Despite the national and regional economic downturns, Dr. Darrell Henderson, board certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, finds that people still place great emphasis on their looks. “People are proud of looking better,” says Dr. Henderson. In addition to body sculpting, breast enhancement or reduction, liposuction and skin resurfacing, women are requesting procedures for vaginal rejuvenation, scar revisions and breast reconstruction following breast cancer surgery. And plastic surgery is not limited to female patients, says Dr. Henderson. Men are seeking gynecomastia procedures to correct over-developed or enlarged breasts as well as facelift surgery and other procedures to help them look younger.
Dr. Henderson says that these techniques were unheard of 40 years ago and some patients would have been reluctant to correct physical features that significantly troubled them, “but it’s so much more acceptable now.” He not only performs extensive and complex surgical procedures involving the hand and wrist, but also carries out congenital and pediatric plastic surgery, maxillofacial surgery, surgery of the head, neck and oral cavity, microvascular surgery, and cosmetic surgery.
New advances in aesthetic medicine mean less downtime and improved outcomes and include such products as Body-Jet Lipo, introduced to Louisiana by Dr. Kelly Cobb and Nouriche Wellness and Aesthetics. Dr. Cobb is a board certified internal medicine physician who holds an MD from LSU School of Medicine as well as degrees from the University of Texas in psychology, humanities and communications. She completed internal medicine training at Emory University in Atlanta.
Body-Jet Liposuction is a new liposuction technique that delivers pulses of saline fluids to gently dislodge fat for removal. Traditional liposuction requires a lengthy pre-infiltration phase where large quantities of tumescent fluid (a saline/adrenaline/lidocaine mixture) are introduced into the body. While Body-Jet uses these same fluids, less of the medications are typically needed during the procedure. According to Nouriche, patients experience very little discomfort, a quick healing time and visibly precise results.
How do you know if you are good candidate for plastic surgery? How do you select a physician? Dr. Jeffrey Joseph believes in word of mouth and second opinions. Dr. Joseph began his private practice in ear, nose, throat and facial plastic surgery in Lafayette in 1993. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UNO and received his MD from LSU, New Orleans. He completed his otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) residency at LSU, New Orleans, and became board certified after successfully completing a facial plastic surgery fellowship with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under William E. Silver, MD in Atlanta. Dr. Joseph holds a faculty appointment at LSU, New Orleans in the department of otolaryngology, division of facial plastic surgery.
Dr. Joseph says patient/doctor rapport is extremely important and that patients should take the time to talk to other patients and physicians to ensure that they have a complete and realistic understanding of their expectations and outcomes. In addition to relaxed and unhurried consultations, Dr. Joseph provides his prospective patients with computer imaging so they will see beforehand what their results will be. “I like to ask patients to bring me a ten to 12-year-old photograph,” he says. He is also a painter and believes his artistic abilities positively inform his surgical techniques to his patients’ benefit and his own joy. “I love what I do,” says Dr. Joseph.
“I also believe in skin care,” says Dr. Joseph, so the effects of the surgery will last as long as possible. Dr. Bradley Chastant agrees with Dr. Joseph. A native of Lafayette, Dr. Chastant received his Bachelor of Science degree from ULL, and his medical degree from LSU, New Orleans. His residency in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and facial plastic surgery was completed in LSU, New Orleans. Dr. Chastant specializes in the difficult nose. He currently serves as a clinical instructor at LSU Health Sciences Center and is the residency program director in the department of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at UMC.
Dr. Chastant feels that a patient’s education and understanding is vitally important. As an otolaryngologist as well as a facial plastic surgeon, he must consider function, what the contoured feature will look like in five years, as well as overall aesthetics. He, too, has an artistic bent and is an avid woodworker who builds fine furniture.
Lafayette is home to physicians with extensive experience and knowledge, as well as a genuine caring for their patients’ well being. And help is available to patients who want to look as good as they feel.
For a complete list of specialists who are members of The Lafayette Parish Medical Society, consult The Independent’s Medical and Dental Resource Directory by visiting www.theind.com under Publications.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.