Connecticut: The Wild West of Med Spas

Well the verdict is in. The Connecticut legislature passed a bill to increase safety in med spas and Governor Malloy of Connecticut vetoed it. Per the Boston Globe, “in a veto statement issued Friday, the Democrat said he was concerned the bill required physicians to perform all initial assessments and perform or supervise and control all cosmetic procedures performed at these facilities. Malloy said that......
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Necklifts, Exercising and the Rio 60 Second Neck Toner

I recently had a patient ask me a question about the Rio 60 second Neck Toner. If you’re unaware of this product, it is a handheld device that you place against your neck and by using different intensities, it directs low levels of electrical stimulation to the neck muscles. The idea is that it simulates neck contraction exercises which in turn strengthen the muscle and......
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To Bitcoin or Not to Bitcoin?

So what do you know about Bitcoin? Never heard of it? This may or may not be the next technological revolution or the next supremely public disappointment. Bitcoin (code: BTC) is an example of a disruptive innovation – a technology that could potentially replace an existing technology. And the technology I’m referring to is nothing more than….money. That’s right, Bitcoin may one day replace your......
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The Brazilian Butt Lift – To Lift or Inflate?

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If you’re interested in buttock enhancement, you’ll notice a familiar name across the internet for the procedure you think you’re looking for – the Brazilian Butt Lift. Similar to how we often refer to laser lipo, it’s not always clear what is involved in laser lipo, or a Brazilian Butt Lift for that matter, and it’s even less clear if you’re a candidate for the...
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Dear Patients: Exciting News About My Practice

Dear Patients, I am writing to let you know some very exciting news about my practice. Later this Fall, I am going to start a trek through the South Pacific as part of a medical mission! As you may remember, the early part of my career involved treating underprivileged children with cleft lips and palates. Believe it or not, the South Pacific islands that we......
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Welcome Dr. Jonathan Kaplan!

I’m thrilled to announce that Dr. Jonathan Kaplan, a board-certified plastic surgeon originally from Alexandria, Louisiana, has joined our practice here at Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery! Dr. Kaplan completed his plastic surgery fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, and for the past six years has practiced in Baton Rouge, where he built a busy cosmetic practice, the Center for Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery. His areas......
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Can I Get a Sunburn in Overcast Weather?

Spring is here—though here in San Francisco, especially these past couple of weeks, the fog has made it hard to tell! Unfortunately, just because it’s overcast doesn’t mean you can’t get a sunburn while you’re out and about. Clouds do offer a tiny bit more protection than clear blue skies, but studies have show that even on the gloomiest of days up to 80 percent......
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What Size is the Right Size for My Breast Implants?

When it comes to breast augmentation surgery, there are a lot of important factors to consider—what type of incision to use, whether to place the implant under or over the breast muscle, and whether to go with saline or silicone implants—but for most women, the most important thing of all to discuss is the size of the implants. This is a difficult decision for obvious......
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Women Overwhelmingly Satisfied with Breast Augmentation Results

You may have some concerns about undergoing breast augmentation surgery—the cost, the recovery time, etc.—but according to a new study published this month, there’s one thing you shouldn’t be worried about: whether you’ll be happy with the outcome. Why? Because 98 percent of women surveyed said that the results of their breast augmentation surgery met or exceeded their expectations. The study was conducted by Dr.......
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Is Plastic Surgery Safe for Patients Over 65?

More and more people over the age of 65 are beginning to seek out plastic surgery—almost 85,000 in 2010 alone, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS)—but is it safe? There have been some concerns in the past over whether seniors face higher risks on the operating table; after all, the over-65 crowd as a whole is more likely than the 30s......
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