Hollis surgeon performs surgery at symposium in Belgium

NASHUA – Mark B. Constantian, M.D., FACS, traveled to Ghent, Belgium, recently to participate in an international symposium along with 19 surgeons from the United States, Europe, Mexico and the Far East.

He was one of seven surgeons who performed live surgery at the Fifth Controversies, Art & Technology in Facial Aesthetic Surgery in September.

Live surgery meetings are popular because the attendees are eager to see experts actually perform what they teach. The surgery was performed in a private, well-equipped clinic, and then transmitted by satellite to the convention hall where the attendees were watching and could ask questions during the surgery.

"Although I have performed live surgery a number of times before in the United States and overseas," said Contantian, of Hollis, "for me personally, it is a difficult format because I only meet the patient the day before surgery, which is completely different from the very personal type of practice I have always run. The patients are inevitably anxious, and I need to win their confidence and then do my best to deliver the results that they would like under completely unfamiliar circumstances.

"My scrub nurse, Donna J. Morton, LPN, accompanied me on this trip, which made the surgery infinitely easier. Fortunately, everything went extremely well and the patient is very happy."

Serving Nashua for 37 years and having treated over 11,000 patients, Constantian became only the second private practice plastic surgeon in New Hampshire when he arrived in 1978. He specializes in reconstructive and cosmetic nasal surgery and has been cited in Allure Magazine, the New York Times and Ladies Home Journal’s More Magazine as one of the top rhinoplasty surgeons in the country. He has also been listed yearly since 2001 in Castle Connolly’s Guide to America’s Top Doctors.

Constantian is the author of three textbooks, the most recent of which, "Rhinoplasty: Craft and Magic," was published in 2009, and he has received 17 regional and national awards for his basic science and clinical research. Constantian is writing a book on the relationships between childhood trauma, body image and plastic surgery.

Constantian, who has a private practice in Nashua, is past president of the New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Rhinoplasty Society. He is the author of more than 70 published papers and 30 textbook chapters, and was the recipient of the Clinician of the Year Award from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons in 2015.