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“Do you do penis enlargements?”

This is the most common jk! question that you will get at least once in a social setting when the comedian of the group finds out you’re a plastic surgeon.

While this person—usually a guy—thinks they’re being funny, and they really don’t expect an answer, according to the October edition of our Aesthetic Surgery Journal there is a non-surgical solution.

The article covers the what, why, where and—most importantly—HOW and HOW NOT to have it done.

At first I was like, I can’t write about penile enlargement in a mainstream blog. But when you think about it, in addition to all of the other s#$t going on these days, there has been a very vocal female genitalia revolution. The “labiaplasty” has become the new “breast aug” and women are becoming obsessed with the length of their labia minoras.

So what about the guys? Why do we just roll our eyes at their issues? If there’s legit medical information, we should at least seriously address the male issue of not feeling comfortable about penis size, and that there is something that can be done about it.


******This blog does not apply to congenital deformities—that is a completely separate topic. This article just addresses men who have a “normal penis size”  😊 and want it to be bigger. ******

So after reading this scientific article from our esteemed journal these are the facts:

  • According to this article, the “normal” size—in full action– ranges from 5—8 inches in length and 5—5.9 inches in circumference. There is a disclaimer that this varies over different populations.


  • Very interesting: Most men who seek penile enlargement actually have measurements that fall within these parameters.


  • Dissatisfaction with a normal-sized penis at rest (3.5—5.9 inches) is termed “small penis syndrome” or “small penis anxiety” and this dissatisfaction can cause inhibition of social functioning, especially with sexual relationships and lowered self-esteem.


  • Exposure to pornography is one of the socioeconomic influences that make men with normal sized penises feel inadequate. Wow. Who knew?


  • Due to the internet and social media, more and more men are seeking help in this area and there is an increased need for simple, safe and effective procedures.


  • Increased girth–not length–is what most men are after and fortunately this is treatable with an in-office injection. Yes, a filler. With local anesthesia.


  • Poor filler choices are silicone(illegal), fat and hydroxyapatite (Radiesse), which can lead to irregularities.


  • The BEST filler for this is hyaluronic acid. The authors recommend Voluma for its long lasting effectiveness (two years). These fillers can also be removed if necessary.


  • The performance of the actual procedure has a few important nuances—so make sure that it is done by a credentialed plastic surgeon, urologist, or general surgeon

who understands the anatomy of the different layers. You do not want the injection done too deep.


  • Sound too good to be true? It almost is. Here’s the catch. This is a pricey procedure. The article suggests that it requires 20-25 cc of Voluma to get a satisfactory result—that is, an increase of 1.1 inches in circumference at rest and a little over half an inch in full action. This is done over two sessions, approximately two weeks apart. Depending on the city you are in, this could cost upwards from $10,000.00


They actually had a really good before and after picture in the journal, but you’re just going to have to take my word for it because I don’t know how to show it without getting it taken down by the internet police and I don’t want to be flagged as porn.


So for all of you guys out there that are joking/not joking about this subject, I hope this info is helpful.


Because I think that this is an arena in which men are actually suffering reverse discrimination. Just the way every day we hear about a new laser for vaginal tightening and cosmesis, here is the minimally invasive equivalent for men.


You’re welcome, guys.




I know I say that every year, but it’s just such a good picture….

Besides, Halloween isn’t about being scary, right? It’s about being SEXY. Which doesn’t necessarily mean you have to wear a skimpy AF polyester outfit at a freezing-cold outdoor costume party without any heat lamps.

You don’t have to be three-quarters naked to be sexy. Instead, put on something warm and comfortable so you can ENJOY yourself and just plump up those lips before the  cherry red lip gloss, smooth out those fine lines before your airbrush tan.

And we can help you with that.  For the rest of October, up until SIX PM on Halloween, with mention of this clever blog, we are giving you 20% off all Botox, Fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella) and yes, the amazing Silhouette Instalift. 

Call for details 310-275-3990

Happy Halloween!







How many times a day do you do this? Pull up your lower face and neck with a couple of fingers, just ever so slightly, just a few millimeters…thinking, “If I could just have this, just a little difference…I don’t want a facelift, but my doctor tells me that it can’t be made better without surgery.”

Or how many times have you had Voluma™ (which can be amazing, by the way, in moderation) or other fillers to accentuate your cheekbones and “lift” the lower face? The thing is, the Voluma does work, and it helps smooth things out around the lower eyelids as well, but there comes a point where you feel like your face is starting to look too puffy and the jowls (“marionette lines”) have not improved. You could do some filler down below your mouth and on your jaw to camouflage things, but putting too much filler in the lower face is one of the things that can give you “Plastic Surgery Face.”

It’s that part of your face/neck where everyone is like: “You have nothing! You look great! You don’t need anything!”

Now…the Silhouette Instalift™ !!! Omg.


Seriously. This is an in-office procedure that is virtually painless, takes about an hour, and has minimal to no downtime.

Yes it is a thread lift, but it is not like the old ones that were causing problems and were taken off the market twelve years ago. These threads are absorbable, made of a solid form of Sculptra (the injectable that stimulates collagen production.)

The threads are placed just under the skin and can actually LIFT your jowl and neck area.


And of course they do that whole collagen stimulation/tissue injury thing that all of the laser and microneedling devices do. They are relatively new in the United States, but have been available in Europe and other countries for years so—as usual when it comes to cosmetic procedures—we’re late to the party.

It is said to last for up to a year and a half, and as it is dissolving it adds a small amount of volume that helps maintain some of the lift and changes your face shape back from a “rectangle” into a youthful “heart shape” again.

When I first heard about the Silhouette threads, I was wary of putting something like this in my patients’ faces that would last that long and could not be removed. My main concern was “if someone has thin skin like me, are they going to feel the threads, or are they going to show?”

So, when it comes to things like this, I am my own guinea pig. I have six in my face and neck (three on each side) and I really do think it has made a difference. Mainly because whenever I look in the mirror I no longer fixate and obsess about my jowls and wonder if it’s worth it to take that lower facelift scar…

Of course, the Instalift won’t do what surgery can do, but it CAN give you that couple of millimeters up.

And I have the thinnest skin in the world and you can’t feel them or see them at all.

I think it is a great way to deal with our mid-life lower face obsession. Not only can you stave off surgery longer, but it can be used for maintenance if you have had a lower facelift in the past and it is starting to droop the slightest bit.


Anyway, if this sounds at all interesting to you, come check it out.

I am #obsessed.






If we’re taking bets on a woman who is at least partially clothed, without X-ray vision even a plastic surgeon has to admit, “No.” But that doesn’t mean there’s not some help going on. There’s all kinds of smoke and mirrors out there. The bionic push-up bras aside, I’ve had patients go down two cup sizes in the exam room once they remove the Victoria’s Secret water bags. And even though they’re just meant to try on in the office, I swear that my supply of sample “try-on” breast implants has definitely dwindled down over the past few years.

Don’t even try to decipher the ones you see in magazines. Even the implants are photo-shopped—-here’s a lovely video about that from one of my old posts that I highly recommend 🙂

Of course, there are the obvious ones, like the ninety-five pound woman sporting a DD cup, or the one who looks like she has melons pushing up to her chin.

But those are obvious to everyone. So maybe a better question to ask is:

“Why do some breast jobs look fake and others don’t?”

Even here in Beverly Hills, most women seeking breast augmentation—whether it’s a college graduation present or part of their mommy makeover–want to look “natural,”  “in proportion to their body,” and often have it done so “nobody can tell.”

In my experience, the most important variables involved in achieving a natural-appearing breast augmentation with an implant are:

1)    The size of your breasts to begin with.

Especially the width. As a breast implant size increases, so does the base diameter. Your goal may be a D cup, but if your chest wall is too narrow, the implants will not only stick out on the sides and disrupt your natural anatomy, but this is a set-up for unnatural shape, rippling and implant malposition down the road. When I help a patient choose a breast implant, I recommend keeping the base diameter of the implant at about one centimeter narrower than the base of her breast.

2)     Your skin envelope.

Is there room in there for the size implant that you want, or is it going to be so tight that the implant will never drop? Chances are, if you’ve had children and breast fed there will be plenty of room, but not always. Also, skin in darker and Asian women is usually thicker and has more elasticity, so it doesn’t stretch as much for a big implant.

3)     How much breast tissue do you have now?

Can you pinch at least two centimeters of thickness? If so, if you go with a size-appropriate implant, you probably have enough tissue to camouflage the upper border so there won’t be that obvious ledge. Having your implants placed “under the muscle” or sub-pectoral also helps avoid this problem.

4)     What is the distance from your nipple to your inframammary crease (the fold underneath your breast)? This usually depends on whether you have tuberous breasts or not. If the distance is closer to ten than five centimeters, you are more likely to get a natural, tear-drop shape result with a breast implant, as opposed to a round one.

So–again, keeping it G-rated—with all of the above information, can you tell which of the women below has had breast implants?

The answer is, of course, ALL OF THEM (I mean, come on, this is L.A.)

I grew up in New York where everyone got nose jobs, but I’d never even heard of anyone having a “boob job.” You just started every high school summer promising yourself that this was going to be the year, you were just a late bloomer and somehow you were going to show up at school in September with a C cup. And if it didn’t happen, well…the only option was to learn to live with it and develop your personality. Even in Northern California where I went to college, I remember hearing about one girl on campus who was rumored to have had breast implants and it just seemed so unfathomable to me. I mean, how could her parents let her do that, and where would you go to even do such a thing?

Well, I soon found out. And what I also found out was that unless you’re talking about a twenty-one year old girl with perfect natural C-cup breasts, breast implants actually usually look do better than the real thing.

I remember when my plastic surgery chairman at UCSD took his daughter to a Britney Spears concert (yes, this was a long time ago, before she’d even been married the first time or had any kids). They had really bad seats, and although they’d had to watch the show through binoculars,  he did get a good close-up look at Britney in her risqué costume, and he said that she had breast implants. This was when she was a teenager, long before such an accusation was even hinted at in the media, so I asked him how he could know such a thing without seeing her naked and he said, “Because they look too good.”


So since then whenever someone asks me, “Do you think those are fake?” my expert plastic surgeon’s answer is always:

“If they look too good to be real, then they’re probably not.”



Especially in a woman. The effect that our shoulders have on the overall look of our bodies is something that we wouldn’t normally even think about. This is a little bit of a beauty secret. Because, really….shoulders?

What do shoulders have to do with anything? The message we get from society is that women should be petite, delicate, skinny, tiny…We think about arms, bra fat, muffin tops, saddlebags—who thinks about their shoulders? It is something that I personally would have had no idea about if my mother—who is an artist—hadn’t pointed out to me how fortunate I was to have inherited her broad shoulders instead of my father’s narrow ones. I was eight years old at the time, so this news was completely lost on me. But once I became a body sculpting guru, I got it.

If it weren’t for my broad shoulders, I wouldn’t have a waist. Broad shoulders give the whole body proportion.






This is something you probably wouldn’t know about if you didn’t have a semi-neurotic mother like mine, but without broad shoulders, very thin women just look that—very thin. If they’re super skinny, they look spindly. Shoulders can add that “wow” factor.

So what can you do to make your shoulders appear broader?

Obviously, contouring your lower body with liposculpture is an extreme option, but it works. Check out our website DRTROTT.COM to see a gallery of before/after pics.

And for some less expensive, faster tips, check out this Paris Ciel article: “Tips and Tricks for Dressing Women with Narrow Shoulders.” 

Here are some highlights from the article:

  • “Wear necklines that elongate your narrow shoulders. Go for bateau, off-the-shoulders, square and wide V neck evening dresses or tops. These necklines will help make the shoulders look wider because of the horizontal and diverging lines.”
  • “Wear wide shoulders straps.”
  • “Avoid necklines that highlight your narrow shoulders.  Absolutely no narrow V-neck, halter and gathered necklines as these necklines will dramatically reduce the length of your narrow shoulders!”
  • Avoid raglan sleeves, dolman sleeves and kimono sleeves. Wear wide collars and lapels.”

And of course…small, subtle shoulder pads can make a nice difference.

Who knew…broad shoulders = a secret weapon!





If there was ever a time to do a tummy tuck in Beverly Hills, it would be now.

For anyone who is planning on having a “skin reduction procedure” on their body—that would be anything like a tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck, a body lift, leg lift or arm lift…


We are participating in a clinical trial that is evaluating a new filler called Allofill that eventually will be used in place of the fat when we do fat grafting. That’s crazy, you might think. If I’m going to have fat injection on my breasts, butt or face, I would want to use my own so I can get rid of it. That’s kind of the point of it.

However, there ARE people who don’t have enough of their own fat to have this fabulous procedure. I like to say that “I can get fat out of a rock” but sometimes it’s just not enough to make a difference in the places that we are putting it.

Here’s how the study works:

  • You decide that you’re finally going to go for it and get rid of that extra saggy, stretched out skin on your abdomen that is driving you crazy.
  • Come in and see us for a consult. (Normally $250 but we are doing complimentary consults for those who would participate in the study.)
  • Visit with the Principal Investigator on the study, Dr. John Joseph, another board-certified surgeon here in Beverly Hills and a good friend of mine.
  • One month after your surgery you will receive $2000 back from Biologica Technologies, the creators of Allofill.

Not bad, I think.

And just think, you will be on the cutting edge. Corny pun intended.




But I don’t want to go under anesthesia!”

This is the second thing I hear from half of the women I meet. The first is a wish list of where they want the fat removed: from here, from there…and what do you think about the backs of my arms…and then, inevitably, about fifty percent of the time the next thing they say is: “But I don’t want to go under!”

For those of you who have knee-jerk-reaction fear of general anesthesia, I get it. You have obligations…young children, a job to go back to…and it freaks you out to think you’re risking your life for your vanity, and you figure if you can do it without “going under,” you’ll be safer.

I know I am not going to wipe out the general fear of “going under” with one blog. It’s like that thing that happened with the bagged spinach back in 2006. The E. Coli outbreak has long since been over but I still haven’t been able to bring myself to buy spinach in a bag.

But somebody needs to clear up the facts.

So here goes:

The definition of general anesthesia is:

The absence of sensation and consciousness as induced by various anesthetic medications, given by inhalation or IV injection.

(You can skip down to the red print if the following paragraph looks too boring and technical—you’ll still get the gist of it from the rest of the blog.)

The components of general anesthesia are analgesia (NO PAIN) amnesia (NO MEMORY), muscle relaxation, control of vital signs, and unconsciousness. The depth of anesthesia is planned to allow the surgical procedure to be performed without the patient’s experiencing pain, moving, or having any recall of the procedure. Endotracheal intubation or insertion of another artificial airway device and respiratory support are often necessary. General anesthesia may be administered only by an anesthesiologist with or without an anesthesia assistant or a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

So, it is a fact that many of you have actually had general anesthesia and you don’t know it. You think you had something calledTwilight.

Twilight” is not a technical term in the anesthesia dictionary. It is—besides being the biggest Vampire movie franchise of all time—a catchy marketing phrase that many cosmetic surgeons use to allay your fears about having “general anesthesia.”

Newsflash: once you’re asleep on the table, you’re asleep. It doesn’t matter how you get to that state. Just because you didn’t have a breathing tube in and all you got was IV propofol/the “Michael Jackson drug” (which, by the way, there’s nothing wrong with, as long as someone’s watching you while you’re getting it) doesn’t mean you didn’t have “general anesthesia.”

In fact, the truth is that it is usually safer to have “the tube” monitored by an anesthesiologist, controlling your airway, than just the sedation alone, or what is being sold to you as “Twilight.” Because if you are basically asleep without an airway, and your reflexes are blunted, you are at increased risk for complications of aspiration of your own saliva (ie, aspiration pneumonia) and not getting enough oxygen.

Then the inevitable question:

But what about like in one of those movies—what if I wake up in the middle?

It’s not going to happen. Not in an accredited facility with a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist (the only way I practice surgery.) When you are under “general,” the anesthesiologist has all kinds of fancy state-of-the-art equipment to monitor exactly how “asleep” you are, and it is second nature to him to keep you at the perfect level of sleep.


So how long will I be under?

Those of you plastic surgery virgins are shocked when you find out that it’s probably going to be at least a few hours, because getting your gallbladder out only took twenty minutes. While it sounds scary that your cosmetic procedure, depending on the complexity, could require you to be “under” for as long as six hours, the thing is that, this is not like having six hours of heart surgery. The anesthesia you’re getting is not as “deep.”

And remember, you want your results as perfect and as even as possible, and you don’t want your plastic surgeon rushing, or having his partner or resident doing one breast while he’s doing the other. So it takes time.

Well, what about all those things I hear, about people dying from surgery and anesthesia?

And the subject of Kanye West’s mother invariably comes up.

It has been shown that Donda West’s unfortunate outcome was not due to the anesthesia or the surgery itself, but the fact that she had a pre-existing cardiac condition that was not addressed. And if you look into all of the other folklore about how “dangerous” general anesthesia is, you will see that almost all of those other stories have similar explanations. That is, not all of the I’s were dotted and T’s crossed before the surgery.

So, what are the I’s and T’s?

In my practice, safety always comes first, and I am extremely OCD about this:

1) Pre-op labs for everyone

2) Electrocardiogram (EKG) for you’re over thirty-five, or have any history of ANY kind of cardiac issue.

3) Chest X-Ray if you’re over fifty

4) Medical Clearance by your internist if you’re over fifty

5) Cardiac stress test if there is any question about cardiac disease

6) You should be off any birth control pills or (if it doesn’t turn you into a monster) peri- and post-menopausal hormonal replacement since estrogen and progesterone can increase risks of blood clots (ie, pulmonary embolus and deep venous thrombosis.)

7) Full past medical and surgical history, including family history of bleeding disorders, blood clotting disorders, or problems with general anesthesia.

8) STOP all recreational drugs (i.e., coke, ecstasy) at least two weeks before your procedure. I don’t judge, but you need to time your breast reduction/lipo/breast aug well around events like Coachella. You must know that these drugs can have serious interactions with anesthetic agents and need to be out of your system well before the surgery, and some of the “horror stories” you hear about reactions to general anesthesia are due to patients withholding information about what they do in their spare time.

I only work with board-certified anesthesiologists in fully-accredited facilities, where all of the resources and equipment are available to take care of any out-of-the ordinary issue that might arise, including the diagnosis and treatment of malignant hyperthermia (a rare condition with an incidence of 1/50,000 to 1/100,000), which is really the one and only thing that truly is a reaction from the anesthesia itself.

I’m not saying that there are zero risks. But there are not zero risks to walking out onto the street, either, and if nothing else, you should understand that, if you are healthy and not excessively overweight (and by that I mean morbidly obese, not just trying to lose that extra five to ten pounds), and all the I’s have been dotted and T’s crossed before the surgery, the risks of something happening to you because of the anesthesia are less than the risk of you getting in your car and driving home, and not just on the 405.


Perhaps the best testament to the safety of anesthesia is that those of us who work in “the business” (the business of plastic surgery, not entertainment, although I’ll be the first to admit, there’s kind of a grey area) are ready to jump on the table at a moment’s notice if there’s a procedure that we want to get done.

So, if nothing else, I hope that this blog has given you a little more perspective on the scary, ambiguous topic of “general anesthesia.” And if you have more questions, please come talk to us!