As his team prepares the operating suite for what will be hours of the most delicate surgery on the most distinctive part of anatomy, Dr. Patrick K. Sullivan stands in an adjacent room, gloved hands drawing purple lines on his patient’s face.
Susan, 59, has traveled from the West Coast to avail herself of the doctor’s exquisite expertise, which is informed by his longstanding passion for painting and sculpture.She has come for so-called facial rejuvenation – a face-lift, in lay terms. Like other types of surgery, significant advances have been made in recent years, thanks to research. And one of the pioneers is Sullivan, division chief of aesthetic surgery and associate professor of plastic surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. In his work, he applies the frontier science of regenerative medicine, in which the body rebuilds itself.