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Five Questions for Jan. 22, 2013: Dr. Douglas Hargrave

By Danielle Sanzone, originally published in the Troy Record

Dr. Douglas Hargrave of The Plastic Surgery Group, originally from Rochester, lives in Delmar. A graduate of the East Tennessee State University medical school, he did his undergraduate work at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Hargrave, who is married with two daughters in college, is a board certified plastic surgeon. He enjoys fly fishing, golf, and skiing.

Q How did you get involved in plastic surgery?

A I was first introduced to plastic surgery during my general surgery residency. I had the opportunity to work with several well-known plastic surgeons and admired the attention to detail and creativity that they demonstrated as well as the variety of cases that they were able to treat.

Q What do you like about your job?

A If a patient feels that the quality of their life has been in some way improved following the completion of their care with me, I feel that I have done my job. There is no greater reward than that.

Q Tell us about Ultherapy.

A Ultherapy® is an FDA-approved cosmetic procedure that uses ultrasound technology to lift and tighten skin without cutting or disrupting the surface of skin. Physicians can now see and treat the deepest support layers of the skin to create not only visible effects but also promote the creation of new collagen, which can help the skin maintain its youthfulness. The lifting process is initiated with just one Ultherapy treatment, and the effects build gradually over the course of two to three months as new, stronger collagen is created. Further improvements can even appear up to six months following a procedure as this collagen-building process continues. The treatment typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes and patients are able to return to normal activities afterwards without the requirement of any special measures.

Q And Coolsculpting?

A CoolSculpting® is a new approach to freezing away unwanted fat. It is FDA-approved and provides patients with significant results while eliminating potential risks and recovery time associated with invasive procedures. CoolSculpting is extremely effective in removing fat on the back, abdomen and love handles. During the procedure, a non-invasive applicator delivers controlled cooling that specifically targets fat cells throughout a one to two hour session. Patients will start seeing results in as little as three weeks following the treatment, with the most dramatic results occurring over a period of two to four months. Patients can also opt for additional procedures for more pronounced effects.

Q What's going on Feb. 6?

A The Plastic Surgery Group will be showcasing both the Ultherapy and CoolSculpting procedures on February 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Beauty Treatments for Winter Blues: A One Night Special Event. The group will be demonstrating some of the most cutting-edge, non-surgical procedures available in the Capital District, including BOTOX Cosmetic, Juvederm® and Sculptra Aesthetic. Free onsite consultations, giveaways and discounts will be provided all night. To learn more details or to RSVP, visit us on Facebook or our blog.

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