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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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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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Bollywood Star Undergoes Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 7, 2010

Bollywood star Celina Jaitley has undergone cosmetic surgery to enhance her facial features in preparation for her new film, “Hello Darling” that will be released next month. According to the Mid Day gossip site, Celina was spotted with her new look at a promotional event for the movie.

In 2007, the actress denied that she had had any type of cosmetic surgery and was not even interested in pursuing Botox or other types of plastic surgery to improve her appearance. However, recent reports indicate that the actress has undergone some type of facial plastic surgery or cosmetic enhancements to maintain her youthful looks.

Demand for cosmetic surgery in Bollywood’s circles is still going strong, and many of the top Bollywood stars have undergone liposuction, rhinoplasty, or laser skin resurfacing procedures to achieve a more westernized look. Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty has undergone liposuction and rhinoplasty, while actress Kareena Kapoor underwent surgery to achieve a sharper jaw line and have her teeth aligned. Bollywood actress Rakhi Sawant has had silicone implants.

Plastic surgery is still frowned upon in some parts of India and the Middle East, but many Bollywood stars still go under the knife and are not afraid to share what procedures they have had with the public. According to, eight out of ten Bollywood celebrities have had some form of plastic surgery, and many Bollywood fans still question whether the beauty is natural or artificial.

Plastic surgeon Vijay Sharma claims that 80% of Bollywood actors and actresses achieve and maintain their looks by getting some type of cosmetic or plastic surgery. Popular procedures include breast enlargement, rhinoplasty and liposuction. Many celebrities do get cosmetic and plastic surgery after they have had children so that they can get back into their pre-pregnancy shape and secure a new role.

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Japanese Cosmetic Surgeons Perfect Cell-Assisted Lipotransfer Procedure

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 6, 2010

Fat transplantation is among the most innovative treatments for facial rejuvenation, breast reconstruction and soft tissue augmentation, and makes use of stem cells to assist with the tissue augmentation process. Japanese cosmetic surgeons have been testing this transfer procedure for several years, and many cosmetic surgeons around the country have been able to perform successful procedures without incisional scars or complications associated with injecting foreign materials into the skin.

Cell-assisted lipotransfer is now used to perform a number of plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures around the world, and is now undergoing several tests and trials to overcome many of the problems associated with lipoinjections and conventional fat transfer procedures. Dr. Kotaro Yoshimura, M.D., associate professor of the department of plastic surgery in the University of Tokyo is one of the leading investigators in stem cell research and in the usage of stem cells aesthetic applications.

When conducting the cell-assisted lipotransfer procedure (CAL), the adipose-dervied stem cells are used in combination with lipoinjections to build new tissue. In this procedure, the stromal vascular fraction (SVF) containing the autologous adipose-derived stem cells is freshly isolated from half of the aspirated fat and recombined with the other half.

The procedure involves a three-step process that begins with extracting fat from the donor site, purifying it and then re-injecting it into the skin tissues. Dr. Yoshimura uses a manual isolation process to extract the stem cells and prepare them for reinjection. He states, “Our results are pretty encouraging. We can use it for breast implant replacement as well as breast reconstruction. Facial reconstruction for inborn or acquired diseases are also good indications.”

Dr. Yoshimura has successfully executed over 450 breast augmentation procedures and breast reconstruction procedures using the CAL technique since 2003, and has deemed it a safe and effective procedure for tissue augmentation.


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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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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:

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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Study Reports Body Dysmorphic Disorder Patients Often Seek Out Plastic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 23, 2010

Individuals suffering from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) experience extreme anxiety about a perceived flaw in their appearance or body part. These individuals are often excessively concerned with or extremely dissatisfied with their appearance, and may experience a level of anxiety that reduces their quality of life. According to recent research from scientists at the Fernand-Seguin Research Centre of Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital, those who have body dysmorphic disorder may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy so that they become less-fixated on their perceived flaws.

Researchers have found that many patients with BDD experience depressive symptoms, and that many also seek out plastic surgery in an effort to fix their flaws. However, therapy may provide more benefits than any type of plastic surgery, especially if the individual has become reluctant to go out in public. Approximately 1 to 2 percent of the general population is affected by body dysmorphic disorder, but many cases simply go unreported. Recent statistics show that the disease affects over 350,000 Canadians, and many suffer from persistent fears that turn into rituals, and also turn to cosmetic procedures in order to avoid the true nature of their illness.

Preliminary findings of the study at the University of Montreal show that those who underwent specialized therapy for 20 weeks had an average reduction of 46 percent in appearance-related fixations, and an average reduction of 53 percent in ritualized behaviors such as picking the skin, applying makeup and looking in the mirror. Those who completed the therapy sessions also experienced an average reduction of 34 percent in associated depressive symptoms.

Plastic and cosmetic surgeons can detect signs and symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder during the initial consultation. Patients who appear to be mentally unstable and fixated on a particular body part or their appearance may not be suitable candidates for the procedure, and may be referred to a counselor or therapist before they are permitted to undergo treatment.

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AACS President Reports Cosmetic Surgeries are On the Rise

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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Demand for “Drive-Thru” Cosmetic Procedures Remains Strong

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 2, 2010

In spite of tighter personal budgets and busy schedules, many men and women are still heading to the cosmetic surgeon’s office for a nip and tuck – as long as it’s done over the lunch hour. According to a recent story by The 33 TV channel in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, demand for “drive-thru” cosmetic procedures is still strong.

Dallas cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bill Johnson states, “This is the new wave…patients want downtime like they want cellulite. They’re not interested in an unnecessary hospital bill. The ability to do it (cosmetic procedures) in the office makes it much less expensive because we don’t have to have a surgery center charge. You don’t have the extra expenses when they’re safe to do in the office.”

Some of today’s most popular “drive-thru” procedures include non-invasive liposuction that can be performed in under an hour, cellulite treatments that help reduce the appearance of unsightly bulges, and skin tightening procedures that help shape and contour the skin tissues. Procedures that can be performed under local anesthesia allow the patient to return to regular activities within hours of their procedure, and in some cases, they can undertake exercise or other physical activities within a few days.

Other options for “drive thru” procedures include facial skin tightening treatments, nonsurgical facelifts, and skin rejuvenation procedures that help to ward off the signs of aging. Microdermabrasion and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy are just two skin rejuvenation procedures that can help to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, and also improve the texture and tone of the skin – and all within an hour. In many cases, the side effects are mild redness and swelling which subside within a few hours.

Patients considering a quick fix procedure still need to undergo a formal consultation with a qualified physician before booking an appointment.

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UltraShape Expected to Receive FDA Clearance for Contour I System

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 1, 2010

UltraShape Ltd., the makers of the UltraShape body contouring and fat reduction system, has announced that it has applied for a request for clearance of its Contour I system with the United States Food and Drug Administration. The company is seeking approval under the 510(k) regulation rather than as  Pre-Market Approval (PMA).  This means that the company may receive approval more quickly, because the submission and clearance process with the FDA will be shortened.

According to Assaf Eyal, UltraShape CEO, “The United States is the largest and most important market in the world and represents a huge opportunity for our products. Submission for FDA market clearance under the 510(k) regulation is a major milestone for UltraShape. The recent launch of our new third generation product, together with our efforts to gain regulatory approval in the Untied States and China, provide us with a major growth opportunity.”

The Contour I System is currently begin marketed in more than 50 countries in Europe, Asia, South America, North America, Canada and Mexico. The company has introduced several products to U.S. markets since 2005, and medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the world have treated over 175,000 patients.

The Contour I device works using focused ultrasound energy waves to disrupt the fat cells and assist with fat cell tissue breakdown, without affecting the surrounding structures. Contour I is a trademark of UltraShape Ltd., and has not been approved for sale in the United States.

UltraShape is a non-invasive fat reduction system that promises to deliver results in as little as two weeks after treatment. There is no bruising or swelling involved with this procedure, and no downtime. Some practitioners believe that this is the “gold standard” in fat reduction and body contouring, and can safely reduce fat deposits in both men and women.

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