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: This Makes Me Cranky.

I’m anti anti-vaxer

June 4th, 2018 — 8:27am

Anti-vaxers have been on my mind lately.  I recently had a nasty comment directed at my @breastimplantsanity Instagram telling me I should be ashamed of myself for promoting these “toxic bags of death”.  Those who follow @breastimplantsanity closely know that I am not a huge breast implant fan and much prefer other options for breastContinue reading…

General Health, This Makes Me Cranky.

Did you know that I am “Woman of Year in Medicine and Healthcare” and that “Seattle’s #1 Ranked Plastic Surgeon” is not a plastic surgeon?

May 17th, 2018 — 12:20pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon ponders the meaning of all of these awards than just seem to arrive in the mail along with a place for credit card information.   I was dejunking my office this week and came across a bunch of letters and a few emails informing me how fabulous I am and inviting me toContinue reading…

My Plastic Surgery Philosophy, Now That's a Little Weird, This Makes Me Cranky.

Give me great massage but please hold the b.s.

May 8th, 2018 — 5:22pm

  Yesterday we had a wonderful massage therapist come into the office to give our staff 30 minute massages in celebration of Nurses Week.  Oh yeah, I sneaked in and had one too and it was great.  While having my back, neck and shoulders, arms and hands kneaded, pulled, rubbed and elbowed, I had aContinue reading…

General Health, This Makes Me Cranky.

Liposuction-Augmentation Mammaplasty – A Bad Idea IMHO

May 3rd, 2018 — 9:33am

Liposuction-augmentation mammaplasty has been on my radar since I stumbled across an Instagram video a few months ago of a surgeon sucking the fat out of a perfectly full breast and then inserting an implant to make up for the lost volume.  I started humming Ozzy Osborn’s Crazy Train!  The rational for this procedure isContinue reading…

Breast Contouring, Breast Implants, This Makes Me Cranky.

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.

Breast Implant Illness Fear Mongering

May 23rd, 2017 — 10:01am

I came across a post on the Breast Implant Illness Instagram site recently that really made me really cranky.  And it made me want to holler, “STOP THE FEAR MONGERING!” Let me walk you through this image.  Obviously it is a lady and in the upper left corner you can see her breasts which haveContinue reading…

Breast Implant Illness, Breast Implant Removal, Breast Implants, This Makes Me Cranky.

Breast Implant Illness – a seasoned plastic surgeon’s humble opinion. Updated October, 2017.

February 28th, 2017 — 2:24pm

Warning:  This is a long one.  A really, really long one. I recently counted up all of my operations for 2016 and I removed more breast implants than I put in.  Last year I removed implants from 44 women. Twenty-seven of those women had removal for the usual reasons:  “I don’t like them anymore, they make me lookContinue reading…

Breast Implant Illness, Breast Implant Removal, Breast Implants, General Health, This Makes Me Cranky.

The worst possible way to spend your time when recovering from surgery – surfing the net.

May 19th, 2016 — 10:45am

Every week I get some questions sent to me by the website RealSelf.  I am always amazed by the many questions submitted by patients sometimes within a day or two of surgery.  I cannot fathom why a patient would turn to an online community of doctors rather than their own surgeon to answer their questionsContinue reading…

Postoperative Care, This Makes Me Cranky.

Patient selection and surgeon selection. We have to like each other!

February 2nd, 2016 — 12:38pm

Recently I saw a patient who I just did not like.  I did my best to be professional and courteous but there were some very important health issues that he was unwilling to discuss.  It was sort of like he thought I was a technician who could just do what he told me he wantedContinue reading…

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