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With New ASAPS Statistics Just Out, Dr. Richard Buckley Comments on Why Laser Liposuction with SmartLipo Continues to Buck the Fat Removal Trend

Laser bodysculpt of abs, waist & hips by Dr. Richard Buckley at MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Milford, PA
Laser Liposculpture of Abs, Waist, Hips Using SmartLipo at MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology in Milford, PA

Despite the popularity of noninvasive cosmetic options, liposuction remains today’s most popular surgical procedure, and it’s the only surgical procedure in the top 10 cosmetic procedures, overall, according to American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s March 2016 statistics.

Device manufacturers are fueling demand for noninvasive fat removal with heavy marketing efforts aimed at promising slimmer bodies with no surgery. But Dr. Richard Buckley, who performs both laser liposuction with SmartLipo, and noninvasive body contouring, says that comparing liposuction to noninvasive fat removal is like comparing apples to sesame seeds.

Dr. Buckley, a cosmetic surgeon and medical director of MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center, says liposuction has come a long way and remains the gold standard option for permanent fat removal.

“Historically, surgeons would use liposuction as a surgical procedure in the hospital, using big thick tools and incisions that would need to be closed. Patients back then endured a lot of downtime and recovery from general anesthesia,” Dr. Buckley says. “That procedure would do nothing to tighten the skin because the devices were only meant to remove fat. But, then, along came lasers.”

Researchers have long known that when physicians apply specific laser light to the outside of the skin, the skin gets tighter. They asked the question if lasers would have the same effect from under the skin and found they did.

“What that means to the patient is not only fat removal but also a more contoured and tightened result,” Dr. Buckley says. “With our SmartLipo Triplex device, we have a side firing laser, so part of the laser beam under the skin can be directed upward. In essence, the laser light is tightening the underside of the skin. With the SmartLipo Triplex laser, it’s no longer just sucking out fat; rather, it’s about contouring the body and tightening the skin.”

Today’s SmartLipo technology allows experienced cosmetic surgeons to restore esthetic beauty by working on where they know a woman’s curves should be. “It’s sculpting. It’s contouring. It’s artwork,” Dr. Buckley says.

To create true works of art, surgeons don’t insert suction cannulas or laser fibers under the skin and spend all their time on the fat pocket. Instead, they treat entire areas, spending more or less time depending on an area’s fat thickness.

Men and women who have laser liposuction with SmartLipo might want a more defined, sporty look, according to Dr. Buckley. “For that, we use state-of-the-art high-definition body sculpting. The high-definition result gives patients defined abdominal muscles, for example,” he says.

Using SmartLipo, Dr. Buckley contours and sculpts many areas of the body from head to feet, including the face, chin, neck, male chest (known as gynecomastia), female breasts (for reduction), arms, bra bulges, back, abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, knees, calves, ankles, and more.
As for the old-fashioned general anesthesia and prolonged downtime, Dr. Buckley says those, too, have changed.

Today’s liposculpting can be gentle, performed without general anesthesia with excellent results. “Tumescent anesthesia has revolutionized lipolysis (or liposuction), enabling us to sculpt patients’ bodies while patients are awake,” he says. “Today’s laser liposuction procedure is considered minimally invasive, meaning there’s very little downtime. Most patients need only a day or so before they’re back to doing what they like to do.”

Mommy Makeover Seminar on April 26 at MilfordMD Cosmetic Center

Free Mommy Makeover Seminar on 4/26/2016 hosted by MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology in Milford, PA.
Free Mommy Makeover Seminar on 4/26 featuring the latest cosmetic treatments that can help correct problem areas for many women, especially mothers looking to restore & enhance their look after childbirth.

Join the staff at MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center Tuesday, April 26, at 5 p.m. for a free mommy makeover seminar, “From Mom to Bombshell,” addressing the spectrum of surgical options, such as tummy tucks, to nonsurgical procedures for skin tightening and much more.

MilfordMD Medical Director Richard E. Buckley, M.D., will offer complimentary consultations to those who attend, as well as talk about women’s options to address common cosmetic concerns after childbirth. Dr. Buckley is an experienced surgeon using the most popular procedures to give moms back their bodies, including tummy tucks, breast lifts with augmentation, breast reductions, laser liposuction, advanced body contouring, skin tightening, cellulite, scar and stretch mark repair, and other surgical and nonsurgical options.

“We’ll not only educate women about what’s available to them, but also will offer exclusive seminar specials, from skin care product raffles and contest prizes to discounts on cosmetic procedures. It’s a night for new and older moms—anyone who has cosmetic concerns—to put themselves first and learn about their options,” Dr. Buckley says.

Having babies brings great joy and a huge commitment for new parents. But, often, long after childbirth, the physical signs of pregnancy remain, leaving moms with drooping, sagging skin and fat pockets that weren’t there before.

“Most commonly, women’s breasts change shape with breastfeeding; their stomachs don’t rebound fully from the stretching of pregnancy; and stubborn fat bulges remain in places they don’t belong,” Dr. Buckley says. “Diet and exercise only go so far. Today’s cosmetic surgery procedures can provide the final touches for restoring a pre-pregnancy body. And to accommodate mommy’s busy schedule, procedures can be done on an outpatient basis, while mommies are wide awake and with relatively little downtime.”

One of the more popular procedures for moms soon and long after pregnancy is the tummy tuck, according to Dr. Buckley. It’s the one procedure that addresses the excess skin from pregnancy and weight loss, restoring the bikini body many women want, he says.

Breast augmentation, breast lift or reduction help bring life back to breasts post nursing. “Breasts can lose some of their fullness and might not be as high or perky as before pregnancy,” he says. “Breast augmentation with breast implants can help restore the breast fullness and height. Some women, however, might prefer a breast lift only, or even a reduction, after pregnancy.”

There’s much more, including laser liposuction and liposculpture, to address exercise-resistant fat pockets. “Depending on the amount of fat that needs to be removed, we have noninvasive and surgical options for today’s women,” Dr. Buckley says.

Technology to reduce fat, sculpt the body, diminish cellulite and tighten skin has come a long way, offering dramatic results with little to no downtime, according to Dr. Buckley. “We’ll talk about the latest and the greatest—what works and what doesn’t,” Dr. Buckley says.

The seminar is free, but seats are limited and reservations are required. To reserve a spot, call MilfordMD at (570) 296-4000. Refreshments will be served.

About MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center:

The MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center offers state-of-the-art highly specialized procedures in laser and cosmetic surgery and aesthetic skin care. In addition to its extensive laser surgery capabilities, MilfordMD offers physician designed skin care products for home use. Milford Pennsylvania’s MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center is sought out by patients from around the world for expertise and innovation in cosmetic treatments performed by Richard E. Buckley, M.D. and Marina Buckley, M.D.

MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center is located at 303 W. Harford Street, Milford, PA 18337. Tel: (800) 664-1528. For real patient video testimonials, visit our MilfordMD YouTube channel.

With New Botox Statistics Just Out by the ASAPS, Dr. Richard Buckley Defines Botox Trend: Not Too Tight. Not Too Little. Just Right.

Before and after photo of real MilfordMD cosmetic patient - six years post non-invasive “liquid” facelift performed by Dr. Richard E. Buckley at MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Milford, PA.
Before & after photo of real MilfordMD cosmetic patient 6 years post “liquid facelift” – a treatment in which Dr. Buckley skillfully combines fillers & wrinkle relaxers to restore youthful appearance.

With the demand for botulinum toxin injections, including Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, as strong as ever – surpassing 4 million procedures performed according to stats released March 8, 2016 by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) – MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Center cosmetic dermatologist Richard Buckley, M.D., says the popularity of botulinum toxin injections doesn’t tell the whole story. Trending is the approach to botulinum toxin injections, according to Buckley. The frozen look that left many patients without expression is old school, according to the industry trendsetter. In fact, the goal, according to the Milford, Penn., cosmetic dermatologist, is: “Not too tight. Not too little. Just right.”

Patients who want to lose the deep furrows or wrinkles between their brows, don’t want to lose their freedom of expression, according to Buckley, medical director of MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center.

“Frozen isn’t natural,” Buckley says. “What many patients don’t realize is that they can become frozen and expressionless over time, or from having botulinum toxin injected incorrectly (too much or in the wrong place) in one procedure. We always strive to retain a patient’s freedom of expression, while attacking the facial furrows, wrinkles and lines that make a person look older and angrier. It’s a very fine balance and it takes experience.”

Physician injectors need to be intimate with facial anatomy—able to identify, among other things, a person’s musculature. It is important to note that book anatomy knowledge is only part of successful injecting. Everyone’s faces (and underlying muscles) work a little differently, according to Buckley.

“The only way to achieve optimal results with Botox or other botulinum toxins is to observe the patient go through a series of facial expressions. I note which muscles are strong and which are weaker and base my injecting pattern and amount on those observations,” he says.

Patients are also different in how much botulinum toxin they need to achieve the desired result. “Some people require a lot of material to achieve any amount of relaxation, and some people require very little,” Dr. Buckley says.

Taking all the individual’s nuances into consideration, Dr. Buckley approaches botulinum toxin injections, such as Xeomin, to the glabellar lines (between the eyebrows) and elsewhere with a reasonable, but conservative dose of product. The true test is in a week to 10 days, when Dr. Buckley sees all patients for their follow up appointments.

“That’s when we look critically at how the patient has responded to the botulinum toxin. Most of the time, it’s just perfect and patients love it. In other cases, we might need a little more relaxing of the muscles to achieve greater control of facial lines and crevasses. I note our findings in the patient’s chart, so that we hone the perfect dose to achieve the patient’s objectives going forward,” he says.

Just like with any cosmetic procedure, according to Dr. Buckley, the goal is to create a naturally pleasing effect—one that makes a person look more relaxed, happier, more youthful and, most of all, pleased when they look at themselves in a mirror.

For more information about what’s trending in cosmetic surgery and what patients need to know, contact Richard Buckley, M.D., at 570-296-4000 and visit https://milfordmd.com.

About MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center:

The MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center offers state-of-the-art highly specialized procedures in laser and cosmetic surgery and aesthetic skin care. In addition to its extensive laser surgery capabilities, MilfordMD offers physician designed skin care products for home use. Milford Pennsylvania’s MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center is sought out by patients from around the world for expertise and innovation in cosmetic treatments performed by Richard E. Buckley, M.D. and Marina Buckley, M.D.

MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center is located at 303 W. Harford Street, Milford, PA 18337. Tel: (800) 664-1528. For real patient video testimonials, visit our MilfordMD YouTube channel.

MilfordMD Reports Nonsurgical Skin Tightening Success with Ultherapy

FDA-cleared, non-invasive Ultherapy treatments are now offered at MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center. Take advantage of our Spring Ultherapy specials!
Are you ready for tighter, better-fitting skin? Ultherapy is a non-invasive rejuvenation treatment for the face, neck and cleavage that stimulates your own collagen to naturally lift from the inside.

In an age of selfies and high-definition images, nonsurgical skin tightening is in high demand, and there’s one new technology that stands out for its safety and results, says MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Center cosmetic dermatologist Richard E. Buckley, M.D. “We’ve recently added Ultherapy and patients are raving about it,” Buckley says.

Ultherapy stands alone as the only FDA-cleared device that noninvasively lifts skin to elevate the eyebrows, tighten the skin on the neck and under the chin. Ultherapy is also FDA-cleared to diminish lines and wrinkles in the often hard-to-treat décolletage area, says Buckley, medical director of MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center.

“Nonsurgical skin tightening is an important option for people who want to look naturally young and vibrant from the brow to the chest area,” Buckley says. “This particular device, Ultherapy, safely uses tried-and-true ultrasound technology, which allows me to precisely treat areas that need subtle tightening and smoothing. Without drugs or surgery, the treatment stimulates the natural formation of collagen and elastin to gradually smooth wrinkles and tighten skin.”

Nonsurgical skin tightening rose from the 9th to the 7th most popular procedure among nonsurgical cosmetic options. It secured the 5th spot for most popular procedures among men, according to statistics released March 8, 2016 by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Does nonsurgical skin tightening take the place of a facelift? No, according to Buckley. But it does offer an option for those who might not be ready for a facelift, as well as others who want to look refreshed without having to endure surgery and the downtime associated with it.

“Highly focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a successful concept, which has been under development for decades,” Buckley says. “Ultherapy’s use of ultrasound imaging device allows me to visualize precisely what I need to treat in order to tighten and lift tissue. It’s the only device out there at this time approved to not only tighten, but also lift.”

Patients see more definition and less sagging in the treated areas with just one treatment, which takes about 30 minutes and can be done in the comfort of the office. Results take shape during the three to twelve months post-procedure. And, while some may experience slight temporary bruising after the procedure, there is no downtime or recovery, which makes Ultherapy very convenient for patients according to Dr. Buckley.

Patients should know, however, the treatment can be somewhat uncomfortable, if doctors don’t use certain techniques, Buckley says.

“I had the procedure, myself, with no pain therapy to better understand what patients go through,” Buckley says. “Doctors typically recommend that patients take a couple of strong anti-inflammatories before Ultherapy, but that’s not always enough to make patients comfortable during the procedure. What we do is use very light tumescent anesthesia creating something called a ring block, which numbs the periphery of where I’m working. That approach results in an extremely comfortable procedure, with less post-procedure bruising. It’s a win-win.”

The décolletage treatment option, which Ultherapy’s maker Ulthera announced in July 2014, was the first noninvasive procedure specifically indicated by the FDA to improve wrinkles and lines on the chest area.

“The décolletage is a very visible area on a woman or man; yet, there was little we could do to rejuvenate it before Ultherapy became an option,” Buckley says. “Now we can seamlessly tighten and lift skin to improve the face, neck and chest, which not only improves those selfie images but also boosts self-confidence.”

For more information on Ultherapy, contact Richard E. Buckley, M.D. at 570-296-4000 and visit https://milfordmd.com.

About MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center:

The MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center offers state-of-the-art highly specialized procedures in laser and cosmetic surgery and aesthetic skin care. In addition to its extensive laser surgery capabilities, MilfordMD offers physician designed skin care products for home use. Milford Pennsylvania’s MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center is sought out by patients from around the world for expertise and innovation in cosmetic treatments performed by Richard E. Buckley, M.D. and Marina Buckley, M.D.

MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center is located at 303 W. Harford Street, Milford, PA 18337. Tel: (800) 664-1528. For real patient video testimonials, visit our MilfordMD YouTube channel.

3 Non-Invasive Treatments That Will Make You the Envy at the Holiday Party

Holiday Specials on Facial Rejuvenation Cosmetic Treatments
3 Non-Invasive Facial Rejuvenation Treatments That Will Make You the Envy at Holiday Party!

At MilfordMD, we understand that when there’s only a few short days until the holiday frenzy, it feels as if all the stress of shopping, planning meals and decorating has added a couple of years to your face. That is why we are introducing three non-invasive facial rejuvenation treatments that will have you looking your best, without skipping a beat on your favorite holiday tune! These non-surgical procedures do not require any downtime and results generally improve over time.

MilfordMD end-of-year specials feature 3 non-invasive treatments that will make you the envy at your holiday party:

  • $100 OFF Thermage treatment to soften wrinkles around the forehead, eyes and mouth.
  • $200 OFF Sculptra Facial Volume Loss and Wrinkle Treatment.
  •  $400 OFF Full upper facelift, featuring Ultherapy, Botox and Dysport.

When you call (800-664-1528) to schedule your end-of-year touch-ups on facial fillers and/or wrinkle relaxer treatments, don’t forget to ask how you can claim your $100 (while supplies last) towards your next Xeomin wrinkle relaxer treatment.

Check out our Specials page to learn about additional savings on your favorite filler or relaxer.

Everything You Need to Know About Sunscreen

May 14, 2013 – Milford, PA –I know it’s hard to believe, but summer really is just around the corner. (If you were in the Mount Pocono area yesterday, you’re probably laughing pretty loud since it snowed yesterday afternoon.) But summer will be arriving in a few weeks, so now is the time to get ready for all the sun exposure that’s coming your way. I’m not saying you shouldn’t have been wearing sunscreen during the winter, and I’m hoping you were, but just in case you weren’t let’s get in the sunscreen mindset now.  Do you know how to choose the right sunscreen? And how about what SPF (sun protection factor) you should be using? Well, I’m here to help, and so is Marina Buckley, M.D. of MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center.

First things first – get rid of the old sunscreen in the house. I don’t mean the stuff you bought last year while on vacation. But anything that’s super old should be tossed. The Skin Cancer Foundation states that there is no reason to throw away last year’s sunscreen, but you should be aware that the shelf life of most sunscreens are two to three years. When in doubt, throw it out. Make sure when choosing sunscreen that you choose one with zinc oxide or titanium. Dermatologists, including Dr. Marina Buckley of MilfordMD in Northeastern Pennsylvania, recommend using a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. Here’s a question for you – do you know what SPF really means? SPF is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB rays from damaging the skin. Choosing a broad spectrum sunscreen is best since that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. You should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before venturing outdoors, and reapply every two hours (or sooner if you are in the water or sweating a lot).

Well now that I told you all that, I guess it’s time to let you in on some new sunscreen news. The FDA revised the sunscreen guidelines in 2012 and there will be new labeling revisions in 2013. But here’s the catch – sunscreens made before December 2012 may not reflect the new labeling requirements, so it can get a little confusing when sunscreen shopping.  Here’s the lowdown on the new labeling standards, according to EmpowHER Women’s Health Online –

–          Broad Spectrum – Any sunscreen that is labeled “broad spectrum” means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The proposed regulation states that the labeling should not be allowed to claim an SPF above 50. The highest rating will now be SPF 50+. (It’s important to note that according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, SPF 15 filters out 93 percent of UVB rays, SPF 30 filters out 97 percent and SPF 50 filters 98 percent.

–          Only products that are broad spectrum and SPF 15 or above may state, “If used as directed with other sun protection measures, this product reduces the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging, as well as helps prevent sunburn.” In the past, sunscreen manufacturers have not been allowed to make such a claim.

–          Sunscreens can no longer claim to be sweat proof or waterproof, and sunscreen cannot claim to be a sunblock.

–          Sunscreens that claim to be water-resistant will only have two reapply options listed – 40 minutes or 80 minutes. If a sunscreen is not water-resistant, the label must instruct consumers to use one that is when swimming or sweating.

–          There are 17 active ingredients approved for sunscreen protection by the FDA. There may also be other ingredients though. Labels must list all ingredients.

With Memorial Day right around the corner, you know you’ll be soon sitting outside BBQ’ing with friends and playing with the kids at the park. And eventually, you’ll even be taking a dip in the pool. (I promise, winter is gone for a while.) Here are a few other summer skin tips to protect yourself and your family while enjoying the outdoors –

 

–          Exfoliate often

–          Wear a hat and sunglasses

–          Stay well hydrated (with water!!)

–          I  know you’ll be wearing sunscreen, so I won’t remind you of that again

–          Don’t forget to use some lip protection

–          Try to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. if at all possible

–          Did I mention sunscreen with SPF 30+?????

Maybe all this sunscreen talk is new to you. Even if that’s not the case, it’s always a good idea to have a skin evaluation to check for any suspicious moles. Early detection is key. Call MilfordMD to schedule your skin evaluation with Dr. Marina Buckley at 570-296-4000, and be sure to visit www.milfordmd.com for more helpful tips and information.