Cosmetic Stuff for Men

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

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

Fat Transfer with PRP, the Genesis way.

We get a lot of questions concerning the fat transfer and how we get the fat to last in the grafted area.  Many things go into our fat grafting.  First of all we use our Tickle lipo system with a specialized suction cannula to get just the right size fat for transfer.  You see fat usually comes in  “clumps”.  Large particles of fat like that would not be ideal to transfer because it is to large to fit thru our small transfer instruments.  What we want is small rice sized pellets of fat that can easily pass thru our instruments.  Also, smaller particles of fat lend themselves to be better nourished by new blood vessel growth as compared to larger particles.  We are also less likely to have “clumping” by using smaller particles.  Our specialized harvest suction device also separates away millions of stem cells that are now in solution with the fat.  These stem cells are powerhouses that make new blood supply and structural components for the newly transfered fat.  Prior to our specialized suctioning we also use low power Vaser which helps to break up clusters of fat and increase our yield.  Studies have shown a huge increase in the amount of stem cells harvested using Vaser.

Now a very important additive to the fat is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).  At the time of the fat transfer we draw your blood, concentrate your platelets then add this back to the fat.  These platelets are the switch that turns on the stem cells, thereby helping permanently incorporate the new fat into the surrounding tissue.   At the same time,  if injected close to the skin,  good stimulation of collagen occurs to help make the skin look youthful and nourished.

Many lipo centers that do fat transfer do not use PRP.  These centers tend to overfill the area knowing that most of the time they will get as much as a 60% loss of transfered fat.  Studies show that using PRP and specialized harvest instruments greatly reduces the loss and the need to overfill.  Bottom line, a better and more consistent look post transfer.

Deep thought of the day:    Well begun is half done.  Aristotle

Dr. ODell

Young Hands…Fat transfer for youthful hands

Patients spend a lot of time and money to make the face more youthful and vibrant.  But what about your hands.  So many times others look at your face and may think you are at least 10 years younger than you are….until they see those hands with the pigment spots and the volume loss that exposes the tendons and veins.  Genesis can help give you that youthful hand you need.

First of all let’s address the pigment spots and wrinkled skin.  We can employ our Fraxel laser technology to help tighten the skin and fade those pigment spots.  While Fraxel is used mainly on the face and neck, the same results can be achieved on the lower arm and hand.  The area is numbed with a cream before starting and only takes a few minutes per side.  We do recommend 4 treatments spaced a month apart to get that firmer skin and youthful look.

What has really turned back the clock on hands is the use of fat transfer.  While we can do the transfer just to the hands most of our patients also want the face done also to lift the cheeks and treat around the mouth.  Basically, we can harvest fat from the abdomen or leg, mix it with your own platelets then place it between those unsightly tendons and knobby knuckles, giving you a smooth hand.  The prominent veins that are seen with aging are also hidden and more natural looking.  Because of the platelets mixed in with the fat, some skin toning may occur due to the action of the platelets.  The fat is massaged in place after being injected to give a smooth homogeneous appearance.  It really looks great.

So don’t just look at your face in the mirror.  Look at your hands also and evaluate what you see.  We can help you get that more youthful appearance that has been missing for so long.

Thought of the day:  For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.  Walter Scott

Dr. O’Dell

Platelet Rich Plasma…Magic in your blood

Many of you may not have heard of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) but it is one of the most phenominal natural substances known to promote healing and enhance results in cosmetic treatments.  So what is it?   Simply your blood has 3 types of cells….The red cells carry the oxygen to the tissues and take away CO2,  the white cells fight off infections and help with your immunity, and the platelets are the powerful healers in the blood.  Anytime you have an injury such as a cut, abrasion or a bruised area the platelets are rushing in to direct the clean-up and healing processes.  They direct the fibroblasts to form new skin and support tissues i and direct the stem cells to make new blood vessels and other necessary tissue.  That’s where we use them in cosmetics.

After drawing your blood we spin it down in a special tube that separates the red/white cells away from the platelets.  The platelets are then harvested and reconcentrated in your serum to give you a more potent platelet mixture.  We then activate the platelets using a Calcium solution which makes them ready to “work”.  These activated platelets can be injected into the scalp to stimulate hair growth or can be injected along with Juvederm fillers to enhance the skin and make the filler last longer.  I have even put PRP on thin non-healing leg skin  and got healing in 3 weeks.  The main thing we use it for is on fat transfers.  These activated platelets when mixed with your fat stimulate millions of stem cells that go on to make new vascular supply and structural support to the newly injected fat. This gives you a better look and more longevity with the transfer.  Injecting PRP under old acne scarring is also very successful to erase the “pot marks” that are left behind.

Best of all…it’s all natural… from you, your own healing power in your blood.

Happy February.    Stay healthy.

Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.  Norman Vincent Peale

Dr. ODell

Fat Transfer or Juvederm…What do I do….part 2

With our last post I talked about Juvederm.  Today we talk about FAT TRANSFER.

Fat transfer is just what it says.  We take fat from another area of the body, usually the abdomen or legs, and place it in the face or other body areas.  The advantage of this method is that we can get a whole lot more material to transfer and it is your natural tissue.  With Juvederm products we only have 1 cc of filler per vial and may have to use multiple vials to get the look you want.  Also the Juvederm products only stick around about 1-2 years depending on which one used.  Contrast that to fat in which we can use several cc’s of fat and it sticks around for 3-10 years.  One thing we do is to mix your fat with your platelets prior to placing in your face or hands.  Your own platelets (from your blood) will stimulate the millions of stem cells that are associated with the fat which will then help grow new blood supply and structural tissue. The platelets will also help your skin regain a more glowing appearance.  Where we may only use 1cc of Juvederm under the eye, we ususally place 1-3 cc’s of fat/platelets.  This gives you a very nice cheek lift, taking you back to a more youthful, fuller apperence.  Also, whereas we may do only a cc of Juvederm around the mouth and nasal line, we may use 2-4 cc’s of fat/platelets to restore the natural fullness around the mouth.  Fat is ideal for the back of the hands also as it gives a very natural fill between the tendons and helps hide those unsightly veins.  Again the platelets can help restore the skin on the hand to a more youthful look.

Now if you have very minimal volume loss in the face, Juvederm products as discussed in part 1 may be ideal as we will not need a lot of volume.  However, for multiple “caved in” or sagging areas or if other body areas such as the breasts, buttocks, or hands need enhancement then fat is the ideal solution.

Give us a call and come in where we can advise you of the better way to make you feel and look your best.

Thought:  The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow.  For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.

Dr. O’Dell

Fat transfer or Juvederm, which do I do…Part 1

At Genesis we offer two unique methods to fill in those sagging and hollowed places on the face and hands. Today we will talk about fillers, particularly JUVEDERM products.

For years fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptura, and others have been on the market with millions of patients worldwide using them.  At Genesis we are using the complete line of Juvederm products including the one introduced about 2 years ago called VOLUMA.  I like the Juvy products in that it gives me a wide range of thickness of products depending on where in the face they are used.  For instance we would use the thickest product, Voluma, under the eye and inject it against the orbit bone to build up that caved in area,  making your cheek look fuller and more youthful.  This is a very common area that we see even in younger patients.  If you or your friends think you look tired all the time, and you’re not, it may be due to the volume loss under the eye.  The mid-grade thickness of Juvederm is ideally suited for the folds against the nose and the “marionette” lines below and around the mouth.  The thicker Voluma is not designed for that area and may clump badly if injected there.  The thinnest Juvy is great for lips and also around the mouth and nose area too.  In some people, especially older, I may layer it over the Voluma that I placed under the eye to acheive an even better lift and taper effect.  I can also use it in those “pucker lines” or “smoker lines” that develop in the upper lip.  This is done by thinning the Juvy a little more and injecting each of those troublesome lines individually.  The effect is instantaneous and the compliments are too.

On my next post I will discuss the FAT  TRANSFER to the face and how it differs from the Juvederm both in volume and longevity.

Thought for the day:  There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The  other is as though everything is a miracle.  Albert Einstein

Dr. ODell

 

Buttocks fat transfer/ Brazillian Butt Lift

I had some questions today about our fat transfer to the buttocks and how ours differs from that of other cosmetic surgeons.  A patient came by inquiring about how we do ours and stated she had been told by other surgeons she could not work or sit for about 3 weeks and she must sleep on her stomach.  Our instructions differ and this is why.  My buttocks fat transfer concentrates on placing most of the fat in the upper 2/3 of the buttocks away from where you sit.  Pay attention as to what part of your derrier bears the weight and you will find it is the top of the leg and only the lower portion of the buttocks.  I have been able to acheive an enhanced rounded look without having to place fat on the “sitting” portion of your rear end.  Also by using the Brazilian butt lift technique we very carefully place fat in the Gluteal muscle under your butt to get a nice rounded lift without having to fill in that lower 1/3 where the sitting occurs.  Now I do recommend sleeping on your stomach for 2-3 weeks but if no fat is placed on the side of the butt you can sleep on your side as long as a pillow is to your back to prevent rolling over.  I had one patient to sleep in a recliner but she had excessive padding around her buttocks.  Her results were still stunning.    Another way we differ from other centers is our usage of  PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP).  My nurse will draw blood before we start the transfer procedure and then separate the platelets from the other blood cells.   The platelets are then concentrated and mixed with the fat before the fat is injected.  These activated platelets then stimulate STEM CELLS which grow new blood supply and structural elements to help the fat survive and your new shape to be accomplished.

It’s time to get rid of that “pancake butt” from weight loss or aging and get your new shape.  It can also be time to enhance what you already got.

Your new look can be acheived.  The art, the technology, and the expertise is available at Genesis.

Let 2016 be YOUR year for the new you.  Keep the promises you made to yourself.

Thanks

Dr. ODell

Liposculpting and fat transfer

A new year is beginning at Genesis which is time for a new YOU.  2016 is the year to be more confident and look your best.  We can help you acheive what you want.  I have developed our unique Genesis Signature Lipo-Sculpting where we combine LASER lipo, VASER lipo and a powered suction known as TICKLE lipo to give you that sculpted look and that figure that has been hiding for so long.  The fat we get out can be used to put in places where aging and weight loss have given you a less sculpted body or face.  If your eyes look tired all the time from volume loss under the eyes and in the cheeks we can lift them again with facial FAT TRANSFER.  Same goes for the breasts and buttocks and hands. You are using your natural fat to reshape your buttocks and breasts.  In other words get thinner where you don’t need it and more shapely with the fat transfer where you do need it.  It works and works well and is all natural.  If you are tired of the round body or the beer gut or the droopy face and breasts we can help.  We can even help those sagging eye lids with an upper lid BLEPHOROPLASTY.  Genesis works.  In addition we can make those wrinkles disappear with BOTOX and fillers as well as Hydrafacials and Fraxel laser.  GENESIS means beginning.  Let’s begin a new year with a new you. We want help you fulfill your dreams.  Don’t be a wisher when you can be a doer.  The first step to getting better is a simple phone call for a free consultation with us.  At that time we can assess your wants and advise you on a gameplan for YOUR new beginning.  NEW YEAR—NEW YOU.

GENESIS  …….A NEW BEGINNING FOR YOU