One the notorious Human Barbie figures is making the news, yet again. Sarah Burge, who has invested a large sum in more than 100 cosmetic procedures is now gifting her daughters plastic surgery vouchers this holiday season. Her idea of a Merry Christmas is advocating the future prospect of her three daughters following in her foot-steps on a path to perfection. Well … it sure makes for interesting conversations about parenting.
A nose is just a nose to some, but it is the centerpiece of our face, after all. Patients who are unhappy with the appearance and design of their noses can have plastic surgery to modify and refine shape and size. Nose surgery, otherwise known as rhinoplasty or a “nose job” can dramatically improve the nose and the self-confidence of patients who elect to have this procedure.
Remember when sci-fi movies used to depict characters talking to each-other on communication devices that would project their faces on screens while doing so? Now that is mainstream. Social media platforms automatically ask for an image when creating an account, and talking via Skype, and smart phones allow us to see each other while chatting. Modern technology is seemingly a reason to consider to cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures. More people want to look good for social media, job searches and chatting online.
Rhinoplasty and nose surgery employ different techniques and prosthetic implants to achieve desired outcomes, shapes and sizes. The two most popular implants used for “nose job” procedures are: Medpor and Gore-Tex. Research indicates that these artificial implants can lead to infection. in a study, Medpor was more likely to cause infection than Gore-Tex.
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.
Maybe it was just a few of us who have grown up watching sports newscaster icon Bob Costas who noticed, while watching the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, how good he looks for 60. It would be hard not to acknowledge how he withstands time, or is he getting help from a cosmetic or plastic surgeon. The TV news, network industry is hard on its hosts. It can be competitive and catty for men and women, so maybe he did get some work done, like a facelift or eye lift. Regardless, he looked fantastic and his plastic surgeon should be commended for producing natural results. Thanks to the skilled hands (if in fact Costas did have surgery) Bob still looks like Bob.
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.
Social Media and the way we make ‘friends’ has changed drastically in the past 15 years. Technology has advanced from Chat rooms and dial-up connections, to immediate access to the entire world, via: MySpace, Facebook, Video Chat / Conferencing, Skype, Facetime and suddenly…the whole world knows what you look like. For some people, this is great…for many, it is a source of self-doubt and insecurity. Somehow, those extra 15 pounds we were able to ignore, or that scar on our forehead (that people who have known us for years don’t seem to notice) seem amplified. We feel ‘judged’. Read about how social media and advancing technology are driving people to plastic surgery.
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.