Warning and Fakes

Plastic Surgeons vs Cosmetic Surgeons

Posted on November 4, 2015

Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery: An Overview Several people want to enhance their looks in any possible way, and reaching out to the Plastic Surgeon is their best answer. Often, they are not clear about the expert, whom they should approach, the Plastic Surgeon, or the Cosmetic Surgeon. The best way to understand this, is […]

OxyElite Pro linked to non-viral hepatitis

Posted on October 12, 2013

At least 24 people in Hawaii have developed acute non-viral hepatitis after using the dietary supplement OxyElite Pro, marketed for use in weight loss and muscle building. Additionally, two patients have received liver transplants, and one patient died, but it is not clear whether they took OxyElite Pro or a different dietary supplement. The cases (median age, 33) all […]

Beware: Lipotron 3000 – a bogus fat treatment

Posted on March 20, 2013

This week a patient came to my office, and told me about her treatment here in Orlando with a gadget called the Lipotron 3000. It’s advertised as being a radiofrequency machine that can melt both subcutaneous and visceral fat, and is promoted as part of a weight loss treatment called Lipo-Ex or LipoFast. It’s also called […]

Caution: the “scarless” suture suspension breast lift

Posted on March 8, 2013

Every few years, there seems to be a return of an old concept that didn’t work the first time around: trying to lift a droopy (ptotic) breast with internal sutures. This was first developed around 2001 by the Bulgarian cosmetic surgeon Serdev, who applied internal suture lifting techniques to almost every part of the body […]

Don’t use an app to diagnose melanoma.

Posted on January 25, 2013

While the smartphone is pretty impressive technology, turns out that melanoma diagnosis apps are still pretty dumb – and inaccurate. A new study, published in JAMA Dermatology this week found that 3 out of 4 apps incorrectly labelled at least 30% of actual melanoma skin cancers as “unconcerning.” Four smartphone apps marketed for analyzing skin […]

FDA cracks down on Botox from Canada.

Posted on January 4, 2013

Here’s an interesting story from NBC News. Seems that the FDA isn’t too happy about unapproved Botox coming across the northern border… For the consumer, the take-home message is this: if the price of the “Botox” you are getting seems too good to be true, maybe it isn’t really genuine, FDA-approved Botox, sourced from Allergan. […]

Ulthera is under-whelming

Posted on February 12, 2012

Ulthera is a new non-invasive skin tightening device. The idea seems promising:  use intense focused ultrasonic energy to target tissue deep to the skin, heat and coagulate the tissue, thereby getting some tissue shrinkage and tightening.  It’s had great press on the various TV talk shows.  It is FDA approved – so we know it’s […]

More trouble with PIP, the French implant company

Posted on December 23, 2011

Although this doesn’t apply to us here in the U.S., you might remember hearing about some troubles with the French implant maker PIP.  The news initially broke last year that PIP had been using a cheaper industrial grade silicone in their silicone gel breast implants, rather than medical grade silicone.  They were promptly shut down by French […]

A Thanksgiving reminder about Sun Protection

Posted on November 20, 2011

There are two great products for skin care:  Retin-A and sunscreen. With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, I was reminded of a certain educational poster about the need for sunscreen and sun protection….I hope you find it as funny as I did! Poster: S Cooper, “Baking is for Turkeys”

Hydrogel injections – too good to be true?

Posted on November 13, 2011

The allure of instant contouring of the buttock or breast with an injectable filler is pretty strong.  It sounds like such a promising concept – a few quick injections, no invasive surgery – and voila!, instant shaping.  Search the internet, and you’ll see lots of sites about hydrogel injections for instant buttock augmentation. Question:  what injectable material […]


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