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Dr. Brent Moelleken, MD F.A.C.S. is a double certified board plastic surgeon. He received his training at Harvard, Yale, USCF and UCLA. He is one of three surgeons whom have been specially trained and have completed the Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at UCLA. He is a member of ASPS and ASAPS respectfully. You might have caught a glimpse of him on the hit show The Real Housewives of New Jersey. You’re Invited to take a quick sneak peak at an extraordinary field of artistry. I had the privilege of an exclusive interview, read on….
Q. How did you know that plastic surgery was the right profession?
A. I first started out wanting to be a cardiac surgeon because it was a glamorous field. You can go in, save babies lives. I wanted to be a pediatric cardiac surgeon. I took internships in cardiac surgery. It was very different from what I imagined. Its a lot of life or death. You’re either cut out for that or you’re not cut out for that I’m just not cut out for it. The other field I was really interested in was microsurgery. Which is a field of plastic surgery where we use tiny microscopes to move and attach blood vessels together, you can move huge pieces tissue around. That was a field I become interested in and one thing led to another and here I am.
Q. What is your specialty?
A. I have two specialties faces and tummies.
Q. Can you explain to us the 360 Facelift®?
A. The 360 Facelift® is the sum total of all of my innovations and all my experience in one operation. It starts with a heine mask facelift that lifts up the deep tissue of the face especially next to the eye. There are many other ancillary procedures that I do as well. Some I’ve innovative and some I’ve haven’t. The sum total of those after one entire day of surgery is the 360 Facelift®. The recovery is about the same as the traditional facelift roughly two weeks. You can learn more about the 360 Facelift here.
Q. Can you explain to us Livefill®?
A. We do a lot of injectables for all areas of the face. What they have in common is that they go away over a period of time. Ideally you want to fill the volume in the area of depth that didn’t go away. Livefill® fits that bill. Its a strip of the patients own tissue thats put into the areas of hollowness usually in the face. Its not injected, rather sculpted in the area you want to fill. The pocket is created the Livefill® is put in and it cant be rejected because its the patients own tissue.
Q. What is a Liquid Facelift, Do you recommend it?
A. The only reason its on my website is to let people know if you want a liquid facelift you can get one. I dont recommend it, you can spend $8000 and in six months to a year it’ll be totally gone. So its not a great investment. You’ll look wonderful at first. People do sometimes come to me and say I know that the filler is going to go away I have a super important event I’m going to make me look as good as possible. Its a short term procedure that can be done every year. There are fillers for completeness that are permanent like silicone or pmma just to name a couple can be use as a semi-permanent/permanent filler. They can also cause great problems, it can create chronic swelling and migrate to a different area. It can ruin lives, people have been very vocal in the press about the silicone filler. Its the worst of the worst.
Q. I’m a mom of six and I’d love to learn more about the Tummy Tuck.
A. Up until recently, a mini tummy tuck which involves basically removing tissue from a c-section scar that tightens the lower part of the abdomen and the upper part of the abdomen is not tighten. The other type of tummy tuck is the removal of a lot of skin, now for most ladies that have a bunch of kids thats the right one for them. I have been very interested in the in-between tummy tuck for ladies that have gained 20-25 pounds that are fit. I came up with the Hybrid Tummy Tuck®. I tighten a deeper layer both above and below the belly button through a c-section incision. Removing the fatty tissue above the belly button was the innovation. Its a great operation that gives the ladies their figures back. In our grandmothers day once they had babies, they basically put on an apron and theres nothing wrong with that. For those who put on the badge of courage thats wonderful. But there are people who want to put on a bikini every once in a while. Sometimes you see grandmas in a bikini. And that’s ok. There is nobody who gets a tummy tuck that dont say “wow”. I take a picture to show how much tissue is removed. The procedure takes between 2-3 hours and the recovery time are between 2-6 weeks. Usually people are back to work in ten days.
Q. How do you maximize the results for facial surgery?
A. The patient should be very careful when choosing a doctor for their plastic surgery. Be sure to look behind the scenes at their work especially their photos. Tummy tucks are no exception. Choose your surgeon wisely. The first step is to heal, not to exceed the doctors instructions. Watch your weight and exercise. Yo-yo dieting, weight gain, poor eating habits will make the results less optimal.
Q. Do you have a skincare line?
A. Yes we do, its a Dermystique skincare line which I originated and gave to my parents, its literally a mom and pop shop. They made it way better than I would have. They have a lot of active ingredients inside. How much acid and exfoliate agents you can pack in there to make it worth while by not putting in substances that wont irritate the skin.
Before any type of surgery use your due diligence and research the proper doctor for the procedure you’re seeking. Check out these sources on finding the right physician, The American Society of Plastic Surgery and American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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Contact the office for a consultation:
120 S. Spalding Drive #110, Beverly Hills, CA. 90210 (310) 273-1001
601 E. Arrellaga St. #103, Santa Barbara, CA. 93103 (805) 898-9299
A special thank you to Dr. Brent Moelleken for the exclusive interview. #beachiebeautyapproved