By Patricia Danflous

Do you see a stranger when you look in the mirror?  

You are healthy, feel great, and are younger at heart than ever, but that’s not the reflection.  Don’t be discouraged, don’t cover up that mirror, don’t stop exercising, and don’t stop eating clean.  If you want your appearance to reflect your inner energy, consider a consultation with board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Elliott Black or Dr. Summer Black.

According to Dr. Elliott Black and Dr. Summer Black, there are a variety of surgical and non-surgical techniques available to help women and men enhance and refresh their appearance. “Surgery is not the only option these days,” Dr. Elliott Black emphasizes. “Although non-invasive, outpatient procedures do not have the same impact or intensity of a surgical procedure, such as a facelift, there are an increasing number of techniques which make a significant difference.”

“Laser technology and other developments in the cosmetic field such as Botox and fillers offer alternatives to surgery with excellent results,” Dr. Summer Black adds.   “The patient benefits with little downtime and minimal or no swelling or bruising.   Many non-invasive procedures also provide immediate results.”

Recently relocated to a new office at 3798 Veterans Blvd in Metairie, Dr. Elliott Black and Dr. Summer Black have expanded beachtheir facilities to house a full range of laser equipment.  

“With advances in cosmetic outpatient procedures, maintaining a more energetic or youthful look is not only possible, but is also attractive to both younger and more mature generations,” Dr. Summer Black notes.  “A treatment that is fast, relatively painless, and requires minimal or no downtime is particularly appealing to those who are working hard to stay healthy.   It’s only natural to want to look as good on the outside as you feel on the inside.”

The father and daughter team of board certified plastic surgeons report that a significant number of patients request help in reducing stubborn fat.  “No matter how much an individual exercises or diets, he or she may still have areas of fat in certain parts of the body that are impossible to lose,” Dr. Elliott Black explains.  “SculpSure, a non-invasive advanced laser treatment is literally melting fat in targeted areas such as the belly or ‘love handles’.”

“A patient can schedule SculpSure during the work day and return to work immediately afterwards,” Dr. Summer Black says.  “Fat cells are permanently removed and will not regenerate.  Results can be seen as quickly as six weeks, and optimal results typically seen at twelve weeks.”

In addition to body contouring, the board-certified plastic surgeons utilize advanced laser technology for such procedures as softening fine wrinkles around the eyes, mouth or forehead, improving sun damaged skin, or permanently removing body hair.   Lasers are also being used to address vascular and pigmentation problems including spider veins, rosacea, “old age” brown spots, some scars, and stretch marks.

They have also introduced laser vaginal rejuvenation, an outpatient process for tightening the vaginal muscles.  “This laser helps women with mild stress urinary incontinence problems, as well as those experiencing issues related to  peri-menopausal dryness so they can enjoy an improved quality of life.” 

Dr. Summer Black says.  “Most people have one or more areas of their body that they would like to improve,” she continues.  “The first step is scheduling a consultation.  It’s important to discuss your concerns and expectations with your doctor to ensure a customized, safe, and appropriate treatment.  What works for your friends or relatives may not be the best option for you. ”

For additional information on surgical cosmetic procedure or non-invasive cosmetic procedures, contact Dr. Elliott Black or Dr. Summer Black at 504.883.8900, or visit their office at 3798 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.

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