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David S. Alkek, M.D., a North Dallas dermatologist, has been doing hair replacement surgery for almost 20 years.

Many improvements in technique have been made over the years and the person with male pattern baldness can now obtain a more natural and complete hair covering.

The dermatologic surgeon can choose the right combination of scalp reduction, flaps or strip grafts, and plug grafts in a way that is best suited for the individual and his pattern of baldness.

Here are some of the details about the surgical correction of baldness and the newer techniques.

Hair transplantation: This involves the removal of small plugs of hair-bearing scalp and placing them in similar sized holes in the bald area.

Mini and Micro-grafts: Very small grafts that contain one to five hairs are placed in the front hairline to give it a more natural look.

Scalp reduction: In this procedure some of the bald scalp is surgically removed so that fewer grafts will be required to cover the bald area.

Minoxidil: We use topical minoxidil right before and after the transplant procedure to improve the blood cir-culation to the grafts and start the hair growth faster.

For further information about hair replacement surgery call for a free brochure, (214) 691-6999.


Using a new high tech computer imaging system, patients of Dr. James H. Fowler, Director of the Cosmetic Surgery Center of North Dallas, can now view the possible visual changes associated with various cosmetic surgery procedures. Dr. Fowler is the first in Texas to be selected to use the Irnagemaker, the latest and most efficient high-tech approach to cosmetic surgery.

Dr. James H. Fowler, whose practice consists of young and middle-aged patients, characterizes his patients as individuals who are concerned about their appearance, particularly as it relates to their self-image. They are usually socially active, emotionally balanced and both productive and competitive in the work force.

Dr. Fowler recognizes that to enhance one’s appearance through cosmetic surgery, a patient must be counseled concerning the anticipated result. To meet this commitment, Dr. Fowler is employing the Im-agemaker. The patient’s image is shown on a color television monitor where the surgeon will make changes so that both the doctor and the patient can see the future effects of the cosmetic surgery. This machine is revolutionary in the cosmetic surgery industry because it improves communication between doctor and patient by accurately illustrating what can be realistically accomplished through cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Fowler is a fellow of the Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons and the American Academy of Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. He was one of the first cosmetic surgeons in Dallas to perform liposuction, the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure nationwide. Dr. Fowler is actively involved in speaking nationally at seminars on quality control for office based surgical practices.

Dr. Fowler performs a wide range of surgical procedures including facelifts, rhinoplasty (rebuilding nose), otoplasty (rebuilding ear), chin and cheek implants, liposuction, permanent lashliner, collagen injections and breast augmentation. The Cosmetic Surgery Center of North Dallas is located at 17330 Preston Road.


“As a psychiatrist, my goal is to teach the patient how to survive on their own, ultimately without a therapist. I must have a willingness to listen, to confront and have a genuine interest in the patient’s welfare.” says Steve Roche, M.D., whose psychiatric practice focuses on adolescents and adults. Dr. Roche is on the medical staff of Green Oaks Hospital in Dallas.

In working with adolescent patients, Dr. Roche states that “because family involvement is strongly encouraged, the potential for change and progress are very good. Presenting problems tend to be difficulties with behavior, skipping school, drug or alcohol use, which are often symptons of an underlying depression. Depression is often underrated by some professionals when treating the adolescent patient.” He adds, “many kids feel overwhelmed by our competitive, success-oriented culture.” Dr. Roche encourages simple activities for parents and their children to share on a “quantity” as well as quality basis.

Dr. Roche earned his bachelor degree from LeMoyne College in Syracuse and medical training at State University in New York. He completed his residency at UT Health Science Center Dallas-Southwestern Medical School.

In addition to Dr. Roche’s work with Green Oaks Hospital, he also is a consultant at Dallas Rehabilitation Institute for head injured patients. His professional memberships include the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and the Texas Medical Association.

For more information on programs at Green Oaks Hospital, please call (214) 991-9504.


Cataract Eye Surgeons of North Texas specialize in the complete treatment of cataracts and complications due to cataracts.

Eye surgeons, Wesley K. Herman, M.D. and Bradford B. Pazandak, M.D., devote the majority of their practice to the treatment of cataracts. “In particular, we specialize in treating complications from intraocular lens surgery,” said Dr. Pazandak. In addition to cataract surgery, Drs. Herman and Pazandak treat corneal disease, macular disease, glaucoma, reconstructive surgery and secondary lens implantation.

All surgery is performed in the new outpatient surgery center which provides the least costly and most convenient approach to outpatient eye surgery accord ing to Dr. Herman. “After cataract surgery, patients can go home immediately and can go about their daily routines,” said Dr.Herman. “Additionally, we provide the newest, most state-of-the-art diagnostic ambulatory ophthalmic surgery center in North Texas,” he said. “Our new Medicare approved facility opened in January, 1988,” said Dr. Herman, “and as Medicare participating providers, surgical tees are reimbursed by Medicare 100%.”

The Cataract Eye Surgeons staff is dedicated to making the patient’s visits efficient and comfortable For patients needing assistance with transportation, limousine service is available to and from the center which is located at 5421 La Sierra Drive near Presbyterian Hospital. Medicare assignment is accepted and the business office staff will handle insurance filing.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call Cataract Eye Surgeons at (214) 363-6900 or toll free in Texas 1-800-443-2688.

About the surgeons: Dr. Herman and Dr. Pazandak received their ophthalmology training at the University of Minnesota and continued their subspecialization with fellowships in microsurgery of the eye. In 1981, Dr. Herman developed a subspecialty practice in ophthalmic microsurgery and consultation ophthalmology in Dallas and renewed his association with Dr. Pazandak in 1987, when Dr. Pazandak joined the practice.


If you have always wanted the confidence of a beautiful smile, read on!

Today there are several alternatives to traditional crowns, filings, orthodontics and even surgery.

The newest cosmetic procedure is Bonded Porcelain Laminate Veneers. These are durable and resist stains very well. It usually takes only two visits to create a whole new smile! They can be used to mask darkly stained teeth, fix chips or fractures, close spaces, lengthen teeth that are worn, and sometimes teeth that are “straightened” by the use of veneers.

Bonding can be used in the same manner as Porcelain Laminate Veneer Bonding. Advantages are that a new smile can be created in one visit and it is also less expensive.

Bleaching is used to lighten teeth that are too dark or yellow and is usually accomplished in three to ten visits.

With the availability of financing options, why put off your beautiful smile? Call today for a personal consultation (214) 361-6302.

Dr. Zweig has appeared on radio and television and has written articles for various magazines and dental journals.


Charter Hospital of Dallas and its counseling centers help adults and adolescents build better, more constructive lives. Treatment takes teamwork, and patients and their families are an important part of the learn.

All programs include individual and group therapy sessions to develop better social and communication skills by discussing day-to-day emotions.

Child psychiatric programs for 4 to 11-year-olds, adolescent psychiatric programs for 12 to 18-year-olds and adult psychiatric programs offer a stable, therapeutic envirpmment conducive to emotional and educational growth.

Special adolescent and adult chemical dependency programs help patients understand that addiction is a disease. Chemically addicted patients are taught to cope without drugs or alcohol, based on the philosophy and practices of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Day treatment programs, for patients who require comprehensive treatment but not 24-hour supervision, allow patients to spend a full day in activities, individual and group therapies, then return home in the evening.

The Charter Ed rational Assessment Center in Richardson offers help to children and adolescents with learning disabilities and difficulties, including attention deficit disorder and language and conceptual development difficulties An educational treatment team includes a speech and language pathologist, psychologist, educationa specialist and a child or adolescent psychiatrist.

Because problems affect each person in a unique way, comprehensive treatment programs at Charter Hospital of Dallas are planned specifically around each patient.

Together with the attending physician, a dedicated team of psychologists, nurses, social workers, therapists, teachers and counselors works with patients and their families to help each patient return home as a healthier, happier person.

In addition to the full-service 80-bed medical hospital at 6800 Preston Road in Plano, (214) 964-3939 or 1-800-255-3312 toll-free in Texas), Charter has a counseling center in Carrollton at 3630 North Josey Lane, Suite 217, (214) 394-9494 and in Richardson at 2011 North Collins, Suite 607, (214) 680-1395.

Charter Hospital of Dallas and its counseling centers are owned by Charter Medical Corporation of Macon, Georgia, the world’s largest psychiatric health care company with 6: psychiatric hospitals, 13 general hospitals and 11 psychiatric hospitals under development. Call now to arrange an appointment or for more information, (214) 964-3939 or 1-800-255-3312 (toll-free in Texas).

CURAFLEX Health Services gives “highest quality care”

“CURAFLEX Health Services specializes in providing the highest quality care available in a non-institutional setting,” said Richard Dickson, regional vice president for the Dallas area lor CURAFLEX Health Services. “Because of the proven benefits of home recovery and continued technological innovation, home health care has become a viable extension of quality institutional care; a hospital in the home.”

“Every CURAFLEX Home Health Care Program is under the guidance and direction of the patient’s attending physician. The CURAFLEX Patient Care Coordinator -a highly trained nurse specialist -develops the plan of care, assembles the staff and equipment, and routinely reviews the progress of each case with the patient’s physician,” said Dickson, “much like the nursing supervisor in the hospital.”

The idea of combining skilled nursing with high-tech equipment to effect quality patient care is not a new one, according to Dickson, “however, taking this synergistic health care to the home setting certainly is,” he said.

CURAFLEX Health Services, offers these services from centers in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and New Orleans. Expansion plans will add seven new cities this year. CURAFLEX Health Services provides the following home health care services to the medical community:

Pediatrics-Nursing services for infants and children that range from short-term maternal child support visits to 24-hour, seven-days-a-week skilled, high-tech nursing.

Rehabilitation -In-home treatment of patients disabled from trauma or illness. CURAFLEX provides therapies, nursing, technology and family support to optimize health and life satisfaction.

Oncology The administration of infusion services, including antibiotics, chemotherapy, nutritional support and pain control therapy, plus skilled nursing for the terminally ill.

Infant Monitoring -Cardiopulmonary equipment and skilled nursing tor infants with potential for, or that have, cardio-respiratory instability, SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME. (SIDS).

“CURAFLEX’S Home Infusion Services is particularly illustrative of what we mean by a ’hospital in the home,’” said Dickson. “We take great care in administering intravenous Pharmaceuticals in the patient’s home; the procedure is as it would be it administered in the hospital. The physician is still in charge of prescribing and controlling IV therapy. His prescription orders are given to the CURAFLEX Infusion Service pharmacist, precisely prepared, and are delivered to the patient’s home to coordinate with the doctor’s medical order.”

-Only CURAFLEX, the leader in the home health care field, has the combination of skilled professionals, sophisticated medical equipment and administrative coordination that allows us to provide continuous, high-quality home health care -indeed the hospital in the home,” he added.



Richardson Medical Center announces their 7th Annual Health Fair scheduled lor April 9 at the Medical Center. This year’s event will offer 14 screenings and more than 20 educational exhibits and booths that will help you keep better tabs on your health.

Screenings offered at the Health Fair include: anemia testing, blood pressure screenings, Blood typing, breast examination, screenings, health history, height and weight, hearing, glaucoma, lung function, oral and skin cancer and vision testing. The hospital will also offer colo/rectal cancer test kits at a minimal cost and an optional blood chemistry lest including cholesterol count at a cost of $25. The remaining screenings are free.

A unique feature which sets RMC’s Annual Health Fair apart from many local mall health fairs is the hospital’s Summary and Referral station. As the final stop of the Health Fair, the Summary and Referral station allows participants to sit down with a hospital physician and discuss the results of their screenings.

The 7th Annual RMC Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Medical Center. Pre-registration and blood chemistry testing will be held March 28 to April 1, and April 4 -6, from 6:30 a.m. -10 a.m. Blood chemistry testing will also be available the day of the event. For information, please contact RMC’s Public Relations Department at (214) 437-1591.


Breast augmentation has been performed nearly 2 million times in the U.S. alone. Many patients are women with gradual breast shrinkage following one or more pregnancies, not an uncommon occurrence. The procedure is used to restore fullness and to raise the breast where change has resulted primarily in sagging and/or shrinkage. It is also performed quite often in women naturally endowed with small breasts.

The size of the implant is estimated beforehand based upon the patient’s general stature, chest size and amount of breast tissue present. When the breast has been larger, as in an earlier pregnancy, elasticity will permit easier adjustment. When significant amounts of breast tissue have never been developed, size can be increased, but not to as great an extent.

There are basically two locations for implant placement, 1) subglandular, behind the breast tissue on top of the chest wall muscles, or 2) sub-muscular, behind both the breast tissue and muscle on top of the ribs. We usually use the subglandular for cosmetic sungery.

The location of the incision may also vary. Evidence indicates incisions around the nipple are superior and sensory change is less than with other approaches. The incision is located within the pigmentation portion of the nipple so that upon healing there is hardly any evidence of surface marking. A supportive dressing is applied and the patient can return to her activities within three to five days avoiding strenuous exercise for 2-3 weeks. Most patients are completely comfortable with the changes within 23 months.

If you would like more information on this or any other plastic surgery procedure, we would be delighted to speak with you. Please call the Aesthetic Surgical Center, 3900 W. 15th St., Suite 204, Piano, Texas at (214) 596-7332.


Doctors Hospital, located on eleven wooded acres adjacent to White Rock Lake, has been quietly growing and developing its programs serving the needs of the Dallas market area.

In February 1986, the Hospital expanded to 278 licensed beds with the addition of maternity services. Two years and over 800 babies later, the Obstetrical Unit has developed a reputation for personal service and concern for individual patient needs. Its medical staff of male and female obstetricians and pediatricians, along with competent nursing staff and the sophisticated medical technology of the hospital, has made this unit quickly excel in the medical community. Conventional labor and delivery, as well as the birthing room experience, is available. “Rooming in” of mother and child, or nursery care, educational classes for the entire family and special pricing make the birthing experience at Doctors a truly individual event.

Doctors Hospital has continued its growth by adding cardiology services including cardiac catheterization, open heart surgery and cardiac rehab in September 1987 All areas are staffed by highly trained personnel and equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. These services are designed to provide patients and physicians with complete cardiac care services.

Doctors Hospital is presently expanding with an Outpatient Surgical Center. A patient requiring minor surgery can be admitted, have surgery, be recovered and return home the same day. In addition, Doctors Hospital offers access of its full range of major surgery/intensive medical intervention, if required. Doctors Hospital, 9440 Poppy Drive, Dallas, Texas 75218 (214) 324-6117.


Destruction. Chemical dependency is a disease that destroys. Friends, family, career, self-esteem, physical and mental health. They are all affected by this debilitating disorder. It is not a habit. Not a weakness. But a life-threatening disease afflicting one out of every seven Americans – men, women and children.

Recovery from an alcohol or drug dependency is possible. Unlike many other potentially fatal diseases, chemical addiction is treatable and the dependent person can become an active, productive member of society again. But it’s not easy. It is an intense, ongoing process that eventually becomes a way of life.

At HCA Willow Park Hospital, we begin with a comprehensive evaluation and assessment of each individual. From this, we can determine the treatment required, and assemble a multi-disciplinary team of specialists. These professionals offer an individualized program which addresses all aspects of the dependency and its effects. We not only treat the dependent individual, we treat the family as well, helping each person to understand, accept and cope with the disease. The proven Alcoholics Anonymous philosophy is integrated into an extensive program of detoxification, education, individual, family and group therapy, relapse prevention and many other valuable treatment methods. Both in-patient programs and out-patient care utilize proven techniques to help the patient get back into society’s mainstream as quickly as possible. And extended aftercare programs are designed to help keep them there.

Because chemical dependency is a growing problem among adolescents as well as adults, our Chemical Dependency Program is divided into two groups: adolescents 12 to 17-years old, and adults 18 years and older. The adolescent in-patient program includes on-site schooling to keep teens involved in academics.

Jerome M. Statman, M.D., of North Texas Psychiatric Associates, is the Medical Director of the Chemical Dependency Program at HCA Willow Park Hospital. He also serves as president of the medical staff of the hospital.

Dr. Statman is certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also a founding member of the American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addiction.

For information about our Chemical Dependency Program or other HCA Willow Park Hospital services, call the Director of Community Relations and Marketing at (214) 867-8670. All inquiries are confidential.


At Texoma Eye Institute, Dr. Ronald Schachar, who routinely uses the latest laser techniques, removes cataracts in a very pleasant manner. The patients do not have to take any special precautions. In fact the patients are served doughnuts, coffee and fruit before having their cataracts removed. No intravenous medications, no narcotics nor any controlled substances are given – imagine no intravenous fluids. The patient is wide awake and is conversing with Dr. Schachar during the entire procedure. After the procedure, the patient can immediately go home and perform any activity they would like. There are no limitations. Medicare pays for the surgery at 100%. Dr. Schachar is a participating physician and therefore there is no cost to the patient The institute is approved by Medicare and the Texas Department of Health. Dr. Schachar has a patent on his office which has been written up in Medical Economics because of its rather unusual design, efficiency, and smoothness of operation. You can call the Institute, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday at (214) 465-7311 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


UPDATE: St. Paul Medical Center continues to be recognized as a leader in health care by successfully merging the personal touch with the latest in medical technology. Specialized technology and services like Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRl), and now its Mobile Breast Screening Clinic are but two examples.

St. Paul is celebrating its 92nd year in Dallas. The Medical Center’s current $40 million major building and modernization program will bring to the metroplex the best in healthcare well into the 21st century.

The Medical Center is responsible lor numerous “firsts” in Dallas health care. Among them are: the first open heart surgery, the first successful heart transplant, and the first intensive care unit.

Thanks to steady growth, St. Paul Medical Center has earned a well deserved reputation lor excellence. And St. Paul continues to carry forward this tradition through a comprehensive range of programs and services:

●Women’s Center. A wide variety of programs andservices lor women of all ages, and their families.

●Arthritis Center. Comprehensive patient education,counseling and referral services.

●Cancer Center. Comprehensive approach todiagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention.

●Diabetes Center. Wide range of educational and support programs for people with diabetes and theirfamilies.

●Heart Institute. Prevention, treatment and rehabilitation with programs addressing nutrition, educationand risk factor screening.

●St. Paul Weight Management. A safe, medicallysupervised, rapid weight loss program.

●Substance Abuse Program. A multidisciplinary teamapproach lor the treatment of alcoholism and drugdependency.

●Health Institute Well equipped fitness facility: joggingtrack, swimming pool, racquetball and NautilusR exercise machines.

●Mobile Breast Screening Clinic. Mobile mam-mography that is safe, convenient and affordable.

●Center for Bio-Behavioral Medicine. Qualityrehabilitative services lor patients with variouspsychophysiological disorders.

●StayWell. Comprehensive health promotion andeducation programs available at the worksite or in thecommunity.

●Health Matters. St. Paul’s weekly television programon KXAS-TV, featuring the latest in healthcare issues

●A Su Salud. A weekly, live radio talk-show lor theHispanic community on KSSA Rdio.

●DocDirTM. St. Paul’s free Physician Referral Service.

Laboure’ Care Center. A highly specialized, skillednursing facility,

II you would like additional information about these programs or other services, call St. Paul Medical Center at (214) 879-1000.

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