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.
Everybody understands the importance of selecting a qualified surgeon for your cosmetic procedures. Sometimes the best person for you is many miles away. About 20% of my patients live more than 3 hours from Melbourne, Florda. In fact, my patients have come from as far away as Texas, Alaska, France, England, Dubai, Thailand, Ireland, and Bermuda. Our office is very experienced with out-of-town patients. They can set up online and virtual consultations for those who are too far away to come for an in-person consultation.
The required time to stay in Melbourne will vary depending on the specific procedure that you will be having, but most patients stay in the area for 5-10 days. We can also provide information about discounted hotel accommodations. We even have nearby apartments that are available for your stay in Melbourne as you recover from your surgery.
Don’t let the distance prevent you from having the surgery you want. Don’t settle for your second choice just because they are “local”. To learn more about traveling for your surgery, contact our office.
A SMASface 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.
After getting lipo, will the excess skin shrink back to size?
Probably. It depends on your genes and how elastic your skin is. If you have stretch marks (i.e., because you gained the weight quickly), that’s a sign your skin has little elasticity and isn’t likely to shrink back completely. The loose flesh will just hang there. If you have a lot of elasticity then it is very likely that it will shrink back to size. It also depends on if you wear you compression garment as directed by your physician.