Forever Labs – Three Questions

Posted May 2nd, 2017 by Dr. Schenden and filed in Uncategorized

As CEO of Forever Labs, I attend as many of our stem cell collections as I can and I talk with many of our clients. The majority of people that are interested in storing their young-adult stem cells with us have the same three questions.

Below are these questions and my typical answers:

Does it hurt?

In short, no. Most of our clients describe a fleeting cramp that runs from their buttock, down the back of their leg. It’s over in a matter of seconds. On a scale of 1-10, it’s most often given a 2 or a 3.

One client in San Francisco described it as, “less painful than a night out dancing in heels.” I think that’s a good thing? Either way, we’ve yet to have a client that hasn’t been glad to have gone through with it.

What is the best age to have the procedure?

I always reply the same way, and it’s not to be dismissive of the question, I just think it’s the best possible analogy. I’ll ask the client, “When is the best time to plant a tree?” Then, I will answer the question myself, “20 years ago, or today. The same is true of your stem cells.”

I am turning 40 years old in May, my cells that I have stored are forever 38. If I could have banked them when I was 28 that would have been even better. There is a diminishing return the longer you wait to store your cells. That said, there’s scientific evidence to suggest that your 60 year old cells could still be a boon to your 70 year-old self. My 59 year-old father recently banked his cells with Forever Labs and I’m very grateful that he did. Don’t put it off.

How much does it cost?

This one is simple. It’s $3500 for the procedure and $250 a year for storage. Or, you can pay $7000 for the procedure and lifetime storage.

There are a number of other questions that our clients have and I enjoy answering all of them, but these are the big three.

If you have any questions about Forever Labs, what we are doing or why it’s important. Let us know, or reach out to me directly: steven at foreverlabs dot com

Remember, your stem cells will never be as young as they are right now!

Dr. Schenden performs stem cell extractions at our office here in Troy. Contact us for more information or go to foreverlabs.com

What is hyperpigmentation and how do I treat it?

What is hyperpigmentation and how do I treat it?
Your skin is your largest organ. My goal is to educate my patients so they develop a healthy relationship with their skin. Ideally as a nurse I want to treat my patient’s skin issues, such as hyperpigmentation but I also strive to educate preventive measures as well. Patient knowledge is power.

The undisputed #1 cause of premature aging is “sun damage”. It is responsible for dry, wrinkly skin and often will lead to “hyperpigmentation.” Are you wondering what is hyperpigmentation? Melanin is a pigment that is secreted by melanocytes. This pigment gives human hair, skin and eyes their color, based on thousands of years of adapting to a certain geographic location. Dark-skinned people have more melanin in their skin than light-skinned people. The skin is made up of several layers: the hypodermis (inner), the dermis (middle), and the epidermis (outer). The outer-most layer, the epidermis, is where the melanocytes are producing the melanin resulting in the color of the skin. When Melanin is in over production mode it causes the skin to react and hyper pigment.

The body’s natural sun protectant is melanin. Melanocytes are triggered when exposed to UV rays to produce more melanin. A "tan" is how your skin protects itself. However, that glow is far from healthy as it is damaged skin which can surface later as freckles, age spots, crepe/wrinkled and splotchy patches of hyperpigmentation.

IPL-(Intense Pulsed Light) treatment is a photo rejuvenation laser treatment and is most commonly used for:

  • Lightening and removing “sun spots”, “age spots”, and brown blotches on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body.
  • Lightening and reducing redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels and “broken” blood vessels on the face, neck and chest.
  • Helping to control flushing which is the temporary redness of the skin from rosacea.
  • It also has the added benefit of improving skin texture through collagen stimulation and minimizes pore size by temporarily reducing oiliness.

IPL or photo rejuvenation, when done properly, almost always consists of a series of 3-5 treatments, commonly spaced three to six weeks apart. The benefits of IPL are achieved with little discomfort and minimal risk. Thus giving you back your clear skin tone.

Let me help turn back the clock on sun damaged skin. Call today for your free consultation and we will assess the right treatment plan for you.

For Additional Information:
Author: Raquel Merlini, RN
Phone: 248-524- 0620
Michael J. Schenden, MD, PC
201 W. Big Beaver, Suite 1130, Troy, MI 48084

Exciting New Procedure (Stem Cell Aspiration and Banking)

Posted January 12th, 2017 by Dr. Schenden and filed in Uncategorized

Dr. Michael J. Schenden has partnered with Forever Labs™ to be the first plastic surgeon in the Nation to offer this procedure. The goals of both organizations are simple. We endeavor to put you in the driver seat for your own health. Of course, for the best overall health and longevity, there is no substitute for diet and exercise. But is there more that can be done? Yes, we are dedicated to the idea that modern science has given us a unique opportunity to maintain a piece of our youthful selves well into the future. We sit at an inflection point for health and wellness that we predict will change some of the ways in which people think about their own health.

As you may have guessed, we are talking about stem cells, specifically, those from your bone marrow. Bone marrow stem cells contribute to the health of a myriad of systems in the body. They help make your blood, rebuild connective tissue, and create a good deal of your immune system. More and more, we are seeing stem cells employed in clinical practice for things such as joint healing and cosmetic procedures for skin. The downside is that these treatments rely on using your stem cells as they currently exist.

Unfortunately, as we age we tend to lose our stem cells. The good news is that when you’re relatively young and healthy, your stem cells have the remarkable ability to replenish themselves. Storing the young cells today makes sense. This procedure simply takes your youthful stem cells and stores them for future use to fight age related disease or future rejuvenation therapies.  Our mission is to let everyone access their own stem cells as late in life as they wish, and these cells will be as fresh as the day they were stored. Each year, more treatments that are based on stem cell therapy become available. It is our contention that there is no better donor than your younger, healthier self, and there is no better time than today.

This procedure will be offered to all surgery patients and is a simple add on procedure or can be completed as a standalone procedure that takes only 30 minutes—and you are able to walk out within an hour.

For more information call our office today 248-524-0620 or check out our website and Forever Labs website at www.drschenden.com or www.foreverlabs.co

Are you confused about Skin Resurfacing Lasers?

Posted November 30th, 2016 by Dr. Schenden and filed in Uncategorized

You may have heard about lasers for your skin but find yourself confused about how they work and the benefits. First of all you need to ask yourself what are your biggest concerns with your skin?   Is it that you feel you need tightening and firming or are you bothered by redness or brown sunspots? We are able to treat your concerns with our full line of top rated lasers.  Fall is the perfect time for laser treatments; for optimal results skin should not be tan from the sun.

 

Brown Spots/Rosacea

If you are currently regretting using baby oil and basking in the suns rays because you now have discoloration to your skin, then the IPL (Intense Pulse Light) treatment may be for you.  Not only does it target pigment but it also targets redness.  IPL can also help treat rosacea and help with those pesky small capillaries on your face that bother you the most.  IPL is used most commonly on the face, neck, chest and hands.  This procedure takes about 20 minutes and has minimal downtime.  You may need 3-5 sessions for optimal results.

 

Firming and Stimulating Collagen

Now if firming your skin and stimulating collagen are your major concerns then looking at our ResurFx Laser or Active FX laser would be great options for you.

 

ResurFX Laser is used for softening and diminishing fine lines and improving skin texture and overall skin appearance.  This procedure has minimal downtime as you will have some redness and possible mild swelling for only a day or two. ResurFX stimulates the production of new collagen and elastic fibers in the deeper layers of the skin.  Optimal results are seen after 3-5 treatments and you will continue to see results up to six months following the treatment.

 

You can also combine the IPL and ResurFX on the same day for a Photofractional laser result, which works to minimize pigment and/or redness and tighten the skin while stimulating collagen. Combining these lasers may provide quicker results of the ResurFX.

 

Active FX Laser provides the maximum treatment you get in a single treatment setting. This laser uses a high-energy beam of light that causes the skin’s upper layer to peel off and regenerate a layer of healthy new skin.  This achieves a dramatic effect; however, it does require approximately five days of downtime, as your skin will have associated redness and peeling.  You will see a reduction of wrinkles and fine lines as well as a softening of deeper lines. You will also see improved skin tone and texture, immediate contraction of the skin with reduction in pore size, and because it stimulates new collagen, you will see plumping of the skin up to six months after the procedure.

 

To find out more about each of these fabulous options and discuss what may benefit you and your skin the most, please call and schedule a free consultation with me at 248-524-0620.  I hope to see you soon.

Plastic Surgery Troy MI – Troy MI Plastic Surgeon

Cosmetic (also known as aesthetic) surgery is experiencing high popularity and it is important for you to do your homework when considering any surgery. One of the most important questions a patient should ask is “What are the surgeon’s qualifications?” It is also important that your doctor is affiliated with a hospital. Many procedures today can be performed in our private outpatient facility, however, you have the option of having your surgery at William Beaumont Hospitals where both of our surgeons are privileged to operate.

Our surgeons perform plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery and have the expertise to help you with all of your plastic surgery needs. We offer industry leading Vectra 3D® imaging technology for most of our procedures. This software allows you to take the guesswork out of what your results will look like. See results the same day as your consultation. Our surgeons use the latest in surgical procedures and technology. Dr. Schenden focuses on aesthetic surgery.

Whether you wish to slow down the aging process or close the psychological loop with reconstruction, our team can help you meet your goals. In some cases, patients can achieve remarkable results without surgery. Dr. Schenden offers the latest non-surgical procedures to make your skin appear younger and healthier. Our doctors will discuss all your options at your consultation.

Call today to schedule your consultation for a more confident tomorrow. 248.524.0620

Say Goodbye to your Double Chin!

If your double chin leaves you feeling down, we offer a product to dissolve away your excess chin. Kybella® is the first and only FDA approved prescription medicine aimed to improve the appearance and profile of the moderate to severe fat below the chin (double chin). Kybella is made of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Once the fat is broken down it leaves the body through your natural metabolism.

The treatment itself is done in our office with a series of injections spaced approximately six weeks apart. Most people need at least 2-3 treatments (maximum of 6). Downtime is minimal and you can resume your normal daily activities after the procedure. The most common side effect is swelling. This can last anywhere between 1 and 3 weeks. Remember this procedure is no incisions, no stitches, and no scars.

If you are tired of your double chin and do not want corrective surgery, this may be the best option for you. To find out more and see if you would be a good candidate for Kybella please call and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Kroese. 248-524- 0620

For additional information:

Doctor’s name: Dr. Clarissa Kroese, DO

Phone number: 248-524- 0620

Practice Website: drclarissakroese

Address: 201 W. Big Beaver, Suite 1130, Troy, MI 48084

Smooth As Silk

By Dr. Clarissa Kroese

Do the vertical lines around your mouth have you down? Do you dream of softer, more luscious lips? I have a way to turn your frown upside down. The answer is in Restylane® Silk.

Restylane Silk is a FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler designed for subtle lip enhancement and smoothing of the wrinkles and lines around the mouth. This product gives your lips a soft natural look. No “duck lips” with this filler! Because the lips are a sensitive area, an ultra-fine needle is used for the injection and lidocaine is included in the product for a more comfortable experience.

The results with this product is instant and can last up to six months with possible temporary side effects such as mild swelling and bruising.

Achieve the lips you would love to have without the fear of not looking like you. We can enhance your natural beauty by getting natural looking results.

Call today to schedule your free consultation. 248-524-0620.

For additional information:
Doctor’s name: Dr. Clarissa Kroese, DO
Phone number: 248-524-0620
Practice website – drschenden.com
Address- 201 W. Big Beaver, Suite 1130, Troy, MI 48084

Defy Gravity!

Posted November 15th, 2015 by Dr. Schenden and filed in Facial Injectables, Facial Injections, Sculptra

By Dr. Clarissa Kroese, DO, Aesthetic Medicine

Do you ever find yourself looking in the mirror and wondering what happened to your face seemingly overnight?

The first thing you probably think of or see on your face is wrinkles; however, volume loss in the cheeks is a major reason that we lose our youthful appearance over the years. The youthful cheek is round and lifted but with age the curve of the cheek starts to flatten and the cheeks sag.

Thankfully we have products to help us all. Certain fillers can add volume and lift to the cheek area, which in turn provides a more youthful appearance. The procedure is a simple injection, with virtually no downtime and can make you look up to five years younger. We have a variety of filler options for you. We have Voluma® and Resytlane Lyft® which can instantly add volume and lift to the mid-face. Another option we have is Sculptra®. This filler promotes your own collagen growth over time. All options provide results that may last up to 2 years.

Call today for a free consultation and let us help you bring back your youthful appearance. 248-524-0620.

Bro-Tox Anyone?

By. Dr. Clarissa Kroese, DO, Aesthetic Medicine

Listen up all you men out there that think Botox® is just for Women! Statistics today are showing otherwise. Every year more and more men are getting Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin®. There are many reasons why but some may surprise you.

Some men are nudged by the “loving” person in their lives while others are realizing the impact aging and wrinkles can have on their daily life. The deep wrinkles between your eyes, also known as the 11’s, can sometimes make you appear unapproachable or even angry. This can be a negative when it comes to business when it can pay to have a softer more approachable appearance. Also it doesn’t hurt to look a little more youthful in the dating world as well.

If you or the man in your life would like to look more youthful, call today to your free consultation 248-524-0620. We will sit down with you and answer all your questions. Our goal is to help you look more youthful and natural.

ARACHNOPHOPIA

by Dr. Clarissa Kroese. DO, Aesthetic Medicine

Maybe it’s not really spiders you’re afraid of, but possibly it’s those unsightly spider veins that look scary…..

Let’s talk about spider veins (medically know as Telangectasias) for a second. Spider veins are red and purple blood vessels that occur in patches usually on the legs but can appear other places as well. They are often genetic, but can also be hormonally induced. They may be associated with pregnancy and menstruation or develop when you spend a lot of time on your feet.

Spiders veins do not pose a serious health threat. They can, however, cause localized burning, pain, aching, and discomfort. Mostly they are a cosmetic concern to most women who develop them. If you would like to rid yourself of these tiny pest, we can help. Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate spider veins. It involves an injection of a safe solution directly into the vein. The tiny vessels scar and will fade from view. The procedure can be completed in our office, is minimally invasive and has almost no downtime.

Now is the perfect time to rid yourself of spider veins and be ready for vein free/ beautiful legs this summer. Call our office today for your free consultation at 248-524-0620.

For additional information:
Doctor’s Name: Dr Clarissa Kroese, DO, Aesthetic Medicine
Consultation Contact: Margaret Randall
Phone number: 248.524.0620
Practice/Website: Dr. Michael J. Schenden, MD – www.DrSchenden.com
Address: 201 W. Big Beaver Rd Ste 1130, Troy MI 48084