Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
I will be returning to the Rachael Ray Show this Wednesday, July 16th to reveal three ways to use leftovers to look younger? Can you use potato peels to darken gray hair? Check out this and other secrets this Wednesday! Although I’m not included in the teaser for the episode, you can catch the teaser HERE.
Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
There is an interesting article in the International Business Times that explores the current culture of plastic surgery. It’s worth a read. Here are some highlights:
- Selfies and their popularity in social media are causing more and more people to undergo procedures to improve their appearance. Even the appearance of their hands, as hand selfies for engagement rings are popular.
- The ideal appearance varies depending on the location. I’m quoted that the cosmetic ideal in Detroit (a natural, non-augmented look) is likely different from that in L.A. or Miami.
- South Korea just may have the highest per capita plastic surgery procedures in the world. This is not necessarily a good thing!
- One plastic surgeon is quoted as saying that fat is the future of plastic surgery. I would have to agree.
To read the article, click HERE.
Saturday, June 14th, 2014
From the network that brought you Dr. 90210 comes the new series Botched. It stars two plastic surgeons, Dr. Paul Nassif and Dr. Terry Dubrow, previously seen as husbands on the Real Housewives series. They are both well-regarded surgeons in our field, and in the show they try to fix various ‘botched’ plastic surgeries. Their patients include the self-proclaimed first supermodel Janice Dickinson and a man known as the human Ken doll, due to his plethora of plastic surgeries. Good luck to the good doctors! Sounds like a challenge, to say the least.
Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Congrats to Kim and Kanye for their recent nuptials. I was recently interviewed by Radar Online about Kim’s possible history of plastic surgery. The photos of her facial changes through the years are pretty impressive. So impressive, in fact, that she almost seems to be aging in reverse! Almost.
Check out the photos on Radar Online to see for yourself and to read my speculation on her possible procedures (nose job, Botox, lip injections…).
Photo credit: prphotos.com
Monday, April 28th, 2014
I’m writing this post as I’m stuck in the middle seat on an airplane flying from San Francisco back home to Detroit. I’ve spent the past couple days at the annual Aesthetic Meeting, a massive conference organized by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and attended by thousands of the top cosmetic plastic surgeons in the world. My trip this year was brief, flying in on Saturday and flying out on Monday, but chock full of great stuff. Some of my highlights from the meeting included:
1. The emergence of Voluma – for years I’ve been a big fan of Sculptra and fat grafting to add volume and rejuvenate the cheeks (midface). Voluma is a new FDA-approved injectable that’s taken the place of Sculptra in many of my patients. The more I use it the more I like it. There were several talks on Voluma at this meeting, and I’m even more impressed now.
2. Filming for a documentary on plastic surgery – I was privileged to bring around a camera crew who are filming a documentary about plastic surgery. I can’t reveal any more than that, but it was a lot of fun hooking the producer and director up with some of the biggest names in my field.
3. Alphaeon – This is a new player in plastic surgery, aesthetics, and the self-pay health care industry. As an investor, it was great to see and feel some of their new acquisitions and offerings. I think we’ll be hearing a lot about Alphaeon in the coming years as they (we) emerge as a major player alongside other aesthetics companies like Valeant and Allergan. It was a pleasure meeting the CEO Robert Grant for the first time. I am Alphaeon!
4. Re-Connecting with some old friends – It was great to see some of my old friends again, and make some new ones, too. I really enjoyed spending time with one of my best friends, Dr. Steven Svehlak, a top Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, and his beautiful wife Wendy. Some other top aesthetic surgeons I enjoyed talking with were Dr. Michael Schenden (Troy, MI), Dr. Bob Basu (Houston, TX), Dr. Chad Tattini (Bloomington, IL), Dr. John Diaz (Beverly Hills, CA), Dr. Tim Sayed (Boca Raton, FL), Dr. Sanjay Grover (Newport Beach, CA), Dr. Brent Moelleken (Beverly Hills, CA), and Dr. George Bitar (Washington, DC).
5. Dinner with Dr. Zein Obagi – I’ve been really impressed with ZO Medical’s new skin care lines and have been selling more and more of their products in my office. I was privileged to have dinner with Dr. Obagi and several of his inner circle of doctors and advisors (like the great author / media extraordinaire Wendy Lewis and Dr. Frank Barone from Toledo, OH) last night at a nice steakhouse in town. A definite highlight.
But the best part of my trip?
Heading back home to see my wife and kids. Can’t wait.
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Are any of you watching the Real Housewives of Miami? It looks to me that these housewives may have had more work done than any of the other Housewives casts! Popdust.com recently asked me to comment on what I think each RHOM cast member has had done to her face.
You can read my in-depth analysis on their website HERE!
Do you agree or disagree with my opinions? Feel free to let me know!
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.