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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

Why I Don't Like Fillers

Dr. Koplin expands on his reasons for steering away from the use of fillers in favor of natural fat grafting, which yields more natural, more beautiful results. Full transcript below.

Transcript:

I’d like to take a little bit of time to tell you why I don’t like fillers. What are fillers? Fillers are substances that surgeons and dermatologists inject into the face for wrinkles or for volume. Fillers are artificial, they usually come from something that’s dead, like a rooster, they are temporary, they’re not bad for you, but they’re certainly not healthy for you. And the most important thing is they just sit in the face. What does that mean? It means that if someone has a line or a ridge or a hollow that they want to be corrected, placing the filler is like a little oil spill, I call it. It’s like having a puddle of stuff –of junk– in your face that just sits there. What’s the importance of that? Well, when you smile it doesn’t move with the face naturally; with the smile. It’s not integrated as part of the face. It can move. It’s not living so it has no roots or holding power. So overall the process is something that, in my opinion, is doomed to failure. I’m going to spend a little bit more time in some other videos talking to you about alternate routes, instead of fillers. And that alternate route is what I call natural fat grafting, or fat transfer. And it’s a process of taking living tissue –permanent tissue, healthy tissue– rather than putting fillers in the face, and talking about all the various advantages of doing so. I’m Dr. Lawrence Koplin, and thank you for listening.