Dr. Youn's Blog

Can Plastic Surgery Hinder Politicians?

The Washington Times has a very interesting article about plastic surgery and politicians.  Some good examples include Nancy Pelosi (she appears to have had a facelift and eyelid lifts) and Joe Biden (his alleged Botox’d eyebrows in the VP debate with Sarah Palin was almost as comical as Palin’s debate performance). Can Botox hurt a […]


PowerX – A New Type Of Liposuction Hits The Market

There is a new type of liposuction device on the market.  Unlike some of the recent liposuction machines (such as Tickle Lipo and Body Jet) this device doesn’t promise the patient better or quicker results, but promises the doctor an easier time doing surgery.  Power X is produced by Sound Surgical, the innovators of VASER Liposelection.  It’s […]


Melafind, New Melanoma-Diagnosing Tool, Receives FDA Approval

Huge news in skin cancer treatment: Melafind, a device to help diagnose early melanoma, was recently approved by the FDA and will be on the market soon.  Up until now, the best technique to diagnose melanoma, short of surgical biopsy, has been the clinical examination.  Melafind gives dermatologists objective information about questionable lesions in order to […]


Dr. Youn on Indiana University’s Sound Medicine Radio Show

For everyone in the medical field, there is a fascinating radio program out of Indiana University School of Medicine called Sound Medicine.  They recently interviewed me for a segment about In Stitches.  We discuss interesting patients, growing up wanting to become a doctor, and other related topics.  You can listen to it streaming online HERE. […]


Do You Have “Runner’s Face?”

Melissa Dahl of MSNBC.com contacted me the other day to comment on a story she was writing on the “Runner’s Face.”  A plastic surgeon in New Jersey, Dr. Brian Glatt, issued a press release with the following about the “Runner’s Face”: Runner’s face generally occurs in both men and women ages 40+ who exercise to […]



Avoid Deal-Of-The-Day Plastic Surgery

I recently wrote an editorial for Business Insider.  Here is the first part of my editorial regarding Groupon, Deals-of-the-Day, and plastic surgery: When times are good, people love a good deal. When times are bad, they are desperate for them. This principle explains Groupon’s explosion in today’s marketplace. While there is nothing wrong with discount […]


Student Doctors Practice On You While You Sleep (Really!)

Here is an excerpt from my latest article on CNN.com: Autumn. The air turns cool and crisp, leaves change color, and third-year medical students descend on hospitals to learn to be real doctors… by practicing on real people. As a plastic surgeon, part of my job includes the art of suturing. Over the past 15 […]


USA Today Editorial: Limit Who Can Do Cosmetic Surgery

The following are excerpts from a fantastic editorial in USA Today last week: Though there are always people in any profession who’ll put greed above ethics and do work they might be ill-prepared to handle, few can do as much harm as doctors. The hardest thing to understand is why neither the states nor the […]


Can Liposuction Make You Healthier?

A new study recently presented at the annual conference of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has found that liposuction will not only make you thinner, but can also potentially decrease the triglyceride content in your blood. According to ABC News: Researchers studied levels of cholesterol and “bad” fats called triglycerides in the blood of more […]