64 March 2015 NJMONTHLY.COM
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THE PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER
Dr. Andrew Elkwood,
plastic and reconstructive surgeon
Dr. Matthew Kaufman,
plastic and reconstructive surgeon
Q: You are using nerve decompression surgery to
treat common female pain syndromes affecting opposite ends of the body. How does it work?
A: Dr. Kaufman: We are among a handful of surgeons in the country offering two groundbreaking procedures utilizing this technique. I perform nerve decompression surgery to treat pain related to chronic, debilitating
headaches and migraines. It works by relieving compression of the nerves connected to the skull. This exciting
treatment, which is appropriate for patients who have previously benefitted from other temporary nerve therapies,
offers a potentially permanent pain-relief solution for many
Dr. Elkwood: Pelvic issues such as painful intercourse,
problems involving elimination and pain with prolonged
sitting can be due to compression of the pelvic nerve, a
condition that unfortunately often goes undiagnosed. I
have considerable experience in pelvic nerve decompression surgery, which reduces or eliminates pain by releasing
the covering on the nerve so it is no longer pinched. Many
people come to us when their lives have been profoundly
compromised by headaches or pelvic pain and previous
treatments have been unsuccessful. We find that these
innovative, low-risk surgeries can provide dramatic physical and emotional benefits for our patients, often with life-altering results.
ROBERT ZUBOWSKI MD CENTER FOR
PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
Dr. Robert Zubowski, medical director
Q: What factors
contribute to changes
in a woman’s facial
everyone ages at a different rate, both hormones and heredity
play significant roles
in the aging process.
Some women are
just genetically programmed to have poorer skin quality than
others. As hormones
change, collagen in the skin degrades causing it to thin
and lose elasticity, a combination that leads to wrinkles.
Women may also see signs of sun damage, such as dark
spots, which affect the complexion’s pigmentation and texture.
Q: What approach do you suggest to combat these
A: The first line of defense involves following
good skin care practices: avoid excess sun exposure, wear
sunblock outdoors, and keep the face clean and moist.
Getting ample sleep, staying hydrated and minimizing
stress also benefit the health and appearance of the skin.
Not attending to these basic protocols can actually accelerate the aging process. On her own, a woman can use over-the-counter skin care products and light exfoliation, and
then progress to more aggressive office-based aesthetic procedures, such as chemical and laser peels. There are many
effective noninvasive treatments that improve skin quality
by erasing surface areas of pigmentation and encouraging
new collagen growth to thicken the dermis, the deeper
the layer of the skin. Because they work constructively to
rejuvenate the skin, these modalities can actually help slow
or stave off facial aging. In fact, the sooner a woman begins
using these types of treatments, the longer it will take for
the signs of aging to appear. Starting early can even reduce
or delay the need for more complicated or invasive procedures in the future. I view skin care as a continuum of
treatment, applied at necessary intervals to address the
problems at hand.
Andrew Elkwood, MD & Matthew Kaufman, MD. Robert Zubowski, MD, FACS.