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Life Imitates Art

Inform/The Dallas Morning News, June 2002 An Interview with Plastic Surgeon and Sculptor, Ronald M. Friedman, M.D. Prior to entering private practice in 1996, Dr. Friedman served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. After graduating with […]

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Making Music Again: Rebuilding a Hand and a Career

NuImage, Autumn 2001 As Steve was completing the woodworking project, something terrible went wrong. The router jammed, thrusting his right hand into the razor-sharp blade that spun at 18,000 rpm. His hand was devastated. And his career as a professional musician was equally devastated. Steve Pettey was born to be a musician. His mother played […]

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Memoirs Of A Shining Star

Health 2000, February 2000 Thirteen-year -old R.P. Johnson had a wonderful life. His home in Southlake, Texas had all the benefits of city life, and his father’s farm in Iowa enriched his life with its fresh clean air and the demands of working with farming and its equipment. However, there are some events that occur […]

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Plano People

Plano Star Courier November, 1996 For Ron Friedman, currently the nation’s youngest plastic surgeon, performing reconstructive miracles is all in a day’s work. The 30-year-old Plano physician, who specializes in surgery on the hands and upper extremities, knows he has found his calling in life. And as many of his patients and their families have attested, […]

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Have Makeovers Become Too Extreme?

Perhaps the reality shows need a reality check. By Ronald M. Friedman, M.D. Spring, 2008 It’s in my best interests to keep it a secret. But I feel a nagging obligation to come clean: plastic surgery is real surgery, which means real pain, real bruising, and real scars. To make matters worse, occasionally patients aren’t happy […]

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Australian State Bans Cosmetic Surgery for Teens

Apr. 21, 2008 With regard to a recent ban on teenage plastic surgery in Australia, Dr. Friedman commented, “I agree with the concept of limiting cosmetic surgery in teenagers; however, I believe that the proposed ban is too restrictive.” But Friedman added, “Although I believe that the Australian ban is overly restrictive, it has already […]

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Hopes for Silicone Implants May Have Been Overinflated

Jan. 9, 2007 Following the November 2006 approval of silicone gel breast implants by the FDA, ABC News consulted plastic surgeons from Los Angeles to New York. Dr. Friedman was quoted extensively: “Many women are excited by the lifting of restrictions on silicone gel, but many more remain concerned about the safety of silicone gel,” […]

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Adjustable Breast Implants—a Boon for Busts?

Dec. 25, 2006 “Although the concept of adjusting up or down by a cup size sounds great, it isn’t practical. Implants are designed for a specific, narrow range of filling volumes,” said Friedman. “If implant volume is reduced to below the manufacturer’s recommended volume, the risk of deflation increases. If implant volume is significantly increased, […]

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Stem Cells for Beauty?

Nov 22, 2006 “Stem-cell research appears promising for medicine and particularly for plastic surgery,” said Dr. Ronald Friedman, Director of the West Plano Plastic Surgery Center and a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Plano, Texas.

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Liposuction for Preteens: Too Young or Much Ado About Nothing?

Nov. 6, 2006 A Texas plastic surgeon performed liposuction and tummy tuck on Brooke Bates, a 12 year-old girl who weighed 220 pounds. Abcnews.com consulted seven experts for this story, including nationally-recognized plastic surgeons at UCLA, USC, the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the Former President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Ronald […]

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