Like many women, the decision to get breast implants probably came long before your need for a mammogram. However, at some stage the question will come up about whether breast implants interfere with mammograms. Silicone breast implants do reduce the sensitivity of mammograms. If you have breast implants it is important to have screening mammograms as advised by Breast Screening Aotearoa between the ages of 45 and 69. When you go for your mammogram, the radiographer will ask if you have breast implants. Don't worry about this, they will simply perform the mammogram in a different way to protect your implants while still getting a good view of the breast. If you notice any change in your breast or implants, please see Mr Bialostocki for a review.
* Mr Bialostocki does ask patients to have a breast screening mammogram prior to breast implant surgery.
There are many questions around resuming work, travel and daily routines including exercise, after you've had surgery. Surgical procedures do vary in recovery times, as do individual recoveries, but there are some general guidelines. For a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), Mr Adam Bialostocki encourages his patients to walk very early on, building up the distance over the first few weeks. Generally gym-level workouts may resume at about the six week mark. If you are considering a tummy tuck, or any other surgery, you are given a complete rundown of information about recovery prior to your procedure.
With the new year here, it's a time for many to think about their goals and making positive changes in the months ahead. If you are considering making changes to your face or body, tweaking, adding symmetry, recapturing a more youthful appearance or silhouette, taking charge of weight loss or some other area which you're not happy with, take a moment to check out our website. If you'd like to know more about specific procedures, make an appointment with our Plastic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki. He has many years of experience in all fields of plastic surgery, with a special interest in breast surgery. Make 2018 your year and make this the time you set realistic and achievable goals.
Summer is well and truly here. We are a nation of outdoor loving, sunseeking people, and this of course brings a few guidelines to adhere to. Cover yourself carefully from the sun's harmful rays - with clothes, hats, sunscreen and sunglasses. Don't forget your hands and feet! We find it alarming to still see people with very tanned skin, and are saddened that a deep tan still seems to be something to aspire to. Along with the well known risks of skin cancer associated with sunburn and overexposure to sun, is the fact that the more sun your skin sees, the faster it will age. Have you had your skin checked in 2017? If not, make 2018 the year you start your annual skin check routine - it could save your life.
This procedure is a very common cosmetic surgery option, and removes loose or excess folds of skin above or below the eyes. Some choose to have both eyelids and under the eye bags tightened, others either the top or bottom. For some patients this is a cosmetic procedure, one which subtly enhances and rejuvenates this area leaving a more youthful you! Others have blepharoplasty for functional reasons, when the eyelids impair sight. If this is the case, it may be that your medical insurer will cover it. Blepaharoplasty does not require a lengthy recovery and can sometimes be done at our clinic, under local anaesthetic.
“I only got windburnt, it's fine." It’s something we hear from time to time (and even say ourselves) to explain red, sore, dry skin or lips after being outside. It's particularly difficult to avoid being exposed to harsh winds in NZ - particularly in spring. But be wary of writing windburn off - it is in fact sunburn and is therefore damaging, possibly even more so because protecting yourself from wind is not easy. Sea breezes along our coasts can be lovely and cooling, but this tends to make us less likely to cover up, or retreat to the shade, resulting in more UV exposure. Also in spring there is more UVA in our environment than UVB. Because spring tends to be sunny but cooler than summer, we tend to stay outside for longer. This means we get exposed to more UVA and, if for long enough, to get sun burnt. UVA radiation is known to penetrate more deeply into the skin than UVB meaning UVA reaches the nerve endings where it inflames and damages them (causing pain). Because the nerve endings are deep under the skin, it can take anything from 12 to 24 (or even 36 hours) for the pain and discomfort to be felt – and these symptoms can last for two or three days. In comparison sunburn caused by the higher levels of UVB in summer usually takes just two to six hours for the pain and discomfort to kick in. What to do? Use sunblock, reapply and reduce your exposure time.
While cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery is performed year round, there are certain times of the year when the recovery process might be more comfortable for you as a patient. Procedures which require the wearing of compression garments fall into this category. Some people choose to have liposuction and body contouring, abdominoplasty, and breast surgeries during the cooler months. This is sometimes also to ensure they are looking and feeling great for the spring and summer months ahead! In saying this, if you have missed scheduling your procedure, you might be pleasantly surprised about post-surgery recovery times, so make sure you check in with us to learn more.
As the stereotypes around plastic surgery are slowly being broken down, a whole new world is opening up for men who value a refreshed, youthful appearance. Mr Bialostocki regularly consults with male patients, who have as many concerns as women do about facial and body issues they would like addressed. The desired results from most plastic surgery treatments are similar for both men and women though the theory and technique involved will require a unique approach. The bodies of men and women differ and each gender has unique features, including skin thickness and pore size, as well as how they store fat. Successful male cosmetic surgery also focuses on creating or retaining masculine features, which may be sharper or more prominent than those of women. There are several points to keep in mind:
- Plastic surgery does not replace working out
- You need to rest after plastic surgery and men tend to return to work and exercise too quickly
- Non-invasive techniques should be considered too
Book your consultation now to discuss your options with Mr Bialostocki.
If you've made the decision to have breast augmentation surgery, you will be fully briefed by Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki on what to expect during your recovery which is different for most people. Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings and an elastic bandage or support bra will minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. Before leaving Grace Hospital, you will be given specific postoperative instructions and a follow-up appointment. Your prescribed medications may include pain pills and an antibiotic to prevent infection. Wear your support garment around the clock as instructed. Because it is possible to bleed into the pockets around the breast implants for the first several days, take it easy until you have permission to increase your activity level. Acute pain typically subsides after one to five days, but you may experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks. Resume exercise and normal activity according to Mr Bialostocki's instructions and call us if you need any further advice.
While these latest plastic surgery figures are reflective of American statistics, and come to us via The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), here in New Zealand we certainly follow the American trends for both surgical and non-surgical procedures. We thought you might be interested in the following percentages...
- Total face & body procedures increased by 7% ( Brow lift 8%; ear surgery 18%; neck lift 14%; rhinoplasty 8%)
- Total breast procedures increased by 11% (Breast augmentation - fat transfer 22%; breast lift 14%; gynecomastia 11%; breast reduction 10%)
- Total body & extremities procedures increased by 8% (Buttock augmentation - fat transfer 17%; buttock lift 20%; lower body lift 29%; upper arm lift 22%; upper body lift 26%; labiaplasty 45%; vaginal rejuvenation 11%)
If you are considering a cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery procedure, talk to our NZ trained Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki who has many years of experience in facial, body, breast and skin cancer surgery.
Do you have what you consider to be unwanted fullness, or fat, under your chin? This is commonly referred to as a “double chin”. It is a particularly common condition, but we know it can cause self-consciousness or lead to unhappiness with your profile and general appearance. Did you know that you can effectively reduce this fat, non-surgically? We’re excited to say we will soon be offering treatments to double chins using FDA approved Belkyra, by Allergan. This is a series of injections to ‘melt’ away sub-mental fat (double chin). It is already being widely used in the USA and Australia, with a significant uptake in males. The treatment can be used for people of all ages. Talk to us about this fantastic new option, and find out if Belkyra is right for you.
*MiniCool – CoolSculpting for chins – is another treatment option, and will also be discussed with you.
Have you met our Cosmetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki? If you are considering plastic surgery, choose to discuss exactly what it is you wish to achieve, with him. Mr Adam Bialostocki, is well known for his warm and respectful manner, his years of experience in a range of plastic surgery procedures, and his skilled use of state-of-the-art equipment. He is supported by medical professionals who are highly proficient in their own fields, making this experienced, well-qualified and polished team the one to choose when you are considering surgery.
While Mr Adam Bialostocki has a special interest and many years of experience in all breast surgery, he performs a wide range of facial and body procedures. Check out our site for all surgical procedures. He also spends a significant part of his time achieving optimal results in the removal of skin cancers, including melanoma. Choose to see Mr Adam Bialostocki for all areas concerning the detection, removal and treatment of melanoma.
With breast augmentation continuing to be one of the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in the USA, here in NZ we continue to see increased popularity in this procedure too. While trends do influence the look women are drawn to, discussion with Mr Bialostocki who has many years of experience in this specialty field, will guide you in the decision to choose the right look for you.
Things to consider with regards to breast augmentation are:
1. Size. Many women who had breast implants some years ago, when the trend was for size with a capital 'S', are now opting for smaller implants. Larger breasts can impact your life in other ways, and another very popular procedure is breast reduction surgery.
2. Silicone vs saline. While both are available in NZ, Mr Adam Bialostocki uses silicone-filled implants, which have been thoroughly researched, and supplied by the very best manufacturers.
3. The surgical incision. There are a number of techniques and which one is used is determined by a number of factors, such as the current size and shape of your breasts, your skin, and whether you may also require mastopexy (breast lift) too.
4. Shape. This is important - how will you look post-surgery? With many years of experience in this specialty field, and with the use of the 3D imaging camera, you will see yourself as you you will appear, post-surgery.
Ask us now if you are considering breast implants, as the cooler months are the ideal time for this surgery, and will have you ready for spring and summer too! If you have other questions, take a look at our FAQs too.
Come together with friends this May and enjoy a Pink Ribbon Breakfast, whether it's at your place or theirs!
Last year 1.7million was raised from Pink Ribbon Breakfasts - that's a huge contribution towards the support of, and research into, breast cancer in New Zealand. This year, money will fund research projects and medical grants to help improve the survivorship of breast cancer in our country. This affects you, your mother, sister, friend and daughter. Signing up to a Pink Ribbon Breakfast this year, also means you will receive a very special Nadia Lim recipe - because everyone deserves a treat.
Our Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki, has had many years of experience with breast surgery, and regularly performs breast reconstructions associated with breast cancer. If you would like to learn more about this procedure, we would love to hear from you.
Do you or someone you know have a scar? Have you been told that it’s not noticeable, but to you it feels like it’s the most noticeable thing about you? Perhaps you should consider scar revision.
Scars are visible signs that remain after a wound has healed. They are sometimes unavoidable results of injury, disease or surgery and their development can be unpredictable. Poor healing can contribute to scars that are obvious, which is why infection is treated so carefully after surgery. However, even if a wound heals well, it can leave a scar which might affect your appearance. Whether your scar is raised or recessed, a different colour or texture to the surrounding skin, or particularly noticeable due to size, shape or location, how it makes you feel is entirely personal. While scars cannot be completely erased, they can often be drastically improved. If your injury was originally registered and accepted with ACC, scar revision – surgery to improve the scar – may be funded. Other insurers may also fund this procedure too. However, any claim for revision does need a functional aspect to it, rather than solely cosmetic. If your scar bothers you, make a consultation with Mr Adam Bialostocki to discuss what your options might be.
With the ageing process, comes a loss of volume, the effects of gravity and sometimes smoking, and also changes that occur because of our genetic makeup. Noses may appear to become bigger, chins lose definition, excessive lines and wrinkles prematurely age us. Breasts may sag, increase or decrease in size, and areas of fat around the tummy, thighs and back will just not shift. While a lot can be done with dermal fillers, Botox and the fat freezing technology of CoolSculpting, sometimes surgical options are the best options. If you're thinking about an eye lift (Blepharoplasty), a nose job (Rhinoplasty), a face lift, or perhaps a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction or a boob job (breast augmentation, reduction or mastopexy), talk to our Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki. He will advise you of the latest surgical procedures available, what outcomes you can expect, and all about the downtime involved, costs and more. With autumn upon us, considering surgery in the cooler months is wise, as some surgeries require the wearing of compression garments. Talk to us - don't sit at home and guess.
Ensuring our patients at Bay Plastic Surgery are given the very latest options available when it comes to both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery techniques, is something we take very seriously. As such, our Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki regularly attends conferences in his specialty fields, as do his specialist nurses.
This week, Mr Bialostocki has been in Melbourne at the 21st Advanced Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Workshop, endorsed by The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and approved by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. The 2017 Workshop’s extensive program focused on an in-depth study of the most up to date techniques on THE AGEING FACE – NEW HORIZONS. Looking at incorporating concepts for refreshing, rejuvenating and in some cases reconstructing the eyelids, brow, face and neck – including new ideas and as well as ancillary procedures - was at the centre of the conference. The opportunity to discuss procedures with a group of Plastic Surgeons, and share and learn techniques, means that you too are kept up to date with the latest techniques and trends.
If you'd like to learn more about facial cosmetic procedures, click here. Making a consultation to discuss your specific concerns is the best way to take the guess work out of what you think you need. Some people believe a full facelift is the only answer; often, they need a mid face lift, or perhaps blepharoplasty or an eyelift to achieve their desired outcome. Talk to Mr Bialostocki and his team to get the facts.
Ageing happens to us all. Some are happy with the way they age, others are not. If you fall into the second category, and don't look the way you feel, there are things you can do to change this.
A common procedure performed by our Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki, is a facelift. The most common age group for this is from 40 - 65 years of age. With the increase in popularity of plastic surgery and its acceptance as a 'go to' solution, there is an increase in younger people coming in to have more minor surgery, such as a browlift, "nose job" (rhinoplasty), or an "eyelift" (blepharoplasty). More people are paying attention to their chins too, with the use of chin implants to give more definition, or reducing the appearance of a double chin surgically, or through the use of CoolSculpting.
Facelifts result in a better tone, and a fresher younger looking face. Mr Bialostocki performs this surgery under General Anaesthetic at Grace Private Hospital and it is sometimes combined with brow and eyelid rejuvenation, and microfat grafting to specific areas. To learn more, visit the procedures section of our website. In the past, facelifts were obvious, and we have all seen images of overly taut skin which appears shiny and stretched. Things have come a long way and results these days are subtle, youth-enhancing and refreshing. Want to learn more? You may like to read through our FAQs and for specific questions, contact us.
The skin cancer statistics are frightening in our country, there is no doubt about it. While we hope that younger generations will practice safer sun protection habits than generations have done in the past, it is still frightening to see how many young people see a tan as a must-have. We can change skin cancer and melanoma rates, it is largely a preventable cancer. Have a look at our recent Facebook post on how to do this.
Early intervention of skin cancers gives you the best chance of successful removal and treatment. This means acting immediately if you notice signs of change to an existing freckle or mole, or the development of a new sun spot. Regular skin checks need to be scheduled as part of your health care routine. Our Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki, spends around 50% of his time working with skin cancer - detection, removal and treatment. He works alongside the dermatology team at the Da Vinci Clinic, where his private practice, Bay Plastic Surgery, is situated. Having a Plastic Surgeon to treat your skin cancer, means that you will also have the very best aesthetic outcome possible, as Plastic Surgeons are trained specifically, and for many years in gaining the optimal outcome in minimal scarring.
While it can be frightening to start the ball rolling with skin cancer checks and removal, delaying will only allow the situation to worsen. Touch base with us now, have confidence in your care and know you are in skilled hands.
As with many things, be it cars, homes, travel and more, in plastic surgery we notice trends too.
Something our Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki is seeing of late, is a desire to downsize breast implants. There are a number of reasons leading to this decision for women. When breast augmentation surgery - often known as having a 'boob job' - became fashionable, people were keen to conform. Now was their opportunity to have a cleavage and at last, a large bust. But as time has moved on, this fashion has lessened and with the wave of fitness regimes available, bigger breasts can be a hindrance and interfere with exercise comfort and performance. With this said, Mr Bialostocki, who has a special interest and many years of experience in breast surgery, is performing more breast reductions.
There comes a time when breast implants need to be replaced too, as they do wear out over time. Manufacturers suggest around ten years is the average life of a silicone or saline breast implant. As women are having their implants replaced, they are opting to change the size and shape of them in order to best complement their age and figure. Some women have them removed completely, and choose to have a mastopexy, or breast lift of their own breasts in order to restore a firm and natural shape.
At Bay Plastic Surgery, we offer the use of the Vectra 3D imaging camera which allows you to see yourself as you will appear post - surgery. No more guessing! Click here to check out the article on our Facebook page to learn more about that. Should you have any queries about breast implants, downsizing and other breast surgery procedures, contact us. We would love to hear from you.
Are you a magazine reader? If you'd like to keep up to date with more in depth information about the procedures provided by our Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki, make sure you pick up your copy of lifestyle, health and beauty magazines, The Beauty Book, Ze Magazine and UNO.
We feature regularly in these magazines with information on procedures, trends and more on topics such as blepharoplasty, breast reduction for men and women, breast augmentation and breast lifts, breast reconstruction, liposuction, abdominoplasty or tummy tucks, and of course skin cancer prevention, detection and treatments. We always have copies of these magazines at our Bay Plastic Surgery Clinic, or you can subscribe to them yoursel. You'll find us at the Da Vinci Clinic.
Our Vectra 3D® Imaging Machine is increasingly popular with patients at Bay Plastic Surgery.
For those considering plastic or reconstructive surgery with Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki, the camera is an excellent tool as it allows you to see yourself, as you will appear post-surgery. No more guessing at the size and shape of your breast implants – under the careful guidance of Mr Bialostocki, you can see the outcome! New software for the Vectra 3D Imaging machine means it will soon be used for the imaging of a wider range of surgical outcomes. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to view videos of what the process involves.
If you have not yet had an annual routine skin check, you may be a little unsure about what to expect. These points below are indicative of a skin check with Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki.
- A full of review of your medical history, assessing your risk of melanoma
- A systematic review of your skin from head to toe. You will be asked to reveal your skin an area at a time, ensuring your comfort.
- The skin check includes the scalp, behind the ears, the sides of the neck and nose, the trunk, back, legs and toes and soles of the feet, and between your fingers. Mr Bialostocki will use a magnifying and lighting device, known as a dermatoscope.
- Advice will be given immediately on any areas of concern.
Are you concerned about lines around your mouth? Does your lipstick 'bleed'? Lines in this area are a natural sign of aging, but can be exacerbated by smoking. Whatever the reason, those vertical lines, the drooping corners of the mouth and the loss of volume to the lips, can be restored with the use of soft, malleable dermal fillers. We believe in a subtle softening of these lines, not completely erasing them, giving an overly full and unnatural appearance. The use of natural, temporary dermal fillers to subtly hydrate and smooth lines which occur around our lips as we age, is a wonderful treatment. Non-surgical, comfortable and with optimal results, dermal filler adds definition and restores volume where it counts. All new patients will see Mr Bialostocki prior to their treatment with our skilled appearance medicine nurses, meaning your own personalised treatment plan with a Plastic Surgeon who has many years of experience in the field of aesthetic medicine. Learn more about our medical team right here!
Being diagnosed with breast cancer is not only a very difficult time in a woman's life, it is also a time when she is faced with many decisions. It can be over-whelming. Sometimes the thought of more surgery is too much, but the good thing is, breast reconstruction can be done at a later stage. There are many techniques available for reconstruction of breast defects after surgery for breast cancer. The art is to choose the right technique for an individual woman, taking into account lifestyle, post-operative support and expectations. While an immediate breast reconstruction is ideal, not all breast cancer patients can have this option due to the type of cancer and the additional treatments that may be recommended, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. A delayed breast reconstruction can be undertaken any time after the mastectomy and adjuvant therapy is completed, from a few months later, to many years. During your consultation with Plastic Surgeon, Mr Bialostocki, he will help you understand and determine the best option for you. If breast reconstruction is something you are now considering, we look forward to seeing you and in the mean time, you may wish to read more about this procedure here.
The summer is going to be long and hot and you know what that means - excessive perspiration and all that goes with it! If your brow needs mopping during your recreational activities or while you're at work, we can help. By injecting small amounts of Botox under the skin, this issue is addressed swiftly and with long lasting results. The effects are obvious after around two weeks and can last up to eight months. We have patients who now schedule this fantastic treatment into their pre-summer regime. Used for excessive armpit sweating too, hyperhydrosis need no longer be a problem for you, or your clothes. Book now with our appearance medicine nurses.
There are a number of reasons why women choose to add fullness to their bust. It may be due to weight loss, a life-time of feeling flat-chested or unhappy with the size of their bust or, because they have had a mastectomy. Some women are not aware of the options they have. They may think they need a breast augmentation - where an implant is inserted under the muscle and breast tissue, to create a feminine natural shape - where in fact they require a breast lift (mastopexy). There is a current trend for women with larger breast implants to downsize. We invite you to speak with Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki, to discuss your concerns and optimal outcomes with him. He has a particular interest in breast surgery, regularly performing breast augmentation, reduction, mastopexy and reconstruction procedures. He will carefully explain procedures and advise on an outcome which suits your, your body shape and lifestyle.
Mr Bialostocki will be speaking at the monthly meeting of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Branch of the New Zealand Dental Association, at the end of November. This group is very active in remaining aware of medical procedures and specialist fields which complement their own field. With this in mind, Mr Bialostocki will be talking to attendees - who are from a range of dental disciplines - about a comprehensive range of common aesthetic procedures, the increasingly popular field of injectable treatments as well as covering some reconstructive cases that required cosmetic input.