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Dr. Peter Newen Changes Lives in Vietnam

cleftIn March, I traveled to Vietnam with Dr. Peter Newen. He was one of three plastic surgeons traveling on their own time and dime with the non-profit organization, Project Vietnam, based in Fountain Valley, Ca.

The mission of the surgical team was to perform cleft lip and palate surgery on some of the country’s poorest children. It would be the first time a military hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, would open its doors to American doctors. Continue reading

Pacifiers and Sippy Cups Cause Dental Injuries


Dental injuries are not something we think about when it comes to infants. According to a recent online article mouth injuries in infants are very common. Researchers have discovered that children who are learning to walk are at increased risk of dental injury from baby bottles, sippy cups and pacifiers. In an unprecedented move, they closely reviewed nationwide statistical data from the last 20 years and discovered that, on average, 2,270 injuries related to these products are treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year.  Continue reading

Soy: Friend or Foe

If ever there was a food that has a world of confusion, myths and worry around it, it’s soy. The very soy that gives natto and miso their health fame also is purported to cause breast cancer, damage your thyroid, digestive and malabsorption issues, and the list goes on. Especially for those of Asian descent who are accustomed to using tofu, tempeh, soy sauce and other soy products on a regular basis, it can be puzzling to hear that our food choices may be doing us harm. The problem with soy, as with Continue reading

A Night to Remember


The Image Center is Orange County’s premier plastic surgery center, dental office, and wellness center located in one state-of-the-art location. They recently celebrated 10 years of beauty in Huntington Beach with their patients, friends, family, and colleagues. Medical Directors, Dr. Peter Newen and Katherine Ahn, have devoted their time and energy to making our community a more beautiful place. Dr. Katherine Ahn recently brought her vision to life and started the non-profit organization, OC Cares, which promotes unity, Continue reading

Stem Cell Facelifts : The Debate Continues


stemcell-faceliftAt The Image Center, we feel knowledge is power. An article written in the New York Times struck a cord with us. There is a lot of buzz about the “stem cell” facelift lately, but not a lot of people really know what it is, what it’s benefits are, and what to be leery of. It is our mission to keep all of our valued patients informed and educated on the latest plastic surgery topics.

“To cut or not to cut, that is the question.” Continue reading

Top Procedures 2012 Plastic Surgery Annual Statistics Report

EXCITIrejuvenate-austin-limelight-ipl-photofacialNG NEWS! Statistics are showing that our economy is improving! With an improved economic state, we are seeing a rise in plastic surgery. You are probably wondering what procedures are on the rise and what ones you should look into. Based on statistics prepared by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, we can definitely tell you what procedures are becoming more and more popular. On a year-to-year basis, plastic surgery rates increase steadily by about 5%, and have recently boomed by 98% Continue reading

Dr. Peter Newen Presents Abstract at The Aesthetic Meeting 2013

asps - CopyThe Aesthetic Meeting 2013 was held in New York City April 2013, and is organized by The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). ASAPS’s mission since 1967 has been to advance the science, art, and safe practice of aesthetic plastic surgery among qualified plastic surgeons. It is at the forefront of cosmetic medicine education, collaboration, and research. Active Membership in ASAPS is reserved as an exclusive privilege and distinct honor for those plastic surgeons who demonstrate achievement Continue reading

Men's True Breast Size Preference – Is Bigger Really Better?


When it comes to sexual attraction, the topic of men’s preference about a women’s breast size often comes up and is controversial. There are those who argue that women should be happy with what they are born with and not change their bodies for the sake of pleasing others. On the other hand, there are also those who argue that women should not be judged if they want to change their body to make themselves more desirable to the opposite sex. As a plastic surgeon, I have always advised women to make Continue reading

Breast Implant Regulators Try to Keep Up

breast implantBreast implants are one of the most researched medical devices in the industry. According to an online article United States health officials have tried repeatedly to establish a registry that would keep track of breast augmentation patients. Ideally the registry would compile information concerning complications over time including rupture and infection. Currently no such registry exists, although we have the largest healthcare market, which serves as a model for regulatory Continue reading

Dermal Fillers – The Next BEST Thing!

At Image Plastic Surgery, we incorporate an array of dermal fillers such as Juvederm™, Radiesse™, Belotero™, Sculptra™, and Voluma™ into our treatment plants to plump folds and reduce lines while smoothing away wrinkles. Our comprehensive approach helps our clients (whether they have had a facelift done or not), achieve and maintain their youthful looks. Continue reading

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