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Enhance Your Appearance as You Prepare for the Holiday Season
While it might only be September, now is the time to think about preparation in order to look your best during the holiday season. Whether you’ll be attending a corporate party, festivities with friends, or simply gathering together with your extended family, there’s no question that this is a popular time of year to be seen by those you love. Let’s explore some common procedures we offer that can beautifully enhance your appearance as you prepare for the holiday season.
Problem: Unwanted, stubborn bulges of the abdomen (belly), flanks, back, inner and outer thighs, arms, under the chin and other areas.
Solution: CoolSculpting®: CoolSculpting is a completely noninvasive, safe and effective way to eliminate unwanted body fat (an especially popular concern during a season of over-indulgence!) Ideal candidates are within 20-30 pounds of their ideal body weight and have stubborn bulges that simply don’t respond to diet and exercise. Treatment is performed in the office without anesthesia or sedation. Best results are seen 3 months after treatment. Using the latest techniques and technology, CoolSculpting can transform your body. Like any other medical procedure, achieving best results (and avoiding complications) with CoolSculpting requires a great deal of knowledge and experience so choose a highly experienced provider.
Problem: Red or brown discoloration of the face, neck, and/or chest skin
Solution Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). IPL treatments can correct the red and brown skin tones resulting from sun exposure and aging. The face, neck and chest are the most commonly treated areas although the arms, legs, back and shoulders respond beautifully to treatment as well. A few treatments are often required for best outcomes so you will want to begin several months before the wedding. Downtime after IPL is minimal, but even still, this isn’t a treatment to have performed within a few days of important photos or events.
Problem: Deep or fine skin wrinkling.
Solution: Laser skin resurfacing. Laser skin resurfacing rejuvenates tired, wrinkled skin producing a fresh, youthful appearance. Whether you are young and have fine wrinkling or have earned your deeper wrinkles over time, there is a resurfacing procedure that is right for you! Skin resurfacing clears brown discoloration caused by sun damage, tightens skin along the jawline, eyelids and other areas, smooths wrinkles, and improves the texture and even improves the appearance of scars. Depending on the treatment that is best for you, some recovery may be required after skin resurfacing so explore this option at least several months before your first holiday event rolls around.
Problem: Unwanted wrinkles and lines in the upper and lower face, lines, deep circles under the eyes, sagging of the cheeks, a tired or sad-looking mouth, jowling, unwanted fat under the chin, or generally just not looking your best!
Solution: Injectable products such as Botox®, soft tissue fillers, and Kybella®. When administered by an expert, injections can enhance or restore your natural beauty while keeping a natural appearance. While facial injectables are widely available, our office prides itself in having some of the most highly experienced professionals who can listen to your concerns, determine your needs, select the proper products, and administer them safely and effectively. Ideally, facial injections should be performed at least 1 month before any major event.
Problem: Your holiday event is less than a week away and you need a “pick-me-up” to make your skin glow and look its best
Solution: CO2Lift mask. The CO2 lift is a facial mask that may be applied in our office or, if you are careful, at home. The treatment takes an hour or so to complete and the results last 5-7 days (although these are safe enough to be used everyday should you wish to do one before each event!) There are no known risks to CO2 lift treatment and there is nothing else like it available. The CO2Lift mask should be applied 24-48 hours before each holiday event.
With a little bit of advanced planning, we can use a comprehensive approach to help you look your absolute best for whatever you have on the agenda this holiday season. Call our office today to schedule your desired procedures in ample time. We look forward to seeing you!
Who is the Man Behind the Practice? Q&A with Dr. Biesman
While it’s no secret that Dr. Biesman is a Board Certified Oculofacial plastic surgeon, chances are you may not know much more about him than that. Dr. Biesman deeply values his relationship with each patient and always strives to make them feel like the priority upon every visit. So given the nature of his “you-focused” mentality, this month, we sat down with Dr. Biesman for a Q&A to turn the tables and provide you with a little more context about the man behind the practice.
Dr. Biesman was born in Fort Meade, Maryland but at the ripe age of 2, he moved to Flint, MI where he’d spend his childhood growing up. Michigan went on to be a significant source of “home” – even into his collegiate years. “I attended the University of Michigan for both Undergraduate studies and Medical School. Even to this day, my blood still runs Maize and Blue!”
So what made Dr. Biesman take an interest in oculofacial plastics? “Honestly, it was sort of by happenstance” he tells us.
“I loved general and vascular surgery but all of the surgeons I knew who had been practicing in those fields for many years hated their jobs due to the hours and stress and advised me to do something else. All of the Ophthalmologists I knew were very happy with their career choice and their lives. I started an Ophthalmology residency and realized that I didn’t enjoy working on eyes as much as I hoped, but I did love plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and face and decided to pursue this as a career path. In my 2nd year out of training (1994), while an Assistant Professor in Boston, I had the opportunity to do some of the earliest work with cosmetic lasers and injectables. Little did I know that this experience would plot the course for my entire professional career. I pursued my surgical and nonsurgical interests over time and eventually moved to Nashville where I have continued to practice, teach, and do research to develop and evaluate novel techniques, technologies, and products to enhance our ability to make patients look as good as they feel.
Who, or what, has been the biggest teacher in your career?
“I have had 3 different individuals who I considered professional mentors. These special people taught me more about how to be incorporate the values of empathy, professionalism, strength of character, integrity, and how to always “take the high road” even when it is not the easiest path. Unfortunately none of these mentors are currently living but their teachings are with me every day. They include my Fellowship Director, Albert Hornblass, M.D., the former head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital, Dr. Robert Goldwyn, and my father-in-law, Herman Kaplan, M.D.”
Of course, these aren’t the only people who have inspired Dr. Biesman over the years. “My wife Didi has also been an amazing personal mentor to me, keeping me grounded and providing me with wise counsel, guidance and support.”
If Dr. Biesman hadn’t become a doctor, what might have his profession been you ask? “That is an easy one” he tells us. “A Marine Biologist!”
COMING TO NASHVILLE
Dr. Biesman moved to Nashville in 1998 and ever since, it’s become home. “I’ve developed so many ‘favorites’ since moving here, I couldn’t begin to name them all!” When he’s not cheering on the Tennessee Titans or the Nashville Predators, his favorite professional sport teams, you might spot him around town at one of his favorite eateries. “I love the Palm and Kayne Prime, and often find myself at Bricktops for a quick dinner after work. I also love Park Café as a great neighborhood spot which is also extremely conducive to doing business meetings, or Rush Bowls for a healthy treat after working out!”
When Dr. Biesman isn’t working, he stays busy with a wide variety of passions and interests, including fishing, reading, traveling, working out, and spending as much time with family as possible. “I love to travel with my wife and our family to explore interesting new places- especially destinations that involve an ocean and fishing!”
What type of reading do typically enjoy?
“My work requires me to do a tremendous amount of reading. Due to the diverse nature of my interests and the extremely rapid pace at which our field changes and evolves, every month I need to reach scientific journals covering the topics of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, advances in Laser Medicine and Surgery Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, and a host of others. When I am reading for pleasure (which I like to do every night), I prefer to keep it light- Authors such as Tom Clancy, Brad Thor, Lee Child, Clive Cussler, etc.”
Let’s talk music: you seem to have a wide variety of music playing at the office! Tell us about your favorite musical influences.
“Wow, I have a wide range of musical tastes! Having grown up in Michigan which was known for its early Rock scene I grew up listening to Bob Seger, Madonna, Ted Nugent, and the entire Motown sound. Today I have diverse tastes including pop Country, any genre of rock, current pop hits, hip-hip (especially West Coast!), Blues (especially Chicago style), Jazz, New Age (I love Mannheim Steamroller and Enya), and even classical.”
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
Q: What’s the best concert you’ve ever attended?
“Tough question! I loved taking our family to Lollapalooza a few years ago so we could enjoy some music together but then break up into groups and hear some of the bands/genres we loved. It was a fabulous.”
Q: What would your last meal be?
A: Fresh fish, steamed veggies and cold beer!
Q: Where is your happy place?
A: On the water (preferably a warm beach or on a boat) in the early morning as the sun is coming up, fishing.
Q: What energizes you and brings you excitement?
A: Taking on a challenging problem and solving or overcoming it.
Q: If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
A:Try to learn to play the guitar.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: I really don’t drink much alcohol, but I do enjoy an excellent single malt scotch
Q: Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
A: Relax more and enjoy the ride!
One of the best pieces of advice Dr. Biesman tells us he has ever received was to find a niche for himself– and that’s clearly something he’s done with his practice. But as we inquired more about his personal and professional values, it became abundantly clear that there’s been more to the equation that has lead to his success.
“For me, success means having earned the respect of my family, staff, patients, and peers– and I strive to achieve that every single day.”
But when we asked Dr. Biesman to pinpoint his greatest success or proudest accomplishment to date? “It is tough to identify a single proudest accomplishment. Being a father to 3 great kids and married to an amazing woman for 26 years are both right up there. Professionally, I’m proud that I’m able to have a practice built on the principles of compassion and excellence while maintaining the highest ethical and moral standards. That may sound trite but it is really true!”
Our Waiting Room featured in ED NASH(VILLE) Sophisticated Living Nashville
Above is yet another striking illustration of how eloquently Nash’s art harmonizes into any environment. As seen in the newly renovated practice of nationally-renowned and Nashville-based Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Brian Biesman, Nash’s work not only hangs proudly upon the entrance but his patients are fortunate to enjoy Nash’s paintings in two additional places throughout his practice.
Unwavering attention to beauty and detail has always remained the solid foundation at the center of it all for Dr. Biesman. The poised precision, equally matched by his highly skilled staff, is applied to all that he does, not just in the meticulous care for his patients but also in creating an environment as if it were a metaphor for how beauty lies within. And that it does, especially within the walls of his practice located at 345 23rd Avenue North. Dr. Biesman sought Nash’s influence to curate a series of paintings that closely mirrored his work and together, they successfully created an elegant atmosphere that exudes quite sophistication.
Wellness and Aesthetics
The New Year often signifies a “reset button” for improving our health and wellness after the decadence of the holiday season. This year, let part of your wellness resolutions involve taking better care of your skin! Here are a few tips to help you with the healthiest skin yet:
Wellness and Our Skin. Skin health can be divided into preventative and restorative procedures. A good sunblock is the foundation of preventative skin health. As opposed to sunscreens, sunblocks contain ingredients such a titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which physically block both UVB (responsible for burning the skin) and UVA (the main culprit in skin aging and wrinkles) rays. Sunblock should be used every day, even during cloudy days and in the winter.
Restorative wellness procedures include treatments such as skin resurfacing, which removes sun-damaged skin and stimulates growth of fresh, healthy, new tissue, reducing wrinkling and discoloration. When performed properly, skin resurfacing has even been proven to reduce the risk of developing future skin cancers. Skin resurfacing can be performed on most body areas but requires a great deal of knowledge and expertise to obtain best results; choose your provider with the same diligence as you would a surgeon.
Topical skincare products can also promote restorative wellness. A word of caution: approach those proclaiming to be “natural” with caution; some are indeed superior but remember that poison ivy is also natural. Just because a product claims to be natural does not mean it is automatically superior to others. Consult a knowledgeable skin care specialist to choose the products that are best for your skincare goals.
Facial Wellness and Appearance. Restoration and maintenance of a youthful facial appearance can be achieved with a variety of minimally invasive techniques. Injectable fillers produce the soft curves and fullness characteristic of youth along with injectable muscle relaxing drugs such as Botox® to soften and prevent the development of lines. Noninvasive skin tightening procedures such as Thermage® and Ultherapy® also stimulate production of fresh new collagen, one of our skin’s critical structural components to improve skin tightness and contour.
Aesthetic treatments are an important part of our physical and mental wellness. Use great discretion when selecting an expert who can guide you to your wellness goals.
Written by Brian S. Biesman, M.D.
Sophisticated Living Nashville JAN_FEB 2018
The Perfect Timing
“The Perfect Timing,” written by Dr. Brian Biesman. In a perfectly timed complement to Sophisticated Living’s first annual wedding edition, Dr. Biesman offers his expert advice regarding pre-wedding procedures.
“Several times per day, I am presented with the scenario that someone wants to freshen up his or her appearance for an upcoming wedding. These requests involve everyone from the bride and groom, to family members, friends, and even distant relatives. Everyone who presents this question has the same goal: they want to look their best on the special day. Just like with all wedding details, making a timeline for rejuvenation procedures will help you achieve your aesthetic goals well before the big day. Let’s take you through some of the frequently presented scenarios and the type of advice I typically offer for each.”
July 20th Injectable Day Benefiting Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue
Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue
Our Injection Day is approaching on Thursday, July 20 and we still have a few appointment times available! A portion of the proceeds from the injections administered will be donated to Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue, a local non-profit organization! Over the years our practice has become aware of Proverbs 12:10’s mission and we truly appreciate the work that they do to benefit animals.
Can’t make it or not due for your next injection? You can still help!
- Call the Office the day of the event and pre-purchase a certificate to apply towards your next injectable treatment
- Ask the office for the “Wish List” of supplies the organization is in need of (you can also drop those items off at the office and we will make sure they are delivered to the organization).
Keeping Up With Your Maintenance
Keeping Up With Your Maintenance
Increasingly, iconic figures recognized for their timeless beauty are publicly discussing some of their “secrets” for maintaining their appearance over a span of many decades. Dolly Parton is a brilliant, talented, and iconic figure who has made no secret of the fact that she has enhanced her appearance regularly over the years. In fact, she once told Larry King, “I look at myself like a show dog. I’ve got to keep her clipped and trimmed and in good shape.” She has also been quoted as saying, “If I see something sagging, bagging or dragging I’ll get it nipped, tucked or sucked.” While Ms. Parton often made these remarks in jest, she truly is a thought-leader who helped break down the social stigma previously associated with rejuvenation procedures. She also popularized the concept of ongoing “maintenance” of one’s appearance, an idea that today has become the cornerstone for both rejuvenation and for prevention of age-related changes.
Additionally, Christie Brinkley is a beauty icon who, at age 62, has retained her super-model appearance without surgery. Ms. Brinkley recently has come forward and openly discussed her minimalistic yet highly successful approach in her recently released book “Timeless Beauty: Over 100 Tips, Secrets, and Shortcuts to Looking Great”. In her book she discusses her judicious use of Botox®, injectable fillers, noninvasive skin tightening, and laser treatments as well as her diet and exercise regimen.
You don’t have to be famous or have unlimited resources in order to keep yourself looking great over an extended period of time, nor do you have to undergo dramatic treatments which change your appearance or are noticeable to others. I completely agree with Ms. Brinkley who says, “The best results are not total transformations but nearly imperceptible changes that just make you look like a slightly younger version of you. This is an area where less really is more.” Employing this strategy, we routinely see patients who, as a result of excellent skin care, regular use of Botox® and fillers, periodic laser and skin tightening treatments, and adherence to a healthy lifestyle and diet look better today than they did a decade or more ago. The goal is to create both a long and short-term maintenance plan to maximize and maintain a youthful appearance. Seeing the sense of self-satisfaction and confidence instilled when patients look at the photographs we took before starting their treatments is one of the most rewarding aspects of my practice.
If you are interested in making a plan to help you subtly look more youthful and to maintain your appearance over an extended period of time, please contact us.
Father’s Day Giveaway!
The Practice of Brian S. Biesman, MD
is celebrating Father’s Day
by Giving Away an injectable treatment (value up to $1500)
Or a CoolSculpting treatment (up to 2 small cycles)
to a deserving Dad!
Here’s how to enter:
Nominate your dad or another deserving dad that you love! Submit a photo of the person you’re nominating and a brief story about why we should pick by emailing it to email@example.com. We’ll pick the top 4 finalists internally then let the public vote on social media for who should win. One winner will be chosen to receive either a CoolSculpting Treatment provided by one of our Laser Specialist or an inJectable treatment plan provided by Dr. Biesman or Molly Katz, RN.
Deadline to submit: June 16, 2017
Voting begins on: June 19 and ends June 25
Winner announced: June 26, 2017
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity
to gift a Special Dad with
a fat freezing treatment that will target those
hard-to-lose stubborn areas
or an injectable treatment plan
to enhance his chiseled look.
We look forward to seeing your photos
and hearing your stories!
During the initial consultation, the area of treatment will be determined by the physician or registered nurse. Full treatment plan recommendation may exceed the CoolSculpting® or Injectable Treatment contest prize. Should the patient choose to pursue the full treatment plan, the additional cost would be the responsibility of the patient. All submitted photos and stories hereby give consent for the practice of Brian S. Biesman, MD to use for marketing purposes on the web, social media, and other outlets for the use of this Father’s Day promotion and future promotional use, which includes posting before/after photos on our website. May not be combined with other offers or promotions. Only one winner of services will be chosen. Non-transferable. May not be exchanged for another service or monetary value. Services must be provided before the end of 2017. Services limited to one treatment setting.
What Does the Doctor Order?
Deciding What to Get Your Parents this Mother’s & Father’s Day?
As the calendar rolls around to Mother’s Day on May 14, and Father’s Day on June 18, the search for the perfect gift that is unique, insightful, and fun is not always easy! Yes, we know that our parents are always grateful for any recognition from their children, but sometimes us children want to honor our parents with a gift that is both meaningful and useful. But what do our parents really want? New survey information reveals that many moms and dads want to freshen up their appearance.
According to American Society for Plastic Surgery President Dr. Phillip Haeck, “In the last decade, we’ve seen women’s attitudes about cosmetic surgery change.” A combination of busy schedules, lack of sleep, and the need to focus on others can lead to mothers forgetting to take care of themselves. Additionally, rates of both surgical and nonsurgical rejuvenation procedures among men increased dramatically over the past several years, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Today, both men and women can take advantage of a wide variety of products and procedures to help achieve a natural, healthy, and more youthful appearance.
Nonsurgical rejuvenation options popular with both men and women today include:
- Medical grade skincare to transform and maintain skin health
- Injectables such as Botox® and fillers which can relax deep facial lines and restore youthful and attractive facial contours
- Noninvasive skin tightening as achieved by Thermage® or Ultherapy®
- CoolSculpting® for noninvasive body contouring and reduction of unwanted bulges in the belly, “love handles”, thighs, under the chin, back, and many other areas
- Kybella® for removal of unwanted fullness of the neck or “double chin”
- Laser treatment for unwanted blood vessels or stretch marks
Many years ago, both men and women would wait until fifties to start thinking about ways to achieve a more youthful appearance. Today, with so many nonsurgical and minimally invasive options available, men and women typically begin to address their appearance in their thirties and even earlier. So when deciding what to get your parents this Mother’s and Father’s Day, a gift certificate for aesthetic services may be just what the doctor ordered!
10% off Father’s Day Gift Certificates
We are offering a 10% discount on gift certificates so you can give the special dad in your life a rejuvenating treatment he will enjoy! Come by our office today to pick one up in time for Father’s Day. Offer valid from 6/1/17 through 6/15/17. Ask about our email certificates.