Friday, August 26, 2016

Bill Clinton's Facelift - Houston Texas Plastic Surgery 2016

We have truly arrived at a time when the idea that plastic surgery is just for women is as outdated as the idea that a woman can’t be president -- If you’ve watched former President Bill Clinton at the recent Democratic National Convention, you may have thought, “He looks good for 70!”

But, look more closely. Is it all natural?

Before plastic surgery photo
After plastic surgery photo captured July 2016

As a plastic surgeon, the biggest story of the night (to me) was not his ground-breaking "I met a girl" speech itself, nor the prospect of a First Gentleman. What was most remarkable was Bill Clinton’s new face, and the shift it represents in the field of cosmetic surgery, and American culture itself: as we now fully embrace as commonplace the idea of both men and women electing to have cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance. I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Pooja Lodhia of ABC channel 13 in July who asked what procedures Clinton may or may not have had performed recently.

He’s had laser resurfacing. He’s had ample amounts of BOTOX. He’s had fillers and likely more-- although I have not treated the former president, I certainly recognize plastic surgery when I see it.

Many of you may have noted former President Bill Clinton’s physical decline in recent years due to health reasons and his subsequent weight loss, along with rhinophyma (which cannot be resolved without surgical treatment). So the “before” and “after” we saw in July were quite dramatic. His procedures most likely included a lower face & neck lift, fat or filler injections to cheek and neck, facial resurfacing laser treatments such as Limelight and IPL photofacial, conservative use of Botox to soften facial lines and wrinkles, forehead/brow lift, and upper and lower eyelid lift.

When I began practicing decades ago, men made up about five percent of my clientele. Now, it’s closer to 20 percent.  Years ago, we would more typically see a male patient for treatment following an injury. More and more, men are now visiting our office to treat specific problem areas (such as the neck, cheek and jowl areas) in order to improve their appearance. Minimally invasive procedures for men such as Botox, and filler injections like Juvederm–along with traditional facelifts–are on the rise. According to recent statistics from American Society of Plastic Surgeons (the largest group of board certified plastic surgeons in the world) there were 15.9 million cosmetic surgery procedures performed on men in the United States in 2015; a significant increase over 2014.

Mitchell Katine before and after surgery by Dr. Franklin Rose

Case study: Mitchell Katine, a prominent Houston attorney who has successfully argued for human rights before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Katine came to our office looking for a more youthful appearance, while still desiring to maintain a "natural look."  Mr. Katine, in his mid-50s, ended up deciding on facial and eyelid rejuvenation procedures. After only a short break from work (two weeks), Mr. Katine was able to return to his full responsibilities as a practicing attorney.

Just as women always have, men also seek to regain a more youthful look, improve their self-image, and feel better about their appearance. It’s fortunate that we now have appropriate techniques specifically to address the ways a man’s face ages, as well as a man’s need to maintain a natural appearance. With so many new procedures available, many of them minimally invasive, we are pleased to offer a wide range of ways to meet and exceed the desires of both women AND men, while acknowledging your individual and specific scheduling considerations and needs.

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