Dr. Marlon O. Lajo , Diplomate, Phil. Board of Plastic Surgery Fellow, Phil. Assoc. of Plastic , Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, Inc.(PAPRAS) is an active consultant of St. Luke’s Aesthetic Surgery Center in St. Luke’s Medical Center.
If you wish to enhance your total well-being, St. Luke’s Aesthetic Surgery Center offers cutting-edge plastic surgery procedures in a a venue that ensures patient safety , confidentiality , privacy and comfort.
The Center is the only such facility in the country that is based in a JCI-accredited* healthcare institution. Board-certified Plastic Surgeons highly trained in the latest concepts , techniques and procedures in aesthetic plastic surgery , work with Board-certified Dermatologists in providing you with the best management approach to address all your aesthetic needs. These topnotch experts are complemented by the Center’s state-of-the-art equipment for the most in-demand aesthetic plastic surgery procedures. The Center boasts of the latest post-surgical care support systems , such as compression garments and cosmetics , to ensure safety and satisfaction.
HIGHLY TRAINED PLASTIC SURGEONS
If you’re a healthy individual with a positive outlook and realistic expectations in your desire to enhance your looks , then aesthetic surgery is for you. The Center’s Plastic Surgeons are highly trained to perform both surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures.
Our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons Are:
– Graduates of an accredited medical school
– Have completed a minimum of five years of surgical training and an accredited plastic surgery residency training
– Passed the comprehensive oral and written exams of the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery
– Fellows of the Philippine College of Surgeons
– Fellows of the Philippine Association of Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons
LIST OF SERVICES
FACIAL ENHANCEMENT AND REJUVENATION
– Forehead Lift
– Mid-face Lift
– Eyelid Surgery
– Nose Surgery
– Perioral Rejuvenation
– Creation of Dimples and Cleft Chin
– Neck Lift
– Facial Implants ( Chin, Cheek, Jaw)
– Breast Lift , Augmentation , Reduction
– Tummy Tuck
– Arm Lift
– Thigh Lift
– Buttock Lift , Augmentation
– Circumferential Body Lift
MINIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURES
– Injectable Fillers
– Wrinkle Reduction by Botox
– Skin Resurfacing
– Head and Neck
An aging face can be given a more youthful look by correcting sagging jowls , the neck and mid-face. Several facelift techniques are available:
The Abbreviated Technique uses shorter incisions and is ideal for people whose skin tone is good , only have mid-face aging, and who want the excess fat in their neck removed.
The Typical Incision begins along the hairline and may continue along or just inside the ear , and ends behind it. In this technique , underlying tissue is tightened , excess fat removed and sagging skin reduced. Sometimes, a second incision under the chin is done.
Liposuction helps remove fat deposits.
The noselift can involve either the elevation of the nasal bridge alone, the trimming of the overhanging skin on the “wings” of the nose , or both, done simultaneously. For Asians, insertion of the patient’s own bone , cartilage or prosthesis is usually done to “lift” the nasal bridge.
When there is overhanging skin on the “wings” ( alar ) of the nose , but the nasal bridge is prominent enough, alar trimming may be all that is needed. For some patients who have drooping nasal tip, strategic insertion of a cartilage can raise that tip. For Caucasians , reduction of the nasal bridge or of the nasal tip is the most common procedure.
With this procedure , your eyes can regain their ” refreshed ” look! Bagginess of the eyelids makes your eyes look tired and sad , which can be eliminated by removing or transposing your eyelids periobital fat and excess skin . For Asians who do not have discernible eyelid folds , the upper eyelid fold is recreated and pulled back to give a “bright eyes” look– a procedure called Anchor Blepharoplasty.
This procedure is done by making a cut in the armpit area ( inferior mammary crease ) or in the area around the pigmented part around the nipple ( periareola ). Through this incision , a pocket is created under the skin or under the muscle. A medical-grade breast implant made of silicon is then inserted into the pocket and closed.
In those who have ” sagging ” breasts due to breast feeding or to sudden weight loss , Mastopexy with or without augmentation is recommended. The procedure involves insertion of a prosthesis and slght elevation of the nipple-areola complex.
In some women with large , pendulous breasts , the weight of their breasts may cause neck , back or shoulder pain and circulation or even breathing problems. The weight may also cause discomfort as a result of brassiere straps abrading or irritating the skin. Even if physical discomfort is not a problem , some women feel uncomfortable with the large size of their breasts in proportion to the rest of their bodies as well as the “undue attention” their breasts may call. For such women , breast reduction surgery ( reduction mammoplasty ) may be considered. Through this procedure , women can have smaller , lighter and firmer breasts. The surgeon may also reduce the size of the areola or nipples.
For women who want to have that “J Lo Butt” , butt enhancement is the answer. The procedure involves the injection of a medical-grade elastic prosthesis under the fat and muscle of your buttocks.
Also called Suction-Assisted Lipectomy , this procedure removes localized areas of unwanted fat. It is sometimes used to help overweight individuals reduce weight and motivate them to exercise. However, it is not indicated for individuals with generalized fat accumulation caused by endocrine problems or congenital anomalies. Localized fat usually accumulates on the chin , upper arms , abdomen , back and thighs.
A local anesthetic is first infused into the area where accumulated fat is to be removed. Then, a tunneling procedure is performed with a slender tube called to suck out the “melted” fat.
More popularly known as tummy tuck , abdominoplasty is ideal for women not considering having children anymore and individuals who have abdominal fat deposits which do not respond well to diet and exercise. It is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.
This is a facial exfoliation procedure in which chemicals or abrasive agents are used to remove the top layer of the skin. Effective in reducing fine lines , ” crows feet ” , age spots and acne scars , microdermabrasion gives the skin an overall fresh , healthy glow and stimulates production of skin cells and collagen as well. Each treatment takes from 30 minutes to an hour. Recommended number of treatments for maximum results range from five to twelve sessions, spaced two to three weeks apart. Microdermabrasion may be combined with a light chemical peel for optimal effect.
CHEMICAL SKIN PEEL: LIGHT TO MEDIUM
Skin peeling involves applying a chemical solution to sun-damaged , unevenly pigmented, and finely wrinkled facial areas. The procedure is meant to diminish facial imperfections by peeling away the skin’s top layer. Your plastic surgeon will select the best chemical or chemical mix for you. Alpha hydroxy acid ( AHA )
is used for superficial peels. For a stronger, greater depth of peel, trichloroacetic acid ( TCA ) is used.
BOTOX AND FILLERS
Botulinum toxin and Fillers are indicated for younger people with very active forehead and facial muscles. The botulinum toxin injection paralyzes the muscles which create the deep frown and wrinkle lines. On the other hand, the filler injections “lift” the deep grooves and wrinkles created by the hyperactivity of the facial and forehead muscles. Botox and fillers are used to restore the smoothness of the forehead in those who are afraid of, and do not require, surgical incisions.
ENDOSCOPIC FACIAL REJUVENATION
Because this procedure generally does not require removal of skin, potential candidates for endoscopic deep tissue repositioning are between 40 to 50 years of age , have good quality skin and limited laxity. Through two or more incisions within your hairline, the tissue and muscle beneath your skin are repositioned or altered thereby correcting the source of visible creases and furrows in your forehead.
ENDOSCOPIC AUGMENTATION MAMMOGRAPHY
Patients with small axillary diameters or poorly defined infra-mammary fold ( crease underneath the breast where the bottom edge of a bra sits ) are excellent candidates for this approach. The endoscopic approach , like the traditional transaxillary augmentation , avoids an incision in the breast mound and provides a clear, magnified view of the sub-muscular pocket. This allows controlled dissection of the implant pocket and helps the surgeon control bleeding.
If you’re afraid of incisions and worry about scarring, this procedure is ideal for you. With longer endoscopic retractors, aesthetic surgeons can tighten your entire midline abdominal wall where muscles have weakened through a small incision around your navel and lower abdomen — eliminating the need for a full , open tummy tuck incision.
Micro-hair transplant procedures ( individual hair micrograft restorations ) use local anesthesia and are performed on an outpatient basis. Transplantation is a progressive process requiring hundreds of micrografts, each containing from one to three hairs mini-grafted from a donor site on the side or back of the head. The micrografts are randomly implanted in the bald or thinning areas so that these will grow in a natural pattern.
Source: St. Luke’s Aesthetic Surgery Center