At Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, PC, we understand your aspirations to look your absolute best, and we are committed to doing everything possible to help you accomplish this objective. Furthermore, we want to you feel welcome, comfortable, and appreciated throughout the entire process of your personal transformation. And once you have reached your goals, you can count on us to be there to participate in the celebration of your reinvigorated and rejuvenated self, helping you to maintain the new look that you have achieved.
Our practice has grown because of our patients’ kind referrals. We encourage you to recommend our office to your family and friends. We always have time to help a new patient find the right path to looking better. When referring your family or friends to our practice, you will be enrolled in our Patient Referral Program. This program entitles you to receive a $50 discount.
If your doctor has referred you, he or she will promptly receive a letter outlining our findings and the course of treatment. We encourage you to return to your referring doctor after our specialized care is complete.
Good communication between you and Dr. Rubinstein and his staff is essential. In your initial consultation, you’ll be asked to explain in detail why you want the procedure and how you hope to look and feel afterward. It’s important to set aside any awkwardness you might feel, and speak candidly about the changes you’d like to see. You should feel completely assured that you and Dr. Rubinstein understand one another.
Dr. Rubinstein will also evaluate your health, conduct a physical exam, take pre-operative photographs, perform video imaging, and explain which surgical techniques are most appropriate for you. You’ll discuss the type of anesthesia to be used, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, the possible risks, and the costs involved. Medical insurance usually doesn’t cover cosmetic procedures. Dr. Rubinstein offers special financing plans for cosmetic surgery and accepts credit cards.
Tell Dr. Rubinstein if any part of the consultation makes you uncomfortable, or if you have any special privacy requests. Above all, it’s important to have realistic expectations about your surgery.
Your consultation will extensively cover information on your operation. Dr. Rubinstein will discuss a number of factors that may influence your surgery. Make sure you fully understand these considerations.
If you are planning facial surgery or neck surgery, Dr. Rubinstein will evaluate your entire head-face-neck region. Is the hairline receding? How full are the sideburns? Does the beard-growing skin extend up the cheeks or down the neck? Are there facial scars? Is the skin sun-damaged? Is the neck skin loose or drooping? In general, male facial skin has a richer blood supply than female facial skin. Men’s faces tend to bleed more during surgery and are at greater risk for forming a temporary collection or pooling of blood under the skin, called a hematoma, after surgery. Also, any residual scarring may be more difficult for men to hide, since they don’t wear make-up or style their hair toward their faces, as many women do.
Hair growth and beard growth may play a major role in the outcome of a face lift. If you are balding or have thinning hair, surgical artistry may be required to hide the face lift incision, especially in the temple area. If the hair-bearing skin of your upper neck is pulled behind your ears during surgery, you may find that you must shave behind your ears or the back of your neck. However, laser hair removal can correct this problem. Be sure to discuss these possibilities with your surgeon.
A fatty or “jowly” area beneath the chin is also a concern for many men. In younger patients, liposuction alone may be sufficient to correct the problem. Older patients may require a full face lift and necklift, which may include the removal of excess skin and tightening the platysma muscles, which run down each side of the neck. These muscles are usually thicker in men than they are in women, but do not pose a greater challenge to Dr. Rubinstein
Shaving must be postponed for about 3 weeks after a skin-smoothing treatment such as laser resurfacing, deep chemical peel or dermabrasion. Because these procedures strip away the surface layers of skin, you can expect your faces to remain sensitive, swollen and bright pink for several weeks after surgery. Some men are happy that the beard growth helps conceal the redness?especially if they feel uncomfortable using camouflage make-up. Men who feel self-conscious about their condition are also advised to give up alcoholic drinks for about 4 weeks. Alcohol causes the areas of treated facial skin to become noticeably red and flushed.
Cosmetic procedures such as eyelid surgery, nose surgery, and facial-implant surgery are performed essentially the same way for men and women. However, it’s important to let Dr. Rubinstein know if you are seeking a more masculine look to your facial features – a chin with better projection, more prominent cheekbones, a stronger nose.
The primary consideration for men contemplating hair-replacement surgery is the time involved. Natural-appearing hair replacement usually requires multiple surgical procedures, with long recovery intervals. A full regimen of hair transplants may last anywhere from 18 months to 2 years or more. You should be aware that incisions or transplant sites might be noticeable to others, especially in the early stages of the hair transplant process. If your work or lifestyle isn’t compatible with a long treatment period, ask Dr. Rubinstein about alternatives to hair-transplant options, such as flap surgery or scalp reduction.
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