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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.

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. The 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 fillers 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.

How To Treat Post-Pregnancy Skin Discoloration and Pigmentation

Skin discoloration is a common consequence of hormonal changes that may come from pregnancy. It can come in the form of hyperpigmentation, freckles, brown spots, age spots and more. At Dr. Schwarcz’s practice, we utilize laser treatment to treat such skin discoloration for our patients. Mothers after delivery and labor often find this treatment helpful in regaining their pre-pregnancy cosmetic skin tone without the discoloration and freckles.

Uneven skin tone and pigmentation can be treated by the intense pulsed light laser which targets and heats up the discolored cells to decrease their pigment. Contact our practice today to learn more about your options. You can have the skin you used to love prior to pregnancy and hormonal changes. The laser treatment is simple, painless and easy.

We do not recommend undergoing this treatment during pregnancy for obvious safety reasons. It would be better to wait until after birth and delivery is complete to undergo cosmetic laser treatment.

Facial Filler Injection with Oculoplastic Surgeon

Anyone who is looking to undergo a non-surgical procedure that fills out hollowed areas of the face and improves the appearance of the fine lines, creases, lack of volume and wrinkles may benefit from facial filler injections. Facial filler treatment can produce natural-looking results and is often a better alternative to more invasive cosmetic procedures.

What Facial Filler Injections Can Treat

Hollow upper eyelids that create the appearance of having sunken eyes can often be treated with these injections. The loose upper eyelid skin that sometimes comes with aging can be tightened with a facial filler. Bags, dark circles and tear trough deformity around the eyes can be eliminated with treatment. Injectables also work great for filling out areas around the cheeks, brows and temples that are drooping due to fat loss. Patients in NYC can receive a consultation in advance so that Dr. Schwarcz, a prestigious oculoplastic surgeon, can perform a thorough examination and perform the best treatment.

Facial Filler Options

Some of the best synthetic injectable filler products that can also be used include:

  • Restylane
  • Radiesse
  • Voluma
  • Juvederm
  • Sculptra
  • Perlane

Hyaluronic acid is a type of facial filler that maximizes moisture and collagen levels. For example, Restylane and Juvederm are comprised of hyaluronic acid.

Ideal Candidates

Facial fillers can be given to men and women of different ages who are not allergic to these injectables. This treatment is especially beneficial for premenopausal women and men under the age of 50. Excess and stretched facial skin normally do not develop in abundance before these ages. A patient who has droopy eyelids or severe lower eyelid bags caused by fat prolapse should consider having lower blepharoplasty with fat removal and repositioning for the best results.

The Procedure

Dr. Robert Schwarcz is a facial surgeon in New York who routinely performs facial fillers for his patients. The targeted area and the skin concern influence the type of filler that is selected. Each  area can take around 10 to 15 minutes to treat while the patient is comfortably seated. Once the procedure is complete, the patient can resume his or her normal activities.

After Treatment

Some bruising and/or swelling without much additional pain or discomfort should be expected for the first week after treatment. Results after the initial treatment may last up to two years, but subsequent treatments are known to maintain the results for longer periods of time.

A Restylane Silk Filler Specialist

Restylane Silk is a revolutionary treatment that can aid in the war against aging. Approved by the FDA, this treatment is part of the Restylane product line that has been giving people great results since 2014. Lidocaine has been added to Restylane Silk so that patients can enjoy greater comfort while receiving treatment.

Oculoplastic cosmetic surgeon Dr. Schwarcz has offices in Scarsdale and New York City which offer these safe and effective nonsurgical facial fillers to interested patients. Many people who undergo treatment notice positive changes quickly.

How Restylane Silk Works

With the use of minimally painful injections, board-certified oculoplastic cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Schwarcz restores facial volume that have been lost due to aging. This offers a less-invasive alternative to surgery and provides the same lifting results. Restylane Silk is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler that is formulated with long sugar chains that mimic what the skin produces naturally. This restylane silk filler is able to enhance the lips and smoothen out lines around the mouth more effectively. Once the filler has been injected, it can be molded easily to create the perfect shape and volume levels.

To prepare for injections, a numbing cream may be applied to a patient’s skin to lessen any pain or discomfort. An alcohol swab is used to disinfect the treatment areas before a sterilized needle makes the injections.

Ideal Candidates for Restylane Silk

This treatment can benefit men and women of various ages and lifestyles who want to have fuller lips and eliminate some of their facial lines and wrinkles. Restylane Silk is also ideal for patients who cannot or do not wish to undergo surgical procedures. Patients should be at least 22 years of age before receiving injections. Anyone who is taking blood thinners, has a bleeding disorder or is allergic to lidocaine should not try this therapy.

Tear Trough Treatment and Sunken Eye Treatment

Tear trough deformities often occur in those who have certain genes or thin faces. This hollow area under the eyes gives the appearance of dark circles, making the eyes look tired or sunken. Some people may also have bags under the eyes, which worsens the appearance of dark circles.

People who have mild tear trough hollowness can cover the area with makeup or temporary plumping moisturizer, but these approaches do not provide an effective, long-lasting solution. Luckily, patients in New York have other options. Dr. Schwarcz, a board-certified oculoplastic surgeon, can treat sunken eyes and tear trough hollowness with surgery and cosmetic treatments of the eyes, such as hyaluronic acid gel filler injections, fat transfer injections, tear trough implants and lower blepharoplasty procedures.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

A cosmetic surgeon can safely inject hyaluronic acid fillers to treat sunken eyes and tear troughs. This non-invasive, reliable procedure only takes several minutes. To prevent discoloration and maintain a natural look, the surgeon will inject a conservative amount of filler into the area below the patient’s lower eyelid. The pain is minimal, and the results can last up to two years. After receiving a hyaluronic acid gel injection, swelling and bruising may last for a couple of days.

Fat Transfer Injections

Another sunken eye and tear trough treatment approach is a fat transfer injection. By manually suctioning a minimal amount of fat from the medial thighs or stomach and transferring the fat to the eyelid via an injection, the surgeon can fill the hollow under-eye area. Bruising and swelling may last up to 10 days; however, the recovery process is painless. The effects of a fat transfer injection are often permanent. Residual hollowness may occur; however, the surgeon can inject a touch-up filler if necessary.

Tear Trough Implants

A tear trough implant is a safe, effective, permanent way to correct tear trough deformities and sunken eyes. While under conscious sedation, the surgeon makes an incision inside the patient’s lower eyelid. Then, the surgeon places the silicone implant. Although tear trough implant procedures are more invasive than other surgery and cosmetic treatments of the eyes, the results create a natural appearance.

Lower Blepharoplasty Procedures

Patients who have excess fat bags may benefit from a lower blepharoplasty with fat repositioning. This procedure involves redistributing the fat bags to make the under-eye area look smooth. To reposition the prolapsed fat without causing a scar, the surgeon will make a transconjunctival incision.

Injectable Treatments

Who Is a Candidate for Facial Injectables?

There are numerous surgical and non-surgical methods available to those living in the New York area to reverse the signs of facial aging. Injectable fillers accounted for approximately 56 percent of all facial rejuvenation procedures performed in 2016. Injectables are a minimally invasive treatment option to achieve a more youthful appearance and are suitable for most patients. Individuals considering injectable cosmetic treatments should consult a board certified cosmetic surgeon to determine if injectables are the right choice to help them achieve their aesthetic and cosmetic goals and treat certain concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles.

How Do the Various Cosmetic Injectables Work?

Facial injectables fall into two basic categories. Dysport and Botox are known as neuromodulators. They work by blocking nerve impulses to the targeted muscles, which temporarily stops the muscle movement that causes the wrinkles to form. Restylane, Juvederm, and Perlane are facial fillers that restore volume to selected areas of the face to plump and smooth the skin. They create a fuller, more rounded appearance by using a natural substance called hyaluronic acid, which is present in young skin.

Are the Results of Injectable Facial Rejuvenation Treatments Permanent?

Surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures temporarily reverse the tell-tale signs of aging; however, they do not stop the aging process. As a general rule, the benefits of Botox injections last anywhere from three to six months. Hyaluronic acid fillers can last as long as two years. Most patients choose to undergo periodic maintenance treatments to preserve their enhanced appearance.

Is There Downtime Associated with Cosmetic Injectable Treatments?

The injection procedure itself is performed on an outpatient basis and does not require anesthesia. Depending on the number of injections, the procedure can be completed in under half an hour. It is possible to go back to your normal activities immediately following the procedure; however, there may be some bruising, redness, or swelling at the injection site. It can also take a couple of days for the full results of the procedure to become apparent, so patients should plan accordingly if they have an upcoming special event.

Can Anyone Perform Cosmetic Injectable Treatments?

Although injectables are less invasive and risky than surgery, there is still the possibility of side effects. To ensure the best possible results, patients should look to New York cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Schwarcz, who has the qualifications and experience to perform the procedure safely and who will take the time to develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve the desired results.