Cosmetic Surgery

June 08, 2011

Opal price reduction...now $185

Reduced price for the Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System Kit - now $185 at Skin Solutions! Great for puffiness and crow's feet, and crepiness under the eyes. Click here to learn more! By gently tapping the skin around your eyes at 125 sonic movements per second, the Opal dispenses specially formulated anti-aging sea serum, maximizing absorption in a way that's not possible with your finger alone. The kit comes with the Opal sonic infuser, anti-aging sea serum, 2 extra applicator tips, a universal charger and the limited-edition travel bag.

There's a reduced price for refills, too...now $65 for the equivalent of 5 caps.Screen shot 2011-06-08 at 11.29.02 AM.

Patients see immediate results! Isn't it time to do something great for your skin?

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February 14, 2008

Threadlift and Other Nonsurgical Options

The Threadlift™ and Other Nonsurgical Options
Threadlift:  Knot a Good Idea!

Facial aging:

The aging process affects us most noticeably in our face. Facial descent, jowling and undesirable contour abnormalities are results of the effects of gravity and loss in elasticity. This alteration can make one appear older than they feel, with a tired and drawn-out look.

Patients have asked us why we don’t offer the Threadlift procedure.  Our philosophy is to add new procedures at Plastic & Hand when we are sure that the results will be good.  We don’t want to rush into the newest craze until we feel convinced it’s safe and effective.  For specifics on Threadlift problems and the larger issues of facial aging, please continue reading!

Facial rejuvenation:

When facial aging advances, the options for rejuvenation begin with fillers like Juvéderm, and resurfacing techniques such as the Micropeel Plus. However, when the aging process has exceeded superficial remedies, then deeper treatments are needed to reverse facial descent and soft tissue displacement. To accomplish this, via the process that is typically known as a facelift, the underlying structure of the face called the SMAS (submuscular aponeurotic system) is lifted and tightened with sutures which are tied to reposition and secure the SMAS in a more youthful anatomic location. This repositions the overlying skin, giving the face a more balanced and youthful appearance. Excess skin, which is now redundant, can be excised at this time.

What is a Threadlift?:

A very innovative surgeon by the name of Greg Ruff designed “barbed” sutures which were designed to act like mini-anchors. These barbs were intended to grasp the underlying tissue and allow for repositioning of the tissue into a more youthful position. The goal was to provide the same rejuvenation as a “surgical facelift” without the incisions.

Problems:

The technology was rapidly adopted by many non-surgeons such as dermatologists as a method for providing “minimally invasive” facelifts. One sign of the rapid increase in use of the Threadlift was the demonstration of the technique on the Today show in 2005. However, since then many problems have come to light. First, the effects appear to be short-lived. The theory is that the absorbable sutures were not holding long enough to keep the tissues in their new position before scar tissue could form. Another complication was the breaking of the sutures or even extrusion of the sutures through the skin. Some modification of suture use included permanent sutures. These permanent sutures, however, could be palpable and some needed surgery to be removed.

Current Status:

Currently, the Angiotech company which bought the technology is no longer offering the product. Recent phone calls to the company with inquires into the Threadlift were answered by statements that, “The product has been discontinued and that they currently have no plans to re-introduce the product.” The web site is also inactive.

Contact a Specialist at Plastic & Hand to answer your questions.

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