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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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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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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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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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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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Gummy Bear Implants: The Same, but Different

UPDATE: For additional information on breast augmentation and breast implants in Denver, see this more recent blog post. Patients occasionally ask us about "gummy bear" implants: what are they? Are they safer? Are they better? Can I have them? Should I have them? It's normal to want the latest, greatest thing—after all, Americans are hot for innovation, and …

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