Thursday, August 25, 2011

Plastic Surgery Playlists: What Doctors Are Rocking Out To In The OR

In a recent article on, doctors were asked what songs were on their plastic surgery playlists. Below are the outtakes from the article which feature a full list of songs and artists that some of the doctors surveyed shared.

Dr. Raffi Hovsepian
  1. Frank Sinatra - I've Got You Under My Skin
  2. Frank Sinatra - My Way
  3. Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto - Garota de Ipanema
  4. The Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want
  5. The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
Maurice P. Sherman, MD
  1. Neil Diamond - Song Sung Blue, Coming to America, I Am She Said, Love on the Rocks
  2. John Denver - Rocky Mountain High, This Old House, Leaving on a Jet Plane
  3. Kenny Rogers - Lucille, The Gambler, Coward of the County
  4. Willie Nelson - Georgia on My Mind, Don't Let your Sons Grow up to be Cowboys, Angels Flying Too Close to the Ground
  5. Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue, Sunday Sidewalk, Folsom Prison Blues
  6. Frank Sinatra - Summer Wind, The Way You Look Tonight, I'll Be Seeing You
Paul Vanek MD, FACS
  1. Rick Braum - Body and Soul
  2. ZZ Top
  3. Sting
  4. Chicago
  5. Beethoven
Larry H. Pollack MD, FACS
  1. Steely Dan - Gaucho
  2. Joe Bonamassa - Further On Up The Road
  3. Seal - Crazy
  4. Van Morrison - Brown-Eyed Girl
  5. Keb Mo - Whole Nutha Thang
Michelle Bonness, MD
  1. Eva Cassidy - Over The Rainbow, Fields of Gold
  2. Andre Bocelli & Laura Pausini - Dare To Live
  3. Rush - Trees
  4. The Stanley Brothers - Angel Band
  5. Frankie Valli - My Eyes Adore You

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The ‘Mommy Makeover:’ A Solution to the Post-Baby Blues?

Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding are experiences that many women look forward to and enjoy. Although they take pleasure in their new roles as mothers, there are some unpleasant changes to the body that aren’t as delightful. Throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts and abdomen stretch, causing the skin to lose elasticity. In addition, there may also be specific areas of stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to exercise and diet.

Women who have exhausted natural means of weight loss often turn to cosmetic plastic surgery to achieve their desired goals. Typically, patients choose to undergo a combination of procedures in order to regain their pre-pregnancy shape; this is often termed a “Mommy Makeover.” Dr. Leonard M. Hochstein performs this surgery at his practice in Miami. The most frequently combined procedures include breast lift surgery (with augmentation), liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery in Miami. Some patients may also opt to undergo vaginal rejuvenation. These procedures can help restore the breasts to a more youthful shape and position, while tightening and contouring the midsection.

It is common for patients to comment that they have been able to reclaim their body with the Mommy Makeover surgery and are pleased with the results. If you are ready to learn more regarding these procedures, feel free to contact Miami liposuction surgeon Dr. Hochstein. Your questions/concerns can be addressed during an initial consultation.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Types of Breast Enhancement Surgeries and How They Affect Your Lifestyle

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed today. Dr. Andres Taleisnik, an Orange County breast augmentation specialist, offers this procedure to women in order to help them achieve the shape, volume and size of their breasts that best matches their goals and physique.

Breast Implants

Breast implants are used to increase the size and fullness of a woman’s breasts. Breast implants can be filled with silicone gel or a saline solution, and come in a variety of shapes and textures designed to achieve a certain aesthetic effect. Implants are typically inserted into a pocket created beneath the breast or behind the pectoralis muscle. Depending on certain circumstances, the implant may be inserted through the areola, the armpit, the belly button, or at the breast crease.

Greater self-confidence is one of the main benefits of breast implants. Women also happily report that they are able to expand their wardrobes to include styles of clothing that they couldn’t wear before.

Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) is used to treat breast sagging – the natural loss of elasticity, firmness and shape caused by pregnancy, nursing, excessive weight loss and aging. A breast lift typically consists of the removal of excess skin, tightening the skin and, in some cases, it is combined with breast augmentation in order to restore shape and volume.

Breast lifts result in “perkier” breasts and a more youthful overall look. Because of this, breast lifts are a popular component of the “Mommy Makeover,” a series of cosmetic procedures that is designed to reverse the effects of childbirth and nursing.

Breast Reduction

Excessively large breasts can cause neck, back and shoulder pain which can lead to chronic health complications. Breast reduction surgery helps correct this issue by removing fatty tissue, glandular tissue and excess skin so that your breasts better match your frame size and become smaller.

Breast reduction helps alleviate strain on your neck and back and makes it easier to shop for clothing and exercise. Because of the long-term health benefits of breast reduction, these procedures are sometimes covered by insurance.

Dr. Taleisnik performs these breast surgeries and others at his Orange County plastic surgery practice. For more information, visit his website or call to schedule a free consultation.

Monday, August 09, 2010

How Laser Teeth Whitening Works

Although there are numerous do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits that can be purchased off the shelf, the safest and most effective tooth whitening is performed by a cosmetic dentist. The San Diego Union-Tribune ran a story about over-the-counter tooth whitening products some years ago that highlighted the shortcomings of home tooth whitening products.

Ill-fitting trays and the inconvenience of overnight multiple treatments topped the list. The issue with DIY tooth whitening is that they are designed by law to be foolproof. The active ingredient in at-home tooth whiteners (carbamide peroxide) is a much weaker dose than what is used at the dentist’s office. That’s because if applied incorrectly or for too long, carbamide peroxide can eat away at your enamel and lead to persistent, stabbing pains in your teeth that last for several minutes at a time (called “zingers” by dentists).

When tooth whitening is performed by a cosmetic dentist, a number of measures are taken to ensure safe, effective results. For whitening pastes that use trays, a custom-fitted tray is professionally made for the patient so it conforms to their teeth perfectly. Patients wear the trays under close supervision for about an hour per session. Another way that cosmetic dentists get better results with less risk is by using laser tooth whitening. After a concentrated whitening agent is applied to the teeth, a special light is used to activate the peroxide molecules for more dramatic whitening. This procedure, too, is risky if performed by anyone other than a trained professional. For optimal results, a high energy light must be used in order to “excite” the molecules—but too much heat could damage the soft tissue of the tooth. The results of professional tooth whitening are more effective by several orders of magnitude when compared to at-home treatments.

Laser tooth whitening sessions typically last 30 minutes to an hour and desirable results can usually be achieved in a single visit. Results typically last between six months and a year. Touch-ups can usually be performed concurrently to your yearly or twice annual cleaning and hygiene appointment.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Teens Against Plastic Surgery

For many years, young minds have been greatly influenced by their favorite Hollywood stars – from their clothing and hair, to the products they sell or buy. Recently, with the sudden increase in publicly admitting that one has had some type of cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, teens are voicing their thoughts on the matter, and most are against cosmetic enhancements.

In a recent article written by a high school senior in Florida, the idea of altering one’s face or body is not something that teens see as a positive example. Many of today’s young stars claim that they want their fans to feel confident and secure with themselves, yet they contradict this by undergoing one or more cosmetic procedures. According the article, some actress may even risk their careers when having surgery, such as Jennifer Grey from such movies as “Dirty Dancing” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Had she not undergone nose surgery, Grey may have led a more successful career, whereas now she has virtually disappeared from Hollywood. Although some actresses have minimal enhancement in order to maintain a refreshed appearance, some have gone overboard with their surgeries. In the eyes of their fans, all things must be done in moderation and at an appropriate age – and those in their teens and 20s are much too young.

If you are interested in a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, you may wish to contact Leonard M. Hochstein, M.D. of the Aventura/Miami area. He is a specialist in facelift surgery, breast augmentation, and tummy tuck surgery.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Stem Cell Facelift in Beverly Hills

Jason B. Diamond, M.D., F.A.C.S. of the The Diamond Face Institute in Beverly Hills is a board certified facial, plastic, and reconstructive surgeon. He is consistently up-to-date on the latest in facial plastic surgery; the “Stem Cell Facelift,” which is said to be a new method of rejuvenation, is one of the recent techniques being advertised in the plastic surgery community.

“I keep up with the world literature and frequently discuss the latest and greatest with the elite surgeons from around the world,” says Dr. Diamond. Upon hearing of the “Stem Cell Facelift,” he researched the procedure in order to learn more of this new phenomenon; and after reading various advertisements for this technique, Dr. Diamond has found that it is the same procedure that he has been performing for over 10 years. More commonly known as facial fat transfer, this method of enhancement has been around since the 1970s. Dr. Diamond uses the patient’s own body fat from the abdomen, thighs, or other areas in order to fill in wrinkles and lines on the face, as well as to create a more youthful and attractive contour.

Due to the lack of regulations placed on doctors on what they can or cannot advertise, many are taking advantage of the term, “Stem Cell Facelift,” and using it to sell a new procedure, according to Dr. Diamond. He says that fat cells help to restore loss of volume, and although they may contain some stem cells, there is no consistent or proven evidence that there is in fact a stem cell effect beyond what the fat cells can offer.

In practice for more than 10 years, Dr. Diamond has frequently combined the fat transfer technique when performing facelift surgery in order to provide optimal results. He stresses that if this “new spin on fat transfer” were a legitimately new procedure there would be published proof of it and every surgeon around the world would have been immediately informed. Dr. Diamond encourages patients to fully inform themselves on the technique and not allow doctors’ advertisements to mislead them.

Through open communication with patients and the use of innovative technology, Dr. Diamond uses his expertise to provide individuals with a truly refreshed facial appearance. “I have performed more facial procedures than most doctors,” says Diamond.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Plastic Surgery on the Rise

The economic status throughout the country has caused many individuals to cut back on certain luxuries; however, the rate of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures being performed continues to rise. In a recent survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), procedures such as eyelid surgery, tummy tuck surgery, and rhinoplasty have seen a significant increase in the last five years.

Along with doctors in the AACS, other surgeons have also seen an influx in patients. Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), Robert D. Wilcox, M.D. of Plano, Texas has maintained a steady flow of patients as the financial woes have taken their toll. Due to the variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures offered at his practice, including Fraxel lasers for skin rejuvenation and Botox ® injections. Dr. Wilcox performs face, breasts, and body- enhancing procedures to help patients achieve a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. By combining a surgical procedure with a non-invasive treatment, patients have the ability to fulfill their desired goal in one setting.

If you are in the Dallas/Plano areas, you may wish to contact Dr. Wilcox to learn more regarding these procedures, such as facial fillers and rhinoplasty in Dallas . He can provide you with detailed information on your options. When under Dr. Wilcox’s care, you may anticipate satisfying and natural-looking results.