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Has Dr. Phil’s Wife, Robin McGraw, had Plastic Surgery?

January 9, 2013 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Sam Stets | Leave a Comment

Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin McGraw has made frequent appearances on her husband’s talk show over the years and fans have noticed that she seems to get younger with each appearance. It could be drinking plenty of water, but more likely plastic surgery is Robin’s secret to youth.

59-year old Robin McGraw is best known for her role as Dr. Phil’s wife, although she has also worked as an actress. On the small screen and off, Robin advocates that the secret to her youthful appearance is staying hydrated as well as plenty of Pilates. However, it seems more likely that Robin has had her share of plastic surgery over the years, as Dr. Phil has spent more time in Hollywood and less down home.

Many doctors seem to suspect that in addition to healthy living, Robin has also had a brow lift, Botox injections, dental veneers and nose surgery in addition to a recent cutting edge “endoscop­ic mid-face-lift,” which requires less facelift recovery time than a traditional full facelift.

On his blog, OcBody plastic surgeon Dr. John Di Saia writes, ” My wife is an avid Dr Phil watcher, so I see more than a few Dr Phil shows via the DVR. My wife and I have seen Dr Phil’s wife Robin on a few shows and it is obvious at least facially that she has had some work.”

“Would I venture to guess as to what exactly Robin has had done? Nope. I would suspect a facelift plus or minus eyes, but I have not treated her (obviously or this post would not be here.) Without seeing more images of Robin, before and after the times of suspected surgery it would be a hard guess.”

“One of the doctors in this Radaronline piece suggests she has had a mid-face lift and that is possible as the operation is in vogue and she would have probably seen one of the hot shots for that which is fashionable. This is my inference of course. The Radaronline doctors might have had a selection of images to review I would suspect.”

“I am more of a body surgeon and images of these areas are not so prevalent of Robin, so I would not make many more suggestions vis-a-vis what might have transpired in the operating room. As long as she and Dr Phil are happy about it, it’s all good.”

Whether or not they know exactly what Robin had worked on, from her lips to her breasts, plastic surgery experts agree that Robin is looking good.


Is Lisa Rinna Back to Lip Augmentation?

January 10, 2013 in Celebrity Plastic Surgery by Wendy Lewis 

Lisa Rinna has long been as famous for her duck lips as for her entertainment career. Yet she shocked fans by undoing her lip augmentation last year. But recently fans have noticed an increased plumpness in her lips leading many to wonder if Lisa is back to fillers.

49-year old Lisa Rinna underwent the surgery to reduce the over-plumped upper lip she had injected with silicone on a whim back in 1986 and also posed for Playboy magazine after getting breast implants (See Make Me Heal’s story on Lisa Rinna’s plastic surgery).

According to the Daily Mail, “She publicly underwent lip reduction surgery two years ago to fix her botched trout pout. After some complications Lisa Rinna finally sorted out the problem, but seemed to be sporting slightly fuller lips again as she stepped out in Beverly Hill on Thursday. The self-confessed plastic surgery fan, who filmed the reduction for her reality show, and has admitted to using botox, seemed in great spirits as she wandered around a few days into the new year, showing off her luscious, large lips. Although they’ve ballooned and reduced dramatically over the last few years, they seemed a little larger than she’s had them recently, but looked much more natural. Whatever’s happened to her lips, it’s unlikely that she’s opted for juvéderm treatments which gave her so many problems in the past.”

Lisa may indeed by getting fillers for her lips because after the silicone removal they began to look a little bumpy and a filler like Juvederm could help smooth them out.

On his blog, OcBody plastic surgeon Dr. John Di Saia says, “As some of you might remember, Lisa Rinna told of her silicone lip injections of many years ago that in all likelihood trashed her lips. She later went to have some of the scar and inflamed mess removed surgically from her upper lip. The painful progressive growth of her silicone injected lip is not atypical of silicone gel injections. This is amongst the reasons we have warned against them here for years. There are safe lip injection products. Silicone gel is not one of them. ”

“Well now after her little surgical procedure, Lisa’s lips are likely at least a bit misshapen. I’d bet she’s having some small maintenance injection therapy to minimize this disfigurement. So yes: I’d say she’s back on the fillers.”

Lisa’s lips are looking pretty full and unusually shaped, but hopefully that will go away in time.

Read the complete celebrity plastic surgery profile of Lisa Rinna on Plasticopedia, the largest celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

Surgeons see a rise in male breast reduction procedures

There have been many reports in the media about the number of men going under the knife to improve their looks in recent years. As the stigma surrounding plastic surgery continues to decrease, it’s likely that surgeons will see more male patients coming in for a little nip and tuck.

In the UK, this trend is already evident – 790 men underwent male breast reduction surgery in 2011, more than twice the amount that sought out the procedure five years earlier, according to the BBC. In the US, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) shows that roughly 17,645 men underwent gynecomastia surgery, making it the fourth most popular procedure for men.

Gynecomastia is a condition that causes males to develop breast tissue, which can result in discomfort and tenderness around the nipples and adversely affect one’s self esteem. According to the news source, it often develops in adolescent boys as they’re going through puberty, but as many as 30 percent of those who suffer from the condition are older men.

“I think the first time I realized I was kind of different, I was probably eight or nine in primary school. We went swimming and realized I thought that my chest looks slightly different to the other boys,” Ayo Adesina, who received male breast reduction surgery, told the news source. “It was very, very, very annoying. Everyone in the changing rooms would say ‘Ayo, look at your little boobs’ and stuff like that, which was kind of hurtful. When I would look in the mirror, it does bother you, so I decided it was time to do something about it.”

Unfortunately, there are some misconceptions about gynecomastia that may make life even more difficult for those who have the condition. Many people believe that the breasts form due to poor diet and lack of exercise, but in reality, they can be caused by a number of factors, from medication side effects to hormone imbalances. This misunderstanding may prompt more men to seek out the surgery.

According to ASAPS, gynecomastia affects anywhere from 40 to 60 percent of the male population. Sometimes it may only affect one breast, causing an asymmetrical appearance. To remove the excess fatty tissue, some doctors may use liposuction, which will leave very few small scars behind. Results are permanent, and most patients can return to work within one week, depending on their job.

The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to

Can Botox wash away your blues?

January 10, 2013

botox2Can Botox wash away your blues?

You’ve probably heard Botox can treat frown lines – those pesky facial wrinkles that appear around the corners of the mouth. But could the injectable medicine also help ward off depression? That’s what researchers at the Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center in Maryland suggested at the recent annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, reports Time magazine.

The medical director of the center and his colleagues presented a study that suggested treating frown lines and reducing the signs of aging could help those suffering from depression feel happier. The background of the research has its roots in history – Charles Darwin coined the term “grief muscles” to describe the muscles we use to frown, and he suggested making an unhappy face was intensely connected to true feelings of sadness.

“We feel sorry because we cry. We feel angry because we strike [out], and not vice versa,” explained the lead researcher during the meeting. According to Time, he hypothesized that freezing the “grief muscles” with Botox could prevent individuals from frowning, thus breaking or weakening the connection the facial expression has with the emotion of sadness.

Researchers looked at 84 individuals who had severe depression lasting for an average of two years, none of whom had responded to antidepressants. Some of the participants were given Botox injections while others were injected with a placebo. They were then assessed three to six weeks later. According to the news source, at that time just over a quarter of those receiving Botox had a “nearly complete remission of their depression,” while only 7 percent of those who had received the placebo reported the same turnaround.

Until this study undergoes further vetting, Botox shouldn’t be considered an official treatment of depression. However, the medicine does carry other benefits, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). The injectable cosmetic can reduce the appearance of wrinkling around the mouth, forehead and eyes, giving patients an overall younger appearance.

What’s more, Botox is more affordable than other rejuvenation procedures like facelifts, though the results don’t last as long. Side-effects are also minimal – patients can expect mild swelling or bruising and a temporary redness. Botox is a good “first-time procedure,” because patients’ appearance will return to normal if they decide it’s not the right look for them.

The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to

Is Botox just for the middle aged?


Is Botox just for the middle aged

If you’ve done any research into Botox injections, you’ve probably come to the conclusion that the injectable cosmetic is meant to erase visible wrinkles on the face, especially around the mouth and eyes. It may come as a surprise, then, to learn that many people who elect to receive Botox are still in young adulthood. According to CBS Chicago, these patients aren’t looking to erase wrinkles – they’re more interested in stopping these signs of aging before they start.

Natalie Garcia is only 24 years old, but has been getting Botox since she was 22. She explained to the news source why she chooses to undergo the treatments. “I like having nice skin. It makes me feel confident, so why not? When my skin actually starts aging, during my later years, I think it’ll beneficial.”

It’s not just young women who are looking to prevent facial lines – some young males are also seeking out the procedure. For instance, 27-year-old Blake Troiani told CBS that he was worried about lines in his forehead. He said they feel they make people look older and “more tired,” so he decided to get Botox to help prevent their formation. He adds that the procedures worked for him – his loved ones commented on the quality of his skin, and even told him that he looked “rejuvenated.”

Doctors agree that injectable cosmetics like Botox may indeed be able to prevent or reduce the appearance of lines, even before they’ve formed. A Chicago-based plastic surgeon explained to CBS that Botox blocks certain muscles responsible for causing wrinkles from moving. Younger adults will likely need fewer injections, and may even be able to go up to a year without getting regular injections, unlike older patients who must visit every few weeks.

If you’re still wondering about the popularity of Botox, the numbers don’t lie. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Botox topped the rankings of the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures in 2011, with a total of 2,619,739 surgeries performed by ASAPS-certified doctors. If you look at the number of Botox injections given by physicians, nurses and physician assistants, that figure skyrockets to 4,030,318.

Individuals of any age who are interested in Botox injections should speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon, who can help them determine what portions of their face should be targeted.

Kim Kardashian Suing Mexican Plastic Surgeon?

By Christine Thomasos , Christian Post Reporter
March 14, 2012|10:01 am

TV personality Kim Kardashian arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, Aug. 28, 2011.

The billboard reads “Don’t risk your beauty or your health,” in Spanish. However, the doctor admitted that he had no permission from Kardashian to use her image on the advertisement.

“Obviously I did not speak to Kim Kardashian,” Ramirez told TMZ when the online publication inquired about the billboard. “I do not have her number.”

After the publication advised Ramirez against it, he spoke about getting the authorities involved. However, Kardashian is also reportedly getting her lawyers to look into the matter.

Although there has been years of speculation surrounding if and where Kardashian got plastic surgery, the reality television show star has denied surgery many times in public.

In a 2011 issue of SELF Magazine, Kardashian denied the rumors that she had her lips altered.

“I’ve read that I’ve had my lips done. I’ve always had big lips. Look at my baby pictures. It’s ridiculous … You can’t worry about all the gossip,” she said.

The reality television star also denied having her nose reconstructed.

“They’ll show one picture of me today and one tomorrow, and say I’ve had my nose done in between,” she said. “When? Didn’t you just see me yesterday? And how many times have I ‘had my butt done?’ People’s logic is so weird. I don’t know why they bother!”

Although Kardashian has also taken an X-ray of her buttocks to prove that she had no implants in her posterior, many have still speculated about her getting injections to help form her now famous backside. Still, a court document stemming from a divorce from her first husband Damon Thomas may prove that she has had enough work done to become the poster child of plastic surgery.

Her first husband reportedly beat Kardashian on repeated occasions and forced her to get close to $5,000 in plastic surgery, according to court documents filed by the reality television star.

Quack surgeon sent back to Dominican Republic after disfiguring women

  • By LAURA ITALIANO Posted: 5:52 PM, April 3, 2012

It’s back to the Dominican Republic for a hack plastic surgeon who lured Latina women from Manhattan salons to Santo Domingo for cheap liposuctions that left them near death and permanently disfigured.

“He promised me that he was going to transform me, make me more beautiful, more confidant,” victim Lissette Mejjia, 36, of The Bronx, remembered at the sentencing today of Hector Cabral, 52.

“I came out of his office hypnotized,” Mejjia added. But she and six other women suffered an immediate, post-op blackening of a large swath of skin on her torso and hip.

Then came life-threatening infections that left them hospitalized for weeks.

“I cannot even show myself, my body” sobbed victim Francisca Fernandez, 48, of The Bronx. “I am scared to even see myself in the mirror. When I see my scar, I see his face.”

Cabral is licensed to practice plastic surgery in the Dominican Republic, but not the United States.

He pleaded guilty in October to unauthorized practice of medicine — for signing women up for the surgeries in New York — but couldn’t be prosecuted further because the actual procedures were done in Santo Domingo.

Under a deal struck with the State Attorney General’s office, and finalized today by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Laura Ward, Cabral was sentenced today to 250 hours of community service in the Dominican Republic.

He cannot return to the United States for three years. He additionally was ordered today to pay $23,000 in total restitution to his seven victims.

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