The Discovery PICO Plus laser by Quanta System (Milan, Italy) combines powerful Nd:YAG and Ruby wavelengths to treat tattoos, scars and more. With pulses ranging from microseconds to picoseconds, plus multiple handpieces and spot shapes, this innovative device also delivers flexibility.
From fine lines and photo-aging, to stretch marks and scars, the Secret RF by Cutera (Brisbane, Calif.) offers something for just about everyone. By combining radiofrequency (RF) energy, semi- and non-insultated microneedles, and adjustable depths of needle penetration, physicians can customize treatments based on each patient’s individual concern, skin type, and/or body area.
Preventing and treating complications in the lid-cheek junction demands a cautious approach, as well as the ability to match procedures to the underlying problem, says Michael P. Grant, M.D., Ph.D.
According to Robert L. Simons, M.D., rhinoplasty remains the top facial plastic procedure for long-term enhancement of beauty. He is a Miami facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and otolaryngologist. Based on more than 40 years' experience, he offers some advice for fellow surgeons.
The extended superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) lift avoids high levels of tension and creates results superior to those of conventional SMAS lifts in properly selected patients, says the extended SMAS lift's co-developer.
Successful upper- and lower-lid blepharoplasty requires attention to detail and fine-tuning through tactics such as temporal anchoring and the suspension suture. The pretreatment examination is particularly important for patients considering blepharoplasty, says Norman J. Pastorek, M.D., a New York facial plastic surgeon in private practice.
By thinning the flap all at once after underlying lining and cartilage support has been created, the three-stage forehead flap allows better aesthetic outcomes than two-stage procedures for complex nasal reconstruction, says Frederick J. Menick, M.D., a Tucson, Ariz., plastic and reconstructive surgeon in private practice.
In hand rejuvenation, fat grafting performs long-term skin thickening and rejuvenating functions far beyond its initial filling effect, says Sydney R. Coleman, M.D., a New York plastic and reconstructive surgeon in private practice.
In nasal reconstruction, the most complex procedure or diagnostic test isn't necessarily the best, according to one surgeon. The traditional approach to submucosal resection for patients with nasal obstruction is a fairly difficult procedure, says Malcolm A. Lesavoy, M.D., an Encino, Calif., plastic surgeon and clinical professor of plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and hand surgery at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center.
Several physicians have reported sporadic problems with Juvederm needles popping off syringes in mid-injection.