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No Drain Abdominoplasty, The Newest Thing In Tummy Tucks

Abdominoplasty surgery continues to improve. We started to do outpatient tummy tucks in 1999. Then we pioneered rib blocks to control postoperative pain in 2004. Now we have begun performing abdominoplasties without drains additionally improving the postoperative experience. How can we do this and what does it mean for the patient? The purpose of the […]

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Should I Go To Mass General For The Operation?

I practice plastic surgery in Berkshire County, MA, and frequently witness patients leaving our area to go to Boston for surgery that could easily be done in Berkshire County. I also frequently see the same patients back from Boston either for follow up or to care for a surgical complication. I do counsel patients to […]

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ThermiTight, The New Minimally Invasive Face and Neck Lift

ThermiTight, The New Minimally Invasive Face and Neck Lift

I have been following radio frequency facial rejuvenation technologies for more than a decade. The idea is very appealing. Apply a radio frequency to the skin to tighten the underlying collagen. Thermage© was the first available such device and got huge media attention on Oprah. The data was disappointing, however. It delivered a good result […]

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Botox; An Antidepressant?

Researchers at the University of Texas wondered,” if I look better, do I feel better?” They took a group of 30 patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and injected Botox© into their foreheads to eliminate frown lines. They then followed the patients for 24 weeks and tested for signs of MDD using multiple methods. The […]

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Vatican Comments on Plastic Surgery

The Vatican recently released its position on cosmetic surgery in a document titled “Women’s Cultures: Equality and Difference”. It was written for the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture held in Rome this February. In the 12 page document there are two references to plastic surgery. The first claims that plastic surgery is […]

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Can We Trust TV Medical Advice?

According to the Nielsen’s Report The Dr Oz Show is consistently ranked in the top five talk shows in America with an average of 2.9 million viewers per day, while The Doctors has a high of 2.3 million viewers. In the 2012 Greatest report, Dr Mehmet Oz and Dr Travis Stork (one of the hosts […]

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Juvederm Voluma XC, fat grafting or cheek implants; which is right for you?

We lose our cheek fat with aging, going from baby fat to gaunt over our lifetime. Replacing this lost fat has become a major technique for facial rejuvenation, returning the youthful curves of the medial, central and lateral cheek. Twenty years ago the only commonly available technique for cheek augmentation was surgical placement of silastic […]

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Permanent Makeup? Try Micropigmentation and Refresh and Restore Fading Features

Micropigmentation, also known as permanent cosmetics, is a technique used to restore and balance facial features which can naturally fade with age.  Eyebrows often become sparse (particularly on the ends), lips may lose some of their color, and eyelashes can become thin, leaving our eyes with less definition. Often, a single office visit is all […]

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Brazilian Butt Lift; what is it?

The term Brazilian Butt lift is confusing. It is not a surgical lift of the buttock; no skin or fat is removed or repositioned. In fact, skin resection and repositioning is a very useful technique to improve the appearance of the buttock after massive weight loss when the buttock is deflated and sagging. But that […]

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Gynecomastia: is breast tissue normal in a man? How can it be reduced?

Enlarged male breast tissue can be caused by many factors ranging from endocrine abnormalities to normal adolescence. In some cases blood tests to check levels of sex and thyroid hormones are necessary. If one side has a mass that is tender and growing, a biopsy to rule out cancerous changes may be necessary. But the […]

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