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Healthy, Youthful looking hands…with fat grafting

My last blog got into some of the powerful, age defying benefits of fat grafting for hollow, aging cheeks.  This post will give you a mini crash course on why structural fat grafting is superb…to reverse aging in the hands.

FAT GRAFTING has been around for a few decades and we now understand the powerful, life changing advantages of using your own fat.  Fat Grafting, as it’s being done today, offers long term results for rejuvenating the skin, creating thicker skin and better quality skin.

AGING HANDS  become more noticeable as fat disappears, skin gets thinner and veins, joints and tendons become easily visible. Contrast this with youth between the ages of 16 to 25 years old…the hands are softer and the skin is thicker.

FILLERS versus FAT GRAFTING:  Today’s fillers are fabulous and each has its own virtue and uses in the world of anti aging aesthetics. They offer immediate results, most encourage collagen renewal, they are natural substances readily accepted by the body, they can last up to two years with maintenance and if done by an expert injector…liquid facelifts can achieve fabulous results.  FAT GRAFTING, on the other hand, is proven very effective because healthy fat contains a high quantity of mesenchymal stem cells.  These stem cells are almost exactly like those found in bone marrow.  The stem cells found in autologous fat functions to:   1) repair tissues, 2) improve blood supply to the injected area, 3) prevent and often reverse scarring.

ACTUAL RESULTS:  Fat grafting injections can achieve 100% thicker skin!

We now know these results are due to neocollagenesis.  Hence, thicker, rejuvenated skin from fat grafting injections is proven to be more important than just filling for volume replacement.  The Goal is to create an integrated layer of fat to look like the outer skin but with more fullness.  Over time, this repairs and rejuvenates the overlying skin, for years of amazing results.

FAT GRAFTING….HOW IT’S DONE   1)  Harvested fat (concentrated offers 50% more stem cells and growth factor) is carefully injected into the back of the hands to correct atrophy.  2) I position the fat between the skin, veins and tendons using special techniques to prevent vein damage and to preserve them  3) my technique cause little to no tissue disruption,  4) the fat is woven into the subcutaneous layer for longterm advantages.  5) my patients experience minimal swelling and usually no bruising.

NEW, MORE YOUTHFUL HANDS…as swelling resolves and the fat/stem cells/ growth factor settles in and grafts…wrinkles become less visible/softer, skin is visibly healthier, veins and tendons are less obvious.

BOTTOM LINE on FAT GRAFTING for REJUVENATING AGING HANDS = our own body fat contains stem cells and growth factors that is capable of repairing and rejuvenating.  Your own body fat can help you defy aging!

OK….this is when patients start getting ready for the holidays.  Mommy Makeovers,  Daddy DoOvers,  Grandma/Grandpa Anti Aging treatments…mini facelifts, injectable fillers, rejuvenating body procedures….check out my website to start dreaming then come on in and we will custom design your own program.   Http://www.davinciplastic.com.

Anti Aging means to defy aging everyday!

Steven Davison M.D.

“DAVinci…where we combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.”

To Wake up Every Day to beautiful skin…know these myths and tips.

Some skin care myths You need to know about…We carry only the best skin care products in our spa…and our lifelong clientelle have learned certain truths about healthy skin, and they use products that really work.

Myth #1. After washing it, your skin should feel tight. That means it’s clean. Answer: tight skin after cleansing has been stripped of all hydration causing dead skin cells to build up on the surface.  Avoid stripping cleansers (e.g. bar soap).

Myth #2.  Greasy foods and chocolate are offenders and cause breakouts.  Answer: This may inspire you to eat healthier, green foods, but there is no science to support this myth.

Myth #3.  Smoking is bad for your lungs…but has no negative effects on your skin.  Answer:  WRONG!  Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outer layer of the skin and it depletes the skin of essential oxygen and nutrients that promote health.  The damage shows up clearly as: facial lines, wrinkles, folds (e.g. smoker’s lips) and discoloration…not to mention lung diseases.

Myth #4.  Longterm, frequent use diminishes effectiveness of skin care products.  Answer:  The skin is in a constant state of renewal as old, dead skin cells are pushed to the surface and new cells are generated about every 30 to 40 days.  Good skin care products enhance this process to create healthy, beautiful skin.

Myth #5.  You don’t need sunscreen it your makeup has it.  Not all makeup is created equal…so don’t take a chance on your precious skin.  Use sunscreen for play in the sun times.

We carry Obagi skin care products because they work simply and effectively to give you the healthiest, most beautiful skin ever.  Obagi transforms skin…no matter your age, ethnicity, gender, or skin condition.  Call and ask Nora about it.

Here are a few basic skin care tips that can be “skin changing”….

1)  Get 8 hours of restful beauty sleep.  The body heals and renews only during sleep.

2)  Clean your face every night…do it early in the evening if you are too tired at bedtime, to cleanse away the day’s impurities, excess oil etc.

3)  Hydrate your body to hydrate your skin…and to energize both.  Try a glass or two in the evening for brighter skin in the morning.

4)  NIghttime skin care…is just as important as daytime.  Nighttime products are formulated to renew and repair the skin while you sleep.  Obagi NuDerm Systems offer everything you need to achieve round the clock, all weather, all skin types…healthy, beautiful skin.

5) Pregnancy….keep that healthy glow!  Whether you have children or this is your first pregnancy, pregnancy creates skin care challenges such as acne, pregnancy mask and stretch marks.  Our “mommies” safely address these concerns during and after pregnancy.

Nora can schedule your personal consultation to educate and get you going with a healthy skin care regimen.  See Obagi Systems at www.davinciplastic.com.

OK….summer is over. School and work makes for busy schedules.  DO NOT NEGLECT YOURSELF!  Take a few minutes each day for good nutrition, plenty of water, restful sleep at night, and the right skin care regimen…to look and feel your absolute best.

Steven Davison M.D.

“DAVinci…we combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.

Balance an Aging Face Beautifully….know when to Prevent, Augment or Rejuvenate

Facial aging appears in our 20’s as subtle changes occur. The 30’s ushers in more as natural fullness lessens and the face slowly becomes heart shaped. The 40’s, however are different.  Fat loss and tissue changes become very visible as the cheeks become flat and lack definition… while lines, wrinkles and folds develop in many areas. The lips start to thin; the eyes and brows start drooping.  Aging continues over the decades. We can’t stop the aging process…but we can address it.

This is the time of year when men and women come to my office to get information, to  tailor a program that addresses their aging issues, and to start on procedures that defy aging by taking years off the face.

To Prevent, Augment or to Rejuvenate…that is the question. 

Prevention involves doing small things at a younger age to prevent or correct early signs of aging. Celebs are doing a lot of “early prevention” treatments…so they can minimize the visible signs of aging and always years younger.

Augmentation changes your features…e.g. chin implants reshape a chin that has lost volume and definition.

Rejuvenation corrects age related changes that have occurred…e.g. men and women just want to look a few years younger without changing their complete appearance

Balance and proportion need to be correct to achieve the desired improvement.  The goal is to get outcomes that look natural and improve the face…not manipulate it while striving for perfection.

BALANCE MEANS:  a youthful face that doesn’t look done but it does encompass features that are proportionate with each other as follows:

1)  Eyes should have 1/2 inch between the upper lid and brow. Outer corner turns up slightly.

2)  Brows should be aligned with each other and have a slight arch at the tail.

3)  Cheeks should be oval in shape, full and high on the face while tapering in

4)  Lips…the upper lip should be two thirds smaller than the bottom lip with slightly upturned corners.

 Knowing When to do What…is a key factor at any age or stage in life.  When younger patients ask me for filler, injectables of fat…and there are no visible signs of aging…they want enhancement rather than corrective or preventive treatment. Also, surgery is an option only when you’re ready and when it is age appropriate or it can actually make you look older and “done.”

I advise my patients:  Start doing small interventions early and then maintain…a little intervention with fillers and injectables is good for making improvements…but beware…a lot is not always better.  Check on my procedures at: www.davinciplastic.com.

I am certified by multiple medical boards, have years and years of experience, I stay current with today’s advancements and I am also an “expert injector.”  Pictures of my patients tell a wonderful story!  

OK….this is the time of year to start getting ready for the Holidays.  Come in for a personal consultation so you can put your best face forward!

Steven Davison M.D.

“DAVinci….where we combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.”

Get Ideal Cheeks now…Cheek Augmentation using Fat Grafting defies aging, restores youthfulness

Well, I’ve been writing about facial procedures and cheek augmentation is one of the most popular anti aging options we do to instantly take years off the face.

Cheeks are critical to overall facial balance because they are a woman’s most feminine (dynamic for men) facial feature.  Aging causes the malar fat pad to deflate as facial fat is lost and the cheeks become flat, depressed and hollow looking. The malar fat pads are a small area of fat that sits on the cheekbone just under the lower eyelid.

Cheek Augmentation using Fat Grafting is one of my favorite ways to conquer this part of facial aging.  Using your own natural fat involves harvesting small amounts from areas of plenty, treating it and then injecting it in precise amounts into pre targeted areas. This micro fat grafting process (also called autologous fat transfer) is great because it is safe, effective and without allergic reactions.

Fat Grafting augmentation restores youthful, healthy volume and shape without surgery…and achieves long lasting results.

Other Fat Grafting Benefits…Surgeons around the world are also discovering that the higher the quality of fat being used, the better the results…including active stem cells that rejuvenate the skin.  Often, patients who have had fat grafting see their skin quality improve dramatically improve.   We also now know that at least 50% of fat grafting procedures offer permanent results, and those patients who continue to maintain using autologous fat grafting require fewer treatments with those treatments gradually spacing farther apart.  Patients also report fewer lines, wrinkles and hollows.  

Implants and Injectable fillers are the other options to correct aging cheeks and recreate youth.  We’ll get more into that again later.  See previous blogs written on both subjects and visit my website for comprehensive info on all procedures: https://www.davinciplastic.com.

IDEAL CHEEKS ARE:  oval shaped and plump, sit high on the face and taper inward.

HOW IDEAL CHEEKS BALANCE THE FACE: cheeks provide definition between the eyes, cheeks and lower face preventing overall flat looking features.

HOW OTHER FACIAL FEATURES ARE AFFECTED: beautiful cheeks draw attention away from the nose and can crete a lifting effect that gives fullness to the lower part of the face.

FLAT CHEEKS = LOSS OF FACIAL BALANCE.

AGE DEFYING CONTOURED CHEEKS: provide better facial symmetry by adding some fullness and width for a natural look.  Improving overall facial balance can make the face look more youthful.

Often, just a few minor tweaks can make enhance the whole dynamic of your face.

Holidays will be upon us soon…I have decades of experience with combining the right procedures at the right time…for the optimal outcome.  At DAVinci we defy aging everyday.  I’m here to help you put your best face forward!

Steven Davison  M.D.

“DAVinci…where we combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.

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