Breast Reduction and Breast Lift – What’s The Difference?

Breast Reduction and Breast Lift - What's The Difference?There are different types of cosmetic breast surgery options that women can choose from to achieve their aesthetic goals. For instance, breast enlargement in Manhattan, NYC involves using different types of implants to improve breast size and shape. However, while many women look to improve breast size, there are others who want reduction or repositioning without enhancement. Such women need either a breast reduction procedure (also called reduction mammoplasty) or breast lift surgery to achieve their goals. However, many prospective patients are confused about which option would be right for them. Knowing the difference between reduction mammoplasty and a breast lift is important to make the right choice.

Reduction mammoplasty reduces the weight and size of the breasts and is recommended to address overly large breasts that cause neck, shoulder, or back pain and inhibit their ability to exercise. A breast lift raises the bust line by eliminating excess skin and reshaping the tissue to result in a more youthful, upright appearance. The concerns addressed by these procedures are as follows:

Breast Reduction

  • Physical activity limitations
  • Back and neck discomfort
  • Poor posture
  • Difficulty breathing and sleeping
  • Chronic skin rashes
  • Difficulty finding clothing and proper support
  • Bra straps digging into your shoulders

Breast lift

  • Insecurity due to sagging breasts
  • Flat or drooping-shaped breasts
  • Downward pointed nipples or nipples that fall below the breast crease
  • Stretched out skin due to weight fluctuation, aging and breastfeeding
  • Tuberous breasts or breasts that lack Symmetry

How Breast Reduction and Breast Lift Surgery are Performed

Breast Reduction involves reducing breast size to achieve achieving a well-shaped, attractive bust line that is proportionate with overall body shape. Pregnancy, hormonal changes, certain medications, genetic factors, and obesity are the key factors responsible for disproportionate enlargement of the breasts. Overly large breasts condition can affect appearance, health, well-being and lifestyle. Reduction mammoplasty involves removal of excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin to provide the desired breast size and appearance.

In leading AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practices, expert surgeons use advanced minimally-invasive liposuction modalities such as BodyTite RFAL (radiofrequency assisted) or Smartlipo (laser assisted) to perform breast reduction safely and provide optimal outcomes. One of the advantages of such minimally-invasive treatments is that the procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia, which means patients remain awake throughout the procedure and are usually allowed to go home the same day.

Breast Lift surgery is performed to resolve breast sag caused due to aging, weight fluctuations, and breastfeeding. A breast lift in NYC is an ideal option to address sagging and restore firm and perkier breasts. Performed under general anesthesia, this popular cosmetic surgical procedure involves removing excess, stretched-out skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and raising the nipple and areola to a higher, more forward location. It can address concerns such as drooping breasts, asymmetrical breasts, tuberous breasts, and more. The latest annual statistics report of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reveals that the popularity of breast lift surgery grew by 4% from 2017, and that a total of 109,638 procedures performed in 2018.

Unlike breast reduction, a breast lift does not change the breast volume significantly as little to no breast tissue is removed. A lift is performed using different types of incisions. The surgeon will choose the most appropriate technique based on a thorough evaluation of considerations such as breast size, shape, and extent of sag. The procedure typically takes two to three hours to complete.

Conventional breast lift surgery uses general anesthesia. Today, expert NYC plastic surgeons perform the procedure using minimally invasive BodyTite™, an FDA-approved Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) workstation. The procedure can shape, tighten and lift the breast without the scarring associated with a surgical breast lift. BodyTite Perky Lift or scarless breast lift in NYC is an ideal option for women concerned about the scars associated with mastopexy. As the procedure is performed under local anesthesia, it involves less downtime than the traditional option. Patients can resume normal activities soon after the procedure but should avoid strenuous activities for up to one week after the treatment.

Women seeking to reposition, reduce and/or reshape their breasts should be aware of these arrays of choices. Though both treatments can provide elevated bust line and enhance breast contour, they are different in many ways. A reliable surgeon will recommend the best option to meet your body sculpting goals.

While breast lift and breast reduction differ in terms of approach and results, they offer many similar benefits:

  • Both procedures are relatively routine and result in an instantly noticeable outcome
  • Most women who undergo either procedure report high levels of satisfaction and increase in self-confidence
  • Both procedures can help improve posture
  • Breastfeeding is possible after either procedure
  • Scars resulting from either procedure can be placed in areas to reduce visibility

A breast lift can be combined with either a breast reduction procedure or breast enlargement.

Cosmetic breast surgery involves many options. To learn which one is best for you, consult an experienced NYC plastic surgeon in an AAAASF-accredited surgical center.

How to Plan Your Facelift Procedure

How to Plan Your Facelift Procedure
Natural aging, skin type, gravity, sun exposure and other environmental aspects, facial movement, and routine skin care are among the many factors that cause folds, wrinkles, lines and creases to form on the face. While the process is natural, facial aging can make many people less confident or even feel they have aged too fast. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery provides the answer. A Manhattan facelift, for instance, can take years off your face by eliminating lines, folds, wrinkles and sagging skin.

If you are considering a facelift for a big event or for a celebration that’s coming up, make sure you do some planning.  It’s important to know how to time the procedure. Though you might see immediate changes, facelift results will continue to improve and optimal results may be seen only several months after the treatment. So you have to make sure that you are healed and ready to reveal your changes in time for the big day. For instance, if you are looking for a facial rejuvenation before the New Year, you should consider having facelift during the fourth week of September, as you would need two or three months to see the final results. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery recommends the following timings for facelift surgery before various events:

  • First week of October for Valentine’s Day
  • Second week of February for the Class Reunion
  • Third week of March for Independence Day
  • Second week of August for Thanksgiving
  • Second week of September for Christmas

A facelift can improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck such as mid-face sagging, lower eyelids creases, creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth (nasolabial folds), facial fat, jowls developing in the cheeks and jaw, and double chin.  In an established NYC plastic surgery practice, patients can choose between surgical and minimally invasive facelifts based on their needs.

Conventional facelifts involve the use of various surgical techniques to improve the visible signs of aging in the face and neck. Surgery involves incisions, which are closed with sutures or skin adhesives. However, while a conventional facelift in NYC or liposuction treatment can improve facial appearance, but not everyone would benefit from these procedures. For example, “treatment gap patients” are 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 are the ideal option for such patients. Unlike invasive surgery, modern, innovative facelift techniques are subtle and can be customized to suit the needs of the individual patient. These innovative techniques allow cosmetic surgeons to provide attractive, natural-looking outcomes with hardly any surgical trauma and downtime.

Minimally invasive facelift procedures use extremely small incisions, usually placed subtly behind the ears and under the chin. Modern minimally-invasive techniques are performed using the following modalities: BodyTite™ (radiofrequency assisted), Smartlipo Triplex (laser assisted) and VASERlipo (ultrasound assisted). These modalities are less intimidating for patients and can provide very natural-looking results when performed by a skilled plastic surgeon.

Another one-time facial contouring procedure that can address facial issues and rejuvenate the face and neck area safely and effectively is EmbraceRF. Invented by plastic surgeons in NYC with extensive experience in performing radiofrequency-assisted treatments, this nonsurgical procedure treats skin laxity and excess fat accumulation in the face and neck area caused by factors such as aging, genetics, weight gain and loss, sun exposure and gravity. EmbraceRF combines radiofrequency-assisted FaceTite and Morpheus8, a new FDA-approved technology for “subdermal adipose sculpting” or strategic fat remodeling. It allows the surgeon to preserve fat and tighten skin or remold the fat to improve definition of the jaw line, jowls and neck, while retaining the fullness necessary to maintain a youthful appearance. With EmbraceRF, women and men in their thirties and up can expect surgical-like results. What’s 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. Concerns relating to skin tone and texture imperfections can be addressed by nonsurgical procedures such as Botox, dermal fillers and laser resurfacing.

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.”

bodySCULPT® Surgeons to Speak at the 22nd Annual Dallas Cosmetic Surgery™ and Medicine Meeting

Dr. Christopher Chia and Dr. Spero J. Theodorou, bodySCULPT plastic surgeons will participate and speak at the 22nd Annual Dallas Cosmetic Surgery™ and Medicine Meeting scheduled to be held on March 20 and March 21, 2019 at the Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas. The Dallas Cosmetic Meeting brings together a world-class faculty and the program includes presentations, live demonstrations, panel discussions, pre-recorded video, and Q&A sessions with audience participation. The meeting aims to instruct physicians and residents on how to achieve safe and reproducible aesthetic results.

Cosmetic Surgery

On the first day, March 20, 2019, the focus will be on cosmetic medicine and attendees can benefit from exposure to new technology and patient safety in lasers, non-invasive fat removal, skin tightening, and dermal fillers among other topics. Dr. Chia would speak on the following topics:

  • Body Contouring/Skin Tightening: “Non-Invasive Rejuvenation – Where it Works Best and Why” – 8:00 – 8:20 am
  • Minimally Invasive Approaches in Body Contouring: “What Is the Next Revolution in Body Contouring” – 9:30 – 9:55 am

The Dallas Cosmetic Meeting is designed for board-certified physicians who are interested in learning the latest techniques and advances in surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation, as well as breast and body contouring surgery. It will highlight new innovations and technology in a variety of topics including skin tightening and non-invasive fat removal, lasers and skin discussions featuring approaches to scars and tattoos, fillers and neuromodulators, combination therapies, practice management, social media and much more. The spotlight will be on controversies and innovations in facial, breast and body contouring procedures including the use of fat for augmenting the face, breasts and buttocks.

The target audience expected to attend this meeting includes:

  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Facial Plastic Surgeons
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Oculoplastic Surgeons
  • Dermatologists
  • Non-physician Providers (registered nurses, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, skincare aestheticians, injectors) – working in the office of a board-certified physician in the specified areas

The major purpose and content of this meeting includes:

  • Attendees will become familiar with the latest techniques and advances in cosmetic medicine.
  • The focus will be on controversies and advances in face, breast and body contouring procedures.
  • Interactive discussions will concentrate on surgical and non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation and autologous fat grafting.
  • Attendees will be able to view demonstrations of the latest injectables and technology.
  • The cadaver lab will include one-on-one instruction from leading cosmetic surgeons presenting cutting-edge techniques.

Dr. Chia will be present in various panels, including a live Instagram session along with other renowned plastic surgeons.

Global Cosmetic Surgery and Procedure Market Analysis, Trends, and Forecast

Cosmetic SurgeryA growing number of men and women are opting to have body contouring in NYC to get rid of excess fat deposits that persist even after strenuous dieting and exercise. There is a wide variety of cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures for the enhancement or reshaping of various body structures or parts. Popular treatments include breast enhancement, facial contouring, facial rejuvenation, body contouring, and skin rejuvenation.

Today, cosmetic surgery is widely accepted, with people wanting to reduce the impact of aging, and look young and energetic. New market research shows that the growing desire to enhance appearance and improve self-confidence is the major factor driving the demand for cosmetic surgery, leading to the growth of global cosmetic surgery market worldwide. A recent market research report titled “Cosmetic Surgery and Procedure Market Analysis By Type (Surgical, Nonsurgical), Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa), Size share, Trend Analysis And Forecast Up To 2024” report from Axiom Market Research & Consulting predicts that the global cosmetic surgery and procedure market will grow with a CAGR of 7% over the forecast period 2019-2024.

According to another report from Persistence Market Research, the global cosmetic procedures market is anticipated to witness significant market valuation and a robust growth rate during the period of assessment 2017-2025. The report notes that the global cosmetic procedures market, which was valued at US$ 27 billion in 2016, is expected to reach US$ 51.6 billion by the end of 2025, growing at a robust CAGR of 7.5% throughout the period of forecast. The report identifies the factors driving the growth of the cosmetic surgery and procedure market as:

  • Rising trend of medical tourism
  • Higher adoption of cosmetic procedures, especially in the emerging economies
  • Rising prevalence of skin disorders that offer lucrative opportunities to adopt various laser surgical treatments
  • Growing innovations in the medical field

The Axiom MRC report categorizes the market based on type, region, and top key players. On the basis of type, the market is segmented into Surgical and Non-surgical Procedures. According to the report, the global cosmetic surgery and procedures market is dominated by surgical procedures. The global surgical procedures accounted for more than 60% of market share in 2017 and are anticipated to grow CAGR 7.0% during the forecast period 2019 to 2024. The major surgical procedures that included in the study are breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, eyelid surgery, and breast lift. The report points out that eyelid surgery and tummy tuck surgery are witnessing huge demand in emerging economies in the Asia Pacific region.

The study notes that growing demand for liposuction and breast augmentation is one among the major factors leading to growth of cosmetic surgeries market. Liposuction is the gold standard for removing stubborn, unwanted fat pockets and according the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), liposuction ranked second among the five top procedures in 2017, a 5% increase from 2016.

Similar to the demand for cosmetic surgical procedures, nonsurgical procedures are also growing in popularity as they are more accessible and affordable. Botulinum toxin (BTX) was found to account for the largest market share, that is, more than 40% in 2017. However, dermal fillers are expected to register the fastest growth during the forecast period 2019 to 2024. The report highlights a new trend – the use of augmented reality (AR) in plastic surgery operations.

Geographically, the Axiom MRC market research report segments the the global cosmetic surgery and procedure market into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America comprises U.S., Canada, and Mexico and Europe primarily covers Germany, France, UK, Italy, and Rest of Europe. The key players in the market are listed as Allergan plc, Merz Pharma, Nestle, Cutera, Cynosure Inc, Ipsen, Sientra Inc., Alma Lasers, Johnson & Johnson, Sinclair IS Pharma, Lumenis, Invasix Aesthetic Solutions, and Syneron Medicals among others.

Non-invasive Cosmetic Surgery Could Be More Popular in 2019

Cosmetic ProceduresWe live in an age where cosmetic surgery is becoming normalized, with people wanting to reduce the impact of aging, and look young and energetic. The taboo attached to cosmetic surgery has almost disappeared with more and more people (both men and women) seeking cosmetic procedures to improve their appearance. If traditional invasive procedures were a trend a while back, non-surgical and minimally-invasive treatments are currently the norm in this industry. Advances in technology have introduced several non-surgical treatments such as KYBELLA in NYC (to treat double chin) that make cosmetic procedures safer than ever before.

The cosmetic enhancement field has evolved dramatically over the last few decades and experts work tirelessly to create procedures that are safer, faster and significantly improved compared to traditional procedures and techniques, with the aim of ensuring that the patient has the best possible experience from start to finish. Most of the non-surgical cosmetic treatments now available are safe, with hardly any side effects or complications.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, body sculpting and non-invasive fat procedures are booming. Popular body contouring modalities include ultrasound and radiofrequency energy-assisted devices, infrared light, vacuum massage and injectable medications. Non-invasive procedures such as cellulite treatments are also gaining in popularity and rose nearly 20% over the previous year. These procedures eliminate fat and tighten the skin without invasive surgery. Moreover, among the 15.7 million cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures performed in 2017, the top 5 were Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox), Soft Tissue Fillers, Chemical Peel, Laser Hair Removal and Microdermabrasion.

Botox cosmetic injections are highly accepted among Americans who wish to look as young as they feel. The Food and Drug Administration approved Botox in 2002 for cosmetic use and it has steadily grown in popularity over the years. Botox smoothes wrinkles though the results are temporary; there is a new option on the scene – preventative Botox. According to a recent Fox News report, millennials in their 20s and 30s are staying ahead of the game by choosing to have preventative Botox to keep wrinkles from forming. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported that the year 2017 saw 7.2 million Botox injections, an increase of 2% from 2016. Similarly, soft tissue fillers such as Juvederm that can effectively smooth wrinkles and folds and add facial volume were rated very high. These short procedures offer an impressive outcome in minimal downtime when performed by the right physician.

Along with the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox and Soft Tissue Fillers, injectables are also popular. For instance, KYBELLA double chin treatment in NYC is an innovative, non-surgical injectable option to address a double chin or submental fat. A common but distressing aesthetic concern, a double chin can be difficult to get rid of with just a healthy diet and exercise. The KYBELLA injectable treatment is a permanent fat zapping solution which literally dissolves fat in the submental region and gives more definition to your natural jaw and neckline.

The active ingredient in Kybella injection, deoxycholic acid dissolves fat, permitting plastic surgeons to re-sculpt the chin area without surgery. Approved by the FDA, Kybella provided in NYC cosmetic surgery centers is ideal for the reduction of moderate to severe fat deposits under the chin and is effective for small areas as it directly targets the fat cells in the treatment site. The main advantage of this non-surgical treatment is that ideal candidates can enjoy faster recovery with only minimal bruising, swelling, downtime and discomfort. You are a candidate for the procedure if you have consolidated fat deposits and fullness underneath the chin.

While a minimally-invasive procedure can be a safer option, do your homework before committing to a treatment or while choosing a provider. Non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures performed by any surgeon won’t provide you safe and effective results, for that you need the service of an experienced and skilled surgeon. If not performed properly, the patient may require revisionary procedures that could include surgery or reversal of injected fillers and subsequent appropriate injection. To avoid such issues, patients should verify the credentials of the supervising physician, and also do a detailed research on the procedure. Choose an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice, determine your candidature for the procedure and have a clear understanding regarding the complications and risks associated with the procedure.

Whether invasive or non-invasive, remember that undergoing Manhattan cosmetic surgery is a serious commitment. Make sure that you have a clear idea about your aesthetic concern, what you expect to achieve, and how having the procedure can help you. Moreover, have realistic expectations and take an informed decision.

Learn about Sleep Positions after Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic SurgerySleep plays an important role in both physical and mental health and helps you look and feel your best. After any type of surgery, sleep is one of the best ways to boost your immune system and help your body heal faster. But sleeping in any position you want is not possible after cosmetic surgery. For instance, if you have a tummy tuck in NYC, your surgeon will advise you about the best sleep position during the initial healing phase so as to avoid putting pressure on the surgical site, which can harm the sutures, cause bleeding, increase swelling, and compromise recovery and results.

NEWBEAUTY reports that numerous studies have shown that people who prioritize sleep are more likely to have a sharper memory, find it easier to maintain a healthy weight, and even have younger-looking skin compared to those who sleep less than they need to. Getting proper sleep is especially important for patients who are recovering from cosmetic surgical procedures, as it promotes healing and helps your immune system work optimally. Sleep helps you get back to your normal energy level, and optimizes surgical outcomes as quickly as possible. As you try to get quality rest during your plastic surgery recovery, you should know what sleeping positions are best. Let’s take a look at the ideal sleep positions for some popular procedures.

  • If you have had a facelift in NYC, your surgeon will recommend you sleep upright to help minimize swelling. You may be advised to use a travel neck pillow to help maintain the position through the night or to add two to three pillows under your head to support yourself. The NEW Beauty article points out, “the rule of thumb is to keep the head above the heart following surgery, lasers, hair restoration procedures and even some dermal fillers.”
  • For breast augmentation patients, surgeons would recommend sleep on the back with several pillows or in a recliner for about 4 to 6 weeks during the early recovery period. This will prevent excessive strain on the incisions and keep pressure off of tender breast tissues as they heal. This also prevents you from using your hands and pectoral muscles to get out of bed when you awake. After few weeks, you can sleep on one side, Use a pillow that will keep you in one position as you sleep.
  • For patients who have had a tummy tuck in NYC, it’s best to sleep on a recliner with the head up at 45 degrees and maintain a position that keeps the body bent forward slightly to prevent strain on the incision between the hipbones. It’s crucial to maintain a semi-reclining position and not lie flat for a few weeks.
  • Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) in NYC is a buttock augmentation procedure that combines liposuction and fat grafting to provide youthful, perky, firm buttocks and a more sensual body profile. During recovery after BBL, patients are advised to avoid sleeping on their back and use a donut pillow or inflatable pillow when they really need to sit, and sleep on their stomach or sides. This is to maximize the survivability of the fat graft because it is in the early several weeks after the surgery that the cells develop. Once the cells are mature, the fat that has been transferred will longer.

It might be difficult for some people to change their sleeping positions all of a sudden. So if you are scheduled to have plastic surgery, you could practice your modified sleeping position for a few weeks prior to your procedure. This way, you can get used to the sleeping position recommended during recovery.

Every patient is different and you might have needs that are unique to your case. A reliable NYC plastic surgeon will discuss post op recovery considerations with you during your consultation, including the best sleep position for your procedure. As the body heals and swelling goes down, it will become easier to sleep in your recommended sleep position. As healing progresses, you will be able to change your sleeping position based on your surgeon’s advice. Following your surgeon’s postoperative recovery instructions on sleep positions and all other matters is critical to retain your results.

Report identifies Facelift and Neck lift as the Most Popular Cosmetic Surgeries in the US

Facial rejuvenation treatments are among the most requested cosmetic surgical procedures in the U.S., according to a recent Insider report. This is probably because the effects of aging become visible first on the face. Facial aging occurs due to skin changes and changes in the deeper soft tissues of the face. Natural aging, skin type, gravity, sun exposure and other environmental aspects, facial movement, and routine skin care are the many factors that cause folds, wrinkles, lines and creases to form on the face and neck area. Fortunately, a facelift in NYC can address most of these concerns.Facelift and Neck lift

Facelift and neck lift surgery can dramatically rejuvenate your appearance. These treatments can result in a firmer neck, defined jaw line, and a more youthful facial appearance. It can be difficult to know exactly which procedure will give you the best results, especially when it comes to your face. If you are considering a facelift or neck lift, you need to be aware about what these procedures can achieve as both serve different aesthetic concerns.

Facelift surgery can address mid-face sagging, creases below the lower eyelids, creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth, facial fat, jowls and double chin. In established NYC plastic surgery practices, patients can choose between surgical and minimally invasive facelifts based on their needs. Conventional facelifts involve the use of various surgical techniques to improve the visible signs of aging in the face and neck. Surgery involves incisions, which are closed with sutures or skin adhesives. Minimally invasive facelift procedures use extremely small incisions, usually placed subtly behind the ears and under the chin. Modern minimally-invasive techniques are less intimidating for patients and can provide very natural-looking results when performed by a skilled plastic surgeon.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), facelifts are one of the most popular procedures in the US. Up to 125,697 facelifts were performed in the US in 2017, with 96,438 standard facelifts and 29,259 mini facelifts. The short scar face lift or mini facelift involves only a short incision below and behind the ear and improves the lower portion of the face. Younger patients with mild to moderate skin laxity are ideal candidates for this procedure.

A double chin and sagging skin around the neck can make you look older. A neck lift using latest minimally invasive techniques can define the jaw line, reshape the face, correct many other neck anomalies, and result in a more youthful, well-defined neck.

Insider reports that 53,028 neck lifts were performed in the US in 2017. Candidates for the surgery are typically individuals who want to tighten the skin around their neck or eliminate jowls but are usually not ready for a full facelift. Based on the extent of laxity and correction required, expert surgeons will determine the appropriate neck lift approach. The neck lift options are:

  • Cervicoplasty: removes excess skin from the neck area
  • Platysmaplasty: tightens vertical neck bands and muscles
  • Liposuction: removes excess fat deposits in neck and tightens the skin
  • Botox injections: addresses the horizontal lines or bands on the neck

A new breakthrough facial contouring procedure called EmbraceRF is now available in leading NYC plastic surgery practices. Invented by an expert NYC plastic surgeon, the procedure allows for precise sculpting of the lower face and neck. This scarless facial contouring solution introduces the concept of subnormal adipose remodeling of the face by combining two proprietary InMode technologies: radiofrequency-assisted FaceTite and Morpheus8. It allows the physician to balance the amount of fat removed, molded, and retained and is ideal for patients in the treatment gap category – those who do not have bad enough skin for a facelift and good enough skin elasticity for liposuction.

If you are considering for any of facelift or neck lift in NYC, choose an AAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice that has plastic surgeons who are well-trained and experienced in performing these procedures. Leading practices also offer non-invasive facial rejuvenation options such as laser lift, Kybella and CoolSculpting.

Cosmetic Surgery a Growing Trend among Gen Xers and Baby Boomers, reveal Reports

Cosmetic SurgeryBody contouring in NYC is now a popular option among Gen Xers (40-54 year olds) and baby boomers (age 55 years and over), say leading plastic surgeons. According the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the demand for cosmetic procedure is growing among these groups. The 2017 ASPS annual report revealed that:

  • 564,579 or 34% of the total cosmetic surgical procedures in the U.S. in 2017 were performed on individuals age 40-54 and over. The cosmetic surgical procedures performed on this group increased 1% over 2016-17.
  • 384,453 or 23% of the total cosmetic surgical procedures were performed on people age 55 and over in 2017, but these procedures saw a decline of 1% over 2016-17.

This increase in numbers shows that the perceptions of cosmetic surgery have changed and more and more older adults are accepting it as option to enhance their looks. Generation Xers, who had approached a plastic surgeon for a post-adolescence nose job or breast procedures, are now seeking procedures that would help them keep up with the millennials.

According to ASPS, the top five cosmetic surgery procedures performed on 40-54 year olds in 2017 are:

  • Liposuction (96,091 procedures, up 4% from 2016)
  • Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty (88,364 procedures, down 1% from 2016)
  • Breast augmentation or augmentation mammaplasty (87,623 procedures, up 3% from 2016)
  • Tummy tuck or Abdominoplasty procedures (52,934 procedures, about the same as in 2016)
  • Nose reshaping or Rhinoplasty (45,765 procedures, down 2% from 2016)

The top five cosmetic surgery procedures performed by Baby Boomers (55 and over) are:

  • Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty (102,354 procedures, up 1% from 2016)
  • Facelift or Rhytidectomy (81,543 procedures, down 5% from 2016)
  • Dermabrasion (33,840 procedures, down 6% from 2016)
  • Liposuction (25,252 procedures, up 5% from 2016)
  • Forehead lift (22,161 procedures, down 7% from 2016)

The 2017 ASPS annual report reveals that more and more people are now opting for minimally invasive procedures. Of the total 7.7 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2017, 7.1 million procedures were minimally invasive. The proportion of minimally-invasive procedures performed on Generation Xers and baby boomers rose during 2016-17:

  • 7,172,729 or 51% of the total minimally-invasive cosmetic surgical procedures were performed on people age 40-54 in 2017. The minimally invasive procedures performed on this group increased 2% over 2016-17.
  • People 55 and over accounted for 3,784,240 (27%) of the total minimally-invasive cosmetic surgical procedures in 2017, and rose 2% during 2017-16.

Non-invasive procedures such as cellulite treatments also gained popularity in 2017 and rose nearly 20% over the previous year. These procedures eliminate fat and tighten the skin without invasive surgery. ASPS reports that the following non-invasive procedures continue to gain popularity:

  • Procedures that use special technology to “freeze” away fat without surgery increased 7%
  • Cellulite treatments that use lasers to eliminate fat increased 19% (up 55% since 2000)
  • Skin tightening procedures that target fat and tighten sagging areas increased 9%

Popular minimally-invasive body contouring modalities include ultrasound and radio frequency energy-assisted devices, infrared light, vacuum massage and injectable medications. Botulinum toxin type A (Botox, Dysport) ranked the topmost procedure in this category with 1,659,482 procedures performed in 2017 by boomers. Non-surgical facial rejuvenation is a favored option as it is much less painful and involves only minimal downtime. Moreover, they can provide natural looking results without invasive surgery or any significant downtime.

It is evident that facial procedures are gaining popularity among baby boomers. The reason could be that they are not retiring as early or as promptly as earlier generations. This increased interest in cosmetic surgery among boomers could be that they are looking to gain a competitive edge with their careers. Reports say that many plastic surgery patients are motivated by the desire to stay competitive in the workplace by appearing youthful.

A facelift in NYC can address sagging, creases below the lower eyelids, creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth, facial fat, jowls and a double chin. The surgeon makes incisions behind the hairline and around the front of the ear to skin and improve the contour to the face and neck. Today, the conventional surgical facelift is competing with minimally-invasive facelift procedures such as the mini facelift, S-lift, neck lift, or endoscopic facelift. New facelift techniques are precise and can be customized to suit the needs of the patient. Preventative Botox is also a popular option among millennials, boomers, and Gen Xers, not just to look younger, but to prevent the formation of future wrinkles. The benefits for early users of Botox are:

  • They may not need fillers or more invasive procedures that are required to treat deep creases in patients who start Botox in their 40s or 50s.
  • People who continue using Botox may need only less Botox as they get older.
  • It is cheaper for younger patients as they need only a lesser amount of the injection.

Regardless of age, it is very important to choose a reliable AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice if you are considering body contouring in NYC. Such practices have experienced plastic surgeons who will evaluate your considerations and provide the best solution to meet your aesthetic goals. In an accredited surgical practice, you can expect the highest standards of safety and levels of care.

Going Abroad for Cosmetic Surgery – Understand the Risks

Cosmetic SurgeryBody contouring in NYC is performed by expert plastic surgeons who focus on maintaining the highest standards of patient safety while providing optimal outcomes. Nevertheless, many people are choosing to go abroad for cosmetic surgery, often combining their procedure with a holiday in an exotic location. Others opt to go out of town for a procedure. But is it safe to travel for cosmetic surgery? What are factors to consider before choosing to have a procedure in another country?

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) strongly recommends that you do your homework well when traveling for cosmetic surgery. To minimize risks and stay safe, experts recommend that you get all the necessary information on the procedure, recovery and costs before you proceed. An ABCS article published in April this year says you should risk your safety or appearance to save money or “get a vacation out of the deal” as you could end up with serious problems that will have a negative impact on your life.

When travelling for cosmetic surgery in overseas, take extra precautions to ensure a safe experience. Here are some key points to note:

  • Choose an accredited plastic surgery practice: If you are going out of town for plastic surgery, make sure your procedure is performed in a hospital or an outpatient surgery center that is accredited by one of the recognized national certifying agencies such as the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Institute for Medical Quality, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organization, State-licensed or Medicare-certified. This is also a key consideration for those who are looking for a safe and effective body contouring procedure in their hometown.
  • Make sure your plastic surgeon is qualified and experienced: Just as choosing accredited plastic surgery practice is critical, it is equally important to select a qualified plastic surgeon who is experienced in the procedure you are considering. Find out if your plastic surgeon is from a center that is accredited by one of the recognized national certifying agencies. Such society memberships ensure that your surgeon is very well-trained and well-qualified for the procedure. The surgeon you choose should be able to explain the benefits as well as risks of the surgery to you, including the potential complications. This will help you take an informed decision.
  • Operating room safety and sanitation standards: While travelling abroad for cosmetic procedure, make sure that your plastic surgery center maintains all safety standards. This is very important because some countries providing cheap cosmetic surgery may not have experienced surgeons or may lack in room cleanliness, staff qualification, or emergency readiness. This would put you at greater risks of infection, poor cosmetic results, and other complications. Make sure the place you stay in after the procedure also has the amenities you need to recover safely post-op.
  • Travel time: Flying or driving for long hours is not advisable after a plastic surgery procedure. It can pose risks. For example, a person who undergone an out-of-town Brazilian butt surgery cannot travel long hours on a plane or drive for too long as their surgery results would be affected. The best option for the patient would be stay in town for at least a week to ten days after the Brazilian Butt Surgery, depending on the length of their flight (domestic vs. international).
    According a Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery report, the ASPS recommends postponing travel for five to seven days after plastic surgery procedures involving the body (such as liposuction and breast augmentation) and up to ten days for facial plastic surgery (including facelift, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, and certain laser treatments. So, if you intend to travel for a procedure, plan ahead as to where you will stay, make sure you are booked for an adequate number of days at the place, and importantly, if the facility is prepared to cater to your post-operative needs.
  • Consider risk of complications and follow-up care: Even if the procedure is performed under proper guidance, complications are a possibility and it would be a major problem if they happen after you reach home. For a procedure with a higher risk of complications, it may be advisable stay in the place where you had the procedure until you heal as travelling back again is not feasible. On the other hand, if a complication occurs after you return, you would have to be prepared to pay for a secondary or revision procedure in your hometown.
  • Language barriers: Good communication is important to enhance the surgical experience and take an informed decision. People who travel abroad for cosmetic procedures may face language barriers, which could pose a risk. Even if you find a qualified plastic surgeon overseas, but they and their staff cannot communicate with you, it can lead to major mishaps about your goals and aftercare. So communicate directly with the surgeon before you make your decision and evaluate your confidence in them.

ABCS notes that patients need to be better educated on the complications of aesthetic surgery, both domestically and abroad, so they can make the right decision. Hospitals and the health care industry need to also to take measures to encourage patients to seek cosmetic procedures domestically and reduce patient risk.