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Face Plumping: Don’t Do This at Home

September 12th, 2011

A woman in Illinois died last week after injecting herself with melted beef fat, according to Chicago radio station WLS-AM.  Fat graft injections have been a popular media subject lately and I have done several postings on this blog about the procedure.  Common sense dictates that these procedures are done in a clinical setting, performed by qualified medical personnel.  It defies reason to understand why a woman might take it upon herself to melt some beef fat on her stove and think it was safe to inject it into her face!  Apparently this was not the first time she took upon herself to conduct her own kitchen cosmetic surgery.  The Cook County Medical Examiners office has not released the autopsy finding yet.  However, it certainly goes without saying, “Don’t try this at home!”

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Did Bristol Palin have Cosmetic Surgery?

May 11th, 2011

As reported by multiple news outlets, the famous daughter Bristol Palin, debuted her apparently new appearance at a Candies Foundation  benefit gala in New York City last night.

CBS has posted photos suggesting “before and after” her makeover.    When I compared the photos, I did notice a dramatic difference in the lower portion of her face.  It looks like she has lost a little volume in her cheeks, perhaps from weight loss.   However, her jaw does look remarkably different, which could be explained by having a cosmetic surgery procedure such as a chin implant.   It’s interesting to note that while she acknowledges a minor “corrective” surgery, she is perhaps not comfortable with the notion of having cosmetic surgery to solely improve her appearance.

In my own practice, I find that some patients tell everyone, some patients carefully guard their secret, while others share only with close friends and family.   It is certainly a personal choice about revealing the fact of having cosmetic surgery.   With the advent of the Internet, public figures can rarely escape the scrutiny of the media today.

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