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Center for Human Appearance

Center for Human AppearanceThe Center for Human Appearance is an interdisciplinary approach to the study and treatment of all facets of appearance and how they impact on the quality of human life. In 1988 when the Center was established, it was a new concept within an academic medical center setting. Even now, the Center remains unique.

The Center for Human Appearance is driven by these concepts:
  • For human beings, appearance with all of its ramifications is of fundamental importance to the quality of life.
  • The central goal is to expand the understanding and treatment of the human form, structurally and beyond.
  • Principles of reconstruction and aesthetic understanding are intertwined: structure is fundamental to aesthetic understanding, and aesthetics enhance reconstruction.

Through the repair of the physical --the rejuvenation of the spirit. (Engman, 1984)

Specialists with a primary interest in appearance represent the core group of the Center: plastic surgery, dermatology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, ophthalmology and psychiatry. Each has an interest in cosmetic and reconstructive problems of the face, body and extremities. From traditional cosmetic procedures through the most advanced technology for changing human form, problems of structure and beyond are addressed.

Center physicians are committed to the improvement of appearance-related disorders, seeking not only to save life, but to improve its quality. The Center is unique in addressing both the physical and psychological aspects of appearance. Whether a deformity is brought about by an accident of birth, mishap of life or misfortune of disease, it can bring on problems of function or psychosocial problems. An individual who suffers a serious motor vehicle accident is certainly grateful that his or her life was spared. However, the quality of one’s remaining life may be sacrificed to a resultant deformity.

Inpatient Facilities:
Hospital University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
Office Visit Locations:
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Making an Office Visit Appointment:
Dr. Scott Bartlett
Dr. Bartlett
Dr. Ben Chang
Dr. Chang
Dr. Albert D'Angelantonio
Dr. D'Angelantonio
Dr. Joshua Fosnot
Dr. Fosnot
Dr. David Low
Dr. Low
Dr. Joseph Serletti
Dr. Serletti


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