PM by Dr. Darrick Antell

Rhinoplasty surgery

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer didn’t have many options to correct his nose besides smudging mud on its tip, which eventually popped off at inopportune moments. Darrick E. Antell M.D., F.A.C.S. offers rhinoplasty in New York City as a permanent solution for cosmetically embarrassing and functionally impaired noses. Attractive profiles are contingent upon balanced facial features, specifically the nose and chin. If you are self-conscious about your nose’s appearance, would like to improve your profile, or are having trouble breathing through your nose, check one item off your holiday wish list this year by considering rhinoplasty in NYC.

Darrick E. Antell M.D., F.A.C.S. is able to perform a variety of alterations to the nose during rhinoplasty in New York. He can reduce or increase its size, change the shape of the nasal bridge or tip, adjust the angle between the nose and upper lip, and narrow the span of the nostrils. Dr. Antell will discuss the exact features patients would like altered during the initial consultation, so both Dr. Antell and the patient are synchronized in their vision of the expected results.

In some cases, just the tip of the nose is altered.  That would be a Tip Plasty and can even be performed under local anesthesia.   Rhinoplasty in NYC may involve sedation (twilight sleep) or local anesthesia, depending on the type of rhinoplasty, either open or closed, and both are done on an outpatient basis. Open rhinoplasty in NY involves sedation (twilight sleep) and a tiny external scar under the nose, but can sometimes be more precise for work on the tip and grafting. Closed rhinoplasty goes through the inside of the nose, so no external scars are visible. After surgery, a splint will be applied to the nose during recovery. Some minor bleeding is common after rhinoplasty in New York City, and patients are encouraged not to blow their nose for the first one to two weeks after surgery. Patients can expect swelling and bruising after surgery to also last approximately 7 to 10 days.

Rhinoplasty before and after female patient

Rhinoplasty before and after male patient

Patients will notice substantial improvement in the nose’s symmetry, the features they specifically wanted altered, and the overall balance with other facial features.  The final last bits of swelling take 6 to 12 months to completely subside.   Rhinoplasty in New York can subtly improve your entire appearance simply by modifying a few nasal features, except, perhaps, should your nose glow. Darrick E. Antell M.D., F.A.C.S. and his staff look forward to discussing any questions or concerns you may have about rhinoplasty. You may contact his New York, NY office at 212.988.4040 or request an appointment online to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Antell.

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Combat Scars with Scar Revision in New York

POSTED ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2011 AT 11:23 AM by Dr. Darrick Antell

Scar Revision

Scars are an inevitable occurrence. Whether they’re caused by skin cancer, surgery, trauma, or just plain living, they can have a huge impact on the way you look and feel about yourself. While it is impossible to completely remove a scar, advances in medicine make it possible to drastically improve its appearance. Dr. Darrick Antell, one of New York’s best plastic surgeons, offers scar revision surgery in his Manhattan plastic surgery practice

The way a scar develops depends on your body’s natural healing process, the cause of the injury, and its location on the body. Other variables, such as the size and depth of the wound, the thickness of your skin, and the direction of the wound can also affect the way an injury heals and a scar develops. 

Plastic surgeons in New York have undergone specialized training to improve the appearance of scars. While the scar is never truly “gone,” Dr. Antell can use surgical and non-surgical scar revision techniques to help manage scars. Non-surgical options include injecting steroids into the scars, applying steroid creams, and a technique called needling. In some cases, however, non-surgical techniques are not enough. In these cases, scar revision surgeries can be performed to narrow the width of a scar, improve thick, raised scars, and flatten the indentations caused by stomach scars.

Based on certain conditions, is some cases Dr. Antell may suggest post operative radiation to the scar to suppress keloid formation.  When radiation is suggested, it is coordinated with a second doctor who typically performs the radiation to the wound on the day of the scar revision surgery.  While a bit more complicated to arrange, Dr. Antell has had dramatic improvement in complicated keloids using this technique. 

Dermabrasion can be an effective method of minimizing the appearance of facial scars. Dermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that can improve the look of facial skin that is scarred by an accident or injury. During dermabrasion, the top layers of skin are carefully removed through a method of controlled surgical scraping. It can be performed on small areas of the face to smooth out irregularities or on the entire face to give the skin a smoother, softer appearance. A similar technique called dermaplaning can be used to minimize the appearance of old acne scars. Dr. Antell offers dermabrasion and dermaplaning in New York.

Revisional techniques are available for many troublesome scars, including keloid scars, hypertrophic scars, contractures, and facial scars. Dr. Antell is trained to perform surgical scar revision using z-plasty, skin grafting, and flap surgery. Z-plasty is a surgical technique used on scars that are not positioned well. When scars are positioned in a way that does not conform to the natural lines and creases of the skin, they often heal conspicuously. During z-plasty, the original scar is excised and new incisions are made on each side, creating small triangular flaps of skin. The flaps are then rearranged at different angles depending on the skin’s lines and creases, giving the scar a “z” pattern. The incisions are closed using very fine stitches, which are removed within a few days. 

Skin grafting and flap surgeries are used for more serious scar revision. Skin grafting uses healthy grafts of the patient’s skin to cover the injured area. Flap surgery is when a flap of skin, fat, blood vessels, and sometimes muscle is removed from a healthy part of the body and transplanted to the site of the original injury. While skin grafting and flap surgery are often successful at improving the function of the area, they are sometimes less cosmetically appealing because the donor skin or flap may not perfectly match the skin at the transplant site.

Every scar is different. If you’re interested in improving the appearance of a scar with scar revision in New York City, please contact Dr. Darrick Antell. To schedule a consultation, please call his New York office at 212-988-4040 or visit his website at http://www.antell-md.com.

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Dr. Antell offers Options for Lipoma Removal in New York City

POSTED ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011 AT 4:54 PM by Dr. Darrick Antell

Lipoma Removal

Lipomas, the most common of all noncancerous growths, are small growths of fat cells that develop just under the skin. They are firm, rubbery growths that are typically the size of a grape. Most patients seeking treatment have anywhere from one to three lipomas on their body. In rare instances, patients can have as many as 100 lipomas. While lipomas are not generally considered dangerous, they can grow to become quite uncomfortable. New York plastic surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell offers lipoma removal in New York City.

Once they develop, lipomas will not go away on their own. In some cases, they can continue to grow. Generally, patients choose to have lipomas removed because they are bothered by their appearance. However, depending on their position and location, lipomas can become tender and limit the range of motion to parts of the body.

Darrick Antell, M.D. removes lipomas using straight local anesthesia. Once the area is sufficiently numbed, a small incision is made over the lipoma. The incision is smaller than the diameter of the lipoma itself. Dr. Antell uses the “press and squeeze” technique to force the lipoma out of the incision. After the lipoma is removed, the incision is closed using a tiny suture underneath the skin.

 An alternate technique used for lipoma removal is to vacuum the growth out using liposuction. An advantage of using this technique is that it requires an even smaller incision than surgical excision. Unfortunately, it is harder to guarantee that the entire lipoma has been removed.

Lipoma removal before and after

Large lipoma removal before and after

Both lipoma removal techniques are performed in an operating room using local anesthesia. Patients are able to return home immediately after their surgeries. A post operative visit will be scheduled where Dr. Antell can remove any sutures and check the progress of your healing. Regardless of which removal technique is used, Dr. Antell sends tissue samples from excised lipomas to a laboratory in order to ensure that they are not cancerous.

 If you’re interested in having uncomfortable, unsightly lipomas removed with lipoma removal surgery in New York, please contact the office of Dr. Darrick Antell. To schedule a consultation, please call his New York plastic surgery office at 212-988-4040 or visit www.antell-md.com.

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Turn the Clock Back with a Mini Facelift in New York

POSTED ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2011 AT 9:53 AM by Dr. Darrick Antell

The beginning signs of aging in the mid-face can become noticeable once people reach their forties and fifties. A mini facelift can create a noticeably younger appearance in patients who do not yet have excess skin along the jawline. Also known as the mini facelift, short scar facelift, and limited-incision facelift, the mini facelift is intended to refresh the appearance of a person’s face, particularly in patients who would like to prolong the beginning signs of aging. Although cosmetic surgery cannot prevent the signs of aging, a short scar facelift can reset the time clock back five to ten years.

Mini facelift

Darrick E. Antell M.D., F.A.C.S., a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, performs the mini facelift in New York. The mini facelift is usually an outpatient procedure which uses a local anesthetic and a sedative. Patients are awake during the procedure but will only feel some tugging and discomfort. Dr. Antell will be as sensitive as possible to every patient’s needs throughout the entire procedure. The mini facelift in New York is ideal for patients in their forties and fifties because it repositions the signs of aging in the mid-face with less scars than a tradition facelift; the incision is half as long for a mini facelift and involves significantly less work behind the ears. Any scars that are visible will be easily hidden by your hair and will eventually fade. In combination with liposuction in the neck, the mini facelift will provide a firmer jawline and tighter skin under your chin, reminiscent of your younger self.

Although a mini facelift will provide patients with a more youthful, refreshed appearance, visible results may take several months to become apparent. Directly after receiving a mini facelift, patients may experience swelling, bruising, and dry skin. Patients are commonly self-conscious about their scar and changed facial features, but once healing is complete, and swelling and bruising recedes, patients are typically extremely satisfied with their mini facelift in New York. Patients should remain optimistic and positive throughout the healing process; a younger looking version of you will soon make another appearance.

Dr. Antell and his staff are available to answer any questions patients may have about the mini facelift in New York. To schedule a consultation, please call his New York office at 212-988-4040 or visit his website at http://www.antell-md.com for further research about mini facelift and other facial procedures in NYC.

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