Sun Exposure & Keeping your Skin Looking Young

Woman on the BeachThis time of year I’m particularly mindful of the damage that the sun does to the skin of my patients. Since we do a lot of face and breast work, those areas, in particular, end up drawing my attention quite a bit. One critical approach to preventing that damage is... [ more ]

An Update on Implant Position in Breast Augmentation

This is an update to a blog post that I made last year on whether patients undergoing breast augmentation should place the implants above or below the pectoralis major muscle. In conjunction with the study that I mentioned in that prior blog, we now have another, recently published study from... [ more ]

Membership in the Local Plastic Surgery Society May Be the Most Important Credential

In an effort to help patients understand the important credentials that they should look for in a plastic surgeon, I offer this discourse: As part of a patient’s due diligence in researching the qualifications of their prospective plastic surgeon, they frequently will notice the surgeon’s memberships in professional organizations. Some... [ more ]

The Plastic Surgery Channel Rocks!

Surgery ChannelIn 2012, a plastic surgery colleague of mine founded The Plastic Surgery Channel to showcase important stories for plastic surgery patients and provide legitimate, board certified plastic surgeons a platform to present valuable patient educational materials. Two years ago, and after careful consideration, I decided to join this group. My... [ more ]

I Gotta Give It To a Colleague

Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) ImageAs we learn more and more about a very unusual condition called Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, I think a colleague and fellow member of the Plastic Surgery Channel really summed up our current understanding of this condition. I suggest you watch the video they produced that features Bruce... [ more ]

Kybella – Non-surgical Neck Thinning – a Treatment That Works

KybellaNon-surgical neck thinning.  Kybella – a treatment that works. Liposuction has long been a choice for treating patients with an undesirable neck profile.  When done carefully by an experienced plastic surgeon, the results are generally quite good.  While it is a short procedure with a high safety profile and excellent... [ more ]

What’s Better? On Top of the Muscle or Underneath?

Anvil thumbnailOn Top or Below the Muscle? Too Much Compression if Above? A recent research study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal concludes that patients who undergo breast augmentation by placing the implant directly underneath the breast gland (and on top of the muscle) may experience more loss of breast gland/tissue... [ more ]

What’s the Difference Between Implant Warranties?

All of the implant manufacturers offer great warranties. They compete with each other so vigorously that you’ll likely find the company with “the best” warranty will have their warranty matched word for word very soon after it becomes known. You simply can’t chase the warranty rabbit. The most important part... [ more ]

Even the Brits know there’s a problem

Image of Woman on LaptopThe attached news article is a real awakening to the pervasive problem across the globe of unqualified persons (often not surgeons or even MD’s) performing surgical procedures that are only traditionally taught in approved residency training programs. http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=35257b2c-077a-4207-b18d-d9a135588fe5 When looking for a breast augmentation or any other elective cosmetic surgical procedure,... [ more ]

Why the square face?

Why the Square Face?Have a square face? Not having a tapered or more oval shaped face can take away from one’s attractiveness. In years past, it often took major surgical procedures in order to improve this issue. Luckily, we now have many good non-surgical options that allow us to make very nice changes... [ more ]

Quick Plastic Surgery Statistics

Because we operate exclusively in our own certified surgical facility, we often fail to recognize how little patients really think about where they are having their surgery. As experienced and committed surgeons, we are sure to always put the patient’s safety first and foremost in our minds. Consequently, when recent... [ more ]

Which Implants Should I Choose?

I’m often asked what breast implant is the “best”. Here’s my usual answer. Silicone implants are better for thin patients without much of their own breast tissue. For heavier chested women, the difference is minimal. These advantages are because silicone implants are softer and show less rippling; with the newer... [ more ]

Can I get Silicone Breast Implants Before I Turn 22 Years Old??

Breast Implants for Patients Younger Than 22 Years Old?Recent clarification from our largest cosmetic plastic surgery society legal counsel has verified what we have known all along: patients under 22 years of age can have silicone breast implants used for primary breast augmentation. When the FDA granted the use of silicone implants for primary breast augmentation (removing qualifications... [ more ]

2015 PREDICTIONS: COSMETIC PROCEDURES CONTINUE TO CLIMB [Part 1]

As 2015 rolls on, plastic surgeons are sharing their predictions about what they expect will happen in the world of cosmetic surgery this year. With an improving economy and more public comfort regarding the safety of treatments, interest in both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures is expected to continue to... [ more ]

NUMBER OF BREAST LIFTS GOES UP, UP, UP

NUMBER OF BREAST LIFTS GOES UP, UP, UP Breast lifts have become much more popular in the United States since the year 2000, statistics show. According to numbers from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in the years since 2000, the number of breast lift procedures performed in the... [ more ]

Cosmetic Surgery For Seniors Shows Equal Success

There’s good news for older men and women who are interested in improving their appearance with cosmetic surgery: A new study shows that plastic surgery is just as safe for seniors as it is for younger patients. Motivated by the aging U.S. population, researchers wondered whether older patients are at... [ more ]

Popularity of Arm Lifts Soars High

Arm lifts to remove unsightly loose skin from the back of the arms have become much more popular since the turn of the 21st century. Brachioplasty is a great option for patients who have hanging skin caused by aging, genetics and major weight loss. Since 2000, the number of brachioplasties... [ more ]

HOW FAR CAN A FACELIFT TURN BACK THE CLOCK?

Facial cosmetic surgery is designed to give patients a younger, fresher appearance, but you might be wondering: How far can it turn back the clock? A study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) looked to detail how outsiders perceive a patient’s age both before and after surgery.... [ more ]

Tummy Tuck Sustains Weight Loss

Tummy Tuck PhotoTIGHTEN UP TO KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF Your weight-loss surgery was a success! You’ve reached your goal weight, and you’re feeling great — but what about that loose, hanging skin? We offer a variety of options for surgery after weight loss in Salt Lake City, including tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), arm... [ more ]

From Kim Kardashian to Angelina Jolie: The Most Wanted Celebrity Body Parts

Kim KardashianHollywood beauties certainly set the bar high when it comes to physical perfection. So, which celebrity body parts do women most covet? To find out, RealSelf.com — an online community focused on cosmetic surgery procedures — took a look in its forums to see whose names popped up the most.... [ more ]

Beyond the Needle And The Knife

As a plastic surgeon who has spent more than a decade learning to care for surgical patients, sometimes I marvel about how devoted I am to the aesthetic concerns of patients beyond what I can achieve with a knife, or a needle for that matter. Patients who come to our... [ more ]

Look Happy, Feel Happy: Botox Boosts Mood

We’ve all heard the advice, “Fake it til you make it” — the belief, confirmed by science, that by simply forcing ourselves to smile, we feel happier.   At the same time, researchers are finding that suppressing the ability to frown can significantly boost mood.   The most-recent study, reported... [ more ]

“Flexing Moves My Implant”

Reflecting in the mirrorOn occasion I have a patient who tells me that their implant moves around and looks funny when they flex their chest muscle. They forget that the implant is under the muscle and is naturally pressed by the pectoralis major muscle when it is flexed. The muscle temporarily compresses the... [ more ]

Safe Navigation

As an introduction to my upcoming posts (that I hope you will find engaging), I want to share a few heartfelt thoughts. Those of you who keep up with our Facebook, Twitter, and blog writings may recall that I recently posted lessons extracted from a speech by Admiral William McRaven.... [ more ]

How Much Does a Painting Cost?

Mona LisaI recently posted on www.realself.com an answer to a question about “how much_______ costs?” That is such a hard question to answer and, honestly, is not the right question to ask. My response was framed around me answering a similar question, “how much does a painting cost?”  The comparison in... [ more ]

Time Isn’t Necessarily on Your Side, Unless You Know a Trusted Plastic Surgeon.

TimepiecePatients who come into the plastic surgeon’s office might have one or more procedures in mind, but in general, they want to look good for their age and slow down the aging process. From keeping skin looking smooth and bright to helping their weight-loss goals by minimizing problem areas and... [ more ]

What should I know about the gummy bear/shaped implants?

It’s difficult to turn on the TV, drive down the road, or listen to the radio without some media personality or slick marketer doctor touting the “latest and greatest” thing available to plastic surgery patients. One of the frequent questions that my patients are confused by is the hype around... [ more ]

Zero Can Be a Great Number

There are three manufacturers that provide shaped implants (not round) that contain a more cohesive silicone gel material in comparison to standard round silicone implants. When considering a surgeon for insertion of these implants, prospective patients should consider many factors. One of these important factors is the Dr.’s rotation rate... [ more ]

The Right Size Matters

As has been recently reported in news articles, many celebrities who decided to “go big or go home” are regretting that decision and are now downsizing their implants. Long ago we recognized that not every patient wants to be busty, and that many indeed are actually most worried about ending... [ more ]

Cosmetic Trends: Fads vs. Truths

August 26th, 2013 One of the things I’m commonly asked during office visits with patients or in the grocery store checkout line by people who know what I do for a living is “what the hottest thing out there in plastic surgery?” The answer isn’t also quite so easy. Often these... [ more ]