According to statistics from ASPS, Botox was the number one nonsurgical procedure performed in the United States last year. With over six million injections performed in the U.S. in 2012, there were actually far more appointments booked for this noninvasive rejuvenation option compared to the more than 120,000 facelifts performed the same year.
Cameras, jewelry, iPods. These are things we expect to see on the wish lists of our friends and family. But, a facelift? Yep, it seems that cosmetic procedures have found their way into Santa's sack. With this trend, though, comes a warning. While giving someone a pricey surgery can be considered kind and loving, it can also come with problematic implications.
Like the rest of our bodies, our hands show signs of aging that may include brown spots, thinning skin, wrinkles, and large veins. I recently had a very happy facelift patient who looked 15 years younger, but suddenly the skin on her hands didn’t match her rejuvenated face. There a few simple procedures that can make your hands match your new youthful appearance.
As rewarding as motherhood is, there's no denying that pregnancy and childbirth can take a toll on your body. While many of the most obvious changes, such as extra weight gain, will resolve after your pregnancy, some may be here to stay. One example of this is the appearance of the post-pregnancy paunch; no matter how many targeted exercises you try or weight you lose, a stubborn potbelly often remains.
Shopping malls and airports aren't the only places that see more action around the holidays. This is also the time of year that merry-makers crowd the offices of plastic surgeons everywhere.
Since the dawn of time, men and women have tried a number of products and treatments to either fit in with the existing beauty trends or improve their appearance. In the modern day, plastic surgery is the standard approach for looking your best. Yet, that hasn’t stopped a few new and odd-sounding options from springing up here and there. Could there be any real science behind these bizarre beauty treatments?
The ASPS is proud to announce the availability of the Breast Reconstruction Planner: Tips to Manage a Speedy Recover. This is a guide for a patient and her family and caregivers to help plan for and manage the recovery following breast reconstruction surgeries. And, it's free to any and all who want to download it.
In May, the New York Times published an Op-Ed letter from actress Angelina Jolie, in which Ms. Jolie shared that she elected to undergo a bilateral mastectomy and breast reconstruction after testing positive for the BRCA gene mutation.
Breast augmentation is consistently the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the U.S.; more than 286,000 were performed last year. For women interested in implants, traditional silicone and saline devices were the only option available to women…until now.
While each individual's needs and wants differ when it comes to choosing a procedure, the most popular cosmetic surgeries can be broken down by age group. While trends in plastic surgery vary from year to year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' 2012 statistics report shows that some procedures are consistently popular with certain age groups.
Through the lens of paparazzi photos, we may be under the illusion that celebrity moms return to their pre-baby selves instantaneously; however, it is important to understand that all transformations take time. After the birth of a child, it takes several months for your body to return to its pre-pregnancy form.
Breast Reconstruction Awareness Dy was created to raise awareness and educate women about her breast reconstruction options post-mastectomy. Not only are there are multiple breast reconstruction options, but these options can be tailored to each patient’s particular cancer type, body shape and personal preference.
When a patient begins a search to find a plastic surgeon, one of the most common things he or she is not aware of is that there is a difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon. Cosmetic surgery is performed by many physicians, and unfortunately, some are not under the guidance of a properly credentialed board.
Last week was quite a busy week in the public relations office of ASPS. Without much notice, came the revelation, shared by Angelina Jolie, that she had undergone prophylactic mastectomies and reconstruction due to her high risks of developing breast cancer.
Plastic surgeons have always responded to the needs, wants and desires of the public for cosmetic treatments, and the newest trend in beautification of the upper arms is no different. New technologies and techniques have made it more reasonable to treat heavy upper arms, which have driven many patients crazy for years.
When most people hear about procedures to remove excess breast fat, tissue and skin, they associate it with women. But gynecomastia is enlargement of the male breast tissue, and male breast reduction procedures were up 5% in 2012.
Each year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons releases statistics about the number and variety of plastic surgery procedures that were performed in the previous year. This is a bit of a "state of the field" for plastic surgery.
I first thought about this question when I was in medical school. As an avid runner since I was 12, I have heard numerous myths about the bad side effects of running.
Almost every day we see a new story about the most requested celebrity body parts. Last month, U.K. patients favored Kate Middleton's nose. For a few years now, some women have been looking for a fuller backside à la Jennifer Lopez or Kim Kardashian.
"I want my surgery for free," my friend tells me. Not an uncommon request from friends of plastic surgeons! Obvious to me, that means my surgical fee will be waived. Oddly enough, for my friend, an intelligent person in her own right, this meant something completely different.
Everywhere you turn, it seems as though someone is getting Botox. In fact, it is by far the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure. Botox stops muscle movement and thus cause a relaxation and disappearance of the skin creases.
As I explained in my previous post, large breasts (macromastia) can cause physical problems that interfere with a woman’s daily functioning. If you are considering breast reduction surgery, first read your insurance policy. If your insurer lists reduction mammaplasty as a policy exclusion, you may not even get coverage for a consultation to discuss whether surgery is appropriate for your symptoms.
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