Every person has aspects of their body they would like to change. Most problem areas, such as the stomach, love handles, thighs, upper arms and chest, can be covered by clothing during the colder months. Once the warm weather hits, however, all bets are off and, for many individuals, their problem areas become not simply a passing thought but a daily struggle.
“A significant number of the patients who come to us for help with their ‘hard to hide’ areas have become so self-conscious that they refuse to have their picture taken, even in group shots,” explains Dr. Earl Bryant, the founder of Physician Transformations LLC in Newtown Square. “Men who suffer with enlarged breasts wear layers of clothing and completely avoid taking off their shirts, even at pool parties, the beach, during a sweaty sporting event or even during moments of intimacy.”
Fortunately, Dr. Bryant has a number of solutions at his disposal to allow his patients to get back into the swing of life with confidence.
As a full-service medical aesthetics practice, Physician Transformations offers a wide array of treatment options, including full-body liposculpting using the latest liposuction and laser technologies as well as the revolutionary noninvasive CoolSculpting procedure. Dr. Bryant, who is a cosmetic surgeon and a board-certified emergency physician, specializes in the removal of fat.
While Dr. Bryant’s first suggestion to patients is to look at lifestyle—including dietary choices and exercise regimen—he knows there are stub- born areas such as “the mommy pooch,” muffin-tops, saddlebags, love handles, male chests and double chins that people are often unable to address, no matter how much effort they expend. “Liposuction has gone through a big transition from when it appeared 30 to 40 years ago.
“Liposuction has gone through a big transition from when it appeared 30 to 40 years ago. It used to be much more invasive and traumatic, but over the decades it has evolved into a safe and effective procedure to remove fat from areas of the body,” Dr. Bryant says. “Both [SmartLipo and Vaser Liposelection] help to extract fat more safely and with better overall results.” Dr. Bryant utilizes instruments no larger in diameter than a strand of uncooked angel hair pasta, with a corresponding incision no larger than a freckle. All of Dr. Bryant’s procedures are performed on an in-patient basis while the patient is awake but feeling no pain, eliminating the risks of general anesthesia. Patients have their procedure and walk out of the office a few hours later ready to start their journey to a more confident life. For those patients looking to contour their bodies in a completely noninvasive way, Dr. Bryant uses CoolSculpting to freeze away stubborn pockets of fat in the abdomen, flanks and thighs. This revolutionary technique allows patients to sculpt their bodies with no downti me.
Although Dr. Bryant’s procedures are minimally invasive, his results are anything but minimal. Many of his patients have described the tremendous impact that their procedures have made on their overall sense of well-being. One such patient is Carrie Booth, who asked that her real name not be used, and who says that the No-Cut Chin Lift performed by Dr. Bryant provided life-changing results. “Having t he procedure has completely changed my self-image,” says Booth. “I can finally look at a picture of myself and feel good about it.”
Another patient whose life was turned around by Dr. Bryant is Mark Schafer, who sought out Physician Transformations based on the office’s reputation for success in the treatment of gynecomastia. “My chest had always been a source of embarrassment for me and caused me to live most of my life hiding under big shirts, and avoiding beaches, pools and many of the activities that many men enjoy,” Schafer says. Aft er his treatment by Dr. Bryant, however, Schafer says he became a new man. “I no longer try and hide from the world. My posture has i mproved because I am not afraid to show my chest,” he says. “I am more self-confident and happier overall.”
Beyond this approachability a nd demeanor, Schafer found Dr. Bryant to be just as skilled as he had hoped.
Amanda Martinez (not her real name) had a similar experie nce. She came to Dr. Bryant with concerns about stubborn love handles. “Now I can finally wear pants without fearing the constant bulge over the top,” she says. “I feel comfortable in my skin again.” Martinez has since referred friends and family to Dr. Bryant knowing tha t they will receive th e same great service—and the same results—she did. “With Dr. Bryant, I felt like I had more personal care; I wasn't just another patient.”
“It makes a huge difference for [people] to wake up and look in the mirror and like what they see,” says Dalia, t he office manager for Physician Transformations. “As much as we want to focus on who we are as people on the inside, in reality it is a combination. What we see on the outside informs how we feel inside and vice versa. We are physical as well as mental beings.”
Though Dr. Bryant maintains a thrivi ng practice, he still continues to serve as a member of the clinical staff at Albert Einstein Medical Center, w here he trains residents and works as a clinical practitioner several days a week. He is also an Associate of the American Society of Lip osuction Surgery, American A cademy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Society for Laser and Medicine in Surgery.
In his quest to conti nue to offer his patients the most cutting-edge, safe and effective treatments available, Dr. Bryant has selectively added new services t o his practice throughout the years. To help men and women with hair loss, he offers the Neograft hair restoration procedure, which has mi nimal downtime and leaves no linear scarring. To help men and women combat the effects of aging, Dr. Bryant offers hormone replacement therapies. To help men suffering from Erectile Dysfunction, Peyronies Disease, or for those seeking to enhance their sexual performance, D r. Bryant offers a revolutionary noninvasive procedure, called the Gainswave. As men age, the blood vessels in the penis break down. The Gainswave is a drug-free, surgery-free, non-invasive treatment that uses high frequency acoustical waves to open up old blood vessels and to stimulate the formation of new blood vessels. The Gainswave has been shown to be twice as effective as Viagra and similar ED drugs with none of the harmful side effects.
“What makes us special is that we have the ability and integrity to choose our patients carefully, ” says Dalia. “More than getting patients through the door, we want them to get good results; we want them to be happy and to feel good ab out themselves and about us.”
Photography by Jeff Anderson
17 Bishop Hollow Road, Suite C Newtown Square, Pa. 19073