Category Archives: Face

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What’s new in the field of liposuction?

Liposuction has evolved greatly since it was first introduced to the field of plastic surgery about 35 years ago.  Much smaller cannulas now allow for precise fat removal with less likelihood of leaving indentations or irregularities. One big advancement was …
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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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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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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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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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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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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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