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How Can I Get Rid of Gynecomastia?

November 19, 2021
Enlarged male breast tissue – known as gynecomastia – is an embarrassing condition for a man to live with. If you have gynecomastia, you may feel too self-conscious about your chest to remove your shirt while swimming or working out. You may feel ashamed of your appearance when your clothing is removed. All of these things can be devastating for your body image and sense of self. Fortunately, male breast reduction is possible! At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Michael Chiaramonte tailors the procedure to your body. For most men with gynecomastia, surgery consists of: Liposuction to remove the excess fat Direct incision (cutting away) of the glandular tissue beneath the nipple area By… Read Full Post
Category: Body Contouring

Does CoolSculpting Really Work?

October 20, 2021
CoolSculpting reduces excess fat on various areas of the body by freezing it. This process is called cryolipolysis. The fat cells are destroyed by freezing temperatures, but the surface of your skin and the surrounding tissues are left unaffected. Once destroyed, the fat cells are naturally processed and eliminated by your body over the course of a few months. CoolSculpting is an innovative fat reduction device, but does it really work? Several studies and our own patients’ satisfaction rates tell us it does work! We have seen numerous patients with stubborn, persistent fat finally find effective fat reduction with CoolSculpting. While it is not a replacement for diet and weight loss, this… Read Full Post

What is Done in Breast Augmentation?

September 14, 2021
During breast augmentation, breast implants are used to enlarge breast size. All implants are made from a silicone outer shell that contains either saline liquid or silicone gel. The primary benefits of this procedure are: Larger breasts Improved symmetry Perkier breasts Overall improved breast shape The implants are placed in the breasts through small incisions created by Dr. Michael Chiaramonte. You will be under general anesthesia and so you won’t need to worry about any discomfort during the surgery. The incision locations may be around the areolas, across the fold where the breasts meet the chest, or in the armpits. You and Dr. Chiaramonte will discuss the best incision option… Read Full Post

Can You Really Get Rid of Flabby Arms?

August 31, 2021
Flabby upper arms are a very common cosmetic concern. People of all genders and diverse ages may experience sagging upper arms. You may have always had this inelastic skin as a trait inherited from your family. Or you may have noticed your upper arms developed excess, deflated skin after major weight loss, or as a natural result of aging. Whatever the cause, brachioplasty (an arm lift) may be the right way to achieve the more toned, defined upper arms you’ve been picturing. Oftentimes, people turn to the option of brachioplasty after their results from exercise and weight loss have plateaued. Arm toning with weights and body lift exercises can certainly go a long way in increasing the… Read Full Post
Category: Body Contouring

Planning for Breast Augmentation Before Your Wedding

July 08, 2021
Cosmetic surgery in preparation for a wedding is not an uncommon thing to do. After all, your wedding day should be an event to remember! You deserve to look and feel your absolute best. Brides-to-be may be curious about enhancing their breasts, but wondering if there is enough time for all to be healed before the wedding. The answer is that it depends. For the most part, you should schedule a breast enlargement at least 6-12 months before the wedding. This provides ample time for: Healing and reduction of swelling. It takes about six weeks for most of the swelling to go away. Not only do you want the swelling to be gone for the actual wedding day, but also consider when you’ll be trying… Read Full Post

Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

June 30, 2021
If you have chronic health or posture issues due to large breasts, you are not alone. Nearly 100,000 patients receive a breast reduction procedure every year in the United States to help address both functional and cosmetic issues that accompany large breasts. The surgery is not only an effective way to reduce or eliminate pain associated with heavy breasts, but also a great option for those who want to enhance the shape of their breasts. Here are some indications that you may be a good candidate for breast reduction. Your Have Difficulty With Chronic Pain or Trouble Breathing One of the most common reasons that women receive a breast reduction is to find relief for chronic back, shoulder… Read Full Post
Category: Breast Surgery

Breast Lift Recovery Timeline

May 25, 2021
In total, it takes most patients approximately 6 weeks to recover from their breast lift surgery. During this time, it is important to follow Dr. Michael Chiaramonte’s post-operative instructions to ensure that there are no complications with healing. By making just a few changes to your routine, you will be able to enjoy your results sooner rather than later. Here’s what you can expect during your breast lift recovery. Week One When you exit your surgery, you will need someone to drive you home since you will still be under the effects of anesthesia. Before you leave, Dr. Chiaramonte will put dressings around the surgical area and dress you with a compression bra to provide some support… Read Full Post
Category: Breast Surgery

What Causes Gynecomastia?

April 26, 2021
There are several things that can trigger gynecomastia in men. In general, gynecomastia occurs when there is an imbalance between the amount of testosterone and estrogen in the body. A decrease in testosterone or an increase in estrogen can cause breast tissue to grow. Here are some of the ways that your hormones can become imbalanced and cause you to develop gynecomastia. Natural Hormonal Changes Gynecomastia can happen whenever your body goes through natural hormonal changes. Most often, this is due to birth, puberty, or aging. For example, more than half of male babies have gynecomastia at birth due to the amount of estrogen they receive from their mother. Pre-teen and teenage boys can… Read Full Post

How to Recover from a Tummy Tuck Procedure

March 19, 2021
If you are interested in having a tummy tuck, you are probably wondering what recovery is like. While the process is relatively straightforward, planning your recovery ahead of time will make it easier to heal and get back to your daily routine. At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Michael Chiaramonte always provides detailed recovery guidelines so that you can look and feel your best sooner rather than later. To adequately recover from a tummy tuck procedure, make sure you do the following: Wear your compression garment as instructed. On the day of your surgery, you will be given a compression garment to help protect the incision area. This will not only reduce swelling but also hasten your… Read Full Post
Category: Tummy Tuck

When Do I Need a Breast Implant Revision?

March 19, 2021
While breast implants can give you long-lasting results, they can eventually wear out, requiring an implant exchange. When considering a breast implant revision, it’s important to know what your options are in case you want to alter your results. At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Michael Chiaramonte can help by creating an individualized plan for your implant exchange that is quick and easy. In general, many patients choose to have a breast implant exchange to: Upgrade from saline to silicone implants. Even though saline implants can provide amazing results, some patients do not like how firm they are. Silicone tends to have a more natural look and feel. Change the size of their implants… Read Full Post