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What Questions to Ask Your Prospective Plastic Surgeon


Ask your surgeon about their training, board certification, and experience. It is okay to ask to see before and after photos of other patients, read patient testimonials, and maybe even speak to previous patients who have gone through the same or similar procedures. A basic understanding of the technique, including placement of scars, length of surgery and recovery, possible risks and side effects, and alternative treatment options are excellent topics from which to base questions to better prepare yourself for surgery.

In my own experience, many of my patients ask me personal questions such as whether or not I have had plastic surgery and why I became a plastic surgeon. None of this is off limits as far as I’m concerned. I am getting to know my patients during our initial consultation, and they are often sharing very intimate details, insecurities, and expectations. My job is to make patients feel comfortable opening up and being honest about what they are hoping to achieve so that I can most effectively help them reach their goals.

For additional advice about choosing your plastic surgeon, feel free to check out my previous blog post. If you are interested in cosmetic plastic surgery, please do not hesitate to contact McCormack Plastic Surgery today.

My Advice for Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

logosFirst and foremost, make sure your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (see: “Why Your Plastic Surgeon Should Be Board-Certified By ABPS”). Once you have verified board certification, further assurance regarding your surgeon’s qualifications can be afforded by his or her membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgery as well as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

The next step is to call and set up a professional consultation. Spend time before your appointment to educate yourself online about your procedure of interest so you know what kinds of questions to ask. If you know someone who works in your local hospital or surgery center, you may want to get some input as to your surgeon’s reputation in a surgical setting. I have heard patients say they don’t necessarily care about a doctor’s bedside manner as long as they are technically sound. I would argue that it is not too much to expect both an excellent bedside manner and great technical ability.

Ultimately, a positive connection with your surgeon and your surgeon’s staff is essential. You should be made to feel comfortable from the minute you step foot into the office. It is also crucial that you feel there is good communication and that all of your questions are answered and explained in a thoughtful and clear manner.

If you need help coming up with quality questions to ask your surgeon, be sure to check out my next blog post where I will provide some direction for the types of questions to ask a prospective plastic surgeon.

Why Your Plastic Surgeon Should Be Board-Certified By ABPS


This day and age, many healthcare providers are performing a variety of plastic surgery procedures. For this reason, it is important to note that just because a doctor or surgeon offers a particular cosmetic procedure does not necessarily mean he or she is qualified to perform plastic surgery. The key to ensuring your surgeon has the proper qualifications to perform plastic surgery safely and effectively is to identify whether or not they have received certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

Board certification from ABPS is a strenuous and time-consuming process following residency. Compared to other plastic or cosmetic surgery organizations, training for ABPS certification is more extensive, the examination process is more rigorous, and the code of ethical conduct is more stringent. Additionally, ABPS is approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body whereas other organizations are not.

If your plastic surgeon is certified by ABPS, you can be assured that he or she has at least six years of training in an accredited program with actual experience in surgery, and that at least three of those years were specifically devoted to plastic surgery. Furthermore, board-certified plastic surgeons are also required to have fulfilled strict education requirements that include patient safety techniques.

In summation, surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are extensively trained in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of all types and their experience is often broader as a result. Some physicians can claim a certificate from a weekend course for procedures like liposuction or breast augmentation, but if something goes wrong, few of these doctors are capable of comprehensively taking care of the patient.

For more information about choosing the right plastic surgeon, read my next blog post in which I will reveal other credentials to look for in addition to board certification.

Reno Plastic Surgeon Breaks Down ASAPS Statistics: Part 3

In my previous two blog posts, I discussed the most common age to receive plastic surgery and the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. In this final installment of my three-part blog series, I will conclude my ASAPS statistical breakdown by elaborating on why I believe cosmetic plastic surgery has become increasingly popular year after year, followed by my predictions for future trends.

My Theory on Why Plastic Surgery Numbers Have Spiked

The ASAPS data reveals that the total number of cosmetic procedures – both surgical and nonsurgical – performed has steadily increased every year since 1997. I believe this number continues to rise year after year due to the fact that plastic surgery has become less taboo and more talked about in our culture. It is no longer uncommon for friends to discuss plastic surgery openly. Celebrities and icons are more open about procedures they have undergone, and a number of television shows have even been centered around plastic surgery (for better or for worse). Additionally, and perhaps just as importantly, the number of options have changed considerably when we look at what techniques are available today in terms of surgery and even recovery.

I also feel that numbers have spiked due to a rise in male plastic surgery. My practice has seen a large increase in the number of male patients over the last year. The most common procedure males seek is liposuction, followed by facelift surgery and rhinoplasty. Laser hair removal is also more common with male patients on the non-invasive side of the practice. I attribute this increase in popularity to the same reasons I stated above.

My Projection for the Future

Based on the trends I’ve observed at my own practice, I believe breast augmentation will remain at the top of the list. Again, this covers a wide range of the population – from younger women, to women whose bodies have changed with pregnancy, to those whose bodies have changed with the normal process of aging. I also expect to see a steady increase in male plastic surgery as cosmetic procedures become more and more accepted in our culture.

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Reno Plastic Surgeon Breaks Down ASAPS Statistics: Part 2

In last week’s blog post regarding the most common age range for cosmetic plastic surgery, I presented some interesting statistical trends recorded by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). To recap: cosmetic plastic surgery numbers have increased annually since 1997. Over the past year, patients within the age range of 35-50 years received the most plastic surgery, and breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery led the way for all cosmetic surgical procedures performed.

In this second installment of my three-part blog series breaking down the ASAPS statistics, I will discuss why I believe the aforementioned procedures have become so popular.

Why Breast Augmentation, Liposuction, and Tummy Tuck Top the List

Breast augmentation surgery has come a long way in my opinion. Many women are seeking a natural-looking result that improves fullness, yet doesn’t look overly fake. Once the FDA lifted the moratorium on silicone gel implants following their proven safety, women began to feel more confident using them. Silicone implants offer a more natural look and feel than saline implants, in my opinion, which most likely aided in rise of breast augmentation popularity. Additionally, the desire for breast augmentation also spans a wide age range of women. It encompasses younger women who never quite developed as much as they hoped, as well as women who lost a significant amount of volume with pregnancy, age, or weight fluctuations.

In regard to liposuction, there are many alternatives to traditional liposuction which have collectively led to an increase in volume. Some of these involve concurrent laser skin tightening, while others offer less invasive techniques for smaller areas that do not require general anesthesia or treatment in a surgery center. An example of this is CoolSculpting®, which is a technology that allows the “freezing” of fat and works very well for bulges. This particular procedure has been a great addition to our practice as it is non-invasive, yet effective, and it affords no downtime whatsoever.

I feel tummy tuck surgery remains as popular as ever because of its superior ability to remove excess skin and fat, as well as repair the anterior muscles to the abdominal wall that are often stretched apart during pregnancy. Additionally, stretch marks can typically be removed during a tummy tuck as well, making the procedure even more beneficial.

Further Statistical Breakdown

For my theory as to why plastic surgery numbers have spiked, as well as my projection for future trends, be sure to check out part three of my blog series later this week.

Reno Plastic Surgeon Breaks Down ASAPS Statistics: Part 1

According to statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the number of cosmetic surgeries performed in the U.S. has increased each year since 1997. Narrowing it down to this past year, the data shows that the top three surgical procedures performed were breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery. Furthermore, 43% of these procedures were received by patients in the age range of 35-50 years.

Interestingly enough, I experienced the same trends over the past year at my practice. In fact, I commonly performed a combination of these top three procedures in a mommy makeover for several patients in this age group. After reviewing the ASAPS data and comparing it to my own experiences, I believe there are several factors contributing to these numbers nationwide.

Throughout a series of three blog posts, I will elaborate on why I believe each trend has occurred, beginning with my theory for why 35-50 is the most popular age to receive cosmetic plastic surgery.

Most Common and Practical Age Range for Plastic Surgery

The ASAPS statistics note that patients ages 35-50 received the most procedures, equating to 43% of the total surgical procedures performed. This trend directly mirrors what my practice experiences. Of course, we do treat many patients well under and over that age range, but 35-50 is typically the most common.

I believe the reason this age group receives the most cosmetic surgery can be attributed to a combination of factors. A lot of women prefer to wait until after they are finished having children before going on to “repair” the “damage” that may occur from childbearing. Plastic surgery can also be costly as insurance does not typically cover elective procedures, so financial considerations generally take effect. Additionally, I believe that after a certain number of years, some people decide they have come into who they are and may grow the confidence to undergo a surgical procedure to alter something that has bothered them their entire lives.

Further Statistical Breakdown

Be sure to read next week’s blog on why breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery consistently top the list for the most popular plastic surgery procedures.

Cellulite Reduction with Cellulaze™ – What You Want to Know

Cellulaze_Patient_Banner_finalHRWe were recently able to sit down with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Tiffany McCormack, for a Q&A session regarding the innovative cellulite treatment known as Cellulaze™. Below are Dr. McCormack’s answers detailing unique aspects of the minimally-invasive procedure.

Question: What makes Cellulaze™ unique compared to other cellulite reduction techniques, and what ultimately enticed you into offering the procedure?

Dr. McCormack: Cellulaze™ is the first procedure shown to significantly reduce the appearance of cellulite in a single treatment. The fact that it is minimally invasive played an integral role in wanting to provide this procedure for my patients, as many of them are mothers that simply do not have the time necessary for recovery from more invasive surgical body contouring procedures.

Q: Is there a specific time of year that you would recommend receiving Cellulaze™? If so, please explain why.

DM: Cellulaze™ is an effective procedure no matter what time of year it’s received, but I suppose I’d have to say Springtime would be the ideal season for treatment. The Spring months often provide ample time for Cellulaze™ results to appear before the arrival of bathing suit season and warm-weather clothing in the Summer.

Q:What areas of the body can be treated with Cellulaze™, and will you please briefly describe how the treatment works?

DM: Cellulaze™ can be used to treat the hips, thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. In short, laser energy is used to release the strain of fibrous bands creating dimples in the patient’s skin. This energy also helps to level out fat lumps and stimulate the production of new collagen for improved skin depth and elasticity.

Q:What do you generally say to patients who are hesitant about receiving a cosmetic procedure to reduce their cellulite?

DM: Many patients believe that cellulite is a fat-related issue that can be resolved with a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. I remind my patients that cellulite is often caused by factors outside of their control. Genetics, skin thickness, the natural aging process, and the body’s distribution of fat are all unique to each patient and affect the development of cellulite. For these reasons, a cosmetic treatment designed to target the root causes of cellulite can be more effective than diet and exercise.

Q: What is the procedure like?

DM: The procedure is minimally-invasive and generally takes about one and a half hours to complete. Several small incisions are made in targeted areas through which the laser energy is directed. Local anesthesia will help to eliminate any discomfort, and the majority of patients are able to return to their daily routines immediately following the procedure. Any bruising or swelling will typically diminish after a couple of days.

Q: What can patients expect in regard to results?

DM: Results will appear after about four weeks and will continue to improve over the course of about three months. Studies have shown that results last about three years on average, and in some cases, even longer.

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For more information about cellulite treatment with Cellulaze™, or to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Tiffany McCormack, please contact McCormack Plastic Surgery today.

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July 2012 Issue of New Beauty Magazine

Dr. McCormack featured in the latest issue of “New Beauty!” Dr. McCormack discusses the process of freezing away the unwanted “muffin top” with CoolSclupting. Learn more about all the new “downtime-free” devices that can help you look great this summer!

Reno Plastic Surgeon Now Offering Less Invasive Liposuction Alternative SmartLipo™

Dr. Tiffany McCormack, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is announcing the recent addition of one of the latest developments in liposuction known as SmartLipo™. The liposuction alternative uses laser energy to reduce fat pockets and create an increasingly contoured appearance, which she says can reduce the recovery time and bruising often associated with the traditional liposuction procedure.

SmartLipo™ was approved by the FDA in 2006 as the first laser-assisted liposuction alternative. According to Dr. McCormack, the minimally invasive procedure allows her to specifically target those areas of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise. In addition to the overall effectiveness of this innovative technology, she adds that SmartLipo™ presents the patient with a more cost-effective solution to eliminating unwanted fat and achieving the body contour and confidence in their appearance they desire.

After administering a local anesthetic to the targeted areas, the Reno plastic surgeon creates small incisions to accommodate for the ultra-thin fiber optic lasers, which will melt the excess fat and allow it to be suctioned out. Once the procedure is complete, she says the patient’s skin should be smoother, tighter, and firmer, improving the overall aesthetic contour of the area. Because of the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, Dr. McCormack says most patients are able to resume their normal daily activities within one to two days. While recovery times and side effects will vary for each patient, she says any bruising or swelling should subside quickly, with results continuing to improve in the weeks and months following the procedure.

Regardless of whether a patient is considering a less invasive procedure such as SmartLipo™, or a combination of procedures known as the mommy makeover, Dr. McCormack says she urges patients to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. “In choosing a board certified surgeon, patients will know this plastic surgeon has completed at least five years of surgical training with a minimum of two years in plastic surgery; they will know the surgeons has been trained in all cosmetic enhancement procedures, operates only in accredited medical facilities, adheres to a strict code of ethics, and fulfills rigorous continuing education requirements.”

As for why Dr. McCormack has added the SmartLipo™ system, she says there are three distinct advantages: “First, I have found that many patients have relatively small areas they are interested in treating, such as the neck, arms, lower abdomen, and inner thighs. Some of these areas benefit as much from skin tightening as they do from fat reduction. Second, SmartLipo can be performed in office and requires little downtime. And last, while I have resisted laser lipolysis systems in the past because of their reputation for possible burns, the triplex system is the only system with a subdermal temperature probe that automatically turns off if the temperature gets too high. SmartLipo is a safe and effective treatment that allows patients to address some of the issues that liposuction alone does not.”

About Tiffany McCormack, MD

Dr. Tiffany McCormack completed her plastic surgery residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. She is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dr. McCormack is published regularly on a variety of aesthetic enhancement procedures and pursues the latest in plastic surgery technology through continued education.

McCormack Plastic Surgery is located at 10685 Professional Circle, Suite B, Reno, NV 89521, and can be reached at (775) 284-2020. Dr. McCormack and her team can also be contacted via their website at, or the Reno Mommy Makeover Facebook page.

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