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Ezine 247 September 2023

Skin Care Tip  

Skin Care Viral Trends Are Everywhere - Be Careful!

It's happened to all of us: some social media influencer talks us into some new viral skin care trend, you try it, waste the money on it, and it just doesn't work for you. Sometimes it even harms you. You finally talk to your plastic surgeon or skin care specialist about it and they give you the look. Then a moment of clarity is achieved with a sheepish grin and you feel like an idiot. 

Marketing works. That much is true. Especially when you think the marketing is being truthful and honest, but most people don't even realize the game that's being played, sometimes until it's too late. Sometimes people fall for the same persuasive tactics over and over again. You want it to be true, especially when a celebrity is telling you something. I get it.

So the next time you see some short video promoting a strange yet intoxicating beauty hack, don't let it easily suck you in and please don't be the type of person who’s trying a new product every month. Only certain viral trends deserve a permanent spot in your routine.

A good understanding of your skin type can help you. This will help you figure out what might make sense or what seems downright silly. As with anything else in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. 

Some people feel the need to jump on every new skin care sensation because they want to be "cutting edge," and be the first to know and try what's new and cool.  I’ll admit, I’ve even fallen into some traps just like anyone else. I try to think about the things first from a common sense point of view, and then check out the medical literature. Some beauty crazes I’ve adopted and have helped my patients. For example, everyone now uses a moisturizer, because it’s trendy to do so. Most trends though don’t make the cut.

Misinformation is swiveling everywhere on the Internet and social media. The easiest way to figure out what’s legit is to find a plastic surgeon you trust to go over new trends. 

Dr. Sam Speron

Anti-Aging Tip

Watermelon is my favorite summer fruit!

Watermelon is a juicy and refreshing snack that has many many benefits, including being a great source of hydration. Did you know it’s made it's 91% water. Yeah, that’s a lot!

It was domesticated 4,000 years ago in Africa. It's part of the Cucurbitaceae family, along with other fruits and vegetables such as honeydew, cantaloupe, and cucumber.

This refreshing fruit is filled with antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients and contains natural sugars. And we all know that antioxidants can prevent or at least slow the free radicals as they bombard your cells, causing cellular damage.

Watermelon is also a good source of lycopene, and research has shown that lycopene may lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, which of course helps your heart.

What Are The Ways You Can Eat Watermelon?

It’s a versatile fruit you can eat in a ton of different ways, including juicing, smoothies, in salads, with Greek yogurt or in combination with other fruits. You can even grill it.

So if you turned on now and craving watermelon, I'll give you one more reason you should eat more watermelon. It’s absolutely delicious!

Plastic Surgery Tip

Can I Get Breast Augmentation Without Scars On My Breasts?

Can I get Breast Augmentation without scars on my breasts?

Yes. It is possible.

Most Breast Augmentation surgery is done through one of three different types of incisions, depending on how droopy your breasts are, and if you need a lift at the same time.  

Some patients are unwilling to accept these small, barely perceptible scars on the breast area. There are two alternative techniques for scarless breast augmentation.

First is a trans-axillary endoscopic approach. With this surgery, a small incision is made in the hair-bearing area of the armpit. It heals well but you technically have a scar, it's just not on your breast. Saline and silicone implants can be placed or even exchanged through this approach. Lifting is not able to be done through this approach and needs scars on the breast.

The second scarless breast augmentation technique is autologous fat transfer or grafting. Here, fat is harvested from a different area of the body. The harvested fat is processed, purified, and micro-injected throughout the breasts to achieve a natural augmentation with a patient’s own tissues. The fat typically is injected with small cannulas through a few stab incisions distributed around the periphery of the breast. The resulting scars at these sites are only a few millimeters in size and tend to heal with nearly imperceptible marks. Technically, though this, too is a scar.

Plastic surgeons usually always try to make the smallest possible incisions, positioning them where they are the least visible, using the latest techniques to promote ideal healing, and giving patients specific instructions for the postoperative scar care. No plastic surgeon will truly ever promise or guarantee no scar, even when there is no cut made. Injections, nonsurgical procedures, laser, peels, everything has a risk to get a scar unfortunately.

To see before and after patient pictures, please click here.

Verify: Of the 24 recognized boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the only one that can certify a doctor in plastic surgery. Call 1-888-475-2784 or go to to verify if a doctor is a legitimate plastic surgeon. Next, verify membership in the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS).  Call (1-888-272-7711) or go to ( to verify ASAPS membership.

Get a Private Consultation.  Dr. Speron will listen to your personal cosmetic goals.  Next, he will discuss surgical and nonsurgical options, potential complications, healing time, and what benefits you can realistically expect.  

Click here to read the 7 Critical Questions to ask before agreeing to any surgical procedure.

Our office looks forward to seeing you.  You will definitely enjoy your time here.

Sam Speron, MD, FACS

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon


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