LOOKING YOUR BEST: “It’s important to have the right treatment for the right problem. Each patient is an individual with unique needs and circumstances. My job is to develop a treatment plan tailored to the individual situation of this patient. Facial cosmetic plastic surgeon Eugenie Brunner, MD, FACS, practicing at Princeton, also offers non-surgical procedures, including a laser skin rejuvenation center.
By Jean Straton
NOTSince many of us have come out of masks, certain “imperfections” hitherto hidden are now emerging.
Is there a slight “softening” of the chin line? Are those telltale lines and wrinkles more prominent than before? Worse, is unwanted, but ultimately unavoidable, gravity-induced subsidence now part of the equation?
If some of these concerns are yours, don’t worry! Help is at hand.
If, indeed, it’s time for a little “pinch and tuck” or even something more substantial, Dr. Eugenie Brunner, MD, FACS, is ready to help. A specialist in cosmetic plastic surgery of the face and skin rejuvenation, she has practiced for 25 years at the Woodlands Building, 256 Bunn Drive. She offers comprehensive care and treatment for a myriad of conditions.
“A good candidate for these treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, is self-motivated, willing to talk about the whole procedure, realistic about expectations and risks, and able to establish a good rapport with the doctor,” says Brunner. . “It is crucial that the patient feels comfortable with the doctor.”
The needs of his patients and a positive outcome for them have always been at the forefront of Brunner’s practice. His years of experience and expert credentials have earned him numerous awards and accolades, including recognition as Castle Connolly Top Doctor NJ/NY in Facial Cosmetic Surgery for many years.
Double-certified in facial and reconstructive plastic surgery and head and neck ENT surgery, she now focuses exclusively on aesthetic plastic surgery of the face.
A Princeton native, Brunner graduated from Princeton High School, Rutgers University, and with honors from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
She continued her training at New York University Medical Center in a residency program in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. She then pursued advanced studies in facial plastic surgery at the University of Toronto under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, where she trained under the president of that organization.
Brunner is affiliated with Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, where she performs surgery. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. During his career. she has performed thousands of cosmetic facial surgeries.
paint and draw
In addition to his skills and years of experience in facial aesthetic plastic surgery, Brunner is distinguished by his lifelong interest in art. From an early age she enjoyed painting and drawing, studied at Parsons School of Design during the summer, and at some point considered a career as an artist.
Her interest and abilities in science were also evident, and by grade 10 she was determined to become a doctor.
Her love of art however remains strong and is a factor in the creative aspects of cosmetic facial surgery. She firmly believes that her talent for art is linked to her love of plastic surgery.
“There is a connection. You have to have a good eye in the OR for proportions and details,” she points out. “The combination of surgery and art has allowed me to augment and define my facial plastic surgery techniques, both aesthetic and reconstructive, with aesthetic and surgical art.”
Brunner’s practice has evolved over the years and consists of three main components: surgery, skin rejuvenation laser treatments, and non-surgical procedures including fillers and injections.
Depending on the patient’s condition, one or all of these elements may be incorporated into a treatment plan.
“The interaction between the results of these types of facial procedures is exponential and will have a huge impact on improving your overall rejuvenation experience and results,” she explains. “For example, the results achieved during a facelift will be significantly improved and augmented with laser skin resurfacing to lessen sun damage and dark spots.”
Surgical facelifts include a range of options: full or mini facelifts; neck lifts; lifting of the eyelids, eyebrows and forehead; rhinoplasty (nose); chin and cheek augmentation; and many other possibilities.
“Cosmetic facial surgery is all about reshaping, reshaping, and lifting,” observes Brunner. “Whether it’s a facelift to remove jowls and a double chin or rhinoplasty to reshape your nose, it’s important to make sure your results are natural-looking and well-balanced for your skin. ‘adapt to the proportion of your facial features.’
The goal for most patients is to look natural, she adds. Realistic expectations are also very important, and these are emphasized during her initial consultation with a patient, when she also takes a thorough medical history.
Harmony and balance
“Facial plastic surgery cannot make you look like someone else. It cannot guarantee you success in your job, improve your social life, or make people like you,” Brunner points out. “What it can do is improve the harmony and balance of your facial features, reverse some of the signs of aging and help you look your best. After the facelift process, the patient should have looking better and refreshed, but not different. »
For those who want to improve their appearance but may not be ready for surgery, Brunner offers a wide range of non-surgical treatments. She created the Skin Rejuvenation Laser Center, which includes the most progressive and innovative techniques available. Its state-of-the-art facility offers 10 different laser treatments, using the most advanced equipment and machinery.
“These procedures are designed to refresh and tone your skin,” she explains. “Whether you’re 60 and need fractional C02 laser resurfacing to eliminate wrinkles and sun damage or you’re 30 and want less invasive procedures to invigorate and energize your skin , we can offer you the laser treatment adapted to your needs.”
Laser procedures include SmartLipo Triplex for face and neck contouring; Fraxel Repair laser for wrinkle removal; Fraxel Dual Laser for brown pigmentation and scar removal; and MicroLaser Peel for fine lines and sun damage. Many others are also available.
Brunner performs numerous filler and Botox injections to shape and redefine facial features, as well as to smooth and soften wrinkles. Botox, Restylane, Juvederm and lip augmentation procedures are just a few of the possibilities.
“These are very refined and intricate procedures that require the artistic skill and precision to render a very meticulous painting and the three-dimensional aptitude to execute a finely formed sculpture,” she reports, again referring to the importance of art in his practice.
An important aspect of laser and non-surgical treatments is their faster recovery time. While surgery would include a recovery period of two weeks or more, laser, fillers, and injections require very little time away from normal activities.
Time, severity, genetics, and years of exposure to the elements are factors in the aging process, and individuals differ greatly in their need or desire for any of these procedures, surgical or non-surgical. Regardless of where his patients are on the spectrum, Brunner will determine which of the treatments would be most effective for that person’s condition.
She sees patients from all over the Princeton area and beyond. Generally, they are between 40 and 70 years old and in good health. Certain conditions, including smoking, prevent patients from receiving treatment.
For others, however, it can make a difference in their lives. As the saying goes, when you look good, you feel good. And indeed, it is not just vanity. Outward appearance can affect inner feelings and boost self-esteem and confidence.
Brunner is happy to be able to make a positive difference in people’s lives. As she says, “It’s so satisfying to me that patients are happy with the results and feel better about themselves. What I love the most is making people happy. I look forward to coming to work every day. It’s a new day. A new opportunity. A new patient to help!
Jhe office is open Monday to Friday. Dial (609) 921-9497 for an appointment. Website: drbrunnermd.com.