Study Says One in Five American Women is Planning Cosmetic Surgery

From time to time, studies are conducted to understand the factors shaping cosmetic surgery trends and how people are taking advantage of various surgical to improve appearance and boost self-confidence. Results of recent research by RealSelf based on a survey of 5,035 women between the ages of 18 to 64 confirm the rising interest in aesthetic treatments. The study conducted by this popular online discussion forum dedicated to cosmetic procedures revealed that one in five women in the U.S. is actively planning or considering plastic surgery. A surprising revelation is that worries about body image are not confined to young women – as much as 85 percent of the respondents aged 55-64 reported that they are unhappy about "at least one" body part.

Here are some of the other interesting findings of this study:

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  • Among women 25 to 34 years old, 86 percent said they were interested in seeking help for a body area of concern beyond retail products – from spas and plastic surgery
  • The desire to feel more comfortable with oneself was rated by 65% as the motivator – across age, race and ethnicity
  • There is an increased interest in all types of elective procedures
  • The trend of consulting a cosmetic surgeon has increased by more than 200 percent
  • 90 percent of women aged 18 to 24 said they were unhappy about at least one body part
  • 25-34 year-olds (86 percent) are most likely to get help to improve a body part, with 40% likely to have a surgical procedure
  • Irrespective of age, race and ethnicity, the top concern for women is the midsection
  • 65 percent cited the abdomen or back the top problem area, followed by the legs and thighs, buttocks and skin

The survey revealed that the proportion of women considering plastic surgery represent an estimated market of more than $75 billion. Moreover, 24 percent of the women who are seeking a minimally invasive treatment represented a market valued at more than $12 billion.

RealSelf found that women considering cosmetic procedures expect improvement in several factors after treatment, such as self-esteem, overall confidence level, and happiness, comfort when having their photo taken, the way they look when clothed, comfort when posting pictures on social media and sex life. Interestingly, the study found that the internet (61%) is the primary source of treatment awareness across all age groups, followed by word-of-mouth (42%).

Technological advancements, the growing number of treatment options and increased consumer awareness are obviously important factors driving the interest in aesthetic treatments beyond the beauty counter.

Obesity Concerns Driving Demand for Cosmetic Slimming Procedures

Obesity is a major concern in the U.S. and many other countries. In 2012, about 34.9% of the people in America were obese.

In the U.K., the government is taking a tough stand on obesity. According to a BBC report, the government’s "intervention techniques" include plans to slash benefits for overweight or unhealthy people who refuse to attend exercise sessions. This is driving Britons to consider cosmetic surgery to lose those extra pounds. A survey by London-based research firm Mintel has revealed that the high level of pressure from the government and health officials has led to an increase in the demand for cosmetic slimming treatments like liposuction which removes excess fat and skin.

A recent Cosmetic Surgery Times article says that 22 percent of the Mintel survey respondents consider liposuction and excess-skin-removal procedures as instant ways to shed weight. Here are the key findings of the survey:
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  • Boosting self-esteem was cited as the motivator by half the respondents, making it the number one factor (some had already undergone procedures and others were planning one)
  • The waistline was the top concern for 40% (and 48% of women respondents)
  • More than 25 percent said the buttocks, hips and thighs was the major concern
  • 17 percent felt the need to work on the chest area
  • The desire to look more attractive was cited by 36 percent as the reason for their interest in cosmetic surgery
  • 22 percent mentioned that the urge to look younger was their motivator
  • 10 percent of the respondents felt that plastic surgery was more socially acceptable now
  • Around 5 percent said they would consider cosmetic procedures in order to boost their career prospects

Being overweight takes a huge toll on people’s health and increases the nation’s healthcare costs. Experts advise that people who are concerned about being obese and want to drop extra pounds should aim to shed 10% of their weight.

Reports indicate that people who have had bariatric surgery to resolve obesity would be more successful in maintaining weight loss and enjoying better quality of life if they underwent body reshaping procedures. In 2013, nearly 42000 people in the U.S underwent body contouring after bariatric surgery. Enrolling in a weight loss program supervised by qualified physicians can help maintain the results of liposuction treatment.

Fat Removal and Addition – Striking the Right Balance for Amazing Brazilian Butt Lift Results

Brazilian butt lift is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for women as they cherish the attractive aesthetic results it offers. This aesthetic procedure, provided by leading plastic surgeons in Manhattan, utilizes the person’s own fat to bring about the augmentation, which is another major reason for its popularity. Those undergoing the procedure need not have qualms about having foreign material implanted in their body. The chance for rejection by the body is also minimal.

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Excess fat from other body areas is extracted using liposuction and processed before injecting it into the buttocks. Typically, fat from the waist, love handles or outer thighs is used for the augmentation. The benefit of the fat transfer is that the donor sites get contoured as well. What most of us fail to understand is that it is not just the adding of fat that makes for a successful Brazilian buttock augmentation. The removal of unwanted fat all around the periphery of the buttocks is equally important. When the fat around the area is removed, it frames the buttocks better. Moreover, a smaller waist always looks better. This puts emphasis on the curves and frame of the buttocks, contributing to a more appealing look.

The right balance of fat removal and addition gives an amazing result, creating the much desired S-curve. Leading surgeons understand this as the key to a successful procedure and perform skilled body sculpting to improve the contour of the buttock and enhance it.

Among the liposuction techniques available, Vaser High Definition Lipo that does not kill fat stands apart, especially when it comes to minimal downtime. A weekend is all that is needed to get back to work. Approximately 65% of the fat stays one year after the treatment and skilled surgeons wisely put more fat at the time of surgery to compensate for this loss. Light activities can be started shortly after the procedure and regular hard core exercise at one month. Exercising the gluteus muscles would enhance the results. Established NYC plastic surgery practices offer diagnostic imaging for more accurate fat placement thus improving the outcome. In addition, 3-D technology is available that helps patients to preview their appearance after surgery in clear 3-D format. Advanced technologies such as these help plastic surgeons provide safer and more accurate sculpting and outstanding aesthetic results.

Researchers Reveal a Range of Applications for Google Glass in Plastic Surgery

Plastic SurgeryGoogle Glass was first introduced back in 2013 on a limited basis. This is a hands-free, computerized eyewear with the capability of presenting information to the wearer, and facilitates recording and sharing of video. It has received great appreciation from users as it is almost like a computer right before one’s eyes. Its features range from making phone calls, taking photos or video and checking emails to scanning the internet. Plastic surgery is one of the areas in which the device could possibly play a significant role making the whole process simpler with minimal human effort and improved convenience.

This web-connected, wearable computer could really change the way surgeons perform surgery. The streaming live video facilitates access to other specialists and their opinions and evaluations in real time. Such timely interventions at various phases of a treatment could ensure fewer delays, more positive results, and fewer risks. By being more responsive, the assistants in the operating room could contribute more. Hands-free photo/video-documentation, telephone calls for emergency assistance and internet search assistance for unusual or sudden happenings within the operating room are expected to be some good applications. Surgeons can have a look at the X-rays or MRI images at times of emergency even without moving out from the operating room. In a recent report, researchers revealed the wide ranging applications of the device in plastic surgery.

The first ever plastic surgery procedure performed using this eye-wearable device has demonstrated hopeful use of Google Glass in plastic surgery in the future for advanced applications. Researchers revealed the potential applications of the device from improved surgical training, medical documentation to patient safety. The leading surgeon who performed the surgery using the device said, “Google Glass is an exciting technology, attracting global interest from multiple industries, professions and individuals.”

He performed an eyelid surgery in combination with a facelift procedure. His experience not only pointed out the pluses but also some challenges demanding future refinement to excel more. Some of such challenges mentioned are:

  • Limited resolution of the video camera
  • Technical difficulties in streaming
  • Need for the surgeon to keep the head in a fixed position

The surgeon was happy with the capability to demonstrate surgical procedures, live or recorded, which has noticeable applications for training in plastic surgery and other disciplines. Such recordings even have exceptional value for self-evaluation by the surgeon. This could help offer rapid access to medical documentation. Medical professionals may call up and analyze the required medical records, imaging studies, or checklists. The spread of infection likely with handling pens and paper, computers and other sources can be avoided.

The plastic surgery world hopes that Google Glass technology would enable surgeons to obtain remote consultations and provide “virtual assistance” during real procedures.

New Reports Reveal Changing Cosmetic Surgery Trends

Recently published reports from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) throw light on the changing trends in cosmetic surgery.

ASPS reports that about 15.6 million Americans got plastic surgery last year, a 3% increase from 2013. ASPS President Scot Glasberg, MD attributes the growing demand for plastic surgery to medical advancements and improvements in technology which have resulted in greater choices for patients.

According to a recent report, the main highlights of the trends in cosmetic surgical treatments during 2013-2014 are as follows:

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  • Demand rose for both minimally invasive and surgical cosmetic procedures
  • A 1% increase was noted for reconstructive procedures, with about 5.8 million Americans undergoing these treatments last year
  • Breast reconstructive surgeries alone rose 7%, with 102,200 treatments performed in 2014
  • There was a 2% increase in the use of fat in minimally invasive procedures
  • The fastest increase was noted for buttock implants and lifts. While buttock augmentation with fat grafting showed a 15% increase (to 11,505 procedures), buttock implants rose 98% (to 1,863 procedures), butt lifts by 44 percent (to 3,505 procedures)
  • Breast augmentation fell by 1%. Likewise, a slight decrease in demand is noticed for nose reshaping, eyelid surgery and facelifts
  • The popularity of liposuction increased, with a 5 percent increase to 210,550 procedures
  • Just as in 2013, Botulinum toxin type A (6.7 million), soft tissue fillers (2.3 million), chemical peels (1.2 million) and laser hair removal (1.1 million) were the most popular minimally invasive surgeries in 2014. The demand for these treatments rose 3% to 7%, with largest percentage-point increase for chemical peels
  • The demand for male plastic surgery procedures also increased. Pectoral implants were the most popular with 1,050 operations (a 208% from 2013). Up to 26,180 male breast reconstructive surgeries were performed last year and male breast reductions saw a 29% rise since 2000

Dr. Glasberg pointed out that patients are becoming inclined towards subtlety which explains the popularity of minimally invasive procedures in 2014. He also noted that that patients now have more choices than ever before to achieve the results they want and work closely with their plastic surgeon to decide which treatment would provide the optimal outcome.

Statistical data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) shows that 2014 was the "year of the butt", says another report. Buttock augmentation saw a dramatic 86% increase from the previous year, retaining its popularity for two years in a stretch.

ASAPS data also indicate that the demand for nonsurgical fat reduction is growing. Rather than conventional, surgical body sculpting, more and more people are choosing treatments like Coolsculpting or fat freezing and minimally invasive lipolysis. These procedures which use advanced technology to remove fat safely and effortlessly and involve minimal downtime, fewer risks and less side effects.

How MonaLisa Touch Vaginal Rejuvenation Improves Women’s Quality of Life

MonaLisa Touch Vaginal RejuvenationVaginal atrophy is a common problem with symptoms such as dryness, vulvar itching, heaviness and pain during intercourse. The vaginal walls may get stretched over time due to aging, weight loss or pregnancy. These changes greatly affect a woman’s quality of life. These symptoms are seen in women of different ages and are often related to estrogen deficiency. The condition was once accepted as inevitable with aging and hormonal changes, but today, MonaLisa Touch vaginal rejuvenation is helping to resolve these annoying symptoms.

The advanced minimally invasive procedure is administered using a CO2 fractional laser. The procedure provides relief from the symptoms of vaginal atrophy symptoms and provides relief from soreness or pain during sexual activity. It improves genital physiology by

  • stimulating collagen production
  • improving the functionality of the treated site
  • restoring proper blood flow
  • eliminating troublesome itching, irritation and pain
  • resulting in a sleeker, more refined contour for the labia and vulva

There is no surgery involved and the procedure is painless, though an anesthesia cream may be used if desired. This novel laser procedure for vaginal atrophy is performed on an outpatient and a session takes just a few minutes. With a full cycle of 4-5 sessions, 45-60 days apart for completion, women can offset the effects of vaginal atrophy.

By improving collagen production, enhancing lubrication, and restoring the normalcy of the vaginal wall physiology, this innovative technique for vaginal rejuvenation allows women to regain their femininity, peace of mind, and confidence.

This FDA-approved vaginal rejuvenation treatment is available in established plastic surgery practices in New York City. To be a candidate for the procedure, women should be in good general health, and have a positive attitude and realistic expectations.

Advantages of Fat Freezing in Cosmetic Surgery

Fat FreezingPeople looking to improve appearance by getting rid of stubborn localized deposits of fat have both surgical and non-surgical body reshaping options. One treatment which is gaining popularity is fat freezing or CoolSculpting. Compared to liposuction which involves vacuuming off excess fat, this non-invasive procedure called cryolipolysis freezes your fat to get rid of it permanently. The only FDA-cleared non-surgical fat reduction technique that uses advanced cooling technology to eliminate fat, CoolSculpting offers many advantages.

What Fat Freezing Involves

The treatment involves placing the area with the excess fat in a specially designed cooling applicator for about an hour or so. Heavy-duty suction pulls the fatty area into the applicator and freezes it. The extremely low temperature results in the disappearance of some of the fat cells – without damaging the skin. The procedure is recommended for treating areas such as abdomen, love handles, bra rolls and muffin-tops.

Benefits

Freezing fat reduces the number of fat cells in the treated areas, and as the fat is removed permanently, the results are lasting.

The benefits of this non-invasive alternative to lipolysis are as follows:

  • The procedure selectively targets localized fat deposits and freezes them
  • Destroyed fat is removed from the body through natural metabolic process
  • Only the fat cells are frozen, and the surrounding tissues and skin above are not damaged
  • It is non-invasive – there are no needles, no scalpel and no related scars
  • There is no anesthesia – patients remain wide awake and relaxed during the treatment
  • You can read or perform other light activities during a session
  • You can get right back to normal activities immediately after the treatment
  • A noticeable reduction of fat can be seen as soon as three weeks after the treatment, and dramatic results after two months
  • Results are lasting

CoolSculpting was named ‘Best Body Treatment’ by NewBeauty Magazine last year. A survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery found that it was the most common of about 144,000 body sculpting procedures that its members performed in 2012.

Many studies have evaluated the effectiveness of this novel body sculpting treatment. According to the lead researcher of one study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, "With careful treatment planning, proper applicator placement, and multiple treatment cycles, cryolipolysis can produce results comparable to those of liposuction".

The research indicated that fat freezing can provide results similar to liposuction, but that only careful treatment planning, a skilled practitioner and multiple treatment cycles are critical to get comparable results.

Total Facial Rejuvenation Performed at One Time is Safe, Says Study

Facial RejuvenationThe signs of the natural process of aging first become visible in the face. Facial rejuvenation procedures are designed to reduce many of the signs of aging and can even make men and women look young as they feel. Cosmetic procedures are performed to tighten the skin and muscle, restore fullness and resolve irregular skin texture and discoloration. Treatments performed to address these aesthetic concerns include facelift, mid-face implants and laser resurfacing.

Though surgeons believe that performing more than one procedure at one time can address these signs of facial aging, they tend to worry that simultaneous procedures can have a damaging effect on the skin and tissues. A recent study allays these fears. The researchers reported that total facial rejuvenation can be carried out safely at one time. The study covered 21 women age 58 to 71 who had a total aesthetic surgical procedure and found that

  • All experienced normal wound healing, producing a new top layer of skin
  • They could use makeup within two weeks with no issues
  • No complications were reported related to the more extensive surgery

Their findings led the researchers to conclude that "combining techniques is a really safe approach".

The researchers also offered some relevant information on skin tightening, which is traditionally believed to be the answer to facial aging. According to them, tightening does help resolve a sagging neck and jawline, but for the midface, volume restoration is more critical. This is so because as people age they lose volume in the mid-face and conventional facelift surgery which involves tightening may not work. The study also stresses the role of laser treatments for smooth, even skin to restore a more youthful appearance. For instance, non-ablative laser treatments can provide a smooth, beautiful, fresher looking skin texture by activating the body’s own process of natural healing. Similarly, exfoliation methods also remove just the upper layers of the skin and like laser-enabled procedures, offer benefits such as minimal recovery time and optimal results.

Trend Alert: Composite Breast Augmentation with Brazilian Butt Lift

Fat transfer procedures have been getting more popular over the years as the treatment offers multiple benefits such as enhancing the specific area along with contouring the donor site. Skilled plastic surgeons providing these aesthetic enhancement procedures at their AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery centers in New York City recommend combining composite breast augmentation and Brazilian butt lift to benefit from a dramatically improved body contour. The New Year is expected to witness a huge increase in demand for this procedure.

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Breast augmentation is already the most popular cosmetic surgery not only within the US but around the world. Implant augmentation using saline, silicone or gummy bear implants and the fat transfer method are the most popular options to increase the breast size and improve its contour. However, composite breast augmentation that combines implants and fat transfer is all set to be the new trend in breast enhancement.

This combo procedure helps to overcome the drawbacks of using one method alone. For women who do not have enough breast tissues to hold the implant, breast augmentation using implants may not look natural. Also, the high fat absorption rates remain a concern when using fat transfer alone. Composite breast augmentation is therefore the right choice to overcome both these concerns. In this procedure, fat is injected over the implant to mold it to give a natural shape.

Processed fat can be used to improve the buttocks also. Excess fat is usually removed from the waist and other parts of the body through liposuction, then processed and injected into the buttocks. When the combo procedure is performed, you can experience multiple benefits in a single treatment – a smaller waist, shapelier buttocks and perkier breasts.

If a single procedure with minimal downtime and surgical trauma can lift your looks altogether, then why not go for it? Yes, considering the popularity of fat transfer, breast augmentation and Brazilian butt lift, a combination procedure is expected to rope in more popularity. Considering the latest trend, many established NYC plastic surgery practices are offering composite breast augmentation with Brazilian Butt Lift along with individual procedures.

3-D Imaging Techniques Improve Facelift Procedure’s Results

3-D Imaging TechniquesFacial rejuvenation procedures have surged in popularity in recent times, spurred by factors such as social media. Facelifts help slow down the signs of aging by addressing wrinkles and lines, and also helps resolve loose, sagging skin. The use of novel techniques and technologies has greatly improved results, recovery time and patient safety. One of the most interesting developments is the use of 3D technology in these minimally invasive cosmetic procedures.

3D imaging technology allows patients to visualize the outcome of the procedure before it is performed. Popular systems include the Axis and Vectra 3D imaging systems. Patients can view the 3D image from various angles, and the surgeon can manipulate the image to show potential results from different treatment scenarios. This builds patient confidence. The use of such imaging technology also helps surgeons to better understand patient expectations and make necessary alterations in the treatment plan to provide the desired results.

However, as with any plastic surgery procedure, facelift procedures come with risk of complications even when injectable dermal fillers are used to address wrinkles, creases and fine lines. In such liquid facelifts, there is no way of knowing how the injected fluid or filler acts in facial tissue. In some patients, the skin turns blotchy. Innovative 3D imaging technology now provides the answer and can help physicians avoid such issues, according to a recent study.

Scientists used 3D imaging to analyze what actually happens within the smallest blood vessels at the time of a cosmetic injection. The team found that complications arose when the filler was accidentally injected into the bloodstream rather than into the planned soft tissues of the face. Such knowledge would prove a great boon for plastic surgeons as it can help prevent accidents during procedures and also enable them to reverse the ill effects if an injection does not go as planned.

Cosmetic fillers have increased in popularity worldwide in recent years for their efficacy in facial rejuvenation. For instance, Juverderm® is ideal to lift the cheeks and prevent further sagging as well as for lip and jawline enhancement. If 3D imaging can improve the way these treatments are administered, the cosmetic facelift will certainly benefit.