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How to Deal With Post-Op Itching

body procedures Chester, New JerseyWhether you are having a scar revision surgery, liposuction, or a breast augmentation, one of the hardest parts about any of these procedures is the recovery. Not only will you be encouraged to lay in bed for a few days, but you won’t be able to get back into your normal workout routine for at least another week or two. And although those things can put a damper on your lifestyle, nothing is quite as bad is having to deal with post-op itching. To make sure that you don’t get a bacterial infection while healing, this article will list a few ways to deal with the itchiness. Read on to learn more.

Don’t Scratch Around the Stitches

You know not to scratch the stitches themselves (because they can pop open) but you may think that as long as you’re not touching the stitches, you’re okay. However, by even scratching near your stitches, you are putting yourself at risk of a bacterial infection. Because your fingernails are known to harbor germs and bacteria, using them to scratch the area can cause an infection.

Use Lotion

You can use a topical ointment like Benadryl or Calamine lotion around your stitches and the incision site. However, you don’t want to put the cream on the stitches or incision site themselves. After about one week, you can put the Benadryl or Calamine directly onto the incision site without having to worry about it interfering with the healing process.

Keep It Clean

The cleaner your incision site is, the faster it will heal, and you can get rid of the itchiness. Depending on the type of surgery you had done, consult the pamphlet that we sent you home with regarding how to clean it. As a good rule of thumb, use clean hands, soap, and lukewarm water.

Recovering from surgery can be difficult— especially when you are dealing with itchy skin. By using the tips above, you can hopefully find comfort and relief from your itchiness in no time. To learn more about recovery or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Larry Weinstein today!

Age Gracefully: The Art of Liposuction

liposuctionTypically when you think of anti-aging procedures that can be done by Dr. Larry Weinstein, you think of fillers and injectables that are used to get rid of wrinkles around your forehead, eyes, and mouth. And although those procedures are ideal for helping you age gracefully, did you know that liposuction is a procedure that can help you as well? Read on to learn more about how liposuction can help you to age gracefully.

Saddle Bags
Age doesn’t have to play a factor in you getting saddlebags, however, the older you get, the more likely you are to get these on your upper thighs. What are saddlebags exactly? Saddlebags are excess pouches of fat that reside right below your buttocks and near your hip that protrude from the side. And the worst part about saddlebags is that they can show themselves off even when you are wearing pants or a skirt. In order to get rid of these saddlebags, however, Dr. Larry Weinstein can use liposuction to help remove the excess fat pouches around your hip and help give you a slimmer looking appearance. Not only will a slimmer looking you help you to feel sexier but it will also help you to look a bit younger as well.

Abdomen
The older you get, the more likely your body is to store fat around your middle section— especially if you have had kids. And as an unfortunate part of aging, fat retention around your abdomen can make you feel like you’re a lot older than you actually are. Luckily, liposuction can also be used to help you get rid of that excess fat around your abdomen. By scraping away the excess fat and suctioning it out, you can have an abdomen that is more suited to your body shape and size.

Liposuction is a great tool that can be used to help you age a bit more gracefully. If you would like to learn more about liposuction or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Larry Weinstein, contact our office today!

Body Plastic Surgery Procedures in Morristown, New Jersey

Plastic surgery provides Morristown residents with the option to improve the way they look and feel about themselves. Plastic surgery can be performed on a great variety of areas on the human body. This is why it is of great use to a lot of people who have cosmetic and medical problems.

Our plastic surgery procedures are highly regarded in the Morristown, New Jersey area. We have been servicing the area for many years. Our goal is to help each patient individually in the best way possible in the Morristown, New Jersey area.

Liposuction Procedure in the Morristown Area
Our liposuction procedure is performed by the highly skilled and experienced, Dr. Weinstein. The method used during the procedure is very smooth and under strict control. This is why the results are as expected and sometimes even exceeding expectations.

liposuctionLiposuction is a procedure that includes the removal of unnecessary fat on particular areas of the body. Most of the time patients want this procedure to be applied to many areas of their bodies simultaneously. Some of the areas where liposuction can be performed are the following:

  • Knees and thighs
  • Ankles and calves
  • Upper arms
  • Hips
  • Neck

Patients who trust our skills and professionalism with their health and appearance are highly rewarded when the final results are seen. We want to fulfill the wishes of each patient who contacts us with a particular cosmetic problem. Morristown area residents can contact us for detailed information and a consultation prior to scheduling procedures.

Scar Revision Procedures for Residents in the Morristown, New Jersey Area
Our skilled doctor, Dr. Weinstein, can easily improve visible scars. Morristown area residents can benefit from the services to correct a wound with a specific technique, which is highly effective in reducing scars.

When a wound is not properly treated, hypertrophy of the tissues and the formation of keloids can be a result. Many people suffering with this problem desire the help of a highly professional plastic surgeon with vast expertise.

  • Our scar revision procedures are recommended because of the following reasons:
  • Our specialists provide an individual treatment to each patient
  • The treatment depends on the wound
  • Dr. Weinstein examines the wounds and consults with each patient
  • Our scar revision procedures have some of the best results in Morristown, New Jersey
  • Our scar revision procedure prices are very affordable

Burn Care Services for Morristown Area Residents
Burns can be a very serious injury. The scars left after a burn have an effect that is long lasting. There are specific procedures for burn care that are proved effective in reducing the negative results of getting a burn.

Some of the burn care procedures are the following:

  • Skin grafting
  • Tissue expansion
  • Scar revision

Contact us for more information on the available options for your specific problem in the Morristown area.

Here’s Why Liposuction is the Most Versatile Plastic Surgery Procedure

Recent figures by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery revealed that liposuction was the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in 2013, surpassing breast augmentation, which reigned supreme in 2012. Dr. Weinstein’s vast experience, technical finesse, and aesthetic sense have made him one of the most sought after liposuction surgeons in New Jersey and neighboring areas.

Liposuction’s popularity is largely due to its versatile nature in getting rid of stubborn pockets of fat. In fact, this body contouring procedure can be performed on almost all parts of the body. The following body parts/problem areas respond particularly well to liposuction:

  • Double Chin – This is quite common among those who are overweight. Liposuction can significantly reduce excess fat in the chin and neck areas.
  • Bat Wings – The appearance of excess fat and sagging skin in the upper arms is often a result of massive weight loss. In addition to liposuction, flabby arms can also be addressed with an arm lift.
  • Buffalo Hump – Fat deposits located at the neck and upper back may be an adverse effect of steroid medications or overproduction of steroids by the body.
  • Belly Pooch/Muffin Top – Even women who are within their ideal body weight can have excess pockets of fat in the lower abdomen.
  • Love Handles – This refers to pockets of fat that accumulate on the sides of the abdomen. Love handles even plague the slimmest of women.
  • Saddlebags – This refers to excess fat in the upper thighs.
  • Kissing Thighs – You may have heard of the most recent obsession of women all over the world — the thigh gap. Unfortunately, not everyone can achieve that space in between the thighs through diet and exercise. Good thing liposuction on the inner thighs can help women appear sexy in their shorts, skinny jeans, and miniskirts.

At our practice, we consider liposuction more than just the removal of excess fat. Dr. Weinstein treats the procedure as an artistic process requiring more than just knowledge of the techniques. Explore your liposuction options with us by calling us at 858-633-7546 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your visit!Liposuction-New Jersey

Dealing with Swelling After a Tummy Tuck

If there’s one constant following a tummy tuck, it would have to be swelling, medically known as edema. At our practice in New Jersey, we inform patients who are about to have a tummy tuck that swelling should be expected post-surgery. In addition, we offer the following tips to help deal with swelling and make their tummy tuck recovery easier, quicker, and more comfortable.

Tummy Tuck in New JerseyTake steps to make sure that are you sufficiently hydrated throughout recovery.

One might think that drinking a lot of water will only exacerbate swelling. However, keep in mind that the body is made up mostly of fluids and sufficient hydration is important to flush out toxins. In addition, sufficient hydration is also important to promote regular bowel movements and consequently reduce abdominal swelling.

Pay attention to your sodium intake.

Sodium makes your body retain water. Thus, it may be best to limit your intake of sodium-rich foods. You shouldn’t stop using salt altogether, as it also plays an important role in normal body functions. Moderation is the key. A good rule of thumb when reducing sodium intake is to avoid highly processed foods that have large amounts of salt. Focus instead on consuming foods from whole sources.

Move but don’t overdo it.

Physical activity can either reduce or exacerbate swelling. Although you need to take it easy during the first few weeks following surgery, you should not be totally glued to your bed the entire day. Inactivity will increase your risk of complications such as blood clot formation and may only intensify swelling. On the other hand, it is equally important to avoid the following activities, which can lead to complications:

  • Heavy lifting
  • Bending over
  • Jogging
  • Sex
  • Reaching above your head

Wear compression garments as instructed.

The pressure in compression garments helps reduce swelling and improves blood circulation. Improved blood circulation aids in faster wound healing and helps minimize scarring.

Do you still have questions concerning swelling following a tummy tuck? Get in touch with us today by calling 858-633-7546.

Top 4 Liposuction Myths — Busted!

image-smartlipoBeing one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures, word about liposuction continuously spreads like wildfire from every potential patient to another. Because of this, it could be so easy for information to turn into misinformation. Here are some of the most common liposuction myths that you still might believe to be true.

Liposuction resolves health conditions.

Many believe that because liposuction removes unwanted fat from the body, it can also rid one of their current medical conditions, particularly of heart disease. Although it can provide minor changes in the triglycerides and cholesterol levels of an individual, the procedure is not entirely a treatment for such diseases.

Liposuction is only meant for women.

This is a common misconception, knowing that most patients who consider liposuction are females. There might be more women who want to achieve a more attractive body contour, which is why they usually prefer liposuction than men. However, it is totally possible for men to have excess fat in their body and wish to remove stubborn fat through liposuction as well.

Liposuction can eliminate obesity.

Before even considering the procedure, every potential patient must know that liposuction is not a treatment for obesity. While the surgery is done to remove significant fat tissue in particular parts of the body, its main purpose is not to stop a person from being obese. Although this is so, a liposuction is often a good motivation for a patient to start maintaining an ideal weight through proper dieting and exercise.

Liposuction results are permanent.

This assumption could be true, but only if the patient is determined to maintain the results. This can be possible by applying steady changes to one’s lifestyle through regular exercise and healthy dieting. However, if the patient fails to make certain lifestyle changes, there is a possibility for fat to accumulate in other parts of the body eventually.

Liposuction in New Jersey

If you are interested in getting a liposuction, book an appointment with Dr. Weinstein to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Call us at 908-879-2222 or fill out this online contact form to schedule a consultation today. 

Your First Aid for Burns

Whether it is minor or severe, getting burned anywhere in the body can be a panicky moment for us. However, it is most important to keep our mind as clear as water immediately following the incident. After acquiring such trauma, first aid must be applied.

After making sure that the source of burning has already been stopped, keep the damage to its minimum by following these surefire (no pun intended) tips:

For Minor Burns

  • Clean the wound gently using lukewarm water.
  • Any constricting articles in the affected area, such as rings, bracelets, or any other pieces of jewelry, must be removed as they can cause swelling or inflammation in the skin.
  • If you have such at home, topical antibiotic ointments such as Neosporin or Bacitracin can help alleviate the symptoms and prevent the damage from worsening. These medications can be purchased over the counter.
  • If you think the burn may be deeper and could be a second to third in degree, seek medical care immediately.

For Major Burns

  • Once you have assessed and categorized it as a second or third degree burn, call the proper authorities.
  • Wrap the affected area in a clean cloth or sheet. NEVER apply cold water to the burnt area. Doing such could cause an extreme drop of body temperature called hypothermia.

For electrical burns, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Meanwhile, in the case of chemical burns, identifying the damaging chemical is a must. The Poison Control Center can help you throughout the situation. Although some chemical burns can only be treated using home wound remedies, some may cause more serious injuries that promote possible limb-threatening conditions.

Burn Care in New Jersey

Forget about this traumatizing incident and have your burn scars removed. Dr. Weinstein can make this possible with skin grafting and tissue expansion. Call us at 908-879-2222 to book an appointment with Dr. Weinstein today.

How to Prevent Scarring

A wound due to injury, no matter how small it is, can end up with a scar. It is formed when the collagen in our bodies is exposed and tends to rise to the surface in an act to close the wound. Although this is a natural process associated with hound healing, it can be a bit frustrating to see a blemish in your then-flawless skin. Even though this is inevitable, you can do something about how it will mature and appear during the wound healing process.

Below are some tips to avoid turning your wounds into scars:

  1. As much as possible, do not interfere with the wound’s healing process.

Although you may have to treat the wound to avoid infecting it and to promote healing, you have to take note of the following:

  • Vitamin E may not be helpful. Some people believe that topical Vitamin E oil rubbed on the wound could promote healing, but doing so should only be done when the wound has already closed as studies have shown that Vitamin E can actually affect the healing process.
  • The healing process makes your skin extra sensitive to UV rays, causing discoloration in the process.
  • Minimize movement in the wounded area. This may cause the scar to widen.
  1. Cover the cut. It is not advised to let the wound just dry out and scab. It is best to keep the area moist. You may use petroleum jelly or the likes and apply it on the wound for about a week. After application, cover your wound with a bandage. Do this routine until new skin has already begun to form.
  2. Place pressure on the wound. You can prevent scarring by keeping the area flat as much as possible while it heals. There are special pads that you can use such as silicone gel sheets. You may tape them around the scarring to prevent it from thickening.

Scarfix in New Jersey

If you have visible scars and you wish to improve its appearance, you may be a good candidate for a scarfix. Request an appointment with Dr. Weinstein today by calling 908-879-2222 and learn more about the scarfix concept. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Easy Ways to Prevent Burns

Fire and heat are always dangerous, but there’s no ignoring the fact that we somehow need them in our homes and in our daily lives. Because of this, it is our responsibility to prevent ourselves and our family from becoming burn victims.

Make your home a safer and burn-free place by applying the following precautionary measures.

The danger comes mostly from the kitchen.

Be mindful when moving around the kitchen; pay attention even to the smallest details. You can turn your cooking pots and pans in so that the handles are not easily knocked off from the stove. If possible, you may cook using the back burners of your stove. Do not allow your children to play around the kitchen while you are cooking and help them develop this habit.

Be cautious when handling hot containers and liquids.

Do not ever pass a hot drink over someone’s head. Also, ensure that hot drinks or food are not placed on the edges of your table or a counter to avoid knocking them off.

Don’t leave the iron unattended.

When you are done with ironing, never leave the hot iron on the ironing board, especially if you have children around the house. Remove the plug and keep it in a safe spot, away from fabrics and your children’s reach. You should also do the same with hair irons.

Keep your household cleaning products in a safe place.

By safe, it means away from your children’s reach. Household cleaning products usually contain chemicals that could be harmful to the body when ingested or when a person is exposed to it. Reading the labels on these products also helps.

Sunscreen works wonders.

When going outdoors, it is advised to apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15. Since they are more sensitive to the heat of the sun, children could use sunscreen with SPF 30 at the least.

 

Burn Care in New Jersey

If you have already applied these measures yet still have injuries and scarring from burns, it is best to seek burn care right away. Here at Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center, you can take advantage of burn care in New Jersey and avoid the long-lasting effects of these injuries and scars.

Request a consultation with Dr. Weinstein today by calling 908-879-2222 or filling out this online contact form to learn more about burn care and to know your options. We would love to hear from you!

 

Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Dr. Weinstein

Treating carpal Tunnel SyndromeWe have heard much about the prevention and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) for year nows. However, information on how to treat the musculoskeletal disorder is often left out of the conversation. With both males and females equally affected, hand function loss can be treated through surgery, several non-surgical alternatives, or a combination of both. Dr. Larry Weinstein performs several New York hand surgeries, one of which is aimed at treating carpal tunnel syndrome.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common signs and symptoms of CTS include:

1. numbness and tingling of one’s fingers
2. chronic pain in the thumb area which can extend as far as your neck
3. unusual range in temperature and/or touch senstation
4. burning sensation from wrist to fingers
5. inflammation in the hands and/or forearm
6. stiffness of fingers early in the morning

Who’s at Risk?

CTS is primarily a result of increased pressure of the median nerve which passes through the wrist’s carpal tunnel formed by bone and ligament. Your median nerve carries nerve impulses from the brain down to your hands.

Individuals who are at risk of CTS include those who work for jobs involving repeated movements of the hands and fingers for long periods of time. For the past decades, the disorder has been greatly reported amongst jack hammer operators, assembly line workers, housewives and athletes. With the advent of technology and highly specialized jobs, CTS has greatly increased amongst workers who frequently use personal computers.

Treatment with Dr. Weinstein

Mild symptoms with CTS are treated with resting hands, fingers and wrist. Anti-inflammatory drugs and wrist splints are also taken into consideration. However, moderate to severe signs may need to be remedied with surgery. Dr. Weinstein takes extra care in preparing and performing surgeries in treating CTS.

To be able to access the tissue causing pressure into the median nerve, Dr. Weinstein makes an incision in your palm down to your wrist. He will then remove the tissue, or a section of it, to relieve pain and nerve pressure as well as restore hand function. To promote healing while temporarily restricting motion, a large dressing and a splint may be employed. Scarring will be less noticeable when proper wound care is applied. Surgical outcomes may vary depending on the extent of nerve damage.

If you’re interested in finding out your surgical options in treating carpal tunnel syndrome, visit Dr. Weinstein today for a personal consultation.

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