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!
Let’s talk about techniques of liposuction, and the one thing I’d like you to remember about liposuction is it’s not what you take away, it’s actually what you leave, that makes a wonderful result. What does that mean? It means that the surgeon needs to know when to start, what type of technique, and when to finish that keeps you in a safe, beautiful result zone. The way that I do that is a technique called fat equalization, or Lipo F.E. Lipo F.E., or fat equalization, is a three-phase process. The first phase is moving the fat around –softening it– so that it makes it easy to take out in phase two, which is the actual liposuction or fat removal. Phase three is the actual fat equalization process, where the fat that is left, the fat that remains giving the contour to the person, is placed in a smooth way so that it’s even throughout. The instrument that we use is this. It’s called an exploded tip or a mushroom tip cannula. It has kind of a rounded, safe edge and the actually tines, or gills, are not sharp, but they’re wide enough to actually knock the fat off, and the analogy that I give my patients is that it’s a little bit like shaking an apple tree. You can shake the tree and it’s a lot easier to pick the apples up when they’re on the ground than having to climb up the ladder and pull them off the tree. Once I’ve removed the proper amount of fat and shaped the area I still want it to be as smooth as possible and so it’s almost like taking the few remaining apples that are on the ground and moving them around a little bit into an area where they’re now flat and smooth and equal. So, fat equalization –Lipo F.E.– is preparation of the fat, removal of the fat, and then smoothing or equalization of the fat at the termination of the procedure.