I am a dog lover. In fact, it’s difficult to imagine my life and my family without our dear adopted labrador retriever. Turning 11 this month from the date of her rescue when she was just 6 months old, little Montana (pictured above) has never hurt a fly. But having two young kids in the house, most parents like me worry about protecting our loved ones from getting mixed up with other doggies in the neighborhood.
As a plastic surgeon here in San Diego, I often see a complete other side to what can happen when doggies are not so nice. There are an estimated 70 million dogs living in U.S. households. Sad to say, millions of people (most of them children) every year visit the ER bitten or injuried by dogs. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2013 over 26,000 reconstructive procedures were performed to repair injuries caused by dog bites. Most of these injuries occur in the head and neck and can lead to unsightly scarring.
As we approach the heat of summer, its important to teach our children strategies for avoiding injury and respecting man’s best friend.
I have a soft spot for the 1980’s. This decade defined my childhood. Tunes such as this Billy Idol song really take me back to a great place. Let’s face it, which other time in history could mix peg-leg pants, neon pink tee-shirts and super-mullet haircuts? Ahh…those were the days.
Over the last several years, I have seen many patients who share my same age. A common request they have is rejuvenation of the eyes and face. Many patients have said: “I look so tired all of the time…and I can’t stand these bags under my eyes.” As a plastic surgeon in San Diego (and a guy in his 40s), I share similar concerns. I woke up the other day (after a not so restful night with my infant daughter) and looked in the mirror. I didn’t quite recognize the guy staring back at me: puffy lower eyelids, dark circles and a scruffy beard (ok…maybe the beard isn’t so bad?)
It has long been a question that many patients ask during consultation: “It’s too bad you can’t just take this fat from my hips or tummy and bring it up to my breast?”. Ten years ago, I may have answered this question with a whimsical laugh and an “I wish we could!” Today, that answer is a resounding “Yes!”
Fat transfer or fat grafting is one of the fastest growing procedures in cosmetic and plastic surgery. A recent survey by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons*show that over 70% of plastic surgeons are performing this procedure in their practices. While fat transfer has been around for many years, recent advances in surgical technique and technological advances in industry are making the procedure more efficient, more reliable and longer lasting. The procedure is one of the fastest growing procedures that I perform here in San Diego.