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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

Have you considered adding running to your exercise regimen but not sure how to get started? Are you concerned about past injuries? Runners, from experienced to beginner, are sidelined every year due to injury. Physical Therapy Options (PTO) wants to help runners get off to a great start this fall and is pleased to offer the community an opportunity to receive a free comprehensive “Running Analysis.”

 

Physical Therapist Lisa Coors, founder of PTO, views this offering as part of PTO’s mission to help patients live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. 

Yard sale announced

 

The Garden City Bird Sanctuary/Tanners Pond Environmental Center recently announced its annual Fall Benefit Yard Sale. The sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., located outdoors inside the front gate at the sanctuary. Vendors are being sought. A 10 x 17 foot selling area is $45 for the day. (Includes space for selling & space to park one car next to selling space)


Sports

Dance Conservatory Program

 

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. 

 

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. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted): 

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18


Calendar

Living With Pulmonary Fibrosis Program - September 18

Harpeth Rising Concert - September 19 

JV Football - September 20


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