Dr. Youn's Blog

Body Modification… Or Mutilation?

Horns. Forked tongues. Elf ears. Whiskers. No, these aren’t features from the latest fantasy film. Today, thousands of people are getting their bodies modified in all sorts of bizarre and unusual ways. Tattoos are just the tip of the iceberg for people interested in body modification, referred to as “body mutilation” by detractors. People called […]

  • Posted on: Nov 12 2013
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Study: Smoking Really Does Make You Look Older!

A study published in this month’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery proves that smoking really does make you look older.  The study participants were part of a big national gathering of identical twins, and the study authors examined photos of each twin to determine whether one looked older than the other.  They found that the twin […]

  • Posted on: Oct 31 2013
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Can You Reconstruct A Nose On A Forehead?

Yes, you can! There are several techniques to reconstruct a nose from existing skin and tissue from other parts of the face. Chinese doctors recently released some photos and video of a patient with a nose growing on his forehead. I discuss the video and nasal reconstruction in this recent video from HLN.

  • Posted on: Oct 28 2013
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Happy BRA Day!

So what is BRA Day?  It’s short for “Breast Reconstruction Awareness” Day.  As a plastic surgeon, I find it surprising that there are a lot of women who undergo mastectomy and lumpectomy for breast cancer and are never given their various options for breast reconstruction.  So today there are events being held in 25 countries […]

  • Posted on: Oct 16 2013
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Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery In North Korea Costs Only $3

But it’s punishable by forced labor.  An interesting article in the Washington Post describes how teenage girls in North Korea dream about having the double eyelid surgery that is so prominent in South Korea.  They desire it so much that they go under the knife in a black-market procedure, paying $2-$3 for a doctor to perform the surgery, […]

  • Posted on: Oct 6 2013
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What’s Behind Our Love Of The Butt?

There is an interesting and fun article in the Detroit Free Press today.  Writer Georgea Kovanis explores the current obsession our culture has with the butt.  Kim Kardashian?  Beyoncé?  Twerking? Click HERE if you are interested in reading it!

  • Posted on: Sep 23 2013
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The Seven Minute Eyelid Lift on “The Rachael Ray Show” Monday Sept 9th!

My next all-new segment of “The Rachael Ray Show” airs Monday, September 9th!  We will test out three products that promise instant lifts to your falling body parts.  We’ll try a cream that promises to lift your saggy eyelids in 7 minutes, an instant breast lift cream, and a butt lift cream! To view the […]

  • Posted on: Sep 9 2013
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Should You Trust Your Doctor?

Here is my latest article on CNN.com.  It’s inspired by a recent local story about a hematologist who allegedly misdiagnosed patients with cancer so he could charge for their chemotherapy. Most of us assume that our doctors are trustworthy. They undergo a minimum of seven years of postgraduate schooling, pass rigorous tests and are responsible […]

  • Posted on: Aug 27 2013
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