Body Beautiful: The Top 3 Plastic Surgery Procedures

We’re all into health and fitness, looking great, and taking care of ourselves—but sometimes we can use a little help to enhance the areas that diet and exercise just can’t fix. What are the hottest procedures right now? We asked top doc James N. Romanelli, MD, FACS, founder of Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, to zero in on the specific areas of the body women are seeking for some fine-tuning–both surgical and non-surgical.

One great way to give your face an instant upgrade without going under the knife—lip injections. To get a plumper pout, facial fillers like Restylane and JUVÉDERM are often used. Filler results are soft, subtle, and natural looking, and their effects can last up to a year.

Facial fillers are injected into the lips using a fine needle. Though slight swelling is normal for the first 48 hours, ice and over-the-counter pain relievers will help.

Afraid of the dreaded duck lips look? Not on Dr. Romanelli’s watch, as his results are perfection. “My philosophy is to not to give too much–because you can always get more.”

It’s all about perky and sometimes that requires implants, says Dr. Romanelli. “The implants that people are looking for aren’t crazy big. They’re really very reasonable.” According to Dr. Romanelli, many women are now seeking breast reductions to achieve the small and perky look. It’s really all about proportion, he says. If your breasts are too big, there’s not a whole lot you can do about that on your own, so a reduction is the way to go.

If, no matter how many squats you do, you just can’t get the derriere of your dreams, you may want to go for a Brazilian butt lift, says Dr. Romanelli. That’s where fat from other areas of the body (such as the hips) is removed and injected into the buttocks, he explains. Anesthesia is required for this one. Dr. Romanelli recommends taking two or three days off of work and about two weeks rest before resuming exercise and normal activity.



James N. Romanelli, MD is the founder of Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, a plastic surgery practice located in Huntington, New York. Dr. Romanelli has practiced in Long Island since 1990. He completed board certification in both surgery and plastic surgery, and is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Less than one-half of 1 percent of doctors in the United States are qualified and accepted as members of the ASAPS, which is dedicated to the highest standards of Cosmetic Surgery. 631-424-3600 •

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