Lisette Hilton
Lisette Hilton is a writer in Boca Raton, Fla., who heads up her company, Words Come Alive.
The evidence gap
The Cosmetic Surgery Foundation, the educational and research arm of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, is in its second year of providing a much-needed source of funding for research in the specialty. This year, CSF announced six cosmetic surgery researcher groups were recipients of grant dollars.
Consumer-centric
Maintaining optimal customer service is a must for physician practices, but especially so in the cosmetic realm where patients have high demands and expectations, according to one expert.
Auto 'motive'
Patients aren't cars, but this doesn't mean that healthcare practices can't benefit from quality strategies that world-class manufacturing companies like Toyota have used to streamline business and enhance customer service.
Portal promptness
For a person to wander onto to your Web site and actually email a question shows genuine interest. However, many physician practices drop the ball, waiting too long to respond or worse — not responding at all, according to one expert.
Mythical 'perflection'
Where surgeons burn out, become physically sick, ruminate incessantly, suffer from stress disorders, and may even take their own lives — this is the "dark side" of perfectionism.
Tweeze rehab
Whether it's the result of tweezing and shaping, trauma, or a birth defect, patients are looking to hair restoration transplants to create fuller eyebrows.
Liposuction refined
Dr. Cucin's inventor's wheels started turning in 1990, when after two liposuction procedures, he lost more weight than both of his patients. The rigor he used to rid his patients of their body fat left him tired, dehydrated and thinking that there must be a better way.
Dr. 90210
The doctors on the Dr. 90210 show have become an international phenomenon, and even those who take potshots at the celebrity doctors have to take notice of the potential impact such a show has on the cosmetic surgery specialty.
'Straight talk'
Plastic surgeon Arthur W. Perry, M.D., author of Straight Talk About Cosmetic Surgery and WOR radio show host of "You: The Owners Manual," advocates for patients by discussing cosmetic surgery and skin care issues.
Going commercial
Plastic surgeon Steven Bloch, M.D., says billboard advertising was just what the doctor ordered. The billboard drew both accolades and disdain, with community naysayers winning out and the billboard coming down after two weeks.

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