After Plastic Surgery: How Do I Maintain My Results?

Plastic surgery is an investment in time and money, so it only makes sense that patients are eager to learn how they can maintain their results for as long as possible. Plastic surgeon Dr. Sandra Margoles regularly discusses this topic with her Greenwich patients. Here, she shares her top tips to maintain your results long-term.

Maintain a Stable Weight

While liposuction permanently removes fat cells from the body, it does not prevent future weight gain. Similarly, weight fluctuations after lift procedures such as tummy tuck, thigh lift and breast lift can stretch out the skin and hinder the beauty of your results. Maintain your weight by following a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Keep in mind that exercising too vigorously too soon after your surgery can hinder your results. Your surgeon will give you the green light when it is safe to exercise.

Don’t Smoke

Smoking immediately after your surgery can compromise the success and beauty of your results. Smoking slows down your body’s ability to heal and can lead to complications including bleeding, pain and visible scarring. Picking up smoking once you are completely healed from surgery is also a bad idea. Smoking is terrible for your skin’s health and appearance and can sabotage the cosmetic effects of facelift, eyelid surgery and other procedures.

Practice Healthy Skin Care Habits

No plastic surgery procedure can completely stop the aging process, which is why a good skin care regimen is key to prolonging facial rejuvenation results. Using the right combination of moisturizers, sunscreen and other skin care products can help you look radiant and young for years to come. Following a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water can also help.

Consult Your Plastic Surgeon

If you have any questions about your recovery or how to maintain your results, your surgeon is the best source for accurate answers. In addition, your surgeon can recommend procedures or a skin regimen that can complement your plastic surgery results.

For more tips on how to prolong your plastic surgery results, schedule an appointment with Dr. Margoles. Contact her Greenwich plastic surgery practice by calling (203) 869-2939 today.


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After Plastic Surgery: When Can I Begin Exercise?

Exercising after plastic surgery is undoubtedly one of the most discussed topics in Dr. Sandra Margoles’ Greenwich plastic surgery office. Naturally, many patients are eager to return to their normal lives after plastic surgery, including exercising. Others are motivated to maintain their results by becoming more active and following a fitness regimen.

In this blog post, Greenwich plastic surgeon Dr. Sandra Margoles shares some important guidelines on exercising after plastic surgery.

Exercising after Body Contouring and Breast Enhancement

Patients should get plenty of bed rest during the first two weeks of recovery, and vigorous exercise like running and weight lifting should be avoided for the first six weeks of surgery. Patients should take short walks as soon as they feel able to do so, as it promotes good blood circulation and better healing, and prevents blood clots from forming. Dr. Margoles recommends gradually adding time and length to walks to build endurance.

At the four-week mark, patients can resume some light exercise and cardio. Breast enhancement, tummy tuck, liposuction and arm lift patients should avoid upper body exercises like pushups that can cause the incision site to open. Most patients are able to resume high-impact cardio after six weeks.

Exercising after Facial Rejuvenation

As with body and breast procedures, facial rejuvenation procedures (e.g., facelift, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty) require downtime. Patients are advised to avoid any activity that will raise their heart rate and/or blood pressure for at least four weeks after surgery. Facial rejuvenation procedures involve operating underneath the skin of the face, eyes, nose and brows — areas where hundreds of blood vessels are located and can easily bleed when blood pressure increases after surgery. This, in turn, can lead to serious complications and unfavorable scarring.

Short walks are recommended during the first two weeks of recovery. Afterward patients can perform some light exercise and cardio (e.g., stationary cycling). Most patients are given the green light to resume all exercise by the six-week mark.

Contact Dr. Margoles

Keep in mind that these are general guidelines. Dr. Margoles will modify your recovery timeline and advise you when it is safe to resume your exercise regimen. To learn more about recovering from plastic surgery, or the treatment options Dr. Margoles offers, schedule a consultation. Contact her Greenwich plastic surgery practice by calling (203) 869-2939 today.


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Top Reasons Why Men Seek Plastic Surgery

The latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that 8 percent of plastic surgery procedures in 2016 were performed on men. Although plastic surgery is still dominated by female patients, the number of men seeking treatment is growing; 2016 saw a 3 percent increase in male patients from the previous year.

Dr. Sandra Margoles, a top Greenwich plastic surgeon, shares the top reasons why men are pursuing plastic surgery.

To Get Rid of the “Dad Bod”

Fatherhood can be rewarding but it can also take a toll on a man’s body. If you are self-conscious about an unflattering muffin top or “love handles,” body contouring can help. Tummy tuck removes loose skin to create a tighter and smoother abdomen while liposuction removes small bulges of fat on the abdomen, waist and hips.

To Look Younger

Research shows that the baby boomer generation (adults in their early 50s to early 70s) are more active than ever before. Middle-aged men are spending more time working to stay fit, whether it’s running, weight lifting, yoga or meditation. But even men in the most optimal physical shape see signs of aging in their face. Facelift, eyelid surgery and other facial rejuvenation procedures can help minimize the appearance of wrinkles, lines and creases, helping them look as young as they feel.

To Address a Life-long Source of Embarrassment

Some men spend years being embarrassed or self-conscious about a certain body feature like a wide or overly large nose. Rhinoplasty can improve the shape and size of the nose to create a more pleasing facial appearance. Male breast reduction is another popular procedure among male patients who wish to feel more confident about their appearance. The body contouring procedure removes enlarged male breast tissue (commonly known as “man boobs”) to create a more classically masculine chest appearance. Following male breast reduction, many men feel confident enough to take their shirt off at the pool or beach. Procedures like rhinoplasty and male breast reduction can help restore a normal-looking appearance while boosting a man’s self-confidence.

Dr. Margoles encourages all men (and women) that want to look and feel their best to schedule an appointment with her. The trusted surgeon can recommend a suitable treatment plan based on the patient’s personal cosmetic concerns and goals.

To contact her Greenwich plastic surgery practice, please call (203) 869-2939 today.

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Questions to Ask Before Getting Facelift

If you are considering undergoing facelift to turn back the clock on your facial appearance, you are likely already researching the procedure and potential surgeons you would like to work with. The decision to undergo facelift (and plastic surgery in general) is a serious one, which is why it is important that you ask your surgeon some well-thought-out questions.

Greenwich plastic surgeon Dr. Sandra Margoles is an experienced facelift surgeon. Here, she shares questions to ask your plastic surgeon during your facelift consultation.

Are You Board-Certified?

It is imperative that you work with a plastic surgeon that is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is important because there are many physicians who market themselves as cosmetic surgeons and have undergone limited cosmetic surgery training (i.e., an hours-long course or a couple of training sessions). In contrast, board certified plastic surgeons have completed years of residency training in both general surgery and plastic surgery, and have passed rigorous exams based on the board’s high standards.

How Many Facelift Surgeries Have You Performed?

Experience is another important quality in a facelift surgeon. Your surgeon should have hundreds of successful facelift surgeries under their belt. This ensures that the surgeon has put their training and skills to work and has produced natural-looking and beautiful facelift results. Be sure to ask your surgeon the number of facelift surgeries he or she has performed. It is also a good idea to ask about their success rate and how they handle complications, should one arise.

Is Facelift Right for Me?

Many patients go into a plastic surgery consultation believing that they need one procedure, only to find out that another one may be more appropriate for what they are looking for. It is important to be completely transparent with your surgeon about your cosmetic needs and goals. Depending on what you share, your surgeon may recommend facelift or another facial rejuvenation procedure. Or, they may determine that a combination procedure (e.g., facelift and eyelid surgery) can yield the best results.

How Long Is the Recovery Period?

One of the realities of facelift is downtime. The initial recovery period for patients is typically one to two weeks. During this time, patients must take time off from work and their normal activities. Keep in mind that each patient heals at their own pace, so your surgeon should be able to give you a more accurate recovery timeline during your in-office consultation. Be sure to ask your surgeon when you can expect to go back to work, go out in public, wear makeup and when it’s safe to exercise.

Do You Have Before-and-After Photos I Can See?

Your face is on display for everyone to see, so it’s only natural that you want to know upfront what results to expect. Before-and-after photos of your surgeon’s past patients can give you a better visualization of your results. Be sure to view photos of patients who are of the same ethnicity and whose facial structures are similar to yours.

Have more questions about facelift surgery? Dr. Margoles can answer them in a one-on-one consultation. Contact her Greenwich plastic surgery practice by calling (203) 869-2939 today.


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Do I Need Neck Lift or Liposuction?


The neck is one of the most difficult areas of the body to sculpt and slim with diet and exercise. Weight gain, genetics and the natural aging process can contribute to excess fat or loose, hanging skin on the neck. If you are interested in improving the appearance of your neck and jawline with plastic surgery, take the time to learn about your options. Neck lift and liposuction can both be useful, but the right procedure for you will ultimately depend on your cosmetic goals and anatomy. In this blog post, Greenwich plastic surgeon Dr. Sandra Margoles explains the differences between neck lift and liposuction.

What Liposuction Accomplishes

If you are bothered by the appearance of submental fat, commonly known as a “double chin,” liposuction may be right for you. Using tiny, strategically placed incisions, liposuction eliminates stubborn fat deposits underneath the chin and on the neck to create a leaner neck and jaw line. Refining the lower facial areas can also create a more proportionate and attractive overall facial appearance.

What Neck Lift Accomplishes

It is important to note that liposuction cannot improve skin laxity or jowls below the neck line. If your neck is hindered by the appearance of loose, stretched skin, which some people call a “turkey waddle,” neck lift may be a more appropriate solution. The procedure is ideal for patients with loose skin that was left over from substantial weight loss or has simply lost its elastic and firm quality over time. Neck lift excises the loose skin while tightening the underlying muscles and re-draping the skin for a tauter appearance. As an added benefit, neck lift can also minimize the appearance of horizontal neckbands. The result is a leaner and younger-looking neck.

A Combination Procedure May Be Appropriate

In some cases, a patient may benefit from a liposuction and neck lift combination procedure. Dr. Margoles specializes in performing both procedures and works with each patient to select the right treatment plan. During your initial consultation, Dr. Margoles will examine your neck and chin, and discuss your cosmetic goals with you in order to determine the details of your procedure.

To learn more about contouring your neck with liposuction and/or neck lift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Margoles. Contact her Greenwich plastic surgery practice by calling (203) 869-2939 today.


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