Combining Cellulaze, Smart Liposuction and ReAction

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I find that people are still often confused about which skin tightening and fat reducing procedures are right for them. When you see all the options out there, you can see why! At FUZION Medical Aesthetic Boutique, we always want you to be educated and confident about taking your options as you take your beauty steps—whether they are baby steps or giant leaps. Truth be told, combining the various treatments can lead to the best results. Let’s talk about the differences between these body contouring procedures.

FUZION compareCellulaze is a minimally invasive laser procedure that gets rid of cellulite, otherwise known as those annoying orange peel-like lumps on the surface of your skin. As one of the first plastic surgeons in the country to perform this operation after its FDA approval, I’ve found it to be effective on patients who have this problem. This ground-breaking treatment actually targets those hills and valleys under your skin. We talk about it more and show the treatment being done here. This procedure is performed by me, a 30 year Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, on-site at FUZION with minimal downtime. There’s really only a few people who have this clinical situation alone. Most times there’s significant loose skin on top.

Smart Liposuction is another minimally invasive procedure. Instead of fixing the surface of your skin, it improves the contour of your body. SmartLipo is the gold standard for re-proportioning your body. It eliminates those fatty areas that just don’t seem to go away with diet and exercise. At FUZION we believe you should never stop eating healthy and moving, but sometimes your body needs a little extra help. This procedure is “smart” because it does much more than the original results seen by traditional liposuction. SmartLipo heats the skin while melting the fat, which gives the added benefit of tightening your skin as you heal. Here is an in-depth look at the 3 steps of Smart Liposuction. This procedure is also performed by me, on-site at FUZION and has practically no downtime. For a person whose skin is just a little loose, this procedure can perform wonders!

Of all three body contouring options, ReAction is the least intimidating. It’s a non-invasive radio frequency procedure that reduces fat and tightens your skin. Non-invasive means no risk—no open wounds and no recovery time! It is done in the office and you can literally go back to work right after your appointment. Now, you can only apply so much energy to your skin without damaging it. The results are great, but you will need multiple treatments before you begin to see them, and it will require maintenance appointments from time-to-time. While you’ll see less dramatic results than SmartLipo, sometimes a little is all you are looking for and it’s a great procedure. I just want you to to be aware of its benefits and limitations. ReAction is performed by our nurses and medical aestheticians, on-site at FUZION. It’s a great place to start when you’re taking a baby beauty step.

When you come to FUZION for a complimentary consultation, we’ll work with you on your personal body shape and image concerns. Our medical experts can diagnose the physical cause for what bothers you and suggest the best therapies.

We’ve found that more often than not, these procedures work very well together. By combining them, you will see better results than any one treatment alone. When you’re ready to take the next step in your beauty plan, please sign up for our free consultation. You can be confident we’ll get you great results with this combined approach.

Dr. David Goodkind

Smart Liposuction: From MPX To Triplex

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Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 2.15.59 PMAt FUZION Medical Aesthetic Boutique, we are constantly staying at the forefront of medical aesthetic services. That’s why a little over a year ago, we upgraded our Smart Liposuction from MPX to the new gold standard—SmartLipo Triplex.

We originally helped pioneer SmartLipo MPX in Connecticut because we were so impressed with its revolutionary surgical components. It consists of two laser wavelengths—one targets fatty tissue and melts it, while the other helps to stop bleeding. The truly amazing added benefit is that one of the wavelengths also retracts skin, so areas with loose skin can actually obtain a much better result compared with conventional liposuction. This led to not only better skin color right after the procedure, but less swelling and a faster recovery. Simply put, you would see your final result much sooner.

Smart Liposuction Triplex then truly raised the standard for liposuction. It adds a third wavelength of energy. This wavelength is forty times more effective on fatty tissue. Adding the third wavelength allows me as a surgeon to melt fat away with incredible finesse. My patients now have even less trauma, less down time and even quicker healing.

Coupling this technology with the Smart Sense and Therma Guide upgraded controls make SmartLipo Triplex not only the most efficient and precise liposuction tool, but indeed the safest on the market.

If you have any questions about SmartLipo Triplex, you can always schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation. We take the highest care to bring you the best in aesthetics.

The 3 Steps of Smart Liposuction

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Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 1.54.14 PMI’m sure you’ve seen a lot of noninvasive options for reducing fat this past year. While these procedures may work to a degree, their application is very limited. For most people seeking fat reduction, liposculpture is still the best alternative.

I’ve performed liposculpture procedures since 1982. There is no doubt in my mind that laser-assisted Smart Liposuction remains the gold standard for all liposculpture procedures. It’s a precise procedure that we perform here at FUZION Medical Aesthetic Boutique which encompasses three distinctive steps. The procedure only makes a 2 mm incision under a regional anesthetic using minimal oral sedation. That means you’ll be back on your feet right away. It’s very safe and very efficient. Here are the steps we take.

    1. We melt fat with a laser deep in the area of the fatty “bulge.”

    2. The overlying skin is treated with the laser using a different wavelength, heating it to 45°C. This heating causes the skin to contract over the diminished fatty volume in the ensuing 3-4 months.

    3. The last step of the procedure consists of suctioning out the melted fat.

My patients are pain-free and relaxed. You’ll wear a post-operative compressive garment for three weeks, but otherwise you can do any type of physical activity like you normally would. It will take about three to four months for you to see the final results, which is a well proportioned body contour. Remember, we find that beauty is more about proportion and symmetry, not size. That’s the goal of a Smart Liposuction procedure.

There is no other procedure that rivals the results of Smart Liposuction. As always, we’re here to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. Please call to set up a complimentary cosmetic consultation.

- Dr. David Goodkind

Long Term Filler Event is Finally Here!

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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!]

Smartlipo Triplex™ the “Gold Standard” for Liposuction

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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

The Truth About ReAction & SmartLipo Triplex

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ReactionThere’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

Short Scar Facelift

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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.

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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

FUZION 2014 New Years Resolutions

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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.

~ Kati

FUZION Gives You the Gift of Beauty This Holiday Season

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iStock_000017570718XSmallThe 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!

No Needles, No Surgery, No Downtime…Really?

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coreWe 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.

FUZ-Reaction-B&AThere 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.