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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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Explanation of Natural Fat Transfer

Dr. Koplin delves into the concept of natural fat transfer and addresses some of the resistance that has come with this revolution in plastic surgery. Full transcript below.

Transcript:

If someone were to ask me what the most important revolution in plastic surgery has been in the last decade, there’s really only one answer. It’s the concept of natural fat transfer – taking fat from one part of the body and placing it in other areas. Like anything that’s relatively new, there’s going to be controversies, there’s going to be educational issues and nay-sayers. But actually, the concept of natural fat transfer has been around for a very long time. In my practice I’ve been doing this for over twenty five years. Well that’s a long time, and in that time is when you get the experience to really refine the techniques and realize that this is a very powerful and very wonderful procedure. Why does it work? It works because you’re taking something that’s a natural, healthy, living tissue, and you’re placing it somewhere eels where it can be accepted. The key points are to take the fat out in a healthy, gentle, way; to treat it in a healthy, gentle fashion while its being processed and concentrated; and then to inject it and place it into a bed where it will be accepted and thrive. If you don’t do all three of those together carefully and skillfully, it won’t survive. Patients do come in and say well we heard that it doesn’t work, that it all goes away. I have other patients who come in and they say we hear that it’s lumpy and it can be too much or uneven. Well, it’s hard to be both, and the answer is that it’s technique dependent. You have to pick a doctor who really knows their stuff; who really knows how to handle the fat, and how to place it in a very artistic fashion. If it’s done right it will survive and it’s permanent. If it’s done wrong it’ll either go away or it can be lumpy. But that doesn’t damn the procedure; it just provides the impetus to find the right person to do it in a safe and healthy way. I hope this helps. I’m Dr. Lawrence Koplin, and thank you for listening.