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

March 5, 2014

On February 10, a surgeon at Washington University performed surgery wearing a special pair of glasses that made cancer cells blue! This allowed the surgeon to distinguish the normal tissue from the cancerous tissue. Normally tissue needs to be removed and sent to pathology for a “frozen section.” But oftentimes healthy tissue is removed and sometimes bits of cancer remain behind. If this really works as touted, it may be one of the most important advances for oncologic surgery in decades. Wow!

February 27, 2014


The word “Laser” has enticed patients since the technology was first associated with medicine. Anything “laser” meant better, less pain, better technology, which of course meant that it was the best.

Lasers are an amazing technology.  But just because something has a laser does not mean it is better.  For instance laser liposuction devices such as SmartLipo have been fairly well debunked as marketing gimmicks.  Yet that never kept patients from flocking to have that procedure done.

The newest term that is the darling of unscrupulous medical marketers is the term, “Stem Cell.” With little doubt stem cells will end up improving health and lives as much as any innovation in the history of medicine.

But at this point there is no evidence to justify the use of the term “Stem Cell Facelift.”  Fat is injected to fill the face, and along with it some stem cells.  But does any technique that minimally increases the amount of stem cells make a difference from just using fat alone?

At this time absolutely no evidence suggests that current stem cell purification technology makes a difference in the face, and to suggest that it does is unethical marketing hype.

In any case, adding fat or stem cells is not a lift; it is a filling.  Adding volume is important to reverse aging.  But calling what at best is “Stem Cell Filling” a “Stem Cell Lift” is an example of “bait and switch” at its very worst.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery released a position paper on this.  The chair of the task force was Peter Rubin, the world’s authority on stem cells.

For a very nice discussion of this topic, see a recent video from the Plastic Surgery Channel.  It is interesting and a well-balanced story.