Plastic Surgery News & Specials – January 2014

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Achieving New Year’s Goals

The New Year often brings with it resolutions aimed at getting back into shape. Although some may start out ambitiously, following through on the promise to lose weight or get toned is often easier said then done. However, according to the Louisiana-based paper The News Star, there are a number of ways to get a svelte physique this year.
Dieting and exercise are the most natural body-contouring option, but experts say it is important to get healthy smartly. For instance, losing a great deal of weight quickly can be unhealthy, as can over-exercising. Doctors advocate losing no more than 1 to 2 pounds per week.
Though weight loss can be achieved through diet and exercise, cosmetic procedures such as liposuction and tummy tucks can combat certain problem areas resistant to diet & exercise.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, although liposuction can help improve one’s figure, the results may vanish if the patient gains weight afterward, or does not maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Winter is Ideal for Laser Procedures

The popularity of laserskin resurfacing is on the rise, and doctors say that winter is a great time to undergo these procedures.
“It’s very important to avoid the sun as much as possible and it’s a lot easier to do that in the winter time than it is in the middle of the summer,” a Texas-based plastic surgeon recently told KTSM-TV News.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the number of laser skin resurfacing procedures performed by its members increased by nearly 10 percent between 2009 and 2010.
The procedure uses light to repair wrinkles, sun damage and scarring.
“Doing this type of fractional resurfacing improves skin texture, skin color, pore size, acne scarring, any kind of scarring issues that we may have,” the physician told the news provider.
While a licensed, board-certified plastic surgeon can discuss what type of skin resurfacing is best for you, it’s important to note that results often take as long as several months to completely appear. However, the procedure does provide long-lasting results.

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Spike in Patients Starting Off New Year with Plastic Surgery

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According to a new report from TIME, cosmetic procedures soar at this time of year, and the “gifting” of plastic surgery is reportedly a rising holiday season trend.

According to plastic surgeons cited in an ABC News report, the gifting of cosmetic surgery is up 20% to 35%, depending on the procedure and practice. Likewise, an post called on plastic surgeons reporting that sales of gift cards—often for $150 to $200, which cover low-cost procedures like medical-grade peels—have undergone a “dramatic increase.”

Read the full story on TIME.

FDA Approves BOTOX® Cosmetic for Temporary Improvement of Moderate to Severe Lateral Canthal Lines (Crow’s Feet Lines) in Adults


BOTOX® Cosmetic receives FDA approval for the temporary improvement of moderate to severe lateral canthal lines (commonly known as crow’s feet lines) in adults.

BOTOX® Cosmetic is the first and only product of its kind approved for this indication. BOTOX® Cosmetic, approved in the United States in 2002 for the temporary improvement of moderate to severe glabellar lines (frown lines between the brows) for patients aged 18 to 65 years, remains the number-one minimally invasive aesthetic medical treatment globally.

The safety and efficacy of BOTOX® Cosmetic as a treatment for crow’s feet lines was demonstrated in two randomized, multi-center, placebo-controlled clinical trials. The studies enrolled more than 1,350 subjects with 833 subjects receiving treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic. The trial demonstrated that BOTOX® Cosmetic was an effective treatment compared to the control group, which did not receive BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment.

Full news story at Business Wire

Botox Gives More 20-Somethings a Jump on Wrinkles


Frown lines, forehead creases and crow’s-feet, oh my!

If the rise in Botox procedures is any indication, the fountain of youth might be found in a syringe, even for 20-somethings whose signs of aging are often invisible to the naked eye.

The number of Botox procedures among 20-somethings rose 8 percent in 2012 to 92,955 from the prior year, according to the 2012 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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2012 Statistics Show Rising Demand for Botox Injections, Chemical Peels, Fillers and Much More.

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Recent statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) indicate that 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, including both minimally-invasive and surgical, were performed in the United States in 2012, up 5 percent since 2011. In addition, 5.6 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed last year, up 1 percent.

Cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures increased 6 percent, with more than 13 million procedures in 2012. “For the third consecutive year, the overall growth in cosmetic surgery continues to be driven by a significant rise in minimally-invasive procedures, while surgical procedures remain relatively stable,” said ASPS President Gregory Evans, MD.

2012 marked the highest number of botulinum toxin type A (Botox®, Dysport®) injections performed to date. Other facial rejuvenation procedures like soft tissue fillers, laser skin resurfacing and microdermabrasion also saw sizable increases.

The top five minimally-invasive procedures were:

  • Botulinum toxin type A (6.1 million procedures, up 8 percent)
  • Soft tissue fillers (2 million procedures, up 5 percent)
  • Chemical peel (1.1 million procedures, up 2 percent)
  • Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, up 4 percent)
  • Microdermabrasion (974,000 procedures, up 8 percent)

For the full statistics visit the ASPS website.

Surgical vs. Non-surgical Plastic Surgery

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When weighing your plastic surgery options, you must decide whether you want to pursue surgical procedures, like a facelift, liposuction or tummy tuck, or non-surgical alternatives, like Botox or dermal filler injections.

Here are four questions to ask yourself when making this choice with your board-certified plastic surgeon:
1. How long do I have to recover?
2. How long do I want results to last?
3. How much do I want to spend?
4. Do I want a dramatic change?

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Plastic Surgery News & Specials – March 2013

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Tummy tucks on the rise among men

While many may believe that men are more impervious to body image issues than women, a recent trend seems to indicate otherwise. The New York Times reports that, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, between 2000 and 2009 the number of men undergoing abdominoplasty procedures, more commonly referred to as tummy tucks, has doubled.
Some men who are concerned about the appearance of their midsection may have tried out over-the-counter products that tout their ability to give users a six-pack. However, the news source reports that these creams and ointments are often very ineffective and might lead men to seek out other options.”If you think you can go into a store and buy something and get all these results, then you’re fooling yourself,” Stefan Pinto, a model and fitness writer, told the new source.Tanning is also a popular option to look slimmer in general, but also to create the illusion of abdominal muscles or more definition.
According to the Mayo Clinic, tummy tucks can be performed for a number of reasons, but are most frequently used to tighten any lose or excess skin. These areas are often resistant to exercise and diet.

Can a plastic surgeon remove c-section scars?

According to, the most common surgery undergone by women in the U.S. is childbirth by cesarean section – also known as c-section surgery. While many of these surgeries result in barely noticeable, horizontal scars below the underwear line, there are times when large, raised, discolored, painful or even vertical scarring happens.
The good news for women who have abnormal scars resulting from a c-section is that they may be able to make it less noticeable with the help of a plastic surgeon.
“In the hands of a skilled surgeon, painful, thick or prominent scars can be revised for a more subtle appearance,” a plastic surgeon who performs scar revision surgeries wrote recently in the La Jolla Light newspaper. Doctors may use several different methods to reduce the size and improve the appearance of a scar. According to the National Institutes of Health’s MedlinePlus, this may involve opening the incision and reclosing it carefully as well as using nonsurgical cosmetic techniques such as dermabrasion.
Others suggest women who suffer from unsightly c-section scars combine their scar revision with other procedures such as a tummy tuck or a so-called mommy makeover, which may include a combination of cosmetic procedures including breast lift, liposuction and/or body contouring.

Tummy tuck among the most popular plastic surgeries

Over the last decade, the number of plastic surgeries being performed has risen across the board, but one procedure in particular has experienced the most significant gains.
The number of patients undergoing tummy tucks has increased 84 percent from 2000 to 2009, according to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
While men can certainly benefit from the procedure, doctors say that the vast majority of patients undergoing the treatment are women. Analysts suggest that pregnancy’s effect on the body may be one of the main reasons women are more likely to elect for a tummy tuck.
This straightforward procedure can tighten and flatten the abdominal area, getting rid of excess skin and fat while allowing women to regain their figures.
Although tummy tucks are an effective form of body contouring, it is not a weight loss treatment and they work best on patients who have demonstrated that they can maintain a healthy weight.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery states that those who are considering undergoing a tummy tuck should first consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

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