Dr. Edward Owen Terino, Pioneer Of The "Somme Lift"

Dr. Edward Owen Terino California Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeonDr. Edward Owen Terino shares his visions and innovation with the 'Somme Lift', an upper and midface suspension technique.

Name: Edward Owen Terino, M.D.
Location: Agoura Hills, CA
Website: terinomd.com

That's interesting: Dr. Terino is not only world renowned for his accomplishments as a plastic surgery practitioner, but also as an innovator in the specialized new techniques of three-dimensional facial contouring. He is one of the few pioneers to develop the latest upper and midface vertical lifting and suspension technology, which he calls Somme Lift. He also is the designer of natural looking cheek and chin implants which provide solutions for flat cheeks, small jaw lines, and weak facial contours. 

Can you share your career path as a plastic surgeon?

My private practice has always been that of general plastic surgery including reconstructive surgery. During the first 20 years, we took care of the accidents and injuries around the Conejo Valley of California in a radius of 60 miles. I also attracted patients by referral all the way from San Diego, Palms Springs, and North of Santa Barbara.

I embraced the latest medical plastic surgery technologies as they were developed including liposuction, carbon dioxide laser resurfacing, and up-to-date skin care management. Because of my experience at the Fort Sam Houston Burn Unit during the Vietnam conflict, I had

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The Value Of Board Certification In Cosmetic Medicine?

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Is it better and safer to get Botox injected by a family physician who has been injecting patients for 15 years or a newly graduated plastic surgeon who just finished his residency last week?

In Cosmetic Surgery, the term "Board Certified" is the most highly used term for marketing purposes today. Thirty years ago, many doctors were "Board Eligible" or non boarded and their value came from their training and their experience and their expertise, not just a label. Today, doctors are expected to be board certified in something. That something is the topic of heated battles and debates and many of our colleagues are just as confused about it as are our patients and the public and the media. Insurance companies and third party payor and even hospitals require board certification and may use it for determining reimbursement. 

The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and The American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery (ABFPRS) have had many decades of heated nasty all out warfare. For the most part, on the surface at least, the war is over but small battles and skirmishes are still waged amongst these two specialties here and there around the country. But cosmetic surgery is no longer being offered purely by Plastic Surgeons or Facial Plastic Surgeons, Oculoplastic surgeons, Oral surgeons, otolaryngologists, & dermatologists are a significant part of the cosmetic surgery providers. More over, family physicians, ER doctors, Radiologists, OBGYNs, and other doctors whose specialty is not traditionally associated with cosmetic surgery are now the fastest growing population of cosmetic surgery providers with Botox and fillers and lasers as their entry to the more involved mini facelifts and blepharoplasties and liposuction. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Laser Surgery has given this large heterogonous group of non-cosmetic surgeons an umbrella to gather under and a label to use for marketing and validation.  

The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery have now joined forces in order to "protect the public" and inform the media and public about the lack of proper residency or fellowship training by many of these new non traditional providers.  Protecting the public is a noble endeavour and a great cause but I ask who is going to protect the public from less inept members of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery?  There is no doubt that the vast majority of poor cosmetic surgery with bad outcomes are being performed by Board Certified doctors, most of which are actually certified by these two esteemed Boards (ABPS and ABFPRS). 

Then what is the true value of "board certification" and how will the public be protected? We must police and control our own profession as a whole before we are controlled by outside forces. In Ontario Canada, a deal between the society of Plastic Surgeons and the Department of health posed a new regulation where no one other than a plastic surgeon could use the term "plastic surgery" in their advertising! So, is it better and safer to get Botox injected by a family physician who has been injecting patients for 15 years or a newly graduated plastic surgeon who just finished his residency last week or even from a nurse who works at a plastic surgeons office? This is a tough question that needs to be answered by us doctors before it gets settled for us by external forces. 

Dr. Stephen Bresnick: Plastic Surgeon in Encino, California

Dr. Stephen Bresnick Encino, California Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Bresnick discusses how he balances his teaching career and private practice after 15 years as a plastic surgeon. 

Name: Stephen Bresnick, M.D., D.D.S., M.S.
Clinic: Encino Plastic Surgery
Location: Encino, CA
Website: drbresnick.com

That's interesting: Dr. Bresnick has published nine books in medicine and science and has authored over 20 articles published in medical journals.

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Dr. Pramit S. Malhotra: The Malhotra Center For Plastic Surgery In Michigan

Dr. Pramit S. Malhotra: The Malhotra Center For Plastic Surgery In MichiganPramit S. Malhotra MD is double board certified as a plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist with clinics in Ann Arbor and Jackson Michigan.

Dr. Malhotra was named a top plastic surgeon by the Consumer Research Council of America in 2009. We wanted to find out how this busy plastic surgeon manages two practices and what he thinks about the state of cosmetic medicine.

Name: Pramit S. Malhotra MD, MS
Location: Ann Arbor and Jackson, MI
Website: annarborplasticsurgery.com

That's interesting: Dr. Malhotra is an author of over a dozen publications for professional medical journals on topics including Botox, rhinoplasty, and head and neck cancers.

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Dr. Elan B. Singer, A Plastic Surgeon In Manhattan

Dr. Elan B. SingerNYC plastic surgeon Dr. Elan Singer is in one of the most competitive plastic surgery markets anywhere.

Plastic surgeon and naval reserve officer, Elan Singer MD is practicing on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We got together with Dr. Singer and asked him what he's going to make sure his practice continues to thrive.

Name: Elan Singer, MD
Location: New York, NY
Website: ebsplasticsurgery.com

That's interesting: Dr. Singer has performed reconstructive surgery on patients from all over the world, including surgical missions to Haiti and Nigeria. Dr. Singer is also an officer in the United States Navy Reserve and performs monthly surgeries at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Dr. John E. Sherman, NYC Plastic Surgeon On The Upper East Side

Dr. Sherman offers a warm welcome as he opens the door to his plastic surgery office located in the busy streets of New York City.

Name: John E. Sherman M.D., FACS
Location: Manhattan, NY (Upper East Side)
Website: nyplasticsurg.com

That's interesting:  Dr. Sherman was inducted into the Honor Legion of the New York Police Department. This honor was given to Dr. Sherman for his response to the World Trade Center attacks, in which he was injured. The Honor Legion is among the highest honors given by the New York Police Department. Dr. Sherman is an Honorary Surgeon for the NYPD as well as Surgeon for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Field Division. He's also an attending plastic surgeon at New York Presyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Lenox Hill and Greenwich Hospitals.

Can you tell us a little bit about how you got started in cosmetic medicine?

After I finished my residency in general surgery financial interests directed me towards plastic and reconstructive surgery. In 1980, I joined one of the most established and recognized plastic surgeons in the world in his practice, where the focus was cosmetic surgery. I eventually started my own practice maintaining the focus on aesthetics surgery as well as the availability and care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You are situated at the heart of NYC. You must cater to a diverse population of patients.

My clinic is located across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue. It's a fully credentialed office based surgery center accredited by the AAAASF, with board-certified anesthesiologist, and a full

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