Fat transfer have been used to fill facial flaws such as hollowed cheeks and sunken eyes or indented scars. Today, fat transfer is used to augment many other areas of the body, including the buttocks, calf muscles, breasts, hands. Fat transfer is considered the traditional method for surgically rounding out the edges of a small localized area of the body as compared to the body implant approach in which implants are used to produce a more shapely appearance required by a larger area of the body. The beauty of a fat transfer is that the materials used to augment the desired body part are your own fat cells. This makes the procedure unquestionably bio-compatible and non-allergenic. Also, a body fat transfer feels more natural than a body implant. The goal of the procedure is to improve the appearance of the localized body-part area that needs improvement.
A percentage of the injected fat is absorbed (around 40-50 percent) so patients may require more than one treatment to achieve the best results. Each time the procedure is repeated, more fat is accumulated in the treated area. This tends to offer longer-lasting results, even lifetime results.
IS FAT TRANSFER RIGHT FOR ME?
Exercise is the best way to improve the appearance of your body; however, aging and genetics may make workout programs unrealistic for certain small areas of the body. Genetically, fat may be unevenly distributed causing disproportional features. Patients in their mid 30’s to 70’s who have lost volume in a specific body area may benefit from fat transfers. Realistic expectations are extremely important in the decision for a fat transfer.
THE FAT TRANSFER PROCEDURE
The procedure is often performed under “twilight sedation,” which includes a combination of medications that make you feel sleepy and numbed, but awake. The procedure may be performed also under general anesthesia. The procedure varies depending upon the technique and the area to be treated. The most commonly treated locations are the face, buttocks, breast, calf, and hand (for rejuvenation the fat cells are processed and purified on). Fine canullas are used to harvest and transfer the fat cells at the recipient areas. The fat cells are processed and purified before the re-injection. It takes three to four days for the first capillaries in the body to reach the transplanted fat cells. Unfortunately, during those three to four days, up to 40-50 percent of the transferred fat cells will die. For this reason, Dr. Skarparis will overfill the treated area to allow for the dissipation of transferred fat cells. Since many of the transferred fat cells may eventually be reabsorbed in the body, the results may be unpredictable. The results of fat transfers may last for many years. Many cases result in the transfer lasting a lifetime. Each time the procedure is repeated, more fat is accumulated in the treated area. This tends to offer longer-lasting results.
AFTER FAT TRANSFER SURGERY
Dr. Andreas Skarparis will instruct you about the postoperative care. There is typically swelling and some bruising. The swelling may last for several weeks. However, bruising will subside within a few days. Discomfort can be managed with oral medications. Normal activities can often be resumed almost immediately, except that you are advised to stay out of the sun. Patients should notice a marked improvement after the procedure. However, final results may not be evident for several months or longer.
COMPLICATIONS AND RISKS
Complications are possible with any medical procedure, but complications from fat transfers are infrequent. The most common, but infrequent, complications of fat transfers include uneven skin texture and infection. If fat is injected into two or more areas, patients may have asymmetry whereby the fat appears uneven in different areas. Treatment for complications can range from oral medications to surgical intervention, depending upon the extent of the complication. Following the doctor’s instructions before and after the procedure can reduce the risk of complications.
Botox injection is the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure. When you smile, laugh, frown, you contract the muscles of your face. Over time, these contractions produce permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin, especially around the eyes (crow’s feet), mouth (marionette lines), between the eyebrows and on the forehead. These wrinkles can make you look older, sad, angry, or tired. Botox is a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent approved by the FDA for several different uses. When used for cosmetic purposes, it is a quick, safe, and effective way to reduce or eliminate facial wrinkles without surgery and with little to no downtime and discomfort. With the help of Botox, Dr. Andreas Skarparis can give your face a younger, fresher, and rejuvenated look.
BOTOX FOR THE TREATMENT OF HYPERHIDROSIS
Botox neurotoxin treatment helps control the symptoms of severe underarm sweating, excessive sweating of the hands and feet when topical medicines do not work well enough by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops. Botox injections are expected to temporarily stop the production of excessive sweat in the treated areas only. Sweat continues to be produced elsewhere.
WHERE DOES THE SWEAT GO?
Your sweat doesn’t go anywhere or get backed up because the sweat simply is not produced in the areas treated with Botox. Remember, the rest of your body is free to produce moisture normally.
Fillers, such as Juvéderm™ and Restylane®, are safe, effective, FDA-approved injectable gels that gently smooth away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, and restores volume and contour to the skin of the face. Both are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural, biocompatible, water-binding gel that is found throughout your body. Since it is not of animal or human origin there is no risk of allergic reactions to HA. Facial fillers are designed to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, sculpt lips, and shape facial various contour irregularities. They are especially effective around the nasolabial folds (deep furrows from the root of the nose to the angle of your mouth), and the glabellar lines (between the eyebrows) and generally where there are static (permanent) wrinkles at the face. With minimal patient downtime and discomfort, the results are immediate and natural-looking.
Hyaluronic acids for tissue augmentation (Juvéderm Voluma, Restylane SubQ) are designed and used to restore the lost volume of the face and bring back your youthful beauty, vitality and attractiveness, lost with the process of aging. The hyaluronic acid filler is injected into the specific fat buttress regions of the face. The procedure restores the three dimensional structure of the soft tissue fat pads of the facial structures without surgery or the associated down time of a outpatient surgical facelift. The results are amazing as the procedures restores and fills the loss of the youthful appearance of the skin and “fullness of youth”. A youthful face has a series of attractive convexities and corresponding concavities, fullness of the brows, cheeks and jaw line that we define as attractive. The youthful and attractive face is supported by deep buttresses of fat that lift and support the overlying skin and soft tissue, lending the contours of youth and beauty. This procedure is a simple and natural way to obtain these desired results as an outpatient procedure.
The duration of your injectable lift effect will vary depending upon the product used. With the newer products available you can expect the effects to last from one to two years. The decision on the fillers use is typically done during the consultation with Dr. Andreas Skarparis. This procedure will require “maintenance” to maintain the natural youthful appearance you desire. Cheek and chin augmentation are very frequent procedures performed with the use of facial fillers when surgery is not wanted.
Restylane injectable products can help to gradually improve your skin’s condition, increasing elasticity, and reducing fine lines and imperfections. A refreshed look can be achieved with Restylane Skinboosters treatments.
Feel the difference in your skin. Do you wish for skin with a radiance and smoothness that you will see, feel and love? Restylane Skinboosters will make you feel great about your skin again. After a few treatments, as advised by Dr. Andreas Skarparis you’ll find that your skin will become smoother, more radiant, and more elastic. The skin of your face, hands, neck and décolletage can be improved.
The Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is a treatment modality that has been in many medical specialties to promote tissue healing and regeneration. It Is used in orthopedics to promote bone and tendon repair, in oral surgery, for repair of damaged cardiac muscle and in plastic surgery for wounds repair. PRP is the latest technology in anti-aging rejuvenation. Is using one’s own blood product, plasma, which is rich in platelets, to stimulate collagen. Platelets contain bioactive proteins that replace, repair and regenerate tissue. These proteins release growth factors, which trigger Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) to initiate collagen stimulation and growth.
A small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn and centrifuged to extract the Platelet Rich Plasma. The end result being two products: the concentrated plasma/platelets and the red/white blood cells. The plasma/platelet product is then injected into the area we want to treat and activate. During activation the platelets release the bioactive proteins. When PRP is injected into the compromised area it causes a mild inflammation that signals healing. As the platelets organize they release enzymes to promote tissue responses that attract stem cells to repair the damaged area. The result is new collagen.
THE BENEFITS OF PLATELET RICH PLASMA THERAPY ARE:
- No synthetic product – the product is your body’s own tissue. No possibility of rejection.
- Natural results – improved skin texture, diminished lines and wrinkles, increased volume due to improved collagen and elastin, decreases dermal scarring.
- Crepe skin around the eyes, neck and décolletage is tightened.
- Minimal downtime and short recovery period.
- No sedation required, only slight discomfort during treatment.
SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE:
- Pain and/or itching at the injection site.
- Bruising and redness of the skin.
PRP FOR COSMETIC PURPOSES IS SAFE FOR MOST INDIVIDUALS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 21-80, HOWEVER THOSE WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE NOT CONSIDERED CANDIDATES FOR PRP:
- Acute and chronic infections
- Skin diseases
- Cancer and chemotherapy
- Severe metabolic and systemic disorders
- Blood disorders
PRP Facial Therapy with the use of Dermapen micro-needling device can give you a more youthful, glowing look. It can improve the texture of your skin, treat wrinkles, scars and acne scars, fine lines, loose skin, large pores and discoloration.
PRP treatment can be used for the treatment of hair loss as well.
PRP HAIR LOSS TREATMENT
The hair loss treatment PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is an innovative method for the treatment of hair loss in men and women. It is based on the Platelet Rich Plasma which is directly injected in the areas of the scalp showing dilution.
As a method, the PRP is highly effective both as a hair loss treatment and as a treatment to aid hair transplantation. However the method is not appropriate in areas where there is no presence of follicles.
When implemented as a hair loss treatment, PRP is able to reactivate the impaired hair follicles that do not operate properly in order to provide invigorated hair larger in diameter and length.
IN WHICH CASES DO WE IMPLEMENT PRP?
PRP treatment is applied to men and women who suffer from hair loss at early or advanced stages:
- For the treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia
- As a supportive treatment to Hair Transplantation
- For the treatment of hair loss of various causes
- To prevent hair loss
THE RESULTS OF PRP TREATMENT
The results from the application of hair loss treatment with PRP are encouraging both in the quality and quantity of hair.