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Good candidates for breast augmentation surgery

As one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed worldwide each year, you may have wondered what it would be like if you could change the shape and size of your breasts. If you’ve been considering breast augmentation to enhance your self-image and boost your confidence, read on for some criteria to determine if this popular surgery would be right for you.

You are a good candidate for surgery if you are physically healthy and follow a healthy diet. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you will need to wait until you are fully recovered before you have breast augmentation surgery. If you have a major illness, active infection or cancer, you will need to discuss this with your surgeon. It’s best to avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption before and after surgery as well.

Women who feel their breasts look “deflated” would benefit from breast augmentation. Usually, women have lost volume and shape from pregnancy, aging or significant weight fluctuations and want to get more balanced contours.

If you have underdeveloped breast tissue and you believe one or both breasts are too small, implants can give you a more proportionate, feminine shape. If your breasts aren’t the same size due to hormonal changes, puberty or even trauma, this surgery will give you a more symmetrical look.

It’s crucial that you are doing this procedure for you and not being talked into it by anyone else. It’s a life-changing procedure with satisfying results that you should have done to meet your own wants and desires.

While this procedure is generally considered safe, it’s important to do your research and be aware of the risks that come with this or any surgery. You must be at least 18 years or older to have saline implants and 22 years or older to have silicone gel implants.

If you’re interested in learning more about getting larger, fuller breasts, call (908) 879-2222 for a consultation with Dr. Weinstein to discuss your goals and determine if you’re a good candidate for surgery.


What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you’ve noticed tingling, numbness or dull ache in your fingers or weakness in your hand and you’ve started dropping things, you may be experiencing what’s known as carpal tunnel syndrome. You will want to see your doctor early, before it begins to interfere with regular activities or before the condition progresses and you have permanent nerve and muscle damage. Here we’re sharing the signs and symptoms and what you need to know about carpal tunnel syndrome.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway surrounded by bones and ligaments that are on the palm side of your hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve, which provides sensation to the palm side of your hand, except the little finger. Patients report feeling numbness, tingling and weakness in the affected hand and arm.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms start gradually, but you’ll first notice the tingling and numbness in your fingers and hand, usually the thumb and index. Some describe the sensation as “pins and needles feeling” or an electric shock that may travel from your wrist up to your arm. You may also experience weakness in your hand and find yourself dropping objects because of it. The thumb’s pinching muscles are controlled by the median nerve, and when there’s pressure on that nerve, the muscle loses control.

What causes it?

Often there is no single cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. Any or all of the following may be a contributing factor: wrist fracture; swelling and inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis or another bone or joint disease; hormonal or metabolic changes such as pregnancy or menopause; and frequent, repetitive movements such as typing or grasping movements such as with certain physical activities.

Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome can relieve the symptoms and restore wrist and hand function. If you are experiencing the symptoms of this syndrome and are interested in learning your treatment options, contact our office today at (908) 879-2222 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein.


5 tips for maintaining the results of your cosmetic surgery

Once you see the exciting results of your plastic surgery, you’ll want to do what you can to maintain results. While you can slow down the hands of time, there are many things you can do to make the most of your investment in yourself.

Eat well. A healthy lifestyle is beneficial in so many ways, but it is especially important when you undergo plastic surgery. Good health not only reduces risks during surgery, but it will help you during recovery to promote better healing. Put the right nutrients into your body and consume a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water, and avoid smoking if you gave it up before surgery.

Get moving. You will have certain limitations after surgery, so it’s essential to follow your surgeon’s advice. Depending on the type of procedure done, you’ll most likely ease back into exercise. But it’s important to get back to the activities you enjoy and help you feel and look good.

Take good care of your skin. You’ll need to protect your skin when exposed to the sun, especially after a surgical procedure to protect your new skin and any scars that are healing. Wear a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Wear sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats to protect your eyes and face. Also, get in the habit of following a daily skincare regimen with products that are right for your skin type and concerns.

Follow your surgeon’s advice and keep all follow-up appointments. You will have specific instructions on what to do in the days, weeks and months after your surgery. You must follow these instructions as closely as possible to help with healing and maximize results. You will have follow-up appointments depending on the procedure you have done, and keeping those are essential to ensuring your recovery and results are on course.

Complement your new look with non-surgical treatments. If you’ve had a facelift, eyebrow lift or eyelid surgery, you may find that Botox and dermal fillers can add to your new look and prolong results.

If you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic procedures to rejuvenate your appearance, call (908) 879-2222 for a consultation.


3 cosmetic procedures to look your best this summer

Summer is just beginning, but it’s not too late to get your body ready for the warmer temps and the more revealing clothing the season brings. Some procedures have a longer recovery period or simply aren’t recommended if you’re planning to be out in the sun too much. These minimally invasive or non-invasive procedures, however, promise quick results with minimal downtime.

Botox and dermal fillers

Highly praised for delivering quick results with no downtime, cosmetic injectables such as Botox and dermal fillers can help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles to give you a more youthful appearance this summer and beyond. Botox takes care of the wrinkles and expression lines on the top third of your face, including the forehead, between the eyebrows and the crow’s feet around the eyes. Fillers such as Radiesse, Juvederm, Bolotero and Voluma work together to help restore lost volume and soften wrinkles.

Laser hair removal

Showing off more skin during these warmer months usually means more regular grooming of body hair. Laser hair removal is a popular procedure that removes unwanted hair from several areas on the body. For men, this is most often shoulder and back hair. For women, this is often the bikini line, underarm and leg hair.

Liposuction

For stubborn fat that is resistant to diet or exercise, liposuction is an ideal minimally invasive procedure that uses small cannulas to remove fatty deposits from the face and body. Liposuction helps reduce saddlebags, love handles and remove fat from the tummy and other areas of the body to help you have a better proportioned and slimmer figure.

You can expect to have the most swelling 48 hours after the liposuction procedure, but some patients experience very little swelling or bruising. Most patients only require over-the-counter pain medications for pain or discomfort. After three weeks, you can resume all activities. You will need to wear a compression garment for four weeks after surgery to help your skin retract.

If you’re ready to explore your options to look your best yet this summer, contact our office today at (908) 879-2222 to schedule a consultation.


What to expect from breast lift surgery

Pregnancy, nursing, weight changes, aging and gravity all take their toll on a woman’s breasts. If you’ve noticed your breasts have lost their elasticity, firmness and shape, then a breast lift may be right for you. Here are some fast facts about what you can expect from breast lift surgery:

 

You’ll need transportation. A breast lift is an outpatient surgery that takes about 1-3 hours. You’ll need someone to drive you to and from your surgery and to stay for you the first night following surgery. This is because you have had anesthesia and will be tired and need monitoring.

 

Your surgeon will help you determine the incision pattern. Each patient is unique. The size and shape of your breasts, the size and position of each areola, the degree of sagging and the quality of the skin, amount of skin and elasticity all factor into which incision pattern and technique is used during your surgery.

 

There are three common incision patterns, all of which begin by encircling each areola. The lollipop-shape incision goes around each areola and vertically down to the breast crease. The anchor-shaped pattern starts by going around each areola, vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally along the crease.

 

The breasts are lifted reshaped to create a more youthful appearance. Underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to improve contour and firmness. Areolae may be reduced around the perimeter if they are large to be more balanced with the breast size and shape, and the nipple and areola are repositioned. Excess breast skin is removed, and remaining skin is tightened before incisions are closed with sutures, skin adhesives or surgical tape.

 

You’ll see immediate results. You will be able to see results immediately after surgery. As swelling subsides and scars begin to fade, you’ll continue to see results improve.

 

You can retain long-term results with proper care. Your breasts will continue to change due to aging and gravity, but the results of surgery are long-lasting. You can maintain your look longer if you follow a healthy lifestyle and maintain your weight. Too much weight gain or loss can negatively impact the appearance.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about a breast lift and if you’re a good candidate for this surgery, call us at (908) 879-2222 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein.


Frequently asked questions about male breast reduction

Male Breast Reduction New JerseyIf you suffer from gynecomastia, which is when the male breast exhibits abnormal enlargement, then male breast reduction may be the solution for you. Here are some of the more common questions patients ask about this surgical procedure:

What is male breast reduction surgery?

Also known as gynecomastia surgery or reduction mammaplasty, male breast reduction surgery is the surgical correction of overdeveloped or enlarged breasts in men, reducing breast size and flattening and enhancing the chest contours.

What causes gynecomastia?

The causes of abnormally large breasts in men include congenital, developmental, hormonal or medication- or drug-related. The most common cause seen in practice is the use of bulking-up compounds that contain steroids, which influence the abnormal production of estrogens responsible for increasing male breast size. The second most common cause is drug-related. Marijuana, heroin, methadone, amphetamines and prescription drugs turn on estrogen production. Other causes include renal failure, liver failure, starvation, alcohol abuse, loss of testicles, abnormal thyroid hormone production, pituitary abnormalities, adrenal gland abnormalities, HIV and stress.

Who is a good candidate for surgery?

Men who are good candidates for male breast reduction are those whose condition cannot be corrected through more conservative medical treatments. Men who are healthy, nonsmokers and non-drug users with no serious illnesses or medical conditions are good candidates. Candidates are also physically healthy and close to their normal weight.

Can adolescents have male breast reduction surgery?

Surgery is ideal for men whose breast development has stabilized, but adolescents may benefit from surgery. Secondary procedures may be needed in the future if breast development continues.

How is surgery performed?

Surgery can be performed in a number of ways. Liposuction alone can be used for cases that are the result of excess fatty tissue. An excision technique is recommended for men whose glandular breast tissue or excess skin must be removed to correct the problem. The areola can be reduced or repositioned to a more natural contour. Sometimes surgery consists of liposuction and excision to achieve optimal results.

Men who suffer from abnormal breast enlargement do not have to suffer from this condition. To learn more about male breast reduction, please call (908) 879-2222 for a consultation


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