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With all the cosmetic advances that have been made in the last decade, there are many ways to turn back the clock on your face. Let’s talk about facelift surgery to tighten and lift your skin.
Patients in the New York City area can trust Dr. Kwan to take the time to understand their concerns, what they truly want, and help them achieve beautiful results.
Most people agree that there are some wonderful benefits that come with getting older, but wrinkles and sagging skin are not among them. Environmental toxins, genetics, and lifestyle choices can accelerate the aging process of your skin. That’s where facelift comes in.
Facelift is great for patients who have moderate to severe wrinkles in the face or neck, jowling in the neck area, excess fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. A facelift addresses many cosmetic issues all at once, making it a comprehensive anti-aging procedure that few other treatment options can match.
Dr. Kwan will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your skin, as well as review your medical history, health status and treatment goals to determine whether a facelift is the right choice for you.
Dr. Kwan understands the value of having a beautiful appearance that makes you confident, and the effect that can have on all aspects of your life. If you have been considering a facelift, we encourage you to call Dr. Kwan to learn more about the procedure and whether it’s right for you. Our Manhattan office can be reached at (212) 734-4488.
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Vectra H1, 3D imaging helps to easily communicate to patients both surgical and non-surgical procedures on a three-dimensional image of themselves.
Patients at Doctor Kwan's practice are now able to visualize the exciting possibilities of anticipated procedures, seeing detailed evidence of the treatment results and any future treatment areas for personal improvement using their own image.
From facial augmentations to reduction, you can see it all.
Vectra H1 helps patients make an important decision after seeing the possible outcomes of the surgical and non-surgical treatment.
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Inflammation is divided into both acute inflammation and chronic inflammation.
What is acute inflammation?
Acute inflammation is a process, it’s an evolutionary process or a mechanism developed by our body to fight off infections and invading organisms.
What inflammation, in essence, is an immune response.
Something foreign enters our body, our body mounts a response to get rid of it.
Why? Because if bacteria and viruses enter our body, and if it just stays there, replicates and multiplies, then our body, our cells will die. So of course we want to get rid of this. So that’s an immune response.
What happens during an immune response?
When you get a little cut on your arm and then there is a little bacteria that enters, it becomes red and swollen.
It's red because our body is pumping in more blood to bring in all the stuff that you need, and it’s becoming swollen because it's going to pump in all these immune system right into that area to fight off all of that.
What is chronic inflammation and is it bad for your body?
What’s really bad for us is chronic inflammation. And what is chronic inflammation?
It is an extension of acute inflammation, or it could be a separate thing.
However, what happens if something enters our body not quite like that, let’s say a toxin, let’s say something from a processed food that our body doesn’t recognize?
Then what our body does is it doesn’t unleash this massive acute inflammation. It doesn’t want to, it’s a waste of resources for our body, plus we don’t need that.
So what happens is our body mounts an immune response but not quite like acute inflammation where it does all that, it just mounts a slight response. So it still responds to this, but it goes and checks it out and find out, hmm, it’s not going to cause quite the damage to our body so it sort of keeps it monitored.
Is there a difference between chronic inflammation and acute inflammation?
Unlike acute inflammation, where our body pumps in a lot of blood to that area, in chronic inflammation the opposite happens.
What happens in chronic inflammation? In fact, blood flow slows down.
Meaning that the small blood vessels that are actually feeding oxygen and nutrients to the cells, shut down literally.
Then, the cells undergo these 3 stages. They die, they could become diseased or they could become cancerous. In most cases they become diseased.
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Let It Flow by Dr. Edmund Kwan
You know many people may say you know you're a plastic surgeon. I know, you know what do you know about any of this stuff, right?
And I'm just simply saying, I did a lot of research. I wrote a book. I've had conversation with numerous amount of doctors and people in all specialties and I had discussions and I believe that we need to literally go in a different direction because how we've been delivering health care in America just is not working in the research direction, I feel like it's very unidirectional.
We have to have this conversation with people and I want to reach directly to the people. Not just scientists.
Angiogenesis is simply our body making new blood vessels from existing blood vessels. So it's a protective mechanism that our body has to deliver more blood flow when there is lack of oxygen and nutrients.
Angiogenesis is a good thing and it occurs in multiple situations in our our body.
One, in menstruating women. Every month when women menstruate, the uterus grows in preparation for implantation. So it needs lots of oxygen and nutrients to support the growing cells. So angiogenesis or growing of new blood vessels will support this.
Secondly, in a situation where we sustained major injuries or burns. Now, these areas need healing, requires a lot of oxygen and nutrients. So again by angiogenesis where new blood vessels are formed that will support these injured areas and will heal much quicker.
Thirdly, when we exercise as our muscles grow we need angiogenesis. The growing muscles need lots of new oxygen and nutrients and the more of it the better. So angiogenesis occurs to support the growing muscles. So all these things angiogenesis is a really good thing.
When I hear people talk about angiogenesis, they talk about it like it's a bad thing, and you know angiogenesis is not a bad thing. It's actually a good thing and it's actually vital for survival.
In fact if you block angiogenesis, we're going to have heart attack we are going to suffer heart attack stroke and other major health problems. We need to be really supporting angiogenesis, so instead of blocking Angiogenesis we should be talking about how can we improve blood flow to the cells and tissues.
Many believe that Angiogenesis is what allows the cancer cells to grow out of control. Well, I think this is wrong. Angiogenesis is a protective mechanism just developed by our body to deliver more oxygen and nutrients and this occurs in all parts of our body.
It's not that Angiogenesis, that's causing the problem because it's something that our body depends on. It's vital for our survival. It's the underlying condition that's the problem: lack of oxygen and nutrients.
Hi! My name is Doctor Edmund Kwan and I wrote this book called let it flow to really educate the people.
If you know how your body works, you can take care of yourself.
You can't really depend on doctors to take care of your body. They only see you once a year.
With 25 years of experience as a surgeon and as a plastic surgeon, I noticed that many of my patients come into my office seeking plastic surgery had other medical issues.
And many of them I felt like I could help them just not just externally but help them get healthier inside of their body and I feel like the key to their health is how the blood flows in their body.
It's all about how that oxygen and nutrients get to their cells and I believe that patients need to understand the, really, the truth about their body in order to help themselves.
If you know how your body works you can take care of yourself. You can't really depend on doctors to take care of your body. They only see you once a year.
Our circulatory system impacts every inch of our body from head-to-toe.
Hi! I'm Doctor Edmund Kwan and these are the four things you can do right now to really get your blood flowing and improve your health.
One, be on an anti-inflammatory diet.
What is this? It is a diet filled with whole food that means directly from earth to you without tampering by man.
So this is not processed food. It's whole food I sometimes refer to this as a Mediterranean style diet. Number two, exercise or moving your body.
Some people don't like to exercise but regular gym exercise is a great way to move your body.
Another thing is if you want to just clean your car, if you want to just walk briskly, if you want to do chores around the house this is same way that you can get your body moving and the blood flowing. Three, lowering your stress.
Lowering your stress is a difficult one for many people, however you do need to lower your stress, whether you pray, you do yoga, or you meditate. These are all ways to reduce your stress and even exercise can reduce your stress.
Number four, lowering your sugar level.
This is the number-one problem in our society. Sugar levels are too high in many people and because we consume a diet that's filled with sugar, by lowering your sugar, you reduce inflammation and get the blood flowing to every cell.
What should a future doctor's offices look like?
Well it should incorporate not just medicine/surgery. While those are very important in taking care of disease, we need to really focus on both preventive and wellness medicine.
What preventive and wellness medicine is, keeping people healthy. That's by making lifestyle changes. These encompass both nutrition, movement, stress and the doctor's office should include nutritionists, who's going to advise you on what to eat and how to eat it and when to eat it.
Also include life coaches. We're going to track you not just see doctor once a year but to see you frequently and even call you even be in contact with you through social media, Facebook, to guide you to make sure you're doing the right thing.
Our circulatory system impacts every inch of our body from head-to-toe. So let's look at some of the areas.
The heart pumps blood to every cell in our body, delivering oxygen and nutrients. So but the heart itself needs oxygen and nutrients to survive, and if the heart doesn't get those then it will suffer and we call this heart attack.
The skin, if skin doesn't get enough oxygen and nutrients then it itself suffers in terms of color, texture, and the quality and even premature wrinkling. The best way to get the skin glowing is to get the oxygen and nutrients to the cells and blood flowing.
Let's look at mental health. When you look at mental health, depression is one of the most common things that people suffer from. Depression is partially due to lack of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. If our brain doesn't get enough blood flow, then it will suffer.
If you look at the circulatory system like a highway, if there is an accident or jam-up then the flow is interrupted. Much like that in our body, if the circulatory system has a problem and a disease, then the blood won't reach the cells. If the blood doesn't reach our cells, then the cells will suffer.
Hi my name is Doctor Kwan and I'd like to talk to you a little bit about my practice.
Ever since I was a kid, I always liked to fix things. I went around the house repairing broken doorknobs to toasters to bicycles, and at the same time I started I think developing a little bit of esthetic sense around them as well.
I appreciated art and design and when I started medical school plastic surgery grabbed my attention. When I went to the operating room, I realized that this is what I was seeking.
Classic surgery encompasses both reconstructive and aesthetic surgery.
What reconstructive surgery is, is that part that deals with car accidents and cancer, what's been damaged or broken and repairing it.
What aesthetic surgery is, it's that part that deals with enhancing what's already there such as eyelid surgery nose or the body surgery.
When I walk into the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I see thousands of beautiful artwork. Each one of them unique in their own way.
When I walk into a room I also see “feng shui” to the room and I have this urge to rearrange the room. It's because I want to see the furniture in the right place and with each in its right place, it'll optimize the rooms appearance and function.
I believe that everybody's a work of art and I've had the privilege to work with them over the past 18 years and help them look their very best.