Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
So you have probably all heard by now that Angelina Jolie was diagnosed with the BRCA1 gene and has undergone a double mastectomy with reconstruction. The actress and director wrote a very poignant, well-written op-ed for the New York Times. Here is a segment of it:
On April 27, I finished the three months of medical procedures that the mastectomies involved. During that time I have been able to keep this private and to carry on with my work.
But I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action.
My own process began on Feb. 2 with a procedure known as a “nipple delay,” which rules out disease in the breast ducts behind the nipple and draws extra blood flow to the area. This causes some pain and a lot of bruising, but it increases the chance of saving the nipple.
Two weeks later I had the major surgery, where the breast tissue is removed and temporary fillers are put in place. The operation can take eight hours. You wake up with drain tubes and expanders in your breasts. It does feel like a scene out of a science-fiction film. But days after surgery you can be back to a normal life.
Nine weeks later, the final surgery is completed with the reconstruction of the breasts with an implant. There have been many advances in this procedure in the last few years, and the results can be beautiful.
I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options.
Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.
I applaud Angelina for coming forward and revealing her diagnosis and treatment. Hopefully this helps to inform people not only about the potential diagnosis and treatment options for breast cancer, but also inform women about their reconstructive options. Studies show that women who undergo immediate reconstruction after mastectomy benefit psychologically a great deal.
To read the rest of Angelina Jolie’s op-ed piece, click HERE.
If you’ve ever wondered how plastic surgeons reconstruct a woman’s breast after mastectomy, there is a very well-written article in CNN.com HERE. I’m quoted in the article, which also describes how Angelina’s reconstruction was likely performed.
Photo credit: prphotos.com
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
This is from an article I wrote for CNN.com that just posted today. Hope you enjoy it:
“Dr. Youn, I want the works.”
Carol, an attractive Caucasian woman in her mid-forties, sat across from me in the consultation room. Her eyes stared into mine, unwavering.
“What do you mean by ‘the works?’”
“I want to enlarge my breasts, flatten my tummy, lift my neck, and skinny my thighs. Oh, and I want my eyes to tilt like Megan Fox’s, and I want you to plump my lips like Angelina Jolie’s.” She puckered and smacked her lips.
“Carol, that’s a lot of plastic surgery. Are you sure you need all this? Why do you want to have so much done?”
She paused. Her face flushed a bright shade of crimson red.
“Because,” she seethed, “My husband left me for a younger woman.
“And I want revenge.”
Revenge plastic surgery is becoming more and more common. A survey by the Transform Plastic Surgery Group in the United Kingdom found that over a quarter (26%) of their patients were recently divorced women. Eleven percent of their patients were newly single men.
Even Hollywood is getting involved in revenge surgery. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville recently revealed in her book, Drinking and Tweeting and Other Brandi Blunders, that she spent $12,000 to undergo rejuvenation of her private parts after breaking up with her then-husband Eddie Cibrian. She even paid for it with his credit card.
To read the rest of my article, click HERE to go to CNN.com
Monday, April 15th, 2013
I was recently asked to demonstrate a novel, take-home device for tightening the skin of the face for “the Ricki Lake Show.” This is a one-of-a-kind device, and although not the same as the laser treatments in the office, can be a nice way to rejuvenate your skin at home.
Friday, April 12th, 2013
I’ve liked actress Hayden Panettiere ever since she debuted as the indestructible cheerleader on “Heroes.” The star of “Nashville” has been photographed wearing a bikini with a suspiciously larger chest. Some photos even appear to show wrinkling that is consistent with saline breast implants. You can see a photo of it, along with my comments on Radar Online.com HERE.
So what can Hayden do to reduce her possible implant wrinkling? Implant wrinkling is typically improved by switching to a silicone implant, injecting fat into the breast tissue, or placing a sheet of Alloderm (acellular dermal matrix – radiated cadaver skin) over the implant. Or she could gain weight, which would thicken the fat on her breasts.
Wrinkles or not, Hayden looks great.
Photo credit: prphotos.com
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
I recently wrote an article for CNN.com about tattoos that has gotten a lot of views and comments (over 2000 of them!) If you haven’t read it yet, here is the first part:
A few years ago I interviewed a handyman to do some work on my house. I noticed a teardrop tattoo at the top of his left cheek. Prior to hiring him, I searched online for what this design signified. My mouth dropped when I found out.
A teardrop tattoo can mean he murdered someone.
So I hired someone else.
Plastic surgeons and dermatologists are seeing more and more people who want their tattoos removed, often because they worry that the
tattoos could cause problems with employment. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the number of people undergoing laser tattoo removal increased 43% from 2011 to 2012. This is consistent with a recent survey from the United Kingdom which found that nearly one-third of people suffer from tattoo regret.
Several years ago elaborate designs on the lower back became all the tattoo rage, until someone began calling them “tramp stamps.” Now I suspect that thousands of women (and maybe even a few unfortunate men) regret getting them. Other tattoo fads which have come and gone
include the barbed wire around men’s arms and the Chinese letters which may, or may not, mean what you think they do.
And it’s not just the common folk who regret their tattoos. Several celebrities have taken steps to have their tattoos removed. Johnny Depp committed the most common tattoo faux paux: he inked then-girlfriend Winona Ryder’s name on his shoulder. A short time later they broke up, prompting Depp to morph “Winona Forever” into “Wino Forever.” Megan Fox recently underwent laser treatments to remove the massive Marilyn Monroe tattoo on her arm. And some celebs have even embarrassingly misspelled their tattoos. Actress Hayden Panettiere misspelled the Italian phrase “Vivere senza rimpianti,” adding an extra “i” where it didn’t belong.
To read the rest of the article, click HERE to go to CNN.com
Saturday, April 6th, 2013
I was recently interviewed by the National Enquirer about Monica Lewinsky. Apparently she is in the running for the upcoming Fox show Celebrity Swan. Here are my quotes:
And celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Tony Youn, who has not treated Monica, tallied up what he thought her wish list would be. It includes $25,000 worth of liposuction, another $20,000 to tighten up her skin after the lipo, $2,000 for lip enhancement, $1,000 for earlobe shortening, $2,000 in filler injections, a $15,000 tummy tuck and $10,000 for a nose job.
“ROUND IT OUT WITH CELLULITE treatments for $3,000, an arm-lift for $10,000 and facial chemical peels and laser treatments for $2,000,” Dr. Youn told The ENQUIRER.
Check out their story with photos and a couple other plastic surgeons’ opinions HERE.
Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Have any of you heard of the extremely popular radio program called “Coast to Coast with George Noory?” It’s a late-night radio show dedicated to a wide variety of strange, supernatural, and fascinatingly different topics. I was fortunate enough to be a guest on this nationally syndicated program a couple times in the last two years. If you haven’t listened to it, it’s on in virtually every major city in the US late at night. You can find listings HERE.
So George has recently begun a talk show on Gaiam TV called “Beyond Belief With George Noory.” It’s a television version of his radio show, with each episode focusing on a specific interesting topic and guest. George and his producer invited me to be a guest on the program to discuss the weird, strange, and fascinating aspects of my favorite subject: plastic surgery. We taped the segment in their studio in Boulder, CO a couple weeks ago, and I think it turned out great. George and I discussed such topics as plastic surgery urban legends, black market plastic surgery, and the most popular plastic surgeries for men. We also discussed the trend of plastic surgery disasters by phony plastic surgeons. I think you’ll find the show is a lot of fun.
Here is the official promo: From black market procedures to extreme body modifications, plastic surgery has become the Wild West of modern medicine. Learn how to protect yourself from the dangers of plastic surgery with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn in this interview with George Noory originally webcast April 5, 2013.
My episode of ”Beyond Belief with George Noory” airs this Friday, April 5th at 7 pm Eastern, 4 pm Pacific. You can watch it on Gaiam TV’s website here: http://www.gaiamtv.com/video/stitches-dangers-plastic-surgery-0?chan=SG0AYoun
The site offers a free trial of his program for 10 days, so you can watch it for free!
Thank you to George Noory and producer Tom Danheiser for such a fun show!
Monday, March 25th, 2013
This is from an excellent recent article in the Deseret News:
LOS ANGELES — The baseball that hit Darlene in the face changed more than her appearance. It made her the butt of classmates’ jokes. More importantly, she had trouble breathing. By 16, she wanted it fixed. Tony was also 16 when he reached the same conclusion about his oversized jaw.
They are part of a small but significant trend: teenagers turning to plastic surgery to solve physical deformities, correct congenital defects, or make them look and thus feel better about themselves.
Becca is one of those teens. She asked for breast augmentation for graduation from a New York City high school. So is William, who worked summer jobs in Indianapolis to help pay for surgery to remove excessive male breast tissue.
Experts say plastic surgery can be necessary for teens in some situations, but they question many of the procedures and worry that plastic surgery won’t cure underlying problems.
Trending up or down?
The plastic surgery “trend” for teens depends on who counts and when. Researchers at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery call reported increases a media concoction. Their numbers show a slight drop from 10 years ago. But in 2005 the numbers dipped, so now comparisons to that year show an “increase.” They count about 209,000 procedures for all kids 18 and under.
To read the rest of the article, including my comments on when it’s right for a teen to have plastic surgery, click HERE.
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Here is my latest article in the Huffington Post:
The statistics are in. 2012 is officially the year of the silicone breast implant.
Every year the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) publishes annual cosmetic surgery statistics from the year before. The numbers released on Tuesday, March 12th reveal that breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States. In 2012, 0ver 330,000 women underwent this procedure. Of these patients, 72% chose silicone gel breast implants and 28% selected saline-filled implants. The number of women choosing silicone has skyrocketed since the FDA lifted the moratorium on these implants in November, 2006.
So what will 2013 bring?
This February the FDA approved the Allergan 410 form-stable, shaped breast implant for general cosmetic use. This implant, also known as the “Gummy Bear Implant,” is considered by many plastic surgeons to be superior due to its firm composition. It literally feels like a gummy bear. Plastic surgeons and patients have been waiting over ten years for this implant to be approved. I suspect that the number of women undergoing surgery with these implants will boom in 2013.
What else is on the horizon?
To read the rest of the article, visit Huffington Post HERE.
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
This post is a bit delayed, but I was recently interviewed by Radar Online.com about the plastic surgery at the Oscars. I gave them my rundown of the best and worst, including comments on John Travolta, Halle Berry, and Michael Douglas. You can check out the article HERE.
Friday, March 8th, 2013
I’ve had a lot of people ask me how they can obtain the products shown on today’s Rachael Ray Show. You can go to the Rachael Ray Show site HERE or click a link below to purchase the Profresh Breathcare Kit and/or the Tandazap on Amazon.com. For fixing your earlobes, find a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area via www.plasticsurgery.org.
Thursday, March 7th, 2013
Thank you to the Rachael Ray Show for having me on the show!
Friday, March 1st, 2013
There is an interesting article in The Body Odd on NBCNews.com regarding the many uses of Botox. We all know about Botox for wrinkles, but did you know that Botox can be used to treat many other problems? Botox has been used successfully to treat plantar fasciitis, migraines, overactive bladder, bulky calves, and even for weight loss! And its indications are only growing.
To read the BodyOdd at NBCNews.com article, click HERE.
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
Thank you to my friend Deena Centofanti for having me on to dish about celebs, plastic surgery, and the Oscars!
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
From my latest article on CNN.com:
(CNN) — For the first time in six years, the number of people enhancing their breasts and plumping their buttocks is declining. The number of people lifting, injecting and lasering their faces is growing.
So who’s powering this sudden growth in facial plastic surgery? Baby boomers.
Every year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons releases its statistics about the number of plastic surgeries performed the year before. It’s an accurate snapshot of the state of plastic surgery in the United States.
2012 saw a record number of people undergoing cosmetic procedures, with more than 14.6 million procedures performed in total, an increase of 5% over the year before. The number of actual surgeries performed dropped 2%, but this was more than offset by a 6% rise in minimally invasive cosmetic treatments.
Breast augmentation remained the number one cosmetic surgery, a position it’s held since the FDA ended the silicone gel implant moratorium in 2006. However, in 2012, the number of women undergoing this procedure declined 7% from the year before, with just over 286,000 breast enhancements performed.
Buttocks augmentation was one of the fastest-growing procedures of the past decade, due in no small part to public fascination with the ample derrieres of celebs Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian. The number of people undergoing buttock enhancement also declined in 2012, down 36% from the year before, to just under 3,800 procedures.
Our nation appears to be shifting its emphasis from the inflated busts and rounded behinds of Generation X and Y to the plumped cheeks and lifted necks of baby boomers. In other words, the Real Housewives are not only keeping up with the Kardashians, they’re surpassing them.
To read the rest of the article, click HERE to go to CNN.com.
Friday, February 15th, 2013
I recently filmed a segment on the Dr. Oz Show where we discussed silicone buttock injections. One of my patients from Michigan underwent injection of over 50 vials of industrial strength silicone by a non-licensed injector. I join Dr. Oz, psychologist Dr. Mike Dow, and the patient Karmello to discuss the danger she is putting herself in. It’s definitely an eye-opening show. You can view it here: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-oz-investigates-strange-addictions-pt-3
Friday, February 8th, 2013
Has Lee Majors become a modern-day bionic man? He sure looks a lot better than he should at his advanced age! I gave my opinion of whether he may have had plastic surgery to the National Enquirer. You can check out my comments HERE.
Photo credit: prphotos.com
Thursday, February 7th, 2013
The “Katie” show recently aired an episode that focused on black market and botched plastic surgery. She interviewed a woman who lost both arms and both butt cheeks after illegal silicone injections into her buttocks, a son and daughter whose mother died at the hands of a family doc performing liposuction, and a woman who was permanently scarred by permanent filler injections under her eyes. Here are the two segments that featured yours truly. I discuss what happened to my patient and give pointers on how to avoid becoming a victim of doctors masquerading as plastic surgeons.
To view the rest of the episode, click HERE to go to the “Katie” site.
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
I recently partnered with the prominent plastic surgery site RealSelf.com to tape a series of Google Hangout discussions on care for scars after plastic surgery. We tackled subjects like getting sunlight on your scars, silicone scar treatments, and laser treatments. Here is the video from one of the segments. For the rest of them, click HERE to check out the information on RealSelf.com
Monday, January 28th, 2013
My segment from “The Doctor Oz Show” is now streaming online. You can find it here: http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/new-hypnosis-weight-loss?video=16555
Sorry for the lack of updates recently. It’s been insanely busy lately with television filming and other projects. Will post again real soon!