Archives for December 2014

How to be attractive to others—a New Year’s Eve PSA.

If you've been following my blog, you know that I rail against lookism most of the time. In the spirit of fair play, tho, I'm featuring tips today garnered from recent research about how men and women can enhance their chances of being physically attractive to the opposite sex. This might come in handy New Years Eve, even for couples who've already attracted the partner of their dreams (never hurts to repackage the product.) This is a  public service announcement, therefore. PSA's … [Read more...]

Disability Freak shows——Hits and misses.

 Perhaps you saw the "Side Show" song and dance number during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year production. It intrigued me how the two female leads were able to stay "conjoined" at the hips or shoulders through the difficult dance maneuvers. Conjoined twins.   "Side Show"— not-so-disabled twins. Perhaps you've also seen episodes of  "Freak Show," part of the American Horror Story anthology  broadcast on the cable television channel FX in the United States. It features a variant on a … [Read more...]

Celeb Heroes help repair cleft lips and palates.

Just found out about a bunch of celebs like Gwen Stefani* and Harrison Ford** who’ve signed holiday tree ornaments, which are being auctioned off on eBay. Go here to bid before the December 16 deadline to get an autographed, quality Balsam Hill*** ornament—perhaps for a song (many are $7 to $70 at the moment)—to benefit OperationSmile. As you may know, the non-profit Operation Smile provides free cleft lip and cleft palate surgery to children in more than 60 countries. Cleft lip and palate: … [Read more...]

Face transplant judgment—Successful, Ethical?

Tackling the controversy about face transplants and judging their worth isn't easy, even if it's a qualitative assessment as the following will be. A registry of all transplant patients promises to allow a more quantitative assessment in the future. In my last blog, I did say that—no matter the judgment—facial transplants strike me as a better use of scarce surgical skills and resources than the endless tummy tucks and face lifts that dominate today's plastic surgery landscape.  It's clear from … [Read more...]