Category Archives: Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery

Spring Cleanup 2014

 March 9, 2014

Cosmetic Surgery for Real, by Richard Buckley, MD
Milford, PA

Today is the start of daylight savings time and even though it is lightly snowing here in Milford, PA we are reminded that spring is nearly here. It is almost time to shed some layers and spend more time outdoors.

With the increase in daylight hours you may be already feeling more energetic. You probably have or are making a list of what needs gussying up or some special attention: perhaps the salty vehicle, pot holes or flaking paint. Did your roof and gutters make it through the winter? Your basement hopefully stayed dry or at least is drying out. Are you thinking about what plants to put in or how to best revive the grass?

And speaking of cleanup how did you and your body do through the winter? Some people have suggested that we have one body and one mass and therefore our body mass index (“BMI”) should be calculated as 1/1. That would give us all the same fair number. Everyone’s body has shape and yes round is a shape, but did yours change in ways you wish it hadn’t? Now is a great time to put a “fix it plan” in place. And speaking of shape, fine tuning of stubborn areas of fat accumulation can be easily accomplished with some high-tech body sculpting. Did you know that laser liposulpting can be done comfortably and while-awake?

Cleanup and tune up options abound and for many it is the opportunity to enhance their shape through augmentation that is exciting. Most commonly it is breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants that gets considered. Did you know that for many, natural breast augmentation can be accomplished by transferring a person’s own living fat from an area where it is not wanted to the breasts?

Augmentation with natural fat is also very popular to reverse age related deflation of the face.  To achieve a lifted more youthful buttocks, natural fat can be transferred to the upper outer areas.  Some have called this a Brazilian butt lift of Dominican derriere lift.

I don’t know about you, but I have a very long list of things to accomplish and I am working my way through that list. Actually, I have more than one list and while things are getting accomplished and off the list more are being added every day. That’s life!

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Looking at the 2014 Oscars from a Cosmetic Surgery Point of View

March 3, 2014

Cosmetic Surgery for Real, by Richard Buckley, MD, Milford, PA

Cosmetic surgery among the stars at this year’s Oscars was rampant and obvious. 

That’s not a good thing.

Cosmetic surgery is far from ideal when it’s obvious. The goal in cosmetic surgery is to achieve natural-looking results. Patients should emerge looking naturally fantastic and rested.

Instead, there were only a small number of actors and others (mostly women) who looked magnificent. Regardless of their age, these aesthetic “winners” were free of the telltale bad cosmetic surgery signs: unnaturally big cheeks, blurred lip borders, taut or frozen skin and more.

Eighty-one-year-old actress Kim Novak presented at the Oscars, announcing the award for Disney’s film Frozen. Unfortunately for the legendary film star, the irony sparked Twitter jokes about her frozen looks.

Youthful skin is not taut. It’s rounded, smooth, appears resilient and moves.

I noticed more men than women this year seemed to show their age and photodamage. Advancing years, time in the sun and, in some cases, hard living were making their debuts at the 2014 Oscars. So many of these people could benefit from cosmetic options available today.

Let me offer a few specifics. Actor Morgan Freeman has raised black growths on his face, known as papulosa nigra. We can effectively remove those with lasers, but it’s important to go to someone who is experienced. Approaching papulosa nigra in the wrong way can lead to hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, especially on skin of color (darker skin types).

Another example is actor Bill Murray, born in 1950. Cosmetic surgery could go a long way in making Mr. Murray look less weathered. He has a lot of brown spots caused by the sun, facial volume loss caused by thinning of the structures beneath the skin, as well as decreased skin elasticity. And, he has turkey gobbler neck, with loose skin. He might feel perfectly comfortable with the imperfections, but many people don’t like these signs of aging and want to do something about them.

We can address Mr. Murray’s signs of aging without surgery and improve his looks dramatically, according to society’s standards. Specific procedures might include rebalancing his own fat, which is known as fat transfer. Fat transfer would address the facial volume loss. In addition, we could target his old age spots (brown pigment – blotchy skin) and skin laxity with laser and light treatments. I often use a combination of lasers, such as the Fraxel re:store, and infrared devices, such as Thermage.

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