Dr. Rod J. Rohrich Delivers the Presidents Lecture at The Rhinoplasty Society

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Dallas plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Rod J. Rohrich, delivered the Esteemed President’s Lecture at the annual meeting of The Rhinoplasty Society in San Diego, California.

Dr. Rod J. Rohrich lectures on the difficulty of rhinoplasty surgery.
Developing true expert status in rhinoplasty requires intense hard work, focus and willingness to be self-critical when performing a rhinoplasty and how you can be better.

Dr. Rod J. Rohrich, an internationally known rhinoplasty expert delivered the Esteemed President’s Lecture at the annual meeting of The Rhinoplasty Society in San Diego, California. He discussed how a plastic surgeon becomes a true expert in rhinoplasty with his presentation entitled "Mastering Rhinoplasty – A lifelong Journey". Dr. Rohrich, a board certified plastic surgeon from Dallas, Texas and the Founding Chair and a Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, presented to colleagues and distinguished international guests.

The lecture discussed how rhinoplasty is the most challenging procedure in all of plastic surgery and that it takes much more than 10,000 hours to become a true expert. One needs to sustain a long term focus, becoming better with each procedure and constant self-analysis and criticism. The process requires that the rhinoplasty surgeon concentrates on the three E's - have significant daily rhinoplasty Experience, develop Expertise by teaching and writing about rhinoplasty in peer reviewed journals and producing consistently Exceptional rhinoplasty results. The Rhinoplasty Society is a globally recognized society of board certified plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons with recognized true expertise in this most challenging procedure in all of plastic surgery.

Dr Rohrich emphasized the five key aspects in becoming a true rhinoplasty expert:

  •     Know what you Know and don't Know
  •     See the End Result before you Start
  •     Do the Best you can do Pre/Intra/and Post-op
  •     Never be Satisfied with your result
  •     Follow your patients Long Term

Dr. Rohrich states that the most important aspect to knowing you are a true expert is when you can see and visualize the result before beginning the procedure, much like a sculptor visualizes the end result. Dr. Rohrich included technical and practical information in the presentation to help the beginning rhinoplasty surgeon develop these skills.

Dr. Rohrich states that "developing true expert status in rhinoplasty requires intense hard work, focus and willingness to be self-critical when performing a rhinoplasty and how you can be better." This self-depreciation requires a strong desire to never be satisfied with the status quo.

"Rhinoplasty should never follow a standardized formula" explained Dr. Rohrich. The five key aspects essential for a successful rhinoplasty are:

  •     A Precise Pre-op Analysis
  •     Pre-op Patient Preparation of what you can and cannot do
  •     A true plan of what you need to do i.e. a Concise Operative plan
  •     Execute and deliver the best you can
  •     And finally, a true and ongoing self-analysis of the result

Dr. Rohrich uses rhinoplasty imaging to show his patients what they may look like post-op based upon his critical individualized assessment of their concerns and specific facial features. These are important educational tools to help the patient and surgeon have the same understanding of what can be done to obtain an exceptional result in rhinoplasty.

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

Dr. Rod Rohrich is a Dallas, Texas board certified plastic surgeon, Distinguished Teaching Professor and was the Founding Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He is also a Founding Partner of the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. 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 is the only plastic surgeon to receive one of his profession's highest honors three times in his career-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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