October 3, 2014

We are saddened to learn of another death at a cosmetic surgery clinic in Seoul. According to Korea Bizwire, a South Korean woman in her 50's died on September 27 during abdominal liposuction operation at a cosmetic clinic in the Gangnam district of Seoul.

While such disasters can happen by qualified plastic surgeons, one imagines that the risk is higher by lesser trained surgeons. From what I can surmise, the International Academy of Cosmetic Surgery does not require board certification in plastic surgery or have rigorous operating room standards.

The only international society of plastic surgery that counts is ISAPS – the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery also has a large number of international members. All members of these two groups are board certified and go through a rigorous approval process. If you are looking for a plastic surgeon abroad, you should look at these websites.

September 30, 2014

September 28, 2014 was Brigitte Bardot’s 80th birthday. In my mind she had some of the most elegant and beautiful facial features of the last century. Check out this cool video and read the wonderful bio on Jezebel.

It is at once interesting and sad. She had such big eyes, full cheeks, and wonderful lips. Those are the way full lips should look – not the ridiculous overstuffed Juvederm lips of our generation. What a beauty!

September 16, 2014

For a piece published August 20, 2014, Dr. Teitelbaum was interviewed by the New York Times for a controversial piece about using saline injections to temporarily enlarge the breasts for 24 hours.

Dr. Steven Teitelbaum, a plastic surgeon in Santa Monica, Calif., and an associate clinical professor of plastic surgery at the U.C.L.A. School of Medicine, called the saline solution unnecessary. “Between good bras and chicken cutlets, you can always look good in clothes,” he said.

As for its use in gauging implant size, he added: “The feel of saline is sharply dissimilar from an implant, and the appearance is different because the edges diffuse and feather, which an implant does not.” Three-dimensional imaging, which has become a viable option for projecting surgical outcomes, would be a more accurate prediction of size and shape, he said. (Indeed, a recent study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal found that 3-D imaging was more than 90 percent accurate in predicting postoperative breast volume and surface contour.)

Read the full article in the New York Times: What a Difference a Day Makes

March 5, 2014


The plastic surgery social site, RealSelf, has reported a large increase in the number of people researching butt lift.  More interesting is that the number of searches for it vary profoundly across the country.  And since these numbers are in the hundreds of thousands, the data is probably quite reliable.


The operation would probably be more common but I think many patients havfe been scared away.  Most of the before and after photos on the internet show women who ended up with buttocks much larger than anyone would ever want.   It hmany of the available before and after photos and interviews with women who have had the procedure make it seem as if those who get this want disproportionately large buttocks.


But the patients I see for this procedure are generally of normal weight or even thin, whose buttock is just a bit deflated or laying flat.  The procedure is more of one to refill it a bit and make it look less empty and fuller.  While it is undoubtedly a bit bigger, the procedure is much more about reshaping than augmenting per se.

March 5, 2014

I think the image of plastic surgery as being Hollywood is over…or at least it should be.  Even in conservative Edinburgh, plastic surgery is on the rise.  This article mentioned that it is not just for the rich or for the “Hollywood type.”  As we here in Hollywood have known for a long time, patients are typically neither rich nor famous.  If they didn’t’ tell you that they had something done, you wouldn’t know.  They just look like themself, only better.