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Fresh Face for Fall

Have you been considering cosmetic work, but aren’t sure when the best time may be to have your procedure? Fall is the perfect time for several reasons, so schedule your consultation now. 

4 Reasons Fall is the Perfect Time for Cosmetic Surgery

1. Avoid the sun and heat.

With the cool autumn weather, you won’t have to worry about inflammation or skin damage from sun exposure or hot temperatures. 

2. Recover before the holidays.

If you have your surgery done in the fall, you can recover before the festivities begin. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to enjoy time with your loved ones during the holiday season.

3. Greater Scheduling Flexibility.

Many patients schedule cosmetic procedures in late winter or early spring. By scheduling your cosmetic procedure during the fall, you’re more likely to get the best appointment date for your schedule. 

4. Treat yourself before the holidays.

Before the frenzy of  the holiday season begins, why not treat yourself to some much-deserved self care and a new look to greet the New Year? 

Turn Back the Clock with a Facelift

Manhattan’s world-renowned facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Philip Miller, specializes in facelifts and rhinoplasty. He offers several facelift options: a traditional facelift, a mini facelift, a Micro Lift, or the proprietary Miller lift. One of these is sure to be the right one for you. 

Facelift Options

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, may be the perfect procedure for you if you’re looking for results that significantly turn back the clock. This procedure removes excess or sagging facial skin for a renewed, youthful look. 

During a traditional facelift, incisions are made at the hairline and continue in front of and behind the ears, extending to the lower scalp. Fat can be redistributed from your face and neck through these incisions, or liposuction may be used for the removal of excess fat. Muscles and skin are lifted and tightened. 

Facelift, neck lift, dermabrasion and earlobe repair to enhance the appearance of a female patient by Dr. Miller. Surgery and treatment reduces jowl formation and wrinkles while firming and smoothing skin.

Incisions made during facelift surgery are hidden in the natural creases of your face and hairline, and meticulously closed with sutures to minimize visibility after your procedure. Drainage tubes may be inserted but can be removed in 1-2 days. Sutures are removed between 5-10 days.

A mini facelift targets those areas of the face that are just beginning to wrinkle and sag. The incisions are shorter than a traditional facelift, and often confined to the front of the ear only. The mini facelift requires local anesthesia and can be performed in 90 minutes or less. 

The innovative, minimally invasive Micro Lift mimics the improved appearance that comes with pulled-back hair. It can be a perfect option for patients in their 20s-40s who want to erase early signs of aging. Comfortable, safe, quick, and performed under local anesthesia, the Micro Lift takes less than an hour in the office and requires little post-procedure downtime. 

mini facelift before and after results in NY, NY

The Miller Lift is a proprietary, custom-designed liquid facelift technique that uses a combination of fillers, such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®, to soften and fill out lines and wrinkles. Besides smoothing wrinkles, facial fillers can address volume loss in the cheeks, chin, lips, and other contours of the face. 

Along with facial fillers, Dr. Miller performs injections of Botox Cosmetic® to address the dynamic wrinkles associated with facial expressions, such as forehead wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet. Collagen stimulators, such as Sculptra, and fat eliminators, such as Kybella, round out the Miller Lift. Results can last for up to two years. 

Achieve Balance with a Rhinoplasty

Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Surgical rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, adjusts, corrects, or reduces the look of the nose. Dr. Miller will consider the prominence of your cheeks, your jawline, your skin thickness and quality, and the overall dimensions of your nose before advising you how to achieve the changes you want while maintaining overall facial balance. 

A major benefit of rhinoplasty is that it’s typically a “one-and-done” procedure. Once the procedure is complete and the nose has fully healed, patients can enjoy the results for a lifetime. 

Rhinoplasty to remove nasal hump and refine tip by Dr. Miller. After surgery, dorsal hump is gone and nasal tip is slightly rotated for a more attractive profile.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty, also known as liquid rhinoplasty, uses injectable fillers to make subtle, yet dramatic changes to your appearance.

Non-surgical nose jobs are safe and effective, providing immediate results with exceptionally short recovery time. With this non-invasive procedure, injectable fillers are used to make small yet dramatic modifications to the nose. 

Non-surgical rhinoplasty has its limitations, however. Since corrections are made with dermal fillers that ultimately dissolve, results aren’t permanent. Non-surgical nose jobs aren’t appropriate for every nose and can’t reduce the size of the nose. 

Results will vary by patient, but the longevity of a non-surgical nose job is typically between 8-24 months. During your consultation, Dr. Miller will give you an idea about what you might expect from your results as well as how long they might last.

Quick Pick-Me-Ups: Botox and Dermal Fillers

Surgery isn’t your only option for rejuvenating your appearance. Injectables minimize wrinkles and add volume in areas that lack fullness. With little-to-no downtime, injectables deliver results in a matter of days so that you can enjoy your fresh, youthful appearance right away.

Botox relaxes the muscles that pull on the skin to form wrinkles. Botox Cosmetic is superior to dermal fillers for minimizing frown lines, horizontal furrows on the forehead, and crow’s feet around the eyes. It can also be used around the lips, around the nose, or on the bands of the neck. Results last up to four months.

Dermal fillers, including Restylane® and Juvéderm®, are gel-like substances that restore volume. They fill in creases and static wrinkles, which form from gradual volume loss. Hollow cheeks, saggy jowls, and under-eye bags are common treatment areas for dermal fillers, which can last up to 12 months or more.

restylane filler for non-surgical facelift in new york

Dr. Miller and his team of skin specialists in New York provide the latest and most effective wrinkle treatments. Using various injectables, Dr. Miller can restore facial volume, reduce deep wrinkles, and help rejuvenate and lift the face.

Natural Results for a Beautiful 2022

Aesthetic Confidence® is the sense of empowerment we feel about the way we look, dress, design, and decorate. It dovetails with confidence in our abilities, intellect, and emotions. The NatraLook Process focuses exclusively on the look component of Aesthetic Confidence. The NatraLook Process is an enriching experience through which you can explore and ultimately boost your aesthetic confidence by enhancing your appearance.

The NatraLook process evaluates and expands the typical plastic surgery experience into a safe, non-intimidating opportunity to explore your aesthetic confidence. It provides a reassuring, supportive, and positive environment. It creates a unified vision of your desired result so that you and New York surgeon Dr. Philip Miller know what to expect.

The Next Step: Consulting with a Plastic Surgeon

Renowned for producing natural-looking results that exceed expectations, Dr. Philip Miller and his team of New York City’s top-rated facial plastic surgery experts provide custom cosmetic treatment plans. These include a combination of minimally invasive techniques and advanced procedures to help each patient achieve the Aesthetic Confidence® they desire.

After a comprehensive facial evaluation, Dr. Miller can recommend the best treatments to meet your goals. To discuss your full range of treatment options, contact his plastic surgery office today.

 

7 Questions to Ask Your Facelift Surgeon

A facelift may smooth sagging skin and tighten the tissue underneath the skin to give your face a fresh look. If you desire a more permanent improvement to the features of your face, a facelift may produce the beautiful glow that boosts your confidence and lifts your spirits. If you have questions about something as important as facelift surgery, don’t be afraid to ask your surgeon what you desire to know.

Dr. Philip Miller is your Manhattan, New York, and New Orleans, Louisiana, expert on all types of  facelift surgery especially deep plane facelift surgery.   He is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who will answer every question you have about this procedure. The following seven questions are frequently asked by people who choose to undergo facelift surgery. When you schedule your consultation with Dr. Miller, have your questions ready so you are prepared to move forward if you decide a facelift is the right choice for you.

before and after results of a facelift performed in NYC, NY

1. Am I a good candidate for a facelift?

Facelift surgery is not a procedure you should decide to schedule on the spot. You should do your homework, research your options, and choose a surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery. Dr. Miller will provide you with a comprehensive consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for a facelift. There is no “perfect” age for a facelift – when you look in the mirror and see skin laxity, creases, and facial hollowing that indicate you need a change, that is when you need to schedule your consultation. Dr. Miller can help you determine if facelift surgery or another procedure is the best option.

2. How often do you perform this procedure?

Dr. Miller has focused on facial procedures for over two decades. That means all of his time goes into treatments for the face, while a general plastic surgeon might divide time between the face and body procedures. His double board-certification and expertise in facial plastic surgery are also a guarantee that you will receive the best attention for your needs.

3. What type of facelift will work best for me?

facelift surgery results in NYC There are several options with facelift surgery, so during your consultation with Dr. Miller, you will learn about the different types of surgery that meet your needs. Based on the results you desire, you may choose the traditional facelift, or a procedure like the micro or mini facelift that are less invasive and a good option for earlier signs of aging. No matter which facelift you choose, Dr. Miller’s NatraLook consultation process will ensure you build trust with your surgeon and receive professional, expert advice from one of the country’s leading experts on facial plastic surgery.

Doctor Miller routinely performs the preferred deep plane facelift as it gives the most natural redraping of descended tissue and restores depleted volume.   

Deep Plane Facelift

Dr. Miller performs the deep plane facelift to restore sagging midface tissue and volume depletion.  The deep plane is different than the traditional facelift as it extends the flap further toward the upper midface so that sagging tissue in the cheek and jowl region can be rejuvenated.  Not all patients require a deep plane lift, but for those that do, no other surgery can compare.  

Traditional Facelift

Dr. Miller performs the traditional facelift procedure by making intricate incisions on your hairline, in front of your ears, and behind your ears near the lower part of your scalp line. Based on your desired look, Dr. Miller will redistribute fat  through these incisions, and may also use liposuction to remove additional fat. Don’t worry – the incisions are concealed so visible scarring is minimal afterward. Your incisions  will be closed with sutures, and based on the complexity of your facelift, you may have drains in place that can be removed in a couple of days. You will follow up with Dr. Miller in 5-10 days for suture removal. To learn more about a traditional facelift, please visit medlineplus.gov.

Mini Facelift

The mini facelift is another effective option that targets earlier signs of aging. This technique is designed to target specific areas of the face at the onset of wrinkling or sagging. Dr. Miller will make his incisions at the front of the ear, but not behind the ear. The procedure does not require general anesthesia; you will receive a local anesthetic and be done in about 90 minutes.

facelift surgery results in Manhattan, NY

4. Where and how will you perform my procedure?

Dr. Miller performs all facelift procedures in the surgical suite of his Manhattan office. The surgery suite is accredited and adheres to the strict standards set forth by the Joint Commission.

Surgery, whether minor or major, will require local (focused on a specific region) or general (surgery while you are asleep) anesthesia. Depending on the type of facelift you are scheduled for will determine the type of anesthesia used, and will be discussed during your consultation. Traditional and mini facelifts – both designed to give you a fresh new look, are performed differently, and are tailored to your precise needs and goals. Dr. Miller performs a variety of facelift techniques, to ensure your results are beautifully natural and distinctly you.

5. What happens after surgery? What will my recovery look like?

Your recovery is a process of resting and healing to ensure you see the best results. If you had general anesthesia, you may remain in our surgical suite for a short period to allow the effects of general anesthesia to wear off before you leave. A local anesthetic may produce numbness but will wear off soon after the procedure is complete. Make sure you have a ride home after your surgery with a friend or family member who can stay with you for the first 24 hours of your recovery if possible. 

Recovering at Home

facelift before and after results on a NYC patient

You will be sent home with  dressings in place to protect the incisions and sutures. Drains may also help to drain fluid from the surgical site. Soreness and tightness on your face is normal after surgery.

Facelift surgery of any kind may produce some swelling or bruising. If you experience any unexpected symptoms, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Miller’s office right away. Rest assured that Dr. Miller will also keep in touch with you during your recovery process and through your post-operative appointments.

You may receive a prescription for pain medication prior to your surgery, but many of Dr. Miller’s patients report they did not require the medication as their recovery was more comfortable than expected.

Your recovery time may not be textbook, but most people can return to work and normal activities within a couple of weeks. Excessive activities, such as exercise or heavy lifting are not recommended for about a month after your surgery. During your recovery at home, stay active (but not too active!) to ensure your blood circulation is promoting the healing process. You will be instructed to avoid medications like aspirin or other blood thinners, as these can cause excessive bleeding after your surgery.

One of the most important parts of your recovery is following the instructions provided by Dr. Miller. His guidance will provide you with a step-by-step overview of how to prepare for your surgery, what to expect during and after surgery, and how to recover properly by caring for your incisions. Make sure you keep all of your scheduled follow-up appointments, and in time, you will see the benefits of your surgery with a refreshed, more youthful appearance.

6. What can I expect from my results?

You may be wondering about the results of your facelift – how will I look? Dr. Miller is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, the best you can ask for with facelift surgery. You may see as much as 10 years taken off, but one of the best testimonials for facelift surgery are the before and after photos. Dr. Miller’s staff will take before and after photos so you can see the drooping and sagging disappear.

7. What will the cost of my procedure be?

The cost of your surgery varies depending on which facial procedure you choose. The details of the cost will be discussed during your consultation. You must also consider other costs associated with the surgery, which might include a facility fee, the surgeon and anesthesiologist fees, and any postoperative supplies you may need for recovery. Facelift surgery is considered cosmetic and elective (not medically necessary), and would not be covered by your insurance. Remember that the costs vary and are not inexpensive, but if a facelift is not in your range of affordability, Dr. Miller can recommend other procedures that may provide a similar look without the same cost.

Schedule a Facelift Consultation with NYC’s Top Facial Plastic Surgeon

Whether you choose a traditional, mini, micro, or other facelift procedure, Dr. Philip Miller can turn the clock back and give you a new look, a fresh face, and a reason to smile again. Schedule your consultation today.

 

Top New York Facial Plastic Surgeon Reveals Difference Between Surgical and Liquid Face Lifts

Once upon a time, you didn’t have many options after the signs of facial aging started to appear, other than smearing your face with ineffective cold cream or wearing a chin strap to try to lift up your jowls. Nowadays, though, there are so many choices offered in New York City for reversing signs of aging and rejuvenating your skin that you may be overwhelmed and uncertain of what choice to make.

Dr Miller of Gotham Plastic Surgery New York demonstrates the ponytail microlift with his patient.

You might even feel paralyzed by the number of options available to you — stuck in the “paradox of choice” that we sometimes experience in our abundant world. At Dr. Phillip J. Miller’s Facial Plastic Surgery practice, we want to make sifting through your abundance of choices easy for you. Here are a few questions that can help you decide whether you’re ready for a surgical facelift, or if another option better suits your needs and lifestyle.

Do you want immediate results for your face?

You’ve made up your mind to turn back the clock, but you don’t want to spend weeks to months in recovery from a surgical facelift. A liquid facelift is by far your best option if you want to leave our office looking anywhere from 5-10 years younger, with no recovery time at all. Dr. Miller developed his own variation on a liquid facelift — dubbed the Miller Lift — in which he resculpts and re-contours your face to look more youthful, using only injectable therapies.

Facelift, neck lift, dermabrasion and earlobe repair to enhance the appearance of a female patient by Dr. Miller.

Facelift, neck lift, dermabrasion and earlobe repair to enhance the appearance of a female patient by Dr. Miller.

Dr. Miller may choose from a variety of dermal fillers to find ones with the right consistency, longevity, and composition to reverse the signs of aging on your face. You can use a liquid facelift to:

  • Restore volume to your midface, which lifts up a slightly sagging lower face
  • Build up your cheekbones for greater elegance and more lift, too
  • Fill in hollows under your eyes or on your temples
  • Smooth out and un-do deep creases around your nose and mouth
  • Re-contour your jawline and chin to be sharper and more youthful
  • Smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, including perioral lines
  • Rejuvenate and plump up your lips

Philip Miller, MD, may recommend combining hyaluronic-acid (HA)-based fillers (e.g., Juvéderm® and Restylane®) with collagen stimulators (e.g., Radiesse® and Sculptra®) to give you the best of both worlds. The HA fillers immediately add volume, lift, and add smoothness to your face so that you look visibly younger in less than an hour. The collagen stimulators work over the long-term, in the deeper layers of your dermis, to create more collagen that rebuilds and strengthens your skin from the inside out. Together, they provide a powerhouse of anti-aging benefits.

 

Your treatment could also include Botox® as part of your liquid rejuvenation. Botox smooths out wrinkles:

  • On your forehead
  • Between your brows
  • At the top of your nose
  • Around your eye corners
Facelift results in New York by Dr. Philip Miller

*Patient results may vary

However, Botox’s benefits don’t stop there. Dr. Miller can also use Botox to relax tensed muscles around your jawline, neck, and mouth to create cosmetic improvements such as:

  • Softer, more feminine jawline
  • Liquid neck lift
  • Nonsurgical lip flip

 

The final component in a Miller Lift is Kybella® — an injectable treatment that melts away unwanted facial fat. Dr. Miller uses Kybella to eliminate double chins and jowls, and tighten the skin along your jawline.

The downside of a liquid facelift is that some of your immediate and dramatic benefits are temporary. You will need periodic touch-ups of both the dermal fillers and Botox (though not of Kybella!), which can range from every 3-4 months for Botox, to up to 24 months for some fillers. We are able to schedule your maintenance checkups and send you reminders so that you always look great, but if you’d rather trade the time savings of a liquid facelift for the ultimately lower cost of more long-term anti-aging solutions, then keep reading.

Are you willing to wait (just a bit) for your facelift? There is an in-between option. non-surgical skin tightening procedure in new york

Non-surgical skin-tightening treatments can dramatically rejuvenate your look over time without incisions or scars. They work by stimulating collagen in the deep layers of your skin, which thickens and strengthens your skin, literally turning back time. Although you may notice a difference in the texture and firmness of your skin directly after your first treatment, your skin gets tighter and more youthful-looking over the next several months as your body produces new collagen and elastin. Dr. Miller offers:

  • Ultherapy® — Ultrasound energy heats the collagen layers of your skin to tighten and firm your neck, jawline, face, and brow
  • Neck-Tite™ — Neck-Tite uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to melt and vacuum away excess fat around your chin and neck to firm and tighten your skin, permanently removing a “turkey neck”

You can combine both Ultherapy and Neck-Tite with elements of a liquid facelift for a more dramatic and instant effect.

Do you want to wow them with the best possible results?

facelift patient in new york

Despite the advantages of anti-aging technologies, if you want the most dramatic, long-lasting rejuvenation possible,nothing can rival a beautifully performed surgical facelift. Dr. Miller performs a deep-plane lift that not only repositions and lifts up your skin, but also the underlying superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) layer for superior, longer-lasting, and more natural-looking results. Using mini liposuction, he removes any excess fat from your lower face and chin, which causes jowls and drooping. Choose from:

  • Full facelift — entire lower face and neck area tighten, lifted, and recontoured
  • Mini lift — Only lower face and jowls lifted and tightened
  • Micro lift— this slight, skin-only lift mimics the rejuvenating effects and lift of wearing your hair in a tight ponytail

Depending on your needs, Dr. Miller also performs a neck lift, in which he tightens and lifts the neck’s platysma muscle. In most cases, he recommends fat grafting, which removes unwanted fat from an area where you don’t want it (such as your tummy or legs) and injects it into your cheeks, where it integrates with your tissues to create long-lasting volume. You might also benefit from a:

browlift patient results in new york, ny

You won’t see your full results for 2-3 months and may be slightly uncomfortable or a little self-conscious as your facelift heals. You’ll also have slight scars behind your ears. However, Dr. Miller always makes sure to hide the scars in the creases of your skin.  You can also later get laser treatments to minimize their appearance.

 

Your facelift lasts for at least 10 years. That means, even if you don’t do another thing to your face — other than using medical-grade skincare and getting regular chemical peels — you’ll look younger than your peers for a decade or more. So, although the initial investment is larger, you save money and time in the long run. To learn more about facelift, visit medlineplus.gov

Dr. Philip Miller – New York’s Top Facial Plastic Surgeon

Move from considering to choosing by calling our office for a consultation today at 646-791-3025. You can also book an appointment with the online contact form.

Next, read New York’s Top Facial Plastic Surgeon Reveals The Most Popular Face Slimming Procedures.

Dripping With Envy: Liquid Facelift in NYC

Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation, or as laymen’s refer to it, a “Liquid Facelift” is the latest in innovative treatments available in NYC. Patients are lining up to take advantage of the non-invasive methods offered to aid in their concerns for wrinkles, sagging skin, and other anti-aging issues. The beauty behind this procedure is you are achieving optimal, desired results without undergoing surgery or extensive recovery time. The Liquid Facelift is an accredited, cosmetic treatment designed to help you rediscover your natural, youthful beauty by re-filling areas of soft tissue that have diminished with age. This “facelift in a bottle” can safely and effectively restore ageless beauty.

Rejuvenation is just as important as prevention when it comes to assisting patients in successfully appearing fresher, more youthful, attractive, and give their confidence a much needed boost! The right board-certified surgeon will provide you with a customized plan. The physician’s expertise allows a certain level of flexibility to utilize various products and multiple techniques to help a patient understand how their goals will be executed and how to produce the proper aesthetic expectations for each individual patient.

liquid facelift results in New York City, NY A Liquid Facelift treatment may involve Botox, which relaxes muscles in the face, giving patients a reduction in the fine lines around their eye and brow area. There is a diverse range of dermal fillers to infuse volume and life back into the skin. Fillers will be a key tool for filling in wrinkles and adding contouring to the overall facial structure. For the Liquid Facelift, Dr. Miller uses a combination of facial fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, to fill in areas of the face where natural fat has depleted with age or where hollows have developed. This effectively plumps and contours the face and fills in wrinkles, creases and lines for a more youthful appearance. It can plump facial folds like the nasolabial folds and improve under eye bags and hollows. Common treatment areas include the eyes, cheeks, mouth area and chin. The lips can also be treated for a fuller, pouty appearance while also improving annoying lipstick lines that may have developed with age. Dr. Miller may also perform Botox injections at the same time to address dynamic wrinkles associated with facial expressions, such as frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. The Liquid Facelift can also be combined with the NatraFirmST Skin Tightening system, or Ulthera for individuals concerned with sagging skin.

Many patients may have a fear of invasive procedures, even if they are minimal, there is a hesitance or apprehension that comes from any long-term, permanent, or painful aspect of the process. Yet, individual’s still strive for an improvement or “youthifying” (the latest term being thrown around by medspa professionals defining rejuvenation) transformation. If this sounds like you, Liquid Facelift may be the perfect solution for you.

Dermal Fillers used in the treatment, are becoming increasingly popular and seemingly the norm for beauty maintenance. The reason for the leading demand is most patients describe the injection as “they don’t feel a thing.” In rare cases, some patients may experience a slight discomfort like that of a pinch. When researching, you will find that the benefits of the filler will last anywhere between 6-12 months. Patients will notice a gradual change in the mirror when the injection seems to be wearing off. The good news is patients will receive continual quality care with the guidance and personalized plan from their surgeon for basic upkeep.

What To Expect In Liquid Facelift?

The Liquid Facelift is performed in the office setting and can be completed within an hour or less. There is typically little discomfort and a topical or local anesthetic is often sufficient. Recovery is minimal and most patients are able to return to their normal routine right away. Some minor redness, swelling and bruising can occur but these side effects tend to resolve quickly. Results can be seen immediately with continued improvement as Botox, if used, begins to take effect.

Proof Is In The Face

The Liquid Facelift can provide an excellent alternative to a traditional surgical facelift for individuals seeking more immediate improvement with no downtime and minimal risk or those looking to avoid surgery altogether. It is ideal for younger individuals who are not yet ready for or in need of surgical correction but would still like to improve early signs of facial aging and volume loss. For some, treatment can even help to postpone surgery. Results are temporary, generally lasting anywhere from six to twelve months.

For more information on our available procedures or if you have any questions about Liquid Facelift treatments specifically, or any of our other dermal fillers, and services, we are happy to assist you. Please contact our office or feel free to schedule a consultation with top board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Philip Miller.

 

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The Truth About Snapchat Dysmorphia

In addition to adorable puppy ears, floral headpieces, and new pairs of sunglasses to try on, Snapchat also offers face-perfecting filters that instantly smooth out your skin and give you bigger eyes, a smaller nose, and a thinner face. While it may seem all fun and games at first, teenagers can become obsessed with their filtered selfies and may go to great, social media-approved lengths to be able to “Facetune” their faces in real life, with the help of a cosmetic surgeon. Those who choose to undergo plastic surgery in New York City to look like their pixel-perfect selfies may be suffering from an underlying mental health condition called Snapchat Dysmorphia.

What Is Snapchat Dysmorphia?

Social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram and photo-editing apps like Facetune are contributing to a dangerous trend where people are feeling insecure about not looking as beautiful and flawless as their own filtered selves that have garnered ego-boosting hearts and “likes” from their followers.  

Dubbed as “Snapchat Dysmorphia” by a group of dermatologists at Boston University, this new phenomenon has patients seeking out cosmetic surgeries in an attempt to look identical with the filtered versions of themselves –with a thinner nose, bigger eyes, and fuller lips. The paper which was published in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery Viewpoint also mentions how Snapchat Dysmorphia is a new twist on the condition known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder in which people have an excessive preoccupation with their perceived flaws. What is happening right now is a significant rise in “selfie” surgery requests and instead of patients bringing in photos of celebrities who possess their ideal nose or face shape, they are now presenting highly-edited selfies fit for an airbrushed cover of a glossy magazine. “This is an alarming trend because those filtered selfies often present an unattainable look and are blurring the line of reality and fantasy for these patients,” the paper read. 

Social media, it seems, is shaping our concept of beauty and is putting the spotlight on our flaws as we attempt to achieve physical perfection offline. No matter how advanced and innovative the techniques in plastic surgery are today, attempting to measure up to your altered images can be unrealistic, unattainable, and unhealthy. This is why it is important that you consult with a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Philip Miller. Dr. Miller and his team can help you achieve healthy aesthetic changes that can highlight your natural, unfiltered beauty. 

No Filter Needed

Dr. Miller and his New York team can help you healthily achieve your aesthetic goals. His expertise ensures you will have a natural and refreshed look, not just what you see in altered and heavily filter pictures. 

 Dr. Miller has a variety of options, from surgical procedures such as rhinoplasty, neck lift, chin implant, jawline augmentation, and otoplasty, to non-surgical options that can be done over a lunch break.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Some of the best available treatments today don’t even need a scalpel and can be done in a lunch hour with minimal downtime. And what is brilliant about these non-surgical procedures is that you will still look like yourself –just fresher, younger, and more radiant with glowing skin, a sharper nose, and a taut jawline. These are the non-surgical face and skin-transforming treatments that can be performed by Dr. Miller:

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty 

Also referred to as a liquid rhinoplasty, a non-surgical nose job allows the surgeon to subtly alter the nose’s size, shape, position of the nasal tip, as well as straighten the nose and hide bumps through the use of injectable fillers. 

A non-surgical nose job is a pain-free alternative to surgical procedures for correcting undesirable nasal characteristics. And since injectable fillers are used, the results are immediate. In addition, if you are unsatisfied with the results, the fillers can be dissolved within 24 hours. Non-surgical rhinoplasty has no long-term effects, making you a potential candidate for a traditional rhinoplasty in the future should you still desire to undergo the procedure. A MicroRhinoplasty™ is a less invasive alternative to a traditional rhinoplasty as well. 

Dr. Miller is considered one of the country’s leading experts in rhinoplasty and facial rejuvenation and has even lectured on innovative rhinoplasty techniques as well as written chapters for rhinoplasty textbooks. 

Botox 

Those who want to look more youthful by smoothing their fine lines and wrinkles are good candidates for Botox injections. FDA-approved to treat crow’s feet and frown lines, Botox works by blocking nerve impulses to the facial muscles, causing dynamic wrinkles to soften and relax. Skin will appear smoother and less wrinkled, giving you a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.

Dermal Fillers 

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Miller is recognized as an expert in facial rejuvenation procedures, including filler injections. Dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid (HA) which is a natural substance within the skin that’s responsible for keeping the skin supple and hydrated while adding volume. We lose HA as we age, resulting in skin’s lack of moisture, strength, and volume. When injected into the skin (cheeks, around the eyes and mouth area, chin, or lips), fillers will replace lost volume to plump and contour the face. Examples of dermal fillers include Juvéderm and its products (Voluma, Ultra, Ultra Plus, and Volbella), Restylane, and Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite).

Dermal fillers combined with Botox can work wonders in rejuvenating the face. They create a powerful anti-aging treatment that gives the face a natural lift as they relax and fill in those lines, wrinkles, and hollow areas while redefining the contours of the face. 

Treatments For Skin Resurfacing and Tightening

Laser, light, and energy devices can help address signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, and pigmentation through short and direct pulsating beams of light that create heat points or micro-injuries in various depths of the skin, triggering the skin’s natural healing process. Skin becomes smoother, tighter, and clearer, with improved tone and texture. Examples of treatments include:

  • CO2 Resurfacing Laser Treatment – creates microscopic treatment areas where shafts of intense light penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. During the healing process, old, damaged skin is replaced with new skin that is smoother, tighter, and more radiant. The laser effectively treats acne scars, blotchy skin, deeper wrinkles, and scars from surgery or trauma. 
  • Ultherapy – Dr. Miller is among the first in New York City to offer the Ultherapy treatment for toning and lifting loose, lax skin without any downtime. It uses safe ultrasound energy to trigger collagen production, resulting in tighter skin and a more youthful, contoured appearance on the brow, chin, and neck. 
  • Fractora & Fractora Firm – Fractora utilizes fractional radiofrequency technology to resurface the skin, effectively correcting common skin concerns such as fine lines and deep wrinkles, redness, brown spots, visible blood vessels, and poor skin texture. On the other hand, Fractora Firm is an advanced skin rejuvenation treatment that uses thermal energy to deeply heat beneath the skin, stimulating collagen formation which results in tighter, more youthful, and glowing skin.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

Focusing exclusively on the face for more than two decades in New York City, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Philip Miller seamlessly blends art and science with skill and innovation to provide his thousands of patients with impeccable results. With his compassionate and empathetic approach to treating patients, he will work with you to highlight your best attributes instead of focusing on your flaws. And with the many non-surgical procedures he can perform, transformation need not be drastic. Enhancing your features could mean subtle yet beautiful, natural-looking results that will help you achieve the best version of yourself.

Consult With New York’s Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist

Dr. Philip Miller and his team of top-rated facial plastic surgery experts can provide you with a custom cosmetic treatment plan consisting of a combination of advanced, non-surgical procedures that will help you achieve the Aesthetic Confidence you desire. To learn more, contact Dr. Miller today.