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Lexington Surgical Associates Welcomes Richard C. Webb, MD, FACS

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Richard C. Webb, MD, FACS, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Webb will work at Lexington Surgical Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Richard C. Webb, MD, FACS

A summa cum laude graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, Dr. Webb earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He then completed his surgical internship and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. During his residency, he also completed a research internship at the National Institutes of Health Surgery Branch in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Webb is board certified and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He served as a general surgeon with the 8th Forward Surgical Team, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in Operation Enduring Freedom, earning the Combat Medical Badge for providing surgical care while being engaged by the enemy. He then served as a general surgeon with the 628th FST in Operation Freedom Sentinel. He most recently worked as a staff general surgeon at Winn Army Community Hospital in Fort Stewart, Georgia, and in Columbia.

Dr. Webb joins the board-certified physicians and highly skilled staff at Lexington Surgical Associates to provide routine and highly complex general, vascular, thoracic, breast and colorectal surgical procedures. The practice combines surgical expertise and state-of-the-art technology with compassionate care at three convenient locations in the Midlands.

Dr. Webb is accepting new patients.

Lexington Surgical Associates
2728 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 104
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 791-2722

811 West Main Street, Suite 202
Lexington, SC 29072
(803) 785-4780

723 South Lake Drive
Lexington, SC 29072
(803) 359-4133


Facial Rejuvenation at Lexington Plastic Surgery

From wrinkles to sagging skin, it’s natural for your face to change over time and lose the tautness it had when you were younger. Genetics, aging, sun exposure, stress and lifestyle all play a role. But there are many options to make things better.

Todd Lefkowitz, MD, FACS, board-certified plastic surgeon with Lexington Plastic Surgery, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, offers a variety of services for facial rejuvenation.

And it’s not just for women. Men make up an increasing percentage of outpatient plastic surgery business.

“No matter the reason for desiring aesthetic improvement, my only objective is to help guide each of my patients through their journey in achieving their individual goals,” Dr. Lefkowitz said. “That can be accomplished by a range of both surgical and non-surgical office options.”

1. Facelifts. As we age, tissue under the skin drops, causing the jowling and softening of the jawline you notice with facial aging. A facelift restores the tissue to its youthful position. It will sharpen you features and redefine the jawline.
2. Necklifts. With sagging and excess skin or fat from aging, the neck can show signs of aging before the face. A necklift can create a sharper, more sculpted neck that has youthful tautness. The procedure can also remove fatty deposits.
3. Eye Lid Surgery. Excessive upper eyelid skin, bags under the eyes and skin wrinkles near the eyes can make you look older and tired, even when you’re well-rested. An eyelift can help.
4. Facial treatments. These non-surgical enhancements leave your skin feeling naturally refreshed and rejuvenated. They can be performed on their own, or in conjunction with other procedures.

Types of facial treatments:
Botox®: Over time, facial wrinkles and lines form as muscles contract and move. Using small injections in target facial muscles, Botox® safely stops excessive muscle contractions and prevents the creation of forehead lines and crow’s feet

Todd S. Lefkowitz, MD, FACS

Chemical Peels: With repeated exposure to sun, gravity, dirt and more, you may notice more wrinkles, larger pores and changes in pigmentation. A chemical peel can reverse these changes. This procedure involves applying a solution to the skin to remove the topmost layer. It stimulates new, healthy skin production with more even pigmentation and a younger appearance.

Facial Fillers: As we age, gravity weighs down our skin and some areas of the face become more pronounced with folds and wrinkles. Fillers, made from a naturally occurring substance in your body, restore volume naturally lost during the aging process, especially in the area between the cheek and mouth.

Kybella®: Fat under the chin is common and may be resistant to diet and exercise. Kybella® is an injectable treatment that destroys these fat cells and improves the appearance of what’s commonly called a “double chin.” Patients need up to four treatments to achieve the desired result.

“My ultimate goal is to provide my patients an unparalleled experience from start to finish on their journey,” Dr. Lefkowitz said. “Individualizing every treatment plan to each patient’s aesthetic goals carries a significant responsibility, but one which provides me a great deal of satisfaction.”

Dr. Lefkowitz is a dual board-certified plastic surgeon with a staff who spends hours training in every detail of the practice. Their expertise produces excellent outcomes.

Father of Five Survives Stroke

Christopher Ford woke that day in August with a bit of a headache. But it was nothing that would stop the 34-year-old truck driver and father of five from hauling a load from Mullins to Columbia.

As the miles passed, the headache became worse. Chris thought he should take an aspirin. Then, the pain suddenly escalated.

“I was probably 10 minutes from the loading dock, and from out of nowhere it felt like someone took a sledge hammer and hit me on the back of the head,” he said. “It felt like my head exploded for a minute, and I started feeling lightheaded and dizzy.”

Christopher Ford

Although still in pain, the intensity subsided and Chris finished his trip. But when he stepped out of his truck, he noticed the left side of his shirt was soaked — with his own saliva.

“I couldn’t figure out how that happened. I remember thinking, ‘Why am I drooling?”’

A co-worker struck up a conversation on the loading dock, but Chris couldn’t form the simple words to respond.

“I’d never had anything like this happen to me,” he said. “But I thought, ‘It’ll go away, just keep working.’” Unloading complete, he stumbled briefly on his way back to his truck cab to finally take an aspirin. That’s when he noticed two missed calls from his wife Renee on his phone.

“I called her back, and she said, ‘Chris, were you asleep or something? You sound funny.’ I told her ‘No,’ but couldn’t make her understand me. None of the words sounded right. So I told her I couldn’t talk and hung up.”

Chris knew something was really wrong and so did his wife. He had been diagnosed with elevated blood pressure just a year before. He recently left a high-stress job behind, but poor eating habits and little regular exercise contributed to his risk.

Renee called Chris back, this time with a colleague by her side to listen to him, too. “I heard her co-worker at the school tell Renee, ‘I think your husband is having a stroke.’”

“I said, that’s impossible. Not me, I’m 34. I was athletic in school. I can’t be having a stroke.”

But a stroke is exactly what Chris experienced. Nearly nine out of 10 strokes are caused by a blood clot that blocks an artery supplying blood to the brain. Chris experienced some of the most 8common warning signs of stroke; sudden weakness of the face, causing excessive drooling; trouble speaking; dizziness; trouble walking; and that sudden, severe headache.

Renee urged Chris to call an ambulance, but when he hesitated, she took matters into her own hands. Emergency medical help was there within minutes to take Chris to Lexington Medical Center.

At Lexington Medical Center, a quick review of Chris’ CT scan and angiogram revealed a large blockage in his right cerebral artery, which nourishes the majority of the right brain. /a>, of Lexington Radiology Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, knew he had to act fast.

“Without blood flow, the neural damage to the brain was progressing rapidly,” he said. “Expedited treatment was critical.”

Dr. McCarty confirmed the large blood clot with an arteriogram and removed it successfully, restoring blood flow to the brain.

Chris was fortunate. Fast action on the part of his wife, emergency medical technicians and the Lexington Medical Center staff made it possible to quickly dissolve and clear the clot. Chris was home after only three days in the hospital, with no symptoms or long-term effects from the stroke.

Chris has completely changed his lifestyle choices to guard against a future occurrence. He limits salt intake, no longer drinks soda, and has also eliminated alcohol from his diet. He manages stress and is building his muscle mass with gym workouts four to five times a week. And he takes a baby aspirin every day, as recommended by his doctor.

“I’m keeping my blood pressure at a healthy level — I have to make sure nothing happens again to scare me or my family,” he said. “It dawned on me, finally, that you’re never too young to have a stroke, especially if you’re not taking care of yourself.”

To learn more about stroke care at Lexington Medical Center, visit LexMed.com/Stroke.