A New, Better Design for Saline Implants?

Some women prefer the idea of saline breast implants over silicone ones, yet ultimately choose silicone implants because they offer less risk of folds and ripples and, many claim, feel more natural. But what if you could get a saline implant that offered those same benefits? According to the two-year results from a clinical study that’s still ongoing, a double-lumen, saline-filled breast implant called the......
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Even After 5 Years, Facelift Results Hold Strong

A long-term follow-up study in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that even five years after their procedure, three quarters of facelift patients look younger than they did before their surgery. In order to reach this conclusion, study authors Dr. Barry M. Jones and Dr. Steven J. Lo analyzed before and after photographs of fifty different facelift patients using three sets of......
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Cosmetic Procedures following Bariatric Surgery Improve Quality of Life

A study published in the November issue of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that patients who undergo body contouring procedures after bariatric surgery experience a significantly improved quality of life. “Bariatric surgery for morbid obesity results in massive weight loss and improvement of health and quality of life,” write the study’s authors, but “a downside of the major......
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USA Today on the Dangers of Unaccredited Plastic Surgery Practitioners

USA Today posted an excellent article on their website this week, “Cosmetic surgery laws often aren’t enough,” about the dangers of getting plastic surgery procedures done at regular doctors’ offices and med spas—“salon-like medical facilities that have doctors on the premises and offer skin care treatments, such as Botox injections, facials and laser resurfacing.” Much has been written about “underground” or “backdoor” cosmetic surgery—procedures performed......
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Keeping Healthy During the Holiday Season

It’s hard to get anything done around the holidays—but there are a million things to do. As a result, taking care of ourselves often ends up at the bottom of our to-do list. Between shopping for presents, hosting or visiting family, and tying up loose ends before we head out on vacation, who has time for going to the gym or worrying about that diet......
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Brow Lift One of the Most Popular Cosmetic Surgeries for Women

Forehead lift surgery (often refered to as a “brow lift”) is an excellent way to smooth and erase wrinkles brought on by sun exposure, stress, and aging that form on the forehead and in between the eyebrows—and according to this year’s “Trends in Facial Plastic Surgery” report by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), an increasing number of patients over the......
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Does a Facelift Leave Scars?

Any time the skin is cut, a scar will form—and since facelifts require incisions, a scar of some sort is unavoidable. With an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon performing the surgery, however, the scars that form as you heal from your facelift should end up being nearly invisible. I mentioned in an earlier post that my facelift technique involves adjusting the deeper tissues in the face,......
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What is “Asian” Blepharoplasty?

Many Asian men and women are born with eyelids that have only a faint crease in the upper lid, or eyelids that have no crease whatsoever. On some people, this can give the lids a heavy look—especially since eyelids without creases often have a small fold of skin that hangs down over the eye. This fold can also make the eyes seem smaller than they......
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What to Expect after Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery is a common procedure, but it is a big procedure—one that can take anywhere between two and five hours to complete—and it’s important to prepare yourself for what recovery will be like. If you come to me for your breast reduction, here’s what you can expect after your operation: I usually put patients under general anesthesia when I perform breast reductions, which......
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What are My Breast Reduction Options?

There are many different methods by which breast reduction surgery can be performed. As with any surgical procedure, every technique has its pros and cons; ultimately, the procedure that you and your plastic surgeon settle on will depend upon your breast size and shape, as well as your aesthetic preferences. Today I’ll discuss two different breast reduction methods: liposuction and the inverted-T reduction. For some......
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