Dr. Dr. Christian G. Drehsen, MD
Plastic Surgeon | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery240 1rst ave S suite 100 Saint Petersburg FL, 33701
Practicing in Saint Petersburg, FL,Dr. Christian Drehsen is certified by the American Board of Plasic Surgery and fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery . With his 30+ years of experience in plastic surgery and his personal researches in producing natural result Dr. Drehsen has aquired a uniquely sophisticated approach in the enhancement of face and body appearance.
He has developped a remarkably natural facial rejuvenation technique ,the Refresherlift with its unique attention to correction of an aging expression has been proven to increase his patients popularity (as demontrated in his published peer reviewed study "The emoticon effect " as well as his own unique corrective solution for displaced breast implants, "Repairing the Gap ". These signature procedures have been presented nationally in Television appearances,peer reviewed publication or cosmetic surgery conferences .He was recently invited by the American Academy Cosmetic Surgery to present a professional educational webinar titled "How to perform a natural face lift and increase patients popularity . His uniquely natural results have attracted patients nationally and from overseas that are delighted to undergo their beautification procedure in his beautiful Clinique of Plastic Surgery in downtown St Petersburg ,Florida .
Education and Training
SHANDS HOSP ,JACKSONVILLE,FLORIDA, GENERAL SURGERY RESIDENCY 1976
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE,LOUISVILLE ,KY PLASTIC SURGERY RESIDENCY 1978
Univ Libre De Bruxelles- Fac De Med Et De Pharm- Bruxelles- 1970
Plastic SurgeryAmerican Board of Plastic SurgeryABPS
Dr. Dr. Christian G. Drehsen, MD's Expert Contributions
The answer is yes and is not uncommon, but the extent or potential benefits vary from case to case. A waiting period of at least 12 months is standard. When in doubt, choose a qualified surgeon. Good luck to you. READ MORE
Is brow lift surgery permanent? Yes, but some softening will normally occur. Brow lift is often essential if one seeks to correct a sad, angry, or tired expression, or to simply glamorize the eyes. In my *Refresherlift* experience of about 1000 cases, my *DualPlane* Brow Lift has been used in about 70% of the cases to successfully improve one's aging expression. A modest excess elevation is performed in some cases, in anticipation of a minimal recurrent drop of the brow. Plenty of examples can be seen on our website at www.cliniqueps.com demonstrating beautifully the effect of our DualPlane Brow Lift. READ MORE
Can a nose be reshaped without surgery? YES, non surgical Rhinoplasties with fillers can suffice in a number of cases as a primary or a secondary surgical operation. However, filler Rhinoplasties do present some definite limitations in the quality, permanency, and extent of the correction, as well as some serious inherent risks! Their primary role in my mind is to offer in some cases a reasonable alternative to an expensive or risky surgical procedure. *As a primary approach* (in a non operated nose), a filler can often be used to camouflage some flaws of the bony or the soft part of the nose, i.e., bridge dip, bony irregularities, mild deviations, tip support or asymmetries, impaired breathing, or to raise the nasal bridge or improve tip definition as well as chin /nose ratio. *As a post-surgical corrective method,* fillers can be quite helpful for minor post-rhinoplasty flaws and often for the same indications than in the primary approach. Caution: In untrained hands especially, filler injections in the nose have produced some disfiguring consequences! In my opinion: Filler Rhinoplasties, whether primary or secondary, should be performed solely by surgeons specifically trained in surgical rhinoplasties such as Board Certified Plastic surgeon, Facial Plastic surgeons, or E.N.T surgeons. The severity of the complications can be due to the "injector" over fill with semi permanent fillers or the blockage of the nasal skin limited arterial circulation and its resulting disastrous skin loss. In summary: -Effective with limitations: YES -High risk potential in untrained hands: YES -Do your homework! Christian Drehsen, Board Certified Plastic surgeon READ MORE
Great question. The technique is important as some techniques commonly advertised can often make the forehead look higher! Our "dual plane brow-lift" technique will lower the hairline as it elevates the brow, producing a well-balanced, more youthful and appealing look. Please take a few minutes to see several before & after examples at: www.cliniqueofplasticsurgery.com READ MORE
As a board certified plastic surgeon, my key interest is cosmetic improvement of the nose and restoration of proper facial balance. During a rhinoplasty procedure, we commonly repair significant septal deviations or old nasal deviations from fractures and sometimes inject enlarged tubinates to improve restricted breathing capacity postoperatively. Empty nose syndrome is seemingly a complication associated with aggressive turbinates removal and sinus procedures. These treatments are usually reserved to Ear, Nose andThroat specialists (Oto rhino laryngologists) and unlikely to be performed in cosmetic procedures! READ MORE
Yes, an earlobe reduction is a simple procedure easily done under local anesthesia. However, when a stretched earlobe, also known as "Pixie ears," is the result of a poorly secured previous facelift, the procedure is more challenging and might sometimes require a secondary facelift with a revision in a vertical direction, such as with the refresher lift. READ MORE
As always, if it it too good to be true...it's another scam!! READ MORE
Facial liposuction which is mostly indicated for the neck and chin area is just like any other area of liposuction , permanent with very rare exceptions , Obviously the procedure will only succeed for the right indication and excess skin looseness not a real problem but also if you maintain your weight after surgery .Weight gains after liposuction may not affect the suctioned area but will likely affect the surrounding area . Good luck with our procedure. Christian Drehsen MD Board certified plastic surgeon READ MORE
Upper and lower lid surgeries rarely need redo when the surgeon performs the right sequence of procedures or basically evaluate that nothing around the eyelids truly needs a correction that subsequently will affect the lid position and possibly create the need for a revision . A common example in my consultations is the case of patients that underwent an upper lid trimming without proper treatment of a droopy brow . The same issue exists when considering treatment of the lower lids without regard for a droopy cheek that may require a cheek lift that will subsequently affect the lower lid repair . In one word my advice in facial rejuvenation is always to consider the face as a whole and especially to evaluate the need for a brow or cheek uplift prior to engaging in a trimming of the lid' skin or in simpler terms check where your belt should be before adjusting your cuffs . Christian Drehsen M.D. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon READ MORE
Hi Dear, Having had an extensive experience in face lifts (over a 1000) I have become convinced that when the projected results of a face lift justify the operation, it is the right time. My personal approach focuses a lot on restoring an engaging, dynamic and youthful expression, not merely tightening the skin! Why let aging damages worsen irremediably when a procedure done at a relatively early age will produce splendid results and continue to be enjoyed for years? If you want, check it out and look in the mirror and gently lift your cheeks up and back with 3 fingers.If the improvement is obvious, correcting the early neck fullness, early jowls and a tired look, you get it's time!! Often people believe that fillers will do the job, beware because more and more filler issues are arising (a.k.a. "Pillow Faces" ) and sometimes very difficult to correct. Fillers fill not lift! Computer imaging is invaluable to preview results, seek a surgeon that provides it . For some illustrations, you can visit my refresherlift.com site. Hope this helps. Christian Drehsen, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon READ MORE
This could be a double question. 1 About Post Operative Recovery: Pain is not a common issue in face lift recovery and is well controlled by medication and prevention of swelling with cold compresses, cold mask, etc. Swelling and distortion are often disturbing but virtually always fade away around the 5th or 6th day. A short course of steroid can help but is not advised if fat grafting is performed as part of the lift. Most lifts are socially presentable after 7 to 10 days unless some severe bruising has occurred. A face lift become quite natural after 5 to 6 weeks and continue changing for several months . 2 About Results Versus Expectations: If you are lucky enough to have a board certified plastic surgeon that performs computer imaging, the anticipated results will be much less of a surprise and reduce your anxiety. If your surgeon has designed your procedure well enough to avoid the feared "Face-lift look", your results should ideally be a fresher, rejuvenated face with a more engaging look. My practice focuses a lot on improving an aging expression, restoring youthful volumes and a vertical type of up lift such as my RefresherLift. The focus in my mind is the reason that virtually all my patients have received plenty of compliments on their new look from their entourage that has remained wondering if they had lost weight, exercised, changed hair style, etc. but have never suspected a face lift! A face lift ideally should restore in your face the vitality your still carry at any age. Best of luck to you! Christian Drehsen MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon READ MORE
Cheek implants are usually indicated for a rather poor projection of the cheekbone areas. The modified implants that fill the mid cheek have now been replaced by fat injection, mid face lift or even injectables. Not a minor enhancement of the cheekbone areas some injectable like Radiesse can do a great job for a long time. READ MORE
In a word, no. If done by a well-trained practitioner, ideally a plastic surgeon with a good esthetic sense (so look at his website!), in some cases, fat injection and/or minor surgical correction of the lip can be indicated to obtain a stunning result. My only word of caution is, do not use permanent fillers (i.e. silicone, bellafill, or other filler containing non-reabsorbable components) beside hyaluronic acid base fillers since H.A. can be easily dissolved and with time disappear. Enjoy your experience. READ MORE
You pose a very interesting question! In my extensive experience, however, doing a true abdominoplasty along with a delivery might not the best choice for several reasons. The main one being often the need to repair the separated belly muscles (to regain a flat stomach and best performed on the entire length of the 2 muscles often spread above the belly button) ,the potential detrimental effect of weight excess, potential surgical complications and limiting recovery, their effect on breast feeding, and finally the lack of a timely natural recovery. Most often in my experience, the so-called tummy tucks commonly performed by the delivering Ob/Gyn were due to the circumstances, barely a mini tuck with an often mediocre skin and muscle repair! Unless your tummy changes from the pregnancy are minimal, my advice would be for you to give yourself time to enjoy your new baby, lose the excessive weight that you have gained, restore your body fitness and schedule with the right perspective and family help your true abdominoplasty! A tummy tuck well planned and artistically performed by a board certified plastic surgeon can indeed be can be a life changing procedure for women that have suffered significant skin and muscle changes after a single or multiple deliveries. The before and after surgery preparations, the esthetic goals such as placement of the incision low, hopefully below bikini line, in the natural creases, a flat stomach, a pretty belly button, a trimmed waistline, etc., as well as the risk and potential complications, should be clearly explained by your plastic surgeon before your surgery. Christian Drehsen, M.D. Board certified plastic surgeon READ MORE
At 17, if you are a boy, or 16 for a girl, while you indeed need your parents' approval, your nose has virtually reached its adult size and can be operated on without issues. Correcting a nose is trying to harmonize the different parts of the nose, such as the bridge or hump and tip within themselves or to make the nose blend with the other facial features. I would recommend a plastic surgeon with experience and also preview of his/her plan by computer imaging. Dr. Christian Drehsen, MD READ MORE
A pediatric urologist or a pediatric plastic surgeon would be fine and important to see at his age. READ MORE
Big sutures marks or cross hatching, stippling, etc., can look like a permanent stepladder scar. The treatment could be a trial with Co2 laser to hopefully blend in the scars or marks. If not successful or sufficiently satisfactory, a complete removal (full scar revision) of the entire marked areas and resuturing with buried sutures (intradermal sutures) might be the preferred option. READ MORE
It's a small procedure done under local anesthesia, lengthy, but not painful and hardly more "invasive" than dental work. READ MORE
Mommy makeover is not a procedure per se, but truly a generic term that addresses the correction of some or all detrimental body changes after a full pregnancy. Most often, it means correction of midrift changes, encompassing mostly a tummy tuck with possible adjacent liposuctions and/or breast augmentation or lifts as required to return a mom to a fit and sexy look. Obviously, cost will vary with the number and extent of the procedures requested. Another factor is time out of work or recovery, home help, operative risks, general health condition, weight range, etc., which are factors important in considering a single versus a group of procedures. Choosing an experienced board certified plastic surgeon is very important as the risk of these procedures in un-trained or inexperienced hands can be substantial. Do your homework! READ MORE
As in everything cosmetic,100% correction is rare to obtain, especially when unknown damage has occurred and some structures might be too damaged to be fully repaired. Estimating the success of a full correction can be reasonably estimated by an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon. READ MORE
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- BEST OF TOP DOCTORS 2012 PLASTIC SURGERY MAGAZINE
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- American Top Surgeons 2015 Guide Am.Top Surgeons Mag
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- Magnetic Men 2014 PARC Counsil
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- TOP BOARD CERTTTFIED PLASTIC SURGEON IN FLORIDA Florida 2018 2022 TOP DOCTOR
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- American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
- Pinellas County Medical Association
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Dr. Dr. Christian G. Drehsen, MD's Practice location
Get to know Plastic Surgeon Dr. Christian G. Drehsen, who serves patients in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Over the past three decades, a board-certified and accomplished plastic surgeon, Dr. Drehsen has dedicated his life to perfecting the art and science of cosmetic surgery, becoming one of the most innovative, skilled and respected surgeons in the country. He is the Founder & Director of the Clinique of Plastic Surgery & Laser Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Devoted to exclusively producing natural results, Dr. Drehsen believes in a holistic, “less is more” approach to surgery. By subtly altering and refining one’s features to bring out their innate beauty, he is able to improve their appearance in a way that looks and feels extremely natural. With an impeccable eye for beauty and an inherent sense of symmetry and proportion, his aesthetic instincts and artistic passion have allowed him to produce exquisite results for thousands of patients.
Highly respected in his industry for his unparalleled skill in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Drehsen is well known for developing the signature Refresher Lift℠ – an innovative procedure that overcomes the limitations of the standard facelift.
A member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the Pinellas County Medical Association, he is board-certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The mission of the ABPS is to promote safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the public by maintaining high standards for the education, examination, certification, and continuous certification of plastic surgeons as specialists and subspecialists.
Born in Belgium, Dr. Drehsen achieved his medical degree at the Free University of Brussels. From there, he moved to the United States, where he received complete training in general surgery, followed by comprehensive training in all fields of plastic surgery at the University of Louisville, Kentucky under the direction of Dr. Leonard Weiner. He also trained in hand surgery under the world-renowned hand surgeon, Dr. Harold Kleinert, and in microsurgery under the direction of Dr. Robert Ackland. During his residency at Morton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, he kept close contact with the burn unit and developed strong pediatric skills as well.
Over the years, Dr. Drehsen has employed his broad surgical experience and demanding, goal-oriented and aesthetic approach to cosmetic surgery to help his patients achieve their ultimate dream of beauty. His artistry and technical skill have been recognized by both the local and national media through his appearances on television and radio, as well as by his medical colleagues through national peer-reviewed presentations and medical publications.
Highly respected in his industry, he has been featured in top-rated magazine Cosmetic Surgery Times for his focus and dedication to facial plastic surgery, including the renown signature Refresher Lift℠. He has also been awarded many accolades and honors, most notably: St. Petersburg FL Best Doctors (2016), New Beauty Top Doctors (2016, 2015), Guide to America’s Top Plastic Surgeons 2012 Issue, Plastic Surgery Practice Best of 2012 Issue, Plastic Surgery Practice Best of 2011 Issue, Plastic Surgery Practice Best of 2010 Issue, Patients’ Choice Awards (2009), and Tampa Bay Best Doctors 2007 Issue.
Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty involving the restoration, reconstruction, or alteration of the human body. It can be divided into two main categories – reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. A plastic surgeon’s primary responsibility is performing surgical and non-surgical procedures, and they use a variety of reparative and reconstructive techniques to get the job done.
In his free time, Dr. Drehsen enjoys boating in the beautiful Florida waters or traveling abroad to his native Belgium and farther.
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