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Author Archives: Andrew Wolfe

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, etc.  Why is this a … Read more

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 employees trying to improve business. … Read more

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 something works, we want to … Read more

The Demise of Threadlifts?

A recent study performed by Dr. Rima Abraham of Albany Medical College in New York caught my eye, and confirmed what many experienced facelift surgeons have long suspected: Thread Lifts, which purport to lift the soft tissues of the face through the use of barbed sutures inserted under local anesthesia, don’t really work, and shouldn’t be used at all. (See … Read more