My Facelift, Sculptra and Laser Facial experience with the Laser & Cosmetics Surgery Specialists
After four rounds of recurring oral cancer surgeries, I started receiving encouraging reports from my oncological team at Dana-Farber Cancer Center and Harvad Medical School in Boston, MA. I began, after nearly three years to think of the future rather than follow one day at a time approach to life. In short, I began to plain again.
It took time, of course, for me to heal after the fourth extensive surgery-i,e., nerves and blood vessels needed to reattach and/or heal. After two years, I decided, with the consent of oral cancer team, to seek facial work. After a lot of research (I built a career as a journalist for a major news magazines.). I discovered a talented young cosmetic surgeon near my home named Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein. Dr. Rubinstein, in my opinion, possessed outstanding credentials, including the distinction of holing the position of professor at New York Prebyterian Hospital, an outstanding cosmetic treatment cancer. He trains future cosmetic surgeon at the hospital as well as training surgeons in new techniques in the upstate area.
When I consulted Dr. Rubinstein, I discovered a positive, upbeat person with knowledge of oral cancer. I later learned from my oncological surgeon that many plastic surgeon is reluctant to operate on oral cancer patients because of the amount of fat and tissue removed from the neck, which increases the possibility of facial nerve complications. But Dr. Rubinstein, as he ut it, “liked the challenge” and felt more than capable of performing the work.
Dr. Rubinstein works carefully and in stages. In the build-up to surgery, he used several pre-operations procedures. He injected Sculptra over a period of months to fill in the hollows in my face, especially around the eyes and in my cheeks. Closer to surgery, he used Juvederm to add volume to my mouth and Botox to relax muscles around my eyes and mouth and to enhance surgery.
During surgery on my neck and lower jaw line area. Dr. Rubinstein ran into a tangled facial nerver in the portion of neck/face where the cancer surgeries had taken place. He worked meticulously for about 7.5 hours to complete his work. After the swelling went down, I was delighted with the operation. Not only Dr. Rubinstein taken years off my appearance, he had moved the cancer scars toward my jaw line so they were far less noticeable. The “sagging” from removal of my lymph nodes disappeared. I couldn’t have been happier. He received kudos from my oncological surgeon for the job as well.
In the months of following the surgery, Dr. Rubinstein closely followed the healing process. He suggested a serious of laser facial treatments, which lessened sun damage and obvious blood vessels in my face. As a plus, he later approved laser work on the neck area where all the cancer surgeries were performed. The redness—i.e., surface blood vessels—lessened.
Would I recommend Dr. Rubinstein and his talented, professional staff? I’ll answer that question with an enthusiastic “Yes.”
On December 9 of this year (2009), I celebrate the one-year anniversary of my facial surgery. I also see my oncological team on that day for hopefully another positive, cancer free report. And, yes, life is good. The women in the mirror look less like a cancer patient and more like a happy, healthy individual—someone who, as a former high-altitude mountaineer, can tackle new adventures. Thank you Dr. Rubinstein for adding to my confidence.