Cosmetic Procedures

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog! My goal here is to get more personal – and simply share stuff with my friends, family, and patients!  You can expect some posts on the latest advances in cosmetic surgery (although it seems like there’ll be a fair amount of music-related posts – they’re too much fun to make!) I also expect that we’ll have more contests and free stuff, special events and even very special guests!

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Eyelid Surgery: Is it for You? – Medical Minute

Do you have heavy eyelids or bags under your eyes that don't go away? Listen to Dr. Weiss in this Eyelid Surgery Medical Minute as he explains if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery!   Related Posts: A Complete Look at Upper Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Ask Dr. Weiss: Local vs. General Anesthesia Before you get eyelid surgery, get tested for dry eyes! New Music Post: Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues

The Gift of Sight

The Gift of Sight Written by Richard Weiss, M.D. for the “Chicken Soup” series, “Chicken Soup for the Traveler’s Soul” I will never forget the look on Stevie Wonder’s face.  In appreciation of Stevie lending his name to our One World Sight Project, an effort to cure world blindness, I was giving him a small token of our thanks.  There is a blind sculpture garden in the Picasso museum in the south of France that publishes a book that recreates some of Picasso greatest works in relief for the vision impaired.  The book is stark white, resembling the Beatles’ white album, and after several pages in Braille, there followed 15-20 embossed Picasso artworks. Because Stevie had always been blind, I was not sure that he would be able to recognize and appreciate drawings and symbols, a skill sometimes absent in people visually impaired from birth.  I held my breath as I placed his hands on the book and he began to turn the pages, closely examining each one. “Wait a minute, let’s go back a few pages,” he exclaimed. The expression on his face at the sudden recognition of one of the previous pages was to me worth all of [...]

Eyelid Surgery for Eye Bags – Medical Minute

Lower eyelid surgery could help you say "good-bye" to bags! Losing your bags can be infuriating when you're at the airport, but when they're hanging beneath your eyes, it can be a welcome change!  One of the concerns I often hear about is dark circles or bags beneath the eyelids that don't seem to go away, even with a good night's sleep. These types of dark circles are not caused by a darkening of the skin; rather they are caused by shadows.  This is the result of light shining (usually from above) and hitting the bulge caused by some excess fat producing a shadow beneath the bag.  So we simply need to reduce the bag by removing some fat (without a skin incision) - and the dark shadow goes away! Watch the video above to learn more about under eye bags, dark circles, and how surgery may be the solution to getting rid of that tired look!
Dr Weiss explaining how a skin rejuvenation laser works

How Does a Skin Rejuvenation Laser Work?

There's a famous law from famed science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke along the lines of "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."  I think that law describes lasers quite well!  What else would you call a machine that shoots light at your skin in order to remove wrinkles and brown spots? I'd like to take you on a behind-the-scenes look at the "magic" behind the laser I use for skin rejuvenation. Hopefully you too will appreciate the cool science and technology operating in the background!
Patient on operating table explaining her happiness with choosing eyelid surgery

If You’ve Ever Been Afraid of Eyelid Surgery…

Whether you're on the fence about scheduling a procedure or nervous because you've already decided to proceed with one, I hope you'll watch this particular testimonial. This patient was quite nervous before her surgery, but was so thrilled at the outcome and the relative ease of the procedure that she wanted to share her experience with everyone!  I occasionally ask patients to speak about their results, but it is certainly less common for a patient to ask if they can give a testimonial! While every patient's experience will be slightly different, if you're afraid of eyelid surgery this testimonial is worth a listen.
Photo of the week December 2018

Introducing the Photo of the Week!

Welcome to an exciting new feature we're sharing with our family of patients - the Photo of the Week!  In addition to our musical blogs and special offers and medical explanations, we'd like to share with you example cases of the procedures we are most famous for! Today's spotlight is on a patient who had both upper and lower eyelid surgery. Patient before upper and lower eyelid surgery. Patient after upper and lower eyelid surgery. I'm planning on making this a recurring feature (much like Weiss Medical Minutes and Weiss Music Minutes), so that patients and prospective patients can see the very visible benefits that our procedures can provide. More medicine and music coming soon!
Blepharoplasty vs. Ptosis Surgery

Blepharoplasty vs. Ptosis Surgery – Medical Minute

Eyelid surgery can be a fairly quick and often painless procedure to quickly look years younger.  But did you know that eyelid surgery isn't always just about cosmetics?  Sometimes droopy upper eyelids can actually impede your vision and be a fairly serious medical issue! Today I'm excited to talk briefly about the difference between general eyelid surgery and specific types such as ptosis surgery.  The key takeaway is the following: Blepharoplasty is a general term referring to all types of eyelid surgery. Ptosis surgery is a type of eyelid surgery that corrects droopy upper eyelids. Thanks for watching!  And feel free to share this post on your favorite social media site! :)