Cosmetic Surgery Can Help Improve Quality of Life

The human psyche is a complex thing. Topics like body image, social phobia, depression and body dysmorphia can spark polarizing debates throughout our culture. It’s also worth noting that many individuals who seek out cosmetic services are dealing with serious medical or cosmetic issues that impact their quality of life.... 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 »

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty): Not just for Women

As we continue to try and improve our physical appearance with exercise and diet, we sometimes need a little bit of help from aesthetic surgery. Men are beginning to notice and appreciate what a tummy tuck can do for women and realize that the surgery can help them a great deal... Read more »

Who’s Afraid of Anesthesia?

Most in-depth surgical procedures require some form of anesthetic for comfort and patient relaxation so that the surgeon can concentrate on the work at hand. The recent interest in "natural" processes has given the public a false sense that "sedation" anesthesia is more conducive to the normal state of being and... Read more »

Vitamins: Where Less Is More

I see many people in my practice that take multiple vitamins in large quantities and doses. There is an overwhelming culture fueled by commercials and urban legends that more is better when it comes to supplements. Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to vitamins. Vitamins are... Read more »

Freedom of Choice: At What Age?

Silicone (or gel as it is sometimes called) implants have been allowed back on the market for the last 8 years. The implants have been shown to be safe but the FDA has cautioned against use in women under the age of 22! Due to this advice most hospitals, surgery... Read more »

The Age Factor in Cosmetic Surgery

Recent data analyzed from over 120,000 patients during a 5 year period reveals that age (ie: people over 65 years old) was not an independent risk factor for aesthetic procedures. Age alone was not significant in how well people recovered from surgery or their rate of complications. All other risk factors removed shows that rate... Read more »

What’s Really Dangerous about Anesthesia

What's really dangerous about anesthesia is the general public's ignorance of the real safety issues when it comes to sedation for surgery. I am often told by my patients that they do not want general anesthesia because they worry that they may never wake up. People want sedation that allows them to... Read more »

Oversight Versus Overkill in Meaningful Health Care

In the journey known as "progress in medicine" there have been many twists and turns in the road in an attempt to speed improvement. Some have been entirely taken for the sake of political correctness and governed by liability. Better checking and re-checking is necessary and laudable; but physicians have... Read more »

Facial Make-up: A Plastic Surgeon’s Point of View

Make-up for women has been around since the days of the pharaohs. It is used to enhance the beauty of the face, hide "blemishes" and in general look more "presentable". I have always been surprised and even performed a " double take" when I see my patients for the first... Read more »