Dr. Youn's Blog

Saline or Silicone Gel? The Results May Surprise You…

A recent survey published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal shows what the current preferences are for breast augmentation surgery. According to a survey of 1746 board-certified plastic surgeons and members of the ASAPS: – Sixty percent of surgeons are still using saline implants, and the vast majority of them are using them 75-100% of the […]


Seven Plastic Surgery Tips to Survive the Recession

With the recession as bad as it is (I’m hearing that some plastic surgery practices are down 80%!), I thought I’d think up some ways my readers can still have their plastic surgery… but on a budget. Here are my Seven Plastic Surgery Tips to Survive the Recession: 7. Try Saline Implants Instead of Silicone […]


A Bra That Firms Your Breasts?? I Doubt It!

Anna Chan from MSNBC.com has recently asked me to analyze the claims of the Victoria’s Secret Bust Firming Bra. According to the manufacturer, regular wearing for eight hours a day for four weeks results in an 18% increase in the firmness of the breast. Check out the article here to see what MSNBC.com’s writer thought […]


Plastic Surgeon? Cosmetic Surgeon? Phony Doc?

Recently there have been several articles detailing bad events that have occurred at the hands of people who aren’t board-certified plastic surgeons. Here are a sampling: 1. A family practice physician who considers himself a specialist in cosmetic surgery and advertises as a plastic surgeon was recently reprimanded by the State Board of Medicine for […]


A Bra That Prevents Breast Cancer?? No…

There’s an interesting segment from Good Morning America which analyzes the Brassage. This is a bra manufactured by Intimate Health which claims (according to the program) to massage away toxins from the breast, thereby preventing and possibly treating disease and infection, and maybe even cancer. Before you run out and buy this bra, I would […]


Plastic Surgery, the Recession, and 2008 Statistics

The statistics for plastic surgery in 2008 are finally in. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, just over 12 million plastic surgery procedures were performed last year, up 3% from 2007. While nonsurgical procedures like Botox (up 8%) and injectable fillers (up 6%) increased to 10.4 million (up 5% overall versus 2007), surgical […]


Taking Care of “Batwings”

I haven’t heard of this term until recently, and I do think the name is pretty stupid, but with the exposure of Michelle Obama’s finely toned arms, more and more people are talking about the “Batwing” procedure. “Batwing” is slang for the loose skin of the upper arm that many people get with aging and […]


Tummy Tuck and Boob Job Cream?

One of the hottest products today, a skin care company called Rodial is selling Tummy Tuck cream. Their website makes the following claims: A REVOLUTIONARY stomach flattening formula with stomach flattening micro fibers helps slim and visibly tighten the abdominal area– clinically proven to reduce the abdominal area by up to TWO centimetres in 8 […]


Do You Look Younger If You Gain Weight?

A fascinating study has recently been released that compares the aging characteristics between 186 pairs of identical twins. The study from Case Western Reserve University looks at how various environmental factors can affect how old we look, when genetics is completely taken out of the picture (hence the use of identical twins). Here are some […]


New Methods of Liposuction – Body Jet and Cryolipolysis?

It seems that everyone wants liposuction without the surgery. Two interesting new techniques have recently garnered attention: the Body Jet and Cryolipolysis. The Body Jet was FDA approved last summer and apparently infiltrates anesthetic fluid under a pressure system and then immediately sucks it out with associated fat. It is touted as having less pain, […]