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.
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
Summer has come to a close and I am looking ahead to the holiday seasons. In fact, some of my patients have come up with a novel way to insure that they will be at their personal best for the upcoming rounds of parties, meetings and events. They’re giving the love of their lives (and themselves) a cosmetic enhancement makeover.
At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we’ve designed a Couple’s Refresher that includes the cosmetic enhancement procedure which each partner desires. Before scheduling your Couple’s Rejuvenation consultation, it’s important to discuss with your partner your desire to provide this long lasting gift of self-improvement and empowerment, along with gauging his or her enthusiasm for this project.
The process moves forward with a dual patient consultation, during which we’ll discuss the advantages of couples getting procedures within months of each other, including a discounted surgery rate. I’ll explain what each patient can realistically expect from their respective procedures. We will stagger the surgeries so that while one partner is healing the other provides post-surgical home care and later can reverse roles. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) recommends that anyone considering an aesthetic surgery procedure carefully weigh not only the benefits, but the risks of the procedure as well. Since we welcomed our very first patient through our doors nearly 25 years ago, we routinely go over these two critical factors at every initial consultation at our Paramus NJ center.
At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery we believe that an educated patient is oftentimes the most satisfied. That’s why we have created a packet of information relevant to the procedures that interest you. You will receive this informative material prior to your initial consultation.
To learn more about our Couple’s Rejuvenation program or to schedule a consultation, please contact our Practice Administrator, Ann Carbone at 201 261-7550.
Microdermabrasion – What to Expect from Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments
Microdermabrasion is a process of sloughing off dead layers of skin by non-allergenic microcrystals. No chemicals are used in microdermabrasion. It is a non-invasive procedure accomplished by polishing facial skin with a spray of the microcrystals. Microdermabrasion is a quick and painless method of revealing healthy skin underneath damaged outer layers. It is a popular form of cosmetic enhancement. Microdermabrasion takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes by a cosmetic dermatologist or in an aesthetic clinic.
Microdermabrasion is suitable for adults who have minor skin imperfections, such as fine lines, uneven pigmentation, poor skin texture or oily skin, enlarged or clogged pores, and mild acne scarring. Patients should be in good health and avoid tanning or waxing for two weeks prior to the procedure.
Microdermabrasion will not eliminate deep scarring, wrinkles, or lines. Patients with an autoimmune condition, active rosacea, facial warts, lesions, herpes, unstable diabetes, or who are pregnant are not viable candidates for microdermabrasion. In addition, candidates who have undergone recent cosmetic facial plastic surgery procedures, including facelift and eyelid surgery, should wait three weeks before microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion by a qualified plastic surgeon is important to negate possible negative consequences. An inexperienced or unqualified skin care professional poses potential infection from unsanitary equipment, skin perforation by crystals applied at too high an intensity or eye damage from stray crystals.
Microdermasbrasion is performed with a hand held device that sprays the crystals against the skin. A vacuum effect removes the crystals and dead skin. The removal of dead skin encourages new skin layers to grow thicker and produce collagen and elastin. Usually 5 to 12 treatments at three week intervals are needed to realize optimum results.
Sun exposure should be avoided and hydrating facial cream applied to reduce tenderness from microdermabrasion treatment. A pink or red hue for the first couple of days is normal. Makeup is discouraged until the skin has healed. Results are immediate although a full course of treatments is needed before ideal results of improved color, tone, elimination of fine lines, and mild acne scars are fully apparent.