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More Medical Doctors Encouraging Patients to Pursue Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 31, 2010

Would you get Botox injections if your family doctor suggested it? According to a recent report in USA Today, many doctors are suggesting cosmetic surgery to their patients as an “extra” procedure for their next visit. Many dentists and doctors are certified to perform several simple cosmetic procedures, including Botox, dermal injections and skin tightening treatments. When meeting patients for a checkup or other procedure, some doctors are recommending other procedures and services to make an extra profit.

Unfortunately, this approach may not always be in the patient’s best financial interests. Many of today’s popular cosmetic enhancements, including Botox, dental veneers, injectables and facial rejuvenation procedures cost between $400 to $2,000 or more, and are not covered by health insurance. This means that the patient will not only be responsible for paying their co-pay for their visit, but will also be responsible for paying the high costs of a cosmetic procedure out of pocket.

According to Olivia Mellan, psychotherapist and “money coach” who interviewed with USA Today, “people mistakenly think that doctors and people in positions of authority are the voice of truth…consumers have to learn to be their own advocates.”

The increased demand for minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures, including Botox injections, dermal fillers and non-invasive facelifts is encouraging for the plastic and cosmetic surgery industry after the peak of the recession. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, demand for Botox injections increased over 500% from 2000 to 2009, and the demand was linked to the decreased demand for pricey surgical procedures, but ongoing need to maintain a youthful look. Many minimally-invasive procedures allow patients to maintain their youthful appearance for an affordable price.

Still, experts warn consumers to consider the total cost of their procedure, and make sure that they are not relying solely on the doctor’s recommendation when making their decision to undergo cosmetic or plastic surgery. Not all procedures are suitable for everyone, and a consultation with several cosmetic surgery specialists can help the consumer make the most informed decision.

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Plastic Surgeons Warn Against Following Celebrity Plastic Surgery Trends

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 27, 2010

Even though many celebrity worshippers change their wardrobes, color their hair and update their makeup to look like their favorite Hollywood star, plastic surgery may be an extreme measure for many. According to Dr. Michael Fiorillo, a board-certified celebrity plastic surgeon in New York City, patients who want to look exactly like their favorite celebrity may be taking their admiration too far. (Source: FoxNews.com).

All plastic and cosmetic surgery patients undergo a face-to-face consultation with their doctor to determine what their goals are, and if they are in a mentally healthy state to undergo a procedure. In some cases, the patient is suffering from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or has very low self-esteem. Plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures will not correct these deeper issues, and for many, psychiatric help is the best solution. Dr. Fiorillo points out that these types of patients, “need a psychiatrist, basically. You are not going to make somebody look like someone else. It is an unattainable goal.”

Still, many men and women undergo cosmetic procedures in hopes of attaining some of the most sought-after features – many that are inspired by Hollywood. Breast augmentation, lip augmentation, facelift surgery, Botox and liposuction continue to be some of the most popular procedures, especially for those who want to undergo a complete makeover and dramatically change their looks.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 12.5 million people underwent cosmetic and plastic surgery in 2009 alone, and the numbers have increased steadily for the past decade. An increase in plastic surgery reality TV shows, more media coverage about certain procedures, and less stigma associated with getting plastic or cosmetic surgery may have spurred demand.

Many celebrities say that they will not ever consider going under the knife, and that it is important for people to appreciate their natural beauty. Still, fans continue to line up at the doctor’s office for a nip and tuck that will help them achieve their Hollywood-inspired ideal.

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New Law Requires Hospitals to Share Options for Breast Reconstruction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 26, 2010

Many women who get a mastectomy don’t realize that they are eligible to get a breast reconstruction procedure at no cost. These women are simply not told that they are good candidates for breast reconstruction after mastectomy, and that insurance will pay for the procedure. Doctors are now required to inform patients about their options under a new law, A10094B/S6993-B/Information and Access to Breast Reconstruction Surgery.

Many insurers in New York do cover breast reconstruction procedures after a mastectomy, but less educated, poor and minority women are often unaware that they can get this procedure without paying any out of pocket expenses. According to Evan Garfein, MD, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Montefiore Medical Center, “a disproportionate number of women who are at a socioeconomic disadvantage do not get breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy for one of several reasons. Either they are unaware of it as an option, they do not know it is covered by Medicaid and Medicare insurance programs, they do not know where to gain access to the procedures, or it is never mentioned to them by their doctors.”

Dr. Garfein authored a bill that was signed into law to change this trend. He hopes that the new law will ensure that hospitals inform patients that they are eligible to have breast reconstruction procedures with insurance coverage. This may help dozens of women who are being treated for breast cancer have some hope of improving their appearance after mastectomy surgery.

Dr. Garfein notes, “breast reconstruction has been repeatedly shown to improve the quality of life and overall well-being of women who have been treated for breast cancer. This new law will ensure that breast cancer patients from all socioeconomic groups are informed about their options regarding breast reconstruction and about where to get the procedure.”

(Source: Medical News Today)

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AAFPRS Launches Medical Protective Insurance Program

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 25, 2010

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) has developed the AAFPRS Medical Protective Insurance Program to underwrite members who are performing more than 20% facial plastic surgery in their class.

Mark Wittel, VP of Agency Sales of Medical Protective, states, “As the nation’s leading healthcare liability insurer – with three times the longevity of our nearest competitor – Medical Protective looks forward to working with AAFPRS members and continuing to deliver the nation’s strongest defense of assets and reputation…not only for today, but for the long-to-resolve claims that arise years down the road.”

Members who qualify within their class receive a 5% credit, and members who are also certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery board receive another 5% credit on services and products.

By teaming up with Medical Protective, facial plastic surgeons may be able to enjoy more efficient insurance claims processing, and also ensure patient safety education.

Medical Protective is the leading company for medical malpractice insurance and the country’s strongest medmal carrier. The company offers several types of insurance coverage programs for physicians, hospitals and plastic surgeons, along with a suite of services, including risk management, practice software and provider enrollment and credentialing services. The company serves over 70,000 healthcare providers nationwide, and is owned by General Electric.

The MedMal coverage program offers several solutions for healthcare professionals, including plastic surgeons, who are looking for independent coverage options. Some of the benefits of this program include more control over the coverage selection with expanded coverage options and  a defense attorney that represents the insured healthcare professional. The company creates customized, tailored programs for different organizations, agencies and entities. The partnership with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery means that the members can enjoy several insurance coverage benefits while maintaining the organization’s high standards.

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VaserShape Device Contours Body Without Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 24, 2010

Sound Surgical Technologies, the company behind Vaser Liposelection the Vaser ultrasound device, has developed the VaserShape system, a non-surgical device that helps reduce cellulite and inches in certain areas of the body. The VaserShape device is a non-invasive body contouring system powered by ultrasonic laser. The device is designed to disrupt fat cells beneath the skin by delivering ultrasound energy deep into the skin’s tissues.

Unlike other cellulite reduction systems, the VaserShape procedure uses two ultrasound heads positioned next to each other, and the ultrasound energy penetrates deep into the skin tissues to disrupt the fat cells. The power setting is low enough to cause minimal damage to the skin tissues, and most people see results right away.

Most patients will need to undergo at least five to seven treatments in order to see significant results, and many will require maintenance treatments every few weeks. Each treatment session is about 30 minutes long, and can be performed once per week. The VaserShape device is designed for those who are of average weight, but can be effective for those who are slightly overweight and are following a weight loss plan.

The painless procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and there is no downtime involved. Patients can resume regular activities immediately after the procedure, and for many, it feels like a deep tissue, soothing massage. As of August 2010, the VaserShape treatment costs approximately $500 per treatment, and some doctors are offering discounts on treatment packages. Most packages cost between $2,500 to $4,000 depending on the number of sessions required and the doctor performing the procedure.

VaserShape offers a convenient, non-surgical alternative to liposuction and invasive cellulite removal treatments, and may soon be available at many medical spas, cosmetic surgery centers and plastic surgery offices around the country.

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Bra Line Back Lift Helps Eliminate Excess Fat on the Back

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 23, 2010

Many women who eat healthy, exercise regularly and are otherwise in great shape still have a few extra pounds and inches located under the bra line and around the back. Those extra few ounces and pounds of body fat can be eliminated completely with the help of the bra line back lift procedure, an innovative plastic surgery procedure that helps eliminate the unsightly rolls of fat and skin underneath the bra line to create a smooth, contoured appearance.

The bra line back lift is designed to remove extra folds of skin on the back and is performed by a plastic surgeon. The entire procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and requires making a small incision along the bra line before extracting the localized fatty deposits. The surgeon can then remove any excess skin and tissues around the back area, and reconnect the surrounding tissue using with a set of stitches. The entire procedure typically takes about an hour, and can cost up to $10,000 depending on the amount of fat that needs to be removed, and the location of the plastic surgeon’s office.

The bra line back lift is a specialized procedure, and not all plastic and cosmetic surgeons may have extensive experience performing it. It is important for patients to look at before and after photos of patients who have undergone the procedure, and ensure that they are aware of the risks and side effects associated with the procedure. The best candidates for this procedure are women who are in reasonably good shape and of good health, and who have sagging skin and excess body fat located right underneath their bra line. Some men who want a shapelier appearance and more contoured silhouette may also be good candidates for the procedure.

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Trend for Cosmetic Surgery After Divorce or Break Ups on the Rise

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 9, 2010

Many men and women who are going through a divorce are now turning to plastic and cosmetic surgery to feel better about themselves and obtain a new outlook on life.  According to a recent story in UK’s StyleList, those who are looking for a fresh start in their lives, and those who wish to seek revenge against their former mates, are heading to the cosmetic or plastic surgeon’s office for a pick-me-up makeover.

New York plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Freund indicates that many women head to the surgeon’s office when the breakup gets very ugly, or when the husband gets abusive. Women who are in a distressing situation will often turn to a cosmetic surgery makeover for a boost of self-esteem, and to increase their confidence.

The most popular procedures among divorcees include facial and neck rejuvenation, breast implants, laser skin resurfacing and other minimally-invasive procedures. Those who have won a settlement from the divorce often spend a significant amount of money to improve their looks. Those who cannot afford plastic surgery out of pocket may have the option to sign up for a payment plan or obtain patient financing to cover the costs of the procedure.

Both men and women can enjoy both the physical benefits and the emotional benefits of undergoing this type of procedure. Many feel like this the procedure provides them with a new beginning and gives them a “second shot” to find someone else.

Even those who are contemplating a divorce or a separation head to the plastic surgeon’s office to learn about different procedures so that they can build some self-confidence. The most popular procedures for women who are about to go through a divorce include breast augmentation, breast lifts and abdominoplasty, according to StyleList.

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Survey Says Minorities Choosing Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 5, 2010

According to a recent survey released by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, more than 50 percent of respondents believed that demand for cosmetic surgery amongst minorities has increased significantly within the last five years.

Mark Berman, MD, President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery states, “Cosmetic surgery is en vogue no matter who you are…feeling better about yourself and making improvements to your looks is thankfully not limited to a specific race or culture.”

Survey results show that among all of the racial or ethnic groups, Asians were the most popular candidates, accounting for about 31 percent of respondents. Hispanics accounted for about 27 percent of candidates, and African Americans accounted for about 19 percent of cosmetic surgery candidates. Approximately one quarter of respondents surveyed indicated that they knew someone from a racial or ethnic group who had received cosmetic surgery.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is a professional medical society comprised of dermatologic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, general surgeons, head and neck surgeons, plastic surgeons, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons who specialize in cosmetic surgery. The organization conducts several surveys throughout the year to monitor trends and learn about the top procedures that are in demand each season.

Some of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures among minorities include the facelift, liposuction, tummy tucks, fat injections, Botox, dermabrasion, laser hair removal and chemical peels. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery also reports that over 30 percent of those surveyed would seek out a cosmetic surgeon of the same race or ethnicity as themselves.

Patients of certain ethnicities may not be good candidates for surgery if they are of a certain skin type. The cosmetic or plastic surgeon needs to conduct a complete consultation to make sure that candidate is in good health for the procedure, and if there may be any contraindications associated with the procedure.

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Cosmetic Foot Surgery Deemed a “Cinderella” Procedure

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 4, 2010

Women who want to squeeze into their favorite pair of high heels but can’t find the perfect fit do have the option of undergoing cosmetic foot surgery. This procedure is designed to sculpt and shape the foot by lengthening or trimming the toes, and may also help to remove painful bunions and other growths that are causing pain around the feet and ankles.

The cosmetic procedure has been deemed a “Cinderella” procedure by England’s the Daily Mail, and is now becoming a popular procedure both in Europe and in the United States.

The “Cinderella” procedure is a preventive bunion correction procedure, and can include a toe-shortening operation, and fat injections to create a cushion under the feet. The procedure can be performed by cosmetic surgeons and orthopedic surgeons, and may be able to correct certain foot deformities and reduce pain.

Some cosmetic surgeons also administer Botox injections to the feet. Botox injections can help to reduce sweating, inhibit fungal growth and also improve the overall texture and tone of the skin. Some women prefer to simply have their toes trimmed or lengthened.

Those who aren’t quite ready to go under the knife do have some alternative treatment options. Physical therapy can help to increase the range of motion in the joints and also reduce swelling and pain. Prescription orthotics-molded inserts can help to correct foot abnormalities and redistribute weight so that there is less pain or friction. Ultrasound-guided cortisone injections serve as an anti-inflammatory medication and can help to treat Achilles tendons, pain the heels and toes.

Interest in cosmetic foot surgery has increased slowly since the 1980s, and can help to address a number of problems with the foot. Many problems associated with high heels can be prevented, but women who have been wearing heels for several years and are now suffering from pain or the inability to wear heels without pain have several options.

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Rutgers Psychologist Links Reality TV with Teen Cosmetic Surgery Trends

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 29, 2010

Teenagers are known to be preoccupied with their appearance, and their changing bodies can trigger an obsession with changing the way they look. A recent study by a Rutgers-Camden psychologist that was published in the Body Image academic journal links reality television with an increased demand for teenage cosmetic surgery.

According to Charlotte Markey, an associate professor of psychology at Rutgers-Camden, reports that “When we think of cosmetic surgery, we don’t think of it as a lifetime issue. There is lots of pressure to look a certain way and I don’t blame them for succumbing; we’re all guilty of feeling vulnerable…what troubles me is that there’s no conclusive data that cosmetic surgery even makes people happier, what has been documented is that it makes repeat customers.” (Source: Media-Newsire.com)

The psychologists who conducted the study surveyed almost 200 participants on their responses to reality TV shows that involved extreme makeovers, and concluded that women were more likely to want cosmetic surgery than men, and that those who watched the cosmetic surgery show were more comfortable with having the procedure themselves.

The experts also concluded that many young men and women seek out plastic surgery because they are attempting to fix their outward appearance, but this approach can quickly turn into an obsession that makes them feel worse about themselves. They state that there is a strong cultural pressure to not be satisfied with the physical self, and that many teens who are influenced by the media may not have the chance to develop a healthy self-esteem.

The extreme makeover shows also set unrealistic expectations for many people, and these types of media influences don’t necessarily portray real life. The psychologists state that children today need to develop a healthy self-esteem by focusing on more positive messages about their bodies, and their lives.

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