‘Tis the Season to Schedule Plastic Surgery!

With the arrival of October 1st, we officially kick off the holiday season! Wal-Mart has Christmas trees for sale and Walgreen’s is flush with Halloween candy. And with holiday season, comes one of the two most common times of year when patients want their cosmetic plastic surgery. After six years of being in plastic surgery practice, I’ve noticed that everyone wants their cosmetic surgery around......
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Physician Burnout: No One Cares…But They Should!

Have you read the articles over the last several months about physician burnout and fatigue? I’ll admit that as someone in the physician fishbowl, I’m on the inside and hear a lot about physician burnout that most of the public may not see. But as you can read here, here, here and here, doctors are upset and having significant emotional distress because of their chosen......
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Three Reasons to Love Price Transparency

Have you ever heard of RealPatientRatings? It’s a website that allows you to find a doctor in your area and read real patient reviews, not glowing reviews by friends of the doctor or negative reviews by the doctor’s competitor. They also provide advice to patients in regards to what to look for in a doctor and in particular what to look for from your board-certified......
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Limitations on Plans in the Affordable Care Act

As a quick follow up to my post last Friday regarding the Affordable Care Act being less affordable for the middle class, I want to mention a timely article in the New York Times published today.   In summary, the article suggests that when less expensive/more affordable health care plans are available in the soon-to-be-implemented health care exchanges, they will actually be very limited in......
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The Affordable Care Act: They Gave It the Wrong Name!

As the owner of a new plastic surgery practice in San Francisco, I’m taking on some new employees and I want them to have health insurance. I could have purchased a group health plan but the high rates and poor coverage seemed oxymoronic. What I mean is that typically you would assume a plan with expensive up front premiums would reduce your out-of-pocket expenses, i.e.,......
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Online Booking for Botox!

Do you ever wake up in a cold sweat because you forgot to book your Botox appointment when the office was open?! Well now you can book online! I’m happy to announce that my practice, Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery provides the option of booking online. This is great for several reasons but all you have to do is think about what you go through to......
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Complications from Laser Lipo Performed by Non-Plastic Surgeons

I’m pleased to announce that our paper on complications associated with laser lipo when performed by non-plastic surgeons has been released. It’s being published in the October issue of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal. If you’re interested in reading the abstract, you can click here. But if you don’t want to purchase the whole article (I don’t receive any compensation, by the way) and would like......
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How many cosmetic procedures can be done at once?

I often have patients in the office or at a seminar ask, “how many cosmetic procedures can be done at once?” And the short answer is, “it depends!” The longer answer revolves around a few things. First, are the areas of the body that you want to treat in close proximity? Second, how much time can you take off work to recover? And lastly, how......
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Fat Injections to the Buttocks After Liposuction

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Thanks to Kim Kardashian, everyone is looking to be booty-licious. This is actually a medical term. Just kidding. But the public’s interest to inflate or augment their buttocks is very real. I don’t know if it’s a sign of health or wealth the way big hips used to suggest fertility and other seemingly positive traits. Regardless, it’s all the rage for the last year or...
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Nose Job with a Filler!

If you’ve been in an accident, broken your nose and now have a “scoop” or divot, you may be looking to get a nose job. Until now, any changes to your nose required nose surgery – technically called a rhinoplasty. But with the advent of fillers like Belotero, Juvederm or Restylane, you can get your “nose job” in about 10 minutes!     Injecting a......
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