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Even the bravest of us experiences surgical related trepidation. That’s why it’s important to put yourself in the
hands of a plastic surgeon that is both skillful and understanding. “Fear is, in large part, related to the unknown,” says Robert Zubowski, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon and medical director of the Robert Zubowski, MD, Center for
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus. “Fear rises often from perception rather than reality. That’s the reason why we hold our complimentary monthly cosmetic surgery seminars.”
In Dr. Zubowski’s experience even the most fearful patients do extremely well in one-on-one situations. “Individuals at the seminars can be as anonymous as they choose while learning surgical details.” Another option: dial up the center’s coordinator, who will be glad to address any of your questions or surgical concerns. “The more questions you ask the people who will be responsible for providing your care, the more comfortable and less fearful you’ll become,” says Dr. Zubowski, an alumni of the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Request a tour of the surgical facility and meet the people who will be taking care of you. “We encourage potential patients to drop by because we’re proud of our state-of-the-art center. A large part of feeling comfortable is being familiar with your surroundings and the people who will be taking care of you,” he says. “My hand-picked team, whom I’ve worked with for years, are all truly empathetic professionals who will do all they can to make you feel comfortable and
Finally, Dr. Zubowski encourages all potential cosmetic surgery candidates to speak to other patients for a real perspective of what to expect. “We have a large roster of volunteers. Many of my patients enjoy sharing their experiences. No matter how brave you may be, nervousness before surgery is to be expected.”
But helping the patient stay calm doesn’t end with the surgery. “We send an experienced plastic surgery nurse to your home to change your dressing.” This service is included for facelift, tummy tuck and body lift patients. “We’ve discovered that the
post-surgical patient is less anxious if our nurse makes house calls and that’s why we also offer in-home care for other procedures as an option.”
On the day of your surgery Dr. Zubowski, his board-certified anesthesiologist, and other members of his staff will be there to guide you through the process so that you won’t feel like you are “floating.” Says Dr. Zubowski, “Once they see the results, what I hear most often from my patients is `why did I wait so long?’”.
If you would like more information on a particular cosmetic surgery procedure, or to schedule a consultation please
call Ann Carbone, the center’s coordinator, at 201-261-7550.
Our practice concentrates on providing patients with comprehensive treatment and giving patients expert advice on how to not only improve their appearance, but also their mind and spirit. Plastic surgery and cosmetic enhancement can do wonders for bringing out your natural beauty and helping you attain the appearance you desire. However, Dr. Robert Zubowski says it’s only part of what you can do to feel great about the way you look.
For years, Dr. Zubowski has been taking a journey of wellness with help from certified personal trainers Jay Lally and Lorinda Sullivan, assisting him in developing a regular exercise program, healthy diet regimen, and good sleeping habits. The team of Lally and Sullivan have partnered with our practice to offer a home-based personal training program designed to help strengthen your body, speed your metabolism, and promote a healthy diet. With dedication to keeping your body in good shape, Dr. Zubowski says plastic surgery and aesthetic enhancement treatments can be even more effective in improving your appearance and lifting your spirit!
Q: Why does it seem like plastic surgery is becoming more and more affordable with better technology, but the opposite happens for the rest of medicine?
A: Like most things, the cost of cosmetic surgery continues to increase over time. Likely due to reality TV, plastic surgery has become more mainstream and is not something people feel they need to hide.
Therefore we simply hear more about it now. And buyer beware! Cheap prices may reflect a lack of training and board-certification.
Q: Where do you draw the line and refuse to perform the type of procedure that your patients request?
A: Whenever a patient is unrealistic in their expectations, no good will come from a surgical procedure. People who want a procedure and simply are not candidates do not get a procedure. Liposuction in a morbidly obese patient is a good example. Breast augmentation for a woman who already is a DD cup is another.
With some procedures like rhinoplasty (nose job), I will morph an expected result for a patient and based on their response, I will might refuse to do it.
Q: Do you foresee a time when the rates of plastic surgery for men catch up to those for women, or at least are close?
A: Never. Wrinkles, bulges, bald spots — most men don’t care enough to ever do anything about it. Interestingly though, as the workforce ages and more and more men are working longer, we are seeing more men having surgery to look younger — to help stay competitive in the workplace — for right or wrong.
Q: Do you think more people would be willing to try cosmetic surgery if some services were offered as outpatient rather than inpatient procedures?
A: Every cosmetic surgery procedure that I perform is outpatient. You come and have the surgery and go home the same day. You do have to return in the morning for a check up. This is how most plastic surgeons operate. If you go to a really upscale practice, you may have overnight accommodations — some rivaling the Four Seasons — but you will pay for it.
Q: What age is too young for plastic surgery?
A: This is controversial but I would say anything under 18 years old. Younger for congenital deformities, but there is something to be said for letting an adult make a decision for themselves. I have yet to see to a cosmetic “emergency” that needed a procedure STAT and couldn’t wait a year or two.
Q: What procedures are most likely to result in “I’m so glad I had it done!” and which tend to give rise to “What was I thinking?” regrets?
A: Most patients who are well informed and are realistic about their procedure are happy they did it. Those in the unhappy crowd often have had procedures with the terms “short scar,” “no downtime,” or “lunch time” attached to them. There is no free lunch.
Q: Does plastic surgery always produce a scar which must be hidden?
Q: What is the best bargain in plastic surgery? Which procedure would give most people the most satisfaction and improvements for the amount of time and money spent?
A: Harder to answer. It really depends what it is that bothers you. Taking all comers, botox for certain wrinkles is the best bargain. It eliminates the wrinkles for up to 4 months and does not require any surgery and therefore downtime.
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.
We’re nearly three-quarters through 2010, and cosmetic procedures continue to capture the imaginations of men and women who want to jump start their careers, improve their relationships, or begin dating again.
A recent survey of over 2,000 adults by Harris Interactive for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), reports that young mothers were likely to undergo a body makeover, and Baby Boomers want to fight age-related physical changes with Botox® and fillers. The survey revealed that interest in cosmetic procedures is soaring. This mirrors our own experiences at the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, NJ.
Many patients want big changes that “refresh” their image without shouting “cosmetic surgery.” I advise them that significant improvements can only be accomplished through surgery. In the Harris survey almost 56% would choose a tummy tuck; 23% would opt for liposuction, and 13% would request a facelift. Those deeply committed to making significant changes are undaunted by recovery time. In fact, at my Paramus NJ center, young mothers often request a “Mommy Makeover”, a combination of procedures that includes breast enhancement, a tummy tuck, and oftentimes, a little liposuction.
Additionally, according to the data released by the ASPA, minimally invasive procedures such as Botox and injectable fillers have doubled since 2000. These are excellent solutions for people who lack the patience or time to undergo a recuperative period, but still want to erase facial wrinkles.
Looking forward to 2011, I believe patients will continue to request major cosmetic interventions such as breast surgeries, eyelid surgeries, facelifts and body contouring. However, there will always be those individuals who are perfectly satisfied with the results of Botox and injectable fillers. These minimally invasive procedures are particularly attractive to this group of patients, given the fact that they are also avoiding surgery.
To explore the right cosmetic intervention for you, please contact our Practice Administrator, Anne Carbone. She can schedule your private consultation to discuss your options.
The number of surgical and non-surgical procedures inched toward the 10 million mark in 2009, according to new research from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, which also reports that almost half of Americans approve of cosmetic plastic surgery – regardless of income. It is clear from my practice that even in a tight economy more people at every income level will consider some type of cosmetic procedure. That’s partly because new innovations have made surgical and non-surgical options less invasive, and safer.
But there remain dangers with any cosmetic procedure – whether it’s an injectable, a filler, a laser treatment or surgery. Although most complications are infrequent or rare, and generally correctible, there are always risks I make patients aware of before undergoing any treatment.
Assess the surgeon’s experience. You want someone who has a track record in the procedure you are considering. Question any surgeon who claims to have treated an excessive number of patients in a short time. Learn everything you can about the surgeon, and get references.
Research the procedure and products that will be used. If it is an injectable, filler or laser, be sure it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the procedure you are requesting. Get the name of the product and learn as much as you can about it.
Engage your surgeon about risks before the procedure. Don’t just sign a patient consent form. It is your right to have a discussion with your surgeon to talk about what “may” go wrong, and to be aware of any complications that may arise.
Stay the course. Always follow your surgeon’s pre and post-procedure instructions. There may be medicines to avoid, activities to refrain from – get a complete list, read it carefully and don’t be shy about asking any questions.
Not every patient is a good candidate for cosmetic surgical or non-surgical procedures. If your physician tells you that you are not in optimal health for the procedure, take his or her advice.
Americans spent $10.5 billion dollars on plastic surgery in 2009, according to the latest statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. That was down 20 percent from the year before, as the economy took a toll on those opting for cosmetic surgery. That is likely to be reversed in 2010, as personal finances improve.
Based on what we’re seeing in our practice right now, people of all ages are beginning to invest again in their appearance, especially as they work to market themselves in the job world. But cost remains a big issue for many of our patients.
Cost, of course, should be a key variable to weigh in the pursuit of ageless beauty. But how much a procedure costs will vary greatly depending on several factors.
First to have an impact on cost: the area or areas to be treated. If you’re considering liposuction in more than one area, it may be more cost effective to do it on several parts of the body at once, rather than individually. Similarly, the cost is higher for larger body areas. Liposuction of the abdomen, for example, will cost significantly more than liposuction of the outer thigh.
The expertise and experience of the physician is something else you may want to take into account. Although the most expensive surgeon may not be the best, be wary of any surgeon who gives you a quote that is significantly below the average in your geographical area.
The surgeon’s overhead is also something that will have an impact on the cost. So will the amount of time and effort required of the surgeon, the cost of anesthesiologist’s services, as well as operating room and lab fees.
I also warn patients to question certain advertised plastic surgery costs, which may appear low because they only reflect the cost of the procedure itself, not the other costs associated with it, which may also include pre- and post-operative exams, and even corrective surgery, if needed.
In our practice, we have full disclosure when it comes to the cost, and will work with patients to determine the best way for them to pay for their procedures.
A study published in the online edition of BMJ (British Medical Journal) supports what we’ve intuitively known for years–looking younger than your age has significant consequences.
At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, NJ, we were especially interested in the research. Nearly 1,800 Danish twins participated with volunteers asked to guess the age of random photos of twins. Researchers following the twins for seven more years, concluded that perceived age seemed to be related to survival, with the younger looking twin living longer. Another finding: a connection between perceived age and physical and cognitive ability.
At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery we believe that looking in the mirror and liking what you see goes a long way in building a healthier, happier, more productive life.
Many times patients arrive at our Paramus NJ center with the idea that they want to make an appearance improvement, but don’t know how to begin the transformation. Our practice coordinator, Ann Carbone, can make suggestions about which procedures can best address your concerns.
Then, during our consultation, I will lay out your options in detail. We’ll go over the pros and cons, any risks or complications, and what you can reasonably expect to accomplish. In addition, before leaving our Paramus NJ center, you will be invited to take a few minutes to watch an informative plastic surgery video.
Many times patients believe that looking younger involves facial features alone. While facial appearance is a major factor, we now have in our armamentarium a number of minimally invasive procedures capable of giving you a more youthful shape as well.
Helping to turn back the hands of time begins with scheduling a consultation. For your appointment, please contact Ann Carbone, our practice coordinator at 201-261-7550.
Enhancing or maintaining a youthful appearance has always topped the list as one of our favorite new year’s resolutions. Just two weeks into the New Year, we have already received a record number of inquiries.
For those in their 30’s a 40’s, there seems to be a continued interest in smaller, less evasive plastic surgery procedures, which can often produce dramatic results.
If you are considering a procedure, and would like to feel more comfortable about what the results will be, The Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, New Jersey, offers you an on-line Virtual Makeover tool that lets you see the results of the surgery – right from the comfort of your home.Patients can simply come here to our website, upload their photo, choose any number of procedures and sample the results in seconds.
Patients can see, among other things, what they’ll look like with a facelift, a new nose or fuller lips. They can see before and after images side by side, and all in the privacy of their home. It’s very enlightening, and also a lot of fun. And it’s absolutely free.
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If you like what you see, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office or plan for a thorough review of treatment options that are right for you. Happy New Year and here’s to the new you!