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Israel’s First Female Plastic Surgeon Speaks About Reconstructive Surgery

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Photo by Pioter Fliter, courtesy Jewish Journal

One plastic surgeon, who is unique in her field in that she is the first Arabic female plastic surgeon, hopes to share the benefits of reconstructive surgery through her notoriety.

29 year old, Dr. El Hativ is the first female Israeli plastic surgeon, according to Jewish Journal, a distinction she finds both encouraging and a responsibility. With that comes carrying the weight of speaking for her patients and showing that plastic surgery stretches far beyond cosmetic procedures, El Hativ said.

El Hativ says the challenge of repairing traumas like burns, tumors and cleft palates, among others, is inspiring to her. As an artist, El Hativ says she is able to combine the medical with the aesthetic to help her reconstructive patients.

One such patient was a child who was born with a cleft palate. Three months after El Hativ performed the surgery, the child returned for a check up and El Hativ said there was no evidence of the cleft palate.

“I suddenly understood what I had done for her and how her life was transformed by this surgery,” El Hativ said.

For now, as El Hativ focuses her attention on helping reconstructive patients regain something they once thought was lost, she also works to educate her community about plastic surgery.

“They don’t know that there are so many other things we can do to help change people’s lives,” El Hativ said.

Among the reconstructive surgeries performed by plastic surgeons are also breast reconstruction after a mastectomy and tissue expansion, which works to create excess tissue as part of a procedure.

Blepharoplasty May Help Those with Facial Paralysis

philadelphia eyelid surgery blepharoplastyRelief for individuals who struggle with facial paralysis around the eyes may be imminent, according to the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Often, these individuals are unable to completely close their eyes and suffer from dry, irritated eyes. Using pre- and post-operative assessments on nearly 40 of these individuals, researchers at the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary found that patients had significantly improved quality of life after surgical intervention. To correct the issue, surgery may have included a weight placed within the upper eyelid or suspension of the lower lid.

Another popular procedure that showed a marked improvement in the patients’ quality of life was eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, which corrects a descending brow. This surgery removes excess skin around the eye and improves the area cosmetically, as well.

Eyelid surgery, as well as the other surgical interventions not only improved the patients’ quality of life, but also had a positive effect on their long-term vision and health. Without proper protection for the cornea, it can become inflamed and may lead to vision loss, according to the researchers.

Dr. Genter Suggests Pre-Event Surgical Planning in Mazel Tov! Magazine

philadelphia non-surgical nose job radiesse juvedermMany parents are choosing plastic surgery to look their best for their children’s important events, like Bar Mitzvahs, according to Mazel Tov! magazine. Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Genter stresses the importance of finding the appropriate procedure for your needs and scheduling it to fit the timing of the event. He suggests working backward from the scheduled date of the event to ensure you have completed recovery.

Aside from traditional procedures you might choose to look your best, like a brow or facelift to eliminate sagginess and wrinkles on the face, Dr. Genter often uses injectable fillers.

Though they are traditionally used for filling deep lines and wrinkles, injectable fillers like Radiesse and Juvederm can be used for what it called a non-surgical nose job. Using these injectables, Dr. Genter is able to minimize bumps on a nose and even out its appearance.

If you are interested in learning how you can gear up your face or body for a big event, we encourage you to set up a consultation with Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Genter or to check out RealSelf.