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Release: Oct. 20, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on facial implants

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Al S. Aly, M.D., professor of surgery and otolaryngology, and a plastic surgeon with University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on facial implants with a nationwide audience from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24.

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

In today’s fitness and appearance-obsessed society, many people reaching their middle years want to regain a more youthful appearance. Unfortunately, they soon catch on that neither dieting nor exercise will restore the lost elasticity of their skin. However, plastic surgeons are there to help; they use facial implants to improve and enhance facial contours. Frequently, these implants will help provide a more harmonious balance to the face and features so that people feel better about the way they look. Aly will discuss various applications of the procedure and will answer questions from the audience.

After receiving his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Aly completed residencies in otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and in 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. Aly joined the UI College of Medicine faculty in 1997.

Aly is board-certified in plastic surgery and otolaryngology. 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, as well as total body contouring and breast reconstruction. Aly is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

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.