Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel Presents on Advances and Refinements in Body Contouring

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Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey M. Kenkel, presents educational course on new techniques and improved approaches to cosmetic body contouring.

Jeffrey M. Kenkel, M.D.

Jeffrey M. Kenkel, M.D.

Treating massive weight loss patients has really helped advance the discipline of body contouring as a whole.

Dallas plastic surgeon, Professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel, delivers educational course on the advances and latest insights in modern body contouring procedures. Dr. Kenkel's presentation was delivered at the Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Symposium in Santa Fe in August.

In his presentation, Dr. Kenkel credits the more intensive body contouring requirements of massive weight loss (MWL) patients with helping to advance body contouring for traditional patients as well. Treating these patients, says Dr. Kenkel, has pushed surgeons to refine their techniques and approach to areas such as wound healing, scar control, pain management, and post operative care.

"Treating massive weight loss patients has really helped advance the discipline of body contouring as a whole," explains Dr. Kenkel. "We have been able to develop better, safer procedures and make better decisions about when less invasive procedures are indicated."

In his talk, Dr. Kenkel explores several less invasive options that can, under the right circumstances, be used as alternatives to more common procedures such as liposuction. These less invasive treatments are not a replacement for more traditional surgical procedures but offer appropriate candidates additional options that may have less recovery and downtime.

A fundamental aspect of body contouring today is that each procedure is tailored to the patient's specific needs. In his presentation, Dr. Kenkel stresses that there is no "cookie cutter" procedure that can be universally applied to all patients. There are many factors that can affect the outcome ranging from the patient's general health to the quality of skin and the fat they have and where it is deposited. Individualization of a treatment plan helps ensure that surgeons can achieve each patient's goals.

In some cases, Dr. Kenkel will elect to perform the necessary procedures in multiple stages to ensure they are not only effective but safe. "We don’t perform extreme makeover surgery," says Dr. Kenkel, "Everything is done with the patient’s safety and well being in mind."

Dr. Kenkel believes that communication with the patient, and operative planning are the keys to a successful surgery. Even something seemingly simple, like clothing styles, might influence some surgical decisions, thus they should be discussed in consultation. Dr. Kenkel also takes the somewhat unconventional step of showing his patients examples of both optimal and sub-optimal surgical outcomes to help inform his patients and keep expectations realistic.

"It should be stressed that one of the most important elements in body contouring is the patient's expectations and goals," says Dr. Kenkel, "As surgeons, we must be realistic, honest, and upfront about what outcomes we can achieve and thoroughly review the risks involved with these procedures."

"I prefer to view body contouring, not as a stand-alone solution, but as part of a longer journey toward improving overall wellness and health," says Dr. Kenkel.

About Dr. Jeffrey M. Kenkel

Jeffrey M. Kenkel, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a plastic surgeon located in Dallas, Texas. In addition to Program Director, he serves as Professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is also Director of the Clinical Center for Cosmetic Laser Treatment and Medical Director for the Department of Plastic Surgery. His clinical practice is located at the Outpatient Building on the UT Southwestern campus.

Dr. Kenkel has served as president of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Kenkel specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body. He balances his surgical practice with nonsurgical cosmetic medicine including the use of injectables, cosmetic lasers, and skin care. Dr. Kenkel is nationally and internationally known for his contributions in cosmetic surgery.

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