Microneedling for Scars, Skin Texture, Sun Damage, Stretchmarks and More

Does MicroNeedling really work?

The answer is YES. First, it’s important to know what microneedling is so you can understand how it works. MicroNeedling is a method of inducing a controlled wound to the skin’s dermal & epidermal layers to produce new collagen and elastin. MicroNeedling can safely and effectively treat Scars (including acne scars), Fine Lines/Wrinkles, Sun Damage, Skin Texture, and Stretch Marks. A series of 3-6 treatments in 4-6 week intervals is typically recommended depending upon your area(s) of correction or concern. This is considered a “no downtime” treatment with the majority of patients beginning to see results after just one treatment!!

RealSelf 500

Dr. Lee Corbett Wins RealSelf 500 Award

Louisville, KY Plastic Srugeon Recognized as Top Social Influencer in Aesthetic Surgery

Louisville, KY – Marrch 7, 2016 – Local physician Dr. Lee Corbett is one of 500 doctors in the nation to receive the prestigious RealSelf 500 Award, out of nearly 13,000 board certified specialists with a presence on RealSelf—the leading online community helping people make confident choices in elective cosmetic procedures.

In a time when 1 in 4 U.S. adults share their health experiences on social media channels, the medical professionals that made the 2015 RealSelf 500 are recognized both for having an outstanding record of consumer feedback and for providing credible, valuable insights in response to consumer questions about elective cosmetic treatments, plastic surgery, dentistry and more.

Dr. Corbett is the Medical Director of Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and Med Spa in Louisville. In his 18th year in practice, his specialties include Aesthetic Surgery of the Face, Breasts and Body as well as non-surgical facial rejuvenation.

“In 2015, these 500 doctors collectively impacted tens of millions of consumers, with nearly 30% of our total doctor content posted by this relatively small group,” said Tom Seery, RealSelf founder and CEO. “When I started RealSelf, many doctors questioned why they should ‘give away’ their expertise ‘for free’ on the web. Now, eight years later — and with over one million doctor answers on our platform — we are proud of the standard this select group has set. They’re leading the way by empowering millions of consumers to gain access to the information they need to make smart and confident health and beauty decisions.”

Dr. Corbett is an expert contributor to RealSelf, and to date has posted over 700 answers to questions on RealSelf. Each month people from all over world ask important aesthetic-related questions about all aspects of cosmetic surgery. Dr. Corbett also maintains a patient star rating of 5 out of five stars in RealSelf reviews. For more information on Dr. Corbett, please visit www.CorbettCosmeticSurgery.com, and for the full list of RealSelf 500 Award winners, visit http://www.realself.com/RS500.

About RealSelf

Since its founding in 2006, RealSelf has created the world’s largest community for learning and sharing information about cosmetic surgery, dermatology, dentistry, and other elective treatments. Our extensive collections of reviews, photos, videos and doctor Q&A make RealSelf the most trusted resource for those who are looking for help beyond the beauty counter. www.realself.com

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Skip the Growth Factor

allysonWhat aging skin really needs are Growth Factors. Research shows that Growth Factors have the potential to enhance resiliency, increase collagen production, improve the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles, age spots, wound-healing, and the overall tone and texture of skin. Growth Factors work to stimulate biochemical pathways that promote skin tissue repair and regeneration. The more Growth Factor you have, the better the outcome you can expect.  In this case, more is MORE. This is why we carry SkinMedica’s TNS Recovery Complex.  TNS is a highly concentrated formula containing Matrix proteins, Soluble Collagen and antioxidants.  It is made up of 93.6% Human Growth Factor!!

We recommend cleansing, toning then applying TNS, your antioxidant, RETINOL and any other specialty product you use such as a brightening agent.  If you are one who likes to simplify your skincare routine,  try is the TNS Essential Serum.  Essential Serum is a 2 chamber, all-in-one product containing 93.6% growth factor, 7 antioxidants to prevent free radical damage and specialty ingredients to brighten the skin.  Just add a retinol at night and a sunscreen in the morning and you are ready to go.

For more information on skin care or if you would like help in perfecting your skincare routine, call for a free consultation with me, Monday through Friday, 9-4:30.

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

 

“A Labia-what…Are you kidding me ?”

Chaturanga? Yoga Knicker - Black

I have certainly heard that question along with a look of disbelief when I discuss Labiaplasty Surgery. So, “Yes”, there is such a thing as Labiaplasty surgery and it is more common that you may think.

“Why?”, you ask? Well, there are several reasons women request labiaplasty. Primarily the patients are unhappy with the size of their inner labia, the labia minora. Common problems are dissatisfaction with their size, pigmentation, or lack of symmetry between the two sides. Many women with large labia also complain of problems and embarrassment when they wear the Lululemon type yoga pants / leggings or are in their bikini or bathing suit. Others experience discomfort when they exercise, particularly those who enjoy biking or spin class. Discomfort during intimacy is also an issue for some patients. Finally, many women simply have large, redundant and uneven labia that result from aging, childbirth, hormones or may just be the way they were born. While their anatomy is entirely normal, they simply do not care for the appearance of their vulva and choose to have some of the extra skin removed to give a more pleasing appearance.

If you have specific questions about the procedure please call our office at 502-721-0330.

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MedSpa

What is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Vaginal Rejuvenation encompasses a group of procedures intended to approve the appearance of the vaginal area and eliminate some common problems women complain of.

Often times patients complain that their labia are too large. This presents problems for them during some sports/exercise, intercourse, or more often is an issue when they are wearing yoga pants / leggings / bikinis. And some patients simply do not like the appearance of their labia because they feel they are too large or uneven.

The procedures that correct these issues typically take less than an hour, are done on an outpatient basis, and allow for a return to normal activity within a few days.

If you would like to learn more visit our website at www.CorbettCosmeticSurgery.com

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MedSpa

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Achieve Healthy, Beautiful Skin with GRASS

allysonAllyson Says:

Beautiful skin begins with healthy skin.  GRASS is an acronym for a skincare regimen that incorporates everything you need to achieve healthy, glowing, beautiful skin.

  1. Growth Factors
  2. Retinols
  3. Antioxidants
  4. Specialty Products
  5. Sun Protection

Each component of the GRASS regimen has a specific purpose. Growth Factors such as TNS Recovery Complex rebuild collagen and treat fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol is a chemical exfoliant that addresses acne, pores, fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture, skin discolorations, and acts as a vehicle for any product applied prior.  Antioxidants lsuch as SkinMedica Vitamin C&E Complex protect against free radicals and basically slow down the aging process.  Specialty Products would encompass any product(s) for your unique needs ie. Acne, brightening, redness relief, scar recovery.  Sun Protection is for UV defense (SPF 15 minimum daily).  Sun Screen Protects your investment.  Recently, SkinMedica introduced the first Super Screen that not only protects you from UVA/UVB rays but also infrared.

My recommendation is to resist the skincare impulse buy at the drug or department store.  These products generally do not stack up against the cosmeceuticals available in your physician’s office causing your commitment to wane as results are not achieved.  Consult with your skin care professional and invest in a skincare regimen that will work for you and produce beautiful results.

Dermal Filler Dos.

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Dermal fillers are used to correct volume loss in the face.  We can use these in cheeks, lips, tear troughs, temples, nasolabial folds, jaw line, ear lobes,chin… almost everywhere really.  When injecting dermal fillers, there are several guidelines I like to share with my patients to help them to achieve their best possible outcome.

First, I like to advise patients how to prepare to receive the injections.  I suggest that you discontinue the use of Aspirin, Fish Oil, and Vitamin E supplements 10 days prior.  This does not mean you can’t have filler if you took Aspirin that day or the night before.  It simply means you may experience some bruising associated with the blood thinning effect of these products.  I would also recommend taking Arnica (homeopathic for bruising) and Bromelain (homeopathic for inflammation) tablets 3 days prior (continue for 7 days after).  Again, if you don’t, it is not a deal breaker.  You just may experience more bruising and swelling.

Next, I like to give my patients a realistic idea of what to expect.  Many fillers are temporary hyaluronic acids that your body will eventually absorb naturally between 6-12 months.  Initial treatments, may require a ‘touch-up’ in 4-6 months to prolong results and/or increase volume for best results. This also depends on which product and how much product you choose initially.  The initial volume with Sculptra (polylactic acid) will diminish after the first 3-5 days. PLLA particles will then work to stimulate your own collagen to replenish lost volume. It is then important to follow up every 6-8 weeks until you achieve ‘FULL correction’ with this product. I stress that it is common to have swelling, redness, and even bruising after treatment. Following the instructions above and icing the area can help diminish one’s chance of experiencing these undesirable side effects.

Lastly, I recommend that you avoid direct exposure to heat and sunlight, excessive manipulation and rubbing of the treated area(s) for 48 hours, chemical peels and laser treatments immediately after.   Apply ice to the treated area(s) for the first 48 hours as well as Arnica cream and continue taking your Bromelain.  I also recommend drinking plenty of water for the next 5 days as this will help hyaluronic acid to ‘hydrate’.

I welcome my patients to call me if they have any questions post procedure.  This will help me when administering your next treatment.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Questions about removing a tattoo are one of the most common non surgically related phone calls in our office. And based on those calls, it is clear that there is a lot of misinformation about the process out there.

I have been using lasers to remove tattoos since 1999 and have ‘lasered’ 1000’s of tattoos. Based on that experience, I’ve realized some some basic truths: (1) Removing a tattoo is not easy (2) on the front end it is impossible to tell you how many treatments it will take (3) not all tattoos are treatable (4) not all lasers are equally capable, and (5) not all practitioners are equally trained. So be careful.

The way a laser works is by hitting the tattoo ink and breaking it into tiny particles so that your body can remove it. This occurs layer by layer, top to bottom, and so it takes time. Every time the tattoo is treated the ink closest to the skin is  broken apart. But as most tattoos have several millimeters thickness of ink, it requires several treatments to work through the full thickness of the tattoo. So it’s not a “one and done” treatment. 6 to 12 treatments is normal.

Lasers are all different. Some will treat blue/black, some red/yellow/orange, some green. Very few lasers can treat  the whole spectrum of colors, so make sure the laser you are considering has the capability to actually treat the colors within your tattoo. Additionally, not all lasers have the power to penetrate the skin so as to hit the deeper layers of ink, that is another question to consider.

Who is actually treating you? The person operating the laser may very well have no medical background at all. Zero. None. Yet they are using an instrument that can burn and/or scar your skin and it’s painful. Fact: Laser treatments hurt. There’s no sugar coating that. It’s painful. So, numbing the area is essential and a topical cream won’t cut it. Local anesthesia, in my opinion, is essential. Only an MD can appropriately numb the area. Lasering the tattoo without numbing is virtually intolerable. Questioning the pre-treatment numbing is highly recommended.

When you are considering laser tattoo removal, look very closely at who is operating the laser and where it is being done. Options range from Board Certified Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists offices to someone in a store front who bought a laser off of E Bay. On-line coupons or treatment packages, while attractive, might not be the best way to go. Do your research.

In summary, removing a tattoo is possible. But it will require several treatments, it will be fairly expensive, and the cheapest, easiest, fastest claim is probably all hype. Look very carefully and choose wisely.

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical  Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and Med Spa.

 

 

Protect your investment.

allysonI can not stress enough the importance of using SPF daily. Too many people think that they only need sunscreen when they are “going out in the sun”. All of those people don’t realize that the majority of sun exposure we get is incidental. When you walk out of your house, to your car, or any time (during the day) you are not wearing SPF,  sun damage is happening. Sun damage will occur in the form brown spots, broken blood vessels, wrinkles, fine lines, even skin cancer. If you want to look young for as long as possible, wear SPF daily.  If you are investing in Botox/Dysport , Filler, IPL, Chemical Peels, etc, you must protect your investment and wear sunscreen.  I am currently obsessed with SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair.  It is labeled a “Super Screen” because not only does it protect from UVA/UVB but also from infrared and heat.  It is the currently the only super screen on the market with this capability.  I also love the ZO Oclipse Sunscreen and primer.  It is a physical sunscreen, which means it does not penetrate, it sits on top of the skin.  It is a broad spectrum, SPF 30 that also behaves as a makeup primer.  (love it)

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

Winter = Dry Skin

allysonWinter is coming…… Which means dry skin is coming with it. Even people with oily/oily in areas skin types will get dryer in the winter. This is a result from the combination of there being less moisture in the air and the heat being on which also drains the skin of moisture/hydration. What will greatly help with this dilemma is a Hyaluronic Acid serum added to your daily skincare regimen.

Hyaluronic Acid will not only help you hang on to the moisture you naturally produce but also what you are putting into your skin. Naturally found in the body, hyaluronic acid creates fullness, secures moisture, provides structural support to cells vital for collagen production, and can hold 1,000 times its weight in moisture!

So, when your moisturizer isn’t enough this winter consider adding a hyaluronic acid serum such as Phaz Hyaluronic Acid Blend (which is offered at our office) instead of switching moisturizers.  For best results, apply hyaluronic acid serum to the affected area directly after washing your face to retain the moisture and then apply your growth factor, antioxidant, moisturizer and sunscreen. It really could make all the difference for you.  Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic