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Should I Get a Tummy Tuck?

Posted on: May 25th, 2017
By: North Shore Aesthetics

The first “rule” of getting plastic surgery is that you should never do it to please someone else. Plastic surgery is for your benefit, to help you achieve the body and beauty ideals that you have in mind for yourself. Still, even if no one is pressuring you to do it, you may have trouble taking the leap. While only you can decide whether you should get a tummy tuck, here are some of the reasons you may want to undergo this procedure.

Before and After Photos for Tummy Tuck Surgery

Has Your Abdomen Become Significantly Less Toned Over Time?

Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the chief causes of aesthetic abdominal issues. Men and women alike may struggle with loose skin, weakened muscles, and subcutaneous abdominal fat. If your abdomen has developed these features over time, a tummy tuck could help you recapture your youthfully slender and toned waistline.

Do You Have Loose, Stretched Abdominal Skin?

Loose, stretched skin on the abdomen is common after pregnancy and even after moderate to major weight loss. The tummy tuck procedure can remove excess skin and pull the remaining skin taut so that the stomach is no longer bulging and ridged but feels firm and smooth. While liposuction can help patients who have excess abdominal fat, only a tummy tuck can correct loose, hanging skin.

Are Your Core Muscles Weak or Separated?

Weight gain and pregnancy can cause the stomach muscles to separate. For many patients, the muscles are unable to recover and remain loose and weak, causing the stomach to appear perpetually distended. Abdominoplasty with rectus plication tightens the core muscles so that the stomach wall is once again firm and flat, with natural contours. If you have struggled unsuccessfully to achieve a firm abdominal contour with dieting, crunches, and other exercises, a tummy tuck can tighten your abdominal muscles and flatten your waistline.

Do You Have Stubborn Fat On Your Abdomen?

Stubborn abdominal fat can affect individuals in many circumstances and is not by itself a reason to undergo tummy tuck surgery. Liposuction and other fat removal procedures can accomplish the desired results without manipulating the skin or muscles. However, if you have stubborn fat accompanied by loose skin and weak stomach muscles, a tummy tuck may be an excellent choice for you. This procedure can correct all three issues and produce a smoother, firmer, and flatter tummy.

The choice to undergo tummy tuck surgery is deeply personal. To discuss your situation with an expert plastic surgeon, come in for a personal consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. He will offer recommendations based on years of experience for the best treatment for your aesthetic goals and anatomic needs. To request your appointment, please call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form today.


Spider Vein Treatment With Laser Therapy

Posted on: May 16th, 2017
By: North Shore Aesthetics

Spider veins are spiky and thin veins that may form on the face and legs. While generally harmless, these unsightly veins can tarnish your complexion. If your skin is marked by noticeable spider veins, laser vein treatment with the Cutera® excel V™ laser can eliminate your spider veins and produce a more even skin tone.

Before & After Photos of Laser Treatments for Spider Veins

What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins form when vein valves weaken, causing blood to back up instead of flowing naturally through the vein. The most common causes of spider veins are aging, weight gain, hormones, sun exposure, pregnancy, injuries, prolonged standing or sitting, and genetics. Though usually harmless, these veins may itch or burn. Most people consider them a nuisance and an embarrassment. Without treatment, spider veins are permanent. People who are not aware of the Cutera® excel V™ laser may feel forced to conceal their spider veins by wearing pants or applying makeup concealer.

How Can the Cutera® excel V™ Laser Help?

The Cutera® excel V™ laser is a simple treatment that can permanently eliminate spider veins and restore evenly toned skin. This laser can treat a wide range of veins from small spider veins to deep blue reticular veins with nice results.

Your treatment may begin with the application of a topical anesthetic if desired, after which the laser will be applied. The laser will deliver short pulses of light energy into the skin. This laser energy causes the blood vessels to constrict and collapse. Over the following weeks, the blood will reroute to new, healthy veins, and the destroyed vein will fade away. For small or minor spider veins, only one or two treatments may be needed to achieve the desired results. This quick and easy treatment with the Cutera® excel V™ laser can resolve spider veins with minimal or no downtime and permanent results.

Spider vein treatment with the Cutera® excel V™ laser can permanently eliminate spider veins and restore a balanced and even skin tone. To learn more about this treatment, request your personal consultation with Dr. Benjamin Schlechter, our board-certified plastic surgeon. Call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form to schedule your appointment with us today.


How Much Breast Asymmetry Is Normal?

Posted on: April 28th, 2017
By: North Shore Aesthetics

Breast asymmetry is far more common than most people realize. In fact, it is believed that virtually all women have some degree of breast asymmetry. For many women, this asymmetry is so slight that it is barely noticeable, or it may not be noticeable at all. Others are not so fortunate, and their pronounced breast asymmetry affects them physically and/or emotionally. If your breast asymmetry bothers you, breast surgery can help you achieve a more balanced and natural-looking bust line.

Before and After Photos of a Breast Augmentation with Breast Lift

When to Consider Surgery

Breast asymmetry is usually a difference in size or volume. If there is only a slight difference, this may be unnoticeable most or all of the time. However, some women’s breasts can differ in size by more than a cup and may be noticeable even to strangers. Additionally, some women’s breasts may differ in shape or may go through changes during pregnancy, nursing, and aging that lead to asymmetry. For example, aging breasts may sag at different rates, leading to one sagging noticeably lower than the other. In some cases, asymmetry can be attributed to breast augmentation. If a plastic surgeon does not account for natural asymmetry, it can become more pronounced after inserting breast implants. Surgical complications that may arise after breast augmentation can cause noticeable aesthetic changes to one breast only. No matter the cause, if the differences between your breasts are distressing to you, consider scheduling a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss your options for achieving a more even breast appearance.

Your Surgical Options

Breast asymmetry can be corrected through breast surgery. There are several surgical approaches that can help you achieve breast symmetry:

  • Breast Augmentation: Dr. Schlechter can insert an implant into the smaller breast or differently sized implants into both breasts to balance them out. This approach will increase the size of the breasts and can also improve their shape.
  • Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer: Dr. Schlechter can extract excess fat from an area of the body and inject it into the smaller breast to boost its size. This approach can be successful for those with minor asymmetry (i.e., less than one cup size difference), but it is more difficult to rely on as a correction for breast asymmetry because the amount of fat that will successfully graft into the breast tissue is variable.
  • Breast Lift: Dr. Schlechter can perform a breast lift to reshape and reposition the breasts so that they appear youthful and balanced. This approach is best for women whose breasts are sagging, especially if their sagging is uneven.
  • Breast Reduction: Dr. Schlechter can surgically remove excess breast tissue to reduce the size of just the larger breast or both breasts. This approach is best for women whose overly large breasts cause them emotional or physical discomfort.
  • Breast Revision: Dr. Schlechter can perform breast revision to correct asymmetry caused by surgical complications from breast augmentation, such as implant deflation or capsular contracture. This approach improves the condition of the breasts and balances out their appearance.

Breast surgery can correct breast asymmetry and help women achieve a more natural, even, and aesthetically pleasing breast appearance. To learn more about your options, schedule your personal consultation with our experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. Please call (847) 737-5036 or contact us online to request your appointment today.


Breast Implant Removal Without Replacement

Posted on: April 14th, 2017
By: North Shore Aesthetics

While breast implants are intended to be long-lasting devices, there may come a time when they are no longer right for you. If you decide for any reason that you no longer wish to have breast implants, Dr. Schlechter can perform implant explant breast revision to remove your implants and recreate a more natural breast appearance.

Before and After Photo of Removal of Breast Implants

How Implant Explant Differs from Implant Exchange

Breast implant “removal without replacement” means that when performing breast revision surgery, the implants are permanently removed instead of replaced. With most revisionary breast surgeries, the implants are exchanged for newer implants or implants of a different material or type. With implant explant, the implants are removed, and the tissues are lifted and adjusted to recreate the natural look from before the implants were originally inserted.

Reasons to Have Your Breast Implants Removed

There are a number of reasons why women choose to remove their breast implants. Sometimes it is a matter of surgical complications or health concerns. For instance, if you have recurrent capsular contracture or your oversized breasts are causing you pain, removing your implants may be a prudent choice. Dr. Schlechter may recommend this for women with health concerns. Some women may be concerned with fitness and how their oversized breasts don’t fit with their active lifestyle. Another reason to remove breast implants could be a shift in preferences. Many women decide years after breast augmentation surgery that they want to reclaim their natural figures. Whatever your motivation, Dr. Schlechter can perform breast revision to remove your implants without replacing them.

Achieving a Natural Look

Permanently removing your breast implants will automatically make your breasts look more natural because they will no longer have the size enhancement from the implants. Because breast augmentation permanently stretches the breasts, Dr. Schlechter will have to tighten and adjust the breast tissue because it will not naturally contract back to its former state. Most of the time with implant explant breast revision, Dr. Schlechter includes a lift to correct any sagging from the weight of the implants. He may also remove scar tissue and reshape the breasts so that they look naturally full, round, and lifted. With implant explant breast revision, you can recapture a more natural look and eliminate surgical complications and other health concerns that may be associated with breast implants.

Dr. Benjamin Schlechter is a renowned breast surgeon with years of experience and a low rate of surgical complications. If you are considering implant explant, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Schlechter. Call (847) 737-5036 or fill out our online contact form to request your consultation today.


Get a Full Yet Natural Look With Allergan’s Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants

Posted on: March 29th, 2017
By: North Shore Aesthetics

Allergan has recently released one of the best breast implants available today. These implants are called Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants and were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just last fall. The INSPIRA® Implants give women the chance to choose high-quality implants that produce the fullest roundness for the greatest results.

Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos

What You Need to Know

These new implants accompany an already well-stocked line of implants by Natrelle from Allergan, which is a multi-national pharmaceutical company and one of the leading providers of breast implants. What sets the new implants apart from the rest? Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants are made of a highly cohesive silicone gel with a high gel-fill ratio. Sometimes called “gummy bear implants” because they hold their shape even when cut, these implants are particularly resistant to tissue compression or distortion and can maintain their shape for many years without rupturing. The Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants are made with the fullest roundness of any implants yet, and they also have a reduced risk of implant irregularities, rippling, and rupturing. As a measure of assurance to those concerned about safety, the new Natrelle INSPIRA® implants have been approved by the FDA, which means they have been through extensive evaluations to determine their safety for use. Lastly, the Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants are made with a soft feel and are available in multiple sizes, profiles (projections), and textures.

How These New Implants Could Benefit You

If you have yet to undergo breast augmentation because you haven’t yet found the right “fit,” now may be the perfect time to do so. The Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants are made to help women with a variety of body shapes and have achieved great popularity already among women across the country. These implants are especially beneficial for women who identify with the following criteria:

  • Need shape correction
  • Have thin breast tissue
  • Have limited lower breast pole fullness
  • Are undergoing breast reconstruction

The Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants offer supreme shape correction with a limited chance of rippling and long-lasting results. Their beautifully full and round results do not compromise the feel and can give women improved breast fullness with a natural appearance and feel.

Dr. Benjamin Schlechter is offering the Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants here at his practice to help patients achieve the best results from breast augmentation surgery. To request your appointment with Dr. Schlechter, please call (847) 737-5036 or complete our online contact form today.


Dr. Schlechter Featured in NewBeauty Magazine

Posted on: March 8th, 2017
By: North Shore Aesthetics

NewBeauty Magazine CoverNoted beauty magazine NewBeauty has a new feature profile on Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. Dr. Schlechter is honored to be recognized among beauty experts for his artistry, skill, and compassion as a plastic surgeon. Readers of NewBeauty have the privilege to learn more about our esteemed surgeon and the high level of care he offers every patient.

NewBeauty is devoted to helping readers find inspiring beauty secrets and must-have products as recommended by experts in plastic surgery, dermatology, and cosmetic dentistry. In this feature on Dr. Schlechter, NewBeauty highlights his work as a renowned plastic surgeon. Dr. Schlechter and his “state-of-the-art facility […] aim to provide patients with an exceptional surgical experience,” as quoted in the article.

Dr. Schlechter's New Beauty Profile

In addition to featuring Dr. Schlechter’s profile, NewBeauty has also recently quoted Dr. Schlechter for his expert opinion and insider tips about breast augmentation revision. While some surgeons recommend “refreshing” your implants every 10 years or so, Dr. Schlechter claims this is often unnecessary. “I would say that it is not necessary to refresh the implants,” says Dr. Schlechter in the article, “ […  if] the patient is happy with the results.”

NewBeauty also recently sought Dr. Schlechter’s expert opinion for an article they published on February 6, 2017 regarding skincare products containing retinol. In it’s article titled 8 Doctors Reveal the Best Retinols to Buy, Dr. Schlechter recommends ZO Skin Health Ossential Growth Factor Serum Plus for its ability to promote even cell-by-cell exfoliation, increase collagen production, and encourage new, healthy skin cell renewal.

Check out NewBeauty magazine to learn more about how Dr. Schlechter can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Schlechter performs numerous types of plastic surgery procedures for patients of all types. To request your personal consultation, call Dr. Schlechter at (847) 737-5036 or contact him online today.


The IDEAL IMPLANT® for Breast Augmentation

Posted on: November 11th, 2016
By: North Shore Aesthetics

IDEAL IMPLANT®The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant is a new advancement in saline implant technology. It offers an innovative, new option for patients desiring saline implants rather than silicone gel implants.  Many patients still have concerns regarding silicone gel implants even though prospective and retrospective studies show them to be safe. The IDEAL IMPLANT® is an alternative saline implant that is filled with saltwater but has the feel of a silicone gel implant. This implant is very different from the traditional saline implant.

The  IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant has a more natural feel due to the internal structure of the implant rather than from what it is filled with. This implant has a natural look and feel despite being filled with saline. The internal structure controls the movement of saline to eliminate the fluid wave effect or water-hammer effect which can be noticeable with traditional saline implants. There is no sloshing. Traditional saline implants tend to have an increased incidence of wrinkling and rippling. Due to the structure of the IDEAL IMPLANT®, the risk of wrinkling and rippling is significantly reduced. Traditional saline implants tend to collapse at the upper pole due to the gravitational movement of saline to the lower aspect of the implant. Due to its internal structure, the IDEAL IMPLANT® does not collapse when the implant is upright.

IDEAL IMPLANT® Diagram
As with traditional saline implants, the IDEAL IMPLANT® is placed through a smaller incision than silicone gel breast implants, which results in a smaller potential scar. Also, due to the saline, the volume of the implant is adjustable within a certain amount to help correct mildly asymmetric breasts. The edge of the implant conforms to the contour of the woman’s chest.

One of the concerns with silicone gel implants is the risk of silent rupture. The advantage of the IDEAL IMPLANT® is that women will know the implant is intact simply by looking in the mirror. In the event of a rupture or leak, an MRI is not necessary.

The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant is a nice alternative for women seeking breast augmentation surgery who desire the feel of a silicone gel implant but do not want silicone gel implants and do not want the less natural feel of a traditional saline implant.

For more information, contact North Shore Aesthetics to schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. Call us today at 847-737-5036 or fill out our online contact form.


Small Procedures that Can Make a Big Difference

Posted on: October 6th, 2016
By: North Shore Aesthetics

Skin Rejuvenation Treatment

Chances are high that you’ve heard the saying that bigger is better. Well, that is not necessarily the correct way of thinking in every situation. In fact, sometimes the simple, small things in life can make a massive difference and really carry us over to the next stage in this wonderful life. The same goes for our appearance and the ways to improve said appearance through careful procedures and surgery. Then you may really relax!

The Benefits of Sticking Small

If you currently practice a healthy lifestyle at home, then your body will probably only experience a few spots or wrinkles that could use some toning up. There are numerous small procedures that can make a huge difference on the body, your appearance, and your overall health with minimal effort.

  • Liposuction – Liposuction involves removing any fat deposits from within the body that diet or exercise alone cannot remove. Love handles, for instance, are particularly troublesome to get rid of, but a quick liposuction surgery can remove them with ease.
  • Chemical Peel – Otherwise known as microdermabrasion, relies on using chemicals to revitalize the skin and create a more toned, flawless appearance. The procedure is minimally invasive and recovery time is quick and relatively painless.
  • Laser Hair Removal – If you’re one of those men or women who grow hair in odd places and would prefer a more sleek appearance, laser hair removal is a minimally invasive, easy procedure that takes very little time to complete.

Making the Change

With a smaller procedure, the financial investment and recovery time tends to be smaller and less invasive than most plastic surgery operations. Small procedures often offer more flexibility in how they are performed and their outcome, too.

For any questions on minimally invasive, small procedures, contact us at 847-737-5036.


Body Contouring and the Brazilian Butt Lift

Posted on: September 6th, 2016
By: North Shore Aesthetics

Warning: Curves Ahead!

North Shore Aesthetics receives more and more calls and Internet inquiries regarding fat transfer into the buttocks every day.  One of the reasons is that the procedure has gained tremendous popularity because of our society’s pop-culture obsession. According to statistics from American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), buttock augmentation increased by 86% in 2014 and by 21% in 2015.  It is no wonder why the American Society of Plastic Surgery dubbed 2015 another “year of the rear” as, it says, “procedures focusing on the derriere dominated surgical growth”.  Another reason is that Dr. Schlechter has been performing fat transfer surgeries long before it has become all the rage, which is why Dr. Schlechter is the go-to plastic surgeon for this procedure!

The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure contours the love handles, lower back, and belly with liposuction then transfers the fat to the derriere. The result is a classic hourglass figure.  With regard to fat transfers, while there is no set weight for a person to have a fat transfer, there has to be enough fat to harvest.  If a person is thin, it is likely that the fat will be liposuctioned from multiple areas in order to have enough fat to make a difference in the transfer site.  Depending on the type of shape the patient is seeking, fat will be placed in specific areas in order to achieve the ideal volume and shape.  It is the strategic placement of the harvested fat that is the key to a successful transfer. This is where the doctor’s skill and artistry come into play. The fat will be inserted into many different areas of the buttocks at different depths and different locations so that it is surrounded by tissue that offers blood supply.  If not injected properly, the fat cells will not survive  following the transfer, and thus will break down and not survive.  Dr. Schlechter uses many small, precise injections into different areas and takes each patient’s desired look into consideration so that patient can achieve the look she wants.  As Dr. Schlechter injects the fat, he uses massage techniques to make sure the fat is evenly distributed and smooth around the entire buttocks. Of course there will always be some fat that is reabsorbed by the body following transfer, but Dr. Schlechter’s technique results in minimal fat loss. In fact, Dr. Schlechter recently invested in the latest technology that allows for the harvesting and transfer of the fat within a closed system, thus allowing for a complete, systemic approach from harvesting cannula to re-injecting cannula.

After the procedure, here is what a patient can expect:

  • Have someone help you at home for 1-2 days.
  • Get plenty of rest; follow balanced diet.
  • Decreased activity and pain medication may promote constipation, so you may want to add more fresh fruit to your diet, and be sure to increase fluid intake.
  • Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.
  • Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications.
  • If you are taking vitamins with iron, resume these as tolerated.
  • Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and results in transferred fat loss.
  • IMPORTANT:  DO NOT SIT ON YOUR BUTT FOR THREE WEEKS AFTER SURGERY
  • Walk as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.
  • You may shower 48 hours after surgery.
  • Do not drive until you are no longer taking narcotic pain medications.
  • You may sleep on your stomach or sides.
  • Strenuous exercise and activities such as sports should be avoided for 4 weeks.
  • No bath tubs, hot tubs, pools, ocean or swimming for 4 weeks.
  • You will wear some type of a compression garment (i.e. – spandex type clothing) in the area where the liposuction was performed to harvest fat for the fat transfer for 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Wear pressure garment 24 hours per day and 7 days a week except to shower.
  • After showering, reapply pressure garment and gauze to cover areas of fat harvest and fat transfer.
  • Avoid exposing any small scars to sun for at least 6 months.
  • Keep dressings in place and access sites clean, dry and inspect daily for signs of infection.
  • Most of the swelling and discoloration usually subsides in 6-8 weeks, but some may persist for 3-6 months or more.
  • Expect temporary numbness, bruising, swelling, and soreness, burning sensation, bleeding, pain and discomfort.
  • May have fluid drainage from access sites. This is normal.
  • You might feel stiff and sore for a few days.

If you are over 18 years old, are within 30 pounds of a healthy body weight, and are ready for a curvier, hourglass figure, come meet Dr. Schlechter and learn what this board certified, go-to plastic surgeon can do to help you achieve your dream shape!


Questions to Ask Yourself Before Rhinoplasty

Posted on: July 29th, 2016
By: North Shore Aesthetics

Questions to Ask Yourself Before RhinoplastyWhen you are considering any type of plastic surgery, you should always do your research, not only about the procedure itself but also your personal motivations for seeking surgical assistance. Dr. Benjamin Schlechter has been performing rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty for more than 21 years. We have had tremendous success with patients of all types, including adult men, women, and adolescent boys and girls. Here are a few questions to ask before considering a rhinoplasty.

What Results Do I Expect?

Before you consider rhinoplasty, you will want to talk to an experienced surgeon about the results you desire and if your expectations are realistic. Surgeons are only able to change what is physically possible with the existing structure of the nose. While Dr. Schlechter can create a beautiful finished result for his clients, it is important that you understand the limitations in what can be accomplished in rhinoplasty and talk it over with your doctor prior to your surgery.

Can I Take the Time Off to Properly Heal?

The recovery time with rhinoplasty has never been faster. With improved technology, you can be back at work in a matter of days, assuming your job is not too physically intensive. Be aware that you may be wearing a nose splint for the first week. If you do not feel comfortable being seen in your supportive splint, you may want to schedule some time off. Do you have the ability to take that time off your work? If you have family obligations, is there anyone who can take over and also act as a caregiver to you in the first day or two? These are things to think about way before your procedure so you can plan accordingly.

How Do I Choose the Right Surgeon?

The most important decision you will make about your rhinoplasty procedure is the surgeon who will perform it. Research your prospective surgeon’s background and take a look at before and after pictures of past patients. Dr. Benjamin Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics has exceptional skill when it comes to rhinoplasty. He understands the complexities in shaping the nose to ensure you have the finished look you want with optimum functionality.

If you are interested in rhinoplasty, contact North Shore Aesthetics today at 847-737-5036 to schedule your consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter.