Skin Rejuvenation with Laser Beams

laser skin resurfacing in weston, flIt’s about time we have implemented laser technology into the medical field. While this may not be the same as the kind of lasers in your favorite Star Wars film, the technology is opening up many possibilities in many different areas, one of which is skin resurfacing.

Skin Re-what?

CO2 laser skin resurfacing, also known as abrasion or laser peel, is an incredible cosmetic procedure that reduces facial wrinkles and diminishes skin irregularities, such as blemishes, discoloration or acne scars. This means that a huge variety of skin abnormalities can be completely fixed to reveal the smooth, healthy skin of your dreams.

How Do Lasers Restore Skin?

The laser resurfacing procedure is a very simple process. Short, concentrated-pulsating beams of light are used to lift and remove irregular skin, one later at a time. This very precise treatment results in a clean, fresh layer of skin being exposed, leaving you with healthy, luminous skin! The treatment begins with a thorough cleansing of the skin, followed the application of a numbing lotion. Then a laser device is used to remove the outer layers of skin, resulting in a very quick and usually painless process!

Where Can Treatment be Applied?

CO2 laser skin resurfacing is designed to correct many conditions on the face, including acne scars, age spots, crow’s feet, droopy eyelids, bags under the eyes, scars, and wrinkles. However it can also be used anywhere sun-damaged skin, such as sunspots, occurs. This makes it a very versatile treatment.

If you think it’s time to get to the Med Spa to get your skin treated, contact plastic surgeons Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Eberle or Pamela Miller, PA-C, at the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery. They can be contacted at 954-228-6052. Weston Center for Plastic Surgery serves the Fort Lauderdale, FL and Broward County, FL area.



Breast Augmentation FAQs

Breast Implants in weston, flIt is normal to have questions and concerns regarding breast augmentation, as it is a very big decision to make. Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Eberle of Weston Center for Plastic Surgery want to make sure you are comfortable and informed in your decision making process, so here are some facts pertaining to frequently asked questions:

Regarding the Implants

Your surgeon will review your anatomy and health history to help you decide which type, placement, and size of implant are best for your body and desired results. Both saline and silicone implants give natural looking/feeling results, and both are very safe. While it used to be recommended that silicone implants be replaced after ten years, that is no longer true! The only reason to replace implants at this day in age is if there is a problem, which would be very obvious to the patient and physician. Many patients wear their implants for 20 or more years!

Regarding Your Body

You should be at a stable weight that is near your ideal weight before the procedure. Any large drop or increase in weight following the procedure could drastically change the appearance of your results. While you should not have the procedure if you are actively trying to get pregnant, it is okay to have breast augmentation done before you are finished having children. In most cases, breast augmentation does not interfere with breast-feeding. Current mammogram recommendations are the same for women with breast implants as for those without, but it is very important to tell your mammography technician before the procedure that you have implants. Also, current data reports that women with implants have no greater risk of breast cancer than those without.
You will be given a post-op bra to wear for the first week after surgery, and your surgeon will discuss which bras will be best to wear during the remainder of your recovery based off of your specific situation. You can begin showering the day following your surgery.

If you have further questions or concerns regarding breast augmentation, contact Weston Center for Plastic Surgery at 954-228-6052. Weston Center for Plastic Surgery is ideal for patients in the Fort Lauderdale and Broward County areas of Florida.



Kybella®

kybella in weston, flAs we age, our body processes fat less efficiently, sometimes resulting in a double chin or jowls – the loose skin of the lower cheeks and jaw. This area of the face is resistant to diet and exercise and can cause many people to feel self-conscious about their face.Weight, age, or genetics can increase the fat and fullness beneath the chin.

FDA approved Kybella® is an injection that dissolves fat using deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule that helps you absorb fat. Before Kybella®, liposuction was the only way to treat the chin area. Benefits of Kybella® compared to liposuction include:

  • Treatment takes less than an hour.
  • No incisions or scars.
  • There is no downtime or recovery period.

Patients describe the pain as an uncomfortable temporary sting, and ice packs and topical numbing creams can increase comfort. The procedure takes just a few minutes, and swelling may be noticeable for a few hours to days after treatment.

Patients may require several treatments two months apart to achieve maximum results. After a few treatments, patients will notice a more defined jaw line and a slimmer looking silhouette. Kybella® is a great treatment for anyone unhappy with the fullness beneath his or her chin. Because it permanently destroys the fat cells in the chin area, weight gain in the future will not appear in the chin.

If you would like to reduce and tighten the area around the chin, Kybella® may be right for you. It is the newest and most advanced fat elimination technique in the Fort Lauderdale and Broward County area. Contact the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery today for your complimentary consultation.



Liposuction for Men

liposuction for men in weston, flMany men experience excess pockets of fat in the abdomen and love handles, and this area of the body can be extremely resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction contours the shape of the body by removing fat deposits by gently suctioning the targeted fatty tissue out of the body and leaving behind sculpted and toned-looking contours.

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic treatments for men – when men gain weight, it typically gravitates to their midsection. By eliminating the unwanted fat from the targeted areas, the liposuction procedure can provide you with a more defined, athletic-looking body shape.

During your liposuction procedure, you will be placed under general anesthesia for large treatment areas or local anesthesia for smaller areas. A small thin tube called a cannula is inserted into the skin through a small incision. The tube is moved back and forth underneath the skin to remove fat and sculpt the remaining natural tissue into a smooth contour.

Candidates for liposuction should:

  • Be within 30% of your ideal weight
  • Have firm, elastic skin
  • Not smoke

Liposuction cannot be a substitute for diet and exercise. Liposuction works best for candidates who have localized accumulations of fat and elastic skin. If you gain weight after liposuction, you may experience lumpy areas on the body – as the new fat will migrate to a non-treated area.

After liposuction, recovery ranged from a few days to one week. In general, larger volumes of fat or larger body areas require a longer recovery period. Commonly reported side effects include tenderness, swelling, bruising, and redness. You may be asked to wear a compression garment over the treated body part to reduce swelling and help the area heal faster.

If you find stubborn bulges of fat on your love handles or abs to be frustrating, you are not alone. Many Fort Lauderdale and Broward County area men share your frustrations and have found liposuction to give them the toned, masculine silhouette they’ve always wanted. Contact plastic surgeons Barry Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S., today for your complimentary consultation.



Upper Eyelid Surgery

eyelid surgery in weston, flAs our bodies age, our eyes do too. Puffy eyes or droopy eyelids can make you look tired and appear years older than you actually are. As the eyelid skin stretches, muscles will weaken, and fat pockets begin to bulge. This can be hereditary or just a sign of aging. Upper eyelid surgery removes and tightens excess skin, giving you a more alert and youthful appearance and in some cases, improving vision.

Blepharoplasty corrects the unsightly accumulation of excess skin above the eye and helps patients look younger, more alert and less tired by removing excess loose and sagging skin around the upper eyelids.

At Weston Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Eberle uses a special in-office technique without the need for general anesthesia. First, Dr. Eberle makes incisions in the natural skin creases of the eyelid. Next, excess fat and skin are trimmed away to make the eyelids smoother. Finally, the incisions are held closed with small sutures

Upper eyelid surgery can be performed in conjunction with a brow lift – during a brow lift surgery, the skin above the brows is elevated and smoothed for a refreshed and younger-looking appearance. These two surgeries can transform the face and make you look younger, more awake, and more rejuvenated.

If you live in Fort Lauderdale or Broward County, and you’re dissatisfied with the way your eyelids appear, upper eyelid surgery may be the solution. Contact plastic surgeons Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S., and Barry Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S., at the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery today for your complimentary consultation.



Virtually Pain-Free Breast Surgery and Tummy Tucks

breast implants and tummy tuck in weston, flThere is little argument that body contouring procedures such as breast surgery and tummy tucks can enhance the overall look of a person’s body.

The removal of excess skin and fat in the abdomen area can give you a flatter stomach, smaller ‘love handles,’ and a better shape. Tummy tuck surgery surgically tightens weak muscles and removes excess skin and fat, to flatten, tighten and strengthen the abdomen.If you have struggled with diet and exercise with no success in obtaining your ideal weight or shape, virtually pain-free tummy tucks may be a great option for you.

Breast surgery lifts and enhances the chest region or changes the contour of the breasts. These procedures may alter the size, shape, and look of a woman’s breasts. Breast surgery can give you larger, smaller, higher, or perkier breasts that can enhance your shape and make you appear years younger.

Many people consider breast surgery or a tummy tuck but ultimately decide against them because of the pain and recovery time associated with surgery. Bed rest and minimal activity after surgery sound daunting, and it can be difficult to take time off work. Fortunately, there is now a way to have breast surgery or a tummy tuck virtually pain-free. Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Eberle offer an anesthetic technique makes the procedure virtually pain-free and minimizes the use of Opioid pain medicine after surgery.

If you knew your recovery time and pain were minimal, would you consider breast surgery or a tummy tuck? Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Eberle at Weston Center for Plastic Surgery offer virtually pain-free breast surgery and tummy tucks that minimize the use of pain medicine. If you live in Fort Lauderdale or Broward County and are looking for a way to dramatically enhance the contours of your stomach area or breasts, without pain, contact plastic surgeons Barry Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S., at the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery today for your complimentary consultation.



Facial Aging – Part 2

facial aging in weston, flMid-face Aging:
The lower eyelid complex undergoes similar changes as the upper eyelid with excess/loose skin formation and bulging of the fat behind it. In addition to those changes, the lower eyelid can droop leading to increased scleral show (the white of the eye) and/or rounding of the lateral eyelid region. These changes contribute to the tired appearance of the aging patient. An additional deformity eventually forms called the tear trough deformity, which is the result of the cheek (malar) fat descending along with the aforementioned changes of the lower lid. This deformity can easily be treated with fat grafting or injectable fillers, such as Restylane® or Juvederm® while the other problems are easily addressed with a lower eyelid lift (blepharoplasty).

The cheek (malar) fat pad in a youthful patient is full and superiorly positioned in the face. As mentioned previously, with aging there is fat atrophy and descent of the tissues. The face is unique as it has a ligamentous system suspending the soft tissues. . Throughout our lives and the aging process, these ligaments stretch and loosen with time contributing to soft tissue descent. As the soft tissues descend, patients see formation of deep nasolabial folds and jowling. These issues are specifically addressed with fat grafting, facial implants, injectable fillers or face-lifting techniques in addition to treating the skin with laser and/or chemical resurfacing.

Lower Face:
Jowling as mentioned above is a result of soft tissue descent and ligamentous laxity. The youthful lower face possesses a well-defined mandibular border, which becomes obscured in the aged face. As mentioned before, this deformity is easily addressed with face-lifting techniques modifying the deeper tissues of the face, not just the skin, as many surgeons like to do. The perioral region (around the mouth) is a key player in the aged look of the lower face as the corners of the mouth turn downward from cheek ptosis(descent), compounded by loss of vertical height from tooth loss/attrition. Patients develop marionette lines (“drool lines”) lateral to the mouth along with thinning of the lips. These deformities are easily treated in the office under Local or topical anesthesia with fat grafting or injectable fillers.

Submental/Neck area:
A very common complaint heard from older aging patients is “I hate my neck”. Patient’s hate the excess and loose skin which accumulates in their neck as they age. The youthful neck is sculpted and well defined with a perfectly contoured jaw line. With aging there is a loss of definition of the cervicomental angle leading to a poor jaw line, fat atrophy over the chin and fullness of the submental area (fat under the chin). Banding of the platysma muscle can also occur with resultant vertical “bands” in the neck. Rejuvenation of isolated neck deformities involves a cervicoplasty/plastysmaplasty, however, most patients that have neck deformities also have mid-face deformities and would benefit most from a proper face and neck lift.

While addressing each area of the face individually above, patients should be aware that any of these surgical procedures can be done alone or in combination with others to address each person’s issues or concerns about their face and neck. The face and neck should be cared for from a young age with good skin care products, sun avoidance, and a healthy lifestyle in order to avoid early aging. But with time, atmospheric pollutants, genetic make-up and lifestyle, aging is inevitable for all of us. Injectables and skin care can maintain a youthful appearance for some time. Surgical procedures can be done individually as each issue arises or as combination procedures based on need. Most importantly, when investing in yourself and your appearance with Plastic Surgery, trust your face to a properly credentialed plastic surgeon and his staff.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation with plastic surgeon Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S. at the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery.



Facial Aging – Part 1

facial aging, dr. eberle, weston, flAging is nothing more than the body’s physiologic process in response to a duration of time. Since some do not age as gracefully as others, people have sought treatments to either slow or reverse this aging process, with little success. This process can be accelerated by many factors including long-term sun exposure or smoking, but aging cannot be stopped or reversed. However, with appropriate care of the skin and layers of the face, these aging affects can be reduced. Attempting to make a 55-year-old look 30 is not only unreasonable, but impossible; while making a 55-year-old patient look 10 years younger is reasonable and attainable.

When thinking about what is actually happening to the aging face, one must think about three things. One, there is loss of soft tissue volume (fat atrophy) throughout the face leading to a deflated appearance. Second, the bones of the facial skeleton undergo slow resorption along with the loss of dentition (teeth) contributing to a hollowed appearance. Lastly, the skin and facial soft tissues show signs of aging with descent causing both fine and deep wrinkles (rhytids). In order to property attempt to create a more youthful appearing face, surgeons must address all three of these critical contributing factors. A youthful face has a taper similar to an upside down egg with the middle third of the face full of volume, while the aging face is characterized more like an reverse taper or right side up egg as the facial soft tissues that were once higher in the face are now much lower.

Various surgical and non-surgical treatments are aimed at mitigating these changes; therefore, addressing each area of the face with the possible solution is the best approach.

The Forehead and Brow:

The youthful appearance of a forehead is that which is smooth with static rhytids (wrinkles), however dynamic rhytids are inevitable and easily treated with neurotoxins such as Dysport® or Botox®. The brow of a young man should lie at or slightly above the superior (upper) orbital rim, with time this will descend due to  gravity. This, coupled with atrophy of fat leads to excess skin of the upper eyelid (hooding) giving the eye a smaller appearance. Ultimately these changes uncorrected give the patient the appearance of a sad or tired look. To reverse these changes the patient can undergo an endoscopic or traditional brow lift procedure. Often patients compensate for this brow ptosis or sagging by unintentionally raising their brow, which if not properly diagnosed the patient may undergo only an upper eye blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) rather than a brow-lifting procedure which will likely only make the problem worse.

Upper Eyelids:

As mentioned previously, the upper eyelids are intimately tied to the brow, forehead aging, and rejuvenation. Two things patients will notice with their upper eyelids are redundant (excess) skin and hooding of their upper eyelid along with bulging of the fat behind the skin. With years of opening and closing the eyes we all develop fine rhytids or wrinkles next to the eye called crow’s feet, which are again easily treated with the a neurotoxin  such as Dysport® or Botox®. The surgical treatment of the upper eyelid includes blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) and brow-lifting if needed and skin resurfacing with lasers or chemical peels.

To be continued…

 



Rhinoplasty: Finding the Right Doctor for Your Nose Job

rhinoplasty in weston, flRhinoplasty surgery can be daunting. Changing the center and focal point of the face is not something to be taken lightly. But many people are unhappy with the nose they are born with, making rhinoplasty one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. During rhinoplasty, the cartilage, bone and soft tissues of the nose are sculpted. This technique can correct many common nose shape-related complaints, such as a large tip, a bump on the bridge, an asymmetrical shape or a downturned tip. Patients may also undergo rhinoplasty surgery to fix a number of structural concerns, such as a deviated septum or broken nose.

How to Choose a Surgeon

When considering rhinoplasty, you should do your due diligence about your doctor to make sure you are happy with your new nose. Revision surgery can be costly, invasive, and leave you unhappy.

Check Credentials and Experience

Choosing a surgeon with the right credentials is important. The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) sets standards for plastic surgeons:
• ASPS member surgeons meet rigorous standards
• Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS)
• Complete at least six years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training
• Pass comprehensive oral and written exams
• Graduate from an accredited medical school
• Complete continuing medical education, including patient safety, each year
• Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed, or Medicare-certified surgical facilities

Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S., is a maxillofacial, general and plastic surgery credentialed surgeon with 10 plus years of training and experience specifically devoted to aesthetic plastic surgery and surgery of the head and neck. Dr. Eberle is one of only 75 surgeons in the United States with these credentials. His education, coupled with his hands-on experience and eye for aesthetics, provides discerning patients with a unique opportunity to make their personal aesthetic rejuvenation desires a reality.

Ask Around

Personal recommendations from family, friends, and other healthcare providers can give you a good grasp on a surgeon’s reputation. If you don’t have any referrals, do research on the Internet to read testimonials from previous patients.

Schedule a Consultation

Scheduling a consultation with your surgeon is a great way to discuss your goals and desires and decide if you feel comfortable with your surgeon. You should trust your surgeon will do a great job and feel comfortable discussing concerns with him/her. To meet and talk with Dr. Eberle, please send your name, contact information and a brief description of your personal aesthetic rejuvenation desires to info@plasticsurgeryweston.net. A treatment concierge will contact you to arrange an appointment time.



Brotox: Men & Botox®

botox, dr. eberle, weston, flFeeling old isn’t fun for anyone – men included. Many people associate facial injections with women, after all, women are typically held to a higher beauty standard and vanity is not something many men like to brag about. But opinions and society is changing. Many men are seeking Botox® to help them feel and look younger. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 400,000 U.S. men received “Brotox” (a.k.a. Botox® for men) injections in 2014 – a 337 percent increase in the last decade.

In addition to a less rigid outlook on gender norms for both men and women, men are seeking Botox® in order to get back in the dating field, gain competitiveness in the job market, among other reasons. Botox® and cosmetic surgeons have advanced considerably in the last 20 years, and with reasonable use, men are finding they can get Botox® to achieve a younger appearance without looking like they have had work done.

What Is Botox®?

Botox® is a popular treatment administered directly into facial muscles via a thin needle. It is regularly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, such as “crow’s feet” that often appear as a result of aging or overactive muscles. Botox® functions by momentarily paralyzing the facial muscles, causing wrinkles in the skin to smooth and leaving patients with a firmer and more youthful appearance.

Benefits Of Botox®

Injectable muscle relaxants such as Botox® are beneficial because they assist in the reversal of common issues such as:
• Deep wrinkles, brow, and forehead.
• Persistent or chronic underarm perspiration.
• The appearance of “crow’s feet”.
Botox® can help boost self-esteem and enhance quality of life by providing patients with a rejuvenated, relaxed and a more radiant appearance.

What Should I Do Next?

If you live in Fort Lauderdale or Broward County, and you’ve started to see lines and wrinkles forming on your face and are looking for a way to rejuvenate your appearance, Botox® injections may be right for you. Contact the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery today for your complimentary consultation with Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S. or Pamela Miller, PA-C.