What is PermaLip Lip Augmentation?

If you’ve long coveted the lips of stars like Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson or the iconic Marilyn Monroe, you’ve probably done some research on lip augmentation procedures and wondered which option would, once and for all, give you the plump, pouty, natural look so admired on stage and screen. While there are several options available, from temporary injectable solutions to implants, Board certified New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman is particularly excited about PermaLip lip augmentation implants.

What makes PermaLip Implants Different from Others?

PermaLip lip implants are a significant and pleasing step up from previous varieties of cosmetic lip implants. They have been a life-changer for many of Dr. Schulman’s patients who wanted to boost and plump up thin lips, or who have experienced the thinning of the lips that often comes with the aging process.

Previous models of permanent lip implants came with several disadvantages, the most obvious of which was their unnatural look and feel. Some of them had what Dr. Schulman calls the “cigarette roll” look, as the ends were not tapered to conform to the natural shape of the mouth. Many of these older lip implants would migrate into unnatural positions over time, causing lip distortion and difficulty with activities like speaking, eating and kissing. They were also difficult to customize, so that also contributed to the unnatural look of older styles of lip implants.

In addition to these problems, if a patient later wanted a lip implant removed, the process was difficult and complicated because, over time, the body would begin to absorb the material and the implant would become one with the patient’s face, sometimes in an unnatural position. Bruising, scarring and swelling were frequent side effects of the removal process, and more extensive work was usually needed to restore the patient’s natural lip contours.

PermaLip implants, however, are extremely easy to implant; they are even easy to remove if the patient later feels that is necessary. Otherwise, PermaLip lip implants can stay put and perform well and naturally for years and years. They are made out of a soft, non-reactive silicone that has a natural feel and texture when inserted inside the lip. Patients rave about how natural these lips feel when eating, talking and even kissing.
Another thing that patients enjoy about PermaLip lip augmentation is that they are more customizable than previous styles of lip implants. They are tapered at each end to prevent the “cigarette roll” look and they come in three different widths and three different lengths. The patient can choose either a 3-millimeter, 4-millimeter or 5 millimeter diameter, along with the correct length. The wider the diameter, of course, the bigger the pout.

PermaLip implants also do not become incorporated into the body’s other tissues over the course of time. This is an added benefit for those patients who choose this lip augmentation procedure. If the patient later decides to remove the implant for any reason, the removal process is as simple as the original insertion process. The insert just slides right out, and recovery time is minimal.

Some patients initially express concern that perhaps the PermaLip lip augmentation inserts will rupture or leak, but they cannot do this. They are made from solid, but soft, flexible silicone that remains inert inside of the lips. There is no liquid component to the implants, so there is no danger of leaking.

For most of Dr. Schulman’s patients with PermaLip, however, these implants have lasted and looked great for years and years, so it’s relatively uncommon for him to have a removal request with these particular models.

Is PermaLip Lip Augmentation Better than Injected Solutions?

For years, lip augmentation by way of an injectable fat, collagen or other solution was the standard procedure for people going for the pouty, kissable look. Over the years, more sophisticated injectable solutions were developed, including hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body, so adverse allergic reactions are extremely rare.

Dr. Schulman also has excellent results using several other non-surgical lip fillers such as Restylane®, Juvederm®, Perlane®, Radiesse®, Sculptra® and Belotero®. These all produce wonderfully natural, plump, pouty puckers and are a good option for many patients on a temporary basis.
The keyword here is temporary; lip augmentation injections usually last from about six to nine months, on average. So the main issue that patients have with injected solutions is that they have to be re-injected a couple of times a year to keep the pretty pout going strong. The cost of these repetitive injections can add up over time. Painful, biannual injections and the inconvenience factor of having to schedule the procedure and recover from it regularly can be a turn off for many patients.
The PermaLip lip implant, on the other hand, is truly permanent. It stays put and continues to plump up your pucker, so you only have to pay for it one time and then proceed to enjoy life with the fuller lips you’ve always wanted without having to keep paying to have them redone periodically.

What Should I Expect from a PermaLip Implant Procedure?

If you would like to know more about PermaLip lip augmentation or any other lip enhancing procedures, please schedule an appointment to talk with Dr. Schulman personally. He will talk with you about all of the options we can provide and help you plan a procedure that will create the best look and overall outcome for you.
If you and Dr. Schulman opt for PermaLip lip augmentation, you’ll schedule another appointment for the short, outpatient procedure. Dr. Schulman will use a local anesthetic and then cut tiny slits on either side of the mouth to slide the PermaLip implant right into the correct area of the lip, or lips. You can have the bottom, top or both lips augmented in this way.

Following the lip augmentation, you will probably experience some swelling, pain and tenderness in the area, particularly over the first 24 to 48 hours. Some patients experience minor bruising as well, but this is not common. You should be able to see the final results over the course of the next few days as the swelling continues to go down. Tenderness and light sensitivity can last for about two weeks in most cases. Just be sure to follow Dr. Schulman’s recommendations for recovery for the best outcome.
If there is ever a reason you want to have these lip implants removed, the process is fairly straightforward and simple. Once again, tiny incisions will be made on either side of the mouth and Dr. Schulman will simply slide the PermaLip implant right out.

If you are curious about the results other patients are getting from PermaLip lip augmentation, we invite you to look through the lip augmentation photo gallery. You might also benefit from hearing Dr. Schulman talk about PermaLip implants on his YouTube channel. But to find out how PermaLip lip augmentation, or any of our other lip augmentation procedures could give you the lips you’ve always wanted, definitely schedule an appointment with Dr. Schulman today.

Why is Plastic Surgery Growing Among Men?

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An area of plastic surgery that continues to grow is procedures for men. While men comprise only about 10% of all plastic surgery patients, this number is increasing each year. More men are requesting both surgical and non-surgical procedures for the face and body.

Top Surgical Procedures for Men and their Statistics

According to the official procedural statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the American Aesthetic Society of Plastic Surgeons, the top 5 surgical procedures for men includes nasal surgery (rhinoplasty), eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), male liposuction, male chest reduction (gynecomastia surgery), and hair transplantation.

Hair transplantation For Men

Among these top five surgical procedures, hair transplantation is the fastest growing, increasing about 20% from 2016. This is mostly due to a combination of increased awareness as well as improved technology. Historically, hair transplant surgery involved techniques that were very crude, and resulted in very unnatural results. Oftentimes, the transplanted hair appeared to be “doll-like” and it was very obvious that a procedure was done. This made these procedures undesirable to most men and there was a stigma attached to it. However, there has been significant improvement in the understanding of the procedure and also the technology used.

Doctors have become more knowledgeable about creating an appealing hairline. They recognize that the hairline should be softer. This means that the transplanted hairs should be arranged more “randomly” along the front hairline, in order to avoid creating a sharp “wig-like” appearance. This was often not possible in the past since the older technology only allowed for larger clumps of hairs to be transplanted. Modern technology now allows them to harvest and transplant small number of hairs, even individual hair follicles. This means that the doctor can alternate groups of one, two, or three hairs along the hairline. The result is a much more natural appearance. Additionally, the improved technology allows for a much faster (and more discrete) recovery process. Since “donor” areas can be more hidden and heal quicker.

Liposuction for Men

The second fastest growing surgical procedure is liposuction. This can also be partially attributed to improved techniques as well. The use of smaller cannulas allows for smaller scars and faster recovery. Also, the use of newer energy-based liposuction technologies can help decrease bruising and swelling and also help stimulate more skin retraction. Men have also been happy with newer “highlighting” and “etching” techniques that create the appearance of muscle definition and a more masculine physique. There has been a 7% increase in male liposuction procedures since 2016.

Non-Surgical Procedures for Men

Non-surgical procedures are also more common among men. The top five non-surgical or minimally-invasive procedures among men are Botulinum Toxin injections (Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin), laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and soft tissue fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra).

Botulinum Toxin injections is the fastest growing of these top non-surgical procedures. Approximately half a million Botulinum Toxin treatments are performed each year on men. This represents a 7% increase since 2016. These are simple injections that are almost painless and require zero recovery time. They are done to reduce or eliminate lines between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and around the eyes. The results last approximately 3 to 4 months.

Why are men requesting more plastic surgery procedures?

So why are men requesting more plastic surgery procedures? As discussed earlier, the increased demand can be partially attributed to improvement in technology and techniques. Modern technologies and techniques allow for more natural results, less pain, and a faster recovery. This applies to all procedures, including those done for women. Those men who have avoided plastic surgery procedures because of fear of scarring, pain, and time off from work are now reconsidering things.

Also important is that there has been a reduced stigma surrounding male plastic surgery. 10 to 20 years ago, most people had plastic surgery done in secret. They were hesitant to let people know that they were having a procedure done. Men were even more secretive of plastic surgery procedures. More recently, everyone, including men, have become more open about what they want to have done and what they have had done. This can be credited to social media and television. Men are more open to discussing plastic surgery with others and this makes them more willing to have procedures. This is especially true when it comes to less invasive procedures like Botox, hair transplantation, and liposuction.

Increased desire among men to look better

There is also an increased desire among men to look better. Men are more concerned about their appearance. They want to look better and are no longer accepting of the old adage that men appear more distinguished as they get older. Men are more aware of personal grooming, fashion, and other things designed to look better. This trend may be fueled by millennials who grew up without the plastic surgery stigma and are now pursuing cosmetic procedures.

Society may also be putting pressure on men to look better as well. It is not uncommon for a man to have a procedure done in order to help advance personally and professionally. Some men feel that as the workforce becomes more competitive, there is a need to look better…. or younger. The influx of younger men into the workplace may put pressure on the older men to appear younger. There is also pressure within the dating world as well to look better.

As you can see, there is a variety of factors that have contributing to the increase number of men having non-surgical and surgical plastic surgery procedures. These are improved techniques and technologies, increased professional and personal pressure to look better or younger, and the reduced stigma surrounding plastic surgery in general. I have seen a growing number of men in my practice and anticipate that this trend will continue in the future. I would not be surprised if the number of men undergoing these procedures becomes 25% of the total plastic surgery procedures within the next 5 years.

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Plastic Surgery Procedure Guide: 10 Steps to a Gorgeous New You

A beautifully successful plastic surgery experience is, at its core, a team effort. As a patient, it’s essential for you to be educated, informed and prepared for the before, during and after process to get the results you desire. It’s also critical to do your homework and select a board-certified plastic surgeon who has the skills, expertise and experience to help you make your dreams come true. So before you do anything else, look through our comprehensive Plastic Surgery Procedure Guide: 10 Steps to a Gorgeous New You:


1. Research Your Plastic Surgery

First things first: do your homework! Dr. Schulman, our board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City makes it incredibly easy for people considering a plastic surgery procedure to learn about each and every possible operation, in-depth, in a number of ways. In fact, this is one of the reasons why 40 percent of his patients travel long distances from outside of New York to work with Dr. Schulman.


  • Spend some time Googling before and after photos of the procedure you are interested in, whether it’s a breast augmentation or reduction, a tummy tuck, a Brazilian butt lift, a Mommy Makeover, or any other procedure.
  • Download Snapchat and subscribe to Dr. Schulman’s daily video series at @nycplasticsurg. His Snapchat Plastic Surgery video stories have helped thousands of patients get informed by viewing plastic surgery close up, in the office. It’s an active, informative way to learn about the before, during and after process, as well as getting to know everyone you’ll work with in our office. Naturally, you can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Be sure to talk with friends and family members and pay attention to those all-important word-of-mouth referrals from other happy patients.
  • Also visit review sites like realself.com, healthgrades.com and Yelp! to learn more and make sure that your doctor is a board-certified plastic surgeon who abides by the highest standards and safest procedures.


2. Call Dr. Schulman to Schedule a Consultation

After you’ve researched your desired plastic surgery procedure and watched Dr. Schulman’s @nycplasticsurg Snapchat videos, call our office at 212-289-1851 to talk with one of our friendly receptionists, or, if you prefer, you can fill out the form on our contact us page.

When you call, feel free to ask any questions about the procedure you’re interested in. Our office staff are very knowledgeable about all of our procedures and their estimated pricing and can answer many of your questions over the phone.

When you schedule your first consultation, we’ll get the following information from you:

  • Name and contact information
  • Because demand is high, we’ll also need your credit card information (to hold your appointment). We’ll tell you about our 48-hour cancelation policy on the phone as well.
  • We’ll send you an email, text and phone reminder three days ahead of your appointment, just to touch base with you.


3. How to Prepare for Your Plastic Surgery Consultation Appointment

We recommend that you come 15 to 20 minutes early to your consultation appointment so that you have ample time to fill out the necessary paperwork.

After you complete all the necessary forms, our Physician Assistant will call you in to begin the appointment. We’ll record your height, weight and go over your medical history during this phase. We’ll also discuss the procedure you’re interested in and take notes for Dr. Schulman to go over with you when he talks with you.

Then you’ll get to meet with Dr. Schulman personally to consult with him about the plastic surgery procedure you want. During your appointment, he will evaluate your medical history and examine you to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for your desired procedure.

Dr. Schulman will discuss with you, in detail, how the procedure works, if there are alternative procedures that would be more suitable, what the normal recovery time is and what realistic outcomes you can expect. He will also be happy to answer any questions you have after his evaluation and consultation.

He will also discuss your medical clearance with you—this is essential for your health and safety during the procedure, and it is our top priority.

After meeting with Dr. Schulman, you will spend some time with our patient coordinator to discuss pricing and financing options. We’ll also look at the calendar to discuss scheduling your operation.


4. Booking Your Plastic Surgery

You have a couple of options for scheduling your surgery:

  • If you feel confident about everything you discussed at your consultation, you can book your pre-operative appointment and surgery day in the office before you leave.
  • If you need some extra time to check your schedule (and that of your post-operative chaperone), just call us back at 212-289-1851 and talk with our surgical scheduler over the phone to set a date.

Note: Keep in mind that Dr. Schulman is usually booking about 2 to 4 months in advance right now, due to high demand.

After setting a date, you will sign the booking paperwork, which includes a financial agreement and a medical clearance consent form (so we can check with your physician that surgery will be safe for you).

You will also need to pay the 10 percent deposit to hold your surgery date in place.

After you’ve set a date, you’ll need to follow any recommendations Dr. Schulman provides in order to properly prepare yourself for surgery. We will help you all along the way, and you’ll have another pre-operative appointment to make sure you’re on track for a successful plastic surgery.


5. Attend Your Pre-Operative Appointment

This appointment is extremely important as it will cover all of the things you need to be ready for on surgery day. This appointment includes:

  • Signing your plastic surgery consent form packet. These forms will authorize us to go ahead with sculpting your new, improved self.
  • You’ll meet again with our Physician Assistant who will describe the process of preparing for your surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and how important following the recovery guidelines is to the final outcome of your procedure.
  • After talking with our Physician Assistant, you will talk with Dr. Schulman again to discuss operation specifics. He will answer last minute questions and make sure that you feel confident and fully informed about what to do and how to prepare for surgery day.
  • You’ll also get your “before” photos taken during this appointment so that you can compare them to the “after” photos once you’ve recovered from surgery several weeks later!
  • During this appointment, you should also purchase any post-operative recovery items that you will need, such as a BBL Recovery Kit, Scar Gel, etc. Our staff is very knowledgeable and will help you to know what you will need.
  • You will also fill prescriptions for post-operative medications at this time so you have them and they are ready to go the day of your surgery.
  • At the end of the appointment, once you have signed everything and gotten your post-operative medicines and supplies, you’ll make your final payment for the operation.



6. One Week before Plastic Surgery: How to Prepare

Although the pre-operative appointment a few weeks prior is extremely comprehensive, we also give you a call one week before hand to make sure you’re fully prepared for surgery day. We’ll confirm with you the following details:

  • Where and at what time you need to arrive for the surgery.
  • Last minute instructions about how to prepare in the days leading up to your operation.
  • That you have a chaperone scheduled to take you home after surgery.

Make sure to follow all of your preparatory instructions carefully so that everything will go smoothly that day.


 7. Plastic Surgery Day!

Bring all of the things with you that you were instructed to bring and arrive at the surgical facility an hour before the surgery is scheduled to begin. Here’s what to expect that day:

  • You’ll complete any final surgical forms, then meet with Dr. Schulman’s nurse to begin prepping you for the operation.
  • You’ll be given an intravenous antibiotic and other medications at this time.
  • The anesthesiologist will meet with you and discuss everything and answer your questions about the anesthesia process.
  • Then Dr. Schulman will come in and mark your body for the surgery.
  • After you’ve been prepped, you will be given relaxation medications and then the anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia and you will go to sleep for the surgery.


8. Recovery Time

After you come out of surgery, you will spend 1 to 2 hours in our recovery room. During that time, we’ll check all of your vital signs and ensure that you are in stable condition for going home.

We will also talk with your chaperone and release you to him or her when you are ready. Your chaperone will be given discharge instructions for your immediate post-operative care at home.

Make sure to take good care of yourself and follow all the instructions we give you!


9. Your First Post-Operative Appointment

About a week to 10 days after your surgery, you’ll have a follow-up appointment with our Physician Assistant to evaluate how well you are healing and answer any of your questions. If you need to purchase any additional recovery items, this is a good time to do it. Frequently, we have patients who need to purchase extra scar gel, surgical compression garments or recovery kits.

At this appointment, you’ll also make another follow-up appointment with Dr. Schulman about 2 to 3 weeks later so that he can evaluate your progress and answer any further questions you may have.


10. Don’t Miss Any Follow-Up Appointments!

Follow-up appointments are very important for your full recovery and to make sure that you get the results you were dreaming about when you first started Googling plastic surgery and watching Dr. Schulman’s Snapchat videos on @nycplasticsurg. It may seem like a long process, and it is—re-sculpting and re-shaping your body and, therefore, your life, is a process that requires time and commitment from the patient and a high level of skill and commitment from your board-certified plastic surgeon. Like we said, it’s a team effort through and through. So make sure to attend the following appointments:

  • First post-operative appointment (listed above), a week to 10 days after your surgery to make sure everything is healing nicely.
  • The second post-surgery appointment with Dr. Schulman, between 6 and 8 weeks after the operation. At that time, he will personally evaluate how well you are healing and discuss the results with you. You’ll also get your “after” photos taken at this time so you can compare them to your “before” photos! This is one of our patients’ favorite moments!

Take a look at our before and after gallery to get an idea of what kind of results you can expect. (Simply click on the links along the left side to choose before and after pictures of the procedures you’re interested in.) You can also visit our latest blog posts, such as this one on Brazilian butt lift surgery, to learn more about various procedures. Dr. Schulman likes his patients to have as much information about procedures and potential outcomes as possible so they are well informed and successful in helping us make their plastic surgery dreams come true!

Dr. Schulman and our whole team are committed to making sure you have the most amazing plastic surgery experience! To ask questions or schedule your consultation appointment, contact us at 212-289-1851. We look forward to working with you!

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Check Out Dr. Schulman’s Snapchat Plastic Surgery Videos

Snapchat is no longer only the domain of teenagers sending bathroom selfies to each other; it has become a serious and legitimate channel for anyone who wants to learn more about the process behind high-quality plastic surgery. You all know about the classic "before and after plastic surgery pictures; but now Snapchat gives our potential patients the opportunity to make informed decisions about the process because they can see what happens during the surgery and well into the whole recovery process as well—between the before and after, if you will. To see it all for yourself, set up your Snapchat account and subscribe to Dr. Schulman’s channel: @nycplasticsurg.

What Can You See on Dr. Schulman’s Snapchat Plastic Surgery Account?

If you don’t have a Snapchat account, it’s easy to download the app and set up an account on your mobile device. Typical “snaps” sent between friends will disappear 10 seconds after the recipient opens them. But Dr. Schulman uses “Story” mode to post daily collections of 10-second videos that are available to view as many times as you want for up to 24 hours. You can basically watch an entire day at the office with Dr. Schulman, his team and his patients if you want. It's an intimate, accurate way to see what things are really like, and he's not afraid to show you!

The typical daily collection of videos consist of during-surgery Brazilian Butt Lifts, Breast augmentations and reductions, facelifts, liposuction (for men and women), neck lifts, lip implants, “Mommy Makeovers” and more. In fact, nearly a quarter of the surgery videos he posts highlight Dr. Schulman repairing failed plastic surgeries that patients received from less-than-reputable sources. These videos are extremely popular, and Dr. Schulman has a great reputation across the Eastern Seaboard for being the trusted authority in this area. In addition to the operating room videos, Dr. Schulman also posts videos of the recovery process for many patients as well as other things we do in the office to serve our clients.

While there are other plastic surgeons putting wacky office shenanigans videos up on Snapchat too, Dr. Schulman, who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, sticks to the professional and educational. These procedures are major surgeries that include important preparation for the patients, as well as a fairly intensive recovery process. It’s important to him that you know exactly what to expect during any one of these surgeries so that you can make an informed decision and get the results you really want. Plastic surgery is a collaborative process and Dr. Schulman has regularly seen that the better educated his patients are, the better the results will be.

Who is Watching Dr. Schulman?

In a word: millennials. Of course there are many other segments of society watching, but millennials swim in the ocean of social media and want to see how things work in real video before making major decisions like undergoing plastic surgery. They are research junkies and want to know as much as possible ahead of time. Dr. Schulman thinks this is a great thing and he's running with it.

When Dr. Schulman started posting plastic surgery videos to Snapchat a little over a year ago, he had only a few followers—mostly just the folks here in the office and a few friends. But once word got out to people interested in how the surgeries could help them achieve their ideal body, and what to expect from these surgeries, his following exploded. He currently logs well over a million views of his videos each day. And although Snapchat doesn’t keep a log of how many regular followers a person has, Dr. Schulman’s Instagram account (nycplasticsurg) currently logs 19,000 regular followers. The benefit of Snapchat over Instagram, of course, is that videos can provide so much more detail behind the intensive process of plastic surgery than static photographs (although they most definitely have their place in the research and education process as well).

Why @nycplasticsurg on Snapchat is a Good Thing

Dr. Schulman has received a lot of press regarding his Snapchat channel recently, and naturally, people have had a lot of questions. One of the biggest concerns journalists have asked about is whether or not bringing Snapchat into the operating room is a distraction for him. The answer is a resounding “No."

In addition to being one of the most respected plastic surgeons in the nation, Dr. Schulman is a Professor of Plastic surgery, constantly teaching residents in the operating room and explaining procedures to his students at one of the top plastic surgery schools in the country. A separate staff member is always in charge of filming the surgery while he does what he always does: perform high-quality plastic surgery while teaching about the process as it happens. In fact, aside from people who are thinking about undergoing surgery, another huge segment of his Snapchat following are plastic surgery students. He is 100 percent focused on the patient at all times.

Journalists and prospective patients also ask about privacy issues regarding having their plastic surgery broadcast to millions of viewers on Snapchat and other social media platforms. Dr. Schulman will not post anything unless the patient signs a consent form first—and he also respects each individual patient’s wishes for exactly what does or doesn’t end up in a Snapchat video post. And strangely enough, the majority of patients are more than eager to share their experiences in order to help other patients and potential patients through their decision-making, preparation and recovery processes. In fact, there is now a sense of community among patients that has evolved through his Snapchat channel; a development that makes a great positive impact on a patient's ability to research, decide, prepare, undergo and recover.

Have you been watching Dr. Schulman’s Snapchat videos and are ready to take the next step? Just schedule an appointment for a consultation online or call us today at 212-289-1851.

Botched Plastic Surgery? You Can Trust Dr. Schulman To Repair The Damage

Interviewed as one of New York City's top cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Matthew Schulman told New York's PIX 11 News that about 25 percent of his business is now repairing botched plastic surgery performed by other doctors -- and even con artists posing as doctors.

The problem, he said, is that New York State rules allow any doctor to perform any procedure. "Dentists doing lipo, gynecologists doing breast implants. I've seen eye doctors doing butt lifts. It's crazy," Schulman said.

And, illegal procedures -- offered at low cost without a licence -- can lead to results that are unattractive, dangerous and sometimes deadly.

"It's very common for women to come in and have illegal silicone or other things not approved in the U.S. but allowed in other countries," he said. "They've got infections, hardness, lumps, chronic inflammation, skin breakouts."

Elizabeth Hernandez shared her experience in the PIX 11 News story "Botched: When plastic surgery goes horribly wrong — and how you can prevent it." Hernandez reveals an unskilled surgeon left her "totally deformed." She visited Brazilian butt lift surgery expert Dr. Schulman, who skillfully repaired the damage.

"I had to undo everything the other doctor did and then rebuild everything to give you this nice shape," he explained.

The number of patients seeking help after botched plastic surgery procedures has risen so much that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons was inspired to launch a "Do Your Homework" patient safety campaign to inform the public that not all doctors are qualified to perform cosmetic surgery.

The ASPS suggests ensuring your doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (check their Find a Surgeon page) and that they operate in an accredited facility. They list the rigorous qualifications to be an American Society of Plastic Surgeons member.

You can trust board-certified ASPS Member Surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman. See photos of Dr. Schulman's clients in our before-and-after Brazilian butt lift gallery.

To schedule a private consultation, contact Dr. Schulman online or by phone (212-289-1851).

Looking For A Plastic Surgeon? Make Sure You ‘Do Your Homework’

If you're interested in boosting your appearance and your confidence with cosmetic surgery, your search for a doctor might reveal a wide scale in pricing. As you consider your options, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has a warning: "Do Your Homework."

The number of patients seeking help after botched plastic surgery procedures has risen in recent years, the ASPS reports. More unqualified people are offering treatment, says ASPS President Dr. Scot Glasberg. Their "Do Your Homework" patient safety campaign informs clients that not all doctors are qualified to perform cosmetic surgery.

"Sometimes patients will spend more time picking a color for a new car or deciding on a new car than actually investigating a surgeon that is actually taking your life into his or her hands, and that to me is frightening because it's your life. You can replace your car, but you can't replace your life," Glasberg said.

Their advice? Make sure the doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery -- the only certifying body in the U.S. -- and that they operate in an accredited facility. Their Find a Surgeon page is a helpful way to find a board-certified doctor. And, here's a handy list of the rigorous qualifications to be an American Society of Plastic Surgeons member.

Nafsika Lourentzatos is sharing her story in the "Do Your Homework" patient safety campaign. She'd had silicone injections by unlicenced doctors as a lower-cost breast enhancement, and after years of dangerous complications, had to have both of her breast removed.

"Your body is the most important thing that you have. Doing research and finding out as much info as you can … is extremely important," Lourentzatos said. "The trauma, depression and sadness going through with this whole experience, I wouldn't even want my own worst enemy to going through it."

For breast surgery in New York City, you can trust board-certified ASPS Member Surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman. To schedule a private consultation, contact Dr. Schulman online or by phone (212-289-1851).

Cosmetic Surgery Is Just As Safe For Seniors, Study Reports

Medical advancements and expanded knowledge about how to stay healthy and vibrant with lifestyle changes are allowing more and more people to live active and fulfilling lives as they age. And, with that, comes the desire of seniors to look as young and radiant as they feel. But many might be wondering whether their age makes undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures more risky.

Well, according to a study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' annual scientific meeting in Chicago, there's no need to worry.

"Our study demonstrated that patients over 65 years old can safely undergo cosmetic procedures with a complications rate similar to younger patients when surgery is performed by board-certified plastic surgeon," explained Dr. Max Yezhelyev, who wrote the study.

Researchers found that older men and women are at no greater risk than younger patients of having complications with cosmetic surgery. As the average age of the U.S. population climbs, the study shows that seniors can take advantage of the opportunity to rejuvenate their appearance without added concern.

Published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the study -- called Safety of Cosmetic Procedures in Elderly and Octogenarian Patients -- reviewed information gathered from 2008 to 2013. A look at the numbers: Despite the seniors' increased risk factors (higher incidence of diabetes and a slightly higher average Body Mass Index), the difference in their post-surgery complication rate was statistically insignificant compared to younger patients, 1.94 percent compared to 1.84 percent. Even for those age 80 and older, the rate was only 2.2 percent.

Seniors were more likely to choose facial procedures: 62.9 percent, compared to 12 percent. Only abdominoplasty indicated a higher complication rate: 5.4 percent to 3.9 percent. The most common postoperative complications in older patients were hematoma, infection and problems with the healing of wounds.

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What’s Coming Up in Plastic Surgery for 2015?

What will 2015 bring in the world of plastic surgery? As medical advancements make surgery easier and safer, interest in cosmetic treatments is expected to continue to climb.

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Looking forward to the year ahead, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery revealed its predictions for 2015:

Doubling Up on Benefits

Patients are expected to combine cosmetic benefits with reconstructive/functional surgeries, and vice versa, as the line between the two fades in 2015.

"Stacking" for Success

This year could also see a rise in "stacking" procedures, in which treatments are combined to increase their efficacy. The benefits of these treatments can increase exponentially versus when they are used alone. For example, when Botox or other neurotoxins are used along with facial fillers, the fillers can target tissues more accurately, with longer-lasting results. Also, drugs can be delivered using lasers to ensure that the active ingredient reaches its target.

Smile, Your Face Is On Camera

Pervasive camera phones and photo-centric social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have just about everyone viewing -- and judging -- the appearance of their face now more than ever. From teens to seniors, photographs are more plentiful and more public. Those wanting to improve their appearance in closeup photos and "selfies" are turning to rhinoplasty, eye lift surgery (blepharoplasty), neck lift and other facial plastic surgery procedures.

Staying Young

Today's active seniors can look as young as they feel. A recent study shows that cosmetic surgery patients over the age of 80 are at no higher risk for complications than younger patients. This news could encourage even more seniors to improve their appearance in 2015.

*** Look for more predictions to come in the next blog! ***

What Did Joan River’s Death Teach Us?

The tragic passing of Joan Rivers has again raised awareness surrounding the dangers of medical procedures. Without getting into specific details about Joan’s case (many of the details are still emerging and a lot is still unknown), I would like to comment generally about the safety of medical procedures, particularly ones that utilize general anesthesia or sedation.

In general, when performed in a certified and accredited facility, medical procedures under general anesthesia or sedation are extremely safe. Certification means that the facilities meet high standards for safety. They are required to have medical equipment and a well-trained staff that can respond to any medical emergency that may arise. This will enable the outpatient or ambulatory facility to stabilize the patient so that he or she can be transported to a nearby hospital for more specialized emergency treatment.

There are a variety of surgical procedures that can safely be performed at an outpatient facility, even when general anesthesia is used. I personally perform 500 surgeries per year in an accredited office operating room. All my patients are given deep intravenous sedation or general anesthesia and are discharged home a few hours after the procedure when they are medically stable. I have a Board Certified Anesthesiologist on staff whose sole responsibility is to monitor and care for the patient. Under no circumstance, should the plastic surgeon be the one responsible for the sedation or anesthesia. This is accepted standard of care and many procedures ranging from cosmetic surgery to endoscopic procedures are performed in this way.

The idea that an elderly patient must always have a procedure done in a hospital is not always true. Age itself is not the only factor. Many 80 year olds are in better health than some 40 year olds. More important in deciding where to perform a surgery is the patient’s overall health and the risks of the actual procedure being performed. In accredited ambulatory facilities, every patient is required to have a physical exam to determine health. If the patient ahs significant medical issues, than the physician may require that the procedure is performed in a hospital. Also, if the planned procedure carries significant risks for complications, than a hospital may be the more appropriate setting. This enables that in the event of an emergency, there are many specialists in the same building who can quickly respond if needed. Also, it allows for the patient to be more closely monitored after the surgery, and even kept overnight or for a few days.

The key to all this is that safety is the ultimate goal, in some cases, safety concerns warrant that a procedure be performed in a hospital. This unfortunate and tragic case should not initiate calls to stop all outpatient or office-based surgeries. Hundreds-of-thousands of procedures are safely performed every year in outpatient or office facilities. As the details of Joan River’s case come out, we may learn that things were done improperly or perhaps we will learn that the standard-of-care was followed and that this was simply a one-in-a-million complication that could have happened anywhere, even in a hospital. At the very least, this should expand the dialogue between patients and doctors about the risks surrounding any medical procedure.

Mommy Makeover Options for Kim Kardashian

The body goes through significant changes during pregnancy and breast feeding. These include weight gain, stretching of skin, development of stretch marks, enlargement (and then shrinking) of breast tissue, and breast drooping. Women many also complain of weight gain in other areas of their body such as thighs, arms, and back. While weight loss and exercise will help to improve some of these issues, many of these changes that occur after pregnancy are resistant to diet and exercise. Continue reading "Mommy Makeover Options for Kim Kardashian"