July 2014 - Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center

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The Truth About Scar Revision

Scars are naturally formed by the body as its response to damaged tissue. Although the wounds have already healed, people seem more concerned about the scars they have left behind. At last, patients with significant scars in their bodies already have a way on how to get rid of them. Scar revision is a cosmetic procedure that helps improve the appearance of your scar.

Although many patients have gotten significant results from a scar revision treatment, some of them still have different misconceptions regarding the procedure. Knowing what seems to be just myths can lead a person to either expect much or less from the treatment, which is why it is better to get the facts straight.

Myth: Scar revision is a quick surgery. 

Depending on the condition and situation of the individual, a scar revision usually takes about one to five hours of treatment. During the procedure, the patient can either be under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. It is best to discuss your preference with your surgeon beforehand.

Myth: Scar revision can get rid of the scar completely. 

A scar revision is called a “revision” for a reason. This is because there is actually no guarantee that your scar can be completely removed. Usually, the treatment can make your scars less raised and give you a more even skin tone especially in the surrounding skin of the scar. The success of the procedure will also greatly depend on scar size, skin type or color, location of the scar, age of the patient, and the body’s ability to heal.

Myth: Scar revision comes with very minimal risks. 

Like any other surgery, scar revision can pose possible risks, especially when the procedure is done by a doctor who is not qualified or lacks experience. Such risks include infection, bleeding, anesthesia reactions, skin discoloration, bruising, swelling, and numbness around the treated area.

Make sure that you get treated by reliable surgeons only. For more information on scar revision, call us today at 908-879-2222 to request an appointment with Dr. Weinstein. You can also fill out this online contact form to schedule your initial evaluation with Dr. Weinstein.

 

Breast Lift Myths Debunked!

ModelOne common reason why most individuals have second thoughts in getting a cosmetic surgery is the unpleasant information they hear about a particular procedure. They believe in these statements so much that they think all of these are true, when in fact, they are just pure myths! Breast lift is a popular procedure that many patients still resort to for the wrong reasons.

Here are some breast lift myths that we have revealed only for you:

Myth: The breasts can only be lifted with a breast lift.

Although a breast lift can effectively “lift” the breasts, especially if the patient has good skin elasticity, more people opt for breast implants in order to add more volume and shape to the breasts. When done with a breast lift, the patient is more likely to achieve her desired results right after the procedure.

Myth: Breast lift can provide permanent results.

The saying that goes, “nothing lasts forever” is true when it comes to the results of a breast lift. Although you will have perky, more youthful-looking breasts for a long time, but with inevitable aging, the results can still alter over time. The breast continues to age as well so it is possible that they will go back to their droopy appearance anytime in the future.

Myth: Your breasts will be immune to any changes and weight fluctuations in the future.

As much as the rest of your body becomes affected once you gain or lose a lot of weight, so do your breasts. You can only do little to prevent these changes from happening once you experience significant weight fluctuations. This is why it is highly recommended that you have already maintained a healthy or ideal weight before undergoing a breast lift. Doing so can prolong the outcomes and youthful results of a breast lift.

Dr. Weinstein is qualified to perform breast lift to potential patients. If you are interested in getting a breast lift, call us today at 908-879-2222 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Weinstein. We look forward to hearing from you!

Feel and Look Young Again with a Mommy Makeover

Model 17Mommy makeover provides great benefits to every mommy out there who wants to bring back her youthful glow. But after knowing the benefits they can get from the procedure, more and more mothers instantly want to know if they are eligible for a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover is not for everyone; that is for sure. The whole process can be intensive and traumatic to the body, which is why a few guidelines must be set before planning to get the makeover:

Age

Although a lot of older women have already benefited from a mommy makeover, a patient’s age still matters especially when it comes to the risks associated with the procedure. Older women are more likely to have medical problems, such as heart diseases, lung problems, or diabetes, compared to younger patients.

 Children

The mommy makeover has been especially designed for women who have just had children. Although the process will not hinder you from bearing more children in the future, the results of your latest mommy makeover surgery could change or reverse during childbearing.

Excess Skin

Excess fat and skin in your abdomen can make you a good candidate for a mommy makeover. Childbearing and aging can take their toll on the body, leading to a protruding or saggy abdomen. During these times, a tummy tuck and a liposuction can be of use as part of the mommy makeover procedure.

Sagging Breasts

Childbirth can strain the body, especially the breasts. After child bearing, the breasts of a woman usually become saggy, deflated, or even asymmetrical. With a mommy makeover, breast procedures such as a breast lift or breast augmentation may be performed to bring back your pre-mommy breasts.

Another important thing to consider is your expectations. You need to have reasonable and realistic expectations to be satisfied with the outcomes. To know more if you are a good candidate for a mommy makeover, call us today at 908-879-2222 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

The Many Uses of Tissue Expansion

image-augTissue expansion can be used in a lot of ways. This is a procedure that involves the placement of a silicone balloon and gradually filling it to serve as an expander underneath the skin. When the balloon allows the skin to stretch around it, additional skin is created. The additional skin can be used in other reconstructive procedures.

Some of the procedures that can benefit from tissue expansion include:

Breast reconstruction. In this case, the expander is placed in the submuscular pocket, the pocket under the chest muscles. The use of tissue expansion in breast reconstruction has been associated with lower contracture and infection rates. Not only is this technique used in cosmetic surgery, but it has also proven to be of good use in patients with congenital hypoplasia of the breast and in burn victims as well.

Face, head, and neck. These are parts of the body wherein tissue expansion has proven to be particularly useful. For one, it is an effective treatment for male pattern baldness as well as large burn scars. With the help of tissue expansion, hair-bearing tissue can be significantly expanded up to twice its size without making hair density deficit noticeable.

Cleft lip repair. Intraoperative tissue expansion has provided excellent cosmetic results to cleft lip patients even if the deformity is severe. A condition called giant melanocytic nevi can also benefit from tissue expansion, as it permits better surgical planning of excisions.

Limitations of Tissue Expansion

Although it has a lot of uses, tissue expanders still have limitations, particularly relating to the position and placement of the expanders. When done against soft tissues, such as those in the neck and the abdomen, tissue expansion can be more complicated and difficult to perform, unlike when the process is done on a hard surface like a bone.

Dr. Weinstein will help you get to know the procedure better. You will be provided with other options as well. Call us today at 908-879-2222 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Weinstein. We look forward to hearing from you!

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