Plastic surgery videos

Videos by Dr. Ricardo L. Rodriguez about plastic surgery, our practice and topics related to them.

  • Twilight IV anesthesia for plastic surgery

    A patient in a hospital bed.

    Twilight anesthesia, or intravenous (IV) anesthesia, can be used for both short (2 hours) surgeries as well as for longer, multiple procedure cosmetic surgery cases. I prefer twilight anesthesia because it offers several advantages over general anesthesia, one of which is the quicker recovery time for the patient immediately following the surgery.

  • Tummy Tuck Testimonial

    A patient standing in front of a camera to give a testimonial.

    After losing 110 pounds, Sue sought me out to help her achieve her goal of looking as good as she felt after the significant weight loss. She decided to have a Tummy tuck to remove excess hanging skin and fat.

  • Tumescent liposuction or Laser lipo?

    Dr. Ricardo L. Rodriguez sitting behind his desk.

    There seems to be a lot of confusion about the different technologies plastic surgeons today are using for liposuction. Are the new technologies like Laser lipo and Ultrasonic lipo as good as all the hype? In this video I discuss the differences and explain why I prefer Tumescent liposuction with thin cannulas for achieving the best possible results.

  • Stem cells from your own fat

    Several medical professionals at work in the operating room.

    In this video I talk about my passion for stem cells from fat tissue, particularly, their potential in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. While it is a relatively well known fact that stem cells can be derived from human embryos, what plastic surgeons are discovering now is that we don’t lose all of them during development. In fact, we still have them in our own fat tissue.

  • What to ask your plastic surgeon about Rhinoplasty

    A collage of photos (side view) of a patient before & after a Rhinoplasty procedure.

    If you are considering Rhinoplasty to change the shape of your nose, communication is key. I find that sometimes the surgeon and the patient are really not talking the same language when it comes to talking about noses in particular. Explaining what you want from your nose job in ways that are more meaningful to your surgeon can help you get the final results you’re after.

  • Liquid facelift

    A doctor's hand pulling down the skin of a patient's eyebrow just before injection.

    A rejuvenated facial appearance can be achieved in many patients by using a combination of Botox injections and Facial fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Sculptra. I routinely combine multiple procedures in the same operative session, and years ago I realized that combining botox and facial fillers really fit the needs and desired results for some patients. This technique is called the Liquid Facelift.

  • Liposuction: Why thin cannulas are best

    Dr. Ricardo L. Rodriguez sitting behind his desk.

    Liposuction is a procedure which extracts fat from targeted areas of the body resulting in surprisingly dramatic body contour changes. It is the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedure and there are several Liposuction techniques based on the amount of anesthetic injected to the tissues, the method used to suction the fat, and the size of the cannula used (A cannula is the long, slender rod which is used to extract the fat).

  • Lip augmentation, duck lips, and Lip lifts

    Dr. Ricardo L. Rodriguez sitting behind his desk in front of a world map.

    What makes a Lip pretty? While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there are two characteristics that are found to be common to beautiful lips. Whether fleshy or thin, beautiful lips are often defined by a nice cupid’s bow and by having the perfect amount of space between the base of the nose and the top of the upper lip.

  • How long do fat injections last?

    Dr. Ricardo L. Rodriguez sitting down in front of a world map.

    In this video I talk more about Fat transfer, specifically, how long fat grafts last. If you frequent various plastic surgery blogs and portals, you might be aware there is a wide variation in the types of techniques that surgeons are using. Thus, there is a wide variation in their results, and a wide variation in their opinions about whether fat injections are permanent.