A Stolen Credit Card Gives One Woman $25,000 Worth of Plastic Surgery

November 13th, 2008 Wendy Lewis Posted in Home No Comments »

Talk about a “body of evidence.” A California plastic surgery clinic was defrauded – twice in 8 months – most recently by a very brazen woman who charged almost $25,000 for breast enhancements and liposuction to a stolen Amex card. Apparently someone was asleep at the wheel in that clinic and must have missed the fact that the card was stolen before giving her breast implants and sucking out her thighs!

She then missed her follow-up appointment with her surgeon, which must have set bells off. The woman has expensive taste; she is allegedly part of a crime ring that forged Florida and New Jersey licenses in order to use stolen credit cards to purchase luxury clothes and handbags too. If convicted, she may end up flaunting her newly svelte and sexy body behind bars with a cell mate named “Big Bertha.”

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Plastic Surgery Forums – Where YOU do the talking!

November 3rd, 2008 Elana Pruitt Posted in Home No Comments »

Have a question about the latest facial filler? Wish you better understood the differences between saline and silicone gel breast implants? Want to talk about the results of your recent surgical procedure?

Joining a plastic surgery forum will provide you with the many benefits of meeting folks who can relate to your experience. In addition, you can ask Your New Body’s very own) Stephanie your plastic surgery questions!

PlasticSurgery.com gives you the chance to do the talking, whether you are weighing your options regarding a certain procedure, need your questions answered, or can’t wait to chat with prospective patients, or past patients, about such topics as:

  • Botox ® injections
  • Non surgical nose jobs
  • Celebrity cosmetic surgery
  • Plastic surgery financing
  • Breast augmentation recovery
  • Male breast reduction surgery (gynecomastia treatment)
  • Facelift without surgery
  • Weight loss after tummy tuck surgery and liposuction

With a loyal, diverse readership, PlasticSurgery.com’s forum provides a community where you can be yourself and learn about treatments and surgeries that may have always baffled you – or enticed you.

*Please note that the medical information on PlasticSurgery.com is not medical advice. It is always recommended that you seek the care of a qualified surgeon before you make a major decision regarding plastic surgery.

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‘Think Pink’ for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 27th, 2008 Elana Pruitt Posted in Home No Comments »

Have you checked your breasts lately? There is no better time than now.

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the PlasticSurgery.com crew united to send the crucial message: “Think Pink.”

If you need more information regarding the importance of early detection, types of breast cancers to be aware of, mammograms/screenings, and breast cancer treatments, you can visit such sites as the National Breast Cancer Foundation, where you can find encouragement and support.

With valuable online resources available, including details about breast augmentation, be sure take the time to educate yourself if you, or a loved one, is looking for answers.

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What to Do if You are 60 and Want to Look 45

October 20th, 2008 admin Posted in Home, Tuck n Stitch No Comments »

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YourNewBodyBlog.com features two eminent Beverly Hills plastic surgeons, Dr. Stuart Linder and Dr. Robert Kotler.

Here, we know Dr. Kotler as the “FaceDocBlogger” because his work as a surgeon is devoted to plastic surgery of the face and neck. For instance, Dr. Kotler has performed over 4,000 rhinoplasty procedures. Meanwhile, we call Dr. Linder our “BodyDocBlogger” because he has a plastic surgery practice limited to only bodily plastic surgery, such as breast augmentation and tummy tuck surgery.

Exclusive to YourNewBodyBlog.com, doctors Linder and Kotler appear here most weeks as the ultimate plastic surgery insiders with unique takes on the news, trends and practices in cosmetic plastic surgery.

This Week:

What to Do if You are 60 — and Want to Look 45

When the Beatles sang, Will You Still Need Me….When I’m 64, they were not thinking about plastic surgery. But many 60-something people are thinking about it and go under the knife and, after healing, look like 45-year-olds….as long as they have observed a healthy lifestyle.

Here, Tuck ‘n’ Stitch tell which surgical rejuvenation procedures 60ish people often request to help keep them looking youthful. The doctors also include a few pointers and pit falls to watch out for while undergoing plastic surgery.

BodyDocBlogger: I’ll defer to you, doctor, because most people in that age group are interested in facial procedures.

FaceDocBlogger: Thank you, doctor. Most people approaching, or already in, their 60s and 50s are interested in face lifts. However, make sure your surgeon not only trims away excess skin but also lifts the tissues under the skin up toward the crown of your head. Otherwise, if only the skin is tightened, the end result is a “wind blown” look that does not look natural.

BodyDocBlogger: Tell them about those-oft maligned nasolabial creases on the older face, doctor.

FaceDocBlogger: Gladly. One feature that makes a person look older is the deep crease that runs from the corners of the nose to the outside edges of the mouth. It is a real mistake for a surgeon to try and pull the facial skin tight to make that crease go away. In some cases, the skin is pulled so tight, the patient’s eyes almost look Asian! A better answer is using facial fillers to plump out the nasolabial creases.

BodyDocBlogger: In the world of plastic surgery body procedures, the companion to the overly tight face lift is the overly tight tummy tuck. So beware of the surgeon who takes too much skin from the lower tummy. That can make the belly button almost disappear and cause the skin look like it is made of wax.

FaceDocBlogger: Let me add a little more about the nasolabial fold. That facial crease is hugely disliked so it has been the plague of cosmetic surgery for many years. In fact, the reason many facelifts have been pulled so tight is to get rid of that one feature. But the arrival of so many types of facial fillers has been a boon to cosmetic surgeons and their patients. Some fillers remove the nasolabial fold permanently. (Read more about ArteFill.)

BodyDocBlogger: It is very common to see a 60ish patient who wants her large 20-year-old breast implants removed and replaced with something smaller. Usually, her older implants made her look too matronly. Smaller implants — and perhaps a breast lift — make the woman look smaller, thinner, trimmer and, overall, more youthful.

FaceDocBlogger: I don’t want to sound like a broken record here, but I have more to say on overly tight face lifts: In some cases, a wrinkled face is the reason a surgeon has pulled the skin too tight. However, wrinkles are a different condition than sagging flesh and need a different treatment, which is usually a chemical or laser peel that resurfaces the skin.

BodyDocBlogger: Getting back to the body, many women approaching their sixth decade show up in my office asking for liposuction of the hips, often along with the inner and outer thighs. That procedure improves the figure and lessens the matronly look.

FaceDocBlogger: Yet another technique to turn the clock back from a 60ish appearance is upper and lower eyelid surgery. The skin of the upper eyelids become loose and saggy with age, while the wall that holds the fat back in the lower eyelids becomes weak and allows under eye bags to form on the face.

BodyDocBlogger: Doctor, I understand you have a special procedure for repairing loose necks, double chins and jowls that tend to become loose around the 60th birthday.

FaceDocBlogger: Yes, indeed. I make a small incision under the chin and perform some liposuction of the fat that creates the jowls. The body structure that causes a double chin is a loosen muscle known as the platysma. I liposuction any fat there, make the muscle tighter by shortening it and then suturing it like a corset. Patients who respond the best have skin that will spring back into place when the excess tissues under the neck are removed.

Have a question for FaceDocBlogger or BodyDocBlogger? Let us know and we’ll do our best to have it answered. Feel free to leave your comments below!

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Top 10 Plastic Surgery Procedures to Avoid

October 6th, 2008 admin Posted in Home No Comments »

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YourNewBodyBlog.com welcomes two eminent Beverly Hills plastic surgeons, Dr. Stuart Linder and Dr. Robert Kotler.

On this site, Dr. Kotler is the “FaceDocBlogger” because his work as a surgeon is devoted to plastic surgery of the face and neck. Meanwhile, Dr. Linder is our “BodyDocBlogger” because his plastic surgery practice is limited to only plastic surgery procedures of the lower body.

Doctors Linder and Kotler are exclusive to YourNewBodyBlog.com and appear here most weeks as the ultimate plastic surgery insiders with unique takes on the news, trends and practices in cosmetic plastic surgery.

This Week:

Top 10 Plastic Surgery Procedures to Avoid

Because plastic surgery is a payment in advance business involving hardly any insurance forms — or the staff to process the paperwork — many practitioners offer some quick procedures that are advertised as “lunch time” and billed as “almost as good as traditional cosmetic plastic surgery.” Well, don’t believe it, Tuck ‘n’ Stitch have carefully looked at the matter and note the top 10 procedures they recommend skipping….or even considering. (Read our companion piece, Overblown Ads and Misleading Promises)

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BodyDocBlogger: There are some odd ones out there! One is a dome-like, plastic suction device worn over the breasts for long periods of time. It purports to produce breast enlargement through suction. I advise people who inquire about it to save their money and invest in enhancement surgery if they are not satisfied with their breast size.

FaceDocBlogger: Here’s my pet no-no. Many patients ask about the so-called “lunch time face lift” that can be done in an hour. I’ve seen the results and they are uniformly not good. The tissues under the skin are brought up only slightly, a little excess skin is taken off and the incisions closed. And that’s it. The lunch time lift does not last and does nothing to address loose skin under the chin and on the neck. Moreover, it can produce more facial scarring. My opinion? It’s a waste of time and money.

BodyDocBlogger: Many people are reading about fat transfer to the breasts to increase size. But I don’t recommend it. Sure, it’s the patient’s own fat but the transplanted fat can die and calcify, making it hard for doctors to read radiology films that spot breast cancer or tumors. And before we surgeons think about improved appearance, we have to think about what’s in the patient’s best interests.

FaceDocBlogger: Right you are, doctor. Also high on anybody’s list of forgettable procedures is injecting silicone into the lips. Patients should also stay away from any permanent facial filler for the lips. Why? Those materials can’t be taken out if the results are bad and cause, say, a sagging lip or some other undesirable outcome. If you want plumped lips, stick with Juvederm and Restylane. Sure, they dissolve in six months to a year, but that is far better than injecting something that can’t be taken out.

BodyDocBlogger: Here’s another. I’m frequently asked about implants used to create a buttocks lift. I advise people to stay away from them because a lot of weight is place on the human rear end. Patients too often end up with dead tissue, fat and seromas, a tumor-like building up of fluids. Plus, the incidents of complications like infection are too high. No implant does well in a place where there is a lot of bodily movement.

FaceDocBlogger: Also at the top of my “least impressive procedure” list are the so-called “thread lifts.” Instead of removing excess tissue and skin, this procedure relies on threading fishing-line like strings with hooks and barbs under the skin. That only tightens the skin by pulling. Such quickies have already started to fade in popularity because of unequal skin pulls, skin reactions and a short lived effect.

BodyDocBlogger: If you’ve read about mesotherapy and lipodissolve, forget about them. For one, no fat is actually sucked out. For another, whatever chemicals used are hard on the body. I’ve operated on a few patients who have one or the other injected and I’ve found the concoctions cause internal layers of tissues to turn hard and lumpy and result in scarring.

FaceDocBlogger: Doctor, let me go back to movement and implants: the little sacks inflated with saline that are surgically implanted inside the lips are also not a good idea. Again, it’s a question of movement. Even if you’re the silent type, there is some risk of reaction to the implant due to movement. Moreover, the insertion has to be nearly 100 percent perfect so that the results look natural and symmetrical.

BodyDocBlogger: Here’s a slam dunk: cosmetic leg lengthening. To gain a few inches of height, some traditionally short ethnic groups will suffer the breaking of both legs and then endure stretching devices with metal hardware fastened to their legs to extend them over a few months. If the pain and inconvenience is not too much, the price alone — at a high of $120,000 — should drive most short people away.

FaceDocBlogger: Doctor, I can think of one final thing. Stay away from any procedure done by untrained, inexperienced hands. Of course, the challenge for the layperson is to figure out exactly who is, and is not, trained.

Body DocBlogger: They can do that by checking the doctor’s training and credentials. Just go to the American Board of Medical Specialties and click on the box on the left hand box that says: “Is Your Doctor Certified?” Fill the doctor’s name into the search box and see if he or she has had top training. After that, consider revisiting our blog about super-specialists.

Have a question for FaceDocBlogger or BodyDocBlogger? Let us know and we’ll do our best to have it answered. Feel free to leave your comments below!

*The opinions shared by FaceDocBlogger and/or BodyDocBlogger are their own personal professional viewpoints and in no way should be taken in place of an actual consultation with a licensed medical physician. The opinions of Tuck ‘n’ Stitch are solely their own and do not necessarily represent the opinions/feelings of YourNewBodyBlog.com.

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Top 10 Things that Can Go Wrong in Plastic Surgery

October 2nd, 2008 Dr. Linder Dr. Kotler Posted in Home No Comments »

YourNewBodyBlog.com features two of the well-known and accomplished Beverly Hills plastic surgeons, Dr. Stuart Linder and Dr. Robert Kotler.

Here, Dr. Kotler is known as the “FaceDocBlogger” because his surgical work is devoted to plastic surgery of the face and neck, with heavy emphasis on rhinoplasty. (He’s done over 4,000!) Our other expert, Dr. Linder, is referred to as the “BodyDocBlogger” because his plastic surgery practice is limited to procedures of the lower body with emphasis on breast surgery, tummy tuck and liposuction. Together, Drs. Kotler and Linder offer half a century of plastic surgery experience.

Exclusive to YourNewBodyBlog.com, Drs. Linder and Kotler appear here most weeks as the ultimate plastic surgery insiders with unique takes on the news, trends and practices in cosmetic plastic surgery.

This Week:

Top 10 Things that Can Go Wrong in Plastic Surgery

Even in the best of hands, an unexpected wrinkle or complication may crop up after cosmetic plastic surgery. Of course, part of the reason for seeing a board certified, highly experienced plastic surgeon is because he or she will have seen it all, and knows what to do when the unexpected happens.

But some complications occur more often than others. Tuck ‘N’ Stitch tell which ones to watch for and what can be done for the top five breast and top five nose complaints. (Read our related blog on the Top 5 Remedies for Unsatisfying Plastic Surgery.)

FaceDocBlogger: When you see unhappy breast augmentation patients, is there a most common complaint doctor?

BodyDocBlogger: That’s easy! The number one complaint is capsular contracture, a type of scarring around the breast implant. In many cases, it becomes painful because the scarring makes the breasts feel hard. Sometimes, the surgeon removes only the scar tissue inside the breast but other times, the implant must also be removed. It all depends on the case. Doctor, what about less-than-pleased rhinoplasty patients?

FaceDocBlogger: The number one problem that brings nose surgery patients back to the surgeon is trouble with breathing. Over correction, under correction and problems with the septum or turbinates inside the nose during the first operation are usually the bug bears. It may require a revision surgery.

BodyDocBlogger: The next most common thing with breast implants is ruptured implants. There are many reasons an implant can rupture. So I do have a hint for potential patients thinking about having breast implants: consider a smooth implant. They rupture less often. However, if a woman does experience a ruptured implant, it’s important for serious medical reasons to see a surgeon as soon as possible.

FaceDocBlogger: The thing many nasal surgeons see over and over is a healed nose with some grooves, depressions and moguls that show on the outside. Those marks can be easily repaired, sometimes using small drops of silicone injected into the depression to fill it out. (Read more about silicone nasal injections.)

BodyDocBlogger: The third most common problem after a breast revision is because the implant is positioned less than perfectly within the chest. By the way, in my humble opinion, that tends to happen more often when the surgeon inserts the implant through the belly button in the TUBA (Trans Umbilical Breast Augmentation) procedure or through the armpit. Both approaches often result in an unnatural looking bust line or one with no cleavage. (Read more about why Dr. Linder does not favor this approach in TUBA: Not My Favorite.)

FaceDocBlogger: The facial surgeon also sees people coming for a revision when a nose is overdone and looks too pinched; it’s because the first surgeon took out too much tissue. But it can be corrected by replacing the missing parts with a similar tissue, usually nose cartilage or cartilage from behind the patient’s ear.

BodyDocBlogger: Another of the top five breast issues is bottoming out. That happens when the implant falls out of the pocket in the chest into the bottom of the breast, making the nipples point up. Bottoming out also may be due to overly large implants placed above — instead of under — the chest muscles. Technically, the problem is very difficult to repair and requires a highly trained and experienced revision surgeon.

FaceDocBlogger: For every rhinoplasty case that was overdone, a patient comes in with a nose in which not enough was done. The problem is usually that the first surgeon did not remove enough excess tissue and now the tip of the nose points downwards. So, the revision surgeon must redo the tip.

BodyDocBlogger: The fifth most common thing that goes wrong with breast augmentation is a patient being unhappy about her size. Usually, about six months after the procedure, when swelling caused by the procedure has gone down, that patient can see her final result and asks for a change. About 90 percent want a larger implant, while 10 percent want to go smaller. Some do not realize that some bodily conditions — height, body type, the width of the shoulders and hips, and so on — dictate the most appropriate implant size. In some cases, removal of implants may create a need for a breast lift.

FaceDocBlogger: The bent nose is a common complaint. It’s usually the product of nature or a sports accident — instead of a neophyte surgeon. But the patient’s nose just does not face straight ahead. You can also usually assume that the patient has breathing problems, too. The septum inside the nose is usually the key feature causing a nose to lean to one side and that the structure must then be repaired by the revision surgeon.

BodyDocBlogger: Having corrective surgery carries both bad and good news. The good news is that every nose and breast can be repaired!

FaceDocBlogger: That’s correct doctor, but before going ahead with any re-do, it’s smart to get a second opinion from another plastic surgeon who specializes in the area needing repair.

Have a question for FaceDocBlogger or BodyDocBlogger? Let us know and we’ll do our best to have it answered. Feel free to leave your comments below!

*The opinions shared by FaceDocBlogger and/or BodyDocBlogger are their own personal professional viewpoints and in no way should be taken in place of an actual consultation with a licensed medical physician. The opinions of Tuck ‘n’ Stitch are solely their own and do not necessarily represent the opinions/feelings of YourNewBodyBlog.com.

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Dr. 90210 – Sixth Season Better than Ever?

September 30th, 2008 Elana Pruitt Posted in Breast, Home No Comments »

By now, you have watched at least one episode of Dr. 90210 on E! Television Network.

Maybe you tune in Monday evenings because you enjoy seeing how a busy plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Robert Rey, Dr. Linda Li, and Dr. Jason Diamond, can successfully balance a thriving career and family life, or maybe you are hoping to catch a glimpse of the surgery you are considering for yourself.

No matter your reason for watching Dr. 90210, this program is one Reality TV show that allows you to get closer to the world of plastic surgery.

But what to do if you miss an episode (and you don’t have TiVo) of Dr. 90210 Season Six?

Fortunately, iEnhance.com allows you to play catch up! Providing detailed summaries of what goes on both in and out of the operating room, the weekly recaps are intended to provide prospective patients with important information about the doctors as well as plastic surgery procedures.

So if you desire breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck surgery, and/or even buttock augmentation, Dr. 90210 may become one of your regular Reality TV favorites on E!

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Plastic Surgery: When to Know You’re Really Ready

September 17th, 2008 Dr. Linder Dr. Kotler Posted in Home, Tuck n Stitch No Comments »

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YourNewBodyBlog.com features two eminent plastic surgeons — Dr. Stuart Linder and Dr. Robert Kotler — in Beverly Hills, the global Mecca of rejuvenation surgery.

Here, we know Dr. Kotler as the “FaceDocBlogger” because his surgical work is devoted to plastic surgery of the face and neck. Meanwhile, Dr. Linder, our “BodyDocBlogger” has a plastic surgery practice limited to only lower bodily plastic surgery.

Found only on YourNewBodyBlog.com, Doctors Linder and Kotler appear here most weeks as the ultimate plastic surgery insiders with unique takes on the news, trends, and practices in cosmetic plastic surgery.

This week: Plastic Surgery: When to Know You’re Really Ready

Many plastic surgery patients see a surgeon and then wait two, three, or even four years before going ahead with a procedure. Why? Plastic surgery is a life-changing event that always carries some small amount of risk. Even in the best of hands, an unforeseen complication can rear its ugly head. So, many prospective patients just can’t get off the dime. But you can tell when a person is ready for plastic surgery.

This week, Tuck’n’ Stitch tell when patients are finally, really ready at long last to have plastic surgery. Or not. Read the rest of this entry »

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No to My Beautiful Mommy

May 22nd, 2008 Wendy Lewis Posted in Home No Comments »

The Knife Coach Says ‘No’ to “My Beautiful Mommy” – A Children’s Book about Plastic Surgery

As the mother of A 16-year-old girl who has more than one experience with a needle, laser beam, and scalpel, the need for a comic book about how to tell your kids about your cosmetic surgery baffles me.

What is more mystifying is the media’s obsession with one Florida plastic surgeon’s tasteless vision of what “mommies” look like in My Beautiful Mommy.

Most kids would be embarrassed to have their moms flaunting their bare midriff and torpedo-shell boobs all over the mall. While the idea on its face may seem harmless, the execution looks like something a teenage boy’s fantasies are made of. This Disneylike cartoon, puzzles and games the author is now promoting under his brand, is reminiscent of books like, “Where Do Babies Come From?” Parenting presents many challenges indeed, not the least of which is explaining sex and birth to kids, but making a case for why mommy needs new boobs is an intensely personal issue that every parent should deal with in a manner they feel most comfortable with – or not.

Many of my clients struggle with whether to come clean about their cosmetic enhancements with their toddlers, especially girls. My advice is that 4-year olds have no filter and unless you want them telling all their preschool buddies about your sucked out thighs and lip injections, KEEP IT A SECRET and send them to grandma’s until you heal up.

Consider the message you are sending to young girls who are so vulnerable about their own self-image before normalizing cosmetic surgery too young. And please save your $19.95!

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260 Pound Woman Becomes a Shadow of Her Former Self

May 1st, 2008 Catherine Maley Posted in Body, Home No Comments »

Surgeons everywhere are reporting huge increases in the number of patients who undergo bariatric surgery — the procedures that reduce the size of the stomach and the amount of food it can hold.

Because any meal is then limited to only about a half a cup, bariatric patients lose such huge amounts of weight, doctors have assigned a new medical status for them: “MWL,” meaning massive weight loss.

S. S., 48, of Avada, Colorado, is one such patient.

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S.S. at work, showing a horse before her surgery.
(Photo courtesy of patient)

Bariatric Surgery

At exactly five feet and 260 pounds, she (who asked for medical privacy) could not properly do her job as a horse groomer and shower of horses. And, being so heavy, it was hard to get – and stay – on any steed. Moreover, it was exhausting for her to stay on her feet all day to do the horse grooming.

After fighting obesity her entire life, S.S. opted for bariatric surgery as a final solution in March, 2005. With her stomach surgically reduced to hold only ounces of food, her weight dropped to 133 pounds within a year.

But there was another problem — loose hanging skin.

S.S.’s skin had been stretched by the excess pounds for so long, it could not spring back. An apron of skin hung from her stomach while her legs, rear end and breasts sagged with useless folds of skin. When she worked or exercised, the sheets of skin rubbed together and created sore spots. Also, there was a lot of skin flapping around when she tried to jog or sit on a trotting horse.

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