Demand for Plastic Surgery Surges with Selfie Craze

Plastic SurgeryThe selfie craze is rising among people active on social media. And many reports indicate that the surge in the demand for cosmetic procedures can be attributed to the desire to look good in selfies.

Recent reports reveal that the selfie craze is still on and continues to drive the demand for cosmetic surgical procedures. A large majority if social media users are teenagers and young adults, and the increased use of smartphones and urge to post selfie photographs has led to the increase in the number of younger cosmetic surgery aspirants.

Facial plastic surgery has become extremely popular with young people seeking to look perfect on social media platforms. Plastic surgeons report that while earlier most of their patients were middle-aged and wanted to correct facial damage, they are currently facing a flood of younger patients, including teens. Social media has made adolescents more conscious about their looks as the selfie photos are close-up shots. Some of the factors responsible for this trend are as follows:

  • Instagram and Snapchat are exclusively image based, and users who post their images on these platforms generally tend to scrutinize their looks more critically.
  • The advent of the tool called the “selfie stick” – an extendable metal rod that attach to a smartphone and permits a wider variety of selfie shots – has promoted self-awareness and led to more plastic surgery requests.
  • Smartphone apps allow images to be altered to look more attractive.

In a recent survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), 33% of the surgeons said that the selfie craze has increased plastic surgery requests over the last two years. AAFPRS reported a more than 30 percent increase in the number of people who sought plastic surgery to look good on pictures posted on social media platforms. The report also said that plastic surgeons saw an increase in the demand for cosmetic surgery among patients younger than 30. The most popular procedures were facelift, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty and Botox injections.

However, leading plastic surgeons caution that people should understand that cosmetic surgery is not right for everyone. They would recommend cosmetic surgery only for young people who experienced psychological or functional problems due to their appearance. Moreover, youngsters need to understand that selfies do not give a true picture of their appearance.

The bottom line: have plastic surgery only for the right reasons. If you feel that improving or changing a feature will have a really beneficial impact on your life, consult a reliable plastic surgeon for guidance to make an informed decision.

Cosmetic Surgery – What it Can and Cannot do for You

Cosmetic SurgeryPeople choose to have cosmetic surgery because they believe that changing something about their appearance that they don’t like will make a positive difference. However, when you are considering a procedure, you must be realistic about what it can and cannot do for you. For instance, while a cosmetic procedure can change your physical appearance, it cannot change who you are. In other words, a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon can only help you achieve the look you want, which will reduce your feelings of insecurity and boost your self-confidence. Let’s take a realistic look at what cosmetic surgical treatments can and cannot do for you.

Cosmetic surgeons can correct many physical flaws but cannot change your genetic makeup. We all have certain inherited biological characteristics and cosmetic surgery may not be able to change these successfully. Your facial skeleton, for instance, is unique. So your expectations would be unrealistic if you think that the surgeon can alter your facial appearance to look like someone else.

When it comes to weight loss, the best way to achieve your goals is through diet and exercise. A popular cosmetic surgical procedure, liposuction can help remove only stubborn, localized deposits of fat that refuse to respond to your weight loss efforts. People considering lipolysis should know that it is not a weight loss strategy. Even after you have had the body contouring treatment, it is up to you to maintain the outcome with a healthy lifestyle.

Cosmetic surgery can slow down the signs of aging and conceal flaws. But you are not the right candidate for a procedure if you’re having it to impress someone else or because someone else suggested you do so. The decision to have the procedure should be yours. For instance, other people’s opinions should not be a motivating factor in your decision to have facial plastic surgery.

Having cosmetic surgery can make you feel good about yourself and boost your self-esteem and confidence, but it cannot solve your personal problems or transform your life. Of course, many people find that their newly acquired confidence translates into positive changes such as finding a new job or improved social relationships.

People who are realistic and accept the changes that cosmetic surgery can and cannot achieve are happier about the results of their procedure. It is also important to acknowledge and accept the risks that all surgery involves. The best way to make an informed decision is to consult an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon. A compassionate surgeon will show patience, strive to understand your goals and expectations, give you a clear idea of what’s actually possible, and help you take the right step.

Study Evaluates Effects of Facial Rejuvenation Surgery on Personality Traits

Facial Rejuvenation SurgeryThe desire to look more attractive and youthful is universal and that’s why facelift surgery has become such a popular option. The procedure can improve the signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging and result in a more youthful, well-defined facial contour. Recent surveys have shown that social media, the selfie trend, workplace competition and peer pressure (especially among teens) are the main factors influencing the cosmetic surgery decision. A new study published online in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery reveals that facial rejuvenation surgery change the way people see you. The study looked at the impact of the procedure on perceived attractiveness, femininity, and personality.

The authors used ‘facial profiling’, a term they introduced to describe the act of determining personality attributes through visual observation. It highlights the fact that others judge you based on not just how young you look, but on the basis of other characteristics and the personal qualities that your face conveys.

The study involved a retrospective evaluation of 60 before and after (preoperative and postoperative) photographs of 30 white female patients who underwent facial rejuvenation surgery between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2013. The procedures they had included rhytidectomy (face-lift), upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), eyebrow-lift, neck-lift, and/or chin implant.

The 60 photographs (30 preoperative and 30 postoperative) were put in 6 groups, each with 5 preoperative and 5 postoperative photographs. The photographs were then shown to a group of individuals who rated each photograph for 8 personality traits:

  • Aggressiveness
  • Extroversion
  • Likeability
  • Trustworthiness
  • Risk seeking
  • Social skills
  • Attractiveness
  • Femininity

When the researchers compared the preoperative and postoperative scores assigned by the raters, they found significant improvements in likeability, social skills, attractiveness, and femininity. There was no statistically significant improvement in scores for perceived trustworthiness, aggressiveness, extroversion and risk seeking.

The researchers say that their study shows that while facial rejuvenation surgery generally focuses on providing patients with a more youthful look, it can also influence other dimensions – likeability, social skills, attractiveness, and femininity.

In many contexts, how other people perceive you is important. Now that research shows that other people tend to think more highly of a person whose appearance improved with facial cosmetic surgery, this will surely enhance the popularity of this already accepted aesthetic procedure.

AAFPRS Survey: 75% of Adults in Dallas Considering Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic ProceduresAccording to a new survey of men and women in Dallas, Texas, about 75% of adults are considering or have already had cosmetic procedures on the face or neck. The remaining 25% (160 people) said they were undecided. This indicates that most of the city’s residents are not hesitant about going under the knife to enhance their appearance.

The Cosmetic Surgery Times report lists the factors, which according to the survey are driving people to have cosmetic surgery:

  • About 22% of respondents said it was their pictures on social media that motivated them to make aesthetic improvements. The selfie craze has exploded across all age groups over the last five years. Both teens and adults reported being frustrated on seeing their ‘imperfections’ blown up on selfies and pictures posted online. Surprisingly, men (31%) were more anxious about their looks in selfies than women (19%).
  • Thirteen percent of the people surveyed revealed that an upcoming major life event such as a wedding had fueled their desire to have cosmetic surgery.
  • About 15% of the respondents said they had an aesthetic procedure to stay professionally competitive. One-third of the men considered facial plastic surgery to compete in the workforce compared to only 10% of women.
  • When asked about the major areas of concern, about 40% of the respondents said they were bothered about the neck, 39% about the eyes, 33% about the lips, and the rest by the nose and forehead.

This Dallas survey is indicative of the wider picture. Many surveys conducted in the recent past have shown similar trends across the U.S. Advancements in technology have resulted in minimally-invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures that are safe and effective, and involve little downtime. This has made the treatments less daunting.

In fact, the report quotes the President of AAFPRS as saying, “The recent FDA approval of the ‘fat melting’ drug Kybella [Kythera Biopharmaceuticals] is spurring a surge in requests for procedures to improve neck contours.”

One of the best places to have cosmetic treatments is in an AAAASF-accredited NYC plastic surgery practice. Choosing the right practice will go a long way in ensuring optimal results.

Study Published In JAMA Reports That Women in China Had Improved Self-Esteem after Facial Plastic Surgery

Facial Plastic SurgeryFacial cosmetic surgery is popular among women of all age groups and ethnicity. Older women generally seek procedures to rejuvenate their looks by addressing the signs of aging. Young women and teenagers usually opt for procedures that will improve on their features, enhance facial harmony, and thereby enhance their confidence. In fact, a study recently published by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery bears testimony to this – it suggests that young women in China who had nose and eyelid surgery reported higher self-esteem and self-efficacy after the treatment.

The number of people in China taking up facial plastic surgery has increased noticeably over the past decade. This has led to more research on the psychosocial profile of these patients. This new study observed the association of women’s’ emotional traits, the decision to take up cosmetic surgery, and the efficiency of the treatment on their psychological conditions.

The study’s participants included 161 cosmetic surgery patients (CSPs), 355 general population controls (GPCs) and 268 facial appearance raters (FARs). Data was collected before surgery and six months after surgery using questionnaires. FARs were shown front-view facial images of the patients. The findings are as follows:

  • Self-esteem and self-efficacy scores were lower before surgery in young women compared to women in the general population who had not visited a plastic surgeon.
  • The scores of young women who visited a plastic surgeon and had procedures rose to nearly normal levels six months after surgery.
  • There was no notable difference in the objective assessment of facial appearance by the FARs for cosmetic surgery patients and the general group.
  • The average scores for cosmetic surgery patients’ self-assessments were lower for the eyes, nose and overall facial appearance.

Though the authors concede that their study has limitations such as generalizability, they conclude, “Self-esteem and self-efficacy mediate the negative effects of self-assessment on the decision of young women to undergo facial cosmetic surgery. The impairment of self-esteem and self-efficacy may indicate the need for preoperative psychological intervention.”

A study published by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery earlier this year suggested that besides improving appearance, facial rejuvenation procedures could enhance your self-esteem as well as the way other people perceive you. The study used pre and post-operative photographs of 30 women who had facial plastic surgery and found a significant improvement in the postoperative scores for likability, social skills, attractiveness and femininity.

Another study published by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reported that the selfie trend has fuelled the demand for face-related plastic surgery. One in three plastic surgeons surveyed reported an increase in the number of people requesting alterations to their face “due to patients being more self-aware of looks in social media.”

Study: Cosmetic Lip Surgery Could Improve Lives of People with Facial Paralysis

Cosmetic Lip SurgeryFacial paralysis is a cosmetic concern that can have a psychological impact as well, if the patient develops low self-esteem and low confidence. Stroke, Bell’s palsy, muscular dystrophy, trauma and birth defects can all lead to this condition. Patients may struggle with drooling, find it difficult to eat or drink without spillage, or make sounds that need the lips to be completely closed. A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins and Stanford universities revealed that an effective cosmetic lip surgery using hyaluronic acid injections can serve both aesthetic and functional purposes.

A lead surgeon involved in the study said that the hyaluronic acid injections made on the lips tone the tissue surrounding the muscle. A report about the study was published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

22 patients were involved in the study, 14 women and eight men. These people had facial paralysis on one side of the mouth. Three patients with muscular dystrophy who had lost control of both sides of the mouth were also part of the study. Baseline measures of lip tone were performed using an instrument that measured pressure. The participants placed their lips around this device and readings were taken from the left, middle, and right sides of the mouth. The weakest points were identified by letting the participants blow air with pursed lips. The researchers injected the hyaluronic acid at points where the air escaped.

Here are the significant findings of the analysis.

  • The greatest improvement was noted for the three patients with muscular dystrophy. Their lip strength increased six to sevenfold from the original reading.
  • For others, lip strength increased at an average of 1.4-fold on the paralyzed side and 0.4-fold on the unaffected side.

A speech therapist was involved in the process to determine how these improvements reflected on their daily life needs. A before-and-after assessment of their ability to speak, eat and drink without spilling was made. All of the patients showed a marked improvement which made it clear that this cosmetic surgery could improve the lives of people.

Masculine Makeovers – A Rising Trend in the Cosmetic Surgery World

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FDA Approves New Wattle-reducing Injections to Treat Double Chin

Wattle-reducing InjectionsWith the advancements in noninvasive cosmetic surgery, we have seen many innovative options to freeze our wrinkles, smooth our fine lines and erase our skin imperfections. However, double chin which is one of the most common aesthetic complaints, couldn’t be addressed with any of these non-invasive techniques. One had to go under the knife or at least needed an incision to improve the condition. However, good news is here now with the FDA approving an innovative wattle-reducing injection to resolve double chin.

According to the report published in cbsnews, the new injection which was earlier called ATX-101 and now named Kybella has been approved by the FDA to treat double chin. It consists of deoxycholic acid, a chemical that is naturally produced by the body and helps it absorb fats. It is injected into the skin to target and remove fat cells under the chin without spreading to nearby tissue. Fat cells are destroyed by breaking down the cell membrane. Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc. is the maker of this injection, which is bound to make big waves in the world of cosmetic surgery. The injections are expected to be available by the latter half of 2015.

According to an official of Facial Plastic Surgery & Reconstructive Surgery Academy (AAFPRS), “The ideal candidate is a younger individual with good skin elasticity and a milder double chin — it’s not going to replace a lift yet.”

A report published in abcnews said the injection has been the subject of 19 clinical studies involving 2,600 patients.

A full course of treatments can last for six months and entail multiple injections each month. The injections will be spaced no less than a month apart. Many patients who underwent the treatment experienced meaningful improvement in 2 – 4 treatments. As per the researchers, the fat cells are actually destroyed and so results are expected to be long-lasting or even permanent. Studies show that patients saw the changes lasting for at least two years.