Monday, December 16, 2013

COMBINING THE ART AND SCIENCE OF BREAST SURGERY


Over a period of decades, Dr. Lewis Obi has been in the forefront of plastic surgery innovations particularly in the area of breast surgery. Early in his practice he was one of the first to introduce saline implants in the United States. Earlier this year he was one of the first to introduce the Natrelle 410 (gummy bear) implants along with the Vectra™ XT 3D imaging.




Natrelle™410 Gummy Bear Implants


Adivive™ Stem Cell Fat Processing System


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Vectra XT™/360 Video Turntable
EXCLUSIVE AT THE OBI PLASTIC SURGERY CLINIC

Dr. Lewis Obi is perhaps the first plastic surgeon to simultaneously combine scarless laser breast lift, stem cell fat grafting, 410 implants and areolar incisions for a wide variety of breast surgery patients. With 3D imaging and 360 videos, patients may see their results prior to surgery for breast augmentations, revisions and reconstructions. This diverse combination of techniques and technology insures optimal results and symmetry without unsightly scars.



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The above patient consulted with Dr. Lewis Obi after two sets of implants over a 20 year period. Complaints included firmness, asymmetry and saggy breasts. After 3D imaging and 360 video assessment, 410 (gummy bear) implant replacements was performed. At the same time a scarless laser breast lift was performed as well as laser tightening of the abdomen. Fat from the abdomen was simultaneously processed into concentrated stem cell fat which may be used for the face, breasts or buttocks.


INDICATIONS FOR STYLE 410 (GUMMY BEAR) IMPLANTS


PRIMARY AREOLAR BREAST AUGMENTATIONS/LASER LIFT/410 IMPLANTS





BREAST AUGMENTATION WITH TEXTURED ROUND IMPLANTS
NATRELLE 120 AND SIENTRA™






Wednesday, December 11, 2013

LEWIS J. OBI, MD LECTURING AT THE 30TH ANNUAL AMERICAN ACADEMY OF COSMETIC SURGERY MEETING



In addition to his very busy surgery schedule, Dr. Obi is continuing to move forward with research projects in the areas of stem cells and lasers.  Next month he will be giving a lecture on the cosmetic uses of Adipose Derived Stem Cells in Hollwood, FL.



Dr. Obi will again share the podium with Mark Berman, the co-founder of the California Stem Cell Treatment Center. They will both discuss the use and applications of homologous fat processed into stem cell rich stromal vascular fraction (SVF).  Dr. Obi was the first plastic surgeon with a FDA approved Adivive processor whereas Dr. Berman obtained a prototype system directly from South Korea. Dr. Berman advanced into the therapeutic and regenerative realm by digesting and incubating the Adivive processed fat into a clear concentrate of SVF that may be injected into joints, other tissues and also intravenously to treat a wide host of diseases.

Please check back for a synopsis of the meeting and all the latest regarding stem cell therapy. 




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

RENAISSANCE EVENT AND STAFF HERALDS A REBIRTH

Our Renaissance party last Thursday was widely attended by a large contingent of friends and patients. The specials posted for the event will continue through the week of New Years Day. Our expanded staff are providing many new services that have been well received by our patients.



GLAMOUR PACKAGE
2 Syringes of Juvederm XC
25 Units of Botox
Wrinkle Reduction Laser
Post Treatment Trial Skin Care Kit 
Anti Bruise Kit
$1199

GLOW PACKAGE
1 Syringe of Juvederm XC
25 Units of Botox
Wrinkle Reduction Laser
Post Treatment Trial Skin Care Kit
Anti Bruise Kit
$899

VOLUMA XC - NEW LARGE VOLUME FACE-LIFT FILLER
2 syringes for $1500

OTHER SPECIALS AVAILABLE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
 20% off selected skin care products
Gift Certificates: Buy $100 get $20 Free
Buy Clarisonic Pro or Mia & get a Free Micro or Glycolic Peel
Photofacial $149 per treatment
Juvederm XC $475 per syringe
Botox $9 per unit 


With the increased staffing of Renaissance, our hours are now from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may track us on both Facebook and Twitter as well as our revised and evolving web site.




Wednesday, December 4, 2013

INTRODUCTION OF VOLUMA™ LARGE VOLUME FILLER AT THE LEWIS OBI PLASTIC SURGERY CLINIC



VOLUMA™ LARGE VOLUME FILLER

An attractive face is characterized by smooth round contours, high cheekbones and a clean, well-defined jaw line. These features together comprise the 'triangle of beauty' or 'heart of face', with its base at the top and summit below. 


As we age, facial fat loss, gravity and a decrease of the skins natural elasticity conspire to reverse this triangle's composition. This results in a narrower, less youthful forehead and temple area, and a wider, heavier jaw line. Because the forehead and eyes lose padding, irregularities develop along with prominent veins. Once beautiful prominent eyes sink in to the sockets due to fat loss and atrophy of soft tissue enveloping the eyeballs. 

Voluma™ is Allergan’s answer to more invasive procedures such as Dr. Lewis Obi’s larger volume stem cell concentrated fat injections (Adivive™). The advantage to Adivive is that 2 to 4 syringes of Voluma ($1500-$3000) may be performed in the office with minimal bruising and down time. This product was been used abroad for a decade and recently approved for use in the U.S. only this week. Allergan claims that results will persist for up to 18 months. Below are results after 2 to 6 syringes of Voluma™



For larger and more permanent soft tissue enhancement of the face, it is my opinion that the only safe filler is the patient’s own processed fat. Three years ago this month, I was provided with the first U.S. FDA approved Lipokit™/Adivive™ Fat Processing System from Medikahn in South Korea. Since then I have treated almost 200 patients without complications and significant long term results. Volumes used range from 25 to 60cc with an average take of between 60 to 90 percent depending on enhancements. Fees range from $3500 to $6000.


With the use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem Cell Assisted Lipotransfer (CAL), I have been able to enhance long term graft survival close to 90% (3 to 7 years).



The addition of laser neck tightening  (SlimLipo™) was the basis for the OPERA Lift-Obi Palomar External Rejuvenation Esthetics. Down time for most patients with Adivive averages 5 to 7 days and is performed with local anesthesia and minimal sedation. An important component of my face lifting procedures has been the integration of large volume stem cell micro fat grafting to restore  the triangle of beautyor the so called heart face of youth.









Monday, December 2, 2013

FAT BASED SCIENCE IN THE NEW AGE OF PLASTIC SURGERY...ONLY AT THE LEWIS OBI PLASTIC SURGERY CLINIC



When I returned from the International Stem Cell Conference last week, my first case involved the use of five major systems at our licensed surgery center. During one three hour session, I was able to harvest fat from the abdomen to use as a large volume facial filler in a 71 year old patient. A portion of the fat was also processed as a rich source of stem cells (1000 times more than bone marrow). Simultaneously, our SlimLipo laser platform was used to tighten the abdomen and neck. The fat derived stem cells (50 million count) were used to inject into arthritic joints and inflamed tendons of the hands. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) was added to enhance both the cosmetic and therapeutic procedures. Shown below are a combination of systems that we have implemented in recent years which has advanced our clinic as one of the foremost private centers in the U.S.


Adipose Derived Stem Cells (ASC) 



There are 20 or more steps in processing fat into pure stem cells (SVF) that may be used for both therapeutic and plastic surgical procedures. These cells are accurately counted with our CountessTM stem cell counter: The potency of these stem cells are enhanced by the use of the patient’s blood using our MagellanTM platelet rich plasma system (PRP). Simultaneously, our surgery team assists me with the cosmetic procedures which in this male patient included SlimLipo of the abdomen and a non surgical face lift with stem cell concentrated fat



71 year old patient with the first treatment one year ago


SlimLipo treatment and weight loss in another male patient 

**Surgery team at the Lewis Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic for the above procedures included North Florida Anesthesia, Karen Webb RN, Michelle Zager ARNP, Pamela Moore, RN, Tina Nicholson SST and Kristin Williams SST. 








Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2013


FROM DR. LEWIS OBI AND HIS STAFF
including new staff members Kristin 
and Lana

It's a once in more than 70,000-year event: The first day of Hanukkah this year coincides with Thanksgiving. As a result, Jews everywhere are gearing up for "Thanksgivukkah," a mashup of Thanksgiving and the Jewish festival of lights. This lineup of the first day of Hanukkah with Thanksgiving 
is incredibly rare.






Monday, November 25, 2013

IFATS MEMBER DR. LEWIS OBI ATTENDS ANNUAL EVENT



International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science IFATS New York 2013 Conference

It was another New York Marathon for me to attend a very exciting stem cell oriented international symposium this past weekend.  There were more than 50 international stem cell researchers presenting hundreds of papers. Also, it was exciting to interact with my plastic surgery colleagues including IFATS co-founders Dr. Sydney Coleman of New York and Dr. Adam Katz of University of Florida.  My last contact was LA plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Aronowitz who reconstructed Suzanne Somers' breast with stem cell enhanced fat.



Since I first began using fat as a filler more than 30 years ago, the science of adipose derived stem cells for regenerative and therapeutic medicine has advanced to orbital levels.  This year I established the Cell Surgical Network of Florida and am already clinically applying a science which most of the IFATS presenters are only researching in laboratories.  In contrast to American plastic surgeons, the use of stem cell science has reached high levels of success in European and Asian countries.  During our four day meeting, more than 200 presentations by more than 50 authors from 25 countries shared their research and clinical experience.  By the fourth day on Sunday, with New York City in a deep freeze, I was forced to take a break with my family.








 
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