Interesting Information about Cosmetic Surgery

The demand for cosmetic surgery procedures is growing among both men and women. Here is some interesting information about these treatments:

  • “Plastic” is derived from the Greek plasikos, meaning “to mold”. The term “surgery” is derived from the Greek kheirourgos, from kheir – “hand” + ergon – “work”.
  • Italian Gaspare Tagliacozzi (1546-1599) is widely considered the “father of modern plastic surgery”.
  • Many plastic surgeries in the early Renaissance were performed in barber shops
  • The first recorded “nose job” is found in ancient Indian Sanskrit texts (600 B.C.)
  • Surgeons who served in World War I established the American Association of Plastic Surgery in 1931 and helped restrict unregulated plastic surgery
  • Breast augmentation continues to be the top cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States since 2006, says the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • ASPS reports that $12.6 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures in the U.S. in 2013, up 15% from 2012
  • ASPS statistics show that 87% of the total cosmetic surgery procedures performed last year were for women and rest (13%) for men
  • According to ASPS, the region which reported the highest number of cosmetic procedures in the U.S. in 2013 is Mountain/Pacific with 4.3 million procedures
  • Up to 15.1 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2013, 1.6 million cosmetic surgical procedures and 13.4 million cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures, says ASPS
  • Facial rejuvenation procedures showed the most growth in 2013, with Botox injections touching an all-time high of 6.3 million injections
  • According to a Consumer Survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), 83 percent of men think that personal appearance plays a role in their professional success and progress. This could be responsible for the rising popularity of cosmetic treatments among men
  • A 2011 International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery survey noted that the United States tops the world in number of plastic surgeons as well as plastic surgeries. It also showed that nearly one-fifth of the world’s plastic surgeons practice in the United States
  • Use of lasers are getting popular among cosmetic procedures making them faster, safer, a lot less painful, and less expensive
  • Not just celebrities or wealthy socialites, but anyone who can save up can have cosmetic procedures
  • Plastic surgeons report that the selfies are inspiring people to have facial rejuvenation procedures

Innovative treatments, including non-invasive procedures are being developed each year to improve the aesthetics concerns of practically any area of the body with improved safety and minimal downtime. It can only be expected that the demand for cosmetic treatments will continue to grow.


Study Shows Impact of Reduction Mammoplasty on Adolescents

There has been a considerable rise in the figures for reduction mammoplasty performed on teenage patients, maybe because of the higher occurrence of childhood obesity or the improved body awareness among adolescents or both. A study was carried out to analyze how reduction mammoplasty impacts teenagers. A retrospective review was performed by researchers from Sheffield Children’s Hospital in England to identify the indications, complications and long-term outcomes of this procedure.

A successful procedure makes the breasts smaller, firmer, lighter, and more evenly proportioned. It usually relieves the physical discomfort and pain caused by large breasts. Whether the candidates are teenagers or adult women, the results are considered permanent unless affected by pregnancy, weight gain, or weight loss. The presently discussed study is exclusively on the treatment impact on teens.

Here are the details of the study.

  • Females less than 19 years of age (mean age, 17.4 years) undergoing reduction mammoplasty were involved in the study
  • A total of 36 females were part of the study
  • There were females who had undergone unilateral or bilateral reduction mammoplasty
  • Details on patient demographics, mechanical and psychological symptoms and postoperative complications were compiled by the surgeons
  • A qualitative prospective questionnaire study was organized between five and 13 years following surgery
  • In order to assess surgery benefits, responses were rated using the Likert Scaling system
  • The study notes the most common pre-surgery mechanical symptoms as back and neck pain, difficulty sleeping and intertrigo
  • Other than the physical factors, a number of other psychological complaints were also noted such as increased self-consciousness, low self-esteem, depression and bullying
  • The physical and psychological improvement following surgery and follow-up were noted
  • 67 percent of females experienced an instant resolution of mechanical symptoms and 47 percent of them were bettered in psychological symptoms

To conclude, the study noted that "Reduction mammaplasty is especially beneficial in this group of patients as they suffer increased psychological co-morbidities versus their adult counterparts. Patients need to be adequately assessed and counseled for optimal outcome".

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery offers guidelines for evaluating teenagers who are considering cosmetic plastic surgery, which includes assessing physical maturity, exploring emotional maturity and expectations and other details. A good surgeon always evaluates the patients to know if the treatment offers the right results for them.

Welcome 2015 by Rejuvenating Your Looks

It’s quite common to make resolutions before the start of the New Year. People are determined to get healthy, start a new hobby, travel, overcome fears, quit smoking etc. – the list could go on and on. Achieving an ideal body weight and enhancing overall physical appearance are also popular and desirable goals. If on the top of your 2015 New Year’s resolutions list is to rejuvenate your looks, you’re fortunate as there are many effective cosmetic surgical and non-surgical treatments available to help you.

People have different cosmetic concerns and there are solutions for every age. Non-surgical treatments, such as dermal fillers and Botox, are ideal for people looking to soften the signs of aging by treating wrinkles and lines. A laser facelift is also a popular choice among men and women who want a minimally invasive treatment to improve the contour of the neck, jowls and jaw line.

If diet and exercise fell short of your expectations, you can shape up and achieve an attractive figure with liposuction surgery. Here again, leading surgical practices offer outpatient treatments using innovative technologies which minimize downtime and recovery period. So go ahead and plan to shape and sculpt your body into a more flattering figure with a body contouring procedure. In fact, surgeons report that liposuction and tummy tuck are popular treatments among those who want to look their best in the summer. For moms, this is an ideal time to resolve to restore their youthful figure with a mommy makeover.

Many women choose to have breast augmentation this time of year to resolve various issues – achieve better proportion or resolve lost breast volume due to weight loss, pregnancy, aging or other factors. A breast lift can address sagging. Oversized male breasts can be resolved with breast reduction surgery. All these treatments go a long way in helping people welcome the New Year with improved self confidence and self esteem.

For cosmetic surgeons, the New Year resolution should be to provide patients with customized treatments with longer lasting results that can fulfill their aesthetic goals and enhance quality of life in the coming year as well as in upcoming years.

The New Year is a time for a fresh start and the rest of the year would depend on the decisions and resolutions you make in the beginning. So don’t rush into a decision. Do your research before making your resolution and make sure that it helps you get more satisfaction and happiness out of life.

Zeltiq Attributes Its Huge Revenue Growth to Its CoolSculpting Technology

Non-surgical fat reduction is an exciting possibility for men and women looking to achieve a contoured body without any of the complications associated with an invasive procedure. FDA-approved CoolSculpting technique has become very popular with more and more people coming forward to utilize its potential to reduce fat in a safe and effective manner.

A report released by Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc. last month said that it is ranked number one in medical devices on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. The company attributes 7,000 percent of its revenue growth to its CoolSculpting technology.

According to ZELTIQ’s CEO, "Our first place ranking can be directly attributed to the clinical efficacy of our unique CoolSculpting technology in conjunction with our commercialization strategy". Almost 1.5 million CoolSculpting treatments have been fruitfully performed worldwide. About 150,000 patients are expected to experience the benefits of this exceptional technology this year alone.

CoolSculpting Highlights

  • A person loses weight after exercise or dieting as the fat cells reduce in size. The role of Cool Sculpting is not just to reduce the fat cell size but to reduce the number of fat cells in trouble spots.
  • Fat cells are targeted and frozen. They eventually die and are eliminated from the body through the metabolic process. This helps avoid the need of the draining process necessary with other fat removal treatments.
  • No incisions are needed and you can stay awake during the procedure, engaging in light activities. The procedure causes no damage to the skin as the fat cells freeze at a much lower temperature.
  • More importantly, CoolSculpting is safe and painless, making it a great choice for those people who have failed to achieve positive results from exercise and dieting. There is no recovery time, and the results are often dramatic and impressive.

The important thing is that at least eight weeks are needed to see a positive change in the targeted trouble areas and so candidates need to be patient. Also, it is important to note that no cosmetic procedure is an alternative for exercise and healthy diet. It should be only used as a last resort to achieve one’s body contouring goals.

How Rhinoplasty Goals Differ for Men and Women

Rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure among both men and women, resulting in an attractive nose that blends well with the rest of their facial features. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics, nose surgery is the second most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S., with about 221,000 procedures performed in 2013. Celebrities have contributed to this popularity, with stars like Patrick Dempsey, Cameron Diaz and Heidi Montag admitting to having had nose surgery. In addition to improving the aesthetics, the procedure can also enhance the nasal function. However, men and women have different goals when it comes to nose reshaping. Let’s see how.

Male noses have a different bone density and structure and men would be more concerned about shape rather than size. Compared to women, men’s noses would have stronger, heavier cartilages and bone along with thicker skin. They would need a more acute nasofrontal and a nasolabial angle. Also, they would prefer a longer nose, a straighter profile with a higher bridge and a more sharply defined, angular tip with projection.

Coming to women, they too may be interested in such changes, but only to a smaller extent. Taller women with longer faces would look better with a straighter profile while a smaller softer nose is usually recommended for smaller, slim women. Also, a thinner and more delicate nose bridge would suit women in contrast with a wider nose bridge which is suitable for men.

Even with all these differences in the aesthetics of the male and female nose, an ideal nose is always one that is in harmony with the rest of the facial features. Moreover, shaping the nasal structure to meet cosmetic goals requires a high level of artistry. Only an experienced plastic surgeon with special skills in performing rhinoplasty can provide optimal, customized results.

What’s the Ideal Time to Undergo a Mommy Makeover?

Being a mother is a heavenly feeling and some of the best times in your life are surely those you spend with your kids as they grow up. However, pregnancy does come with certain aesthetic concerns. The changes you experience are not just emotional, but physical too. Returning to your pre-pregnancy body is a big deal. Visible changes are seen in body parts such as the breasts and tummy. Even with regular exercise and diet, you may still have that distressing excess skin in the lower abdomen or find that your breasts have started to sag. So, can you get back your pre-pregnancy figure? The answer is yes. Mommy makeover procedure can help you in this regard.

Mommy makeover procedure is a combination of surgical procedures such as tummy tuck, breast lift / breast enhancement / breast reduction and liposuction. These procedures will sculpt the body and restore the pre-pregnancy attractiveness. However, many women are unsure about the right time to go for this procedure.

  • While it is true that this aesthetic procedure can ensure long-lasting results, it is also important that you should be at your ideal weight for at least six months.
  • You must also have stopped breastfeeding for 6 months because you must allow time for the breasts to get back to their normal shape and size and stop the production of milk.
  • An important thing to remember in this regard is that you must have completed childbearing before undergoing mommy makeover. In case you become pregnant after this procedure, you may need more procedures or experience considerable weight fluctuations after the initial surgeries.

A recent report highlights a rise in the number of mommy makeover surgeries in the past decade. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the procedures that are typically included in a mommy makeover have increased up to 85 percent since the year 2000.

Women desiring a better appearance post pregnancy should consult a board certified plastic surgeon providing service at a reputable, advanced plastic surgery facility. Along with their plastic surgeons, women can work together to decide on a desired end result. Since the body of each woman is different, the treatment plan must be tailored to suit individual needs.

Is Winter the Ideal Time to Undergo Plastic Surgery?

Summer is the time for beaches and when men and women generally think about having body contouring procedures to look their best in their swimsuits. However, an article recently published in Beauty World News points out that winter is the best time for undergoing plastic surgery procedures as recovery is easier and faster in winter. In summer, exposure to the sun slows down the recovery process and you may have to wait for a long time to experience the treatment benefits.

In addition to skin-related cosmetic procedures, winter is especially the best time for breast augmentation and tummy tuck, which involve a specific recovery time. Nobody wants to stay indoors in summer waiting for the scars to heal. Having these cosmetic surgical treatments in winter is ideal, especially if you are likely to stay indoors and take rest for a few days. If you have a stressful job, for example, taking a vacation would be a good idea, giving you the time to undergo a procedure and recover before you get back to work. Also, once you are ready to go outdoors, wearing bulky sweaters and coats to help conceal post-surgery garments, dressings or scars would be perfectly normal in winter.

Winter is vacation time and you can get your procedure discreetly without your colleagues noticing. Having your treatment when the holidays start would help you recover fully by the New Year and you can make a fresh start with a refreshed look. You can plan and book your procedure in advance to be ready for a winter holiday party.

This doesn’t mean that summer is a bad time for cosmetic treatment. You can have your treatment in summer if that’s more convenient, but to recover, you would need to avoid the sun and stay indoors.

UAE Residents Increasingly Undergoing Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic procedures for men and women are on the rise, as many reports and studies reveal. This highlights not only the popularity of these procedures, but also their safety and efficacy. A recent report indicates that a number of people in the UAE are turning to cosmetic and invasive procedures in an attempt to look refreshed, rejuvenated and younger. Botox and dermal fillers are the heavily requested procedures, and laser hair removal, tummy tuck, and liposuction follow suit.

There are some interesting points to note regarding the present trend for cosmetic procedures in UAE. Here are some of them.

  • 70 per cent of people taking up treatments were female. Interestingly, majority of them were from Emirati and some of them are in their 20s. One of the cosmetologists said women find beauty as part of their personality which persuades them to undergo such procedures.
  • Many of the candidates were looking for fast fixes prior to personal milestones and public holidays. Most of the people wanted quick fixes such as Botox and dermal fillers during holidays to look refreshed and rejuvenated immediately with virtually no downtime.
  • Women looking for a youthful look prefer dermal fillers to fill out and smooth deep wrinkles and facial lines. Others choosing to undergo this treatment wanted to restore the volume of their cheeks and chin or plump up their lips and achieve a youthful look.
  • The recent popularity of radiofrequency procedures has also been highlighted – men and women go for this to ensure a fresh, toned and more youthful look.
  • The most popular among the invasive procedures being performed here are tummy tuck after pregnancy, liposuction with or without fat grafting, and breast augmentation and breast lift procedures.
  • Men were mostly looking for corrective surgeries and liposuction and eyelid surgery were among the most demanded ones.

This increasing demand for cosmetic procedures is seen not only in UAE but around the world and countries such as USA and Brazil top the list. As the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) report revealed, a total of 23,474,273 procedures were performed worldwide last year. Irrespective of where you perform the surgery, what matters the most is who performs it. A reliable, skilled, trained and experienced surgeon evaluates whether the particular procedure is beneficial for you and chooses the right technique to offer you an optimal outcome.

Many Celebrities are Getting Brazilian Butt Lifts

Leading Hollywood actresses are having their derrieres enhanced. According to a recent report, a plastic surgeon has confirmed that Kylie Jenner has had a butt enhancement procedure. This could be the reason why plastic surgeons in NYC report that more women are requesting this cosmetic surgical treatment.

According to the surgeon, a comparison with her earlier photographs indicates that her posterior looks "fuller, rounder, and larger". These are attributes that a Brazilian butt lift can provide, which led the surgeon to conclude that she had the treatment.

Other celebrities who are presumed to have had their posteriors enhanced include Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj. People are not hesitating to follow the trend – NBC News reported a plastic surgeon as saying that "people see that (a great derriere) and they want to mirror image it".

This popular plastic surgery treatment involves using the patient’s own fat to enhance the buttocks. A large butt, full projection and round hips seem to be features that American women love. However, nature does not provide these features. Brazilian butt augmentation is designed to enhance all features of a woman’s backside and provide her with the curvy look she is looking for – without the use of implants.

Conventional butt augmentation surgery uses saline or silicone implants to enhance the buttocks. The procedure involves incisions to insert the implants, stitches to close them and a long recovery period. It is also prone to implant-related risks.

The Brazilian butt lift avoids all these complications. Liposuction is used to remove fat from areas where it may be available in excess, such as the flanks, thighs, back, or abdomen. The harvested fat is then purified and injected into specific areas of the buttocks at varying depths to result in an enhanced curve. As your own fat is used, results are very natural looking. Treatment in a reliable NYC surgical practice would offer many benefits

  • The removal of excess fat from the donor sites improves contour in these problem areas
  • As these donor sites are around the buttocks, the area becomes smaller and leaner, and the buttocks appear lifted and more prominent
  • The back gets a beautiful S-shaped curve
  • Since it uses your own fat, chances of rejection and infection are minimal
  • It involves very little downtime compared to the implant approach

Cosmetic surgery as an industry is growing with breast augmentation and liposuction among the most popular treatments. Butt lifts seem to be edging closer to the top spots. Statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that nearly 10,000 buttock augmentations were performed in 2013, up from about 8,500 in 2012. Up to 30 percent of ASPS cosmetic surgeons surveyed in 2013 said they were performing butt augmentations, compared to 19 percent in 2012.

Facelift Gives Longer-lasting Results for the Below 50 Patients, Study Says

Facelift is generally considered to be a procedure sought by elderly people who wish to improve their overall facial appearance. This needn’t be so according to a study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Actually, younger patients with early or minimal signs of facial aging obtain better results and higher satisfaction rates even a decade after their facelift surgery. People below 50 years of age could therefore be ideal candidates for facial rejuvenation.

The ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) says that the average age for a facelift falls in the 55+ age group, but the percentage of younger patients is steadily increasing.

According to the above mentioned study, women who had a facelift performed before the age of 50 found better, longer-lasting results than those with aging skin. Patients above the age of 50 who have undergone facelift may not be as satisfied with their results. And the reason? The results may be less consistent because their tissues are delicate and aging. At the time of surgery, patients above 60 years of age already had significant signs of facial aging and did merit from the surgery. However, it was noted during long-term follow-up that they still looked younger than others of the same age who did not undergo the procedure but had signs of regression in certain facial areas.

The concern is only about the longevity of the results unlike youngsters and it doesn’t mean that elderly are at risk for the procedures. A recent study by plastic surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center supports this idea as they noted "Senior citizens are at no higher risk for complications from cosmetic surgery than younger patients".

Maintaining the facial rejuvenation results is important and for this patients have to take serious effort and follow all the instructions of their surgeon.