Breast Reconstruction Patients Undergo Cosmetic Surgery to Further Improve Body Image, ASPS Study Finds

Breast Reconstruction Cosmetic Surgery

Although breast reconstruction can dramatically improve a woman’s self-esteem and sense of well-being following mastectomy, it may not be the only step some patients are taking to improve their self-image. A new study presented at Plastic Surgery The Meeting, the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Oct. 11-15, in San Diego, found that some breast cancer patients may choose to have cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction or eyelid surgery, in a quest to further improve their overall body image following breast reconstruction.

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ASDS Survey: Consumers List Top Cosmetic Procedure Choices

Cosmetic Spa Cosmetic Surgery

More consumers are choosing non-invasive cosmetic treatments as they seek to improve skin tone and smooth wrinkles, according to survey data from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

Microdermabrasions, wrinkle-relaxing injections, chemical peels and laser/light procedures rank as the top four cosmetic treatments, according to the 2013 ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures

Here is a nice infographic from ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures

Source: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

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Questions to Ask Before Committing to Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery Plastic Surgery

If you read celebrity news, it may seem like the decision to undergo plastic surgery is as easy as choosing what to eat for dinner. However, going under the knife is not something that should be taken lightly, and you need to be 100 percent certain that you’re making the right choice before signing up for a procedure. Here are a few questions you must consider before booking a plastic surgery procedure.

  • Is this really what I want?
  • Have I considered all of my options?
  • Have I found a qualified plastic surgeon?

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High Rate of Herbal Supplement Use by Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Patients, Study Finds

Cosmetic Surgery Plastic Surgery

Preoperative evaluations before facial cosmetic surgery find that about half of patients are taking herbal and other supplements, reports a study in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

“It is extremely important to investigate the use of herbal medicines, as many of these supplements can put the surgical patient at risk,” writes ASPS Member Surgeon Dr. Bahman Guyuron and colleagues of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. They advise patients to stop taking supplements at least two weeks before cosmetic plastic surgery.

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Plastic Surgery: Can a lift give you a lift? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Cosmetic Surgery Facelift Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery procedures that have seen landmark growth are ones that give you a lift – upper arm lift, breast lift, thigh lift, lower body lift and tummy tuck. Lift procedures help dramatic weight-loss patients remove large amounts of skin and fat left behind, as well as those who have stretched out their skin from pregnancy, weight fluctuations and the loss of muscle from aging

Here is a nice infographic from The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery on Lift Procedures

Source: The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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

Botox Cosmetic Surgery Filler

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.