Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation for Fast ResultsBlog, Botox, Injectables on October 18, 2013
A “non-surgical rejuvenation” or “liquid facelift” can mean different things to different people. In most cases, these terms refer to the injection of dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, and sometimes neuromodulators like Botox, into the face to add volume and smooth wrinkles and creases. This treatment is ideal for someone who is not ready to commit to a facelift yet.
When comparing the youthful face with one that has experienced advanced aging, one notices a lack of fullness. The youthful face is smooth and well rounded, whereas the older face shows deep creases and sunken areas in the cheeks and below the eyes. Bands in the neck can also appear. Fillers can help to soften a person’s appearance and restore the fullness that has faded. With certain fillers, the effects can last for approximately one to two years. A liquid facelift is not a permanent solution for the aging face, but this may or may not be a benefit depending on the patient’s goals.
Double Jaw Surgery Can be DangerousBlog, New Jersey plastic surgery on August 18, 2013
Currently in South Korea, there has been an increase in Double-jaw surgery. It could become a worldwide radical cosmetic facial beauty fad given its growth popularity. According to specialists who carry out this procedure, it is an extremely invasive surgical procedure fraught with risk and the promise of a much better appearance.
The surgical procedure usually is performed for medically sound reasons: to correct a facial deformity or serious overbite or underbite, which can impede normal chewing of food, for example. Doctors consider it a radical medical solution. Around 52 percent of people who have had it done have experienced complications. An increasing number of South Koreans, however, are choosing double jaw surgery for cosmetic reasons alone. They want to change the entire bone structure of the face in order to achieve a dramatically new look.
The surgery involves extensive bone cutting and realignment of the upper and lower jawline. Patients who have had the procedure endured pain as well as surgical misalignments. The recovery period is much longer compared to less invasive cosmetic surgeries such as a full cosmetic facelift.
In some cases, double-jaw surgery patients reported facial numbness and even paralysis. Others experienced difficulty chewing food where there was no difficulty before. At least one patient had complications so severe that it drove her to suicide.
As a medical procedure, double-jaw surgery is serious business. For those "shopping" around for a plastic surgeon or planning a "medical vacation" in a foreign country to have double jaw surgery for cosmetic reasons on the cheap, think twice and consult first with a qualified facial cosmetic surgeon closer to home.
Benefits of Facial Liposuction TreatmentBlog, Botox on August 4, 2013
The Benefits of Facial Liposuction
As we get older, just about everything begins to droop and sag: the skin of the arms, the buttocks, the face, chin, cheeks, and jowls. Slowly, the fat begins to pile on in spite of our best efforts to keep the pounds off with diet and high-impact aerobic exercise. The urge to throw in the towel can be overwhelming at times. Fortunately, there is facial liposuction, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes excess fat from the jawline, cheeks, and face for a more youthful appearance with little downtime.
The benefits of facial liposuction are many. Perhaps the greatest benefit is the improved self-image and satisfaction of having a thinner looking jawline and improved facial contours. Droopy jowls can be a powerful source of self-consciousness, making one appear and feel older than he or she may actually be.
Facial liposuction is a low-risk procedure during which the plastic surgeon makes small incisions on the skin. A thin, tube-shaped "canulla" is then inserted through the incisions and the facial fat is then extracted through the canulla. The procedure involves minimal pain and scarring and the recovery time is around three to six months. The results promise sleeker, more toned looking skin, smoother jowls, and a better overall appearance. Even better, the results are permanent and there is little risk of infection and no need for making extensive incisions.
Facial liposuction can be combined with other facial cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections as well as personal weight-loss programs and diet regimens. Facial fat is not easy to get rid of with diet and exercise alone. Sometimes, a skilled plastic surgeon is just what the doctor ordered.
Botox Popular Among MenBlog, Botox, Injectable Fillers on July 22, 2013
That ever-popular injectable Botox has worked its way into the hearts and minds of an increasing number of men who have discovered its power to smooth away facial lines and wrinkles. In 2012, Americans spent $11 billion on cosmetic procedures. Nearly 400,000 were men who received Botox injections to make themselves appear younger and more vital.
In fact, Botox use among men has increased by an eye-opening 258 percent over the past decade. No longer is Botox the preferred injectable among women. Men are making a big wrinkle in the market and breaking the stigma that Botox is for women only.
The weak state of the economy has a lot to do with the trend. Men in general have always held stressful jobs. Once, they were the sole bread-winner. Those days are long gone, and men in their 40s, 50s and 60s now find themselves in the challenging position of having to struggle to hold onto a job, or finding a new job in a highly competitive and youth-oriented market.
Botox – or Brotox, as some now call it – has given these middle- and late-career men a welcome shot in the arm. They appear younger, more relaxed, self-confident, and less “angry” as a result of stress-related frown lines thanks to Botox.
Men also have found that Botox injections are fast, effective, and can be done on the cheap. Some clinics now claim at least 40 percent of their Botox clients are men. What this says about the cosmetic industry in general is that it is no longer a “women’s club.”
Men are now joining in droves hoping to look and feel better – and younger – in the process.
Recycle Unwanted Fat? – New Jersey Fat TransferBlog, Breast Augmentation, Fat Transfer on May 31, 2013
Imagine the possibility of creating a more youthful appearance but without surgery or targeted injections of costly and repeated artificial fillers. Look no further than those unwanted jiggly love handles or belly flab.
Recycling Your Own Fat
Using your own body fat in a fat transfer procedure is probably one of the best ways to add volume to your face, cheeks, or jawline minus the risk of complications associated with invasive surgical procedures or synthetic injectables. The technique of harvesting one’s own unwanted fat cells and then implanting them in more desirable areas of the body is not a new one. And because body fat is in abundant supply in most individuals, the lipid pump is always primed, so to speak.
A qualified plastic surgeon will extract fat cells from the patient’s abdomen, sides, or thighs, using an aspiration technique similar to liposuction. The fat cells have a limited lifespan so are then kept temporarily in a syringe and then re-injected into the desired area, for instance the patient’s breasts or areas of the face to build fullness and volume.
Even though the patient ultimately benefits from the use of their own body tissue to enhance another area of the body, “perfect” results cannot always be expected. There is a chance that some of the fat cells will not “take”. Those that do will develop their own blood supply and re-establish themselves in the desired location.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons advises that while complication rates associated with fat recycling and transfer are not “unduly” high, there is a risk of infection, bleeding, or volume loss due to fat cells not taking root. The positive flip side to the coin is that the fat cells that do take up residence, do so on a long-term if not permanent basis, and the positive results will remain true to form for years to come.
Facelift versus Mini-FaceliftBlog on April 23, 2013
The answer to this question is not about the surgery but about understanding the terminology. A facelift is an operation that will lift from the lower cheek down to the neck. In our practice a facelift always includes a full necklift but does not lift the eyes or eyebrows. There are really only two types of adequate facelifts; the deep plane facelift and the SMAS facelift, both of which provide excellent improvement of the neck, jawline and lower face. In our practice we only perform deep plane facelifts and we have extensive videos explaining why on our website.
A minilift is really a completely different operation which limits the surgery to pulling on the skin and often produces short lived results. Unfortunately, it is common to give a sexy name like lifestyle lift to a minilift to give the impression that there is something unique or special that other surgeons don’t have. Thread lifts, like minilifts, are attractive to patients because they seem to be a less invasive procedure but have the same problem, once the swelling is gone in a few months there is often very little improvement. You can often get realistic expectation for a procedure by going to a website like Realself.com, where patients will tell their own experiences with procedures and doctors.
Laser ProceduresBlog, Laser Procedures on February 7, 2013
There are so many different lasers out there with such great names as “restore” or “repair” that the prospective patient can become overwhelmed. Where is the best place to start? I would suggest that healthy skepticism is the most important first step. Common sense suggests that if there was one treatment that was really great, all doctors would be flocking to offer it, which is not the case.
Here is a fact to fuel your skepticism. In order for these devices to get FDA approval, they do not have to be tested on patients; they only need to prove that they are similar to other devices that are already FDA approved. You can be one of the first hundred patients that the device is being used on without even knowing it and your doctor does not have to disclose this. I once spent $150,000 on a laser and I knew in the back of my mind that I needed to do four procedures a month to cover the lease. Expensive devices can create a conflict of interest for the doctor.
What is a patient to do? Ask Questions
How many of the procedure has the doctor done?
How satisfied are the patients?
What happens if I am dissatisfied with the result (charges for second procedures)?
Can you show me before and after pictures of a patient who is in the same condition and had the proposed treatment by the doctor (after all you are paying the doctor for their skill and experience)?
What are the potential complications (every procedure has potential complications – if the doctor says there are none you should run)?
These can be hard to ask but it is much better to protect yourself up front than deal with a complication that you never dreamed could happen.
Does natural breast augmentation have long term results?Blog, Natural Breast Augmentation on July 8, 2012
Are there any long-term studies on breast augmentation with fat transfer? Are there any women who have had the procedure done years ago and still have results?
Natural breast augmentation with fat is a relatively new procedure and is just now starting to gain popularity so there are no long term studies. Based on our very long experience with facial fat transfers we believe that we will achieve the same kind of long term success with breast. There are a number of studies which address the safety of fat transfer to breast in breast reconstructive surgery after mastectomy and it has proven to be a safe and effective treatment in these studies.
Should I get regular or natural breast augmentation?Blog, Natural Breast Augmentation on July 7, 2012
I’ve always been interested in breast augmentation but I’ve never taken the plunge because I really just want my breasts slightly enhanced. Would natural breast augmentation with fat be a better option for me?
The advantage of fat augmentation is that it is your own tissue and feels completely natural; there are no incisions and a short recovery. A patient seeking more subtle enhancement or fullness is an excellent candidate for this procedure.
What exactly is a stem cell facelift?Blog, Facelift, Fat Transfer on July 6, 2012
I’m very interested in the stem cell facelift but I’m also very confused by the difference between it and fat transfer. Does the technique involve concentrated stem cells? Are the results different or just the longevity?
Many doctors market fat transfers improperly as “stem cell facelifts”. It is possible to enhance the fat transfer using either fat or blood derived stem cells. This is experimental work and there are no demonstrated benefits. The stem cells seem to have a life span of about 2 weeks during which they produce chemicals which may help the fat graft survive. There is no evidence to support any claims regarding skin rejuvenation from stem cells.