09th Nov, 2017

Maybe you’ve heard of Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma.  It’s getting more attention, and was even on the front page of the New York Times in May.  I was at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons last month and got the latest on this rare cancer associated with certain textured breast implants.  I put a page on my website which highlights what is currently known about BIA-ALCL.  Should you be concerned?  Check out the page (with links to...Read More

Posted on November 9, 2017 By Douglas Mackenzie in , , ,

This plays out in my office all the time (I left out the beginning of the quote)…  Here is the complete quote: “I go to the gym all the time and I just can’t get rid of this!”.  As the patient says “this”, she is grabbing a hunk of skin, typically on the lower abdomen.  Most commonly, she’s a mom or has lost a bunch of weight.  Or both.  But now she’s reasonably fit (or maybe super fit!) and is frustrated that the rolls didn’t go away at the gym.  She’ll run down all the...Read More

Posted on August 6, 2017 By Douglas Mackenzie in ,

Breast “enhancement” is a vague term that plastic surgeons use, but you see it everywhere when researching breast surgery. It usually refers to augmentation, mastopexy (breast lift), or both. Breast reduction could be considered breast enhancement also. But there are other procedures that don’t get enough credit that should definitely be considered under the umbrella of breast “enhancement”. I’ve listed four. Can you think of others?

#1 Inverted Nipple

A nipple that comes out only...Read More

Posted on April 13, 2017 By Douglas Mackenzie in , , , ,

In the words of Joan Rivers. “Believe me, you can hide a lot of things, but the hands always give it away,” I didn’t really get the meaning of this quote until recently when my 3-year niece looked at my hands, pointed and said “old” with all the sweet innocence of a child. You can always rely on them for their honesty- for better for worse. It got me thinking and glancing down at my hands. On occasion, I catch a view and think “do those things really belong to me?” They...Read More

Posted on March 6, 2017 By Douglas Mackenzie in , , ,

From Austin Powers Goldmember

I was on a plane last week sitting next to a young guy who had a nevus (mole) on the back of his hand between his thumb and index finger.  It was not small.  It looked completely benign, not pigmented, and slightly pedunculated (kind of mushroom shaped). I wondered how often he snagged it on his pocket, or when putting on a glove.  It had likely been there for years, maybe his whole life.  I wondered what probably everyone else wondered: “Dude, why don’t...Read More

Posted on February 24, 2017 By Douglas Mackenzie in , , ,

Writing this post was prompted by two recent patients I saw that had the same problem with their abdominoplasty scars that they got elsewhere, by different surgeons. They actually came to me for other reasons, but the subject of their abdominoplasty scars came up. They already knew that not much could be done about their situation.

Sometimes surgical outcomes are not what we want or expect. Usually these unexpected outcomes arise from minor complications, rarely from major complications, and often...Read More

Posted on January 10, 2016 By Douglas Mackenzie in , ,

Recently, you may have heard quite a bit about Kybella, which is the first FDA-approved non-surgical injectable treatment that reduces submental fat, AKA “the double chin”. Prior to Kybella, the only option to get rid of this fat was with surgery. Now, there is a safe and effective alternative that only involves a series of small injections. Find out all about how Kybella works with these frequently asked questions…

Is Kybella right for me?

If you are bothered by submental...Read More

Posted on October 5, 2015 By Douglas Mackenzie in ,
02nd Jul, 2015

There are quite a few myths, misconceptions and scary stories floating around about BOTOX™ and I felt that it was time to clear some of that up. Is it dangerous? Will it give me Botulism? Will other people be able to tell if I’ve had BOTOX™ or even worse, will I look frozen and expressionless? The list goes on and on, but the good news is that most of the bad things that you have heard are just myths. Only you can decide if BOTOX™ is right for you, but below are seven of the most common myths...Read More

Posted on July 2, 2015 By Douglas Mackenzie in ,
19th May, 2015

Motherhood brings an unimaginable amount of joy, the experience of unconditional love and is by far one of the most rewarding experiences a woman can have. Unfortunately, most women don’t love the toll that pregnancy and breastfeeding has on their bodies. While a healthy lifestyle is essential, many women find that despite eating healthy and working out, it can be difficult to get their pre-baby bodies back.

The “Mommy Makeover” refers to a combination of surgeries that help to...Read More

We are excited to announce that we will now be offering oxygen facials along with the exclusive Intraceutical product line which will help maximize the results of these treatments.  Oxygen facials can be used to revitalize the skin prior to an important event, leaving you with an instant glow and skin that feels plump and refreshed. They can also be used as part of your ongoing skin care regimen for optimal results. Oxygen facials are the perfect way to pamper yourself with the relaxing effects of a facial...Read More

Posted on April 9, 2015 By Douglas Mackenzie in ,

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