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SlimLipo™ FAQs
What is SlimLipo™?
SlimLipo body sculpting is a revolutionary treatment that uses “fat-melting” laser wavelength technology to not only permanently remove fat, but also tighten skin and literally re-sculpt the body. As opposed to traditional liposuction, SlimLipo is a highly affordable, in-office procedure that is minimally invasive.
What can I expect from SlimLipo at Bellava?

First, you will meet in private with physician, Dr. Jim Lyons, who will customize a treatment program to fit your exact needs. With over 30 years experience in plastic surgery, Dr. Lyons possesses the highest level of expertise in aesthetic medicine so patients can rest assured they are in the most capable of hands. In addition, he is a critically acclaimed author and established health and beauty coach on anti-aging, diet and exercise. Each SlimLipo patient at Bellava will receive Dr. Lyons’ special coaching on healthy weight maintenance and fitness to complement their treatment.

Go here to read more about Dr. Lyons…

What parts of the body can be treated?
You can expect to eliminate small, localized areas of fat almost anywhere on the body. Both men and women seek treatment. Common areas treated with SlimLipo laser liposuction include stomach, back, buttocks, chin, neck, love handles, inner thighs and upper arms.
How safe is SlimLipo?
Because it is done under local anesthesia, SlimLipo laser liposuction is much safer than traditional liposuction.
How fast is the SlimLipo procedure?
Depending on the area being treated, laser body sculpting can take from one to three hours.
How many treatments will I need?
Typically just one SlimLipo treatment is needed.
How long is recovery?
Recovery time from SlimLipo laser body sculpting is a fraction of that of traditional liposuction–typically 1-3 days. Compression garments may also be worn for a short period of time. Shortly following recovery, you will have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Lyons, who will provide coaching on diet, exercise and post-SlimLipo maintenance.

A Bellava consultant will be happy to discuss any other questions you may have on SlimLipo. Call: 914.600.5294.


Tummy Tuck FAQs
Who is a good tummy tuck candidate?
A man or woman in good health who is unhappy about sagging, excess skin around their stomach (which can be caused by pregnancy, weight loss or gain, aging.
What are the different types of tummy tuck procedures?
There is the traditional tummy tuck/abdominoplasty procedure as well as the mini tummy tuck (Go here to read about the mini tummy tuck). The type of abdominoplasty that is appropriate for a patient depends on the amount of sagging skin that is removed, the degree of tightening that is required for the stomach muscles, etc. A mini tummy tuck is best for patients who require a minimal amount of abdominal muscle tightening and loose skin removal below the belly button.
How is a tummy tuck performed?
Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. The length of the incision, which extends laterally toward the pelvic bones, depends largely on the amount of skin to be removed. The contour of this incision will vary somewhat according to the structure of your abdomen and the style of bathing suit or undergarments that you prefer. Sometimes liposuction may be used alone, or in conjunction with abdominoplasty, to remove abdominal fat. Dr. Lyons will discuss with you the particular method that he or she recommends for achieving the best result in your particular case.
How long does a tummy tuck procedure take?
While the time varies depending on each individual patient, a tummy tuck procedure can take any wear from 2-5 hours.
What type of anesthesia is used?
A tummy tuck requires general anesthesia.
What is recovery like after a tummy tuck?
Light activities may be resumed a few days after the operation. You should take it easy for at least 2 weeks after surgery. You will be able to wear a compression garment for several weeks after surgery while you heal.
When can I return to work after a tummy tuck?
You can return to work within 2 weeks after a tummy tuck. However, you should avoid strenuous activities for 4-6 weeks to allow for proper healing.
Does a tummy tuck leave scars?
The resulting scar from a tummy tuck runs from hip to hip. The incision is made low on the stomach and is easily covered by bikini bottoms or undergarments.
Are tummy tuck results permanent?
Results may be long lasting, provided the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle, which includes a healthy diet and exercise regime.

Call 914-600-5294 for a free consultation with Dr. Lyons to discuss if a Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck are right for you.


CoolSculpting® FAQs
How do I know if CoolSculpting® is right for me?
Good candidates are people with noticeable bulges of fat in areas they’d like to get rid of.
How is CoolSculpting® Different from laser liposuction procedures such as SlimLipo, Smart Lipo and Smart Lipo?
CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution for those who are obese, nor is it a substitute for SlimLipo, surgical fat removal or skin tightening such as a tummy tuck. During a complimentary consultation at Bellava, it can be determined if you are a good candidate and work to determine the best treatment plan during a one-on-one consultation.
How long is each CoolSculpting® treatment?
During your consultation, it will be discussed how much time should be allotted based on your needs. Typical CoolSculpting treatments last between 1-3 hours.
Is CoolSculpting® safe?
CoolSculpting is cleared for the flanks and abdomen by the FDA and is proven to be a safe and effective treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Typically patients see a noticeable difference in fat reduction in the treated area after 1 visit but you may appreciate even more fat reduction with several treatments.
What happens during the CoolSculpting® treatment?
The device will be placed on the body so that the unwanted bulge is drawn up between 2 cooling panels. The sensation is a firm pull and pressure–enough of a pull to ensure the selected tissue will be cooled most efficiently. An hour or so later, you’re done. Most people read, work on their laptop or take a nap during treatment.
When can I return to my normal activities?
Typically you can return to your activities immediately after a CoolSculpting procedure, although you may experience some minor tingling or numbness. This is temporary and will resolve quickly.
When will I see results?
You may start to see results as quickly as 3 weeks after your treatment and will experience the more dramatic results after 2 months. Your body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to 4-6 weeks after treatment.
Are the results permanent?
When you have your CoolSculpting treatment, the affected cells will be eliminated. As long as you maintain your weight with a normal diet, your long-term results should remain stable.


Call 914-600-5294 for a free consultation with Dr. Lyons to discuss if CoolSculpting is right for you.


Neck Lift FAQs
What is a neck lift?
A neck lift is a procedure that lifts and rejuvenates a sagging and/or full neck jaw line.
Who is a good candidate for a neck lift?
The best candidate for a neck lift is a healthy man or woman who are unhappy about unwanted sagging of the neck and/or jaw line.
What type of anesthesia is used for a neck lift?
It depends on what kind of neck lift procedure you undergo. Most surgical neck lift procedures require general anesthesia. However some surgical neck lifts are accomplished under local anesthesia and a neck procedure using SlimLipo laser liposuction can be done under local.
What happens during a neck lift procedure?
A neck lift involves incisions being made under the chin and behind or under the ear, so the surgeon can tighten the muscles and skin. Liposuction maybe used if you have excessive amounts of fat in the chin area as well. If your neck-lift requires liposuction to remove excess fat, the liposuction procedure is typically performed first. An incision will be made below the chin to remove the excess fat deposits. The fat deposits will be removed by inserting a small cannula (hollow tube) beneath the skin and into the fatty tissue. The cannula is used to break up the fat, and then remove it from the neck area. The excess skin is then trimmed away before the wound is closed with stitches or tissue glue, usually behind or below the ear. A pressure dressing is then placed around the head to help the wound heal.
How long does a neck lift take to perform?
A neck lift can take between 1 ½ to 3 hours to complete depending on what approach is being used and how much work is being done.
Are there scars after a necklift?
Though incisions are made that leave scars, they tend to be well concealed, as they are mainly located behind the ear and sometimes beneath the chin.
Is the necklift a painful procedure?
No since patient is under local or general anesthesia. However, patients may experience some discomfort after a neck lift, due to swelling and bruising, which can be managed with prescription or over-the-counter medication.
When are the stitches removed after a neck lift?
The stitches are removed within 4-7 days after the neck lift.
What is recovery from a neck lift like?
Most patients will experience 1-2 weeks of some degree of bruising and swelling. A an elastic, compressive bandage is worn after the procedure for a week or more.
When will I be able to return to work after a neck lift?
Most patients are able to return to work within 5-10 days after a neck lift and sometimes sooner.
When can I exercise after a neck lift?
Aerobic activity may be resumed within 10-14 days after the neck lift and more strenuous activity (resistance workouts) within 3-4 weeks.

Call 914-600-5294 for a free consultation with Dr. Lyons to discuss if Neck Lift is right for you.


Cheek lift FAQs

What is the difference between a Cheek lift (mid facelift) and a Face Lift?

These procedures focus on different areas of the face. The purpose of a Cheek Lift is to correct the signs of aging found in the central portions of the face. These changes typically consist of a deepening fold between the cheek and upper lip (the naso-labial fold), a hollowing or depression above this fold, and loss of the natural fullness over the cheekbones.The best way to find out what procedure will fulfill your needs and goals is to meet with Dr. James R. Lyons at Bellava MedAesthetics & Plastic Surgery Center so he can help you fully discuss your desires and needs.

Who is a good candidate for a cheek lift?

Good candidates for a cheek lift are those who have early sagging of the soft tissues in the middle portion of the face. This pattern typically presents as a deepening fold between the cheek and upper lip (the nasolabial fold), a hollowing or depression above this fold, and loss of the natural fullness over the cheekbones. In this case, an eyelid lift may also be beneficial (Go here to read about eyelid surgery/blepharoplasty at Bellava MedAesthetics & Plastic Surgery Center).Other good candidates are also those who have the changes described above along with more advanced changes, such as sagging of the jowls and neck skin. Sometimes this group will benefit from a Cheek Lift combined with a facelift (go here to read about facelifts performed by Dr. Lyons in our same comfortable plastic surgery center.

What’s the difference between a cheek lift and dermal fillers?

Injectable dermal fillers such as Radiesse, Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane are substances comprise of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in the body. Dermal fillers are often used to plump cheeks or to correct deep creases in the mid face region such as nasolabial folds.  While dermal fillers can “lift” the cheek area, a cheek lift is usually required when a more substantial correction is called for. For instance, if the face has experienced a great deal of sagging, dermal fillers alone may not do the trick. Only an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Lyons can determine what procedure will give you your desired outcome which is why it is important to schedule a consultation in order to review all of your options.Go here to read more about dermal fillers carried out by our injectable expert at Bellava MedAesthetics & Plastic Surgery Centerin Bedford Hills.

Does a cheek lift procedure require anesthesia?
A cheeklift may be performed under general or local anesthesia, depending on the surgical techniques being utilized.
How long does a cheek lift procedure take?
In general, it takes about 1.5 hours, but bear in mind that it depends on what techniques Dr. Lyons is utilizing.
What is recovery from a cheek lift like?
Recovery time from a cheek lift procedures ranges from about 5-7 days.  Most patients are back to full activity within two weeks.
How long does a cheek lift last?
A cheek lift can last at up to 10 years or more, depending upon your age, health, and lifestyle.

Call 914-600-5294 for a free consultation with Dr. Lyons to discuss if Cheek Lift is right for you.


Rhinoplasty FAQs
Is a rhinoplasty right for me?
Nose cosmetic surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. You should have specific but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance.
Do all rhinoplasties look the same?
Absolutely not. Dr. Lyons contours the nose in a shape and size that is commensurate with the width of the eyes, the height of the cheekbones, mouth width, chin shape and jaw line. A well-performed rhinoplasty is defined by the face and not the plastic surgeon.
Will I still have my old nose?
Yes. Dr. Lyons works to achieve the most natural and subtle changes.
Will my nose still be in sync with my ethnicity?
Absolutely. Dr Lyons has extensive experience with rhinoplasties in cultures that take pride in the dominance of the nose. Often it is just the desire to tone down an unattractive, hyperbolic feature of the nose.
What happens during a rhinoplasty procedure?
Incisions are made inside the nostrils to alter the nasal bones depending on the patient’s desired result. Cartilage may be trimmed. The nasal passages are then packed and an external splint is applied.
Are the scars visible?
There are no external scars after a rhinoplasty procedure.
Will I require general anesthesia?
Not necessarily. This will depend on the extent of internal surgery that is required.
When can I return to work or the gym?
Generally, a small cast is applied to the nose at the time of surgery for a period of seven days. Patients are instructed not to exercise for two weeks. Depending on the nature of employment, patients can return to work in a matter of days. A longer period of recuperation is recommended for patients who hold high profile positions, as well as those whose jobs entail a high degree of physical activity.

Call 914-600-5294 for a free consultation with Dr. Lyons to discuss if Rhinoplasty is right for you.


Chin Implant FAQs
Who is a good candidate for a chin augmentation?
If you have a small or receded chin, you may be a good candidate for a chin augmentation.  Those looking to improve their overall facial balance and proportion may also be benefit from a chin augmentation procedure which is often combined with rhinoplasty (nose surgery), neck lift and /or laser liposuction. Go here to read more about laser liposuction at Bellava MedAesthetics & Plastic Surgery Center in Westchester, NY.
Is a chin augmentation carried out under local or general anesthesia?
A chin augmentation is usually carried out under general anesthesia.
What can I expect during chin augmentation surgery?
Chin augmentation surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in our state-of-the-art Joint Commission on-site medical suite in Bedford Hills, NY. In general, the chin augmentation procedure takes about 1 hour.
What can I expect after chin implant surgery?
In general, you may expect to have mild to moderate swelling for 1 week after your procedure.  Most patients report mild discomfort, which is usually well-tolerated with certain pain medications.

Call 914-600-5294 for a free consultation with Dr. Lyons to discuss if Chin Augmentation is right for you.


Blepharoplasty (eyelift) FAQs
What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, the medical term for eyelid surgery, is a procedure that removes excess skin, fat, and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids.
What issues can blepharoplasty correct?
Drooping eyelids
· Sagging eyelids
· Under eye bags
· Narrowed eyes
· Tired appearance
· Poor vision (only in some cases)
Who is a good candidate for this surgery?
The best candidates are women and men who are in good health and have realistic expectations about the procedure.
Is anesthesia used?
Many blepharoplasty procedures can be performed under local anesthesia alone.
Where are the incisions made for blepharoplasty?
The incision for the upper blepharoplasty is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. This incision heals well. The lower blepharoplasty incision is made just under the eyelashes (subciliary) or inside the eye (transconjunctival).
Are there scars that result from blepharoplasty?
The incisions, when placed well, will heal well and be imperceptible.
How long is the recovery period?
Most cosmetic eyelift surgical patients can go back to their regular schedule in about a week.
How long with the results of my surgery last?
This surgery, like many other cosmetic surgeries, does not produce permanent results. But the results can be seen for many years.

Call 914-600-5294 to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Lyons to discuss blepharoplasty procedures.


Facelift FAQs
What is a facelift?
The best candidate for a face lift is a man or woman who is in good health and whose facial skin has started to sag but whose skin retains some elasticity. Patients should also have realistic expectations and understand the risks and benefits of the procedure. It is commonly said that a facelift can make someone look 10 years younger.
Are face lift results permanent?
Like all plastic surgery, results differ from person-to-person. Plus, a facelift procedure does not stop the aging process. Still, most people can expect results to last somewhere between five and ten years.
Is there a common technique for facelift procedures?
Dr. Lyons is an expert in a variety of facelift techniques including the less invasive “weekend or mini facelift” and tailors each procedure to meet patients’ individual needs and desires.
Is a facelift performed under general anesthesia?
Most facelift procedures performed by Dr. Lyons can be carried out under are local anesthesia.
When can one resume normal activities after a facelift?
It depends on the type of face lift you have had performed. Most people can return to work anywhere between 1-2 weeks after surgery though swelling and bruising may take up to three weeks to disappear. Avoid strenuous activities for at least two weeks and limit sun exposure.

Call 914-600-5294 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Lyons to discuss facelift procedures.


Circumoral Dermabrasion FAQs
What is Circumoral Dermabrasion?
Circumoral dermabrasion is a mechanical dermabrasion technique used to reduce wrinkles around the mouth area known as “lipstick lines” or “smokers’ lines.” It is suitable to remove medium to deep wrinkles. In some cases, fractional laser skin resurfacing , which is also offered at Bellava MedAesthetics & Plastic Surgery Center, is a preferred method to get rid of wrinkles around the mouth area. Go here to read more about Fractional laser skin resurfacing. (Hot link to page). To determine what treatment (s) best meet your needs, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lyons at your convenience.
What is the circumoral dermabrasion skin procedure like?
This dermabrasion procedure involves removing the top layer of skin using a high-speed rotary instrument. The damaged, wrinkled upper layer of the dermis is removed, and a fresh, new layer emerges. Dr. Lyons performs this procedure in our state-of-the-art plastic surgery center, located near Mount Kisco, Katonah, and Armonk, in Westchester, NY.
What kind of results can I expect from circumoral dermabrasion?
In general, dermabrasion can get rid of 70-80% of the wrinkles around the mouth area, delivering smoother, younger looking skin.
What kind of anesthesia is used during circumoral dermabrasion?
Circumoral dermabrasion is performed with local anesthesia.
What is the recovery time like from circumoral dermabrasion?
It takes about 7-10 days for the skin to heal and for new, smoother skin to emerge. Mineral makeup can be applied after 2-3 days. In addition, it is very important to wear sunscreen while the healing process takes place.
How long will results last?
Results from circumoral dermabrasion can last for many years, especially if you stay out of the sun and do not smoke.

Call 914-600-5294 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Lyons to discuss Circumoral Dermabrasion.


Fractional Skin Resurfacing FAQs
What is Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, is an FDA-approved, cutting-edge skin resurfacing laser treatment  that can dramatically improve a wide range of skin issues with little downtime and discomfort.
What can I expect from a Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment?
You will experience the Artisan™ system, the very latest in Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing laser technology. The Palomar laser penetrates a targeted area and creates a microscopic wound that will heal and stimulate the skin to produce new collagen while tightening and improving texture. The results will help you achieve a younger, healthier, more beautiful appearance.
What conditions can be treated with Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing can treat a multitude of skin issues: deep wrinkles, acne and surgical scars, melasma, hyperpigmentation, blotchy skin and more. The procedure can be performed on virtually any area of the body–face, neck, chest, arms or legs. The Palomar laser system is the only Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment that is FDA-approved to treat stretch marks.
How many Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments are needed?
With Fractional laser skin resurfacing (used to treat scars, melasma, fine lines and wrinkles), most patients require a series of 3-5 treatments at 4-6 week intervals to achieve desired results.The Laser Skin Peel, which is a little more aggressive and is used to treat deep wrinkles, generally can be accomplished in one treatment. Older skin sometimes requires 1 or 2 additional treatments. Dr. James Lyons is one of the few doctors in Westchester to offer the laser skin peel and the Laser Facelift.
What can I expect during treatment?
During laser skin resurfacing, we numb the face so that the procedure is more comfortable and tolerable.
What can I expect after treatment?
Patients can expect to see improvement in the color, texture and quality of the skin within a week or two after the treatment; however, more significant improvement will be seen after the series. New collagen will continue to rebuild for months after your last treatment.

Dr. Lyons will be happy to consult with you regarding the Laser Skin Peel/Laser Facelift. Call: 914-600-5294.


Botox®/Dysport®/Xeomin® FAQs
What are Botox and Dysport?
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are simple, nonsurgical procedures that smooth deep, persistent wrinkles. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin injections are comprised of a completely safe, cosmetic purified protein.
What can I expect from a Botox/Dysport/Xeomin treatment at Bellava?
Your experience at Bellava starts with a private consultation with  our cosmetic injection expert Marc L. Epstein, MD, who will carefully go over your customized treatment and determine which injectable best meets your needs. In one of Bellava’s tranquil treatment rooms, a cleansing facial, followed by the application of a topical anesthetic cream will precede your procedure.
Which wrinkle areas are typically treated with Botox/Dyspor/Xeomin?
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are frequently used to eliminate nonstatic wrinkles–wrinkles that move up and down. These include crow’s feet, frown lines between the eyebrows and worry lines on the forehead.
How long does a treatment with Botox/Dysport/Xeomin take?
Our thorough, four-step treatment (consultation, cleansing facial, application of topical anesthetic cream, procedure) takes about 45 minutes.
Is Botox/Dysport/Xeomin safe?

FDA-approved, Botox/Dysport/Xeomin are completely safe when injected by an experienced health care provider, especially a physician with Dr. Epstein’s outstanding credentials and high level of expertise.

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What about downtime after Botox/Dysport/Xeomin?
You may resume normal activity immediately afterward.
How long does it last?
Botox/Dysport/Xeomin treatments usually last up to four months.
A Bellava consultant will be happy to discuss any other questions you may have on Botox Dysport and Xeomin. Call: 914.600.5294.


Sculptra FAQs
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is an injectable compound that contains poly-L-lactic acid, a completely safe biocompatible, biodegradable, polymer from the alpha-hydroxy-acid family. Poly-L-lactic acid has been used for decades in the medical community. In 2009, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved Sculptra for cosmetic use, or, the restoration and/or correction of the signs of facial fat loss.

The amazing benefit of this product is that it is the only fully biodegradable filler with this type of effective duration. In most cases, Sculptra last between two-three years. It works to stimulate the deep layers of the skin to produce more collagen. This is a very effective treatment for restoring volume loss in the face.

Where does Sculptra work the best?
Sculptra will help correct volume loss in the following areas:

  • Under eye area
  • Nasolabial folds (laugh lines, smile lines)
  • Melomental folds (Marionette lines)
  • Perioral wrinkles (vertical lines around the mouth)
How many treatments will I need?
Depending on each individual case, patients need 1 -3 treatments. Multiple treatments are spaced about 6-8 weeks apart to achieve the best results.
When will I see results?
The beginning results often occur within 6 weeks of your first treatment and by six months you will have achieved between 70-90% of the final result. You will continue to see about 10% additional improvement through the first year!
A Bellava consultant will be happy to discuss any other questions you may have on Sculptra. Call: 914.600.5294.


Breast Reduction FAQs
Who is a good candidate for breast reduction?
The best candidate for a face lift is a man or woman who is in good health and whose facial skin has started to sag but whose skin retains some elasticity. Patients should also have realistic expectations and understand the risks and benefits of the procedure. It is commonly said that a facelift can make someone look 10 years younger.
What are the most common benefits of breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery can help alleviate persistent back or neck pain. After the post-op period, women who were restricted in their physical activity because of large breasts can now enjoy a more active lifestyle with more frequent exercise and may also be able to fit into clothing that was previously difficult.
Is there usually pain during a breast reduction procedure?
There is no pain since this procedure, which usually takes 2-3 hours, is performed under general anesthesia.
Is there much pain after breast reduction surgery?
Mild to moderate pain due to initial swelling and bruising is common for the first few days following surgery but can be managed with OTC or prescription pain medication.
How long does it take to get back to normal after breast reduction surgery?
The recovery period ranges from several days to a week or two, depending on each individual case. Exercise is usually resumed within 2-4 weeks.
What is the long-term outcome like for most people who have breast reduction surgery?
Most breast reduction patients experience less discomfort, a more youthful appearance and a more active lifestyle.
A Bellava consultant will be happy to discuss any other questions you may have on Breast Reduction. Call: 914.600.5294.


Breast Lift FAQs
Does a Breast Lift Procedure Hurt?
A breast lift is performed with general anesthesia so you will not experience pain during the procedure, which usually takes about 1-3 hours. After surgery, you may experience mild discomfort due to swelling and bruising for a few days, although a support bra will help reduce the discomfort. After a short recovery, most women experience no pain or complications.
Can a breast lift be combined with other procedures?
Yes, a breast lift is often combined with a breast augmentation or breast reduction. A breast lift can enhance breasts that have been enlarge or reduced, enhancing the overall youthful, firm and perky shape.
Does a breast lift cause permanent scarring?
Scarring will occur after a breast lift procedure at the incision site. Gradually, over the next few months after the breast lift procedure, the scars will fade and be practically unnoticeable.
How long does a breast lift last?
Results can vary depending on each individual patient but most enjoy firm, youthful breasts for years after the breast lift procedure. Factors such as aging, pregnancy and gravity can cause the breasts to eventually sag again.
Can I undergo more than one breast lift procedure?
Yes. While a breast lift provides an effective lifting and firming of the breasts, they may sag again over time. At that time you may choose to have another breast lift.
When can I resume activities after a breast lift?
For the first few days you may have some pain and discomfort so it’s best to rest after a breast lift. However, you should get up and move around as much as possible. Most patients can return to work within a week or so after the procedure. Avoid heavy lifting and exercise for at least 2 weeks or more to allow proper healing.
A Bellava consultant will be happy to discuss any other questions you may have on Breast lift. Call: 914.600.5294.


Breast Enlargement FAQs
Are breast implants permanent?
Breast implants are not considered lifetime devices but sometimes last up to 25 years with no problems.
Can I breastfeed after receiving breast implants?
Breast implants do not affect your ability to breastfeed.
Am I eligible for breast implants?
Most people are eligible for breast enhancement surgery for aesthetic or medical purposes. You are not eligible if you are under 18 years of age, are nursing or are pregnant.
How will my breasts look and feel after the breast augmentation procedure?
Some discoloration and swelling will occur initially after the procedure but this will disappear quickly. Most residual swelling will resolve within a month.
Will there be scarring?
Scars are a part of the breast augmentation process, whether it is around the areola, under the arm or under the breast. Scars are usually small and inconspicuous. Over time the scars will fade.
When can I resume my normal activities after breast augmentation surgery?
While it will take several days to return to normal activities after your breast augmentation, it is important to your recovery that you get up and move around.
A Bellava consultant will be happy to discuss any other questions you may have on Breast Augmentation. Call: 914.600.5294.


Dermal fillers FAQs
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable gels made of naturally occurring substances used to add volume to aging skin and smooth out wrinkles. The majority contain hyaluronic acid as their main ingredient, which is found naturally in the human body. At Bellava, we offer an array of the finest dermal fillers, including, Radiesse®, Juvderm® and Restylane®, Belotero® and Expression®.
What can I expect with dermal filler treatments at Bellava ?
At Bellava your dermal filler procedure will begin with a private consultation with cosmetic injection expert Marc L, Epstein, MD, who will evaluate your needs and recommend a customized treatment to restore your most youthful, beautiful appearance. In one of Bellava’s tranquil treatment rooms, a cleansing facial, followed by the application of a topical anesthetic cream will precede your procedure.Click here for more on Dr. Epstein…
How are dermal fillers used?
Dermal fillers are typically used to reduce static wrinkles—smile lines (nasolabial folds) and marionette lines that appear at the side of the mouth, add volume to sagging cheeks, and plump thin or uneven lips.
How long does a dermal filler treatment take?
Our thorough, four-step treatment (consultation, cleansing facial, application of topical anesthetic cream, procedure) takes about 45 minutes.
Are dermal fillers safe?

The FDA-approved fillers at Bellava are completely safe when injected by an experienced health care provider, especially a physician with Dr. Epsteins’ formidable background.

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What about downtime after dermal fillers?
You may resume normal activity immediately afterward.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Dermal fillers last approximately 6-12 months, depending on what type of filler is used.

A Bellava consultant will be happy to discuss any other questions you may have on dermal fillers. Call: 914.600.5294.


FAQ’s on Permanent Laser Hair Removal with the Palomar Icon™
What is permanent laser hair removal?
At Bellava, permanent laser hair removal is carried out with the Palomar Icon™ system, which involves intense pulsed light (IPL) technology that safely and permanently removes unwanted hair by weakening and destroying hair follicles. Bellava is the only facility in Westchester to offer clients the Icon system, the latest, most effective Palomar system available on the market today.
Who is a good candidate for permanent laser hair removal?
Both men and women seeking hair removal on any part of the body can achieve excellent results with the Icon system, which works on all skin types, hair colors and textures.
What can I expect from permanent laser hair removal at Bellava?
In a private room, a laser-certified aesthetician will administer the treatment using a light-pulsing handpiece over the targeted area.
How long does the treatment take?
It varies depending on the treatment. For instance, it could take just five minutes for the upper lip, or up to an entire hour for full legs.
How many treatments are necessary?
Since hair follicles grow in three distinct cycles (active, regressive and dormant) treatments are typically spaced six weeks apart. Several treatments, approximately 6, are needed for optimal results.
What about sunbathing before or after treatments?
Prolonged sun exposure is not recommended for 7-10 days before or after treatment. If you do go out in the sunscreen should be used during the entire course of treatments.
A Bellava consultant will be happy to discuss any other questions you may have on permanent laser hair removal. Call: 914.600.5294.
At Bellava MedAesthetics & Plastic Surgery Center we offer the very best plastic surgery, cosmetic medi-spa treatments to be found in Westchester, the Hudson Valley, Duchess, Rockland, Putnam, Fairfield and the entire New York and Connecticut region. Our services include Face lifts/Mini Facelift, Eye lifts (Blepharoplasty), Breast Augmentation (Implants or Fat Transfer), Tummy Tuck/Mini Tummy Tuck, Adivive Fat Transfer to the Breasts/Buttocks, SlimLipo™ Laser Liposuction/Body Sculpting, Botox® or Dysport@, Dermal Fillers (Radiesse®, Restylane®, Juvederm®), Coolsculpting, VI Peel, Hydrafacial™, Photofacials (Age Spots, Hyperpigmentation, Rosacea, Redness), Diamond Microdermabrasion (Acne, Enlarged Pores, Rough Texture), Chemical Peels (Dull Skin, Fine Lines), Laser Skin Resurfacing (Acne Scar Removal, Stretch Mark Removal, Deep Wrinkles, Melasma), Body Wraps, Massage, Facials, Makeup Application, Eyebrow Waxing and Tinting, Sunless Tanning

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