Snapchat Dysmorphia Driving Demand for Plastic Surgery, including Brazilian Butt Lift

Snapchat Dysmorphia Driving Demand for Plastic Surgery, including Brazilian Butt LiftChanging tastes and fashions drive demand for plastic surgery. Expectations regarding the ideal body size and shape have changed a lot across time and cultures.  Today, along with celebrity-inspired plastic surgery procedures like the Brazilian butt lift (BBL), there is a new trend – Snapchat Dysmorphia. This is a disorder that involves an obsession with selfies.

Plastic surgeons are expressing concern about selfie dysmorphia fuelled by heavily filtered online photos on social media. In a 2017 survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 55% of surgeons said patients’ motivation was to look better in selfies, up from just 13% in 2016.

According to a study by researchers from the dermatology department at the Boston University School of Medicine in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, an increasing number of young people are turning to plastic surgery to improve their appearance motivated their filtered selfies on Snapchat. Dissatisfaction with their how they look in the mirror is leading the teens to approach plastic surgeons to make them look like their filtered selfies. Such platforms also serve as a marketplace for plastic surgery procedures, with doctors showcasing their patient’s before and after photos.

According to reports, this social media trend is driving the demand for the Brazilian butt lift, which surged by 19% in 2018. Celebrity “belfies” that are flooding Instagram feeds have contributed to BBL’s popularity. The latest Plastic Surgery Report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons highlights that while boob implants and breast lifts still dominate, the Brazilian butt lift is fast gaining popularity. In 2018, 24,099 Americans got buttock augmentation through fat grafting. Invented by skilled plastic surgeons in NYC, Brazilian butt lift under local anesthesia (BBLULA) is a safe and relatively short wide awake procedure that minimizes anesthesia-related complications.

Seeking unnecessary and unrealistic cosmetic procedures also supports a diagnosis of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) has reported that BDD affects around 2% of the population, or 1 in 50 people. Filtered selfies are also fueling the demand for bigger lips and taut jawlines.

Surgeons need to explain to those requesting unrealistic procedures that the look they want may be unachievable. To be a good candidate for cosmetic surgery, you need to have realistic expectations about the results.

Breast Reduction Surgery – Things You Need to Know

Breast Reduction Surgery - Things You Need to Know
Excessively large breasts can be a burden for women, causing physical discomfort and emotional distress. Overly large breasts can lead to neck, shoulder and back pain, deep grooves in the shoulders from bra strap pressure, skin rashes under the breast crease, and difficulty fitting into clothing. It can also restrict women from playing their favorite sports or engaging in other physically demanding activities. Leading plastic surgeons offer breast reduction surgery in NYC to address this concern. Also known as reduction mammaplasty, the procedure removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin, resolves sagging, and results in a more proportionate bust line.

Here are some important things you should know about breast reduction surgery:

    • Consider breast reduction surgery after your breasts have developed fully –  This procedure is not recommended for those patients whose breasts are still developing, as the changes can affect the results initially achieved. Women are advised to wait until breast development is complete and until they have finished having children to have breast reduction.
    • Know the possible side-effects – Possible side-effects associated with the procedure include:
      • Change in Nipple Sensation – Some people may experience increased or reduced sensitivity in one or both nipples, while others notice only small changes or don’t notice any change. However, these side-effects will ease as you heal.
      • Asymmetry – A certain degree of breast asymmetry is a natural feature. However, breast reduction surgery improves symmetry and gives your body a more proportionate contour.
    • Maintain Realistic Expectations about the Recovery Process – Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure and patients usually return home the same day. However, the recovery process will take about six weeks.
      • You can return to work after one to two weeks.
      • Don’t exercise or lift or stretch your arms for about six weeks after the surgery.
      • You may be advised to wear a bra 24/7 post-surgery to maintain the results.
      • You need to follow your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions carefully to make healing easier and quicker.
    • Consider the procedure in combination with other cosmetic procedures – Breast reduction may be performed in combination with the following cosmetic procedures:
      • Breast lift – Breast lift procedure raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue.
      • Liposuction – This procedure removes of excess fat cells from the breast area and makes the breasts smaller and more natural-looking.

If you are considering breast reduction surgery, choose a NYC plastic surgeon with extensive experience in the procedure. The procedure is performed using different techniques, and an experienced surgeon will determine the best method to address your concerns based on your individual considerations, breast composition, amount of reduction desired, and your personal goals.

KYBELLA – Get a More Defined Chin and Jawline

KYBELLA - Get a More Defined Chin and JawlineGetting rid of a double chin is not easy with just diet and exercise. Fortunately, plastic surgery provides nonsurgical procedures and surgical options to improve the chin and jawline. Kybella is the only FDA- approved injectable treatment to reduce moderate to severe fat under the chin. This deoxycholic acid injection destroys fat cells under the chin and improves your profile.

Leading plastic surgery centers offering Kybella in NYC provide tailored solutions to meet the individual needs of the patient. Kybella is injected directly into subcutaneous fat tissue in the submental area using an area- adjusted dose of 2 mg/cm². A single treatment includes up to a maximum of 50 injections or up to a total of 10 mL, spaced 1 cm apart. A maximum of 6 single treatments may be given at intervals no less than 1 month apart. The treatment can help both men and women achieve sleek, chiseled jaw line.

This treatment is an ideal option for those who do not want surgery. In order to be a candidate for this treatment, you should be over 18 years of age with excess, stubborn fat underneath the chin. You should be in good general health and realistic expectations about outcome.

The treatment is not recommended for those who have infections in the treatment site, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, breastfeeding, had or are planning to have surgery on the face, neck, or chin, had cosmetic treatments on the face, neck, or chin, have medical conditions in or near the neck area, have difficulty in swallowing, and have bleeding problems. It is also not recommended for people use medications such as blood thinners.

While Kybella treatment can get rid of that unwanted fat under the chin without surgery, it is important to have the procedure performed by an expert for optimal results. Each person’s chin profile is unique and an expert can tailor the treatment to you. Undergoing treatment in an AAAASF- accredited plastic surgery practice will ensure excellent care and safety preparedness.

To learn more about the procedure, read Kybella FAQs.

Cosmetic Procedures are on the Rise, Finds Latest ASPS Study

Cosmetic Procedures are on the Rise, Finds Latest ASPS StudyMore and more men and women are opting to have body contouring in NYC, which clearly indicates the increasing popularity of cosmetic surgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released their Annual Procedural Statistics recently. According to the study, total cosmetic procedures in 2018 increased by 2 percent from 2017.  The key findings of the ASPS study are as follows:

  • More than 17.7 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were performedin 2018, nearly a quarter million more than the previous year.
  • Of the 1.8 million surgical procedures in 2018, the majority were focused on the body rather than the face.
  • The top five surgical procedures were: breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery and tummy tuck surgery.
  • While tummy tucks remained about the same as in 2017, breast augmentations increased by 4 percent and liposuction by 5 percent from the previous year.
  • There was an increase in body-sculpting procedures such as buttock augmentations and thigh lifts.
  • Of the 15.9 million minimally-invasive procedures in 2018, the top five were: botulinum toxin type A (an injectable that includes Botox), soft tissue fillers, chemical peel, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion.
  • Non-cosmetic reconstructive procedures such as scar revision, non-facial laceration repair and tumor removal (including skin cancer) increased by 1 percent from 2017 to 2018.

The Fox News report detailing these findings quoted ASPS President Alan Matarasso as saying, “Liposuction continues to be the gold standard in body contouring because of its versatility, efficiency and effectiveness.”  Just one liposuction procedure can treat more areas and larger areas, he noted. However, while liposuction provides more consistent and predictable results than non-invasive treatments, Dr Matarasso pointed out that new non-surgical fat reduction machinery continues to evolve and play a role in reshaping areas of the body.”

Global Buttock Augmentation Market Growth Analysis 2018 – 2026

Also referred to as gluteal augmentation, buttock augmentation is a popular plastic surgery procedure that helps women improve the contour, shape, and size of the buttocks. The buttock area can be enhanced either via buttock implants or through fat grafting. According to a recent Persistence Market Research report, the global buttock augmentation market is expected to grow at a moderate CAGR during the forecast period 2018 – 2026. Brazilian Butt Lift or buttock enhancement done using fat grafting involves removing fat from areas with excess fat such as the tummy and thighs and transferring it to the buttocks. According to ASPS’ 2018 National Plastic Surgery statistics, 24,099 buttock augmentation procedures with fat grafting were performed in 2018 by ASPS member surgeons, which is higher than the 20,301 procedures done in 2017.

Certain factors that contribute to the growth of the global buttock augmentation market include:

  • Rising consciousness among people about their physical appearance with improved lifestyle
  • An increase in the number of buttock deformities due to growth in aging population
  • Increasing disposable income
  • The availability of technologically advanced buttock augmentation procedures

However, factors that restrain this market’s growth include high cost of the surgery as well as infections caused by the procedure.

The report divides the market on the basis of product type, end users and geography. Based on the product type, the market is divided into buttock implants, buttock injections and others. Buttock injections include Hydrogel Butt Injections, PMMA Butt Injections, Fat Injections, and Silicone Butt Injections.

End users of this market include hospitals, aesthetic clinics and others. Based on geography, the market is segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific (excluding China), and the Middle East & Africa. Owing to increased spending on cosmetic plastic surgeries, the North America buttock augmentation market is expected to register the maximum market share in the global market followed by Europe. While the Asia Pacific region is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period, the market in Latin America and the Middle East & Africa regions are estimated to witness stagnation over the forecast period. Key players in this global market are Sientra, Inc.; POLYTECH Health & Aesthetics GmbH; Groupe Sebbin SAS; Implantech; Dermax Technology Limited; and Shijiazhuang Dermax Technology Limited.

Skilled plastic surgeons in NYC are also providing innovative Brazilian Butt Lift under Local Anesthesia (BBLULA), a revolutionary technique that offers all the benefits of traditional BBL, but without the risk of general anesthesia and other complications.

Achieve Precision Fat Reduction with InMode’s New AccuTite

Achieve Precision Fat Reduction with InMode’s New AccuTiteThe latest in the Radio-Frequency Assisted Lipolysis (RFAL) family of technologies, InMode’s AccuTite  is the smallest minimally-invasive contraction device for facial and body contouring. It delivers precision heating and fat reduction, allowing the cosmetic surgeon to deliver consistent, impressive results. Whether your concern is an aging or tired face, armpit fat, or wrinkled skin, this radiofrequency assisted treatment can provide surgical-quality results with dramatically less downtime than other treatments.

The procedure can effectively treat facial areas such as brow, periorbital, nasolabial fold, lower face and neck as well as body areas like axilla bra fat, upper arms, hands, abdomen, etching inner, thigh and knees. The procedure is in ideal option for those seeking precision fat reduction or skin contraction – without surgical intervention. Candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the results. The AccuTite procedure can

  • improve the appearance of older and tired eyes
  • reveal a more youthful face
  • provide a long lasting contouring alternative to fillers by smoothing and correcting nasolabial folds
  • provide effective a lower face contouring, eliminating the need for a conventional lower facelift
  • provide skin retraction even in hard to treat areas
  • reveal natural muscle tone/produce the desired etch of a fitter appearance

This contraction device also features numerous safeguards that ensure uniform and gentle heating, which makes the procedure comfortable and effective. Several clinical studies and peer-reviewed publications have proven the safety and efficacy of this InMode device. AccuTite can also be used in conjunction with InMode’s subdermal adipose remodeling device Morpheus8, which tightens and lift loose skin.

Treatments are typically done in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia in less than 15 minutes. While the results can be seen immediately, best results are noticeable after 6 weeks and continuing up to 12 months. Mild swelling or redness will be common after treatment. Post-procedure, patients can go home and also resume regular activities shortly. Depending on the treatment area, wearing a compression garment may be recommended. Getting the procedure done by plastic surgeon with expertise in RFAL treatments is important for optimal results.

Dr Spero Theodorou Featured in Reader’s Digest Article on Double Chin Concern

spero-digest-article-on-double-chin-concernA double chin is a common aesthetic concern that men and women face. That extra layer of fat between the neck and jaw and sagging skin can make you older than you are, add to the appearance of being overweight, and reduce your self-confidence. New York City plastic surgeons use a variety of procedures to remove a double chin such as liposuction, face lift, and neck lift. According to Spero Theodorou, MD, founder and Surgical Director of bodySCULPT in New York City, FaceTite, a minimally invasive facelift-type procedure is the ideal option to get rid of a double chin. Dr. Theodorou expressed his views in an article on Reader’s Digest titled “How to Get Rid of a Double Chin: What Really Works” with a section focusing on FaceTite and radio frequency.

Aging, weight gain, poor posture, anatomy, and genetics are the main factors that cause a double chin. Cosmetic intervention is the ideal option to address this concern when diet and exercise cannot provide the desired results. FaceTite is a safe and effective minimally invasive facelift-type procedure that works on radio frequency energy. This contouring solution from InMode can improve the jowls, neck, nasolabial folds, cheeks, jaw line, and small areas of the body.

“FaceTite is ideal for areas like the chin because it is a controlled safe manner for treating the fat or outer layer of skin with a very precise and controlled technology”, explains Dr. Theodorou.

With FaceTite, there is 100% energy concentration in the treatment zone. “The FaceTite energy is only in the area between the two probes, so that ensures heating only happens in a very targeted and contained area,” says Dr. Theodorou.

The InMode device is designed to promote fat coagulation and tissue remodeling, and provides surgical-quality results without scars. Its dual temperature technologies provide greater safety and control with real time measurements of skin temperature, impedance monitoring, power cut-off, and audible feedback.

According to Dr. Theodorou, improvements are seen right away but improve with every month after the treatment. “Great results are seen between the three to six months time range, and tightening can continue up to 12 months,” he says.

At bodySCULPT, FaceTite is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. This NYC plastic surgery practice also offers EmbraceRF procedure, the innovative procedure that combines FaceTite and FDA-approved Morpheus8, a Subdermal Adipose Remodeling Device (SARD). This treatment addresses skin laxity in the face/neck area and reduces stubborn fat, with attractive, natural-looking results.

With extensive experience in performing facial rejuvenation procedures, including RF-assisted treatments, bodySCULPT’s plastic surgeons provide comprehensive solutions to help patients achieve their personal appearance goals.

Questions to Ask during a Brazilian Butt Lift Consultation

questions-during-brazilian-butt-lift-consultationThe Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a buttock augmentation procedure that enhances and improves a woman’s buttocks by using her own fat. The procedure, which involves liposuction and fat transfer, can provide you with fuller, curvier, and perkier buttocks. Leading plastic surgery practices offering Brazilian Butt Lift in NYC provide customized solutions to help patients achieve their specific goals.

In order to achieve optimal results, you need to choose a qualified, experienced and skilled plastic surgeon. This is also crucial for your overall safety as the fat has to be injected at the right depth to avoid complications. Choosing a surgeon who is an expert in performing liposuction is important, as if the fat removal is not performed properly, it can result in bumps and deformities. In addition, a skilled surgeon can achieve the right balance between the removal and addition of fat to create a beautifully shaped butt with a smaller waist.

Leading plastic surgery practices post before and after photos of BBL patients on the website to help potential candidate evaluate the quality of their surgeon’s work. During consultation, you need to ask the following questions to your surgeon to get the complete picture of his/her experience, qualifications, and what you can expect.

Where will my surgery be performed?

It is necessary to have the surgery in a hospital or in an accredited outpatient surgery center that has been certified for patient safety by the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).

Can I see before and after photos of your BBL patients?

You should ask your surgeon to show the before and after photos or videos of real BBL patients.  You must pay special attention to those patients who have similar features or physique like you. This will help you to get an idea of how your surgeon will customize the procedure according to your body type.

What will be expected of me before the procedure to ensure the best results?

You need to take certain steps before and after surgery to ensure the best results. You should stop smoking. You need to take time off from work for smooth recovery. You need to be at or near to your ideal weight. If not, you may have to reconsider your surgery.

What sort of anesthesia can I expect during my procedure?

General anesthesia is required for larger areas of liposuction and higher volume of fat transfer due to the relatively large area of harvest sites to be performed and because a large amount of fat transfer is necessary to maintain a maximum result. However, NYC plastic surgeons have introduced new concept – a small to moderate size BBL under local anesthesia (BBLULA). This can be performed safely and effectively with minimal pain by a surgeon who is experienced in this technique.

What does recovery involve and how long will it take?

You need to know what to expect after surgery, how long the recovery period will last, and what it will involve. For smooth recovery and optimal results, you need to take proper care of your body after the procedure and follow your surgeon’s instructions. You should arrange for someone to drive you to and from your surgery and stay with you for 24 hours after your procedure.

How will follow-up care and visits be handled?

Recovery care is imperative for the successful outcome. Make sure that the surgeon you choose is dedicated to providing you with best post-op follow-up care.

If you are planning to undergo BBL in NYC, then choose an AAAASF- accredited plastic surgery practice in NYC that has surgeons who have extensive expertise in the procedure. A reliable surgeon will perform a careful patient evaluation before they recommend the treatment. A skilled NYC plastic surgeon will use advanced technology and the latest techniques to perform BBL. and will also provide dedicated post-op follow-up care. It is important to have a positive outlook and   realistic expectations about the procedure’s outcome.

Things to Look for in Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos

things to look for in Breast Augmentation before and after PhotosBreast augmentation enhances the size and contour of a woman’s breasts using implants or fat transfer. Leading plastic surgery practices offer breast augmentation in NYC to help women achieve firmer, perkier and rounder breasts. If you are considering breast augmentation, then choosing the right plastic surgeon is crucial for successful outcome. During your consultation, you need to ask how many breast augmentations has the surgeon performed and also look at before and after photos of the surgeon’s patients. This will help you learn about the aesthetic skills of the surgeon and get a better understanding of the results you can expect for your body type.

While looking through galleries, you should pay attention to the women who most resembles you in terms of body type and breast shape. This will give you an idea of the results you can expect. Look for the following things in before and after photos.

  • Focus on symmetry and proportion – A skilled surgeon will strive for as much symmetry as possible in every patient. Irrespective of body type, the post-procedural photos should show an improvement in breast proportion.
  • See if the results look natural – The main objective of cosmetic surgery is to bring out the best, most beautiful version of you. If you can find a surgeon who has provided natural looking results, this could indicate that you made the right choice.
  • Consider outcomes for different body types – Only a skilled surgeon can provide attractive results. If notice that all of the patients have similar outcomes, the surgeon may not be able to provide you with a personalized solution.
  • Check scar placement – Every surgical procedure involves scars. Skilled surgeon will take care to place the incisions in inconspicuous locations so that the scars will not be visible.

Scheduling a consultation with experienced plastic surgeon in NYC will help you get detailed information about the type, size and profile of breast implants that would best suit your body type and aesthetic goals. AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practices in NYC display patient photos taken before and after breast augmentation on their website. Leading practices also help patients visualize their outcomes using 3D imaging systems. Along with expert guidance, these measures allow patients to take informed decisions.

Signs that may Indicate You are Ready for a Facelift

signs-that-may-indicate-ready-faceliftFacial aging occurs due to skin changes and changes in the deeper soft tissues of the face. Natural aging, skin type, gravity, and sun exposure are among the many factors that cause folds, wrinkles, lines and creases to form on the face. If you are dealing with these obvious signs of aging, then a Manhattan facelift could help. Skilled surgeons perform facelift surgery to address mid-face sagging, creases below the lower eyelids, creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth, facial fat, jowls and a double chin. But are you ready to undergo the procedure? Before making your decision, you need to look for certain signs that you are ready to have this cosmetic surgical procedure.

Facelift surgery can benefit if you have the following concerns:

  • Jowls
  • Significant lower face wrinkles
  • Poor jawline definition
  • Sagging neck tissues
  • Muscle banding on the neck

To test whether you are ready for the procedure, place your hands along the sides of your jaw and pull gently in the direction of your ears. If your facial appearance improves, you could be ready for a facelift.

There are certain emotional signs that could help determine your candidature for facelift surgery. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, you should be doing it for yourself and not because someone else wants you to do so. Other emotional indicators include:

  • You are overly concerned about those lines and wrinkles
  • You don’t look as youthful and confident as you feel
  • You look tired, sad or angry when you don’t feel so

In addition to all these factors, you have to be in good physical and mental health, and not have any serious medical issues.

Timing is an important consideration when it comes to having a facelift. If you notice mild laxity, it should ideally be corrected before it gets worse. In most cases, laxity becomes obvious between the ages of 40 and 60. Patients who get a conventional facelift before age 50 may see optimal results because they tend to have more skin elasticity. A conventional facelift in NYC or liposuction treatment can improve facial appearance, but not everyone would benefit from these procedures. For example, there are “treatment gap patients” – those who do not have bad enough skin for a facelift and not good enough skin elasticity for liposuction. Similarly, not everyone would want to go under the knife for facial contouring. Today’s cutting-edge, minimally-invasive facelift procedures such as EmbraceRF are the ideal option for such patients.

EmbraceRF in NYC is a new breakthrough, one-time facial contouring procedure that can address these issues and rejuvenate the face and neck area safely and effectively. What makes this scarless facial procedure attractive for many people is that it can provide results similar to a conventional facelift, but with much shorter recovery time.

Finally, if you are considering a facelift, you should be prepared to take few days off of work for the surgery, recovery, and long-lasting optimal results. Even if you are looking for minimally-invasive techniques such as EmbraceRF that provides results similar to a facelift-without incisions or scars, there would be a little downtime associated with the procedure.