Author Archives: Dr. Heather Furnas

About Dr. Heather Furnas

Inspired by watching her plastic surgeon father operate in African bush hospitals, Dr. Heather Furnas followed in his footsteps, training at Stanford and serving on the Harvard clinical faculty. She and her husband, Dr. Paco Canales, practice together in Santa Rosa, California, where they raised their two children. (To learn more about their practice, visit She believes an informed patient is more likely to be a happy patient and is committed to providing that education. If you have any suggestions for topics you'd like to learn more about, she would love to hear from you!

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Labiaplasty in San Francisco Bay Area

Women have discovered that their concerns over the length of their labia minora  are much more common than previously thought. Long labia minora can get tangled in underwear, can be painful  and can get twisted during intercourse. Labiaplasty has emerged …
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Breast Implant Comparison: Round vs Shaped

Woman running on beach to illustrate upper breast curve..

Factors Impacting Breast Augmentation Results There are many factors that impact the final look and shape of augmented breasts: original breast size, breast shape, thickness of tissue, elasticity of tissue, symmetry, rib contours, history of pregnancy, history of weight loss, …
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The neck’s best option: Kybella, Coolsculpting, Liposuction or Neck Lift

We all know the patients:  they walk in and hold their neck while saying “this double-chin is the only thing I care about.” To our patients it seems simple enough.  But to those of us who review the options on …
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The Plastic Surgery Team

Photo courtesy of Alex Robertson, who appeared in rowing scene of the movie, "The Theory of Everything."

  A Team Sport Plastic surgery isn’t a single-person endeavor. While the plastic surgeon is the one planning the operation and holding the scalpel, it takes a team for a major case to go smoothly and safely. A typical surgical team consists …
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Plastic Surgery, Right or Wrong?

Nurse checking patient in before surgery

A 23-year-old woman who’d wanted a breast augmentation for years was upset because her parents opposed her surgery. “I wish you loved your body the way it is,” “That’s so superficial,”  “You’ll regret it!” they said. She was living with them while …
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Why Scars Blush

A red scar fades with the tincture of time

A scar is nature’s zipper. It closes up rents in the skin with a waterproof closure. A Scar Is Born Plastic surgeons create scars every time they do invasive surgery, though part of their art is to hide them in folds, …
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9 Features of a Safe Operating Room

Operating Room, Accredited for Patient Safety

  If you’re having plastic surgery, you’re probably putting 100% of your focus on choosing your surgeon. But where you have your surgery is as important as who does your surgery. An excellent surgeon is likely to operate in a …
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Labiaplasty Basics

Labiaplasty Basics

Labiaplasty surgery is controversial, though the kerfuffle is slowly subsiding. Physicians, including gynecologists, feared that women were influenced by pornography. They emphasized to their patients that they were normal the way they were. Which they were. But normal isn’t always …
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Building a Face, Nurturing a Soul

Building a face; patient with bandaged face looking in mirror.

In September, 2007, US Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman lost much of his face to machine gun fire while in Iraq’s Al Anbar Province. He’d been leading a unit to search for a high-ranking al-Qaida leader with a lusty appetite …
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Mommy-Makeover Patient’s Experience

Dr. Heather Furnas explaining a tummy tuck to a patient

For this blog post, I’m stepping off the podium and handing the microphone to a patient who had a tummy tuck and a breast lift. Here is her story: Before Surgery I am 51 years old, 5’ 9” tall, and …
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