Celebs and their plastic surgery

ZO Skin Health – Faculty Member

July 30th, 2014

Have you heard of ZO Skin Health and ZO Medical skin care products?  This is the new line of skin care products developed by Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi.  I’ve recently had the privilege of being named as a ZO Skin Health faculty member.

ZO Skin Health and ZO Medical represent the latest and greatest in medical grade and cosmetic grade skin care on the planet.  He combines some of his tried and true principles of skin rejuvenation (such as bleaching and blending) with some of the latest thinking in skin care (such as growth factors, peptides, and antioxidants).  This has resulted in a line of products that, in my opinion, is unsurpassed by all other skin care lines, medical or cosmetic.  You WILL see results if you used ZO products as directed.  This can’t be said for most of the other skin care products out there today.  ZO skin care products can only be purchased in a physician’s office and can not be purchased online.

To learn more about ZO, please visit the website HERE or see the list of esteemed faculty HERE.  I’m in good company.

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Using Leftovers To Look Younger? On “The Rachael Ray Show” Wednesday 7/16!

July 15th, 2014

I will be returning to the Rachael Ray Show this Wednesday, July 16th to reveal three ways to use leftovers to look younger?  Can you use potato peels to darken gray hair?  Check out this and other secrets this Wednesday!  Although I’m not included in the teaser for the episode, you can catch the teaser HERE.

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Interesting and Simple Way to Preview a Nose Job

July 13th, 2014

Have you ever considered getting a nose job but didn’t want surgery?  Have you had a botched nose job?  More and more doctors are now injecting filler into the nose to correct defects and even to make it look straighter.  A friend of mine, and prominent Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Kotler, has devised a very simple way to preview how your nose would look if you had filler injected into it.  He calls it the 5 Minute Kotler Saline Demo.  Basically, he injects saline into your nose to change the shape of it for a couple hours.  Then the saline disappears.  It’s a simple but effective way to find out how your nose will look without going through with it.

You can find out more information on his website HERE.

In plastic surgery, sometimes the simple solutions are the ones that work the best!

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Selfies and Plastic Surgery – How Social Media Is Causing More People To Go Under The Knife!

July 3rd, 2014

There is an interesting article in the International Business Times that explores the current culture of plastic surgery.  It’s worth a read.  Here are some highlights:

- Selfies and their popularity in social media are causing more and more people to undergo procedures to improve their appearance. Even the appearance of their hands, as hand selfies for engagement rings are popular.

- The ideal appearance varies depending on the location.  I’m quoted that the cosmetic ideal in Detroit (a natural, non-augmented look) is likely different from that in L.A. or Miami.

- South Korea just may have the highest per capita plastic surgery procedures in the world.  This is not necessarily a good thing!

- One plastic surgeon is quoted as saying that fat is the future of plastic surgery.  I would have to agree.

To read the article, click HERE.

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Nicole Kidman – Recent Breast Augmentation?

June 18th, 2014

This is a surprise, since it’s pretty uncommon for A-list actors and actresses to have fairly obvious plastic surgery.  Nicole Kidman recently resurfaced in Australia with a noticeably larger chest.  She appears to have gone from a large A to a full C.  I suspect that the surgery may been quite recent, as she looks like she may still be a bit swollen.  For more of my comments and actual photos, click HERE to go to RadarOnline.com.

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“Botched” New Plastic Surgery Series On E!

June 14th, 2014

From the network that brought you Dr. 90210 comes the new series Botched. It stars two plastic surgeons, Dr. Paul Nassif and Dr. Terry Dubrow, previously seen as husbands on the Real Housewives series. They are both well-regarded surgeons in our field, and in the show they try to fix various ‘botched’ plastic surgeries. Their patients include the self-proclaimed first supermodel Janice Dickinson and a man known as the human Ken doll, due to his plethora of plastic surgeries. Good luck to the good doctors! Sounds like a challenge, to say the least.

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What Plastic Surgeons Say About Cosmetic Surgery Tourism

June 5th, 2014

It seems more and more people are heading overseas to get their plastic surgery performed.  In the past, I heard mainly about Asians heading to Japan or South Korea to get work done.  Now, there are companies that advertise surgical tourism as a way to save money and see a different country.  This can be a very dangerous proposition.  I was recently interviewed by Epoch Magazine about this subject.  Here is what I said:

What Needs Fixing. There are all sorts of problems. Recently, I removed a pair of implants that were placed in Argentina. The implants were part of a major recall after it was determined that the silicone inside them was industrial-grade, not medical-grade. I’ve seen many botched liposuction surgeries, botched tummy tucks, and poor facelifts. I probably see the most problems with liposuction patients.

Risk Assessment. Unfortunately, plastic surgery is performed poorly in all countries, but the United States has some of the strictest standards for plastic surgery training in the world.

Misconceptions. These patients think that they are getting a good value. Just because the cost of the actual surgery is lower, they don’t necessarily appreciate the added costs of fixing a bad result. Also, if they get a complication, do they want to be treated in another country? Do they trust the health care system in the other country?

Keep in mind that your U.S. health insurance will likely not pay for a hospital stay or complication in another country. There is nothing worse than being horribly sick and hospitalized in another country and finding out that you will need to pay out-of-pocket for all your health care there.

They also interviewed several other plastic surgeons who gave their opinions on this important topic.  You can read the article online HERE.

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Kim Kardashian – Plastic Surgery Through The Years?

May 29th, 2014

Congrats to Kim and Kanye for their recent nuptials.  I was recently interviewed by Radar Online about Kim’s possible history of plastic surgery.  The photos of her facial changes through the years are pretty impressive.  So impressive, in fact, that she almost seems to be aging in reverse!  Almost.

Check out the photos on Radar Online to see for yourself and to read my speculation on her possible procedures (nose job, Botox, lip injections…).

Photo credit: prphotos.com

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“The Plastics” – Music Video From People Who Had Plastic Surgery To Look Like Celebrities

May 15th, 2014

You have to see this one to believe it. Three people who had plastic surgery to look like celebs teamed up with two plastic surgeons to make this new music video that has gone viral. It’s in-your-face, gaudy, and… well… you just have to see it to believe it. Their publicist, Gina Rodriguez, truly is a master at keeping her clients in the spotlight. Crazy stuff!

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Annual Meeting of the Aesthetic Society – San Francisco, CA

April 28th, 2014

I’m writing this post as I’m stuck in the middle seat on an airplane flying from San Francisco back home to Detroit.  I’ve spent the past couple days at the annual Aesthetic Meeting, a massive conference organized by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and attended by thousands of the top cosmetic plastic surgeons in the world.  My trip this year was brief, flying in on Saturday and flying out on Monday, but chock full of great stuff.  Some of my highlights from the meeting included:

1.  The emergence of Voluma – for years I’ve been a big fan of Sculptra and fat grafting to add volume and rejuvenate the cheeks (midface).  Voluma is a new FDA-approved injectable that’s taken the place of Sculptra in many of my patients.  The more I use it the more I like it.  There were several talks on Voluma at this meeting, and I’m even more impressed now.

2. Filming for a documentary on plastic surgery – I was privileged to bring around a camera crew who are filming a documentary about plastic surgery.  I can’t reveal any more than that, but it was a lot of fun hooking the producer and director up with some of the biggest names in my field.

3. Alphaeon – This is a new player in plastic surgery, aesthetics, and the self-pay health care industry.  As an investor, it was great to see and feel some of their new acquisitions and offerings. I think we’ll be hearing a lot about Alphaeon in the coming years as they (we) emerge as a major player alongside other aesthetics companies like Valeant and Allergan.  It was a pleasure meeting the CEO Robert Grant for the first time.  I am Alphaeon!

4. Re-Connecting with some old friends – It was great to see some of my old friends again, and make some new ones, too.  I really enjoyed spending time with one of my best friends, Dr. Steven Svehlak, a top Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, and his beautiful wife Wendy.  Some other top aesthetic surgeons I enjoyed talking with were Dr. Michael Schenden (Troy, MI), Dr. Bob Basu (Houston, TX), Dr. Chad Tattini (Bloomington, IL), Dr. John Diaz (Beverly Hills, CA), Dr. Tim Sayed (Boca Raton, FL), Dr. Sanjay Grover (Newport Beach, CA), Dr. Brent Moelleken (Beverly Hills, CA), and Dr. George Bitar (Washington, DC).

5. Dinner with Dr. Zein Obagi – I’ve been really impressed with ZO Medical’s new skin care lines and have been selling more and more of their products in my office.  I was privileged to have dinner with Dr. Obagi and several of his inner circle of doctors and advisors (like the great author / media extraordinaire Wendy Lewis and Dr. Frank Barone from Toledo, OH) last night at a nice steakhouse in town.  A definite highlight.

But the best part of my trip?

Heading back home to see my wife and kids.  Can’t wait.

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Real Housewives of Miami – What Plastic Surgery Do I Think They Had?

April 22nd, 2014

Are any of you watching the Real Housewives of Miami?  It looks to me that these housewives may have had more work done than any of the other Housewives casts!  Popdust.com recently asked me to comment on what I think each RHOM cast member has had done to her face.

You can read my in-depth analysis on their website HERE!

Do you agree or disagree with my opinions?  Feel free to let me know!

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Home and Family Show – Cosmetic Procedures to Avoid

April 18th, 2014

This is a clip from my recent segment on Hallmark’s “Home and Family” program. Quite honestly, it was one of the most fun shows I’ve ever taped. The hosts, Mark and Cristina, were so very welcoming and the vibe there is really fun and positive. And yes, that is Charo sitting next to me!

Thank you to “Home and Family” for having me on!

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Tom Cruise- Pillowface?

April 15th, 2014

I commented in this week’s Star Magazine about Tom Cruise’s new look.  His face looks quite puffy, and can be the result of swelling from plastic surgery.  Or maybe he’s on medication that has caused his face to balloon?  Check out the photos on Radar Online.com HERE, including some of my comments.

I suspect that within a couple weeks he’ll look like the old Tom that we know and like.

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Harper’s Bazaar – List of the Best Plastic Surgeons in the U.S.

April 5th, 2014

I was pleased and surprised to find out yesterday that I was included as one of Harper’s Bazaar’s 24 “Best Beauty Surgeons” in the United States.  I’m honored to join such esteemed colleagues as Dr. Steven Teitelbaum, Dr. Raj Kanodia, Dr. Rod Rohrich, and Dr. Jennifer Walden on this list of elite cosmetic plastic surgeons.  Thank you to Harper’s Bazaar and Alexandra Parnass for including me!

You can read the article of the “Best Beauty Surgeons” HERE.

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Breast Lifts Outpacing Breast Implants?

April 1st, 2014

New survey results from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that since 2000, breast lifts have been outpacing breast implants by two-to-one. Although three times as many women undergo breast augmentations as breast implants, the number of women undergoing breast lifts has increased 70% since 2000. What is this from?

I think there are many causes to this trend. First, more and more women are undergoing breast enhancement surgery, period. Especially since the lifting of the FDA moratorium on silicone breast implants in November 2006, the numbers of women undergoing breast augmentation have increased impressively. Second, more and more women are losing weight via bariatric surgery. Losing weight can cause the breasts to shrink and droop, prompting women to have them lifted. Finally, I think patients are getting better educated on breast lifts. Nine years ago I saw countless women who were convinced by a local ENT (Ear Nose Throat) physician that lifts weren’t needed, and the implants would actually lift the breast. Now more patients are doing their research online and finding out for themselves that this just isn’t the case.

The big thing to keep in mind, though, is that breast lifts create scars. These scars are permanent. Although it’s a very effective surgery, the scars will be with you the rest of your life.

Even when you’re 90 and your breasts are droopy again.

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Official 2013 Plastic Surgery Statistics – Most Plastic Surgery Since the Great Recession

March 25th, 2014

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recently released its annual plastic surgery statistics from the year before.  Here are some highlights:

·         There was a 6.5% increase in the total number of surgical procedures performed last year as compared to 2012. Almost 2 million procedures were performed among the core group last year

·         Americans spent $12 billion on cosmetic procedures for the first time since 2008 when the recession hit

o   Of that total, more than 7 billion was spent on surgical procedures  and more than 5 billion was spent on  nonsurgical procedures

·         Lipo was the number one procedure, increasing 16% over 2012. This is in spite of the burgeoning growth of technologies such as CoolSculpting

·         As previously stated, Buttock augmentation has increased 58% over last year and Labiaplasty increased 44% over last year

·         Injectables are way up this year:

o   Botulinum toxin, (Botox, Dysport and Xeomin): 3,381,476  in 2013 – up from 2,915,865 in 2012 – a 16% increase

o   Hyaluronic acid:  1,738,999 for 2013 – up from 1,318,197 in 2012  -  a 32% increase

·         Aesthetic plastic surgery for men is being de-stigmatized

o   Liposuction is up for men by 24% since last year alone

o   Injectables for men are up 16%

o   Men broke the million mark for number of procedures performed first time since 2007

There are a few surprises here.  I’ve seen my personal numbers for liposuction surgery decrease, I believe due to the plethora of non-surgical liposuction alternatives out there.  Although these alternatives (like Coolsculpting and Body FX) don’t have nearly the dramatic results of actual liposuction, a lot of people are having them done.  With the FDA approval of the cheek filler Voluma, I expect hyaluronic acid filler injections to increase significantly in 2014, with a decrease in injections of Sculptra.  I’ve found Voluma to be a very effective alternative to Sculptra and fat grafting in many patients.

Plastic surgery was definitely hot in 2013.  I think the numbers will be significantly higher in 2014.

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What To Do About Your Bad Breath

March 19th, 2014

From one of my latest CNN.com articles:

I’m sitting cramped in the window seat of an airplane, awaiting takeoff for a flight that will bring me from Detroit to Los Angeles. The large man in the middle seat has his arm draped over the arm rest, leaving me leaning and squashed against the side of the plane. I don’t know how I’m going to endure four and a half hours like this.

Then it gets worse.

He starts to talk. The stench hits me like a sledgehammer to my face.

Halitosis. Dragon Breath. Stank Mouth.

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from bad breath. For most, it’s a problem that only rears its ugly head in limited situations, such as in the morning or after eating pungent food. But for some, halitosis is a problem that is ever-present, no matter whether they brush and floss their teeth, rinse with mouthwash, or suck on mints. Chronic bad breath can profoundly affect a person’s self-esteem and daily life, even to the extent that that person may isolate himself for fear of embarrassment.

So what causes bad breath?

Bad breath can emanate from many, many sources. Certain foods, such as garlic, can become digested, absorb into your bloodstream, travel to your lungs, and reappear as bad breath. Other contributors to halitosis include poor dental care, dry mouth, tobacco products, and certain medications and medical conditions. But what about those people who don’t have any of these contributors? Why do these millions of people still suffer from constant bad breath?

If this describes you, then it’s very likely that your bad breath is caused by bacteria living on the back of your tongue. These little critters create a foul-smelling gas (called volatile sulfur compounds) that resembles the smell of rotten eggs. Unfortunately, these bacteria usually live so far back on your tongue that brushing your tongue with a normal toothbrush can’t reach them.

Fortunately, there is a solution that appears to work for over 90% of bad breath sufferers. Here are four simple steps to hopefully curing your halitosis:

1. Rinse with a mouth wash containing chlorine dioxide. Then gargle with your tongue sticking out. Studies show that chlorine dioxide is very effective at neutralizing the stinky volatile sulfur compounds created by oral bacteria.
2. Using a specialized tongue scraper / cleaner (can be purchased at your dentist’s office or online), scrape the back of your tongue, going from back to front. It may help to pull your tongue out with the fingers of one hand and scrape with the other hand. The farther back you scrape off those little critters the more effective this will be. Rinse the tongue cleaner after each scrape.
3. Brush and floss your teeth with your regular toothpaste, taking care to brush the rest of your tongue and the inside of your mouth.
4. Consider rinsing one more time with the chlorine dioxide rinse, keeping with the instructions on the bottle.

Prior to embarking on a treatment regimen for your bad breath, make sure to check with your dentist to confirm that your halitosis doesn’t have a medical cause. Otherwise, these four simple steps can hopefully save you unnecessary embarrassment and make you a much better seat neighbor on a plane.

The following is a type of chlorine dioxide bad breath system that I hear works really well:

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New and Improved YouTube Page!

March 12th, 2014

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I’ve been hard at work updating my YouTube page. It’s been sadly ignored for the most part these past few years. Well, no longer! It’s now chock full of plastic surgery-related videos and TV appearances, dating all the way back to my debut on “Dr. 90210.” I’ve included nearly all of my clips from “Rachael Ray” and other programs. Check it out when you get a chance. It’s hours and hours of entertainment, with a little bit of education thrown in there, too.

Click HERE to go to my YouTube page.

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2013 in Plastic Surgery: Year of the Butt and Labiaplasty?

February 28th, 2014

Last year was the Year of the Butt.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there was a 58% increase in buttock enhancement surgery in 2013 compared to the year before. This operation had the largest gains of all cosmetic procedures for the year.

So why are so many Americans undergoing surgery to enhance their derrieres?

I believe the answer lies with the media, both broadcast and social. Plastic surgeons are seeing more and more women who want the backsides of various stars. While I don’t hear Jennifer Lopez’s name much anymore, other stars with ample behinds have taken her place.

Ratings for her reality show may be declining, but Kim Kardashian is still the poster child for a large and shapely backside. In fact, a recent butt selfie (also known as a “belfie”) on Instagram went viral with over 1 million admirers “liking” it. Beyonce’s skimpy outfit at the Grammy Awards this year displayed her well-rounded tush for all to see and admire. And Internet sensation Jen Selter’s nearly impossibly round and smooth bottom is quickly becoming the most requested rear end of all. In fact, one of my patients even dubbed it the “Eighth Wonder Of The World.”

It’s not easy to get curves like theirs. The most common type of buttock enhancement, called the “Brazilian Butt Lift,” involves liposuctioning fat from the thighs or hips, purifying it, and then re-injecting it into the buttocks.

For the rest of the article, click HERE to visit CNN.com

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GMA Tests Home Facial Lasers, Including the Tria and Face FX

February 25th, 2014




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