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y virtue of being a parent, one must automatically be deemed a superhero. Certainly, most parental heroic moments go unnoticed or unaccounted for, but over time, they become undeniable. I’m sure my daughter wouldn’t consider anything I take pride in as a mom to be superhero-ish. It has changed so much from the beginning “survival mode” days of sprinting out of bed at 5 a.m. to that infant cry and not sleeping again until midnight. Thousands of diaper changes, playdates and time-outs later, I feel like a superhero if my daughter is clean, completes her homework without whining, and gives me a hug without bribery. The interesting element to our superhero issue is that while each family was chosen for their superhero commitment to their family and community, there was a theme that developed as I read their notes and delved further. Each family truly goes above and beyond to promote kindness and generosity toward others on a level that truly inspires me. By reading these stories, I feel encouraged that a consistent family plan woven into the fabric of the family is transformative in teaching kids to take pride in their own actions. The families featured here walk the talk, and the kids are mirroring their parents own words and actions. This issue reminded me that no matter how much I do for my daughter to make sure she is a well-rounded person, I need to be a well-rounded person for her to mirror, not a wound-up drill sergeant, which is probably how she sees me. Sometimes it’s easy to equate how many pit stops you make for your family and kids to your selfworth. I am constantly getting my daughter something or somewhere and worry that I am not as good at this stage of her childhood as I was when she was that sweet, happy toddler who enjoyed hanging out with her mommy. When I told my husband that I don’t want to be a drill sergeant anymore, he said, “Well, how will anything get done around here?” I guess we will find out. If anyone has an extra cape, you know where to send it. k KARA TURNER
LINDA, MOTHER OF FOUR AND A DR. CLARK PATIENT
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Happy Mother’s Day to my two superheroes: Mom & Grandma Kay.
susan leeson is a graphic designer and cum laude graduate of CSU Chico who has been creating award-winning work for more than 17 years. As a busy mom of three boys, Jacob (12), Gavin (10) and Alex (8), Susan operates Leeson Design where she enjoys creating print and Web design, but nothing excites her more than designing the latest issue of Kidaround. Susan happily resides with her husband, Rich, in Lincoln.
maren conrad has a degree in fine art with a double emphasis on art education and painting and fine art furniture from CSU Chico. Maren has been developing art curriculum for art enrichment programs for more than 11 years. She shows her work in local galleries and teaches children to enjoy the creative side of life at Maren’s Art Studio in east Sacramento. marenconrad.com
gina ursini recently joined Kidaround as an advertising account executive. A transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area, she has a background in sales, marketing and advertising, and is also a freelance writer. She holds a degree in Public Relations from San Jose State University, and is the mother of two children, ages 17 and 9. She and her family live in Rocklin.
jessica barrie is a local photographer who specializes in newborn, child and family photos. With more than 5 years of experience, Jessica has built a reputation on personal relationships with her clients and building a custom experience for each family. She is married and has twin 5-year-old daughters. jessicabphoto.com
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when should i schedule my child’s first visit to an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children have a checkup with an orthodontist by the age of 7. Although most children do not start orthodontic treatment until they are between the ages of 11–14, several conditions can be better corrected when treated at a younger age, such as severe protrusion of teeth, cross bites, under bites, extreme crowding, and harmful habits such as finger sucking and tongue thrusting. how has the experience of visiting the orthodontist changed in recent years?
There have been several advances in orthodontic treatment that have greatly improved the “orthodontic experience.” We are now using special types of braces and wires that allow the teeth to move more freely and comfortably. These special braces and wires have also allowed us to reduce the number of visits to the orthodontic office. Additionally, most offices are using digital x-rays, which greatly reduce radiation exposure and have improved clarity and resolution for better diagnostics.
may consist of a growth modification device like a palatal expander, a habit appliance (to stop thumb or finger sucking), partial braces or headgear. Following the first phase of treatment, retainers are used to maintain the achieved results. The primary purpose of this early phase is to guide and/or redirect jaw growth. Phase two treatment usually begins with the eruption of the permanent molars (ages 11–14), and the goal is to ensure that all permanent teeth are now in ideal alignment and correct occlusion [bringing the surfaces of the teeth from the upper jaw into proper contact with the surfaces of the teeth from the lower jaw]. Generally, there are separate fees for phase one and phase two treatment. The main reason for phase one treatment is to make
Dr. Szymanowski answers your questions about Orthodontic treatment for your kids phase two treatment easier, shorter and more successful. Phase one treatment is designed to prevent tooth extractions, jaw surgery and lengthier treatment time in the adolescent. Investment in phase one treatment can lead to reduced costs for phase two treatment. why should i invest in braces for my child?
Braces are not only used to align your child’s teeth to give your child a beautiful smile, more importantly, they are used to improve the health and function of their teeth. Misaligned teeth are most likely to wear excessively and irregularly, leading to premature breakdown. Poorly aligned teeth can be more difficult to clean, resulting in a higher risk of dental decay and gingivitis.
i have considered invisalign treatment for myself. is invisalign offered for teens?
As you may know, Invisalign is a novel way of straightening teeth without brackets and wires, and many adults are choosing this treatment over traditional braces. It consists of sequential clear plastic trays, known as aligners. These aligners slowly move the teeth into ideal alignment. While this treatment has been traditionally offered only to adult patients, we now offer Invisalign Teen. Benefits include improved hygiene and a treatment plan that doesn’t use brackets that can be broken and wires that can poke into sensitive tissue. However, patient compliance is critical, and not every case can be successfully treated with Invisalign. k
As mentioned, there are several conditions for which early treatment is beneficial. Early treatment—known as phase one treatment—prevents more severe problems once the child reaches adolescence. Phase one treatment 10 kidaroundmag.com • May–June 2013
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i have heard kids are getting braces earlier than ever, and sometimes twice. is that true, and does it cost more?
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My PARENTs are
SUPERHEROS every day!
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H PHOTOS BY JESSICA B PHOTOGRAPHY
you are a parent, you know that nothing in your life has challenged you to rise above all expectations and grow beyond your limitations more than your role as mom or dad. By definition, being a parent requires superhero strength, bravery and selflessness. This issue honors all of you and features some local parents who take being a superhero to a new level.
photo includes: Mike and billie zajec, kids: Amber (13), makena (11), Sydney (8), and Mikey (6).
arnessing the power of the Zajec family would be as easy as catching lightening in a bottle. It’s no surprise that as the mother of four kids, Billie Zajec writes in all caps and characterizes her parenting style as “with lots of love and patience.” Married for 17 years to Billie, Mike Zajec always makes time to play, practice sports and help with schoolwork, and he is the superhero of having fun. For years, Mike pursued the idea of acquiring the original Batman costume from the movie, but when the price exceeded even a superhero family budget, he settled for his own. Instilling the mottos of “praise, correct, praise” and “always be caring,” Mike and Billie have seen their children blossom and grow under these positive messages. The Zajec kids—Amber, Makena, Sydney and Mikey—deeply desire to help others, and their combined forces support “Rachel’s Challenge,” a project that was started by the parents of a young girl who died in the Columbine tragedy. Rachel’s Challenge is simply the idea that “one act of kindness can start a chain reaction of kindness.” Makena (11) will reach out to a shy girl or a new girl to a team and include her in the group; Amber (13) puts together gifts for adopted families through their church over the holidays; Sydney (8) goes out of her way to help her teachers; and Mikey (6) makes a point to say “good job” to his teammates when he sees they have achieved even the smallest level of success. The kids feel good about themselves knowing they have the power to affect other kids, and in doing so, can genuinely change lives.
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he Wilson family is comprised of the powerhouse duo Peter and Susan Wilson and their two girls, Gray and Rowan. Peter and Susan met at CSU Sacramento when they were 19 and 20, respectively, where both received their BA’s and MA’s in Communication Studies. Their amazing attitudes and life experiences have brought them to the forefront of their careers. Peter is the Director of Development for the largest civic amenity and iconic facility in Sacramento, and Susan was recently named a “40 under 40” and is holding the position of Director of Development for the Placer SPCA. Being raised in the Wilson household means living with the philosophy that you will represent the family the best you can. The “Kingdom of Wilson” philosophy is meant to address manners, politeness, consideration for family and friends, and no matter what, having 14 kidaroundmag.com • May–June 2013
one another’s back. Both Peter and Susan volunteer to coach the girls in their sports endeavors, and they have developed another family motto: Be an athlete. This means if you fall down, get back up. Don’t be scared to try new things, and don’t be scared to compete. Susan’s work in the SPCA is a noble cause and one that hasn’t gone unnoticed by her girls. One night as she arrived home from work, she saw Gray and Rowan sitting at a card table selling “original” artwork for $2.50 each to donate to the sick animals at “mommy’s work.” Susan commended them for their hard work and tried to persuade them to come in for dinner, which they adamantly refused to do until they had raised at least $20 for the animals. With the help of the Rocklin police, neighbors and friends, the girls raised more than their goal before they went in for dinner.
He’s made of
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We’re a SUPER
Matt Meninga and LeiLani Miladi Meninga, Blended family: Brock (13), Sydney (8), Matthew (6), Max (6), MiaBella (4). 16 kidaroundmag.com • May–June 2013
ith a blended family of five kids, it is only fitting that Matt and Leilani Meninga had a superhero-themed wedding. He wore the Superman “S” under his tuxedo, and after they were pronounced man and wife, the theme of Superman accompanied them down the aisle. Matt’s wedding gift to Leilani was a sparkly Wonder Woman bracelet, and she considers him the real Superman, saying, “I couldn’t have wished for a better husband or father. He works hard for us and puts his family first.” Looking at Leilani, who is a gorgeous real-life Wonder Woman, you can feel her magical energy that may come from life experiences such as working in an orphanage in Hong Kong when she was 18, or teaching special needs children. Her dream is to raise her children to have a heart of gratitude and a desire to help those in need. Matt and Leilani believe they are in the business of raising “game changers,” and with five kids in the mix, they have a great team already.
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CREATiViTY is our super
Maritza and Roshaun Davis, Sons Noah (11), Parker (2). 18 kidaroundmag.com • May–June 2013
nown as “The Creative + The Planner,” Maritza and Roshaun Davis have spent the last five years building a golden reputation in community cultivation. Together, this young, artsy couple are the founders of Unseen Heroes, a lifestyle event marketing agency that produces local events, including their latest project, the GOOD: street food + design market. Parents of two vivacious boys, Noah (11) and Parker (2), the Davis’ are passionate about family, traveling, and “making cool stuff happen.” Maritza has a big, bright smile and a burning desire to leave things in better condition than when she encountered them. She finds superhero energy when confronted with any task, especially finding activities for the boys that are fun for the whole family. Both Roshaun and Maritza lead by example at home and in life. They show their kids that they can be and do anything they want through hard work, honesty, and a little elbow grease. How do they inspire their kids? Roshaun finds that making up silly songs for messages that they want to stick really works for them, such as (cue singing voice), “Healthy choices: Be careful what you eat,” “As you thinketh, so shall it be,” and “Anything is possible through love.” Maritza and Roshaun believe it’s the little things that add up to great accomplishments. Noah was recently elected vice president of his school, and he received the peace award for his behavior toward others. Maritza and Roshaun were just accepted to the board of directors for Sol Collective, a local nonprofit that focuses on youth programs. Helping others through hard work and dedication comes naturally to this superhero family, and they clearly have a bright future. k
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Museum Camp The Aerospace Museum of California introduces aviation to interested students with a hands-on summer camp. This memorable summer camp teaches a variety of aviation skills and knowledge, including aircraft basics and flight controls, traffic patterns, and the dynamics of weight and gravity. Students will also have the opportunity to visit a U.S. Coast Guard Station, and each participant will take a short flight with a registered pilot. Dates: June 10–13, June 24–27, July 8–11, and August 5–8. Time: 9 am–4 pm. Cost: $225 per person; space is limited to 10 students per class. Ages: 13–17. www.aerospaceca.org
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Summertime at Arden Hills is filled with adventure, discovery and fun! Arden hills offers a variety of educational, yet fun camps for children of all ages. Kids Korner Camp Each week has a new theme to keep your child busy while having fun. They will enjoy spending the morning playing games outdoors, swimming, educational arts and crafts, and participating in various athletic activities. Time: Daily 9 am–1 pm. Ages: Pee Wee Campers (3–4) Little Tike Campers (5–6). Kids Zone Camp Kids Zone camp is similar to Kids Korner camp, but it’s tailored for children 7–12 years old. KZ campers will spend the morning playing games outdoors, swimming with certified swim instructors, enjoying educational projects, and much, much more! Ages: 7–12. 916-480-1165
Breakaway Kids Camps During Breakaway Camp, children from first through sixth grades will be traveling under the sea having awesome adventures while they enjoy arts and crafts, recreation, story time, and, of course, friends. Kids will spend time doing hands-on activities while learning how awesome God is. Small groups will be organized by grade, each with about 10 children and two leaders. Boys and girls will be mixed in groups for first through fourth grades, but separated for fifth and sixth grades. For dates, pricing and locations: breakaway.baysideonline.com
Basketball Camp Steve Buzzard has been running basketball camps for boys and girls for 18 seasons. The Buzzardball Summer Basketball Camp runs in weekly stints from mid-June through August. Boys and girls learn about teamwork, cooperation, leadership skills and sportsmanship. There are four kinds of camps for children from preschool to eighth grade. The weeklong camp ends with an all-star basketball tournament. Register at: buzzardball.org
Kidz Klub Camp There are several ways to enjoy summer camp at Sacramento Country Day School (SCDS): sign up for Kidz Klub camp— morning, afternoon, or full day—and then sign up for some specialty classes like painting, cooking, baseball, fairytales (come dressed for castle fun!), martial arts, Glee Club, and many more! The SCDS seven-week summer program offers sports clinics, classes and camp for pre-kindergarten through 11th-grade students. Kidz Klub, where campers participate in activities, workshops, presentations and weekly field trips, is for campers looking for long-term summer care or occasional drop-in care. www.saccds.org/inside-scds/ after-school-summer/
Sacramento Country Day School offers classes in painting, cooking, sports, fairytales (come dressed for castle fun!), Glee Club, and more!
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Science & Space Center Camp Discovery combines innovative science projects, creativity challenges, outdoor games and, of course, fun! The curriculum revolves around central themes such as space, nature and general science. All of their science activities are based on recommendations from the National Science Education Standards and the California State Guidelines for Science Education, and are taught by experienced, professional staff educators. For dates and times: www.thediscovery.org 916-808-3942
Educational Camps Fairytale Town offers more than 15 exciting and innovative educational camps for children ages 4 through 12. Each weeklong camp is designed for a specific age group and features a unique theme, including visual and theatre arts, literature, puppetry, animals, gardening and more. www.fairytaletown.org
Golf Camp From tots to teenagers, First Tee has summer camp programs that are sure to get kids in the swing of things. Most camps are four days long and, depending on the age of your child, they range from 1 ½ hours to 5 hours long per day. Coaches keep the kids active and enthusiastic about golf while playing games and activities appropriate for their attention span and skill level. The emphasis is on having fun while learning how to play the game of golf. Clubs are available. www.thefirstteesacramento.org
Art Star Camp Founded and lead by local artist Maren Conrad, the Summer Art Star program focuses on children ages 4–11, and helps them reach their artistic potential through various courses. Rail Bridge Cellars is partnering with Conrad and will open up their penthouse lounge for the summer program. Registration is now open. With only 20 spots per week, they are filling up fast. Date: Monday, June 17, through Thursday, Aug. 29. http://railbridgecellars.net/ events/summer-art-starprogram/
Summer Camp St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School is offering Summer Camp 2013, which is open to Sacramento-area students entering first through fifth grades in the fall. Classes and activities are focused on art, theatre and science, and are intended to be enriching and rewarding. A snack break is included. The goal is to offer children fun, exciting and meaningful learning experiences over their summer break. Time: Monday through Friday, 8 am–12 pm. Cost: $165 per session. Space is limited. Contact Jessica Sommerdorf for more information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 916-835-4664
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The Joy of Singing interview with brooke leonard (14), sacramento children’s chorus kidaround: What is your favorite thing about being in the Sacramento
Children’s Chorus (SCC)? brooke: I joined SCC at the beginning of the 2011–2012 season. In just two years, I have grown in so many ways. SCC has provided me with the opportunity to meet other singers with similar interests. I’ve made wonderful friendships with people I really connect with and hope to know for a long time. These friends have shaped me as much as the music and performing has. kidaround: What have you learned musically? brooke: The music we work with is challenging, sometimes in different
languages, but that’s where the fun is: learning, memorizing and really feeling it. I’ve become much more proficient in reading music. It’s a difficult skill to master, but in my opinion, it’s one to be proud of. kidaround: What’s it like going on tour with SCC? brooke: Last year, we sang at a three-day conference in Reno and it was
amazing! We had a lot of fun and really bonded with each other. We even orchestrated our own flash mob at the hotel where we stayed. This summer, we are going to China for 12 days and performing at some very prestigious concert halls. I love traveling, and I know it’s going to be the trip of a lifetime. I’m so excited! kidaround: It sounds like SCC is a big part of your life. brooke: SCC is a commitment with all of the scheduling, outfitting,
Kids will paint, draw, sculpt, collage and create each week. New this summer: illustration, comic making, printmaking and graphic design. Projects are not repeated so kids can attend one, two or all eight weeks.
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struggling to learn the music, and rushing to perform, but when we go on stage and see the audience, I think, “This is it!” I remember what all the hard work is for. It’s the amazing performances of beautiful music with incredible people. It scares me, thrills me, makes me smile uncontrollably, and reminds me why I love singing. Music and choral performance is as much a part of me as air or water. I’ve found my niche in SCC, and I never want to say goodbye! The Sacramento Children’s Chorus is celebrating its 20th anniversary season. Auditions for the chorus (no experience necessary) will be held May 29 and 30. For more information, visit: www.sacramentochildrenschorus.org. k
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Charlie Donlan (9) Katie Donlan (7)
Cooking with Chef
Fabrizio Cercatore PHOTOS BY SANDRA KORDAZAKIS
Personalize your Hot Italian pizza with arugula, olives, pepperoni, basil, pineapple, prosciutto, mushrooms, spinach, or any other favorite toppings for you and your kids to enjoy.
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When Kidaround set up the “What’s Cooking” photo shoot with Hot Italian Restaurant in Sacramento, we didn’t actually expect a “hot” Italian to walk through the front door. So when chef and partner in the restaurant business Fabrizio Cercatore breezed in with his pizza makings, we knew we were in for the real thing. Cercatore takes the pizzamaking business seriously. Hailing from northern Italy where he trained at the prominent Italian professional culinary school IPAS, he owned and operated local favorite “La Tavernatta,” where he often made 200 pizzas in 90 minutes. Luckily for Kidaround kids Charlie and Katie Donlan, Cercatore showed them how to make their own pizzas at home. k
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one prepared, flattened dough to
the pizza stone. Spoon on the sauce,
sprinkle with cheese, and place your desired toppings on the pizza. Bake pizzas one at a time until the crust
is browned and the cheese is golden, about 10–15 minutes.
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artsy by maren conrad
Give this coloring page to your little one so you can have a little break and they can get artsy!
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BOOT CAMP AT THE ZOO Every Wednesday • May 1st through July 3rd 9:15 to 10:15am Participation free with General Admission or Zoo Membership Featuring
Fitness Program, Measurements and Body Fat Testing, Nutrition Guidance & Life Coaching
results ARE typical
Pre-Registration is recommended
saczoo.org • 916-808-5888 May–June 2013 • kidaroundmag.com 27
meet the family PHOTOS BY BRENDA BISHARAT
o celebrate the superhero mothers who have worked hard to rise above their circumstances and attain success, here is one of the many St. John’s Shelter’s success stories. On the outside, Emily Levin appeared to be a normal, young, single mother. She studied at American River College, worked in childcare, and cared for her two young children. However, Emily suffered from drug addiction. She had no stable home for herself or her children and was living
couch to couch. Eventually, Child Protective Services took her children away. Emily knew she had to overcome her addiction and transform her life. After three months of living in different shelters, she was sober and able to get her children back. Then, she found St. John’s. Emily entered the facility and almost immediately began attending Alcohol and Other Drug meetings and counseling, which helped her maintain her sobriety. Emily also started
working at both of St. John’s employment-training programs, finding extra inspiration in First Steps Child Development Center. “First Steps…gave me the chance to reconnect with the skills that I learned while in college,” she says. Emily seized every opportunity to learn and grow at St. John’s. She worked hard and earned the distinction of being the first graduate of First Steps. When First Steps offered her a full-time paid position, Emily happily accepted.
Things continue to look up for Emily and her kids. In December, she received a refurbished car as part of Golden State Collision Center’s Annual Community Benevolence Event, and now, she’s working toward becoming a homeowner. “I have my down payment, I have my savings…I have a life,” she says, “and that’s thanks to St. John’s.” k Learn more at: www.StJohnsShelter.org
“I have my down payment, I have my savings…I have a life.”
Elaine (7), Ethan (5)
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Spring into Style
Stylish fun was had at Dignity Health’s “Spring Into Style” event at The Westfield Roseville Galleria. (both photos)
PHOTOS PROVIDED BY THE WESTFIELD ROSEVILLE GALLERIA
John Adams Academy
PHOTOS BY KEVIN GRAFT
Top: Parents picking books for a signing at the John Adams Academy event in Roseville. Bottom: John Adams Academy founder Dean Forman.
PHOTOS BY VIKI BUSTOS
Top: Gamble Moses carrying his friend over the finish line. Bottom: 9th Annual Run4Roseville race attracts more than 2,000 runners.
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The Skinny on Fat Transfer The latest techniques for lasting results
he first official “fat transfer” by a physician was documented more than 100 years ago. Recent technologies have allowed local board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christa Clark to see superior results with a wider range of applications than ever before. Traditionally, fat transfers have been used to surgically fill in and soften the edges of small, localized areas of the face, such as hollowed cheeks or indented scars. By comparison, synthetic implants have traditionally been viewed as better for sculpting certain areas of the body. With the onset of newer technologies, however, this perception has changed as plastic surgeons have begun to use larger-volume fat transfers instead of artificial implants to enhance many areas of the body and face. The process of transferring fat involves harvesting fat from a site on the body (like the abdomen, thighs or love handles) with a large needle or cannula while under anesthesia. After removal, the next step involves isolating the fat cell with as little damage to the cell as possible. Once purified, 30 kidaroundmag.com • May–June 2013
the fat is transferred using small injections that allow the physician to control the amount of fat being deposited into the new location. These micro injections will ensure a smooth distribution and increase the odds that each graft will be accepted to become a living part of the surrounding tissue. As Dr. Clark explains, “It is not just about moving the fat; you must ensure the newly introduced fat is accepted and stays in the new location. The key to creating lasting, permanent results is by delivering the fat with micro injections.” Dr. Clark does caution that results of this particular plastic surgery may be unpredictable. Much of the injected fat is absorbed, leaving an average of about 40 percent in place. This technique can be used to increase fullness in the face and lips, and in larger volumes to the buttocks, breasts and hands. It is particularly useful for women who need breast reconstruction after lumpectomies because it can be combined with other modalities to help contour a new breast. k
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