Jeffrey M. Hartog, M.D., Improving the Body While on Vacation

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Jeffrey M. Hartog, M.D., Bougainvillea Clinique, Winter Park, FL

I?m no stranger to exotic locations and travel, especially for medical training or to meet patients? medical needs. I grew up and received my early dentistry training in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since that time I have trained and lived in Miami, Dallas, Salt Lake City and Glasgow, Scotland, where I received my medical and cosmetic surgery training. I settled in Orlando, Fla., because I saw a need for a regenerative cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon in this thriving tourist area. With more than 55 million annual visitors (more than New York City), Orlando is seeing more instances where those visitors are coming as patients, as well as thrill seekers. At the Bougainvillea Clinique, my cosmetic surgery practice, I see patients from every part of the country — patients who find it convenient to have procedures done while on vacation. It’s not unlike people travelling to Germany for a rhinoplasty only to stay and enjoy the country while they recover – Part of the reason they come here is because I offer fat transfer for patients wishing to enhance their breasts, reconstruct breasts after mastectomy or lumpectomy, and to restore that youthful look to the face or hands. These procedures are outpatient and require minimal recovery time. Most procedures require 48 hours of recovery, which allows patients to still enjoy all that Orlando has to offer. Other procedures, such as reconstruction after a mastectomy, may require repeat visits to achieve the most natural looking breasts, which are a benefit of the fat transfer technique. In the fat transfer procedure, fat is taken from one area of the body and purified. It?s then injected in small droplets into the face, hands or breasts. Fat that isn?t initially used is stored for future use. One of my patients, a Massachusetts woman in her 60s, had many options for cosmetic surgery in the Boston area. She came to my clinic because she could have her procedure, enjoy a vacation, and easily explain away her two weeks in Orlando to friends and family. For patients like her, we are able to book accommodations. We maintain a list of different hotels and lodgings to suit the individual?s tastes, budget and, of course, companion travelers. Even with travel and accommodation costs, many people find it more affordable to have their surgery performed here than locally. There are some people who would prefer to have plastic surgery Beverly Hills is one of the many places they choose to visit. This is particularly true if they can include some vacation time, as well. Additionally, Orlando International Airport offers many direct flights from a number of locations, which can make for a quick check-up with a doctor more than convenient. In recent years, Orlando has seen itself become the top destination for hosting professional medical meetings in the country. This has helped spur substantial investment in transforming the city into a medial mecca of expertise and technological prowess, all with the intention of attracting greater numbers of medical visitors. Perhaps the crowning jewel of these efforts, a 7,000-acre lakeside facility known as Medical City, is a strong reminder of Orlando?s increasing clout as a popular medical destination. The variety of attractions, year-round sunshine and easy international access make Orlando one of the world’s most popular destinations for its natural and historical attractions, as well as endless sports and recreational activities. And now also for the enormous benefits that Orlando provides to individuals seeking medical treatment. About Jeffrey Hartog, M.D. Jeffrey Hartog, M.D., is the director of the Bougainvillea Clinique in Winter Park, Fla. Dr. Hartog has been a surgeon for more than 20 years, and has traveled around the world to receive training and hone his skills in the field. He has received recognition not only for his skill as a surgeon, but also as a visionary in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. The Bougainvillea Clinique is the first plastic surgery clinic in the United States to have immediate access to the Liquid Gold ?Lipobank, an FDA-registered tissue bank to store fat removed with liposuction for fat grafting procedures.