Dr. Mentz, a founding partner at Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery, has partnered with Dr. Amado Ruiz to advance the science of plastic surgery. Dr. Ruiz is a full time board certified plastic surgeon dedicated solely to research. He and Dr. Mentz have published and presented more than 80 papers and presentations in more than 10 countries since 2003. Recent topics can be reviewed in the articles section. Some popular topics have been:
New Advances in Abdominal Etching and Pectoral Etching 2004-2005
Since introducing Abdominal Etching in 1993, Dr. Mentz has also presented improved techniques for soft etching, used for females and less muscular men, and pectoral etching, used for defining a more muscular appearance in the male chest.
Less Pain in Tummy Tucks 2003-2005
Dr. Mentz and Dr. Ruiz introduced the use of the pain pump in abdomenoplasty in 2003. The pain pump uses local anesthetic to numb the tummy for 5 to 6 days after surgery and reduced substantially the amount of pain medicine necessary and patients were out of bed twice as fast. This was a great advance in abdominoplasty because it reduces pain, patients were less dependant on pain medicines, and were out of bed quicker. These things greatly reduce the risks and improve safety for this operation.
Dr. Mentz was the only US plastic surgeon who performed the phase II and III FDA studies for the use of Isolagen. Isolagen is an advanced technique which uses the patients own live fibroblasts for wrinkle filling. The produce awaits final FDA approval in the US, but is available in Europe presently.
Better Facelifts 2004-2005
Dr. Mentz and Dr. Ruiz have lectured extensively and await publication of their paper outlining advanced techniques for facelifting. They measured internal tensions and movement of facial soft tissues (the jowls) during facelifts in order to define the best techniques. Their findings suggested a special midface manouver can greatly improve lifting in the cheek.
New Uses for Radiesse 2005
Dr. Mentz and Dr. Ruiz will present this year several special uses for Radiesse. Radiesse is FDA approved for wrinkle filling, but new used for facial skeletal refinement and reconstruction are being introduced by the two doctors. Bony defects in the brow, nasal assymetry, small chins and other assorted suttle defects were improved with a simple injection.
Less Painful Breast Augmentation 2005
Dr. Mentz is currently working with ACPS using a small radiofrequency device in hopes of reducing pain after breast implant surgery. The study is currently underway and the results are pending.