What Works and What Doesn’t and How Physicians Choose ?

What follows are brief descriptions of the most popular cosmetic procedures. If you are seriously considering undergoing a cosmetic procedure, you can find more detailed information about it from many good sources, including those listed in Resources at the back of this book. Be wary of books, brochures, and Web sites that emphasize only the positives of procedures and downplay or ignore the negatives. My focus is on the too often under emphasized aspects of operations and procedures, whether they be the risks, outcomes, or simply inconveniences. These are the details doctors may not emphasize with their patients but will stress with their family members and friends.

The list of procedures is alphabetical by category

Specific Procedures

Body Contouring

  1. Lower Extremity Liposuction 
  2. Upper Extremity Liposuction
  3. Back Liposuction and Fat Grafting 
  1. Abdominal Liposuction
  2. Abdominoplasty with Abdominal Wall Plication
  3. Mini-abdominoplasty Combined with Liposuction
  4.  Reverse Abdominoplasty
  5. Panniculectomy
  6. Massive Panniculectomy
  7. Ventral Hernia Repair and Abdominoplasty
  8. Umbilical Hernia Repair at the Time of Abdominoplasty
  1. Traditional Brachioplasty
  2. Extended Brachioplasty
  3. Minimal Incision Brachioplasty
  4. Upper Back Lift
  5. Lower Back Lift
  6. APEX (Proximal) Thigh Lift
  7. Extended Thigh Lift
  1. Upper Body Lift with Autologous Breast Augmentation
  2. Belt Lipectomy with Autologous Gluteal Augmentation

Breast Surgery

  1. Traditional Wise Pattern Mastopexy with Autoaugmentation
  2. Vertical Pattern Mastopexy (with Augmentation)
  1.  Liposuction of the Breast
  2. Wise Pattern Breast Reduction with Inferior Pedicle
  3. Vertical Pattern Breast Reduction with Superior Pedicle
  4. Wise Pattern Superior Pedicle Breast Reduction with Nipple Grafting

Ear Surgery


Jaw and Chin Surgery

Nose Reshaping

Skin Rejuvenation/Resurfacing

Dental Cosmetic

Skin Care and Products

The “We Just Don’t Know” Category

The “We Don’t Know AND It Could Be Dangerous” Category

The “Too Good to Be True” Category 


What They Don’t Always Tell You

Risk Factors

Early Wound Complications

Early Breast Complications 

Systemic Complications

Late Complications

Psychological Complications


Patient Satisfaction

The Dissatisfied Patient 



Cosmetic Interventions for Men

Male Rhinoplasty

Male Facelift, Eyelid Lift, and Brow Lift

Hair Transplantation

Body Contouring For Men: Liposuction and Implants

Male Breast Reduction

Outcomes for Men


Cosmetic Medicine for Non-Caucasians


Cosmetic Interventions for the Very Young, Teens, and the Very Old Children

Cosmetic Surgery for Teens