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Guess who turns 70 today?

By June 13, 2022No Comments

Amazing lady!

I first met Dr. Ekstrom 38 years ago, when she was only 32 years old (in 1983 or 1984). While teaching at the University of California San Francisco, I was invited to U Mass as a visiting professor, and met Dr. Ekstrom, a resident at the time. At that time, I was led a yearly medical mission to Guatemala to operate on patients with birth defects and other medical issues.

Her professor at U Mass, Dr. Robert Walton, asked me to take Dr. Ekstrom along to teach her how to do cleft lip and palate work, which I gladly agreed to. You have to remember that in those days it was a rarity to have a female surgery resident. Dr. Ekstrom was one of the first female residents in the general surgery program at U Minnesota and in the plastic surgery program at U Massachusetts. I was very impressed with her skills in the operating room and we became good friends on that trip.

Upon completing her residency, Dr. Ekstrom taught at U Mass and eventually opened Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester. She built a successful practice and went on to become only the second female President of the New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Two years ago she began her successful podcast, Money Loves Women. We saw each other over the years at medical meetings, visited each other’s homes with our spouses, and stayed in contact over all those years.

We ran into each other at a medical meeting almost three years ago, not having seen each other in over a decade. We discovered that we were both going through difficult changes in our personal lives and our friendship blossomed. We quarantined together during the COVID shutdown in 2020. We are now writing history with a new chapter in our lives and I feel so blessed to have this amazing woman in my life. Happy Birthday, Deb – and here’s to 70 more!

Spotlight on Plastic Surgery Neck Lift--- by Dr. John Compoginis

A neck lift can restore a more youthful angle between the neck itself and the jawline. Most people refer to this a “double chin” and the severity can vary wildly. As we all age, it is normal and expected for the skin to become more loose and and hang lower. Fluctuations in weight can also contribute to the subcutaneous fat present. The muscle layer can also add the “banding” that tends to age the neck. All of these factors can be addressed with a neck lift. The incision for this surgery often begins in the hairline at the level of the sideburn, continues down and around the ear and ends in the posterior hair. Fat can be removed from the jowls and neck, excess skin can be removed and the muscle layer can be tightened.

Recovery can be several weeks and afterward, the patient may notice that the neck feels tight, but in most cases pain is not a problem. There may be bruising, which fades in a couple of weeks. Any scars resulting from the procedure are hidden under the chin or around the contours of the ears. Call OCPS today for your complimentary consultation and more information about your neck rejuvenation!

If you want to see if you can have the shape of your body improved, contact us for a complimentary consultation:
please call 949-888-9700 or visit
Or for MA location, call 508-755-4825 or visit
You can write to:
Dr. Compoginis at
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