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Exploring Nonsurgical Fat Reduction

Exploring Nonsurgical Fat Reduction

Anyone who has ever tried to lose body fat knows how difficult it can be to do without a lot of help. Eating the proper foods and exercising regularly are good and necessary for optimal health. They aren’t always the ticket to the slim body contours a person wants, though. At some point, many people hit a plateau that they can’t seem to overcome. Furthermore, fat loss does not happen uniformly, frequently from inherited tendencies so some areas of the body may reduce better than others. This is why there has been such a strong interest in surgical liposuction and nonsurgical fat reduction in recent years.

Examples of Nonsurgical Fat Reduction Body Contouring

Historically, body contouring has been achieved with liposuction and other shaping procedures like abdominoplasty. Now, we have several ways to reduce areas of excess fat without surgery. Common examples of nonsurgical fat reduction include:

  • Injectable lipolysis. This is better known as Kybella, the injectable treatment that breaks down fat cells under the chin with deoxycholic acid. Though we have used Kybella, we find it more uncomfortable, more unpredictable, and slower to achieve results than liposuction and have abandoned it.
  • Many people know cryolipolysis as CoolSculpting. This method of reducing fat works by freezing fat cells, causing crystals to destroy them. The body flushes these cells over several weeks. This, however, is quite uncomfortable and has a tendency for the removed fat to rebound
  • Laser lipolysis destroys fat cells by heating them, leading to destruction. This, however, is more of a surgical procedure than regular liposuction.
  • Radiofrequency lipolysis also heats fat cells through the skin. We have found it minimally reliable.
  • Unlike other forms of fat reduction, Zerona disrupts fat cells using low-levels of cold-laser technology. This energy causes the fat cells to release the stored fat, is totally painless and somewhat more reliable than the other non-surgical modalities. This is what we use for our patients.

As you can see, each of these treatments works through unique technologies and techniques. Individual results can vary within any one of these modalities. Most forms of nonsurgical fat reduction offer some degree of gradual improvement over a few months. While none are intended for weight loss, each can result in a slimmer physique and better-fitting clothes. Also, none require downtime.

The Real Question to Ask

Many people procrastinate in getting treatment that can achieve their desired result because, with so many options, it’s difficult to know which one is right. This isn’t the real question. All you need to do is decide that you have done all you can with dietary and lifestyle modifications and that you still have some areas you would like to change. You then discuss with Dr. Buchanan how to achieve your desired outcome. Zerona nonsurgical treatment is ideal for larger to medium sized areas of excess fat. For small areas, minimally-invasive liposuction is frequently the best path to a better body.

We are here to help you find your way to your best self. To learn more about body contouring in our Highlands, NC office, call (828) 526-3783.

MedSpa Services can Get You Holiday-Ready in a Flash

Medi-Spa Services Highlands, NCWe all have different times that mark the beginning of the holiday season. For some, that mark has just passed. This means the next month may be a flurry of activity. If you’ve told yourself every year that you are going to be fully prepared for your holiday appearances and have not managed to meet your expectations, we’ve got a way to make this year different.

The Center for Plastic Surgery in Highlands, NC also has a fully-established medical spa. In our facility, clients can explore several treatments that can refresh their skin well in advance of that first holiday gathering. What is so wonderful about medical spa treatments is that they take so little time you can schedule your visit right in the middle of your holiday shopping.

How Can You Gift Yourself Well?

Medical spa treatments are widely varied. This allows every person of just about every age, from teens to seniors, to find a bit of pampering in the midst of seasonal mayhem. Consider how the following treatments might make your season a little brighter.

Refreshers for the Skin

You may not need a full overhaul to gain a sense of satisfaction with your skin. Perhaps a nice exfoliating treatment would do the trick. Options include:

  • Chemical peels (our micro peel service). Proprietary ingredients can be applied to dislodge debris and dead cells from the skin. A light peel won’t keep you from your busy day.
  • During this hour-long appointment, the provider passes a small wand over the skin. Abrasives on the want gently and painlessly remove debris and dead cells. No downtime is needed after microdermabrasion.

Rejuvenating and Contouring

The last thing anyone wants for their holiday season is to look tired or angry. Anti-aging treatments don’t have to be complicated to get results. Many of the treatments we offer work quickly and incur no downtime. These include:

  • Botox injections to ease frown lines or lift the brow. Or both!
  • Juvederm Voluma to restore plumpness and contouring to the cheeks.
  • Juvederm Volbella to fill in tiny lines around the mouth or other areas. This product is also commonly used for lip enhancement.
  • Juvederm Vollure to smooth lines and creases around the nose and mouth.

There’s time to be ready for the holidays this year. We can help. Give us a call at (828) 526-3783 to schedule your no downtime treatment.

Chemical Peels are Valuable Post-Summer Treatments

Micro Peels in Highlands, NCWe’re not looking forward to the end of summer just yet, understanding there are many cool months ahead. Knowing that the time is coming when the temperature cools and the sun moves farther away from the Earth, we can plan ahead, though. Around here, planning ahead means discussing ways in which all the summertime sun exposure can be addressed. It may come as a surprise to know that chemical peels still offer a great value.

In recent years, several high-tech treatments have been developed. As they have, it has become easier and easier to forget what came before. For years before lasers and light treatments, chemical peels served doctors and their patients very well. We are still huge fans of the chemical peel, even more so with the variety of options that are available today. This method of treatment provides us with the opportunity to help people correct a wide range of sun damage, to improve the texture of their skin, or just to maintain the general health of the skin.

The way that chemical peels work is by removing a precise layer of tissue. Not all peels are intense. In fact, some peels don’t even cause noticeable peeling. DIY methods are posted across the internet, but do not offer what a professional peel does nor the insight to determine which peel will achieve your desired result.

A professional chemical peel is:

  • Tailored to your skin. There are numerous chemical peel solutions used in our office. Each allows us to meet the needs of every individual patient. Before conducting treatment, we perform a thorough skin analysis and consultation in which we discuss your objectives and preferences. The personal attention of a skilled esthetician makes all the difference in making the most of a chemical peel.
  • Professional chemical peels are the result of thorough research and development. Months, if not years, have gone into formulating the right ingredients in the right concentration to achieve optimal results across a wide variety of skin types. There is nothing more powerful than a professional chemical peel when it comes to achieving the ideal extent of exfoliation with the shortest amount of downtime.
  • The safety of professional chemical peel treatment is maximized by the combination of our clinical consultation and careful selection of the right, powerful peel solution. Patients are also monitored throughout treatment to ensure the desired tissue reaction is achieved.

We are passionate about offering patients minimally-invasive, low-downtime treatments that bring beauty to the forefront. To learn more about our chemical peel treatments, call our Highlands, NC office at (828) 526-3783.

Decoding the Vitalize Peel

In our Highlands, NC practice, adults of all ages can take advantage of numerous modalities that promote younger looking skin. As advantageous as plastic surgery can be for more significant signs of aging, there is a lot to be said about nonsurgical treatments like micro peels. One of the popular peels sought today is the SkinMedica Vitalize Peel. Here, we explain how this peel works, what makes it unique, and what it can achieve.

The SkinMedica Vitalize Peel , is a form of chemical exfoliation that effectively maintains the skin on the face, neck chest, and other areas. Superficial chemical peels accelerate skin exfoliation and help to make your complexion appear more uniform and renewed, diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and roughness.

Chemical Peels: The Nitty-Gritty

Chemical peels generally fall into three classes. There are superficial peels that incur zero downtime at one end of the spectrum and deep peels on the other. Deep peels can require weeks of pre-treatment preparation and weeks of recovery.  The Vitalize Peel  is between the two. This peel enhances skin texture and addresses skin unevenness due to acne scarring or other pigmentary changes. Noticeable results will be seen after just one peel, typically more compelling results after 3 to 6 peels.

Chemical peels are not entirely without risk. A Vitalize Peel should only be obtained from a licensed professional like our experienced aesthetician. Risks such as hyperpigmentation can also be avoided by avoiding sun exposure during and shortly after the peeling process.

Get your skin on point before summer. Call (828) 526-3783 to schedule a chemical peel in our friendly office.

Treating Facial Skin Wrinkles

Wrinkled or crepey facial skin is caused by an interplay of the skin and how it ages, gravity, loss of supporting volume, and action of the underlying muscles. As we age, the skin stops producing both collagen (the substance that gives the skin its thickness and strength) and elastin (the substance that makes the skin elastic). This happens around 30 years of age with collagen only being made after that as part of healing. With both collagen and elastin present, the skin contracts and then, because of its thickness, resists further muscle pull. With the loss of them, the skin does not contract and the muscle pulls the skin further than normal and causes it to pleat. With time, the muscles also hypertrophy and pull even harder and the places where the skin tends to bend become permanent lines. How much the skin crinkles or wrinkles varies due to your genetic predisposition and how you have treated your skin. Smoking, diet and other environmental factors speed the process. There are, however, several things that can be done to improve or reverse this.
 

Use of Botox®

If the muscle can be weakened with Botox® or a similar neurotoxin, the process can be slowed. This works best around the eyes and in the forehead where the muscle function is not essential. If started early, it can even slow the creation of wrinkles.
 

Improving the Quality of the Skin:

You can also slow the process and even reverse it by adding collagen and elastic tissue to the skin. Collagen can be added by use of tretinoin (Retin-A) or good retinol or by microneedling or similar laser procedures. We prefer tretinoin or retinol regularly as it continually stimulates collagen production, is less invasive and, we think, more reliable. Elastin can be added by use of Obagi’s ELASTIderm®, the only product proven to do this. We generally add these to Basic Skin Care at about 30 years of age when the skin stops producing collagen and elastin without some encouragement.
 

Reversing Wrinkles:

If the wrinkles are minimal or small, the above options will reverse them, but it takes about a year or so to do so. There are 2 things you can do to improve the wrinkles faster. One is laser resurfacing or a leveling peel that brings the surface of the skin down to the level of the bottom of the wrinkles and stimulates significant collagen production. Both these, however, have a prolonged recovery. The other is to fill the lines or depressions with a filler like Juvederm® Volbella and then crisscross it under the skin to stiffen it. This also helps the tretinoin work since it can increase the body’s use of the hyaluronic acid from the filler to convert it to collagen (something that is now proven to happen). Fillers are also the answer if the wrinkles are due to volume loss as they fill deep, replacing the lost volume, and stretch the skin back, flattening many of the wrinkles. This is especially true with lip wrinkles. The recovery from this is minimal with only a little swelling and, occasionally, some bruising that is easily camouflaged.

To find out more or to determine what is right for you, call 828-526-3783 to make an appointment at our Highlands office.

Spend Less Time Focusing on Fitness and Still Feel Fabulous with Laser Body Slimming

ZERONA™ Non-invasive Body SlimmingHighlands, NCIt is no secret that many people would like to reduce fatty deposits on one or more area of their body. Typically, this goal has been associated with a lot of hard work, a lot of discomfort, or both. It doesn’t have to. If you have a goal of revealing a slimmer version of you this year, we can help. Here, we discuss the value of laser technology for non-surgical body contouring.

Zerona™ Laser Fat-Reduction

Patients who are interested in feeling better about their body but are not in a surgical procedure and its inherent risks may discover that Zerona laser fat-reduction is their ideal strategy. The technology was initially developed as an enhancement for tumescent liposuction. However, during clinical use, it was discovered that the circumference of the thighs, hips, waist, and other areas could be reduced using the cold, low-level laser technology alone.

Zerona works by walls of fat cells. The disruption to the cell membrane of these cells allows the stored lipids to spill out of the cells into the interstitial space where they are then carried through the bloodstream for elimination.

Patients appreciate the non-invasive nature of Zerona treatments. To enjoy a slimmer shape, all that is required is that you lie on a comfortable treatment table over which the laser applicator is placed. During treatment, cold, low-level laser energy penetrates the superficial tissue and gets absorbed by adipocytes. All the while, you feel nothing. Each side (front and back) is treated for approximately 20 minutes. After treatment, you are free to go about your day as usual. No pain. No side effects.

Details You Should Know

It is important to us that our patients have options for non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. At the same time, we also want to achieve the results each patient envisions. Zerona is an excellent treatment option for fat-reduction but it is not designed to tighten the skin. Therefore, patients who have excessive laxity may wish to discuss how the condition of their skin could affect the outcome of treatment.

Zerona works in an entirely different manner than liposuction. Fat cells are not extracted manually during Zerona treatment; they are disrupted to trigger the body to eliminate the contents that have spilled from targeted cells. This not only contours the body but it may also trick the brain into jump-starting weight loss. Although fat cells are not extracted, we have had an outstanding success rate with long-term results.

This is not intended as a weight loss alternative, though we have used it to jump start weight loss with lifestyle and dietary modifications. It is also not ideal for small localized areas of fat, but works best on more generalized areas. For small areas, liposuction under local anesthesia is still the most effective method.

Achieving a better body doesn’t have to be so difficult. To learn more about Zerona and how it can support your healthy lifestyle, call our Highlands office at (828) 526-3783.

How to Take Care of Your Newly Refined Lips

 JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC in Highlands, NCIf there’s one cosmetic trend that’s taking the industry by storm, it’s lip rejuvenation. Here at The Center For Plastic Surgery, we use Juvederm Vollure, Ultra, and Volbella to help add more volume and contour lips while also eliminating any lines around your mouth in the process. This is done with each person’s age and desires in mind. Our general goal is to create natural lips consistent with one’s age unless you wish otherwise. After you get your Juvederm injections from our office, we have a few other tips that you can use to help take better care of your improved lips.

Keep Them Hydrated & Protected from the Sun

Having great looking lips can suddenly turn into something less than sexy if you aren’t keeping them hydrated. Make sure that you consistently use a hydrating lip balm that also protects them from the sun with clear zinc oxide. We recommend Jane Iredale lipsticks or her Lip Drink.

Get Regular Injections

The great news about lip injections is that they don’t require a lot of upkeep and work. On average, the different Juvederm products used for the lips last between 10 to 21 months, though most people retain at least 10% of what was injected permanently. This means you do not need as much injected on each succeeding injection to achieve the same result as before. To really keep your lips looking great, make sure that you schedule regular and consistent treatments at our office. If you want, once you know how long the injections last in you, we can schedule your next appointment far in advance so that you don’t miss a beat.

Are you ready to learn more about lip injections and whether or not they’re right for you? Schedule your consultation at our Highlands office today or call us at (828) 526-3783.

Skin Cleansing: How to Get the Most Out of Your Clarisonic

Clarisonic Highlands, NCLong gone are the days of using a warm washcloth and facial cleanser or Pond’s Cold Cream to clean your face. By using at-home cleansing tools like the Clarisonic, you can help to get your skin significantly cleaner than ever. By using a combination of uniquely designed brush bristles and a vibratory motion, the Clarisonic can remove 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt than cleansing with just your hands alone. However, if you’re not taking the proper care of your Clarisonic or if you simply don’t know how to use it correctly, you aren’t going to get the cleanest skin possible. If you either currently have a Clarisonic or if you are considering investing in one, it is important that you know how you can get the most out of it. Read on to learn more tips and tricks.

Change the Brush

The same way that you wouldn’t use one toothbrush for an entire year, you need to switch the brush head on your Clarisonic every three months. By accumulating dirt and oil, an old, dirty Clarisonic brush is simply just going to cause you to breakout. To switch out your brush, simply twist off the brush head, throw it away, and replace it with a new one— it’s as simple as that!

Clean Both the Brush and the Base

Dirt and grime can build up under your brush head if you don’t clean it often. To help keep your Clarisonic as clean as possible, remove the brush head after each use and clean both the brush head and the Clarisonic device. To remove the brush head from the Clarisonic, simply twist it off. Then, with warm water gently wash the brush. When cleaning your Clarisonic, simply wipe it under running water. Once every week or so you should also remove the thin white plastic ring around the central spindle that holds the brush. You have to pop it out from under the small brass pins around the outside of the brush well. This is best cleaned with a Q-Tip. While you are at it, clean the drain holes too .

Dry the Brush

To keep your brush head in the best condition possible, dry it after every use. To dry the brush head, remove it from the base and rub the brush against a clean, dry washcloth or towel— about 5-10 times— or until it is dry to the touch. You should  also set it at an angle where circulating air can get to it.

Get the most out of your Clarisonic by using the tips and tricks above. To learn more, contact The Center For Plastic Surgery today!

 

 

Many “Medical” Spas Lack Proper Oversight.

The Hampton Roads (VA) Virginian-Pilot (8/29, Simpson) reports on the growing trend of spas “tacking the word ‘medical’” onto their business’s name and “pitching invasive services,” often without “proper doctor oversight.” The paper writes that the trend is a result of a few factors, including “aging baby boomers, people looking for a cheaper alternative to plastic surgery and elective enhancements, and doctors looking for a way to replace shrinking insurance reimbursements.” Cases have begun to pop up, the latest of which occurring in Virginia when a Norfolk physician “received a state reprimand and a $5,000 fine” form the Virginia Board Of Medicine “for letting an unlicensed person use his prescription information to obtain medication for erectile dysfunction at a local medical spa.”

Other spas pay a non qualified off site physician to write prescriptions for other prescriptive medications including skin care products and then sell these without physician supervision. The Obagi Nu-Derm system is an excellent example as this system definitely requires oversight. Other spas are using lasers and other semi invasive machines without physician oversight. These too require oversight and the state of North Carolina where we are also requires this oversight. 

The Center for Plastic Surgery and Medi-Spa has been operating with more than the required oversight for over 14 years. All prescriptive skin care, such as Obagi, is personally supervised by Dr. Buchanan who also carefully oversees or personally does all invasive procedures, including lasers, IPL’s and major peels.

March Medi-Spa Specials

Ready to try something new at the Medi-Spa?

During the March only we will be offering our Renewal Eye and Lip Treatment. Using the botanical line of Epionce Skin Care, this Eye and Lip Treatment is designed to exfoliate and tighten these delicate areas with a light lytic acid wash. Once the wash is removed, the skin will be treated to a moisturizing mask with a light application of steam. A perfect solution for winter skin!

And, here’s the best part; as our gift to you, when you purchase the Renewal Eye and Lip Treatment, you will receive a free Obagi Elastilash and a free Jane Iredale Mini-Lip Drink. It is our way of saying “Thank You” for your continued support.     

The Renewal Eye and Lip Treatment and the extras are only $75.

 

And back by popular demand…

If you are experiencing “all over” dry facial skin, the Obagi Radiance Peel will remove the winter flakes and leave your skin tingling and taunt. This peel is available as a single treatment or packaged in a series of four or six.

Both treatments are available on Monday and Friday in our Medi Spa. Call 828-526-3783 for more details.

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