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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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Videos

Difference Between Facelift and Neck lift

Dr. Koplin discusses the procedures for a face lift and a neck lift, talking about the difference between the two and the different applications and appropriate situations for each procedure. Full transcript below.

Transcript:

What is the difference between a facelift and a neck lift? It can be a big difference and it’s a point that many people are worried about, so let’s discuss what the differences really are. When we age we tend to age everywhere, in the face and neck, but sometimes parts of the face will age faster than others. How might this be? Well, in someone who has wonderful bone structure, for instance, they may have great strong cheekbones, strong jawline, and so where things will fall first will be in the neck and maybe in the jowls. In other people who don’t have particularly strong bones in the cheeks and the jawline, you’ll start to see the cheeks hollow and fall. So, when I look at someone I’m looking at before pictures; earlier picture of them; and I’m also looking aesthetically; three dimensionally, what do they need to look the way they used to look? So to me, a neck lift is what I call a lower face and neck. It involves getting the jowls cleaned up, cleaning the jawline up, and cleaning up the neck. And usually will involve some facial fat transfer as well. A full face lift in our jargon means going up all the way to the cheekbones and restoring the deep tissues –not the skin– but the tissues under the skin, and moving them back up to the cheekbone and creating that heart-shaped face. The look of youth is not tight. The look of youth is heart-shaped. The cheekbones are wider than the jawline. When we lose that; when we get the square face or the jowl, it tells me that they need more of what we call a full facelift. When this is retained and looks alright, it’s really just an issue of moving the lower face and the neck. How do I tell? One of the things that I like to do is actually lay the person on their back in the office. Guess what? We all look great when we lie on our back. Why? Because gravity is gone; it’s not pulling the face in a chair, which looks funny. It’s actually restoring everything to natural when the person lies down. When I’m looking at the person lying down, and I’m letting them look at themselves in the mirror, they’ll know what’s wrong by what looks better. And if we start to see extra skin in front of the ear that got created by that lying down, it’ll need to be more of a procedure where we go up to the cheekbone. If it stays loose only below the jawline it will be a neck lift. And that’s the reason that the best way is to actually come in, let us take a look at you, let us evaluate you, bring in your old pictures, meet the office and let us help you to the best decision. I’m Dr. Lawrence Koplin, and thanks for listening.