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Neck Rejuvenation

This article is from the December issue of our Cosmetic Surgery Newsletter. No Turkey Neck This Holiday Season Did you know that everybody’s neck ages a bit differently? Depending on your weight fluctuation, your genes and your habits (smoking, alcohol, sun exposure, etc), you may age faster or slower than someone else the same age. …

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Health and Fitness Tips from Heather at Armbrust Gym

This article is from the December issue of our Cosmetic Surgery Newsletter. Dear Heather: I'm thinking about personal training, but I'm not sure if I should go that route or do aerobic classes at the gym as a way to lose weight. Can you give me some insight? Suzie M. Dear Suzie: As we age, …

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The Holiday Look: Affordable and Effortlessly Fabulous!

This article is from the December issue of our Cosmetic Surgery Newsletter. This holiday season you may have an assortment of different holiday parties to attend including office parties, get-togethers with friends, charity events and the list goes on. In the past, many of us would go out and buy a whole new outfit from …

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Why the Cosmetic Surgery Tax is a bad idea-

As you may have heard, Congress is considering the imposition of a 5% tax on elective cosmetic surgical procedures to help pay for the increased costs that would be incurred by the current health care reform legislation.  This "Botax", as it has come to be known in some circles, would also include injectibles such as Botox/Dysport, Juvederm, …

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Are “off-label” Botox treatments OK?

It's long been a tradition in medical practice to use FDA approved therapies in new, "off-label" ways. Is this safe? Botox, a treatment so prevalent as to have become synonymous with cosmetic medicine, is approved to treat four problems: muscular eye disorders, muscular neck disorders, excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis), and frown lines or wrinkles between the eyebrows. …

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The “Mommy Makeover” Craze

Many young moms I see for surgical consultations are using the catchy terminology "Mommy Makeover". A Mommy Makeover generally refers to a combination of surgeries, which often includes a tummy tuck and a breast procedure. Some patients opt for a breast augmentation, while others need a breast lift or even a breast reduction. At The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we …

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“Donda West Law” mandates “medical clearance”

On October 12, 2009, the "Donda West Law" was signed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in California. The law states that "medical clearance" is required prior to undergoing elective cosmetic surgery. As a Board Certified plastic surgeon who performs primarily elective cosmetic surgery procedures, I have some concerns about the meaning behind the need for this legislation. But …

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Lifestyle Lift penalized for “astroturfing”

The company behind the Lifestyle Lift was penalized $300,000 for "cynical, manipulative, and illegal" activites in the state of New York.  Seems they were engaging in a practice called "astroturfing", whereby employees of the company were posing as satisfied patients on chatrooms and Plastic Surgery forums.  According to the report, these were not simply overzealous …

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Why does the world need another Plastic Surgery Blog?

If you google "plastic surgery blog",  you will get more than 3 million hits.  How do we expect to make a difference with one more blog?  Let me count the ways: 1- Honesty Dr. Vath and I are well known for a no-nonsense approach to Plastic Surgery and all the hype that surrounds it.  If …

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Understanding the No-Drain Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, remains a popular and effective choice in our cosmetic surgery practice for improving the appearance of a protruding, saggy midsection. Now Denver, CO, plastic surgeons Dr. Steven Vath and Dr. Andrew Wolfe are offering a variation on the traditional tummy tuck, which uses progressive tension sutures to eliminate the …

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