Extol Magazine

OCT-NOV 2016

Extol Magazine Celebrating Southern Indiana is a local publication that covers stories about businesses people places or events throughout the cities of New Albany Jeffersonville Clarksville Sellersburg and Louisville KY

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"She's embarrassed," he says, "it occupies her mind when she has to change clothes in front of her peers or when she goes to buy clothes." Or the young boy with floppy ears who gets unmercifully teased. "So one summer we fix his ears, and he never gets teased again." Or the flat-chested girl going off to college. "She feels unfeminine, plus it's hard for her to find clothing, always looking for things to disguise her flat-chestedness," he says. "Perhaps she's shy, unconfident, withdrawn. e same girl with breast implants is confident, feels feminine, is a different person." at, he says, is more transformative than restorative. "Can you live your whole life being flat-chested? Of course. Can a kid with floppy ears grow up to be president of the United States? Apparently!" However, even the breast-lift patients say they feel transformed. "I feel feminine again," says Van Inwegen (see sidebar), who had a breast lift after spending six of her 46 years breast-feeding her three infant children. "And I wanted my daughters to see that you don't have to sacrifice who you are by giving birth and breastfeeding." inking? Or Doing? Salzman grew up the son of a Miami physician and went off to the University of Florida as a chemistry major on a pre-med track. At Tulane Medical School, he faced the decision all med students have to face: Are you more inclined to do things with your hands or with your mind? "ose are two totally different things," Salzman says. "Medicine is more about thinking and analyzing. You diagnose, someone else implements. With surgery, you're the person who does it after someone else has figured it out. I liked the doing." Leaning towards gastrointestinal surgery, Salzman entered the residency program at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. But after five years of general surgery, he decided he didn't like dealing with hopelessly sick GI patients suffering from something incurable, like Crohn's Disease. "I preferred the technical part of surgery," he says. "You fix it!" at left two things for him, orthopedic or plastic surgery. "I spent a month in plastic surgery and said, 'is is for me.' It's clean, not a lot of blood loss, the patients are healthy, the interaction is fun." What wasn't fun was choosing to go through an eight-year residency "to be a real plastic surgeon. "It takes a minimum of five years of residency in a surgical discipline, usually general surgery, plus an extra three years in plastic surgery," he explains. "Some docs don't want to do an eight-year residency. ey do the three years of general surgery and, in most states, they can become a board- certified cosmetic surgeon and perform the same procedures in their office that I do. But they don't have the training and expertise that I have." Salzman is certified by both the American Board of General Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He's also licensed in both Kentucky and Indiana. "If anyone could get a surgical certification and then open up a cosmetic spa, then I'm the biggest idiot on the planet for putting in those eight years," he says. Welcome to Louisville During his plastic surgery residency at Duke University Hospital, Salzman came to Louisville for a hand fellowship with Dr. Kleinert Kutz. While working at Jewish Hospital, he spent some time with Dr. Norman Cole, at the time the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgery. "When it was time for my next career move, I asked Norman for advice," says Salzman. "Who better to ask than the president of our society? And he said, 'Marc, Louisville needs a good plastic surgeon. Why don't you come join me?' So I came here, in 1992." At the time, most Louisville plastic surgeons split their practice in half, between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. "No one in Louisville was doing just cosmetic surgery," he says. "at's what I decided to do." Surgeon and Counselor What did Salzman learn from working with the national president of plastic surgeons? "I learned how you get the patient to the operating room. What you do during the consultation to enlighten the patients, make them comfortable. Norman was very good at explaining things in a way patients could understand." Interestingly, this is what patients we talked to said they liked about Marc Salzman – as much as, if not more than, the "artwork" on the wall from Tulane, Mt. Sinai and Duke or the various medical specialty boards. "When I walked into his office, it was almost like they were all my old friends," says Reed Van Inwegen. "It was comfortable and professional." She also liked Salzman's demeanor, "assuring me he knew exactly what he was doing. ere was never a concern, never a question." Another doctor she saw was "abrasive. "He looked at me and actually said, 'Yes, you have 21

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