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How Will a Breast Lift Affect the Appearance of Your Breasts?

Posted on: October 23rd, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics

Breast sagging is a common and expected part of aging; however, additional factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss can speed up and increase the substantialness of that sagging. Any level of breast sagging can have adverse effects on your self-esteem and self-image. It can affect the clothing styles you choose as well as impact your confidence in intimate settings. A breast lift is performed to restore sagging breasts to their previous elevation on the chest to restore confidence and a balanced aesthetic.

The extent of breast sagging can range from mild to severe. With mild sagging, you may experience a slight drop in the breasts (that is common with age or pregnancy) but retain some skin elasticity. With severe sagging, your breasts may become elongated and loose with nipples that point downward. Breast lift surgery can target any level of breast ptosis to restore youthfulness and perkiness to the breasts. During this procedure, Dr. Schlechter removes any excess breast tissue and skin, repositions the nipples higher on the breasts, and closes the incisions. The results are breasts that are firmer and more elevated on the chest.

Woman wearing black lace bra

Combination Procedures for Larger Transformation

While breast lift surgery can be a stand-alone procedure, it is often combined with either breast augmentation or a breast reduction. A breast lift does wonders in restoring a youthful appearance to the breasts, but it has very little to no effect on the volume of the breasts.

A breast lift removes excess skin and raises the position of the breasts on the chest. However, it adds no volume to the breasts, and the breasts may appear smaller than they were before the lift because removing the excess skin causes the breasts to be more compact. If you desire increased volume and size to the breasts, you may need to combine a breast augmentation with your lift to achieve your desired appearance. A breast augmentation/breast lift combination is ideal for women who’ve always wanted larger breasts and women whose breasts have deflated with pregnancy or weight loss. Breast implants are added at the time of your breast lift surgery to create enhancement in both size and youthfulness.

On the other hand, some women desire a breast lift due to the excess weight of overly-large or cumbersome breasts. Having ill-proportioned, large breasts puts extra strain on the thin breast skin and is one of the causes of premature sagging of the breasts. A breast reduction/breast lift combination is ideal for women suffering from the emotional and physical side effects of overly-large and sagging breasts. During this procedure, Dr. Schlechter removes excess breast tissue and skin. These two procedures are good combination procedures because they are performed through the same incisions.

If you are interested in learning about how a breast lift can help you, contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 737-5036 to set up a consultation.


Treat Gynecomastia Without Skin Excision

Posted on: October 18th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics

Gynecomastia is a condition many men experience at some point in their life. Gynecomastia is the presence of enlarged breast tissue, more commonly referred to as “man boobs.” Gynecomastia can develop during puberty or be the result of taking prescription medications, steroids, or marijuana. Unfortunately for many men, excess breast tissue causes anxiety in one’s appearance, which can lead to lasting insecurities in a person’s self-image and confidence The presence of this overdeveloped breast tissue leads many men to shy away from social or intimate interactions and forces them to feel as though they need to hide the appearance of their breasts. For years, this condition has been treated through gynecomastia surgery; however, there is now a less-invasive option to combating this condition. At North Shore Aesthetics, Dr. Schlechter offers Renuvion™ to treat gynecomastia.

Gynecomastia Surgery Before and After Photos

What Is the Difference Between Gynecomastia Surgery and Renuvion™?

Excess breast tissue and fat must be removed through either liposuction or surgical excision. The removal of this breast tissue and fat, especially for men who have a larger amount of it, can result in sagging skin. It’s the treatment of this excess skin that creates the difference between gynecomastia surgery and Renuvion™. Traditional gynecomastia surgery removes sagging skin through surgical excision. This excision of the skin makes treating gynecomastia more invasive and results.

Renuvion™ is a less-invasive option available to treat excess, sagging skin. Renuvion™ uses a combination of helium plasma and radiofrequency energy to tighten skin without additional incisions or longer recovery required with surgical skin excision. To undergo gynecomastia surgery with Renuvion™, liposuction is first used to remove the excess breast tissue and fat. Once the fat is gone, the Renuvion™ probe is inserted through the small liposuction incisions to deliver the plasma energy to the loose skin. This energy causes the skin to tighten while stimulating the production of collagen. Renuvion™ is one of the safest procedures available to tighten skin and does so with little downtime or discomfort.

Are You a Candidate for Renuvion™?

Renuvion™ is designed to treat mild to moderate skin laxity. Therefore, it is best suited for men who have mild to moderate cases of gynecomastia. If the degree of your excess skin is severe, Renuvion™ may not be able to provide the same level of correction that surgical excision can. For most men, however, Renuvion™ is a revolutionary new approach to making gynecomastia surgery less invasive and more comfortable. Enjoy you firmer and flatter chest with less scarring and a faster recovery with Renuvion™.

To learn more about Renuvion™ and how it can help with gynecomastia, contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 737-5036 to set up a consultation.


The Newest Ingredient to Youthful Skin

Posted on: September 19th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics

Woman receiving an injection into her foreheadLotions, creams, laser resurfacing, dermal fillers, surgery, and now blood? As unusual as it may sound, your blood is the newest way to revamp your facial skincare routine. A natural alternative to dermal fillers and a less invasive approach than cosmetic surgery or laser resurfacing, your blood contains the secret ingredient needed to achieve a more youthful-looking, rejuvenated complexion. This ingredient is platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Platelets are a component of your blood that is responsible for tissue healing and new cell growth. Separating these platelets from your blood and injecting a higher concentration of them can improve the quality of your facial skin and rejuvenate your appearance.

What’s the Secret to PRP?

PRP has been used for years by doctors to help expedite the healing of patient’s wounds by stimulating new cell growth. By using the same principles, these powerful platelets can be injected into your face where wrinkles, deep creases, and hollowed areas are present to stimulate the growth of collagen, form new blood cells, and enhance the smoothness of facial muscles. By using PRP for facial rejuvenation, patients can see improvement in:

  • Facial wrinkles and fine lines
  • Deep creases and hollowed areas
  • Skin laxity
  • Skin thickness
  • Skin tone
  • Facial scars

How Does PRP for Facial Rejuvenation Work?

After collecting a small vial of blood, Dr. Schlechter uses a machine called the Magellan® TruPRP™ to centrifuge the blood and separate the solids from the liquids. These solids are the platelet-rich plasma. Once the centrifugation process is complete, Dr. Schlechter strategically injects the PRP where needed. These injections are safe, quick, and require no downtime. There is also minimal risk since it’s the patient’s own blood that is doing all the hard work. Results can be seen in as little as two to three weeks with final results appearing at about 12 weeks. Repeated treatments may be necessary for more significant reversal of facial aging.

If you are looking for an all-natural alternative to fillers or laser treatments, you need not look any further because you already possess the needed ingredient for youthful skin.

To learn more about PRP and how it can help rejuvenate your appearance, contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Plastic Surgery by calling (847) 737-5036.


Get Glowing Skin Before Summer’s End

Posted on: August 9th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics

Summer is a perfect time to rejuvenate ourselves in every sense of the word. It is a time to relax and separate ourselves from the stressful rigors of everyday life. It is also the season when you tend to see the friends and family closest to you. And whether it be for a family wedding or backyard barbeque, this relaxed state of mind deserves to be accompanied with a refreshed and glowing complexion. The HydraFacial MD® Elite with Perk™ is the perfect preparation for any special summer occasion, as it instantly brightens and hydrates your skin for a more youthful-looking you.

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No Need to Plan Ahead

Many facials and skin treatments provide significant improvement to irritating and confidence-damaging skin concerns. The unfortunate truth to these skin treatments is that many of them require days of what is essentially downtime. Though there is usually little physical discomfort, you may discover that your skin is looking red, blotchy, and maybe even swollen. And all of those effects are certainly not what you want for your face the next time you see an old friend. The HydraFacial MD® Elite is different. This nourishing facial works instantly, with no downtime or irritation, and the hydration provided to your skin is proven to last for days. Feel confident in your appearance and your ability to look your best at a moment’s notice. There is no reason or excuse too little to desire a little skin pick-me-up.

Complete Skin Nourishment

The HydraFacial MD® Elite is a unique skin treatment that combines hydradermabrasion with impurity extractions with the introduction of antioxidant serums. Though this procedure, your pores will be cleaned, your skin exfoliated, and your tone and texture concerns eased with the delivery of antioxidant and peptide serums. The HydraFacial MD® Elite addresses enlarged pores, oily or congested skin, fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone and texture irregularities, and sun-damaged skin.  But the most significant benefit to the HydraFacial MD® Elite is the intense hydration it provides to your skin, and hydrated skin is youthful skin. While this hydration will last for a few days, repeated treatments will begin to increase your natural skin health, allowing you to retain your glowing results longer. With the HydraFacial MD® Elite, your skin will look like you’ve just experienced a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation, and everyone will take notice.

Continue Your Treatment At Home

Perk™ is the perfect add-on to your HydraFacial MD® Elite treatment, offering both in-office and at-home skin rejuvenation. The Perk™ system takes the hydrating benefits of the HydraFacial MD® Elite and turns it into an at-home treatment for you to use whenever you desire that little touch-up. Perk™ uses a roller-flex technology that loosens dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that may build up after your facial. There are three options for Perk™ treatments depending on your desired area of improvement. You can use Perk™ to plump the lips, rejuvenate the eyes, or refresh the face. These at-home treatments make it possible for you to always look and feel your best.

To get a glowing complexion or for more information about the HydraFacial MD® Elite with Perk™, contact North Shore Aesthetics at (847) 737-5026.


4 Common Misconceptions About Plastic Surgery

Posted on: June 23rd, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics

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.

 


Common Misconceptions About the Mommy Makeover

Posted on: May 30th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics

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.

Profile of a pregnant woman in yellow dress holding her belly

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.


Am I a Candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Posted on: April 30th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics

Close up of the backside of a woman wearing a red bikiniButt 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.

 


Should I Get BOTOX® Cosmetic or Fillers?

Posted on: March 13th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics

Woman sitting on couch holding an electronic tabletWhether 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

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

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.

Final Thoughts

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.


What Is Water-Assisted Liposuction?

Posted on: February 20th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics

Woman with beautiful body lying at the beachThe 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.

Water-Assisted Liposuction

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.

 


Facelift Recovery Timeline

Posted on: January 19th, 2018
By: North Shore Aesthetics

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:Facelift Before and After Photos

Surgery Day

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.