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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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Plastic Surgery Concerns

Dr. Koplin addresses some of the most common fears patients have about plastic surgery, highlighting some of the ways to avoid falling victim to plastic surgery results that are anything less than spectacular. Full transcript below.

Transcript:

Let’s talk a bit about the biggest fear that patients have with facial rejuvenation, lower lift, neck lift surgery. And it’s the obvious one that all of us are aware of. It’s looking operated-on, it’s looking pulled; it’s looking tight; it’s the wind-tunnel look. It’s terrible, it’s preventable. Why does it happen? Because the surgeon’s not paying attention to what’s wrong and if you don’t know what’s wrong, no matter what you do, you won’t be able to fix it. So what we do in our office is I ask the patients to bring in a photograph of themself –not from last year– but from ten, fifteen, twenty years ago, because that’s really the mark and the goal that we’re working for. We look at the picture and there’ll be a number of obvious things, and there’ll be a number of not-obvious things. One of those not-obvious things is how the face becomes thinner over time, or how the neck muscles become more prominent over time. I tell the person, who’s naturally and normally fearful, the following: all I want to do is to make you look like you looked ten or fifteen or twenty years ago. Well it’s not quite as simple as it might sounds, but all I have to do is put everything back where it was and you achieve that goal. Putting everything back where it was is the key. As they say, if you don’t know where you’re going any road will get you there. If you don’t know what to do and you do a wonderful job and it’s the wrong job, you won’t have a wonderful and a happy patient. But in my process, what I do it deconstruct the patient from how they look now to the photograph that they’ve brought in, and make a list of all the things that are different and why we’ll address each one of them. It will very often relate to restoring lost fat, repairing muscles that are in wrong locations, and moving the deep muscles –the deep layers of the face and the cheeks– back to where they were. If we just put everything back where they were and restore the things that are lost over time, you’ll have a naturally and a beautiful and a long-lasting result, and a happy patient. I hope this helps. I’m Dr. Lawrence Koplin, and thank you for listening.