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This is an informational blog written by Jay Calvert, M.D., F.A.C.S. that is designed for patients that want to learn more about plastic surgery and Dr. Calvert's practice.

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Dr. Jay Calvert, Beverly Hills, CA
Plastic Surgeon

As the ASPS meeting gets underway in Chicago, I am reminded of the journey that I traveled to learn plastic surgery in such a way that I am able to help my patients effectively.  The take-home message on that reflection is: GET GREAT MENTORS!  There is no way to learn plastic surgery in a vacuum and there is no way to know what this specialty is about without having the guidance and direction of those who have been there and done that.

Through the years, I have worked with mentors from many specialties, but the list of the core mentors  makes feel honored to have been guided by such great surgeons.  Here is the short list:

Bruce Brener, MD
Bubba Singleton, PhD
Gerald Stubbs, PhD
Andy Weiland, MD
Louis Drusin, MD
Phil Barie, MD
Lloyd Hoffman, MD
John Bostwick, MD
J. William Futrell, MD
Ken Shestak, MD
Ernie Manders, MD
Jim Russavage, MD
Guy Stofman, MD
Jack Friedland, MD
Dennis Hurwitz, MD
Lee Weiss, PhD
Pradeep Khosla, PhD
Rollin Daniel, MD
Greg Evans, MD
Tim Miller, MD
Grant Stevens, MD
Andrew Ordon, MD
Terry Dubrow, MD
Randy Sherman, MD

There are others, but these are the people who materially influenced the way that I treat patients and think about improving the outcomes for my patients.  Mentors are key!  I thank my mentors for guiding me and helping me because really they have helped my patients and that is the only goal of all I do as a surgeon.

Feel free to contact me through at http://www.drcalvert.com.
Office is 310-777-8800



Posted: December 12, 2016, 4:20 am


This video has been viewed 350,000 and tells a great deal about secondary rhinoplasty and the issues with the swelling. There is also a great deal of time that needs to pass in order of the ultimate result to be seen. And...there is no way to speed up that process. For more information about secondary rhinoplasty, please go to www.drcalvert.com.

Posted: December 12, 2016, 4:19 am
My friend said to me, "I have to order this test...if I don't, this patient will get angry and I will get yet another bad yelp review."  My friend is a doctor.  The test he ordered is unnecessary and carries with it some risk of complications that could essentially kill the patient. The test costs money that clearly does not need to be spent.  So lets look at this carefully:

1.  The implication is that the patient will NOT be happy with their care if they do not get the test.
2.  The doctor is more concerned about his online reputation because that is a major driver of his practice.  Poor reviews = hurtful financial situation i.e. less money to pay the bills.
3.  The fact that the test is unnecessary is irrelevant to both doctor and patient - patient wants it therefore he gets it because the doctor does not want to have another black mark against his name.

This situation has now become common place.  The problem is no one is brave enough to stand up for what is right.  Look at his words, - specifically the part about another bad yelp review.  He did not say, "I want to order this test to get a good review."  That's because happy patients don't write reviews - unless you ask them a ton of times.  Because it is not what patients do.  However, 75% of patients coming to the office today will read online reviews about the doctor they are going to see.  Thus, online patient reviews are truly useless UNLESS they are verified.  Of the 30 major review sites out there, none use a verification system.

So what are we to do when our health care dollars are being spent this way and our physicians are more worried about their online reputations to carry their paychecks then they are about the actual quality of care?  Send me your comments info@drcalvert.com or go to http://drcalvert.com.  There is much more coming...


Posted: February 23, 2016, 6:28 am
http://www.yelp.com/biz/dr-jay-calvert-md-plastic-surgeon-rhinoplasty-surgeon-beverly-hills

Now this profile is interesting since many reviews get filtered and even though I do pay to advertise on this site, there is still no way to control who writes the reviews and if they write bad ones.  The folks at yelp do make it clear there is nothing they can do if someone posts a bad review - and if I am paying to advertise, then I am advertising bad reviews.  Seems unfair...  In the future, mdinsider.com


Posted: September 28, 2014, 7:29 am
Profile for Dr. Jay W. Calvert | Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA



This is the place to write unverified, unconfirmed, anonymous reviews.  In the future, there will be a more powerful way to get reviews from real patients who take responsibility for their reviews...#mdinsider.com


Posted: September 28, 2014, 7:10 am
Dr. Jay Calvert, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Rhinoplasty discussion with his team at the Rox Center

In this video, Dr. Jay Calvert discusses the primary reasons patients come in to the office inquiring about rhinoplasty.  He discusses rib cartilage grafts, primary rhinoplasty, secondary rhinoplasty, and broken noses.

Dr. Jay Calvert can be reached at 310-777-8800

or go to the website at

http://www.drcalvert.com


Posted: September 11, 2014, 11:19 pm
Dr. Jay W. Calvert 118 Patient Reviews and Ratings, Plastic Surgeon, Beverly Hills, CA



This page on Vitals is interesting in that the reviews seem to be written by patients, yet there was really no verification process.  There is no data to confirm that these operations happened, that they went well (or not well), or that the outcome rating is the same that others would use.  That is to say, if a a patient says, the outcome was not good - well, what does that mean?  It wasn't good why?  Is it because the operation took too long?  It was too expensive?  Things don't look right to the patient, but maybe everyone around them likes what they see?  Who knows?



There has to be a way to level the playing field with data...I think this is coming soon.  Stay tuned.
Posted: September 7, 2014, 3:24 am

Dr Bruce Lee is actively seeking a patient in Los Angeles with symptomatic fibroid  (uterine myomas).  He is making an instructional piece about Acessa - his groundbreaking procedure to eliminate fibroids using radiofrequency energy and laparoscopy. The procedure is FDA approved and we believe will soon be standard of care. Read more at http://www.fibroidrfa.com.  Call Dr Bruce Lee at (844) 223-7721 or contact him through the website for more information.

Posted: August 25, 2014, 2:30 pm
Dr. Bruce Lee
Minimally Invasive Treatment for Fibroids
Beverly Hills, CA

This is a bit different for me to be writing about the uterus.  However, I feel the need to let my patients know that there is a new doctor, Dr. Bruce Lee, who has brought a novel, safe, and effective procedure for the fibroid uterus to Rox Center.  Dr. Lee has spent the better part part of his last seven years working on adapting radio frequency energy to the treatment of uterine fibroids.  This treatment was developed after the popular liver tumor rfa was seen to be very effective at shrinking liver metastasis (tumors in the liver that came from usually a cancer of the GI tract).

Dr. Bruce Lee is a pioneer.  Working with Halt Medical, the company that he and his partners founded to perfect fibroid rfa treatments, he was able to definitively create an FDA approved treatment that is now becoming commonplace.  Dr. Bruce Lee is now working at the Rox Center in Beverly Hills.  He is there to perform this procedure, also known as the Acessa Procedure, only.  He is a true specialist having developed the instrumentation, the treatment protocols, and has performed the clinical trials himself.

If you would like to hear more about this ground breaking procedure, please go to the website at http://www.fibroidrfa.com or call the office at 1-844-223-7721.


Posted: August 5, 2014, 5:56 am
Dr. Jay Calvert - Vein Clinic of Beverly Hills at Rox Center
Treatment of Large Varicose Veins

August 4, 2014

Beverly Hills, CA - Dr. Travis Kidner has opened the Vein Clinic of Beverly Hills at the Rox Center.  His experience with vascular surgery and his place among the experts of the Rox Center has made him the natural choice for the patients of Los Angeles for their varicose vein treatments.  At the Rox Center, the Rox Spa has been able to treat spider veins and pigmented flat vascular lesions. However, the large, unsightly, and sometimes painful veins have been elusive for the team.  Now, Dr. Kidner is able to treat these problems with his minimally invasive technique.

Dr. Kidner is skilled in the the Venefit procedure using radio frequency ablation of the varicose veins.  This technology is the same technology used in the treatment of enlarged inferior turbinates, the Acessa procedure for uterine fibroids, and the Aceent procedure for shrinking fat of the belly and other parts of the body.  Radiofrequency is quite effective and safe - no more cutting the leg in multiple places.  The Venefit procedure is a closed procedure done with an intravascular catheter.
Dr. Kidner works closely with the Rox Spa team to also manage the small vessels and get legs cleaned up from all of these vascular problems.  Many patients need both the large vessels treated and small vessels injected.  For a consultation, please call the office at 310-275-5074 and visit the website at http://veinclinicofbeverlyhills.com.


I am proud to have Dr. Kidner on the team for all of his surgical expertise and his commitment to patient care.  He is a real expert and is technically gifted.  We look forward to seeing you in the office.

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Or feel free to contact me at http://www.drcalvert.com or 310-777-8800.

Posted: August 5, 2014, 5:52 am
Dr. Jay Calvert
Plastic Surgeon in Beverly Hills

This weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of working with the people from Realself.com.  This website has taken plastic surgery information to a new level.  I am very impressed with their commitment to providing the right information to the patient from the right plastic surgeons.  This is something that concerns all Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, Facial Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, and Occuloplastic Surgeons.  Thus, it was fun to add some insight and gain some myself, on the topic of superhero bodies.

It is true that the superhero body in the comic books and in film has changed over time. We discussed this at length and I am looking forward to the way it gets put together for their piece.  In general, though, we all think that the superhero body is unattainable except by those who really push the envelope.  Plastic Surgery can be a part of it, but mostly, I believe it starts with diet and exercise.  Not fun!  But this is what it takes.

We discussed the operations most employed to get the 'superhero' look.  Chin implants, rhinoplasty, liposuction, facelifts, and body implants of all types were on the agenda.  Amazing examples have been seen throughout the years, including the most recent example of the human Ken Doll on the hit show, Botched!.  All is well and good if you start with a surgically good palate.  But if the starting point is not great, then it makes it hard to reach superhero status with surgery alone.

The other topic that was interesting and also needs to be addressed is the fact that many people are using human growth hormone and testosterone to keep their body fat lower and increase muscle mass.  These are medications that need to evaluated on a case by case basis for every patient is different with a different set of issues.  No way to know what is right for anyone of us without the advice of a physician that is used to prescribing these meds on a regular basis.

So look for the piece on http://realself.com sometime in the fall.


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Dr. Jay Calvert
http://www.drcalvert.com
Phone: 310-777-8800
Posted: July 28, 2014, 6:05 am
Last week, I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Plastic Surgery where I trained in plastic surgery over a decade ago. It was an incredible experience to look around the room at the number of current leaders in plastic surgery as well as the soon to be future leaders of our specialty.   It was the resident and fellow graduation and what an auspicious event!
But more impressive than the people there, was the pervasive "Get it done" attitude. Anyone who has trained there knows this culture well. It is the concept that says, "This needs to happen so get it done and do it well!"  I am proud to have trained at the Pittsburgh program and I  proud to continue my affiliation as an Alumnus. 

I am ever grateful for what I learned there and I believe the best is yet to come.  I can't even begin to name names, but those of us who have been through Pittsburgh know it's character and that the mission there is clear.  
Thanks to everyone at Pittsburgh for their support and for continuing the mission of training leaders in plastic surgery. 
Posted: July 8, 2014, 5:52 am
I have been performing about 200 rhinoplasty operations a year for the last 5 years or so.  Many people come in for a rhinoplasty and respond to the question of nasal trauma with a "No."  However, I have learned to be a bit more observant and investigative in the last few years because nasal fractures make rhinoplasty more difficult.  If I can figure it out before hand, it allows me more time to plan for the potential problems that come with this type of operation.

The reason it makes rhinoplasty more difficult is because of the fracture lines.  When a person gets a broken nose, it does not break in an aesthetically pleasing manner.  They mostly break according to the direction and magnitude of force doing the breaking.  And then they heal into that broken position making the osteotomies (bone cuts) of rhinoplasty more difficult to control.

There is also the question of the airway after a nasal fracture.  If the airway is good before surgery, it can be maintained with proper operative technique.  However, if the airway is bad before rhinoplasty, it most likely will be the same or worse after surgery.  This makes it essential to diagnoses airway problems before surgery so that they can be corrected or at least improved rather than making them worse.

Here is a video about one of my patients who broker her nose and wanted to get things back into shape:

Nasal Fracture Patient

Feel free to call the office with any questions about nasal trauma and rhinoplasty.  We are reachable at 310.777.8800 or at info@drcalvert.com.
Posted: June 24, 2014, 4:31 am
More and more, we are seeing the use of rib cartilage as a donor site for cartilage in secondary rhinoplasty and some complex primary nasal operations.  The latest publication by Dr. Rollin Daniel, Dr. Anita C. Patel, and Dr. Jay Calvert shows how rib cartilage (or costal cartilage) grafts have become more common such that revisions of these previously thought 'definitive' operations are becoming more frequent. 

Many patients ask, "Why use the rib cartilage?  Can't you just use the ear cartilage?"  This is a great question and I believe that there must be a good reason to take rib cartilage.  The most common reason I have is that rib cartilage is stronger and more reliable in my hands OVER TIME.  I believe that ear cartilage is good initially more many secondary nasal operations, but OVER TIME, the scar contracture ultimately wins and distorts the nose and the cartilage.  I have many secondary rhinoplasty and tertiary rhinoplasty patients that come and see me in my Beverly Hills office from all over the world complaining that their nose looked good initially, but then over time, the shape changed and they feel they now need a rib cartilage graft to fix the problem.

Rhinoplasty revision Dr. Jay Calvert Bevelry Hills

Another point is that many patients believe that rib cartilage harvests will be more painful than the ear cartilage harvest.  That may be true in some cases and not true in others.  In any event, the choice for cartilage donor sites should be made based on WHAT IS NEEDED to do the secondary rhinoplasty with the best chance of success.  I would not recommend selecting convenience over results.

For more information on the topic, see the website http://www.drcalvert.com or call the office at 310.777.8800 and ask to speak with one of our patient care coordinators or physician assistants.
Posted: June 22, 2014, 2:55 pm
Dr. Travis Kidner of the Rox Cancer Center was again hard at work on May 4th, 2014 at the Melanoma Walk held at Universal Studios.  I am impressed with his relentless public education campaign and his dedication to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of melanoma.  Dr. Kidner had his own fight with melanoma and had been treated and cured of this deadly disease.

Here Dr. Kidner explains the ABCDE's of melanoma to Damien Puckler of NBC's hit show, Grimm.

For more information about Dr. Kidner and for more information about melanoma, please see our website: http://roxcenter.com.  Or, please read the original press release here: 


Post: Dr. Jay Calvert, Rox Center, 310-777-8800
Posted: May 6, 2014, 11:01 am
From the most demanding cases to the more straight forward deviated noses, there is just no such thing as a "straightened" nose.  It is possible to make the nose straightER.  Or less crooked is a term that works.  But in most cases, patients have to be willing to accept some amount of residual deviation.  For more information, go to http://www..drcalvert.com.
Posted: April 22, 2014, 11:59 am
As I listen to my patients tell me their stories about their friends, I wonder why they continue to have facelifts that are not favorable.   They complain that their friend looks 'pulled' or 'tight' or just plain weird.  I explain to them that it all depends on the vector of the lift.  That is, the result depends on the direction and magnitude of the lift.   In short, a facelift is about the the vision and technical artistry of the surgeon.  For instance, a patient may request that their facelift look 'natural.'  Well, what does that mean?  Does that mean that the jowl is not completely eliminated?  Or does that mean that the jaw line is tight, neck is clean, but there are no stigmata of a facelift?  To me, that is the most important part of the result - clean jawline, incisions well healed and hidden, and a neck that looks great.



This patient clearly had excess skin and jowls with prominent nasolabial folds and marionette lines.  Without making her look like she had a facelift, she got her jawline cleaned up, neck deepened, and has a fresher look.  This is a good example of what effect proper vectors can have on a person's face.

For more information, go to http://drcalvert.com or call us at 310-777-8800.



Posted: March 27, 2014, 5:45 pm
The concept of being educated in a vacuum of isolation has become less and less of an issue in medicine as information is shared via the world wide web.  However, even today, it is easy for many people to read the same information and interpret it essentially the same way.  Thus, unless there is dialogue and sharing of ideas, it becomes difficult for physicians to find the branch points in the information such that they can take it in a new direction.  As I reflect on my time at the 4th Open Rhinoplasty Course in Bergamo, Italy, I find that I am more likely to take the information from a meeting and apply it than I am when reading a peer reviewed journal.  This was immediately evident by the number of lectures given on the topic of Diced Cartilage and Fascia grafts where I was not the lecturer (neither was Rollin Daniel) and the lecturers were not from the United States.

I found the discussion to be high level, forward thinking, and progressive.  This has caused me to think even more about the fine points of my techniques and results.  We can always find ways to do things better as we simply want to generate the best results possible for our patients.  There is more to come, but for now I am looking forward to more dialogue as we all try to make our specialty better.

Posted: March 24, 2014, 5:47 am
If you get it right on the primary rhinoplasty, life is good.  This should be the desire of every patient and surgeon when it comes to getting the best result possible.  For instance, this patient was 25 years old when she decided that her deviated septum and nasal airway obstruction were too much to take.  She also complained about a twisted bridge and dorsal hump. Thus, she come in for a consultation regarding her nasal aesthetics and breathing issues.

These are her results:




Posted: March 22, 2014, 7:31 am
It's been a great experience in Italy with Professor Enrico Robotti and the top notch international faculty he assembled. Seeing old friends and meeting the young surgeons from around the world who want to improve their technique is a real pleasure and keeps me focused on why I do what I do. Its all about the patients and helping them achieve the reaulta they want.

The Rhinoplasty Society of Europe also met on the front end of the Bergamo course.  Truly a great time!

I will look forward to our next time in Bergamo in 2016. 
This was the secondary rhinoplasty patient I operated on in 2012.  She had had a previous rhinoplasty with an over reduced bridge and over rotated tip.  I did a reconstruction using extended spreader grafts, lateral crural strut grafts, a diced cartilage and fascia graft, composite grafts and I columellar strut.  She was very happy with this improvement.  More information on my website: http://jaycalvertmd.com




With Wolfgang Gubish from Stuttgart, Germany.  A true master rhinoplasty surgeon.

Posted: March 22, 2014, 7:25 am
As I reflect on the professional contacts I have made over the years, I find that my international pals are truly valuable as they provide a different perspective on the health care industry.  Here I am with Chris Moss,  a plastic surgery from Australia.  He and I have become friends over noses and the practice of aesthetic medicine.   He and his wife are on the Real Housewives of Australia and interestingly, they have the same type of issues as my friends from the Real Housewives of Orange County and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  I hope to run over and visit him in Melbourne in the next several years, but it sure is a long trip!


For more information, see my website at http://jaycalvertmd.com.  
Or feel free to call the office at 310-777-8800

Posted: March 20, 2014, 5:42 am
I have been blessed with the ability to help patients.  I am thankful that one by one I can make a difference in their lives.  However, more than the one by one approach, I am thankful for my ability to teach other surgeons how to think their way through difficult operations, create solutions, and help their patients achieve what they are looking to achieve.  On this note, I am thankful to be a teacher of the art of plastic surgery and, specifically, primary and secondary rhinoplasty.

I am a faculty member at the University of Southern California and I have the plastic surgery residents rotate with me on a regular basis.  Though I still do all of the operating, they do get to observe some of the most difficult problems in nasal surgery being solved.  I also have visiting residents from around the world and visiting attending surgeons from around the world.  There is nothing I like to do more than perform a great operation and have not only the patient benefit, but also other surgeons who will affect other patients with their increased knowledge.

Rather than spending my money on fancy banner ads on google and yahoo, I have chosen to spend my money flying to the far reaches of our planet to perform surgery at congresses and lecture to my international colleagues.  However, I think my patients have benefitted the most by my exposure to so many different ideas.

There is more to come, so stay tuned...next trip - IMCAS - Shanghai!

http://www.imcas.com/en/china2013/speaker/calvert-jay-w.html




Posted: August 14, 2013, 5:38 am
As a physician who deals with the internet bringing misinformation to my patients on a constant basis, I am pleased to see my project, http://mdinsider.com taking the form of the ultimate transparent source of medical information on the internet.  MDIndsider.com is a big data site that is focused on getting patients objective information that can bring them to the right doctor for them.  We have assembled an amazing team with loads and loads of experience.  We are very excited to launch the site in the fall and clearly there is much to do to get there.  But there is so much more to it!  If we can characterize the data on the internet in such a way that every contribution is searchable and ranked, we are in good position to change the way medicine is practiced  around the world.

Our team:
http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=11853&locale=en_US&trk=tyah

http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=1248950&locale=en_US&trk=tyah2

http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=11281694&locale=en_US&trk=tyah

More to come...


Posted: June 1, 2013, 5:34 am
As a follow up to my entry regarding the new Internet mob, I would like to enumerate the requests for payments from Internet management businesses and then you do the math.  Let me know if you think it is too little or too much to spend on making sure that my Internet reputation looks consistent with my actual reputation amongst my peers and my patients.

September, 2012 - request for $25,000 to remove unfavorable posts on a complaint site.
September 2012 - request for $350/month to manage reviews - 2 year contract required
October, 2012 - request for upfront payment of $10,000 with $5000 a month required to maintain the account over time - 2 year deal required.
October 2012  - request for $20,000 and $3000 month for management of poor reviews on a complaint site.
October, 2012 - request for $8000 up front and then $1500/month for reputation management
November 2012 - request for $9500 up front and then $300/month for management of poor reviews on a complaint site.
Today - request for $5000 up front and then $500/month to manage on line reputation

I am sure you see where I am going with this.  If I were to pay all of these people, I am sure my on line reputation would still be a nightmare.  As long as I do revision rhinoplasty as a primary specialty, I will get the tough cases.  I am hoping that new patients will read reviews of Dr. Jay Calvert elsewhere - that is other than the sites where they add a little spice of their own and then request payment.  - http://drjaycalvertreviews.com or http://www.drcalvert.com/testimonials.  Good luck and always feel free to contact us directly at 310.777.8800.
Posted: December 22, 2012, 2:40 pm