Fat Is The Original Filler

During the course of any day, I am asked why fat isn’t the “same” throughout the body. Consider that fat has been grossly underappreciated and in fact deplored, however this connotes a fundamental misunderstanding of the multiple roles fat plays. Structure and protection are critical reasons why fat surrounds critical structures… Read More »

Waterpolo 2016

Yes, this is the last season that my family & I will be sports fanatics who ditch, leaving home at 05:00h to travel to the tournament, chant the institutional “war cry” and cluck about sore muscles, banged lips & plays that didn’t quite happen. Our daughter is starting her final waterpolo season at… Read More »

Second Generation Plastic Surgeon

Is it in the genes? Some of my late father’s patients believe that a talent for the “metier” (career) of Plastic Surgery can be inherited. While I am not sure that a predisposition for a certain advocation may always be passed down generations, I… Read More »

Do This Breasts Make Me Look Fat? Part I

2016’s Academy Awards were punctuated with the usual Red Carpet gowns and the statement is clear, small breasts are de rigueur where haute couture is concerned. Particularly fetching were Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton, Charlize Theron in Dior, Rachel McAdams in August Getty Atelier, Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Murad. Controlling for design elements, fabric choice, drapery, color, etc… Read More »

Dr. Lavinia K. Chong Wins RealSelf 500 Award

Newport Beach Plastic Surgery Recognized as Top Social Influencer in Cosmetic Medicine Newport Beach, CA–March 1, 2016 – Local physician Dr. Lavinia K. Chong is one of 500 doctors in the nation to receive the prestigious RealSelf 500 Award, out of nearly 13,000 board certified specialists with a presence Read More »

Queen Of Hearts

February was American Heart month but perhaps we physicians should think about how heart disease can have various manifestations, especially in women and ethnic minorities. Heart disease affects more than 6 million American women, and another 37 million women are at risk for developing heart disease… Read More »

Anterior Cervicoplasty

An anterior cervicoplasty is a niche type of neck lift offered exclusively to men, who have a favorable history of scarring and who refuse a more extensive procedure. This procedure is not the open neck lift approach where incisions are placed in front and behind the ears… Read More »

Junk In The Trunk: Who, Why, How?

Fashion and pop culture are drivers for cosmetic procedures and buttock augmentation has been around for over 40 years, although its popularity has surged in the past 5 years. What constitutes the “perfect” butt? Is it gender, racially, age specific? Can’t it just be produced by lunges… Read More »

Mothers and Daughters

I have the good fortune to enjoy the patronage of several families in which multiple generations are represented. Aesthetic surgery is like any other service industry. Consumers or patients must perceive there is a need to change something. Cosmetic providers must be excellent listeners to select patients, screening their… Read More »

On Relevance

A few weeks ago marked the passing of two artists, who were widely admired for their craft and possibly for their enviable transgenerational appeal. At some level, most of us search for meaning in this life, however we may never aspire to the cultural icon status of David Bowie or elicit the antipathy of arch­villain, Alan Rickman… Read More »