MEET DR. MORGAN
Dr. L Richard Morgan has been in plastic surgery practice since 1968 and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify plastic surgeons. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, a General Surgery Residency at Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco, California and a Plastic Surgery Residency at Barnes Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
He is clinical assistant professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of California, Davis, and at the Uniformed Services University of Health Services, Military Medicine Education Institute, Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Morgan served as Chief of Surgery at the 3rd Field Hospital in Vietnam, where he was responsible for the repair facial and hand injuries. In 1968 he became Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Valley Forge General Hospital in Pennsylvania, which was the main reconstructive center on the East Coast for soldiers from Vietnam. In 1971 he became Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Fitzsimmons Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. Dr Morgan retired as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps in 1999.
Facial implants can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. Most candidates are interested in a fundamental change in the shape and balance of their face. With facial implants, Dr. Morgan can help you achieve, for example, a wider and stronger jaw line, higher cheekbones or a fuller face, added length, and projection of a small chin.
As we age, our faces begin to show the effects of gravity, sun exposure, and years of facial muscle movement, such as smiling, chewing and squinting. The underlying tissues that keep our skin looking youthful and plumped up begin to break down, often leaving laugh lines, smile lines, crow’s feet or facial creases over the areas where muscle movement occurs. Soft-tissue fillers, most commonly injectable collagen or fat, can help fill in these areas. This in turn restores a fuller, smoother, more youthful looking appearance. When injected beneath the skin, these fillers plump up creases and sunken areas to the face. They can also add fullness to the lips and cheeks.
Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears.
Eyelid surgery (technically called blepharoplasty) is a procedure to remove fat along with excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below your eyes-- those features that can make you look older and more tired than you feel and that may even interfere with your vision.
As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life reflect in their face. Deep creases begin to form between the nose and mouth; the jaw line becomes slack and jowly from loss of elasticity; folds and fat deposits begin to appear around the neck. A facelift can’t stop this aging process, but it can “set back the clock” . A facelift will improve the most visible signs of aging by removing those fat deposits, tightening the underlying muscles, and redraping the loose skin of the face and neck. A facelift can be done alone or along with additional procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping.
A forehead lift or “browlift” is a procedure that presents a more refreshed look to the area around the eyes. The procedure corrects the drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad or tired. In a forehead lift, the muscles and tissues that cause the furrowing or drooping are removed or altered to smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows, and minimize frown lines.
In laser resurfacing, some times called “laser peel”, a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is used to remove areas of damaged or wrinkled skin, layer by layer. The procedure is most commonly used to minimize the appearance of the fine lines, especially around the eyes and mouth. However, it is also effective in treating facial scars or areas of uneven pigmentation. Laser resurfacing may be performed on the whole face or in specific regions. Often, the procedure is done in conjunction with another cosmetic operation, such as a facelift or eyelid surgery.
Rhinoplasty, or surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures. Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect or injury or help relieve some breathing problems.
BODY SHAPING PROCEDURES
Commonly known as a “tummy tuck”, the abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure intended to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. It also tightens the abdominal muscles. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen and but does produce a permanent scar, which, depending on the extent of the original problem, can be from hip to hip.
Liposuction can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, and neck. Today, a number of new techniques, including ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL), the tumescent technique, and the super-wet technique, are helping many plastic surgeons provide selected patients with more precise results and quicker recovery times.
- Enhancing life with Hormone Replacement Therapy
I would like to tell you about an exciting program that my staff and I have been working on for about three years. It is derived from many disciplines; among these are various studies in life extension and some conferences I have attended on the subject of anti-aging. Remember how it felt to be 20 years old--how much energy you had, how little sleep you needed, how nothing seemed to be too big of a project? Traditionally, doctors have had to focus their practices on REACTIVE methods, reacting to the ills caused by smoking, inactivity,and excess weight. Now they've found ways of being PROACTIVE in practice. It turns out that all of those aspects of youthful vigor are governed by hormones, that hormones are governed by nutrition, and that by replacing/balancing our nutrition and hormones, we can regain that youthful vigor.
Now, for the exciting part. It turns out that there are some things that can be done that in the past were not thought possible. It appears that the concept of our cells getting old is probably erroneous. It has been shown that our cells are probably as healthy as their hormonal environment. However, having said that, it has been established that our hormone values start decreasing at about age 30, so that by time we reach middle age and beyond, our cells are starving for the level of hormones that they once enjoyed. They cannot, therefore, function the way they did at one time. I think a good example of this is how we tend to put on weight in various parts of our body at middle age, and we just seem to not be able to handle food the way we did in our youth. This often leads to lethargy and inability to really perform the exercise that we did once before. There is a way to return the vitality to the various cells in your body, and this forms the basis of the new program that we are offering. We think there are eight or nine main hormones that, if brought up to the level that are normal for you in your 20s and 30s, will allow you a much better processing of your food, more energy, lower cholesterol values, an ideal body weight, and a chance to enjoy the youth and vigor that you may have lost. In addition, for those people who have chronic diseases, such as certain gastrointestinal conditions, certain lung problems, and certain conditions such as various forms of arthritis and myalgias, these things can brought under much better control with the right hormone environment.
To begin, we first must realize that balance to the key. Throughout this document you will see reference to balance. It is essential that there be adequate nutritional balance that consists of quality food as well as quality supplements. There must also be quality activity and interests. If you leave out but one part of this formula, you will not get the same results. Balance, balance, balance. It cannot be overstated. Balance is everything! We're going to outline here a good balance of excellent meal planning information, nutritional supplements, pieces to the hormonal balancing puzzle, and some general health and welfare tips. We feel this combination of life balancing/extending information will enhance our lives tremendously. So, if you're looking to correct specific deficiencies or simply want to feel young again... Browse on!
BREAST AUGMENTATION PROCEDURES
Women with very large, pendulous breasts may experience a variety of medical problems caused by the excessive weight. Such problems may include back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities, and breathing problems. Bra straps may leave indentations in their shoulders. Unusually large breasts can make a woman or teenage girl feel extremely self-conscious. Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is designed specifically for these particular women. This procedure consists of removing fat, glandular tissue, and skin from breasts. These techniques make the breast smaller, lighter, and firmer. This procedure can also reduce the size of the areola, the dark skin around the nipple. The ultimate goal of the surgery is to obtain smaller, lighter, firmer breasts that are proportional to the woman’s body shape and size.
Over the years factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. In addition, the breasts lose their natural elasticity, which in turn causes them to lose their shape and firmness. Breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to raise and reshape sagging breasts as to obtain a more youthful appearance. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the dark skin around the nipple. If your breasts are small and have lost volume, the insertion of breast implants along with a mastopexy can increase both their size and firmness.
If you often wish that your breasts were larger, fuller, or more shapely, breast augmentation surgery may be the right choice for you. Augmentation mammoplasty is typically performed to enlarge small breasts, underdeveloped breasts or breasts that have decreased in size after a woman has had children. It is accomplished by surgically inserting an implant behind each breast. The implant itself can be placed just under the breast tissue or underneath the pectoral muscles.
More formerly known as Gynecomastia (coming from the Greek words meaning “woman-like-breasts”). This is actually quite common. Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. It may only effect one breast or both. Though certain drugs and medical problems have been associated with breast development, there is no known cause for the majority of cases. This procedure removes fat and or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases the removal of excess skin. The final result is a flatter, firmer, and better-contoured chest.