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Adam G. Tattlebaum M.D.

Cosmetic Surgery

The Dangers of Medical Tourism

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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

Cheap Plastic Surgery: When Too Good To Be True Is Too Good To Be True

cheap plastic surgery

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

Instagram Dolls And Plastic Surgery: A Plastic Surgeon’s Take

instagram dolls plastic surgery

What are Instagram Dolls? Chances are as soon as you heard the term, you imagined look-alikes of Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner – to name a few – with heavily contoured faces, high constructed eyebrows, and pillowy lips.  You’d think that social media would be more enthusiastic about championing diversity but that’s clearly not the case these days. People, especially young women, are striving to achieve the “Instagram face” look at an alarming rate.  And to achieve their goal, they seek as many cosmetic surgeries as it takes to look like their favorite Instagram celebrity.  The “Instagram Dolls” Plastic Surgery … Read More

Renee Zellweger, Humiliation, And Cosmetic Surgery: Dispelling The Stigma

renee zellweger after cosmetic surgery

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. People look to celebrities for several reasons: one is just plain curiosity about how these high-status individuals live and how they can emulate them, and second, it makes for a good conversation starter. But that’s not all.  We also tend to project our moral righteousness and anxieties on these people. The best example? Our current fixation with the appearance of Renee Zellweger.  When Zellweger appeared… Read More

Why More Men Are Turning to Cosmetic Surgery

plastic surgery for men

While plastic surgery has been largely marketed to females over the years, today, more than ever, men are choosing to rejuvenate their appearance as well.  But can men get plastic surgery just like women? Of course! In fact, since 2000, there has been a 29 percent increase in male cosmetic procedures in the United States. Some of the plastic surgery for men that tends to be most popular includes fillers, tummy tucks, liposuction, and rhinoplasty.  Why the Shift in Male Cosmetic Surgery Interest? There are several reasons for this major shift in male interest in cosmetic surgery.  First and foremost,… Read More

Can Breast Tissue Grow Back after Breast Reduction Surgery?

can breast tissue grow back after reduction

Undergoing any type of breast enhancement 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 get from women who want to get breast reduction surgery – also known as reduction mammoplasty – is, “Can my breasts grow back after a reduction?”  The answer is yes, 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 skin from… Read More

Vibration Liposuction: The Latest Lipo Game Changer

vibration assisted liposuction

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

Planning Cosmetic Surgery? Stop Smoking Now

stop smoking before surgery

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. And this is why I strongly encourage patients who want to have cosmetic surgery to stop smoking before surgery. In fact, there are some surgeries I will not perform if a patient is smoking. Do whatever you can to stop. Preparing for Surgery No matter what type of surgery you’re planning to have, it involves prep.  Perhaps your doctor told you… Read More

Five Facts to Know About Mommy Makeovers

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Mommy Makeovers, or as I like to call them, “postpartum restorations”, continue to grow in popularity. More women are now combining some of the most common cosmetic surgeries to improve their physique after giving birth. And because Mommy Makeovers are so popular, you can find lots of information on them, but not all of it is true. I decided to share these Mommy Makeover facts with you, which should give you some idea on what to expect if you are considering this procedure.FACT #1: Commonly Combined Mommy Makeover SurgeriesAs I mentioned, childbirth can take a toll on a woman’s body…. Read More

The Benefits of Combining Cosmetic Surgery

combining cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery is becoming more popular each year, with people undergoing various cosmetic surgical procedures to enhance their looks and boost their self-confidence. But imagine being able to get a more dramatic transformation. That’s possible by combining cosmetic surgery procedures. Advances in surgical procedures and technology, along with increased safety measures are making it more common and attainable.  You might be surprised to learn about the many benefits of combining these surgeries.Benefit #1: Save TimeThere’s no debate. Undergoing more than one surgical procedure at a time will take longer, but you’ll actually save time in the long run.  Say you’ve… Read More

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