NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A revealing new study published today in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery and authored by top New York City Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Andrew Jacono, identifies a basic principle that can predict how certain surgical procedures may affect aging cheeks, and offers a simple algorithm for choosing the ideal surgical approach. The study, entitled "Anatomic Predictors of Unsatisfactory Outcomes in Surgical Rejuvenation of the Midface," finds that many patients lack the ideal bone structure in order to make common cheek rejuvenation procedures successful, and therefore are dissatisfied with results. Now, a simple technique using intersecting lines can easily determine if a patient's facial structure will easily allow for optimal results from certain cheek procedures.
"Tuck a pencil over the top of your ear, keeping it perfectly horizontal. Then, place your index finger vertically against your forehead to form an intersection," explains Dr. Jacono. "Where these two intersect is where your cheekbone should fall, if you're a prime candidate for basic cheek rejuvenation procedures."
"The issue is that most of the population does not fall into this realm," says Dr. Jacono. For prospective patients whose bone structure varies from the ideal, the study introduces an algorithm for determining the most successful cheek rejuvenation procedures, based on a myriad of patient-specific anatomic and genetic considerations. This useful tool will aid both surgeons and potential patients in better understanding how to choose anti-aging procedures that will achieve optimal, lasting results.
"Aging of the cheeks is complex and multifactorial, and so cosmetic consultation for rejuvenation is thus the most difficult," said Dr. Jacono, who often publishes on the subject. "This algorithm, organized into a simple flowchart that aesthetic surgeons may consult, will assist in selecting a plan with patients that has the highest likelihood of success because it affords a customized and integrated approach specific to each patient's facial structure. Often, a combination of procedures is required to help build cheek volume. For example, an endoscopic mid-face or mini-S type facelift can be combined with fat transfers or cheek augmentation for optimal results."
"As a surgeon, patient satisfaction is my most important goal," says Jacono. "While many patients require a multi-faceted surgical approach in order to see successful results, we recognize that many patients may be adverse to certain procedures, or financially limited. We hope that this valuable tool will assist aesthetic surgeons and patients in having critical conversations that result in selection of the best plan possible."
About Dr. Andrew Jacono
A Dual Board Certified, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with offices in Manhattan and Great Neck, NY, Dr. Andrew Jacono is Section Head of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at North Shore University Hospital Manhasset, Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and Director of The New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery in Great Neck, NY. His recently released second book is titled The Face of the Future – Look Natural, Not Plastic: A Less-invasive Approach to Enhance Your Beauty and Reverse Facial Aging and he is the creator of J PAK SYSTEMS – convenient, homeopathic remedies to help optimize healing after aesthetic injectable and surgical procedures.
With surgical privileges at six New York area hospitals, an extensive background in Head and Neck Surgery with subspecialty training in Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jacono is recognized amongst his peers for his innovative surgical techniques and skills. His clinical research has been presented at several national meetings and symposiums and he has authored numerous manuscripts and published articles in leading medical journals on a variety of surgical techniques, including minimally invasive endoscopic facial plastic surgery and lip augmentation.
To learn more about Dr. Jacono and his practice, visit www.newyorkfacialplasticsurgery.com.
SOURCE New York Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery