Dr. Sam Sukkar - October/November 2021

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The BeautyBulletin LSU Games, a New Book, and Gratitude OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2021 CATCHING UP WITH DR. SUKKAR

Fall has already been very busy around here. Of course, we’re still getting used to our new facility, and the excitement hasn’t quite worn off yet. But we’ve also had a lot of patient procedures and welcomed several new staff members. Acclimating to everything is a little hectic but also a lot of fun! Because there’s so much going on lately, I’ll mostly be spending fall around the clinic and making sure we continue providing great

care. But I do look forward to attending a few Louisiana State University games in the coming months. While the LSU Tigers aren’t what they were a couple years ago, my family remains loyal fans. We’re excited to see some live football and spend a fun fall night at Tiger Stadium. Now that we’re in the new facility and have the extra space, the team here is looking forward to expanding the work we do with our charitable foundation, Plastic Surgery From the Heart.

PSFTH provides corrective and reconstructive medical care to those in need, and we’re excited to be able to reach more patients. If you know someone who could benefit from these services, I’d love to learn more about them — just email info@clinicforplasticsurgery.com . We will consider every candidate submitted. If you’re able to donate time or resources to the foundation, we’d also love to hear from you! In other exciting news, I’m proud to announce that I’ve recently finished my book, “The Ultimate Guide to Liposuction.” The book is written for patients who are interested in liposuction procedures, not other medical professionals. So, I take the time to break down the various options and procedures without all the medical mumbo jumbo. Stay tuned for more information — I’m excited to share this work with all of you and see it begin to have an impact on my patients. Finally, I want to take a moment to get into the spirit of the season by expressing thanks for the blessings this year has brought. I’m grateful that we’ve finally made the new facility happen, and I’m also thankful to have such a wonderful staff. Some members of our team are expecting babies, and we’re all so excited! Other team members have lost someone they love this year, for which we offer our deepest condolences. I’m thankful for every single person who helps make the Clinic for Plastic Surgery what it is, and I will keep you all close to my heart. And that includes my patients, too! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. – Dr. Sam Sukkar

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Should You Work Out on Thanksgiving Day? THE TRUTH ABOUT SWEATING FOR YOUR TURKEY

Okay, fess up — which of your friends insists on getting a 5-mile run in before the turkey is carved? We all know someone who works out every year on Thanksgiving. The thought is that if you burn calories in the morning, the big meal won’t hit you so hard. But is that really true? And if it is, when and how should you get sweaty? To Sweat, or Not to Sweat The verdict is in: Working out on Thanksgiving morning is good for you. Surprise! However, according to Mic magazine, it’s less about balancing your calories in and calories out (which is almost impossible for a Thanksgiving feast) and more about priming your body to anticipate the meal to come. “Your body will be calling for those calories — you’ll need them,” gym trainer Daniel Stransky told Mic. When and How to Hit the Gym Stransky recommends hitting the gym both on Thanksgiving Day and the day after. On Turkey Day, he suggests “a high-intensity interval training cardio circuit comprised of burpees, squats with overhead dumbbell presses, jump squats, sprints, and rowing on the rowing machine.”

or walk. Then on Turkey Day, try weight training using high reps and short rest periods to “deplete the muscle glycogen” so that you can eat more Thanksgiving carbs without gaining fat. The next day, Clark recommends interval cardio training to boost your metabolism. The Obvious Truth There’s one thing all of this Thanksgiving workout talk overlooks: The most important thing isn’t whether you work out on Turkey Day — it’s whether you stick to a workout routine year-round.

A recent pilot study from the University of Michigan helped prove this. The participants were asked to eat 30% more calories than normal for a week

but continue exercising regularly. As long as they did, their new diets didn’t cause inflammation or changes in their glucose control or insulin sensitivity. If you don’t already have a workout routine in place, consider this to be a sign! Work with your physical therapist to determine a safe, effective exercise program for you.

Meanwhile, Bodybuilding.com writer Shannon Clark advises working out before, on, and after Thanksgiving. On the day before, go for a long run

What Makes This Injectable Different Is Sculptra Right for You?

solution. It can also be used on crepey skin on hands or arms, above the knees, or even the buttocks. Even better, Sculptra doesn’t just directly volumize your skin — it also stimulates your body’s natural collagen production for longer-lasting and natural-looking results. Compared to other dermal fillers, Sculptra is injected deeper into the skin. Thankfully, this does not make the procedure more painful, as Sculptra contains a mild anesthetic to help you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. To produce the best results, Sculptra usually requires up to four treatments over several months. Using this method, the results appear gradually and subtly over time. Perhaps the best news of all is that there’s no recovery time associated with Sculptra. In some cases, patients experience minor bruising or swelling, but these side effects can be treated

with over-the-counter pain medications and will usually subside within a week. The treatment does, however, require some massage over the course of the next five days. Detailed instructions will be provided by your provider, and the time spent massaging is minimal. Sculptra lasts longer than most fillers, but the results are not permanent. When injected strategically over a period of several months, the results can last up to two years. Due to the long-lasting effects, our patients are very happy with their treatment and the results we provide. If you think Sculptra might be a good fit for you, call us today to schedule a consultation. We’ll perform a full assessment of the areas of your face or body you’d like to address and craft a unique treatment plan to meet your needs. We can’t wait to get you on the path to looking your best.

Sculptra is an FDA-approved aesthetic injectable that helps gradually replace lost collagen in your skin. With so many injectables on the market and on offer at our clinic, we know it can be hard to keep track. What makes Sculptra different? And is it right for you? Sculptra is designed to restore lost volume throughout the face. For people who have sunken cheeks or hollowed temples, it can be the perfect

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Say Goodbye to Dark Under-Eye Circles WITH 3 EASY TIPS

Use retinol cream in your routine. Retinol helps to improve collagen deficiencies and plump up the skin, and some people have dramatic results with retinol cream. Over-the- counter options are available, but higher strengths require a prescription. Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, so only apply your retinol cream at night. You don’t want to swap out dark circles with sunburn! If these tips don’t reduce the appearance of your under-eye circles, it may be time to give us a call to explore your options. When it comes to under eye area (tear troughs) we offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical options.

If you’re older than 30, you’re probably no stranger to dark under-eye circles. They can make you look worn down and older, and makeup can temporarily conceal but doesn’t solve the problem. Many people think dark under-eye circles are a sign of tiredness, but fatigue is only one of several causes. Other lifestyle factors like sun exposure, alcohol consumption, and smoking can play a role, as can some skin conditions. But the No. 1 factor that causes dark under eye circles is one we can’t control: aging. You can’t help getting older, but you can mitigate some of the effects. Your dark circles will probably never go away entirely, but you can use these tips to minimize their appearance. Use prevention methods. To avoid getting or worsening dark circles, your best defenses are staying well hydrated and

always wearing sunscreen. Dehydration can cause dull skin and sunken eyes, so be sure to drink lots of water. And since time in the sun can result in premature aging and discolored skin (not to mention skin cancer), always wear an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen to protect the delicate skin under your eyes. Try a cold compress. Placing something cold (but not frozen) under your eyes can cause the blood vessels to constrict, providing a temporary improvement in appearance. You can buy a cold compress, but at-home methods often involve a cold teaspoon, cucumber slice, or a wet washcloth. Since tea contains antioxidants that will stimulate your blood circulation, a cool tea bag is another popular option. Heat up two tea bags in warm water for five minutes, then chill them in the refrigerator for 15–20 minutes. After that, just rest them gently on your eyes.

Non-Surgical 1. Injectable fillers to the tear troughs to

camouflage and give an overall refreshed look

2. Our amazing EL Eye Peel that provides outstanding brightening results 3. Obagi Elastiderm Eye Cream or ALASTIN Restorative Eye

Surgical 1. Blepharoplasty +/- fat grafting

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Have a Low-Stress Holiday 3 TIPS FOR A MERRIER TIME

The holidays are right around the corner, and while many people can’t wait to eat turkey and swap presents, others only see stress on the horizon. Especially for those hosting parties, between decorations, big dinners, excited kids, and visiting family, it can all feel overwhelming. If celebrations are happening at your house this year, here are three tips to lessen the strain and keep up the holiday cheer. Recharge First Ensure you’re rested and recharged before the holidays by taking time to relax, getting enough sleep, and engaging in activities that make you feel good. When you’re rushing to get everything done, it can be tempting to skip self-care routines, but that will cost you in the long run. Your daily exercise and other health activities keep you balanced and ready to face challenges head-on. Get Started Early Holidays always arrive faster than we expect, so begin preparing early. If shopping for presents

is a pain point, don’t wait until the last minute. Decorate earlier than you need to — or better yet, get the kids to do it for you. There’s only so much cooking you can do ahead of time, but ensuring you have all of the equipment and nonperishable ingredients you need a few weeks in advance will reduce both your workload and anxiety. Don’t Expect Perfection The sooner you let go of the idea of a “perfect” holiday, the sooner you’ll be able to have a happy one. Face it: Something will go wrong. Whether it’s an overcooked dish, a child throwing a temper tantrum, or your uncle talking politics at the dinner table, nothing will ever go just how you planned. So, embrace the imperfections. Whether you’re celebrating this year with a group of two or 20, holidays can be a stressful time — but they don’t have to be. With these tips, your festivities may not be picture-perfect, but they will be a lot of fun.

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