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Benefits of Non-surgical Procedures


Do you look in the mirror and feel that the reflection that stares back at you is much older than you feel? If so, then you definitely are not alone. As we age, our body’s production of the two major building blocks of our skin - collagen and elastin - naturally slows, and so over time, the skin on our bodies becomes looser. This can cause a variety of problems on both the face and body, including:

An increase in fine lines and wrinkles

  • Sagging jowls
  • Folds of skin on the neck
  • Less defined jawline
  • Flabby upper arms
  • Loose skin on the thighs
  • Increased cellulite
  • Deep creases in the skin across the body

Currently, the market is saturated with a huge range of creams, gels, and other topical treatments that claim to be able to tighten and smoothen the skin, making it appear more youthful. However, many patients report that the results of these skin treatments are not dramatic enough for them achieve the transformation that they wanted.

The thought of undergoing invasive surgery to improve our appearance is a big decision, but there is an alternative, and this comes in the form of non-surgical cosmetic enhancements, such as Profound, by Syneron Candela.

What are non-surgical procedures?

The field of cosmetic enhancements has evolved dramatically over the last few decades as experts work tirelessly to create procedures that are safer, faster and significantly improved, with the aim of ensuring that the patient has the best possible experience from start to finish. 

Most of the non-surgical cosmetic treatments now available are minimally invasive. What this means is that less anesthesia is required, smaller incisions can be made, and recovery can be faster and less painful. In the case of our example, Profound, the device used contains microneedles that penetrate the skin and cause damage, which in turn stimulates the body to produce more collagen and elastin to fix it. The result is better elasticity and volume in the skin, and a more youthful appearance, without any need to go under the knife. 

The benefits of non-surgical procedures

An increasing number of patients are now turning to non-surgical cosmetic treatments thanks to the array of benefits that they offer. These include:

Less pain. Non-surgical procedures are minimally invasive, meaning that there should be little to no pain either during or after your treatment. If necessary, your doctor will provide you with numbing cream or a small injection of lidocaine.

Shorter procedure time. Most non-surgical cosmetic treatments can be performed in a standard lunch break, including prep time and your immediate aftercare. 

Reduced risks. All standard surgical procedures come with a variety of risks, including infection and complications from the use of anesthesia. Choosing minimally invasive treatments dramatically reduces this risk. 

Faster recovery. Surgery is invasive and sometimes extensive, which can mean a long and arduous recovery process. However, with non-surgical cosmetic treatments, the majority of patients can go back to work within 24hours. Major non-surgical facelifts or eyelifts will almost certainly result in bruising that lasts several days, and many patients choose to take this time off of work. Nevertheless, this is still a significant improvement on the usual down time necessary after a surgical facelift procedure.

Great results. Although not permanent, non-surgical procedures can help each patient achieve smoother, younger-looking skin. As the patient gets older and their features change, so too may the areas that they wish to address. A distinct benefit of non-surgical procedures is that they can be ‘topped up’ when and where the patient needs them most. This helps the patient to feel confident and happy with their appearance for years to come.

Affordability. Conventional cosmetic surgery can be very expensive, and is often simply unattainable for the standard person. However, non-surgical treatments are available at a fraction of the price, making them affordable for a far wider audience. 


If you want to experience the benefits of smoother, healthier, and younger-looking skin, but are unable to unwillingly go under the knife, then non-surgical cosmetic treatments may be the ideal solution for you. Make an appointment with our team at Elsa Raskin, MD to discuss how you wish to transform your appearance, call 203-861-6620.

Benefits of a Mini Breast Augmentation


If you are unhappy with the shape, size or general appearance of your breasts, then you are certainly not alone. With studies suggesting that as many as 75% of women feel self-conscious about the appearance of their breasts. Being unhappy with our breasts can have a serious effect on our confidence and self-esteem. Many people who feel this way may avoid clothes, activities and situations that draw attention to their breasts, such as only wearing high-neck tops, or refusing to go swimming. Our personal relationships may also become negatively affected. 

Breast augmentation surgery has been used to make physical improvements to ladies’ breasts for many years, and it is most well known for dramatically increasing cup size and giving breasts a fuller appearance.

However, not all women necessarily want to make radical changes to the size of their breasts, and instead simply want to create a silhouette that is only subtly fuller, but much perkier and more youthful. In these instances, a mini breast augmentation may be a better option for you that a conventional ‘boob job’. Elsa Raskin, MD offers mini breast augmentation surgery for patients in Greenwich, CT wanting to improve the appearance of their figure.

What happens in a mini breast augmentation?

The procedure for a mini breast augmentation is identical to that of a regular breast enlargement. In a regular boob job, if you have opted for silicone implants, you will need a reasonably big incision for them to be inserted. However, in a mini breast augmentation, because smaller implants are used, smaller incisions are also used. If you have chosen saline implants, these will be filled to your desired size after they have been inserted.

What are the benefits of choosing a mini breast augmentation?

There are many benefits to choosing mini breast augmentation surgery, which are helping to make it one of the most popular and commonly requested cosmetic surgery procedures today. These include:

A subtle improvement

Many people associate breast augmentation surgery with overly large implants, which can look disproportionate to the size and shape of the patient’s body. However, a mini breast augmentation uses smaller implants, which make them ideal for women who are seeking slightly fuller breasts without attracting unwanted or negative attention. 

Better for physically active lifestyles

Mini breast augmentations are particularly popular among ladies who have physically active lifestyles. The main reason for this lies in the fact that significantly larger breasts can be intrusive and inconvenient during exercise and other similar physical pursuits. Smaller, perkier breasts are much more manageable for busy, active women. 

Natural appearance

Many women who choose mini breast augmentation surgery find that the change in their appearance is so subtle, that many people don’t even notice. However, this minor outward change can have a major inward one, with the vast majority of patients reaping the benefit of increased confidence and self-esteem. 

Minimal scarring

The smaller the incision used in your breast augmentation surgery, the less scarring you are likely to experience. 

Lower risk of complications

A smaller incision means a smaller open wound. This reduces the likelihood of any complications either during or after your surgery, and should give you a smoother and faster recovery. 

Am I a candidate for a mini breast augmentation?

If you are interested in mini breast augmentation surgery, you will first need to attend a consultation appointment with your chosen surgeon. It is during this meeting that your doctor will assess your general health and wellbeing, as well as performing a physical examination of your natural breasts. You will also have a discussion about your reasons for choosing mini breast augmentation surgery, and your goals and expectations for the procedure. Using all of this information, your surgeon will then be able to decide if you are a good candidate for the procedure. 


If you would like to subtly enhance the appearance of your breasts and regain your confidence in your appearance, schedule a consultation with Dr. Elsa Raskin today to learn more about mini breast augmentations. Call 203-861-6620.

Am I a Candidate for SmartLipo?


Liposuction has been around for nearly 45 years. It is now one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries in the United States. It was created as a way of removing excess fat from the body, and works by breaking up pockets of stubborn fat cells and sucking them out of the body.

While traditional liposuction has been proven to be successful, over the years, innovation has meant that significant improvements have been made in the technology used to perform the procedure. This has lead to faster recovery times and better patient experiences. Today, an increasing number of patients are now choosing a breakthrough procedure known as SmartLipo, as an alternative to conventional liposuction.

What is SmartLipo?

SmartLipo is an FDA-approved, minimally invasive procedure that is designed to remove excess fat from the body using cutting edge laser technology. During a SmartLipo procedure, a single laser fiber is introduced into the body through a small cannula, where it liquefies fat deposits that have accumulated in the middle layers of the skin surface. The melted fat is then drained away through a small incision, and collected in a container outside the body. The remaining skin then looks smoother, tighter and more contoured. 

What are the benefits of choosing SmartLipo?

SmartLipo has taken the disadvantages associated with conventional liposuction and improved upon them, so the patient has a much more effective experience.

One of the key benefits of choosing SmartLipo is that it is significantly less invasive than regular liposuction. There are fewer incisions required, and those that are made are much smaller. This means that the procedure is less painful, so general anesthesia is rarely needed, and there is less swelling, bruising, and scarring.

Another advantage of choosing SmartLipo is the recovery, which is significantly faster and more straightforward than that of patients who have conventional liposuction. Most people find that they can return to work just a day or two after their procedure. 

Am I a candidate for SmartLipo?

Although it is a safe and successful treatment, SmartLipo is not automatically the best choice for every patient who is looking to have excess fat removed to achieve a slimmer and more streamlined figure. 

The ideal candidate for SmartLipo is:

  • In good health
  • Not more than 25 pounds over their ideal bodyweight

However, this doesn’t mean that obese patients will necessarily be unsuitable for the procedure. At the same time, it is important to keep in mind, that SmartLipo or even conventional liposuction, is not a substitute for losing excess weight. Instead, SmartLipo should be thought of as a complementary procedure, which helps patients to shift any particularly stubborn pockets of fat, such as on the tummy or thighs, on patients who are committed to a healthy lifestyle.

Nevertheless, before you can be deemed a good candidate for SmartLipo, you will need to attend a consultation appointment with Dr. Raskin. During this meeting, we will consider your general medical history, as well as perform a physical examination of the areas that you wish to have addressed. In addition to this, we will discuss your expectations for the surgery, ensuring that this is the appropriate treatment for your body image goals. 


To find out more about SmartLipo, and how it can refine your appearance, our knowledgeable and friendly team would be delighted to assist you. Call Elsa Raskin, MD Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery today to learn more at 203-861-6620.