The Tragedy behind “Cheap” Plastic Surgery

A Miami resident and mother of six died one day after receiving liposuction from a non-board certified doctor. Kellee Lee-Howard’s autopsy report stated she died of an overdose of the painkiller lidocaine. The doctor who performed the surgery was not only non-board certified but he performed the operation in a place not registered as a surgery center. It’s tragic and it’s too common as the economy continues to plummet and Americans are seeking new ways to save money with “cheap” and “quick” fixes. [Video after the Break] Continue reading

The Dangers of Choosing “Quick” and “Cheap” Plastic Surgery

For many Americans looking to make the most of this tough economy, the right choice has ultimately become the most affordable choice. In most cases, it’s a solid line of thinking – generic bread over name brand, discount groups to save on dining, and other ways to get by with a smaller budget. However, there are some places where cutting cost should not be a factor, such as plastic surgery. If your low-cost plastic surgery goes awry, then the emotional and financial cost to repair it may exceed any amount of “expensive” plastic surgery you would have chosen. [Videos after the Break] Continue reading

Welcome Claudette Walker to the PVPS Family!

bio-walkerClaudette is a proud new member of Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery. Her expertise, quality patient care, and drive to make a difference in the lives of her patients makes her a viable asset to our Jacksonville, Florida medical center.

Claudette N. Walker is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC).  Through the University of North Florida (UNF), she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as her Master of Science in Nursing for Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.  She is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), Florida Nurses Association (FNA), Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA), Helping Hands for Lung Cancer, and Northeast Florida Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (NEFLARNP). Continue reading

What to Ask a Plastic Surgeon

In a world where image is everything, more patients are going under the knife to realize their perfect looks. You see it everywhere from television and the news to everyday life, plastic surgery is the answer to your most daunting self esteem issues. Couple this effect to be perfect with a less-than-promising economy and you have a recipe for horror plastic surgery stories that are noted as “cheap,” “fast” and the most inaccurate of descriptors, “safe.” According to new statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased by 162 percent since the collection of the statistic first began. Over 10.2 million surgical and non-surgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2008, according to the ASAPS statistic. No doubt that a woman or a man has every right to do what it takes to feel good about their body and their looks, it is important to understand the dangers of plastic surgery when provided by someone who offers a quick and cheap solution when there should not be one. When looking for a plastic surgeon, avoid the pitfalls that will result in you looking more like a Picasso than a da Vinci. Continue reading

TouchMD at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery

myTouchMDPonte Vedra Plastic Surgery is the first practice in Northeast Florida to utilize TouchMD in their Jacksonville, Florida practice.

Innovation brings better patient-doctor relationships

TouchMD was created out of a need for better doctor-patient relationships to enhance the patient experience through education. The product seamlessly combines hardware and easy-to-navigate patient software to bring more insight to patients. A touch screen is placed in the exam room easily accessible to the patient. An easy-to-navigate software interface allows the patient to view topic driven educational information about a particular process or procedure. This turns wait time into productive time where patients are educated about their potential diagnosis.

TouchMD is stationed in patient rooms. As a patient waits for the doctor’s consultation, he/she will be able to utilize TouchMD to learn more about procedures, the doctors, and any essential information. The patient then understands and can communicate efficiently when the doctor arrives.

The professional team at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery sought to place TouchMD in each patient room to reassure patients who were having first-time consultations. The software allows said patient to feel more comfortable with the process by engaging in activities with the software that allow he or she to get answers to questions they may be uncomfortable to ask in a first-time visit with a doctor.