Are You Guilty of These Bad Skin Habits?

Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of one bad habit or another — procrastinating, knuckle cracking, leaving dishes in the sink, etc.  But, is that where it ends for you?  Or – like most of us – are you also guilty of a few bad skin habits as well?  Allure magazine recently featured an interesting article entitled, “17 Bad Skin Habits.” This must-read features the top “skin sins to leave behind.”

Borrowing from that list, here are a few habits you should start thinking about breaking today:

  • “Skipping broad-spectrum sunscreen.” A good sunscreen isn’t just your best defense against skin cancer, it can also be your best defense against premature aging.  How?  The sun’s harmful UV rays damage your skin’s elastin and collagen.  And, what happens when these “springy” proteins are no more?  Wrinkles!
  • “Overexfoliating.” While some exfoliation can do wonders for your skin, it’s possible to overdo it.  This can lead to skin tightness, irritation and perhaps worst of all, premature aging.
  • “Drinking too much.” A drink here and there probably won’t hurt you, but overdoing it can take its toll on your skin.  Why?  As Allure reminds us, “Alcohol increases the level [of] inflammatory agents in the bloodstream.”  What’s could that mean for you?  Premature facial sagging.
  • “Skipping the gym.” Besides the obvious benefits of healthy exercise, it may also promote healthier-looking skin.  “Along with lifting your mood,” explains Allure, “exercise increases blood flow to the skin, causing a healthy-looking flush.”

The Aftermath | Correcting the Damage

Clearly, our bad skin habits can affect not only our health, but how we look as well.  If you’re already seeing some signs of damage, don’t panic.  Cosmetic medicine offers a few solutions.

When it comes to wrinkles and sun damage, there are several treatments available.  For creases such as crow’s feet and frown lines, many patients will choose BOTOX®.  This minimally-invasive treatment works essentially as a muscle relaxer, preventing lines from forming.  If sun damage is your main concern, Laser Skin Resurfacing can often be the answer.  Besides sun damage, laser treatments can often reduce the appearance of lines, acne scars and skin blotchiness.

If skin sagging is your main concern, Facelift Surgery might be right for you.  During a facelift procedure, we tighten underlying facial muscles and redrape the skin around the neck and face.  For many patients, the procedure can take years off their appearance.

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To learn more about these or any of the skin treatments we offer, take a look around our website: Plastic Surgeon NYC.

When you’re ready to come in for a consultation, contact us at 866-537-0954.  We look forward to meeting you.

3 Things Plastic Surgery Candidates Need to Do!

Exploring plastic surgery can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life.  It can also be one of the most overwhelming.  While your decision will ultimately be a personal one, there are certain steps you can take to have your questions answered and put your mind at ease.  In the end, it’s all about becoming a more aware, informed patient.

Considering plastic surgery?  Here are 3 things you need to be doing:

  1. Do your research. An informed plastic surgery patient is a better plastic surgery patient.  Read up on the procedure you’re interested in – the risks, the benefits and what you can realistically expect in terms of results.  For instance, if you’re interested in Tummy Tuck Surgery, take a look at Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos.  While they won’t be a guarantee of your results, it can give you a baseline of what to expect.
  2. Examine your motives. Make sure you’re choosing plastic surgery for the right reasons.  Make sure you’re choosing plastic surgery for you.  According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, surgical candidates should have, “A good self-image, but a concern about a bothersome feature or a moderately diminished self-image due to the cosmetic defect.”  Moreover, the patient should have, “Realistic expectations of the effect surgery will have on quality of life/lifestyle/relationships.”  Plastic surgery will not fix every problem in your life.  It can, however, deeply change the way you feel about yourself.
  3. Consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. When you are ready to speak with a doctor, make sure you’re consulting with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.  What does board certified mean?  It means that the doctor you’re dealing with has been officially recognized by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  He or she has demonstrated experience and knowledge above and beyond regular medical training.  (See our post on “White Coat Deception.”)

Plastic Surgery NY and NJ

Want to learn more about procedures like breast augmentation, liposuction and BOTOX®?  Take a look around our website: Plastic Surgery NY. If you’re ready to take the next step, contact us today and schedule a consultation.  We have offices in Montvale, NJ, Pearl River, NY and SOHO, NYC.  Call us directly at 866-537-0954.  We look forward to hearing from you.

BOTOX® Turns 10 | The Decade that Changed It All

Years ago, when a patient wanted to treat facial wrinkles, their only real option was surgery.  Then, in 2002, everything changed.  When BOTOX® Cosmetic was first FDA approved, the concept of minimally-invasive procedures was little known.  Today, it represents the number-one category in cosmetic treatment across the board.  Why?  Because it works.  Instead of having to go under the knife, folks were now able to achieve dramatic age-defying results with less downtime and no need for general anesthesia.  What started as a simple alternative to surgical wrinkle treatments has grown to become the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States.

So, how many BOTOX procedures are performed each year?  BOTOX falls under the category of “botulinum toxin type A” procedures.  (Dysport® also falls in this category.)  According to the most recent data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 5.6 million botulinum toxin type A procedures performed in 2011, alone.  That represents a full 5% growth from the previous year.  And, while procedures like facelift surgery continue to be highly effective and grow in popularity as well, procedures like BOTOX have well-established themselves as the industry leader in wrinkle treatment.

What’s number two?  Soft tissue fillers.  Read on to learn more.

BOTOX vs. Dermal Fillers

So, what’s the difference between BOTOX Injections and soft tissue fillers?  BOTOX is essentially a muscle relaxer.  This highly purified protein works to prevent dynamic creases from forming.  These include frown lines, crow’s feet, etc.

Fillers – as the name suggests – work to “fill in” facial creases.  Because of this, they are well-suited even for deeper, more persistent lines.  Popular fillers include Restylane®, Perlane® and JUVÉDERM®.

Can’t decide between BOTOX and a filler?  You don’t have to!  Contact us today and schedule a consultation.

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Ready to come in for a consultation?  Contact us today!  We have locations in Montvale, NJ, Pearl River, NY and SOHO, NYC.  Call us at 866-537-0954.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Too Much of a Good Thing | When Large Breasts Become a Problem

When we hear someone say “breast surgery,” we’ll often assume they’re talking about Breast Augmentation.  As the number-one surgical cosmetic procedure in the US, breast enhancement has helped millions of small-breasted women achieve a larger, fuller bust line.  Countless other women, however, suffer from the opposite problem.

Breasts that are too large can cause a laundry list of health and emotional problems.  Often, these will include:

  • Back pain
  • Improper posture
  • Breathing problems
  • Bone issues
  • Low self-esteem

And, while some might see large breasts as a blessing, for others it can become a nightmare.  Thankfully, plastic surgery offers a solution:  Breast Reduction Surgery.  Not sure what it’s all about?  Read on to learn more about the procedure.

Breast Reduction Procedure

Breasts that are too large can quickly turn from a small bother to a full-blown burden.  Breast reduction surgery can often become the only good option.  Here’s a brief introduction to the procedure:

A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia and can generally take anywhere from two hours to four hours to perform.  After incisions are made, fat and glandular tissue are removed from the breast  The skin is also tightened to achieve smaller, lighter breasts that are in a healthier proportion to the rest of the body.  When it comes to relieving symptoms, many patients find that a breast reduction can make all the difference in the world.  Think this may be the right procedure for you?  Schedule a consultation today.

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To find out if breast reduction surgery is right for you, contact us today and schedule a consultation.  We have locations in Montvale, NJ, Pearl River, NY and SOHO, NYC.  Call us at 866-537-0954.  We look forward to hearing from you.

What Are Your Eyes Saying About You?

When you look at someone’s face, what’s the first thing you notice?  Their eyes.  Often called “the window to the soul,” our eyes aren’t just a way for us to see – they’re an important part of what we tell the world.  Eyes can communicate our mood, feelings and even our age!  Take a moment to consider:  What are your eyes telling the world?  If you’re one of the countless Americans dealing with wrinkles and sagging skin, yours might be saying the wrong thing.

Time and time again, one of the most popular concerns I’ll hear during a plastic surgery consultation center around the eyes.  Because they’re so prominent, small imperfections can become major red flags and make us look older than we really are.  Worse yet, they can also make us feel older than we really are.  Want to find out what other patients are saying?

Here is our list of the top cosmetic eye concerns and a few ways plastic surgery can help:

  • Crow’s Feet: There’s nothing that says premature aging quite like crow’s feet.  Also known as “laugh lines,” these are the pesky little creases that radiate out from the corner of the eye.  Thankfully, they’re often treatable.  One of the most popular ways we treat eye wrinkles today is with BOTOX® Injections.  As the number-one cosmetic treatment in the US, BOTOX is a highly purified protein that acts essentially as a muscle relaxer.  While not a permanent fix, the results of BOTOX can often last up to several months.
  • Tired Looking Eyes: Sometimes our eyes will say we’re tired even when we don’t feel that way.  Often, eyelid sagging can be the biggest culprit.  For those looking to wake up and rejuvenate their eyes, blepharoplasty is often the procedure of choice.  Also known as an Eyelid Lift, blepharoplasty removes excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids.  The result is a fresher, more youthful appearance.
  • Hollows Under the Eyes: When we’re young, our skin is thick and full.  As we age, however, facial skin can become thin and folks tend to lose volume in the face.  When this happens, many patients suffer from a depressed groove under their lower eyelid, called “under-eye hollows.”  As a telltale sign of aging, many patients find they can combat these with a dermal filler.  Restylane® is one of the most popular.  Unlike BOTOX, soft tissue fillers like Restylane add volume to the skin and can restore a more youthful face shape.  They’re also one of the best ways to treat deep, persistent wrinkles.

Plastic Surgery Eye Procedures

To learn more about these or any of the procedures we offer, contact us today and schedule a consultation.  Our offices are in Montvale, NJ, Pearl River, NY and SOHO, NYC.  Call today at 866-537-0954.  We look forward to meeting you.