Common Questions about Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Common Questions about Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Below I answer some common questions I receive about blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery. For those with a hollowed look around the eyes, eyelid surgery can be transformative for the face. Because the procedure and downtime are both relatively short, this plastic surgical procedure is a great option for many patients.

Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation

Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation

The actual term "Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation" was originally coined by Dr. John Tebbetts of Dallas in 2002 and referred to a specific technique designed to limit bleeding intraoperatively but is mostly a marketing term. However, recovery after breast augmentation is limited by the body's ability to heal.  As such, recovery can only be so "rapid". However, my patients can have surgery on Friday and return to work Monday or Tuesday.

Will a Tummy Tuck Eliminate Stretch Marks?

Will a Tummy Tuck Eliminate Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks after pregnancy or from previous weight gain are a tough problem. While there are many homeopathic remedies, there is no topical treatment that has been shown to eliminate them. They don't occur in everyone and have a genetic component. While a tummy tuck is not meant specifically to address stretch marks on the abdomen, it most often will by eliminating the tissue itself in which the stretch marks are present. 

Weight Limit for Liposuction

Weight Limit for Liposuction

One of the most common questions I receive from prospective liposuction patients is if there is a pre-operative weight limit. One of the biggest misconceptions patients often hold about liposuction is that it is a weight loss tool. I have also been asked how many pounds a patient can expect to lose via liposuction more times than I can count! While it is true that you can expect to lose a few pounds and noticeable volume from an area after liposuction, the weight of the fat removed is not significant. The most significant effect is the change in contour and shape of the area targeted. 

Celebrity Plastic Surgery Trends: Breast Reductions on the Rise

Celebrity Plastic Surgery Trends: Breast Reductions on the Rise

The breast lift, or mastopexy, and breast reduction are two of the least-discussed cosmetic surgery procedures, but they are two of the most important. My patients, and indeed patients in general, are overwhelmingly satisfied with their results. And, these two operations are among the fastest growing plastic surgery procedures, with the number of procedures performed up 70% in the period 2000-2014 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Now, as more celebrities discuss their plastic surgery procedures openly, we are seeing public figures also beginning to discuss these breast procedures, including a very recent post by Amber Rose on Instagram, Queen Latifah's interview to People, and even Kris Jenner.

How Do the Breasts Change Postpartum?

How Do the Breasts Change Postpartum?

I am often asked by patients about changes due in the breasts due to pregnancy and breastfeeding. In fact, a significant portion of cosmetic plastic surgery of the breast and body can be linked back to pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Unfortunately, pregnancy is tough on a woman's body, and many changes are irreversible and unavoidable.

A Patient Perspective on Botox® Cosmetic Treatments

A Patient Perspective on Botox® Cosmetic Treatments

 This week's blog post is from a guest author who is younger patient Botox patient. She started undergoing Botox injections at the ripe old age of 28 and is still coming back to see me 6 years later! I am a strong proponent of Botox treatments as a simple, preventative method to avert wrinkles before they form.

Non-Surgical Buttock Augmentation Using Sculptra

Non-Surgical Buttock Augmentation Using Sculptra

The most common form of buttock augmentation that I perform involves liposuction plus fat grafting to the buttocks. This plastic surgical procedure is also sometimes referred to as the Brazilian Butt Lift. I remove fat from the abdomen, flanks, and lower back via liposuction and graft it to the buttocks to increase their fullness, projection and symmetry. Buttock enhancement procedures are among the fastest growing in plastic surgery procedures, and fat grafting is the most popular among them. For those who prefer a non-surgical option, buttock augmentation using Sculptra is also possible.

My Top 5 Tips for Managing Sun Exposure

My Top 5 Tips for Managing Sun Exposure

The below is taken from a response I gave to a reporter for an article called "What Top Doctors Tell Their Friends About the Sun". As the sole plastic surgeon for Schweiger Dermatology Group, part of my practice deals with excising cancerous lesions or closing complex wounds generated from oncologic surgery such as Moh's surgery, which ensures a positive margin around a skin cancer excised but leaves that will be unpredictable size.

Plastic Surgery Medical Tourism

Plastic Surgery Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is very popular in my field of cosmetic surgery. I have had a few prospective patients  who visited my office for a consultation and then ultimately decided to go with a cheaper option in the Caribbean, most often the Dominican Republic, or Colombia. It is quite popular for patients to go to these countries for breast and body procedures or for combinations of procedures that doctors in the United States may not be willing to perform due to safety concerns. In my professional opinion, patients would most often be better served by staying in the United States.

Extreme Surgery: Scalp Reconstruction

Extreme Surgery: Scalp Reconstruction

Warning: this is a medically graphic reconstructive plastic surgery procedure that I recently performed. This complicated scalp reconstruction was due to a very large cancerous lesion on this man's scalp.

Can your Plastic Surgeon Guess Your Age?

Can your Plastic Surgeon Guess Your Age?

A study published in late 2016 and covered here by New York Magazine found that we plastic surgeons can judge a person's age accurately to within 10 months just by looking at a photograph. Does that shock you? Let me explain why it isn't very surprising to me.

Subtle Celebrity Anti-aging Treatments

Subtle Celebrity Anti-aging Treatments

The saying goes that pretty much everyone has been "under the knife" or "under the needle". While there is a fair amount of bad aesthetic work out there, celebrities often undergo subtle natural-looking treatments to turn back the clock, or at least slow its march forward! These include Botox and Hyaluronic Acid fillers such as Juvederm and Voluma.  

Illegal Buttock Injections

Illegal Buttock Injections

I perform fat grafting to the buttocks, also known as the Brazilian Butt Lift. In the course of this surgery, I remove fat most commonly from the abdomen, flanks, and lower back via liposuction and then graft it into the buttocks. This procedure is overwhelmingly safe and is one of my favorites to perform. It is also among the most rapidly growing plastic surgery procedures.

However, the illegal version of this surgery is unfortunately also becoming more common. People think that they may be able to take a shorter, cheaper route to their desired result by having a non-physician inject illegal, black market substances into their buttocks. This is a very bad idea. Below, I'd like to tell you a cautionary tale about a patient I took care of in 2009.

Top 5 Plastic Surgery Trends to Watch in 2017

Top 5 Plastic Surgery Trends to Watch in 2017

In elective plastic surgery, there are the mainstays like breast augmentation and abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, but advantages are being made continuously in surgical technique. Societal trends also evolve over time. In 2017, we will see the continuation of trends from 2016, and the continuing adoption of some new and exciting recently approved treatments.  Below, I lay out some the top 5 trends for 2017 based on what I have seen recently in my practice.

Breast Augmentation: Round versus Anatomical (Shaped) Breast Implants

Breast Augmentation: Round versus Anatomical (Shaped) Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery treatment and has been for several years. When deciding to undergo this surgery, I discuss with my patients a few of the choices they need to make pre-operatively. In order of importance, the main choices to be made are...

Plastic Surgery Trends: What is abdominal etching?

Plastic Surgery Trends: What is abdominal etching?

An abdominal etching patient of Dr. Zuckerman's before and immediately after his plastic surgery procedure with post-operative compression foam.

An abdominal etching patient of Dr. Zuckerman's before and immediately after his plastic surgery procedure with post-operative compression foam.

Plastic surgery isn’t just for women! The image above contains the pre-operative appearance and immediately post-operative result, the patient is still on the operating table, of a recent ‘Abdominal Etching’ procedure I performed. The popularity of this surgery is on the rise, possibly in concert with the continued popularity and advancement liposuction techniques or because the stigma of men undergoing plastic surgeon is declining. The majority of patients who seek this operation are men, but women can benefit as well. When performing this surgery on a female patient, I would seek to create a slightly different result as most women do not want a fully articulated six pack in the same way a man does.

In this operation, I perform targeted small volume liposuction at each of several sites in the abdomen to enhance the appearance and contour of the abdominal muscles. The procedure takes 1-2 hours and recovery time is around 2 days before return to work. The patient should wait approximately a month before vigorous abdominal exercise. This patient of mine looked great on the table after the surgery, and he is going to be very satisfied with his ultimate result.

Abdominal etching exemplifies the fact that liposuction is not a weight loss tool. While a pound of two may be “lost” while undergoing liposuction, it is actually dangerous for patients over a certain weight to have the procedure. Liposuction is appropriately used as a contouring and sculpting tool, not a tool for weight loss.

Abdominal etching is a great procedure for those with stubborn abdominal fat who wish to improve the appearance of their abdominal contours. Great for the beach!

Behind the Scenes: Filming a "Mommy Makeover" Patient Feature

Behind the Scenes: Filming a "Mommy Makeover" Patient Feature

Dr. Zuckerman's Mommy Makeover plastic surgery video feature in progress.

Dr. Zuckerman's Mommy Makeover plastic surgery video feature in progress.

Although I've now been filmed several to many times for various news programs and television shows, I never find it boring or too easy. It's still a challenge to speak fluidly without interjections and to make eye contact with a machine! I always get a few jitters before going on camera. While I am completely at home at the operating table or talking to a patient one on one, film seems a bit more intimidating even though very often the television program interview mirrors questions patients may be asking me in my practice. 

Here, we are filming a new segment on a patient's "Mommy Makeover" procedure. Both myself and the patient were filmed answering questions about the surgery. This patient will undergo two surgeries done at the same time: a breast augmentation to raise breasts deflated after bearing a child and a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, to remove the stretched out skin and stubborn pad of fat left over from pregnancy. For the patient, she discussed why she wanted the procedure, her expectations of the surgical outcome, and her biggest "must haves". I then talked about a couple of tricky bits of the surgery particular to this patient and how listening to her desires and questions led me to the approach I will take in the operating room.

I'll let you know when it airs!