BALTIMORE, March 30, 2017 – Local physician, Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez, is one of 500 doctors worldwide to receive the RealSelf 500 award, a prestigious award honoring the top influencers on RealSelf. The award honors the top rated and most engaged board-certified aesthetic doctors who consistently demonstrated a commitment to patient education and positive patient outcomes throughout 2016.
Following surgery, in an effort to repair damage to your dermis, your body forms new collagen fibers – which results in a scar. This new scar tissue will look and feel different than the surrounding tissue. A normal scar will generally appear somewhat flat and pale and will typically fade with time. In fact, many scars eventually become undetectable to the naked eye. However, some scars follow a more disruptive path, and can even get worse as time goes on. When the body produces too much collagen in an effort to repair the damage it can result in a ‘raised’ scar. These are considered ‘bad scars’ or ‘adverse scar conditions’ and they can unfold following any incision, including an incision made during a Plastic Surgery procedure.
History is full of disruptive innovations: Just look at what e-mail did to the postal industry, the Ford Model-T to the transportation industry, and Wikipedia to the traditional encyclopedia. All three of these “disruptive innovations” revolutionized their respective industries via low-cost, democratic solutions. Luckily, we are at the forefront of an exciting disruption in the healthcare industry via Apple’s upcoming iWatch.
Thanks to all the brave men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom! Check out this photo of Afghanistan troop TASMG (TAMP TF-11) in August 2011. Standing in the second row from the bottom left is Brian Plummer, husband of Molly Plummer, our Financial Coordinator here at CosmeticSurg.
Nearly everyone has heard of Groupon, the coupon site for daily deals. If you are on the receiving end as a consumer, it can be a great way to get some great deals. For over a year we have been seeing other plastic surgeons and dermatologists sell Botox® at huge discounts. Not wanting to be outdone by our competitors, we decided to explore our options for selling facial injectables such as Botox, Restylane, Juvederm and Sculptra via Groupon. Find out why we won’t be offering Botox discounts via Groupon.
While much of our web site is dedicated to learning about cosmetic surgery and preparing for your procedure, we would like to talk about the recovery period following any cosmetic surgery procedure. In your pre-operative appointment, which usually occurs the week before your surgery, Dr. Rodriguez and the Surgical Coordinator will review your post op instructions. They will give you a description of what you should expect following your cosmetic surgery. Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez uses smart cell phone technology to keep in touch with his patients during the immediate post op period.
Patients often ask for post operative advice on the web. I think the web is a great information gathering tool, but in the post-operative period, it is not a good place to start. Why is this? Dr. Rodriguez explains why all of his post op patients are given his cell phone number following surgery.
For months, we have been hearing the debate on ways to reduce healthcare costs. Thus far, nearly everything introduced requires vast amount of government expenditures and seriously upsets people who actually like the health care plan that they currently have. It is astounding that THE most important way to lower health care cost rarely , if ever, gets discussed. So how do we lower health care costs? As the Governor of Minnesota would say—prepare to be dazzled.
Tan tax In, Botax tax out. Starting July 1, 2010 tanning services will be taxed at 10%. This tan tax amendment was included in the bill to replace the 5% tax on cosmetic surgery.
Congrats to Molly Plummer, of Maxx Factor quartet, who will be competing tomorrow night in NBC’s first annual Sing-Off. The competition is a voices only, a capella competition and will be broadcast on NBC throughout the Holidays. Eight groups from around the country were selected for the competition. Molly is our financial coordinator at CosmeticSurg.
The Health Care Reform Bill includes a 5% tax on cosmetic surgery procedures. Since 91% of all cosmetic surgery procedures are performed on women (2008 ASPS stats), this could be a discrimination against women.
Many surgeons state that they are ‘board certified’. But, in what specialty? More importantly, is that specialty an approved specialty according to the American Board of Medical Specialties, ABMS? Learn more about why Board certification in an approved ABMS specialty is important by watching Dr. Rodriguez’s Cosmeticsurg video blog.
What is the difference between IV sedation and general anesthesia? Dr. Hobelmann is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist who works with Dr. Rodriguez when he performs cosmetic surgery cases. Watch the video to learn why Dr. Hobelmann thinks IV sedation provides advantages over general anesthesia.
Micheal Jackson likely suffered with breathing problems from internal nasal valve collapse. Everyone’s familiar with the history of cosmetic surgery of the Michael Jackson’s nose – did he have Internal Nasal Valve Collapse? Dr. Rodriguez of Baltimore explains what he thinks happened.
Dr. Rodriguez, a Yale trained and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, explains why IV anesthesia is preferable to general anesthesia for cosmetic surgery cases. Two cosmetic surgery patients give permission to be filmed in the recovery room, just minutes after they are transported from Dr. Rodriguez’s operating room. Watch the video to see how quickly patients recover from IV anesthesia.