Plastic Surgery

Millennials Explain Why They Had Plastic Surgery

If you tend to associate plastic surgery with tummy tuck and facelift procedures, you may be surprised to learn that one of the fastest-growing demographics seeking plastic surgery is millennials (individuals currently in their 20s and early 30s). Here, the team at the Plastic Surgery Group of New Jersey breaks down some of the most common millennial motivations for pursuing procedures like breast augmentation, liposuction, lip augmentation and more.
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Surprising Plastic Surgery Trends in 2015

Upload: March 23, 2016The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world’s largest group of board-certified plastic surgeons. Each year, they survey their 7,000+ members to get an idea of the current state of plastic surgery. Here, the plastic surgeons of the Plastic Surgery Group of New Jersey (who are members of the ASPS) discuss the findings of the newly released 2015 annual report.
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How to Get the Most Natural Facelift Results

Combining facial procedures for natural resultsThe decision to combine multiple surgical rejuvenating procedures at the same time is very much an individual choice. I believe that facelift and eyelid surgery is a natural combination of procedures that can be done simultaneously since the recovery period for each is about the same and neither one interferes with the healing of the other. Similarly, I do not do eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty simultaneously since I believe that the swelling from the rhinoplasty and eyes makes it an uncomfortable recovery and may impact healing.
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Dr. Rosen answers: How Has Breast Reconstruction Evolved to Improve Overall Outcomes?

Upload: October 1, 2015When I began practice in 1989, the only type of surgery performed to treat breast cancer was a modified radical mastectomy and the only option we had to treat it was by using a small selection of round tissue expanders. So much has changed since then! This predated Facebook, Google and the iPhone so please understand information traveled slowly back then. Very few companies were producing implants and in 1990 when the implant crisis over Dow Corning's silicone devices hit the media, the circus that followed set back the industry still further. Today we have a plethora of options due to better techniques and technologies, but they fall into distinct categories. Synthetic devices to fill up the lost breast or use of the body’s own natural tissue. The really huge leap in the evolution of breast reconstruction was the recognition that the breast gland could be removed from the body without sacrificing the breast skin or nipple and keeping incisions to a minimum (nipple sparing mastectomy). So now as surgeons we were able to focus on making more anatomically accurate looking implants to fill up the void after the gland was scooped out or use the body’s own natural tissues to do so. We did both! Today, tissue can be taken from many places on the body (Belly, Back, Butt, Thigh) and transferred with microsurgery to the breast area where it is reattached. It feels exactly like a native breast which is mainly composed of fatty tissue. Expanders and implants now are manufactured by many companies throughout the world and they come in every shape and size that anyone could ever need or want. New sutures and biologic materials now allow us to perform these procedures faster and with more predictable results. They even improved the silicone substance within implants that prevent it from extruding. Older implants before 2006 were filled with a liquid substance with the consistency of honey. These could leak from the implant and travel to adjacent breast tissues. They did not find this to cause any diseases but it did cause inflammation and lumps in the breast. Implants today are made of a cohesive substance with the consistency of, but softer than, a Gummy Bear candy. Hence the popularity of the moniker, Gummy Bear Implant. (No actual implant has this name, but maybe they should!) They also have a very low failure rate and are easily replaced. The manufacturers actually warranty them for a lifetime. Today, since the MRI and digital mammograms are so accurate, breast cancer is detected very early. The breast skin and nipple can be saved in most cases and filling the void up with a modern properly shaped implant or natural fatty tissue from another part of the body where it is not needed, yields a breast that looks almost identical to the original. We actually perform our mastectomy and expander reconstructions as outpatients in our surgery center and tissue transfers only require a few days in the hospital. Many patients now find their cancers so early that they don't need mastectomy at all and opt for  lumpectomy. My hope would be no one would ever need a mastectomy again and reconstruction would be obsolete. Until that day comes, we are going to continue our pursuit of improving upon breast reconstruction, and returning patients to "wholeness" again.  
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Americans Spent $13.5 Billion on Plastic Surgery in 2015

Last year, Americans spent a record-breaking amount on plastic surgery. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, this was the first time plastic surgeons noted such high numbers — closing in on almost $14 billion. This is a $1.5 billion increase from 2014 to 2015.  The team at the Plastic Surgery Group of New Jersey breaks down the news in more detail here.
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Can Exercise Help Gynecomastia?

Upload: February 8, 2016For men with gynecomastia, everyday life can present certain challenges. It can be embarrassing to go shirtless at the pool or beach. Dating can be difficult. And self-confidence in social situations can waver. The team at the Plastic Surgery Group of New Jersey feels deep compassion toward any man that is self-conscious of their enlarged breasts, and we want to keep them informed of their treatment options.
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Restoring Wholeness: Importance of Plastic Surgery in Breast Cancer Recovery

reconstruction after breast cancerAccording to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women excluding skin cancer, and accounts for nearly 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed in US women. It is estimated that 232,000 new breast cancers were diagnosed in 2014. Published research shows that almost 70% of women with a breast cancer diagnosis are not informed of their care options. While that seems like a high number in the Northeast United States, the statistics include middle America and many communities underserved by breast specialists and reconstructive plastic surgeons. The Breast Cancer Patient Education Act of 2012 was originally introduced by Representative Leonard Lance from the 7th district in NJ. The legislation is designed to increase awareness among breast cancer patients about reconstructive options. It requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to plan and implement an education campaign to inform breast cancer patients of the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction, prostheses and other options. I remember the exact moment when I really understood the true essence of breast reconstruction. I was a plastic surgery resident at Memorial Sloan Kettering in 1996 when I had the opportunity to observe a consultation by one of the plastic surgery attendings. There was a 60ish year-old woman interested in delayed breast reconstruction after having had a one-sided mastectomy almost ten years earlier. She came to the appointment with her husband and I overheard them talking before the consultation began. The husband made it very clear that he did not understand why they were there. He told her she looked fine, and it didn’t matter to him whether or not she had breast reconstruction. The woman then turned to her husband and said, “When the doorbell rings, you run to see who’s there and I run to get my prosthesis.” It was a defining moment for the woman’s husband. He finally understood. It was not about him or what he wanted or would accept. The moment felt like yesterday for me and I was humbled to truly understand the importance of what I was being trained to do. The concept of body image is very complicated and encompasses much more than the words used to define it. Body image is the mental picture we have of ourselves and it is connected to personality, most likely with some genetic basis. While there are certainly cultural differences about body form, beauty and modesty, there are also many similarities that cross cultural lines. Body image is a complex perception of one’s appearance that involves emotions and physical sensations that develops over time as a result of interactions with people and the social world. Cues about what we should look like come from our parents, our peers and the media. Especially in our current world, television, magazines and the Internet contribute a great deal to the internal “vision” of one’s self. It is indeed difficult to escape the media’s ideals of body form, including breast size and shape. In some ways, the public unknowingly adopts these ideals, often creating feelings of inadequacy, which are internalized. As a result, the idea of a mastectomy may cause some women to feel less feminine. Since that day as a resident nearly two decades ago, I have countless stories of breast cancer survivors who have taken control of their own destiny, like the wife answering the doorbell. Breast reconstruction is much more than physically restoring a lost part. It’s a psychological victory of preserving one’s body image, which goes a long way towards the mental recovery after breast cancer. As a medical community and a society, we need to continue to increase education and awareness of breast cancer screening and options for treatment and reconstruction. We also need to eliminate the stigma of breast reconstruction as a sign of vanity. Every woman deserves to feel whole. How about calling it “restoring wholeness” rather than “breast reconstruction”?  
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Plastic Surgery Is a Popular Option after Massive Weight Loss

Weight loss and body contouring surgeryAccording to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift and other procedures linked to massive weight loss were more popular in 2014 than ever before. ASPS President Scot Glasberg believes there is a correlation between weight loss surgery and the growth of these procedures. Let’s look at the numbers: In 2013, nearly 179,000 Americans had weight loss surgery (gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and other procedures). Lower body lifts increased by 7 percent, tummy tucks and thigh lifts increased 5 percent and upper arm lifts increased 3 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to ASPS numbers.

How Plastic Surgery Improves the Body’s Appearance after Weight Loss

The Plastic Surgery Group can understand why weight loss surgeries are fueling an increase in certain plastic surgery procedures. Bariatric surgery is a great tool for people struggling with obesity to lose weight and live healthier, happier lives. However, rapid, substantial weight loss leaves behind loose skin. Someone that has lost a lot of weight will look smaller and thinner, but their skin usually does not shrink to tightly cover the new contours. This loose skin not only obscures the body’s beautiful new shape, but can also chafe and become irritated or infected easily. The only solution to treating loose skin after massive weight loss is plastic surgery, an option that many weight loss surgery patients are choosing. The ASPS claims that one out of four weight loss surgery patients opt for cosmetic surgery.

Treatment Options

Tummy tuck removes abdominal skin that has lost elasticity and will not shrink to cover the abdomen (the loose skin may accumulate to form a “pooch”). Tummy tuck also removes surplus fat deposits for a flatter and firmer abdominal profile. And, the procedure repairs damaged or possibly separated abdominal muscles. Thigh lift treats redundant, hanging skin from the thighs and tightens the remaining skin. Thigh lift includes liposuction of the inner thigh area. The legs look firmer and more toned after thigh lift. Upper arm lift (brachioplasty) eliminates loose skin that hangs from the upper arms (elbow to armpit). Arm lift may also incorporate liposuction techniques to remove targeted fat deposits. Arm lift reveals a tighter and more toned arm contour. Breast lift restores saggy breasts to a more attractive and youthful-looking position by eliminating loose skin and reshaping the breast tissue higher on the chest wall. Breast lift can reduce oversized areolas and correct downward pointing nipples.

Learn More about Post-Weight Loss Body Contouring

If you have had weight loss surgery (or are planning your operation) and would like to explore your body contouring plastic surgery options, we can provide more information during a consultation. Call (973) 233-1933 to make an appointment with one of our board certified plastic surgeons.
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The Health Benefits of Plastic Surgery

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In most cases, the focus of plastic surgery is to improve a person’s appearance — by increasing the size of their breasts, reducing the circumference of their waist or minimizing signs of aging. However, some of the plastic surgery procedures performed by the Plastic Surgery Group of New Jersey also help to improve the patient’s health and resolve health problems.

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Does Lipo Hurt?

Is liposuction painful?Liposuction is one of the most popular procedures offered at the Plastic Surgery Group of New Jersey. As such, our team receives a lot of questions about the particulars of the operation and what to expect. The topic of pain during and after surgery often comes up; many patients want to know, does lipo hurt? In this month’s blog post, the team at Plastic Surgery Group of New Jersey addresses this topic in more detail.
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Global Trends in Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery trends around the worldThe International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) recently revealed that 20 million cosmetic procedures were performed last year, indicating that plastic surgery is growing in global popularity. The ISAPS report also suggests that plastic surgeons are offering the latest techniques and technology, such as fat grafting, to meet the needs of their patients. Here, the team at the Plastic Surgery Group of New Jersey breaks down the 2014 statistical report from ISAPS, the leading international body of board certified cosmetic plastic surgeons.

U.S. Tops List of Countries that Performed the Most Procedures

According to the ISAPS report, 20 percent of people that had surgical and nonsurgical procedures last year lived in the U.S. Ten percent resided in Brazil (per ISAPS, Brazilians can write off breast augmentation and rhinoplasty on their income taxes!), 6 percent in Japan and nearly 5 percent in South Korea. Mexico accounted for 3.5 percent of surgical and nonsurgical procedures.

Most Popular Surgical Procedures

Globally, the most popular surgical procedure in 2014 was eyelid surgery. Over 1.4 million procedures were performed to reverse the signs of aging, correct genetically droopy lids or create a more natural fold in the upper eyelid (which is popular in Asian countries). Liposuction and breast augmentation were the second and third most popular surgical procedures, with fat grafting and rhinoplasty rounding out the top five.

Most Popular Non-Surgical Procedures

Treatments with botulinum toxin products (i.e., Botox, Dysport) were the most popular non-surgical procedures, followed by hyaluronic acid treatments like Juvederm and Restylane. This finding indicates that global citizens enjoy quick, in-office treatments that offer noticeable anti-aging results with no downtime. Hair removal, chemical peel and laser skin resurfacing were also leading procedures.

Women vs. Men

Women represented 86 percent of non-surgical and surgical procedure patients. More women had breast augmentation than any other procedure (1.3 million procedures performed worldwide). Liposuction, eyelid surgery, fat grafting and tummy tuck were also popular among women. More men than ever before had cosmetic procedures in 2014 (2.5 million). They opted mostly for eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, liposuction, gynecomastia treatment and fat grafting.

We Can Help You Look and Feel Your Best

Are you inspired by the growing interest in plastic surgery around the world? Would you like to discuss your personal cosmetic goals with a talented group of plastic surgeons? If so, please schedule a consultation with the team at the Plastic Surgery Group of New Jersey. Call (973) 233-1933 to make an appointment today.
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How Plastic Surgery Could Improve Career Opportunities

Plastic surgery boosts job opportunitiesOne of the realities of the modern workplace is the importance of image. Job candidates and employees are judged not only by their professional qualifications, but also by the way they look and carry themselves. As more people realize the importance of image in the workplace, the demand for plastic surgery rises. Plastic surgeons admit that a common motivating factor for many candidates is the desire to advance professionally. Plastic surgery addresses perceived flaws that hamper an individual’s self-image, and provides the much-needed boost of confidence to go after new career opportunities. The Plastic Surgery Group believes that for the right people, cosmetic enhancement can pave the way for new jobs, promotions and raises. In this post, they explain why.

Staying Competitive in the Workplace

The 2014 plastic surgery statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons revealed an uptick in the demand for male plastic surgery. According to some of the association’s members, many of these men desire a more youthful appearance to stay competitive in an increasingly younger workplace. With so many recent college graduates, older executives want to match their younger, more energetic colleagues and competitors. It’s not just men — many women feel that looking youthful is important to landing a job and earning raises and promotions. Facelift and eyelid surgery are two of the most requested facial rejuvenation procedures among aging executives. Treatments with cosmetic injectables are also popular, as they can be performed during a quick lunch break and require no downtime.

It’s Not All About Looks; It’s Also About Confidence

Confidence is a key component to career success. Confident, well-adjusted workers tend to get hired and receive raises and promotions more often than their self-conscious or timid peers. What does this mean for you? If a certain physical feature embarrasses or bothers you, it is possible that you project a self-conscious vibe in interviews and meetings. For example, you might avoid looking someone in the eye because you feel embarrassed of your oversized nose. Or, you might sit hunched over because you feel self-conscious of saggy breasts or a disproportionate body. Perhaps you don’t speak up in collaborative settings because you imagine everyone will fixate on your wrinkles. This type of behavior could come across as aloof, unpleasant and uninterested. The truth is most people are fixated on themselves and their own flaws. We are our own worst critics and notice things that a coworker or boss would never see. However, as long as your expectations are reasonable, plastic surgery can be helpful for your attitude. For the right candidates, plastic surgery will provide a much-needed boost in self-esteem and overall sense of satisfaction. And, scientists from the University of Michigan found a correlation between confidence and higher wages. If you have a performance review approaching, start planning ahead!

Explore Your Opportunities for Cosmetic Enhancement

If you would like to discuss your own plastic surgery needs and goals, contact the Plastic Surgery Group today. Call (973) 233-1933 to make an appointment with one of our board certified plastic surgeons.
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