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Blepharoplasty

Will eyelid surgery change the shape of my eye?

Neither upper nor lower eyelid surgery should change the shape of your eyes. Upper eyelid surgery will remove the excess skin and fat that can cover your normal upper eyelid. After the surgery, your eyes will appear more refreshed similar to how they looked years ago. They will appear more open but will be the same shape as before. Often patients who lack an upper eyelid fold may request a change to their upper eyelid shape. You should discuss the shape of your eyes with your surgeon during your preoperative visit.

Lower eyelid surgery should not change the shape of your eyes either. Similar to upper eyelids, lower eyelids can make you look aged and tired because of extra fat and skin. Often lower eyelid surgery can be made through invisible incisions. Occasionally patients make a special request to have their eyes appear more almond shaped. This exception can be discussed during your consultation.

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Rhinoplasty

Will my nose be packed?

In the past, surgeons would pack the nose with gauze to prevent bleeding after surgery. Currently, with self-dissolving materials and newer techniques, nasal packing is almost always avoided.

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Browlift

Will I have a surprised look?

The goal of surgery today is to have a natural look. Patients should look refreshed and rejuvenated not frightening or frightened. During your initial consultation, you will be able to discuss your concerns and expectations. The key is to feel comfortable that your surgeon and you share the same vision.

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Facial Fillers / Botox

Will I lose normal facial expression?

No. Great botox means looking younger but not looking frozen. Botox can be carefully placed so it minimizes facial muscle contraction and the overlying wrinkles but still allows you to show the world your smile or your anger.

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Medium Depth Chemical Peels

What is the difference between peels?

A whole host of chemical peels exist to refresh skin, treat disease and turn back the aging process. A chemical peel can be superficial which only removes the very top surface of the skin. These superficial peels can be performed monthly and often contain the “fruit” acids, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, nutrients and vitamins. There is usually no recovery time needed. Medium depth chemical peels penetrate deeper in to the skin and cause an actual peeling of the skin which occurs over a one week time period. After the week, the skin looks dramatically younger with less brown spots and wrinkles. This is great procedure for a patient who want their skin to look years younger and be make-up free. Deeper peels and certain lasers will really remove blemishes from the skin but generally require anesthesia and a minimum two week recovery time.

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Hair Transplant

Will I have Huge Scaring or Huge Sores where the hair will be implanted after my procedure?

No. There will be some minor scabbing and crusting at the recipient sites during your healing process.  With gentle cleansing, these usually go away with 8 days. These sites are made with tiny custom blades ranging in size from 0.6-0.9mm. Very few other hair transplant practices use such small blades to deliver such natural and dense results.

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Otoplasty

What is an otoplasty?

Otoplasty is cosmetic surgery of the ear to reduce the appearance of a protuberant ear. One or both ear may look to big for multiple reasons. Commonly, the ear is missing an extra fold or bend which makes the ear “stick” out too much. Sometimes, one ear is simply bigger than the other. At your evaluation, your surgeon will be able to exam your ear and detail for you the best way to repair and improve the appearance of your ear.

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Laser Hair Removal

How does it work?

The laser, which is an intense single wavelength of light, passes through your skin surface without creating harm, and finds its target. Its target is the color or pigment in your hair root.

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Injectable Fillers

What are injectable fillers?

Currently, there are several substances available to improve the appearance of folds and wrinkles. They can also successfully increase lip size and fill in facial defects. Current fillers include Restylane, Collagen, Hylaform, Sculptra, and Radiance. Discuss with your physician which is the best choice for you.

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Surgical Facility

Your website talks about your “accredited operating room.” What is the advantage over having my surgery in a hospital?

In an ambulatory surgery center, all our attention is focused on you. When you schedule cosmetic surgery in the hospital, there is always the possibility that an emergency will require the use of the operating room. You could wait for hours for your “scheduled” surgery.

Also, you run an increased risk of infection in the hospital: people are going there because they are ill or in emergency situations. With all the news reports about infections that start in the hospital setting, it just makes sense to reduce your exposure.

And there is the cost factor: hospitals have higher overhead expenses. At an ambulatory surgery center, you’re not paying a proportional share for other departments.

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Facelift / Rhytidectomy

What can I do about the sunken, drawn appearance to my face? I haven’t had a significant weight loss, but my face looks like it has lost weight, and even appears more masculine! I’m a woman, 58 years old, and I don’t have any particular health problems. What’s happening?

What can I do about the sunken, drawn appearance to my face? I haven’t had a significant weight loss, but my face looks like it has lost weight, and even appears more masculine! I’m a woman, 58 years old, and I don’t have any particular health problems. What’s happening?

Let’s start with “what’s happening?”

As we get older, our body has less hyaluronic acid, a substance in the skin that helps deliver nutrients and, more importantly, helps hydrate the skin, which helps add plumpness to the tissues and softens or feminizes the facial contours.

There are several ways to approach this problem.

One is with surgically implanted lifts that will permanently support the facial skin.

Another is by taking fat from another part of your body and injecting it into the cheek area.

One of the newest approaches is with dermal filler especially designed to restore fullness to the cheeks.

Allergan, makers of the Juvéderm line of dermal fillers, recently received FDA approval for a new product in the Juvéderm line called Voluma™. It is the first and only dermal filler of its type to be approved by the FDA to restore volume to the mid-face area, the triangle formed by the highest point of your cheekbone, the side of your nose, and the outermost point of the hollow of your cheek.

Its use is indicated for those over 21 years of age experiencing age-related loss of facial volume.

It delivers immediate results, and may require a follow-up treatment about a month after the initial injections are placed.

You can return to your normal activities after 24 hours. You may experience some side effects, like swelling, bruising, tenderness, and small lumps or bumps on the surface of the skin that should subside in 2 to 4 weeks.

Best of all, results can last up to two years.

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Juvederm

I would like to accentuate my lips. Is there a specific filler that will best achieve this end result? I am a 33-Year-old female living in the borough of Manhattan County in New York State.

Answer:

It has been my experience Juvederm Ultra and Restylane tend to provide the best results for lip enhancement.  A natural look and results lasting 6-8 months can be achieved with these hyaluronic fillers.

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CO2 Laser

I have acne scarring and about a month age I had Fractional CO2 Laser therapy to rid myself of these scars. When will the residual redness and dents heal and will I be left with no apparent scars? I am a 30 year old woman living and working in Manhattan, New York.

Answer:

When Fractional CO2 provides the energy pulse to your scarred areas it stimulates the growth of new collage.  With this growth of new collagen your skin is essentially rejuvenating and renewing itself.  As your skin renews itself the conditions you describe will gradually resolve over the course of a few months.  Expecting to see results after only a month is too short a period of time.  You, of course, should speak with your doctor providing the treatment.

 

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Female Hair Loss

Recently I saw an ad for a vitamin supplement that stops hair loss in women with restoration of the lost density. Can a vitamin really do this? I reside in the suburbs of New York City.

Answer:
While it sounds like a simple solution, it is not. Vitamins cannot regrow your hair or stop hair loss. What they can do is increase the quality of your hair and give the impression of thicker, fuller hair.

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Male Hair Transplants

I am a professional diver 35 years of age with early male pattern baldness living in Manhattan County in New York traveling frequently to the ocean to perform dives. If I have a hair transplant will the decompression suit and other required apparatus affect the newly placed hair follicles?

Answer:

Good question. While you will not want to go diving immediately following your procedure, once the grafts have healed and your Doctor has cleared you, likely two weeks, you are free to resume all normal activity. Happy diving!

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Real Self

I’m Asian and I have a slightly flat nose that needs a little lift. I’m researching rhinoplasty options and I’ve been looking into the pros and cons of using ear cartilage, rib, silicone, and Gore-Tex. My doctor suggested the use of ear cartilage to raise my nose tip and Gore-Tex for the bridge. Based on your expertise, what do you suggest and advise?

 

Answer:

For a subtle, effective, but natural change to your nose, injectable fillers like Restylane or Radiesse can give your nose a temporary lift or an implant can give you a permanent solution. Silicone dorsal implants are excellent and long-lasting, safe and effective, and I have been using them for many years. The key is to find a caring and experienced physician with whom you feel comfortable. Good luck!

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TriActive™ Laser

How does the TriActive™ laser work?

Answer:

The TriActive™ system uses six diode lasers that penetrate the skin, shatter the pockets of fat, and stimulate collagen production to smooth out dimples and cellulite.

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The Elite Laser

Does laser hair removal really work, permanently?

 

Answer:

A study has shown that when laser hair removal treatments are performed monthly, with four to six sessions, there is greater than 90 percent permanent hair reduction. So yes, laser hair removal really removes hair permanently and it’s safe for all skin types.

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The Affirm

I have bad wrinkles around my mouth and between my eyebrows. Can a laser help to reduce my wrinkles? I don’t want surgery.

Answer: Yes, The Affirm laser stimulates collagen production to treat wrinkles and help the skin to appear full. It is designed to minimize the appearance of time on the face, which includes minimizing wrinkles, photo aging, and mild acne scarring.

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Sculptra

Can I get a permanent lip enhancement with Sculptra?

Answer:

It is not advised to use Sculptra for lips because the skin is too thin. Sculptra can create lumps when injected in places where the skin overlies the muscle directly. However, Sculptra is a great and long lasting treatment to plump cheeks, temples, and the lower face. I would suggest you use Juvederm Ultra to plump your lips. Restylane can also be used for your lips and also the area around the lips to reduce fine lines.

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Restylane

What is the difference between Perlane and Restylane?

Answer:

Both Perlane and Restylane are manufactured by the same company and contain the same material. The difference is in the size of the particles. Restylane has smaller particles and so it can be used to fill finer lines. Perlane particles are larger and work well to fill deeper areas with a larger volume. The length of the results is also different. Perlane lasts longer with results lasting a minimum of six months whereas Restylane only lasts for a maximum of six months. The price of Perlane is also more costly than that of Restylane.

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Radiesse

Is it safe to get lip injections with Radiesse?

Answer:

This is not recommended, as there are better treatment options to suit your request. The molecules in Radiesse are too large for the lips and may offer lumpy, undesirable results. I suggest you look into other hyaluronic acid products like Restylane or Juvederm. Many of my patients love Juvederm because it gives their lips a soft, luscious plump.

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Fat Transfer

I have very thin lips and I’m interested in a fat transfer. How long will a fat transfer last and will I have to keep repeating the procedure with time?

Answer:

A fat transfer can last between three to five years. As you age and your body changes, your lips may change as well. There is a chance your lips can remain permanently plumped after the fat transfer, but it is more common to need a second injection with time.

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Chin Augmentation

How long does a chin augmentation procedure take and how long until I’m fully healed?

Answer:

Chin augmentation, also referred to as mentoplasty, lasts for about one to three hours. You will experience some swelling that should fully subside after about six weeks.

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Chemical Peel

How does a chemical peel work? Can it help even out my skin tone?

Answer:

A chemical application of carbolic or glycol acid is placed on the face, causing a sunburn-like response that peels away the top layer of the skin. Through this process the beautiful new skin underneath is exposed, which results in more even looking skin. A chemical peel can definitely help even out your skin tone and smooth your skin. It even reduces fine wrinkles!

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Body Art / Tattoo removal

How many sessions would it take to get my tattoo removed?

Answer:

If it is a professional tattoo it may take at least ten and possibly more than 20 treatments to fully remove. An amateur tattoo would only require at least four sessions, possibly more. This is calculated based on the depth of the ink and the varying compositions of the tattoo.

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