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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 shoes to jewelry. However, in … Read more

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

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. Yet, it is common practice … Read more

The “Mommy Makeover” Craze

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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 safely perform these procedures together … Read more

“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 first, let’s review what we … Read more