GYNECOMASTIA (THE CURSE OF MEN WITH LARGE BREASTS)

Gynecomastia is the medical term for enlarged breast in men. In majority of men, the cause is genetic and idiopathic (no known cause).  Typically, the breast tissue grows around puberty and remains large. It is important to rule out reversible causes such as certain medication, anabolic steroid use, excessive alcohol intake, and medical conditions causing…

WHAT IS MIXTO LASER?

Mixto is a form of fractional CO2 laser.  According to the company information site, www.laseringusa.com , Mixto SX is named for the “mixture” or “mix” of CO2 energy and fractional resurfacing.  The SX stands for surgical, since the laser can be utilized to make surgical cuts with little or no bleeding. The standard CO2 laser…

WHAT IS FRACTIONAL LASER RESURFACING?

Fractional laser resurfacing is an exciting new area in laser treatment of the skin.  Traditionally, the CO2 laser has been considered the “gold standard” for improvement of wrinkles and pigmentation on the facial skin.  There is no question standard CO2 treatment is the most effective for improving deep wrinkles on the face.  Unfortunately, such an…

THE HANDS GIVETH AWAY

Many patients are not aware of the hand being one of the main victims of aging.  As we age, the hand loses the fat under the skin, which results in tendons and vessels under the skin becoming more pronounced.  Sun damage may also cause age spots on the skin, accentuating the aging of the hand.…

PLASTIC SURGERY-VANITY OR SANITY?

During my general surgery residency back in the 1990’s, I came across many older, “old school” general surgeons.  When these surgeons find out I was interested in plastic surgery, their contempt for our specialty was obvious. These old-timers felt plastic surgery was for “other surgical specialty rejects”.  Plastic surgery was viewed as vain and vulgar…