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Not Everything Great is New, and Not Everything New is Great

As I peruse the day-to-day goings on in the plastic surgery media world, I am constantly reminded that what makes for a "news" story is often hugely removed from my day-to-day practice.  I don't see a lot of perfection-obsessed reality TV stars at my Denver-based practice, however,  I do see a growing number of 42-year-old …

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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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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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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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