Cranio NY Blog
CranioNY is the blog of New York Craniofacial and Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Nicholas Bastidas.
Ear molding is a non surgical way to correct newborn ear deformities (prominent ear, folded ears, lop ears, lidding, stahl ear, etc..). This prevents the need for surgical correction at a later age (often 5 or 6 yrs old). Please visit EarsNY.com for more information
EarsNY.com is a dedicated ear molding site that will show how the technique works step-by-step
Aesthetic surgery is often desired to help improve the form of the face and body and to regain youthfulness. Dr. Bastidas is well trained in aesthetic surgery and can offer his patients excellent results with the following procedures:
Dr. Bastidas performs breast augmentation surgery with either silicone or saline implants to help achieve a natural result with ample cleavage. This procedure may be combined with a breast lift to help restore the perkiness associated with youth.
Large/painful breasts can be reduced and lifted using a variety of techniques to improve the overall form and comfort of our patients.
The upper and lower eyelids are a common sign of aging. Most people complain that they look “tired all the time”. Dr. Bastidas can remove excess skin and fat and rejuvenate the periorbital area to create a clean, well rested look.
The tell-tale sign of aging remains the lower third of the face and neck as gravity and time take their toll on all of us. Dr. Bastidas has trained with pioneers and leaders in face lifting techniques and can obtain natural results with minimal scarring. Gone are the old days of over tightening the skin. Dr. Bastidas sculpts and elevates the muscle layers so that overlying skin sits naturally and without the “wind tunnel” look.
Areas of excess and prominent fat can be sculpted using the minimally invasive technique of liposuction.
Performed as an outpatient or as an overnight procedure, excess skin can be easily removed through a scar hidden in the “bikini line” to allow patients to regain the shapely figure often lost with weight gain and pregnancy. This procedure takes 2.5 to 3 hours and can be performed safely under general anesthesia. This procedure is often combined with liposuction and/or breast surgery.
Rhinoplasty (nose job)
One of the most common procedures performed today, small alterations on the underyling foundation of the nose can lead to great results in the overall form and function. Cosmetic rhinoplasty is a safe, outpatient procedure performed by Dr. Bastidas. During the consultation together we will discuss what your goals are and we will work to achieve your utmost perfect outcome.
Please call 516-497-7900 for a free consultation today to discuss your opportunities.
Poland syndrome and tuberous breast are two relatively common breast deformities. Poland syndrome involves malformation of the breast, pectoralis muscle and possibly the hand. A tuberous breast constricts the breast base, leading to widening of the areola and a narrow asymmetric breast. Both conditions can be treated with surgery and may involve placement of a breast implant.
The carpal tunnel contains the median nerve, which may be crushed by the roof the carpal tunnel due to swelling from repetitive motion. A carpal tunnel release removes the pressure on the median nerve, reducing pain and improving sensation. This operation may safely be performed as an outpatient procedure under general or local anesthesia.
Plastic surgeons are often consulted for excision and/or wound closure for skin cancers that are either complex or located in anatomically sensitive areas. Dr. Bastidas specializes in techniques to help minimize scarring while still maintaining a complete oncologic resection. Patients who are referred after cancer removal with Moh’s surgery may often undergo reconstruction the same day.
The most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Skin type and exposure to the sun are thought to be important risk factors and patients who are at risk should have routine complete physical exams performed by their dermatologist. In addition, suspicious moles (nevus) should be considered for excisional biopsy given the potential risk for melanoma.
Dr. Bastidas specializes in the following techniques:
- Excisional Biopsy
- Primary Closure (Complex)
- Local tissue Rearrangement
- Local and Regional Flaps
- Skin GraftingDr. Nicholas Bastidas is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in the treatment of pediatric and adult craniofacial, cleft and vascular abnormalities. Dr. Bastidas is a leader in craniofacial surgical procedures and serves the Long Island and greater New York region. Call us today at (516) 497-7900. We are looking forward to serving you and your family.
2 Jaw Surgery
The upper and lower jaws can be moved to improve your bite (occlusion), reduce stress on the TMJ, and improve facial aesthetics. The incisions are hidden inside mouth and the new position will be determined in conjunction with an orthodontist. The position of chin may be often be adjusted during this procedure as well.
Rhinoplasty / Septal Deviation
One of the most common procedures performed today, small alterations on the underling foundation of the nose can lead to great results in the overall form and function. Cosmetic rhinoplasty is a safe, outpatient procedure performed by Dr. Bastidas. During the consultation together we will discuss what your goals are and we will work to achieve your utmost perfect outcome.
Septal deviation is when the cartilage inside the nose blocks the passage of air through the nostrils. This may be a result of trauma or from birth (congenital). The malformed septum can be removed or straightened to improve airflow.
The nose lies in the center of the face and is the most visible of all facial structures. It is composed of a lining, structure and skin envelope, all of which must be individually reconstructed in the cases of injury from trauma, malformation, or as result of tumor excision.
Excellent reconstruction results can be achieved by transferring tissue from the other parts of the nose, or sometimes from the forehead or cheek. Larger defects may require a 2 or 3 stage operation, which are spaced 3-4 weeks apart. Cartilage grafts from the rib or ear may be required to optimize outcomes depending on how big is the defect.
Plastic surgeons often work in conjunction with dermatologists who perform Moh’s surgery, a process of removing the tumor after examining the margins under a microscope.
Migraines are severe headaches that are thought to arise from a pathologic nerve response from constricting muscles. Patients non-responsive to medications may be candidates for botox therapy. Botox is thought to function by either directly mediating the nerve signals or by reducing muscle contraction and thus nerve compression. Patients in whom this technique fails may be candidates for surgery where the involved nerves are completely released from the nearby musculature or tissue.
Lower Extremity Reconstruction
Trauma from car accidents and falls can cause severe damage to the tissues and bones of the legs. Plastic surgeons are often consulted by orthopaedic and vascular surgeons to help manage complex wounds and repair damaged structures. Wound coverage may be as simple as a straight line closure or skin graft and can be as complex as free microvascular tissue flaps.