It would not be a bold statement claiming that Dr. John Cenica is one of the most colorful and esteemed aesthetic surgeons in the Philippines. Not only does he appear in his live TV show “What’s Up Doc” every Saturday (10-11 am on Channel 8 on Destiny Cable and Channel 1 on G Satellite), he is also the President of the Philippine Academy of Aesthetic Surgery, a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Cenica’s five cosmetic surgery clinics in the Philippines
As if this wasn’t enough, he also runs five cosmetic surgeries around the Philippines, located in Quezon City, Laguna, Pampanga and Manila.
When meeting this hard-working man at the fair Aesthetics Asia (held in Singapore 9-11 September 2011), he finds fifteen minutes to sit down with me and tell me about his work and strive to help patients in achieving their dream looks and feel.
What are your specialties within cosmetic treatments?
At Jancen Cosmetic Surgery Skin and Varicose Vein Treatment Center we perform practically everything within aesthetics and plastic surgery. But we also provide preventive health maintenance, and are of course famous for our non-invasive varicose vein treatment sclerotherapy.
How many of your patients come from abroad?
I would say that roughly 80% of all our clients come from overseas, which is quite a lot. International clients come for both surgical and non-surgical treatments, yet the surgeries are the most popular.
What are your most popular treatments and procedures?
Our surgical procedures are still our most popular, however the non-surgical are increasing in popularity by the day. The most popular surgery amongst Filipinos are augmentation rhinoplasty, also called nose job. The second most popular procedure is lipoplasty/liposuction, followed by breast augmentation, also called boob job. The most popular non-surgical treatments are Botolinum Toxin, slimming through radiofrequency, facials such as diamond peels and IPLs and of course sclerotherapy.
At this conference, you gave a speech on Sclerotherapy. How long have you practiced this procedure?
I started in 1995 with sclerotherapy. At the time, there were only one other physician in the Philippines doing this procedure. In order to be able to perform the procedure, I underwent training in Texas, and has ever since given my knowledge through training of other physicians in the Philippines. We are also the only company to distribute varicose vein medicine in the Philippines through our JC laboratory.
What are the benefits of scleroterapy in comparison to invasive varicose vein treatments?
Well, the treatment speaks for itself. It is a non-invasive treatment, which is always safer and less harmful for the patient. It is also a lunch-time treatment, where the patient doesn’t have to file a leave from work in order to go through the procedure. No one will actually even know that you’ve done the treatment and you can walk away immediately.
Are there any disadvantages and side effects to using sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy doesn’t have any reported severe side effects . Some effects from sclerotherapy can be hyperpigmentation or a red treatment area. This usually disappears after a few days. Just like with any treatment substance, the patient might experience an allergy reaction. Apart from that, sclerotherapy is a very safe procedure.
How long time does it take to perform sclerotherapy, and are continued treatments needed?
The procedure only takes 5-10 minutes. For the most optimal result the patient should receive 2-10 treatments for 2-10 weeks in total. The number of treatments depends on the severity and type of the varicose veins.
How is Sclerotherapy performed?
Sclerotherapy is performed by infiltrating the chemical solution sclerodex into the blood vessel, which produces an inflammatory reaction. This irritates the wall of the blood vessel which forms fibrous tissue inside. After a while the vessel die and disappears, leaving the blood to be rerouted through another blood vessel.
Can you treat all kinds of varicose veins with sclerotherapy?
Mostly, yes. Naturally, you have to assess the patient before starting the treatment. If the patient suffers from Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) you will have to make a vein scanning first.
Lastly, why should any patient choose Jancen Cosmetic Surgery Skin and Varicose Vein Treatment Center for their plastic and aesthetic procedures?
A patient should choose Jancen and my practice, since I am the mentor on these procedures in the Philippines. Not only will they receive the best possible medical and aesthetic treatment. They will also receive a very personalized service. For me it’s important to make the patient feel comfortable and secure. I practice something which I call “vocal anaesthesia”, making the patient feel relaxed by a pleasant and comforting conversation in order for them to forget possible pain and discomfort.
Procedures provided by Jancen Cosmetic Surgery Skin and Varicose Vein Treatment Center
- Nose lift
- Double Eyelid and Eyebag Removal
- Face Lift
- Breast Augmentation
- Hair Transplant
- Butt Augmentation
- Ear Lobe Repair
- Chin Augmentation
- Dimple Plasty
- Fat Transplant
- Scar Revision
- Varicose Vein Treatment
- Botulium Toxin
- Dermal Fillers
- Chemical Peel
- Laser Hair Removal (IPL; intense pulse light)
- Body contouring (radio frequency)
- Laser Skin Resufacing (CO2 Fractional Laser)
- Diamond Beauty Peel
- Mole and Wart Removal
- Tattoo and Birthmark Removal
- Aroma Therapy Massage
- Acne Pimple Treatment
- Revitalizing Facial
- Deep Cleansing Facial
Dr. Cenica’s strive is to make sure that the cosmetic and aesthetic treatments given in the Philippines are at par with the best in Asia, Europe and America, something that he through hard work, professionalism and a winning personality surely already has achieved.Sclerotherapy and Cosmetic Surgery in the Philippines, Interview with Dr. John Cenica at Jancen