Meet Dr. Henry Mentz

Dr. Mentz is among the most well-trained and sought-after plastic surgeons for facial rejuvenation, blending the specific techniques and skills of his respective board certifications to achieve remarkable, natural-looking results. Moreover, Dr. Mentz has received continuous, global recognition and numerous awards for his surgical expertise and innovative contributions to the field of aesthetic plastic surgery.

Personally he enjoys tennis, skiing, fishing, mountaineering, and adventure. He has summited 45 of Colorado’s fourteen thousand foot peaks, including the picturesque Maroon Bells near Aspen, the fantastic Crestone Needles, and Colorado’s most difficult fourteener, Capital Peak. Dr. Mentz loves the outdoors, and before he started his family, he spent his spare time fishing, biking, kayaking, and backpacking.

He married his wife Paula in 1989, and is the proud father of four wonderful children. He has enjoyed the journey of his children’s three Eagle Scouts and one Gold Scout award, high school sports, and college. He is so proud of all their accomplishments. He and his family enjoy travel, adventure, great friends, and good food.

Specialties and skills

Dr. Mentz uses a detailed and comprehensive approach to restore a youthful, fresh appearance to the face. His specialized method combines advanced lifting and tightening techniques with volume restoration to rebuild the youthful contours of the face through the use of cell-enriched grafts. In addition, Dr. Mentz has made many contributions to the field of aesthetic plastic surgery. He has refined and created numerous techniques for improving facelift results.

He invented specialized liposuction techniques for three-dimentional body contouring in abdominal etching and pectoral etching to give the abdominal and pectoral muscles a more defined, muscular appearance. He trained with the inventor of the breast implant, and has contributed advances to make that particular surgery safer and better. He is currently working to improve stem cell utilization in facial refinement, and is also working on special techniques in body contouring for skin tightening with radiofrequency.

Education and training

Dr. Mentz received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University Medical School. After completing the General Surgery program at the Ochsner Foundation of New Orleans, he went on to complete the Otolaryngology program at Tulane University School of Medicine.

During his residency training at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, he trained under two of the best plastic surgeons in the field of Facial Plastic Surgery. This exposed Dr. Mentz to the areas of facial rejuvenation surgery and open structure rhinoplasty. He followed this with specialized training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at St. Joseph in Houston.

During his fellowship in Houston, he gained additional depth in facial reconstruction with prominent plastic surgeons known for their innovation and supreme expertise in facial surgery.

  • Mortar Board Honor Society, LSU, 1980
  • President, Senior Medical School Class, LSU, 1984
  • Chief Resident, Tulane, Head and Neck Surgery, 1989
  • Chief Resident, St. Joseph Plastic Surgery, 1991
  • Officer, Ochsner Resident Program
  • Aesculapian Honor Board, LSU Medical Board

Innovative techniques

To advance facial rejuvenation results through cell-enriched fat grafting, Dr. Mentz worked with one of the nation’s leading cell researchers to further the innovative uses of cells. Cell-enriched fat grafting is a volume replacement technique which may improve the skin’s tone and texture. The addition of stem cell-enriched grafting also provides the advantage of tissue regeneration. Dr. Mentz’s additional contributions include the development of a combined breast augmentation and breast lift procedure, the use of fat grafts to reduce the shoulder grooves created by bra straps, and the application of protocols to improve safety in the clinic and operating room. Recent work includes stem cell use for facial rejuvenation and the use of radiofrequency to improve body contouring (to be published as BEST Neck Lift and Super Ab Etching). 

Awards and honors

In a 2009 Goldline Research study which was featured in Forbes magazine, Dr. Mentz was listed as a leading plastic surgeon in the United States. His physician peers have continually nominated him as a “Top Doctor” in notable magazines such as H-Texas, Texas Monthly, and Health & Fitness.

Dr. Mentz’s surgical expertise has garnered international attention and shared through his 330 plus contributions in presentations, publications, books, and chapters. See more of Dr. Mentz’s awards and honors here

It’s about restoring the body, mind, and spirit so that patients can approach the next chapter of their lives with confidence.

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Professional organizations

  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
  • The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • The American Board of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery)
  • American Board of Medical Specialties
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • Fellow, International College of Surgeons (FICS)
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS)
  • Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons (elected president for 2024)
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Harris County Medical Society
  • Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons (past president)
  • The American Medical Association
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)

Teaching and training

  • ASAPS Certification for Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery
  • ASAPS Certified for Face and Body Aesthetic Surgery
  • Certified for Microsurgical, Laser, Ultrasonic, Endoscopic Surgery
  • InMode Luminary staff, teaching courses in radiofrequency facial and body contouring
  • Specialized Training for Botox® Cosmetic, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, and Isolagen® injectables
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery, St. Joseph Hospital
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery Baylor College of Medicine
  •  Teaching staff, Operation San Jose. Cleft lip mission for underprivileged children with facial deformities in past years
  • ACPS Research Department
  • Contributor of more than 330 papers, presentations, and chapters for plastic surgery in the last 20 years
  • Manages and funds the Mentz Foundation for medical and education missions
  • Teaching a course on Three-Dimensional Body Contouring at the Annual ASAPS Meeting, 2009 - present
  • Teaching a course on Body Contouring Safety at the Annual ASAPS Meeting, 2014 - present
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Research

Dr. Mentz has contributed to more than 330 articles, chapters, and presentations at national and international plastic surgery meetings for plastic surgeons in the past 20 years. Highlights include:

  • Maximizing facelift results. Dr. Mentz created this specialized technique to lift the mid-face soft tissues, jowls, and cheek fat, and to restore a more youthful contour to the cheek and jawline. He has taught at national and international meetings on brow lifts, facelifts, and neck lifts. Dr. Mentz has presented in various locations such as Houston, Austin, Mexico City, Cancun, Monterey, Colombia, and Vancouver, Miami, and Las Vegas. He authored a chapter on facelifts in the textbook Operative Plastic Surgery in 2001 and 2014.

  • Liquid facelifts. Injectables including Botox, Restylane, Juvéderm, Radiesse, and fat, as well as topical creams, can be combined to create a rejuvenated look. This technique was presented in Dallas, Puerto Vallarta, Saudi Arabia, India, Guatemala, Bangkok, Vera Cruz, Seville, and Chile.

  • Abdominal etching. In 1993, Dr. Mentz created this innovative procedure which uses liposuction to sculpt an athletic six-pack appearance in the abdominal area. It was a landmark paper outling the techniques for body sculpting and three-dimentional contouring. He has been recognized as the innovator of 3D contouring. This has been presented in Houston, New York City, San Diego, New Orleans, Guatemala, Grand Cayman, Paris, Seville, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Puerto Vallarta, Las Vegas, Miami, San Diego, San Francisco, and Saudi Arabia. Published in 1993 and awarded Best Hot Topic in 2016. 

  • Male body contouring. Dr. Mentz continues his ongoing research on refining male body contouring procedures through new liposculpting techniques. He has presented in Houston, Philadelphia, Honolulu, Vera Cruz, and Valencia. His article was published in 2006, and the chapter was published in 2007. Dr. Mentz invented the pectoral etching technique to define male pectoral muscles through the use of liposculpture. Presentations were conducted in San Antonio, Guadalajara, Buenos Aires, and Mazatlán. Published in 2007.
  • Smallest scar gynecomastia removal. A procedure developed for men to remove enlarged breasts. Presented in Houston, Mexico City, Mazatlán, Buenos Aires, Colombia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and China. The chapter was published in 2007.

  • New liposuction techniques. Through the development of new techniques and his ongoing research, Dr. Mentz continues to advance liposuction technology. His work has been presented in Houston, Boston, Orlando, Cancun, Buenos Aires, Paris, Vienna, Sevilla, Saudi Arabia, and India.

  • Reduced pain and recovery for tummy tucks. Dr. Mentz was the first surgeon to publish research on a method to reduce pain during recovery after the tummy tuck procedure. The solution was the use of a local anesthetic device: the pain pump. His research was presented in Vienna, Chicago, Saudi Arabia, Vera Cruz, New Orleans, India, Guadalajara, Guatemala, Philadelphia, Austin, Houston, Colombia, and Canada. Published in 2004. He also published the first article for utilization of Experil® in tummy tucks. 

  • Safety in aesthetic surgery. Dr. Mentz and his colleagues at ACPS place importance on patient safety through the application of standards that increase safety in the operating room and recovery. Being an active member on several Houston inspection teams, Dr. Mentz has developed safety strategies, provided oversight at the ACPS SurgiCentre and other facilities. He taught the Safety in Body Contouring course at the national ASAPS meeting since 2014. 

  • Breast implants. Dr. Mentz closely worked with the inventors of breast implants to gain invaluable insights and knowledge through training with them. Studies presented in Mexico City and Buenos Aires. He defined the improved technique of combining implant and breast lifting to make the operation safer for patients. 

  • Leading the country. The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) has dedicated its focus on researching and applying methods to improve plastic surgery and ensuring safety and comfort for all patients. Its innovative research, methods, and expertise have garnered international attention from the medical professionals.
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Philanthropy

Through the Mentz Foundation, Dr. Mentz and his team seek out and provide services to the needy and disadvantaged. A portion of the profit goes to aid children locally, nationally, and internationally. One partner of the Mentz Foundation is Clinica Esperanza, a medical and dental clinic in Roatán, Honduras. Dr. Mentz and many members of ACPS travel to the Bay Islands of Honduras to provide medical and humanitarian support to the clinic, schools, and local communities. 100% of the consultation fees are dedicated to charities and service to the disadvantaged. 

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