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Understanding plastic surgery costs in the United States

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Friday, December 15, 2023

What you pay for a plastic surgery procedure could vary considerably based on several factors, including the doctor's education, experience, expertise and even where you live.

Rest and rejuvenate: How injectables can keep you looking refreshed this season

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Wednesday, December 13, 2023

There are plenty of ways to help you look refreshed and radiant for the holidays with little to no downtime at all. One such option is noninvasive treatments like injectables. From neurotoxins to dermal fillers to hyaluronic acids, injectables are a quick and relatively painless method of touching up your appearance just in time for the flurry of holiday photos, videos and get-togethers.

Winter skincare after plastic surgery: Tips and best practices

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Tuesday, December 12, 2023

The winter months are undoubtedly harsh on your skin in even normal conditions, but cold weather poses a uniquely significant challenge for those who have recently undergone a plastic surgery procedure.

Plastic surgery helps traffic accident victim regain self-confidence

Niccole Caan | ASPS Staff Monday, December 11, 2023

Skateboarding enthusiast Brittany Castaneda had to both physically and mentally heal after a drunk driver ran her over while crossing the street. Plastic surgeon Ariel Ourian, MD, transformed both her injuries and self-confidence with reconstructive surgery.

Get glowing for the holidays: Noninvasive pick-me-ups for the season ahead

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Thursday, December 7, 2023

With packed schedules, endless items on your to-do list and barely any time to spare, what can you do to get prepped for the holiday season? Many turn to noninvasive procedures to get a quick glow-up.

Will you need a facelift after Ozempic? Here’s what you need to know

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Tuesday, December 5, 2023

"Ozempic face" is a term that's gained traction on social media, particularly among celebrities and influencers, as they openly discuss the changes in their facial appearance after using the medication. What does this mean for you if you're considering or already on this medication?

The new nose: Insights on the growing popularity of rhinoplasty procedures

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Monday, December 4, 2023

There is no doubt that rhinoplasty, also more informally known as a "nose job," is high on the list of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. This procedure involves changing the size and shape of the nose through surgical intervention.

Plastic surgery at all ages: Tailoring procedures to different life stages

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Friday, December 1, 2023

Plastic surgery is a dynamic and evolving field that offers a wide range of options for individuals across different age groups.

From breast cancer survivor to fashion designer

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Thursday, November 30, 2023

Dana Donofree was diagnosed with breast cancer a day before her 28th birthday, turning her world upside down. The diagnosis led to bilateral mastectomies, breast reconstruction and chemotherapy, which left her grappling with a new reality and a body that seemed unfamiliar to her shortly before her wedding.

The evolution of plastic surgery: From reconstruction to aesthetic enhancement

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Plastic surgery, often seen as a hallmark of modern medical aesthetics, has roots that delve deep into the annals of history. Today's procedures shimmer with the gloss of high-tech and the allure of social acceptance, but the journey of plastic surgery is an unfolding story that began long before the first Botox injection smoothed a furrowed brow.

Golden confidence: Navigating cosmetic procedures in your retirement years

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Wednesday, November 22, 2023

As you enjoy your well-deserved golden years, you may find yourself contemplating the fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging that you see when you look in the mirror. Maybe the reflection looking back at you doesn't match your vibrant mental picture of yourself.

The future of beauty: How the introduction of artificial intelligence is shaping the landscape of plastic surgery

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Monday, November 20, 2023

When looking at the future of the world at large, there is no doubt that there is one advancement that is heavy on the minds of men and women everywhere – artificial intelligence (AI). There is no doubt that AI will continue to make an impact and expand its reach within the coming years with continual advancements in the specialty of plastic surgery and the introduction of new methods of artificial learning.

A soldier wins the hardest battle with an invisible enemy

Niccole Caan | ASPS Staff Friday, November 17, 2023

Chronic pain was the biggest battle for soldier Sam Schaefer after he sustained an injury to his left foot during a training exercise. Schaefer was shuffled between doctors and specialists for a decade with no relief and few answers until he met John Felder, MD, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

How one woman went from cancer survivor to entrepreneur

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Thursday, November 16, 2023

For most, a cancer diagnosis is a life-altering event that happens once. For Cinde Dolphin, it became an all too familiar adversary, striking not once but multiple times. It wasn't just her resilience in the face of repeated cancer battles that was remarkable. Dolphin also designed an innovative solution for patients because of her challenges with postsurgical drains.

Ozempic weight loss is affecting plastic surgery – here's how

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Monday, November 13, 2023

A new trend is taking shape in the offices of many plastic surgeons. Amidst the familiar requests for nips and tucks, there's been an uptick in something quite substantial – patients seeking skin-tightening procedures after experiencing massive weight loss.

Subtle elegance: Achieving natural-looking results after 55

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Friday, November 10, 2023

Imagine stepping out into the world feeling like the best version of yourself, with a refreshed look that doesn't scream, "I've had work done." That's the essence of subtle elegance for mature women. It's about smoothing out the wrinkles, rebuilding lost volume and enhancing the contours of your face to look rejuvenated and natural.

The remarkable journey to build a nose

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Thursday, November 9, 2023

Harrison "Gray" Canales had a typical childhood but an atypical life. His early years were interspersed with numerous surgeries because he was born with a severe bilateral congenital deformity. The face staring back at you today is a testament to his journey, resilience, personal growth and the remarkable medical achievements that shaped his life.

The hair restoration revolution: Addressing male pattern baldness

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Addressing male baldness with hair restoration is of high importance in today's world, where physical appearance often impacts self-esteem and social interactions. Hair loss, especially male pattern baldness, can profoundly affect an individual's psychological well-being and quality of life.

The essentials of facial anatomy: A prelude to understanding lift procedures

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Friday, November 3, 2023

Facelifts are one of the most common procedures for addressing a variety of aging issues. Whether you find yourself focusing on forehead wrinkles, more noticeable jowls or just overall skin laxity, a facelift is often one of the best and most popular ways to address these issues.

From flames to flourishing: A burn victim becomes a doctor

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Thursday, November 2, 2023

It was a journey to becoming a doctor with a lot of stops and detours for Laurence Busse, MD, MBA. This trip began like a lot of other travels for the 19-year-old Tulane University political economy major, with a car ride on a night out with friends in New Orleans in 1990.

Laser focus: The beauty basics

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Friday, October 27, 2023

There is no doubt that noninvasive procedures will continue to grow in popularity in the future. Noninvasive procedures are a favorite among the budget-conscious and busy alike because they are more affordable than surgical procedures and have less downtime. One such noninvasive category that has seen substantial growth within the past several years is lasers.

DIEP flap and autologous tissue transfer: The latest research and future developments

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Thursday, October 26, 2023

If you or a loved one is considering breast reconstruction after cancer, you should know about the latest innovations. These include autologous tissue transfer techniques like deep inferior epigastric perforator flap surgery, known as DIEP flap.

The facelift timeline: What to know about the window

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Tuesday, October 24, 2023

If you're considering a facelift, you might have asked your friends and family about it and likely encountered a whirlwind of myths and misinformation. These non-truths are everywhere these days, including in the media. It's understandable, then, that you might feel a touch of hesitation, wondering if the rumors hold any truth.

The power of support: How peer networks shape reconstruction experiences for breast cancer survivors

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Monday, October 23, 2023

Many women who have received a breast cancer diagnosis have no idea where to start their treatment, who to ask for help or what steps to take to ensure that they are well-informed and well-supported from the start. They are simply overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn for much-needed guidance and support.

A new era of confidence: Patient perspective in breast augmentation

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Thursday, October 19, 2023

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular and well-known procedures in plastic surgery. Yet, our perception of it and the results may, in fact, be incorrect.

Pioneering progress: An in-depth exploration of DIEP flap breast reconstruction techniques

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Wednesday, October 18, 2023

A mosaic of surgical prowess and patient-centered care, the DIEP (deep inferior epigastric perforator) flap procedure has carved its place in the realm of breast reconstruction, especially for those navigating the tumultuous journey of breast cancer.

Sculpt and tuck: The all-in-one approach to body contouring

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Monday, October 16, 2023

You've probably noticed the buzz about the latest trends and advancements in plastic surgery in your social media feeds and beyond. And why not? We're in an era where attaining that dream silhouette is more achievable than ever, especially with combination procedures such as liposuction of the flanks with a tummy tuck.

The magic of blepharoplasty and thread lifts

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Friday, October 13, 2023

You probably first notice someone's eyes when you meet a new person. Unfortunately, our eyes are often the first facial feature that shows signs of aging, from fine lines and wrinkles to drooping skin. There are now more surgical and nonsurgical options than ever before to help those who are unhappy with their eyes achieve their desired results.

Redefining beauty: The intersection of post-mastectomy reconstruction choices and femininity

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Wednesday, October 11, 2023

The relationship between women and their breasts is deeply intertwined with concepts of womanhood, femininity and gender identity in our world. Thus, the impact of breast cancer and mastectomy goes far beyond the physical.

Lifting the veil on face and neck lifts: Rediscover youthful contours

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Tuesday, October 10, 2023

You've stood in front of the mirror countless times, your fingers gently tracing the contours of your face, feeling the changes that time has inevitably brought with age. While you value the wisdom and maturity the years have brought you, perhaps you yearn to recapture your youthful contours. If so, a facelift and/or neck lift may be suitable for you.

Empowering access: How DIEP flap and autologous tissue transfer empower breast cancer survivors

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Friday, October 6, 2023

Many women want to reclaim their body following breast cancer and mastectomy. One possible next step is to opt for breast reconstruction. Some reconstructions are performed using breast implants, but there are options available that involve reconstruction without the use of implants.

Ink regret: Navigating the world of tattoo removal

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Wednesday, October 4, 2023

For generations who've spent a substantial chunk of their lives under the thrall of ink, new advancements in tattoo removal technologies might just offer them the desired reset button. Some regret earlier decisions. Others simply wish to make a fresh start. For both, the science behind laser tattoo removal has kept pace, promising less pain and more efficiency.

Mastering reconstruction: A comprehensive guide to autologous tissue transfer in breast cancer recovery

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Monday, October 2, 2023

Many facing a mastectomy will explore breast reconstruction. Implants are a popular option, but not the only one. Another option worth considering is autologous tissue transfer, a procedure in which a skilled plastic surgeon uses your own tissue to recreate the breasts.

Plastic surgeon launches campaign for National Latino Physician Day amid Latino doctor shortages

Niccole Caan | ASPS Staff Sunday, October 1, 2023

A shortage of Latino doctors is causing the medical profession to face an emergency of its own. Latinos are the largest minority group in the United States, representing 19% of the population. Despite this, less than seven percent of all U.S. physicians are Latino. This gap creates significant healthcare barriers, inequalities and poorer outcomes for Latino patients.

Innovation spotlight: The future of minimally invasive procedures

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Wednesday, September 27, 2023

The fear of undergoing a surgical procedure has kept many potential patients from pursuing plastic surgery to address an area of concern. And cosmetic procedures can seem extra daunting when considering the need for an extensive recovery period. Yet oftentimes, patients can achieve the results they want with increasingly popular and accessible minimally invasive procedures.

Sculpting the male jawline: Chin and neck contouring 101

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Thursday, September 21, 2023

A well-sculpted jawline and defined chin can signal attractiveness, masculinity and confidence in a mature male face. Yet, many men start to see double chins, loose skin and jowls – especially as they age. And for some, nature never gave others a strong jawline in the first place.

Circle of influence: How social media influencers are shaping plastic surgery trends

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Tuesday, September 19, 2023

The rise of social media has not only transformed the way we communicate but also has significantly influenced our perceptions of beauty. Influencers, with their extensive reach and relatability, play a pivotal role in steering the beauty narrative. This digital revolution has significantly impacted the cosmetic surgery industry.

Honoring Hispanic heritage in plastic surgery: Celebrating influential pioneers and innovations

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Friday, September 15, 2023

The world of plastic surgery has been a melting pot of ideas, influences and groundbreaking achievements where Hispanic surgeons have played a pivotal role in shaping its history and current practices.

Facelift fundamentals: Types, techniques and transformations

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Thursday, September 14, 2023

One of the best-known and most commonly discussed procedures within the world of plastic surgery is undeniably the facelift. A procedure sought out by men and women alike, this surgery offers the unique ability to turn back the clock on one's age by tightening the skin of the face.

Is plastic surgery an art or a science?

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Monday, September 11, 2023

A surgeon works on a patient with the precision of a scientist, with every instrument carefully calibrated and movements calculated down to the millimeter. Yet, in the same breath, the doctor also sees the procedure with an artist's eye, discerning the subtleties of form and symmetry to make decisions that will transform not just tissue but lives.

Imaging innovations: Seeing your future self before plastic surgery

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Friday, September 8, 2023

The line between reality and aspiration often blurs in a world where Instagram filters and Photoshop can easily manipulate appearances. Yet, advancements in imaging technology have allowed the field of plastic surgery to undergo a significant evolution so doctors and patients can better determine the results of a procedure.

Fitness goals: How plastic surgery helps men achieve results

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Many of us are chasing a dream physique, following the age-old advice of eating healthy and working out consistently. Yet, for so many men, it is not that simple. The results you have been dreaming of don't always come from having a strict diet and intense workout routine.

The future of plastic surgery: How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing aspects of the specialty

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Friday, September 1, 2023

As plastic surgery's popularity continues to grow, innovative technologies – including artificial intelligence (AI) – are increasingly intersecting with this medical discipline.

Maximizing your glow: Ideas for embracing the patient journey

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Thursday, August 31, 2023

Proper planning for your plastic surgery recovery is critical to maximize your results. Start implementing healthy lifestyle choices ahead of time, prepare your space and practice mindfulness to keep yourself centered throughout the recovery process. You can maximize your glow and results by giving your body the time and space to heal fully.

Mindful beauty: Nurturing mental health while pursuing cosmetic surgery

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Tuesday, August 29, 2023

In our fast-paced digital age, the constant bombardment of seemingly flawless images on social media platforms can shape perceptions of what is considered beautiful. It has become crucial, now more than ever, to understand and maintain mental well-being when considering or undergoing cosmetic procedures.

Road to recovery: Patience in practice after plastic surgery

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Monday, August 28, 2023

Rest and recovery are essential to maximize your plastic surgery results. Many patients tend to focus only on the procedure, but healing is just as critical to achieving the goals you desire. This means giving your body ample time to heal by limiting physical activity, undergoing scar treatment and taking enough time off work.

Minimally invasive procedures: What to know and where to start

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Friday, August 25, 2023

For so many of us, we've avoided even thinking about taking the plunge into traditional plastic surgery because of one crucial aspect – the surgery itself. Yet many options are available for those who want to maintain their appearance or make subtle changes without going under the knife.

Change of heart? Reversing your plastic surgery results

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Thursday, August 24, 2023

Social media is abuzz with celebrities and influencers dissolving their facial filler and shrinking their breasts and buttocks, signaling a shift in a beauty aesthetic of the recent past where inflated body parts garnered views, likes and shares on social media and drove demand for plastic surgery.

Two procedures in one? Why patients are opting to combine plastic surgery procedures when going under the knife

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Wednesday, August 23, 2023

A combination procedure might be right for you if you're looking into plastic surgery and have a couple of things you want to address.

Information overload: Tips for researching plastic surgery procedures online

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Navigating the maze of online information about plastic surgery can undoubtedly be a daunting task. And while starting your research online is an acceptable first step, it should always be followed by a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Eyes wide open: Understanding the benefits of eyelid surgery

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Monday, August 21, 2023

As you age, your eyelids can begin to stretch, and the muscles that support them can weaken. The force of gravity also pulls them down. What's more, the eyebrows can descend with age, too. Both excess eyelid skin and descending brows can make you look tired when you're not and make you look older than you feel.

Beyond survival: Championing women's rights to tailored post-mastectomy solutions

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Thursday, August 17, 2023

In a recent development for women seeking post-mastectomy solutions, a seemingly inconspicuous alteration in medical billing threatens to create significant obstacles in accessing DIEP flap breast reconstruction surgery.

Staying ahead in a competitive era: The use of plastic surgery in career trajectory

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Wednesday, August 16, 2023

In the face of economic uncertainty and ever-evolving job markets, men are finding innovative ways to stand out and get ahead of the competition. With procedures like facelifts, eye lifts and Botox, plastic surgery is a tool that can maintain vitality and confidence, which can aid with career resilience in the long run.

Trend watch: Are more patients getting explants and returning to a more natural look?

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Monday, August 14, 2023

Some plastic surgery procedures remain relevant over time, no matter the decade – like breast implants. Breast implants have remained a staple in cosmetic surgery through the 1990s, 2000s and onward.

Securing your investment: Plastic surgery as a catalyst for lifestyle change

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Friday, August 11, 2023

In the contemporary world, plastic surgery has become more than a quest for aesthetic enhancement – it's evolved into a catalyst for individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles, sparking changes that can impact their overall well-being.

Kylie Jenner shares her breast augmentation journey: Implications for younger audiences and choosing to reverse a procedure

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Beauty mogul and reality TV star Kylie Jenner recently shared on "The Kardashians" that she had undergone breast augmentation at the age of 19 and that she also has some regrets about it.

Listening to experience: The importance of patient reviews in plastic surgery research

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Tuesday, August 8, 2023

From searching for before and after photos to reading surgeon reviews to simply looking at a practice's social media, there are plenty of places to check when doing your due diligence. But with the ease of access to information in this new digital era comes room for error and misinformation.

Inside a luxury aftercare facility with a plastic surgery patient who stayed at one

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Monday, August 7, 2023

Every plastic surgery patient knows that the most intense part of your recovery starts when you wake up from anesthesia and continues for several days after surgery. From those first groggy moments, it's clear that you need help – and sometimes plenty of it.

Shaping tomorrow: The boom in noninvasive body contouring and laser procedures

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Friday, August 4, 2023

When thinking about plastic surgery and what it entails, many patients tend to get stuck on the 'surgery' aspect. And while surgical procedures are an important part of the field, there is another element that is sometimes overlooked – noninvasive procedures.

The busy mom's guide to self-care: Balancing motherhood, personal well-being and cosmetic treatments

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Thursday, August 3, 2023

The selfless love of a mother often translates into a superpower, as moms continually put the needs of their families before their own. However, in their 30s and 40s, many mothers experience significant physical changes following childbearing, with some opting to give themselves the self-care they deserve.

Embracing change: The most effective cosmetic procedures to address midlife beauty concerns

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Wednesday, August 2, 2023

If there's one thing we can't escape in life, it's the process of growing older. While we gain wisdom and experience as we journey through life, our faces and bodies will also begin to show the effects of aging.

What to expect when you’re expecting a mommy makeover

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Monday, July 31, 2023

A mommy makeover combines several plastic surgery procedures in one operation to restore a woman's body to its pre-pregnancy state. It usually consists of work on the abdomen and breasts.

Your consultation checklist: Essential questions to ask before your plastic surgery procedure

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Friday, July 28, 2023

For those patients who are ready to take the plunge into a procedure, it can be confusing to determine where to start. Where should you look for information about the procedure and potential surgeons? Where should you not look for information? What questions should you ask during a consultation?

Redefining masculinity: The growing appeal of plastic surgery among men

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Wednesday, July 26, 2023

While plastic surgery has traditionally been considered a feminine pursuit, the tides are turning. In the last decade or so, we have seen a growing presence of men pursuing plastic surgery to maintain and enhance their appearances.

Unmasking truth from myth: Debunking common misconceptions about plastic surgery

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Monday, July 24, 2023

While the world has come a long way in understanding and accepting plastic surgery, misconceptions still linger. From its affordability to its scope and results, misinformation continues to stigmatize the field of plastic surgery.

Decoding plastic surgery on social media: A guide to reliable research in the digital age

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Tuesday, July 18, 2023

In this day and age, there's no doubt about it – social media is king. This unique digital platform has opened a new universe of possibilities, allowing us to connect with others worldwide instantly and access a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips.

Confidence is timeless: How nonsurgical treatments can enhance your natural beauty at any age

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Monday, July 10, 2023

For so many of us, we're reaching the age where we are starting to wonder the best way to age gracefully. Whether it's noticing a new fine line forming on your forehead or seeing that your skin isn't quite as vibrant as before, these subtle changes can play into your self-confidence and leave you unsatisfied with your appearance.

Inner beauty meets outer confidence: The connection between mental health and cosmetic procedures for young women

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Wednesday, July 5, 2023

As it grows in popularity, plastic surgery is becoming more widely accepted by the public. But with its close ties to body image and media, many question its impact on one's mental well-being – especially for young women.

Navigating social media's influence on plastic surgery decisions

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Thursday, June 29, 2023

When we talk about plastic surgery, its procedures and considerations, it's nearly impossible to gloss over the impact that social media has on it. From "inspo pictures" to Facebook groups, social media has become a source of both education and misinformation.

Redefining tradition: A new perspective on aging

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Often, the conversations of age and plastic surgery go hand-in-hand as plastic surgery is one tried-and-true method of aging gracefully. And while traditional ideas around using plastic surgery to counteract aging focused on aesthetics, modern interpretations take a more holistic approach, considering the individual's health and wellbeing to counteract aging.

The power of skincare: Effective at-home skincare routines and treatments to complement plastic surgery procedures

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Friday, June 23, 2023

Giving your skin the right care during the recovery period is more important than ever because it helps ensure that your healing process goes as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Brotox and beyond: Demystifying the rise of male cosmetic injectables

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Wednesday, June 21, 2023

In recent years, the popularity of cosmetic injectable treatments among men has been on the rise. More than ever before, men are turning to procedures like Botox and dermal fillers to achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Embracing diversity in plastic surgery: How plastic surgery is evolving to serve the needs of all patients

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Plastic surgery is often characterized as innovative and ready to embrace change in healthcare and the world beyond. Known for inventing technologies, adopting better techniques and embracing new ideas, plastic surgeons are advancing into a much-needed focus area to better serve patients – diversity, belonging and inclusion.

Revitalize and renew: Embracing the daddy do-over to reclaim your confidence and physique

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Friday, June 16, 2023

It's not vain or selfish to want to look and feel your best as a parent – it's self-care. And while plastic surgery might not be for everyone, it can be a way to help dads bounce back to their pre-fatherhood bodies.

Showing our Pride: Supporting the LGBTQIA+ community in their plastic surgery journeys

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Thursday, June 15, 2023

Among the many diverse groups plastic surgeons serve, the LGBTQIA+ community holds a distinct position, having contributed unique experiences that are invaluable in refining the specialty of plastic surgery and shaping healthcare at large.

The active man's guide to plastic surgery: Balancing fitness, health and cosmetic enhancements

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Wednesday, June 14, 2023

You feel there are things about your appearance that you would like to improve beyond a healthy lifestyle. Is this even possible? Of course, it is! Consider this – no amount of diet and exercise can change your facial features or remove sagging skin or pockets of stubborn fat.

From consultation to follow-up: Embracing telehealth in the plastic surgery journey

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Monday, June 12, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic drove more people to telemedicine for their plastic surgery journey than ever before. From initial consultation to postoperative care, video conferencing with plastic surgeons is the new normal – and it's here to stay.

Boarding groups: Added complications from traveling after a Brazilian butt lift

Madison Freeman | ASPS Staff Friday, June 9, 2023

When people talk about Brazilian butt lifts in 2023, they seem to discuss a few things – the before and after they saw on Instagram, the latest procedure their favorite influencer had done and the viral TikToks of BBL patients taking over the wheelchairs in the airport or kneeling on their plane ride home.

The art and science of breast augmentation: How to choose the right surgeon and implant size for your unique goals

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Tuesday, June 6, 2023

When it comes to breast augmentation, there are two things you want to choose wisely: your surgeon and your implant size. But if you're like most women, you'll need help figuring it out.

Summer makeover magic: Pros and cons of scheduling your mommy makeover during the kids' summer break

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Following pregnancy and childbirth, women's bodies undergo significant changes that are often difficult to bounce back from without assistance. That's where a mommy makeover procedure can help.

Refreshing your profile: The chronically online's guide to rhinoplasty

Kayla Peterson | Freelance Writer Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Whether it is through social media, Zoom meetings or just trying to feel more put together while stuck at home, rhinoplasty may provide the confidence boost some need so they look their best on camera even during challenging times!

Q&A: Lara Devgan, MD, talks nonsurgical rhinoplasty

Madison Freeman | ASPS Staff Wednesday, May 17, 2023

While plastic surgeons are still performing an ample amount of surgery, minimally invasive procedures have become more and more popular in the specialty, especially amongst millennials.

Back to active: Returning to exercise after breast augmentation recovery

Ariel Frankeny | Freelance Writer Tuesday, May 16, 2023

To help ease your worries and answer some of your most burning questions about recovering from a breast augmentation procedure, we've tapped into the expertise of two celebrated plastic surgeons.

The natural facelift: Exploring advanced techniques for subtle and age-appropriate facial rejuvenation

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Thursday, May 11, 2023

While a facelift can be a wonderful way to restore your youthful appearance and boost self-confidence, the fear of looking unnatural afterward can sometimes be a real concern.

How millennials getting plastic surgery is testing the hands of time

Madison Freeman | ASPS Staff Friday, May 5, 2023

In the age of social media and celebrity plastic surgery, what was once taboo is now all the rage and millennials are responding in record numbers.

Getting ready for summer with laser hair removal

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Thursday, May 4, 2023

It doesn't matter if you're a man or woman, young or old, extra hairy or not – chances are, you've spent a good portion of your life tweezing, shaving or waxing unwanted hair. It's a frustrating cycle that never ends – but there is hope for a summer body permanently free of unwanted hair.

What's in a name? A focus on suffixes in plastic surgery

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Thursday, April 27, 2023

Researching a plastic surgeon's qualifications and credentials before choosing them for a procedure is essential. But if you've ever glanced at a plastic surgeon's name and found yourself bewildered by the letters following it, you're certainly not alone.

The role of plastic surgery in sports

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Tuesday, April 25, 2023

In the high-stakes world of professional sports, where victory and defeat often lie in the tiniest margins, plastic surgeons have emerged as unsung heroes behind the scenes. Their role is increasingly vital, blending art, science and athleticism to redefine what's possible on the playing field.

Aftershocks: Beware of unlicensed 'healing houses'

Madison Freeman | ASPS Staff Friday, April 21, 2023

While not all posh surgical aftercare facilities are cause for concern, some may pose serious health risks when they focus more on comfort than care.

The role diet and nutrition play in recovery from plastic surgery

Madison Freeman | ASPS Staff Tuesday, April 18, 2023

It's a safe assumption that the outcome of surgery relies a great deal on the surgeon's expertise. And while their skills are no doubt critical, your lifestyle choices – including diet, vitamin intake and exercise habits - also play a significant role in influencing your results.

For patients seeking combination procedures, time is precious

Madison Freeman | ASPS Staff Friday, April 7, 2023

There's no doubt about it – time is precious. For working professionals, moms – and anyone else who lives a busy life – the demands on their time are often a barrier to any thought of having plastic surgery. Combining multiple surgeries into a single-stage procedure is an attractive alternative for many patients.

Summer body now? What procedures to plan now for the summer body of your dreams

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Monday, April 3, 2023

With summer and wedding season almost here, you might be starting to think about how your body will look as you shed your winter layers. Even if your diet and exercise were on point during the winter months, you might still want to enlist the help of a plastic surgeon to fine-tune your physique in time for the warmer months.

In a field where the patient demographic is dominated by women, why are most plastic surgeons men?

Madison Freeman | ASPS Staff Friday, March 31, 2023

Women make up nearly half of medical school graduates. However, according to a 2017 study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open, they remain underrepresented among surgical residents and surgeons.

Is breast reduction right for you? Where to begin and what questions to bring to your consult

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Any woman with oversized breasts will tell you that they are a pain in the neck – and the shoulders and back too. That's why many women turn to breast reduction surgery for relief after years of discomfort.

The need to knows of breast reduction

Madison Freeman | ASPS Staff Thursday, March 16, 2023

Breast reduction is a plastic surgery procedure aimed at removing excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size more proportionately with a patient's body.

Filler market moves: What's the word on dermal fillers in 2023?

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Dermal fillers can restore lost facial volume in the cheeks, plump lips, smooth creases and sculpt faces, making it sought after by those wanting to turn back the hands of time and enhance their features.

Hayden Panettiere opens up about breast reduction – what to know about this popular procedure

Madison Freeman | ASPS Staff Thursday, March 9, 2023

In a new article recently published in Women's Health, actress Hayden Panettiere opened up about her struggles with addiction and postpartum depression, an illness that affects 1 in 8 women, according to CDC research.

The differences between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery and why board certification matters

Madison Freeman | ASPS Staff Friday, March 3, 2023

Let's face it, when most people think of plastic surgery, they think of procedures like Botox and breast augmentation. And while those enhancements make up a large number of cosmetic procedures, there's much more than meets the eye when it comes to plastic surgery.

The importance of Black History Month in plastic surgery

Madison Freeman | ASPS Staff Friday, February 24, 2023

Black History Month was created as a way to focus our attention on the contributions of Black Americans in society. Its intent was not only to honor all Black people from all periods of United States history, but to provide an opportunity to celebrate the triumphs of these individuals throughout time.

All in the wrist: Improving safety for the Brazilian butt lift

Kaitlin Clark | Freelance Writer Thursday, February 23, 2023

You'd be hard-pressed to find a procedure in plastic surgery that has been under more surveillance than the Brazilian butt lift (BBL), which transfers excess fat into the butt and hips for a fuller silhouette.

Get the facts on nonsurgical fat reduction: From CoolSculpting to Kybella

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Tuesday, February 21, 2023

At just over six weeks into the new year, many patients can find their initial resolve to resolutions waning. Approximately 70 percent of Americans carry excess weight, and some will turn to nonsurgical fat reduction procedures to battle the bulge.

Trends are fleeting: What does that mean for plastic surgery?

Madison Freeman | ASPS Staff Tuesday, February 14, 2023

With phrases like #plasticsurgery having more than 16 billion views on TikTok, you can bet that hot topics like this aren't going to disappear from social media anytime soon. But what happens when more serious subjects like plastic surgery become a topic of conversation on social media?

All of your common Botox questions answered

Madison Freeman | ASPS Staff Thursday, February 9, 2023

Botox has been said to turn back the hands of time, but what else is important to know about this popular minimally invasive procedure?

Plastic surgery trends for 2023, according to plastic surgeons

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Tuesday, January 31, 2023

"People are influenced by influencers. And I think we're seeing the more subtle, understated aesthetic in many celebrities," said ASPS President Gregory Greco, DO, FACS.

How plastic surgery can be part of your New Year's resolution

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Thousands of people plan to shed the pounds they gained during the COVID-19 pandemic and the holiday season, and cap off their weight loss journey with plastic surgery to contour their bodies, augment their breasts or remove excess skin.

From practitioner to patient: A plastic surgeon's breast reconstruction story

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Friday, January 20, 2023

Emily McLaughlin's breast cancer diagnosis in 2016 transformed her from a practitioner to a patient overnight. As a plastic surgeon, she had reconstructed plenty of breasts affected by cancer. Still, she never guessed that she would need these same surgeries, putting her into a unique category of providers.

Medical tourism: What you need to know about traveling for plastic surgery

Madison Freeman | ASPS Staff Friday, January 13, 2023

If you’ve paid attention at all to plastic surgery in the media, you are probably familiar with the idea of medical tourism. While you may think of medical tourism purely as flying to another country for procedures, that’s just not the case.

Celebrities cause buzz over buccal fat removal surgery – but is it right for you?

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Thursday, January 12, 2023

Actress and singer Lea Michele is the latest celebrity rumored to have had her cheek fat removed after a picture circulated online showing her with sky-high cheekbones, hollows in her cheeks and a jawline that appeared more defined than ever.

Plastic surgery for a brain tumor

Daisy Brumby | Freelance Writer Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Erin Crea decided to venture out of her house alone and go to the mall. But something went wrong before her plan came to fruition. The last thing she remembered was leaving her driveway – and instead of shopping at the mall, she woke up in an emergency room.

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