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To Your Health outside bannerIf you were to think of the stereotypical gay man, there are a lot of descriptions that would come to mind. We like to take care of our bodies, we care about fashion, we want to look nice, and we may spend more time looking in the mirror than our straight counterparts. Why? Who knows? The fact is…

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If you were to think of the stereotypical gay man, there are a lot of descriptions that would come to mind. We like to take care of our bodies, we care about fashion, we want to look nice, and we may spend more time looking in the mirror than our straight counterparts. Why? Who knows? The fact is, for the most part, those stereotypes are true. Why do you think girls are always falling in love with us and saying “all the good ones are gay?” We are hot.

The folks at Take Shape Plastic Surgery are here to help us look our very best. Here is a little more about them.

Why did you decide to become a plastic surgeon?

As surgeons, the physicians at Take Shape Plastic Surgery, PA enjoy working with their hands and seeing the immediate fruits of their labor. Combining that with the aesthetic and problem solving aspects of plastic surgery, it was a natural fit for them. Plastic surgery in general is happy surgery (for the patient and the surgeon) and it allows the plastic surgeons to be creative and use their aesthetic insights. They need to have the ability to examine a problem (whether cosmetic or reconstructive) and figure out a way to fix it. They are the problem solvers of the body. They also get to take care of patients of all ages and use all of their skills to take care of all of them.

Have you won/received any awards? 

All three surgeons at Take Shape Plastic Surgery have published papers in peer reviewed journals and presented locally and nationally at plastic surgery meetings.  

Drs. Sassani and Low were named to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society in medical school.

Dr. Sassani won first prize in the Basic Science category at the Robert H. Ivy Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons at the 37th annual meeting in Pittsburgh.  More recently he was named as a Top Doc in South Florida by his peers. 

Dr. Dreszer co-authored a publication on plastic surgery that won top honors nationally last year – the James Barrett Brown Award and the Leonard Rubin Award for the American Association of Plastic Surgeon.

Are you available for patients with special needs?

We take care of patients of all ages and of all needs requiring the full gamut of plastic and reconstructive surgeries. We also offer services to transgender patients seeking to undergo top surgery in male to female and female to male transitions.

What should we know about you that people don’t know?

Dr Sassani is also a proud member of the LGBT community. His life-partner is the office manager of the practice and the administrator of the surgery center.

Dr. Low was previously at the most established plastic surgery clinic in the United States. 

Dr. Dreszer trained under a prior president of the American Society of Plastic Surgery who considered him to be his best resident ever.

How long have you been practicing, and how long have you been in this practice?

Dr. Sassani is a board certified Plastic Surgeon who has been in practice in the Fort Lauderdale area for 17 years. He was in group practice in Plantation for the first 9 years of his career and then started his own practice and ambulatory surgical center 8 years ago. He is proud to have added Drs. Dreszer and Low to the practice this past year. They bring a vast amount of aesthetic, reconstructive and hand surgery expertise to the group.

What is your philosophy on Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery is not only about helping people look better; it is also about helping the patient feel better about him or herself.  The desire is that with this increase in self-esteem, the patient will feel more fulfilled in all aspects of his/her life.  Success in plastic surgery comes one patient at a time. The only way the plastic surgeons can look good is if their patients look good and are happy with their result.  The goal is to leave the patient with body proportionate results that provide long term satisfaction.

To Your Health-pic1What does your practice consist of- How many doctors and staff?

The practice consists of 3 plastic surgeons.  Two are board certified and the third is in the process of becoming board certified.  In addition to a full complement of a dozen friendly, attentive and compassionate staff, they also have a medispa with a wonderful aesthetician who performs facials, microdermabrasions, chemical peels and microcurrent treatments.

What is your feeling about gay clients?

They are some of the practice’s best and most loyal clients.  They are often more discerning and therefore are more appreciative of the higher level of service that Take Shape Plastic Surgery provides. Three members of the staff are gay and all of the staff and doctors are very gay friendly and sensitive to gay issues.

What Surgeries are common for men?

Facelifts, browlifts, eyelid lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, male breast reduction, pec implants, nose reshaping and fat grafting to alter and refine the contours of the body and face. In addition, male patients seek out injectables such as Botox, Juvederm, Scultpra, Belotero and Radiesse.

Are there any new techniques or aspects of plastic surgery that you would like to share with our readers?

Fat grafting with concentrated stem cells is the hot topic in plastic surgery. This is a technique in which fat is transferred from one area of the body to another (typically into the face) to provide volume restoration. Along with the fat, there are a large number of adult stem cells that can be concentrated by spinning the fat in a centrifuge and injected along with the fat cells. These adult stem cells are the “repair cells” of the body. So the added advantage is that the patient not only gets volume optimization from the fat, but the stem cells help to repair the skin into which they are injected. This is manifested by improvement in color, texture and pore size. Fat and concentrated stem cells can be placed into many areas of the face and also into the hands for rejuvenation of this area as well.

The clinic is also proud to offer pec implant surgery.

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Ian Maloney is from Delmar, DE. He lives in Miami Beach with his husband Alan and their dog Goldie. He loves learning languages, history, and writing about politics. He holds a Master's Degree from Wilmington University and a Bachelor's from the University of Delaware.