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

Beauty of Laser Treatments

Laser treatments are non-surgical, non-invasive and frequently the popular choice among patients looking for a cosmetic boost to their skin. The Clear and Brilliant laser is one example of an effective laser treatment, a favorite of many of our patients. This laser resurfacing treatment renews and rejuvenates the skin by lightly burning off the outermost layer. The goal is to minimize pores, treat sun spots and age spots, and improve the skin’s texture. The end result is healthier, younger looking skin. This laser treatment in effect reverses the environmental impact and aging seen on the skin.

Treatments generally last anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on the condition of the facial skin. There is no recovery or downtime afterwards and patients can resume their daily activities immediately.

The Clear and Brilliant Laser is an FDA approved medical laser that is more intense than a chemical peel but less invasive than a fraxel laser.

Dr. Robert Schwarcz is a cosmetic plastic surgeon who specializes in facial and body enhancements to the skin. He performs reconstructive surgery, cosmetic enhancements such as eyelid blepharoplasty, skin cancer therapy, and non-surgical services including lasers, facial dermal fillers, Botox and more. Call our New York practices to learn more about these beneficial, effective laser treatments or to schedule your consultation.

The Dangers of Precancerous Skin Lesions

Skin cancer can be devastating. News of tumorous skin cells growing amd multiplying at accelerated rates can be frightening. This is why prevention and early detection of skin cancer is key. Prior to the development of skin cancer cells and tumors, lesions may be seen on the surface of the skin.

Several types of precancerous lesions can exist on the outermost layer of the skin, a precursor to skin cancer if left untreated. Melanoma in situ, acitinic keratosis, atypical moles and atypical fibroxanthoma are examples of precancerous skin lesions.

We recommend prompt diagnosis and treatment by a skin cancer surgeon. Any dangerous lesions should be immediately surgically removed and excised.

Many removal methods exist depending on the size, type and location of the pre-cancerous lesion. A dangerous lesion, can evolve into various types of tumors- each with its own risks of rapidly spreading throughout the skin.

We recommend sun protection and limited sun exposure to all our patients to prevent precancerous lesions and growths like harmful moles from developing.

If you suspect you have a dangerous growth or lesion on your skin, do not wait. Schedule your examination today with Dr. Robert Schwarcz, a cosmetic, reconstructive and skin cancer surgeon.

Eyelid Blepharoplasty Surgery Improves Vision, Lessens Discomfort and Enhances Appearance

Eyelid blepharoplasty surgery is a prime example of what Dr. Robert Schwarcz offers his patients looking for a cosmetic and functional adjustment to their appearance. Not only does blepharoplasty surgery improve the look of your eyes, it also has the opportunity to improve vision.

Without sagging or excess skin in the way, your eyes can be focused on what is being looked at. Some cases of excess skin around the upper and lower eyelids can be more severe than others. Depending on your age, health, and skin laxity around the eyes, Dr. Schwarcz can work with you to achieve your optimal goal.

A blepharoplasty surgery can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids individually, or both if necessary. During the procedure, both excess skin and fat deposits are removed. Dr. Schwarcz is a board-certified oculoplastic surgeon who has received special training and is a member of the American Society of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Click here to learn more about Dr. Schwarcz’s extensive training and experience involving the eyes including blepharoplasty, ptosis repair, and other reconstructive surgeries as well.

What does Eyelid Blepharoplasty Treat?

  • Puffy lids
  • Removes excess skin
  • Eliminates droopy skin around the upper and lower eyelids
  • Removes fat deposits
  • Potentially improves the ability to see, without protruding skin in the way

Reasons Blepharoplasty Surgery is Suitable for You

What is eyelid blepharoplasty surgery? You may be wondering the benefits and reasons one would undergo this cosmetic procedure. Several considerations and goals are involved. During a blepharoplasty procedure, the baggy, sagging, excess skin on both the upper and lower eyelids are surgically removed. As a result, peripheral vision can also improve if the skin was interfering with your line of sight.

During Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty surgery is typically performed as an outpatient surgery. Board-certified oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Robert Schwarcz will make surgical incisions in the creases of the upper and lower eyelid to preserve a natural appearance and minimize any scarring. He will then remove the excess fat and tissue surrounding both lids.

This cosmetic procedure can be performed simultaneous to other enhancements such as a brow lift which can reverse years of aging and pull the skin together for a tighter appearance. In addition to cosmetic surgeries, Dr. Schwarcz is able to perform reconstructive surgeries including eyelid ptosis repair, ectropion, entropion, tear duct repair, and lower eyelid retraction.

Contact our New York practices to schedule your consultation with board-certified oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Schwarcz today. His training, expertise and experience make him supremely qualified to perform these complicated and delicate facial and eye surgeries.

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.