Staten Island & NJ Plastic Surgery Articles

Company Prints 3-D Models to Show Patients Their New Faces

One of the most significant challenges for a patient considering plastic surgery is visualizing what the effects of the surgery will be. You’re considering a procedure because you want to achieve a specific aesthetic goal, but it can be difficult to truly understand what a smaller nose or chin implants would really look like.

3-D imaging was a godsend for many of these patients. Now, a New York plastic surgeon is combining the sophisticated images with advanced 3-D printing technology to create physical models of a patient’s face with the projected changes reflected on the models.

A company called MirrorMe3D will print a 3-D model of your face, then another that shows what a change to your nose or chin or any other treatment area might look like. It provides you with a more realistic, easily understandable image, which can prove invaluable when making difficult decisions.

Knowledge is power. The ability to see what your new face will look like after a procedure will make your decision much easier and more informed.

If you’re a New Jersey resident considering plastic surgery, you probably have questions. Please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at (855) 960-5525 for a consultation.

Let’s Hear It For The Boys

It’s no surprise that women today love the opportunities that plastic surgery affords to enhance their appearance. What is surprising to many people is the dramatic increase in the number of men coming in for procedures within the last few years. According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there has been a 43% increase in both invasive and non-invasive procedures for men in the last five years. Typically, there are three categories of men that walk into the office.

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The first type is the “business man.” Men who are climbing the corporate ladder in their careers want to feel strong and powerful but not necessarily look the part. These men are the ones who may look to do something as minor as a Botox injection to smooth out lines and wrinkles or maybe something more dramatic like a nose job with chin implantation to enhance the nose and create a stronger jaw line. These men want a way to look and feel more confident while they reach the peak of their career.

Another category would be the bodybuilders. These men work hard to push their bodies to extensive limits in order to achieve their ideal body image and strength. One of the most popular procedures for these men would be gynecomastia surgery. Men often turn to different types of supplements including steroids to help them get their desired look. The downfall of this is the growth of “man boobs.” Although this is common among men outside of the body builder category as well, it is usually a bigger concern for the men in the gym, and these men typically turn to plastic surgery to address the issue. A second popular procedure for these men is body building implants, which include pectoral implants or calf implants.  These implants can give a male a little help in areas that are problematic or not responding to workouts.

The third category is what we call the “daddy do-over.” Like a mommy makeover, a daddy do-over is a combination of cosmetic procedures performed in a single surgery. The most common procedures for a daddy to undergo include tummy tuck, liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, and a facelift, many of which can be performed at the same time.

“Male plastic surgery is very rewarding because the men are usually very apprehensive about looking strange after surgery, and when they see a natural result, they are very happy,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a top facial plastic surgeon in New Jersey. So if you are a male that desires a change, the first step is to make an appointment for a free consultation with an experienced surgeon to get the details.

New Study Finds Functional Rhinoplasty Dramatically Improves Sleep Apnea

We often consider rhinoplasty to be a cosmetic procedure. And there’s no doubt that the procedure can achieve a dramatic re-shaping and re-sizing if you’re concerned with the appearance of your nose.

However, many patients undergo rhinoplasty for medical reasons- the structure of their nose prevents them from adequately breathing through it, dramatically affecting their quality of life. A so-called “functional rhinoplasty” can eliminate this problem.

Now, a new study finds that the functional rhinoplasty can dramatically alleviate obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that affects millions of Americans every year. OBS causes a blockage of your airways while you sleep. You wake up many times during the evening, even while generally being unaware of what’s happening. If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can pose a serious threat to your health.

The study focused on 26 patients who underwent a functional rhinoplasty procedure. Researchers found that the incidence of sleep apnea in these patients decreased by 35 percent. That figure rises to 57 percent when considering patients with a BMI under 30.

If you live in or around the state of New Jersey and you’re considering rhinoplasty for either cosmetic or functional purposes, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at (855) 960-5525 for a consultation.

Is Your Wedding Checklist Complete?

wedding2It’s summertime and we know what that means – it’s “wedding season.” But have you completed your check list yet? All weddings have a list, which can be quite extensive in nature. A bride’s wedding preparations used to be relatively simple. A manicure, perhaps some professional hair and make-up, and she was ready to say ‘I do’. Nowadays, the list includes countless details including flowers, the music play list, the gifts, who is sitting with whom and so on. Additionally, plastic surgery procedures are becoming one more box on the wedding checklist. According to In Touch Weekly,
Lady Gaga is considering getting plastic surgery before her big day. The article states that she is feeling panicked because the big day is near and wants some things to give her a refreshed look like Botox or Juvederm.

If you are short on time, Botox or Juvederm could be a great way to spruce up your look by helping to erase the fine lines and wrinkles. However, if you have ample time for a recovery then you may be a candidate for a more extensive procedure such as rhinoplasty, which can help reshape your nose into that perfect shape for all your photos to come. But don’t think plastic surgery is just for the bride, grooms often times consider plastic surgery as well before the wedding. Most commonly, a little liposuction is being performed to help the groom fit into the tux better before their wedding day arrives.

For most couples, their wedding day is the most important day in their lives; a day when all eyes are on them. The event may only last a day, but the photographs will last forever and become a part of their family history, so it’s no surprise that couples want to look their absolute best. “Brides and grooms-to-be are ideal candidates for plastic surgery because they know exactly how they want to look on their special day,” says Dr. Shain Cuber a top plastic surgeon in NJ. Let us help you look picture perfect on your day with a customized pre-wedding cosmetic surgery or injection treatments.

BOTOX For a Better Hair Day?

BOTOX® works by blocking the muscles in your face from receiving certain signals sent from your brain. These signals tell the muscles to contract, and over a long enough time frame, these contractions produce wrinkles and other fine lines.

Now, a new report finds that some doctors have started using BOTOX® as a tool for dramatically reducing the amount the scalp sweats.

The injectable has long been used under the arms to combat excessive sweating. New developments indicate that BOTOX® can be injected into the scalp to cut off the flow of sweat in that area.

Patients are quoted as explaining that they appreciate how this new treatment protects their hair during a day of intense activity. Ample sweat can leave hair looking stringy and feeling sticky, which is a problem for busy people who work out frequently but still want beautiful hair.

The sweat glands can be de-activated for six to 12 months, providing patients with a reasonably long-term solution.

Of course, it’s important that you only undergo BOTOX® injections from a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, no matter what your goal is.

If you live in New Jersey and you want to learn more about what BOTOX can achieve for you, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at (855) 960-5525 for a consultation.

Is Plastic Surgery Trending in Teens?

Our world is changing & evolving and teens are definitely included in the mix. Teens now are waxing, plucking, body training and adding in skin care regimens that were once a thing only our parents did as they aged. But what may come as a shock to many people is that these young teens have now decided to add in cosmetic surgery. Some experts are concerned that the motivations for many of these young teens who seek surgery are mainly because of what they may see on the internet, as opposed to a problem like bullying or lack of self-esteem.

Teens are bombarded with images plastered all over social media beautiful women and men that sometimes are not even real, but photo-shopped. An impressionable teen that wants to mimic their idol may try to seek out a plastic surgeon to “make their dreams a reality.”

“This is where the parents play a huge role in helping their teen children make a mature decision,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a top facial plastic surgeon in New Jersey.  Plastic surgery is not for copying a celebrity or trying to look like another person. Any person with this as their motivation should be talked out of plastic surgery.

Instead, good reasons to undergo plastic surgery in childhood include bullying or self-esteem issues. Each child deserves to feel like he or she belongs, and whether all of society accepts it or not, a well thought out plastic surgery procedure can really improve a child’s life. The most common surgeries in teens are Rhinoplasty, Otoplasty and Gynecomastia reduction. Generally young men with gynecomastia often endure significant teasing and embarrassment. Teasing can cause serious body image problems in teens where they end up becoming withdrawn from society, and sometimes even causing depression.

Unlike adults who may elect cosmetic surgery, such as a facelift or blepharoplasty to be rejuvenated, kids have a different outlook. Most of them do it to fit in. Studies indicate that acceptance builds self-esteem, and a healthy self-image contributes to a happier and more fulfilled life.

Recently there was an article published at Yahoo Beauty where Molly Simms, a model and actress, discusses the pressures growing up in an industry where being “perfect” was a must to become successful. She has been very open with what procedures she has undergone, including Botox when she first started noticing lines on her forehead, noting that these procedures gave her the self-confidence she needed.

So plastic surgery in teens is not something that should trend, and if your teen has self-esteem issues, then a simple consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon can give you a lot of valuable information. Family support is extremely important when making these kinds of decisions and open dialogue is imperative as plastic surgery should not be entered into lightly.

What Can Breast Surgery Achieve? More Than You Might Think.

At  Associates in Plastic Surgery, we offer a number of breast surgery options for our New Jersey patients. This is because we strive to meet all of your aesthetic needs.

With breast surgery, your choice is all about your priorities. Our procedures are targeted surgeries that are designed to achieve specific goals. Finding the right procedure, then, is just a matter of knowing what you want to achieve and being a good candidate for the surgery.

The Australian rapper Iggy Azalea recently revealed that she had undergone a breast augmentation, largely to make it easier to fit into the intricately designed costumes she wears during concerts.

And it’s certainly not just famous musicians who are concerned about the ways clothes fit and look. A breast augmentation is ideal if you want larger breasts and a curvier, more noticeable profile. That’s what the procedure is designed to achieve.

On the other hand, you might be an ideal candidate for a breast lift if you’re satisfied with the size of your breasts, but also concerned about sagging. And in certain circumstances, we can combine a breast lift with breast implants, providing both larger and higher breasts.

As Yahoo! discussed in February, breast lifts are growing in popularity with women who are looking for a subtler, more natural look than what’s provided by a breast augmentation.

And if you want to reduce the size of your breasts while also lifting them to a higher, more attractive position, a breast reduction is an excellent option- the procedure will alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with large, pendulous breasts.

If you live in or around New Jersey and you’re considering breast surgery, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at (855) 960-5525 for a consultation. Our board-certified plastic surgeons have decades of experience helping women achieve their goals- we listen to your goals and help you find the procedure that’s right for you.

Two Plastic Surgery Procedures That Can Revitalize Your Mid-Section.

If you’re concerned about the contours and appearance of your abdominal region and you’ve found that diet and exercise haven’t worked to your satisfaction, a body procedure from Associates in Plastic Surgery might be the right option.

Whether you’re looking to achieve that gorgeous swimsuit body in time for summer at the beach or your goal is to re-capture the fit, tight, toned look you had before pregnancy and child birth, you have options.

When it comes to improving the appearance of your abdominal region, there are two main options: liposuction and the tummy tuck. Which is right for you? As this ABC story points out, the choice involves a clear understanding of your priorities.

Liposuction is a safe, short, relatively simple procedure, though you should only undergo it from an experienced plastic surgeon. It’s appropriate if you’re concerned with stubborn deposits of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. The liposuction procedure, of which there are a few variations, permanently removes those fat cells.

The R&B singer K. Michelle has been quite open about her experience with liposuction, even undergoing the procedure in front of the camera for her reality program.

The tummy tuck procedure, while also quite safe, is major surgery. It’s much more extensive than liposuction. It will also remove fat deposits. But the tummy tuck procedure is also designed to remove excess skin and tighten loose abdominal muscles. It’s popular with women who’ve recently undergone pregnancy and people of all genders who have recently lost a great deal of weight but still have an unsightly “bulge” in the abdominal region.

Our board-certified plastic surgeons will help you find the procedure that’s right for you and your specific needs.

If you live in or around New Jersey or if you’re an out-of-town resident looking for the best possible plastic surgery experience, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at (855) 960-5525 for a consultation.

The Connection Between Weight Loss Surgery and Plastic Surgery

 

Weight loss surgery is an increasingly popular option for patients who are looking to lose a great deal of weight in a safe, medically supervised manner. And as this CBS News report chronicles, the rise of weight loss surgery is apparently leading to an increase in plastic surgery as well.

According to the report, which includes insight from the President of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, patients who undergo weight loss surgery often end up undergoing cosmetic surgery as well. The most common procedures in this scenario include:

Significant weight loss is great for your health and your appearance, but there are undeniably aesthetic challenges associated with losing a great deal of weight. Many patients are dissatisfied with loose, hanging, excess skin after weight loss.

Fortunately, the body procedures listed above represent possible solutions to these concerns. At Associates in Plastic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons can help if you’ve recently lost a great deal of weight but find yourself concerned about some of the results.

If you live in or around New Jersey and you want to speak to our plastic surgeons about surgical options after weight loss, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at (855) 960-5525 for a consultation.

On Caitlyn Jenner And What’s Possible

The biggest news in popular culture over the last month has undoubtedly been Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympic champion formerly named Bruce Jenner. Caitlyn’s well-chronicled transition from a man to a woman reached its peak when she was photographed for the cover of Vanity Fair by the well-known photographer Annie Leibovitz.

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You can read more at Vanity Fair’s site here. The largely positive coverage of the Jenner story says a lot about the country’s evolving views on transgender Americans, and we hope the story will be a vehicle for greater understanding of the challenges and triumphs experienced by those in the middle of a difficult transition.

But the story is also about something larger- the ability to find the true you. While few of our patients struggle with the same identity crises experienced by transgender Americans, many of them grapple with the sense that their bodies are not all they can be, that their bodies fail to reflect their level of fitness and energy.

We understand that a cosmetic body procedure, when performed with caution, precision and skill by experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons, represents a solution. We can help you find the real you, and we can do so safely.

We wish Ms. Jenner all the best in her life and future endeavors. And we look forward to helping you achieve your dreams as well.

For more information on Associates in Plastic Surgery, please call us today at (855) 960-5525.

Good Plastic Surgery Doesn’t Have to be Hidden

Pastic surgery - noseThere has always been a certain stigma with plastic surgery in that some people think that you should just age gracefully. Because of that people often try to hide the fact that they have had plastic surgery. The good news is that quality plastic surgery does not have to be hidden because no one will really be able to tell if something was done.

“A well trained and experienced plastic surgeon will go to any length to make sure the result is natural,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a top plastic surgeon in New Jersey. Celebrities are in a little different boat in that many pictures are available to scrutinize. For example, Iggy Azalea recently launched rumors of having had a chin augmentation combined with rhinoplasty. According to US magazine  she debuted her new look at the billboard music records.

If you look closely at the two photos, her nasal tip does look a little thinner and her chin looks a bit fuller; however, in one photo she is smiling, while in the other one she is not. A smiling face tends to spread the nose and chin a bit. Either way, her nose and chin still look natural, and if she wasn’t famous no one would even know that she had plastic surgery (if she did). “Rhinoplasty and chin augmentation are great procedures to undergo together in order to bring the facial shape into better balance,” says Dr. Miller, who specializes in rhinoplasty.

According to surgery.org  in a recent study, the shape of the nose, chin and neck in relation to one another will determine whether an individual has an “aesthetically proportionate” face. For example, when a person has a really large nose, the chin can look relatively small, and improving this at the time of rhinoplasty can make the whole face look more symmetrical.

Be sure to see a plastic surgeon that specializes in rhinoplasty if you are considering these changes, and don’t worry, if your surgeon creates a natural result, there will be no need to hide anything because no one will know you had surgery.

If you’re looking for a New Jersey plastic surgeon with a track record of natural-looking plastic surgery, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at  (855) 960-5525.

Office Hours with Our Very Own Dr. Andrew Miller – What is Plastic Surgery For?

Dr. Andrew Miller, our New Jersey plastic surgeonWhile it is easy to get caught up in the latest celebrity plastic surgery trend, our New Jersey plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Miller has the following to say about plastic surgery: “plastic surgery is not for what is currently trending on the internet, but instead should be used to simply improve a feature that you are not happy with. By focusing on that, a natural result will be achieved.”

After decades of training and refining his art, Dr. Miller and the team at Associates in Plastic Surgery have the experience and artistic eye that is necessary for a successful plastic surgery experience.

We have had many people bring us pictures asking us to make them look like the person in the image. While there are ways to model a nose job after a picture or give you breast implants so you’re the size of your favorite celebrity, the biggest thing to remember is that we’re trying to improve your body for you; not change you so you look like someone else.

When you come to Associates in Plastic Surgery, our team will discuss your aesthetic desires with you and will help to give you the most realistic expectation for your procedure. Whether we’re performing liposuction, breast augmentation, or a facial surgery, our biggest goals are the following:

  • Your safety
  • Your comfort
  • A natural result
  • Minimal side effects or scars
  • Your pleased reaction to the results

To schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeons and discover how we can improve your appearance in a natural and aesthetically-pleasing manner, please contact us by calling (855) 960-5525.

Do You Really Look Like Your #Selfie?

We all know that we are guilty of changing the filter on our Instagram account to make us look flawless, but now ladies are taking it to a whole other level. It’s called the social media makeover – women are taking pictures from their accounts and using filters to create the way they want to look in real life. Then a trip to the plastic surgeon’s office is made along with a request to look exactly like the picture. For example, both men and women come in with a filtered picture that removes all facial scars or other blemishes, or makes the face appear thinner, and they expect the same results from the plastic surgeon.

The main problem with this is that these pictures are created on a computer screen and may not be achievable in real life. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, reports on their annual findings for surgery found that the world of social media is strongly linked to the increase in plastic surgery. This is mainly because Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are making those who frequently use the sites more critical of themselves. Here is an article from StyleCaster that further discusses how social media is encouraging plastic surgery.

While some people may assume that plastic surgery is used for a person that wants to look like someone else, it is in fact much more often used to help patients find and bring out the beauty that already exists within themselves. “By reshaping or sculpting a body part like the nose, through rhinoplasty, you can accentuate the parts of the nose that are already naturally beautiful,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a top facial plastic surgeon in New Jersey. While a large nasal bump may have hid the nice tip to begin with, bringing the bump down puts the nose and whole face into much better balance. These are the goals of true plastic surgery. Botox and other dermal fillers can be used to make the face appear smoother, but when coming in for a consultation with a filtered picture, be sure to have realistic expectations. That way you will have a better chance of being happy with the results. Remember there are always options open to you if you want the #nofilter selfie.

For more information from our New Jersey plastic surgeon, please schedule a consultation with Associates in Plastic Surgery by calling (88) 960-5525.

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month; Follow These Steps to Protect Your Skin

There is nothing quite like the feeling of your skin enjoying the warm glow from a beautiful, sunny day. While we all love heading outside and experiencing the gorgeous sunshine, we need to always be aware of the fact that the sun’s rays are also dangerous to our skin. The sun puts out ultraviolet (UV) waves that can harm your skin and cause skin cancer, so it’s imperative to protect your skin.

The month of May is recognized as National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. With this in mind, the Skin Cancer Foundation and United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have several useful tips that you can follow to protect yourself from skin cancer.

Here are some easy-to-follow tips to protect yourself from skin cancer:

  • Always wear sunscreen – apply it at least 30 minutes before going in the sun, use a waterproof sunscreen when swimming, and reapply according to the sunscreen’s instructions
  • Wear a hat
  • Wear sunglasses that are 100% UVA and UVB protected
  • Seek the shade, especially during peak sun hours (midday)
  • Do not burn
  • Do not “lay out”
  • Do not use tanning salons
  • Utilize cover-ups to prevent over-exposure to the sun
  • Keep newborn babies out of the sun
  • Inspect your skin monthly and watch for any new moles or markings (also watch for changes to your existing moles and markings)

In addition to being a cause of skin cancer, exposure to the sun can also cause your skin to look older than your truly are. If this has happened to you, there are options for reversing the sun’s negative effects on your skin. Our New Jersey and Staten Island plastic surgeons can offer you a skin peel to help restore youthful looking skin. We can also remove any warts or moles that you may dislike aesthetically or that may be pre-cancerous in nature. To discuss these treatments or further discuss skin safety, please contact Associates in Plastic Surgery today by calling (855) 960-5525.

Are You Safe When You’re on the Treadmill?

A good dose of exercise and well-balanced diet are two of the main ways to keep yourself healthy and fit. One of the simplest ways to get regular exercise is hopping on the treadmill and getting a good jog every day. But, what if the treadmill that you trust for your daily workout isn’t actually that safe?

Here is an article from Yahoo Health that details the statistics surrounding treadmill-related injuries and deaths. The article also has several treadmill safety tips from Michael Jonesco, MD, a sports medicine physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

According to the article, there were over 24,000 treadmill injuries in 2014, which accounts for 40% of all exercise-related injuries that were reported in the same year. While deaths from using a treadmill are much rarer at only 3 per year on average, a treadmill can be one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment at the gym.

With the possibility of injury whenever you’re on a treadmill, Dr. Jonesco recommends the following safety tips to help you avoid a treadmill-induced injury:

  • Make sure you know you’re healthy enough to exercise – Jonesco says that “the most common cause of falling [off of a treadmill] is a vascular event.”
  • Constantly monitor yourself for any strange feelings as these could be the beginning of a vascular event
  • Avoid distractions, like music, until you’re comfortable on the treadmill
  • Always pin the safety tab to your clothing
  • Have a workout buddy or at least tell someone that you’re heading to the gym so they know to look for you if you’ve been gone for a long time

Our New Jersey plastic surgeons wish all of you a safe and wonderful experience every time you head to the gym, especially if you’re on a treadmill. To discuss exercise tips or schedule any type of consultation with our team, please contact us by calling (855) 960-5525.

Are You a Good Candidate for a Nose Job?

If you’re thinking about a nose job (rhinoplasty), there are several factors to consider prior to your surgery. First of all, there are certain things that a nose job can fix and there certain things that can’t be fixed. There is no such thing as a perfect nose, so it’s imperative to have the right expectations going into the surgery. A nose job can correct a drooped tip, a bump in the bridge of the nose, a crooked nose, or a bulbous-tipped nose. If any of those options are what you’d like to correct in a nose job, then you may be right for the procedure.

In addition to having the right expectations, a good candidate for a nose job is in good overall health and understands that there is a time of healing after the procedure and your results won’t show up until the swelling and healing is over.

There are also several things to be aware of before considering a nose job and this article from RealSelf details 9 things that may be helpful to know before you nose job surgery.

The article reminds patients of the following:

  1. There may be flaws in your nose even after your surgery
  2. You will swell and have bandages on your nose after the surgery
  3. Don’t wear glasses or sunglasses for one month following the procedure
  4. A nose job may affect your nasal breathing
  5. Don’t forget to take your pain medication according to its instructions
  6. You may notice a change in your voice for a few weeks after the procedure
  7. You may not like your nose when you first take off the splint, but give it time to stop swelling and you’ll discover what your new nose truly looks like
  8. People may not notice the change, but that’s all right because the procedure was for you
  9. Keep in mind that your plastic surgeon will do his best to give you the nose you want, but there are limits

A Nose Job from our New Jersey Plastic Surgeon

At Associates in Plastic Surgery, our plastic surgeon, Dr. Miller, has refined his nose job technique so you can place your trust in his artistic eye and vast experience. With accurate expectations before your procedure, we hope you will be very happy with your nose job results. To discuss whether you’d be a good candidate for a nose job, please contact us today by calling (855) 960-5525.

Is Liposuction Right For You?

Woman shows off her thin body at the beach thanks to liposuction from our New Jersey plastic surgeonWe all have struggles with our weight from time to time, but there may be times where you truly can’t get rid of the excess fat on your own. You may eat a healthy and balanced diet, exercise, and watch your calories, but certain problem areas may need liposuction in order to remove the fat.

Do determine if liposuction is the right choice for you, first ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have excess fat in certain areas?
  • Have you tried to get rid of this fat with diet and exercise?
  • Do you understand that liposuction is not intended as a weight-loss regimen, but as a surgical option for stubborn fat?
  • Are you in good overall health?

If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then you may be the perfect candidate for a liposuction procedure.

As long as you are in good health overall, there isn’t an age restriction for liposuction. The best candidate for liposuction understands that your skin’s elasticity also plays a factor in liposuction success and, as you age, your skin’s ability to return to its usual tautness will fade. Even if you’re an avid athlete or a smoker, liposuction can be utilized to help you shed excess fat, however, we always recommend stopping smoking as it can lead to complications in some patients.

The Biggest Question in Determining if Liposuction if For You

When deciding upon liposuction, you do need to consider your health, risk factors, and how hard you’ve tried to be rid of the fat yourself, however, the most important question to ask yourself is: how will you feel if that fat is gone and will it be worth a procedure? You may be a perfect candidate for liposuction if you answer includes the following:

  • I’ll feel amazing
  • I’ll feel refreshed
  • I’ll feel renewed
  • I’ll feel sexy and healthy
  • It’s worth the preparation
  • It’s worth the cost, time, and recuperation
  • I will feel enlivened

If liposuction will help to restore your excitement for life, your confidence in your body, and your overall self-esteem, it is definitely worth it. Our New Jersey plastic surgeons at Associates in Plastic Surgery are here to help you discover how liposuction can change your life, so please give us a call to discuss it at (855) 960-5525.

How Breast Implants Can Change Your Life — NJ & Staten Island Plastic Surgeons

Growing up and having the smallest breasts in your group of friends can sometimes really take its toll on a maturing woman. Even if you didn’t suffer those struggles when you were younger, your breasts may have shrunk or become saggy or deflated because of time or pregnancy. When this occurs, you may not feel like the woman you used to be, but with breast implants that can all change.

Woman shows off her perky breasts on the beach after a breast implant surgery from our NJ plastic surgeonsPsychological Benefits of Breast Implants

In this WebMD article, a young girl discusses her difficult struggle with the decision to get rid of her padded bras and feelings of insecurity and opt for breast implants. This article also discusses how this woman happily underwent her pre-surgery preparation, including taking the proper vitamins, quitting smoking, and becoming an overall healthier person. After the surgery, this woman experienced happiness, joy, and was impressed at how natural and real her breast implants felt.

Additionally, this article includes discussion from David K. Wellisch, PhD and professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. According to Wellisch, women that are considering a breast implant surgery are typically “not happy with their bodies and wish to improve them.” He discusses that, with realistic expectations, a woman can arise from breast implant surgery feeling empowered and whole again.

How You Will Feel After Breast Implant Surgery?

After you’ve healed from your surgery, we hope that you experience the boosted confidence that you were looking for. We want you to feel sexy, desirous, and alluring and have seen hundreds of women that left our office feeling just that. We pride ourselves in ensuring a natural looking and natural feeling implant and believe you will be pleased with the result. Take that new confidence and go use it to live life to the fullest with the boosted confidence you’ve always deserved.

To schedule a consultation and discuss your breast implant surgery, please contact our New Jersey plastic surgeons today by calling (855) 960-5525.

Are Your Condiments Ruining Your Diet?

Adding a kick to your foods or something creamy to make it that much more tasty is something we all love to do. The available selection of condiments is unbelievable; you can spread anything you can imagine on your sandwiches, burgers, and more. However, have you ever stopped to consider that your condiments may be the reason that your endless diet never seems to work? Our New Jersey plastic surgeons are pleased to share this article with you that discusses seven condiments and whether they are worthy of your favorite snacks.

In this article, there is commentary on several condiments’ health positives/negatives from Amanda Foti, a nutritionist and lead dietician for the Selvera Weight Management Program and Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, and author of The Vegetarian Diet.

Here is their overall take on 7 condiments and how they may be beneficial or harmful to your diet:

Salsa:

Since it’s usually a fresh blend of vegetables and spices, it is low in calories and high in nutrients. They suggest pairing it with veggies rather than chips for an added health bonus.

Sriacha:

This blend is also made from chilies, spices, and vinegar, so it is low in calories and may even boost your metabolism. It does contain salt, sugar, and preservatives, so they recommend using it in small doses.

Mustard:

While mustard may be high in sodium, it is low in calories and has been shown to help lower cholesterol, fight cancer, boost weight loss, and boost immunities.

Relish:

While a fresh and often low calorie combination of veggies and fruit, relish can be high in sugar and sodium.

Soy sauce:

Soy sauce is very high in sodium, even if you opt for the low-sodium version. It may also have MSG, false coloring, and sugars, so it is recommended to use only in moderation.

Ketchup:

Sorry to all of your fry lovers out there, but, while ketchup may contain lycopene and Vitamin A, it is high in sugar and calories and oftentimes used to dip something that may not be healthy for you, so it may not be a great condiment option.

Mayonnaise:

Sure, mayo may be delicious and creamy, but it is high in fat and calories, so the vitamins that it does offer may make it not worth the consumption.

Consult with Our New Jersey Plastic Surgeon

If you’d like to discuss your health or any changes that might improve your body’s overall health, please contact Associates in Plastic Surgery today by calling (855) 960-5525.

What Will This 30-Second Workout Do For You?

Tired of looking in the mirror and finding a version of yourself staring back that you don’t like? While we’d all like to get in amazing shape, who can find the time between working, family commitments, and a social life?

Adam Rosante, a fitness and nutrition expert, fitness coach, and author of The 30-Second Body may have the key to changing your body using short, but effective workouts.

Adam Rosante is a proponent of compound movements where you work multiple muscle groups in a single exercise, thereby minimizing your time and effort, but maximizing your results.

So, what is this amazing 30-second workout that Mr. Rosante is promoting for an easy whole-body workout? The Pencil Squat. The pencil squat will work your abdomen and core muscles, legs, and your arms at the same time.

To perform the pencil squat, start with your feet pressed together, then squat down and place your hands on the ground, should-width apart. Next, shoot your legs behind you, keeping them shoulder-width apart so you’re in a plank position. Jump your feet forward so they’re in-between your hands, then jump straight upward. As you jump upward, shoot your arms to the sky, keeping them shoulder-width apart and pull your knees into your chest. Repeat this move for 30 seconds. Mr. Rosante demonstrates the pencil squat (and an easier modification for those with bad knees) in this video.

Working multiple muscles groups at once may have excellent benefits for you and your family, so we hope you enjoy some excellent weight loss and fat burning benefits. If you still are finding  that you have some excess patches of fat, you can always consider a liposuction procedure from our New Jersey plastic surgeons. For more information about whether liposuction may be right for you, contact Associates in Plastic Surgery at (855) 960-5525.

Can you really change your shape with a Corset?

All over social media celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardasian, Jessica Alba and many others are posting pictures of themselves indulging in the newest weight loss craze called waist training. View the US Weekly article here.

It is similar to wearing a corset from medieval times, except that those corsets would break women’s ribs, crush their internal organs, and make them faint repeatedly. Waist training has started to become increasingly popular as a way to get an hourglass figure. With so many high profile celebrities endorsing the method, are we missing out on something? Is this really a procedure that the average every day woman can use?

According to an article in Health Magazine, the training process begins with the using a waist cincher, or corset, to suspend the waist and torso of a woman’s body for several hours a day. With a tight corset in place, the appetite is curbed to the point where only small meals can be eaten at one time. It is also felt that waist training can directly shrink the size of your abdomen. The waist training belt is supposed to put pressure on the waist which generates heat during physical activity, which helps the body burn fat quicker and expel toxins. It also doubles as a breast lift device, pushing your breasts up to put them in “the right place.”

In a New York Daily News article, it is stated by multiple sources that this corset procedure may be dangerous and does not offer a long-lasting solution to the size of the abdomen. “There’s no scientific proof that the waist training corset will permanently alter the shape of the body,” agrees Dr. Shain Cuber, a top NJ plastic surgeon. In fact, the body will most likely return to its natural shape soon after the corset is removed. There are also the obvious risks: discomfort, as well as rib and organ damage.

Damage to your metabolism can be caused by the belt cutting off oxygen flow to organs within your body. “In general, why go through the risks if there are many other options with lasting effects like a Brazilian Butt lift which includes liposuction of the abdomen and waist area,” says Dr. Cuber, who specializes in body contouring surgery. This way, the effect will not simply disappear when you take off your clothes or the waist training garment.

If you would like more information about the safe alternatives to changing your shape, please contact Associates in Plastic Surgery today by calling (855) 960-5525.

How NOT to get those plump lips

Edison, Warren, Marlboro  NJ –  The most recent trend on the internet is the Kylie Jenner challenge.

Unlike the Ice Bucket challenge that was trending last summer to benefit ALS, this new challenge unfortunately does not benefit a good cause. It is a disturbing new way young impressionable girls are plumping up their lips like Kylie’s without fillers or other procedures. It is done with the person obtaining a shot glass or a bottle with a small opening, and then inserting their lips into it and sucking as hard as possible. This causes the lips to swell, mimicking the same effects of the fillers Juvederm or Radiesse. “The new trend of trying to “Do it yourself” lip plumping is quite troubling,” says Dr. Andrew Miller a top facial plastic surgeon in New Jersey.  The results can cause bruising, scarring and permanent injury to the lips after repeated attempts.  If the glass shatters from the extreme amount of pressure, it can cause lacerations, other types of oral trauma, or a piece of glass could go down the airway. “It is alarming to see how much social media can influence a young generation of girls, so all parents should try to stay informed about what is trending” says Dr. Miller who specializes in Juvederm injections.

There are much more reasonable ways to achieve the fuller, plumper lips that everyone wants.  Fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane that have been approved by the FDA are a safe way to enhance the lips. Also, they last a lot longer than a sucking on a shot glass and don’t cause any long term problems. Other options that can create fuller lips are fat injections, which can last longer for a patient, and silicone which is a more permanent result.

Of course, these injectables are generally meant for patients over the age of 18. They are usually not used in teenage girls, who for the most part are participating in this challenge. To the teenage girls that feel pressure to have the perfect pout, they should be encouraged that while their appearance may be important, there are many other things in life that are more important, and to not engage in risky activities just to satisfy the need to be perfect.

Battle that Turkey Neck with These Simple Exercises

Have you been avoiding the camera lately because you feel like every picture shows nothing but your double-chin? Or, perhaps, you’ve even noticed that the skin below your chin even shakes back-and-forth as you move your head. Whatever the reason may be, you can always strengthen the skin below your chin by performing some simple exercises. These exercises can be used to attempt to re-tighten the skin in that area or can be used to prevent a turkey neck from ever appearing.

As we age, our skin naturally loses its elasticity and can begin to sag or droop. Smoking, a bad diet, and a lot of unprotected sun exposure can also decrease your skin’s elasticity. This article, however, gives us five exercises from personal trainer Mike Donavanik that can help you to prevent a turkey neck. You can find the detailed explanation of each exercise in the article.

Here are the five suggested exercises:

  1. Kiss the ceiling
  2. Head lifts
  3. Jaw release
  4. The O
  5. Pout and tilt

Skin-Tightening From our New Jersey Plastic Surgeon

By following these exercises, you may be able to avoid a turkey neck altogether and may be able to reverse it if you already have one. However, if the skin under your chin is fairly loose and you don’t believe that simple exercises will help to reverse it, our New Jersey plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Miller, can offer treatments that can tighten your skin. By performing a facelift or mini-facelift, our plastic surgeon can tighten your jowl area and give you the youthful, taut look that you remember from your younger days.

Dr. Miller is board-certified in facial plastic surgery by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has been helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals for decades. He truly takes the time to understand your needs and desires and will even show you a digital image of what your facelift will look like when the procedure is completed. To schedule a free consultation and see how Dr. Miller can improve your appearance, please contact Associates in Plastic Surgery today by calling (855) 960-5525.

How Does the Sun Actually See Your Skin?

We’ve all heard that it’s important to wear sunscreen when you go outside, but how important is it actually? How harsh is the sun on your skin? In this video, you’ll get to see how the sun actually “sees” your skin. In areas without sunscreen, the ultraviolet (UV) lens in this video shows the areas that are vulnerable to the sun’s rays. The video then shows how your skin appears when you don on some extremely-important sunscreen. The sunscreen effectively gives you skin a shield from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Check out the video here: http://goo.gl/rCtcKX

How Our New Jersey Plastic Surgeon Can Help During Facial Protection Month

At Associates in Plastic Surgery, our New Jersey plastic Surgeon, Dr. Andrew Miller, reminds you to always wear sunscreen when you’re heading outside. Especially since April is Facial Protection Month, now is the time to make it a part of your daily routine. Oftentimes, people remember to put on sunscreen when they’re headed to the beach or for an entire day outside, but forget about it when it’s just a normal day. This is when sun protection products like moisturizers and makeup with sun block mixed in really come in handy!

If you feel like your skin has already become damaged due to the sun, there are options to reverse this damage. Using our Fraxel laser, Dr. Miller can expertly target the areas of your skin that have become damaged. The laser technology helps to eliminate old or damaged skin and encourages your body’s natural healing process, so you’re left with rejuvenated, healthy, radiant skin.

The Fraxel laser can be used to help remove the following:

  • Sun spots
  • Age spots
  • Dark spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne or surgical scars

To discuss which products would be ideal for your skin type or to schedule a consultation about the Fraxel laser, please contact our New Jersey plastic surgeon today. Call us at (855) 960-5525.

You Don’t Have Superman’s Jaw? No Problem! — New Jersey Dermal Fillers

shutterstock_1960015_zps19e81a65You spend all your time in the gym and are constantly working on having that studly, masculine physique. You’ve got the guns on your arms, that V-shaped torso that all of the ladies desire, and you’ve even got a stellar 6-pack, but there’s something you just can’t seem to work out enough to get the look your desire; your jaw.

It’s no secret that ladies love that jagged-edged, square jaw that’s in all the romance novels. But, what if you were just not blessed with such a jaw?

Our New Jersey plastic surgeons at Associates in Plastic Surgery have a solution for you that won’t even require any type of surgery. Using dermal fillers, we can help to fill in and shape your jaw to match the manliness of the rest of your body in exactly the way you’re hoping for.

One of our New Jersey plastic surgeons, like Dr. Andrew Miller, can expertly inject Juvèderm into your jaw, using just the right amount of the injectable. After injecting the proper amount of dermal filler, he will meticulously form the filler into the slick, chiseled look you’re hoping for. Superman will have nothing on you once this procedure is over!

With a very simple procedure, all of that work in the gym that has your body in tip-top shape will now match your ruggedly handsome, masculine jaw line!

To schedule this procedure and see how easily you can have the look you desire, please contact our New Jersey plastic surgeons and discuss a facial filler procedure. Call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at (855) 960-5525.

For a look at a personal story of a man loving his jawline after Juvederm injections, check out this article: http://goo.gl/o5EUaM

You Want to Put BOTOX Cosmetic Where? — New Jersey BOTOX Treatments

Beautiful skin of a woman thanks to BOTOX treatments from Dr. Andrew Miller, our New Jersey plastic surgeonIt is no secret that BOTOX® can be injected into your face in order to limit fine lines and wrinkles, but there are some other uses that may come as quite a shock to you.

BOTOX® is a protein complex derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When injected into areas of the skin that have fine lines or wrinkles, it stops the nerves from being able to fire signals to the muscles in the area. By rendering the muscles unable to contract, these areas of the skin relax and the wrinkles will dissipate.

Our New Jersey BOTOX specialists oftentimes will utilize BOTOX® injections in the forehead, or the crow’s feet around your eyes or nose. BOTOX® very rarely causes any complications and is FDA-approved.

Other Uses For BOTOX®

While it is quite commonly known that BOTOX® is used for the treatment of wrinkles, you may not be aware of its many other uses, each of which are also FDA-approved. The injection of BOTOX® has now been approved for the following:

  • Migraine treatment
  • To stop severe sweating in your underarms
  • To stop eyelid spasms
  • To help realign misaligned eyes

These exciting new uses are all performed by our New Jersey BOTOX® specialists at Associates in Plastic Surgery. You won’t believe the incredible results that BOTOX™ can deliver, no matter where you’re having it injected. To discover how BOTOX® can help you, call us today at (855) 960-5525.

Why Choose our New Jersey Breast Surgeon?

Gorgeous woman with perfect breast thanks to our New Jersey breast augmentation surgeonThere are always things on our bodies that we may want to improve upon. For women, this can oftentimes be your breasts. Thankfully, at Associates in Plastic Surgery, our New Jersey breast surgeon can help you determine whether you’re interested in increasing the size of your breasts, decreasing their size, or simply altering their shape.

Three of our doctors specialize in body augmentation and will take the time to meet with you to determine exactly what your aesthetic goals might be. After your consultation, we can help you determine what kind of breast surgery you’re interested in.

Our New Jersey breast surgeons can offer you any of the following breast procedures:

  • Breast augmentation — this may or may not involve a breast implant, but can be a procedure to alter the shape and location of your breasts and even improve your cleavage
  • Breast implants with lift — if your breasts have become saggy or deflated, we can lift them and add volume with a breast implant
  • Breast reduction with lift — if your breasts are too large, they can even cause back and neck pain, so we can reduce their volume and even lift them for a perkier appearance

What Sets our New Jersey Breast Surgeons Apart?

Combined, our team has over 5 decades of experience in helping patients achieve their goals. We utilize the best-possible technology available to ensure that your procedure goes according to plan, is as minimally-invasive as possible, and allows you to have the least amount of downtime possible.

Our artistic eyes and commitment to our patients sets us apart from other New Jersey plastic surgeons and we encourage you to come see for yourself what makes us different. To schedule a free consultation with our plastic surgeons, please call us today at (855) 960-5525.

Mini Facelift or Full Facelift – Which is Best for You?

Warren, NJ – Are you tired of looking in the mirror, only to see a tired-looking reflection, with a face that looks older than you feel? If you’ve thought about a facelift, but aren’t sure if a mini-facelift or full facelift is right for you, Dr. Andrew Miller, a facial plastic surgeon specialist, explains the differences.

“Each type of procedure has a specific target group,” says Dr. Miller, who treats patients from several offices, including a Warren plastic surgery office. “Mini-facelifts are a wonderful less invasive option that focuses on the jowls and tightens some of the skin.”

Plastic SurgeryMini-facelifts are best to treat patients who only have minor sagging. It focuses only on the jawline area, and doesn’t affect the forehead or eyes. Mini-facelifts also do not target the neck area.

Mini-facelifts focus on the lower third of the face and uses small incisions placed around the ears. There are many benefits to this type of procedure, including:
• Minimal scarring because the incisions can be concealed easily with the natural contours of your face.
• Less swelling, bruising and tenderness.
• A more conservative approach that will complement and enhance your natural beauty.
• Quick treatment time – the procedure uses local anesthesia and can be completed in about an hour and a half.
• Recovery time is only about a week.

A mini-facelift uses your natural bone structure and facial contours to highlight and accentuate your already beautiful face. The sagging skin that creates jowls and wrinkles will be corrected, creating a younger, refreshed you.

After a mini-facelift, you’ll need to avoid strenuous activity for the first week or so, but most patients are back to work within 10-14 days following surgery.

There are some drawbacks to mini-facelifts, however. They are not permanent, and typically last only up to 10 years. Your face will continue to be affected by aging and gravity. If you aren’t happy with the appearance of your forehead and eyes, a mini-facelift won’t be much help.

“In cases where patients want a more refreshed look for their entire face, but aren’t ready for a full facelift, we can discuss combining procedures,” says Dr. Miller. “In some cases, adding an eyelid procedure can provide the most refreshed look. For other patients, we might discuss fat injections to fill in hollowed-out looking areas of the face.”

Mini-facelifts are not ideal for patients who have a large amount of loose skin or heavier necks. For these patients, Dr. Miller recommends a full facelift.

A full facelift is ideal for patients with:

  • Sagging that affects the middle of the face
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids, or along the nose extending toward the corner of the mouth
  • Loss of skin tone in the lower face that has resulted in jowls
  • Loose skin and excess fat deposits resulting in a double chin look

“A facelift is the most comprehensive approach to treating sagging skin and wrinkles in the face,” says Dr. Miller. “A facelift will effectively remove excess skin, tighten the underlying tissues and muscles, and redrape the skin on the face and neck. We refer to it as the gold standard in facial rejuvenation for a good reason – it can effectively restore your youthful vigor.”

Facelifts can improve multiple areas of the face in just one procedure, meaning you won’t need multiple procedures to ensure the best results. A facelift can last more than 10 years, while taking 10 years off of your appearance, and it can recontour your neck and jawline better than any other procedure can.

Ideal candidates for a full facelift are patients who have:

  • Sagging skin in the mid-face and jawline
  • Deep creases from the nose to corners of the mouth
  • Lines running from the corner of the mouth down to the chin
  • Loss of facial fat, resulting in a hollowed out appearance
  • Sagging skin and loss of muscle tone
  • Double chin from fatty deposits at the chin and jaw
  • Creased, sagging skin in the neck

In a traditional facelift, the surgeon will use incisions around your temples that run down around your ears. The incision will be hidden by the natural contours of your face, but will be larger than those used for a mini-facelift.

Once the incision is made, your surgeon will separate the skin from the muscles and tissues. This allows the skin to be re-draped at the end of the procedure, making it smooth.

The skin from the temples, cheeks and neck is then lifted and repositioned, along with the connective tissues while removing any excess fat or skin.

The skin will then be re-draped over the new underlying structure he created ad close the incisions. Stitches or small metal clips will be used to close the incision, and drainage tubes will be inserted where needed. You’ll then get a padded and supportive dressing applied to the face.

Recovery time from a full facelift will be longer than a mini-facelift. You’ll need to refrain from driving for the first week, and will need to avoid strenuous activity and exercise for two to four weeks. You’ll also need to sleep in a semi-reclined position to aid in healing.
If you are ready for the reflection you see in the mirror to show the world how young and beautiful you feel on the inside, schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon today. The best approach to help you achieve your post-surgery goals will be determined by your surgeon at that time.
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Alcohol and Plastic Surgery Don’t Mix

Staten Island, NY– If you’re looking forward to pouring yourself a glass of wine or cocktail after your Staten Island breast implant or other plastic surgery procedure, you might want to think again. Alcohol and plastic surgery don’t mix, so it’s a good idea to refrain from alcohol both immediately before surgery and during your recovery period.

“Alcohol can interfere with surgery, and with recovery,” says Staten Island plastic and reconstructive surgery expert Dr. Andrew Miller. “It can dry out the skin, which can affect your surgeon’s ability to stretch the skin in procedures such as facelifts and tummy tucks.”

Breast augmentation surgeryThis can also make it more difficult for your surgeon to effectively suture your skin back together, and could leave a less than ideal scarring issue.

Alcohol can also make the anesthesiologist’s job harder because it interferes with the sedatives you’ll need during surgery. Alcohol reduces their effectiveness, so if you have had an alcoholic drink prior to surgery, it will be harder for the anesthesiologist to determine the proper dosage you’ll need during surgery.

Alcohol works as a blood thinner, and during a surgery, this can pose serious problems. If your surgeon encounters any unexpected blood loss, alcohol can only exacerbate the problem by making it harder to control the bleeding. If a surgeon suspects you may have been drinking prior to surgery, he may reschedule your surgery to ensure your safety during the procedure.

And if you’re planning to toast your new look with a glass of champagne in the immediate days of your recovery, that might not be the best idea, either.

“Alcohol increases swelling,” says Dr. Miller. “We want to help you recover as quickly as possible, and always hope the swelling will go away as quickly as possible. Adding alcohol to your recovery will do the opposite because it dilates your blood vessels, resulting in swelling. This is especially a concern for patients who undergo rhinoplasty as the nose is more susceptible to alcohol-related swelling. Alcohol can make your recovery longer, and more painful.”

As we mentioned as one of the dangers during surgery, thinning of the blood is also a concern during recovery. Drinking alcohol will put you at a higher risk to experience post-op bleeding, and can lengthen your recovery time.

Alcohol and the pain medication you will be given are not a good combination. Drinking alcohol while taking pain medication can alter the effectiveness of the medication. But more than that, mixing the two can have dangerous results. Side effects can include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, fainting, headaches and a loss of coordination. You will have a higher risk of internal bleeding, heart problems and can even experience difficulty breathing.

While a glass of red wine a day may be good for your health, it’s best to refrain from alcohol of any kind for two weeks prior to surgery and two weeks after your surgery. You’re investing a lot in your new look, and want to come out of recovery looking and feeling your best. Always follow your doctor’s recommendations, and think twice before picking up that glass to toast your new look.

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Removing the Plastic Surgery Stigma

Marlboro, NJ – A recent study commissioned by RealSelf, the leading online community dedicated to cosmetic surgery, found that one in five women are currently pursing options in their plastic surgeon’s office to enhance or correct a body part they are unhappy with. An additional 30 percent of women say they would consider plastic surgery to improve their appearance.

NJ breast implants“We love seeing statistics like these,” says Dr. Andrew Miller. “Seeing more women embrace plastic surgery removes the stigma and shows the world that there is nothing to be ashamed of if you want to enhance or update your appearance. It’s becoming more mainstream, allowing more women to embrace all that we can offer.”

The study found that younger women, those in the 25-34 year old category in particular, are most likely to seek out surgery to correct something they dislike.

The study also found that regardless of other factors, such as age, ethnicity or race, the biggest area for concern is the midsection. Sixty five percent of women surveyed said their abdomen or back was their biggest problem area. Liposuction and abdominoplasty have been in the top five plastic surgery procedures performed for the last several years, and now we know why.

“In 2013, there were more than 11 million cosmetic procedures performed,” says Dr. Miller. “It goes far beyond just breast implants, and technology has enhanced so much that we are able to make subtle differences to a person’s appearance to make them look well rested and relaxed, rather than plastic and fake. This is a big reason why more women are interested in pursuing cosmetic procedures.”

In 2013, women accounted for more than 90 percent of the total cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. And we’ve seen that these aren’t women who are attempting to look 20 when they’re really 70, or who suffer from low self-esteem. Rather, they are women who simply want to be the best versions of themselves, and have realized that plastic surgery is a wonderful way to do that.

“One of my favorite things about my job is helping women look as beautiful on the outside as they feel on the inside,” says Dr. Miller. “Every day, women are learning the benefits plastic surgery can have on their lives, through both invasive and non-invasive procedures. I love seeing my patients embrace and own their beauty, and if a visit to my office can help them greet the world with a little more confidence, that’s a beautiful thing.”

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Wrinkles and Lines and Sags – Oh My!

NJ cosmetic SurgeryEdison, NJ – During Hollywood’s awards season, we love to dissect the appearance of our favorite celebrities, often wondering how some of our favorite actresses look so amazing. Have they had work done to remove the lines and wrinkles of their faces, or are they simply blessed with good genetics? What aspects of your face do you have control over, and which are left to genetics?

Our genes affect some aspects of our appearance. Our bone structure, coloring, symmetry and thickness of our skin are a result of what we inherited. These are things that New Jersey cosmetic surgery can’t really do much to affect, and our genetics can also dictate how we age.

For instance, how our muscles move determine where our wrinkles will form. Have you noticed as you age, you’re developing lines in the same places as your mother? That’s because your facial structure is similar to hers, so your muscles work in the same way.

“The strength of your facial muscles also determines where the lines might appear on your face,” says plastic surgery expert Dr. Andrew Miller. “If you have particularly strong muscles around your eyes, or between your eyebrows, and use your eyes to express yourself a lot, then that is the area that will tend to wrinkle more.”

If, however, the muscles are stronger in your mouth, these muscles will start to pull down at the corners, creating the permanent frown look you may have noticed.

So if you’ve ever looked at one of your parents and thought they could benefit from an eye lift or other procedure, start taking a closer look at the same area on your face – you might be surprised to see the same lines and wrinkles beginning to creep up.

But there is good news – there are some things you can control.

One of the biggest factors that can age our appearance is exposure to the sun. Many believe exposure to the sun is actually the number one factor in causing wrinkles. One study even found it to be a bigger impact on facial wrinkles than heredity! So that means anytime you will be in the sun, wear sunscreen, sunglasses and consider wearing a hat for extra protection.

You should also avoid smoking. Smoking prematurely ages your skin by breaking down collagen and elastin, and making your skin thinner.

Get your beauty rest. Studies show that when you lack sleep, your body produces too much cortisol, which breaks down skin cells, making it less elastic and more likely to wrinkle.

Try not to squint. Squinting overworks the fine muscles around your eyes, leading to wrinkles. Wear sunglasses when out in the sun and invest in reading glasses if you need them.

Eat more chocolate. Studies have found that cocoa contains properties that protect skin from sun damage, improves skin cell circulation and helps the skin stay hydrated, making it look and feel smoother.

But when you’ve done everything possible to avoid wrinkles, yet still look in the mirror and wish you could do more, Associates in Plastic Surgery are here for you in New Jersey. Blepharoplasty is an excellent option to correct loose or sagging skin around the eyes, as well as removing fatty deposits and bags and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.

Botox, laser resurfacing, and chemical peels are wonderful options for patients looking for less invasive procedures to smooth their lines and wrinkles.

For the patient who wants to turn back the hands of time, facelifts and mini-facelifts can work wonders. Schedule your consultation with Associates in Plastic Surgery today to rid your face of those lines and wrinkles that are prematurely aging you.

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Which Kardashians Have Gone Under the Knife?

Edison, NJ – The Kardashian family is famous for being beautiful, but that doesn’t mean they don’t seek out a little bit of professional help to maintain that beauty. Which of the famous clan have had plastic surgery and which procedures are they rumored to have had?

It seems Kim wasn’t the only one who wanted to look perfect for her 2011 wedding day. In an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, family matriarch Kris was recorded preparing for a facelift. Kris claims that she wanted to refresh her neck, an area we’ve recently written about. Kris emerged looking more refreshed and relaxed, and ready to face the many cameras during the wedding festivities.

So what about her famous daughters? Who has had work, and who simply uses makeup tricks to gain their perfect Instagram selfies?

Edison Plastic SurgeryLet’s start with the most famous of the girls, Kim. Kim has long been in the spotlight and women all over the world use her famous bottom as examples for their own butt lift procedures. Many plastic surgery experts think Kim may have had a conservative nose job.

“One of the beautiful things of a well-performed surgery is that it should be barely noticeable,” says Edison plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Miller. “And this seems to be the case with Kim’s potential rhinoplasty. Comparing older pictures to photos of Kim today, her nose does seem to be a bit shorter and more refined. Our goal is always to have the end result look natural, and Kim’s nose, if she did have surgery, is a gorgeous example of a surgery performed by a talented surgeon.”

Many have also speculated that Kim has had breast implants, and for years people speculated that her well-defined derriere had to have been fake. To thwart the rumors of having buttocks implants, Kim even went as far as to be X-rayed on television. While the result showed no evidence of buttocks implants, some still speculate that perhaps her famous bottom has received a bit of help through fat injections.

One of Kim’s ex-husbands claims he paid for a full body makeover, including breast augmentation and liposuction. While Kim has denied most plastic surgery rumors, she has admitted to one procedure – Botox.

Unlike her little sister, Kourtney Kardashian has been more open about her plastic surgery. Kourtney has been open about her breast implants. She had her first procedure performed while in college, but in 2009 had an additional procedure and has since reported how pleased she is with her look.

Khloe Kardashian has also long been rumored to have had some work done, as well. While some have thought perhaps Khloe had a nose job, experts don’t see any obvious signs of work, and instead credit the look to some makeup tricks such as contouring.

One thing that has obviously changed over the years, though, is the plumpness of Khloe’s lips. Experts agree that Khloe seems to enjoy the benefits of lip injections.

But the three oldest Kardashian sisters aren’t the only ones who regularly face plastic surgery rumors. Now that their youngest sisters have more fully entered the spotlight, the teens have come under fire, too. Kylie, who is only in her late teens, has been accused of having Botox, a nose job and lip fillers.

A look at photos of the younger Jenner from just a few years ago shows a very plumped up mouth. Plastic surgery experts suspect injections, but Kylie claims her new pout is simply the result of lipstick tricks.

While we can only speculate on most of the procedures the Kardashian crew has undergone, one thing is certain – the family who is known for their beauty aren’t strangers to the surgeon’s office. And no matter what they may or may not have done, they are beautiful!

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Top Celebrity Feature of 2014

Thigh LiftMarlboro, NJ – Do you have a celebrity whose style or overall beauty inspires you? You’re not alone – according to a report from the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery, many plastic surgeons saw a rise on the number of patients bringing photos of their favorite celebrity to their plastic surgery consultation.

“We’re inundated with images of celebrities every day,” says Dr. Andrew Miller. “From the supermarket tabloids to social media, it seems we can hardly turn our heads without seeing someone famous. And perhaps subconsciously we think that if we can have Angelina Jolie’s lips, perhaps we can have a bit of the success she has, as well.”

Jolie’s lips and cheekbones were the most requested celebrity feature for 2014. While her lips have long been a top requested procedure, the success of her movie Maleficent brought her gorgeous cheekbones to the forefront. So how can you get those high cheekbones?

Injectable facial fillers are a great option to recreate Jolie’s look. They add shape and contour, without the downtime of more invasive procedures. And as technology advances, we’re seeing more effective and longer lasting results.

Jolie’s facial structure isn’t the only one being asked for. Beyonce’s beautiful bone structure is also highly sought after.

The top noses asked for in 2014 were Natalie Portman’s and Brad Pitt’s.

“The hardest part about working with patients who want to look like a celebrity is tempering their expectations with reality,” says Dr. Miller. “You may ask me for Natalie Portman’s nose, but that doesn’t mean I can make you look like the star. My goal is always to take your natural beauty and enhance it through whatever procedure you have chosen.”

It’s probably no surprise that Kim Kardashian rounds out the list of celebrities with features people covet. From her famous derriere to her beautiful facial structure, there’s a lot to envy.

If you want a bottom that is as round and full as Kim K’s, a Brazilian butt lift is a great procedure. It’s a procedure that’s grown in popularity over the last several years, perhaps as the fame of Kim and Beyonce have increased. The procedure is much easier to go through than buttock implants, and one thing patients love is that it can be enhanced over time.

The procedure starts with liposuction to contour the waist and hips. The fat collected is then harvested and processed, and re-injected to sculpt the buttocks. Remaining fat can be frozen and used later to sculpt the buttocks even more, if desired.

The AAFPRS doesn’t expect wanting to look like your favorite celebrity to end anytime soon, and also expects to continue to see patients seeking out plastic surgery to look better in their social media and online profiles.

“As a plastic surgeon, I have a responsibility to my patients,” says Dr. Miller. “That is to help them achieve their desired results, but also to help them understand the limits plastic surgery has. I love being able to bring out the confidence and inner beauty of my patients – it really is the most rewarding part of my job. Plastic surgery may not make you as rich and famous as Angeline Jolie, but it can transform your life.”
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Buffalo School District Spends Millions of Teacher Plastic Surgery

Staten Island, NY – When you think of the perks of being a teacher, you probably think of summers off. But what about a free breast augmentation? For one Buffalo school district, plastic surgery is covered in their insurance plans.

The Buffalo district poses an interesting query as districts throughout the country are facing dwindling budgets and layoffs. In fact, in 2012 in the state of New York, 7,000 teachers were laid off, but in Buffalo, all 3,400 teachers in the district were eligible to receive free cosmetic procedures.

NY Plastic SurgeryThe cosmetic rider has been a part of the teacher’s deal for more than 4 decades, and for quite a while no one really even noticed. However, as the popularity of cosmetic procedures has increased over the years, teachers have begun taking advantage of the program for everything from Botox, laser hair removal and even rhinoplasty.

And plastic surgeons are reaping the benefits of the cosmetic rider, even targeting teachers in special newsletters and other advertisements. One Buffalo NY plastic surgeon estimates that about 30 percent of his total patients are teachers.

The Buffalo school district’s insurance plan is self-funded, which means that teachers can get the plastic surgery perk without paying anything, even a co-pay. In 2013-14, the district paid just more than $5.4 million for cosmetic procedures.

And the perk comes at a time when the district was also estimated to face a budget deficit of around $50 million.

While some may think the cosmetic surgery perk is frivolous, let’s take a look at the average teacher’s workload.

A study performed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that the average teacher worked 10 hours and 40 minutes a day, making for a 53 hour work week. In addition to the work done in the classroom with students, there are lesson plans to create, tests and papers to grade, parents to communicate with, and much more. And the average teacher salary is $49,000.

When you look at the amount of work our teachers put in, a perk such as plastic surgery might not seem such a crazy thing.

The goal of plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures is to help patients feel refreshed, relaxed and renewed. And some might argue this a benefit we should provide to our teachers who work so hard to educate our youth.

It is interesting to note that the cosmetic surgery rider was added into the teachers’ contract to originally cover the costs of reconstructive surgeries to help in the event of accident or severe burns. In 1996, the rider was almost removed but a serious accident involving the daughter of a district employee prompted the union to lobby to keep the rider.

And since then, we have seen a huge rise in the popularity in plastic surgery throughout the country. In 2013 alone, 15.1 million cosmetic procedures were performed, marking a 3 percent increase from the year before. In 2000, there were just more than 7.4 million procedures performed.

At its peak in 2009, nearly 500 teachers used the perk, leaving the district with just more than $9 million is plastic surgery bills. One doctor apparently was so popular he alone was responsible for $4 million of that.

While many might be crying foul, it’s important to note that the agreement the teachers are currently working under actually expired more than a decade ago. The district and the teacher’s union have been trying to reach a new agreement since then, but have yet to reach a consensus.

Of the ideas being discussed are increasing teacher pay, asking teachers to contribute a small amount toward their insurance coverage and possibly removing the cosmetic surgery rider.

Some are wondering how teachers could still be receiving this benefit if their contract expired in 2004. Under a state law known as the Triborough Amendment, once a public employee’s contract expires, they are able to continue working under that contract’s terms until a new contract is negotiated through the union. That means teachers get to keep all of their benefits, including any yearly salary increases included in the expired agreement.

District officials estimate that if the cosmetic surgery rider is written out of a new contract, they could hire close to 100 new employees.

So we ask you – should the teachers renegotiate and agree to lose the cosmetic rider? Or is this a valuable benefit for teachers who are often overworked and underpaid?

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Body builders and gynecomastia

Warren, Edison, and Marlboro NJGynecomastia is the growth of breast tissue in men that can tend to be a source of embarrassment for adolescents or adults. According to gynecomastia.org  sixty percent of male adolescents have some degree of this issue.  This usually goes away as adolescence ends, but it can be permanent when it reappears in adults, and especially bodybuilders.

Bodybuilders have a higher rate of eventual gynecomastia because of anabolic steroid use, or ingestion of over-the-counter hormones sold in sport and general nutrition stores. Professional bodybuilding is a very competitive sport in which contestants are not allowed to have more than 9% body fat. This lack of body fat makes their glandular tissue even more pronounced, and if it is too pronounced, it can cause a career to end.

In articles published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, Mordcai Blau, MD and Ron Hazani, MD report that there is a plastic surgery solution. There are several reasons gynecomastia surgery in bodybuilders calls for a different approach. In contrast to other groups of gynecomastia patients, who tend to be overweight or obese, bodybuilders usually don’t need removal of excess fat or skin. Surgical removal of excess breast tissue is the treatment of choice, because having the condition addressed by liposuction, can lead to recurrences, bleeds, and other adverse effects.

The surgeons treated 1,574 bodybuilders for gynecomastia from 1980 to 2013. Of those 1,073 were followed up for a period of 1 to 5 years. Only 2% of the men were candidates for liposuction, the rest had too much unwanted breast tissue and needed surgery. Male breast reduction is the best option to rid the body of this glandular tissue, but there are challenges. The extra glandular tissue results in an increase in blood flow to the chest. The use of different vitamins and supplements also can put the patient at risks for bleeding. The entire glandular tissue has to be removed or it will grow back. Overall the patients involved in the study had results that were aesthetically pleasing, so the authors concluded that direct excision is the best approach possible.

“A direct excision utilizing a peri-areolar incision tends to heal very well in most patients,“says Dr. Shain Cuberbody a breast surgery specialist in New Jersey. The rate of gynecomastia recurrence is extremely low with the excision of most of the mammary gland tissue.

In most cases the surgery has had a positive impact of the careers of the bodybuilders. Complications were uncommon and generally minor. There was a six percent rate of hematoma, blood collections causing pain, swelling, and bruising. Dr. Blau notes this problem became less common after he began providing stricter instructions regarding preoperative and postoperative care.  “It is best to stop all herbal supplements, medication and protein shakes two weeks prior to the surgery and two weeks after the surgery to achieve the best possible results” says Dr. Cuber.

In general, male breast reduction is an excellent surgery that usually results in a happy patient. If this condition bothers you as a patient, seek out an experienced gynecomastia surgeon to help.

 

Dr. Andrew Miller Featured in NY Daily News

Staten Island, NY – A recent NY Daily News article featured Associates in Plastic Surgery’s own Dr. Andrew Miller. The article, posted online on February 4, has been shared on Facebook hundreds of times in just a week.

NY Plastic SurgeonReporter Nicole Lyn Pesce wrote about the increasing phenomenon of seeking out plastic surgery to improve one’s appearance thanks to the selfie craze.

The rise in social media has sparked many to turn to plastic surgeons so they can look ideal in their photos. Often times, patients bring in photos of their favorite celebrity, asking for a similar nose, or lips, or other body part.

But something new is happening. Patients are now bringing in photos of themselves. That’s right, they are bringing in their own selfies – taken at different angles or with different filters, and asking surgeons to make them look more like what they see in the picture.

“Anyone can look good in a picture these days,” says Dr. Miller. “People often go through quite a procedure to ensure their selfies are the best, including using PhotoShop or other computer programs to ensure perfection. But in real life, there are no filters or PhotoShop, unless you visit my office.”

For Dr. Miller’s patient quoted in the article, her appearance in photos is exactly what sent her to his office. She didn’t like the way her neck looked in photos, so she sought out Dr. Miller for a neck lift, an increasingly popular procedure for patients ages 30 to 70.

She loved her results, and referred to Dr. Miller as “an artist.”

“I love my job, and part of that is because of the joy I get to see when my patients see their results,” says Dr. Miller. “No matter why a patient comes to me, I love seeing the smiles on their faces when they look in the mirror. Plastic surgery can have a tremendous impact on someone’s self-esteem, and I’m very proud of the work I do.”

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery estimates that social media is to thank for the 33% bump in procedures in 2013.

“It’s actually a bit refreshing seeing patients who bring in their own pictures,” says Dr. Miller. “We always say that plastic surgery should enhance your natural beauty, rather than try to make you look like someone totally different. I love helping my patients find their true beauty, whether it’s for an Instagram selfie, or to compete in the job market, or simply to recapture a bit of their youth that they lost.”

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What’s the Key to Long-term Liposuction Success?

Edison, NJ – Are you interested in liposuction to help remove stubborn fat, but want to be sure that fat stays off? The success of your Edison liposuction procedure depends on one thing – you.

“A new study suggests that the keys to long-term success after liposuction depend on the patient’s commitment to living a healthier lifestyle,” says Dr. Shain Cuber, a successful NJ plastic surgeon. “Liposuction isn’t a cure-all. Patients must be committed to improving their lifestyles through healthy diet and exercise plans.”

Fat female body partThe study showed that patients who didn’t improve their diets were three times more likely to gain weight than those who did, and those who didn’t exercise regularly were four times as likely to gain weight.

“The results of this study are important for us to share with patients,” says Dr. Cuber. “We see patients who think that liposuction is a quick weight loss fix, but that is not what it is intended for. Liposuction should be used to contour areas of the body that don’t respond well to diet and exercise, but should be used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle.”

For many people, even after rigorous diet and exercise, there are areas of the body that just simply don’t respond the way they would like. The hips and thighs are common areas in women, while men often have problems around their midsection. Liposuction can help smooth and contour these areas to ensure the problem areas are more in line with the rest of the patient’s physique.

The study interviewed liposuction patients and asked them about their lifestyle habits, the areas they had liposuctioned and their overall satisfaction with the procedure.

Of those who responded, 43 percent had gained weight since their procedure. Of that number, only 10% increased their exercise levels, while only 22% improved their diets.

Contrast those numbers with those who didn’t gain weight. In that population, 50% improved their diets and 35% were exercising more.

“The patients who will have the most success are the ones who are committed to living a healthier lifestyle,” says Dr. Cuber. “Part of our job as plastic surgeons is to ensure our patients are satisfied with their results, and much of that is ensuring they go into a procedure with realistic expectations. If you are at a healthy weight and maintain a healthy diet and exercise program, you should have every reason to believe your liposuction will be successful. On the contrary, though, if you are simply looking for a quick fix with little commitment on your part, liposuction probably won’t have lasting results.”

Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, but it’s not a barrier against weight gain. Patients who are committed to leading an overall healthy lifestyle will enjoy their results for years to come.

Patients who are looking for a way to improve their body’s contour, but in a less invasive way, are discovering the difference CoolSculpting can make.

The CoolSculpting technology gently and effectively targets fat cells through controlled cooling. That means the targeted fat cells are effectively frozen. They then die, and over time, your body naturally processes them and eliminates the dead cells. The result is a slimmer, more contoured body.

The technology is FDA approved and is a safe, yet highly effective, approach to removing stubborn fat pockets with no surgery and even better, no downtime.

“CoolSculpting is the next generation in fat removal technology,” says Dr. Cuber. “It very easily could overtake liposuction as the go-to body sculpting technique. We’re seeing great results, and our patients are loving their new, sculpting physiques.”

CoolSculpting cool the fat cells that lie beneath the skin, leaving the surrounding tissue undamaged. There is no need to worry about damage to nerves or other tissue, as the fat cells crystallize at a much higher rate than other cells.

The procedure is painless, and is quick enough that you can stop in to one of the Associates in Plastic Surgery offices on your lunch break and be back to work that same afternoon.

During the procedure, a machine is placed over the area with the fat to be targeted. The targeted bulge will feel cold, but before you know it, you’ll be on your way with no recovery time. Once complete, all you need to do is wait to see your results.

The fat cells are killed during the freezing process, but it does take time for your body to process and eliminate them. In as little as three weeks, you’ll begin to see dramatic changes to the contour of your body.

“While CoolSculpting is a quicker and less invasive procedure than liposuction, to guarantee long-term results, you’ll need to take the same healthy approach to life,” says Dr. Cuber. “Being mindful of diet and exercise are the only surefire ways to guarantee that fat will stay away.”

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Discover the Power of Fat Grafting

Staten Island, NY – Fat grafting is becoming a popular term used in the plastic surgery world, and it seems almost every day, we’re seeing a new use for it. So what are some of the ways fat grafting is revolutionizing the plastic surgery world?

NJ SurgeonFat grafting is a procedure through which excess fat is removed from a body part, typically the abdomen, thighs or buttocks, and then treated and re-injected into an area the patient would like plumped up.

Fat transfers are meant to minimize wrinkles or to fill in areas of the face or body. Because your surgeon will use your own fat cells, you don’t need to worry about your body rejecting the tissue.

For women looking for a smaller increase in their breast size, fat grafting is a great option. Patients looking for a natural breast enhancement see great results, especially when paired with a pre-operative expansion. This technique gradually expands the breast before the fat is transferred, thereby giving the fat cells a place to go when they enter the breast.

Many reconstructive surgeons are also seeing beautiful results using fat transfer to fill in the breasts in cancer patients after a lumpectomy.

Women who want a more rounded bottom are using fat transfer in buttock enhancement procedures. Commonly referred to as a Brazilian butt lift, patients love it because it gives them the backside they want, but without the more extensive procedure of butt implants.

A Brazilian butt lift begins with liposuction to contour the waist and hips and harvest fat to inject into the buttocks. The fat is processed to remove excess liquid and then injected into the buttocks to build them up. There is a little bit of bruising and swelling following the procedure, but patients should recover completely in about a week.

The wonderful thing about this procedure is that the excess fat that isn’t used can be frozen and used for later procedures. As repeat injections are made, more fat remains, creating a long lasting and beautiful result.

Fat transfers also offer beautiful results to patients’ facial appearance. As we age, our skin can lose some of its fat, causing a sagging and hollow appearance. A fat transfer to the face will fill the face out, making it look younger and more refreshed.

Fat transfer is ideal for rejuvenating and plumping the lips, correcting bags under the eyes, and filling out the cheeks and chin. When performed by a highly skilled surgeon, fat transfer can be a beautiful, permanent solution.

Other areas fat grafting can be used include to widen the hips and to make hands look fuller and more youthful.

It’s important to remember that some fat cells can be lost in the immediate post op period, so a surgeon may compensate for that by injecting a bit more than is ultimately needed. After the swelling goes away, patients will be able to see what their final result will be. And because the fat that is removed can be stored, patients can begin conservatively and then inject more fat at a later date if they desire a fuller look.

If you’re looking for a more natural way to enhance your breasts or buttocks, or to smooth the lines and wrinkles on your face, fat grafting is a wonderful option. Plastic surgeons have been using the technique for more than a century, but recent years have seen a resurgence of the procedure as technology has improved.
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Are Neck Lifts the New Anti-Aging Trend?

Marlboro, NJ – To look younger, you might think about getting Botox injections to smooth the lines and wrinkles on your face. But would you think a smoother neck could make you look younger?

“We’ve seen a large upturn in the number of younger women seeking neck lifts,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a NJ plastic surgeon who credits the trend to the increased popularity in plastic surgery overall. “We’ve seen women begin using Botox and other injectables at younger ages, because the stigma that was once associated with surgery is gone. And once they’ve smoothed the line and wrinkles on their faces, they may realize the neck area is actually aging them.”

NJ neck liftAs we get older, our skin loses some of its elasticity, causing sagging and the turkey-neck look we sometimes see. A neck lift is a great way to smooth and tone the area under the chin, and can also make look younger and feel more refreshed.

The typical neck lift patient is someone who doesn’t want to treat the entire face through a facelift, and the average patient ranges in age from 30 to 70. If you have excess skin that has lost its elasticity or an excess of fat, and are otherwise healthy, a neck lift could be the solution for you.

Neck lifts can be performed in a variety of ways. The first is through an incision near the ear, very similar to the incision a surgeon would make during a facelift. The loose skin will be excised and then the incision will be closed.

In a platysmaplasty, a surgeon will create an incision under the chin. No skin will need to be removed, instead, the surgeon will remove or realign a portion of the neck muscles, which will tighten the middle area of the neck. This works well for patients with banded looking necks.

In older patients, surgeons may opt to remove skin directly from under the chin, using a zig zag incision. This reduces the complexity of the procedure for patients who may be worried about how they will do during surgery.

Patients love the results they see with neck lifts, as they are long lasting and new techniques minimize scarring and reduce recovery time. Many surgeons are now using tissue glue to secure the incisions after surgery, removing the need for surgical drains and speeding up healing and recovery time.

Most patients will recover fully in one to two weeks, but should avoid strenuous activity for at least three weeks. Compression bandages can reduce swelling and aid in recovery.

If you’re tired of a sagging neck that leads the world to believe you’re older than you actually are, and are ready to look and feel refreshed, schedule a consultation with Associates in Plastic Surgery today.

 

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Can Plastic Surgery really be linked to success in the workplace?

Edison, Warren & Marlboro, New Jersey – We all want to look our best on a daily basis and most of us want to look better than the person we’re standing next to or going up against for a hiring position. Looking great is definitely a confidence boost to say the least, but can your looks really increase the chance of landing that job you really want?

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According to US NEWS, more Americans are going under the knife in order to climb the corporate ladder. Some say it makes perfect sense. Faced with layoffs, straining economic times, and a belief that hiring is based on looks, millions of men and woman around the world are looking at cosmetic medical procedures to give them a competitive edge in the workplace. “Often it’s not just about the external gratification of knowing people find you attractive,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a top facial plastic surgeon in New Jersey. “Patients often tell me that even a small procedure will make them more self-assured in job interviews.” A number of surgeons reported seeing an increase in cosmetic surgery among those who want to be more competitive in the workplace. Unfortunately, women have experienced discrimination at work based on their looks, causing a concern many feel to be true: good-looking people are more likely to get ahead. Women are expected to look a certain way, and if it is not great, they will be less likely to get the job.

There are several procedures that can be done quickly if that job interview is around the corner. Botox, fillers and other injectables can help a person look refreshed and energetic. These procedures give the appearance of being more youthful, and that can go a long way in today’s competitive job market.

Your physical appearance is always something employers notice. Of course when going on an interview it is important to look your absolute best. Employers notice your hairstyle, the outfit you choose, and how you carry yourself. It may not be right, but women get critiqued on their appearance. While it is important to have the ability to do the job well, having beauty on top of that attribute definitely puts you in a better position. In a study conducted by the University of California a few years ago, attractive staff members were found to earn more than their less attractive counterparts. This was due to the perception that beautiful people were being more helpful and cooperative than their peers.

There are many women who have already reached a high level in their career, usually on the basis of merit, but many still feel the need to obtain a refreshed appearance. The comments about “getting older” certainly do not help because it is felt that some men can get better looking as they age. Most successful women are quite confident to begin with so they do not feel like they need plastic surgery, but still come in to maintain that refreshed appearance. A simple mini facelift can certainly help the effects of gravity without looking obvious in any way.

The basic point is that there is nothing wrong with trying to refresh your appearance as long as it is done in a natural way. Feeling good about your appearance can give you that outward confidence you need to excel on a daily basis.

Botox Alternatives

NJ lips enlargementEdison, NJ – Are you looking for a way to get wrinkle-free, smoother skin but are worried about the idea of injecting a toxin? Are there alternatives to Botox that can get rid of wrinkles, with lasting effects?

“A new treatment, called Neubelle, was recently approved for use by the FDA,” says plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Miller. “Botox utilizes a toxin to inhibit muscle movement to smooth out the lines on the face. Neubelle has the same result, but through radiofrequency energy.”

A Botox injection consists of either a type A or B toxin that works to block the release of a neurotransmission between the nerves and targeted muscles. The muscles are effectively paralyzed, thereby erasing wrinkles. Botox typically lasts between three and five months.

Neubelle offers similar results, but uses a different technique to achieve them. Radiofrequency creates what is known as a thermal injury, about the size of a grain of rice, that blocks the nerve from conducting to the muscle.

So how does it work?

First, the surgeon preps the skin with numbing injections. Then, the muscle will be stimulated with a TENS device. This causes the muscle to contract through a mild electric shock, telling the doctor where to target the injections.

Next, the doctor will guide a tiny probe under the skin to create the thermal injury. This will deactivate it, so the muscle will no longer contract and giving the skin a wrinkle-free look. The Neubelle probe is so small that the doctor will be able to single out single nerves, allowing for the most customizable skin smoothing treatment.

The ideal Neubelle patient is one who is looking for an anti-aging solution, but who is hesitant to inject a toxin in their skin. Likewise, patients who are resistant to Botox might love this solution. Also, patients looking for longer lasting results might be drawn to Neubelle. Results are immediate, and typically last between 8 months and a year, while some may see results that last up to two years.

However, there are some drawbacks to Neubelle.

“Botox works wonders on crow’s feet and all the tiny lines on your face,” says Dr. Miller. “Neubelle can only be used on the horizontal lines on your forehead and on partial frown lines. Another big negative we see for patients is the cost. Neubelle treatment can cost around $3,000.”

As technology advances, we’ll continue to see more great options to help people look better than ever. We’re excited about the future of plastic surgery, and hope you are, too.
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Plastic Surgery Trends for 2015

Staten Island, NY – What plastic surgery trends can we expect in the coming year? Dr. Andrew Miller, a top New York plastic surgeon, discusses the trends for 2015.

healthy young woman“First, I foresee a rise in minimally invasive procedures,” says Dr. Miller. “People lead busy, active lifestyles, so they are searching for ways to freshen their looks with the least amount of downtime possible. Botox and fillers used to be the only options in minimally invasive procedures, but now, we can remove fat without surgery through CoolSculpting, Ultrashape and other techniques, and we can expect technology to continue to grow in leaps and bounds.”

Dr. Miller also expects to continue to see a wide range in ages coming to his office. People of all ages have seen the benefits of a nip and tuck, and as social media continues to dominate our world, Dr. Miller expects to continue to see people wanting to put their best face forward.

That means facial plastic surgery procedures will probably be in high demand. Rhinoplasties, blepharoplasties and mini facelifts can help social media hounds look even better in the all-important selfie.

And, as a recent study we reported on shows that plastic surgery doesn’t have any additional risks for senior patients, we can expect more older patients to look to recapture a bit of their youth.

“You’ve heard sayings like 40 is the new 20,” says Dr. Miller. “Well, some people are now saying that 70 is the new 50. People are living longer, and want to enjoy their lives to the fullest by looking and feeling their best. Plastic surgery is safe at any age, so we expect to see a continued rise in the number of senior citizens using our services.”

And we can expect more men to turn to plastic surgery, as well. Over the last several years, we’ve seen a steady uptick in the number of men having cosmetic procedures and we expect that to continue. Men are looking to stay competitive in the job market for longer, and facial plastic surgery procedures can help that happen.

If the eyes are the window to the soul, expect to see a big increase in the number of eye procedure performed. Blepharoplasty is a great way for patient to take years off their look, without the long recovery time associated with a full facelift. Eyelid procedures can take years off the face, but without the side effects and downtime.

Dr. Miller also expects fat grafting to continue to rise in popularity as techniques become perfected and people see the incredible results it can provide.

One thing is certain, as technological advances continue to be made, making the results of plastic surgery better than ever before, we’ll continue to see an increase in the number of patients seeking out cosmetic procedures.
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The Most Extreme Plastic Surgeries of 2014

Staten Island, NY – Plastic surgery can provide wonderful results and help people gain back confidence they may have lost over the years. But some take it a bit too far, altering their looks to almost unrecognizable proportions. Dr. Andrew Miller, a top New York plastic surgeon, discusses some of the most extreme plastic surgery procedures of the year.

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1. Jordan Park
Jordan is a male make-up artist with an affinity for Kim Kardashian. And with an investment of $150,000, he now looks like her. His 50 procedures include Botox, lip and cheek fillers, laser hair removal and even eyebrow tattoos.

2. Valeria Lukyanova
Lukyanova is often referred to at the human Barbie due to her very unrealistic proportions. She has never admitted to all of the procedures she has had performed, but many surgeons believe she may have had some ribs removed in order to have such a small waistline. She has only admitted to having a breast enhancement, claiming her tiny waistline is simply the gift of genetics.

3. Justin Jedlica
Justin is called Human Ken and has had 140 procedures at a cost of $150,000. Most recently, Jedlica risked blindness in a risky procedure to remove veins from his forehead that he didn’t like. He also recently had back implants, that he designed based on the Ken doll’s esthetic, placed. And the Ken doll admirer is far from finished, saying his goal is to be 100 percent plastic. He has his sights set on calf and ab implants next.

4. Celso Santebanes
Jedlica has a bit of competition in the Ken doll impersonator arena with 20-year-old Santebanes. The Brazilian model has spent more than $50,000 on surgery to his jaw, nose, chin and chest to look more like Ken.

5. Victoria Wild
This French model has spent close to $40,000 to look like a sex doll. Wild has said she loves the sexy, bimbo look and loves the attention her surgeries have brought her. She is currently planning a butt implant and three additional breast procedures. Wild has funded her surgeries through modeling work, and with the help of her boyfriend, who she says encouraged her to get the surgeries.

6. Tatiana Williams
Williams makes the list not only for the notable size of her derriere, but because she achieved the look through a black market procedure. The 42-year-old has apparently spent almost $100,000 on 100 procedures to help her have a butt that like Kim Kardashian. She has had 16 pounds of silicone injected and her butt now measures 60 inches. She has worked with three different doctors on her procedures, none of whom have a medical license. Williams recognizes the danger in what she is doing, but believes her reward is worth the risk. However, she does advise others not to follow in her footsteps.

7. Krystina Butel
We’ve talked about Butel before. She spent $150,000 to look like a caricature of herself. She claims that when the artist showed her the caricature she instantly became jealous because the drawing was glamorous and everything she wanted to be. Since then, she has had multiple procedures – currently, she has size 36k breasts and even boasts heart shaped nipples, courtesy of tattoos.

8. The women who got so much surgery they couldn’t go home
The plastic surgery market in South Korea is booming, and people are traveling throughout Asia to get procedures. Women traveling from China had so much plastic surgery performed, they were unrecognizable with their passport photos. Hospitals have had to start giving patients plastic surgery certificates to show with their passports to allow these patients to get home.

9. Penny Brown
Brown has been obsessed with cartoon character Jessica Rabbit since her childhood. Not only does she use a corset to thin her waist, she has had her breasts enhanced to a size 36O.

10. Sara and Emma Koponen
The twin sisters have spent thousands on matching breast enhancements and lip fillers to achieve their goal of looking like dolls. They admit they are obsessed with surgery and the pursuit of perfection, and also spend hours each day at the gym to maintain their looks. They even eat the same meals at the same time of day.

“These are all examples of plastic surgery taken to the extreme,” says Dr. Miller. “The goal of plastic surgery should be to enhance one’s natural beauty, or even to recapture something that has been lost over time. Responsible plastic surgeons have an obligation to have honest conversations with their patients about the limits of plastic surgery, and to refuse to perform surgery on patients who may have unrealistic expectations or who are seeking out surgery for the wrong reasons.”

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Choose a Surgeon Who Is Available Post-Surgery

Marlboro, NJ – When deciding which plastic surgeon to choose, there are many important questions to ask. What are the doctor’s credentials? How successfully has he or she performed your procedure in the past? Can you see before and after photos? But there is one important question to remember to ask – will your surgeon be available to you post-surgery?

 

You may think being available to patients after their surgery would be a common practice. However, some plastic surgeons schedule so many patients, it makes it hard for them to see each patient following their surgery to ensure proper healing and results.

NJ plastic Surgeon“The surgeon you choose may have performed thousands of the cosmetic procedure you are having done,” says Dr. Andrew Miller. “But every patient and every procedure are unique. Plastic surgery, while common, is still surgery. And that means that, although rare, complications may arise. Your surgeon needs to be available to answer any questions you might have following your procedure and to help with any complications that might arise.”

If you have a nose job, and get home and find yourself with a major nosebleed, you’re surgeon will need to know about it, and you’ll want some advice on how to handle it.

When you visit plastic surgery offices for consultations, be sure to ask about post-surgery availability. Some offices will have a 24 hour number you can call if a problem or question should arise. Other doctors may provide their own phone number to patients.

“Knowing a phone call will be answered after your surgery brings about peace of mind,” says Dr. Miller. “You may already be anxious after your surgery, and not being able to reach your surgeon can increase that anxiety when you should be resting comfortably. Your surgeon should be as concerned with your recovery as you are. Your beautiful results are a testament to his skill and attention to detail as a surgeon.”

  • Possible complications can arise after any surgery. Some common ones include:
  • Complications from anesthesia, including blood clots or pneumonia
  • Infection of the incision, which can worsen scarring
  • Fluid buildup
  • Mild bleeding
  • Skin breakdown
  • Numbness or tingling

Your surgeon or someone from his office needs to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions and address concerns for every patient. In some instances, your concerns can be addressed over the phone, but more serious issues may require a visit to your surgeon.

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Plastic surgery and Valentine’s Day

Edison, Warren, & Marlboro, NJ – Valentine’s Day is a time when significant others get together to celebrate the love they have for one another. After the holiday season, a person may not know what to get his or her sweetheart. You can do the cliche thing and get flowers, but it is nicer to get something really personal with great intent.  This is where a plastic surgery procedure can make the perfect gift. The plastic surgery gift can be for something small such as a lip injection to create fuller lips, or Botox to remove those unwanted wrinkles. A gift certificate can also be purchased for something bigger, such as breast augmentation.  “I find that husbands really like to make thier wives feel special on Valentine’s day and the gift of plastic surgery is a great way to do that,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a Botox specialist in New Jersey. An article on TheHealthSite.com talks about how plastic surgery procedures may be a new gift idea for the year and many years to come.

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Some people may think it can be a little insulting to get someone a gift certificate to get plastic surgery, but most couples that communicate well have usually spoken about it at some point in the past. Valentine’s Day is a great time to bring it up again in a gentle fashion. If she has expressed interest in the past, she should be really excited about the prospect of a little enhancing. If there has been no discussion in the past, then the topic of plastic surgery can always be brought up by talking about a celebrity and judging your significant other’s reaction. If he or she seems open to plastic surgery, then the door is open to a nice gift.

Sometimes during the time around Valentine’s Day, offices may offer a special discount package for the holidays.  “In the past we have had a husband and wife come in together for facial plastic surgery,” says Dr. Miller who also specializes in facelift surgery. “Since they both underwent surgery, we were able to give a discount to both of them.” People are very busy after the holidays and often times do not have extra time for any recovery. This is why quick cosmetic procedures such as botox or juvederm during Valentine’s Day are so popular.  An article on plasticsurgeryreview.com discusses this topic more thoroughly, and offers statistics as well.

Valentine’s Day is a time to focus on each other. If a cosmetic procedure seems like a nice gift, then a gift certificate can usually be purchased. The prospective patient will still need to be examined by an experienced plastic surgeon to know exactly what needs to be done, but there are several different procedures that can be performed.  Happy V-Day lovebirds!

 

 

Would You Have Plastic Surgery for a Dating Site?

Edison, NJ – Would you have a breast augmentation to fit into a dating site and find love? It might sound far-fetched, but for those applying to the site Beautifulpeople.com, it’s reality.

Social MediaThe site boasts 800,000 members who all fit the beauty standards, but more than seven and a half million people have been rejected from the site for not being beautiful enough.

Greg Hodge, the managing director of the site, says “We get more excited about successful transformation stories than any other application and our members who transform themselves tell us how our rejection letter was the best thing that could have ever happened to them — and that we’ve positively enhanced their lives.”

And for many of those, plastic surgery is one of the transformations they’ve used.

Applicants to the site are rated on their level of beauty by current members who decide whether or not to let the applicant join. While some may view this is elitist, the members simply think it removes one barrier from the dating world. They believe attraction is an important ingredient in any relationship, and by only allowing beautiful people onto the site, attraction is sure to happen.

For many of those who have been rejected, rejection simply spurred them to make life changes and reapply – some have applied as many as 20 times. The site also offers a mentoring service to help people better their looks through the advice of beauty experts and stylists.

Hodge says that for some applicants, rejection may be simply because their teeth weren’t straight enough or they need to style themselves better or work out more. He claims that the site is simply trying to encourage the “aesthetically disadvantaged” to make the best of themselves.

“One of the things I discuss with my patients is their reasoning behind their decision for plastic surgery,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a top plastic surgeon in NJ. “Rhinoplasty may help you fit in a social group like this, but is it truly something you want? The best part of my job is helping people transform their inner beauty into outward beauty, but should never be done to please others. Plastic surgery is a very personal and permanent decision, and should be made with the right intentions.”

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Nose Job or Sinus Surgery – What’s the Difference?

Plastic Surgery in NJMarlboro, NJ – Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco recently posted a photo on her Instagram that appeared as if maybe she had a nose job. The actress, however, replied that she had instead undergone sinus surgery to allow for normal breathing. It’s an answer we often hear from celebrities, and many people think it’s simply an excuse for a nose job. So what’s the difference between rhinoplasty and sinus surgery?

“Rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures we perform,” says NJ plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Miller. “Its purpose is to reshape or augment someone’s nose. We can remove humps, narrow bridges and nostrils, or create an overall more appealing nose that works in harmony with the other facial features. An advantage to a nose job is that patients may often be able to breathe better following surgery.”

Rhinoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure that is only covered by insurance for reconstructive or medical reasons. During a rhinoplasty, the skin is lifted away from the cartilage through hidden incisions. Then, the cartilage can be sculpted, bumps removed and the nose can be straightened. The skin will then be re-draped over the new nose shape and incisions will be closed.

A good surgeon will use different techniques for men and women, as well as for those of differing ethnic backgrounds.

Patients will wear a splint for six days, and may experience some puffiness and minimal pain. Patients can return to work in a week.

When it comes to sinus surgery, there are a few different aspects, depending on the patient’s needs.

The first is endoscopic sinus surgery and is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to remove sinus blockages in patients with recurring or non-responsive sinus infections.

We’ve all heard the phrase deviated septum, and no doubt a few of us have assumed someone having surgery to repair one was actually just having a nose job. A septoplasty is a surgical procedure to repair the septum, or the separation between the nostrils.

The function of the septum is to support the nose, regulate airflow and support the nose’s mucous membranes. When the septum is deviated, it has shifted away from the midline. The most common symptom is difficulty breathing through the nose, and is typically worse on one side. The crooked septum can interfere with the drainage of sinuses, and can lead to repeat sinus infections.

A deviated septum, tumors, chronic nosebleeds and polyps are among the reasons patients may seek out a septoplasty.

A polypectomy removes nasal polyps. Polyps can cause swelling or opening of the sinuses that can lead to chronic nasal and sinus inflammation. They can cause obstruction, difficulty breathing and chronic sinus infections.

Some surgeons may advise patients that sinus surgery and rhinoplasty can be performed at the same time. If you are looking for both procedures, a consultation with your surgeon will determine if you are a proper candidate for both, or if a rhinoplasty will be able to correct your breathing problem.

A functional rhinoplasty procedure can not only improve the shape and look of the nose, but also repair obstructed breathing, repair birth defects or damage caused by injury, or repair narrowing the nasal valves.

“While the goal of many patients seeking out nose jobs is simply to have a prettier nose, they often realize they have a better functioning one post-surgery, as well,” says Dr. Miller. “But a rhinoplasty can also be performed in conjunction with sinus surgery or a septoplasty. I specialize in surgery of both the inside and outside of the nose, and can provide both better form and better function.”

So for some patients, the decision to have a rhinoplasty could be two-fold. The patient could desire both better form and better function. But no matter the reason why a patient may seek out rhinoplasty, it is important that they carefully research their physician.

“Nose jobs are common, so people may assume all plastic surgeons are more than capable of performing them,” says Dr. Miller. “Rhinoplasty, while common, takes a skilled surgeon to perform correctly. The age, sex and ethnicity of the patient all need to be taken into account, as do the other features of the face. I regularly perform revision procedures on patients who previously had surgery performed by someone else. These procedures are much more complex.”

For some patients, the answer isn’t cut and dry as to whether they opted for a rhinoplasty or a sinus procedure, because in some cases, it could be both. But for patients who suffer from deviated septums and chronic sinus infections, while a newly shaped nose may be a bonus, they’ll probably tell you that relief from their symptoms was their main goal…and leave the speculating to the rest of us.

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Improving Yourself Inside and Out in 2015.

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Edison, Marlboro, Warren  NJ – It is the beginning of a new year that brings many new hopes and resolutions to millions of people. Many people use January 1st as a start to new promises and a refreshed outlook. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get into shape. Getting into shape can mean many things for different people, but if plastic surgery is in the picture, then becoming healthier can have significant positive effects on your procedure. Thousands of Americans will resolve to lose weight and tone up, which will enhance their look by itself. Additionally, many will decide to get cosmetic plastic surgery to help them reach their goal of looking and feeling better about themselves.
 
“We easily forget that our beauty starts from the inside and while our physical appearance is definitely important, our personality and attitude towards life can have a great impact on how people perceive us.” says Dr. Andrew Miller a facelift specialist in New Jersey. Becoming healthier can certainly make one feel better on the inside, and that can be achieved in many ways. Once you have achieved your health goals, then you are in great position to have that cosmetic procedure you have been wanting. For example if you’re interested in liposuction or the ever growing popular Brazilian butt lift, one should not be too overweight as liposuction always gives a better result when you are closer to your target weight. 

It is very important to keep a healthy diet that includes foods rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, eat whole grains, and lots of fish or fish oil supplements. Eliminate unhealthy fat intake that can be easily found in foods with trans-fat. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants such as blueberries, strawberries and dark leafy greens like spinach and kale. Following these simple tips can give your body and skin the nutrients they need to feel and look beautiful.
 
Another way to make sure your body is at the top of its game is to stop smoking. According to surgery.com  smoking cigarettes attributes to premature aging.  The sole purpose of cosmetic surgery to to look rejuventated and younger.   Smoking also reduces the oxygen in our bodies. This can lead to problems during the surgery not to mention complicate recovery afterwards.   It may also cause the  healing process to be slowed down.  Any surgeon will tell you to stop smoking before surgery or certain procedures such as a tummy tuck cannot be performed. 
 
Lower your blood pressure.  WebMD is a good site to refer to for information about blood pressure .  You may not be a good candidate for cosmetic surgery if you have serious health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, a bleeding disorder, or heart disease.  The anesthesiologist will tell you that having abnormally high pressure is not good during surgery.  If it is not controlled, bleeding can increase which can cause problems during certain procedures such as eyelid surgery. The best way to help control blood pressure is to exercise.  Patients who exercise and who are relatively active have a lower heart and blood pressure rate. 
 
“It is important for the overall process of keeping a New Year’s resolution to have realistic goals set.” says Dr. Miller, who also specializes in rhinoplasty.   Start off slowly, and if you stray off the path don’t be too critical, just keep going.   The intentions of 2015 are to make you feel spectacular and comfortable in your own skin. Cosmetic surgery can bring back the confidence that was lacking in 2014.

Biggest Celebrity Transformations of 2014

Plastic Surgery NJEdison, NJ – 2014 brought about a lot of wonderful changes, and many celebrities underwent big transformations during the year. Who had plastic surgery to alter their looks? We take a look at some of the biggest celebrity transformations of 2014.

Renee Zellweger
We’ve talked about her recently, but it seems as if the world can’t get enough of Zellweger’s transformed appearance on the red carpet. When she appeared in October at Elle Magazine’s Women in Hollywood party, it was the first time many of us had seen her. And her appearance was quite different than what most remembered, sparking much conversation about what procedures she might have had done. Zellweger neither confirmed nor denied surgery, instead chalking up her look to a new and different lifestyle.

Bruce Jenner
While his daughters and stepdaughters generally dominate the news, Jenner saw himself on the cover of many a magazine this year for his ever changing look. Almost unrecognizable from his days as an Olympian, Jenner has had numerous procedures to alter his looks. While he’s been no stranger to plastic surgery over the years – it’s rumored he had a partial facelift as early as 1984, today he looks much different than the strapping track star many remember. After sporting longer locks, manicured nails and what appeared to be a noticeably reduced Adam’s apple, many are speculating that Jenner might be beginning a transition into living as a woman.

Kylie Jenner
Like her dad, the younger Jenner has been the source of many plastic surgery fueled rumors. While she has said she has not had plastic surgery, Botox or other injections, many still have speculated that her lips appear much fuller than they should. The model claims it is simply the results of overusing lip liner and pouting in her Instagram photos.

Barry Manilow
The singer has never been a stranger to plastic surgery, but in recent years, his appearance has changed dramatically. He is rumored to have had multiple facelifts, an eyelid procedure and regular Botox injections.

Mary-Kate Olsen
One half of the perhaps the most famous twins in the entertainment industry, Olsen sparked debate when photos surfaced of her from a November event. In the photos, she looks decidedly different from her famous other half, sparking many to believe she had work done on her face. Others, however, believe it might just have been an odd camera angle rather than actual surgery that was to blame.

Nicole Kidman
Kidman has always been known as a graceful beauty, but when she showed up at the Cannes Film Festival to promote her new starring role as Princess Grace, she showed a more frozen and puffy looking face. Many have often speculated that Kidman is a fan of fillers, and her look at Cannes led some to speculate that her puffy look might stem from an overuse of fillers.

Alexa Ray Joel
Daughter of famous musician Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley, the younger Joel turned heads when she stepped out looking noticeably different. She admitted to a nose job in 2010, but Joel appears to have made a few more improvements to her look.

Janet Jackson
The Jackson family are no strangers to plastic surgery, and Janet has certainly been rumored to have her share. While the singer isn’t often in the public eye these days, when she was photographed in Dubai in October, many noted her face looked tighter and her nose looked slightly different than her last public appearance.

Courtney Cox
The former Friends star showed off a face that many claimed looked frozen at a party in June. Cox has said previously that she has used Botox, but recent photos have led many to believe she may be overusing them.

“These are the celebrities we’re talking about, and for one reason,” says Dr. Miller. “In most of these cases, these celebrities have overused plastic surgery or taken it just one step too far. Good plastic surgery will leave people wondering ‘did they or didn’t they’ because, rather than completely altering a person’s appearance, it will instead just enhance their natural beauty. There will always be people who push the boundaries too far, but there are so many examples of beautiful, natural looking plastic surgery.”

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Plastic Surgery in Brazil – A Rite of Passage?

Staten Island, NY – For many, plastic surgery is considered a privilege, and one that a decision left up to each individual. But in Brazil, cosmetic procedures are starting to become seen as a right and something each individual must do to stay relevant.

body plastic surgery in NJBrazil has surpassed the United States to become the world’s leader in plastic surgery. Many Brazilians have even begun what they call plastic surgery funds to save up and pay for their procedures.

But why is plastic surgery so important? Many believe that if they look better, they will be able to get a better job, and many women believe that they can have a better marriage because men care about how their wives look.

Because plastic surgery has become so popular, there are even hospitals popping up that offer free or heavily subsidized surgeries so that everyone can have the chance to improve their looks.

Ivo Pitanguy Institute in Rio de Janeiro is a teaching hospital and because of that, can offer procedures for almost a third of what a private hospital would. At this hospital, for instance, a Brazilian butt lift costs $1,300. In the United States, it can cost as much as $10,000, depending on the area you live and the experience of your surgeon.

Those who run the institute feel strongly that plastic surgery should be available to everyone, and that feeling has permeated throughout the Brazilian culture. Last year, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that Brazilians made up 13 percent of all elective procedures performed throughout the world.

Cosmetic procedures have become a status symbol in Brazil. In American, many wish to hide the fact they’ve had surgery. The opposite is true in Brazil. Women flaunt their surgery because they believe it shows they care about themselves. Women also believe there is a lot of pressure to fit into a physical ideal, and plastic surgery can help them do that.

Many believe, whether it is right or not, that women who fit into this physical ideal get power, money and social mobility. And that then drives women of all economic backgrounds to the surgeon’s office. Even women who are unemployed openly admit they have had multiple procedures done in order to fit into the Brazilian beauty ideal. They believe the procedures alone will bring them the happiness they desire.

“The Brazilian mindset is an interesting one,” says New York plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Miller. “America could embrace more of their openness when it comes to cosmetic procedures. But we encourage patients to research carefully before choosing a surgeon and to never base their decision on price. In Brazil, many patients choose their surgeon solely based on how affordable the procedure is. This can mean that they might be sacrificing the quality of their procedure, or in some cases, could even be putting their health in jeopardy.”

Dr. Miller encourages anyone considering plastic surgery to carefully research a surgeon’s credentials and always look at before and after photos of patients who have had the same procedure you are interested in.

Additionally, Dr. Miller discusses with his patients their reasons for undergoing surgery. While the decision for plastic surgery is a personal one, it should never be made by someone who feels pressured into it or who is doing it for any reason other than to make themselves happy.

“Many Brazilians believe their culture is driven by looks,” says Dr. Miller. “In this case, undergoing surgery to improve upon what nature gave them makes many Brazilian women feel happier and more confident.”

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