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Posing for pictures at a June wedding? Heading to the beach for Memorial Day weekend?

Small, minimally invasive procedures done quickly in the doctor’s office can have a big effect, ensuring that you look your best for any occasion.

Dr. Mario Loomis, one of the region’s leading plastic surgeons, notes that both Coolsculpting® and a mini facelift are popular precisely because they’re so easy and yet offer amazing improvements.

The mini facelift can be done under local anesthesia, and patients can eat and drink normally beforehand.

“It’s strictly local anesthesia — it’s like going to the dentist — and you’re awake the entire time,” Dr. Loomis says.

The mini lift addresses looseness around the jowls and neck. “If it’s a lot of looseness, then obviously they need a facelift,” he says, adding that if you can lift up skin with one finger and get significant improvement, then you’re probably a candidate.

“The ones who are good candidates, they look great afterward,” Dr. Loomis says.

For a mini lift, a small incision is made around the ear. Patients, who often opt to have the procedure done on a Friday, wear a wrap over the weekend and on Monday can return to work. Although you will look fine in a week, because there is a small incision, and bruising can occur, it’s best to have it done at least a month before an important event.

Fillers, such as Botox® and Juvederm® and the newer Voluma®, also provide excellent results with a month’s lead time. Bruising occasionally can occur at the injection site, and the full effect isn’t always seen immediately. The fillers are ideal for softening lines around the mouth and eyes.

Aging causes a loss of fat around the eyes, creating a “tear trough” appearance with grooves under the eyes. To restore a more natural, youthful look, Dr. Loomis harvests the patient’s own fat cells from the stomach or hip using a tiny liposuction cannula and then places them under the eyes. “It’s not quite filler, it’s more like a little graft,” he says, noting that because he is replacing what the patient has lost, it offers a more natural appearance.

To get the most effect from Coolsculpting®, allow two months before a major event, even though the procedure requires no needles or surgery and, for 95 percent of patients, no pain medication at all.

Coolsculpting® works by cooling fat in isolated areas to the point where there is some freezing of the fat cells. “We then rapidly thaw the cells, which permanently damages them, marking them for removal by the body,” says Dr. Loomis. “The end result is that in three months, you have fewer fat cells. CoolSculpting® tricks the body into using a natural process to remove unwanted cells.”

He is adding a new applicator designed specifically for the neck that will allow the Coolsculpting® process to remove excess fat there. He’s also reducing the cost of using Coolsculpting® on the thighs with a flat applicator that allows him to treat a larger area. Coolsculpting® is particularly effective at treating the dimply appearance of the thighs. “It is a great effect; I don’t have anything surgical that can do that,” Dr. Loomis says.

To find out if you’re a candidate for CoolSculpting®, Dr. Loomis has a free app, available in both Google Play and the App Store. Patients can download the app, take a picture with their phone and send it in. Sometimes, Dr. Loomis can see immediately that they are not a candidate and save them a trip. With those who are a candidate for an in-person assessment, he can also give them an estimate of how much the procedure will cost.

Because Coolsculpting® is so non-invasive, you can have your consultation and the procedure on the same day.

To learn more about Loomis Plastic Surgery and the CoolSculpting® process, go to www.drloomis.com/coolsculpting.html to download the app, or contact Dr. Loomis at service@drloomis.com.

Dr. Mario Loomis

Dr. Mario Loomis, who has been practicing for more than 20 years, received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and then graduated with honors from The University of Vermont College of Medicine. He trained in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at Northwestern University and is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Loomis Plastic Surgery, PC
225 Dolson Ave.
Middletown, NY 10940

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