I know I’ve gotten busy/lazy about posting, but this is one I need to share this month :)

This is a shout-out to all of the incredible women that I have worked with over the past decade to help match their outer beauty to their inner beauty. You all need to know how fortunate I feel to have been a part of your lives.

Thank you for giving me the privilege of being your surgeon. For trusting me, for traveling far distances and fighting the 405 freeway to see me, for waiting in my office (but at least we have those good trashy tabloids, right?), for not giving up even when it seemed like you were never going to “get back to normal.”

We are all familiar with the variables that put us at an increased risk for breast cancer…age, family history, hormone use, smoking…but one thing I’ve learned is that, at the end of the day, it’s kind of a moot point.

Most of the women I’ve helped to treat have had no more risk factors than me. Many have been younger than me. When it comes to breast cancer, there is no “us” and “them.” Every year after my mammogram I say to myself , “Okay, I don’t have breast cancer this year.” Like my patients who had no risk factors, next year could be different.

None of us are “safe” from this crappy disease. But fortunately, with the therapeutic and surgical advances that are being made every year, breast cancer has become something that many women are able to live with and beyond.

Special thanks to those of you who were able to send us recent pics. It’s so nice for others dealing with the same “journey” to see how radiant you all are since you’ve left breast cancer behind.

So check out the cute photos of our “Lipo Queen Family” below :) We love you all!

 

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If you follow her on Facebook, you would know that Rita is always on the go, enjoying herself with friends and family. She’s on a retreat right now with bad reception but still took time to send us a pic! Congratulations Rita! Her son is in his second year of college. :)

 

 Betty Ann

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Congratulations, Betty Ann! You did it! Betty Ann finished her degree, took the LSATS, and is on her way to law school…

 

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…but she still makes time for her favorite way to spend the weekend :)

 

Jenna  

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Jenna has a full work and social schedule…

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…yet still has time with her family…

 

…and sometimes even plays a real fairy princess at Disneyland :)

 

 Mary

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Mary is back in action, and we congratulate not only her but her son who graduated from college and landed a coveted job at one of the biggest talent agencies in L.A.

 

Elizabeth

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We’ve haven’t seen Elizabeth in a while because she’s too busy with her work and family. We miss seeing you, but we understand that you and your sisters have better things to do than hang out in our office reading tabloids so…thanks for the pic–you look fabulous!

 

 

Jennifer

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Jennifer and her boyfriend, who has been around for the duration…the smile says it all. :)

 

Irina

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Elegant Irina–back playing violin professionally as soon as we let her

 

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Chardelle

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Chardelle, we know you’re busy with work and family–congrats btw! ;)–so thanks for stopping by for a visit for this hot pic with our beloved Ady, office manager/patient care coordinator, and medical assistant extraordinaire

 

Gigi

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Gigi, (and daughter Jordan) we have no words…you’ve been our family member forever :) and we so appreciate all your support with our Vixen launch and promotion and your comic relief. ;) Congratulations on your new career and all the successes of your beautiful children!

 

 Tracey

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Tracey, you gorgeous girl, now WHAT would we do without YOU? ;) Tracey pays us a visit every once in a while, but usually she’s too busy with her work and family. How is it possible that this hot chick is a Glam-Ma to five???

 

 Marcie

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Marcie is an actress who was on some of your favorite shows back in the ’80’s–Facts of Life, anyone? :) –and is still acting today. And as a sit-com veteran, also provides us appropriate comic relief whenever she’s around.

 

Carmelita

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So good to see you smiling, Carmelita! (but then it’s hard not to smile while getting your picture taken with Ryan, right?) :)

 

Leigh Ann

This post is dedicated to Leigh Ann Zeinali, truly one of the most remarkable women I have ever known. Always with a positive attitude and a sense of humor, always getting everything she could out of life, even though it was all taken from her way too early. She still has an account on facebook where her friends and family can help keep her memory alive. We miss you Leigh Ann and think of you all the time. Thank you so much Gina Lorenzo for sharing with us one of the most awesome BFF pics ever! (though I would have loved to see those cartoons!) ;)

 

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XO,

LQ

The perfect complement to any outfit–whether it’s post-op, post-baby, post-weight loss, or just post-getting up in the morning…Check it out with the link below:

http://goo.gl/u5MYco

 

XO

LQ

Hello everyone!

I hate to be one of those people who just sends out other writers’ links. it makes me feel like a cheater.  But between my day job–which is really a “day and night” job and getting the Vixen ready for mass production, I just haven’t had time to write anything myself.

I will eventually. In the meantime, this is an important scientific breakthrough definitely worth checking out:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/opinion/sunday/dont-worry-get-botox.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0

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LQ

 

…celebrating the very FIRST line of shape wear designed by a Board-Certified Beverly Hills female plastic surgeon who specializes in body contouring!

Check it out at:

http://lipo-queen.com/lipo-queen-shapewear/

Thank you so much to everyone who celebrated with us! Especially with L.A. rush hour traffic, parking…we know you fought to get there!

And we totally understand if you couldn’t make it but…anyone feeling any FOMO? ;)

XO

LQ

FOMO=Fear Of Missing Out (This slang/acronym may be fashion world-specific)

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If you haven’t heard about it already, you will.

Of course, the tragedy was documented on the internet within seconds. But at first, in all of the links I came across, I saw that the specifics had been tastefully left out, and it didn’t seem like anyone was trying to “uncover the truth.” It wasn’t on the news, and nobody outside of our “Beverly Hills plastic surgery community” seemed to know about it. I truly thought that this was really going to just come and go, to be left alone for the family and the people involved to deal with without scrutiny. When I turned on the radio on my way to the OR the next morning and heard about Justin Bieber’s arrest for a DUI while drag racing, I was sure that the pop culture machine had moved on.

Until I saw this article that one of my colleagues sent me:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/beverly-hills-suicide-jumper-was-673742?mobile_redirect=false

At least the article was objective. It just seems unfortunate to me that the Hollywood Reporter felt a need to delve into such a sad, personal tragedy for viewership. The only thing that makes it even Hollywood Reporter-able was their angle about it involving a big “Celebrity Plastic Surgeon. ” The article even went on to mention celebrities who have been rumored to have been his patients. Was that necessary?

Now that the information is out, I’m sure there will be countless commentaries throughout the media where bored, scandal-hungry, reality-TV thriving Americans will give their opinions as to why it happened. There are already insensitive comments circulating on the internet about the surgeon, Beverly Hills, and plastic surgery in general, insinuating that everyone involved was greedy and crazy and did something wrong. Not to mention the tasteless videos posted on You Tube by onlookers who recorded the whole incident on their phones.

I’ve heard that there is already an article out there entitled, “Woman Jumps off Building Unsatisfied With Her Plastic Surgery.” This is ridiculous. It was the morning after her surgery, and there was no way any rational individual would make a decision at that point about their surgical outcome. She most likely hadn’t even seen herself yet. The surgeon and his work are completely unrelated to this woman’s suicide.

I know that this little blog is not a big enough platform to nip the growing snowball of negative editorials that are going to be written about Beverly Hills plastic surgeons and their patients in the bud. All I ask is that everyone who has a chance to read this, please share it with whomever you can. None of the people involved with this devastating event wanted it to happen. The surgeon is actually the best in our field for what he does, and gives impeccable care to all of his patients. The patient had an excellent team of caregivers. Her running onto the roof and jumping was not “a reaction to the medication given to her” as someone commented below the above recent article link. Why she did it? I don’t know—it’s none of my business.

I guess all I want you to take away from this is that the surgeon and his work and her suicide were most likely COMPLETELY UNRELATED incidents. Try to ignore the sensationalized stories that will undoubtedly pop up on the internet or on talk shows in the weeks to come, and remember that NOBODY has the facts.

XO

LQ

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I mean, exponentially darker.

This shocking information is probably only going to resonate with my generation–the women who read those books back in the early eighties. When they were paperbacks—you know, with the cut-out window on the front cover and the girl looking through it from the second page?

When I was a pre-teen reading the first in the VC Andrews trilogy, I didn’t question why the kids had to be locked in the attic–as the mother explained, they had to stay hidden until their grandfather died. Otherwise, she would lose her inheritance. For a pre-teen, that’s enough of an explanation. I just went with it, waiting for the part where the brother and sister get it on Blue Lagoon style. But as an adult, forced to at least notice the billboard advertising the new Lifetime movie while crawling along with the traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard, I couldn’t help trying to remember what the big deal was. I mean, why would the grandfather be so angry that he had grandchildren? Wouldn’t he be happy? Don’t grandparents love to have as many grandchildren as possible?

Well, I Wikipediad it and learned about a plot point that was definitely lost on me back in grade school. And, after talking to multiple women in my age range, I’m discovering that at least most of us  missed it:

Why couldn’t the grandfather know about the kids?

BECAUSE THE FATHER OF THE FOUR BEAUTIFUL KIDS WAS THEIR MOTHER’S HALF-UNCLE! 

THE FOUR BEAUTIFUL KIDS WERE ALREADY PRODUCTS OF INCEST THEMSELVES, BEFORE THEY STARTED UP WITH IT ON THEIR OWN!

I can only speak for myself, but when I was twelve years old, I thought the grandmother calling them “Devil’s Spawn” was just a really mean way of insulting them.

So my question is, did V.C. Andrews purposely make that detail too sophisticated for children to understand? And was this even supposed to be a children’s book to begin with? I mean, back in 1980, did she expect the conversations to go like this:

 “Honey, what’s that you’re reading?”

“Oh, it’s just a book about four kids who get locked in an attic for years and since they’re all alone for so long with nobody else and nothing to do, the brother and sister start falling in love and having sex. But what makes it even weirder is that the four kids are products of incest themselves. So it’s like double incest. Creepy, right?”

I saw an ad for the TV movie that said something about how “the book your parents wouldn’t let you read is now a Lifetime event.” That is incorrect. I don’t think anyone was kept from reading that book. Sure, we had to hide Judy Blume’s Forever but I don’t remember Flowers in the Attic even being controversial when it came out. Our parents were probably thrown off by the cute cut-out-window cover with the girl looking through.

And the fact that we could all read that book so innocently and undisturbed back then is a real testament to how technology has changed our lives, and our privacy. A worldwide Flowers in the Attic frenzy amongst pre-teens could never happen today. Someone would figure it out and then it would go viral on the internet and our parents would block it from all electronic devices. Who knows—Amazon might even yank it.

For those of you who are too young to feel the enormous sting of this discovery, try to imagine how you would feel if in thirty years you found out that you missed all the cues that Bella was really adopted, and that Edward was once her real father.

I haven’t yet met anyone who already knew this life-altering piece of information, so if you did, please comment!

One thing I do know…expect the Flowers in the Attic eBook sales to skyrocket because the reaction I’m getting universally is: “Wow, I think I need to go back and read that again.”

Well, I know what I’m christening my iBook gift card with this year ;)

XO

LQ

Besides the obvious, of course—that he was so young, talented and handsome. And how horribly ironic it was that he died in a freak car crash.

But if you look at all the outpouring of prayers and sentiments on Facebook and Twitter (and I’m sure on Instagram as well—I wouldn’t know because I don’t have that one) it seems to me that people from all walks of life are really feeling it. Including the ones who–like me—haven’t even been able to sit through an entire Fast and Furious movie, despite the fact that Paul Walker was arguably the most classically handsome actor of his generation. (Note that I used the word “classically”—I am not trying to start a debate here.) I would also argue that MOST of the male demographic who contributed to the Fast and Furious worldwide box office numbers and DVD sales weren’t doing it to watch Paul Walker.

So he was young, one of the handsomest men on earth, had one of the lead roles in an over $2 billion movie franchise that was still going, surely had enough money to buy and show off multiple over-the-top houses  and yet…we never heard about him. Until now.

I think that’s the key here.

For over seven years I’ve had subscriptions to at least three juicy tabloids to keep the peace in my waiting room, and I’ve never seen him on the cover of a single one. (Yes, of course I look at them too.)

He lived here in L.A. and could have been a ripe paparazzi target, and yet I don’t ever recall seeing one of those disparaging just-rolled-out-of-bed-in-broad-daylight photos.

His name was never attached to a messy, well-publicized divorce or child custody suit (even though they do mention now that he had a teenage daughter and has been separated from the mother for many years.)

He wasn’t ever caught playing bongo drums in the nude, or getting a DUI.

We never heard about him “canoodling” with his co-stars.

He wasn’t a tortured artist constantly in and out of rehab.

And he was never part of an obvious publicity stunt, like getting pulled over for speeding the week before the premiere of his latest franchise installment.

It’s only my opinion, but I think this is the reason that Paul Walker’s death hits home with so many of us who–until yesterday–didn’t even know who he was:

His absence from the limelight for all these years of his success gives us the impression that not only was he simply an actor who did his job , but that he was a nice guy. A good person. If you can get past his amazing face and body, you can see it in his eyes:

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And he was philanthropic. We all know that he died on the day of his charity event.

Rest in Peace, Paul Walker

XO

LQ

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