One day, about ten years ago I got a call from a style writer for a weekly news magazine asking whether I could comment on the trend of women getting plastic surgery for their belly buttons. “Huh?” pretty much summed up my response. Worried I had just brushed off a potential free advertising opportunity (I did), the next day I called some plastic surgery colleagues in New York and Los Angeles and asked them if they were noticing such a trend in the places where the trends tend to start. Nope. My plastic...Read More
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
Wound healing is a complex process that takes time. A surgical scar is the visible part of the scar tissue that results after the skin incision (wound) heals. This is the type of healing that is of most concern to patients – the visible scar. As I have discussed in a previous blog post (here), there is no such thing as scar-less surgery, and plastic surgeons can only minimize and mitigate scarring, not eliminate it.
One of the enemies of a nice scar is tension. Tension is the body’s...Read More
The earlobes tend to take a lot of abuse – the fleshy underside of the ear is frequently subject to piercings, heavy earrings, stretching and gauging. But even the earlobe has its breaking point. Whether it’s a tear from a traumatic injury or the simple desire to close up the holes that large gauge earlobe plugs leave behind, there are many reasons to consider earlobe repair surgery. Dr. Douglas J. Mackenzie and his friendly staff at Pacific Plastic Surgery specialize in a wide range of plastic...Read More