Friday, 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!
Tuesday, 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.
Friday, February 14th, 2014
Who has the most famous butt in the United States? Is it Jennifer Lopez? Beyoncé? Kim Kardashian?
Fitness sensation Jen Selter must be in the running. Recently interviewed on The Doctors, Jen Selter currently has over 2.3 million followers on Instagram and almost as many on Twitter. Her washboard stomach and nearly impossibly shaped behind is becoming the envy of women everywhere.
So does Jen Selter have buttock implants? Plastic or cosmetic surgery? She denies it, and I tend to believe her. Jen Selter’s body (and specifically her booty) have undergone major changes as she has become more and more tone over the past several years. I see no obvious sign of plastic surgery. She’s just a young woman (20!) with a really, really nice figure. If I was her manager, I would be working my butt off to get an exercise video of her out there. I bet even a lot of men would buy it!
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
The website Popdust sent me before-and-after photos to evaluate and, suffice it to say, I think they’ve all had some work done. Maybe not all surgical, but at least a little Botox for each of them.
To read my in depth analysis, visit the Popdust site HERE.
To watch the Real Housewives of Orange County, visit the Bravo TV website HERE.
Monday, January 6th, 2014
This is a truly bizarre story. Former New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s ex-sexting partner, Sydney Leathers, has just placed her actual labia for auction on eBay, with bids starting at $1000. Leathers recently underwent labiaplasty surgery by a Los Angeles plastic surgeon, and by the sounds of it, requested that she keep her labia to sell. Gross!
If you are interested in getting a “piece of history,” you can check out her auction at eBay HERE. Warning: the auction photo shows the snipped off skin in a specimen cup.
I occasionally have patients ask to keep their breast implants that I’ve taken out of them. One patient even sold her old implants at auction for over $20,000. That said, I’ve never had a patient request to take actual tissue home with her or him. That would just be too strange for me. Reminds me of the Governor in the Walking Dead.
Photo credit: prphotos.com
Friday, December 27th, 2013
Are all of the Kardashian / Jenner clan having plastic surgery? It looks like it to me! I recently commented on surprising photos for Radar Online, showing what appears to be a nose job (rhinoplasty) for Kim and lip injections for Kendall Jenner. You can read my comments and see the photos on Radar Online HERE and HERE.
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.’
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Has Renee Zellweger lost her trademark look? She always looks to me like she’s sucking on a lemon. Recent photos, however, appear to show a completely different look, with her eyes wide open and none of the ‘lemon-sucking’ appearance. I give my comments in an article from today’s Radar Online, where I speculate that Botox injections may play a part in her current look. You can read the article HERE.
Photo credit (from 2012): prphotos.com
Sunday, October 20th, 2013
“Kim was certain that she wanted to have surgery after giving birth because she wanted a head start on losing her baby weight,” the source explains. But when West got wind of her plans, says the source, “He really flipped out.”
“He’s fine with her getting Botox and fillers, but anything that requires getting knocked out, like lipo, is a huge no no in his book,” the source says. “They’ll find a compromise. Kanye tries to let Kim do as she pleases, but this issue is really important to him, and she understands.”
Several years ago Kanye West’s mom died shortly after undergoing extensive plastic surgery. After suffering this tragedy, it’s not surprising that Kanye would have issues with Kim having elective cosmetic surgery. There is a BIG difference between Kim and Kanye’s mom, however. Kim is much younger, healthier, and therefore a better candidate for getting work done.
Thursday, October 10th, 2013
A Southern California plastic surgeon is putting Marilyn Monroe’s cosmetic surgery records up for auction… with proceeds to benefit veterans who need reconstructive surgery. These records were from Monroe’s encounters with Dr. Michael Gurdin, who reportedly inserted a bovine collagen chin implant and refined the tip of her nose. The set also includes Monroe’s x-rays after a late-night fall, two months prior to her death.
They are estimating the items will bring in between $15,000 – $30,000.
For more on the auction for Marilyn Monroe’s plastic surgery items, click HERE for the excellent article by legendary Allure writer Joan Kron.
Sunday, October 6th, 2013
But it’s punishable by forced labor. An interesting article in the Washington Post describes how teenage girls in North Korea dream about having the double eyelid surgery that is so prominent in South Korea. They desire it so much that they go under the knife in a black-market procedure, paying $2-$3 for a doctor to perform the surgery, often right in the patient’s home. Just as sad, North Korea is so poor that $2 is a large amount of money for most North Koreans.
To read the Washington Post article, click HERE.
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
I wouldn’t put too much credence to these reports, but there are several websites that claim Kim Kardashian is planning or has recently undergone plastic surgery to change her post-baby body. I typically recommend that all new moms wait at least 6 months after giving birth prior to undergoing plastic surgery like a tummy tuck or a breast lift. With Kanye West’s mom dying after undergoing extensive plastic surgery several years ago, I would assume that Kanye would have some reservations about Kim going under the knife. Time will tell, I guess!
Here is one article about Kim and plastic surgery: Celebrity Dirty Laundry
Photo credit: prphotos.com
Friday, September 20th, 2013
I’ve loved Olivia Newton John ever since I was eight years old. I recorded Grease and Xanadu on VHS and watched them dozens and dozens of times. I bought all her cassettes and listened to them until they were worn down. I even saw her in concert once, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids for a benefit for Devos Children’s Hospital. She seems like such a lovely, kind, and sweet person. So why does she look so different?
Olivia is such a natural beauty that it’s a shame she appears to be getting treatments by a plastic surgeon. Her face looks puffier than it should, possibly due to too many injections of filler. I really hope she stops, because I think she would look so much better with less.
Man, she was the prettiest woman ever in the late 70′s and early 80′s! Did you know that they had to sew her leather pants onto her in Grease‘s last scene?
For more about Olivia’s appearance, click HERE to read my comments in the National Enquirer.
Friday, September 13th, 2013
I commend Julie Chen for coming forward with this. I’ve recently written an article for CNN.com about how popular Asian plastic surgery currently is. But how ethical is it for plastic surgeons to perform these procedures on young women? And are any of these women being coerced into having the surgery done? It all worked well for Julie, but what about those women who have surgeries with complications? Or girls under 18 who feel that if they don’t have eyelid and nose surgery then they will be considered ‘ugly?’
To read my article on CNN.com called “Asia’s Ideal Beauty: Looking Caucasian,” click HERE.
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
It looks like fashionista Rachel Zoe has had a nose job sometime in the distant past. Photos shown HERE on Radar Online appear to show a nose that was thinned. I think she looks great!
Sometimes plastic surgery can really enhance a person’s appearance. At other times…
Photo credit: prphotos.com
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
So it appears that the newest trend in plastic surgery is hand rejuvenation. We’ve heard about chin implants, the Facebook facelift, the Pippa butt lift, and now it’s treating the Madonna Mitts. From the Daily Mail:
Cosmetic surgery clinics have reported an 18 per cent increase in enquiries in the past month of people having anti-ageing procedures on their hands.
The new cosmetic surgery trend, which sees women having dermal fillers and laser resurfacing to reduce the signs of ageing, has been dubbed the banishing of ‘Madonna Mitts’ after popstar Madonna, 55, who has ‘anti-aged’ almost every part of her body but often resorts to fingerless gloves to cover her hands.
As the years pass, skin on the hands thins, causing veins to become more prominent and liver spots to appear.
While make-up can disguise tell-tale signs of ageing on the face, it’s more difficult with hands – which is why it’s often said that hands are the best indicator of age.
Speaking about the latest cosmetic trend, a spokesman for the Transform clinic, which has seen an 18 per cent increase in the number of anti-ageing hand procedures perforemed, said: ‘Our hands are exposed to the sun more frequently than other parts of the body and a failure to apply sun cream to hands as regularly as we do the face makes them susceptible to sunspots and accelerated aging.
There are many ways to rejuvenate the hands. The first approach to take are creams. Hydroquinone can be used along with an exfoliating cream to lighten age spots. IPL treatments can also be used in conjunction with creams to further enhance the results. Some doctors are injecting fillers into the hands, such as Sculptra and Juvederm. Other doctors are injecting fat into the hands to soft them up and reduce the appearance of veins.
The hands are definitely a body part that shows its age, and I agree that treatments for them are definitely becoming more and more popular.
Monday, August 12th, 2013
Have you seen any photos of Paula Abdul lately? She looks great. Has she had a little work done to get there? I think so. I would speculate that she’s had some injections of Botox, filler, and some skin tightening treatments. Check out my comments and Paula’s photos at Radar Online HERE.
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
There is an interesting study soon to be published that looks at just how many years plastic surgery can take off your face. And, can plastic surgery make you look more attractive?
Zimm and four colleagues tracked 204 facial plastic surgery patients, all of whom had opted for primary facial surgical procedures such as facelifts, neck lifts, upper or lower blepharoplasty (eye lifts) and brow lifts at the same Toronto, Canada, plastic surgery clinic.
Out of the 204, 12 men and 37 women met the criteria for the study. These 49 subjects, who ranged in age from 42 to 73, had a series of photos taken before and after their surgery. Makeup and jewelry, which the study refers to as “confounding variables,” were not allowed in either the before or after shots.
Photos were all taken by lead author Dr. Peter Adamson, who also performed the plastic surgery, using the same standardized background, the same camera and the same type of photography techniques.
A group of 50 “raters,” primarily made up of hospital workers and lay people recruited from the community, were then asked to estimate and record the age of the patients in the before and after photographs. They were also asked to rate the patient’s attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the top ranking (as always).
On average, raters estimated the patients’ age to be about 2.1 years younger than their chronological age before surgery and 5.2 years younger than their real age after surgery. There also was a small, “insignificant” increase in attractiveness scores in the after photos.
So do you really only lose 3 years off your looks with plastic surgery?
I don’t think so.
If my patients lost only 3 years after having actual surgery, I’d be out of business. “How much younger will I look after my facelift?” is a common question plastic surgeons like me get asked nearly every day. My answer depends on the patient, but typically ranges from 7-15 years. Losing three years off your appearance is more in line with spa-grade treatments, not plastic surgery in my opinion. There was another study a couple years ago that revealed facelifts take off 7 years on average, which is more along the lines of what I’d expect. You can read about that study HERE.
To read more about this subject, visit the Today Show article HERE.
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
You may recognize Jenny Lee, otherwise known as the Texas Barbie Doll. She’s reportedly undergone nearly 60 cosmetic surgery procedures. Jenny was kind enough to do a Q&A for this very website several years ago. You can read the interview HERE.
Saturday, July 20th, 2013
This is from a segment of Fox News in Detroit. It’s about a brave patient of mine who overcame a domestic abuse situation to discover the best in herself. If you or someone you know if a victim of domestic abuse, please visit HERE to learn about resources that can help you.