June 6, 2012
Recently I was approached by both the QuickLift and Lifestyle Lift people, inviting me to become a participating surgeon. Basically each of these organizations is marketing what is supposed to be a simple , safe and inexpensive solution to facelift surgery. Basically the model for both groups is a short scar facelift that is really only a minor variation on the many short scar facelift procedures that have been done by plastic surgeons for years. In addition, both groups readily admit that more involved facelift procedures (i.e. full face and neck lift) are necessary for many patients. The QuickLift model is for their surgeons to basically do facelifts as they are accustomed to doing them in the hospital or ambulatory surgery center, with whatever type of anesthesia they choose. In this case, the QuickLift functions basically as a marketing tool for surgeons who become QuickLift surgeons. The Lifestyle Lift model is for their surgeons to do these procedures in their own operating rooms, under local anethesia with only oral sedation and limited assistance in an effort to keep costs down. As a plastic surgeon who has been in practice for 30 years and has done thousands of cosmetic procedures, the idea of doing a facelift under these conditions has got to be another definition of hell. It is an unsafe and unsatisfactory situation in my estimation. Bottom line-If you have a good plastic surgeon who regularly performs facelift surgery, stay with him/her. QuickLift and Lifestyle Lift have nothing new or better to offer. This is just my opinion, of course.
April 25, 2012
I was recently notified via email from ThirdAge, a web reviewing service that I was reviewed. When I went to the site, there was an ANONYMOUS review by a patient who was very dissatisfied with the rhinoplasty that I performed and I was given a terrible rating. Greatly concerned, I reviewed my rhinoplasty photos and could not find a case that had such a terrible result. Very soon after I was notified, I received an offer from ThirdAge to be a “Premium” member for a fee. One of the advantages of becoming a member is that I can delete any reviews that I dont like!!!! How about that. First of all, did ThirdAge write that review as a way to scare up some funds? Secondly, how can anyone trust online reviews of MDs, when negative reviews can be deleted for a price. Let the viewer beware.
April 24, 2012
Whether you have trouble breathing through your nose because of a deviated septum or other obstructions inside your nose, or do not like how your nose looks, nasal surgery can help you. I am always overjoyed when I remove splints from inside and across patients noses and see how ecstatic they are that the can breathe well and that their nose looks great. Nasal surgery is the cosmetic surgery that I enjoy performing the most. It is technically demanding surgery and perfection is probably impossible to achieve, but I have been fortunate to have received excellent training at the Cleveland Clinic from some world renowned nasal surgeons and have developed an expertise of my own over 30 years of practicing plastic surgery. Over the years techniques have improved and I have improved, enabling me to get consistenly better results. I perform most nasal surgery under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Surgery usually takes 1 to 2 hours, but some more demanding cases can take longer. Any sutures are removed in 5 to 6 days and splints are removed in 10 to 14 days. There may be bruising and swelling, and it is uncomfortable not to be able to breathe well while the splints are in, but the pain is usually well controlled by oral pain meds. Sometimes the results are not perfect and a minor revision is necessary. Nasal surgery to improve breathing is usually covered by insurance, while cosmetic nasal surgery is not. Very often airway surgery is combined with cosmetic rhinoplasty, and insurance will cover part of the expense. I have a lot of experience in nasal surgery and have helped many people over the past 30 years of practice. I am board certified in Plastic Surgery and am a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and my practice is in Schenectady, NY. Please visit my website, www.drenglebardt.com and respond to this entry with any comments or questions that you may have.
August 20, 2009
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