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Although the birth rate for twins has risen dramatically since 2009 to about 1 in every 38 births, the birth rate for identical twins is significantly more rare: about 1 in every 285 births. The result of a single egg that splits in two, identical twins share more than just their DNA. Emotionally and physically, identical twins can be so alike that people can’t tell them apart. Which can make the job of a plastic surgeon operating on identical twins extremely challenging. Dr. Peter Fodor, an international leader in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery who has operated on a number of identical twins in his Los Angeles, CA practice, shares some of these challenges.


Consumer Health Features

Buyer Beware: Bargain plastic surgery a disaster in waiting

By April MacIntyre Sep 5, 2012, 19:48 GMT

When it comes to your face, a ‘Mulligan’ is not what you want to have happen. Bad plastic surgery is life changing for the worse, and always leaves patients feeling vulnerable, violated and even abused.

Caveat Emptor, meaning buyer beware when it comes to the important decision to have an elective surgery. Bargain shopping for cosmetic procedures is unwise according to board certified Santa Monica, CA plastic surgeon and past president of ASAPS, Dr. Peter B. Fodor.

“As the number of doctors performing surgical procedures without the proper qualifications is growing, the aesthetic enhancement industry is becoming the ‘wild west’ of medicine,” says Dr. Fodor.

Many people undergoing an aesthetic procedure believe the doctor performing the procedure is a board certified plastic surgeon. Just because a doctor advertises a cosmetic procedure does not mean the doctor is qualified.

“Unfortunately, In most states, any licensed medical doctor is legally allowed to perform any procedures including plastic surgery without certification, and they are increasingly doing so,” according to Dr. Fodor.

As a result of the decline in insurance reimbursements many doctors are trying to find other ways to increase their income. Many are attracted to cosmetic procedures because they can set their own fees and are paid directly by the patients.

The result is an onslaught of uncertified medical doctors – from ER doctors, internists and dentists to gynecologists and ophthalmologists – opening medical spas and clinics offering non-surgical and even surgical cosmetic procedures.

Before and after - Facelift

One of Dr. Fodor’s natural looking facelifts show his expertise and technique for creating a tasteful, refreshed look for a patient.

“In my practice, redo surgery represents about 50 percent of the surgeries I perform,” said Dr. Fodor. “Many of my colleagues report a significant increase in ‘redos’ as a consequence of unskilled people performing cosmetic procedures that demand training and experience. In many cases damage has been done and, unfortunately, not all patients can be improved upon significantly enough to justify another operation.”

Dr. Fodor adds, “Many of my redo patients divulge that they have failed in their research when they selected their initial plastic surgeon and now, and as a result they are paying the price. Just as in playing tennis, other sports or music, it is not the racquet, musical instrument that plays the primary role in the quality of the performance; it is the person in control that matters the most.”

“It is the responsibility of the patient to research the training, certification and experience of the doctor. Further, shopping for a surgeon on the basis of the price is a costly error….perhaps too costly.”

“Buyer Beware,” he continues. “Many people spend more time and energy getting quotes, recommendations, or opinions about an appliance they want to purchase than they do when choosing a plastic surgeon with whom they will have, in many cases, a life changing surgical procedure. Performing the due diligence required may be time consuming but it is well worth the effort.”

Dr. Peter B. Fodor, a board certified Plastic Surgeon has offices in Santa Monica, CA and Aspen, Colorado.

From Instinct August 2012

Instinct Magazine

From Celebzter

Feature Story: Can bad plastic surgery be fixed?

Every day we see cases of celebrities who have gone under the knife with dire consequences. And, more often than not, normal people find themselves the victims of bad plastic surgery, in part due to the fact that they are seeking a cheaper alternative from backyard operations than the qualified pricier options.

Peter Fodor Headshot

But can a case of bad plastic surgery be fixed? We consulted leading plastic surgeon, Dr. Fodor, who was a past president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, to get his expert opinion on what can and can’t be rectified.

Celebzter: What happens to you when someone comes in with bad surgery? How do start about fixing it?

Dr. Fodor: First, we thoroughly evaluate the patient, find out who performed the procedure, discuss returning to that surgeon, offer to be of assistance to that surgeon if she/he is Board Certified. In most instances, the patients does not wish to return and then we consider re-do surgery if the expected degree of improvement justifies it.

Celebzter: Why does bad plastic surgery happen to good people?

Dr. Fodor: In most instances because they do not do their diligent homework prior to submitting themselves to surgery. It is very common for people who can amply afford to pay for the best to end up in the hands of the untrained and unscrupulous. The appearance of many celebrities is a tell-tale sign.


Celebzter: With plastic surgery being more common now, has bad surgery become more prevalent?

Dr. Fodor: Yes, unsatisfactory results are more prevalent than ever not only because aesthetic surgery is more common but also because it can legally be performed by a physician with a license regardless of training or lack thereof.

Celebzter: What are the most common examples of botched bad surgery? And what body parts/ facial features?

Dr. Fodor: The examples are plentiful and extend to all areas of the face and body; noses, eyelids, neck, asymmetric liposuction, indentations, etc., etc. For example we have treated facial deformities such as face-lift wind tunnel lips, augmented lips that look like someone is sucking on a cap, (aka fish lips), ear lopes that have been pulled down or disappearing sideburns and the most common one, surprised eye brows. With liposuction we’ve seen indentations and divots in the skin, permanent skin discoloration, scarring, etc… and in breast augmentation, we have done re-dos for people who have had their implants placed unnaturally too high and even some who have visible implant folds. Unfortunately, we have seen, all that plus plenty more.

Visible scarring

Celebzter: Have you ever had a case when you were unsure if you could fix it?

Dr. Fodor: In my practice, I routinely give patients a realistic percentage of the degree of improvement we can anticipate. It is a two-way street and we need to have input from the patient as to their expectations. If these are unrealistic, regardless of how much of an improvement we could obtain, we would elect not to operate on them.

Celebzter: How does it affect a patients confidence when they have had botched surgery?

Dr. Fodor: The dissatisfied patient is often emotionally and financially exhausted and it takes a specific set of skills to take guide them along the experience of re-do surgery and to take care of them

Celebzter: What is your biggest advice when someone is thinking about plastic surgery?

Dr. Fodor: Do your homework diligently, listen carefully during the consultation, make sure all your questions are answered, return for another visit if not sure, see representative before and after photographs, have an affinity for your surgeon and his/her staff, don’t hesitate to get more than one opinion, do not get lured by computer imaging and other gizmos, etc.

Peter Fodor Corrective work

*Note: The three images above are examples of Dr.Fodor’s correctional work.



All About Injectables with Dr. Peter Fodor

By Leigh June 20, 2012


Since I am now officially into my thirties I have begun to absolutely freak out about the wrinkles in my face. This isn’t particularly new as at 25 I made my first La Mer purchase, but as the years went on, so did the obsession, and now that I’ve crossed over into my third decade, I’ve decided it might take more than just La Mer to keep my complexion looking good. I’m now wanting to dip my toes into the land of Botox and injectables, but honestly, its a scary thing to start, so when I was offered the chance to talk to world renowned aesthetic plastic surgeon, Dr. Peter Fodor about all things needles, I jumped at the opportunity.

Peter Fodor says:

I’m 31 and currently freaking about the visible wrinkles on my face.
Can you give me an injectables 101?

First, your chronologic age (how old actually are) is not as important as the physiologic age (how old we look and feel). Age doesn’t totally determine who should do what – sun exposure, dryness, not taking care of your skin, this is what makes you age. Once you decide you want to lift your face some, you have two options, a surgical facelift or a “liquid facelift” which is what we consider injectables.

There are two types of “liquid facelifts”:

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From Beauty Snob June 11, 2012

by Beauty Snob Kelly

Vaser Shaping

Recently, I was asked to try the Vaser Shape, an ultrasound treatment that zaps fat cells and essentially does what liposuction does, but – keyword – non-invasively. Phrases along the lines of, “immediate results, painless, and free” were the factors that made the decision easy an easy yes for me. “What can I lose?” I thought. “An hour of my time? If it doesn’t work, well, it’s non-invasive so no harm.” But there was still the possibility of it actually working, so I’m not going to lie, I was super-excited.

I don’t know how to put this lightly…it was CRAZY!!! Like, amazing and totally works. They use this device that kind of looks like one paddle of a defibrillator. It heats up your fat cells using an ultrasound. It is rubbed in a circle on your body for about 30-45 minutes, depending on the area being worked on…

…Very importantly, the treatment was done by Dr. Fodor in Los Angeles. He is the most accredited plastic surgeon in the city, which says a lot. He teaches residents at UCLA medical school and was the President of the Liposuction Association of America. He helped to develop this treatment. He is THE man…

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Click on any of the magazines below to view the article that Dr. Fodor is featured in.

Best Beauty from Bazaar Magazine

Best Beauty from Bazaar Magazine

A Gentler Way To Reduce Breasts

A Gentler Way To Reduce Breasts

The Brazilian butt-lift from Tattler magazine

The Brazilian butt-lift from Tattler magazine

Age of Experience from Elle Magazine

Age of Experience from Elle Magazine

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