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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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Ultrasound Fights Fat with UltraShape

Allegro MedSpa staff with UltraShape patient

Have you ever heard an opera singer hit a high note and then see a crystal goblet shatter? Neither have I. But I’ve seen a YouTube video of Jamie Vendera, a heavy metal singer breaking an empty wine glass…with just …
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When Family Objects to Plastic Surgery

Woman in a patient gown as Plastic Surgery Patient

Plastic Surgery: Right or Wrong A 23-year-old woman who wanted a breast augmentation recently wrote Dear Abby(1). She’d wanted surgery for years and could finally afford it. As a teacher, she planned to have the surgery during the summer. The …
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Liposuction vs CoolSculpting™

Before and after photos of a three quarter's view of the torso of a woman who had liposuction of abdomen & love handles

Bulges that restrict one’s wardrobe can make a person self-conscious, and Spanx only does so much. Large shirts can hide bellies and gathered skirts can cover wide hips, but when clothing no longer camouflages those fleshy prominences, liposuction can sound …
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Plastic Surgery: A Shame Game?

Woman reading tabloid magazine about celebrity plastic surgery

Some of plastic surgery’s biggest fans are its critics. Take the Daily Mail, for instance. In October, 2014, their headline screamed,  “What HAS Renee Zellweger done to her face?” Readers gobbled it up, responding with 3,600 comments. People love to hate …
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Tummy Tuck Versus Liposuction

Tummy Tuck Correcting Vertical Scar. Patients with extra padding of the tummy, loose skin, and separated muscles want the easiest, least expensive procedure to reach their goals. Totally understandable. “I just want liposuction.” “Can’t you just do a mini tummy …
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Top 5 Cosmetic Procedures in the USA

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