Dr. Manolakakis Feature


iLikePlastic meets with one of the most prominent facial surgeons in the united states, Dr.Manoli Manolakakis of Advanced Facial Surgery in Shrewsbury New Jersey. He explains that not only is he an aesthetic facial surgeon but also specialized in reconstructive facial surgery.

Dr. Manolakakis is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and is uniquely qualified in the treatment of patients from bone through to the skins surface. Dr. Manolakakis shows us around the Advanced Facial Surgery state of the art facility and explains to us that a large part of his passion is teaching residents in reconstructive surgery of the face.

There is no doubt that Dr. Manolakakis and his staff are among the most qualified and talented in the field.

For more information please visit www.advanced-facialsurgery.com or www.ilikeplastic.com to book your consultation!

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Her Signature Procedure! “The Natural lift” a minimally invasive alternative for a Facelift

Dr. Sharon Giese discussed her signature procedure, the “The Natural lift” a minimally invasive alternative for a Facelift. This procedure she explains, is intended for all of the women who don’t want a Facelift or want to put off the time of having one. An innovative way of treating the excess fat in the neck and the jowl area. Dr. Sharon believes that 80% of women age with this pattern, in where the grow a little neck and jowl fat. The procedure does not involve a scalpel but a small needle with an internal ultra sound with a hot tip. This mealternative to a faceliftlts the fat areas very precisely and heats up the skin that give skin tightening. She then removes that fat very carefully. In total, the procedure removes a significant amount of up to 60 cc’s of fat from the Neck and Jowl area. This leaves a Significant result. In addition, Dr. Sharon can take this fat and redistribute it in other areas of the face! Some of the popular areas include the lips, laugh lines and the cheek area. “The Natural Lift” is a quick procedure and is done in the office in under an hour! Sharon also mentions that you can be back to work within 4 days and as the swelling goes down gradually nobody will know, so if you want to keep it a secret you can!

For more information on Dr. Sharon Giese, please visit www.sharongiesemd.com
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The Facelift Gets a Makeover

The Facelift Gets a Makeover

dr-ma - Facial Surgeonnolis-manolakakisWritten by: Dr. Manolis Manolakakis

Advanced Facial Surgery

Shrewsbury, NJ


It used to be that once you reached a certain age, sagging skin and deep wrinkles clearly indicated the need for a facelift—a one-size-fits-all procedure that would nip and tuck everything back into place. At the same time, the high price tag, significant downtime and unnatural-looking, “windswept” results associated with this approach gave the facelift a not-so-desirable reputation.

That, however, was the facelift of your mother’s generation.

Today, the facelift is more than one type of treatment, and it can (and should) be performed before drastic signs of aging set in. Facelifts come in all kinds of shapes and sizes—from the mini facelift to the midface lift; from the brow lift to the neck lift; and can be achieved using both surgical and non-surgical options—all of which create the opportunity to give a lift to your face right where it needs it.

A Lift to the Face

Any one of the variety of facelifting procedures available today may offer a solution for treating signs of premature aging caused by years of unprotected sun exposure and environmental pollutants or genetic predispositions to early jowling, drooping eyelids, or other anatomical concerns:

  • A lift to the face can be achieved by adding volume (Voluma, Sculptra or fat) to the cheeks. This helps to minimize nasolabial folds and can even make improvements to the lower eyelid as well.
  • In some patients, ultrasound energy (Ultherapy) can be used to give a little lift to the brow, neck and jawline.
  • When you need a little more lift than fillers and energy alone can provide, you don’t necessarily need to jump into a classic, full-blown facelift. We know today that there’s more than a single dimension to the aging face. We look at volume, skin and structure. As a result, you may need a surgical procedure to get the results you’re looking for, but a mini facelift combined with volume injected into the midface may be the right prescription for limiting surgery and providing a more natural-looking result.

Science & Solutions

No matter how extensive the surgery, there’s more good news today. We’ve also got the necessary science to improve speed of recovery while at the same time decreasing the risk of scarring.


At the end of the day, the idea that a “facelift” is always a drastic surgical procedure and is a solution to think about when you’re old and saggy, is a fallacy. Importantly, the act of aging “prevention” has become widespread, which not only frequently postpones the need for surgical treatments, but also minimizes the extent of surgery. By prevention, I mean the use of neurotoxins (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) and daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen.


A full scope of less drastic to more traditional procedures can effectively give a lift to the face. The key is to have a qualified aesthetic facial surgeon evaluate you individually, listen to your specific concerns, and recommend an approach that delivers the most effective and safest results. In my experience, the most satisfied patient are facelift patients.

Changing the lives of kids one surgery at a time

When it comes to children, its a very sensitive area and quite a controversial topic, however there are specific cases where a Plastic Surgeon can be of great aide to a child who may be suffering from certain birth defects. Cases where it’s not meant to be nice but necessary.

In this article we are going to be discussing the benefit and even need for Plastic Surgery on a child.

Development of a Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

During early development, the right and left sides of the lip and the roof of the mouth normally grow together. In some cases these sections do not grow and meet together. This causes the child to be born with a separation in their upper lip.

The above mentioned birth defect is what is called a Cleft Lip.

Similarly to the Cleft Lip is the Cleft Palette. In these cases the roof of the mouth, or “palate” the lip and the palate develop separately.

How common is Cleft lip or Cleft Palate?

A cleft lip or a cleft palate can occur in 1 of 800 child births. Commonly this can affect far more than aesthetics. These birth defects can cause many problems for a child.

Cleft lip or palate can create the following issues:

  • Feeding Problems – Especially when breast feeding as the infant cannot create proper suction with its mouth.
  • Dental issues, as often children with a Cleft Lip or Palate will have issues with missing and malformed teeth and commonly require orthodontic treatments. In more serious cases oral surgery is required as the upper jawbone has impaired function causing unnatural placement and positioning of permanent teeth.
  • Speech problems are to be obviously expected as the malformations will pose problematic with the articulation of many words. Corrective surgery greatly improves upon these speech issues.

Details on the surgery:

Surgery is normally performed when the infant is 10-12 weeks old.

A plastic surgeon begins the procedure by making an incision on either side of the cleft from the mouth into the nostril. At this point the outer portion of the cleft is pulled down bringing the muscle and the skin of the lip together to close the separation. This will restore the natural Muscle function and the normal shape of the ???The nostril deformity often associated with cleft lip may also be improved at the time of lip repair, however, in more severe cases at later date further Surgery can be done on the patient.


The cost of cleft lip surgery and/or cleft palate repair is estimated to run a minimum of $5,000. However, some children born with clefts require ongoing care and further surgical procedures, again depending on the severity of the defect.

How long is the recovery time and what should I know?

As the patient is a child, often restraints could be used to prevent the patient from touching the sensitive recovering area. In most cases Dressings are used to keep the area sterile and aide in the recovery process.

The Child will be restless for a few days though medication can be used to comfort them. After 5 days the stitches will be ready for removal

The Doctor will advise you on how best to feed your child for the next few weeks.

After surgery the upper lip will appear red and inflamed for the first little while – this is normal and will last for part of the healing process – it does subside after some time leaving little to no visible scarring.