If you have ever considered having breast augmentation surgery this could be a good time to revisit the idea. Even though warm weather is nearly here you can still have your procedure with recovery time to spare to enjoy your improved body image this summer.
Fortunately we are living in a time where breast augmentation patients have greater freedom of choice. I am referring to the fact that they can now choose a silicone or saline breast implant option. It’s been about six years since the FDA approved silicone implants for all breast augmentation patients, not just women requiring breast reconstruction. And this lifting of its ban has significantly affected women’s decisions. Last year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 72 percent of the breast augmentation surgeries performed in the U.S. were done using silicone implants. I think you would agree that is quite an impressive number, more so given the fact that in the year the ban was lifted only 19 percent of augmentations were silicone. Its’ increased acceptance owes to the more natural look and feel of silicone implants.
However, these implants may not be the ideal choice for every patient. It is vital that you consult with an experience surgeon who can guide you through the decision, laying out the pros and cons of both types to help you make the best personal choice. At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center in Paramus, New Jersey, you are our highest priority. And if fitting into your new swimsuit or tank top more confidently is what you desire, we will, together, develop a plan to accomplish just that.
For more information about breast augmentation surgery or other aesthetic cosmetic procedures please contact our office manager, who can schedule your first consultation.
Since my earliest days as a board-certified plastic surgeon—more than 25 years ago—I’ve fielded questions from my female patients concerned about their cellulite. Back then, there were not many good options I could offer. Although there were numerous products and procedures on the market such as creams and lotions, external energy treatments, and massage, none of them, despite the manufacturer’s extravagant promises, could provide effective, long-term results.
Today, the picture has changed. A minimally invasive laser procedure called Cellulaze™ that attacks cellulite deep beneath the layers of your skin to produce longer lasting results without the inconvenience of repeated treatments, is available. The single session for most women takes under two hours. Afterwards, my patients typically report that they feel somewhat achy–as though they’ve just completed a good workout at the gym.
If you have cellulite you’re not alone. It’s been documented that over 85 percent of women exhibit some degree of cellulite. While all of them might not represent severe cases, in my practice at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus NJ most women, whether their condition is slightly noticeable or more prominent dimpling, would love to wish their cellulite away.
Cellulaze is not a universal solution. It works best on women who are at or near their target weight with thighs that have mild to moderate cellulite. At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery the procedure takes place in our technically advanced medical suite, SurgiCenter, while you are under local anesthesia. Afterwards, you should plan on taking just a day or two off from your regular activities.
I hope I’ve inspired you to find out whether Cellulaze is right for you. Please contact our office manager if you’d like to set up a consultation, or for further information.
Now that it is shorts and swimsuit season, like a lot of women, you’re wondering what can be done about your cellulite so that you can feel comfortable in these clothes.
What causes cellulite? First, let’s put aside what you may have heard about fat babies growing up to be women with cellulite. But if you are significantly overweight it’s also more likely that your cellulite is more visible. It’s cause lies closer to your genetic inheritance.
Cellulite formation also has to do with the particular structure of female connective tissue that allows chambers or pockets to easily form, trapping fat cells and bulging outwards, while fibrous bands pull the skin down. This juxtaposition produces the dimpled effect we call cellulite. Some men do have cellulite but since their connective tissue is structured differently, it is rare.
So what can we do to address your cellulite? At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we’re using a laser therapy called Cellulaze™ to treat mild to moderate cellulite. Cellulaze works on the structural bonds under the skin that are responsible for giving so many women cellulite problems. In a single session Cellulaze will stimulate your skin to erase that cottage cheese appearance on your thighs long into the future. Clinical studies show that the treatment is capable of increasing skin thickness by 25 percent, and skin elasticity by 29 percent both of which are desirable to smooth cellulite. Post-treatment some patients may experience temporary minimal side effects such as mild discomfort, bruising, swelling and/or numbness.
While cellulite is a physically harmless condition it impacts aesthetically to diminish an individual’s self-confidence. Once cellulite is formed, nothing short of a treatment intervention will work, although staying away from salt and fatty foods, which can cause fat cells to swell, seems quite sensible.
In the past many modalities, including creams, promised to rid you of cellulite, but few delivered on the promise. They may have helped somewhat, but I believe Cellulaze will give you the results you desire.
To schedule your Cellulaze consultation, please contact our office.
Recently I learned of a new laser treatment called Cellulaze™ and researching it. I was immediately struck by its results so I went for training and now have incorporated it into my practice.
Cellulaze therapy is a single relatively short session, and your treated areas will continue to improve afterwards during the next months.
Studies indicate that the results typically are evident for about a year, when your treatment should be repeated to maintain your results.
Let me tell you about this exciting laser-based breakthrough that addresses cellulite. It’s called Cellulaze™ attacks the brittle structural bonds beneth the skin tha t are the real cause of cellulite dimpled appearance. It increases skin’s natural depth for a smoother healthier look that lasts
Oftentimes patients that undergo liposuction to achieve a more appealing body image, choose to receive the additional benefit derived from a tummy tuck. I’ve been combining these two procedures during one session for years. Patients who have opted for them, I’ve noticed, are usually the most vocal about how these procedures have positively impacted their lives.
Recently the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), to which I have been a proud member for years, released the results of the first study of its kind to assess patient reported outcomes from these procedures. According to ASPS, the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons, patients undergoing liposuction and/or tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) report significant improvement in self-esteem and quality of life issues. The study goes on to confirm that outcomes are especially good when liposuction is combined with tummy tuck.
The study evaluated 360 patients who underwent liposuction, and/or abdominoplasty to remove excess abdominal fat. About 60 percent of the patients underwent liposuction only, while 35 percent underwent a combination of the previously mentioned procedures. The remainder of participants underwent only abdominoplasty.
At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, New Jersey, our patient satisfaction rates traditionally track national trends. This procedure is no exception. The ASPS study reveals that patients undergoing liposuction and abdominoplasty produced the highest patient satisfaction rate. In addition, over 99 percent reported no increase in pain, compared to those patients who underwent abdominoplasty alone.
Every day I work with patients who are experiencing, for the first time in their lives, the improved quality of life brought about by plastic surgery. Weeks after their procedures you can’t help but notice their more confident body language and affable demeanor.
If you’d like to explore what plastic surgery can do for you, please contact Ann Carbone, our Practice Manager. She’ll be glad to set up your life altering consultation.
Cellulaze™ reduces the appearance of cellulite in just one treatment. It is the only treatment that attacks the very structure of and proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cellulaze™ is the treatment that lasts and produces healthier skin.
Call today and schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Zubowski at 201-261-7550.
If you, like many others, suffer from bad body image, plastic surgery can help change that. We all know that dieting and diligent exercise benefit your overall health but they cannot always achieve your primary body image needs.
At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, New Jersey, we use a combination approach: two FDA approved procedures–ultrasonic and tumescent liposuction- -to resculpt those disproportionate areas and attain a more pleasing appearance. Each liposuction method offers certain advantages and I believe, applied in concert, gives patients the look they desire.
In a nutshell, ultrasonic (Vaser®) liposuction relies upon ultrasonic energy to melt subcutaneous fat that is then withdrawn in liquid form through a narrow tube at the area being treated. Tumescent liposuction then removes any remaining unwanted fat to complete the treatment. It helps put the finishing touches on your new body.
I have been performing liposuction at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for many years. With more than 200,000 such procedures performed nationally last year, liposuction ranks among the top five most common cosmetic surgeries. For many patients liposuction alone may be sufficient to reach their aesthetic body goal. But for others, for example, those patients who have lost lots of weight due to bariatric surgery, a combination of procedures may be needed to achieve the best results possible. In such cases, depending upon where excess skin is present, I might recommend a tummy tuck, thigh lift, arm lift and/or neck lift. In these instances the surgeries are often staged.
If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, please contact Ann Carbone, our Practice Manager, to set up a consultation.
The latest plastic surgery figures are in and they corroborate what we already know from my own practice: consumers are increasingly opting for the kind of youthful rejuvenations that only cosmetic procedures can provide.
The new stats from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the oldest and largest clinical plastic surgery organization for professionals, clearly show that even in a slow economy, Americans still pursue a better appearance. About 14 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2011, up 5% from the previous year, signaling year-over-year growth for two consecutive years.
We, at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, NJ believe that although plastic surgery may still be considered by some to be a luxury, it’s upward trend may reflect more people wanting to improve their opportunities in the fiercely competitive job market.
The newly released figures from ASPS also include information that among the roughly 1.6 million plastic surgeries in 2011, the top five were: Breast augmentation (up 4%); nose reshaping; liposuction; eyelid surgery and facelift (up 5%), which bested tummy tucks for the first time since 2004. I believe this might be caused by older job-seeking baby boomers. The biggest surprise, in my estimation, is the interest in chin augmentation, usually undergone by men. It gained over 70%. Lip augmentation, typically requested at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by our female patients, was also up about 50%.
Overall, the largest growth trend was in minimally-invasive procedures (up 6%), with some treatments involving fillers and fat injections, up anywhere between 20%-30%. On the lower end of the spectrum, reconstructive plastic surgery increased 5 percent in 2011, with breast reconstruction up 3%.
For more information on how the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery can help you realize your personal aesthetic goals, please contact Ann Carbone, our Practice Manager.
Age, pregnancy and breast feeding can lead to unwanted effects on the female form, including laxity and droopiness that cannot be corrected through diet and exercise alone. “To help post-pregnant women address their comprehensive cosmetic concerns, I offer mommy makeovers,” says Dr. Zubowski. These all-encompassing procedures involve combinations of face, breast and body procedures–such as breast augmentation, lift and reduction surgeries, along with liposuction and abdominoplasty–depending on each woman’s unique aesthetic needs. “To address deep facial wrinkles and laxity, patients can turn back time with a limited-scar facelift, which addresses sagging jowls and deepening facial grooves without extensive behind-the-ear incisions. It can help renew elasticity and a more refreshed, alert appearance, curtailing jowl droopiness and softening nasolabial folds.”
Sometimes all the exercise and dieting in the world can’t get rid of the tummy pouch that results from a lifetime of weight fluctuations or pregnancy. The body changes that a woman experiences, can cause a lot of damage-sagging skin, stretch marks and even muscle separation in the abdominal area. But a tummy tuck is not only for postpartum women, or just women for that matter. The procedure can improve the appearance of excess abdominal fat, skin and tissue in any healthy adult. Individual conditions of the abdomen vary, and for that reason there are different tummy tucking techniques to help you achieve a flatter, trim waistline.
One of the most popular TV shows, The Biggest Loser, has focused our attention on those folks needing to lose massive amounts of weight. Each week we are given an insight into what it takes to shed those pounds and how hard the contestants work to achieve their very personal triumphs. But the show doesn’t follow up on what happens after these individuals reach their goal weight. Their quest for a better body is far from over.
Since obesity in our country is now at epidemic levels, we, at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, NJ, are seeing more patients who have lost 100 pounds and more, either by serious dieting, or more likely through gastric by-pass surgery. Shedding so much weight so quickly leaves folds of unsightly loose skin that can’t be tightened through exercising, no matter how diligent. That’s what often brings them to our center. Most commonly the areas that require plastic surgery interventions are the thighs, buttocks, stomach, and sometimes the inner arms.
We can address the first two problem areas by performing a Lower Body Makeover, which includes a tummy tuck and a lateral thigh lift that will remove the excess skin, while also elevating and shaping the buttocks. The procedures are done during one visit to our facility, which contains SurgiCenter, our state-of-the-art operating suite. Our surgical team includes myself, who is board-certified in both plastic and general surgery, a board-certified anesthesiologist, and nurses and technicians specializing in plastic surgery cases. While most of my surgeries take place there, I also have privileges at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ.
The Lower Body Makeover requires a somewhat more prolonged recuperative period than some other major plastic surgeries. The good news is that my patients tell me having it done has not only helped to shape and rebuild their bodies but also their self-images.
For more information on the Lower Body Makeover, or other procedures, please contact Ann Carbone, our Practice Manager.