2 Polarizing Social Media Cultures that Grow Demand for Cosmetic Surgery

For a long time running, modern society labeled cosmetic surgery as taboo.  People have made comedies surrounding the topic to capitalize off of the taboo-aesthetic the entire cosmetic industry has, from patient to doctor.  Take for example the TV shows Nip/Tuck and Botched.

Nip/Tuck makes plastic surgeons out to be highly dysfunctional people, while giving the patients a less critical reputation.  This show plays off the one doctor who is a family-man with a broken home life and the other doctor who is a highly unethical playboy.

Botched makes patients out to be dysfunctional sometimes, while the doctors are reliable and, sometimes, hilarious.  The two renowned plastic surgeons from California work on each botched plastic/cosmetic surgery their patients bring to them.  These doctors fix the mistakes of complications resulting from these botched surgeries and the viewers are influenced to think that either (1) the patients are absolutely nuts, such like this woman who wanted, quote, “basketball boobs,” or (2) the patients are deserving of the plastic surgery to fix something that is crippling their confidence, being seen as the good guys that you should feel sorry for.

1) Here is the “basketball boobs,” patient.

Alexander Simopoulos Botched 1

Pictured: This is a real-life cosplay actress who thought
her breasts needed to be bigger.
Source: Josie Griffiths at The Sun

2) Here is the “noble patient” worthy of a confidence boost.

Alexander Simopoulos Botched 2Pictured: This is a real-life patient who wanted a simple nose job.
Source: Jess Cohen of E! News

A Push for Sameness

You see on social media today a very high standard of beauty.  You constantly see makeup tutorials, showing women how to get that perfect chiseled jawline look, a contoured and highlighted face in all the right places, and a hairstyle that is voluminous and perfectly “natural” looking.  What’s really pushing people over the line between the use of makeup and cosmetic surgery is the relatively  new phenomenons of cyberbullying and online body shaming.  People ruthlessly criticize people who, according to their own personal standards, are not up to snuff.  They hide behind their screens and say things they wouldn’t dream of saying directly to someone’s face.  This culture breeds insecurity, depression, anxiety, and hopelessness.  With cosmetic surgeries now being easier than ever to alter your physical state, it’s becoming normal, for example, to get extremely brief nose or lip injections, which can easily be reversed, with little to no recovery time at a reasonable price.  “Why not just try it? It’s harmless,” social media users think.

With the incalculable, daily influx of selfies to social media profiles, which is now deeply entrenched in social media culture, comes people who hand self-criticism to themselves on a silver platter. People take multiple pictures in a row to get the camera angle that is just right enough to make them look flawless.  Then, there are easily-applied filters that can enhance the image.  People end up feeling shameful, because they do not actually look like their pictures; however, they want social acceptance so badly, even subconsciously, that they are willing to alter things just a smidge to give them the mass appeal they crave.

A Push for Uniqueness

Then, there is the culture that encourages enhancing unique features that make them stand out from the rest.  A huge reason why this is exploding on social media now is because of the modern “selfie.” Patients no longer point to magazines of paparazzi shots as their point of reference for their cosmetic goals.  No.  Patients now point to pictures of themselves when they think they look their best, as well as pictures of their friends on social media who have the look they want.

Even though it might seem like these cultures could work against each other, they are actually working alongside of each other.  These paradoxical cultures on social media, according to experts in the field, are diversifying and intensifying the demand for cosmetic surgery.  This is changing the cosmetic surgery game tremendously and requiring doctors to be hyper specific in their bodily design aesthetic on each individual patient.

The Most Common Cosmetic Surgeries for Men and Women

Plastic surgery has been increasing in popularity since the 1980s, and many procedures are performed today without anyone outside of the operating room even knowing there has been work done. Surgeons have refined techniques over the years to provide flawless transformations for patients seeking a number of cosmetic enhancements. Men and women are both going under the knife more frequently with the following procedures.

Women

Breast Augmentation

Whether it is implants, lifts, or reductions, breast augmentations top the list as the most common cosmetic surgeries for women in the United States. Close to 300,000 women went under the knife to have their breasts augmented in 2016, and that number has been growing each year. Breast augmentations are becoming more common and look more natural as surgeons find new techniques and implant companies design better implants overall.

Liposuction

The number of liposuction patients rose six percent in 2016 to over 230,000 patients. The procedures are common among women of all ages and they have a quick recovery time. There are a number of reasons why women get liposuction, but the overarching reason is to achieve the body they’ve always wanted.

Rhinoplasty

There used to be a negative stigma associated with nose jobs, but recent techniques have allowed the procedure to be minimally invasive with extraordinary results. Over 290,000 women had nose jobs in 2016, which is an increase of over six percent from the previous year. That trend seems to be increasing each year, and the early predictions are calling for over 300,000 women to get nose jobs in 2017.

Men

Liposuction

Men and women both share a common goal in achieving a slim waistline and washboard abs. Liposuction surgeries helped them achieve that goal in 2016. Nearly 50,000 men are on their way to the body they’ve always wanted after 2016, and there’s no sign of those numbers declining this year.

Gynecomastia

More commonly referred to as breast reduction, gynecomastia is growing in popularity among men in the United States. There are a growing number of men who are open to the idea of plastic surgery, and one of the most common areas men are uncomfortable with is their breasts. It is one of the first areas to carry excess weight when there is weight gain, so it only makes sense for men to get a reduction in that area as they age.

Eyelid Surgery

Men and women are both getting more eyelid surgeries each year, but they’re much more popular for men than they are for women. While the procedure can be cosmetic, it can also be necessary to improve vision. Over 25,000 men had their eyelids cosmetically altered in 2016, and early indications point to 30,000 in 2017.

Demystifying 4 Major Myths About Plastic Surgeries

There are numerous myths about plastic surgery that keep men and women from getting it when it could truly benefit from it.  Here are four major myths that I want to demystify for those who are considering cosmetic or plastic surgery.

1) Cosmetic surgery is taboo.

Numbers don’t lie.  In 1997, there were over 740k+ cosmetic surgeries.  In 2013, there were 9.5+ million.  In 2015, there were approximately 15.9 million.  The growth in this sector is exponential.  Plastic surgery is much more widely accepted around the world, let alone America.  These surgeries are no longer taboo, but oftentimes, are thought to be exciting and good for people’s self-esteem.  For example, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons share these astounding facts:

  • “Breast lifts [are] up 89 percent (99,614 in 2015, up from 52,836 in 2000).
  • “Buttock lifts [are] up 252 percent (4,767 in 2015, up from 1,356 in 2000).
  • “Lower body lifts [are] up 3,973 percent (8,431 in 2015, up from 207 in 2000).
  • “Upper arm lifts [are] up 4,959 percent (17,099 in 2015, up from 338 in 2000).”

2) Plastic surgery is only had by wealthy patients.

Today, these surgeries range in the three to four hundred dollar range, not necessarily thousands, depending on what surgery you desire to have.  This plainly goes to show that plastic surgery is not as expensive as many people make it out to be.  Plus, you can get on financing plans to afford any of the expensive surgeries.

3) People who get cosmetic surgery are shallow.

More often than not, those who get plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons have many other motivators than looks.  The surgery could be to hide embarrassing scars or burns.  It could be simply be to look better in the patient’s eyes, but the surgery that cosmetic patients often receive have more to do with their self-esteem and anxiety than it does their looks.  After these surgeries, studies find, these patients are happier, calmer, and have better self-images.

4) Plastic surgery is only for women.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery in a 2005 poll, “the top five most popular procedures among men are Botox, hair transplantation/restoration, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion and liposuction, in that order. Our members report that they continue to see more and more men visit their offices. And a Consumer Survey conducted by the AACS shows that 12% of men plan to have cosmetic surgery at some point in the future.”

Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery, in particular, are widely known and accepted around the world.  If you are interested in learning more about how I can help you achieve your cosmetic goals, please reach out to me here!

The Millennial Botox Rush

Botox has always had a stigma as the cosmetic procedure for older people, but recent studies have revealed that more young people are getting botox every year. The appeal of botox is its ability to smooth wrinkles and give a younger appearance to the skin. It has always been popular with people who already have wrinkles and are looking to bring a youthfulness to their skin.

When botox procedures became mainstream in the late 1990s, virtually nobody under the age of 35 considered the procedure. In the 20 year history of botox, its use amongst young people has steadily increased, and in 2015 over 500,000 people between the age of 19 and 35 received at least one botox injection. Between 2011 and 2015 injections skyrocketed by 41 percent. The peak of botox in young people actually came in 2005 at 588,000 procedures, and then it plummeted like most other cosmetic procedure numbers in 2006. Numbers are predicted to be back above those highs from 2006 in the next year.

Millennials are not using botox to smooth out wrinkles and make themselves younger like their parents are. Instead, they are using it as a preventative measure to avoid wrinkles altogether. Young people have discovered that getting the injections can preserve their youth much longer than they could have hoped without botox. Many think women are the only people getting botox, but that’s just not true. Many men are also getting the procedure, and the term “brotox” has been coined in many social circles to describe the procedure for men.

The trend in young people started right here in California, but it has since spread through the entire country. Many experts are attributing the enormous growth of social media sites to the parallel growth of millennial botox. The quest to take the perfect selfie is leading more young people to cosmetic surgery centers across the country. This surge has also allowed these centers to market botox to a whole new demographic of people.

The use of botox amongst younger people is a testament to how much emphasis millennials put on preventing the signs of aging. By receiving botox injections early, millennials will stay looking younger for longer.

The Future of Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation remains one of the most sought after cosmetic surgery procedures and for good reasons. The reasons include primary reconstruction, aesthetic breast enhancement and need to correct congenital defects such as tuberous breast deformity and micromastia. Most women who undergo aesthetic breast enhancement are drawn by the desire to improve their figure or boost their level of confidence. Statistics indicate that 1 in 20 women around the world have breast implants. There are 5 key surgical incisions that are normally performed to emplace a breast implant. These are namely: Inframammary, Transaxillary, Periolar, Transabdominal and Transumbilical incisions.

Inframammary incision is one of the most preferred types of surgical incisions. Under this procedure, incision is made in the infra-mammary fold, an area below the breast. The procedure involves emplacing silicone gel implants. To produce optimal breast enhancement results, surgeons may blend a number of conventional techniques with new breast augmentation approaches. Before a breast implant patient undergoes surgery, she is first evaluated to establish the most appropriate surgical procedure and treatment plan. Several breast implant surgery for women have been approved by the FDA, they include IDEAL, saline, gummy bear and silicone gel implants. The FDA approved Gummy Bear Implants or Allergen 410 cohesive gel breast implant in February 2013.

IDEAL is a type of saline implant that is resistant to the undesired rippling effect. The implant is increasingly becoming popular because it also promises a more natural look. One other popular breast implant is the B-Lite implant, which uses microsphere technology. This implant is designed to decrease the amount of tear and wear of the implant after augmentation. The technology is yet to be approved in the US. Breast implants have come a long way and been a subject of much gossip, especially in Hollywood circles. In 1992, the FDA placed a moratorium on their use, but this was lifted in 2006 after new safety rules were implemented. Advances in breast augmentation treatment have also brought numerous state-of-the-art visual technologies,

The technologies have done a lot to boost patient confidence. Today, a surgeon can use 3D simulation device such as the Oculus Rift 3D Imaging glass or Vectra 3D to show patient’s how the breast job will look like after augmentation. Looking into the future of breast implant, many researchers point to stem cell technology as the next frontier in breast augmentation. Using stem cells, immature stem cells can be coached to transform into cells of any desired organ. Scientists also believe using stem cell to enlarge breast could potentially reduce rising cases of breast cancer. Case in point, a woman who has undergone a mastectomy to cure or reduce breast cancer could re-grow a healthy breast using the stem cell harvested from her body fat.

Be An Informed Surgical Patient – Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon Before You Say Yes

“Nip and Tuck” rolls off the tongue like the phrase, “What would you like for dessert?”

Plastic surgery is a little more serious than it appears, and anyone planning on a little bodily remodels needs to ask the right questions and receive the best answers to their questions.

Openly discussing the following questions with your plastic surgeon, and receiving the correct answers will lower your anxiety and stress level creating a healthier outlook for a smooth and easy recovery. The last thing you want to do before surgery is become emotionally stressed and anxious over any surgical procedure.

It is always advisable to receive a personal recommendation from a friend or a physician’s patient where you can openly discuss likes and dislikes about the procedures.

Listed below are the initial, primary questions you should ask your plastic surgeon before you say YES and pick a date.

  • Where did you study for your medical degree, and how long have you been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Is the procedure we are discussing one that you often perform, and with record success?
  • What are the potential risks or complications with this procedure, and is it normal to feel anticipation before surgery?
  • How long will the procedure take, and is it performed as an outpatient procedure or will I be in the hospital overnight or longer?
  • Do you have hospital privileges were you would be performing the surgery? I ask this in case something goes wrong, I would not want to be transferred to another doctor unfamiliar with my medical history.
  • Alternatively, will this procedure be scheduled to be performed as an outpatient ambulatory facility?
  • Is there anything I need to do to prepare for surgery, such as a special diet, stop taking aspirin, etc.
  • How long is the recovery period expected to last? I need to know for planning purposes.
  • Will I need any assistance at home after surgery, or will I be able to manage my daily activities on my own?
  • What anesthesia do you recommend for this particular procedure if I will need more than a local, and does the anesthesia have any side effects I should be concerned about?
  • Do you expect to complete the plastic surgery in one procedure or will I need to return for a second treatment?
  • Are there serious risks with this surgery?

Whether your surgery is optional or mandatory, it is comforting to have information on your surgeon’s skills, background, and practice. Surgical skills are of utmost importance, but bedside manner is also ranked high on the scale of selecting a physician to perform plastic surgery.

Be prepared for your surgery, so your recovery will be a more comfortable experience.

Weight Loss and Liposuction

In the United States, more than two thirds of adults are considered overweight; one third of American adults is considered obese. People disagree over the exact cause for this health epidemic, arguing that the culprit is lack of self-control, health issues, or what’s being put into our food, but right now, the main focus should be helping people get back in shape and achieve a healthier weight. There are more overweight children than ever before and people find it increasingly difficult to shed pounds. Obesity and being overweight can lead to serious health concerns, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and many other illnesses.

The first step should be losing the majority of the weight that’s impacting your life. If you’re severely overweight, you usually can lose weight more quickly than someone closer to their ideal body weight. Even after significant weight loss, many people wish they could lose a few more pounds or feel better about the way they look. They keep trying diet and exercise, but it takes a long time to see progress and feel like you’re getting anywhere. Even if they do lose some weight, it’s difficult to perfectly tone your body after significant weight loss, because there’s excess skin and tricky areas of fat that refuse to respond to natural weight loss and toning methods. So, what are you supposed to do when you just can’t get rid of those last few pounds?

Liposuction: A Solution

For conditions where a little weight loss is necessary, liposuction offers a possible solution. If diet and exercise have not been working and your weight is seriously impacting your life and body image, liposuction can help, though it is not a solution for extreme obesity. Liposuction essentially destroys fat cells in the targeted part of the body and sucks them out, using an invasive procedure. Generally, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever have the same amount of fat accumulate in that specific section of your body, but the fat could migrate somewhere else. Once you have liposuction done, it’s vital that you stick to a balanced diet and healthy exercise routine to avoid regaining the weight. Liposuction will not prevent future weight gain, but it can help shape certain areas of the body and is an immediate solution.

Liposuction is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures done in America, particularly for women. Another reason people get liposuction is merely to feel better about their appearance. They may not have ever been significantly overweight, but liposuction helps shape and sculpt specific areas of the body, which helps people feel more confident about how they look. There are possible complications to liposuction, such as infection, so it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions for taking care of your body post-treatment.

Cosmetic Surgery for Men

In the past few years, the number of men getting plastic surgery has increased, nearly 100 percent in the last 15 years. It’s a common misconception that women are the only ones who have plastic surgery done, but that’s not the case.

Though women do make up the majority of plastic surgery patients, more and more men are receiving plastic surgery for various reasons. These reasons may be professional or personal, but there is a higher pressure on men to look good in order to succeed in life, so plastic surgery is the easiest solution for this problem. Here are the top plastic surgery procedures for men.

Cosmetic surgery for men


Rhinoplasty

This surgery is fairly simple and very common for men and women. For men, it’s important that you see a plastic surgeon who understands the importance of keeping your face in proportion and not making your nose too small, or changing it too much so it no longer looks appropriate with the rest of your face. It’s common to have this procedure done along with a jaw augmentation to make sure your facial features stay in proportion with one another.

Jaw augmentation

A jaw augmentation is done to enhance the jawline and give it a more masculine look. Professionally, men who appear more masculine and assertive have a higher chance of success in the business world, so it’s a desirable surgery if want your career to benefit from the kind of plastic surgery you have done.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a fairly common procedure that’s generally done for men around the abdomen. The point of liposuction is to suck out the fat in specific areas, like the abdomen. By getting rid of this fat, it makes the abs more pronounced and gives the patient a sculpted look that would be difficult to achieve otherwise. Recovery is relatively fast, though it’s important to avoid strenuous activity for around a month.

Facelifts

For men and women, gravity can be quite detrimental to their appearance. As you age, your body naturally begins dropping, but plastic surgery can help change that, especially around your face. For men, they usually focus on getting neck and eyelid lifts, to give their faces a more youthful and brighter appearance.


 

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The History of Plastic Surgery

Over the last few years, plastic surgery has increased in popularity to an enormous degree and a number of surgeries performed continues to rise. People receive plastic surgery for various reasons, from a simple desire to like the way they look more to repairing serious deformities or injuries and making their lives easier. While everyone knows what plastic surgery is, it’s much less common to find people who know the extensive history of it, stretching back thousands of years!


India

In ancient Asia, certain types of plastic surgeries, like rhinoplasties, were fairly common. There was a healer in India known as Sushruta who is considered one of the very first cosmetic surgeons in the world. He was the first person to perform skin grafts, taking skin from another section of the body, often the arm, and using it to reconstruct the nose. He wrote a book, written around the sixth century BC, that clearly details his cosmetic procedures. Rhinoplasties gained popularity in India, often performed on people who had lost their nose, either because of a natural deformity, injury, or attack.

Egypt

Cosmetic surgery for a broken nose is mentioned in the Edwin Smith papyrus, a text dating back to the Old Kingdom of Egypt between 3000 and 2500 BC. This papyrus was found and translated, then made its way to Europe much later, as did the writings of Sushruta and other ancient medical texts from Asia.

Italy

Around first century BC, Roman physicians began experimenting with plastic surgery on gladiators who experienced severe injuries during combat. The Roman cultured highly valued the human form and adamantly believed in a physical ideal. Aulus Cornelius Celsus wrote “De Medicina,” a text that discusses surgical techniques such as facial reconstructions and breast augmentations.

Europe

Once the Roman Empire fell and the Church became the highest power for most of Europe, plastic surgeries were rarely performed, because Church doctrine forbade alterations to the body.

WWI & WWII

In the beginning of the 1900s, plastic surgery once more gained popularity. Significant advancements were made during the two world wars, particularly WWI. With the invention of anesthesia in the mid-1800s, operations could be performed with considerably less pain, though large risks were involved and the procedures were usually only done to fix a medical or severe cosmetic issue, such as loss of facial features due to war. After WWI, American doctors who from the war began using their newfound knowledge with the public, which led to the beginning of purely cosmetic plastic surgeries performed on people who were unhappy with their natural look.

During the 1900s, plastic surgery became established in hospitals and universities, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) was eventually created. Now, over 14 million plastic surgeries are performed each year in the United States, with cosmetic surgeries rising in popularity in many other countries as well.

Proper Care Following Labiaplasty

Labiaplasties are becoming more and more common, particularly in the United States. Women of all ages consult their doctor or surgeon about what their options are for altering the look of their vaginas to be more pleasing or comfortable. While there are many reasons women may decide to have labiaplasty done, it’s vital to understand the proper care during the recovery period after the surgery. Before having a labiaplasty, take the time to familiarize yourself with the recovery process and what supplies you should have on hand.

Begin your recovery before surgery

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One of the best steps you can take to make your recovery easier is stocking up on the products you’ll need post surgery. Buy plenty of arnica and bromelain pills, then start taking them about a week before your actual surgery. These pills help prevent swelling and you’ll have a build up in your system. Take time off work and plan to avoid strenuous activities (like exercising, lots of walking, and sex!). Get a spray bottle filled with water to help with cleanliness and consider removing your pubic hair before the surgery to make the entire process easier.

What to expect the first week

Immediately following surgery, it’s likely that you won’t feel much pain or discomfort because your surgeon likely used a painkiller injected when the surgery was performed. Do not assume this means you’ll have no issues; extreme swelling often occurs within the first 24 hours, which leads to pain and discomfort. Remember to take your pain medicine as directed by your doctor. Prepare yourself for this discomfort and do not worry that the labiaplasty wasn’t done correctly; it’ll take a couple of weeks for the swelling to lessen before you can see the results of your surgery.

What you cannot do

Remember that it’s vital you take a few days off of work. It’s advised that you even take a week or more off, to give yourself plenty of time to begin the healing process. Avoid exercise and moving around too much, though it’s advised that you begin taking short walks as soon as possible. You absolutely cannot have sex, for at least 4-6 weeks. Make sure your partner is aware of this fact and realizes that you cannot engage in sexual intercourse before your doctor approves it, even if you feel okay. Do not wear tight clothes or soak in a bath because this could increase irritation and the risk of infection.

What you should be doing

Make sure the area is cleaned regularly and carefully watch for any issues, such as bleeding, pus, or other signs of an infection. If severe swelling and discoloration continue after a few weeks, schedule a visit with your doctor to make sure everything is okay. Use your water bottle to spray the area while you urinate, to avoid any pain from urine contact with the incisions and also to clean the area after using the bathroom. Apply any ointments according to your doctor’s instructions.

 

By following all these steps, you should be able to experience a relatively worry-free recovery from your labiaplasty!