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My Trip to Regensburg, Germany

My Trip to Regensburg, Germany

Claus Walter and Wayne Larrabee in Regensburg, Germany

Claus Walter and Wayne Larrabee in Regensburg, Germany

It has been wonderful to be part of the Regensburg course in Facial Plastic Surgery over the years. Each year it becomes even better. In addition to the energy and ability of Holger Gassner, the support of the entire faculty—including residents and fellows—is impressive. It is difficult to believe that only a few years ago, Holger was a fellow with us at the Larrabee Center, and now he has launched one of the most successful facial plastic surgery centers in Europe. Our book, The Art and Craft of Facial Rejuvenation was well received and sold out early in the meeting.

As always, I like to learn as much as I teach at these meetings. One highlight for me was Janice Pastorek’s discussion of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). She showed some amazing results of using the patient’s own platelet rich plasma in combination with IPL (intense pulsed light) to rejuvenate the skin. I also enjoyed a presentation by Grant Hamilton from the Mayo Clinic on the importance of imaging for patient communication. He uses Photoshop and really integrates his imaging into all phases of his rhinoplasty practice. He shared a few Photoshop shortcuts which I will work into our practices in Seattle and London. I also learned some new facial reanimation techniques from Kofi Boahene. Kofi is a facial plastic surgeon at Johns Hopkins with a diverse practice who is also planning a surgical clinic in his native Ghana with the help of the Johns Hopkins Business School.

It was good, as always, to work with and learn from my friends and colleagues from around the world. Peter Hilger, Norm Pastorek, Jon Sykes, Minas Constantinides, Pietro Palma, Miriam Boenisch, Fazil Apaydin, Santdeep Paun, and the wonderful German faculty, who are all talented surgeons and professors. A special moment was an after-dinner talk by Claus Walter, MD (featured in the top photo for this post). Claus is a true pioneer in facial plastic surgery and, at 86 years old, is still innovating. He provided me an article on a new composite graft from behind the ear that contains both bone and cartilage. He is truly amazing.

I am always sorry to leave my family and practice to travel for these meetings, but, in the end, I not only come home excited with new ideas, but also feel confident that our center continues to work at the cutting edge of plastic surgery.

And—it is good to be missed!!

Larrabee Welcome Home

Important Notice

Our Aesthetic Center is set for a soft reopening Monday, May 18th! 

We are thrilled to announce the soft opening of our aesthetic center on May 18th, 2020 in compliance with Governor Jay Inslee’s proclamation (20-05-20-24) of elective cosmetic medical procedures being restricted up until this date. We will not be resuming full activity of The Larrabee Center right away. 

Suite 385 Covid-19 Updates:

 Below you will find actions we have taken to ensure that you are protected and that we maintain Suite 385 as a Non-Covid Care (NCC) Zone:

Please be advised with the soft opening, our hours, providers, appointment availability and staff will be reduced to avoid unnecessary exposure. We fully understand that this will result in some inconvenience in the short term, but it is essential we do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our patient, and our staff.

We ask that if you are calling to reschedule an appointment from March, April, or early May, please be patient until our front desk coordinators reach out to you as we have limited staff working diligently for reopening and the phone lines are overwhelmed with calls.

Washington State Department of Health (DOH), World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) share information about COVID-19 at:

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus  
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 

The health and well-being of our patients and staff are so important to us. Our providers and support staff appreciate all your love and support for them during this time. We thank you and look forward to seeing you soon! 

Please reach out with any additional questions! Call or text us at 206-386-3550 or email info@larrabeecenter.com

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