Tuesday, 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.
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
This is from today’s Bethenny show. The woman interviewed here was profiled on TLC’s My Strange Addiction and has breasts that are “one cup short of a gallon” on each side. And somehow she’s found a cosmetic or plastic surgeon who has agreed to make them even bigger! Who does that??
The biggest commercially available, non-custom breast implants are 800cc. This is compared to a gallon, which is almost 3800 cc. Reality star Heidi Montag had 700 cc implants placed. The average implant size I insert is between 350-375 cc.
I wish the show would have posted the rest of addiction specialist Dr. Mike Dow’s comments. I would have loved to hear what he had to say to her!
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
This one is hilarious. Check out this local news story where a woman claims that making funny, extreme facial expressions (and sounds) can smooth your wrinkles and tighten your face. No, I don’t buy this one at all. If anything, I believe that making some of the faces she recommends can worsen wrinkles, as these expressions can cause the muscles of facial expression to be stronger. It’s the exact opposite of Botox, which smooths wrinkles by weakening muscles. I’d love to see her ‘before-and-afters.’
Saturday, November 30th, 2013
This is an interesting segment from local CBS News about a website called MyFreeImplants.com. They interview a patient of mine who used this website to have her breast implants paid for. No, the site isn’t a hoax, although the idea behind it is pretty… out there.
Monday, October 28th, 2013
Yes, you can! There are several techniques to reconstruct a nose from existing skin and tissue from other parts of the face. Chinese doctors recently released some photos and video of a patient with a nose growing on his forehead. I discuss the video and nasal reconstruction in this recent video from HLN.
Monday, September 9th, 2013
My next all-new segment of “The Rachael Ray Show” airs Monday, September 9th! We will test out three products that promise instant lifts to your falling body parts. We’ll try a cream that promises to lift your saggy eyelids in 7 minutes, an instant breast lift cream, and a butt lift cream!
To view the show teaser, click HERE.
Friday, August 23rd, 2013
This is a recent segment I did with the local NBC affiliate on Miradry, the newest, permanent treatment for excessive armpit sweating. She had great results.
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
From the Washington Post:
Women across the U.S. are risking their lives for black market procedures to make their buttocks bigger, often involving home-improvement materials such as silicone injected by people with no medical training.
Some want to fill out a bikini or a pair of jeans. Others believe a bigger bottom will bring them work as music video models or adult entertainers. Whatever the reason, they are seeking cheaper alternatives to plastic surgery — sometimes with deadly or disfiguring results.
Deaths from black market buttocks injections have been reported in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada and New York. An interior decorator in Mississippi faces trial in the deaths of two women who were injected at her house.
Though there is little data on the procedures or injuries they cause, doctors and authorities say they are seeing them more often. Online forums used to set up the illegal procedures have attracted thousands of responses. Some men also seek out buttocks enhancements, but the procedures are much more popular among women.
Very big buttocks have been popular in hip-hop videos for years, celebrated by songs like the 1990s hit “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot, with lyrics declaring, “I like big butts and I cannot lie.”
The article goes on to tell the story of Apryl Brown, a woman who underwent illegal silicone injections to the her buttocks with horrifying results. After suffering multiple complications, Brown ended up with her hands and feet amputated.
I met Brown while filming an episode of Katie. Her story is frightening, but serves a reminder for anyone considering black market plastic surgery to exercise extreme caution. This type of thing happens in your own backyard, too. I recently filmed a segment of TLC’s My Strange Addiction with a woman who was addicted to these same kind of silicone buttock injections. She is one of the lucky ones, though, who hasn’t suffered any major complications. I’m glad she has stopped these dangerous procedures.
To read more of the Washington Post article, click HERE.
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
You might have seen this “PSA” for the Bitchy Resting Face (and its male counterpart a**hole resting face). If not, watch it! It’s hilarious. I’ll be talking about BRF and its plastic surgery solutions Tuesday morning 7/2 at around 8:15 am on NBC’s TODAY.
In the meantime, you can read my comments and an excellent article about BRF on the Today Show’s website HERE.
Monday, June 3rd, 2013
The media has been all over this one. Statistics are showing that the number of people utilizing Medicare to pay for upper eyelid lifts has increased significantly. From Salon.com:
From 2001 to 2011, eyelid lifts charged to Medicare more than tripled to 136,000 annually, according to a review of physician billing data by the Center for Public Integrity. In 2001, physicians billed taxpayers a total of $20 million for the procedure. By 2011, the price tag had quadrupled to $80 million. The number of physicians billing the surgery more than doubled.
“With this kind of management malpractice, it’s little wonder that the [Medicare] program is in such dire shape,” said Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla), who is also a physician. “The federal government is essentially asking people to game the system. Every dollar we spend on cosmetic surgery that isn’t necessary is a dollar that can’t be used to shore up the program for people who need it the most.”
Plastic surgeons say there are a number of legitimate reasons for the spike, including a tendency among the elderly to seek fixes for real medical issues they might have quietly suffered through even a decade ago. But surgeons also acknowledge an increased awareness of the surgery fueled by reality television, word-of-mouth referrals, and advertising often including dramatic before-and-after photographs that promises a more youthful appearance. And doctors concede they face increased pressure from patients to perform eyelid lifts, even when they do not meet Medicare’s requirement that peripheral vision actually be impaired.
In my practice, I haven’t seen an increase in the number of seniors having this covered by Medicare. Medicare has specific guidelines for what is needed to get an eyelid lift covered. That being said, it’s possible for some patients (and doctors) to game the system by falsifying visual field testing. I’ve had more than one patient ask me to bill insurance for their eyelid lift when it’s not indicated. I just tell them that I don’t commit fraud.
Here is a video I did for Fox News of an eyelid lift that was billed to insurance (appropriately!):
For more on this story, visit Salon.com.
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
This is a fascinating video from Newsy about a new trend in Korean plastic surgery: the double jaw surgery. This is an operation where the jaw is broken in two places, reshaped, and wired shut for six weeks. Apparently, many South Koreans are having this done in order to thin their jawlines to look more ‘attractive.’ It’s an excruciatingly painful, invasive operation. I should know. I’ve had it done.
I wrote about this in my book “In Stitches,” but during high school my jaw grew to epic proportions. I had trouble closing my mouth and eating. I thought I looked deformed. So I underwent surgery to break my jaw and set it back. And voila! It worked.
But it hurt like hell.
To anyone who is considering double jaw surgery and really, truly does not need it: Don’t Do It! Watch the video about to hear stories from people who’ve regretted it. If you do have a real orthognathic problem, though, make sure you see a reputable oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Don’t trust this surgery to just anyone.
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
Thank you to my friend Deena Centofanti for having me on to dish about celebs, plastic surgery, and the Oscars!
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
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
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Nightline recently ran a story interviewing the four women on TLC’s Plastic Wives special. They are the wives of four prominent Beverly Hills cosmetic docs, including Extra’s Dayna Devon. I saw a small snippet of the show last night and have it DVR’d, but haven’t caught the whole thing. The interview here, though, and the segment that I’ve seen reveal a side of Beverly Hills plastic surgery that is glamorized and dramatized. I’ve never met any of the doctors on the program, but am familiar with two of them (Dr. Matlock and Dr. Moelleken).
I think viewers should keep in mind that the producers of this show purposely cast plastic surgery wives that would make for a controversial, drama-filled hour. I know several plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills whose wives are nothing like the plastic surgery-addicted women on this program. While it is true that many plastic surgeons operate on their family members (even plastic surgeons in the Midwest), the majority of them haven’t had “head-to-cameltoe” liposuction like they mentioned here. In fact, the only time I’ve operated on my wife is to take off a lipoma from her hip! And that, my friends, doesn’t make a reality show.
I’m looking forward to watching the rest of Plastic Wives. If you’ve seen it, I’d love to know what you think.
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
I saw a notice online for this program when they were casting it. A friend of mine was interviewed for it, but passed over since his wife isn’t obsessed with getting work done, the two of them get along really well, and their family isn’t dysfunctional. That being said, I’m looking forward to seeing this show. Dysfunction does make for good TV!
Check out Plastic Wives on TLC, premiering Sunday, Jan 27th at 10/9C.
Tuesday, January 1st, 2013
This is an ABC daytime TV segment I recently did on spider veins and varicose vein treatments. I demonstrate one of the newest lasers to treat sipder veins, and discuss the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques to reduce varicose veins. Thank you to the host, the lovely and wonderful Dr. Jennifer Ashton, for bravely showing the audience her “Daddy Longleg” veins!
Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Here is a video from a recent Fox News segment I did on the bizarre Japanese phenomenon of the Bagel Face and rumors that Simon Cowell is undergoing placenta facials. The visuals of the bagel face are incredible! Who thinks up this stuff??