Thursday, August 15th, 2013
Talk about desperate! From the New York Post:
A pompous Park Avenue surgeon is offering free cosmetic services in exchange for dates with women who meet his incredibly exacting standards — “very skinny” dress size 0-2, white, aged 27-35, graduate of an Ivy League school, “Type B” personality (not “Type A” like him), and a rating of 8 or 9 on a 1-to-10 attractiveness scale.
Dr. Emil Chynn, 47, who runs Park Avenue LASEK, blasted out his matchmaking criteria and compensation plan to random attendees of a New Jersey networking event — whose cards he scooped up for potential matches, not business.
For a first date, he’ll shell out a $100 reward. He’ll offer free eyelash-enhancer Latisse or pay $200 for the second date; he’ll offer free Botox or pay $300 for a third date; he’ll offer free Juvederm injections or $400 for a fourth date; and free Lasek surgery on one eye worth $2,000 or $500 cash for a fifth date.
Yes, this guy is serious. According to the article, he struck out with the $1000-per-date matchmakers in New York City and is now trying this new approach. I think this guy needs to lower his standards and realize that he is not good-looking, he is not cool, and this publicity is making him look like the William Hung of physician bachelors.
She bangs! She bangs!
Thursday, June 20th, 2013
So you want to lose weight? Well, a Beverly Hills surgeon has devised a way for you to lose 30 pounds in just one month! Reportedly, the doctor sews a postage-size stamp piece of Marlex mesh to your tongue, making it so painful to eat that you have to stay on a liquid diet. Check out this article in the Huffington Post to learn more.
I think I’d start with Weight Watchers first.
Monday, December 17th, 2012
Strange story from CNN.com:
She arrived on a suspicious flight. Her story didn’t sound right. And then there was the blood … under her breasts.
An airport security check in Spain led to an operating table for a passenger — where, authorities said, they found she had tucked packs of cocaine in her breast implants.
The Panamanian citizen landed at Barcelona’s Prat airport on a so-called “hot flight,” one that came from a destination known for drug trafficking — in this case Bogota, Colombia.
Ninety percent of cocaine trafficked into the United States, for example, comes from Colombia, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
The passenger came under the scrutiny of security agents, who weren’t satisfied with the vague answers she kept giving about why she was in town, Spain’s interior ministry said.
Her behavior aroused the suspicion of officers that she might be carrying drugs either in her luggage or on her.
When a female officer patted down the woman, she found bloodied bandage material under the passenger’s breasts. The gauze, the officer found, was covering incisions. And the breasts were hiding “a white foreign material.”
Fresh breast implants, the suspect mustered an explanation. Must not have healed up right.
The story didn’t convince police, who hauled her off to a hospital.
“There, a medical team extracted a bag-shaped prosthesis from each breast containing a white pasty substance,” the ministry said.
Cocaine. Nearly 1.4 kilograms (3 lbs) of it.
Pure cocaine goes for about $35,000 a pound, according to the DEA.
The expensive implants landed her in jail.
– This is definitely NOT the way to enhance your breasts! And no, I’ve never had anyone ask me to do anything at all like this. Had they given her a few days to heal – provided she didn’t develop an infection- she probably would have gotten away with it!
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
You may have seen photos of this woman, Valeria Lukyanova, otherwise known as the Human Barbie Doll. Photos online show her to look impossibly plastic-like, prompting people to speculate that the Ukranian internet sensation is a plastic surgery addict. Now it’s coming out that her photos may be photoshopped to make her look more plastic than she really is!
Check out this video and you will see a pretty normal-looking woman with bad makeup claiming that her head is so massive that her scrawny little neck can’t support it. Huh?!?! Anyways, she may be a weirdo, but she’s no human Barbie.
Thursday, November 8th, 2012
If you think the court system in the United States is messed up, check out this story coming out of China! A husband sued his wife for hiding the fact that she had $100,000 of plastic surgery. He suspected something was wrong when they had a baby who didn’t look like her. The baby looked like her mom’s old, pre-plastic surgery self! Even crazier, the husband won a $120,000 judgement.
I hope she appeals.
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
My article from yesterday’s Huffington Post science section:
For the rest, please visit my post at the Huffington Post HERE!
Friday, September 14th, 2012
Strange and scary story out of New Jersey. From Medical Daily.com:
A New Jersey woman who pretended to be a cosmetic surgery professional has pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of reckless manslaughter after one of her “patients” who hoped to get a penis enlargement died from a silicone injection.
If convicted, Kasia Rivera, 35, could face up to ten years behind bars. Rivera was arrested in December last year following the death of 22-year-old Justin Street who had attended a ‘pumping party’ at her East Orange home on May 5 seeking a penile enlargement procedure, which authorities claim that Rivera advertised for in fliers at local businesses.
Authorities say that Rivera had administered a silicone shot into Street’s penis in her apartment with no medical license or training.
Police say that Street, a father of two, had died of a silicone embolism, and they say that Rivera may be may be guilty of having administered similar black market injections to other unsuspecting customers. His death was ruled as a homicide following an investigation.
Rivera now faces charges of manslaughter and the unauthorized practice of medicine at Newark court where she appeared Tuesday. However, no others have come forward to testify and Rivera remains free after making the $75,000 bail.
Read more at http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/12067/20120912/nj-woman-charged-killing-man-penis-injec.htm#ec5Yeo4LBMXzCVKR.99
Seriously?!?! Who goes to an apartment and gets his penis injected by some random woman? I suppose this is Natural Selection at work!
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
This is a strange story out of Utah. A plastic surgeon, previously convicted of kidnapping his fiance, was recently released early from jail for good behavior. Four days later, he and his fiance were found dead in his home in Orem. It reads like a story straight from Dateline. From the Salt Lake Tribune:
Berg appeared to have successful practice at the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute in Orem. Then on Nov. 6., according to charging documents, Berg attacked Schwartz in his home, grabbing her hair and dragging her to a bedroom closet.
During the altercation, Schwartz managed to dial 911 from a bathroom phone, which she left off the hook, the charges state. In the recording, nothing is said directly into the phone but a woman can be heard pleading for a man to stop.
Berg tied Schwartz’s hands and tried to stop her from screaming by covering her mouth, first with his hands and then with a cloth, court documents state.
After 20 minutes of knocking, according to court documents, police forced their way into the home and found Schwartz bound and kneeling in a closet.
In April, Berg pleaded guilty to a reduced count of second-degree felony kidnapping and two third-degree felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a restricted person. He admitted an addiction to pain killers. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail followed by 36 months of probation, including anger management and substance abuse treatment.
Utah County jail records show Berg reported there April 25 and was released Thursday. A jail employee on Monday said Berg was released early for good behavior.
Joseph Berg and Luz “Lucy” Schwartz stuck together even after Berg, a plastic surgeon, was convicted of kidnapping her.
“Joseph is not a threat to me or to his children,” Schwartz wrote in a letter to a judge in July. “He is an extremely loving Father and fiancée.”
Berg, 47, and Schwartz, 49, were found together one last time Monday: They were dead inside Berg’s home in Orem.
Orem police Sgt. Craig Martinez said there were no signs of trauma on the bodies. The police department is waiting for the results of autopsies.
“It’s still so early on in the investigation, we can’t even say what the cause of death is,” Martinez said.
Although he was a real, board-certified plastic surgeon, I’d never heard of Dr. Berg prior to this story. Sounds like he had a major drug addiction and his relationship with Schwartz was quite violent. It’s sad that Schwartz couldn’t get herself away from Berg, even joining him in death.
Could you imagine if your plastic surgeon was this crazy?
To my patients: Don’t worry. I’m nothing like this lunatic.
Like many husbands, my wife can kick my ass.
Monday, August 27th, 2012
Female genital cosmetic surgery is a small segment of the U.S. plastic surgery market, but it is growing, with thousands of women estimated to undergo such procedures every year. That growth comes despite a warning from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), in a 2007 notice to member physicians, that strongly questioned the medical validity and safety of female genital cosmetic surgery. Earlier this year the group debated the trend at its annual meeting in San Diego.
“None of these procedures have proven effectiveness, and there is potential for harm,” Dr. Cheryl Iglesia, a Washington, D.C., gynecologist and former ACOG committee member, wrote in an editorial published in the June issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “Women are being misled or are confused about what is normal,” she wrote — and about what constitutes a condition that can actually be helped through treatment.
Critics say the trend is the latest service aimed at women pursuing an impossible ideal of physical perfection, hyped by Internet pornography and advertising by surgeons who may not explain all the risks, such as infections, scarring, pain and the loss of the very sensations some patients seek to enhance.
More than 2,140 U.S. women underwent “vaginal rejuvenation” last year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons put the U.S. total at nearly 5,200 in 2010. Experts note such figures do not include the many procedures done by gynecologists.
ACOG not only points to the risks of genital surgery but also emphasizes that female sexual response is driven by psychological factors rather than genital appearance. The group has asked its members to be aware of how they might unwittingly influence a patient to consider surgery.
In practices across the country, doctors say more women, from teenagers to those in their late 70s, want to discuss the procedures, which can cost between $2,500 and $12,000 and are usually not covered by insurance.
There are many types of female genital surgery, and because of the sensitive nature of the topic, most news shows don’t readily discuss it. The most common procedure, labiaplasty, entails removing excess labia minora skin. This can help people who have rubbing, chaffing, or problems with the skin getting pinched in the vagina during intercourse. It’s an established procedure that is becoming more and more mainstream.
Other female genital procedures are more controversial. Vaginal rejuvenation (or tightening of the vagina), is performed either by removing the excess vaginal wall or using a laser to cause it to contract.
G spot amplification is another controversial procedure that has gotten a good amount of press (I spoke about it on Fox News at one point), but no large scale scientific studies have validated its effectiveness.
Hymen reconstruction is performed in women who want (need) to appear to be a virgin, typically on their wedding night. I’ve never done this procedure, but it’s supposedly more common in certain Middle Eastern cultures.
If you are considering any of these procedures, I encourage you to do your homework. There are some very reputable board-certified plastic surgeons who do this (like Dr. Gary Alter from Dr. 90210), but a lot more doctors who are just dabbling in it.
But don’t call me for female genital plastic surgery.
I have absolutely no desire to take a scalpel to a woman’s genitals.
I’d rather just take the day off and play some hoop.
Monday, August 20th, 2012
Click HERE for video. I removed the video since it automatically played. So annoying!
Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Maercks filmed himself injecting his own face with 35 vials of Juvederm, as a way to show his patients how volumetric filling of the face is a very good method of facial rejuvenation. Yes, he injected it into his own face! Check out the video. It’s pretty shocking.
I agree with Dr. Maercks that one problem with filler injections is that many patients can only afford a syringe or two. Optimal results can take multiple syringes, which can be unaffordable. But, instead of injecting a dozen vials of Juvederm at $500 each, I prefer using fat grafting or Sculptra. Results with these treatments last a lot longer than Juvederm and are much less expensive.
So what do you think? What would you think about your plastic surgeon if he injected 35 vials of Juvederm into his face?
If you’re one of my patients, then make no mistake. I would never inject my face with 35 vials of Juvederm. I can barely pop a pimple on my face, much less stick needles into it.
Monday, July 16th, 2012
Now I’ve seen everything! An Ohio woman was recently videotaped panhandling for money to buy breast implants! From WUSA9.com:
Dressed in a bikini, Chrissy Lance of Rittman, staked out the corner of Manchester Road and Carnegie Avenue to collect money with a sign that read “Not homeless. Need boobs.”
Rittman, who says she has the required license to panhandle in Akron, says she has raised about $90 and isn’t leaving her spot until she reaches her goal.
She works as a barmaid and says the implants will go far to “help improve her self esteem.”
This is pretty funny. If she wants free implants, you’d think she’d go to myfreeimplants.com instead. This is a website where benefactors donate money to women to help pay for their breast implants. In return, typically all the receiver of the money and implants does is send photos of their new breasts to the benefactor. It sounds sleezy, but people are actually getting their breast implants paid for this way. I had one patient who had her breast augmentation completely covered by the benefactors on this site!
Monday, May 7th, 2012
A scary face has been in the news a lot lately. Funny interview reported in People.com:
Patricia Krentcil, the slender, leathery New Jersey mom who’s pleaded not guilty to bringing her 6-year-old daughter into a tanning bed with her, is heatedly lashing out at those who may criticize her look.
“They’re jealous, they’re fat and they’re ugly,” Krentcil, 44, told TMZ, after saying that “there’s somebody out there my whole life who doesn’t like me.”
She agreed with the reporter’s suggestion that she is the victim of a witch hunt, and once again proclaimed her innocence in the matter that has gained national attention.
“I’m a great mother, and I would never do that to my child,” Krentcil said while loading her shopping into a car.
Krentcil’s daughter, 6, apparently showed up to school one day with a sunburn, telling friends she went tanning with her mom. But Krentcil – whose skin is an unnatural shade of dark brown as a result of bronzing under lights – says the whole thing is “preposterous.
I’ve seen a lot of people with bad tans, but this is crazy! She is one big skin cancer waiting to happen.
Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Bizarre story from the Huffington Post:
Miami plastic surgeon Michael Salzhauer recently incited controversy when he produced a rock video, “Jewcan Sam,” in which a young Jewish man only gets the hot blond after undergoing rhinoplasty. Salzhauer, who goes by the nickname Dr. Schnoz, also ran a contest along with the video to give away free nose jobs.
The Bal Harbour-based surgeon is back in headlines, this time hoping to solve the perpetual singledom of some Orthodox Jews.
After seeing the article “Purim And The Tyranny Of Beauty: A Plea to Mothers of Girls in Shidduchim” in the Jewish Press, Salzhauer, who is Orthodox, is offering free plastic surgery to single Orthodox Jews having trouble finding a partner.
Huh? Plastic surgery videos? Dr. Schnoz? Free surgery for Orthodox Jews? Sounds like Dr. Salzhauer’s looking for some publicity. Well, it’s worked! For his sake, hopefully it isn’t at the cost of his membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
For the rest of the Huffington Post article, click HERE.
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
Does penis size matter?
A group of researchers from Korea University apparently believes it does, considering they discovered a way to make it happen
They recently published a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine that analyzed how injections of a hyaluronic acid filler (Restylane Sub-Q) could increase penile girth. These physicians injected an average of 20.5 cc (about two-thirds of a medicine cup) using “a back-and-forth technique” into the deep soft tissue layers of the penises of 50 men. The product was then ‘homogenized with a roller.’
The men’s penises had an average increase in circumference (girth) of 4 cm, which was maintained 18 months later. They also assessed the patient and partner’s satisfaction with the treatment and found an average score of 3.3 (rated from 0-4) at 18 months. Sounds like a nice result, right? Keep in mind these patients underwent injections into their penises with relatively hefty needles. Ouch.
So what is the average, less-endowed man to make of this?
To find out, visit the article on Body Odd at MSNBC.com HERE.
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
There’s really no other way to put this: During a Pilates stretching exercise, a 59-year-old woman said her body “swallowed” one of her breast implants. Sounds like something we just made up, but the woman’s case is the subject of an unbelievable report, just published online in the latest New England Journal of Medicine.
The woman was a breast cancer survivor who’d had a double mastectomy, and afterward had gotten breast implants. During a Pilates routine, she was doing a Valsalva maneuver, a breathing technique in which a person takes a deep breath and holds it while bearing down. (In other words, you’re going through the motions of exhaling forcibly, but without letting any air escaping through the mouth or nose.)
Doing a Valsalva maneuver increases pressure inside your chest cavity. In this lady’s case, enough pressure built to essentially send her right implant through the thin tissue between her ribs and into the space in between the lungs. This left her more perplexed than anything — where did it go?! Fortunately (and incredibly), she said upon arriving in the the emergency department of the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore that she wasn’t experiencing any chest pain or shortness of breath.
Yes, it is possible to explain how this could happen. To read my explanation of this bizarre event, visit the MSNBC.com article HERE.
Thank you to Melissa Dahl for interviewing me for this strange story!
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
Not much for me to say about this one that seeing this poor woman can’t express. If you are considering plastic surgery, Do Your Homework. Find a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (Mandatory), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (Very nice), and a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (a nice bonus).
Monday, November 28th, 2011
Here is an update on the story I reported last week on the transexual woman who allegedly injected a combination of Fix-A-Flat, cement, mineral oil, and superglue into the victims. From the Daily Mail:
A transgender woman accused of injecting a
woman’s bottom with cement and tyre sealant has been re-arrested after a second
alleged victim came forward.
Oneal Ron Morris, 30, was arrested for a
second time on fresh charges after the woman came forward claiming she was also
taken in by the alleged cosmetic surgery scam.
This time a man, Corey Alexander Banks, 40,
was also arrested and charged as an accomplice of Morris, who also sports her
own improbably proportioned behind.According to the arrest report, the patient went
to Morris’s home and paid $700 for six injections ‘in each buttock to improve
its shape and cosmetic’ appearance. Morris allegedly used superglue to seal the
Police said after Morris’s arrest they have
been inundated with calls from people claiming to have fallen victim to similar
botched cosmetic procedures.
The second alleged victim told police she had
visited Morris for treatment on the same day as the first woman, but didn’t
develop symptoms as fast, Sergeant Bill Bamford, spokesman for Miami Gardens
police, told NBC Miami.
She visited two hospitals in Miami-Dade and
one in Broward complaining of symptoms including abdominal cramping.
Eubanks allegedly helped Morris carry out a
procedure similar to that apparently inflicted on the first reported victim.
It is claimed the pair used a tube to pump a
potentially lethal concoction of mineral oil, cement and ‘Fix-a-Flat’ into the
woman, then used superglue to seal the wounds.
MSNBC.com asked me to analyze photos of Oneal Morris and explain how on earth a person could develop a butt that massive in proportion to her body. My best educated guess: String Implants. You can read my article on MSNBC here.
Monday, November 21st, 2011
It seems all the crazy plastic surgery happens in Miami… MSNBC is reporting that a Miami Gardens transgender woman has been arrested for charges of practicing medicine without a license after injecting a woman’s butt with a mixture of cement, “Fix A Flat,” mineral oil, and super glue. The amateur incision was then closed with super glue and the patient presented to the hospital shortly thereafter with severe complications relating to the procedure.
Wow, I recently talked about illegal silicone plumping parties on the Rachael Ray Show, but using “Fix A Flat” takes the cake!
By the way, the photo above is NOT of the victim, but of the perpetrator! Look at that shelf butt!
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
This is a follow-up to a story I posted a couple weeks ago. The winner of $25,000 worth of plastic surgery at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino sweepstakes has decided to take the money and run. When offered a choice between $25,000 in cash or in plastic surgery, the winner decided to take the cash. Not a bad choice, since most people won’t benefit from all $25,000 worth of treatments anyway!
Friday, October 21st, 2011
Melissa Dahl of MSNBC.com contacted me the other day to comment on a story she was writing on the “Runner’s Face.” A plastic surgeon in New Jersey, Dr. Brian Glatt, issued a press release with the following about the “Runner’s Face”:
Runner’s face generally occurs in both men and women ages 40+ who exercise to improve their body, and in doing so end up with a skeletal and bony face. When exercising, an athlete burns off fat beneath the layers of his/her skin. The marked loss of fatty tissue results in a loss of volume which leads to a prominent appearance of the bones, accelerated development of skin laxity and deepening of wrinkles. Though you may look like a 20-year-old from the neck down—your face will easily give away your age.
“Runner’s Face” can occur in anyone who has a very lean face, including avid bikers (Lance Armstrong), tennis players (Ivan Lendl), and people with eating disorders (the late Karen Carpenter). Maybe “Skinny Face” is a better term for it.
To read the MSNBC.com article, click here.