Cosmetic Surgery In View With Dr. Robert Schwarcz

By jacquelineluxe • January 21, 2013

Dr. Schwarcz firmly believes cosmetic surgery should help a patient look rejuvenated, not “pulled”, or done. He implements the latest advancements in cosmetic surgery, allowing him to avoid prolonged recovery times and unnatural outcomes.

As one of only 500 surgeons nationwide to be admitted to the American Society of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Dr. Schwarcz’s highly specialized training allows him to meticulously focus on the details of facial cosmetic surgery and non-invasive treatments as well.

He specializes as the Director of OculoFacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and instructs dermatology residents techniques in Mohs and cosmetic facial surgery. He was recently featured on Larry King Live for his meticulous work reconstructing the face of the California woman mauled by a mountain lion, as seen in the media worldwide.

Dr. Schwarcz focuses on plastic surgery relating to the eyelids, browlifts, orbital, and lacrimal surgery, as well as thyroid eye disease.

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Tagged with: cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery

ERNO LASZLO Anti-Aging At It's Best With TranspHuse Topical

By jacquelineluxe • August 29, 2011

As you approach your thirties, your skin's needs will start to change. Treat your skin to a ritual that will prevent and combat those first signs of skin aging such as dryness, sagging and sallowness. Our belief: just because time marches on does not mean your face ever has to show it.

Discover Timeless Skin. When noticeable signs of aging set in - such as fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity or plumpness - reach for TranspHuse Surgiceuticals. This technologically-advanced collection yields results once only possible with invasive medical procedures.

Debating a cosmetic procedure? Consider using TranspHuse Topical instead. This state-of-the-art formula, with skin-firming and line-plumping dermaxyl and marine filling spheres, also contains gatuline expression which minimizes the micro-contractions in the skin for a smoother, noticeably younger appearance.

Features & Benefits:

• Gatuline Expression, a plant extract works to minimize the number of microcontractions in the skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

• Marine Filling Spheres stimulate collagen production by filling in lines. • Cranberry Seed Oil protects the skin against further environmental damage.

• Lentinus Edodes Extract is a firming agent extracted from the Shitake Mushroom.

• Optical Diffusers give skin an unsurpassed glow.

Proper use: In the morning, apply to cleansed, toned skin. Follow with prescribed moisturizer.

ERNO LASZLO TranspHuse Topical SRP $165.00 (1 oz.)

The Adonis Effect: Men Turn To Cosmetic Procedures To Perfect Their Image

By jacquelineluxe • June 22, 2011

Those in search of their own fountain of youth turn to cosmetic procedures to plump, nip and tuck away the years.  But while most assume women make up the patient roster for cosmetic procedures, men have found ways to improve their self-image as well.  They are just keeping it a secret.

On any given day, if you look in the reception area of the renowned JUVA Skin & Laser Center in Manhattan, you will notice just as many male patients as female.  Dr. Adam Schaffner, Director of Plastic Surgery at JUVA, says men are turning to him for ways they can look and feel like a better man.

Whether it is for personal fulfillment or to enhance a professional image, popular facial procedures include enhancing jaw lines to project a strong impression, injecting BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers to eliminate the look of fatigue, trimming extra skin and softening wrinkles around the eyes, and fixing nasal imperfections like bumps, ridges and a bulbous tip.

Making alterations to a man's body has become increasingly more popular in the past decade as advances in laser and cosmetic procedures have made them easier and more accessible.  Whether treating "man boobs", known as gynecomastia, love handles, or a lack of definition, liposuction can help reshape areas to improve contour.  Lipoetching accentuates the pectoral, abdominal and oblique muscles.  Finally, laser-assisted liposuction helps tighten skin and reduce the amount of bruising and swelling associated with other liposuction techniques.

"There is a misconception that cosmetic procedures are geared towards preserving a woman's youth and that men don't have similar insecurities about their face or body," said Dr. Schaffner.  "Men discreetly and quickly undergo minimally invasive procedures that help achieve their desired image."

SOURCE JUVA Skin & Laser Center

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Tagged with: JUVA, plastic surgery, Botox

Health Week On Jacqueline Luxe: Plastic Surgery For Dummies Or The Scalpel Challenged

By jacquelineluxe • June 17, 2011

Just when you thought you were becoming a plastic surgeon maven who could reel off every filler substance on the planet and define Botox and what it’s used for, along comes new technology! With the constant information overload, it’s often hard for the lay person to make head or tails out of the latest sci-fi type of developments. Dr. Richard Chaffoo is a board certified San Diego, CA plastic surgeon who is here to give consumers a cheat sheet on the newest advances in body contouring. In summary, Dr. Chaffoo feels that small procedures yield small results.

In addition, the costs of these procedures can really add up as they often need to be done in a series of treatment sessions. You might spend close to the amount of money you'd spend on traditional liposuction and not get the same result.” He adds, “All of these technologies need to be measured against the gold standard, traditional liposuction performed by a board certified plastic surgeon. Also, many of these technologies are used in the office by non plastic surgeons that don't have privileges to do any surgical procedures nor do they have adequate training.”


ZERONA® is the first non-invasive body slimming procedure to effectively remove excess fat. unlike other lipo and body slimming procedures, ZERONA® allows patients to continue daily activities without interruptions from surgery, pain, wounds, bruises, or garments. The ZERONA® protocol utilizes the Erchonia® Laser Scanner, which is the safest and most researched low level laser in the world.

ZERONA® is also FDA approved for laser assisted liposuction. Voluminous adipose tissue can appear when fatty material is present, and this, in turn, can bring about enlarged subcutaneous fat regions. Because subcutaneous fat is close to the skin's surface, laser emulsification can have a dramatic effect on them. The collapse of adipose arrangements has been noted after laser therapy, reducing their volume and providing effective body slimming results. When the fat cells have reduced the body naturally excretes the fat over time giving the patient proven results after around six treatments over two weeks. This occurs during the body’s normal detoxification process.

ZERONA® treatment liquifies the fat and the cell dumps it into the intercellular space. There are two types of fat cells - Subcutaneous and viscera subcutaneous fat is located directly above the skeletal muscle and below the skin. Its superficial placement is what ensures proper depth penetration of the laser energy. Patients containing a high volume of visceral fat (fat below the skeletal muscle) are not ideal candidates for this procedure. However, they may still contain subcutaneous fat; therefore, you can treat the individual by just ensuring they adopt a healthy diet to address the visceral fat.

Through clinical studies it has been demonstrated that the Zerona® low level laser stimulates the fat cell to emulsify (liquefy) the fat within the cell. Then the liquefied fat moves from inside the cell through a temporary pore formed in the cell membrane to outside the cell where it is in the interstitial space until absorbed by the lymphatic system. This results in millions of fat cells becoming smaller so inches are reduced off the waist, hips and thighs. The fat cells are not injured in any way by this process.

What can I expect at my appointments?

You can expect 40 minutes to relax, read or do absolutely nothing. The Zerona® treatment is completely painless. There is no heat or any sensation whatsoever while being treated. Each treatment you will be met by your physician or technician who will position the laser at the desired areas of the body, he/she will step out for 20 minutes while the front of your body is treated and then will return to reset for the backside of your body for an additional 20 minutes. After you are done you can get back to your normal activities immediately with absolutely no downtime, nor pain, swelling or any discomfort. This is a symptom –free process except for losing unwanted inches.


Zeltiq is a device that kills fatty tissue by putting the body's metabolism to work. Research has shown that cold temperatures can be devastating to fatty tissue, even though those same temperatures have no permanent adverse effect on skin cells. Zeltiq's Cryolipolysis technique for improving body contour uses a suction applicator with cooling plates on areas where fat reduction is desired.

The plates are pressed against the selected body area. In a procedure that takes about an hour, that area is cooled to a temperature that kills fat tissue while leaving the outer skin cells unharmed. Within several days the destroyed fat cells begin to shrink, and are then digested by and removed from the body through metabolic processes. Usually within two to four months, patients see a reduction in the area of fat targeted and an improvement in body contour.

No Needles

One widely used technique for fat removal, liposuction, involves suctioning fat out of the body. As with any invasive procedure, there are certain risks that can include infection, scarring, changes in skin pigmentation, and a possible "lumpy" appearance afterwards. Zeltiq is non-surgical. No needles, incisions, pain relievers, or recovery time are needed. Risky side effects are not a problem. The procedure is performed in the doctor's office, and when it is finished the patient can resume his or her normal life without missing a beat.

Zeltiq is intended for use by people who are in good health overall and want to lose a little fat in certain areas. It is not a weight loss tool, nor is it intended for use by the severely obese. The Food and Drug Administration has cleared its use in this country for various dermatological applications, and an application is pending for its use in fat reduction. It is already employed in Canada and Europe for that purpose.


The new FDA-approved laser-assisted liposuction treatment that melts stubborn fat deposits and tightens skin in about an hour. SmartLipo™ is a minimally-invasive body contouring treatment that is generating attention by melting away fat and tightening skin in about an hour, with local anesthesia and little downtime.

SmartLipo™, or laser-assisted lipolysis, is a minimally treatment that utilizes a laser to quickly melt stubborn areas of fat and tighten skin on the face, neck, arms, back, abdominal area, hips, thighs and knees. This technology liquefies fat so it can be easily drained or be absorbed by the body's lymphatic system where it is then flushed naturally from the body. An added benefit of SmartLipo™ is its skin tightening capability, which further enhances the results especially for 40+ men and women.

Recently FDA-approved, SmartLipo™ is a physician-performed treatment that is performed with a local anesthetic in about an hour. SmartLipo has some very distinct advantages over conventional liposuction when treating small areas of fat. The treatment is performed with local anesthetic and the laser probe is so small that sutures are not even necessary. Most people are back to their regular routines, with slight modifications, in a day or two. With SmartLipo the skin is tightened by the laser.

When compared to conventional liposuction, SmartLipo™ results in less bleeding, less bruising, less swelling and less discomfort. The incisions are so small that sutures are not even necessary. In addition, traditional liposuction requires general anesthesia or IV sedation. SmartLipo™ is performed under local anesthesia and liquefies the fat, which promotes skin tightening through thermal heating and tissue coagulation allowing men and women with loose skin - who previously were not ideal candidates for conventional liposuction.

Recover...Refresh & Renew With Nuvo Visage

By jacquelineluxe • May 17, 2011

After years of research, re-developing and testing, Nuvo Visage is launching a tailor designed, full face gel mask with aesthetic and health benefits. The reusable and affordable therapy mask can be utilized COLD or HOT.

Nuvo Visage gel masks feature a double velcro system to secure the mask in places around the head. Its unique soft outer membrane conforms to the face for comfort, and was specially redesigned to fit both women and men. The gel and the material used in the product are non-toxic, and safe for all applications.

Beyond its post-surgery applications, to reduce swelling, bruising and discomfort commonly associated with injectables, chemical peels and surgery, the mask can also be used to enhance daily personal beauty routine. Namely, it can reduce the appearance of fine lines and large pores, as cold therapy treatments constrict blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the affected area of the face as the cold slows nerve reaction. The cooling sensation also leaves the skin feeling and looking firmer, refreshed, revitalized and renewed.

Hot therapy treatments relax facial nerve tension, as heat compresses and dilates blood vessels which increase blood flow to the affected area of the face. The benefits of heat aid the healing process and promote relaxation.

Questions To Ask Your Plastic Surgeon When Looking Into Plastic Surgery

By jacquelineluxe • May 10, 2011

During these hard times, many of us are looking for the great “deals & steals” and ways to save a little extra money. But is it smart or safe to bargain hunt when it comes to your health? An increasing number of Americans are nipping and tucking, sucking and suturing, injecting and implanting, all in the quest for better looks. Each year, thousands of prospective patients bargain hunt for plastic surgeons – price being the main attraction. But what risks are patients really taking to save a little extra cash when going under the knife?

A bargain at the outset could result in more money spent on revision surgery or fatally worse, death or disfigurement at the hands of an incompetent surgeon or in a compromised surgical setting. Despite the warnings, people continue to sign up for bargain plastic surgery. According to Dr. Miami board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer, “with the U.S. economic climate being unstable many plastic surgeons are slashing their prices to attract customers who are driven by the cost of surgery. Consumers are affected by the slowing economy are beginning to ‘price shop’ with plastic surgeons,” says Dr. Salzhauer. But buyers beware, “it can be a very dangerous practice to bargain with your health the way you would when a new car.”

Ask The Doctor

What Is Board-Certified?

Make sure your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board recognized to certify surgeons in the entire spectrum of plastic surgery. Make sure your plastic surgeon is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the largest plastic surgery society in the world.

How Many Times Have You Done This Procedure?

Surgeons who frequently and regularly perform the particular procedure you request have often seen the variations, nuances, and even complications which make for a well seasoned expert. Also, if a surgeon sees referrals from others in his field, he is seen as an expert by his peers, the ultimate compliment.

What Other Medical Staff Will Assist With The Procedure?

Your surgeon should be the primary one who performs and directs your surgical procedure. He will be assisted by various personnel such as nurses and surgical scrub techs who routinely operate with your plastic surgeon. In addition, your plastic surgeon will often use someone who is trained in anesthesia, such as an anesthesiologist or certified nurse anesthetist.

Where Will The Procedure Be Performed?

A board certified plastic surgeon who is a member of the ASPS is required to perform your surgery in a certified and accredited outpatient surgery center or hospital. This represents the gold standard for patient safety.

What Type Of Anesthesia Will Be Used During The Procedure?

Type of anesthetic depends on the type of procedure, length of surgery, and professional recommendation of the anesthesiologist.

What Are The Risks Associated With This Procedure?

All surgery comes with inherent risks and complications. Your board certified plastic surgeon will discuss the recovery, risks, and alternative treatment options with you so that you might make an informed decision.

Can You Provide Me With 3-6 References To Patients On Whom You Have Performed This Procedure?

Your plastic surgeon will provide you with several patients who have undergone your particular procedure so that you can learn about their surgical experience from a patient's perspective.

What Is The Exact Breakdown Of Fees For This Procedure?

Surgical fees. You should expect to see a clear,written estimate of your surgical procedure. This will include surgeon's fee, anesthesia fee, operating room costs, and implant fees if any.

Dimples Are Darling To Many And Now Cute Chique

By jacquelineluxe • April 4, 2011

While there are no numbers on how many are performed annually, dimple-plasties are an increasingly talked-about trend on consumer sites and beauty forums, hen it comes to beauty, many are anxious to obtain the latest Hollywood trend – from haircuts to clothes – to the more extreme like Angelina’s pouty lips or Julia’s famous smile.

Now, the latest trend involves an adorable pair of dimples. Thought of by many as the quintessential “cute” facial feature, there is a growing trend of people seeking the procedure from plastic surgeons to add dimples to their cheeks. Known as dimple-plasty, this cosmetic procedure (ranging from $2,000 - $5,000) involves a tiny incision in the cheek and is done under local anesthesia, taking less than an hour. Dr. Michael Salzhauer is a board certified Bal Harbour, Florida Plastic Surgeon.

He says that, “plastic surgery dimples can be fairly easily created under local anesthesia. The plastic surgeon will make an incision inside the mouth on the inner surface of the cheeks. A small depression will then be created in the cheek muscles and bucosal tissues. Internal stitches may be used to suture the dimple divot in place and external stitches will be used to close the incision inside the mouth.” If the patient desires a large dimple, punch tissue excision may be used to completely remove a portion of the cheek muscle and create a deeper dimple. The entire dimple creation surgery generally lasts less than one hour.

What are the Risks of Dimple Creation?

According to Dr. Salzhauer, “most patients will not require general anesthesia and will only need local numbing of the mouth tissue with an injectable anesthetic such as lidocaine. Use of local anesthesia limits risks of any plastic surgery. As with any type of cosmetic surgery, there is a risk of infection. This risk may be minimized by following post operative instructions that are given following the creation of dimples. There will also be some swelling, bruising and pain which are generally mild to moderate and localized within the cheek tissue.”

What Will the Dimples Look Like?

Initially, the dimples that have been created will be present all of the time. After a few weeks, depending on the depth of the dimple creation, the cheeks may flatten out some and the new dimples will only be seen when smiling. This is because the cheek muscles will heal and close the depression somewhat but will contract more at the site of the dimple, creating a natural looking result as if one had been born with dimples.

How Long is the Recovery Time?

In Dr. Salzhauer’s office, Dimple Surgery is nearly always done as an out-patient procedure or day surgery. This means the patient will only be at the hospital or cosmetic surgery clinic for a few hours and may return home that evening. Most patients will be advised to eat a liquid diet for at least the first 24 hours to allow tissues to begin to heal and due to the fact that eating can be painful after dimple creation. Dr. Salzhauer advises that, “for the first several days and possibly up to a week, an oral antiseptic mouth wash should be used several times a day. Though most patients experience some pain and bruising, it is generally mild and will subside within a few days. Many patients report that they are completely recovered within 10 to 15 days” .

Dimple surgery is a fairly simple, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can help a person feel better about their smile. In fact, some cultures consider dimples to be a sign of fertility and happiness and are often thought of as a facet of youth. Cosmetic dimple surgery is an easy way to get a great looking smile.

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Tagged with: Dr. Salzhauer, plastic surgery

New Jersey Dr. Ganchi Reveals The Secrets To Successful Plastic Surgery

By jacquelineluxe • January 11, 2011

As the “self serve” era progresses, more Americans are empowered by the ability to alter nearly anything about their appearance they don’t like. Unfortunately, many people wind up in the hands of an overzealous plastic surgeon or dermatologist, and end up looking more like a caricature of their former self.

According to Harvard trained, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Parham Ganchi, “just about any plastic surgery procedure can look ‘fake’ if overdone. By the same token, almost any plastic surgery procedure can look great if done properly.” This fine line between “natural” and “fake” is often a matter of public display: some of Hollywood’s biggest stars have altered their looks only to find that the newer version is unrecognizable and unnatural.

Dr. Ganchi has spent years educating his patients on the best ways to approach plastic surgery. Below he shares his best advice for those looking to improve their look without going “too far.”

According to Dr. Ganchi, plastic surgery revision makes up a certain percentage of every doctor’s practice. However, motives for revision are often very different. Dr. Ganchi notes, “if a plastic surgeon is not very good and does a poor job, a patient may seek out a second procedure.” Another scenario that occurs often is patients who are very happy with their results, and then ask for more. This mentality, Dr. Ganchi explains, comes from the idea that “more must be better.” Many surgeons might not say no to a patient’s request, potentially ruining the original good result.  “Patient education is the key to a happy patient.”

As plastic surgery has evolved, it has become possible for surgeons to tailor their work for every individual patient. There is no longer one “tell-tale” rhinoplasty or breast augmentation. Many patients do not take their unique facial structure or appearance into account, requesting a look that will not “fit” their features. “Many people assume that if they don’t like something, they ‘know’ what should be done to fix it,” says Dr. Ganchi. The overexposure to photoshopped models and celebrities has also contributed to this problem. Dr. Ganchi notes many patients don’t take the time to look at “normal” people before deciding how to change their own looks. Dr. Ganchi suggests that patients look at old photos of themselves to see what looks good and natural. Many of them are surprised by what they see.

Contrary to popular belief, Dr. Ganchi says that facial aging is not just “everything falling down.”  There is a combination of gravity, fat loss and fat gain which changes the actual physical shape of the face. Instead of one cure-all for facial aging, Dr. Ganchi recommends different restorative procedures for each patient. With the right combination of fillers, surgery and rejuvenating procedures, an extremely natural, youthful facial shape can result.

Face Lift: The traditional “face lift” procedure is one of the most notoriously easy to spot procedures out there. Patients come in requesting that their entire face be pulled – the proper approach to this type of procedure is only to pull the lower portion of the face, such as the jaw and neckline. Pulling anything above the upper lip makes the face appear unnatural, as we never appeared this way in our youth.  The upper face looks great when “filled”, not tightened.


Eyelid Lift: Perception is key with this procedure. Many people do not know what a natural, youthful eye really looks like. After Dr. Ganchi shows patients pictures of youthful eyes, and compares photos of their own younger looking eyes, he is able to create a natural, refreshed look that does not appear “windswept” or “surprised.”

Breast Implants: Most women, at least in his practice, are afraid of looking overdone or obnoxious. Dr. Ganchi often explains to patients that the key to a natural look is all about proportion. If we can select a size that is in balance with the rest of their figure and also fits well on their chest/rib cage, they will appear natural and will enhance rather than distract from their figure.






Tummy Tuck: Many moms hate their stomachs and want a tummy tuck to “get rid of it.” Dr. Ganchi notes that the abdomen and waistline must look proportional as they define a woman’s figure.  This is an opportunity to create a beautiful shape, not just get rid of a bulge.  Without some liposuction of the “love handle” area, women are left with a very straight-looking boxy shape. Dr. Ganchi offers liposuction for other areas of the body, such as the outer thighs and upper back to help keep the entire midsection looking proportional and feminine. Since the surrounding areas of the body affect each other, a tummy tuck without attention to these areas may result in a very unnatural or unattractive effect.

Rhinoplasty: Many top celebrities in Hollywood have an overdone rhinoplasty procedure with a pinched tip and “ski slope” look. Dr. Ganchi tells all of his patients the goal is not to redo the entire nose, but to bring the parts that are out of proportion back into line with the rest of the nose and the face. This is another case where “more” is not better. If other parts of a nose are fine, they should be left alone to maintain a person’s unique look.  A beautifully done nose will bring out and enhance the rest of the facial features.

Dr. Ganchi notes that every patient should feel confident about their doctor’s abilities after their consultation. You should know your surgeon’s credentials.  Make sure he trained at the top schools and is board certified in plastic surgery.  Always ask to see examples of other patients who have had similar procedures.  Make sure your surgeon performs these procedures regularly.  Finally, make sure you’re comfortable with your surgeon, his bedside manner and approachability.  By asking the right questions, you will ensure the best chance for a great outcome.

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