Dr. Robert Aycock was interviewed in August 2008 for KRON 4 News. During the interview, he discusses “Facelift Season”, the art behind plastic surgery and speaks live to callers. Read the interview here:
Interviewer: Welcome back to Body Beautiful and with us now is plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Aycock. We’ll be taking your calls for Dr. Aycock shortly and he will be answering any questions you have about face lifts. That’s our topic today. We’ll also be posting the phone numbers to the doctor’s office so be ready to jot those down. Alright, Dr. Aycock. You do a lot of things but today we’re concentrating mainly on the face.
Dr. Aycock: Yes, this is, we’re kind of getting into the face lift season. We’re kind of working our way out of liposuction and breast augmentation and the tummy tucks.
Interviewer: There’s a season for face lifts?
Dr. Aycock: Yes. We’re now getting into like what I call the face lift season so we’re kind of regrouping and we’re just going to see more face lifts over the next few months.
Interviewer: You know as a doctor these days you have a bag of tricks that really includes so much.
Dr. Aycock: Right. It’s not just all surgery. We have non-surgical things that we can do, little tricks and they’re not really so much tricks but they’re non-surgical things like the fillers that we do with Botox and lasers and we have our estheticians that do the facials with the chemical peels and microdermabrasion and . . .
Dr. Aycock: . . . oxygen therapy, right.
Interviewer: Do you find people are coming in saying, “Doc, just buy me a little time, please?’
Dr. Aycock: Sure. That’s, I mean I’m a surgeon. I like to operate but not everybody is ready so we have all these things so that we don’t have to turn them away and say, “You know what? You’re not quite ready for a face lift so we really can’t help you. Now we have all of these options that we have brought into the practice like the fillers and Botox and those sorts of things.
Interviewer: When someone comes to you, I mean, did you say, “You know what? You are ready for a face lift. We’re seeing some jowls. We’re seeing that can’t really be corrected by the injectable.”
Dr. Aycock: Right. Well I may think that they’re ready. They may not think they’re ready so they have to be ready and that’s why when they come in I’ll just say, “What bothers you? What can I do to help you?” Then I give them options so that it’s really their decision to have a face lift or not. Not everybody’s ready and they have to kind of work their way into it.
Interviewer: By ready, I mean part of it is emotional, psychological.
Dr. Aycock: Emotionally, psychologically. They may not be ready. I have patients occasionally come in and say, “I want a face lift.” I go, “You know what? You’re not quite ready. I mean why don’t we do some other things before we do that?”
Interviewer: When someone is seeking a plastic surgeon, I mean obviously they’re going to go down the list and they’re going to say, “This person’s obviously board certified. They meet all the criteria,” but so much of it is word of mouth. It’s good reputation. It’s when you feel like you’re in good hands.
Dr. Aycock: Right. Most of my patients come from other patients now. I still get referrals from doctors and occasionally from other places but for the most part they come from my patients and I did a face lift on their grandmother or their aunt or their best friend’s mother or somebody. They know somebody that I’ve taken care of in the past and they kind of put a lot of credence in that. You still have to check all of the other things, make sure they’re board certified, how long they’ve been in practice, how much of their practice involves these procedures, do they have privileges in the hospitals to do these procedures or can they only do them in their office? There’s some things that you just need to check.
Interviewer: Now there are a lot of, I guess for lack of a better word, procedures, products out there that we see advertised, mini face lifts, quickie kind of deals. What’s the hottest thing going on right now or do you just go back to the traditional what works?
Dr. Aycock: Well if you look at the statistics there are about two million plastic surgery surgeries done that are cosmetic in a year whereas there are ten million non-invasive procedures done like Botox and Restylane and Allorderm and those things that are really non-invasive so the quick things I think you would have to say are the non-invasive procedures. There’s been such an increase in those procedures that we do.
Interviewer: This is science but it’s also art. We’ve got to take a break. We’ve got some phone calls coming in and we’re going to talk about the art of looking good. For more information about Dr. Aycock you can call 925-727-3337 or on the web, go to aycockmd.com and for the first 20 callers who mention Body Beautiful you’ll be able to receive a complementary consultation. Also I understand, $50 off in injectable treatment and on top of that a complementary clinical facial by their esthetician. We’ll be taking your phone calls and continue our chat about plastic surgery when we come back on Body Beautiful.
Welcome back to Body Beautiful. We are talking right now with Dr. Robert Aycock. We’ll be taking your calls. If there’s any questions you have about plastic surgery here’s the phone number, 800-440-4884. We’ll also be posting the number for the doctor’s office so during and after the segment. Remember any advice we give you today, obviously you’re going to want a second opinion, talk with another physician as well although Dr. Aycock is one of the top.
Before we get to the phone calls and we have our phone calls coming in, let’s look at some before and after pictures. Dr. tells us about this one here.
Dr. Aycock: This is a lady that actually we’ve had her on the show before that had, said she felt like she was looking tired and wanted to be refreshed somewhat.
Interviewer: She was on the show and very happy.
Dr. Aycock: Very nice lady.
Interviewer: The next picture we’ve got?
Dr. Aycock: This is the same lady. This is just from the front and you can see that we’ve corrected the jowling that she had in her neck. She looked pretty good to begin with so I had a pretty good place to start but we just refreshed, she just looks more refreshed around her eyes and her brow.
Interviewer: Got a big smile on her face too. The last picture we have. I guess that was it.
Dr. Aycock: That’s nice.
Interviewer: Let’s go ahead and talk with Cynthia from Petaluma. Good morning, Cynthia. You have a question for Dr. Aycock?
Cynthia: Yes, I do. I was just calling about the three sores that I know about. Which one would last the longest as far as Juvederm, Restylane and the most current one is the, is it called Alloderm?
Interviewer: Cynthia you know your fillers.
Dr. Aycock: Restylane and Juvederm are one type of filler and Alloderm is actually human collagen that’s taken from a tissue bank and that is used more for, as an implant than the Restylane and Juvederm. Those are just injected. Alloderm we actually put it in as an implant and we use it more in, like the lips, to augment lips and and in the nasolabial fold.
Interviewer: But what about rejection of tissue. Is that an issue here?
Dr. Aycock: No. They wash all the cells out so all that’s left is the matrix so that it’s just the collagen that’s left so there’s no chance of rejecting or chance of catching anything from that tissue.
Interviewer: We’ve seen a lot of that in Hollywood. Is that…
Dr. Aycock: Well hyaluronic acid is probably the most common non-operative or minimally invasive procedure that we do.
Interviewer: That’s also in our own bodies as well. It’s just not.
Dr. Aycock: We have that already so that’s the Restylane and Juvederm and they’re both really good products.
Interviewer: Can we jump in, sorry Cynthia. We’re moving on to Josie from Clayton. Good morning, Josie. You have a question for the doctor?
Interviewer: Good morning.
Interviewer: What’s your question for the doc?
Josie: My question is about laser treatment. Can you tell me something about them and how many different kinds there are?
Dr. Aycock: There are dozens of different types of laser treatment. It depends on what it is you’re looking for. The most popular or the newest, I guess would be the fractional resurfacing lasers that we have now so that instead of using the CO2 laser or erbiem laser where we actually ablate the top layer of skin, this punches small columns through the skin to kind of trick the skin into remodeling so that you get the effect without all the down time. You still have two or three days of down time but not the two weeks with several months of redness that we had in the past.
Interviewer: This is pulling up what the collagen, the body’s own ability to kind of…
Dr. Aycock: It makes the dermis remodel so you build more collagen. It kind of turns the skin over so that it just helps with fine lines and tightens the skin a little bit.
Interviewer: Josie, my apologies. I said Jose because we actually do have men who are interested. In fact, do you see men for cosmetic procedures?
Dr. Aycock: Well, yes. I mean we treat quite a few men with these new lasers and it’s more for pre-cancerous lesions that they have on their face. They’ve had so much sun damage that I have a group of men now that have come in so many times for excision of basal cell carcinomas on their face that now we’re treating them with these lasers and it just kind of takes that away.
Interviewer: That’s good to know that it’s possible. This is a big topic. I guess we are out of time unfortunately, Dr. Thank you so much for joining us. We’ll have to have you back. For more information about Dr. Aycock call 925-937-8377 or on the web go to aycockmd.com. For the first 20 callers who mention Body Beautiful you’ll receive a complementary consultation as well as $50 off an injectable treatment and complementary clinical facial by their esthetician. See you next week.