What are Breast Implants?

Breast Implant Surgery
Woman smiling wearing a bra

There can be any number of reasons why someone chooses to have a breast implant. They are basically designed to improve the size and shape of the breasts in the long term. Over the last decade, the most common reason for women to consider plastic surgery is to have a breast augmentation performed. For women who are aged 18 and above breast implants is a very popular type of cosmetic enhancement.

Basics of Breast Implants

New Jersey plastic surgeons have been performing breast augmentations and implants for many years. The first silicone filled envelope was developed in the 60s and were used for cosmetic enhancement as well as breast construction. Because of some of the adverse side effects they were taken off the market but by the 90s the safety concerns had been properly dealt with and the FDA approved both silicone gel and saline for the filler used in the implants. Either filler is placed into an elastomer shell. Saline fillers remain in liquid form while silicone has several different viscosities. Silicone fillers can be thinner liquids all the way to thickened gels. Because of its aesthetic qualities, silicone is the more popular choice. Continue reading “What are Breast Implants?”

How to Prevent Lip Cancer

Preventing Lip Cancer
Chapstick

As soon as the weather permits, New Jersey residents head outside to enjoy the warm sunshine. Most people are very aware of the importance of protecting the skin by using sun screen, but many are unaware of the importance of protecting the lips with lip balm. Most of us do not think about the chances of developing lip cancer, but they are as real as the chances for developing any type of skin cancer. Our lips are an essential part of our body and really worth protecting. They help us eat and talk properly; and they even provide a measure of protection from eating foods that are too hot or too cold. Yet we tend to take them for granted. Continue reading “How to Prevent Lip Cancer”

Types of Dental Implants

Dental Treatment
Dental Implants

Many residents in Livingston are trying to decide whether or not dental implants are for them or not. Most of the time, dental implants are considered to be a form of cosmetic surgery since they are a method for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are surgically fused to the jawbone just beneath the gums. These metal posts can provide a stable form of support to which artificial teeth are attached. When dentures or bridges are mounted to the implants it will provide security so that they will not slip especially when speaking or eating. Crowns are sometimes placed over the implants and feel much more natural than simple conventional dentures or bridges. Because they are typically considered to be a cosmetic surgery, implants are not always covered by insurance. Some carriers pay less than 10 percent of the costs. Continue reading “Types of Dental Implants”

Are There Lifestyle Limitations After Vasectomy?

Vasectomy procedure
No Sperm Sign

Lifestyle is a term generally applied to the way we live and its effect on our health. Lifestyle includes the number of hours we work, the amount we sleep, the foods we eat, the alcohol other beverages we drink, the tobacco we smoke, the amount we party, the time we spend with our family, the amount of stress we place in our own lives, how much we exercise and more.  Our respective lifestyles have some unique components, as well as some common elements that cross cultural boundaries.  Most of us want a lifestyle that ultimately promotes mental and physical well-being.

Men who choose to have vasectomy, most often, but not always, have chosen a lifestyle that involves children.   Again often, but not always, my patients tend to be fairly healthy, with a stable routine, at least a moderate amount of exercise, and a reasonable diet.  They tend not to smoke or party to excess. Children are commonly regarded as a stabilizing factor in one’s life. Continue reading “Are There Lifestyle Limitations After Vasectomy?”

How to Treat Acne Scars

 

Skin health
Woman having a massage

Dermatologists in New Jersey are familiar with the wide variety of effective treatment options which are used for acne scarring. Our appearance is very important to us and cosmetic medical treatments can help improve skin conditions in cases where acne scarring has occurred. The fight against acne can seem like it is a battle that has no end as it begins in the early teen years but unfortunately everyone does not necessarily grow out of it. Over long periods of time, acne scars can develop and have some adverse effects. An individual may feel like their appearance is marred, or that they have unpleasant features which can make them feel unwanted or lonely. Fortunately there are many different very effective treatments for acne scarring that can help improve the appearance. Continue reading “How to Treat Acne Scars”

What is Psoriasis?

 

Psoriasis on a person's foot
Psoriasis on a person’s foot

Dermatologists in Livingston deal with many patients who have been diagnosed with a skin disease called psoriasis. This skin condition has certain symptoms which are very common to those who suffer with it. Psoriasis can cause pain, inflammation, and scaling. Normally there is a process called cell turnover where over a period of time new skin cells grow deep under the skin and slowly come up to the surface. When an individual has psoriasis, the cells rise to the surface too quickly and then they pile up on the surface of the skin. Most of the time this is displayed on the surface as thick, red and scaly patches which can feel very sore or become itchy. Many times these unpleasant patches are discovered on the knees, elbow, or areas of the legs, face, palms, lower back, scalp or soles of the feet. However, they can also be found in other areas like toenails and fingernails, inside the mouth or in the genital area. Continue reading “What is Psoriasis?”

How is Male Fertility Testing Done?

Hands
Father and Child Hands

About ninety-five percent of couples will conceive after a year of trying.  A fertility evaluation is recommended for those who do not conceive.   Women are generally evaluated by their gynecologist.   The doctor will take a history asking about child hood illnesses, surgeries, the menstrual cycle and so forth and then perform a physical examination.   Then, generally, blood tests and imaging studies may be recommended.

Men are generally evaluated by a urologist, and may be best evaluated by those with a special interest or fellowship training in infertility, also sometimes referred to as Male Reproductive Medicine.   Similar to the female evaluation, a urologist will ask the male about his history including childhood issues, prior surgery on the male genital system, exposures, and so forth.  Unlike the female evaluation, however, the first laboratory test is generally a semen analysis.  Sometimes the patient is referred to the urologist in the setting of an abnormal semen analysis.  Continue reading “How is Male Fertility Testing Done?”

What is Eczema?

Eczema Conditions
Eczema Outbreak

Ask the general public in Short Hills what eczema is and you may get some surprising answers which are very different from the definition you’ll receive when you ask a dermatologist. For many years, the average individual has classified any type of skin condition as eczema and for a large part; many different skin conditions are considered a type of eczema. Even some common conditions such as diaper rash or an outbreak of poison ivy can be variants of eczema. This is because the most general definition of eczema is a skin condition caused by inflammation. Even though it is not specifically caused by an allergy, atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema. Individuals who have eczema are more likely to develop other types of allergic conditions such as asthma. Eczema causes the skin to become dry, itchy and red. In some cases, it becomes cracked or leathery and it can appear on any part of the body causing great discomfort. Continue reading “What is Eczema?”

What is Flap Reconstruction?

 

Breast Reconstruction
DIEP Flap Reconstruction

Flap reconstruction is typically a way to rebuild a breast into a desired shape using muscle, skin and fat from another section of the body. Many times it is done as part of a breast reconstruction which must be performed after a mastectomy. But it can also be done for those women who have had problems with normal breast development. Another term for tissue flap surgery is “autologous” which simply means that the tissue used in the reconstructive surgery comes from the person’s body and not another source.  In most cases, breast reconstruction surgery will require more than a single operation. The first part of the surgery can be done at the same time a mastectomy is performed, but it can also be done as a separate procedure. The areola and nipple are usually created later on. Continue reading “What is Flap Reconstruction?”

Types of Breast Augmentation Surgeries

Types of breast augmentation
Saline Vs Silicone

One of the most common procedures performed by plastic surgeons in New Jersey is the breast augmentation. This is a cosmetic surgery through which the breasts are enlarged. There are typically many different personal reasons for seeking a breast augmentation which can help improve the appearance of the breasts including their shape and size. A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure through which breast implants are inserted so that the breasts are enlarged and fuller in appearance. Cosmetic surgeons use the procedure to enlarge small breasts, achieve a more aesthetically pleasing symmetry or to restore the lost volume of the breasts. The procedure became popular in the US in the 80s and has been continually growing in popularity. Nearly 300,000 women elect to have this type of cosmetic surgery done each year. It is an individual decision a woman must make, but there can be very unique reasons for choosing a breast augmentation. Continue reading “Types of Breast Augmentation Surgeries”