Update on Laser and Plasma skin tightening

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.

Dr. ODell

FemiLift ..an excellent treatment for vaginal dryness, laxity, and incontinence

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.

Stay healthy

Dr. ODell

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

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

Lipo of the arms

We do LipoSculpting all over the body.  One of the often needed areas is the upper arm.  Many women get that loose hanging skin early in life due to genetic factors while some have it after weight loss or aging.  The Signature Lipo works well for this area.  We have had many women who are told that cutting and removing the skin is the only way to achieve a slimmer look but that is not true.  I have seen some patients who had the removal surgery done only to have an unsightly scar down the inner upper arm.

With lipo of the arm we simply make a small puncture just above the elbow toward the outside edge of the arm.  Through that small hole we fill the hanging area with our tumescent numbing fluid.  After adequate numbing the Vaser is used to break-up and liquify any fat in the hanging area.  This is followed by a thorough treatment with our Laser to stimulate tightening of the skin.  Suction then follows to remove the fat that has been destroyed.  We then send you home with an arm garment to conform the newly treated skin to the underlying arm.  While you are healing and awaiting the skin to tighten I usually suggest doing triceps exercises starting about 2-3 weeks post procedure.  This will build up the triceps muscle under the treated area to give you a more shapely arm.

This treatment is ideal if you are tired of having to wear longer sleeves all year to hide your arms.  We have so many patients who are thrilled to get back into short sleeves or sleeveless clothes within weeks of the procedure.  Now is a good time for us to look at any issues you may have with your arms.  Getting that area treated now can make you look good in that slimmer top for summer.

Thought:  When you common things in an uncommon way, then the world takes notice.

Dr. O’Dell

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

Lipo vs. Tummy Tuck

I am all the time seeing patients who want to know if they should get a tummy tuck or do the LipoSculpting in order to pull up that loose skin at the bottom of your abdomen.  Many have seen another doctor about a tummy tuck and told to go ahead but decided to see what we could offer.  In most cases our Signature LipoSculpting is the ideal way to correct that sagging tummy.  Best of all it can be done using only small puncture holes and not a very long incision required for a tuck.  The tummy tuck requires removing all that skin using an incision that extends from over the hip, across the lower abdomen and ending over the other hip.  Many times moving the belly button is required due to the amount of pull down.  Beside having a very long scar another problem is that most surgeons do nothing to the upper abdominal fat or the fat on the “love handles” or flanks.  Therefore, you have a nice flat lower ab below the belly button but continue to have a lot of unsightly fat above it and on the sides.  I have had many patients who have come to me about a year or two out from a tuck wanting the upper abs lipo’d and the flanks and back sculpted in order to look balanced all around.

What we can achieve with our Signature LipoSculpting is to safely remove the fat in both the upper and lower abdomen then laser the skin to get a pull up that results in a flatter abdomen WITHOUT the long incision.  In addition, by using our Vaser and Laser along with careful suctioning we can sculpt that 3-D hour glass figure that makes you look so fine. Yes, it is entirely possible using our lipo system.

So don’t think that if you have that hanging skin at the bottom of your belly that all you can do is a tummy tuck.  With our LipoSculpting we have time and again helped our patients achieve a tighter, lifted tummy without the long incision and downtime required.

Thought of the day:  Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.   Berthold Auerbach

Stay healthy,

Dr. ODell

 

Genesis LipoSculpting…Super bowl of fat removal and shaping

Well I just finished watching Super Bowl 50.  What a game, no matter the outcome.  I was thinking after the game that what I just saw was a culmunation of everything that both teams do well, all blended into a defense and offense.  That got me thinking about how we do our Genesis Signature LipoSculpting.  The football team does not just run on offense, although they would gain yards.  By the same token, they don’t just pass, although that alone will get them yards.  They don’t just have one play.  They blend several plays together in a series to accomplish that TD or first down.  With our Lipo we don’t just use suction to remove the fat, nor do we only laser the fat and skin before suctioning, although that gains us some results.  What we do is blend two very successful technologies together with Vaser and Laser in order to maximize the fat dissolve and the skin tightening.  Our last step to get that TD….your sculpted body… is to use our powered Tickle Lipo suctioning devise to remove the dissolved fat in larger quantities and more efficiently than by manual suctioning alone.  Manual suctioning is then done at the end in order to give the finesse to the suctioned area, much like the extra point after a TD in football.  We use multiple types of suction instruments to that we can taper and blend areas on the edge of the sculpted area.  Certain of those instruments are also used to sculpt along the abdomen muscles to give you a more defined look.  Similar to a football game all these plays together give you the shaping and reduction you have tried to do but could not accomplish.  Go ahead, kickoff 2016 with a touch down to a new you.  Signature LipoSculpting  is the team you want to be with.

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