Q: What investments in your practice equipment and facilities have you made?
A: -Private clinic 100% dedicated to cosmetic surgery
-Private operating, AAA credentialed, board certified
-23 hour overnight private rooms
-Postoperative care includes home care nurses, 4 massage
therapists, 3 facialists, hair removal,
permanent makeup, Fraxil, CO2, Pulsed light lasers,
skin care clinics and post-op make up artists
Q: Where did you receive your Undergraduate degree, your Medical degree, and where did you do your Residency?
A: MEDICAL EDUCATION/RESIDENCY/FELLOWSHIPS
1976-1980 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Bachelor of Science Degree
1980-1984 Louisiana State University Medical School New Orleans, Louisiana, Doctor of Medicine
1984-1986 Ochsner Foundation of New Orleans, General Surgery
1986-1989 Tulane University School of Medicine, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery
1989-1991 St. Joseph Hospital of Houston, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
ASAPS Certification for Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery
The first surgeon in the USA to receive these three boards:
The American Board of Plastic Surgery
The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
The triple certification is the joint training and membership of three specialty boards, each of which covers a different medical field: plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery and head and neck surgery. Each board carries with it specific techniques and skills, and so the blending of these boards creates a unique skill-set. Dr. Mentz was the first in the US to be honored with all three.
Certified by ASAPS for Face and Body Aesthetic Surgery
Certified for Microsurgical, Laser, Ultrasonic, and Endoscopic Surgery
Special Training for Botox, Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Isolagen
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery continuing medical education
TEACHING AND RESEARCH
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery St. Joseph Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery Baylor College of Medicine
Teaching staff, Operation San Jose. Cleft lip mission for underprivileged children with facial deformities.
ACPS Research Department with Plastic Surgeon Amado Ruiz-Razura, MD
Contributed over 150 papers, presentations and chapters for plastic surgery in the last 20 years
Q: How many years have you been in practice and what are your office hours?
A: 20 years in private practice in Houston, Texas; Office Hours: 8:30 to 4:30 weekdays
Q: What insurance does your practice accept?
Q: What got you into this specific practice of medicine?
A: PHYSICIAN STATEMENT:
Dr. Mentz is a founder and partner of The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery, one of the largest private plastic surgery teams in the country specializing in aesthetic surgery. His extensive training and magnitude of experience have merited Triple Board Certification. He is the first surgeon in the United States to hold these three boards.
His distinguished credentials in facial rejuvenation with special interest in body contouring have proven his commitment and enthusiasm for the specialty of plastic surgery. Recognizing his expertise and experience in the field of cosmetic surgery, he has been chosen for membership in all of the esteemed plastic surgery organizations (ASPRS, ASAPS, FICS, FACS, AAFPRS). Memberships for these societies are awarded only to board certified plastic surgeons who demonstrate the additional interest and experience in cosmetic surgery, and can pass the scrutiny of well-respected peers in this area of plastic surgery.
Dr. Mentz occasionally travels with a team to deliver surgical services to underprivileged children in Mexico, Latin America and South America born with Cleft lips and palates. He and his staff support several medical missions locally and internationally and dedicate a portion of our profits to support these programs.
Dr. Mentz has dedicated the last 20 years of his career in medicine to the art and science of aesthetic plastic surgery. He has been named "Top Doctor" and "Super Doc" in the field of Plastic Surgery for Houston for many years. He has been invited to provide expert insight in both print and broadcast media locally and nationally on many radio shows, TV Channels 11,13 and 51, and publications of The Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal, White Journal, Plastic Surgery Products, Plastic Surgery News, Longevity Magazine , Beauty Magazine , Robert Kennedy MuscleMag , International MuscleMag , Health and Fitness Magazine , Texas Woman magazine, H Magazine and the Houston Post and Houston Chronicle Newspapers.
He attends many meetings, lectures nationally and internationally and is on the teaching staff at two major residency programs in Houston. He has contributed chapters to five plastic surgery texts and more than 150 other national and international publications and presentations. Over the years he has been able to analyze and improve his results, reinforcing the theory that experience is the best teacher. His clinical experience is devoted 100% to aesthetic surgery. When in surgery, your safety is his number one concern.
His ultimate goal is to create a natural and youthful appearance with minimal detectability and risk. Dr. Mentz and his dedicated staff strive to provide that Added Touch to maximize your experience and make it as comfortable and refreshing as possible. To accomplish this The Center offers a full spectrum of ancillary services to speed your recovery and improve your results. Dr. Mentz would like to become a partner with you in your pursuit and make this experience one of the highlights of your life.
Q: What are the most challenging parts of your every day practice?
A: Management of our large group practice and all of the complexities of our group.
Q: What are the best moments that make it worth it?
A: The best moments are in the operating room, creating and modifying, detailing and defining. It is the craft of surgery, the art of the artisan that is most gratifying.
Q: What landed you in your city, and what is it that you like about the neighborhood?
A: I came from a small town in Louisiana and was drawn to Houston because of it's people. Houston is a southern city that is forward looking and progressive. It's medical center is world class and I feel fortunate to have studied there and remain a part of the residency programs.
Q: What procedures do you feel you personally excel in above others?
A: DR. MENTZ'S IDEAS AND INNOVATIONS
Book chapters in Facelifts, Liposuction, Etching, Fat Metabolism and Safety
FOR BODY CONTOURING
Invented and first to perform and publish “Abdominal Etching,” liposculpture of the six pack, 1992 and published in 1993
Invented “Modified Abdominal Etching” for the athletic abdomen, presented in 1995
Body contouring with liposuction, 1995, 1996 and 1999
Improved Safety in Large Liposuctions, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006
Invented new “Single Puncture Gynecomastia Reduction,” eliminating the visible scar, 2004 and published in 2007
Invented and first to perform “Pectoral Muscle Etching” for men, 2004 and published in 2007
Invented fat grafts to erase the “Bra Strap Groove,” 2004, published 2007 and 2008
Improved Safety in Private Surgery Centers, 2001
First to publish “Local Anesthetic Pain Pumps in Abdominoplasty” for reduced recovery & improved safety with tummy tucks, published in 2004
Fat grafting for Morphea (advanced scleroderma), the stem cell advantage, 2006
A safer approach for Breast Lifts with Implants, presented in 2007
Ongoing research to use stem cells from liposuction, presented in 2007
FOR FACIAL REFINEMENT
Elegance in Structure Rhinoplasty, presented in 1992
No scar weekend Facial Rejuvenation, presented in 1996
New Endoscopic approaches to Facelifts, presented in 1997
Minimal incision Facelift, "the cutting edge", presented in 1999
Youthful eyes with scarless procedures, presented in 2001
Improved Facelift Strategies, better SMAS lifting, published in 2004
Teaching international courses for browlifts, facelifts, and necklifts, 2004
Research with Isolagen, fibroblasts to remove wrinkles, presented in 2004 and 2005
Introduced the “Liquid Facelift,” layering Botox, Restylane, and Radiesse, 2005