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Smart Lipo – Yay or Nay?

LASER LIPOSUCTION
Using a Smart laser to enhance traditional liposuction may sound like a scientific advance, but many doctors have their doubts. Six years ago, doctors began promoting the device as an efficient way to melt fat with high heat before removing it from the body. In reality, so-called SmartLipo and similar procedures add both time and money to the typical technique. First, a laser wand is inserted under the skin, then another tube vacuums out the fat. The benefit of the heat is better skin tightening, with more elasticity and less bruising, says Barry DiBernardo, a plastic surgeon in Montclair, New Jersey. The downside? “There is the added risk of burns, large scars, tissue hardening, and prolonged pain,” said Steven Teitelbaum, a plastic surgeon in Santa Monica, in a debate with DiBernardo at last year’s meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Studies show that most women spend more time shopping for shoes than chosen their surgeon.  Make sure he is board certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  A certification as a “Cosmetic Surgeon” can mean they attended a 3 hour class.

Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust.  Choosing an ASPS Member Surgeon ensures that you have selected a physician who:

  • Has completed at least five years of surgical training with a minimum of two years in plastic surgery.
  • Is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, including breast, body, face and reconstruction.
  • Operates only in accredited medical facilities
  • Adheres to a strict code of ethics.
  • Fulfills continuing medical education requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.
  • Is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.

ASPS Member Surgeons are your partners in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Look for the ASPS Member Surgeon logo.

Be careful of a “special” or a “great deal”, there should never be “blue light specials” in plastic surgery.  Also remember that a great surgeon doesn’t need to spend a lot of money advertising, if he has weekly or monthly ads in magazines you should think twice.  If they got “Top Doc” it means they paid for that position.  You only get the opportunity for great plastic surgery once- everything after that is trying to correct someone else’s mistake.  Often times it can never be successfully repaired.

Don’t be fooled by his charming personality or his claim to be “an artist”.  You aren’t going to date him so his personality doesn’t really play into it.  Sometimes the most brilliant surgeons have very average or below average people skills.  Even if they give you patients to call for referrals it could be their family or friends.  Do most of your research on his work outside of his office.  Read the reviews online, call the Medical Board, check the public records for law suites and funny enough reporters for small newspapers such as the Dallas Observer usually have all the dirt lol

Smooth and Tight Body Skin

It’s important to always keep your skin in its best shape. Become a firm believer in younger looking skin with the Firm by Invasix, a new, advanced non-invasive treatment specifically designed to remodel the skin to fight the effects of gravity. This professional treatment provides contraction in the deep layers of the skin. During the treatment, new collagen formation is stimulated to improve and smooth the skin’s surface. It used on the face and neck, as well as body areas such as the knees, abdomen, thighs, and arms that might need contraction, BENEFITS OF FIRM:
Immediate results on the treatment table
Stimulates collagen production
Contracts collagen for a tightening sensation in the skin
Diminishes appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Smoothes skin texture
Avoid more extensive surgery
Non-invasive with no downtime, feels like a pleasant, warm facial massage.

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Anatomy of the skin around the eyes

The anatomy of the skin around the eyes, also referred to as the adnexa is unique to the face and body. In order to properly care for the skin around the eyes, it is important to understand not only the anatomy of this area, but also the process of skin cell renewal.

Eyelid skin is composed of several layers. The deepest, the subcutaneous layer contains a thin layer of fascia which lies on top of the orbicularis muscle, a muscle that allows the eyelid to move. Next, the dermis, which forms the support layer of the skin, is made up of threadlike proteins including bundles of elastin and collagen, fibroblasts, nerves and vessels. The top layer, the epidermis, is made up of basal cells, melanocytes, Langerhans cells, keratinocytes and on top, the dead cell layer (also known as the stratum corneum) made up of corneocytes. The epidermal layer gives the skin its appearance, color, suppleness, texture, and health.
Basal cells reproduce new cells every few days. As these cells migrate upward, they become drier and flatter.  Once they reach the surface of the skin, they are no longer alive, and are referred to as corneocytes. This process of migration from basal cell to corneocytes is what gives the epidermis the ability to regenerate itself. This skin renewal process is known as desquamation. Desquamation is an ongoing process that takes about two seeks in a young person, and significantly longer – about 37 days for individuals over 50. The build up of corneocytes gives skin a callous or dry, aged and thickened look. The skin feels and looks rough and its ability to retain water becomes impaired.

Ultherapy – An Uplift, not a Facelift!

Ultherapy is a new type of non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin on the brow, neck, and under the chin.

The only FDA-approved procedure to lift those hard-to-treat areas, Ultherapy uses the safe, time-tested energy of ultrasound to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin—including those typically addressed in a surgical facelift—without disturbing the surface of the skin.

Natural, Noticeable Results
Now there’s a way to stand firm in the face of gravity—on your terms. With Ultherapy, there’s no downtime, no foreign substances, no radical change; just a healthy revving-up on the inside for a natural, noticeable effect on the outside.

With Ultherapy, you can go about your day after a single, 60-90 minute in-office procedure. You may notice a short-term “boost” but the natural process of creating new, more elastic, collagen builds over time—much like the effect that exercise has on building muscle (but without the multiple workouts!).

The Beauty of Ultherapy
Results will unfold over the course of 2-3 months and some patients have reported continued improvement for up to 1 year, including lifting and tightening of the neck, under the chin, along the jawline, and on the brow. You can even treat around the eyes. Ultherapy has proven to be an inviting alternative for those who are not yet ready for surgery.

The “See” and “Treat” Ultrasound
In some ways, Ultherapy is just like an ultrasound imaging procedure that expectant mothers may receive. A smooth handpiece is placed on your skin and an image of the tissue beneath is projected on a screen. This allows your practitioner to “see” where they will treat your skin.

But here’s the difference: with Ultherapy, that same handpiece is also used to deliver tiny deposits of focused ultrasound energy at just the right depth below the skin, to the same foundational layer typically addressed in a surgical facelift.

The Lift You’re Looking For
Your body’s response to this energy is to recondition tired skin by stimulating the growth of fresh, new collagen. The result is a tightening and gradual lifting—or shifting—of the skin and underlying tissue back into a more youthful position and form-fitting shape.

How is Ultherapy different from lasers?
Lasers typically address issues in the superficial layers of the skin (e.g. fine lines, wrinkles, pigment changes). Ultherapy addresses the deep skin layer and the foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery that lift and lend support to the skin. Therefore, the two technologies are quite complementary!