Dr. Rod J. Rohrich is a well-known plastic surgeon in the medical community. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine, trained at the University of Michigan Medical Center, and completed fellowships at Oxford and Harvard. He has held a number of high offices, including President of the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. He is highly regarded among his peers and was awarded the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation’s “Distinguished Service Award.” Throughout his career, he has gained invaluable experience, which has made him the perfect person to lead the Global Dallas Rhinoplasty Meeting.
Dr. Rohrich brought the latest meeting to China. He engaged in live surgery so that he could share techniques and help to improve results for rhinoplasty procedures in this country. Since rhinoplasty is one of the most complicated surgeries to perform, he felt the need to offer tips so that better results may be achieved. He explained that the best way to ensure consistently positive outcomes is to create an individual plan for each patient. He stressed that experience and patience are key. A surgeon must have great passion and focus and must be totally dedicated to this specialty. Even though not every procedure is fully successful, it is essential to learn from failures and mistakes so that they do not happen again. This is a sign of a true expert who can deliver excellent results.
In his talk, he acknowledged the challenges of Asian rhinoplasty. It requires advanced techniques, including augmentation of the dorsum and cartilage grafts to the tip of the nose. To provide as much assistance as possible, Rohrich and his team spoke over 15 times about advanced rhinoplasty topics. He provided multiple interactive videos and addressed a variety of issues in panel discussions. The most important part of this meeting was his live demonstrations. He gave a real look into the latest techniques available and performed both primary and revision treatments. One included rib grafting. His hope was to emphasize the importance of focusing and getting the job done right the first time so that no further surgeries are necessary. When revision rhinoplasty is needed to correct a surgical mistake, options are more limited. Also, the likelihood for a positive outcome greatly decreases.
Dr. Rohrich advocates for the open approach to rhinoplasty. This involves cutting a small incision into the cartilage that is present between the nostrils. This gives solid access to the underlying structures. In this manner, surgeons gain better control and can deliver better results.
Dr. Rohrich appreciates the opportunity to chair the Global Dallas Rhinoplasty Meeting and recognizes the large audience that benefits from the information that it provides. For example, the latest meeting taught more than 15,000 doctors in more than 60 countries. Besides conducting surgery, Rohrich has written one of the most informative textbooks that deals with rhinoplasty. He describes the treatment as “a surgery of millimeters” and explains that it requires great finesse. Hopefully, his initiative makes a difference and helps all doctors perfect their techniques. The next Global Dallas Rhinoplasty Meeting is set for March 13, 2020.