Staten Island & NJ Plastic Surgery Articles

Six-Year-Old Undergoes Plastic Surgery To Reduce Size of Ears

A six-year-old boy named Gabe Berger underwent a procedure known as an “ear pinback” in order to dramatically the size of his large, prominent ears. The story was initially reported by the television program Inside Edition, then discussed further by Yahoo! Parenting, whose story you can read here.

The parents’ decision to allow Gabe to undergo the procedure has sparked a conversation about the appropriate age to undergo a plastic surgery. Generally speaking, surgeons don’t perform cosmetic procedures on patients under the age of 18- it’s important to allow your body to fully develop and mature before undergoing a procedure.

Plastic Surgery Can Dramatically Reduce the Size Of Your Ears?

When is plastic surgery right for a young child?

However, a surgeon quoted in the Yahoo! piece explained that the ear is fully mature by the age of 6, and there were more than 9,000 ear pinback procedures performed on children under the age of 18 in 2014, according to statistics quoted by Yahoo!.

Gabe was subjected to intense bullying at school as the result of his large ears, which is deeply unfortunate. Ultimately, parents have to make a difficult decision about their child’s long-term wellbeing when considering a cosmetic procedure. Facial plastic surgery is particularly sensitive.

If you’re a New York, New Jersey or Staten Island resident and you’re looking for a plastic surgeon you can trust, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at 855-960-5525 for a consultation.

Say Bye Bye to Back Rolls

Ever hear of the awful “bread back?” They are unsightly rolls of back fat that make a woman’s bra fit uncomfortably. Years ago the only real surgical option was to liposuction this fat away, sometimes leaving the patient with loose skin and making it very difficult for woman to wear a form fitting top. However, some plastic surgeons may have found the answer to correct this.

_blog29An article in Cosmetic Surgery Today, talks about how some doctors find that even the most physically fit patients have trouble with back fat, so they have come up with a way to reduce the appearance of rolls and give you that smooth back you’ve been wanting. It’s called the Bra Line Back Lift. The incision is made along the patient’s bra line across the back, so that it can be hidden within the clothing.  The excess skin and fat are removed, and the remaining skin is stretched and sutured into place. It’s sort of like a tummy tuck but for your back.

The downside to this procedure is the scar, which is permanent, but usually not visible because it lies underneath the bra line. “The consultation is very important because the procedure is not for everyone,” says Dr. Shain Cuber, a top plastic surgeon in New Jersey. “This procedure is designed for patients with saggy skin caused by aging, sun exposure or massive weight loss, not for patients that simply need to remove fat, which is done with liposuction.” Typically the thin scar is worth the result of having a much flatter back that will make you feel better about your appearance.

Alexa Ray Joel Discusses Rhinoplasty

As plastic surgery grows in popularity, the stigma attached to is slowly fading. With more people than ever undergoing cosmetic procedures, we’ve begun to respect the desire to permanently eliminate a troubling cosmetic concern.

Open discussion of plastic surgery is welcome

Plastic surgery is about acknowledging your flaws and moving safely to address them.

An undeniable element of this growing acceptance is the willingness of some celebrities to openly discuss their cosmetic procedures. That group now includes Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of the singer Billy Joel, who recently talked about her decision to undergo a rhinoplasty.

In the interview, highlights of which you can read here, Joel explains that she felt it was important to embrace her “flaws,” while explaining that she underwent a rhinoplasty in 2010 to repair a deviated septum and increase her self-confidence.

Ultimately, the decision to undergo a plastic surgery procedure is profoundly personal. It should be made with a strong consideration for your own goals and priorities. If the procedure is right for you and you can safely undergo it, you shouldn’t allow any outside pressures to stop you.

We understand how important a decision this is. Our plastic surgeons will discuss your goals and ensure that you only undergo the procedures that are right for you.

If you live in New Jersey and you’re considering a rhinoplasty or any other cosmetic procedure, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at 855-960-5525 for a consultation.

Plastic Surgeons Help Veterans

When we think about plastic surgery, we understandably tend to think about cosmetic procedures. We think about patients who undergo an elective operation to address some cosmetic flaw that’s bothering them.

Plastic surgery is quite helpful

Plastic surgeons have helped veterans with reconstructive surgery.

This is undeniably a significant aspect of the plastic surgery experience. However, plastic surgery does not have to be cosmetic. In fact, plastic surgeons have helped hundreds of thousands of people recover from disfiguring accidents that have left them unwilling to show their forces.

This TODAY segment spotlights a particularly poignant example of this dynamic. In the segment, Specialist Shealynn Cassidy discusses the 30 plastic surgery procedures she underwent after the explosion of a roadside bomb overseas left her with scars and other wounds from her heads to her toes.

The story also quotes plastic surgeons from around the country who explain the work they do to help innocent victims return to normalcy and put together their shattered self-confidence.

Our practice has seen many cases of patients who left our care feeling better about themselves. They were more willing to apply for work, pursue romantic relationships and explore the world around them knowing that they liked the way they looked.

If you’re a resident of New Jersey or any of the surrounding states and you’re considering plastic surgery, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at 855-960-5525 for a consultation.

Modern Family Star Discusses Breast Reduction Surgery

Fans of the hit ABC series Modern Family know Ariel Winter as Alex, the Dunphy family’s brilliant but high-strung younger daughter. But for the last few years, after going through puberty (largely in the public eye), Winter has been struggling with back pain caused by her size 32F breasts.

Breast Reduction- New Jersey

The decision to undergo a breast reduction is a deeply personal one.

Winter recently spoke with Glamour magazine about her June decision to undergo a breast reduction. Now a size 34 D, Winter explained that she was infinitely more comfortable and  confident than she was before undergoing the procedure.

It was so painful. I had a lot of back problems. I really couldn’t stand up straight for a long period of time. It started to hurt so bad that I couldn’t take the pain. My neck was hurting so bad and I actually had some problems with my spine,” Winter told Glamour.

Winter also expressed frustration with the way in which websites would sensationalize her appearance at awards shows and other formal events.

These concerns are far from uncommon. Many women with large breasts struggle with back and neck pain, not to mention unwanted attention from complete strangers. For these women, a breast reduction is something more than a cosmetic procedure- it represents a welcome escape from what they’ve been dealing with for years.

If you live in or around New Jersey and you’re considering a breast reduction, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at 855-960-5525 for a consultation.

How Plastic Surgeons Evaluate Patients For Surgery

At Associates in Plastic Surgery, we always thoroughly discuss your goals and priorities before recommending any procedure. We want you to fully understand what the experience will be like, and above all we want to ensure that you can safely undergo the procedure.

Is plastic surgery right for me?

Evaluating you for plastic surgery is all about understanding your health and priorities.

Recently, the morning show TODAY aired a segment discussing which procedures are generally appropriate for which age range. You can watch the segment and read the accompanying story here.

The story also discusses some of the considerations that surgeons keep in mind when deciding whether or not you are a good candidate for a procedure. These include:

  • Your health and wellbeing
  • Whether the procedure will help you achieve your specific goals
  • Allergies
  • Your mindset and expectations

Your safety is always our number one priority, and safety starts with ensuring that you only undergo the right procedures. Whether you’re considering a body procedure, a facial procedure or something else entirely, it’s absolutely crucial that we determine the procedure fits with your goals and your level of wellbeing.

We will conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if you’re healthy enough to undergo a procedure, then have a frank and transparent discussion about your goals and expectations.

If you live in or around New Jersey and you’re looking for a plastic surgeon you can trust, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at 855-960-5525 for a consultation.

Revenge Body: Feeling Better About Yourself and Maybe Getting Back at your ex in the Process

Edison, Marlboro, Warren – What is a Revenge body? In general it is a healthy way to reclaim your self-confidence. We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t get mad, get even,” but a better way to think about it is “Don’t get mad, get hot!”

Recently Khloe Kardashian was featured on the cover of Woman’s Health Magazine for kicking off the Revenge Body trend. After going through a rough divorce from NBA star Lamar Odom she started on an intense fitness and diet regime in which she lost 25lbs and is no longer known as the “fat” sister. She has taken the saying “Looking good is the best revenge” to whole new level according to the recent article on Yahoo Beauty. _blog33

Everyone wants to look their best after a breakup, which can be distracting from the bad feelings of a breakup. After seeing Khloe’s sexy pictures, Lamar is probably thinking, “I messed up,” which gives Khloe some satisfaction. But the most satisfaction comes from feeling good about herself again.

“I see women every day whose main goal is to look better for themselves,” says Dr. Shain Cuber, a top plastic surgeon in New Jersey. “If wanting to get back at their ex is extra incentive then that is fine because getting back in shape is not easy.” It starts with eating right, going to the gym, getting some new clothes, and then, possibly some liposuction to get rid of those stubborn areas.

We live in an era that is obsessed with Social Media and how many “Likes” you can get. It is part of our psyche to care what other people think, even random strangers. Further motivation is acquired by knowing that you have people who repeatedly view your Instagram or Facebook pages including your ex and his friends.  If you ex’s friends are constantly telling him how good you look, that will start to bother him after a while.

The most important thing to remember through all of this is to make self improvement the main goal. If you are doing a breast augmentation to get back at your ex, then that is the wrong reason. Do the procedure because it will help feel better about yourself and will improve your self confidence.

Some Patients Use Plastic Surgery To Delay Retirement

Appearing youthful and energetic has always been vital in the workplace. Companies and co-workers like to be around vigorous and vital employees who make clear they’re capable of working hard.

Learn more about this dynamic

Many people find cosmetic surgery can delay early retirement.

According to, it appears that many older patients are using plastic surgery to maintain a youthful and energetic appearance and delay the day of their retirement. The piece quotes a municipal prosecutor in the Philadelphia area who received an injection of JuvedermⓇ (a dermal filler) in order to combat the appearance of stern severity between her eyebrows.

It’s a sad reality that many employees are subtly (or not-so-subtly) encouraged to leave the workforce once they’ve reached a certain age and begin to show the signs of wear and fatigue on their faces.

Plastic surgery cannot make you look like a fresh-faced 25-year-old again, and it’s important to have reasonable expectations. But the right procedure can absolutely rejuvenate and reinvigorate your appearance, and we’re committed to finding the procedure that’s right for you.

If you’re a resident of New Jersey or any of the surrounding states and you’re considering plastic surgery, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at 855-960-5525 for a consultation.

Plastic Surgery Growing in Popularity with Teens

People has an article this month discussing the apparent surge in the popularity of high school-age teenagers, especially during the back-to-school period. The story cites statistics from The American Society of Plastic Surgeons which show that 64,000 teens aged 13-to-19 underwent plastic surgery in 2014.

The story speculates on possible reasons behind this development, focusing particularly on young reality stars openly undergoing procedures, though there’s no way of really knowing what the causes are.

There’s no hard and fast rule about when it’s appropriate to undergo plastic surgery, though there are age limits for breast augmentation and other procedures. It’s important to remember that plastic surgery is best performed when the treatment area in question is mature and fully formed.

For example, many teenagers dislike their noses and consider undergoing rhinoplasty. But this is often inappropriate, since a teenage nose is not developed and could naturally change its shape.

You should only undergo surgery for the right reasons.

Plastic surgery is growing in popularity with teens- what does it mean?

At Associates in Plastic Surgery, we help potential patients carefully consider their options and urge them to think about their priorities and the deeper concerns that might be underlying the desire for plastic surgery. This is particularly important with younger patients.




If you live in or around New Jersey and you or a family member are considering plastic surgery, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at 855-960-5525 for a consultation.

Facebook your New Face

Warren, Edison and Marlboro, NJ – Marketing for plastic surgery has changed significantly through the years. Years ago, the yellow pages were the primary advertising method. Then the internet became popular and people started basing their decisions on the doctor’s website and where it was ranked. Now, through changing technology, social media has proven to be a very useful tool for active communication between a surgeon and prospective patient before they even meet.

According to a study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, iStock_000013002992_Large_zpskuocpjy0in recent years, digital platforms have given patients and doctors a level of accessibility that they didn’t have previously. Half of U.S. plastic surgeons are regularly using social media for their professional practices.  Doctors can have a Facebook page or Twitter handle with interactive chat options.  A blog can also be a great source of information to a patient on many procedures such as a facelift or tummy tuck.  Social media can be a very useful forum for patient education, which is vital to the entire plastic surgery process. A patient can read or ask questions through social media and get a variety of answers which can better prepare them for the consultation or surgery. About one-third of the surgeons in the study reported positive outcomes from using social media.

“I enjoy patients that are active participants in their care and ask a lot of questions,” says Dr. Andrew Miller a top plastic surgeon in New Jersey.  Social Media is a fantastic way to gain knowledge and be an informed patient, but be sure you are corresponding with a reputable and experienced surgeon.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle your Fat

Most of us understand the desire to remove our excess fat, but what if you could take it from one area and move it to another? This is a process known as fat grafting or fat transfer. This is becoming a more popular trend in plastic surgery because of the excellent and long lasting results that can be achieved. There are multiple areas that are common for fat transfer, such as the eyelids, cheeks, lips, breasts and buttocks. According to , the procedure is easy to go through and produce results that are semi permanent in nature.Plastic Surgery

When undergoing fat grafting, the fat is usually taken from the hips, thighs, and abdomen. It is processed and placed in multiple syringes, and then injected back into the body. The most common place to inject the fat is the face. As we all age, facial volume is lost in areas like the cheeks, laugh lines, lips, and under the eyes. “One of the most important things you can do to rejuvenate your face is to add volume that has been lost, and fat injection is a great way to do it,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a top plastic surgeon in New Jersey.

Fat injection to the buttocks is another area that is increasing significantly in popularity.  As gravity takes its effect, the butt seems to get droopy. Since women are often having liposuction to contour their waist already, why not inject some of it back into the butt. Termed a Brazilian butt lift, this procedure complements the liposuction by leaving women with a nice, shapely behind.

Fat may also be injected into the breasts; often times a full cup size can be achieved. It is very important to find a surgeon that is very experienced with this option because the fat has to be injected the proper way to ensure the best survival of the cells carefully.

Consequently, if you have ever looked in the mirror and wondered if you could just take some of this fat and put it back in this different spot, well you can! Take the first step today and call to meet with a board certified plastic surgeon to get the look you have always wanted.

New School, New Job, New You

Sadly the summer is coming to an end, so that means it is time to go shopping for books, binders and pencils. But some of your classmates are shopping for something else. The summer is the perfect time to make an adjustment in your appearance so that the natural improvement is not really evident to your classmates.

_blog2According to statistics provided by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 15% of all procedures in the U.S. were performed on patients under the age of 21 last year. As school is ending, the summer is also for getting ready to enter the workplace. However, when one is just starting out in life the expense of plastic surgery can be considerable and the question may be if it is really worth it.

Some of the most popular procedures are being given as a graduation gift instead of a traditional present. The critics may ask if it is really necessary to undergo plastic surgery such as a nose job or ear reshaping before finishing college. Could it really help with your dating prospects or career opportunities?

An article on suggests that the better looking applicants for a job are more likely to get hired. And everyone knows that a more attractive person will have a greater number of dating prospects. The key is to have plastic surgery done for the right reasons and by a qualified person.

Plastic surgery at a young age can be very rewarding, but don’t have it done just to please someone else.

“Plastic surgery can never make all of someone’s life problems vanish, but as long as the patient has realistic expectations and is emotionally stable, the rewards far outweigh the risks,” say Dr. Shain Cuber, a top plastic surgeon in New Jersey.

So make yourself competitive for that job your want or erase certain insecurities that you have with a simple visit to an experienced plastic surgeon.

Todd Chrisley Discusses Plastic Surgery

Todd Chrisley, the star of the USA reality show Chrisley Knows Best, is about to turn 47 and is openly discussing plastic surgery, an exclusive video on OK! reveals.

In the video, Chrisley discusses his options with his wife and two children. One of the important points Chrisley makes in the video is the strength of his relationship with his plastic surgeon, who, Chrisley, makes him “happy.”

This is a valuable insight. Many doctors perform plastic surgery these days- it’s seen as a quick and easy money maker, largely because the procedures are quite commonly performed and boast impressive safety records.

_blog111However, a safe surgery is still surgery, which means it poses a risk. It’s absolutely crucial you find the right plastic surgeon- this means someone with ample experience and board certification, someone you know you can trust. This is especially true with facial procedures, though it certainly applies to body procedures as well.

Your relationship with your plastic surgeon will go a long way toward defining your cosmetic surgery experience. A productive, pleasant relationship with your surgeon is invaluable, and can only be developed through ample experience and conversation.

If you’re a New Jersey resident and you’re looking for a plastic surgeon you can trust with your health and wellbeing, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at 855-960-5525 for a consultation.

Plastic Surgery Rising in Popularity With Seniors

The desire to look your best is not a dynamic restricted to younger patients. Indeed, many older Americans remain interested in revitalizing and rejuvenating their faces and bodies, and plastic surgery can accomplish this.

A new story in NH Magazine discusses this reality, exploring the apparent trend of senior citizens deciding to undergo plastic surgery at their advanced ages. The story, which can be found here, is worth a read.

_blog3According to American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery statistics quoted in the piece, patients aged between 51 and 64 years accounted for 24.6 percent of surgical procedures and 32.9 percent of non-surgical procedures in 2014. And patients over the age of 65 accounted for 7.9 and 10.9 percent of these procedures, respectively.

Popular procedures in this demographic include:

With Americans living longer than ever, and the increasing awareness of healthy lifestyles among seniors, it’s not surprising that many senior citizens are opting to undergo safe, effective cosmetic procedures.

If you live in or around New Jersey and you want to discuss your plastic surgery options, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at 855-960-5525 for a consultation.

Trends in Male Plastic Surgery

A Fashion Times interview with Dr. James Grotting, the President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, revealed that hair replacement and liposuction are the among most popular plastic surgeries for men.

The interview is broken up into two parts, which can be found here and here. In it, Dr. Grotting urges patients to undergo procedures from qualified doctors, saying, “Men…should always seek a qualified licensed physician for any medical treatment. Board-certified plastic surgeons are a man’s best choice for reputable advice.”

According to Dr. Grotting, hair transplants and various non-surgical fat removal procedures are also growing in popularity with men.

_blog22It’s not surprising that many men are pursuing procedures targeted at improving the appearance of the body.  These procedures help tone and tighten a body, making them quite appealing for anyone interested in a sleek, attractive appearance.

While plastic surgery is historically associated with women, recent trend lines make it clear that men are interested in pursuing the benefits associated with plastic surgery. When paired with diet and exercise, plastic surgery can achieve extraordinary benefits for men and women alike.

If you’re a New Jersey man and you want to learn about how much you can achieve through plastic surgery, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at 855-960-5525 for a consultation.

Can Brow Lifts Alleviate Migraines?

Brow lifts are growing in popularity with New Jersey residents who are looking to rejuvenate the appearance of their eyebrows and forehead. With our endoscopic brow lift, we can provide you with a youthful and revitalized appearance.

_blog15Now, it appears brow lifts might have non-cosmetic benefits. A Cleveland plastic surgeon has found that more than 90 percent of patients who suffer from migraines report significant pain relief after undergoing a brow lift.

According to Dr. Bahman Guyuron, the explanation might be nerves. While the precise cause of migraines is not always clear, many of them are caused by nerve compression. The brow lift procedure can release pressure on the nerves in the treatment area, dramatically reducing the amount of pain a patient experiences.

Much work remains to be done to demonstrate the strength of this link. Medical research requires large sample sizes and painstaking duplication of efforts in order to ensure that results are valid. But this is surely an exciting development for those suffering from long-term migraines.

If you live in or around the state of New Jersey and you want a plastic surgeon you can trust, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at 855-960-5525 for a consultation.

The Most Frequently Referenced Celebrity Body Parts

_blogsEarlier this month, we discussed a New York Times infographic which provided interesting statistics regarding the popularity of cosmetic procedures in the United States. Cosmetic surgery is growing increasingly common, as the statistics show.

But the infographic also contains another interesting piece of information- the celebrity features that patients most often request in their conversations with plastic surgeons. According to the Times, the most frequently referenced features are:

  • Kim Kardashian’s buttocks
  • Olivia Munn’s eyes
  • Scarlett Johansson’s lips
  • Kate Bosworth’s chin
  • Kate Middleton’s nose

Finding an easily understood visual example of what you’re hoping to achieve can be helpful, much in the same way as bringing in a popular haircut to your stylist can help him or her visualize the proper look.

However, it’s important to understand your own unique beauty, as well as the limitations of plastic surgery. No plastic surgeon, no matter how skilled, can make you look exactly like any other person, celebrity or otherwise. You should undergo plastic surgery with a realistic set of goals and expectations.

If you’re a New Jersey or New York resident and you’re considering plastic surgery, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at 855-960-5525 for a consultation.

Blo-tox – is this really a new trend?

Women who love their workouts as much as their blow outs are starting to realize that dry shampoo isn’t always going to work after an intense workout. It’s great for giving slept-on hair a bit of life, and it can also soak up some of that shine and oil, but will it work on real work out sweat? The answer is probably not. You are probably going to need to try a little something extra if you really don’t want to wash that hair, and the answer may be a little Botox.

According to a recent article on Byrdie, woman are going crazy for this new trend. Why waste so much money on constantly getting your hair blown out professionally and doing it more often just because you like to stay in shape?

_blog33“Botox is not only used for cosmetic reasons such as removing wrinkles from the eyes and forehead. It is commonly used for a condition called hyperhidrosis to stop profuse sweating in the underarms and palms of your hands,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a top plastic surgeon in NJ.

Botox blocks the communication between the nerve and sweat gland, effectively preventing the gland from working and you from perspiring.  While the science portion of this trend is well accepted, it only just starting to become popular. The Botox is simply injected in small quantities into areas of the scalp that are producing the most sweat. The result can last six months or more.

Keep in mind that the sweating may not stop completely, and it may take more than one session to determine your optimal treatment and dosage. The amount of sweating or type of treatment needed can be different for each patient. Some can go through multiple workouts with minimal perspiration while others will just sweat an incredible amount. Just remember that if sweating is affecting your workout routine, social life, or pocketbook because of the cost of multiple blow outs, Botox injection may be a great option for you.

New York Times Infographic Discusses Plastic Surgery Statistics

It’s no secret that plastic surgery has become big business. Cosmetic procedures, whether targeted at the body or the face, are growing in popularity, and understandably so- when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, these procedures are quite safe and effective.

_blog17And now, The New York Times has a fascinating infographic that breaks down the popularity of plastic surgery. We encourage you to check out the Times story here, but some interesting takeaways include:

  • Americans spent more than $2.4 billion on BOTOX® in 2014
  • There has been a 33 percent increase in male breast reduction surgery since 2010
  • Half of plastic surgery patients are repeat patients
  • 39 percent of cosmetic surgery-related Google searches are performed by men
  • 1 in 20 women have undergone plastic surgery

We’ll have more on this infographic  later this week, including a discussion of the celebrity traits that are most often referenced in discussions between patients and plastic surgeons.

If you live in or around the state of New Jersey and you’re considering plastic surgery, you deserve a surgeon with exceptional skill and experience. Please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at 855-960-5525 for a consultation.

Kybella, a new promising injectable?

There is a new exciting product on the market that is creating a significant amount of buzz. It is called Kybella. This is the first FDA approved injectable used in adults to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat below the chin, otherwise known as a double chin. It works as a series of injections consisting of deoxycholic acid that dissolves the stubborn fat in the chin area.

_blog44In a recent article published in the New York Times, Kybella is a hot new product among men in the corporate world. According to the article men are seeking out this new treatment to help them look better in their professional clothes. The makers of Kybella claim that it can melt the fat cells away, helping to achieve a more chiseled, defined chin. Wearing a collared shirt and tie everyday can be very uncomfortable for many with a heavier neck area. This sounds like a wonderful new product right?

The problem with Kybella is that it is just too much of an unknown at the present time. It was just approved by the Food and Drug Administration on June 15 of this year.

“Sometimes side effects of a certain product are not known right out of the gate, so I like to give new treatments some time to make sure they are safe and effective in the long run,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a top facial plastic surgeon in central New Jersey.

In the upcoming months, there will probably be medical studies published in scientific journals that will document whether or not Kybella is safe and effective in the long term.

At the present time if you look hard enough you may be able to find a doctor that injects Kybella. Just be sure that you are comfortable with the uncertainty of the product and make sure your physician is fully trained and not just injecting it to make a quick buck. Finally if you are looking for a treatment that has a long history of being safe and effective, try neck liposuction or smart liposuction, which uses a laser. A necklift is another way to achieve a more long lasting result.

Fat Transfers Increasingly Popular in Facial Plastic Surgery

Facial plastic surgery has long been sensitive and delicate. Re-shaping the structure of the face to create a more aesthetically pleasing form is quite safe when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, but it does present difficulties.

_blog23The discovery that a patient’s natural stores of fat could be used in a facial procedure represented an exciting innovation in the field of cosmetic surgery. And a new study has found that approximately 85 percent of plastic surgeons use fat transfers during facelifts.

The study was designed to gain insight into the specific techniques utilized by practice surgeons. Doctors indicated that they preferred fat transfers because of the greater level of aesthetic control provided by the technique.

Surgeons usually inject a relatively small amount of fat into the cheeks and under the eyes- these are areas which tend to droop and sag with age, making them excellent candidates for fat transfers. When combined with a traditional facelift, a fat transfer can achieve a truly remarkable facial transformation.

If you’re a resident of any New Jersey community and you want to learn more about how fat transfers can augment a cosmetic procedure, please call Associates in Plastic Surgery today at (855) 960-5525 for a consultation.

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.

Young beautiful woman with perfect skin, slightly tanned.

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.


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.

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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.

_blog33Now, 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.”

_blog44“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.

_blog45With 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.

_blog41Whether 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  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.

_blog17The 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.

_blog18The 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?

_BLog16Here 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.

_bloh49In 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.

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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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?

_blog55Adam 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.

_blog29It 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.

_blog28Unlike 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.

_blog27As 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:

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

_blog26At 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:

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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