VIP Facial Artistry, Dr. Gregory J. Vipond
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has the power to restore, enhance and correct. In the right hands, it can boost your self-esteem and outlook on life, give you a wealth of confidence, and transform how you are seen and treated by others.
Once you have made the decision to have cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, the next step is to choose a surgeon. It is a decision that is, in part, objective—what you know about the skill, experience, training, and references of the surgeon—and, in part, subjective—does the surgeon instill trust and confidence, listen and understand your concerns while providing you with meticulous care? Will you receive the treatment you want and deserve?
Gregory J. Vipond, M.D., F.R.C.S.C.
- Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
- Fellowship trained sanctioned by the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
- Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
- Extensive clinical and academic background in both Facial Plastic and Head and Neck surgery
Dr. Vipond provides his patients with an unparalleled expertise and understanding in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, nose and eyes. His approach is to restore symmetry and balance to the face which can lead to total well-being—peace, happiness, and fulfillment—providing a level of satisfaction and harmony unmatched by other surgeons. He possesses those special qualities that ensure you will feel secure and comfortable with your decision. He is an empathetic listener who has the ability to take your expectations and concerns and create an individualized treatment plan for you. Most importantly, his approach achieves the best possible results that are natural and enhance your inner beauty. With state-of-the-art facilities and equipment at his Arcadia location, he practices in an environment uniquely designed for your care, comfort and safety. His office team is equally committed to your treatment and overall satisfaction. Call today for a consultation. An outstanding, memorable, and compassionate experience begins with a call to VIP Facial Artistry.
Fortunately, it is not necessary to go to 90210 in Beverly Hills or 5th Avenue in New York City to receive unparalleled care and expertise! One need only go to Fifth Avenue in Arcadia where Dr. Vipond maintains his practice and performs his magic for facial rejuvenation.
Meet Dr. Vipond
Dr. Gregory Vipond’s approach to facial beauty and rejuvenation is one of symmetry and balance. His goal for every patient is for them to leave his office without appearing to have ever seen him by restoring and enhancing a patient’s natural beauty without leaving any telltale signs of cosmetic treatments or having a “done” look. By understanding the complex anatomy of the face and neck and how it changes with advancing age, he can better repair the ravages of time and environment, leaving you with youthful features. It is very true that Facial Plastic Surgery incorporates a great deal of artistry alongside the science of medicine, and having an appreciation of beauty and how it may differ for each patient is a requirement for successful results.
Dr. Vipond believes that it is a privilege to be entrusted with the care of his patients. He understands that facial plastic and cosmetic surgery is a choice and wanted to reward your trust with an honest discussion of your hopes and concerns and to create a treatment blueprint that will help ensure the best possible outcome and value. One of the most enjoyable aspects of his practice is learning how the positive physical changes translate into positive reactions and interactions in a patient’s social network. It is rewarding for him to see how an improvement in appearance can restore one’s self-image and confidence which can lead to an enhanced outlook on life. Despite the often-quoted phrase: “Beauty is only skin deep”, it is very evident that we live in a visual society. First impressions are made in seconds and based primarily on physical appearance. During his residency, he conducted research which demonstrated that patients after facial plastic surgery were judged by others to have more positive personalities and life success based only on their physical appearance. While this may sound unfair, it is a reality that judgment is often based on physical attributes. He has taken care of many patients who feel that their facial appearance does not reflect their inner youth and energy and who feel the need to stay competitive in work and life surrounded by younger peers. Through facial rejuvenation and beautification, he can help reverse the fatiguing effects of aging and let the rest of the world see your “inner child”.
Facial Plastic Surgery More Than Just A Doctor – Gregory J. Vipond, M.D., F.R.C.S.C.
For this editorial, I had originally decided to discuss some issues that I have seen recently with poor outcomes from treatments done by providers with limited qualifications.
However, 2014 has been extremely busy for my office and I instead have chosen to write about how important the before and after care is for my practice; delivering first-class results and experiences for my patients.
The decision to pursue a rejuvenating or beautification procedure can be a difficult but exciting one. Part of the process involves finding a surgeon or provider who instills confidence and trust. It is just as important to have a first-class support system to help you through the recovery process of the procedure.
While a qualified, experienced surgeon should be able to enhance your appearance without leaving an “operated” or “done” look, there is much more to the recovery process than simply following instructions. The face is a fundamental aspect of a person’s identity, and changes to it, even if temporary, can be unsettling. Even if you have had a close friend or family member go through a similar recovery process, when it comes to your face, your experience will be one-of-a-kind; specific to you and only you.
One of the many things I am proud of in my office, is the exceptional work done by my Director of Patient Care. Together, we try to prepare each patient for the journey of facial rejuvenation. Even though I like to spend time with every patient during the consultation and preoperative processes, as well as afterwards, my experienced team is meticulous about ensuring that each patient is as comfortable and prepared as possible.This is not limited to checking that all the necessary supplies have been procured for recovery, extra pillows for sleeping, and transportation arrangements have been made for the procedure and postoperative appointments, but also to help prepare each patient psychologically for what the recovery process may be like.
Like many things in life, patients often have preconceptions about what to expect, both in appearance and recovery. One of the challenges that I face as a Facial Plastic Surgeon is to reach a mutual goal with every patient. Even though this goal is often attainable, normal swelling and bruising during the first few days after a surgery can be discouraging and dispiriting to patients. During these times, I find it incredibly helpful to have my Director of Patient Care who can assist me to encourage and reassure my patients. My Director of Patient Care goes above and beyond through making and answering phone calls at all hours of the day and night, even on weekends and holidays, as well as answering emails and text messages. While the final postoperative result may not be influenced by her efforts, I have really noticed how much better patients heal if they are happy and feel confident in their care. By being there each step of the way, she can help me optimize their experience.
Although facial rejuvenation procedures are generally extremely safe with a relatively straightforward recovery, there can sometimes be small bumps along the way. With an experienced team, patients can be helped through such episodes with confidence and reassurance.
In summary, while the surgeon is ultimately the person responsible for the end result after rejuvenation surgery, he or she is also a member of a team. Having experienced, personable, attentive support staff that instill trust and confidence in patients can often ensure a truly first class experience in a potentially intimidating endeavor. In this manner, I hope to be able to continue caring for and helping patients rejuvenate their appearance and thereby improve their self-image and happiness in a respectful, safe, and understanding environment.
Cosmetic Corner – Q&A with Gregory J. Vipond, M.D., F.R.C.S.C.
As our erratic winter season transitions into spring, there have also been some transitions in the world of facial rejuvenation. Dr. Vipond answers some questions regarding midface and cheek treatments and the concept of adding volume, both fat and artificial fillers, to turn back the clock.
Q: Why would someone want to intentionally put fat into their face? It seems that I have more of it than I want.
A: While you certainly may find it easier to gain weight as your metabolism and activity levels decrease with age, not all areas of the body behave in the same way. Although the stomach, thighs, and arms may accumulate fat, the face commonly loses volume with age. The temple, eyebrows, tear trough, and cheeks can all undergo a deflation process. Adding volume to these areas can help to restore a youthful fullness.
Q: Is using fat better than artificial fillers?
A: Like many things in medicine, there is rarely a right or wrong answer. There are a number of advantages to using fat: it is your own material with a very low risk of infection or reaction; it can usually be harvested in large volumes that can be used in a number of different areas at the same time; it has the potential to be a permanent filler and continue to provide volume for many years; it may be more costeffective than large volumes of artificial fillers that need to be replenished; fat contains stem cells that may help with overall rejuvenation beyond simple volume replacement.
Q: Are there disadvantages to using fat?
A: There is no such thing as a perfect treatment in medicine and fat is no exception. The biggest disadvantage of fat injection is that you are actually having tissue transplantation. Fat is taken, most commonly from the stomach or thighs, and transplanted into the face (or other body areas). This transplanted fat needs to develop a blood supply in order to survive and become “permanent”. Fat survival is less predictable than artificial fillers and there is loss of some of the fat over the first few months after the procedure. However, what is present after three to six months will generally persist for many years afterwards.
The fat transfer procedure is longer than a simple filler injection. It involves a harvesting process, a fat preparation process, and an injection process. Generally, sedation and local anesthesia, or in some cases, general anesthesia is used. There is typically more swelling and bruising than filler injections, although that is due in part to the fact that a greater number of areas of the face may be treated at the same time with fat than with filler.
Q: Is fat transfer a one-time procedure or does it need to be repeated?
A: Although fat may be considered a permanent filler, additional treatments may be beneficial. Since all of the injected fat may not survive the transfer process, additional fat can be added between 3 to 6 months afterwards to add volume in areas of under-correction. Moreover, even though fat will restore lost volume, it will not prevent the continual loss of volume as the aging process continues. Fat transfer can be done again to improve this loss of volume years after the initial injection.
Q: Are there any future developments in fat transfer?
A: One of the most exciting aspects of fat transfer is that it contains stem cells that are also transferred with the fat. There are several companies that are investigating the use of technology to maximize both the amount of stem cells transferred as well as the amount of fat that survives the transfer process.
Q: What are Stem Cells?
A: Stem cells are found throughout the body, especially in bone marrow and fat or adipose tissue. They have the ability to become different types of tissue, such as muscle, blood vessels, fat, nerves, and skin, depending on their location and environment within the body.
Q: Why are they important?
A: Stem cells have the potential to replace damaged tissue, such as heart muscle after a heart attack, or muscle tissue after injury. In the case of aging tissue, stem cells may help replace lost fat cells and restore volume. They may also become supporting cells for the skin, thereby improving skin quality.
Q: What is a Stem Cell Facelift?
A: At this point of medical technology, it is not entirely correct for a surgeon or physician to advertise a “Stem Cell Facelift”. What is usually meant, is that fat, with its stem cells, are injected into the face for rejuvenation. While there are a large number of stem cells within fat tissue, they are not typically extracted from the fat and injected by themselves. While fat transfer does transfer stem cells with fat, the benefit is principally from restoring lost volume and a smaller effect may be from the stem cells. With future developments, it may become common practice to inject isolated stem cells into the face to counteract the damaging effects of aging.
Q: What is Juvederm Voluma? How is it used?
A: Juvederm Voluma was recently by the FDA for midface volumization. It is composed of hyaluronic acid, like Restylane, Perlane, Belotera, and Juvederm Ultra/ UltraPlus. However, it was designed to act as a structural filler for deep injections. It is not intended, nor should be used, for superficial lines.
Q: What is the midface? Why would I want that to be treated?
A: The midface is the region that is located between your lower eyelid and upper lip and beside the edge of your nostril. There are several zones of the midface including the tear trough and cheek.
Although there are multiple aspects of facial aging, a common feature is loss of volume in the midface region.This can lead to hollowing along the tear trough, increased fullness of the nasolabial or melolabial cheek fold, and sagging of the cheeks. While there are a number of surgical treatments for this region, they are not as effective as surgery for other areas of the face, partly because the midface is a difficult region to access and also because the aging changes are not just increased looseness, but volume deflation. Consequently, the logical treatment for deflation is inflation. This can be accomplished with fat grafting, as mentioned earlier, or with fillers. While many fillers may be safely used in the midface area, Juvederm Voluma is the only filler that has FDA approval for the midface.