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12
October
2017
REALITY VS. MYTH
Here’s the truth behind some misconceptions about cosmetic surgery. See if you can tell fact from fiction!
Here’s the truth behind some misconceptions about cosmetic surgery. See if you can tell fact from fiction!

Cosmetic surgery is growing increasingly common in today’s society. From television shows to magazine covers and documentaries, the public has never been more aware of the ways that cosmetic surgery impacts patients from head to toe. Here’s the truth behind some misconceptions about cosmetic surgery. See if you can tell fact from fiction!

* The text was written according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery article “Reality vs. Myth”, “New Statistics Reflect the Changing Face of Plastic Surgery” by American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

1. Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are the same.

Myth. The terms “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” are not interchangeable. Cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline of medicine focused on enhancing an aesthetic appearance of healthy patients through surgical and medical techniques. Cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure and can be performed on all areas of the head, neck and body.

Plastic surgery is defined as a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body when medically indicated, and is reconstructive in nature, as compared to cosmetic surgery which is entirely elective and meant to enhance one's appearance.

Read SD Professional Advice for more information.

2. Cosmetic procedures such as Botox®, microdermabrasion and liposuction are increasingly popular among men.

Fact. More and more men are seeking cosmetic surgery. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery's 2005 Procedural survey, the top five most popular procedures among men are Botox, hair transplantation/restoration, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion and liposuction, in that order. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, for the first time, men account for more than 40 percent of aesthetic breast reduction surgeries.

There were 68,106 aesthetic breast reduction surgeries in the United States in 2015, and for the first time men accounted for more than 40 percent of those procedures. A total of 27,456 breast reduction surgeries (Gynecomastia) were performed on men, representing a 5 percent increase over the previous year and a 35 percent growth since 2000.

3. The  majority of men believe that personal appearance affects their ability to succeed professionally or get promoted.

Fact. According to an AACS Consumer Survey, 83% of men believe that personal appearance plays a role in their professional success and advancement.

4. Breast augmentation is still one of the most common surgical procedures.

Fact. “Though doctors are seeing a spike in patients requesting non-invasive options, breast augmentation is still one of the most common surgical procedures, with 279,143 operations performed last year alone, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The new technology and tools are allowing women to get implants faster, safer, and more natural-looking than ever before.”

5. Breast augmentation will fix droopy breasts.

Myth. Breast augmentation will not lift droopy breasts. This is best addressed by having a breast lift.

6. Botox® was developed by a cosmetic surgeon.

Fact. Botox® was developed by a cosmetic surgeon – in this case, an ophthalmologist.

18
October
2017
Acne Scar Treatment, Vampire Facelift®, PRP Hair Loss Treatment and more
5 POPULAR WEEKLY Q&A
5 POPULAR WEEKLY Q&A

1. WHICH ACNE SCAR PROCEDURE IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE FOR ME?

We have developed the most effective multistep approach:

Step1

PRP + Subcision

Step2

PRP + Fat transfer with stem cells

Step 3

PRP with CO2 Laser resurfacing

2. DO PRP INJECTIONS (PLATELET RICH PLASMA) HELP RESTORE FACIAL FAT LOSS?

The only treatment to re volumize your face is by utilizing dermal fillers or fat. Plasma works perfectly in combination with fat injections or dermal fillers but PRP alone doesn't add any volume.

3. WHAT ARE PRP HAIR REGROWTH TREATMENTS AND HOW DO THEY WORK?

PRP contains growth factors and cytokines that have been shown to be responsible for stimulating and enhancing hair follicle function. The PRP may be combined with ECM or Extracellular Matrix (like ACell or BioD) and Mesotherapy (Vitamin Cocktail) for a stronger and longer hair growth result.

4. WHY WOULD I CHOOSE MY OWN FAT OVER DERMAL FILLER FOR REJUVENATION OF MY FACE?

The results obtained with fat grafting are the most natural-appearing, and it lasts a lifetime. Fat grafting allows for more intricate customization of divine proportion of the face in the most natural utilizing the organic resources of our bodies. By combining these resources, which include fat, stem cells, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) derived from your body, the goal of looking fresher, younger, and most importantly natural, becomes attainable. Immunologically compatible entities such as these, combat the use of foreign substances and work together to create long lasting results without the risk of infection.

5. WHAT IS SO UNIQUE ABOUT SD SKIN REINVIGORATION?

We combine PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) with Fractional CO2 laser (Pixel Perfect) as a signature model in a facial rejuvenation protocol. By using PRP in fractional CO2 laser therapy, we significantly expedite tissue repair, reduce the adverse reactions produced by laser treatment, decrease downtime, and improve pain control to achieve incomparably better results.

Discover Q&A about cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures on SD Advice App available on iOS/Android. SD Advice is the only authorized and approved Q&A app from Svetlana M. Danovich MD, PhD, New York top cosmetic plastic surgeon.

SD Advice on the App Store itunes.apple.com/ru/app/sd-advice/id1262424311?l=en&mt=8.

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04
October
2017
INSTANT ANTI-AGING TRANSFORMATION WITH SD MEDICAL ARTS
New injectables and injection techniques can help you look younger and, most importantly, natural. Here’s a list of today’s most popular injection makeover techniques.
New injectables and injection techniques can help you look younger and, most importantly, natural. Here’s a list of today’s most popular injection makeover techniques.

THE LIQUID FACELIFT, the restoration of “The Triangle of Youth”. In youth the cheekbones are high and well defined, and the jaw line is sharp, yet soft. This is called “The Triangle of Youth”.

As aging occurs the face becomes more “oblong” with the cheeks flattening due to bone and fat loss, and jowls develop. The “Triangle of Youth” is now lost which is less attractive and is a giveaway of age.

We also start seeing drooping of the lip edges which can make us look permanently unhappy and sad. This inversion of the “Triangle of Youth” is what SD Medical Arts successfully performs by combining the advanced dermal fillers (Restylane®, Sculptra®, Juvéderm Voluma® XC, Restylane® Lyft, and Radiesse®) and botulinum injections (Botox®, Dysport®) to lift and contour facial features in order to restore the ratio of this “Golden Triangle”.

RESTYLANE® SILK, RESTYLANE® LYFT, JUVÉDERM®. Restylane® Lyft differs from Restylane® Silk primarily in the size of the particles and the depth of the required injection. Restylane® Lyft has larger particles that are injected deeper into the skin for the correction of moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Restylane® Silk is designed to provide precise lip shaping and line control, resulting in silkier, smoother lips and natural-looking results by using smaller, smoother particles than those used in the Restylane® Lyft product.

Juvéderm® Ultra and Ultra Plus are injectable hyaluronic acid fillers that add volume to the cheek area, subtly lifting and instantly restoring your youthful profile. They are mainly used for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth) and marionette lines (these lines that run straight downwards from the corners of the mouth can make you look unhappy). Juvéderm results can last from nine months to one year, and follow-up treatments can be scheduled as needed.

Juvéderm Voluma® XC is a hyaluronic filler of thicker substance that can be injected into the cheeks to restore their natural suppleness. A fine needle targets the area to boost their volume and beautifully contour the face. In a matter of minutes, your skin is restored to a firm, plump state, promising your face to look defined and instantly appear more youthful. In general, Juvéderm Voluma XC results last up to 18 to 24 months with continuous enhancement of the facial appearance.

BOTOX® / DYSPORT®. Botox®/ Dysport® is a safe, fast and effective way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions on the forehead, around the eyes, and lips. Botox® / Dysport® is a FDA approved highly purified protein that is produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum and has been used cosmetically to balance facial asymmetry , as well as medically to reduce perspiration and to treat migraine headaches and muscle spasticity.

Botox® / Dysport® is not a replacement for fillers such as Restylane®, Sculptra®, Juvéderm Voluma® XC, Restylane® Lyft, and Radiesse® in the treatment of deep static wrinkles. In actuality the two products are complementary and their simultaneous use results in a more smooth, relaxed and younger appearance.

SCULPTRA®. Collagen is a key structural component of smooth, healthy-looking skin. As you age, your body’s collagen production decreases. In fact, you lose about 1% of collagen per year after the age of 20. This is when you may start to notice the formation of wrinkles. Luckily, Sculptra® Aesthetic can help, even if decades of collagen loss have already occurred. The main ingredient of this filler is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades to replace lost collagen.

Sculptra® can be a very effective alternative to surgical facelifts. Sculptra® injections help to add fullness/volume to deep nasal folds, smile lines, and temple, cheek, and chin areas by stimulating collagen and elastin synthesis beneath the skin’s surface. It is not an overnight miracle. Over a series of treatments, Dr. Danovich injects Sculptra® Aesthetic in key areas of the face to gradually restore a youthful appearance.

RADIESSE®. One of the most popular dermal fillers, Radiesse® is an injectable gel that adds volume, smoothing out facial folds and wrinkles to restore a youthful appearance. Many people are thrilled with their appearance after treatment, as the results are usually subtle but meaningful, leaving the patient with a well-rested and fresh appearance.

Radiesse® is a calcium hydroxylapatite based filler that is injected under the skin of the face to instantly revolumize and reduce the signs of aging. Many Radiesse® patients enjoy their youthful glow for up to one year after initial treatment. Injections can be repeated as necessary.

FACIAL FAT TRANSFER / FAT GRAFTING. Over the course of years, we’ve developed a meticulous, standardized means of processing and injecting lipoaspirate, termed lipostructure. Fat grafting has become widely used in aesthetic surgery. The cells present in lipoaspirate are similar to bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells. These adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) have since become one of the most widely used stem cell population in regenerative medicine because of ease of harvest, and diverse differentiation capacity.

The applications of fat grafting are diverse; improvements are generally well documented. In the aesthetics/cosmetic world, patients commonly ask for the fat grafting to improve aging-related changes to the face such as reduction in fullness, skin thinning, loss of elasticity, and sun damage appearance. It’s ideal for facial rejuvenation to achieve dramatic effects in restoring volume and improving skin quality over long-term follow-ups. Younger patients may seek fat grafting to restore facial proportions while maintaining a natural appearance, particularly with such features as the jaw line, cheeks, or chin.

PLATELET RICH PLASMA. What is platelet-rich plasma, and why should we consider it?

The first descriptions of the regenerative use of PRP as a strategy for enhancing bone grafts were described in 1998 in oral surgery.

PRP is obtained by centrifugation of the entire blood to get a five to seven times concentration of autologous platelets suspended in small volumes of plasma. Before injection, platelets are activated using calcium chloride and bovine thrombin to trigger degranulation of granules. Activated platelets then release a variety of growth factors meant to initiate wound healing, including platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor-b1 and 2, vascular endothelial growth factor, thrombospondin, and epidermal growth factor.

  • ACNE SCAR TREATMENT. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting millions of Americans annually. Acne may lead to the formation of acne scars, which may have a negative psychological impact on one’s social life and relationships. Acne scars can be treated in a number of ways with significant improvement by utilizing multiple techniques such as chemical peels, dermabrasion/microdermabrasion, laser treatment, subcision techniques, fat grafting, PRP Treatments, Mesotherapy, Microneedling, and combined therapies.
  • SD ORGANIC HAND REJUVENATION. The SD Hand Rejuvenation protocol gives you a customized approach in the organic restoration, while giving the hands a more youthful appearance. For effective hand rejuvenation, there are two major issues that must be addressed: loss of soft-tissue volume along with issues concerning skin tone and texture.
  • PRP HAIR LOSS TREATMENT. PRP Hair Restoration allows actual growth of new hair, permanently, with greater coverage and density than existing hair replacement methods.
  • PRP LASH TREATMENT. PRP Lash Treatment is the most organic and effective treatment to grow lush eyelashes. The best part is, our Organic Eyelashes Treatment delivers thicker, fuller eyelashes and eyebrows – naturally and permanently in less than 12 weeks after the injection of PRP (derived from your own blood), stem cells and vitamin B complex in combination with continuous everyday application of SD Lush Eyelash Oil.
  • VAMPIRE FACELIFT® / PRP FACE. The Vampire Facelift® is the organic version of the conventional facelift. Why? Because this treatment utilizes the nutrients of the person's own platelet rich plasma derived from their own blood. The growth factors activate the production of new collagen, fatty tissue and blood vessels to rejuvenate skin, making this the perfect solution for a non-surgical facelift. Not only does the Vampire Facelift® restore shape, but it improves tone and texture for a healthy glow.
31
August
2017
What are some of the differences between ThermiVa® and FemiLift™/MonaLisa Touch®/IntimaLase™ lasers to rejuvenate the vagina and optimize your sexual well-being?
SD Professional Opinion
SD Professional Opinion

 A few things to remember:

  1. Costs: ThermiVa® is one of our more affordable procedures we offer. 
  2. Availability: ThermiVa® is rapidly growing in availability worldwide.
  3. Safety: No known adverse reactions like blisters, burns or complications have been reported with ThermiVa®
  4. Convenience: ThermiVa® has a single use wand: No cleaning of wand, No cross contamination, no sharing of vaginal hand pieces. 
  5. Anesthesia: ThermiVa® doesn’t require any type of anesthesia. ThermiVa® treatments feel like a warm stone massage while laser treatments are known to give prickly and pokey sensations during treatment.
  6. Downtime: Virtually zero downtime for ThermiVa®. You can have sex, go to the gym or do anything you want to immediately after treatments. There is no abnormal discharge after treatment. Laser systems claim no downtime, but there is a discharge from the ablative or resurfacing effects for 5-7 days. It’s important to mention that there is no downtime or discharge with the use of FemiLift, MonaLisa Touch® or IntimaLase.
  7. Versatility: Excellent for:
  • Labia Majora Laxity: Non-surgical treatment
  • Vaginal Laxity: Non-surgical treatment
  • Atrophic Vulvovaginitis: Non-hormonal treatment
  • Stress Incontinence: Non-mesh treatment for mild to moderate incontinence
  • Overactive Bladder: Non-drug treatment
  • Pelvic Prolapse: Can reduce a fallen bladder or fallen rectum about one stage so that surgery may be avoided
  • Orgasmic Dysfunction: Average reduction in time to achieve orgasm is 50% in those with a problem achieving orgasms
  • Repetitive Vaginitis: Normalizes vaginal pH
  • Repetitive UTI: Normalizes vaginal tissues and vaginal pH
  • Lichen Sclerosis and Hyperplastic Dystrophy: Adjunct to steroid and PRP
  1. Results: Patient satisfaction is very high with ThermiVa® and the stories told are simply amazing. It’s more than just tightening of the feminine structures. ThermiVa® addresses the complete spectrum of feminine rejuvenation. Pelvic pain and discomfort from atrophy or dryness improves. Everyone who is dry and atrophic gets moister (even irradiated pelvis). Results for incontinence are similar to surgery and drugs. Improvement in orgasmic response is consistent for those who suffer with orgasmic dysfunction.