Monday, 22 February 2016

Liposuction, Stretchmarks, Hair Loss, Cleft Lift, Palate& Glutathione

Have you been upset about a particular part of your body with its shape or size and you have frantically try to reduce in that specific area but all your efforts are going in vain? You may be upset about your sagging breasts or your sagging abs which is a common feature after childbirth ( in case of women). Have you heard of liposuction before? If not, it’s high time you know about it. 

Liposuction/Fat Transfer also known as lipoplasty ("fat modeling") or simply lipo is a minimally invasive procedure that removes fat from unwanted part of the body. This same fat can be injected into other areas of the body where contouring is desired(fat transfer) and can serve as a good substitute for prosthetic implants or silicone implants which we noticed in many especially the pigment skin that they are averse to it.
Areas of concern for body sculpturing are the abdomen, thighs, breasts, hips, pubis, buttocks, male breast tissue (gynaecomastia), the chin/neck, back of the arms, the love handles, the legs and the forehand.
There has been improvement over the yearsin fat transfer and liposuction over the years, improvements have been made that more fat cells can now be easily removed and transfer, with less blood loss, less discomfort, and less risk with the technique called tumescent fluids.
Apart from safety which a lot of concern citizen are concern about one clearly say that when this procedure in done in health young adult by specialist and necessary investigations done to rule out other health issue that can militate or put the person at risk this procedure can be done without any issue except for little discomfort expressed by the clients.
Recent developments also suggest that the recovery period can be shortened as well. Most people are able to get up and move around as soon as the treatment is finished and after the effects of the anesthesia or sedation have worn off. You can return to your normal activities as soon as you feel comfortable. Most people can return to work within a few days. Recovery may take longer if large areas were treated.
Power assisted liposuction procedure
In our clinic, we make use of the power assisted liposuction machine (2015 edition Moller) with tumescent technique in liposuction and fat transfer. This technique uses cannula that has a spinning end to break the fat while the fat is being suctioned.In this procedure we use standard markings and incisions less than 5mm to pass the cannula under the skin to the fat layer while the cannula with a spinning end breaks the deep and superficial fats and simultaneously suck the fats.
 This technique has been proven to reduce bruising and bleeding, less risk and discomfort. Liposuction is usually done as an outpatient procedure in our properly equipped clinic for localized areas of the body especially when there is no other major procedure being done. In general, it does not require an overnight hospital stay unless a large volume of fat is being removed or additional procedure is done. Local anesthesia is used in some cases and you may or may not be given a sedative to help you relax. If a large area or volume of fat is being treated, general anesthesia or deep sedation with a local anesthetic may be used.
Our fat transfer is by use of Tulip cannula an American device after careful separation of the fat before transfer is being done to request areas of the body e.g. the butt or the face.
What To Think About???
Liposuction should be done only by a doctor who has special training in liposuction and surgery of the skin and knows how to respond to complications during surgery. You will also be at less risk for complications if liposuction is not done at the same time with other cosmetic procedures.
Common side effects of liposuction include:
·         Temporary swelling, bruising, soreness, and numbness in and around the treated areas.
·         Irritation and minor scarring around the incision sites where the cannulas were inserted.
·         Baggy or rippling skin. The skin will usually tighten and retract after a few months. But in some people the skin may remain somewhat loose.
The dermis is 95% of the total skin volume and when the dermis is constantly overstretched it can break down and leave stretch marks behind. Stretch marks occur when skin doesn't bounce back after it's been stretched due to pregnancy, rapid weight gain, extreme weight loss, or use of toning and bleaching products. Hence, stretch marks seem to be caused, literally, by stretching of the skin.
Focus of stretch mark treatment will be to restore the structural integrity of the skin by increasing the thickness of the skin and stimulating collagen formation. This could be achieved by using the following products:-Copper Serum, SND Corrector, and Intensive Scar repair with Microneedle.
We also have the fraxel or fractional laser or simply called the CO2 laser that we use in the treatment of stretch mark.
The areas treated with the CO2 laser or fraxel laser might be sore for some days but the skin strength and integrity is restored back in no time.
Other functions of the CO2 laser include vaginal tightening, pigment removal, skin resurfacing etc.
Glutathione is an antioxidant that helps whiten the skin, synthesize and repair DNA, facilitate the recycling of vitamins C and E and it is made of all-natural amino acids that occur in nature and are beneficial to our bodies. Glutathione can be found in many healthy foods that people eat on a regular basis, some of which are actually considered among the healthiest foods in the world such as asparagus, broccoli, spinach, garlic, raw tomatoes and avocadoes however they won’t actually work to whiten your skin.
Glutathione is commonly taken in pill form or it can also be taken via intravenous injection, though you’ll need to visit your dermatologist to have this procedure done. Glutathione injections are highly effective and as such many dermatologists recommend Glutathione injections because they get 100-percent of the dose into your bloodstream. This antioxidant slows your body’s aging process and helps the body to detoxify. Most people use glutathione in the treatment of skin blemishes such as moles, freckles, uneven skin tone, age spot, skin patches, spots, wrinkles and getting a light skin. Therefore it is the best anti-aging product in the market.
Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is a loss of hair from the head or body.  Traction alopecia is a small or localized hair loss area caused by repetitive or persistent pulling or traction on hair roots. Tight braids and ponytails can pull hard enough on hairs to make them fall out. Baldness can refer to general hair loss or male pattern hair loss. Hair loss may cause gradual thinning, bald patches, or complete baldness
Causes: As we age, our hair naturally begins to thin.  For both men and women, the most common cause of hair loss (alopecia) is heredity, as your likelihood of experiencing hair loss increases if your relatives have experienced hair loss.  Other contributing factors may include underlying medical or hormonal problems, medications, excessive weight loss, stress, chemotherapy or radiation.  Signs of hair loss vary by each person and symptoms can include sudden loss of patches of hair, noticeable thinning on the scalp or crown, a receding hair line or excessive shedding.
Treatment (Hair Regrowth): Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) may be used as a treatment for hair regrowth.For optimal results, Grandville Medical and Laser is the best place to have your Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) cosmetic treatment
Plastic surgery includes many types of reconstructive surgery which includes hand surgery, microsurgery, and the treatment of burns. Plastic surgery, as a specialty, has evolved remarkably during the 20th century gaining increasing importance during the treatment of World War I soldiers with complex maxillofacial injuries.The first plastic surgery was done in India during the shusruta era 600bc and was later exported to Europe.There are however contemporary American plastic Surgeons who existed with the European era of plastic surgeons.Please note that plastic surgeon did not originate from America and American plastic surgeons are not the best plastic surgeon.They however have very good PR and balance system of regulation.
For your education about procedures in Plastic Surgery?
Reconstructive plastic surgery is performed to correct problems caused by burns, traumatic injuries e.g gun shot injuries,road traffic accident,congenital abnormalities, developmental abnormalities, infection and disease, and cancer or tumors. While the general purpose of reconstructive plastic surgery is to improve function, it may also be performed to restore or approximate a normal appearance.
The most common reconstructive procedures are tumor removal, laceration repair, scar repair or revision,hand surgery, and breast reduction. Other common reconstructive surgical procedures include breast reconstruction after a mastectomy(breast removal after breast cancer),cleft palate and lip surgery, contracture surgery in burn survivors, and creating a new outer ear when one is congenitally absent.
In plastic surgery, skin grafting is a very common procedure. Skin grafts can be taken from either the recipient or donors (autografts are from the recipient, allografts from the donor, and xenografts from a donor of a different species).
When local tissue is not available, plastic surgeons use microsurgery to transfer tissue to cover a defect by removing it from one part of the body, moving to another site on the body, and reconnecting it to a blood supply by suturing arteries and veins as small as 1 to 2 millimeters in diameter.
Plastic surgery is a broad field, and may be subdivided further. Plastic surgeons train and receive approval from Board of Plastic Surgery in such surgical fields as:
Burns – This specialty is in two phases: Acute burn surgery specializes in treatment immediately after a burn, while reconstructive burn surgery occurs after the burn wounds have healed.These is the aspect that manage problems that arises from burn complications like contracture and so on.
Cosmetic, or aesthetic, surgery is an essential component of plastic surgery. Plastic surgeons use cosmetic surgical principles in all reconstructive procedures as well as in operations designed to improve overall appearance.This area involve nose reconstruction,anti-aging eg administration of Botox,dermafilers,PRP to mention a few.
Craniofacial surgery is divided into two categories: pediatric and adult. Pediatric surgery mostly involves the treatment of congenital anomalies of the craniofacial skeleton and soft tissues.
Adult craniofacial surgery deals mostly with fractures and secondary surgeries (such as orbital reconstruction i.e. Eye socket area.
Craniofacial surgery is a crucial part of all plastic surgery training programs.This area is also being handled by the maxilla-facial Surgeon.
Hand surgery deals with acute injuries and chronic diseases of the hand and wrist, correction of congenital malformations of the upper extremities, and peripheral nerve problems (such as carpal syndrome).It is of emphasis that the doctor to see following hand injuries are the plastic Surgeons and not anyone else because of the peculiarity of the structures in the hand.This aspect also involve injury to the wrist all the way to the elbow and the shoulder.Even though the hand is define in Medicine from the tip of your digits to the wrist.
Many have seen with resultant contracture because of improper care or poorly managed hand injuries.
Microsurgery is generally concerned with the reconstruction of missing tissues by transferring a piece of tissue to the reconstruction site and reconnecting blood vessels. This could be in form of skin or flap as we may call it. These procedures usually take a long time averaging about 6-12 hours in handling. Suffice me to say that every plastic surgeon is trained in the aspect of microsurgery however; there are colleagues that have desire more interest in this area.
 This can be seen in scenario of people involved in road traffic accident with loss of some skin part (just a skeletal description) and the defect cannot be allowed to heal on its own or it is too big to heal on its own or there is exposed important structures e.g. bone, tendon and so on.
Popular subspecialty areas are breast reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, and hand surgery.
Pediatric plastic Surgery-The plastic Surgeon functions in Children often stem from the fact that children face medical issues unique from the experiences of an adult patient. Pediatric plastic surgeons specialize in treating birth defects or syndromes present at birth that are best treated in childhood.
Conditions commonly treated by pediatric plastic surgeons include craniofacial anomalies, cleft lip and palate, and congenital hand deformities e.g. fused digits, multiple digits, macrosomia (children with too wide mouth), Anotia or microtia (absent or small ear).
Wound care: This is another area of plastic surgery that many don't realize and they end up struggling with wound that should heal in few days in months.
The best people to take care of any wound are the plastic Surgeon. I will say this that for a lot of plastic surgeons clinics in Nigeria 60% of the patients are wound and wound care issue. Even in some cases the other wounds created by other surgeons are managed eventually by the plastic Surgeons after complications of the procedure.
Maxillofacial plastic surgery- These area involve cleft lip and palate, Avulsion injury with need for scalp rotations to cover defective area following road traffic accident,scalp tumor and so on.
Bariatric Surgery-this is an area that deals with obese patient. The plastic surgeons in collaborative work with the general surgeon first either band the stomach to reduce the size of the abdomen or reduce the size of the stomach and with subsequent weight loss can then do removal of the excess skin.
This section may also involve removal of fat from the body called liposuction with little or no scar on the body.
Things like foot injuries, wound on the legs fractured for small bones on both hand and foot are the duty of a plastic surgeon.
Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. Together, these birth defects commonly are called “orofacial clefts”. These birth defects happen early during pregnancy. A baby can have a cleft lip, a cleft palate, or both a cleft lip and cleft palate.
This is one of the commonest childhood anomalies. The body during the process of face forming in utero may end up with structural failure appearing as deformities. Children or adult born with this deformity are not nuisance to the society and are normal children and they are as intelligent as any other children born without a defect.

With our smile train partnership we offer free surgery to both children and adult born with the defect involving the lip and the palate. We offer world class reconstructive surgery of this defect
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