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Why Do Insurance Companies Not Pay for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery?


A great question asked on my Dr. Roy Kim Facebook Page: “Explain why insurance companies do not pay for elective cosmetic plastic surgery and what have you done to help your patients understand. Would your answer be different if obama-care paid for this procedure?”


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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas- Santa Tracking by NORAD


Father Christmas on Holiday Holding a Surfboard

NORAD Tracks Santa

Courtesy of www.noradsanta.org

Normally, NORAD tracks flying objects north of Canada and the US. However, to prove to children worldwide that Santa exists, NORAD tracks Santa around Christmas time.

Please go to their web page,www.noradsanta.org, and watch Santa's travels over the Earth. There's also an Iphone app. to track his travels.

From NORAD-    Santa’s Sleigh Technical Data

Designer & Builder: K. Kringle & Elves, Inc.

Probable First Flight: Dec. 24, 343 A.D.

Home Base: North Pole

Length: 75 cc (candy canes) / 150 lp (lollipops)

Width: 40 cc / 80 lp

Height: 55 cc / 110 lp

Weight at takeoff: 75,000 gd (gumdrops)

Passenger weight at takeoff: Santa Claus 260 pounds

Weight of gifts at takeoff: 60,000 tons

Weight at landing: 80,000 gd (ice & snow accumulation)

Passenger weight at landing: 1,260 pounds

Propulsion: Nine (9) rp (reindeer power)

Armament: Antlers (purely defensive)

Fuel: Hay, oats and carrots (for reindeer)

Emissions: Classified

Climbing speed: One “T” (Twinkle of an eye)

Max speed: Faster than starlight

*Note: Length, width and height are without reindeer*

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How Long Will the Results from an Eyelid Lift Last?


The results from an eyelid lift depend on how much surgery you undergo, as well as the overall tightness of your skin. Typically, an eyelid lift should last 7-15 years, and this is  variable from person to person.


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Saturday Shout Out- Mr and Mrs Miscellaneous


Today's Saturday Shout Out goes to Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous.  This is a newer place that makes ice cream from scratch, along with the sauces.  The flavors are unique, and taste great.  They're located in Dogpatch, an industrial neighborhood that's becoming gentrified, and right on the 3rd Street Rail Line.

Here's their address and Facebook link.  Check them out!

699 22nd St

(between Illinois St & 3rd St)

San Francisco, CA 94107

(415) 970-0750


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Do You Need An Eyelid Lift?


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An eyelid lift is a procedure that can rejuvenate the upper and lower eyelids, so that you have tighter skin, reduction or elimination of bags under your eyes, and a more youthful appearance. Depending on your appearance, and whether you’re concerned about your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, you may have various concerns addressed before getting an eyelid lift.

The most common finding that patients want eliminated is excess skin of the upper or lower eyelid. If you can pinch extra skin above or below your eye, but the shape of your eye does not change, then you may be a candidate for an eyelid lift.

Puffy eyes in the upper or lower eyelid may be a sign of excess fat in the fat pockets of the eyelids, and can be removed during an eyelid lift. Everyone has small fat deposits in the upper and lower eyelids, but as you get older, they may become more prominent and visible, resulting in circles, bags, or eyelids that droop and hood. While the skin is being tightened during an eyelid lift, your plastic surgeon can also remove this small amount of excess fat.

Circles under the eyes can also be addressed with an eyelid lift. Your eyelid fat may need to be removed or repositioned to reduce and eliminate the dark circles underneath your eyelids.

If you have very droopy lower eyelids, then you may need a tarsal strip procedure. The tarsus is the white hard strip of tissue that your lower eyelashes come out from. If this is loose, then you may need to have the tarsus tightened to prevent continued aging.


Should you desire more information about my available services, or want to schedule an appointment, please contact my Patient Care Coordinator at info@drkim.com or (415)362-1846.

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How to Avoid Gaining Weight over the Holidays


Christmas dinner with ham

Normally, as a plastic surgeon, I would suggest eating as much as you can, and then making an appointment to see me in early January for some liposuction. However, since I’m in a giving mood, and since I am a MD/ Medical Doctor, here are my hints to avoid gaining weight over the holiday season.  Basically, these hints come down to diet and exercise. I hope you can put them to good use.

In terms of diet, drinking more water and fluids in general will help with maintaining your weight. Sometimes you may feel hungry, but your body may actually simply want some water. Try drinking water first before you eat something- you may be pleasantly surprised to feel your hunger go away.

Eating smaller portions of fatty food may help avoid weight loss. Please feel free to indulge in your holiday foods, but consider taking fewer bites or smaller portions. Maybe you won’t gain any weight, and at least you’ll be able to try more kinds of food!

Avoid too much alcohol, since any alcoholic drink has calories in it. Also, any clear alcohol (vodka, white wine, etc.) tends to not generate as big of a hangover as colored alcohol (brandy, whiskey, red wine, etc.)

Doing more walking may help you maintain your weight. If you have plans on shopping, try parking far away from the entrance, using stairs in the mall, and just doing laps in the shopping mall while waiting for your family and friends. Any extra movement will help you maintain or lose weight.

If you still need liposuction after the holidays or should you desire more information about my available services, or want to schedule an appointment, please contact my Patient Care Coordinator at info@drkim.com, or call our office at 415-362-1846.

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What is the Best Body Position after a Tummy Tuck?



The best body position to be in after your tummy tuck is to be in a modified fetal position. You will want to have your tummy flexed with your knees up towards your chest. Your head and chest should be on 1-2 pillows, and your knees should have a pillow underneath them.

While in bed, you will probably still be in your abdominal binder, a garment that is placed around you at the end of your procedure. It’s important to wear this garment, since it gives you tummy and back support, and will help reduce swelling. Also, if you’ve had liposuction around the love handle or flank area, the abdominal garment will help with the overall shape of your result.

If possible, it’s not advisable to spend too much time in a completely straight position. You may also feel pain and stretching in your tummy area if you try to stand up straight or lie down perfectly straight. The ability to be straight will come with time, and it’s generally not recommended right after your surgery.


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What is the Post Surgery Care After a Mommy Makeover?


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A Mommy Makeover is a large plastic surgery procedure, usually involving breast enhancement surgery along with a tummy tuck. The combination of both procedures helps many women rejuvenate their bodies and boost self-confidence. Since it’s a larger procedure, it’s important to have realistic expectation and prepare for the after surgery care needed to get the best results and return to work and your life as soon as possible.

Before surgery, make sure you have plenty of ice for ice packs, and have a functional remote control for your TV and DVD player. You should consider getting plenty of books and DVD’s to watch, since you won’t be able to move around in your normal fashion right after your surgery. A laptop computer may also be helpful, since you can surf the internet while you’re recovering from surgery.

Go grocery shopping and stock your house with your favorite healthy foods. You may not be able to drive for several weeks, due to discomfort and the fact that you’re on strong narcotics after surgery. Extra protein may help with recovery, since your body will want to heal as quickly as possible, which may require more protein than you normally eat.

Make sure to fill your prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medications before your procedure. They should be with you at the time of surgery, or waiting for you at home. Your bed should also be prepared for your comfort after your operation, including extra sheets, pillows, and towels to soak up any excess post-surgical fluid. If you need extra dressings, you can get some from your pharmacy or from your plastic surgeon.

You will be spending a lot of time in bed, so arranging your bedroom and nightstand with the proper medications, snacks, water bottle, entertainment options, pillows, blankets, towels and other accessories is key to feeling secure and safe after your Mommy Makeover.

In general, you will want to make plans for help at your home right after surgery. You may find it difficult to move around easily, and preparing meals, going to the bathroom, and even taking your post-surgery medications may be difficult without some help.

You will probably go home with drains that are placed after surgery, so measuring the output helps to determine when your surgeon can remove those drains.

If you go home with a pain pump, you will love your new best friend. Make sure it’s functioning, and your plastic surgeon may remove it, or may give you instructions on how to remove it, after it’s completely empty.

If you have young children, you may want consistent extra help at home so that they will be taken care of and not too bored while you recover from your procedure. A family member or friend may be able to help take care of them for 1-2 weeks after your surgery.

Your Mommy Makeover will take about 10-14 days after surgery to recover, and you will still be stiff after 2 weeks. Make sure you plan for trips, family events, and work accordingly.


Should you desire more information about my available services, or want to schedule an appointment, please contact my Patient Care Coordinator at info@drkim.com, or call our office at 415-362-1846.

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Saturday Shout Out- Curry Up Now


Today's Saturday Shout Out goes to Curry Up Now. Curry Up Now is a taco truck with modern Indian food. Below are pictures of their burrito and deconstructed samosa.

The food is great!. The only bad thing is that the lines can be long to order food. They have a website, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter link, but I think the Twitter link gives you the best idea of where the truck is located to order food.





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