Thanks to advancements by some of the world's leading physicians and researchers, cosmetic surgery has been evolving into regenerative aesthetics. "Going under the knife," as the adage goes, is no longer a prerequisite of enjoying dramatic refinements to physical beauty.
Cellulite, for example, can now be removed from the hips, abdomen and chin (among other body parts) without surgery. It's not magic, it's Thermi 250TM, the brand name of a new technology developed to tighten tissue and break down fat without breaking the skin. The machine utilizes high-powered radiofrequencies to target and fragment unwanted lipids, which are then flushed from the body through urination.
In a fat-elimination process he calls Cold Fusion, board-certified plastic surgeon Steven Cohen, M.D., F.A.C.S, sometimes prescribes Thermi 250TM treatments in conjunction with Coolscuplting® sessions, which help to create a smoother appearance of the skin once dimply cellulite is absorbed and then expelled.
"The least-invasive technique possible is always the best approach," says Dr. Cohen, Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery and Former Chief of Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery at Rady Children's Hospital. "And when a patient's desired results require actual surgery, my preference is to use local anesthesia."
While breast implant surgery and liposuction can be completed without general anesthesia, aesthetic rejuvenation of the face is also experiencing a scientific renaissance. A patient's own tissue, for example, can be injected instead of Juvederm® (hyaluronic acid by Allergan, makers of BOTOX®) and other pharmaceutical companies' dermal fillers.
"Integrated care is the ideal," says Dr. Cohen. "I like to educate patients as to how to care for themselves at an early age, staving off the visible effects of the aging process, thereby reducing the amount of invasive treatment they may need later in life."
For more insight into Thermi 250TM, Coolscuplting®, Cold Fusion - and other advances in cosmetic surgery and regenerative aesthetics - contact Dr. Cohen at FACES+ in La Jolla.
Steven R. Cohen, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon, FACES+
Former Chief of Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery, Rady Children's Hospital
Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery, University of California San Diego
Craniofacial Surgeon, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts