Monday, January 30, 2012


"ANYONE CAN WEAR A WHITE COAT, Not everyone is board certified in plastic surgery. Do your homework."

As Dr. Lewis Obi was flying to Los Angeles aboard Delta Airlines last week, he happened to see a full page public information bulletin in Delta's SKY magazine.

What is so unique is that out of approximately 750,000 physicians in the United States, there are only 8119 board certified plastic surgeons. This year plastic surgeons are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the American Board of plastic surgery. This website has this published a notice:

75th Anniversary of the ASPS
1937 - 2012
Recognizing with honor the 8119 Diplomates who have achieved
board certification in plastic surgery
75 years of executing the Board's mission to promote safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the public by maintaining high standards for the education, examination, certification and maintenance of certification of plastic surgeons
as specialists and subspecialists.

For Dr. Lewis Obi's decades of maintaining these
high standards he is proud to exhibit the logo of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Monday, January 23, 2012


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The following is the basic routine of Dr. Lewis Obi who has been featured in publications not only because of his international fame as a plastic surgeon, but because of his rather unique life style. He is currently testing for his second degree black belt in karate with master Sensei Michael who has been Dr Obi’s personal trainer for nine years. At age 45 he achieved a black belt level in Tang Soo Do with Master Larry Jones and while in the Marine Corps he also engaged in the martial arts while in Korea. Most recently, Dr. Lewis Obi was featured in The Resident Community News under the caption “FIT AT ANY AGE” where they misquoted his age. This year Dr. Obi will celebrate an unknown anniversary number of his 49th birthday. The following nutritional vitamin and supplement recommendations, should be monitored by your personal physicians and nutritional experts. Dr. Lewis Obi’s work, exercise and sleep routine is not recommended for anyone over the age of 25. Since childhood, Dr. Obi has required very little sleep and continues to work out physically almost every day (5 days in a dojo or gym and week-ends with his six year old son).


Depending on body weight, 8 to 12 glasses of water a day is very important for internal health and is also the best source of skin moisturization. All water supply should be from a safe source. Never cook with plastic ware and water bottles should all have a number 1,2 or 5 rating (enclosed in a triangle at the bottom of the bottle). In general carbs and sweets should be largely eliminated from the diet (cola soft drinks also contain phosphates which may diminish bone density). Six or more servings of organic fruits and vegetables a day is recommended. The best source of protein includes a combination of poultry, safe fish, eggs, nuts and lentils (all organic). The only safe fish in my opinion is wild Alaskan Salmon. An occasional organic beef or pork meal may be ingested once a week. Many large food chains like Publix and Whole Foods Market feature a large selection of organic foods of high quality and a lower cost.

Most vitamins and supplements may be purchased from a safe domestic source such as Puritan's Pride based in Oakdale, N.Y.: or 1-800-645-1030. Periodically Puritan Pride will run specials with 3 bottles for the price of one. Otherwise purchase vitamins and supplements at an organic food outlet (eg. “Native Sun” in Jacksonville or “Whole Foods” nationally). Only pharmaceutical grade fish oil should be consumed and the best sources include Barry Sears Omega Zone, Nordic or Kirkland’s supplied in 500 mg and 1000 mg. Drug store fish oils may contain heavy metals and other contaminants found in non organic fish. To avoid a “fishy” taste after ingestion store the fish oil capsules in a freezer and take just before meals. The frozen fish oil capsules will not release until they pass through the stomach into the duodenum. 2000 to 4000 mg a day is recommended but avoiding an end point resulting in diarrhea and/or a “fishy” odor to the skin.

Click the below site for the “Top 10 foods for 2010” and add organic Kefir to the list. Kefir is a probiotic containing 10 essential bacterial cultures important for both Gi and systemic health. Kefir is like a smoothie and comes in different flavors. 4 ounces with a half pint of organic strawberries or blueberries is a good addition to breakfast. Be sure to read and “digest” the below list of the top ten foods. Last but not least is vitamin D-3 and it will astound you at all the benefits this one vitamin will provide you and your family with. Your skin produces vitamin D-3 in the sun but unfortunately UV exposure accelerates aging, increases the incidence of skin cancers and is directly related to cataracts.

Since 2010, Dr. Obi has added at least a dozen additional supplements. After arising at 3:30 a.m. he completes his morning routine with meditation and a vigorous work out. His first meal is at 7 a.m. and followed by small organic meals at 10, 12 and 2. His last meal in the evening is at 6:30 and consists primarily of organic vegetables. The vitamins and supplements are therefore divided into four separate sections. Fiber is provided by psyllium (metamucil™) twice a day as well as an Italian five grain wheat bread.

Vitamins and supplements:

Puritan's Pride B-150 - multivitamins with no minerals (avoid supplemental copper as most diets contain ample copper. Excess copper is not excreted by the body and may combine with trans fats leading to plaques in blood vessels).

Ester C - 1000 to 3000 mg per day - large amounts of ascorbic acid can cause kidney stones whereas the ester form will not acidify the urine.

Vitamin D-3 (cholecalciferol) - minimum of 5000 units per day - very important in the prevention of breast cancer, heart disease, MS and many other diseases. D-3 blood testing is recommended.

Vitamin E - 1000 units per day for women. Not recommended in men since recent studies indicate that supplemental vitamin E may increase the risk of prostate cancer.

Calcium/Magnesium for women (dosage based on body weight and age)

*Recently my good friend Arthur Thornton informed me of a MIT study where Magnesium-L-Threonate (found in leafy vegetables, etc) was very important for brain power improving both short and long term memory and perhaps protecting against Alzheimers disease. 400 mg a day is recommended for most patients.

Zinc piconelate 25 mg per day Chelated Molydium 85/150

Tri-iodine (5 molecular, 5 sodium iodide, 2 1/2 potassium iodide

Natural selenium 100 mcg per day (vital to many enzyme systems in the body).

Coenzyme Q 10 400 mg+ per day - use the “quinol and not the quinone”. (Ubiquinol).

Turmeric 400 mg per day (active ingredient in curry - almost zero incidence of Alzheimers disease in India)

Pycnogenol 200 mg per day (A natural plant extract from the bark of the maritime pine tree, which grows exclusively along the coast of southwest France. The extract has four basic properties–it’s a powerful antioxidant, acts as a natural anti inflammatory, selectively binds to collagen and elastin, and finally, it aids in the production of endothelial nitric oxide which helps to dilate blood vessels.

Resveratrol 300 mg per day (contained in red wine - strong antioxidant and anticancer properties)

Flaxseed oil capsules 2000 mg per day

Fish oil capsules 2000-4000 mg per day- ingest frozen just before breakfast - back off of dosage if diarrhea or fishy skin odor develops

Acai juice or Mona Vie (Acai capsules by Puritan Pride is much less expensive)

DHEA 50 to 100 mg per day

Green tea extract, cinnamon capsules and garlic extract in appropriate doses

At the 2010 Susan Komen Breast Cancer symposia the importance of vitamins and minerals in preventing breast cancer was emphasized. Vitamins B-6, B-12, folic acid, D-3 as well as Zinc, Selenium, Molybdium and Iodine have been established as important nutrients in the prevention of breast cancer. This was backed up by many independent studies.

Protandim™ is a patented dietary supplement marketed by LifeVantage Corporation, a Utah-based company. Protandim’s, combination of ingredients, are claim to be the master regulator of longevity and featured on ABC News Primetime in 2009. Ingredients include milk thistle, turmeric, bacopa extract and Ashwagandha. The last two are botanicals with a long history of alleged nutritional benefits. I personally take all of the ingredients listed in Protandim but individually and in much higher doses.

SNACKS AND BEVERAGES: Snacks include fruits, veggies, dark chocolate, kefir, nuts and seeds. Beverages other than water may include a 2-3 ounce hard alcohol drink or one glass of wine (preferably red).


For years there has been an interest in holistic medicine, which is largely out of the mainstream of western medicine. Unfortunately our medical schools do not emphasize the importance of nutrition, exercise and alternative approaches to our health care system. The majority of Americans, including health care providers, are obese and practice a reckless lifestyle. Physicians are geared towards treating patients only after a serious disease occurs and unfortunately their reactive treatments may be too little too late. Preventative medicine especially in the area of wellness and anti-aging is a better approach and should begin at birth and even before then with prospective parents.


Dr. Lewis Obi has accumulated knowledge and wisdom as a Marine, Pharmacist, Physician, Plastic surgeon and a life long advocate of wellness. His specialty training began long before medical school and it continues today.

All of these recommendations including the long list of vitamins and supplements appears overwhelming. However, Dr. Obi recommends that we learn to crawl before we walk or run into adopting these recommendations. Simple changes in lifestyle should occur first, followed by gradual integration of this full regimen. Dr. Obi’s snack refrigerator behind his desk is totally replaced with vitamins and supplements and has become a way to continue a quest to be “FIT AT ANY AGE”.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Dr. Lewis Obi has been performing Liposuction techniques on his patients for approximately 30 years. These procedures, also known as “Lipoplasty”, “Liposculpture” and “Suction lipectomy” , have been performed since the 1960’s but popularized by French surgeon Dr. Yves-Gerard Illouz in the 1970’s. Modern Liposuction burst on the scene in 1982 with the presentation of Dr Illous’s paper in 1982. In 1985, Dr. Jeffrey Kline introduced his high volume infusion technique containing lidocaine and epinephrine (known as the tumescent technique). In the late 1990’s, ultrasound was introduced to facilitate fat removal by first liquefying the fat utilizing ultrasonic energy. However, frequent complications from this technique encouraged surgeons to continue with the traditional mechanical methods of fat removal. Although refinements in the traditional technique of liposuction have improved results slightly, it was not until lasers were introduced that significant improvements occurred. SmartLipo™ preceded Palomar’s introduction of the SlimLipo (LifeSculpt)™ platform. Unfortunately, the wrong wave lengths and design deficiencies compromised safety and results with SmartLipo. Palomar PhD laser experts researched laser wave lengths for more than a decade before identifying appropriate wave lengths which they acquired patents for. Palomar introduced SlimLipo almost four years ago and Dr. Lewis Obi was one of the earliest providers of this technology. During this period of time, Dr. Obi has treated almost 400 patients and last year presented his results at five major symposiums. “In my opinion, traditional techniques of liposuction have become obsolete and the other laser technologies are flawed”, stated Dr. Lewis Obi during a recent interview.

Monday, January 16, 2012


As a follow up to our blog of May 25th, 2011, it has been reported by our European colleagues that SlimLipo (laser lipolysis) of the axillary sweat glands has been successful in almost all of the cases treated. Because hyperhidrosis affects more than 10% of the general population, hyperhidoris is considered a disease and many treatments proposed. Botox injections are successful but last only 3 to 6 months and are very expensive. One treatment with the Slim Lipo platform results in significant long term improvement in 80% of patients treated with reduced sweating in almost 100% of patients. A hyperhidrosis disease severity scale has been established and the class 3 and 4 patients were included in the European study. The SlimLipo treatments of the armpits are performed under local anesthesia with the patients returning to work the next day. An introductory fee of $2300 will remain in effect through February.

Hyperhydrosis Disease Severity Scale

“How would you rate the severity of your hyperhidrosis?”

1. My sweating is never noticeable and never interferes with my daily activities

2. My sweating is tolerable but sometimes interferes with my daily activities

3. My sweating is barely tolerable and frequently interferes with my daily activities

4. My sweating is intolerable and always interferes with my daily activities

Friday, January 13, 2012


On Monday night January 9th, Dr. Lewis Obi delivered a comprehensive presentation entitled “Serendipitous Journey with Art, Plastic Surgery and Manierre Dawson” to the Jacksonville Artists Guild. The lecture took place at St. Marks Church in Ortega and attended by approximately fifty members and guests. World famous artist Anthony Whiting introduced Dr. Obi to a very art oriented audience.

The “Serendipitous Journey” was embellished with almost 100 slides beginning with an archival photograph of Dr. Lewis Obi in Marine Corps fatigues while serving in Korea. The presentation ended with a question and answer session followed by an invitation for the Guild to attend an Artful Soiree at the 12,00 square foot Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic and Obiarts Museum.

Monday, January 9, 2012


Daniel’s theme in this painting is around Asclepius, the God of Medicine and Healing in the ancient Greek religion. The setting is in the garden of healing with Sappho, a lyrist and poetess and heralded in Greek literature as one of the nine muses. Also pictured are statues of Aesclepius’ daughters Hygieia (“Hygiene”) and Panacea (“Universal Remedy”). The rod of Asclepius, a snake–entwined staff remains a symbol of medicine today.

In the tradition of “Universal Healing” in dealing with the ravages of 2011, the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic would like to propose their solutions for the New Year. In addition to the Renaissance Specials we are additionally offering special fees for our most popular surgical procedures:

Breast Augmentation: Saline Implants $4400

Gel Implants $5400

Opera Lift Major $5900

Opera Lift Minor $4900

SlimLipo Abdomen, waist, and flanks $4400 (usual fee $5900)

SlimLipo Axilla (armpits) for Hyperhidrosis $2200 (usual fee $2900)

SlimLipo any area also at reduced fees

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