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Plastic for Plastic – More Teens Using Credit Cards for Plastic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 12, 2008

As the age bracket for plastic surgery continues to get lower and lower, more teens are jumping into the latest cosmetic and plastic surgery trends – and turning to credit cards to pay for their procedure.

Teenagers and college students are part of a rising target market for plastic surgery, especially since many battle feelings of low self-esteem and are unhappy with their appearance. Teen surgery represents 5 percent of all cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery statistics for 2007, and some plastic surgeons believe that many benefit from the procedure because they can finally feel like they ‘fit in.’

The Leader-Post recently published the story, “Teens Seek Plastic Surgery, Breast Jobs, to Fit In” and an interview with Dr. Frederick Lukash, a New York plastic surgeon who specializes in adolescent plastic surgery revealed the following:

“Sometimes, one hour for an operation and a few days to recover are better than a lifetime of psychoanalysis.”

The Leader-Post further explains that “Lukash, who combines surgery with psychiatry and art therapy, says a nip and tuck may be the kindest cut for teens who unlike adults, are mostly looking to fit in rather than stand out.” (Source: Leader-Post)

Since teenagers are too young to apply for cosmetic surgery financing or obtain a personal loan, credit cards are the next most obvious choice. Instead of worrying about funding a college education, paying rent and managing other financial responsibilities, are teenagers and college students setting themselves up for financial disaster?

Financial advisors seem to think so; many point out that even ‘no interest’ credit cards can incur fees when the introductory period is over, and the APR can shoot up within a few months. Popular cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures such as liposuction, breast augmentation and tummy tucks can cost upward of $5,000. Paying for the procedure with a personal credit card could mean paying a hefty price in interest charges – and carrying a large balance for years to come.

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Doctors Say Silicone Breast Implants Offer Most Natural Results

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 11, 2008

Silicone and saline breast implants continue to be a top choice for women undergoing cosmetic surgery; breast augmentation accounted for nearly 400,000 procedures in 2007 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and this number is only expected to increase over the next decade. Breast implants offer women a chance to improve their silhouette, increase self-esteem and correct any figure imbalances.

Although silicone gel implants came under public scrutiny in the early ’90s, the FDA approved them for use in 2006 and they have since helped many women achieve their ideal figure.

When making the choice between silicone and saline implants, Dr. Tom Pousti, a board-certified plastic surgeon in California offers some advice:

“Saline implants have some advantages over silicone implants. Silicone implant ruptures are harder to detect. When saline implants rupture, they deflate and the results are seen almost immediately. When silicone implants rupture, the breast often looks and feels the same because the silicone gel may leak into surrounding areas of the breast without a visible difference.”

These types of implants also take on a more rounded appearance, which means the actual size selected may not need to be very large.

Still, silicone implants provide more natural results according to Dr. Pousti.

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Purlz Tester Implants Makes Choosing Breast Implant Size Easy

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 10, 2008

If you’ve been considering undergoing breast augmentation to enhance your appearance, choosing the right size can be a challenging process. Purlz tester implants have recently entered the market to make choosing the right breast implant size more simple. The Purlz Breast Sizing System involves wearing ‘tester breasts’ made out of polyethylene plastic and pairing them with a sports bra. Together, this can help create the most desirable streamlined look and give the breast augmentation surgeon a more accurate idea of the ideal size based on body type and the overall silhouette achieved with the implants.

The key benefit of trying a system like Purlz is to reduce your need for a breast implant revision procedure. The company behind Purlz outlines the key benefits of using the Purlz Sizing System:

This system is:

  • Comfortable, durable, lightweight and hand-washable
  • Natural in look and feel; is discretely worn under most clothing
  • Made of a microfiber spandex blend fabric filled with 100% polyethylene plastic beads
  • Securely attaches within our hook-and-strap system
  • Unlike the popular ‘Rice Bag’ test, Purlz can be worn with confidence!


Since bad plastic surgery can have several emotional and physical side effects, putting different breast sizes to the test may help many women select the right breast implant size.

And what exactly is the ‘Rice Bag’ test?

According to, the Rice Bag test involves filling up a ziploc bag with 1 cup (250cc) of rice. These ‘implants’ can then be tucked under the bra to create realistic-looking breasts and approximate how large your implants may need to be.

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Men Get Better Results with Liposuction Than Women

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 9, 2008

While some people go under the knife to correct a health problem, others head to the plastic or cosmetic surgery office to improve overall well-being.

The plastic surgery ‘fix’ continues to be a popular choice for men and women alike, and some experts indicate that more men are turning to cosmetic surgery to improve their lifestyle and enhance their well-being.

Procedures such as liposuction, cellulite treatments and even skin tightening procedures such as Thermage can help many men achieve their ideal figure. Since the texture and tone of a man’s skin is thicker and more resilient than a woman’s skin, men may be able to achieve better results with plastic surgery procedures and look forward to faster recovery rates – especially with procedures such as liposuction and liposculpture.

According to, “experts say male fat tends to be more localized and less stretched by things such as pregnancy, so if you do choose to go the surgical route, at least you can expect good results.”

Dr. Michael Gartner, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Eatontown, New Jersey, of the 12 million Americans that pursue plastic surgery each year, “more and more men are also pursuing cosmetic surgery, specifically liposuction, eyelifts and rhinoplasty.”

Other popular cosmetic treatments for men include chin implants, abdominal etching, liposculpture and Botox injections.

Read more: Cosmetic Procedures for Men – Top Six Anti Aging Treatments

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24K Gold Thread Facelift – Your Next Spa Treatment?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 8, 2008

A Japanese beauty company has unveiled a unique facelift treatment designed to reduce wrinkles, tighten up the skin and even boost collagen production – all with the power of 24 Karat Gold.

The facial treatment costs nearly $3,000, and involves inserting permanent gold threads directly under the skin.  This encourages the facial tissues to produce more collagen as a result of the injury to the skin.

The threadlift technique is already used as a mini-facelift, but this treatment is different than the conventional facelift because of the golden threads used to create the ‘mesh’ framework.  Gold threads are implanted into the skin to create an invisible net; this helps support the skin tissues while strengthening the skin fibers.

The gold facelift only requires local anesthetic, and the procedure can be performed in a few hours. reports that the same process can be used to tighten up the skin on the hands, legs, abdomen and buttocks.

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Are Cellulite Treatments Too Good to Be True?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 7, 2008

If you’ve thought about getting rid of cellulite with some of today’s non-invasive procedures, you may already have stumbled across the VelaSmooth system, SmartLipo and other highly-advertised procedures on the market.

Getting rid of cellulite without surgery has been deemed possible by many medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers, procedures that promise to ‘melt’ fat cells, recontour the body and improve the skin’s appearance.  Some of these treatments promote a proven ‘circumferential reduction’ – not necessarily blasting away fat cells – while others are designed to boost circulation and increase collagen production so that the skin appears healthier and more toned.

Critics of these treatments suggest that the cellulite reduction plan is just a hoax.  The Wall Street Journal highlights Dr. Robert A. Weiss’s response to the cellulite trends, indicating that fancy massagers and ‘cellulite-fighting’ treatments do nothing for melting the fat cells or getting rid of cellulite.

Still, industry researchers report that demand for these procedures will exceed $200 million by 2012, and consumers continue to flock to medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers for the latest cellulite fix.

Eleme Medical, the maker of SmoothShapes cellulite treatments explains how the procedure works in this brief video:

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Botox a Top Choice for 26 – 35 Year Old Market

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 6, 2008

Botox injections have long been a popular anti-aging treatment for baby boomers looking for a nonsurgical option for getting rid of wrinkles, but now younger generations are following suit.

According to Millenium Research Group, 26 – 35 year olds will take up at least 20% of the cosmetic Botox market this year, compared to just 7% in 2007. This age group is quickly jumping into the Botox craze to get rid of premature wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, ensuring that the signs of aging don’t stand a chance.

Botox continues to be one of the top five non-surgical cosmetic treatments for men and women each year, and offers several benefits.  While there have been some documented cases of negative reactions to Botox, the procedure offers a quick and effective solution for getting rid of wrinkles and fine lines – without a single incision.

Other popular cosmetic surgery options for this demographic include non-invasive cellulite and fat removal, lip augmentation and breast implants.

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Pearl Fractional by Cutera Enters Anti Aging Market

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 5, 2008

Sun-damaged skin and wrinkles can be treated with a number of today’s innovative anti aging treatments, but some don’t always provide the precision and control needed for small areas of skin.

Pearl Fractional lasers have recently received clearance for use in the United States, Europe and Australia, and promises to deliver more targeted results for patients who want to reduce wrinkles, reduce the signs of sun damage and improve the texture and tone of their skin.

David Goldberg, MD is one of the first to use the Pearl Fractional laser at his practice.  He explains that;

“Pearl Fractional is an exciting new application because it optimizes the ratio of ablation and coagulation, while controlling thermal damage. My patients are delighted that they see cosmetic improvements in a single treatment, while experiencing an advanced, safe procedure with an expected recovery time of less than one week.” (Source:

The treatment goes one step beyond today’s CO2 fractional lasers and other skin rejuvenation procedures designed to increase the production of collagen and improve the tone and texture of the skin.

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San Francisco Named Top City for Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 1, 2008

As demand for cosmetic surgery procedures continues to creep up each year – accounting for nearly $11.7 million in surgical procedures in 2007 and estimated to reach $55 million by 2015 – more people are heading to the West Coast to find the best doctor for their treatment.

A recent report published by Men’s Health Magazine lists the nation’s ‘Cosmetic Surgery Capitals’ in its MetroGrades report, showing where people go in pursuit of the latest treatment. The top ten cities from the report were as follows:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Honolulu, HI
  3. Sacramento, CA
  4. Miami, FL
  5. Tucson, AZ
  6. San Diego, CA
  7. Richmond, VA
  8. Washington, DC
  9. Rochester, NY
  10. Seattle, WA

Lincoln, Nebraska was deemed the least-frequented spot for cosmetic surgery according to this report. (Source: Men’s Health)

And where are patients coming from? A quick look at Google Insights reports for 2008 yields the following for regional interest in cosmetic surgery in the U.S. by state:

  1. Florida
  2. Nevada
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Missouri
  5. Colorado
  6. Arkansas
  7. Arizona
  8. Louisana
  9. California
  10. Maryland

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