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        “ Pioneering New-Age Aesthetic Surgery ”

        Assoc. Prof. Ahmet Hamdi Sakarya

        Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery

        EDUCATION

        University:

        2004-2010

        Ege University Faculty of Medicine

        2006-2008

        University School of Healthcare Management

        Medical Registration:

        2010

        Residency Register Exam of Turkey Rank: 72nd / 10442

        02/02/2011- 27/6/2016 

        Residency Training

        Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

        Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine 

        01/06/2012-01/12/2012 

        General Surgery Rotation

        Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge, UK

        USMLE and ECFMG Certification:

        USMLE Step 1       98/227/Pass

        USMLE Step 2 CK        99/235/Pass

        USMLE STEP 2 CS       Pass

        Post Registration Fellowships, Qualifications, Experience:

        2016

        Turkish National Board Exam, Board Certified in Plastic Surgery

        July 2016 – June 2017

        Fellowship in Reconstructive Microsurgery (Reconstruction of Head and Neck, Extremity, Breast, Lymphedema) Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou Branch, Taoyuan, Taiwan 

        July 2017–June 2018 

        Clinical Fellowship in Peripheral Nerve (Brachial plexus, Facial Reanimation, Functional Extremity Reconstruction) Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou Branch, Taoyuan, Taiwan       

        2016 – 2020 

        MSc Degree, Master of Science in Reconstructive Microsurgery Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan  

        2018- 

        Doing Phd in Advanced Plastic Surgery, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey   

        Nov 2019 

        Lymphedema and Supermicrosurgery Observer, Dr. Takumi Yamamoto, National Center for Global Health in Medicine, Japan, Dr. Akitatsu Hayashi, Kameda Medical Center, Lymphedema Center, Japan   

        2018-2020 

        Compulsory Government Service,  Agri State Hospital, Agri, Turkey  

        2020- 

        Private Practice  

        2022- 2024          

        Marmara University Assistant Prof. 

        2024- 

        Marmara University Associate Prof. 

        2024-  

        American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Candidate – International Membership 

        PUBLICATIONS

        1. Aksu AE, Ustun GG, Bitik O, Kara M, Sakarya AH, Safak T. Microvascular tissue transfers in the elderly: safety analysis for a challenging area. Turkish journal of medical sciences 2017; 47(1): 103-8.

        2. Calis M, Demirtas TT, Vatansever A, Irmak G, Sakarya AH, Atilla P, Ozgur F, Gumusderelioglu M. A Biomimetic Alternative to Synthetic Hydroxyapatite: “BoronContaining Bone-Like HydroxyapatitePrecipitated From Simulated Body Fluid. Annals of plastic surgery 2017; 79(3): 304-11.  

        3. Sakarya AH. Combined Open-Loop and Airborne Suture Techniques Facilitate Microsurgical Vessel Anastomosis. International Microsurgery Journal

        4. Sakarya AH, Uzun H, Turkkani A, et al. Effects of Systemic and Local Caffeine on Vessel Diameter, Anastomosis Patency, and Intimal Hyperplasia in the Rat. Journal of reconstructive microsurgery 2019; 35(4): 244-53.

        5. Chuang DC, Lu JC, Chang TN, Sakarya AH. Using “Sugar-cane Chewing” Concept As The Directionality of Motor Neurotizer Selection for Facial Paralysis Reconstruction—Chang Gung Experiences. Plastic and reconstructive surgery 2019.

        6. Uzun H, Özdemir FDM, Üstün GG, Sakarya AH, Bitik O, Aksu AE. ObergManske-Tonkin Classification of Congenital Upper Extremity Anomalies: The First Report From Turkey. Ann Plast Surg. 2020 Sep;85(3):245-250.

        7. Sakarya AH, Do N. Nomenclature of Thin and Super-Thin Flaps-Comment on: Outcomes of Subfascial, Suprafascial, and Super-Thin Anterolateral Thigh Flaps: Tailoring Thickness without Added Morbidity. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2018 Mar;34(3):e3e4.

        8. Sakarya AH, Do NTK, Huang YL, Lu JC, Chang TN, Chuang DC. Effect of Degree of Arterial Inflow on a Functioning Free Muscle Transplantation in a Rat Gracilis Model. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2020 Jul;36(6):458-465.

        9. Sakarya AH, Huang CW, Yang CY, Hsiao HY, Chang FC, Huang JJ. Vascularized lymph node transplantation successfully reverses lymphedema and maintains immunity in a rat lymphedema model. Bioeng Transl Med. 2022 Feb 26;7(3):e10301. doi: 10.1002/btm2.10301. PMID: 36176614; PMCID: PMC9471995.

        10. Sakarya AH, Tsai KY, Hsu CC, Chen SH, Do NK, Anggelia MR, Lin CH, Lin CH. Free tissue transfers for reconstruction of weight-bearing heel defects: Flap selection, ulceration management, and contour revisions. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2022 May;75(5):1557-1566. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2021.11.095. Epub 2021 Dec 2. PMID: 34969626.

        11. Sert G, Sakarya AH. Safe, fast, and minimally-assisted microsurgical anastomosis with combined open-loop suturing and airborne tying: a clinical and experimental study. Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg. 2023 Apr;29(4):449-457. doi: 10.14744/tjtes.2023.79702. PMID: 36995208; PMCID: PMC10214895.

        12. Lin JA, Lu JC, Chang TN, Sakarya AH, Chuang DC. Long-Term Outcome of 118 Acute Total Brachial Plexus Injury Patients Using Free Vascularized Ulnar Nerve Graft to Innervate the Median Nerve. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2023 May;39(4):279-287. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-1755612. Epub 2022 Oct 3. PMID: 36191593.

        13. Sacak B, Sakarya AH, Haytaoglu AA, Akdeniz Dogan Z, Ugurlu MU. Do bilateral procedures further increase the complications for autologous breast reconstruction in obese patients? Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2023 Dec;202(3):435-442. doi: 10.1007/s10549-023-07082-z. Epub 2023 Sep 1. PMID: 37658278

        14. Sakarya AH, Uyanik O, Karabagli M, Karaaltin MV. A Sheep Whole-eye Autotransplantation model. Turkish Journal of Plastic Surgery, 31(4), 117-122.

         

        BOOK CHAPTERS

        1. Kamburoğlu HO, Sakarya AH. Eğri burun ve tedavisi. Vargel İ, editör. Her Yönü ile Nazoplasti. 1. Baskı. Ankara: Türkiye Klinikleri; 2019. p.80-5.

        2. Sakarya AH, Özgür F. Pierre-Robin Sekansı. Özgür F, editör. Damak Dudak Yarıkları Hacettepe Ekip Yaklaşımı. 3. Baskı. Ankara: Bölüm 24. p.230-247.

        3. Sakarya AH, Özgür F. Kemik Grefti ile Rekonstrüksiyon. Özgür F, editör. Damak Dudak Yarıkları Hacettepe Ekip Yaklaşımı. 3. Baskı. Ankara: Bölüm 45. p.440-457.

        4. Sakarya AH. Sinir yaralanmaları. El ve El Bileği Yaralanmaları. Tutak FN, editör. Plastik Cerrahi Acilleri – Esasları, Teknikleri ve Prensipleri 1. Baskı. Bölüm 7c p. 81-93

        5. Sakarya AH. Parmakta total ve subtotal amputasyonlarının tedavi ve yönetimi. El ve El Bileği Yaralanmaları. Tutak FN, editör. Plastik Cerrahi Acilleri – Esasları, Teknikleri ve Prensipleri 1. Baskı. Bölüm 7d p. 81-93

        6. Karaaltin MV, Sakarya AH, Payaslı C. Nöroşirürji Özel Konular- Fasiyal Sinir Paralizilerinin Cerrahi Yönetimi, The Concept of Three Corner Approach in Facial Reanimation; Restore the Balance, Restore the Volume and Restore the Animation Yüz Reanimasyonunda Üç Köşe Yaklaşımı Kavramı; Denge, Hacim ve Animasyonu Tekrar Kazanma) (2022). Türkiye Klinikleri Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi, Basım sayısı:1

        ORAL PRESENTATIONS

        National:

        1. Serbest fibulada FHL’nin flebe dahil edilmesi ve FDL’nin FHL’ye transferi , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2023).. 45. Ulusal Plastik Cerrahi Kurultayı 

        2. Depremzedelerde Üst Ekstremite Koruyucu Cerrahisi Ve Rekonstrüksiyonu , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2023).. 18. ULUSAL EL VE ÜST EKSTREMITE CERRAHISI KONGRESI, (abstract) 

        3. Melanomlara Cerrahi Yaklasım ve Olgu Sunumları/Surgical Approach To Cutaneous  Melanoma Case Presentations , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2023).. A Look Into Science (ALIS) 2023 Ögrenci Kongresi 

        4. Dikis Materyalleri ve Mikro El Aletlerinin Tanıtımı , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2022).. Temel Mikrocerrahi Kursu Istanbul Universitesi Cerrahpasa 

        5. Aralıklı Devamlı ve Havada Sütür Teknikleri Kombinasyonu ile Güvenli ve Hızlı Damar Anastomozu , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2022).. 44. Ulusal Plastik Cerrahi Kurultayı 

        6. İnce Süperfisyal Sirkumfleks Arter Perforatör(SCIP) Flebi ile Lenfatik Akım Restorasyonu ve Ekstremite Rekonstru?ksiyonu , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2022).. 44. Ulusal Plastik Cerrahi Kurultayı, (abstract) 

        7. Torako-Omphalopagus Yapısık Ikizlerinde Iki Asamalı Cerrahi Girisimi Komplikasyon Yönetimi ve Deneyimlerimiz , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, KARAALTIN MEHMET VELI (2022).. 44. Ulusal Plastik Cerrahi Kurultayı 

        8. Deneyim Aktarım Sınıfı- Sistematik ve Güvenli ALT flebi ve Perforatör Disseksiyonu , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2022).. 44. Ulusal Plastik Cerrahi Kurultayı 

        9. Abdominoplasti Ve DİEP Flebi Ile Meme Rekonstrüksiyonunda Abdominal Skar Yerleşiminin Postoperatif Komplikasyonlara Etkisi , SARAC .MER, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, AKDENIZ DOGAN ZEYNEP DENIZ, SACAK BULENT (2022).. 44. Ulusal Plastik Cerrahi Kurultayı, (abstract) 

        10. Preoperatif Abdominal Cerrahi Skarlar Derin Inferior Epigastrik Perforatör Flebi (DİEP) Ile Yapılan Meme Rekonstrüksiyonununda Komplikasyon Gelişimi Ile Ilişkili Midir? , HAYTAOGLU ADEM ATAKAN, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, AKDENIZ DOGAN ZEYNEP DENIZ, UGURLU MUSTAFA UMIT, SACAK BULENT (2022).. 44. Ulusal Plastik Cerrahi Kurultayı, (abstract) 

        11. Skrotal Lenfödeme Yaklaşım ve Tecrübelerimiz , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, KARAALTIN MEHMET VELI (2022).. Uluslararası Katılımlı 2. Lenf.dem Kongresi, (abstract) 

        12. Koyunda Göz Ototransplantasyon Modeli , Özcan Ebru Diana, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, UYANIK ORKUN, KARABAGLI MURAT, KARAALTIN MEHMET VELI (2022).. 9. Ulusal Rekonstrüktif Mikrocerrahi Kongresi, (abstract) 

        13. Kontralateral C7 Transferi: Chang Gung Hastanesi Deneyimi , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2022).. 9. Ulusal Rekonstrüktif Mikrocerrahi Kongresi 

        14. Aralıklı Devamlı ve Havada Sütür Teknikleri Kombinasyonu ile Güvenli ve Hızlı Damar Anastomozu , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2022).. 9. Ulusal Rekonstrüktif Mikrocerrahi Kongresi 

        15. İnce ve Süperince Serbest Fleplerle Ekstremite Rekonstrüksiyonu Tecrübelerim , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2022).. 9. Ulusal Rekonstrüktif Mikrocerrahi Kongresi 

        16. Sinirlerin Anatomik Yapısı ve Sinir Koaptasyonunun .zellikleri Siyatik Sinir Koaptasyonu, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2022).. Rekonstrüktif Mikrocerrahi Dernegi Marmara Universitesi Temel Mikrocerrahi Kursu 

        17. Arter ve Venlerin Farklılıkları Femoral Venin Hazırlanması ve Femoral Ven Anastomozu, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2022).. Rekonstrüktif Mikrocerrahi Dernegi Marmara Universitesi Temel Mikrocerrahi Kursu 

        18. Ven Grefti Endikasyonları, Teknigi ve Sorunlar Ven Grefti Hazırlanması ve Anastomozu, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2022).. Rekonstrüktif Mikrocerrahi Dernegi Marmara Universitesi Temel Mikrocerrahi Kursu 

        19. Alt ekstremitede ince fleplerle rekonstrüksiyon , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2021).. 43. Ulusal Plastik Cerrahi Kurultayı 

        20. Femoral Ven Anastomozu , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2021).. Rekonstrüktif Mikrocerrahi Dernegi, Marmara Universitesi Temel Mikrocerrahi Kursu 

        21. Femoral Arter Uç- Uca anastomozu- hatalar Femoral Arter Uç Uca anastomozu, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2021).. Rekonstrüktif Mikrocerrahi Dernegi Marmara Universitesi Temel Mikrocerrahi Kursu 

        22. Uç-yan Anastomoz Teknigi ve Endikasyonları Femoral Arter ve Vende Uç-yan Anastomoz, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2021).. Rekonstrüktif Mikrocerrahi Dernegi Marmara Universitesi Temel Mikrocerrahi Kursu 

        23. Yüksek Seviyeli Pediatrik Replantasyonun Uzun D.nemde Cerrahi Y.netimi , MENKU FETHIYE DAMLA, UZUN HAKAN, SERT G.KHAN, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, AKSU ALI EMRE (2019).. Türk Plastik Rekonstrüktif ve Estetik Cerrahi Dernegi 41. Ulusal Kurultayı, (abstract) 

        International:

        1. Aselüler Dermal Matriksin (Matriderm) Genis Primer Palatoplastilerde Kullanımı ile Ilgili Tecrübelerimiz/Our experience of Matriderm use in wide cleft palate patients. , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, SERT G.KHAN, .ZGUR FATMA FIGEN (2014).. Dudak Damak Yarıkları Dernegi 1. Uluslararası Kongresi / International Congress, (abstract) 

         2. The frequency of accompanying anomalies and syndromes in Cleft lip & palate patients operated at Hacettepe University in the last 5 years. SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, SERT G.KHAN, .ZGUR FATMA FIGEN (2014).. Dudak Damak Yarıkları Dernegi 1. Uluslararası Kongresi / International Congress, (abstract)  

        3. Microscope-Assisted Hepatic Artery Reconstruction in Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation—A Review of 325 Consecutive Cases in a Single Center. , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, Lu Johnny Chuieng-Yi, Lee Chen Fang, Zidan Ahmed, Tsao Chung Kan, Chang Tommy Nai-Jen, Huang Jung Ju, Wu Jerry, Cheng Ming Huei, Lee Wei-Chen (2017).. 9th Congress of World Society for Reconstruction Microsurgery (WSRM) 

        4. Chang Gung Experience of Facial Reanimation with Masseteric Nerve. 4th Congress of Asian Pasific Federation Societies for Microsurgery, Turkey, 2018  

        5. Patient Reported Outcome Measures for Toe to Hand Transfer – a Prospective Longitudinal Study. , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, Tsai Tzong Ying, Fries C Anton, Hsiao Jo-Chun, Hsu Chung-Chen, Lin Yu Te, Lin Shih Heng, Wei Fu Chan, Lin Cheng-Hung (2018).. 4th Congress of Asian Pasific Federation Societies for Microsurgery, (abstract) 

        6. The Functional Effect of “High” vs. “Low” Blood Flow on a Functional Muscle Transfer in Rats , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, Zou Ya Hui, Chen Pei Ju, Huang Yen Lin, Lu Johnny Chuieng-Yi, Chang Tommy Nai-Jen, Chuang David Chwei-Chin (2018).. 4th Congress of Asian Pasific Federation Societies for Microsurgery, (abstract) 

        7. The Possibility to Randomly Create a New Free Cutaneous Flap from a Venous Flap 4th Congress of Asian Pasific Federation Societies for Microsurgery, Turkey, 2018 

        8. The Effect of Preoperative Radiotherapy Treatment in Head and Neck Free Tissue Reconstruction , Erdem Ilhan, SACAK BULENT, AKDENIZ DOGAN ZEYNEP DENIZ, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, Akdeniz Esra (2023).. 12th Congress of the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (WSRM) 

        9. Assessment of Anatomical Variations and Dominance of Perforator Vessels of Profunda Femoral Artery Perforator and Skin Islanded Free Gracilis Perforator Flaps with the Help of CT-Angiography , Bayramiçli Mehmet, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, Içbudak Fatih, HAYTAOGLU ADEM ATAKAN (2023).. 12th Congress of the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (WSRM) 

         10. Does Abdominal Scarring Affect Complications with Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator- Based Flap (DIEP) in Breast Reconstruction , SACAK BULENT, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, HAYTAOGLU ADEM ATAKAN, AKDENIZ DOGAN ZEYNEP DENIZ, UGURLU MUSTAFA UMIT (2023).. 12th Congress of the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (WSRM), (abstract) 

        11. Do bilateral Procedures Further Increase the complications for Autologous Breast Reconstruction in Obese Patients? , SACAK BULENT, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, HAYTAOGLU, ADEM ATAKAN, AKDENIZ DOGAN ZEYNEP DENIZ, UGURLU MUSTAFA UMIT (2023).. 12th Congress of the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (WSRM), (abstract) 

        12. Evaluation of the Effect of intraoperative fluid management on Flap Complications in Reconstruction with DIEP Flap , Erdem Ilhan, SACAK BULENT, AKDENIZ DOGAN ZEYNEP DENIZ, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, Cakmak Gül, SARACOGLU AYTEN, UGURLU MUSTAFA UMIT (2023).. 12th Congress of the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (WSRM) 

        13. Purpura Fulminans Secondary to Varicella-Zoster Infection , DIZI ISIK AYLIN, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, ERGENC ZEYNEP, Yılmaz Seyhan, Tuncay Sevgi Aslan, PARLAK BURCU, CANIZCI, ERDEMLI PINAR, KEPENEKLI KADAYIFCI EDA (2023).. 41. Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatrics Infectious Diseases 

        14. Approach to Nerve Injuries in Upper Extremities SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI (2022), International Konya Microsurgery Meeting 

        15. Clinical Application of Vascularized Ulnar Nerve Graft (VUNG) in Early Severe Root Injuries of Brachial Plexus , Lin Jennifer An-Jou, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, Chuang David Chwei-Chin (2019).. 10th Congress of the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (WSRM), (abstract) 

        16. Sugar Cane Concept in FFMT for Facial Paralysis Reconstruction, More than 400 Case Experience , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, Chuang David Chwei-Chin (2018).. 4th Congress of Asian Pasific Federation Societies for Microsurgery 

        17. Microvascular Tissue Transfers For Maxillary And Anterior Cranial Base Reconstruction, UZUN HAKAN, BITIK OZAN, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, AKS.YLER DICLE YASAR, USTUN GALIP GENCAY, KARA MURAT, SERT G.KHAN, AKSU ALI EMRE (2016).. 13th Congress of the European Federation of Societies for Microsurgery, (abstract) 

        18. Reconstruction of Advanced Stage Malignant of Advanced Stage Malignant Scalp Tumors with Free Latissimus Dorsi Myocutaneous Flaps , UZUN HAKAN,BITIK OZAN, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, AKS.YLER DICLE YASAR,AVAZZADE ELMETTIN,USTUN GALIP GENCAY,SERT G.KHAN,AKSU ALI EMRE (2016).. 13th Congress of the European Federation of Societies for Microsurgery, (abstract) 

        19. Proximal Upper Extremity Replantation and Postoperative Management in Pediatric Patients Analysis of 2 Cases , UZUN HAKAN, MENKU FETHIYE DAMLA, USTUN GALIP GENCAY, SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, SERT G.KHAN, ÖZCAN UTKU, AVAZZADE ELMEDDIN, BITIK OZAN, AKSU ALI EMRE (2016).. 13th Congress of the European Federation of Societies for Microsurgery, (abstract) 

        20. Esophageal Reconstruction With The Free Tensor Fascia Lata Flap In A Patient With Recurrent Larengeal Cancer , SAKARYA AHMET HAMDI, AKSU ALI EMRE, SAFAK TUNC (2016) 13th EFSM (Europian Federation of Societies for Microsurgery) Congress 

        LANGUAGE SKILLS & INTERESTS

        Languages

        Native Turkish, Fluent English (TOEFL IBT 2016: 105/120)   

        Hobbies and Interests

        Surgery, Snowboarding, Dancing, Martial Arts, Tennis   

        Education

        The European Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

        United States Medical Equivalency Certificate

        Prof. Dr. Karaaltin acquired his medical degree in Medicine from Istanbul University, in the English-learner Branch, and ranked 12 out of 25.000 medical doctors, in the National Turkish Examination.

        In 2012, Prof. Dr. Karaaltin became a fellow of the European Board of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery (EBOPRAS). Dr. Karaaltin is also an ISAPS member and provides an ISAPS insurance for all the cosmetic procedures he performs around the globe.

        Perhaps his most notable achievement has been the great honor of being a member of the team awarded the “BEST EXPERIMENTAL PAPER” in Plastic Reconstructive Surgery in 2016.

        Dr. Karaaltin was also a member of “The Hacettepe Team” who performed the world’s third full face transplantion, as well as the world’s first Quadralup transplantion attempt.

        He has also recently developed a new invention known as “3D Rhinoplasty“, applying 3D scanning and printing technology in nose aesthetic surgery and taking digital technology to a level beyond simulation.

        Dr. Karaaltin’s expertise involves a wide variety of aesthetic procedures including a special type of Brazillian Butt Lift known as “Advanced Safe BBL(TM)”, which is one of his most popular treatments.

        Recently, Dr. Karaaltin presented for the first time The Ultimate “Davinci Robotic Technology” in Breast augmentation, providing the opportunity of greatly optimizing the results in breast augmentation.

        “Pioneering New-Age Aesthetics”
        Interview with Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaaltin
        Hello doctor and thank you very much for having me. Could you start by giving us a brief overview of your accomplishments?

        It’s a pleasure. Sure. I spent my childhood in the US before coming back to Turkey to pursue my medical education. I was ranked 12 out of 25,000 surgeons in Turkey upon graduation. A few years later, in 2012, I passed the examination and became a member of the European Board of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery. I would like to mention that I have always carried out my medical practice while researching. I was granted the global award and recognition of “Best Experimental Paper” in 2016, which might be my greatest achievement. I spend a great deal of time studying, searching and learning, I believe we can never know enough about the human body, I am humble enough to say that. That’s why I’m often abroad, mostly in the US, assisting to congresses and giving talks. Besides, I have other obligations. I am a fellow of the International Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2018, Benito Novas, CEO of the Global Stem Cells Group named me Associate Professor in Miami.

        Fascinating. Could you tell us why you decided to become a plastic surgeon?

        You don’t decide such a thing. It decides you. Do you know Asclepius, the ancient Greek doctor? He has a dialogue starting with the words “do you want to be a doctor, my son?” you will have to give up your private life, people always need you. This knowingly, I think it’s the most beautiful profession in the world. When I think about it, helping people is the best reason to get up every morning. Of course, we all do this in our own way. But medicine can be extremely helpful, depending on the case, it can truly transform your life.

        Amazing! What do you like the most about your job? And the least?

        The words of thank you and the satisfaction of patients is something I cannot compare to anything else. That is surely the best part of my job. The worst part… (takes a long pause). I cannot think of anything to answer that right now, but it’s a lot of work. Sometimes taking a week off is a matter of life or death. But I don’t do breaks much. When you are passionate about what you do, it’s not really working. And then, when I stop working, I am impatient to get back at it (laughs). Am I a workaholic? Maybe, but I’m happy this way.

        Main Achievements and Scientific Breakthrough of Prof. Dr. Karaaltin

        • Fellow of the European Board of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery
        (EBOPRAS)
        • Member of ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons)
        • Ranked 12 out of 25.000 medical doctors, in the National Turkish Examination
        • Associate Professor of Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgery by the Global Stem Cell Group
        • Awarded the “BEST EXPERIMENTAL PAPER” distinction in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (2016)
        • Founder of “Pixellence Istanbul”
        • Creator of “DaVinci Robotic Technology”
        • Development of the Four-Corner concept for “facial anti-aging”
        • Practitioner of Advanced Safe BBLTM

        Very impressive! Could you tell us about your research and innovations?

        Sure. In the last years we have witnessed very important technological advances that have facilitated and perfectioned the medical profession. For example, in digital technology. I have been involved in projects all around the world to extract all the possible juice from such innovations. This is very important for surgeons and patients alike, which is why I teach surgeons all over the world. 3D rhinoplasty, for example, was born when we applied digital technology, scanning and printing into the equation, moving beyond mere simulation, and greatly improving precision and results. Da Vinci Robotic Technology focuses on breast augmentation. Each of these would be a topic on themselves, there’s loads of material online and in specialized reviews. The Advanced Safe BBL technique, which I invented, also proves how technology is bringing great new benefits.

        I suppose you have a family. How do you find the life-work balance?

        It has gotten much better with time, that’s for sure. You get to finance a team, when I started working for Care in Turkey I got a huge load off my back, I needed that to fully focus on my duty as a surgeon. This is good for everyone, especially for patients. On the academic side, you know, as a researcher, I also get the chance to transfer part of my responsibilities. So yes, my junior years have paid off.

        What is the best thing you have ever heard from a patient?

        I have treated some extremely severe cases of malformations, serious injuries, accidents, in decades of practice. “You have saved my life” must be the best thing I have ever heard. You hear many nice things, but I don’t think any can compare to that.

        Thank you so much for your time doctor.

        My pleasure, thank you.

        “Pioneering New-Age Aesthetics”
        Interview with Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaaltin
        Hello doctor and thank you very much for having me. Could you start by giving us a brief overview of your accomplishments?

        It’s a pleasure. Sure. I spent my childhood in the US before coming back to Turkey to pursue my medical education. I was ranked 12 out of 25,000 surgeons in Turkey upon graduation. A few years later, in 2012, I passed the examination and became a member of the European Board of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery. I would like to mention that I have always carried out my medical practice while researching. I was granted the global award and recognition of “Best Experimental Paper” in 2016, which might be my greatest achievement. I spend a great deal of time studying, searching and learning, I believe we can never know enough about the human body, I am humble enough to say that. That’s why I’m often abroad, mostly in the US, assisting to congresses and giving talks. Besides, I have other obligations. I am a fellow of the International Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2018, Benito Novas, CEO of the Global Stem Cells Group named me Associate Professor in Miami.

        Very impressive! Could you tell us about your research and innovations?

        Sure. In the last years we have witnessed very important technological advances that have facilitated and perfectioned the medical profession. For example, in digital technology. I have been involved in projects all around the world to extract all the possible juice from such innovations. This is very important for surgeons and patients alike, which is why I teach surgeons all over the world. 3D rhinoplasty, for example, was born when we applied digital technology, scanning and printing into the equation, moving beyond mere simulation, and greatly improving precision and results. Da Vinci Robotic Technology focuses on breast augmentation. Each of these would be a topic on themselves, there’s loads of material online and in specialized reviews. The Advanced Safe BBL technique, which I invented, also proves how technology is bringing great new benefits.

        Fascinating. Could you tell us why you decided to become a plastic surgeon?

        You don’t decide such a thing. It decides you. Do you know Asclepius, the ancient Greek doctor? He has a dialogue starting with the words “do you want to be a doctor, my son?” you will have to give up your private life, people always need you. This knowingly, I think it’s the most beautiful profession in the world. When I think about it, helping people is the best reason to get up every morning. Of course, we all do this in our own way. But medicine can be extremely helpful, depending on the case, it can truly transform your life.

        Amazing! What do you like the most about your job? And the least?

        The words of thank you and the satisfaction of patients is something I cannot compare to anything else. That is surely the best part of my job. The worst part… (takes a long pause). I cannot think of anything to answer that right now, but it’s a lot of work. Sometimes taking a week off is a matter of life or death. But I don’t do breaks much. When you are passionate about what you do, it’s not really working. And then, when I stop working, I am impatient to get back at it (laughs). Am I a workaholic? Maybe, but I’m happy this way.

        I suppose you have a family. How do you find the life-work balance?

        It has gotten much better with time, that’s for sure. You get to finance a team, when I started working for Care in Turkey I got a huge load off my back, I needed that to fully focus on my duty as a surgeon. This is good for everyone, especially for patients. On the academic side, you know, as a researcher, I also get the chance to transfer part of my responsibilities. So yes, my junior years have paid off.

        What is the best thing you have ever heard from a patient?

        I have treated some extremely severe cases of malformations, serious injuries, accidents, in decades of practice. “You have saved my life” must be the best thing I have ever heard. You hear many nice things, but I don’t think any can compare to that.

        Thank you so much for your time doctor.
        My pleasure, thank you.
        Main Achievements and Scientific Breakthrough of Prof. Dr. Karaaltin

        • Fellow of the European Board of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery
        (EBOPRAS)
        • Member of ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons)
        • Ranked 12 out of 25.000 medical doctors, in the National Turkish Examination
        • Associate Professor of Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgery by the Global Stem Cell Group
        • Awarded the “BEST EXPERIMENTAL PAPER” distinction in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (2016)
        • Founder of “Pixellence Istanbul”
        • Creator of “DaVinci Robotic Technology”
        • Development of the Four-Corner concept for “facial anti-aging”
        • Practitioner of Advanced Safe BBLTM

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