Plastic surgery

Faith in Science

Compassion, trust and a thirst for knowledge are the guiding principles at Vanek Plastic Surgery.
MedEsthetics May/June 2017 Cover Profile

PLASTIC SURGEON Paul Vanek, MD, FACS, was drawn to the field of medicine at a young age. When he was 8 years old his father suffered a traumatic brain injury, which gave Dr. Vanek a unique perspective on the care that physicians provide. “The doctors who took care of my father and comforted my mother really had that ability to make people feel better, even though it was a very out of control situation,” he recalls. “It was that experience that led me into medicine.”

Emotional Impact of Labiaplasty

In an article published in Aesthetic Surgery (March 2017), researchers Marika Tiggemann, PhD, Julie Mattiske, PhD, and Gemma Sharp conducted a retrospective study in which they examined the psychological outcomes of the increasingly popular labiaplasty procedure. Their goal was to examine the effect of the surgery on patients’ sexual satisfaction and psychological well-being, as well as to identify patient characteristics that may predict surgical satisfaction.

Standing Out In the Lone Star State

Ten years ago, prominent plastic surgeon Paul Vitenas Jr., MD, decided to focus on aesthetics full time, and business is booming.
Standing Out In the Lone Star State

“To be a good aesthetic plastic surgeon you have to have three things: The tongue of a politician, the eye of an artist and the hands of a watchmaker. And you have to have them in almost equal amounts. It truly is a unique skill set,” says Paul Vitenas Jr., MD, FACS, founder of Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique and the Houston Surgery Center in Texas.

What Patients Want

What Patients Want

Results from a survey published online September 20, 2016, in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal revealed that prospective patients valued testimonials and before and after photos over a surgeon’s years of practice. The study’s objectives were to determine the most important provider attributes to breast augmentation, combined breast/abdominal surgery, and facelift patients using conjoint analysis; and to test the conjoint using Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk), an internet crowdsourcing service.

ASPS Releases Annual Statistics: Cosmetic Procedures Up in 2014

ASPS Releases Annual Statistics: Cosmetic Procedures Up in 2014

Physicians performed 15.6 million cosmetic procedures in 2014, a 1% increase from 2013, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ (ASPS) annual plastic surgery procedural statistics. The majority of treatments (13.9 million) were noninvasive or minimally invasive compared to 1.67 million surgical procedures.

The top 5 minimally invasive procedures performed were:

Sam Rizk, MD: Blending Art and Science

Art lover, Sam Rizk, MD, has channeled his inner Michelangelo to become one of NYC’s top facial plastic surgeons.
Blending Art and Science

Whether it was molding Play-Doh into faces, building sand castles or sculpting clay into anatomic figures, Sam Rizk, MD, has been creating art ever since he was a child. His love of sculpting led him to study fine arts in high school and college, and he was floored by the works of master sculptors such as Lysippus, Michelangelo and Donatello.

Shifting Volume

Proper technique is key to achieving safe and long-lasting results in fat transfer.
Shifting Volume

Sculpting bodies by removing unwanted fat from one location and transferring it to another is not a new technique; indeed, fat grafting has been part of medicine for more than 100 years. But the use of fat transfer in cosmetic medicine has expanded rapidly with new research and new techniques that increase the viability of grafts and illustrate the regenerative power of transplanted adipose tissue. Physicians today are using fat to replace lost volume in the face and hands, and to augment breasts. But the procedure does pose serious risks to the patient and results vary widely.