Mini and Full Tummy Tuck – Know the Difference

Mini and Full Tummy TuckAging, weight loss, pregnancy are factors that can affect the appearance of the abdomen. If you are worried about loose, excess fat and skin in the abdominal area, you could benefit from a tummy tuck. This is a popular cosmetic surgical option among both men and women. However, based on differing requirements, plastic surgeons offer variants of this procedure such as ‘mini’ and ‘full’ abdominoplasty. Knowing the distinction between them is important, though you can rely on your surgeon to recommend the procedure that can best meet your needs.

When the condition is fullness or loose skin in the area below the belly button, a mini-abdominoplasty is usually advised. The procedure addresses a limited area – from the base of the umbilicus to the top of the pubic region, and between the inside of each hip. The treatment involves tightening the muscles and removing excess lower abdominal skin.

A full abdominoplasty is recommended when there is fullness as well as loose skin in the entire abdominal area. The procedure addresses the area from the bottom of the rib cage to the top of the pubic region and between the outer top of each hip. Excess fat and tissue are removed and the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened. The treatment can also resolve prominent stretch marks.

Established plastic surgery practices also offer other abdominoplasty options. For women with localized deposits of fat in the abdominal area, surgeons advise liposuction-only abdominoplasty. The procedure reshapes the abdomen and improves contour and proportion.

The most advanced technique is the Brazilian tummy tuck. In this approach, the incision is placed very low in the pubic area. This keeps the scar hidden even when a low-cut bikini is worn. As the procedure tightens the region, it can also help resolve incontinence.

The use of advanced minimally invasive body sculpting devices improves safety as well as efficiency, and allows patients to achieve the desired results in minimal downtime.

Latest ASPS Data Reveals Growing Popularity of Cosmetic Surgery

According to new data published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the demand for cosmetic plastic surgery has been growing rapidly over the years. ASPS reports that total cosmetic procedures rose by a staggering 111 percent during 2000-2014, and by 3 percent during 2013-2014 with 15.6 million cosmetic procedures performed in the United States last year.

Wider acceptance, social media, competitive work environments, celebrity-inspired requests or simply the desire to look good – these are the main factors driving this demand for cosmetic treatments. Technology has also played its role, making it possible for plastic surgeons to provide more natural looking outcomes in minimal time and with the least discomfort to the patient. The growing popularity of cosmetic minimally invasive procedures is obvious from the 2014 ASPS report, which shows the proportion of these treatments rose 154 percent from 2000-2014 and 4% percent during 2013-2014, with more than 13.9 million procedures in 2014.

ASPS reports that one procedure that stood out in terms of demand is butt enhancement, and that buttock augmentation with implants and butt lifts was the fastest growing procedures in 2014. Minimally invasive fat transfer butt augmentation rose 15 percent from 2013 to 2014 and buttock lifts rose 44 percent during the same period. Buttock implants rose 98 percent from 2013-2014.

Growing Popularity of Cosmetic Surgery

While these trends may inspire even more people to take the step, caution is necessary when choosing the provider. Don’t be led by advertisements and low rates – choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who can provide safe procedures to help you achieve an optimal outcome.

Popular Cosmetic Procedures Done During Lunch Break for Men and Women

Lunchtime Cosmetic ProceduresAppearance is an important consideration for most men and women when it comes to staying competitive at the work place and leading an active life with enhanced self esteem. This accounts for the increasing demand for cosmetic procedures that can correct various aesthetic concerns and improve one’s lifestyle. However, for many individuals busy work schedules and the difficulty to find time off from work are major deterrents that hold them back from undergoing a preferred procedure. The good news is that lunchtime procedures available now can help you meet your cosmetic goals without upsetting your schedule.

Here are some of the popular lunchtime cosmetic procedures for men and women:

  • CoolSculpting: Front belly fat, bra rolls, muffin-tops and love handles are among the major aesthetic concerns for those looking for a well-shaped body. CoolSculpting by Zeltiq selectively targets localized fat deposits, freezes it, and removes it naturally from the body. A typical treatment takes 1 to 3 hours. The procedure does not involve knives, suction hoses, needles, anesthetic, surgical incisions or scars.
  • Botox: Whether your concern is crow’s feet, forehead furrows, frown lines, or skin bands on the neck, the advanced cosmetic injection Botox can help address them. It works beneath the skin’s surface, targeting the muscle activity that creates frown lines and crows’ feet to form. The injection is given into the muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles. It blocks muscular nerve signals to weaken the particular muscle, which in turn reduces facial wrinkles.
  • Dermal filler: If you wish to reduce facial lines and restore volume and fullness to your face, dermal fillers are ideal. The filler plumps up thin lips, enhances shallow contours, softens facial creases and wrinkles and improves the appearance of recessed scars.
  • Lunchtime breast enhancement: When it comes to the aesthetic concerns of women, the most common is that regarding breast contour. The advanced instant non-invasive breast lift transforms your looks for special events, parties, and vacations. This 20-minute temporary procedure involves injecting saline solution into the breast tissue to enhance its shape and size.

It is important to maintain realistic expectations when undergoing a lunchtime procedure. Make sure that you consult a good plastic surgeon in this regard to understand the pros and cons of such procedures and also whether you are a candidate for the same.

Survey Indicates that Bullied Teenagers See Cosmetic Surgery as the Solution

Teenage Cosmetic SurgeryBeing bullied is a traumatic experience for anyone, especially teenagers. According to one report, Family First Aid statistics indicate that about 30 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have been involved in bullying, either as a perpetrator or as a victim of teenage bullying.

In the U.K., a recent survey by anti-bullying charity Ditch quizzed teenagers across the nation on a wide range of topics related to bullying. It was found that more than of the respondents felt that they were bullied about their appearance. The report says that bullied teens are looking to cosmetic surgery as the solution to their insecurities. The survey found that

  • One in two teens wanted to change how they look
  • 56 percent said they wanted to lose weight
  • About one in five wanted breast implants
  • 5 percent wanted Botox

Experts say that the popularity of selfies and image-based apps such as Instagram fuel online bullying. Pictures of models with “impossibly perfect” figures and image editing and glossing techniques are also responsible for making teenagers overly anxious about their appearance.

Founder and CEO of Ditch the Label Liam Hackett points out implications of appearance-based bullying are “significant” and can have “devastating, long-term impacts”. Even teens as young as 13 are considering liposuction and breast implants. Their insecurities and bullying are causing them to take big decisions that can impact their life.

Plastic surgeons and parents need to pay attention when a teenager considers cosmetic surgery. Bullying should not be a factor driving the demand for an aesthetic procedure. For properly selected teenage patients, cosmetic plastic surgery can have a positive impact on physical and emotional development. In fact, reconstructive surgeries can benefit children and youth.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) recommends that the evaluation of teenagers considering cosmetic surgery needs to be based on considerations such as whether:

  • the patient is at the minimum age specified for the specific treatment
  • the concerned physical feature has attained full development
  • the young person is emotionally mature and has realistic expectations
  • He or she has fully understood the risks as well as the benefits of the procedure

Informed consent is a critical factor in a teenage cosmetic surgery. A reliable surgeon would screen potential patients and help them take an informed decision.

Does Cosmetic Surgery Boost your Career Prospects?

Cosmetic SurgeryFinancially trying times and competitive labor markets are making it more and more difficult for people to land the jobs they want. With the growing competition in the workplace, even keeping a job can prove difficult. Whether you like it or not, in addition to your qualifications and how you do your job, your looks do matter. If you are appearing for an interview or trying to climb the corporate ladder, you need to take stock of what your appearance is saying.

Besides professionalism, experience and skills, employers look for traits like confidence and high energy and consider personal appearance, fitness and grooming when they make the hiring or pay raise decision. In the corporate world, there’s a lot of stress on “image”, and image goes with self-confidence. Some studies show that cosmetic surgery can help you break down these barriers that stand between you and your career goals. Technologic advancements have resulted in minimally invasive and non-invasive treatments that can help you achieve your aesthetic goals in minimal downtime. So if you are in a job, you wouldn’t have to take much time off from work.

According to one report published in 2012, more and more men in South Korea are seeking plastic surgery to enhance their looks in order to boost their competitiveness and improve their confidence. Forbes reported that between 1997 and 2013, the proportion of men getting plastic surgery in the U.S. rose by 273%, with liposuction, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, breast reduction and ear shaping being the most popular procedures.

Being fit is also important, so if you are overweight, enroll in a weight loss program. Employers tend to see an overweight person as lacking self-discipline and motivation. They may even think that you may develop health problems, which would make you a costly investment! Even after you’re hired, weight matters as an obese person earns less than a slim coworker.

A fresh and more youthful look will give anyone an edge when it comes to career advancement and plastic surgery can help you achieve this. It can also help correct flaws. Cosmetic procedures such as tattoo removal, stretched earlobe corrective surgery and Botox are important to get that professional look that hiring managers look for.

Many studies have focused on how cosmetic surgery can improve income potential and career prospects. According to one report, a Harvard Study of Health and Life Quality in May 2009 showed that job seekers who were attractive and confident had a better chance of getting hired.

Eyelid Surgery Resolves Vision Problems Caused By Excess Skin

Eyelid Surgery Resolves Vision ProblemsMen and women usually have eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons. However, the procedure also resolves sagging upper eyelids which mar vision, allowing the patient to see well.

How an Eyelift Improves Vision

Ageing makes your eyelids stretch and the supportive muscles become weaker. Fat may collect above and below your eyelids, resulting in droopy upper lids and bags under your eyes. When the skin around the eyes sags considerably, the upper and outer areas of your field of vision could get affected and it would be more difficult to see. Eyelid surgery, which is usually performed for cosmetic reasons, offers an added benefit – it can resolve vision problems as it involves removing the excess skin on the upper eyelids.

What Blepharoplasty Involves

In the traditional method, the incision is made so that the scar stays hidden within the natural fold of the eyelid. After the excess tissue is removed, the incisions are closed with tiny stitches. More stable than traditional eyelid surgery, laser blepharoplasty involves no visible scar in the lower eyelid and assures quick results with minimal discomfort, downtime, and shorter recovery.

The surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. It may be done under a local or general anesthesia, depending on the method used. If an eyebrow lift is also performed, the procedure can take longer.

You may experience some blurring of vision for some time after surgery, but will get better within two or three days. Some swelling, bruising and pain are typical, and complete recovery can take up to four weeks. During this time, it is important to follow the surgeon’s instructions on medication and protect the eyes from harsh sunlight.

Innovative Upper Eyelid Surgery Technique

Blepharoplasty improves vision and results in a fresh, more youthful appearance. Improved systems such as Cynosure’s state-of-the-art Smart Skin laser are ideal for upper eyelid rejuvenation. This procedure is virtually pain-free and can also result in naturally arched eyebrows and long, thick eyelashes.

BAAPS Reveals Cosmetic Surgery Trends in the UK in 2014

Cosmetic surgery has been showing a steady increase in popularity over the years all over the world, especially in the UK and US as per the statistics reports. There were many factors contributing to the increase in the interest for the procedures. Celebrity endorsements for plastic surgery and people wishing to look their best on social media platforms are among the major factors. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has published the statistics report for cosmetic procedures last year. It shows that a few procedures came down in popularity while other procedures continued to hold steady. It seems that people preferred finer changes to their appearance.

According to the president of BAAPS, “Proven treatments such as surgical liposuction … continued to rise, which is unsurprising, when so many non-surgical alternatives for fat removal seem ineffective.”

The report hints that many people preferred to follow a healthy diet and regular exercise plan before rushing into surgery to meet their aesthetic goals. This is what is actually proposed by many leading plastic surgeons and researchers in the field. Plastic surgery is advised when available natural options prove futile.

As the BAAPS official said, “With demand for the most subtle anti-ageing procedures such as eyelid surgery and facelifts holding steady, it’s clear that the public of 2014 were after a refreshed or youthful appearance rather than more conspicuous alterations.”

Here are some highlights of the study.

Cosmetic Surgery Trends in the UK in 2014

ASPS Reveals Change in Cosmetic Surgery Trend Over a Decade

Cosmetic surgery trends keep on changing every year and a number of factors contribute to the evolving trends. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently released a data sheet revealing the change in trend of cosmetic procedures over a decade, from 2000 to 2014. The demand for butt lifts was the highest as it was up by a whopping 158-percent since 2000 with a total of 3,505 lifts performed last year.

Here is a look at the percentage increase and decrease of the demand for popular cosmetic surgery procedures over these years. Following are the popular procedures, their demand in 2000 and 2014 and the change in percentage.

ASPS Reveals Change in Cosmetic Surgery Trend Over a Decade

In addition to the whopping rise in butt lifts, butt implants have also gained popularity. The demand for the procedure rose to 1,863 in 2014, up from just 942 in 2013. According to the report, the procedures that continue to gain popularity are breast lifts, breast implants and tummy tucks. The report says the rise in surgical weight loss procedures that are medical in nature might have led to the fall in lipo procedures over these years. Also when considering the overall procedures, there is a 12% slump since 2000. This gives a hint of Americans starting to accept the way they are. Also they might be trying out the natural ways first and considering surgery only as a last resort.

Saudi Gazette Reports 30% of Saudi Arabians Planning for Rhinoplasty

RhinoplastyNose jobs are very popular in the United States as even the latest annual statistical reports from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) revealed nose surgery as the second most popular cosmetic procedure in the US last year. With about 217,124 Americans having undergone rhinoplasty, it contributed towards a 1% increase in the overall cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the country in 2014. The popularity of the procedure is not just within the country but internationally. According to a report in the Saudi Gazette, a new study reveals that about 30% of Saudis are planning for nose surgery.

The study was conducted by King Saud University medical students. The majority of the participants are women. Even when women comprised the major part of the group, there has been a 20 percent increase in men taking up plastic surgery. The report said that nose job is the third most popular plastic surgery procedure done in the Kingdom. Interestingly, majority of Saudis who get a nose job are between 18 and 30 years of age; people over 40 getting nose jobs were only a minority. Against the international trend, most Saudis prefer to straighten their nose. It was observed that 70 percent of Saudis planning to undergo the procedure are uninformed of the consequences of such a surgery.

According to a supervising professor of the study, “The ISAPS stated the majority desires a European nose but Saudis find them unsuitable with their Arab features…The reasons to get a nose job vary between health and beautification reasons. Health reasons include difficulties breathing or fractures due to accidents. However, beauty remains a priority for many of the Saudis opting to go under the knife.”

A good plastic surgeon with the necessary credentials and experience can make the necessary changes to your nose to make it excel in form and function. Such a plastic surgeon also knows the difference between a male and female nose and brings about the required improvements to make your face more appealing and pleasant.

Telemedicine Setting New Frontiers in Plastic Surgery

Telemedicine Setting New Frontiers in Plastic SurgeryThe facility to remotely connect with doctors for consultations, diagnosis and monitoring reality is making a world of difference in the field of plastic surgery. Telemedicine allows physicians to perform a virtual consultation, so that patients can interact with their physicians from the comfort of their home or office, saving them the trouble of having to travel to the practice unless they really need to. Up to 19 million patients may use a remote monitoring device at home by 2018, according to Med City News. Telemedicine is proving particularly useful for facial aesthetics.

Text messaging and email are the most common modes of virtual patient communication. With a MAC or a PC with a camera, patients can use live platforms such as Skype or FaceTime for a medical video chat. They can learn more about the treatments offered at a facility and schedule their live consult based on this.

Remote patient monitoring through virtual platforms lessens the requirement for outpatient visits. A patient with “an area of concern” can show it to the surgeon via a video, which is a much better option than a still photo, especially when it comes to evaluating the effects of Botox injections. Other benefits of telemedicine include:

  • Telemedicine is a powerful mode for patients and referring physicians to access specialty services regardless of geographical barriers
  • Telehealth helps build the practice as it allows cosmetic surgeons to interact with potential patients
  • It facilitates remote prescription verification and drug administration oversight, which in turn reduces the overall cost of medical care
  • Virtual consults are useful for patients living in isolated communities and remote regions as physical distance ceases to be a barrier when it comes to care.
  • Telehealth enables plastic surgeons to share information with experts in their field and learn from them, thereby promoting medical education
  • For patients, telemedicine means convenience, saved time and reduced travel costs

However, there is the question of patient confidentiality when using telemedicine consultations. Physicians need to use secure storage and transmission methods that guarantee safe transfer of patient data. New apps are being developed that integrate with electronic medical records and allow secure HIPAA-compliant communication between patients and doctors.

As they depend extensively on visual information for diagnostics, medical fields such as dermatology, radiology and plastic surgery will benefit the most from these innovations in telemedicine.