When Is It Time For A Facelift In NYC?


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Youth and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Facelifts are very personalized procedures, therefore, there is not an exact time frame for everyone when considering surgery. Every person ages differently and in different areas of the face. Furthermore, different aspects of themselves concern different people. The best thing to do first is: Look in the mirror and see what you would like to improve about yourself and consult with a doctor about what options are available.

Although there is no right age or time to consider a facelift, there are some general guidelines we can provide you with to make this process a little easier. Most people age from the top, down of their faces around their 30s. Visible signs might show on the forehead, upper and lower eyelids and brow line. The most common procedures for someone under the age of 45 are: eyelid surgery, brow lift and fillers or Botox.

An eyelid surgery rejuvenates puffy, sagging or tired looking eyes by removing excess fat and skin from the upper and lower eyelids. A brow lift will alleviate droopiness in the upper eyelids as well as unwanted forehead lines. Dr. Vitolo can perform a simple scarless brow lift that doesn’t take long to perform and the patient is back in their daily routine in just a couple of days. Filler and Botox are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and reduce the dark circles under the eyes.

People in their 40s might start to notice sagging in the lower face, also known as jowling, around their jawline. A mid-facelift might be the most appropriate surgery option because it concentrates on the central and lower part of your face. In this procedure, the fat pads of the cheeks are repositioned on top of the cheekbones. While repositioning the cheeks pads, the droopiness around your mouth and jawline will subside as well, making you look 5 to 10 years younger. The incisions are carefully placed in hidden areas such as your hairline and behind the ear, in order to get the most natural results possible.

Generally speaking, the most appropriate time to get a full facelift is in your 50s. Around this age, people can begin to notice loss of volume in their face and deep facial lines and folds. Dr Vitolo uses minimally invasive endoscopic facelift techniques to reduce sagging and wrinkles without giving you a stretched appearance.

It’s not impossible but it’s also not advisable to wait until your 60s. People in their 40s or 50s are generally healthier and have less complications during anesthesia and surgery. Furthermore, you can enjoy the results of the surgery through your 60s and beyond, but you get an extra 5 to 10 years to enjoy it.

The longevity of your facelift also depends on other factors as well. Sun exposure and smoking can reduce the life span of a facelift just as these factors contribute to the aging process of a natural face. In order to have long lasting results, we recommend you to stay out of the sun or use high SPF face creams under sun exposure and avoid smoking. Not only will your face stay more youthful but you will be a healthier person over all, reducing the chance of cancer and other diseases associated with smoking.

Unfortunately we cannot reverse the process of aging, however, we can slow it down with various treatments and techniques such as the ones performed by accredited plastic surgeon, Dr. Vitolo. Dr. Vitolo and his team offer experienced and skilled facelift procedures by focusing on the needs of each patient to improve their overall experience, thus, leaving every patient feeling confident and satisfied. For more information, or to schedule a patient consultation, call 800.332.1067.

Just In Time, To Be A Valentine!

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We have a never ending list of presents that we would want on Valentine’s Day, but they all have something in common: we want those presents to make us look our very best for our date. This means new clothes, jewelry, make-up, or a hot bod. If you are looking to improve your body and body image, look no further than Dr. Robert Vitolo. We all know working out is difficult, and most of the time it doesn’t solve the problems that we are most self-conscious of. Insecurities lower our confidence level, a sexy attribute your date is looking for on Valentine’s Day.

Dr. Vitolo is a renowned plastic and cosmetic surgeon serving New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey. I know what you’re thinking, plastic surgery is a scary commitment, however, Dr. Vitolo understands this and devoted his career in getting the best results with minimally invasive procedures. He recognizes that the choice to undergo cosmetic surgery is deeply personal. He dedicates a significant amount of time for consultations for each patient, figures out their desires and goals and then makes their vision reality.

In all of Dr. Vitolo’s procedures, he strives for minimal discomfort, duration of procedure and recovery, and of course, minimal or no scaring. The patient’s health always comes first. Dr. Vitolo figured out how to achieve superior cosmetic enhancement by producing natural-looking results with simple and quick procedures, without a lengthy recovery period. This makes Dr. Vitolo the perfect surgeon to see especially now when Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

Dr. Vitolo offers injectable filler treatments that take 15 to 30 minutes to perform. He uses either Restylane, Juvederm or Botox depending on each patient’s preferences and needs. Injectable fillers restore smoothness in the face and neck, diminishing the wrinkles below the eyes, lips and nasolabial folds. After the procedure, patients may experience redness and/or tenderness that will subside in the next few days.

If you are worried about droopy upper eyelids and forehead lines, Dr. Vitolo specializes in a scar-less brow lift procedure. This treatment takes years off your face and creates natural-looking eyes that don’t look overworked by invasive plastic surgery procedures. Furthermore, patients are usually able to return to their normal daily routine after just a couple of days. Some patients may take a few extra days depending on when the patient regains movement above the eye.

If you suffer from spider-veins on your body, you’ve probably thought that there’s nothing to be done about it. I used to think the same thing, until I found Dr. Vitolo and realized there’s a solution. The procedure, also known as sclerotherapy, literally only takes about 15 minutes in a simple office visit and you can go about your day as usual right after. Sclerotherapy is like a magic eraser for spider veins; it’s a series of injections that cause the spider veins to collapse and contract. The more problem areas, the longer the procedure may take.

Dr. Vitolo uses the most advanced techniques for all his procedures to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible in his office. Liposuction has been around for many years, however, one of the most recent advancements is UAL Lipo, or laser lipolysis. This technique as opposed to regular liposuction permanently destroys fat cells with much greater precision. Therefore, the recovery time is shorter. Even better, this procedure also helps tighten the skin. UAL Lipo is a minimally invasive procedure as opposed to regular liposuction, and due to the higher precision, can be used in most parts of the body including neck and jaw line. Dr. Vitolo promises that most patients can resume normal work schedules after just two days and exercise after two weeks. Full results may take up to six months.

Dr. Vitolo is one of the few board-certified plastic surgeons in the country qualified to perform scar-less breast augmentation. If scar-less doesn’t already catch your eye, the procedure is quick and has a shorter recovery period than traditional breast enlargement surgeries. Dr. Vitolo is able to perform a scar-less procedure by making an incision within the belly button and uses a device to tunnel into the subcutaneous tissue and reach the breast tissue. This procedure requires a saline implant since the implant can be introduced empty through the tube from the belly button and filled to the desired size after the implant has already been placed. Another upside to saline implants is that variations in size and shape of natural-looking breasts can be compensated using different volumes of saline in each breast. The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes and more patients can return to work in one or two days!

If you can’t tell by now, Dr. Vitolo is one of the few surgeons who really takes in consideration his patients and understands that people don’t have time for long procedures or long recovery times; especially when greater discomfort is associated with lengthy procedures. Dr. Vitolo truly believes that less is more in every aspect of all his procedures. With such amazing techniques, timing should never be an issue. Most of his procedures take just a few days or no time at all and the results are mind-blowing. Don’t hesitate just because Valentine’s Day is two weeks away. It’s the perfect time to call and make your appointment and let Dr. Vitolo provide you with the best version of yourself, both physically and emotionally. When you feel comfortable and sexy in your own body, you will exude confidence which is an even sexier attribute.

By focusing on the needs of each client, Dr. Vitolo provides personalized care using the latest technology to improve the experience and leave every patient feeling confident and satisfied. For more information, or to schedule a patient consultation, call 800.332.1067 to speak with our friendly expert staff.

Teen Rhinoplasty in NYC

Teen Rhinoplasty in New York City : What Age is Best?

Your teen may surprise you when they tell you they wish to have a nose job. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Rhinoplasty is the number one requested surgical procedure by teenagers. There may be a variety of reasons your teen may want to have rhinoplasty, possible reasons include the social pressures from peers to acquire a certain look, the need to feel confident about their looks and most recently, the new “selfie” picture craze that has swept through social media. Parents and teens alike may wonder if there is an age requirement associated with rhinoplasty for teens.

Is Your Teen Old Enough?

The first question for parents and teens in the New York City area is the age factor. Girls are considered fully developed at the age of 14 to 15 and boys are fully developed by 15 to 19 years old. Dr. Robert Vitolo also takes into account the maturity level of his clients and their ability to make mature responsible decisions. Teens should understand that rhinoplasty is a permanent change to their appearance and they are making a life changing decision. Dr. Vitolo is so passionate about his clients that he insists on having the consultation with the teen who is interested in rhinoplasty and their parents. Both parties are always involved in the consultation and encouraged to discuss their point of view openly with Dr. Vitolo. While all teen patients have to mandatorily meet the age requirement, at times, other reasons may play a factor in possibly delaying the procedure for a short period of time.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Teen candidates for a nose job in NYC need to have realistic expectations of the outcome, fully understand the risks as well as the benefits of the surgery and have proper motivation towards rhinoplasty. Usually rhinoplasty is used to correct constricted breathing issues, deformities and provides subtle changes to the shape and size of the nose. Teens need to be psychologically ready for the procedure as well. This is determined by the doctor during consultation.

Consultation

The consultation is an in-depth conversation that requires the teen who is interested in rhinoplasty and their parents or guardian to meet in person at the plastic surgeons office to discuss the procedure. Dr. Vitolo is passionate and dedicated to ensuring the candidate is psychologically ready for all aspects of surgery by conducting an assessment. Dr. Vitolo discusses the procedure, risks and benefits of the procedure and allows the future patient and their parents to ask as many questions as they wish in his office in NYC. Educating candidates about the procedure, is the first step towards making the future patient understand that this is a permanent decision that will affect the way they look throughout the rest of their lifetime.

Parents Concerns

Parents may become concerned about the timing and reason their teen is seeking to have rhinoplasty. Parents may also feel that it is best for their teen to wait a bit longer before undergoing the procedure. Teens under the age of 18 need parental approval to undergo surgery, and therefore the final decision rests on the parents. The teen candidates parents or guardian should take their time and weigh all factors, risks and benefits before making their final decision to approve the procedure.

Teens who receive rhinoplasty surgery in NYC, tend to feel rejuvenated, have a fresh outlook on life and improved self-confidence and self-esteem. Many teens will also continue to make improvements such as eat healthier to maintain a healthy body weight and purchase new clothes to express their new found self confidence and outlook on life.

Benefits of Female Liposuction in NYC

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Many women who feel that they do not look their best opt for cosmetic procedures. Some women opt for breast augmentation, or rhinoplasty, while others opt for facial fillers such as Botox or Juvederm. The most popular cosmetic procedure for women is liposuction. Most women who choose to get liposuction are already in excellent shape, take care of their body, and work hard to maintain a proper diet and exercise regimen. However, over time, some areas of the body become resistant to diet and exercise, and even the most dedicated women are not able to change those parts of their bodies on their own.

Many areas of the body are able to benefit from liposuction, including the waist, hips, thighs, buttocks, knees, upper arms, and face. Advances in liposuction techniques have made the procedure safer than ever and have allowed women a greater ability to customize the end results of their treatments. There are many benefits of choosing to get liposuction, including:

  • Safe fat removal: When opting for liposuction to remove areas of fat and cellulite that will not resolve themselves with diet and exercise, you forgo dangerous and unhealthy avenues such as diet pills and extreme diets which can have long term negative effects on your body. Female liposuction, when performed under the care and guidance of an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon can be your best option to reshape your body.
  • Increased confidence: Many women have lower confidence due to being uncomfortable with the way certain parts of their body look. Fixing their problem areas changes the way they look at themselves, the way they carry themselves, and most importantly, the way they feel about themselves. They quickly become more confident and comfortable with themselves after electing to get liposuction on their problem areas. Following the procedure, many women start to participate in activities and events that they would have previously shied away from.
  • Body customization:  Using the newest plastic surgery techniques and the skills of a board certified plastic surgeon, a woman who elects to undergo liposuction is able to choose specifically how her body will look at the end of the procedure. Current advanced liposuction techniques allow surgeons many options for targeting specific areas of the body, including the use of ultrasound waves to specifically target and liquefy fat. The end result is a more precise, defined, and exact look that can be crafted to any woman’s specifications.
  • Increased overall health: With the reduction of body fat comes an increase in overall health. Your body functions better, and you are at lower risk for disease. Decreased fat specifically lowers your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Additionally, following liposuction surgery, most women continue to lead their previously healthy lifestyle or become even healthier as they become dedicated to making sure they do not develop fat in the areas of the body they had treated. This dedication to health improves the lives of many women.

Female liposuction can be a great option for those who want to look better, improve their health, and lead a better overall life. For more information, visit our page on Female Liposuction.

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Restylane vs Juvederm

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Wrinkles, fine lines, thin lips, loss of collagen, check. Yikes. If you’re looking to reverse the signs of aging, and enhance your natural beauty, you may have heard of Restylane and Juvederm dermal fillers. Each offer a similar solution—restoring your youth by reducing the signs of aging. In fact, the two are so similar you may not be able to make a choice! Well, we’re here to help you choose which one is best for you.

To begin, both Restylane and Juvederm have been approved by the FDA and have been found to be completely safe. The base ingredient in both dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid—a sugar naturally found in the skin. As a result, they’re considered to be the safest cosmetic fillers available. They are both used to restore volume and suppleness to the face. There are however a few differences between the two dermal fillers, such as:

  • Treatment longevity. Although each patient will have a unique experience with the longevity of their treatment, the amount of time a Restylane or Juvederm treatment will last is different. Restylane treatments typically last for an average of six months, while Juvederm treatments last 9 to 12 months. Juvederm has a stronger concentration of HA than Restylane, which is why it’s able to last so long.
  • Smooth vs granular. Juvederm is a smooth consistency gel, whereas Restylane is granular. Many patients feel Juvederm settles in more smooth and natural. In addition, it’s more comfortable during the procedure due to its smooth consistency.
  • Post treatment results. Regardless of the dermal filler used, most patients experience minimal side effects. For patients that do experience the most common side effects, there is a difference between the effects of Restylane and Juvederm. Restylane patients are more prone to bruising and puffiness. It’s recommended to avoid scheduling any social events the next day or two following the treatment. For Juvederm, patients may experience minor bruising, but it should subside in a short amount of time.

All in all, Juvederm is the most preferred dermal filler treatment. For more information, visit our Restylane and Juvederm pages!

Male Breast Reduction in NYC

 

Men may experience the appearance of large breasts due to excess localized fat and excess glandular breast skin. Enlarged or over-developed breasts can occur at any age and is also known as, gynecomastia. This condition can result due to heredity, hormonal changes, obesity and side effects from prescription drugs. At times, some men can experience a lack of self-esteem and avoid certain sports and physical activities due to discomfort from the condition.

Due to this common condition, male breast reduction is an option that plastic surgeons offer to their patients in Brooklyn, New York. There are two options available, liposuction and excision. The surgeon uses a variety of liposuction techniques to eliminate pockets of fat in targeted areas. The excision procedure involves safely removing excess glandular tissue from the breast.

Recover time varies from patient to patient and depends on the severity of the condition and the surgical procedure used. The combination of liposuction and excision is commonly used and will require longer recovery time compared to only receiving liposuction. Most patients are able to return to work after about a week of recovery time. During your recovery time your surgeon will give you instructions on how to care for yourself at home. These instructions may include how to properly take care of drains, follow dosage instructions when taking prescribed medication such as antibiotics, limits on activity levels during recovery time and a guide to wearing compression garments. Your follow-up visit is about seven days after surgery.

Ideal candidates for these procedures include those who feel discomfort when participating in sports, men who have the desire to improve body proportions and have an uncomfortable feeling with large breasts. There are many personal reasons that will also make you an ideal candidate.

Some potential candidates for male breast reduction may have been affected emotionally from having large breasts. This is a common reason for men to get the procedure. It affects self- esteem, self-confidence and at times can cause a man to become withdrawn from participating in sports and life events that they would otherwise enjoy.

Benefits include gaining self-confidence, wearing tight fitting clothing with pride, participating in sports, feeling proud of your body, participating in physical activity, exposing your chest in public when at the beach or exercising, feeling a renewed sense of self and much more.

The results from receiving male breast reduction are permanent. Many patients enjoy a lifetime of successful results from having the procedure performed only once. At times, due to unforeseen issues or use of certain medications, steroids or medical conditions, the condition may reappear. This is rare, but you are encouraged to consult with your surgeon if you have concerns of this happening.

Male breast reduction is a popular option for those who have tried diet and exercise, but still do not see improvement. Brooklyn patients who choose to have the male breast reduction procedure, usually come out of the experience with improved confidence and an overall feeling of pride in the way that they look and feel.

Rhinoplasty in NEW YORK: Your List of Go-To Questions

If you type “Rhinoplasty in New York” into your Google search bar, you’ll come up with nearly 60,000 results! Are all of those 60,000 entries reputable plastic surgeons? No! Do they all offer personalized consultations? No! Do they all offer advanced rhinoplasty techniques that minimize scaring and speed recovery? No!

The main point is this: don’t let Google chose a rhinoplasty surgeon for you. If you’re considering having a rhinoplasty in New York, you should go beyond the one-second Google search and ask the questions that really matter. Are you new to the world of cosmetic surgery? Don’t worry—here’s a list of the information you should know before you chose the Staten Island plastic surgeon that will perform your rhinoplasty.

  • Is your doctor qualified?

Where did he go to school? Is he certified by any professional organizations? How many rhinoplasty surgeries has he performed? Has he ever been involved in a malpractice case or disciplinary action?

  • What will the surgery involve?

How invasive is the rhinoplasty? Will you be under local anesthesia or general anesthesia? What techniques will the doctor use? Where will the surgery be performed? What are the risks?

  • What will the recovery be like?

How long will you stay in the recovery room? How long will before you’ll be able to go home? How long will the bandages stay on? How bad will the pain be? Will you get a prescription for painkillers? When will you be able to return to work?

  • What results should you expect?

Has the doctor preformed similar rhinoplasty surgeries before? Does he have before/after pictures? Is he confident that he can deliver results according to your wishes? How long before the final results are visible? What if you’re not happy with the results?

  • How much will you spend?

How much does a rhinoplasty in New York cost? Which fees are included? Which fees are charged separately? When is payment due?

This may seem like a lengthy list of questions, but a professional plastic surgeon should be able to answer all of these questions and more during your initial consultation. Asking all of your questions well in advance of your surgery date will ensure that you get exactly the results you want!

Looking for Scar-Less Breast Augmentation in NYC

Looking for Scar-Less Breast Augmentation in New York area?

 

Dr. Robert Vitolo, a top board certified plastic surgeon is serving the New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and New Jersey area. Dr. Vitolo is your go-to for receiving a discrete plastic surgery consultation and state of the art breast augmentation surgery.

At his plastic surgery office, Dr. Vitolo is able to provide consultations concerning his specialty—scar-less breast augmentation. Dr. Vitolo was a pioneer of this procedure and he has used the surgery to enhance the appearance of many women from the New York City/Tri-state area. Here are three reasons to choose this procedure rather than conventional breast implants.

  1. You won’t see a scar!
    Other methods of breast augmentation make incisions on the chest or in the armpit. Using either of these surgical techniques will leave a visible scar. Unfortunately, these types of scars can be detected when you’re wearing a bikini or sleeveless dress, or when you’re involved in intimate situations.

With Dr. Vitolo’s specialty process, nicknamed TUBA, he is able to insert the saline implants from one, well-hidden incision in your belly button. There are absolutely no scars on the breast or in the armpit.

  1. You’ll heal quick!
    The TUBA procedure is extremely fast. The entire procedure rarely lasts more than 30 minutes. Because it’s so quick and causes minimal trauma, you can return to work in one or two days.
  2. You’ll get great results!
    With scar-less breast augmentation, your coworkers won’t notice you’ve been gone, but they will realize how great you look! The TUBA procedure allows Dr. Vitolo to precisely fill the implants to the perfect size and volume for you. You’ll have a renewed self-confidence, without the embarrassing scars left behind by traditional breast augmentation surgeries.

If you’re thinking about having a breast augmentation in Brooklyn, call Dr. Vitolo today for a consultation. He’ll explain all the latest technology involved in scar-less breast augmentation and help you decide if it’s the right option for you!

5 Things You Need to Know Before Breast Augmentation

Have you made your decision to get breast augmentation surgery? Some women who want to have larger breasts frequently go into the process of breast augmentation with little information. While other women do their homework and are looking for every detail possible. Whether you need more information or you are just beginning your research, there are five important things you need to know before you receive your breast augmentation surgery. Read more

The Benefits of UAL Lipo

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Liposuction as you know it has changed. UAL or ultrasound assisted liposuction has allowed plastic surgeons to take the next step in decreasing recovery time and increasing comfort for those opting for liposuction. UAL transforms the traditional liposuction process by implementing the use of ultrasound waves. The ultrasound waves are emitted directly into fat cells before removal. The waves destroy the cell wall of the fat cells, which liquefies them. In this new state, the fat is much easier to suction out, and as a result, requires smaller incisions, less time in treatment, and less recovery time.

There are two forms of UAL:

  • Internal UAL: Using internal UAL, a probe is attached to a cannula, or small tube, and moved towards the fat. As the cannula nears the fat cells, the ultrasound waves are released directly into them, liquefying them. Using this technique, the surgeon can be less forceful inside the body, resulting in easier recovery and allowing for better body sculpting.
  • External UAL: Based on the location and amount of fat being removed, the surgeon may elect to use external UAL. Prior to using the cannula, the probe is used on the outside of the body. This targets subcutaneous fat, allowing the ultrasound waves to pass through the skin and liquefy subcutaneous fat. After the emission of the ultrasound waves, the surgeon can use the cannula to remove all of the liquefied fat.

The advantages of using UAL are abundant, including:

  • Minimally Invasive: The techniques used in this procedure allow smaller incisions which reduce downtime. Additionally, the smaller incisions make this technique more favorable than traditional liposuction for more sensitive areas of the body, specifically around the face and neck.
  • Minimal Recovery Time: Most patients who choose to undergo UAL liposuction are able to resume their normal work schedules two days after the procedure, and are able to resume their normal workout routine in just two weeks.
  • Higher Precision: Using the ability to direct ultrasound rays at specific pockets and areas of fat, UAL is able to more precisely and accurately target small areas that traditionally would be harder to treat. Additionally, the higher precision allows for a more individualized treatment plan, and much better ability for the surgeon to sculpt your body to your exact vision then with traditional liposuction.
  • More Options: Ultrasound assisted liposuction is great for removing fat from many areas of your body, including: arms, abdomen, breasts, knees, thighs, ankles, neck, and jaw line. Even small pockets of fat in these areas are easily removed with the more precise techniques implemented in this procedure. Additionally, because of the fat liquefaction techniques used in this procedure, UAL is able to more easily treat areas with denser fat deposits and remove a larger amount of fat at one time than traditional liposuction.
  • Local Anesthesia: There is no need for general anesthesia with UAL liposuction. Because of the extremely minimally invasive nature of the procedure, patients are able to have only a local anesthesia applied to the area being treated.

For anyone considering liposuction, it is best to find out if UAL Liposuction is right for you to give you the most comfortable, and pain free experience possible.