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Dr. Koplin Featured in Glamour Magazine

We are excited to share that Dr. Koplin was interviewed for an article in Glamour Magazine titled, “7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting Breast Implants.” Check out the story here.

April 27, 2021

Coffee with Cica and Caroline


To my wonderful and loyal patients,

Cica Huston-Fleiner, who has been my surgical coordinator and wizard-of-everything in my office, has elected to choose a more leisurely pace for her life. As I can’t really disagree, I have reluctantly accepted her resignation and am wishing her the very best as she and her husband Kenny prepare to retire and enjoy the benefits of a lifetime of successful work. They have sold their home here and plan to move to a lovely abode in La Quinta next month.

You might all imagine, and you would be correct, that I am excited for her and sad for myself, as our entire office will miss her smile, charm, wisdom and expertise. Fortunately for me, Cica has already reached out to find a most wonderful and talented person to replace her. Caroline Alexander has her own history of running extremely successful plastic surgery offices, and does so with a similar Cica-like smile and wise demeanor.

As the two of them transition over the next month, all of us at the office celebrate the wonderful history that Cica has given us and are already missing her (even thought she hasn’t left yet!) We would like to invite all of you who have known and loved Cica to join with us in the process. If you are in the neighborhood, in the mood and have the time we would love to see you all and I know that Cica would love to give you a hug. Share a cup of fresh coffee with her. Introduce yourself to Caroline and get to know her. Drop by, or call, or send her an email or all of the above so that we can all remind Cica how important she has been in our lives, how much we love her and how much we will miss her.

Thank you for listening, and the coffee’s on me.

Dr. Koplin

July 31, 2019

Dr. Koplin Honored in LA Business Journal

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Lawrence Koplin has been honored with a spot in Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Top Doctors Los Angeles: Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery” article, published last week.

Read Dr. Koplin’s short biography as seen in the LA Business Journal:

Dr. Koplin has been recognized as an innovative artist in the field of plastic surgery. With more than 20 years of experience, he has pushed the boundaries of plastic surgery, refining facial and body rejuvenation techniques to achieve revolutionary, natural-looking results. Dr. Koplin holds double board certification in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery, and these qualifications allow him to perform advanced, complex procedures that other surgeons shy away from doing. Dr. Koplin’s areas of specialty are breast enlargement and reduction, body sculpting using liposuction, rejuvenation of the aging face, neck and eyelids, and natural fat transfer.

In fact, Dr. Koplin has participated in the development of a cutting-edge procedure that uses a serum made from a patient’s own fat cells to directly improve their skin quality and tone. This serum, which Dr. Koplin has termed “NanoStem Serum,” is injected into the skin to create a healthier, more youthful complexion.

The serum is often used in conjunction with an innovative technique called Natural Fat Transfer, also known as fat grafting, which restores the softness and fullness of youth naturally and without traditional surgery. Natural Fat Transfer is the process of transplanting live fat cells from an area of your body where you don’t want it—such as your tummy or hips—to an area where you do want it, such as your lips, facial lines, temples, breasts, hands and even earlobes.

Dr. Koplin is ambidextrous, and is so attentive to detail that he custom-built his office with two operating rooms: a right-handed operating room and a left. He specially designed the rooms so that if a patient is getting a procedure on their right side, he operates in the right-handed room.

Achieving lasting, natural-looking results is a top priority for Dr. Koplin. As his expertise and experience indicate, he is an artist, a revolutionary, and a perfectionist in the field of plastic surgery—which explains this prestigious acknowledgement by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

PRP Facial Injections a.k.a. “Vampire Facials” Exposed

A procedure that started as a way to speed up healing for sports injuries is beginning to gain popularity as a facial. Claimed benefits of the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) Facial Injections include reducing the prominence of scars, wrinkles, sun damage, and dark circles. Supposedly, your skin will be tighter and more radiant after undergoing the procedure. Yet, rigorous scientific studies on this popular “Vampire Facial” procedure find that it is no more effective than injecting saltwater into your face.  

Kim Kardashian popularized PRP Facials a couple of years ago and gave them their informal name, the “Vampire Facial.” First of all, the procedure does not even require a certified surgeon. The operation can be done in spas by dermatologists and estheticians. The process begins by drawing a couple of vials of blood from the arm of the patient. The blood is centrifuged to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood. A local anesthetic is applied to the face, and the platelets are shot into the face via mini injection holes. Commonly, PRP Injections are paired with microneedling, a tactic in which fine needles puncture the skin, stimulating cells to create more collagen and producing a youthful look. These facials are not FDA approved because technically, the patient is not getting injected with drugs, but their own blood. 

While many specialists say patients will recover from Vampire Facials in just one day, many find that their skin has not fully recovered even five days later. Bruising (especially under the eyes), burning, intense itching, swelling, dryness, puffiness, and redness are results of the “facial” that can continue for up to a week after the procedure (1). Many claim the results are long-lasting (up to two years) but at the same time, they encourage a regimen of monthly treatments for three to four months and after that, on an annual or biannual basis. If treatments are so long-lasting, why would they need to be performed every month and every year? 

The Truth about PRP  

Claim: PRP Facials are regenerative because your platelets accelerate healing and vitality. 

The Truth:  This statement is more marketing than biology. Cell survival and interaction with parent cells are scientifically relevant, but insufficiently understood elements of platelets in their function of healing and revitalizing tissue (2). There are not reliable studies showing that platelets are useful in healing tissue. PRP’s original function as a sports injury therapy has still not been proven effective. Doctors say they’re still not sure if it helps with chronic or acute injuries. Studies show that PRP may be more effective when compared to cortisol injections, but its results do not hold when compared to placebos.  

Claim: More platelets means more healing.  

The Truth: Dosage is critical with many medicines. Routinely, higher dosage is worse for health. There is no evidence that increased platelets will speed up healing.  

Claim: PRP is a natural treatment; it’s safe and healthy because there’s nothing foreign going into your body.  

The Truth: There are lots of things in your body that are not beneficial to be extracted, increased in potency, and then returned to your system. Many hormones are part of the same healing process as platelets, but having too many will harm you. 

Following the logic that having more of something natural is better, you would think that having more red blood cells is healthier, to give an example. Red blood cells are essential to life and provide vitality and healing. Yet hemochromatosis is a disease—an excess of iron—caused by the presence of too many red blood cells. In this case, absorbing too much is a problem, not a benefit. 

On top of that, injecting materials into muscles is not unequivocally harmless. There’s conflicting evidence about PRP being myotoxic, meaning poisonous to muscles (3).   

Skin infections can also occur between multiple PRP Facial sessions, with a higher risk posed to those with sensitive skin. 

Claim: Studies have shown that PRP is effective. 

The Truth: The only good news is coming from isolated or scientifically flawed studies.  

Reliable, randomized controlled trials are largely inconclusive. “The observed trend towards benefit with PRP use still remains questionable” (4). The first rigorous study testing the effectiveness of platelet injections finds they are no more effective than injecting saltwater (5). 

If you’re looking for a safe, effective, and natural facial rejuvenation with lasting results, consider Natural Fat Transfer with NanoStem Serum (NSS) instead. A serum is created from your body’s own fat cells and injected into the skin to improve skin quality, tone, and complexion. The procedure does not involve any incisions or surgery and has a quick recovery time with permanent results. The process of extracting, concentrating and administering these fat-derived stem cells has been proven in medical studies to have beneficial effects (6). There is minimal risk for negative effects of using fat as a filler because no one is allergic to their own fat. While the same logic is argued for a patient’s own platelets with PRP, the effects of platelets must be investigated further, whereas it’s clear in the scientific community that using fat as a filler is successful for adding cushioning under the skin (6). NanoStem Serum is cost effective, safe, and has the added benefit of moving unwanted fat from one part of the body to a place you do want it. Read more or watch a video from Dr. Koplin.


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1. Maria Del Russo, “The Cold, Bloody, (Kind of Disgusting) Truth About Vampire Facials,”, October 31, 2016. 

2. Vogel S M Gawaz, “Platelets in tissue repair: control of apoptosis and interactions with regenerative cells.” Blood 122, no. 15 (October 2013):2550–4. PubMed #23963043. 

3. “Myotoxicity of Injections for Acute Muscle Injuries: A Systematic Review.” Sports Medicine 44, no. 7 (July 2014): 943-956, 

4. Dhillon RS, Schwarz EM, and Maloney MD, “Platelet-rich plasma therapy—future or trend?”, Arthritis Res Ther. 14, no. 4 (August 2012):219, 

5. Gina Kolata, “Popular Blood Therapy May Not Work,” New York Times, (New York, NY), January 12, 2010.  

6. George KH Li, Joseph HP Chung, Lawrence HL Lieu, Velda LY Chow, Gregory Ian SK Lau, and Richie CL Chan, “Fat grafting: A safe and effective treatment of craniofacial depression,” Surgical Practice 19, no. 2 (May 2015):75-81, 

Feel Good Patient Review

Cosmetic surgery isn’t always about what is seen in Hollywood.

There are times where we help our patients during their recovery from life-threatening and life-altering situations. It is a great feeling when we hear back from our patients saying how we helped them feel better and regain their confidence after such a difficult ordeal. You can’t help but smile after reading patient Continue reading “Feel Good Patient Review”

May 20, 2015

LMK Tinted Sunscreen

Dr. Lawrence Koplin is proud to announce our new LMK Tinted Sunscreen-SPF 40, just in time for the summer season! LMK Tinted Sunscreen is like no other sunscreen found on the market. It delivers powerful protection from the sun’s dangerous rays while giving you the soft feel when applied to your delicate skin! Continue reading “LMK Tinted Sunscreen”

April 6, 2015

Timely Death of the Lifestyle Lift

The Wall Street Journal reported today the shutdown of the cosmetic surgery chain Lifestyle Lift. Will this leave a gaping hole in the facial rejuvenation universe, or is this Darwin cleaving the weakest member of the herd?

The answer is the latter: Lifestyle Lift is a shopping-mall bargain basement embarrassment to the plastic surgery universe whose loss will not be eulogized by anyone other than the owners and staff. Started by an osteopath trained as a “facial” plastic surgeon in 2001, it had bloated into a national embarrassment Continue reading “Timely Death of the Lifestyle Lift”

March 4, 2015

Part 3 Oscar Weeps Over Kim Novak’s Lost Beauty

Part 3- Just Say No!!

Responsible plastic surgeons and dermatologists have the ability to recognize when a patient has achieved maximum benefit and have the responsibility to tell them “No More”. Somehow this skill has eluded many of these doctors, or they simply don’t have the motivation to conclude treatment.

We need to have the strength to say “No”. Of course we want to count Continue reading “Part 3 Oscar Weeps Over Kim Novak’s Lost Beauty”

Part 2 Oscar Weeps Over Kim Novak’s Lost Beauty

Part 2- It’s Okay to Blame the Doctor!

Why do entertainment icons allow this to happen? How do they move so far down the road toward youth that they look deformed, unnatural and unrecognizable?

We saw at the recent Academy Awards an astonishing display of gorgeous women. The freshness of youth, the classiness of middle age and the timeless beauty of our veteran actresses all create the magic of Hollywood. Many, if not most, of the women in the middle and veteran categories have had work done; do Continue reading “Part 2 Oscar Weeps Over Kim Novak’s Lost Beauty”

Part 1 Oscar Weeps Over Kim Novak’s Lost Beauty

Part 1- What Are We Doing to Our Icons?

Contrary to what many believe, some plastic surgeons do indeed wring their hands and wail aloud when they observe ruinous outcomes; particularly when the unfortunate victims are broadcast live and globally around the world. Such was the case last evening when the 86th annual Academy Awards were televised from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. That does not excuse publicly cruel comments such as those uttered by Ellen DeGeneres regarding Liza Minnelli, even though I sympathize with Ellen’s Continue reading “Part 1 Oscar Weeps Over Kim Novak’s Lost Beauty”