I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying what is left of the Spring. I’d like to take this opportunity to fill you in on some of the things that are happening in my practice and the field of Facial Plastic Surgery. As you’ll see below, it’s an exciting time.
I was delighted to learn that I was again named one of the best cosmetic surgeons in Richmond by the readers of Style Magazine and in Central Virginia by the readers of Virginia Living.
I am grateful to you, my patient, for your continued support of what I do.
I feel very fortunate to have chosen a profession that I love. It is wonderful to know that it shows through in your experience.
This past November, I was honored to be selected as one of 40 physicians from the United States to attend the expert injector’s summit in Paris. At this extraordinary meeting of aesthetic physicians from all over the world, I learned new techniques for using filler materials which I have put into practice here in Richmond. They compliment my tried and true techniques very well. It has been a pleasure to see my patients’ results and comfort during the procedures improve substantially. I am now using newer fillers that last longer and provide me with new ways to help you. Please ask me about them at your next visit.
There continues to be widespread interest in the Micro-Mini Lift ™ procedure which I have developed and trademarked. Later this month I will give a presentation on it at the International Meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in New York. I have also accepted an invitation to lecture on my technique at the European Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Mallorca, Spain this October. The Micro-Mini Lift™ provides real benefit and facelift-like improvement through a significantly smaller incision. Recovery time is faster than with other lifting procedures. While not all patients qualify for this lift, many do. If you are interested, please let me know and we will discuss the best options at your convenience.
Our skincare practice continues to thrive and grow. We have five dedicated, licensed Aestheticians who are doing a wonderful job helping our patients. Anne Hurst, Carole Williams, Annie Cooper, Tricia Boor and Betsy Morgan have come together to form a wonderfully talented team of professionals. At the end of last year I purchased the Icon® Optimized Intense Pulsed Light machine. This device helps my skincare staff reduce or eliminate brown spots and prominent blood vessels in a series of 2 to 4 treatments. The Icon® has proved a valuable addition to the other services and physician-exclusive skincare product lines which we offer. As we head into the summer months, skincare is more important than ever. Our aestheticians are ready and more than able to help you maintain the beauty of your skin.
In April I attended a one-week sculpture workshop exclusively for facial plastic surgeons. This outstanding experience was offered through my professional academy and the New York Art Students League. We sculpted in clay using live models as our subjects under the guidance of master sculptors. At the course I completed a bust of a model named Yosinia, which is currently being fired and cast at the foundry in New York. Hopefully the next time you are in the office this new sculpture will be there to greet you. I find that sculpting improves my aesthetic eye, which helps me to achieve the best results I can for you.
Speaking of artistic endeavors, I have completed my novel, Fighting Gravity. This romantic comedy is set in a plastic surgery office in New Orleans. I have sent the novel out for reviews, which have been constructive and positive. I am now in the process of searching for a literary agent and have made some headway in that quest. If you or anyone you know has a connection to an excellent literary agent, I would very much appreciate your letting me know. I believe in the novel and will see it published as a book. Several of my reviewers have said that it would make an excellent movie as well!
Finally, I have been blessed with the honor of training a wonderful fellow this year. I am very proud of Dr. Seema Pai who has been with us since last July and will be leaving at the end of June to join the faculty of Georgetown University. On the first of July we will welcome Dr. Lucia Olarte as our next fellow. Dr. Olarte is completing her head and neck surgery residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and comes highly recommended. I know many of our patients have enjoyed working with Seema and I look forward to welcoming Dr. Olarte into the practice to help me with your care.
I wish you and your family a healthy, happy and safe Summer and look forward to seeing you the next time I can be of service.
Michael S. Godin, MD