MEET MARK HAMILTON, MD – FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON AND CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC INFORMATION COMMITTEE FOR THE AAFPRS
Dr. Mark Hamilton is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who practices in Indianapolis and specializes in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, hair restoration, facial skin cancer reconstruction and med spa treatments.
As a proud undergraduate of Indiana University, Dr. Hamilton went on to complete medical school through IU where he received a merit-based scholarship and was recognized nationally for his research. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at St. Louis University, and followed this by completing a Facial Plastic Surgery fellowship through Indiana University.
Dr. Hamilton has been selected by his peers as one of Indianapolis Monthly Magazine’s “Top Docs” on multiple occasions and has been recognized by the Castle Connolly as one of the “Top Physicians” in America for his work in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has also been recognized by Consumers Research Council of America as one of the “Top Physicians” in America for his work in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is actively involved at the IU School of Medicine in resident teaching where he is a clinical assistant professor.
Dr. Hamilton has served in a variety of leadership positions in the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, including Chairman of the Emerging Technologies Committee, the Young Physicians Committee and Credentials Committee. In 2009 he was awarded the 1887 Award, nationally recognizing his commitment to the AAFPRS Foundation. He is also on the board of directors of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has been selected to author questions for the exam as well as serve as an oral examiner. He is a previous President of the Indianapolis Medical Society and presently serves on its Board of Directors.
BITB had the pleasure of catching up with Dr. Hamilton to learn about his work as a facial plastic surgeon and where he believes the future of plastic surgery is headed.
As a facial plastic surgeon, what are the top three most popular surgical procedures your patients are asking for right now?
Face and neck lifts, eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty. Face and neck lifts and eyelid surgery have become more popular as people are seeing themselves on Zoom events and other virtual meetings. When people see themselves and note aging, they see it most in the neck (extra skin and fullness) and the eyes (heavy lids, under eye bags). With extra flexibility while working at home, many have found this a good time to address these issues.
Nasal appearance has always been a top concern, but now with the ability to hide under a mask, many feel this is an ideal time to make some changes. Patients can often recover while working from home, giving them the ability to do the procedures that they have always wanted, but just could not find the time.
How has the pandemic changed the way you practice?
Because of the need for numerous precautions and tests, patient care takes more thought, planning and time. While still possible to do cosmetic surgery safely, there are more challenges to providing even the most basic procedures.
All of our surgery patients are tested with the most accurate test available and then required to quarantine until their surgery. All patients coming into the office have to answer a series of questions (all of us are familiar with these now) and have their temperature checked even before we bring them in. Of course, masks wearing and minimal contact, continuous and thorough room and air cleaning, and staff precautions have slowed us down, but not stopped patient interest or our determination to still provide outstanding care.
How do you envision facial plastic surgery evolving in the next 10 years?
While surgery will continue to be the most effective way of providing the best, gold standard results, nonsurgical treatments will grow in popularity and effectiveness. We see this with new technologies such as Evoke and Evolve from Inmode. These treatments offer painless and no downtime options to tighten skin, trim fat and build muscle- hard to believe, but we are there! In addition, we are seeing newer fillers and neuromodulators such as Revance’s DAXI which provide longer lasting results and more effective and specialized treatment options. Lastly, laser treatment are improving- such as Sciton’s Moxi and Halo- excellent results with less and less downtime.
Despite all of this, most surgeons still see surgery as providing more dramatic and longer lasting results. So we will see a group of patients who are open and ready for surgery and another larger and growing group who want to look better, want to avoid surgery and are willing to accept lesser results.
Patients will increasingly seek nonsurgical treatments that have little to no discomfort, minimal to no downtime and provide real results. For many, surgery will increasingly be seen as the alternative rather than the first choice.