When Can I Exercise?

Posted by & filed under Conduct/Behavior, Cosmetic surgery, Pain, Psychology, Wound Healing.

One of the most common questions asked right before and right after surgery. From a physiological aspect the timing depends on the span of surgery. The more invasion the longer the recovery(but usually a better result). Injury whether intentional like surgery or accidental initiates wound healing that requires multiple steps;... Read more »

The Reality of Change: Its Organic!

Posted by & filed under Cosmetic surgery, Wound Healing.

To explain why certain claims made by the "cosmetic industry" do not work (see the last two previous blogs) one just has to acknowledge that to affect a change in our tissue a change in the makeup of the tissue has to occur. In organic terms that means some form of trauma and its... Read more »

Not All Scars Are The Same

Posted by & filed under Certification, Scars, Wound Healing.

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 »

Post-Op Domino Effect

Posted by & filed under Pain, Wound Healing.

People always wonder why areas of injury or surgery hurt more so many hours after activity has stopped or when they are just plain resting at night and not moving at all. The reason for this all too true phenomenon is the fact that the site of surgery has extra... Read more »

Not Fade Away

Posted by & filed under Cosmetic surgery, Plastic Surgery, Scars, Wound Healing.

Some words in our English language have taken on a meaning of their own, not reflecting the original intent, but rather a wish for quality that completely changes the communication . Such a word is "fade". As a plastic surgeon, who cares for as well as creates scars, I explain... Read more »

The Tom Brady Debacle

Posted by & filed under Conduct/Behavior, Wound Healing.

Apparently a great deal of space, ink and blame has been devoted by the media on Tom Brady's knee surgery and resultant complications. The fault finding is aimed at physicians that did their best to help another person. Their well meaning intentions as well as expertise unfortunately did not produce... Read more »

A Secret of Plastic Surgeons

Posted by & filed under Wound Healing.

I just saw yet another patient with an open wound and instructions to keep the area dry with clean gauze. I will now reveal to you a long kept secret that will probably expel me from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Just Joking. We, as plastic surgeons, have always... Read more »

Preparing for Surgery

Posted by & filed under Cosmetic surgery, Health, Wound Healing.

All invasive cosmetic procedures require preparation even so-called "weekend " surgeries. In order to effect a permanent change invasion of the tissue has to be made which results in a typical inflammatory response along with bleeding. The combination can lead to swelling, bruising and even blood collections (hematomas). As the... Read more »