Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Combo Enhances Self-confidence [Infographic]

Liposuction and tummy tuck are among the most popular body contouring procedures. While lipolysis is the fourth most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, abdominoplasty ranks 6th in the list according to the 2013 annual report of American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Of course, an attractive body profile is sure to improve one’s self confidence and self esteem. A study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reiterated this, reporting that a liposuction and tummy tuck combo enhanced self-confidence, with the signs of both mental and physical improvement.

The researchers evaluated 360 individuals who had undergone liposuction, tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) and both, 4 months after they had the treatment. The entire group answered queries pertaining to recuperation, results, difficulties, and mental components.

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  • 360 individuals underwent liposuction, tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) and both
  • Review was performed after 4 months post treatment
  • 85% of the participants were women; mean age 42 years
  • lipolysis alone or in combination with tummy tuck – 347 patients

The findings of the study are as follows:

Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Combo - Infographics
  • Liposuction only patients :- quicker recuperation (by 10 days), less post-surgical trauma
  • Liposuction-abdominoplasty (L-A) patients:- p ≤ .01 and p < .001, individually
  • 98% of L-A group ready to do it once more
  • liposuction with or without abdominoplasty:- patient fulfillment high – 89%
  • Improved respect toward themselves – 86%
  • Upgrades in personal satisfaction – 70%
  • On a scale of 1 to 10:- lipolysis patients marked – 8, tummy tuck patients-9, L-A combo – most elevated fulfillment levels

If you think you can benefit from this combination treatment, consult an experienced plastic surgeon. At a reliable plastic surgery practice, you would be assured of a detailed evaluation to determine your candidature for these procedures and safe and effective treatment to meet your goals.

Will the Results of Facelift Surgery Last?

Facelifts were among the top five cosmetic surgical procedures in 2013, according to data published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) – up to 133,000 procedures were performed in 2013, up from 6% in 2012. This is not surprising as this procedure is especially popular among older people who want to rejuvenate their appearance. Face lift surgery cannot halt the aging process, but it can take years off your face.

One of the first questions asked by people who opt to have the treatment is how long the effects will last. The answer, although not conclusive, is about 10 years. According to plastic surgeons, the length of time for which the results would last actually varies between 2 to 10 years and depends on several factors.

In 2012, two U.K. based plastic surgeons conducted a study to evaluate the duration of facelift results and their findings were published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). They concluded that there was strong evidence that this cosmetic surgery can provide significant long-term aesthetic gains. They found that up to 76 percent of patients would still look younger 5½ years after a facelift than they did before the procedure.

The researchers evaluated photographs of 50 patients before the treatment, just after the treatment, and taken at follow ups between 3 months and 6 months, and at a lengthier follow-up at an average of 5 and a half years after the surgery. By looking at the photos, they could identify the changes that occurred post treatment and how far they were maintained. An innovative computer program was used to find out how well the results lasted by performing three sets of assessments – objective, subjective and overall measurements. The program allowed them to correctly identify the key points on the face including the jowl and neck and measure the change in position of these points. They also showed the photographs to another surgeon, a nurse and lay people so that they could also assess the results.

All the assessments showed lasting improvements. Key areas such as lines running from the nose to mouth and mouth to chin showed considerable improvement, with little deterioration in the years after the surgery.

In general, experts say that several factors determine how long a facelift will last. These include

  • The quality of the treatment
  • Genetics
  • Sun exposure
  • Lifestyle and habits
  • Skin type and elasticity
  • Overall health before and after surgery

The role of these factors is pretty evident when the results of patients are compared. For instance, the duration of the results would be different for a smoker and non-smoker, as smoking reduces blood flow to the facial skin. Extreme weight gain or weight loss can also affect the results.

A facelift can certainly improve the appearance of an aging face and for people who lead a healthy life style, results will last longer.

Guidelines by American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for Teenagers before Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery

Teenage cosmetic surgery is a hotly debated topic. Many teens and young adults choose to go in for aesthetic and corrective procedures to enhance physical appeal and boost self-confidence. However, plastic surgeons should be very careful when screening teenagers for cosmetic procedures. Most experts agree that a patient should have reached a certain level of maturity and suggest comprehensive patient evaluation before performing plastic surgery on a teenager.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has laid down some guidelines recommendations for evaluating teenagers considering cosmetic plastic surgery:

  • Physical maturity is the first consideration. The feature in question has to be fully developed to benefit from a cosmetic procedure. Altering a feature that has not fully developed can affect growth and even negate the effects of plastic surgery at a later stage.
  • Considering the patient’s emotional maturity and expectations is important. The teenager should be well informed about what they can expect from a procedure. If they undergo cosmetic treatment with unrealistic expectations, they could be disappointed.
  • Choosing the surgeon also really matters especially for a teenage procedure. There can be rare complications which only a qualified, experienced surgeon can handle.
  • Informed consent is the important factor for a teenage cosmetic procedure. Both teenagers and their parents must have a clear idea on the details of what the procedure involves including rare risks and recovery time. They should be prepared to follow the surgeon’s instructions clearly for a positive outcome.

Experts point out that the concept of distorted body image is common among adolescents and that this usually resolves as they progress into adulthood. The bottom line is that it is important for patients and their parents to critically evaluate all the available information including the risks involved and take a decision based on the benefits that cosmetic surgery can realistically provide.

New Year’s Resolution to “Lose the Fat” – New Survey Reveals What Women Expect to Gain

“Losing fat” is on the agenda for a number of women this New Year. A new survey conducted by Kelton Research for the CoolSculpting(R) procedure revealed that women who planned to take the New Year’s resolution to lose fat hoped to gain benefits beyond improved looks. The data sheet says more than 1 in 2 (51%) women put “losing fat” on their New Year’s resolution list this year. The benefits they think to achieve include improved physical health (75%), confidence (65%), emotional health (55%) and sense of control. 1009 American women ages 25 – 54 participated in the survey held between November 24th and December 3rd, 2014.

About three-quarters of the women (77%) surveyed think that they feel their best when they look their best. Around forty percent of the women surveyed admitted that they couldn’t find time to focus on enhancing their appearance while 50% said they couldn’t invest time on their emotional health.

Let us look at some of the insights provided by the survey.

New Year's Resolution to Lose the Fat

Achieving one’s aesthetic goals is more of a reality now with many cosmetic procedures including non-invasive ones available at select plastic surgery facilities. Of course, when it comes to losing fat, exercise and diet should be tried first and cosmetic surgery can be used only as a last resort. The non-invasive procedure CoolSculpting(R) is a one-of-its kind device and has quickly become a highly preferred body contouring treatment. Nearly 1.5 million people underwent this FDA cleared, non-invasive fat reduction treatment in over 70 countries around the world. The procedure has no downtime and results can be seen as early as 3 weeks and dramatic results in 3 months. With this targeted cooling process, no surrounding tissues are harmed and the treated fat gets removed through the body’s normal metabolic process.

Why Recommendations and Experience are important while choosing a Surgeon for Cosmetic Surgery

The proficiency and experience of the surgeon in handling the procedure are important factors to consider if you are planning cosmetic surgery. A recent study confirms that people do give a lot of priority to these factors.  According to the study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, official publication of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cosmetic surgery patients, value surgeon experience and personal recommendation most highly when choosing a cosmetic surgeon.

The study noted surgeon experience as the number one factor which influenced patient choice. Recommendations from satisfied patients or referrals come next. Surgeons involved in the study noted, “It seems that the greater the experience the more confident patients are for a better result”.

An innovative market research technique called conjoint analysis was used to assess the factors affecting choice of surgeon. The participants were a group of 150 Dutch patients who expressed an interest in cosmetic plastic surgery. The main highlights of the study are as follows:

  • Patients were presented with 18 different scenarios in order to rank their preferences and to understand which characteristics were important to them. These included cost, travel time, surgeon experience, clinic size, method of referral and online (website) presentation.
  • 36 percent voted for the length of the surgeon’s experience. It was also found that surgeons with at least 10 years of experience were chosen over less-experienced surgeons.
  • Personal recommendations were the next strongest factor with 21.5% patients supporting it. Recommendations include those from a general practitioner, followed by referral by a friend or family member.
  • People were less likely to rely on referrals by TV, radio, magazine, and internet forums. In fact, it was found that these could have a negative impact.
  • 14 percent of the participants considered travel time as an importance factor, with most preferring travel times of less than one hour.
  • The cost of the procedure came next in importance, with a 13 percent interest.

Experts point out that the findings of this study have important implications as far as plastic surgeons in private cosmetic surgery practice are concerned. They need to be proactive in developing their marketing strategy and make an effort to understand patient preferences. This study also indicates that people are cautious when choosing their surgeon which is a good sign as far as the safety and effectiveness of the procedure is concerned.

Study Suggests the Ideal Nasal Tip Rotation and Projection

Nose surgery continues to be among the top 5 cosmetic surgery procedures over years. It is mainly because the positioning of the nose really matters when it comes to an improved facial appearance. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual report for 2013, nose reshaping surgery is the second most popular cosmetic surgery with over 200,000 procedures. People who consider their nose disproportionate with the rest of the facial features usually consider rhinoplasty surgery to improve its appearance.

A new study published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery Journal discusses the ideal proportion of a nose, describing the apt nasal tip rotation and projection. People looking for nasal enhancement can consider it when discussing their treatment goals with the plastic surgeon. Besides, the surgeon could utilize the information to offer optimal rhinoplasty results.

The study involved 106 side view pictures of women in the age range of 18 to 25. Each image was digitally assessed and modified with naso-labial angles at 96, 101, 106, 111 and 116 degrees. A variety of social groups assessed these pictures for attractiveness. The study concluded that a slant of 106 degrees was the finest nasal angle with a 1 tip projection. Another online survey was also conducted with about 4,000 people when similar findings were revealed. The study backed previous research papers which showed 104 and 108 degrees as the ideal nasal angle for women.

For men to look very attractive and for the face to be more masculine, an angle of 90 degrees is considered ideal. There is a close relationship between nasal tip projection and rotation, which only a skilled surgeon can identify. A surgeon experienced in providing this delicate surgery can use the findings as guidelines to offer good rhinoplasty results.

A number of celebrities have reportedly undergone rhinoplasty surgery procedure and the results have been optimal. The long list includes Rebecca Adlington, Jennifer Aniston, Dianna Agron, Cameron Diaz, and Ashlee Simpson among others.

Celebrate Women’s Healthy Weight Day on January 22

A healthy weight is not about being ‘thin’ (as many people wrongly believe) by restricting what you eat to lose weight. A healthy weight is your natural weight supported by healthy living with a wise diet, appropriate but enjoyable physical activity, efficient stress management, adequate sleep, and so on. In view of the importance of maintaining a healthy weight, we observe one day in the month of January every year as women’s healthy weight day. This year, the day falls on January 22, with healthy weight week from January 18-24. The aim is to promote healthy lifestyle habits among women and to honor American women of all sizes and to confirm that beauty, talent and love cannot be weighed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that nearly a third of adults are obese, with the prevalence similar for men and women (about 36%). What’s most alarming is that number has nearly doubled in the last twenty years. It’s time to end those fad diets and understand the importance of healthy weight and healthy food habits that can promote weight loss. You should aim to optimize your health by improving your lifestyle. Eat wisely and make changes that can improve your health, and ensure that this is a routine part of your life.

A smart lifestyle with a healthy diet, regular exercise and stress management would help avoid obesity-related risks, diseases and conditions and improve your confidence and self-esteem. Enrolling in a weight loss program offered by a plastic surgery practice, for instance, is a good option. Supervised by medical experts, such programs are specifically designed to help individuals achieve their ideal body weight. If you are concerned about extra flab, you can opt to have a body contouring procedure such as a tummy tuck or liposuction surgery. Of course, maintaining a healthy weight is important to enjoy long-term results. At a established facility, you would benefit from clinical recommendations to help adjust, maintain or manage your weight and look and feel better.

Don’t give up on your weight management resolution. Set realistic goals – with professional help you can turn them into healthy habits that last a lifetime.

Fat Transfer Liposuction Helps Improve Contour for Different Types of Faces

Loss of facial volume, and lines, wrinkles and creases on the face can make you look older than you are. In fact, these issues may occur due to natural aging. There are many cosmetic options to restore facial appearance such as invasive and non-invasive facelifts, dermal fillers, injections, and fat grafting. Of these, the natural fat transfer is considered ideal as it involves using your own fat to improve the appearance of the face.

Fat can be transferred to improve various areas of your face such as the lips, cheeks, under eye, jaw line, temples, or brow bone. Fat grafting has the flexibility to rejuvenate the skin from inside out. In facial fat transfer, there is also the option to add PRP or platelet rich plasma to the fat in order to enhance texture, color, and glow to the skin.

Fat transfer can improve different types of faces. The plastic surgeon performs the procedure after identifying the spots where fat needs to be injected to make the face more attractive. Here are some types of faces:

  • For an aging face, the treatment may involve improving lost volume in multiple areas such as the cheeks, lips, temples, under eyes, and the mid face.
  • A person with a gaunt face might have lost facial fat due to sickness, stress, weight loss, or may be very low body fat. Fat may have to be replaced in the mid face and cheek area.
  • A long face may be hereditary and is characterized by narrowing in the temples.
  • A bottom heavy face has a heavy, full jaw line and full cheeks, jowls along the jaw line, and gets narrower around the mid face and temples.
  • A chubby, round face is one with full cheeks. Removing the buccal fat pads can thin out the face and make it less round.
  • An asymmetrical face could be due to a genetic medical issue or facial trauma. Fat grafting can improve symmetry.

Compared to injectables, fat grafting procedure is a permanent solution.  Also, it could be a more favorable option than implants as there are less risks of rejection, infection or displacement. Fat transfer can soften facial features and resolve hard angles on the face which can occur as a result of aging.

Americans Spending Heavily on Cosmetic Surgery

That a lot of importance is attached to physical appearance is revealed by fact that Americans are spending heavily on cosmetic procedures. The annual reports of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reveal that the amount spent on these treatments has increased over the years. In addition to baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) and adults between the ages of 31 and 45, even teenagers are going under the knife to achieve their cosmetic goals.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports that Americans spent a hefty sum on cosmetic procedures in 2013. Interestingly, it was the largest amount spent on cosmetic surgery since the great recession of 2008.

According to ASAPS, Americans spent more than $10 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2009, which was just 2% down from 2008. ASAPS figures show that the amount spent on cosmetic procedures in 2010 was nearly $10.7 billion. In 2011, the total expenditure on aesthetic procedures was nearly $10 billion. The slight decrease in the expense may be due to the fact that about 85 percent were non-surgical procedures which cost less than surgery. In 2012, the amount spent on cosmetic treatments was higher and stood at $11 billion.

According to the latest report containing comprehensive 17th annual multi-specialty statistical data, there was a 12% overall increase in cosmetic procedures performed in the country in 2012-2013. More than 12 billion dollars were spent on cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures for the first time since 2008 with over 11 million cosmetic treatments performed in United States in 2013. More than 5 billion were spent on the non-surgical procedures according to the report and more than 7 billion was spent on surgical procedures during the year.

The top five surgical procedures performed in the US in 2013

  • Liposuction (363,912 procedures, up 16.3%)
  • Breast augmentation (313,327 procedures, down 5.2%)
  • Eyelid surgery (161,389 procedures, up 5.4%)
  • Tummy tuck (160,077 procedures, up 2.3%)
  • Nose surgery (147,966 procedures, up 2.9%)

The top five non-surgical procedures performed in the US in 2013

  • Botulinum Toxin (3,766,148 procedures, up 15.6%)
  • Hyaluronic Acid (1,872,172 procedures, up 31.5%)
  • Hair Removal (901,571 procedures, up 2%)
  • Microdermabrasion (479,865 procedures, down 3.8%)
  • Photo Rejuvenation (456,613 procedures, up 35.3%)

More than 2.5 billion dollars was spent in 2013 on injectables only. With spending at nearly 1.9 billion, skin rejuvenation is a fast-growing sector of the aesthetic non-surgical industry.

The report suggested that Americans are once again investing in their appearance and that, given economical conditions and the competitiveness of the job market, the numbers for anti-aging procedures are expected to continue to rise. Technological advances, less-invasive procedures and greater accessibility are other factors contributing to the rise in demand for cosmetic procedures.

Can Fat Freezing Provide Body Contouring Results Comparable to Traditional Liposuction?

Liposuction is one of the most heavily requested body sculpting treatments in the world, and there are several effective surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures designed to effectively meet the body contouring goals of men and women. Non-invasive fat freezing technology is one of the latest entrants on the scene and it has become widely accepted as a method that can remove excess fat and provide superior contouring results without any anesthesia or downtime.

FDA-approved CoolSculpting uses advanced cooling technology or cryolipolysis. The treatment is simple – the body area to be contoured is placed in the fat freezing device for about an hour. The device selectively targets localized fat deposits, freezes them, and naturally removes the stubborn fat without harming the surrounding tissues or skin. There is hardly any risk of skin injury and no change in blood levels of fats

With the availability of different technologies, there are always comparisons. One question that is being asked is whether CoolSculpting treatment provides results comparable with those offered by liposuction. A review published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) says ‘yes’, but with certain clarifications. According to this report, there are three important elements when it comes to getting results comparable with liposuction for fat freezing or cryolipolysis:

  • careful treatment planning
  • treatment by a skilled practitioner
  • multiple treatment cycles

A single fat freezing session cannot yield the results similar to liposuction. Multiple treatment sessions would be needed and that too under the guidance of a skilled practitioner with good experience in the procedure.

The findings of a study performed by a group of Southern California plastic surgeons to evaluate the effectiveness of CoolSculpting which was published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal are as follows:

  • The procedure is effective in reducing subcutaneous fat volume
  • Only a few adverse events were noted such as pain, which subsided soon
  • The popularity of the procedure grew during the study period (2010-2012) with 823 percent more treatment cycles delivered in 2012
  • The procedure grew in popularity among men

On the effectiveness of the fat freezing treatment, the lead researcher said “With careful treatment planning, proper applicator placement, and multiple treatment cycles, cryolipolysis can produce results comparable to those of liposuction”.

Zeltiq, manufacturer of the Cool Sculpting device, has been named the fastest growing medical device company in Deloitte’s 2014 Technology Fast 500. The company credits its success to Cool Sculpting’s ability to produce, safe, surgery-free results. Statistics provide proof of its growing popularity – more than 1 million procedures have been performed worldwide.