Apr 2017 Vienna - Dimitra Kotsougiani (Ludwigshaven, Germany)

“I had the unique chance to spend three months in Vienna for the DAFPRS fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Klepetko, Dr. van der Meulen and Dr. Worseg, who are all well-renowned plastic surgeons with extensive experience in facial reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. First, I would like to thank all of them for their kindness, hospitality and patience in explaining every little detail of the multiple operations we performed together; it was an exceptional experience.

During my fellowship I was given the opportunity to work at the Radetzky villa, which is run by Dr. Klepetko and Dr. van der Meulen. It is located in the suburbs of Vienna and offers a new operation room at the first floor. In addition, I worked with both doctors performing operations in a private hospital, which is close to Radetzky villa. Although the main focus of the DAFPRS fellowship lies on facial aesthetic surgery, consisting of face-lifts, blepharoplasties, nanofat-grafting and rhinoplasties, I was also able to assist in a lot of breast reconstructive procedures. I was always welcome to join the consultations, which gave me the option to follow the patient from the first visit. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to expand my knowledge in the wrinkle treatment of the facial area with thread-lifts, fillers and botox. In parallel, I was also given the opportunity to work with Dr. Worseg and his team in a private hospital located in Doebling, which is easily accessible by train from the Radetzky villa. Dr. Worseg offers the broad variety of plastic surgery including facelifts, otoplasties, forehead- and browlifts, aesthetic breast surgery, liposuction and abdominoplasties. In both clinics I was always invited to scrub in as first assistant in all operative procedures, which allowed me to experience different surgical approaches. I have never experienced such a friendly and helpful environment as I did in these two clinics. Throughout my fellowship I stayed in the spacious apartment next door to the Radetzky villa. With the bicycle or the public transportation it takes 25 minutes to the city center where you can visit historical sites or go to one of the legendary classic concerts.

Dr. Klepetko, Dr. van der Meulen and Dr. Worseg are great teachers, who are always eager to share their tremendous clinical experience with the fellow and offer a one-to-one teaching. All of them have expanded my view on facial and aesthetic plastic surgery.

In conclusion, the DAFPRS fellowship is a unique opportunity to expand your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in facial plastic surgery, as well as in reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery. The DAFPRS fellowship has greatly exceeded my expectations and I want to congratulate the program director Dr. van der Meulen for the establishment of this international fellowship. I have profited tremendously and I consider the DAFPRS fellowship as an obligate addition to any residency program for everybody who is interested in facial and aesthetic plastic surgery.”

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