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Plastic Surgery Medical Tourism

Plastic Surgery medical tourism is becoming more frequent.  In South Florida, I  hear of patients going to Costa Rico or other places outside of the United States for “cheaper” procedures.  Unfortunately, not infrequently, this can result in complications with which the patients find themselves facing the dilemma: who will treat the complication?  Typically, it is the local plastic surgeons who take on that responsibility, but not without cost to the patients.  I assume most Plastic Surgeons have a policy similar to mine, i.e., in the unlikely event that a post operative complication requires treatment, or when a result deemed unsatisfactory by both the patient and surgeon requires revision, surgical fees (not facility or anesthesia) are waived.  Patients who have their plastic surgery performed out of the country don’t benefit from this professional commitment to exceptional individualized care by their foreign surgeons.  The link below is an interesting example of Plastic Surgery medical tourism gone wrong in China.  Once again, the lesson learned is ”cheaper is not always better“… or in other words, “you get what you pay for”.

“Top Doctors” Recognition By Castle Connolly!

Once again, I am honored to be selected as Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors” in Plastic Surgery for 2015, as published in the Gulfstream Media Group’s publications (Gold Coast Magazine, Jupiter Magazine, The Palm Beacher, Boca Life Magazine). Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a health care research and information company recognized for their established survey and research process.  Their team of researchers follow a rigorous screening process of doctors’ educational and professional experience to make selections.  Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profiled as “Top Doctors”. This is my sixth consecutive year for this selection and I am humbled to be recognized. My goal has always been to provide exceptional, individualized care to improve the health and well being of my patients, both reconstructive and cosmetic.

Lifestyle Lift No Longer Lighting Up Your Life……. Or Your Face

Nationwide cosmetic surgery chain Lifestyle Lift apparently has closed at least 40% of its clinics and may file for bankruptcy.  The corporation treats plastic surgery more like a commodity…the model is based on selling trademarked cosmetic procedures to physicians in return for patient referrals, marketing, and training.  They claim to offer less invasive, cheaper facelifts and a shorter recovery. “Real” Plastic Surgeons do similar procedures, but call them “mini-facelifts”.  Because ”real” plastic surgeons have extensive training, their results are usually better with less scarring and longer lasting. This is just another example that “Cheaper is not always better!” See more information on the following links:

From Plastic Surgery SmartBrief (03/10/15):  Fast Face-Lift Firm Closes Clinics

Nationwide cosmetic surgery chain Lifestyle Lift has shuttered clinics and might file for bankruptcy. Office staff at a North Carolina clinic that closed said they are working for free to ensure patients get necessary follow-up care. WCNC-TV (Charlotte, N.C.) (3/5), WWSB-TV (Sarasota, Fla.) (3/6)




Cheaper Is Not Always Better!

If you think the cost of good Plastic Surgery is expensive, consider the cost of bad Plastic Surgery! This woman who was interested in enlarging her breasts opted against traditional breast augmentation surgery for a cheaper procedure….she choose silicone injections.  Cheap ended up costing the woman her breasts.  The old saying, “You get what you pay for” still rings true! Click on the following link for the story

Memorial Day Weekend…Honor Those Who Gave Their Lives For Our Freedom

Memorial Day Weekend is considered by many to be the kickoff to Summer. Before we start the celebrations, backyard barbecues and beach side picnics, I have 2 serious points to consider. One, let us remember to honor those who died to preserve our freedom. And the second, choose the right sunscreen.

Summer is right around the corner. And while you should use sunscreen every day of the year, it’s even more important during summertime, when the days are longer, the sun is stronger, and it’s easier to spend more time outdoors. When choosing sunscreen, be sure to read the label before you buy. US Food and Drug Administration regulations that went into effect in 2012 require the labels to follow certain guidelines. The guide below can help you understand the terminology.

Choose a sunscreen with “broad spectrum” protection. Sunscreens with this label protect against both UVA and UVB rays. All sunscreen products protect against UVB rays, which are the main cause of sunburn. But UVA rays also contribute to skin cancer and premature aging. Only products that pass a test can be labeled “broad spectrum.” Products that aren’t broad spectrum must carry a warning that they only protect against sunburn, not skin cancer or skin aging.
Make sure your sunscreen has a sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher. The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays. Higher SPF numbers do mean more protection, but the higher you go, the smaller the difference becomes. SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out about 97%, SPF 50 sunscreens about 98%, and SPF 100 about 99%. No sunscreen protects you completely. The FDA requires any sunscreen with SPF below 15 to carry a warning that it only protects against sunburn, not skin cancer or skin aging.
“Water resistant” does not mean “waterproof.” No sunscreens are waterproof or “sweatproof,” and manufacturers are no longer allowed to claim that they are. If a product’s front label makes claims of being water resistant, it must specify whether it lasts for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating. For best results, reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and even more often if you are swimming or sweating. Sunscreen usually rubs off when you towel yourself dry, so you will need to put more on.

Other ways to stay sun-safe

In addition to choosing the right sunscreen and using it correctly, follow these steps to help protect your skin from sun damage that can cause premature aging and skin cancer:

Cover up. When you are out in the sun, wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UV light.
Seek shade. Limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest.
Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps. Both can cause serious long-term skin damage and contribute to skin cancer.


Castle Connolly “Top Doctors” Recognition

I am honored to be selected, once again, as a Castle Connolly “Top Doctors” in Plastic Surgery for 2013. Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a health care research and information company recognized for their established survey and research process.  Their team of researchers follow a rigorous screening process of doctors’ educational and professional experience to make selections.  Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profiled as “Top Doctors”. This is my fourth consecutive year for this selection and I am humbled to be recognized.

Avoiding the “Three F’s” – Fake, Filled and Frozen

Those of you who know my Plastic Surgery philosophy and expertise are aware I tend to be  ”conservative”… less is generally best.  I avoid making my patients look “Fake, (over)Filled, or Frozen(too much BOTOX®).  This article about how to avoid “the 3 F’s” written by Project Beauty, a good resource about cosmetic procedures for the non-professional sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, one of my specialty societies, eloquently discusses the problems with “over treatment”.  BOTOX® and injectable fillers were originally used by Plastic Surgeons as  non-invasive procedures to create “the Liquid Facelift”.  But too much of a good thing has resulted in unnatural appearances, ranging from “the zombie”, to ”balloon cheeks”, ”monkey” or “duck” lips, and other strange looks. 

To read the article, click on this link

Consider “liking” Project Beauty on Facebook to get their updates  or go to their website and review their frequent blogs.

Plastic Surgery Is Not Something To Bargain Shop For

What happens when beauty bargains go wrong? Plastic Surgery is NOT the thing to bargain shop for because you may get alot more than you bargained for!

In “Dying to be Beautiful: Beauty Trends That Can Prove Lethal”, Katie Couric examines what happens when beauty bargains go wrong during her daytime talk show “Katie” which recently aired. A few patients who have suffered severe disfigurement from undergoing plastic surgery from non board-certified plastic surgeons were profiled.

As an extension of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons public education campaign efforts “Do Your Homework”, Immediate Past President of my specialty society, Malcolm Z. Roth, M.D., F.A.C.S. appeared on “Katie”. Dr. Roth talked about the importance of choosing a board certified plastic surgeon.  Click on this link to view

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wishing You and your Family good Health and Happiness this Holiday Season! And may the World be filled with Peace, Love and Prosperity! Don’t forget to make your New Year’s Resolution to be a better You, and if that means a little help from your favorite Plastic Surgeon, I would be  honored to assist you in that endeavor!

Look Your Best This Holiday And In 2013!

It’s the Holidays…that time of year when you want to look your best! We offer a variety of Aesthetician Services that can provide you that “radiant skin” for the Holiday Season and into the New Year. One of the more effective skin treatments with growing national popularity is the VI Peel™, now offered at a reduced price as a Holiday Promotion!

The VI Peel™ reverses the effects of sun damage by reducing age spots, freckles and pigmentation irregularities.  It also softens fine lines and wrinkles; and it is highly effective in clearing acne.  The VI Peel™ is painless and takes only a few minutes to apply.  In about 3 to 5 days there is noticeable skin peeling, but by the 7th day, most patients report an obvious improvement to tone, texture and clarity of the skin, and diminished uneven pigmentation.  In some cases, a series of the VI Peel™ may be recommended to achieve optimal results, and maintenance can be achieved with treatments every 3 to 6 months.

While the VI Peel™ is more expensive than traditional aesthetician peels, it is a less expensive alternative to deeper resurfacing procedures. I like to call it a “poor man’s FRAXEL™”, especially when used in a series of treatments!  And for the Holidays and New Year, our office is having a promotion for significant savings…if not for you, consider a gift certificate for someone you care about!  Contact us via email or call 561-833-6688 for more information.  Click on the following link to hear an NBC affiliate news report about the VI Peel™  And for more detailed information and a patient demonstration, follow this link (note, the patient is not mine on this demo….I do not inject lips this big!)

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!