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Your Facelift Recovery

Young adult woman in black clothes dress portrait.If you have a facelift procedure scheduled, or if you are just considering it at this point, you should know that there will be some time needed for recovery afterward and there will be some side effects. One of the most common (albeit temporary) side effects of a facelift is swelling – read on for some information on dealing with this problem.

What Happens During a Facelift?

A facelift is performed with local anesthesia and a sedative, so that you will not feel any pain, but you will be relaxed and awake. It can take several hours – fat is trimmed or removed, the underlying muscles are tightened, and excess skin is trimmed and sutured back into place. Your head will be wrapped in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling.

You may be given prescription medication to control any discomfort, and your skin may be numb. This is normal and will go away after a few weeks. You should rest and relax for at least a week after the procedure, but you should be able to get up and move around within a day or two.

What Can You Do About Facelift Swelling?

Swelling after a facelift procedure is very common, but it can be uncomfortable, and it can also be discouraging when you are anxious to see the results of your surgery. The amount of swelling you have can depend on factors such as your overall health and the type of facelift performed. You should make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for recovery, and to reduce swelling try:

  • Avoiding excess sodium
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Applying cold compresses
  • Keeping your head elevated, including while sleeping
  • Avoiding bending over
  • Avoiding activity that may make you become overheated

Your skin may also feel dry after your facelift. You should use a moisturizer, and make sure to wear sunscreen when you go outside.

A facelift procedure will give you a youthful, rejuvenated, refreshed look, although you will need to take some time to recover. Contact the Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center in Chester, New Jersey, to discuss what a facelift can do for you. Call (908) 879-2222 for an appointment today!

Am I a Good Candidate for a Nose Job?

short hair asian woman model touch her nose and clean fresh skin.Rhinoplasty (a “nose job”) is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures available. Are you wondering if you might be a good candidate for this popular procedure?

Getting the Nose You’ve Always Wanted

Nose jobs are performed for many reasons: they can change the shape or the size of the nose, change the angle between the upper lip and the nose, narrow the nostrils, correct damage done after an injury or from a birth defect, or it can even be done to help correct breathing problems.

But in order for the procedure to be safe and successful, your doctor will want to make sure that you are a good candidate:

  • Your growth should be complete. Your facial bones should have stopped growing, which typically happens around the age of 16.
  • You should be healthy. You should have no underlying medical conditions that might affect your ability to undergo surgery. You should also be a nonsmoker, or if you are a smoker, you should be willing to quit weeks before the surgery to avoid complications.
  • You should have realistic expectations. Plastic surgery can do wonders – but the results of rhinoplasty can depend on different factors, such as the shape of your face and the structure of your cartilage and your nasal bones.
  • You should be ready to follow instructions. You’ll be given a list of things to do (and not to do) before and after the procedure to help ensure a successful surgery and a quick recovery, and you’ll have to be able to take time to relax and recover when it is done.

Of course, during your rhinoplasty consultation, your doctor will discuss all of this with you. You should be prepared to tell him or her what you would like to change about your nose and the results you would like to see – a special computer program, the Vectra 3 dimensional imaging computer, can show you what you would look like after your rhinoplasty.

Do you have questions about rhinoplasty and if it might be the procedure for you? Schedule a rhinoplasty consultation at the Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center in Chester, New Jersey. Call (908) 879-2222 for an appointment today!

Can Men Get Nose Jobs?

woman with smiley face touching her noseIf you are a man, and you’re unhappy with the size or the shape of your nose, you may be thinking there’s nothing you can do about it – nose jobs are just for women, right? Wrong! Rhinoplasty (the medical term for a nose job) can help both men and women who want to make a change to their nose!

What Can Rhinoplasty Do for You?

You may worry that a nose job may make you look less masculine – however, the right plastic surgeon will know how to enhance your masculine features while making the changes you want. Rhinoplasty is a procedure that is customized for the patient, so that he or she gets the look they want. Rhinoplasty can help:

  • A bump on the nose
  • A crooked nose
  • A nose that is too wide or narrow
  • A nose that looks too feminine
  • A nose that is disfigured because of a previous trauma or injury

It can even help patients who have difficulty breathing, who snore, and who have sleeping problems because of the nose. During your consultation, your doctor will meet with you to discuss the changes you would like to see and any problems your nose is causing you. You should be physically healthy and have realistic expectations about the outcome when considering rhinoplasty. It is typically an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia, but it can also be done with local anesthesia with or without sedation. The surgery usually only takes less than 2 hours, and patients can typically get back to work within a couple of days, although it may take a few weeks to entirely get back to your old routine. Although you may see some changes to your nose as you age, rhinoplasty does give patients permanent results.

If you are a man who is unhappy with his nose, you should know that rhinoplasty isn’t just for women! Dr. Weinstein will work with you so that you get the “new” nose that you want. Contact the Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center for a rhinoplasty consultation. Call the office in Chester, New Jersey, at (908) 879-2222, for an appointment today!

Should You Consider a Facelift After Weight Loss?

You have worked hard and have lost a lot of weight after years of eating a healthy diet and hitting the gym three times a week. But, unfortunately, the battle may not be over. When we lose fat, the skin still remains, and it can affect your face in ways that might even make you regret losing weight. A facelift may be the next step to consider!

Why Consider a Facelift?

After all of the hard work you have done and the positive changes you have made, it doesn’t quite seem fair that now you are left with some unwanted effects. Here’s what a facelift can do for you.

Younger people have elasticity to their skin and it promptly snaps back into place after a lot of weight has been lost. However, as we age we lose that elasticity, and weight loss can result in sagging skin and deep folds in the face. Your mouth may look permanently downturned because of this sagging, and it may also make you look like you are always tired. You may also notice a double chin, drooping jowls, and a “turkey neck.”

A facelift can be performed as an outpatient procedure, and it can be performed at any age as long as you are in good health. Your surgeon will remove that excess skin, tighten the underlying muscles, and reset the skin at a higher level. Liposuction may be performed to get rid of excess fat. You may want to combine a facelift with a brow lift, nose reshaping, fillers, or eyelid surgery — you and your surgeon can discuss your options and what combination of procedures might be right for you.

You deserve to celebrate all of your hard work and your weight loss, but you also deserve to look as good as you feel. If you feel like your skin is droopy and saggy after your weight loss, a facelift may be the answer – it will give you natural-looking results that will keep you looking young and healthy for years. Contact Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center in Chester, New Jersey, for a facelift consultation. Call (908) 879-2222 for an appointment today!

How Does Liposuction Work?

shirtless healthy athletic man is standing against light backgroundDo you sometimes feel like life is way harder than it should be? Like you are doing everything you can but seeing very few results? Take losing weight, for instance – you can live a healthy lifestyle for years, with a good diet and constant exercise, and yet still have fat that you just can’t get rid of. But finally losing that fat may be easier than you think, thanks to liposuction. Read on for some more information about how liposuction works!

How does liposuction get rid of fat?

In liposuction, the fat is literally sucked out of the body through a tube. There are different techniques for liposuction – for instance, in one technique an ultrasonic device is used to break up and destroy fat cells, after which they are removed. The technique used may depend on how much fat the patient has or if this is a second liposuction procedure.

Typically, liposuction can remove inches from the area that is being treated – it can be used on the upper arms, the stomach, the calves, the hips, the buttocks, the thighs, and the neck. The procedure isn’t meant to reduce a lot of fat; it is used to tone and contour areas with stubborn fat that won’t go away on its own.

Patients typically only need one session, although it may need to be spread out over a series of sessions — this can depend on the patient’s overall health. There will be some swelling and bruising after the procedure and discomfort that can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Liposuction is a great solution to help contour the body in all the right places, and the results can be long lasting – but you should make sure to eat a healthy diet and exercise after the procedure so that you can stay healthy and keep that excess fat from coming back.

If you’ve been trying to lose that extra bit of fat for years and it just won’t go away, liposuction may be the answer for you. Contact the Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center to discuss liposuction. Call the office in Chester, New Jersey, at (908) 879-2222, for an appointment today!

The Benefits of a Breast Reduction

Beautiful slim body of woman in studioWith all the emphasis on breast augmentations and breast lifts, you may feel like you are the only woman who is unhappy with her breasts because they are too large. Breasts that are too large can cause many problems, both mentally and physically, but a breast reduction can help.

Why consider a breast reduction?

Having large breasts can have many negative effects on your life. They can make you feel self-conscious or embarrassed, and it can be difficult to find clothes that fit you properly. And there are physical problems that come with large breasts as well.

You may have irritating rashes or skin irritations underneath the breasts. Large breasts can cause muscle aches and constant pain in the shoulders, back, and neck – this can negatively affect your posture, which can only add to the aches and pain. You may even have pain or numbness in the hands and arms.

In a breast reduction, excess tissue is removed, and tissue that remains is lifted and tightened. This reduces the weight on the chest. The body is brought back into balance to remove stress on the upper body muscles, and posture is improved. Patients report that, after a breast reduction, they have more energy and are less self-conscious about their bodies. They can enjoy physical activities more because they no longer have to deal with the pain and discomfort of trying to be active with large breasts.

A breast reduction procedure can be performed as an out-patient procedure or in a hospital, with an overnight stay. You should be in good health and a nonsmoker, and you should have realistic expectations about what this surgery can do for you. There will be some swelling after the procedure, but you will notice a difference right away, and you’ll see even more results as the swelling goes down.

Having breasts that are too large can affect every aspect of your life, physically and mentally. Breast reduction surgery may be the answer for you! Contact Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center in Chester, New Jersey, for a breast reduction consultation. Call (908) 879-2222 for an appointment today!

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