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How young is too young for plastic surgery?

Daniel Y. Maman, MD | New York, NY Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Pediatric plastic surgery can repair physical conditions that may impact the quality of life of infants or children, like a cleft palate or a large facial birthmark. But when it comes to elective plastic surgery procedures, how young is too young for plastic surgery?

The importance of compression after plastic surgery

Daniel Y. Maman, MD | New York, NY Monday, September 25, 2023

After undergoing a plastic surgery procedure, it is important to diligently follow all postoperative instructions provided by your plastic surgeon. One of the most critical aspects of those postoperative guidelines? Wearing the proper compression garments.

When to consider plastic surgery reversal

David L. Kaufman, MD | Folsom, CA Tuesday, July 25, 2023

After a boom in popularity for cosmetic treatments such as eyelid surgery, Brazilian butt lifts and lip fillers in recent years, some plastic surgeons across the country are seeing a rise in the number of requests for plastic surgery 'reversal' procedures.

What questions should you ask your plastic surgeon during the consultation?

Daniel Y. Maman, MD | New York, NY Wednesday, June 7, 2023

The consultation is an opportunity to ask your plastic surgeon questions, and many patients find that the answers to these questions help to inform or refine their goals.

Could the secret to a better plastic surgery recovery be beauty sleep?

Sean T. Doherty, MD | Brookline, MA Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Inadequate sleep can impact not only your appearance but also your physical and mental health. So it only makes sense that quality sleep would be a major component of your plastic surgery recovery. However, sleep isn't always easy after a surgical procedure.

What would disqualify you from getting plastic surgery?

Daniel Y. Maman, MD | New York, NY Thursday, February 16, 2023

While many people are strong candidates for plastic surgery, other individuals desire plastic surgery but are unable to proceed with their desired procedure.

What does TV plastic surgery get right and wrong?

Michele Manahan, MD | Baltimore, MD Thursday, February 2, 2023

Plastic surgery as featured on television and internet shows – truth or fiction? Good or bad? For years, patients have asked me if I've seen show X, Y or Z featuring the latest plastic surgeon media personality.

Scar Treatment 101: What are the first steps?

Samuel J. Lin, MD & Eric Shiah, BA | Boston, MA Thursday, June 9, 2022

Scar formation is a natural part of the skin healing process. It results from accidents, diseases, skin conditions and surgery. There are a variety of treatment options available that can help improve the appearance of scars and reduce associated discomfort.

Can you speed up your recovery after plastic surgery?

David L. Kaufman, MD | Folsom, CA Thursday, May 26, 2022

While recovery times can vary from person to person and will depend on the procedure(s) performed, here are some general tips you can follow to help speed up your plastic surgery recovery.

The perfect pair: Your research and your plastic surgeon's advice

Frank E. Campanile, MD | Denver, CO Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Doctors love informed, empowered patients. For the best plastic surgery results, patients should do their own homework but come to their consultation with an open mind to discuss their options and hear what their plastic surgeon thinks will be the best approach.

What's new in plastic surgery? A move toward individuality, not celebrity

Drew J. Davis, MD | Folsom, CA Wednesday, March 9, 2022

In past years, it was not uncommon for people to see the changes in their favorite celebrities after a plastic surgery and think about how they would look with the same changes and procedures.

Body positivity and plastic surgery

Ashley Amalfi, MD | Rochester, NY Tuesday, October 19, 2021

When tastefully done, plastic surgery is a way to optimize someone's body to make them as comfortable as possible in their own skin.

Weddings and plastic surgery – a likely marriage

Michele A. Shermak, MD | Lutherville Timonium, MD Wednesday, June 16, 2021

In considering all of the details associated with your wedding day, thoughts might drift toward plastic surgery. The bride and groom (and their families) may pursue what plastic surgery can offer to meet the special day with improved levels of confidence.

Will the plastic surgery boom last after the pandemic?

Lee Daniel, MD | Eugene, OR Tuesday, March 9, 2021

On the surface, the idea of COVID-19 and lockdown leading to greater interest in plastic surgery may seem odd. However, once you dig a little deeper, it starts to make sense.

Benefits of having plastic surgery in the winter

Frederic Corbin, MD | Beverly Hills, CA Tuesday, January 12, 2021

To ensure that your recovery will not interfere with your summer plans, consider scheduling your plastic surgery procedure during the winter so that you have plenty of time to heal.

The positive impact of telemedicine in plastic surgery

Oscar Ochoa, MD & Courtney Floyd | San Antonio, TX Tuesday, January 5, 2021

During the current global COVID-19 pandemic, plastic surgeons from across the nation are utilizing telemedicine to care for their patients. Long-term, it is reasonable to suggest the positive impact of telemedicine in plastic surgery will continue.

Healthy hands through the holidays

Loree Kalliainen, MD, FACS | Providence, RI Thursday, December 10, 2020

As wonderful as the holiday season is, rushing to get everything done can lead to hand injuries. A trip to the emergency department will not be a time-saver, and recovery from injuries can be lengthy.

Tips to feel good and look great this holiday season and into the new year

Kelly Sullivan, MD, FACS | Annapolis, MD Friday, December 4, 2020

I think we all agree that 2020 has been a challenging year and many of us are looking forward to a new year. As we head into the holiday season, we have a few tips on how to look and feel your best.

New Netflix reality series transforming lives through plastic surgery

Kendra Y. Mims | ASPS Staff Friday, August 7, 2020

The new Netflix series "Skin Decision: Before and After" isn't your typical makeover show. It challenges common misconceptions about plastic surgery and shows a side of the specialty that's not often portrayed in the media.

Plastic surgery safety precautions in the coronavirus era

Shahram Salemy, MD FACS | Seattle, WA Thursday, June 25, 2020

While many have been adjusting their day-to-day lives in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in plastic surgery was only temporarily dampened.

Finding the right plastic surgeon for you

Shahram Salemy, MD FACS | Seattle, WA Tuesday, December 3, 2019

If you've decided to have plastic surgery, you've probably spent a lot of time wondering how to find a good plastic surgeon.

Best minimally invasive procedures to look your best for the holidays

Roy Kim, MD | San Francisco, CA Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are a fantastic way to look rejuvenated and brighten up your look during the holidays with minimal to no downtime.

A new minimally invasive treatment to get you ready for the holidays

Francisco Canales, MD | Santa Rosa, CA Friday, November 15, 2019

Now that the holidays are quickly upon us, how do we look great at the holiday party on very short notice? Luckily, there are several new aesthetic options that don't require surgery or significant downtime.

How reliable are online reviews for plastic surgery?

Heather Furnas, MD, FACS | Santa Rosa, CA Tuesday, October 1, 2019

While a doctor's website is often reliable, there is nonetheless the potential for bias, so patients often rely on online reviews to offer "social proof."

Having plastic surgery? Here's how to prepare for a smooth recovery

Heather Furnas, MD, FACS | Santa Rosa, CA Tuesday, April 23, 2019

After you've decided to have plastic surgery and you’ve chosen a great plastic surgeon, you're probably going to get a great result, right? Actually, there is someone else just as essential to a great outcome – you!

What to look for in a quality med spa

Eric Mariotti, MD | Concord, CA Friday, March 8, 2019

A med spa is a combination of an aesthetic medical center and a day spa that provides nonsurgical aesthetic medical services.

How to find a plastic surgeon

Shahram Salemy, MD FACS | Seattle, WA Friday, January 18, 2019

While it's become easier and more commonplace to get plastic surgery, it can feel a tad daunting when patients begin their search for a qualified plastic surgeon to whom they can entrust their treatment.

How plastic surgery can help you achieve your New Year's resolutions

Karen Horton, MD, MSc, FACS, FRCSC | San Francisco, CA Friday, January 4, 2019

So how might plastic surgery factor in with New Year's resolutions? We can all agree that when we know we are looking our best, we tend to perform better at work, thrive in social situations and even in our own heads.

Why the holiday season is the perfect time for plastic surgery

Smita Ramanadham, MD | Boston, MA Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Whether it's to look and feel your best for your holiday social events or recover in time for summer, the holiday season is usually a plastic surgeon's busiest time of the year.

Getting a minimally invasive procedure for your holiday parties

Anthony Youn, MD | Troy, MI Friday, November 16, 2018

The holidays are approaching quickly, and we all want to look our best when attending the many family gatherings and parties during the season.

Thinking about plastic surgery? Here is what you need to ask yourself before you go

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD | Houston, TX Wednesday, May 30, 2018

If you are one of the thousands of people thinking about plastic surgery, carefully weigh out all of your options before committing to an invasive procedure.

Is plastic surgery right for you?

Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS | Dallas, TX Friday, April 20, 2018

Men and women of all ages choose to have plastic surgery for several reasons. Whatever the reason, plastic surgery can be a life-changing experience that can improve patients' lives.

Tips to prepare for your plastic surgery consultation

Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS | Dallas, TX Wednesday, March 7, 2018

You have decided to have plastic surgery, found your prospective plastic surgeon and booked an appointment for a consultation. What now?

When is plastic surgery appropriate for teenagers?

Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS | Dallas, TX Friday, February 9, 2018

A recent trend shows that not only are plastic surgery patients getting younger, the number of teens seeking plastic surgery is increasing. When should the answer be "yes" to plastic surgery for teenagers?

What everyone needs to know about the aging process

Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS | Dallas, TX Friday, January 26, 2018

Understanding the aging process throughout your lifespan is necessary if you plan on slowing or reversing it.

What's the difference between reconstructive and cosmetic procedures?

Minas Chrysopoulo, MD | San Antonio, TX Friday, January 12, 2018

The field of plastic surgery can be broken down into two main categories – reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. Both are generally considered sub-specialties of plastic surgery.

Is plastic surgery part of your 2018 resolutions?

Steven Williams, MD | Dublin, CA Friday, January 5, 2018

The new year is always a time for reflection and plans for self improvement. It's also a great time to think about plastic surgery!

Tips for giving plastic surgery as a holiday gift

Josef Hadeed, MD, FACS | Beverly Hills, CA Thursday, December 21, 2017

The growing acceptance of plastic surgery and other anti-aging techniques, along with the timing of the year, has led to an increase in the amount of cosmetic procedures that are given as holiday gifts.

The holidays are the perfect season for plastic surgery and minimally invasive procedures

Karen Horton, MD, FACS, FRCSC | San Francisco, CA Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The holidays are the busiest time of year in plastic surgery offices! Whether it's patients seeking cosmetic plastic surgery or just looking to refresh with minimally invasive procedures, everyone seems eager to squeeze in their end-of-year appointment.

Debunking common plastic surgery myths

Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS | Dallas, TX Friday, September 29, 2017

There are many common plastic surgery myths on the internet. It is important for patients to have legitimate medical information when choosing to have any plastic surgery procedure.

Eight secrets plastic surgeons only tell their friends

Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery | Reston, VA Friday, September 22, 2017

Find out the secrets behind the scalpel, straight from the plastic surgeons themselves.

What is the best treatment for cellulite?

Jon Ver Halen, MD | Southlake, TX Tuesday, August 29, 2017

It is common to confuse the concept of cellulite with that of normal fat and assume that cellulite is a direct response to overeating or lack of exercise. However, this is not the case.

Ten things to ask before having plastic surgery

Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS | Dallas, TX Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon these ten questions at your consultation before undergoing any cosmetic procedure.

Is your plastic surgeon board certified? That's the first of many questions to ask

Jonathan Kaplan, MD | San Francisco, CA Friday, April 21, 2017

Patient education forums often recommend checking your doctor's board certification prior to the consultation. If you notice, this question is typically recommended for patients seeking out doctors for cosmetic services.

The importance of choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon

Victor J. Hassid, MD, FACS | Houston, TX Friday, March 10, 2017

Selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your plastic surgery procedure is an important step in safely achieving your optimal surgical outcome.

Plastic surgery and New Year's resolutions

Josef Hadeed, MD, FACS | Beverly Hills, CA Tuesday, December 27, 2016

It's quite possible that a carefully planned plastic surgery can help many people in achieving their New Year's resolutions going into 2017.

How nicotine sabotages plastic surgery

Heather Furnas, MD | Santa Rosa, CA Monday, December 12, 2016

Having plastic surgery? Then your plastic surgeon probably told you not to smoke. That’s good advice. But that doesn’t mean you can reach for a substitute. Nicotine wears several masks that may seem seductively harmless, but don’t let them fool you!

Giving plastic surgery as a gift

Heather Furnas, MD | Santa Rosa, CA Friday, November 18, 2016

If a loved one has been dreaming of having a procedure but can't afford it or has always prioritized others' need first, plastic surgery can be a life-changing gift.

The top five procedures to help you look your best for the holidays

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD | Houston, TX Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Who doesn't want to look fabulous during the holidays? The problem is, a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance takes time and planning. Now that summer is over, it is the time to make an appointment with your board-certified plastic surgeon.

Plastic surgery tourism: Proceed with caution

Francisco Canales, MD | Santa Rosa, CA Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Good plastic surgery happens not only in the USA, but also around the world. However, if you are an American citizen planning to travel out of the country for a short period of time to have an elective cosmetic procedure, caveat emptor.

Plastic surgery consultation tips

Tarick Smaili, MD | Beverly Hills, CA Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A plastic surgery consultation is an opportunity for patients to evaluate potential surgeons and to learn more about their options, benefits of each surgical maneuver and possible risks.

Why an accredited surgery center matters

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD | Houston, TX Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Are you sure you chose an accredited surgical facility with a clean background? This is a detail that many people overlook, assuming the operating room will be fine. However, choosing an accredited facility is vital for a safe experience.

New year, new you and plastic surgery: Is there something to this slogan?

Karen Horton, MD, FACS, FRCSC | San Francisco, CA Wednesday, January 27, 2016

These plastic surgery procedures can help you achieve your New Year's resolutions.

10 features of a safe operating room

Heather Furnas, MD | Santa Rosa, CA Tuesday, January 19, 2016

If you're having plastic surgery, you're probably putting 100% of your focus on choosing your surgeon. But where you have your surgery is as important as who does your surgery.

Look as good as you feel in 2016

Jay Lucas, MD | Knoxville, TN Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Want to look as good as you feel in the new year? These are the procedure you'll want to consider.

Couples plastic surgery by the decade

Anita Patel, MD | Beverly Hills, CA Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Couples plastic surgery has never been more in. Discover which cosmetic procedures are recommended for couples as they age.

2013 stats reveal advances in plastic surgery driving growth

David Reath, MD | Knoxville, TN Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Our number one cosmetic procedure was breast augmentation, followed by rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), eyelid surgery, liposuction and facelifts.

Is plastic surgery the ultimate gift?

Jeffrey Weinzweig, MD | Chicago, IL Friday, November 29, 2013

Cameras, jewelry, iPods. These are things we expect to see on the wish lists of our friends and family. But, a facelift? Yep, it seems that cosmetic procedures have found their way into Santa's sack. With this trend, though, comes a warning. While giving someone a pricey surgery can be considered kind and loving, it can also come with problematic implications.

Is there real science behind the latest beauty fads?

David Sayah, MD | Beverly Hills, CA Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Since the dawn of time, men and women have tried a number of products and treatments to either fit in with the existing beauty trends or improve their appearance. In the modern day, plastic surgery is the standard approach for looking your best. Yet, that hasn’t stopped a few new and odd-sounding options from springing up here and there. Could there be any real science behind these bizarre beauty treatments?

Is a cosmetic surgeon a plastic surgeon?

Marcel Malek, MD | Scottsdale, AZ Thursday, May 30, 2013

When a patient begins a search to find a plastic surgeon, one of the most common things he or she is not aware of is that there is a difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon. Cosmetic surgery is performed by many physicians, and unfortunately, some are not under the guidance of a properly credentialed board.

ASPS Annual Statistics: Plastic Surgery in 2012

David Reath, MD | Knoxville, TN Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Each year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons releases statistics about the number and variety of plastic surgery procedures that were performed in the previous year. This is a bit of a "state of the field" for plastic surgery.

Is your workout making you old?

Anureet Bajaj, MD | Oklahoma City, OK Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I first thought about this question when I was in medical school. As an avid runner since I was 12, I have heard numerous myths about the bad side effects of running.

Understanding the costs of plastic surgery

Daniel Kaufman, MD, FACS | Brooklyn, NY Friday, January 25, 2013

"I want my surgery for free," my friend tells me. Not an uncommon request from friends of plastic surgeons! Obvious to me, that means my surgical fee will be waived. Oddly enough, for my friend, an intelligent person in her own right, this meant something completely different.

Gifting cosmetic surgery: A delicate balance

Earl Campbell, MD | Calgary, AB Friday, November 23, 2012

With the holidays approaching, many are wondering if gifting a cosmetic procedure is appropriate. Personally, I discourage this practice as it tends to trivialize a potentially invasive intervention. However, if gifting a cosmetic procedure is on your holiday to-do list, here are some things to consider.

Summer's not over yet! Protecting your skin from the sun

Daniel Kaufman, MD, FACS | Brooklyn, NY Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sun safety includes multiple modalities of sun protection, as well as close follow-up with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for skin health maintenance and early cancer detection. Many simple and easy methods must be employed to make your life sun-safe.

How plastic surgeons got their name

Gary Culbertson, MD, FACS | Sumter, SC Thursday, August 16, 2012

The term Plastic Surgery comes from the Greek word plastike (teckhne) or the art of modeling or sculpting. The profession dates back to approximately 800 BC in India where forehead flaps were utilized to reconstruct amputated noses.

Top five plastic surgery myths

Roy Kim, MD | San Francisco, CA Friday, July 13, 2012

Many myths surround the seemingly glamorous world of plastic surgery. But in fact, plastic surgery is a lot like every other medical specialty, with highly-trained physicians providing everything from reconstructive hand surgery to burn scar revisions. Here are the top five plastic surgery myths according to ASPS member Dr. Roy Kim.


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