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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

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Back to school means back to the Garden City Public Library. September is not only back to school month, it is also Library Card Sign-up Month. A library card is the most important school supply of all for both students and their parents. This September be sure your library card is in your wallet. If you don’t have one, sign up for a new one for you and for your children.

The Garden City Public Library offers programs for adults and for children of all ages. In addition, the library provides access to an extensive collection of books, periodicals, music CDs, audiobooks, and DVDS. The library also provides online access through its website www.gardencitypl.org to authoritative electronic databases as well as to downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and music. With a valid library card, you can register for programs, borrow materials and museum passes, and access electronic resources.

The Garden City Historical Society is gearing up for a really big celebration. In 2015, the Society will mark the 40th anniversary of its founding, and the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Garden City Historical Society Museum.

To observe these two significant milestones and to further the Society’s capital campaign to restore the exterior of the museum building, the Society is planning a special event on May 14, 2015 at the Garden City Hotel. Early next year, an invitation to attend will be extended to residents and businesses in the village. The gala will include an open bar and full buffet, with music, mystery guests, a live auction and raffles.


Sports

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League

2014-15 Garden City Recreation Department Dance Conservatory

The Garden City Recreation Department’s Dance Conservatory Program is pleased to announce the start of registration for its upcoming 2014-15 season. Director Felicia Lovaglio, along with Mary Searson and the rest of her staff, are excited to start off another fantastic year. The dance conservatory offers classes to Garden City residents ages 3 through adult which are non-performance based. Age is determined by the start date of the desired class. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted):

Note: Registration is by mail only until Sept. 23. Participants MUST be the required age by the start of the program in order to register. Each session costs $220 for 22 weeks of class.


Calendar

Village Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday, October 2

Benefit Yard Sale Goes To The Birds

Saturday, October 4

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 6



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