Consumer’s Warned About Certain Plastic Surgery Vacation Destinations

Vacation Plastic Surgery Concerns

Start typing the two words “plastic surgery” in Google and one of the suggestion is for “plastic surgery vacation packages” – this shows it’s a very popular search phrase. Medical tourism is a part of the global economy and for the American public, it does offer an alternative to care within the US.

The advantage of treatment in many foreign countries is potential cost savings,  especially in countries that have a lower cost of living.  There are many excellent physicians and facilities around the world. Unfortunately, as newspapers reported on April 1, 2014, a Bronx woman died during a tummy tuck procedure in the Dominican Republic. The cost was less than she was quoted nearer to home. As this news item reflects cost shouldn’t be the only consideration  (the article has no details about the quality of care, only an unfortunate outcome.)

Just as  with selection of surgeons and facilities in the US,  one should research credentials of physicians and accreditation of facilities. Read more on our North Dallas Plastic Surgery website for what we describe as Promises and Pitfalls: Medical tourism –

More about the unique approach we take with our Dallas and Allen’s practice can be seen in the variety of short pieces written for you, the consumer: Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery: Promises and Pitfalls – Consumer Information.

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Safety and Effectiveness – Important Considerations for Facial Injections

If you are concerned about aging and are considering facial fillers like Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse, we welcome you to contact us for a consultation. Drs. Harlan Pollock and Todd A. Pollock only recommended these fillers after a complete facial evaluation to make sure these treatments are right for you.

Our surgeons, not technicians, are the ones who do facial injections for our North Dallas Plastic Surgery patients. Our doctors believe that, when used appropriately fillers can improve signs of aging and delay the need for cosmetic surgery. They also caution that if they are not used selectively and judiciously, the results can be disappointing.

Learn more about injectables here on the North Dallas Plastic Surgery website: ».

We like to educate our patients about the variety of options they have. Click below for more, related information from our writings known as Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery: Promise and Pitfalls – Consumer Information »:

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Botox Injections in Dallas and Allen to Minimize or Eliminate Facial Wrinkling

Did you know Botox only effects wrinkles that are present with muscle movement and disappear when the muscle is relaxed? Inappropriately treating a line that is present without muscle movement will lead to disappointment. For the patient, there can be a dizzying amount of choices: does it matter what kind of doctor should do the injections (after all, some dentists offer them!), the different prices that can be quoted, etc.

Here at North Dallas Plastic Surgery our approach to Botox injections is different:

  • Treatments are carried out by our physicians. We believe there is risk related to any procedure and we strive to minimize this risk. We also believe the results are technique dependent, and, therefore, the procedure isn’t delegated to an assistant.
  • Our selection of injectable material is based on two factors: safety and effectiveness.

Read more about Botox and how an evaluation from our board certified plastic surgeons about facial rejuvenation can help you feel better: ».

If you are considering other injectable materials like synthetic fillers then this page on our website will help inform you about the options:  Injectables/Fillers Page »

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Minimally Invasive Facial Procedures vs. Surgical Options

Here at North Dallas Plastic Surgery, when it is appropriate for our patients wanting a cosmetic facial treatment, we consider both non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures as well as surgical treatments. However, the only procedures we offer are those which have been scientifically proven to be safe and effective.

This is especially important in the case of patients who may have heard about new treatments or products. These should be used only if there is a proven advantage over established methods.

On this page of our North Dallas Plastic Surgery website we compare minimally invasive facial procedures to plastic surgery options: This compares a variety of minimally invasive treatments to plastic surgery options.

Here is more information from our website related to injectable fillers and facial rejuvenation: Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Promises & Pitfalls – Filler Treatments for Anti Aging Skin Care: Youth in a Syringe?

Please contact Dr. Harlan Pollock or Dr. Todd A. Pollock for answers to the questions you have about facelift options here in North Texas.

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Dr. Harlan Pollock – A Dallas Plastic Surgeon with a Great Concern for His Patients

Comments from our Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Harlan Pollock:

“In over forty years of surgical practice, I have continuously enjoyed a specialty that demands technical precision, surgical judgment, and an understanding of psychology while rewarding a sense of creativity.”

At North Dallas Plastic Surgery, our practice has always been scientifically based and has added new technology and techniques only after these methods have been proven to be both safe and effective for our patients. Read more about Dr. Harlan Pollock and North Dallas Plastic Surgery’s patient-centered philosophy: »

It is both Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock’s wishes to educate their current and perspective patients. For example, unlike almost all other plastic surgery websites here you will not find “Before & After Photographs” online. (Learn more about this, here: Before and After Pictures: Seeing is believing… or is it? »)

Together, they have created a series of online information they call Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery: Promise and Pitfalls – Consumer Information ». Take a look at it – you might be surprised at their opinions on some popular plastic surgery treatments!

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Information about Gettting a Tummy Tuck in Dallas or Allen, TX

Although a flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for by exercising and weight control, sometimes these methods alone cannot achieve our goals. At North Dallas Plastic Surgery, patients are evaluated and a variety of procedures are considered to meet an individual’s needs.

Our abdominoplasty approach is unique. Our doctors created the Progressive Tension Suture (PTS) technique to allow for secure healing and prevent fluid accumulation without the use of drains. It also allows for a faster return to both an upright posture and to normal activities.

More about how Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock approach Body Contouring is here: It describes how, when considering a patient for body contouring, we assess three aspects: Skin, Fat and Muscle. There are also more links for more specific information concerning -

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The Eyes Have It: What to Know When Considering a Forehead or Brow Lift in Dallas and Allen, TX

The position of the eye brows affects the appearance of the entire face, but most importantly it changes the appearance of the eyes. The brow lift is a surgical method to elevate the eyebrows so they are in an attractive and youthful position. This reduces forehead wrinkles, eliminates excessive upper eyelid skin, and brightens the appearance of the eyes.

Learn how the position of the brows affects the appearance of the entire face, but most importantly the appearance of the eyes on our website: »

This page has our Cosmetic Surgery: Promises and Pitfalls™ about this surgery, no matter how you spell it (brow lift vs. browlift) – the results should be natural looking and not result in a “deer in the headlights” effect.

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Dr. Todd A. Pollock Inducted as 2014 President of DCMS

On Thursday, January 23, 2014, Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS) installed Todd Pollock, MD, as its 131st president. North Dallas Plastic Surgery is delighted that our Dr. Pollock will head the DCMS: a group of nearly 6,900 physicians, medical students and residents who are dedicated to serving patients in the Dallas area.

More about Dr. Pollock and the events that night can be seen at this link: Dallas County Medical Society Installs Dallas Plastic Surgeon as President.

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Congratulations to Our Dr. Todd A. Pollock, 2014 Dallas County Medical Society President

There is more on our North Dallas Plastic Surgery website: the DCMS’s interview with Dr. Todd A. Pollock, why he became interested in medicine, and his life’s journey along the way:

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Blepharoplasty – Eyelid Surgery – in Dallas and Allen is Very Popular

Did you know eyelid surgery is one of the most frequent cosmetic surgical procedures?

Changes in the eyelids happens with aging: skin excess of the upper eyelids, a skin excess and fullness of the lower eyelids, and wrinkling of the skin lateral to the eye (crow’s feet wrinkles). Blepharoplasty (bleph meaning eyelid and plasty for the change the shape) is also known as an “eyelid lift”. It is a surgical procedure usually done under local anesthesia with twilight sleep to reverse these aging changes in one’s appearance. This eyelid procedure is popular for both women and men alike.

When considering making a change around your eyes it is very important to select a surgeon that is qualified to perform this type of surgery. Read why: »

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