Covid Once Again In Retreat!
Dr. Ekstrom with her Mom for the first time since COVID began.
Drs. Ekstrom and Bunkis are en route from Minnesota to Massachusetts on this
Columbus Day on the east coast and Indigenous Peoples Day on the west coast. We
have spent a delightful few days with Dr. Ekstrom’s 94 year old mom, her sister
and her brother and his family in Minnesota. And this coming week, we will be
helping patients at Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, MA.
Well, world-wide the number of COVID cases has fallen about 30% and in the US 35% since September 1st. Los Angeles Country is reporting a decrease in the number of daily cases by 57% from a month earlier but is still seeing an average of 14 deaths per day, a number that is particularly tragic because most of them could have been prevented with a simple vaccine! But Alaska has become the home of the nation’s worst COVID-19 outbreak – little surprise as only 50% of the population has been fully vaccinated and mask hesitancy is high. The rest of the country is following COVID’s mysterious two month cycle, a cycle that epidemiologists cannot explain. Since COVID began, we have seen these cycles where cases surge for about two months, often because of a new variant, and then decline for about two months, without apparent reason. This year, COVID cases rose from Feb to April, then declined until June, rose through August and are now falling again.
We still do not have final word re vaccination of smaller children. Pfizer has submitted its data to the FDA, requesting permission to allow vaccine use for children down to the age of 5. The FDA’s vaccine advisory committee will meet on October 26 and should discuss Pfizer’s vaccine data for children ages 5 to 11. If approved by the FDA, the CDC will then meet to decide if approval for the vaccine will be granted. Data on the immune response and safety for children ages 6 months to 2 years should be released before the end of this year.
Today we will continue our discussion regarding facial improvement, this time showing you a young man who was especially bothered by his profile. During the consultation, it became evident that his main concern pertained to his small nasal hump and broad, previously broken nose. In reviewing the options with him, it was pointed out that he had a slightly retruded chin and that this chin weakness accentuated the size of his nose. It was recommended that a relatively small amount be removed from his nasal dorsum, and his tip lifted slightly, in combination with the insertion of a small chin implant to improve his profile. This was complemented with a minor neck liposuction, to give him this pleasing profile as seen below. And, of course, he was very pleased with the view of his face that he saw in the mirror. What pleased him the most was that people he knew well did not say anything to him about changing his appearance after the surgical procedure – this was attributable to the fact that only small changes were made to bring his profile into harmony rather than making an excessive change in any one given area. Let us know if we can help you with your aesthetic concerns.
35 year old anesthesiologist, before and after a closed rhinoplasty, chin augmentation and a neck liposuction (actual patient of Dr. Bunkis, your results may vary)
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