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How to prepare for your consultation with Dr. Wise

If you’re considering plastic surgery, the best first step is to set up an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Wise by contacting one of his experienced Patient Care Coordinators. During your first phone call, a Patient Care Coordinator will ask you questions to get your prepared for your consultation and assist you with the calendar. When you arrive at your consultation, Dr. Wise will help you determine the best course of action by discussing your aesthetic options with you, along with benefits and potential risks of certain procedures.

Once you’ve scheduled your consultation with Dr. Wise, here are a few things you should do to prepare:

1. Bring your medical history with you

This includes any family history or past medical conditions, as well as current conditions and medicines taken. You can download and print our new patient forms here. Just fill these out to the best of your ability and bring them to your first visit with Dr. Wise.

2. Come with questions and concerns

Write them down ahead of time so you don’t forget them at the time of the visit. Getting plastic surgery can be a big decision, so you want to make sure that you have all your questions answered and all your concerns addressed, no matter how small they may seem.

3. Figure out your financing options

It’s important to remember that most elective surgeries will not be covered by health insurance. You should see if you have enough money saved up in your savings or checking accounts, or whether you should look into other payment methods like bank loans, credit cards, etc. Dr. Wise office participates with Prosper Financial Services and Care Credit so as long as you qualify for the financing, you can pay for your procedure over time.4. Bring your calendar to your consultation

Different procedures require different healing periods, so you should be ready to check your schedule to find the best time to get the procedure you want. You may need to take time off from work, depending on the surgery, so you should factor that in as well. Do you have vacation days you are able to use? Do you have any big events coming up in your life? These are questions you will want to ask yourself in selecting a surgical date.

5. Consider bringing someone with you to the consultation

Again, getting plastic surgery is a big decision, so you may find it helpful to discuss your options and get a second opinion from someone you trust. Ultimately, the choice is up to you, but it never hurts to get the reassurance from a friend, relative or other loved one. Additionally, any minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

If you do all of these things to prepare for your visit, we’re sure you will have a successful and productive consultation with Dr. Wise, and you will leave the office feeling confident about your upcoming procedure.

10 misconceptions about facial plastic surgery

As with many medical procedures, a culture of myth appears to have grown about facial plastic surgery. These ‘statements’ – untrue as they are, become ‘facts’ and might deter people from going ahead with a procedure. Herein, we deal with some of the most common…

1. Facial plastic surgery is simply a vanity project – well, there is no great harm in wanting to feel good about your appearance, but most facial plastic surgery procedures tackle areas considered unattractive. Yes, this does often help with increasing self-esteem, and there is nothing wrong with that.

2. Undergoing these processes will always make me feel better – no respected plastic surgeon would ever countenance completing procedures as a ‘cure’ for emotional or psychological problems.

3. No one will recognize me with my ‘new’ face. Plastic surgery does not change one’s essence; it does correct deformities and help with signs of ageing such as wrinkles and excess neck skin. I always tell my patients, good plastic surgery is the plastic surgery that no one knows about. When procedures look natural, no one will know you had work done, but you will simply look better – like the best version of you.

4. Facial plastic surgery eliminates all deep facial scars – sadly, such scars are highly unlikely to ever completely disappear. Surgery can make them less obtrusive, and help by removing indentations.

5. Plastic surgery works for everyone – no, it doesn’t. Patients need to be willing to accept the temporary side-effects, such as swelling and discomfort. It is vital to talk to a recognized expert and to follow their advice, and to be realistic about what will be achieved.

6. Facial plastic surgery speeds up the ageing process – usually said by those who haven’t undergone such procedures. After surgery, your skin will simply age as it always would have.

7. Once I reach retirement age, plastic surgery isn’t any use – as in most areas of life today, people are increasingly realizing that age barriers are largely irrelevant. Obviously, your general level of health will be a consideration, but many people benefit from such surgery well into their eighties.

8. Once I start having facelifts, I’ll have to keep having them – this is simply not true. As mentioned earlier, your skin continues to age, and some patients do choose to have further surgery. But, this is a lifestyle choice and no more.

9. Facial plastic surgery is hugely expensive – this is often a thought among people who consider the procedure as part of a ‘Beverley Hills’ lifestyle. Cost depends on the procedure to be undertaken, and many patients do find it costs less than they imagined it would – it simply pays to find out!

10. And finally – that plastic surgery involves the use of plastic materials! Irrespective of the name, this surgery simply works with the tissue and bone already present in the patient’s face. The derivation of the name is from the Greek that means to mold or shape – hence the name far precedes the use of synthetic plastics seen today!

Having debunked some myths, the conclusion is clear: facial plastic surgery is simply a procedure worth considering, and talking to an experienced professional is the best course of action to take.

Nutrition and healing: what you need to know

If you have recently had surgery, one of the best things you can do for your recovery is to pay attention to the things you eat. Many patients are tempted to increase their consumption of junk food and comfort food shortly after surgery, since these foods are easy to prepare. However, this can be very counterproductive in the context of recovery. Patients tend to recover significantly faster and more fully from surgical procedures if they have a healthy and balanced diet after surgery.

How much should I eat?

Most surgical procedures leave the patient with limited mobility during their recovery period. In a context of relative inactivity, many people assume that they should reduce their intake of food and calories during the recovery period. However, this can be a serious mistake. Your body needs more energy than normal because of the demands of the healing process. This doesn’t mean you should eat processed foods or foods that have high levels of sugar. Instead, you should aim to eat food representing a balanced diet, as will be outlined below.

People have a wide range of metabolic rates and calorific needs. However, everyone needs to eat more than they normally would while recovering from surgery. As a general guide, the average person recovering from surgery needs about 15-20 calories per day for each pound that they weigh. This means that a woman with an average weight needs approximately 2500 calories per day while recovering, and a man with an average weight needs approximately 3400 calories per day.

Which foods should I eat?

You need more protein than you normally would during recovery. Protein helps the body to repair damage. Red meat has some harmful properties, so try to obtain protein by increasing your intake of eggs, nuts, fish, beans or white meat.

Carbohydrates are an important component of any balanced diet, but they should not be overemphasized in recovery. Try eating cereal, rice, pasta or quinoa, and stay away from any junk food.

It is very important to have a high intake of vegetables during recovery. Most patients eat less than they should. Leafy greens such as kale, collard greens or broccoli provide calcium and vitamin K. Carrots, beets or radishes can provide vitamin A, which is important for tissue regrowth. Lastly, spinach, lettuce and cabbage contain vitamin B9, which is also very helpful in recovery.

You should also emphasize fruits in your diet during recovery. Vitamin C helps create connective tissue, which is indispensable for healing. Almost any fruit contains high levels of vitamin C, but citrus fruits have the highest concentrations.

How to eat during recovery

Patients recovering from surgery often have problems eating.

One of the paradoxes of recovery is that although patients need more calories than normal, many experience a decrease in their appetite for a few days after surgery, particularly where solid food is concerned. During this time, it is important to make it as easy as possible for yourself to eat. For example, this could mean having nutrient rich drinks or shakes in the house. Some widely available options include Soylent, Ensure and Boost. If you own a blender, you might enjoy fruit smoothies during the initial recovery period.

Even after the initial recovery period has ended, many patients experience some decrease in appetite that can take time to return to normal. Since patients have relatively low levels of energy during the recovery period, this means they are often inclined to choose junk food.

To make it easier to eat healthily during recovery, try stocking healthy foods that require little preparation. This might include fruits, yogurt, salads, oatmeal and some forms of canned foods. You could also try preparing food in advance and storing it in your fridge or freezer so it can be reheated on demand.

What is nonsurgical facial rejuvenation?

For those who want the benefits of plastic surgery without the cost and commitment, nonsurgical facial rejuvenation is becoming an increasingly attractive option. Most people have heard of Botox, and for good reason. The number of Botox treatments out-number face lifts five to one, making it the most common nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the United States. The reason is that dermal fillers, along with other popular forms of nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, are able to provide some of the same basic effects of traditional plastic surgery, while also offering some unique advantages. Using fillers to add volume to the face, without going under the knife, is commonly known as a “liquid facelift.” Take a look at some of the benefits listed below and decide for yourself.

Temporary

Maybe the scariest thing about reconstructive surgery is the idea that the changes in your face will be difficult or impossible to reverse. It’s why so many people choose to try nonsurgical alternatives, preferring a ‘test run’ approach to facial alterations. Those who go this route can see the effects of treatment for themselves, choosing to stay the course or opt-out anytime they like.

Low risk

A fear of invasive surgery is certainly not unheard of and though plastic surgery techniques are among the safest around, individuals with a more pronounced aversion to the scalpel find themselves more comfortable with nonsurgical solutions. Most kinds of dermal fillers are composed of natural materials, lowering the risk of a negative reaction. Many facial fillers are also 100 percent reversible, and carry an antidote for full elimination of the effect.

No recovery time

Avoiding unnecessary incisions means no scars and no recovery time. Nonsurgical facial rejuvenation shows results immediately, allowing people with busy schedules to get back to their lives without having to worry about their appearance. The procedures themselves often take under an hour to complete, which means a minimum time commitment for maximum effect.

A variety of options

For those who aren’t sold on the dermal filler approach, there are many other options available for consideration. Laser rejuvenation can fix unwanted skin blemishes, as well as treat wrinkles and scars. If you are interested in exploring this or other options, a qualified facial plastic surgeon will be able to offer advice on the options that will work best for you.

Should you consider plastic surgery for your kids?

Many of us have had the experience of being bullied in school — whether it was for our name, our clothing, or our appearance. While it’s a simple fix for your kid to get a wardrobe update, taking care of prominent ears or any other common physical conditions can be much more of a challenge. However, more and more parents are considering plastic surgery for their kids as a way to make their lives a little bit easier in these formative years.

The millennial generation

One reason options in cosmetic surgery are becoming more commonplace is that kids today have more pressure put on their appearance than any previous generation. With cameras in every mobile phone, and selfies becoming a daily ritual, kids are seeing more images of themselves and of their peers. As a result, they have become more image-conscious than ever before. In addition, bullying has taken on a whole different dimension online, where kids can face ridicule from their classmates even when not at school.

Talk to your kids

If you suspect there may be a problem, speak with your children and find out what kinds of challenges they are facing in school. Nine times out of ten, it will be run of the mill problems that can be solved with less drastic means. However, if you find that your child is being singled out for congenital problems, or pigmented skin lesions, or prominent ears, for example,  plastic surgery may be the correct solution.

Get in touch with your plastic surgeon

If you suspect your problem can be solved with plastic surgery, get in touch with your local plastic surgeon to find out what treatment options are available. Many procedures are relatively minor within the medical world and can be completed at reasonable  cost and with a quick recovery time. Your doctor will be able to give you all the relevant information.

Many parents feel a sense of guilt over choosing plastic surgery for their children; but the important thing to remember is that plastic surgery is not a vanity-driven medical procedure in this context. It can be used to correct a variety of physical conditions that would otherwise make life much more difficult for kids of any age, and may serve to alleviate the stigmatizing effects of peer ridicule

Most commonly requested plastic surgery for men

With all the attention we place on women’s appearances in our society, you might think that the field of plastic surgery is dominated by ladies looking for nose jobs and lip augmentation. However, recent years have shown an increase in the number of men interested in pursuing cosmetic surgery as a solution to a number of aesthetic concerns. It shouldn’t be surprising, since men are affected by factors like aging and weight gain as much as women. Here are a few of the top plastic surgery procedures requested by men.

Liposuction (under chin area)

Despite its reputation, liposuction isn’t about weight loss as much as a re-contouring of the face and neck. By targeting specific areas for the procedure, surgeons are literally able to shave off excess fat for the purposes of modeling your face. The great thing about liposuction is that it has a quick recovery time of only a few days, meaning those who choose it won’t have to substantially sacrifice their work or personal time.

Rhinoplasty

Just like women, men want to achieve more desirable proportions in their face, and nose reshaping is often the best way to accomplish this. Rhinoplasty can remove bumps and irregularities to approach a look that the patient is more comfortable with. In addition to the cosmetic benefits, rhinoplasty can improve breathing and alleviate conditions like sleep apnea.

Neck-lift

As we age, our skin begins to sag, especially in our faces. This sacrifices some of the more well-defined features that give us our unique look and sense of identity. For men, a strong jawline is important, and sagging neck skin can soften the chiseled look many people find desirable. With a neck-lift, men are able to restore their youthful appearance and rejuvenate their lives.

Eyelid rejuvenation

As with other areas of the face, the eyes are susceptible to sagging and aging over time, which can result in an undesirable appearance or even impaired sight. For those with drooping or puffy eyelids, blepharoplasty, or eyelid rejuvenation, is the solution which can completely redesign one of the most important aspects of our face.

Four Primary Care Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Plastic Surgeon

When making the life-altering decision to undergo plastic surgery, of course you will have[Looks great, thanks!] a long list of qualifying questions to ask your prospective surgeon about his training and skill level. But as you interview him, here are a few equally as important evaluation questions to ask yourself.

Is He Kind?
Upon first meeting, are you warmly welcomed? Do you feel seen and comfortable in his presence? Is there a calm to the interaction, or even better, a light-hearted, energizing, and uplifting connection through humor?

Is the doctor nice to his staff? You can tell so much about a person by the way they treat those that report to them. Does the office atmosphere indicate that this a group of equal partners who respect and enjoy each other? Do they seem to share the common goal of putting the primary focus and attention on the patient in front of them?

Is He Patient?
Does the surgeon answer all of your questions thoroughly and thoughtfully, when you are done asking them, without rushing, dismissing, or interrupting you? If you are anxious or afraid, it’s crucial to be able to share this up front so that you can be reassured with information and knowledge.

Are all of the procedures that you are interested in learning about explained in great depth, at your level of understanding? Is he tolerant of clarifying questions and additional concerns that you express?

Is there a respectful, sustained eye contact that feels natural and sincere to you? Is he present with you, emotionally and physically?

Is He Empathetic?
When you feel vulnerable, self-conscious, or anxious about your appearance and your perceived flaws, does he reassure you in a way that offers you relief?

Is there an obvious commitment to integrity and ethics in this practice? Does the doctor tailor the suggested procedures to what is right for you, at this time in your life, with honesty and candor? There should be no sense of rushing into treatments or overselling of procedures that you do not want or need. The best treatment plan is fully individualized, custom-crafted to your unique desires and dreams.

When you lay out your expectations and hopes, does he understand your motivations? Is your surgeon realistic with you about the expected outcome and the probable results of the procedure?

Are the doctor and his staff discreet? Do they respect your privacy and your dignity?

Is He Compassionate?
Have you been free to address your concerns about recovery with him? How much pain, discomfort, or swelling can you expect? Will you have to hide in your room for a long time? What’s the worst that can happen, and what should you do if it does?
Does he, or a staff member, call to check on you the night before your procedure?
Is your doctor willing to provide you with his direct phone number in case you have questions or concerns after your treatment? When you speak with him, is he relaxed, confident, and comforting?

Before Care and After Care
A successful procedural outcome and speedy healing process depend on both the skill of your surgeon and your relationship with him. You’ll be seeing a lot of each other after the treatment during follow-up visits, and perhaps additional procedures down the road. It’s important to look forward to returning to his office.

After you’ve verified the skills and credentials of the person you will choose to help create your ideal self, take as much time to confirm that this is someone who truly wants to help you put your best face forward by participating with you in an empowering doctor-patient relationship that is skin deep!

Herbal Supplements before Cosmetic Surgery May Cause Trouble

You know that natural herbal supplements are supposed to boost your immune system, give you more energy, and improve your health. What you may not know is that these dietary supplements may cause side effects during cosmetic surgery or problems afterwards.

Half of All Cosmetic Surgery Patients Use Supplements

One 2013 study, published in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, showed that people who opt for cosmetic surgery are likely to use herbal supplements. Researchers in that study surveyed 200 patients undergoing facial cosmetic surgery and found that 49 percent were using at least one type of supplement.

Out of the 200 participants in the survey, 35 were taking supplements linked to an increased risk for bleeding. This means 17.5 percent of patients in the survey might have experienced bleeding problems if the doctor had not suggested the patients stop using the supplements two to three weeks before surgery. Those supplements included bilberry, bromelain, fish oil, flaxseed oil, garlic, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), selenium, and vitamin E.

A 2006 study of 100 patients and 100 participants from the public also showed that people who opt for cosmetic surgery are more likely to use herbal supplements, with 55 percent of plastic surgery patients taking supplements compared to only 24 percent of the public. Eighteen percent of supplement users said they used chondroitin, another 18 percent said ephedra at 18 percent, 14 percent used echinacea, and 10 percent of participants said they used glucosamine.

Common Supplements and the Problems they Cause

Chondroitin is a popular supplement for the treatment of arthritis. Chondroitin may increase your risk for bleeding, especially when used in combination with blood-thinning drugs.

Ephedra was a weight loss medication, now banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because it could raise blood pressure and heart rate, and might ultimately cause heart attacks, irregular heartbeat, stroke, and death.

People use Echinacea to prevent or treat infections, chronic wounds and arthritis. This supplement can cause poor wound healing and increase risk for infection.

Glucosamine is often with chondroitin to improve joint function. Glucosamine contains insulin-like chemicals that can artificially lower blood sugar to dangerous levels after surgery.

Can’t I Just Keep my Supplement Use to Myself?

Sixty to 80 percent of people do not tell their doctors that they use herbal supplements, according to the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. This is a problem for all patients, as supplements can interfere with medications and increase the risk for side effects in surgical procedures. Warfarin is the most common prescription drug known to interact poorly with herbals. Doctors report more adverse drug effects associated with St. John’s Wort than any other herbal product.

Furthermore, some herbal supplements that are fine at recommended doses may have toxic effects at very high doses. Ginseng and licorice are particularly associated with toxicity at extremely high levels.

To reduce the risk for these side effects and others, plastic surgery patients should supply a list of all medications, including vitamins and supplements, to their surgeons. Most surgeons suggest stopping many herbal supplements before surgery to reduce the risk for complications. Talk to your plastic surgeon about the safety of herbal supplement before your cosmetic procedure.

The Rising Trend of Beard Transplants

From the big screen to the mainstream, the desire to have a full face of hair has never been higher!

shutterstock_156294731Walk down any busy street of New Jersey and New York, and you’ll notice the vast number of men sporting a beard. From famous actors like Brad Pitt and Gerard Butler to the average male hipster, neglecting razors to attain a scruffy facial appearance has become a much more common occurrence these days. Although many men have no problem growing a beard, others are genetically unable to achieve thicker looking facial hair on their own.

For this reason, follicularly challenged individuals are seeking beard transplants as a way to look more sophisticated, while still projecting a rugged appearance. Although the most common patients for this procedure are men in their 20s and 30s, it is not uncommon for white collar workers in their 40s to undergo this procedure either.

The Transplant Process

Beard transplants are performed in much the same way that traditional hair transplants are carried out. After the patient is put under local anesthesia, strands of hair with their follicles still attached are individually extracted from areas of the body where hair is abundant (back of head and chest). Access points are made through micro punctures, and the hairs are implanted one-by-one at an angle to provide patients with the most natural appearance possible.

Once the transplant is complete, minor redness and itching may exist on the face during the next couple of days. After the follicles have a few weeks to settle into position and the incisions fully heal, the hair will steadily begin to grow like a regular beard.

To ensure that men are getting their most “manly” appearance possible, transplants for mustache and sideburns are also on the rise. If you’ve had trouble achieving a bearded appearance, contact Dr. Wise’s office today.

Dr. Jeffrey Wise specializes in hair restoration and combines the most advanced techniques and technologies to give patients a natural looking appearance. Call (888) 295-6933 or fill out an online contact form today. Dr. Wise is double board certified and has helped many men restore the self-confidence that comes with the appearance of a full beard or head of hair.

Plastic Surgery & Fashion: Look Good to Feel Good

Beautiful young woman holding shopping bags in one hand and talking on a cell phoneWe are our own biggest critics because we are the ones most conscious of our own physical appearance, and how we look affects how we feel. If we think we look good, we often feel good and project an aura of confidence. This projection is highly detectable through the way we carry ourselves and how we interact with people, which, in turn, will influence the way we are perceived by others. Therefore, looking your best can improve your life in many ways, and both fashion and plastic surgery can help achieve this.

The perfect outfit can make you feel fearless and sexy, the same way your plastic surgery results can help you look and feel self-assured and courageous. Last September, plastic surgery was even incorporated into New York Fashion Week. The “Faces of Beauty” runway show featured models who underwent plastic surgery to overcome insecurities and become more self-confident.

Here are some tips for selecting the right fashion styles and plastic surgery procedures to boost your confidence. Choose fashion and plastic surgery that will:

Suit Your Style and Needs

Every body is different, so the same styles and procedure won’t work best for everyone. Check out how to choose the right clothes for your body type (by RealSimple.com). A qualified plastic surgeon can help you determine the best procedure to suit your needs during a consultation. Click here to easily contact the Wise Center for Plastic Surgery and schedule your consultation with Dr. Wise. Dr. Wise also offers 3D imaging to help you visualize how the results of a facial procedure will likely look.

Look Natural and Comfortable

Comfort doesn’t always have to be sacrificed for style. Choose clothes that look natural and aren’t too tight or restraining. People will likely notice if you’re uncomfortable and it will take away from your confidence. Plastic surgery should also provide natural-looking results so no one will even know you underwent a procedure. An experienced surgeon will have the skill and knowledge to provide you with results that will make you look naturally younger and more attractive.

Dr. Jeffrey Wise is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in facial and neck surgeries. He has the skill and experience necessary to create natural-looking results. To learn more about all of the procedures offered at the Wise Center for Plastic Surgery or to schedule your consultation, please call (888) 295-6933 or fill out our online contact form today.

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