A tried and true New Yorker, Dr. Fredric Corbin sits back in his Penthouse Suite office located on a posh street in the heart of Beverly Hills trying his hardest to convince me that Southern California is the best place in the world to live and work. An easy task, as I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather be. However, to Dr. Corbin, who was not only born and raised in the Big Apple, but was also educated there, living in New York is a time of his life he will never forget.
“I trained in plastic surgery at Tufts University, Massachusetts and hand surgery at Columbia University, New York,” reminisced Corbin. “At that time a part of me felt like I should use that education on fellow New Yorkers, but the lure of the West Coast was too great and here I am.”
Fortunately for Corbin, his time in California has not been wasted as he has built one of the most successful aesthetic surgery practices in one of the most competitive markets in the world – Beverly Hills. His reputation for doing great work is wide-spread and patients travel from around the world, including New York. Corbin is also known as the “doctor’s doctor” as many of his colleagues turn to him to help them turn back the clock too.
Over the years, Dr. Corbin has seen lots of changes in plastic surgery. Not necessarily in the types of procedures patients are asking for, but in how the surgeon performs his or her technique.
“Twenty years ago the trends in plastic surgery were facelifts, eye lifts, rhinoplasty and breast surgery,” said Corbin. “Today the most requested plastic surgery procedures remain the same, however, what have changed is the techniques we use to perform those procedures.”
So let’s take a look at those top procedures and see how the approach to obtain perfection has changed:
Facelift: Back in the day, the wind tunnel look was famous. Not necessarily because it was what a patient wanted, but the technique was not developed enough to always ensure a natural look. NOT anymore. Patients now want a return to their youth with a natural, softer appearance. Formerly the tension was placed on the skin. Now surgeons place little tension on skin. Dissection is made deeper in the SMAS (Superficial muscular aponeurotic system) tightening muscles so that the tissue moves on top making it smoother. Incisions are made behind the tragus (small point at the ear opening), instead of in front of the ear. Lastly, many patients favor a tightening of the neck tissue along with tightening of the platysma bands to create a tighter, more sculpted neck and jawline.
Rhinoplasty: So long as you looked pretty, well… was breathing so important! Formerly very little was done to maintain the function or breathing structure while reducing the size of the nose. Now, fortunately, far more care is taken to make sure functionality is maintained. In the past people not only got a smaller nose and smaller tip, but they couldn’t always breathe as the structures inside the nose often collapsed. Now, plastic surgeons ensure stability inside the nose so that it doesn’t collapse, along with improved breathing. Ethnicity is also a consideration as most patients want a nose that fits their face and natural ethnicity, rather than one that is too small or not properly proportioned. Dr. Corbin uses computer imaging to digitally demonstrate to a patient the after-result of nose surgery. In many cases, he says, the patient looks EVEN better after the procedure than in the digitally enhanced one.
Breast Augmentation Surgery – Silicone gel breast implants were first used in the USA in the 1960’s. However, from 1992 to 2006 they were banned by the FDA and saline implants became the only implants available to most women in the USA. In 2006, the FDA lifted its moratorium on silicone gel breast implants and many women quickly switched from saline to gel implants due because silicone gel implants provide a more natural appearance and softness to the breast. According to Dr. Corbin, what has changed over the years is not only the size, shape and material of the implant itself, but how and where the surgeon places it. The different approaches now of sub- mammary and sub muscular placement, as well as varying levels of dual plane placement of the implant, and careful patient evaluation helps doctors obtain the results most desired by the patient. Today, older and younger patients come in for breast augmentation surgery and doctors carefully evaluate everything including age, tissue, health and maturity of the patient.
Hush Hush Surgery – No More! Cosmetic surgery has always been the domain of the female patient. What has significantly changed over the years is the increase in surgery among the male population. While Mommy Makeovers – mainly breast and body work – are popular for women, the Daddy Makeover is becoming a mainstay among men who want to grow old gracefully alongside their wives. Men also want body procedures including tummy tucks and liposuction, but they are just as interested in facial procedures too.
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