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.

Data Clearly Indicates Rising Popularity of Plastic Surgery in America

Plastic Surgery AmericaMore and more Americans are going in for cosmetic procedures to enhance their looks and lifestyle. Treatments have become minimally invasive and even non-invasive, allowing people can achieve their goals quickly and safely. Even the high costs of the procedures are not a deterrent and most people are ready to admit they have had plastic surgery. Here are statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) that show just how popular cosmetic surgery is among Americans:

  • Americans spent almost $12.9 billion on cosmetic procedures last year.
  • Cosmetic procedures performed rose 3% over 2013-2014.
  • Close to 16 million were performed in 2014: 1.7 million cosmetic surgical procedures, 13.9 million cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures, and 5.8 million reconstructive procedures.
  • Even when the number of men who underwent plastic surgery rose, women led with 13.6 million procedures in 2014, which was about 92% of total cosmetic procedures performed.
  • Botulinum toxin Type A was the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure last year with about 6.7 million people receiving the facial injections.
  • As like the previous years, breast augmentation was the top cosmetic surgical procedure in U.S. last year, retaining the position consistently from 2006.
  • Caucasians had the most work done. With a 3% increase from 2013, white people underwent 10.8 million procedures last year followed by Hispanics, African Americans and Asians.
  • Eyelid surgery was the most popular among Caucasians and Asians, whereas tummy tuck surgery was in the top spot among African Americans and Hispanics.
  • Almost 25,000 women and 1,000 men had lip augmentation last year.
  • With over 200,000 rhinoplasty surgeries performed on males last year, nose reshaping is the most popular procedure among men.
  • Women between the ages of 40-54 account for the majority of cosmetic procedures (49% of the total). With about 530,000 surgical and 6.7 million minimally-invasive procedures, a total of 7.2 million cosmetic procedures were performed on middle-aged women.
  • Teens accounted for about 224,000 total cosmetic procedures in 2014 and the most popular procedures for this group were nose reshaping, male breast reduction, ear surgery, laser hair removal and laser skin resurfacing.

Leading plastic surgery practices across cities in America offer a wide range of options for both men and women. For instance, in a NYC plastic surgery practice, women can choose from several breast augmentation methods and the surgeons would provide them with customized treatment plans to meet their specific goals. The availability of such multiple options could also explain the rising popularity of plastic surgery in the U.S.

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.

Pre-op Injections Can Reduce Post-op Complications in Rhinoplasty, Says Study

Pre-op Injections in RhinoplastyRhinoplasty or nose reshaping surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures among both men and women. A well-shaped nose can really have a positive impact on facial appearance.

As with all plastic surgery procedures, rhinoplasty also comes with some side effects. The common postoperative complications of rhinoplasty are edema (excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body) and ecchymosis (discoloration of the skin resulting from bleeding underneath, typically caused by bruising). These issues are worrying for both the patient as well as the plastic surgeon as they can affect cosmetic results. Patients are usually given corticosteroids to manage such ‘events’.

Researchers in Brazil claim they have found a way to address these post-surgical complications in cosmetic nose surgery. Their study found that presurgical injection of dexamethasone sodium phosphate (a medication used to treat various conditions such as severe allergic reactions and symptoms such as swelling) can minimize the occurrence of edema and ecchymosis following rhinoplasty. Here are the key aspects of the study which was published recently in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

  • Forty-two patients participated in the study
  • The patients were randomized into 2 groups.
  • Dexamethasone was intravenously injected before surgery for those in group 1.
  • Normal saline solution was intravenously injected before surgery in group 2.
  • Standardized photographs were taken when they returned one week after the surgery
  • The photographs were analyzed by five plastic surgeons who were not told about the type of injection that the patients received
  • The surgeons rated the complications and it was found that the patients in the dexamethasone group showed lower rates of postoperative ecchymosis and edema than those in the saline group

The researchers concluded that preoperative use of dexamethasone would reduce edema and ecchymosis at seven days after rhinoplasty. These findings are significant as statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) indicate that nose reshaping ranked second in the list of top five cosmetic surgical procedures in 2014.

Does Cosmetic Surgery Boost your Career Prospects?

Cosmetic SurgeryFinancially trying times and competitive labor markets are making it more and more difficult for people to land the jobs they want. With the growing competition in the workplace, even keeping a job can prove difficult. Whether you like it or not, in addition to your qualifications and how you do your job, your looks do matter. If you are appearing for an interview or trying to climb the corporate ladder, you need to take stock of what your appearance is saying.

Besides professionalism, experience and skills, employers look for traits like confidence and high energy and consider personal appearance, fitness and grooming when they make the hiring or pay raise decision. In the corporate world, there’s a lot of stress on “image”, and image goes with self-confidence. Some studies show that cosmetic surgery can help you break down these barriers that stand between you and your career goals. Technologic advancements have resulted in minimally invasive and non-invasive treatments that can help you achieve your aesthetic goals in minimal downtime. So if you are in a job, you wouldn’t have to take much time off from work.

According to one report published in 2012, more and more men in South Korea are seeking plastic surgery to enhance their looks in order to boost their competitiveness and improve their confidence. Forbes reported that between 1997 and 2013, the proportion of men getting plastic surgery in the U.S. rose by 273%, with liposuction, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, breast reduction and ear shaping being the most popular procedures.

Being fit is also important, so if you are overweight, enroll in a weight loss program. Employers tend to see an overweight person as lacking self-discipline and motivation. They may even think that you may develop health problems, which would make you a costly investment! Even after you’re hired, weight matters as an obese person earns less than a slim coworker.

A fresh and more youthful look will give anyone an edge when it comes to career advancement and plastic surgery can help you achieve this. It can also help correct flaws. Cosmetic procedures such as tattoo removal, stretched earlobe corrective surgery and Botox are important to get that professional look that hiring managers look for.

Many studies have focused on how cosmetic surgery can improve income potential and career prospects. According to one report, a Harvard Study of Health and Life Quality in May 2009 showed that job seekers who were attractive and confident had a better chance of getting hired.

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.

More Men Turning to Cosmetic Surgery in the US and UK

Men Turning to Cosmetic SurgeryAt present many men are utilizing the possibilities of cosmetic surgery to meet their aesthetic goals. Looking better has become synonymous with feeling better and more confident, and this is a major factor that contributes to the increase in popularity of male cosmetic procedures globally.

Recent reports from the US and UK reveal that men continue to drive the cosmetic surgery market. According to a Nuffield Health Report, men are leading the surge in the global cosmetic surgery market. Four among five of Nuffield Health surgeons say that they have noticed a rise in men seeking cosmetic surgery such as nose jobs and eyelid lifts. Even when men asked for buttock, chest or calf implants, liposuction for love handles and ‘man boobs’ were more frequently requested. According to the report, the top procedures for men were breast reduction, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), otoplasty (ear correction) and liposuction.

Interestingly, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery revealed that Americans spent over $12 billion on various procedures in 2014. The report said “More men are turning to aesthetic cosmetic procedures, with dramatic increases seen in both surgical and nonsurgical options over the past 5 years and a 43 percent increase overall.” The organization started collecting statistical data in 1997, and since then there has been a 273 percent increase in the number of procedures performed on men now.

Men competing in the job market were the major group considering aesthetic procedures. According to a Business Insider report, there are three more categories of men going for cosmetic procedures. These are men seeking the photo-ready looks of a male model, those in quest of a perfect body-building image, and another group that wish to preserve their athletic features.

According to an ASAPS official, “This is not a trend we expect to see wane anytime soon. Facing a challenging and sometimes ageist job market, men, like women, are starting to consider their options to maintain a youthful appearance that exudes exuberance and energy and the full spectrum of care offered by board-certified plastic surgeons caters to their individual needs.”

When liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, tummy tucks and nose surgery figured as the most popular procedures in the common list for men and women, eyelid lift, male breast reduction and facelifts emerged as the top three procedures for men alone.

AAFPRS: 33% of Plastic Surgeons Saw Rise in Requests fuelled by Selfie Craze

AAFPRS: Selfies Leading to Rise in Plastic SurgeryMany surveys conducted over the past few years have reported on the increase in cosmetic surgery requests fuelled by social media and the selfie trend. Official statistics confirm this, according to a recent report. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) says that 33% of the surgeons in a survey said that the selfie craze has increased plastic surgery requests in the past two years.

The survey indicated the influence of selfies and social media in general:

  • One in three facial plastic surgeons surveyed said that, in general, the “selfie” craze and social media were responsible for rise in requests for procedures
  • Selfies were said to be the reason for the surge in self-awareness and aesthetic procedures requests especially in people under 30. Thirty-four percent of facial surgeons surveyed reported that women under 35 are concerned about their skin seeking to prevent visible signs of aging for longer, while 23 percent of facial surgeons surveyed stated that men under 35 are seeking rhinoplasty, neck liposuction, chin implants, and acne scar reduction procedures.
  • 13% of the respondents noted the reason patients consulted a facial plastic surgeon was increased photo sharing and dissatisfaction with their own image on social media sites
  • Rhinoplasty, hair transplants, and eyelid surgery are the most requested treatments as the face is the key factor in a selfie.

Then AAFPRS President Edward Farrior, MD said, “Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app, which are solely image based, force patients to hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with a more self-critical eye than ever before.”

Filter-based apps like Instagram and FaceTune might have contributed to the noticeable increase in demand for facial cosmetic procedures in the recent times. You can improve on your features using these apps and show them to your surgeon to indicate the change you would like.

According to an AAFPRS survey published in Match 2014, 13 percent of facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in requests for celebrity-inspired procedures in 2014, which was higher by 3 percent in 2013 and 7 percent in 2012. Angelina Jolie’s lips and cheekbones, Kim Kardashian’s eyes and jawline, Beyoncé’s facial structure, Brad Pitt’s nose, and Natalie Portman’s nose were the features that inspired most requests.

However, experts advise people to proceed with caution. Most often, “celebrity photos re-touched and this can lead consumers to foster unrealistic expectations and seek excessive or extreme surgeries.

When it comes to the rising popularity of cosmetic treatments, it’s not just about selfies, social media and celebrities. Many other factors play a role too. Consumers are better informed about the procedures thanks to the availability of reliable information on the Web and advances in medical technology which have resulted in less invasive and even non-invasive techniques.

More Men Seeking Plastic Surgery to Boost Career Prospects

Aesthetic treatments have ceased to be a woman’s prerogative. An increasing number of men are investing in cosmetic surgery and it’s paying off. Recent reports say that men are going under the knife to enhance their appearance, boost their competitive edge, and climb the corporate ladder. Most men believe that it’s important to look more youthful and confident especially when they are in a new job or competing with younger co-workers, and having cosmetic procedures provides the solution.

According to one report, the proportion of men who had plastic surgery rose by 273% between 1997 and 2013. Men are trying out invasive, minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures to achieve their cosmetic goals and boost their confidence. Popular procedures include liposuction, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, gynecomastia treatment and ear shaping. Liposuction dramatically reduces localized deposits of fat and improves areas such as the abdomen, waist, and chest.

Many men are seeking a more masculine facial profile. This explains the rising demand for facelifts inclusive of neck lift, eyelift, jawline re-contouring and lipolysis. It is reported that chin augmentation alone went up by 7% from 2000 to 2013. Even non-invasive treatments are becoming popular among men, with more than 380,000 Botox procedures performed in 2013.

The reasons why non-invasive procedures so popular are as follows:

  • Removes the risks of surgery
  • Simpler methods that require less downtime
  • Ideal for busy professionals who don’t have much time to spare
  • Minimal discomfort and trauma
  • One session
  • No incisions, scars, or post-operative complications

Whether any of us likes it or not, looks do matter, a fact that men are now being faced with more than they ever have before. As long as cosmetic procedures continue to become more socially accepted, the technology keeps improving, and the stakes remain high in corporate America. Male cosmetic surgery – and more specifically, the Forbes facelift – will remain on the rise for years to come. It might only be a matter of time until men frequent the surgeon’s office as often as women do!

The male makeover for career advancement is now known by unique names such as the Forbes Facelift and the Executive Makeover. New and more effective techniques, reduced risks, simple procedures and minimal downtime are important factors fuelling the popularity of male procedures. Cosmetic surgery has also gained social acceptance and with leading plastic surgeons offering personalized solutions, there is every reason for this trend to continue.

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.