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The top 3 procedures to have you looking heavenly for the holidays

Want to look your very best this holiday season? If so, these three beautifying procedures are a must.

Blepharoplasty – schedule 1 month before the holidays

We all want to look bright-eyed and cheerful for the holidays, but if you experience laxity of the upper eyelid you may find yourself looking tired, run down, and certainly not in the holiday spirit. It’s normal for this laxity to occur with age as the delicate skin on the eyelid loses volume, but it can be rectified with blepharoplasty.

Also known as an eyelid lift, blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure which lifts lax tissue on the eyelid to make the eyes look brighter and more alert. It’s also possible to deal with “eye bags” underneath the eyes which are caused by loose fat pads which pull the eye downwards and create dark circles.

Results of blepharoplasty are almost immediate, but you will see some mild bruising and swelling in the area for a 1-2 weeks. If you schedule the procedure around a month before the holidays, you’ll be all healed up, with bright, beautiful eyes, just in time for the celebrations.

Botox – schedule around 2 weeks before the holidays

We’d all love to say goodbye to pesky lines and wrinkles before the holidays, and with Botox you can. Wrinkles occur as a result of repetitive movements of the facial muscles which cause skin to fold, often on the forehead and brow (causing “frown lines”) and around the eyes (“crows’ feet”). Botox temporarily weakens the muscles in order to prevent them from creating these lines and wrinkles, allowing you to enjoy a smoother complexion and a younger, more refreshed appearance.

Botox only takes a few minutes for Dr. Wise to inject and there is no recovery time, making it the perfect treatment to schedule in during the busy weeks leading up to the holidays. Results aren’t immediate and show themselves anywhere from 3 – 10 days after the procedure, so be sure to make an appointment 2 weeks before the holiday season. You’ll be able to enjoy the effects for up to three months, which is plenty of time to show off your youthful new looks over the seasonal celebrations.

Dermal fillers – schedule a few days before the holidays

It’s amazing what dermal fillers can do; from restoring facial volume in the cheeks, smoothing out acne scars, restoring volume to the eyes and lifting sagging skin to plumping the pout and eliminating deep wrinkles, the likes of Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma and Radiesse have some truly wonderful applications. With immediate results which last between six months to 2 years , there’s no wonder injectable fillers are on your to-do list before the holiday season.

There’s no downtime involved when having dermal fillers, but you should still give yourself a few days between the treatment and the holidays to completely heal. It’s not unusual to experience a little mild swelling and bruising, so by scheduling a two or three days in advance of the celebrations you can make sure you’re looking your absolute best.

Book your procedures now to secure your schedule by calling our office at 973-305-1400.

The lead-up to the holidays is one of the busiest times of year here at the Wise Center, so make sure you don’t miss out on your essential procedures – book your blepharoplasty, Botox and dermal fillers appointments as soon as you can!

The needle or the knife?

If you’ve considered cosmetic treatment for your face, you’ve likely come across two popular solutions: fillers and facelifts. These two options are not exactly the same, and each has its own pros and cons. It is best to consult with a specialist about what procedure may be right for you, but you should familiarize yourself on some of the key differences.


What it’s used for

Fillers do as their name implies – fill in. They target areas of the skin that have depressed lines, and work by adding volume and filling in these areas. They are used most often for plumping lips and the area around them, wrinkles on cheeks, and hallow areas and wrinkles under eyes.

Who it’s right for

Fillers are recommended for people under 50, who have wrinkles and depressions in their skin, but no noticeable sagging or severe skin elasticity. They can also be used as a way to delay the need for facelift surgery.


Most fillers are injected via needle into the target area, a procedure that takes no more than an hour, on average. This procedure is quick and non-invasive, which is why many people prefer it. There is little to no recovery time associated with filler treatment.


While fillers tend to cost much less than a facelift surgery, the amount of maintenance involved must also be factored into the price of fillers. After a number of touch-ups over time, fillers usually end up costing about the same as a facelift surgery.


Fillers tend to last for about six months to two years, or, in the case of some synthetic fillers, up to five years. Overall, this means much more maintenance than a surgical facelift.

Facelift surgery

What it’s used for

A facelift lifts the skin of the neck and face and tightens it. Unlike fillers, it corrects sagging and other signs of aging, not just wrinkles.

Who it’s right for

Facelifts are ideal for people who have some skin sagging, skin elasticity, and drooping jowls. While fillers can fill in wrinkles, they can do nothing for excess skin that droops on the face and neck.


Facelifts are a surgery, which require some form of anesthesia, two to four hours of procedure, and some recovery time. Afterwards, most patients feel minimal pain, but the doctor will likely prescribe something to take. There will be some swelling for the first few days. In some cases, a surgeon may bandage the area to minimize swelling.


Facelift surgery requires much less maintenance than fillers. Typically, the only maintenance you may need is a filler later on, as skin continues to sag and wrinkle with age.

Despite these differences, both procedures can help fight signs of aging. Fillers can be a great way to delay facelift surgery or touch up in the years following it, and facelift surgery can help correct more severe sagging and wrinkling. If you want to turn back the clock and get the skin you had years ago, speak to a surgeon to determine what method best fits your goals and lifestyle.

The Fine Line Between BOTOX® and Injectable Fillers

Beautiful smiling woman with a lily in her hairDr. Wise offers all injectables and fillers at his New Jersey practice, including BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, XEOMIN®, Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, BELOTERO BALANCE®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic. These injectables and fillers diminish fines lines and wrinkles and give patients an overall younger-looking appearance. Although the results are similar, there is a fine line between these injectables that makes one or the other better for certain areas of the face. This mainly has to do with the way these products work.

BOTOX®, Dysport®, and XEOMIN®

BOTOX®, Dysport®, and XEOMIN® are neurotoxins that smooth the skin by temporarily limiting the movement of the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. While the idea of “freezing” your face in this way may sound like something to be concerned about, Dr. Wise and his staff are highly skilled at the art of injecting these products. You will be able to smile, frown, and express your emotions naturally. When your face is relaxed, there should be no signs of fine lines and wrinkles. Although BOTOX®, Dysport®, and XEOMIN® work well on moderate to severe “frown lines” between the eyebrows, BOTOX® is also FDA approved to effectively reduce the appearance of “crow’s feet.”

Injectable Fillers

Injectable fillers work in an entirely different way than neurotoxins. Instead of limiting muscle movement, they literally fill and plump certain areas of the face to provide youthful volume and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds. Most fillers work very well on “smile lines” or “parentheses” around the mouth. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC in particular is a smoother gel that works very well to fill facial hollows and to smooth wrinkles in the cheeks. It is often used for lip augmentation as well, with results lasting up to two years.

Both neurotoxins and injectable fillers are an excellent choice for patients who are not yet ready for a surgical procedure. They can also be used in addition to a face lifting procedure or with other procedures, such as a blepharoplasty or forehead lift.

During your consultation, Dr. Jeffrey B. Wise will assess your facial anatomy and discuss your goals to help determine the injectable(s) that will best meet your needs. To schedule an appointment with our board-certified facial plastic surgeon, please call (973) 305-1400 or fill out our online contact form today.

Healthy Holiday Baking Swaps

A healthy body is beneficial for many reasons, including increasing the safety and efficacy of any plastic surgery procedure or treatment. When our bodies are healthy and running more efficiently, we heal faster, are better able to fight off sickness and disease, and have more energy. Following a healthy lifestyle can improve a person’s appearance (skin, teeth, nails, hair, and body contours), help them feel more confident, and increase their overall enjoyment and happiness in life.

The holidays are fast approaching, and this means there will likely be lots of enticing food around packed with empty calories. These tasty treats are terribly tempting when compared to traditional healthy alternatives, such as a veggie tray, but taste doesn’t have to be sacrificed for health. When baking your goodies this year, you can replace certain unhealthy ingredients with more beneficial stand-ins. These healthier swaps amp up the nutrients while cutting down on ingredients that contribute to health problems, making them both nutritious and delicious!

To get the most out of your baked goods this holiday season, try some of the following recipe swaps by replacing one cup of the main ingredient with one of the bulleted ingredients below it.

White Flour (1 Cup) for:A tray of cookies and brownies on a Christmas floral tablecloth

  • Black beans (1 cup pureed, about a 15 oz can)
  • Wheat flour (⅞ cup)
  • Almond flour (¼ cup) and wheat flour (¾ cup)
  • Almond flour (1 cup) and ½ teaspoon extra of your rising agent (almond flour is heavier than regular or wheat flour)

Sugar (1 Cup) for:

  • Applesauce (1 cup) and reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by 25 percent
  • Vanilla extract (1 teaspoon) and reduce the amount of sugar by half
  • Stevia (1 teaspoon liquid stevia or 2 tablespoons stevia powder)

Oil (1 Cup) for:

  • Unsweetened applesauce (½ cup) and oil (½ cup)
  • Mashed banana (1 cup)

Butter (1 Cup) for:

  • Unsweetened applesauce (½ cup) and butter (½ cup)
  • Avocado puree (1 cup)
  • Mashed banana (1 cup)
  • Prune puree (¾ cup) and boiling water (¼ cup), combined and pureed
  • Chia seeds (1 tablespoon) and water (9 tablespoons), let sit for 15 minutes; then combine this chia gel (½ cup) and butter (½ cup)

Frosting (1 Cup) for:

  • Marshmallow fluff (1 cup)
  • Meringue (as needed)

Cosmetic Procedures

If a healthy lifestyle hasn’t quite achieved the body contours or smooth, radiant skin you desire, there are a variety of procedures that can, including fat transfer, fillers and injectables, laser skin resurfacing, and many more.

To learn more about all of the procedures we offer at the Wise Center for Plastic Surgery, please call (888) 295-6933 or fill out our online contact form today.

New Jersey Liquid Facelift

Woman receiving cosmetic treatment of injectables for problem areas on her forehead, crowsfeet, and nasolabial foldsThe face is a common area where aging is first apparent. Over time, environmental elements combined with normal facial expressions cause fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of facial volume. These conditions continue to worsen and develop into deep creases, loose folds, and sunken features, causing people to appear older than they actually are. While many individuals desire surgical procedures, such as facelifts and eyelid lifts, others are opting for cosmetic treatments through a liquid facelift.

At the Wise Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer the liquid facelift procedure for patients who wish to restore a revitalized appearance to their face without the recovery time that invasive surgery requires.

What is the Liquid Facelift?

The liquid facelift is a cosmetic treatment that uses a combination of injectables and fillers to smooth out skin and add fullness to the face. The result is a noticeably younger looking face.

Muscle Relaxers 

As perhaps the most popular injectable in the world, BOTOX® Cosmetic treats wrinkles on the forehead, and around the eyes and lips. Derived from the protein, botulinum toxin A, BOTOX® provides a smoother appearance to the face by relaxing the facial muscles over a long period of time. Dysport® and XEOMIN® are other neurotoxin injectables that, like BOTOX®, eliminate wrinkles caused by facial contractions.

Dermal Fillers

Fillers are used to soften wrinkles, reduce smile lines, and diminish nasolabial folds by literally “filling in” wrinkles and creases. Of the wide-range of fillers that are available, we carry the following:

  • Restylane®
  • Perlane®
  • Sculptra® Aesthetic

The fillers that we use are made out of natural substances like hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite, so patients do not have to worry about allergic reactions occurring after treatment.

How is a Liquid Facelift Performed?

A personalized consultation will determine which areas of the face need improvement. A local anesthetic is applied to numb the targeted areas of the face, and the injectables and fillers are then strategically injected. This procedure usually takes less than an hour to complete, and most patients are able to return to work immediately afterwards.

The Wise Center for Plastic Surgery, in New Jersey, also offers Fat Transfer. This procedure effectively removes excess fat cells from one or more areas of the body (e.g., abdomen, hips, thighs) using liposuction. The fat cells are purified and then strategically injected into different areas of the face to add fullness and provide a younger-looking appearance.

To schedule a consultation with our New Jersey practice, call (973) 305-1400 or feel free to fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Jeffrey Wise is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, and he has helped many women and men of all ages achieve a more attractive and youthful-looking appearance. Dr. Wise and his friendly staff look forward to helping you look as young as you feel.