David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253

Dr. Reath’s Blog

My Plastic Surgery “Patients Of Courage”

Each year at our annual meeting, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recognizes several patients as their “Patients of Courage”. These remarkable individuals have had incredible journeys dealing with injuries, breast cancer, or congenital deformities with the help of plastic surgery. They have further gone on to “give back” to society through their experiences. … Read more »

Plastic Surgery Award Winners

It’s official. New Beauty Magazine’s Spring/Summer “Best of the Best” is out. We haven’t noticed any of the editors hanging out at our practice lately, still it’s uncanny how many of our procedures were named “Best In-Office Treatments”. It’s always nice to have independent confirmation that with the variety of beauty offerings out there, we are picking … Read more »

5 Areas CoolSculpting Works Better Than Liposuction

When I began my training in plastic surgery, liposuction was just being introduced. Since that time, almost 35 years ago, we have seen significant improvements in how liposuction is performed. Recently we have seen the emergence of non-surgical fat reduction. Of all the different technologies that have been developed for this, CoolSculpting is clearly the … Read more »

The Truth About Gummy Bear Breast Implants UPDATED

Back in 2014, I wrote a popular blog about “gummy bear” or highly cohesive silicone gel (fifth generation) breast implants. Specifically, I addressed how these implants are made and why they weren’t like the gummy bear candies we know and love. It’s time for an update. For breast augmentation surgery, the highly cohesive gel implants … Read more »

When A Surgeon Has Surgery (What I Learned While Recovering)

Very recently I had to have surgery on my neck, more specifically an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion at two levels: C 3-4 and C 4-5. Neck problems are very common for surgeons and after 30+ years of operating, I was certainly due. My symptoms came on in a relatively short period of time and the surgery was … Read more »

Meet David Watson, Founder of Glowbiotics MD

We’re big fans of Glowbiotics MD and were thrilled to be the first office in East Tennessee to offer Glowbiotics MD Advanced Probiotic Skin Care and their Probiotic Youthboost Treatment. Glowbiotics MD is the first medical skin care line to feature topical probiotic bioactives. Imagine our delight when we discovered that the founder of this … Read more »

CoolSculpting vs Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck [Infographic]

When you’re wanting to make a change, it can be confusing to figure out which body contouring procedure is right for you. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical way of reducing fat that is very effective, but as this infographic illustrates, it is not for everyone. Beware of clinics with only one procedure to offer. If there is only … Read more »

How Many Consultations To Get For Plastic Surgery

Questions I get a lot from patients are “How many consultations should I have before surgery?”, and “How many plastic surgeons should I see?” Is one enough? Are five too many? As you might expect, there is no simple answer. It really depends upon the quality of the consultation, and whether or not you have what … Read more »

Picking The Best Breast Implant Size (Part 2)

Choosing the best breast implant size is one of the most important decisions when considering breast augmentation. Generally, I think we do a very good job with this in our office. The use of sizers, silicone implants that we put in a bra to help a patient visualize what they will look like at a certain … Read more »

From Weight-Loss to “Wow!” A Reath Patient Story

Whenever we post new before and after photos on our website, we include a bit of information about the patient. Every now and then, we are truly honored that a patient will write about his or her experience with us and how this has affected their lives. Here is patient who did the hard work through … Read more »

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