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Just as a sculptor shapes clay into beautiful images, Dr. Elizabeth A. Kinsley (101 E. Fairway Drive, Suite 101, Covington, 985-893-3737 or toll free, 866-625-6837) uses her surgical skills to correct and refine cosmetic flaws in the human body.

Her medical practice includes a range of procedures, including facial enhancements (face lifts, brow lifts, lip treatments, Botox, collagen injections), skin care, body sculpturing (including the new ultrasound-assisted liposuction called liposculpting) and breast augmentation, lifts and reductions.

Although Kinsley does perform reconstructive surgery, usually for women who have undergone breast cancer surgery, most of her practice involves elective cosmetic procedures that just make people feel better about themselves. The most popular procedures are breast augmentation and lifts, she says.

"It's a lot of gain (for patients) in terms of confidence and physical appeal for relatively low risk and, as plastic surgery procedures go, it's relatively low cost," Kinsley says. The key is "taking the time to figure out what each person wants, whether they want a drastic change or something subtle," she says. "I think that is my success ... matching the results to the patient's desires and what's best for them."

That quest led her to develop a kit that will help patients more easily determine what size implants are correct for them. She has patented the kit and hopes it will be on the market soon. She also has developed another product, this one for plastic surgeons, that can be used to quickly and accurately inflate breast implants as well as help surgeons more accurately infuse liquid into a patient before liposuction. That pump should be on the market in the next three months or so, Kinsley says.

Making life better for cosmetic surgery patients has always been her goal, the doctor says. "I got into [the field] because I enjoy surgery and I had too difficult of a time taking care of truly sick people all the time; that got to me," she says. "Plastic surgery deals with mostly healthy people who are seeking to improve themselves. My office is usually a happy place."

One of the best things about her job, Kinsley says, is seeing what a difference it makes in a person's quality of life, and often that of their families.

"A lot of my patients are in their 30s, they've had their children, they've been married 10 to 12 years," she says. "They've spent their time raising the kids and they're going to do something just for themselves. Often the husbands say they don't think [their wife] needs to have anything done, but the husbands are excited afterward because she has more confidence, she's happier with herself. It can give a real jump-start to their relationship."

The majority of Kinsley's patients are women, but recently she's had an increase in the number of men who come to the office for face-lifts and to have their "love handles" smoothed out.

Kinsley also offers a variety of skin improvement options, including Obaji products, several peels, microdermabrasion, photorejuvenation, laser treatments for spider veins and permanent hair removal.


Martinis and Antiques

Whether you like shaken or stirred, gin or vodka, The Cultcha & Cocktails Program Series' "Martini Know-How" workshop at Longue Vue House and Gardens (7 Bamboo Road) can teach you how to make the best martini possible.

"Martini Know-How" starts at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Longue Vue and will include a hosted bar. Cost is $7 ($5 for Longue Vue members). Call 488-5488, ext. 912 for reservations and information.

Longue Vue also is sponsoring a presentation from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 in which an antiques appraiser will discuss the finer points and pitfalls of buying and collecting antiques. Advanced registration is required and tickets are $25 ($20 for Longue Vue members). Call 488-5488, ext. 913 for registration and tickets.


Have A Ball, Irish style

O'Flaherty's Irish Pub & Cultural Centre (514 Toulouse St., 529-1317) is reviving a century-old tradition of revelry and mockery at its O'Houligan's Ball, which starts at 8 p.m. Feb. 16.

According to the local legend, the Irish began holding O'Houligan's ball in the late 1800s because they were considered outcasts and weren't invited to New Orleans Mardi Gras balls. Their answer was to stage their own hoedown in which participants dressed in outrageous costumes to mock the more traditional affairs from which they were shunned. O'Flaherty's hopes to make the party an annual event.

Tickets are $50 per person and include food, live entertainment and a party favor. Only 400 tickets are available. Call 529-1317 for reservations.


New Orleans Traditions

Learn about New Orleans' funerary traditions with a lecture by urbanologist Jack Stewart at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Historic New Orleans Collection (533 Royal St.).

The lecture, "Funerals with Music in New Orleans" is sponsored by Save Our Cemeteries and will be followed by a meal at Galatoire's at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations and pre-payment of $45 is required for the meal. Call 525-3377 for reservations and information.

Dr. Elizabeth Kinsley uses her plastic surgery skills - to make men and women look better and feel - happier and more confident.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Kinsley uses her plastic surgery skills to make men and women look better and feel happier and more confident.

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