Archive | March, 2013

Know Someone Who Needs a Tummy Tuck?

22 Mar

Please note: This study is closed, but if another opens up, we will post a new alert. Thank you!

We are looking for candidates for a new study here at Marina Plastic Surgery. We’ve been selected by Cohera Medical, lnc. as one of five plastic surgery centers in the U.S. to participate in a national clinical research trial to test an experimental product – a tissue glue – that may aid in wound closure following abdominoplasty surgery

The “tummy tuck” surgery as it is commonly called will be performed by either by me or Dr. Michelle Spring at our fully accredited surgical center.  Financial consideration will be made for qualified participants.

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Typical tummy tuck patients are frustrated that they cannot lose that last hanging flabby skin.  No creams will lift lax tummy skin, no amount of crunches will tighten loose stomach muscles, and even the healthiest diet will not be able to reduce certain fat deposits along the abdominal wall. Only a tummy tuck can help address this problem area sufficiently.

We are looking for specific types of patients who fit the study qualifications. These qualifications include:

• 18 years of age or older

• Non-smoker

• General good health

• Not pregnant or nursing

• No previous abdominoplasty

• Agree to not schedule any additional elective surgeries involving an incision to the abdomen until your study participation is complete

• Are available for follow up evaluations for three months following surgery

During the initial qualifying consultation, we will review your medical history. Photos will be taken and you should bring a list of medications, vitamins and herbal supplements that you take.

For more information, call 877-298-9915.

Silicone Breast Implants – Bigger Than Ever

14 Mar

asaps logoNew statistics released this week by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) point to the fact that silicone breast implants have made a big comeback in cosmetic procedures (

I was an active opponent to the 1992 FDA ban of silicone breast implants used in cosmetic procedures. The ban was based on junk science.  It took place after complaints that the implants ruptured and could lead to health problems. The information proved untrue, and the FDA lifted the ban and said silicone implants are “safe and effective.”

According to ASAPS statistics, in 2012, 72 percent of the 330,631 breast-augmentation procedures in the U.S. used silicone implants, while 28 percent used saline.

I like the newest “gummy bear” implants.  You can learn more about them here


Man Oh Man, You Need A Facial!

11 Mar

Yes guys.  I’m talking to you.  Men are finally getting the message that skin care and plastic surgery are not just for women.  You deserve a little pampering as well.  A recent article by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons reminded me that men have been left out of general skin care discussions and plastic surgery information.  Those worry lines between the eyebrows are extremely common, for example. Botox can help!

Stressed Over Money

Funny thing is, in reality this is a huge growing trend.  Just recently, I started seeing a whole lot of guys in the reception area of my practice when they found out about how CoolSculpting can blast away those love handles and guts by freezing the fat.

Plastic surgery procedures for men – both surgical and non-invasive – increased a whopping 88 percent over the past 13 years with men now having more than 750,000 procedures a year, about eight percent of the U.S. total. The procedures most men ask for are liposuction, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), eyelid surgery, breast reduction to treat enlarged male breasts and cosmetic ear surgery.

Men wear their resumes on their faces, so I am not surprised to see the study statistics.  They want to keep their jobs, get a job after being laid off or just want to look younger and more rested.  Fillers like Botox are far and away the most requested non-surgical procedure.

Laser hair removal and chemical peels are also popular. While the affluent male baby boomers seek plastic surgery to help them look as youthful as possible, a variety of people are asking for procedures – businessmen and actors to mechanics and construction workers.

It’s a tough world out there, so try a relaxing facial at our Institute. Then check out what else we have to offer.  You’ll be glad you did guys.


Batting Your Baby Blues With Longer Lashes

8 Mar

Your eyes are one of the first things people notice about you, so it’s important that they look their best at all times. The scientists at Allergan, the makers of BOTOX®, discovered an effective, non-invasive way to help you grow your own beautiful eyelashes without pills, injections or surgery. This innovative treatment, LATISSE®, helps our patients enhance eyelash growth and is available by prescription at my office.

There are many ways in the world of beauty today to get longer, fuller, sexier lashes.  Most women begin with the basics like mascara and then graduate to false lashes or extensions.  Though mascara is easy and extensions can add more volume and length in an instant, Latisse adds the final fabulous ingredient–growing your own thicker, fuller, darker lashes.  Some of us never had lashes to begin with, others lose them progressively over time and some just want more of a good thing — Latisse addresses each of these candidates.  With a once daily application you can start to see your lashes grow more lush and sexy over in the first few weeks but final results aren’t seen until 16 weeks. Latisse is a must have in every girl’s bag of tricks.

The Institute at Marina Plastic Surgery has been offering Latisse for many months.  It works! Here’s an example of a happy patient at 16 weeks.  We’d love to have you try it.  You’ll be glad you did.

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