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  • Why You Need to Try Cellfina Now!

    Does the winter weather have you bundled up tight? While you may be rejoicing for the opportunity to cover up those parts of your body you’re unhappy with, why not take this time to transform them instead! With our exclusive new Cellfina treatment you can cocoon yourself in winter coats and heavy layers, but emerge a beautiful new, firm and cellulite-free version of you come spring!

    If you’re still on the fence about giving this new treatment a try, here are a few more reasons why you should schedule your Cellfina consultation now:

    It’s FDA-approved! In fact, the Cellfina System is the only FDA-cleared, minimally-invasive procedure proven to reduce the appearance of unwanted cellulite with just one simple treatment.

    It’s simple! With just one 45-minute, in-office treatment you’ll be on your way to the beautiful body you’ve been dreaming of. Once your treatment has been completed you can expect little, to no downtime necessary.

    It’s long-lasting! Cellfina holds the title for producing the longest-lasting results out of all other FDA-cleared cellulite removal treatments. Results are guaranteed to last for at least two years from the date of your first treatment.

    It’s exclusive! As of January, Island Plastic Surgery is one of only 4 offices in the Long Island and Lower Manhattan area offering the Cellfina treatment. We guarantee that the opportunity for you to receive this revolutionary in-office procedure is just as exciting as it is exclusive.

  • 3 Easy Exercises for Perky Breasts

    Achieving perky, full-cup breasts has never been easier! With these 3 simple exercises , you can take control of your chest and give your breasts the boost you’ve been dreaming of.

    1. Push ‘em up! The standard push up is a great start to tightening you pectoral muscles and boosting breast size. As you perform your push ups, make sure to keep your lower body in a straight line and your feet together.
    1. Press your chest! With a set of light dumbbell weights in hand, lay on your back across an exercise mat or the floor. Position your feet flat on the floor with your knees bent, and press the dumbbells upward, keeping your elbows at a right angle.
    1. Toss it up! Lay flat on the floor on your back, setting up your feet just as you would for a chest press. Grab a medicine ball and use two hands to toss it up as hard as you can. Then, without moving from your position, try to catch the ball as it comes back down with your arms straight up.

    Perform each of these exercises daily, doing as many reps as possible until you cannot continue, and you’ll see great results in no time!

    If you’re looking for faster, more dramatic results, consider giving Island Plastic Surgery a call to book a breast augmentation or breast lift consultation with Dr. Pamela Gallagher.

  • A Brief History of Botox

    Botox was first discovered during the 1980s accidentally during a study of food poisoning done by German physician Justinus Kerner. The neurological components found in the Clostridium botulinum bacteria — known for causing botulism — were intriguing to Kerner and he went on to investigate if the neurotoxins this deadly bacteria omitted could have any positive benefits in the future.

    Here’s a brief rundown of how Botox developed over the years:

    1987 – In 1980 Alan B. Scott was the first optometrist to consider botulinum toxin as an option for treating crossed eyes, using botulinum toxin Type A in his research, and by 1987 his theory of using these neurotoxins had been proven effective.

    1988 – Delving deeper into the potential optometrical uses for botulinum toxin, eye doctors found that while the neurotoxins were successful in treating blepharospasm, a condition that causes uncontrollable blinking, they also seemed to make wrinkles around the eyes disappear. By 1988, Allergan purchased the rights the drug and coined the catchy new name “Botox.”

    1990s – Before it’s official approval to be used as a cosmetic treatment by the FDA, doctors began using Botox “off-label” to treat unwanted wrinkles temporarily. It became so popular that 1997 even saw a Botox shortage!

    2000 – By this time researchers had investigated a wide variety of potential treatment options that Botox could provide, winning it FDA approval for treating cervical dystonia, which causes neck spasms.

    2002 – After many years of off-label use, Botox was finally cleared by the FDA for treating glabellar lines, which include the wrinkles that developed between the eyebrows, and in 2004 it became approved to treat crows’ feet as well.

    Today, Botox is used to treat a wide variety of conditions, from severe sweating and muscle spasms, to migraines and bladder incontinence. For a full list of unusual uses for this aesthetic staple, click here to view our past blog post.

    At Island Plastic Surgery , our number one goal is to help you look and feel good. That is why we offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures to help you get the body and smooth skin you’ve always wanted. Our advanced technology, combined with your continued fitness efforts will have you looking and feeling great in no time!

  • Must Make Appointments for the New Year

    Many people reserve phoning their doctor for emergencies or for when they come down with an illness. While this is definitely a good thing, scheduling regular appointments even when you’re not feeling ill is a great way to avoid those emergency visits in the first place! With the new year comes a clean slate, and that should be no different for your health. As you enter 2016, why not take a more proactive approach toward bettering your body by making these important appointments today:

    Primary Care Physician – Scheduling an appointment each year allows your doctor to monitor your vitals, which means they’ll be able to detect any changes or symptoms sometimes even before you do. For this reason, most primary caregivers suggest an annual blood workup as well.

    Gynecologist – For women, it’s recommended that you make an annual appointment with your gynecological specialist. There are many potential conditions, such as cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases, that can come without any symptoms at all. Visiting the gynecologist at least once a year will help keep an eye out for many common health concerns.

    Dentist – Don’t neglect your teeth! While brushing and flossing each day are important, that’s only the beginning of maintaining a healthy set of pearly whites. Scheduling a cleaning every six months is suggested to make sure your teeth are as clean and strong as can be.

    Optometrist – As we age our vision does too. Scheduling an appointment with your eye doctor every year or so will help you keep track of your vision so that you’ll know when it’s time to change a prescription or get a stylish new pair glasses.

    Aesthetic Physician – You should feel just as good on the outside as you do on the inside! Whether you’re looking to rejuvenate your skin and fight the effects of aging, want an easier way to curb your appetite, or are looking for a mommy-makeover, contacting your local plastic surgery and aesthetics specialist is your first step.

    Island Plastic Surgery offers a wide array of minimally and non-invasive treatments to help you firm, repair and rejuvenate your way to the best and most confident version of yourself!

  • 5 Fitness Fads for 2016!

    The new year is here, and we’re willing to bet that getting in shape is on your (likely lengthy) resolution list for 2016. While desiring a more physically fit lifestyle is the first step, creating a fitness plan is where it becomes a bit more challenging. If you’re looking to boost your fitness this year, you’ll want to check out some of these projected fitness fads to get you started.

    1. Fitness Trackers – Wearable technology first hit the market with a bang in 2015 and experts predict that it’s popularity will only continue to increase in the new year. Most of the key players in the tech industry have already begun incorporating heart monitors and other health tracking software into their latest models.
    1. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) – Workouts incorporating short bursts of intense exercise alternating with periods of rest are all the craze for 2016. Expect to see an increase in fitness fanatics bursting with energy at the gym this year.
    1. Fitness Certifications – The fitness movement has certainly taken off in recent years, which is why it’s no surprise that one of the latest fitness fads is getting certified to teach your favorite workout yourself.
    1. Everyday Fitness – Getting in shape and staying there can be a challenge, especially for those who lead busy lives and can’t always make it to the gym. The fitness world has recognized the need for incorporating fitness into your everyday life, which is why you can expect to see a focus on functional fitness this year — balance, coordination, endurance, etc.
    1. Yoga – Always a fan favorite! Yoga is projected to remain one of the most popular fitness fads in 2016. With so many different styles — Bikram, Power Yoga, Ashtanga, and more — there’s bound to be something for everyone!

    How will you get fit in 2016? We’d love to hear all about your plans on our Facebook page!

    If you’re looking for a way to get back on track and kick start your healthy lifestyle after the holidays, consider our HCG Diet, a weight loss program that involves hCG injections, along with a 500-calorie diet free of fat, sugar and starch.