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Cosmetic Surgery as Sculpture

February 26th, 2024

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The artistic aspects of cosmetic surgery cannot be stressed enough. Sculpture is the cornerstone of all cosmetic surgery whether I am adding, removing or rearranging tissues. The quality of result is not dependent on what is removed but rather knowing what is left behind, as in sculpture. I find that by observing the classic principals and proportions of artistic expression, it is essential for achieving a pleasing and natural look.

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Steps in Cosmetic Surgery: Sculpting

September 7th, 2012

Some say the work of a cosmetic plastic surgeon is artistry and although I am flattered by the comparison, I do agree that an understanding of classical artistic proportion is  essential in obtaining natural results.  Let’s continue with the discussion of the universal steps for all cosmetic surgery.  Following the incision and dissection, the underlying tissues are revealed.  This allows the next step to be performed, called the sculpting.   Sculpting is a delicate step and it requires aesthetic skill.   It is performed according to a custom surgical plan that is designed especially to achieve the desired changes.   I firmly believe that obtaining consistently natural results, can only be achieved through an aesthetic or a kind of artistic understanding of human form and proportion, such as the work of Leonardo da Vinci.

Unnatural results are usually related to a surgeon’s objective for a stylized or unnatural aesthetic.   This distorted look has become the frequent topic of our pop culture and the Hollywood media.   Surgical before and after photos are an excellent way to judge a surgeon’s aesthetic eye and the likelihood of a particular result following cosmetic surgery.

Please check back next time for more of this series.

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