GET TO KNOW THADDEUS S. BOUCRÉE, MD, DDS INTERVIEW QUESTIONS/ANSWERS
Q: How has your education and advanced training as a plastic surgeon and oral and maxillofacial surgeon helped you achieve optimal results for patients interested in facial rejuvenation surgical procedures?
What is the first physical thing you notice when you meet someone? The answer is usually their smile and their eyes. The mouth including the lips and teeth are usually the first thing people notice for social cues. This is because it’s the most expressive feature you possess. A warm, inviting smile might communicate, “Here I am, come talk to me.”
Your eyes are a close second. During a conversation, most people will want to look into your eyes. They say “eyes are the window to the soul,” and as cliché as it most definitely sounds, it’s somewhat true. A lot of information can be conveyed and received via eye contact.
Both the smile and eyes carry heavy aesthetic properties. Having a beautiful appearance can enhance socialization, flirting and reading signals. As both a fully trained Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon and Plastic Surgeon, I am in the best position to treat and amplify facial esthetics.
Q: What are your “favorite” cosmetic procedure to perform?
My top five most favorite cosmetic procedures include rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, facelift, liposuction and breast reduction.
Q: How do you help patients understand which cosmetic procedure will best help them achieve their aesthetic rejuvenation goals?
I sit with my perspective patients and discuss what concerns them. I don’t believe in a cookie cutter approach to augmenting a person’s appearance; rather I rely on communication to build upon the beauty they already possess.
Q: What is your approach when meeting with a patient during their initial consultation?
Displaying communication skills of kindness, consideration, and benevolence is my utmost priority. No matter if I am approached for a consultation, medical advice, or to be their primary surgeon, all my patients will feel they can trust me and my judgment. I display confidence in my abilities and if I am unsure of what my patients want, I use interpersonal skills to ask appropriate and thoughtful questions. I want all my patients to feel they are being treated respectfully. I believe a good line of communication leads to an increase in satisfaction.
Q: Many patients worry about having a cosmetic surgical procedure that doesn’t have a “natural” look. How do you avoid patients having a “pulled” or “surgical” look? Is it possible? Is it realistic to think that cosmetic patients will look like a refreshed younger version of themselves?
Turning back the hands of time is a lofty goal but often is unrealistic. I aspire not make someone look 20 years younger, but vigorous, vibrant, and vivacious. My goal is to make my patients look like they are refreshed, rested, and that they just got back from vacation. A few of my patients were questioned regarding what trip they took on break, not knowing they had plastic surgery rather than a holiday expedition. My surgical techniques achieve facial rejuvenation, with a balance of what looks natural.
New Jersey is one of the few states that offers so many sun exposed activities. Whether you are enjoying the Jersey Shore beaches, volleyball playing, camping, hiking, barbecuing or even just walking around the Garden State on a sunny day, it all comes at a price. The debt includes burned skin, accelerated aging and even cancer.
Patients find that I factor those elements into my facelifts and rhinoplasty. My vast training and surgical techniques are transformative in the field of cosmetic facial surgery. As a Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgical expertise, I often meet and exceeds (delete S) patient expectations. Whether it’s a primary or revision facelift or rhinoplasty, I balance a skillful surgical technique with the highest patient satisfaction.
Q: Do you use a different approach for male versus female procedures in your surgical approach?
When people think of cosmetic surgery, they often think of women. Plastic surgery is no longer just for women. Men are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of cosmetic procedures, especially when learning that many techniques are quick and require little downtime.
Men are taking an increased interest in specific aesthetic procedures to address ‘love handles’ or the beer belly. Liposuction of the neck is becoming increasingly popular. Also, many men are undergoing male breast reduction, eliminating gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts) to create a sculpted, masculine chest. Facelifts with chiseled chin implants, are gaining in popularity. Eyelid surgery and hair transplants are increasingly in demand.
Q: How do you feel about Social Media’s influence on cosmetic procedures?
Social media is a popular tool for communication and entertainment. Few people would question the fact that people are spending an increasing amount of time on these new media platforms. In recent years, social media has become much more visual in presentation and layout. Social networks are one of the fastest growing industries in the world.
Another new wave of technology having an impact on plastic surgery trends are smartphone apps that can be used to alter images to create a different appearance. These apps can be as simple as a filter that changes the shading on an image, or they can apply artificial makeup and remove wrinkles.
The cosmetic surgery procedures so far seeing the largest increase in numbers attributed to the selfie craze include rhinoplasty, hair transplants and eyelid surgery. Each of these procedures and many more are capable of providing a rejuvenated appearance and even addressing very specific cosmetic concerns.
Q: What are your thoughts on unrealistic results that some people think they can achieve with cosmetic surgery?
Mental health professionals are concerned that body dysmorphia is increasing. This is in part because of heavily edited images in advertisements. The American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicated that the more time individuals spent on social media websites, the more isolated and lonelier they felt.
Researchers believe that social media websites expose people to “highly idealized representations” of other people’s lives. This, in turn, creates feelings of envy as well as a distorted belief that other people are happier and more successful. These images can portray an unrealistic and unattainable reality. The brain of the viewer who is looking at the image may not realize that it has been altered. This lack of awareness can have a negative impact on the viewer’s personal body image, and potentially lead to self-esteem and body image issues. Ultimately, these can develop into body dysmorphic disorder.
Studies have already shown that there is a correlation between social media use and eating disorders. There is a correlation between orthorexia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. As more studies are conducted, it appears that the heavy consumption of social media content can create negative consequences.
During my consultative session with patients, I establish an open communication process to delve into the person’s reasons for the surgery, their goals and to detect issues that must be addressed prior to surgery.