If you read my blog “LeRoy Liveliness” Spreads Like “Beiber Fever,” then you probably already know that I use social media networks like Facebook and Twitter to educate patients. However, a recent article released by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) that’s based on a study conducted by the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, explains how these networks can benefit plastic surgery patients. It came to my attention that it may seem strange to the average person to connect with their plastic surgeon on social media, so I thought it was time to explain the benefit.
As a board certified plastic surgeon, I know the importance of patient education. With so much misinformation about plastic surgery available on the Web, patients need access to trustworthy information. There are too many horror stories about patients going to unqualified plastic surgeons and shopping for the best deal rather than the best quality. I believe that blogs, newsletters, and social media can be used as a tool to educate plastic surgery patients, whether they choose me as their plastic surgeon or not, so that they can make safe decisions about cosmetic surgery that won’t compromise their health. More
Making Mountains out of Molehills: Article Reports Higher Rates of Body Dysmorphic Disorder among Facial Plastic Surgery Patients
As an Atlanta plastic cosmetic surgeon who has been practicing for nearly twenty years, I’ve heard many reasons from patients about why they want to change physical attributes with cosmetic surgery. Of course, as a plastic surgeon you have to maintain that thin line between acquiescing to a patient’s desires and measuring their complaints against the level of physical symptoms they exhibit.
Human nature drives us all to change/ better certain physical and emotional aspects of our lives; however, a recent article published in the New York Times entitled Some Nose Job Patients May Have Mental Illness got me thinking about what degree of physical preoccupation needs to be present before it becomes an abnormal tendency.
The article detailed a Belgian study during which 266 rhinoplasty (nose surgery) patients were surveyed about their current level of happiness concerning appearance and their preoccupation with cosmetic complaints (e.g.- how long they examine their appearance, if their cosmetic issue interferes with their social activities, etc.). Of the 266 study participants, 43% were found to exhibit signs of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). A condition characterized by extreme preoccupation with a physical characteristic (e.g.- the size of one’s nose or a tiny tummy pooch), BDD often causes patients to severely limit their social interaction and daily activity for fear that it will highlight what they deem to be physical flaws. More
Since a tummy tuck is typically an involved procedure that focuses specifically on the abdomen, how is a Band Aid Tummy Tuck performed in-office under gentle numbing?
While a traditional tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a significant procedure, not every patient in need of a tummy tuck requires the full procedure. That’s exactly why I developed my “mini” tummy tuck. Using a different technique with my Band Aid version, I target areas that need the most attention. By focusing on these specific areas, only a short incision and gentle numbing are required. However, the ideal candidate for such procedure should only have a small area of excess fat and tissue, as larger amounts require the full procedure. More
Compared to a traditional facelift, my original Band Aid Facelift is minimally invasive, using smaller incisions and producing more subtle results. While patients are often interested in facelift procedures for a more youthful appearance, the associated recovery time can turn some patients away. I decided to call my “mini” facelift technique “Band Aid” facelift because it does not require the use of surgical dressings like the traditional procedure.
How is a Band Aid Facelift different than a “mini” facelift?
While my Band Aid Facelift procedure is technically a type of “mini” facelift, the technique I use is what sets my version apart. My goal during a Band Aid Facelift is to provide noticeable, yet natural facial rejuvenation results to specific areas of concern in office using only local anesthesia. More
The type of breast implant a patient chooses for breast enhancement surgery depends on their personal preference. Both saline and silicone breast implants are safe for surgical use. During a consultation, it’s important to discuss not only the type of breast implants you desire, but also factors such as shape and size with your prospective plastic surgeon to maximize your satisfaction with the overall results. Oftentimes, plastic surgeons even allow you to “try on” different types, sizes, and shapes of breast implants to give you a better idea of what your results might look like.
Will I have to receive mammograms more often after I get breast implants?
Patients should receive a mammogram before breast implant surgery to act as a benchmark for comparison after breast enhancement surgery. Women over 50 should receive mammograms as directed by their physician according to current U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines, which is usually about every two years. Patients with a history of breast cancer should receive regular mammograms as directed by their physician. More