Cosmetic Surgery Getting Popular Among Over-55s [Infographic]

The stigma attached to cosmetic surgery is disappearing and the fact that aesthetic procedures are become popular among over-55s seems to provide additional proof of this. The 2013 annual statistics report of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) revealed an increase of 3% in cosmetic surgical procedures among individuals age 55 and over during 2012-2013. Up to 374,000 procedures were performed on seniors in 2013, which made up 24% of total cosmetic surgery procedures that year.

The report also provides information on the most popular procedures among older adults. These include facelift, eyelid surgery, liposuction, forehead lift, hair transplantation, and pectoral implants. There are many reasons why people over 55 want to rejuvenate their looks

  • To improve general self-esteem
  • To look as young as they feel
  • To be more competitive in the workplace
  • To feel more attractive
  • To attract new partners
  • To get connected/accepted in the social circles

According to a recent article on dating among seniors, internet dating among those aged 50+ is up by 40% and over-50s is fastest growing group of internet dating site users. Moreover, when people over 55 looking for employment or to switch jobs, many find that physical appearance and looking younger matters as much as their educational qualifications and experience.

According to American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s (ASAPS) Consumer Attitude Survey 2010, 67 percent of Americans said that they wouldn’t be embarrassed if their friends and family knew they had cosmetic surgery. Most said they are comfortable with an occasional nip and tuck, and 77 percent of those over 65 were willing to be open about the procedures.

A new hair style, a brightened up smile, and refreshed wardrobe, and a rejuvenated physical appearance is helping baby boomers enhance their confidence and quality of life. However, all plastic surgery procedures carry risks and older adults need to be aware of potential complications. Discussing your goals with an experienced and compassionate plastic surgeon is therefore the first step in making this life changing decision.

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Study Shows High Patient Satisfaction with Non-invasive Cryolipolysis

CoolSculpting Zeltiq offers the solution for individuals looking for a safe, effective, non-invasive option to get rid of stubborn fat deposits. This unique body contouring treatment is based on cryolipolysis – the non-invasive cooling of fat tissues to make the fat cells break down and reduce body fat without harming other tissues.

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The procedure involves placing the specially designed cooling applicator in the desired area to freeze fat deposits and facilitate their removal via the body’s metabolic processes. Importantly, it does the job without harming the surrounding tissues – only the fat cells are frozen. Fat freezing is a great option to contour diverse body areas such as abdomen, love handles, bra rolls and muffin-tops with no knives, suction hoses, needles, anesthetic, surgical incisions and scars. A clinical study on the clinical outcomes of noninvasive cryolipolysis for body contouring reported good safety, tolerance, and patient satisfaction. Let’s take a look at the findings:

In the study involving 518 candidates, safety was assessed with side effects, tolerance with pain scores and patient perception of treatment duration and outcomes based on caliper measurements, patient surveys, and assessment of photographs.

  • No major side effects or unfavorable events were reported
  • 89% of individuals who responded noted a positive perception of treatment duration
  • 96% of the respondents reported minimal to tolerable discomfort
  • 73% patient satisfaction were demonstrated in the survey results
  • 82% of the individuals would recommend the cryolipolysis procedure to their friends
  • 23% reduction in fat layer thickness is shown with caliper measurements in a period of 3 months
  • The most effective treatment sites were abdomen, back, and flank, with 86% of subjects showing improvement per investigator assessment

The study concluded that cryolipolysis is an effective treatment method for subcutaneous fat reduction and is safe and well-tolerated. However, proper patient selection is important to results.

This non-surgical fat reduction procedure can effectively treat muffin tops, bra fat, love handles and belly pooch, and is proving ideal for people with busy lifestyles as it allows them to achieve their cosmetic goals with virtually no downtime.

Brazilian Butt Lift Getting Trendy Among Celebrities

The image of the ideal body has received considerable attention from the press over the last few years, with an increasing number of men and women including celebrities vouching for various aesthetic procedures. Brazilian butt augmentation is much sought after as it can provide prominent, perky, youthful-looking buttocks and a more sensuous body profile. At bodySCULPT in Manhattan, NYC, plastic surgeons offer this remarkable procedure to address major aesthetic concerns such as flat buttocks and sagging buttocks. Adding volume to a flat derriere and enhancing its contour, shaping up after pregnancy or weight loss, correcting proportional imbalances – all this can be achieved with this unique butt lift procedure.

Brazilian butt lift is becoming very trendy among celebrities who wish to achieve a more attractive figure with rounder, fuller buttocks. Recent news says that reality star Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi has undergone the butt lift procedure to achieve an impressively enhanced derriere. The fat from this reality star’s stomach was transferred to her rear to boost its size. The procedure reportedly took 3 inches off her waistline, helping her achieve remarkable body contouring results.

Brazilian Butt lift

Controversies are still on regarding whether Kim Kardashian underwent a butt lift. However, her attractive posterior might have contributed a lot to the present butt lift trend. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has presently named the future Mrs. Kanye West as one of the causes behind a dramatic 58 percent jump in the popularity of buttocks augmentation. The report also added that this procedure experienced the largest percentage rise considering any other cosmetic surgery option during the period. Experts have even rated it the hottest trend in fat transfer. The procedure involves removing fat from the abdomen or waist and then transplanting it into the butt. The stomach becomes flatter, the waist smaller and the butt achieves a more attractive shape. Needle, scalpel and stitches do not figure in this innovative procedure.

The popular online community RealSelf which aids users in deciding their optimal cosmetic surgical procedure also reported in favor of the trend. According to them, Brazilian butt lift is one of the top searched procedures, which has the most number of conversions. They also noted that candidates have a very specific look in mind and idolize Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj.

The wide acceptance of this fat transfer method is mainly because it is safe and with good success rates. This is because there are no implant related complications and minimal chance for the body to reject its own tissues.

A well-contoured and striking posterior is surely an asset for a woman. It enhances her feminine appearance and boosts her self confidence. Women can also comfortably and confidently wear their favorite outfits, especially beachwear.

The Importance of Choosing a Qualified, Trained and Experienced Plastic Surgeon

When it comes to having plastic surgery, there is nothing as important as choosing a qualified, trained and experienced plastic surgeon to perform the procedure. There are many stories – some really horrifying – of botched plastic surgeries, the results of which are often irreversible and leave the victim scarred for life. In many cases, it is found that the individual has not done any proper research to find the right plastic surgeon.

One disturbing trend is that cosmetic surgery is attracting non-professionals simply because it is a lucrative profession. The New York Times reported the case of a 59 year-old woman who got a tummy tuck and face-lift from a board-certified surgeon with disastrous results. She had looked for the ‘board-certified’ tag – what she did not know was that his area of specialization was not plastic surgery and that he was a board-certified ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon! She then had to find a ‘real’ plastic surgeon to undo the damage.

Though ENTs or otolaryngologists – Head & Neck surgeons – are trained and board-certified to perform plastic surgery of the face, head and neck, they should not do tummy tucks or breast augmentation. In this case, the woman would have made the right choice if she had consulted a plastic surgeon trained and skilled in “neck-up” procedures, including those of the face, ear, nose, and throat areas. Just because the ENT is board-certified and trained, it does not mean that he will have the skill of a plastic surgeon who has years of experience in facelift surgery.

Declining insurance reimbursements are said to one of the reasons why physicians are venturing into unauthorized territory. Most plastic surgery procedures are regarded as non-essential or elective and people pay out-of-pocket. The demand for cosmetic surgery has increased exponentially over the years. There are many factors encouraging this trend: easy access, new minimally invasive technologies, improved results with minimal side effects, and of course, the universal desire to look younger and more attractive and boost self-esteem.

Individuals should be diligent and cautious when researching an individual surgeon’s experience and credentials when making their choice. If you are considering rhinoplasty, consult a plastic surgeon or cosmetic surgeon who performs more rhinoplasty procedures than any other surgery. Only a specialist can provide the best results for rhinoplasty which is very complex and delicate procedure.

Some points to note when you are doing your research

  • Don’t be led away by a plastic surgeon who says he got his training at a weekend seminar. For instance, only a surgeon who has undergone extensive training in the Smartlipo Triplex laser liposuction procedure and performs these procedures on a regular basis can provide the desired results for body contouring using this innovative technology.
  • Make sure the surgeon is operating in an AAAASF-accredited facility. There are stories of unqualified professionals performing aesthetic surgery in tanning salons and med spas. They would be unprepared to handle a medical emergency. In an accredited plastic surgery practice, adherence to standards of patient safety and comfort is ensured.

Research, visit, and interview the plastic surgeon. Make sure you get satisfactory answers to your questions and that you are informed of all the risks and benefits of the procedure.

New Study Finds Consensus on the Perfect Female Nose

A well-shaped nose that is proportionate to other facial features can make a big difference to a person’s looks. But is there any such thing as a perfect nose? According to a new study, yes. The Telegraph recently reported on research published in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery journal says that the ideal tilt angle for a nose is 106 degrees because it enhances femininity.

The researchers showed 106 people photographs of Caucasian women age 18 to 25 with nose at angles of 96, 101, 106, 111 and 116 degrees to their face. While earlier studies of rhinoplasty or nose jobs were unable to arrive at a consensus on the ideal shape of a woman’s nose, this study established that the majority of those surveyed opted for 106 degrees as the ideal angle. On online survey with about 4000 participants showed the same results. This led to the conclusion that a slightly upturned nose with an angle greater than 90 degrees is the most aesthetically attractive. However, they added that further research would be needed to know if a more ideal projection exists.

The major findings of the study could provide an indicator for cosmetic surgeons performing nose jobs:

  • A tilt of 106 degrees was the optimum nasal angle for women
  • The findings are confined to young, white women and does not involve other races or ethnicities
  • The study supported earlier research which noted 104 and 108 degrees as the ideal angle

In men, 90 degrees is considered the ideal angle as it enhances masculinity.

Rhinoplasty is growing in popularity. The annual report of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) on cosmetic surgical procedures shows that nose reshaping surgery stands second among the top 5 cosmetic surgery procedures in 2013. This is a really challenging aesthetic surgical procedure and these new findings can help surgeons provide patients with results closer to perfection. In addition to improving the aesthetics, the procedure can help resolve the breathing difficulties, if any.

Rise in Medical Tourism Impacting Cosmetic Surgery Market

With men and women of all ages becoming more conscious about the way they look, the demand for plastic surgery is growing fast. Recent trends show that Americans are increasingly traveling abroad for plastic surgery procedures which are not covered by insurance. Rise in healthcare costs in developed countries coupled with the availability of high quality medical services at a low cost in developing countries have contributed to the growth of the medical tourism industry.

According to an article in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – the medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a growing number of Americans are traveling to Mexico, India, and other countries for less-expensive nose jobs and breast augmentation surgery. The development of medical tourism industry is fuelled by several factors such as reduced cost of procedures, long waiting times, and high demand for cosmetic surgeries in the home country.

Because cosmetic plastic surgery procedures are not covered by insurance, they make up a major part of the burgeoning medical tourism market. Prices for cosmetic surgery in these countries are typically much lower than at home. For example, a breast augmentation procedure that would cost $6,000 in the U.S. can be done for $2,200 in India. The article concludes that to retain patients and be competitive in a global market, U.S. plastic surgery must be vigilant of the changes in medical tourism and adapt accordingly.

Getting cosmetic treatments abroad come with risks and complications. People may be drawn by lower costs, but need to consider the potential risks of undergoing surgery in a foreign country, including traveling after surgery.

Here are some important things to consider while considering plastic surgery abroad:

  • Is your surgeon qualified and experienced?

In many cases, complications arise as a result of the surgeon not being qualified to perform the requested surgeries. Make sure the surgeon can successfully perform the procedure you want.

  • How will post-operative care and any complications be handled?

Before undertaking plastic surgery, you should research the potential risks and side effects of the procedure. Ensure that the chosen practice can provide customized post-operative care and effectively handle any complications that may occur.

  • Are travel and vacation activities compatible with surgery?

Vacation activities soon after the procedure may increase the risk of developing pulmonary embolism and blood clots. Most cosmetic surgery procedures require 2 to 3 days for the patient to resume daily activities. An ideal surgeon would discuss what you can expect during recovery and what you can do to minimize risks.

While many people generally perform thorough research before choosing their plastic surgeon – at home or abroad – there are still those who place priority on and look for good deals rather than qualified surgeons. Remember that your safety comes first.

Safe and Effective Non-Surgical Fat Reduction with CoolSculpting

Getting that well-contoured body was never easier. There are so many options available to remove excess fat that refuses to go away regardless of diets and exercise. And one treatment that is hogging the limelight for all the right reasons is CoolSculpting Zeltiq – an advanced non-surgical technique that does away with those stubborn fat deposits gently, safely and effectively.

This non-invasive procedure is ideal to tackle muffin tops, love handles, saddle bags, bra rolls, and belly pooch. It is unique in that unlike other treatments, there is no heating or shattering of fat cells involved. Instead, it uses a cooling technology delivered through a special applicator. After the targeted area is marked, the plastic surgeon positions the device over your body to gently draw up the fat between two cooling panels. This targeted, controlled cooling process targets the fat cells and freezes and destroys them, while leaving your healthy cells intact. The frozen fat cells are expelled from your body via natural metabolic processes.

CoolSculpting benefits in a nutshell:

  • Little to no downtime
  • Non-invasive fat reduction
  • Targets stubborn areas of fat
  • Does not affect surrounding tissues
  • No general anesthesia

With no needles, no incisions, no anesthesia, and no downtime time, recovery is smooth and quick. You stay awake and as the treatment typically takes about 1-3 hours, you can get back to your normal routine immediately. Three weeks on, you see visible results and after a few months, you will find that your clothes fit better and you look better.