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The Real Deal on Wrinkles Revealed

treating wrinklesWrinkles and creases in our skin are expected as we age, but the wide range of anti-aging creams and lotions are also proof that both men and women are very interested in delaying or stopping the signs of aging. After treating almost 20,000 patients while in practice at his Chester clinic, Dr. Larry Weinstein has developed a skin care program which includes New Jersey facial fillers that will surely leave you satisfied and happy with the results.

Aside from strictly adhering to a skin care regimen similar to that of Dr. Weinstein’s, you might also want to know the real deal on anything wrinkle-related. Read on below.

Trace Your Family Tree

Like almost every health condition, wrinkles are also associated with genetics. By looking at your parents and grandparents, you can already have a little peek into your skin’s future – the degree, depth and onset of your creases, folds and lines. If you notice that some of your family members are prone to premature aging, you might want to start slathering on your broad-spectrum sunscreen now. Don’t forget to consistently apply a generous amount even when you’re indoors.

Sleeping Position Matters a Lot

Sleeping on the same side every night may accelerate wrinkle development. When you lie down on the same side of your face almost every bed time, that portion gets repeatedly smashed up against your bed or pillow. Creases and lines will most likely occur from this frequent sleeping position due to your collagen and connective tissues losing strength as you get older.

Beyond Sun Damage

Forehead creases and frown lines may indicate more than just sun damage. The creases between your eyes may suggest vision problems. If you find yourself squinting often, you might want to visit an eye specialist and have your visual acuity checked. Early detection and treatment of visual problems will also soften the appearance of frown lines as the muscles between your eyes will start to relax.

It’s In What You Eat (And Drink!)

Loading up on food rich in antioxidants is a huge favor you can do for your skin. Apart from delaying the development of wrinkles, anti-aging food sources will also help your skin glow and stay supple. The plumper your skin, the less apparent your wrinkles. The next time you want to grab something for a snack, have a bowl of raspberries or blueberries.

Dermal fillers such as Restylane, Sculptra, Juvederm and Radiesse can also help you ward off the appearance of wrinkles. Contact Dr. Weinstein today to learn more about these fillers and how it can naturally make your look younger and healthier.

How Much Sleep Do You Need for Younger-Looking Skin

effects of sleep on skin appearanceIt’s not called beauty rest for nothing and science seems to agree. The findings of a recent research by physician scientists at the University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center revealed that poor sleep quality could actually weaken the skin’s ability to repair itself. Hence, individuals with poor quality of sleep tend to exhibit advanced signs of skin aging. Here at our New Jersey plastic surgery practice, we encourage our clients to take care of their skin both from the inside and out, which includes getting high quality sleep.

Phases of Sleep
Sleep is your body’s way of recovering from all the work it did during the day. To improve your quality of sleep, it is also crucial that you understand the different phases of sleep.

Deep and Light Sleep – are the two phases that simultaneously occur during the first few hours of sleep. During these phases, your brain’s neurons slow down while growth hormones are at its peak for muscle tissue repair. Your immune system is also trying to recover around this time.

REM Sleep – Short term memories are consolidated and transferred to your long-term memory banks. This phase largely influences your ability to focus the next day.

Do Length and Timing Matter?
You’ve probably heard about the 8-hour requirement for a good night’s sleep. It turns out that this is actually just a myth. A study published in this Time article found out that people who sleep between 6.5 and 7.5 hours a night are actually happier, more productive, and live the longest. Interestingly, those who sleep longer tend to suffer from depression, obesity, and heart disease.

The key lesson from such findings is to actually observe how many hours of sleep make you feel refreshed the next day. Also, once you notice that you’re nodding off at 9pm , hit the sack, and do not just shake of that “sleepy” feeling.

To arrange your initial consultation with Dr. Weinstein and learn more about ways to help your skin look youthful, get in touch with us at our Chester Clinic by calling us at (908)879.2222 or by filling out this contact form. Make an appointment today and experience the life changing effects of plastic surgery!

Circumstances That May Call for a Bit of Nip and Tuck

plastic surgery procedures to improve appearanceEveryone wants to look their best and there are a few situations in life where a bit of nip and tuck could be very beneficial. Our plastic surgery practice, headed by New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Larry Weinstein, is devoted to rejuvenating and enhancing your natural beauty using state-of-the-art procedures. Your beautiful, natural results will make you look better and feel more confident about your appearance!

The following are the most common situations which call for a bit of nip and tuck.

Age is Just a Number
While age is certainly just a number, one can’t help but notice the physical toll that it does to your face and body. Wrinkles may appear and extra pockets of stubborn fat may stay despite eating clean and regular physical activity. If that’s the case, cosmetic surgery may help — from a facelift to liposuction to a thigh lift.

Beauty After Baby
Having a baby is probably one of the most memorable moments for a woman. Yet, pregnancy and breastfeeding can lead to certain physical changes in a woman’s body such as sagging breasts, the appearance of stretch marks, and loose abdominal skin. Majority of post-childbirth women find themselves stuck with such physical changes even after trying diet and exercise. Dr. Weinstein recommends a Mommy Makeover, a set of procedures geared towards improving a woman’s physique post-pregnancy. The most common procedures in a Mommy Makeover include a breast augmentation/lift, tummy tuck, butt lift, and liposuction.

Life Changes
Sometimes, you could use a bit of nip or tuck when you’re about to apply for a job, tie the knot, or move to a new city or country. Plastic surgery could help you add more zest and confidence to these important life events.

Social Media Influence
There’s no doubt about social media as one of the factors today which influence individuals to have plastic surgery. Who wants to have wrinkles and fine lines appearing on one’s Facebook profile photo? No one, right? Hence the birth of cosmetic procedures such as the FaceTime facelift.

To arrange your initial consultation with Dr. Weinstein and learn more about New Jersey cosmetice procedures, get in touch with us at our Chester Clinic by calling us at (908)879.2222 or by filling out this contact form. Make an appointment today and experience the life changing effects of plastic surgery!

Plastic Surgery Options for Maximum Burn Recovery

Burn victims may suffer from loss of sensation, impaired mobility function or a disfigured appearance. For patients wanting to go back to their normal activities and living as much as possible, exploring several plastic surgery options might greatly benefit them.

Dr. Larry Weinstein of the Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center provides excellent New Jersey burn care for maximum recovery amongst victims. If the burned portion of your body is severely wounded, Dr. Weinstein may have to do a débridement – removal of dead skin tissues prior to plastic surgery.

These are the two plastic surgery options commonly sought after by patients from Dr. Weinstein.

Skin Grafting

Skin grafting by Dr. Weinstein involves the removal of skin from one area of the body and the transfer to another portion afterwards. Skin grafting in burn cases often comes in two kinds: split-thickness and full-thickness grafts. The former only involves the outer layer of the skin while the latter involves the entire dermis region.

A skin-cutting instrument called the dermatone is used to harvest skin from the donor site, often in the buttocks and inner thigh regions. Once completely removed, the harvested skin is then attached to the burnt region, held in place by several stitches and a sterile dressing. The donor site is also covered with dressings to avoid infection.

The recovery period for a split thickness graft is relatively fast, approximately 2 to 3 weeks. On the other hand, patients who undergo full thickness grafting may take longer to recover. Apart from being utilized in burn cases, skin grafting is also used in other cosmetic surgeries such as nose and breast reconstruction.

Tissue Expansion

By making use of a “balloon expander”, the damaged skin tissues of burn victims can be reconstructed. For the entire duration of the procedure, this balloon will be gradually filled with salt water (saline solution) until the skin stretches and grows. Once enough skin tissue has been regenerated and grown, Dr. Weinstein may then use the extra tissue to reconstruct the damaged portion.

An average tissue expansion procedure takes around 4 months. One of its advantages is how it can mimic one’s skin color and texture. Scarring is also rare since there is no skin removal involved.

If you’ve suffered from burns, feel fee to contact Dr. Weinstein about your plastic surgery options.

How to Quickly Recover from Your New Jersey Liposuction

Quickly recover from your LiposuctionThe speed of your New Jersey liposuction recovery is influenced by several factors such as your overall health, the surgical method used, your surgeon’s skills, and the volume of fat suctioned. While some of these factors are beyond your control, you can increase your comfort level and increase your chances of a quick recovery by following certain principles. We list them down below for you!

– You will most likely be asked by your surgeon to stay overnight after the procedure. Your pain score will be continuously assessed around this time.

– Swelling is a very common occurrence following liposuction, particularly 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Compression garments would be very helpful in reducing swelling by improving blood circulation and get rid of potentially dangerous fluids in your body. Dr. Weinstein will provide you with instructions on taking care of compression garments. If you think that your compression garment is too tight, inform Dr. Weinstein about it right away.

– Swelling, bruising and numbness are quite common after liposuction and will most likely resolve in a week or two. It is very important that you take enough rest during the first week. However, it is also important that you take tiny steps and try to slowly walk around as soon as you are able. Inactivity is heavily discouraged as this could lead to blood clot formation.

– Lifting, bending over, and straining should be avoided post-surgery. You will be able to return to moderate physical activities in 2 to 3 weeks after liposuction.

Follow-Up Visits After Your New Jersey Liposuction

Apart from strictly following Dr. Weinstein’s post-surgery instructions, it is also very crucial that you return to his clinic for follow-up visits with the prescribed intervals. Keep in mind that your relationship with your liposuction surgeon doesn’t end after surgery. It is best to keep in touch with your doctor from time to time following liposuction and have your progress checked.

To arrange your initial consultation with Dr. Weinstein and learn more about New Jersey liposuction, get in touch with us at our Chester Clinic by calling us at (908)879.2222 or by filling out this contact form. Make an appointment today and experience the life changing effects of plastic surgery!

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