Sometimes it's just a small intervention to tighten the annoying wrinkles. Sometimes, however, it is also the unconditional pursuit of the perfect exterior. The boom in cosmetic surgery in Germany continues unabated. It is therefore not surprising that the Department of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery at Klinikum Erding also has its hands full. "We are very well booked," says chief physician Cvetan Taskov with a proud smile on his face. And Taskov can be satisfied, because the department has developed into a true success story since its founding in 2010. This can also be easily seen from the number of patients: six years ago there were still 130 in-patients, but in 2015 the number more than doubled to 270. In addition, there are 150 patients who have undergone aesthetic treatments.
The chief physician himself plays a large part in the success of the surgical department. After completing his international medical studies, Taskov completed a six-year further training as a specialist in plastic surgery at the Klinikum Rechts der Isar before working for several years as a senior physician for plastic surgery at Amperkliniken AG Dachau. With Taskov's move to Erding, the local Department of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery was also launched. Since then, Cvetan Taskov has earned the reputation of being an absolute expert in his field. The clientele now comes from far away to be treated in Erding. "A maximum of half of the patients are from the district," says the chief physician. The rest comes from all over Germany and the neighboring European countries. Even patients from Russia have already traveled to Erding for treatment. And the waiting lists are getting longer and longer.
That's why, according to Taskov even an extension of the department is conceivable. While Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Surgery initially consisted of two doctors, the team has now grown to six physicians - with an upward trend. Erding offers the complete spectrum of surgery. In addition to the areas of reconstructive surgery and burn surgery, these are also treatments that are commonly known as cosmetic surgery.
Without the necessary medical expertise, it would be difficult to be sufficiently informed about the possibilities of treatments. Many patients also have to find this out in conversation with the chief physician. After they have put forward their request, there is first an objective examination of what can be done - and if anything needs to be changed. "It's happened that someone complained about his crooked nose, but if you look closely, you find that it's really straight up." Although many things are possible in cosmetic surgery, there are still limits. "We put aside the rough outline of what's going on, the details can and must be decided by the patient," says Taskov.
Among them is about the choice of which cup size it should be at the end. Many patients in Erding are faced with this decision, because breast operations are still the big hit, as Taskov confirms. But men are also getting more and more under the knife. Eyelid surgery and liposuction are at the top of the wish list.
"Extremely on the rise" according to Taskov are the so-called non-surgical treatment methods. As such, especially injections of botulinum toxin - Botox - and hyaluronic acid for wrinkle treatment are referred to. Soon, a new method for reducing fat deposits will be offered at the Erdinger Klinikum. The affected areas are subjected to a one-hour cooling, whereupon the fat cells gradually degrade by themselves. Unfortunately, this process does not work with commercially available rechargeable batteries, so the surgical department is currently creating a corresponding device. The need is given anyway.
"Patients are increasingly coming to us actively and asking for non-surgical treatments," says Cvetan Taskov. Last year alone, the clinic recorded an increase of more than thirty percent. For example, of the 150 aesthetic treatments, around 110 have already been carried out without surgery. "That was exactly the other way around five years ago," recalls the surgeon.
Besides the aesthetic treatments, which usually have to be paid for by the patient, Taskov and his team have much more in their program. "We are not just there for the look, but also for the function." In this way, the chief physician plays a key role in medically necessary treatments such as the treatment of burn injuries and the reconstruction of the shape and function of body surfaces. Taskov's specialty is microsurgical breast reconstruction after breast cancer, which is offered in very few centers across Europe. In this highly complicated treatment, the female breast is reassembled from the body's own tissue in painstaking little work. For this purpose, the patient is taken from abdominal skin tissue and replanted elsewhere.
For the body to adopt the new breast, the so-called "epigastric vessels", which are about one millimeter in size, must be uncovered and connected to their destination. "You have to imagine that, as if you would infect a garden hose," says Taskov quite as if the almost five-hour operation was a trifle. Completely without aesthetic aspect but also this intervention is not enough. A positive side effect of breast reconstruction is that the patient also gets a tummy tuck in addition to the new breast.
Breast reconstruction is just one of many spectacular operations Taskov and his team have mastered in Erding over the past few years. Thus Taskov restored the nose of a young woman by transplanting her own tissue, which she had lost through a dog bite. A climber could save the Erdinger surgeons after a complicated fracture of the lower leg, which would otherwise have to be amputated. In addition, the department in Erding is one of the few centers for gender-adjusting surgery in Germany, which is one of the most difficult surgeries in surgery apart from reconstructions. It's stories like these that give patients the feeling that they are in good hands with Taskov and colleagues. And the hands of a good surgeon are particularly stingy: "In some cases, under twenty times magnification, we work with threads that are thinner than human hair, so there's definitely no room for trembling hands." In a profession where every movement has to sit, a steady hand is a basic requirement for satisfying his patients. And this seems to have definitely Cvetan Taskov.