Saturday, April 28, 2012


What are AK’s? They are actinic keratosis which many people get over the year and they can be a precursor for skin cancer

There is a new medicine that may be quicker and more effective than other treatments. This new medicine is called Pecato – kind of sounds like an Italian Veal dish. 

This cream is applied once a day for only 2-3 days versus other creams that require several weeks of therapy. This shorter duration of treatment leads to a much higher rate of patient compliance.

As a plastic surgeon in an area with a lot of sun exposure, I'm eager to learn more.

Friday, April 27, 2012


Researchers at the University of Akron, led by Dr. Judit Puskas have developed a breast implant made from an impermeable polymer material. 

This material may be embedded with medicines to even fight breast cancer. 

Further studies are being done to define the drug delivery technology. They hope to have a prototype implant ready for clinical trials in 1-2 years.

Plastic surgeons in Fort Myers, Florida will be looking forward to their future announcements.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


There was a recent study in our “Plastic and Reconstructive” plastic surgery journal gauging patients response to liposuction and abdominoplasty. 

These combined procedures produced a remarkable increase in a patients self esteem and quality of life. 

The two performed together produced a satisfaction rate of greater than 99% - that’s impressive! 

86% of the patients reported higher levels of self esteem and 70% of patients reported an enhanced quality of life. 

A whopping 98% of the patients said they would undergo the procedure again.

Actually, that corresponds to the results I see as plastic surgeon in Cape Coral Florida

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


I knew that would get your attention. 

But it's not plastic surgery in Florida. You have to go to Brazil. And be poor.

Many plastic surgeons in Brazil are offering free plastic surgery or significantly discounted plastic surgery free to the poor. 

Brazil is the second largest market for cosmetic surgery. Who do you think is number 1? 

Many Brazilian plastic surgeons do this to boost people's self-esteem. We know how great that can be. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012


As a Southwest Florida cosmetic surgeon, I don't get a lot of time to go to movies. 

When I do, I need my popcorn. 

 Somehow eating a bag of popcorn after a big meal created guilt feelings inside of me, but maybe not anymore. 

A new study shows that popcorn may be more nutritious than some fruits and vegetables (remember that mantra – 7-8 servings daily). 

Researchers at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania found that popcorn husks contained high levels of antioxidents called polyphenols. These polyphenols can reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. 

So maybe a bag of popcorn without the salt and/or oil isn’t a bad choice after all. Let's all go to the lobby...

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Here's a new blog message from Dr. Robert Brueck, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs plastic surgeon

Pharmaceutical giant, Eli Lilly Company, recently got approval from the FDA for a new Alzheimer’s test.

The test relies on a chemical called florbetapir which is injected into the patients body. This radioactive substance also known as Amyvid will stick to the characteristic amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer’s patients. The chemical is injected followed by a PET (positron emission tomography) scan. 

The cost of the chemical is about $1,600.00. A lot of money. But what isn't when it comes life-saving developments?

Monday, April 9, 2012


Here's another heads-up from Dr. Robert Brueck MD, Fort Myers plastic surgeon who works with patients seeking weight loss.

New studies/reports show that bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery is more effective than medicine in controlling blood sugar in obese patients. The study appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine recently.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012


More good news from Dr. Robert Brueck MD.

We all know friends who are chocoholics.

A new study of people living in Southern California reveals that people who eat more chocolate tend to be thinner. The chocolate eaters actually consumed
MORE calories that those that didn’t eat chocolate.

The study, h
owever, may link the frequency of eating chocolate to weight loss. People who ate a small amount of chocolate 5 days a week had a lower BMI or body mass index.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Dr. Robert Brueck MD, who practices plastic surgery in Fort Myers, Florida, likes to share good news with his blog readers.

This is good news. A drug many of us take everyday may be a key drug to prevent cancer and keep it in check.

A series of new studies shows that common everyday aspirin just may be the key to ward off cancer. Oxford University studies done to test aspirin’s effects on the heart, showed that not only were these people less likely to have a heart attack but also 23% less likely to develop cancer over a 3 year period versus those who took NO aspirin.

Over a 5 year period they had a 37% lower risk of dying from cancer.

They also conducted a study in people with cancer and found that those who took an aspirin a day had a lower rate of metastasis. Study author Peter Rothwell said “no drug has been shown before to prevent distant metastasis.”

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