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Nonfiction books are my new jam – here’s why

Nonfiction books are my new jam – here’s why

I'm a voracious reader. My husband laughs every time I finish a book, saying "oh no! Time for another book!" I used to read primarily fiction, since I got enough nonfiction books in the form of schoolwork. But lately nonfiction books are my new thing. I'll explain why...

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Why plastic surgery tourism is a terrible idea

Why plastic surgery tourism is a terrible idea

Plastic surgery tourism, that is, traveling to a foreign country to have plastic surgery, is a terrible idea! Recently I had a fellow physician ask me about the cost of a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) here in the U.S. vs. in the Dominican Republic.  And I realized: If...

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Are you scared to take pain meds after surgery?

Are you scared to take pain meds after surgery?

I don't want any pain meds after surgery. This request came from the patient at her preoperative visit. The preop visit is when I take time to go over what we are trying to accomplish with the surgery, give postoperative instructions, and give prescriptions for pain...

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3 Reasons You Should Eat More Fat

3 Reasons You Should Eat More Fat

Today I'm going to tell you why you should eat more fat in your diet. If you tried to lose weight any time in the 80s and 90s, you've probably been taught fat is the enemy. The key to losing weight, we were taught, is to eat fewer calories than you take in. Fat is...

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Is the keto diet too good to be true?

Is the keto diet too good to be true?

Keto diet plans are stunningly popular right now. Search "weight loss" on Pinterest, and at least every 10th pin has to do with following a keto diet.  I thought this was popular stuff back when Atkins was big in the early 2000's, but the keto movement has continued...

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Do you know the best exercise to lose weight?

Do you know the best exercise to lose weight?

Have you spent hours at the gym, running your tail off, only to see no change on the scale? Me too. Which has me asking- what is the best exercise to lose weight? Since the 1980s we've been told that losing weight requires burning more calories than you take in. So...

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How to deal with strong emotions

How to deal with strong emotions

How to deal with strong emotions is a little bit of a strange topic for a Plastic surgeon to talk about. So why am I devoting a entire blog post to the topic of emotions? My goal in life is to live my best life possible, and to help other women do the same. Over the...

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Are you grossed out by surgery?

Are you grossed out by surgery?

"How did you get over being grossed out by surgery?" I'm asked some variation of this question at least once a week. Sometimes it's phrased as "Aren't you grossed out by surgery?" or "I could never do your job- I'm way too grossed out by surgery". The topic invariably...

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