Hollywood is buzzing about Renee Zellweger's new look. Did she have plastic surgery? Or is she just looking different because of natural aging? The answer probably lies somewhere in between.
Next week I travel to Cappadocia, Turkey to lecture about rhinoplasty at the Asian Facial Plastic Surgery Symposium. My lectures will be about tip suture techniques in rhinoplasty, and a new lecture called, "The Strut Graft Is Dead". A summary of the lectures follows:
“I want to have a nose job, but am afraid of the pain. How much does rhinoplasty really hurt?” Rhinoplasty is among one of the most popular plastic surgeries done today on the face. The two things that prevent people from becoming rhinoplasty patients is: (1) the cost of rhinoplasty, and; (2) the amount of pain during recovery. Fortunately, the fear of pain after rhinoplasty is mostly the fear of the unknown; most patients find that pain after rhinoplasty is not as bad as they feared, and for most is hardly an issue at all.
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can be performed in order to reduce eyelid sagging and prevent a person's vision from being obscured, enhancing eyesight as well as appearance.
A new consumer website, fairhealthconsumer.org, takes away having to guess at how much of your functional rhinoplasty surgery (or any other kind of surgery covered by insurance) will cost you. The website lists Usual & Customary (U&C) Rates by zip code and surgical CPT code. This makes planning for your surgery financially much easier. For years I have not been able to make accurate guesses at what my patients' out of pocket expenses would be after insurance reimbursement. This is because
Sofia is a 23 year old patient that has always wanted a nose job. She can “see” her ideal nose every time she looks in the mirror or takes a selfie. She knows that the change will make an amazing improvement in how she looks overall, and not just improve how her nose looks. During Sofia’s consultation, Dr. Constantinides performed photo imaging, guided by what Sofia had told me about how she wishes her nose would look. At the end of the photo imaging session, Sofia and Dr. Constantinides both remarked how the proposed changes would make Sofia look so much better overall. Two weeks later, Sofia returned for her preoperative visit and brought her mother along. Her mother had seen the pictures that Dr. Constantinides had given to Sofia at the end of her initial consult with the imaging “before and afters”. Sofia’s mother really never understood why Sofia wanted surgery. In her eyes, she was perfect the way she was. She thought Sofia was too
Dr. Minas Constantinides will be teaching in his 10th consecutive year at the Annual Fall Meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). For his 10-year anniversary as an instructor, Dr. Constantinides will be giving a detailed course about "Secrets of Success in Tip Rhinoplasty".
In Spring, 2015, the 16th World Rhinology Congress will take place in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Dr. Aldo Stamm and Dr. David Kennedy, world-renowned sinus surgery experts, have made this a successful congress year after year. This year, Dr. Minas Constantinides will join other internationally renown experts as one of the keynote speakers. Dr. Dean Toriumi is another of the experts selected as a keynote speaker.
Endoscopic brow lift reduces the appearance of furrows and lines on the forehead. This facial plastic surgery anti-aging procedure is quite effective.
A new business model for setting fees for surgery has recently come to my attention. It is similar to online auction houses like PriceLine and StubHub, where goods or services sell for the lowest bid. The business is called MediBid: it matches patients looking for a particular surgery to surgeons offering that surgery as a bid. Though claiming to bypass insurance companies and hospitals to bring patients and surgeons directly together, it is more likely to do more harm than good. This because it relies on the commoditization of surgical services that may endanger the informed opinion of the patient. The price of rhinoplasty varies by geographic location, surgeon experience, and the marketplace. Rhinoplasty is rapidly becoming a commodity, where price fluctuates very little among surgeons in the same marketplace. This happens when supply (the number of surgeons offering rhinoplasty) outpaces demand (the number of patients looking for rhinoplasty) When price fluctuates less than ...