New inside, Bodysculpting and self confidence

For the uninitiated and those who need little cosmetic work done it is easy to look at those who do need it and judge them that they are somehow vain and selfish.  I will repeat what a famous General in WW2 said about surrender….NUTS.  Yes, there are those who look great already but continue to want more and tweek their look into something not natural.  But what we do goes way beyond the visible.  What cosmetic transformation does for the majority of my patients is give them back not only a better look but an inner self confidence that many have not had for years.  I recently had a young woman who has been obese since her teen years and is now 30.  She was tired of being relegated to the larger, loose clothes and other than work did not want to go out in public or participate in any social activities.  We did our Genesis Signature LipoSculpting on her abdomen and flanks with attention to contouring details that would develop as her skin retracted.  Because of her size a minor touch up on the abdomen was done to further stimulate the skin to retract.  Now at 5 months out from her first procedure she is smiling and wearing form fitting clothing that was denied her for over 10 years.  She admitted that she now realizes that her size made her depressed and that drove her to eat more which made her bigger then more depressed which drove her to eat more…get the endless cycle.  Lipo has given her body back to her and in turn her diet is healthy now and her social life is exploding.  A recent picture she sent in was a wonderful “wow” moment for me and my staff.   I am not implying that all obese people lack self confidence and are ashamed.  Many live life to the fullest. But so many don’t due to self conciousness about their size.  If you are one of those consider a combination of Lipo at Genesis along with a re-focus of your diet and lifestyle.  You may be the next one for that “wow” moment.

Live healthy

Dr. ODell

Fat transfer in body Liposculpting including the lastest tech

As part of our ongoing Signature LipoSculpting program we do a lot of fat transfer/grafting to several areas of the body.  Simply put, fat is harvested gently from one area such as the abdomen or legs, processed to remove excess fluid and debris then transfered back to an area of the face or body needing enhancement or correction.  We commonly Lipo the flanks and lower back to give a beautiful curve to the back but find that the buttocks is flat and needs to be rounded out.  Strategically placed we can give the buttocks that “pop” that has been missing for so long.  Other areas can be done such as breast enhancement using your own fat and also the hands to make them look younger.  Transfer to the face is our number one area.  If you are tired of looking tired due to the baggy skin sagging under the eyes or those deep defects around the mouth then fat placement there and other areas on the face can correct it with ease.  We can even fill in hollow temples and effect a slight brow lift by placing fat in those areas.  We have used fat to correct surgical defects that sometimes occur after mastectomy reconstruction and even filled in areas on the hip and buttocks caused by frequent medication injections.

New to Genesis over the last 5 months is the introduction of O2 enhancement to the grafted area.  This has resulted in a tremendous increase in fat retention survival and further enhancement of the grafted site.  Simply done, after the area is numbed, CO2 is passed into the graft site thru a small injection needle.  Once under the skin, CO2 is then quickly replaced by Oxygen and the CO2 is removed thru the blood stream.  This results in a marked increase in the oxygenation of the grafted fat giving us tremendous survival of the fat. I am excited at how this CO2 technology is improving our fat grafting/transfer program.  Also new this year is the addition of low pressure infusion for grafting larger areas.  Fat is delicate and this system prevents high pressure injection of the fat that may rupture the fat cells and decrease survival.

I am so excited to let you know about our newest enhancements.  It is always my goal to offer the latest technology that will give you a better result and the look you desire.  In future blog posts you will see more on the CO2 therapy for other conditions.  This is technology that has been worldwide for over a decade and has recently been approved by the FDA in the U.S.  Stay tuned.  Stay healthy.

Dr. O’Dell

Newest in lip enhancement using Juvederms’ VOLBELLA

Silky Sexy Lips

Are you tired of those really thin lips or those lips that seem out of proportion?

Genesis Cosmetic Laser Center is excited to announce the addition of VOLBELLA to our Juvederm line of cosmetic fillers. This wonderful addition to our lineup is designed exclusively for lips and the results are amazing. For years we have used the regular Juvederm facial filler for lip enhancement with great success. However, in some cases swelling could be present for a couple of days or longer. Unlike the other Juvederm products designed for the face and under the eyes, this product is thinner and made in such a way that it minimizes any water retention and swelling where injected. The texture is silky smooth, making the injection easier and the results more natural and soft. It can be used in both the upper and lower lip in order to achieve an ideal proportional balance to your lips. Because of the silkiness of the product, overfilling is rare due to how it interacts with the tissue. In addition, with Volbella, it is possible to take care of some of those “pucker lines” often seen in the upper lip. A simple numbing injection is done prior to the lip enhancement so that any discomfort is eliminated or minimized.  I have also used it reduce or eliminate those awful pucker lines in the upper lip and around the mouth with great success.  Patients with those “pencil thin lips” are also a good candidate for the Volbella filler.

 

Juvederm also makes thicker filler called VOLUMA that is designed especially for the volume loss under the eye. You know that look…. hollow and tired with the bags under the eyes. Voluma addresses that very well and lasts about 2 years in most patients. Other Juvederm products are designed for mid-facial and lower facial enhancement. Best of all, these products are derived from natural sources that closely match your own collagen.

With the advent of several thicknesses of the Juvederm line a “mixing” approach to facial and hand filling can be done to use the appropriate product in the appropriate place.  In addition using Botox to address other wrinkles used simultaneously  with filler can acheive a remarkable transformation in your looks.

 

Let this year be the time you finally address those thin lips or tired eyes that make you look years older. We can help you at Genesis. Silky sexy lips and a more youthful look are only a call away.

Look and be healthy.

Dr. ODell

 

 

No Cellulite. Get Beach Body ready

Finally, March is here. Daylight Savings Time is back and spring is here in about 3 weeks. You are starting to think about shorts and bathing suits but then you look down and Yikes, CELLULITE. Now you remember why you always wore a cover-up or longer shorts last year. This year, be ready with VASER SMOOTH.

 

There are many treatments that promise to eliminate Cellulite but most are only temporary. Vaser Smooth, however, gives you a lasting permanence not found in most other treatments. With VASER SMOOTH a small amount of numbing solution is placed under the skin of the leg through a small puncture site. After adequate numbing the Vaser Smooth instrument is guided specifically to the marked cellulite bands and the bands are severed and sealed with ultrasonic pulses. Because of the permanent damage to the cellulite bands they do not grow back together so that you have lasting results. Compare that to the many external cellulite treatments that only suction the skin and “pop” the bands giving you a temporary smoothing. Unlike with Vaser Smooth the bands are not permanently damaged and will grow back in a matter of 3-6 months. The difference is that by ultrasonically cutting and sealing each band with Vaser Smooth those bands will not reform.

 

Vaser Smooth is performed in our office at Genesis Cosmetic Laser Center and only takes about an hour or so to get you on the road to smoother legs. It can be done as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with LipoSculpting the legs if reshaping or reducing the legs is desired. The technology is amazing and has proven itself worldwide as one of the best long-term solutions to Cellulite.

 

Don’t hide your legs this Spring and Summer. We have the solution at Genesis. Call us today at 843-669-2220 for a free consultation and learn more about Vaser Smooth and our other offerings to make you Beach Body Ready.

 

Femi-Lift, Amazing laser treatment for vaginal laxity

We have now been doing the Femi-Lift Vaginal tightening for a little over a month now with very very favorable results.  All of our patients have told me they have had improvement in urinary leakage and in vaginal tightening.  Two patients who initially reported vaginal dryness have noted correction after the second treatment.  All patients who reported some urinary leakage with a cough or activity are now dry with one telling me she had 50% improvement after the first treatment and now 80% after the second.  All patients did complain with vaginal laxity and have reported marked improvement personally and for their partner. This is in line with all the studies and patient satisfaction posts that I have found nationally.

Basically Femi-Lift uses a low power fractional laser to tighten the collagen support structure of the vaginal wall.  This results in a shrinkage of the tissue giving a tightening effect to the vaginal wall and a “lift” to the bladder stem (urethra) that will correct minor annoying urinary leakage brought on that laxity of the vaginal tissue.  An added bonus is stimulation of the vaginal lining cells which can result in improved vaginal moisture after a couple of treatments.  The visit takes only about 10 minutes and is done with a small rounded instrument that does not cause any discomfort. No anesthesia is required although we can use numbing cream if desired….usually not necessary.

If you are noticing any or all of the vaginal triad of laxity, leakage, or dryness then this is a good solution for you with a proven effectiveness.  Don’t suffer with this.  Femi-Lift is amazing.

Dr. O’Dell

Thought for the day..”Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”Napoleon Hill

Awake anesthesia in Lipo Sculpting

One of the most frequent questions I am asked when doing LIPO seminars is how we do this without general anesthesia.  Our minimally invasive LipoSculpting uses what is known as Tumescent Anesthesia.  Basically we mix Xylocaine (Lidocaine) into an IV bag of normal saline and add Epinephrine and Bicarbonate to the mixture.  The Xylocaine is the same numbing medicine used by just about all doctors for doing minor skin lesion removal or for sewing up a wound.  It is also used in spinal and epidural preparations.  It is very similar to what your dentist uses when numbing your mouth.  We very carefully calculate the maximum amount of Xylocaine that we can use based on your weight and medicine profile.  The epinephrine is used to make the small blood vessels in the fat “spasm” closed so that it will minimize any blood loss during the procedure.  In addition it helps to slow the absorption of the Xylocaine so that the numbing is slow to wear off.  The bicarbonate is a buffering agent to raise the pH of the solution so that it won’t sting going in.

This solution is then placed under the skin of the area you are having sculpted.  We do this through small puncture holes strategically placed in your skin.  There is NO cutting or incisions involved.  The numbing solution works rapidly to numb the area but at the same time acts to spread out the fat so it is more easily treated and suctioned.  Yes, it provides complete numbing of the area without the need for general anesthesia.  More can be added during the course of the case if needed.  We do give you oral meds pre-procedure that will relax you and sometimes let you doze off during the case.  Nice thing is that you don’t have an anesthesia hangover afterwards.  Also nice is the excellent safety profile of this type of anesthesia.

Dr. ODell

 

FemiLift…Lasers in Vaginal health

We are very proud at Genesis to be the exclusive provider in this area of SC and NC to have the Femilift vaginal laser technology.  If you have been noticing a decreasing amount of natural lubrication, more vaginal laxity, and/or increasing urinary leakage ( incontinence) with a cough or sneeze then you may be a candidate for the FemiLift.  It is done in our Gyn exam room at Genesis requiring NO anesthesia as it is not painful for most all patients.  So exactly what is it.  This system uses a CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser at a low power that is projected down a specialized vaginal instrument that “pixelates” the laser beam into smaller pinpoint segments.  The special instrument is placed in the vagina and the laser is activated so that it fires the pixelated laser onto the vaginal wall at specific points.  The instrument is then pulled back a centimeter and fired again until the entire vaginal is treated.  By breaking up the laser beam into smaller pinpoints the pain is avoided and a wider area is treated per activation.  These pixelated points of laser light will re stimulate the vaginal lining to thicken and produce more natural lubrication and also stimualate new collegen protein growth that will tighten the vagina.  By tightening the vagina and enhancing collagen there is also an improvement at the area where the bladder stem meets the bladder.  This provides the improvement with the urinary leakage.  Time requirement… about 10 minutes or so.  We do suggest a repeat treatment in a month even if you note improvement on the first one, as most do.  There is no down time.  You can return to work and other activities immediately after.  Reports from our patients have been 100% positive in their symptom improvement.  This is really an amazing technology that is allowing women to get better bladder control, improve vaginal dryness without use of hormones, and give them a more satisfying sexual exerience because of improvement in the tightness of the vagina.  Please read more on our site about Femilift and call us to set up an appointment to see if you are a candidate for this truly breakthrough treatment.

Dr. O’Dell

Laser your way to tighter skin

Many of you have asked specifically how the laser works in both Liposculpting and skin tightening.  At Genesis we have several lasers of different frequencies that are used in different ways.  First of all let’s address the one we use in LipoSculpting.  The frequency of our Lipo laser is tuned so that it maximizes both skin tightening and disolving  of fat.  Basically we place it under the skin via an artificial quartz fiber and use it to make micro damage on the underside of the skin.  We are very careful not to burn the skin but only to do micro damage.  The body wants to heal those micro burns so it sends in some platelets that then bring in growth factors and cells to make new collagen protein to replace the damage.  The new collagen is very elastic so it tends to shrink and, therefore, pull the skin tighter as it does so.  This results in a remarkable lifting and tightening of loose skin that has stretched out due to excess fat that is also being removed.

Likewise, a similar laser with a different frequency is used externally on the face and neck to tighten  wrinkles, close open pores, and lighten pigmented areas.  This is our Fraxel laser.  The Fraxel handpiece is rolled over your numbed skin and very tiny “pixelated” pin size punctures in the skin are the result.  Again there is micro damage under the skin that results in new collagen protein being formed that shrinks as it heals.  The result….tighter skin and less melasma.

We also use the laser for hair removal.  This laser has a frequency that is tuned to the color of dark hair and is , therefore, absorbed by it.  The laser heat is then transmitted into the hair follicle which is then destroyed.   Reapeat treatments are then done to assure all the follicles in that hair “pore” are destroyed by the laser.

Next blog post…..our newest laser for vaginal rejuvination and bladder leakage.  Stay tuned.

 

Dr. O’Dell

Vaser Smooth..Your answer to Cellulite

If unsightly Cellulite has you down and wanting to wear long pants this summer, listen up.  Genesis offers the Vaser Smooth for long term Cellulite reduction in the leg and buttocks area.  Don’t be fooled by a lot of the non-invasive cellulite treatments that clutter the market.  All are temporary.  Basically cellulite is caused by fibrous bands that have fat between them, giving you that rippled look on your legs.  The external treatments merely break those bands temporarily but don’t destroy the culprits.  Yes, you look good for 2 or 3 months but the bands re-form and no effect is noted after a time.  Our Vaser Smooth treatment goes way past the temporary band breakage by destroying much of the band tissue, not allowing it to heal and re-form.  Result is a longer lasting more permanent solution to your cellulite problem.  The treatment is done by placing a numbing solution under the skin and then doing a Vaser fat dissolve of the affected area.  This is followed by using our specially designed Cellulite instruments to break and destroy the bands that are giving you the irregular look.  Because of the power of those instuments protein damage to the cellulite bands will not allow them to heal.  If volume reduction of the leg is necessary we can also lipo suction the leg.  In many cases that is not necessary because the main culprit is the cellulite.  Long term there is a marked reducution and elimination of the banding and a much improved look to your legs.

So…Hey…don’t be that person in long pants all summer due to a condition that is easily treated.  Call us about our Vaser Smooth cellulite treatment.  You won’t regret it.

Interesting thought for today:  “A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body…..the wishbone.”  Robert Frost

Don’t just wish…let us help you do.

Dr. O’Dell

Good news for coffee drinkers

 

I was reading on health issues and came across this tonight.  Coffee has been the subject of a lot of controversy for decades as to whether it’s good or bad for you.  With recent research into antioxidants and health benefits of foods, coffee is making a comback.  Click below for a very informative article.  As with anything, drink it in moderation for the health benefits.

Dr. O’Dell

Coffee: The Good News…and the Bad News