Plastic Surgery – Have Realistic Expectations

Plastic SurgeryIf you are considering plastic surgery, the most important thing is to understand what it can and cannot do for you. It cannot stop the aging process or reverse it. Aging is natural. However, when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, a cosmetic surgical procedure can help you look more attractive and slow down the signs of aging. Looking good enhances a person’s self-confidence and can improve quality of life.

What Cosmetic Surgery Can and Cannot Do

Cosmetic procedures are ideal for improving on a flaw. For example, nose surgery can improve a crooked nose or one with a bulbous tip. This can make a big difference to overall facial appearance. In fact, rhinoplasty is popular among teenagers.

Breast augmentation is another procedure which provides immense satisfaction. Women opt to enhance breast size and shape to look more youthful and feminine, when wearing a swimsuit, for instance. Breast implant surgery is a great boon for women who want to replace lost volume after pregnancy or weight loss and resolve asymmetry.

Facelift surgery reduces signs of aging such as wrinkles, lines and creases and can take years off your face, though you shouldn’t believe that it can stop the aging process.

Having cosmetic surgery cannot get you out of an emotional crisis. It also cannot make you look like your favorite star or celebrity. If you are thinking that having the treatment can fix the damaged relationship with your partner, you are wrong. Finally, you should be fully aware that all surgery comes with risks and cosmetic surgery is no exception.

Enhance Your Confidence

Many studies have shown that plastic surgery can improve a person’s confidence and self-esteem. By enhancing your appearance or correcting a flaw or congenital defect, the surgery can make a big difference to your looks and boost your social and personal life.

Of course, the key lies in finding the right plastic surgeon – one who has experience in performing the procedure you want. Reliable plastic surgeons are well aware of many patients’ tendencies to have unrealistic expectations about a procedure’s potential. So at the outset, they educate their patients on what to expect and inform them about the procedure’s risks and recovery times. Choose to have your treatment in an AAAASF-accredited surgery center as this is important for safe procedures and optimal results.

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.

ASAPS: Men had More than One Million Procedures in 2014

Male Cosmetic ProceduresMore and more men are confidently going in for cosmetic plastic surgery, and things have come a long way since the days when aesthetic treatments were confined to women and celebrities. The latest annual statistical report from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) revealed that men had more than one million cosmetic procedures in 2014, which is 10 percent of the total number of procedures. The ASAPS report lists the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures for men in 2014 and these are top five:

  • Liposuction: This body contouring treatment can get rid of the stubborn fat deposits from practically any area, both large and small. As it is the abdominal area that presents the most problems for men, the demand for abdominoplasty could be responsible for lipo bagging the top spot.
  • Nose surgery: The appearance of nose matters a lot when to comes to the face. Men want a strong nose proportional to the rest of their facial features and this explains the popularity of rhinoplasty.
  • Eyelid surgery: With a 34% increase, blepharoplasty took the third spot in the male procedures last year. This treatment rejuvenates tired-looking eyes and resolves puffy eyelids which are the result of aging and stress. Successful treatment improves overall facial appearance.
  • Male breast reduction: Gynecomastia or over-sized male breasts is a common problem. With more men seeking breast reduction surgery last year, the number of procedures rose 33%. The treatment resolves excess fat and tissue build up in the chest to provide a more manly physique.
  • Facelift surgery: With a 44 % increase, the facelift ranked 5th in the most popular male cosmetic procedure list. It removes excess fat, repositions the muscles and tightens the skin to improve masculine facial definition.

Increased awareness of cosmetic surgical procedures and the availability of innovative, safe and minimally invasive techniques play a major role in the rising demand for male cosmetic procedures. Moreover, it has even been reported that research showed that “good-looking people get hired sooner, land promotions faster, and earn an average of 3 to 4 percent more than those with below-average looks”! So it’s hardly surprising that men see plastic surgery as a strategy to boost their value in the competitive workplace.

Saudi Gazette Reports 30% of Saudi Arabians Planning for Rhinoplasty

RhinoplastyNose jobs are very popular in the United States as even the latest annual statistical reports from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) revealed nose surgery as the second most popular cosmetic procedure in the US last year. With about 217,124 Americans having undergone rhinoplasty, it contributed towards a 1% increase in the overall cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the country in 2014. The popularity of the procedure is not just within the country but internationally. According to a report in the Saudi Gazette, a new study reveals that about 30% of Saudis are planning for nose surgery.

The study was conducted by King Saud University medical students. The majority of the participants are women. Even when women comprised the major part of the group, there has been a 20 percent increase in men taking up plastic surgery. The report said that nose job is the third most popular plastic surgery procedure done in the Kingdom. Interestingly, majority of Saudis who get a nose job are between 18 and 30 years of age; people over 40 getting nose jobs were only a minority. Against the international trend, most Saudis prefer to straighten their nose. It was observed that 70 percent of Saudis planning to undergo the procedure are uninformed of the consequences of such a surgery.

According to a supervising professor of the study, “The ISAPS stated the majority desires a European nose but Saudis find them unsuitable with their Arab features…The reasons to get a nose job vary between health and beautification reasons. Health reasons include difficulties breathing or fractures due to accidents. However, beauty remains a priority for many of the Saudis opting to go under the knife.”

A good plastic surgeon with the necessary credentials and experience can make the necessary changes to your nose to make it excel in form and function. Such a plastic surgeon also knows the difference between a male and female nose and brings about the required improvements to make your face more appealing and pleasant.

The Right Approach to Cosmetic Surgery

More and more people are opting to go under the knife to meet their cosmetic goals. If you intend to have an elective cosmetic surgical procedure, it is important to ensure that you are doing so for the right reasons and have realistic expectations. Here are some important dos and don’ts:

  • Have realistic expectations: Don’t dream of achieving something impossible. For instance, expecting to look younger should not be your goal. Similarly, you should be having the treatment to please someone else or to attract or keep a partner. Don’t expect it to transform you into an entirely different person. What plastic surgery can do is make you look better.
  • Ensure that you are physically fit: One important prerequisite for aesthetic surgery is that the candidate should be healthy and physically fit. Leading a healthy lifestyle is necessary to attain a healthy weight and also to maintain the results of the treatment. Moreover, experts recommend that one should think about going under the knife only be a last resort when methods such as dieting and exercise fail.
  • Do your research: This is important to learn as much as you can about the treatment and also to choose the right plastic surgeon and practice. Make sure the surgeon is well-qualified and has experience in performing the particular procedure you are interested in. Having the treatment at an AAAASF-accredited surgical practice is important for patient safety.
  • Don’t try to emulate someone else’s looks: A good surgeon will not encourage patients to aspire to resemble someone else – like a celebrity. Every person’s features are distinctive and cosmetic surgery can help improve on them. For instance, rhinoplasty can improve the shape, size and structure of the nose and make it more attractive in relation to the rest of your facial features.
  • Don’t overdo things: Exaggerated results are unattractive. If you are having breast augmentation, your plastic surgeon can guide you on making the right choice of implant/method to suit overall body proportions and for natural looking results.
  • Value your inner beauty equally: In your quest for external beauty, don’t forget that your internal beauty is equally valuable. Remember that physical beauty is enhanced with good manners, generosity and a pleasing personality.

Don’t rush into cosmetic surgery – weight all your options carefully to make the right decision.


Combining Rhinoplasty and Chin Augmentation Can Enhance Outcome, Says Study

Chin augmentation and rhinoplasty are among the most popular cosmetic facial surgical procedures, bringing balance and proportion to the face. Rhinoplasty or nose surgery improves the shape and structure of the nose while chin augmentation enhances chin contour. According to the 2013 annual report of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), nose reshaping surgery is the second most popular cosmetic procedure with about 221,000 treatments. Even when chin augmentation didn’t make to a top spot in 2013, it is a widely accepted facial rejuvenation treatment. These treatments are usually opted for individually, but researchers from the University of Verona, Italy have reported that combining rhinoplasty and chin augmentation can improve the outcome and provide longer-lasting results.

The experts wanted to examine the benefits of combining aesthetic surgery for the nose with chin enhancement. The participants were a group of 90 plastic surgery candidates who had for a combination procedure between 2002 and 2004. Follow-up three years later showed that

  • Just under half of the people who had chin reduction experienced no changes in the results of the treatment
  • 52 percent of the chin extension candidates showed a "stable" profile three years later. Chin length had been altered by not more than a millimeter

The authors recommend combining these treatments to improve the outcome. According to them, the shape of the nose, chin and neck in relation to each other determines whether an individual has an "aesthetically proportionate" face. For instance, a person who has rhinoplasty alone may not experience the desired results if he or she has a disproportionate chin. Restructuring the chin along with the nose job would certainly go a long way in improving overall facial aesthetics.

Male Cosmetic Procedures on the Increase – An International Trend

Unlike in the past when cosmetic procedures were by and large sought after by women, men have also started utilizing their possibilities now. The number of middle-aged and older men opting for cosmetic surgery has risen three-fold in the past 15 years. This trend is an offshoot of men desiring a more youthful appearance and trying to delay the telltale signs of aging.

Michael C. Edwards, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says, "Women still comprise about 90 percent of the cosmetic surgery patients, but the number of men undergoing the knife is increasing at a faster rate as times have changed". The top cosmetic procedures for men in the country in 2013 include liposuction, eyelid surgery, nose surgery, and male breast reduction.

The number of cosmetic procedures for men has increased by more than 106% between 1997 and 2012 according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

The data available from the Indian scenario is also interesting as it points out that men seeking cosmetic procedures have increased by almost 100% between 1997 and 2013. Body contouring procedures such as male breast surgery, rhinoplasty and hair restoration were the most popular. The thought that only women seek fine definition is a misconception as men have a range of demands at present from getting a firm jaw line to carving a six pack and more. According to research, men undergo cosmetic procedures mainly to look better and to succeed in their professional life.

The case is no different in Arab countries. According to arabnews, men make up 40 percent of the customers of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures. The highest rate of cosmetic surgery was recorded in Riyadh (70 percent), followed by Jeddah (25 percent) and the Eastern Province (5 percent). A recent survey conducted in Riyadh shows that men in the age group of 20 to 40 made up 40 percent of the customers.

Men are choosing invasive, minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures to meet their varying cosmetic demands. The advancements in various body contouring techniques and choice of procedures are expected to increase the popularity of male cosmetic procedures even more.

How Rhinoplasty Goals Differ for Men and Women

Rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure among both men and women, resulting in an attractive nose that blends well with the rest of their facial features. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics, nose surgery is the second most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S., with about 221,000 procedures performed in 2013. Celebrities have contributed to this popularity, with stars like Patrick Dempsey, Cameron Diaz and Heidi Montag admitting to having had nose surgery. In addition to improving the aesthetics, the procedure can also enhance the nasal function. However, men and women have different goals when it comes to nose reshaping. Let’s see how.

Male noses have a different bone density and structure and men would be more concerned about shape rather than size. Compared to women, men’s noses would have stronger, heavier cartilages and bone along with thicker skin. They would need a more acute nasofrontal and a nasolabial angle. Also, they would prefer a longer nose, a straighter profile with a higher bridge and a more sharply defined, angular tip with projection.

Coming to women, they too may be interested in such changes, but only to a smaller extent. Taller women with longer faces would look better with a straighter profile while a smaller softer nose is usually recommended for smaller, slim women. Also, a thinner and more delicate nose bridge would suit women in contrast with a wider nose bridge which is suitable for men.

Even with all these differences in the aesthetics of the male and female nose, an ideal nose is always one that is in harmony with the rest of the facial features. Moreover, shaping the nasal structure to meet cosmetic goals requires a high level of artistry. Only an experienced plastic surgeon with special skills in performing rhinoplasty can provide optimal, customized results.

Learn More About Teenage Rhinoplasty

"Nose job" or rhinoplasty is the most common cosmetic procedure done among the teens in America. Teenage rhinoplasty is mostly done to improve the appearance of the nose, the size and shape of which is very important with regard to one’s facial appearance and self-image. Occasionally rhinoplasty is also provided for medical reasons, for instance, to correct a problem with the cartilage that divides one nostril from the other, or to improve breathing.

Clear Communication with the Plastic Surgeon is Vital

There should be excellent communication between the teenage patient and the chosen plastic surgeon. A good surgeon always makes sure that the teenager is undergoing the treatment for the right reasons. Another important consideration is their age. Nose surgery can be performed only after the nose has reached its adult size. This is usually 15 to 16 years of age for a female, and 16 – 17 years of age for males.

Reasons for Undergoing Rhinoplasty

The most common reasons why teenagers opt for a nose surgery include the following.

  • Reshape the nasal tip
  • Remove a hump
  • Straighten a bridge
  • Correct the nose after an injury
  • Increase or reduce the size of the nostrils
  • Improve breathing

Summer is the Ideal Time to Undergo a Teen Nose Job

In the US, summer would be the ideal time to undergo a nose job as teens would get ample time to recuperate and relax. Since some time is required for the swelling to subside and the final results to become visible, teens are usually advised to have the procedure done at the beginning of summer so that they get sufficient time to recover before going back to school.

The ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) has no formal position on plastic surgery for teenagers. However, parental consent is mandatory for all plastic surgery procedures performed on teens below 18 years of age. They advise parents to evaluate their teenager’s physical and emotional maturity when undergoing plastic/cosmetic procedures including nose surgery procedures. Moreover, the guidance of a board-certified plastic surgeon is vital to handle individual cases.

Nose reshaping is popular among teenagers because of the facial enhancement and improved self-esteem it ensures. When a misshapen nose is corrected, teens gain self-esteem and confidence. They will find it easier to interact with others in the society and lead normal lives.

It is important that teenagers and their parents understand that plastic surgery, like other surgical procedures carries some amount of risk. It is important that teens maintain realistic expectations regarding the results that can be achieved.

U.S. Man Spends Life Savings on Plastic Surgery to Look Like Justin Bieber

Who wouldn’t want to look like their favorite idol? Spending thousands of dollars on plastic surgery to achieve this is something quite extraordinary. But that’s what some people are doing. Of the several cases reported recently, the one that made big headlines was that of Toby Sheldon the 33-year old song writer who spent $100,000 to look like teenage pop idol Justin Bieber!

Reports say that Sheldon underwent extensive procedures over five years including smile surgery to lift his upper lip and plump out his lower lip, eyelid surgery, Botox injections, chin reduction and hair transplants to get the Bieber look. But even after spending $100,000 on these cosmetic procedures to look like his baby-faced idol, Sheldon said he still hasn’t achieved that dream look.

“I know there is more work to be done in order to make a full transformation into Justin Bieber’s doppelganger like a nose job and jaw reduction, which my surgeon has suggested,” Sheldon remarked.

While celebrities are constantly influencing people’s perceptions about the way they should look, you don’t have to go to these lengths to improve your looks. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), “Plastic surgery is a personal choice and should be done for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit an ideal image.”

If you are healthy and have realistic expectations about the outcome, a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon can help you alter the size or shape of your nose with nose surgery, get rid of sagging brows or bags under your eyes with blepharoplasty, reduce facial sag with a facelift, or improve overall body contour with a liposuction procedure to eliminate unwanted fat deposits and loose skin. Innovative technologies and techniques have made plastic surgery easier and safer with minimal side effects. Being realistic about what cosmetic surgery can do means that you should understand that it can only improve and not perfect your looks.

You should also know that there are risks and complications involved and that these are minimized when you choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. So spend some time doing some research to find the right plastic surgeon and an AAAASF-accredited surgical facility that can provide you with safe, standardized procedures in a private and comfortable setting.