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Why Plastic Surgery Tourism Is a Dangerous Idea

Every few months, another news story comes out about someone being hospitalized due to the complications of an international plastic surgery procedure. As a plastic surgeon serving the Chandler, AZ, area, I hear far too many stories about patients who have traveled abroad to save money on surgery and ended up paying a far greater …

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All About Tummy Tuck Drains

During consultations with patients considering tummy tuck surgery at my Gilbert and Scottsdale-area offices, many of the questions focus on the recovery following the procedure. The subject of post-surgical drains can be a bit confusing and even a bit worrisome. That's why I wanted to address the subject in a blog post for women and …

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Uneven Breasts Are Common and Can Be Corrected

Symmetry is often thought to be the pinnacle of attractiveness. Research shows that facial symmetry is the hallmark of what people consider beautiful. It's no different for breasts, but the fact is that very few women have perfectly even breasts. The difference in size is minimal in most cases, but some women are self-conscious about …

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Shapewear or Surgery? When to Choose Liposuction Over Spanx®

  It might have been while trying to slip into that little black dress. Or maybe when pulling on those jeans that used to fit just right. At some point, many of us realize that we might need a little help smoothing out those minor bulges and rolls. Wearing Spanx or other similar shapewear products is an option, …

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Informed Browsing: Know How to Look at Before & After Photos

People looking into plastic surgery often spend a lot of time browsing before-and-after photos when they're researching plastic surgeons to perform their procedure. That's smart, and it's something I encourage all of my patients to do. For example, if you're thinking about getting a tummy tuck in the Scottsdale area, it's extremely helpful to look at photos that …

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Breast Implant Research: What’s Important to Know?

Research is important before any major purchase, including plastic surgery. Potential breast augmentation patients from Mesa, Gilbert, Scottsdale, and other AZ communities frequently tell me that with so many breast implant options to choose from, research quickly crosses the line from "helpful" to "overwhelming." It's important to think of your breast augmentation as more of a work …

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Should You Tell Others You’ve Had Liposuction?

Considering a major plastic surgery procedure like liposuction in Scottsdale, AZ involves many important decisions: whom to choose as your surgeon, what area of the body to treat, and what liposuction technique to choose. But another major decision is deciding if you should tell others you’ve had liposuction. I have clients who love telling their …

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Mommy Makeover: How Soon Is Too Soon?

Even women prepared for the physical changes caused by pregnancy can be surprised by just how different their bodies look after having children. And the fact that working out and healthy eating habits can't reverse some of those changes is frustrating. That's one reason mommy makeover surgery at my Scottsdale-area practices is so popular. Mommy …

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Tips for a Post-Pregnancy Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck can be a truly transformative procedure for women who have had children. That's because surgery is the only way to remove the permanently stretched abdominal skin that moms are often left with after one or more pregnancies. For moms who exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet, the excess skin can be especially …

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Things to Tell Your Surgeon Before Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is the top cosmetic procedure in the U.S.—with over 300,000 breast augmentations performed in 2017 alone, a 3% increase over the previous year. Though breast augmentation here at my Gilbert, AZ, practice and nationwide is very common, it remains important to have good communication with your surgeon and provide him or her with …

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