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A Gift.

photo I have been teaching residents since I was a fellow in 1987-88. Teaching surgery and the art of Medicine is one of the most rewarding parts of an academic medical practice. Even in private practice, the residents from the Columbia University/ New York Hospital program continue to rotate through my office.

They learn facial plastic surgery from me.  I get to see green, nubile surgeons grow into mature skilled individuals who then go on to medical practices or fellowships. The gift in the photo came along with two antique mirrors (which I collect) from Ben Talei, MD. He is an outstanding resident with great ambition, skill and a personality to match.

He is going to be an outstanding surgeon and doctor when he completes his fellowship next year.  Tomorrow night is the graduation dinner for the residents as well. Over the past few decades, over 1/4 of the graduating Otolaryngology (ENT) residents choose to pursue facial plastic surgey fellowships. Many attribute that to my mentorship and the example I have set through my teaching and hosting their visits to my office.

Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty Publications

How patients used to find their doctors

Back when I started my training in the ‘80s patients sought out the doctors who taught other doctors. This group included those who published articles in peer reviewed journals, legitimate medical journals that require stringent review of all submissions for content and contributions to medical education. This also included the doctors who routinely gave lectures at medical meetings. These physicians were the leaders in their field as recognized by their peers and subsequently the general public. I was fortunate to have four articles published last year in such journals on rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty and Botox treatments, as listed below:

Radix grafts in cosmetic rhinoplasty; lessons learned from an 8 year review. By Justin Cohen MD and Steven Pearlman, MD. Published in Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, Volume 14 (6), November/December 2012

An Anatomic Basis for Revision Rhinoplasty. By Steven Pearlman, MD and Ben Talei, MD. Published in Facial Plastic Surgery Volume 28(4), August 2012.

Avoiding Complications of the Middle Vault in Rhinoplasty. By Steven Pearlman MD and Roxanna Baratelli, MD. Published in Facial Plastic Surgery Volume 28(3), June 2012.

Physician Confidence in Fillers and Neurotoxins: A National Survey. By Steven Pearlman, MD, Ben Talei, MD, Heidi Waldorf, MD, Michael Kane, MD and Roger Dailey, MD. Published in Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, Volume 14(1) January-February 2012.


Facial Plastic Surgery Journal, Dr. Pearlman Guest editor

Facial Plastic Surgery Journal, Dr. Pearlman Guest editor

This might not look like much, but getting one article published per year is considered an accomplishment. Additionally, I was guest editor for the journal, Facial Plastic Surgery for June 2012. In that Journal, I invited 12 highly respected Facial Plastic Surgeons, Cosmetic Dermatologists and Oculoplastic Surgeons to discuss the most common complications found in various aspects of facial surgery, how and why they occurred and suggestions on how to avoid them in the first place. Dating back to my residency, the monthly Quality Assurance meetings were just that, a review of all complications to be used as a teaching tool on how to improve quality and reduce future complications.

Now we spend time when we are not engaged in patient care writing blogs, posts and website copy to get the “word” out. But, as physicians, we cannot lose sight of the extreme importance of contributing to the medical literature.

Fruit Facial Recipes for Vibrant, Glowing Skin!

Fruit facial recipes are ideal for treating skin problems like acne or a dull complexion. We eat fruit for its vitamins and antioxidant properties, and we can derive the same benefits by applying the sources of these nutrients directly to the skin. Perhaps the most compelling reason is that they are natural, with no chemicals or allergens. Instead of using expensive treatments that might contain harmful ingredients, try a budget-friendly natural remedy made with fruit to moisturize and revitalize all types of skin, leaving you with a gorgeous glow.

Here are some common fruit facial recipes. They are typically left on for about 15 minutes and then rinsed off with warm water.

Strawberries and papayas contain salicylic acid and are natural exfoliants. After mashing them, mix them with cornstarch, wheat flour or oatmeal to make a paste.

Peaches are rich in Vitamins A and C, and their alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) open your pores and get rid of dead skin cells.

Grapes contain several vitamins and antioxidants. Simply mash them and combine them with honey for a soothing mask.

Bananas mixed with honey (and orange or lemon juice) are gentle enough for all skin types, and they contain antioxidants to help fight acne. This mixture can also eliminate dry skin cells and help prevent wrinkles.

Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain, which helps unclog pores by removing dead skin cells. Combine pineapple juice and wheat flour, or use the pineapple’s flesh mixed with honey.

Grapefruits, oranges, lemons and limes might be too acidic, so you might not want to put citrus fruits directly on your face. Use small amounts of the juice, or combine it with wheat flour to make a mild skin treatment.

When trying new fruit facial recipes, you should check for sensitivity by testing a small bit of the mixture on your wrist before applying it to your face.

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