Medical Tourism: Inside South Korea’s Plastic Surgery Boom

With more people flocking to destinations like South Korea for plastic surgery, it’s good to point out downside to destination medicine. No matter where you consider having elective surgery, your doctor should have the proper certification and experience necessary to perform a given procedure. Since technology is constantly changing, such official certification helps to ensure that doctors keep up with the latest skills, and that they’ll make the most of what they’re learning. You should expect your doctor to be more than just aware of, but positively fluent in, such recent and dramatic advances as computer imaging, twilight sleep, and small- incision techniques, and liposuction.

How do you know whether the doctor you’re considering has years of experience or, instead, got their cosmetic surgery training in a week-long crash course? To keep from making an unwise choice, you should consider the following:

  1. Your doctor should be board-certified. The most prestigious certification comes from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the official national examining board for professional plastic surgeons, whose members are qualified to perform reconstructive and plastic surgery, as well as aesthetic or cosmetic surgery.
  2. The anesthesiologist: any surgical procedure will require an anesthesiologist (an anesthesiologist is an M.D., whereas an anesthetist is not). Make sure that he or she is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA).
  3. Your safety comes first, so before contemplating traveling out of the country for plastic surgery, make sure your surgeon has the professional qualifications.

Before & After Photos

New Yorker Article

Dr. Copelands Medical Training and Certifications


Rewind the Curse of Tired Eyes

Are you doing too much? Too many things to handle? Appointments and meetings have you going crazy? Doesn’t it always seems like everything  going on around you has precedence over taking care of yourself first? Your skin can tell.

We know that taking care of yourself is the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Schedule time for you and start by using our Rewind Eye Formula helps erase the stresses of daily life.

Wake up feeling great and looking even better. Our perfectly blended ingredients leave your face feeling refreshed and youthful. It contains Argireline and Biopeptide (pentapeptide) for maximal wrinkle reduction and firming. It also helps erases fine lines and wrinkles and even plumps up your cheeks all while you sleep. I suggest applying this formula both day and night. Results are immediate.

If you don’t believe me, or you just have to try for yourself, I am offering a 30% discount all this week on the Rewind Eye Formula. It helps reduce puffiness and dark circles from the eyes. I know how hectic life is, and I would love to help you erase the fine lines with this special formula.

Give it a try, at the very least to see why so many other woman are raving about it. Link to testimonial


“Unretouched” celebrity photos and cosmetic surgery

These “unretouched” photos of Cindy Crawford, compared to the very dramatically altered features of Renee Zellweger and Uma Thurman, show how we should strive to look happy and well rested, rather than trying to look decades younger than we really are.  Cosmetic improvements should help you subtly change your looks in ways that will make you happier with your appearance and give you more confidence in both personal and professional settings. The goals is not to have people ask “who are you?” but to say that you look well rested and better than ever. More information on the art of cosmetic procedures may be found in Change Your Looks, Change Your Life.featureimagecindycrawford

Study Shows Liposuction Is a Safe Alternative for Fatty Tumor Removal


We  report on a new way to remove lipomas – fatty tumors –  Using a small incision Dr Copeland describes a new way to remove large fatty tumors using a combination of liposuction and  direct excision.  This new  technique always for a faster recovery and smaller scar..

For those people who have these fatty masses or tumors that can limit function  and appear unsightly this offers a newer and safer way to get these removed. .



Are daily showers bad for your skin?



Recent studies show that frequent showers may damage skin. By “overbathing,” we are “drying out our skin and washing away the good bacteria that live there. Small cracks will begin to open in the skin leading to an increase chance of infection.”


There are other ways to minimize the risks without giving up the pleasure of a daily shower. Using the right  cleansers instead of harsh soaps can help preserve essential oils, and promote healthy skin.  For the body, use  Bath & Shower Gelee with green tea extract—a powerful antioxidant to gently exfoliate skin and stimulates new cell growth, plus has aloe to soothe skin.  For your face, Daily  Cleanser with Aloe and Lavender leaves your skin looking and feeling smoother, healthier and younger without harsh foaming agents.

After bathing, keep  skin soft by applying  AHA Body Smoothing Lotion which helps smoothe over cracked skin that may result from overdrying,

Finally, avoid using scrubbing sponges or brushes, which can crack skin and provide an opportunity for infection. Remember, your fingertips are ideal for this job.




Blepharoplasty for droopy eyelids

Here is good news from a patient who sought correction of droopy eyelids:


Happy patient 9 days after upper blepharoplasty and correction of left upper eyelid droop (ptosis.) “Overall result looks very good. The procedures you did along with avoiding contact lenses have made a huge difference to my quality of life.  I no longer have any irritation in my eyes or tired/heavy feeling of my eyelid. They have not felt (or looked) this good for years. So many many thanks for this!”

See before and after pictures.


Stress-free skin for the holidays



We know that the holidays can be very stressful. The shopping, cooking and in-laws can do a number on our nerves and also impact our skin. Stress in our lives is unavoidable but there are steps to take that protect our skin from its harmful effects. Here’s a good  regimen to follow during the holiday season: Cleanse, tone and exfoliate 1-2 times per day with Daily CleanserDaily Toner, and  AHA Face Cream.  Follow this with a burst of Vitamin C, E and A  in the  Revitalizing Formula and, of course protect with  Daily Moisturizer with SPF-30.

Caring for eyes and lips is also crucial to looking your best during the holidays. Sleep deprivation and stress can lead to dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. There are many fine topical products with ingredients like argireline and biopeptide that help reduce wrinkles and promote firming of these sensitive areas. My three holiday season must-haves contain these ingredients and are formulated to show improvement immediately, with long-lasting results when used on a regular and frequent basis: REWIND Eye FormulaAgeless Skin Undereye Concealer, and Lip Enhancer. This basic regimen and additional care items will get your skin through the holidays and give you a complexion that has your friends asking for your skin care secrets.

A new, more convenient way to get slimmer with Zerona®!

Great news, recent studies show that after only four  60 minute ZERONA® sessions our patients are losing 3 1/2 to 5 inches.  So as a holiday gift to you we have  a special offer on Gilt City for Zerona® treatments. Is Zerona® right for you?  Here are some helpful  FAQs to help you make an educated decision.


How Does Zerona® Laser Work?

Zerona® uses low level (cold) laser technology that can easily target problem areas from outside the body. These lasers disrupt the stubborn fat cells that store excess fat in the body, forcing the fat to be released and naturally expelled by the body.

When was Zerona introduced?

Zerona® aesthetic laser treatments, FDA approved,  were introduced in 2009 after over 10 years of extensive research.  For nearly 5 years my patients have been losing inches painlessly.

Who is the Best Candidate for Zerona® Laser Treatments?

The best candidates for these body slimming treatments are those who lead a healthy lifestyle but need help getting rid of stubborn fat that’s often  very difficult to get rid of, even with good nutrition and regular exercise.  They are healthy individuals who are ready to commit to good habits .

Is Zerona® Laser Safe for Everyone?

Zerona® is FDA and Health Canada approved for safety and effectiveness. Zerona® laser is a  non-invasive treatment for aesthetic use. Zerona® treatments are not recommended  for pregnant women or patients who have a pacemaker. There are no known side effects with Zerona®.

How Many Treatments are Required?

After as little as 4 treatments you will see the inches disappear and with additional treatments you can continue to lose even more. A different treatment package is recommended if the Body Mass Index is over 30. Proper consultation with the doctor and certified technicians will give you a better idea of how many treatments would work best.

How Long until Results are Noticeable?

The majority of Zerona® users will have noticeable results within one week of their first treatment.

Is the Fat Loss Permanent?

Yes, the fat loss in targeted areas is permanent when weight is maintained. Everyone is reminded of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise. It’s always important to have balanced nutrition and regular exercise to maintain treatment benefits.

Should Anything be Avoided Between Treatments?

It is recommended to avoid caffeine and alcohol during the treatment program. This is because they are dehydrating and the body must stay well hydrated before and after each procedure.  

Are Zerona® Laser Treatments Covered by Insurance?

Zerona® treatments are generally not covered by insurance.

National Healthy Skin Month-November 2014

Neglect your skin, skip water in favor of lattes, or opt for bar soap versus gentle cleansers, and your elbows will rat you out. Cosmetic surgeon, skin care expert and author of Change Your Looks, Change Your Life and The Beautiful Skin Workout Dr. Michelle Copeland can assess your skin’s health by running her fingers over the small patch of skin in this telltale spot. And according to Dr. Copeland, so can you. “Elbows are a litmus test indicating how well you take care of your body,” she said. “Regular exercise, eating healthy foods and reducing such things as alcohol intake and caffeine consumption, all affect the quality of your skin. You are what you eat, as the saying goes, and skin is an outward reflection of the internal situation. Incorporating a healthy lifestyle into the day-to-day maintenance of your skin is a must!”

This month, we recognize November as National Healthy Skin Care Month, making it the perfect time to evaluate your skin care habits and gear up for beautiful holiday skin. Your skin is the clothing that nature gave you. If you’ve abused it (as most of us have, to some degree) then cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and sun protection are good ways to undo the damage. Daily use of a product with anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, E, or green tea, is crucial. These anti-oxidants help to keep the skin clear, healthy, and nourished.

For great-looking skin, begin with the basics-treat your body’s skin as well as you do your face. The Dr. Michelle Copeland Skin Care Basic Regimen provides you with everything the average person needs to keep skin healthy and looking great. If you don’t currently practice a daily skin-care regimen, this is a great place to start. The Dr. Michelle Copeland Skin Care Advanced Regimen begins with the Basic Regimen and then kicks it into high gear. Not only do you get the basics, you receive additional products designed to soothe, revitalize, and rejuvenate your skin. If you’re already on a skin-care program and ready to go for the next step, the Advanced Regimen is for you.

Be in the know this November about the care and needs of your skin. Your skin is the way the world sees you.