Archive for September, 2009

Does Ethnic Rhinoplasty- African American rhinoplasty, Hispanic rhinoplasty, Asian rhinoplasty- cost more?

September 29th, 2009 | Category: Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Plastic surgery today has become widely accessible and more socially acceptable. The result has been a much wider public understanding and acceptance of plastic surgery across the spectrum, including the various ethnic populations that make up the world and, particularly, the United States. As a result we see patients from around the world that make up almost any ethnicity one could think of. Read more


Botox without needles

September 22nd, 2009 | Category: Facial Plastic Surgery

Is there a possibility that you may someday be able to have your botox without the annoying needles? According to one ongoing study, it may just be. Granted, the study looking at the effectiveness of a topically-applied botulinum gel, has only just finished a phase II clinical trial. But, the study’s lead investigator, Dr. Michael Kane, has reported that a large number of participants showed positive results. The final answer on this interesting question is not in, but we’ll keep you posted on this potential new formulation as we hear more.

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Rhinoplasty and Nostril Narrowing at the same time

We have recently heard from a couple of prospective patients who are concerned about having open rhinoplasty to narrow the tip and a nostril narrowing procedure (alar base reduction) at the same time. They had been to see other surgeons who had advised against this because of fear of risk to the blood supply of the nasal tip. Read more

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LED light and Green Tea Extract reduces wrinkles

September 13th, 2009 | Category: Facial Plastic Surgery

There was an interesting article in Science Daily reporting on the preliminary results of a combination therapy of LED lights and a cream with Green Tea Extract. LED lights have long been used for phototherapy to help heal any number of inflammatory skin conditions. Read more

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Achieving definition in ethnic rhinoplasty

We often see ethnic patients wanting a more defined nose. Many ethnic noses tend to have thicker skin. Achieving the definition, narrowing, and refinement you desire has everything to do with how that thick skin wraps around the cartilage structure underneath. If the cartilage structure is well-defined and well-supported, you can achieve excellent definition. If the cartilage lacks shape, your tip will look the same- bulbous, wide, full, and lacking in shape. On top of that, ethnic patients often have a thicker layer of tissue under the skin that lays on top of the tip cartilage. In these cases, it is necessary to carefully ‘thin out’ the thicker pad of tissue under your skin so that the newly-defined cartilage can show through. Read more