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I'm a Michigan-based Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has been featured on Dr. 90210. The info here is my opinion alone and should not be taken as fact or as medical advice. I've not treated any of the celebrities presented here.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Goldie Hawn

Is Goldie Hawn starting to look her age? She has been the subject of plastic surgery rumors for years, and in my opinion has really looked good for a long time. Sure, she's had the obligatory large lips and all, but for a 60 year old woman she still looks fantastic. Here is a link to some more candid photos of her without all the makeup and airbrushing which show that she is a regular person, like all of us, and ages somewhat appropriately. In my experience, 60 year old women don't have straight necklines like hers without a bit of plastic surgery help. At least she hasn't gone "Overboard!" (sorry)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Jennifer Grey

Jennifer Grey is a good example of how a rhinoplasty can really change someone's looks, whether for good or bad. The removal of the bump on her nose (dorsal hump is the scientific term) made her look very different from Baby in "Dirty Dancing." I personally think she looks better, but the problem is that she doesn't look like she used to. Her nose was one of her defining features (like Julia Roberts without her lips, Cindy Crawford without her mole, or David Letterman without the gap between his front teeth), and now she just doesn't look the same. See some of the Jacksons for other examples.

Have a good Memorial Day weekend!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Dr. Robert Rey

Is Dr. Robert Rey a hero? It appears the star of Dr. 90210 recently helped during a skirmish on a plane we was flying on.
Now I don't know Dr. Rey too well, but I have met him on a few occasions during my time as a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. Some of you may remember my all-too-brief time on the show as well. My office was located in the same building that he operated in, and he was kind enough to show me his technique for breast augmentation through the belly button. My impression of him was much like you see on TV. He is a good guy, does a lot of good work for people, and was very gracious with me. He gave me some good advice during the time I spent with him, and I think has done very well for himself.
Dr. Rey completed a breast and cosmetic plastic surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. He has also attended such prestigious universities as the U.C.L.A. School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard University. I think very highly of him.
I've also met Dr. Linda Li and her husband Bill. They also were very gracious people, and I think very highly of them as well.

To view a clip of my appearance on the first season of Dr. 90210, click here.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Carnie Wilson

Has Carnie Wilson eaten through her gastric bypass? New photos from (yes, that's the actual name, and I warn you about some explicit language on the page) show what appears to be a Carnie Wilson who has regained most of the weight she lost after having gastric bypass surgery due to her current pregnancy.
I understand that she has had plastic surgery to remove excess skin (one being an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck), and it now appears that her results will likely be destroyed. I am always careful to counsel patients before tummy tucks that pregnancy may cause them to ruin their results. If at all possible, patients should have the tummy tuck done after they are finished having children. I hope for her health's sake that she is able to return to her pre-pregnancy weight postpartum.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Katie Couric

Has Katie Couric had plastic surgery? From the photos that I've seen, I don't think she's had anything major done. Overall, I think she has aged fairly well, although it is difficult to really know how she looks like since the TV makeup can cover up so much.
She does appear to have had Botox injections to her forehead, resulting in nary a wrinkle up there. Interestingly, she may not have had the injections into her crow's feet, which is a very common place to have them as well. I do not think she's had a facelift or other major plastic surgery, as she does have some early looseness to her neck which is common in people her age.
Now, what SHOULD she consider having? One thing I'd consider is a gummy smile repair. A "gummy smile" is what you see when someone smiles and a significant portion of their gums show (like Lilly Tomlin). There are several treatments for this, including breaking the facial bones and setting them back (very painful), shaving the gums back to show more teeth and less gums (can result in "buck teeth"), or my favorite technique, taught to me by one of my mentors, Dr. Richard Ellenbogen. The gummy smile can be improved by making a small incision inside the nose and the cutting the muscles which pull the lip up. A small plastic implant in then placed between the muscle edges to prevent them from growing back together. It's a very slick operation with virtually no visible scars and nice results. Dr. Ellenbogen has some nice before and afters here.
By the way, I have a small gummy smile and considered having it repaired but never got around to it. Now I just avoid making big, toothy grins.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Nicole Ritchie

Has Nicole Ritchie been shopping for a nose job? I've read on the Truth in Cosmetic Surgery Blog that this may be true. Here is a link to the story.
Body dysmorphic disorder (or BDD) is a psychiatric disease where the person afflicted sees something different in the mirror than what everyone else sees. It is often clustered around the nose, and this is what often makes rhinoplasty (nose job) patients very difficult to work with. A rhinoplasty patient with BDD will look in the mirror and see a horrible-looking hook nose where everyone else sees a nice-looking nose with a slightly large tip. This often causes people to undergo several surgeries by several surgeons in an attempt to "fix" what another surgeon did or to continue to whittle away at a formerly good-looking nose. I have seen some patients who've had their noses operated on 10 (yes, ten!) times and were still looking to get it done again. Scar tissue builds up with each surgery, and the nose looks worse and worse. This is what I believe has happened to Michael Jackson.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Jessica Alba - rhinoplasty? Doubt it

Has Jessica Alba had a rhinoplasty? Why would she alter that pretty face of hers? Take a peek at for details. There are some questions regarding the photo, so if anyone has more information, feel free to comment. Hopefully she hasn't messed up that pretty face of hers.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Janice Dickinson

Here are the shocking photos of Janice Dickinson from last week's National Enquirer as written by Ms. Robin Mizrahi. Click the image for a full size view and to read my expert comments on her terrible-looking lips.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Audrey Hepburn

Who is the most beautiful woman of all time? My wife, of course. Who is the most beautiful celebrity of all time? I would have to say Audrey Hepburn. In my opinion, Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of Hollywood grace, style, class, and beauty. While there are so many stars today who are getting bad plastic surgery (and I have commented on quite a few), I do think it is important to recognize someone who has had good work done.
Now, do I really think she has had work done? It's hard to say. I always tell my patients that "Good plastic surgery is so natural that people cannot tell it's been done." Audrey looked absolutely beautiful even at an advanced age. I thought she was glowing in the overlooked movie "Always," which to my knowledge was her last big role. Could she have had a mini-facelift to tighten up her neckline, and some eyelid lifts to keep her from looking worn out and tired? Quite possibly. Either way, she always looked fantastic and carried herself with a grace that is rarely seen today. She is an example for all of the aging actresses that it is possible to grow older and remain naturally beautiful. Her work with UNICEF must also be commended, as she spent time with children in third world countries way before Brangelina appeared on the scene. I, too, did my part for UNICEF when trick-or-treating in my store-bought Batman outfit...

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Priscilla Presley

Did you see Priscilla Presley on American Idol tonight?? Wow. She really looks like she's had a lot done. If you want my opinion on her, visit my post from 2 months ago here.

Go Chris Daughtry!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman gets set to be a Botox bride? According to the National Enquirer, she has seen a prominent New York dermatologist for Botox prior to her upcoming wedding with Keith Urban. I believe this is one reason why her brows look so highly-arched. The "Botox Brow" is a telltale sign of a Botox'd forehead.
Click here for the link to the above story. Photo credit: National Enquirer

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Janice Dickinson

Janice Dickinson has some pretty shocking lips! Ms. Robin Mizrahi from The National Enquirer asked me and two other prominent plastic surgeons to examine the latest photos of supermodel Janice Dickinson. Check out this week's May 15th issue of the Enquirer to see who they claim to be "Hollywood's Worst Plastic Surgery Ever." She appears to have had major augmentation to her lips, making them look "like a trout." (I can't believe they actually quoted me on that!) In my opinion, the only way to get lips that big and stiff-looking is through an implant. The most common implants that I see are made of Gore-tex, which I have in my winter jacket. Because they are not a patient's own tissue (like fat) or absorbable liquid (like collagen or Restylane), they often do not look as realistic, and can make the lips look more stiff than typical lips. This is most apparent when a person speaks or smiles. Although I believe Janice has had some very nice work done (such as her brows), this recent "addition" takes the cake. Like my good friend Dr. Steven Svehlak commented, "I would not want to advertise this result as an example of my work." Well said.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon contemplating plastic surgery? She's had a pretty impressive career without it. Visit "plastic fantastic" for details.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Real or Fake

Here's an interesting website to check out: Vote on whether you think these celebrities are "Real or Fake" or "Better or Worse." Thanks to Truth in Cosmetic Surgery Blog for the tip.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Ashlee Simpson

Did Ashley Simpson get a nose job? I have been asked this by several leading celebrity magazines. It does appear to me that she has had her nose tweaked. It looks more straight and without quite the "bump" that she had before. The nose fits her face better. The sign of a good rhinoplasty is that the nose no longer takes attention away from the other attractive facial features (eyes, lips, cheekbones). The nose is meant to blend in with the face, not attract attention. Attention-getting noses are in general thought to be unattractive (see Howard Stern or Pinocchio). Therefore, I believe that it was a very nice job. Plus, she looks more like Jessica!
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