Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery services are available at our Danbury, New Milford, Norwalk, Ridgefield and Soutbury offices.
A compression garment is worn at the end of the procedure to reduce swelling. Pain is typically well controlled with medication. Any swelling or bruising will subside over the first week or two. The results will continue to improve over the following weeks as any residual swelling subsides and the skin shrinks to fit the body’s new contour. Normal activities can be resumed after several weeks.
The scars from liposuction alone are very small and well accepted. More severe problems require direct excision through longer incisions. The scars from this are placed around the areola and are well hidden after they fade.
Most insurance plans do not pay for the surgery at this time. We encourage you to check with your own company to review their policies.
Gynecomastia surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. A compressive garment must be worn post-operatively. Most patients resume normal activities in a day or two. Upper body exercise is not permitted for 4 weeks.
Breast reduction does not increase the risk of developing breast cancer. Mammograms can still be performed in the future.
The majority of patients maintain or regain normal nipple sensation following surgery.
Most patients can breast feed following reduction surgery. However, it is also common to need to supplement with formula as the baby grows.
Routine everyday activities can be resumed after 4-7 days. Exercise and heavy lifting are to be avoided for 4 weeks.
Breast reduction surgery is usually an outpatient procedure. Post-operative pain is well controlled with medications. Sometimes drains are required. These are removed in the office a few days later. Walking is encouraged but heavy activities are not allowed for a few weeks. A sports-bra is recommended after the procedure.
The most common type of reduction results in incisions around each nipple and under each breast. These incisions usually fade with time and are well hidden.
An exact size from reduction surgery cannot be guaranteed beforehand. The surgeon can give you a general idea following consultation. The surgeon’s goal is to achieve the best size and appearance for each patient in a safe manner. Overall, there is a very high satisfaction rate following breast reduction.
In most situations, it is possible to have radiation and/or chemotherapy. However, patients should ask their surgeon and/or oncologist this question directly. It is also imperative that members of the health care team communicate on this issue so that everyone understands the full treatment plan.
For patients with breast implant reconstructions, exercise can usually be resumed within 4 to 6 weeks.
In general, most patients will be able to return to work within 4 to 6 weeks after their reconstructive procedure.
Most surgeons use sutures that are dissolvable and never need to come out. However, if permanent (i.e. non-dissolvable) sutures are used, they can usually be removed at around 7 to 10 days postoperatively.
Depending on the type of reconstruction, you may be able to bathe or shower within 5 to 7 days.
This will depend on the type of reconstruction but the average can be 2-3 weeks. It usually takes four to six weeks before resuming more strenuous activities or returning to work.
There are some common things to expect after any type of surgical procedure that leaves a scar somewhere on the body. Depending on the type of reconstruction, the scar can be located in several different areas. For most patients, scars heal well and become faint with time. However, in some patients the scar can remain red and thickened. In addition, sometimes, small nerves, which provide sensation to the skin, are damaged during the procedures. This may cause changes in sensation, including numbness. Of course, there is always some degree of pain after these reconstructive procedures, but most times it only lasts for a few days and is well managed with analgesics (i.e. “pain killers”).
There are also some possible complications that are associated with surgery in general. All surgical procedures carry the possibility of considerable blood loss, requiring a blood transfusion. Fortunately, this occurs very rarely in reconstructive breast surgery. Since surgery involves opening the skin, all surgical procedures also have a risk of infection. Again, this is rare in breast reconstruction and when it does occur, it is often treated adequately with antibiotics. Other more rare, but serious complications include a blood clot or embolus, pneumonia, or an unexpected response (or allergic reaction) to certain drugs or anesthetics.
Depending on the type of reconstruction, it can take anywhere from 2-3 hours.
Routine everyday activities can be resumed after 4-7 days. Exercise and heavy lifting are to be avoided for 4 weeks.
A breast lift is usually an outpatient procedure. The incisions are around the areola and may extend farther under the breast, depending on how much excess skin is present. Pain is normally a minor complaint and is well controlled with medication.
The specific size of breast you will have is determined following examination by your surgeon. An ideal size is recommended based on the your wishes and specific anatomic nuances.
Patients who have a large amount of skin laxity in the breast cannot undergo placement of an implant alone (augmentation). Sometimes, these patients also require removal of extra skin and placement of the nipple in a more desirable position.
Although patients go home following surgery, most feel tired for the next 24 to 48 hours. Any pain is usually controlled by the medications prescribed. Stitches are removed at 7-10 days. Patients can normally return to work in a few days, although exercise and strenuous activity may not be allowed for several weeks.
Breast augmentation is most commonly performed using general anesthesia, so patients can sleep through the operation. Some patients may also be candidates for sedation and local anesthesia.
The surgery is performed by placing an implant beneath the breast tissue on the chest. There are several incisions that can be used. Incisions can be made in the lower part of the skin of the breast, around the areola, or in the armpit. Your surgeon can discuss with you the advantages of each incision.
The implants can be placed either above or below the pectoralis muscle on the chest wall. There may be specific anatomic reasons or conditions where one approach is superior to another. Again, speak to your surgeon about each approach. The procedure usually takes one to two hours to complete. Patients go home the same day.
The majority of patients experience no change in breast sensation following surgery.
Before surgery, patients are screened for breast cancer. Having implants does not increase a patient’s risk of developing breast cancer.
Mammograms can be performed after surgery using specialized techniques that allow for excellent visualization of the breasts.
Currently available implants are very safe. No connection has been found to any chronic conditions.
The scars from body reduction surgery usually fade well with time and are well accepted by patients.
The recovery period depends on the specific surgery performed. Patients can resume normal activities usually within a week following arm lifts and breast lifts. Abdominoplasties and thigh lifts require an additional week or two of recuperation.
Because the risks associated with surgery increase with surgical time, not all procedures can be done at one time. Your doctor can discuss the safest way to achieve your goals.
Insurance will sometimes cover the costs of surgery. Approvals are usually on an individual basis. We will advocate for coverage in cases where there are functional problems associated with the excess skin.
In general, patients should be at a stable weight for three to six months prior to undertaking surgery.
Patients will notice improvement in body shape shortly after surgery. They typically report that clothes fit better, and they have more confidence about their appearance.
A compression garment is placed at the end of the procedure to reduce swelling. Pain is typically well controlled with medication. Any swelling or bruising will subside over the first week or two. The results will continue to improve over the following weeks as any residual swelling subsides and the skin shrinks to fit the body’s new contour. Normal activities can be resumed after several weeks.
Liposuction can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of surgery. First, one or more incisions are made near the area to be treated. A solution containing local anesthetic, saline, and adrenaline is then infused into the area. Next, the fat cells are suctioned away permanently. Finally, the incisions are closed.
Liposuction is extremely safe when performed by a qualified surgeon in a well-equipped operating room.
The best candidate for liposuction is someone who is close to his or her desired weight and who has localized fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise. Multiple areas of fat can be treated at the same setting. Unfortunately, it is not a treatment for obesity.
Overall, you can expect improved balance and proportion in the contour of the arm. A natural and presentable appearance will become more visible after the first week and will gradually improve further over the next three to six months.
Please note that the natural aging process will eventually affect the whole body, including the area treated in this procedure. Still, the contouring effects of arm lifts are typically long lasting, and most people are very pleased with their results.
After the procedure you may feel a little groggy. Your arm will be placed in a special compression garment to help the newly sculpted skin adhere to the tissue underneath. You will probably have several layers of stitches on the upper arm, possibly with a drain inserted to help the skin to adhere to the underlying tissue. Some of the stitches will be absorbable, and some may have to be removed during a follow-up visit. After a brief stay in the recovery room, you will be allowed to go home.
For the first week following surgery, avoid strenuous activity, including bending and lifting. You will be able to shower on the third day after surgery. The swelling is mild to moderate, and peaks at two to three days. Any stitches that are not absorbed will be removed after about a week. Some grogginess may persist for 5-7 days.
While each person’s recovery is unique, the recovery period after an arm lift generally lasts one to two weeks. You’ll probably be able to return to work in a week, and resume exercise within two weeks. Strenuous workouts and contact sports can be engaged in after about four weeks.
An arm lift is typically performed in an ambulatory surgical facility.
An arm lift typically takes about two hours. You will then be monitored in the recovery room and allowed to go home the same day.
An arm lift improves the contours of the upper arm with incisions typically placed in the inner arm area. Firming is achieved through liposuction and skin removal.
A tight fitting garment is worn around the waist to reduce swelling. Drains may also be used for one week to reduce swelling and bruising. Post-operative pain is well controlled by analgesics. Most people can return to work within a week. Patients should avoid strenuous activities for 4-6 weeks following the procedure. The scars fade with time and are well hidden.
Abdominoplasty is performed by making a horizontal incision just above the pubis. The length of the incision varies depending on the amount of excess skin to be removed. The excess skin and fat is pulled down and excised. An incision may also be necessary around the navel. The abdominal muscles are examined through the incision and can be tightened to improve the contour of the waistline. Liposuction can also be performed as an adjunct to the procedure.
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There is very little to no downtime involved in a Radiesse procedure. In fact, most patients return to their normal, daily activities right after their visit. Every patient is unique, so be sure to discuss your plans with your physician during your consultation.
Just like any injection, you may experience mild irritation, swelling, itching, redness, bruising or tenderness at the injection site. These typically resolve on their own. If any of these side effects persist, contact us immediately.
Radiesse wrinkle filler is FDA approved, and has undergone rigorous testing in clinical studies to prove its safety. Our office has safely and effectively used Radiesse on many patients and highly recommends this product.
Radiesse is FDA approved to mix with lidocaine (an anesthetic). That means you can experience a more comfortable wrinkle treatment. In fact, in a clinical study, using Radiesse wrinkle filler mixed with lidocaine significantly reduced pain in 90% of patients treated.
That is the best part about Radiesse wrinkle filler – it is affordable for everyone! Because of multiple syringe sizes, Radiesse can treat a broad range of patients based on their individual needs. Just one syringe can provide full correction! After your consultation, we will be able to determine what syringe size is best for you and provide you with a customized cost estimate.
Not only does Radiesse provide immediate correction, the natural, beautiful results may last a year or more in many patients.
Instantly! Immediately upon injection, Radiesse restores volume to smooth out the signs of aging.
Once injected, Radiesse wrinkle filler fills or replenishes volume lost over time for a more refreshed looking you. Then it goes to work stimulating your body to produce its own natural collagen. Over time, your body absorbs the product and leaves behind only your own natural collagen for long-lasting results.
Radiesse® filler is the only calcium-based filler that stimulates collagen production for long-lasting results. It also has the unique ability to treat a broad range of patients no matter how moderate or severe their wrinkles are. Just one Radiesse syringe can provide the full correction you need!
Radiesse wrinkle filler is injected into the skin in a simple, safe, quick procedure that can even be done over your lunch hour. Injections are more comfortable because Radiesse has been FDA approved for mixing with lidocaine, a kind of anesthetic.
Radiesse wrinkle filler is made of tiny calcium-based microspheres that are suspended in a natural, water-based gel. These calcium-based microspheres are similar to a mineral that is found naturally in your body so allergy testing is not required. Over time, your body absorbs these tiny microspheres and the gel and leaves behind only your natural collagen.
Radiesse® wrinkle filler is an injectable filler that works by immediately restoring facial volume to smooth out signs of aging. Once injected, it works with your body to stimulate the production of your own natural collagen for results that may last a year or more in many patients.
Juvederm Voluma XC helps restore contour for up to 2 years.
Juvederm Voluma XC instantly adds volume to the cheek area with natural-looking results.
To reduce pain during the procedure, Juvederm Voluma XC contains a numbing agent called Lidocaine.
Juvederm Voluma XC is injected under the skin with a small needle. It works instantly to add volume and subtly lift the cheek area, temporarily reversing this sign of aging.
Juvederm Voluma™ XC is the first and only FDA-approved filler to instantly add volume to the cheek area in people over the age of 21.
You need to discuss the following important treatment considerations with your physician in order to help avoid unsatisfactory results and complications:
- Patients who are using substances that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, as with any injection, may experience increased bruising or bleeding at the injection site. You should inform your physician before treatment if you are using these types of substances.
- If laser treatment, chemical peeling, or any other procedure based on active dermal response is considered after treatment with Juvederm® Injectable gel, there is a possible risk of an inflammatory reaction at the treatment site
- Juvederm should be used with caution in patients on immunosuppressive therapy, or therapy used to decrease the body’s immune response, as there may be an increased risk of infection
- The safety of Juvederm for use during pregnancy, in breastfeeding females, or in patients under 18 years has not been established
- The safety of Juvederm in patients with a history of excessive scarring (e.g., hypertrophic scarring and keloid formations) and pigmentation disorders has not been studied.
Your physician will ask about your medical history to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for treatment. Juvederm should not be used in patients who have:
- Severe allergies marked by a history of anaphylaxis or history or presence of multiple severe allergies
- A history of allergies to Gram-positive bacterial proteins
Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injection-site reactions such as: redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. As with all skin-injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.
Juvederm injectable gel is injected into areas of facial tissue where moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds occur to temporarily adds volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother appearance to the face. Juvederm® Ultra injectable gel temporarily adds volume to the skin and may give the appearance of a smoother surface. Most patients need one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing, and the results last about 9 months to 1 year.
Juvederm® injectable gel is a colorless hyaluronic acid gel that is injected into facial tissue to smooth wrinkles and folds, especially around the nose and mouth. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. The role of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to deliver nutrients, hydrate the skin by holding in water, and to act as a cushioning agent.
Only our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons will administer your Botox® Cosmetic treatment.
Visible results have been shown to last up to 4 months. Your own results may vary.
Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to 30 days, and results can last for up to 4 months. Individual results may vary.
Botox® Cosmetic is administered by our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons as a simple, nonsurgical treatment. It is a prescription medicine that is injected into directly into muscles between the brows and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time. Botox works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.
Instantly! Immediately upon injection when treated to full correction, BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler plumps the skin and smoothes away lines and wrinkles.
While BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler is made of the same material (hyaluronic acid) as some other dermal fillers, it has unique properties that allow it to adapt within the skin for soft and even correction. Its versatility makes it strong enough to handle deep treatment areas such as nasolabial folds (smile lines around the mouth), yet soft enough to treat more delicate areas such as vertical lip lines (thin lines that appear above the lip line).
BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler is made of a material called hyaluronic acid or HA. HA naturally exists as a component of your skin. By binding to water, it plumps and fills in wrinkles and folds, allowing immediate and smooth correction.
BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler is an injectable filler that quickly integrates into your skin. Once injected, it instantly smoothes the lines and wrinkles in your face.
When your procedure is completed, your forehead may be taped and your head may be loosely wrapped to minimize swelling and bruising. A thin tube may be present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin. Initial wound healing may take 5 to 10 days, at which time any sutures or clips will be removed, if necessary. You will be ready to return to work and normal activities at this time. Healing will continue for several weeks as the swelling disappears and the incision lines start to fade away. Sun protection will be essential during your recovery until your healing process is fully complete.
A brow lift may take two hours or more depending on the extent of the rejuvenation and methods used. Results appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal smoother forehead skin and a more youthful, restful appearance.
Incisions are typically concealed within the hair or natural contours of the face. Brow lift incisions are typically closed with removable sutures, skin adhesives, surgical tape or special clips.
A cosmetic improvement can be performed at the same time as functional nasal surgery. There is usually an additional fee for the cosmetic portion. We can give you more information regarding your particular situation following a consultation.
Insurance does not usually cover the cost of surgery that is purely for cosmetic reasons. Surgery to correct or improve nasal function or surgery to correct a deformity or injury may be covered. We try our best to be your advocate to obtain insurance coverage for legitimate functional problems of the nose.
The surgery is an outpatient procedure. Most patients only require a small bandage. The swelling resolves within one to two weeks. Patients typically return to normal activities within a few weeks.
There is some discomfort following surgery, but this is well controlled with medications.
There is some swelling and bruising around the eyes following surgery. Ice is applied to the area for 24 hours to reduce swelling. Patients typically do not experience much pain following the procedure. They can resume day-to-day activities within a short time. The swelling and bruising subsides over the first week and patients can begin applying makeup at that time. Exercise can be resumed after several weeks.
Eyelid surgery is usually performed using local anesthetic supplemented by sedation. The incisions are well hidden in the natural creases of the eyelids. Any excess skin, fat, and hypertrophied muscle is removed. Very fine sutures are used to close the incisions.
There are other cosmetic problems that contribute to the overall appearance of the eyes. These may not be corrected by eyelid surgery alone. For example, a sagging brow may require a forehead lift. Fine wrinkles (crow’s feet) around the eyes can be improved with chemical peels or laser resurfacing. Also, bleaching agents can be used to lighten the appearance of dark circles.
Most patients have eyelid surgery to minimize the effects of aging. Others may require surgery because drooping upper eyelid skin impedes their vision. In this instance, insurance may cover the costs of surgery.
It is difficult to predict exactly how long the results of a facelift will last, although patients are usually pleased with their appearance for many years after surgery.
Patients are advised to rest at home with their head elevated for the first 24 hours after surgery. Pain is usually well controlled with prescribed medications. The swelling in the face normally peaks within the first several days and then gradually subsides over one to two weeks. The bandage will be changed within the first week and any external sutures will be removed. Makeup can be worn to conceal any discoloration. Patients usually return to light activity within a few days and can begin strenuous exercise after 4-6 weeks.
A facelift is commonly performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Incisions are made above the hairline in the temple and extend down in front of the ear and around the ear to the lower scalp. The scars, once healed are well hidden in natural creases. The skin and other tissues of the face and neck are separated, tightened, and re-sutured to achieve the desired result. The muscle in the neck may also be tightened. A soft bandage is placed around the face after the procedure.