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: Preoperative Care

Do I have to cancel my surgery because of a common cold?

October 8th, 2015 — 9:14am

Fall is the time of year when we get a lot of questions about the common cold.  Murphy’s law dictates that about week before surgery, patients wake up with a sore throat and a runny nose and a sinking feeling that we will cancel their upcoming surgery.  Here are the guidelines my anesthesia and nursingContinue reading…

General Health, Patient Safety, Preoperative Care

HRT and plastic surgery

April 2nd, 2015 — 2:36pm

HRT and Plastic Surgery:  Insight from a menopausal plastic surgeon. It is well know that hormone replacement therapy can increase the risk of postoperative deep vein thrombosis (DVT).  Some surgeons just recommend to “just stop taking your HRT medication for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery.”   I take a different approach.  “Just stopContinue reading…

My Plastic Surgery Philosophy, Patient Safety, Postoperative Care, Preoperative Care

The Revolution of Outpatient Surgery

June 20th, 2014 — 10:26am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon blogs about how much surgery has changed in just a few decades. Sometimes it just astounds me how much surgery has changed since my days as a medical student.  There was a time when hernia patients spent  an entire week in the hospital following surgery.  They were admitted the night before, a bazillionContinue reading…

General Health, Government and Politics, New Technology, Postoperative Care, Preoperative Care

No need to be a nervous wreck the day of surgery.

March 24th, 2014 — 4:31pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon gets an inside view of the surgery check in process at a famous Seattle hospital. Recently I helped a much loved family member check into a famous hospital in Seattle for some orthopedic surgery.  He is by nature a pretty calm person and had great confidence in his surgeon and was really,Continue reading…

My Plastic Surgery Philosophy, Preoperative Care

Body Lifting 101

September 11th, 2013 — 1:26pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon discusses the importance of “translation of pull” in body lifting after massive weight loss. I have seen quite a few massive weight loss patients interested in body lifts in the past several weeks.  The fall and winter months are the best time to have this type of surgery and these patients areContinue reading…

Body Contouring, Preoperative Care

Timing is everything in music and in surgery

April 20th, 2011 — 10:34pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon discusses the importance of timing in music and in plastic surgery. I have been practicing a song with my husband that we are going to perform at a recital in a couple of weeks. I’ve been playing guitar and singing for many years but my husband is a beginner. One of theContinue reading…

It's All About Me., Postoperative Care, Preoperative Care

So, what is a “Lifesytle Lift”?

April 5th, 2011 — 7:28pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon Discusses          Lifestyle Lift Okay, okay. I have had a jillion questions about the “Lifestyle Lift” in the past few weeks. All I can figure is that they are doing some sort of marketing blitz. I don’t watch T.V. so I am a little out of the loop. I am not one ofContinue reading…

Aging Issues, Facial Rejuvenation, Patient Beware, Plastic Surgery, Preoperative Care

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