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  • 5 Questions to Ask Before Getting a Rhinoplasty

    Before and After Rhinoplasty Nose

    The shape of your nose has a significant impact on how you look, which is why so many people contemplate rhinoplasty in the first place. Whether you want to improve your facial features or correct damage done by a traumatic accident, there are a lot of things to take into consideration before getting a rhinoplasty. Here are some questions you should ponder before committing to this life-changing procedure.

    How long have I been thinking about getting rhinoplasty?

    Rhinoplasty is not a decision to be taken lightly. In fact, there is a big chance you will not be happy with the end results if you choose to undergo the procedure on a whim. Take your time deciding exactly what you want your nose to look like, and then wait at least 6 months to ensure that you still want the procedure.

    Am I healthy enough to undergo surgery?

    Every surgical procedure comes with risks, so it is important that you are relatively healthy prior to the operation. The healthier you are, the lower the risk for complications and the smoother the recovery time. If you are not particularly healthy, now is the time to get in shape and improve your diet!

    Am I mentally ready for rhinoplasty?

    When determining whether now is the right time for a nose job, you need to ask yourself why you want to undergo the procedure. The decision must come from you, and not as the result of peer pressure or recommendations from your friends or family. Also, if you have recently suffered any personal crises, make sure to resolve these issues before even considering surgery.

    What are my goals?

    The perfect nose does not exist and you cannot simply point to a photo in a magazine and ask your doctor to copy the look. Set realistic goals for your rhinoplasty and consult with your cosmetic surgeon to carefully craft a nose that appears natural and complements your facial features.

    5 questions to ask your rhinoplasty surgeon during your initial consultation

    Changing your appearance is a big step, so make sure you have chosen the right surgeon for the task. Here are some important questions to ask your rhinoplasty surgeon during your initial consultation.

    • Are you board certified and if so, by what board?
    • How many years of experience do you have in performing rhinoplasty?
    • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
    • What are the potential complications and risks?
    • When should I expect to see the final result of the procedure?

    If you are ready to get the nose you have always dreamed of, the outstanding team at Island Plastic Surgery is happy to help. Contact us for a consultation today!

  • The Science Behind CoolSculpting and Fat Freezing Treatment

    Cool Sculpting and Fat Freezing Treatment at Island Plastic Surgery

    Freeze those fat cells away!

    Though you have tried every trick in the book to get rid of your post-pregnancy muffin tops, those stubborn fat cells are standing their ground. You have beat them back with diet and exercise, and now you need to bring in the big guns to help you win the war. Liposuction may be the heaviest hitter in the fat-reduction world, but your life is way too busy to deal with a long recovery. Fortunately, technology has brought about an effective alternative to that provides you with great results and no downtime. CoolSculpting is a fat freezing treatment that gets rid of stubborn fat deposits and provides noticeable, long-lasting results!

    What is CoolSculpting?

    CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved treatment that destroys fat cells with controlled cooling technology. This fat-freezing method does not require incisions or anesthesia, and there is no recovery time. Results take a few months to achieve, but gradually you will notice a reduction in fat deposits, leaving behind a slenderer, more aesthetically-pleasing figure.

    How it works

    Freezing away fat is possible with the remarkable CoolSculpting method. Fat freezes at a higher temperature than the surrounding tissues, so CoolSculpting uses a cryolipolysis device to target subcutaneous fat in trouble areas. This localized, non-invasive treatment gently freezes fat cells to the point of cell death, which is approximately 39° F. As the cells die, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates the dead cells through the normal metabolic process. Though it may take a few weeks or months to see full results, your body will become more sculpted over time. Once those treated fat cells are gone, they are gone for good!

    Frequently asked questions

    Does CoolSculpting hurt?

    No, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure. As the cooling process begins, you may feel pressure and intense cold, but the sensations will soon dissipate. Many people read, watch videos, or even take a nap during the treatment process.

    Are there any side effects?

    During the CoolSculpting procedure, you may feel deep pulling, numbness, tugging, pinching, or slight discomfort. After the procedure, you may experience minor side effects such as temporary numbness, swelling, tingling, bruising, redness, firmness, stinging, or pain at the treatment site.

    When will I see results?

    The CoolSculpting process does take a little time to show results, but you could start seeing changes in as little as three weeks with more dramatic results by two months. Your body will continue to flush out fat cells for four to six months after treatment.

    If you would like to find out more information about CoolSculpting, talk to the knowledgeable and experienced team at Island Plastic Surgery today!