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

Category Archives: Board Certification

Butt Enlargement Takes A Back Seat To Top Plastic Surgery Procedures

Every year the American Society of Plastic Surgery releases its highly-anticipated statistics on the number of surgeries performed the previous year. For many years I was Chairman of the Public Education Committee and one of my jobs was to review the stats with the ASPS staff to find something newsworthy enough to release to the media. Some years … Read more »

Time Magazine Covers Plastic Surgery (With Some Wrinkles Here and There)

The latest TIME Magazine cover story is an extended article about plastic surgery: “Nip. Tuck. Or Else. Why you will be getting cosmetic procedures even if you don’t want them.” I’ve now read this article three times and am left with the question of whether or not this is a positive or negative commentary on plastic … 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 »

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 »

Call Your Plastic Surgeon, Not the Internet

Like many of you, I am a fan of RealSelf. It was created by Tom Seery who is a real thought leader in the world of social media especially as it applies to plastic surgery. This forum provides a very nice platform for patients and doctors to interact, and for patients to interact with other … Read more »

Traveling For Plastic Surgery: When It Does (And Does Not) Make Sense

Let’s play a little game. What do Guam, Memphis, Africa, Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta, Dubai, Canada, and South Carolina have in common? Believe it or not, plastic surgery patients have come to Knoxville, TN, from all of these places to have surgery with me. You’re probably wondering why someone would travel so far to have plastic … Read more »

CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: Here’s the Skinny

 Dr. Reath’s Patient Care Coordinator weighs the benefits of CoolSculpting, Liposuction, and Tummy Tucks. All of these body contouring procedures are very effective, so it’s good to have some insider advice. Here’s how to figure out which of the three is right for you.  With so many options out there, it can be tough to … Read more »

Why Getting Cheap Plastic Surgery is Like Buying A Discount Parachute

There was a lengthy article in USA Today called “Cosmetic surgery gets cheaper, faster scarier”, which is well worth reading. It is an in-depth investigation of cheap, quick-fix plastic surgeries that are being done by non-plastic surgeons across the country. If you are a reader of my blogs, you know that this is a growing, … Read more »

My Take on the Wall Street Journal: “10 Things Plastic Surgeons Won’t Tell You”

Yesterday’s Marketwatch by the Wall Street Journal sported an article about 10 things “plastic surgeons” won’t tell you prior to surgery (and, yes, I’ll explain the parenthesis later). These are things that the authors suggest you should know “before you and your wallet go under the knife.” But before I go any further, let me … Read more »

One-Hit-Wonder Plastic Surgery Procedures Miss The Beat

Anyone who has been listening to pop music for a while can come up with a list of one-hit-wonders. You know, a band that came out with one great song and then everything else fizzled. I can remember “Vehicle” by the Ides of March from 1970. Cool name. Too bad they didn’t do much else. … Read more »

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