Long Island Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery FAQ

Why should I see Dr. Schlessinger for a consult?
Dr. Schlessinger is a recognized expert in his field with over 20 years of experience. His knowledge, experience and warm personality make him an excellent choice for your care.


How long does BOTOX® last and are the injections painful?
BOTOX® Cosmetic lasts approximately 3-4 months. However, it has been shown the patients who consistently receive BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments find that after a year, they have longer-lasting results. The whole procedure takes just a couple of minutes. Dr. Schlessinger uses a very fine needle – you will feel only little pinches.


Why should I choose Dr. Schlessinger as my doctor for my Cosmetic eyelid or facial procedure?
A Board Certified surgeon – specializing in the eyes and face – Dr. Schlessinger has been a leading cosmetic surgeon for the past 12 years. He has performed thousands of eyelid, facial rejuvenation and reconstructive surgeries and teaches techniques to other surgeons in the area. A true sub-specialist, Dr. Schlessinger is often called upon by other cosmetic physicians to repair complicated problems.


Where Is the surgery performed?
Cosmetic procedures are most often performed in our state-of-the-art, ambulatory surgical suite. Non-cosmetic cases are generally brought to the surgicenter or Hospital. Dr. Schlessinger will determine which facility that is best for your surgery. You will then recover in the comfort of your own home.


Is local or general anesthesia used?
Some procedures can be performed under local anesthesia or with a light sedation given by our licensed, board certified physician anesthesiologist. We are able to accommodate the patient’s individual requests to provide their desired level of comfort.


How long is the recovery for eyelid surgery?
Recovery for most eyelid surgery procedures requires only a weekends rest. After the weekend, you can resume your normal lifestyle. However, bruising and swelling varies among patients and can last upwards of 7-10 days.


Is eyelid surgery painful?
A prescription pain medication is prescribed to minimize any discomfort. However, most patients use nothing more than extra-strength Tylenol.


Does insurance cover the cost of surgery?
When the surgery is performed for medical reasons, such as excessive hooding of the upper eyelids, impaired vision, insurance may cover part of the cost of the procedure. We will assist you in checking with your insurance carrier. However, most facial rejuvenation procedures and surgeries are considered cosmetic and your insurance company will not cover that treatment.


Are the results permanent?
Eyelid surgery offers permanent results, however, will not stop the aging process. Other procedures that slow the effects of aging may be repeated after a number of years. The overall benefits of cosmetic surgery are long lasting when you follow a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and proper diet.


Do many men undergo cosmetic surgery?
Both men and women want an image that goes along with a healthy lifestyle but cosmetic surgery has become increasingly more attractive to men. Today men, too, want to look as good as they feel.


What is the difference between a day spa and a medi-spa?
The MediSpa at Schlessinger Eye & Face offers traditional spa services, like a day spa. However, because our MediSpa is housed within a licensed medical practice we are able to use medical grade products (allowing you to receive greater results from your treatments) and offer you medical treatments (BOTOX® Cosmetic, Restylane®, Radiesse®, JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, Silikon®, PhotoFacial, Laser Therapy, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels) unlike a spa or salon. Our licensed aestheticians work under the direct supervision of Dr. David Schlessinger allowing us to provide a soothing, relaxing spa experience in a safe, medical environment.


What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that uses ‘sand-like’ crystals to remove the dead and damaged surface layer of skin cells to reveal healthier new skin cells underneath. This stimulates the deeper dermal layer of skin to produce more collagen and elastin, giving the skin a younger, firmer, more supple appearance. Treatments for the face, neck and eye area combat the visible signs of aging and sun damage, reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and diminish fine lines.


What is the difference between BOTOX® and Restylane®?
BOTOX® relaxes the muscles that cause lines & wrinkles to form on the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes, limiting their ability to contract. Restylane® (like JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, Radiesse® & Silikon®) is facial filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. Fillers can also be used to shape facial contours and improve the shape of the lips. BOTOX® and the filler products work together to complement one another.


I have heard about so many different types of ‘fillers’ (Restylane®, JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, Radiesse® and Silikon®).  How do I know which ones may be right for me?
There are many cosmetic options out there today – and the choices can certainly be overwhelming. Although many of today’s ‘fillers’ set out to achieve the same goals, they are each unique in their own right. Dr. Schlessinger is an expert in the administration of Restylane®, JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, Radiesse® and Silikon®. He will listen to what your needs are and help you decide which cosmetic alternatives are the most effective for improving your appearance. Call to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Schlessinger.
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