Up In Arms

by Dr. Adam Rubinstein on October 27, 2014

Today people are dropping pounds by the dozens. Super sized fast food meals are being replaced by healthier portions. People are trying to exercise and get into better shape. Some are helping the process along with bariatric surgery procedures like the lap band, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. With all these pounds being shed many people are finding they have another new problem to deal with – unwanted excess skin. One of the most troubling areas for people that have lost weight is the upper arms.

Whether you call it a fat pad, arm waddle or bat wings, having floppy excess skin in the upper arms is no fun. Thankfully there is hope. Brachioplasty can remove the excess skin and remaining excess fat leaving a trim and slim upper arm. Using a procedure that takes just a few hours more and more patients are getting closer to their ideal shape. In fact, in the last 15 years the number of brachioplasty procedures being performed has jumped an astounding 777%. And the rise in popularity seems to be continuing.

Despite sometimes losing well in excess of 100 pounds many of my patients need to wear shirts that are one or two sizes larger than they need for their body just to be able to fit their arms in their sleeves. For many, the embarrassment of short sleeve shirts or tank tops is too much to bear. And most don’t even consider sleeveless tops for a moment. After brachioplasty these patients have renewed confidence and comfort with the appearance of their arms (and upper body as a whole). Tanks and sleeveless tops are suddenly an option. Using the most modern technique the thin scars are placed in discreet locations, hardly seen in most positions.

For me, the best part of performing brachioplasty procedures is the next morning when we take down the dressing from surgery. At that moment my patients see their new arms for the first time. In many cases they see a new shape in the mirror they may have never seen their entire lives. It is a very powerful moment and frequently leads to tears of joy – from both my patients and myself. It’s truly a life changing procedure.

So if aging and or weight loss has left you with unwanted excess skin and fat in the upper arms consider brachioplasty. With one procedure the arms that are getting you down can quickly be raised up with confidence.

Here is a story that CBS4 in Miami did about brachioplasty:

Cosmetic Surgery is Not A Sweater

by Dr. Adam Rubinstein on October 15, 2014

Everyone is always looking for the best deal. Whether you’re buying a house, a new car, a great meal or a sweater, we’re always looking for the best price. It makes sense, why pay more for the same thing? The thing is, what if “the same thing” isn’t really the same thing? In the case of cosmetic surgery it’s impossible to find a true apples to apples comparison.

If you’re buying your favorite skin care system you might go online and shop around. You could look for the lowest price since the products are the same no matter where you get them. For cosmetic procedures that’s not the case. Having an injection like Botox or filler is not the same in one doctor’s office as it is in another’s. Even more so, your experience with cosmetic surgery and surgical procedures can be VERY different depending upon where you choose to receive your care. Obviously the price needs to be affordable or you couldn’t choose to have any procedure at all. But be careful about finding the lowest price in town for your breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck or facelift. As I’ve written about before, if you look for the biggest bargain you may end up with more than you bargained for!

More and more I’m seeing patients with complications from some bargain basement practices and centers. Some patients saw a discount deal and jumped in without really checking out the doctor because the price was so good. Others figured that getting a breast augmentation for half the price made sense, until they had a complication. And I’ve seen more than a few that got lured in by a center that “specializes” in cheap facelifts, only to have a painful procedure, mediocre results and disappointment when the deal that was too good to be true, really was too good to be true.

There’s nothing wrong with looking for a good value. That doesn’t always mean the lowest price. Check out the doctor that is going to perform your injections or surgery. Make sure he/she is really a plastic surgeon and not someone who might not even be trained in surgery of any kind. Choose a board certified plastic surgeon that you feel comfortable with that has the experience to keep you safe and give you good results. It’s probably worth paying a little more for that piece of mind. You can start your search at SmartBeautyGuide.com where every doctor is a board certified plastic surgeon and a member of ASAPS (the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery). Experience matters. You wouldn’t want to fly to your vacation on a plane piloted by an amateur weekend pilot. You’ll pay the airline a fair price to get you there safely with a properly trained and experienced pilot – no mater how cheap the other flight might be. So if you’re shopping for a sweater the discount store might do just fine; but always remember that cosmetic surgery is not a sweater.

Aging and The Sexes: Get The Specific Treatment You Need

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When it comes to being with the one you love, you have visions of growing older together. However, in your visions, the two of you start dealing with wrinkles, sagging skin and gray hair at the same time – but research shows that couples start aging at different times. Men and women may love the […]

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Discover A New Mommy Makeover

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Whether you’ve just had your first child or your fourth, you deserve a little rest, relaxation, and celebration. After all, you’ve just brought a little bundle of joy into the world – and you deserve to look as exhilarated and excited as you feel. Once of the biggest concerns that new mothers have is that […]

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Strax Rejuvenation Deaths: The Death of Strax Rejuvenation?

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It seems that news of a death related to Strax Rejuvenation in south Florida is not surprising news. The most recent happenings, though, are quite surprising. Even for someone very familiar with the very sketchy track record of Strax Rejuvenation when it comes to patient safety and patient deaths. Diana Gonzalez, health reporter for NBC6 […]

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Dr. Adam Rubinstein being interviewed at the 2013 iGuide Luminaries Conference in Beverly Hills, CA

April 8, 2013

Check out Dr. Adam Rubinstein being interviewed at the 2013 iGuide Luminaries Conference in Beverly Hills, CA. He discusses the latest in non-invasive neck lift treatments from iGuide. This procedure is great for younger patients who are not quite ready for a full neck lift. People who don’t have a lot of skin hanging from […]

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Are Gummy Bears Always a Sweet Deal?

December 24, 2012

Breast implants that is… If you have heard any news at all about breast implants in the last few years the term “gummy bear” has probably been associated with them. These gummy bear implants are all the rage. They promise to revolutionize breast augmentation with safer breast implants that won’t leak if they break. But […]

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Lifestyle Lift, One Size Never Fits All

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You’ve probably heard the radio ads or seen the TV commercials for the Lifestyle Lift. I’ve seen them myself – ads promising a revolutionary one hour procedure that is done under local anesthesia and gets you back to work as soon as the next day. You know the old adage, “if it sounds too good […]

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Can Chin Ups Really Lift Your Chin?

November 6, 2012

You spare no expense in buying the latest anti-aging creams and undergoing a variety of treatments. You love staying up-to-date on the latest anti-aging innovations, and there’s nothing you wouldn’t do to shave five or even ten years off your look. But will facial muscle exercises really make you look younger? Facial muscle exercises were […]

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Jewel Plants a Flower for Breast Cancer Awareness

October 29, 2012

In a couple days I will be attending the national meeting of the American Society for Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). While there a special fundraising event will be held featuring the recording artist, Jewel. You may know that October is breast cancer awareness month. The idea is to raise awareness of the seriousness of the problem […]

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