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Don’t Be Haunted By Surgery Scars

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.


3 Myths About Facelifts Debunked

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.


5 Treatments That More Men Are Flocking To

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.

Facelift

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.

Rhinoplasty

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.

Jowl Lift

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

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.

Fillers

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.


How to Get Rid of Dull, Dry Skin After Summer

Spending time laying out by the swimming pool or vacationing at the beach are two of the ways that most people like to relax during the summer. And although a little bit of sun isn’t going to cause too much harm, too much of it may lead to premature wrinkles, fine lines, and dull, dry skin. To help restore the moisture and appearance of your skin, we have created a list of a few ways that you can get rid of the dullness. Are you ready to learn some more? If so, then read on.

Exfoliate

If you don’t exfoliate at least once a week, then you should add this step into your skincare routine. Exfoliating every two to three days is one of the best ways for you to get rid of dry, dead skin all-around your face; especially on your nose, forehead, and cheeks. When choosing an exfoliating scrub, choose something that is abrasive enough to get off dead skin but not so abrasive that it makes your skin feel raw afterward.

Laser Skin Rejuvenation

One of our favorite noninvasive treatments that we offer patients is laser resurfacing. Laser resurfacing is used for a variety of different skin concerns, including dullness. By targeting the top few layers of the skin, a laser will encourage the growth of new skin, which causes the existing top layers to slough off. When this happens, new skin cells are created, and patients tend to experience smoother, healthier skin overall.

If you have noticed that your skin is looking and feeling dry and dull, then it’s time to add a few things to your skin routine. During your initial consultation with Dr. Weinstein, he will take a closer look at your skin and help create a plan to get your skin back on track. Ready to schedule our consultation? Call our Chester office today at 908-879-2222.


Tissue Expansion for Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Undergoing a mastectomy is just one of the many breast surgeries for patients who have breast cancer. After all of the breast tissues and cells have been removed, we will typically need to perform a tissue expansion surgery to help create room in the chest cavity for your implants.

What is Tissue Expansion?

When we remove your natural breasts, tissue, and cells from your body during a mastectomy, it leaves little skin left on the breasts or room for an implant. During what is called a tissue expansion surgery, we will typically place a small balloon-like device underneath the skin, and then we gradual fill it over a several weeks or month process. Every time that we fill the balloon, the skin and tissues start to stretch to create room for the actual implants.

What Does It Feel Like?

One of the biggest things that patients want to know before they undergo this portion of breast reconstruction is whether or not the expansion process is painful. Typically, patients will feel some pressure and a stretching sensation as their skin stretches in between each session. Sometimes patients may even feel like their skin is a bit tender, but overall, it shouldn’t be painful. If you are experiencing tenderness, then consider taking some ibuprofen to help ease the discomfort and pain that you are feeling.

What Is Recovery Like?

Typically, after the tissue expansion surgery, we will have patients stay at the hospital overnight b that tends to vary from patient to patient. Once you go home, you may feel a little bit of soreness and tenderness, which is exceptionally reasonable.

Understanding every step of the breast reconstruction process can help patients feel more reassured and involved. If you want to learn more, contact our Chester office today and call us at 908-879-2222.


3 Swimsuit Trends to accentuate Your New Breasts

The best part about getting new breasts before the summer season is up is that you get to show them off a swimsuit. Depending on your body type though, one kind of swimsuit may be more flattering on you than others. Whether you like to cover up your midriff or show it off, let’s take a closer look at three swimsuit trends that will accentuate your new breasts.

One Pieces

One pieces can be a girl’s best friend when you are worried about covering up your midriff. The fun thing about one pieces is that they are super trendy right now and sexier than ever.

Even though one pieces used to primarily be used for swimming laps, they have come full circle and are now available in ones that have a plunging neckline or are cut extra high on the tips. Make sure that you find a one piece that is cut low enough to show off cleavage, but that fits you well everywhere else.

High-Waisted Bikinis

If you don’t’ want to cover up your entire midriff, but you aren’t yet ready to show off your stomach, then consider getting a high waisted bikini. High waisted bikinis have a vintage feel about them, but they are so popular right now that you can find a top that will show off your new breasts while wearing bottoms that cover up most women’s trouble areas (buttocks, love handles, abdomen).

Regular bikinis

If you’ve got it, then, by all means, flaunt it. Bikinis are the fastest way to feel sexy while you’re at the swimming pool plus you can find just about any style of bikini top to show off your breasts. For instance, you can get a halter top, triangle top, or bandeau top, all of which will make your new breasts look great.

Depending on the type of coverage you want, each of these swimsuits will help you look and feel sexier than ever. To learn more about breast augmentations, contact our Chester office and call 908-879-2222.


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