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Minimally invasive chin and neck lift at Genesis
It’s always fascinating to see patients come in wanting a chin and neck tightening. Most greet you practically looking up at the sky to tighten that sagging skin below the chin and going down to the neck. I always ask them…Hey, you got to be tired of looking up and looking straight with your eyes. With our minimally invasive CHIN & NECK lift you can achieve a wonderful lift on the sagging skin and get amazing tightening all the way to your collarbone. When evaluating patients I also look and pull on the skin at the base of the neck and find so many patients have almost hound dog loose skin there. Using our combination of Renuvion (J-Plasma) energy and laser energy on the jaw line we can pull that skin in and upward, getting you to a more youthful slim look. It is easy to get your neck from having that triangle look to having a beautifully deep chin that you desire. Our chin lift takes about 30-40 minutes and is simply done through 3 needle punctures that allow us to numb the chin and neck, suction the fat out, then use our combo plasma and laser energy to stimulate the skin to tighten over the next few weeks. Post procedure you wear a chin strap for a couple of days and then sleep in it for 1-2 weeks depending on the patient. Getting it done on a Thursday or Friday allows you to be out of the chin strap by Sunday and not miss work the next week. Best of all you can now look someone in the eye and not look at the sky at the same time because now you have a more youthful, non-sagging chin and neck.
Let this year be a new look, a new appearance. Be proud, be confident in your look. We can help.
Once we doubt ourselves, success slips beyond our grasp
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Once we doubt ourselves, success slips beyond our grasp.
Want to look your best? Are your tired of the facial wrinkles and the sagging skin face? You don’t want a face-lift that requires some cutting but you just want to look refreshed and more youthful.
The most trending treatments for minimally invasive to non-invasive facial rejuvenation has been to combine several old line therapies at once to achieve a more youthful face and neck appearance. For many years we have used Botox to smooth wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes and have used dermal fillers such as Juvederm to make the face look fuller by replacing lost facial volume. Strategically placing both Botox and fillers selectively can take years off your face. Juvederm and other filler brands now have different thicknesses of their products that can be targeted for a specific area of the face. A thinner filler is targeted for the lips but can also be used to fill in the “smoker lines” that appear in the upper lip and corners of the mouth. At the same time we can put slightly thicker filler deeper to the area around the mouth to fill in where volume loss may have given you a sunken appearance around the mouth. In cases of severe mouth corner downturn, or a permanent frown, Botox can be used to relax the selective muscles that cause the problem. What I notice on so many patients is that there may be some slight jowling along the jaw edge that gives the appearance of a sunken place between the jowl and the chin. By carefully placing thicker filler along the jaw edge in that area the line from the jaw edge to the chin can be evened out and give you a more youthful jaw curve. If your chin is too flat or misshapen it is possible to combine Botox to relax the chin muscle and a small amount of filler to shape the chin to fit your jaw contour. A little further up from the mouth edge filler can also be used to smooth and fill out the naso-labial fold that gives your face the parentheses look. It doesn’t take a lot of filler to do this but by placing it properly the area from the nose to the chin can be transformed to a younger, fuller appearance.
Similarly the eye area is another place that can be transformed using fillers and Botox. As you age, volume loss under the eyes can make you look tired all the time, even when you are not. In severe cases I use Voluma filler under the eye to replace that lost volume and trim years off your face. In less severe cases a less dense grade of Juvederm can be used. Again, it is placed to not only fill in but to lift the skin around the eye and improve the saggy sad look. Combine that with Botox on the “crows feet” and a new look can be easily accomplished. I now have several patients who are getting Botox on the neck to relax those wrinkles caused by aging and sun. While it won’t give you a completely smooth neck it can greatly flatten and improve your appearance.
After filling in the volume loss areas and flattening the most severe wrinkles with Botox, the skin can be further treated with laser resurfacing or Renuvion facial treatment to thicken the collagen support of the skin and further tighten the finer lines and surface problems. Adding Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to the resurfacing can promote rapid healing and a more youthful skin. Additionally, placing a collagen solution on the face during our Hydrofacial can return a beautiful glow and plumpness to the skin. By combining all these treatments from deep to superficial you can achieve a more youthful appearance for the holidays and years to come.
Look younger. Feel younger. Think combination therapy for a new you.
Edward O’Dell M.D.
We have now had the newest technique in skin tightening for about 10 months with dozens of cases being done. The new Renuvion Plasma (formerly called J-Plasma) has proven to be well worth the investment as it has taken our skin tightening at lipo to a whole new level. However, it has not completely replaced our laser tightening but has added a tool that works in synergy with each other. To review, the laser that we have used for years and still do accomplishes skin tightening by doing micro damage to the back of the skin. As the skin heals, new collagen protein is laid down and contracts giving you a lifting and tightening of the skin during the ensuing weeks post lipo. The plasma system works on the support structures that attaches the skin to the underlying abdominal wall and in essence helps to pull the skin tighter by working on the deeper support fibers. It also works on the skin itself but in a different fashion than the laser. I have noticed that the plasma also can improve and slightly thicken the skin in patients with thin wrinkled skin also. Case in point. I have had several patients with really loose skin on the thighs that on examination was also thin and crepe like. Previously in patients like this I noticed only a slight tightening with laser. Now with the plasma system I am noticing a marked improvement to the quality of the skin and an actual thickening of the crepe like skin, giving a great skin lift and improved appearance. With added laser tightening in select areas on cases such as this it is giving us a better lift and tightening than we achieved with laser alone. On the neck we are able to tighten all the way to the collar bone and out to the sides more than we could with laser. In many patients it is helping us acheive a neck lift look without the cutting required in a formal neck lift.
I can say without a doubt that the Renuvion Plasma is a wonderful enhancement to our LipoSculpting program as it is proving to be a valuable addition to the Vaser and Laser we have overlapped for years. We are proud to be the only provider in South Carolina to embrace this cutting edge technololgy and only one of about 800 physicians in the US and Canada that are providers of this ground breaking innovation.
It’s June, that first month of summer and the month for Father’s Day. That’s June 17, by the way. So guys…It’s time to take a look in the mirror and think about looking good. Your ladies know how. Getting Botox or fillers to even out the signs of facial aging, getting slimmer and shapelier isn’t just for the women. It needs to be a guy thing too. It’s so not fair that we can have wrinkles and depressions on our faces and it’s called “character lines,” but on the ladies is called old. We don’t need to let the norms of the past define us. Guys need to look smoother and younger too. Now we do have a lot of dudes who get Botox on a regular basis and get fillers when needed, but it’s a very small percentage to the ladies. Come on guys, it’s just about the smallest needle on a syringe you can get without calling it a wire. I promise it’s not that bad, you can do it. Why let her have a smooth forehead face while you have the angry “11’s” between your eyes and garden furrows on your forehead. Ouch. You just made everyone think about why your wife of 30 years is hanging with the old dude.
And the shape of guys. Think LipoSculpting. Your ladies do. After trying to eliminate that pooch or those baggy legs with exercise that doesn’t completely work, so many women come to Genesis to get that loose skin tightened and those difficult fatty areas reduced. Men can usually just diet for a short while and maybe increase exercise to get slim again. It works great compared to women of the same age who can’t loose it that fast. However, men of a certain age begin a slow down in metabolism and can’t drop it as readily as they used to. Enter Genesis LipoSculpting. We can get that fat off your belly and in many cases enhance the outline of the abdominal muscles. With the addition of our Renuvion Plasma tightening system we are seeing a faster and more efficient tightening in men as compared with laser alone. It won’t help a true “beer gut” but will help shape your abdomen and love handles to give you a healthier look.
Man boobs, officially called Gynecomastia is something we do a lot of at Genesis. Many men were obese as kids and did not loose that chest fat as they matured and got more muscular. Some men were ok as kids but got obese as adults and did not loose the chest fat as they lost back to a normal weight. Also we see some men who developed gynecomastia as a result of performance enhancing steroids they took for workouts. All can be treated and reduced with our Lipo technique to get you out of having to wear 3 t-shirts on a summer day to hide your chest.
And guys….aren’t you tired of the flat “no butt” look. Yeah, your neck, spine and tail are all on the same line. News flash…your rear end helps to hold up your pants when you stoop or bend over. Without a butt, yikes…didn’t want to see that. The ladies get fat transfer to the butt to look better in jeans, so why can’t you. Believe me, she may say you don’t need it but she’s thinking “oh yes please”. Nothing wrong with a sexy trunk.
So…don’t let macho get in the way of thinking that looking better and having a better shape is not manly. Believe me, she will be glad you changed your attitude about cosmetic treatments. Happy Father’s Day
Summer’s coming soon with increased temps and increased sweating. If you have been suffering with excessive sweating during these cold months or when in a tense situation then you may be a candidate for Botox treatment to the underarms or other areas where excessive persperation occurs. Yes, it’s the same Botox used in the face except it can be used to lessen the excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis) that so many people of all ages experience. I recently had a young lady with marked sweating of the underarms and plams of her hands. After injection of Botox into the arm pit and the palmer surface of her hands, the excessive underarm sweating was reduced by 85% and her palm sweating went completely away. It can also be used in the bottom of the foot for those individuals with excessive foot sweating.
Botox works in these areas by reducing the contraction of the very tiny muscles in the sweat gland that contract to force sweat through the pores. By injecting every centimeter or so,
dozens of the sweat pores are affected and reduce the excessive output from the glands. Botox does wear off over time but I have noticed a good longevity of effect on the sites treated. It may need to be repeated every 4-6 months to get a longer lasting affect. I do numb the arm pits or other areas with a numbing cream so that the sticks are not felt.
If you are ruining blouse after blouse or shirt after shirt due to uncontrolled sweat poring from your pits, then this treatment is for you. It only takes about an hour including numbing time but can be well worth your effort to eleminate that embarssing sweating.
Sweating is normal and necessary to maintain normal body temperature. Excessive sweating in a cool room or without exercise is not necessary for anything except embarassment and aggravation. Botox could be an answer to that problem.
In we ring the New Year with hopes and expectations and lots of resolutions for 2018. Some we will keep, some we won’t, and some we completely fail at doing. One resolution that needs to be on your list for 2018 is an absolute resolve to reduce carbohydrate intake for the coming year. Unless you are working out several hours a day, running, or work in a demanding physical job, YOU ARE KILLING YOURSELF WITH EXCESS CARBS.
First of all, what are carbohydrates? Carbohydrates are a necessary food group that provides fairly instant energy to the body for normal metabolism and daily activities. Therefore, it is a necessary part of your diet, but in moderation. Carbs consist of breads, cereals, sugar, everything made with sugar (including sodas and sweet tea), potatoes, rice, and pasta just to name a few. Carbs as I stated provide the energy for metabolism and the breakdown of protein in your diet. However, in most of our normal sedentary life styles very little carbs are required to drive that metabolism. As a matter of fact some studies show, as little 600 calories per day are required to run the basics of your daily function. On average as little as 1500-1800 calories is enough for a moderately active person. Now on to the problem. Look at how many calories you intake just in one day. Most everyone averages about 3000+ calories of daily food and drink intake. If you are not active, and I’m not talking about moving your chair around the office, you are going to store at least half or more of those calories. That storage is called FAT. Now repeat this intake day in and day out and you can see why fat accumulation can occur and why the obesity rates are climbing rapidly all over the US. In fact, SC is now 12th on the list of the most obese states in the US. To our credit that is a change from 8th the year before. (Mississippi is #1)
Obesity has been classified as a disease and excess carbohydrate intake has been pegged as one of the main causes. With the almost exponential increase in obesity rates over the years there has been a parallel increase in Type 2 diabetes where the size of the body and the calorie intake outstrips the ability of the pancreas to produce enough insulin to metabolize the sugars. This leads to more requirements for medicine to increase the insulin output. Ongoing elevated blood sugars can then lead to an increase in heart and vascular disease resulting in poor circulation to the extremities and eventual numbness and possible loss of a limb.
Obesity appears in some studies to have a negative effect on cancer risk, recurrence, and mortality. In a position statement by the American Society of Clinical Oncology as many as 84,000 cancer diagnoses each year are attributed to obesity with implications of 15-20% direct mortality related to obesity. There has been a direct link to an increase in breast cancer due to obesity. As it relates to orthopedics and joint problems, THE KNEE AND THE HIP JOINT WERE NOT DESIGNED TO CARRY SEVERAL HUNDRED POUNDS and, therefore, are prone to wear out earlier in life.
What can be done? Understand that Carbs are the most addicting food group. Simple carbs have a way to drive your appetite center to want to eat more and order more food. That good smelling bread that is put on your table at the restaurant can drive your appetite to order more food. As fat builds up, a hormone in the fat called Ghrelin can further drive the appetite center to crave more and more food. See the endless cycle? Control is not easy. When going on a weight loss diet the hardest thing to do over the first week or two is to not eat carbs. Once that time frame has past it seems most patients aren’t grabbing for the carbs.
Drinks have carbs and count in the overall calorie intake. Many patients think drinking several sodas daily doesn’t count. A 12-ounce regular soda has 135-150 calories, all from carbs. A 20-ounce soda has 250. Drink 2 or 3 a day and you are at 300 -750 calories of that total intake. Add some sweet tea (usually 120 plus calories per glass) and you may exceed any recommended total daily intake for food and drink.
It’s a New Year, a new beginning. Make determinations that an obese life does not have to happen to you. Stop the Carbohydrate poisoning that is ruining your life. Look for ways to decrease your carb intake and take advantage of every opportunity to eat smaller portions and healthier choices. If you don’t exercise, don’t commit to a gym that will only be a memory in a month. Start small by short walks where you live. Park away from the door at work. Take the stairs at work or at church instead of the elevator. Do multiple small things each day and then work toward a longer walk or workout. Most of all commit to be healthy. Get the grilled chicken without the bun, use the vinaigrette dressing instead of the Ranch and don’t get fries with anything. Water is good too especially with a little lemon squeeze. If you must get dessert, only a bite or two will do. Remember, GET LEAN IN ’18.
Live lean, Live happy
Every year it seems that new technology emerges in the field of aesthetics and lipo suction. I always listen to the sales people and read what they have but take a critical view of each new device that comes out as many of them are a re-make or a combination of older devises. Last year in 2017 I started looking at a completely new method for skin tightening with lipo that also can be used for facial resurfacing. I glanced at it at first then saw a presentation on it at a national meeting on lipo and fat transfer. Wow, a new game changer was on the market. After spending some time with one of the pioneer users I am amazed at what it can do. Presently it is called J-Plasma but soon will be marketed as Renuvion.
What makes it unique? The Bovie corporation who have made coagulation units for the OR for over 50 years was able to combine Radio-frequency energy with Helium to produce a cold plasma stream that is shown to tighten skin and also resurface facial skin giving an almost “face lift ” appearance….all without any surgery. Radio frequency energy has been used alone in several devices for years for external skin tightening. You would come in, get a 20 minute treatment with the device and repeat in a few days. Some skin tightening was evident but in my opinion was not great especially in larger patients. Now Bovie has taken that energy and as I said used it in a stream of Helium gas and created a plasma beam. This was first used for precision cutting in open surgery cases but is now being utilized under the skin during liposuction and giving an almost instant contraction of the skin that continues for several weeks. I am seeing skin laxity decrease at a much faster pace than what I was seeing with using the laser for skin tightening.
Another use of this technology is to go over the skin (after numbing) to resurface the facial skin and tighten it. Before and after pictures are showing stunning results. It is necessary to have about 7-10 days of down time with the facial resurface as the skin has to grow back after the resurfacing. The doctor I trained with told me he has completely given up doing face and neck lifts since starting use of this plasma technology. It’s that good.
Genesis is once again proud to be the first in South Carolina to incorporate this new technology into our lipo and facial program. Staying on the cutting edge with the right devices and treatments is what we always want to bring to our patients. We will be posting more info on our web site soon. Again, Bovie corporation will be changing the J-Plasma name to Renuvion in the next couple of months and you should be seeing more ads and info about it as they begin to promote this platform in multiple magazines and on television.
In the meantime…..stay healthy……stay beautiful
As more awareness on facial and body cosmetic looks has been trending over the last several years there has also been more interest in the functionality and appearence of the labia minora/majora. While most women don’t really give the appearence of the labia a second thought there are a lot of women who have been suffering with enlarged and mis-shapen labia. Sometimes the enlargement occurred just by going through puberty. Sometimes it occurred after childbirth where the labial swelling of pregnancy did not retract completely. Most of the time these women complain that it is affecting their appearence in tight fitting garments or causing pain with activity and sexual intercourse. So many patients are embarassed by this and afraid to bring it up to their doctor. However, many avenues of help are now available to give you a more normal appearance and to reduce enlarged labia that may be getting uncomfortably pulled when walking, running or with sex. At Genesis we are able to reduce the labia both surgically or with our FemiLift laser. Which one used depends on the size and irregularity of the labia. With minor uniform enlargement and/or pigmentation, an attachment to the FemiLift can be used to shrink the tissue by using the same laser used to tighten the vagina in the FemiLift. A tightening of the labia and fading of any pigmented tissue then occurs over the next couple of weeks. There is no discomfort or downtime associated with this technique. We do suggest 3 treatments a month apart to get the best result.
However, we are seeing many patients who have marked appendage like projections of the labial tissue that need surgical repair. This is done in our GYN O.R. at Genesis using oral sedation and local numbing. Either the wedge resection or an edge resection technique can be utilized depending on the amount and location of the tissue needing to be removed. Most patients notice discomfort for the first day or so but are quickly back to light activity and even work in a few days.
There is no need to be embarassed by your bottom. Labial deformity is a common problem in most women. If it is causing a decrease in your self-esteem, embarassment with how you look in tighter pants, or pain with movement or intercourse then it’s time to do something about it. We can help at Genesis. Give us a call for a consultation where we can determine what would give you the best look and functionality.
Well, it’s been a year since we started using Femilift for Vaginal Laxity, mild urinary incontinance, and vaginal dryness. The results have been truly AMAZING. I first blogged on this revolutionaary devise a little over a year ago and I am happy to say that there has been virtually 100% satisfaction to date. We have had a mixture of patients come in with single complaints to many with multiple complaints listed above. One patient who had dryness from menopause could not use the vaginal creams due to irritation nor take the oral treatment due to extreme side effects. Vaginal lubricants burned so badly she could not enjoy sex. After one treatment she noted a 40% improvement in her symptoms after about 2-3 weeks. After the second treatment it was 90+% better to the point that she had a return of vaginal moisture and no further burning. Multiple patients treated for the minor incontinence are reporting similar results with no leaking on running or other activities that required a pad before treatment. All patients have experienced a tightenting of vaginal caliber and more fulfillment with sex for both her and her partner. I know it sounds too good to be true but it has been 100 % satifaction reported by all my treated patients. Now if you are having bulging from the vaginal opening with incomplete emptying of the bladder or a large amount of leakage then this may not be the cure as some of the more severe cases may need surgery. That can be determined by a simple pelvic exam.
Femilift takes about 5 minutes to do and can be done over your lunch break or even after work on the way home. No anesthesia is required although a numbing cream can be used if desired. However, to date, no one felt that numbing was necessary as any discomfort was described as a slight pinch on one or two pulses of the laser. ( we usually do 30-70 pulses depending on the vaginal depth). There is no down time afterward. Yes, it takes three treatments a month apart to get the complete lift and tightening but most patients are reporting that they are very satisfied after two sessions. The third one, I feel, will give you greater longevity of the treatment.
Femilift uses a fraxelated CO2 laser that divides the laser beam into about 16 small pin dots. These small pin dot lasers make micro damage into the collagen support layer of the vagina and also stimulate lining cell growth in the vagina. As healing and new collagen is formed there is a thickening of the lining cells and also a thikening and lift to the collagen support of the vagina. This results in an improvement of the vaginal looseness and a thickening and lift around the bladder stem or urethra that corrects the minor incontinence. Because of a return of normal lining cells or epithelium an increase in vaginal lubrication is evident.
Again I am so amazed at this revolutionary treatment that is so easily performed in the office at Genesis. If you are having any of the triad… vaginal laxity, minor leakage, vaginal dryness…then call us for more information and a consult about Femilift. Our number is 843-669-2220.
Stretch marks…YUK. Whether it’s from pregnancy or weight gain and loss they are there, they are ugly, and they need to go. Over my career I have seen all the hopes and creams come and go to get rid of the stretch marks. Using various food creams didn’t work, Liebfraumilch cream was a bust, Accutane was tried and failed, Various external lasers and other energy sources did not work either. Then you tried hours at the gym only to find your waist line got some better but the stretch marks didn’t budge much. Stretch marks have been an everlasting challenge in aesthetic medicine. Stretch marks are nothing more than markedly damaged skin protein (collagen) that has stretched beyond the normal ability to heal.
Now there is a better solution. About 5 years ago I attended the national meeting of the American Society of Cosmetic Physicians (ASOCP) and heard an amazing lecture by a Dermatologist from Brazil. Her before and after stretch mark pictures using her therapy were outstanding with at least a 90% reduction or disappearance of stretch marks after 3 or so treatments. She was using CO2 injections, also known as Carboxy therapy, under the stretch marks. Whoa… isn’t that that greenhouse gas stuff you hear about? Truth is CO2 has been in use for decades as a treatment for skin conditions and wound problems. It has been used for over 40 years in laparoscopic surgery around the world without any problems. Problem was the FDA had not approved it for skin usage in the USA. …..Until now.
So how does Carboxy Therapy work? Basically when an area of the body has an excessive buildup of CO2 the brain thinks there may be tissue damage that needs to be corrected. What happens is that there is a massive shift of Oxygen to that area with the CO2 being taken away then exhaled by the patient. In fact, there results an even greater O2 concentration in that area than what can be acheived by direct O2 injection. In addition, because you have fooled your body physiology into thinking there is damaged tissue, a large amount of platelets and growth factors also stream into the injected area. What results is marked oxygenition of the stretch mark and a rebuild of the damaged collagen protein.
I know this treatment sounds far fetched but I have found in my own patient research that is not only works but works exceptionally well. It does take about 3-5 treatments for the best result spaced about a month apart. I have one patient with pigmented stretch marks that is showing good fading and healing of the marks.
The treatment is simple. You come in about 45 minutes before your treatment appointment to apply a numbing cream to the area. A small injection needle is then used to direct the CO2 just under the skin of the damaged area. It takes about 15 minutes. No downtime. The treatment is then repeated in a month. It takes about 2 weeks after the treatment to start seeing the results. It can also be used to thin raised scars on the body.
I am so excited to bring this innovative yet simple treatment to South Carolina. If you are tired of the stretch marks or raised scars, this may be what you have been waiting for.
Stretch Marks no more.