How to Speed Up Facelift Recovery

Dr. Amiya Prasad uses local anesthesia with LITE™ IV sedation

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When you think about cosmetic surgery, what often comes to mind is the facelift. For years, facelifts have been the gold standard in facial rejuvenation surgery to address sagging skin in the cheek, neck, and jawline areas. It’s generally assumed that facelifts require a long recovery process. In the past, this prolonged recovery time was afforded by predominantly wealthier people.

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Facelift was considered a surgical procedure for wealthy people due to the cost and long recovery process

 

When I was training in facial cosmetic surgery, facelifts involved general anesthesia and an overnight hospital stay. It also meant weeks of uncomfortable swelling that required large dressings and drains. While observing this process, I began thinking of ways to make facelift surgery less difficult and stressful for patients. I wanted my patients to get the most out of having a facelift procedures without compromising on quality and longevity of results. In the course of my practice, I’ve developed methods and systems, which allow my patients to enjoy an improved appearance with minimal risk and minimal downtime.

General Anesthesia vs. Local Anesthesia

One significant cause of longer facelift recovery is having general anesthesia. Under general anesthesia, a patient is completely unconscious and paralyzed which requires a breathing tube in the throat and a mechanical respirator to keep you alive. General anesthesia carries risks and complications which are specific to this type of anesthesia. Recovering from general anesthesia can be uncomfortable and prolong the recovery time

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Patient under general anesthesia needs a respirator for breathing during surgery

 

In many cases, recovering from the effects of general anesthesia is more difficult than recovering from the actual surgery. After surgery, facelift patients can still suffer from the effects of general anesthesia such as nausea, vomiting, and memory loss. Oftentimes, patients are required to stay overnight at a recovery facility for monitoring and postoperative nursing care.

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Facelift patients under general anesthesia take longer recovery time and require extensive facial and neck bandages (this is not an actual patient)

 

Facelift patients often also require extensive facial and neck bandages, as well as drains that require regular dressing changes.

In my practice, I use local anesthesia with LITE™ IV sedation when performing facelift surgery. LITE™ IV sedation allows my patients to be in a relaxed state throughout the procedure. They are generally more comfortable and feel good after surgery. We perform surgery at our own operating facilities within our own office. Our facilities are managed like hospital facilities which reflects our commitment to safety, sterility and maintaining appropriate emergency equipment should the need arise.

Dr. Amiya Prasad uses local anesthesia with LITE™ IV sedation

Dr. Amiya Prasad uses local anesthesia with LITE™ IV sedation when performing facelift surgery. A light facial dressing is used and you can return home shortly after surgery

 

After surgery is completed, a light bandage is placed without the need for any drains. We typically monitor our patients for 1-2 hours before they go home. A responsible adult is necessary to accompany you going home.

What To Do After A Facelift?

Post-op care instructions involve putting antibiotic ointment where sutures are placed.

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Antibiotic ointment is placed on the sutures after surgery

 

Antibiotic ointment is used for about 3 days to minimize the risk of allergic reaction to the antibiotic. A petrolatum-based ointment is used after 3 days to maintain a moist environment for optimal wound healing. Pain medication are typically not necessary. Sutures are removed after one week and patients can return to work in about a week to 2 weeks after surgery.

Antibiotic ointment

Over the counter petrolatum based ointment helps incision healing

 

Whether it’s a limited mini lift to an extended face and neck lift surgery, there is no compromise in the quality of the surgery to insure the best results. The deeper tissue often referred to as the superficial musculoaponeurotic system, is addressed the same way as any facelift procedure typically performed under general anesthesia. I perform the full range of facelifts with this approach, from short scar mini lifts with SMAS plication, SMAS flaps or imbrication as well as deep plane facelifts.

Deep plane facelift and neck lift before and after

Dr. Amiya Prasad performs different types of facelifts  such as short scar mini lifts, SMAS and deep plane facelifts

Quick Recovery Facelift

An important aspect of healing after facelift surgery is related to the length of the incision. Traditional facelifts often have longer incisions that go behind the ear and into the hair. In a procedure with a shorter scar such as a MACS facelift, the incisions can extend to the outer corner of the eyelid and be conspicuous.

Before and 1 week after short scar quick recovery facelift

Length of incision is a contributing factor to facelift surgery recovery. Quick Recovery Facelift has shorter incisions that can look good after about a week

 

Incisions for the Quick Recovery facelift are typically barely noticeable. I design the placement with you so you understand the reasons for the design and know where the incisions will be before you have your procedure.

Short Scar and Deep Plane Facelifts

The short scar facelift I perform is not a short-cut procedures. I typically choose this type of facelift for people who have minimal neck skin excess as well a people who’ve had previous facelift surgery.

Some patients are candidates for deep plane facelift surgery. The term “deep plane’ refers to a level of tissue and is a technical term. It does not mean that it’s a better procedure as is often claimed by surgeons trying to market themselves. I discuss with you the option of having a deep plane facelift and the potential benefits of this approach.

Deep plane face and neck lift before and after

Deep plane face and neck lift is a procedure more suited for patients who have significant skin laxity in the neck and under the chin

 

The type of incision is based on the specific objectives of the surgery. Generally, if there is a significant amount of excess neck skin, a face and necklift surgery is appropriate.

Face and necklift incisions are customized to the needs of the individual patient

 

Some doctors may claim to only perform deep plane facelifts exclusively, implying that they know techniques that other surgeons don’t. Surgeons who are trained formally such as through The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery are trained in the full spectrum of facelift surgery including deep plane facelift.

I  routinely use regenerative technology such as PRP or platelet rich plasma. I routinely apply a regenerative wound healing material called extracellular matrix or Acellular matrix.  This technology enhances healing so that I often see in about a month the incisions are usually virtually imperceptible.

1 month after using Acellular matrix

Regenerative medicine technology with acellular matrix enhances healing so that 1 month after the incisions can be practically unnoticeable

A Natural Aesthetic Style

A quick recovery time is important as is the aesthetic outcome. Whether it’s eyelid surgery or facelift surgery, I believe in a natural aesthetic. I strive to maintain the character of the face so my patients look like themselves after any procedure. My facelift and eyelid surgery patients often tell me how much they like looking like younger versions of themselves.

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Dr. Prasad philosophy is that facelift patients should look like younger versions of themselves

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    Interview with Featured Diplomate Dr. Amiya Prasad by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery

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    Dr. Amiya Prasad is a featured Diplomate and Board of Trustees member of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery

     

    1. What made you decide to specialize specifically in cosmetic surgery?

    “During my fellowship in oculoplastic surgery, I particularly enjoyed helping people with their cosmetic concerns. I also recognized that patients with functional problems requiring reconstructive surgery were also very concerned about their cosmetic results. This awareness prompted me to immerse myself into learning and expanding my knowledge and training in cosmetic surgery. My golden rule is to treat every patient as if they were family. This means that I’m committed to achieve the highest level of expertise perform the procedures my patients need safely and predictably. I found that no other professional organization has this level of focus on excellence in cosmetic surgery through training, testing, and continuing education than the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Your education doesn’t end with training. Having peers and mentors in ABCS has been invaluable for my patients and myself. Being in practice for more than 20 years, the opportunity to help people look better and feel more confident is something I am excited about every day.”

    “The opportunity to help people look better and feel more confident is something I am excited about every day.”

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    Dr. Amiya Prasad helping people look better, and feel more confident

     

    2. Can you share a patient story that really touched you?

    “Every patient’s story is unique. I’m moved and inspired by their stories everyday. People come in for a wide range of reasons. I’m particularly inspired by personal stories where the patient overcame challenges in their lives and are now taking time to care of themselves. Cosmetic Surgery is often perceived and portrayed as being a frivolous indulgence for dysfunctional vanity. This has not been my experience. My patients are the same people you interact with in all aspects of your everyday life. They work hard and they want to look better. It’s that simple. One patient who comes to mind is a remarkable lady who came in several years ago and wanted to improve her facial appearance. I performed facelift surgery for her, which went very well. She was so happy with her appearance that she entered the Miss New York Senior America Pageant and she did very well. She even told her story on a video which is now on YouTube. By helping her look better, I helped her enjoy her life at a whole new level. That’s really great.”

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    3. How do you see cosmetic surgery evolving? What role do you hope to play in this evolution?

    “I see the role of cosmetic surgery as being a part of a comprehensive strategy for optimal health, which goes with optimal appearance regardless of your age. For example, I perform cosmetic eyelid surgery every day for problems such as hooded upper eyelids and under eye bags in addition to specialized oculoplastic procedures such as ptosis surgery and revision eyelid surgery. I further help my patients optimize their appearance with non-surgical procedures including injectable fillers, lasers, and PRP. I also spend a lot of time discussing the role of diet, exercise and supplements as well as proper skin care. As Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeons, my colleagues and I are in an ideal position to provide this type of comprehensive approach with unparalleled expertise. In my experience, non-surgeons and non-physicians are less likely to recommend a surgical option to their patients since they don’t have training or expertise in Cosmetic Surgery. I feel that in terms of the evolution of cosmetic surgery as a discipline and the aesthetic field as a whole, we in the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery have a very important role in educating and guiding consumers to help them understand the risks, benefits and options of any aesthetic procedure they may be considering. As someone who’s been in this field for over 20 years, I feel it’s my duty to share my expertise and experience to advance this mission of educating the public.”

    Cosmetic surgeon Amiya Prasad, MD also discusses the importance of diet, exercise, supplements, and skin care with his patients

    Dr. Prasad discusses the role of diet, exercise, supplements, and skin care with his patients, in addition to cosmetic procedures.

     

    4. Do you have any pearls of wisdom that you would like to share with other ABCS certified surgeons?

    “The Internet and social media platforms have made information and misinformation easy to disseminate. Companies and paid medical consultants saturate consumers with misleading claims. This can leave highly trained doctors such as ABCS surgeons feeling frustrated in not being able to share their knowledge to help consumers with unbiased perspective. In my opinion, the worst thing you can do is shrug your shoulders and do nothing. My advice is to make your professional voice heard through the same platforms that people go on regularly. People want honest information. If you don’t share your expertise, the general public will only know what they are exposed to. As is the case for any group where selection is based on very high standards, The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is a relatively small group. You can help the public, yourself and our organization by actively participating in this conversation.”

    Dr Prasad sharing his knowledge to the public

    With the internet and social media making information and misinformation easy to disseminate, ABCS surgeons can help in sharing their knowledge with the public.

     

    5. If you were to have a career in something other than medicine what would that be?

    “Doing this type of work where I make a big difference in people’s lives through creative problem solving and working with my hands makes being a Cosmetic Surgeon the perfect career for me. I particularly enjoy listening to every patient’s story and learning about who they are and what motivates them to want to look better. I find myself thinking a lot about each patient’s journey and my role in their life story. This love for story combined with my interests in drawing, photography and video production naturally leads me to say that a career as a filmmaker or director would probably suit me. If being a filmmaker was my career, I probably would create films or a binge-worthy series on Netflix about Cosmetic Surgery.”

    Dr. Amiya Prasad’s passion for filmmaking and photography help him and his results stand out

    Dr. Prasad’s passion for photography and filmmaking help him provide better service for his patients, and make him stand out among other cosmetic surgeons.

     

    “I would like to thank the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery for featuring me to in our professional newsletter. I hope that my interview helps our fellow ABCS members and the general public gain some knowledge, perspectives and insight about me as a Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon. I hope that my experience of being in practice for over 20 years will help our fellow members and anyone interested in learning more about The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. So, take a look and read the interview online and you can also watch the video of the interview. Please feel free to ask questions. Once again, I want to say thank you to The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery for this opportunity.”

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      Do Under Eye Creams Work? Eye Bags Causes and Treatment

      Under eye creams cannot melt the fat that causes eye bags

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      The presence of eye bags is a common problem that affects people regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. Eye bags are typically caused by genetics, as often seen in younger people, or age-related where fat around the eyes prolapses forward. The initial response of many people is to try under eye creams that claim to get rid of eye bags.

      Under eye creams cannot melt the fat that causes eye bags
      Under eye creams cannot melt the fat that causes eye bags, while leaving the lower eyelid skin unharmed.

      Eye bags can be seen at almost any age. I have treated three generations of the same family for eye bags. The youngest patient I treated was 14-years-old, and many people who come to me are in their 20s and 30s and have been aware of puffiness under the eyes since their teens.
      Under eye puffiness that’s always present, and makes one look tired and older is caused by a condition called lower eyelid fat prolapse. This means the fat normally around your eyes has pushed forward, creating a bulge, which is why it’s called lower eyelid fat prolapse, and also called herniated fat.

      Eye bags can appear in younger people
      Eye bags are a genetic issue, and not necessarily associated with aging, so even young people can have them.

      Lower eyelid prolapse differs from temporary causes of eye bags, such fluid associated with allergies, sinus problems, salt intake, and hormonal fluctuations. While these can all cause puffiness, they are usually intermittent. These temporary causes can also make the under eye puffiness due to fat appear worse.

      Creams which claim to eliminate under eye bags, don’t work because they cannot physically reach the deep fat pockets and have any effect. The best way to fully correct eye bags is through surgery to sculpt and remove the displaced fat pockets.

      Surgery is the only way to remove fat that causes eye bags
      Only surgery can sculpt and remove the fat that causes eye bags.

      While cosmetic eye creams can’t reduce eye bags, they can improve the quality, texture and color of skin under and around the eyes. I developed some skin care products which are designed for this purpose.

      There are basically two strategies to help improve the appearance of under eye bags. If someone has slight fat prolapse pushing forward, and has a certain anatomy of the bone structure under the eyes where there is space in the tear trough, fillers such as a hyaluronic acid filler in the Restylane or Juvederm family can be used to blend the transition between the elevation of the fat pocket and the hollow of the tear trough.

      Cosmetic fillers used to camouflage mild eye bags.
      Soft cosmetic fillers can camouflage mild eye bags.

      This approach to camouflaging lower eyelid fat with filler has been very useful in our practice to help patients with minimal fat prolapse and under eye puffiness.

      If someone has more severe eye bags, the more definitive treatment is surgical, called a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Most general plastic surgeons perform this procedure with an incision in the lower eyelids, right beneath the eyelashes, and sometimes remove lower eyelid skin attempting to improve wrinkles.

      Transcutaneous blepharoplasty
      Transcutaneous blepharoplasty is the more common eye bag surgery, but is also more prone to complications.

      This approach is called transcutaneous blepharoplasty. I see a lot of patients who’ve had this procedure complaining of losing the shape of their eyes because the lower eyelid is pulled downward. I also see a number of patients who’ve had complications from this procedure like lower eyelid retraction and lower eyelid ectropion. These conditions result from skin shortage under the eyes and compromising of lower eyelid support.

      My procedure of choice is transconjunctival blepharoplasty. I feel this approach is a minimally invasive procedure that allows me to address under eye fat pockets surgically from the inside of the eyelid.

      Transconjunctival blepharoplasty method to remove eye bags
      Transconjunctival blepharoplasty involves no external incisions to remove fat, is less prone to complications, and looks completely natural.

      There is no external incision or effect on the supporting structures of the lower eyelid. I essentially reduce and reshape the fat to address the puffiness so you no longer have bags under your eyes while maintaining the natural shape of your eyes. The goal is to appear as if you never had bags under your eyes. This has been a highly successful procedure with faster recovery that allows my patients to return to work in about a week.

      No visible incisions after Transconjunctival blepharoplasty
      While still surgery, transconjunctival blepharoplasty is minimally invasive since it involves no visible incisions.

      We routinely perform this procedure under local anaesthesia with LITE® IV sedation in our Joint Commission-certified facilities in both our offices. For many patients who come to us from all over the world for this procedure, they like that they don’t have to go to a hospital or surgery center, and can comfortably have the procedure done, and go home soon after surgery. Not using general anesthesia makes patients more comfortable, and makes their recovery much faster since they are not recuperating from the effects of general anesthesia.

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      Dr. Prasad’s transconjunctival blepharoplasty procedure done under local anesthesia allows patients to look pretty good just a week after surgery.

      If eye bags are your concern, don’t waste money on creams. When you understand how the underlying lower eyelid where fat pockets which have prolapsed forward are responsible for these under eye bags, buying creams as a treatment doesn’t make sense. I recommend you meet with qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeons to learn about your options which are filler placement to camouflage, or surgery which is more definitive.

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        "The Fine Art of Looking Younger" available for Kindle!

        Kindle by Amazon.com: Dr. Amiya Prasad The Fine Art of Looking YoungerDr. Amiya Prasad’s guide to cosmetic surgery “The Fine Art of Looking Younger” is now available for Kindle by Amazon.com. The book focuses on cosmetic procedures such as facelift surgery, eyelift surgery, necklift surgery, and injectables and fillers. While Dr. Prasad discusses his innovative approaches to plastic surgery, he also helps his readers learn more about the field so they can make informed decisions when considering cosmetic surgery.  “The Fine Art of Looking Younger” is now available digitally as an ebook.

        Visit Amazon.com to purchase and download the e-book that will reveal the secrets to looking younger!

        iPad user? If you can’t wait until our iBooks release, not to worry! If you have an iPad, download the Kindle app for iPad first.

        Mac users can download Kindle for Mac and view on their computer screen.

        The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ star Kyle Richards was recently spotted reading Dr. Amiya Prasad’s “The Fine Art of Looking Younger” on celebrity sites such as OK! Magazine and Radar Online.

        Dr. Prasad has offices in New York City and Garden City. To visit his official website: www.prasadcosmeticsurgery.com

        Happy New Year, Happy New You!

        Greetings!

        For me, 2010 was a year of progression. I made my debut as an author with my first book, expanded my practice with the latest in non-surgical rejuvenation (such as Pelleve Skin Tightening), advanced surgical techniques for quicker recovery, and renewed our commitment to ongoing skin health with our medispa and medical grade skincare products.

        2011 marks a new year and a new decade! It is time to start thinking ahead by setting new goals for the upcoming years. Every possibility begins with taking the initiative to care and invest in your own well-being. Assess yourself by taking a moment to stop and ask ….

        Am I eating nutritious foods and avoiding unhealthy snacking? Are my workouts effective for my personal fitness? Does the mirror positively reflect my self-image? More importantly, am I living up to my full potential?

        Diet, exercise, appearance and lifestyle are all factors that define our health and happiness as a whole, so why not connect this type of thinking with our resolutions? Schedule a consultation with me soon; it is finally time to start counting down to the new you!

        Happy New Year!

        Sincerely,
        Amiya Prasad, M.D.,

        THE FINE ART OF LOOKING YOUNGER
        A Very Special Thanks!
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        I’d like to personally thank everyone who has supported my new book, “The Fine Art of Looking Younger” which has been very well-received in the field of cosmetic surgery. Based on my experiences with my patients, I made it a goal to help others look their best by providing them with enough information about specific rejuvenation procedures as well as choosing a cosmetic surgeon who is appropriate for their aesthetic goals. “The Fine Art of Looking Younger” is available online in paperback and hardcover on Amazon.com, as well as in our Manhattan and Garden City offices.

        I welcome you to ask me any questions about the book. Feel free to bring in your copy during your consultation, and I will be more than happy to personalize it for you!

        SELPHYL PLATELET RICH PLASMA
        A natural filler, an all-natural solution!

        Rejuvenate naturally with cells from your own body! In our practice, we have some people who request a natural filler with no risk of allergic reaction. Commonly referred to as a “vampire facelift” or the “Dracula facelift”, this process uses the patient’s own blood to rejuvenate their appearance. This procedure is not a surgical facelift nor does it create the same effect as a facelift, however it does rejuvenate in a way much like popular fillers such as Restylane or Perlane.

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        Using the Selphyl process of platelet rich plasma, I am able to enhance and restore the skin of the face and neck or areas which require volume. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) contains growth factors which stimulate your body to repair and restore tissues using your body’s own natural processes. By isolating elements from your blood which can then be injected below wrinkles, folds and even acne scars, your skin will rejuvenate over the following weeks after treatment. To find out more about Selphyl Platelet Rich Plasma, click here. To set up your Selphyl appointment, call 212-265-8877.

        BEFORE & AFTER
        A Facelift Experience

        Watch one patient’s transformation before and after a quick-recovery facelift and necklift surgery with Dr. Amiya Prasad. See her amazing results 55 days later when combined with Micro Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment.


        See “Before & After” on YouTube


        Pelleve Skin Tightening: A new procedure, with LI roots, in the war on wrinkles (Newsday)

        There’s yet another weapon in the war on wrinkles.

        Called Pelleve, the process uses radio-wave technology to induce heat into the skin, stimulating collagen growth to tighten skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

        The technology was developed by Ellman International, a medical company in Oceanside, N.Y., that got its start making equipment for dental surgery.

        Pelleve was granted FDA approval as a facial wrinkle reducer in May 2009, said Tom Harper, vice president of global marketing at Ellman. The equipment was initially used to stop bleeding during surgery, said Harper, adding that the treatment is now being used in well over 200 facilities in the country. “Patients seem to feel there’s a lot of value in the product, especially around the eyes and jawline,” he said.

        WHAT TO EXPECT The doctor or technician will apply a protective gel, then run the handpiece over the area being treated. Patients generally report feeling a sensation of warmth. “It goes to a point where it feels very hot,” said cosmetic surgeon Amiya Prasad, one of several Long Island doctors using the treatment. “Most people tolerate it very well,” he added. No numbing or anesthesia is required (or desired since they want you to speak up if it gets too hot).

        DOES IT WORK? “Pelleve has worked out to be a good service for our patients, for the person who is not quite ready for a face-lift,” Prasad said. Likewise, Greenvale dermatologist Deborah S. Sarnoff says patients have been happy with the procedure, which she often combines with Botox and fillers. “A Pelleve treatment is administered to improve overall skin laxity,” she said, “then I inject filler to areas that may need more volume and Botox to relax the dynamic wrinkles.”

        Sarnoff says that, unlike other treatments, “patients see an immediate improvement,” though many doctors suggest two or three sessions for the best results.

        HOW’S IT DIFFERENT? Pelleve differs from Thermage, another procedure that uses radio frequency, in that the handpiece can be moved back and forth over the skin, which doctors say allows them to more easily target problem areas.

        COST Harper says costs vary widely. In this area, treating the entire face runs $1,500 to $2,000 a session; treating a single area (like the eyes) can run $500 to $1,000.

        WHO SHOULD HAVE IT? Both Prasad and Sarnoff say the ideal Pelleve patient is someone with mild to moderate wrinkling or skin laxity, or someone who had a face-lift and wants to maintain the results.

        By Barbara Schuler; Newsday, Tuesday, October 19, 2010

        Pelleve Skin Tightening Amiya Prasad MD

        “Facing” the Holidays … A Pre-holiday Pick-Me-Up Can Help You Through The Busy Season!

        Plan Now to “Face” the Holidays … Here’s my Seasonal Timetable for Personal Facial Rejuvenation.  With the holiday season fast approaching, I’d like to remind you that October through mid-November as the ideal time to rejuvenate your face for the holidays – not just to look better, but because with all the emotional stress the holidays can bring, looking your best can be an incredible confidence boost.

        For many people, what should be a joyous season of fun, family and fellowship becomes a season of foreboding instead.  School plays, office parties, winter weddings, family portraits, social activities, holiday dinners, shopping, and religious events all put demands on individuals – including demands to look their best.  From mid-November through New Year’s Day, the stress-filled list of “must-attend” soirees and celebrations can feel endless.

        I see it every year.  When you become overwhelmed by these social obligations, the holiday blues can start to set in.  The result?  You start to feel tired and stressed, your confidence can slip and self-doubts can surface. Gazing in the mirror and noticing a few extra laugh lines, frown lines, puffiness in the eyes – or even slight sagging at the jaw line or neck – all of these only make the thought of socializing during the holiday season even more agonizing.

        Every year, I’ve witnessed an increase in surgical and non-surgical treatments during this time of year – and, for a lot of reasons, this is a good thing.  Men and women want to present their ‘best’ at this time of year, and each year thousands of them realize that – when facing activities they are obligated to attend, they want the added confidence that a facial rejuvenation procedure delivers.

        However, if you are considering a facial rejuvenation, scheduling the procedure well in advance of the holiday is important, both to allow full healing and to let the added self-confidence that naturally comes with a facial rejuvenation procedure to “sink in.”

        You can’t wait until the night before the family photo or party to have a botox, restylane or other injectible procedure, much less a facelift.

        To assist you in planning ahead, I have developed a timeline for scheduling your cosmetic appointments, leaving a sufficient time to recuperate, and to prepare for a successful and enjoyable holiday season.   You can learn more about these procedures at: www.prasadcosmeticsurgery.com

        Facelifts – Forget the Six-week Healing Process

        The healing process for a traditional facelift takes up to 6 weeks – sometimes longer. However, with the minimally-invasive surgical techniques I have pioneered, the recuperation time for my natural-appearance facelift is diminished considerably – generally to 2-to-3 weeks.

        Four Weeks Before The Event

        If you are looking for a Sculptra session to fill in the minor fatty tissues that, when lost result in wrinkles, or if you want to minimize wrinkles with the Pelleve process, book these treatments at least four weeks before your first event.

        Two Weeks Out

        Even just a few weeks before the festivities begin, eyelid rejuvenation, cheek implants, brow lifts, and fractional CO2 laser treatment– which lessens the visibility of wrinkles, scars and discoloration – can be performed, and recovery completed.  Book these no later than two weeks before your first event.

        One Week and Counting!

        With just a week to go, either a light chemical peel – or the use of injectibles – is the best way to combat those laugh and frown lines. There are many types of injectibles, each targeting a different part of the face. Botox focuses on the brow bone area and around the eye, fighting frown lines found between the eyebrows. Restylane is used for diminishing wrinkles and replenishing areas lacking firmness.  Juvederm is used for reducing wrinkles and used as a filler for facial areas and lips.  Finally, Radiesse is also used for lessening wrinkles. Injectibles should be given a week before you expect to see effective results.

        If you want to have a successful, relaxed and beautiful holiday, plan now to rejuvenate your face, roll back the clock and experience the beauty that is waiting to be revealed.
        Dr. Amiya Prasad (www.prasadcosmeticsurgery.com) is a pre-eminent Manhattan and New York area facial cosmetic surgeon with offices in Park Avenue Manhattan and Garden City Long Island.  He is the author of the forthcoming beauty guide, “The Fine Art of Looking Younger – A Leading Cosmetic Surgeon’s Guide to Long Lasting Beauty.”

        Social Life Magazine Features Me in September Issue

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        Social Life Magazine – September 2010 Issue

        Social Life Magazine Features Me in September Issue

        Along With Real Housewives of NYC’s Ramona Singer; Author, Cover Model and Animal Rights Activist Beth Ostrowski Stern and “Ultimate Trendsetter” Kim Bates

        Prestigious trend-setter Social Life Magazine featured me in its September issue, and recently hosted me and other featured Hamptons Social Life leaders at an event at the Social Life Estate. There, I had the opportunity to “chat it up” with the stunningly-beautiful cover girl and animal rights activist Beth Ostrowski Stern – like me, an author of a compelling new non-fiction book aimed at helping people improve their lives.  Beth and I discussed our books – mine is the forthcoming The Fine Art of Looking Younger – as well as her passion for animal rights and the work she does for animals in the Hamptons.

        Society pages reported that I was also seen tête-à-tête with celebrity powerhouse and Real Housewives of NYC break-out star Ramona Singer, as well as with celebrity model fashionista and “ultimate trendsetter” Kim Bates, recently described in the New York’s Daily Style as a combination of fashionable, chic, sassy, popular, stunning, classy, elegant, fabulous, posh, sparkling, polished and witty.   In fact, I found both of these young women as fascinating as they are beautiful.

        I’m proud to say that this issue of Social Life focused on my distinctive philosophy on facial cosmetic surgery.  “If people compliment you on your surgery, then you probably had too much surgery,” they quoted me as explaining.  “Your goal should be to seek natural-appearing features rather than a whole new face.”  Social Life noted that “Dr. Prasad’s clientele stand by this philosophy, accumulating a large fan base for the past fifteen years that includes high profile socialites and celebrities.  It’s not a simple nip-and-tuck with Dr. Prasad – his boutique practice is especially designed for discerning clients who desire rejuvenation treatments with natural and subtle results, based on understanding his patients main concerns and real goals.”  Social Life noted that Dr. Prasad’s practice focuses on his premiere specialty, eye rejuvenation and facelifting, and “for eye rejuvenation, men account for fifty percent of Dr. Prasad’s clients.”

        I think they caught my commitment to my patients, and to helping them look and feel wonderful, very well.

        Social Life also featured Beth Ostrowski Stern on the cover, and described her as: “Besides flowing wheat blonde hair and cornflower blue eyes, this model and activist’s dedication to the Hamptons and its wildlife sets her apart from the rest.  Genuine, sweet and funny, Beth is a tireless advocate for animal rights, a year-round Hamptonite, and now a proud author of Oh My Dog (Simon & Schuster).”

        Having met and talked with her, I can assure you that she is all of that, and more.

        I was quite honored to be included in such remarkable company.  You can see this article at my website, https://karldrogba.com.

        Dr Amiya Prasad: This Labor Day, "Don’t Let Your Guard Down"

        Eminent Park Avenue Facial Aesthetic Surgeon Dr. Amiya Prasad Warns:

        Don’t Let Your Guard Down

        Author of Forthcoming Facial Beauty Guide Says

        “Protect Your Skin … Even at the End of Summer!”

        Park Avenue – Manhattan – August 25, 2010:  Labor Day Weekend, the last big summer bash before heading back to school or the work-day grind, is known as the unofficial end of summer and the beginning of cooler weather.  For millions, it represents their last chance to work on their tan, to catch a few rays, and to frolic in the summer sun.

        This late in the summer season, many sun-worshippers will set aside caution, refusing to protect their skin from the ill effects of harsh and harmful UV rays.  More important than caution – “just this once” – they’re looking for that one last shot at the coveted “sun-touched glow.”  However, Park Avenue’s renowned cosmetic facial aesthetic surgery expert, Dr. Amiya Prasad, M.D., F.A.C.S., advises late-summer sun-bathers to resist the temptation of exposing delicate skin to UV rays, especially in the facial area.

        “It may seem like fall is right around the corner, but the Labor Day sun is still a “summer sun,” with all the potential to create skin damage that can leave you looking older than your years,” Dr. Prasad explained.  “Without protection from UV rays, your ‘sun-touched glow’ is going to cost your skin – and the price includes wrinkles, dry skin and premature age spots.  Perhaps they won’t be visible this year – or next – but the damage is real, and it doesn’t automatically reverse itself.”

        Dr. Prasad recommends using layered protection that includes moisturizers and high SPF sunscreens, as well as cover ups such as hats and UV-rated sun glasses.  Sitting under shaded areas such as umbrellas or awnings – as part of minimizing exposure times – will help to eliminate or at least reduce the harsh effects of over-exposure to the summer sun.

        “Combine several elements that – together – will greatly minimize the UV exposure to your skin,” he recommends.

        “This is especially important for individuals who have had surgical, as well as non-surgical cosmetic facial treatments to reduce their apparent age, should take extra caution in the sun,” Dr. Prasad cautioned.  “Procedures such as micro-dermabrasion, photo-facials, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, botox and facial fillers all dramatically enhance the skin’s sensitivity to ultraviolet rays. Over-exposure to UV rays diminishes the benefits of these procedures and advance by years the time before you’ll require follow-up treatments,” Dr. Prasad explained.

        “In addition to the risk of developing melanoma, there are other negative side effects from elevated exposure especially to the face,” Prasad said. “Many of the surgical procedures I perform on the eyes and face are necessary just to correct sun-damaged areas – damage that has escalated the patient’s natural aging process.”

        Whether you are staying in the New York area or traveling out of state, Prasad recommends that you check the Ultraviolet (UV) index for your destination and prepare accordingly.

        “The UV index is based upon three factors; cloud coverage, upper-level ozone, and sun angle – with the summer months being the most intense,” according to Meteorologist Ted Pretty.  The Las Vegas based KVVU Fox-5 weatherman explained that, “While southern the destination spots have higher UV indexes, New Yorkers will still face a UV index of 5-7 even as late in the summer as Labor Day.  However, if they travel south for the holiday, they may find themselves burning quickly in Vegas’ 10-plus UV index.”

        Specific activity may also have an impact on the amount of UV rays penetrating one’s skin and face. Dr. Prasad, author of the soon to be released beauty guide, “The Fine Art of Looking Younger,” alerts outdoor types not to disregard the “reflection” factor of the sun’s rays. “Many people do not realize that reflected sunlight also contains harmful UV rays – one reason why people burn so easily after a day at the beach,” Dr. Prasad explained.

        Professional meteorologists who study the impact of the sun on the earth’s surface understand this situation.  “Each surface has its own reflection rate,” KVVU’s Ted Pretty pointed out. “Grass has one of the lowest. Sand and concrete can reflect up to 25% of the sun’s incoming rays, while water has the highest reflection rate. In some conditions, water can reflect up to 100% of the sun’s most harmful UV rays.  Travelers must keep in mind that while for many, Labor Day represents the end of the summer – and it might be cooling off a bit where they live – the sun’s rays remain intense through Labor Day weekend, and beyond.  Officially, summer doesn’t end until late September.”

        For a daily forecast of the UV index, Dr. Prasad recommends visiting the EPA website http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html), upload the EPA’s handy smartphone SunWise app or one of numerous UV index applications available for mobile devices.

        For more information about Dr. Prasad, his facial cosmetic aesthetic surgery practice or his forthcoming beauty guide, “The Fine Art of Looking Younger,” or to arrange an interview, please contact Mary Vail at maryv@beautifulforever.com or at 702-257-2345.

        Dr. Prasad at Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge Opening

        On Saturday, July 24th, New York City Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Prasad was amongst the guests who attended  the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge Opening at Blue Star Jets Field in Bridgehampton. Other guests included Kourtney Kardashian, Amber Rose, and model/athlete Nacho Figueras. Visit links to see photos.

        LIFE MAGAZINE

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        THE FABULOUS REPORT

        http://www.thefabulousreport.com/0726/opening-day-recap-of-mercedes-benz-polo-challenge-2010-at-blue-star-jets-field.html