Introducing the NEW VI PeelThe end of summer can be a tough transition for everyone… especially your skin! From sunburns to excessive dryness or greasiness, our skin has taken a beating and its time for a reboot… Enter the VI Peel!
The VI Peel is guaranteed to be one of the finest deep peels you’ve ever experienced. Safe for all skin types, the VI Peel corrects skin problems at the cellular level rather than just burning the skin off.
The unique blend of acids and vitamins help erase fine lines and wrinkles, build collagen and shrink enlarged pores. The VI Peel also helps improve tone, texture and clarity of the skin while eliminating age spots, freckles and hyperpigmentation.
In addition to the original VI Peel, we also offer the VI Precision Peel, which is superior for treating melasma and stubborn hyperpigmentation and approximately 25% stronger than the VI Peel.
The VI Peel Purify is a targeted treatment for acne and blemish prone skin and clear the scars acne leaves behind.
Although the VI Peels have no downtime, patients should expect to peel for up to 7 days, with extensive peeling for 2-3 of those days. The amount of peeling varies between individuals.
For more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our skincare aestheticians, please call us at 305-595-2969.
Case of the Month: Gynecomastia with Dr. Polo
Gynecomastia or male breast reduction is one of the more common problems for which men undergo plastic surgery. In 2013, nearly 23,000 of these procedures were performed in the U.S.; making gynecomastia the third most common cosmetic surgery for men, behind only rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) and blepharoplasty (eyelid lift).
Most causes of male breast enlargement are benign. In adolescents, transient breast enlargement is normal; however in some cases it may persist and remain symptomatic, resulting in significant breast tenderness. In adult males, gynecomastia may similarly be caused by elevated endogenous (internal) hormone levels or by obesity. Additional causes include exogenous (external) sources including prescription medications and illicit drugs, such as anabolic steroids and marijuana.
In a small percentage of cases, male breast enlargement may be a sign of breast cancer. Screening for breast cancer, possibly including mammography, should be performed in any male who develops sudden breast enlargement, particularly when unilateral (one sided), in those of more advanced age and in those with increased risk (i.e. family history).
Once a benign cause is confirmed, the first line of treatment of gynecomastia is to remove any identifiable exogenous source. If none can be identified or if signs and symptoms persist, then surgery may be considered.
Surgical treatment for gynecomastia includes various techniques, alone or in combination, depending on the type. In the simplest type of gynecomastia, there is enlargement of breast tissue immediately beneath the nipple and areola, resulting in a firm, prominent, often tender and painful mass. This condition is most often treated by direct surgical excision through a well disguised incision just at the margin of the areola. In more complex types of gynecomastia, such as in the patient featured in the photos, there may be more diffusely enlarged fatty breast tissue, possibly combined with localized prominence of dense breast tissue beneath the nipple and areola. These cases are sometimes treated with liposuction alone but often also require direct excision of the more firm breast tissue.
In the most complex types of gynecomastia such as that seen in men who have had massive weight loss, the residual breast enlargement is composed primarily of fatty tissue and redundant skin. Surgical correction for these patients involves skin reducing breast lift procedures, often in combination with some amount of liposuction.
When performed by properly qualified and experienced plastic surgeons such as ours here at Miami Plastic Surgery, gynecomastia surgery is associated with a very high degree of patient satisfaction. Patients routinely experience little post-operative pain and discomfort and quickly return to regular activity.
For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Polo, please call us at 305-595-2969 or visit our website at www.miamiplasticsurgery.com.
NEW Laser Hair Removal Packages
It is estimated that the average woman will tediously shave her legs 11,000 times during her lifetime. That’s a whole lot of razors, shaving cream, ingrown hairs and accidental nicks if you ask us….
So why haven’t you started your laser hair removal yet? We don’t know either! With fall upon us, now is the perfect time to start your laser hair removal sessions so that you can be fully hair free by next spring and summer!
At MPS, we use Candela’s GENTLEMAX, an FDA-approved dual laser machine suitable for ALL skin types and is safe, fast and effective. The GENTLEMAX prevents hair growth literally at the root, by preventing the follicle from producing new hair.
There are several factors that will dictate how many sessions are required to achieve good results. A few of these factors include skin type, hair color, hair density and hair follicle diameter. While the number of treatments varies from person to person, on average, everyone requires at least five treatments for good results.
Beginning this month, we’ve upgraded our laser hair removal packages to include nine treatments!
Should you need more or less treatments, our highly qualified laser technicians will work with you to customize your treatment package.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call us at 305-595-2969. *Laser hair removal is only currently available at our Baptist location*
Q & A with Dr. Kelly
Q. I keep hearing about “restoring facial volume”. What does that mean? A. Over the past few years, plastic surgeons have come to realize that the biggest contributor to facial aging is loss of fat. This makes sense to most people because when you look at the elderly, they usually look very hollow. When the facial “balloon” deflates, the facial shape goes from heart shaped to square. We lose the fullness of youth in our cheeks, and jowls develop as the remaining facial structures descend.
This understanding of how facial aging occurs through loss of fat has led plastic surgeons to focus on restoring volume in the face. Temporary fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are injectable products that can be used to replace fat loss in facial aging and can last up to 6 months.
Voluma is a new product that is used primarily in the upper cheek(or malar) areas and does a great job restoring a youthful look in that area. Voluma , while more expensive than Restylane or Juvederm, looks very natural and can last up to 2 years.
Finally, the best source to restore facial volume is the patient’s own fat. We now harvest fat from the patients’ hips or abdomen to use as fat grafts in the face. This transplanted tissue lives in the new area and is very long lasting and in some cases, may last the patients entire life. While the grafted fat may last a long time, we haven’t stopped facial aging altogether and so the patient will continue to lose their own facial fat as they age. Thus, fat grafting may be need to be repeated down the road to fill other areas of ongoing native fat loss.
Facial volume restoration is a hot topic these days because our understanding of its role in facial aging has allowed us to do a much better job at facial rejuvenation.
For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kelly, please call us at 305-595-2969 or visit our website at www.miamiplasticsurgery.com.
Approximately half of all women are affected by the unsightly, and highly annoying spider veins.
Spider veins are dilated or stretched blood vessels that have a branching pattern and are commonly found on the thigh, lower leg and occasionally on the face. Spider veins are progressive in nature and usually increase in number and visibility with age.
Sclerotherapy and other laser vein treatments are used to treat these vessels, erasing them from your skin. Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution directly into the vein. The solution injected, Asclera, acts as a sclerosing agent that damages the lining of the treated vessel, leading to a collapse of the vein with eventual absorption by the body. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view.
A study done by Asclera shows that 86% of patients are happy with their treatment. Unlike hypertonic saline, Asclera is a much more comfortable solution to inject.
Scleroptherapy is administered by our expertly trained Physician Assistant, Carolyn, who works out of both our Coral Gables and Baptist locations and can accommodate evening and Saturday appointments.
Sclerotherapy consultations are complimentary, and multiple treatments may be recommended for optimal results.
A typical sclerotherapy session lasts 15 to 45 minutes. Post-treatment compression is necessary for optimum results and to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call us at 305-595-2969 or visit our website at www.miamiplasticsurgery.com.
Join Us This Friday for Coral Gables Gallery Night
We’re welcoming the fall with some new artwork for this month’s Coral Gables Gallery Night.
Join us on Friday, September 5th, from 6pm to 9pm, for a night of art, wine and live music.
Added bonus? Dr. Wolf will be on hand for complimentary “mini” consultations.
Hope to see you there!
Botox BFF Program
Treat your BFF to FREE Botox!
Allergan’s BOTOX For Friends (BFF) Program is an exciting, new program that rewards patients for sharing their experiences and asking their BFFs to try their favorite anti-wrinkle treatment.
So how does it work?
After you receive your Botox treatment at MPS, you can refer a friend who will receive a complimentary Botox treatment from one of our doctors.
And what do you get?
Your choice of 200 extra Brilliant Distinctions points OR a Full-Size SkinMedica gift including AHA/BHA Cream and AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanse…
Not to mention MAJOR brownie points for being such an awesome friend!
To participate, you must be enrolled in the Brilliant Distinctions program. To enroll, click here.
*Patients must enroll by September 30, 2014*
Rock N’ Run with Dr. Wolf
On Sunday, October 12th, Dr. Wolf, along with his wife, Meredith, will be co-chairing Rock N’ Run, a fundraising event to raise awareness for breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
The two-part event, which will be held at Temple Beth Am, will have a 5K walk/run, as well as a special VideoSync dance class.
Early registration is $20 and $25 on the day of the event. 100% of proceeds will benefit breast cancer and ovarian cancer charities.
For more information or to register, visit www.rocknrun.org.
Dr. Franco Is Making His TV Debut!
Mark your calendars…
On Wednesday, September 17th, Dr. Franco will be appearing on the premiere of The CW’s new roundtable talk show, Ask the Doctors.
Dr. Franco will join a panel of other physicians to discuss the latest advances and trends in medicine.
Show Dr. Franco your support by tuning in to The CW at 11:00am on September 17th!
We’re Close to 1 Million YOUTUBE Hits!
Talk about a MAJOR milestone…
A video of Dr. Kelly performing a tummy tuck on YouTube is only a little over 20,000 hits from having ONE MILLION views!
We began filming our surgeries, because we thought it would be a great way to inform potential patients about cosmetic procedures. Never did we think, it would get such an overwhelming response!
Help us reach the one million mark by watching the video here.
Breast Reconstruction Lecture
On September 19th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. , Drs. Franco and Polo will be giving a lecture on Breast Cancer Reconstruction at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Miami, as a part of their Young Women with Cancer program.
The Cancer Support Community Greater Miami is a place where both patients and family members will find support, education and hope.
All are welcome to attend. The address is 8609 S. Dixie Highway.
For more information on breast reconstruction or to schedule a consultation with Drs. Polo or Franco, please call us at 305-595-2969.
Miami Plastic Surgery
8940 North Kendall Drive, Suite 903-E, Miami, FL 33176
Coral Gables Location:
221 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134 305-595-2969