Tuesday, December 6, 2011


The Palomar Icon™ system is the next generation of aesthetic systems. With high peak powers, state of the art cooling, built in calibration, and an intuitive user interface, the Palomar Icon system provides fast treatments with excellent outcomes and user experience.

Building on two decades of unparalleled investments in developing light-based systems for aesthetic providers, the Palomar Icon system redefines the standard of light-based cosmetic and dermatologic care by introducing several new enhancements designed to improve clinical outcomes and treatment satisfaction.

While completely redesigned and improved, Palomar has built upon its 20-year leadership to take aesthetic technology to another level. With Palomar Icon, aesthetic applications can provide the most popular treatments including laser skin resurfacing, laser wrinkle reduction, laser scar and stretch mark treatment, permanent hair reduction, vessel and pigment clearance, and leg vein clearance.

Click here to review all of the applications of the Icon and their new and unique hand pieces.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Last week Dr. Lewis Obi introduced his innovation, the Opera Lift at an advanced aesthetic symposium in Orlando. You may read details of the Opera Lift™ on our website: OBIPLASTICSURGERY.COM. It is a non-surgical facelift procedure which includes neck tightening with the Slim Lipo laser, Adivive Stem Cell concentrated fat grafting to the face (3D Spacelift) and Botox to the forehead. The Opera Lift Minor may be performed for under $5000 with a down time of 2 to 3 days. This technique is unique to Dr. Lewis Obi who is trying to share his talents with his colleagues with back to back lectures in Orlando and New York.

Monday, November 7, 2011


Palomar Icon, the Dawn of a New Era in Laser and Optimized Light Technology

The Palomar Icon laser and optimized light system is clinically proven to produce results as good as or better than single-procedure lasers with more client comfort. The highpowered Palomar Icon system provides the most-requested aesthetic treatments, with Palomar's many patented innovations.

Dr. Lewis Obi is the First Plastic Surgeon on the First Coast to acquire Palomar’s Icon Laser Platform. To commemorate the arrival of this advanced technology, Dr Obi’s Renaissance Center will provide all of its laser treatments at a reduced cost during the next 60 days. Take time to read the details of this revolutionary new advance in lasers along with the it’s numerous aesthetic applications. Read more about the Icon

During the past three years, Dr. Lewis Obi was one of the first plastic surgeons
worldwide to offer LifeSculpt (SlimLipo) laser treatments and has successfully treated more than 350 patients. This year Dr. Obi became the first American Plastic Surgeon to acquire the FDA approved Adivive Fat Processing Unit providing stem cell concentrated fat grafting for both cosmetic and reconstructive patients. This was followed by the acquisition of the MaxStem Incubator and now the Icon™ laser platform. Less than three years ago the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic acquired the Palomar 500 Starlux Laser which was then the “state of the art” external laser platform. The financial and intellectual investment in this enormous arsenal of technology has been extraordinary particularly in a time of economic reversals. Of particular note is the intellectual and academic contributions made by Dr. Lewis Obi. This year alone, Dr. Obi has lectured at and attended more than ten major plastic surgery meetings and symposia. This month, Dr. Obi will be a featured speaker at advanced symposia in New York and Orlando and will also attend a major stem cell meeting in Miami. Read more about the Icon

Friday, November 4, 2011

Body Sculpting and the New Facelift in the New Economy: Octoberfest Success!

On the 20th of October, the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic hosted a large gathering for the annual OctoberFest Celebration which was a great success. Dr. Obi shared his recent Santa Monica presentation entitled “Body Sculpting and the New Facelift in the New Economy” with the guests in attendance.
Dr. Lewis Obi spoke about the New Facelift in the New Economy at the Santa Monica Advance Skin Aesthestics & Body Sculpting Symposium in October.
In addition Dr. Obi’s innovation, the "OPERA LIFT" procedure (Obi-Palomar External Rejuvenational Aesthetics) was one of the main topics of discussion. We have received requests for similar future presentations. We will be offering in-house "wine and cheese" type of events on a monthly basis. The first presentation will be delivered by Dr. Obi on Thursday, December 1st. Since participation for each event will be limited to 12 attendees, we encourage you to call our office (904) 399-0905 for enrollment as soon as possible.

Dr. Lewis Obi and his staff extend their wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Plastic Surgeons and patients alike are attracted to acronyms that have
been utilized over the decades in an effort to promote new techniques.
Early in Dr Lewis Obi’s career the term “Mini Lift” was used as a marketing
tool to provide patients with alternatives to the more major and costly face
lifting procedures. The issue of down time from work and social activities
was also a consideration. About every five years or so since the term Mini
Lift was introduced, other trademark procedures have included the “Feather
Lift”, “MACS Lift” and “Life Style Lift”. Except for the “Feather Lift” which
was soon abandoned because of significant complications, none of the
other trademark procedures were unique. However with the recent advent
of advanced technology by Palomar, there is finally justification for a new
acronym The OPERA Lift”. Palomar Medical introduced the LifeSculpt
(SlimLipo) laser platform three years ago and Dr. Lewis Obi was one of the
earliest providers. This year Palomar introduced the Adivive Fat Processing
Unit and Dr. Obi acquired the first FDA approved system.

Dr. Lewis Obi has combined these two technologies and is now offering
patients with a significant alternative to traditional facelifting procedures.
The OPERA Lift is translated into the Obi Palomar External Rejuvenation
Aesthetics and is an entirely non-surgical procedure. Loose facial skin,
deep facial creases, indelible lines and eye hollows are minimized with
Adivive stem cell enhanced fat grafting (an average take of 52%). Neck
tightening is achieved with the Palomar SlimLipo laser platform. Down time
varies from 3 days to 10 days depending on the volume of fat grafting
utilized in the face. The pictures below reflect the patient immediately after
fat grafting and then 3 days later (OPERA minor). The introductory pictures
above reflect a longer recovery because of larger fat volume and the added
surgical procedures of an LJO browlift (OPERA major). The OPERA minor
procedure may be performed with oral sedation whereas the Opera major
is performed with conscious nurse sedation.

Another example of a large volume fat grafting procedure to the face
(Opera major) resulted in a down time of approximately 7 days. Stem cell
concentrated fat may be use in volumes of up to 90 cc thereby resulting in
a “3D Spacelift” that was first described by Dr. Mark Berman of Beverly
Hills. Patients are told that they may benefit with a second but lesser
(OPERA minor) grafting session six months to a year later. Long term
results are expected in the majority of patients.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Dr. Lewis Obi spoke about the New Facelift in the New Economy at the Santa Monica Advance Skin Aesthestics & Body Sculpting Symposium in October.

Dr. Lewis Obi shared the podium at an Advanced Symposium with Dr. Mark Berman on October 15th. During the previous day Dr. Obi was privileged to witness new clinical applications of stem cells derived from adult fat. Dr. Berman has worked with Dr. Lee of South Korea and Dr. Yoshimura of Tokyo for the past three years in developing this new technology. Palomar provided Dr. Lewis Obi with the first FDA approved system in January of this year. The Adivive system combined with the SlimLipo laser platform has allowed Dr. Obi to perform total non surgical face and neck rejuvenation at a reduced cost and with less down time. Our next blog will feature the new OPERA LIFT PROCEDURE developed by Dr, Lewis Obi.

Friday, October 7, 2011


Within the span of ten weeks, from September 25th to December 10th, Dr. Lewis Obi has been listed as a featured speaker in Denver, Santa Monica, New York City and Orlando. His talks have covered a wide range of topics ranging from advanced reconstructive breast surgery to the most recent clinical applications of lasers and stem cell fat in many areas of plastic surgery. Last weekend, Dr. Lewis Obi was one of the presenters at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) in Denver. Next week Dr. Obi travels to Santa Monica, CA where is a speaker at an Advanced Symposium sponsored by Palomar Medical Technology Inc. Similar presentations later this year will occur in New York City and Orlando.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Leaders in Comprehensive Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic: Dr. Lewis J. Obi

Leaders in Comprehensive Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Recognized as a pioneering plastic surgeon in Northeast Florida, Dr. Lewis Obi, founder of the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic, is a highly respected and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, specializing in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery services. Dr. Obi served our country in the United States Marine Corps before completing medical school at the University of Miami.

At Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic we believe it is our dedication to patient care and safety that allows our patients to experience the most advanced surgical techniques in a comfortable and confidential setting.

The philosophical emphasis of Dr. Lewis Obi and his professional team centers around a humanitarian dedication combined with artistry and surgical prowess. These skills and talents are constantly reviewed and updated so that we are always on the cutting edge of our profession. Call for a free consultation.

3599 University Boulevard South, Suite 604 Jacksonville, Fl. 32216 904-399-0905



Dr. Lewis Obi was proud to be the guest of Raimundo “Ric” Davalos at the Annual Seminar sponsored by the Montoya & Associates on Tuesday September 27th. Keynote speakers were authors David Houle and Jonathan Fleece who preempted thier upcoming book entitled “The New Health Age” and the Future of Health care in America. Both Houle and Fleece shared their personal incites on the future of health care with Dr. Obi after their lectures. David Houle is known as the “CEOʼs futurist” and is one of the most sought after speakers internationally. Mr. Davalos is founder and CEO of the start-up company CMEnow. Coincidentally, both Dr. Lewis Obi and David Houle are both on the board of directors advisory committee for CMEnow.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Be sure to check out the Obi Plastic Surgery web site at www.obiplasticsurgery.com

Friday, September 23, 2011


This weekend Dr. Lewis Obi delivers his presentation on The New Facelift in the New Economy at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting in Denver. To commemorate this event, the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic are providing a choice of non-surgical options at more affordable fees. Most of these procedures may be performed with preoperative sedation and minimum down time.

Non-surgical Necklift with LifeSculpt (SlimLipo)
1 to 2 days down time - $2000

Learn more about LifeSculpt

Non-surgical Facelift (3D Spacelift) with Adivive Fat Grafting (stem-cell rich)
$3500 for limited face - 3 days average down time

Learn more about Adivive Fat Grafting

Non-Surgical Facelift (Adivive) and Non-Surgical Necklift (LifeSculpt)-Combined
$4900 (with limited Adivive) - complimentary Botox with this package

Learn more about LifeSculpt
Learn more about Adivive Fat Grafting

Dr. Lewis Obi has performed LifeSculpt (SlimLipo) on 340 patients including 150 neck procedures during the past 35 months. As Palomarʼs first provider of Adivive™ stemcell concentrated fat grafting system, Dr. Obi has treated more than 50 patients. Patients may have these procedures performed on Wednesday, Thursday or Fridays and return to work in 2 to 3 days. For sake of economy, some patients elect to have limited eyelid and/or browlift procedures performed at the same time. The full face Adivive procedures along with eyelid surgery does require a longer recovery time.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


“Mayo joins S. Korean firm for ALS study”

Todayʼs headline story in the Florida Times-Union is a very familiar story to Dr. Lewis Obi. Palomar Medical Technology Inc. has been collaborating with South Korean Plastic Surgeon Dr. He Young Lee since last year. Dr. Lee, MD, PhD heads up MediKahn which is based in Seoul, Korea. After meeting with Dr. Lee last year, Dr. Lewis Obi was provided with the first FDA Fat Processing Unit in January. The Adivive™ (Lipokit) system was developed to concentrate stem cells derived from adult fat. Dr. Obi was questioned at the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic today regarding today's TU article and he stated “It makes sense to look to Asia for leading research not only in the area of Stem Cell science but also into biopharmaceuticals as The Mayo Clinicʼs research team here in Jacksonville is doing. During the past year we have been extremely interactive with scientific developments not only in South Korea but in Japan, Europe and the U.S.”

Read the full article on Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2011-09-20/story/mayo-clinic-south-korean-company-collaborating-als-research

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


As indicated in our September Newsletter, Dr. Lewis Obi is scheduled to deliver a major presentation on September 25th at the National Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in Denver. “The New Facelift in the New Economy: Combining Modalities for Customized Results” is the title of his presentation. The application of two important tools unique to the Jacksonville Plastic Surgeons armamentarium includes the Palomar LifeSculpt (SlimLipo) platform and the newly introduced Adivive Fat Processing Unit.

In addition to his Denver presentation, Dr. Lewis Obi is also scheduled to deliver another presentation at an Advanced Body Sculpting Symposium in Santa Monica, CA on October 15th. During these presentations, Dr. Obi will unveil the new “Laser-Stem Facelift™”. This highly advanced approach will allow patients to experience significant facial and neck rejuvenation with most patients returning to work within 3 days. The first 15 patients will be provided with complimentary Botox and/or a free Clarisonic. As indicated, details of this unique new approach in the area of cosmetic facial surgery will follow.

Click here to learn more about the new Laser-Stem Facelift and all about Adivive and SlimLipo.


During the past three years, Dr. Lewis Obi has worked closely with Palomar Medical Technology in developing clinical applications for their LifeSculpt laser platform and more recently combining this unique tool with Palomarʼs Adivive Fat Processing Unit. In fact, Dr. Lewis Obi was provided with the first FDA approved Adivive system in the United States. Developed by Dr. He Young Lee in South Korea, this system is the only totally self contained unit that processes adult fat into a stem cell concentrated filler useful for both cosmetic and reconstructive applications. To date, Dr. Lewis Obi has completed approximately 50 Adivive Fat Grafting procedures and 350 LifeSculpt (SlimLipo) cases. Because of Dr. Obiʼs leadership and broad depth of experience in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery, he has advanced this area of plastic surgery into a totally new paradigm. His upcoming lecture at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in Denver later this month entitled “The New Facelift in the New Economy: Combining Modalities for Customized Results” will unveil his unique approach to total face and neck rejuvenation.

There are many benefits of this approach in terms of results, his most recent adaptation of these combined treatments avoids the need IV sedation and the patient returns to work after a short recovery. Depending on the extent of the procedures, the fee for this new and relatively non-invasive facelift would range between $3500 to $4900. The procedures include the use of the patients own fat processed and condensed by the Adivive system. This may then be injected into facial areas such as the cheek creases, the marionette creases, lips, cheekbone areas and chin. In addition to the Adivive facial rejuvenation, neck tightening with the LifeSculpt (SlimLipo) system may also be performed at the same time. Both procedures are generally performed under local anesthesia with a preoperative sedation taken orally as an option. The majority of patients may have these procedures performed on a Friday and return to work on the following Monday. The fee for Adivive facial fat grafting performed in this manner is $3500. If LifeSculpt laser neck tightening is performed at the same time then the total fee would be $4900. It should be noted that currently, comprehensive Adivive Fat Grafting facial procedures are performed under nurse sedation because larger quantities of fat is harvested, processed and then injected into more diffused facial areas. This technique also results in a larger fee and more recovery time.

Be sure to visit our web site to learn more about Adivive and Adivive costs as well as LifeSculpt and LifeSculpt costs.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


The highly professional and competent staff at the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic has always provided unparalled care to a broad range of surgery patients. Because of our weakened economy and diminishing insurance reimbursements, our practice writes off more than 50% of insurance charges filed for reconstructive plastic surgery procedures. The Samuel Wells Surgicenter and Dr. Lewis Obi is still one of the few private health care providers that accepts Medicare as well as other insurance providers who fail to provide reimbursements that cover our basic costs. This is only possible because of Dr. Obi’s successful practice that performs many innovative new procedures that have both aesthetic and reconstructive applications. In spite of the economic downturn, Dr. Lewis Obi’s practice has thrived and we are happy to report no downsizing of our staff.

Dr. Lewis Obi is personally proud of his staff’s commitment and loyalty. Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic staff includes Carole, Karen, Michelle, Lisa, Julie, Alyssa, Tina, Denise, Faye, Darlene, Ken, Amelia, Melanie, Debbie, Sherry, Casey and Tori.


"AESTHETIC WARRIOR - Lewis J. Obi, MD, stays very active on plastic surgery’s front lines" was the cover story for the June issue of Plastic Surgery Practice magazine, an international trade publication.

Dr. Lewis Obi has been high profile not only as a comprehensive plastic surgeon but also in the area of clinical research with lasers and stem cell fat grafting. During the past 33 months Dr. Obi has treated nearly 400 patients with SlimLipo (LifeSculpt) laser technology and Adivive Fat Grafting procedures (Palomar Medical Technology Inc.™). Dr. Lewis Obi has lectured at numerous advanced symposia as well as national plastic surgery society meetings. Next month he is scheduled to lecture at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual meeting in Denver. Also, Dr. Lewis Obi is working with the most advanced stem cell researchers not only in the United States but also in South Korea and Japan. Current projects include joining an ongoing IRB (Institutional Review Board) in the area of isolating and concentrating stem cells from adult fat. This is an area of intense interest in both reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery. Also, it is the focus of ongoing research in the area of curative medicine. There are very few private plastic surgery clinics in the U.S. that are so engaged in developing this new technology.

Within the past year, Dr. Lewis Obi has established relationships with the most advanced physicians in the area of stem cell research including Dr. He Young Lee of South Korea (MediKahn), Dr Kotaro Yoshimura of Tokyo and Dr. Mark Berman of California. “I am very privileged to be part of this unique scientific revolution in our specialty of plastic surgery” was a recent comment made by Dr. Lewis Obi to his colleagues.

Monday, July 18, 2011


This is the title of Dr. Lewis Obi’s upcoming 1 1/2 hour presentation at the ASPS meeting and it has become the new standard for facial rejuvenation by the leading surgeons in plastic surgery. Comprehensive but natural rejuvenation of brows, eyelids, mid-face and neck integrates traditional surgical techniques with advanced lasers, such as Slim Lipo neck tightening and skin resurfacing, and the recently released Adivive™ fat processing unit. The use of concentrated stem cell fat grafting has been the most recent addition to the “New Facelift” approach for many of Dr. Lewis Obi’s patients. Cost and down time has been reduced while still enhancing results and lowering costs.

>> Learn more about Adivive costs and downtime.

>> Learn more about SlimLipo costs and downtime.


Dr. Lewis Obi remains in the forefront of plastic surgery with an invitation to deliver a 1 1/2 hour presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) on September 25, 2011. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the society is composed of board-certified plastic surgeons who perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. With more than 6000 board certified plastic surgeons, the ASPS annual meeting is the largest attended plastic surgery meeting of the year. Dr. Lewis Obi’s talk is titled "The New "FaceLift" in the New Economy: Combining Modalities for Customized Results". Dr. Obi was selected to present this topic at a special 1 1/2 hour luncheon assembly because of his advanced work with lasers, stem cell fat grafting and his specialized techniques of facial rejuvenation. A combination of in depth experience and evolving new techniques has placed Dr. Lewis Obi in demand on a national level. His cover story for Plastic Surgery Practice (PSP) magazine last month is a testimonial to the escalating recognition of Dr. Lewis Obi among his peers.

During the same week in September, Dr. John Murray will present his own clinical testing on a new technique of assessing circulation in flaps during reconstructive breast surgery. Novodaq developed the SPY Imaging System which allows surgeons to capture, review, print and archive high-quality image sequences of blood flow in vessels and micro-vessels, tissue and organ perfusion within minutes and in real-time during the course of performing a wide variety of surgical procedures.

Monday, June 20, 2011


Plastic Surgery Practice Magazine is an international plastic surgery publication distributed to more than 15,000 plastic surgeons worldwide. PSP provides plastic surgeons with the latest and most innovative news in the field of plastic surgery. The editor Jeff Frentzen each month selects a cover story of universal interest and selected Dr. Lewis Obi for his cover story this month. Writer Amy Di Leo interviewed Dr. Obi on multiple occasions prior to writing her story:

Lewis J. Obi, MD, stays very active
                       on plastic surgery's front lines.

To read the entire article go to:


Dr. Lewis Obi and Dr. John Murray have effectively combined their diverse talents in the areas of aesthetic breast surgery and reconstructive breast surgery. Their skills are particularly beneficial to patients who are seeking breast augmentation and breast reductions. In addition, they are particularly skilled to take care of complex cases such as the mastectomy patient and patients with a history of previous breast surgery complications. Many of these cases are covered by insurance and may be treated at the Samuel Wells Surgicenter which is part of the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Dr.Lewis Obi has treated more than 300 patients with the Slim Lipo (LifeSculpt) laser lipolysis system and continues on the cutting edge of this relatively new technology. Palomar Medical Technology Inc., developer of Slim Lipo, also acquired FDA approval for their Adivive Fat Processing Unit six months ago. Dr. Lewis Obi was provided the first Adivive unit in the United States and has treated more than 30 patients since January. Unwanted fat obtained during Slim Lipo procedures may then be used for facial rejuvenation, breast reconstruction and for other areas requiring large volume natural fillers.

Friday, June 3, 2011


Last May, the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic presented a comprehensive blog on the topic of skin cancers and sunscreens.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just issued a new directive on this issue and it should be noted that more than 80% of sunscreens on the market are either unsafe or ineffective. This is particularly important with our babies and children as sun exposure during these early years leads to accelerated aging, damage to the immune system, increased incidence of internal as well as skin cancers, cataracts, macular degeneration and numerous other maladies.

Therefore our advice is for limited sun exposure and the safest sunscreen is clothing, hats and sunglasses. However, the majority of Americans are spraying and splashing unsafe chemical on their skin which may not only be internally toxic but also increase the risk of melanomas and other cancers. Drs. Lewis Obi and John Murray together have more than 50 years of combined experience in treating melanomas and other skin cancers and both doctors agree that the best treatment is prevention. Therefore, we are republishing our recommendations from last spring's blog post along with the most recent recommendations from EWG for the selection of safe and effective sunscreens. Dr. Lewis Obiʼs background includes seven years as a practicing Registered Pharmacist (BSP) and along with his decades of experience as a plastic surgeon, his sage advice is worthy of your attention.

To read the article in its entirety, click here to see the full PDF version.

To learn more about The Environmental Working Group and sunscreen, visit their web site at http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


At the New York symposium, Dr. Lewis Obi also shared the morning session with Dr. Afschin Fatemi of Dusseldorf, Germany who delivered a revolutionary new technique for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis. Excessive perspiration of the armpits affects more than 10% of the general population and to date the only treatment has been the use of Botox™. Botox treatments can be expensive ($1000 per treatment), cumbersome and short lasting (6 months or less). Dr. Fatemi, a world renown German dermatologist, has developed a technique of long term elimination of axillary hyperhidrosis with the use of the SlimLipo laser system. This treatment may be performed under local anesthesia in less than one hour with virtually no down time. According to Dr. Fatemi, who has treated hundreds of patients in the past two years, has had success in 86% of his patients. Dr. Lewis Obi shared his own experience with Dr. Fatemi during a lunch break after their respective lectures The cost of this procedure is approximately $2000 and most patients return to work the next day. For additional information regarding this new treatment for excessive perspiration of the armpits, contact The Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic at 904-399-0905.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Dr. Lewis Obi was one of the keynote speakers at Palomars Advanced body sculpturing symposium in New York this past weekend. Palomar Medical Technology Inc. is the premier world leader in the development and production of medical lasers used by plastic surgeons. At the symposium, Dr. Lewis Obi shared his 30 months of experience with Slim Lipo (LifeSculpt) system to an international audience. Dr. Obi was one of the first plastic surgeons in the world to integrate this advanced technology into his practice.

In January, Dr. Lewis Obi was the first plastic surgeon in the United States to integrate Palomar’s Adivive™ FDA approved Fat Processing Unit into his practice. Three of the major clinical researchers and developers of fat-derived stem cell fat are Dr. He Young Lee of South Korea, Dr. Katora Hoshimura of Tokyo, and Dr. Mark Berman of Santa Monia. Since last year, Dr. Lewis Obi has worked closely with these pioneering plastic surgeons and has achieved tremendous success with his patients in the area of stem cell fat grafting. He has treated 25 patients in more than 40 areas including the face, breast and hands. The Adivive Fat Processing Unit is the only totally enclosed system which harvests fat, filters and centrifuges fat and finally delivers the stem cell concentrated aspirate into syringes that then injects into the target areas. The only major competitor of Adivive is the complex Cytori system which is not yet FDA approved and therefore unavailable in the United States. Cytori’s only domestic unit is PureGraft™ which is a very simple system of IV tubing that cleans the lipoaspirate without the complex features of Adivive i.e. compacting, filtering and condensing fat in a totally enclosed unit. Dr. Mark Berman, who shared the podium with Dr. Lewis Obi this past weekend, has commented that “PureGraft is not too different from what we all have been doing with fat for decades. The non FDA approved complex Cytori system is not bad but the cost factor is prohibitive for our domestic patients. Therefore Adivive (Lipokit) is the best and only cost efficient system in the area of stem cell fat."

Friday, May 13, 2011


Dr. Lewis Obi is receiving special international recognition as he will be the cover story for Plastic Surgery Practice Magazine in the upcoming June 2011 issue.

His nomination for the cover story was a recognition of not only his long term contributions in the field of plastic surgery but his ongoing participation in developing new technology in the area of lasers, clinical applications of fat derived stem cell science and major participation in the field of reconstructive plastic surgery.

During the past three years Dr. Obi has lectured at several symposia and plastic surgery meetings nationally in addition to training plastic surgeons at the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic. For the past six months he has actively participated with his new associate Dr. John Murray in their efforts to enhance the care of breast cancer patients.


In March, we announced that Dr. Lewis Obi was one of the major presenters at an advanced symposium in Dallas. Later this month Dr. Obi will not only share his 30 months of experience with Slim Lipo™ (LifeSculpt™) but also
present one of the earliest U.S. clinical applications of Adivive™. Palomar Medical Technology Inc. provided Dr. Lewis Obi with the first FDA approved Adivive (Lipokit) units in January and as of this week Dr. Obi has treated more than 20 patients with this new fat grafting system.

“The Adivive™ Fat Processing Unit is the only system that infuses tissues, harvests fat, centrifuges and delivers fat in a totally enclosed sterile system,” commented Dr. Obi. “My discussions with University of Tokyoʼs Chairman of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Yoshimura, this weekend in Boston, was a learning experience for me.” Dr. Obi comments that “Although I have been performing fat grafting at least ten years before Dr. Yoshimura, his research and publications have provided the world of medicine with a wealth of important data.”

Of interest is that Dr. Yoshimura and Dr. Lewis Obi are using the same Fat Processing System developed by Dr. He Young Lee of South Korea several years ago. Adipose derived stem cell (ADSC) fat is one of the most active areas of research not only in plastic surgery but in all areas of medicine. Because of higher survival rates of “cleaner” fat, the use of this technique has many new applications in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures.

For specific applications refer to our recent work with Adivive (Lipokit) patients on our website.

Thursday, May 12, 2011


World famous stem cell plastic surgeon Dr. Katora Yoshimura from the University of Tokyo and Dr. Lewis Obi were among a small group of five plastic surgeons visiting the 130,000 square foot facility of Palomar Medical Technology this past week. Dr. Yoshimura & Dr. Obi for Adivive Lipokit Fat Transfer

Palomar is perhaps the world leading producer of medical lasers and 30 months ago introduced Dr. Obi to their newly developed laser lipolysis Slim Lipo™ system.

“I was blown away and in total awe of the magnitude of this high-tech facility outside of Boston where the leading laser scientists are conducting ground breaking research and development,” said Dr. Obi.

Palomar is one of the last American high-tech corporations that are not only conducting laser research and development but entirely producing all of their own medical lasers in house. Palomarʼs most recent innovation is their home-use laser Palovia™ which is marketed through QVC and Nordstrom. This micro fractional laser device sells for only $499 and patients may effectively and safely treat eyelid wrinkles at home.

Dr. Lewis Obi was most impressed with PMTIʼs CEO, Joe Caruso, who directed the tour of his unique facility. Dr. Gregory Altshuler Ph.D. who, during the cold war years, was the director of the St. Petersberg Russian laser program, joined Palomar in 1995. He now heads up R&D with his large team of Ph.D. laser experts.

Plastic surgeon, Dr. Brooke R. Seckel is the medical director of Palomar and is Chairman Emeritus of Plastic Surgery at the Lahey Clinic as well as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Seckel is perhaps one of the leading aesthetic laser surgeons in the world.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Dr. Lewis Obi and Denise Merlo are happy to announce that the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic will provide patients with the new hand-held self treatment laser Palovia™ at the same low discounted cost at Nordstrom and QVC. The advantages of patients acquiring their units from Dr. Lewis Obi are numerous.

We will provide you with instructions for treating eyelid lines and also integrate the use of this laser with almost every surgical procedure performed at our facility. Coincidentally, Palovia™, although not specified by its FDA approval, also has been found to speed up healing of fresh surgical scars and also enhance collagen rejuvenation in other areas of the body.

Patients undergoing major cosmetic procedures are encouraged to integrate the use of this device in their ongoing rejuvenation efforts. “My visit with many of the laser experts at Palomar this past weekend was very convincing,” said Dr. Obi.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Finally, Dr. Lewis Obi and his staff want to wish all of the mothers a belated Happy Mothers Day. Our Mothers Day event on May the 4th was an extreme success. Our entire staff was in attendance and dedicated to enhancing the care of our patients and guests. Nurse practitioner Michelle Zager was much appreciated by her patients and continues to be one of our top professionals. She will be featured as our employee of the month in our May newsletter. The entire team at the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic is indeed dedicated professionals who on a daily basis provide our patients with not only quality care but sensitivity and compassion to every single patient.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Fourth Annual Breast Cancer Symposium Is Right Around The Corner

Dr. Murray and the entire team at Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic are excited to announce that the 4th Annual Breast Cancer Symposium held in East Peoria, Illinois is right around the corner.

This year's symposium, held September 29th - 30th, 2011, promises to educate and inform just as the previous year's conferences. We encourage all physicians and healthcare personnel to attend this forum to learn more about the latest in diagnosis and treatments regarding breast cancer.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Jacksonville plastic surgery center or visit the Breast Cancer Symposium web site for registration details.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Adivive (Lipokit) Discussion on WJXT Channel 4 in Jacksonville

Dr. Lewis Obi and Dr. John Murray were recently invited to discuss the Adivive (Lipokit) procedure on WJXT Channel 4 morning show in Jacksonville. Watch the video to see the doctors discuss all the benefits of the Adivive procedure, the first FDA-approved autologous fat transfer system, and discover why they are the first doctors to receive this.

Friday, March 18, 2011


In the past the only effective treatment for excessive perspiration in the armpit area was the use of Botox™ injections. Not only are these Botox injections expensive ($1000 plus per treatment) but the benefits were short term, usually six months. It was accidentally discovered by Palomar Medical that SlimLipo™ laser lipolysis will abolish the sweat glands in the armpit area for a more permanent result. Since the sweat glands reside in the axillary fat cells then the SlimLipo laser platform is an effective ablative treatment. This treatment may be performed under local anesthesia with no down time. The fee for this procedure is usually around $2000 and if performed with another SlimLipo procedure then the cost is reduced to about $1200.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Dr. Murray has been busy, as co-chair, of designing the educational program for the Fourth Annual Breast Cancer Symposium. This symposium will take place in Peoria, IL (also the home of Susan G. Komen) on September 29-30, 2011. Dr. Murray chaired this symposium over the first three years, before relocating to Jacksonville, FL. Since joining Dr. Lewis Obiʼs practice he has been active with the Comprehensive Breast Care Centers at Memorial, Baptist and St. Vincentʼs Hospitals. Recently Memorial and St. Vincentʼs were awarded full accreditation by the American College of Surgeons.

Monday, March 14, 2011


Dr. Lewis Obi was featured as one of the key presenters at an advanced plastic surgery body sculpturing this past weekend in Dallas. In addition to his results with the Slim Lipo platform, Dr. Obi shared his initial experience with the Lipokit fat grafting system. Many aspects of adult stem cell fat and its potential in plastic surgery was reviewed at the symposium. Dr. Mark Berman, president elect of the cosmetic society, also shared his long term results of fat grafting as well as his research into the area of therapeutic stem cell therapies.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


The potential for fat-derived stem cells in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery is promising and slowly becoming a reality. Already numerous centers in both Europe and Asia are exploring this concept and have been performing breast reconstruction with minimally invasive fat grafting techniques for many years. Recently the FDA approved a Fat Processing Unit developed by Dr. He Young Lee of South Korea (Medikahn™) which was imported by Palomar Medical Technology under the name of Lipokit™.

In January, Jacksonville Plastic Surgeons Drs. Lewis Obi and John Murray were provided with the first FDA approved Lipokit™ unit in the United States. Already within the past six weeks they have fat grafted nine patients in areas including the breasts, face and upper extremities. Most of these procedures may be performed without general anesthesia nor open surgery. A significant number of breast cancer patients are candidates for this innovative new technique thus avoiding the use of breast implants and/or complicated flap procedures. Next week Dr. Lewis Obi is presenting in Dallas his tentative fat grafting results along with his presentation of his 27-month experience with the Slim Lipo™ fat lipolysis platform. At the same time that unwanted fat is recycled to other areas of the body, the donor sites such as abdomen and thighs may be simultaneously tightened with the Slim Lipo laser device.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Last month Dr. Lewis Obi attended the Breast fat grafting seminar at the Baker-Gordon Annual Symposium in Miami. World leaders in the area of adult stem cell fat presented a large series of cases performed worldwide. During the same week Dr. John Murray presented a joint study conducted by he and Dr. Lewis Obi at the Breast Cancer Symposium at Amelia Island. Last week Dr. John Murray also presented a comprehensive paper on breast reconstruction at the Downtown Baptist Medical center On the 12th of March Dr. Lewis Obi is one of the keynote speakers at an advanced body contouring and rejuvenation symposium in Dallas. His presentation reviews his 28 month experience with Palomar’s SlimLipo platform and also he will share his tentative clinical results with the Lipokit™ fat grafting unit. During Dr. Lewis Obi’s Dallas trip he plans to visit one of the world’s largest stem cell research laboratories which is affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

Monday, March 7, 2011


Since our last blog in January, our website has been replete with enhancements plus updates on new plastic surgery services and procedures . The Lewis Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic was the first plastic surgery center in the United States to introduce the FDA approved Palomar Lipokit™ system. This unit allows the plastic surgeon to remove fat from unwanted areas, condense the fat into a stem cell rich filler for use in the face, breasts and other areas of the body. During the past month we have performed more than 10 procedures with the Lipokit™ autologous fat grafting system.

Here are some amazing before and after photos of a Lipokit patient:

Before                      After


Since January, we have also introduced monthly clinic newsletters on our website.

Of current interest is the revolving banner titled “March Renewal Specials” which provides our patients a 20% fee reduction for some of our major procedures.

Monday, January 24, 2011


2011 marks many new beginnings for Dr. Lewis Obi and the entire team at the Obi Plastic Surgery center.

With the addition of Dr. John Murray and some amazing plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery services to the already extensive suite of plastic surgery services, we are proud to now offer our patients and potential patients a newsletter!

Our monthly newsletter will be packed full of news and updates as well as special savings and practice events!

If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter, email Erika at erika@obiplasticsurgery.com.

If you don't wish to subscribe, you can view our newsletter by visiting:
Obi Plastic Surgery Web Site Newsletters Page
Plastic Surgery Blog Monthly Newsletter Page

Friday, January 21, 2011


Dr. Murray began his third month of partnership with Jacksonville plastic surgeon, Dr. Lewis Obi this month and is already establishing an active practice both at the Obi Plastic Surgery center as well as the major hospitals in Jacksonville. The partnership is evolving into an alliance geared towards comprehensive plastic and reconstructive care for the entire Jacksonville medical community. As was recently stated in the December issue of the Florida Doctor publication: "What happens when two Renaissance men come together to form an alliance geared toward comprehensive plastic and reconstructive surgery: Itʼs a masterpiece in the making and quite simply a work of art and science."

Read more about Dr. Obi and Dr. Murray and their ever-evolving alliance in the plastic surgery industry.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Our plastic surgery patients will be receiving our first newsletter this week which will be published on a monthly basis. The newsletter will be filled with the latest news from the rapidly growing fields of cosmetic, reconstructive and plastic surgery. We will feature upcoming procedures, techniques, and products that are making their way into the plastic surgery field. We will also highlight happenings within our office and with our staff. Dr. Lewis Obi and Dr. John Murray will also contribute commentaries on topics of interest.

If you wish to receive the monthly newsletter, please fill out our contact form and request that you be put on our mailing list!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


During the first week in January, Palomar Medical Technology (manufacturer of the SlimLipo laser lipolysis system has selected Dr. Lewis Obi and Dr. John Murray to ship their first Lipokit Fat Processing Unit (FPU). This Bio-medical device was developed by Medi-Kahn Inc. and newly licensed by Palomar who acquired FDA approval for U.S. distribution. Based on medical research by South Korean plastic surgeon Hi Young Lee M.D., PhD., condensed fat processed by this system increases the population of stem cells thereby improving the retention of the transferred fat cells. Fat contains the highest population of stem cells of any tissue in the human body. The Lipokit is a closed system that allows the plastic surgeon to remove areas of unwanted fat (abdomen, thighs, etc), process the fat and transfer it as a natural filler within a closed sterile system in one sitting. Current techniques that Dr. Obi and other plastic surgeons have performed for decades are safe but with inconsistent results. Drs. Obi and Murray are both very excited to be on the cutting edge of this new technology with their first patients already on their surgery schedules. This new technique will be useful both in the area of aesthetic as well as reconstructive surgery. Large volumes of the patient's own fat may therefore be processed and used as a facial filler cosmetically and in the breast for reconstruction after mastectomy or lumpectomy. Practically every area of the human body may be a potential site for fat transfer with this technique.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


This year Dr. Lewis Obi, Dr. John Murray and the staff of the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic would like to extend our wishes that all of you experience the magic of the holiday season. At year’s end we also want to share our prayers for peace, good health and success in all of your endeavors.

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