February 2010

Dr. McCormack on ‘The Marilyn York Show’

Recognized as a top Reno plastic surgeon, Dr. McCormack was invited by radio talk show host, Marilyn York, to be a special guest on her popular KBZZ AM 1270 call in show.  The topic,” Lift Your Spirits and Your Breasts after Divorce”, covered everything from going under the knife for glamour, the price of beauty, and the more controversial topic of Heidi Montag having 10 surgeries all at once.  We’ll be posting the full show as soon as it becomes available.  In the meantime, check out the press release here.

Q & A – Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

What credentials should I look for when choosing a plastic surgeon?

The most important credential is board certification. Whether you’re considering cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery, you want the skill of an American Society of Plastic Surgeons Member —a doctor with more than six years of surgical training and experience, with at least three years specifically in plastic surgery. Our training and experience make us uniquely qualified to perform your cosmetic or reconstructive procedure . We are also required to perform maintenance of certification over the years to assure that our standards of practice are up to par. Reputable surgeons will have no problem supplying you with contact information for some of their recent patients. Speaking with patients about their experience and results is an excellent way to learn more about your surgeon. Asking tough questions is the best way to get to know your surgeon. It gives you the opportunity to learn about their qualifications, experience, and demeanor. Your questions let them know you’ve done your homework, want to be educated about your procedure, and will be an active partner throughout the process. You can easily find out if your surgeon is board certified by visiting www.plasticsurgery.org .

Are all board certifications the same?

Any group of medical professionals can create its own “certification” board. American Society of Plastic Surgeons Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery – a group designated by the American Board of Medical Specialties to oversee credentialing in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body. Their certification requires passing rigorous oral and written exams.

Are “extreme makeovers” routine in plastic surgery practices?

Contrary to what reality shows portray, extreme makeovers are far from routine or common in plastic surgery. Most patients inquire about one particular area of the body that they would like to improve.

During your consultation, your surgeon will ask you a series of questions to gain an understanding of your goals for plastic surgery and discuss them with you on a realistic basis.

Our job is to perform your surgery as safely as possible without additional risks such as prolonged operating time. This will also include a comprehensive medical history evaluation and lab tests to rule out possible risk factors before surgery.

What Causes Facial Aging?

What causes facial aging? In addition to the accumulation of years, genetics play a major role,
along with sun exposure, smoking, and harsh weather.For some people the eyes become the earliest indicators of facial aging. Excess upper eye skin can be smoothed with surgery. Under-eye hollows are caused by the loss of fat or volume, resulting in a gaunt, older look. These flaws can sometimes be corrected with fillers, although eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) often offers the best solution when both the repositioning of under-eye tissue volume and the removal of excess skin are called for. Under-eye “bags” are caused by too much volume or the weakening of tissues over the fat. Surgery is usually required to correct this condition as well.

Changes in facial volume — gain and loss of fat in certain areas on the face — are generally responsible for later effects in facial contour and skin laxity. Attention to these changes in volume is an essential part of a successful facelift. The power in the lift is achieved with repositioning the underlying supporting tissues. Gentle removal of excess skin completes the restoration of the facial contour.

Today’s media buzzes with reports of the “lunchtime” facelift and other short procedures that entice those who want a fast and easy path to facial improvement. Plastic surgeons are advising a combination of less invasive treatments whenever feasible. With more options now available, it is sensible to start small and stage further procedures as dictated by time and need. However, prospective patients should know that injectables and lasers have their limits. A facelift still provides the longest-lasting results and corrects the widest array of concerns for many patients.

It’s essential to me as a plastic surgeon that my patients feel comfortable with their choice of procedure from their first visit onward. I devote special attention to educating patients about their various treatment options as well as helping them understand the risks and benefits of each. My goal is to guide every patient through through a treatment experience that will affirm their choice to feel better about their appearance and themselves.

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