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Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey is hosting its fourth annual “Bra Drive” to benefit women in need. New and lightly used bras can be dropped off at the office of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS, located at 310 Madison Avenue, Suite 100, Morristown. The cutoff date for collection is October 31, 2014.
If the donated bra is new, the tags should be left on. Gently used bras need to be laundered. All sizes and styles of bras are needed, including post-surgery and maternity bras. All garments need to be in good condition, with functional clasps and straps.
In past years bras have been donated to Dress for Success of Mercer and Morris Counties, and we were able to provide hundreds of bras to women impacted by Super Storm Sandy. After local donations of usable bras, the remaining items are sent to The Bra Recyclers, a textile recycling company that distributes bras around the United States and abroad to women and girls in transition. The Arizona-based firm notes that bras are one of the most requested items in shelters and transitional program. The firm’s annual Bra Recycling Month ties into October’s traditional observance of breast cancer awareness and domestic violence awareness.
Posted in Special Topics on September 12th, 2014
Brian, Jessica, Harli and Skylar
are thrilled to announce the arrival of
Carter Jensen Glatt!
Born this morning
Carter is 21 1/2″ long and weighs 8 pounds.
Posted in Special Topics on September 4th, 2014
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS is well known for his individualized approach to patient care, which begins with the initial office visit. During your first appointment Dr. Glatt will discuss your plastic surgery objectives and what he can do to help you achieve these goals. Part of this discussion includes how you envision yourself after surgery which, when discussing some procedures, can cause uncertainty. Patients considering abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) may find it easier to visualize how they will look without excess abdominal skin and fat, than someone considering nasal surgery (rhinoplasty) or breast augmentation with implants.
At Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey, we utilize the Vectra 3D Imaging System for patients scheduling rhinoplasty, body sculpting or breast augmentation, so they can actually “see” their potential post-operative results in digital three dimensional images.
Our Aesthetic Nurse, Jennifer, will take photographs which are then synchronized by the Vectra System to produce a virtual three dimensional image in just minutes. Then, using the Vectra software, Dr. Glatt will generate a proportional replication of the post-surgical results. Using this simulation a patient is able to “try” different shapes or sizes of breast implants, and or visualize how their nose will be changed during surgery. The Vectra 3D Imaging System is a wonderful tool to help with the choice of breast implants and to aid patients in developing realistic expectations of their post-surgical results.
If you are considering cosmetic surgery and would like to “see” your results in advance of surgery contact the Morristown office of Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS at 973-889-9300 to schedule an appointment.
CoolSculpting, an in-office, non-invasive treatment that permanently eliminates fat using cooling technology, has provided patients of Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey with outstanding results, some with as little as one treatment!
50 year old Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey patient three months after one CoolSculpt treatment (one hour to mid-abdomen and one hour to lower abdomen).
The FDA approved CoolSculpting technology works by crystallizing fat cells using controlled cooling from a hand held applicator, which our practitioner places directly on the area to be treated. The fat cells die off and are naturally eliminated by the body.
Each of the CoolSculpt heads, CoolSmooth, CoolMax, CoolFit and CoolCurve, is designed to target specific areas such as the flanks (love handles), abdomen, upper back fat (bra roll), inner or outer thighs, or upper arms.
CoolSculpting requires specialty training to be performed properly and to be the most effective. In addition, the best results will be achieved when the treatment is delivered by an advanced technician. While many practices now offer CoolSculpt technology, the choice of your practitioner is vital to the success of your treatment since the procedure itself is very technique dependent. CoolSculpting requires an experienced technician who can interpret and understand the fine details needed for each individual’s optimum outcome. Many patients may not realize how important the practitioner’s training is when considering their treatment. At Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey our Aesthetic Nurse, Jennifer, has been performing CoolSculpting for over seven years and her knowledge and experience consistently produce exceptional results.
Call the Morristown office of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS at 973-889-9300 to schedule a complimentary CoolSculpt consultation with Jennifer. Achieve your body contouring goals without downtime or surgery with CoolSculpt!
Surgical drains are required for procedures which involve a significant amount of dissection, lifting or undermining of soft tissues. Whenever a large amount of space is created in the body, the body tries to fill that space with fluid. If fluid is allowed to accumulate in these areas the skin and soft tissue would be unable to adhere and completely heal back down after being lifted up. In cases such as this, surgical drains are placed underneath the skin and soft tissues in order to help alleviate fluid accumulation. These drains are brought out through small holes in the skin, usually in a site away from the incision, and in an inconspicuous location. The tubes are stitched in place so that they cannot fall out. Thin tubes then extend outside the body and connect to a small plastic bulb which resembles a plastic version of a grenade. This small bulb fills with fluid slowly and gradually throughout the day. Drains usually need to be emptied two to three times a day and are left in place from one day to three weeks, depending on the surgical procedure.
Surgical drains are easily removed in the office by cutting the suture holding it in place and then simply pulling the drain out. Dr. Glatt only uses drains that are round in shape and therefore are painless to remove. In the past, drain removal was painful because old fashioned drains were flat in shape and therefore involved pulling a flat shaped object through a circular hole in the skin. Patients typically stay on antibiotics while their drains are in place. Dr. Glatt allows his patients to shower with their drains in place and has found no incidence of infection secondary to this. Procedures which most commonly utilize drains include abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast reconstruction surgeries, face lifts and occasionally breast reduction. Surgical procedures which never require drains in Dr. Glatt’s practice include breast augmentation, breast lift or mastopexy surgery, liposuction, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) as well as brow lift. Although surgical drains can be slightly uncomfortable due to the suture holding them in place, they are necessary for certain procedures to minimize recovery time, as well as to enhance healing and the overall result of the surgical procedure.
To schedule an appointment with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS, please call his office at 973-889-9300.
Most people utilize a facial cleanser twice daily. Cleansing your skin well in the morning and evening is the foundation for any good skin care regimen. When choosing a cleanser, it is important that you are aware of your skin’s particular needs.
Moisturizing cleansers aid those with dry skin while cleansers made for sensitive skin are useful for those who are prone to redness and irritation from many products. Some cleansers have added active ingredients to target specific skin conditions such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid for acne prone skin or alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which encourages exfoliation.
A good product should be able to cleanse your face thoroughly, without the need to “scrub” your face. If your cleanser of choice does not remove your make-up, you should use a product specifically designed for this purpose first. The appropriate cleanser should leave you with a “clean” feeling when you are done, however a “tight” feeling after cleansing indicates your skin has been stripped of vital lipids. A good quality facial cleanser should be non-irritating and non-damaging to the skin.
At Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey, we carry a variety of medical grade cleansers. Call our office today at 973-889-9300 to schedule an appointment with one of our Skin Care Specialists to learn which cleanser will meet your skin’s particular needs and start your skin care regimen with the correct product.
Posted in skin care on August 1st, 2014
There are several different ways Botox is priced, depending on which office a patient visits.
One method is a charge per area treated, such as a set amount for the glabella (the area between the eyebrows), forehead or around the eyes (crow’s feet”). This method does not take each patient’s individual needs into consideration. It is highly unlikely that every patient would need the same amount of Botox in an area to achieve the desired result. This method often results in a patient receiving a lesser amount of Botox, which may be less effective and require more frequent visits.
Another common price structure of Botox is to charge by the syringe. If a syringe contains 25 units and a patient requires 35 units for adequate treatment, the only choice would be to undertreat with one syringe or overpay for two syringes.
At Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey, Botox is priced based on the number of units used. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS performs a thorough examination of each Botox patient prior to treatment. A customized map is created of each patient’s face indicating the exact number of units of Botox required for treatment. Once this is determined, this is then translated into the total cost. Using this method, each patient pays for the amount of Botox needed to smooth out the targeted areas.
Botox is a highly effective treatment which acts by relaxing the muscles targeted by the injection. When the muscles are relaxed, in a resting state, the lines normally produced cease to exist thereby smoothing out the targeted area.
Botox is effective in treating the lines of the forehead, between the eyebrows, around the eyes and the bands of the neck. For additional information about Botox treatments please contact the office of Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS at 973-889-9300. Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey is at our new location, 310 Madison Avenue, Suite 100, in Morristown.
Do you know the difference between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon? The excerpt below is from an article by Michael Edwards, MD, FACS, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and provides information patients need to make an informed decision when choosing a surgeon.
“There are many questions and misconceptions about the two and many patients mistakenly believe that plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons are equal when they are not.
Aesthetic vs. reconstructive
To explain the difference I’ll start by defining plastic surgery. The term “plastic” in plastic surgery is derived from the Greek word “plastikos,” which means to mold or shape. There are several specialized fields under plastic surgery including reconstructive surgery which involves the restoration of almost any body part that is abnormal due to a trauma/accident, cancer or birth defect; and aesthetic surgery, (sometimes referred to as cosmetic surgery), which is the aesthetic enhancement of the body or re-shaping normal tissue to improve appearance.
In other words, aesthetic surgery is a sub-specialty of plastic surgery. Reconstructive surgery is often considered ‘medically necessary’ and may be covered by health insurance.
Cosmetic vs. plastic: The training
Following completion of medical school, a board-certified plastic surgeon serves first as a surgical resident for at least 3 years where they undergo rigorous training in all aspects of surgery and then 3 years of focused plastic surgery training. The process can take 6 to 8 years or more and many further their training in fellowships including microvascular, craniofacial, hand, pediatric and aesthetic. This is a key differentiator between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon.
A practitioner referring to themselves as a cosmetic surgeon might belong to any medical specialty. He/she could be a general surgeon, gynecologist, dermatologist, family physician, internist, etc. who has decided that they want to perform cosmetic procedures. The training can be anywhere from a one-year cosmetic surgery fellowship to a handful of short weekend courses on topics ranging from how to perform liposuction, utilize injectables, or place breast implants.
It is always important to confirm that a plastic surgeon has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) – the only Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certify doctors in the specialty of Plastic Surgery, Only ABPS diplomates can call themselves a Plastic Surgeon. In Canada, a patient should look for certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCSC). International plastic surgeons should be board-certified in their country of origin.
A Facial Plastic Surgeon has ENT training and performs aesthetic surgery of the face and an Occuloplastic surgeon can perform aesthetic surgery around the eyes after an Ophthalmology residency.
Cosmetic surgeons who claim to be board-certified may have received their certificate from the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, which board is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Alternatively, they may be certified by their specialty board which may not even be a surgical specialty, such as internal medicine. Cosmetic surgeons referring to themselves as board-certified can be misleading if you don’t know the right questions to ask.
It is important to note that while all plastic surgeons have extensive training and can perform both reconstructive surgery and aesthetic/cosmetic surgery, not all cosmetic surgeons can perform reconstructive surgery because they have not received the same aesthetic training as plastic surgeons.
In conclusion, if you are considering any type of aesthetic/cosmetic procedure it is prudent to be aware of the education and training of the surgeon you’re considering for your procedure.”
Whether you are considering Botox or injectable fillers, breast augmentation, liposuction, a mommy makeover or any other cosmetic procedure or treatment, you can be assured that Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS, has the training, certification and experience necessary to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Call Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey at 973-889-9300 to schedule an appointment at our Morristown office.
Posted in Special Topics on July 17th, 2014
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To schedule an appointment for Botox, JuvedermXC, Voluma or skin care treatments, please call the office of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS at 973-889-9300.
Posted in Special Topics on July 4th, 2014