I'm writing back due to the procedure (innie to outie) that I would like. I've been gathering money for the surgery, but you said you are now going to retire and are not accepting any more surgery requests? Will you plan to release the details of how this can be done, before retirement? Or will I be unable to ever get this surgery done?
The way this process works is that I find an interesting problem that people as asking for help and let my mind play with the sculpture, analyzing what tools, options, and issues might arise. This is a part of the thinking process of a good Plastic Surgeon
. Dr. Thomas Krizek, M.D. used to ask young plastic surgeons during board exams, using the normal tools of Plastic Surgery, buid me a pair of wings on a human body. Now he was not one of my examiners, but I found the question something like what I have been asking myself my entire life. Here is a problem, what can be done?
The next step is to work with such theoretical possibilities with the actual problem in front of me. For some problems I just examine them, document my exam, take my Standard Belly Button Pictures
, and continue my thinking process. I then propose that option to that patient explaining the risks, benefits, and alternate methods of care. This offering of surgery sometimes takes place at the consultation, sometimes patients come back to me for further discussions. That patient then decides if they want to accept those risks. Then the surgery takes place. This surgery is part of the creative process where my creativity continues to evolve the concept. I then document the solution and publish the combined resource.
For the issue of "innie" to "outie" that process has only reached the theoretical step and not seen the further refinement that takes place during clinical exam, then during surgery, and subsequent analysis. The idea of this forum is to let others demonstrate their actual results or theoretical ideas. I envisioned this as a meeting place for those with problems and those with a passion for dealing with it to meet and exchange concerns and proposed solutions.
Someday I may decide to post such an article just as a creative exercise. As of right now, that project is a low priority for me as I have so many more actual problems that I have successful examples of my work. I have so many sculptures of patient problems with proof of solution vs. this theoretical exercise that has yet to see completion of the creative process.
So, you may monitor this forum, contribute to the process of explaining what you would like done, and post your pictures such as my standard views. Other surgeons can post their thoughts, examples, or theoretical approaches. Who knows, perhaps someone will commission me to complete some drawings of what I have evolved so far? In my case will not be a completed surgery as my surgery days are finished. But someone may commission such a piece of art, drawing, or example. Nobody to date has made such a request. Just because I will not be sculpting flesh does not mean I cannot continue to paint, draw, and make such visual art. I have no idea actually what price such art would cost and would have to think about that or if I would want to go in that direction. I am not even certain if such a drawing would work out for a surgery as I often find my ideas just a starting point for my creative process. For example that is how I evolved my Dynamic Technique for Gynecomastia Male Breast Reduction
. The sculpture takes form as the problem unfolds during surgery.
Hope this helps,
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