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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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ISAPS Releases Global Plastic Surgery Statistics

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 18, 2010

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) is a global leader in plastic surgery and has recently published the results of its ISAPS Biennial Global Survey™ for the first time. The survey includes information about plastic surgeons and procedures in the top 25 countries and regions representing 75% of all procedures performed around the globe in 2009. This is the most reliable source of plastic surgery data and statistics, and provides several insights about the most popular surgical and non-surgical procedures around the globe.

According to the ISAPS survey, the top ten countries with the most surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures include the United States, China, Brazil, India, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Turkey and Spain. The United States continues to dominate in this field, but many countries that are not always considered to be popular destinations for cosmetic procedures still made the top 25 list. Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Portugal and Thailand are among the world’s top destinations for plastic and cosmetic surgery.

The ISAPS Global Survey also reveals that liposuction is among the most sought-after surgical procedures around the globe, followed by breast augmentation, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty and abdominoplasty. Certain procedures were more popular in countries including Brazil, China, Mexico and Japan, and the number of non-surgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons around the globe is higher than the number of surgical procedures.

The top five, most sought-after non-surgical procedures include Botox and Dysport, hyaluronic acid injections, laser hair removal, autologous fat injections, and IPL treatments. Many of the non-surgical procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, and there is little to no downtime involved.

The survey was conducted through a professional survey company, and results were compiled, tabulated and analyzed by an independent research firm in Columbus, Ohio. Representatives from National Societies provided the counts for over 75 percent of the 31,000 total estimated plastic surgeons participating in the survey.

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Hollywood Now Leaning Towards More Natural Results with Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 30, 2010

Even though Hollywood typically presents the “ideal beauty” as women with flawless skin, perfect teeth and fit bodies, today’s casting directors and filmmakers are starting to look for actors and actresses who have a more natural, relatable look. According to a recent story in Voice of America News, actors and actresses who choose not to get plastic or cosmetic surgery still have a good chance of being cast in a role they want.

Some casting directors and film industry experts believe that getting Botox, breast implants, liposuction and other popular procedures can actually hurt the actor or actress’s career, because it distances them from the audience. Casting director Keith Wolfe states that “puffy lips are the worst”, and he doesn’t like to see actors and actresses who have swollen or puffy lips from injectables such as Restylane, Juvederm and other popular dermal fillers.

Other casting directors prefer not to select actors and actresses who have a “cookie cutter” appearance, and would prefer that those they cast haven’t gone to extremes with plastic surgery.

Still, many acting professionals choose to go under the knife to meet certain beauty standards and fit the criteria for various roles. They invest a lot of money and time into changing or updating their appearance, but some still fall short when it comes to auditioning for particular roles. In these situations, some acting professionals can fall into a vicious cycle of undergoing several plastic surgery procedures in an attempt to “fix” their appearance and snag the next role. Unfortunately, this strategy can soon become a fight for survival.

Acting and modeling is a highly competitive field that often puts a lot of pressure on individuals to look a certain way. While cosmetic and plastic surgery are the answer for some professionals, many casting directors are looking for less than perfection and will cast actors and actresses with a more natural appearance.

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Surgeons Issue Warning on Dangers of Cosmetic Foot Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 5, 2010

“Foot facelifts” are a growing trend around the globe, a procedure that can help to narrow the feet so that they fit better in heels or smaller shoes. However, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society has issued a warning about these procedures, indicating that this type of surgery can cause extensive nerve damage and pain, and may lead to other problems.

Dr. Michael Pinzur, a surgeon at the Loyola University Health System, reports that “the risk of surgeries – including infections, pain, scarring and nerve damage – are much greater than the benefits…I hope patients will follow the Foot and Ankle Society’s recommendation that surgery never be performed just to improve the appearance of the foot.”

Cosmetic foot surgery involves shortening the second toe so that it is not longer than the big toe. This makes it easier for the foot to accommodate high heels, and can reduce pain and discomfort when wearing heels for an extensive period of time. However, the procedure can cause a significant amount of pain and nerve damage in itself, and poses many risks. Complications of foot surgery include infection, corns, and chronic pain when walking. In some cases, the bones and tendons can become inflamed or may even shift, requiring more cosmetic surgery.

The procedure is also known as restorative foot surgery, because it is designed primarily to enhance the physical appearance of the foot. Some procedures involve removing fat from the heels and around the sides of the foot, so that the foot looks better in high heels. Other procedures involve the injection of fat into the balls of the feet so that the individual has a more shapelier foot and feels more comfortable in heels. Some surgeons also perform bone restructuring procedures, or administer procedures that narrow the base or tip of the feet.

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Americans Spent $10 Billion on Plastic Surgery Procedures in 2009

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 6, 2010

Even in the midst of the recession, Americans didn’t hold back on spending on plastic surgery procedures.

While spending for plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures was down 3 percent from 2008, many Americans still went under the knife or elected to have minimally-invasive procedures to improve their appearance.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, demand for liposuction, tummy tucks, breast enlargement, nose jobs and eyelid surgery showed the biggest decline. Still, breast augmentation, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction and tummy tucks made it to the top five most sought-after procedures.

Adults weren’t the only ones heading to the plastic surgery office this past year. According to data provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, approximately 210,000 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 also underwent cosmetic surgery, accounting for approximately 2 percent of the total procedures.

Demand for Botox, wrinkle fillers and other minimally-invasive procedures did show a steady increase in 2009, as more Americans looked for ways to save money on their procedure while still enjoying good results. Wrinkle fillers and Botox served as a temporary replacement for the otherwise-pricey facelift surgery. VelaShape and Endermologie treatments helped men and women get in shape and lose a few inches without liposuction. Skin tightening procedures helped many achieve a more sculpted appearance without surgery, and also helped to eliminate cellulite.

The ASPS reports that many women were still interested in undergoing the “mommy makeover” which involved tummy tucks, liposuction and breast lifts. However, the $5,000+ price tag may mean that these women postpone their procedures until late 2010.

Plastic surgeons across the country attempted to attract patients by offering attractive financing plans, and discounts on select procedures. However, the final numbers still showed a significant decrease in demand for 2009.

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80 Year Old Woman Pays $7,500 for Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 26, 2010

A former dancer and teacher recently scheduled surgery at a local plastic surgery office to improve her looks. She paid $7,500 for the procedures, but a few months later, decided that she didn’t want to undergo the procedures after all.

“I gave myself three months to think about it and I look and I think I really don’t look that bad. Maybe I’ll just grow old gracefully” (Source:

However, the plastic surgery office would not grant the woman a refund. The 80-year old woman had rescheduled her surgery for January, but decided to cancel in December. The office said that they could not grant her a refund because she called on the day of the surgery, and the doctors had to b e paid.

The cancellation requirements detailed in the contract state that the patient must cancel seven days prior to the originally scheduled date in order to receive a full refund. Since the patient had rescheduled her procedures, she had passed that date. Ultimately, the doctor’s office needed at least a week’s notice of the original scheduled date, not any rescheduled date that a patient may have initiated.

The mistake cost the woman $7,500.

More and more elderly patients are seeking cosmetic surgery in recent years, and the trend will likely continue as more options become available. ABC News reported on the trend of “downaging” earlier this year, pointing out that many elderly patients are pursuing procedures including facelifts and breast implants. The American Society for Plastic Surgery also reports that the number of cosmetic surgery patients over 65 has grown more than 352 percent in the past five years – and the numbers continue to rise.

All patients considering plastic or cosmetic surgery must undergo a thorough medical checkup to ensure that they do not have existing medical problems that could complicate the procedure.

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Stem Cell Treatments Help Create More Natural Look with Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 21, 2010

Many men and women that undergo facelift surgery don’t achieve their ideal results right away because the skin does not heal evenly, or the skin tissues lose their natural contour and resilience.

Extensive surgical procedures, including facelift surgery, breast augmentation and tummy tucks often require post-procedure cosmetic enhancements, including body or facial sculpting and fillers to achieve the desired silhouette. Now, several plastic surgeons are turning to stem cells to achieve better results after just a single procedure.

Dr. Jeffrey Caruth of Plano Aesthetics in Dallas has developed a technique that uses the body’s own fat to recreate facial and body tissues. He uses fat from the buttocks and abdomen, for example, for breast augmentation procedures, facelifts, and even for enhancing the hands and feet.

The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the amount of fat that needs to be transferred, and typically takes between three to four hours. Dr. Caruth extracts excess body fat from the stomach, hips and thighs using traditional liposuction, and then uses special technology to extract the regenerative stem cells in the fat. The cells are preserved, and the rest of the fat cells undergo a purification and sterilization process. The doctor can then recombine the fat cells and stem cells, and prepares them in injectable form.

The stem cell injectable can be administered to any area of the body, and the body’s tissues adapt the cells within hours and days after treatment. When injected into the breast or facial tissues, the patient typically sees results within a few days after treatment, and progressive results within weeks after the procedure.

Overall, stem cell treatments promise to create a more natural look than implants, traditional tissue manipulation and hyaluronic or collagen fillers.

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African-American Community More Accepting of Plastic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 5, 2010

Reality TV shows including “Extreme Makeover” and the drama series “Nip Tuck” have influenced many Americans over these past few years, and put the spotlight on some of today’s most sought-after procedures including facelift surgery, liposuction and Botox.

The overall attitude towards plastic and cosmetic surgery in the United States has become more lax in recent years, and researchers report that many people are more accepting of going under the knife. A recent report in the Louisiana Weekly reports that plastic surgery is also gaining acceptance in the African-American community.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that more than 900,000 African Americans underwent some type of cosmetic or plastic surgery in 2008, which translates to a 145-percent increase since the year 2000.

According to Dr. Michelle Hardaway, an African-American plastic surgeon in Farmington Hills, Michigan, “makeover shows have made cosmetic surgery more acceptable…TV programs have made it more normal.”

Other plastic surgeons and researchers point out that the stigma of going under the knife has gone, and that television shows have taken the mystery out of plastic and cosmetic surgery, making it more socially acceptable even in minority communities.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the most commonly-requested procedures for African-American cosmetic patients include nose reshaping surgery, liposuction and breast reduction. Patients that do not want to undergo extensive surgery are turning to Botox, hyaluronic acid fillers, and chemical peels to improve their appearance. Another emerging trend for African-American patients is an increased demand for eyelid procedures among male patients. Eyelid lifts and upper eyelid tightening procedures help to create a more rejuvenated appearance, and can also help to reshape the upper facial area.

Dr. Sha Perrault, an African American psychologist from Maryland, reports states, “There was a time when we didn’t do things because it felt like we were selling out. That mentality is gone now and we have a more glamorized, mainstream focus.” (Source: Louisiana Weekly)

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Over 10 Million Americans Had Cosmetic Surgery in 2009 Despite Recession

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 27, 2010

Even amidst a recession and market trends that indicated Americans were spending less on luxury purchases, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons reports that over 10 million Americans had cosmetic surgery in 2009.

Demand for plastic surgery is expected to increase as the economy improves, and recent survey results show that approximately $10.5 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures in 2009, $6 billion was spent on surgical procedures, and approximately $4.5 billion was spent on nonsurgical procedures.

The most popular non-surgical procedure was Botox, and the top five surgical procedures were breast augmentation, liposuction, blepharoplasty (eyelid lift surgery), tummy tucks and a facelift. Other popular non-surgical procedurs were laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and hyaluronic acid fillers.

Over 2 million per year undergo Botox treatments to erase fine lines and wrinkles, and rejuvenate their appearance. For some people, fear of job loss was the primary reason to undergo a cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure, and more men opted for both surgical and nonsurgical procedures in 2009.  The ASAPS reports that the baby boomer generation was among the top market for plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures, and that the majority of procedures were performed in an office-based facility.

Over 900 board-certified physicians participated in the survey, and the group consisted of plastic surgeons, dermatologists and otolaryngologists.

Some physicians reported that repeat patients and individuals that put off more pricey procedures until they could afford it were among the majority that opted for non-surgical procedures such as Botox, microdermabrasion and injectables. Many people who couldn’t afford more extensive procedures such as facelift surgery, liposuction and body lifts opted for less-invasive procedures such as Thermage skin tightening treatments and VelaShape body contouring treatments to achieve desired results, even if results were only temporary.

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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 19, 2010

Many cosmetic and plastic surgeons have tapped into the Internet to find patients, setting up attractive websites and listing themselves on doctor directories so that patients can find them easily with basic search engine search. Now, some doctors are taking things to the next level by performing online consultations for patients at no extra charge. has automated the process of consulting with  a surgeon by allowing patients to fill out an online form about the procedures or treatments they are interested in. The patient has the option to upload images to a private account, and up to three surgeons can review the data and get in touch with the patient with an estimated cost for their procedure, and a possible treatment plan at their practice.

Dr. Jason Mussman, the founder of, states that this process allows the patient to “meet face-to-face with the doctor of their choice and have a more focused conversation detailing specific outcomes and scheduling.”

Many prospective patients do months of research before undergoing plastic and cosmetic surgery, and many turn to the Internet for information.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons advises patients to do extensive research about the doctor so that they can learn about the doctor’s track record, look at before and after photos of successful procedures, confirm that the doctor is board-certified to perform the selected procedure, and find out what the specific treatment costs will be.

Patients who are ready to take the next step to set up their consultation may be able to make a more informed decision by creating a profile on sites like and comparing quotes and responses from their selected doctors. is free to join and use, but an online consultation still has its limitations.

The President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Michael McGuire, questions the legality of this process and says that patient should not schedule surgery only after communicating with a physician online.

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