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Garden City's Bikini Doctor

Surgical options for when diet

and exercise don't work

In the quest to look buff in a swimsuit, the unfortunate reality is that despite all the dieting and trips to the gym, there will be times when you might need a little help in the form of plastic surgery. According to Dr. Laurence Glickman of Garden City's Long Island Plastic Surgery Group, the following are a handful of the most frequent procedures patients come in to undergo when cutting carbs or working out with a personal trainer just isn’t enough.  

Liposuction

One of the most common procedures in the cosmetic realm, this involves removal of fat from various parts of the body including the abdomen, back, inner and outer thighs, under the arms and it takes anywhere from one to four hours. Incisions are tiny and patients can usually return to work a couple of days after surgery, albeit after wearing a girdle-like compression garment for about a week. It can cost anywhere between $2,000 up to $10,000 and is NOT for weight loss. Risks include unevenness, waviness or dimpling if you wind up with too much fat in an area compared to another and come away with varying degrees of asymmetry.

Breast Augmentation

For women who may have had kids and wound up with potic, or droopy breasts, the most common surgical consults have to do with some kind of breast lift, with or without augmentation. Should you choose to go larger, saline or silicone are your implant choices. The procedure is done under general anesthetic and the surgical fee falls anywhere between $5,000 and $8,000. Thanks to 3D imaging technology called a Vectra, patients can get an idea of how they’ll look before and after surgery either with or without clothes. The implant can be placed above or under the muscle in the upper body as a means of possibly avoiding capsular contracture, or hardening of the breasts. And while patients are instructed to avoid any type of upper body workouts for about a month, they can easily hit the beach a week after surgery with a bathing suit on.

Gluteoplasty (aka Buttock Augmentation)

You can thank Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez for inspiring women to wind up with a little more junk in the trunk. At the Long Island Plastic Surgery Group, fat is taken from the patient’s back, belly or side and reinjected into the buttocks area for a fuller and rounder result. While most fat injections in areas like the face are temporary because they get reabsorbed, only half of what gets reintroduced into the posterior winds up undergoing the same fate, so the augmentation is permanent. Plus by using the patient’s fat, there is no risk of rejection.

In other parts of the United States and countries like Brazil, implants are the more popular way to go. Surgery roughly takes three hours while recovery is about a week to 10 days and patients must stay on their sides and not sit for a week or so. The pain is significant enough that the doctor will oftentimes prescribe Vicodin or Percocet the first couple of days before the subjects can switch to Tylenol or Motrin in a couple of days. Expect to shell out five to seven thousand dollars.

Abdominoplasty (aka Tummy Tuck)

One of the more complicated and more extensive procedures, tummy tucks are usually the last result for women who’ve had multiple children and/or C-sections and have been unable to improve on their abdominal aesthetics regardless of how many situps or working out they may do. Patients generally have to take off two weeks from work since surgery takes longer and is more extensive due to the fact that a bigger incision is needed, skin is removed and muscles are tightened, all of which takes between two to four hours and oftentimes involves liposuction.

Recovery runs around two to four weeks and drains are post-operatively used. Patients are placed in a binder five to seven days after surgery, discomfort is more significant so pain medication is taken for around five days with patients being unable to shower or drive for the first few days. Patients can expect to be set back about $7,000.

News

Wide range of issues covered by

Stewart Manor Board

The Stewart Manor Board of Trustees began its most recent meeting in high spirits, presiding from the newly-renovated, cherrywood justice’s bench in village hall.

Mayor Tangredi offered up thanks to the court system for providing the grant that paid for the improved bench. Trustee John R. Egan also was in fine fettle in his return after missing previous meetings due to health issues.

Focus groups to continue this fall

The Garden City Public Library’s Board of Trustees and Library Director Lisa Paulo are dedicated to continuing the patron-friendly atmosphere in the library. It is an experienced and dedicated panel, who with a knowledgeable staff under the direction of Library Director Lisa Paulo, will continue to develop interesting innovations. The trustees anticipate many productive years ahead.

The library’s successful focus groups will continue in 2014. All patrons are invited to attend. The board, however, is reaching out to parents of school-age children to round out the participants. Anyone interested in contributing their time and experience is welcome. Please call the library at 516-742-8405  x210 and leave your name and telephone and/or email address.

Gloria Weinrich is the vice chair of the Garden City Library Board of Trustees


Sports

Garden City gals lead FLG

to three championships

The FLG 2018 girls have established themselves as one of FLG’s premier teams of the summer. Garden City’s Julia Kavan and Anna Mandaro at the midfield and Megan Sprotte and Ann Sullivan defensively led their team to three championships this summer. The girls “really started to gel and play as a unit,” said Coach McGinty, successfully executing new plays, transitioning well and crashing on defense. With the improvements across the board, the team hasn’t lost a game since the first tournament of the summer. These girls were leaders on and off the field and are taking FLG Girls Lacrosse to the next level.

Two friends get back on track through running

The other day I woke up to this text from my Garden City friend, Claire LoRusso: “I need help. I am running a half marathon in October. I have not run in years. Where do I start? Miss you.” I got giddy, in a dorky way, because I always get excited when someone wants to run.

In this case, however, it was more of a “Welcome back, Claire.”


Calendar

Friday Night Promenade

Friday, August 22

The Little Mermaid JR

Saturday, August 23

Getting Your Feet Wet

Tuesday, Aug. 26



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