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Case of the Month – June, 2018

This mini-facelift case illustrates the (many) limitations of a “thread-lift” or 2-hour (or less) “Lunchtime/Weekend Facelift.” Indeed, this 64 year-old woman had undergone one of these procedures six years prior (reportedly via a company that is now out-of-business) in an attempt to perform an “isolated lift” of her neck areas, and was left with a …

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How Long Does a Facelift Last?

When people are considering a facelift in Denver, they ask, "How long does it last?" This question baffles me. Not because it doesn't make sense to me that people want to know an answer. And not because I am unaware of the evolution that occurs for my patients after facelift surgery. The question baffles me because I don't know …

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I’m OK Being “Plan B”

Earlier this week, I spent a half hour discussing plastic surgery in my Denver, CO, office with one of those interesting, confident, has-her-act-together patients who help make my job fun. She was seeing me for concerns she had with her abdomen and thighs, which were somewhat fuller than she would have preferred, and she had a …

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On the perception of aging …

A patient I recently saw in consultation for a mini-facelift at my practice in Denver, CO, asked an interesting question: "Do facelift patients have a hard time adjusting to their new, younger appearance?" Without hesitation, my answer was "No." As I thought about it, I realized why, and a quick internet search confirmed my suspicion. A common …

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Can cosmetic surgery be too acceptable??

So I saw an attractive 25-year-old woman yesterday who consulted me because she was convinced she wanted a facelift.  A Mini-facelift, yes, but still a facelift.  On exam, this woman had a lovely facial shape and a well-defined neck.  No massive weight loss, no skin disorders resulting in abnormal facial laxity, no turkey gobbler passed on from her father.  …

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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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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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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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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 …

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