Dr. Leonard Hochstein’s illustrious career has carved out a unique niche for himself. With over 10,000 surgeries under his belt, the man affectionately known as the “Boob God” is famous for his skill in cosmetic and plastic surgery. His Miami-based practice has attracted both an A-list Hollywood clientele, as well as patients from all over the world.
Dr. Hochstein is also becoming a celebrity in his own right. He starred in Bravo’s “Miami Slice” and appeared on the “ABC News with Barbara Walters.” Ever wanted to know a cosmetic surgeon’s views on the plastic surgery debate? Here are his answers.
Glam Asia: Plastic and cosmetic surgery can be a topic that polarises people – some believe going under the knife just for your looks is superficial and wasteful, while others believe that there is real benefit to be had from looking young, and are willing to pay for it. Where do your personal views fall in this spectrum?
Dr. Leonard Hochstein: I believe very strongly that our outward appearance influences how we feel about ourselves and how we interact with others. There is no question that the confidence obtained from looking your best correlates with success both socially and professionally. I do not just recommend it for others. I have had plastic surgery myself and have operated on my wife as well as many other family members. I truly practise what I preach.
Glam: Due to your expertise, you’ve had a number of media appearances, most notably in the 2004 TV series “Miami Slice.” Do you feel that the media’s portrayal of plastic and cosmetic surgery is skewed or sensationalist?
Hochstein: I think there is a good bit of both. It also depends on the media bias. I think, for the most part, the media gives a fair representation of plastic surgery – both the risks and the benefits.
Glam: In your experience, what are the most common beauty concerns, and what are the most popular procedures?
Hochstein: Most of my practice is devoted to the care of the breast implant patient. The greatest concern now is the safety of the implants used and the natural appearance and feel of them. Fortunately we now have the most natural implants we have ever had and the safest as well. It is a very exciting time for breast surgeons.
Glam: What advice would you give someone considering undertaking invasive surgery to look younger? Would this advice differ if less invasive procedures, such as Botox, are being considered instead?
Hochstein: For the most part my surgeries are not considered invasive. That it not to say there is not some risk involved but it cannot be considered in the same category as open abdominal or chest surgery. The fact is that with the exception of breast implant surgery I do not even go past the muscle level. That being said, surgery does come with a recovery period whereas fillers, including botox, is a lunchtime procedure where the recovery is minimal and thus much easier to perform.
Glam: In your opinion, what are the most effective measures we can take to keep ourselves looking young?
Hochstein: Steady maintenance is very important. Good skincare including creams, facials, sunblock, is crucial to looking young. Aging is inevitable but we can certainly slow the process. During this road we add minor procedures and my recommendation is that these procedures be considered at the first signs of aging as younger, more elastic skin responds better to surgery and the results last longer.
Glam: What are some of the myths about aging that you’d like to bust?
Hochstein: Aging is not a gradual process. It occurs in plateaus. These plateaus can last for a long time but it is clear in the mirror when we go to a new one.
Glam: Complete the sentence: Beauty is…
Hochstein: A matter of taste. There is no question that there are many standards of beauty and as a plastic surgeon I explain these standards to my patients who seek my advice but ultimately the surgery is customised to what my patients feel is their ideal look. There is no one surgery to fit all and this just goes to show how differently we perceive beauty. That is illustrated every day in my practice with the wide range of choices my patients make in choosing implant size. This is just a small part of what makes us such individuals and makes this world such a great place to live in with originality and individuality.
This article is written by Jerlene Then. Jerlene lives a triple life as a caffeine-consuming zombie in the morning, a hardworking multi-faceted office employee in the day, and a passionate beauty writer at night. Since its inception in 2009, her beauty blog, Of Faces and Fingers, has been featured in various print and online publications, including Allure Korea and Fabulous Magazine. You can also find her on Twitter as @musicalhousesand on Facebook.