Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery Trends (to Avoid!)

February 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm , by


From “stem cell facelifts” to butt implants some plastic surgery procedures are too good to be true. Here’s board-certified plastic surgeon (and author of In Stitches) Dr. Anthony Youn’s take on the hottest not-so-hot trends in plastic surgery.

What IN THE WORLD is a stem cell facelift? Are they safe? 
AY:The newest craze in cosmetic surgery is stem cell therapy. Some doctors are now injecting the patient’s own stem cell growth factors into and under the facial skin–in hopes of creating a younger, healthier glow. Some cosmetic and plastic surgeons are touting stem cell treatments as cutting edge procedures that promise results far greater than anything we have ever seen in plastic surgery.  It’s true that the future of medicine and plastic surgery is stem cells.  Unfortunately, the claims of today’s marketing have pushed far ahead of the actual science supporting these cosmetic stem cell treatments. So if you are considering a stem cell cosmetic treatment, two words of advice: buyer beware.

Why have there been so many horror stories about buttock implants?

AY: There are two traditional techniques of buttock augmentation used to give women a fuller, rounder look–solid silicone implants and fat injections. The majority of women undergo the Brazilian Butt Lift, where fat is removed from one area of the body (typically the abdomen, hips, or thighs) and injected into the buttocks. Implants are less common, but the only option in women who don’t have extra pockets of fat. While buttock enhancement is growing in popularity, it doesn’t come without risks. There is no shortage of ‘plastic surgery gone bad’ stories, including the woman who died after having tire sealant and cement injected into her buttocks by a phony doctor. More and more physicians, such as Ob-Gyns, ER physicians, and even family docs are practicing outside their specialty training to perform liposuction and buttock enhancement. Without proper knowledge of anatomy and technique, these doctors can leave a trail of botched surgeries and complications.

Let’s discuss Groupon deals from plastic surgeons and other physicians…they sound sketchy. Are they? 

AY: First and foremost, budget shopping is okay for some things, but not when it comes to your health. It is simply dangerous and irresponsible to purchase a procedure from a doctor you haven’t consulted with or even met! The most important step you can take to protect yourself is education–do your homework! This is especially important when it comes to board-certification. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make sure your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Most reputable, skilled plastic surgeons advertise little or not at all, relying on good word-of-mouth to power their practice. Participating in drastic discount deals smacks of desperation. Who wants a desperate surgeon to operate on them?

Do You Need a Plastic Surgeon?

January 14, 2011 at 9:20 am , by

No, I’m not talking about a lift or filler for those wrinkles creeping up on you. I mean if you had a facial injury and had to head to the ER—like Martha Stewart did yesterday. You’ve gotta love Martha and her perfectionism! When she startled her dog and he sprung up and somehow caused her to get a split lip, she thought fast. She asked for a plastic surgeon to be waiting for her at her local hospital. Then she had the presence of mind to document the whole procedure in a slide show on her blog. What a hoot!

I sent the link to Daniel E. Rousso, M.D. (right), a facial plastic surgeon in Birmingham, Alabama. He’s also the past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a member of our brand-new LHJ Medical Advisory Board. I knew he’d get a kick out of it. But I was also curious if her little split lip really needed a plastic surgeon. Lots of ER docs would say they do a fine job on cuts like this every day.

Dr. Rousso enjoyed the blog. “She certainly has a flair for the dramatic,” he says. “But in this case, I have to admit that she really did need a plastic surgeon to close her laceration. The area on her lip that was lacerated (vermillion border) is one of the most critical areas on the face to repair properly. If it is not exactly aligned, the result can give a step-off defect that the human eye can easily spot. This is one time that her reputation and demand for perfection probably paid off.”

He also commented that he had to laugh at her attention to the dated ceiling border wallpaper. “It seemed to bother her almost as much as her lip!” That cracked me up.

We love Martha and hope she heals perfectly!