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Yearly Archives: 2009


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, including an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and a breast procedure. Some patients opt for a breast augmentation, while … Continue reading


“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 … Continue reading


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 … Continue reading


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 … Continue reading


The No-Drain Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty surgery remains a popular and effective choice for improving the appearance of a protruding, saggy midsection. Now Colorado abdominoplasty surgeons Dr. Steven Vath and Dr. Andrew Wolfe are offering a variation on the traditional tummy tuck, which uses progressive … Continue reading