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A blog about cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, including non-surgical procedures and skin cancer.

Unwanted Skin Conditions like Dark Circles and Dark Spots

Dr. Schwarcz is a New York cosmetic plastic surgeon who offers various cosmetic treatments for unwanted skin conditions, including dark circles beneath the eyes and dark spots and pigmentation on the face.

Dark spots and age spots have various treatments including laser therapy, cryotherapy, and chemical peels. The Intense Pulsed Light laser and ClearLift Laser are two of the popular lasers used to treat melanin in the skin. However, with laser treatment it is more likely that multiple sessions will be needed for optimal results.

These skin conditions occur naturally over time due to age and exposure to the environment. Skin maintenance definitely helps but cosmetic treatments improve such aesthetic concerns in a non-invasive way without the need for surgery and eye creams or expensive ointments.

Click here to explore other skin concerns and non-surgical treatments treated in our Scarsdale and Manhattan offices.

Lip Enhancement via Facial Fillers

Many women opt for lip enhancements non-surgically via facial fillers. Restylane Silk is the facial filler of choice for the lips. To create more voluptuous, juicier, fuller lips, this non-surgical non-invasive treatment is done by injection by a cosmetic plastic surgeon. The amount of filler will be discussed prior to the treatment and your particular goals and preferences will be considered and taken into account.

Facial fillers are also used to improve and enhance the texture and volume of other areas of the face. During lip augmentation, a topical anesthetic is applied before the injection. Some slight swelling or bruising may occur after but will subside.

SculpSure: The Easiest Way to Remove Unwanted Fat is With a Laser

No Surgery. No Downtime. Lose all your Unwanted fat with the SculpSure laser. This treatment method is done by laser and the results can be seen a few weeks after the treatment.

Body contouring fat removal is done by heating up and increasing the temperature of the fat cells to destroy them. Sculpsure can be used to target fat cells on the abdomen and midsection of the body. The benefits are that this is a non-invasive, non-surgical laser treatment to eliminate unwanted fat while defining and contouring that treated area of the body.

Patients can opt for a single treatment session or multiple depending on the extent of the results they seek and their individual body type. The results are permanent. To compare Sculpsure to liposuction fat removal via surgery, click here.

Why Facial Implants are Increasing in Popularity

Facial implants are used by cosmetic plastic surgeons to create a defined or prominent accentuation of certain features of the face such as the jaw, cheeks, or chin. Depending on the individual’s desired goal, almost any aesthetic can be accomplished. Facial implants are more popular as a less invasive alternative to full blown facial surgery such as a facelift. With celebrities and more women and men opting for facial implants in their 20s and 30s, they are increasingly more common and popular.

Dr. Schwarcz is a facial plastic surgeon who can perform malar and submalar implants, cheekbone implants, chin implants, and jaw implants. Each implant targets a different area to create definition and enhance the implant area.

Tear Duct Reconstruction

Tear duct surgery may be warranted when the tear ducts are blocked causing peripheral vision or issues with the eye such as excessive tearing. Tear duct reconstuction surgery may be required at that point to remove the blockage in the ducts. Various techniques exist to allow for alternative drainage. Oculoplastic facial surgeon Dr. Schwarcz performs dacryocystorhinostomy or DCR via surgical incisions to create a new route for drainage to occur.

If you or a loved one is struggling with tear duct issues and want to explore your options and solutions, contact our offices to schedule your consultation. Tear duct repair can bring the necessary comfort back to your eyes.

Risks of Skin Cancer & Pre-Cancerous Lesions

Skin cancer is dangerous and presents real health issues for an individual diagnosed with one of the many forms of skin cancer or a pre-cancerous skin lesion that has not yet developed into cancer. Both must be treated and removed in a timely manner to eliminate any health risk. Many people can develop skin tumors from excessive sun exposure, lack of sun protection, and inadequate care of the skin. This is why such cancers must be detected and screened by a doctor.

Skin cancer can develop on the body as well as the face. When present on the face, the tumor can leave behind scars if left to grow very large. Various removal and surgery techniques exist to eliminate pre-cancerous lesions and skin cancer tumors. Mohs surgery is one surgical method of skin cancer treatment and removal which extracts each layer of tumors present in the skin. Curettage and electrodessication is another method used to treat basal cell and squamous cell cancers. This procedure can be performed by a general surgeon or dermatologist.

Dr. Schwarcz is a cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon who routinely performs skin cancer surgery removal and treatments.

Reconstructive Surgery for Orbital Tumors and Fractures

When trauma or injury to the orbital socket or area near or around the eyes occurs, the consequences can be significant. If left untreated, one can inevitably lose or tarnish their eyesight as a result. Dr. Schwarcz recommends repair and/or reconstructive surgery depending on the circumstances and nature of the condition. If an orbital tumor metastasizes, it can be one of the following:

  • Optic Gliomas
  • Osteomas
  • Hemangiomas and Lymphangiomas
  • Sarcomas
  • Fibrous Histiocytomas
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Meningiomas
  • Schwannomas/Neurofibroma

If an orbital tumor is present, cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Schwarcz will surgically remove the tumor by small incisions near the eye. Contact our practice to schedule your appointment to learn more about orbital tumor and fracture removal.

How We Treat Keloid, Acne and Hypertrophic Scars

Undesirable and uncomfortable scars can be removed. Hypertrophic scars are unsightly, flat and cosmetically not pretty which is why many of our patients seek to remove them. In the case of hypertrophic scars which are caused by excessive collagen production when the skin is healing after a trauma or injury, the scar is raised and wide. Hypertrophic scars can be treated or removed by laser therapy, corticosteroid injections, cryotherapy which freezes the scar tissue, or surgical removal.

Keloid scars occur when the scar tissue grows to excess outside of the skin. Approximately three million patients are affected by keloid scars annually. They are typically raised, itchy, lumpy and flesh colored. These are cosmetically undesirable scars and for that reason alone many patients opt for medical intervention and treatment. Cryosurgery and laser treatment are the recommended procedures to treat keloid scars.

Dr. Robert Schwarcz is a cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon who treats keloid, hypertrophic and acne scars for his patients. Click here to learn more about scar revision and removal treatments in our New York City and Scarsdale practices.

Treatment Options for Under Eye Dark Circles

Dark circles under the eyes are increasingly common. Both men and women alike seek cosmetic treatments for their dark circles with a cosmetic plastic surgeon. Dr. Robert Schwarcz is a New York oculoplastic facial surgeon and board-certified cosmetic surgeon who regularly treats patients without the need for surgery for dark circles under the eyes.

Of course, with surgery, results are more permanent. Click here to learn about cosmetic surgical procedures available to you. While without surgery, there is no recovery or downtime.

How To Choose the Right Treatment Option For Your Dark Circles

Facial Dermal Fillers

Facial fillers can eliminate the darkness of under eye circles while filling in lost volume. Restylane is a specific and popular facial dermal filler used to eliminate and treat under eye dark circles and can fill in the hollow crevices beneath the eyes.

Chemical Peels

When the discoloration and darkness under the eyes are caused by sun exposure or genetics, the treatment may include a chemical peel. The peel can vary in intensity and strength but because of the delicate nature of the skin beneath the eyes, your plastic surgeon may recommend a mild chemical peel.

The World of Laser Treatment

Our practice offers cosmetic procedures utilizing the following lasers: The Clear and Brilliant Laser, Intense Pulsed Light Laser, the ClearLift Laser Skin Resurfacing Laser, and the Total FX C02 Laser.

The benefits of the Intense Pulsed Light laser include lightening dark spots on the skin, broken blood vessels and Rosacea. TheĀ Total FX C02 Laser is a skin resurfacing procedure similar to a chemical peel, with different levels of intensity requiring anesthetics.

The ClearLift laser treats fine lines, wrinkles, redness, age spots and unwanted veins. The Clear and Brilliant laser works to treat the early signs of aging.

Contact our office to learn more today.

Treatment Options for Facial Volume Loss

Facial Implants: The Surgical Treatment Option for Lost Facial Volume

Facial implants are designed to augment and enhance the contours and cosmetic appearance of the face. The type of implants varies and include chin implants, cheek, malar and jaw implants. For instance, a chin implant can add lost facial volume while enhancing the proportionality and symmetry of the face. The size and location site of each implant really depends on the individual qualities of the patient’s face. A cheek implant, for example, can create fuller, plumper cheeks and allow for greater visibility of the cheekbones which become well-defined as a result of this procedure. Cheek implants are commonly composed of silicone.

Since an implant is a foreign device to the body, it is critical that a facial implant surgery is performed by a qualified cosmetic and plastic surgeon. Each implant can be professionally inserted during an out-patient procedure with Dr. Robert Schwarcz, a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon in New York City.

Facial Fillers: The Non-Surgical Procedure for Lack of Volume in the Face

Facial fillers like Sculptra and Radiesse are commonly used injectables that enhance facial volume. In addition, to creating volume and definition where it is absent, these fillers can also improve skin elasticity, sagging skin, and firmness. Other facial fillers exist for particular areas of concern and targeted areas of the face. In addition to treating under eye wrinkles and thinned out lips, Juvederm also fills in sunken cheeks.

Facial fillersĀ are a non-surgical procedure usually performed at the same time as Botox on other areas of the face.

New York plastic and oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Schwarcz has two offices conveniently located in New York City and Scarsdale.