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Intensif

I was recently a participant in an international multi-center study on the  efficacy of microneedle-based radiofrequency (RF) treatments for treatments of the lower face.  The other physicians who participated in the study were Drs. Michael Gold of Nashville, Dr. Mark Taylor of  Salt Lake City and Dr.  Yohei Tanaka of ...
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Ulthera

There has been a lot of PR and articles (Vogue p 224 April 2011;   Harper’s Bazaar  p 294 March 2011) on Ulthera recently.  Ulthera is a device that uses highly focused ultrasound in an effort to tighten the skin.  I was very intrigued by it when it was first introduced ...
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Coffee Consumption And Type 2 Diabetes

On World Diabetes Day (Friday November 14th), a recent meta-analysis was distributed by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee.  The study which was published in the European Journal of Nutrition, 53(1):25-38 suggested that consumption of both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.  Consumption ...
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Hispanics and Health Insurance – The Gap

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that 1/4 of the Hispanics in the United States did not have health insurance (view article).  Furthermore, the percentage of Hispanics without health insurance that enrolled for coverage under the Affordable Care Act lagged behind the enrollment statistics for other ethnic groups. Reasons for ...
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How To Get A Little Lift For Your Facial Volume

The Aesthetic Surgery Journal ( 35:589-599, 2015) recently published an article by Few, J, et. al. on the long-term effects of Voluma (Allergan) for midface enhancement. Coincidentally, another HA (hyaluronic) gel, Lyft (Galderma) just received FDA approval for mid-face enhancement as well. Both products are “thicker” variants of hyaluronic gels ...
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When Do You Need Antibiotics Before Surgery?

One of the most common questions patient ask before surgery is whether or not they will require antibiotics. Antibiotics are important when indicated, but it is commonly aware that the overuse of antibiotics will leads to the development of resistant organisms. An article in the current issue of Plastic and Reconstructive ...
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Laser Resurfacing and Face Lifts

Patients who are scheduled for a face lift often ask if they can have laser skin resurfacing at the same time. There is an article to be published shortly which looks at the results (complications) in a such a group of surgical patients .The patients underwent erbium laser resurfacing. They ...
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Round Vs. Anatomical Breast Implants – A Study Of Results

In the March issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Drs. Al-Ajam, Marsh, Mohan and Hamilton from the Royal Free Hospital in London published an interesting article comparing the results between two different shaped breast implants in woman undergoing aesthetic breast augmentation. One type was the round implant which is the ...
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Silicone Breast Implants Safe?

Some women choose to get breast implants either for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, or for purely cosmetic reasons.  Before making the decision to get implants, most women ask whether they are safe. In the 1990's, there was significant controversy about the safety of silicone breast implants and their alleged ...
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Risky Business: the 24 Hour or Vacation Breast Augmentation

As a physician who strongly believes in informing his patients, I feel it is important that I comment about all the attention that the media has given over the last few years to fat injection to the breast. Most recently, that attention has been directed to the 24-Hour Saline Breast ...
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Tobacco, Youth And E-Cigarettes

In spite of the public campaigns and all the restrictions against smoking in public such as the work place and restaurants, smoking is still the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.  Nearly1 in 5 deaths (among smokers and non-smokers alike) is related to tobacco use.  Of these deaths almost ...
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Skin-Care 101: A Basic Skin-Care Program

Patients in our office frequently turn to us to clarify information (and misinformation) that circulates on television, social media or other news outlets. Often these questions surround new procedures or technologies, but one of the most frequent questions heard in the office surrounds routine skin care. “What is the minimal, ...
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Want to look younger? Use sunscreen!

(For those of you who do not want to read this whole blog, there is a summary at the end of this post !)  * As I’ve previously discussed in this forum, protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays is one of the most effective means of maintaining your ...
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Your Medical Choice: Angelina Jolie and Prophylactic Double-Mastectomy

Since the publication of Angelina Jolie’s New York Times Op-Ed regarding her prophylactic double-mastectomy, there has been much discussion, praise and debate surrounding Ms. Jolie’s choice and the procedure itself.  Personally, I believe that publicizing her procedure was an extremely brave and commendable action on her part. The decision to undergo a ...
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Quick Fixes and Cookie-Cutter Solutions

I recently posted a study demonstrating the significant psychological benefits of plastic surgery. The study reports positive outcomes across a spectrum of reason people may be seeking cosmetic surgery. Having had the privilege to work with hundreds of patients over the years, I do, however, feel like I should put ...
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