Archive for October, 2008

Rhinoplasty Mistake #6: The Overprojected Tip

An extremely frequent mistake seen after primary Rhinoplasty is a persistently over-projected tip. This means that the nasal tip still appears to stick out too far from your face. There’s a reason that this mistake is so common.

The first reason is that many patients are initially more concerned about their bump than anything else and are happy if the bump is all that is removed. Many patients afterwards, however, realize that the tip still appears too prominent and then they’re not so happy anymore. Read more

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Obama vs McCain Health Plans Part II

October 30th, 2008 | Category: Uncategorized

Obama vs McCain

We wanted to thank all our friends and readers who emailed responses and answers to the blog yesterday. Some of them were so informative that we are posting there replies here today. One reader responded to two of our questions with the following: Read more

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The Good and the Bad of the Proposed Health Care Plans

October 29th, 2008 | Category: Uncategorized

In general we try to keep this blog focused on facial plastic surgery but with all the news about this historic election we thought we would take some time to examine the important points of each candidate’s proposals for health care reform.

If you’re like us, even though only a week is left before the election, you are probably still confused about both candidates’ plans. We watched all 4 debates and what we were left with was the notion that McCain wants to give a $2,500 or $5,000 tax rebate—that may or may not end up costing us more—while Obama spoke about massive reform of the system, which would cover more people under government health care but still be supported by employers paying into the system…and maybe being fined if they didn’t. Read more

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Do Spreader Grafts Make the Nose Wider?

October 28th, 2008 | Category: Breathing problems,Revision Rhinoplasty

After seeing the title to this blog you may be wondering:

“what is a spreader graft and who cares?”

– that is of course if you continued to read.

Well the truth is unless you have broken your nose or had previous rhinoplasty, you probably can ignore this blog. However, if you are either of these people then this blog might interest you. Read more

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What can you do about bad nostril scars?

We have gotten a number of emails recently asking about what can be done for bad nostril scars. These usually result from a poorly planned nostril reduction procedure, often called alar base reduction. For many ethnic rhinoplasties, narrowing of the nostrils is a desirable goal to bring the tip into balance. There are a number of ways of doing this but all involve some sort of incision along the opening or rim of the nostril (at least that’s the only way to get a permanent change). If done well, these scars should be invisible once they are healed (watch out for our upcoming post with pics on how to do it right!). Read more

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Schwarzenegger vetoes the 'Donda West Bill'

October 14th, 2008 | Category: Facial Plastic Surgery

Since we last wrote, there has been a firestorm of political activity in Sacramento regarding cosmetic surgery. The Bill AB2968, otherwise known as the ‘Donda West Bill’, was vetoed recently by the Governor reportedly because it did not represent high enough priority legislation given the backlog he was dealing with.

The Bill was proposed after the untimely death last year of Dr. Donda West, mother of Kanye West, one day following a cosmetic surgical procedure. She was found to have preexisting high blood pressure and heart disease, though the contribution of these to her death is unknown. These unfortunate events prompted California legislators to try to find an answer to prevent this kind of tragedy in the future. The resulting bill that was overwhelmingly supported by lawmakers would have required all patients seeking cosmetic surgery to have a physical exam and medical clearance for surgery. Read more

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