Overheard In The OR

It is my custom and practice to call the patient the night before surgery, to brief them on the answers to the “pop quiz”, which out admitting RN asks. Patients are gratified to have a preview so that they can ease into the surgical day, as effortlessly as possible… Read More »

Does Age Matter?

There’s chronological age and performance age and both may not be the same. So what is age? Some maintain age is a physical state, others believe it has biological, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions. Consider the Karnofsky scale, in which 100 represents perfect health and 0 death… Read More »

The Lady Protested And Lived

Last week I welcomed a patient, who had not been in for her “annual” for many years. At her last visit, she volunteered that she had experienced left chest pain and consulted a Cardiologist. Apparently, he diagnosed musculoskeletal compression as the cause and she was confused about how the thoracic bony rib cage could be the culprit… Read More »

Pretty Up My Smile

There comes a time when lipstick alone, cannot revitalize the central landmark of a woman’s face. Many of the problems are the result of volume loss, repetitive muscle lines, bone erosion and undesirable change of skin texture. The results: thin, elongated wrinkly lips, which have virtually lost the cupid’s bow peak, “smoker’s lines… Read More »

Breast Cancer Remembrance Day 2015

In August 2014, my patient, “Debbie” discovered an ominous large, left breast mass, while showering. She was visiting her sister, “Dora”, also a breast cancer survivor, who was recovering from an Orthopedic procedure. The sisters were devoted best friends who sang acapella. Drawing on her own personal experience… Read More »

Commercial Woes

We are in the “happy medicine” business so when there is a weak link, suboptimal results arise. Generally, I can positively influence myself, my staff, the anesthetic experience, and even elicit the patient’s cooperation. However, without dermal fillers, neuromuscular toxins, implants, biological meshes, lasers, and other technologies… Read More »

Are Gummy Bear Gel Implants Right For Me?

Recently I consulted with a woman who I thought would be a suitable candidate for the cohesive (gummy bear) gel implants. She had relatively little native breast volume, non­ptotic (droopy) skin envelope, and desired a “natural” outcome, without excessive upper pole heave, i.e. push up bra appearance… Read More »

Botox Cosmetic – Injections Newport Beach

If you’re stressing over the increased appearance of facial wrinkles around your brow, nose and mouth, try the most popular cosmetic procedure in the country: Botox Cosmetic! Botox is an injection-based treatment used to prevent and erase wrinkles within a few days of application and will continue… Read More »

Do You Need It Or Want It?

T WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us… Read More »

I Look Like A Surgeon

Not all surgeons are men. The NY Daily News 8/13/15 edition launched the social media campaign, which is a spin off of the STEM movement, celebrating women engineers. I learned of it from a woman with whom I was in General Surgery residency and who is like me, a BC Plastic Surgeon in private practice… Read More »