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Dr. Frederic H. Corbin was featured on The Insider, Channel 2 CBS in an interview as an expert in Synmastia corrections.
Dr. Frederic H. Corbin was featured on The Insider, Channel 2 CBS in an interview as an expert in Synmastia corrections.
Dr. Fred Corbin earns accolades for his charitable work in third world countries, but says his most important gift is his ability to change a patient’s life in a positive way.
Visitors to the Beverly Hills or Orange County offices of Dr. Fred Corbin are greeted by a friendly, professional staff, with comfortable reception areas. Men and women from all over the world come to seek Corbin’s expertise…
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Plastic surgery is in the news, on television, on the Internet, in movies, in magazines, in books and just about everywhere you look. Society places a high value on youthful, healthy, slim images of women and men. Today, looking and feeling younger has never been easier. With antiaging programs, a healthy diet, a regular exercise regimen and plastic/cosmetic surgery, one can turn back the hands of Father Time..
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Before Fred became my husband, he was my plastic surgeon. When I moved to Beverly Hills 10 years ago, I became acquainted with him through a friend of mine, a Playboy playmate who’d been his patient. After I told her how unsatisfied I was with the breast augmentation I’d gotten at 25 — which left me with asymmetrical breasts — she suggested I have Fred correct them.
After my surgery, Fred and I continued to see each other at parties; in Beverly Hills, it’s common for patients to socialize with their plastic surgeons. Eventually, we started dating, and on Valentine’s Day l998, we got married.
Because Fred’s hours were so long, I rarely saw him. So we agreed that I should work in his office. But he had one condition: Gently, he asked me if he could redo the nose job I’d gotten five years earlier. He didn’t want patients to think it was his work. Truthfully, I knew my nose looked overdone, but I hadn’t felt the need to revise it, especially since my first rhinoplasty had been excessively uncomfortable. His request was quite a blow; I was hurt.
For two weeks, neither of us brought it up again. Finally, I reluctantly asked him how he would reshape my nose. We sat down at the computer, and he showed me what my new nose would look like. I had to admit, it was an improvement. I decided to go for it.
After the surgery, I felt my new nose made me look like a different person — and I wasn’t sure if I liked that. Compared with my old nose, which was bony and long, my new one is actually bigger. But I soon realized that it’s also more in proportion with my face.
In the end, the procedure has brought us closer together. Allowing someone to permanently alter your face requires a lot of trust! Since then, Fred hasn’t suggested any more procedures, though I’ve requested that he remove fat from under my eyes to reduce my bags, give me collagen injections in my lips, and inject Botox to eliminate my crow’s-feet.
Last spring, after six months of pressure, he agreed to perform liposuction on my stomach. But he called it off right before the surgery. He said, “You don’t need it. You’re supposed to have a little curve there. It’s sexy.” I was furious. Sometimes, I wish he’d hold me up to the same standards as any patient. I had more plastic surgery done before I married a plastic surgeon! But lately, I’ve come to see Fred’s refusals as compliments. After all, he completely redid some of his previous girlfriends, who were much younger than me.
Breaplastic surgeon Dr. Frederic Corbin has been helping correct birth defects of children and adults in Third World countries for 15 years. For people born with physical deformities, life can be an agonizing and often lonely struggle for acceptance.
For those in Third World countries who lack even the most basic medical care, there is often no choice but to live, however painfully, with the birth defect.But thanks to a Brea plastic surgeon, some of those people have hope.Dr. Frederic Corbin has been correcting birth defects of adults and children in Third World countries for more than 15 years through an international relief organization Operation Smile.
Every few years, Corbin spends two weeks traveling to foreign countries at his own expense to perform corrective surgeries at his own expense. “The mission of the organization is to teach doctors how to perform surgery, but practicality is that these countries don’t have the money to spend on surgery,” Corbin says. Through Operation Smile, Corbin has traveled to such countries as Africa, Ecuador and Mexico to perform a variety of operations.
Burn victims, car accident victims and people with congenial birth defects such as cleft lip and palate deformities are just a few of the types of defects Corbin commonly treats. Children and adults, he said, walk miles just to be seen by the doctors. “When your correct a cleft palate, you correcting (the person’s) speech,” Corbin says. “For children in these countries it has a great affect because now they won’t be considered dumb.”
On the last mission he went on to Ecuador, Corbin treated about 10-15 patients per day – a load normally carried by two doctors.Burn victims are the more common types of patient in Third World countries. Because of the lack of electricity in homes, families are forced to rely on fly netting and kerosene lamps.ON HIS OWN
Twelve years ago, Corbin came to Brea to help out a colleague’s under-staffed practice and decided to stay.
At the time, he was performing plastic surgery at a hospital in Los Angeles and at his own practice in Beverly Hills.
“I became disenchanted with HMOs. I liked performing surgeries, not restrictions,” Corbin says.
So, he left the hospital and opened a second practice on Central Avenue. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University in 1965, Corbin received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1969.
In between residencies and fellowships, he served as a staff surgeon in the Army. The ability to change the quality of someone’s life is one reason he entered into plastic surgery, he says.
“Plastic surgery is different. It’s the only specialty that deals with the whole aspect of the body, the sexes and all ages,” Corbin says. “It’s the quality not quantity of life – that’s what I liked about it.”
Locally, Corbin also performs a variety of surgeries.Corbin performs procedures that are not normally performed by plastic surgeons, nurse Becky Fiene says.
A recent example is a patient who was told by doctors that he would need to have his leg amputated. After Corbin looked at it, he concluded that the leg could be saved with a unique procedure that he developed.
The leg was saved by a method in which Corbin transfers tissue from one part of the body to another, including the tissue, artery, vein and nerves. Corbin also performs emergency surgeries.
Louie Mendoza had sustained a severe dog bit to his left leg and was refused treatment at a few emergency rooms, because he didn’t have insurance. He phoned a friend who advised him to call Corbin. After calling Corbin’s office, he was told to come in at once. He was immediately operated on and the surgery prevented scarring and infection.
“I will forever be grateful,” Mendoza says.
“You treat the problem and then you worry about it later,” Corbin says.
A car accident victim whose face had been severely smashed had his whole face wired shut. The patient used a fake insurance card, and never paid for the service. Corbin never saw him again.
“I travel to foreign countries at my own expense, and perform bizarre procedures,” Corbin says. “And I come back to the U.S. and what are you going to do? Not treat them? I be a hypocrite.”
Corbin provides a full gamut of plastic and Reconstructive surgery and is not limited to cosmetic surgery.
New Breast Procedure That gives patients the look of an implant using their own breast tissue.
Finally, a surgery that produces better shaped breasts, less scarring and no implant. With over 20 years experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Corbin is,” The breast expert”.
Frederic H.Corbin, M.D.,who has been featured in such media as People Magazine, The Learning Channel, Lifetime and MSNBC, is offering women a unique option, which gives them youthful perkier breasts, and less scarring.
Dr. Corbin’s goal is to give each patient the prettiest looking breast with as little scarring as possible.
Dr. Corbin bids Farwell to “The Anchor Scar:” Perfecting a Breast Procedure that Very Few Surgeons in the World Are Even Aware of Formally breast reductions and most breast lifts were done with what has been called an inverted-T or anchor scar. The inverted-T surgery, which is still performed by the vast majority of cosmetic surgeons in the world, leaves patients with a long scar along the lower contour of the breast as well as up the breast that often shows when wearing a bathing suit, lingerie, and low cut tops. In an effort to offer his patients the state-of-the-art in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Corbin uses what is known as the SPAIR technique, a new procedure that very few surgeons in the United States have adopted or are even aware of. With the new surgery technique, the incision under the breast has now been done away with and the anchor scar is a thing of the past. The patient ends up with a better-shaped breast and with a limited amount of scarring. In most cases the scar can be either limited to around the nipple-areola complex, or for larger breasts, a short vertical scar going down from the areola. The results are patients with less scarring, quicker recovery and patients who are happier with the new size and shape of their breasts.
Although Dr. Corbin finds the new breast surgery technique vastly superior to the old inverted-T, which most surgeons continue to use, it is still true that what makes for a successful cosmetic surgery is not a particular technique but the expertise, experience and talent of the physician performing the surgery. Dr. Corbin, who is noted for his work on celebrities, as well as centerfolds, is fully certified by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. A graduate of Brown University, Dr. Corbin received his Medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical internship at the University Hospital of San Diego County, his surgical residency at the prestigious Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston and his Plastic surgery training at Columbia University, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He is currently an assistant clinical instructor at USC, teaching plastic and reconstructive surgery students. Dr. Corbin also lectures to osteopathic medical students at Western University. With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Corbin has successfully performed thousands of procedures. An expert in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Corbin’s writings have been published in several medical journals including an article on “Breast Reconstruction.”
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I got implants because I needed more self-confidence – I was a 36A – and I wanted to be more proportioned. There was that hot legs contest I entered once, where some girl with awful legs won because she had big tits.
“Dr. Corbin went in through the areola, with round smooth Dow Corning silicone bags, 400cc. I was very happy, but after five years it seemed like they had gotten more integrated into my body. Dr. Corbin replaced them with Mentor silicone implants, again through the areola.
After that second surgery, when Dr. Corbin woke me up, I didn’t even know he’d done it, because from day one they looked so natural. It’s like wearing a new outfit every day, and I’m very, very proud of these. I even had a rhinestone shirt that says ‘Silicone.'”
“Prior to 1992, I didn’t use saline implants. I think the feel of silicone is more natural in most patients. I give my patients a bra and put implants in it until they find their size. I usually recommend that they go bigger than they want, because some patients have come back wishing they had. I use an implant and an approach that will give each patient the best results for them. I fit the operation to the patient, and not the patient to the operation. Fifty percent of the surgeries are done using the auxiliary approach [through the armpit] with or without the use of an endoscope, and 40 percent are periareolar [through the nipple]. I prefer textured Mentors because they have a lower incidence of ripping, and I’m not a fan of teardrop [anatomical] implants. If you hold a round bag up, it forms a teardrop shape anyway.”