Archive for September, 2010

Asian Eyelid Surgery by Dr. Aker

This is one of the most common procedures performed by plastic surgeons in Asian countries. About 50% of those of Asian descent have a single or fold-less upper eyelid. Commonly there is also excessive fullness in the area between the eyebrow and eyelashes and a fold of skin that overhangs the inner corner of the […]

Awake During Breast Augmentation Surgery. Possible? by Dr. Sando

A commonly asked question is “Can breast augmentation be performed under local anesthesia?” To answer that, I would like to take you back into the history of the operation because as surgical techniques have changed, so have the anesthetic practices. Early on, in the 1960’s and 1970’s, breast augmentation positioned the implant beneath the breast […]

A Vocabulary Lesson in Plastic Surgery. By Dr. Sando

Have you felt bombarded by terms: “cosmetic,” “aesthetic,” “plastic,” “reconstructive” when referring to the kind of surgery we specialists do? What do these terms actually mean? “Plastic surgery” refers to the entire realm of our specialty which seeks to alter. In fact the Greek word, “plastikos,” means “to mold or change.” Twenty-five years ago I […]

Herbs + Anesthesia could be a dangerous cocktail.

Have you noticed in the past couple of years how the herbal product counter at your local pharmacy has grown like a well-tended garden? Burgeoning public interest has resulted in a “mushrooming” choice of these products. A very well-researched and lucid review of popular herbal products can be found on-line, authored by M.J. McKeown, M.D., […]