Ben J. Kirbo, M.D. — Laurence Z. Rosenberg, M.D.
Chris DeRosier, M.D.

Southeastern Plastic Surgery Newsletter Tallahassee

Hyaluronic Acid. A Key to Looking Younger.

Anyone who has ever shopped for anti-aging products knows how overwhelming the task can be. Day creams, night creams, serums, masks…There are so many products to choose from and each promises different results. So how do you choose the right one?

The answer is in the ingredients. By knowing what to look for on the back of the bottle, you’ll be able to narrow down the product that will give you the best results for your own facial needs.

Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in our body and provides volume, moisture and firmness to skin. In our own bodies, it depletes as we get older, leading to tell-tale signs of aging. Products containing hyaluronic acid reverse damage, that is, the signs of aging by plumping and firming skin.

What it is: Hyaluronic acid is actually a sugar that attracts water molecules to provide a plump, spongy effect to the skin.

How it plumps: As water is absorbed by the acid, volume is created. It acts in the same manner as how a sponge soaks up water and becomes full to even out every crevice. When skin is young, the amount of hyaluronic acid in the body is abundant, which is why the skin has a nice plump look to it.

When levels drop: As hyaluronic acid levels drop and the body begins to produce less of it, the effects give way to skin that can look crepey, dry and laden with lines and wrinkles with an overall lack of support.

An aged appearance: A deficiency of hyaluronic acid coupled with the effects of aging, sun damage and environment can give a person an aged appearance and make you look older than you actually are.

Thanks to research and advancements in cosmetic dermatology, hyaluronic acid is available in supplement, cream and injectable form and is a mainstay in the war against aging skin. Because hyaluronic acid binds to and absorbs water, it gives a fullness and plumpness to the skin that we are constantly trying to replicate as the effect of aging intrudes. When there are ample amounts of hyaluronic acid in the skin, it is plump and smooth with good support.

Contact the SPA at Southeastern Surgery at 850.219.2000 to find out which products with hyaluronic acid are right for you. You can also purchase products with hyaluronic acid that hydrate and protect like iS Clinical from our e-store. >


Permanently Stop Underarm Sweat Now.

Clean, confident, carefree, forever.

Southeastern Plastic Surgery introduces miraDry® to their practice. 

Embrace every moment of life to the fullest – without fear or embarrassment of underarm issues getting in the way. Whether you’re out with friends or going on a special date – miraDry® is your solution for sweat-free underarms in as little as one easy treatment.

  • FDA Cleared
  • Non-invasive
  • Toxin-free
  • Quick, in-office treatment
  • Minimal to no downtime
  • Immediate results
  • Permanent results

  • Antiperspirant Free
  • Underarm sweat solution

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. At Southeastern Plastic Surgery we meet some of the most amazing individuals you have been faced with the diagnosis of breast cancer and we are going all out this year to encourage all of our patients to take the steps to have a plan to detect the breast cancer in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. At Southeastern Plastic Surgery we want to do our part and make it easy for you to do the same.

Below and during the month on our FB page, we will be posting helpful reminders, tips and resources. We hope to make it easy for you to SHARE with your friends and loved ones. Together we can help others find this disease in its early stages which ensures successful treatment and cure.

Early warning signs of breast cancer may involve the discovery of a new lump or a change in the breast tissue or skin. An Early Detection Plan enables you to be proactive about your health by reminding you to do monthly breast self-exams and schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms. Review the facts below, fresh your knowledge and create an early detection plan and invite others to do the same.

STEP ONE – Know the Symptoms and Signs
Women should perform a self breast-exam each month and any changes or abnormalities should be discussed with a doctor or physician.

STEP TWO – Learn how to perform a self breast exam
A clinical breast exam is performed by a qualified nurse or doctor. A healthcare professional will check for lumps or other physical changes in the breast that may need to be investigated.

STEP THREE – Clinical Breast Exam
All women 40 and older should have mammograms every 1 or 2 years.

Women who are younger than 40 and have risk factors for breast cancer should ask their healthcare professional whether mammograms are advisable and how often to have them.

Even women who have no symptoms and no known risks for breast cancer should have regularly scheduled mammograms to help detect potential breast cancer at the earliest possible time.

STEP FOUR – Mammogram


Restoring Lost Hair With Micro-Transplantation

Today two out of every three men will suffer some degree of hair loss. While heredity plays a large role in contributing to hair loss. Illness or hormonal changes can also cause hair loss. Some of the illnesses contributing to hair loss include thyroid disorders and some autoimmune disorders.

Hair replacement options have improved substantially and Dr. Laurence Z. Rosenberg, M.D., board-certified plastic surgeon with Southeastern Plastic Surgery has been helping meet the hair restoration needs men.

“Modern hair restoration techniques transfers hair from areas with dense growth to areas without hair,” he said. “This results in a natural looking, permanent solution to hair loss and not a patchy appearance like some of the old techniques.”

There are a variety of hair replacement techniques that are available, although hair replacement surgery cannot help those who have total baldness. Candidates for hair replacement must have a healthy growth of hair on the sides or back of the head.

Hair thinning and hair loss can occur at any age. To learn if you are a good candidate for hair replacement, CLICK HERE schedule a confidential consult or call 850.219.2000.


Liposuction

Liposuction is one of the most significant cosmetic procedures as it can help to shed those unwanted pounds, slim and reshape specific areas of your body and help you achieve the appearance of your dreams.

With our long summer months ahead, it is the perfect time of year to consider your options. CLICK HERE to schedule a confidential consultation and to learn what options are best for you!


IN APRIL SAVE $100 OFF VOLUMA® XC

Beauty Breakthrough. Immediate. Subtle lift.

Immediate volume is now available JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is the only filler that ?last up to two years in the cheek area!

Wrinkles and lines aren’t the only signs of aging. Over time, the cheeks flatten, and the skin may begin to sag. This is caused by a natural loss of volume in the cheek area, or what the experts call age-related midface volume loss. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is designed to add volume beneath the skin’s surface to lift and contour the cheek area.

Call 850.219.2000 to schedule your appointment today.


Finally! An Injectable to Improve the Appearance of a “Double Chin”

What is KYBELLA®?

KYBELLA® is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.” It is not known if KYBELLA® is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area.

How does KYBELLA® work?

The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.

When injected into the fat beneath your chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.

Is KYBELLA® right for me?

Only you and your doctor can decide if KYBELLA® is right for you. If you’re bothered by submental fullness, or double chin, ask your doctor about KYBELLA®.

How many treatments will I need?

You and your doctor will customize your KYBELLA® treatment regimen, including how many treatments you need, based on your desired chin profile. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatment sessions. During these sessions, your HCP will administer KYBELLA® into the fat under your chin using multiple injections. Up to 6 treatment sessions may be administered spaced no less than one month apart.

How long will the results last?

When injected into the fat under your chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After the aesthetic response is achieved, retreatment with KYBELLA® is not expected.

Call us at 850.219.2000 or CLICK HERE to see if Kybella® is right for you.


Reveal a Glowing Complexion with Photofacial Skin Revitalization

Stop concealing your skin’s imperfections and get the glowing results you desire.
Photofacial skin revitalization is a nonsurgical treatment that will improve your skin’s appearance, quickly and easily. This advanced light-based technology clears undesirable brown spots, sun damage and vessels, revealing clearer skin.

How does it work?

Specialized pulses target brown spots, sun damage and vessels without harming the surrounding skin. The light delivered to your skin causes them to slowly disappear through your body’s natural healing process.

What results can I expect?

Expect to see a decreased in the appearance of brown spots, sun damage and vessels for a more even skin tone*. A series of treatments may be needed for desired results.

Treatment plans can be adjusted to fit everyone’s lifestyle – speak to your provider regarding desired downtime, comfort, and results.

*individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

How long will it take?

  • 5-30 minute treatment time
  • 1 to 3 + sessions
  • Low discomfort
  • No downtime

Get the glowing results you want:

  • Reverse the signs of sun damage
  • Remove unwanted facial veins
  • Reduce uneven skin tone and rosacea

Call us at 850.219.2000 or CLICK HERE to email us to see if photofacial skin revitalization is right for you!


Winter Months are the Ideal Time to Permanently Remove Your Unwanted Hair

Avoiding the sun for at least two weeks prior to your visit will help you achieve better results and ensure your unwanted hair will be gone before the warm weather returns.

Are you an ideal candidate for laser hair removal?

If you’re not happy with shaving, tweezing or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering. Laser hair removal is one of the most common non-invasive cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light and destroys the hair follicle. For this reason, the ideal patient has dark hair and light skin. However, Southeastern Plastic Surgery’s laser, Cynosure IKON, can be used on all skin types.

How does it work?

Energy is used to target and destroy hair follicles responsible for hair growth without causing damage to the surrounding skin.

How many sessions are typically required?

The number of sessions also depends on the area treated. The faster the hair grows, the quicker the area responds. The average number of treatments is between six and eight sessions spaced four to six weeks apart.

What results can I expect?

You can expect to see a gradual decrease in hair thickness and the amount of hair in the area (individual results may vary and are not guaranteed). Since this treatment only targets hair in the active phase of growth, multiple treatments are often needed for complete removal. Treatment plans can be adjusted to fit everyone’s lifestyle.

Call us at 850-219-2000 or purchase a laser hair removal package now at our stone


Prophylactic Mastectomy – Weighing the Options

September 2014

Angelina Jolie’s proactive double prophylactic mastectomy brought to the forefront a tough decision that more and more women are considering. According to a report in the journal Current Oncology Reports, the incidence of prophylactic mastectomy doubled between 1998 and 2005.

A prophylactic mastectomy is the surgical removal of one or both breasts to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. Often the decision to take this step is preceded by one or more factors including:

  • A family history of breast cancer such as a mother, sister or daughter who experienced breast cancer especially before the age of 50.
  • A personal history of breast cancer making an individual more likely to develop breast cancer in the opposite breast.
  • A positive test for BRCA1, BRCA2 or PALB2 gene mutations, which increases the risk of breast cancer.
  • Radiation therapy on the chest prior to age 30.
  • Dense breasts or tiny deposits of calcium in the breast tissue.
  • A diagnosis of lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), which has been shown to increase the chances of developing breast cancer.

“We have seen a growing number of women who have decided to move forward with the surgery,” said Dr. Ben J. Kirbo, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Southeastern Plastic Surgery. “Some will want immediate breast reconstruction following the surgery and others prefer to wait for reconstruction.”

Individuals can choose to have a simple or total mastectomy or a subcutaneous mastectomy. With a total mastectomy, the nipple, areola, and all of the breast tissue are removed. It does not include removal of lymph nodes or muscles.

A subcutaneous (nipple sparing) mastectomy includes removal of all the breast tissue but the nipple is left alone. This option is not chosen as often as a total mastectomy since more breast tissue is left behind that could develop cancer later.

As with any surgery, there are risks. The surgery is permanent and not reversible. In addition, the surgery causes significant loss of sensation in the breast. Some women experience anxiety or depression about their body image. And while prophylactic mastectomy may reduce the risks of developing breast cancer by about 90 percent, it doesn’t guarantee that breast cancer will never happen.

Dr. Kirbo advises that any woman considering prophylactic mastectomy should call and schedule a consultation so that all options can be discussed.


Reducing the Signs of Aging on your Face

April 2014

If you are bothered by the signs of aging on your face, it may be time to discuss facelift options with board-certified plastic surgeon Ben J. Kirbo, M.D. Dr. Kirbo has achieved amazing results for patients throughout the Southeast.

The procedure is used to impact sagging in the midface, loss of muscle tone and volume that results in jowls, loose skin or fatty deposits under the chin and jaw or deep creases below eyelids or near the nose or mouth.

A facelift, also called a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck. A facelift can restore a more youthful appearance to the neck and jowl region by removing major wrinkles and sagging skin. It helps to improve a tired facial appearance by smoothing the skin and reestablishing defined contours along the neck and jawline. It often is done in combination with other procedures like a browlift and eyelid surgery to create an overall youthful result.

Facelift surgery is done using general anesthesia and may take three to five hours. Sutures are typically removed in seven to 14 days after surgery but often it can take two to three weeks before most patients feel socially presentable. Results can be long lasting.

To learn more about options for a facelift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kirbo by calling 850.219.2000 or CLICK HERE.


Considering a Chemical Peel?

March 2014

Southeastern Plastic Surgery offers a variety of skin peels depending on individual needs that range from superficial peels to medium peels or deeper peels, which are often used to penetrate several layers of skin to treat severe lines and wrinkles.

A chemical solution is applied to the skin that is allowed to penetrate the skin. Over the next several to 14 days, the skin peels off. The superficial peel is typically done on an outpatient basis with only slight discomfort and minimum peeling. The medium peel may take a few days longer to recover. The deeper peel may take up to 2 weeks to heal.

Dr. Laurence Rosenberg, board-certified plastic surgeon, has achieved considerable success with deeper peels when a phenol peel is applied. The phenol peel is very good for treating deep wrinkles, lines and long-term sun damage.

“While this phenol peel is more invasive, we have achieved dramatic results for our patients,” says Dr. Rosenberg. “A single deep peel can eliminate wrinkles and lines and may even tighten the skin.”

The chemical peel can be used for a variety of situations and can be highly effective in treating skin damage and the signs of aging. To learn more about the right peel for your situation, contact Southeastern Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg CLICK HERE or 850.219.2000.


Laser Hair Removal FAQs

March 2013

How does laser hair removal work?

Lasers use light and electric pulses to heat the hair follicle and destroy its root without damaging the surrounding tissue or skin. By targeting the follicle, laser treatment inhibits any future hair growth.

How many laser hair removal treatments are necessary for complete removal?

The number of laser hair removal treatments necessary for complete hair removal varies from person to person, and is best determined during a consultation. Most patients require 4-6 hair removal treatments, but the skin specialist at the SPA at Southeastern Plastic Surgery usually recommend a series of 4-8 treatments spread out with 4-6 weeks in between.

Are there side effects from laser hair removal?

During laser hair removal, patients report a snapping feeling. Some patients report minor itching, redness, or swelling in the treatment area that subsides within a few days. Less common side effects include: scabbing, infection, hyperpigmentation, and hypopigmentation. Southeastern Plastic Surgery’s physician assistants and licensed aestheticians take precautions to minimize these risks by testing the skin to determine the appropriate laser and setting for your hair removal needs.

What type of laser hair removal treatment will best suit my skin and hair color?

A cosmetic consultation is necessary to determine the specific laser treatment needed to meet your hair removal needs. The settings on our lasers can be adjusted depending on your hair and skin color. Darker pigments attract laser, meaning laser hair removal works best on light skin and dark hair. However, the SPA at Southeastern Plastic Surgery offers the latest technology, so limitations are minimal.

How much does laser hair removal cost?
CLICK HERE to request laser hair removal pricing from the SPA at Southeastern Plastic Surgery.


Why Consider a Breast Reduction

July 2013

Breast Reduction… it can truly change your life.

Breast reduction surgery or reduction mammoplasty dramatically improves our patients’ quality of life offering relief from discomfort and pain. Women experiencing health problems and/or extreme self-consciousness associated with very large, heavy breasts will benefit from breast reduction surgery.

Medical problems that may be associated with large breasts include back and neck pain caused by the excessive weight, skin irritation, bra strap indentations, poor posture, and interference with normal daily activities such as exercise.

The surgery removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. This can alleviate the health problems associated with large breasts and improve a woman’s confidence in her appearance. In many cases, breast reduction surgery can be covered by insurance.

Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure. It is done under general anesthesia and typically takes 2-3 hours. Breast reduction surgery patients will need to limit strenuous upper body activity and wear a sports bra for several weeks after surgery.

Alleviate health problems and gain confidence that comes with a new and improved body image.

Please CLICK HERE to see before and after pictures of this procedure.


Special To Tallahassee Woman Magazine

Southeastern Plastic Surgery In Tallahassee Is Helping Women Achieve A Beautiful Neck

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 2, 2011 — How many times have you heard someone complain about the way their neck looks and describe their neck as a “turkey neck?” Sometimes an individual’s neck can age faster than their face; weakened or loose neck muscles around the neck can be a factor; or an individual may have lost a lot of weight leaving an excess amount of skin around the neck. And of course, genetics can always play a role too.

“We see many patients seeking solutions for the appearance of their neck,” said Ben J. Kirbo, M.D., board-certified plastic surgeon at Southeastern Plastic Surgery in Tallahassee. “There are several solutions, and they can be temporary or more long-lasting depending on the results the individual is interested in achieving.”

Botox injections can help to relax muscle banding in the neck, and the injections can be completed in a short time. Sometimes for those individuals who have an excess of fat, neck liposuction can be a good option.

Some patients undergo a neck lift to get rid of the “turkey wattle,” which works to repair weakened or loose neck muscles. The procedure, called a platysmaplasty, consists of making incisions under the chin and/or behind the ears to access the neck muscles and repair.

For individuals who have too much skin on their neck or muscle banding, a procedure called a cervicoplasty or a Facelift may be the best solution. In this case, part of the excess skin will be trimmed and lifted into place.

“We have built our practice around providing individualized service and care that meets the needs of our patients,” said Dr. Laurence Rosenberg, M.D. and board-certified plastic surgeon at Southeastern Plastic Surgery. “We work with our patients to find the solutions that best meet their needs.”

Southeastern Plastic Surgery includes board-certified plastic surgeons, skin care specialists and others dedicated to providing outstanding care and service.

The physicians and professional staff work with patients to develop a care plan that promotes a strong, positive self-image. The experienced and recognized surgeons and specialists at the award-winning plastic surgery center understand the value and profound effect even a small change on the outside can have on the inside. For more information about Southeastern Plastic Surgery, visit their website at www.se-plasticsurgery.com or call (850) 219-2000.


Kissable Lips

FEBRUARY

The most kissable lips are full and smooth, not dry, chapped or tense.

The clinical staff at Southeastern Plastic Surgery are highly trained in both nonsurgical and surgical techniques to ensure you have kissable lips.

Experience, technique and aesthetic judgment contribute to our natural and personalized results.

Tallahassee Injectables like Juvederm and Restlyane are quick nonsurgical procedures that can be performed by Kristen Snyder Costa, P.A.-C in our office. Kristen was selected to be a certified national trainer for Botox and injectable fillers based on her experience and appropriate use of the products.

Fat injections and lip lifts are performed by our board certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Ben Kirbo and Dr. Laurence Rosenberg.

Just like anything else in the cosmetic field, lip injections need to be tailored to the features of the individual’s face and to his or her aesthetic preferences. Unnatural appearing lips following injection may happen because of injector inexperience or carelessness or both.

You can avoid this type of problem by seeking treatment from an experienced, reputable provider.

Contact us today to set up you appointment to achieve your kissable lips. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

Visit our montly specials page where you can purchase services at a discounted price.


Start the New Year with a New You

The experienced physicians and skin care specialists at Southeastern Plastic Surgery can help you prevent, reverse and slow the signs of aging with our leading techniques in reducing fine lines around the eyes and mouth and even those deeper frown lines located between the brows.

Our award-winning platinum practice has the sought-after specialists who teach physicians and skin care consultants the fine art of using Botox®, Juvéderm® and other injectables to shed the signs the aging.

Southeastern Plastic Surgery and its team of physicians and skin care specialists offer many skin care solutions that will help you achieve your personal goals and discover the look you desire.

Start 2011 with a call today to schedule an appointment and explore the skin care options that are right for you. At Southeastern Plastic Surgery, you’ll learn why our staff is preferred by consumers and healthcare professionals.


Get ready to peel away the summer!

FREE SkinMedica peel with the purchase of TNS Serum. Skin evaluation and peel to be done the day of the event by our licensed aestheticians.

The SPA at Southeastern Plastic Surgery now carries TNS Essential Serum – a HOT product that is featured in September issue of InStyle magazine. Come find out why!

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Dr. Ben J. Kirbo Named Best Surgeon in Tallahassee For the Second Year in a Row

We are proud to announce that for the second year in a row, Ben J. Kirbo, M.D., board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of Southeastern Plastic Surgery in Tallahassee, has been named Best Surgeon in Tallahassee by the Tally Awards.

The Tally Awards are the people’s choice awards for Tallahassee area businesses. The area-wide competition is determined entirely by the votes of the people of the greater Tallahassee community.

Dr. Kirbo has been practicing in the North Florida and South Georgia area for more than 15 years. He is dedicated to providing unparalleled quality to every patient.

A native of Bainbridge, Georgia, Ben J. Kirbo, M.D. received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and completed his medical degree at the University of Miami. Dr. Kirbo completed his general surgery residency at the University of Kentucky and his plastic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University where he trained under several internationally recognized plastic surgeons and perfected his surgical skills.

He has a particular interest in facial cosmetic surgery, breast surgery and body contouring. Additionally, he has specialized training and experience in post-bariatric weight loss surgery and leads the region in providing this service to the growing patient base. He has extensive training in melanoma/skin cancer treatment and Mohs repairs. Dr. Kirbo is known by his colleagues both locally and regionally for his expertise in revising or correcting undesirable plastic surgery results. Dr. Kirbo along with Southeastern Plastic Surgery was selected as the only local surgical practice to participate in the Florida Melanoma Study.

Congratulations Dr. Kirbo from your dedicated and loyal staff at Southeastern Plastic Surgery.

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Economic impact and trends in male cosmetic and reconstructive surgery

Over the last 10 years, the once female-predominant practice of getting plastic surgery has become more acceptable and more common for men to consider and undergo. In the current economy, more middle-aged men are trying to get a foothold in a very competitive job market, often competing with younger applicants. Some light cosmetic surgery to give their faces and bodies a refreshed, youthful look can offer a competitive edge.

While it may sound superficial, physical appearance is an important aspect of the hiring process, and more and more people are starting to understand that investing in yourself is a vital part of getting a company to invest in you and your talents.

Popular cosmetic procedures for men include blepharoplasty, liposuction and neck lifts.

There also are some procedures for males that are exclusive to them—the treatment for gynecomastia is one of these. Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from a Greek phrase meaning “woman-like breasts.” Though the term may not be very well known, it is actually a very common condition, affecting an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men.

For men with gynecomastia, the breast glands can grow to an unusually large size, resulting in embarrassingly large breasts. Gynecomastia can occur for males in one or both breasts. A large number of gynecomastia cases emerge in boys undergoing bodily changes through puberty; a significant percentage of younger boys inflicted with gynecomastia eventually outgrow it. Some, however, will not be able to get rid of their enlarged breast glands, no matter how physically active they are.

Male breast reduction involves the surgical removal of excess fat, glandular tissue and skin surrounding the breast area through means of excision or liposuction. For men with unusually large areolas (the dark skin surrounding the nipple) a qualified plastic surgeon can also reduce the size of this area during breast-reduction surgery. For eligible candidates for this procedure, male breast reduction can result in a chest they can be proud of.

The doctors at Southeastern Plastic Surgery, Ben J. Kirbo, M.D. and Laurence Z. Rosenberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., provide some of the newest, most technologically advanced cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. In addition, the practice provides a full line of skin care services. Drs. Kirbo and Rosenberg are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. For more information about male plastic surgery options, please contact us or call Southeastern Plastic Surgery at 850-219-2000


Laser Hair Removal

Just in Time for Summer

Almost all of us have been troubled with unwanted hair on the face and body. Have you ever considered doing something about it? Those days of painful hair removal using tweezers and hot wax are over.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal offers a fast, less painful solution to removing unnecessary hair. The Southeastern Plastic Surgery hair removal procedures are tailored to each individual’s skin and hair type.

How does it work?

The laser treatment is administered by our highly professional and skilled staff members. A laser beam passes through the skin to the hair follicle where the intense heat damages the follicle so it inhibits growth.

What kind of results can I expect? Is it permanent?

The treatments work best on individuals with light skin and dark hair. It may take several laser treatments to stop all growth.

Call 850.219.2000 and learn how you can find a new alternative to hair removal and for specials on packages.


Are You Ready for a Mommy Makeover?

You may have just become a new mother or perhaps are about to give birth again. More and more women are considering mommy makeovers and evaluating plastic surgery procedures to help restore their post-pregnancy bodies.

Join other Tallahassee area mothers as Southeastern Plastic Surgery physicians discuss some of the options to help restore your body to its pre-pregnancy look.

Breast augmentation to return the breasts to pre-postpartum changes is a procedure many women ponder. Many women experience stretching and less breast tissue in their breasts so augmentation is a natural consideration. Liposuction and tummy tucks also appear high on the list for recent moms.

And sometimes a relaxing facial or skin care appointment can go a long way to rejuvenating you. Join our Hot Topics discussion on, April 9th when we discuss Post-Baby Body Rejuvenation.


Achieving the Perfect Wedding Day Glow.

Southeastern Plastic Surgery has a team of medical skin care specialists that can help you find the perfect wedding day glow.

Today’s modern brides and often mothers of the bride begin their skin care regiment as much as six months in advance of the big day. At Southeastern Plastic Surgery, you’ll learn about a variety of options ranging from Microdermabrasion to chemical peels to facials and even hair removal treatments.

We’ve developed a comprehensive program and timeline aimed at achieving the healthy and radiant skin every bride desires to greet her wedding day.

To ensure that your complexion is as radiant as possible, call and learn about our countdown to find the services that fit your goals.

All skin care treatment plans at Southeastern Plastic Surgery are developed by medical professionals and licensed aestheticians.

Call 850.219.2000 for more information and be on your way to healthier skin.

Medical spa services are available by appointment Monday through Friday.

We recommend calling as far in advance as possible to ensure availability.

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As Seen in Forbes®

In the December 28, 2009 issue of Forbes magazine Ben J. Kirbo, M.D. and Laurence Z. Rosenberg, M.D. were both selected as leading plastic surgeons in the United States, by independent and leading researchers at Goldline Research.

According to Goldline, this designation indicates that Drs. Kirbo and Rosenberg have demonstrated a commitment to patient service that is unparalleled in the industry. Both were selected because they meet or exceed the following criteria:

~ 10+ years of experience

~ Board certified

~ No outstanding malpractice lawsuits or grievances

~ Specialize in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery

~ Perform more than 6,500 procedures

We are very proud of our physicians and congratulate them on this high achievement!


Southeastern Plastic Surgery announces the Skin Scope Analyzer.

The changing colors and shorter days are reminders that the summer sun is now gone and fall is upon us. The moist air that left your skin feeling soft and supple in the warmer months is now turning cool and dry. In turn, much like the leaves outside, the skin’s surface begins to tighten and develop a more brittle texture, which can make even the most youthful face look weathered.

The SPA at Southeastern Plastic Surgery in Tallahassee has a new and exciting method of skin analysis. The Skin Scope Analyzer, developed by Hansen Medical System, allows for licensed medical aestheticians at The SPA to provide the most advanced skin analysis. This new generation of technology uses advanced black light technologies facial topography that fluoresce in a unique way highlighting the very different types of skin found on everyone’s face.

Our trained aestheticians will view your face through a window and interpret what is being seen. A skin analysis is important for the early detection of sun damage and wrinkles.

The Skin Scope Analyzer more accurately aids in the determination of an individualized treatment. Armed with a customized skin care program and tips from our medical spa skin care experts, you’ll have glowing, supple skin through the fall.


State-of-the-art hair restoration micro-technology for men and women is here.

Today one out of five women and two out of every three men will suffer some degree of hair loss. While heredity plays a large role in contributing to hair loss. Illness or hormonal changes can also cause hair loss. Some of the illnesses contributing to hair loss are polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid disorders and some autoimmune disorders.

Hair replacement options have improved substantially and Dr. Laurence Z. Rosenberg, M.D., board-certified plastic surgeon with Southeastern Plastic Surgery has been helping meet the hair restoration needs of many women and men.

“Modern hair restoration techniques transfers hair from areas with dense growth to areas without hair,” he said. “This results in a natural looking, permanent solution to hair loss and not a patchy appearance like some of the old techniques.”

There are a variety of hair replacement techniques that are available, although hair replacement surgery cannot help those who have total baldness. Candidates for hair replacement must have a healthy growth of hair on the sides or back of the head.

Hair thinning and hair loss can occur at any age and to learn if you are a good candidate for hair replacement, please call Southeastern Plastic Surgery.

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Pulsed Light Hair Removal Technology

Just In Time For Bathing Suit Season

Southeastern Plastic Surgery continues to provide the most up-to-date technology by offering a less invasive and more efficient treatment for permanent hair removal.

The new pulsed-light system works by emitting pulses of intense lamplight into the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the follicles and converted to heat. The heat then loosens the hair and disables the cells responsible for growing new hair.

Traditional waxing and threading treatments essentially rip the hair from the skin and can be very painful. The new pulsed light treatments can be significantly more comfortable.

This new technology removes hair up to 10 times faster than laser treatments. As a result, pulsed light hair removal can fit even the busiest person’s schedule. Any area, except around the eyes can be treated including underarms, legs, back, bikini line, face, neck and other areas can be treated. Most areas can be treated in less than 30 minutes, and smaller areas, such as the underarms; upper lip or bikini line can be treated in even less time. In addition, since the pulses of light penetrate the skin, you do not need to let your hair grow out before you are treated. With pulsed light treatments, you can remain virtually hair-free all the time.

Southeastern Plastic Surgery provides some of the newest, most technologically advanced cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. In addition, the practice provides a full line of skin care services.

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Now you can grow longer, fuller eyelashes!

Southeastern Plastic Surgery is pleased to introduce LATISSE® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03%, the first and only prescription treatment approved by the FDA for inadequate or insufficient eyelash growth.

Many women have brittle, short or thin lashes. While some women are born with this condition, it can also be caused by stress, hormonal changes, or the overuse of mascara. Using LATISSE® daily allows your lashes to grow without shedding or breaking as they normally would. Therefore, lashes will continue to grow longer until they have reached the desired length and thickness of your choosing. Maintaining the results is as simple as using the product once or twice a week.

While LATISSE® is a new treatment in eyelash growth, it was developed through years of research by the pharmaceutical company Allergan, the makers of Botox and Juvèderm. It is FDA approved to stimulate eyelashes to grow longer and thicker with noticeable results in most patients in only 4 weeks.

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Body Contouring

The New Year often serves as a trigger to combat weight loss. At Southeastern Plastic Surgery, Board Certified Plastic Surgeons Dr. Ben Kirbo and Dr. Laurence Rosenberg are seeing an influx of patients who have experienced dramatic weight loss. If you have undergone substantial weight loss, or are considering weight loss surgery options, it may be beneficial to also consult with your plastic surgeon.

Bariatric Surgery and Gastric Bypass Surgery have grown significantly in popularity and can result in massive weight loss in a short time. Since skin loses elasticity with age, many individuals are left with a great deal of extra skin. Excess skin can interfere with clothing and activity or can even lead to skin irritation or breakdown.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the most common procedures for contouring the body after losing a large amount of weight are: a thigh lift, an upper arm lift, a breast lift and a lower body lift. Body contouring plastic surgery can help decrease the extra skin and give an individual a new image after weight loss.

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Skin Care To Reduce the Signs Of Aging

As menopause approaches and during menopause substantial changes in the progesterone and estrogen levels of your body can cause many changes in your skin. As the hormone levels fluctuate, you will notice a number of skin changes.

The lack of estrogen and diminishing collagen levels affect everyone differently. Some women experience severe dehydration, wrinkles, uneven pigment, loss of elasticity, thinning skin, adult acne and even unwanted facial hair growth. Others have fewer changes as these effects vary greatly from person to person. Collagen is the key ingredient for a youthful radiance of the skin.

Since our skin is a reflection of what we eat and our daily lifestyle, it’s important to maintain an anti aging skin regimen especially since we lose one percent of our collagen each year after we turn 30 years of age. Collagen is a protein that our body produces that provides firmness and strength to our skin. As collagen degrades, wrinkles appear.

Using antioxidants and retinoids can help prevent premature skin aging. Retinoids also can decrease acne and oiliness, reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

Vitamin A (retinoid) is an ingredient that is recognized by the FDA to increase collagen production. Collagen is what gives us young, radiant skin. Every good anti-aging skin care system includes products containing Vitamin A because of its significant contribution to increasing collagen production and repairing sun damaged skin.

It is important to note that the effectiveness of products available through your physician’s office is far superior to those available over-the-counter. The active ingredients in over-the-counter products are most often negligible.

A qualified aesthetician can analyze the specific needs of each individual patient.

It is critical to select an aesthetician with a sound fundamental knowledge of the ingredients contained in skin care products and the effects of those ingredients.

In addition to Vitamin A, there are several other antioxidants that are proving to be very valuable with aging skin. Peptide and Growth Factor serums are the latest in skin care science. These serums are highly respected for their ability to penetrate the skin and increase collagen production and prevent free radical damage.

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What to Expect from Your Consultation Appointment?

You may be considering a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure and it’s likely that you have lots of questions. We expect this, which is why at Southeastern Plastic Surgery, consultation appointments are designed to provide all the time you need to make a good decision.

What should you expect to accomplish at a consultation?

• Your physician should ask about your thoughts to the recommended treatment and offer alternatives, where appropriate.

• Your doctor and his or her staff should welcome questions about your procedure, his or her professional qualifications, experience, costs and payment policies.

• You should understand clearly the risks of surgery and possible outcomes.

• It’s important that the final decision is left to you.

What questions should you ask when selecting a plastic surgeon?

• Ask if your physician is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Remember that all ASPS members are board certified in plastic surgery, and they only perform surgery in accredited facilities.

• Make sure your physician is board-certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Other questions to consider:

• Am I a good candidate for the procedure?

• What will be expected of me to get optimal results?

• How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?

• Will I need to take time off work? If so, how long?

The staff at Southeastern Plastic Surgery welcomes your consultation appointment and looks forward to answering your questions.

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Now is the time to find a permanent solution to hair loss.

Both men and women can experience hair loss. Today two out of every three men, and one in five women, suffer some degree of hair loss.

Interest in hair replacement typically brought on by aging, change in hormones, illness or a family history of baldness has significantly increased during the past 10 years. The main cause of a diminishing hair line for men is heredity. In women, hormonal changes such as menopause may cause thinning and hair loss. As a rule, the earlier hair loss begins, the more severe the baldness will become.

Southeastern Plastic Surgery offers a treatment option to hair loss that is unique in the Tallahassee market. Dr. Laurence Rosenberg surgically transplants hair follicles in a simple outpatient appointment.

Donor areas in men, such as an area in the back and the side of the head, allow for Dr. Rosenberg to remove hair from the donor site and transplant them one at a time to balding areas. The fine art of creating a brand new hairline can complement the individual’s facial features and allows for a completed natural look and a restored hairline.

The technique for men and women is virtually the same although the donor areas may be different. Dr. Rosenberg welcomes consultation appointments.

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Next Generation Of Laser Technology Available Just In Time For Warm Weather

Southeastern Plastic Surgery Offers Latest Treatment Option

A new generation of laser technology is available at Southeastern Plastic Surgery, in Tallahassee, offering a less invasive and more cost efficient treatment for skin rejuvenation, permanent hair reduction and removal of vascular lesions, as well as facial veins.

Photofacial technology, which uses lasers and pulsed light to remove skin imperfections, has advanced significantly in recent years. The new StarLux500™ uses pulsed light to treat sunspots or age spots and vascular lesions (the superficial blue, red or purple veins under the skin’s surface). Some common types include rosacea and spider veins (the tiny vessels that appear near the surface of the face).

“It is important to provide to our clients the most effective and least invasive technology available,” said Dr. Laurence Z. Rosenberg, board-certified plastic surgeon. “This newest pulsed light and laser option uses new technology that is clinically proven to deliver results as good as, or better than single application “gold standard” lasers with the highest power available. For our patients, this means desired results can be achieved with fewer visits.”

The technology also works well for hair removal. “Traditional waxing and threading treatments, which essentially rip the hair from the skin, can be very painful,” said Dr. Ben J. Kirbo, board-certified plastic surgeon. “The new pulsed light treatments can be significantly more comfortable. In addition, since the pulses of light penetrate the skin, you do not need to let your hair grow out before you are treated. With pulsed light treatments, you can remain virtually hair-free all the time.”

Most areas can be treated including underarms, legs, back, bikini, upper lip, chin, and chest. Treatment typically lasts less than 30 minutes and can fit even the busiest person’s schedule.

Southeastern Plastic Surgery surgeons, Ben J. Kirbo, M.D. and Laurence Z. Rosenberg, M.D., provide the newest, most technologically advanced cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. In addition, the SPA at Southeastern Plastic Surgery provides a full line of skin care services.

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Welcome to the Age of Options – More Breast Augmentation Choices

Are you looking for a subtle change in the size of your breasts or do you want a dramatically different look? Do you want a very full breast that changes your silhouette? Or do you prefer just a little enhancement? Do you know your options regarding implant material, surface texture and “projection” and how those factors can change the result?

“When it comes to breast augmentation or breast reconstruction, information is power because knowing all your options will help you make the very best decisions,” said Laurence Rosenberg, MD. “The quality of the breast implant that goes into your body is as important as the skill of the surgeon who puts it there.”

Ben. J. Kirbo, MD, says that safety is a critical factor with any surgery and implants have always received attention in the media. Southeastern Plastic Surgery (SPS) offers patients the FDA-approved MemoryGel™ breast implants, which are among the best implants available. These specific implants have been successfully used and trusted for 20 years by millions of women all over the world. After almost two decades of research and testing with surgeons and patients, MemoryGel™ breast implants are now available to women in the U.S. Theses implants feel more like natural breast tissue – without compromising reliability or the safety of patients.

Southeastern Plastic Surgery recognizes that many individuals are seeking customized breast enhancement. The wide variety of Memory Gel™ breast implants allows SPS achieve the best match between the ideal you have been envisioning and your individual body frame.

For more information about Memory Gel™ breast implants and their safety features, visit http://loveyourlook.com/Breast-Implants/memorygel.aspx

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Fraxel® Laser Treatments Now Available In Northwest Florida And South Georgia

Southeastern Plastic Surgery First to Offer New Technology

Southeastern Plastic Surgery in Tallahassee is the first and exclusive provider of the newest wave of technology in the Florida panhandle. This new aesthetic solution to turn back the clock of time for aging and sun-damaged skin is the newest generation of non-invasive laser technology called Fraxel Laser Treatment. The Fraxel Laser resurfaces photodamaged skin, treats wrinkles around the eyes, and improves pigmented lesions such as melasma, age spots and sun spots on the face, chest and hands.

“The Fraxel Laser is what everyone has been waiting for,” said Dr. Kirbo. “Patients will now have the benefits of traditional skin resurfacing without significant downtime and risks. We now have an excellent option to treat facial scarring. This has been a major innovation for adult patients who want to treat scars related to adolescent acne.”

The Fraxel Laser was specially designed to create thousands of microscopic thermal spots that form vertical columns of treated skin tissue that are separated and surrounded by unaffected, healthy skin. This innovative approach allows the caregiver to treat only a small fraction of skin at a time so it heals much faster than if the entire area were treated at once. More importantly, and in contrast to other laser/light therapies, the new laser creates new epidermal skin in the treatment areas within 24 hours.

Scars are depressions or indentations that occur from the skin’s natural healing process following surgery or a medical condition, such as acne. Like photodamaged skin, scars contain reduced amounts of collagen, have irregularly structured dermal fibers and usually lack elasticity. There are several types of scars caused by acne including deep “ice-pick” scars that are the hallmark of acne scarring; “box car” scars that usually occur on the cheek or forehead and resemble chickenpox marks; and “rolling” scars that give the skin a wavy appearance.

“A successful treatment outcome requires both the removal of damaged epidermal or surface tissue and the stimulation of collagen remodeling in the dermal component of acne, stretch marks, and surgical scars in order to improve collagen fiber reorganization, surface texture and skin tone,” said Dr. Laurence Rosenberg.

“Fraxel Laser Treatment represents new-generation laser resurfacing with predictable results. It rebuilds damaged skin like digital modification – pixel by pixel, spot by spot, said Dr. Kirbo. “Think of your skin as a family portrait or a digital photograph in need of high-quality restoration or touch-up. A painting delicately restores one small area at a time, or a photo is digitally altered, pixel by pixel. That’s the scientific principle behind Fraxel Laser Treatment.”

The advantage of the Fraxel laser is its unrivaled ability to repair a range of facial scars and promote collagen growth in patients of all skin types.

Safe and effective, the Fraxel laser is cleared by the FDA and has undergone extensive testing in the lab and out in the field. An effective treatment generally requires three to five treatment sessions about two to four weeks apart.

Other advantages to the Fraxel Laser include:

- No scalpel, no stitches, no needles

- No general anesthesia as treatments only require a topical anesthetic

- Convenience as the procedure only takes about 30 minutes.

- High safety and proven effectiveness on neck, chest and hands

- Minimal risk of complications or adverse events

- Natural, youthful-looking results.

“We’ve been receiving calls from patients looking for this new technology in recent weeks following national news stories, and we’re pleased to be able to offer it to Northwest Florida and Southwest Georgia,” said Drs. Kirbo and Rosenberg.

Visit www.fraxel.com for more information and before and after photos.

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Restoring lost hair with micro-transplantation

Hair transplantation is the advanced surgical technique which transfers hair from the permanent hair bearing scalp to areas that are bald.

Modern hair restoration techniques transfer thousands of individual follicular units, each containing one to four hairs. This results in a natural looking, permanent solution to hair loss.

Micro-hair transplantation does not result in an artificial or “plug” like appearance that the older techniques often created.

Up to 3,500 grafts, over 5,000 hairs can be transplanted per session. Most patients only need one or two sessions, depending on the extent of their hair loss.

The procedure is done under local anesthesia with light sedation. Patients can relax, watch a movie or sleep.

There is minimal down-time, and, often no time away from work is required.

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Skin Cancer Rates Continue to Increase Especially Among The Young

It’s hard to avoid the Florida sunshine, but a local plastic surgeon warns everyone to limit exposure to the sun and to be certain that skin is protected with a sunscreen of sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater.

Ben. J. Kirbo, MD, says that the practice is seeing more and more cases of melanoma, a form of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of all cancer types, and the number of skin cancers has been rising steadily for the past 30 years. He said that the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer has been increasing especially among young women.

“Many skin cancers are the result of too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays or tanning beds,” said Laurence Rosenberg, MD. “When people take the necessary precautions, many skin cancers can be avoided.”

Skin care is a necessity and begins with thoughtful approaches to exposure to the harmful effects of the sun. In addition to using an SPF, consideration should be given to the length of sun exposure and the wear of protective sun glasses and clothing, such as a hat.

Southeastern Plastic Surgery recognizes that many individuals, male and female, are seeking comprehensive skin care services not only for sun protection but for year around healthy skin care. Skin care services are offered at The SPA at Southeastern Plastic Surgery which has its own separate waiting area, giving individuals an easy private space for services or products. Highly trained, licensed estheticians offer services that give spa luxury and comfort with state-of-the-art medical equipment

For more information about skin cancer prevention, for the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org or for skin care tips and prevention visit, www.se-plasticsurgery.com.

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