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

Category Archives: Plastic Surgery Recovery

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 »

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 »

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 »

You’ve Had Plastic Surgery. Now What?

It happens. People have great results from their surgery (or CoolSculpting), and think they are done. So, they slip back into their old bad habits and start gaining weight again. We don’t want to see this happen to you! Congratulations on the new and improved you! Plastic surgery is an investment, a very worthwhile one, … Read more »

Why the Keller Funnel May Make Breast Augmentations Better

The basics of breast augmentation, my most common operation, have not really changed in the last three or four decades. Certainly, there have been significant advances in the designs of the implants themselves, but how the implants are placed in the body is basically the same. However, there is an important advance recently which I … Read more »

My Top 10 Most Important Blog Posts (So Far)

Back in November of 2009, I started my Facebook page, got my first smart phone, and wrote my first blog post. Since then, we have been honored with over 11,000 facebook fans and our practice You Tube channel has 247 videos with over 246,000 views. Pretty amazing, right? Now, six years later, I have written over 230 … Read more »

Fit to Fitness Athlete: A Reath Patient Story

Every time we post new before and after photos on our website, we try and 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 such a story. More than … Read more »

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