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How Art Influences Plastic Surgery

Editor’s note: The following is part of an ongoing series highlighting The PSF Research Grant Award winners, and research they’re conducting to improve patient safety and develop new technologies for plastic surgeons. These features examine research funding awarded prior to the current year, as projects to which grants were awarded this year may not yet have results ready to discuss.

San Francisco Magazine

Top Doctors Award

Every year Dr. Romano is included in the San Francisco Magazine Top Doctors Award. No matter how much research you do, the science of determining which doctors are a region’s best is an inexact one. And digging through the thousands of physicians in the Bay Area would be a Herculean task, too big for any one magazine to take on. So we did what any good patient does—we turned to a specialist: Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a healthcare research and information company that has made it its mission to guide patients to the finest physicians and hospitals in the country.

More Men Turning to Implants

for Chests of Gold

The poster boy in the Abercrombie & Fitch window looks like Huck Finn, if Huck were genetically engineered with “Say howdy!” nipples and perfectly symmetrical, squared-off pecs. In “300,” last year’s cartoonish gladiator epic, the actors looked so exaggerated, so cyborg-like in their soccer-star thighs, ripped abs and shield-like chests, that they all seemed airbrushed.
The list goes on: the ultra-reconditioned Brad Pitt in “Troy,” Daniel Craig in tight trunks in “Casino Royale,” that buck-naked beauty in the steamy Dolce & Gabbana magazine ad.


Breast implants and liposuction are the traditional ways to create a new you. But this year a new body part went under the knife: the navel. Last spring plastic surgeons began reporting a curious spike in the number of women requesting navel reconstruction — or ”umbilicoplasty,” as the pros call it. Sometimes it was part of a tummy tuck; sometimes the tummy was fine, but the navel rankled.

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