Staten Island & NJ Plastic Surgery Articles

First Prize: Breast Implants!

Edison, Warren, and Marlboro - Plastic surgeons in the UK have been holding contests with prizes including any kind of plastic surgery the patient desires. Any UK citizen can enter, and according to this article they need to provide the following:

- Name, age and contact details

- The desired plastic surgery treatment

- Why do you think you should win the cosmetic surgery?

- What is your motivation to undergo the surgery treatment?

- How do you expect the plastic surgery to change your life for the better?

- How long have you been considering plastic surgery?

- Include 1 portrait photo of yourself

- Include at least 2 other detailed photos (front view, side view) of the area where you would like the surgery (i.e. nose, tummy, breasts).

- Provide information about your current health condition (any health difficulties or diseases, allergies, medications, etc.)

Five contestants will win and have their surgery done as soon as possible. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), this behavior is extremely frowned upon. The BAAPS, along with many other organizations, feels it is unethical to hold a competition and promise surgery without developing a doctor-patient relationship first. This includes a full history as well as examination to see if the person is a good candidate. There are also psychological factors in plastic surgery that have to be considered when determining if a patient should undergo surgery. “A consultation is extremely important because it gives the doctor and the patient a chance to build a relationship which will be the basis for the entire plastic surgery process,” says Dr. Shain Cuber, a top plastic surgeon in New Jersey.

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A common surgery that is given away is breast augmentation as stated in the “boob job lottery” article. Once again, it is not easy to simply “give away” breast implants. There are 3 different FDA approved breast implants a patient can choose: Saline, silicone, or gummy bear. Each implant has its benefits and drawbacks and a consultation is vital to picking the correct implant. “Sometimes, the patient will need a breast lift at the same time as implant placement which would be discovered in consultation,” says Dr. Cuber, a breast augmentation specialist in New Jersey. “These things must be discussed before the surgical plan is devised, and that cannot happen when surgery is just given away.”

A surgery such as tummy tuck can have a complex recovery period that a patient might not be willing to undergo. Therefore, winning a simple contest to have a tummy tuck done without talking to the surgeon ahead of time to see what is involved would be a mistake. A good relationship prior to surgery will extend to the post operative period when the patient may have to lean on the surgeon the most.

Rhinoplasty is a complex operation that should not be undertaken by every plastic surgeon. Even if you win a prize to have rhinoplasty, you should be asking “Who is doing it?” and “What are his or her qualifications or experience?” The patient has to be careful in these situations and make sure that the surgeon they won their prize with is the right surgeon for their situation.

The bottom line is that winning plastic surgery as a prize is not a good way of doing things. While everyone likes something for free, a good plastic surgeon almost never gives something away for free, so that should give you some warning right there. There is nothing that can top a great and trusting relationship with your surgeon so that should be the foundation to strive for when it comes to plastic surgery.

Oh No! My Plastic Surgery Looks Horrible – Now What?

Edison, NJ – So you decided to have plastic surgery, but now you realize the results aren’t exactly what you bargained for. What are your options to reverse your cosmetic surgery procedure?

Plastic SurgeryIt may not be as easy as you might think to undo a bad brow lift or other surgical procedure. It takes a highly specialized plastic surgeon to be able to handle revision work, especially if the first procedure might have been performed by a surgeon without as much training.

Let’s talk an eyelid lift procedures first. Patients unhappy with their blepharoplasty need to seek out a highly-trained surgeon for their revision procedure. The eyelid can be a very unforgiving place to work and requires precision to look right.

In some cases, patients may simply need to wait a few months for their results to become more satisfactory as the skin heals properly. But in other cases, a revision surgery might be required.

The first type of revision surgery is to repair an under correction – that is, when a surgeon doesn’t remove enough skin, leaving the patient still looking as if they have baggy, puffy eyes. This type of revision is much easier to accomplish. The surgeon will simply remove the excess skin and fat that were not removed the first time.

Some surgeons may prefer to use a procedure known as a fat transposition lower blepharoplasty. During this type of revision, the excess fat won’t be removed, but rather moved to a new place, specifically the hollows under the eyes.

The most common issue that revision surgeons see after a lower blepharoplasty is called ectropion. This condition occurs when the eyelids pulls the shape of the eye down, removing the oval shape of the eye. (Have you seen Kenny Rogers lately? He’s a great example of someone who could benefit from a revision blepharoplasty!)

On the other hand, a surgeon might overcorrect the area, resulting in an upper blepharoplasty that removed too much skin, making it difficult for a patient to close his or her eyes. If a surgeon was too aggressive, he can injure the muscle that opens and closes the eye. In this case, the patient will require a ptosis repair to have the muscle reconstructed.

Are you unhappy with your facelift and want to correct the damage you think was done? Or did you have a facelift many years ago and now you just need it refreshed? Were you hoping your turkey neck would go away, but instead you’ve been left with it?

The first step to determine if you are a proper candidate for a revision facelift will be an evaluation of your skin. If you’ve already had a lift, chances are your skin will be much thinner than a patient who hasn’t, so it will require special techniques to ensure a proper look after the revision. Your revision to correct your facelift may require new procedures, such as a brow lift, blepharoplasty or fat transfer.

One common issue many revision surgeons see is the result of what is known as a superficial based facelift. This procedure simply tightens the skin, but doesn’t do anything to lift the muscles that support the face. This results in skin that looks too tight and often ugly scarring.

A surgeon performing a revision facelift has his work cut out for him. The tissue underneath the surface of the skin will be saggy, so the surgeon must tighten it, without tightening the outer skin layer.

In some cases, a surgeon may be able to correct the issues that concern the patient with just a midface lift. This works for patients who had their jaw and neck properly tightened, but who still display droopy cheeks.

Did you have lip injections that you now regret? If you had injections with a type of hyaluronic acid, such as Restylane or Juvederm, you won’t need surgery to correct your lips. In most cases, a surgeon can inject an enzyme that will dissolve the filler in just about 2 days.

If you went for a more permanent lip enhancer in the form of a lip implant, you will require surgery to have the implant removed. A good surgeon will place any incisions inside the mouth so there will be no visible scars.

If you require changes to your breast implants or would like them removed, that is also an option. Removing your breast implants is fairly quick and easy, and can typically be done in under an hour.

Likewise, you may want to alter the size or shape of your breasts after an initial surgery. Talk to your revision surgeon about the look you desire, and he will be able to help you find the look you originally had hoped for.

Think you’re alone in being disappointed in a cosmetic procedure’s outcome? The good news is, you aren’t, and even celebrities have had surgeries to reverse procedures that provided less than satisfactory results.

Reality star Heidi Montag made headlines when she completely altered her appearance with a whopping 10 procedures in one day. She realized totally changing her appearance wasn’t all that great after all, and had her breast size reduced.

Actress Denise Richards admitted that she didn’t do her due diligence when selecting a surgeon to perform her breast implant procedure when she was 19. The result? Three more surgeries over the years to correct the first one.

But perhaps the most famous celebrity to endure less than ideal plastic surgery outcomes is actress Tara Reid of American Pie fame. The actress made headlines everywhere after a breast implant procedure and liposuction procedure that left her looking scarred. The star sought out a plastic surgeon to give her a body makeover and restore the confidence she lost.

 

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Can a Cookie Really Make My Breasts Bigger?

Edison, NJ – It’s summertime, which means bathing suit season. Do you look down and wish you had something more to flaunt at the pool or beach?

Breast AugmentationBigger breasts are a common desire for women, and some will go to great lengths to get the figure they’ve always wanted. And now there is a Japanese import that claims it can increase breast size simply by eating a cookie.

F Cup Cookies claim to be a natural breast enhancement product from Japan that will increase the size of a woman’s breasts. The cookies contain 50 milligrams of Pueraria Mirifica, also known as Kwao Krua. The plant is found in Thailand and Myanmar.

The supplement has been touted by cosmetic companies as an all-natural answer to not only increase breast size without cosmetic surgery, but also to improve hair growth, increase appetite and several others. Companies promote the plant’s phytoestrogens, isoflavones and various fatty acids and plant sterols as the answer to small breasts.

Women who use the supplement are told they will experience breast enlargement and breast firmness with regular use.

“Quite frankly, we don’t advise the use of supplements such as these,” says Dr. Shain Cuber, a top plastic surgeon who regularly performs breast augmentations. “While companies spout amazing benefits without side effects or the inconvenience of surgery, often times these are overstated. Typically, there is very little, if any, scientific study used to determine if these products work and if they are safe. And many of them may cause interactions with other medications patients may take. Just because it is an all-natural alternative, that doesn’t automatically make it safe.”

While estrogen does play an important role in breast growth, non-human forms of estrogen, even in more concentrated doses, have not been found to have an effect on the size of a woman’s bust line.

The only sure, and safe, way to increase your breast size is through breast augmentation with a reputable and experienced surgeon.

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I Don’t Like My New Nose – Now What?

Nose SurgeryEdison, NJ – Some patients undergo plastic surgery, only to realize the results they desired weren’t achieved. For others, new issues pop up over time. For both of these populations, a revision rhinoplasty may be appropriate.

What is a revision rhinoplasty? Quite simply, it is an additional nose job procedure that has the purpose of correcting the form or function of a previous surgery. Patients seek out this procedure to correct issues that weren’t fixed in their previous surgery, or to correct new issues that have occurred since the original surgery.

Revision rhinoplasty, as with any surgery, begins with a thorough consultation during which the surgeon will interview the patient to discuss his or her desires as well as his or her previous procedure. The surgeon will also do an extensive evaluation of the nose and facial balance of a patient.

“We take great care during these consultations with revision patients,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, one of the best plastic surgeons in NJ. “We take great pains to evaluate the anatomy of the nose. Then and only then can we create a realistic surgery plan with our patient.”

It is very important that patients choose a skilled surgeon for every surgery, but especially for a revision surgery. The anatomy of the nose is very intricate, and once surgeons begin working on a revision case, they often find them more difficult due to scar tissue. In re-do nose jobs, surgeons often find the cartilage of the nose has been overresected, so the nose will have to be built back up using the patient’s own cartilage.

“My goal is to always give my patients a natural looking nose,” says Dr. Miller. “But we often have our work cut out for us during these re-do procedures. It is a delicate balance to give an already operated on nose the natural look the patient desires, along with the improved function the patient needs.”

Any good nose job takes into account both form and function. That means you have to carefully choose a surgeon who will not only make your nose look harmonious to the rest of your face, but can also ensure it works properly. A new, beautiful nose means very little if one can’t also breathe through it properly.

Dr. Miller and Dr. Elliot Heller are skilled plastic surgeons who are adept in repairing the noses of patients who experienced less than satisfactory results from their first surgery. They understand the intricate anatomy of the nose and are able to skillfully help patients realize their cosmetic surgery visions.

As with any surgery, it is important that the physician take the time to discuss the procedure thoroughly with his patients, and is able to help them have a realistic idea of what they can expect after surgery.
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What Can Be Done to Minimize Scarring After Surgery?

Edison, NJ – You’ve made the decision to undergo plastic surgery and have carefully done your research to choose a doctor who can provide beautiful results. But did you think to ask your surgeon how he can help you to minimize scarring after your surgery?

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“One myth surrounding cosmetic surgery is that you’ll look younger with no evidence of scars to show for it,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a top plastic surgeon. “While all good surgeons go to great lengths to minimize the amount of scarring that will be seen, the truth is, as in every surgery, there might be some slight scarring. However, patients can follow some advice to minimize that scarring.”

Any cut in the skin will result in a scar because that’s how the body helps the skin heal. The deeper the cut, the more visible the scar will most likely be. The larger and deeper the incision, the longer it will take to heal. Bigger incisions also take longer because when you move, it will be exposed to more stress. So an incision from say a tummy tuck will take longer to heal than one from a nose job in most cases.

There are other issues that you have no control over that can affect how your skin scars after your facelift or other procedure. For instance, people of certain races are more prone to scarring than others. African Americans are more prone to raised scars, and people with extremely fair skin will find that their scars are more visible against their light skin.

Older patients might see that their scars are less visible because the imperfections we develop naturally over time can help conceal them. Genetics also play a role in scarring, so if your family members have a tendency to scar greatly, discuss this with your surgeon before proceeding so he can determine how to best minimize that scarring.

There are several factors you can control while you are recuperating from your breast augmentation, however. If you’re a smoker, quit well before your planned surgery. Smoking not only increases your odds of developing a scar, it also impedes the healing process, meaning those scars will also take longer to heal completely.

Eat a nutritious diet that is rich in protein. Lean protein can help aid the skin in healing faster. Likewise, avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages as they can dry out the skin.

Did you know that if you are overweight your skin might be more likely to scar more heavily? This is because the fat layers under the skin can prevent the surgeon from making a seamless incision. Before surgery, it is helpful to maintain an ideal weight.

“Perhaps the most important thing we stress to patients, though, is to be sure to listen to and follow all after care instructions given by your surgeon,” says Dr. Miller. “Rest for the entire time period he or she indicates and follow all wound care instructions precisely. Properly caring for your incision is essential to helping minimize scarring. This includes recognizing the signs of infection immediately and visiting your doctor as soon as you see these signs.”

If you’re concerned about scarring after your surgery, have a discussion with your surgeon before the surgery takes place. He or she can take care to place incisions in less noticeable locations, or in places that can easily be hidden. Together, you can ensure you leave surgery looking and feeling better, and with the least amount of scarring possible.

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New Jersey State Tax Abolished

Edison, Warren and Marlboro, NJ - The good news for everyone in New Jersey is that the state tax on cosmetic surgery is officially gone! In the past few years patients undergoing cosmetic surgery in New Jersey have been required to pay a mandatory tax on elective surgery. New Jersey plastic surgeons felt that this was an unfair practice when the state passed a law requiring elective plastic surgery services to be taxed back in 2004. No other state in the country levies a tax for any sort of medical procedure. But finally, according to NJ division of taxation, two years ago it decreased from six percent to four percent and last year it went down to 2%. On July 1, 2014 it ultimately disappeared.

No one actually likes taxes, but this tax which was thought to be more for the wealthy residents of the state, actually turned out to be a tax for the middle class. “Most of the plastic surgery we perform is on regular people, and it was not fair for them to pay tax on a procedure that is not taxed anywhere else in the nation,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a top plastic surgeon in New Jersey. It was noted that the tax brought in only minimal revenue for the state so it was eventually repealed.

This is particularly happy news for the many patients that have decided to travel to a neighboring state such as New York or Pennsylvania to avoid the tax. Traveling for surgery is quite inconvenient for New Jersey residents and can result in lost business for NJ plastic surgeons.  Going out of state entails traveling a distance, possibly staying overnight with an added expense of a hotel room, and having to drive for post operative care. “I had many people ask if their surgery could be done in New York to avoid the sales tax,” says Dr. Miller who also specializes in rhinoplasty in New Jersey.  Since the tax has now expired, more patients should be able to stay in New Jersey for their plastic surgery. Even the Society of Plastic Surgery weighed in as being against the tax stating that it was discriminatory against women since women get the bulk of plastic surgery.

The removal of the state tax is a savings for patients. For example, a patient undergoing a breast augmentation in 2012 had to pay an extra $390.00 for tax on a surgery costing $6500.  This was a significant cost to the patient that would often times make them think twice about surgery. But now, the extra money a patient had to pay for tax can now stay in the patient’s pocket. New Jersey is one the most highly taxed states in the nation, so the middle class, which undergoes the bulk of plastic surgery will really appreciate the added relief for their surgery cost.

So if you have been irritated about the extra tax you would have to pay, whether it is for that Botox injection or a big surgery like a tummy tuck, you can now be happy that New Jersey has actually removed a tax – something almost unheard of in New Jersey – so take advantage of it.

Considerations Before a Breast Procedure

Fotolia_66541130_XS-200x300Edison, N.J. – When you look in the mirror or try on clothes, do you feel something is missing from your figure? Now that it’s swim suit season, you may be even more self-conscious about the size of your breasts. But before you make the plunge to bigger breasts, there are some things you should keep in mind.

“The first step is understanding what breast augmentation can and can’t do,” says Dr. Shain Cuber. “Through breast augmentation, we can increase the fullness of your breasts to balance your figure and increase your self-confidence. This procedure does not correct severely drooping breasts, however. For that, you would need to consider a breast lift, which can be performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation if you’re looking to add volume and correct sagging.”

There are many other things to consider before deciding to have the procedure, says the plastic surgeon in N.J. For instance, when you visited plastic surgeons, did you ask to see before and after photos of patients with physiques similar to yours? Ask your surgeon to show you photos of patients who look similar to you so you can see what different cup size additions might look like on you. This can help you get a realistic idea of what you might look like after your surgery.

Finding photos simply of “afters” that you like might not be helpful to you because the patient may have started out with a completely different physique than you, so the doctor was able to achieve different results than he might be able to achieve with you.

Looking at before and after photos will also give you an idea of the physician’s skill level, as well as ensuring that the physician can provide the look you have in mind.

“I always encourage my patients to think outside of cup size,” says Dr. Cuber. “You may think the ideal breast size is a 36C, but I prefer to talk to my patients in terms of proportion and the end result they’d like to achieve, rather than getting caught up in a certain cup size. That’s why we work together to determine the correct size that will help you feel more confident in your clothes by taking into considerations all factors, including your body shape, height and weight.”

When making the decision for fuller breasts, it’s important to think about who you are. That may sound silly to you, but it’s an important conversation to have with your surgeon. For instance, if you want to look great in a bathing suit or cocktail dress, but don’t want to add unwanted attention in say your work attire, that’s important to convey to our surgeon. If you’re an athlete, consider what impact large breasts will have on your physical routine.

It’s also important to consider the future. Remember, these breasts will be your breasts for years to come, so maybe at the age of 22 you like the idea of very large breasts. But will you still at 32 or 42? As you age, you may have issue with sagging and over the years, your back can hurt from too much weight in front. When considering implants, remember that biggest isn’t always best.

Many patients also find it helpful to bring in their spouse, partner, or a trusted friend or relative to help them decide the right size. Bringing in someone who knows you well can help you find the size that will best fit your lifestyle and personality.

But be sure that you are choosing the size that truly works best for you. Bringing in your best friend because you like her breast job and want to look like her may not be the right approach, especially if your body types are significantly different.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of breast implants in 2013 was $3,678, but this price does not include anesthesia, surgical center or other related costs. At Associates in Plastic Surgery, our average cost is $6,000, which does include the surgery, anesthesia and the costs associated with our state of the art surgery center.

And breast implants, unless a part of reconstructive surgery, are not covered by insurance. Likewise, most insurance plans will not cover costs related to complications or any additional surgery you have to alter or revise the look of your breasts. And some might even exclude you from coverage for breast diseases if you have implants. Before deciding on implants, always review your health insurance policy and weigh the pros and cons carefully.

There are two types of implants used in breast augmentations. Your implants will either be saline filler or filled with a silicone adhesive gel. The new silicone gel has undergone rigorous testing and leakage is rare, but even if a leakage were to occur, the gel has been specially formulated to stay cohesive. That means it is less likely to spread.

When choosing which type of implant to go with, ask for samples of each and hold them. You’ll probably notice that silicone feels more natural, but saline implants can be placed with a much smaller incision.

In addition to leaving a smaller scar, saline implants also tend to be a bit less expensive and there can be greater variability in size because your surgeon can adjust the fill level. However, they tend to be firmer and can cause rippling.

Silicone implants are softer with a more natural feel, don’t ripple and can be placed above the muscle. But they require a longer incision, are harder to detect if they rupture and they cost more.

When deciding which type of implant is best for you, it’s important to take all of these factors into consideration, as well as the recommendations of your surgeon.

It’s also important to talk about incisions. If you’re looking to minimize the appearance of the incision, be sure your surgeon knows that. Dr. Cuber and his partners at Associates in Plastic Surgery use the following types of incisions during breast augmentations:

  • An inframammary incision is placed in the natural crease under the breast. It will be about an inch long and typically heals so well it is barely visible.
  • An areolar incision is made around the areola and nipple. Once healed, the incision blends in and is not very noticeable.
  • An axillary incision is made under the muscle of the armpit. A pocket will be created to hold the breast implant, and there will be no incision on the breast at all.
  • A trans umbilical breast augmentation uses an incision hidden in the belly button so no scar is seen at the breast.

And finally, it is important to consider the risks involved with breast augmentation. While choosing a well-trained and knowledgeable plastic surgery greatly reduces your chance of a problem arising, breast augmentation is still surgery and there are always risks associated with surgery. Possible risks include a negative reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, a change in breast or nipple feeling and sensation, scarring, leakage or rupture, fluid accumulation or pain.

Scientific research has found no link between breast implants and autoimmune and other systemic diseases. But remember that breast implants are not made to last a lifetime and you may require additional surgery in the future to replace your implants. Natural factors, such as pregnancy, weight loss and aging can affect the look of your breasts over time. Augmented breasts will require regular examinations to ensure breast health and evaluate the condition of your implants.

Once you’ve carefully considered everything involved in breast augmentation surgery, you’re ready for surgery and will be on your way to looking and feeling better about your body in just a short time. So what are you waiting for? Schedule your consultation today.

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Celebrity Plastic Surgery Through the Ages

Fotolia_66602398_XS-300x300Staten Island, NY – You might think that plastic surgery is a recent phenomenon in our image obsessed culture. But did you know that cosmetic procedures in Hollywood actually date back to the 1920s? It has been rumored that movie studios were so eager to find the perfect celebrity that they asked their stars to undergo crude and early versions of some of today’s most popular procedures.

The early days of plastic surgery were not nearly as sophisticated as they are now, and some celebrities paid the price. Mary Pickford was a silent film star who was referred to as “America’s Sweetheart” in the 1920s and 1930s. But an early facelift left the star unable to smile and with a face many said looked like that of a mummy. Carmen Miranda is also said to have undergone a botched facelift that left her in a constant look of surprise.

Today’s plastic surgeons are well versed in how intricate and delicate the face is, but in the early part of the twentieth century, surgeons simply stretched the skin taught across the face, creating a windswept look.

Many women today often cite Marilyn Monroe as an example of a natural beauty who wouldn’t fit into today’s waif-like model beauty. But that look wasn’t come by naturally. When she was still Norma Jean Baker, Monroe had work done to both her chin and nose. And did you know another notable beauty of the era, Rita Hayworth, had electrolysis done to move up her hairline?

By the 1950s, surgery had progressed enough that those who opted for procedures such as a rhinoplasty didn’t stick out as much. In the early years of plastic surgery, people often joked you could tell which surgeon a star had seen based on her nose because surgeons could only do one particular type of nose.

But World War II brought about a need to help soldiers returning from war scarred better settle back in to home life, so surgeons worked hard to pioneer new methods. And Hollywood stars benefitted from this work.

And female stars weren’t the only ones to benefit from the newfound plastic surgery methods. In Hollywood, it’s just as important for men to stay looking their best. Clark Gable had his ears pinned back in an early otoplasty, Burt Lancaster had a facelift and crooner Dean Martin had a rhinoplasty.

Even tough guys like Gary Cooper and John Wayne, stars of popular Western movies, were rumored to have undergone plastic surgery. Cooper had a facelift under a pseudonym, and Wayne apparently had a facelift, eyelid surgery and a procedure to remove the excess fat in his neck.

And since then, plastic surgery has been common place, with more celebrities embracing it. The field has advanced so much that people are often left wondering if someone had a procedure or if they just possess good genes. Many stars use it sparingly to touch up their look, but there are always stories of stars who have had one too many Botox injections over the years and are left looking frozen.

It’s a thin line for stars to walk between refreshing their look and totally changing their features. Some stars, like Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey and America’s sweetheart Meg Ryan, saw their careers take a nosedive after their cosmetic procedures. But some stars, such as Jennifer Aniston, saw their careers skyrocket after a nip and tuck.

Good plastic surgery shouldn’t be noticeable, whether you’re a celebrity or a soccer mom. Gone are the days of windblown looking faces from outdated facelift techniques and similar noses for every patient. Now, surgeons have the tools and knowledge to help patients look as youthful as they feel, and without it being obvious to the rest of the world that work has been done.

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Financing Plastic Surgery

Edison, Warren, Marlboro, NJ-  When it comes to looking beautiful, some people will go to significant extremes to make that transformation happen.  Plastic surgery is not something that is paid for by insurance, so the payment will have to be settled before surgery is carried out. There are various ways for patients to pay the cost of surgery like breast augmentation.  The most commonly used methods are cash, credit card, bank certified check, or a number of people finance their plastic surgery procedure. However, some people have unfortunately tried to pay for their procedure fraudulently, so do not get too upset if your surgeon’s office asks for all kinds of identification.

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There have been patients who actually used their student loans to pay for their cosmetic surgery according to an article from nydailynews.com. In this article, and aspiring model used a $17,000 student loan to get liposuction performed on her buttocks, thighs, hips, and knees. She then quit school to become a model. This is an illegal use of loans set aside for school use and the funds could easily be recouped from the plastic surgeon’s office, leaving them with nothing. So any plastic surgeon may scrutinize the source of funding to avoid these problems.

Identity theft has also been a problem with plastic surgery. An article from yahoo.com shares a story about a woman who used half of her school loan towards plastic surgery. She not only wasted the money on plastic surgery and other personal expenses, but also fraudulently obtained the $600,000 loan by using her parent’s identities. This person ended up in prison and the money was recouped from the plastic surgeon’s office, so the whole plastic surgery procedure was a waste of time and money. “Our office will typically ask for two forms of photo ID when financing procedures or using other forms of payment to ensure no fraudulent activity is taking place,” says Dr. Miller, a facial plastic surgeon in New Jersey.

A typical plastic surgeon’s office wants to operate on people for the right reasons. The patients should be coming in to improve their appearance, and the whole process should be carried out in a honest manner. A good plastic surgeon will always be truthful with his or her patients to achieve a realistic and natural result. In turn, the surgeon’s office will expect the patient to be honest with them, not just about their medical condition, but also with their expectations. Obviously the office will expect the payment to be proper as well. As long as everyone is honest, the process will usually go smoothly.

Understanding the Risks of Plastic Surgery

Fotolia_53296905_XS-200x300Edison, N.J. – While complications associated with cosmetic surgery are very rare, it is important that patients know and understand the risks that are associated. Plastic surgery is surgery, after all, and every surgery has some inherent risk associated with it. So before you run to get those breast implants, what should you know?

Temporary numbness or loss of feeling has been known to occur after certain surgeries, such as facelifts or tummy tucks. In very rare occasions, this can be permanent. The most common procedure associated with numbness are breast reductions where the nipple and areola are completely removed and then reattached.

If a drain isn’t used during a tummy tuck, a patient could end up with seroma. This is a collection of body fluids that accumulates under the skin.

Infection can occur at the incision site, which can make scarring worse. Infection is very rare, but should be caught and treated immediately.

Necrosis, or tissue death after surgery, may occur, but the risks associated with it increase greatly if patients are smokers. Smoking affects a patient’s blood supply, so if the supply is already compromised because of smoking, the effects after surgery will be heightened. Most surgeons will require their patients to quit smoking for a period of time before and after surgery to better aid in healing. And some surgeons take it so seriously, they will not perform surgery on smokers.

Excessive bleeding is always a concern after any surgery, which is why patients are not released to go home immediately following surgery. Patients will be monitored for a period of time, depending on the type of procedure they had performed, before being released to home.

Anesthesia always carried with it certain risks. Complications include pneumonia, blood clots and in extremely rare cases, death.

“It is incredible important that patients are honest about their medical history with their surgeon,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a top plastic surgeon in N.J. “While we never anticipate a patient will experience complications, we need to understand their full medical history to ensure we can avoid any negative side effects. Those with cardiovascular disease, lung disease, diabetes or patients who are obese have a much higher risk during surgery. To avoid serious complications, we need to know and understand their medical issues so we can make the best decisions for them. In some instances, patients will be denied surgery until they are healthier.”

Perhaps the best way to avoid complications, however, is to ensure your surgeon is qualified and well-trained in the procedure you are seeking. We have discussed before the reasons for seeking out a board certified surgeon, and avoiding serious risks is one of them. Seek out a well-trained surgeon who can counsel you in the best procedure to achieve the results you want, and who has been successful in providing excellent results with little to no complications.

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