Category Archives: Body

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The simultaneous appeal and danger of everything “mini.”

Francisco Canales, MD and Heather Furnas, MD in surgery with scrub tech, Carrie, all with sterile gowns, gloves and surgical masks and caps

Not a day goes by without a patient asking if they qualify for a mini tummy tuck, a mini facelift, or a mini breast lift. It is easy to see the appeal of a mini operation. A shorter incision, less …
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Brazilian Butt Lift

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Buttock Lift procedures have gone up a whopping 252 percent over the past year! Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj are redefining the new standard for derrieres. What are …
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Is Cellfina™ the Holy Grail of Cellulite Treatments?

Cellfina™  is a new, minimally invasive treatment for cellulite, and it was recently cleared by the  Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is intended for long-term improvement in the appearance of cellulite in the buttocks and thighs of women. Treatment benefits …
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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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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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Surgery on Tissue Paper Won’t Create Lycra

Francisco Canales, MD and Heather Furnas, MD in surgery with scrub tech, Carrie, all with sterile gowns, gloves and surgical masks and caps

The quality of a plastic surgical result is impacted by two major factors: the surgeon’s skills the patient, specifically her anatomy, tissue tone, genetic scar potential, age’s effect on tissue atropy, health, and compliance with instructions. The patient’s satisfaction with the …
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Learning Sunscreen Basics in an Elevator

Beautiful woman wearing hat and sunglasses with her sunscreen

“You have a tan,” my professor noted as I joined him in the hospital elevator. I was a fourth-year medical student at UCLA enjoying two glorious weeks of a nonsurgical rotation. With easy eight-hour days and free weekends, I was cycling, running, and swimming…and …
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Would Shakespeare Have Gotten Botox?

Nip. Tuck. Or Else.That’s what a recent Time magazine cover story declared. You will get a cosmetic procedure–perhaps a facelift or perhaps just a few units of Botox. It’s inevitable. (Even if you’re resistant.) Cosmetic Procedures Doubled OK, so the premise may be a …
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Tummy Tuck Basics

Dr. Heather Furnas explaining a tummy tuck to a patient

As I stepped into an exam room to see a post-operative patient last week, I noticed she her smile as broad as the keys of a grand piano. She wasn’t just happy; she was excited. Could it be the tummy tuck she’d had …
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