Category Archives: Plastic Surgery News

Woman Dies After Injecting Her Face With Hot Beef Fat

From ABC News: An Illinois woman who injected hot beef fat into her face died Thursday of a bacterial infection soon after she administered the homemade cosmetic surgery. Oddly, doctors say the questionable injections had nothing to do with her death, which was deemed natural by Illinois’ Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Janet Hardt, 63 […]



FDA Panels Put Silicone Implants Under Microscope

Silicone breast implants are back under the FDA’s microscope.  Silicone implants were under original widespread use in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.  Fears of silicone implants causing various diseases like lupus and arthritis prompted the FDA to ban the use of them in 1992.  After analyzing studies by the two major breast implant manufacturers (Mentor and […]


Groupon: Should Plastic Surgeons Participate In These Types of Bargains?

Have you ever considered using Groupon for plastic surgery services?  I have heard quite a few rumblings in the plastic surgeon community about certain ‘bargain-basement’ clinics and price-cutting docs using Groupon as a way to attract new patients into their practices.  I’ve found the overwhelming majority of opinion in regards to Groupon and plastic surgery is that […]


FDA Approves LaViv (Filler Using Your Own Tissues)

The FDA has recently approved LaViv, an injectable filler that uses a patient’s own tissues.  This product has several steps.  A plastic surgeon first biopsies a small amount of tissue from behind a patient’s ear, sends it a special laboratory where the cells are multiplied for 3 months, then returned to the plastic surgeon to inject […]



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 […]



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 […]