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Ocps Holiday Celebration!

By Dr. Juris BunkisDecember 19, 2022December 20th, 2022No Comments

OCPS Christmas Party

By Drs. Ekstrom, Compoginis and Bunkis

A few weeks ago, we highlighted our Christmas staff party at Salisbury Plastic Surgery at our Massachusetts office. This past weekend it was our turn to celebrate our staff here at our OCPS practice. Staci Compoginis, PhD, and Dr. Deborah Ekstrom, future team members, were able to join us as we kicked off the Holiday Season.

We began with a few photos and a gift exchange at the office, then hosted a wonderful dinner at Sapori Restaurant in Newport Beach. After a brief walk across the bridge onto Balboa Island we enjoyed the beautifully decorated houses and the Newport Beach Boat Parade.

For those of us who live here, visiting the Boat Parade is just something we do to usher in the Holiday Season every year, and we still cherish just how special an event this is. The New York Times has actually named this parade “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nations”. This parade and the Parade of the Roses in Pasadena are the premiere events of the holiday season in SoCal.

There is some fascinating history around the Newport Beach Boat Parade. This historic boat parade has its roots in 1907 when an Italian gondolier named John Scarpa took some tourists out in his gondola decorated with Japanese lanterns. A Balboa developer, Joseph Beck, liked the idea and in 1908, together with John Scarpa, began the tradition of a parade of lighted boats in the harbor. The initial parade took place over the July 4th weekend and consisted of John’s gondola followed by 8 decorated canoes. In the 1940’s, the parade transitioned to a Christmas event, and today, over a hundred boats of all sizes, many lavishly decorated, lead the parade and get all of us into the Christmas spirit.

Surgery Spotlight: The Christmas Tune-Up - By Deborah Ekstrom, M.D. & Juris Bunkis, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Many people want to look their best for the holidays. For parties and family get-togethers, we all put on our most festive outfit and want to look our best for holiday photos. Short-term options for maximizing confidence include skin care and wrinkle smoothing. The results from some treatments like neurotoxins (Beauty injections and Dysport) take up to ten days to be fully effective’ so planning ahead is a good idea.

For a different sort of holiday confidence boost, patients will come in to have their lips, cheeks and folds injected (which can be done much closer to the holidays since the results are so immediate).

But what about surgical procedures? Planning already was in place earlier in the year and now, 4 to 6 months later, patients are radiant and looking their best for all the festivities. Yet some patients may choose to have their procedures during the December holidays since this time provides a good opportunity to heal with as little time as possible away from their usual activities, (caregivers may be more available as well).

Many companies close during the week between Christmas and the New Year, creating an additional window of opportunity for a surgical procedure. Students and schoolteachers have up to two weeks off during the holidays and may use this time to undergo a procedure and be back in full action by the time school resumes.

While it may be too late to schedule surgery in time for the New Year, it is a great time to undergo a procedure to prepare for weddings, birthdays, and class reunions in the spring and summer, as well as get ready for the beach and summer soirées!

We wish all of you a very Happy Holiday Season!

75 year old with extensive sun damage, before and after a phenol peel (actual patient of Dr. Bunkis)

If you want to see if you can have any part of your body improved, contact us for a consultation:

For CA, please call 949-888-9700 or visit
Or for MA location, call 508-755-4825 or visit
You can write to
Dr. Compoginis at
Dr. Bunkis at
or Dr. Ekstrom at