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Month: October 2015

“I’m a senior” – Which facelift procedure is safer for me – surgical or non-surgical?

Over the past 10 years, there has been a steady increase in the number of men and women in their golden years, opting for facelifts and other cosmetic procedures. This has given rise to questions concerning the safety of these procedures for these patients, who are usually over 65 years. As a result, some elderly patients are asking “I’m a senior” – Which facelift procedure is safer for me – surgical or non-surgical?

Surgical Facelift: A surgical facelift is performed under general anesthesia, and involves tightening the underlying muscles of the face, tightening the skin, and removing excess skin.

Non-surgical Facelift:This involves the use of botox and soft tissue fillers. Botox is used to improve frown lines and lines at the corner of the eyes. Dermal fillers fill in lines and restore facial volume in the cheeks and midface.

What are the risks really?
There are inherent risks in all surgical procedures so the safety of a procedure is not dependent on age. Its influenced by on the skill and experience of the surgeon, and the physical and emotional health of the patient.

There is no denying the fact that elderly patients are more likely to be on medication for conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and this could put them at greater risk for complications after surgery. However, if seniors are properly screened, then those with serious medical conditions will avoid surgery (learn more).

If you are interested in learning more about facelifts for seniors, contact Rocheford Plastic Surgery, Woodbury, MN. Call (651) 739-1100 today, and schedule a consultation with Heather Rocheford, MD. Dr. Rocheford will weigh the varying factors and determine whether a surgical or non-surgical facelift is the safer option for you.

PRP Therapy sessions

How many PRP Therapy sessions do you need to see results?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is aleading-edge cosmetic and hair restorationtreatment that’s now helping men and women look and feel their best.   It can be used to reduce lines and wrinkles, and also restore thinning hair, but how many PRP therapy sessions do you need to see results?

What is PRP?
PRP involves the collection of blood from the patient, after which it is processed in a centrifuge to separate the blood components. PRP contains a high concentration of platelets, which help to promote healing in the body, and regenerate tissue. The PRP is then applied to the areas of the scalp when being used for hair loss treatment, or injected into the skin tissue in the case of facial rejuvenation.

How many PRP therapy sessions do I need
The number of PRP therapy sessions needed varies according to the specific condition being treated. If it is being used to treat wounds or injuries one treatment may be adequate, but more sessions are required when it is used for cosmetic applications.

For hair transplantation,PRP is injected into the thinning area of the scalp, and the growth factors in PRP help to stimulate the growth of the hair follicles. It may require 3-4 sessions to achieve the desired results.

When used as part of skin rejuvenation therapy, the platelets are injected into the skin where they encourage collagen growth, making the skin smoother and tighter. It may take about 3 sessions spaced a month apart, to gain optimal results.

Contact Awaken Aesthetics, Torrance, CA, if you are interested in finding out more about PRP therapy. Call us today at 310-791-2233, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Alex Liu or Dr. Mike Sheu.

scar reduction treatment

What is the best method for post-operative treatment for scar reduction?

Post-surgery scars are inevitable, because of the damage the skin sustains during surgery, but patients can’t tell how a scar will look until after the operation. But there are ways to make them less visible. So it’s a good idea to take a look at what is the best method for post-operative treatment for scar reduction.

While there are many different scar treatments available, not all of them have consistently proven to be effective in improving the appearance of scars. However, silicone treatments have traditionally been very helpful in this regard.

Silicone Wound Treatments
The use of silicone in the form of silicone dressing or silicone gel, is considered one of the best methods for post-operative scar treatment.

BioCorneum Silicone Gel
Biocorneum is a lightweight silicone gel that has been approved by the FDA, to help reduce the appearance of scars. It also offers SPF 30 UV protection that prevents scars from darkening when exposed to the sun. Scars treated with BioCorneum are less likely to develop irregularities. BioCorneum is very effective on new scars, but can be used on old scars as well.

How it works
A thin layer of Biocorneum gel is applied to the skin. The gel easily adheres and quickly dries, leaving an invisible silicone coating. Over time it will flatten and smooth the scar, and also reduce discoloration.

There are also plastic surgeons that use specific techniques to minimize scars. Dr. Mark Craig of Accent  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Tupelo, MS, recognizes that factors such as incision placement can influence the visibility of scars. As a result,  he expertly customizes procedures, so as to make scars less visible.Call (662) 377-6290 today, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Craig.

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HIPAA: keeping patient info secure

Patients concerned about the confidentiality of their health information can take heart, knowing that national security standards are established in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA is concerned with keeping patient information safe and secure. But how is all this achieved?

HIPAA guarantees the privacy of protected health information (PHI), sets out penalties for breaches, as well as rules for enforcement.

Privacy Rules
HIPAA Privacy rules relate to ‘individually identifiable health information,’ whether it is kept in electronic, paper, or oral form.  HIPAA sets out the privacy rights of patients, and denotes the health care providers and organizations that the law relates to. These parties are known as covered entities. Covered entities that handle patient information are required to implement the necessary policies to ensure the security of PHI.

How is Data Protected?
There are several technical safeguards that must be used to protect PHI. The information must only be accessible to those with access rights, and there must also be a system in place to record activity. In addition, the data must be password protected and encrypted, so that it cannot be deciphered in the event of a breach. However if a breach does occur, the covered entity is required to notify the relevant patients (read more).

What happens if there is a violation?
Individuals who believe that their privacy rights have been violated, can file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights. The Office for Civil Rights is a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and is responsible for enforcing the HIPAA privacy rule.

Onyx Healthcare Inc. provides the computing solutions that health care providers need in order to safeguard the integrity of patient information. The company also has  technological solutions for medical device companies. They are headquartered in Orange, CA, and can be contacted at 714-792-0774.

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