News Release

April 7, 2004

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Looking for a New Look? UConn Experts Can Help

Farmington, Conn. – Tired of wearing glasses? Consider refractive surgery, such as Lasik or Custom Cornea Correction procedures.

Want to get rid of unsightly spider veins before bathing suit season starts? Consider laser treatments.

Ready to give your face a more youthful and vibrant glow? Consider a chemical peel, Parisian peel, or other facial rejuvenation services.

Want to be sure you receive cosmetic services from board-certified experts on the faculty of an academic medical center? Consider UConn Health Center’s Cosmetic Services.

Faculty from several different disciplines, including plastic surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology, vascular surgery and many facets of dentistry, offer contemporary aesthetic services to help men and women enhance their appearance.

“We offer a holistic, multidisciplinary approach, featuring the latest, science-based therapies in an environment of respect and confidentiality,” said Jane Grant-Kels, M.D., chair of the department of dermatology.

Services available at the Health Center include a full range of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, face-lifts, brow lifts, nose reconstruction, breast lifts, breast augmentation, breast reduction, tummy tucks, liposuction, and more.

Also, UConn dermatologists offer a comprehensive selection of cosmetic facial services, including BOTOX® Cosmetic to eliminate wrinkles, and microdermabrasion and other approaches to give facial skin a more youthful appearance. Both laser and minimally invasive surgical procedures are available to help erase spider veins and varicose veins. In addition, UConn ophthalmologists offer the most advanced refractive surgical procedures to correct the need for glasses in patients.

And to help people obtain perfect, symmetrical and sparkling smiles, UConn orthodontists, prosthodontists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons offer cosmetic dental services.

“When you consider the popularity of television shows like ‘Extreme Makeover,’ its obvious there is a strong demand for cosmetic services among healthcare consumers – male and female, young and old alike,” said reconstructive plastic surgeon Rajiv Chandawarkar, M.D.

The demand for cosmetic services is at an all-time high, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which reports that more than 8.7 million procedures were performed in 2003. This represents a 32 percent increase from 2002.

The Health Center is not the only academic medical center to offer a full host of cosmetic services. Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions opened a new center dedicated solely to cosmetic services last year. Duke University Health System also has a freestanding Center for Aesthetic Services. Both offer many of the same services available at the Health Center.

For more information about cosmetic services at UConn Health Center, call 800-535-6232.

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