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Tampa Plastic Surgery Center Delivers A Better Way To A Better Body

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) May 27, 2015

A. Joshua Halpern, MD, PA, a Tampa Bay based board-certified plastic surgeon announces the addition of UltraShape®, a revolutionary body-shaping solution from aesthetic medical device leader Syneron Candela, to his Tampa Plastic Surgery Center.

Recently FDA cleared for fat cell destruction, UltraShape is the first and only non-invasive body shaping treatment that uses pulsed focused ultrasound energy to precisely target subcutaneous fat, without harming the surrounding tissue, vasculature, nerves or muscles area. Unlike other body shaping technologies, UltraShape uses a pure mechanical effect to destroy fat cells without inducing thermal damage. This unique feature of the UltraShape technology results in a safe and comfortable treatment experience.

“In Florida, where it is beach season year round, there is a growing demand for simple non-invasive body slimming solutions to help men and women feel their best,” says Dr. Halpern. “UltraShape allows us to eliminate stubborn abdominal fat faster than ever before, with results seen is as little as two weeks after the first treatment; nothing non-invasive works faster.”

UltraShape targets stubborn fat that is unaffected by diet or exercise. Unlike liposuction, the treatment is non-surgical, which means no incisions, anesthetics or recovery time. It is painless and there is no downtime, making it an ideal ‘lunchtime treatment.’ Treatments take less than an hour and patients can go right back to their normal activities without any disruption.

“The benefit of UltraShape is that each treatment can be customized to the individual patient,” states Dr. Halpern. “UltraShape’s patented technology allows us to precisely deliver ultrasound energy with extraordinary accuracy, allowing us to target and destroy fat cells immediately. Unlike traditional ultrasound technology, UltraShape distributes energy in pulses rather than in a single continuous delivery, which can be painful. The result is a quick, safe and comfortable treatment experience without discomfort, lumps, bumps or soreness.”

UltraShape’s unique abilities make it extremely appealing to the increasing number of men and women seeking safe, quick, and painless ways to reduce stubborn abdominal fat. Now, achieving a flatter stomach doesn’t have to be torture.

Watch Dr. Halpern discussing the new technology on WFLA Daytime here.

To learn more about UltraShape, the practice or to request a consultation, call us at (800) 963-8483, or visit us at

Tampa Plastic Surgery Center

4214 N Habana Ave

Tampa, FL 33607

Phone: (800) 963-8483

About Syneron Candela

Syneron Candela is a leading global aesthetic device company with a comprehensive product portfolio and a global distribution footprint. The Company’s technology enables physicians to provide advanced solutions for a broad range of medical-aesthetic applications including body contouring, hair removal, wrinkle reduction, tattoo removal, improving the skin’s appearance through the treatment of superficial benign vascular and pigmented lesions, and the treatment of acne, leg veins and cellulite. The Company sells its products under three distinct brands, Syneron, Candela and CoolTouch, and has a wide portfolio of trusted, leading products including UltraShape, VelaShape, GentleLase, VBeam Perfecta, PicoWay, Profound and elōs Plus.

Founded in 2000, the corporate, R&D, and manufacturing headquarters for Syneron Candela are located in Israel. Syneron Candela also has R&D and manufacturing operations in the U.S. The company markets, services and supports its products in 86 countries. It has offices in North America, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, UK, Australia, China, Japan, and Hong Kong and distributors worldwide.

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Dr. Rod J. Rohrich Publishes Retrospective Study on Facelift Surgery in MWL Patients

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) April 29, 2015

Texas plastic surgeon, Dr. Rod J. Rohrich, and colleagues, have published a retrospective study on special needs and outcomes of facelift surgery in the massive weight loss patient population. The study was published in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Individuals considered to be massive weight loss (MWL) patients are often defined as those who have lost more than 50% of their excess body weight via either diet and exercise or by undergoing bariatric surgery. Facial aesthetics is often one of the greatest concerns for these patients, who often complain about sagging skin in the cheeks and neck.

The study, which carefully reviews Dr. Rohrich’s considerable history of facelift patient outcomes, offers guidance and feedback to plastic surgeons performing facelift surgery on patients who have lost a considerable amount of weight. In comparison to a typical facelift patient, for example, MWL facelift patients will often require a much larger volume of facial fat augmentation, increased tightening of the cheek and neck area to address excess skin, and more extensive elevation of the underlying muscle and facial tissue.

“Massive weight loss patients are a unique class of patients,” explains Dr. Rohrich, the study’s senior author. “As we study the outcomes of these patients, more and more we are finding that special considerations should be taken with these patients to maximize the outcomes of the surgery and reduce complications.”

Dr. Rohrich, a longstanding advocate of individual analysis in facelift surgery, views the study’s results as a good example of the importance of component facelifts which are tailored to each patient’s individual situation. The appropriate surgical plan for these patients, says Dr. Rohrich, will depend on a large number of factors such as the patient’s skin laxity, fat atrophy, and overall facial shape.

“Studies like this are invaluable tools to help us refine our surgical approach so that we can achieve the best, and safest possible outcomes for our patients,” says Dr. Rohrich, who is also editor in chief of the Journal. “Fundamentally, what patients desire is to look like themselves and have their sense of identity restored, something that may be taken away from them after massive weight loss.”

About Dr. Rod J. Rohrich

Dr. Rod J. Rohrich is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Founding Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Rohrich graduated from Baylor College of Medicine with high honors, and completed residencies at the University of Michigan Medical Center and fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard (hand/microsurgery) and Oxford University (pediatric plastic surgery). He has served as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the largest organization of board certified plastic surgeons in the world. He repeatedly has been selected by his peers as one of America’s best doctors, and twice has received one of his profession’s highest honors, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes his contributions to education in plastic surgery. Dr. Rohrich participates in and has led numerous associations and councils for the advancement of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Florida Hospital Tampa Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) April 21, 2015

Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the greater Tampa area.

Florida Hospital Tampa, today announced its bariatric surgical center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for its severely obese patients.

“Our entire team at Florida Hospital Tampa is honored to receive the recognition for the work we’ve been doing and for the thousands of people whose quality of life we have helped improve,” stated John Dietrick, MD, Medical Director for the Surgical Weight Loss Program at Florida Hospital Tampa. “When combined with a comprehensive treatment plan that includes exercise and dietary changes, bariatric surgery not only serves as the most effective tool to provide long-term weight loss, but often improves many obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, high blood pressure and more.”

Florida Hospital Tampa’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Florida Hospital Tampa met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, published by the ACS and ASMBS.

“The MBSAQIP designation is a huge step for the bariatric surgery program at Florida Hospital Tampa,” said Brian Adams, President and CEO of Florida Hospital Tampa. “It recognizes the fact that we provide some of the most advanced care and highest quality surgery for our bariatric patients in the Tampa Bay area.”

After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center’s structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides, and whether it provides care for patients under age 18.

In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.* Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.

About Florida Hospital Tampa

Florida Hospital Tampa is a not-for-profit 475-bed tertiary hospital specializing in cardiovascular medicine, neuroscience, orthopaedics, women’s services, pediatrics, oncology, endocrinology, bariatric, wound healing, sleep medicine and general surgery including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures. Also located at Florida Hospital Tampa is the renowned Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, a recognized leader in cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and leading-edge research. The recent addition of the Doc1st ER shows that Florida Hospital Tampa is committed to providing compassionate and quality healthcare. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 22 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.

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Body Contouring: Tips for Non-Invasive Procedures for Reducing Fat without Surgery

Albertson, NY (PRWEB) April 13, 2015

Popular culture bombards us with images of idealized bodies and marketing messages for weight loss programs, supplements and exercise regimens. And with increased public awareness of the dangers of obesity, the motivation to shed fat is greater than ever. “But even people who are generally fit have stubborn bulges and pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise,” says Jayme Bashian, director and lead medical aesthetician of Simply Posh Aesthetic Spa. “Body contouring can smooth, shape and improve definition of specific areas – thighs, love handles, buttocks, upper arm and back – by reducing and removing fat from the body.”

Historically, the primary technique for body contouring has been liposuction, a surgical procedure that breaks up and removes fat from under the skin. While liposuction is still one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgical procedures in the U.S., the expense, time and risk of complications of surgery have spurred interest in non-invasive procedures that achieve similar results.

“There have been important advances in non-invasive fat removal,” says dermatology specialist Dr. John Troccoli of Advanced Dermatology P.C. “These procedures take advantage of the physical properties of fat cells that differentiate them from other cells and remove them selectively without affecting surrounding tissue. Fat cells can be selectively targeted by techniques that include cold, ultrasound and laser therapies.”

“We’ve seen a great deal of interest in Cryolipolysis®, which uses controlled cooling to target fat cells,” says Ms. Bashian. “We use an FDA-cleared procedure called CoolSculpting® to safely and effectively target fat under the skin and permanently remove it from the body.” The science behind CoolSculpting® is based on the observation that exposure to low temperatures injures fat under the skin – effectively freezing it – while leaving the skin intact. After exposure, the fat cells atrophy and, over time, are naturally processed by the body and the dead cells are eliminated.

Tips about the CoolScupting® procedure

In consultation with a qualified aesthetician, you will develop an individualized treatment plan that is based on the number of areas you want to treat. During the procedure, many people relax, read or watch videos. As the CoolScupting® device is applied to the targeted area, you will initially feel intense cold and may experience the sensations of pulling, tugging or pinching. Post-procedure side effects may include temporary numbness, redness, swelling or stinging in the treated area. Most people return to normal activities immediately.

When will results show?

Improvement may be apparent several weeks after treatment but the fat cells are eliminated over time and the effect will be most noticeable about 3 months after treatment. The body will continue to slough off fat cells for 4-6 months after a single treatment and you may continue to see a smoother contour as the thickness of the fat layer at the treated site is gradually reduced.

CoolSculpting® has been cleared by the FDA and is safe for most people who have noticeable bulges that resist diet and exercise. It is not a solution for obesity and is not appropriate for people with disorders that make them highly sensitive to cold. A consultation will determine if you are a good candidate. “Simply Posh is under the medical direction of the board-certified dermatologists and surgeons of Advanced Dermatology,” says Ms. Bashian. “We provide a highly reliable and comfortable environment for medical and aesthetic treatment.”

“Removing unsightly bulges without invasive surgery is an ideal solution for many people,” Ms. Bashian concludes. “Our customers are pleased with the results and are often motivated to make further lifestyle changes to improve their health and appearance.”

CoolSculpting and Cryolipolysis are registered trademarks of Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.

Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) is one of the leading dermatology centers in the nation with 15 locations in New York and New Jersey, offering highly experienced physicians in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology as well as plastic surgery and state-of-the-art medical technologies.

Simply Posh Aesthetic Spa offers personal care to address a wide array of skin care concerns including skin rejuvenation, body contouring, cellulite reduction therapy, anti-aging, and laser hair removal. Simply Posh is under the medical guidance of Advanced Dermatology’s board-certified dermatologists, cosmetic, laser, and plastic surgeons.

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