Foreign Doctors Are Good People Like You and Me!

As a recent NY Times article points out, there are many doctors in this country that could help alleviate the current primary care doctor shortage but because they were trained in a foreign country, their credentials aren’t universally accepted by state medical boards in the US and they may be unable to pass the licensing exams that all US doctors must pass.   While they......
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Real Housewives of Miami – Embarrassing on So Many Levels

So I’m sitting at home on a Sunday morning, trying to broaden my horizons, educate myself about the goings-on in the world by reading the Sunday New York Times. As I’m reading, I notice the TV in the background with this awful shrieking sound, laced with bleeps of expletives. Curious, I took a peek and found that I was witness to the demise of humanity!......
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Neck Lift without the Facelift!

I’ve had many patients over the years that were mostly concerned with the appearance of their neck but chose not to do anything about it because they didn’t want a facelift. But once I explained that a person can choose to have a neck lift without a facelift, they were thrilled and proceeded with a surgical correction. For those of you wondering the opposite, “can......
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One Vision for the Future of Healthcare

Everyone has their own opinion of the future of healthcare. Whether it’s politically or financially motivated, some believe we’re headed for a bureaucratic morass, while others believe healthcare in America can be fixed with the Affordable Care Act.  I have my own opinion and solution to one of the biggest challenges of healthcare – cost. The following is but one vision for the future of healthcare.  ......
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Medical Tourism

In a recent NY Times article, a very brave 60 year old man discusses his decision to go to a foreign country for hip replacement surgery. It sounds like he got a great deal, $13,660, all costs included. The article suggests that the US estimate would have been closer to $78,000 but as I’ve discussed in a previous article, published US numbers are historically inaccurate......
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An Idea, a Little Money and the Brothers Mills

A couple of years ago while I was getting a haircut, I had this epiphany. I remember I was watching TV at the barber shop and SportsCenter was on. I even remember that my epiphany had no connection and was not brought on by anything I was watching on SportsCenter.   As a plastic surgeon, I was having this recurrent problem with patients coming in......
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What Concierge Medicine Can Learn from Plastic Surgeons

Ever heard of concierge medicine? For those of you not familiar, this is a medical practice that runs as a cash-only business, accepting no insurance. But in return for the patient’s acceptance of this streamlined, insurance-avoiding business model, your doctor is at your beck and call! That’s where the concierge idea comes in. Your doctor, much like the concierge desk at a hotel, is at......
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Cosmetic Rhinoplasty – Open or Closed?

If you’re thinking of nose reshaping surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, having a general understanding and reasonable expectations prior to surgery is important. In general, if you’re unhappy with a bump on the top of the nose, the tip of the nose or the nostril size, you may be a candidate for rhinoplasty. And depending on what your concerns are, a rhinoplasty using the open......
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I’ll Have My Botox Shaken, Not Stirred!

While it may not be clear from the title, everyone has their preference of how they like their favorite things. James Bond likes his martini’s shaken, not stirred. And similarly, or not so similarly, plastic surgeons administer botulinum toxin (BOTOX®, Xeomin® or Dysport®) based on their preference – area vs volume. Since botulinum toxin is used to treat wrinkles in the forehead, in between the......
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Looking for Cosmetic Surgery Prices?

Why is it so hard to get cosmetic surgery prices before going in for a consultation with your board certified plastic surgeon? You worry it’s gonna cost a lot of money so you’d like to know what you’re in for before wasting your time on a consultation. If you were thinking about buying a house or a car, examples of things that will also cost......
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