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!
Director of Anesthesia Dave Fournier discusses the anesthesia recovery process and how he ensures his patients wake up from anesthesia in the most comfortable and the safest way possible. Full transcript below.
One of the questions we get from patients most often is their concern about post-operative nausea and vomiting, and it truly is the bane of this profession. We work really hard to prevent it, and luckily we have an extremely low nausea and vomiting rate here because we use the latest agents and techniques. We work really hard to make sure our patients are comfortable. The other problem that some people are concerned about is that they wake up cold. The operating room is a cold environment, and the shivering is very uncomfortable. I was involved in some of the very first research on intra-operative hypothermia at UCLA in the 1980, and I know how important and uncomfortable and dangerous it is, so we work really hard to keep patients warm. We warm all the fluids that they get, we warm the gasses they breath, we use the latest machines and monitors to make them comfortable and make them maintain their intra-operative body temperature in a cool operating room, and most of our patients wake up very comfortable, with no nausea, pain free, and no shivering in the recovery room. And I’m here until they leave, and it’s my goal to make sure that happens because I don’t go home until they go home comfortable.