Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
Allure Magazine published a very interesting slideshow on the 11 most overrated cosmetic surgery procedures. Some of these procedures I’ve introduced on various programs, others I’ve cautioned against. At this time, I do not regularly perform any of these ‘overrated’ procedures. Here they are:
1. Vampire Facelift - I don’t perform this.
2. Laser Liposuction - Some doctors believe it tightens skin. Others don’t. If there is some tightening involved, it is pretty modest.
3. Stem Cell Facelift - The future of facelifts… but not the present.
4. Sculptra and Artefill for the lips - Don’t do this! Permanent lumps galore! Sculptra is great for the cheeks, though.
5. Silicone Cheek Implants - One doctor says it’s three surgeries: one to put them in, one to reposition them when they go out of place, and one to remove them altogether.
6. Ulthera – I’ve demo’d this on TV but don’t perform the procedure.
7. Fat Injections To The Breasts - I perform this procedure sparingly, only when absolutely indicated.
8. Brachioplasty – Great procedure for people with really droopy arms. Scar is too long for mild to moderate droopiness.
9. Butt Implants - I prefer using fat for enhancing the buttocks.
10. Zerona Fat Melting Laser - I believe it works, but expectations are difficult to meet. My patients lost an average of 3-4 inches when measuring four areas, and were still unhappy. It’s not like real lipo.
11. Foot Lifts - I am SO not interested in operating on feet!
To see the Allure slideshow, with accompanying doctor comments, click HERE.
Monday, December 31st, 2012
The New York Times recently published an interesting article on Joan Kron, editor-at-large for the fashion and beauty magazine Allure. Eighty-five year old Joan has been covering plastic surgery for decades, and can be seen every year attending the national meeting for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
A friend of many prominent plastic surgeons (and former friend of the late Andy Warhol), Joan has taken a no-holds-barred approach to my field. She has called out bad surgeons, bad procedures, and exposed some of the shams that have disgraced plastic surgery over the years. All this, while admitting to the many procedures she’s undergone herself. She is truly considered a legend in beauty journalism, and her focus on plastic surgery is second-to-none.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Joan a few times at the annual meetings, and have found her to be absolutely lovely. I’m thankful that she’s been quick to reply to my emails over the years. She is definitely someone whom I can tell has a low bullshit meter. She can spot a disingenous plastic surgeon coming a mile away (not me).
So if you have a few moments, check out the Times article HERE.