bodySCULPT®, an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery group in Manhattan, New York City (NYC) is proud to announce that our center’s Founder and Surgical Director, and InMode’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Spero Theodorou participated in the second world congress of “TD ABS, THE MEETING”. One of the most heralded scientific events of the year focusing on the latest advances in body contouring & Breast Surgery, this meeting was held from June 9-11, 2022. TD ABS, THE MEETING aims to bring together some of the most recognized leading surgeons, experts, and academic scientists from around the world. They will share their own experiences and research outcomes regarding all aspects in the fields of Plastic Surgery and Body Contouring.

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In this “Ultimate Meeting event”, a group of worldwide experts in aesthetic plastic surgery, including Dr. Theodorou shared their honest experiences, while discussing new techniques’ pearls and pitfalls throughout selected lectures. Dr. Theodorou has excellent expertise in all areas of aesthetic plastic surgery; he is constantly invited to speak and give presentations in the U.S. and internationally.

The program was divided into different modules

  • June 9: A – ART / ANATOMY
  • June 11: S – SAFETY / SCIENCE

This unique FACE TO FACE event that added innovation to the plastic surgery field was held in Cartagena de Indias, the most beautiful city in the Caribbean. This city in Colombia is known for the architecture of its buildings, tropical climate, beautiful beaches, delicious cuisine, and vibrant nightlife. More than 50 speakers from all over the world participated in this plastic surgery event of the year.

Dr. Theodorou spoke on the topic

  • “Radio Frequency Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery: Tightening the Skin without Scars”

InMode was one of the official sponsors of the meeting. InMode’s technological advancements began over two decades ago with state-of-the-art light, laser, and radiofrequency devices invented by leading doctors and scientists, who essentially launched and shaped the industry. Their technology continues that legacy to provide superior satisfaction for both the patient and the practice.

Dr. Theodorou is trained and experienced in performing procedures using InMode’s innovative non-invasive and minimally-invasive technologies including EmbraceRF, EVOKE, EVOLVE, Morpheus8, BodyTite, AccuTite, BodyFX, and FaceTite.


bodySCULPT® Surgeon DR. SPERO J. THEODOROU to Attend ‘TD ABS, The Meeting’

bodySCULPT® plastic surgeon and InMode’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Spero J. Theodorou will be participating virtually at the TD ABS Meeting scheduled to be held on November 7 and November 8, 2020. TD ABS, THE MEETING aims to bring together some of the most recognized leading surgeons, experts, and academic scientists around the world. They will share their own experiences and research outcomes regarding all aspects in the fields of Plastic Surgery and Body Contouring.

TD ABS, The Meeting

TD ABS world’s first congress will focus on the latest advances in body contouring & breast surgery and more than 400 participants from all over the world are expected to meet to join this virtual meeting experience. The Congress president Dr Alfredo Hoyos says that he is looking forward to celebrate “The plastic surgery event of the year”, that is, one of the most expected scientific events of 2020. TD ABS wants to add innovation to the plastic surgery field this year by conducting a unique virtual event that no one has ever experienced in an online congress before. The meeting will entail the most exciting and innovative techniques and technology in the field.

The program is divided into different modules that range from the art of liposculpture, anatomy, safety in surgery, fat transfer techniques, and breast surgery to important topics that complement your practice such as innovative technologies, care after surgery, marketing strategies, and the use of virtual reality in the field to optimize processes. Dr Theodorou will speak on the following topics:

  • Arm Sculpting with Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction on November 7, 2020 at 16:35
  • Safe Subcutaneous Buttock Augmentation under Local Anesthesia on November 8, 2020 at 11:00

Industry leaders including InMode, MicroAire, Motiva, VASER ACADEMY, MILLENNIUM MEDICAL SUPPLIES, MARINA MEDICAL, WELLS JOHNSON, DERMADOL, PROMEDITEC, ROSE ALJAZERA and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) are TD ABS’ official sponsors.

TD ABS will allow participation in their virtual inauguration, lounge spaces, interactive communication with the attendees, live scientific presentations with expert faculty and more! This meeting would help create a solid and strategic relationship with other participants and strengthen the brand image that will prove beneficial in the future.

ASPS: More Baby Boomers seeking Cosmetic Procedures

ASPS: More Baby Boomers seeking Cosmetic ProceduresPlastic surgery practices provide body contouring in NYC for men and women of all ages. According to new statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there has been a dramatic increase in the number of baby boomers seeking cosmetic procedures. ASPS reports that more Americans age 55 and older are seeking various cosmetic procedures, with nearly 50,000 more procedures being performed on this age group in 2018 compared to 2017. There is a surge in surgical procedures like liposuction, hair transplantation and breast augmentation, as well as minimally invasive options like Botox and fillers. The main factor driving this trend is the re-entry of boomers into the dating scene.

The rise of social media, dating websites, and dating apps has led baby boomers to take a renewed interest in their appearance. Up to 20 million baby boomers are actively using at least one of these dating services, and they want to look their best and feel confident about their appearance. Commenting on this trend in the ASPS news report, a board-certified plastic surgeon said, “Baby boomers are not looking to turn back the clock to their twenties – they just want to look as young and vibrant on the outside as they feel on the inside. For that, there is a wide range of procedures to help them achieve that goal, from surgery to small tweaks that can be done on their lunch break”.

Breast augmentation ranked first among the top five cosmetic surgical procedures in 2018. Breast augmentation in New York City is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure, helping women enhance their physical appearance and boost confidence and self-esteem. Performed using breast implants, this is an ideal option for women who want fuller breasts, to correct breasts that differ in size and shape, or to restore breast volume and firmness lost due to excessive weight loss, pregnancy, aging, or other reasons. Liposuction and hair transplantation procedures are also popular among baby boomers. ASPS reports that in 2018, breast augmentations increased by 4%, liposuction procedures by 4% and hair transplants by 18%. This age group also accounted for nearly half of all eyelid surgeries and two-thirds of facelifts performed last year.

One of the main reasons for the rise of baby boomers dating is due to the divorce rate, which has roughly doubled since the 1990s. In a culture where first impressions are so important, cosmetic procedures can make them look and feel better, and give them greater confidence in social interactions.

The rate of cosmetic procedures among this age group has increased by two to six percent each year for almost a decade (www.studyfinds.org). The StudyFinds report detailing these findings quoted ASPS President Alan Matarasso as saying, “It’s a trend that’s showing a shift in our culture. Older Americans are vibrant and living their lives to the fullest, and they want the way they look to reflect that.

Many individuals are opting to have plastic surgery in New York due to the availability of skilled surgeons. A well-trained and experienced plastic surgeon in NYC can offer a full spectrum of options as well as the latest technology to help men and women achieve their unique aesthetic goals. Choosing an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice with such surgeons is critical for a safe and comfortable surgical experience, and optimal outcomes.

Watch bodySCULPT Surgeons Performing Live Surgery at the Aston Baker Global Aesthetic Symposium

bodySCULPT® plastic surgeons Dr Christopher T. Chia and Dr. Spero Theodorou will be operating live at the first ever Aston Baker Cutting Edge Global Aesthetic Symposium to be held from March 30 – 31, 2019 in Bogota, Colombia. Titled “It’s Just Surgery – Advanced Body Sculpting”, “this symposium will witness bodySCULPT surgeons along with other U.S. and international surgeons performing live surgery from different operating rooms. This program is designed for high impact learning through direct visualization of live surgery via live-stream technology on the internet.

Live Surgery

According to the organizers, viewers can expect the same high-level educational experience and state-of-the-art plastic surgery innovation they have experienced over the years from the Aston Baker Cutting Edge meeting in New York City. Various surgical procedures will be simultaneously live-streamed around the world from the four operating rooms directly to viewers’ phone, tablet, or computer.

Dr. Sherrell J. Aston and Dr. Daniel C. Baker will be serving as Course Chairmen and moderating the symposium. These doctors have brought together an outstanding faculty of renowned experts who are recognized worldwide as the innovators and developers of the most advanced techniques for operating live.

bodySCULPT plastic surgeons Dr. Spero J. Theodorou and Dr. Christopher T. Chia are widely acclaimed for their surgical expertise and are continuing to provide result-oriented cosmetic surgery procedures. An international figure in the field of plastic surgery, Dr. Theodorou is a widely commended expert on emerging technologies in body contouring and inventor of the non-excisional arm lift. Dr. Chia is a renowned plastic surgeon known for his excellent research and publications in body contouring, and also as the inventor of the Brazilian Butt Lift under Local Anesthesia (BBLULA).

On the first day from 8 am to 1 pm, Dr. Theodorou will be performing the following live procedures from Room 4:

  • Medial Thigh Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction-tightening Tiger Land
  • Safe Autologous Fat Grafting of Buttocks-Local Anesthesia (BBLULA)

And on the second day, during the morning session from 8 am to 1 pm, Dr. Theodorou will be operating along with Dr. Chia. You can watch the following procedures live:

  • Arm Sculpting with Radio-Frequency Assisted Liposuction Arms-A New Paradigm under local anesthesia
  • KANKLES: Sculpting Calves and Ankles made easy
  • Awake Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction for Gynecomastia correction

What Are the Benefits of Live-streaming Surgery?

Doctors from all over the globe will have access to the best training and the brightest minds in cosmetic surgery. Experts will show their cutting-edge techniques and procedures for all to see. Advantages are:

  • Speed: The fastest and most efficient method of information transfer is through real-time watching of surgical operative cases. You only need a high-speed internet connection.
  • Methodology: A Live explanation of steps, techniques and surgical reasoning, enables an instantaneous and accurate transfer of information in the latest state-of-the-art medium that has become the second-best option after hands-on practice.
  • Education: Surgeons viewing the procedures can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits in the comfort of their home, office or on the go while learning the latest in advanced body contouring.
  • Expense: Travel expenses involved in visiting physical locations for a meeting are now redundant. Live-streaming surgery is the most efficient way to transfer information in the shortest amount of time. You don’t have to spend time away from your office either.

This event will provide an exclusive and exceptional educational experience for surgeons who want to take their practice to the next level with the fastest and most efficient method of information transfer through real-time observation of surgical operative cases. Live case demonstration as an innovative tool from standard practice is an important means of improving surgical care and needs to be shared. Through live broadcast, practitioners and scientists can experience a surgical procedure in real time and even ask questions to the surgeon without being physically present in the operating room. So, be ready for this unique event.

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.

RealSelf: Latest Annual Aesthetics Trend Report 2018

A good appearance can go a long way in making you feel good. It also makes you feel more confident about yourself. With a number of safe and effective aesthetic procedures provided now at reputable plastic surgery centers in the United States, many men and women are considering these solutions to improve their appearance. RealSelf, the world’s leading online website to learn about cosmetic treatments and connect with plastic surgeons and other clinicians, has released a new report that reveals the latest annual trends related to consumer interest in elective cosmetic treatments.RealSelf

A CISION PR Newswire report announced the release of RealSelf’s 2018 Aesthetics Trend Report that was compiled by analyzing user behavior trends of U.S. consumers researching on RealSelf that year. Even though the demand for surgical procedures has remained high over the years, since the year 2015, consumer interest in minimally invasive treatments has surpassed the interest in surgical treatment options. As millions of consumers are visiting RealSelf to research these aesthetic treatments every year, the details are well compiled for future reference.

The report points out that popular treatments like Botox and Breast augmentation continue to rank among the most researched overall. According to a RealSelf Chief Medical Officer and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lara Devgan, “Breast augmentation and Botox have been around for a very long time and both treatments have a high level of consumer awareness. Furthermore, there has been a recent emphasis on smaller doses at younger ages, meaning that it looks more natural than in any previous era. This, along with social sharing trends, has reduced stigma and made it more mainstream”.

The surgeon also points out that the advancements in technology have expanded minimally invasive treatment options and it has helped to make aesthetic procedures more accessible to women and men of all ages. Moreover, the growth of minimally invasive procedures reflects the rising interest in treatment options that deliver results with little downtime, and the trends they have observed on RealSelf indicate this demand would continue to rise in 2019.

Many women who are concerned about the appearance of their breasts opt to have cosmetic surgery such as breast augmentation in Manhattan to enhance volume, correct asymmetry, and reshape the breasts to make them firmer and rounder. Due to its popularity, the procedure became the topmost plastic surgery performed in the year 2017 in the U.S. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), breast augmentation retained its position as the top cosmetic surgical procedure in 2017 and up to 300,378 procedures were performed that year. This augmentation procedure can be performed using two techniques – using FDA-approved implants (saline, silicone, gummy bear and IDEAL implants) that are inserted through an incision and placed above or below the chest muscle or via composite breast augmentation which involves fat grafting combined with implants for a better outcome.

Another treatment most searched for is Botox, a cosmetic injection that is very popular 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. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons statistics shows that Botox injections increased by 2% from 2016 – 2017, where 7,230,967 injections were performed in 2017. Botox is a popular way to fight the signs of aging, and smoothes wrinkles though the results are temporary. And now 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.

When considering any of these procedures for body contouring in NYC, choose an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice that provides the service of expert plastic surgeons. Such surgeons would be skilled and well-trained in the procedures you are looking for, and you would also be able to comfortably discuss your aesthetic concerns. The right surgeon will evaluate your candidature for the treatment and recommend the best solution to achieve your goals.

When Can Light Weightlifting be resumed After Lower Back BodyTite Lipo?

BodyTite LipoBodyTite liposuction in NYC is an innovative FDA-cleared body contouring technique that uses patented radiofrequency (RF) energy to remove unwanted fat and tighten the skin, while leaving the surrounding tissues unharmed.

BodyTite is an ideal option for men and women who want to have plastic surgery to get rid of stubborn fat and shape up, but don’t want to undergo an invasive procedure. Even so, there are many concerns regarding the procedure that people discuss on popular plastic surgery forums such as Realself. One prospective patient who is an avid weightlifter asked: “Having lower back BodyTite lipo and would like to know how long it will be before I can resume light weight lifting”. He said that he knew that starting heavy exercises would take more time, and asked: “to do light arm exercises using cable machines, doing chest press machines, etc., am I looking at days? A week or two?”

An experienced plastic surgeon replied that since the patient is an avid exerciser and works out more than the average person, certain factors would determine how much downtime he would have and when he could get back to his workouts:

  • Type of anesthesia – whether general or local: If the procedure is done under local anesthesia (awake), time for recuperation would be much shorter.
  • Amount of RF (radiofrequency) energy deposited: A reliable surgeon would discuss how much energy will be needed depending on the soft tissue laxity the patient has.
  • How much fat is removed and how large the treatment area is: Even though the amount of fat isn’t always a large volume (for example, in fit individuals who want high definition lipo), a relatively large area still needs to be treated in order to create a contoured, natural appearing physique.
  • Level of activity preoperatively: Patients who are extremely fit and used to working out tend to get back to their daily activities more quickly. Older patients with medical issues who are less physically fit will take longer.
  • Other factors: Prescription medications, pre-existing conditions and general tolerance for discomfort will also figure in.

Given these “downtime” related factors, the surgeon says that most people get back to their exercise regimen within two to three weeks of BodyTite, once they slowly start off with walking the next day, doing light stretching within a week, and performing 1/4 to 1/2 intensity workouts in the several weeks thereafter.

Other experts also point out that BodyTite liposuction patients can start their routine off with slow and less weight-bearing exercises, and gradually work themselves into it. Once the tenderness and swelling begins to subside, they can progress to their regular workouts. The golden rule is: “let your body be your guide with respect to the degree of exertion”.

BodyTite provides safe and gentle body contouring using radiofrequency assisted liposuction (RFAL) technology. This breakthrough body remodeling procedure can eliminate stubborn fat and remove cellulite, while simultaneously re-contouring and firming your body. BodyTite offers many benefits over other forms of liposuction. Recovery after RFAL is usually far quicker and less uncomfortable than with traditional liposuction. Recovery time and results will vary depending upon the area treated and the amount of fat removed. Larger areas will require a longer recovery time and results are patient specific. Usually, initial results can be seen immediately after the procedure and best results after 6-12 weeks.

For BodyTite liposuction in NYC, choose an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice with surgeons who are experts in performing the procedure. This is important for safe treatment and optimal, long-lasting results.

Body Contouring Market Analysis and Forecast – 2017-2023

Body ContouringPerformed by skilled surgeons, body contouring in NYC is growing in popularity as an effective option to treat stubborn fat pockets, sagging skin and cellulite that are resistant to even stringent diets and rigorous exercise. Recent reports indicate that the global body contouring market is also growing at a fast pace. Market Research Future predicts that the global body contouring market will expand at a CAGR of 9.8% during 2017-2023.

Titled “Body Contouring Market Research Report – Forecast to 2023”, the report is a specialist examination report that explores the global body contouring market by Research Methodology, Segmentation, Key Players, and Major Regions. According to the report, one of the key factors driving the growth of body contouring market is increasing obese population. The report also identifies consumption of fast food, lack of exercise, and diseases like diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases as factors responsible for increasing the buildup of excess body fat.

Body contouring comprises cosmetic surgical (invasive, minimally-invasive and non-invasive) procedures to optimize body shape and improve overall appearance. This includes cosmetic surgical procedures to remove excess fat from the thigh, abdomen and buttocks, and transfer of the fat to other areas of the body that need enhancement. Plastic surgeons are skilled in using advanced technology to remove fat pockets that are resistant to diet or exercise and to address sagging skin caused by excessive weight loss or natural aging. Popular treatments include liposuction, tummy tuck, breast augmentation and lift, abdominal etching and butt augmentation.

The report categorizes the global body contouring market on the basis of type of devices, region, and key players. Devices come in three types:

  • Invasive devices, which are sub-segmented into ultrasound assisted liposuction devices and others.
  • Minimally-invasive devices, which are sub-segmented into laser assisted lipolysis devices and radiofrequency assisted liposuction devices.
  • Non-invasive devices, which are sub-segmented into radiofrequency lipoplasty devices and high intensity focused ultrasound lipoplasty devices.

The report points out that non-invasive and minimally invasive body contouring treatments are on the rise. In the US alone, revenue from body contouring treatments was more than $361 million in 2014 and demand for the product is projected to grow 15.4% per year through 2019.

Region-wise, the report notes that North America commands the largest market for the body contouring, mainly because about 55% of total North America population is suffering from overweight and obesity. The increasing health care expenditure and governmental support for the research and development of the different devices and surgery are also fueling for the growth of the market. Europe is the second largest market followed by the Asia Pacific region. Increasing demand for the better treatment and devices and increasing prevalence of disease like diabetes and obesity offer opportunities for the growth of the body contouring market in the Asia Pacific region.

The report lists the major players in the global body contouring market as: Alma Lasers (Israel), Meridian (Michigan), Cynosure (US), Syneron Medical (Israel), Lumenis (Israel) and Palomar Medical Technologies (US). Other companies that involved in the market includes Valeant (Canada), GlobalMed Technologies (US), Asclepion Laser Technologies (Germany), Andrew Technologies (Canada), BTL Industries (US), Cutera (US), Fotona (Slovenia), GlobalMed Technologies (US), Chromogenex (UK), Human Med (Germany), InMode (US), Invasix Aesthetic Solutions (US), Erchonia (US) and Wells Johnson Company (US).

Due to increasing prevalence of obesity across the globe many of the companies are in the race to introduce better treatment for obesity. Companies are using strategic alliances and acquisitions to gain a higher share of market and minimize competition.

Gifting Plastic Surgery: Things You Should Know

Plastic SurgeryIs there any “particular season” for plastic surgery? Yes, many people consider body contouring NYC in holiday season or winter as they think this is the perfect time to get nips and tucks and rejuvenate their appearance before the New Year dawns. Plastic surgery has also become an increasingly popular gift. According to an article published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), holidays are the busiest time of year in plastic surgery offices. Plastic surgeons are busier than ever in the weeks between Thanksgiving and the end of the calendar year. This is because patients get a lot of time to coordinate their procedure and for recovery during the holidays. But there are certain things you should consider before getting or gifting a plastic surgery procedure.

  • Popular procedure: Avoid getting or gifting a popular plastic surgery procedure, just because it’s a trend. Have a procedure only if you feel like you need it or it will make you happy. For instance, while breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery and tummy tuck in NYC are popular surgical procedures, it doesn’t mean that you should choose to have one of these procedures or that they are a good option for gifting.
  • Gifting a procedure: Plastic surgery procedures can enhance one’s appearance and boost self-confidence, but gifting cosmetic procedures to your loved one can be tricky. The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a personal choice and you need to make sure the recipient would not feel embarrassed or pressurized by this gift. So before you gift a procedure, discuss the matter with the intended recipient and identify what procedures the person might be interested in. Anyone who intends to gift a cosmetic procedure to a loved one, need to consider:
    • Whether it is a suitable gift
    • Whether your loved one will appreciate it
    • Find an accredited practice that offers the procedure
    • Make sure that the plastic surgeon is qualified to perform it
    • What the procedure involves in terms of risk and recovery time

It is important to note that cosmetic surgery is like any other type of surgery and does carry certain risks. Moreover, not everyone is a good candidate for every treatment. Even if your gift is exactly what your loved one wants, the plastic surgeon should confirm that he/she is suitable for candidature. There are many important factors to consider when it comes to body contouring and one is determining your candidature for the procedure. If you have any serious illness or health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, a bleeding disorder, heart disease, or depression, you might be advised to refrain from having an aesthetic procedure. Moreover, for women considering a cosmetic procedure such as tummy tuck or a breast procedure, it’s better to wait until they are done having children and breastfeeding. This is because the abdominal wall and skin stretches out during pregnancy, and you may lose the results achieved.

Therefore, the best option would be to gift your loved one a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon. This will give the intended recipient a chance to explore various options, educate themselves, and decide exactly what treatment, if any, they would like to have.

Body Contouring: The Importance of Online Patient Reviews

Body ContouringPlastic surgery centers offering body contouring in NYC post before and after images of their patients on their websites so that people can see the transformation that a procedure can create. However, these photos reveal nothing about the person’s actual experience with plastic surgery. That’s why most people considering an aesthetic procedure turn to social media and online forums to read real patient stories. ModernMedicine Network recently reported on a new study published in Dermatologic Surgery which suggests that online patient reviews on social media sites can help dermatologists showcase and educate patients about minimally-invasive fat reduction procedures.

According to the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, body contouring procedures are among the top four treatments patients request. Men and women can choose from a variety of minimally-invasive and noninvasive fat reduction procedures to improve their appearance. Patients rate their cosmetic surgical experiences on platforms such as RealSelf.com, which is one of the most trusted sources for people considering an elective cosmetic treatment. The authors of the study say that aesthetic providers should use this information “to guide decision-making around minimally-invasive technique selection and price setting within their own practices”.

The goal of the study was to identify the most popular and widely accepted body contouring procedures among patients, especially newer ones that were not so frequently requested. The authors reviewed 11,871 patient reviews on fat-reduction procedures posted on Realself in 2017. The researchers categorized patient satisfaction ratings under three heads: “Worth it” (positive), “Not worth it” (negative), and “Not sure” (neutral).

To ensure more accurate comparisons, the team classified reviews of 13 unique minimally-invasive procedures into five body contouring modality categories:

  • Laser
  • Radiofrequency
  • Ultrasound
  • Cryolipolysis
  • Injectables

The reviews on these popular body contouring modalities were also compared to patient responses on traditional liposuction or invasive body contouring. The team also assessed and compared patient reviews of tumescent liposuction, a fat reduction technique, can address larger volume patient cases than minimally-invasive procedures. This procedure can be performed in one session, and unlike traditional liposuction, does not require the operating room and anesthesia. Researchers reviewed 7,170 patient reviews that included all five minimally-invasive procedure categories. The results of the study are as follows:

  • The overall satisfaction rating was 58%
  • Despite being more expensive and more invasive, liposuction, which had 4,645 patient reviews, had a higher satisfaction rating of 66 percent. Tumescent liposuction got a 63-percent satisfaction rating.
  • Despite having a lower umbrella positive rating than more traditional, extensive techniques, the minimally-invasive procedures still had a median global rating of 81 percent satisfaction.
  • Laser procedures received 3,565 reviews and a 61-percent satisfaction score. Laser liposuction is a minimally invasive fat reduction procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia.
  • Cryoplipolysis technique CoolSculpting got a 55-percent satisfaction score.
  • 319 patients reviewed injectable treatments which got a 49-percent satisfaction score. Kybella (injectable) got a satisfaction score of 49 percent, while 314 patients reviewed radio frequency techniques, giving it a satisfaction score of 63 percent.
  • 275 patients reviewed ultrasound liposuction which received a satisfaction score of 73 percent.

The study authors suggest that aesthetic providers can use patient reviews in many ways:

  • For clinical cost setting – discussing costs with patients is important because minimally-invasive procedures are typically paid for out-of-pocket. Clinicians should also inform patients that costs may vary based on the number of treatments they will need to achieve the desired results.
  • To better understand how patients view the pros and cons of minimally-invasive procedures from a real-world perspective – by telling patients about how other individuals responded to these body contouring techniques, providers can help patients make more informed decisions.
  • Obtain the tools they need to correct any misperceptions or misinformation patients gather from searching about fat reduction techniques online.

Patient reviews provide facts about one person’s experience, but not all online resources provide accurate evaluations of patient satisfaction or of a procedure’s efficacy and safety. For example, in a recent study, published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, researchers from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School found the majority of YouTube videos on facial plastic surgery procedures were misleading marketing campaigns posted by non-qualified medical professionals. Out of 240 videos with a total of 160 million views, only 72 videos featured board-certified physicians to assess the procedures accurately and provide patients with proper information.

To sum up in the words of the author of Dermatologic Surgery study, “Aesthetic providers should familiarize themselves with online reviews, such as those on RealSelf.com, so they will be better prepared to help patients make the right decisions that fall best in line with the patient’s medical history. This is because social media is one of the easiest ways for people to get reviews of other people’s experiences and clinicians should want to see what information is out there and what their patients are gleaning from it.”