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 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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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 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 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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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 14, 2010
Drew Barrymore recently interviewed with Elle magazine, and says that she is open to going under the knife. The 35-year old Hollywood starlet says that she is keeping her options open when it comes to getting plastic surgery, stating, “I don’t want to be vain or fearful, and I don’t think I’ll do anything, but if I want to do something, I will. From my perspective, there’s no reasons to be afraid of aging, because if you age, you’re lucky! The alternative is death.”
Many of today’s most popular actors and actresses have already gone under the knife to either transform or enhance their looks. Popular celebrity cosmetic procedures include rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, liposuction and Botox. Drew Barrymore is among the younger Hollywood actresses who is considering plastic surgery, and many younger Hollywood starlets have either already gone under the knife, or are also considering it. Heidi Montag, Jessica Simpson and even Jessica Biel have had some form of cosmetic or plastic surgery in order to maintain their youthful looks.
Even though many celebs have the means to work with the nation’s top plastic and cosmetic surgeons, they are still at risk for a “botched” procedure. In recent years, many celebrities including Tara Reid, Janet Jackson, Jessica Simpson and Tori Spelling were put under the media spotlight because of a bad procedure. Fortunately, many of the effects of bad plastic or cosmetic surgery can be reversed, but the celebrity still has to live with the side effects of the procedure for several weeks or months after surgery so that the tissues can heal.
Many people who wish to look like their favorite celebrity also consider getting plastic surgery, booking appointments for procedures such as the buttock lift, lip augmentation, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation and liposuction. Some celebrities are very open about the types of procedures they have had, while others prefer to keep their secret to looking beautiful under wraps.
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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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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 10, 2010
Results of a recent study published by surgeons from New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, as well as biomedical engineers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York show that certain compounds in sunless tanning spray can help to heal wounds after surgery.
According to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a sticky gel made with polyethylene glycol and polycarbonate of dihydroxyacetone (MPEG-pDHA) can help to seal up wounds after surgery.
Many types of surgery, including plastic and cosmetic procedures, leave a hollow space that fills up with seroma fluid, and must be drained by a temporary implanted drain. This is an unavoidable side effect of surgery and can be unpleasant. One of the effects is a deep wound that can take several weeks to heal completely. The MPEG-pDHA gel can be used in several types of reconstructive surgeries to prevent seroma formation.
According to Dr. Jason Spector, co-author of the study and plastic surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the new substance works as a glue to fill up the hole left behind and actually prevents seroma buildup.
DHA contains compounds called amines that stick to the skin and can act as a powerful glue to hold the skin tissues together. It is naturally produced by the body, and can be metabolized and safely removed by the body over time.
Dr. David Putnam, senior author of the study and biomedical engineer from Cornell University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is working on creating safe, synthetic compounds that include DHA. The engineers are able to bind the monomers together to form a polymer, and can then inject the polymer gel through a syringe. The gel form of this substance can be used as an “internal Band-Aid”, and can significantly lower seroma formation.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 7, 2010
Mommy makeovers continue to be popular plastic and cosmetic surgery procedure packages at doctor’s offices around the country, a series of procedures designed to help new moms get back into pre-pregnancy shape. The typical mommy makeover consists of liposuction procedures, breast augmentation and body contouring treatments such as VelaShape and Thermage that help to tighten and tone the skin.
According to statistics released by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in March, demand for cosmetic procedures has increased by as much as 147 percent since 1997. One plastic surgeon in Chicago explains that new mothers are just one segment of the population seeking more and more cosmetic enhancement options in recent years, and many are looking to reverse the physiological changes brought on by pregnancy and child-rearing. As a result, Dr. Brian Braithwaite, certified by the American Board Plastic Surgery and founder and medical director of The Aesthetic Institute of Chicago, is offering Mommy Makeover packages that not only help transform the new mom’s appearance, but also help her improve her self-esteem.
Dr. Braithwaite states that weight fluctuations and the body’s response to carrying a child can be difficult to improve on their own. Many changes during pregnancy affect the appearance of the breasts, face, thighs and the abdominal region, and the Mommy Makeover can address many of these aesthetic issues. Dr. Braithwaite uses both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments to remove excess body fat, tighten the skin and restore the previous contours of the body so that the new mom can enjoy a more youthful look.
The Mommy Makeover package available at The Aesthetic Institute of Chicago includes the breast lift procedure, breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, liposuction, thigh lift, and injectable procedures such as Botox. These procedures can be combined with a tummy tuck to improve the appearance of sagging skin around the abdomen. New moms are interviewed before the procedure to ensure they have realistic expectations about the procedure, and understand all of the risks and benefits involved.
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