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. Koplin delves into some math and measurements demonstrating the great advantage fat transfer offers, in both cost-effectiveness and the permanence of the enhancement, over fillers. Full transcript below.
I’d like to talk to you about why fat transfer is so cost-effective, as opposed to fillers, and it’s an interesting concept that people don’t really think about until you really get into the numbers. Fillers come in very tiny syringes. I’m going to show you one. This is one cc, and actually fillers come in less than this cc. It’s .8 cc, and a syringe of this in most offices by most dermatologists or surgeons, costs anywhere between four hundred and six hundred dollars for one. When we do fat transfer we’re moving natural, healthy tissues, and in fat transfer we’re maybe moving a teaspoon, or a tablespoon, or two tablespoons. It doesn’t sound like very much, and it really isn’t, but let’s do some comparisons. I do a little bit of cooking so I’m a little bit knowledgeable about this. A teaspoon is 5 cc. That’s five of these. There’s three teaspoons in a tablespoon, so there’s fifteen syringes in just a tablespoon of fat transfer. So if you put in just one tablespoon of fat transfer in the face or in other parts of the body, that’s nine thousand dollars’ worth of fillers, which go away. It’s almost like leasing a car. You’re two, three, four years out, and you have nothing to show for it. Fat is permanent and when fat stays, even though people might choose to do or need to do another session of fat transfer, it sits on top of the template of the previous times.