Monday, March 11th, 2013
Let there be light: That’s what the demand for laser-based cosmetic procedures seems to be saying. The word “laser” is an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.” A laser uses one wavelength, or color of light, allowing the beam to be focused and concentrated on a very small area.
Lasers have altered the landscape of cosmetic procedures and treatments. They offer an effective, non-invasive solution that is not only simpler and quicker, but can also achieve results more invasive methods like a facelift can’t always match. A variety of lasers have been developed for cosmetic medicine but the different names and types can be confusing. Here’s a simple guide to common cosmetic lasers and some of the capabilities of each. (more…)
Saturday, March 9th, 2013
Neck lifts are becoming popular cosmetic procedures. Today, advanced cosmetic medicine techniques enable plastic surgeons including those at the Peer Group to reduce or eliminate the excess fat and skin, and sagging muscle tissue that often develop around the neck as we grow older.
If you’ve been investigating neck lift plastic surgery procedures, chances are you’ve seen the term “platysmaplasty” and wondered exactly what it is. Platysmaplasty is the medical term for a procedure performed as part of some neck lift operations. The procedure is named for the platysma, a neck muscle under the chin that over time can loosen and stretch, producing the sagging, or so called “turkey wattle” under the chin. In the platysmaplasty procedure, the cosmetic plastic surgeon tightens or removes the platysma, eliminating unwanted band lines on the neck. Loose skin is also trimmed away as part of this procedure.
Platysmaplasty produces an ideal angle between the chin and the neck, increasing the chin’s depth and angularity. Given its impact on the results of this cosmetic surgery, there are very few neck lifts performed that do not incorporate a platysmaplasty as part of the procedure. Other procedures that may be performed as part of a neck lift include liposuction and cervicoplasty. Sometimes Botox injections are used to relax parts of the platysma that cause the banded appearance this procedure eliminates. These Botox treatments may be performed in lieu of or in conjunction with a neck lift.
If you’re considering having a neck lift, ask any cosmetic surgeon you consult about his or her experience with the platysmaplasty procedure, and whether you would benefit from it as part a neck lift operation.
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
If you care about your appearance, and about looking as youthful as you feel, you’ve probably thought about taking advantage of today’s advanced cosmetic medical procedures. So how do you find a plastic surgeon for your unique cosmetic goals? It’s easier than you think – and more important than you may realize. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the only national organization of board certified plastic surgeons that specialize in cosmetic surgery, provides guidelines for prospective patients. Their advice can form the foundation of any search for the right cosmetic surgeon for you.
First, make sure the plastic surgeon’s board certification is in plastic surgery. For example, some limited training in liposuction doesn’t make a physician qualified to perform a facelift or even to recognize what sort of conditions are best treated with liposuction or with a different procedure. (more…)
Monday, December 10th, 2012
Laser face lifts, and cosmetic laser surgery have made it possible for many people to turn back the clock to achieve an appearance that makes them feel great about themselves. Here at The Peer Group we’re proud of all of our neighbors in northern New Jersey that we’ve helped achieve this transformation. Since all medical procedures have risks, anyone considering this surgery should be aware of those risks and work with a cosmetic plastic surgeon experienced in these procedures. Lasers are powerful energy sources, and if not used properly may not only fail to deliver proper cosmetic benefits, but can cause harm.
If the laser power isn’t controlled properly, or an individual’s skin reacts in an unexpected way, burning of the skin is possible. In laser hair removal, energy from the laser destroys hair follicles, and as a result the surrounding skin also becomes heated. If not cooled properly during the hair removal procedure, the skin can experience a temporary burn. More serious complications can occur if deeper layers of skin receive too much laser energy in the event the laser isn’t properly controlled. Lasers can penetrate deeply into subcutaneous layer where skin cannot heal as it does in the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin). Instead, these deep burns cause scar tissue to form. (more…)
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
Non-invasive cosmetic laser treatments like the procedures our plastic surgeons perform at The Peer Group in northern New Jersey prove there’s nothing wrong with beauty being only skin deep. Laser therapies like the Pearl Procedure for Skin Restoration can give patients more youthful, healthier skin, with little downtime while barely penetrating the skin. Of course not everyone responds to Pearl – or any other cosmetic laser treatment – the same way. That’s why it’s important to get qualified guidance from a skin care professional before you embark on any cosmetic procedure – in addition to making sure whoever performs it is a licensed specialist. Here at The Peer Group, we provide guidance during an initial consultation with a skin care consultant.
Patients with light to medium skin tones who have mild to moderate sun damage are excellent candidates for Pearl resurfacing skin care. Utilizing the Cutera laser system, Pearl resurfacing provides a safe and effective treatment for restoring the skin’s natural beauty. It reduces wrinkles, uneven texture and sun damage with fewer treatments and less recovery time than alternative professional skin care treatments. The Pearl procedure produces a healthy glow to the complexion with the combination of two effects: The skin’s surface is treated with laser light for resurfacing, while heat is delivered to the deeper layers to firm and tighten the skin. A natural dressing is formed on the skin, which washes off in a few days to reveal smoother healthier skin beneath. The normal down time for this laser skin rejuvenation procedure is three to four days. Usually one or two treatments, spaced one month apart, are needed to achieve optimal results. If you live in Morristown or Essex Counties or anywhere in the northern New Jersey, contact The Peer Group to schedule an appointment with one of our skin care professionals, and find out more about your skin deep beauty.