Ocean Clinic's Head Surgeon Dr. Kai Kaye performed a live facelift in front of 35 surgeons in Barcelona this month.
Dr. Kaye was invited to participate in a workshop on advanced facial rejuvenation techniques staged at Centro Médico Teknon.
Organised by Dr Ana Torres of Instituto Ana Torres in collaboration with Upviser / Human Med, the workshop included two live surgeries.
One was the acclaimed Aqualift Facelift technique developed by Dr. Kaye, which utilises water-jets as a gentle way to separate the soft tissues and prevent damage to vessels and nerves. Read more about Aqualift.
The second surgery demonstrated three-dimensional fat grafting to the face and was performed by Dr Hilkka Peltroniemi from Finland.
Plastic surgeons from within Spain and around Europe attended the meeting endorsed by SECPRE and SETGRA to listen to the lectures and to interact live with the surgeons in the operating room.
Says Dr. Kaye: "We congratulate Ana for this successful event and thank the whole team at Clinica Teknon for the hospitality."
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Thursday, 16 March 2017
Ocean Clinic Marbella is one of the few private cosmetic clinics on the Costa del Sol with a dedicated Oral Maxillofacial Unit, treating dentofacial deformities and defects.
Dentofacial deformities are genetic conditions in which the upper or lower jaws are out of proportion with the rest of the face and head. They can also be caused by birth defects such as cleft lip and palate, by facial cysts and tumours, impacted teeth and by facial trauma.
These conditions can cause both aesthetic and functional problems for patients, preventing them from chewing or biting properly and in some instances causing speech impediments or breathing difficulties. Working in conjunction with specialist orthodontists, surgery can be performed on the jaws and other facial bones to correct these issues and create a pleasing aesthetic appearance.
Here are some common dentofacial deformities that can be treated with oral maxillofacial surgery where orthodontics alone have been unable to correct the problem:
Overbite is a condition in which the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth. Most people have some degree of overbite but if your upper front teeth cover your lower front teeth by more than 25% it can become problematic, causing unhealthy teeth wearing, aesthetic concerns, and in some instances even jaw pain.
An excessive overbite, also know as a Class II malocclusion, can be caused by excessive maxillary growth (where the upper jaw grows too much) or deficient mandibular growth (where the lower jaw has not grown enough).
Underbite is a condition in which the lower front teeth overlap and partially cover the upper front teeth. Also known as a negative overjet or a Class III malocclusion, it can be caused by deficient maxillary growth or excessive mandibular growth.
An underbite can affect your ability to chew properly and speak clearly. It can cause jaw and joint pain, headaches, earaches, the excessive wear of tooth enamel, and tooth decay.
Openbite is a condition in which often some teeth are unable to make physical contact with the opposing teeth for a proper bite.
Most often caused by a genetic abnormal jaw structure, an openbite can cause poor or painful chewing, speech impairment and, in some cases, temporomandibular joint disorder, resulting in pain in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.
Occlusal cant (facial asymmetry)
Occlusal cant occurs when the teeth appear to be slanted relative to the nose and lips. Generally occlusal cants are caused by asymmetries within the jaw (unequal ramus lengths).
While subtle facial asymmetries are quite normal, obvious occlusal cants can cause significant bite problems and negatively impair a person’s appearance.
A gummy smile is one which has too much gingival display in relation to the lip. This threshold is deemed to be anything in excess of 2-4 mm of visible gum. The condition can be caused by excessive vertical growth of the upper jaw leading to a bulging protrusion within the gum tissue.
The problem is primarily aesthetic, but you may also have an uncomfortable or improper bite that could ultimately affect your long-term oral health.
Oral Maxillofacial surgery can realign the jaws to restore facial harmony, improving both your bite and your appearance. For more information, or to arrange an assessment contact Ocean Clinic Marbella.
Many of us know the frustration of stubborn fat. You eat well, you exercise, but you still have belly fat, love handles or muffin tops.
Although you may dislike these small, isolated areas of fat, having invasive surgery to remove them might seem excessive. However, Ocean Clinic Marbella offers a number of effective, non-surgical options for reducing fat, of which ultrasound therapy is one.
Average circumferential loss per area treated with ultrasound (i.e. waist/belly/hips) is 4.5 cms, providing real results for patients who don’t want to have liposuction.
What is ultrasound therapy?
Ultrasound therapy (also called ultrasonic cavitation) uses pulsed ultrasound energy to selectively destroy fat cells. The high-frequency sound waves disrupt the fat cell walls, causing the contents to be released into the fluid spaces of the body.
The waste material is picked up by the lymph system and circulated through the body until it can be processed by the liver and naturally eliminated with sweat, urine and faeces.
Meanwhile, the surrounding tissue, nerves and muscles are left completely unharmed by the procedure.
How is ultrasound therapy treatment given?
Ultrasound therapy is safe, quick and painless, with absolutely no anaesthetic needed. A soothing gel will be applied to your skin and a trained technician will glide the transducer over the treatment area.
The transducer delivers mild ultrasound pulses. It is a gentle and soothing experience, much like a hot stone massage. Treatments take an hour or less, so can be given during a lunch break.
One of the major benefits with ultrasound therapy, in comparison to surgical liposuction, is that there is absolutely no down time. Patients can return to work immediately afterwards and there will be no visible marks left on the skin.
What areas can be treated with ultrasound therapy?
Any area of stubborn subcutaneous fat (fat that forms under the surface of your skin) can be treated with ultrasound. This includes the belly, waist, hips, inner or outer thighs, bra roll, upper arms and double chin.
The best candidates for this treatment have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less and can only pinch an inch or so of fat in the problem area.
How many sessions of ultrasound therapy are needed?
A minimum of three treatments, scheduled two weeks apart is recommended for each treatment area.
The results take several days to become fully visible, as the body processes and eliminates the fat.
Additional treatments can be of benefit for larger or denser areas of fat. Fat that has existed for a very long time and is especially stubborn may need up to six treatments.
Are there any side effects to ultrasound therapy?
Ultrasound therapy is approved by the FDA in America and by European safety regulators and has few reported side effects. Unlike other fat-reduction procedures that use heat or freeze fat, ultrasound does not come with the risk of burns.
Occasionally patients might experience a slight redness or irritation of the skin that resolves within a few hours. More common conditions include increased thirst and slight headache beginning a few hours after treatment; this is due to the body’s lymphatic system working to eliminate the toxins released from the fat cells.
Will the fat return after ultrasound therapy?
Ultrasound works to destroy a percentage of fat cells in places where there is an overabundance of them. The remaining fat cells will still have the capacity to expand, causing you to gain weight. However, by reducing the number of fat cells in problem areas, you will be less inclined to store weight there.
To maintain fat loss, and further sculpt your shape, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
Interested in pain-free and incision-free fat reduction? Contact OceanClinic Marbella for a consultation.
Friday, 24 February 2017
Has your skin lost its glow? If you’re missing your youthful vibrancy, mesotherapy is a non-surgical option worth considering.
What is mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy involves tiny superficial injections of hyaluronic acid filler directly into the epidermis and mesoderm (middle layer of the skin). This procedure plumps and rehydrates the skin and encourages rejuvenation by promoting the production of collagen and elastin. It can improve the appearance of:
· Dull/dry skin
· Thin/poor quality skin
· Crêpey/sagging skin
· Superficial lines and wrinkles
· Rough and acne scarred skin
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the skin, which has unique capacity in retaining water. Youthful skin retains its elasticity and tone due to its high content of water. On the other hand, skin aging is associated with loss of skin moisture.
Reintroducing hyaluronic acid to the skin, which binds and retains water molecules, can therefore increase the moisture in the skin, helping to restore its youthful appearance and reverse the aging process.
Which areas can be treated with mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is most frequently performed on the face and neck, but it can also be used for treatment of the décolletage and hands – two areas which often experience increased sun exposure and subsequent premature aging.
Mesotherapy can be used to treat the entire face or target specific problem areas, such as encouraging rejuvenation of the eye area. The treatment is safe for all skin types.
Mesotherapy with Restylane Skinboosters
At Ocean Clinic Marbella the hyaluronic acid filler we use for this treatment is RestylaneSkinboosters. This product is specifically designed for facial mesotherapy and is softer than the Restylane dermal fillers used for restoring volume to the lips or to fill in wrinkles.
By placing small amounts of hyaluronic acid across multiple sites it helps to rehydrate the entire skin, having a noticeable plumping effect. Once injected, the water-loving hyaluronic acid molecules start to swell with water, absorbing up to 200 times their weight.
By boosting hydration levels deep inside the skin, the Skinboosters improve the overall quality of the skin, increasing its smoothness, elasticity and firmness. It also provides a truly moisturised glow.
What’s more, Restylane Skinboosters help to kick-start collagen production giving long term, anti-aging effects.
How many treatments are required?
Restylane Skinboosters are administered over a course of three treatments, each approximately four weeks apart (one appointment monthly). Subsequent treatments are done every six months.
Improvements to skin tone and texture will be visible immediately and continue to develop throughout treatment. Mesotherapy can also be used alongside conventional dermal fillers to achieve an enhanced result.
What are the side effects?
There may be some superficial swelling, bruising and pinprick marks after treatment. Temporary bumpiness may also occur. The amount of time these side effects take to subside will depend on the sensitivity of the skin and area treated, but in most patients it will have resolved within 24-48-hours.
Patients can usually return to work the following day, but treatment should be avoided directly ahead of important events.
If you’d like to revitalise your skin, let Ocean Clinic Marbella help you create a fresh and natural look. Contact us for an appointment on 951 775 518.
Monday, 20 February 2017
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy involves using a patient’s own blood to treat hair loss, sports injuries and encourage facial rejuvenation.
Blood is made up of a number of components including red cells, white cells, and platelets. Platelets contain proteins called growth factors, which are needed to stimulate the healing of injuries.
As the name suggests, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has a higher concentration of platelets than ordinary blood and is made by spinning a patient’s blood sample in a centrifuge to separate the platelets.
The growth factor concentration in PRP can be three to five times greater than would usually be present in the blood. Studies have shown PRP therapy has the potential to trigger natural rejuvenation of the skin and tissue, and increase the speed at which healing occurs.
In the case of injury to the tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, bone, and muscles, PRP can boost the body’s natural healing process. This may reduce the need for surgery or medication. PRP therapy is a non-surgical treatment administered by injection.
PRP for Facial Rejuvenation
When applied to the face, PRP therapy is sometimes colloquially referred to as a “vampire facial,” this is because a patient’s own blood is injected into the superficial layers of the skin.
The growth factors contained in the plasma stimulate the production of collagen, facilitating the repair of damaged skin - this could be caused by natural aging, sun exposure or acne scarring.
While PRP is not the best treatment option for restoring volume to the face or treating set-in frown lines (fillers, fat grafting and Botox are the preferred treatments in these cases), it can provide rejuvenation to the skin.
PRP therapy will enhance skin texture, tone and luminosity. Facial skin renewal is continual for about three months after the procedure, with results lasting up to 18 months.
PRP for Hair Loss
PRP therapy for hair loss involves the injection of plasma into the scalp. The essential proteins within the plasma stimulate natural hair growth.
It works best as a preventative treatment for people whose hair is beginning to thin. Substantial improvement in hair caliber and length can be seen where the treatment is applied. Improvements in coverage of the scalp occur most noticeably where there are large numbers of weaker hair follicles that can be improved.
PRP has shown excellent results for patients suffering from many forms of hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (or common pattern loss) and alopecia areata, and is suitable for both men and women. Improvement can be seen for 12-18 months following treatment.
PRP for Injuries
PRP therapy is becoming popular for the treatment of sports and musculoskeletal injuries.
Plasma is injected directly into the affected site to treat conditions such as tennis elbow and other chronic tendon injuries, knee sprains, pulled hamstring muscles and even arthritis.
The injection may be administered under the guidance of ultrasound or X-ray, to ensure PRP placement is precise. A single injection or a series of injections may be recommended, depending on the injury being treated and how the patient responds to initial therapy.
The high concentrate of growth proteins aids healing of the inflamed tissue, helping sportspeople get back in the game. As such, PRP therapy is now being used by many professional sports organisations.