Archive for April, 2008

I had rhinoplasty 2 years ago and I’m happy with my bridge but my tip is still big and sticks out too far. Can you fix my tip without messing with the rest of my nose?

Sure, we can. Your situation is something that happens often after rhinoplasty and is one of the more common reasons that patients come to us for a revision. That’s because taking down a bony hump on your bridge is fairly straightforward. Techniques to make the nasal tip smaller are more advanced and many plastic surgeons are simply not comfortable with them. So, we frequently see people with persistent tip concerns after surgery elsewhere. Read more

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Liquid Rhinoplasty- The Non Surgical Rhinoplasty

As rhinoplasty surgeons and revision rhinoplasty experts, we often come across patients who’ve started asking about “non surgical nose jobs,” “injectible rhinoplasty,” or “liquid rhinoplasty.” As a result, we have done a lot of research and work in the area, and even asked some of the country’s other foremost experts in rhinoplasty what their thoughts are on this new phenomenon. What follows is our genuine attempt to give the best answers we can presently find with regards to this potentially new exciting area in facial plastic surgery. Read more

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Can computers judge beauty?

April 22nd, 2008 | Category: Facial Plastic Surgery

Yes, it’s increasingly possible that they can. A group of graduate students and professors at Tel Aviv University have ‘taught’ a computer to judge facial beauty. The results were published in a recent edition of the journal Vision Research. In the experiment, 30 men and women were asked to rate the beauty and attractiveness of 100 similarly-aged Caucasian women on a scale of 1 to 7. The ratings were then fed into a computer and the subjects facial geometry was mathematically mapped.

The result??? Read more

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Nostrils that are too wide

April 17th, 2008 | Category: Ethnic Rhinoplasty,Revision Rhinoplasty

The complaint of a nostril that is “too wide” is a problem which we more frequently encounter among certain ethnic groups: African Americans, Asians, and some Hispanics. Alar base (“nostril narrowing”) surgery poses a unique set of difficulties, which should not be understated. Read more

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Safety in Plastic Surgery: Who can call themselves "Cosmetic Surgeons"?

April 15th, 2008 | Category: Facial Plastic Surgery

Canada

Recently a number of reports have come out regarding increasing calls for better regulation of plastic and “cosmetic” surgery in Ontario and the UK.  Believe us when we say that in general we are not big fans of socialized, heavily regulated medicine as it is practiced in Canada; which explains why my partner Dr Litner moved to sunny California. However, the proposed legislation seems to be directed at patient safety, and that is what government intervention should be about in our opinion. Read more

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"On TV: Botox. Face-lifts. Reconstructive surgery."

April 14th, 2008 | Category: Facial Plastic Surgery

In general, we try really hard to stay away from gossipy blog topics but we thought this article in the LA Times to be kind of interesting.

In addressing the phenomenon of plastic surgery and its entrance into main stream society and pop culture, Ms McNamara, LATImes TV critic, notes that because television is a “visual art” she do es not know how to address the issue of an actress whose “face seems incapable of movement or her eyes appear to be moving toward the sides of her head or her lips just look weird?” She then goes on to say, “Reviewing many of the new shows for the past fall season and midseason replacements, I noticed at least three fairly famous faces that looked decidedly, and distractingly, different, frozen or tugged into almost immobility that made certain emotional scenes almost laughable.”- We’d like to know who these people are because frankly we think the myth of the frozen face is much more common than the reality, especially in big name stars who can afford to go to those who do better work. Read more

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Breast Augmentation in Nine Year Olds?!? Only on the Internet!

April 11th, 2008 | Category: Facial Plastic Surgery

We came across an interesting and somewhat appalling article in The Times http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article3613881.ece in the UK discussing a popular online game called Miss Bimbo. The game is targeted at girls aged 9 to 16. The premise is for girls to ‘maintain’ their virtual Bimbo characters by dieting and buying their characters fashionable clothing and even plastic surgery. The game was first introduced in France and has had over a million viewers there. In the first month since its introduction in the UK, it has attracted over 200,000 users. Read more

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Thinking of a Face Lift "Consider Going Deep!"

April 09th, 2008 | Category: Facial Plastic Surgery

It’s getting harder and harder to see through the hype these days when talking about face lifts, what with all the marketing around thread lifts, contour lifts, S-lifts, J-lifts, mini-lifts, lunchtime lifts, etc. Everyone wants to take years off without going through a big procedure. We understand that desire. Besides, who has the time for a long recovery? Read more

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Why do you use silicone implants for the chin and cheek but not in the nose?

April 09th, 2008 | Category: Ethnic Rhinoplasty,Facial Plastic Surgery

Nasal Implant

In the last couple of weeks, we have seen several patients seeking revision augmentation rhinoplasty who have had silicone or medpor implants previously placed in the nose. These have become warped and displaced and are in need of revision.

Here at Profiles, we are fans of silicone rubber (silastic) implants for chin, cheek, and jaw augmentation. But, for the nose, we much prefer to use your own cartilage for augmentation, if available. Why is that? Read more

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Mini-Facelifts: Big results from a small surgery?

April 09th, 2008 | Category: Facial Plastic Surgery

There is a lot of talk these days about minimally-invasive facelifts of every kind. And each one seems to have a catchier name than the last; whether it’s the mini-lift, S-lift, J-lift, Weekend lift, Lunchtime lift, Executive lift, Lifestyle lift, Quicklift Md and the list goes on and on. Each of these lifts declares itself new, unique, and exciting, with outstanding results attainable at minimal risk. Very often they are accompanied by very impressive patient photos that seem almost too good to be true. But is the hype surrounding these lifts for real? Read more

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