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Counterfeit Version of Botox Found in the United States

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued an alert that a counterfeit version of Botox has been found in the US and may have been sold to physicians’ offices nationwide.  Sold by an unlicensed supplier who is not authorized to distribute drug products in this country, these counterfeit products are considered to be unsafe by the FDA.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS purchases all of his Botox only from Allergan, the maker of this aesthetic product.

The use of counterfeit products is one way unscrupulous practitioners are able to offer “rock bottom” pricing on Botox and/or other injectables. These unregulated products are cheaper to purchase than authentic products purchased directly from FDA approved suppliers.  If the cost seems too good to be true, then it probably is!  Without the FDA’s safeguards on manufacturing, quality, storage and handling of products, the risks involved with the use of these counterfeit products are extremely high.

At Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey patient safety is our top priority.

To schedule an appointment to discuss Botox or other injectable fillers with Dr. Glatt, please call our office at 973-889-9300 to schedule an appointment.

Posted in Botox and Fillers, Special Topics on April 24th, 2015

COSMETIC SURGERY AND BOARD CERTIFICATION

~An article released by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons~

Recently, NewBeauty Magazine published an article explaining the variables that exist in surgical training and education amongst physicians who perform plastic surgery procedures. The article included an infograhic entitled “Not All Doctors are the Same.”

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) responded to the article with an open letter to New Beauty magazine claiming the publication was misleading to the reader. The president of the ABCS stated in the open letter: “NewBeauty is endangering the public by suggesting they indiscriminately choose a board-certified plastic surgeon, when the truth is, the traditional path to board certification in plastic surgery doesn’t require cosmetic surgery training.”

Following is the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s response to NewBeauty’s article and the ABCS’s open letter.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons applauds New Beauty Magazine for explaining the wide variations in the training and education held by physicians who are offering to perform plastic surgery procedures, including cosmetic surgery.

All physicians who identify themselves as plastic surgeons (or so-called “cosmetic surgeons”) do not have the same levels of education and training. Many doctors who are trained and “board-certified” in other specialties are performing plastic surgery procedures, as it is completely legal to do so. Although these doctors are board-certified, their board certification is not in plastic surgery, but in a different specialty (which may or may not include specific training in plastic surgery for a specific part of the body, such as the face). And their certifying “board” may not even be recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the entity that oversees specialty boards in this country.

All members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery – the specialty board in plastic surgery that is overseen by ABMS. Our members are also required to adhere to a Code of Ethics and are permitted to operate only in healthcare facilities that are accredited by a recognized accreditation agency. ASPS Member Surgeons undergo vast, specific training in plastic surgery and have passed rigorous oral and written board exams to prove that their training and education have successfully prepared each member surgeon to practice in plastic surgery. Plastic surgery training (and practice) encompasses aesthetic surgery (which is commonly referred to as “cosmetic surgery”) Some physicians may state that they are board certified in “cosmetic surgery;” however, such certification is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. While a few non-ABMS “boards” have gained “equivalency” to ABMS in some states, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is not one of them.

Unfortunately, patients are often not fully knowledgeable about board certification and may experience what we refer to as “white coat confusion.” Different types of “board-certification” can indeed be confusing when making healthcare decisions and selecting a physician.

Patients choosing a surgeon for a plastic surgery procedure, including cosmetic surgery, should always inquire about a physician’s specific board certification and also ask whether or not he or she is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Glatt is a member of the American Society for Plastic Surgeons as well as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the leading professional organization of plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery and are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

To discuss your cosmetic surgery goals, call the office of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS at 973-889-9300 to schedule an appointment.

Posted in Special Topics on April 17th, 2015

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Posted in Special Topics on April 5th, 2015

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Posted in Special Topics on April 3rd, 2015

Latisse for longer eyelashes

 

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Over-the-counter products condition eyelashes. In 2008, Allergan’s LATISSE® became the first and only prescription product FDA approved to grow eyelashes—fuller, longer, and darker.  Since then,

  • Approximately 544,000 patients have purchased LATISSE®1,*
  • Approximately 4 million kits sold3,*
  • 1 kit sold every 30 seconds, on average4,*,†

LATISSE® produces real results in just 16 weeks!

To begin your journey to longer lashes, contact the office of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS at 973-889-9300.

Posted in Eye, Special Topics on April 2nd, 2015

It’s the first day of Spring!

Although we were hoping for this….

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we got this instead….

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Happy first day of Spring from Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS

and the staff of Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey!

 

Posted in Special Topics on March 20th, 2015

Plastic Surgery Procedures Increased in 2014

[Excerpts from an article released 2/26/15 by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.]

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released its annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, reporting that 15.6 million cosmetic procedures, including both minimally-invasive and surgical, were performed in the United States in 2014, an increase of 3 percent since 2013. In addition, 5.8 million reconstructive surgery procedures were performed last year, up 1 percent.

“The demand for plastic surgery continues to grow as medical advancements are made and technology improves resulting in a wider array of options for patients,” said ASPS President Scot Glasberg, MD.

“Today, more than ever, patients are empowered with choices to achieve the results they are seeking. Through open communication and a mutual understanding of expectations, patients work closely with their surgeon to determine the procedures most appropriate for them to achieve their optimal outcomes.”

Minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures increased 4 percent, with more than 13.9 million procedures in 2014. The top two minimally-invasive procedures were:

  1. Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox)
  2. Soft tissue fillers

“Subtlety has been the keyword I’ve heard from patients over the past year,” says Dr. Glasberg. “Minimally invasive procedures typically produce subtle aesthetic results and for many people, that is all they want or need at the time.”

Cosmetic surgical procedures rose 1 percent, to nearly 1.7 million procedures in 2014. The top five surgical procedures were:

  1. Breast augmentation
  2. Nose reshaping
  3. Liposuction
  4. Eyelid surgery
  5. Facelift

Breast reconstruction may be performed using several plastic surgery techniques, depending on which is most clinically appropriate for the patient, and is important to restore the breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following a lumpectomy or mastectomy. The number of breast reconstruction procedures increased, with more than 102,200 procedures performed in 2014, representing an increase of 7 percent.

“It’s encouraging to see a significant rise in breast reconstruction rates, because studies show that reconstruction can greatly improve a patient’s quality of life and self-image,” said Dr. Glasberg. “But, not all breast cancer patients undergo breast reconstruction, in some cases because they are not informed of all of their reconstructive options.”

“In 2012, ASPS launched a multi-year Breast Reconstruction Awareness Campaign to educate, engage and empower women to make informed decisions about their healthcare following breast cancer diagnosis and mastectomy. Our hope is that these efforts will continue to increase awareness of breast reconstruction options for women due to breast cancer treatment,” said Dr. Glasberg.

According to ASPS’s 2014 procedural statistics, the number of men having plastic surgery continues to rise.

“Male plastic surgery rates have significantly increased since 2000 and the notion that cosmetic procedures are just for women no longer exists,” said Dr. Glasberg. “Men are seeking to regain a more youthful look, improve their self-image and feel better about their appearance. It is great that plastic surgeons have procedures to meet and often exceed their expectations.”

One of the two top male-­focused procedures was:

Just like many women, a growing number of men want to feel comfortable in their own skin, confident in all life’s situations and are finding plastic surgery to be a good option.

About ASPS

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery.

To discuss your treatment or surgical goals with Morristown, NJ Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS, call our office at 973-889-9300 to schedule a consultation.

Posted in Botox and Fillers, Breast Implants, breast reconstruction, Breast Surgery, Eye, Face, General Information, gynecomastia, liposuction, Special Topics on March 13th, 2015

Whatever the season, daily sunscreen is a must

It may be cold and windy during the winter season, but neither the low temperatures nor the gusty winds reduce the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Below are some facts about winter weather and your skin:

  • More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure.
  • No matter what the temperature is outside, you can get sunburn
  • UVA rays that penetrate the skin and promote collagen breakdown are just as strong in the winter, even on cloudy days
  • Snow reflects up to 80 percent of the UV light from the sun, meaning that you are often hit by the same rays twice
  • The strength of the sun’s UV rays increases as the elevation increases. UV radiation exposure increases 4 to 5 percent with every 1,000 feet above sea level
  • Both snow and strong wind can wear away sunscreen and reduce its effectiveness

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS of Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey offers these winter sunscreen tips:

  • Always wear sunscreen – every day in every season
  • Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 for daily use
  • If you’re heading to the slopes, choose a sunscreen with a higher SPF
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before outdoor activities and reapply every two hours
  • Apply enough sunscreen – at least one teaspoon to your face
  • Do not forget to apply sunscreen to your lips, ears, back of the neck, scalp and hands

The daily use of sunscreen can help you avoid the damage the sun, wind and cold can cause.  To discuss your daily skin care regimen please call our office at 973-889-9300 to schedule an appointment with one of our Skin Care Specialists.

Posted in skin care on March 6th, 2015

Post-OPerative Pain Management with Exparel

Controlling discomfort following any surgical procedure is one of Dr. Glatt’s top priorities to ensure an uneventful recovery for patients.  Typically post-operative pain is managed with the use of narcotic medications, such as Percocet or Vicodin, and muscle relaxants, such as Valium or Xanax.  While local anesthetics can be helpful in controlling post-operative discomfort in a targeted area, the length of effect is typically only 6 to 12 hours.

An exciting new development is the availability of a medication called Exparel, which Dr. Glatt is thrilled to be able to offer his patients who have surgery at Morristown Medical Center.  Exparel is a form of a currently used anesthetic called Marcaine, a local anesthetic that typically lasts for up to 12 hours. Given its special formulation, a single dose of Exparel produces pain control which can last from two to three days.

Since post-operative pain is most common in the first three days after surgery, patients are usually prescribed standard pain medication for use during this time.  While these medications can be very helpful, they do have the potential side effects including nausea, drowsiness, constipation, and disorientation.  With the concurrent use of Exparel patients require significantly less and sometimes even no pain medication, and report less discomfort and more mobility during the immediate post-operative period.

Dr. Glatt has found this groundbreaking medication beneficial for use in a variety of procedures, especially mommy makeover or abdominoplasty patients, who tend to have significant discomfort in the first few days following surgery.  Exparel is also advantageous for patients who have breast augmentation surgery.

Exparel is offered to all of Dr. Glatt’s surgical patients who do not have an allergy to Marcaine anesthetic.  For more information about Exparel and its potential benefits following surgery, or to discuss any of your plastic surgery goals with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS, please call our  office at 973-889-9300.

Posted in Abdominoplasty, Body, Breast Surgery, mommy makeover, Special Topics on February 27th, 2015

More breast implant styles now available

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Allergan, Inc., recently received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market two new styles of the Natrelle® 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone-Filled Breast Implants. These implants are available for use in primary breast augmentation, as well as breast reconstruction and revisionary surgery.

The new Natrelle® 410 X styles provide extra full projection, while the new L styles feature low height and low projection. Natrelle® 410 shaped gel implants are designed to mimic the slope of the breast and are filled with a highly cohesive silicone gel which enables the implants to hold their shape over time as well as remain soft to the touch.

The 410 X and L styles provide additional choices for Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS to customize each surgery by matching the height and width of each patient’s body type and provide the projection desired for each individual. While round implants achieve a fuller upper breast contour, 410 style implants produce a gradually tapered slope.

If you are considering breast augmentation, call our office at 973-889-9300 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Glatt and discover which implant will produce the look you desire.

Posted in Breast Implants, Breast Surgery on February 20th, 2015