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Common questions about nose surgery

Rhinoplasty New JerseyNose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is a popular plastic surgery procedure, with nearly 220,000 performed each year in the United States. If you’re unhappy with the size, shape or function of your nose, you may have thought about nose surgery. Here are some frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty:

What are good reasons to have a rhinoplasty? The appearance of the natural nose, sustaining a sports injury or accident that affected the nose, or even structural problems with the nose that affect your sleep and quality of life are why people seek this surgical procedure.

What is done during the surgery? The procedure takes about 1-2 hours. Incisions are made at the base of nose or inside nostrils. The bone and cartilage are sculpted into the desired shape. If nostrils are too wide, small wedges of skin are removed at the base to bright the nostrils closer together. Humps are removed with a chisel, nasal bones brought together to form a more narrow bridge. Cartilage may be trimmed to reshape the tip of the nose. The septum can be trimmed to improve the angle between the upper lip and nose. After everything is stitched up, a splint is placed to help the nose maintain the new shape as you heal.

What is recovery like? Recovery from rhinoplasty can be uncomfortable but not too painful. The Initially after surgery, your nose will be tender, your face will feel puffy and you may have a headache, but all can be controlled by pain medicine. Swelling and bruising around your eyes will be the worst for the first three days. After 1-2 weeks, dressings, stitches and splints will be removed. A smaller splint will be applied to further protect the nose for the next few weeks.

When will I be able to go back to work? Most patients are up and moving in two days. You can return to sedentary work after a week or so. Avoid strenuous activity for three weeks. You will need to avoid rubbing or hitting your nose and being gentle when you wash your face or wear makeup.

Our 3D imaging system can show you what the final results will look like so you can determine what’s best for you. Contact our office today at (908) 879-2222 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein and learn more about nose surgery.


How Botox and dermal fillers can help you achieve a more youthful appearance

Cosmetic injectables are increasingly popular non-surgical treatments that can restore lost volume to the face, smooth lines, and wrinkles, soften creases and enhance facial contours. Here is some more information about injectables that help rejuvenate and enhance your natural beauty.

Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin

There are two different types of wrinkles – dynamic and static. Static is continuously visible wrinkles that are treated with dermal fillers. Dynamic wrinkles form due to muscle contractions under the skin caused by facial movements such as smiling, furrowing the brow and squinting and are best treated with injectables including Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. All three are biological toxins that have been transformed into therapeutic agents used to treat crow’s feet, anger lines, lip lines and more. It takes about three days to fully work, with results lasting three to six months.

Radiesse

FDA-approved to treat moderate-to-severe static wrinkles, folds, and creases around the nose and mouth, Radiesse is a go-to treatment Dr. Weinstein has been using for more than 25 years. Composed of microspheres made of calcium hydroxylapatite in a water-based gel, Radiesse stimulates the production of collagen when it’s injected into lines and wrinkles to add volume. The treatment only takes about 15 minutes to perform, with immediate results lasting up to a year.

Restylane

Using a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in your skin, Restylane is an FDA-approved treatment used to add volume and fullness to the face to correct facial wrinkles and nasolabial folds. It’s also effective in improving lipstick lines, which is the area below the nose and above the upper lip, the outer corners of the mouth and marionette lines, which is the area that extends from the corners of the mouth to the jawline.

Juvederm, Bolotero, and Voluma

Also using hyaluronic acid, fillers such as Juvederm are injected around the mouth to reduce wrinkles and soften deep folds, restoring facial contours for a more youthful appearance. Juvederm Voluma is great for adding volume to the cheek area. Juvederm and Bolotero can also be used to restore fuller lips.

Dermal fillers can be used in combination with Botox to help you achieve the youthful appearance you desire. If you’d like to learn about all the non-surgical ways to improve your appearance, call (908) 879-2222 today for a consultation.


7 things you need to know about buttock and outer-thigh lifts

Aging, significant weight loss, and even genetics can cause the buttocks and thighs to sag. Often a healthy diet and exercise program can’t tighten, firm and contour this area as well as lift procedures. Here are seven things you should know about buttock and outer-thigh lifts.

Ideal candidates are in good health. You should also avoid smoking and have realistic expectations about outcomes from the procedure.

A buttock lift and outer-thigh lift are often performed together. Although the procedures can be done separately, patients often find the buttocks and thighs have the same issues.

The incisions are made in places that scars can be easily hidden. The buttock lift incision is made across the top of the buttocks from one hip bone to the other, low enough to be concealed by underwear or a bikini. For the outer-thigh lift, the incision is made in the groin area. Though they will be visible, the scars will fade over time.

Liposuction may be performed. During the procedures, excess skin and fat are removed. Support sutures are placed deep within the underlying tissue, while skin is then redraped around the new contours. Incisions are closed with sutures. Patients are usually required to wear compression garments to reduce swelling and speed up the healing process.

The lift procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis. The lift is done under general anesthesia. Most patients can leave after the effects of the anesthesia have worn off, while some patients may have to stay overnight.

Swelling, soreness and bruising can last for up to a month. This is typical for recovery, but pain can be controlled with medication. Most people can return to work and regular, non-strenuous activities after about two weeks, but must avoid strenuous activities for four weeks or longer.

They are not weight-loss procedures. This is performed only on those who are not significantly overweight. After the procedures, the buttocks and outer thighs have trimmer contours, and the skin is tighter and smoother. Surgical results are long-lasting.

If you want to learn more about buttock and outer-thigh lifts to improve the contour of your lower body and give it a more youthful appearance, call our office at (908) 879-2222 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein.


5 common reasons women get breast augmentation

Larry Weinstein MD FACSEveryone who has ever considered breast augmentation has her own deeply personal reasons for doing so. Research shows that women often experience a huge boost in confidence following the life-changing procedure. With more than 300,000 surgeries performed in the United States each year, breast augmentation surgery continues to be the top cosmetic procedure.

Here are some common reasons why women go under the knife for larger, fuller breasts:

  1. You’ve lost a lot of weight or just finished nursing. Breasts often droop or get smaller after pregnancy and nursing or after you’ve lost significant weight not related to childbirth. Breast augmentation with or without lift would be ideal to boost shape and volume and help you achieve the look you desire.
  2. Your breasts aren’t the same size. So many things can affect breast symmetry. Trauma, puberty and hormonal changes can affect the size or volume of a woman’s breasts, causing one to be larger than the other.
  3. You believe your breasts are too small. Macromastia describes the post-pubertal underdevelopment of a woman’s breast tissue. There’s no true definition of this medical condition as the definition of “small” varies with each person. Breast implants can help improve confidence and self-image for women who perceive their breasts to be too small.
  4. You’ve had mastectomy surgery. As part of their cancer treatment, many women opt for breast reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy or double mastectomy. This is typically a two-stage surgery. During the first procedure, the surgeon places a tissue expander under the skin and slowly fills it with saline over time to help ready the chest tissue for the implant several months after the mastectomy, which is the second stage of reconstruction surgery.
  5. You want to look younger. With age often comes sagging, and breasts appear smaller. Breast augmentation with a lift can help give you a more youthful look.

Breast augmentation surgery can help you gain more confidence and boost self-esteem. But it’s important to do your research and decide to do this surgery for you – no one else. If you’re ready to discuss getting larger, fuller breasts in the New Year, call (908) 879-2222 for a comprehensive consultation.


4 things to know before getting a tummy tuck

Larry Weinstein MD FACSYou exercise. You eat right. But even that strict diet can’t help with loose, sagging skin around the abdomen. If you’ve been wanting a flat and toned abdomen, consider starting the New Year with a new you by consulting with Dr. Weinstein about a tummy tuck. Here are a few things you should know before getting this popular cosmetic surgery:

A tummy tuck can boost body image

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is the best way to remove excess skin from the abdomen area after weight loss or pregnancy. The surgeon also tightens the fascia surrounding the muscles along the abdominal wall during this time.

A tummy tuck is not an alternative to weight loss

It’s ideal for women who are done with childbearing and want to tighten abdominal muscles and reduce skin. It’s also suitable for men and women who are in good health and have lost a significant amount of weight but still have excess fat or loose skin around their belly. If you are planning on losing a substantial amount of weight or becoming pregnant, you will want to wait to get a tummy tuck.

A tummy tuck can be done in combination with other cosmetic procedures

Liposuction may be done at the same time as a tummy tuck because it removes fat while a tummy tuck removes skin. A “Mommy Makeover,” is a combination of breast, hip and tummy procedures, including breast augmentation with or without lift, breast reduction, liposuction and tummy tuck. This all-in-one procedure is popular because it offers one recovery time instead of individual recoveries.

It may take a while to get back to feeling like your old self. A tummy tuck is a major surgery

If you are in good physical condition, you will find recovery is much faster. Some people can return to work in just two weeks, while others return to work in three or four weeks. Exercise will help you recover and heal faster by reducing the chance of blood clots, toning your muscles and reducing swelling. Just make sure you ease into it and avoid vigorous exercise until cleared by the surgeon.

Tummy tuck results can be life-changing and last a long time if you exercise and eat a balanced diet. If you’re ready to learn more about having a tummy tuck and other procedures to help you look and feel your best, contact our office today at (908) 879-2222 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein.


5 Things You May Not Know about Breast Reduction Surgery

Large breasts can be a big problem for many women, impacting health and self-image. Breast reduction is a procedure growing in popularity, helping women feel more confident and comfortable by reducing significant volume and weight in the breast area. Breast reduction can impact your life in several positive ways. Here are a few things you may not know about this life-changing procedure:

  1. It has one of the highest satisfaction rates.

Disproportionately large breasts (macromastia) can cause chronic back, shoulder and neck pain, contribute to poor posture and get in the way of an active lifestyle. Bra straps dig into shoulders and leave indentations. Breast reduction patients are some of the happiest and most satisfied patients because they feel so much more comfortable and functional. Many patients go on to do well in exercise programs because they feel so much better with that weight and volume removed.

  1. Surgery can be performed in several ways.

A breast reduction procedure can either be performed in a hospital with an overnight stay or as an outpatient procedure in an ambulatory setting. The best procedure option for you will depend on your medical history, thorough exam and desired outcome.

  1. You’ll want to avoid strenuous activity for about a month or longer.

The surgery only takes a few hours, but you’ll want to take at least a week off from work after surgery to recover. Some may need more time than that based on their situation. You’ll also have follow-up appointments with your surgeon to remove stitches and bandages.

  1. You get a breast lift at the same time.

During a breast reduction, your surgeon will remove excess tissue and skin and move the nipples up in a position to give them a lift, so naturally, you get a breast lift at the same time.

  1. Insurance may cover your surgery.

If you’re having physical problems like back and neck pain, some insurance companies will cover part or all of the cost of surgery. You will need to work with your surgeon’s office to gather and send all the information necessary to your insurance company for approval, which could take a month.

To learn more about breast reduction and Dr. Weinstein’s techniques for a near pain-free recovery, call (908) 879-2222 for a consultation.


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