Dr. Sam Sukkar - August/September 2020

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The BeautyBulletin AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2020



Thanks to the dedication of our wonderful team and the willingness and understanding of our incredible patients, I’m happy to share that our practice is now up and running at near-full capacity once again! Our surgeons have been busy in the OR five days a week, and our med spa schedule is busier than ever. We’ve even welcomed several new staff members to our team! It’s been so important for us to do our best to continue serving patients during this time, and thanks to everyone’s efforts, we’re able to make that happen every day. Although this might sound like it means things are “back to normal,” the reality is that we’ve had to make some changes to our procedures and guidelines so we can all work together to stay as safe as possible while providing our services. The health of our patients and our employees is always our first concern. As we continue to practice the highest standards of infection control in our office, we ask that our patients assist in germ prevention as much as possible, too. We have been and will continue to review all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) best practices and recommendations as they’re released and will be upholding several new guidelines that we need our patients to keep in mind: • All patients with appointments, whether they’re surgical or spa treatments, must contact our office before coming in if they (or anyone in their household) have had a fever within 24 hours prior to their appointment • Anyone traveling outside the U.S. should follow the CDC’s recommended self-quarantine guidelines and procedures before paying our office a visit.

• Currently, we are not allowing any guest in the office besides the patient unless the patient is a minor in order to follow proper social distancing protocols. Although our office and staff have always maintained the highest levels of safety and cleanliness, when you come in to see us, you’ll likely notice that we’ve ramped up our procedures even more. Our team will be wearing more personal protective equipment (PPE), and our sanitizing practices have been increased. We’re doing our part to create a safe environment, and all we ask is that you do the same. So far, everyone has been so supportive of our safety endeavors, and we couldn’t be more thankful. The great news is that even if you’re not feeling comfortable with leaving your home to come see us, we can bring our expertise to you! Our virtual consultation program is up and running, so head to TheClinicForPlasticSurgery.com to take a look at how it works. You simply submit information about yourself and the procedures you’re interested in, and you also have the opportunity to share photos or videos, which are always vital to the process. We’ll review the information and set up a time for a face-to-face call, during which we’ll talk about what your goals with surgery are and how we might be able to help. Feel free to call our office so someone on our staff can assist you with the first steps of the process. Change is never easy, but it’s often necessary. When something out of our control changes, we just have to find a way to pivot around it, and the best way to achieve that is by working together. I’m so proud of my team and so thankful to our patients for making change easier. – Dr. Sam Sukkar

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Your living room might not be the most conducive environment for a good workout. But as the world continues to grapple with the effects of the coronavirus, working out at the gym, or any other public facility, is out of the question for many of us. Fortunately, you can still work

looking for resistance-based, high-intensity, low-impact workouts, this is the platform for you. You can customize a workout plan based on which body parts you want to strengthen and even buy optional equipment to use at home. Get access to the entire fitness library for a monthly fee of $20 or save by paying an annual fee of $135 at Pvolve.com.

up a sweat from home with the right workout videos for a fraction of the cost of a monthly gym membership. Here are a few worth your time and money! Alo Moves Alo is one of the most prominent outfitters for yoga lovers everywhere, but the workout routines offered through Alo Moves go beyond just yoga and meditation. Whether you’re new to working out or a seasoned fitness buff, you can find thousands of workout routines to follow along with on AloMoves.com. You can even download routines to your phone and follow along with them in your backyard or at the park, all for just $20 a month.

Tone It Up Tone It Up is more of a fitness community than a workout program, but the website still offers a variety of both free and paid workouts plus a paid nutrition plan. Try high-intensity interval training (HIIT), cardio, a total-body workout, or one geared toward specific body parts, like abs or glutes. Through the Studio Tone It Up app, which costs $15, you can get additional workouts delivered to you weekly.

Even if they’re not what you’re used to, doing these online workouts can ensure you don’t lose the fitness you’ve

P.volve While P.volve only has around 200 workouts available through its online platform right now, new videos are being added every week. If you’re

worked so hard to gain. Try one of them today!

Renew Your Skin as Summer Ends

And Other September Spa Specials

Our SkinPen microneedling treatments go hand in hand with our Sciton laser treatments, but take skincare a step further by treating large pores, stretch marks, fine lines, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation. These are great treatments for anyone looking to create healthier-looking skin. And finally, with our platelet-rich plasma injections (PRP) , patients receive an injection of their own blood that has been treated to concentrate platelets in the plasma. This supports tissue regeneration to give your skin age-defying rejuvenation and can even stimulate hair growth. This is the perfect time to help your skin recover from summer and look flawless for the season ahead. Call our office to find out more about the specials we’re offering for these three procedures, and don’t forget to ask us any questions you might have about trying CoolTone!

do naturally when you target them with specific physical exercises.

Within two weeks, this results in stronger, firmer, and more-defined muscles over the course of about four treatments — although treatment plans vary on an individual basis. Some patients say their targeted muscles already feel stronger after their first treatment! But that’s not all that’s new! We have some brand- new September spa specials focusing on SkinPen +BBL laser treatment + PRP coming up that we want to make sure you don’t miss! Our Sciton BBL laser treatment uses broadband light energy to more precisely treat fine wrinkles, age, sun spots, small spider veins, and a variety of other skin blemishes. This is the perfect way to get your skin looking fresh after spending the summer months out under the sun.

The Clinic for Plastic Surgery has offered CoolSculpting services for a long time, but our newest service available to patients is CoolTone. While CoolSculpting uses low temperatures to freeze and kill fat cells in your body, CoolTone helps strengthen and tone your muscles. Magnetic muscle stimulation shoots electromagnetic energy into the muscle to cause involuntary contractions. When muscles contract, the muscle fibers are strengthened. It’s the same thing your muscles

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Many people have been spending more time at home in the past several months, and it’s felt more important than ever to have good indoor air quality. Air pollution isn’t limited to smog visibly affecting the air around us. More often than not, indoor air can be just as polluted, or even more polluted, than outdoor air. Microscopic dust mites, chemicals, and allergens can aggravate your family members’ allergies or asthma. Here are some easy ways to improve your home’s air quality and better protect your family today. First, vacuum and mop regularly. We recommend vacuuming twice a week or more. Letting dust accumulate will increase how much dust you breathe in. A vacuum that has both strong suction and a HEPA filter can ensure that dust and dirt won’t be blown back out. Floor mats outside your front and back doors can also really help keep contaminants out! Second, keep the humidity moderate. Too much humidity attracts dust mites and mold. Keeping the humidity in your home around 30%–50% can help keep dust mites and mold under control. Third, test your home for radon. No matter how new your home may be, it’s important to test for this colorless, odorless, and radioactive gas. Radon is one of the top indoor air pollutants, and it’s the second leading cause of lung

cancer behind smoking. It occurs from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils and tends to move up through the ground and into the cracks of a home’s foundation. Fourth, pick laundry products and air fresheners that don’t list ‘fragrance’ as an ingredient. The composition of synthetic “fragrances” is considered a trade secret, but most scents are derived from petroleum products. There hasn’t been enough testing done to know how inhaling synthetic fragrances affects us because most current testing focuses on skin irritation. Still, scented products may induce allergy symptoms, so if you have a sensitive family member, stick to unscented products.

Fifth, replace your home’s air filters regularly. Talk to an expert about how frequently you should be replacing your filters.

This can depend on several factors, such as the number of pets in the household, the size and location of your home, what allergies you may be prone to, and seasonal changes.

We are so excited to add another board-certified plastic surgeon to our practice: Dr. Mark Barlow. We are now a three-doctor practice and are offering a wider variety of surgical and nonsurgical procedures, as well as a robust wellness program to better serve our patients. Welcome DR. MARK BARLOW

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Dr. Sukkar Recommends Foods for a Faster Recovery THE NUTRIENTS YOU NEED TO HEAL

Antioxidant-Rich Fruits and Vegetables Along with omega-3 fatty acids, the antioxidants from fruits and vegetables can also go a long way in reducing inflammation. Broccoli contains vitamins A, C, and K, as well as folic acid and several different minerals. ( Pro Tip: Cook your broccoli to maximize these nutrients!) Citrus fruits and peppers have high levels of vitamin C, and peppers have high levels of beta-carotene as well. Additionally, turmeric and garlic work wonders during the healing process. Protein-Rich Meats, Nuts, and Dairy Products When it comes to the proliferation and remodeling stages of healing, healthy sources of protein are the way to go. Lean meats like poultry and fish are easy sources of protein, but if you don’t eat meat, you can also get protein from beans, eggs, nuts, and dairy products. Protein-rich foods will help heal muscles and bones and prevent muscle atrophy. It’s incredible what the body can do with just a few intentionally consumed superfoods!

Attending your appointments and doing your at-home exercises are crucial parts of your recovery process. However, they’re not the only important steps you should take. What you eat can affect how quickly and well you heal just as much as your dedication to your exercises. By incorporating a few of these foods into your diet, you can heal faster and come back stronger than ever before. Omega-3 Fatty Acids There are three phases to the healing process: inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling. While you might think that inflammation is a bad thing, it’s actually a normal and necessary part of healing. That said, you should still try to reduce inflammation, as it can be harmful in excess. Foods containing omega-3 fatty acids do wonders to control inflammation. Plus, our bodies can’t make omega-3 fatty acids naturally, so we have to get them from what we consume. Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids include fatty fish, olive oil, avocados, pecans, walnuts, and almonds.

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