Tapan Patel (TP):
Hello and welcome to this slightly more unique set of videos. What we’ve decided to do is hold a mini interview which will have an educational basis behind it, so it’s my real delight and honour to introduce a dear friend and new colleague, Mr John Blythe. John is a consultant oral maxillofacial surgeon who also has an interest in cosmetic facial surgery. John, tell us a little bit about yourself and all the work that you’re doing.
John Blythe (JB):
Thank you very much for inviting me today, Tapan. I’m a consultant oral maxillofacial surgeon here in London at one of the leading teaching hospitals, but fundamentally I have a huge interest in facial cosmetics, trauma, and reconstruction. Depending on the day of the week, it may be reconstructing somebody who has fallen out of a building or got caught in a pile-up and the other part of the week may be focusing on facial cosmetic work.
Part of that is also just the combination of bringing people who have had major life events, both from a physical and psychological perspective and using cosmetic techniques – both non-surgical and surgical in combination to bring them back to where they were.
Now I had the pleasure to listen to your talk in Prague a couple of years ago at a large congress, and I think what you’re doing is fairly unique from my understanding. You’re really able to start getting these patients who have suffered trauma and after they’ve overcome the initial challenges of the reconstructive surgical approach, then actually using the non-surgical to give them a better outcome, is that right?
Totally. I am in a lucky position to be within an excellent multi-disciplinary team, so we all work actively together. One area that I want to push the envelope, and the soft tissue envelope is soft tissue traumatic rejuvenation, where people have had catastrophic life events – maybe they shouldn’t have survived the injury. In this modern age, with society so focused on how people look and image, I’m trying to take the latest innovative techniques both surgically and non-surgically, and combining them to give the very best cosmetic outcome.
Great, so I think that’s going to set the scene for a lot of the things we’re going to talk about today. I think today we’ll probably focus mainly on the lower face, so I think we’ll just go ahead and start a new video focusing on the lower face.