How To Get Christie Brinkley's "Stay-Young Secret" At Home

Posted by David Reath, MD

March 25, 2014

Remember Christie Brinkley? She is one of those people who seems to age gracefully and beautifully, which means she seems to not age at all. Recently she was featured on the cover of People Magazine looking fabulous at age 60 and she revealed "all her stay-young secrets".

The meat of the article is a section called How She Does It and talks about her beauty tricks, her fitness rules, what she eats and her fashion philosophy. And guess what her number one tip is?:


Topics: Real Medical Skincare, Celebrity Plastic Surgery

The List: Every Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon In Knoxville

Posted by David Reath, MD

March 10, 2014

You have heard me talk about this before, and  you will probably hear me talk about this again: when you are having plastic surgery, go to a Board-certified plastic surgeon.  And by now you could think I am terribly redundant, obsessed, totally daft, or that I can't remember what I've written about.  Well, while neither of these are true (to the best of my knowledge), I also realize that if you are reading this blog, I'm sort of preaching to the choir, as far as you are concerned.

Still, several times each month, I see someone in consultation who has had plastic surgery by someone who is not a surgeon, or not a Board-certified plastic surgeon, and has not had the desired results.  At times, they have had treatments that I would consider medically unsafe.  Others have traveled outside the country to have "bargain" surgery.  But usually, they have not been properly evaluated and had the appropriate surgery properly performed.

So, it is out of frustration to get the message out, that I am trying a different approach. That is, to give you the list.  Below are the names of all the Board-certified, or Board-eligible plastic surgeons currently practicing in our area (Knoxville, Oak Ridge, and Maryville):

Topics: Board Certification, Plastic Surgery Safety, Plastic Surgery News, Health, Fitness, Weight Loss

Plastic Surgery Stats Released: Here Are the Latest Trends

Posted by David Reath, MD

March 4, 2014

Last week the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released our statistics for the procedures performed in 2013. As the Chairman of the Public Education Committee, I was asked to write a blog about these stats. If you would like to read the 2013 plastic surgery statistics in all their glory you can do it here. But, if you want the abbreviated version and my take on it, read on.

Plastic surgery continues to grow in almost all areas. The top five operations in order are.......


Topics: Plastic Surgery News

Traveling For Plastic Surgery: When It Does (And Does Not) Make Sense

Posted by David Reath, MD

February 6, 2014

travel_2Let's play a little game. What do Guam, Memphis, Africa, Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta, South Carolina, You're probably wondering why someone would travel so far to have plastic surgery. You're also probably wondering if it's even a good thing.Washington D.C., New York, Canada, Massachusetts, Florida and Dubai all have in common? Believe it or not, patients have come to Knoxville from all of these places to have surgery with me. You might think that I was advertising in Air Emirates! But, I don’t (it’s not in the budget).

As you might expect, there is no simple answer. All things being equal, it is much easier to have surgery closer to your home than farther away. (Closer would probably mean within an hour or two’s drive). But as we all know, things are not always equal.


Topics: Board Certification, Plastic Surgery Safety, Plastic Surgery Recovery

Moving Plastic Surgery Forward: 2 Big Changes I'm Applying Now

Posted by David Reath, MD

January 31, 2014

One of the major initiatives in all of medicine is to make better decisions, not that we are currently making poor decisions. There is always a tendency for physicians to continue to do the things they have done, because that’s what always has worked for them. The thought being, it ain’t broke, so why should I fix it? And many times this can be a fair argument. The only problem is that this does not allow for advances or beneficial changes in how we practice medicine.

Recently I have made two major changes based on the scientific evidence presented at our annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. And, for both of these, it meant changing a practice that was not necessarily broke, so to speak. These changes involve the use of antibiotics and the use of drains.



Topics: Plastic Surgery Recovery, Health, Fitness, Weight Loss

Caring For Your Breast Implants: Three Things to Know Now

Posted by David Reath, MD

December 3, 2013

What do I need to do to take care of my breast implants? This is a question that many breast augmentation patients ask. It is not a trivial issue and it’s not like they come with a use and care manual.
So here are three recommendations about how to care for your breasts/breast implants that you may not know. In my experience, following these simple suggestions can go a long way in helping you to maintain the health and longevity of your breast implants.

Topics: Breast Implants

CoolSculpting vs Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck: Here's the Skinny

Posted by Theresa Wyatt

November 20, 2013

Theresa Wyatt, Dr. Reath's Patient Care Coordinator, weighs the benefits of CoolSculpting, Liposuction and Tummy Tuck. All of these body contouring procedures are very effective, so it's good to have some insider advice. Here's how to figure out which of the three is right for you.

With so many options out there, it can be tough to figure which body contouring procedure may be best for you. In order to point you in the right direction, while maximizing your time and budget, let's start by considering these three things.


Topics: CoolSculpting, Board Certification, Plastic Surgery Safety, Tummy Tuck, Mommy Makeover, Plastic Surgery for Men, Health, Fitness, Weight Loss

My Top 10 Most Important Blog Posts (So Far)

Posted by David Reath, MD

November 13, 2013

Back in November of 2009, I started my Facebook page, got my first smart phone, and wrote my first blog post. Since then, we have been honored with over 8,000 facebook fans and our practice You Tube channel has 186 videos with over 82,000 views. Pretty amazing, right? And four years later, I have written over 200  blog posts. It's hard for me to think that I have written that many, but it's true and I have really enjoyed writing them.

As a way of marking this milestone, a la David Letterman, I thought I would list my top ten favorite or most important posts I've written. Maybe you remember some of these.

If you haven't read anything else I've written, I recommend you read these first. Here they are:

Topics: CoolSculpting, Board Certification, Plastic Surgery Safety, Breast Implants, Plastic Surgery News, Plastic Surgery Recovery, Celebrity Plastic Surgery, Botox, Juvederm, Collagen, Radiesse, Health, Fitness, Weight Loss, Plastic Surgery Prices, Financing

My Take on the Wall Street Journal: “10 Things Plastic Surgeons Won’t Tell You”

Posted by David Reath, MD

November 6, 2013

Yesterday’s Marketwatch by the Wall Street Journal sported an article about 10 things “plastic surgeons” won’t tell you prior to surgery (and, yes, I’ll explain the parenthesis later). These are things that the authors suggest you should know “before you and your wallet go under the knife.” But before I go any further, as a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, let me go on the record saying that if you and your wallet can’t afford plastic surgery, don’t have plastic surgery! That one’s pretty simple.

However, they have come up with 10 things that you may or may not be told by your doctor. When I first saw this article, my blood pressure predictably went up, and those around me reported steam actually came out of my ears. But as I read more, I realize that a better title for this article is “10 things that non-plastic surgeons who are attempting to perform plastic surgery won’t tell you.” Clearly the original title has more pizazz. But, insofar as they quoted several of the leaders in plastic surgery (all good guys whom I know and respect) to support their assertions, the discussion has more to do with what real plastic surgeons (as in Board Certified Plastic Surgeons) will tell you that others won’t.

Here’s the list:


Topics: Board Certification, Plastic Surgery Safety, Plastic Surgery News

It's Official: Cigarette Smoking Really Does Make You Look Older

Posted by David Reath, MD

November 4, 2013

smoking-and-agingIt’s not every week that plastic surgery’s leading scientific journal makes it onto the splash page of the major news outlets. But that’s what happened this week. The study had to do with the facial appearance of smokers and more specifically how and where smoking makes you look older.

This is a study that comes out of the prestigious plastic surgery division from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio. Each year there is an annual Twins Day Festival in – you guessed it –Twinsburg, Ohio. For several years these plastic surgeons collected data and photographs of identical twins in sets where one smoked and the other did not. Then this data was analyzed to determine the effect that cigarette smoking on facial appearance. The reason that identical twins were used is that these individuals are genetically identical so any effects of inheritance could be discounted.

Well the bottom line is that those who smoked looked older. No surprise here. What was particularly interesting was where the aging is seen in the face.


Topics: Plastic Surgery News, Health, Fitness, Weight Loss

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