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A Sad Day for Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara

Today one of my long-time friends and a much-respected colleague Dr. Douglas Mackenzie pulled up his moving van and cleared the remaining things from his office as he closed his Pacific Plastic Surgery practice here in Santa Barbara. Dr. Mackenzie and I have been great colleagues since I came to town in 2007, and over…

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An amazing plastic surgery event!!!

We had an amazing plastic surgery event last evening at Montecito Plastic Surgery- we had representatives from CoolSculpting, Mentor Breast Implants, Clear + Brilliant, ZO Skin Care, Rejuvapen Microneedling, Ultherapy, and Cellfina, as well as our amazing staff. Thanks to everyone who came, and especially to Alexis our great CoolSculpting model who was kind enough…

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These Three Things Will Help You Heal After Plastic Surgery

We are in an unprecedented time in history, one that has led the whole world into relative isolation from one another. Friday night Happy Hour stopped for months out of the last year. People went from working out at their local gyms to working out in their living rooms. With these changes, you’d think that…

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Post-operative care- don’t skimp on your comfort or safety!

Yesterday I did another rhinoplasty- this patient is from Scandinavia and came to see me in Santa Barbara for her plastic surgery. At her preoperative consultation, I asked her who she was planning on having help her following surgery, and how she was going to get back to her hotel. She had planned to take…

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Who does your Botox®?

Today I had a call from the concierge at the Four Seasons Resort here in Santa Barbara. One of their guests wanted a Botox® treatment and was curious if we were available today, Sunday. I spoke with the concierge and explained that I would of course love to provide services to their guests. This woman…

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Breast implant surgery in Santa Barbara

Yesterday I did three breast implant operations at my plastic surgery center here in Santa Barbara. One of them was what we call a primary breast augmentation, which means I operated on a woman who did not previously have breast implants and I did her breast augmentation for the first time. The other two patients…

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The TouchMD Advantage in Breast Augmentation

We have been very happy with our TouchMD system over the past few months, and patient reaction to this remarkable software has been outstanding. With TouchMD patients are able to log into their own web portal and view information about our practice as well as a multitude of different plastic surgery procedures. Everything from videos…

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Breast Implant Size

For patients considering breast augmentation, a common question found both on line and in person has to do with implant size. Deciding what size and type of breast implant to use in a breast augmentation can be confusing and daunting, but should not be. As many know, breast implants can come in various sizes, textures,…

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Fat Injections, Cheek Lifts, and Timeless Beauty in Santa Barbara

A quick discussion about the cheek lift… Many plastic surgeons, instead of a cheek lift, will do fat injections, cheek implants, or temporary injection of fillers. Some patients who have had these operations can very often be seen as having fullness in regions of the face that are not quite normal. We recognize that something…

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Coming from Beverly Hills for Plastic Surgery

We are seeing more and more women come from Beverly Hills and Hollywood to have their plastic surgery in Santa Barbara. I find this a very interesting phenomenon. I’ve never been one to gawk at celebrities- I see them as people just like you and I, with very interesting careers. (I have some friends, whoever,…

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Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara- what’s in a name?

Plastic surgery in Santa Barbara- what’s in a name? The term plastic surgeon is getting more confusing to understand, every day. Cosmetic surgery, cosmetic medicine, plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery, facial plastic surgery- many patients, and unfortunately some physicians, are using these terms interchangeably. This is largely because any physician with a medical license can call…

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Float spa event for Girls Inc.

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for coming out to Float Spa last night- we had a great crowd despite the crazy weather, and a lot of great questions following my talk on minimally invasive plastic surgery in Santa Barbara. Best of all, it was a great even for Girls Inc.! Thanks again!!

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Is it time for a Santa Barbara Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a very vague term that can mean lots of things, and can be performed on women who have had children or not. Usually, mommy makeover corresponds to a combination of breast enhancement and body contouring…. but there are many ways to do both. In my Santa Barbara plastic surgery practice, we…

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Liposuction gone bad

Many have seen the photos of Tara Reid showing what is being called “botched plastic surgery”.  Having seen a few patients with similar problems in my office following liposuction from plastic surgeons in Los Angeles, I thought it important to address what is going on here and the reasons behind these kinds of results. Liposuction…

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Tanning beds get their due

“Tanning beds have been ranked alongside cigarettes, arsenic and asbestos as posing the greatest threat of cancer to humans by an international cancer research group.”- from a Reuter’s news article last week. Skin cancer is finally being recognized as the significant cancer that has significant morbidity and even mortality. The chief culprit to cause this…

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Help Fight the Proposed Plastic Surgery Tax

Congress is currently debating a 5% federal taxation of users of cosmetic medical treatments like you. As a plastic surgeon, I urge you to oppose this tax for several reasons outlined here. Please get involved! The tax is punitive and places an additional burden on the middle class – According to the American Society of…

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4 Questions to Ask Before Breast Augmentation

The female body is truly something to be celebrated. Many women feel that their breasts provide a special and personal feature, as their curves help to accentuate your feminine physique. But when the size, setting and proportion of your breasts begin to change, it can sometimes affect self-confidence. Whether you have had small breasts your…

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Keeping busy with plastic surgery and more in Santa Barbara

As many of you know, following Dr. Sheffield’s retirement at the end of last year, some gentle transformations have kept us busy at Montecito Plastic Surgery. New paint adorns the walls, and new furniture can be found throughout the office. This week, the finishing touches will be placed with new flooring in two exam rooms.…

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Natural Appearing Breast Implants

In the course of my discussions about creating the most natural appearing breast augmentations, I always review the reasoning that I use the dual plane technique with my patients. A lot of information about breast implants can be found on the breast pages of my website, but I want to reiterate why this technique seems…

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Be safe with your plastic surgery!

This recent USA Today article highlights several tragic but avoidable situations in which unqualified and dangerous physicians who were not boarded by the American Board of Plastic Surgery- and not properly trained in plastic surgery- caused the deaths of patients who were seduced by a sales pitch and a discount. Particularly with liposuction, the overdose…

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