June 12, 2014 – Meeting Roundup – Dr. John Casuccio, Plastic Surgeon
When you hear of plastic surgery, what do you think of? A Hollywood star trying to delay the effects of aging? People who want to change the size of their stomachs, breasts, or other body parts because they see it done so easily on TV? Those are common images of plastic surgery, but what about the 4-year-old boy who has his chin rebuilt after a dog bit him? Or the young woman who has the birthmark on her forehead lightened with a laser?
Just because the name includes the word “plastic” doesn’t mean patients who have this surgery end up with a face full of fake stuff. The name isn’t taken from the synthetic substance but from the Greek word plastikos, which means to form or mold (and which gives the material plastic its name as well). Plastic surgery is a special type of surgery that can involve both a person’s appearance and ability to function. Plastic surgeons strive to improve patients’ appearance and self-image through both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures.
Reconstructive procedures correct defects on the face or body. These include physical birth defects like cleft lips and palates and ear deformities, traumatic injuries like those from dog bites or burns, or the aftermath of disease treatments like rebuilding a woman’s breast after surgery for breast cancer.
Cosmetic (also called aesthetic) procedures alter a part of the body that the person is not satisfied with. Common cosmetic procedures include making the breasts larger (augmentation mammoplasty) or smaller (reduction mammoplasty), reshaping the nose (rhinoplasty), and removing pockets of fat from specific spots on the body (liposuction). Some cosmetic procedures aren’t even surgical in the way that most people think of surgery — that is, cutting and stitching. For example, the use of special lasers to remove unwanted hair and sanding skin to improve severe scarring are two such treatments.
This week our program will be Dr. John Casuccio, Assistant Professor, Surgery, West Virginia University School of Medicine. Here’s a chance to learn all about plastic surgery. And, who better to learn from than a WVU professor?
Answer to last week’s question:
It is traditional for club members to call each other by their first names. While this is easy for most of us, members who are younger and from Martinsburg have a hard time at first calling someone they have always referred to as “Dr”, “Mr.”, “Mrs.”, or “Miss” to suddenly have to call them by their first name.
This week’s question:
What is the official magazine of Rotary International?
Soon-to-be-President Chris Johnson brought Bryan Nichols who works for MVB Bank on Edwin Miller Blvd. Amanda Vance, Investment Representative with BCT, was a guest of Leslie Crabill. Gail Moxley brought Brandy Reed, Commercial Relationship Manager with CNB Bank.
As reported last week, we raised $2050 at the Pancakes for Polio breakfast on Memorial Day. One of our members donated another $1,000 to increase it to $3050. We gave the Rec Board $500 and the rest went to PolioPlus. Congratulations again go to all those who participated in the event.
The Luau has been sold out, which is a good thing. Congratulations to all those who helped bring this about.
You should have received your invitation to the Installation Banquet on June 19th at the Holiday Inn by now. There is a cocktail reception at 6pm with a cash bar and light Hors D’oeuvres followed by dinner at 6:30.
For the Paul Harris Fellows, there is a special reception honoring your commitment to the Rotary International Foundation. You and a guest are invited to an exclusive reception that begins at 5pm in the Blue Ridge Ballroom that features Hors D’oeuvres and an open bar. RSVPs are requested for both events. This is President Mike Hornby’s last hurrah and incoming President Chris Johnson’s turn to incorporate her ideas for the club.
There was not a new update on Roger Lewis, so I assume he is recovering nicely at home. It will be good to see Roger when he finally gets back to a meeting. Someone has to keep Mayor George Karos under control.
Pat Woodson got all excited when she held the winning 50/50 ticket. Alas, her hopes were dashed when she failed to draw the Eight of Diamonds. Instead, she will sell tickets this week. We are down to 50 cards with a pot approaching $100.