New Analysis Finds No Definitive Link between Silicone Breast Implants and Health Risks

Silicone Breast ImplantsEver since silicone breast implants were introduced, there have been debates on their safety. Over the years, several studies were conducted to examine whether silicone implants would affect women’s health in the long-term. The latest analysis says that these studies do not provide sufficient evidence to prove that there is a definitive link between silicone breast implants and health risks. This study was commissioned by the Plastic Surgery Foundation and funded by companies that manufacture silicone breast implants. The research findings were published on Nov. 9 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Silicone breast implants appeared in the U.S. in the 1960s. Soon, concerns were raised about ruptured silicone implants posing health hazards that could emerge years later, such as breast cancer, reproductive problems or connective tissue diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. This led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to call for a moratorium on these implants in 1992 until more could be learned about their safety in the long run.

Studies conducted since then have failed to find any conclusive evidence linking silicone breast implants to any disease risk. In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved silicone gel filled breast implants, but with the condition that manufacturers conduct long-term follow-up studies.

Now, 10 years later, the latest research analysis indicates that the evidence is still inconclusive. The researchers examined 32 studies conducted from the 1990s onward and could not find any clear evidence to link silicone breast implants to the risks of cancer, connective tissue diseases, multiple sclerosis or other health conditions.

Some of the studies noted an association between these implants and certain diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren syndrome. However, the researchers reported that the findings of most of the reviewed studies were inconsistent, the reason being that they failed to explain other factors that could account for a link between breast implants and disease risk. Key points that emerged from the new analysis are as follows:

  • Studies found that women who consider breast augmentation are normally thinner, more active and more likely to use birth control pills. They tend to drink alcohol more frequently, and have higher smoking rates. The effect of these factors on health outcomes needs to be examined, rather than just implants.
  • While some studies found a link between breast implants and lower risk of conditions such as breast cancer, the researchers point out that such an association could be due to other reasons.
  • Six of the studies reviewed noted a link between breast implants and increased suicide risk. However, none of them looked into other factors such as women’s psychological well-being.

The FDA and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons have said they will collaborate on creating a national registry to follow patients’ long-term health effects after the procedure.

Survey finds British Women Tend to Have Cosmetic Surgery at 44

Cosmetic SurgeryStudies are conducted from time to time to understand the psyche of potential plastic surgery candidates. One such study by a U.K. research team found that British women are most likely to consider having cosmetic surgical procedures when they are around 44 years old. Let’s take a look at the interesting findings of the study which were reported by MailOnline.

  • More than a quarter of British women (29%) are unhappy with the way they look.
  • Most women go under the knife to look more attractive and not younger.
  • Tummy tuck was named the most by 32 per cent, making it the most popular cosmetic enhancement.
  • As their objective is to look attractive and not younger, women in their early middle age opt for subtle enhancements.
  • About 72 per cent desired only minor improvements that will not be too obvious.
  • Only six per cent wanted major cosmetic changes or an image makeover.
  • The breasts were a major concern and two in five women revealed that they were unhappy with their cleavage.
  • About 61 per cent were more inclined to go in for subtle enhancements to maintain a youthful appearance.
  • Most did not want lip augmentation, with 37% saying their feared a botch up.
  • About half (42 per cent) said they wouldn’t tell their friends or family they had a job done.

The study also found that women are now less influenced by celebrity trends, with the media showcasing images of “overdone” jobs. It’s obvious that what this older group of consumers wants is simply to look good at their age and make long-standing and natural looking body changes.

A Daily News article published in February this year elucidated on cosmetic surgery trends in the U.S. A survey of 5,053 American women found that a staggering 85 percent of 55 to 64-year-olds said they are unhappy about “at least one” body part. It also found that young women, especially 25-34 year olds (86 percent) are most likely to seek help to change a body part, with 40 percent likely to pursue surgery. It is to meet such demand that established plastic surgery practices in New York City offer customized cosmetic surgical procedures for women.

More Seniors Getting Plastic Surgery to Look Youthful and Confident

Plastic SurgeryCosmetic surgery was once confined to the rich and famous but has become quite commonplace in recent times. Nowadays cosmetic surgery procedures are requested by people of all ages, from teenagers and people in their middle years to older adults. Even when a section of the elderly would prefer to age gracefully, reports say that an increasing number of seniors are having cosmetic procedures to meet varied goals. Having cosmetic treatments boosts their self-image and confidence.

People in the United States are living longer, according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Modern medicine, healthier lifestyles and other environmental factors are helping more people to remain healthy and socially and emotionally vigorous into their later years. Today, there are about 35 million Americans age 65 or older, and it is predicted that this number will double in the next 25 years. Older adults want to look as good as they feel, and they wish to present that image. As people continue to stay in the workforce longer, there is increasing pressure to look young so as to stay competitive in the job market, says a recent ABC news report. These influences are driving the demand for cosmetic surgery among older individuals.

The availability of advanced minimally invasive liposuction procedures using advanced technology and non-invasive procedures such as CoolSculpting, have made plastic surgery a less daunting prospect. Botox injections are also popular among seniors looking for instant facial rejuvenation. Most of the treatments that seniors opt for are not transformative ones, but those that enhance their appearance and make them feel better about themselves.

What about the risk of complications in older cosmetic surgery patients? A study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal last year reports that postoperative complication rates between elderly and younger cosmetic surgery patients are not significantly different. It found that the average incidence of major adverse outcomes in older patients was 1.8 percent, compared to 1.9 percent in younger patients. However, the lead author, in an interview published by the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) pointed out the study has the limitation that the participants in the study were “carefully selected healthy elderly individuals’.

He said that this fact “highlights the need for careful preoperative evaluation and selection of appropriate surgical candidates in order to archive safe outcomes”.

While age may not be a significant factor when it comes to planning cosmetic surgery, the ideal candidate is one who is healthy and has realistic expectations. More important, meticulous pre-surgical assessment by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon is necessary for safe, optimal results.

Cosmetic Procedures and Products Market – Global Forecast 2019

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery defines cosmetic surgery as a unique discipline of medicine focused on enhancing appearance through surgical as well as non-surgical techniques. The industry has grown rapidly in recent years and has expanded to include a wide variety of procedures to enhance almost any area of the body. According to a recent report from Transparency Market Research, the global market for cosmetic procedures and products is expanding both in terms of value and number of procedures performed annually.

Cosmetic Procedures
One of the biggest pros towards getting aesthetic surgery is that, in addition to enhancing appearance, it improves the person’s self-esteem and self confidence. Likewise, the biggest con is that, like all surgery, cosmetic procedures come with risks of complications. Minimally-invasive and non-invasive procedures have greatly reduced these risks.

According to the Transparency Market Research report, the key factors driving the growth of the global cosmetic procedures and products market are:

  • Aging population
  • Growing acceptance of cosmetic surgery
  • Expanding media exposure
  • Faster results
  • Overall reluctance among population to age gracefully
  • Increased disposable incomes, and
  • Growing interest in aesthetic improvements

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that 15.6 million minimally-invasive and surgical cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2014, an increase of 3 percent since 2013. In addition, 5.8 million reconstructive surgery procedures were performed last year, up 1 percent.

Technological advancement in the manufacturing of cosmetic surgery products is the main factor fuelling the growth of the cosmetic surgery products market. Commonly used products include Injectables (botulinum toxin, collagen and hyaluronic acid), Implants (breast implants, chin and cheek implants, lip implants) and Equipment (dermal resurfacing lasers, hair removal lasers, liposuction equipment, microdermabrators, and light-based systems).

The global cosmetic procedures and products market is segmented into two major segments, namely, surgical procedures and non-surgical procedures.

Surgical procedures

  • Liposuction
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Nose surgery
  • Breast augmentation
  • Tummy tuck
  • breast lift
  • Gynecomastia treatment
  • Breast reduction
  • Otoplasty (cosmetic ear surgery)

Breast augmentation and the lipoplasty (liposuction) are the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures. Non-surgical procedures include cosmetic injectables, skin rejuvenation and other procedures such as laser hair removal, sclerotherapy, and laser treatment of leg vein. The cosmetic surgical procedures for men include gynecomastia treatment, breast reduction, facelifts, brow lifts, and tummy tuck.

Geographically, North America accounts for the largest market share of cosmetic surgery products and some of the key players in products market include Allergan, Inc., Alma Lasers, Ltd., Cutera, Inc., IRIDEX Corporation, and Johnson & Johnson.

Check Out These Tips for a Safe and Speedy Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery

Brazilian Butt Lift RecoveryBrazilian butt lift is a very popular cosmetic procedure that is credited for the wonderful buttock enhancement and contouring it can offer. Considering this increased interest, established plastic surgery practices in NYC are offering Brazilian butt lift procedure.  This  technique makes use of your own body fat from other parts of your body that act as donor areas. The fat is removed through liposuction which is then processed, purified and injected into the buttocks to improve the volume and shape. A successful procedure offers you natural looking outcome while eliminating all implant related risks.

Speaking of its other advantages, the donor area gets contoured while the buttocks achieve the desired extra volume. However, for the procedure to be complete and to experience utmost benefits, you should pass the final phase-i.e. butt lift recovery. The most important thing to understand is that the transferred fat is fragile. So take extreme care not to damage or hurt the transplanted fat so that you will have a smooth recovery and enjoy optimal and lasting results. Here are some tips that can ensure you a safe and speedy recovery.

  • You are advised not to sit for more than 1 hour at a time during the first month after the buttock augmentation procedure. This is to ensure that the transplanted fat survives. No sitting is usually allowed for ten days post operatively except when using the toilet. Plastic surgeons would advise their patients to limit sitting down for the first 3 – 4 weeks after surgery. If you need to sit, use a well-padded seat for short periods, not more than 10 minutes at a time. A compression garment has to be worn for up to 4 – 6 weeks after surgery. The final results are usually realized after approximately 6 months.
  • Even though it is not as bad as sitting, it is good to avoid squatting and stretching during the initial post-op period. This is to avoid the significant shear and tear stress that the tissues may be subjected to.
  • Swimming and hot tubs are best avoided for at least 4 weeks after your procedure. This is to ensure that the skin’s ability to get oxygen where it is needed is not interrupted.
  • Make sure to wear the compression garment recommended by your plastic surgeon. This will help prevent tissue swelling and speed up the overall healing process.
  • Stay away from any strenuous activity for up to four weeks after the procedure. So don’t engage even in hard exercises that cause you to sweat. This would help your donor site to heal fast and also ensure you well-contoured buttocks.
  • Get plenty of rest and follow a balanced diet, take pain medication as prescribed and avoid habits such as smoking. Avoid exposing the scars to the sun for at least 12 months.
  • Meet your surgeon during the follow-up dates for any further instructions.

A good Brazilian butt lift surgeon would give you a complete set of instructions to follow for a quick recovery. In a good NYC plastic surgery, you are not only ensured a constructive consultation experience with the surgeon providing you with all the details you need about the procedure, but also excellent follow-up consultation where he/she would evaluate your progress and make the necessary recommendations.

Would you like to know more about BBL procedure? Dr Chia, board certified plastic surgeon at bodySCULPT, NYC explains about the BBL procedure in this podcast.

Difference between Brazilian Tummy Tuck and Traditional Tummy Tuck

Tummy TuckThe Brazilian tummy tuck is a relatively new cosmetic surgical procedure that uses advanced techniques to effectively remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal area and also tighten the muscles. Leading plastic surgery practices in Manhattan now help men and women to achieve a sleek, sculpted appearance with this innovative treatment. The highlight of the procedure is that the scars are not high up on the waist as in the traditional method, but very low in the pubic area so that you can wear your low-cut bikini confidently. This new approach offers an better treatment experience overall with improved outcomes and efficiency, and less downtime. Let us see how exactly the Brazilian tummy tuck differs from its conventional counterpart.

Though the basic procedure and the idea is similar to the traditional approach, this new technique focuses on additional areas to deliver a better outcome. It combines abdominoplasty with liposuction for smoother and more attractive results. Advanced liposuction techniques such as VaserLipo, BodyTite, and SmartLipo Triplex are used to remove the excess fat and tighten the skin. The procedure also pulls the waist in and tightens the muscles to result in a smaller waist. Rather than just abdominoplasty, this is an innovative waist re-contouring technique. The other highlights of the Brazilian tummy tuck are as follows:

  • The pubic area which usually sags with age and pregnancy is pulled up, rejuvenating the inner thighs and pubis.
  • The procedure can reduce incontinence that occurs after pregnancy and can even eliminate the problem completely.
  • The treatment involves a downtime of just 10 days.

Only a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon can provide optimal results for the Brazilian tummy tuck. While there are surgeons in Manhattan that offer this advanced procedure, you should do your research well to find the right provider.

Kardashian Inspired Brazilian Butt Lift – Fan Spends $10,000 for the Ideal Derriere

Kardashian Inspired Brazilian Butt LiftA person seeking a plastic surgery procedure may be aiming to achieve the envying body features of their favorite idol. No matter what it costs, they are ready to go under the knife to have features like that of their adored stars. Kim Kardashian-inspired Brazilian butt lift is the latest trend. Recent news highlighted that the celebrity’s ardent fan, a 36 year old nurse from Florida spent $10,000 on this revolutionary butt enhancement procedure to achieve the booty of her beloved star.

Marlene Chinea decided to undergo the procedure after failing to naturally boost her bum, even with over 300 squats or lunges a day. She was also visiting the gym for several hours between five and six times a week, but did not achieve the results she was looking for.

Before undergoing this minimally invasive buttock augmentation procedure, Marlene was asked to gain as much weight as she could, as the procedure involved fat transfer (taking fat from other body parts and transferring it to her bum). In a few months, she gained 20 pounds by eating junk food. The five hour procedure involved removing excess fat from her arms, upper and lower back, abdomen, flanks and thighs via liposuction. Doctors injected four pounds of fat into her rear to make it bigger.

Marlene, who had a breast augmentation in 2012, is now happy with her body and says that she doesn’t plan to have any more surgery. Mail Online quotes her – “Many people in today’s society still ridicule plastic surgery, but I can attest that some results can never be achieved with diet and exercise alone.”

Many plastic surgeons note that the demand for Brazilian butt lift is ever-growing inspired by the great body contouring results achieved by celebrities such as Beyonce, J-Lo and Kim Kardashian who are all famed for having big bottoms. Other reasons for the increasing demand of this procedure are it can correct proportional imbalances, there is no implant related risks, no anesthesia or hospital stay, and the recovery is in just a matter of 48 hours.

Shape Up with a Brazilian Butt Lift

Brazilian Butt LiftFor many women, getting into shape is a much-desired aesthetic goal. When it comes to enhancing the posterior, the popular choice among women across the U.S. is the Brazilian butt lift. In fact, plastic surgeons in NYC and other metros report that more and more women are having the procedure to get a great derriere and keep up with celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Beyonce. While some women look to improve volume and shape up the butt to look attractive in jeans, yoga pants, and other outfits, others seek more monumental changes.

Many women try targeted gluteus maximus strengthening exercises and more to achieve rounder, perkier buttocks. However, shaping up the back side with workouts is not easy and may not provide results you desire. Buttock augmentation surgery offers the solution. Unlike in the past when artificial implants were the only choice, the innovative Brazilian lift enables women to achieve an attractive, well-shaped posterior naturally – using their fat.

Women with excess fat in areas such as the flanks, abdomen and thighs are ideal candidates for the procedure. Advanced liposuction techniques are used to remove the excess fat from the selected donor site. The fat tissues are then processed and purified and injected into the buttocks to improve volume and shape. The procedure offers the additional benefit of contouring of the donor site. The benefits of this innovative procedure include:

  • Avoids implant-related risks
  • Results look natural and the skin is soft
  • Minimal side effects and downtime
  • Minimal scarring and discomfort
  • No anesthesia or hospital stay
  • Fast recovery

In addition to all these benefits, a skilled plastic surgeon with an artistic touch can provide quite dramatic results. By removing and adding the right amount of fat, an expert surgeon can sculpt the lower back and create rounder buttock for a curving, sensual shape. If you are planning to have your Brazilian butt lift in NYC, it’s important that you choose the right plastic surgeon to achieve the best outcome.

Growing Preference for Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic ProceduresCosmetic surgery no longer means having to go under the knife to enhance your appearance. The advent of minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures have transformed the scenario, allowing men and women to achieve their aesthetic goals easily, effectively, safely and with minimal downtime.

The growing preference for minimally-invasive procedures is evident from American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics. According to ASPS, Americans underwent 1.7 million cosmetic surgical procedures last year with breast augmentation, nose reshaping and liposuction topping the list. At the same time, the minimally invasive Botox procedure crossed 6.7 million treatments last year, a 6 percent increase from 2013.

Botox blocks muscular nerve signals and stops the muscle from contracting. It works to smooth Crow’s feet, forehead furrows, frown lines and bands on the neck. The second most popular minimally-invasive option is dermal fillers, which replaces fat lost due to aging. According to an article in, these injectables are a more popular facial rejuvenation option than surgical face lifts, eye lifts and nose reshaping combined.

One of the latest minimally-invasive options that has attracted a lot of attention is Kybella, the new FDA-approved injectable drug which addresses submental fat. This clinically-proven procedure improves the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat. Its active ingredient, deoxycholic acid, is a naturally occurring molecule that helps metabolize dietary fat, thereby improving the overall contour of the neck and jaw line.

Non-surgical CoolSculpting – also FDA-approved – is now a hugely popular body contouring option. The device selectively targets, freezes and eliminates unwanted fat cells that are resistant to diet and exercise. The treatment can effectively address surplus fat in areas such as abdomen, flank (love handles), inner thighs and outer thighs and was recently approved by the FDA for double chin fat removal. What makes it so popular is that it can provide noticeable and lasting results with no downtime.

Just because a procedure is non-surgical, it doesn’t mean that it can be performed by just anyone. The safest option is to find a plastic surgery practice with surgeons who are specialized in these innovative treatments. If you are wondering where to look, try New York City. In a reliable AAAASF-accredited surgical practice in NYC, you can be assured of safe and effective cosmetic treatments by experienced practitioners.

How the New FDA-approved CoolMini Effectively Treats Submental Fat

CoolSculptingA non-invasive procedure to effectively address fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise, CoolSculpting has gained considerable popularity in recent years. The areas that can be treated include the abdomen, flank (love handles), inner thighs and outer thighs. The predictable results, non-invasive technology, comfort and lack of downtime are the main factors that have gone to make it a popular body contouring option.

In September 2015, FDA expanded the clearance for CoolSculpting by Zeltique Aesthetics with the approval of the company’s new CoolMini applicator to treat smaller pockets of fat, including the submental area. Fat tends to accumulate in the chin and neck areas and is a major cosmetic concern among both men and women.

Lifestyle, age and genetic factors are responsible for the condition that makes a person look older and lacking in facial definition. In fact, in a 2014 survey by The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), 68% of the respondents said that excess fat under the chin and neck was their top cosmetic concern. CoolMini provides the answer.

The FDA’s clearance of this non-surgical applicator is based on a clinical trial data pertaining to 60 male and female patients in the age range of 22 to 65 years. They received one to two treatments, six weeks apart, under the chin. Zeltique reported that:

  • Those in the study group achieved an average 20% fat reduction.
  • No significant adverse events were observed

The device works on patent cooling technology (cryolipolysis). The CoolMini applicator is placed on the particular area where fat reduction is required. The process involves gentle cooling of the targeted fat cells which destroys them. A butter-shaped cube of frozen fat cells collect underneath the chin and the surgeon massages them away. The fat cells are eliminated in a natural, controlled way without damaging surrounding tissue. CoolMini removes the fatty tissue under the chin permanently and patients can expect long-lasting results.

Cosmetic Surgery Times reported that the principal investigator for the CoolMini submental trial and speaker for Zeltiq said that the outcomes observed using the CoolMini applicator to treat the submental area have been very positive, with high levels of patient satisfaction with… fat reduction and the lack of discomfort and downtime afterward.”

Most people now prefer non-invasive procedures to address cosmetic issues as they offer results within short time and involve very little risk of any kind of serious complication when compared to surgery. In any case, consulting an experienced plastic surgeon is crucial as any treatment – surgical, minimally invasive or noninvasive – is only as good as the doctor performing it.