Colen MD Plastic Surgery Blog


Manhattan Thigh Lift

Having thick and dimpled thighs are a tender source of self-consciousness for many people, both men and women. The not-so-affectionately called “Thunder Thighs” can torment otherwise sane people into developing a real fear of wearing shorts in public. It’s no way to live and unfortunately, oftentimes it’s genetics that have predisposed us to having either thick or thin thighs so that no matter how many legs lifts you may do, or how many miles you run, your thighs will only ever naturally be a certain size.

Thankfully we now live in tech-filled world full of options. No longer are you bound ’till death do you part to the thighs your great-grandmother passed down to you from the old country. Now you get to have a say in the body you walk around in and you can finally achieve the thighs of your dreams. It is, however, important to keep in mind that even in Thighplasty, you will not be able to suddenly achieve the legs of Gisele Bundchin, simply a leaner version of your own.


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Fido’s Turn for Plastic Surgery

I broach this subject with some trepidation–because I am quite certain that by reporting this, some reader is going to think that I perform these procedures. So let me state this up front: Yes, my topic is plastic surgery for your household pets–and no, I don’t do canine or feline cosmetic procedures. I offer the following merely for information–and because it’s utterly fascinating.

Yes, it’s true–the new trend in the 21st century is pet plastic surgery. While the practice hasn’t exactly caught on in Mainstream America, celebrities are increasingly having their pets nipped and tucked.

Lest you get alarmed, relax just a bit. Most reputable surgeons report that they won’t perform plastic surgery on animals if the purpose is purely cosmetic. (Let’s face it: A bassett hound is quite content to have a big nose and bags under his eyes) However, there are several good health-related issues that can be resolved with plastic surgery. In these cases, you can usually find a surgeon who will do the work. For instance:

? Some dogs have excessive skin folds that can invite infection or discomfort. Plastic surgery can help alleviate these problems. These are especially problematic around the ears, eyes and vaginal areas.
? Some dogs are born with noses that are so smooshed that it’s difficult for the animals to breathe. I’m thinking of breeds such as pugs, Boston terriers and bulldogs.
? Finally, surgery is sometimes done on breeds like the chow or sharpei to correct a congenital defect which causes the dog’s eyelids to roll inward, leading to the eyelashes rubbing–and damaging–the cornea.

By the way, plastic surgeons are not the only ones getting in on the act. Increasingly, pets, especially dogs, are having dental work done, as well. A dog that has a pronounced overbite, for instance, might experience some discomfort because of it. Not to fear: there are dental specialists who specialize in pets, who have everything from braces to bands and retainers for these poor pooches. Before you know it, your dog might have a smile that you’ll be jealous of.

Most of my plastic-surgery colleagues are content to continue working on human patients. But if you have a pet that is suffering because of defective skin, face or mouth conditions, it’s nice to know you have options–as long as you also have the money.

Colen MD Plastic Surgery Improves Patient Safety Through AAAASF Accreditation

(New York,  NY, February 14) – Colen MD Plastic Surgery in New York, NY has demonstrated its commitment to patient safety by gaining accreditation from The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), recognized nationally as the “Gold Standard” in accreditation.

To earn its accreditation, Colen MD Plastic Surgery, like every AAAASF accredited ambulatory surgery facility, must meet stringent national standards for general environment, general safety, blood and medication, medical records, quality assessment/improvement, personnel, operating room, recovery room, and anesthesia. The end result is that the accredited facility makes a commitment toward maintaining safety and quality in the ambulatory surgery facility. As the leading accrediting organization for ambulatory facilities, AAAASF has developed the systems to effectively monitor and implement the latest advances in outpatient care delivery that directly benefit patients.

Colen MD Plastic Surgery can demonstrate that they have met the highest standards in patient care and safety. Meeting the “Gold Standard” requirements elevates the patient safety awareness of every member of the staff and improves the quality of care.
AAAASF has been a major proponent for peer review reporting and quality improvement in the outpatient surgery environment. It is the mission of AAAASF to develop and implement standards of excellence to improve quality of patient care and safety through a program of inspection and accreditation that serves both the medical community and the public interest

For more information on Colen MD Plastic Surgery, visit or call 212.772.1300.

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How Celebrities Get Red Carpet Ready

This weekend was filled with the celebration of musical talent. Last night, the Grammy’s took place. Musicians, movie stars, and celebrities of all types showed up to pay homage to those who grace this world with their musical talents. For weeks to come, the tabloids are abuzz with “Who will win?”, “What will she wear?”, and “What song will they perform?”. Once all questions are answered after the show, we are all left with one burning question, “How did SHE look so good!?”.

Hollywood has it’s aging process backwards. The young look older and the old look younger. And both leave you saying “She’s how old?!”. The older women who walk the red carpet and have the world begging for access to their fountain of youth often use more than just makeup and a pretty dress to get them red carpet ready.

A lot of celebrities use noninvasive cosmetic procedures done just before the big day in order to have that young, vibrant skin. One of these treatments is Botox. Botox is commonly used to reduce or eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles. Botox injections are safe and results are usually seen in 4-5 days. Dramatic changes in forehead lines and wrinkles as well as lines around the eyes “crow’s feet” are consistently achieved. When injected properly a chemical brow lift can be accomplished. The results last for approximately four months. Botox can also be used to treat the lines around the mouth, the folds in the neck, excessive sweating, Migraine headaches, and eye and neck muscle spasms.

Also on the list of noninvasive treatments that celebrities use are fillers. Fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse, can be injected into lines and wrinkles, as well as depressions from acne scars. They are useful to enhance  the contour and size of the lips. They are all well tolerated and the results are immediate. They last for four months to five years depending on the product selected.

Chemical Peels are one of many non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures available to improve the quality of your skin. Having healthy, glowing, flawless skin is something everyone desires, but few are naturally born with. Chemical Peels can improve a number of surface skin issues including acne scars, sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Do you want to look red carpet ready? Contact Colen MD Plastic Surgery at (212) 772-1300 to schedule a consult to find out the best procedure for you.


Should I Get Breast Implants?

It started a few months ago, when a fashion publicist friend revealed that she had her breasts enlarged as a teenager. We’ve known each other for nearly three years, and I never noticed her cup size, or thought that it may have been surgically enhanced. A beautiful, effortless, native New Yorker, she just doesn’t look like the “boob job” type.

For some reason, breast augmentation still carries a stigma, especially in the fashion world. As my publicist friend told me after finally admitting that she’d had hers done, “Half the battle is hiding them forever.” That sounds ominous, but once I learned that breast implants could actually pass, as hers do, I couldn’t stop thinking about them.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the benefits of being curve-free — running for miles without back pain, going braless, having people look me in the eye — you get the idea. But I’m still preoccupied by this equation that Cat once wrote about, “a terrible little math problem multiplying and dividing forever in your head that equates rather exactingly your own hotness with the rest of the world’s ability to love you.” I calculate my cup size and it disrupts the sum…

Click here to continue reading about Julie’s decision and to watch Dr. Stephen Colen discuss her choices.

Choosing a trustworthy plastic surgeon is hard, and sort of scary. We here in the beauty department of LOVE and highly recommend Colen MD for almost any procedure you’re considering (again, stay tuned for an article from Cat about her own experience with them). You can reach the practice at 212-772-1300 or through their website

Follow Julie and her boobs on Twitter @JR_Schott.


Buttock Augmentations on the Rise

Who has the most famous booty in Hollywood? That is the one million dollar question. One of the most infamous butts in all the land is none other than Jennifer Lopez.  The American Idol judge brought her asset to the attention of all the world when she released her debut album, ‘On The 6′, in 1999.  The booty obsession was all “uphill” from there.

Currently, people are starting to request these butts from plastic surgeons. Recent studies from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery show that Americans spent over $31 million on buttock augmentation surgeries in 2010. That is a 40 percent increase from 2009.  This trend coincides with the recent rise to fame of Kim Kardashian and the comeback of Jennifer Lopez.  People are also requesting buttock shapes similar to Salma Hayek, and, more recently, Pippa Middleton.

If it is one thing that plastic surgeons suggest when deciding size and shape it is to consider proportions.  The type of buttock augmentation should depend on your body type. Make sure to consult with your surgeon about what would look best with your body, instead of just the behind you want to emulate.

Also, choose your surgeon carefully and do not try to take shortcuts.  If a procedure sounds fishy, it probably is.  Recently, a woman in Florida charged people $700 for buttock injections. She claimed that these injections would give the extra boost that women want.  What was in these injections? Fix-A-Flat, a tire inflator and sealant.

In another disturbing story, a Colombian couple gave “buttock augmentations” in the back of a tile shop resulting in the death of one. They are both serving jail sentences.


Superdoctors New York

Just to let everyone know-we are elected to superdoctors again this year. We are all happy that we are so honored.

Reese Witherspoon talks plastic surgery

Reese Witherspoon was recently quoted saying that she’s neither for nor against plastic surgery.  She said, “I have plenty of friends who do stuff and if it makes you feel good, great … but I don’t think it’s the fix for some sort of unease that you’re having about who you are as a human being.” Claiming that she doesn’t need plastic surgery…yet.

Reese’s view on plastic surgery is one that many people share.  Everybody is entitled to do how they please, and if it makes them happy, then why not? Everyone has their insecurities whether it be physical appearance or not.  Some people choose to enhance their breasts with a new bra. Other people take a different route with surgery.

All in all, it’s personal choice and we all have our opinions. And just because you may not want it now, doesn’t mean you won’t have a change of heart in the future. Like Reese says, “I don’t think I need plastic surgery at this point: Can we just go day-by-day on that one?”


Happy New Month!

It’s February 1st, only a month into 2012. For some of us, 2012 was going to be THE ONE. Go big or go home. We set our new years resolutions to lose weight, work harder, be kinder, stop smoking, and to eat healthier. By now, most of us have lost sight of our ambitions. Somehow life caught up and you’re too busy to work out, too tired to work harder, too emotional to be kinder, too stressed to stop smoking, and just too hungry to eat healthier.

But don’t let a simple failed New Year’s resolution get you down! Statistics show that only 8% actually succeed in their resolution. That makes you a part of 92% that don’t make it. You may ask yourself why that number is so high, but the real question lies in why do we make resolutions at all? Do we set ourselves up for failure? Or do we honestly believe that we are going to follow through and be happy with our selves?

Most resolutions are made to make us feel better about who we are. We get it stuck in our stubborn minds that simply making a resolution will make it come true. We plan our workouts, eating habits, and daily routines around what we want to be. Our fridge is stocked with celery, our nicotine patch pressed on our arms as our feet hit the treadmill. It all seems easy until…it gets hard. The workouts take up too much time, the need for a cigarette is just too daunting, and healthy food doesn’t satisfy those cravings. Suddenly we lose sight of what we wanted because it is so much easier to stay who we are rather than to make those changes.

But all in all, as the days go on, we’ll revisit our past ambitions. Your mind will be abuzz with all the good ideas that you had before but now think they’re new again. The unhealthy food will be thrown away, new gym attire will fill your closet and your heart will be consumed with all the right intentions. And when this time comes around, do something new. Become one of the 8%. No one ever said it had to be a new year in order to make a change. All we need is a day. So make your new day’s resolution and stick to it because you deserve it. Nobody said it was easy, just worth it.


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