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HIGH SCORES FOR LIPOSUCTION and ABDOMINOPLASTY (TUMMY TUCKS)

A newly published article in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports the results of a quality of life study on patients who have undergone cosmetic liposuction and/or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedures to remove excess abdominal fat.

Three hundred sixty patients took part in this study, with 216 patients or 60 percent having only liposuction, 126 patients or 35%  undergoing a combination of liposuction and abdominoplasty .

Liposuction plus abdominoplasty produced the highest patient satisfaction rate — more than 99 percent — with no increase in pain compared to abdominoplasty alone. Patients who had undergone abdominoplasty rated their outcomes at 9 out of 10, compared with the 8 out of 10 score for patients who had had liposuction only.

Overall, 86 percent of patients reported an improved sense of self-esteem after surgery, while about 70 percent reported improved quality of life.

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FREE COSMETIC SURGERY FOR ALL – HOW DEMOCRATIC!

Did you know that even a poor chambermaid or a struggling housewife living in Brazil, is entitled to free cosmetic surgery? The philosophy behind the more than 220 clinics across Brazil that treat thousands of maids, receptionists, waitresses and others is simply that beauty is a right that belongs equally to the poor and the affluent.

The Brazilian Society of Aesthetic Medicine’s Rio clinic has performed free procedures on more than 14,000 patients since its founding in 1997.

Beauty treatments such as free Botox, chemical peels and laser hair removal may at first seem shockingly frivolous in a country which, despite phenomenal economic growth in recent years, still battles some basic diseases such as tuberculosis and dengue.

Surgeons argue, and apparently have convinced the government, that good looks have a more than skin deep effect, and by treating what patients view as physical flaws, doctors are often also healing their psyches, bolstering their self-esteem. The notion that beauty treatments can help free patients from crippling neuroses, was pioneered over many decades by celebrated Brazilian plastic surgeon Ivo Pitanguy, now 85 years of age.

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ANNUAL COSMETIC SURGERY STATISTICS JUST REVEALED

For the past 15 years the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has collected annual data on the numbers of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. Recently released figures show that nearly 9.2 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2011. Can you guess which surgical procedure reached #1 on the popularity charts, based on numbers performed? What about non-surgical procedures?

If you guessed lipoplasty (liposuction) for surgical and Botulinum Toxin Type A (including Botox and Dysport) for nonsurgical, BINGO, you hit the jackpot!

Cosmetic surgical procedures increased almost 1 percent in the past year, with over 1.6 million procedures in 2011. Surgical procedures accounted for 18% of the total numbers of procedure performed representing 63% of total expenditures. The top five surgical procedures were:

  1.     Liposuction (325,332)
  2.     Breast augmentation (316,848)
  3.     Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) (149,410)
  4.     Bletharoplasty (eyelid surgery) (147,540)
  5.     Breast Lift (127,054)

Nonsurgical procedures accounted for 82% of the total number of procedures performed, representing 37% of total expenditures. The top five minimally-invasive procedures were:

  1.     Botulinum Toxin Type A (2,619,739 procedures)
  2.     Hyaluronic acid (1,206,186 procedures);
  3.     Laser Hair Removal (919,802 procedures)
  4.     Microdermabrasion (499,427 procedures)
  5.     IPL Laser Treatment (439,161 procedures)

As for gender breakdown, women accounted for almost 8.4 million cosmetic procedures or 91% of the total. Men accounted for almost 800,000 cosmetic procedures or 9% of the total. The top five surgical procedures for men were: liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast reduction to treat enlarged male breast, and facelift.

What does this mean in terms of dollars and cents? Americans spent nearly $10 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2011. Of that total $6.2 billion was spent on surgical procedures; $1.7 billion on injectable procedures; $1.6 billion on skin rejuvenation procedures; and over $360 million on other nonsurgical procedures, including laser hair removal and laser treatment of leg veins.

What do you predict for the future? As baby boomers and their children continue to age, will interest in anti-aging solutions continue to grow? Or will our society do an about face, stop  fighting the aging battle, and become more complacent about that mirror reflection.

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COSMETIC SURGERY INNOVATION OR SNAKE OIL??

Plastic Surgeons have been doing fat grafting procedures for decadess. Many procedures use fat from the thighs and abdomen and graft it into the breasts or face, to create a smoother, firmer look. According to industry figures, plastic surgeons performed nearly 60,000 fat grafting procedures in the U.S. in 2010.

Fat grafting involves taking fat from one part of the body and injecting it into another. Some devices are entering the market that claim to  remove unwanted fluid, blood cells and debris from the fat to prepare it for grafting. Other systems are said to separate and purify adult stem cells to create fat grafts enhanced with adult stem cells. Wallah – the so-called “stem cell facelift” which some plastic surgeons tout as a means to creating a younger, healthier-looking physique than through traditional surgery.

 

But there are few studies backed by clinical evidence to support such claims, and the Food and Drug Administration has not approved any therapies using stem cells for cosmetic use.

Dr. Felmont Eaves, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, calls this modern-day snake oil . . . the worst form of merchandising for a procedure that doesn’t have scientific evidence to back it up.

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BOOB JOB CREAMS – DO THEY REALLY WORK?

The results of a 6 week test on boob job creams were just published in Cosmetic Surgery Guru, showing pretty mixed reviews on their effectiveness.

The site ran the test over a six-week period, with a selection of female volunteers asked to try out two of the leading brands out there and report back regularly on their experiences.

The most expensive cream on the market was the one that seemed to garner the most negative response, with no-one reporting any discernible difference in breast size. The luxurious, moisturising qualities of the cream appeared to be a positive, but one of the volunteers stated: “not worth the money for what is more or less a posh moisturizer”.

While the “soft scent of rose, orange and grapefruit oil” was appreciated by some, others felt that after a while, applying the cream became something of an inconvenience –  especially since they saw no discernible difference.

There was a much more positive response for the second cream tested. One woman praised the sweet smell and some saw their breasts change by the half-way mark. “I do think my breasts feel fuller and tighter. My breasts also look a bit rounder and more appealing in my bra.”, said one.

Others said they felt their chest was “slightly firmer” and another comment was “my bra is fitting much tighter and in certain tops I can see a real difference.” In addition, praise was given to the cream for making the women more aware of their cup size, with one woman saying “I’d certainly be likely to notice changes.”

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CAN COSMETIC SURGERY BE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH?

I get occasional flack from my readers and fellow bloggers for my positive views on Cosmetic Surgery for the right person, when done at the right time, with the right surgeon, for the right reasons. I know there are a lot of “rights” there. But when all those ducks are in a row, here is one huge positive issue often overlooked.

As we all know, body image, which is intimately linked to appearance, can make a huge difference in the way we feel about ourselves. As I interviewed women (over 100 of them for my book on women and cosmetic surgery), their stories confirmed how deeply body image can be embedded into our psyche and how powerfully it impacts our lives.

But what fascinated me even more was the results of a Mayo Clinic study, where they tracked two hundred and fifty women who had had facelifts twenty years earlier. They discovered that by statistical comparison, the facelift patients had lived ten years longer than the general female population.

Does this study claim a cause-effect relationship between facelifts and longevity? Certainly not! But it does suggest that cosmetic surgery patients are likely to be strongly dedicated to health and fitness, which can easily translate to living longer. After all is said and done, the last laugh might be heaped upon those who have no interest in outer beauty and little patience for those who do!

Want to know what really makes me bristle? Read my article about the $25,000 Nip, Tuck and Lift Sweepstakes, sponsored by Trump Taj Mahal. Speaking of giving Cosmetic Surgery a bad name!

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