Recently I’ve come upon an emerging plastic surgery trend. In my practice at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, NJ, more younger women than in the past are scheduling consultations with me to consider eyelid surgery. While at first, you might assume that the most likely candidates to require this very common, straightforward procedure are mature women there is a particular sub-group of younger women who have inherited certain unattractive eye characteristics. They may have prominent bags under their eyes that no amount of makeup can conceal, or sad looking, droopy upper eyelids. While in all other aspects of their lives they may be energetic and charismatic, the visual impression–which does count– signals otherwise.
While many of these patients believe that eyelid surgery is their only solution (it is the only permanent fix) we walk them through other viable, non-invasive options. Especially in the younger patient with under eye hollows or dark shadows, we can postpone the inevitable by treating their “tired” eyes with injectable fillers. For example, the benefits of Restylane® and Juvéderm® can be realized for as long as a year. In the meantime they can ease into their new improved “look,” while deciding whether to repeat the procedure or opt for a more permanent course of action.
At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we are there with you every step of the way. After more than 25 years of specializing in cosmetic rejuvenation as a board-certified plastic surgeon I’ve come to realize how important it is for patients to achieve their aesthetic goals by bringing out their own natural attractiveness.
To schedule an appointment for designing your customized plastic surgery plan, please contact our office manager. I’m certain you’ll find her very helpful.
In my experience not every person who thinks they need a facelift actually does, and that’s why it is so important to find and consult with a reputable cosmetic rejuvenation surgeon (preferably board certified in both plastic surgery and general surgery) before you decide to move forward.
The goal of a facelift is not to advertise that you’ve had cosmetic work. Rather, it should subtly revitalize your appearance with a natural looking improvement. There are several reasons why I might recommend a traditional facelift. If my examination reveals the majority of certain indications, then and only then will I suggest that you seriously consider the procedure.
So what are some of these indications? Firstly, people are continually observing that you look tired and/or down, when the opposite is true. During your examination I will be looking for a loss of facial muscle tone and skin elasticity that extends to the neck area. Have you noticed the appearance of deepening creases around your nose and mouth and unflattering jowls? Does it seem that your chin, as you’ve aged, is less defined? And finally, have you taken to wearing neck hugging sweaters and tops in an attempt to hide an obviously aging neck? Patients who present with a tired appearance or have loss of muscle tone and skin elasticity usually will benefit from a mini-facelift that does not include the neck.
This procedure is appropriate for those of you who are just beginning to notice the signs of aging. There are also options other than surgery for patients who don’t have significant signs of facial and neck aging yet, but who could benefit from a facial “tune-up” with injectables such as Restylane®, Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, and/or Botox®.
To schedule an assessment of your problem facial and neck areas, and how we can help, please contact our office manager who will assist you in setting up your consultation.
My advice for this holiday season is to make sure you are at the top of your game, ready to take on the fun and fuss of party rounds and social events. It is more than likely you’ll mingle with friends and family that you haven’t seen for a while, along with life’s decision makers. You will not only want to make a good verbal impression, but a great visual one as well. Let me tell you, we live in a time that abounds with cosmetic rejuvenations and procedures designed to fit the busiest schedules.
Just two years ago more than two and a half million people opted for Botox™, and judging from my practice at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, NJ, the number of patients requesting it is on an upswing and many more will try Botox in 2013. Many of my female patients, specifically young moms, want to get an early start toward their goal of maintaining their youthfulness. I completely agree that starting such treatments as soon as minimal wrinkles and crow’s feet begin to surface will keep everyone guessing about how you look calm and relaxed, despite your heavy work load.
Depending on the facial area that’s troubling you, we might also recommend a specific dermal injectible filler. Some of these plump up wrinkles and under-eye hollows, as well as lift sagging skin. In addition, they can restore facial volume, which has long been associated with a more youthful appearance.
If we decide that Botox is your best treatment option you’ll probably need a single treatment every four months or so, while hyaluronic-acid fillers such as Juvéderm last at least six months.
If you’d like to find out more about injectible cosmetic procedures or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office manager. She will be happy to provide some preliminary information and set you up with a consultation.
Over the years many of my lip augmentation patients have asked if there was a more permanent one-time solution to keep their lips full and beautiful. As I’ve noted before, the field of plastic surgery is constantly renewing and surpassing my expectations. Such is the case with PermaLip™, a permanent facial implant made of soft, contoured silicone that can be removed at any time.
Now, for those patients whose busy schedules don’t allow for regularly scheduled appointments to keep their temporary injectible lip filler doing its job, we can offer a one-time surgical procedure. Because PermaLip has a smooth surface it minimizes the chances for tissue ingrowth. And should a patient decide to regain her original lip shape, it can be removed in a rather straight-forward procedure.
PermaLip is available in a number of sizes to harmonize with the unique facial characteristics of each patient. During our initial consultation, you and I will determine which PermaLip implant is right for you.
When discussing the possibility of choosing PermaLip, my patients at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus NJ, often inquire about what they can expect post-operatively. In general, most patients report some swelling and slightly tender lips. There may be some bruising also, but these conditions usually subside after about a week. The majority of discomfort, however, usually resolves itself at 24-48 hours, although sensitivity to light and medium pressure will last for approximately two weeks. To limit post-operative soreness I like to place my patients on an oral as well as a topical course of Arnica Montana, which has been shown to decrease bruising and swelling. You will begin to see the results of your procedure possibly after several days, once the initial swelling resolves.
If you’d like a more permanent solution to your lip augmentation, please contact our office manager to schedule a consultation.
Breast augmentation continues to be high on the list of requests for plastic surgery by our female patients. In my practice at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, NJ it’s a rare week indeed, when we’re not performing yet another of these procedures. Because the desire to improve upon nature is such a motivating factor few people would be surprised that breast augmentation is one of our most frequently requested procedures. But did you know that the chin implant is being recognized as the fastest growing plastic surgery? Chin implants are not new, so why is it now trending so high? One explanation may be the prevalence of the video chat as a common form of business and to social interaction. For many individuals who have accepted what they perceive to be an unflattering jaw line or weak chin, seeing themselves on the screen can dramatically emphasize their dissatisfaction with their facial image. In my opinion, two of the most prominent (and correctable) facial “flaws” are a weak chin, and a “double” chin. Did you know that the chin and the jawline are among the first areas to exhibit the telling signs of aging? For these individuals plastic surgery could be the answer. Other reasons for the rise in requests for chin implants, reports the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), is the desire of aging baby boomers to remain competitive in the workplace and in finding a mate. Maintaining a youthful, fresh appearance helps to keep them spot on in their game with the younger players.
In the same ASPS report the other cosmetic procedures that grew in popularity last year were lip augmentation; cheek implantation; laser skin resurfacing; and soft tissue fillers, in that order. To set up your plastic surgery consultation, please contact our office manager.
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They say, “It’s all in the eyes,” but I believe it’s also about having a beautiful nose. Studies confirm what everyone instinctively knows: having an aesthetically appealing appearance positively influences not only sexual attraction but hiring decisions and how far we get in life.
A person with a large or unflatteringly shaped nose is oftentimes overly self-conscious. Worse, it’s an aesthetic flaw that can’t be hidden or camouflaged. At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in Paramus, NJ, we’re helping these individuals to claim their share of a healthier self-esteem by performing one of the most common and straightforward cosmetic surgery procedures, namely rhinoplasty.
Since every person is unique, they deserve to preserve that quality, especially when undergoing a rhinoplasty. In my hands the rhinoplasty takes into consideration the aesthetic goals of the patient, what I can do for him or her based on structural findings, and realistically creating a game plan built on what we can achieve. During the initial consultation we’ll discuss the procedure in detail to make certain we are both in agreement.
In general, men want a nose that is masculine, yet is in balance with the rest of the face. Typically, women not only want a nose that harmonizes with their other facial features, but depending on the individual, can project gentleness, femininity, or strength of character, for example. These days the stereotypical obviously cosmetically altered perky, upturned nose is thankfully, a vague memory.
Today, rhinoplasty patients receive two benefits: a more attractive nose plus one that allows them to breathe easier.
Your surgery can take place in SurgiCenter, our fully accredited state-of-the-art in-center surgery suite under general anesthesia administered by our board-certified anesthesiologist. Afterwards, you return home minus the discomfort of nose packing, another outdated standard of care, which significantly added to post-operative pain.
For more information on rhinoplasty or other cosmetic surgeries, please contact our office for 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.
A new study suggests that facial plastic surgery will make you look nine years younger than what you really are. When shown before and after pictures of 60 plastic surgery patients ranging in the ages between 45 and 72 years old, researchers have found that on average, patients are estimated to look 8.9 years younger than their actual age.
The more procedures a patient had, the greater the difference between estimates of their age preoperatively and postoperatively according to the results of the study published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. Some of these procedures include face and neck lifts, blepharoplasties, forehead lifts and laser resurfacing.
Plastic surgeons have an all-important job of explaining to patients what the realistic results are that they can achieve after surgery. A patient’s expectations will depend on their communication with their surgeon, which is very important.
Most patients don’t want to look as young as surgically possible–most say they “want to look good for their age,” rather than looking artificial. If you are looking more information on how to achieve these goals of a more natural youthful look, our practice manager, Ann Carbone, will be happy to set up your consultation.
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.”