Plastic surgery procedures among Asian, African-American, and Hispanic cultures has increased by 250% since 2000. In addition, there has been a global increase in procedures among cultures in countries who no embrace aesthetic treatments. But there are differences in procedures, devices and techniques used in cosmetic and plastic surger, which depend upon ethnic and genetic decent.
Plastic surgery is a serious business. And any procedure can be serious for patients if they do not do their homework to find qualified, well-trained surgeons to perform their surgeries. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons stresses how vital it is for patients to seek experienced, trained and certified plastic surgeons to avoid health risks and bad outcomes.
Nose Surgery procedures are on the rise, and in recent years, there are many new advances and techniques that avail more options for Rhinoplasty patients. The use of synthetic nasal implants to lengthen and expand the nose have also grown in popularity. Despite FDA approval, some may lead to infection. Commonly used synthetic nasal implants are silicones, Gor-tex, or Medpor. Natural “grafts” composed of biological materials. They can also contain derived rib, ear, or septum cartilages. A recent study, revealed complications and infection impacting about one out of five rhinoplasty surgeries that used of Medpor. The findings alarmed plastic surgeons, especially those who facilitated the study.
Anna Advena, a 23 year-old woman living in Beverly Hills California suffered a horrible act of domestic violence when held captive and beaten by her ex-boyfriend. During the four-hour incident, he caused permanent dis-figuration to her nose. Luckily she was rescued, not only on that day, but later by Dr. David Alessi who donated his time to reconstruct her nose through a non-profit organization called Face Forward, which helps victims of domestic abuse.
It is hard to say whether Heidi Montag became more famous for her role on “The Hills” or for her plastic surgery marathon, where she went the distance and had more than 10 procedures performed in the same day in 2010. Montag had breast surgery, rhinoplasty, chin surgery, a brow lift and other procedures to change her image, but it became a life-long sentence for her. Now, she is embracing her feelings about self-image as she looks back in retrospect with some regret, and looks forward to new projects, and a life without plastic surgery in the future.
Rhinoplasty is one of the more common facial plastic surgery procedures chosen my men, women and teens. Typically, nose surgery requires the open or closed technique to change the shape and modify the nose. However, in more recent years, many patients can opt for non-surgical rhinoplasty, which uses dermal fillers to change the shape and size of the nose by injecting the fillers into areas to enhance its appearance.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported more teens having plastic surgery. Teen surgeries on patients 18 years old and below rose from about 14,000 in 1996 to 219,000 in 2010. The rise can be attributed to several factors: cosmetic surgery is more popular among all age groups, it is more accessible and acceptable for people to amend their appearances when they are unhappy with their self-image.
A recent study conducted by the University of Toronto gathered medical students and asked them to assess 60 volunteers between the ages of 45-72, and were asked to approximate their ages based on the patient’s pictures before and after the surgery was performed. The research entitled “Perceived Age Change after Aesthetic Facial Surgical Procedures” concluded that patients looked an average of 7.2 years younger after cosmetic or plastic surgery. The lead author of the study, Dr. Nitin Chauhan, said that this study could be used by plastic surgeons all over the world to educate patients about the kind of results that they could possibly see after the procedure has been performed.
“The best laid plans of mice and men”?… An unfortunate fact of life is that not everything goes exactly as it should. Or, maybe it goes ‘as it should’…but, not how WE want it too. You were so excited to redesign your nose, and have rhinoplasty surgery. But, when the bandages were removed – you didn’t like what you saw? Are you thinking, “I loved the cheek implants the surgeon gave me last Spring – why don’t I like my new nose?” It turns out the surgeon is THE BEST at implants, but you failed to find out that this is only their 4th nose surgery. Uh Oh…what to do? That is when a ‘Revision Plastic Surgeon’ takes over. Their skill is ‘fixing what others broke’ and making it look better than ever. If a surgeon does not do a good job the first time – sometimes it’s better to start fresh with an expert in revision. They have the technology…let them “make it better”.
Non surgical rhinoplasty is a procedure that is becoming increasingly more popular for patients who want minor adjustments to the shape and size of their nose, but who do not want to have surgery. There are many new and innovative techniques used by plastic surgeons that incorporate fillers and splints for patients who only desire minimally invasive adjustments to their noses. If you are considering a “nose job” perhaps you are a candidate for this procedure.