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.
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.
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.
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
Laser skin resurfacing, also known as a laser peel, is the removal of the top layers of the skin with a laser light energy. The procedure makes the skin smoother, tighter, and more even in tone, texture, and color.
The best candidates for skin resurfacing are light-skinned non-smokers who are in overall good health who are looking to correct skin imperfections like wrinkles, loose skin, scars and dark spots. Even pre-cancerous lesions on the skin can be effectively removed with laser resurfacing.
Those who are not candidates for this procedure include people who take or have taken certain medications (including but not limited to Accutane and some steroids) within the previous 18 months and people who tend to have unusual scarring, such as keloids.
Skin resurfacing is usually performed on an outpatient basis. You will be required to keep the skin moist and to stay out of the sun completely during the healing period, which is approximately 7-10 days, except in the case of a very light peel, and you may be expected to wear some type of sterile dressing over the treated area
For more information on this an other non-surgical procedures offered at our center, contact our office manager, Ann Carbone at 201-261-7550.
The ability to remove one’s wrinkles is a great way to reduce the signs of aging. There are a variety of safe and effective procedures for reducing wrinkles including:
- BOTOX® injections
- Restylane® injections
- Collagen injections
- Chemical peels
All of these reduce wrinkles in some form or another. However, for some the effectiveness is limited (BOTOX® cosmetic, Restylane®, collagen) while for others the procedure is fairly painful and abrasive (dermabrasions and chemical peels). That is why cosmetic scientists worked to developed laser skin resurfacing–a treatment designed to provide you with new and fresh skin without any harsh or invasive chemicals.
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
Laser skin resurfacing has multiple types of treatments, many of which work in different ways. For example, some lasers break up and remove top layers of skin so more youthful softer layers may flourish. Other lasers do nothing to the top layer of skin, but rather stimulate growth in the bottom layers to provide extra softness and consistency. Which you choose depends on your ultimate goal.
Laser skin resurfacing is not just for wrinkles either. It can also be used for acne removal as well as removing scars and odd pigments.
What are the Risks of Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Though the procedure is fairly safe, there are some side effects that may be caused by skin resurfacing, as well as some unusual risks as well. Scarring and pigmentation issues are always a risk when putting lasers to one’s skin, though these risks are minimal. Burning and irritation are also a concern. Perhaps more interestingly, however, is that this type of procedure has the ability to release viruses that may have been kept silent beneath your skin, such as causing a dormant herpes virus to suddenly be released. Still, these affects are fairly rare, and you must have a dormant virus in order for it to surface.
Overall, laser skin resurfacing is a generally safe procedure with a variety of benefits over the alternative options. Though it costs approximately $1,500 (depending on type of laser), it lasts for several years and has very noticeable benefits.
Laser resurfacing is a relatively new treatment for reducing facial wrinkles and skin irregularities, such as blemishes, acne scars, or skin discolorations.
The technique directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin. Laser skin resurfacing removes skin very precisely, layer by layer. This popular procedure is known by several other names, including lasabrasion, laser peel or laser vaporization.
Are You A Candidate For Laser Resurfacing?
If you have fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes, mouth or on the forehead, scars from acne, or non-responsive skin after a facelift, then you may be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing.
If you have active acne or if you have very dark skin, you may not be a candidate. This technique is also not recommended for stretch marks.
What Can You Expected During Laser Resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is performed on an outpatient basis, using local anesthesia (pain relief at the site of the procedure) in combination with orally- or intravenously-administered sedative medications.
Wrinkles around the eyes, mouth or forehead may be treated individually, or a full-face lasabrasion may be performed.
A partial-face lasabrasion takes 30-45 minutes and the full-face treatment takes 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
For more information on this and other procedures, contact our office at 201-261-7550