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The Benefits of an Experienced CoolSculpt Technician

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!

Posted in Body, Special Topics on August 15th, 2014

WHAT ARE SURGICAL DRAINS AND WHEN ARE THEY USED?

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.

Posted in Abdominoplasty, Body, breast reconstruction, Breast Surgery on August 8th, 2014

THE POWER OF A GOOD FACIAL CLEANSER

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

How Much Does Botox Cost?

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.

Posted in Botox and Fillers, General Information on July 25th, 2014

The difference between a plastic and cosmetic surgeon

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.

Board certification
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 Botox and Fillers, skin care on July 9th, 2014

Posted in Special Topics on July 4th, 2014

Congratulations, Dr. Glatt!

 

Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey

is thrilled to announce

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS

has once again been named a Jersey Choice Top Doctor

by New Jersey Monthly Magazine!

Congratulations from your entire staff!

It has been an exciting week for us-

on Saturday we moved to our new location -

310 Madison Avenue, Suite 100, Morristown, NJ.

We look forward to seeing you at our new office!

Posted in Special Topics on June 11th, 2014

We are moving!

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS and the staff of Premier Plastic Surgery Center of NJ are pleased to announce that we are moving on June 6, 2014.

Our new address will be

310 Madison Avenue, Suite 100, Morristown, NJ 07960

Our telephone number remains the same – 973-889-9300.

We are looking forward to seeing you in our new office!

Posted in Special Topics on June 5th, 2014

Protect Your Skin This Summer

Memorial Day weekend is now behind us and we look forward to summer, a season full of outdoor activities but also a season with greater sun exposure. Morristown Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS shares advice to help protect your skin in the months ahead.


  • The most dangerous time for UV exposure in the continental United States is between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Limit your outdoor activities during this time.
  • Protect your skin on a daily basis, regardless of the weather, by applying sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For outdoor activities choose a product with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Use a sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum” one that equally protects against UVB rays, the main cause of skin cancer, and UVA rays, which promote aging.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 20 to 30 minutes before exposure to the sun.
  • Use enough sunscreen, at least one ounce (a shot glass full) for each application to your body, then an additional teaspoon for your face.
  • Don’t forget your ears, neck, hands, feet, scalp and the part in your hair!
  • The product label of “water resistant” sunscreen must note the limit before the sunscreen becomes ineffective (40 or 80 minutes). Remember to reapply all sunscreen sooner than the listed limit if you have been in the water or have been sweating.
  • Toss your old sunscreen! If the product does not have an expiration date, discard it after one year.
  • It is imperative that skin be protected from the sun after any surgical procedure, especially after a facelift, blepharoplasty, otoplasty or rhinoplasty. Follow your doctor’s advice to minimize post-surgery sun damage.
  • Sunscreen alone will not protect you from the damaging effects of overexposure to the sun. Dress in long sleeved shirts or beach cover-ups and a broad brimmed hat. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses.

Posted in skin care, Special Topics on May 26th, 2014