aesthetic plastic surgery procedures

How the Sciton Contour Profile laser can clean up the summer’s damage!

Posted on October 11th, 2010
Posted by Julene

I’ll share a secret with you…I can’t always follow my own advice…after a summer of fun in the sun running, swimming, biking, riding horses and chasing after my girls in the hot sun at various eventing horse trials, the good doctor does enjoy lying down for a series of awesome laser treatments by Melanie or Rita designed specifically to reduce the appearance of sun spots, wrinkles and even laxity of the skin.

I do religiously use my own skin care products…the same ones I recommend for my patients…virtually year-round, but there is really nothing as effective as the laser to provide more aggressive and rapid correction of these common skin problems. Although I have tested every cosmetic laser on the market, the Sciton Profile is quite simply the best.

I use Dermesse cleanser gel and toner morning and night, uplifting eye serum in the morning under my make-up, Latisse lash enhancement at night, and Lumiere eye cream at night. To sleep in for the rest of the face, I alternate using Essential Serum by Skin Medica with Hyalis or Biogel. Every night and every morning I use Biocream on my neck. I know this may sound like a lot of product, but when I told Christa Ritchie of the Courier Journal recently my age, I thought she was going to fall off my couch (God love her!) In addition to these topical products, I never let my Botox fully wear off, and I love Juvederm and Sculptra for filling and tightening between laser treatments.

Despite these truly revolutionary skin care products, I am a big believer in the laser for deeper treatments. I like the combination BBL and Skin Tyte treatments for brown spots and visible vessels, as well as for tightening of the skin of the face and neck. There is absolutely NO down time, no discomfort, and immediate results. The best results are seen with a series of 6 to 12 treatments.

Another favorite combination is ProFractional for skin tightening and MicroLaserPeel for skin smoothing. These treatments can be performed individually or together for even more dramatic results. The downtime is variable, and dependent upon the depth of the treatment that is desired by the patient. The depth of the treatment is chosen by the patient and the nurse or myself prior to the treatment. No anesthesia is required, and the skin is numbed and chilled for comfort.

Come in for a complimentary consultation just for mentioning this blog, and “fall” into a more beautiful Fall 2010!!! Better yet, join us on November 19th for our next “Cocktails and Consults” from 4 to 6PM…our next themed cocktail evening will be all Mexican! Bring a friend and receive special discounts on our favorite skin care products and laser treatments, or even a free texturizing facial peel.

See you soon!

Join us for our next “Cocktails and Consults” Evening!

Posted on October 9th, 2010
Posted by Julene

Thanks to all of you who joined us tonight for our first “Cocktails and Consults” evening! It was fun to see those of you who could join us, and to celebrate the arrival of fall! Cynthia brewed up a great witch’s brew (or two), and everyone enjoyed it. Patricia Young of “Creative Crystals” joined us and brought some of her beautiful Swarovsky crystal jewelry pieces.

We had great appetizers and even pumpkin pie! (Saved some for Kaitlyn and Lexie of course). Dan (Cynthia’s cute husband) coined the term “Julene’s Juice” for Cynthia’s special concoction of Skyy passion fruit vodka, sparkling apple cider and cranberry juice/pineapple juice/ginger ale, a clinically proven recipe for a beautiful complexion, and we all had at least one cup (Melanie took home a cauldron). Even Rita’s nose stopped running after 10 cups (or so).

We all gazed at the Vaser Shape box…it will be birthed next week. At this point, Cynthia and I at least think we should name it. Of course, it is a girl…our training is all set up for next Friday, October 15th. A couple months of melting fat and none of my staff will be recognizable, right?

We offered many specials tonight, including 40% off Juvederm, $9.00/unit “Bootox”, 50% off laser procedures over $400, and discounts on many of our favorite skin care products.

For those of you who couldn’t make it tonight, we are planning another “C & C” for Friday November 19th from 4PM to 6PM. We will likely choose a whole new group of specials, so be sure and call the office to check with us and reserve a space for you…and a friend…which is the only ticket you need for admission! I think we may also demo the new Vaser Shape for fat reduction (see last blog entry). If you’d like to be the evening’s model patient for Vaser Shape, let someone in my office know.

Have a great weekend!


Non-invasive fat reduction

Posted on September 30th, 2010
Posted by Julene

What would you say if I told you there is now a way to get rid of some of that unwanted fat without surgery? No incisions, no anesthesia, no downtime and no pain? We are very pleased to be the first in this area to offer Vaser Shape…brand new European technology now available in the United States through Sound Surgical Technologies. I have been offering Vaser Liposelection (the internal ultrasound liposuction device currently used in the OR) now for over 5 years, and have received much technical support from the company in order to be the first provider in our area for this exciting new technology.

Vaser Shape is a new external ultrasound device that incorporates a dual beam technology of ultrasound energy below the skin’s surface to melt fat. Each beam of energy passes harmlessly through the skin to the fatty tissue layer. The dual beams then converge together in a V-shaped configuration below the skin in the fatty layer to cause apparent fat cell destruction. We believe that the body’s own lymphatic system is then stimulated to allow absorption of the contents of the fat cell and its eventual elimination from the body…and voila!…the loss of inches occurs!

Although the technology is brand new in the United States, the results from Europe are very nice, even seeing results after a single treatment. SST recommends a series of 4 to 6 treatments to see the very best results, and series of treatments can be repeated if desired by patients. An extra benefit of the heat below the skin may be some slight skin retraction and smoothing as well as true fat reduction. European results show significant longevity of the effect, as long as good diet and exercise practices manage weight stability.

This technology will certainly not replace, or maybe even equal, results achieved with traditional liposuction or surgical body contouring procedures, such as tummy tucks or liposuction, however, it is so nice to now have another option beside surgery to offer patients. I also foresee the benefits of the lymphatic drainage, deep tissue massage and cellulite control (indications for which the device already has FDA approval),as an additional advantage for our surgical patients, as massage of the skin and lymphatic drainage of normal swelling fluid after surgery is such a vital component of the post-operative care recommended for the best surgical results.

Vaser Shape treatments are performed in the office without anesthesia, and feel much as a hot rock massage would feel. The typical treatment time is 2 areas in about an hour, and although costs per treatment in Europe and some parts of the US where it is available approach $1200 to $1500, we will be offering the Vaser Shape series of 4 treatments at an introductory package price of $2600.

You may call our office now to schedule your first treatment, and be sure to check in here periodically or visit us on Facebook for more updates on exciting new technologies! Thanks for being a follower…

Best regards,

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