CDC Warns Patients About Risks of Plastic Surgery in Dominican Republic

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Report recounts cases of U.S. women who developed disfiguring infections after procedures there

U.S. health officials are alerting patients about the perils of “medical tourism” after at least 18 women from the East Coast were infected with a disfiguring bacteria immediately after Plastic Surgery procedures they underwent in the Dominican Republic.

According to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the infections, caused by a type of germ called mycobacteria, are typically difficult to treat. At least several of the women had to be hospitalized, undergo surgery to treat the infection and take antibiotics for months.

One expert remarked that the effects can be devastating.

“It’s a very mutilating infection. They’re going for Cosmetic Surgery, and they will be scarred. It’s a terrible scenario for people to go down there, get surgery and come back worse than they imagined they could be,” said Dr. Charles Daley. He is a Denver infectious disease physician whose clinic has seen patients infected after undergoing these kinds of procedures in the Dominican Republic.

The CDC reports that, 21 women from six Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states appear to have been affected by mycobacterial infections after visiting five Plastic Surgery Clinics in the Dominican Republic, a nation in the Caribbean. (Eighteen of the cases are confirmed, and three are considered probable).

Mycobacteria, which are found worldwide in the environment, “usually infect the skin or lungs, and are responsible for chronic and recurrent infections that are notoriously resistant to antibiotics and difficult to treat,” said report co-author Dr. Douglas Esposito. He is a medical officer and epidemiologist with the CDC’s Travelers’ Health Branch.

More than 80% of the infected women reported swelling, pain and scarring. Daley, who works at the National Jewish Health respiratory hospital in Denver, mentioned infected people often need to endure Reconstructive Surgery.

It’s not clear how the women were infected, although Daley said it’s possible the bacteria entered their Plastic Surgery wounds through tap water or instruments used during surgery. Most underwent Liposuction and at least one other surgery, such as procedures to expand the size of the breasts and buttocks, or breast reduction.

Daley commented his clinic has seen two patients infected following Plastic Surgery and consulted on a third case. It’s not clear how many, if any, are among those in the CDC report.

The risk of this kind of infection is higher in countries like the Dominican Republic and Brazil, he noted, but patients have become infected in the United States, too. “We are definitely seeing more of these postoperative infections, particularly ones that are related to Cosmetic Surgery,” Daley said.

The CDC report warns about the risks of medical tourism, a term that describes leaving the United States for medical procedures to save money. According to the report, many of the women—most of whom were born in the Dominican Republic—said they went to the country for Plastic Surgery to save money.

Individuals who have undergone Plastic Surgery in the Dominican Republic should talk to their doctor about getting tested, Daley suggested. And, individuals who plan to go there for a procedure should ask the clinic whether they’ve had infections, he added.

“I would never go to one of those places,” he said. “I know too many stories about what’s happened to people. It has ruined people’s lives.”

The study appeared online July 13th in Emerging Infectious Diseases.

To learn more about mycobacterial infections, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Douglas Esposito, M.D., MPH, medical officer and epidemiologist, Travelers’ Health Branch, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Charles Daley, M.D., chief, division of mycobacterial and respiratory infections, National Jewish Health, Denver; July 13, 2016, Emerging Infectious Diseases, online.

The Latest DIY Beauty Treatment: “Selfie-Help”

Announced as the 2013 “word of the year” by the Oxford English Dictionary, the “selfie” is officially ready for its first celebrity close-up, thanks to recent additions to your friendly, neighborhood app store such as Perfect 365 and Facetune.

It is imagined that millions of Social Media addicts everywhere, especially young women, gasped a sigh of relief when they first realized they could download photo customization programs that convert the magic of Photoshop into a literal “at your fingertips” format to  conveniently tote around with you on your smartphone.

This pret-a-porter glamour goes beyond the eradication of red eye or the application of filters for mood enhancement, which are now standard on smartphones and most Social Media Sites. These new downloads allow you to apply make-up like a top artist, eradicate skin flaws like acne, brighten and whiten teeth, and yes – even create a look that in real life might require surgical procedures such as a Nose Job or an Eye Lift.

If you’ve already been considering a cosmetic surgical procedure for your face, but you have been hesitating due to an inability to consult in person with a Plastic Surgeon, downloading one of these apps might help.

Perfect 365 is a free download with edit features for the eye such as a “dark circle” detector and pupil enhancer that may help you to judge whether the improvements associated with eye lift surgery are really something to consider.  The edit features for the face also include the ability to lift the cheeks and change the width and shape of the nose which enable you to see the benefits of something like a Mid-face Lift or Rhinoplasty.  To satisfy those with a non-invasive curiosity, you can lift your eyebrows to a higher and more aesthetically pleasing position like that which may result after Botox injections or you can use one of the program’s filters like, “Brighten Skin” to explore the confidence you might possess with more radiant skin that develops after an investment in regular skin peels.

Facetune is not a free download, however, $2.99 is a small price to pay to explore the larger investment of plastic surgery or even non-invasive treatments like Botox and Dermal Fillers, especially if you’re just at the curiosity stage. One of the products 5 co-founders, Itai Tsiddon, described the distinguishing feature of Facetune to be its use of advanced technology in comparison to what currently exists on most of the other selfie apps.  He went on to say that most apps rely on automation to assist the user in creating improvements in their photos, whereas Facetune allows the user to work locally, down to the pixel to create desired effects and changes, but they have tweaked this advanced technology in such a way that it is still accessible for use by the average Joe.  He recommends the sites “reshape” section to play around with changes you might desire from a cosmetic, surgical enhancement.

The development team for Facetune is composed of four PhD, level computer scientists, a much “brainier” group than your typical app development team, and Tsiddon added that this originally, unintended usage for the technology may be blossoming into many new possiblities on the horizon.

Both sites allow you convenient upload of your photos to Social Media Sites for an instant share with friends and followers, and if you’d like, on Perfect 365 you can create a poll so that friends and followers can vote on the likeability of your enhancements.

As is always the case, playing around with an app such as Perfect 365 or Facetune is never a substitute for a consultation and Computer Imaging with a medical expert.  If you have been considering a cosmetic procedure and you’re ready to speak with an expert in the NYC area, Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj is available for a consultation by calling (212) 628-6464.

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Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery Procedures for Men

Say the words “Cosmetic Surgery” and people’s minds usually go directly to women: BOTOX®™, Facelifts, and Breast Augmentation. But, we know from our successful New York Plastic Surgery Practice, men are most certainly embracing the power of surgical advancements to enhance their looks and physique. Just take a look at this list, The 10 Most Popular Cosmetic Surgeries For Men,” published on therichest.com. Excluding a few body-based procedures, such as Liposuction or Breast Reduction, the bulk of the procedures requested by men revolve around anti-aging procedures for a more youthful and vital appearance, or to correct facial features — like the nose or ears — that have plagued them for years.

So, let’s take a look at some of the most popular Plastic Surgery procedures that appeal to men.

Rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is one of the most common Cosmetic Surgery procedures requested by men of all ages. The nose is a funny thing — even the slightest amount of disproportion can affect the way a person views himself or herself in the mirror. This is especially true if an individual was teased about the size or shape of their nose when they were a child or adolescent. Rhinoplasty procedures are performed to alter the size and/or shape of the nose in a way that is in better proportion with existing facial features. Dr. Slupchynskyj has revolutionized Rhinoplasty procedures, specifically Ethnic Rhinoplasty, with hisSLUPimplant™, which uses a custom carved silastic implant.

Otoplasty. This is one of the cosmetic procedures that is actually requested more frequently by men than by women. There are several reasons for this. The first of which is that men usually wear their hair shorter than women, which makes their ears more prominent. Otoplasty, also called Ear Pinning (although no pinning is involved), can be used to change the shape of the ear, or it can be used to prevent the ears from sticking out perpendicularly to the head. Again, facial proportion is the key. The doctor will use precise facial measurements to determine the size and shape that works best with your natural features.

Brow Lifts. One of the first signs of aging in a man are the brow lines, or brow sag, that begins to appear as skin elasticity decreases with age. This can be more dramatic in men due to their naturally prominent brow lines and shaggier eyebrows. Over time, the brow line can droop significantly, causing a hooded look as the eyebrows begin to sag over the upper eyelids. A Brow Lift can be used to gently raise the eyebrow line, which helps to alleviate the hooded look and will ease wrinkle lines. This procedure is often paired with an Eyelid Lift, to help remove excess eyelid skin that can begin to sag both above and below the eyes. BOTOX®™ injections can be used to further diminish frown lines or creases along the brow line or between the eyes.

Face and Neck Lifts. Another common complaint for older men is the “jowly” look that can occur as the cheeks begin to sag. Again, the culprit is decreased collagen production. This will also affect the skin on the neck. A Facelift and/or Neck Lift can be used to remove excess skin and gently stretch the skin to its normal position. The goal is to create a natural, healthy, younger skin tone – it should not pull the skin so taught that it appears stretched or shiny.

BOTOX®™ injections. BOTOX®™ injections have revolutionized the world of Cosmetic Surgery because they allow Plastic Surgeons to create significant improvements in regards to anti-aging treatments without using invasive surgical procedures.BOTOX®™ can be used in a variety of areas, most commonly the brow, around the nose, and the lips. It eliminates wrinkles and worry lines, smooths sagging skin, and re-plumps skin that may be sagging or deflating with age. BOTOX®™ injections can also be used to enhance lips, which can alter their shape with age, or can change as the result of long-time smoking. Many of our patients opt to use BOTOX®™ when they first notice the signs of aging on their face, and save more invasive Cosmetic Surgery techniques for when the signs of aging become more dramatic.

Are you interested in learning more about Cosmetic Surgery for men?

Please contact the office of Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj and schedule a consultation. You will have the chance to share your concerns, ask questions and learn more about the Cosmetic Surgery procedures we offer for our male clientele. In addition to viewing before and after photos, we will use enhanced digital technology that allows you to see what you will look like after your surgery is complete. Don’t let the signs of aging, or a disproportionate facial feature, affect the way you view yourself, or the way the world views you.

Is Teenage Cosmetic Surgery Increasing?

Depending on the sources you read, there are conflicting statements about whether or not teenage Cosmetic Surgery is on the rise. While headlines on major news sources say it is, the American Society for Aesthetic Surgery states that teenage Plastic Surgery procedures are actually on the decline, and their statistics are backed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well. There are really two issues that are pressing when it comes to teenagers and Cosmetic Surgery:

•   Are surgeons performing these procedures unethically? Upstanding Plastic Surgeons will not perform a Plastic Surgery procedure, such as Rhinoplasty, that will affect a physical feature that hasn’t fully matured. Nor will they perform a procedure if their patient has unrealistic expectations regarding the outcome.

•   Are the patients fully aware of the risks? This can be difficult to assess with teenagers as their perspective is so limited, and they are unaware how much they will mature and change after high school and beyond. It is imperative that a Plastic Surgeon is very careful, open, and honest, when speaking with teenagers about Plastic Surgery and its long-term affects.

The American Society for Aesthetic Surgery says that teenage Cosmetic Surgery is on the decline.

Here are some of the statistics, provided by the ASAPS, supporting that teenage Plastic Surgery is actually on the decline:

•   Ten Years Ago: there were 220,077 procedures in 2002

•   Five Years Ago: there were 178,041 procedures 2006

•   Last Year: there were 131,877 procedures in 2011

•   This Year: there were 130,502 procedures in 2012

Unless you have a teenager who is agonizing daily over their physical appearance, it can be difficult to understand why teenagers would want to undergo surgery in order to improve their physical features. However, the recent media attention on bullying helps to de-mystify this issue; children and young adults can be incredibly cruel, especially regarding their physical differences. The teasing and bullying that happens as a result of a big nose, ears that stick out, or abnormally large or flat breasts can be devastating for an adolescent who is coming of age.

This short video posted by ABC News follows two teenage girls who elected to use Cosmetic Surgery to enhance their physical appearances. Katelyn and Tracy are two adult teens that have opted to have Breast Augmentation and Rhinoplasty, respectively, in order to say farewell to deep-seeded physical insecurities. Both girls waited until they were adults, using their years as insecure teenagers as fuel for their Plastic Surgery inspiration. While both of these young women are very happy with the outcomes of their surgeries, there are also cases where adults regret the surgeries they had as teens.

One example is Sabrina Weiss, who underwent a Rhinoplasty procedure immediately after graduating from high school. In hindsight, Weiss realizes that she projected all of her hopes of becoming an outgoing, socially accepted young woman into her nose. She says, “Looking back, if anyone had questioned what my reasons for doing this, they would’ve seen it was irrational and a fantasy that having this surgery was going to somehow transform my entire life.” 

Here is a list of the Cosmetic Surgery procedures most commonly requested by teenagers:

•   Otoplasty. Also called Ear Surgery or ear pinning, this procedure was the most popular Plastic Surgery procedure for teens in 2012. It helps to pull back the outer portion of the ear, aligning it with the head, correcting embarrassing large earflaps that stick out.

•   Rhinoplasty. Anyone with a large or misshapen nose understands why this procedure took the Number 2 slot. Having a nose in proportion with the rest of your facial features can make a dramatic difference in your appearance.

•   Breast reduction. Contrary to what many may think, Breast Reduction is more popular than Breast Augmentation for teenage girls. Large breasts are heavy, and can cause neck and back pain. They make it difficult for female athletes to move comfortably.

Is your teenager interested in Cosmetic Surgery procedures?

If your teenager is interested in Cosmetic Surgery procedures, it is imperative that you take him or her to a reputable Cosmetic Surgeon that is willing to say, “No,” if he feels the procedure is being performed for the wrong reasons. Questions that should be asked include:

•   Whether or not the teenager is physically mature, “late bloomers” often mature years later than their peers.

•   Does the child truly understand the risks?

•   Are the child’s expectations realistic?

•   Does the child feel their life will be completely changed by the surgery?

•   Is the child aware that the surgery is a permanent procedure?

If your teenager is interested in Cosmetic Surgery, please make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj. He will be 100% honest with your teenager, and will screen him or her carefully before deciding whether or not Cosmetic Surgery is the right decision at this point in his or her life.

Can Plastic Surgery Improve Your Sex Life?

Recent studies show that Cosmetic Surgery procedures can improve your sex life. Multiple studies published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal tracked patients after they had received various body contouring procedures. An overwhelming percentage of responses indicated these procedures enhance the patients’ sex lives as well as their interpersonal relationships. Not only are their own sex lives enhanced, studies show that the sex lives of their partners are also improved.

We have known for a long time that Plastic Surgery had a marked impact on our patients’ self esteem, but this is the first time that research has been used to correlate a relationship between an enhanced physical body, increased self-esteem, and a more satisfying sex life.

Self-esteem Plays a Critical Role in Your Sex Life

A satisfying sex life is dependent on several factors, including a positive body image, healthy self-esteem, and a general feeling of satisfaction regarding life in general. In an article titled, The Secrets to Maintaining a Healthy Sex Life, published on the Harvard Health Publications website, aging and the negative self-image that can develop as a result are noted as significant factors in the decline of a healthy sex life. The aging process can cause individuals to mourn the loss of their youth as well as the noticeable change in their physical features. This dissatisfaction with physical aging is enhanced by a culture that celebrates hyper-glamorized examples of human form. Perhaps you are dissatisfied by the way your body has gained weight, lost tone, or the wrinkles that have developed as skin elasticity decreases.

This dissatisfaction can lead to a type of body-image related depression. These issues can make a person so self-conscious that s/he no longer feels uninhibited in the bedroom. Plastic Surgery can use procedures like Face and Neck Lifts to remove wrinkles, breast augmentation, or liposuction, all of which can restore a person’s physical sense of health and vitality.

Of course, if your sex life is improving, so is the sex life of your current partner. Self-confidence is one of the most desirable qualities a person can have. We are all attracted to people who are comfortable in their own skin. When you use Cosmetic Surgery to enhance your physical appearance, and become more comfortable in your body, you will naturally become more desirable to others. This enhanced desire will increase their libido and will further enhance your sexual relationship.

Never Undergo Cosmetic Surgery for the Benefit of Somebody Else

While we feel this scientific evidence is exciting news for our patients, we would never advocate getting Cosmetic Surgery for the sole purpose of enhancing your sex life. It is important to us that our patients have a very specific, physical issue that they want to change. Perhaps they are tired of having a large nose or thin lips, and these features cause them to be self-conscious when they meet others. Maybe they are getting ready to attend their 50th high school reunion and would like to have some work done to erase unwanted frown lines. These are all anatomical issues that can be easily resolved using Plastic Surgery.

However, sometimes clients come to us because their significant other has requested that they make a change to their body or face. In these cases, we ask that our clients seriously consider their options before making a final decision. The effects of Cosmetic Surgery are permanent, and you should never make permanent changes to your body at someone else’s request. We have even been known to refuse to do a procedure if the doctor feels a patient is pursuing Plastic Surgery for the wrong reasons.

Is Cosmetic Surgery the Answer for You?

If you are in the process of determining whether or not Cosmetic Surgery is right for you, please ask yourself these important questions. Make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Slupchynskyj so you can ask questions, and learn about the various procedures we offer, as well as their potential risks and side effects. Then you can take this information and discuss it with your partner. It is imperative that you feel 100% confident in your decision to have Plastic Surgery.

However, once your decision is made, the procedure is behind you, and your healing process is complete, you can enjoy the fact the fact that your self-confidence may be in for a major boost. And, if you’re like 96 percent of the respondents in the recent research studies, you and your partner will benefit from an improved sex life. That’s certainly something to look forward to!

Please contact the office of Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj to learn more about the Cosmetic Surgery procedures we offer, and to schedule your consultation.

Can Plastic Surgery Improve Athletic Performance?

When most of us think about Cosmetic Surgery procedures, we immediately jump to those procedures designed to enhance a person’s physical appearance such as Face Lifts, Breast Augmentation, or Ethnic Rhinoplasty; however, there is another aspect of Plastic Surgery that is lesser known, and that is the use of cosmetic surgical procedures to improve athletic performance.

Athletes and workout enthusiasts require certain physical abilities in order to gain the most of their workout, this includes things like the ability to efficiently transfer oxygen to the brain and muscles groups, physical comfort, and a sense of self confidence that empowers them to continue working and training harder to meet their goals. Cosmetic Surgery can enhance all of these aspects, which, in turn, with enhances their overall athletic performance.

The following are some of the ways Plastic Surgery can increase your athletic performance.

Breathe in, breathe out. Respiration is arguably the most important involuntary action our bodies perform in order to keep us alive. It allows our lungs to be filled with oxygen-rich air that is then transferred from the alveoli into your blood stream. After the oxygen has been delivered to your cells, this process is reversed in order to release the byproducts, mainly carbon monoxide, back out into the atmosphere. If your body isn’t able to take in the oxygen it needs, and release toxic carbon monoxide, your body will begin to feel the effects immediately.

For athletes, even a slight disruption in the respiratory process can be detrimental to their sport or workout routine. Often, these issues crop up in the nasal passages, where narrow passages, anatomical obstructions, or other deformities prevent the nose from being able to suck in enough air to oxygenate the blood stream. Rhinoplasty can be used to restore normal breathing functions, enhancing the oxygenation process and improving overall performance. It is also critical in correcting sleep apnea, which can prevent athletes from getting the sound sleep they need to heal and revitalize their tired muscles.

Physical comfort. When you lead a physical lifestyle, it’s critical that you are comfortable in your body. For women, large breasts can become a detriment in sports. They are cumbersome and can be difficult to adequately support, even with the use of sports bras. Larger breasts are heavy, which make it more difficult for the body to maneuver agilely and can cause neck, shoulder and back pain. They also increase a woman’s body temperature, and are more prone to injury, which can cause further physical discomfort. As such, Breast Reduction is a popular Cosmetic Surgery option for female athletes with large breasts.

Self-confidence boost. When it comes to athletic performance, there is more at work than just your physical ability. Self-confidence and a positive attitude are also important components. We often encounter patients who long to workout at the gym, or get back to their favorite athletic past times, but their insecurities about their physical appearance prevent them from working out in public.

Cosmetic Surgeries, such as Face Lifts, Nose Jobs, Liposuction and Breast Enhancement procedures, can provide a much needed self-confidence boost. We have had many patients come back and report how their lives have been transformed after finally getting the Cosmetic Surgery they had been pining for. That being said, it is important that you get Cosmetic Surgery for the right reasons. Please read our post regarding the 7 Questions to Ask When Deciding if Cosmetic Surgery is Right For You before making an appointment for a consultation.

Do You Think Plastic Surgery Would Enhance Your Athletic Performance?

If you think your athletic performance would be enhanced by Cosmetic Surgery procedures, please contact the office of Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj. In addition to being a Double Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Manhattan, he has been recognized worldwide for his innovative procedures and inventions. These include the SLUPlift™,which is a revolutionary procedure that provides the benefits of a facelift using a less-invasive surgical procedure, and theSLUPimplant™, a nasal bridge reconstruction that is particularly beneficial in Ethnic Rhinoplasty outcomes. We look forward to using Cosmetic Surgery to help you increase your athletic performance.

Talking to Your Kids About Cosmetic Surgery

The decision to have Cosmetic Surgery is a personal one. However, it also has an effect on friends and family members. Children can be the most impacted, especially if they are present throughout your post-surgical recovery period. While the immediate swelling and bruising is usually gone within the first week or so, it can take a month or two for more intensive healing to take place.

Unless a child is too young to know the difference, we feel it is important that parents are honest with their children about the Cosmetic Surgery procedures they are having, as well as what the recovery period will be like. If your children are going to be around immediately after your surgery, you will want to prepare them for the ways that you will look and feel differently, until your body has healed.

Here are common questions or topics you can expect to discuss with your children, depending on their ages.

Ages 3 – 10.

Question: Are you sick or hurting?

If children catch wind you are having surgery, going to a doctor, etc., they will worry that you are sick or something is wrong. You know the expression, “little pitchers have big ears?” Just because you haven’t spoken about the procedure to them, doesn’t mean they haven’t caught hints of it via your conversations with others. Make sure they know that there is nothing wrong with you, you are not sick, and that you aren’t in pain, but rather you are going to the doctor to help you feel even better than you already do!

QuestionWill you look different?

If your children will be around immediately after the procedure, you will want to prepare them for how you will look and feel differently. If you are having a Facelift, you will want to let them know what your face will look like for a little while after the procedure, (i.e. some bruising, swelling, and visible incisions). Depending on the child’s sensitivity, you can show them pictures. If they aren’t prepared, the results can be a bit alarming for young children.


QuestionWhy are you having surgery?

This can be one of the toughest questions to answer because you want to be as honest as possible, without setting them up to believe that Cosmetic Surgery is a requirement for physical and emotional well-being. Be honest and explain that as mommy/daddy has gotten older, there are some things you want to repair to make your body look the way it used to. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their youthful, vibrant, and beautiful beings.


Children ages 10 – 16

Children who are 10 and older usually have a pretty good idea about what Cosmetic Surgery is and they may even have a general idea of what it entails. Cosmetic Surgery is everywhere in the media and public spotlight, which makes it easy for children to see information on T.V. and in magazines. Plus, they can also look up information online via a simple Google search; therefore, you have the ability to go into more detail about what you are doing and why.


QuestionWhat procedures are you having done and what happens during surgery?

There is a good chance your older children will want a more detailed answer regarding what procedures you are having, as well as what is done during the procedures. We have plenty of information on our site regarding each of the different types of Cosmetic Surgery procedures, as well as what can be expected before, during, and after.


QuestionWhy are you getting Cosmetic Surgery?


At the adolescent and teenage stage, reactions may be varied among your children. Some might cheer you on readily, and look forward for the results with you. Others might be scared, or may feel more vulnerable about their own insecurities during this tender time in physical development. Your child may even request that s/he be allowed to have Cosmetic Surgery as well. 


Make sure you express the importance of growing fully into one’s own body before making the decision to change or alter things. You have waited a long time to decide whether or not Cosmetic Surgery was right for you, and it is in their best interest to become adults, and live life a little, before they make the same kind of permanent decision for their own bodies.


One thing is certain, your children can rest assured that you are in safe hands when you choose Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj as your New York Plastic Surgeon. In addition to glowing credentials and referrals, he is dedicated to patient care and safety. He is one of the best Plastic Surgeons in the field, and has even developed his own, innovative SLUPlift™mini facelift procedure, as well as specialized Rhinoplasty Techniques


Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Slupchynskyj to discuss the right cosmetic surgery procedures for you.

The Importance of Holistic Health on Cosmetic Surgery Success

While it’s easy to view your body one part at a time, it’s important to remember that each part is intricately connected to the whole. Your holistic health will have a direct impact on the recovery time and the outcome of your upcoming Cosmetic Surgery. Emotional well-being, lifestyle choices and nutrition all play a role in a complication-free procedure, quick recovery, and minimal scarring – all of which are important to achieve the vibrant and youthful glow you desire.

Here are tips on how to look and feel your best before, during, and after your Cosmetic Surgery.

  1. Have a positive attitude. Physical appearance can be enhanced using cosmetic procedures, but a radiant inner glow is something onlyyou have control over. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people, and be grateful for the simple things in life. Keep your chin up through the recovery process. Don’t feel like whiling away the recovery time at home? Some of our patients use this opportunity to relax in a New York hotel, pampering themselves with room service all week long!
  2. Make smart lifestyle choices. If you smoke, it’s imperative that you quit for the two weeks before and after your surgery. Smoking inhibits circulation, which is key to a healthy surgery and recovery. Smoking immediately after surgery can cause the tissue around your incisions to die, which will noticeably effect the outcome. Alcohol is a blood thinner, so limiting your alcohol consumption will help your blood to clot normally, reducing the chance of complications.
  3. Avoid vitamin E and ibuprofen. Vitamin E and ibuprofen are also blood thinners, which makes it difficult to stem the flow of blood when the doctor is making incisions.
  4. Take Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a wonder supplement; it boost the immune system and reduces swelling and bruising. It is a powerful antioxidant, inhibits cancer growth, and has additional anti-aging benefits. We recommend that our clients take 3000 mg per day. These should be divided into three 1000 mg. doses, taken morning, afternoon, and night. While you can use it for the period before and after your surgery, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t become a regular part of your dietary supplementation. Vitamin C is water soluble, so your body eliminates what you don’t need.
  5. Homeopathic Arnica. Arnica is a plant in the sunflower family. One of the species. Arnica montana contains a chemical called helenalin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory, especially adept at reducing the effects of bruising. Arnica has been used as a homeopathic remedy since the 1500s. Your local health food store will have Arnica tablets in their homeopathic section. Homeopathic Arnica can also be purchased online. Take it orally, as directed, for the first two weeks or so after your cosmetic procedure to reduce swelling and minimize bruising.
  6. Eat a well-balanced diet. A well-balanced diet is always a good thing, but it’s especially important when your body is healing. For enhanced post-surgical benefits, focus on eating an anti-inflammatory diet, which will keep swelling and bruising in check, and will boost your immune system. Many of our clients find they maintain an anti-inflammatory diet long after their Cosmetic Surgery because it can also reduce food sensitivities, increase energy levels, and help to improve joint pain. Reduce your intake of processed foods and sugars, and focus on whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and lean proteins.

By taking a holistic approach to your health, you will have the energy and vitality to enjoy the benefits of your Cosmetic Surgery procedure. For more information about pre and post-operative care, or to learn more about your Cosmetic Surgery options, contact the office of Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj.

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