Getting That Halo Glow!

Getting That Halo Glow!

Years of skin damage can take a toll on your appearance. Over time, environmental pollutants will create wrinkles and age spots that discolor your skin and make you appear older. Treating skin irregularities is difficult, mainly due to the many treatment options that are available. Finding the best method often takes time and consideration. Depending on your particular needs, laser treatment can diminish sun damage and rejuvenate your skin by producing a new and refreshed layer. But even so, the intensity of laser treatment can be difficult to pinpoint. It’s for this reason that the Halo hybrid fractional laser was developed. By combining two lasers into one device, you can uniquely target the imperfections lining your skin. How Does the Halo Laser Work? The dual lasers that make up Halo are ablative and non-ablative technologies that each target the dermis and epidermis. By treating multiple layers of skin, Halo can effectively manage years worth of sun damage and the natural effects of aging. Together, the lasers repair and rejuvenate your skin simultaneously without creating any significant damage to the surrounding tissues. While the non-ablative laser removes surface damage like pigmentation and scarring, the ablative device penetrates into the dermis, stimulating collagen and elastin. Before beginning your treatment, your laser technician will apply a topical anesthetic to your skin to reduce any discomfort. Most patients undergoing Halo treatment will experience minimal discomfort save for the heat and prickling of the laser. As a total skin revitalization treatment, you can anticipate a change in your skin’s texture and tone. The size of your pores will also decrease, and you will achieve...
Can You Actually Tuck Your Tummy?

Can You Actually Tuck Your Tummy?

Abdominoplasty is more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, but this term can raise confusion in patients wondering what to expect from their results. Does your tummy really get “tucked” during this procedure and what does that look like? If you are looking for body contouring procedure that will provide you with dramatic and permanent results, it is important to get the facts about a tummy tuck to determine whether it is the right procedure for you. What is a tummy tuck? A tummy tuck addresses changes to the midsection that might make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Reasons for the changes might include pregnancy, weight fluctuations or the regular aging process. Tummy tucks are performed on men or women at any age but are most common during the middle years when those changes may become very apparent. What does it treat? The tummy tuck surgery can address a number of concerns at one time, including: Stretched abdominal muscles due to weight gain or pregnancy Skin laxity as a result of weight fluctuation and age A tummy “bulge” that won’t disappear with your weight loss efforts A midsection that keeps you from fitting into clothing or makes you self-conscious Dr. Mordkovich will evaluate your specific issues and the results you are hoping for to determine whether a tummy tuck will meet your aesthetic needs best. Who is it for? A tummy tuck is an extensive surgical procedure, so we usually recommend it for patients that are in good health and do not smoke. It is best to wait for this surgery until you decide not to have...

Ultherapy: A Nonsurgical way to Lift, Tighten, and Tone Skin

If you are looking for a way to restore youthful firmness to the skin without surgery, now there is a way. Ultherapy is available at Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery, offering our patients the opportunity to firm up trouble spots like the brow, midface, jawline, neck and chest without anesthesia or downtime. The procedure harnesses the latest technology to work deep into the dermal layers for natural, long-lasting results. What is Ultherapy? Ultherapy is a revolutionary skin tightening procedure that uses focused ultrasound energy to promote the body’s own skin tightening process. The targeted energy stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, two substances produced by the body to give skin its firm, supple appearance. Elastin and collagen are created in abundance during your younger years, but the levels diminish as you age. This leads to skin loosening and the formation of wrinkles. Ultherapy restores collagen and elastin levels to turn back the effects of aging on the skin. Because the therapy works with the body’s own processes, the positive results seen with Ultherapy are both natural and long-lasting. Non-Invasive, Dramatic Results Ultherapy does not involve the use of needles. The energy that is emitted from the applicator is intensely focused on the treatment area to prevent damage to surrounding skin and tissue. The procedure does not require any anesthesia and you can return to your normal schedule immediately following treatment. Any residual minimal redness, swelling or tingling will subside within a matter of hours. Because Ultherapy works gradually, noticeable results appear in the weeks and months following treatment. Your skin will become firmer and smoother, with a visible reduction...
The Benefits of Botox

The Benefits of Botox

You have undoubtedly heard of Botox by now; it is often referred to in discussions of anti-aging procedures. Maybe you don’t know just how far-reaching the benefits of Botox can be. In addition to the cosmetic benefits, this prescription is also used to treat a host of medical conditions. Before you schedule your Botox treatment check out the many benefits you can look forward to enjoying. Proven Safety Botox is not a new treatment; in fact, it has been used in both the medical and cosmetic realms for decades. Some people shy away from the medication when they learn it contains trace amounts of the botulinum toxin. However, the concentration is very weak and when the solution is used properly, it is safe and effective. Quick and Easy Botox injections are relatively painless since they are administered using a very fine needle. A topical anesthetic is almost never needed for this procedure. Injections are quick, taking just a few minutes to perform, and you can return to your regular activities as soon as they are completed. There should not be any telltale side effects to indicate you just had a cosmetic procedure performed. Speedy Results In some cases, you can see preliminary results of your Botox injections right away. Those improvements will continue to progress in the days following your treatment, and by the end of the first week, they should be completely apparent. You can plan your procedure shortly ahead of a special event and hit the occasion with a more youthful appearance. Cosmetic results of Botox usually last three to four months, while medical results might last...
Get Ready for Summer with Breast Augmentation

Get Ready for Summer with Breast Augmentation

You may not be thinking about summer just yet, but bathing suit weather will be here before you know it. Is your body ready? If the size of your breasts is keeping you from hitting the beach or pool with confidence, there is a solution. Now is the perfect time to schedule your breast augmentation to shape up those curves in time for warmer temperatures. Curves Designed Just for You Breast augmentation is used to enhance the size and shape of your breasts. We can customize the surgery in terms of the size, shape and profile of the implants to ensure you get the perfect size for your body proportions and desired results. With many options in breast augmentation today, you can rest assured we can create a look tailored to you. The ultimate goal is to create a new body profile that is both natural and beautiful with or without clothing. Making the Right Choice Many decisions go into your preparation for your breast augmentation procedure, so it is good to begin your research on the process as early as possible. Some of the choices you will face include: Type of implant – saline or silicone Size of implant Shape of implant – both round and teardrop (anatomical) shapes are available Implant profile – how the implant projects from the chest wall Implant placement – can be placed above or beneath the chest muscle Incision placement – around the areola, across the breast crease or in the armpit With a multitude of decisions facing you, the preparation for breast augmentation can seem overwhelming. However, when you choose an...
Augmentation or Lift: Making the Right Choice for You

Augmentation or Lift: Making the Right Choice for You

When you decide it’s time for a breast enhancement procedure, choosing the right procedure for you can be easier said than done. You may think your focus is on increasing the size of your breasts, but will that help with the sagging you have noticed since you had your kids? Is loose skin a problem in addition to your dissatisfaction with the way your breasts look? Fortunately, there are options in breast enhancement today that will ensure your specific concerns are addressed. Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery is committed to helping you make the best choice for you, whether you decide on a lift, augmentation or a combination of the two. Gaining Size with Augmentation You have never been completely happy with the size of your breasts and the way they don’t fill out your clothing the way they should. In fact, self-consciousness over the size of your breasts has affected your confidence and even the quality of your relationships. If this sounds like your primary complaints, breast augmentation may be the right surgery for you. Augmentation adds the size you are lacking by placing synthetic implants into your breast tissue. Implants come in a variety of materials, shapes, sizes and profiles that allow us to tailor your augmentation to your specific body proportions and your desired results. In addition to adding fullness, augmentation can correct asymmetries in breasts and address mild skin laxity by stretching skin over a larger breast size. Restoring Youth with a Breast Lift You have been through pregnancies and breastfeeding and now your family is complete. However, the process of having children has taken its...
Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

When your healthy habits don’t quite result in the final body shape you were hoping for, help is available. Body contouring procedures like liposuction help to trim and smooth your curves to put the finishing touches on your profile. The staff at Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery has a few tips to help you know if liposuction is the right choice for you. The Lowdown on Liposuction Liposuction eradicates isolated deposits of fat from select areas of the body. The treatment uses a small cannula that is inserted directly into the fat using a tiny incision. The cannula gently removes fat cells from the body, creating a smoother contour in the process. At Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery, we offer three different liposuction techniques: Liposculpture – uses the technique outlined above, with precision that allows us to sculpt smaller areas of the body and produce smoother, natural results Laser Lipo – combines the standard liposuction technique with laser energy that heats and liquefies fat cells before removal for less trauma to the treatment area Lipo Etching – takes liposculpture to the next level by carefully removing fat between the abdominal muscles to create a “washboard” look to the abdomen With multiple techniques available, we can tailor all of our liposuction procedures to the specific issues and desired outcome for each of our patients. To determine if liposuction is right for you, consider these questions: What do you want to trim? You can address nearly any area of the body with liposuction today, including: Abdomen and midsection Hips and flanks Inner and outer thighs Upper and lower back Upper arms Behind the...
Laser Treatments for Acne Scars: A Good Choice?

Laser Treatments for Acne Scars: A Good Choice?

Acne can be a disfiguring skin condition, even long after the breakouts have stopped. Scarring from acne can be as cosmetically embarrassing as the condition itself, leaving deep pock marks and icepick scars in the skin that can’t be covered up with makeup. Laser treatments can be a good option for these unsightly scars, but which laser should you choose? At Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery, we use the innovative Halo Laser for many of our patients concerned about acne scarring. The Hybrid Advantage There are three basic types of laser that can be used for cosmetic enhancement: Ablative lasers vaporize the outer skin layers, revealing smoother, more youthful skin underneath. This is typically the best way to eliminate acne scarring and other imperfections like fine lines and wrinkles. However, ablative laser procedures can be quite painful and the recovery time may be two to three weeks. This is a major drawback for patients with busy schedules that cannot drop out of their active lives for that long. The discomfort associated with the procedure and recovery process also make ablative lasers undesirable for many patients. Non-ablative lasers do not work as deeply into the dermal layers, ensuring a comfortable procedure with little or no downtime. These procedures can also reduce the appearance of superficial imperfections, such as shallow scarring and fine lines. However, the results are much more subtle and multiple treatments will likely be required to achieve full results. Now, there is a third choice in laser treatments that offers the similar benefits to ablative treatments but with the comfort level and recovery time of non-ablative procedures. These lasers...
What is a Tummy Tuck?

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a body contouring procedure that promises dramatic results for the midsection. This surgery addresses multiple concerns to create a firmer, sleeker look around the abdomen and waistline. Dr. Mordkovich offers tummy tuck procedures to his patients at Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery that are looking for noticeable, long-lasting body contouring enhancement. Candidates for a Tummy Tuck A tummy tuck might be the right choice for you if you have areas of fat and loose skin around the middle that have not improved despite your diet and exercise efforts. This procedure is a common option for women after they have had their children, since pregnancy can significantly impact the appearance of the abdomen. It might also be recommended for men and women after major weight loss to address the problem of loose folds of skin that are often left behind. Tummy tuck candidates should be in relatively good health. Non-smokers have a much better outcome from abdominoplasty so if you do smoke, you will likely be advised to quit smoking for a number of weeks before and after your procedure. In order to ensure the positive results of your procedure are long-lasting, a healthy lifestyle must be followed after surgery. Tummy Tuck Benefits There are a number of concerns a tummy tuck can effectively treat: Abdominal muscles that have loosened due to pregnancy or weight gain A bulge around the middle that won’t respond to exercise efforts Loose skin due to pregnancy, massive weight loss or aging Isolated areas of fat that will not disappear even when you reach a healthy weight Stretch...
The Lowdown on Eyelid Surgery

The Lowdown on Eyelid Surgery

If you are looking for a way to refresh your appearance with dramatic results, perhaps eyelid surgery is a good choice for you. Also known as blepharoplasty, this single procedure can have a profound effect on your looks by making you appear more refreshed, vibrant and youthful. The surgery can be tailored to the specific needs of each individual as well, ensuring you get just the amount of correction you need to look your best. Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery has the basics of eyelid surgery to help you decide if it is the right procedure for you. Upper Lid Benefits Changes can occur to the upper eyelid overtime. The lid can begin to droop and sag, giving you a worn appearance and even limiting your line of vision in some cases. Small accumulations of fat can also appear, further exacerbating the tired look. Upper eyelid surgery removes the excess tissue and loose skin to open up the upper eye and make you look more awake. The surgery also removes folds of skin above the eye that make it difficult to apply makeup to the upper lid. Lower Lid Benefits The lower lid can also be a victim of the aging process, as loose, thinning skin creates puffiness, dark circles and fine lines underneath the eye. Some people even discover drooping in the lower lid allows the white of the eye underneath the iris to be visible. A lower eyelid lift restores smoothness to the lower eye by removing excess tissue leading to puffiness and reducing the appearance of fine lines. The “Two is Better than One” Approach One of...