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.
Radiesse Volulmizing Filler is injected into the skin to soften wrinkles or folds by adding volume. Local numbing medication is used to maximize your comfort during the procedure. Most patients report a mild discomfort typically associated with needle injections.
To ensure an even correction, Dr. Zubowski will often massage the area treated which may cause a temporary amount of redness to your skin. Bruising at the site of injection is a commonly reported side effect. To minimize bruising, please notify Dr. Zubowski if you use blood thinners such as ibuprofen, aspirin or herbal preparations prior to your procedure.
A temporary amount of minimal to moderate swelling can be expected following the treatment. This should dissipate following injection. It is normal to experience some tenderness at the treatment site for a few days.
For more information on Radiesse or to schedule an appointment for treatment, please contact Ann Carbone, our practice manager, at 201-261-7550.
As an injectible, Botox®, has helped turn many a plastic surgery skeptic into a proponent. In my opinion, Botox® bears a lot of the credit for calling attention to how, with little fuss and minimal time spent in offices like the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, NJ, anyone can avail themselves of safe, effective anti-aging medical technology. Today, many folks who might not consider plastic surgery or are not quite ready for an invasive procedure, yet wish to realize some visual transformation, are choosing Botox® and other facial injectible fillers such as Radiesse®, Restyalene®, and Juvéderm®.
The next generation of cosmetic interventions could revolutionize our field, while reaching many people, who, for a variety of reasons, have refrained from trying aesthetic procedures altogether. One new product, for example, a needleless, topical botulinum toxin type-A wrinkle gel is now undergoing clinical trials with the ultimate goal of being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to treat wrinkles at the corners of the eyes, commonly known as crow’s feet.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), an initial study examined 270 patients with moderate to severe wrinkling around the eyes. The study concluded that the new botulinum toxin gel worked to improve crow’s feet for 89 percent of the study participants. If approved, the drug would be administered only in doctors’ offices.
As with all new protocols, this latest tool against facial aging would only be introduced into our practice at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery after having been carefully evaluated by us for its safety and efficacy. However, it seems to hold promise.
In the meantime, for more information on the numerous ways to help you realize your cosmetic enhancement goals, please contact Ann Carbone, our Practice Manager.
How can The Robert Zubowski Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery help you noninvasively improve the appearance of your skin with no down time?
Patients come to us concerned about dark spots resulting from sun damage, acne scars, or fine lines caused by smoking, or simple aging. In most cases, we can help you improve the appearance of your skin through noninvasive procedures such as microdermabrasion, micropeels, lasers, and skincare products as well as other minimally invasive procedures.
Microdermabrastion can improve and soften many imperfections in the quality and texture of your skin with little or no down time. It is a painless procedure that utilizes microparticles to exfoliate the surface layer of your skin while also building new collagen, resulting in firmer and more youthful looking skin.
Micropeels are designed to produce an immediate glow. It is a three-step process that removes a micro thin top layer of skin with a technique called dermaplaning which is followed by the application of a alpha hydroxyl solution to renew texture, clarity and to reduce impurities and discolor in skin.
Photo Facial is a laser procedure that utilizes broadband light technology for the treatment of sun-damaged skin, age spots and redness. You may experience some redness following the treatment that should resolve within a few hours. For some pigmented lesions you will see a darkening of the treated areas followed by flaking off and fading of the treated area. The number of treatments will depend on your skin condition.
Skin Care products at the Robert Zubowski Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are hand picked to correct, protect, and maintain healthy skin. They are frequently used to prepare your skin for deeper resurfacing procedures as well as to promote and maintain those results. Some of these product lines include: Obagi, MyBody, Neocutis, and Skin Ceuticals.
There’s no doubt about it: most men really enjoy checking out a pretty face with a matching beautiful body as she passes by. Women were the first to realize that if nature didn’t give them all that they wanted aesthetically, they could boost their appeal considerably through plastic surgery. Not shy about how they have come by their new found beauty, many have graciously referred new patients to the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus,
Men, on the other hand, were typically reluctant to give cosmetic surgery a try. Today, however, that attitude is quickly changing, as they see for themselves what it has done to raise the self-confidence of their girlfriends, wives and mothers. I speculate that another reason is that they refuse to be squeezed out of the job market as older Americans delay retirement and continue to compete
with their younger colleagues.
According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal that quoted statistics provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1.1 million men underwent some sort of cosmetic procedure last year and that number is climbing.
My practice at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery continues to reflect what similar centers are reporting across the nation.
So exactly what procedures are men choosing? In my practice the number one request remains a facelift; next is liposuctiion, followed by breast reduction or gynecomastic surgery. Older men often want eyelid surgery as well. And, as with women, I’m finding that men who are considering their first cosmetic intervention oftentimes start out with soft tissue fillers like Restylane® or Radiesse®, or they may just want to touch up their forehead furrows or the creases known as crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes with a temporary, but
very effective quick fix, Botox®.
If you have a favorite man who would like to enjoy the benefits of cosmetic intervention or if you are that special someone, please don’t hesitate to contact Ann Carbone, our Practice Administrator, for more information, and to set up a consultation.
Oftentimes people suffer the worst situations but use them to make a change that positively impacts on their self-esteem, giving them the confidence to start over. No example could be stronger than the patients who arrive at my office with a heavy heart because of a failed marriage, a dissolved business partnership, getting a pink slip, or losing a loved one. Instead of dwelling on their misfortunes, they choose to give themselves a fresh start that will improve their looks—and their outlook. The first step? A consultation at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in Paramus, NJ.
These patients don’t want a timid makeover. Some have thought about cosmetic enhancement for years without moving forward.
A number of my female Breakup Makeover patients typically request breast surgery. Depending upon what they don’t like about their breasts, they may choose breast augmentation surgery, a breast reduction, and/or a breast lift (mastopexy).
More mature men and women want to see significant facial improvement, and request a traditional facelift which addresses the mid-face and neck regions. Combined with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and perhaps a touch of Botox® in the forehead area and at the corners of the eyes, these procedures can erase 10 to 15 years from one’s face.
Finally, at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, many of these “fresh start” individuals want to have movie star bodies. Fortunately, today, using the latest liposuction techniques in a cautious, safe and skilled manner, we can give them the well-proportioned physique that dieting and exercise, no matter how stringently followed, can’t achieve.
For more information on how we can custom design your Breakup Makeover to lighten your step—and your heart–please contact Ann Carbone, our Practice Administrator. I’m certain that you will find her most helpful in guiding you.
I often see attractive, mature people wearing turtlenecks. Some take this fashion statement to the extreme wearing sleeveless ones in summer. Are they hiding an unsightly neck which is too heavy, has fat pockets, and/or banding, some of the more unbecoming signs of aging. Fortunately, many such individuals decide to explore cosmetic surgery options so that they can improve their self-esteem–and expand their wardrobes.
The ideal solution for a sagging neck is a full facelift, which includes tightening the neck muscles, or a lower facelift. Truth be told, the neck is the most difficult part of a facelift. That’s why it’s important to choose your surgeon wisely. At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we routinely perform these surgeries and we encourage you to review pictures of our results. After practicing as a board-certified plastic surgeon for more than 25 years, I’ve amassed quite a collection that catalogues our typical results.
Thanks to progress in plastic surgery techniques and products, depending on how the neck presents, there may be other options. At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery we are continually exploring and investigating innovative ways to give our patients the safest and best results. For example, at our Paramus, NJ center we offer Botox®, the wonder injectable, to temporarily erase deeper neck bands. Results last from three to six months, often increasing with each subsequent treatment.
A heavy neck with slight pouching may respond to liposuction, a minimally invasive procedure that we perform, as with most of our surgeries, at our on-site state-of-the-art fully accredited Surgicenter. Results can last years provided there is no significant weight gain.
If you would like to schedule a consultation about your aging neck, or find out more about another cosmetic enhancement please contact our Practice Administrator, Ann Carbone.
One reason I chose to specialize in plastic surgery was my belief that aesthetic enhancements significantly improve my patients’ quality of life.
Continuous advances in plastic surgery create real benefits for patients. Today, the results are more predictable, involve less post-operative discomfort, and more rapidly return patients to their regular routines.
Even with improved techniques, some candidates still reject plastic surgery. For them, we are able to offer a host of injectables and Botox® that achieve gratifying results. We’re also using a number of liposuction applications that sculpt the body, face and neck. Liposuction procedures can be accomplished without general anesthetic in our office procedure rooms. By the way, for your safety and convenience, the majority of our surgeries occur at Surgicenter, our fully accredited surgery suite located at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, NJ.
Many of my patients have asked my opinion of bridalplasty (multiple pre-wedding day aesthetic procedures), a concept popularized by a TV show where brides-to-be compete for their wish lists of plastic surgery procedures. Their goal is to walk down the aisle looking like the girl of their own dreams. It is my genuine belief that any form of cosmetic enhancement: invasive, non-invasive, minimally invasive, or even skin treatments, should not be undertaken lightly. Competing to win plastic surgery enhancements trivializes the procedures and sends the wrong message.
At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery I have in-depth discussions with all patients about their aesthetic goals and any risks involved. Their psychological reasons for effecting a change must be sound. Making subtle changes to produce a natural result that will improve a person’s self-esteem is my primary goal.
If you’d like to present yourself in the best light on any day with our help, please contact Ann Carbone, our Practice Administrator.
1. Liposuction does not replace working out, but it definitely can remove fat from areas that exercise tends to miss (like the chest and love handles).
2. Your results from lipo will be best if you continue regular work at the gym after the procedure.
3. Calf implants and pec implants tend to migrate with time and have other problems. Better to use liposuction to sculpt the surrounding areas, and make the pecs and calfs appear more distinct.
4. Lipo cannot make your abs look like Schwarzenegger’s, but it can bring you close to where you were in college.
5. You will probably have better results from reshaping rather than lifting. This will give you a more chiseled and angular masculine look.
6. Even if you have wrinkles and sagging on your face, you probably do not need a facelift. In some cases, facelifts make men look feminized. Better to have a neck lift, brow lift, and work on the eyes.
7. A chemical peel, which can be done without general anesthetic, is not a “facial” and can get rid of fine lines, uneven tone, and blotchiness.
8. Botox is not only administered at parties. And it can erase wrinkles as well in men as in women.
9. You will probably be happiest with subtle changes, that make you look more refreshed and youthful, rather than dramatically altering your appearance.
10. You will have to set aside some time to recover from your procedure. Impatience leads to complications
After decades of consultations I’ve noticed that most individuals mistakenly believe a facelift addresses the entire face. In truth, it revitalizes only the mid-face and neck.
At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, NJ we will often combine a facelift with a browlift, or a blepharoplasty, to maintain proper facial balance. These combined interventions afford the most effective way to achieve the harmonious, natural look patients seek.
Recently, you may have heard about the Threadlift and the S-Lift, less invasive facelift procedures. In my experience, a facelift properly performed in the traditional manner by lifting the deeper underlying muscles and tissues (SMAS), gets superior results. Today, a classic facelift can last for up to 15 years or more, depending on the quality of your skin and your devotion to a good skincare routine. Did you know that all of our facelift patients at our Paramus, NJ Center receive complimentary lymphatic drainage massages to help promote faster healing?
Before “signing on” have all of your questions answered to your satisfaction. Now is not the time for timidity. Discuss downtime, when you can resume unrestricted head movements, drive, go the office, and assume your normal routine. Is your surgeon board-certified and does he have a wealth of experience in performing facelifts routinely? A significant part of achieving a successful facelift lies with his technical and artistic skills. At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery a facelift is among my routine repertoire of surgeries. The “windswept effect” is not among our results. Rather, we strive for a completely natural look that doesn’t shout plastic surgery.
To schedule a consultation or to find out more, please contact Ann Carbone, our Practice Administrator.