November 2020 - Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center

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The aesthetic and functional benefits of a nose surgery

Also known as rhinoplasty, nose surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. There are many reasons why someone wants to change the appearance of their nose, but there are also functional reasons why nose surgery may be advised. Read on to learn more about the many benefits of nose surgery and who makes a good candidate for surgery.

What is nose surgery?

Nose surgery changes the shape of the nose to fit a patient’s desires. Often, a patient wants to reduce the size of the nose, narrow enlarged nostrils, change the shape of the tip or remove a hump on the bridge.

Often, if a nose has been deformed due to trauma or as a result of a birth defect, nose surgery is indicated to help with the appearance as well as the structural problems to help improve breathing.

How is it performed?

Usually performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with or without sedation, nose surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. The surgery itself takes about 1-2 hours. To start, an incision is made at the base of the nose or inside the nostrils. The bone and cartilage are sculpted into shape. Wide nostrils are made smaller by removing small wedges on the skin from the base to bring the nostrils closer together.

If a patient has a hump on the bridge of the nose, a chisel will remove the hump. If the tip of the nose needs to be reshaped, cartilage in the tip is trimmed. The septum is also trimmed at this time, if necessary.

After surgery, a splint is placed to help the nose maintain its new shape. The splint will be removed after one or two weeks, when a smaller splint is applied.

Who is a good candidate for surgery?

There are many criteria that you and Dr. Weinstein will discuss during the initial consultation. First, it’s important that you are done growing, as your face continues to grow into your mid-teens. Otherwise, the results may be impaired by further facial growth.

It’s important that you are in good physical health and a non-smoker. Having realistic expectations for the outcome of surgery is key as well.

If you are interested in learning more about nose surgery and whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, call (908) 879-2222 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein.

Why eye procedures are gaining in popularity

Surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation of the eye area has been popular for several years, but with the often-mandated use of masks today to prevent the spread of COVID-19, more and more people are requesting procedures to improve the appearance of their eye area. Here is a look at the surgical and non-surgical procedures that can help.

Eyelid surgery

As we age, fat tends to accumulate around the eyes, the muscles weaken and the skin stretches, making us look tired and older than we actually are. Also known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery consists of removing excess skin, muscle and fat from the lower eyelids, upper eyelids, or both. This procedure can correct drooping or hooding of the upper eyelids, and remove puffy bags below the eyes.

Usually performed under local anesthesia, eyelid surgery takes 1-3 hours depending on the extent of surgery. Upper eyelid surgery often consists of making an incision along the natural crease of your eyelid, removing or repositioning muscle and removing excess fat. Sagging skin and excess muscle is trimmed. For lower eyelid surgery, incisions are made at the lower lash line and excess fat is removed and skin tightened. Incisions are closed with fine sutures and lubricated with ointment and bandaged.


The most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the world, Botox is an FDA-approved biological toxin for moderate to severe forehead furrows, frown lines (known as “11” lines between the eyebrows) and crow’s feet (lines around the eyes). It can also treat dynamic wrinkles of the lower face as well. Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkled caused by muscles that contract while frowning, smiling, squinting or puckering. Botox injections work by temporarily blocking the muscle from contracting to form the wrinkle.

Botox is popular because treatment is safe, done in minutes, with minimal or no pain, and no downtime. You can resume your normal activities once you leave the office. In 2-3 days, you will see your results, with peak effect at 41 days after injection. Results generally last 3-6 months. Continued treatment can help prevent muscular function that causes wrinkles.

If you’re interested in learning more about rejuvenating the appearance of your eye area or other areas of your face, call our office today at (908) 879-2222 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein.

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