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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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Springsteen at the LA Sports Arena 2016 – (Rosalita)

Continuing our musical trend, Dr. Weiss attended the Springsteen concert last weekend and was super excited to tell you all about it. Of course, still images and text were not going to do The Boss justice. So he stitched together this awesome video summary of Springsteen’s final concert at the LA Sports Arena (the venue is scheduled to be closed and demolished later this year). We’ve got jumping crowds, classic songs clips, Dr. Weiss at 19 years old, and a surprise duet! But we can’t say anymore – you’ve got to watch and see!  

Nobody Knows You – Dr. Weiss plays at patient party!

Sometimes we just like to say thank you to our awesome family of patients and friends, hang out, and have a little fun. And that’s exactly what we did this summer! We couldn’t invite everyone (at least not until the SuperDome rent drops a little), but some lucky folks got to eat, drink and be merry with a little accompaniment by the fabulous live music of Nutty Jazz. Hope to see YOU at our next get-together! You can find more about Nutty Jazz and their music here: http://nuttyjazz.com/

Mandela, Eye Surgery, and the Miracle Baby

Maybe it is just me, but the last person I expected to be thoroughly engaging, much less funny, was an ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon. I can barely spell what Richard Weiss does and, truly, have no real idea of what that actually is. I was expecting an older, graying, monotone-in-speech guy, one who would barely tolerate my interrupting his schedule before tossing me squarely out. But there I was the other day in Weiss’ Newport Beach office that overlooks Fashion Island, trying to keep up as the good doctor raced from room to room, playing a jazz tune on the keyboard he keeps in a back office before he excitedly invited me into a different room to peer into the recently sutured eyes of a patient he had just operated on. I went there for one specific reason, invited by members of his staff, but that didn’t seem to matter to Weiss, who at one moment was regaling me with the saga of the Miracle Baby, and the next was telling of “One Spirit,” the song he wrote that Stevie Wonder loved and helped him clean up. It is only after I notice and comment on the photograph of […]

A Legend Dies – Personal Thoughts on Stopping Mandela’s Tears

Mandela’s death at age 95, though not unexpected, affected me more than I thought it would – it seems that the world is somehow diminished without his unique spirit. In 1988, I was summoned to South Africa to perform an eyelid operation on President Mandela to cure his tearing. What I’d like to share is this personal encounter with Madiba and how that affected me. Naturally, I had wanted to share the small story of my time with South Africa’s legendary patriarch, but the political climate at the time forbade this. I summarized my experiences in a short essay and kept it tucked away. Now as we celebrate Mandela’s life and times, I’d like to humbly share my experience. Stopping Mandela’s Tears by Richard Weiss How, you may ask, did I end up washing my hands in President Nelson Mandela’s bathroom in “Groote Schuur,” the opulent mansion built by DeBeers founder Cecil Rhodes and now used as the official residence of South African presidents? I wish I could say it was the reward for my efforts to free Mandela from prison at Robben Island, but the truth is he was not the main focus of my college-era activism. I barely […]

Dress Dr. Weiss and Win an Amazon Kindle Fire!

We’ve been having a bit of internal discourse as to what the best look is for Dr. Weiss. I mean, of course, we think he’s dashing no matter WHAT he’s wearing, but what’s the most popular combination? Is it the classic pink scrub he’s made popular? Or do patients prefer the standard white coat and dress shirt? So we decided to crowdsource the question – and we’re even giving out a prize! Use the form below to select your favorite look and if you’re the lucky random winner in the group that has the most votes, you’ll be heading home with a brand-new Amazon Kindle! * To receive prize, participants must be a patient having completed at least one consultation. Winner must be willing to come into office and be documented for promotional reasons including photography, film/videography and posting on video sharing sites such as YouTube. Contest ends February 15, 2013. I prefer Dr. Weiss in…Picture 1 – Pink and Perfect! Picture 2 – Back in Black!Picture 3 – Classic White Coat!Picture 4 – Brilliant in Blue!  Yes, I’d like to be on the mailing list to hear about future offers and contests!

Doctors in the Desert postcard

Dr. Weiss performs at concert to benefit students

If you’ve been a patient of Dr. Weiss’, you already know he’s an accomplished musician. So we’re extremely honored to be invited to perform at the “Doctors in the Desert” concert put on by the Steinway Society of Riverside County “Doctors in the Desert” is a fundraiser for piano lesson scholarships for deserving students. The concert will take place on March 25 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Scott McNealy (of Sun Microsystems fame!), and will feature (in addition to Dr. Weiss and others) guest artist Dr. Jungwon Jin from USC and Julliard School of Music. A big thank you to the Steinway Society of Riverside County for allowing us to give back to the community and have fun doing so!

Who needs sunscreen? YOU do!

Who should use sunscreen? Everyone should use sunscreen! Although people with darker skin tones have some built-in protection, it isn’t enough. Everyone needs to be protected from the harmful rays of the sun, everyday. How does sunscreen work? Most sun protection products work by absorbing, reflecting or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals and minerals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. What is the difference between the rays? Sunlight has of two types of harmful rays– ultraviolet A (UVA) rays and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Overexposure to either can lead to skin cancer. In addition to causing skin cancer, here’s what each of these rays do: UVA rays – UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots, and can pass through window glass. Tinted automobile windows do not protect you. UVB rays – UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn. Unfortunately, there is no safe way to tan. Every time you tan, you damage your skin. As this damage builds, you speed up the aging of your skin and increase your risk for all types of skin damage So when should I […]

Eight Eyes

Andy Warhol, “Eight Eyes”, c. 1953, ink and graphite on paper.  21.6 x 12.7 cm  Copyright The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc.