The 2014 plastic-surgery statistics will be released later today by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Thanks to an advance peek, I can report that butts are getting bigger, while breasts are getting smaller.
Buttock augmentations are up 86 percent over 2013. Michael C. Edwards, a plastic surgeon and the president of the ASAPS notes that most women don’t want giant backsides, they just want more shapely ones. The other big news is breast revisions, which are up 30.4 percent. Many attribute that rise to aging implants in need of replacement, along with many women’s desire to switch from saline to silicone-gel-filled implants, which may not have been available when they originally had surgery. What’s more, insiders say most of these women are exchanging their old implants for smaller replacements.
The other news in the numbers is a five percent drop in overall procedures: 10,663,607 in 2014, down from 11,419,610 in 2013. The decrease was mostly in minimally-invasive procedures like Botox and fillers. No explanation for this was offered by the ASAPS, but could it be what I call injection fatigue? Many women I’ve spoken to don’t want to return again and again for refills. Surgical procedures fell only 1.5 percent from 1,883,048 to 1,764,956, a drop that the number crunchers say is not statistically significant.
Fat—and getting rid of it—is still a high priority. In recent years the top surgical procedures for women have flipped back and forth between breast implants and liposuction. In 2014, liposuction held the number one spot, followed by breast augmentation (down 8.5 percent), tummy tuck, blepharoplasty (or eye lift), and in fifth place, the breast lift. Facelifts are in eighth place.
Liposuction may still be king (or is it queen?) in the surgical department, but non-surgical fat reduction with devices such as CoolSculpting and VASERshape rose a whopping 42.7 percent, from 94,922 in 2013 to 135,448 in 2014. That number could rise even more this year if ATX-101, an injection for fat reduction under the chin, gets FDA clearance, which it’s expected to receive.
There are a lot of myths surrounding plastic surgery and various procedures. As myths tend to be, none of them are true. If you’re considering plastic surgery but you are holding back due to something that you’ve heard, take a look at this list of popular plastic surgery myths.
Plastic surgery doesn’t help with self-esteem: While changing the way that you look can’t change who you are on the inside, nearly 88% of plastic surgery patients felt better about themselves post-surgery — that’s a pretty decent amount!
Most procedures are not affordable, and only celebrities can afford plastic surgery. While this might have been true many years ago, it is no longer the case. Thanks to new technology and practices, plastic surgery procedures are far more affordable than they were before. Some doctors will also work with patients when it comes to things like payment plans, so that’s worth looking into as well. You’ll never know how much the procedure you want will cost until you book a consultation!
Breast implants are dangerous: For some reason, this rumor still flies, though it’s not the case at all. Breast implants are not linked to cancer in any way, and the materials used for implants are constantly monitored for possible problems. The FDA has signed off on breast implants because they are, in fact, safe.
It’s too much of a risk: Any kind of surgery comes with risks, but plastic surgery risks can be minimized if you find the right surgeon. Surgeons that have experience performing the procedure that you have in mind perform the same surgery every day, and that means that these surgeons are far less likely to make mistakes. Risks that come with surgery often have very little to do with the actual procedure, and any risks associated with the procedure will be clearly outline prior to the day of surgery.
Only women have plastic surgery. This can seem true, since most of the time we read about female celebrities getting plastic surgery. The truth is that men have many different procedures during regularly as well. Maybe men just don’t talk about it as much?
You can’t breastfeed if you have implants. Many women have no problem breastfeeding after breast augmentation. Once again, this is very much a myth, and if there are any issues that could arise, your doctor will discuss these with you before surgery.
Really Putting Rumors to Rest
It can be easy to believe rumors that are spread all too frequently, but rumors also tend to breed fear. Often, people that want to explore plastic surgery options will not book a consultation appointment for fear that some of the rumors heard are true. However, the best way to find out if there’s any truth to your fears is to visit with a surgeon, ask questions, get answers, and really find out the truth behind those concerns. You can also take a look around our blog for additional information about various plastic surgery procedures.
Last Saturday, Rachel Hollis, founder of a lifestyle website called The Chic Site, posted a photo of herself on Facebook wearing a bikini while vacationing in Mexico with her husband.
In the caption underneath the photo, the 32-year-old mother-of-three said she put up the image because she was proud of the body that giving birth had given her- scars, flabby skin, and all.
When it comes to social media, we’re huge advocates of using it to the best of your abilities. It opens up communication, allows us to share photos and ideas with our friends, and in general, gives everyone a voice. Today, however, we found out social media is doing another influential thing: contributing to the plastic surgery craze (it’s okay if you need to re-read that last sentence, we get it).
According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, reports on their annual findings on surgery found that the world of social media is strongly linked to the increase in plastic surgery, mainly because Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like are making those who frequently use the sites more critical of themselves. Below are some of the statistics from the study that have us a little concerned:
- Because of social media photo sharing, 31% of surgeons have seen an increase in requests for plastic surgery because patients have a more critical eye on themselves.
- 73% of procedures (up from 62% the previous year) were cosmetic versus reconstructive in nature.
- Studies show that people are more drawn towards images in specific proportions, like facial features, making them more aesthetically pleasing.
So what does this all mean? When people look at pictures of themselves on social media, they’re looking at much more than just themselves. They’re also comparing themselves to the people that they follow, whether they be friends, models, celebrities, etc. and users are being much more critical of themselves because of the comparisons they’re making. This, in turn, is contributing to a rise in plastic surgery requests. Call us crazy, but we’re pretty sure that one or two bad Instagram photos aren’t worth thousands of dollars in surgery to look like someone else.
Liposuction is the leading option to diminish the appearance of stubborn bumps and lumps from localized fat and help sculpt areas to appear more toned and trim. Tumescent liposuction using local anesthesia as developed and performed by dermatologic surgeons is extremely safe. However, as with any invasive procedure, liposuction has risks. Some simple steps can help prevent potential complications before and after a liposuction procedure. Researching the procedure and doctor, having realistic expectations, using local anesthesia and following post-operative directions are just a few guidelines that will help to ensure the patient receives the best results.
ASDS offers some additional tips to ensure a positive result:
- Do your research: There is a lot to consider when undergoing liposuction. Choosing a dermatologic surgeon at a reputable location is very important and could help to decrease complications.
- Do maintain a healthy weight before surgery: Liposuction is a procedure for shaping the body by removing localized fat in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, arms or neck. For best results, candidates should be close to normal-weight with firm, elastic skin. This is not a weight loss procedure.
- Do understand your options: There are several options to liposuction surgery. Tumescent liposuction, the safest procedure, uses local anesthesia, injecting the fat with a large amount of anesthetic liquid causing it to become firm, making the removal of fat easy and painless while leaving patients less bruised. Ultrasonic and laser-assisted liposuction technique liquefies fat upon removal, decreasing recovery time. These are sometimes useful adjuncts. It’s important that you speak with your doctor to choose the right procedure for you.
- Do follow post-operative directions carefully: Doctors make suggestions after surgery to further avoid complications. Moderate physical activity, such as walking, the day after surgery may reduce the risk of clotting. Also, in some cases, compression garments should be worn around the treated area to reduce swelling.
- Don’t expect to look “skinny” the day after surgery: You will always look better immediately after a procedure but will not realize the final result for several months.
- Don’t hesitate to ask questions: Before a consultation with a dermatologic surgeon a patient should be prepared with a list of questions for their doctor. Questions should help the patient understand the liposuction process, what to expect after the procedure and learn more about the doctor’s training and experience.
- Don’t continue over-the-counter supplements: Products such as aspirin, vitamin E and some herbal products slow blood clotting. Additionally, some anti-inflammatory medications can increase the chances of bleeding during surgery. Prior to surgery, the doctor will discuss any medications and supplements you are taking and which ones should be discontinued.
- Don’t assume all areas are treatable: Most, but not all, body parts are amenable to treatment. The most popular areas include the neck, chest, arms, waist, hips, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, knees and ankles. Your dermatologic surgeon will tell you if you are a good candidate for the surgery.
In past weeks the media has refocused its attention on bullying to discuss fat shaming and its growingly popular retort, fat acceptance. Recently, Oprah’s program “Where Are They Now” featured a father who pressured his daughter into undergoing weight loss surgery, claiming he would love her more if she were skinny.
As a plastic surgeon, “fat shaming” is a major cause for teens visiting my office. The patients and/or their parents come in looking for a fast fix to alleviate the pain associated with this phenomenon. Typically liposuction is the option they hope for. However, my response is always the same. “Let’s deal with the global weight issue first.” I encourage them to try and empower themselves by improving their health before simply undergoing surgery. The only gain I want to see for my patients is in self -esteem.
Bullying is always wrong, but in my opinion, so is “accepting a state of overweight.”
Parents must diligently work to remain the guardians of their children’s self–esteem and that begins with body image. Unfortunately, we live in a society where success is often equated with the size of one’s waistline. We cannot legislate or police how people feel. However, we can encourage the youths of this generation to take control of their bodies.
If you are ready to challenge yourself to move toward improved health, wellness and enjoy a better body image, the power is yours. Your only gain will be in self-esteem and your only loss will be in weight.
A recent Time Magazine story revealed that scientists now realize that obesity is actually aging our childrens’ bodies. Fat is not inert, it states, it is an active and detrimental force that is shortening our childrens’ lives.
I have encountered many parents in my work here at the practice, and they are not even aware of their kids eating habits or how they gained the weight they now need to lose.
The book, THE RESTORE POINT: The Safe and Sane ™ Guide to a Lifetime of Lean for Kids and Families includes a checklist of basic signs that point to a possible imbalance in your child’s ability to burn the right amount of calories to stay fit. Some of these issues may be behavioral, others may be nutritional, some may be a combination of both. If you notice, many of these issues are not something that stares you in the face, but rather, they are behavioral issues that point to difficulty around food and a poor body image.
Some of these behaviors, like sneak eating, occur even before your child is visibly overweight. These behaviors point to an eventual problem not far down the line. Others, like male breasts, show that a visible obesity level may have already been reached. Stay tuned to this blog for critical information on how you can prevent health issues from arising in childhood and teen obesity.
An Awareness Checklist for Parents
- Your child is visually, noticeably overweight.
- Your child is concealing food and eating in solitude.
- Your child is having trouble in gym class.
- Your male child shows the growth of noticeable male breasts (gynecomastia).
- Your child is living a virtual as opposed to actual social life—spending more than 2 hours a day for recreation on the computer rather than outside playing.
- Your child is being bullied at school.
- Your child is having repeat issues with cavities (high sugar diet).
- Your teenage girl will not go out clothes shopping with you or with her friends (she may not be able to fit into traditional sizes).
- Your teenage child has issues with relating to the opposite sex: shyness, avoidance, etc.
- Your child’s eating habits are noticeably meager but their body is not (points to eating in secret).
If you answered “yes” to almost all of these issues, then there may be an inbalance in the way your child is dealing with food.
Even if you answered “yes” to many of these questions on behalf of your child or teen—this is not the time to feel defeated. This is the starting point for change. By knowing your child’s regular eating habits, we can help change them for a lifetime of fitness and lean living.
You can make these changes together. That means that you and your family will need to be as mindful about what you eat and how you exercise with your child. It may be challenging, but the rewards can be life altering.
When the American Society of Plastic Surgeons released their statistics, it was no surprise to Dr. Frank Filiberto that breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, liposuction, and facelift were the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States. However, we have noticed at our practice that nonsurgical procedures – particularly injectables – are increasing steadily in popularity.
The current trend in aesthetic enhancement is a less aggressive approach to rejuvenation. For our average patient seeking cosmetic treatment, the goal is an end result that looks natural and realistic, rather than overdone and artificial. The dramatic increase in injectable treatments is, in part, due to their overall ease, availability, and minimal down time. Injectables such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM® can often be a more practical and conservative approach to achieving younger-looking skin without making an overly-dramatic impact on your appearance. Patients seeking to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and restore lost volume – or to take preventive measures against these common signs of aging – have many nonsurgical treatment options available if a full facelift is not considered an options by the patient.
A SMAS face lift, short for superficial musculo-aponeurotic system face lift, is a surgical procedure that addresses sagging jowls, cheeks, skin folds on the neck and other excessive skin issues that occur in the lower two-thirds of the face. Unlike a traditional face lift, a SMAS face lift performed by our experienced plastic surgeon in Melbourne, Florida is done by manipulating the deeper layers of the skin, which helps achieve more natural and longer lasting results. Below the skin, there is a layer of fibrous and muscular tissue that is tightly attached to the superficial skin layer, which shapes several facial regions. This connection is especially prominent at the nasolabial folds, also known as smile lines. During a SMAS face lift, our highly trained plastic surgeon from Melbourne, Florida will make a well-hidden small incision in the hairy region of the scalp. Then the surgeon will proceed by finding the deeper fibrous skin layer and manipulating it so that the skin will look tighter and sagging skin regions or neck folds will disappear. Any excessive skin will be removed and the skin will be re-attached carefully in the appropriate position.
Unlike a conventional face lift, a SMAS face lift performed in Melbourne, Florida is done to achieve a more natural lift of all skin elements rather than just the superficial skin layer. Although a SMAS face lift that is performed by our highly skilled plastic surgeon in Melbourne, Florida is a safe and effective surgical procedure, it is important to discuss your preferences and expectations with our experienced medical team. The surgeon will carefully evaluate your medical history and may ask you about any prescription medications that you may be taking. If you are prescribed blood thinners or steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, the surgeon may ask you to lower the dosage to avoid potential excessive bleeding and to speed-up the healing time. A SMAS face lift is usually associated with mild swelling and bruising that is temporary and will disappear in a few days. Our skilled plastic surgeon in Melbourne, Florida chooses the best SMAS face lift surgical technique after individually evaluating each case to minimize swelling and achieve superb results with minimal risks.
People have studied and been preoccupied with beauty since ancient times. Along with an attractive and well-shaped body, a beautiful face was always regarded as a sign of charm and charisma. Although we all recognize a beautiful face when we see it, it is hard to define what it is exactly that makes it appealing and magnetic. Scientists believe that a beautiful face is all about anatomical symmetry and proportions. In other words, a beautiful face combines a proportionate, proper sized and shaped nose, mouth, eyes, jaw and even neck. Nose shape is especially important since it is the most prominent facial structure, and it can distract people’s attention from other parts of the face if it is not properly structured. For example, you may have big, beautiful eyes and attractive, well-contoured lips, but if your nose distracts someone’s attention because it is too big, too long or has distinctive features that makes it unattractive, your facial advantages may go unnoticed.
A rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a type of plastic surgery that involves modifying the shape and structure of the nose to achieve an appearance as close as possible to what the patient desires to have. Usually people have rhinoplasty because their nose is disproportionate with the rest of the facial features including being too wide, too long, having humps on the bridge, being deviated to one side, bulbous and others. A rhinoplasty effectively attempts to correct the problem with the goal of achieving a facial symmetry and the right proportions that will accentuate the person’s advantages and make his or her face more attractive and beautiful. A rhinoplasty performed by an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon may yield impressive results in changing the overall appearance of a person. Beautiful facial features such as deep, big and sincere eyes or seductive, proportionate lips may suddenly be brought out by a corrected nose shape.