Team jetsetters otherwise known as dermatologist Dr. Sapra, along with Karen, Kelli, Abi, Stephanie and Jessica recently took the long flight down to Los Angeles and then further to San Diego to learn about the new applications and techniques associated with Ulthera and Sculptra®.
In case you don’t remember from our previous posts, here are the cliff notes for the two procedures. Ulthera® is a new type of non-surgical, non-invasive procedure for the face, neck and chest, that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin. The device utilizes safe, time-tested ultrasound energy to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin – without disturbing the surface of the skin. Sculptra® helps correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds that appear with aging by replacing lost collagen. Derived from fruit acids, the main ingredient of Sculptra® is a biocompatible, biodegradable (broken down or metabolized by the body) synthetic facial injectable material known as poly-L-lactic acid. It naturally stimulates the body to produce its own collagen. By stimulating the production of new collagen and filling shallow to deep facial wrinkles, Sculptra® helps provide structure that allows your new look to emerge discreetly. The result is a smoother, more youthful and natural-looking face with less pronounced lines, creases, wrinkles and folds.
First on the travel agenda was a meeting with Dr. Sabrina G. Fabi at the practice of Goldman, Butterwick, Fitzpatrick, Groff & Fabi Cosmetic Laser Dermatology. Dr. Sabrina G. Fabi is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgery diplomate. She serves as the head of the research department at the practice, and is actively involved in multiple clinical studies, including Phase III FDA clinical trials. She believes in optimally enhancing the appearance of her patients by combining state of the art technology, with the most up to date medical evidence, and an advanced skill set. Dr Fabi was very helpful in teaching the team about how she uses Ulthera, as well as new techniques for using Sculptra®. The team was very impressed with these applications and cannot wait to start making them a part of our practice here at ICLS.
After San Diego they took the scenic route to Los Angeles to meet Dr. John Joseph in Beverly Hills. Dr. John H. Joseph is a Facial Plastic Surgeon who has a prominent practice and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA’s School of Medicine. He specializes in Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery, but is also involved in congenital and traumatic facial reconstructive cases. Dr. John Joseph taught the team his unique way of injecting Sculptra® and elucidated upon the advantages of Dysport®. Dysport® works in a similar way to Botox®, and is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines.
Next up was a day with Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald. Dr. Fitzgerald is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of both the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and the American Society of Dermatological Surgery (ASDS). She is also on the clinical faculty at the University of California — Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Sapra and his team found her assessment of the aging face to be truly cutting edge. They watched her rejuvenate faces with a combination of Sculptra® and Restylane®. Her in depth knowledge of anatomy was truly astounding and it was a pleasure to watch her and learn from her assessments.
Luckily for the team the trip wasn’t all work and no play. They also got to go to NOBU on their last night and had a lovely meal coupled with numerous celebrity sightings (Kourtney Kardashian anyone?). Overall, the trip was well worth it! With the many cutting edge treatments we have already started to incorporate into the ICLS treatment protocol…how could it not be?