Dr. Basner's Plastic Surgery Blog

Plastic Surgeon serving Lutherville Timonium, Baltimore & Columbia areas of Maryland

August 24, 2011

Male breasts are referred to as man boobs, the medical term is gynecomastia. Gynecomastia comes from the Greek terms "gyne" and "mastos," which when translates to woman-like breast. It is the enlargement of a man's breasts caused from hormonal imbalances or hormonal therapy.

This physical condition that affects the male gender usually occurs during puberty. This abnormal enlargement is caused by a disc shaped tissue in the breast tissue under the areola. It may affect only one or both breasts and serious problems and has been linked to disease in rare cases.

tags: male breasts; male boobs; boob jobs
August 18, 2011

Last May, we discussed the declining job market and economy and how the American Society of Plastic Surgeons held an extensive telephone survey revealed numbers that were surprising, but yet not too surprising. When women were asked if they believe, in these challenging economic times, did appearance and youthful looks play a part in getting hired, getting a promotion? Almost the whole group, 73%, answered yes. That part wasn’t the surprising part.

tags: job seekers; seeking employment; youthful looks; slimmer looks
August 18, 2011

So you are considering having breast implants done? That is a big decision, so you need to make sure you are doing it for the right reasons and think of the situation from every angle. There are many reasons one may choose to have breast implants done, not one of them are right or wrong for everyone either. Just as we all choose houses, cars and mates, we each have something different we’re looking for or need.

tags: breast implants; silicone; saline; breast augmentation
August 18, 2011

When we like our external appearance, we like our inner selves too. It is always a boost to our confidence and self esteem when we like our body or face. So for some people, there comes a time they may decide to have an elective procedure done.

tags: choosing cosmetic surgeon; cosmetic surgeon; the right surgeon
August 10, 2011

We haven't quite found the secret to anti-ageing aside from a few aesthetic tweaks here and there, and mankind still holds hope for the mythical fountain of youth. So until that time, taking care of our skin is one of the most important things we need to do. Have you ever noticed that as individuals age their skin begins to sag? They seem to be wearing out.

tags: Youthful look; wrinkles; collagen; restylane; sagging skin
August 04, 2011

When you hear the words 'breast augmentation' you probably automatically think of the purpose of the procedure will be to enlarge the breast. While this is true many times, it is not always the case. Even though this procedure involves implants, they are not necessarily going to increase the size of the breast. If the patient is happy with the size she had prior, a plastic surgeon will respect the patient’s wish and guide the surgery accordingly.

tags: breast augmentation
August 01, 2011

When you first meet someone and engage in a conversation, the eyes are where the most of your attention will focus. As well, the eyes are where we show our feelings and our moods. It is also one of the first places we start to age our eyes to start looking wrinkled, worn and tired looking. The look of our eyes reflects who we are and how we feel. Our eyes can give the impression others have of us. The fountain of youth is now found in our creams, pills, and surgery that allow us to find that youthful look again. When we look young, we feel and perform young as well.

tags: blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery
May 27, 2010

Not so long ago, celebrities uniformly concealed and/or denied the facts regarding any cosmetic surgery they may have had. Today, though, several factors have led to increased acceptance of plastic surgery. The Hollywood celebrities that admit to and often brag about surgical improvements are both a symptom and a cause of this change.

May 25, 2010

If you are a smoker and you are considering plastic surgery, be forewarned that you will be advised to quit smoking for a specified period before and after the surgery. Many doctors will go one step further and suggest quitting forever. We all know that smoking is bad for our health and that it increases the risk of cancer and heart disease. There are some very specific reasons why smoking and plastic surgery don't mix. The active drug in cigarettes, nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict.

May 18, 2010

There is a tendency in the media and elsewhere to associate cosmetic surgery with superficiality. While it's true that an improved appearance is often the primary purpose, good surgeons take the biological function of the surgical area into account as well. There is often an opportunity to improve function as well as form.

The best example of this is eyelid surgery. Aging and/or hereditary factors can result in droopy eyelids that significantly impair sight. People 35 and over who undergo eyelid surgery often experience a noticeable improvement in their eyesight.