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

Category Archives: Plastic Surgery Recovery

5 Ways I’ve Made My Tummy Tucks Better

One of the rewarding and challenging things about medicine is that things are always changing, and mostly for the better. Anyone who has had a surgical career for more than 10 or 15 years is now doing things which we learned after we completed our training. Sometimes we are doing an entirely different operation and … Read more »

50, Fit and Fabulous: A Reath Patient Story

Every now and then I get lucky enough to have a patient like Kris walk through my door. She is a wonderful person and has allowed me to embark with her on the gratifying  journey of making her look the way she feels inside. It has truly been a partnership because she has done as … 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 11,500 facebook fans and our practice You Tube channel has 273 videos with over 680,000 views. Pretty amazing, right? Now, eight years later, I have written almost 300 … Read more »

How the New Opiod Law Affects Your Recovery (and our brilliant solution for leftover pills)

On July 1 of this year, our state legislature passed “The Tennessee Together Plan”, which regulates the use and prescription of narcotic pain medications. The intent of this law is certainly laudable: to curb the overuse of opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin, and fentanyl, to name a few. Certainly, as a state we need … Read more »

An Epic Victory Over Obesity: A Reath Patient Story

One of our very dear patients has written the following about her life journey of dealing with obesity. Not only has she very effectively dealt with this, but she has truly changed her life. My staff and I have been honored to help her achieve her goals and dreams. Her words and her life are … Read more »

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 »

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 »

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