Young Hollywood Wants to Stay Young

July 23rd, 2010 admin Posted in Face | No Comments »

Usually, a youthful appearance is often sought after by older generations; however, there has been a recent increase in younger patients wanting to maintain their smooth facial skin.

As a non-surgical procedure, Botox ® injections have become a popular treatment amongst actresses and models in their 20s. While those in their late 30s and 40s are looking to rejuvenate their facial appearance, the younger stars are trying to keep up with the slew of teenage newcomers.

When injected into the target area, Botox temporarily paralyzes the underlying muscles that cause lines, wrinkles, and creases. Results typically last between four to six months and touch-up sessions are needed to maintain an optimal outcome. But what happens when patients start their treatments at an early age? Some doctors have said that there have been patients who build up an immunity to Botox and results are no longer seen. This means that a young model at 20 who gets regular Botox injections may end up with a wrinkled appearance by the time she is in her 30s anyway.

The best way to determine whether you are an ideal candidate for Botox injections, facelift surgery or other facial treatments is by visiting with a qualified plastic surgeon.

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Makeovers Mark Symbolic Beginning to Fresh Start for Two Orange County Women

July 21st, 2010 admin Posted in Home, Plastic Surgery Stories | No Comments »

“I can conquer the world now,” Frances Baker has said. She is one of two women who recently won a makeover contest sponsored by the Orange County Register. “I truly feel like it’s my time for the good,” she said. For both women, the makeovers, including eight weeks of fitness boot camp and visits to a dentist, ophthalmologist and a cosmetic surgeon, were a symbolic beginning to a fresh start. The full body makeover wasn’t just physically transformative; it also gave the women newfound confidence. Laura Kennedy, the other contest winner, is a cancer survivor, mother and recent divorcee. Her experience in fitness boot camp opened her eyes to what she was capable of achieving, and the chemical peels she received from a Newport Beach plastic surgeon helped reverse aging in her face, with Kennedy commenting that “it had to have taken seven years off.” Since her makeover, Kennedy has reported that she has started dating again and is considering pursuing a master’s degree.

This renewed confidence and refreshed outlook on life is not atypical for men and women who receive extensive makeovers. The effect is particularly pronounced in women who have undergone hardship or sacrifice and are ready to begin a new chapter in their lives. Dr. Amy Bandy, a board certified Newport Beach plastic surgeon and reconstructive breast surgery specialist who offers several procedures including liposuction, sees the understated power of cosmetic transformation every day. For breast cancer survivors, feeling feminine and physically whole is an integral part of recovering from the emotional trauma that women face after losing their hair during chemotherapy or their breasts due to mastectomies. Breast reconstruction surgery, which may incorporate breast implants, can help cancer survivors reclaim their femininity and confidence in their bodies. Likewise, women whose bodies have undergone drastic changes due to childbirth, nursing and aging often choose to undergo a “Mommy Makeover” which can help reverse many of those changes and feel more like themselves.

The stories of Frances Baker and Laura Kennedy stand as proof that makeovers can help men and women transform themselves, inside and out.

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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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Male Breast Reduction Increases in Summer Season

June 16th, 2010 admin Posted in Body | No Comments »

The summer season is just around the corner and the weather is heating up, which means that many will be heading out to their local beach. However, there are some men who may not feel confident going shirtless due to enlarged, female-like breasts. Medically known as “gynecomastia,” this is a common condition that affects approximately 40 to 60 percent of all men, although it is rarely talked about openly. In order to achieve a more masculine contour, men often undergo male breast reduction (“gynecomastia surgery”), more so when the heat starts to increase.

Unfortunately, there is no definite cause of gynecomastia, but there are some correlations with those who use certain medications, steroids, and marijuana. Typically, gynecomastia can be corrected with liposuction surgery (“lipoplasty”) if excess fat deposits are the only issue. However, excision of breast tissue and skin may also be necessary in certain individuals, which can provide optimal results. Most patients experience minimal scarring post-surgery, as well as loss of sensation in the treated area for a limited period. Results are visible within a few weeks; patients can enjoy a better contoured chest region and head to the beach with more assurance.

Based in Morristown, New Jersey, Brian S. Glatt, M.D., F.A.C.S. offers gynecomastia surgery to those who wish to reduce the appearance of over-developed breast tissue. Prospective patients may browse his website to learn more regarding their options and schedule an initial consultation.

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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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Femininity and the Female Athlete: Breast Reductions and Breast Augmentation

June 7th, 2010 admin Posted in Breast | No Comments »

Femininity and the Female Athlete: Breast Reductions and Breast Augmentation

female athlete working out in Oceanside, CABeyond muscular strength, cardiovascular constitution and technical skill, there’s another factor that uniquely affects the performance of female athletes – the size of their breasts. On the one hand, those cumbersome eight to 10 pounds of extra weight can be seen as a hindrance on the court, track, field or floor. But on the other hand, women sometimes struggle to maintain their femininity in a culture that often equates extreme physical fitness with masculinity. Two recent news stories highlight this conundrum.

Simona Halep, a tennis star from Romania, felt that her 34DD chest was holding her back. While her breasts made her popular among male fans, she often complained of back pain and discomfort both on and off the court. Much to the chagrin of her fan base, Halep underwent breast reduction surgery. At a much more manageable, yet still significantly buxom 34C, Halep is reportedly happy with her decision and is back at her peak performance after a quick recovery.

The story of Australian hurdler Jana Rawlinson (nee Pittman) is equally interesting and controversial. A lifelong athlete, Rawlinson did what many women with toned, muscular bodies do to feel more feminine—she underwent breast augmentation surgery (reportedly in 2006 after childbirth). The operation did not apparently hinder her performance—she won the 400m hurdles at the Osaka World Championship in 2007 and at the Grand Prix event in Spain in 2009. Nevertheless, she has chosen to remove her breast implants in order to increase her chances of attaining a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics.

The stories of Rawlinson and Halep vary somewhat in their circumstances, but they both highlight a key point: plastic surgery may be able to help women reconcile disparities between their bodies and their athletic or aesthetic goals in ways that training cannot.

At Ocean Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, serving all of Orange County, breast lifts, breast augmentation, and breast reduction help women pursue active lifestyles in much the same way. Whether patients wish to shed the discomfort of overly large breasts, like Halep, or look and feel more feminine, like Rawlinson, breast surgery can help. For active women hurdling in the Olympics or jogging the boardwalks of Orange County, breast augmentation or reduction may help them achieve their goals.

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The Number of US Gynecomastia Surgeries Drop Along With Their Price

June 4th, 2010 admin Posted in Breast | No Comments »

Since 2006, the number of male breast reduction surgeries performed annually has dropped, and with it, so has the cost. However, from year to year, “gynecomastia” surgery remains one of the top five cosmetic surgery procedures among men.

According to a recent report from The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) the average cost of gynecomastia surgery in 2009 was $3,294. This was down from an average of $3,305 in 2008 and $3,455 in 2007. This decline in price has made gynecomastia surgery the most affordable it has been in nearly five years.

Gynecomastia is caused by overdeveloped fatty tissue in the chest area giving men the appearance of female-like boobs, sometimes referred to as “moobs,” (short for “man boobs”). To correct gynecomastia, surgery is required and is performed in conjunction with liposuction to achieve maximum results.

Gynecomastia can appear in men at various stages in life. Oftentimes, the problem can occur during the adolescent years. Although, in many cases, the problem corrects itself as the adolescent matures. Later in life, men may experience added breast tissue due to such causes as weight gain or drug use – situations that can often correct themselves, but may require surgery.

If you are considering cosmetic surgery to correct gynecomastia it is best to discuss your options with a well qualified surgeon. Only he or she will know if gynecomastia surgery is right for you and your condition. During a consultation, he or she can discuss the procedure in detail and provide you with a predicted cost for the procedure. The fees that are associated with gynecomastia may vary based on location and practice.

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