By Lynette Carrington
There are two universal truths in the process of aging-getting older takes a toll on everyone’s appearance and no two individuals will age the same way. The beauty of Dr. Jeffrey J. Ptak’s practice at Silhouette Surgical Spa is that there is such a wide variety of both non-invasive and surgical options for men and women who want to look their best or reverse the hands of time.
“We have so many choices now in treating skin both surgically and non-surgically and recreating a facial shape from the bone, all the way out,” says Dr. Ptak. In the past decade, doctors have been challenged to find the physiological reasons as to why collagen is lost so quickly in the aging process. Ultimately, as people age, the skin gets thinner and the face loses fat, definition and support.
One particular procedure that has been gaining in popularity in the last decade is called fat grafting. This procedure utilizes a patient’s own body fat and relocates it to specific areas of the face. The fat can be used to fill in deeper facial lines and nasolabial folds and fill out the look of “sunken” eyes. The procedure can also be used in reshaping the face to bring it back to a more youthful appearance.
“This is a state-of-the-art procedure,” adds Dr. Ptak. “We’ve found through scientific ways of doing scanning that a lot of this fat, starting in your 30s and into your 60s and 70s-facial fat is diminishing.” Certain areas of the face will hold on to fat differently than other places on the face. Within the last few years, a new benefit in fat grafting has been discovered. Body fat used in the fat grafting procedure is rich in stem cells. When the stem cell-rich fat is placed in contact with the skin, it can rejuvenate and even possibly repair it. Some of the issues that seem to improve dramatically with stem cell-rich fat include wrinkles, loss of facial volume and pigmentation due to aging. Many surgeons have come to regard fat grafting as a method that offers double benefits of reshaping the face and rejuvenating the skin.
Patients who visit Dr. Ptak at Silhouette Surgical Spa for fat grafting will get a complete evaluation. At that time, he will discuss with patients the best procedures possible given their concerns and what they can expect after the procedure is complete. For some patients, fat grafting is a positive and beautiful way for them to see improvement in the way their face looks.
Skin and spa services are also available at Silhouette Surgical Spa and include chemical peels, laser treatments, skin resurfacing, facials, Fotofacials, micropeels, microdermabrasion and oxygen treatments. Non-invasive skin rejuvenation with injectables such as as Botox, Sculptra, Restylane, Juvederm and other FDA-approved products are also available. Injectable products can help to fill crevices, relax deeper facial lines and give the skin an overall smoother and more youthful appearance.
Dr. Ptak has been voted as a Phoenix "Top Doc" for multiple years and is routinely respected and recognized as one of the best plastic surgeons in Scottsdale and in all of Arizona. He is also a regular course instructor in fat grafting at international meetings for board certified plastic surgeons.Schedule your consultation today and experience the most beautiful results in plastic surgery. Silhouette Surgical Spa is located at 9431 E. Ironwood Square Dr., Scottsdale. Call (480) 451-9220 to schedule a consultation or visit www.doctorptak.com for additional information.