Month: September 2011

Please Do Your Research Before Buying

We all love Tiffany’s. There is something about that little blue box that stirs emotions like nothing else. It’s because that box signifies quality. It means you’re getting the very best. It’s special. On the other hand, there’s Walmart, a brand that does outstanding business based on offering the lowest possible prices, presumably to customers unconcerned with quality. (We’ve all seen those “People of Walmart” emails.) We all make choices every day about the quality of the products we buy – sometimes we want the very best and sometimes we’ll settle for less. Unfortunately, discount services has reached into medicine, plastic surgery in particular, and patients are paying for it with their suffering.

What’s scary is that there is very little regulation of doctors.


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Procedure of the Week: Otoplasty

Breast implants, liposuction and facelifts get a lot of attention and for good reason, but today we are celebrating a lesser known procedure. Otoplasty is a procedure for correcting ear imperfections and people who receive this procedure (typically patients with prominent ears) love it.

Though prominent ears are the most common aesthetic imperfection to be treated by otoplasty, they are far from being the only one. There dozens of different imperfections and deformities that can happen to ears, but they often go unnoticed because, really, who looks at ears?

Cagot Ear is a defect in which the ear has no earlobes. The name comes from a 3000-year-old minority from western France and northern Spain called the Cagots,


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Plastic Surgery for Pets

A growing trend recently is plastic surgery for pets, particularly dogs. Some of the procedures include nose jobs, silicone testicles, eye-lifts or even liposuction. We don’t perform surgery on pets at our practice, of course, but many of us at the practice are pet owners and have opinions on the matter.

Personally, I think it’s a good thing in the cases where the surgery can give the animal a better quality of life. Some dog breeds have trouble seeing because of all the extra skin on their face and nose surgery can help breeds that have trouble breathing. Liposuction is a good option for overweight animals with glandular problems. Overweight pets can have joint problems and experience lifelong pain.


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Designer Vaginas

A lot of people say they get plastic surgery for themselves and no one else. This may be a little hard to believe – everyone cares at least a little bit what other people think about them. But a recent study by the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that “designer vaginas” have shown a recent jump in popularity. This may lend credence to the theory that people are getting plastic surgery solely for their own satisfaction. It’s not like the mail man or the lady behind the deli counter are going to look down on you because they suspect your genitals might be asymmetrical. While breasts implants and nose jobs have become public faire, the genitals remain a bastion of relative privacy.


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How old is too old?

An 83-year-old woman in Arizona got breast implants recently. Her reasons were ordinary – she wanted a change in the way she looked and she wanted a boost in confidence. Her doctor said she was fit enough for the surgery and was therefore permitted to go ahead with it. Health really is the determining factor. As many people say, age is just a number and you’re only as old as you feel.

I think it’s great. At our plastic surgery practice in Folsom, we take care of a few older patients, many of whom are able to continue feeling vibrant and robust after their procedures. If the patient is healthy, there’s really no limit to which procedures they can get,


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