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Who Are Candidates for Cosmetic Surgery? Physicians should consult with potential patients about their needs and expectations regarding surgery

For the most part, anyone who feels they can be a candidate for cosmetic surgery is probably right. “Some of it is treating a feature that someone may not like,” said Dr. Marty Luftman with Plastic Surgery Associates. “It can be a genetic trait like a large nose, turkey gobbler or saggy eyelids. Other times, … Continue reading

Gulf Shores, Alabama: Beautiful beaches and plenty to do make this an ideal vacation destination

It’s the sugar-white sand beaches that are most captivating. Or maybe it’s the mint-green water, so clear you can see the clean white sandy bottom. Or the wonderful seafood caught fresh in the Gulf of Mexico hours before your meal. Or the fact that it’s just a short distance to Mobile, Ala. Whatever your reason … Continue reading

Cancer Patients Benefit from Breast Augmentation Surgery: After undergoing mastectomy, survivors’ thoughts turn to reconstruction

For many women who undergo mastectomy, their thoughts after surviving cancer turn to breast reconstruction. If a patient goes to a breast center of excellence that has specific subspecialties involved in a comprehensive breast cancer therapy program, she will see everybody she needs to see before the mastectomy. “A lot of times the center will … Continue reading

Fifteen Years, $20.6 Billion: Not Bad!!

As reflected in the headlines and statistics, the Federal Government has made the fight against health care fraud an enforcement priority that has reaped extraordinary rewards. During 2010 Daniel Levinson, Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services, and Lewis Morris, Chief Counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services testified before … Continue reading

Post-Bariatric Surgery Addresses Problem of Excess Skin: After undergoing significant weight loss, patients seek cosmetic restoration

One problem that patients who undergo bariatric surgery for weight loss encounter is excess skin. There are few medical risks to having excess skin, but it often becomes a matter of aesthetics for post-bariatric surgery patients, said Dr. Henry Wells of Wells Plastic Surgery. “Patients can sometimes cover up the excess skin, but that skin … Continue reading

Dr. D. Ralph Millard, Jr.: Pioneer in cleft palate surgery and rhinoplasty left a lasting legacy

The movie and the TV series M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) were a big hit a couple of decades ago, but not many people know that it was during his service in just such a M*A*S*H unit in Korea that Dr. D. Ralph Millard, Jr. pioneered his groundbreaking cosmetic surgical techniques to treat the disfiguring … Continue reading

Reduction Techniques Reshape Breasts: Patients’ reasons for choosing surgery include cosmetics and symptom relief

There are three reasons a patient may come to a plastic surgeon’s office for a consultation on breast reduction: for cosmetic surgery, for surgery to relieve symptoms or for a combination of both. “Cosmetic reasons would be [the patient] not liking the size of her breasts or feeling as though she is disproportionate,” said Dr. … Continue reading

Popular Cosmetic Procedures Remove Excess Fat: Lip, Abdominoplasty create smoother, better-defined profiles

Two of the more popular cosmetic surgery procedures are liposuction and abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck.” According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) (www.plasticsurgery.org), liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or simply “lipo,” slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits. It can be used to treat stubborn fat pockets … Continue reading

Physicians See Many Benefits With Latest Technological Advances in Plastic Surgery: Fat transfers replace lost tissue, restore youthfulness

Breakthroughs in plastic surgery are helping more patients achieve the look they desire. Body contouring and facial cosmetic surgery are capturing a great deal of interest. “The newest hot-button things are fat transfers from other parts of the body into places where genetically you are programmed to lose it,” said Dr. Bill Dowden with Dowden … Continue reading

Surgery on Sunday Reaches Out to People Lacking Medical Coverage: Dr. Andrew Moore’s vision is still going strong

For many people without adequate medical coverage, basic medical procedures are out of reach. But a local organization works to remedy that problem. Surgery On Sunday, founded by Dr. Andrew Moore, provides essential outpatient surgical services for free to income-eligible individuals and families that do not have health insurance and are not eligible for federal … Continue reading