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 »

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 »