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.
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.