What a Plastic Surgery Lift Can Do For You

One of the things that you can do for yourself is to enhance your overall appearance. It is not all that difficult for you to have a plastic surgery lift that will make your face and neck more attractive. Why not take some time today to look into the options that you have that will give you more confidence and will change your life forever?

There are simple cosmetic ways to cover up some of the aging lines, wrinkles and sags that are appearing more and more often on your face. However, for more dramatic changes and improvements to be made you should seriously consider plastic surgery. Remember, though, that surgery can be very expensive so don’t consider it if it is going to put you into a financial bind. Like any other surgery, there are risks involved. Make sure that you are aware of potential hazards that might happen during and after your surgery. Find a reputable plastic surgeon and make a consultation appointment. Find out everything you can and determine if you are a viable candidate.

There are people in the world who think that the more plastic surgery they have done, the better they will look. This is not necessarily true and they may very well end up look unnatural and worse than they did before the surgery. They often forget that just because they have had a lift done to their face or neck, they never again have to worry about the aging process. This is untrue because they will continue to age no matter what. The improvements made by surgery generally last 10 years or less.

Your face is bound to change as you age. It becomes less elastic and tends to start looking saggy. It may have a rough appearance because of too much sun, years of smoking or other environmental factors. A facelift will change all of this for you, especially in your lower jowl area and neck. During your plastic surgery lift, your surgeon will make small incisions at your hairline and behind and around your ears. Then, he will remove excess fat and pull you facial skin upwards. Just be aware that you won’t see results immediately because your face will be bruised and puffy for several weeks afterward.

Worldwide Plastic Surgery Statistics Available Now

International plastic surgery statistics are available for the first time. The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), released a report entitled, “ISAPS Biennial Global Survey,” earlier this month that details numbers and trends for procedures across the globe.

U.S. Plastic Surgery Statistics have been compiled for more than a decade by the Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). This debut publication by the ISAPS marks the first time information has been compiled for 25 countries around the globe.

What do the international figures reveal? As you can imagine, the report confirms some assumptions you might make. But it contains a few surprises too. When it comes to sheer numbers of procedures, yes, the U.S. tops the list, with over 15 percent of all plastic surgeries worldwide. But who is number two? The United Kingdom? No, the U.K. is far down the list at number 18. Brazil? No, but close. Brazil is number three. China is actually second in the number of procedures performed. India is number four, and Mexico is a somewhat surprising number five on the list.

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Find Your Group Now You might suspect that breast augmentation, a consistently popular procedure, might be number one around the world. Or rhinoplasty, an operation that has been performed by plastic surgeons for decades. Neither one is top of the list worldwide; liposuction takes top honors.

One other finding that may surprise you is the fact that non-surgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons in the top 25 countries outnumber actual surgeries—8,759187 to 8,536,379. Consider the fact that many non-surgical treatments—such as Botox, hyaluronic acid (facial filler) injections and laser hair removal—are not administered by plastic surgeons, and you’ll get a sense of just how popular non-invasive procedures have become.

Some of the most important statistics to come out of the “ISAPS Biennial Global Survey” are related to plastic surgeons themselves. The report estimates that there are more than 30,000 board certified (or the equivalent in the home country) plastic surgeons at work internationally today.

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Cosmetic Surgery, Are You In For The Right Reasons?

The majority of people who consider cosmetic surgery either wish to look as young as they feel or desire to change something that has troubled them for a long time.

To say that plastic surgery is the right choice for someone is an affirmation that should only come after serious soul searching and personal examination, both by the patient and the doctor, so as to better ensure the outcome is successful at every level.

Regarding physical appearance, everyone is a candidate for anti-aging procedures, since no one can escape the effects of time on both skin and body. Nevertheless, it is of vital importance for the doctor to determine if the person has healthy intentions and a stable emotional stance to make it through the procedure.

The ideal cosmetic surgery candidate already has a healthy body image, but wishes to improve a specific feature; it is not their intention to change their entire body and mind.

It may be hard for some people to acknowledge this, but there is a fine line between a wish for self-improvement through plastic surgery and an arrogant and unhealthy fixation with looks.

For some individuals, their appearance dictates their self-esteem, and this might be why cosmetic surgery has often been called “surgery of the soul”. After all, who doesn’t feel more confident after improving their looks?

Plastic surgery may be the only answer for children, and many grown-ups too, who wish to find peace from teasing like being called “Dumbo”¾because of large ears¾ or “Pinocchio”¾because of a big nose. Nevertheless, someone who has an intense level of dissatisfaction with their body does not make a good candidate for cosmetic surgery because the results may not make them feel better about themselves no matter how much surgery they get.

Likewise, thinking that plastic surgery can save your marriage or get you that dream job, think twice… cosmetic surgery is not the answer. Reasons like these for getting cosmetic surgery are both wrong-headed and often lead to unsatisfied patients.

Even though all of us want to look good and each of us has different priorities in regards to looks, the desire to achieve physical “perfection” has become a national obsession as much as a feature of someone’s character.

How many billions of dollars do you think are spent in cosmetics, hair care, exercise, clothing, dieting, and spa treatments yearly? Of that number, cosmetic surgery represents just a fraction of the expenses regarding physical looks.

Many people frequently credit their success and strong feelings of self-worth to their looks, and it may be true, because many aspects of life such as education, employment, health, romance, and even legal actions, are influenced by how one looks. Often, the motivation for getting plastic surgery is influenced by a big life change; as a result, cosmetic surgical procedures have increased radically every year.

In recent years, cosmetic surgeons have spent much time and effort to better understand their patients’ true motivations for surgery. The surgeons perform in-depth consultations and employ resources such as educational brochures and cosmetic mockups in an attempt to ensure that patients are making the right decision for the right reasons.

A highly valuable resource for patients is talking and meeting with people who share their physical characteristics and have already undergone the desired procedure. This allows the candidate to see the results and better understand what the experience can offer.

Moreover, the most important thing to remember when considering plastic surgery is that the procedure is about improvement and not about achieving physical perfection. While these procedures can improve your looks and self-confidence, they are not the solution for deep seeded social or emotional issues.

Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures

Plastic surgery has been around for decades now so here are some of the most popular procedures done in present as plastic surgery has evolved greatly nowadays and can help you achieve the look of your dreams!
It is a well known fact that plastic surgery can completely change a person’s physical appearance as well as self esteem as not being comfortable in your own skin, not being satisfied with the way you look can affect you on multiple levels. There are a variety of plastic surgery procedures available to choose from as the world has evolved greatly, allowing people to radically change even the smallest detail of their body.

It is imperative, before turning towards plastic surgery treatments to understand that any intervention poses certain risks so you might want to ask what these risks imply so you can decide if these risks are worth assuming.
However, with risks and all, plastic surgery procedures are becoming more and more popular and the most popular procedures chosen seem to be:

1.Breast augmentation

It seems that breast size plays a very important role in physical appearance and this determines so many women to turn to this type of surgical procedure. Reaching this “perfect breast size” can help boost the self esteem of women with a small bust, making the breasts stand out as well as more symmetrical. This seems to be one of the most popular surgical procedures chosen as women would do almost anything to create their image of a perfect body.

Changing the shape of your nose can transform your facial expression greatly, this is why rhinoplasty is one of the most popular surgical procedures chosen by men as well as women. Not everyone is born with a perfect cute little nose so this type of procedure can help achieve the nose that suits your face shape. Rhinoplasty can have a beneficial effect over the process of breathing through the nose as some people have a problem breathing just because of their nose shape. Remodeling the nose is a procedure which is done under general anesthesia and requires some time for healing.

Getting rid of the extra fat deposits which make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin is a must if this affects your self esteem but it seems that some people just can’t do it the hard way through dieting and exercising, they choose the easy way, which is liposuction. This type of surgical procedure is done under general anesthesia and uses suction to get rid of all the extra fat that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a popular surgical procedure due to the fact that the eyes play a very important role in appearance. Having droopy eyelids can affect your vision as well as create a more aged look and blepharoplasty can solve these problems easily under general or local anesthesia. An incision is made on the eyelid and the extra fact that coves the lid is removed as well as the extra skin. The eyelid is than carefully stitched and after healing a hardly visible scar remains. The results can be quite astonishing a more youthful and more open look being created.

Also known as a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty can help remove the extra skin which became loose with time. Drastic weight loss and pregnancy can stretch the skin until it looses its elasticity and doesn’t come to its original shape, remaining loose and flabby. Removing the hanging skin using this type of surgical procedure can have a dramatic positive result over the physical aspect so people who need this type of procedure will find it extremely beneficial.

Sometimes plastic surgery can cause a disastrous look especially if the procedures are not necessary and gone to the extreme but sometimes these procedures can have an amazing positive impact over the people who really need them.
Before turning to any surgical procedure talk to your physician and find out all the risks and benefits involved.

Cosmetic surgery ‘doesn’t help those with body dysmorphic disorder’

A new study has examined the impact that cosmetic surgery has on correcting body dysmorphic disorder, and found that only two percent of procedures actually reduced the severity of BDD.

Katharine A. Phillips, MD, is the director of the body image program at Rhode Island Hospital and a co-author of the paper.

“BDD is a psychiatric disorder characterized by preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in appearance which causes clinically significant distress or functional impairment,” Phillips said.

“A majority of these individuals believe they have an actual deformity that can be corrected by cosmetic treatments to fix these perceived defects rather than seeking psychiatric intervention,” she stated.

In their new study, the researchers report that in a small retrospective study of 200 individuals with BDD, 31 percent sought and 21 percent received surgical or minimally invasive treatment for BDD symptoms.

Nearly all of these individuals continued to have BDD symptoms, and some actually developed new appearance preoccupations.

They also note that in a survey of 265 cosmetic surgeons, 178 (65 percent) reported treating patients with BDD, yet only one percent of the cases resulted in BDD symptom improvement.

“These findings, coupled with reports of lawsuits and occasionally violence perpetrated by persons with BDD towards physicians, have led some to believe that BDD is a contraindication for cosmetic treatment,” Phillips, who is also a professor of psychiatry and human behaviour at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, said.

In terms of long-term outcomes from procedures, only 25 percent of the patients showed an improvement in their appraisal of the treated body part and showed a longer-term decreased preoccupation.

“Only two percent of surgical or minimally invasive procedures led to longer-term improvement in overall BDD symptoms,” co-author Crerand stated.

The researchers also found that when treatment was sought, 20 percent of the procedures were not received.

Cost was the most common reason for not receiving the requested procedure (30 percent), followed by physician refusal to perform the procedure (26 percent).

Their findings also indicate that physicians were significantly less likely to refuse a surgical or minimally invasive treatment than other procedures (dermatological, dental and others).

“This suggests that many surgeons were not aware of the patient’s BDD or do not consider BDD a contraindication to treatment. In a survey of 265 cosmetic surgeons, only 30 percent believed that BDD was always a contraindication to surgery,” Phillips said.

The study has been published in Annals of Plastic Surgery.

Northwest doctor performs hand surgery using robots

A doctor at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown recently became the first surgeon in the country to perform a specialized robotic hand surgery.

Stacey Berner, medical director of the Hand Center at Northwest, used the Da Vinci Surgical System to fix the nerves on a 20-year-old who had put his hand through glass while on vacation. One of the man’s nerves had been cut in half and had large amounts of scar tissue by the time he came to Berner.

The Da Vinci system allows for more precise cuts and other movements during surgery, Berner said. It allows the surgeon to use more steady robotic “hands” elminating the tremors and shaking that are natural in human hands.

Sitting at a console looking through a view screen, Berner used two robotic arms during the operation that he operated with each of his hands. He contolled a third robotic arm using a foot pedal. Berner viewed the operation in 3D using the Da Vinci system.

Berner and other doctors believe the robotic surgery will have better outcomes for patients than traditional surgery because it will allow the doctor to reach smaller structures around nerves. Patients may also experience less blood loss and pain. Recovery times may also be shorter.

Berner said it is too soon to tell the results of the surgery on his patient. He performed the surgery July 23.

“I talked to him the next day and he is comfortable,” Berner said.

Berner trained on the Da Vinci system under a colleague in France.

The Da Vinci Surgical System has been used for other procedures such as gynecologic and prostate conditions, but has never been used for a hand surgery before.

The system is an alternative to traditional open surgery or laparoscopy surgery.

The Wonders Of Plastic Surgery

The great thing about plastic surgery is that it directly benefits the external. One’s external condition is greatly improved either through reconstructive or cosmetic plastic surgery. This benefit spills over into your inner beauty so that you will be blessed with newfound confidence, assurance and self-esteem.

The physical result of plastic surgery is that it produces a much healthier look. The ramifications to this are immense as this new healthy look will often pervade the patient’s entire lifestyle.

People who choose to have surgeries such as breast reduction and liposuction will usually end up feeling more comfortable in their clothes. They find that their new bodies will now allow them to take part in physical activities that they would not have even considered before having the plastic surgery.

This type of surgery can open up new doors to people who have felt that they have had to live sheltered lives because of their bodies. After the surgery, they are benefited with a renewed confidence that enables them to get out and try new things.

No matter if a person chooses to have plastic surgery to improve their look or their lifestyle, they will always be able to experience emotional benefits when they are finally able to feel comfortable in their own bodies.

They find that they now exude a confidence that they never dreamed would have been possible. This is certainly a benefit that will last for a lifetime! Plastic surgery has certainly benefited many people over the last several years!

Aisha, Afghan Teen Mutilated By Taliban, Comes To U.S. To Have Reconstructive Surgery

The mutilated Afghan girl featured on a controversial Time magazine cover is preparing for reconstructive surgery in the U.S. that will give her a new nose, the BBC reports.

Aisha, 19, will reportedly meet with Peter Grossman of California’s Grossman Burn Foundation next week to discuss having her nose rebuilt. Grossman’s foundation campaigns on the issue of violence against women as well as providing free plastic surgery work, according to reports.

“I don’t know if it will help other women or not,” Aisha told The Daily Mail, before adding that she was “happy and excited” to be going to the U.S. “I just want to get my nose back.”

Aisha, who has never revealed her surname for fear of reprisal, told Time that her nose and ears had been cut off by her abusive husband, also a Taliban fighter, after she ran way. She had been married at 18 as part of a “blood debt” after her uncle killed one of her husband’s relatives, but now lives in a women’s shelter in Kabul.

The image of her badly mutilated face appeared on the cover of the Aug. 9 issue of Time alongside the headline “What Happens If We Leave Afghanistan,” which immediately sparked debate. “This violence happened while the international forces were in Afghanistan,” wrote Krista Riley, a contributor on a Muslim women’s website, Muslimah Media Watch. “So the logic leading to the conclusion that things would necessarily be worse if ‘we’ left isn’t exactly clear.”

Time’s Managing Editor Richard Stengel has defended the use of the photo, stressing that Aisha posed for the photo deliberately and that “she knows that she will become a symbol of the price Afghan women have had to pay for the repressive ideology of the Taliban.”

Plastic surgery patients urged to find doctors board certified

Whenever the topic of cosmetic surgery comes up, people often are advised by respected surgeons to make sure any physician they seek out is “board certified.”

What that generally turns out to mean in Las Vegas is that the physician is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, medical associations that require specialized education and training in order to carry the “board certified” distinction.

According to the plastic surgery board’s website, that board certification can only be realized by an individual who has graduated from an accredited medical school and has done at least five years of further surgical training, including at least two years devoted entirely to plastic surgery.

Plastic surgery training involves more than skill in cosmetic surgery, including skill in the design and surgery of grafts, flaps and free tissue transfer and transplantation. Competence in the management of complex wounds, the use of implantable materials and tumor surgery is required.

A written and oral examination must be passed.

To become board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, an individual must first be a graduate of an accredited medical school, and then be certified in a surgical speciality, such as general surgery, by a board recognized by a professional medical organization, one of which is the American Board of Medical Specialties.

That is followed by a one-year fellowship in cosmetic surgery where at least 300 cosmetic procedures are done. That is a minimum of five years of training beyond medical school.

A fellowship in cosmetic surgery includes training in how to enhance appearance through surgical and medical techniques. Unlike someone with training in plastic surgery, no time is dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects because of birth disorders, trauma, burns and disease.

A written and oral examination must be passed.

Canada 15th most popular for plastic surgery

Canadian physicians performed the 15th most cosmetic surgery procedures in 2009, according to the first detailed survey of international plastic surgery data released Monday.

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery conducted a yearlong survey in the top 25 countries where cosmetic surgery is most popular, and found that the United States remains the top spot for plastic surgery. But, the survey also revealed new centres not usually associated with the procedures, such as China, Brazil, India and Mexico, which rounded out the top five.

The survey also revealed that the number of non surgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons actually topped surgical procedures, which the ISAPS suggests might be a reflection of advances in surgical techniques and a desire by people for cheaper alternatives.

There were an estimated 8,759,187 non-surgical procedures performed in 2009, plus approximately 8,536,379 surgical procedures. The numbers do not reflect the number of non-surgical procedures conducted by non-surgeons.

The survey also revealed that breast augmentation, believed to be the most popular surgical procedure, now trails liposuction 18.8 per cent to 17 per cent, as the most popular surgery. Other popular cosmetic surgeries were eye lifts, nose jobs and tummy tucks.

Nearly a third of all non-surgical procedures were toxins or neuromodulators injections, such as Botox.

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