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Dr. Jacobson on Skin Cancer Awareness

Dr. Laurie Jacobson talks with Art from KOMO on Skin Cancer Awareness. Check it out!

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Dr. Reichel talks with RealSelf on 'Less Botox-Y in Botox Seattle'

Dr. Jennifer Reichel of the Pacific Dermatology and Cosmetic Center talks about how women in Seattle are staying away from New York-sized fillers, and how Seattleites are getting natural-looking results from Botox and fillers. Here's a clue: Botox light.

When Getting Judged By The Color Of Your Skin Is A Good Thing

Dr. Reichel and 6 other expert cosmetic surgeons give their views on why ethnicity matters in cosmetic surgery procedures. Dr. Reichel was asked to do a series of videos for as part of a hand-picked select group of her colleagues across the country. Stay tuned for more videos in the near future. Click here to view to videos or click on the link below.

Dr. Reichel chosen as Seattle Met Top Doc 2013


Dr. Reichel has been chosen by her peers as one of Seattle Met's Top Doctors for 2013. Congratulations Dr. Reichel!









Dr. Reichel received the William Baker Meritorious Service Award

Dr. Reichel received the 2012-13 'William Baker Meritorious Service Award'. The recipient of this award is chosen by the University of Washington Dermatology Residents each year. The award is given for "Best Teaching" physician of the year. Each quarter, Dr. Reichel sponsors a "Cosmetic Procedure" teaching session with the residents. These sessions are about Botox, injecting Fillers, Chemical Peels, Lasers, and Sclerotherapy. It is the time when the residents receive actual Hands-On training in these cosmetic procedures. Dr. Reichel also has residents and fellows come to her clinic to follow her through-out a day to learn cosmetic procedures and how to perform cosmetic consultations. She received this award in 2006-2007 for her teaching skin cancer surgery to the Dermatology Residents at the VA Hospital. Congratulations Dr. Reichel!

Dr. Jacobson talks to KOMO news on Skin Cancer Awareness

Younger Looking Hands: Filler vs. Fat Grafting

Taken from a RealSelf interview with Dr. Jennifer Reichel

Dr. Jennifer Reichel who practices in Seattle says she believes that patients get better results if they use fat injections.

RS: What is your preferred method of adding volume back to aging hands?

Dr. Reichel: If the patient is willing to undergo the fat transfer, I certainly prefer it as a filling agent. I do use a lot of radiesse in the back of the hands because it’s very easy to do, the patient just comes in and you don’t have to worry about doing the liposuction procedure. It can look nice as well, but I personally prefer the fat.

RS: How is it done?

Dr. Reichel: For fat transfer in the hands you do a mini liposuction procedure where you remove the fat from the individual that you’re going to treat. Usually I remove it from the abdomen, it’s an easy place to get really nice fat for transfers. You insert a large volume of local anesthetic to numb the area, and you remove the fat using a very small canula and a syringe. Then you take the fat cells, and we have a special process where we spin them down and so it gets just the fat and you don’t have all the extra fluids. We store can store the fat in a freezer system for up to two years, and then for injecting it into hands it’s really easy to undergo.

I numb the back of the hand with a little bit of lidocaine, and then I attach the syringe with the fat in it to a small canula and insert the fat. The fat moves really easily through the tissues, and you can spread it throughout the hand. It’s a really great filler for hands, because unlike some of the other fillers it’s very malleable. Fat is the same viscosity as our underlining tissues, whereas the other fillers are a little more thicker and don’t move around quite as easily. You just inject it in there and it’s pretty instant. You may get a little swelling for about three or four days and that’s as far as side effects go.

RS: How long do they last?

Dr. Reichel: It depends on the individual. So the first time I usually do it I tell people they are going to need to return for a second transfer done somewhere between 3 and 6 months later, and then maybe a third at the same interval. Then at the end of the two year period of time we contact the patient before their fat expires and ask them how they’re doing and invite them back in for a final transfer. So usually people undergo somewhere between 2 and 4 treatments in that two year period of time. If you look at the text books they say that fat can last anywhere between 2 and 8 years. I’ve seen it where it’s been 10 years later and that patient still has really nice filled hands, then some other patients it only lasts about a year or so before they need to undergo the process again.


Before and after photos of Dr. Reichel’s patients who used fat transfer to restore volume to their hands.

Dr. Jacobson on KOMO radio

It's skin cancer awareness month and KOMO's Art Sanders talks to leading dermatologist Dr. Laurie Jacobson about the danger even here in Seattle

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