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April 2, 2008 | Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer
As demand stays high for medical office space, a doctors building in Beverly Hills was sold last week to a New York firm for what may be a record price. The four-story, 63,276-square-foot building at 120 S. Spaulding Dr., populated mostly by high-profile plastic surgeons, was sold to LeFrak Organization for nearly $55 million. That breaks down to $869 a square foot, the highest ever for office property in Los Angeles, despite a struggling market for general office structures.
February 3, 2008 | Monica Corcoran, Times Staff Writer
Last week, Reuters reported that a consumer group, Public Citizen, is lobbying U.S. authorities to strengthen the health warning on Botox and its kin, Myobloc. They want to see a "black box" warning -- similar to the health caveat plastered on cigarettes -- adhered to containers of the substances. What is most surprising, however, is that the group studied 180 reports submitted to the FDA and noted that in the 16 deaths caused by Botox, four of those fatalities occurred in patients under 18.
November 20, 2007 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
Good doctors used to be identified by fairly standard measures: where they trained, whether they were board-certified and if they were in good standing with the state medical board. But the explosion of reality TV shows in the last four years has upset that paradigm -- especially in Los Angeles and especially in the ultra-competitive field of cosmetic plastic surgery.
November 20, 2007 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
The mother of rap star Kanye West, who died earlier this month after undergoing routine plastic surgery, likely succumbed to a heart attack, pulmonary embolism or accidental overdose of drugs prescribed to her for pain after the procedure, her surgeon said in an interview Monday. In his most detailed public comments on the case, Dr. Jan Adams told The Times that nothing went wrong Nov. 9 when he performed a breast reduction, tummy tuck and liposuction on 58-year-old Donda West.
November 23, 2006 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
A 68-year-old woman died in a fast-moving fire that destroyed a Brentwood home and, authorities said Wednesday, she was the only person inside at the time of the blaze. Officials identified the victim as Ellen Pine Sengelmann. They had been worried when the blaze broke out shortly before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday that her husband, semi-retired plastic surgeon Robert Sengelmann, might also be trapped in the house, based on information that had been provided by neighbors.
November 22, 2006 | Daniel Costello, Times Staff Writer
Plastic surgeons and the two dominant Southern California-based makers of silicone breast implants are gearing up for what they expect will be a boom in sales of the devices. The only question: How big of a windfall can they expect? More than 290,000 women had breast augmentation surgery in the U.S. last year, most with the saltwater-filled versions that have been legal for years.
April 12, 2006 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
Frederic H. Corbin calls himself "the Breast Expert." But after more than two decades of helping women achieve the look they want, the plastic surgeon finds his own image in need of sculpting. Corbin, 62, is accused of smuggling illegal silicone breast implants into the United States and placing them in his patients.
August 20, 2005 | Robin Fields, Times Staff Writer
The state attorney general's office pushed ahead Friday with an accusation of gross negligence and sexual misconduct against prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Renato Calabria, asking an administrative body to set a hearing on the matter. The Italian-born Calabria has offices in Rome and Milan as well as Westlake Village, Rancho Mirage and Beverly Hills.
February 6, 2005 | Rebecca Cook, Associated Press Writer
Nip, tuck and ... tax? Lawmakers trying to plump up the bottom line are considering a "vanity tax" on cosmetic surgery and Botox injections in Washington, Illinois and other states. Plastic surgeons and their patients say the idea is just plain ugly. "It makes no sense. Where does it stop -- massages, facials, teeth cleanings?" asked Karen Wakefield, 51, who has had a nose job, dermabrasion, liposuction, tummy tuck and breast lift -- plus a little Botox here and there.
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