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Plastic Surgery enables people an opportunity to restore their shape of their bodies and allows them to feel good about themselves. A clear mind and a healthy body are vital to this process. There are limitations to surgery and procedures, to help promote and maintain a healthful life Dr. John Paul Tutela, MD developed a Road to Wellness as a means to focus and provide guidance in a variety of different aspects of life.
1. Can you tell us about your passion for your career?
Plastic Surgery is a means to empower people to feel good about themselves and reconstructive surgery attempts to restore function where it was lost. Even what are considered cosmetic procedures actually restore function to your body. Many people’s bodies have been damaged over time, whether it has been through pregnancy, weight gain, lifestyles choices, or even the natural aging process. Many of these people have made a change in their life to improve what they see as their flaws, such as losing weight or starting to take care of their body and skin, but feel that their transformation is missing something. Plastic surgery is often that missing piece and can restore a person’s appearance to one that they recognize and that makes them feel their best.
In many instances, it acts as a reinforcement and continual motivation to perpetuate a healthy lifestyle and to give priority to their body. Because the reality is that an unhealthy person will never truly look their best. A clear mind and a healthy body are vital to this process. There are limitations to surgery and procedures, so in order to help promote and maintain a healthful life I have developed a Road to Wellness as a means to focus and provide guidance in a variety of aspects of life: nutrition, exercise, mental health/well-being. I have assembled a team of practitioners, each an expert in their field, that are available to my cosmetic and reconstructive patients, and that I know will provide a wonderful resource to those who are trying to stay healthy, to feel good, and to look great.
2. Please tell us about the top trends in cosmetic surgery of the moment? What do you see trending, and what are patients asking for most frequently?
In regards to nonsurgical options fuller, bigger lips have been trending ever since Kylie Jenner has taken the spotlight with her look. Also, more and more young women are looking for Botox as a means to prevent wrinkles before they appear. This is actually very insightful, as Botox does really well at keeping wrinkles from getting worse or from ever appearing. As far as surgical trends Brazilian Butt Lift over the past 5-10 years has sky rocketed. In my practice alone it probably makes up for 30% of my new consults.
3. What are your predictions for the future of surgical and non-surgical treatments for the face and body? What is coming next, what has lost popularity? Also, what would you like to see more pronounced in the world of plastic surgery?
Research and advancements into nonsurgical treatments represent the fastest growing component of aesthetic medicine. The choices when it comes to Neurotoxins like Botox and Fillers like Juvederm will only expand. Likely newer products will be aimed at the longevity of product results. Laser technology is also always improving yielding more effective results with less downtime. One of the newest injectables on the market is Kybella. Kybella is Deoxycholic Acid which is bile acid found naturally in your body which emulsifies and solubilizes dietary fats in the intestine, and when injected subcutaneously destroys fat cells. It is being used to thin out excess fat seen under patient’s chins. So far it has seen to have very good results the right patient, who has mild to moderate fat under their chin without too much skin excess.
What I would like to see more in the world of plastic surgery is transparency of provider training. There are many practitioners who are providing services at different levels of training, and I think it is vital for patients to know the level of training of the people who are treating them. Many people even advertise they are Board Certified but are not, in fact, Board certified in the field they are advertising for. For instance, someone may be Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology but are advertising for Plastic Surgery procedures such as Liposuction or Tummy Tucks. While there are certainly many providers who are good and capable at various degrees of training, I think it begins to cloud the waters when patients don’t know exactly what they are getting involved in.
4. As a second-generation plastic surgeon, how did your father inspire you to pursue the field of aesthetic plastic surgery?
That’s a great question. Not only am I a second-generation plastic surgeon but I am a third generation Physician. My grandfather Arthur Tutela MD was a general practitioner who also used to operate(back then it was typical that general practitioners would perform certain surgeries.) In fact two years ago marked 75 years of the Tutela family practicing medicine in NJ. My two brothers are also surgeons. My oldest brother Arthur is an ophthalmologist, and my other brother Rocco is a general surgeon. My father never did much pushing in one direction or another. He tended to lead by example. I wanted to be a plastic surgeon before I even knew what it was. Like many boys at the age of five, I wanted to be just like my father. Watching him at work, I realized quickly how a kind word or a gentle touch could change a patient’s experience. Regardless of the situation, my father always put a smile on everyone’s face, patients and colleagues alike. As a busy community plastic surgeon, he showed me the value of hard work, the importance of family and the benefit of loving your career. His eye for aesthetics always fascinated me. He always immersed himself and his family with art. We were constantly touring museums and studying various mediums whether it was sculpture or paintings or even abstract installations. Combined with an exquisite knowledge of human anatomy he was able to understand realistic expectations for patients aesthetic desires and was able to carry out these operations and bring patients to their goals.