A ^Retired Plastic Surgeon's Notebook

Welcome to my blog. I am a retired plastic surgeon in Seattle and was in private practice since 1991. I've seen more than a few interesting faces and cases through my years spent in the exam room, the operating room and the emergency room. And I have an opinion on just about everything relating to plastic surgery (and a lot of unrelated stuff). If you like my blog, let me know. Thanks for reading! Lisa

Category: Patient Beware

En Bloc Capsulectomy: A Skillful Dissection by Investigative Reporter Jolene Edgar for RealSelf

November 26th, 2019 — 10:56am

I do a lot of breast implant removals and the topic of en bloc capsulectomy often comes up.  I am so glad to see this this very well researched and well written article by Jolene Edgar.  She has interviewed me and several other plastic surgeons regarding our approach to the breast implant illness patient.  IfContinue reading…

Breast Implant Illness, Breast Implant Removal, Breast Implants, Patient Beware, Patient Safety

Brazilian Butt Lift – A Dire Warning.

July 19th, 2018 — 9:29am

This is an email I received last week.  I want to share it here.  Please pass it along to anyone who may be considering a Brazilian Butt Lift: URGENT WARNING TO SURGEONS PERFORMING FAT GRAFTING TO THE BUTTOCKS (Brazilian Butt Lift or “BBL”)This urgent advisory is in response to the alarming number of deaths stillContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Fat Injection, Patient Beware, Patient Safety

The truth about plastic surgery chains.

March 22nd, 2018 — 9:57am

I came across this well written article by plastic surgeon Jennifer Greer on www.Kevinmd.com.  I think it provides some good information about plastic surgery chains like Lifestyle Lift (out of business for a few years now) and SonoBello which appears to be expanding.  If you haven’t heard the SonoBello jingle you must never listen toContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Liposuction, Patient Beware, This Makes Me Cranky.

Silicone injections are deadlier than ever.

March 13th, 2018 — 2:34pm

Silicone has quietly become beauty’s own modern-day scourge. Here’s what you need to know about the infamous injectable. From Haper’s Bazaar, January 30, 2018 by Jolene Edgar We often write about—and unapologetically enjoy receiving—popular cosmetic injections, like line-relaxing Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers. Thankfully for our foreheads and lips, the FDA has deemed these injectablesContinue reading…

Body Contouring, General Health, Patient Beware, Patient Safety, Plastic Surgery, This Makes Me Cranky.

Will the real plastic surgeon please stand up.

November 1st, 2017 — 1:31pm

Real Seattle Real Plastic Real Surgeon blogs about the difference between a real plastic surgeon and a wannabe. I participate in a physician only message and discussion board called Sermo.  Lately there have been many discussions about the dangers of plastic surgery performed by doctors who are either poorly trained or, in some cases, not trained atContinue reading…

Patient Beware, Plastic Surgery

Fillers that I don’t like. I hope they don’t take it personally.

September 21st, 2017 — 2:10pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon blogs about fillers she does not like and does not use.   I’ve written many blogs on the miracles of fillers for facial aging.  I think they are the best thing for facial maintenance since sunscreen. The fillers I really like and use a lot are Voluma, Juvederm, Restylane, and Perlane whichContinue reading…

Facial Fillers, Patient Beware

Continuity of Care – A Great Value!

August 31st, 2017 — 1:55pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon implores patients not to fall for “Botox on Sale”. Occasionally I have patients come in for Botox or fillers who have flitted around from doctor to doctor looking for the “best price”.   I hear statements like  “the last Botox didn’t work” , “the Restylane didn’t last”, “I’m not sure what she usedContinue reading…

General Health, Non-invasive, Patient Beware, Plastic Surgery, Skin Care

A victory for truth-in-advertising.

September 11th, 2015 — 4:22pm

  Appeals court affirms previous victory for Utah Society, ASPS, ABPS truth-in-advertising efforts The 10th District U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver, Colo., on Aug. 31 upheld the September 2013 dismissal of a lawsuit filed by an ENT and oral surgeon against the Utah Plastic Surgery Society (UPSS), ASPS, the American Board of Plastic SurgeryContinue reading…

Patient Beware, Patient Safety, Plastic Surgery

Modern Day Snake Oil

February 4th, 2015 — 10:29am

Modern Day Snake Oil I was shocked, shocked! to read the recent New York Times article about the “health” supplement industry.  Check out the article here if you want to but here is the abbreviated version: The New York State attorney general had an independent agency test the ingredients of a variety of supplements soldContinue reading…

General Health, Patient Beware

Dr. Oz- say it isn’t so.

December 22nd, 2014 — 4:55pm

I do believe in Santa.  Dr. Oz?  Not so much. Okay, I have never seen his TV show but I do read his column in O Magazine every month and more often than not, I think to myself – really, how can you know that Dr. Oz?????  You see he makes these big proclamations like: ifContinue reading…

Patient Beware

Back to top