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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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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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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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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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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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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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 20, 2010
While many women are good candidates for procedures including breast augmentation, liposuction, facelift surgery and rhinoplasty, not all patients are mentally ready to go under the knife.
A recent study by a UK cosmetic treatment review website found that 34 percent of women that have had some type of cosmetic or plastic surgery do go back for another procedure. Most of these women say that they want to get additional procedures to boost their confidence and 31 percent blame ‘vanity’ for going under the knife again.
1,218 women were surveyed for this study, and the results reveal that many have become “addicted” to changing their appearance through cosmetic or plastic surgery. More than 1 in 10 admitted that they were indeed “addicted” to cosmetic procedures.
Experts say some women may be influenced by the media, while others simply want to look like their favorite celebrity, or want more self-esteem. The UK’s Good Surgeon Guide commissioned this study, and also took a close look at the top celebrities that they think may be setting the “cosmetic surgery addiction trend”. According to their research, celebrities that may be addicted to cosmetic and plastic surgery include Katie Price, Heidi Montag, Dannii Minogue, Pamela Anderson and Sharon Osbourne.
54 percent of women who were surveyed during this study reported that they had had Botox, and 12 percent stated that they would “never stop” getting the injectable. Only 7 percent reported that they would never have Botox again. Researchers also found that weight loss surgery comes in second to being the most “addictive” surgery, behind Botox, with approximately 23 percent of women going to the doctor’s office for a second treatment. The “least addictive” surgery, according to the Good Surgeon Guide Study, was rhinoplasty, with just one percent of those surveyed reporting that they would undergo a second nose procedure.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 7, 2010
As the desire to maintain Caucasian looks continues to fuel many dreams in the Far East, cosmetic surgeons are noticing a steady increase in demand for cosmetic procedures that help young women, and even some men, achieve the “Western ideal” of beauty. A recent story in the Miami Herald summarizes the latest trends in China, pointing out that thousands of young Chinese women and men are undergoing extensive procedures including eyelid reconstruction, breast enlargement and nasal bridge augmentation in an effort to get a better job or attract a mate.
Many young adults in cosmopolitan cities including Shanghai have grown up around the Western ideal of beauty. The upscale retail and entertainment districts around the city feature several Western retailers, including H&M and Zara. A recent explosion of wealth in China has put plastic and cosmetic surgery within easy reach for many young professionals, and other residents of the city.
Dr. Yang Yunxia, director of the New Generation cosmetic surgery unit and a leading cosmetic surgeon, recently interviewed with the Miami Herald, and indicates that she and her team have performed approximately 40,000 procedures per year. Dr. Yunxia states that in many cases, the procedures are designed to correct perceived disfigurations, such as small eyes or a lack of a nasal bridge. Many women simply want bigger eyes and a straight nasal bridge, which right now, are currently the leading signs of beauty in Asia.
While these types of cosmetic procedures are readily available, not all cosmetic surgery centers meet safety standards and guidelines. Over 200,000 lawsuits have been filed to date for disfiguration after bad cosmetic or plastic surgery, and some patients have to undergo corrective procedures which cost thousands of dollars. Still, many patients are lucky enough to find a cosmetic or plastic surgery center that can complete a sought-after procedure successfully.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 6, 2010
A recent survey from the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) reports that more than 17 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2009, and this number has surpassed any number previously reported. The AACS surveyed random physicians around the country to find out who was performing some of today’s most popular procedures, and what the most sought-after procedures are.
According to President of AACS, Mark Berman, M.D., “The cosmetic surgery industry continues to grow at a rate many people never thought it would reach…with the aging of the baby boomer generation, I don’t think we’ve come close to hitting the ceiling yet. That 17 million is going to expand.”
The most popular procedures, as of 2009, include the eyelid lift, tummy tucks and nose reshaping surgery. The most popular minimally-invasive procedures over the last five years include laser skin resurfacing, injectable fillers and chemical peels. Dr. Berman points out that as the economy slowly begins to recover, more patients will be returning to the doctor’s office and undergoing procedures that they have been putting off for a while.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery also reports that the baby boomer generation is contributing to the rise in cosmetic surgeries, and are seeking out more anti-aging procedures to restore their youthful looks. In 2009, the average age of facelift patients was 54.1 years, and the average age for eyelid lifts was 52.3 years. The average age of patients receiving Botox was 46.6 and injectable fillers was 46.8 years.
Dr. Berman states, “I think this might come as a surprise to the public when they see just how many baby boomers are trying to slow down the aging process…as a surgeon, these numbers aren’t surprising because we see older patients all the time.”
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 3, 2010
Two sisters from Sylmar have been arrested on suspicion of running an illegal cosmetic surgery operation from their home, according to a Los Angeles Police Department police report. The sisters had been injecting cosmetic fillers into patients that hardened into solid plastic. Neither one holds a license to perform injectable procedures, and they have been booked on charges of running an unauthorized medical practice on their property. Bail is posted at $20,000.
All prospective cosmetic and aesthetic surgery patients are advised to do research about their medical practitioner before undergoing cosmetic services, including minimally-invasive procedures such as Botox, dermal filler injections and other skin rejuvenation procedures. Red flags in this industry include discounted rates, extremely low pricing on packages, and discrete locations of the medical center.
Anyone who is administering Botox, injectables or offering various types of cosmetic procedures must hold a state license and have completed formal training. If the individual cannot provide proof of licensure, they are unlikely to have the authorization and training needed to perform cosmetic procedures.
Men and women undergoing more extensive procedures, such as liposuction, facelift surgery and other procedures can check for board-certification of their doctor online. Board-certified doctors are required to complete a certain number of years of training and maintain their credentials by taking continuing education classes and attending workshops and events. Board-certified plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons and medical professionals are also qualified to perform revision surgery if the first procedure does not produce desired results.
The American Society for Plastic Surgeons advises all patients to work only with ASPS member surgeons, because these doctors have more than six years of surgical training and experience, and at least three years of training specifically in plastic surgery. Prospective patients can find an ASPS member surgeon here.
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