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Plastic surgery can can increase people's quality of life. LEFT: Male face lift. RIGHT: Rhinoplasty.
For them non-surgical rejuvenation is a better solution.” Being a woman in a speciality populated largely by men has advantages: “A big proportion of women patients are delighted to have a female surgeon,” she says: “They like my empathy with them. Men and women surgeons are both competent, but inevitably differ – perhaps with different views on breast size, the objectives of reconstruction, and beauty goals in general.”
Aesthetic and functional Dr Bergeret Galley is keen to emphasise much of the work she does is as much functional as aesthetic: “I do a lot of what the Americans call ‘mommy makeovers’. After having children women want their bodies and lives back, to be sexy again without exaggeration, the way they were before giving birth. Multiple pregnancies can alter the body severely; many women after two or three children will have a loose
abdomen and sagging breasts, but sometimes they’ve also experienced traumatic delivery with tears and damage to the vaginal wall and thus functional problems and troubles in their sex life. A vaginal repair can give these women a normal sex life again.” Post-obesity treatment, an area where she deals with as many men as women, falls into the same area. If a patient loses a huge amount of weight, the skin doesn’t retract and leaves the patient with a skinenvelope several sizes too big.
what I do, and it makes a real difference to people’s lives,” she concludes. www.bergeretgalley.com www.body-surgery.com
Dr Bergeret Galley also does aesthetic work like rhinoplasty and face-lifts, and has significant expertise in liposuction, having trained with pioneer of the technique Dr Yves-Gérard Illouz: “I do a lot of fat transfer, taking the fat wherever it is in excess in the body to put it back in the breast for moderate augmentation, so it suits European women asking for improvement of shape and size but not enormously enlarged breasts. It works really well instead of implants. And I also do that for the buttocks – the Americans say ‘don’t forget the butt’ and it’s true, it’s an important part of a woman’s look! “People ask what I do for men, and it’s true they have a slightly different agenda to women. Men often look to improve tired eyelids (blepharoplasty), a double chin or ‘love handles (liposuction).”
Breast lipofilling: The fat was harvested from the stomach, and reinjected into the breasts which had disappeared after two children.
Just as her training demanded enormous commitment, so too does her busy schedule now. But it’s rewarding work: “I love
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