An excerpt from Playing God: The Evolution of a Modern Surgeon. A woman, call her Betsy, comes to see me. Betsy is in her early sixties and horribly unhealthy. She walks with a cane, each step she takes slow and painful. It hurts to watch her walk. Betsy has undergone ...

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You may have seen advertising for stem cell facelifts and breast augmentation.  Some cosmetic and plastic surgeons are touting these treatments as cutting edge procedures that promise results far greater than anything we’ve ever seen in plastic surgery.  So what is the truth behind stem cell cosmetic surgery? Stem cells are definitely the future of medicine and plastic surgery.  But the truth is, the claims of today’s marketing have pushed ...

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The FDA has issued a statement alerting physicians and patients to a possible link between breast implants and a rare type of cancer.   Although anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) is extremely rare, the FDA believes that women with breast implants may have a very small but increased risk of developing the condition. ALCL in the presence of breast implants has been noted in sporadic case reports over the past 25 years.  To date, ...

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Laser facial rejuvenation is one of the most popular but most confusing  treatments today. What’s the difference between a lunchtime laser and a fractionated laser?  An ablative or a nonablative laser?  If many plastic surgeons are confused by the plethora of lasers available, how can the average consumer or patient know what laser is best for removing their wrinkles and tightening their skin? Lasers work by focusing energy on a certain color of the ...

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An excerpt from In Stitches. I see dead people. Eighteen bodies covered with plastic, lying on gurneys. An occasional toe protrudes to verify that beneath the shiny black tarp, a dead person lies. I smell dead people, too. Or at least the thick chemical stench of formaldehyde, tearing at my eyes and packing my nose, enough liquid preservative in here to float a yacht. The smell rises from the bodies and from a dozen ...

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One of the hottest things in plastic surgery is noninvasive fat removal. I’ve mentioned on Rachael Ray Showthat fat removal without any invasiveness is the ‘holy grail’ of plastic surgery, and I still stand by it.  I’ve gone over the Zerona a few times, but what about Zeltiq, a.k.a. Cryolipolysis?  Does this device actually remove fat without surgery or needles? Well, let’s review the different fat removing technologies: 1. Diet and exercise. The ...

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