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Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Coverage in Consumer Media

The idea of personal transformation is extremely seductive. It speaks to deeply held values of social mobility and self-determination. Combine those more lofty concepts with a society increasingly interested in maintenance of a more healthy and youthful appearance, and it’s no wonder that there is so much coverage of the ...
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Put YOUR Best Foot Forward

I was not originally going to comment on all the media hype on patients seeking rhinoplasties (nose jobs) so that they could have Kate Middleton’s nose.  Unfortunately, the story does not seem to go away and I can no longer avoid it.  Reports such as in this link are rampant in the media.  I personally ...
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How Long Does A Facelift Last????

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) is the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and I am sure that I will be discussing articles form PRS frequently.  In the December issue (Jones, BM and Lo, SJ  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 130:6, 1317-1327)  two plastic surgeons provide one answer to a question asked ...
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The Daddy Makeover

31 January 2013  I am probably not going to get a chance to comment on many plastic surgery articles exclusively dealing with male patients, so I could not let this one pass!  We read a lot about the Mommy Makeover.  This video and article from KHOU in Houston discusses the flip side ...
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No Matter What You Call It ….. Liposuction Is Still Surgery

30 January 2013: Sometimes the article is OK, it is just the headline that is misleading- “Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon on the Benefits of Liposuction Alternative”.  This is really a press release talking about this surgeon’s new laser liposuction device.  The problem is that the headline is misleading because they present this ...
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Who Should Perform Cosmetic Surgery?

29 January 2013.  I am pleased to offer this positive post from our British colleagues.  The Royal College of Surgeons has issued guidelines on who should be performing cosmetic procedures, the proper evaluation of patients and called for an end to offering financial incentives to entice people into surgery.  Bravo!!! (Of note: ...
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The Rise of the Mommy Makeover

Having children is one of life’s most treasured experiences.  It always has, and will be, a great source of pride and reward for most couples.  In the past, many mothers accepted the changes in their body as the price they had to pay for the joy of motherhood. However, in recent years, ...
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“Gummy Bear Implants” – What Are They?

Although silicone breast implants have gone through rigorous testing and scrutiny from the FDA and have subsequently been found to be a safe and reliable tool for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction, they have been unable to totally shake that negative reputation (unjustified, in my opinion) from the past.  In ...
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Sunscreens and the FDA

In the June 2012 issue of InStyle Magazine (p. 159-160), “Burning Questions” attempts to provide, in a light and entertaining fashion, answers to various questions men and woman often have about sunscreens. I would consider this article a little on the “light side”, however,as it contains such amusing sections as edible sunscreens. Nevertheless, ...
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Volumizers & Refiners: A Perfect Match

Part 2: Refiners      In the first section of this two-part series, we discussed Sculptra Aesthetic, a filler which helps in the restoration of facial volume. This is important for recreation of a youthful appearance to the contour of a person’s cheeks, mandible (jaw), temples and chin as well ...
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Why Disclosing ALL Medications To Your Doctor May Be More Important Than You Realize

There is an interesting article in the March issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (www.aestheticsurgeryjournal.com) from Drs. Wong, Gabriel, Maxwell, and Gupta of Loma Linda University in California. This review article which was titled: Bleeding Risks of Herbal, Homeopathic, and Dietary Supplements: A Hidden Nightmare for Plastic Surgeons? (Aesthetic Surgery Journal 32:332-348) ...
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Beauty & The Beast: Plastic Surgery & Smoking

Plastic surgery comes with many perks.  There are obvious physical rewards, emotional benefits and the satisfaction of achieving personal goals.  As anyone knows, achievements don't come without some responsibilities.  And when it comes to your plastic surgery procedure, one major responsibility is smoking cessation.   Although this proposes a challenge for ...
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Volumizers & Refiners: A Perfect Match

Part 1: Volumizers We’re all familiar with the physical changes that come with aging. One of which is the loss of volume, particularly evident in our faces. We begin to notice a hollowed effect in our cheeks, chins and temples - among other places. In fact, when people were polled ...
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Ten Keys to Consider When Shopping for Cosmetic Surgery

Today we have more choices than ever before when deciding on ways to improve our appearance. There are a myriad of technologies, procedures, and products available, which for many patients, is the primary focus. However, we believe that there are ten key points that should be just as important, or ...
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Laser Resurfacing: Perhaps The Perfect Non-Surgical Pick-Me-Up For Your Skin

Unquestionably, over the recent years, lasers have transformed treatments for many skin imperfections such as sun damage, scarring, skin texture, wrinkles and skin tightening. With factional technology, which was introduced over seven years ago, tiny points of laser light can be distributed by a laser handpiece or scanner in a ...
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