Good Grades Rewarded with Plastic Surgery

January 17th, 2011 admin Posted in Face, plastic surgery No Comments »

Eyelid surgery (“blepharoplasty”) is a procedure designed to correct such problems as upper eye hooding and lower eye puffiness. Some patients opt for this procedure because they are experiencing vision impairment, which requires the excision of fat, muscle, and skin. Others simply want a wider-eyed appearance for cosmetic reasons.

While insurance may cover eyelid surgery if performed to help with obstructed vision, it is typically considered elective and is an out-of-pocket expense for the patient.

But what if you were able to undergo eyelid surgery simply for doing a good job in school? Well, it’s recently been reported that a South Korean University is rewarding students with their choice of plastic surgery. With hospitals taking advantage of this trend, offering good-size discounts for eye and nose operations (“rhinoplasty”), plastic surgery has been a universal interest; Americans are not the only population who desire cosmetic rejuvenation.

Many individuals of Asian descent turn to nose surgery for an upward tilt – a more “Westernized” appearance. And especially popular among young women, “double eyelid surgery” is performed to make their eyes look bigger. Dr. Sherman performs rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery on nearly all ethnicities, including Asian patients in the San Diego area.

More information regarding rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery in the San Diego area as well as Dr. Sherman’s expertise, can be found on his website, www.drsherman.com.

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A Skewed Perception of Yourself

January 4th, 2011 admin Posted in plastic surgery No Comments »

Men and women who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) often see themselves in a different light than those around them.

Whenever an individual with BDD looks in the mirror, he/she sees flaws and imperfections that must be corrected in order to be more aesthetically pleasing. Usually, BDD patients turn to cosmetic plastic surgery in order to alter their appearance. Some of the most common procedures that are requested are nose surgery (“rhinoplasty”) and Botox ® injections. Near Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Steven J. Pearlman performs these facial procedures.

Typically, the first thing we see in the mirror is our face, which is why those who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder see imperfections in the facial features first. A slight bump on the nose, asymmetrical nostrils, or a slight curvature in the tip may seem like extreme disfigurations to the individual. In addition, fine lines, wrinkles, and creases may be more bothersome to those with BDD than others. While some patients may undergo a nasal procedure to correct minor unwanted features, there are also those who continue with a second, third, and even fourth procedure. Botox injections may also be overused in some patients; these individuals may not be satisfied unless they have eliminated every line on his/her face. However, as surgeons see these patients become more obsessed with their appearance, they may refer the patients to a mental health professional. Although the patients have undergone several procedures and appear “perfect” to others, he/she may have a skewed perception of him/herself.

If you would like further information regarding rhinoplasty surgery or Botox in New York, you may contact Dr. Pearlman at his office. During a consultation, he can help determine if you are an ideal candidate for this procedure and if you have realistic expectations.

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Benefits of SmartLifting

August 23rd, 2010 admin Posted in plastic surgery No Comments »

Many individuals often feel that their aged facial skin and contour make them appear tired and/or older than they really are. Therefore, in order to correct unwanted signs of aging, many turn to cosmetic plastic surgery to regain a more youthful look. Now, with the advances in medical technology and techniques, facial rejuvenation is simple and gentler on the patient.

At bod:evolve in Denver, plastic surgery professional David R. Broadway, M.D., F.A.C.S. performs SmartLifting ™, a laser-assisted facelift procedure that helps improve the appearance of jowling in the chin and a lax neck area. When compared to traditional facelift surgery, some the benefits of SmartLifting include less surgery time, smaller incisions, faster recovery time, less bruising, and tighter skin. The laser energy stimulates collagen growth, which in turn provides patients with smoother, more refreshed facial skin. In addition, SmartLipo ™ can be combined with this procedure in order to remove stubborn fat cells from the neck region. This can help achieve a more defined jawline.

Men and women who are considering a facial plastic surgery procedure may browse Dr. Broadway’s website to learn more regarding SmartLifting in Denver. An initial consultation allows patients to discuss their desired results and have a personalized treatment plan created to meet their needs.

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Mommy Makeover Helps Regain Pre-Pregnancy Body

August 16th, 2010 admin Posted in Body, Breast, plastic surgery No Comments »

mommy makeoverEvery year, many women become pregnant and give birth to bouncing babies; however, while the end product brings much joy, the toll it takes on the mother’s body can be unpleasant for most. Oftentimes, the breasts become enlarged; and when breastfeeding stops, women can lose their volume and begin to sag. In addition, the abdominal muscles stretch and produce an unappealing bulge in the lower abdomen; loose, excess skin is commonly present as well.

In order to correct these characteristics, women opt to undergo a combination of body enhancing procedure in what is called a “Mommy Makeover.” Typically, breast augmentation and/or breast lift surgery, tummy tuck surgery, and liposuction are performed to help women regain their pre-pregnancy body. Although plastic surgery was considered taboo in years past, there are now more women openly discussing their procedures. Some feel that undergoing body enhancing procedures gives them a boost in self-esteem, while others do it to gain an advantage in the workforce. It is also an increasing trend to see mothers in their late 30s to mid-40s undergo the surgeries – many of which have waited until their children are grown and/or in college.

You may learn more regarding these procedures on the website of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Stuart A. Linder, M.D., F.A.C.S. He performs face, breasts, and body contouring surgeries to help patients achieve their ideal outcome.

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What You Should Know About Plastic Surgery Financing

August 3rd, 2010 admin Posted in plastic surgery No Comments »

From New York to Newport Beach, plastic surgery financing is sweeping the nation. Credit-conscious consumers balk at the notion of getting a loan for cosmetic work, but for others, the option to spread the costs of plastic surgery over several months is highly attractive. For one, plastic surgery financing can save you money by allowing you to get multiple procedures during a single visit, rather than coming back periodically whenever you have the cash. But as with all credit instruments, plastic surgery financing can be a double-edged sword. Take note of the following:

Your Credit History Matters

How much you’ll pay in interest for your plastic surgery financing depends on a number of factors, but your credit history is the biggest. If you have a history of delinquencies, low credit-to-debt ratio or a low credit score overall, you may end up with a higher interest rate, a smaller line of credit, and stricter terms.

Healthcare Credit is an Unsecured Loan

Financing breast augmentation, liposuction or other cosmetic surgery procedure will always be an unsecured loan. Why? Simple: the bank can’t repossess a tummy tuck or facelift. Because of the greater risk involved for the lender, unsecured loans will always carry higher interest rates and more stringent terms than secured loans. If you pay on time and don’t default, a secured loan could cost you less if you plan on carrying a balance beyond the interest-free promotional period. But if you default on a secured loan, you lose your collateral (i.e. your home or your car). Choose wisely.

Read the Fine Print

Many nationwide lenders that offer financing for plastic surgery offer zero percent or no interest financing. Make sure you read the fine print first, however. These offers typically require you to pay off the entire balance within a certain period of time, such as six months. If you fail to do so, you are levied an exorbitantly high interest rate – think 20 percent or more—on your balance dating back to the origination of the loan.

Bottom-line: Approach plastic surgery financing much like you’d get a new credit card offer in the mail. Shop around, make sure that the lender is reputable and crunch the numbers for the best and worst case scenarios in order to get a realistic idea of how much your credit will cost you.

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Low Cost Plastic Surgery – More Expensive in the Long Run

July 15th, 2010 admin Posted in Breast, plastic surgery No Comments »

The media places a large amount of pressure on maintaining a youthful appearance at every age. However, the cost can oftentimes seem daunting and seeking the most economical plastic surgeon becomes priority over skill and experience. Although the initial cost of a procedure may sound appealing, unpleasant results and side effects can end up being much more expensive in the long run.

Recently, doctors who claim to be qualified plastic surgeons have taken out ads to entice potential patients with low cost procedures. Unfortunately, these doctors have little to no training in the requested surgeries and cause undesirable results. Patients who experience complications post-surgery often end up undergoing reconstructive procedures. Along with added expenses, patients may have physical remnants of a sub par surgery, such as scarring and/or infection. For these reasons, it is highly recommended to thoroughly research the plastic surgeon, his/her practice, and the procedure itself. Becoming educated on the surgeon’s education, qualifications, certifications, and results is of utmost importance. In addition, visiting more than one doctor is greatly encouraged in order to learn of the various options available.

For example, George Alexander, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a qualified and experienced Las Vegas breast augmentation surgeon. He holds membership and board certification from several, credible plastic surgery societies, has performed breast surgery for more than 15 years and is a specialist in breast implant exchange and breast lift surgery.

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Reining in the Plastic Surgery Craze: Reconciling Reality with Television

July 13th, 2010 admin Posted in plastic surgery No Comments »

Plastic surgery has been a hot topic on many different television networks, featuring past and present television shows such as “Extreme Makeover,” “The Swan,” “I Want a Famous Face,” “Dr. 90210,” “Plastic Surgery: Before & After,” “Nip/Tuck” “Miami Slice,” and the list goes on.

The direct result of plastic surgery doctors and patients receiving more air time – both in fictionalized dramas and reality television series – shows a heightened awareness of, and interest in cosmetic surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), about four out of five of patients indicated that television directly influenced their decision to undergo cosmetic surgery.

The interplay between televised depictions of cosmetic surgery and real life plastic surgery has a number of impacts. Most significantly, the high visibility of cosmetic surgery has somewhat transformed the public opinion of elective plastic surgery. Once viewed as an elitist indulgence reserved for the super-wealthy and pathologically vain, cosmetic work is now being seen as a more populist solution for crafting physical appearances. The process of cosmetic work has also been significantly demystified; by taking viewers behind the scenes and into the operating rooms, they are able to establish a foundation for their expectations, rather than assuming the worst.

But many practicing plastic surgeons worry that patient expectations have not yet reached parity with reality. Dr. John Persing, a member of the ASPS, warned that TV shows—even those touted as “reality television”—may create “unrealistic, unhealthy expectations about what plastic surgery can do for you.” Many times, procedures that are depicted on television deliver less dramatic results and carry higher risks than is revealed to viewers.

With this trend on the rise, a greater burden of responsibility has been placed on practicing cosmetic surgeons to properly educate prospective patients. These best practices are emerging effectively in areas where cosmetic procedures are most popular, such as Orange County. Plastic surgery, including breast augmentation and even minimally invasive injections, are prefaced with numerous consultations that help patients better understand the risks and results. For example, Dr. Andres Talesnik, a Newport Beach liposuction and facial beauty specialist, offers free consultations to all new patients to ensure that they have a realistic understanding of the procedure before moving forward. In this way, plastic surgeons can help patients reconcile the reality of plastic surgery with what they see on TV.

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How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon at Home or Abroad

June 29th, 2010 admin Posted in plastic surgery No Comments »

There are many cosmetic surgeons to choose from in the United States, and with the rise of medical tourism, some patients are even looking beyond the borders for plastic surgeons.

This means that there are literally thousands of doctors and clinics to choose from. While many are professional, qualified, and reputable, it can be difficult to separate the unscrupulous or inexperienced from the highly-trained and well-respected.

However, there are a couple ways that patients can ensure that they are working with an adept and ethical plastic surgeon.

Do Your Research

The first, most important and easiest step is to check for licenses and certifications. In the United States, and almost every other part of the world, doctors cannot practice plastic surgery without a license. As a patient, it’s your right to ask to see this license and verify it online or by calling the medical licensing board.

But just because a doctor is licensed doesn’t mean that he is a specialist in plastic surgery. For example, a doctor can be licensed as a dermatologist or allergist and can legally perform a liposuction or breast augmentation. In order to determine if a doctor has relevant experience and education for your procedure, check to see if they are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). For overseas doctors, check to see if they are a member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). These two certifications are widely accepted as the most respected among plastic surgery associations and can be verified online.

The last step is a bit more difficult, but is equally as vital as ensuring licenses and certifications. Before you go “under the knife,” schedule several pre-op consultations with your surgeon. Make sure that you have an open and clear channel of communication, that he or she is attentive to your needs, and that you feel comfortable entrusting your body with them. The importance of this step should not be overlooked, especially if you are visiting a facility in another country.

Whether you are seeing a doctor in San Sebastian or San Diego, plastic surgery should not be approached lightly. This is your body at stake, so take extra care and time to ensure that you are visiting a doctor you can trust.

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Cosmetic Surgery for Men on the Rise

June 22nd, 2010 admin Posted in plastic surgery No Comments »

More and more men are having cosmetic work done. Studies show that since 2000, the number of male patients visiting plastic surgeons has been on a significant uptick. But few casual observers have noticed this steadily rising trend—and perhaps that’s the point. Of the 1.1 million cosmetic procedures performed on males in 2009, about 900,000 consisted of “minimally-invasive” procedures, while the remaining 200,000 were surgical procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is no coincidence. The same American Society of Plastic Surgeons report shows that the amount of cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures has increased by 99 percent between 2000 and 2009.

These numbers suggest that the rise in cosmetic procedures for men is not—as some onlookers have conjectured—a signal that attitudes towards masculinity are shifting. The term “metrosexual” (i.e. a heterosexual man with the strong concern for personal appearances stereotypical of homosexuals) has been bandied about since 1994, when it was first coined by British journalist Mark Simpson. Rather, it is cosmetic medicine itself that has evolved.

Men who receive cosmetic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures are as “macho” as ever, in fact. They are high-powered executives and attorneys, small business owners and Baby Boomers who are competing with their younger-looking counterparts in the workplace. These are men who are diligent about their physical fitness and want to improve the parts of their bodies that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Namely, beer bellies, wrinkles and cheeks.

For example, at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center in Orange County, eyelid surgery helps men correct that “tired look” while liposuction helps eliminate persistent pockets of fat that can’t be toned through training. Ocean Plastic Surgery Center also offers minimally-invasive facial procedures, such as Botox, which relaxes muscles that cause lines and Restylene, a dermal filler which replaces volume in the cheeks. Minimal incisions facelifts are also important, since men do not wear makeup. As such, plastic surgeons must work to naturally minimize and hide facelift scars.

For men, looking younger without making it apparent that work has been done is key.The steady rise in cosmetic work for men is a testament to the ways that today’s subtler, less invasive procedures make it possible.

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Why Celebrities Overpay for Cosmetic Surgery

June 14th, 2010 admin Posted in plastic surgery No Comments »

In a time when families are struggling just to make ends meet, many are balking at headlines proclaiming six figure plastic surgery bills for the likes of Madonna and Demi Moore.

Ringing up at a combined total of $500,000, the amount that these two celebrities purportedly paid doesn’t just outweigh the costs of 48 years at Berkeley (enough tuition for ten students to get bachelor’s degrees); their bill also exceeds the actual costs of the cosmetic procedures they received.

How could that be?

In Your Face, a plastic surgery blog hosted by the Orange County Register, offers three explaining factors: overcharging, premium pricing, and good old-fashioned media exaggeration. The first two contributors to the inflated price tag for celebrity plastic surgery easily make sense. When celebrities go to the stadium, fly to New York, and dine at restaurants, they pay extra. They see the same ball game, arrive at the same airport and eat the same filet mignon as everyone else but in exchange for pampering and privacy, they’ll pay 10 or 20 times more for the experience.

The principle is the same with plastic surgery, where celebrities might pay surgeons top dollar for a transatlantic house call. Also, celebrities tend to hire surgeons who are celebrities themselves.

So how much does a non-celebrity typically pay for cosmetic surgery? For patients of Dr. Andres Taleisnik, a plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, breast lifts cost a mere fraction of what celebrities pay. By comparison, the national average surgeon’s fee for a breast lift is about $4,414. While fees vary by procedure and location, and are therefore slightly higher in Orange County, breast augmentation, breast implants and breast rejuvenation prices are far more reasonable than the figures cited in Us Weekly.

But in spite of being exempt from the “celebrity tax,” Orange County plastic surgery patients get the same level of attention and expertise as someone paying the same surgeon an exorbitant sum. As one Newport Beach plastic surgeon explained in the aforementioned In Your Face article, celebrities and others who shop by price “don’t get more. They pay more.” Plastic surgery, it seems, proves that sometimes it pays not to be a celebrity.

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