Bad celebrity plastic surgery: Not common and completely avoidable

Posted: September 10, 2013

The hottest stories online about plastic surgery are of course, the stories of surgery gone wrong. Combine that with the element of celebrity and you have a surefire hit on your hands. We have all seen the stories and as a plastic surgeon, we know it doesn’t tell the whole story. First, they don’t represent the majority of people who get plastic surgery. Most are hardworking men and women who want to look and feel better. Some have problems that cause great distress and self-conscious behavior. Secondly, the celebrities who have great plastic surgery – you’d never know!

Who gets plastic surgery? The tabloids want you to believe that celebs and reality stars are carrying the industry, but ASAPS statistics spell it out for you. Men and women age 35-50 were 40% of the total. They are focused on recovering their bodies, remaining competitive in the job market and anti-aging.

2012 Cosmetic Surgery Statistics and infographic – the numbers don’t lie.

Ageless beauty – see the breakdown of procedures by age and what is most popular.–anti-aging-cosmetic-procedures-age-infographic-1048223

Mommy Makeover – Breast augmentation, Tummy Tuck and Liposuction are the top three procedures and represent our largest patient group.

Goals – when planning plastic surgery, most patients want to look better and feel better about an area of their body. As a surgeon, let patients know how their goals and what you go over during the consultation will make sure they will get the best result.
The wrong reasons to get plastic surgery

Confusion over what procedure to get can also cause problems. See this month’s newsletter (June 2013) on when to go surgical or nonsurgical. Here’s an article about how to firm up a jawline/neck:–liposuction-lasers-lifts-injections-1045936
It’s good to have a plan – along with statistics on aging, here is an article on how to combat common problems at different ages:–expect-face-1039726

Learn from celebrity mistakes – let your patients know what the common mistakes or misconceptions about plastic surgery are and they’ll understand how you can help avoid them.

The face – it’s easy to pick out those who are too tight or over-Botoxed, but what happens when those lines and creases go untreated? See this article on how our emotions are tied to our wrinkles:–wrinkles-hard-judge-emotions-1051247
Tips on choosing a plastic surgeon for your nose:
Oversized breasts – there have never been more options in achieving a natural looking results. See this article on some new trends in breast augmentation:

Social media pushing beauty trends

Posted: October 20, 2013

In the high-tech world of candid photographs, increasingly high resolution images and instantaneous uploads, it has never been more important to look “camera ready.” Photo-editing software may be available on your mobile phone, but you can’t hide in a Google Hangout or on Facetime. Many have seen what the self-facing camera combined with bad angles and lighting can do to a person’s confidence. Set your patients’ fears at ease – there is hope.

1. Skin – If your body was a piece of art, your skin would be the canvas. Having clear and clean skin will be one less thing you have to worry about on those impromptu photos and webcam chats.

Before anything can be done to help your skin on the outside, be sure to be treating your insides with the same care. Learn about some anti-aging ingredients that can help you on a cellular level:
Sometimes you have to spend to get the right product; however, before you shell out big bucks on a “new ingredient” or a “secret” to anti-aging, find out if it’s worth it. Here are some top tips on how to save on beauty products:
Microdermabrasion, chemical peels and facials all help you keep your skin looking fabulous, but if you want to prevent sun spots and wrinkles; you better layer on the sunscreen. A new study finds that those using sunscreen showed 24% less aging than those who don’t:

2. Facial perception – Bringing your best face forward online sometimes means that there are some problem areas that may need cosmetic help. Looking angry, sad, having deep lines and lack of volume in certain areas can give the wrong idea.

Recent news stories have pointed out a condition called “bitchy resting face,” where some people look angry, sad or disapproving when they’re face is in a neutral resting position. Is your face giving off mixed messages and what can you do about it:
Crow’s feet, bags and dark circles – the eyes speak volumes and they might be asking for help. Find out about some nonsurgical ways to revitalize their look, from drinking the right amount of water to Botox and filler injections:
Emotions – A new study points out that younger people had trouble judging the faces of older adults and thought they had “mixed emotions.” Make sure that your patients are conveying the right emotions:–wrinkles-hard-judge-emotions-1051247

3. Common issues – many people think that a plastic surgery procedure is meant to make you look like a different person, but not true. Most want to look like they did years ago or a younger version of their current selves.

Aging gracefully – in today’s world where people are living longer and healthier, we want to match our insides with our outsides. Sometimes, being perceived as younger can give you the energy or confidence to take on the world:
Women in the media are a good indication of how women are judged more harshly than men in the public eye. In politics, a good facelift, chin implant or neck lift can give you the advantage by taking the attention away from your appearances and bringing the focus back to what’s important: your message.
Patient safety – while social media is pushing the trend to look great in photos and video, it is also a breeding ground for unscrupulous advertising and unlicensed criminals selling illegal products and services. The stories are endless, but see two women’s stories here:

Cosmetic Trends: Fads vs. Truths

Posted: November 30, 2013

There are articles and advertisements online, in print and on television everyday talking about the latest device, product or technique that will get you fast results for cheap. This extends from the most extensive surgeries, like a facelift to smaller treatments like a facial or noninvasive laser. Most of the claims should be taken with at least a grain of salt, but some shortcuts and claims could lead to more serious complications like hospitalization and corrective surgery. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is – exercise caution.

Facials, creams and potions
Snails, bird poop and gold are just a few things that have made headlines on ingredients for anti-aging treatments that focus on good skincare recently. Here are a collection of articles discussing these strange fads and alternatives like microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels.

– Latest skincare fad: Live snails?–live-snails-1051640

–  Study: Gold in your skincare products accelerates aging–gold-skincare-products-accelerates-aging-1050891

– Will bird poop facials take off as a new skincare fad?

Lunchtime facelifts
There are many ways to lift a face and some patients do well with a mini-lift with minor incisions and a quick recovery, but most of this cannot be achieved over an hour lunch. Injectables and skin resurfacing treatments is more appropriate for that time frame. See some patient safety articles that can spurn some good conversations with patients.

– 3 questions to ask before committing to plastic surgery

– Lifestyle Lift changes national ads after probe

– Branded Surgery Is Not Always the “Quick Fix” it is Advertised To Be

Illegal injections
Perhaps the most alarming trend is the increase in illegal injections of potentially toxic and unverified products from unlicensed individuals due to the popularity of buttock augmentations and Botox. It seems like there’s a news story every week about the arrests of these unscrupulous criminals who prey on vulnerable patients who do not have the resources and information to make better decisions. Share these stories as a cautionary tale and let patients know how they can make the best choice for their situation.

– Mother-daughters arrested for illegal Botox injections

– Putting the medical end of your medispa under the microscope

– Woman sought for administering plastic surgery without a license

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