Medical tourism refers to the practice of people leaving their own country to seek medical treatment abroad. Why are so many people pursuing plastic surgery overseas? Because it’s “cheaper” there. In the United States, insurance companies do not cover cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures, so people look for ways to cut costs. A breast augmentation surgery that typically costs $7,000 here can cost as little as $2,000 in India. However, cheaper doesn’t mean safer. Therefore, this article will outline the numerous complications and dangers associated with medical tourism. Risks of Medical Tourism: Plastic Surgery Here are some of the most… Read More
A 33-year-old woman, who wanted to get a tummy tuck, decided to travel to the Dominican Republic instead of going to a plastic surgeon close to home. Why? Because plastic surgery treatments in the Dominican Republic cost a fraction of the price of similar procedures in the United States. Unfortunately, instead of a toned tummy, the woman ended up with a severe infection that ultimately resulted in her death. This case is not unique or rare. Medical experts, as well as the FDA, use this type of instance as a warning for Americans who go overseas for cheaper cosmetic surgery… Read More
A recent warning issued by the FDA has highlighted the importance of making sure that your surgeon uses authentic Botox.
America’s celebrity obsession is nothing new. Humans are a social species and celebrities seem to be at the top of the social hierarchy. They are objects of our devotion and we “ordinary people” worship them.
A nose job or rhinoplasty is a common cosmetic surgery that alters the shape of your nose. For the right patient, rhinoplasty can help restore facial balance. Some rhinoplasties remove bumps or humps on the nose. Some can change the shape and position of the nasal tip. Some even enlarge or elevate the bridge. The key is to set realistic goals when you consult with your plastic surgeon. Here are some of the most important questions you should ask yourself — and your surgeon — prior to your nose job. What Type of Nose Job Surgeon Is Best for Me?… Read More
As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity and begins to droop. One of the areas where this is most prominent is on the brow line. It’s common to be frustrated by a sagging brow and eyelids. Fortunately, a brow lift or browpexy can gently lift the brow back up. Eyelid surgery can make the lids look less heavy and more youthful. With or without eyelid or brow surgery there are some things that patients can do to help accentuate their brows: Have Your Brows Professionally Shaped While natural brows are certainly “in” right now, some men and women may… Read More
Of all the types of wrinkles that can appear on the skin, forehead wrinkles are often the most noticeable and the most annoying for my patients. Below, I’ll discuss why forehead wrinkles tend to develop so prominently and what you can do to get rid of them. Why Do Forehead Wrinkles Form? Certainly, time is the biggest culprit when it comes to forehead wrinkles. Aging is the number one cause. However, several other factors may cause forehead lines as well. Namely, over-exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun or tanning beds can exacerbate the signs of aging and… Read More
Anti-aging injections or “injectables” offer a minimally invasive solution to wrinkled and creased skin, shallow facial contours, thin lips, recessed scars, sagging eyelids, and more. Some injectables that are referred to as dermal fillers essentially restore plumpness, volume, and youth to the face. Who Needs Anti-Wrinkle Injectables? I generally recommend injectables to adults who have lost some of their skin’s elasticity. As we age, we naturally lose collagen in the skin. In turn, that bouncy, plump appearance of youth can be lost. Many factors such as smoking, sun exposure, and overall lifestyle can also influence a patient’s need for injectables…. Read More
For many men, gynecomastia (“man boobs”) is an embarrassing and frustrating issue. Fortunately, at my practice, male breast reduction is an effective solution for most men that can help.
Much of lip care is about having the right products available at the right times. During the summer months, while many people concern themselves only with their skin by using sunscreen (which is great!), I always remind my patients not to forget about their lips. While certainly a continuation of the skin and an admittedly small part of the face, lip care during the summer is crucial to maintaining a flawless smile. Below, we’ll go over some key lip care tips to follow this summer. But first, let’s talk lip augmentation. Considering Lip Augmentation? Here’s What You Need to Know… Read More
Are you thinking about having a nose job this summer? A nose job, or rhinoplasty, is one of the most common cosmetic procedures. It’s also one of the most delicate. That’s why it’s important to be fully aware of your responsibilities as someone recovering from rhinoplasty as well — especially if you have your surgery scheduled during the summer months. The following is a list of the top three things I tell my patients to avoid while recovering from a summertime nose job. What to Avoid While Recovering from Rhinoplasty The Sun Some patients want to get outdoors as soon… Read More
Undergoing any type of breast surgery is a big decision. My patients, understandably, often have several questions when they come in for a consultation, which is excellent. You need to know what your surgery entails. One of the most common questions I receive from women who are considering a breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is: “Can my breasts grow back after a breast reduction?”. The answer is breast regrowth after reduction surgery is possible under certain circumstances, though it’s not very common. Will I Need A Second Breast Reduction Surgery? Breast reduction surgery involves removing excess fat, tissue, and… Read More
If you like your figure in a bra, but when the bra comes off your breasts go south, you may want to consider breast lift surgery. Time, gravity, childbearing and weight loss can all contribute to loosening of the breast skin and in some cases the loss of breast volume. What Happens During a Breast Lift? Breast lift, also known as mastopexy simply removes the extra loose skin of the breast. Imagine if you will, taking fabric out of a bra that is too loose. There is almost no change in the size of the breast with a breast… Read More
I get a lot of questions about breast reduction surgery and one question in particular that most women ask about is scarring after surgery. In every surgical procedure, there will be some degree of scarring due to the incision. Many patients worry about how visible the scars will be. Let’s discuss scars and the ways to help minimize scarring after a breast reduction. The most important thing to keep in mind is you must always make certain you follow all pre- and post-surgical instructions. This way your body will be prepared for proper and speedy healing after breast reduction… Read More
Yes, they do. I see it more and more in my practice. But the consideration and selection process is very different from my female patients. In the female patient, pregnancy has caused the abdominal wall to weaken and stretch. When the babies are born and the uterus has returned to its normal size there is a lot of room to take back with a tummy tuck (tightening the abdominal wall and removing excess skin). We have room to help flatten the abdominal wall. Men only accomplish this if they have lost a lot of weight. In weight loss, the fat… Read More
“When is the right time for a Mommy Makeover?” is a question that I get often. And I understand why that’s important to know. Giving birth and becoming a new mother can be exhilarating for sure, but pregnancy can also cause your body to change. Many of my patients are eager to get back to their pre-pregnancy body or to improve their body in general with some enhancements – either surgical or non-surgical. But there’s a time for everything, and the best time for a Mommy Makeover is not right after you’ve given birth. What is a Mommy Makeover? A… Read More
Liposuction remains one of the most popular things that I do. Whether as a stand-alone procedure or as part of a mommy makeover or tummy tuck, most patients want as much fat removed as possible. It still requires the right candidate, and I have written about the importance of good skin elasticity before removing fat and paradoxically it is still one of the most imprecise things that I do. Liposuction is without a doubt more of an art than a science. But there is a new game changer in both fat removal and fat replacement — vibration-assisted liposuction. We have… Read More
We already know about the numerous negative effects that smoking can have on our health – cancer, birth defects, stroke, and more. But being a smoker who’s planning to have cosmetic surgery presents a whole new level of risks.
Facial rejuvenation can work wonders for enhancing your looks and boost your confidence, all of which adds to its popularity. One way to refresh your look is with a facelift, but whether or not to get a facelift can be a huge decision to make – understandably so. Although I am highly recommended to them, many of my clients still ask if they’ll get a natural looking facelift. Obviously, no one wants to look as if they had something done. What is a Facelift? Before discussing what makes a facelift look natural, and how you’re going to look afterward, I… Read More
When you think about the signs of aging, more than likely, facial wrinkles and fine lines come to mind. But there’s another perhaps more prominent sign of aging on the face – drooping eyelids, which can make you look tired or fatigued, and of course, older. Not surprisingly, eyelid surgery is popular. In a 2017 report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), eyelid surgery is listed among the top five cosmetic surgical procedures. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, it’s one of the many services offered here at my office. But what does eyelid surgery entail and address? … Read More