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May 26, 2008 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Six months after the mother of Kanye West died following liposuction and breast implant surgery, the reverberations of the tragedy continue to be felt. Now lawmakers and physicians are urging greater protections for patients undergoing cosmetic surgery. Across the country, such surgeries are increasingly done outside hospital settings in outpatient clinics, where a doctor can avoid the rigorous review that, say, a heart surgeon would face at a traditional hospital.
February 23, 2004 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Italy is a country, let us not forget, where the prime minister recently took a month off, shelving economic crises and regional political demands, to have a face lift. "I like the way I look," Silvio Berlusconi told Italian fashion reporters when he reemerged after the surgery, tauter and tanner than usual. "I look in the mirror and I like what I see, and I think I am more pleasing to others too." So it would seem a natural fit that Italian TV viewers be treated to a weekly "reality" show on plastic surgery, with contestants who are given nose jobs, tummy tucks and breast lifts in full-frontal detail.
July 4, 2003 | Jeff Gottlieb and Mai Tran, Times Staff Writers
Two women have been arrested on suspicion of performing cosmetic surgery at a Little Saigon clinic disguised as a beauty salon, police and state medical officials said Thursday. Investigators from the Medical Board of California and Westminster police officers said they found no evidence that hair was being cut at the Christina Beauty Center on Magnolia Avenue in Westminster. They said they found no hair stations, no shampoo sinks and no hair or nail products at the salon Tuesday.
August 23, 2004 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
The newest fad in body adornment is certainly eye-catching. But does it cross a line when it comes to safety? Eye jewelry, a tiny piece of platinum or gold that is surgically implanted behind the clear skin in the white part of the eye, is being offered for the first time in the United States by Los Angeles eye surgeon Robert K. Maloney.
She has a husband, a public relations business, scrupulous eating habits, and--as she puts it--"a really good body for 33." In what has so far been a full and chaotic life, she has survived a broken marriage and made a happy new one; she has conquered a drug habit that bedeviled her in her 20s and sworn off alcohol. But nothing continues to betray her like the vertical lines that have etched their way between her brows and into her psyche. She can live with not looking like a model.
In print ads, the "before" and "after" photographs make laser skin resurfacing--the hot cosmetic procedure of the year--look nearly miraculous. In TV reports, demonstrations make it look like less of a hassle than remembering, day after day, to slather on Retin-A. Could it really be this easy? Zap, zap--and kiss a few decades' worth of wrinkles goodbye? Not quite, as even laser-wielding physicians hasten to point out. In fact, consumers are being misled, they complain.
January 17, 1988 | JOYCE WADLER, Joyce Wadler is a free-lance writer based in New York.
IT WAS FAT THAT brought Arnie to the Beverly Hills office of Dr. Lawrence Birnbaum; fat that laid him out on the operating table to get suctioned. Fat nestled in a stubborn little bundle at the "V" of his chin, tucked beneath the tough mouth that had been so helpful taking him from a middle-class life in New Jersey to an $800,000 house in West L.A.
July 7, 2009 | Sander L. Gilman, Sander L. Gilman is distinguished professor of the liberal arts and sciences and professor of psychiatry at Emory University. He is the author of "Making the Body Beautiful: A Cultural History of Aesthetic Surgery" and "Creating Beauty to Cure the Soul: Race and Psychology in the Shaping of Aesthetic Surgery."
In 1908, on hearing about a young man in Vienna who wanted a nose job, Sigmund Freud made a quick diagnosis: The man clearly suffered from an "anti-Semitic persecution" and did not want to be Jewish. When he was informed that "the patient is an ardent Jew" and a committed Zionist, Freud was flummoxed. In the end, he concluded that the patient was conflicted about his father and did not want to look like him. So what would Freud have made of Michael Jackson?
September 13, 2010 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When doctors, researchers and celebrity lobbyists talk about the amazing potential of stem cell therapy, their discussions usually center on big-ticket items such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cancer and spinal cord injuries. They don't, as a rule, talk about wrinkles and crow's feet. But could stem cells be the next frontier in anti-aging medicine? Though most stem cell therapies are still in their infancy, a small number of plastic surgeons across the country are already offering so-called stem cell face-lifts, cosmetic procedures that use a person's own stem cells to supposedly bring new life to aging, sagging skin.
July 10, 2000 | JANE E. ALLEN
Charlee and Susan want you to treat them like your best girlfriends and take their advice about cosmetic surgery, which both have undergone multiple times. If you've already decided on a tummy tuck, liposuction, face lift or breast implants, this chatty book from the perky blond duo can help you select a surgeon, learn the limits of the procedures, understand the scarring, numbness and other trade-offs and handle the inevitable questions when you return to work with a new face or body.
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