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AP­PRE­HEN­SIVE ABOUT TRY­ING FA­CIAL FILLERS? MI­AMI’S DR. RIAN MAERC S TESTS THEM ON HIM­SELF FIRST...

Ocean Drive - - Contents September 2017 - BY ALEJANDRA TOR­RES

Ap­pre­hen­sive about try­ing fa­cial fillers? Mi­ami’s Dr. Rian Maer­cks tests them on him­self first...

“I al­ways had a ro­man­tic no­tion of be­com­ing a doc­tor, but was al­ways a cre­ative thinker,” says Dr. Rian A. Maer­cks, founder and med­i­cal di­rec­tor of The Maer­cks In­sti­tute in Mi­ami. After earn­ing his med­i­cal de­gree from Duke University, Dr. Maer­cks found that through plas­tic surgery he could com­bine rea­son­ing with cre­ativ­ity and aes­thet­ics. “A plas­tic surgeon has to an­a­lyze and think about the best so­lu­tion for each unique pa­tient,” he ex­plains. “It’s re­ally ad­vanced sur­gi­cal prob­lem-solv­ing with aes­thet­ics on top as ic­ing on the cake.”

To­day, the in-de­mand physi­cian has earned ac­co­lades from the In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety for Aes­thetic Plas­tic Surgery for his in­no­va­tions, in­clud­ing cold sub­fas­cial breast aug­men­ta­tion—a pro­ce­dure pro­vid­ing long-term con­trol of breast shape and ap­pear­ance—and aes­thetic fa­cial bal­anc­ing, which uses the body’s own fat to re­ju­ve­nate the face. Much of the doc­tor’s aes­thetic in­ge­nu­ity can be cred­ited to test­ing out his prac­tices on him­self (and post­ing them to Youtube). Case in point: In 2013, Dr. Maer­cks in­jected 35 sy­ringes of der­mal filler into his own face to show the pub­lic that his tech­nique of strate­gi­cally plac­ing fillers through­out the face will pro­vide a nat­u­ral look, in­stead of the over­done, dreaded “sausage lip.” “I haven’t re­touched my face, and I am re­ally happy with the way it has evolved be­cause I look a lot younger and more bal­anced than I did five years ago,” he says. “Fillers have rev­o­lu­tion­ized our abil­ity to cre­ate nat­u­ral, healthy, and beau­ti­ful out­comes.” The Maer­cks In­sti­tute of Mi­ami, 4500 Biscayne Blvd., Mi­ami, 305328-8256; the­maer­cks in­sti­tute.com

Dr. Rian Maer­cks’s (inset) ap­proach of aes­thetic fa­cial bal­anc­ing uses fillers strate­gi­cally placed through­out the face to cre­ate a nat­u­ral, youth­ful— and last­ing—look.

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