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The List: Every Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon In Knoxville

A few years ago I wrote a blog about the members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) who are practicing in Knoxville. Well, nothing stays the same. Several of my colleagues have retired after having had very successful practices, and several new members have moved into the area and have become my new … Read more »

Does Cosmetic Surgery Change Who You Are?

I’ve been in the business of plastic surgery for almost 30 years (longer if you count my training years) and I have noticed firsthand the life-changing power of this specialty. There are many examples from the reconstructive side of this field in restoring normal form and function to such problems as cleft lips, breast reconstruction, … Read more »

How To Be Helpful During Her Breast Augmentation Consult

Most of the time when I am blogging, I am focusing on the patient. And this is as it should be. However, today I am addressing people who accompany patients at the time of their consultation. It’s great when you come to the consultation, because you are an important part of the process even though … Read more »

Why Smoking Makes Plastic Surgery Recovery Difficult

Plastic surgery, or more correctly, plastic surgical operations, live on the edge of your blood supply. This is important to understand for a good recovery after a plastic surgery procedure. Let me explain: What we are doing with plastic surgery is changing the shape of different areas of the body. The word “plastic” come from … Read more »

Facial Aging: What You Can and Can’t Control

I was very fortunate to recently have a blog posted by RealSelf on their website. In Wrinkles, Lines, and Sagging Skin: Here’s What You Can and Can’t Control, I wrote about the famous quote from Coco Channel “Nature gives you the face you have at 20. Life shapes the face you have at 30. But … Read more »

Think Timeless, Not Trendy, When Considering Plastic Surgery

You may have noticed that the popular media has been very butt-focused lately.  Nicki Minaj at the VMA’s, Meghan Trainor’s catchy hit All About the Bass, Kim Kardashian’s racy magazine cover, and pop stars like Beyonce’ and Jennifer Lopez have all been at the forefront of what People Magazine is calling “The Year of The … Read more »

Women Excluded From Vatican Discussion of Women’s Issues (including plastic surgery)

Last week, I became aware of a document that the Vatican released intended to be a discussion guide for their Plenary Assembly devoted to women’s issues. This document covers a wide variety of issues that concern contemporary women, including plastic surgery. The reason this has come to my attention is that it expresses a negative view of elective … Read more »

My Take On 7 Secrets Plastic Surgeons Tell Their Friends

Redbook recently published an article entitled “7 Secrets Plastic Surgeons Tell Their Friends”. If you are reading this, you are my friend! So let me give you my take on these seven closely held secrets. In essence, the real skinny on plastic surgery. Here they are: “Sorry, there’s no good fix for cellulite.” This is pretty … Read more »

Christmas is Coming, but It’s Not Here Yet

Between now and Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for me, and I suspect for you too.  It’s like finishing the year off with a sprint.  Between the shopping, and the parties, and work, and the things that have to be done before year’s end, there just doesn’t seem to be … Read more »

The Truth About Gummy Bear Breast Implants

Much has been written about the latest (as in fifth) generation of silicone breast implants, highly cohesive get implants. And, one surgeon wryly dubbed them as “gummy bear” implants. While a cute moniker, it is a bit misleading. When you think about a gummy bear what do you envision? We have all had these great … Read more »

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