Dr. Youn's Blog

Artes Medical Files for Bankruptcy

Yet another cosmetic company bites the dust. Artes Medical, makers of the permanent filler Artefill, has filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and may be forced to liquidate its assets. The websites for both Artes and Artefill are already shut down. This announcement follows the recent bankruptcy by Rhytec, Inc., makers of Portrait. Should the economy continue […]


Johnson and Johnson Buys Mentor for $1.07 Billion

How much does it cost to buy the US’s top breast implant manufacturer? Johnson and Johnson recently acquired breast implant manufacturer, Mentor Corp, for a reported $1.07 billion. For those of you who hold stock in this company (like me, albeit not a whole lot), the purchase has caused the stock to skyrocket in price […]


Rhytec (Portrait) Goes Out of Business?

I’ve heard through the grapevine that Rhytec, the company that makes the Portrait skin rejuvenation machine, has closed its doors. This leaves the hundreds of physicians who own this machine in a bind. If another company does not produce the nozzles that are necessary for their plasma treatments, then these doctors will be left with […]




Celebrity Plastic Surgery Disasters on Celebuzz

The folks at Celebuzz.com were kind enough to ask me to be a “Celebuzz Expert.” We collaborated on a slideshow called “Celebrity Plastic Surgery Disasters.” Check it out here. Some of the celebrities include Burt Reynolds, Jocelyn Wildenstein, CarrotTop, and Smokey Robinson. As a teaser, here’s my post on Burt: What’s the deal with Burt […]



Evolence… A New Type of Collagen

The field of cosmetic injectables continues to get more complicated as the newest filler, Evolence, is set to make its widespread debut in the United States. Evolence is a type of injectable collagen made from pig tissue. It’s FDA approved as of July 2008 for the improvement of nasolabial folds, or the deep wrinkles that […]


Breast Augmentation Using Stem Cells? Not Yet…

An interesting article claims that plastic surgeons in Europe and Japan are using stem cells for breast augmentation. It also states that some surgeons in the United States are also performing stem cell breast augmentation. The closest thing to stem cell breast augmentation that I have experience with is fat grafting to the breast. Fat […]


What is the Most Nipped and Tucked City?

Men’s Health Magazine has recently released its list of the most nipped and tucked cities in the United States. Guess what’s number one? San Francisco! Do you think this may have to do with Senator Nancy Pelosi’s influence? She does look mighty good for her age. Here is the remainder of the top 10: 2: […]