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How do cosmetic fillers work to rejuvenate your appearance?

Botox is the most recognizable name when it comes to cosmetic injections, but it’s not effective on all types of wrinkles. While Botox works best on dynamic wrinkles—which are wrinkles that appear in the skin over a contracting muscle—it isn’t effective on static wrinkles. These wrinkles are caused by aging, sun damage and the loss of collagen production in the body. That’s when cosmetic fillers step in and can help patients achieve a more youthful appearance.

Read on to learn more about cosmetic fillers and how they work.

  • Cosmetic fillers are injectables that increase volume, enhance contours and temporarily smooth out wrinkles in the skin.
  • Cosmetic fillers such as Juvederm, Voluma and Bolotero are made of a gel hyaluronic acid, cartilage-like substance that act like “liquid face lifts.
  • Bolotero and Juvederm are used to augment or plump lips.
  • Juvederm Plus is ideal for nasolabial folds, which are the indentation lines on both sides of the mouth that extend from the bottom edge of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth.
  • Bolotero works well on fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Voluma is ideal for filling out the cheeks as it has the highest viscosity gel available.
  • You can combine dermal fillers with neurotoxins like Botox to achieve the youthful appearance you desire
  • Dermal fillers have also been used in conjunction with cosmetic procedures to further enhance your results.
  • Dermal filler appointments take minutes, and you are able to return to your regular schedule once you leave the doctor’s office.
  • Side effects are minimal, but may include minor swelling, bruising or redness at the injection site.
  • While results vary depending on the type of filler used, you will see immediate results that continue to improve and last anywhere from a few months to 1-2 years.

There are a number of cosmetic fillers that can help you achieve a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance in just a matter of minutes. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein by calling (908) 879-2222.


Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?

If you have been wanting to get a smoother, firmer abdominal profile, you may have been thinking about whether a tummy tuck is right for you. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and tightens weakened or separated abdominal muscles. Here are some reasons why you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck:

  • You’ve lost a lot of weight and now have an “apron” of loose skin that hangs over your lower abdominal area.
  • You have loose skin and abdominal muscles that need to be tightened after going through pregnancy.
  • You have tried every diet and exercise program and are at or near your ideal weight, yet you still have a “pooch” of loose skin that bothers you.
  • You are in good overall health and at a stable weight.
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations for surgical outcomes.
  • You are a non-smoker.
  • You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen.
  • You understand that a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or a weight-loss program.
  • Even though the results of surgery are technically permanent, you understand that gaining weight can diminish or negate your results.
  • If you are planning on losing a substantial amount of weight or are considering future pregnancies, you should postpone tummy tuck surgery.
  • A tummy tuck may remove or improve the appearance of stretch marks if they are in the areas of the excess skin that will be removed.

The procedure

A tummy tuck requires general anesthesia, so you will be asleep during the entire operation. Depending on whether you have a complete or partial abdominoplasty, the procedure can take two to five hours to complete.

Incisions are made just above the public area and from hip bone to hip bone fur a complete tummy tuck. For a partial tummy tuck, the incision is shorter. In both cases, the healed scar will be hidden by the line of your panty or bikini bottom.

If you’re interested in learning whether you’re a candidate for tummy tuck surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein by calling (908) 879-2222.


How do you treat enlarged breasts in men?

If you are a man with enlarged breasts, you may be refraining from certain physical activities due to emotional distress from having the condition. The overdevelopment of men’s breasts is called gynecomastia, and it’s a condition that can affect men of all ages. Read on to learn more about gynecomastia and how to treat it.

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia affects approximately one out of every two men at some point in their lives. Breasts are made up of fatty and glandular tissue. Gynecomastia consists of excess fatty and glandular tissue and can be present in one or both breasts. Sometimes men have excess breast skin as well.

Causes

Gynecomastia is often caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone, and affects newborns, boys going through puberty and older men. Other causes include genetics, certain types of medication, certain health conditions and weight gain.

Treatment

Weight loss may help somewhat but will rarely alone result in the breast reduction men desire. Reduction mammaplasty is plastic surgery that reduces breast size, improves nipple anatomy and improves chest contours. Liposuction to remove the excess fatty and glandular tissue may be the only thing that’s needed for some patients. Others may need a procedure that involves making an incision around the areola, or the darkened part around the nipple, to remove the nubbin core of breast tissue, suction sculpt surrounding fatty tissue and remove excess skin to lift the areola for a more youthful appearance.

Male breast reduction is an outpatient procedure with local standby or general anesthesia. There is very little downtime required.

Candidates for surgery

If you’ve tried other non-surgical treatments to try to correct your enlarged breasts, you may need surgery. To be considered for surgery, you should be in good physical health, nonsmoking, have a positive outlook, specific goals and realistic expectations for surgical outcomes. It’s important that your breast development has stabilized to avoid future corrective surgery if breasts continue to develop.

If you’re interested in learning more about treatment for gynecomastia, schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein by calling (908) 879-2222.


Could breast augmentation be right for you?

If you are unhappy with the size, shape or proportions of your breast, you may have wondered if breast augmentation would be right for you. It is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures, with more than 300,000 surgeries performed in the United States each year.

Here are some of the many reasons why women choose to get breast implants.

  1. You have abnormally small breasts. Women who have the condition micromastia have disproportionately small breasts because they didn’t develop as expected during puberty. They may feel self-conscious about their disproportionate size. If you have micromastia, breast implants can give you a boost in confidence.
  2. Your breasts are different sizes. If one breast is larger than the other, more than likely hormones, growth spurts during puberty and other factors may be behind asymmetrical breasts. Breast implants can help even out the look and give you more confidence.
  3. Your breasts changed during pregnancy. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can do a number to a woman’s body. Many women find that breasts will droop or sag after pregnancy and nursing. Breast implants can help a woman get her pre-pregnancy breasts back. This surgery is often performed in combination with other body-contouring procedures called a “mommy makeover” to help women get their pre-pregnancy body back.
  4. You’ve lost a significant amount of weight. After pregnancy or unrelated weight loss, women find their breasts have lost their volume, so breast implants give them the size and shape they desire with their new, slimmer curves.
  5. You’ve had breast cancer surgery. If you’ve had a mastectomy, breast reconstruction is often part of breast cancer treatment. This helps women look and feel like they did prior to mastectomy surgery.
  6. You want to boost your self-esteem. Breast augmentation surgery has high patient satisfaction, as having larger, fuller breasts helps women feel more attractive and confident.

If you’re interested in learning whether breast augmentation surgery is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein by calling (908) 879-2222.


6 reasons why you should consider eyelid surgery

If you have tired- or sad-looking eyes, then you may be considering ways to rejuvenate the appearance of your eyes. Also know as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery is an effective way to provide long-lasting results and improve the appearance of your eyes.

Here are six reasons why you should consider eyelid surgery.

  1. You won’t see scars. One of the reasons why this surgery is so popular among men and women alike is the fact that the incisions on upper eyelids can be hidden within the crease of the eyelid, and the scar that remains will fade over time and become hidden. Incisions on the lower eyelid are made below or behind the lash line, which means no visible scarring there as well.
  2. Your eyes are the focal point of your face. Men and women with aging, tired-looking eyes who have good tone in their facial muscles will benefit from eyelid surgery.
  3. You are over the age of 40. Most men and women over the age of 40 can benefit from eyelid surgery since the skin loses its elasticity and firmness as we age, making them look older and tired.
  4. Pain is minimal and recovery is quick. Pain after surgery can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. Cold compresses can help with discomfort and swelling as well. After a week, stitches are removed, at which time many patients will return to work. Any bruising and swelling will continue to subside over the next few weeks, revealing your full results.
  5. It can help with vision. If you have drooping or sagging eyelids, you may not realize how the extra skin hanging over your eyelid is affecting your vision. In addition to cosmetic reasons, many patients turn to eyelid surgery for this functional reason alone.
  6. It has a high patient satisfaction rate. Eyelid surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures because it offers great results with little pain and recovery that isn’t very difficult.

These are just a few of the many reasons why you should consider eyelid surgery. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein by calling (908) 879-2222.


Answering your questions about liposuction

LiposuctionLiposuction is one of the top 10 most common plastic surgery procedures done in the United States each year, and popular among men and women alike. But many people who are interested in liposuction, or liposculpture, still have a lot of questions about the procedure. Here, we take a look at the most common questions.

What areas of the body can be treated by liposuction or liposculpture?

The most common area of the body treated with liposuction is the stomach and waistline since abdominal fat is some of the most resistant to diet and exercise. Other areas include the thighs and knees, hips and buttocks, calves and ankles, upper arms, and even the neck area.

Is liposuction helpful for weight loss?

Liposuction cannot replace proper diet and exercise. It is intended to treat stubborn fat accumulations that aren’t responding to diet and exercise.

Who is an ideal candidate?

Patients who are at or near their ideal weight and have stubborn pockets of fat they want to remove are good candidates. That’s why you don’t want to look at liposuction as a weight-loss solution. You should be in good overall health and have a good outlook and expectations for the outcome.

What can I expect after surgery?

Depending on the areas treated, you can expect to see inches gone from the treatment areas. It may take weeks to see these results as you will have some initial swelling and bruising.

How long is recovery?

You’ll have swelling for about 48 hours after the procedure, which continues to subside. You may only need over-the-counter pain medication to take care of any pain or discomfort. You can result in all activity three weeks after surgery. You’ll have to wear a compression garment for four weeks to help your skin retract after surgery.

How long will results last?

It’s important to follow a healthy diet and proper exercise routine after surgery to maintain and prolong results. If you gain weight, it will be in another area that hasn’t had fat cells removed.

Liposuction can be performed on its own or in combination with other procedures to achieve your desired look. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein by calling (908) 879-2222.


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