Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Surgery
The surgeons at The Mount Sinai Hospital's Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are committed to providing a comprehensive, personalized care plan for each of their patients, working closely with each individual to define and fulfill their goals. We use the most advanced techniques and technologies in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to minimize scarring, limit pain and swelling, and reduce downtime. Some of the most common aesthetic surgical procedures we perform include the following:
- Abdominoplasty: Also known as a "tummy tuck," this common cosmetic surgery procedure is used to make the abdomen more firm. Your surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. This type of surgery is usually sought by patients with loose tissues after pregnancy or individuals who experience sagging in the abdominal area after major weight loss. It can be done on an outpatient basis and can dramatically improve the appearance of stretch marks, hanging skin and "love handles." In many cases, a less invasive procedure, combined with liposuction, can achieve many of the same improvements of a full abdominoplasty, with a much smaller scar.
- Blepharoplasty: This procedure can be both a functional and cosmetic surgical procedure intended to reshape the upper eyelid or lower eyelid by the removal or repositioning of excess tissue as well as by reinforcement of surrounding muscles and tendons. When an advanced amount of upper eyelid skin is present, the skin may hang over the eyelashes and cause a loss of peripheral vision. The outer and upper parts of the visual field are most commonly affected and the condition may cause difficulty with activities such as driving or reading. In this circumstance, upper eyelid blepharoplasty is performed to improve peripheral vision. In this operation, which can be done under local anesthesia, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. Bags beneath the eyes and excess skin hanging from the upper eyelids can be markedly improved. For Asian patients desiring "double lines," we perform a 20-minute operation to create a fold in the upper eyelid. Other lid procedures include tightening the lower lid to eliminate sagging.
- Brachioplasty: Also known as an arm lift, this surgical procedure usually combined with liposuction that removes loose skin and excess fat deposits in the upper arm, tightening and defining the shape of the upper arm. Sometimes with age or weight loss, upper arm skin can become loose, appearing out of proportion to the rest of the arm. Surgeons can hide incision scars in the inner parts of the arms.
- Breast Augmentation: Known as augmentation mammaplasty, this procedure enlarges the breasts with implants. An implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or saline (a solution of salt water). The surgeon places the implant either under the breast tissue or behind the chest wall muscle. Insertion method and placement depend on the anatomy of each patient. This operation may be performed for cosmetic reasons, to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy, or to correct genetic deformities.
- Face Contour: Many patients choose to enhance their facial contour to complement other facial rejuvenation procedures or to correct an overbite or "weak jaw." Cheekbones can be made more prominent. Facial contour is altered by placing implants or by surgically altering the bones.
- Face Lift: This procedure removes excess skin in the face and neck and tightens the supporting structures to provide a more youthful appearance. Rather than apply one "boilerplate" facelift technique to all patients, we tailor our surgery to the patients' needs and preferences, performing endoscopic facelifts, mini-facelifts, and mid-facelifts where indicated. Facelifts can be combined with soft-tissue fillers (Restylane) or laser resurfacing for a complete facial rejuvenation.
- Forehead and Brow Lift: This procedure corrects drooping eyebrows and excessive wrinkling, including lines and furrows, of the forehead. Although both open and endoscopic techniques are used, the endoscopic browlift has become the main technique used for forehead rejuvenation. Browlifts are often done in conjunction with facelift and eyelid surgery.
- Injectables and Fillers: These products can be used on their own or to complement facial surgery. The marketplace offers an ever increasing variety of these products, each of which has its own unique properties and uses. Botox is perhaps the best-known injectable. It temporarily paralyzes the small muscles of the face that produce wrinkles and furrows. This product is most commonly used on the forehead and around the eyes. Soft tissue fillers such as Restylane and Radiance, are used to fill in wrinkles and folds. In some cases, the patient's own fat can also be used as a filler. All of these filler and injectable agents offer only temporarily improvement and need repeated application. Results can last from several months to a year or more.
- Liposuction: This cosmetic surgery operation uses a suction technique to remove fat and improve contour from many different sites on the human body. Areas affected can range from the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, to the neck, backs of the arms, and elsewhere. We use both traditional liposuction techniques and the newer "power-assisted" liposuction device. Our approach emphasizes safety first and foremost. Limiting the volume of fat removed in one sitting to nationally established guidelines markedly enhances the overall safety of this procedure.
- Rhinoplasty: This surgical procedure is usually performed in order to improve the function and/or the appearance of a person's nose. Rhinoplasty is also commonly called a "nose reshaping" or "nose job". It can be performed to meet aesthetic goal or for reconstructive purposes to correct trauma, birth defects or breathing problems.
- Skin Resurfacing: These techniques to improve skin texture and color often supplement other cosmetic procedures. Skin resurfacing commonly involves various forms of chemical peeling, skin abrasion or laser resurfacing.
We realize patients have lots of questions and our distinguished surgeons are happy to answer them. They pride themselves on fostering a trusting relationship with each patient to ensure maximum ease throughout the process and the best outcomes possible.