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In October 2016, Dr. Fedok went from President-Elect to President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The Academy is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery, representing more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world.
Running his own innovative and thriving cosmetic surgery practice, Dr. Fedok has earned a number of awards, accolades, and exclusive memberships including Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, Board of Directors of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and AAFPRS Surgical Specialty Governor to the American College of Surgeons (2009-2015).
Dr. Fedok recently moved his practice to Foley from Gulf Shores, Alabama, where he serves the Gulf Coast and beyond. His practice spans all areas of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck, including nonsurgical techniques using lasers, chemical peels and fillers.
BITB spoke with Dr. Fedok about his career passion and how he sees facial plastic surgery changing in the coming years.
1. Can you tell us about your passion for your career and who/what inspired you to become a facial plastic surgeon?
My personal interest in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery developed because of the field’s emphasis on the human face. If one thinks about the truly awesome role one’s face has in one’s very existence, then it becomes very clear why it was so compelling to me. On a functional level the face houses most of our special sensory organs. It is much of our link with reality. The face is at the most fundamental levels the social interface with the outside human world. And on an intimate level the face is the center of each of our personal self-images. When it was time to decide what advanced training to pursue, I found the path for fellowship training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery to be the most inclusive of all the necessary components. That is why made the decisions I did.
These days, my day to day work primarily focuses on cosmetic surgery and some moderately involved reconstructive situations. I primarily do facelifts, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and the number of resurfacing and other technology-based procedures. Over the span of my career, however, I have practiced in essentially every aspect of the discipline of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. I was head of the section of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Pennsylvania State University. In that setting I practiced and served patients of all ages, from newborn to the elderly. The scope of services there also included treatment for cancer, and major reconstruction after trauma and cancer procedures.
2. What are the most popular procedures (surgical and non-surgical) that your patients are asking for right now?
The AAFPRS annual survey suggests some true insights about the most popular procedures. If one is looking at answers about nonsurgical and surgical procedures, the most popular procedures include the use of neurotoxins, fillers, and a spectrum of chemical peels. There is a wider age range of patients seeking cosmetic procedures. This is due to the development of a wider palette of interventions. Other influences include the dissemination of information secondary to social media. There there is a also wider range of practitioners who are involved in administering cosmetic services.
On the surgical side, rhinoplasty, facelifts, and eyelid surgery continue to have great public interest.
3. How do you envision facial plastic surgery changing in the next 10-15 years?
The next 10 to 15 years will see a “biotechnology evolution or revolution” in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. We are seeing the infancy of this at this point in time with the successful development and introduction of the injectable interventions. The advances in laser and light technology and cosmeceuticals have also been part of the evolution of facial plastic surgery.
With the capital investment from industry coupled with basic and clinical science, I believe we see advances in these realms to far outpace any “surgical” innovations. Surgery will have a role in facial rejuvenation for the foreseeable future, but patients will be the beneficiaries of all these advances.