Dr. Youn's Blog

Cosmetic Surgery Gets Cheaper, Faster, Scarier

Here is Part Two of last week’s USA Today expose on the current state of plastic surgery. It focuses on the recent explosion of bargain-basement cosmetic surgery centers. These centers are like the fast-food chains of plastic surgery. You may get it cheap, but you get what you pay for. You can read the article […]


Phony Plastic Surgeon Leaves Patient With ‘Uniboob’

This story is all over the news.  In what should have been a simple procedure, a phony plastic surgeon left Dinora Rodriguez with a Uniboob, as seen here.  You can read more about it (and watch the accompanying video) on MSNBC.com here. Do your homework!  Always make sure your plastic surgeon is certified by the […]


Lack of Training Can Be Deadly In Plastic Surgery

USA Today recently printed a fantastic series of articles on the current epidemic of phony plastic surgeons performing botched procedures on patients. It’s like the Wild West out there, folks. There are dentists performing facelifts, ENT’s performing breast augmentation, and ER docs performing tummy tucks. The USA Today articles are a breath of fresh air […]




FDA Affirms Safety of Breast Implants

From the New York Times: After two days of discussion and testimony about silicone breast implants, a top government health official said he had heard nothing to shake his faith in the safety of the widely used implants. The official, Dr. William Maisel, chief scientist for the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices, said […]


Dr. Youn on NPR: In Stitches, Doctor-God Complex, and Plastic Surgery

I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Michel Martin on NPR’s Tell Me More. We discussed a multitude of topics related to IN STITCHES, including growing up Asian American, plastic surgery, the hidden motivations behind becoming a physician, and the Doctor-God complex. Thank you to NPR’s Tell Me More and Michel Martin for […]


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 […]



Why Your Plastic Surgeon Won’t Operate On You

Here is the intro to my latest article on CNN.com: I make my living operating on people, but I don’t accept everyone. I turn down one out of every five patients who consult me for cosmetic plastic surgery. Mostly I say no because of a patient’s unrealistic expectations. “Dr. Youn, I’ve had five children. I’ve […]