Dr. Rod J. Rohrich Discusses Filler Safety at the 2015 Cosmetic Bootcamp

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Serving as a panel moderator, Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Rod J. Rohrich discussed the importance of cosmetic filler safety at the 2015 Cosmetic Bootcamp.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD

Rod J. Rohrich, MD

Above all, the use of fillers should be safety oriented to maximize patient outcomes in a more consistent manner by all cosmetic physicians performing these procedures

In a recent cosmetic surgery workshop lead by Dallas plastic surgeon and facelift specialist Dr. Rod J. Rohrich, attendees were given instruction on proper and safe use of cosmetic fillers. This event, The Cosmetic Bootcamp, provides training and educational opportunities for aesthetic medicine physicians and their staff.

Cosmetic fillers are products based on biologically friendly substances such as hyaluronic acid which are biodegradable over time. They are often used by plastic surgeons and dermatologists to help reduce the signs of aging, for example, by smoothing wrinkles or adding volume to lips or other areas such as the cheek which often lose fullness as we age. Often these cosmetic fillers are approved for use in a specific region but can be used in other areas by a physician.

"Plastic surgeons now have over 15 different FDA approved facial fillers at their disposal, each with their own characteristics and treatment profile" explains Dr. Rohrich who is also a Professor of Plastic Surgery in the Department of the Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. At this year's meeting, the discussion focused on how to best use the different fillers - which specific areas of the face were could be best addressed by which fillers, and which to avoid using in each area."

"Fillers are generally approved for specific indications for a reason," said Dr. Rohrich and his panelists provided instruction on the best uses of the various classes of fillers during the workshop, specifically pointing out safe zone and areas where fillers should be avoided. "Above all, the use of fillers should be safety oriented to maximize patient outcomes in a more consistent manner by all cosmetic physicians performing these procedures," he said.

About Dr. Rod J. Rohrich

Dr. Rod J. Rohrich is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Founding Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Rohrich graduated from Baylor College of Medicine with high honors, and completed residencies at the University of Michigan Medical Center and fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard (hand/microsurgery) and Oxford University (pediatric plastic surgery). He has served as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the largest organization of board certified plastic surgeons in the world. He repeatedly has been selected by his peers as one of America's best doctors, and twice has received one of his profession's highest honors, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes his contributions to education in plastic surgery. Dr. Rohrich participates in and has led numerous associations and councils for the advancement of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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