Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tickle Lipo?

Smart Lipo, Slim Lipo, Cool Lipo, now Tickle Lipo?

Tickle Lipo is the name of one of the newest forms of liposuction. According to the company, it involves Nutational Infrasonic Liposuction, an FDA approved technique that utilizes low frequency infrasonic vibrations to aid in allowing both easier removal of fat and less motion/work for the surgeon. The company also claims "reduced risk, less trauma, bruising, and swelling, greater comfort, and faster recovery." Is this true? Will Tickle Lipo make all the other types of liposuction obsolete?

I have never used this machine, but it sounds somewhat similar to PAL (power assisted liposuction). PAL utilizes a vibrating cannula that allows a plastic surgeon to remove fat easier, faster, and with overall less effort. It'll be interesting to see how Tickle Lipo distinguishes itself from Power Assisted Lipo.

On Tickle Lipo's website, there is a local news segment with a doctor who combines Tickle Lipo with Smart Lipo to achieve a large amount of fat removal with maximal skin tightening. Sounds all good and dandy, huh? Too bad he's an internal medicine specialist, and not a real plastic surgeon. I'd feel much better if there was a real, board-certified plastic surgeon on their website instead of an internist!
For Tickle Lipo's website, click here.

Thanks for reading.

Anthony Youn, M.D.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Elf Ears - The Newest Plastic Surgery Trend?

I read an interesting article today introducing one of the newest trends in plastic surgery: Creating Elf Ears. There is a Hungarian plastic surgeon practicing in New York City who created this procedure and even claims that it can "improve the experience of listening to music." Apparently there are "music faun clubs" which are dance clubs that only allow entrance to those with pointy ears.

This is a new one for me! By looking at the photos I can see how the procedure is done. It's a variation of the types of surgeries we do to reconstruct an ear after part of it is removed for cancer. Instead of making your ear look normal, however, it makes you look like Spock.

I'd rather my daughter get a tramp stamp than one of these!

Thanks for reading.

Anthony Youn, M.D.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

10 Telltale Signs of Plastic Surgery has an interesting slideshow of my 10 Secret Signs of Plastic Surgery. Some of these are obvious to those who read this blog regularly. I recently covered the topic on the Rachael Ray Show as well.

You can check out the slideshow here. After reading it, you will have many of the tools necessary to be a plastic surgery detective!

Thanks for reading.

Anthony Youn, M.D.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Thong Lift?

There is an interesting article in the Daily Mail today announcing:
Bottoms up! The facelift is old hat, the tummy tuck's yesterday's news - the latest craze is the bum lift!
The article goes on to describe the Thong Lift, the name given by a Miami plastic surgeon for fat grafting to the buttocks (a.k.a. Brazilian Butt Lift). Here's more:

The difference between this is and other sorts of fat augmentation is that the surgeon injects fat between layers of muscle, so there is more blood supply to the fat and less of it dies.
The scars left by the incisions needed to inject the fat are hidden, says Mendieta, ‘in the grand canyon where the thong goes’, hence the name of the procedure.

"Grand Canyon?" That's a strange term to use!
I perform fat grafting to the buttocks, but am always concerned about being too aggressive with grafting it into the actual muscles, which have large blood vessels and nerves. This would make me more concerned about a major bleeding episode. The surgeon is definitely well-known for his gluteal work, however, and probably does a few more of these than I do.
Click here for the article.
Thanks for reading.

Anthony Youn, M.D.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Facial Filler Foul Ups Article on

There is an alarming and interesting article on regarding the growing incidence of complications with facial filler injections. Facial fillers (like Restylane, Juvederm, and Sculptra) are now the second most common plastic surgery procedure in the country. It's inevitable that as these procedures grow in popularity, the number of people having complications will also increase.

While this article is alarming, it's important for consumers to realize that the most popular injectables (hyaluronic acids like Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, and Prevelle) have a near-antidote called Hyaluronidase if too much is injected. That's one big reason I prefer these injectables over Radiesse or Artefil. Even so, if you are considering having facial fillers injected, make sure you have it performed in the office of a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

For the article, click here.

Thanks for reading.

Anthony Youn, M.D.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Kate Gosselin's Post-Tummy Tuck Belly

The website has posted this photo of Kate Gosselin in a bikini, and called it "terrifying" due to the loose skin on her tummy, even after a tummy tuck. What's the scoop here?

Tummy tucks are meant to remove excess, hanging skin (and the fat accompanying it) and tighten up the muscle layer underneath. Although Kate looks flat and tight when standing, it's not surprising that her skin looks this way when sitting. Everyone has some skin that folds over when sitting down. We must, otherwise we wouldn't be able to stand up straight. With Kate, however, that skin has been profoundly stretched out, so it's not going to look as smooth as the skin of a person who has not had children.

So poke fun at her for being an annoying fame junkie, but that tummy skin is completely normal.

Thanks for reading.

Anthony Youn, M.D.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Want to Heidi Yourself?

Want to see what you would look like after undergoing Heidi Montag's ten plastic surgeries? A Miami plastic surgeon has posted a website which allows you to do just that. It's called Heidi Yourself, and the page looks like a combination of an advertisement for The Hills and for his iPhone plastic surgery app. Check it out here.

Thanks for reading.

Anthony Youn, M.D.