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Double Chin: Causes And Treatment Options

March 26th, 2015

Patients who suffer from extra fat or loose, sagging skin in the neck area often seek solutions for a slimmer profile. Many people choose to have neck lift surgery, liposuction or Ultherapy® to help reduce the appearance of a double chin.

Common Causes of a Double Chin

  • Obesity: The most common cause of double chins is obesity. Obesity results in a lot of excess fat. The fatty tissue must be stored in the body somewhere, and the chin is one of many places the fat can go. As the fat weighs down the skin under the chin, it can cause a wrinkle that gives the appearance of having a second, lower chin (hence the name: double chin).
  • Genetics: Unfortunately, whether you are obese or not, you can have a double chin as a result of genetics. If your family has a history of double chins, then you may develop one as well. That’s because genetics can influence where your body sends and stores fat. To combat your genetics, discuss with your plastic surgeon some of the different options available to cosmetically change the appearance of your neck and chin. Procedures are improved from year to year, so there are several solutions to this common problem.
  • Muscle weakness: Although not as common, it is possible to develop a double chin if the neck is never strengthened or stretched. Without any exercise, the chin can become flabby.
  • Aging: Of course, dieting and exercise can’t always help a double chin. Sometimes that’s because your double chin is caused by aging. As you grow older, your skin sags and wrinkles. If that causes a double chin, surgery is often the only solution.

Interested In Learning More About Neck Lifts? Contact Dr. Mark Schwartz

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Spider Veins: Causes And Treatment

March 9th, 2015

A number of factors cause a person to develop spider veins and varicose veins. The following are some common causes:

  • Heredity: Having family members with vein problems can increase risk.
  • Medical history: Being born with weak vein valves can increase your risk of developing spider veins.
  • Hormonal changes: These changes occur during pregnancy and menopause. Taking hormones, such as birth control or post-menopausal hormone replacement that contain estrogen and progesterone may contribute to the formation of spider veins.
  • Obesity: Being overweight puts added pressure on veins and can lead to spider veins.
  • Lack of movement: Working a job that requires a lot of standing or sitting can make your veins work harder to pump blood to your heart.
  • Blood clots: A history of blood clots can lead to this condition.
  • Ultraviolet rays: Exposure to ultraviolet rays can also be a cause.
  • Surgery: Previous vein surgery may lead to spider veins.

How To Treat Spider Veins

Laser treatment is a popular and highly effective method for vein removal. The ClearScan laser by Sciton® uses infrared laser energy to precisely target spider veins. The laser heats up the blood vessels, causing the walls of the vein to close and break down. The broken down materials are then absorbed by the body in a natural removal process, and are no longer visible. This treatment typically takes a few minutes to a half hour to perform, depending on the size of the area being treated. There is no downtime following treatment. Patients may experience some redness, which is normal and should disappear in a few days.

Interested In Learning More About Spider Vein Removal? Contact Dr. Mark Schwartz

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Top Plastic Surgery Procedures For Men

January 31st, 2015

More than ever before, men are choosing to enhance and improve their appearance with cosmetic surgery procedures. In 2013, more than 1.2 million men in the United States had at least one cosmetic procedure, according to a comprehensive study released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. With advances in technique and technology, cosmetic surgery produces natural-looking rejuvenation. Here are some of the most popular procedures for men.

  • Liposuction: Liposuction is among the procedures most commonly performed on men. This minimally invasive procedure can help men achieve the slim, toned contour they desire by removing areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Some of the most popular liposuction areas for men include the abdomen, flanks (love handles), neck and chin. Liposuction can also be used to improve the appearance enlarged male breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia. This technique gives patients a sculpted chest with minimal scarring and little downtime.
  • Rhinoplasty: Rhinoplasty can be used to correct a number of nasal issues. Men who have irregular characteristics, such as a bump on the bridge of the nose or crookedness, can refine and reshape the look of their nose. Rhinoplasty can also improve the look of a nose that has been broken or injured as a result of trauma, such as a sports injury.
  • Eyelid surgery: A male eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, is the second most popular plastic surgery for men. This procedure removes the excess skin and fat that causes eyelids to appear puffy and droopy. This creates a refreshed, energized appearance for the patient and gives them an overall more youthful look.
  • Dermal fillers: Dermal fillers such as BOTOX® cosmetic and Restylane® are a quick, minimally-invasive method of providing rejuvenation with no downtime. These injectable fillers reduce common signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines and hollow areas in the eyes and cheeks. Most fillers can be administered within minutes and typically last from six to eight months, though some last even longer.

 

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Common Questions About Rhinoplasty

December 17th, 2014

Rhinoplasty or “nose reshaping surgery,” is performed for a variety of reasons. Rhinoplasty can serve both medical and cosmetic goals. Often, boosting self-confidence is the ultimate goal when it comes to rhinoplasty surgery, but an added benefit is improved breathing.

Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Patients who are displeased or self-conscious about the appearance of their noses are candidates for rhinoplasty. By working with Dr. Schwartz, patients have had their noses reshaped to achieve their ideal look. Being happy with yourself is an important step toward living a better life.

What Can I Expect During Rhinoplasty?

Patients are often placed under general anesthesia, but in some cases IV sedation may be appropriate. Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, which means that patients can should have someone that can drive them to and from surgery and stay with them for the night.

Rhinoplasty is performed either by opened or closed surgical techniques. The method used depends on the individual, and the surgical goals.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Rhinoplasty?

Recovery takes a few weeks, and swelling can persist for upwards of one year. Results are noticeable after surgical dressings are removed approximately one week after surgery. As initial swelling subsides, results are increasingly noticeable. Individuals are also prescribed oral pain medication to better manage any post-surgical pain they may have.

Are You Considering Rhinoplasty? Contact Dr. Mark Schwartz.

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Options in Body Contouring Post-Bariatric Surgery

November 26th, 2014

With normal, gradual weight loss, the body and skin often transform and tighten as the body gets smaller. However when someone loses massive amounts of weight, especially following bariatric surgery, the skin and supportive tissues don’t always return to normal body size. This can leave stretched, sagging skin hanging from the body.

Body contouring surgery, performed after bariatric surgery, can address the sagging skin and excess tissue that some patients experience. Plastic surgery after weight loss not only removes the extra skin and fat, it also improves the shape of the underlying tissue, leaving curves and contours in its place. It can also give the body a more natural appearance, and increase the elasticity of the skin.

Body Contouring Options

Body contouring surgery is not one-size-fits-all treatment. There are different surgical procedures that target different areas of the body and not all patients have the same issues and needs. Here are some of the most common plastic surgery procedures after weight loss.

  • Facelift. A facelift tightens skin around the eyes, cheeks, and mouth, removing fine lines and wrinkles. It also fixes the sagging skin around the face, jaw, and neckline that can occur after weight loss surgery.
  • Breast Lift. Post-bariatric surgery, many women complain of sagging, flattened breasts. A breast lift returns breasts to their natural place, while tightening and firming the skin and tissue.
  • Lower Body Lift. After extreme weight loss, the lower body often suffers the most from sagging skin and displaced, stretched tissue. This post-bariatric surgery removes the excess skin on the abdomen, butt, groin, and outer thighs.
  • Thigh Lift. When people experience rapid weight loss, one of the areas they develop sagging skin is on the inner and mid-thigh regions. A thigh lift removes the excess and returns the body to a more proportional, contoured form.
  • Brachioplasty. A brachioplasty removes the sagging skin and fat deposits from underneath the upper arms. It makes the upper arms more defined and firm, and often gives them a slim appearance.

Ready to Learn More about Body Contouring? Contact Dr. Mark Schwartz Today.

To learn more about plastic surgery after weight loss, or to see if you’re a candidate for surgery, contact Dr. Mark Schwartz, a plastic surgeon in New York City. He can answer all of your questions with a consultation. Schedule an appointment today at 212-737-9090.

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When is it Time to Begin Breast Reconstruction?

October 31st, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s a perfect time to discuss the options women have when deciding to undergo breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Studies performed by various women’s cancer societies have shown that women are often overwhelmed and under-informed of the options available to them regarding breast reconstruction. To follow is some information about when to being the reconstruction process, and some information about how the process proceeds.

When is it the Right Time to Start the Breast Reconstruction Process?

Breast reconstruction can be immediate or delayed. Immediate reconstruction is done during the same surgery as mastectomy. Delayed reconstruction is a separate surgery following mastectomy after the patient has fully healed from the first procedure. Every patient is different and which method is best suited for your individual needs, with the highest level of safety considered is best determined between you and your board-certified plastic surgeon.

Immediate  Breast Reconstruction

  • Safe option for many patients
  • The breast mound is created immediately after mastectomy while the patient remains under anesthesia.
  • Immediate reconstruction reduces negative self-image problems that often arise after mastectomy.
  • Amount of anesthetics is reduced through this method, which lowers risks of complication associated with anesthesia.

Delayed Breast Reconstruction

  • This method is performed months, or years post-mastectomy.
  • Performed after cancer treatments are completed.
  • Cannot be performed earlier than 6-9 months following radiation therapy because skin needs to properly heal.

Methods for Breast Reconstruction

Women interested in beginning the process of breast reconstruction should consult a plastic surgeon with expertise in breast reconstruction for the best option available to them. Some of the different methods are:

  • Two-Stage Tissue Expander with Implant
  • One-Stage Implant (requires a dermal matrix)
  • Silicone or Saline Implants
  • Autologous Tissue
  • Abdominal Tissue
  • Pedicle Transverse Rectus Abdominus Myocutaneous (TRAM) Flap
  • Free Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) Flap
  • Gluteal and Thigh Free Flaps
  • Latissimus Dorsi Flap

If You Are Ready to Start Your Breast Reconstruction Process, Contact Dr. Mark Schwartz Today.

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Breast Augmentation: An Overview

October 30th, 2014

Year after year, breast augmentation has been the number one plastic surgery procedure according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Women across America seek breast augmentation for a number of different reasons, among them to improve their appearance and boost self-confidence. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect from this popular procedure.

  1. What is breast augmentation? Breast augmentation is an out-patient surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia that uses silicone or saline implants to improve breast volume.
  2. Who is a candidate for breast augmentation? Deciding to get breast implants is a very personal decision. Suitable candidates for this procedure are ruled generally healthy, non-smokers, are of legal age and are interested in rectifying dissatisfaction with the appearance of their natural breasts.
  3. What will happen at my consultation? Your plastic surgeon will measure your breasts and discuss the options in placement, as well as the types of implants that will work best for you. Breast augmentation is a highly customized surgery, so what works for one woman may not work for another. Your surgeon’s main goal is to develop a surgery plan that will provide for the most natural-looking results.
  4. What happens during the breast augmentation procedure? Your surgeon will chose one of three incision sites for your breast implants — a periareolar incision, inframammary incision, or transaxillary incision. After the initial incision has been made, the implants will be placed in one of two locations — behind the existing breast tissue or underneath the muscle of the chest wall. The placement will be determined by your surgeon based on what will work best for you and the appearance you are striving for.
  5. What can I expect from the recovery process? After you wake up from the general anesthesia, you will be wrapped in surgical dressing and a special support bra that helps to keep swelling down. Make sure you bring someone with you to your surgery that is able to take you home and spend the night with you. Sometimes, in the hours following surgery, anesthesia can cause adverse reactions in some patients, so its best not to be alone as a precaution.Most patients feel sore for a few days, but you can expect to be back at work in less than a week. Scarring is expected to gradually fade over the course of a year. It is important to visit your plastic surgeon regularly following breast augmentation surgery to monitor how your body is adjusting to your new implants.

Breast Augmentation in Manhattan

For more information on breast augmentation in Manhattan, contact Dr. Mark H. Schwartz today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Is Liposuction for Me?

May 2nd, 2014

Liposuction is a minimally-invasive procedure which removes areas of exercise-resistant body fat. It can be performed on the waist, thighs, buttocks, or abdomen, leaving patients with a slimmer, more flattering appearance.

Let’s take some time now to answer some questions about this procedure.

Top 5 Questions about Liposuction:

  1. What does the liposuction procedure involve? Liposuction has become increasingly less invasive with time, and improvements in medical technology. Performed under either sedation or general anesthesia, liposuction will involve the surgeon making small incisions and injecting a local anesthetic (called the tumescent solution) into the targeted area, firming fat and constricting small blood vessels. This will make it much easier for the surgeon to remove the unwanted fat. A small tube known as a cannula will then be inserted through the incisions to suction out the unwanted fat through a power suction device.
  2. Will I lose weight following liposuction? Patients often have the misconception that liposuction is a weight-loss procedure, which it is not. Liposuction removes areas of stubborn, localized body fat that cannot be eliminated with diet or exercise.  While you may look slimmer post-surgery, your weight will not be significantly changed!
  3. Am I a candidate for liposuction? Ideal candidates are healthy adults who have areas of unwanted body fat, despite a healthy lifestyle. These patients are within reach of their ideal body weight, and have realistic expectations about what the procedure will do for them.
  4. What will happen after surgery? After liposuction, patients may experience side-effects such as bruising, mild swelling, and possible discomfort within the area that was treated. It may be necessary to wear compression garments to ease these symptoms, and help the healing process. Patients will usually be able to return to work within a few day, though strenuous activities and exercises should be avoided for about two weeks. Your surgeon will provide you with specific care instructions after your procedure.
  5. Will my results be permanent? Results are not permanent. However, if the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle, there is no reason why their results cannot be long-lasting. It is important to remember that liposuction is not a replacement for diet and exercise. If a patient gains a significant amount of weight, results of liposuction can be altered.

Liposuction in New York

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Facelift Surgery: What You Need to Know.

May 2nd, 2014

As we age, so do our facial features. Overexposure to the sun, genetics, and the simple pull of gravity can take a toll on your appearance, and poor personal habits, including smoking cigarettes and frequently tanning can also speed up the aging process.

Facelift surgery can restore a youthful, well-rested appearance to your face. This can often be done in combination with other procedures, such as a necklift, to completely restore the appearance of your face. These procedures help reverse the signs of aging, by removing muscle and fat, and trimming excess skin. Facelift surgery is highly personal, so it is always important to know as much as possible before you choose to undergo this procedure.

Here are some things you need to know before your facelift surgery.

Facelift surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, under general anesthesia. The procedure will take about four hours to complete. Patients will be able to return to work after about two weeks, and resume exercising after about three weeks.

Three incision techniques are commonly used for a facelift. Traditional facelift surgery involves lifting and repositioning muscle and deeper tissues, and trimming excess skin. Incisions are made at the temples, and around the creases of the ear, around the earlobe, and sometimes to the lower scalp at the hairline.

A limited incision technique (called a “mini-facelift”) will require short incisions to be made at the temples, and around the ear, without extending the incisions behind the ears into the hairline. This technique is generally best for younger patients with good skin tone, and very few neck deformities. Facelift surgery is often combined with a necklift in order to provide greater harmony to the lower part of one’s face. The incision made with this technique will be made around the earlobe and behind the ear to the lower scalp.

Facelift surgery works best for healthy men and women experiencing sagging skin, and want to improve their appearance. Patients must have realistic expectations about this procedure, since it cannot make you perfect, and though results may last for up to 15 years, they are not permanent. Speak with a doctor today to see if this procedure is right for you!

Facelift in New York

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Top Questions on Breast Reduction Surgery

May 2nd, 2014

Although breast augmentation surgery is still extremely popular, not every woman wants larger breasts! In fact, breast reduction surgery is one of the most popular procedures in the country today- and is performed for both medical and aesthetic purposes!

The decision to undergo any cosmetic surgery is highly-personal, and every patient should remember to ask plenty of questions prior to surgery. Let’s take a look at some common questions to ask your plastic surgeon before your reduction surgery.

Top Questions on Breast Reduction Surgery

  1. Am I a good candidate for breast reduction surgery? Breast reduction surgery is most commonly sought by women who are unhappy with overly large breasts. Very large breasts can often be uncomfortable, and will usually lead to severe back problems. In addition to being uncomfortable, many women can also suffer psychologically from having large breasts, which can lead to unwanted attention from others.
  2. How exactly will this procedure make my breasts smaller? Your breasts will be made smaller by the removal of fat, and glandular tissue from the breasts. This will produce smaller breasts that are in better proportion to your body, and feel more comfortable. This procedure is highly successful in helping patients look and feel more confident!
  3. How long will the procedure take to complete? Generally speaking, breast reduction surgery takes about two to three hours to complete. The procedure will be done under general anesthesia, usually in a hospital.
  4. Will I have scarring following this procedure? Your plastic surgeon will ensure that you experience as little scarring as possible. You may choose from several different breast reduction techniques, including vertical incision breast reduction, traditional breast reduction surgery, or scarless breast reduction. Traditional breast reduction surgery involves making an anchor-shaped incision, and is great for women with very large breasts! Vertical incision breast reduction, or the “short-scar” technique, are used on women who do not require a great deal of tissue removal. Scarless breast reduction surgery uses liposuction techniques, which means little or no scarring!

If you are considering breast reduction surgery, it is important to speak to an experienced plastic surgeon, who will ensure that you receive the best results possible!

Breast Reduction Surgery in New York

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