Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Chinese new years Celebration in Modesto

I was visited today by Jane Fang (Jia Ying Fang) who wanted to tell me about the Chinese New Year celebrations that she has been organizing. She has had these in the past at the Maddux Youth Center 615 Sierra Drive, Modesto, CA. She is a member of the Stanislaus Chinese Association.

The first annual Chinese new year celbration happened on Sunday January 21, 2007.
It was sponsored by the

  • Chinese American Culture Group
  • Stanislaus Chinese Association
  • Red Maple Dance Club
  • Modesto Chinese Ladies Group of Stockton
  • Ber Xieng Hmong Dancers
  • Cindy Moah's Hmong Dance Group
  • Maddux Seniors Tai Chi Group
  • Red Dragon Kung Fu Club
  • Imperial Garden Restaurant

This year 2008 will be the year of the Rat.

We're looking forward to a new great new year for all of us.

Our web pages:

Ask Dr. Wu
Surgical Artistry - Dr. Tammy Wu, Plastic Surgery
Modesto Veins
Modesto Acupuncture

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Surgical Artistry Current events. Surgical Artistry News

Want to read more blog style comments about our company and lives? Visit the link above.

Friday, December 7, 2007

modesto restaurants

Ok here's the list that I have made some simple web pages for:

Galletto's Modesto Restaurant
Vito's Modesto Restaurant
Bacchus Modesto Restaurant

All great places. The Modesto Symphony recently had a meeting in Bacchus on a Monday.

Holiday Party in Dec 2007

Well, it's time for the holiday party.... for those that read this, we'll be having it at Chef John's Restaurant:

Galletto Modesto

Stay tuned for the date and time.

Also, note that we'll be in the family room (not in the safe). This place used to be a bank.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

khop 95.1 and Dr. Tammy Wu, Modesto Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery in Modesto and KHOP 95.1 Modesto got together and had a morning show today: Started at 7:30am and went on till 8:50am - "the morning paper" show

KHOP (the pop music channel)

Right from their website:

Dr. Tammy Wu (Dr. 95355) will be on the show tomorrow to answer any and every question you could ever have about cosmetic surgery. She's our very own Nip/Tuck expert so if you've ever thought about plastic surgery, tomorrow is the show you've been waiting for!

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Minerals minerals minerals. Sounds like new age stuff. But it's really make up and sun block.
We have available the powder sun block products. Come see them at or office:
2336 Sylvan Ave. Suite C, Modesto, CA 95355 - Next to the post office on Sylvan Ave.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Our three favorite plastic surgery sites.

My plus is for and (breast augmentation faq)

Community/ Global/ Academy web pages


Esthetician internship at Surgical Artistry with Plastic Surgeon Dr. Tammy Wu


Sacramento Spa Owner Meeting with us in Modesto
Natrelle Breast Implants Rep Meeting
Natrelle Breast Implants Rep Meeting II
Meeting with the Red Bow Wedding Folks

Modesto Golf
Where is Modesto, California
Modesto Airport

Bacchus Restaurant
Galletto Restaurante
Vito's restuarant - Modesto


Running with Breast Implants

Looking your best is up there with locateadoc, much higher that breastimplants411

Where do we stand? on our veins

Care credit is taking off!

Websites that show interest in the medical spa industry - it hasn't waned

Visit our medical spa:

Comparing to other colleague's web pages (all grads from SIU)

I hope soon our other web pages will have some coverage: and of course and

October 06 to October 07 people count visiting our three main web pages

The Blue is our Modesto flag ship

Statsaholic comparing website traffic is my latest addiction.

With this website you can view the people count that visit your websites or other people's websites.

The data comes from another website called and

I've been comparing my websites: to others of mine such as however, only the first website shows up.

I'm hoping that becomes a major player one day.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Met with Brian from Natrelle Breast Augmentation Company (Allergan)

Well, they are offering to be listed on for free if enrolled in the silicone breast augmentation studies.

For about $1000 one can be listed on their website.

Modesto breast augmentation
Breast augmentation Modesto

Above are surgical artistry's version of breast augmentation information.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Dr. Jan Adams is not a board certified plastic surgeon

Dr. Jan Adams, the doctor who performed Dr. Donda West's tummy tuck and breast reduction, is not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Donda West is Kanye West's Mother who died recently from combined tummy tuck and breast augmentation surgery.

Info above was obtained form the web.

Laser Skin Treatment Market Slowing Down

Cutera Drops After Removing Forecast

Tuesday November 6, 1:32 pm ET

Cutera Shares Sink After Company Withdraws Forecast on Weak Sales of Pearl Skin Laser Systems

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of Cutera Inc. fell to an annual low Tuesday after the company suspended its full-year profit forecast, saying sales of its Pearl laser have been disappointing and growth in the laser skin treatment market may be slowing down.

The Pearl laser, which is designed to reduce wrinkles and generate new collagen growth, reached the market during the quarter. Cutera said its current customers are buying Pearl systems, but new customers have been slow to adopt the system.

The company said it can no longer predict results from future quarters because market growth is slowing down. In August, Cutera forecast a full-year profit of 88 cents per share, or $1.15 per share excluding charges, on $111 million in revenue.

Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expect a profit of $1.13 for the year, on $109.1 million in sales.

Shares sank $2.68, or 13 percent, to $17.78 in midday trading and reached a low of $17.25.

Merriman Curhan Ford analyst Jose Haresco said the retraction of Cutera's outlook was "a nod ... to the dour sentiment in the laser-aesthetic sector."

Cutera reported third-quarter results in line with estimates after the bell Monday, although Needham & Co. analyst Dalton Chandler said results met his estimates in unexpected ways, with a low tax rate helping to offset weaker-than-expected margins.

That could signal unpredictable results in future quarters, he said.

In the quarter ended Sept. 30, Cutera's profit grew 4.8 percent to $3.09 million, or 22 cents per share, from $2.95 million, or 21 cents per share, on fewer shares outstanding. Excluding stock-based compensation costs, the company earned 30 cents per share.

Revenue rose 12 percent to $28.1 million from $25.1 million

Analysts expected 29 cents per share on $27.7 million in revenue.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Space on the harddrive - computer POOL

1.94 gigs free today (4:13am Nov 14, 2007)

Monday, November 12, 2007

Latissimus muscle

Latissimus muscle,
Largest muscle of the body.

No significant functional deficit results from removal of the muscle
Nerve supply = thoracodorsal nerve.
Blood supply = Subscapular artery, a branch of the axillary artery

Sunday, November 11, 2007

OR Preparation: Bilateral Latissimus Dorsi flap surgery

Bilateral Latissimus Dorsi flap surgery

Dr. Wu

Two (2) operating tables needed for this case –
Pt will start the case supine
Pt will be turned prone onto a sterile (second) operating table for flap harvesting.
Pt will be turned back supine onto the original table, to finish the case.

Instruments needed:
-Lighted retractor, medium and large Rakes, - Webster needle holder x 2
- 2 irrigation Aseptos
- Adson forceps with teeth and grooves
- Brown Adsons forceps
- malleable (1- inch)
- Bovie with the suction apparatus attachment
- lighted mammary retractor
- Sens retractors
- Deavers
- Medium to Large Rakes-Disposable medium hemoclip applier- 4 #19 French Blake drains- #10, #15 blades (at least 3 of each to start)
- Stapler
- 2 Don-Joy pain pumps to be opened in the beginning of the procedure; Local anesthetic to be used is 0.5% Lidocaine with 1:100,000 epi

-3-0, 4-0 Monocryl sutures (at least five of the 3-0 and four of the 4-0 to start)-two 3-0 Nylon sutures to suture drains in place.

Four (4) 19-French Blake drains
1/2-inch Sterri Strips to secure the suction attachment to the Bovie – see below #9.

vascular Doppler – make sure that it is a functional one.

Two Bovies in room with two grounding pads and two separate machines

Suction attachment to the Bovie (ask Ken Themm or Spanos court) to both Bovie cautery units

Four 10-10 drapes available on the field for the implants

Room-temperature irrigation – NOT WARM- (mixed with Bacitracin or Kantrex)

One pack of pop-off 0-Ethibod sutures for correction of symmastia.

Have 3 pairs of 6 Biogel gloves available for Dr. Wu for changing during surgery.

For the Circulating Nurse –

1. Patient will need to have three (3) straps for each side of the arm board. - Patient’s arms to be abducted at 90 degrees on arm boards secured with 3 arm straps on each side when supine.
-When patient is prone, will need appropriate padding on arm boards and face – please obtain the padding for face and arm boards at the start of the procedure.

2. Patient will need a Foley catheter.
- Foley, SCDs, Lower Body warmer

3. Patient will need to have SCDs working prior to induction of general anesthesia.

4. The operating table (the original one, or the one that the patient will be on to finish the case) will need to be able to sit the patient up completely to 90 degrees for assessment of symmetry prior to the end of the surgery.

5. For prep: - Betadine scrub and paint (DO NOT ERASE THE MARKINGS; DAB OVER THE MARKINGS!!!)
- Prep patient from neck to umbilicus, table to table when supine
- Prep patient from neck to hips when prone

6. Need 3 sets of sterile drapes (supine; prone; supine)

5. Dressings for the end of the case: - large Adaptic x 2
- 2 boxes of fluffs
- Kerlix rolls x 2
- 6-inch ACE bandage x 2

Ask Dr. Wu - master web page

Ok. This is the latest webpage for me:

Modesto Plastic Surgery Mega Page

greeting cards from hot cards

7" x 5" Greeting Card fits A-2 Envelope
8.5" x 6" Greeting Card fits A-6 Envelope
10" x 7" Greeting Card fits A-7 Envelope

Hot Cards - Seasons greeting cards - custom

This is a place where I've gotten my custom printing done before:
the prices are such that for 1000 pieces, it would cost about .20 cents each card

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Young Vadim Repin

Hrennikhov Concert-Repin 11 Years young

Prokofiev: VADIM REPIN Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 19 (Part 1)

I'm going to find the video of him playing while he was a young boy.... such talent.

Mozart Violin Concerto 5 (2of 5) Janine Jansen- violin

I despised mozart when I was younger and learning violin. Now it's quite the opposite. I actually can appreciate the finer details of Mozart. Perhaps it's because I'm not really playing the pieces, I'm just listening to them.

Camille Saint-Saëns

In 1845, he was only ten years old; he could already play all of Ludwig Van Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas from memory. After his first true public performance at the "Salle Pleyel" on the 6th of May 1846, he was hailed as a second Mozart. Later that year he won a prize from the "Société Sainte Cecile" and his first symphony was produced the next year (1847) by the same Society.

Camille Saint-Saëns was desperately precocious composing his first piece at the age of three a "Galop" for piano.

Hear the Swan played on cello. France Springuel cello and Jose-Carlos Cocarelli piano

Signature file

Breast Augmentation Modesto
Running and Breast Augmentation
Tummy Tuck Modesto
Acupuncture Modesto
Plastic Surgery Modesto -
Vein Procedures Modesto

What's special about a4 paper size?

A4 paper is the standard in Europe and other parts of the world. The dimensions of A4 paper are 8.27 X 11.69 inches. Most, if not all, printers and word processors will accomodate A4 paper.

What is executive paper size?

The US standard paper size, 'executive', is 190 × 254 mm.

To convert mm to inches:

190mm = 7.5 inches
254mm = 10 inches.

What is standard paper? 8.5 x 11 inches (at least this is standard in the u.s.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Cosmetic Laser Companies

Here are some cosmetic laser-type companies:
and their stock prices

Palomar PMTI - 21.39
Sciton Privately owned
Cutera CUTR 16.26
Lumenis 1.25
Thermage THRM 6.14
Candela CLZR 7.08
Syneron ELOS 17.14
Cynosure CYNO 31.47

Pictures of some skin care products. No endorsements here, just pictures

What's the active ingedient in Mederma?

It is Cepalin.

Cepalin® is the proprietary botanical extract used in MEDERMA®. It comes from onions, which have historically been used to soothe skin irritation and inflammation. Cepalin® works to soften hardened scar tissue and improve the color, texture and overall appearance of scars.

EpiQuin Micro

Epiquin Micro is designed to help with Hyperpigmentation.

Included in this is postinflammatory hyperpigmentation which appears as dark patches that develop from injury to the skin. Sometimes it's caused by skin disorders like acne, eczema and contact dermatitis. Other times, cosmetic procedures or reactions to cosmetics can produce postinflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Skin trauma: Trauma may be due to inflammatory skin disorders such as acne, eczema, and contact dermatitis. Sometimes cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, waxing, and electrolysis maybe the cause. Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs at the site of injury, which can appear anywhere on the body. Men and women have the same risk of developing postinflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Gradual release therapy.EpiQuin® Micro provides treatment throughout the day. The Microsponge® system uses microscopic reservoirs that entrap hydroquinone and retinol and gradually releases them over a period of hours. This provides the skin with continuous exposure to hydroquinone and retinol over time, which may help minimize skin irritation.

EpiQuin Micro is the only hydroquinone 4% formulated with Microsponge® technology and retinol. The retinol provides improvement in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while enhancing the skin's appearance. Antioxidants vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate) and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) help protect against free-radical damage. EpiQuin Micro is a safe, steroid-free formulation that can be used for both acute and maintenance therapy without the potential harmful side effects of long term steroid use. EpiQuin Micro should be tested for skin sensitivity prior to use.

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Ceres Cited for Tainted drinking water

From Modesto Bee Sept 28, 2007

CERES -- Public safety is No. 1 when it comes to providing healthy, drinkable water to Ceres residents.
But making sure people have sufficient water pressure is a close second, according to Michael Riddell, head of water and sanitary services for Ceres. It's a challenging balancing act.
The city was cited three times in four months this summer for allowing contaminated water to enter the city's drinking water system. The water, pumped from the ground, exceeded state and fed-eral maximum levels for arsenic, uranium, manganese and nitrate.
The city gets its water from 10 wells pumping 14 million gallons a day. When flow becomes contaminated, the wells are shut down for fixes, affecting the level of water pressure available to certain homes in Ceres.
"From the mishandling of the high nitrate episode during the last week of May, it is evident that city staff made decisions, which were not protective of the public health," wrote water engineer Joe Spano in a June citation.
Spano's report refers to a rush of excessive levels of nitrate into the water system at the end of May. Spano is a district engineer with the state department of health services, the agency that supervises public water systems to ensure state and federal drinking water standards are met. He couldn't be reached for comment this week or last.
Water from Boothe Well has too many nitrates. To bring the concentration down to drinkable levels, the well's flow is combined with the Riverbluff Well, which has a low nitrate count. The outcome is water that is below the state-mandated level for nitrate contamination -- 45 milligrams per liter.
But when the Riverbluff Well unexpectedly shut down one early Monday morning in May, the high-nitrate Boothe Well continued pumping.
Too much nitrate, manganese
The state and federal governments set maximum levels of contaminants that public water systems are allowed to carry in drinking water delivered to homes, schools and businesses. Delivering quality water is a task for many valley city governments, not just Ceres, especially because many contaminants naturally occur in the environment and water is in such high demand.
In his citation, Spano noted the concerns surrounding the nitrate contamination -- excessive levels are dangerous to infants and pregnant women because the conversion of nitrate to nitrite by the body can interfere with the blood's ability to carry oxygen.
Ceres also was cited for excessive manganese in water in mid-June and contaminated uranium July 6; a third charge came after high levels of arsenic got into the system June 18 and 20.
Exposure to the chemicals in elevated amounts for an ex- tended period of time can lead to stomach pains, nausea, and in extreme cases, cancer and neurological disorders, accord- ing to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Transgressions of water standards can carry $250 fines on the city for each day the violations continue. Ceres officials said the city never has been fined by the California Department of Health Services; that could not be confirmed by the department of health.
The citations came during summer months -- peak demand time for water, Riddell said. People are using more water, which puts a demand on the system for water pressure.
"You have to keep the flow coming, but also need the safety. You have to give the customers what they're paying for," Riddell said.
The city also was cited for failing to provide adequate paper- work, failing to send required testing results to state officials, or to properly inform customers when water was contaminated. When issues did arise with the water system, city staff failed to notify the Department of Health Services immediately.
Those infractions have been fixed by updating procedures and offering more training for the city's six water employees, Riddell said.
Water contamination is surveyed by an electronic monitoring system with employees on call if the computer sends out an alert, Riddell said. Water at all well sites is sampled and tested every week, officials said. Results are sent to the state.
Repairs could be costly
Repairing wells to decrease the incidence of contamination could be very costly, easily reaching into the millions for each well, Riddell said. The challenge is providing safe water, supplying enough water pressure and keeping costs at a minimum for residents.
"The problem is finding good water. We need two new wells now," Riddell said. "In the past 10 years, we drilled 12 test holes and only one worked."
While water officials focus on bringing Ceres' groundwater infrastructure up to par, they are working on a surface water agreement with the Turlock Irrigation District. That project would cost about $70 million by completion.
In the meantime, officials are eyeing a possible water rate increase, along with a move from fixed monthly bills (about $15) to charges based on metered usage.
"Water usage goes way down when people are paying for what they use," Riddell said.

How does arsenic get into water supplies

Most arsenic enters water supplies either from natural deposits in the earth or from industrial and agricultural pollution. Arsenic is a natural element of the earth's crust. It is used in industry and agriculture, and for other purposes. It also is a byproduct of copper smelting, mining and coal burning. U.S. industries release thousands of pounds of arsenic into the environment every year.

Info on Arsenic in drinking water from Natural Resources Defense Council

According to a 1999 study by the National Academy of Sciences, arsenic in drinking water causes bladder, lung and skin cancer, and may cause kidney and liver cancer. The study also found that arsenic harms the central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as heart and blood vessels, and causes serious skin problems. It also may cause birth defects and reproductive problems.

Can I buy a filter that will remove arsenic from my water?
Yes. You should purchase filters certified by NSF International (1-800-NSF-MARK) to remove arsenic (such as water distillation systems). While such certification is not necessarily a guarantee of safety, it is better than no certification at all. It is critically important that all filters be maintained and replaced at least as often as recommended by the manufacturer; otherwise they might make the problem worse.

Tickler Card System to keep track of dates

Not quite the Junk in and Junk out systems...

REMINDER DATE Month________ Day_______Year_______
DUE DATE Month________ Day_______Year______Time ______
Patient/Matter _____________________________ File No. ______
To Docs(s)
Entered By ________ Date __________

Electric company

The electric company (Kirkes Electric) Mark, came by to see what issues I was having with our new construction. We decided on getting some of the light switches changed back to the motion detectors - since they weren't giving me trouble.

I mentioned that some canned lights were causing bulbs to burn out - The wiring was going to be checked to make sure there wasn't any connections stuck on there backwards.

PrognoCis PrognoCis PrognoCis

PrognoCis expert sales person K.S. gave one of our staff some lessons on PrognoCis.

We've been having some trouble with PrognoCis. We feel that we haven't spent enough time getting prognoCis to work for us.

But they will seem to try - which we appreciate.

Well, the latest project involves getting the EMR software (PrognoCis) to be hooked up with email, and then also possibly remind us to call botox patients when they are needed to come back. I've heard (from our staff) that this is similar to what is called a tickler postcard system. More on this later. We hope to get PronoCis equipped with emailing and tickling capabililities.

Breast Augmentation Modesto Web Page

Breast Augmentation Modesto

I keep making adjustments to this web page. Breast Augmentation seems to be a rapidly evolving procedure. I've updated the web page to include a Running web page. Running used to be a great hobby of mine. But I stopped in 2003 due to a post marathon injury. Sadly, I haven't taken up running again. However, Dr. Tammy Wu still runs somewhat and has written another web page about Running and Breast Implants.

The Glam Guide - a Blogger web page that looks like a static web page with menus, etc.

I need to learn to make blogs like the one above.

Ahh... to copy a Mona Lisa.

I moved to this blog location

Why did I move?

The old blog had this URL:

I thought: Well, it sounded too formal to be a mind - dump / mind - transfer. Perhaps I need to transform that old blog to something of education value.

This blog on the other hand has education value, but it isn't structured. It's a straight mind transfer. My mind is a creative one, it doesn't work in columns or rows, and definitely isn't color coordinated, and doesn't work predictably.


Another Surgeons blog, and it's not me

Transfering my mind, Transfering my Keyboard.

There's a great tool for saving time when one has to type repetitive things:

Typing Master QuickPhrase 4.00 is the name of the software I came across

the price is right = $0

I haven't really started using it much, but it seems to have some promise