Dr. Robert Grant is Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief for the combined Divisions of Plastic Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the University Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell, a position he has held since April of 2006. Board-certified in general surgery and plastic surgery, Dr. Grant is a member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS), the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Dr. Grant believes in and advocates a novel philosophy radically different from the so called magical age reversal procedures. He calls this Life Stage Personal Enhancement. This philosophy rejects extreme makeovers and encourages incremental procedures that help one enhance one’s looks and maintain a natural and appealing look over time.
Dr. Grant’s philosophy grew out of observing the fact that most anti aging procedures do not end up attaining their goal of making time slow down. An attempt to stop aging isn’t successful as it isn’t natural and hence comes with its burden of drastic measures and unsatisfactory results. Age maintenance, on the other hand, is a manageable goal, one that helps patients look and feel their best at a particular age.
How a person looks and feels at a certain age is a determinant of various contributory factors, many of which people do not give enough importance to. A substantial component of how we look when we are older is how we have behaved and treated our bodies when we were younger. A lot of our activities earlier in life such as smoking, drinking, partying late at night, exposure to sun, excess junk food intake and lack of exercise, affect the way we look and the way our bodies behave when we are older.
Given the impact our current activities and lifestyle can have on our future, it is imperative that one is careful about our lifestyle choices. A plastic surgeon could help one to adequately understand the impact of our current actions and how this will affect our bodies 10 or 15 years later. Dr. Grant’s philosophy is based on helping clients understand the importance of health, wellness and well being and that does not necessarily have to come via plastic surgery and invasive procedures. A plastic surgeon can help one understand one’s choices and should plastic surgery be the best alternative, help patients realize their age maintenance goals.