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The Undead Blog

As I sit here on a plane bound for Boston before Thanksgiving weekend, I am, appropriately, struck by a few of the things for which I am profoundly grateful:  My amazing wife, the all-around awesomeness of my two boys, and the medical practice that keeps me alternately busy, challenged, fed, fulfilled, humbled, inspired, and endlessly …

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The Key to Your Best Results

The topic of cosmetic surgery seems to be a fertile playing ground for fun and interactive blogging. That was my thinking when this site was initially created; however, I have fallen short of actually posting. So... I now publicly (although to few, if any readers for now) challenge myself to jump start what I feel …

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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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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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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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Market-Driven Plastic Surgery: Trend or Tragedy?

Patients sometimes come to our Denver plastic surgery practice asking for a "quickie face lift" or a particular kind of lipo like "Smart" lipo that they have heard about on TV or the internet or at another physician's office. It's normal to want the newest thing, because technology has brought us great things. I was …

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