Double Chin? Introducing KYBELLA

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Among the most envied feature of model and celebrity looks is a strong, defined chin line. For those with a bit of extra fat below the chin, often referred to as a “double chin,” a new solution has arrived – and it has nothing to do with turtleneck tops or fashion scarves.

Introducing KYBELLA, an injectable prescription medication made by Allergan, a leading pharmaceutical company, and designed to improve the appearance and profile of submental fat below the chin. Its active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, a molecule that your body produces naturally and that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath your skin, KYBELLA actually dissolves fat cells and prohibits the accumulation and storage of new fat in that area.

KYBELLA was approved by the FDA in April, after more than 20 clinical trials that involved upward of 5,000 patients. A typical treatment consists of a series of 12 to 20 injections and, depending upon the severity of your case, your doctor may recommend multiple treatment sessions spaced a month apart to achieve your desired look.

Side effects typically are minimal and include temporary swelling, bruising, numbness, pain, and redness or hardness around the treatment area. Rare but serious side effects can include trouble swallowing or nerve injury in the jaw that can cause facial muscle weakness or an uneven smile. That’s why it’s crucial that you undergo KYBELLA treatments administered only by a highly trained and experienced medical professional.

To find out how KYBELA can help give you a stronger, smoother, sexier profile call 904-396-1186 and schedule a consultation with Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery today.

Breast Cancer Survivor? Know Your Rights

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Each October is celebrated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an international health campaign designed to boost awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. It’s a worthy cause, particularly considering that one in eight US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, according to Breastcancer.org. That statistic reflects an estimated 231,840 new invasive breast cancer diagnoses expected in 2015 alone.

But for breast cancer survivors who undergo mastectomies, the physical and emotional scars can be devastating. That’s why it’s critical that you know your rights under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act, also known as “Janet’s Law.” It’s named for Janet Franquet, a Long Island woman diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in late 1997. When her insurance plan refused to cover reconstructive surgery following her mastectomy and chemotherapy treatments, deeming it purely cosmetic, Franquet’s surgeon, Dr. Todd Wider, performed the procedure free of charge. He then launched a history-making campaign that culminated in the October 21, 1998 enactment of the WHCRA.

Administered by the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, the WHCRA mandates that group health plans, insurance companies and health maintenance organizations provide coverage for reconstructive surgery after mastectomy for breast cancer. It also prohibits so-called “drive through” mastectomies, wherein insurance carriers attempt to limit breast cancer patient’s hospital stays in order to save money.

The WHCRA requires full coverage for:

  • All stages of reconstruction of the breast on which the mastectomy was performed;
  • Surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance;
  • Prostheses;
  • Treatment of physical complications of the mastectomy.

Studies show that undergoing a mastectomy brings a heightened risk of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and fear of social relationships among women. If your breast cancer treatment includes a mastectomy, Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery can help restore your look and your self-confidence. Call 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation today.

Vitalize, Rejuvenize, Illuminize – Skin Medica Offers Three Beauty-Boosting Options

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Chemical peels have proven among the most enduringly popular and effective skincare treatments offered by clinics for some 50 years. Among the latest and greatest are Skin Medica’s Vitalize, Rejuvenize and Illuminize peels.

Which is best for you?

  • Vitalize: A Vitalize peel is great for treating mild to moderate skin imperfections such as age- or sun exposure-induced fine lines and wrinkles just beginning to form, as well as uneven skin tone and texture often caused by acne scarring or other pigmentary changes. You’ll notice smoothing results after just one peel and it just gets better with each of three to six peels (administered every three to four weeks) that make up a typical treatment course. Don’t be alarmed if you notice a yellowish tinge to your skin just after a treatment session. It’s normal and will fade within three hours. Mild to moderate redness and peeling will last for a few days or a few weeks, depending upon your skin’s sensitivity level. This peel is safe and effective for all skin types and tones.
  • Rejuvenize: If your skin imperfections range from moderate to severe, a Rejuvenize peel may work best for you, particularly if you have lighter skin. While this peel can be performed on dark-skinned patients, those with deeply pigmented skin color may be more prone to slight discoloration. Your physician will be able to determine tolerability before recommending a Rejuvenize peel. Expect mild redness and peeling in the days or weeks following treatments.
  • Illuminize: If you’re new to chemical peels or simply looking to achieve an over-all brighter, more radiant appearance to your skin, Skin Medica’s Illuminize peel is a top choice. This peel effectively addresses mild skin perfections in patients of all skin types with just one treatment. Plus, there’s no downtime. Though you may experience mild redness temporarily, it can be covered with makeup and your skin won’t peel.

Now is perfect time to find out just how an expertly administered chemical peel can improve the look and health of your skin. On Thursday, October 29, Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery is offering its “Ultimate Peel Deal” special by appointment from 10am-4pm. A $150 deposit will reserve your spot and can be used toward a customized Skin Medica skin care package, which includes a second peel. There are a limited number of spots available, so call 904-396-1186 to reserve yours today. Meanwhile, throughout October enjoy $10-per-unit Botox (bankable for future use) and a free 3-ml tube of Latisse, the foremost treatment for longer, thicker, darker eyelashes, with the purchase of a $149 5-ml tube – a savings of $99.