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.

March 5, 2014


This is an amazing story:  one licensed doctor had physician’s assistants working for him, and allowed them to do the surgery.  These physician’s assistants were supposedly licensed as actual doctors in Colombia, but not here in Florida.


One board certified plastic surgeon saw so many disasters coming from the one clinic that he alerted authorities.


A neighbor interviewed said that people are always looking to do things cheaply and that’s why he thinks this happened. I know awesome plastic surgeons who are not expensive.  And I know unqualified doctors performing plastic surgery who are expensive.  Cost isn’t the answer.


The answer is simple:  be sure that your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  It is the ONLY board recognized to credential plastic surgeons.


Perhaps the easiest way to check is to go to the website of ASAPS.  To be a member, board certification, continuing medical education, and medical license must be current.  They also had to demonstrate a significant part of their practice as being devoted to aesthetic surgery.


One thing that struck me about this was how beautiful the office looked in the video:  I could have been fooled!


And their website is so nice it could easily fool anyone:


But the website misses one important thing:  no doctor is listed.  It just says, “our doctors.”  If you ever see that you don’t want to go there for your surgery.  Even the big chain surgery shops still put up the names of their doctors.


Just be sure that the surgeon is certified by the ABPS.


March 5, 2014


An unlicensed doctor injected an unknown substance in this woman’s face, buttocks, and breasts. It has hardened and disfigured her. Her face is so firm that she has become known locally as “cement face.”


Be sure not to miss the video of her at the bottom of the article.

March 5, 2014


We are accustomed to having scientists using man made technologies to fix human bodies. 


Here is an example of the opposite: using something unique from the body to improve the quality of man made products.


We’ve all heard that spider silk is stronger than steel.  Human bone is also amazingly strong for its weight.  Scientists have studied the microscopic make up of human bone, and have used 3D printers to create manmade materials that are lightweight and are the strongest materials ever made.


This is absolutely fascinating and this article is a fun read:,0,3396906.story#axzz2tbibZ1hm