Cosmetic surgeons host evening of education, awareness and safety

Dr. Rod Rohrich
Dr. Rod Rohrich

DALLAS — May 5, 2009 — Perhaps the plastic surgery reality television shows and dramas have helped pique interest. Perhaps it’s a desire to look better for a job interview or a mate or to better fit into the changing fashions that rule the day.

Whatever the reasons, more than 10 million cosmetic surgery procedures were performed last year, according to the latest figures from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

People flocked to procedures — from breast augmentations to liposuction, from laser skin care to facial fillers. The number of cosmetic surgical procedures is up more than 100 percent during the last decade, and nonsurgical procedures are up more than 200 percent. The surge has come amid an ever-growing market of products and services, and despite warnings on injectable fillers and do-it-yourself Botox advertised on the Web.

“It can be hard to know what’s hype and what’s right,” said Dr. Rod Rohrich, chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

To help separate the wheat from the chaff, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, UT Southwestern’s world-famous faculty of plastic surgeons and specialists will host an evening of education and awareness on all aspects of cosmetic surgery, from the latest technologies and innovations to the latest safety warnings and scams.

“When it comes to cosmetic procedures, you can’t always believe everything you see, so we hope this event can help those serious about improving their appearance sort through the options with facts,” said Dr. Rohrich, who will lead the presentation.

The free event will be held at UT Southwestern’s Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery Center in the Outpatient Building, 1801 Inwood Road.

“We’re fortunate to have many of the nation’s top experts in all fields of plastic surgery who also are leaders in the medical education community,” Dr. Rohrich said. “It is an essential part of our mission as physicians and educators to explain the differences in the myriad products and offerings that are out there and help people considering cosmetic procedures gain a better idea of realistic expectations.”

Dr. Rohrich, who also is a professor of cell biology and orthopaedic surgery, holds the Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery, and the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

UT Southwestern’s plastic surgeons routinely participate in the clinical trials and studies federally mandated before products can be approved for the general public, and publish their findings in the nation’s top medical journals.

“They are familiar with not just the hype, but the critical research and findings behind the claims,” said Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel, professor of plastic surgery. Dr. Kenkel is director of the Clinical Center for Cosmetic Laser Treatment at UT Southwestern and chief of plastic surgery at the Dallas VA Medical Center. He also holds the Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., Distinguished Professorship in Wound Healing and Plastic Surgery.

The public seminar is designed to help answer questions such as:

  • Is cosmetic surgery a good option for your goals?
  • What noninvasive procedures are available?
  • When should I consider surgical options?
  • What should I look for in selecting a plastic surgeon?
  • What is worth the money and what is not?
  • How do I determine what procedures and products are safe?

In addition, plastic surgery faculty will be on hand to address specific questions about cosmetic medicine and procedures, explain the latest advances and techniques, and address any questions about the safety and efficacy of various treatments.

Among the topics to be covered are noninvasive procedures such as Botox and injectable facial fillers, laser skin rejuvenation, laser treatments for varicose veins, and hand rejuvenation techniques. Cosmetic surgery topics will include body contouring options; mommy makeovers and tummy tucks; liposuction; facelift surgery and facial aging; breast reconstruction, shaping and augmentation; and surgeries to reshape the nose, eyelid and brow.

Registration is required. Complimentary skin analysis, a $100 gift certificate for future facial fillers, and a choice of either valet or free self-parking will be provided for those who register and attend, along with offerings of wine and light hors d’oeuvres. For more information or to register call 214-645-2466 or visit the plastic surgery page.

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Media Contact: Russell Rian
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russell.rian@utsouthwestern.edu

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