Dr. Rohrich Delivers Keynote Lecture on Secondary Facelift Correction

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Dr. Rod Rohrich addresses NYU plastic surgery residents on innovative use of lift and fill techniques for secondary facelift correction.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD

We now see these secondary facelift deformities everywhere... Our advancements in facelifts not only prevent these undesirable characteristics, they can be used to repair facelifts that have these telltale deformities.

Dr. Rod Rohrich, Dallas plastic surgeon and chair of the department of plastic and reconstructive surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, addressed the plastic surgery faculty, residents and staff at the New York University Department of Reconstructive Surgery as the school’s Distinguished Kazanjian Professorship. As part of his keynote address –“Understanding How we Age - Are Our Current Facelifts Obsolete?” Dr Rohrich reviewed how to treat and, more importantly, prevent facelift deformities.

In this lecture, Dr. Rohrich shared information about pioneering lift-and-fill techniques he has developed with his colleagues in Dallas, Texas, that improve upon the traditional facelift. Dr. Rohrich has performed over 1,200 facelifts resulting in the current natural look – Lift and Fill Facelift techniques . This facelift minimizes the occurrence of a secondary facelift deformity with the passage of time. The key element is that Dr. Rohrich uses scientific understanding of how we age: We lose facial fat in specific fat compartments predictably over time, so the goal for natural correction is to refill and lift these compartments for a natural, long-term, unoperated look.

“We now see these secondary facelift deformities everywhere,” Dr Rohrich explains. “Facelift patients often end up with tight shiny skin, pulled-down earlobes, pulled lips and depressed stress lines across the lips and cheeks. Our advancements in facelifts not only prevent these undesirable characteristics, they can be used to repair facelifts that have these telltale deformities.”

Previous facelift techniques often substantially changed the way a person looks. “No one should settle for a facelift that produces the ‘Hollywood’ or ‘windswept’ look,” Dr. Rohrich said. “We are in the face protection business, not the witness protection business.”

These new facial contouring techniques are so different from previous facelift techniques that Dr. Rohrich suggests the newer procedure should be called “facial rejuvenation,” as it is so much more than just a facelift.

Correcting facelift deformities with lift-and-fill facial rejuvenation involves what Dr. Rohrich calls the Five Rs: Remove, Release, Refill, Re-drape and Re-shape This refers to removing and relocating scars, releasing the malpositioned deep layers, refilling the depressed temporal areas and the deep malar fat compartments, re-draping the deep layers and reshaping the final skin layers.

“I really feel for those patients who have ended up with secondary facelift deformities as their facelifts have aged or they no longer look like themselves,” said Dr. Rohrich. “No one should have to experience that embarrassment, and that is what has fueled my efforts to study the science of how we age and to develop Lift-and-Fill facial rejuvenation technique. Today, we can provide even secondary facelift patients with techniques that make them look not only younger, but more natural—more like themselves.”

Dr. Rohrich regularly performs primary and secondary facelifts in Dallas, Texas where he serves as professor and chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

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 in Dallas, Texas. He also holds the UT Southwestern Medical Center Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery. He is a graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine with high honors, with residencies at the University of Michigan Medical Center and fellowships at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard (hand/microsurgery) and Oxford University (pediatric plastic surgery). He has served as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 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 his field. 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. He is married to Dr. Diane Gibby, also a plastic surgeon. They live in Texas with their two children.


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