Women Utilizing Cosmetic Surgery to Achieve Celebrity Features

At present, we see many individuals undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures to resemble their favorite idols. More than men, women mostly undergo aesthetic procedures to achieve specific cosmetic goals. We have a lot of examples including the recent news of a woman who spent $30,000 to look like Kim Kardashian. Some women wish to achieve the looks of their favorite stars on the whole. However, majority of them desire to achieve specific features of their idols such as the eyes, buttocks, cheeks or lips which they may have found interesting or attractive.

RealSelf.com is an online community where users discuss diverse plastic surgery procedures. According to their statistics for women seeking cosmetic surgery, Kim’s butt is the most requested celebrity feature. However, they say this data is more anecdotal than scientific. They also noted that Brazilian Butt Lift is the procedure that women chose to achieve their desired derriere. This is an advanced procedure which uses surplus fat from body areas such as the thighs, hips, arms or abdomen to enhance the butt’s size and shape.

Other than Kim, here are the other most popular celebrity mentions of the year. The corresponding body part or procedure is mentioned.

  • Beyoncé – butt
  • Madonna – face and hands (anti-aging)
  • Angelina Jolie – cheeks, lips
  • Rihanna – skin lightening
  • Jennifer Lawrence – nose
  • Jennifer Lopez – butt
  • Kate Middleton – nose, smile
  • Julia Roberts – lips, smile

Brazilian butt lift is now getting trendy among celebrities and they undergo this procedure to gain more attractive looks and thereby boost their career prospects. As most of them share their experience in public, a number of women with similar concerns are likely to be inspired and opt for body contouring procedures. Celebrity surgery trends vary with time and the key moments in pop culture have caused a serious spike in celebrity surgery requests. There was a time when Angelina Jolie’s cheekbones was the trend, later it was the white teeth of Snooki and the interest turned to mommy makeover when Krista from The Bachelorette underwent it successfully.

Even though celebrity surgery has turned out to be one of the recent trends in plastic surgery, RealSelf has made it clear that it is not a majority trend. According to them, ninety-nine percent of the individuals don’t prefer to look like a celebrity. They simply want to fix something very personal and move forward with their lives with improved confidence and self esteem.

Slimmer, Shapely Thighs with FDA Approved CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting by Zeltiq Aesthetics is designed to provide fat loss solutions for those hard to lose places. Resolving surplus, stubborn fat deposits is easy and safe with this novel treatment. The CoolSculpting procedure is clinically proven to non-surgically reduce unwanted fat, and is FDA cleared to treat the abdomen and flanks. It is ideal to treat issues such as abdominal fat, love handles, bra rolls and muffin-tops. The good news is that The FDA has approved the use of this non-invasive option to treat the thigh area. Women can now look forward to achieving that much-desired thigh gap without resorting to unhealthy dieting or rigorous workouts.

The new applicator makes use of non-vacuum based cooling to easily and specifically treat the outer thighs and any non-pinch fat bulges. Moreover, it features a comfortable design that adjusts to suit each individual.

With the approval of treatment for the thighs, this non-invasive procedure is the only cold-based fat reduction technique to pass clinical trials. According to a report, 86 percent of participants in the FDA clinical trials reported that they saw a visible reduction in their thighs approximately 16 weeks after the procedure. Up to 89% of the participants said they would recommend the CoolSculpting procedure to a friend

A new market research study in the United States noted that 7.2 million individuals expressed an interest in the CoolSculpting treatment to resolve inner or outer thigh fat. The survey also showed that 13.2 million and 7.4 million people are interested in using the procedure to treat stubborn fat in the abdomen and flank, respectively.

The device uses advanced cooling technology (Cryolipolysis) in which a specially designed cooling applicator is applied to the area of concern. It targets localized fat deposits and freezes them, and the destroyed fat gets removed naturally via the body’s metabolic process. Other benefits that makes this such an attractive fat removal treatment option are

  • No knives and suction hoses
  • No needles and anesthetic
  • No harm to the surrounding tissues
  • No surgical incisions or scars

A typical treatment may take about one to three hours and you can get back to you active life as soon as it is complete. Additional procedures can help in even further fat reduction 2-4 months after the initial treatment.

Study Reported Low Complication Rates for Combined Liposuction/Tummy Tuck

Liposuction and tummy tuck are popular cosmetic surgery procedures among men and women looking to improve abdominal contour. Used together in one procedure, they can provide great results, according to a study published by an ASPS member surgeon in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open®, the official open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

The combined “lipoabdominoplasty” procedure was performed on 150 patients. They first underwent ultrasound lipolysis to remove excess fat from the abdomen and flanks (love handles) and then tummy tuck to remove excess abdominal tissue and loose skin. The outcome was compared to that of 384 liposuction-alone patients and 17 abdominoplasty-alone patients.

The study, based on data over a five-year period noted that:

  • The combined procedure performed to reduce surgical trauma can also provide excellent patient outcomes
  • Lipolysis and abdominoplasty, performed individually or in combination, can be performed safely with appropriate measures to reduce complications by minimizing tissue trauma
  • None of the liposuction candidates developed seromas, which was due to the use of limited ultrasound
  • The rate of seromas after abdominoplasty was low (5 percent)

Using safe preventive measures can help surgeons reduce the risk post-surgical complications such as blood clots.

The combined treatment offers many benefits

  • The best of both procedures
  • More comprehensive results with smoother lines
  • Impressive lower body makeover
  • Less risk of blood loss during surgery
  • Known risks of individual procedures such as development of seromas are minimal

An earlier study by this expert found high patient satisfaction rates and improved self-esteem among patients who underwent the combination procedure. The present study’s results have noted that exceptional cosmetic outcomes could be achieved with a low complication rate when basic measures are taken to reduce risk.

bodySCULPT’s Involvement in ASAPS

Founded in 1967, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is recognized as the world’s leading organization in its category with more than 2,600 members, devoted to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments of the face and body. Membership in the ASAPS is the exclusive privilege of surgeons who have the necessary qualifications. Each year, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery sponsors and endorses many scientific conferences and offers Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for various educational activities. Attending the continuing education events such as the ASAPS conferences and workshops offers a valuable opportunity for participating surgeons to hone their skills and keep up-to-date with the latest techniques and technology.

As faculty members of ASAPS, bodySCULPT’s plastic surgeons – Dr. Spero J Theodorou and Dr. Christopher T Chia are actively involved in this surgical community that focuses on medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Thoroughly knowledgeable in the latest technologies, both surgeons provide training to their peers.

Our surgeons participated in the Aesthetic Meeting 2014, which was held at Moscone Center, San Francisco from April 24-29, 2014. They presented a 3-hour course on “Liposuction 2014: New Technologies, Established Techniques, and Combined Procedures.” The course had information necessary to: plan and perform liposuction safely and efficiently, identify alternative routines to optimally treat a broad variety of patients, evaluate utilization of local anesthesia, compare established and newer techniques, and so on.

Dr. Spero J Theodorou and Dr. Christopher T Chia have been acknowledged and honored for their service as faculty members at ASAPS Aesthetic Meeting 2014.

Advanced Femilift Featured on The Doctors TV Show

FemiLift is considered a safe alternative to traditional vaginal rejuvenation procedures such as vaginoplasty and labiaplasty and many women have accepted it as a convenient option. This FDA-approved laser vaginal rejuvenation was featured on The Doctors TV show yesterday, Tuesday, 16th September 2014. This was a 15-minute segment on the Alma procedure, which is proven to provide long lasting vaginal tightening results. FemiLift from Alma® Lasers effectively “tightens up” the vagina and the show gave a more accurate, individualized, and comprehensive picture of the procedure.

A thermal heating system stimulates collagen growth and tightens the vaginal tissues. The highlight of this 30-minute treatment is that women can immediately return to daily activities and also enjoy an active sex life. This revolutionary treatment is a great option for women who experience a condition known as vaginal relaxation. The condition usually occurs as a result of aging, obesity, or even multiple vaginal childbirths, resulting in sexual dissatisfaction.

How it Works

Femilift vaginal rejuvenation makes the vaginal canal smaller; it induces collagen and elastine contraction and regeneration of these proteins. The treatment remodels the vaginal tissue and re-establishes a firm youthful vaginal tissue. FemiLift CO2 laser-emitting hand piece is a precision device which meets the ease of use functionality. The probe features 360 degree rotation, which offers full control over the treatment.

A number of benefits are offered for women choosing to undergo this laser treatment:

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Virtually painless procedure
  • No downtime
  • No anesthesia
  • Minimal risk of infection
  • Minimal risk of bleeding and other side effects
  • Gentle treatment
  • Utmost precision with Alma CO2 laser
  • Complete patient satisfaction
  • Long term results

Femilift is a gentle, accurate and controlled treatment which is designed to meet the growing demand for innovative vaginal procedures. Skilled and experienced surgeons at established practices offer personalized Femilift solutions. The procedure is also found useful for women who have painful and embarrassing urinary incontinence.

Popularity of Cosmetic Surgery Procedures by Age Group

With advancements in technology and techniques, cosmetic surgery has become more effective and safer, fueling its popularity. Statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) clearly prove this. While individual goals vary widely, it would be interesting to look at the most popular cosmetic surgical treatments by age.

  • Unlike other features which may improve in shape and structure over time, the nose may grow in size proportionate to other facial features, though the aesthetics remain the same. That may be the reason why candidates 13-19 year-old mostly opt for rhinoplasty – surgery to improve the shape and appearance of the nose.
  • Breast augmentation, the procedure that improves the size and shape of breasts is a popular cosmetic treatment among women aged 20-29 years. The breasts would be fully developed by this time. Well-shaped breasts proportionate to the body can make them look better in their clothes and boost their self-confidence.
  • Metabolism begins to slow down by the time men and women enter their 30s. Despite exercise and fat, unwanted fat deposits linger in various areas. That is why liposuction is a popular procedure among those above the age of 30. The treatment can restore body contour by removing the excess fat.
  • Tummy tuck is a popular procedure among people aged 35 plus. Women opt for the treatment following delivery and men to resolve a pot belly.
  • When people enter their 40s, they may see noticeable signs of ageing, especially in the eyes and forehead. Wrinkles would appear and the eyes appear droopy and tired. That’s why many individuals aged 40-54 years go in for eyelid surgery and brow lift to improve facial appearance.
  • Those over 55 years of age would have highly visible ageing signs mostly on face and facial rejuvenation can help. Facelift is the most appropriate treatment. It lifts the corners of the mouth, cheeks, jaw line, and neck.

Regardless of the procedure, timing means a lot. There is an optimum age for every treatment. Cosmetic surgery is effective only if it performed at the right time.

New Survey Identifies the Body Sculpting Concerns of Women in Summer

When summer approaches, the prime consideration women have is making their bodies “bikini ready”. A recent Wakefield Research survey, commissioned by ZELTIQ® Aesthetics studied the body sculpting concerns of women in summer. The report shows that 88 percent of women feel it is important to enhance one area of their body before they believe themselves to be “bikini ready”. The interesting part of the survey was that even women leading a healthy lifestyle and were in good shape had some problem areas which they needed to improve.

500 U.S. women in the age range of 18 years and older between May 1 and May 8, 2014 were included in the survey. Here are some important and interesting findings of the “Summer’s Bare Facts” survey report.

Summer's Bare Facts Survey Report

Women looking to improve their body shape in a short span of time, but with minimal complications can opt for Coolsculpting procedure. This non-invasive treatment uses cooling technology to help achieve individual body contouring goals and is the only cold-based fat reduction treatment cleared by the FDA. It was revealed that more than one million of these procedures have been performed worldwide. This procedure has many benefits: typically only 1-3 hours duration, no knives, suction hoses, needles, anesthetics, surgical incisions and scars. Surrounding tissues are not harmed and patients can get back to their normal routines once the procedure is completed. Coolsculpting benefits are very likely to persuade women to consider it as one of the best options to get “bikini ready” in summer.

ISAPS Releases 2013 Statistics on Cosmetic Procedures Worldwide

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) is the trusted resource for data on cosmetic surgery procedures worldwide. Its latest statistics published on July 24 reveals that more than 23 million cosmetic procedures were performed worldwide last year. The ISAPS data is based on information collected from 2,700 board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon members in 95 countries.

One of the main highlights is that for the first ever time in history, Brazil has edged out the United States in terms of the number of surgical procedures performed last year. Interestingly, Botulinum Toxin ranks first in terms of the total number of cosmetic procedures performed in 2013.

Women accounted for more than 20 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2013, up to 87.2% of the total. Men had more than 3 million cosmetic procedures in 2013, which was 12.8% of the total procedures.

The top five countries for cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures performed last year are:

  • United States-3,996,631-(17%)
  • Brazil-2,141,257-(9.1%)
  • Mexico-884,353-(3.8%)
  • Germany-654,115-(2.8%)
  • Spain-447,177-(1.9%)

The list of the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures at the global level is similar to that for the U.S. in 2013:

  • Breast Augmentation (1,773,584)
  • Liposuction (1,614,031)
  • Blepharoplasty (1,379,263)
  • Lipostructure including lipofilling and stem-enhanced lipofilling (1,053,890)
  • Rhinoplasty (954,423)

The top five non-surgical treatments are

  • Botulinum Toxin (5,145,189)
  • Fillers and Resorbables (3,089,686)
  • Laser Hair Removal (1,440,252)
  • Non-Invasive Facial Rejuvenation (1,307,300)
  • Chemical Peel, CO2 resurfacing, dermabrasion (773,442)

Breast Augmentation, Liposuction, Blepharoplasty, Lipostructure and Breast Lift were the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures among women. Rhinoplasty, Breast Reduction for Gynecomastia, Blepharoplasty, Liposuction and Otoplasty were the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures for men.

Though the ISAPS statistics were based only on those countries from which a sufficient response was received, they clearly indicate an upward trend in cosmetic surgical procedures at the global level. ISAPS expects that this new data will fuel debates among surgeons gathering to share new techniques and discuss cutting-edge information in the field at its 22nd Biennial Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September.

Breast Enhancement – Now Possible in 20 Minutes!

Can you believe that just like a ten-minute laser treatment, 15-minute manicure, or a 25-minute express professional makeup, you can enhance your breasts in just 20 minutes? Yes, lunchtime breast enhancement is for real! This instant procedure can help perk up your appearance for special events, parties, and vacations. It’s ideal when you don’t have the time or inclination to go in for breast implant surgery.

This temporary procedure can help you achieve your breast enlargement goals without going under the knife. The procedure can be done in less than half an hour during your lunch-break. The effects last for up to 24 hours and it’s safe as the saline gets absorbed by the body.

The treatment involves injecting the saline fluid into the breast tissue, rather than going behind the chest muscle, as with an implant. The breasts get enlarged, depending on the volume of liquid injected. Side effects may include some bruising, pain and stretched skin.

This innovative breast lift is considered an alternative to Europe’s popular “lunchtime lift”, that involves injecting fillers like Restylane or Juvéderm to boost the bust line. It is also a feasible option for women who are undecided about going in for implant surgery – the injections would give them an idea of what they might look like with larger breasts and help them to make an informed decision.

Established plastic surgery centers use advanced 3D breast simulation technologies such as Axis Three and VECTRA 3D to help patients visualize the result of the procedure before it is performed.

If you want to try out the treatment, schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon that offers the procedure and is experienced in cosmetic breast surgery.

High Rate of Supplement Use by People Undergoing Cosmetic Surgery

A recent study conducted by researchers with Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland reveals that most of the older females undergoing facial cosmetic surgery use herbal supplements. The study was published in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The researchers say that about half of the cosmetic surgery candidates are using herbal and other supplements.

The charts of 200 patients who were 15 and older who underwent cosmetic facial surgery including facelift surgery or rhinoplasty with one surgeon were analyzed. The study reviewed their preoperative medication lists to find out how many of them were using herbal supplements and what all types were being used. Here are the details of the study.

  • More than 80 percent of the individuals who were reviewed were women.
  • Average age of the individuals was 45 years.
  • 49% of them were using at least one type of supplement.
  • The study group members were classified as herbal supplement users and non-herbal supplement users.
  • 24.5% of them used only vitamins or minerals.
  • 2.5 percent of them were using animal and plant based supplements.
  • 22 % were taking animal and plant based supplements such as fish oil along with vitamins and minerals.
  • Overall, 53 different types of supplements were reported as used.
  • Dietary supplements that may increase the risk of bleeding such as bilberry, bromelain, garlic, methylsulfonylmethane, selenium, fish oil, flax seed oil, and vitamin E, were reported forty five times in 35 patients.
  • In the herbal group, an average number of 2.8 supplements were used, 89.8% of candidates were female and the average age was 51.4.
  • In the non-herbal group, there were 77.5 percent female candidates and the average age was 38.5 years.

Dietary supplements are being extensively used in the United States. Almost 20 percent of all the patients reviewed and 35.7 percent of herbal supplement users would have been at risk of bleeding if they were not instructed to stop the use of the supplements before surgery. Careful documentation of those products needs to be done and awareness must be created taking into account their possible ill effects on surgery and recovery. Advising patients not to consume such products would improve their safety and minimize the recovery period after their cosmetic surgery procedure.