Kazanjian Visiting Professor Dr. Rod J. Rohrich Lectures on Facelifts

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During grand rounds at Harvard, Kazanjian Visiting Professor Dr. Rod J. Rohrich, a Dallas plastic surgeon, presented a lecture on modern facelifts. This presentation focused on many aspects of facial cosmetic surgery, including the lift-and-fill technique, the role of fat augmentation, the importance of fat compartments, and the multi-component nature of facial rejuvenation.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD

Rod J. Rohrich, MD

A modern facelift is not a single procedure that's approached the same way with each patient. With so many techniques available, surgeons can select the component or components that will produce the most desirable and natural results.

Cosmetic facial surgery was the subject of Dr. Rod J. Rohrich's most recent lectures as the Varaztad H. Kazanjian Visiting Professor. The prestigious invitation is extended to plastic surgeons that have made significant contributions to the advancement of plastic surgery. The professorship, named after Dr. Varaztad H. Kazanjian, often considered a pioneer of modern plastic surgery, was a 1905 Harvard graduate and the university's first plastic surgery professor.

Lectures from the Kazanjian Visiting Professor have been a highlight of the grand rounds since the lectureship was initiated in 1971. Traditionally, topics have focused on cutting-edge surgical techniques, such as rhinoplasty that Dr. Rohrich discussed during his previous grand rounds.

During his presentation, Dr. Rohrich, a Dallas facelift specialist and the Chair of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, spoke to an audience of plastic surgery faculty and residents about facial cosmetic surgery. Fat augmentation, the benefits of lift-and-fill procedures, and the importance of patient analysis in multi-component facelifts were discussed.

Fat compartments that give facial tissue unique qualities in different areas were illustrated. These discrete compartments were identified by Dr. Joel Pessa and Dr. Rohrich in a 2007 scientific study. Evidence shows that the atrophy, or shrinkage, of these fat pockets emphasizes a person's age. Rebuilding these natural fat deposits is effective in many procedures. "Understanding and utilizing the physiology of fat distribution," Dr. Rohrich explained, "is essential to achieving natural, long-lasting results when employing fat augmentation techniques in a facelift or using facial fillers."

Fillers and fat augmentation have proven invaluable in anti-aging treatments, particularly facial rejuvenation. In the past, tightening the skin was the primary goal of a facelift. Now, an increased understanding of the science of facial aging has led to the development of the "lift-and-fill" technique. This procedure, discussed in detail by Dr. Rohrich, uses strategic skin tightening combined with permanent fat augmentation to rebuild the features under the skin that give the face a more refreshed and youthful appearance.

Dr. Rohrich stressed that each individual's unique facial features play an important role in pre-operative planning and analysis. The best facelift surgeons, according to Dr. Rohrich, do not make a person look different but make the person appear more youthful while still looking like themselves.

"A modern facelift is not a single procedure that's approached the same way with each patient. With so many techniques available, surgeons can select the component or components that will produce the most desirable and natural results," says Dr. Rohrich. "This gives us a greater ability to individualize the facelift procedure and offer something that is better characterized as facial rejuvenation." This holistic approach is at the heart of his work as a Dallas plastic surgeon and was the center of this lecture on the correction of facial aging.

About Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Rod J. Rohrich holds the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He also holds the UT Southwestern Medical Center Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery. 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. He is a native of North Dakota and is married to Dr. Diane Gibby, also a plastic surgeon and they live in Dallas with their two children.

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