Aging and what we can do about it

A most interesting article was in last months Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal.  I don’t ever remember having taken an article to show my staff but this time  I did.  The article described observations at the annual identical twin conference.,  Twins were photographed and then asked questions about their lifestyle choices.   The twins were then […]

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Plastic surgery and the recession

The media has been all over the recent statistics released from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons showing the number of cosmetic surgical  procedures done in 2008 to be down 9%.  However as always when one looks closely at the statistics this is not the whole story.  Overall cosmetic procedures ( not just surgical procedures) […]

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Medical Tourism

It started out as an ordinary call. “Dr. Downey, can you help a colleague of mine?” But then the inquiry became anything but ordinary. The patient in question had traveled to Mexico for cosmetic surgery. Now back in Los Angeles she was having complications. The patient’s anxiety level was sky high. She had spent all […]

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Why I am a plastic surgeon


I remember the first time it happened. The teenage girl had come to the Plastic surgery clinic when I was a new plastic surgery resident. She had one breast that had not developed. She was wearing baggy clothes and kept her head down with her hair covering her face. Her mother did all the talking. […]

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What is Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery has certainly  received a lot of media attention in the past few years especially with shows such as “Extreme Makeover”.  Despite all of this attention a lot is still not understood about plastic surgery.  First the name –  plastic surgery is derived form the Greek word Plastikos which means to bend or shape.   […]

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New office in the Larchmont Medical building

These are exciting times for our practice!  After years of our tiny office in the Larchmont medical building we have finally moved into a new suite just one floor below.  Our new suite (#800)  is much more open and Irma even has her own office!  My good friend Jeff Bradley is of course in charge […]

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