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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 07, 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 09, 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 05, 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 nonsurgical 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 surgery or just looking to refresh with nonsurgical 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!


Using Twitter to engage with and educate patients about plastic surgery

Olivier Branford, MD, PhD | London, England Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The first-ever peer-reviewed study named after hashtag for a surgical specialty – #PlasticSurgery – urges plastic surgeons to engage and educate on Twitter.


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 01, 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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