Texting and driving is a no, no—but plastic surgery and Snapchat? The latter is a must for Dr. Miami. The celeb plastic surgeon Michael Salzhauer, M.D., has a nickname, and TV show that allude to his South Florida residence, but that’s not the full story. Board-certified Salzhauer is known for sharing his operations and outrageous personality on social media.
The doc’s patients, a.k.a. “beauty warriors,” request all kinds of procedures: tummy tucks, breast augmentations, nose jobs, and more. These OR happenings (and others) are documented and distributed to the masses in an instant. After gaining popularity for his alternative marketing ploys, Salzhauer, also known as the “the booty whisperer,” landed a WETV show. Now, the social media adverse, and those who aren’t getting enough of his antics via phone apps, can watch him on the small screen, too. When we candidly talked to the surgeon about patients and being a perfectionist, it was no surprise Dr. Miami had #nofilter.
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“Plastic surgery will not make you skinny. I tell people that all the time," Salzhauer says. "People come in, and if their BMI [body mass index] is above 30 or 32, I won't operate on them." Body mass index is a measure of a person's body fat based on their height and weight. A BMI of 30 would indicate an individual is overweight, possibly obese (depending on height). Someone with a BMI of 32 is categorized as obese. "In my office, there’s a scale, and I calculate their BMI. If it’s too high, I say come back when your BMI is lower." (Speed up your progress towards your weight-loss goals with Women's Health's Look Better Naked DVD.)
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“After childbirth, or a lot of weight loss, when your skin is stretched out, and now there are stretch marks, there’s no exercise that can get rid of that," says Salzhauer. "There’s nothing that makes skin tighter. The only solution is to cut out the skin that’s loose and pull the skin above it down to make it tight with a tummy tuck.”
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“We see details and things that most people don’t see, partly because we look at naked people all day long," says Salzhauer, who sees 12 to 15 patients, five days a week. "We have a broad spectrum of what’s normal or what’s ‘perfect.’ We notice small asymmetries. We know from the get-go that nothing is perfect, however, we try as best we can to make sure patients know that beforehand. As long as the surgeon explains to the patient what is possible and what isn’t—and makes sure the patient has realistic expectations—the patient ends up happy.”
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“It’s part of the job. There’s definitely a holistic aspect of plastic surgery. Nobody wakes up one morning and is like, ‘I want to change my nose, I want to change my breasts.’ There’s definitely some heavy, psychological baggage that goes along with the decision to make on surgery. I try, on my first phone call with a patient, to get to the bottom of some of those issues," he says, acknowledging that sometimes he'll send a potential patient to a psychologist to come to terms with what they really want the surgery for. "The purpose to understand the reason is to make sure you don’t operate on the wrong patient. If there’s a patient who’s doing this because she wants to win back her ex, or for revenge—we need to make sure we [don't operate] because that’s not the right reason to have plastic surgery.”
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“I’ve had plastic surgery myself, so I know what it’s like to not like a part of your body. I’ve had my nose and my chin done. I had self-image issues and self-confidence issues since adolescence. I know what it’s like to have those feelings and to overcome those feelings through plastic surgery."