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FACETITE PATIENT TESTIMONIALS Part 2

April 24th, 2017

A 71 year old patient discusses her experience with FaceTite, the innovative minimally invasive radiofrequency treatment to lift and tighten the face and neck without scars.

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FACETITE PATIENT TESTIMONIALS Part 1

March 31st, 2017

A 59 year old patient discusses her experience with FaceTite, the innovative minimally invasive radiofrequency treatment to lift and tighten the face and neck without scars.

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ARNICA MONTANA: HOW DOES IT WORK?

February 28th, 2017

Bruising and swelling may result from both surgical and non-surgical treatments. Frequently, how we manage the period before and after the procedure will have an impact on the onset or extent of each. Arnica Montana has often been recommended as a homeopathic remedy to reduce the likelihood of bruising and swelling. Knowing how it is believed to work will help you in deciding whether to use it when you book your next procedure.

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An inflammatory reaction is produced by the body when it senses an “injury” and can result from a needle or a knife. This starts a cascade of reactions that includes the presence of an increased amount of blood in the area of treatment resulting in excessive stretching of the walls of small vessels such as capillaries. This stretching enables the release of white blood cells and fluid from the space within the blood vessels into the surrounding tissue between cells resulting in swelling. Arnica Montana is felt to produce an increase in the rate of blood flow through the capillaries in the affected region producing a more rapid resorption of fluid thereby reducing both swelling and bruising.

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DEFENAGE

January 18th, 2017

DefenAge is a new skin care product line that rejuvenates the skin by  activating the stem cells found in hair follicles. Age-Repair Defensins™  are the regenerative messenger peptides contained in DefenAge. They work by triggering the production of new skin cells by the stem cells they target.

Stem Cells in the hair follicles are activated by Defenage to rejuvenate the skin.

Stem Cells in the hair follicles are activated by DefenAge to rejuvenate the skin.

 

This process leads to cell renewal that results in more youthful appearing skin. The barrier surface layer of skin cells, known as keratinocytes, are restored leading to enhanced protection from environmental skin stressors and improved skin hydration. The clinical trials that were performed showed diminished wrinkles, enhanced skin tone and texture, and reduced dryness.

Dr. Forley is using DefenAge in combination with the Fractora micro needling and radio frequency energy treatment to maximize skin improvement. Enhanced penetration of the stem cell stimulating Age-Repair Defensins™ through the channels created by the Fractora procedure may potentiate their effect on skin cell renewal.

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Nd:YAG LASER TREATMENT OF VASCULAR SKIN CONDITIONS

December 25th, 2016

The Nd:YAG laser applicator on the multi-platform Nordlys system is very effective in treating vascular skin conditions that appear as red spots on the face. These clusters of small dilated blood vessels are called spider angiomas and respond to the wavelength of light energy that is delivered by the Nd:YAG laser. The energy is selectively absorbed by the red blood cells of the angioma and causes the inside wall of the vessels that are targeted to heat up and collapse. This prevents any further blood flow and the redness disappears. The treatment is very rapid with minimal discomfort and may require 1-3 sessions about 6 weeks apart with no downtime.

39 year old female 3 weeks after 2 Nordlys Nd:YAG laser treatments of the red spider angioma of her forehead

39 year old female 3 weeks after completing 2 Nordlys Nd:YAG laser treatments of the red spider angioma of her forehead

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CRISALIX 3D IMAGING

December 3rd, 2016

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Dr. Forley is pleased to introduce the Crisalix 3D imaging simulator tool to assist you in visualizing the potential outcome of a variety of procedures including breast augmentation, facelift, nose surgery, body contouring, and injectable fillers. The simulation can be done remotely or as part of your in-office consultation with Dr. Forley. This imaging tool is also an excellent way of communicating your desires visually to Dr. Forley.

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SLEEPING POSITIONS MAY CAUSE WRINKLES OVER TIME

November 27th, 2016

New York, NY (July 26, 2016) – A new study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the peer-reviewed publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), indicates that compression, tension, and shear forces applied to the face during sleep cause facial distortion when people sleep on their sides and stomach, leading to the development of sleep wrinkles over time.

Source: News Releases – Aesthetic Surgery Journal – ASAPS Press Center – Study Shows Stomach and Side Sleeping Positions Cause Facial Distortion and Wrinkles Over Time

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JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC

October 30th, 2016

JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC is the latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved injectable hyaluronic acid (HA) filler from Allergan that is formulated for subtle enhancement of the lips and to treat the etched wrinkles around the mouth. It was found to be effective for up to 12 months in the clinical trials that were performed and has been widely used in Europe since 2011.

 

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The HA in both JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC and the previously approved filler for cheek enhancement, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, was developed with advanced Vycross® technology to produce smooth, long lasting results. Vycross® technology enables treatments to be performed with a lower concentration of HA resulting in less swelling. Dr. Forley will evaluate you during your consultation to see if you are a good candidate for JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC.

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STEM CELLS, REGENERATIVE MEDICINE, AND PLASTIC SURGERY

September 30th, 2016

Stem cells are a unique group of biological cells that have the capability to self-renew and differentiate into different cell types. The field of regenerative medicine has delved into the science of repairing and replacing diseased tissues and organs through stem cell transplantation.

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So, what does it have to do with plastic surgery? Regenerative medicine and plastic surgery share the basic principle of using a patient’s own tissue to restore and enhance the body. There are believed to be many advantages to stem cell use in plastic surgery including accelerated wound healing, reduced scarring, and increased fat graft survival. A very promising role for  stem cells is to grow tissues, such as bone and cartilage, that can then be used in the operating room to improve the outcome of surgical procedures. However, the stem cell hype that has been prevalent in recent years does not equate to proven, safe treatment strategies or outcomes with this technology. While the public is bombarded with exaggerated claims of innovative, stunning results and improved safety, many unassuming patients are being subjected to unregulated stem cell procedures. Until such time that adequate scientific and clinical evidence to promote more widespread use of stem cells in plastic surgery is published, patients should adhere to the old adage of “buyer beware”.

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SMOKING AND THE SKIN

August 31st, 2016

Most of us are already aware that smoking is a damaging habit that can affect important organs such as the lungs, heart, and brain as well as being one of the leading causes of cancer. Even though most smokers already know that tobacco has adverse effects on their health, they may not realize the premature aging that it produces in the skin.

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Inhalation of just one puff from a cigarette exposes you to over 7,000 chemicals in addition to reducing the blood supply to the skin. This harmful combination damages the integrity of skin elastic fibres and collagen. The sagging skin that results can effect the whole body and is not limited to the face and neck. Reduced levels of vitamin A contribute to loss of moisture in the skin. In addition, skin discoloration, age spots, and premature lines around the eyes and lips can be the direct result of smoking.

Although quitting cigarettes alone makes the skin more resistant to premature aging, skin care options that include retinoids and antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E can help repair some of the damage already done. Cosmetic procedures such as laser skin resurfacing or skin peels can also help where the damage is most visible. Prevention of additional damage from the harmful UV radiation produced by the sun requires the regular use of sunscreens.

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