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

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

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

Are Your Earlobes Too Long?

Earlobes are soft and pliable, allowing them to easily be pierced to wear jewelry and enhance your style. The problem is that this can leave them vulnerable to stretching. Earlobes can become elongated over time from wearing heavy earrings or gauges. The result is stretched, hanging earlobes that look abnormal. To fix this issue, cosmetic surgery is needed to change the shape and length. An earlobe reduction is an outpatient procedure that can help restore a youthful, balanced appearance to the ears.

How is an Earlobe Reduction Performed?

Earlobes can be lifted and reduced in an office visit to a facial plastic surgeon. Local anesthesia is used to numb the ear. If the piercing hole is stretched, this can be repaired by suturing skin from inside the hole to close the hole completely. If the lobes hang low, the skin may be needed to be opened and tissue removed to reshape and lift the earlobes.

This is an outpatient procedure that can take about 1 to 1 ½ hours or less, depending on what needs to be done. The earlobe heals over the next 2 weeks – earlobes tend to heal quickly. For those that want to re-pierce their ears, it is possible. Once the lobes completely heal, piercing can be done to allow for jewelry use again.

Earlobes stretch from jewelry, gravity, age and changes in the tissue. If you have earlobes that are too long, you can have them altered to look more balanced with your ears and facial features. Contact a facial plastic surgeon that offers earlobe repair or reductions to learn more about lifting or repairing your earlobes in a quick, outpatient procedure.

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

Questions to Ask a Potential Plastic Surgeon

When you decide to have plastic surgery, one of the most important choices you need to make is who will perform your procedure. While all plastic surgeons receive extensive education and training, there is a significant difference in their skills and experience. You should take the time to find the right surgeon for your procedure. Here are questions to ask potential plastic surgeons to find the best professional for your surgery.

Did you complete any specialized training or fellowships?

There are plastic surgeons that performed the bare minimum of post-medical school training and those that spent extra years honing their skills. Highly qualified plastic surgeons may have completed one or more fellowships to get the best training available.

What credentials have you gained as a plastic surgeon?

Learn more about what credentials your potential surgeon has earned in their field. Are they members of any hospitals, associations or committees? Have they been published for their work? What field of plastic surgery do they have the most experience?

Do you have testimonials or before and after results I can see?

You want a plastic surgeon that is an expert in the type of surgery you are planning. A plastic surgeon may be recognized for his work in tummy tucks but may have very little experience in rhinoplasty. Find a surgeon that has excellent results and testimonials from patients that have had the same procedure as you are planning.

Just because a friend or family member had good results with one plastic surgeon does not mean they are the right doctor for you. Take the time to find a highly skilled plastic surgeon that you feel comfortable with to ensure you make the right choice when choosing the person who will perform your surgery.

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

Steps for Preparing for Plastic Surgery

Deciding to have plastic surgery is a major decision, especially surgeries that will require a few weeks of recovery after the procedure. While you may look forward to seeing the results and having more confidence in your appearance, your immediate focus should be on healing from your surgery. There are many things you can do before your surgery to help make your recovery go smoother. Here are some steps to take before your surgery to prepare you for the recovery time ahead.

Make Sure You Have Time to Recover

For major procedures like facelifts, rhinoplasty or tummy tucks, you want to ensure you have the time needed to recover. Take time off from work and other obligations – you will need to stay home and rest. If you have pets or kids that need care, you will need to have help to ensure they are cared for while you heal.

Prepare Your Home

You need to have everything you need for a week or longer in your home. Stock your fridge and pantry to get everything you need for the next few weeks. Choose some easy snack items for the day or two after you come home. You will also want to have the medications and care supplies that are recommended by your plastic surgeon.

Avoid Blood Thinners

Your plastic surgeon will go over what to avoid before your surgery. Often this will include not using aspirin or NSAIDS for a week or more before surgery and not drinking alcohol.

Plan ahead to ensure you can focus on recovering after your plastic surgery. Doing too much during recovery can lead to complications that you want to avoid. Talk to your plastic surgeon to learn more about what you can do to be ready for your life-changing procedure.

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

Is It Time for a Second Facelift?

A facelift can do wonders for reducing signs of aging on your face but it will not stop the aging process. A skilled plastic surgeon can elevate the skin and tissues of the lower face and neck, creating a more youthful appearance. While the results of a facelift can last for several years or more when performed with advanced techniques, the aging process continues. Eventually, you will begin to look older and see resumed sagging of the skin and tissues. When this occurs, you may wonder if it is time for a second facelift.

It is very common for those who have a facelift to consider 2nd and even 3rd facelifts as they get older. If the first procedure is done at the early stages of aging, eventually a second procedure may be desired. Aging still occurs but the procedures can help retain firmness in the lower face. Often a second facelift will be combined with other procedures to help reduce signs of aging, like a neck lift, brow lift or eyelid surgery.

Secondary Vs Revision Facelifts

There is a difference between secondary and revision facelifts. Secondary facelifts are used to upkeep the results of a first facelift as aging occurs and are usually not needed for at least eight years. A revision facelift is when the first facelift did not achieve the results desired and may be needed much sooner.

If you had a facelift lift several or more years ago but are beginning to notice visible sagging in the lower face, consult an experienced facial plastic surgeon. It may be time to consider a second facelift if you want to retain a youthful appearance.

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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

The Chin and Nose Correlation

The facial features all impact each other and contribute to the harmony and balance of the face. When a nose looks too large or overbearing, it is not always due to its actual size. The chin shape can drastically impact the appearance of the nose. This chin and nose correlation are important when striving to create a balanced appearance to the face. If a chin looks too small or a nose looks too large, it may require adjustments to one or both to create a balanced face.

Correcting Facial Balance with Chin Enhancement

A nose can appear too large due to a receded or weak chin. When the jaw is smaller, it pronounces other features like the nose and forehead. Often, enhancing the chin can balance the features. A chin enhancement procedure can change the shape of the face to make the nose look smaller.

A chin enhancement can be accomplished with a few different procedures. In some cases, facial fillers can be used to temporarily change the shape of the chin. Permanent options require plastic surgery. Usually a chin implant or bone grafting is used to reshape the chin and jawline, balancing the face shape and other features.

Rhinoplasty for Facial Harmony

If the nose is too large, rhinoplasty can be used to reduce the size and reshape the nose. This can help balance the face, even making a chin look more pronounced. If a combination of a weak chin and larger nose are present, a dual procedure of a chin implant and nose reduction may be needed to create the desired result.

If you feel like your nose is too large or your chin is receded, consult a facial plastic surgeon. Rhinoplasty, chin enhancement or a combination of both may offer solutions to create attractive balance in your facial features.

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

Eliminate Bat Wings with an Arm Lift

When you wave to say hi or goodbye to acquaintances, do your upper arms wave too? Sagging skin, tissue and fat on the upper arms can create “bat wings” that are unattractive when you wear sleeveless attire. If you want to restore firmness and slim your upper arms, you may need more than diet and exercise to obtain the results you desire. An arm lift can remove excess fat and skin, eliminating those upper arm bat wings.

What is an Arm Lift Surgery?

Loose tissue that hangs under the upper arms usually occurs due to aging and weight fluctuations. Gaining weight on the upper arms can stretch the skin – even when weight is lost, the skin may not return to its former shape. The skin also loses elasticity with age as collagen and elastin production wane. The result can be stretched, swinging skin and tissue under the upper arms that can be embarrassing. At a certain age, surgery may be the only option to restore firmer, youthful upper arms.

An arm lift surgery addresses the excess skin, fat and tissue that create bat wings. The procedure usually includes using liposuction to remove excess fat to slim the arms. The excess skin can also be trimmed and tightened to create firmer upper arms. Experienced plastic surgeons can carefully hide the incisions to ensure there are not any obvious scars from the procedure.

If you want the option to wear sleeveless shirts without exposing sagging skin and fat, an upper arm lift may be right for you. Contact a local experienced plastic surgeon to learn more about arm lifts to eliminate your bat wings for good.

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