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Release: April 7, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on face-lifts

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Al S. Aly, M.D., University of Iowa professor and plastic surgeon with appointments in the UI departments of surgery and otolaryngology, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on face-lifts with a nationwide audience from 6 to 7 p.m. (CST) on Tuesday, April 11.

The online chat will be hosted by and can be accessed by entering through the homepage under "Upcoming Events."

Each year more than a million Americans undergo plastic surgery to improve their appearance. Face-lift, or rhytidectomy, is an attempt to use surgical means to correct the changes that occur in the natural process of aging. Facial skin can sag because of weight loss, the lifelong effects of gravity, the effects of smoking or other reasons. In general, the tightening of the facial skin and supporting tissues can "turn back the clock" from five to 10 years with a successful face-lift.

After receiving his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Aly completed residencies in otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Miami. He completed a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of California, Irvine. He joined the UI faculty in 1997.

Aly is board-certified in plastic surgery and otolaryngology and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery. He is the editor-in-chief of the first and only plastic surgery textbook on the Internet. His clinical expertise is in plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body, total body contouring, and breast reconstruction.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

UI Health Care’s partnership with is part of an increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.