Ok to shower after surgery?

If you’ve ever gone to the ER due to a cut face or finger, the usual instructions after getting your laceration sewn up is, “don’t get it wet!” Like many things in medicine, there is a good deal of dogma – recommendations that are often repeated but lacking any real supporting evidence. Why isn’t is […]

Is it ok to get Botox while breastfeeding?

You may never ask a question that makes a plastic surgeon squirm as much as whether it’s ok to get Botox while breastfeeding! The reason is because no one is sure and no drug company wants to run a trial to determine its safety.   Understandably, testing pregnant or breastfeeding patients to see if Botox […]

Why eye creams won’t remove your undereye bags

I know you don’t want surgery but when it comes to undereye bags, eye creams aren’t gonna do it! Of course you’re thinking that it’s no surprise a plastic surgeon is encouraging you to get surgery but when you understand what causes undereye bags, you’ll see why eye creams won’t do the trick.   Undereye […]

How long will my Botox last?

Botulinum toxin, which comes in the form of the original BOTOX® Cosmetic, Xeomin and Dysport, is a godsend for many with wrinkles. In the past, wrinkles could only be treated with surgery like a browlift or facelift but now, surgery can be pushed off for longer.   Botox (including all brands), relaxes the muscles in […]

Top 4 Procedures in Male Plastic Surgery

When it comes to male plastic surgery, the four most common surgical procedures I’m seeing in my office are men interested in upper eyelid lift, neck lift, gynecomastia (male breast reduction) and liposuction of the abdomen.   Upper Eyelid Lift An upper eyelid lift is a very straightforward procedure to remove excess upper eyelid skin […]

Never say these 5 things to your cosmetic surgeon

This recent article in the Cosmetic Surgery Times by one of my favorite reporters, Lisette Hilton, discusses five things doctors should never say to their cosmetic patients. As a followup, I’ve compiled a list of five things a patient should never say to their cosmetic surgeon!   “My last doctor did a terrible job” That […]

Liposuction of the abdomen and flanks

While it’s not for weight loss, liposuction is “the bomb” when it comes to aggressive body contouring! As you can see in this photo to the left, this thin patient was unhappy with his flanks (love handles) and liposuction gave him the results he wanted. Let me emphasize, liposuction is best when it’s a thin […]

BuildMyBod Cyber Monday in the Cosmetic Surgery Times

Founder and CEO of BuildMyBod, Jonathan Kaplan MD, was featured in the recent issue of the Cosmetic Surgery Times. The article highlighted the use of BuildMyBod’s BuyNow online purchasing feature to allow consumers to purchase non-surgical services directly from Dr. Kaplan’s website during Cyber Monday.   While online purchases are always available throughout the year […]

Before and After Photos [podcast]

before and after photos

Photography isn’t just for selfies! A very interesting field within photography is medical photography and of personal interest to me is the before and after photos of cosmetic surgery patients. It’s not a matter of just pointing and shooting.   Before and after photos, to get them right, takes real skill. In this episode of […]

Breast Augmentation Recovery

The days of a six-week breast augmentation recovery are long gone. In fact, the only operation that takes a full six weeks of recovery may be open heart surgery! Seriously though, even hip or knee replacements have shifted the recovery process to getting the patient up and moving within days and discharged to a rehab […]