Monthly Archives: October 2011

Breast Cancer Experience Hits Plastic Surgeon’s Family

breast cancer experienceOne plastic surgeon got an unwanted breast cancer experience when he helped his daughter through her treatment, as he told savannahnow.com.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Laughlin had been treating patients who requested breast reconstruction, as well as a host of cosmetic surgeries for more than 25 years when he learned of his own daughter’s breast cancer diagnosis. From his years in practice, he already had an understanding of the type of breast cancer experience a woman can go through, from diagnosis to reconstruction, but this life-changing event gave him a new perspective, he says. Continue reading

New Plastic Surgery Tax Stresses UK Plastic Surgeons

plastic surgery taxPlastic surgeons in the UK worry that a review of tax codes may mean new taxes for cosmetic surgeries, according to WebMD.

Currently in the UK, a plastic surgery tax only exists on non-surgical treatments like Botox, fillers and laser treatments, a fact that plastic surgeons take no issue with. (In the UK, a VAT tax  or “Value Added Tax” is somewhat similar to sales tax in the US in that consumers must pay it on top of the price for a good or elective service.) Continue reading

Functional Blepharoplasty Improves Vision and Aesthetics for Some Patients

fuctional blepharoplastyChoosing the right cosmetic procedure could help you glean some functional improvements, as well, according to TampaBay.com.

When 74-year-old Mary Lou began experiencing vision issues from droopy eyelids, her daughter suggested seeing a plastic surgeon for a functional blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a facial procedure in which excess skin is removed from around the eyes to open them up. While it can be cosmetic, for patients like Mary Lou who experience vision issues, it can also improve function. Continue reading