Is There Still a Stigma About Plastic Surgery?

There was a time when plastic surgery was considered a luxury for rich people, usually women. Plastic had a stigma something sought by vain women but that has changed drastically over the years. More and more people of all lifestyles and from both genders are undergoing plastic surgery for various reasons, making it more mainstream and without the same stigma of the past.

Reasons for Plastic Surgery

Decades ago, plastic surgery was mainly for women trying to retain a youthful appearance or to enhance their bodies. Facelifts, breast enhancements and nose jobs were the main elective procedures performed. The reason, and stigma, was simple – to be more attractive. While wanting to be attractive is usually amongst the reasons anyone chooses plastic surgery, there are others. In today’s highly competitive workforce, many men and women want to retain a more youthful appearance to compete in their profession. It is not just vanity, but an investment in their career.

Beyond just wanting to look better or younger, plastic surgery can also be functional. An eyelid lift can make eyes look younger and more awake but it can also improve vision. A nose job can improve the shape of the nose and also enhance nasal breathing. A breast reduction and lift can help a women’s chest look perkier and more youthful but also reduce back strain. It is recognized that plastic surgery has more benefits than just to improve appearance.

The stigma of having “work done” has definitely changed over the years. Plus, plastic surgery techniques have improved, creating more natural results that can discretely improve a person’s appearance without looking “fake” or plastic. Plastic surgery is more accepted and considered a lifestyle choice, one that can help people feel more confident and offer other benefits to enhance their quality of life.

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Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.
2001 Peachtree Road #630
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 355-3566

Does Your Teen Want a Nose Job?

Many teens can feel self-conscious of their appearance. It is not uncommon for a teen to be unhappy with a feature on their face, especially their nose. The nose is a central feature that has a significant impact on the overall appearance of the face but changing its shape is a major consideration. If your teenager is unhappy with their nose and wants a nose job, there are many things to consider before seeking this procedure.

First and foremost, it is important that you and your teen have a frank and honest conversation about why they want rhinoplasty. There are many people who were unhappy with a facial feature in their teens but as adults accept these features are part of their unique appearance. Any surgery does come with risks and it is important to understand why your teen wants this procedure. If you believe it will help them become more confident or their nose is misshapen, it may be the right choice

When Can Teen Rhinoplasty be Performed?

In addition to determining whether a nose job is right for your teenager, it is also important to understand when it can be performed. The nose must be fully developed before surgical changes are made. In girls, this could be as early as 13-14 years of age, while for boys it may be at least 15. Each person develops and grows at different rates. An experienced plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty can help determine whether your teen is old enough to have a nose job performed.

Teen rhinoplasty and all surgeries should be carefully considered. It is a life-changing operation which can have benefits but also has risks. Make sure to take the time to discuss all the implications and consult a reputable plastic surgeon before making a decision that will have such an impact on your teen’s life and appearance.

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Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery
120 South Spalding Drive #236
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 288-0641

Can I Fix My Child’s “Dumbo” Ears?

The movie Dumbo has been a classic for over three-quarters of a century, highlighting how cruel the world can be to those who look different. While the little elephant triumphs and uses his prominent ears to his advantage, it is not always such a fairytale ending for children. If your child was born with prominent ears, you may be worried about other children teasing him and impacting his self-confidence. There are cosmetic options available, including otoplasty for children.

What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty or ear pinning can alter prominent ears that seem too large or stick out too far from the head. This procedure can be used to reshape larger ears or “pin” ears closer to the scalp if they protrude. The goal is to create ears that are more balanced with the rest of the head and face for a harmonious appearance.

When Can Otoplasty Be Performed on Children?

Many parents want to change the appearance of their child’s ears before they begin school. This is sometimes possible. The ears must be developed enough to complete the alteration, which is usually around age five. While it is surgery, there are minimal risks and it can be easier for this procedure to be done at a younger age than waiting until adulthood. The main advantage is for children to avoid the bullying and teasing that can occur during their formative years due to misshapen, large or protruding ears.

Every parent wants what is best for their children. If you are concerned about your child’s ears and how they will impact their self-confidence, consult a facial plastic surgeon that specializes in otoplasty to learn more about this procedure. With more information, you can decide whether or not to fix your child’s “Dumbo” ears.

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New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
310 East 14th Street
6th Floor, North Bldg
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 381-6110

3 Reasons More Men Are Opting for Eyelid Surgery

Facial plastic surgery is becoming more popular with men as the male population embraces their desire to look more attractive and youthful. Eyelid surgery is amongst the most popular of facial plastic surgeries, with over 200,000 performed in the U.S. in 2018. There are more men opting to undergo blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery than ever before and here are three reasons why.

  1. Professional reasons. It is a competitive market for professionals and many older men are competing against younger men for the same positions. Some men are striving to retain a more youthful, energetic appearance to compete against their younger rivals in the workplace. Reducing eye bags that come with age can be a strategic move to climb the corporate ladder.
  2. Social self-confidence. Men want to look attractive and it is not uncommon for a man in his forties, fifties or beyond to find themselves single. Reducing drooping eyelids or eye bags can make a man look more youthful and attractive to potential partners when they are re-entering the dating scene.
  3. Improved vision. Function can be an excellent reason for eyelid surgery. Not only can sagging skin on the upper eyelid make you look tired and older, it can interfere with vision. Men wanting to see better and look more like their younger, energetic self can achieve both with an upper eyelid lift.

Gone are the days when plastic surgery was considered for women only. Men who want to look their best and retain a more virile, attractive and youthful appearance as they get older can opt to use cosmetic procedures like blepharoplasty to get the look they desire.

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Kami Parsa, M.D.
Oculoplastic Surgery
465 N Roxbury Dr. Suite 1011
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 777-8880

Rejuvenating Droopy or Puffy Eyes

Your eyes say so much about you, whether you want them to or not. When eyes look puffy or the upper eyelid droops, they send the message that you are tired, old or both. Perpetual puffy or droopy eyes are often caused by changes in the skin from aging, which can be remedied with certain cosmetic procedures. There are both surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation options that can give your eyes a refreshed look.

Dermal Fillers for Drooping Eyes

As the skin loses elasticity and fat under the skin, it can sag and wrinkle. The thin, delicate skin around the eyes is very prone to this aging change. The loss of collagen and fat in the upper and lower eyelid skin can allowing sagging. When this change is slight, dermal fillers can be a non-surgical solution. With the right facial filler, volume can be added under the skin to lift it back into a more youthful firmness, removing wrinkles and sagging that cause droopy upper eyelids and bags under the eyes.

Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Lifts

For more pronounced drooping or puffiness of the eyes, plastic surgery may be needed to achieve more youthful, energetic eyes. Blepharoplasty or an eyelid lift can be used on the upper, lower or both eyelids to rejuvenate their appearance. Small, discrete incisions are used to remove excess skin and elevate tissue. This can tighten and firm the eyelids for refreshed, awake eyes that look years younger.

If your eyes are making you look tired when you still feel energetic, consider visiting an experienced facial plastic surgeon to explore your options. You deserve to feel confident in your appearance at any age.

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Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Northeast #910
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 936-6665

5 Biggest Increases in Facial Cosmetic Procedures for 2018

Every year the American Society of Plastic Surgeons release new statistics on the most popular cosmetic procedures. This report details the number of procedures performed in the U.S. and highlights changes in trends in the industry. One of the statistics is the increase from the previous year and since the year 2000. Here are the five facial cosmetic procedures that increased the most in 2018.

  1. Hair transplantation. While not on the face, hair transplantation is still usually performed by facial plastic surgeons. The number of hair transplantation procedures increased 18% in 2018 over 2017, likely due to the less invasive and advanced options in this procedure.
  2. Lip augmentation (surgical). Surgical lip augmentation increased by 4% in 2018 over 2017 with 30,859 procedures performed. Since 2000, there was a 66% increase in this procedure.
  3. Botox, Dysport or Xeomin. Neuromodulators like Botox still top the chart when it comes to cosmetic procedures. There was a 3% increase over 2017 with 7,427,278 procedures in the U.S., a 845% increase over 2000.
  4. Soft tissue fillers. Dermal fillers remain very popular. There was a 2% increase over 2017 with 2,676,970 procedures performed in 2018.
  5. Chin augmentation (surgical). Chin implants or augmentation surgery also increased by 2% in 2018 with 16,400 procedures performed.

As far as most popular facial plastic surgeries, facelifts, rhinoplasty and eyelid surgeries were the most popular as far as numbers performed. There were over 100,000 facelifts and over 200,000 for the other two top runners.

Overall, there was a 2% increase in all cosmetic procedure performed in 2018 over 2017. The industry continues to gain acceptance and grow as more people decide to invest in their self-confidence and appearance.

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Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue, Suite 1BE
New York, NY 10065
212-339-9988

6 Cosmetic Treatments You Can Do During a Lunch Break

If you want to improve your appearance but have a busy schedule, there are cosmetic treatments that you can do in less than an hour. Many plastic surgeons offer non-invasive procedures that do not take much time out of your day to complete. Plus, these procedures are discrete and do not require downtime after. Here are six cosmetic treatments you can have done on your lunch break at a med spa or plastic surgeon’s office.

  1. Lip enhancement. Want fuller lips? Dermal filler injections can enhance your lips, giving you immediate results in less than a hour.
  2. Frown line treatment. Do you have the “11” forming between your eyebrows or vertical lines on your forehead? Botox injections can diminish these lines, only requiring a quick visit.
  3. Cheek contouring. Add more volume and contours to your cheeks for a more youthful appearance with cheek fillers.
  4. Diminish eye bags. Facial filler injections can add volume to upper cheeks and fill tear troughs to reduce the appearance of eye bags.
  5. Smooth smile and marionette lines. Filler injections can smooth away smile lines around the nose or marionette lines drooping down from the corner of the mouth.
  6. Reduce a double chin. If you have a double chin and want to reduce fat under your chin, Kybella injections can be performed on your lunch break. These injections breakdown fat cells to slim your chin.

Cosmetic treatments do not need to cut into your busy lifestyle. Many procedures can be completed quickly and without downtime. Contact a facial plastic surgeon that offers non-invasive treatments to schedule a quick lunch break procedure to help you look your best.

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Kami Parsa, M.D.
Oculoplastic Surgery
465 N Roxbury Dr. Suite 1011
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 777-8880

5 Non-Surgical Treatments for Beautiful Eyes

Eyes are one of the most memorable features, impacting the attractiveness of your face. Eyes are also one of the key features that express emotions, age and energy. When crow’s feet and lines surround your eyes, you can look older. Bags under the eyes or deep tear troughs can make you look tired or sad. To restore youthful, beautiful eyes, there are non-surgical treatments available, including these five popular options.

  1. Cheek fillers. What do the cheeks have to do with beautiful eyes? Drooping upper cheeks can create bags and hollows under the eyes. Dermal fillers to add volume to the upper cheeks can diminish eye bags for a refreshed appearance.
  2. Chemical peels. Resurfacing and rejuvenating the skin with a chemical peel can restore smoother, youthful skin. This includes around the eyes, smoothing away lines and crow’s feet.
  3. Botox injections. Botox injections can be used to reduce lines caused by muscles contractions around the eyes.
  4. Tear trough filler. Deep tear troughs can make your eyes look older and tired. Filler injections to fill tear troughs can revive the appearance of eyes.
  5. Eyelash or brow tints or treatments. Darker lashes or brows enhance the beauty of the eyes. You can have your lashes or brows tinted; you can also use Latisse to create thicker eyelashes.

While there are also cosmetic surgery options to give eyes a new look or lift, these non-surgical options can have dramatic results. Consult a facial plastic surgeon to find the best non-surgical treatments that can enhance your eyes. Many treatments only require a quick office visit and can be performed in less than an hour to give you gorgeous, youthful eyes.

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Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Northeast #910
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 936-6665

Diminishing the Appearance of Acne Scars

Most teenagers and young adults have bouts of acne breakouts. In some cases, these breakouts are so severe they can leave scars behind on the skin. Years after these acne flair ups, the skin can still have a pitted appearance or red marks from past pimples. If you have acne scars that are detracting from the beauty of your skin, there are treatments to remove discolorations and smooth the skin to diminish the appearance of acne scars.

Whenever damage to the skin occurs, it can leave a scar. When the skin heals, scar tissue is created. For acne, this can leave red, white or discolored spots where large pimples occurred and even a dent in the skin. To remove these scars, specialized treatments are needed to remove old skin cells and heal the skin.

Options for Treating Acne Scars

There are a few different options for diminishing acne scars. Resurfacing the skin and dermal abrasion are often recommended to remove scarred skin cells. Nourishment and rejuvenation of the new skin cells can also help fade acne scars. Some effective cosmetic treatments that can help improve the skin and reduce acne scars include:

  • Laser resurfacing
  • Chemical peels
  • RF (radio frequency) resurfacing
  • Dermal abrasion
  • Microneedling with PRP therapy
  • Dermal fillers for filling deep acne scars

These procedures can be used independently or in a combination. A facial plastic surgeon can evaluate your skin and determine the best treatment to fade your acne scars. Many of these treatments also enhance the overall health and beauty of the skin. Laser treatments can be especially effective for both treating acne breakouts and removing leftover scars.

If you have acne scars, consider the options available to improve the appearance of your skin. Visit a facial plastic surgeon to explore treatments available to fade away those old acne scars.

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Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery
120 South Spalding Drive #236
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 288-0641

5 Facts About Liposuction

Most people know liposuction is used for removing fat from targeted areas. However, there are some facts about this procedure that not everyone may know. Here are five facts about liposuction that may surprise you.

  1. Fat cells are permanently removed. Fat cells cannot be restored. Once fat cells are removed during liposuction, new cells will not take their place. However, if the person gains weight, fat can be stored in other areas.
  2. Results can take time to be apparent. It can take weeks or months for the final results of liposuction to be apparent. The area will swell. Fluids will need to be drained and compression used before the area will shrink to its new shape and size.
  3. Liposuction is not for obese people. The best candidates for liposuction are not obese but are close to their goal weight. Liposuction is used to reduce problem fat areas, not to lose weight.
  4. Lasers and ultrasound can be used to liquify fat. Fat must be first loosened to effectively remove through liposuction. Lasers can help heat and liquify fat; ultrasounds use sound waves to liquify fat. Using these techniques can allow for more areas to be treated at one time.
  5. Liposuction is commonly used for facial procedures. Many people think liposuction is just for the tummy, thighs or other areas on the body. In reality, liposuction is used for many facial procedures, including during facelifts, neck lifts and eyelid lifts. Plus, liposuction is used for fat transfer to the face, removing fat from the body to add to the face.

Liposuction can be a safe and effective way to change the shape of your body or face. For the best results, choose an experienced plastic surgeon to perform this procedure.

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Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.
2001 Peachtree Road #630
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 355-3566