Despite its growing popularity (there were over 1.7 million cosmetic surgery procedures and over 15 million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in 2017), common misconceptions about plastic surgery still exist. Many people continue to see plastic surgery as something only for vain celebrities; yet in actuality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Over the years, cosmetic surgery and minimally invasive procedures have not only improved in technique and quality of results but also in increased popularity. Patients of all ages are finding themselves heading to their cosmetic surgeons for touch-up treatments and fixes of their most bothersome physical troubles. With plastic surgery hitting the mainstream, it’s time to clear up those lingering misconceptions.
1. It’s Only for Women
There is no denying that plastic surgery is more heavily marketed to women than it is to men. Social media and advertising companies often forget or ignore the fact that cosmetic procedures help men regain confidence in their appearance the same as they do for women. In fact, over 100,000 surgical procedures were performed on men last year. Facelift surgery, tummy tuck surgery, blepharoplasty, and liposuction are all common surgical procedures for men that allow them to shape and tone their bodies and revitalize their appearance while improving their level of self-esteem.
2. It’s Only for Vanity
It’s true that cosmetic surgery is designed to enhance physical appearances that are bothersome to patients; every person should be allowed to look and feel their best. That being said, many cosmetic surgery procedures go beyond aesthetics. Many rhinoplasty patients seek plastic surgery to improve breathing, and many blepharoplasty patients desire a lift in their eyelids to open their field of vision to help them see better. Additionally, many patients who have lost a significant amount of weight feel trapped by the excess amount of skin left over, which is not only aesthetically displeasing but also physically discomforting. Many women who have developed naturally large breasts understand the pain and physical limitations of their breast size. While some patients are led to plastic surgery for purely aesthetic reasons, this is a generalization that no longer applies.
3. It’s Only for People Who Are “Lazy”
Procedures like liposuction are often thought to be weight loss procedures for patients who are lazy; however, there is no truth in that statement. For starters, liposuction, along with every other form of cosmetic surgery, is not a weight loss procedure, nor is it a substitute for diet and exercise. Instead, it is a way to eliminate those final troublesome areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. With pregnancies, weight fluctuations, and aging comes stubborn fat pockets that cannot be toned, no matter how much sweat you put into it. Plastic surgery isn’t for people who are lazy; rather, it’s for people who have put in the effort but still need a little help.
4. The Expense Puts It Out of Reach
Cosmetic surgery is a substantial financial investment. It is something that many patients need to save and budget for; however, it isn’t out of reach. In 2017 alone, Americans spent over $8.5 billion on cosmetic procedures, and the majority of those patients were people just like you. No matter your age, gender, or financial situation, cosmetic procedures can be for you if you want them. There are no limitations when it comes to the desire to look and feel your best.
For more information about cosmetic procedures, contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics today by calling (847) 737-5036.
While becoming a mother brings immeasurable joy and many beautiful experiences, the effect it has on your body is not always positive. Between the stubborn fat, sagging skin, drooping breasts, and stretch marks, pregnancy and nursing can often lead you to believe that you were given an entirely new body.
For years, women have been turning to plastic surgery to regain their pre-pregnancy physique through a set of procedures known as the Mommy Makeover.
A Mommy Makeover can address multiple areas of a woman’s body during one surgery. The most common procedures included in the Mommy Makeover are:
Although a Mommy Makeover can do wonders for a woman’s body, there are some common misconceptions about this procedure.
A Mommy Makeover Isn’t for Weight Loss
One of the most common misconceptions for the Mommy Makeover (and plastic surgery in general) is that it is an alternative to weight loss. Plastic surgery procedures, including liposuction and tummy tucks, will tone your body and sculpt your physique, but they are not a substitute for diet and exercise. The transformation you will get through a Mommy Makeover is not one that will be substantially noticeable on the scale; it will, however, improve your confidence by helping you to reclaim your ideal body.
A Mommy Makeover Isn’t Just for Moms
Although a Mommy Makeover focuses on problems caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding, this procedure can benefit any woman. Many women prefer the Mommy Makeover because it can target multiple areas of the body during one surgery and requires only one recovery.
A Mommy Makeover Can’t Turn Back Time
While the Mommy Makeover can provide stunning, natural-looking results, it can’t make you look like you are 20 again. There are limitations to what a Mommy Makeover can do. That said, as long as you go into surgery with realistic expectations, you can leave the journey feeling more rejuvenated and better than you could have ever imagined. Your procedures will result in tighter skin, sculpted contours, firmer and lifted breasts, and an overall increase in confidence.
If you are considering Mommy Makeover surgery, call Dr. Schlechter at 847-737-5036. Our team at North Shore Aesthetics look forward to guiding you on your cosmetic surgery journey.
Butt augmentation using the Brazilian Butt Lift technique has gained international popularity and acclaim for its ability to enhance the size, shape, and firmness of the derrière. Women of all ages are desiring fuller, shapelier backsides to improve their feminine curves and allow them to “fill out” dresses, shorts, and bikinis. The Brazilian Butt Lift differs from other butt augmentation techniques in that it utilizes fat grafting. During this procedure, Dr. Schlechter harvests the patient’s fat using liposuction, purifies it, and then strategically injects it to augment the shape and size of the buttocks. This procedure comes with multiple benefits: you can achieve your desired enhanced backside, and you can remove unwanted excess fat from troublesome areas such as this abdomen, hips, and thighs. Who doesn’t want that? With all of these benefits, you may be wondering if you are a candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift.
Do You Desire an Enhance Backside?
If you are at least 18 years old and unhappy with the flat, flabby, or drooping appearance of your buttocks, then you may be an ideal candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift. The Brazilian Butt Lift not only positively affects your backside, but it contributes to your overall shape, as it usually highlights and narrows the appearance of your waist to give you a curvier, more womanly physique.
Do You Have an Adequate Amount of Fat to Harvest?
Since the Brazilian Butt Lift uses harvested fat instead of implants to augment the buttocks, you need to have enough fat in other areas of your body that can be used. Fat may be harvested from the abdomen, hips, lower back, or thighs (or a combination of these areas). Since your body will absorb some of the fat inserted into your buttocks, the initial amount of fat added will be greater than your final result will show.
Are You in Good Health?
For ideal results, this procedure recommends that you are no more than 30 pounds overweight and are in good general health. Therefore, you should be at or near your ideal weight. Additionally, you should not smoke or have any serious medical concerns. Good candidates are dedicated to maintaining their results through a healthy diet and regular exercise program.
Are Your Expectations Realistic?
Ideal candidates have realistic expectations of their results. While patients often come in with a photo of a celebrity they wish to resemble, it’s important to understand that exact copies of a specific body part are not always possible. Cosmetic surgery of any kind, including the Brazilian Butt Lift, is intended to enhance what you already have, not alter who you are.
Whether to get BOTOX® Cosmetic or injectable fillers is a common question for patients desiring subtle touch-ups to their aging faces. Everywhere you look there are advertisements for BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers such as JUVÉDERM®. Restylane®, and RADIESSE®, but you may wonder, what’s the difference? The answer is quite a bit. While both types of injectables reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, they go about it differently, and not all of the areas they treat are the same. The good news is all of them can make you look younger without looking overly-done or overly-made up. When used properly, others may notice or comment on how rested and rejuvenated you look, but they won’t be able to tell that you’ve had anything done.
BOTOX® Cosmetic, which is derived from botulinum toxin, has long been the gold standard for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. This popular facial injectable reduces the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows, lines on the forehead, and fine lines and wrinkles on the outside corners of the eyes (crow’s feet) by temporarily paralyzing the wrinkle-causing muscles in those areas. While BOTOX® Cosmetic can also be used to treat lip lines and neck bands, it is most commonly used to combat wrinkles and signs of aging on the top portion of the face.
Fillers can be used to treat multiple areas all around the face. Most fillers, such as the JUVÉDERM® family of injectables, Restylane®, and Perlane®, are made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body). These fillers provide immediate relief for many aging concerns by filling in areas that have lost volume due to aging. These fillers can treat nasolabial folds (parenthesis lines between the nose and mouth) and marionette lines (lines that run down from the corners of the mouth). Some fillers, such as JUVEDERM VOLUMA® XC, can restore lost volume and fullness to the midface and cheek area, allowing the cheeks to look lifted and youthful. Others such as JUVEDERM® Ultra XC, JUVEDERM VOLBELLA® XC, Restylane® SIlk, and BELOTERO BALANCE® can add volume and fullness to the lips.
Both BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers are often used as a precursor to the more invasive surgical option. Although these injectables provide beautiful results, their results are only temporary, which means repeat treatments are needed to retain your youthful appearance. These procedures are proven non-surgical ways to reduce the signs of aging with little downtime, little pain, and are a fraction of the cost of invasive surgery. Whether small corrections are all you desire or you are simply trying to put off surgery, facial injections of any kind can provide relief from the signs of aging and boost your confidence so your face can shine. However, keep in mind that injectables cannot match the results facial surgery offers. Injectables cannot address more substantial facial aging issues such as excess sagging skin or loose facial muscles. For those with significant facial aging, a facelift will provide more dramatic results that can last for years.
The annoyance of having stubborn, diet-resistant fat pockets is one that is shared by most men and women. Everyone has those few areas that are glued to you no matter how well you eat or how much you exercise. And as you age, you may find the number of these trouble spots increase. Oddly enough, while age often brings additional unwanted fat to areas of your body, your face loses the fat it relies on for its youthful shape and fullness. To simultaneously treat this dilemma, Dr. Schlechter performs a combination of liposuction and fat transfer. During this procedure, fat is removed from one or more trouble areas of your body such as your abdomen, hips, or thighs. The fat is then purified and added back to other areas that have lost their desired volume, such as the lips, face, breasts, buttocks, or hands. This procedure can be done with any liposuction technique.
With traditional liposuction, Dr. Schlechter injects a stream of tumescent fluid through a small incision which numbs the area and facilitates the removal of fat cells through a thin tube known as a cannula. With water-assisted liposuction such as AquaShape®/Body-Jet®, a continual flow of water in addition to the tumescent fluid is used to remove the fat. This allows the fat to be dislodged and removed from the body through aspiration. Water-assisted liposuction is less traumatizing to the surrounding connective tissues, and it causes minimal damage to the fat cells being removed. How the fat is removed is increasingly important when a patient is combining their liposuction procedure with an autologous fat transfer. Dr. Schlechter uses these fat cells to fill out facial hollows, soften wrinkles, add volume to the lips, and bring new life to your thinning and hollowed cheeks, resulting in subtle, natural-looking results you’ll love.
How Does Water-Assisted Liposuction Compare?
Liposuction has been a popular fat-reduction procedure for years, and both traditional liposuction and water-assisted liposuction provide beautiful, long-lasting results. However, water-assisted liposuction allows for gentler fat removal with less bruising, swelling, and discomfort. In addition, unlike traditional liposuction that can sometimes damage the fat cells, water-assisted liposuction causes minimal damage to the fat cells, which is ideal for transferring the fat to provide natural youthfulness to your face and lips or to add fullness to other areas of your body, such as your breasts, buttocks, or hands.
After wondering what results they can expect from a facelift, many patients are concerned about the recovery experience. Facelift surgery is a major procedure that requires some downtime for the body to heal. While every individual is unique, and various facelift techniques can lead to different recovery experiences, the average facelift patient can expect the following for the recovery timeline:
After your surgery, you will be sent home to rest and recover. A bandage will be wrapped around your head and neck. The bandage is a bit bulky and can be a little uncomfortable. The bandage is kept on for the first night, and it is removed the first day after surgery. Any initial discomfort and swelling can be controlled with oral medications and cold compresses.
1 to 3 Days After Surgery
The day after your facelift, your initial bandage will be removed, and a much lighter bandage will be applied. It is imperative that you let yourself rest and encourage your body to heal. Discomfort, swelling, and bruising may appear to worsen, but all of these side effects are temporary. Rest and downtime accompanied by a healthy diet will give your body the tools it needs to recover well and quickly.
1 Week After Surgery
During the first week after your surgery swelling, bruising and discomfort will begin to subside. The skin will feel a bit numb, and this will take several months for normal sensation to return. Continued use of medications and cold compresses should minimize some of these side effects. Patients typically look OK after the first week and very good by the end of the second week.
10 to 14 Days After Surgery
By 10 to 14 days after surgery (if not sooner), you should be able to return to work. Bruising and swelling will continue to diminish, but some numbness and dry skin may persist for several weeks or months. Your sutures from the surgical incisions will dissolve. Make-up may be worn at this time.
2 to 3 Weeks After Surgery
After two to three weeks, you will be feeling mostly normal and ready to return to your natural lifestyle and activities. While you can resume most activities, you should continue to avoid strenuous physical activities for a few more weeks so that your body can continue to heal. Even though swelling and bruising may continue, they should not draw unwanted social attention or interfere with your ability to function normally. Continued numbness is normal and will dissipate as healing progresses.
The Following Weeks and Months
With the initial recovery behind you, you will be able to fully resume normal activities as your tissues continue to heal. A moisturizer can be used to correct dry skin once your tissues have healed enough. Your surgical results will improve for six to eight months. Scarring should heal inconspicuously and will gradually fade over time.
As a well-respected breast surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter hears many questions about the various techniques and choices related to breast augmentation. One popular question is about submuscular versus subglandular implant placement. In his expert opinion, Dr. Schlechter believes that submuscular placement is typically better for most patients.
Submuscular Implant Placement (Recommended)
Submuscular implant placement means that the breast implant is inserted into a pocket behind (under) the pectoral muscle. In contrast, subglandular implant placement means that the implant is placed into a pocket in front of (over) the pectoral muscle but still beneath the breast tissue. Submuscular implant placement requires more tissue dissection, which means the patient will likely have a longer recovery. However, this minor disadvantage is only temporary in how it impacts the patient. The long-term benefits of submuscular implant placement are why Dr. Schlechter prefers this placement for his breast augmentation patients.
The Advantages of Submuscular Implant Placement Over Subglandular Placement
Submuscular implant placement has several noteworthy advantages over subglandular implant placement. One advantage is that it leads to a lower risk of capsular contracture. Dr. Schlechter’s rate of capsular contracture is significantly lower than the national average, and submuscular placement of breast implants is one of the reasons he is so successful in reducing the rate of this post-surgical complication. Additionally, submuscular implant placement offers better coverage of the implants, which means that women with naturally smaller breasts do not need to be unduly concerned about visible rippling or the implants showing through their breasts. More coverage of the implants also buffers the ability to feel the implants within the breasts. Submuscular placement creates a more natural appearance and allows mammograms to better see the back/posterior aspect of the breast. These advantages of submuscular implant placement over subglandular placement are why Dr. Schlechter recommends this technique for the majority of his breast augmentation patients.
Subglandular breast implant can have its advantages for patients who are borderline needing a breast lift. An implant placed under the breast tissue will lift the breast more than an implant placed under the muscle possibly avoiding the need for a breast lift. Patients with tubular breast deformities may also benefit from subglandular placement of breast implants.
Physical comfort is something we crave as human beings. There’s nothing like curling up with a blanket on a snowy winter’s day, slipping between soft bedsheets, or finding the perfect outfit that is both flattering and comfortable to wear. Unfortunately, some physical discomforts are caused by anatomic realities. Just as some women experience discomfort because of their overly large breasts, some women experience discomfort due to the size or shape of their labia. Labiaplasty can improve the size and shape of the labia to reduce discomfort and limit irritation.
How the Labia Can Cause Discomfort and Irritation
The labia are the small inner lips of the female genitalia that are on either side of the vagina. Their appearance and size can vary significantly from woman to woman. Women may be born with genetically large labia or labia that are asymmetrical or irregular. Some women develop enlarged labia over time or after bearing children.
When the labia are irregularly shaped, asymmetrical, or enlarged, they can cause discomfort, chronic irritation, and chafing. This unpleasantness may be exacerbated when sitting, biking, running, wearing tight clothing such as swimsuits, and participating in sexual activities. For some women, the discomfort is so significant that they feel compelled to avoid these things. If you feel discomfort because of your labia that causes you to avoid wearing certain types of clothing, participating in activities you love, being intimate with your partner, or even doing something as commonplace as sitting, labiaplasty can help you.
Labiaplasty can adjust the size, shape, and appearance of your labia to improve your physical comfort. For this one-hour long procedure, you will come into our in-office surgical suite and will be given IV sedation for a pain-free experience. Dr. Schlechter will carefully measure and mark your labia to determine their ideal symmetry and size, after which he will delicately trim off the excess tissue. He will then reshape the remaining labial tissue into a more beautiful and symmetrical appearance. Reducing the size of the labia and making them more symmetrical improves their appearance and reduces discomfort, irritation, and pain. Women often report having much relief after labiaplasty, which helps them feel free and comfortable to do and wear what they please.
Some people who have undergone rhinoplasty may later desire rhinoplasty revision. This secondary procedure can adjust results, correct injuries, and improve the appearance of the nose. The following questions and answers about revision rhinoplasty may help you better understand why people pursue this procedure and whether it could help you.
How do I know when to consider revision rhinoplasty?
You may want to consider revision rhinoplasty if you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose after your original rhinoplasty. It is best to wait up to one year for the delicate tissues of the nose to heal before undergoing revision rhinoplasty. If you are dissatisfied with how your results have changed over time (which is always a possibility), revision rhinoplasty may be recommended. Additionally, if your nose has been injured after rhinoplasty, and its appearance has been permanently altered, revision rhinoplasty will be required.
Who should I go to for rhinoplasty revision?
For your rhinoplasty revision, you should go to a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in performing both rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty procedures. In some cases, it may be appropriate to go to your initial surgeon, as the need for rhinoplasty revision may arise even when rhinoplasty is performed by a highly skilled surgeon. Your initial surgeon will want you to be satisfied and may be willing to perform revision surgery if they feel confident about their ability to improve the results. If not, they may recommend a revision rhinoplasty expert. Be sure that your revision rhinoplasty surgeon understands you and your concerns, speaks openly and honestly with you, and makes you feel comfortable and confident about your potential results.
Is revision rhinoplasty safe?
Revision rhinoplasty is a safe but complex procedure. Patients should only go to an experienced well-trained rhinoplasty surgeon to ensure the best outcomes. As all surgeries carry some risk, your surgeon will indicate whether it is advisable for you to undergo this procedure.
When is it safe to undergo revision rhinoplasty?
It is best to wait approximately one year after rhinoplasty before undergoing revision surgery so that the tissues are mostly healed. Your surgeon will be able to determine when it is safe and appropriate for you to undergo revision rhinoplasty.
Why is revision rhinoplasty harder than rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a difficult procedure, and many risks or complications can occur. Revision rhinoplasty is usually even more difficult and has additional risks. The surgeon must work around scar tissue, accommodate weakened and traumatized soft tissue, and quickly adapt to the changes to the natural anatomy that make navigating the internal structures more complicated. The surgeon may also have to deal with overcorrection, injuries, or other complications. Secondary rhinoplasty has a higher risk of complications and problems than rhinoplasty, but with the right surgeon, the results can be incredibly rewarding.
Why is my nose crooked after my rhinoplasty?
Crookedness or asymmetry to the nose after primary rhinoplasty can be evidence of asymmetrical healing. Postoperative scarring is unpredictable, and scar tissue may form unevenly and cause your nose to appear crooked. This can occur through no fault of the surgeon and may often be corrected through revision rhinoplasty.
Can revision rhinoplasty fix a pinched tip?
A pinched nasal tip after rhinoplasty is often caused by either the removal of too much cartilage or poor healing and collapse of the tip cartilage. Revision rhinoplasty can use a cartilage graft to add volume to the tip and correct the pinched appearance.
Are my poor results because of poor technique?
Poor rhinoplasty results are just as likely to be the results of poor technique as the results of poor healing and unexpected changes. For example, a collapsed or pinched tip could be the result of either over-reduction or poor healing. Even if you have done your research and selected a top-notch rhinoplasty surgeon, you may still wind up with unanticipated deformities due to how your nose heals. For instance, unanticipated scar tissue buildup can cause the nose to become crooked or develop a hump along the bridge after rhinoplasty. The complexity of rhinoplasty and the risk of unexpected changes means that rhinoplasty has a higher revision rate than other aesthetic procedures.
Why do my results look different now than they did after my rhinoplasty?
Our anatomy goes through natural changes all the time; therefore, it is not unusual to observe changes to the appearance of your nose several years after your rhinoplasty. These changes may be subtle or more pronounced. Changes to the results may cause patients to seek revision rhinoplasty even years after their primary rhinoplasty.
If I injured or broke my nose after rhinoplasty, can revision rhinoplasty help me?
Revision rhinoplasty can often fix injuries that occur after a previous rhinoplasty. Your rhinoplasty surgeon will be able to determine the best way to restore your nose’s appearance and reverse the effects of the injury.
When is the best time to get revision rhinoplasty?
It is best to wait approximately one year after rhinoplasty before you get revision rhinoplasty to resolve healing and any lingering swelling. After this point, patients may be able to undergo revision rhinoplasty nearly anytime—even many years later—if they desire.
How many times can I safely undergo rhinoplasty revision?
There is no recommended maximum number of times to undergo rhinoplasty revision. However, the nose is a highly complex structure, and rhinoplasty is a difficult procedure. The more rhinoplasties a person undergoes, the more complicated the procedure becomes. Having multiple procedures increases the risk of complications and the potential for permanent problems. Some of the main reasons for this are the buildup of scar tissue, weakening soft tissue, thinning skin, overcorrection, weakening the nasal structure in an attempt to minimize the nose, and even the potential for increasingly obsessive or unrealistically perfectionist tendencies in the patient. All of these things can occur as more rhinoplasty procedures are performed, as each new procedure increases your risk. Despite these issues, an experienced surgeon may be able to produce excellent outcomes even after multiple rhinoplasty revisions.
One of the first things people tend to notice about each other is their eyes. As the saying goes, the eyes are windows to the soul, revealing emotion and character. Although the eyes play such an important role in showing others how we feel, what they reveal can be deceptive. Aging that causes droopy upper eyelids can make you appear sleepy, angry, sad, or upset, regardless of how you are truly feeling. If you have perpetually droopy eyelids, upper eyelid surgery can rejuvenate them and refresh your appearance.
Upper blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can correct drooping upper eyelids. To resolve upper eyelid ptosis (sagging), the redundant skin is excised. Fat pads may also be removed to eliminate eyelid hooding. With the removal of excess skin and fat, the upper eyelids will no longer droop. After a recovery period of a few weeks, patients will be able to see significant improvements in the appearance of their upper eyelids and eye area.
Eyelid surgery improves the aesthetics of the eye area by correcting the effects of aging. Aging is the most common cause of drooping eyelids (excluding congenital or medical conditions), and it alters the appearance in ways that may be perceived as negative. As a person ages, skin laxity increases, resulting in sagging upper eyelids and wrinkles that can cause the person to have a worn, lethargic appearance. Drooping upper eyelids can also mask your genuine emotions and give you a perpetually upset, sad, or even angry expression. Eyelid surgery corrects this by removing the excess skin, softening wrinkles, and helping the eyes to open up. After eyelid surgery, you will look more awake, approachable, and refreshed. Your eyes will no longer be hidden by baggy upper eyelids, and eyelid ptosis will no longer falsely represent your current state of being.
Drooping eyelids that fall significantly lower than normal may affect your vision as well as your appearance. In severe cases, eyelid ptosis can cover part or even all of the pupil, thereby limiting your range of visibility. You may develop discomfort or strain from continually lifting your brows and forehead muscles to make it easier for you to see. With eyelid surgery, upper eyelid hooding is corrected by removing the excess skin and tissue that is sagging, which can improve your ability to see since your vision will no longer be obstructed.
To learn more about eyelid surgery and how it can rejuvenate your appearance, schedule your personal consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. Call (847) 737-5036 or contact us online to request your appointment today.