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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

DID YOU KNOW?


SAFETY STANDARDS FOR OUTPATIENT SURGERY

There are a number of safety standards for outpatient surgery.

Some surgeons operate in their office facilities which are not certified. There are No Standards in place for those facilities.

AAAASF has the Easiest Standards for outpatient surgery.
AAAHC, JCAHC have Medium Standards for outpatient surgery.

Medicare has the Toughest Standards for outpatient surgery and holds the surgeons, their RNs, and anesthesia providers to the highest safety standards.

The Institute ofFacial and Cosmetic Surgery is a State Licensed Medicare approved Surgery Center.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Rhinoplasty - Selecting the Right Surgeon

One of the most important steps in assuring a satisfactory rhinoplasty outcome is selecting the right surgeon. Since rhinoplasty ranks among the most challenging of all cosmetic procedures, at a bare minimum you should find a surgeon with genuine rhinoplasty expertise, considerable rhinoplasty experience, and a resume of consistently favorable results. A good surgeon will also be an effective communicator, a patient listener, and a compassionate caregiver. Although there are many surgeons who meet these criteria, there are many more that fall short, so careful and conscientious research is mandatory. And because rhinoplasty is an elective, non-emergent procedure, there is no excuse for failing to investigate the qualifications and credentials of your care provider - failing to do so means gambling with your face.


While the quality of your rhinoplasty outcome depends in large measure upon the quality of your rhinoplasty surgeon, finding a surgeon skilled in cosmetic nasal surgery is sometimes difficult. Unfortunately, there is no single reliable method for finding the right surgeon. Moreover, information sources may be inaccurate, contradictory, or difficult to access. Consequently, information is best gathered from all available sources and then carefully evaluated and cross-referenced to derive the best possible assessment. The process can be time-consuming and challenging, but for most individuals, a satisfactory choice eventually becomes clear.


Although the choice of surgeon is critically important, no surgeon can guarantee a perfect outcome. To the contrary, because nasal surgery is performed on swollen and distorted tissues that can change shape without warning, slight cosmetic imperfections are inevitable in virtually any nose, regardless of who performs the surgery. Even a well-meaning and highly talented surgeon cannot foresee or prevent every conceivable problem, so realistic expectations are essential. However, the time spent finding an established rhinoplasty specialist with a track record of happy patients is well worth the effort. Finding the right surgeon can make the difference between a dramatic cosmetic enhancement, and a scarred, unattractive nose.


Specialty Niche

In general, surgeons who specialize in a particular surgical niche tend to have greater interest and skill in that subspecialty. Typically, this translates into better and more consistent surgical outcomes, whether it is vascular tumors of the brain, total hip replacements, or cosmetic nasal surgery. Although finding a surgeon board certified in plastic surgery or facial plastic surgery is a good start, it by no means assures a satisfactory rhinoplasty will ensue. There are several different paths that can lead to credentialing in rhinoplasty surgery, including plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat surgery), facial plastic surgery, and oral surgery. Each has advantages and disadvantages and no educational pathway has an exclusive lock on quality outcomes. Leaders in rhinoplasty have emerged from each of these educational pathways and in virtually every instance, their practices have been focused largely on nasal surgery.

Dr. Brent Kennedy MD, DDS is Board Certified by both the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is also a full fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

Dr. Kennedy offers a fellowship program at the Institute of Facial and Cosmetic Surgery in cosmetic and aesthetic maxillofacial surgery. Doctors from around the nation seeking to continue their education in this discipline converge upon Salt Lake City, Utah, to take advantage of the Institute's valuable educational opportunities.

In addition to the instruction that Dr. Kennedy provides at the Institute, he is also a well-respected clinical associate professor at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in the Division of Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Brent Kennedy has also lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on cosmetic facial surgery and facial plastic surgery and is renowned for pioneering advances in the field of aesthetic maxillofacial surgery.

  • Dr. Kennedy's surgical techniques have been published widely in several medical journals and textbooks. He is currently working on several other chapters for medical texts. Listed below is a partial list of Dr. Kennedy's various chapters, topics and published articles:
    Chapters and Topics
    • Rhinoplasty Technique
    • Systematic Aesthetic Evaluation of Eyes and Periorbital Area for Cosmetic Surgery
    • Primary Blepharoplasty of Upper and Lower Eyelids
    • Aesthetic Primary Rhinoplasty
    • Suction Assisted Lipectomy in the Youthful Neck
    • Adjunctive Procedures in Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Facial Aesthetic Surgery -- Indications and Techniques for Rhinoplasty
    • Rhinoplasty

Dr. Kennedy is offering a $400.00 savings on Rhinoplasty surgery thru April 2013.

Monday, March 11, 2013


Botox rebate save $325 in Knoxville
 
If you have never had Botox® or not had a Botox® treatment since 8/1/2012, call today to schedule your Botox or Botox with Juvederm XC treatment(s) and ask us to reserve an Allergan Proven Savings Rebate for you. Qualifying treatments must be received by April 30, 2013.

Our rebate reservation offer is good while our limited supply of rebates lasts, is non-transferable and subject to forfeit for appointment cancellation and/or no-show. This rebate may not be combined with any other Allergan rebate and other restrictions apply.

See more details on how to save $50 now and up to $325 on treatments throughout the year.
 

Enjoy 3 opportunities to save:

  1. Receive your first $50 savings in-office.
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Monday, February 25, 2013

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COSMETIC AND PLASTIC SURGERY

Dr. Brent Kennedy is Board Certified by both the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is also a full fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. And is a member of the American Medical Association.
Dr. Steven Constantine is Board Certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and Board Certified, American Osteopathic Board of Head and Neck Surgery/Facial Plastic Surgery. He is a full fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

What is the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline of medicine focused on enhancing appearance through surgical and medical techniques. Cosmetic surgery can be performed on all areas of the head, neck and body. Because treated areas function properly but lack aesthetic appeal, cosmetic surgery is elective.
Plastic surgery is defined as a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body and is reconstructive in nature.

How does the education differ between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon?

Because the procedures and outcomes of each are quite different, the training of cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons is also very different. As there are no residency programs specifically focused on cosmetic surgery, physicians pursuing cosmetic surgery have backgrounds that include medical school, a residency and/or fellowship program, preferably in a surgical specialty, usually followed by attaining board certification in that specialty, and post-residency training specifically in cosmetic surgery. This can be done through a cosmetic surgery fellowship program, as well as through workshops, seminars and lectures. Physicians with significant experience in cosmetic surgery become certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), which has established a strict set of criteria to ensure experience and proficiency specifically in cosmetic surgery.

Plastic surgeons follow a similar path as many cosmetic surgeons. However, after finishing medical school they complete a residency and/or fellowship in plastic surgery, and then may become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. At this point, a plastic surgeons additional training in cosmetic surgery is optional. If they choose, they may take steps to gain experience in cosmetic surgery through a fellowship training program, workshops, seminars and lectures, and then become certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery after having completed the necessary requirements.

Board certification is extremely important in determining a surgeon's qualifications. Each of the aforementioned certifying boards has very different requirements and measures a physician's education and experience in different fields. It is important that the public as well as healthcare professionals understand these differences so patients can make informed decisions when choosing a surgeon for a specific procedure, whether it is a cosmetic or plastic surgeon. Education and patient safety are at the very core of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) mission to advance the specialty of cosmetic surgery and quality patient care. As the only Academy for providing continuing medical education to cosmetic surgeons, AACS believes adhering to these principles provides the public with reassurance of the formal training and advanced education of cosmetic surgeons.

What does it mean to be "Board Certified"?

Board certification is one of the many yardsticks in determining a surgeon's qualifications. It is important to ask your doctor about his or her credentials and study them carefully. Each certifying board has different requirements and measures a physician's education and experience in different fields. Check your doctor's board certification and professional society affiliation(s) and call the board or society to find out what the requirements are for membership.

All Fellows of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery are certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and/or have their initial board certification by one of the member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) such as the American Boards of Dermatology, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Plastic Surgery. This provides some assurance of formal training in the fundamentals of cosmetic surgery. All of these specialty boards require at least four years of residency training in plastic and/or cosmetic surgical procedures and provide a solid base for the doctor's skills.

Many of these board-certified physicians will then go on to complete the requirements to undergo the rigorous oral and written testing and scrutiny to become board-certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, which has established a strict set of criteria to ensure experience and proficiency specifically in cosmetic surgery.

What is the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery?

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is the only certifying board exam devoted to examining a surgeon's skill in cosmetic surgery of the face and body. It is an independent sub-specialty board that examines and certifies physicians in general, facial and dermatological cosmetic surgery.
Eligibility requirements include:
  • Being certified in one of several ABMS Boards (including the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Surgery, American Board of Dermatologic Surgery, or the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
  • Completing an AACS-approved fellowship,
Or
  • Being in practice a minimum of six years and having performed at least 1000 cosmetic surgery cases
  • Passing a stringent two-day oral and written examination
  • Being of good moral character

Myth vs. Reality

  1. Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are one and the same.

    Myth. The terms "plastic surgery" and "cosmetic surgery" are not interchangeable. Confusion about the terms has led to public misconceptions about the two specialties. Cosmetic surgery is the surgery of appearance. It is elective and focuses on the aesthetics of beauty.
  2. Cosmetic surgeons are qualified to conduct cosmetic surgery.

    Fact. Cosmetic surgeons are dedicated to the art of cosmetic surgery. Their strong knowledge base, high level of training and practical experience make them among the most qualified physicians to perform cosmetic procedures.

How to find a Qualified Cosmetic Surgeon

To find the most qualified doctor for a specific cosmetic procedure, you must compare doctors’ overall (residency and post-residency) training, experience and proven competence with respect to that specific cosmetic procedure.

Know that the residency training required to become board certified in plastic surgery may not include training with respect to many common cosmetic procedures.*

Therefore the title “board certified plastic surgeon” may indicate certain training and experience with respect to plastic surgery, it does not indicate the same thing with respect to cosmetic surgery, nor does it tell you that the doctor has more or less cosmetic surgery training than a board certified dermatologist, facial plastic surgeon, general surgeon, gynecologist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, ophthalmologist, otolaryngologist, or other doctor.

You can learn more about the ABCS and find physicians board-certified in cosmetic surgery at www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org.

Information provided from: The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
     

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