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New Year, New You!

2013 has been a busy year and we are looking forward to seeing you in 2014!

As we say goodbye to the current year, I wanted to thank my loyal patients for your support and wish you all a wonderful 2014. Our office building has seen a major construction project this past year (still unfinished), and we used the opportunity to perform a complete remodel of our office. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop in for a cup of freshly brewed coffee and take a quick tour of our gorgeous new facility!

What else happened in 2013?

Everything! We moved a step closer to the Holy Grail of plastic surgery.

This year saw the development of what may be the single most revolutionary procedure for rejuvenating aging skin and soft tissue. Not by pulling, freezing, burning or lasering, but truly repairing and restoring damaged skin. We call it Nano Stem Serum, and this is how it works:

I remain a leading edge surgeon and advocate for Natural Fat Transfer, where we use natural adipose (fat) tissue to fill lines and soften the thinning face as it ages. For reference, you can hear me talk about this in multiple short videos on my website. We now take the remaining, purified fat and gently process it to extract stem cells from the tissue and concentrate them into a smooth liquid. This serum is thin enough to be injected directly into damaged skin.

We can now make skin more healthy by placing growth factors and reparative stem cells exactly where we want them - in the skin! Injected into crows’ feet, upper lips lines and crepey skin, we see thickening and a smoother appearance. In the décolletage, we see softening and disappearance of wrinkles. We are also studying the effect of placing Nano Stem Serum into the lower eyelid skin for improvement of dark circles and skin discoloration.

Please feel free to call our office for any additional information we might be able to provide, and wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year!

- Dr. K
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A Neck Lift can Enhance the Beauty of Your Neck and Take Years Off Your Appearance

A neck lift removes excess, sagging skin, reduces wrinkling, and diminishes neck “banding.” Many individuals have never enjoyed a youthful, angled neck or jaw line at any age. Others have noticed gradually increasing fullness as their weight slowly increases with age. If you fall into any of these categories, expert surgery with Dr. Koplin can achieve a smoother, firmer, younger looking neckline that might astonish you!

This miraculous procedure creates a clean defined neck line, and may be performed in conjunction with facelifts for more complete facial rejuvenation. Some patients also opt for liposuction when there is extra fat under the chin. Whatever option you choose, a neck lift can make an enormous improvement in your appearance.

Is a Neck Lift Right For You?

A neck lift tightens, smoothes and defines the neck. Though the procedure is often performed to reverse signs of aging, it can also give a more youthful and toned appearance to younger people who have lost weight or inherited a neck and jaw line that doesn’t suit them. You may be a good candidate for a neck lift if you have:

If you plan to have a facelift, you may want to consider a neck lift, too, for a more complete transformation. Neck lifts also work well in conjunction with a chin implant to give your chin and jaw line greater definition.

How is a Neck Lift Performed?

There are several options for and variations to the neck lift procedure. They begin by Dr. Koplin making a small horizontal incision under the chin. He removes excess fat in an artistic fashion that does not make the neck look unnatural. Dr. Koplin then tightens the neck muscle (platysma) and, if indicated, the muscle underneath the platysma (digastric). He’ll smooth any ‘bands’ you may have by either removing a portion of specific neck muscles or realigning them, suturing them in place so that they will stay in their new, firmer position. During a more complete neck lift, Dr. Koplin will also make incisions behind your ears to tighten and remove excess skin.

If you are younger and only need liposuction, Dr. Koplin will make a tiny incision below your chin. He’ll remove the fat deposits using a small, delicate instrument (cannula), then place a special support dressing which redrapes and allows the skin to tighten without having to be removed.

Your Consultation and Options

Dr. Koplin is a major innovator in this operation, as he has extensively studied the anatomy of the area, reviewed hundreds of different techniques, and distilled a unique algorithm of surgical treatment options.

He will personally meet with you so that he understands your expectations and desired outcomes for a neck lift. During this initial meeting, Dr. Koplin will examine your neck and perhaps take photographs for him to study. He will explain the techniques for a neck lift and incision placements that will work best for you.

Dr. Koplin will ask you a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle. You’ll also discuss types of anesthesia.

If you have opted for a facelift, liposuction, or chin implant in addition to your neck lift, Dr. Koplin will explain the procedures and discuss your options.

Why is Dr. Koplin So Special?

Attention to detail, expertise in surgical technique, and pioneering work in the area of Natural Fat-Transfer sets Dr. Koplin apart from other surgeons. For nearly 20 years, he has used a combination of these techniques to add natural fullness and shapeliness to areas of the face and body. Fat transfer may add to your result if you are considering a facelift in conjunction with your neck lift .

Where is the Neck Lift Operation Performed?

Your custom procedure will be performed in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility associated with our medical office. We are fully accredited by Medicare and AAAASF, and are held to the same standards as an operating room in a private or university hospital.

Your Neck Lift Surgical Procedure

General anesthesia is the gold standard for this operation. Under this type of anesthesia, you are fully asleep; there is no pain and no awareness. Alternatively, a neck lift may be performed using local anesthesia and intravenous sedation.

Safety and comfort are always paramount. Your anesthesia provider has a wealth of experience in surgical procedures, safety, and care. You will spend one to two hours in a fully-monitored and state-of-the art recovery room at the surgery center. Your registered nurse will be at your side every moment to attend to your safety and comfort.

Neck Lift Recovery and Convalescence

After your neck lift procedure, you’ll have a dressing applied across the chin or behind the ears (or both) to reduce swelling and discomfort. For the first night only, you may also have a bandage wrapped around your neck and head. Your neck may feel tight as the anesthesia wears off. Patients rarely complain of pain after this operation.

You have several options for recovery: you may choose to have professional care, to stay in a recovery center, or to recover at home. Depending on the extent of the operation, Dr. Koplin may insist that you spend the first night or two in a professional aftercare facility. If you are allowed to recover at home, you must have someone stay with you the first night. We’ll send you home with specific care instructions, as well as information about medications that can aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your overall health, and when to follow-up with Dr. Koplin.

What to Expect After a Neck Lift:

The First Week:

You will have one or more postoperative visits to Dr. Koplin in the days after your surgery. Your dressings may be changed, if needed.

The bandage around your neck and head will typically be removed the day after surgery. However, you’ll need to wear a neck garment to maintain good contour of the neckline. You’ll eventually graduate to wearing the garment only at night.

Dr. Koplin will advise you regarding the timetable that is best for you.

You’ll need to sleep with your head elevated for one or two weeks. You could use extra pillows, get a foam wedge pillow at a surgical supply store, or even sleep in your recliner.

It’s important to keep your head and neck still after a neck lift. Avoid turning your head from side to side, turning your body instead.

Your lower face and neck will get more swollen, and possibly a bit bruised, over the first few days after surgery. Your skin will be numb around the incision and everywhere it may have been moved. All of these after-effects are a normal part of the healing process.

Give yourself time to recuperate. Don’t do too much too soon, but do make sure to walk a bit. It will help you heal faster.

Avoid bending over or lifting heavy objects for the first few weeks after surgery. Don’t participate in sports until Dr. Koplin gives you the go-ahead.

Continue to avoid alcohol, aspirin, and ibuprofen for at least a week after surgery.

The Second Week and Beyond:

Swelling and bruises will begin to dissipate after about ten days.

Your stitches will be removed about a week after your procedure.

You may notice a temporary change in the way your face moves, or have tightness, tingling, sporadic sharp pains, pulling, burning, or cold sensations. These effects usually subside within the first few weeks.

Final results will be evident in about three to six months.

If you’d like to find out how a neck lift could help you look closer to your ideal self, please schedule your consultation today.

To view a list of all procedures, visit our Procedure List page.