Plastic surgeon Kathy Rumer, DO, knows what women (and men) want and this is why she is considered one of the go-to plastic surgeons in Philadelphia’s affluent, well-heeled Main Line.
Her background blends advanced mathematics, engineering, art, and science. Rumer received her Bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA with a major in Applied Mathematics. She also acquired a formal education in Fine Arts and engineering. Following college, Rumer was an aerospace engineer and a member of various National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellite launch teams before she pursued her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Today, she is the director of Rumer Cosmetic Surgery, LLC in Ardmore, PA.
Rumer talked to Beauty in the Bag about the her unique left brain/right brain approach to plastic surgery, the noninvasive technologies that she is most exited about (there are a lot!) as well as her groundbreaking work with the transgender population.
Here’s what she had to say:
rumercosmetics.com 1. Tell us what is trending on the Main Line today.
Definitely the “Mommy Makeover.” This procedure has always been popular, but is in greater demand now than ever before. Moms nowadays want to stay young and feel young. Pregnancy, childbirth and raising children can take a toll on your body. There is a very strong desire to recover the body they once had as their children get older. These procedures usually involve some type of breast lift or enhancement coupled with a tummy procedure either a full tummy tuck, mini-tummy tuck and maybe adding some liposuction for body contouring. We can also treat those annoying stretch marks most women experience. Moms really give a lot of themselves to their families and the Mommy Makeover is the perfect reward for a job well done!
2. What is your signature procedure?
I would say breast augmentation in spite of 2014 being the year of “the butt” and, believe me, I have done a very large number of gorgeous buttock enhancements. Breast enhancement is a spectacular procedure that essentially gives instant gratification. There is very little down time for a look that lasts a lifetime. I believe that as a female I have a better understanding of what women are looking for. A nice natural result that is the perfect enhancement to balance your figure and it makes clothes shopping even more exciting.
3. What new non- or minimally invasive procedures are you most excited about and why?
We have a number of non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures available that I am very excited about. Non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures have been gaining in popularity because people want to stay looking good without the down time involved with more extensive surgical procedures. We love the ThermiTight Neck Lift, a minimally invasive procedure done in the office that uses radio frequency (RF) to perform a necklift. The results are spectacular, the pain is minimal and so is the downtime. Another winner is Vanquish, a non-invasive procedure that uses RF to reduce your waist. The procedure takes 45 minutes. You lay under a panel of RF beams that target your fat. We recommend four to six sessions, one week apart, and you will see 2-5 inches of waist reduction. There is no downtime at all. After the procedure, your skin will be a little pink and warm but you can about your day as if you had nothing done. Another exciting procedure is Neograft-. This is a device that provides minimally invasive hair restoration for the scalp, beard and even eyebrows. No incisions, no scars, minimal pain, minimal downtime with spectacular results. The OMG FacialTM is one of our most popular. It couples the Rejuvapen microneedling device with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for an incredible facial rejuvenation procedure. It is pain free, has no downtime and will reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while restoring the quality of the skin on your face and neck, giving you a youthful glow.
4. What have you learned from your work with the transgender community?
The transgender community has traditionally been underserved by the healthcare community as a result of misunderstanding, fear, and, in some cases, prejudice. My involvement with this community has not only helped me to grow as a surgeon, but also as a healthcare provider and a human being. Many transgender individuals go through amazing challenges just to feel comfortable in their skin. I have and continue to experience a tremendous amount of self-satisfaction to be able to help people in need of restoring confidence and feeling good about themselves.
5. How has an engineering background helped you in your career as a plastic surgeon?
Performing plastic surgery requires a certain amount of precision coupled with an artistic eye. In addition to my engineering background, I have also studied fine arts. Each patient provides you with a different canvas that will require you to adapt your skills and knowledge to meet their needs. I feel that the right brain, left brain combination is the perfect accent to my training in plastic and reconstructive surgery. It helps me to deliver the best possible results for my patients.
6. What do you do every day to look your best?
I try to keep myself well hydrated, eat right, exercise and get the appropriate amount of sleep. These are all very important building blocks. In addition, I have incorporated a good skin care regimen into my day. I think everyone owes it to themselves to take the time to take care of themselves.