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Annapolis Plastic Surgeon Says Combination Procedures Can Offer Enhanced Results and Other Benefits

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Dr. Marcia Ormsby details how two patients benefited from combination cosmetic enhancement procedures to address concerns with their facial and neck appearances.

Annapolis, MD — Like many women in their fifties, when Sally and Mary looked in the mirror, the face staring back at them appeared older and more tired than the way they felt on the inside. Sagging skin, wrinkles, and fine lines caused them to feel self-conscious and insecure about their image. However, thanks to modern techniques in plastic surgery, Dr. Marcia Ormsby, a plastic surgeon in Annapolis, was able to develop a customized treatment plan combining a number of cosmetic enhancement treatments, ultimately addressing each of Sally’s and Mary’s concerns in a single procedure.

Dr. Ormsby recalls how Sally was not happy with the appearance of her neck, which was showing signs of weak muscles, wrinkles, and excess, inelastic skin. Her other patient, Mary, was concerned with signs of skin folds that had formed on her face, ultimately giving off a somewhat “tired” appearance.

Dr. Ormsby says Sally’s and Mary’s concerns are not uncommon for women their age, as gravity and the natural aging process begin to take a toll on the body. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports in its latest survey that the total number of cosmetic procedures has increased by five percent in the past year to over 14.6 million performed in 2012 – and 48 percent of these are made up of women between the ages of 40 and 54. With the growing popularity of aesthetic enhancement, Dr. Ormsby says many of her Annapolis plastic surgery patients have begun combining procedures to address a variety of concerns, an approach she says can improve the overall outcome and also, in some cases, make treatment less expensive.

The most common concerns patients in their fifties express to Dr. Ormsby include facial lines, excess skin in the neck with weak muscles, excess soft tissue around the eyelids, and drooping brows. “Because those are all separate areas,” says Dr. Ormsby, “they would require a combination of procedures in order to address the concerns.”

By assessing Sally’s and Mary’s facial structure and complexion, Dr. Ormsby says she was able to determine the best course of action for replenishing the vibrancy and fullness of their faces. In Sally’s case, Dr. Ormsby details how fat deposits, weak muscles, and excess skin in her neck required a combination of neck liposuction, tightening of the muscles, and suspension of the skin. Mary, on the other hand, had heavy folds around her mouth that required not only a facelift, but also fat grafting to fill the folds out. Dr. Ormsby says, for the most balanced aesthetic outcome, both patients required combination procedures. By doing so, she explains that her patients ultimately received an effective procedure that was more affordable and provided a shorter recovery time.

Because performing plastic surgery, particularly combined procedures, requires a steady hand and extensive experience, Dr. Ormsby says she encourages anyone considering an aesthetic enhancement, whether it be eyelid surgery or BOTOX® Cosmetic, to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon before undergoing treatment. She says plastic surgeons with extensive experience are typically properly equipped in both artistry and surgery to determine which procedures will work best in each patient’s situation, and to perform those treatments with the highest level of safety and efficacy.

To learn more about Sally’s and Mary’s procedures, patients can visit Dr. Ormsby’s recent blog post entitled “Patients Receive Combination Procedures for Facial Rejuvenation.”

About Marcia V. Ormsby, MD

Dr. Ormsby earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts, completed a general surgery residency at the State University of New York, and underwent specialized training at New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is a national speaker and a published writer, having been featured in the Annals of Surgery as well as the chapter on plastic surgery in the Textbook of Women’s Health. Dr. Ormsby is available for interview upon request.