The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) held its annual scientific meeting in late January in New Orleans, during which it elected a new president and educated members on advances in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Michael Will, MD, DDS, FACS was officially inducted as the 2015 president at the annual meeting.
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While at the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida earlier this year, Dr. Will sat down with New You magazine to talk a bit about himself and his cosmetic surgery practice.
In the video, in addition to talking about his 21-year military career with the U.S. Army, during which he treated soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr. Will explains that upon his retirement from the Army in 2006, he built the Frederick and Montgomery County area’s first freestanding accredited outpatient surgery center where he practices cosmetic surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
He says, “This surgery center … allows us to evaluate you and examine you with the same caring and concerning staff at your consultation appointment as you will have caring for you during your surgical experience and in your postoperative recovery phase.”
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New You, the official consumer magazine of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, recently interviewed Dr. Will for an article on the latest cosmetic surgery trends and the top procedures among today’s men and women.
The AACS’s 2009 statistics found the trend today is toward less invasive procedures. According to Dr. Will, less invasive a sign of the times.
“The economy has affected our cosmetic surgery practices—influencing patients to make decisions on maintaining or improving their appearance, with less invasive procedures,” says Dr. Will, who practices in Ijamsville, Md.
“Foremost in many patients’ minds today: Minimal downtime and being able to re-integrate into society and the workplace without taking an extended leave of absence.”
Dr. Will also told that magazine that procedures that patients can recover from over a weekend, such as laser-assisted liposuction and fillers, are gaining in popularity.
The top noninvasive procedure of 2009 was Botox, and Dr. Will explains that Botox’s popularity is part of a larger trend to intervene earlier in the aging process with subtle improvements and changes.
“Using these less invasive tools, you can help ward off, in a sequential fashion, the aging process and affects of gravity over the full lifespan,” he says.
Dr. Will tells New You that he believes filler use will continue to increase, as manufacturers develop longer lasting options. “Not long ago, hyaluronic acid fillers lasted four to six months. Now they last as long as a year,” he says.
Compared to a facelift, the price tag for fillers, at least in the short term, is more attractive to many who are looking for a quick fix, Dr. Will adds.
Visit the New You website to read the complete article and learn more about the top 5 invasive and noninvasive procedures of 2009.
We want Dr. Will’s patients to make the most of their office visits and have consultations that are productive, meaning they get their questions answered and feel confident about how to proceed – whether that means going through with surgery or not.
Here are two simple rules that can help you accomplish those goals:
1. Be prepared
Depending on the procedure you’re interested in, it might be difficult to find (or make sense of) all the information you need. Fortunately, the consultation offers a perfect opportunity to get straight answers from a professional. Just bring a list of questions or topics that you think are really important.
It also helps to define the general goals you have for cosmetic surgery. Some patients have been considering a particular surgery for years and know exactly what they want; others are just starting their search. While a consultation can be useful in either case, you’ll get more from the experience if you have at least a general idea of your goals for surgery.
2. Be open
Good communication is important from the first consult all the way through the surgery. If it’s difficult for you to communicate your goals, use pictures or other visual aids. You can view our before and after photos or bring examples that you think are appealing. Better communication about your desires and specific needs will help Dr. Will ensure that they are fulfilled, so use whatever tools you think might aid in that process.
It’s also a good idea to share any pertinent information that might allow Dr. Will to serve you better. That can include things such as your medical history, past procedures, and motivations for surgery.