Thursday, 27 October 2016

Dr. Kaye Goes East for Asian Lecture Tour

When he’s not operating at Ocean Clinic Marbella, Head Surgeon Dr. Kai Kaye spends much of his time traveling the world to share his expertise.

This month he embarked on a 14-day lecture tour to China, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.

In China, Dr. Kaye visited four cities to give lectures and perform live surgery in front of Chinese plastic surgeons. The operations included breast, face and nose procedures. 

His time in China concluded in the country’s capital, with a keynote lecture at the Conference of Beijing International Plastic Surgery. Here he presented the latest innovation in facelift surgery - Aqualift water-jet technology.

This exciting development is minimising trauma during facelift surgery and facilitating faster healing and better results. Dr. Kaye presented Aqualift to 400 peers in Germany in September and to 100 specialists in France earlier this month. You can read more about Aqualift here.

Dr. Kaye’s spoke about his own signature facelift technique, the PAVE-Lift in Kyoto, Japan at the ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) 2016 World Congress.

The technique combines a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, such as chemical skin peeling and fat grafting. Read more about PAVE-Lift here.

On Saturday, Dr. Kaye will deliver a final lecture in Singapore before heading back to Spain.

Says Dr. Kaye: “Knowledge sharing and collaboration is hugely important to me and I believe it’s vital for the progression of our science.

“It’s always a big honour to be invited to speak at conferences and meetings and it’s been a pleasure to meet with my colleagues in China. As well as sharing my experiences, I have also had the opportunity to learn from my peers.”

Would you like to benefit from Dr Kaye’s expertise? Make an appointment for a free consultation.   

Monday, 24 October 2016

5 Innovations in Breast Implant Technology

The new generation of breast implants are designed to be safer, more comfortable and more natural looking than ever before.

Here we profile the newest implants to hit the market (or about to) and look at what benefits they can offer…

1. B-Lite Implants

The B-Lite is a super-lightweight implant made from tiny hollow microparticles. It’s 30% lighter than traditional silicon implants and is considered quite an innovation, since implants have stayed the same weight for many years.

Due to the weight of silicon implants, over time skin can stretch and sag, especially with larger implants. This means patients must sometimes undergo secondary surgery.

A year-long study has now been launched by researchers at Portsmouth University in the UK to see if the B-Light implant could reduced the need for repeat surgery by placing reduced stress on the breast tissue.

2. Natrelle Inspira Cohesive Implants

The Natrelle Inspira Cohesive is a so-called ‘gummy bear’ implant made from a silicone-based cohesive gel with a texture similar to that of a gummy bear jelly sweet.
Allergan, the company behind the Natrelle Inspira, has been making cohesive gel implants for around five years, but this new model contains a higher density of gel.
The size of the implants remain the same but they now contain more gel, which means the implants are firmer, fuller, and more taut.
The firmer texture makes the implant less likely to move around inside the breast pocket and prevents rippling. It also provides a firm, full, higher profile look, which is ideal for younger patients. The Natrelle Inspira has recently been approved for use by the FDA in the US.

3. Ideal Implants

The Ideal Implant is a new type of saline implant made from a series of internal shells nested together. The design creates two separate chambers, which hold the saline filler and control its movement.

This is designed to reduce folding and wrinkling, which is thought to be the main cause of implant rupture and deflation. On the outside, the edges have been lowered for better contouring to the chest wall and a more natural look.

Although there has been a move towards silicone-based breast implants, the Ideal Implant promotes the fact that it is made of saline, which can be harmlessly absorbed into the body, making it an entirely safe option. It is currently only available in the States.

4. Mentor MemoryGel Large Volume Implants

Mentor has been creating cohesive gel silicone implants since 2006.
Made from its patented MemoryGel, the implants are said to provide a ‘natural give’ that better resembles breast tissue.

In the last 18 months Mentor has made the implants available in four different projection options ranging from Moderate’ to ‘Ultra High Profile’. Now the company is trialling the implants in extra large sizes.

Currently the largest volume implant available in the US is 800cc, but Mentor says this is not always large enough for women with larger chest widths or a higher BMI. Equally, if a larger breasted woman has had a mastectomy and wishes to have a reconstruction the current largest implants may not be adequate.
Mentor has launched a clinical trial with 600 patients to demonstrate the safety of MemoryGel implants up to 1445cc in volume.

5. Motiva Q Inside Implants

The Motiva Q Inside range of silicone implants by Establishment Labs aims to improve safety and reassure patients of implant quality with their integral RFID (radio frequency identification) microchip.

The microchip - the world’s first FDA cleared micro-transponder for use in humans - contains information about the implant such as its manufacturer and serial number. This information can then be easily obtained by any doctor with a handheld scanning device, even many years after they were implanted.

The serial number corresponds with a secure, online database and enables patients to be quickly identified in the event of a safety issue or device recall.

Unlike product and warranty cards that are typically provided to a patient undergoing breast augmentation or reconstruction, the RFID microchip can never be lost or misplaced.

If you would like to find out more about the different types of breast implants available at Ocean Clinic Marbella and discuss which would be best for you, make an appointment for no-obligation consultation.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Dr. Kaye Makes French Connection

Ocean Clinic’s Dr. Kaye has been on the road again, this time presenting to 100 specialist plastic surgeons in Marseille, France.

Lecturing at the 5th ISPRES Congress (International Society of Plastic & Regenerative Surgeons), Dr. Kaye discussed the benefits of using water-jets for facial rejuvenation.

He conducted a video workshop about the ‘Aqua Lift’ technique, which is used both for separating the soft tissues of the face during a facelift, and for harvesting fat to be transferred to the face.

Dr. Kaye explains: “I was lecturing on the safety and efficiency of water-jets, which I am now using in all my facelift and fat grafting procedures.

“The water represents a significantly gentler way to detach tissues without damaging surrounding nerves and vessels, or rupturing the fat cells in the case of fat harvesting. It means that there’s less trauma sustained, resulting in better, faster healing and results.”

The congress also included keynotes on the regenerative capabilities of stem cell transfer (Stromal Vascular Fraction or SVF) and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy (also known as “vampire facelift”). Dr. Kaye also got the low-down on the latest surgical tools and equipment during the three-day meeting. 

Interested in facelift or fat transfer surgery? Call for a free consultation at Ocean Clinic Marbella on (+34) 951 775 518.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

How to Choose a Cosmetic Surgeon

Choosing who to carry out your cosmetic surgery can sometimes be more difficult than deciding to have surgery. How do you know if a doctor is right for the job?

It’s an issue of concern to The Royal College of Surgeons in the UK, which has launched a patient resource on its website to provide independent advice on finding a properly qualified surgeon.
It comes after a review by the UK’s department of health that reported an urgent need to improve regulation because some doctors were performing cosmetic surgery without training.
At the moment, doctors who provide cosmetic surgery in the private sector only need to be registered with, and licensed by, the General Medical Council (GMC) as a doctor. There is no legal requirement for the doctor to be listed as a specialist surgeon on the GMC’s specialist register.

Dr. Kai Kaye
The Royal College of Surgeon (RCS) now intends to introduce a new cosmetic surgery certification system. Surgeons listed on the register will have shown that they meet the standards the RCS has set to perform cosmetic surgery on a particular area of the face or body.
Checking that your surgeon is a registered Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon is the number one action you can take to protect yourself, however you should also seek a doctor who can demonstrate further accreditation.
Ocean Clinic’s Head Surgeon Dr. Kai Kaye is not only registered as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in the UK, Spain and Germany, he is also affiliated with all the leading industry bodies.

Do your research

You can find lots of information about your prospective surgeon online, with many organisations having searchable registers. You can find Dr. Kaye listed on the following:

Sociedad Española de Cirugía Plástica, Reparadora y Estética 
(Spanish Society of Plastic, Reparative and Aesthetic Surgery)

Deutsche Gesellschaft der Plastischen, Rekonstruktiven und Ästhetischen Chirurgen (German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons)

Gesellschaft für Ästhetische Chirurgie Deutschland (Society of Aesthetic Surgery Germany)

These organisations have rigorous membership requirements, which not only require a surgeon to demonstrate that they are qualified as a specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, but also that they are experienced.
They must also prove that they are committed to continuing education and have a record of safety and ethical practice. Membership is reviewed annually to ensure they continue to be ‘in good standing’.

Cosmetic surgery in Spain

If you are checking out doctors in Spain, look for the term ‘Licenciado,’ this confirms that a surgeon has a medical degree and is ‘licensed’. 

A fully qualified and practising plastic surgeon should have the official title of 'Especialista en Cirugía Plástica, Estética y Reparadora' (Specialist in Plastic, Cosmetic and Reparative Surgery) and be registered with the Ministro de Educación, Cultura y Deporte or Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad in Spain.  

Don’t forget to also look for membership of the Spanish Society for Plastic, Reparative and Cosmetic surgery (SECPRE), which is the equivalent to the British Association of Plastic Surgery (BAPS).  

What else to look for 

It is advisable to not only look for a surgeon who is qualified in plastic surgery generally, but one who has specific experience in the procedure you require.
Ask about the number of times they have carried out your desired procedure and ask the see before and after pictures of previous patients.
Be sure to also ask your prospective surgeon about their insurance and find out what it does and doesn’t cover for you, as well as certification information for the hospital or clinic where the surgery will take place.
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions. A good plastic surgeon will be happy to answer all your questions, provide you with full information about risks and not put any pressure on you to make a decision.

Would you like to come and see us? Contact Ocean Clinic Marbella for a free consultation on (+34) 951 775 518.