Utah Plastic Surgery Society Wins Court Ruling Over Ad Controversy & Patient Safety

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Appeals court affirms previousvictory for Utah Society, ASPS, ABPS truth-in-advertising efforts

The 10th District U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver, Colo., on Aug. 31 upheld the September 2013 dismissal of a lawsuit filed by an ENT and oral surgeon against the Utah Plastic Surgery Society (UPSS), ASPS, the American Board of Plastic Surgery – as well as 19 individual plastic surgeons – which had contended that patient-safety education advertisements amounted to monopolistic efforts and messaging that caused direct financial damage to the non-plastic surgeons.

The appellate court decision provides another victory for patient safety and organized plastic surgery, while also serving as implicit validation of the ASPS “Do Your Homework” public-education campaign to improve patient safety.

The plaintiffs claimed in the original complaint that the Utah Society’s advertising – specifically billboards posted along one of Utah’s main interstate highways, as well as media interviews modeled after the “Do Your Homework” campaign – were in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and amounted to false advertising claims in violation of the Lanham Act. The plaintiffs asserted that the campaign was deceptive by indicating that cosmetic surgery is safer when performed by plastic surgeons rather than cosmetic surgeons.

The Appeals Court concluded late last month that the plaintiffs failed to show any plausible antitrust or deceptive advertising violation, and it affirmed the previous ruling in favor of UPSS, ASPS, ABPS and the individual plastic surgeons named in the lawsuit.

“This decision further confirms the value and importance of our efforts to instill public awareness on the distinctions between ABPS-certified plastic surgeons and lesser-trained physicians who present themselves as similarly skilled,” says UPSS President Brian Brzowski, MD. “We were helped tremendously by ASPS through its early financial and material support and its guidance in crafting the overall ‘Do Your Homework’ effort.”

“Despite the hurdles we have had to cross in dealing with the lawsuit, I was always supremely confident that we would prevail in promoting safe plastic surgery in Utah and beyond,” adds UPSS immediate-past President Trenton Jones, MD. “This public-safety education campaign was modeled largely after the ASPS campaign, so it’s a victory for organized plastic surgery and a huge win for the Utah Society.”

“We’re pleased that the legitimacy of the public-education efforts of UPSS and ASPS have been recognized yet again by the federal court,” says ASPS President Scot Glasberg, MD. “We applaud the Utah Society for taking a stand for patient safety and our specialty – and we welcome any local, state or regional society to confer with the leaders of the ASPS Public Education Campaign to raise awareness and promote patient safety in their states and localities.”

ASPS acknowledges Dr. Brzowski, Dr. Jones and the Utah Plastic Surgery Society for their efforts to both bring the ASPS “Do Your Homework” campaign to their state, and for defending patient-education efforts.

Fat Grafting can Reduce the Appearance of Breast Implant Rippling

Fat Grafting can Reduce the Appearance of Breast Implant Rippling

Breast augmentation cosmetic surgery has continued to rank among the most popular procedures in the U.S. ever since the FDA approved silicone and saline implants for cosmetic breast enhancement. Success rates of the procedure have improved dramatically with advancements in surgical techniques and innovative breast implant qualities. However, sometimes the implants can still develop post-op complications.

Implant rippling is one of the common issues, which can compromise the shape and appearance of the breast. The problem can be addressed to a magnificent extent with a fat grafting technique. As compared to breast revision, fat grafting is a much lesser invasive procedure to improve breast appearance after implant rippling. Leading plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt provides this procedure to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding areas.

Why Rippling Occurs?  

In some cases, the patient may choose extra large breast implants that are oversized for her breast anatomy, while in other situations, the cosmetic surgeon may make a wrong judgment of size, and recommend oversized implants. The result can be over-stretching of the breast tissue. If the available breast tissue proves to be inadequate in covering the implant, rippling may occur.

While implant rippling can be corrected with breast replacement surgery, but that is a complicated and expensive option. Most patients will have the option to choose fat grafting procedure to address the problem of implant rippling. Fat grafting can add more volume and coverage to the existing implant. This will not resolve the rippling effect, but make it significantly less noticeable.

High Precision

A key advantage with fat grafting technique to reduce the appearance of implant rippling is the precision. The procedure allows for the placement of extra fat in very precise location to achieve maximum coverage. Harvested fat cells can be placed in the desired spots to improve shape and fullness. Thin-bodied women can be the best beneficiaries of fat grafting.

Fat grafting enables the surgeon to create a sort of padding over the rippled implants, leading to thickening of the breast tissue. It volumizes the upper pole of the breasts, supporting increased coverage of the underlying implants. Breast asymmetries can also be reduced with fat grafting.

Choosing the Right Surgeon  

Fat grafting is a less invasive technique, and may appear to be a rather simple procedure at the outset. However, in reality this procedure very sensitive and involves high skills and experience. Only an experienced plastic surgeon would be able to achieve consistent looking results in every case. From fat harvesting to fat purifying to fat grafting, every stage of the procedure will make an impact on the final result. Dr. Quardt provides fat grafting to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas.

Some degree of fat loss will almost always occur during the fat harvesting stage. However, a skilled surgeon can minimize the loss and thereby reduce the number of grafts needed. The most adept surgeons are typically able to ensure that a minimum of 70 to 90% of the injected fat does not perish but is able to live after this stage is completed.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at  760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com

Woman Gets 10 to 20 Years in Prison for Deadly Butt Injection

Padge-Victoria Windslowe, the so-called “Black Madam,” will spend 10 to 20 years in state prison for killing one woman and badly injuring another by giving them silicone butt injections, a Philadelphia judge decided Thursday.

The former Black Madam, who proclaimed herself “the Michelangelo of butt injections” at her trial, appeared demure as she addressed Judge Rose DeFino-Nastasi, telling her that she did not realize the silicone injections were dangerous. Read more.

Americans Increasingly Choose Invasive and Non-Invasive Cosmetic Procedures

Americans Increasingly Choose Invasive and Non-Invasive Cosmetic Procedures: ASPS Report

Cosmetic Surgery | Invasive | Non Invasive | Palm Springs | Palm Desert CAOne of the most fundamental desires of a human being is to look appealing and ever youthful. Millions of men and women flip the switch for cosmetic surgery as well as non-surgical aesthetic procedures every year to improve their appearance. High success rates of these procedures owing to advancing surgical techniques and technology have encourage a growing number of people to embrace these treatments.

A recently released report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has shown that in almost every category of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures, the numbers are growing year after year. Experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides a range of latest procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

Invasive Procedures

Breast Augmentation

As per the ASPS data, the number breast augmentation plastic surgery procedures performed in the US in 2014 was 286,254. The number is 35% higher than what it was in 2000.

Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant removal surgeries declined by 42% in comparison to 2000, with only 23,774 surgeries taking place in 2014. This shows the improving success rate of breast augmentation over the years.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

In 2014, a total of 92,714 breast lift procedures were performed by cosmetic surgeons, revealing a rise of three percent over the previous year, and 75 percent over 2000.

Breast Reduction (Aesthetic patients only)

41,309 procedures were performed in this category in 2014, which was a number similar to that in 2013.

Breast Reduction in Men (Gynecomastia)

Gynecomastia surgery registered a growth of 14% in one year, with 26,175 surgeries performed in 2014.

Buttock Augmentation with Fat Grafting

11,505 surgeries were performed in 2014, revealing a growth of 15% year on year.

Buttock Implants and Lift

The demand for this procedure grew almost 100% in 2014 over the previous year, and stood at 1,863 surgeries. Buttock lift also grew by 44% over 2013 with 3,505 surgeries in 2014.

Other major invasive aesthetic procedures in 2014 included chin augmentation, cheek implants, otoplasty, blepharoplasty, facelift, brow lift, hair transplant, lip augmentation, lip reduction, lower body lift, thigh lift, neck lift, nose surgery, abdominoplasty, arm lift, and pectoral implants.

Non-Invasive Procedures

Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox or Dysport)

Injectable anti-aging facial procedures involving Botox or Dysport stood at a record 6.7 million in 2014, representing an eight-fold jump over 2000.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peel procedures grew seven percent in 2014, and stood at 1.25 million procedures as compared to 2013.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

As many as 621,724 IPL procedures were performed in 2014, which was an increase of 3% over the previous year.

Laser Hair Removal

More than 1.1 million laser hair removal procedures were carried out in 2014.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing treatments in 2014 stood at 543,731 procedures, representing an increase of 6% over 2013. Nearly 400,000 non-ablative procedures such as Fraxel were performed in 2014.

Laser Vein Treatment and Sclerotherapy

A total of 207,790 laser vein procedures were performed in 2014. The number of sclerotherapy injectable treatments stood at 323,609 during the same period.


The number of microdermabrasion procedures performed in 2014 was 881,905.

Soft Tissue Fillers

Anti-aging facial injectable treatments involving dermal fillers exceeded 2.3 million procedures in 2014.

Almost 14 million aesthetic minimally invasive treatments were performed in the US in 2014, which is jump of 154% over 2000.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at  760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com .

Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction

Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction

Tummy Tuck | Liposuction | Plastic Surgery | Palm Desert | La Quinta CAA common aesthetic concern among adults in various age groups is the accumulation of excess fat tissue in the abdominal area. Over time, these fat deposits become stubborn and may not go away with diet or exercise. This is where a cosmetic surgery procedure may help to reduce unwanted fats and restore a flatter abdomen with improved contours.

Tummy tuck and liposuction are two of the key surgical procedures that are designed to reduce excess fat deposits in the waist area. Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is an eminent plastic surgeon providing both of these procedures in a state of the art surgical environment. Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

Major Distinctions

Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are significantly different procedures on several counts. During the initial consultation, the aesthetic surgeon will discuss various aspects of both procedures and help the patient make the right decision.

Reduction of Excess Skin and Fat

Many patients may not only accumulate excess fat in the abdominal area, but also develop loose skin and loose or separated underlying muscles. These conditions can make the abdomen sag substantially, and tummy tuck may be the more appropriate plastic surgery procedure in such a case. Liposuction procedure, on the other hand, is essentially meant to reduce unwanted fat deposits, but it is not designed to tighten sagging skin or weak muscles.

Complexity of Surgery

In comparison to liposuction, tummy tuck is usually a more complex procedure. It may be performed using general anesthesia, and the duration of surgery may be longer. Surgical approach may be more comprehensive, requiring skin and muscle tightening, apart from fat reduction. Against that, liposuction is usually a less invasive surgery, but its scope of treatment is also limited as compared to tummy tuck.

Length of Scars

Incisions in case of tummy tuck may be more than one, particularly if both lower and upper abdominal areas need fat reduction. In case of liposuction, the incisions will be minor. Especially tumescent liposuction is a conservative technique involving very small incisions. Therefore, the length of scars is typically bigger in a tummy tuck surgery.

An experienced cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Q will endeavor to keep the scars inconspicuous by placing them in subtle locations. Patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive both tummy tuck and liposuction from Dr. Q.

Duration of Recovery

Liposuction will involve shorter downtime, and most patients can go back to their workplace or resume their daily activities in about seven to 10 days. On the other hand, tummy tuck recovery process will take at least 10 to 14 days, and may be a little more painful as compared to liposuction due to bigger incisions.

Suitable Candidates

Golden candidates for liposuction will have a reasonably elastic skin and a moderate body weight, with only excess fat pockets in specific areas. Tummy tuck candidates, on the other hand, will have higher skin laxity, weak underlying muscles and significant fat accumulation around the waist.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at  760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com .

Types of Breast Implants

Breast Implants

Types of Breast Implants Palm Springs Plastic Surgeon | Rancho Mirage CABreast augmentation cosmetic surgery is an increasingly popular procedure designed to enhance the size and fullness of breasts in proportion to the rest of the body. One of the key decisions that a cosmetic surgeon must take in consultation with the patient is to choose the right type of breast implants to match the patient’s unique aesthetic goals.

The choice of implants in breast augmentation plastic surgery will have an impact on the final results. Therefore, the patients should be aware of various implant options and make an appropriate decision to match with their needs. Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) is an experienced plastic surgeon providing breast implant surgery to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

Broad Classification

In breast augmentation cosmetic surgery, the types of implants can be broadly classified as saline implants and silicone implants. During the initial consultation, the cosmetic surgeon will explain the pros and cons of both types of breast implants to help the patient make an informed choice.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are considered the traditional implants that are filled with a saline solution. These implants are designed to provide a uniform shape, firmness, and feel. The implants have been approved by the FDA for women in the age group of 18 and above.

Saline implants may be chosen as a part of breast augmentation plastic surgery for their key benefits such as high biocompatibility. In case of an implant damage or leakage, the saline solution will get naturally absorbed by the body, and pose no health risk to the patient.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are a popular choice among patients due to their superior aesthetic advantages. These implants are filled with silicone gel, which has a higher consistency and mimics the touch and feel of natural breast tissue quite closely.

The FDA has approved silicone breast implants for women in the age group of 22 and above. New advanced qualities of silicone implants are very safe due to the highly cohesive nature of the silicone gel. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other areas for breast implant surgery.

Form Stable Breast Implants

Form stable breast implants are also popularly called gummy bear implants because of their highly cohesive silicone gel core. These implants maintain their form and shape due to the higher gel consistency. Furthermore, if the implant shell is damaged, broken or cut, the silicone gel will not leak to other areas of the body.

This makes them a safe choice that is widely accepted by the patients today. The cost of gummy bear implants is likely to be a little higher as compared to traditional saline implants, but the aesthetic appeal and long term patient satisfaction is significantly higher with these implants in most cases.

Breast implants are also classified according to their size, shape, profile, and texture. Typical sizes available in implants range from 120cc to 960cc. Shapes can be round or tear drop, depending on the patient’s aesthetic needs.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at  760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com .

Not All Doctor’s Are the Same…

not all doctors are the same infographicRecently, NewBeauty Magazine published an article explaining the variables that exist in surgical training and education amongst physicians who perform plastic surgery procedures. The article included an infographic entitled “Not All Doctors are the Same.”

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) responded to the article with an open letter to NewBeauty magazine claiming the publication was misleading to the reader. The president of the ABCS stated in the open letter: “NewBeauty is endangering the public by suggesting they indiscriminately choose a board-certified plastic surgeon, when the truth is, the traditional path to board certification in plastic surgery doesn’t require cosmetic surgery training.”

Following is the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s response to NewBeauty’s article and the ABCS’s open letter. Read more

Read the original New Beauty Magazine article

Wall Street Journal Reporting: Lifestyle Lift Shuts Down Most of Its Business, Considers Bankruptcy

Lifestyle Lift, a nationwide chain of cosmetic surgery centers, abruptly shut down the majority of its business Monday and said it is considering filing for bankruptcy.

Known for Informercial’s

Lifestyle Lift, often featured in informercial-like advertisements claiming to allow consumers to “look as young on the outside as you feel on the inside,” specializes in less-invasive facelift procedures that require only local anesthesia and short recovery periods.

Letter sent to employees

In a letter sent to employees over the weekend, Dr. David Kent – the founder of the company – said he made the “decision to temporarily cease operations until further notice.”

“The future of the Company is uncertain and therefore it is currently developing both a wind down plan to close the business and a reorganization plan to accommodate a new investment,” the letter states. Read more.

Re-Q-venation: Advanced Non-invasive Cosmetic Surgery

Many people are keen to enhance their physical appearance with modern aesthetic techniques, but not every individual may be ready to undergo cosmetic surgery. Surgery may permanently alter the shape, which may not be acceptable to some, while some others may not prefer to invest the kind of time and cost it may involve. However, it is possible to tighten loose skin, and firm up certain areas of the body without plastic surgery procedures.

This is where a reputed and experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) has developed a system called Re-Q-venation that helps patients achieve desired aesthetic outcomes without surgery. Re-Q-venation procedures are ideal for people who wish to take smaller steps rather than opting straightaway for surgery to maintain their appearance. Facelift and tummy tuck are among the popular procedures that Dr. Q can perform without surgery for her patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.


As a dedicated cosmetic surgeon herself, Dr. Q understands the intricacies of facial anatomy, and has created innovative non-surgical solutions for facelift for patients who wish to avoid surgery. With Re-Q-venation techniques, she is able to provide significant lifting to the face, and catalyze the production of fresh collagen in the deeper layers of the facial skin for long-lasting facelift results.


One of the most effective techniques that Dr. Q recommends is Ulthera, which is an ultrasound-based non-invasive procedure. The treatment is useful for patients who are concerned about signs of aging appearing on the face, and need preventative care. With Ulthera, such patients will usually experience marvelous results within 90 days, with almost no downtime involved.

Liquid Facelift

Liquid facelift is another innovative procedure that is a part of Re-Q-venation. Patients may choose this option to achieve facial skin tightening and volumizing without cosmetic surgery. Dr. Q may recommend this treatment to suitable candidates among her patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby locations.

Liquid facelift involves multiple non-surgical solutions such as Botox or Dysport, along with dermal fillers such as Juvederm or Radiesse. The procedure can help reduce wrinkles, erase laugh lines, lift the brows, and fill in facial depressions.

Lasers and Chemical Peels

Certain laser treatments and chemical peels can be provided as a part of Re-Q-venation to reverse advanced signs of aging without plastic surgery. Chemical peels and lasers such as Ultrapulse CO2 can tighten loose skin and reduce the impact of the wrinkles significantly. Recovery time can be slightly longer with these treatments, but it is still lesser compared to most surgical options.

Tummy Tuck

CoolSculpting is a revolutionary non-surgical fat reduction technique that Dr. Q may recommend as a substitute for tummy tuck surgery. The technique involves targeting of stubborn fat pockets using a controlled cooling process. Unwanted fat cells will disintegrate with this non-invasive technique, and gradually get eliminated from the body.

Thermage is another innovative fat reduction technique, which involves treatment with radio frequency energy to tighten loose skin and shrink fat cells. Three to five inches of waist loss can be achieved with this technique.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at  760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit drqmedicalspa.com .








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