FACIAL COSMETIC SURGERY POST-OP
The global cosmetic surgery market was $44.55 billion USD in 2020. The market is projected to grow from $46.02 billion USD in 2021 to $58.78 billion USD in 2028. Because this area of healthcare has grown so significantly over the past several years, far more clinicians are needed to treat this population. As recently as the late 2000s, post-operative recovery in cosmetic plastic surgery was a non-existent entity. Then in 2009 a New York City Physical Therapist specializing in post-op recovery from reconstructive plastic surgery brought her skills and expertise to cosmetic plastic surgery. Nicole Psomas developed a method and protocol for post-operative recovery, pioneering a niche in the industry. In 2019 she published the "The Psomas Method" in a 367-page comprehensive book titled After The Cut: How To Prepare For and Recover From Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. Nicole has now partnered with the Norton School to launch a course to teach preparation and recovery from cosmetic plastic surgery to clinicians throughout the United States.
This course will train clinicians in preparation and recovery from cosmetic surgery procedures of the face including face-lifts, neck-lifts, cheek implants, otoplasty (ear surgery), hair transplants, lip augmentation, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), brow and forehead lifts, and rhinoplasty (nose job). These procedures commonly result in post-operative complications such as edema, bruising, and scarring. Additionally, healing does not always progress as expected which can lead to additional post-operative complications such as infection, poor wound healing, and hematoma.
This 3-day course will provide the academic foundation and practical application demonstration for the therapist to successfully implement basic techniques to prepare the patient for cosmetic surgery and reduce the edema, bruising, and scarring that occurs after cosmetic surgery procedures of the face.
- the basic lymphatic system
- evaluation and identification of post-op complications
- Manual Lymph drainage (MLD)
- compression bandages and garments
- ecchymosis (bruising) and edema management with modalities, supplements, and diet
- marketing and fees for services
- Explain the basic anatomy and physiology of the face and neck lymphatic and venous systems and identify the relevant structures involved in lymphatic drainage.
- Identify cosmetic surgery procedures of the face and neck, their treatments and side effects, and their aesthetic and functional impacts.
- Identify post-operative complications (e.g., poor healing) and when to refer back to the surgeon.
- Demonstrate basic proficiency in assessment and development of a treatment plan for a patient with face edema and ecchymosis (bruising) after cosmetic plastic surgery.
- List the various causes of edema in the face and neck post-cosmetic surgery and their appropriate treatments.
- Demonstrate proficiency in basic techniques to reduce edema of the face and neck to accelerate healing post cosmetic surgery and maximize aesthetic results. These include:
- Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) techniques for the face and neck
- compression garment assessment and implementation for the face and neck
- modalities such as ice, herbal supplements, and positioning to reduce swelling and bruising
Before introducing The Psomas Method, Nicole Psomas spent 17 years at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center as a Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist working with trauma and reconstructive plastic surgery patients. She has helped patients in many areas including post-surgical recovery, reconstructive plastic surgery, bariatric surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, the cardiopulmonary system, general medicine, hemophilia, oncology, orthopedics, psychiatry, pediatrics, transplant surgery, urology, the vascular system, women’s health, the inpatient rehab unit, and intensive care units.
Nicole is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist trained by the Norton School and is a member of the National Lymphedema Network (NLN). In 2019 she published the book After the Cut: How to Prepare for and Recovery from Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, a how-to guide teaching the Psomas Method. The Norton School is proud to partner with Nicole in bringing this unique course to its extensive base of CLT graduates and other interested clinicians.
The following professionals are eligible for training: Aestheticians, MTs, CLTs, PTs, PTAs, OTs, COTAs, SLPs, RNs, LPNs/LVNs, NPs, MDs, PAs, and DOs. Registrants must provide proof of current, active state licensure.
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs)
CEUs are available for Physical Therapists through the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA), for Occupational Therapists through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) (AOTA CEUs/Contact Hours (24); AOTA Classification Codes: Category 2, Domain of OT), and for Massage Therapists through the NCBTMB. Aestheticians can apply for CEUs through the Board of Cosmetology or state health department. For questions about receiving CEUs please call us toll-free at (866) 808-2249.
SPECIAL NEEDS REQUESTS
This continuing education activity is fully accessible to special needs students and addresses the needs of individuals with physical impairments, sensory impairments (e.g., hearing, speech, vision), and emotional and learning disabilities. The provider ensures an instructional environment that enhances the learning process. Resource or reference materials and instructional aids and equipment are current, appropriate for the learning activity, and support the intended learning outcomes. The provider attempts to create a fully accessible educational environment from which all learners can benefit, and provides an opportunity for learners to identify special needs in advance of the activity.
A total of 24 hours of instruction is provided in the Facial Cosmetic Surgery Post-Op Therapy Training Course. Class hours are Monday through Wednesday 8:00am-5:00pm.
Tuition for the Facial Cosmetic Surgery Post-Op Therapy Training Course is $1,790. A deposit of $690 is required at the time of registration and will reserve a seat in the course until the remaining balance is received no later than two weeks prior to the first day of the course.