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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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Breast Reduction without Scars?

Dr. Koplin addresses the most common concern patients have about breast reduction surgery – the fact that breast reduction comes with scars. Full transcript below.

Transcript:

Our office receives a lot of requests and questions about breast reduction surgery and breast reshaping or breast lift surgery. And the biggest question is a good one, it’s do I have to have scars, can you perform the surgery without scars? So let’s talk about it. The process of reducing a breast of lifting a breast means that there’s too much skin. There’s usually too much breast tissue, and there’s also a problem with the placement of the nipple and areola. The nipple’s too low, the breast is too large, the skin is excessive. So, the answer is you have to have a scar with a breast reduction or a breast lift or reshaping. The only alternative would be to put a gigantic implant in someone who has droopy breasts and then you create gigantic droopy breasts, which I won’t allow because I’m not doing a service to the patient. Think of it as you’ve lost some weight, your clothes are too big, and you have to tailor them. So you do have to reduce the skin by removing skin and creating scars. There are actually three patterns of scars around the breast that can be used. One is just in a circle around the areola to reduce it. The other is what we call a lollipop or a vertical reduction, in which the stitching is a circle around the areola and then up and down like the stick of a lollipop. The third type is called an anchor, and that combines the lollipop with a scar and removal of breast tissue and skin under the breast in the fold. A good plastic surgeon knows how to do all of them, and a good plastic surgeon will meet with you and go over the options an explain to you which of the three is going to be the best. If you are properly informed and realistic about it, and you have a good surgeon who’s going to do a good job, I’ve always had the patients affirm to me that it was a good trade. It’s not a gift – it’s a trade. What you get is worth the outcome. I hope this helps. I’m Dr. Lawrence Koplin and I appreciate the time to talk to you about this.