“I create with my photography, I create everyday at work and I think it all goes hand in hand.”
Dr. Salomon can control every aspect of a patient’s experience at his airy South Miami med spa where patients come from far and wide to visit this renown facial plastic surgeon. This level of attention to detail starts the moment a prospective patient walks through the door through recovery and beyond. This is why the surgeon incorporates lymphatic massage after every procedure, not just following body-conscious procedures like liposuction and breast augmentation. While he does many operations of this variety, the majority of his patients come to him for his famous face work. “That makes up 70% of my business,” he explains. While the doctor brings his sense of proportion and art to all of his work, nowhere is the need for perfection more dire than the face. “I can visualize results. “I see the final product right away in my mind,” he says confidently.
An avid art collector and photographer, Dr. Salomon sees the connection between cosmetic surgery and art. “The more you train your eye for beauty, the better you become as a plastic surgeon,” he says. His collection includes a vast array of everything from pop to contemporary art, to primitive and antiquity for a classic sense of proportion. In addition to making more perfect bodies and faces, the doctor also likes to make beautiful images of the exotic destinations he travels to. “I create with my photography, I create everyday at work and I think it all goes hand in hand.”
“You have to be a perfectionist to get it right,” he says, noting that he can never relax, no matter how many surgeries he has done. “Everyone is different. You need to study the patient, study what they want, the result you can deliver, study how to make it natural, beautiful, elegant and symmetrical. Then determine the necessary tools and techniques needed to accomplish it.” The doctor says his goal is not to make people look like someone else, but like they did ten, fifteen or maybe even twenty years ago. Dr. Salomon prefers to give an idea of how results will be using the patient’s own face. “I think the computer sometimes misguides the patient. I use a mirror and give a little pull here or there to show them exactly how it’s going to be.”
“The more you train your eye for beauty, the better you become as a plastic surgeon”
Although he can’t drop names, Dr. Salomon has a lot of celebrity clients and well known faces passing through his doors. “We have a lot of patients who make a living with their face and cannot afford to take three weeks off from being in front of the camera.” Dr. Salomon has his own techniques to minimize scarring and bruising, “I can do it so there is almost zero bleeding. I avoid planes of tissues that are not key to the procedure and can have patients back to work, in the public eye within 7-10 days.”
While Dr. Salomon is still a little skeptical about some of the new treatments in the industry, he is very excited about stem cell fat grafting. “We use this for the face and the buttocks.” Younger people have more stem cells than older people and this allows patients to increase the number of cells in certain areas using their own. These new therapies are part of an overall movement to new and more natural results. “We understand the human body and aging process better now, and this helps achieve more natural results. And this is the world wide trend; over done is out, natural is in.”
Dr. Salomon is excited about combining non-invasive laser proceedures with fat grafting as well. “Part of the aging process is losing facial volume and collagen. Fat grafting replaces the volume lost in the face and laser resurfacing improves texture of the skin. These two technologies, in addition to a well performed facelift, create a masterful result,” says Salomon.