Krummen Plastic Surgery Blends Different Therapies to Meet Patient Needs
Donna Krummen M.D., F.A.C.S
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The most rewarding facial rejuvenation journey often includes a combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures, says Donna Krummen, M.D., FACS.
“Many times, people think it has to be one or the other when really there should be a blend depending on what a patient’s goals are. I stress to my patients that because I am a surgeon, I can offer both. I talk to them honestly about what one therapy will or won’t provide, and they can decide what is best for them. Sometimes surgery is the only procedure that meets a patient’s needs. It’s really a matter of educating my patients and demystifying the available procedures and services we offer.”
Krummen, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon experienced in all areas of plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, has been in solo practice since 2000. She is highly skilled in performing the traditional surgical procedures, such as facelifts, eyelifts and body procedures. She also provides a variety of the latest non-surgical procedures, including Plasma Pen and PDO Threads.
The Plasma Pen – also known as Plasma Lift Skin Tightening or Fibroblast Tightening – is a non-surgical device and technique that is used in Fibroblast Therapy, which stimulates the production of collagen, naturally tightening and smoothing one’s skin on almost all areas of the body. It is particularly effective in treating the upper and lower eyelids, fine lines around the mouth, wrinkles and loose skin on the face, neck and jawline. It can reduce the appearance of acne and other scars, and it can also be used to treat loose skin on the arms and abdomen.
“It has been a popular method for skin rejuvenation for many years in Europe and is now starting to gain traction in the United States,” Krummen notes. In most cases, one to four treatments will produce the most optimal results, and initial results are usually visible immediately. Because the treatment stimulates the natural body healing process, it typically takes eight weeks to see full results.
A PDO Thread Lift renews the integral collagen matrix needed to support taut skin by inducing collagen production and remodeling in one’s dermis, which is the thick layer of living tissue just below the epidermis that forms one’s true skin. This non-surgical procedure addresses sagging skin and tissue using dissolvable threads. The threads provide an immediate tissue lift via the mechanical repositioning of superficial tissue, thus improving skin elasticity and texture through improved circulation. It tightens the skin by promoting fat and collagen contraction.
According to Krummen, one of the primary advantages of the minimally-invasive PDO Threadlift – sometimes referred to as a “lunchtime lift” – is that treatment doesn’t require anesthesia or a lengthy recovery process, and carries lower risks compared to surgical lifting.
PDO threads are FDA-approved polydioxanone sutures, which have been used in surgery for several years, Krummen explains. When it comes to cosmetic improvement, PDO Threadlift has proven to be especially beneficial for the neck and jawline, as well as the mid-face area and eyebrows.
Patients’ Comfort Comes First
Named one of Cincinnati’s top doctors every year since 2010, Krummen is heralded for her extensive professional training and expertise as well as her commitment to providing patient care in a safe, supportive and comfortable environment.
A Cincinnati native, Krummen received her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University and her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She also completed an internship at the University of Cincinnati Hospital, a residency at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Cleveland, and a fellowship at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), an organization limited to those doctors who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
“There’s a lot of emotion that goes along with patients’ decisions, and as their doctor I want to help them through that decision-making process,” Krummen adds. “Women often feel guilty doing something for themselves, especially if it requires downtime or takes them away from what they feel are their duties – kids or family or home. Having any kind of cosmetic procedure, whether Botox injections or surgery, involves overcoming obstacles in one’s mind regarding what they should or shouldn’t do. But it’s important for a woman to not feel guilty over doing something that helps bring out her best self.”
While it’s important to fill wrinkles and tighten facial skin as one ages, she emphasizes, it’s equally important to keep your skin healthy and regularly refreshed. As such, she offers a line of medical-grade skin treatments and services, provided by nurses, including microdermabrasion, micro needling, and a variety of peels and other skin care therapies.
“We are committed to taking good care of our patients,” Krummen concludes. “We want them to be part of our family, to feel welcome. We believe in putting our patients’ best interests first and then we make recommendations accordingly.”
Dr. Donna Krummen, M.D., FACS Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is located at 8211 Cornell Road, #520, Cincinnati, OH 45249. For more information, call 513.985.0850 or visit www.krummenplasticsurgery.com