Plastic Surgery Blog

Do Scar Treatments Really Work?

Published on March 10, 2017

As you might imagine, this is one of the most common questions I get from patients after surgery. They want to know when they can start using the various scar treatments that are available over-the-counter. They usually don’t ask the

Information about Breast Augmentation on the Internet

Published on February 10, 2017

A recent report in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was of interest. Apparently, both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Medical Association (AMA) recommend that educational materials be written at a sixth-grade reading level. This recommendation

Breast Reconstruction — Be Careful What You Wish For?

Published on February 2, 2017

Breast reconstruction following mastectomy for cancer has improved by leaps and bounds over the last decade. Implant-based reconstructions can now be done in a single stage in many women with greatly improved aesthetic results. Autologous tissue reconstructions (patients’ own tissue

Botox to Stop Smoking?

Published on January 20, 2017

I came across a very interesting item the other day. A woman from Portland, Oregon, asked her plastic surgeon for help with stopping smoking. He, perhaps half jokingly, suggested Botox in her lips. We are not talking about the little

Liposuction Procedure – Charleston

Published on September 26, 2016

Liposuction may immediately bring the removal of fat from the abdomen to mind, but this very common procedure is actually used to improve the contours of many parts of the body. Dr. Terranova has successfully performed liposuction procedures on numerous

Second Opinions: A Good Idea or Not?

Published on February 11, 2016

I came across a piece recently about how doctors feel about second opinions. As you might imagine, it was almost universally agreed that patients certainly have the right to additional opinions, particularly when it comes to treatment of significant diseases

Selfies, Shaming, and Plastic Surgery

Published on December 19, 2015

What do selfies and shaming have in common? Apparently, plastic surgery. Selfies are almost an obsession these days. They are ubiquitous on social media. And shaming, unfortunately, is becoming very common as well. As people look more and more at

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Holy Hearing Aid, Batman—a Bionic Ear

Published on November 4, 2015

3-D printing has certainly come a long way.  It wasn’t so long ago that it was a marvel because it could “manufacture” three-dimensional, functional objects.  Think guns. Then we learned to apply the technology to living tissue.  Within a short

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Drains and Breast Reduction

Published on October 28, 2015

Breast Reduction is a pretty big operation but it has the greatest percentage of happy patients (nearly 100%) of any procedure that we perform. The relief of back, neck and shoulder pain caused by very large breasts (the fancy name

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Does the “Non-Surgical Facelift” Exist?

Published on October 22, 2015

There has been much interest over the last few years in what is being termed the “non-surgical facelift”. Is there such a thing?  The answer is another question: what do you mean by “facelift”? Non-surgical (or non-invasive) facial rejuvenation has

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