Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Breast reduction surgery – it’s not just for women! Gynecomastia is a common condition in which a man’s chest develops excess fat and glandular tissue that creates an appearance similar to protruding female breasts. It is estimated that anywhere from 40 to 60 percent of all men will develop gynecomastia at some point in their lives. The cause of the condition is unknown, but heredity is believed to be a factor in some cases. Gynecomastia treatment through plastic surgery can alleviate the condition. In you’re considering this surgery, you can view photographs of patients taken before and after breast reduction that illustrate the results this cosmetic surgery procedure can achieve.
Male breast reduction is performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, or under general anesthesia, both on an outpatient basis. Breast reduction surgery typically takes one to three hours. Several techniques can be utilized in male breast reduction, depending on the extent of the procedure. If the enlarged breasts are primarily caused by excessive fatty tissue, liposuction can be performed through tiny incisions to remove the excess fat. In more extreme instances when large amounts of fat or glandular tissue have been removed during breast reduction surgery, excess skin may have remained that has not reshaped well to the new contour of the breast. In these cases, the excess skin may be removed as well.
Patients usually experience some swelling and discomfort after breast reduction surgery, but prescribed medication can minimize the discomfort. Typically recovery from breast reduction occurs without complication, but you should plan to avoid strenuous activities for about three to four weeks post breast reduction surgery. Here at The Peer Group in Florham Park, New Jersey, our plastic surgeons perform this procedure for many men who are self-conscious about the appearance of their chests. We invite anyone affected by gynecomastia to schedule a consultation at our plastic surgery center in northern New Jersey to learn more.
Monday, May 30th, 2011
The furrowed brow: a sign of worry, stress, concern – and a sign of aging! Because as we grow older, the muscles in our foreheads that control these furrow lines become contracted, creasing our brows and foreheads and making us look worried, stressed, concerned, and older than we need to! And these deep wrinkles also make us appear perpetually tired, and look more serious, angry, and unhappy than we truly are. But you don’t have to look like a perpetual worrywart – with a highly effective plastic surgery procedure: A brow lift, also called a forehead lift. A brow lift smoothes these furrows and eliminates deep wrinkles, giving you a much more youthful and relaxed appearance. The muscles that cause the furrows are hard to reach, and a brow lift is one of the few cosmetic procedures that allow a cosmetic plastic surgeon to access them.
A brow lift can accomplish more than eliminate deep wrinkles. During the plastic surgery procedure, eyebrows can be raised and positioned higher on the brow bone. Excess skin and muscle are removed, resulting in a more youthful, rested appearance. The aesthetic plastic surgery leaves almost no lasting indication that you’ve “had work done,” because incisions can be hidden behind the hairline or, for bald individuals, along the creases of the skull bone.
Given the dramatic results, it’s not surprising this is a popular cosmetic procedure, often performed in combination with a facelift. Here at The Peer Group, our experienced team of plastic surgeons performs brow lifts, facelifts and other plastic surgery and non invasive cosmetic procedures for women and men throughout northern New Jersey who want to look and feel their best. If you want to know more, schedule an appointment with a plastic surgeon. Most qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeons will be happy to share photographs of brow lift patients taken before and after plastic surgery, and help you decide if this procedure is right for you.
Friday, May 27th, 2011
Eyes are the windows to the soul – no wonder people want a youthful, attractive frame for them. Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a simple, effective way to restore a youthful look to your eyes. Cosmetic eyelid surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed today. Our plastic surgeons here at The Peer Group perform eyelid surgeries for women and men throughout northern New Jersey and beyond who want to look and feel their best.
In an earlier blog we talked about how deposits of fat and tissues that build up around the eyes as a natural part of aging can impart a, sleepy, angry, or even unhealthy appearance. Just about everyone considering this cosmetic procedure want to know how eyelid surgery is performed. Here’s the answer: The pockets of fat can build up in two primary areas: beneath the eyebrow and beneath the lower eyelid. Depending on where these pockets have built up around your eyes, your plastic surgeon may recommend either upper eyelid surgery, to remove the fat from beneath the brows, lower eyelid surgery, or a combination of both. Fat deposits under the eyebrow give you a tired, “droopy eyelid” appearance, and can even affect vision. Upper eyelid surgery involves trimming away excess fat and skin, and then lifting and tightening the remaining skin. Scarring from this eyelid treatment is virtually invisible because incisions are made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. If lower eyelid plastic surgery is performed, incisions are made under the lower eyelashes, and often inside the eyelid itself. The eyelid skin is lifted after excess fat, muscle and skin are removed.
Done in combination, upper and lower eyelid surgery typically takes from one to three hours to complete, and can be performed under local anesthesia. If you want to learn more, we invite you to contact us for a consultation.
Friday, May 20th, 2011
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular and common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed today. So it’s understandable that people become very concerned when news appears about possible complications from the breast implants used in breast augmentation surgery. Many women in northern New Jersey consider the Peer Group’s plastic surgeons as trusted experts when questions about cosmetic procedures and safety arise, and our switchboard lit up when the FDA recently announced finding a link between breast implants and a very rare form of lymphoma. So we want to reassure everyone about what the FDA said, and the association they found between breast implants and this condition.
The FDA reported a possible association between saline and silicone breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a very rare form of lymphoma. The condition the FDA observed was found in the scar tissue around the implant. What’s important to realize is that ALCL is not breast cancer, and that the FDA found this association in only 34 cases since 1989. During this same period, about 10 million surgical breast augmentation procedures with breast implants were performed. That makes it more likely that an individual who has a breast implant will be struck by lightning than by developing ACLC. Moreover, in the cases found, the ACLC resolved following the removal of the scar tissue and the implant. And the report found no link between breast implants and breast cancer. The FDA continues to support breast implants as a safe and approved for use in cosmetic breast augmentation. Meanwhile, the FDA and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are now working together to study this association.
The fact is, breast implants are the most studied device in the history of medicine. If you have breast implants, continue your regimen of self-exams and screening, and rest assured this report finds no link between cancer and breast implants or breast augmentation plastic surgery.
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
If anything can have a greater impact on giving you a youthful or contoured look than a plastic surgery procedure, it would be combining two or more complementary cosmetic surgery procedures. For example, patients who elect to have eyelid surgery because they want to eliminate the bags under their eyes frequently opt to have a facelift at the same time, for more dramatic results. A breast lift if often combined with breast augmentation, while liposuction may be performed on different areas of the body concurrently – with a limit to the absolute volume of fat removed for safety.
Our team of plastic surgeons at The Peer Group in northern New Jersey often perform cosmetic surgery procedures in combination. But some patients are under the impression that certain cosmetic plastic surgery procedures cannot be safely combined – For example, that performing liposuction and tummy tuck together can lead to complications. But this is a historical inaccuracy. For many years it has been shown that Liposuction of the abdomen can be safely combined with abdominoplasty, provided that limited, central undermining of the abdominal flap is done. If you’re considering a facelift, tummy tuck, rhinoplasty (what’s commonly called a “nose job”) or other common plastic surgery, you should work with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon at a reputable facility. As we tell Peer Group patients from Short Hills, Morristown, Livingston, and throughout the northern New Jersey region that, in the final analysis, is the best plastic surgery combination possible.