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Plastic surgery is one of the marvels of modern medicine, with a wide range of options for face and body improvements. And today’s media outlets make it easier than ever before to gather information on the latest plastic surgery procedures. But how does this information apply to you and your concerns?

Every person is unique and has his or her own desires. What procedure or combination of treatments is right for you? And what can you really expect? EXPLORE PLASTIC SURGERY with Dr. Barry Eppley, Indianapolis plastic surgeon, who can provide you with a wealth of practical and up-to-date insights into the world of plastic surgery through his regular blog posts. In his writings, Dr. Eppley covers diverse topics on facial and body contouring procedures. You will be sure to find useful information that will help broaden and enrich your plastic surgery education.

January 2nd, 2017

Case Study – Male Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty

 

Background: The shape of the nose is incredibly diverse and no two people have the exact same nose.  But in the world of rhinoplasty surgery, noses are lumped into different categories based on ethnicities. In general any rhinoplasty that is not performed on a Caucasian nose is called an ethnic rhinoplasty.

One such ethnic rhinoplasty is that of the Middle Eastern nose. As the Middle East region has over 17 countries, there is no one unifed nasal shape or deformity. But the most common patient objective is to reduce a large hump or bump on the upper half of the nose. In addition the nasal tip often droops down, creating less than a 90 degree nasolabial angle. The combination of hump reduction and tip elevation constitutes the backbone of the Middle Eastern rhinoplasty.

Frequently the Middle Eastern nose has a thick skin cover. At the least it is on average thicker than that of most Caucasian noses. This can create a challenge for the degree of tip refinement. But in the male patient in particular the goal is to make the nose more balanced but still retaining the ethnicity of the patient’s appearance.

Case Study: This 38 year-old Middle Eastern male desired to improve the shape of his nose. He did not like the large bump on his nose and wanted the tip lifted and thinned a bit. But he did not want the nose too upturned or the bridge area too low.

middle-eastern-male-rhinoplasty-resulys-side-viewmiddle-eastern-male-rhinoplasty-result-front-view-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisUnder general anesthesia and through an open rhinoplasty, the dorsal hump as reduced requiring lateral osteotomes. The tip was lifted through combined caudal septal resection combined with tip cartilage reduction and suturing. Lastly alar base narrowing was done to stay in balance with the more narrow tip.

middle-eastern-male-rhinoplasty-results-oblique-view-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisWhile rhinoplasty is changing the shape of the nose, it should not be significant enough for one to lose their Middle Eastern appearance. This is particularly relevant in the male patient where ‘less is often more’.

Highlights:

1) The dominant deformities of the Middle Eastern nose is the hump at the bridge and the drooping nasal tip.

2) The male Middle Eastern rhinoplasty should strive to achieve a straight dorsal line and a nasolabial able of 90 degrees.

3) A more pleasing appearance to the nose but without loss of ethnic appearance are the two important objectives on any ethnic rhinoplasty…unless the patient desires otherwise.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

December 31st, 2016

OR Snapshots – Aesthetic Temporal Artery Ligations

 

Prominent bulges in the temporal region are almost always caused by the temporal arteries. The superficial temporal artery comes off the facial artery in the neck and courses upward in front of the ear. Once it reaches a typical landmark point of 1 cm in front of the ear and 2 cms about that point, it bifurcates in to a Y pattern. The front part of this takeoff is the anterior branch of the superficial temporal artery and it continues towards the forehead in a very tortuous pattern.

This anterior branch of the temporal artery is fairly superficial and is prone to becoming visibly enlarged. Why it does so is not precisely known but it occurs far more commonly in men. (although it does occur in women as well) It can become quite noticeable with exercise, heat, alcohol intake and a low head position.  It can sometimes be associated with temporal headaches as well.

When the procedure of temporal artery ligation is considered, what is done for prominent temporal arteries is quite different than the historic approach of simple ligation. The original temporal ligation procedure, also known as a temporal artery biopsy, was done to diagnose arteritis or autoimmune conditions. This is where an incision was made behind the temporal hairline and a section of the artery is removed. This is a single incision which is fairly large by aesthetic standards.

temporal-artery-ligation-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisThe aesthetic temporal artery ligation procedure is a multi-incisional technique that strategically places ligation points at select points along the course of the artery into the forehead. This is always at least two points and often three. These are very small incisions that take into account the wrinkle lines of the forehead when placed in that location. They heal exceptionally well and leave little to no trace of a scar.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

December 31st, 2016

Case Study – Hydroxyapatite Cement Forehead Augmentation

 

Background: The shape of the forehead is very gender specific. Men have foreheads with distinct brow bone prominences, a visible brow bone break and a forehead that slopes somewhat less than vertical above it. Conversely females have no distinct brow bone, have a rounded or more convex forehead shape that ideally has a near vertical inclination.

The request for forehead augmentation is females is usually to provide increased convexity and verticality. The female forehead that is flatter and more recessed requires augmentation usually from above the brow bones up to or just past the edge of the frontal hairline. The shape of the augmentation is more important than its thickness or size.

The choice of augmentation material for the female forehead depends on how much surgical exposure is needed and what type of scalp incision the patient can tolerate. The smallest scalp incision with the least exposure needed is the custom forehead implant. For the use of hydroxyapatite cement a longer scalp incision is needed for greater exposure to properly apply the material and shape it as it sets.

forehead-augmentation-with-hydroxyapatite-cement-intraop-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisCase Study: This 40 year-old female wanted to increase the projection of her forehead and make it more vertical.Through a near complete coronal scalp incision, 65 grams of hydroxyapatite cement (Mimix) was applied to the forehead and shaped until dry. The hydroxyapatite cement was mixed with antibiotic powder in a ratio of 10:1 gram weights.

forehead-augmentation-with-hydroxyapatite-cement-result-side-view-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisHer postoperative results shows a more convex and vertically oriented forehead shape. The convexity of the augmented forehead slightly exceeds the brow bones as it does in many pleasing female foreheads.

Hydroxyapatite cement is a wonderful skull augmentation material, particularly in the forehead. It heals to the bone without a fibrous interface and can even have some bone growth into its microporous structure when set. Despite this major biologic advantage, it requires wide open access to properly apply the material. This means a coronal or pretrichial incision is needed to get an even application of the material that sets properly.

Highlights:

1) Forehead augmentation can be done by a variety of biomaterials, all of which can produce similar satisfactory results.

2) Hydroxyapatite cement is the most biologically favorable of all forehead augmentation materials.

3) The handling characteristics of hydroxyapatite cement requires wide open exposure for   an aesthetically pleasing forehead contour.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

December 31st, 2016

OR Snapshots – Diced Rib Graft Rhinoplasty

A significant build-up of the nose requires a combination of bridge and tip augmentation. In primary rhinoplasty this is usually needed in many ethnic patients who lack nasal projection from the face. This may also be required in revision rhinoplasty when over reduction has been done from a prior procedure. In such cases the key element of the surgery is an adequate volume of cartilage grafts.

The most common source of an undisputed volume of cartilage is a rib graft. The ribs offers an unlimited amount of cartilage for the nose no matter where on the ribcage it is harvested. Despite this huge advantage, rib cartilage has a major disadvantage….it is not straight. Nowhere on the rib cage is a cartilaginous section perfectly straight. In addition it almost always has to be carved, removing perichondrium in the process. This further potentiates the risk of graft warping after surgery.

diced-rib-graft-rhinoplasty-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisThe one proven method to eliminate the risk of rib graft warping in rhinoplasty is diced modification. Rather than place one single solid piece of rib, the graft is cut into many small pieces or small cubes. The diced rib is cut down to as small as 1 x 1mm pieces. The diced rib is then wrapped in either fascia, cadaveric dermis or collagen to create a moldable sausage-like implant. This wrapping contains the diced graft so it can be inserted and molded once placed onto the dorsum of the nose.

Diced rib grafting offers not only a customizable approach to significant nasal augmentation but a rapid integration/healing of the graft. The many small cartilage pieces allow for early and substantial fibrovascular ingrowth into the graft. This is evidenced by the very firm feel of the diced rib graft just a few weeks after the procedure.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

December 29th, 2016

Clinic Snapshots – Good Riddance Abdominal Panniculectomy

Cosmetic surgery of the abdomen and waistline is one the most common body contouring surgeries for either women or men. Women in particular are inclined to undergo these surgeries as they are victims of a lot of body changes from pregnancy and/or weight gain/loss. Liposuction and tummy tucks make up the bulk of these surgeries as they fall into the norm of the type of body changes that need to be treated.

But amongst tummy tuck surgeries there is a ‘supersize’ version due to the magnitude of the tissues that need to be removed. This enlarged version of a tummy tuck is known as an abdominal panniculectomy. The abdominal panniculectomy differs from all forms of a  tummy tuck as it removes a large segment of overhanging tissues known as a panniculus. Also known as an abdominal apron, this is a large amount of abdominal tissue that overhangs the waistline down on the thighs. In large abdominal pannuses it can even hang down as low as the knees!

abdominal-panniculectomy-indianapolis-dr-barry-eppleyThe abdominal pannus and its weight causes a constellation of problems for the person from chronic skin infections and moisture underneath it to the strain of its weight on the back and knees. This is not to mention the limitations imposed on clothing options to hold it in or try and hide it. It is no surprise then that when the day comes for their abdominal panniculectomy surgery there are no regrets in losing a bit of oneself!

While an abdominal panniculectomy may not be as eloquent as an operation as many smaller tummy tucks, patients are usually even more grateful.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

December 29th, 2016

OR Snapshots – Liposuction and Boiling Fat

 

Liposuction is one of the most common and recognized procedures in plastic surgery. By the way it looks in watching the procedure and how it is commonly perceived by the public, liposuction appears to be as simple as ‘sucking fat out’. But the reality is that it is a more complex extraction process than its name alone implies.

The obvious part of liposuction is the insertion of a hollow stainless steel cannula under the skin. Traditionally a back and forth motion of the cannula is done which essentially cuts tunnels through the fat layers often from multiple different directions. (known as cross tunneling) The cannula is attached by tubing to a vacuum pump which then pulls out the cut or loose fat as well as introduced and other bodily fluids.

boiling-fat-in-liposuction-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisBut working more occultly are several basic principles of physics that really make liposuction work. One of these can be occasionally observed in the fat collection canister. Looking carefully, or sometimes not very carefully, one can see bubbles coming up from the bottom of the fluid collection to its surface. Sometimes there are so many bubbles it appears that the fat is ‘boiling’.

This bubbling action in the collected fat aspirate occurs because of the vapor pressure of water. All liquids at any temperature exert a certain vapor pressure. This can be thought of at the point where liquid molecules are escaping into the vapor phase. This transition is highly influenced by temperature, the higher the temperature the more the molecules become active and can break free of their intermolecular bonds and escape into the atmosphere. (exceeding the atmospheric pressure pushing down on it). This is well known in water where at roughy 212 degrees F at sea level the vapor pressure is large enough that bubbles are formed.

This is where the influence of atmospheric pressure plays a critical role. At standard atmospheric pressure (1 atmosphere), water boils at 212 degrees F. In essence the vapor pressure of water at 212 degrees is 1 atmosphere. At higher elevations where the atmospheric temperature is lower, water boils at a lower temperature as there is not as much pressure on the liquid water as the water vapor reaches that pressure at a lower temperature.

The vacuum pump of liposuction creates a negative pressure in the collection cannister. The normal negative pressure setting is at least -20cm of water or – 1 atm. This will dramatically lower the boiling point of water or, thinking of it non-thermally, will allow the liquid water to escape into a gas. (bubbles) This is what is happening at a fluid temperature that is somewhere just below body temperature. The collected fat and fluid is truly boiling!

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

December 26th, 2016

Case Study – Custom Jawline Implant Replacement

 

Background: Augmentation of the jawline by today’s standards usually means chin and jaw angle increases. This three-point approach typically uses performed chin and jaw angle implants. With the many different types of facial implants available today, most male and female demands for jaw augmentation can be met.

When using the three implant technique for jaw augmentation, there is a need for accurate placement of each implant. Implant malposition is the number one complication of facial implant surgery. Bilateral facial augmentations, such as the cheek and jaw angles for example, are prone to a unique risk of implant malposition…asymmetry. Even very slight differences in jaw angle implant positions can create visible external asymmetries that can be bothersome to the patient.

If you add up the general risks of implant malposition and size concerns with a single facial implant (around 10%), it is easy to see what the revisional surgery risks are in a three piece jaw augmentation procedure. Since surgical risks are additive for each implant, a total jawline augmentation with standard implants has risks of 30% or greater for issues that may merit revisional surgery. While it is true that some patients are more particular than others about ‘perfection’ or a result that meets their ideal aesthetic goals, my experience has been that most patients seek a result that is more than just close.

malpositioned-jaw-angle-implants-2malpositioned-jaw-angle-implantsCase Study: This 21 year-old female previously had chin and jaw angle implants palced for a complete jaw augmentation effect. While she liked the over all augmentation effect, she as bothered by the jaw angle asymmetry and the lack of a smooth jawline from front to back. A 3D CT scan showed a good chin implant position but obvious jaw angle implant asymmetry with standard widening angle implants. (She also had cheek implants which were asymmetric but that is not relevant to this case study)

custom-jawline-implant-replacement-for-malpositioned-jaw-angle-implants-front-view-dr-barry-eppley-indianapoliscustom-jawline-implant-replacement-for-mapositioned-jaw-angle-implants-side-view-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisA custom jawline implant was created using the dimensions from her prior implants with some small changes. (9.5mm horizontal chin augmentation, 12mm wide jaw angle) Equally importantly the chin and jaw angles were connected by a smooth implant bar on each side.

custom-jawline-implant-replacement-for-malpositioned-jaw-angle-implants-overlay-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisThis is a great example of how the custom jawline implant may keep many of the sizes of the standard implants but makes the entire jawline augmentation smooth and connected…like one’s natural jawline. This can be appreciated in the overlay of the existing implants (in green) with the new implant design (in light blue) on the implant planning pictures.

custom-jawline-implant-replacement-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisUnder general anesthesia her existing submental and intraoral incisions were used to remove her indwelling implants and replace them with the one piece jawline implant.

A three-piece jawline implant augmentation can be prone to less than ideal implant positions and external aesthetic effects. A custom jawline implant can be used for a replacement. The existing implants serve as an invaluable guide in how to design the new one-piece implant.

Highlights:

1) A three-piece jaw augmentation approach using standard implants is prone to implant malpositions.

2) A custom jawline implant can replicate what standard jaw implants can do but in a single implant that is less prone to jaw angle malpositions.

3) A one-piece jaw implant permits a smooth linear connection between the chin and the jaw angles.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

December 26th, 2016

Clinic Snapshots – Pectoral Implants with Abdominal Etching

 

The principal method to augment the male chest is with the use of pectoral implants. Like in the female breast, the placement of a pectoral implant creates an immediate chest enlargement. The fundamental difference between a female and make chest implant is that one is a fluid-filled device while the other one is solid. The male pectoral implant is designed to completely replicate muscle and therefore can be more firm. Conversely a breast implant is designed create a breast mound that is softer and more supple.

Pectoral implants come in a variety of sizes with several shape choices. With standard volumes sizes now up to over 600ccs significant chest enhancement cab be achieved in just about any male regardless of their size. As a solid implant they have a low durometer which not only makes the feel much like muscle but also allows them to be introduced through a high axillary incision as well.

pectoral-implants-and-abdominal-etching-result-front-view-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisA good complement for the male chest enhancement patient is that of abdominal liposuction or abdominal etching. Since they can both be performed in the supine position it is a good opportunity for a ‘male maleover’ with combined chest and abdominal reshaping.

The creation of a ‘six-pack’ is a form of liposculpture using focused fat removal along specific lines. Designed to replicate the appearance of the abdominal inscriptions, etching mimics those lines by creating a dermal-fascial adhesion. Abdominal etching works best in the thin patient. But it can be done at the same time as overall liposuction in men with thicker subcutaneous abdominal wall layers albeit with not the same abdominal etch line definition as in thinner men.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

December 26th, 2016

Clinic Snapshots – Jaw Angle Augmentation Fillers vs Implant

 

Augmentation of the facial skeleton has historically been done through the placement of preformed implants. The past decade has seen the emergence of a variety of injectable materials to create soft tissue volume augmentation. These have included a large number of synthetic fillers as well as autologous fat. As their use has become more common and pervasive throughout aesthetic surgery, the injectable approach has been applied to every conceivable aesthetic facial need including augmentation of the bony cheeks, chin and jaw angles.

An injectable filler can be used for jaw angle augmentation. It does not usually produce the same result as a well selected jaw angle implant as it can not create angularity and sharper definition with the push of a soft material like fillers or fat. Thus injectable fillers for jaw angle augmentation is often done as a test or trial or are sometimes performed as a convenient opportunity at the time of other facial surgery using fat injections.

jaw-angle-implants-vs-injectable-fillers-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisBut beyond that of a trial, the use of injectable fillers as a long-term method of jaw angle augmentation is compromised by economic issues. When one compares the volume of an injectable filler to an actual jaw angle implant (in this picture 1.5cc of Radiesse to a medium vertical lengthening jaw angle implant) the tremendous discrepancy in its volume/size can be seen. By comparing weights alone it can be seen that it would take more than 5cc to 7cc of a filler to match the volume created by an implant.

Because of their long-term cost issues, injectable fillers are a short-term approach to jaw angle augmentation. This is not only because they are not permanent but the sheer cost of trying to replicate an initial jaw angle implant effect.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

December 26th, 2016

OR Snapshots – Total Ear Reconstruction with TPF Flap

 

Loss of the ear through either traumatic amputation or from tumor resection poses major reconstructive challenges. There is not only the replacement of the supporting ear cartilage that is responsible for making the ear look like an ear. But there is also the replacement of the lost skin that covers the underlying ear framework. The latter is more challenging then the former.

The choice of an ear framework replacement always comes down to either that of an intraoperatively assembled rib graft construct or a preformed synthetic Medpor framework. Each method has their own distinct advantages or disadvantages. In the older patient where the rib cartilages are more calcified, a synthetic ear framework creates a more reliable ear shape.

But the real challenge in recreating a vascularized soft tissue cover over whatever framework is chosen. Without a living skin cover that has some thickness, the choice of ear framework reconstruction is irrelevant. Any exposure of an ear framework, even that of rib cartilage, will result in infection and loss of it.

temporoparietal-flap-in-ear-reconstruction-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisIn total ear reconstruction the only choice for a well vascularized soft tissue cover is a pedicled temporoparietal fascial flap. (TPF flap)  This is a well known pedicled flap that is an extension of the subcutaneous musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) inferiorly and the galea aponeurotica superiorly.  It provides a thin sheet of vascularized fascia based on the posterior branch of the superficial temporal artery and vein. It is raised high up into the temporal region and then turned down to cover the chosen ear framework material. The TPF flap is then covered by a thin skin graft to complete the soft tissue cover.

The TPF flap works because the incoming vascular supply comes in inferiorly allowing the flap to be safely turned down over the ear framework and it still remains alive.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana


Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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