Drs. Gray and Claytor selected to exhibit at National Meeting / Facelift Results Demonstrate Better Results

February 16, 2012

Posted under: Uncategorized — Dr. Lawrence Gray @ 7:29 pm

Portsmouth, NH—Doctors Lawrence N. Gray and R. Brannon Claytor have been selected to present their paper entitled, “MACS Facelift with FATS” at the 91st annual meeting of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons in be held in San Francisco, California from April 14th to 17th, 2012. The poster presentation is based on Dr. Gray’s experience over a five-year period.


Dr. Gray has modified the MACS facelift by introducing the “Finger Assisted Tissue Separation” (FATS) technique resulting in quicker recovery, fewer complications, and better results. The FATS technique is a simpler and safer procedure. Preserving the natural fat and repositioning it provides a bloodless operative field and the finger assisted tissue separation (FATS) allows minimal use of cautery, which can cause thermal heat injury.


Facial aging is a result of years of the natural gravitational pull between the skin and facial skeleton leading to the sagging of the skin and loss of elasticity. Sagging is made worse by the weight of added fat. Previous methods used cautery to assist in the operation. Using the MACS Facelift with FATS, Dr. Gray is able to avoiding cautery, which minimizes loss of volume of facial tissue. This method enables Dr. Gray to preserve and reposition existing fat instead of trying to replace it by using fat injections, which are less predictable. The big advantage is that patients appear more natural and are able to return to social activities, often in one week. With the MACS Facelift with FATS the results are more predictable, have less bleeding and require no use of drains, which are used with most other techniques.


Dr. Gray has achieved better results using the MACS facelift with Finger Assisted Tissue Separation (FATS) now for more than 8 years. The results appear to have a long lasting result. Visit our website at www.atlanticplasticsurg.com to learn about the complete range of plastic surgical procedures or call Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center at 1-800-633-6860 for additional information.


About Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center:
Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center is the practice of New Hampshire plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Gray, since 1985. Dr. Gray is nationally and internationally recognized as the inventor of the scarless breast reduction, a revolutionary procedure that eliminates scars associated with the older, traditional method of breast reduction. He has a large following of satisfied patients from across New Hampshire, the United States and a number of foreign countries, who have sought him out for breast augmentation and scarless breast reduction. Dr. Gray has taught at educational conferences for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and is the only member of the International Society of Plastic Surgeons from New Hampshire. Dr. Mark Ballentyne is a highly skilled physician who has been Director of Medical Aesthetics at the Skin Wellness Center since 2003. Dr. Ballentyne is board-certified by the American Academy of Family Practice Physicians, is licensed to practice in New Hampshire and will be fully certified by the Board of Aesthetic Medicine in September 2011. He has established a strong reputation for his talent in administering dermal fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport injections, and Fraxel laser treatments. 
He is a national trainer for Allergan™. Dr. Brannon Claytor is board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as in hand surgery. Dr. Claytor is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, offering patients a high level of skill, outstanding training and commitment to excellence in cosmetic, reconstructive and hand surgery. He completed an additional year of training in breast microsurgery, oncologic reconstruction and hand microsurgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and was on the teaching faculty of the Lahey Clinic Medical Center.

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Fall 2011 Open House A Huge Success

December 15, 2011

Posted under: Uncategorized — Dr. Lawrence Gray @ 7:51 pm

by Deborah Conway

“Nobody wants to feel like they’re not pretty,” said Kristin, a 39-year-old visitor to the Autumn Open House at Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center on Griffin Road in Portsmouth. For some, the definition of “pretty” is the cleansing and relaxing effects of a therapeutic facial, while for others it is the ability to overcome the trauma and disfigurement of an injury or disease through reconstructive surgery.

I had been invited to the open house event at Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center to be a “model” for the evening. Having never considered breast augmentation, microdermabrasion or any of the other services that they offer, I had no idea what to expect. What I found was wonderful.

The waiting areas, offices and treatment rooms were overflowing with adult women and men of every age. Although some had been there before, many were, like me, new to this experience and full of questions for the doctors, nurses, and aestheticians and office staff. The evening was planned so that visitors would have the opportunity to observe treatments, speak with the models on whom the treatment was demonstrated, and obtain information from the care providers.

25-year-old Catherine was a cancer survivor and had already undergone breast reconstruction surgery at Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center. “I have so much more confidence now”, she said. According to Dr. Brannon Claytor, one of the two plastic surgeons at Atlantic Plastic Surgery, reconstructive surgery takes the patient “from trauma and fear to normalcy”. He added, “Our patients are normal women” and men, not “movie stars”. Meghan, 33, had sustained an injury, and freely offered that “Dr. Lawrence Gray reconstructed my nose”.

For those interested in breast augmentation, Atlantic Plastic Surgery has one of a handful of Axis 3 digital systems in New England and is able to provide three dimensional images, allowing the patient to see the anticipated results of her procedure.

For Shelly, age 45, “I’ve never been here before and [the open house] was a good opportunity” to gather information. “I am most interested in Botox, for my forehead”, she shared. “I was scheduled to receive Xeomin, an evolution of Botox, injections in my own forehead and I found the procedure to be relatively painless and the results fantastic.”

I was scheduled for laser hair removal under my arms and even now, 3 weeks post my one and only treatment, I have not experienced any regrowth. The husband of a woman with whom I spoke was interested in this procedure, and I reassured her that it was not at all painful.

For those seeking to ameliorate the scarring effects of acne, microdermabrasion is effective and safe. Fraxel, or laser resurfacing of the skin, is the most impressive procedure they have available for reducing or eliminating the appearance of both scars and fine lines. According to Kristen, the “model” for this demonstration, the procedure was uncomfortable, but not terribly painful, and the results were indeed impressive.

Sandy, a Certified Aesthetician at Atlantic Plastic Surgery, provides therapeutic facials for both men and women. “It is a little less aggressive than other procedures, and is more relaxing.” The enzyme exfoliates and the microdermabrasion and oatmeal mask stimulates the skin. I had the procedure and found it to be quite relaxing. I experienced a noticeable improvement in the tone, color and overall health of my skin.

Atlantic Plastic Surgery also offers a wide array of skin care products. Madeline, Dawn and Lynn, 3 friends whose ages range from 46 to 68, all agreed that “if you come here you may pay a little more, but you also wouldn’t need the over the counter products in your ‘product graveyard’ that don’t work”. “I feel like what I am doing here is working.”

In addition to these procedures and products, Atlantic Plastic Surgery also offers schlerotherapy, liposuction, tummy tucks, facelifts and other procedures as well as Lattise for eyelash growth, Obagi Medical level skin care and Vivite skin care products. There are many other procedures and products not mentioned here. The Skin Wellness Center offers free skin consultation and digital skin analysis. What have you got to loose, except perhaps a few scars, lines and areas of discoloration? You may even walk away with a few more curves, and a lot more confidence.


Dr. Mark Ballentyne, Board Certified By American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine

November 9, 2011

Posted under: Uncategorized — Dr. Lawrence Gray @ 2:25 pm


Dr. Mark Ballentyne of the Skin Wellness Center at Atlantic Plastic Surgery was recently awarded Board Certification by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Dr. Ballentyne, completed an extended course of study in which physicians gain comprehensive education and technical training in the evolving science of aesthetic medicine from January to September, 2011. On November 5th, 2011, Dr. Ballentyne underwent the written and oral exams and was awarded board certification.



The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine teaches the art, science, techniques and procedures of aesthetic medicine to licensed physicians. The AAAM is the exclusive USA member of the International Union of Aesthetic Medicine, (UIME) comprised of 29 member societies and 20,000 members. Their courses are the only such courses recognized in the USA, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East by the UIME. Their worldwide faculty are experts in their respective fields.



Dr. Mark Ballentyne has been the Director of Aesthetic Medicine at Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center since 2003 and is a national trainer for Allergan and Medicis, makers of some of the world’s most popular dermal fillers, due to his technical skill, extensive experience, and eye for superior results. He has established a strong reputation for his talent in performing the lip augmentation procedure, facial rejuvenation with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections and dermal fillers, photo-rejuvenation (Intense Pulsed Light or IPL), sclerotherapy, medical level skin care treatments, Fraxel laser treatments and chemical peels. Visit our website at www.atlanticplasticsurg.com to learn about the complete range of plastic surgical procedures or call Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center at 1-800-633-6860 for additional information.


Current and New Options in Breast Reconstruction — Expert Surgeon Dr. Brannon Claytor now in New Hampshire

October 21, 2011

Posted under: Breast Reconstruction — Dr. Lawrence Gray @ 12:00 am

Each year more than 254,000 American women face breast cancer, many of whom choose reconstructive surgery to re-establish the shape and look of the breast. Medical and technological advancements are being made every day to give them better choices and produce more realistic and natural-looking results.


Dr. Brannon Claytor, an expert in breast reconstruction surgery following cancer brings his expertise and new options to Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center. After completing plastic surgery training Dr. Claytor completed an additional fellowship in breast microsurgery, oncologic reconstruction and hand microsurgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.


Current options include immediate breast reconstruction, which is done at the same time as the breast removal, a mastecomy. An advantage to this is that the chest tissues have not been damaged by radiation therapy or scarring, producing a superior looking final result are improved. Women who have already had a mastectomy, can have a delayed reconstruction, even after several months or years. This may be a better choice for some women, depending on medical or health reasons. With both immediate or delayed reconstruction, options for the patient’s own tissue and prosthetic materials can be used, or a combination of both.


A new option in breast reconstruction surgery that is gaining popularity is “Autologous Free Fat Graft Reconstruction”, which uses fat instead of implants or tissue transplant. Fat is harvested from the patient’s own abdomen and injected into the area of the chest where the breast was, with preparations ahead of time.
Decisions about reconstructive surgery depend on the patient’s personal factors such as the patient’s overall health. During a consultation, Dr. Claytor will discuss the benefits and risks of each type of reconstruction with the patient. Visit our website at www.atlanticplasticsurg.com to learn more about Dr. Claytor and the complete range of plastic surgical procedures or call 1-800-633-6860 for additional information.


Important News for Women: Silicone Breast Implants are Safe

September 14, 2011

Posted under: Uncategorized — Dr. Lawrence Gray @ 1:37 am

Plastic Surgeons who are members of the The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons recently testified at the FDA Panel on Breast Implants. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a panel hearing on silicone gel-filled breast implants, the purpose of which was to evaluate the progress of long-term studies mandated when silicone gel-filled breast implants were approved by the FDA to return to market in 2006. A key focus was to discuss innovative approaches to gathering data for future post-approval studies.

After two days of discussion and testimony, FDA officials said silicone breast implants were safe and the studies would continue. “Women should feel assured that the F.D.A. continues to believe that currently marketed silicone breast implants are safe,” said William Maisel, MD, MPH, chief scientist in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Excerpted from ASAPS E-Bulletin 9/8/11


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