Itty Bitty Committee

People magazine’s June 1, 2015 “Body Issue” featured the 108 most talked about bodies. “Bikinis at every age” features desirable images of women, many of whose proportions are greatly admired and requested in my practice. The post­modern female (2000 onwards) attributes reflect a sociological change away from the 80′s… Read More »

Workout Face

In the U.S. it’s inevitable, we’re perpetually dieting, working­out, chasing that “sweet bird of youth” but for what purpose? The health benefits are indisputable. Fitness becomes a lifestyle choice and a hedge against middle age “spread”. Most of us are not experts and entrust our bodies to personal trainers and our diets to the… Read More »

Perspectives On Explantation

Since 2011, I’ve explanted 150 pairs of breast implants, only 5 of which were originally my patients. In taking care of these women, I’ve gained some insights and hopefully become a more replete Plastic Surgical consultant; it seems reasonable to share these… Read More »

Plastic Surgery For Teens

The third week of August is fast approaching and I’m getting ready to send my rising senior back to UC Berkeley. I’m also preparing some young patients to return to their own university programs. No, I haven’t taken up anything as dodgy as the temporary “vacation” breast augmentation, as espoused by Dr. Norman Rowe… Read More »

Understanding The Internal Bra

The form of the female breast is composed of a skin brassiere, subcutaneous fat and a variable mixture of fibroglandular tissue. Regrettably factors which alter the “carrying capacity” and composition of the breast, (age, pregnancy, skin damage, weight gain/loss, genetics) can challenge both the form and function of the breast… Read More »

Botox – Is It A Gateway Drug

As we speak, there are three Botulinum toxins are produced and marketed for the treatment of wrinkles in the U.S.A. I acquired my first experience with Onobotulinum toxin (Allergan) in 1997, when an employee asked if the practice was going to offer “Botox”. The minimally invasive procedures were in their infancy and my understanding… Read More »

Celebrity Sighting

He was seated at the next table, thin, slightly bowed and wearing his signature goggles with the “Croakies” and a super fade. I nudged my dining companion and whispered, “do you think that’s Kareem?”, who gave a cursory glance in his direction. “No, I think he’s too short. It’s definitely not him.” And then, just like that… Read More »

Is Cosmetic Surgery Mandatory

It’s official, cosmetic surgery is no longer the exclusive province of tabloid cynicism. The June 17, 2015 edition of Time features a cover story, “Nip. Tuck. Or Else.” Author, Joel Stein throws down the gauntlet with this opening statement: “You’re going to have to do it… Read More »

Dr. Chong On the Aesthetic Insider Show

Thrilled to be an invited speaker with Aesthetic Insider, an Internet live-streaming radio show. Hosted by Angela O’Mara, a fellow Brit and founder of the Professional Image, Inc. We spoke candidly about a variety of topics ranging from Mommy Makeovers to the rise of the Male Aesthete. I introduced the principle… Read More »

The Male Aesthete

Not long ago, male grooming was restricted to shaving and haircuts. Fashion, globalization and paradigm shifts converge on the Internet to make today’s man as well plumed as any male in the animal kingdom. Gender bias holds that females… Read More »