Aging Gracefully

In a recent article in the NY Times, Steven Petrow discussed his ongoing “battle” with his vanity. From non-surgical and surgical plastic surgery to less invasive, but no less stressful hair treatments, he gives interesting insight into the fight to age gracefully. While reading his testimonial, I noticed that he included his NY Times wedding announcement, so I clicked and saw this photo. My first......
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10 Things You Don’t Know About BuildMyBod

1. BuildMyBod starts the conversation about plastic surgery. BuildMyBod is a consumer-searchable database of plastic surgeon-provided pricing information on cosmetic procedures that customers want. The ultimate question every patient has that’s interested in cosmetic surgery is, “How much is it going to cost?” BuildMyBod allows them to determine cost prior to going in for a consultation. After getting pricing information, they may not book surgery......
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Insurance Companies Looking to Embarrass President Obama

I’m one of the million consumers in California whose health insurance was cancelled over the past few weeks. When I received my cancellation letter, I thought it was just that – a cancellation letter and no more. But as I read on, the insurance company clarified that my current policy didn’t meet the minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), like preventative coverage and......
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Kids Getting Plastic Surgery – It’s Not What You Think!

A recent story out of New York discusses kids turning to plastic surgery after being bullied. The story from the Fox affiliate, which you can read here, is a little misleading. From the title of the article, you’d think that kids are getting the kind of plastic surgery that first comes to  mind when you think “plastic surgery.” Sorry to disappoint you and your mental image......
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If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it!

Who could have imagined back in 2010 that the title above would become a punchline? Even though I’m highlighting the President’s words with a sarcastic undertone, I want to clearly state that I think the Affordable Care Act (should’ve been named the Accessible Care Act because it won’t be more affordable), will be great if it increases America’s accessibility to healthcare. We’ll give it time to......
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Venezuela Mannequin – Art Imitates Life

“I say that inner beauty does not exist. That’s something that unpretty women invented to justify themselves!” That’s the first comment in the video below, by the director/producer of the Ms. Venezuela pageant in Venezuela. (refresh page if video doesn’t appear) This opening line sets the tone for the story recently published in the NY Times. The story reveals how beauty and an over-inflated image......
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More on Chemical Peels

Sagging facial skin can be treated with a facelift but there are some stubborn deep lines around the eyes and mouth, due to either genetics, sun or smoking, that a surgical procedure can’t fix. For those stubborn lines, I recommend chemical peels. Very fine lines can be treated with a chemical peel by an aesthetician. If you’re in San Francisco, I know a great aesthetician!......
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Price Transparency a Must: NY Times and New England Journal of Medicine Agree!

If this is NOT your first time visiting this blog, then you know that I sound like a broken record when it comes to the importance of price transparency in healthcare. And if this is your first time visiting the BuildMyBod blog, then welcome to the world of promoting price transparency in healthcare! There is no other business where you receive a service without knowing......
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The Dirty Little Secret of How to Choose the Best Surgeons

Someone finally figured it out! How do you choose the right surgeon for your procedure? Online reviews? Statistical data in which it’s unclear how the data was collected and what variables were used? As you may have gathered from these rhetorical questions, none of these methods are adequate in choosing the right surgeon. But a research group in Michigan has indeed figured out how to......
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