January 2016 - Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center

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How to Prevent Scarring

Scarring can leave individuals feeling, well, scarred for the rest of their lives. If you get a burn or suffer from acne, it’s important to ensure that you minimize your chance of scarring right away. Read on to learn more about how you can prevent both burn and acne related scarring.

Burns
Whether you’re cooking a hot meal on the stove and your skin gets in contact with some heat, or you get burned by your air bag in a car accident, using these tips will help you to minimize the potential for scarring.

  • Ice
    If you have access to ice, ice the burn area right away. By taking the heat out of your skin, you can help to prevent scarring, swelling, and overall discomfort.
  • Vaseline
    Another great way to help ease the pain and reduce scarring possibilities with a burn is to add a layer of Vaseline or petroleum jelly directly to the skin. By keeping your skin hydrated, you can help to reduce the likelihood of scarring.

Acne Scarring
scarringAcne scarring can occur when patients pick at their acne or simply due to their skin type. In order to reduce the chance of scarring related to acne, try the following:

  • Don’t Pick Your Face
    If you’re like a lot of people, you’re a picker. Every time you notice a pimple on your skin you have to get rid of it immediately. However, picking at your face will only increase the likelihood of scarring and can actually spread the acne around your face. Instead, try simply adding some salicylic acid to the top of your pimple— this will help to dry out your blemish without you having to touch it.
  • Get on Acne Medication
    If you notice that your acne is getting worse and worse, it might be time to get on acne medication. By nipping the problem right away, you can help prevent any scarring down the road.

Understanding how to prevent scarring will help save you a lot of time and money further down the line. If you already have some scarring that you would like to get rid of, contact our office today!

Gynecomastia: How to Discuss This Surgery With Your Friends

Male Breast Reduction

Choosing to undergo any form of plastic surgery is a very personal decision to make and it is one that you may not be fully comfortable with disclosing to most people in your life. However, there may be some people, like family and friends, that you may want to discuss your surgery with in order to let them know about your thoughts, insecurities, and opinions. If you’re a male who wants to or has already schedule gynecomastia surgery, you might be a little bit worried about how to talk to your friends about this surgical procedure— if so, follow these three tips.

 

  • Explain the Surgery
    If you tell your friends that you are having gynecomastia, they are probably going to give you a perplexed look like they have absolutely no clue what you are talking about. Instead, explain the surgery to them in typical terms— it’s a male breast reduction surgery used to get rid of excess breast and fat tissues in the chest region.
  • Tell Them Your Feelings
    Gynecomastia is a very personal procedure that many males feel self conscious about disclosing to very many people. When divulging this information to your friends, be sure to tell them your honest feeling and opinions. Are you nervous? Are you excited? Are you embarrassed? By disclosing your emotions, you can help your frIends know how to best be there for you and offer you support.
  • Explain Your Decision
    The decision to undergo any form of plastic surgery is a big deal. When telling your friends about your decision to undergo gynecomastia, explain to them how you landed upon your decision. For instance, are you self conscious to be seen without your shirt on? Did you recently lose a bunch of weight but still have excess breast fat and tissues? By explaining your decision to your friends, they can better understand the procedure and why it’s of significant value to you.

To learn more about gynecomastia or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!

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