August, 2010

Our blog honored by Plastic Surgery Practice magazine

In the July 2010 issue of Plastic Surgery Practice magazine, is an article by editor Jeffrey Frentzen selecting the best plastic surgery-related blogs on the Internet. link I am delighted and pleasantly surprised to say that of the nine websites listed in the article, PSB - the Plastic Surgery Blog was listed as one of the best blogs, receiving an honorable mention . Thank you, Mr. Frentzen and Plastic Surgery Practice magazine! We'll continue in our efforts to educate the public, expose the myt...

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Thomas Fiala, MD 8/29/2010 Comments(0)

Selphyl: a filler you make yourself

Selphyl is a new facial filler that's getting a lot of buzz. It's made on site at the doctor's office, using a few vials of your own blood. Twenty minutes later, after processing, an amber-colored liquid is ready to inject into facial wrinkles. While it's not a filler itself, the liquid contains platelets and platelet-derived growth factors, which stimulate your tissues to produce more collagen. At least, that's the theory. This technology has been around for a while, but previously was limited ...

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Thomas Fiala, MD 8/27/2010 Comments(0)

Opinion: Are 61% of doctors bad?

According to recent data from the American Medical Association, by age 55, 61% of American doctors have been sued for medical malpractice. That's pretty much like saying that nearly 2 out of 3 doctors are negligent, are performing demonstrably below the "standard of care", and deserve to be punished with a crushing financial blow that could ruin their life and wipe out their savings. In some specialties, the numbers are even higher. For example: in both Obstetrics and Gynecology, and in General ...

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Thomas Fiala, MD 8/26/2010 Comments(1)

Non-surgical rejuvenation of the eye area

While our surgical operations for the upper and lower eyelid can yield some pretty impressive improvements, not everybody wants to jump directly to surgery right away. Many patients want to know, "Doctor, what can you do for me without getting invasive?" the answer: quite a lot, actually. The secret is to combine several non-invasive techniques in an artistic way. For example, when we look at the eye area, we commonly see the combination of: a crow's feet, b texture changes in the lower eyelid s...

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Thomas Fiala, MD 8/24/2010 Comments(0)

New look for the blog

Hey! The blog got a facelift! Hope you find the new layout and color scheme easier to read, and more user-friendly....

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Thomas Fiala, MD 8/23/2010 Comments(1)

New scientific data on biofilms & breast implants

We've talked about this before: one theory about why some breast implants become hard and distorted is related to a low-grade infection, called a biofilm , which triggers inflammation and fibrosis scar tissue formation . Until now, the biofilm theory of capsular contracture was pretty much based on circumstantial evidence and by looking at similar reactions in other implants. No longer. This month, in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery , is a well-performed animal study from Australia that fin...

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Thomas Fiala, MD 8/23/2010 Comments(0)


Condolences to the friends and family of fellow Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Frank Ryan. Dr. Ryan, an L.A.-based surgeon, became known in the media for his work with several high profile celebrities. He was killed in a car accident yesterday, at age 50....

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Thomas Fiala, MD 8/19/2010 Comments(0)

Xeomin approved: but for functional uses only

Xeomin - another botulinum A toxin product - was approved earlier this month by the FDA. In an interesting twist, the FDA approved the drug for certain muscle spasm syndromes - cervical dystonia and blepharospasm - but not for cosmetic purposes yet . That all-important cosmetic approval will probably come at a later date. Dystonias are neurological movement disorders featuring involuntary twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. About 3 people per 10,000 have this problem, accordi...

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Thomas Fiala, MD 8/16/2010 Comments(0)

One week only: botox & filler discounts galore

Here's an incredible deal for our loyal readers and friends: 25% off of your next Injectable service for you and your friends. But act fast - this fantastic special is good from now only until August 20, 2010! This special may not be combined with any other specials or discounts. The minimum purchase is for 25 units of BOTOX Cosmetic, an equivalent amount of Dysport, or one full syringe of the filler of your choice. Please call to set up your appointment 407 339-3222, or email us at: theteam@drf...

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Thomas Fiala, MD 8/15/2010 Comments(0)

Tampa doctor's license suspended after liposuction fiasco

As reported in the St. Pete Times, a family doctor in Tampa who was performing liposuction had his medical license suspended for a year and was fined $50,000 by the Board of Medicine, after multiple rule violations were found. According to the news report link , State health officials said Dr. Yves Jean-Baptiste allowed two people unlicensed to practice medicine - his assistants - to perform the liposuction on the patient. Additionally, the patient's medical records didn't show a proper patient ...

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Thomas Fiala, MD 8/15/2010 Comments(0)

New antibiotic-resistant super-bacteria reported: NDM-1

You've heard of MRSA methicillin-resistant staph aureus . Maybe you've heard about VRE vancomycin-resistant enterococcus . Now there's a new class of superbugs out there - and they look particularly nasty. These bad bacteria carry a gene called NDM-1 , which makes them resistant to almost all standard antibiotics , according to a recent report in The Lancet link . The NDM-1 carrying bacteria, first discovered in India and Pakistan, have now been spotted in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the Uni...

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Thomas Fiala, MD 8/11/2010 Comments(0)

Book Review: "Men are Stupid ...and They Like Big Boobs" - by Joan Rivers

Subtitled " A Women's Guide to Beauty through Plastic Surgery ", Joan Rivers and her co-writer Valerie Frankel have written an easy-to-read primer on cosmetic plastic surgery. At 15 chapters and 284 pages, the book covers all the typical cosmetic surgical procedures and non-invasive techniques - but it's a quick and easy read. And there's no doubt, Joan Rivers certainly has a great deal of personal experience with plastic surgery. Some might say, a little too much experience , but that's another...

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Thomas Fiala, MD 8/1/2010 Comments(1)

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