We recently wrote a blog about Latisse®, the first and only FDA approved prescription treatment for sparse or insufficient eyelashes. Since then, Latisse® use has spiked nationally and in our office as well, with more and more patients seeking this treatment for fuller, longer, and darker lashes. But Latisse® may not be the only alternative to fake lashes and globs of mascara…
Transform, Britain’s number one cosmetic surgery group, successfully completed the first ever eyelash transplant. The procedure is meant to give eyelashes back to men and women who have experienced complete or partial eyelash loss. The eyelash transplant is a microsurgical procedure, similar to traditional hair transplantation, done under local anesthesia, where the physician takes a hair graft from the head, dissects it under a high-powered microscope, and then places it into tiny incisions made at the edge of the eyelid.
Unlike Latisse® which is done for cosmetic purposes, the eyelash transplant procedure was developed for patients who suffer from alopecia, trichotillomania (obsessive self plucking), or those who lost hair due to chemotherapy. In fact, the first ever patient was a 19 year old girl, Louise Thomas of Stockport, Manchester, who had lost her eyelashes from trichotillomania. Transform has noted that the transplant procedure can be done for cosmetic purposes as well.
It is always exciting to see what other physicians and plastic surgeons are doing around the world to advance cosmetic surgery technology; but this is obviously a very new procedure and more trials and testing will need to be done to assure its effectiveness. If you are unsatisfied with your insufficient eyelashes now, schedule a consultation to find out more about Latisse® and what it can do for you.
There is a persistent rumor that once fat is removed through liposuction, a patient can no longer gain weight in that area. Patients have often come into a consultation concerned that if they do gain weight after the procedure; other parts of their body will get larger, while the liposuctioned area will remain the same – creating awkward and uneven areas. While it is true that the fat cells removed during liposuction will not return, patients should not be mislead to think that they can never again gain weight in the liposuctioned area. Just because some fat cells are permanently removed, doesn’t mean that remaining cells cannot expand and lead to weight gain.
Although there is a potential to regain the weight lost during liposuction, patients should not be discouraged by this information. It is important to remember that, while liposuction does work to remove fat, it is also a tool to sculpt the body into a more attractive shape. If patients gain a little weight, the enhanced silhouette will remain intact, even if there is a bit more fat than there was directly after the procedure.
There are also measures patients can take to maintain the results of liposuction – and it starts with practicing healthy eating habits and exercising regularly. After a liposuction procedure Dr. John LeRoy advises patients to begin a regular exercise routine – starting with light walking at least three days after the surgery and steadily increasing the routine in vigor. Patients are also recommended to eat foods rich in minerals and vitamins similar and cut down on their overall fat intake to help maintain the results of the procedure.
It is also important to note the necessity of having a board certified plastic surgeon performing the liposuction procedure. Especially when sculpting the shape of the body, an experienced professional is needed to achieve the safest and most effective results.
Liposuction can be a great tool to slim down your body – eliminating stubborn pockets of fat to give your body a thinner, more attractive shape. It is not however a quick fix for patients who do not wish to exercise and take care of their bodies. It is important to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle to not only maintain results of weight loss surgery, but to contribute to your overall health and longevity. For more information about ways to maintain the results of liposuction or to find out more about the liposuction procedure contact Dr. John LeRoy.
Brow lifts and rhinoplasties are among some of the most common surgical procedures to change or enhance the shape of your face. But with the increasing popularity of cosmetic fillers – many are turning to these nonsurgical injections as an alternative to going under the knife. In fact, a recent article in Aesthetic Surgery Journal (the publication created by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or ASAPS) detailed the use of hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers in the brow and eye area as an alternative to a traditional blepharoplasty (eye lid surgery) or brow lift. This technique involves injecting the brow area to fill in wrinkles and lift sagging skin instead of cutting the excess skin away. In the past, fat injections have been used for this same purpose, but some patients ran the risk of the fat cells actually growing and getting larger with weight gain, causing unevenness and swelling in the brow. Facial fillers, on the other hand, are not permanent (although results have been known to last up to two years) and can be reversed using hyaluronidase if patients are unhappy with their results.
But the alternative uses of facial fillers are not just restricted to the area around the eyes. Different places around the world are beginning to uses these same fillers as “nonsurgical nose jobs” – to help straighten the profile of the nose or change its overall shape. This procedure began in 2002 in Brazil, but other countries are following their footsteps– with an estimated 1000 persons in the United Kingdom having the procedure done. Some doctors are hesitant to provide this service because of the risk of scar tissue forming – with up to 18 percent of patients who get the “nonsurgical nose job” will see side effects like loosened cartilage, excessive bleeding, and scar formation. Like all procedures with fillers – this treatment is not permanent and must be periodically touched up by a board certified plastic surgeon.
Your face is home to the most unique features on your body, thus the plan to enhance it must be just as specialized. While fillers may be the answer for some patients, others will need a full facelift, a lighter version of a facelift like Dr. LeRoy’s originally developed “Band Aid Facelift”, or a blepharoplasty to achieve the results they desire. Schedule a consultation to find out which procedure will be the best option for you.
The safety of fat grafting has been a hotly contested issue for well over 20 years. There have been numerous concerns that fat grafted into the breast may prevent accurate mammograms or hide unsafe traces of breast cancer. However in a recent effort by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) to put this issue to rest, a team calling themselves the Fat Graft Task Force met to review years of research and trial information. Their consensus: there is no evidence or indication that fat grafting is unsafe for surgical patients.
While the task force admits to the need for more testing, they see no reason why fat grafting techniques shouldn’t be employed or embraced. For years, fat grafting has been used to liposuction excess fat from the body to augment or reconstruct another part of the body. And while fat grafting is typically used for breast augmentation or reconstructive surgery, recent science shows an emergence of even more widespread options.
In fact, there was a study done in Brazil recently that compared the number of stem cells found in the fat of various parts of the body. The first study of its kind, the researchers performed liposuction in various areas of 23 women to ultimately conclude that there is a significantly higher concentration of stem cells in the lower abdomen and inner thighs than in any other fatty area of the body.
Stem cells are unique in that they are unspecialized. In short, this means they can multiply and divide to make any other type of cell – making them integral to cell repair. Thus, stem cells have the potential for healing and repairing heart failure, spinal injuries, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. This is also great news for the potential of fat grafting, where stem-cell rich areas of fat can be used to reconstruct other parts of the body – particularly to augment the breasts and correct wrinkles and imperfections of the face.
One such technique has emerged; it is a non surgical procedure that injects pluripotent cells, including adult stem cells, into the face or skin of patients to renew cell growth and restore the skin’s smoothness and firmness. If this wrinkle treatment catches on in popularity, it could one day be a serious competitor to popular injectables and fillers like Botox®, Dysport®, and Restylane®.
While the discussion over stem cell use is always controversial, the potential use of these unique cells is interesting to note. Whether or not stem cells find a permanent place in the world of plastic surgery remains unknown – but it sure makes for interesting discussion in the world of scientific advancement!