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Archive for December, 2019
Everyone who has ever considered breast augmentation has her own deeply personal reasons for doing so. Research shows that women often experience a huge boost in confidence following the life-changing procedure. With more than 300,000 surgeries performed in the United States each year, breast augmentation surgery continues to be the top cosmetic procedure.
Here are some common reasons why women go under the knife for larger, fuller breasts:
- You’ve lost a lot of weight or just finished nursing. Breasts often droop or get smaller after pregnancy and nursing or after you’ve lost significant weight not related to childbirth. Breast augmentation with or without lift would be ideal to boost shape and volume and help you achieve the look you desire.
- Your breasts aren’t the same size. So many things can affect breast symmetry. Trauma, puberty and hormonal changes can affect the size or volume of a woman’s breasts, causing one to be larger than the other.
- You believe your breasts are too small. Macromastia describes the post-pubertal underdevelopment of a woman’s breast tissue. There’s no true definition of this medical condition as the definition of “small” varies with each person. Breast implants can help improve confidence and self-image for women who perceive their breasts to be too small.
- You’ve had mastectomy surgery. As part of their cancer treatment, many women opt for breast reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy or double mastectomy. This is typically a two-stage surgery. During the first procedure, the surgeon places a tissue expander under the skin and slowly fills it with saline over time to help ready the chest tissue for the implant several months after the mastectomy, which is the second stage of reconstruction surgery.
- You want to look younger. With age often comes sagging, and breasts appear smaller. Breast augmentation with a lift can help give you a more youthful look.
Breast augmentation surgery can help you gain more confidence and boost self-esteem. But it’s important to do your research and decide to do this surgery for you – no one else. If you’re ready to discuss getting larger, fuller breasts in the New Year, call (908) 879-2222 for a comprehensive consultation.
Posted in breast augmentation on December 30th, 2019
You exercise. You eat right. But even that strict diet can’t help with loose, sagging skin around the abdomen. If you’ve been wanting a flat and toned abdomen, consider starting the New Year with a new you by consulting with Dr. Weinstein about a tummy tuck. Here are a few things you should know before getting this popular cosmetic surgery:
A tummy tuck can boost body image
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is the best way to remove excess skin from the abdomen area after weight loss or pregnancy. The surgeon also tightens the fascia surrounding the muscles along the abdominal wall during this time.
A tummy tuck is not an alternative to weight loss
It’s ideal for women who are done with childbearing and want to tighten abdominal muscles and reduce skin. It’s also suitable for men and women who are in good health and have lost a significant amount of weight but still have excess fat or loose skin around their belly. If you are planning on losing a substantial amount of weight or becoming pregnant, you will want to wait to get a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck can be done in combination with other cosmetic procedures
Liposuction may be done at the same time as a tummy tuck because it removes fat while a tummy tuck removes skin. A “Mommy Makeover,” is a combination of breast, hip and tummy procedures, including breast augmentation with or without lift, breast reduction, liposuction and tummy tuck. This all-in-one procedure is popular because it offers one recovery time instead of individual recoveries.
It may take a while to get back to feeling like your old self. A tummy tuck is a major surgery
If you are in good physical condition, you will find recovery is much faster. Some people can return to work in just two weeks, while others return to work in three or four weeks. Exercise will help you recover and heal faster by reducing the chance of blood clots, toning your muscles and reducing swelling. Just make sure you ease into it and avoid vigorous exercise until cleared by the surgeon.
Tummy tuck results can be life-changing and last a long time if you exercise and eat a balanced diet. If you’re ready to learn more about having a tummy tuck and other procedures to help you look and feel your best, contact our office today at (908) 879-2222 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein.
Posted in Tummy Tuck on December 15th, 2019
Large breasts can be a big problem for many women, impacting health and self-image. Breast reduction is a procedure growing in popularity, helping women feel more confident and comfortable by reducing significant volume and weight in the breast area. Breast reduction can impact your life in several positive ways. Here are a few things you may not know about this life-changing procedure:
- It has one of the highest satisfaction rates.
Disproportionately large breasts (macromastia) can cause chronic back, shoulder and neck pain, contribute to poor posture and get in the way of an active lifestyle. Bra straps dig into shoulders and leave indentations. Breast reduction patients are some of the happiest and most satisfied patients because they feel so much more comfortable and functional. Many patients go on to do well in exercise programs because they feel so much better with that weight and volume removed.
- Surgery can be performed in several ways.
A breast reduction procedure can either be performed in a hospital with an overnight stay or as an outpatient procedure in an ambulatory setting. The best procedure option for you will depend on your medical history, thorough exam and desired outcome.
- You’ll want to avoid strenuous activity for about a month or longer.
The surgery only takes a few hours, but you’ll want to take at least a week off from work after surgery to recover. Some may need more time than that based on their situation. You’ll also have follow-up appointments with your surgeon to remove stitches and bandages.
- You get a breast lift at the same time.
During a breast reduction, your surgeon will remove excess tissue and skin and move the nipples up in a position to give them a lift, so naturally, you get a breast lift at the same time.
- Insurance may cover your surgery.
If you’re having physical problems like back and neck pain, some insurance companies will cover part or all of the cost of surgery. You will need to work with your surgeon’s office to gather and send all the information necessary to your insurance company for approval, which could take a month.
To learn more about breast reduction and Dr. Weinstein’s techniques for a near pain-free recovery, call (908) 879-2222 for a consultation.
Posted in Breast Reduction on November 30th, 2019
Larry Weinstein, MD FACS, Chief Plastic Surgery, Chester Surgery Center, USA
A retrospective review of 218 patients had rhytidectomy with SMAS . Average age 55 over 18 years range of 43 to 83. From 1992 to 2004 average age was 49, In 2017, average age 62. 60 % of patients are done under local with conscious sedation, 40 % under general anesthesia. Patients take Valium 10mg, Emend a long acting antinausea medication and an antibiotic orally with a sip of water 1 hour prior to procedure. 0.5% lidocaine with epi injected to incision lines and fatty areas. 10 minutes elapses while a TCA peel, filler and/or Botox are administered. Skin painted betadine, the hair and ears are soaked with Betadine. Hair is slicked back with Bacitracin ointment . The angle of the head rest is raised to an acute angle to flex the neck as much as possible. Orbicularis oris muscle fascia is grasped with a forceps and a 3-0 ethibond is placed as a suspension suture to the anterior SMAS. Platysma muscle is suspended to the mastoid fascia with a 3-0 Ethibond suture. A 2-0 PDO Quill is placed over the 3-0 Ethibonds and SMAS to bury the Ethibond suture. Any irregularities are trimmed . 3-0 Monocryl subcuticular. Bacitracin is applied to the wounds, gauze and Kerlex Barton’s dressing. Results: There was no postoperative nausea or vomiting. Tylenol postoperatively PRN. Patients had Tylenol PM at night and 5mg Valium for anxiety or tightness. Two small hematomas evacuated with a syringe during a postoperative visit. A seroma over the parotid gland required syringe aspirations till resolved. 3 pixie ears were noted with long term follow up. All patients with conscious sedation reported an excellent operative experience on a post-procedure questionnaire. Conclusion: Emend may help prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting. The 2-0 PDO quill may help SMAS elevation and prevent exposure of permanent Ethibond suture. Elevating the head rest can help elevate the SMAS and skin under no tension intraoperatively .
LARRY P. WEINSTEIN, M.D., FACS Diplomat American Board Plastic Surgery , Fellow American College Surgeons , SUNY(Brooklyn) Plastic Surgery Clinical Instructor. Attending Plastic Surgeon Morristown Medical Center. Third Prize 1988, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Scholarship Contest September 1989, ACS/Volunteer Leadership Award, March 1993, Award Northwest NJ Regional Woman’s Center Centenary College. Alfred Cohen Research Award BVAMC,. In May 2005, American Chinese Medical Association NJ “Plastic Surgery & Facial Rejuvenation”, The ASERF In Chul Song Award-Philanthropic Efforts and Humanitarian, 2012, Madison HS wall of Distinction NYC City Council Citation April 27, 2014, MtFJC Honoree March 10, Plastic Surgery missions India 25 times since 1993.
Posted in Uncategorized on November 21st, 2019
You will put a lot of time and effort into finding the perfect gifts for family and friends this year, so why not treat yourself to something special? Consider a consultation with Dr. Weinstein to discuss a Mommy Makeover so you can start off the New Year with a new you.
Pregnancy and childbirth can do a number on a woman’s body, leaving you with loose skin, stretch marks, sagging breasts, damaged abdominal muscles and more. Many women exhaust their diet and exercise efforts but can’t get their pre-pregnancy body back. That’s when a Mommy Makeover can help you get your pre-baby body back.
In addition to women who have lost as much pregnancy weight as they could on their own, candidates for surgery include women who are done with childbearing and breastfeeding, and have waited at least six months after giving birth to her last child before considering surgery. You will need to be in good health as multiple procedures will be involved. It’s also good to have a positive outlook and realistic expectations going into this life-changing surgery.
While customized to your needs, this all-in-one surgery usually combines a tummy tuck, liposuction, breast lift, breast augmentation or breast reduction to achieve the desired look. You can even add facial rejuvenation procedures such as a neck lift or jowl lift or eyelid surgery to achieve an even more youthful appearance.
Your comprehensive consultation with Dr. Weinstein will help you determine your best options, understand the risks involved and help you set up expectations for what you’d like to achieve. The length of procedures varies depending on your needs – usually ranging from two to six hours. And, depending on how extensive your makeover is, you may need more than one session. Recovery and healing can take several weeks or months depending on what procedures were performed, so it’s important to follow your surgical team’s instructions and keep all post-op appointments.
Helping moms restore their bodies for more than two decades, Dr. Weinstein is committed to helping you achieve your post-pregnancy body goals. Contact our office today at (908) 879-2222 to schedule a Mommy Makeover consultation with Dr. Weinstein.
Posted in Mommy Makeover on November 15th, 2019
The first hybrid fractional laser, the Halo laser delivers both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths of laser energy to the skin. What this means is that while one laser targets the skin’s outer layer, called the epidermis, the second laser creates factional channels into the skin’s second layer, called the dermis. Combined, this helps remove sun damage you can see and the damage you can’t.
Here are some fast facts about Halo laser skin resurfacing:
- Halo treats several skin conditions, including sun damage, wrinkles and fine lines, skin resurfacing, enlarged pores, acne scars, pigmented lesions and actinic keratoses.
- Halo can treat all skin types and not just on the face. It’s used to treat the skin on the neck, cheek, arms, hands and legs.
- It’s more comfortable than traditional, non-hybrid fractional resurfacing, and won’t leave your skin damaged and red as it combines non-ablative energy and mildly ablative energy.
- The procedure is not painful. Some patients describe it as a slight prickling sensation. Topical anesthetic combines with Halo’s cooling technology to keep you comfortable during the procedure. After treatment, your skin continues to feel warm for up to 30 minutes and maybe longer with deeper treatment.
- It is fast healing as only a topical anesthetic is applied to your skin, and you can be back to wearing makeup in 24 hours.
- There is very little downtime, and you should be able to return to work within a few days.
- You’ll see results in just two to five days after treatment, and in only 1-2 treatments, unlike older technology that required several treatments for similar results. And treatments can be more or less aggressive depending on your timeframe and number of sessions you want.
- Results are permanent and will last as long as you protect your skin from further UV damage.
To learn more about laser skin resurfacing and other ways to restore a youthful, healthy glow, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wiener by calling (773) 763-3990.
Posted in Mommy Makeover on November 15th, 2019
Breaking Down Facts and Fiction About Facelifts
Have you considered getting a facelift but heard some stories that have made you apprehensive? The media and specifically some Hollywood celebrities have given facelifts a bad reputation. We’re here to debunk some of those common misconceptions and tell you the real deal.
- Facelifts make your face look fake
The media loves to show us botched plastic surgeries or nightmare facelift results on Hollywood celebrities. However, this isn’t typical for most surgeries and those cases tend to be a result of a celebrity wanting a dramatic look against their surgeon’s advice. Truthfully, a properly performed facelift by a board-approved surgeon should never make you look unlike yourself. Your results should be subtle and make you look like a fresher, younger version of yourself, not someone else.
- Botox does the same thing
While Botox and other injectables can achieve incredible results, they are no substitute for a facelift. Botox is primarily used for smaller wrinkles like crow’s feet around your eyes. Botox cannot do anything about sagging skin or loss of muscle tone. Facelifts, however, can address both of those concerns. Facelifts also end up looking more natural than Botox which just tends to fill in the lines in your face.
- Facelifts are just for old people
Advanced age is not a requirement to qualify for a facelift procedure. Younger people are becoming more interested in anti-aging procedures to maintain their youthful appearance before it starts to fade. In the long run, this means there’s potentially less work involved for the surgeon to provide desired results.
- Facelifts are only for women
Aging knows no gender. Men are becoming more and more comfortable seeking surgical options to combat signs of aging.
- Recovery is extremely long and painful
Previously, the facelift recovery process actually was long and painful, taking around 6 to 8 weeks to fully recover. Today, however, thanks to breakthroughs in techniques and technology recovery is much less painful and is much shorter. If you follow your doctor’s directions, you should be able to enjoy your younger-looking face after a couple weeks.
We hope that these facts have helped ease some of your fears about facelift procedures. If you have more questions or would like to schedule a consultation to chat about anti-aging options, give us a call at 908-879-2222.
Posted in facelift on October 30th, 2019
Tips for a Healthy Recovery
This Halloween season, don’t be haunted by your surgery scars! Heal up from your procedures and minimize scarring with these tips.
First, it’s important to note that there are some factors that increase the risk of scarring that are out of your control. Some of these factors include:
- Your age
- The older you get, the less elasticity your skin has. Aging paired with sun exposure, smoking, exposure to the environment and other lifestyle issues make it harder for the skin to heal as you age.
- Your race
- Your race may determine whether you scar more than other people. Fair-skinned people tend to find their scars more noticeable than those with darker complexions.
- Genetic Tendency To Scar
- If members of your family tend to scar, you’re also more likely to scar.
- Size and Depth of Your Incision
- Larger, deeper incisions take longer to heal and are more likely to have a lasting scar.
- How Quickly Your Skin Heals
- You may just be someone whose skin heals quickly and easily leaving minimal scarring.
Keep in mind that these factors are already at play and may slow down your healing process. With that being said, there are steps you can take to prevent scarring when possible. Other than following your doctor’s orders to the letter, here are other suggestions to consider:
- Don’t smoke
- Besides all of the other health risks associated with smoking, smoking also slows down your healing. Smoking is such a significant risk factor that many plastic surgeons will not operate on a patient if they’ve smoked within two weeks before your surgery.
- Don’t drink
- Alcohol dehydrates your body and skin, which decreases your overall state of health. While you’re recovering from surgery, it’s advised not to drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages.
- Up your protein intake but also eat a balanced diet
- Protein makes up the building blocks of healing skin, so it is essential to provide your body with adequate protein for optimal skin healing.
- Stay hydrated
- Dehydration happens when you are not taking in enough fluids. In severe cases, this can cause electrolyte imbalances and heart issues. In less severe cases, you will feel thirsty and your overall health will be diminished. Stay well hydrated—you will know if you are well-hydrated because your urine will be almost colorless or light in color.
- Take good care of your incisions to prevent infection.
- Don’t take medication that isn’t prescribed or use ointments without consulting your doctor. Check on your healing and treat infections quickly if they occur.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Follow your doctor’s orders but also listen to your body. Take it easy and rest.
- Don’t put stress on your incision.
- Avoid lifting, bending, stretching, or anything that adds stress to that area.
- Avoid sunlight as much as possible.
- If you can’t cover the incision because it’s on your face, make sure you’re wearing plenty of sunscreen.
As always, if you have any questions about your healing or aftercare instructions, don’t hesitate to give us a call, 908-879-2222.
Although non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures like Botox and fillers are some of the most popular treatments that we provide, surgical procedures like facelifts have their perks. During a facelift, we will surgically lift and tighten the skin to give patients a more youthful look. If you are on the fence about getting a facelift, this article will debunk three common myths about this popular surgery.
Myth 1: People Will Be Able to Tell
Looking like you had work done on your face may not be the thing that you are going for. As long as you go with a trusted surgeon like Dr. Weinstein, nobody ever has to know that you had work done, but they will notice that you look a lot younger. Not only will your incisions be hidden, but we will tighten the face in a way that looks more natural than anything.
Myth 2: The Surgeon I Go To Doesn’t Matter
One of the best things that you can do when you elect to have a surgical procedure done like a facelift is to go with a licensed, trained, and well-respected surgeon. Although plastic surgeons are required to undergo rigorous training, they are not all created equal. When you come into our office, you can rest assured that your face will be in great hands. Dr. Larry Weinstein has been practicing medicine for years and has seen just about it all.
Myth 3: They don’t work
With a facelift, our goal is to ensure that you get real results that you are excited about. If you feel like Botox and fillers aren’t doing what they use to, or if you feel like your face is losing a lot of collagen, then a facelift may be the way to go. After you have healed and the swelling has gone own, you will see full results that are worth bragging about.
Take the step so learn more about getting a facelift and call our Chester office at 908-879-2222.
Typically, when patients think about cosmetic surgeries, they associate them with females, but did you know that we offer surgeries to men too? Yep, you read that right, and more and more men want to undergo surgeries to get treatments to help them age a bit more manly. Let’s take a closer look at five of the most common surgeries that we treat men with.
Facelifts can do wonders for both men and women. Usually, we see men at our office for facelifts when they start having poor self-esteem because of a loss of collagen and volume in their skin. If you are a man whose skin is starting to droop, then we may recommend a facelift. During this procedure, we will actually lift the skin and then tighten it to help give you a natural-looking yet youthful look.
Your nose is literally at the center of your face, and if you just aren’t happy with it, then your self-esteem may be suffering. Whether you were born with a nose that you aren’t fond of or if you were recently injured and damaged your nose, we can perform a rhinoplasty to correct it. During this procedure, we will reshape and contour the nose to make it something that you’re proud to show off.
Having a turkey neck isn’t exactly something that any male wants. Although your beard may be able to conceal it a little bit, it’s not going to do a whole lot. During a jowl lift, we will remove excess fat from underneath the chin and tighten the skin so that you have a more taut side profile.
Botox is the most popular non-invasive procedure that patients elect to get; especially at our office. As an injectable that used to only be popular among middle-aged women, men and women of all ages are getting Botox to treat and prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
If you feel like you have to constantly have a beard to conceal your fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth and nose, then you may be the perfect candidate for fillers. Fillers are used to fill in small lines to give you a more stubbly youthful look.
The key to getting good, natural looking results is to come to a surgeon like Dr. Weinstein. If you are a male who wants to get surgery done, schedule your consultation with us and call 908-879-2222.
Posted in male cosmetic surgery on September 15th, 2019
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