It's spring in Kentucky...or so they tell me...Derby fever has passed, and we're left with rain and allergy season. Post-Derby blues are common around here, so resolve to lift your spirits by getting ready for a new you for summer! A couple of news items first...
ASAPS (The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) convened last week in Boston. The society is composed of approximately 2800 board certified plastic surgeons who primarily perform cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body in our specialty. The hot topics seemed to be fat transfer and stem cell technology, cosmetic laser facial rejuvenation and fillers, as well as the new non-invasive body contouring devices. As many of you now know, my office was the first to offer the Sciton Contour Profile cosmetic laser for facial rejuvenation and resurfacing, and I have posted a recent blog summarizing the benefits of becoming familiar with our laser menu of options for facial rejuvenation. I also recently blogged about facial injectables, and there are links on my website for viewing patient results with Juvederm, Botox, and Sculptra.
I have recently become very interested in non-invasive body contouring as well, and offered the first such system here in Louisville as of September 2010, Vaser Shape. I think the timing for a non-invasive device in this economy couldn't be better, and non-invasive devices certainly add to excellent treatment options already available in a busy body contouring practice such as mine. However, discerning products that truly work versus those that represent true sales hype is an ongoing challenge for the consumer (and physician consumer too, I might add!). After extensive research regarding other competitive technologies, and after seeing some of the early clinical results presented in Boston, I remain firm in my conviction that ultrasound technology remains the clinical leader at this point...for its versatility, cost effectiveness, deep (as well as skin level) effect and safety. I have contributed to several journals regarding the use of non-focused ultrasound in this respect, as well as have agreed to author several publications which are pending regarding clinical results to date. There is ongoing clinical and animal research, but preliminary results are very promising, and these corroborate the results we are currently seeing in our patients. I am hosting a webinar next month specifically designed for our existing Vaser Shape physician users, so that we may all continue to collaborate to see that our patients are beneficiaries of the ongoing, developing fund of knowledge regarding early treatment parameters.
Additionally, I am happy to inform our patients that we are forming a new partnership with select local businesses... the first to be announced is an upcoming special evening we are hosting with Glasscock Boutique. The event will take place at Glasscock on Thursday May 26, 2011 from 4PM to 8PM, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit The Derby Museum. The evening will offer Botox and Juvederm at special savings, as well as selected skin care products from several lines, and a trunk showing from a selected designer. If you would like to be included on our guest list, just call the office and let one of my staff know.
Stay in touch, and we hope to see you this spring!