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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »