2009
12.11

Dr. Lent is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. There was so much training involved in becoming a plastic surgeon. Four years of medical school, five years of general surgery and two years of plastic surgery. Totaling eleven years of training. That is quite a bit of schooling! This type of rigorous training instills a strong emphasis on safety and patient education. For example, he will not perform a breast reduction and a tummy tuck at the same time. Why? Because it requires too much time under anesthesia and that is not safe. I do believe that patients respect his judgement and that has earned him a loyal patient base. The majority of his referrals are from pleased former patients. He is also available any time of the day or night. You will never get an answering machine and you will be able to contact him after hours as he is available 24/7, before and after your procedure. Our goal is to make you happy! I always hear from our patients, “I feel so comfortable speaking to him”. The office has a welcoming atmosphere. We even have many of our former patients who are willing to speak to you directly about their experience. As a matter of fact, we encourage it. I can be reached here in Beverly Hills to help set up a cosmetic surgery consultation at (310) 652-6500.

Have a Happy Holiday!

Henny

2009
12.11

One of the most common instructions I give my patients when planning for plastic surgery is to stop taking certain medications for at least two weeks before and for two weeks after. Aspirin is the most common medication that I ask people to stop taking. The reason that we want you to stop aspirin is because it lengthens the time it takes for blood to clot. This property of aspirin is commonly referred to as “thinning the blood”. Obviously, when we perform surgery, we have to cut through tissue that has small blood vessels, that bleed when cut. We want the body to use it’s own abilities to clot and stop bleeding. Aspirin interferes with that process and prolongs bleeding, which can lead to complications. The effect of even one aspirin will last for almost two weeks, hence the instruction not to take any for at least two weeks in advance of any surgical procedure. Those of you taking aspirin as a help in the prevention of heart disease and strokes, should always consult with your doctor prior to stopping.

The other common group of medications that needs to be stopped prior to plastic surgery is Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs or “NSAID’s”. These also “thin out the blood”, although not as strongly as aspirin. The most common type’s of NSAID’s are Motrin, Ibuprofen, Alleve, Naprocin, Naproxen and Indomethacin.

To all my patients here in the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles area, as well as those from near and far, who are contemplating plastic surgery, feel free to call me with any questions about which medications are O.K. to use before and after surgery.

Warren M. Lent, MD

2009
12.10

Do you want to turn back time on wrinkles and sun damaged skin? Laser skin resurfacing can help rejuvenate your skin, returning the gift of youth. Dr. Lent, a Beverly Hills, cosmetic surgeon performs laser skin resurfacing utilizing the Erbium or the CO2 Laser. He is knowledgeable on the use of lasers and which laser is best suited for you personally. It is a procedure that is performed in our office and works wonders. Many times it is combined with laser eyelid surgery and these two procedures, laser eyelid surgery and laser skin resurfacing, can be performed at the same time. I have been working here for the past 18 years and he has performed thousands of these procedures with remarkable results. Immediately after the procedure the skin is red, it then peels and revitalizes over about one week, then it fades to pink and the “new” skin returns. Laser skin resurfacing improves skin texture, erases wrinkles and eliminates the signs of aging.

Look beautiful for the holidays!

Henny

2009
12.09

In the latest version of the Senate’s healthcare bill is legislation to impose a tax on cosmetic surgery. The idea is just one of many new, backdoor taxes our politicians are attempting to impose on everyone to pay for new bloated government programs. This tax, being treated as some sort of a ’sin-tax’, plays on the false perception that cosmetic surgery is done only by rich Beverly Hills socialites. Reality could not be further from the truth. A recent study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that over 71% of plastic surgeries were for individuals making less than $60,000 a year. The tax also is indiscriminately biased against working middle-class women, who make up the majority of people seeking this type of care. The tax seriously threatens patient privacy rights as it invites the IRS into the exam room. Enforcement of this provision will include IRS audits of medical practices to determine whether procedures were elective and/or cosmetic. The distinction and determination between what procedures are considered reconstructive or cosmetic is one that is best understood between a patient and her/his physician and should not be left up to the whim of some third party tax adjuster. This is a very private issue. It is a shame that our government wants to treat people who are looking to improve their self-image and self-confidence as sinners, rather than people who are just trying to make life better for themselves. I encourage all of you to let your congressmen know how much you’d like them to stop meddling in your private lives.

2009
12.08

The debate in congress has undeniably been the most important topic in the news over the past six months. It is a subject that affects each and everyone of us. The central element to congress’s plan is the “Public Option”. This is the seed that supporters of socialized medicine hope to plant, believing it will grow into a single, all encompassing system that will totally control health care. There is much to fear from a single payor, socialized health care system. Bureaucracy will stand in your way of treatment, treatment options will by necessity be limited to only what the government is willing to pay for and medical innovation will be stifled. American medicine is unquestionably, the best in the world. We are the leaders in all aspects of innovation, as over 80% of all new medical treatments and devices are invented in this country. Our medical schools are still the most rigorous, taking from our best and brightest to produce the most qualified physicians found anywhere. The naysayers, who state otherwise, are just plain wrong. The scariest part of the government’s plan to bulldoze the current system is that it will likely change all that is right with our system. All government plans are subject to the “law of unintended consequences” and the loser here will be anyone who gets sick.

Many people say to me that ‘oh, you’re a Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon,this won’t affect your patients.’ I, like most other plastic surgeons, see many people who require reconstructive surgery, that is covered under typical insurance plans. We treat patients for breast reconstruction after cancer treatment, soft tissue tumors, skin cancers like Melanoma, burns, birth defects and many other situations that require reconstructive care. A friend’s father just recently passed away from Melanoma, because he couldn’t get timely treatment in a modern country where socialized medicine is practiced. His is the silent death that happens in that type of health care system.

2009
12.08

Even though outside the air so cold and the weather is changing, doesn’t mean I forget my sunblock. Before I put on my make up I apply sunblock to prevent my skin from aging. It has already become a habit. I use a sunblock with SPF 40 or higher to get the highest protection and prevent sun damage. I have fair skin and my skin can easily burn. Dr. Lent, Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon recommends applying sunblock on a daily basis, even when there is no sunshine outside. So remember, when going outdoors, whether going to work, having fun, or even a quick errand, apply the highest SPF sunblock possible.

Don’t forget!

Henny

2009
12.04

“When can I exercise after surgery?” This is one of the most common questions I get from patients. Here in Los Angeles, Plastic surgery is as popular as exercise, as we are a very health conscious society. The reality is that one must put off exercise after any major surgery and plastic surgery is no exception. There is real logic behind this instruction. The reason has to do with blood pressure and bleeding. You see, when ever exercise is done correctly, a person’s heart rate goes up. Blood pressure is directly related to heart rate, thus it goes up as well. There are multiple small blood vessels that are always cut during any surgical procedure and it takes some time for those vessels to heal. If blood pressure gets too high before the vessel is healed, then much like a dam that has too much water pressure behind it, the vessel can burst open. Obviously, we don’t want any bleeding to occur in the treated area as this can interfere with healing and possibly the final result. For these reasons, all surgeons instruct their patients not to exercise for a period of time after any surgery. Here in Beverly Hills, I usually advise my patients not to exercise for a minimum of two weeks after surgery, and sometimes even longer, depending on the procedure. A Tummy Tuck, is a good example of a procedure that we have patients wait much longer before exercising, because we want to prevent both bleeding and tearing or loosening of the stitches used to repair the muscles of the abdomen. Hopefully, this will help you to better understand this important instruction from your plastic surgeon.

Warren M. Lent, MD

2009
12.04

Dr. Lent a talented Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon performs Restylane treatments in our office to decrease wrinkles, especially around the nasolabial lines. The cost is $600.00 per syringe and the results last from three to six months. It takes about ten minutes, and the results are seen immediately. I had it done about six months ago and I have to admit it was a bit uncomfortable while he was doing the procedure. The results, however, were definitely worth it. I had a bit of swelling but it went away after a couple of hours. I remember during the procedure, Dr. Lent, Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon kept on telling me to smile, but it was difficult to smile when he was injecting me with Restylane. I am invited to a dinner party this weekend and I really should get it done, to look and feel good. Here we go!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Henny

2009
12.03

I have been working with Dr. Lent, a board certified Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon for over fifteen years. One of his most commonly performed surgery is laser eyelid surgery. It’s a great procedure because one can see the results quickly and the healing time is fast. In addition, it is a procedure that can be done in the office and it is performed under a local anesthetic. I think that this appeals to many of our patients because they do not have to be under general anesthesia. I see patients walking right after the procedure and feeling fine. Many of the patients say it is was so simple and so easy. Many of our patients have it done before a weekend so that you can take advantage of the weekend to heal and return to work the following week. I see many male patients getting it done and feel refreshed and recharged. When you return to work, people may comment, “Were you on vacation?” or “You don’t look tired anymore”. Dr. Lent a Beverly Hills, Plastic Surgeon has been doing laser eyelid surgery for years and has done thousands of laser eyelid surgery.

Speak to you soon,

Henny

2009
12.03

A former Miss Argentina, Solange Magnano, died recently following some type of strange Plastic surgical procedure in Buenos Aires. Based on news reports of the incident it sounds like she had a procedure that is not considered standard by board certified Plastic Surgeons here in Los Angeles. She tried to have her buttocks firmed by having an implant placed and some type of liquid injected into the area. It seems likely that the fluid was injected directly into a major vein, which caused a pulmonary embolism leading to respiratory distress.

The whole incident highlights the importance of selecting the correct doctor for any cosmetic surgical procedure. I highly recommend choosing a Beverly Hills, Plastic Surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is the only board in the whole field of Plastic surgery that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. There are still risks of complications even while under the care of the most highly trained specialists, but to receive this level of board certification indicates a tremendous level of commitment to the field of Plastic surgery. To receive this type of certification a physician must complete a lengthy and rigorous residency in both surgery and Plastic surgery at a fully accredited program, pass a difficult written test and pass an oral test that occurs after the board has monitored the physicians practice for a full year to insure that the doctor is practicing correctly and ethically. This case also demonstrates the need to consider procedures that are based on tried and true principles and not on the latest fads.