Choose Wisely Part II

Not only should one take their time in choosing a surgeon but certain attributes are worth stating. The surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery which has the highest standards for certification that gives more assurance that the quality of the work and the patient's health... Read more »

Eleven Factors to Consider when Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

The number of truly qualified surgeons performing cosmetic surgery is being swamped by the number of surgeons and non surgeons practicing aesthetic procedures. Its a wild west show out there and one should take into consideration some important guidelines to help with a happy outcome. 1 Look for a board... Read more »

The Real Cost Of Medical Tourism

In a recent  Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery one of the first quantifiable articles on the data and outcomes of patients seeking plastic surgery abroad was published. This was possible due to the diligence of a single center study. Although the review was small (42 patients over a 36... Read more »

The See-Saw Battle over Pain Meds

We are a country of fads fueled by our bipolar swings from one extreme to the other. I remember entering the field of medicine and the pervading attitude about pain meds was to limit their use as much as possible and be judicious with quantities and dosage. Then the culture changed fueled by... Read more »

Tummy Tucks: Becoming a More Popular Procedure

Abdominoplasty or as it is more commonly known "Tummy Tuck" is gaining more popularity and has become noticed by the media. As usual there is often a slanted view in order to be provocative and gain an audience. Recently a piece was published in "Live Science" entitled "Tummy Tucks May... Read more »

What’s in a Title?

Lately a trend has developed to group everybody involved with patient care under the title "Provider". While this is all nice and lends a feeling of esprit de corps as well as equality, the final arbiter and decision maker is the physician. The responsibility ultimately lies with the doctor. As it... Read more »

Not All Scars Are The Same

Many people come to see me for aesthetic surgery but are very anxious that their result would leave them with bad scarring, like other scars they have from previous surgeries or accidents. Take heart, scar's appearance depends on location and direction of the scar in regard to lines of tension.... Read more »

Everybody on the Bus!

Recently a fax came to my office offering a 2 day course in establishing and running a cosmetic practice featuring no less than eighteen (18) procedures! The course involves lasers, Botox, fillers, pulsed light (whatever that really does), needle free mesotherapy and.... how to market the practice. Wow, that is... Read more »

Who is a “Cosmetic Surgeon”?

Once again another example of bad and unsafe cosmetic surgery presented itself in my office. We, as real plastic surgeons, are asked to "fix" other people's mistakes and, as is the usual case, the patient and plastic surgeon are "behind the eight ball". Results and life would be better if... Read more »