Blog of Staten Island & NJ Plastic Surgery Articles
Edison, Marlboro, Warren, NJ - Do you have a mouth shape that gives a constant frown, making you look like you are always upset? Well there is a procedure that is being performed in the Far East that could change those feelings. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal; http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2013/08/27/surgeons-defend-smile-surgery/, surgeons in South Korea have come up with a permanent smile called the Smile Lipt. The word “Lipt” is a combination of lip and lift. The procedure is a lift of the corner of the lips. It works by surgically altering the muscles around the corner of the mouth, weakening the muscles that pull down the mouth corners, and strengthening the muscles that lift the mouth corners. The procedure leaves what looks like a permanent smile.
“A main issue with this procedure is that in my opinion, the result looks a bit unnatural,”says Dr. Andrew Miller, a lip enhancement specialist. The procedure is one that would be difficult to reverse, and if a trend changes, then people who undergo this procedure may become quite unhappy. With plastic surgery it is important to undergo procedures that are well established and will leave you with a natural result.
Lip enhancement can be done using several methods to give a nice natural result. These include Juverderm injection, Silicone injection, Fat injection, and implant placement. Occasionally if the anatomy merits it, a sugical procedure can be done, but we always work to make the result natural.
“In general, it is important not to get to wrapped up in a hot new trend, especially if there is risk involved or the possibility of an unnatural result occurring,” says Dr. Miller, a top facial plastic surgeon in New Jersey. If time goes by and a new procedure is more accepted, then you can feel confident in going through with it and being happy with the result for the long term.Tagged as:facial plastic surgeon, Fat injection, Juvederm, Lip Enhancement
Edison, Warren and Marlboro, NJ – It is a fact that there are some women and men out there that have gone through a significant amount of plastic surgery before meeting their future spouses. Should they tell their spouses before they take the plunge into marriage? Or should nothing be said in hopes that the future spouse will not find out exactly how much work was done? There is an article that describes a husband wanting to divorce his wife because he was not aware of how much surgery she had before marriage, and she finally admitted to the plastic surgery when she gave birth to what he considers an ugly baby.
“At Associates in Plastic Surgery, we believe strongly in the policy of honesty in all facets of the practice,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a top facial plastic surgeon. It is important for a person going through plastic surgery to have the support of their friends and family. We do not encourage hiding it from people. As for marriage, we are not counselors, but we still believe that honesty is the best policy. A properly performed rhinoplasty can really enhance a patient’s facial features and look very natural at the same time. So why not share that information with the one you love. Some procedures such as breast implants should be easier to recognize.
As for the “ugly baby,” that claim is just ridiculous. “The appearance of a baby often shows no resemblance to what he or she will look like in adulthood,” says Dr. Miller who also specializes in otoplasty for children. There are many unattractive babies who have grown up to be beautiful people, and many of the adult features that one may not be happy with are not even recognizable as a baby. So to avoid this issue in the future, remember, honesty first.Tagged as:breast implants, facial plastic surgeon, Otoplasty, rhinoplasty
Edison, NJ – Are you contemplating cosmetic surgery to enhance or update your look a little bit? A list of the most common cosmetic procedures for women may help you know which procedures your cosmetic surgeon may be the best at. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, women make up 90 percent of plastic surgery patients and their top five procedures are breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, eyelid surgery and breast lift.
Here’s a look at each of these popular procedures and why they their demand continues to grow.
Breast augmentation is what so many think of when they think of plastic surgery and it’s only become more common in the last few years, replacing liposuction as the most popular procedure in 2012. This involves enlarging breast size through the use of saline or silicone implants. While the reasons for having plastic surgery differ from woman to women and are very personal, there is always one common thread – a desire to enhance their already beautiful form. While not everyone has a desire to be as busty as Pamela Anderson, larger breast size can help women feel more comfortable in their wardrobe, and increase their self-esteem.
Liposuction in NJ and beyond is the second most popular cosmetic procedure performed in the United States, not far behind breast augmentation. Liposuction removes fat deposits beneath the skin and is most often performed on the stomach, buttocks, hips, thighs and upper arms. While men are turning to cosmetic procedures such as liposuction more and more, women still make up the vast majority of those having the procedure performed.
So why does liposuction rank so high with women? There are several reasons, as explained by top plastic surgeon in NJ, Dr. Andrew Miller.
“We live in a society that is increasingly interested in attaining physical perfection, or as close to it as we can,” says Dr. Miller, whose practice, Associates in Plastic Surgery, regularly performs liposuction procedures. “My colleagues perform the procedure every day and the reasons women come to have it done are often very similar. You can exercise and eat properly, but sometimes those stubborn fat deposits just don’t go away. Liposuction can take care of that.”
Liposuction is also something that some women turn to post-baby. For many women, they discover that their bodies simply don’t look the same as they did before, even once they’ve lost the baby weight. Liposuction and body sculpting can assist, and many celebrities turn to it to get back into camera ready shape.
Tummy tuck comes in at number three on the list of most common procedures women have performed. While you may think a beer gut is only for men, over time, and especially in women who have had children, fat deposits can build up in the abdomen. And for some, even the best diet and exercise routines can’t shake it. Liposuction can give women back the flat stomachs they had in their youth.
One example of a successful tummy tuck procedure is actress Patricia Heaton, currently seen on “The Middle.” After giving birth to four sons, the actress decided to have a tummy tuck to flatten out her stomach and remove the excess fat and unwanted stretch marks that result after pregnancy.
Pregnancy can result in excess skin cells that just can’t be removed by watching what you eat and exercising. The 55-year-old actress knew that, and her tummy tuck had amazing results. She also admitted to having breast reduction surgery to decrease the size of her breast and lift them after breast-feeding her four children.
Eyelid surgery is becoming more popular with women who want to look younger and struggle with excess skin around the eyes that gives a tired, drooping effect. During the procedure, the bags under the eyes can be smoothed out and reduced, and in some cases the result can be what looks like years taken off a person’s age.
Breast lift procedures are related to breast augmentation but focus more on raising up and firming breasts compared to increasing their size. As the fifth most popular procedure for women, a breast lift is often combined with breast enlargement surgery for a complete rejuvenation of the area and improved appearance.
Cosmetic surgery procedures are successfully performed by talented surgeons throughout the United States every day. The results are not just a more beautiful face or body, but an increase in self-confidence that might not be achieved otherwise. Knowing which procedures are most popular can show patients which procedures surgeons have the most practice performing. Knowing your surgeon has excellent experience in the type of surgery you are looking for will result in peace of mind and a beautiful result for you.
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STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK – You know spider veins, those tiny red and blue lines mapping your legs that you are constantly trying to hide. No doubt you want to get rid of them, but you may think it is best to wait to undergo sclerotherapy until the summer months when you will be back to wearing bathing suits and shorts. What you may not know, though, is that January is the ideal time to undergo the treatment.
Spider veins are veins that have widened due to damage, making them visible. In some cases, spider veins are signs of a circulatory problem, but they typically are just an eyesore and a treatable one at that. Sclerotherapy is just one of several options for eliminating spider veins. During sclerotherapy, the veins are injected with a solution that causes them to collapse then disappear. After a couple of sessions of the procedure, most patients’ spider veins have cleared. Veins that are too tiny to be injected can be addressed using a laser.
“Even though lasers are used in some cases, sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard,” said Dr. Elliot Heller, the best plastic surgeon in Staten Island. “With sclerotherapy, we can treat varying sizes of veins with increased accuracy and a lower risk of scarring compared to other treatment options.”
The capillaries around the nose and on the cheeks can also become spider veins. They best respond to a photofacial, which is an intense pulsed light treatment that damages the vessels using a blast of light, causing the body to reabsorb them. A series of three treatments typically causes the appearance of capillaries to dissipate.
Another type of vein that can be an eyesore is varicose veins. Varicose veins are larger and further away from the surface of skin than spider veins. They appear twisted, and may be found on the legs and ankles. Some varicose veins may even cause discomfort. If you think you suffer from varicose veins rather than spider veins, visit a local vein specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.
There are several precautions will you need to take after any of these procedures, including protecting your skin from UV rays. Exposure to UV rays can increase your chances of staining that can last as long as 18 months where the veins were injected. That is why January is the ideal time to get rid of your spider veins. The cooler weather and gloomy skies can help guard your skin and prevent discoloration.
If you are interested in spider veins removal, or any other cosmetic procedure, like an armlift or tummy tuck in Staten Island¸ contact Dr. Heller today. He can help you choose the treatment that will best meet your cosmetic needs and desires.
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EDISON, NJ – Do you often catch yourself glancing at your profile and wishing you could do something to improve the way it looks? Profile plasty may be just the procedure for you.
How your nose, lips and chin are aligned and their shape make up your profile. If one or more of these elements is slightly off, it can affect how your profile looks. So what is the solution?
“If you are self-conscious of your profile, schedule a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon,” says Dr. Andrew Miller, a top plastic surgeon in NJ. “When my patients come in, I give a thorough examination to determine what element of their facial structure might be throwing the look of the profiles off. In some cases, it could be that only one element needs to be corrected, such as adding chin implants. In other cases, we may want to consider multiple procedures, such as rhinoplasty or fat injections or fillers.”
Let’s start with the chin. What makes a chin aesthetically pleasing when looking at a person’s profile?
When looking at the profile, the chin projection should be a vertical line when dropped down from the lower lip, although it may be slightly more prominent in men. During a consultation, the plastic surgeon will determine if your profile could benefit from chin augmentation, which can dramatically improve the overall look of your face. A small chin can make the face look rounder than it actually is, as well as make the neck look heavier and the nose bigger.
“In many cases, I’ll recommend a chin implant procedure in addition to a nasal procedure, and sometimes even in conjunction with a complete facelift,” says Dr. Miller, who regularly performs rhinoplasty in NJ. “I’ve dedicated my career to learning about and understanding the complex way our facial structures work together, and the chin is a feature that works in conjunction with the entire face. Adjusting the size of the chin can give the face a more aesthetically pleasing look.”
Rhinoplasty is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures, and can also dramatically affect the way a person’s profile looks. Profiles can be altered by nasal bumps, droopy tips and other nasal imperfections. But through a carefully planned out rhinoplasty procedure, a talented cosmetic surgeon can fix that, giving the patient the profile they’ve always dreamed of.
Chin implants and rhinoplasty can easily be performed together to create the ideal profile in patients who desire it. And the best part is, recovery is fairly quick and patients can be back to their normal routines in no time. When paired together, most patients can return to work in about a week.
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Edison, Marlboro, Warren, NJ – As most people know, smoking does nothing good for the body at all. It not only affects your lungs, it creates several negative cosmetic effects that people may not realize. Smoking attacks a protein in the skin called elastin, which gives youthful skin its smooth appearance. We see patients every day who face and body issues as a result of smoking, and several different procedures can be performed to improve their conditions. However, quitting smoking is the first step to looking younger in the long run.
One of the most prevalent places smoking targets is the face. As smoking affects the skin, the loss of elasticity causes bags under the eyes as well as droopy upper lids. Fortunately there is corrective surgery for the upper and lower lids called Blepharoplasty. The down time is about a week and the procedure itself is fairly affordable. For patients who do not want surgery, fillers would be the next best step for either the creases in the face or smoke lines around the lips. “Many patients coming in for Juvederm around the lips are smokers, and these lines can sometimes be pretty tough to smooth out,” says Dr. Andrew J. Miller a top facial plastic surgeon in New Jersey. Smoking also brings out wrinkles on the forehead and crowsfeet causing a lot of people to get Botox to smooth out these wrinkles.
Aside from the face, smoking greatly affects the body as well. The loss of skin elasticity causes everything to sag from the arms and breasts to the waist and thighs. In these situations, corrective surgery is available, but it is a bit more involved. Procedures such as an armlift or a tummy tuck can be performed but the recovery is 10-14 days and it is vital to stop smoking 2-3 weeks before these procedures are performed. “It is important that patients are honest with us before surgery, because smoking while undergoing these procedures can have disastrous consequences,” says Dr. Miller, who is also a neck liposuction specialist. Smoking also impairs collagen production, which is a protein in connective tissue, and responsible for the healing process.
So keep these ideas in mind when smoking because once the damage is done it can be difficult to undo sometimes. Just be sure to see qualified plastic surgeons like we have at Associates in Plastic Surgery.Tagged as:Arm Lift, Blepharoplasty, Botox, facial plastic surgeon, Juvederm, Tummy Tuck
Edison, NJ – Men, do you worry that you might be hairier than most? Shaving isn’t the best option for men who boast hair over a good portion of their bodies because it can be time consuming and even painful. So why not consider laser hair removal?
No longer is hair removal only for women – more and more men are turning to the cosmetic procedure to thin out their burly look. Manscaping is becoming the norm, and one only has to look to the red carpet for assurance. Have you noticed how well groomed David Beckham’s eyebrows are?
So what exactly is laser hair removal and how does it work? Dr. Andrew Miller, a plastic surgeon in Edison, explains the process.
“Laser hair removal selectively targets hair follicles,” says Dr. Miller, who is one of the best plastic surgeons in Edison and is regularly recognized throughout New York and New Jersey for his expertise. “Hair follicles in the active growth phase are destroyed, but the skin is left unharmed and unaffected.”
Laser light is used to penetrate into the hair shaft, killing the hair at its root. It doesn’t kill the follicle, however, so while another hair could grow in its place, it becomes much more difficult.
It is best used to remove or reduce hair found on the back, chest, shoulders, stomach and even genital area. Treatment typically lasts about 30 minutes per session, and depending on the area of the body the hair is being removed from, it could take up to eight sessions. Hair does not grow on the same cycle, so multiple sessions are needed to be sure that all hair can be targeted and eliminated. Touch up procedures may be needed to treat any remaining hairs.
“The patient’s skin type is a crucial factor in the success of laser hair removal,” says Dr. Miller. “Ideal candidates have light skin and dark hair. Because of this combination, we can use the highest settings, resulting in the most accurate results. For patients with dark skin, additional machines may need to be used to protect the skin while treating them. Light colored hair is difficult to target and treat consistently. It is important for patients to remember that the hair needs to be clipped or shaved for treatment to be effective – waxed or plucked hairs will have no pigment, therefor the heat will not be able to find an area to concentrate on.”
Laser hair removal is an extremely effective way to lose the burly, hairy look and get more smoother, more huggable skin. And don’t worry – you’ll be in good company. Kanye West is rumored to have recently undergone laser hair removal for a cleaner, smoother look.
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Edison, Warren, Marlboro, NJ - Plastic surgery sometimes finds itself in the strangest places. One area where you might not think to find much plastic surgery in the military. Even our soldiers feel the pressure to meet with plastic surgeons and then undergo surgery to get rid of excess fat. According to an article from Fox News.com http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/10/28/bulky-troops-turn-to-liposuction-to-pass-fat-test/, our military personnel are turning to surgical procedures such as liposuction to pass their body fat tests.
It may seem odd to think that a fearless soldier is undergoing liposuction. In general, these men and women are in good shape already. However, if they fail their ”fat test” 3 or more times, then that can be grounds for disciplinary action. “It is not unusual for a person to seek out a plastic surgeon for the possibility that their career can be helped,” says Dr, Shain Cuber, a plastic surgeon in N.J. In this instance, with one procedure, a significant amount of fat can be removed to hopefully get within the limit.
The fat test can be somewhat outdated as well. The military’s fitness standards may need to be revised, because the tables are outdated and do not reflect that Americans are bigger in today’s world, although not necessarily less healthy. If troops were judged more by physical performance, they would not have to go to more extreme measures to save their careers.
Cosmetic surgery such as a tummy tuck can be very beneficial to one’s career, health, or purely just their self confidence. Surgery may not be for everyone, but for those who undergo a procedure, it can be highly rewarding. When a great result is obtained, a person feels better about themself and that can show in all of their daily activities. Be sure to consult with an experienced and board certified surgeon to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. At Associates in Plastic Surgery, we do our best to give everyone a very pleasant experience.
Tagged as:liposuction, Plastic Surgeon, Tummy Tuck
Edison, Warren & Marlboro NJ - When it comes to plastic surgery, many people would consider traveling to a different state or even a different country to have the right surgeon perform their procedure. Traveling for plastic surgery is something that has to be carefully planned because several factors are involved. But if it is planned out well, the whole experience can be wrapped up in a nice vacation time period.
The first thing to be sure of is the surgeon. Usually people who are traveling have been given a reference by a friend or family member. But even if that is the case, research needs to be done to be sure they surgeon is qualified. Often times the consultation may be done via internet or phone, and the patient may not meet their surgeon until the day of surgery. Ensure that not only the surgeon is qualified, but the facility in which the procedure is being done should be certified as well. This is especially true of foreign countries as they are not as tightly regulated as facilities in the USA.
“The time spent at the surgeon’s location is also extremely important because if a problem occurs after surgery, and the patient has left too early for home, the results can be disastrous,” says Dr. Miller, a facelift specialist in New Jersey. Typically, the patient should plan to stay at least one week for a smaller procedure to two weeks for a bigger procedure. That way, any immediate complications can be handled by the surgeon who performed the procedure. It will be hard to find a different surgeon, who did not operate on you, to take care of an infection occurring after breast augmentation.
Some patients travel to a foreign country looking for a cheap price. “It is extremely important for a patient doing this to thoroughly research both the doctor and facility because I have seen many problems in patients who have done this,” says Dr. Miller, who also specializes in eyelid surgery in NJ.
Facilities that treat a lot of patients from out of town should be able to recommend nice areas to stay during your initial recovery. We have even had rhinoplasty or eyelid patients set up to see a Broadway show or have a nice dinner (it is dark in the show so no one will notice you). That way, undergoing plastic surgery will be like a “vacation,” after which you will look nicely rejuvenated.
Tagged as:Breast augmentation, Eyelid surgery, facelift
EDISON, WARREN AND MARLBORO, NEW JERSEY – You may be under the impression that to have younger-looking skin you need to go under the knife. Think again. What you probably do not know is that there are a number of nonsurgical options that can clear acne and better the texture and clarity of skin.
“Many of my patients are surprised to hear that surgery is not required to improve the appearance of skin,” said top NJ plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Miller. “Not only are nonsurgical methods less expensive, but they can also produce the results patients’ desire.”
The following treatments can be beneficial if you are unhappy with the look of your skin:
- Fraxel® – Fraxel uses a laser to get rid of damaged, old cells by penetrating below the skin’s surface. It can help eliminate sun spots, age spots, acne scars, wrinkles around the eye, brown spots and more, giving skin a fresher appearance and evening its texture and tone. Fraxel is just one of the procedures Dr. Miller offers in NJ.
- Chemical Peels – Dr. Miller offers two types of chemical peels: Jessner’s and TCA. Jessner’s peels are medium depth peels that can treat sun damaged skin and lighten hyperpigmentation. They consist of resorcinol, salicylic acid and lactic acid. TCA peels are also medium depth peels, but are comprised of trichloroacetic acid. They can treat fine lines, sun damage, uneven pigmentation and acne scarring.
- Microdermabrasion – Microdermabrasion is a kind of light chemical peel that uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the surface of skin. It can treat sun damage, scarring, stretch marks and more. Microdermabrasion produces the best results after eight to 10 treatments.
Not only do these procedures not require surgery and anesthesia, but they can also often be performed the same day as a consultation and involve little recovery time. Fraxel usually has a downtime of about three days, while skin that undergoes a chemical peel typically heals in five days. Microdermabrasion-treated skin may be mildly red for half an hour to a day and can have makeup applied to it immediately following treatment.
You can also combine one of the above treatments with Botox and/or a dermal filler like Juvederm™ to rejuvenate skin. Botox helps get rid of frown, forehead and other facial lines caused by muscle movement, as well as control hand and underarm sweating. Juvederm, a dermal filler offered in NJ by Associates in Plastic Surgery, is used to fill facial wrinkles and folds, and plump the lips.
If you think one of these nonsurgical procedures is right for you, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Miller. He can help you choose the skin treatment that best meets your needs and desires.
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