Dallas Plastic Surgeon">Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Rod J. June 21, 2012
At the 32nd annual Jornada Paulista de Cirurgia Plastica in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Rod J. Rohrich presented on advances in facial aging saying, "Today, the term 'facelift' is a misnomer. Lifted and pulled skin will distort a person's face and make them look like someone else. However, restoring the facial volume lost to age will make you look like yourself, only younger."
In his presentation, titled "The Role and Importance of Facial Fat Compartments in Facial Rejuvenation Today" Dr. Rohrich described how modern facelift techniques utilize the discovery of facial fat compartments to achieve more natural looking and longer lasting facial rejuvenation.
Dr. Rohrich and Dr. Joel Pessa first described the existence of facial fat compartments in their landmark study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal in 2007. Since then, understanding of facial aging and advances in facial restoration has progressed rapidly. Plastic surgeons quickly adapted their surgical approach to facial rejuvenation guided by knowledge of these fat compartments and how they atrophy as we age. The fat compartments now play a fundamental role in modern facelifts.
"This approach is now the cardinal rule of facial rejuvenation," says Dr. Rohrich, whose presentation has led to in-depth discussions by many of the leading plastic surgeons in Brazil. He describes modern facelift surgery as a series of component procedures used together in order to reshape the face and make it appear more youthful.
Dr. Rohrich heavily emphasizes the individualized nature of this approach. Careful preoperative analysis and detailed surgical planning are key elements. The surgical plan is customized to each patient's unique facial features.
"A facelift is not, nor could ever be, a one-size-fits-all procedure," says Dr. Rohrich.
About Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Rod J. Rohrich holds the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He also holds the UT Southwestern Medical Center Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery. He is a graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine with high honors, with residencies at the University of Michigan Medical Center and fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard (hand/microsurgery) and Oxford University (pediatric plastic surgery). He has served as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and currently serves as president of the Rhinoplasty Society. He repeatedly has been selected by his peers as one of America's best doctors, and twice has received one of his profession's highest honors, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes his contributions to education in his field. Dr. Rohrich participates in and has led numerous associations and councils for the advancement of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is a native of North Dakota and is married to Dr. Diane Gibby, also a plastic surgeon. They live in Texas with their two children.
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