You have waited long enough! Our much anticipated LONG TERM FILLER event is finally here, (Thursday March 6th, 5:30pm-8pm) as long as Mother Nature cooperates. We appreciate your patience, and as the old adage says “good things come to those who wait.” Those good things are, to be quite honest, unbelievable! Because we had to push the event back, we will be offering the specials that were reserved for event attendees to everyone through the end of April. By extending the specials through the end of April, we had to adjust the event treats – and boy, did we! One very lucky, medically appropriate winner will be chosen to receive an entire kit of Artefill. [These treatments have a value of $3999!]
Warm weather… light weight clothing, swimwear – it seems so far in the future, but it’s actually only a few months away. We all have our “problem areas” that despite diet and exercise, just won’t budge. That’s why now is the perfect time to start planning to remove those pockets of stubborn fat. Smartlipo Triplex™ provides the best solution to this problem to date.
Did you know?
There is no other liposuction system that has the capability of Smartlipo Triplex™? And, I perform the procedure in our office in Branford under a local anesthetic, you go home the same day!
Why is it the “Gold Standard”?
In its latest Triplex form, this laser has the ability to generate three wave-lengths of laser energy; 1064nm, 1440nm and 1320nms. The first two combined in a fine laser wire to melt areas of excess fat with great finesse. The first and third combined, heat the underlying dermis or the white layer of your skin. This heating causes the skin to retract and shrink over time, significantly reducing elasticity problems which occurred with early forms of liposuction techniques. The results are a much more even and natural contour.
Early liposuction techniques (c 1980’s) in the United States basically used large bore suction cannulas to suction out fat. This procedure was quite traumatic, painful and required extensive recovery. Since this technique relied solely on the patients’ skin to contract, the original procedure was only fairly successful, and worse for patients past the age of 35, when skin elasticity begins to decline. In an inexperienced surgeon’s hand, this led to contour ridging and puckering issues. The skin without assistance from the lasers heat, does not have the ability to shrink and re-contour.
Smartlipo Triplex™ solves this issue and can dramatically remove areas of unwanted fat. It can be performed without general anesthesia, have minimal to no procedural or post operative discomfort, results in minimal bruising and quickens the recovery time. It is indeed the current GOLD STANDARD, without the prospects of anything coming in the near future.
David Goodkind, MD
There’s been a lot of buzz recently on the web, in print and billboards about non- invasive fat removal.
It makes sense. Who wouldn’t want a simple, non-invasive, non-painful, low risk procedure with no down time to remove excess fat?
At FUZION we offer such a procedure, called ReAction. ReAction is a bipolar, multi-frequency, radio-frequency, suction-assisted treatment device that does indeed deliver on these promises. We believe it’s the best of the treatments available today. We’ve been performing this treatment for several months and have been seeing wonderful results and happy patients.
We do stress that ReAction (or any lesser similar techniques) does not compare with the results you would get with liposuction. As of 2014, you must undergo a minimally invasive (not non-invasive) procedure to see significant fat loss. There is a limit to the amount of energy a practitioner can apply to your skin to “melt” or “freeze” fat below the skin without actually damaging the skin. Thus, while non-invasive procedures have their place, they’re limited in the amount of excess fat they can effectively reduce.
In skilled hands, Smartlipo Triplex remains the GOLD standard of effective and safe techniques to achieve significant fat removal.
We at FUZION remain dedicated to safe, effective and predictable results tailored towards your physical, emotional and financial concerns. Please contact us to learn the nuances of these procedures. Cosmetic consultations are always free.
David Goodkind, MD
There has been a lot written in both professional and common literature about a short scar facelift. The idea is to achieve the same result as a traditional incision/scar facelift without leaving a scar behind your ear. This telltale sign could be visible if you wore your hair back. If a surgeon could do this without compromising your facial rejuvenation then it would be great. Unfortunately, this is most often not the case.
The truth is that the more excessive the skin on your face, the longer the scar has to be to tailor it out. This is so you don’t end up with bunching and wrinkling or obvious un-natural lines. Often the scar that you avoid behind your ear winds up in front of your temporal hairline. In reality, it’s just a differently positioned scar of the same length, not a shorter less obvious one. When you have a good surgeon do it, the scar behind your ear shouldn’t be an issue.
So what do you want your surgeon to do? You want him or her to access your aging anatomy and tailor it out, leaving you with a very natural look. Your personal attributes determine what needs to be done—there isn’t a “one size fits all” procedure.
Learn the anatomical reasons of why you’re unhappy about how you look. What logically needs to be done to eliminate the condition? In theory it’s simple. When you’re having a procedure that is technically demanding, and you need to have it performed by an experienced surgeon. I hope you take the utmost care when making decisions about your appearance; we’re always here to answer any questions you may have during one of our complimentary cosmetic consultations.
Written by David Goodkind, MD, board certified plastic surgeon
Happy New Year from your friends at FUZION. It’s that time of year when we look back on fond memories of 2013 and look ahead to the endless possibilities of 2014. If you are like me, you have made many resolutions only to fall off of whatever wagon I had just jumped on. Well, I’m going to make this easy for all of us! I have come up with a list of FUZION’s top four resolutions for 2014.
1. Take advantage of us! FUZION’s Fringe Benefits is the easiest and most generous private Aesthetics rewards program in Connecticut. We automatically sign you up, automatically tally and automatically send your rewards to you by email just for being a patient at FUZION.
2. Make us do the work! All of our Ambassadors are highly educated in all manufacturer’s rewards programs and rebate offers. You don’t have to do any of the work. If there is a manufacturer’s coupon to be had, you can count on us to pass the savings on to you!
3. Put us to the test! At FUZION, we pride ourselves on being experts in our field. What makes an expert? Education, teaching others in the field, artistic eye and experience. Bring our experts all of your questions – consultations are always free!
4. Hold us to a higher standard! Expect FUZION to always have your back. We are constantly doing research to find the “next best thing!” We have some amazing new technology coming in 2014.
The holidays are a time when social events put us face to face with all kinds of people, from old friends and family members to potential employers and life partners. While there might not be enough time left in the year for a body transforming procedure like a “Mommy Makeover” there are many options that can quickly bring new vibrancy to what’s front and center: your face. FUZION offers a wide range of non-invasive injectables, laser, radio-frequency, skin treatments and fillers that can prepare anybody for the barrage of seasonal photos this year.
There’s no way around it, the first thing people notice about another person is their face. A dose of BOTOX or Dysport to stop facial wrinkles, along with fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse or Artefill to smooth out creases, can quickly improve self-esteem. These non-invasive procedures can take years off your appearance and give you the confidence to face the holidays with grace. Our expert medical staff can easily recommend which procedures work best for each patient, taking into account important issues like recovery time, cost and longevity of results.
The Holidays are here! Let our friendly, knowledgeable staff help gift you a beautiful look!
We are always looking for a magic wand, the next big thing or a miracle cure. Well, FUZION has done its homework and found an answer! The ReAction™ by Viora is the latest in Radio Frequency (RF) technology offering the most optimized clinical results. The difference is the ReAction™ CORE™ technology. The CORE™ features three levels of RF channels and adds the ability to use them individually or all together, which means a better outcome!
The ReAction™ also has a vacuum component that helps to more effectively target the cells in the deepest part of the tissue and allow us to boast incredible non-surgical body sculpting and skin tightening results. FUZION has been reluctant to enter the Radio Frequency market due to the lack of consistent results. The ReAction outshines its competition (Venus Freeze, Aluma, Accent, ThermaCool and Thermage) by improving on the technology, adding advanced features such as the vacuum allowing for a broader range of face and body areas that can be successfully treated.
There are so many times in the past that I have seen patients who want to improve their appearance, but don’t want the downtime required to heal, nor the expense or invasiveness of a deep laser or surgical procedure. The ReAction™ effectively treats otherwise tough areas such as the undereye, upper lid, neck, jowls, decollete`, arms, inner thighs and buttocks. The improvements speak for themselves.
What would you say if I told you that you were in an abusive relationship? You are! With the sun. It’s time to end this one-sided relationship once and for all. Here are several ways to help you get over the breakup blues.
1. Get on Your A Game
Retinols (Vitamin A) are essential for reducing wrinkles and other signs of sun damage, the irony is that retinols also make your skin more sensitive to the sun. FUZION recommends using products with Vitamin A (retinols) at night and a physical moisturizer with SPF during the day. Don’t forget to apply SPF to your hands and eyelids, these areas are most susceptible to UV damage. You may want to consider wearing driving gloves – fashion and function.
2. “C” Things Clearly
Vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective ways to erase sun damage. This super-powered antioxidant is most effective in its stable form. FUZION recommends Vitamin C Crystals and “C-Mollient” cream in an airless pump. These forms guard against oxidization. Apply Vitamin C daily for best results.
3. Look on the bright side.
FUZION has specifically compounded medications to combat the signs of sun damage. FUZION Skin Brightening Cream and Skin Resurfacing Brightening Pads contain strong medicine that will improve your skin’s quality within two weeks.
4. Lighten Up
Customized cosmeceuticals with powerful lightening agents can result in improved even skin tone, resolution of hyper-pigmented lesions and textural abnormalities. These agents include hydroquinone, Kojic acid, Arbutase, L-arbutin and a number of homeopathic agents. Let our Medical Aesthetician, Laura Christensen, blend your perfect prescription.
5. Fake it ’til you make it!
Try a beautiful bronzer. glominerals offers natural bronzing products with healthy Vitamins C, A, K and E to help heal your skin while giving you a beautiful alternative to the sun. Might we also recommend a spray tan. Our friends at Rain Spa and Bravada Hair Lounge, both here in Branford, offer natural looking spray tans to give you that healthy glow.
6. Hide and Go Sleek
Traditional make up foundations simply cover skin sins. glominerals has just introduced LUXE foundation with all the benefits that glo is famous for, with the added benefit of diamonds! The diamond dust leaves you with even coverage and brilliant shimmer. Try it out with make-up artist Kristen Paolillo at our October Beauty Bash.
7. Resurface with lasers
Dead skin cells thwart these powerful ingredients from doing their jobs. Laser treatments are most effective with treating signs of sun damage; brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, all the awful consequences of your abusive relationship. At FUZION we offer several laser options –from a baby step laser facial, to our “big daddy” laser the Fraxel CO2. Join us next Thursday for our Beauty Bash No. 10, we’ll share the details plus we’ll be demonstrating a laser peel treatment LIVE!!!!
8. Quench Your Skin
Moisturize your face and body daily, but many of us forget to moisturize from the inside out – we recommend drinking 64 oz of non-caffeinated beverages daily, preferably water.
9. Get Naked!
Make an appointment with a Clinical Dermatologist once a year for a full body scan. Regardless of your skin color, it is important to evaluate your skin health.
The Sun. It’s the best part of summer and the worst thing for your skin. Besides being the biggest cause of skin cancer (the most common form of the “Big C” in men), the sun’s rays are about 90% to blame for signs of aging, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Think: wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin. That tan suddenly doesn’t look so sexy, does it? Sorry sun…it’s you…not me.
Jeepers creepers, what’s going on with your peepers? Patients come to me on a daily basis asking how to rejuvenate their eye area. Pampering your peepers is an essential part of looking younger. I’ve tried to make it simple by listing the complaints I always hear, followed by the best treatments I recommend. If I missed one, let me know and I’ll be happy to post an answer for you.
Issue: CROWS FEET
Solution: Dysport or BOTOX injections around the eye will reduce most lines for 3 months. For those of you who are not into injections, fractionated lasers like the Affirm or Fraxel CO2 provide years of improvement by rebuilding the collagen and resurfacing the lines that have already formed. On a budget? Start with a resurfacing peel (some people require a series) and then maintain with a medical grade retinol and growth factor based eye cream.
Issue: CREPEY SKIN
Solution: Resurface with a peel, followed by a hydrating medical grade moisturizer. Need more? Push the “reset” button with a Fraxel CO2 laser treatment. One treatment will give you the next best thing to brand new skin. More of a “Do It Yourselfer”? Try the highly acclaimed Tanda Luxe Photofacial LED device paired with our very own Vitamin C Emollient cream.
Issue: UNDER EYE BAGS
Solution: The gold standard for this typically genetic issue is surgery. A simple 45 minute procedure will rid you of these pesky peeper problems for the rest of your life! Not a surgical person? An amazing non-surgical option is Belotero or Restylane injections into the area just below the fullness to blend and balance the eye and cheek junction. This simple procedure has gotten even better since we started using cannulas (safer alternative to a needle). The cannulas minimize bruising, swelling, side effects and downtime.
Issue: UPPER LID SKIN
Solution: The upper lid skin that forms a drape across your eye can actually be a medical issue. A professional eye exam can help determine how extensive your “hooding” is. The answer, medical or cosmetic, is truly surgery. This 60 minute surgery is simple and may even be performed in a minimally invasive setting under local anesthetic. Looking for a laser option? The Fraxel CO2 or the Affirm will help to tighten, resurface and rejuvenate the upper lid area for years to come.
Take the time to pamper your peepers this month. Remember, cosmetic consultations are always free at FUZION. We look forward to helping you look your best.
“IF I get fillers and BOTOX now, will it make me look better later than I would had I not had any injections at all?”
I get asked this question often—and my very simple answer is YES, you will definitely look better longterm.
Think of it this way, if you use sunscreen everyday, rain or shine, you are actually preventing the sun from damaging your skin prematurely. Just the same way, dermal fillers that plump and add volume to skin actually prevent lines already present from getting deeper and more pronounced…and will also help to keep new lines from forming. Fillers act as a support mechanism which helps skin from sagging, the natural result of gravity and genetics.
Kati Midgley, PA-C
Medical Director, FUZION Medical Aesthetic Boutique