Harlan Pollock, M.D., FACS, Retires from NDPS after 44 Years in Practice

Dr. Harlan Pollock Retires from North Dallas Plastic Surgery

North Dallas Plastic Surgery (NDPS) announced that Dr. Harlan Pollock has retired. Here is the announcement from Dr. Pollock, himself:

It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from the active practice of Plastic Surgery as of Jan 31, 2015. Even though I am in good health and still enjoy the clinical practice of plastic surgery, I have made this very difficult and bittersweet decision. I will sincerely miss surgery, our devoted and supportive staff, and all my wonderful patients.

It has been incredible to work daily with my son Todd, who after 17 years in practice continues to impress me with his surgical technique, judgment and compassionate patient care.  I am particularly proud of his leadership in the Dallas County Medical Society, Dallas Society of Plastic Surgery, Texas Society of Plastic Surgery and service to the Texas Medical Advisory Board.

It has also been gratifying for both myself and Todd to be able to make a significant contribution to our specialty with the innovation and publication of our “progressive tension suture” or PTS technique for tummy tuck.   This approach has revolutionized the procedure, and has made tummy tuck a safer procedure, while making the recovery easier.

Retirement has been made easier knowing my patients are in Todd’s care.

I look forward to spending time with my wife of 50+ years and my grandchildren.

Additional information is available on our NDPS website:

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A “Mommy Makeover” After Pregnancy – Women in Dallas and Allen, Texas, are Wanting a Change

Mommy Makeover After Pregnancy in Dallas and Allen, TX
At North Dallas Plastic Surgery, we know that eating right and exercise are always important steps to a good body; however, sometimes they’re not enough especially after pregnancy. Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock each agree with the idea that undesirable changes and perceived deformity are a result of pregnancy are inevitable and often are distressing. Patients should consider many factors in the decision about surgery, but in reality surgery is usually the only means of reversing these changes.

Pregnancy changes in the abdomen and breasts are natural changes that are common to many women. Though there are numerous and varied suggestions for prevention of stretch marks, loose skin, breast sag and volume loss, none of these preventative measures are effective. Fortunately, when appropriate, then this “Mommy Makeover” can be a very effective method of reversing these changes. Our surgeons have developed a technique called Progressive Tension Sutures (PTS) which can shorten the recovery time after a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) and involve no drains. This part of how they are focused on making patients as comfortable as possible before, during, and after surgery.

Learn more about what a Mommy Makeover is and how it can transform your body: http://www.drpollock.com/dallas-mommy-makeovers.htm »

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Why Your Surgeon Being Board Certified is So Important

North Dallas Plastic Surgery: Dallas & Allen TX Board Certified Plastic Surgeons

If you are considering plastic surgery, make sure the surgeon you pick is a board certified plastic surgeon.

You might think that a physician has the proper training, credentials and experience to provide the service you need or want; however, any physician may call himself/herself a plastic surgeon or cosmetic surgeon with training. One does expect a board-certified plastic surgeon has gone through a broad and rigorous training program, to have adequate surgical experience, and to have passed both written and oral objective testing.

At North Dallas Plastic Surgery, we feel that obtaining information about credentials and hospital privileges must be part of your decision in selecting a particular plastic surgeon. Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock are each board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and members in good standing in the American Society of Plastic Surgery. They have hospital privileges at several Dallas and Allen area hospitals to perform all of the procedures and some are offered in our accredited office surgical suite.

Find out more about both of our Dallas and Allen surgeons why knowing about your surgeon’s credentials is important before you seek treatment: http://www.drpollock.com/plastic-surgery-credentials.htm »

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The Safety of Having An Office Surgery

The tragic death of comedian Joan Rivers earlier this month during a procedure in an outpatient endoscopy center raises the question of the safety of procedures performed in outpatient or ambulatory surgery centers. As a surgeon with extensive experience with office-based surgery and the immediate past president of Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF) », one of the most respected accreditation organizations for ambulatory surgical facilities, our own Dr. Harlan Pollock would like to answer that question:

“All surgery has risks, regardless of where it is done, and requires qualified medical providers, careful patient selection, and the safety parameters of an accredited surgical facility. With proper precautions office surgery is as safe as a hospital setting. However, as a patient, you should be aware of several:

  • “Be certain your surgeon (or proceduralist) is appropriately credentialed. Research the credentials of your surgeon. The surgeon should be board certified by a Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Further, the surgeon should have hospital privileges to perform that procedure that is to be done in the ambulatory setting. The same principle of proper credentials and hospital privileges applies to the anesthesia provider.
  • “Selection of which patients and procedures can safely be done in the ambulatory setting is the responsibility of the surgeon. But sure you are comfortable with this decision. Remember that you have a say. Surgery in patients with a significant underlying medical condition is best treated in a hospital.
  • “Look for the accreditation of the ambulatory surgical facility. JCAH, AAAHC, and AAAASF are the three most accepted accreditation organizations. Each of these agencies has data showing the safety of their accredited facilities.
  • “As with any other medical decision, don’t hesitate to seek the advice of your referring physician, primary care physician and obtain a second opinion.”

We have more information on our website related to this topic:


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What is a Liposuition Procedure and What is Available in Dallas and Allen, Texas?

What is a Liposuition Procedure That is Available in Dallas and Allen, Texas?

What is liposuction? As you may know, it is a plastic surgery technique for removing excess fat from under the skin by suction. As Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock describe the procedure to patients, the goal is to reshape certain areas of localized accumulations of fat. A cannula (which is a hollow tube) is attached to a vacuum pump, inserted through a small incision, and then fat is removed to reshape an area.

So liposuction is a contouring procedure but it is not a weight loss method. While traditional liposuction relates to the actual technique of vacuuming excess fat, over the years a variety of devices have been introduced related to this cosmetic surgical procedure – some of which are still used and many others discarded.

Find out what our North Dallas Plastic Surgery (NDPS) physicians thinks about the various liposuction procedures and their perspective on the subject. More information is here, on our website: http://www.drpollock.com/dallas-allen-liposuction.htm ».

Our current promotion is a complimentary surgical consultation with one of our Dallas and Allen plastic surgeons. Call NDPS now to schedule yours: 214.363.2575!


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Breast Surgeries Performed by Drs. Harlan and Todd A. Pollock


Both Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock at North Dallas Plastic Surgery like to help our patients make the best possible decision when considering breast augmentation surgery. Our doctors are the ones who consult with our patients, not some staff member.

While the idea of placing an breast implant to enhance the breast size may seem simple, there are many differences in opinion as to which of the following variables will produce the best result: most attractive, least potential for complication, etc.

One should understand that there is no single, standard breast augmentation operation. Educating yourself is a good way to help you make an informed decision. We offer many surgeries to help patients with their specific needs:

Each of these topics are mentioned on this page of our website: http://www.drpollock.com/dallas-breast-surgery.htm ». Schedule a consultation now to get answers to your questions from one of our Dallas surgeons!

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Why Some Women Choose a Mommy Makeover in Dallas and Allen, TX

Dallas and Allen Mommy Makeover

Both of our North Dallas Plastic Surgery physicians, Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock,  have been performing the Mommy Makeover for many years. They were even quoted in a New York Times article about the procedure back in 2007!

What is a Mommy Makeover? The name came about as part of a marketing strategy and it continues to be talked about and searched for to today. It can be a surgery combining three treatments: a breast lift with, or without, breast implants, plus a tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty), as well as some liposuction. These procedures are sometimes wanted by a woman after delivering her last child and who wishes to reclaim part of her more youthful appearance.

Dr. Harlan Pollock was interviewed last year by CBS News » – he discussed the revolutionary tummy tuck procedure known as “Progressive Tension Sutures” that he and Dr. Todd A. Pollock created. The advantage to this abdominoplasty procedure is it has no drains so patients can resume an upright posture sooner after surgery.

Read More on our Website about these different procedures:


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Tummy Tuck in Dallas and Allen, TX

Tummy Tuck Plastic Surgery in Dallas and Allen

At North Dallas Plastic Surgery (NDPS), our tummy tuck – also known as an abdominoplasty procedure – differs from standard techniques.

The Progressive Tension Suture technique (PTS) which was created by Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock allows secure healing. Best of all it is known as the “No Drain Tummy Tuck” as no drainage tubes have to be left in place. Also it allows more rapid return to upright posture and normal activities. Our NDPS surgeons recently wrote a summary of the successes patients had with the PTS procedure which was printed in a peer-reviewed journal.

Find out how: http://www.drpollock.com/dallas-tummy-tuck.htm ».

More about the PTS procedure is here: PTS (Progressive Tension Suture) Technique Journal Article Gets Comments from Medical Peers »

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Safety and Effectiveness – Important Considerations for Facial Injections

If you are concerned about aging and are considering facial fillers like Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse, we welcome you to contact us for a consultation. Drs. Harlan Pollock and Todd A. Pollock only recommended these fillers after a complete facial evaluation to make sure these treatments are right for you.

Our surgeons, not technicians, are the ones who do facial injections for our North Dallas Plastic Surgery patients. Our doctors believe that, when used appropriately fillers can improve signs of aging and delay the need for cosmetic surgery. They also caution that if they are not used selectively and judiciously, the results can be disappointing.

Learn more about injectables here on the North Dallas Plastic Surgery website: http://www.drpollock.com/dallas-allen-injectables.htm ».

We like to educate our patients about the variety of options they have. Click below for more, related information from our writings known as Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery: Promise and Pitfalls – Consumer Information »:

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Minimally Invasive Facial Procedures vs. Surgical Options

Here at North Dallas Plastic Surgery, when it is appropriate for our patients wanting a cosmetic facial treatment, we consider both non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures as well as surgical treatments. However, the only procedures we offer are those which have been scientifically proven to be safe and effective.

This is especially important in the case of patients who may have heard about new treatments or products. These should be used only if there is a proven advantage over established methods.

On this page of our North Dallas Plastic Surgery website we compare minimally invasive facial procedures to plastic surgery options: http://www.drpollock.com/anything-but-facelift.htm. This compares a variety of minimally invasive treatments to plastic surgery options.

Here is more information from our website related to injectable fillers and facial rejuvenation: Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Promises & Pitfalls – Filler Treatments for Anti Aging Skin Care: Youth in a Syringe?

Please contact Dr. Harlan Pollock or Dr. Todd A. Pollock for answers to the questions you have about facelift options here in North Texas.

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