The Fear of Up Selling a Patient

I sometimes run specials through a daily deal site or through my own website. While my practice is busy with current non-surgical and surgical patients (we have our own in-office operating room), I still find running specials is very helpful for meeting new patients (in the case of the daily deal sites) or re-engaging former […]

Facelift: Lifting and Volumizing

Jowls got you down?! Or maybe it’s your neck. If you’re age 40 and up and you feel like your facial skin and/or neck is starting to sag, a facelift may be appropriate for you. I know what you’re thinking, “am I really considering a facelift?!”   Of course a facelift isn’t for everyone but […]

82% of Cosmetic Surgery Patients Experience Sticker Shock

BuildMyBod is a startup company based in San Francisco that allows doctors to provide out-of-pocket pricing information to patients online. In exchange for submitting a ‘wishlist’ that includes procedures of interest, the patient gets a detailed accounting of the cost of services and procedures they’re considering and the doctor gets that prospective patient’s contact info […]

New Restrictions on Hydrocodone

If you’re like most plastic surgery patients, you often need pain medication after surgery such as Percocet, Vicodin or Lortab. Well, it won’t be as easy to get your pain meds anymore.   Percocet, which is a combination of oxycodone and Tylenol, is a more powerful painkiller and requires a written prescription each time it […]

Wanna be a doctor? Get a marketing degree while you’re at it!

Back in the day, all it took to be a successful doctor was a medical degree and a modicum of competence. But that’s not enough anymore. That’s just a minimum requirement!   Medicine, for better or worse, is becoming more sensitive to the market forces that most businesses have endured for years. With more doctors […]

Botched: Season 1 Finale

As a follow up to my previous post on the E! show, Botched, and my review of episode 7, I’m going to provide further insight into the issues in the season finale that they couldn’t touch on due to time constraints. I’ll point out potential alternative treatments and highlight some of the psychology with these […]

J. Lo vs Kim Kardashian

Things were so much simpler in the ’90’s. Domino’s still delivered pizza in under 30 minutes. People still had home phones… and the only booty on the block was that of J Lo. It was on the bigger side but it was the right kind of big. But as with many things over the last […]

You made me more marketable! — Plastic Surgery Patient

I recently had a patient who gave me one of the best compliments. It was her second time coming in for Botox to correct overactive wrinkles on the forehead and crow’s feet and filler to provide volume to her cheeks and “parentheses lines.”   As a little background, she recently went through a divorce and […]

Botched: Season 1, Episode 7

As a follow up to my previous post on the E! show, Botched, and my review of episode 6, I’m going to provide further insight into the issues in episode 7 that they couldn’t touch on due to time constraints. I’ll point out potential alternative treatments and highlight some of the psychology with these complex […]

What Cosmetic Surgery Were Patients Considering in July?!

The beauty of having a website that provides pricing information for cosmetic surgery, is that patients are very eager to submit a wishlist to get instant answers to their pricing questions. This in turn provides interesting insight as to what cosmetic surgery patients are considering this summer.   In a first in our series, “What […]