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Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we now all have health insurance, since it’s essentially illegal not to. One of the things you may have noticed over the past few years is that each year, you see an increase in the amount you pay out of your pocket every month. And, if you try to…

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In 2012, over 286,000 breast augmentations were performed in the United States. In May of 2013, two major breast-health announcements hit the news. First, a study published in the British Medical Journal suggested that women with breast implants have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. What garnered more media attention (including the cover of…

A recent PR piece from MD Anderson about the use of the DaVinci operating robot to perform a muscle-flap breast reconstruction got me thinking about the technology that I use in my own practice and the more important question: Why do I use the “advanced” technology that I do? I’ll be the first to admit…

Despite being one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States, there are lots of myths and rumors about liposuction and who may be the best candidates. Is liposuction good for getting rid of a few extra pounds before a social function or to “trim up” for swimsuit weather? Is liposuction a good…

Let’s face it – most of us have made New Year’s Resolutions that we break about  a week later.  Last year, though, I made what is probably the most common one: lose weight/get healthy. The difference is: I KEPT it!  Rather easily, I might add.  I dropped 25 pounds and 4 inches from my waist…

There has been lots of talk in the news recently highlighting a number of courageous patients who have undergone transplants of part or all of their faces.  Both they and the team of doctors that are taking care of them are to be commended – these operations are pushing the boundaries of what is medically…

As I kissed my wife and daughter good-bye at the security checkpoint, I was wracked with guilt and uncertainty.  Why, exactly, was I getting on a plane bound for Zimbabwe and leaving two crying women – the two most important people in my life – behind?  I kept telling myself that I was going because…

I love what I do. I think that I may have one of the coolest professions on the planet…take a look into a day in my (work) life and perhaps you will see why. From a plastic surgery standpoint, my practice is unique, and that’s exactly the way I want it. Yes, I do cosmetic…

The internet and social media are changing the way medicine is practiced.  If you’re reading this, then you and I are on the forefront of that change. However, at the core of the practice of medicine is the doctor-patient relationship, which is arguably the most sacred and trusting relationships two relative strangers can place themselves…

You hear lots of buzz these days about making sure your doctor is “board certified”.  What does that mean? Let me start by saying that I am board certified in 2 specialties – general and plastic surgery.  I’m proud of it.  It took lots of hard work to get there.  Now, I’m not going to…