February 2020 - Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center

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Revitalize tired-looking eyes with eyelid surgery

Our eyes are one of the first areas to show our age. As we age, skin starts to lose its elasticity, and skin on the upper eyelid can appear droopy and sometimes block vision, and puffy bags and wrinkles under the eyes can make us look tired. Eyelid surgery is a popular procedure to help wake up tired-looking eyes.

What makes this a popular surgery is the fact that you can get upper and lower eyelid procedures done at the same time. Procedures are usually performed under local anesthesia with sedation in the Chester Surgery Center, an accredited outpatient surgery center, or at Morristown Medical Center. Rarely does it require an inpatient stay.

For upper eyelid surgery, incisions are made along the natural crease of your eyelids so that scarring will be hidden once your eyelids have healed. Excess skin is removed and fat and muscle are removed or repositioned as you don’t want to remove too much fat and make the eyes appear hollowed.

For lower eyelid surgery, incision lines are just below the lash line. Fat pads that make the eyes look puffy are removed, and muscle and remaining fat are repositioned. Excess skin and muscle are trimmed and closed with fine sutures. Scars from both upper and lower eyelid surgery will appear pink for several months but eventually fade and become hidden by the natural creases of your eyes.

Another reason why this surgery is popular is the recovery period. While your eyes will feel tight or sore for the first few days after surgery, most pain and discomfort can be controlled with over-the-counter medications. Stitches are removed only a few days up to a week after surgery, when the swelling and bruising start to subside. You should be able to return to work a week to 10 days after surgery.

Results from eyelid surgery can last several years if you take good care and complete all follow-up instructions. You’ll need to wear special sunglasses and sunblock to protect your eyelids from the sun as they may be more sensitive to sunlight.

Eyelid surgery can help you restore a more “awake,” youthful look to your face, improving your confidence and self-image. For a consultation, call (908) 879-2222.

Common questions about nose surgery

Rhinoplasty New JerseyNose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is a popular plastic surgery procedure, with nearly 220,000 performed each year in the United States. If you’re unhappy with the size, shape or function of your nose, you may have thought about nose surgery. Here are some frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty:

What are good reasons to have a rhinoplasty? The appearance of the natural nose, sustaining a sports injury or accident that affected the nose, or even structural problems with the nose that affect your sleep and quality of life are why people seek this surgical procedure.

What is done during the surgery? The procedure takes about 1-2 hours. Incisions are made at the base of nose or inside nostrils. The bone and cartilage are sculpted into the desired shape. If nostrils are too wide, small wedges of skin are removed at the base to bright the nostrils closer together. Humps are removed with a chisel, nasal bones brought together to form a more narrow bridge. Cartilage may be trimmed to reshape the tip of the nose. The septum can be trimmed to improve the angle between the upper lip and nose. After everything is stitched up, a splint is placed to help the nose maintain the new shape as you heal.

What is recovery like? Recovery from rhinoplasty can be uncomfortable but not too painful. The Initially after surgery, your nose will be tender, your face will feel puffy and you may have a headache, but all can be controlled by pain medicine. Swelling and bruising around your eyes will be the worst for the first three days. After 1-2 weeks, dressings, stitches and splints will be removed. A smaller splint will be applied to further protect the nose for the next few weeks.

When will I be able to go back to work? Most patients are up and moving in two days. You can return to sedentary work after a week or so. Avoid strenuous activity for three weeks. You will need to avoid rubbing or hitting your nose and being gentle when you wash your face or wear makeup.

Our 3D imaging system can show you what the final results will look like so you can determine what’s best for you. Contact our office today at (908) 879-2222 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein and learn more about nose surgery.

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