Atlantic Plastic Surgery Nursing Staff attends Toronto Conference

Portsmouth, NH – Administrative staff and nurses from the Atlantic Plastic Surgery practice of Dr. Lawrence Gray, attended the 36th annual convention of the American Plastic Surgical Nurses in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from October 1st to 5th, 2010. Over 1, 600 plastic surgical nurses and staff from across the U.S. and Canada participated in this educational opportunity to better serve patients. The focus of the conference was on skill development to achieve 100% patient safety, recent advancements in cosmetic surgery that ensure the best results for patients, and relationship building with patients in order to better serve their needs and goals.

Lectures and panel discussions provided important continuing education on wound care and the importance in selecting the appropriate patient for body contouring surgery and ways to prevent complications. Also presented were new treatment options for improved patient outcomes in facial rejuvenation and instruction for determining the differences in emerging laser technologies. A photography seminar demonstrated the importance of consistent technique and proper lighting in digital photography, mostly used for breast augmentation. New to the conference, ideas for participation by surgical practices in sustainability of the environment, elicited broad enthusiasm for reducing consumption of paper and energy. Managing current trends in technology, such as Face Book, as useful tools in communicating with patients was also highlighted.

The plethora of options available in cosmetic enhancement and the confusion it produces for patients was also discussed. The panel concluded that the need to hear the individual patient’s daily habits and emotional needs was uppermost in helping them decide on the best possible choice for them personally. Our mission to focus on patient education and to deliver the highest standards of plastic surgical care is reinforced by closer and more frequent contact with patients. For more information, contact Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center at 1-800-633-6860 or on line at atlanticplasticsurg.com.

About Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center:

Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center is the practice of New Hampshire plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence N. Gray, in practice here since 1985. He has earned a great deal of respect in both his local medical community and the national plastic surgical community through his many publications, technical skill and personal demeanor. Dr. Gray is nationally and internationally recognized as the inventor of the scarless breast reduction, a revolutionary procedure that eliminates scars associated with the older, traditional method of breast reduction. He has a large following of satisfied patients from across New Hampshire, the United States and a number of foreign countries, who have sought him out for breast augmentation and scarless breast reduction.

Additionally, Dr. Gray is a core investigator for the Mentor and Silimed silicone breast implant studies. Dr. Gray received the significant honor of being the only investigator for the Silimed Corporation’s Silicone study, which is pending FDA approval. Dr. Gray is expected to be the only source for adjustable silicone implants soon. Dr. Gray has taught at educational conferences for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and is the only member of the International Society of Plastic Surgeons from New Hampshire.

Contact:
Ali Emmons
603-431-8819
[email protected]

Fall 2011 Open House A Huge Success

by Deborah Conway

“Nobody wants to feel like they’re not pretty,” said Kristin, a 39-year-old visitor to the Autumn Open House at Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center on Griffin Road in Portsmouth. For some, the definition of “pretty” is the cleansing and relaxing effects of a therapeutic facial, while for others it is the ability to overcome the trauma and disfigurement of an injury or disease through reconstructive surgery.

I had been invited to the open house event at Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center to be a “model” for the evening. Having never considered breast augmentation, microdermabrasion or any of the other services that they offer, I had no idea what to expect. What I found was wonderful.

The waiting areas, offices and treatment rooms were overflowing with adult women and men of every age. Although some had been there before, many were, like me, new to this experience and full of questions for the doctors, nurses, and aestheticians and office staff. The evening was planned so that visitors would have the opportunity to observe treatments, speak with the models on whom the treatment was demonstrated, and obtain information from the care providers.

25-year-old Catherine was a cancer survivor and had already undergone breast reconstruction surgery at Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center. “I have so much more confidence now”, she said. According to Dr. Brannon Claytor, one of the two plastic surgeons at Atlantic Plastic Surgery, reconstructive surgery takes the patient “from trauma and fear to normalcy”. He added, “Our patients are normal women” and men, not “movie stars”. Meghan, 33, had sustained an injury, and freely offered that “Dr. Lawrence Gray reconstructed my nose”.

For those interested in breast augmentation, Atlantic Plastic Surgery has one of a handful of Axis 3 digital systems in New England and is able to provide three dimensional images, allowing the patient to see the anticipated results of her procedure.

For Shelly, age 45, “I’ve never been here before and [the open house] was a good opportunity” to gather information. “I am most interested in Botox, for my forehead”, she shared. “I was scheduled to receive Xeomin, an evolution of Botox, injections in my own forehead and I found the procedure to be relatively painless and the results fantastic.”

I was scheduled for laser hair removal under my arms and even now, 3 weeks post my one and only treatment, I have not experienced any regrowth. The husband of a woman with whom I spoke was interested in this procedure, and I reassured her that it was not at all painful.

For those seeking to ameliorate the scarring effects of acne, microdermabrasion is effective and safe. Fraxel, or laser resurfacing of the skin, is the most impressive procedure they have available for reducing or eliminating the appearance of both scars and fine lines. According to Kristen, the “model” for this demonstration, the procedure was uncomfortable, but not terribly painful, and the results were indeed impressive.

Sandy, a Certified Aesthetician at Atlantic Plastic Surgery, provides therapeutic facials for both men and women. “It is a little less aggressive than other procedures, and is more relaxing.” The enzyme exfoliates and the microdermabrasion and oatmeal mask stimulates the skin. I had the procedure and found it to be quite relaxing. I experienced a noticeable improvement in the tone, color and overall health of my skin.

Atlantic Plastic Surgery also offers a wide array of skin care products. Madeline, Dawn and Lynn, 3 friends whose ages range from 46 to 68, all agreed that “if you come here you may pay a little more, but you also wouldn’t need the over the counter products in your ‘product graveyard’ that don’t work”. “I feel like what I am doing here is working.”

In addition to these procedures and products, Atlantic Plastic Surgery also offers schlerotherapy, liposuction, tummy tucks, facelifts and other procedures as well as Lattise for eyelash growth, Obagi Medical level skin care and Vivite skin care products. There are many other procedures and products not mentioned here. The Skin Wellness Center offers free skin consultation and digital skin analysis. What have you got to loose, except perhaps a few scars, lines and areas of discoloration? You may even walk away with a few more curves, and a lot more confidence.

Fraxel Duet Wavelength

Portsmouth, NH – Dr. Lawrence Gray of Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center is proud to offer the newest Fraxel re:store Dual Wavelength System, a world class technology in non-ablative treatment, addressing a variety of conditions on all skin types, anywhere on the body. “We are excited to be able to provide the Fraxel re:store Dual Wavelength any day of the week to our patients to meet the increasing demand. The safety and comfort of this system is unsurpassed and the downtime is minimal.”

Fraxel technology works by using laser light to stimulate the body’s own natural healing process, replacing damaged skin with fresh, glowing, healthy skin. The Fraxel re:store Dual Wavelength adds a new wavelength to the existing technology to better address pigmentation and other discolorations on the entire body.

The Fraxel re:store Dual Wavelength removes years from your appearance and gives you a softer, smoother, more even skin tone, correcting minor to severe skin damage such as sun damage, age spots, brown spots often called “pregnancy mask” (melasma), acne scars, surgical scars, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. This system offers both deep and superficial resurfacing and accelerated clearance of pigment for the best possible treatment outcome with maximum efficacy and safety. This Fraxel system produces significant results over the course of 3 to 4 treatments of 20 to 30 minutes each.

Recovery is rapid so you can quickly return to work or other activities with renewed skin and renewed confidence. The treatment is a more comfortable procedure and features faster treatment times. Results of treatment are both immediate and progressive. Dr. Gray or Dr. Ballentyne will consult with you at length to determine your personalized treatment plan. For more information, contact Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center at 1-800-633-6860 or on line at atlanticplasticsurg.com.

About Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center:

Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center is the practice of New Hampshire plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence N. Gray, in practice here since 1985. He has earned a great deal of respect in both his local medical community and the national plastic surgical community through his many publications, technical skill and personal demeanor. Dr. Gray is nationally and internationally recognized as the inventor of the scarless breast reduction, a revolutionary procedure that eliminates scars associated with the older, traditional method of breast reduction. He has a large following of satisfied patients from across New Hampshire, the United States and a number of foreign countries, who have sought him out for breast augmentation and scarless breast reduction.

Additionally, Dr. Gray is a core investigator for the Mentor and Silimed silicone breast implant studies. Dr. Gray received the significant honor of being the only investigator for the Silimed Corporation’s Silicone study, which is pending FDA approval. Dr. Gray is expected to be the only source for adjustable silicone implants soon. Dr. Gray has taught at educational conferences for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and is the only member of the International Society of Plastic Surgeons from New Hampshire.

Contact:
Ali Emmons
603-431-8819
[email protected]

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