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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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Lawrence M. Koplin , M.D., F.A.C.S.

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The Non-Surgical Facelift Rejuvenates Your Face Naturally – With Natural Fat Transfer

Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished you could look more rested and refreshed, more like your “old” self? But what to do? You’re not quite ready for a traditional facelift, but don’t like the thought of injecting artificial chemical compounds into your face.

Dr. Koplin's revolutionary fat transfer technique can give you the rejuvenated face you want, organically, with no cutting and no scarring.

Get the Non-Surgical Facelift that’s Natural

You may have been using injectable fillers, or thinking about using them to get that more youthful face. But now, there’s a better answer: Natural Fat Transfer. Fat transfer, also called fat grafting, is 100% organic and safe. Instead of using artificial chemical compounds or facial fillers created in a lab (like Juvéderm®, Radiesse® and Restylane®), fat transfer uses your very own fat to give you a more permanent result than you can get with facial fillers.

Benefits of fat transfer over injectable fillers:

Get a Better Result through Facial “Sculpting”

Dr. Koplin’s fat transfer technique allows him to sculpt and shape facial areas by placing the fat exactly where it’s needed. He can replace the lost fullness in your cheeks, define your jaw line, fill eye hollows, get rid of aging nasal and mouth lines, and even add fat to the tail of your brow, effectively lifting your eye area without surgery. Since fat transfer doesn’t cause redness and lumpiness, it can be used in all areas of your face, and the areas can be shaped and filled as much as necessary to achieve the desired results. You won’t look tight or drawn; you’ll look like a more rested, relaxed, and better version of yourself.

Why Fat Transfer?

As we age, we lose fat from our faces. That lost “baby fat” was the foundation of the soft, attractive look of youth. Without it, our faces droop and sag. Lines and hollows appear. To correct this by “pulling” changes the way we look and can make the face look “tight” or unnatural.

Fat transfer adds fat from our thighs, tummy, or hips back into our faces, where we need it, plumping up cheeks, filling in hollows and erasing lines. Replacing lost baby fat tightens and rejuvenates the skin and deep tissues. Fat transfer gives you back the soft, full, contours of youth without surgery.

A Cost-Effective Solution that Lasts

ProcedureInjectable Per SyringeNumber of Syringes/ TreatmentsAverage cost per year
Juvederm:$550/syringe2 syringes twice a year$2,200
Restylane:$500/syringe1-2 syringes 3-6 times a year$1,500-$3,000
Radiesse:$750/syringe2 syringes once a year$1,500

Fat transfer costs vary depending on the specific procedure, but range from $4,000-$7,000+ for a one-time, long-lasting solution that becomes a permanent part of your face.

If you’ve been using artificial facial fillers to look younger, but have been unsatisfied with the results, it’s most likely because your practitioner has been under-filling your lines and hollows because of the possible side effects of injectables—and their high cost. Injectables such as Restalyne and Juvéderm can cost thousands of dollars per treatment and require frequent treatments to keep working.

Your body fat doesn’t disappear over time. Fat transfer preserves live fat cells and transplants them so that they develop their own blood supply and become a permanent part of your face. You only need one fat transfer procedure to achieve permanent results. It may cost a little more up-front, but quickly becomes the most cost-effective option when measured over the course of a year.

On average, injectable fillers costs range from approximately $1,500-$3,000 per year for a temporary solution that will disappear within 3-12 months.

A Simple Process and Speedy Recovery

The fat transfer procedure is simple, straightforward and nearly painless. It’s also a completely sterile procedure that takes place in the doctor’s operating room, so there is virtually no chance of the infections or complications that can occur with commercial fillers.

Recovery from the fat transfer procedure is just as easy. There is little to no discomfort in the donor or receiver areas. You may experience some minor swelling, which can last for two-three weeks. There may be some bruising with procedures done around the eye, but concealing makeup can be used immediately after the procedure.

For Best Results, Choose Experience. Choose Dr. Koplin.

Experience may be even more important in fat transfer than in other forms of plastic surgery. A recent study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons noted that the outcome or result of this procedure is dependent on experience of the doctors and the technique used.

Dr. Koplin is widely experienced in fat transfer techniques. For nearly 20 years, he’s used fat to sculpt thousands of faces and bodies, creating natural-looking results and a worldwide reputation as a leader in the field of fat transfer.

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