Cosmetic Surgical Procedures that Add Fat are Gaining Popularity

Cosmetic Surgical ProceduresAccording to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASASP), the popularity of cosmetic procedures in America has grown six-fold since 1997 – from 1.7 million to 10.6 million, costing Americans $12 billion. Liposuction and breast augmentation are the most requested treatments. Lipolysis involves removing excess fat and tightening skin to achieve a slimmer, well-defined body. However, Time recently reported that a new trend – procedures that “add fat” – have become just as popular as those that get rid of it. The procedure involves removing fat via liposuction from one area of the body and using it to enhance another.

A 2014 ASAPS report indicates that buttock augmentation rose by 86% from 2013. American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics indicate that butt augmentation with fat grafting or “Brazilian butt augmentation” as it is called, rose by 15% during 2013-2014, with up to 11,505 procedures performed last year. At the same time, the number of buttock implants performed in 2014 was just 1,862. This clearly indicates that the fat transfer option is gaining preference.

With an increasing number of men and women seeking the ‘fountain of youth’, facial cosmetic surgery has gained popularity over the years. Industry experts cite many reasons for this trend such as to enhance competitiveness in the workplace, to look good in selfies, or to improve social life. In fact, the facelift figured in the top five cosmetic surgical procedures for 2014. According to the article in Time, facial fat grafting is the latest trend. It addresses loss of volume in the face which occurs as a result of aging and is performed either as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with facelift surgery. Experts say that fat grafting is the procedure of choice for facial scarring, lip augmentation, and facial rhytids. Autologous tissue is the ideal substance for such problems as it is readily available, inexpensive, long-lasting, natural-feeling, and does not generally cause adverse immunologic reactions. In butt augmentation, too, this option offers natural looking results and avoids the complications associated with butt implants.

That procedures to add fat are trending doesn’t mean fat reduction procedures are on the decline. Non-surgical fat reduction using devices such as CoolSculpting and VASERshape rose a whopping 42.7 percent last year. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Kybella-an injection that destroys fat cells beneath the chin.

Masculine Makeovers – A Rising Trend in the Cosmetic Surgery World

Masculine MakeoversMasculine makeovers are a new rising trend in the cosmetic surgery world with an increasing number of men choosing to enhance their looks via aesthetic procedures. One of the main reasons why men undergo cosmetic surgery is the tough competition they face at the workplace with looks being one of the factors that contribute to their appeal as a prospective employee. A youthful appearance gives an energetic look which is advantageous when one has to compete with young people at the workplace. Of course, age takes a toll on men’s appearance when they move to their 40s and 50s and maintaining a youthful look really matters when it comes to maintaining relationships. This becomes more important when planning to begin new ones. Moreover, improved looks tend to improve one’s self-esteem and confidence.

Reports from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says liposuction was the top male surgical procedure performed in the country in 2014, and nose surgery, eyelid surgery, breast reduction and facelift are next in the list. Non-surgical procedures such as Botox and hyaluronic acid are also quite popular. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “Male plastic surgery rates have significantly increased since 2000, and the notion that cosmetic procedures are just for women no longer exists.”

Unlike in the past, more men seek cosmetic surgery to achieve a more youthful look, improve their self-image and feel better about their appearance. More male celebrities are starting to feel comfortable talking about the procedures they have undergone. However, surgeons say that not all men want to reveal the fact that they have had a procedure done.

According to the ASAPS, since 1997 there is a 273 percent increase in the number of men taking up cosmetic procedures. Male patients note improved self-esteem as one of the top three reasons to have facial plastic surgery.

The “selfie” trend in social media is another factor that reinforces the desire to look more attractive and youthful. Modern masculinity is not about manly looks alone, it is also about looking fit, well-groomed, and youthful, thanks to the cosmetic surgery possibilities that help men meet their varied aesthetic goals. In this age, when skilled and experienced surgeons utilize advanced techniques that blend safety with efficiency to offer the desired aesthetic results in minimal downtime, it is no wonder that there is a marked increase in masculine makeovers.

New FDA Approved Injection Melts Away Double Chin Fat

Double Chin FatModerate or severe fat below the chin or submental fat is a major aesthetic concern for many men and women. In fact, a 2014 survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery found that 68 percent of the respondents were bothered by submental fullness. The chin is a tricky area that hardly responds to diet and exercise. Even liposuction involves surgery and downtime. The good news is that you can now resolve that double chin with Kybella, an innovative FDA-approved injection that melts the fat away.

The newly introduced Kybella, earlier called ATX-101, is an artificial form of deoxycholic acid, a chemical molecule that is produced by the body and helps break down dietary fat. This patented injection works to dissolve fat under the chin by breaking down the membrane of the fat cells and destroying them.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a single treatment can up to 50 injections, and a patient may need six single treatments no less than one month apart. The FDA approved Kybella following the clinical trial in which patients were randomly administered Kybella or a placebo for up to six treatments, and those who received the new injection experienced more frequent reductions in under-chin fat. Results can last up to two years.

The treatment is recommended only for individuals with consolidated fat deposits and fullness underneath the chin. It will not work for those with a lot of loose and hanging skin.

Kybella comes with specific risks such as swelling, bruising and pain. Moreover, precise targeting of the fat cells is crucial as the injection can destroy other types of cells such as skin cells if it is administered wrongly. The FDA stresses that only a licensed healthcare professional should administer Kybella. The ideal choice is a experienced cosmetic surgeon. With the right surgeon, you can expect effective fat reduction and visibly improved jawline contour, with minimal risk of complications.

Study: Complication Rates are Low for Rhinoplasty Using Patient’s own Rib Cartilage

Rhinoplasty Using Patient’s own Rib CartilageNose surgery is one of the most popular facial cosmetic surgical procedures in the U.S. and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) ranked it among the top five in 2014. In addition to improving appearance, rhinoplasty can also set right breathing issues.

The procedure involves making cuts within the nostrils and sometimes, across the base of the nose. The plastic surgeon then reshapes the inner bone and cartilage to improve appearance.

Cartilage grafts help build up or straighten sections of the nose or to replace missing cartilage. Cartilage from the patient’s ears or rib or bone from the skull is used to build better definition. The patient’s rib cartilage is the preferred source of graft material as it is strong and plentiful. However, the use of rib cartilage to build up the bridge of the nose has come under criticism as it has a tendency to warp or become distorted, causing unevenness and asymmetry. Moreover, using rib cartilage was also thought to cause issues at the donor site, such as a collapsed lung and postsurgical scarring.

Now, a literature review recently published by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery says that overall long-term complications rates are low when the patient’s own rib cartilage is used. According to the report in Healio, the researchers independently searched the several reliable databases to collect notes relating to the nose surgery complications over the years to arrive at this conclusion. They evaluated the results of ten studies published during the period 1946-2013, which reported complications and donor-site issues related to autologous rib cartilage use in nose surgery.

  • The analysis covered a total of 491 patients
  • The studies were followed up for about 33.3 months
  • Data for 458 people in nine studies indicated an low warping and resorption (erosion) rates of 3.08% and 0.22%, respectively
  • For 414 patients, eight studies reported infection rates and the combined rate of infection of 0.56%
  • Graft displacement rates were reported by seven studies in 282 patients, with a 0.39% total proportion of displacement
  • 291 patients in five studies reported rates of hypertrophic chest scarring (deposits of excessive amounts of collagen resulting in a raised scar)
  • In seven studies, revision surgery was reported for 304 patients with a combined revision surgery rate of 14.07%

While advising plastic surgeons to focus on reducing warping and hypertrophic chest scarring, the researchers concluded that complication rates are generally low when the patient’s own rib cartilage is used for nasal surgery.

Pre-op Injections Can Reduce Post-op Complications in Rhinoplasty, Says Study

Pre-op Injections in RhinoplastyRhinoplasty or nose reshaping surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures among both men and women. A well-shaped nose can really have a positive impact on facial appearance.

As with all plastic surgery procedures, rhinoplasty also comes with some side effects. The common postoperative complications of rhinoplasty are edema (excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body) and ecchymosis (discoloration of the skin resulting from bleeding underneath, typically caused by bruising). These issues are worrying for both the patient as well as the plastic surgeon as they can affect cosmetic results. Patients are usually given corticosteroids to manage such ‘events’.

Researchers in Brazil claim they have found a way to address these post-surgical complications in cosmetic nose surgery. Their study found that presurgical injection of dexamethasone sodium phosphate (a medication used to treat various conditions such as severe allergic reactions and symptoms such as swelling) can minimize the occurrence of edema and ecchymosis following rhinoplasty. Here are the key aspects of the study which was published recently in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

  • Forty-two patients participated in the study
  • The patients were randomized into 2 groups.
  • Dexamethasone was intravenously injected before surgery for those in group 1.
  • Normal saline solution was intravenously injected before surgery in group 2.
  • Standardized photographs were taken when they returned one week after the surgery
  • The photographs were analyzed by five plastic surgeons who were not told about the type of injection that the patients received
  • The surgeons rated the complications and it was found that the patients in the dexamethasone group showed lower rates of postoperative ecchymosis and edema than those in the saline group

The researchers concluded that preoperative use of dexamethasone would reduce edema and ecchymosis at seven days after rhinoplasty. These findings are significant as statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) indicate that nose reshaping ranked second in the list of top five cosmetic surgical procedures in 2014.

ASAPS: Men had More than One Million Procedures in 2014

Male Cosmetic ProceduresMore and more men are confidently going in for cosmetic plastic surgery, and things have come a long way since the days when aesthetic treatments were confined to women and celebrities. The latest annual statistical report from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) revealed that men had more than one million cosmetic procedures in 2014, which is 10 percent of the total number of procedures. The ASAPS report lists the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures for men in 2014 and these are top five:

  • Liposuction: This body contouring treatment can get rid of the stubborn fat deposits from practically any area, both large and small. As it is the abdominal area that presents the most problems for men, the demand for abdominoplasty could be responsible for lipo bagging the top spot.
  • Nose surgery: The appearance of nose matters a lot when to comes to the face. Men want a strong nose proportional to the rest of their facial features and this explains the popularity of rhinoplasty.
  • Eyelid surgery: With a 34% increase, blepharoplasty took the third spot in the male procedures last year. This treatment rejuvenates tired-looking eyes and resolves puffy eyelids which are the result of aging and stress. Successful treatment improves overall facial appearance.
  • Male breast reduction: Gynecomastia or over-sized male breasts is a common problem. With more men seeking breast reduction surgery last year, the number of procedures rose 33%. The treatment resolves excess fat and tissue build up in the chest to provide a more manly physique.
  • Facelift surgery: With a 44 % increase, the facelift ranked 5th in the most popular male cosmetic procedure list. It removes excess fat, repositions the muscles and tightens the skin to improve masculine facial definition.

Increased awareness of cosmetic surgical procedures and the availability of innovative, safe and minimally invasive techniques play a major role in the rising demand for male cosmetic procedures. Moreover, it has even been reported that research showed that “good-looking people get hired sooner, land promotions faster, and earn an average of 3 to 4 percent more than those with below-average looks”! So it’s hardly surprising that men see plastic surgery as a strategy to boost their value in the competitive workplace.

Cosmetic Surgical Procedures that Gained Popularity Last Year

The demand for aesthetic surgery is rising. Cosmetic plastic surgery statistics for 2014 published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that a total of 1,677,478 procedures were performed last year, rising 1% from 668,420 procedures in 2013. Trends differ, with the demand for some treatments surging, and others, not keeping pace.

High Demand

ASPS reports that the following cosmetic surgical procedures gained popularity during 2013- 2014:

Cosmetic Surgical Procedures

Highlights 2000-2014

Looking at the period 2000-2014, some trends are particularly noteworthy. The demand for the following procedures rose heavily:

  • Upper arm lift by 4694%
  • Lower body lift by 3658%
  • Buttock lifts by 158%
  • Breast lifts (mastopexy) by 75%
  • Gynecomastia treatment or male breast reduction surgery by 29%
  • Cheek implants by 17%
  • Dermabrasion by 98%
  • Thigh lift by 72%
  • Tummy tuck by 87%
  • Lip augmentation by 40%

Minimally invasive procedures have also gained. Up to 13,945,38 procedures were performed in 2014, a 4% increase from 3,447,93 procedures in 2013 and a whopping 154% increase from the year 2000.

Contributory Factors

Experts attribute these positive cosmetic surgical trends to various factors such as the availability of a wider array of options due to medical advancements and technology improvements. Today, patients have the benefit of 3D technology which allows them to work closely with the plastic surgeon to determine the procedures that can help them achieve their optimal outcomes. Male cosmetic procedures are trending, with men realizing that plastic surgery offers them various options to restore a more youthful look, and improve their self-image and self confidence.

Cosmetic Surgery Increasingly Sought by Men and Women Over 65

Older people seek cosmetic surgery not only to remain fit and healthy in their old age, but also to look good. The fact that this age group is considering aesthetic procedures speaks volumes about the improved safety and effectiveness of advanced plastic surgery technology.

Cambridge-news reports that there is a noticeable surge in the number of men and women over 65 years taking up cosmetic surgery procedures in Cambridge. Over the last three years, there has been at least 50% increase in the number of over 65s undergoing these procedures. Mostly people ask for facial surgery including eye, face and neck lifts. What persuades them is the desire to feel better about themselves rather than the wish to regain their youth.

Men continue to drive the cosmetic surgery market, and four out of five surgeons surveyed revealed that they have noticed an increase in the number of men undergoing cosmetic procedures such as eyelid lifts, nose jobs and ‘man boob’ removal.

A Nuffield Health survey also noted a similar trend across the UK. Surgeons surveyed reported an increase in the number of previously overweight patients looking for a suitable aesthetic procedure, following significant weight loss.

Cosmetic Surgery with Fat Grafting

As the surgeons point out, most of the over 65s wish to look fresh, healthy and natural. With improvements in medical science, it is not uncommon to see patients in their 80s who want to look better. People in this age group are healthier now, and any medical condition they may have is managed well. Moreover, anesthetics are much safer, with fewer side effects and ensure a safe and effective surgical procedure.

Study Reports Good Cosmetic Outcomes for Butt Augmentation with Fat Grafting

Butt Augmentation with Fat GraftingFuller, curvier buttocks are a trait that many women desire, a fact confirmed by NYC plastic surgeons who report a growing demand for buttock augmentation. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that the latest ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) statistics show that buttock implants and lifts were among the fastest growing procedures in 2014. Buttock augmentation with fat grafting, the procedure that uses the woman’s own fat removed via liposuction to enhance the buttocks, grew 15 percent from 2013. This method of autologous augmentation is called the Brazilian butt lift.

A recent study by a Brazilian plastic surgery team reiterates that this lipo-fat transfer combo can provide impressive results for butt augmentation. The report on the “gluteoplasty with autologous fat tissue” technique was published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® and concluded, “This gluteoplasty technique is simple and inexpensive, with minimal morbidity and excellent results”.

The researchers studied the outcomes of liposuction and fat grafting in 106 women of average age 33 years. Fat was removed from areas like the thighs or hips and then re-injected to sculpt and enhance the appearance of the buttocks. Only the results of patients with no major weight loss or gain during the year after surgery were evaluated. The volume of fat transferred was about one-half liter.

Here are the interesting findings of the study on the Brazilian butt lift:

  • None of the women had medical complications or infections
  • Five patients reported minor fluid collection (seroma) in the area from where the fat was obtained
  • All the women were highly satisfied with their results after one year
  • All were satisfied with the appearance of their waist
  • Up to 97 percent were happy about the appearance of their buttocks
  • Three patients had an additional procedure to enhance the outcome, with two getting treatment to reduce volume

This method also overcomes implant-related issues such as higher cost, lack of durability, and risk of complications. However, the Brazilian surgeons stress that the skill and aesthetic judgment of the plastic surgeon are crucial factors in determining the cosmetic outcome. Expert NYC plastic surgeons provide excellent outcomes for this innovative buttock enhancement procedure.

Rejuvenate Your Looks with a Lunch Time Lift

Lunch Time LiftWith increasing competition in the workplace, improving your physical appearance can count. In the corporate world, there’s a lot of stress on image and image is linked to self-confidence. While cosmetic surgery can help, taking time off from a busy schedule is often virtually impossible except in an emergency. Not to worry – lunchtime procedures are here!

The advancements in the technology have resulted in a slew of non-invasive procedures dubbed lunch time lifts. These treatments are designed to help you freshen up your appearance in a jiffy. They can be performed in less than an hour, and there is no recovery time involved. This means you can be back at work after your lunch break procedure. Here are some of the most popular lunch time rejuvenation treatments offered at leading surgical practices:

  • Body Sculpting: Men and women can now get rid of their stubborn fat deposits from hard-to-treat areas without going under knife. Procedures such as Coolsculpting make use of cooling technology to freeze fat to destroy it. Most areas can be treated within an hour and a typical procedure involving two or more areas may take 1 to 3 hours.
  • Cosmetic Injections and Fillers: Injections and fillers such as Botox and Restylane can be effectively used to fill in and smooth out those lines and creases in your face. The result is a fresh-looking face, achieved with hardly any downtime or discomfort.
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Youthful looking skin goes a long way in enhancing your appearance and there are several short-time procedures for glowing skin. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are the most popular, though surgeons generally recommend getting these treatments during weekends as they involve mild discomfort.
  • Laser Hair Removal: Laser hair removal from a small area takes just 10 minutes per session. Even larger areas don’t usually take more than an hour to treat.
  • Lunchtime Breast Enhancement: The 20 minute temporary saline breast augmentation procedure provides instant, temporary enhancement. It involves injecting saline solution into the breast tissue. Results last around 24 hours. This is a great option for women seeking an instant solution to look attractive for special events, parties, and vacations.

If you have aesthetic issues that need special attention or want longer-lasting results, you would probably be better off with a cosmetic surgical procedure. On the other hand, for significant rejuvenation in a short span of time, these novel non-invasive treatments could provide the solution.