M. Bradley Calobrace, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Calobrace Plastic Surgery Center
2341 Lime Kiln Lane
Louisville, KY 40222
Tel: (502) 899-9979
What You Should Know:
A graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine, M. Bradley Calobrace, MD, FACS is dedicated to bringing the latest technology and techniques in plastic surgery to the Louisville area. Dr. Calobrace completed his general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and a cosmetic and breast surgery fellowship at the Institute of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. G. Patrick Maxwell.
Dr. Calobrace is an experienced and skilled board-certified plastic surgeon with a diverse cosmetic practice performing nearly 1,000 major cosmetic procedures each year. He performs a wide variety of procedures including breast surgery, body contouring, facial surgery, post-bariatric rejuvenation, and hair transplantation. Dr. Calobrace is a leader in non-surgical cosmetic procedures as well, and is a member of the National Educational Faculty for BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVEDÉRM® Injectable Gel, and breast surgery.
Learn more about Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace online today!
“I want to thank you for the brilliant job you did on my procedure. I am at 5 weeks post-op and each day just gets better. Everything about my experience at the surgery center made me feel very comfortable and confident each step of the way. I really liked your humorous, light hearted sense of humor mixed in with the seriousness of the whole experience. I am just so pleased with the results. Thank you.”
“I wanted to thank you!! You have given me back my confidence! I truly appreciate what you have done for me!! The Re-Construct of my Breast was a dream I did not think could happen!! I am no longer ashamed of my body!! Thank you will all my heart!! You will always be a shining star in my eyes!”
“Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how thrilled I am with my new breasts! I had been wishing for years to have them filled out, but until I casually mentioned it to you in an injectable appointment, I had never even explored the option. That day, between your willingness to give me a consult on the spot, you excitement about the potential result, and the beautiful imaging, I felt confident and ready to make the leap. And, thank goodness I did. Just as you described, the implants softened my shape and game me curves where I had never had them. I feel like they are a little treasure, a work of art! I was so surprised by the immediate pretty result. I had prepared myself for bruising, but there was very little. The staff was happy and friendly and the day of surgery was incredibly fast and easy. I have enjoyed being your patient over the years, you seem to love your work and it has made me very happy. Thanks for helping me be the best I can be!”
“I would like to express to you my gratitude for your professionalism. The results of my surgery are amazing. Your skills and talents are so very much appreciated. I sincerely am grateful to you and your fantastic and friendly staff.”
Before & After:
What is SAFELipo?
Definitely not your mother’s liposuction, SAFELipo is a comprehensive, multi-step body contouring process that doesn’t just remove fat—as traditional liposuction does—but also uses local fat grafting to sculpt the target areas for visibly smoother and more dramatic results.
First, we Separate and partially dissolve the unwanted areas of fat with specialized, vibrating probes. The process allows the fat to be removed more easily and more smoothly. Fat separation also preserves the important blood vessels and network of skin support, preventing damage to the skin or deeper structures. Since this technique doesn’t generate heat, there’s no thermal damage to essential blood vessels, skin, and other tissues, as with many other forms of liposuction.
Next, the Aspiration step uses gentle suction and smaller, less aggressive cannulas to remove the separated fat without causing bleeding or damage to the skin.
Finally, Fat Equalization sculpts the remaining fat to create a smooth, even layer of fat below the skin, without visible indentations, ripples, or other surface irregularities commonly seen with most all other forms of liposuction. This remaining layer of fat then prevents the skin from sticking down to the body in an unnatural or unattractive way.
Rod J. Rohrich, M.D.
UT Southwestern Medical Center
1801 Inwood Road
Dallas, Texas 75390-9132
Tel: (214) 645-3119
Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute
9101 North Central Expressway, Suite 600
Dallas, Texas 75231
Tel: (214) 821-9114
What You Should Know:
Whether it is your face, nose or another part of your body, you can rely on Dr. Rohrich’s expertise and experience as a highly skilled plastic surgeon to enhance or restore your appearance. He will personally guide you on realistic options to accomplish your goals, answer questions regarding surgical or non-surgical alternatives and offer plastic surgery innovations and how they fit with your objectives. Because Dr. Rohrich strongly believes plastic surgery should be individualized, his approach is based on meticulous attention to detail. He addresses the underlying foundation of each patient’s unique features.
Your experience will be first class before and after your procedure. Our team offers exceptional support and care, including superb nursing and skin care staff. All plastic surgery procedures are performed at state-of-the-art facilities, fully accredited and staffed by a skilled team of medical and surgical professions for patient safety and comfort. Dr. Rohrich specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body. He is recognized as an international expert in rhinoplasty surgery, including primary and secondary nasal surgery.
Dr. Rohrich is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which ensures he has completed the most stringent plastic surgery training and has been examined and approved by the governing board.
“Thank you very much for your care, benevolence, and scrupulousness regarding my rhinoplasty. I am blessed to have a doctor who cares about his patients and is a consummate professional. You are an incredible doctor and I imagine you do wonderful things for your clients every day. I also am grateful for your tranquil reassurance that was calm but always beneficial.”
“Dr. Rohrich is an excellent surgeon and professional and every sense of the word. Dr. Rohrich is truly the finest and most gifted plastic surgeon in the United States, possibly the best in the world. Dr. Rohrich is a true asset to UT Southwestern Medical Center.”
Before & After:
Karen B., 62, vividly remembers report card day in sixth grade. “In those days, your grades were listed with your height and weight,” Karen explains, and the teacher would read them out loud as he handed the report to you. “I remember jumping out of my seat and running to his desk in tears, begging him not to read mine.” Karen was 12 years old and 126 pounds. “I was the biggest girl in the class. Always,” she says.
Smart and ambitious, Karen excelled in school, eventually earning a B.S. in chemistry and becoming a nurse. She married a Marine in her early 20s and they had two children while he built a successful business. Through it all, Karen felt powerless over her weight, which fluctuated between 220 and 280. “I would diet, work out and then gain it back,” she says. Finally, in 1989, she had gastric bypass—then a new procedure—and lost 120 pounds. “But the brain is funny thing,” she relates now, “and you can find ways to circumvent the surgery and eat what you want.” Over the next two decades, the weight crept back. “When I retired three years ago, I was hanging out at about 215.”
Then, during a routine physical, Karen was diagnosed with diabetes. Shocked and upset, she spent the next year researching on the internet. “I found a good diet and a trainer at LA Fitness. I also started taking Byetta, a diabetes medication.” Over the year, the weight came off steadily. “I hated working out. Hated it,” Karen laughs. But ultimately, her weight got down “to the low 140s” and stayed there for two years.
Now at her “perfect weight,” Karen was thrilled, but when she looked in the mirror, she saw “all these sags. I looked like a melting snowman. My 10-year-old granddaughter would say, ‘I love your arms, Grandma!’ and would swing the skin back and forth!
“I didn’t want to grow up to be a saggy, saggy old lady,” Karen says. So she asked a friend who was in a gastric bypass support group if anyone had come to talk to them about plastic surgery. “She gave me Dr. Boynton’s name and said he seemed wonderful. So I called his office.”
Ten months and two surgeries later, and the results speak for themselves. “I want to run through the mall naked!” Karen laughs. “I have not stopped smiling.” Here, she explains the details of what Dr. Boynton did to give her “a body I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have.”
Tell me about your first meeting with Dr. Boynton.
First of all, the thought of showing someone an old body with all this saggy droopy skin on it made me want to die of embarrassment! I’ve spent my whole life trying to tuck it in and not show it. But you walk in his office, and everyone is so nice. He meets with you while you’re dressed, so you can get to know him. He tells you about his philosophy and his training, and you can just feel that he has a good spirit. I thought, ‘I can handle this!’
What surgeries did you have?
Dr. Boynton likes to do things in stages. He’s very careful, which I like. The first surgery was a tummy tuck and some liposuction on my flanks and lower back. He told me he likes to start with the tummy—the core. After having two babies my muscles were spread apart, so the muscle repair was a big deal. He did a breast lift in round two, as well as a breast augmentation and my upper arms.
How was the recovery?
Surprisingly easy. Dr. Boynton had explained that he was using Experil, a new drug that keeps you comfortable for 72 to 96 hours after the surgery. He injects the drug along the muscles and the incisions during surgery so when you wake up you really feel great. I’m a geek, so when he told me about it I went on YouTube and watched procedures being done. I was very impressed. After the first recovery, I asked him if he could use Experil again when he did my breast augmentation and he actually researched it and learned the technique for breasts at my request. I couldn’t believe he did that.
When were you able to get up and leave the house?
One and a half weeks after the second surgery I went to the mall, still with my compression garment on, because I wanted the woman at Victoria’s Secret to measure me. I wanted to see what size I was. She couldn’t believe I was out. She said, ‘no one is up like this two weeks later!’
So what is your new size?
Well, I went to Black House White Market the other day and I bought a new pair of pants, because literally everything is falling off of me. And they were a size four. A four! I’m someone who used to be over the moon about a size 10. I showed my husband and he was like, ‘did you ever in your wildest dreams think you’d be a size 4?’
What’s your husband’s reaction to all of this?
My husband is the most wonderful person. He has told me my whole life, ‘I love you no matter what you weigh.’ And he has loved me unconditionally no matter what. What makes him happy now is seeing how happy I am. That’s the kind of guy of guy he is. I said ‘honey, you have your trophy wife and you didn’t even have to get divorced and lose half your money to get it.’
What about friends? What do they say?
People who haven’t seen me for a while have said, ‘Oh my god, what have you done?’ And I just say, ‘I lost some weight and I kept it off and I had a little something something done.’ And then I hand them Dr. Boynton’s card. I went back to see my co-workers after my tummy tuck and they could not believe it. Three of them asked for his card.
Do you plan to have any more surgeries, or are you done?
In the fall we’re going to do legs and butt—get the sags off and finally finish it. We’re not quite there, yet, but as long as Spanks exist I can fake it til I make it!
What’s your overall impression of Dr. Boynton?
I have worked with hundreds of doctors over my 32 years as a nurse and assisted on many surgeries, and I can tell you he is number one in every respect. I feel like I am in such competent hands. But more than that, he’s very real and down to earth. You can talk to him. One day I came into his office with my 10-year-old granddaughter. She has a lot of physical disabilities, and the first thing he said when he saw her was, ‘You have pink river shoes on!’ And that just melted my heart, because most doctors—especially surgeons—won’t do that. They are too rushed and harried and they have no bedside manner. His heart is right there.
And trust me, you never want to go to a doctor that a nurse wouldn’t go to!
What would you tell an FOF who was considering surgery?
It’s never too late. I’m an evangelical Christian, and I remember going to a big camp meeting in 1981 with a popular evangelist minister. He had everyone close their eyes and think about the desire of their hearts. Mine had always been to be a normal size. He said, ‘I will pray for everyone here, and if you hang onto that, it will happen.’
Well, it took 32 years—diabetes, exercise, bypass surgery. It wasn’t overnight, but all this time has made me appreciate it that much more. I mean, unless you’ve lived in double your body, I don’t know if you can really appreciate size-four pants. This is the first time ever in my life that I actually feel desirable and alive and sexy. Before, that wasn’t even in my realm of awareness.
Dr. Mark E. Richards
Ageless Impressions Plastic Surgery Institute
11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 912
North Bethesda, Maryland 20852
What You Should Know:
For over 20 years, Dr. Mark E. Richards (Board Certified Washington D.C. Plastic Surgeon) has provided patients throughout the US and overseas with quality of life and appearance-enhancing options. Nothing pleases him more than to see a wholly rejuvenated client go out of his front door and into the world with a new look and a new outlook on the future.
Dr. Richards works with high-profile clients with utmost confidentiality and secrecy. He has received multiple national recognitions for the excellence of his plastic surgery results. Some of the many national accolades for his cosmetic surgery successes throughout his career include U.S. News and World Reports “Top Doctors” list and the Consumer’s Research Council of America’s “Guide to America’s Top Surgeons” as well as articles in USA Today and Parade Magazine, among others.
Dr. Richards develops and teaches innovative plastic surgery procedures that can offer optimal results with minimal scarring. He uses the safest and most effective treatments possible. He specializes in facial rejuvenation procedures including the facelift, cheek lift, eyelid lift, rhinoplasty, and Sculptra injections. A visionary and a caring surgeon, Dr. Richards understands that cosmetic surgery is a major undertaking for his patients and strives to give them a sense of security and assurance as they embark on their life-changing journeys.
What are the best options for a saggy neck and jowls?
Good question, as this is the biggest giveaway of an FOF’s age. Traditionally, FOFs have gotten facelifts as a solution to this problem. However, facelifts can be invasive and have a long recovery time. For the past four years, I’ve been performing a procedure called the “Natural Lift” as a way to avoid or postpone a facelift. I remove a teaspoon of jowl fat and 2 tablespoons of neck fat. It’s a 45-minute procedure, done with local anesthesia and requires minimal recovery time. Consider it the ultimate cheat and prevention for aging.
What are the latest innovations in liposuction? Can you have liposuction anywhere and everywhere?
Yes, you can. This past year two new non-invasive devices have come onto the market that melt fat away when you use them over the skin. They allow you to shrink even the thinnest layers of fat cells in parts of the body that used to be difficult to reach through liposuction cannulas (tools). The device I use is called VASER Shape which feels like a hot stone massage.
What type of implant is better or which do you recommend: Saline or silicone?
I prefer silicone and implant them in my patients 99% of the time. With silicone, the deflation rate is low and they feel more natural. Most women getting augmentation have very little breast tissue and the breast is made up of mostly the implant. In the rare cases where someone with bigger breasts (for example a size B) wanted to go to a size C, then I might use saline.
I’ve heard of a “vampire facelift,” what is this?
Despite its name, the vampire facelift is actually a non-surgical cosmetic procedure, rather than a facelift. It uses the patient’s own blood, which is rich in antioxidants and collagen, to make the skin more radiant. Often times, people combine this treatment with fillers for the ultimate facial rejuvenation. The vampire facelift is the same treatment top athletes such as Tiger Woods have had done to their joints to promote healing and increase vascularity. The way it works is blood is drawn, then the Platelet-Enriched Plasma (PRP) is separated and concentrated. The PRP is essentially tattooed back into the middle layer of the skin to promote radiance. My favorite protocol of this procedure uses the Dermapen. (For more about Dermapen, read below.)
As a teen, I had very bad acne and now I have scars, pitting and large pores. What do I do?
My favorite new device to reverse damage from acne, is the Dermapen. It stimulates collagen in the middle layer of the skin, plumping acne pitting. It’s the only therapy that helps with deep pitting. It can level the top edge of the pit to the bottom. Also, it’s great for fine lines and wrinkles on the upper lip. It can be used on all skin types, is much less expensive than laser devices and does not cause heat damage to the surrounding, healthy skin.
Do you build up resistance to Botox to the point that it stops working?
First of all, there are 3 neuro-modulators on the market today—Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin—each have their own unique properties. You cannot build up a resistance to neuro-modulators. However, the more you use them, the less you need them because you train your face not to make certain movements. For this reason, it’s important to get treatments regularly. I have been using neuro-modulators on myself for 12 years and now I only need to get it done twice a year, whereas when I started I was getting four treatments a year.
Dr. Sharon Giese
114 East 61st Street
New York, New York 10065
Tel: (212) 421-3400
Fax: (212) 421-3435
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