Mother-daughter plastic surgery trend increases
Credit Melissa and Joan Rivers for this one: There's a growing trend in plastic surgery, where mother and a daughter are each seeking tweaks and fixes to niggling problems.
Now, many family members are embarking on a new journey together– one of self improvement.
Last week, “Good Morning America” showed Los Angeles resident Stefanie, 38, who decided to undergo cosmetic surgery with her 65-year-old mother, Lynda, who lives Montreal.
Stefanie is ready for a mini mommy makeover to address sagging breasts and a pooch belly, and mum Lynda hates her neck.
The pair wanted some bonding over beauty time and thought it was ”a nice thing” for them to do because they “could be a support system" for each other.
Leading plastic surgeon Dr. Peter B. Fodor took care of the two and expressed his opinion that it was good to have a support system while on the mend.
Dr. Fodor shares in the video that the post-op healing mother and daughter offer major emotional support to each other. This allegedly lessens the downtime feeling, and helps boosts spirits.
Dr. Peter Fodor
Dr. Peter B. Fodor: Cosmetic Surgery From the Inside Out
Reality television and many of self-promoting plastic surgeons would have you believe the experience of cosmetic surgery is much like spending the day at the beach – all sunshine and playful breezes. All it takes is a little snip, snip, snip and life becomes everything your dreamed it could be. No wonder more and more physicians are moving into the cosmetics field whether they are qualified or not. No wonder we are beginning to see the ‘abnormal’ body features becoming the ‘new normal.’
In a day when people want a magic pill to quickly fix whatever needs fixing many people flock to Neiman Marcus or the plastic surgeon when life presents a twist, turn or a downward dip. Like addicts many never realize that external solutions can’t solve internal emotional problems. There isn’t a Prada bag or Face-lift that can fill the emptiness within.
Which is why I was surprised, and delighted, to hear of a plastic surgeon, Dr. Peter B. Fodor, among the top 1% of U.S. Plastic Surgeons according to U.S. News and celebrity surgeon to the stars. He rules out surgery for about 50% of the people who want to engage his services.
Why? Because if a patient isn’t emotionally ready for cosmetic surgery Fodor will tell the patient the truth – this surgery isn’t for you and/or I’m not the surgeon you want.
This was someone I had to meet. And I did. Fodor graciously gave me the better part of a day of his time to sit down and discuss his philosophy, what he sees in the emotional and physical diversity of the people who come to see him and give me a personal and private tour of his medical facility. His elegant presence and peaceful environment set the stage for a lengthy and lively conversation that was more about the beauty in wealth of spirit than the ambidextrous artistry of his surgical hands.
Fodor also takes his time when he first consults with a potential patient. Unlike many doctors who rush from one patient to the next, Fodor digs deep to fully hear and understand what a person really wants and expects to get out of the procedure. As he was in our meeting, he is fully present and focused.
As I listened to Dr. Fodor tell me the story of his career and his early experiences I lost the image of a technician and gained the vision of an artist who loves to precisely create and sculpt with his hands. Each movement has purpose. Each tool has a mission to deliver a meaningful positive change.
We talked a bit about the cosmetic surgery industry itself and quickly got to the heart of the conversation. Cosmetic procedures are more about the mind than they are about the body. With a background in psychology, Fodor refers to his work as “psycho-surgery.” He treats patients from the inside out.
If a procedure isn’t in the patient’s highest good, Fodor will opt out.
There are four reasons why Fodor will not move forward with surgery:
1. The patient shows evidence of a body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).
Such a person is excessively preoccupied with and concerned about perceiveddefects in their physical features. Sufferers believe that they are so ugly or deformed that they can’t function in society until they are “fixed.” There isn’t a knife in the world that can alone carve away such misguided pain. Fodor’s conviction is if what a client wants doesn’t naturally exist in human physique he will not create it with his scalpel.
2. The patient expresses unrealistic expectations.
If the expectations are higher than the realities of the procedure, Dr. Fodor will give patients a strong reality check. Instead of ushering me to the payment desk, Dr. Fodor would have politely ushered me to the door oh so long ago when I thought that if I enhanced my barely B Cup into a convincing C Cup my life would change in magical ways. At the time, I guess I was lucky that my first consultation experience made me feel like an anonymous piece of meat ready to be carved and charged. I ran out the door and never looked back. Had I gone forward I would have learned the painful and expensive way that what I wanted didn’t come packaged with a boob job.
Unlike the physician I saw at that time, Fodor tells the truth about what to expect throughout the process even if its not what the patient wants to hear. He is intent on giving his patients the tools to be able to make an informed rational decision.
3. When a patient excessively believes ‘more is better.’
Dr. Fodor will not produce anything that does not normally exist. Period. If after a discussion on what is in the patient’s best interest, a patient still wants an unnatural enhancement Dr. Fodor suggests the patient go somewhere else. “I’d rather have a person be unhappy with me for a day than for a lifetime.”
As it is, nearly 50% of the procedures Fodor does do are ‘re-dos’ for patients who have gone elsewhere and are unhappy with the results. The paradox isn’t lost on Fodor who realizes that when he says so many will ultimately find a doctor who will say yes – and then end up back in his office for a correction.
4. The patient isn’t intrinsically motivated.
If a patient is in his office only because someone else – a significant other perhaps – thinks the procedure needs to be done Fodor will decline.
For Fodor to say YES, a patient needs to have made an informed decision autonomously, have realistic expectations about the outcomes and (hopefully) have a strong support system within the dynamics of family and friends. Engaging actively as part of that support system is inherent in the ongoing care Fodor provides.
Fodor’s passion and mission is to serve the greater good of his client. This philosophy is evident in the physical and technical design of his practice – from the soothing decor, state-of-the-art private in-house surgery center and comfy pre-and post-operation recovery areas, the practice was designed to place the attention on the needs of the patient rather than the accolades of the doctor. I didn’t see the celebrity photos, array of diplomas and awards or brochures touting the fabulousness of the typical Dr. Nip and Tuck.
There are other equally motivated and qualified surgeons like Fodor who really want to make a positive and powerful difference in a person’s life. As with any industry, there are doctors and professionals who care more about their tee-off time than what a patient or client really needs and wants. If you are seeking a cosmetic solution it is your job to discern one from the other. It is your job to fully understand what you’re signing up for.
Stand in line in any grocery store and you’ll see an array of tabloids spotlighting the latest celebrity surgical blunder. At the same time, there are many people with surgical success stories who feel better about themselves after the procedure. They report improvement in self-esteem and confidence in a way that enables them to enrich their quality of life. These are the people who have a healthy realistic relationship with themselves and what surgery can and can’t provide.
It all boils down to your WHY.
What is it that you’re really looking to buy with your cosmetic surgery investment?
If it’s realistic, intrinsic and you’re emotionally ready to adjust to the change in your body image then go into it boldly with full awareness. Chances are you’ll be pleased with the results.
If, however, you think it will magically turn you into someone you are not or will never be then think again. You will not be pleased with what you see in the mirror and in life upon recovery. If you’re overweight, 50 years old and have no talent as an actor you will never be or look like Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt.
Do your homework. There are a lot of books available that will give you an education about the essential facts and surgeon insights about the plastic surgery process. A quick search on Amazon.com led me to “Be Your Best: A Comprehensive Guide to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery” written by industry experts with Fodor as the book’s Medical Editor.
No two people are alike. Therefore a good plastic surgeon will take the time to consult and collaborate with you to develop a highly individualized surgical plan. Speak with a few board-certified plastic surgeons. In addition to selecting a surgeon who is qualified to do the procedure, you want a doctor who will have your best interests at heart from first consultation to months – if not years – beyond recovery.
Ask questions and keep asking questions until you get answers that you can understand. Discern hype and false promises from fact and realistic expectations. Even if some of the body parts aren’t exactly ‘real’, keep it real in your head and in your heart. That’s where your real strength and beauty lives.
Dr Peter Fodor
Extreme Cosmetic Surgery: Mom, Daughter Go Under Knife
For most mothers and daughters, bonding time comes in the form of a trip to the nail salon or a day of shopping at the mall
For 65-year-old Lynda and her daughter, 38-year-old Stefanie, bonding time involves a more lasting, and life-changing, type of activity: cosmetic surgery.
The duo is no stranger to adventures – they’ve zip lined, snorkeled and helicoptered their way around the world from their home bases in Montreal, for Lynda, and Los Angeles, for Stefanie – so they figured they would continue their tradition by coming together for a nip and tuck.
“I thought this would be a nice thing for us to do together because we could be a support system,” Stefanie, a pediatric speech language pathologist , told ABC News’ Cecilia Vega. “We [could] have a good three or four days together to vegetate and relax.”
Lynda saw the mother-daughter time together as an opportunity to get rid of what she described as a nagging sag on her neck.
For her daughter, it would be a time to fix her chest and slim down her waist.
“Something I have noticed as I have been getting older is that my bust is hanging lower,” Trentholme said.
In late May, Lynda traveled to Stefanie’s home in Los Angeles so that both mother and daughter could be under the care of Dr. Peter Fodor, a Los Angeles-based plastic surgeon who says the mother-daughter approach is great in his business.
“I love it,” Fodor said. “The patients who start with a supportive relationship, they really help each other and I welcome that.”
Fodor performed a neck tuck and inserted cheek fillers on Lynda, while her daughter got a breast lift and a tummy tuck.
Nearly seven weeks post-surgery, in July, both mother and daughter said they were happy with the results of their extreme bonding adventure.
“I definitely notice a difference obviously with my stomach,” Stefanie said. “I am really thrilled about my bust.”
“I feel really great about myself,” echoed her mom. “I am able to wear chokers and things I never wanted to before that would address my neck.”
“Now, bring it on,” she said.
Dr. Peter Fodor
April Brown’s story is a horrific cautionary tale of plastic surgery gone terribly wrong.
Eight years ago she got butt implants from an unlicensed practitioner in Los Angeles.
Today, she is a multiple amputee after suffering life threatening infections following the back-alley cosmetic surgery.
“For five years, I lived in pain. Excruciating pain,” Brown told NBC, adding that she had several stints as a hospital inpatient.
Last year her health deteriorated to the point that she was left with no choice but to have all of her limbs removed.
Unfortunately these horror stories emerging from women using back-alley practitioners are not new and Brown is not the first, nor likely to be the last, to have her life destroyed.
According to leading plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Fodor, these back-alley organizations have long been condemned in the medical community, but alarming, of late, they seem to be enjoying a resurgence.
“This practice has been condemned by the medical community, as well as by the FDA a long time ago, but it seems to be resurfacing in the hands of back alley quacks,” he says. ”It is most unfortunate that patients still subject themselves to these injections which should not take place, even if the recipients were to be paid as opposed to them paying to be mutilated.”
Another point of note: Brown, a mom-of-two, said that the back-alley procedure was carried out at a “pumping party” by the doctors.
“They call it medical grade silicone,” she said, “but a lot of it is industrial grade silicone.”
This, Dr. Fodor says is a common practice among the “quacks”.
“Injection of free silicone (not silicone implants), let alone non medical grade, in most instances will lead sooner or later to horrendous complications,” he explains. “At times, this happens decades later. Infections are not the only problem that occurs. Over the years, I have treated several such patients.”
When it comes to plastic surgery the cheap alternative is not the right alternative because it is your body that you’re messing with…. and quite possibly, your life.
Dr. Peter Foder
Botox turning into miracle treatment for more than wrinkles
For years the brand name Botox was synonymous with wrinkle removal via injection.
It still is, but many doctors have experimented with the controlled delivery toxin that paralyzes muscle and apparently so much more.
Unlike soft tissue fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse and Sculptra Aesthetic that add volume to skin depressions, Botox blocks the release of a chemical called acetylcholine which triggers the muscle contractions that create wrinkles.
Botox essentially paralyzes the muscles and stops them from contracting. Results are visible within one week after treatment and remain for a minimum of three months.
Miraculously, Botox can also help relieve shaking in the limbs of patients with multiple sclerosis, according to a study published in the July 3, 2012, issue of the journal Neurology. Patients in the study had "significant" improvement in tremors as well as in drawing and writing ability after Botox injections.
The product has been the easy go-to cosmetic procedure that surprisingly has helped with issues such as migraine headaches, foot pain from high heels, TMJ pain and teeth grinding and even excess sweating from the scalp, underarms and feet.
Frequent M&C guest commentator and board certified expert Dr. Peter Fodor, (website) the former president of ASAPS and Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at UCLA, is a master plastic surgeon whose work and reputation are unequaled in the field. He understands the importance of initiating minimally invasive treatments to improve body contours and skin integrity.
Dr. Fodor shared with us his uses for Botox that most of us don’t know about.
Hollywood has long known the benefits of injecting Botox in foreheads to erase wrinkles; hands, feet and under-arms to help alleviate severe sweating (hyperhidrosis); and at the temples to get rid of chronic migraines.
He shared with us some of his most popular in-office procedures you probably didn’t know about:
1. Treating Frey's Syndrome
"This is a rare salivary disorder (gustatory perspiration). It is a strange abnormality or can come about due to complications during facial surgery that affects the parotid glands and creates excessive sweating on the face (cheeks) while a person eats. You virtually need three hands to eat. Two for the utensils and one for constantly wiping the sweat off your face. Imagine sweating profusely into your food! Botox is injected directly in the sweat glands at the side of your face and solves the problem."
"We know that Botox helps stop severe teeth grinding, but did you know that the grinding can also change the shape of your face causing your jaw to be more square-like and therefore giving you an older look? Not only does Botox alleviate the grinding but it also loosens up the jaw area giving the face a more oval look which gives it a more youthful, softer appearance."
3. Gummy Smile/Horse Smile
"This happens when a person’s gums are overly prominent. By injecting Botox in the upper lip area, near the lowest part of the nostril, the condition is eased allowing the lips to not 'over smile.' The doctor must know facial anatomy extremely well or it could have the exact opposite effect and this would be irreversible until the Botox wears off."
4. Nefertiti Neck Lift
"This is done by using a series of Botox injections in the neck area, it tightens and sculpts the jaw line with little downtime, and at minimal cost."
5. Tip of nose
"As one ages the tip of the nose drops down causing a nasal bump which makes the nose look larger. By injecting Botox the tip can be lifted which is more attractive and gives a more youthful appearance."
Dr. Peter Foder
Jennifer Livingston’s brave move to stand up to her bully live on air with a four-minute editorial on CBS affiliate WKBT has sparked a new weighty debate over health and fitness.
Many believe that what Livingston did was right, but she has also attracted some detractors.
Leading bariatric doctor, Dr. Carson Liu, is one of them and he makes his argument on why he takes an exception to Livingston’s claims of bullying.
“Yes. I am a cold heartless surgeon, he tells Celebzter. “That’s what my brother thought when I nagged him since 1995 to lose weight before he dies a slow and painful death. He is 48 years old now and diabetes has taken its toll. After all those pills, they switched him to insulin, which creates hunger, and his weight sky rocketed to 398 pounds. Now his doctors have tried to defibrillated his heart. He is having congestive heart failure with atrial fibrillation and he requires Warfarin (Coumadin) to prevent a stroke. BTW, Warfarin is from Wisconsin and originally used as rat poison.”
“He is always the victim and too busy to take care of his weight,” he adds. ”Stand up and do something….walking and eating healthy things is a good place to start.
“I apologize if I sound like I am bullying the majority of America since 2/3 of the US is overweight. We need to take better care of ourselves as this is the main reason why medical costs are spiraling out of control. We are eating ourselves to a state of illness.”
Meanwhile, the man who propelled this issue into the spotlight, Kenneth Krause, has added insult to injury by challenging Livingston to lose weight.
The personal injury lawyer Kenneth Krause, pictured below, issued an unrepentant defence of his email.
He wrote: “Given this country’s present epidemic of obesity and the many truly horrible diseases related thereto, and considering Jennifer Livingston’s fortuitous position in the community, I hope she’ll finally take advantage of a rare and golden opportunity to influence the health and psychological well-being of Coulee region children by transforming herself for all of her viewers to see over the next year – And to that end I would be absolutely pleased to offer her any advice or support she would be willing to accept.”
Dr. Carson Liu
TV anchor Jennifer Livingston needs help, not bullied says noted bariatric surgeon
Jennifer Livingston, a local morning anchor in Wisconsin, responded on-air directly to a private e-mail from Kenneth W. Krause telling her she was an unsuitable role model for young people, especially young girls, because she is grossly obese.
The Facebook post she launched and subsequent viral video (below) prompted hundreds of comments over the weekend from people around the world, with many offering support and others lamenting that they having been bullied because of their weight.
Ms. Livingston, the sister of Golden-Globe nominated actor, Ron Livingston, said during her broadcast on Tuesday that the outpouring on Facebook inspired her to take a public stand against bullying.
But, experts and doctors are siding with Krause.
The e-mail sent to the newscaster was not a nice letter, but "it doesn't fit the definition of bullying," says David Dickson, chairman of the Bullying Prevention Initiative of California.
"Bullying, normally, is what someone, in a very mean spirited way, continually and on a repeated basis, does to another person, typically in a social setting in front of other people…It was a stupid letter he wrote, but he commented privately."
Krause, a lawyer, wrote:
It’s unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn’t improved for many years.
Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain.
I leave you this note hoping that you’ll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Currently the darling cause to rally behind is bullying, an act which has gained momentum and attention, yet acts of rudeness, incivility or conflict have been given the “bully” label incorrectly.
The label “bully” has taken on the tone of calling someone a "bigot", "sexist" or “racist” – it stops conversation and causes friction over the label rather than the content.
Some are concerned it also affects free speech.
Noted bariatric surgeon Dr. Carson Liu, MD has devoted his practice to helping the obese regain health via safe solutions like lap band surgery and other types of gastric reduction.
He also sides with the Bullying Prevention Initiative of California.
"Yes. I am a cold heartless surgeon. That's what my brother thought when I nagged him since 1995 to lose weight before he dies a slow and painful death. He is 48 years old now and diabetes has taken its toll," said Dr. Liu in a phone interview today.
Dr. Liu continued, "After all those pills, they switched him to insulin, which creates hunger, and his weight sky-rocketed to 398 pounds. Now his doctors have tried to defibrillated his heart. He is having congestive heart failure with atrial fibrillation and he requires Warfarin - Coumadin - to prevent a stroke. By the way, Warfarin is from Wisconsin and originally used as rat poison."
"He is always the victim and too busy to take care of his weight. Stand up and do something....walking and eating healthy things is a good place to start."
Dr. Liu sincerely hopes Ms. Livingston gets help. "I apologize if I sound like I am bullying the majority of America since two-thirds of the US is overweight. We need to take better care of ourselves as this is the main reason why medical costs are spiraling out of control. We are eating ourselves to a state of illness."
Do you agree with Dr. Liu and the Bullying Prevention Initiative of California? Talk back.
Dr. Carson Liu, MD
Magic wand for fat melting? Yes, says top plastic surgeon
Gowns and revealing clothes offer little leeway for stars to look their best, so this time of year has many seeking fixes to their bulging dilemmas.
There are amazing techniques available now that eliminate surgery and utilize technology to literally melt lipids (fat) sub-dermally and even tighten skin, and the best part is that the results are immediate and even continue after the treatment ends.
Dr. Peter Fodor, hailed by U.S. News' Castle Connolly as part of the prestigious top 1% in the nation for plastic surgery, is the pioneer that the Sound Surgical Technologies company enlisted to research and develop their cutting edge non-invasive fat fighter: VaserShape.
Dr. Fodor's reputation is internationally renowned as a leader in the field of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and he is highly respected by the profession as a surgeon, teacher and author.
In the area of liposuction, Dr. Fodor bucks the trend of wide-awake surgery and prefers general anesthesia and no lasering for a smoother effect, as he tells M&C that his practice addresses numerous "redo" surgeries from botched lasering and horrific scar tissue knots that leave an uneven rippled effect for many patients.
His ongoing desire to perfect liposuction and other cosmetic procedures led to his election as President of the Lipoplasty Society of North America, which he held for five and a half years (two consecutive terms by popular demand). He is recognized as a founding member of many influential plastic surgery societies and is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and of the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation. He also served as President of the Semmelweiss Scientific Society, is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Fraternity and has served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. Currently, he is Past President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the world’s foremost organization composed of Board Certified plastic surgeons performing primarily cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Fodor has pioneered unique concepts of lipoplasty, as well as endoscopic surgery. His perfection in the mastery of his skills led to his published book “Be Your Best: A Comprehensive Guide to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery," widely considered to be the comprehensive "bible" to the discipline of plastic surgery.
The “Battle of the Bulge" that bedevils many star has finally been won by a new, non-invasive, painless award winning technology that permanently removes fat from stubborn, resistant areas. Men and women are on board for this procedure that delivers what it promises. Dr. Fodor delivers this "magic wand" treatment to a swath of clients who swear by its efficacy.
Additionally, VASER Shape won the award for Best Non-Surgical Body Shaping device at The Aesthetic Show™ (TAS) 2012, the marquee multidisciplinary medical education event for medical aesthetic professionals, in April 2012.
This cutting edge alternative to liposuction does not require anesthetic. The lack of downtime and immediate results of losing up to two inches in a single one hour treatment inspired comedian Monique Marvez to visit Dr. Fodor, inviting M&C to witness the procedure.
Her treatment was 45 minutes, and her final measurements came in at over 2 inches lost on her mid-section, with Marvez quipping, "my stomach is flatter than day old Coke!"
Dr. Peter Fodor
'The Voice' Cee-Lo 'crazy' for soda is a bad decision, according to bariatric surgeon
Singer Cee-Lo Green is now in the third season of NBC's 'The Voice,' and recently he is seen in a new ad hoisting a 7UP soda as he ponders all the inspirational sound marvels the can opening noise makes.
This fact was pointed out byJiggyHealth.com, and subsequently commented on to Monsters and Critics by Dr. Carson Liu of LosAngeles, a frequent medical news contributor and noted bariatric surgeon.
Green is a pitchman for the soft drink7UP in a new TV ad. In the spot, a Cee-Lo baby learns to love the sound of a can of 7UP with music and success. Except childhood obesity is at an all-time epidemic and Cee-Lo is no Jack Lalanne.
Cee-Lo's morbid obesity is something that is plaguing the nation. This type of obesity typically leads to severe health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Cee-Lo could be a walking time-bomb unless he acts soon to rectify his unhealty weight.
The ad is disturbing primarily for promoting 7UP as a drink to savor for a baby and a teenager. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Dr. Liu, considered a world renowned expert in bariatric surgery - agrees that Cee-Lo should never go near the sugar water.
"Yes, Cee-Lo should not be pushing 7-UP - or at least Diet 7-UP! He is the poster child for sugary drinks and obesity. It's a shame, so much talent and success. Why push carbonated sugar water? I have the perfect procedure for him to reduce his intake of soda and reduce some weight. Either the lap band or the NO band procedure. Have him call me!"
Dr. Carson Liu
Who In Hollywood Do We Have To Thank For Making The Booty a Fashion Accessory?
According to Dr. Constantino Mendieta, who is famous for his butt enhancement surgeries, “By far the celeb that influenced the trend “single-cheekedly” was Jennifer Lopez. Without a doubt, she made having a big behind a status symbol. And, she was very proud of her butt, she owned it, she worked it, that’s what made it even sexier.”
Mendieta has patients who come in to his Miami offices with pictures of their favorite celebrity ass-et and it’s still J-Lo who people want to emulate the most. “These days, in my practice, hers is still the most requested buttock. But, it also depends on if the patient wants it on the larger size, then it is a tie between Lopez and Kim Kardashian.”
And it’s not just today’s superstars that are getting the love, even some names from years ago are getting butt recognition, “If they want a more shapely rear-end, then it is Jennifer Beals”
But, if they want to make an all out video-vixen bootylicious statement,“ it is definitely Ice-T’s wife, Coco.”
“Getting the buttock you want will depend on your starting anatomy but the overall concept can be better obtained due to the evaluation system I developed. It is the classification of the 4 different types of buttock, the A shape, the V shape the round shape and the square shape. Each patient has a specific body type that I work around to get the best possible outcome.”
Buyer Beware: Bargain plastic surgery a disaster in waiting
When it comes to your face, a 'Mulligan' is not what you want to have happen. Bad plastic surgery is life changing for the worse, and always leaves patients feeling vulnerable, violated and even abused.
Caveat Emptor, meaning buyer beware when it comes to the important decision to have an elective surgery. Bargain shopping for cosmetic procedures is unwise according to board certified Century City, CA plastic surgeon and past president of ASAPS, Dr. Peter B. Fodor.
"As the number of doctors performing surgical procedures without the proper qualifications is growing, the aesthetic enhancement industry is becoming the 'wild west' of medicine," says Dr. Fodor.
Many people undergoing an aesthetic procedure believe the doctor performing the procedure is a board certified plastic surgeon. Just because a doctor advertises a cosmetic procedure does not mean the doctor is qualified.
"Unfortunately, In most states, any licensed medical doctor is legally allowed to perform any procedures including plastic surgery without certification, and they are increasingly doing so," according to Dr. Fodor.
As a result of the decline in insurance reimbursements many doctors are trying to find other ways to increase their income. Many are attracted to cosmetic procedures because they can set their own fees and are paid directly by the patients.
The result is an onslaught of uncertified medical doctors - from ER doctors, internists and dentists to gynecologists and ophthalmologists - opening medical spas and clinics offering non-surgical and even surgical cosmetic procedures.
“In my practice, redo surgery represents about 50 percent of the surgeries I perform,” said Dr. Fodor. "Many of my colleagues report a significant increase in 'redos' as a consequence of unskilled people performing cosmetic procedures that demand training and experience. In many cases damage has been done and, unfortunately, not all patients can be improved upon significantly enough to justify another operation."
Dr. Fodor adds, “Many of my redo patients divulge that they have failed in their research when they selected their initial plastic surgeon and now, and as a result they are paying the price. Just as in playing tennis, other sports or music, it is not the racquet, musical instrument that plays the primary role in the quality of the performance; it is the person in control that matters the most.”
"It is the responsibility of the patient to research the training, certification and experience of the doctor. Further, shopping for a surgeon on the basis of the price is a costly error….perhaps too costly."
“Buyer Beware,” he continues. “Many people spend more time and energy getting quotes, recommendations, or opinions about an appliance they want to purchase than they do when choosing a plastic surgeon with whom they will have, in many cases, a life changing surgical procedure. Performing the due diligence required may be time consuming but it is well worth the effort.”
Dr. Peter B. Fodor, a Century City Plastic Surgeon has offices in Century City, CA and Aspen, Colorado
Dr Peter Fodor
Spider veins 101: How to win the unsightly badge of aging legs
Even if you have nice tight and toned legs, those little blue spider vein marks can make your legs look older than you would like.
In the simplest of terms, veins serve as a channel for blood to flow back to the heart. Valves open and close to assist blood flow and to prevent blood from following a normal pull of gravity. Varicose veins can result from damaged or weakened valves, which allow blood to build up in certain areas.
There are numerous products and medical procedures for you to regain fashionably bare legs. Varicose veins can become painful if left untreated, can lead to severe blood clots, skin discoloration, skin ulcers and tissue loss. For women with varicose veins, shaving can be difficult because of the raised veins overlying thin skin.
Less troublesome are spider veins, milder relatives to varicose veins, are fine, short veins resembling a tangled web or sunburst. The most common place for varicose and spider veins to occur are in the legs, more specifically within the thigh, calf and ankles.
Spider veins, various veins, blotches and pigment loss affect half of all people 50 and older according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. In addition there are several vein other problems including spider veins, the tiny bluish ones usually in an area on the legs. While they're usually not harmful, many consider them unsightly.
Top Beverly Hills board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Fodor recommends sclerotherapy, an insertion of saline and chemicals into the vein, and less invasive laser treatment as well. "Lasers can be used to effectively treat small and medium size spider veins. They're an excellent option for patients who are fearful of needles as well as for those who do not tolerate sclerotherapy or whose vessels do not respond to scelrotherapy," says Dr. Fodor. "A properly skilled and experienced physician using the correct type of laser can accurately direct strong bursts of light energy through the skin, causing the targeted vein to slowly fade and disappear. The treatment is noninvasive and the administration of pain medications or local anesthetic usually is not necessary. Cooling the area helps alleviate any discomfort. Laser treatments typically last 15 to 20 minutes , and a treatment regimen to remove spider veins in the legs, depending on the severity of the condition, usually consists of two to five sessions, with the average being three treatments being administered at three month intervals."
"Spider veins will appear darker and more visible immediately following laser treatment but will fade over two to six weeks. Patients will usually see a 30 to 40 percent improvement in leg spider veins following each treatment session. Some possible side effects associated with laser treatment of leg veins include redness or swelling of the skin immediately following treatment, which usually disappears wihin a few days," explains Dr. Fodor.
There are other strategies to prevent and camoflauge spider veins, including:
Cosmetic and compression stockings
Many doctors, nurses and those who are on their feet swear by these garments that are worn to reduce stress and swelling of the legs by providing pressure around the foot and ankle, and becoming looser as it moves up the leg. The constant pressure assists leg muscles and veins to circulate blood.
Toeless Pantyhose by Hanes is a well priced option. Donna Karan Hosiery: The Nudes Sheer To Waist Pantyhose is super-fine to look virtually invisible but still effective giving a smooth glow to the legs. It gives you a look closer to bare. With both of these, one has to be sure that the edge of the toe hole is concealed in the shoe.
Another great product is Gleam Body Radiance, invented in the makeup trailer of Dancing with the Stars by Emmy award winning makeup artist Melanie Mills. Gleam comes in four transfer-resistant shades for all skintones (www.gleambymelaniemills.com) to perfect spray tans, pigmentation issues and can be worn on bare skin for a perfect flawless finish. Another heavy duty camoflauge is Dermablend Professional Leg and Body Cover is especially designed to conceal veins, scars and bruises. Self tanning and spray tans also help with concealment.
Leg Makeup is all the rage, with comedian Joan Rivers in the game as well as Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, a drugstore recommendation.
Horse Chestnut Seed Extract, according to Dr. Oz, will help make the veins smaller and they will leak less so you don’t see them. You need to take 10 drops of this each day and you will see results in a few weeks.
Elevate: Raising your legs above the level of your heart for 15 minutes at a time maintains circulation.
Stretch It Out: When you are sitting or standing for long periods of time, alter your position. Maintain good posture, roll your ankles and avoid crossing your legs.
Diet: Weight control can help vein conditions because of the amount of pressure you put on your legs and body.
Take a Walk: Movement is the easiest treatment you can control. Keeping blood circulation steady is key to preventing blood clots.
Dr. Peter Fodor
Americans are getting bigger. Fact. And the latest statistics paint a bleak picture of just how big of a problem obesity has become.
This week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention released its latest map showing adult obesity rates in individual states. According to the CDC’s annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) report, Mississippi is America’s most obese state for the sixth year in a row. The report shows that over one-third of Mississippians, 34.9%, are obese. Louisiana comes closest to Mississippi with 33.4% of its citizens classified as obese, and West Virginia rounds out the top three with a 32.4% obesity rate. And with the disease growing at 0.5% this year, it is equating to 1.54 million new obese Americans in a single year.
With obesity becoming a headline story on a daily basis, the problems associated with it are both physical and emotional.
Obviously, there are no quick fixes, but leading bariatric surgeon Dr. Carson Liu has pioneered a new type of weight loss surgery he calls the No-Band Surgery, that is similar to the Lap Band.
Liu has become the first to perform a new out-patient laparoscopic surgical weight loss procedure that eliminates the need for a Lap-Band. He came up with the idea of this surgery for people who suffer from crippling acid reflux and he realized the same procedure is perfect to help people with weight issues.
The No-Band is a great alternative for patients who find bariatric surgery too extreme or are afraid to have the lap band. The No-Band is also a good option for those or who aren’t covered by insurance for bariatric surgeries as the cost is $5,000 to $8,000 less than lap band surgery.
His pioneering surgery is only a one hour laparoscopic procedure that involves folding the stomach in half, stitching it together and wrapping around the top of the stomach to control the food intake. The procedure makes the stomach about half its normal size and therefore, the patient fills up quicker and obviously, feels full quicker.
Some hybrid results of this procedure are blood pressure becomes leveled, Type 2 diabetes can be reversed and as stated before, severe and crippling heartburn (acid reflux) that affects many overweight or obese people can be eradicated.
Dr. Liu believes that patients can lose roughly 50 lbs in 6 months if they maintain healthy eating habits after having the No-Band procedure.
Dr. Carson Liu
Bariatric surgeon on helping kids stay healthy for new school year
The start of the school year bring promise and apprehensions, a few fears and certain triumphs to come.
Kids wonder who their classmates and teachers will be, and working parents buckle down to get organized to stock the pantry and fridge with healthy (they hope) items that the kids will want to eat at school, sports events and after school at home.
Many parents struggle with heartbreak of having a heavy child, and noted Bariatric surgeon Carson Liu, M.D., a father himself, is sympathetic and counsels families daily on how to keep from becoming a growing statistic: Overweight is the now the new normal, and obesity rates have gone through the roof according to the CDC
Dr. Liu's offices are filled with people whose weight has spiralled to the point of surgery. Keeping a child's weight under control is now crucial for a lifetime of health benefits, as the weight normally tends to creep up on us all now throughout maturity and old age. Beginning life as a obese or overweight person sets one up for a lifetime of potential preventable disease and even early death.
Mothers and fathers who are concerned need to try to keep their kids fit and within standard weight guidelines.
Dr. Liu recommends every family know their BMI, Body Mass Index is the universal measurement to determine if a person is overweight. This BMI calculator requires you to enter the child's age, weight and height to calculate the child's body mass index and help you determine if your child is overweight.
There are many creative and easy ways to steer a child's eating habits from processed junk to healthier go-to foods. Dr. Liu shared his family's techniques for keeping everyone's weight stable and within normal ranges.
Meals are family time. Sitting down to share a meal prepared with care is a bonding experience. The family that eats together stays together. Despite today's hectic lifestyles ad schedules, insist upon it, dinner at the table, all in attendance.
The old food pyramid goals and recommendations promoted the increase of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and drinking milk. Dr. Liu understands there are many out there who have wisely made animal products (meat and dairy) disappear (or be dramatically reduced) from their tables, and he recommends the new MyPlate where proper protein portions and colors of vegetables dominate.
Exercise is a family affair and kids learn by examples set by parents. Try to be active yourself - you will age better and feel better - and make sure kids find a sport they thrive in and can easily get to for participation. Kids active in team sport or individual sport help build character and help manage mental stress from academics.
Dr. Liu spoke to Monsters and Critics about the alarming CDC state obesity report in the link above, and shared his own strategies with his children.
"Snacking makes up to 30% of all calories taken in a day. It's important to give healthy choices to our kids," says Dr. Liu. "To avoid unhealthy snacks, go for wholesome, natural and clean. The characteristics you want to develop in your kids! For starters, fresh fruit is always a great snack rather than the processed foods with salt, sugar and preservatives. Berries, nectarines, plums and grapes are great choices. If you can't have it readily available, there are freeze dried versions of fruits."
Some forethought and marketing strategy is needed. "Training the taste buds of young kids is important. Get them away from the candy as much as possible. There are healthier choices of candy during Halloween as well," says Dr. Liu. "I get my kids to wash the fruit and eat the whole fruit during snack time after school. For a salty snack, pretzels and kale chips are available! Kale baked with olive oil and then lightly salted is an interesting way to get kids to eat kale. My kids like to snack on teriyaki flavored seaweed, even though I don't like the taste of it. So, tastes are different for everyone, and you want to have your kids try everything...at least once!"
Making natural sparkling soda can be creative fun. Dr. Liu says, "They also enjoy making their own Limeade with the Limes growing in the backyard. Sometimes, they will add strawberries with lemon juice or lime juice...all from fruit mixed with water!"
Popular new sparkling water sodas from makers like Pellegrino combine blood orange juice with mineral water for a corn syrup free bubbly refresher.
Dr. Liu says, "The secret to keeping kids weight in healthy ranges is to have them eat wholesome, natural and clean foods. They also have to stay active, meaning no TV unless it's the weekend or they are on vacation. There are plenty of other things to do than stare off at the TV and snack unconsciously. My wife tells me that you have to start early and not present them to the 'junk foods'! There is a big advantage in controlling what your kids can snack on, since they can't drive and shop."
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Top plastic surgeon creates plastic surgery aesthetics bible, 'Be Your Best'
If you have the slightest interest in plastic surgery, it is best to be armed with all the knowledge you can be. Common sense dictates that you only consult with a board certified doctor and make sure whatever procedure you elect is their specialty.
All doctors have different areas of expertise, but very few can claim mastery of most.
Internationally acclaimed aesthetic plastic surgeon Peter Bela Fodor, M.D., F.A.C.S. is one of the rare doctors whose natural ambidextrous ability (he can operate and use each hand equally) creates the most dramatic results. Dr. Fodor's peers have elevated him to serve in multiple positions in various national and international plastic surgical organizations including as President of the Lipoplasty Society of North America as well as President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Fodor is the principal writer and medical editor of the book, "Be Your Best – A Comprehensive Guide to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery," considered to be the definitive book on plastic surgery that is unequaled in its painstaking examination of every conceivable operation, including risks, rewards and the actual mechanics of the surgeries highlighted with exceptional illustrations.
This perfectly organized tome is the plastic surgery bible for anyone who wants to weigh the decision to opt for surgery or not.
So how do you decide which procedure might be best for you?
What about the many new non-surgical procedures that are heavily promoted and featured in magazines and on TV shows? Which are truly effective, and which are simply oversold? This comprehensive guide incorporates expertise with an emphasis on consumer education and patient safety, walking readers through all aspects of aesthetic plastic surgery.
Dr. Fodor strips away the marketing jargon and lays out all the information in an easy to read format that uses the knowledge of over 150 board certified plastic surgeons to learn the answers to these and many other important questions in 260 – plus pages filled with these leading doctor’s views and technical expertise, a realistic presentation of what can and cannot be accomplished with aesthetic medicine and surgery as well as tips on a quick and full recovery.
Each chapter is organized by body area, and followed with detailed quotes from Dr. Fodor. On the chapter regarding brow lifts, Dr. Fodor states, "Rejuvenation of the forehead. brow and upper eyelid areas is a complex process that requires careful patient assessment and meticulous planning by the surgeon - whether a surgical procedure or a non-surgical alternative is selected. The final results can be among the most satisfying for patients who wish not only to look younger and more attractive but also to soften an angry or frowning appearance."
All chapters have a useful sidebar of "fast facts" that bullet the pros and cons, and the steps of each procedure from start to finish.
“Be Your Best is intended to help anyone who is interested in cosmetic procedures assisting them in making wise choices for themselves or their family members,” says Dr. Fodor. “Everyone seeking cosmetic surgery through reading this book should possess the knowledge necessary to select the qualified plastic surgeon right for them. It also prepares patients to be well informed as they consider the options available to them. This may include the decision to not undergo aesthetic surgery.”
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Extreme Plastic Surgery: Toe-Shortening For Better High-Heels Look, But Are Women Going Too Far? A Plastic Surgeon Weighs In
Women and heels go hand-in-hand. But just how far would you go to look good in your favorite pair of stilettos?
According to a new report from “Good Morning America”, some women are opting for toe-shortening surgery so they can squeeze into their favorite shoes.
While others are choosing injectable cushioning in the soles of the foot and even Botox, to prevent excess sweating.[You can watch the toe-curling segment here]
But even in today’s world of striving for perfection, is this surgery going too far?
According to leading plastic surgeon Dr. Constantino Mendieta the answer is “yes”!
”A lot of people suffer from over sweating of their feet and getting botox injections there is not a new procedure,” he says. ”People have been injecting botox in their high sweat areas for years that includes the armpits, the scalp and the feet. “This is a minor procedure that should work immediately and get you back on your feet in no time.
However, he goes on to say, “While I have not been asked about toe-shortening yet, I think that is a bit extreme. You will have to be off your feet for a number of days and there will be a lot of pain involved just to wear open toed shoes. And, depending on where you live, that might be good for only a few months out of the year. I know this is coming from a plastic surgeon, but sometimes less is more!”
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