Rodeo Drive Launches Skin Cancer Screening Program

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. The days are longer and we are all spending more time outside. This time of year it becomes clear that most of us do not protect ourselves from the sun the way we should. Not only does the sun age us, but it also puts us at risk for skin cancer.

At Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery, we use this time of year to remind our patients of the importance of sun protection. Wear a hat. Wear sunsreen every day with an SPF of at least 15. It's fine to spend some time in the sun, but you should never forget to protect yourself. This applies to a day at the beach or to a routine day driving to work. The sun here in Southern California is quite strong, so sun protection is important every day.

We also screen all of our Los Angeles plastic surgery patients for skin lesions. If there is anything on the skin that looks worrisome, we recommend a biopsy to remove it and send the sample off to a pathologist. This way, a firm diagnosis can be made and we know exactly what we're dealing with. These are short outpatient procedures, with no down time and minimal or no discomfort. In many cases, it is well-worth the effort to have this sort of minor procedure performed. So even if our patients are coming in for an unrelated procedure, such as Beverly Hills liposuction, we still screen for skin cancer as we examine them. We have found skin cancers on patients who never really thought about the issue before.

There are several types of skin cancer to be aware of. The most common and usually least aggressive is called Basal Cell Carcinoma. It is usually treated completely during our biopsy procedure. More aggressive skin cancers include Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Malignant Melanoma. These types of skin cancers can be very aggressive and life threatening. Skin cancers are more frequent on areas exposed to the sun such as the face and arms, but they can also develop on other parts of the body including the legs and back.

We have put a new section up on our web site which describes the types of skin cancer in detail, as well as diagnosis and treatment options. It also includes pictures of various skin lesions. But the only way to deal with a worrisome skin lesion is to be examined by a doctor, and often to have a biopsy to remove it. So if you have anything on your skin that looks like it might be new, or changing, or is worrisome in any way, it is important to have it examined right away.
Yes, it's true, kinda, at least.

Dr. Robert Ersek, from Austin, Texas, performed liposuction on himself a few months ago. I guess a reason behind this move, was his research on stem cells, on storing and studying adult stem cells.

So he went ahead, called up on some of his friends, the media and assistants and performed liposuction on himself, just a few spots here and there, nothing too dramatic, it wasn't done with the purpose of losing weight or getting a slim figure, it was him trying to get his own fat cells for the future.

Here's an interview with the doctor, who happens to be very very entertaining and a very smart and professional plastic surgeon in the country. I'm sure you'll enjoy reading about his experience with this surgery, as well as the many other tv show he's been participating on for the last few years.

Interview with Dr. Robert Ersek - Liposuction on Himself

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and other concerned groups have created National Dog Bite Prevention Week, observed from May 15th to the 21st.

It's unbelievable to see some of the images of those children's faces, but it's even more unvelievable to see how well they recover under the care of a dedicated and experienced plastic surgeon.

We all know to be careful with the family pet when children are around and what not, but it only takes a second for something bad to happen.

Here's a link to a full length article about the issue:

Dogs and Tots: A Bad Mix

Facelift via Needles

Ok, so we found out about this new technique for facelifts, it's via acupuncture. At first I didn't really believe it, how could this ancient treatment help rid faces of wrinkles and horrible frown lines?

But I guess it does work. Hundreds of patients have already done it and the benefits don't just stop at wrinkle removal, I guess it also helps clearing out the skin, increasing blood flow and all kinds of other very healthy things.

Check out this link for more information on this new facial rejuvenation treatment:
Facelift by Pincushin

Beverly Hills Breast Augmentation

What is it that makes every woman out there looking to have breast augmentation, wanting to have it done in Beverly Hills?

What is it about Beverly Hills:
Is it "Dr 90210" on the E! Channel?
Or maybe "Extreme Makeover" on ABC?
Or maybe hearing about all the Hollywood actresses and their breast augs?

I don't have the answer but I'm sure a lot of the doctors in the area do.

They perform the surgery in sooooo many ways: transumbilical, or under the armpit, or around the areola, or under the breast, anyway possible, with the less scarring and the best positioning of the breast implant.

Here are some links that might be helpful to you, in your search for that perfect Beverly Hills breast augmentation:
Dr Robert Rey (from "Dr 90210)
Dr Stuart Linder (from MTV's "I Want a Famous Face")
Spalding Plastic Surgery Center (Dr Paul Nassif & Dr David Amron) Doctors
I know all those posts have old dates, and that's when I originally wrote them but completely forgot to post them until today, May 6th.


Anyways, I promise I'll be good from now on, and try to post something once a week, k?