Patient Deaths Secondary to Medical Tourism

Patient Deaths Secondary to Medical Tourism

Published on February 18, 2021 by

Medical tourism occurs for the most part due to economic considerations.  Patients are not seeking out the best care but rather the cheapest option. Some of the patients travel to recover in island paradises or the promise of that.  The Dominican Republic has taken a lot of criticism about its medical tourism industry. The CDC […]

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Why a Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon is Not a Plastic Surgeon

Published on November 1, 2020 by

Dr. Kenneth Hughes, a board certified plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, wants to help delineate the difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons published a recent article on the how cosmetic surgeons are performing procedures beyond their scope of training. Doctors who advertise themselves as certified by […]

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Evidence Based Medicine in Support of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) for Facial Skin Rejuvenation

Published on August 30, 2020 by

There has been precious little evidence based medicine to support the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) or platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) for facial rejuvenation. Hu et al submitted for publication in Aug 2020 to the Aesthetic Surgery Journal their research study of PRFM on facial rejuvenation. They utilized the Canfield VISIA Complexion Analysis System […]

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Who is Paying for Gender Reassignment Surgeries for Prisoners?

Published on August 19, 2020 by

Who is paying for gender confirmation or gender reassignment surgery for prisoners?  The answer : You are.  Gender reassignment surgery for gender dysphoria in inmates is being reimbursed by taxpayers.  A recent article highlighted the issue of transgender surgery and the issue of who is paying the bills at least in Idaho. The gender reassignment […]

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy after Hair Transplantation Surgery Does Not Yield Better Hair Follicle Survival Rate

Published on August 13, 2020 by

Hyperbaric oxygen has been touted as effective by many different individuals as a favorable adjunct to many postsurgical issues. However, hyperbaric oxygen has been approved for very few uses, and there are even fewer large studies to support use of HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) for some of the postulated uses. Dr. Kenneth Hughes follows the […]

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The Google Bug Update of August 10th, 2020 and Its Aftermath

Published on August 13, 2020 by

The Google bug as it has been called on August 10th affected many plastic surgery sites and had many plastic surgeons worried.  Google claims to have the bug fixed.  Sadly this is not the case.  Dr. Kenneth Hughes keeps real-time copies of search results to monitor google index volatility over time.  Though much of the […]

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Ultrasonic Carpal Tunnel Release Performed in Plastic Surgery Office Setting for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Published on August 2, 2020 by

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a frequently diagnosed condition in which the patient experiences pain, tingling, numbness, and atrophy of the muscles in the pattern of the median nerve, which affects the thumb, index finger, and middle finger.   Though splinting or other noninvasive measures may work for some, surgical treatment is the gold standard in […]

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Safety Guidelines for Plastic Surgery Centers during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Published on August 2, 2020 by

Dr. Kenneth Hughes has the following safety guidelines in place as recommended by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Limiting office visits to minimize patient flow in office settings and utilizing virtual consultations whenever possible COVID-19 screenings are performed daily for staff and patients, including temperature checks, screenings for respiratory symptoms, travel and potential exposure […]

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The Patient of the New Millenium

Published on July 31, 2020 by

What is it like to deal with patients in 2020?  Maybe it is the same as it has always been, but maybe things are different.  Patients lie.  A lot.  Patients do not reveal all of their health conditions prior to surgery.  They do not tell about previous life threatening conditions.  They do not tell about […]

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Board Certification in Plastic Surgery of Paramount Importance in the Midst of COVID Pandemic

Published on July 28, 2020 by

Board-certified plastic surgeons are held to the highest standards in their field, making them the only option when it comes to ensuring safe treatment and natural-looking results.  Seeking a board-certified plastic surgeon for any and all cosmetic treatments should be priority number one, now more than ever given the COVID pandemic.  Patients want to be […]

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