At his Alabama plastic surgery practice, Dr. Grady Core discusses the latest cosmetic enhancement statistics, the basics of minimally invasive procedures, and the latest techniques that offer significant benefits over surgical methods.
According to the most recent statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), nonsurgical cosmetic enhancement techniques accounted for 83% of the total procedures performed in 2010. Dr. Grady Core—a board-certified plastic surgeon in Alabama recognized as an innovator in the field of endoscopic or minimally invasive plastic surgery—recently addressed the growing popularity of nonsurgical procedures, and the need to define patient goals before pursuing any form of cosmetic enhancement.
Because of the range of minimally invasive procedures available, whether his patients are considering breast augmentation or eyelid surgery, Dr. Core stresses the need for patient education as goals and expectations are defined. “You cannot get surgery-quality results with nonsurgical techniques. You can, however, choose minimally invasive surgical techniques, which offer substantial benefits over traditional surgical methods.”
Dr. Core says the explosion of nonsurgical products and techniques can make it difficult for patients to determine the safest and most effective treatment for their aesthetic enhancement goals. One particular area his patients are commonly concerned with is under-eye sagging. He says the traditional procedure can leave bruising, scarring, and an unnatural result. However, with the endoscopic approach he has helped pioneer, scarring and recovery time are greatly reduced.
As patient demands often motivate a surgeon’s drive to implement new procedures, Dr. Core says he encourages patients to be their own advocates by understanding the options available. “Being educated about these advanced options is the first step in achieving the most desirable results.” Once a patient determines their desired outcome, Dr. Core says discussing all available options with an experienced and highly-trained surgeon is essential to a successful procedure.
Dr. Grady Core earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He then completed his general surgery residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, and his plastic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Core is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He regularly lectures on the international stage and focuses on his experience and expertise with endoscopic procedures such as breast augmentation and brow lift in Birmingham, AL.
Core Plastic Surgery is located at 3595 Grandview Parkway, Suite 150, Birmingham, AL 35243, and can be reached at (205) 397-2100.