QUICK AND EASY PLASTIC SURGERY DICTIONARY

As an Orange County Plastic Surgeon, I am always surprised to find out many patients are unaware of certain terms or misunderstand certain plastic surgery terms.  I have listed a “quick and dirty” list of the most common cosmetic terms used in our field. RHYTIDECTOMY-The medical term for face lift. BLEPHAROPLASTY-The medical term for cosmetic…

ARM LIFT (BRACHIOPLASTY)

Brachioplasty (arm lift) is a procedure which removes excess skin from the arm area.  As an Orange County plastic surgeon, this procedure is mostly requested for patients who have had major weight loss.  However, there are patients who normally have loose skin in the arm area because of genetics or age. Two types of brachioplasty…

BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER AND PLASTIC SURGERY

Although not common, as an Orange County plastic surgeon, I have to be aware of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) amongst my patients. BDD is defined in the DSM-IV-TR (psychiatric classification) as: Preoccupation with an imagined defect in appearance.  If a slight physical anomaly is present, the person’s concern is markedly excessive. The preoccupation causes clinically…

OUTSOURCING MEDICINE-IS THIS THE FUTURE?

As many of you are aware, health care has been a hot topic recently, and will remain a discussed and debated topic for months to come.  Many experts expect a toned-down version of the health care bill to pass this summer. Instead of boring you with analytical detail, I am going to give you my…

RED WINE AND RESVERATROL

IS RED WINE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH? Many of you have heard about resveratrol, this supposedly miraculous compound which is found in red wine.  But how much do you really know about this topic? A while ago, there was a television program about the “French paradox”.  The French diet is full of saturated fat and…