A Plastic Surgeon Answers All the Questions We Secretly Want to Know


We all have questions about how plastic surgery actually works. And thanks to Dr. Anthony S. Youn, we have the answers!

Take a look at these questions from the public about all things plastic surgery-related.

1. What do you have to say about parents seeking cosmetic surgery for children?

“I would say that the parent should see a therapist and/or have someone slap him/her.”

2. What are qualifications (or red flags) patients should look for in a plastic surgeon for purely cosmetic issues?

“Awesome question!!! Probably the most important one of all. I give an in-depth guide to choosing a plastic surgeon in my new book “The Age Fix” but here are the mandatories: 1. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery 2. Member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 3. Good before-and-afters and spends time with you in the consult. 4. He/she seems trustworthy and doesn’t operate in a strip mall 5. Shirt isn’t unbuttoned down to the belly button. More in my book!” 

3.Has anyone ever try to pull a “Fight Club” and steal fat?

“There was once a doc in LA who claimed to use his patients’ liposuctioned fat to power his car. He called it “Biofuel.” The only car I know of that could run on Biofuel was the old AMC Pacer pieces of crap. Anyways, his office was raided by the cops and last I heard he fled to South America!”

4. What is the craziest surgery request you have gotten?

“I’ve had a lot of people ask me for wings. Like, turn them into the X-Men character The Angel. And they believe it’s possible. The next craziest thing someone asked for was to look like Kim Kardashian.”

5. After doing plastic surgery has a client ever absolutely hated it?

“Like you gave them exactly what they wanted but they didn’t like it as much as they thought or it looked different on them then they would have imagined so they blamed you?”

And if yes, what course of action did they take? Demand their money back, demand to have it undone, sue you, etc?

“As a plastic surgeon who has operated on thousands of patients, I’m sure some (a small percentage) have been unhappy with the results. I honestly try to do anything reasonable to make it better, if it’s possible to improve it. The problem comes when it’s not possible to improve it. You can’t take away scars. You can’t always change what God gave you. Sometimes people have BDD and have a skewed, unrealistic view of how they look. These are the mos difficult cases. Knock on wood, I’ve never been sued. But I know I will get sued someday. It’s the unfortunate nature of medicine nowadays. 🙁 “

6. How common is it for people to try evening out their breasts, and after this surgery, can you tell that they have been modified? Is this a fairly simple procedure or more difficult?

“It all depends on the situation. Many, many women (and some men) have uneven breasts. Some of these can be treated pretty simply (different size breast implants) and other assymetries require breast lifts or can’t be completely corrected. Sorry I can’t be more specific, but breasts come in all size, shapes, and nipples!”

7. What work are you the most proud of?

“Honestly, I’m most proud of the hundreds and hundreds of people I’ve got off cigarettes. I give them a choice: smoking or plastic surgery. Almost all of them choose plastic surgery. Best thing I’ve done for people, giving them many more healthy years!”

8. So seriously. My uhhh friends dick bends pretty seriously to the left.. is there any options on straightening? No length gain required just some straightening? What are my options. I mean his options

“Not my field. I stay away from genital surgery, which is becoming more and more popular. Maybe tape a straight stick to it! ;-)”

9.  I remember as a kid seeing something on TV about a boob job, and they showed a picture of the patients breasts — after they’d removed her nipples. (They.. put them back, I’m sure.) Keep in mind I was very young so the memory is vague, although I’m positive it was not a horror movie. Do you actually cut nipples off during boob jobs? If yes, what is the reason for this?

“In very rare cases the nipples are removed during surgery and placed back on as a ‘free nipple graft’ where it is a skin graft. This occurs in extreme breast reduction surgery where the breasts are so long that they may hover near the waist band area. Not sure where you saw this, though!!!”

10. What’s the most cost effective way for someone to improve their beauty?

“The easiest and most cost effective way to improve your beauty is: 1. Limit your sugar intake. Sugar is the worst food for your skin. 2. Apply a Vitamin A cream before bed (tretinoin (prescription strength) or retinol) 3. Exfoliate your skin 2-3 times per week. I give cost-effective options for exfoliation in my book The Age Fix.”

11. How much will a scrotum lift cost me?

“I hear these are starting to get popular. Never have done one. I have no desire to look and cut on dudes’ ballsacks.”

12. Have you ever talked anyone out of surgery?

“I’ve talked a lot of people out of surgery! About 1 out of every 5 people I see in consultation are told no. So many people have issues which can be treated non-surgically, as well. For every 100 patients in my practice, only about 10 are surgical patients. It’s crazy how many options we have for looking younger and better without surgery!”

13. Is a tummy tuck truly worth it? I dream of a flat belly but just don’t see it happening.

“Tummy tucks are big operations that usually entail a 2-3 week recovery and create long, permanent scars. But they create big results. If you’ve had children or lost a lot of weight, and your tummy has skin that’s saggy and excessive, then it’s very effective at flattening the tummy. Diet and exercise don’t tighten skin. But keep in mind it’s big surgery with big recovery!”

14. Have you heard from your clients months/years later? Are they usually glad that they did or did not go with the procedure?

“I’ve been in practice now for 12 years, and I see a lot of people who’ve been regulars in my practice for 10+ years. Usually they see my aesthetician and/or nurse for non-surgical treatments. I have reversed some surgeries (like taken out breast implants) but these are few and far between!”

15. How hard was it for you to become a plastic surgeon? Especially in regards to the required schooling/education. And what’s your opinion on the job outlook for plastic surgery?

“It’s a long, hard process to become a plastic surgeon but well worth it in the end. I wrote about this in my first book “In Stitches.” Four years med school, 6 years of residency. It’s very competitive to get spots, and with the poor state of health care today (for doctors) I think more and more docs will go into cosmetic medicine as a way to void the hassles of dealing with insurance.”

16. Where do you see cosmetic surgery going in the next 16 years? Any trends you’ve noticed in the last 16?

“The trends are all towards not having surgery. The numbers of people undergoing actual surgery is rising very slowly, whereas the number of people undergoing nonsurgical procedures (Botox, filler, lasers, IPL, radiofrequency, chemical peels, etc.) has exploded. This is definitely the future of plastic surgery: looking better without actual surgery!”

17. Can a bald guy have a face lift since there’s no hairline to hide the scars? My ‘friend’ wants to know.

“Sorry, but bald men (and Sinead O’Connor) have a hard time hiding the scars of a facelift. Even worse would be the scars of a browlift! I suppose you could wear makeup to cover the scars, but this would get tedious. I’ve done a lot of facelifts on men, some with short hair (like cops!) but none of them have actually been bald.”

18. All I ever see are examples of terrible looking fake cosmetic surgery. Can you give an example of some very well done jobs?

“The well-done jobs look so good you can’t tell they’ve been done! I have no evidence, but I bet the following celebs have had: Helen Mirren – facelift Madonna- facelift Julia Roberts- nose job Julie Bowen – breast implant Jennifer Aniston – nose job And they all look great! (Yes, that includes Madonna)”

h/t: Distractify