Smartlipo Laser Liposculpture
In February of 2007, the art of body sculpting was revolutionized with the approval of the Smartlipo laser by the FDA. Dr. Robert Benson is among the first of cosmetic surgeons in the United States to perform Smartlipo laser liposculpture, and his decades-long experience as one of the first physicians to perform traditional liposuction in the 1980’s places him in very select company. In April of 2009, Dr. Benson’s QnA Cosmetic Surgery was chosen by Cynosure, the maker of Smartlipo, as one of only four Center of Excellence facilities in the US to train other doctors in advanced laser techniques.
The Smartlipo laser utilizes fiber optic technology to permanently melt fat and tighten overlying skin. The procedure begins with the administration of local anesthesia, which is dispensed with minimal discomfort to the patient. After a tiny tube enclosing the Nd:YAG laser is inserted, the laser’s energy gently melts fat cells on contact. The laser also heats the overlying skin which stimulates it to contract and tighten. Since fat cells are unable to regenerate, this fatty tissue is permanently destroyed. The results from Smartlipo laser liposculpture are more pleasing and refined than what can be achieved by traditional liposuction. Not only is unwanted fat removed from areas resistant to diet and exercise, but the skin’s surface is firmer with a smoother texture.
Another common problem corrected with Smartlipo is overactive underarm sweat glands. After excessive sweat glands are removed by the laser wand, sweat production is often permanently diminished by up to 90%. Other procedures successfully performed by utilizing this innovative technology include breast reduction (for those unwilling or not able to undergo standard surgical procedures) and removal of lipomas (large fatty tumors).
Aftercare with Smartlipo laser liposculpture is minimal compared to traditional liposuction. Only mild soreness is experienced for the first few days. A compression garment similar to Spanx is worn continuously for the first week and then only while sleeping the following week. Cardiovascular workouts can typically be resumed after one week, and full workouts can resume one or two weeks later (depending upon the treatment area). Results are apparent soon after the procedure, significant within one week, and depending on the area being treated and the innate elasticity of the patient’s skin, often dramatic within one to three months.
Before and After
NeoGraft Hair Restoration
Since Dr. Benson studied hair transplantation under the pioneers who developed the procedure decades ago, he greatly appreciates the incredible technological advances in this field, the pinnacle of which is Neograft follicular unit extraction (FUE). This revolutionary device, which has literally changed the nature of hair restoration, uses vacuum pressure and microsurgical tools to harvest and implant the actual hair follicles (averaging 3 hairs per follicle). Performed under local anesthesia with little discomfort and no downtime or scarring, NeoGraft’s FUE method provides the most natural result possible. A patient (man or woman) with hair loss on top or along the hair line can leave QnA with thousands of viable hair roots covering the scalp and return to work the next day. NeoGraft’s unsurpassed hair restoration technology has made the painful traditional transplantation methods of the past which left visible scarring, corn rows, or turfing obsolete.
This innovative procedure is also ideal for those who are in the process of losing their hair because it is so inconspicuous and wallet-friendly. NeoGraft’s FUE method has been featured on multiple national television shows and is now the established gold standard because of its ease, its safety, its total lack of scarring, and its unparalleled, totally natural results.
Pearl Fractional Laser Resurfacing
For the last forty years, facial resurfacing techniques have become more and more popular as we attempt to reduce wrinkles produced by sun damage and aging. But these procedures all carried a hefty price in the form of prolonged healing and complications because they all simply stripped every layer of skin down to a certain level, leaving the raw under layers to heal. Pearl Fractional resurfacing eliminates both the prolonged healing and the risk of most complications by pulsing tiny beams of laser energy through the outer layers of the skin to remodel the collagen and elastic tissue directly in the dermis. How long does the skin take to heal from a needle stick? Well, it takes Pearl Fractional an even shorter time! The result is that a huge amount of laser remodeling occurs in the collagen layers with virtually no down time at all. And the results speak for themselves, rivaling the best results of other, more aggressive, procedures.
Laser Lipo Neck Suspension
Neck skin, its supporting tissue, and the muscles underneath are particularly prone to laxity. Many patients benefit from the standard Smartlipo procedure which removes fat ("double chin") and tightens the skin substantially. For those with significant neck laxity which forms wattles or ridges from the chin to the Adam’s apple, Laser Lipo Neck Suspension is recommended. This two stage procedure which is performed under local anesthesia tightens the entire neck to create a new, more youthful neckline. Through a tiny incision, the pencil- lead-thin Smartlipo laser fiber first melts away any excess fat and induces maximum retraction of the neck with little or no discomfort. Using a combination of special supportive sutures and re-draping techniques, the lax muscles are then tightened and any excess skin is removed. The result is a firm muscular support structure with tighter overlying skin for a more youthful neck contour. The entire procedure is performed in the office, and the sutures are removed after one week.
The eyes are the windows of the soul, but sometimes they need remodeling as age produces drooping, dark circles, puffiness, and bags. There are several factors which cause bright eyes to become tired eyes such as skin laxity, fat pads, and skin texture.
Upper lids are particularly prone to drooping as the skin becomes less and less elastic. This excess skin is easily removed through incisions hidden within the upper eyelid fold. Any fat pads which cause puffiness are removed before the incisions are closed. The result is a restoration of the natural upper lid architecture with more open, "awake" eyes.
Lower lids are more prone to bags and darkening which is due to thinning skin. Under eye puffiness is remedied by accessing the fat pads through a tiny button-hole incision on the inner surface of the lid and melting the unwanted fat with pinpoint laser energy. The surface skin is then treated with a laser scanner which resurfaces and tightens the skin, eliminating dark circles and wrinkles.