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This time of year, everyone starts to get excited about the holidays. For you, the upcoming holidays could mean more time off work than you’ve had since last winter! While you’re planning how to make good use of your holiday vacation, know this: the holidays are the best time of year for plastic surgery! If you’ve been thinking about treating yourself, here’s why you might want to take the plunge this holiday season.
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Any mother can tell you that along with baby, there comes a number of changes to a woman’s body. Uncomfortable and sometimes inconvenient, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding all take a toll on a new mother’s figure. Hoping to attain their bodies to their pre-pregnancy shape, many women come to Mouchantat Plastic Surgery seeking out Dr. Mouchantat’s assistance.
It is nearly impossible not to have Marilyn Monroe come to mind when thinking of Hollywood or American pop culture. More often than not, Monroe is associated with things like elegance, femininity and natural beauty. However, it appears that even Marilyn underwent some minor plastic surgery treatments.
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Struggling With Uneven Breasts?
As the most common cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States
, breast augmentations are performed for a whole host of reasons. One of the most popular influences is breast asymmetry, a case in which one breast is noticeably larger than the other.
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in The New York Times
, Father’s Day has now become a popular time to give dads the gift of cosmetic procedures.
In the last few years, male cosmetic procedures have become more popular, thanks to media attention and the increased visibility of male celebrities speaking out about their procedures. And cosmetic procedures can be anything from minimally invasive facial fillers and Botox injections to full face lifts or tummy tucks. Choosing something that you know is important to the recipient’s heart, or letting them choose their own procedure, can help make this Father’s Day gift a big success.
Liposuction, Tummy Tucks Popular Treatments for Fathers
According to one source interviewed by the Times,
at least one cosmetic surgeon’s office “has seen requests for procedures around Father’s Day go up close to 50 percent among men; the highest level than any other time of year.” It likely helps that this holiday occurs right at the beginning of summer, when people are getting ready to be out and active in the sun all season long.
For men, as with women, the most popular cosmetic treatments are non-surgical. Botox
Cosmetic injections, now the gold standard of minimally invasive wrinkle treatment, help give a more youthful appearance for a comparatively low investment. Facial fillers
and skin treatments are other non-invasive temporary solutions that can easily be repeated regularly.
For those seeking a more significant adjustment, the most popular surgical options for men currently include liposuction
, nose jobs, eyelid surgery and breast reductions. In 2012, nearly 10% of all cosmetic surgeries were performed on men, up from 8% just a few years before, and almost 0% a few decades ago. This trend is likely to continue, as cosmetic surgery becomes accepted and common in the United States and around the world.
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For those hoping to get their bodies back in tip-top shape, here are four pre-summer treatments which are always popular:
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- Medical-Grade Skin Products: As mentioned in a recent article for the international edition of marie claire, facial lines and wrinkles are often one of the primary concerns for those getting ready for summer. For mild facial aging, these issues are also the most treatable, with a wide range of possibilities from creams to face lifts. Medical-grade skin treatment products can tighten and firm skin. These skin treatments greatly vary in intensity based on the necessary amount of treatment.
- Chemical Peels and Other Office Skin Treatments: Your skin tone really becomes important during the summer, when you want to be active in the sun yet keep yourself protected from possible damage. For improving skin tone, medical-grade skin products are an excellent first step, which may be followed with in-office treatments that may improve skin tone include microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser treatments.
- Lip Injections: The lips are often a focal point for many facial aging concerns, as a key location for fine lines, wrinkles, as well as more dramatic facial lines that can really change the look of the face. Increased lip volume through facial fillers can help to alleviate many of these issues.
- Face, Neck and Arm Lifts: More serious signs of aging may include sagging or excess skin, which often accumulates at the neck, face, upper arms and thighs. These more serious amounts of skin may not be treatable with injectable procedures and other minimally invasive treatments. For these men and women, surgical intervention may be necessary, to remove the excess skin and tighten the remaining tissue. The most popular versions of these procedures are facelifts and neck lifts, as well as arm lifts, thigh lifts and complete body lifts, when excess tissue is removed around the midsection.
A recent European study has shown that cosmetic surgery improves self-esteem and happiness after a procedure and for several months afterward.
The study, which was conducted by Ruhr Universitat and the University of Basal, worked with 544 first-time surgical patients to establish information about those who choose cosmetic procedures. In addition, the study included 264 people who were interested in cosmetic surgery but chose not to get it, and 1,000 people who were not interested. The study was written up in the journal Clinical Psychological Science,
and recently discussed
in the NY Daily News.
Realistic Expectations Crucial to a Successful Plastic Surgery Outcome
Prior to their plastic surgery, there were no real happiness or self-esteem differences between those intending to have surgery and those who were not. However, when the breast lift
, face lift, tummy tuck
, and breast augmentation
patients were interviewed again at three, six and twelve months post-surgery, the surgical patients were noticeably improved in these areas.
In the words of the study authors, “these patients felt healthier, were less anxious, had developed more self-esteem and found the operated body feature in particular, but also their body as a whole, more attractive. No adverse effects were observed.”
Another part of the study involved assessing how realistic the patient’s expectations were regarding their plastic surgery. According to these numbers, only about 12% of potential patients had unrealistic expectations of their outcomes and the effect their surgery would have on their lives. The American Psychological Association noted that previous research had firmly established a link between dissatisfaction, poor outcomes and unreasonable expectations.
Overall, other statistics collected by the survey showed that woman remain the driving force behind plastic surgery. According to those numbers, 87% of patients who choose cosmetic procedures are women.
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New information from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons indicate increases in cosmetic surgery by about five percent during 2012. Non-surgical procedures were the area that had the most growth, with Botox
and microdermabrasion showing the biggest increases.
According to the ASPS
, there were 14.6 million cosmetic procedures in 2012, as well as 5.6 million reconstructive procedures. This represents the third year in a row with similar growth patterns, signifying that these numbers may be representative of a larger overall pattern.
Increases in Facelifts, Botox, Other Non-Surgical Procedures
According to ASPS President Gregory Evans, MD, “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.”
Botox Cosmetic injections were clearly the most popular procedure in 2012, with more than 6 million performed, three times as many as the second-most popular procedure, which was soft tissue fillers. Botox enjoyed an 8% increase, and dermal fillers had a 5% increase. The other most popular non-surgical procedures were chemical peels, laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion, all of which saw moderate growth.
The most popular cosmetic procedure of 2012 was breast augmentation
, closely followed by rhinoplasty and facelifts
. Other cosmetic surgical procedures in the top five were eyelid surgeries and face lifts, both of which experienced moderate growth in 2012.
The rapid growth in non-surgical procedures may be attributed to the constant improvement of these procedures in recent years, which have made them more effective, less expensive, and with a decreased recovery period. Greater overall acceptance of cosmetic procedures has led new patients to give them a try, and many begin with these non-surgical procedures before deciding to have long-term options such as rhinoplasty or a facelift.
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With the rapid changes in popularity and public acceptance of cosmetic surgery, more and more young professionals are choosing to have procedures done to improve their interviews. This trend, previously seen in India and the UK, is now being seen in the United States.
For many young professionals, these procedures are performed to help enhance their image for important events such as interviews, presentations and celebrations. Some of the most popular procedures for this type of new patients include scar removal, nose jobs, ear surgery, tattoo removal and other skin procedures.
Younger Professionals Choosing Cosmetic Procedures
to Dr. Sunil Choudhary, who directs aesthetic/reconstructive surgery at Max Super-Specialty Hospital in Dehli, “the majority of cases we get have to do with change in facial appearance. Men come with two main demands — removal of a bad scar or stitch mark on the cheek or forehead or improvement of a crooked nose. The reason for the scar or the crooked nose could be anything — an accident or a fall. But they feel it will associate them as someone who has fights or gets into a brawl at a bar and can therefore earn negative points.”
These kind of trends have a way of building momentum, for as more people choose these procedures, the standards shift toward more cosmetic procedures. This sets the bar higher for others who have not had surgery, making them more likely to choose it themselves.
Anti-aging procedures are also frequently being performed on younger men and women for similar purposes. This includes Botox Cosmetic injections
, dermal fillers
, and a variety of facial
and neck lifts. For many, the end goal is creating the best possible first impression, a particularly important quality for those working in sales and other positions with direct customer interactions.
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Long the leader in cosmetic surgery innovation, the United States was recently announced as having the most cosmetic procedures performed of any country. The most popular surgical procedure for Americans was found to be breast augmentation.
As reported by The Huffington Post,
the United States now leads the world in several areas relating to cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. This report was based on an international study that was performed in collaboration with surgeons and organizations around the world. Over 20,000 surgeons were consulted, representing a truly thorough level of investigation.
US Leads in Surgical and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures
With over 3 million cosmetic procedures, the United States once more brings home the gold medal in both the surgical and non-surgical categories. US surgeons performed over one million cosmetic surgeries during 2011, and over 2 million non-surgical procedures. It also has the most licensed surgeons (nearly 6,000), and was the world leader for lipoplasty
, breast augmentation
, blepharoplasty, as well as tummy tucks.
The most popular American non-surgical cosmetic procedure was Botox Cosmetic
, which was also the overwhelming world leader. These injections, which help minimize and prevent facial wrinkles around the eyes, nose and mouth, accounted for more than a third of all non-surgical procedures worldwide. Other popular procedures were facial fillers and skin treatments.
Interestingly, the most popular American surgical procedure was breast augmentation, though it was not the most common surgery performed worldwide. That distinction belongs to lipoplasty or liposuction, which accounted for nearly 20% of all international cosmetic surgery.
In North America and Europe, breast augmentation was generally the most common surgical procedure. Asian and South American countries more frequently performed lipoplasty/liposuction than their United States counterparts.
The article also credited some of the rise in cosmetic procedures to the increasing popularity of internet coupon sites that offer patients promotional offers for both surgical and non-surgical procedures.
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