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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

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.


Sports

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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