The Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Have you ever felt that your breasts are too small, uneven, or don't have the shape you desire? Have you felt let down by what you see when you look in the mirror, or when you shop for bras or cute tops? If so, breast augmentation may be something you've already given some thought to. The "boob job" is often the most popular plastic surgery performed from year to year, due in part to it being readily available and having an affordable price point . Implant technology... Read More
Posted by April Elder at Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 0 comments
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The Mommy Makeover

If you're a woman who's been through one or more pregnancies, you don't need us to tell you all about the toll it can take on your body. Pregnancy can affect the breasts, tummies, and even the legs. After nine months—or more, if you're a breastfeeding mom —chances are you've caught yourself longing for your pre-baby body a time or two. Unfortunately, sometimes even a healthy regimen of diet and exercise can't turn back the hands of time, and that's... Read More
Posted by April Elder at Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 0 comments
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Weight Loss Resolutions: What Comes Next?

We’ve all made New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, and chances are, we’ve all broken them, too. We're three weeks into 2017, and this year, Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis wants to help you break the cycle of vowing to make a change and then abandoning it before you even flip the calendar to February. We've put together some tips to help you meet and maintain your weight loss goals this year. Set realistic g oals. Setting lofty goals seems like a... Read More
Posted by April Elder at Monday, January 23, 2017 | 0 comments
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SculpSure Taking The Nation By Storm

With coverage ranging from the New York Times to E! News , SculpSure is taking the nation by storm! In case you've missed out on our excitement over being one of the first and only locations in Memphis to offer SculpSure technology, here's a brief rundown on why this cutting-edge procedure is fast becoming a patient favorite . What SculpSure can do for you SculpSure can help you safely reduce stubborn fat in common problem areas like the belly and love... Read More
Posted by April Elder at Monday, December 19, 2016 | 0 comments
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Introducing NeoGraft®

Hair loss can have many possible causes, including genetics, thyroid issues, cancer treatments, or side effects from various medications. Studies on the psychosocial impact of hair loss have found that a patient's self-esteem, body image, and self-confidence can be negatively affected. Why? We can mostly blame our culture, since almost every society in the world associates a luxurious head of hair with youth and good health. And to many, a full head of hair represents... Read More
Posted by April Elder at Monday, December 12, 2016 | 0 comments
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Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis Welcomes Dr. Nicholas Leonardi

  Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis is thrilled to officially welcome Dr. Nicholas Leonardi as part of our team of experienced, caring, and committed plastic surgeons. Dr. Leonardi was born and raised in the Midwest, though he is also a Memphian, having graduated from Houston High School in Germantown. He returned to his roots for undergraduate and medical school, as well as medical school and general surgical training, before heading back this way for Plastic and Reconstructive... Read More
Posted by April Elder at Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 0 comments
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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

With the holiday season quickly approaching, most of us have probably already started the annual struggle of finding the perfect gifts for the loved ones in our lives. What do you get for the friend that has everything? How will you ever find something unique for that hard to please family member? Sweaters and ties are useful, but don't pack a lot of punch. Want to avoid re-gifting? With the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis , you can now give the gift of plastic surgery! We offer gift... Read More
Posted by April Elder at Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 0 comments
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Laser Skin Treatments Turn Back Time

Who doesn't want smooth, youthful-looking skin? Especially during the winter months, when our summer glow is fading and the dry air has us reaching for all the lotions and moisturizers we can get our hands on. We often spend hours plucking, shaving, exfoliating, slathering on anti-aging creams and face masks, waxing, and threading in an attempt to look our best. There has to be a better way, right? Luckily, there is! Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis offers laser skin treatments ... Read More
Posted by April Elder at Saturday, November 12, 2016 | 0 comments
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SculpSure Open House

It seems like everywhere we look lately, people are talking about SculpSure! We’re excited to host a SculpSure open house on October 18th to share the amazing procedure with Memphis . With state-of-the-art technology, fast results, and zero downtime, SculpSure is a simple and effective attachment system that permanently eliminates stubborn fat comfortably and quickly. One treatment only takes 25 minutes! The patented technology targets fat cells under the skin with such precision... Read More
Posted by April Elder at Friday, October 7, 2016 | 0 comments
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The Surprising Rise Of Male Plastic Surgery

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear “plastic surgery”? Is it someone like Pamela Anderson, or maybe Dolly Parton… even the Kardashian crew? No matter whom you picture, it’s likely to be a woman. However, in recent years, the number of men seeking plastic surgery procedures has skyrocketed. In fact, in the last twenty years, the number of cosmetic procedures performed among men has grown by 325% ! From something as simple as nose reshaping to full... Read More
Posted by April Elder at Friday, October 7, 2016 | 0 comments
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How SculpSure Works (and How It Can Work For You!)

Have you ever felt frustrated by a lack of progress in fat reduction, even when you’re eating well and exercising regularly? It can be disappointing to spend hours counting calories and doing cardio only to find stubborn lumps and bumps that refuse to budge. Tummies and thighs, hips and bottoms - there are some areas that seem determined to hang onto every pound! While liposuction is often an option, many of us would prefer a non-invasive approach that requires no surgery and no... Read More
Posted by April Elder at Monday, September 26, 2016 | 0 comments
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Breast Implants and the Measles Vaccine

Crystal Hefner, Hugh Hefner’s current wife, was in the news recently for electing to have her massive breast implants removed.  Now, most plastic surgeons don’t keep track of Playboy Bunnies’ implant status, but Ms. Hefner’s contention that she was being “slowly poisoned by her implants” has caught the profession’s attention.  Cosmetic breast augmentation is performed to make the woman happy, so if they no longer please her, no one would... Read More
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Lose your love handles!

Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis is pleased to announce that we are now offering SculpSure noninvasive fat reduction.  SculpSure, a laser from leading manufacturer, Cynosure, has been shown in studies to reduce fat in treated areas by as much as 24%.  Treatments are quick taking only 25 minutes and require no anesthesia.  In less than the time it takes other noninvasive devices to treat one love handle, SculpSure can treat both. As plastic surgeons, Plastic Surgery Group... Read More
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A Plastic Surgeon goes to Washington

In April 2016, Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis plastic surgeon, Dr. Ellis Tavin, joined nine of his colleagues from the South and Midwest and five residents to lobby Congress on behalf of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Although cheap unregulated Chinese breast implants were not on the agenda (where was Donald Trump when we needed him), issues of importance to doctors and patients were. The two plastic surgeons from Tennessee met with aides to Senators Alexander and... Read More
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The Debate Over Structural Fat Grafting

The use of fat to add or restore lost volume has become increasingly popular in plastic surgery. Fat grafting is used to improve the results of breast reconstruction where hollow areas may exist just beyond an implant.  Transferring fat to the buttocks ( Brazilian Butt Lift ) provides a safer alternative to buttock implants for achieving a shapelier behind with the added benefit of removing excess fat where it is unwanted. Fat is also used as a permanent alternative to... Read More
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21st Century Snake Oil: Stem Cells and Platelet Rich Plasma

In the 19th century, purveyors of snake oil elixirs purported their potions would treat a variety of complaints. Rheumatism, kidney issues, and even “female problems’ were all treatable by these cure-all potions. The creation of the FDA (Pure Food and Drug Act 1906) under President Teddy Roosevelt should have put an end to such unsupported medical claims that defrauded the consumer. Yet today modern scientific terminology is being used to market creams and even invasive procedures... Read More
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Tax Deductible Plastic Surgery

With April 15th rapidly approaching, it seems appropriate to discuss the deductibility of some types of plastic surgery. First a disclaimer: we are plastic surgeons, not accountants. Please consult your tax advisor before taking any deductions for plastic surgery based on information provided in this article. Medical Expenses Tax Deduction According to IRS Publication 502, in order to deduct medical expenses they “must be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental... Read More
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Plastic Surgeons and Transplants: Faces, Hands, and More

In August 2015, a retired fire fighter who had previously undergone multiple facial reconstruction surgeries while at the Elvis Presley Burn Unit of the Regional One Medical Center in Memphis, TN, received a full-face transplant. The plastic surgeons at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City performed the most extensive face transplant to date, replacing all skin and facial muscles from scalp to neck on the 41 year-old man who sustained his injuries while in a burning... Read More
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One Spot, Two Spots, Red Spot, Blue Spot

Many of us develop spots on our skin that we do not like. Here at the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis, we have non-surgical skin care treatments available to remove these blemishes leaving no (or virtually no) trace. Before we talk about treatment though, let's go over the different types of spots that might appear on your skin.  Cherry Angiomas Red spots, called cherry angiomas, are benign, flat or slightly raised growths that appear primarily on the trunk of your body. ... Read More
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Plastic Surgery Boom in a South American Economy

Disclaimer: This article describes discounted plastic surgery procedures in the southern Venezuelan city of Puerto Ordaz. We are in no way recommending that our readers travel there. Please see our previous blog post, “ Medical Tourist Trap ,” to learn more about the risks of traveling abroad to receive plastic surgery. Seeking Plastic Surgery in Puerto Ordaz The mismanagement of the Venezuelan economy by its socialist government has led to 200% inflation, widespread shortages... Read More
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Mirror-Mirror on the Wall

We all know that we see ourselves a little differently than everyone else does. When we look in a mirror, we are seeing a reversed image. What is left is right and what is right is left. It turns out that people prefer the image they see in the mirror to their true appearance. Plastic Surgery Patient Study Researchers in Paris enlisted volunteers from a group of French women aged 36-60 undergoing cosmetic surgery between January and March of 2015. Of these women, 50 were having... Read More
Posted by April Elder at Friday, February 12, 2016 | 0 comments
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Historical Reconstructive Surgery at the Hunterian Museum - Part II

Continuing our virtual visit to the Hunterian museum we now come to an exhibit called the “Guinea Pig Club”. Members of the “Club,” which at one point numbered more than 650, were injured Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel.   A Reconstructive Surgery Pioneer The "Guinea Pig Club" members were patients of a plastic surgeon who was eventually knighted for his pioneering reconstructive work. Archibald McIndoe gave the wounded fliers a second chance at life. Many of the injuries... Read More
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Memphis Plastic Surgeon Visits the Hunterian Museum - Part I

Recently one of our surgeons had the opportunity to visit the Hunterian Museum in the Royal College of Surgeons in London, UK. This two-part blog piece describes three of the wide range of exhibits that our readers should find very interesting. Historical Perspective on Surgery The Hunterian Museum began as the personal collection of John Hunter, an 18th century London surgeon and anatomist. Hunter and his brother, William, advanced the practice of surgery by stressing the teaching of... Read More
at Friday, January 29, 2016
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The Indian Rhinoplasty: East Meets West

The October 7, 1794 issue of the Gentleman’s Magazine published a letter to the editor from one reader identified only as B.L. reporting on a nasal reconstruction operation performed in India, then a British colony. This letter, written by a non-physician and published in the non-medical GQ Magazine of the day, revolutionized the practice of rhinoplasty . European Nasal Reconstruction Until that time, nasal reconstruction in Europe was performed with an operation introduced in 1597... Read More
at Friday, January 22, 2016
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How to Reduce Stretch Marks

Rapid weight gain and rapid enlargement of the abdomen or breasts during pregnancy or puberty can result in stretch marks. Stretch marks, also called striae, are areas of damaged skin where the deeper skin layer, the dermis, has been thinned. We do not claim that we can completely eliminate stretch marks, but we have seen a 50% decrease in the appearance of stretch marks through the treatments we offer. Here at the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis, our aestheticians offer two types of ... Read More
at Friday, January 15, 2016
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Picking a Plastic Surgeon: Do Your Homework First

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is currently running public service advertisements alerting potential plastic surgery patients that not all doctors performing plastic surgery are genuine plastic surgeons. The advertisements feature several patients who suffered complications, including the inability to close their eyes after cosmetic eyelid surgery and the development of a “uni-boob” (synmastia) after breast augmentation. These videos can be seen at . ... Read More
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The Gift of Plastic Surgery

With the holiday season quickly approaching, many people are struggling to find gifts that their friends and family will really love and use. You might be thinking, “does my honey need another Santa sweater or a red and green tie?” At the  Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis , we would like to suggest the gift of plastic surgery. We offer gift certificates in any dollar amount. What Can a Plastic Surgery Group Gift Certificate Cover? With a Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis gift... Read More
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What your face says about you

Seeking advice from fortunetellers is very popular in South Korea with 70% of respondents in a 2012 survey revealing that they sought or plan to seek such advice. A popular form of fortune telling is called “Face Reading” or physiognomy, a practice that has been around for centuries. Lately, however, face readers are having trouble because of a popular trend in South Korea. That country leads the world in cosmetic surgery per capita (the US is number 6). New noses and the absence of... Read More
at Friday, November 6, 2015
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Hair Today - Gone Tomorrow

Both women and men have areas on their bodies where they would rather not have hair grow. Options for hair removal include waxing, shaving, and depilatory creams - all of which provide only temporary results. There are two treatments that can offer permanent results: electrolysis and laser. Both treatments provide permanence by disabling hair follicles preventing hair regrowth. Electrolysis works by providing an electric shock one hair follicle at a time. This painful method is... Read More
at Friday, October 30, 2015
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"Botched": Bigger Not Always Better

On the October 13 episode of E! Entertainment Television’s plastic surgery reality show, “Botched”, Drs. Dubrow and Nassif saw a woman who had “E” cup sized breasts after augmentation. She said she had sought treatment of her saggy breasts 4 years prior. The plastic surgeon this woman visited inserted very large breast implants, advising that they would lift her breasts. She was unhappy with the results because now her breasts are so large that they fall out of her clothes and yet they... Read More
at Friday, October 23, 2015
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

The “Angelina Effect” on Breast Cancer Reconstruction A study from Austria just published in the journal Cancer shows that women’s awareness of breast reconstruction increased after actress Angelina Jolie announced in May 2013 that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy and reconstruction. Ms. Jolie carries the BRCA1 gene which gives her a 60-80% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. The researchers from the Medical University of Graz (Austria) had fortuitously surveyed... Read More
at Friday, October 9, 2015
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ZO Skin Care

As part of our ongoing efforts to bring professional skin care solutions to Memphis and the Mid-South region, the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis now offers the ZO Skin Health line of products. What is ZO Skin Care? Created by world-renowned dermatologist Zein Obagi, the ZO Skin Health line treats skin conditions ranging from acne to aging. Thirty years ago Dr. Obagi revolutionized skin care by combining Retin-A (tretinoin) and hydroquinone along with pH balancing to treat fine... Read More
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Medical Tourist Trap

The Union-Times newspaper of San Diego reported that on April 8, 2015 the Mexican government closed 10 cosmetic and plastic surgery clinics in Tijuana for violations of health laws. The investigations followed the death of a 28-year-old Australian woman who had undergone liposuction in a Mexicali clinic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an alert in March 2015 after two dozen cases of non-tuberculosis mycobacterium infections were noted among patients who had... Read More
at Monday, September 14, 2015
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Popular Plastic Surgery

If you read only People , Allure , or Buzzfeed, you would get a skewed view of plastic surgery in the United States. According to these types of sources, the cosmetic surgical procedures that increased in popularity the most during the past year were pectoral implants (up 208%) and buttocks implants (increase of 98%). There is an old saying, “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.” According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 1,054 (male) pectoral implant procedures... Read More
at Monday, September 7, 2015
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The Ideal Breast Shape

“The relentless pursuit of perfection”. Although this phrase is taken from a luxury car commercial, it also describes the goals of cosmetic breast surgery. So what is the perfect breast shape? As the old saying goes, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Research on the Ideal Breast Shape In 2012, two British doctors, Mallucci and Branford, set out to answer the question of the ideal breast shape. They studied photos of 100 topless models with un-operated breasts (Oh! the sacrifices... Read More
at Monday, August 31, 2015
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Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to the all new and improved! Thank you for visiting our new website, we are excited to share it with you and hope that you find resources for all of your plastic surgery procedures, options and needs. We invite you to explore the website to learn about the procedures we offer , find patient forms and more. In addition to surgical and outpatient procedures, we also offer a variety of skin procedures, ranging from fillers and Botox to chemical peels... Read More
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