Plastic Surgery


Facial Rejuvenation: A little or a lot?

I offer surgical and non-surgical alternatives when it comes to facial rejuvenation. Surgical options include procedures that patients are most familiar with: face lift, neck lift, eye lift and a nose job are but a few options. Non-surgical alternatives include the various approaches to treat the skin (chemical peels and lasers), as well as the use of injections to weaken muscles that cause wrinkles (Botox), plumpers to add volume to hollow areas of the face, and fillers to smooth out wrinkles. […]

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Plastic-surgery-o-phobia

“It took a lot of mental energy to get to this point” This is what one patient told me after spending two years thinking about plastic surgery, deciding what she thought she needed, and researching the Internet to find the best plastic surgeon to take care of her. There is no doubt in my mind that there has been a dramatic increase in the level of anxiety associated with plastic surgery. First of all, it’s not fun showing your flaws […]

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Doctor, Is This Normal?

I hear this question all the time. A large part of my practice is performing secondary plastic surgery (when a patient has had a procedure before and is considering “touch ups,” improvements or corrections). I will often ask the patient, “What did your Doctor tell you about this?” and they simply answer, “They told me it is normal.” Quite honestly, sometimes I see imperfect outcomes that I would consider “normal,” while other times I see outcomes that are clearly not […]

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8 Plastic Surgery Predictions for the New Year!

8 Plastic Surgery Predictions for the New Year! Happy New Year! How fast time flies. I have a few predictions regarding the plastic surgery world for 2011. There will be no dramatic changes in plastic surgery – the Holy Grail or Fountain of Youth has not been discovered. Nevertheless, here are my forecasts for the New Year: 1.      New power liposuction devices will hit the market with clever, wonderful sounding marketing campaigns. However, these devices will offer little to no benefit compared […]

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Ugly Lines Gone in 60 Seconds?

The marketing of beauty products and plastic surgery never ceases to amaze me. Marketers can and will make any claim regardless of the truth. Marketing is very powerful and appeals to human vulnerabilities. The entire beauty industry is driven by marketing. The name of the game is to sell. The goal is to make the masses perceive that a particular product or service is the answer to their needs—perception is reality. Lasers treatments that make you look 10 years younger, really […]

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What is my Specialty?

I sometimes get this question from patients who want to know if there is a certain procedure that I am really good at. Most people know that I limit my practice to elective cosmetic surgery, but is it breast, liposuction, facelifts or noses? Within the category of “elective cosmetic surgery” one might judge from my website that I concentrate on breast, but this is somewhat misleading. Demand for breast enhancement is high in my geographic area (young population), so naturally I do […]

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Considering Plastic Surgery? How do you research?

Do you simply believe something and then only search for confirmation of that belief? For instance, if you think all breast augmentations lead to funny looking breasts, then you will search for this first and find that the Internet is full of information that will lead you to believe that all breast augmentations lead to funny looking breasts. This is actually quite common. However, this method of searching is likely to lead you to information that is biased, inaccurate or flat out wrong. Objectivity […]

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Are all cosmetic surgeons “plastic surgeons”?

It is said that “necessity is the mother of invention.” Plastic surgery developed from the demand for special skills needed when surgeons were faced with complex and challenging surgical problems. War injuries, particularly after the World Wars, were so catastrophic and complex that general surgeons of the day saw the need to develop special skills to fix these problems —thus, the birth of the plastic surgery specialty. With the unique skills developed by plastic surgeons, applying many of the plastic […]

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Do antidepressants make you more satisfied with your plastic surgery?

A recent study regarding patient satisfaction after facial plastic surgery revealed that those patients who were taking antidepressants were more satisfied with their outcomes than those who didn’t take them. I would guess that over half of the patients seen in my office are taking antidepressants—a surprisingly high number to some. It would seem intuitive that those patients taking “happy pills” would be more satisfied with their procedure results. Or, maybe those who are not taking antidepressants are simply not […]

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Poor posture and plastic surgery

Many of my patients know how often I discuss posture in my office. Seeing that I am constantly asked to evaluate an individual’s appearance, it’s easy to note the presence of poor posture and shoulder shrugging. I see three groups of patients who use shoulder shrugging as a “defense mechanism” (something an individual does to protect themselves against something that creates anxiety). Women with particularly small or large breasts. Women who are taller than average. Men that suffer from Gynecomastia (the development […]

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