POSTED ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2010 AT 2:19 PM by Dr. Darrick Antell
When considering any medical procedure, one of the most important decisions is the selection of the physician. Many people do not know where to look, or what they should be looking for. In the case of plastic surgery, you want an experienced surgeon who has trained specifically in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. This means that your doctor will use aesthetic principles to improve normal structures’ appearance and surgical outcome. To help ensure that you have the best doctor there are several questions you can ask. Is my doctor board certified in plastic surgery? Where did my doctor complete his plastic surgery training? How long has my doctor been practicing plastic surgery?
Many of my patients are shocked to discover that a doctor does not even legally have to complete surgical training in order to practice plastic surgery. The best way to evaluate your doctor’s training is consult the American Board of Medical Specialties website at www.abms.org. Click on the “Is your doctor certified?” tab. You will have to sign up for a username, but it is a free service. After you search your doctor’s name click on the result to see what their board certification is in.
The ABMS is the institution that grants board certifications to surgeons and non-surgeons. If your doctor’s certification is listed as plastic surgery, then they have completed a five to seven year training program post medical school focusing on surgical procedures common to the field such as breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty.
Similarly, plastic surgeons are also the best equipped to perform non-invasive procedures. Injectables such as Botox® and Juvederm® have to be delivered to the site of musculature, which requires an intimate knowledge of the anatomy that plastic surgeons specialize in. They are also uniquely qualified to treat any complications in the highly unlikely event that any occur.
For more information you can watch an interview I did with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show.
POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010 AT 10:54 AM by Dr. Darrick Antell
Botox® is the new aspirin! Developed from bacteria secretions, Botox® takes affect by relaxing muscle tissue. The most famous application is cosmetic, as relaxed facial muscles do not produce wrinkles and folds. Did you know, however, that physicians have found many more uses?
Perhaps the most interesting use of Botox® is in the treatment of migraines. Migraines are thought to be caused by pressure on a nerve in the forehead. When muscles used to make facial expressions are overworked (such as when you furrow your brow too much) they become enlarged and put pressure on the nerve. Typical treatments are anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen to decrease pressure on the nerve. When they do not work, Botox® can be used to relax the muscle, reduce its size and take pressure off the nerve. For more information please visit our website at www.migrainesolutionsnyc.com
In recent studies Botox® has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of excessive sweating. Injections given in the under arm prevented sweating for up to 6-7 months (longer than facial injections last). They are confident that similar procedures can be used on the hands feet and face, so no need to fear unsightly stains during the blazing hot summer months!
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POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010 AT 10:52 AM by Dr. Darrick Antell
Plastic surgery is much more common than you think. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently released a report indicating that the number of cosmetic surgeries performed in America each year has increased by 3% since 2008 to over million (http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Media/stats/2008-quick-facts-cosmetic-surgery-minimally-invasive-statistics.pdf)! It isn’t just Hollywood stars having work done either.
This may be because Americans are seeing the benefits of looking as good as you feel. Many baby boomers work out and stick to a good diet, but their faces continue to age. We have seen several of them in our New York City Plastic Surgery office that are between career opportunities and have elected to use this time to have work done. Like I say, “You wear your resume on your face.” Indeed, the study by the ASPS states that the most popular procedures were Dermabrasion (up 13%) and cheek implants (up 11%). They, along with Blepharoplasty (eye lift) can make a face seem more relaxed or youthful and energetic.
Interestingly, repeat customers sustained the demand for these procedures, the study report. This tells me that patients that explored surgical options have been so satisfied with their results that they have come back for more, despite prevailing economic conditions.
To read more about the Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery options offered in our New York City office, visit our website. http://www.antell-md.com