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Aesthetic Surgery

The physicians in the St. Joseph’s Aesthetic Surgery Program are board certified specialists. This certification is your assurance of their skill and experience with the most current techniques. The surgeons for the Aesthetic Surgery Program are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and, through this professional organization, stay current of the latest techniques and procedures.

From reconstructive to elective, we understand that aesthetic surgery is a personal matter. To provide you with the level of privacy you seek, all communication with the surgery center will be conducted through your surgeon's office only and no information will be given to callers regarding your condition without prior permission. When you visit the Northeast Surgery Center you can also bypass the regular admitting process and check in to your private room using a separate entrance. Click here for more information on the privacy considerations for those undergoing aesthetic surgery at the Northeast Surgery Center.

As most aesthetic surgery isn’t covered by insurance, we have created a fee schedule that includes a total charge for your anticipated needs during your surgical stay. This inclusive fee is referred to as the facility fee and is determined by the type and complexity of the procedure, the type of anesthesia and length of stay. The surgeon and anesthesiologist will bill you separately. The fee schedule for facility, surgeon and anesthesia will be provided to you by your surgeon during your initial consultation visit. Please note, payment is due prior to surgery.

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Procedures

Abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck,” is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.

Birthmark Removal
The removal of a birthmark by means of laser or surgical intervention.

Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty, known more commonly as “eyelid surgery,” is a procedure to remove fat – usually along with excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes.

Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts.

Brow Lift
Browlift or “forehead lift” is a procedure that restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes. The procedure corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad or tired.

Endoscopic Surgery
Endoscopy is a surgical technique that involves the use of an endoscope, a special viewing instrument that allows a surgeon to see images of the body’s internal structures through very small incisions.

Facial Implants
Facial Implants of the cheeks, chin and jaw are used to improve and enhance facial contours.

Fat Injection
Fat injection can help fill in facial lines and creases, temporarily restoring a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance. When injected beneath the skin, these fillers plump up creased and sunken areas of the face. They can also add fullness to the lips and cheeks. Injectable fillers may be used alone or in conjunction with a resurfacing procedure, such a laser treatment, or a recontouring procedure such as a facelift.

Laser Peel / Resurfacing
Laser peel, sometimes called “laser resurfacing,” uses a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to remove areas of damaged or wrinkled skin layer by layer. The procedure is most commonly used to minimize the appearance of fine lines, especially around the mouth and the eyes.

Lipoplasty / Liposuction
Liposuction is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. Women may have liposuction performed under the chin, on their hips, thighs, and stomach and in the under arm and breast area. For men, common sites include under the chin and around the waist. Liposuction may also be used in the reduction of enlarged male breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia.

Mammaplasty
Reduction mammaplasty, known more commonly as “breast reduction,“ removes fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter and firmer.

Mastopexy
Mastopexy or “breastlift” is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola and darker skin surrounding the nipple.

Otoplasty
Otoplasty or “ear surgery” is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. There are a variety of other ear problems that can be helped with surgery. These include “lop ear,” when the tip seems to fold down and forward; “cupped ear,” which is usually a very small ear; and “shell ear,” when the curve in the outer rim, as well as the natural folds and creases, are missing. Surgery can also improve large or stretched earlobes or lobes with large creases and wrinkles.

Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty or “surgery to reshape the nose” can reduce or increase the size of the nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils or change the angle between the nose and the upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect or injury or help relieve some breathing problems.

Rhytidectomy
Rhytidectomy, known more commonly as “facelift,” is the removal of excess fat, tightening underlying muscles and reshaping the skin of your face and neck. A facelift can be done alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery or nose reshaping.

Scar Revision
Scar revision is surgical treatment for scars.

FAQs

Q: What is aesthetic surgery?
A: Aesthetic surgery changes existing facial or body features to improve appearance.

Q: What is cosmetic surgery?
A: Cosmetic surgery returns a more natural look to facial and body features changed by age, sun or pregnancy.

Q: What is plastic surgery?
A: Plastic surgery is a broad term used to include aesthetic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Q: What is reconstructive surgery?
A: Reconstructive surgery repairs abnormalities that are the result of injury or birth defects.

Q: Who provides anesthesia care for aesthetic surgery?
A: The anesthesia department at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center provides anesthesia services for aesthetic surgeries done at Northeast Surgery Center. The anesthesiologists are highly skilled in critical care as well as outpatient surgery. You will meet the anesthesiologist prior to the scheduled surgery.

Q: Is there an alternative to receiving anesthesia?
A: Depending on the type of procedure and surgeon and patient preferences, moderate conscious sedation may be the preferred method for providing reduction of pain and anxiety during the surgical procedure. This is achieved by delivering medications intravenously as ordered by the surgeon.

Q: Is Northeast Surgery Center equipped to handle emergencies?
A: Registered nurses providing care are trained in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art emergency equipment and medications to handle complications that may arise. Also, an emergency plan has been developed with St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in case the need arises to transfer a patient to the hospital.

Resources

American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
Northeast Surgery Center