Botox has been used for years to treat facial creases and wrinkles. It stands as one of the most popular non surgical cosmetic treatments. If you are interested in getting Botox injections, here is what you need to know.
How Botox works
Botox works by blocking the signals between nerves and muscles. This effectively makes it so the muscles cannot contract, resulting in a more refined and smooth appearance. Botox is commonly used to treat forehead lines, crow’s feet, frown lines, lip lines, chin lines, and corners of the mouth and neck. It is important to note that Botox cannot treat wrinkles created by gravity.
What happens during a Botox procedure?
Botox injections are quick and can be done during your lunch break. Your procedure does not require anesthesia or any down time. Botox is injected with a fine needle into pre specified muscles. After your injections, it will take about one week to see the full effect.
How to prepare for Botox injections
To help reduce the risk of complications, it is best to avoid alcohol one week prior to your procedure. You also need to stop taking anti inflammatory medications or aspirin two weeks before the treatment to help reduce the possibility of bruising.
How long do Botox injections last?
Botox injections can last about four months, after which you may begin to see the reappearance of wrinkles. As you get regular Botox treatments, your muscles will be trained to relax for longer periods of time.
The side effects of Botox
The most common side effect of Botox is temporary bruising. Headaches are rare but can last for 24 to 48 hours after your procedure. A small percentage of patients have reported eyelid drooping, but this usually ends within a few weeks.
Am I a good candidate for Botox?
If you are pregnant, breast feeding, or have a neurological condition, you should not get Botox injections.
Arrange a consultation
If you want a smoother and more refined appearance this New Year, contact Dr. Sanjay Lalla. We offer a variety of services to help you look and feel your best. Please click here to view before and after images of Botox injections. For more information about Botox contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.
If you want your breasts to feel and appear more firm and youthful, a breast lift is what you need. Genetics, gravity, pregnancy, and aging are all contributors to breasts that sag or have lost firmness and volume. A breast lift also called a mastopexy, tightens and contours your breasts, so they sit higher on the chest and look and feel more firm.
You might need a breast lift if:
One breast sits lower on the chest than the other
Nipples or areolas fall in the breast crease when breasts are left without support
Now that you’ve determined that is breast lift is for you, here’s how you can prepare for your surgery. First, arrange a consultation with your doctor to thoroughly discuss what your goals and expectations are. If you are also getting breast implants, be sure to explain to your doctor the size of breasts you prefer. During your consultation, general health will be discussed. Be sure you are at a stable weight and are generally in good health. To help reduce the chance of complications, you must be off medications that can make bleeding more likely. If you are a smoker, you will need to stop.
Plan by scheduling for a recovery period. For the first month and a half post surgery, you will not be able to lift heavy items. This is especially important for those with small children. Consider having a family member or friend help you during those first few weeks of recovery. For the first few days, you will feel uncomfortable and will likely be prescribed a pain medication. After two or so weeks, the doctor will remove your stitches. If needed, minor adjustments can be made later.
A breast augmentation procedure can be done for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes. Women can get breast implants to create a fuller or more balanced look. Others choose to get a breast augmentation surgery after a mastectomy for breast cancer or for other reconstructive reasons. If you are considering getting a breast augmentation for cosmetic reasons, you’ve likely had some of the following questions come to mind:
What types of breast implants are there?
Saline and silicone are the two basic types of breast implants available. Saline implants are made of a silicone shell and are filled with sterile salt water either prior to or during the implant surgery. Silicone implants are made of a silicone shell filled with a plastic gel. While many women say silicone implants feel more real, they also present a larger risk if they leak. Implants come in many different sizes and there are pros and cons associated with either choice.
The cost of getting a breast augmentation varies depending on the type of implant you choose, the doctor, and your location. Generally speaking, an operation is roughly $5,000-$10,000 dollars. It is important to know that your insurance will likely not cover a breast augmentation procedure if it is for cosmetic reasons.
How old do I need to be to get a breast augmentation?
A woman’s breasts may continue to develop until she reaches her early 20’s. With that in mind, the FDA requires that a woman be at least 18 years of age before getting a breast augmentation surgery with saline implants, and at least 22 years old if they want silicone implants.
How long does a breast augmentation procedure take?
A breast augmentation surgery will typically last 1-2 hours. You will be given general anesthesia which will allow you to “sleep” during the procedure without pain.
Schedule a consultation
If you are considering getting a breast augmentation, the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanjay Lalla. We understand that the choice to get any type of cosmetic procedure should be well thought out.
Please click here to view before and after images of breast augmentation operations. And for more information about the benefits of breast augmentation, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.
If you have excess fat or skin on your neck, you may be a good candidate for a neck lift. A neck lift is a surgical procedure that can smooth and tighten the skin on the neck and provide a more toned and youthful appearance. The results of this procedure offer a drastic improvement to the appearance of the neck and subtle changes to overall appearance. The following questions and answers will help you have a better understanding of what to expect if you would like to get a neck lift procedure.
Are my goals realistic?
You will meet with your doctor for a consultation to discuss what your goals are and how a neck lift may accomplish them. Some of the most common reasons individuals choose to get a neck lift are due to excess fat, too much skin, or ‘Turkey wattle neck’. During your consultation, your doctor will discuss what your options are based on your specific concerns and if your expectations can be accomplished.
How do I prepare for a neck lift?
If you want to get a neck lift, you must be in general good health. Prior to surgery, certain medications that could increase the risk of bleeding should be avoided. This is a topic you and your doctor will discuss during your consultation. If you have any drug allergies, tell your doctor. Smoking is not allowed four weeks before the surgery and four weeks after. Cutting down on a smoking habit is not enough. You will need to completely quit for eight weeks. Be sure to notify your employer that you will be taking a week off for recovery.
What are the side effects and risks of a neck lift?
After a neck lift surgery, you will experience bruising and swelling. This can last up to several days post surgery and is a normal part of the healing process. You may feel burning, pulling, numbness, tightness, or tingling sensations during the first few weeks of recovery. With any surgery, there is always a chance of infection. If you have a fever or have unusual discharge from the surgery site, contact your doctor.
Please click here to view before and after images of neck lift procedures. For more information, about neck lifts contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455. We look forward to assisting you with accomplishing your cosmetic surgery goals.
Have you ever heard that motivational saying that urges us “don’t be so busy making a living that you forget to make life”? Maybe you saw it splashed across social media so much that you roll your eyes after the first word. The thing is, we’re busy! Too busy. So busy that we may think we simply cannot take an hour or two out of one day every few months – or years – to attend to pressing beauty needs. If you’ve become concerned with excess fat, excess tissue, or the never-ending process of aging, we’re here to help you.
A brief visit to our Jersey City or West Orange office can do a lot! Consider services such as:
This wrinkle-reducing product is one of the most commonly performed lunchtime treatments across the globe. Including a consultation, Botox treatment is typically complete within a thirty-minute window of time. After the short session, tiny spots of redness and minor swelling may be seen, but typically diminish within a few minutes. Results, on the other hand, such as younger-looking eyes and a friendlier face, remain for several months.
Dermal fillers. Would you like fuller lips or smoother skin or more prominent cheekbones? There is a dermal filler product to help you achieve the look you want. Filler products may also be used to refine the jawline or restore youthfulness to the backs of the hands. In addition to being a convenient and comfortable treatment, filler injections also achieve immediate results that send you back into your day with a greater level of confidence.
Chemical peel. There is an idea that a chemical peel will cause significant redness and peeling. This gentle treatment should not be confused with dermabrasion or laser skin resurfacing. The exfoliation of a chemical peel is much milder, revealing a gorgeous glow without downtime.
What better way could you spend an hour than freezing away unwanted fat cells! CoolSculpting treatment requires you to do nothing more than sit back and relax while the device cools subdermal fat cells, targeting them for destruction.
Lack of time is not an excuse for neglecting your desire to look amazing. Contact us to see how we can maximize your appearance without eating up your time. Please click here to view before and after images of a face procedure.
With so many options in facial rejuvenation, the process of choosing the most appropriate treatment for specific concerns has become somewhat overwhelming. What we see in more cases than not is a perception that cosmetic surgery is not an option worth considering. Why go through the cost and minor stress of a surgical lift when there are injectables that can do so much for our appearance?
We can understand this idea. At the same time, we are also quite familiar with the limitations of non-surgical procedures. Let’s take a look at the options you have for rejuvenated eyes here . . .
The Upper Eyelids
With age, it is not uncommon for a man or woman to notice significant changes in the drape of the upper eyelid. This ultra-thin skin can become heavy and droopy seemingly overnight. There are a few reasons why the upper eyelid may change. One is that the loss of collagen has directly affected this tissue, and the lack of elasticity is allowing the skin to sag over its natural crease. Another reason that the upper eyelid may change is that the muscles just above and below the brow line are causing the brows to droop.
Brow-drooping is a concern that may first be treated with Botox. In some cases, the few millimeters of height that are gained through a non-surgical brow lift also decreases the bulk of the upper eyelid. If this does not happen, blepharoplasty is a wonderful option. The surgery is carefully performed through discreetly placed incisions. Removing excess tissue, blepharoplasty provides longer lasting results that are noticeable, but not obviously the result of surgery.
The Lower Eyelids
In recent years, many people have begun turning to injectable fillers to reduce the appearance of under eye bags. The lower eyelids, like the upper lids, are delicate and responsive to biological changes. Fillers placed into the upper cheek area or tear troughs can minimize the appearance of bags, but this treatment does not remove them. As such, some patients may continue to feel frustrated with the puffiness in this area.
Lower blepharoplasty carefully removes loose skin and also refines the fat pads just beneath the surface. These fatty deposits push outward against delicate skin. Surgical removal is ideal for severe sagging and under eye bags, as well as festoons.
Liposuction. It’s a procedure that most people have heard of, and many have considered. We’ve learned enough over the years to realize that, while good for health and overall wellness, diet and exercise don’t always help us attain the kind of physique we envision for ourselves. This becomes even more relevant as we approach middle age. Instead of living in a constant state of frustration, it’s possible to regain not only a more streamlined silhouette but also tighter skin. We are pleased to offer the benefits of Lipotherme laser liposuction to patients of our New Jersey offices.
What is Lipotherme all about?
Lipotherme is a liposuction technique that improves the overall process of fat reduction by treating fat cells to a controlled dose of heat before extraction. The reaction that occurs under heated conditions is the dissolution of fatty content within the cells. This advancement in the traditional liposuction procedure enables patients to achieve outstanding results in a more conservative manner. Why? Because fat cells that are soft and pliable are easier to remove than those that are filled to the brim with thick lipids.
The minimal invasiveness of the Lipotherme body-shaping procedure makes this technique appealing for patients who are interested in reducing the downtime needed for full recovery. Additionally, the heat directed through the superficial skin and connective tissue through fiber-optics prompts tightening in the strands of collagen that run beneath the skin, accentuating results with firmness and suppleness.
Is Laser Liposuction for You?
We consult with a wide variety of men and women regarding their desire to look shapelier. Laser liposuction is not reserved only for larger areas such as the thighs, buttocks, or abdomen, although these are common regions treated. Patients may also consider the value of Lipotherme for the backs of the arms, the back, and for the elimination of that stubborn double-chin.
FDA-approved, Lipotherme is a preferred liposuction technique that we use to help our patients regain the contours they enjoyed in younger years. Please click here to view before and after images of a liposuction procedure. And for more information about the benefits of Lipotherme, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.
If diet changes and exercise haven’t given you that flat stomach you’ve tried so hard for, an abdominoplasty may be right for you. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen area while tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. The result is a flatter and taut abdomen. An abdominoplasty is different from liposuction, though some patients choose to have both procedures.
You may be an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck if you have a had several pregnancies and want to tighten the abdominal muscles, or if you have hanging skin or excess deposits of fat near the stomach. If you plan to get pregnant or lose a lot of weight, a tummy tuck is not for you but could be later. This procedure should not be viewed as a substitute for weight loss.
In preparing for a tummy tuck, you will consult with your doctor to determine if you need a complete abdominoplasty or a partial abdominoplasty. A complete abdominoplasty includes incisions from hipbone to hipbone after which the surgeon will contour the muscle, skin, and tissue to fit the desired result. This procedure will move your belly button, which will require tubes for drainage for a few days post surgery. A partial abdominoplasty is specifically for patients who have fat deposits below the navel. This option does not move the belly button and as a result takes less time complete.
A tummy tuck will take between one to five hours and may require an overnight hospital stay. General anesthesia will be used during the surgery. After the surgery, it is normal to have pain, swelling, fatigue, or bruising for a few days to a few weeks. Soreness may occur for up to a couple of months after. Complications are rare, but can include blood clots, infection, or bleeding beneath the skin flap. You are more likely to experience problems if you have liver, lung, or heart disease or poor circulation. A tummy tuck procedure will naturally leave scars. These may fade over time but will never fully disappear. Your surgeon will recommend medications for pain and ointment for scarring.
We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your goals and concerns. Please click here to view before and after images of a tummy tuck procedure. And for more information about the benefits of tummy tuck, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery was established in 1937 to uphold ethical, safe, and efficacious plastic surgery. Here is why you should choose a plastic surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery:
Board certification shows that the surgeon is qualified:
Even if a state medical board qualifies a surgeon, this does not guarantee they are certified and capable in the services they offer. There is a lot of profit to be had in the cosmetic surgery industry, and many physicians may arbitrarily add services to exploit this, whether or not they are qualified.
Board certification demonstrates continuing education: To be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a surgeon must complete six or more years of extra training after they graduate from medical school. Board certified surgeons could opt to pursue additional education to become qualified in other categories of plastic surgery. After they are certified, the surgeon will undergo comprehensive exams and regularly complete continuing education goals to keep their board certification. As the plastic surgery industry continues to expand and new technology is developed, continuing education is an invaluable component in making sure your surgeon is fully qualified to perform plastic surgery.
Board certification shows that the surgeon upholds high standards: Part of the mission of the American Board of Plastic Surgery is to support a philosophy grounded in ethical and safe practices that protect the patient. Too many times the news has reported botched plastic surgeries where unsafe or unethical practices were followed. Your investment in pursuing plastic surgery should be a confident one because you know that the safest practices are being upheld. With a board certified surgeon, you can rest assured that the greatest effort is being made to ensure that the highest ethical standards are observed.
If your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, they will likely make it very obvious on their website or about page. If you can’t find it there, call into the office and ask “Is this doctor board certified?” If you have questions about plastic surgery or if you want to schedule a consultation with board-certified Dr. Sanjay Lalla, contact us at 973-324-9455. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your goals and concerns. Please click here to view before and after images of plastic surgery procedure.
Each year, approximately half a million people in the US undergo liposuction for body contouring. That’s because liposuction has been proven to effectively reshape one or multiple areas on your body that haven’t responded to diet and exercise. But to make sure you’re getting the most out of your liposuction treatment it’s important to remember certain guidelines. That way, you can stay on the path to recovering safely with a pleasing outcome.
Wear compression garments.The best way to reduce swelling and bruising is to wear compression garments. This will also improve circulation and promote healing. Bandages will be applied to the treated area(s) after the procedure, and compression garments may be provided to you by your doctor. Ask ahead of time if you need to purchase your own.
Stay on top of pain.To ease pain and swelling, as well as help manage any pain, take an over-the-counter medicine like Aleve or ibuprofen. You will be prescribed an antibiotic to prevent infection, so be sure to take it for the entire recommended time to help with healing.
Patients typically need two to three days of recovery time before returning to work. Make sure to use that time to rest and recover. This includes preparing your recovery area in advance with things you frequently use on your nightstand, as well as having children looked after by a friend or relative while you recover.
Move carefully, but do get moving. Walking at a slow pace as soon as you feel you’re able is an effective way to fend off potentially fatal blood clots. Just be sure to avoid strenuous activity for at least the first few weeks following your liposuction procedure.
Listen to your doctor. Liposuction is a serious surgery, and your doctor knows what’s best. That’s why it’s important to follow doctor’s orders when it comes to pre- and after-care instructions. And make sure he listens to you, too. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to help you heal safely and incident-free.
Please click here to view before and after images of a liposuction procedure. And for more information about the benefits of liposuction, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.