Dr. Youn's Blog

Pets Having Plastic Surgery?

News agencies are reporting real stories about pets having plastic surgery – specifically, dogs having testicular implants.  There is also mention of doggie Botox and even doggie braces.  You can read an ABC News.com report here. The whole thing seems pretty silly to me.  I’ve never operated on someone’s pet, although I’ve heard about a […]


Doctors Rock Out in the Operating Room

My latest CNN.com article: Confession. I listen to Lady Gaga in the operating room. Except when I do a facelift. Contrary to popular belief, the operating room is not a quiet, intense place where all you hear is the beeping of the anesthesia machine and an occasional grunt from the surgeon. Most ORs are filled […]




My New Articles At CNN.com!

I’ve recently been asked by CNN.com’s Health Page editors to write some blog posts for them.  So far, I’ve written three articles which have all gotten quite a bit of attention.  I’m proud of them, and hope you enjoy reading my thoughts!  They’re written in the vein of my memoir, In Stitches.  Here they are: Why You […]


FDA Approves XEOMIN, a Type of Botulinum Toxin, for Cosmetic Use

Is the third time the charm?  This month the FDA approved Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA) for the treatment of moderate to severe wrinkles in the glabellar region (frown lines).  This is the third botulinum toxin to be approved by the FDA for cosmetic use (following Botox and Dysport).  Merz Aesthetics plans to release Xeomin for use in the Spring […]


Phony Plastic Surgeon Convicted of Murder and Manslaughter in Patient Deaths

Dr. Peter Normann is an internist who served as an emergency room physician in Arizona.  After undergoing six days of training in liposuction and some “hands-on” training in breast augmentation, he fancied himself a real plastic surgeon and began operating on unsuspecting patients.  After three of his patients died during or immediately after surgery (one […]


13 Bizarre But Popular Plastic Surgeries

If you’ve ever wondered what some of the most unusual plastic surgeries are, I’ve got the article for you.  I created a slideshow with CBSNews.com and some of my esteemed plastic surgeon colleagues throughout the country to showcase strange, effective, and niche plastic surgery procedures that you may not know about.  All of these procedures […]


Are Terrorists Planning To Implant Bombs In Breast Implants?

For forty years terrorists have been searching for better and better ways to bring bombs onto planes.  They no longer can hide them in their shoes or underwear, so now British Intelligence and U.S. Homeland Security are reporting internet chatter that terrorists may be planning to surgically implant bombs into the body.  These bombs may be implanted into […]


I Want My Favorite Celebrity Body Part: From MSNBC.com

  Ashlee Simpson’s nose.  Natalie Portman’s Cheeks.  Beyonce’s behind. It seems every day I see a new patient who wants to change a part of his or her body in order to look like a celebrity.  A recent study by the International Society of Plastic Surgeons listed Angelina Jolie as the first choice for women […]