European Study Shows Plastic Surgery Improves Happiness

As reported in a recent European study, cosmetic surgery has been shown to improve self-esteem and happiness in the days following the procedure and for several months afterward. The study, which was conducted by Ruhr Universitat and the University of Basal, worked with 544 first-time surgical patients to establish information about those who choose cosmetic procedures. In addition, the study included 264 people who were interested in cosmetic surgery but chose not to get it, and 1,000 people who were not interested. The study was written up in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, and recently discussed in the NY Daily News.

Realistic Expectations Crucial to a Successful Plastic Surgery Outcome

Prior to their plastic surgery, there were no real happiness or self-esteem differences between those intending to have surgery and those who were not. However, when the breast lift, face lift, tummy tuck, and breast augmentation patients were interviewed again at three, six and twelve months post-surgery, the surgical patients were noticeably improved in these areas. In the words of the study authors, “these patients felt healthier, were less anxious, had developed more self-esteem and found the operated body feature in particular, but also their body as a whole, more attractive. No adverse effects were observed.” Another part of the study involved assessing how realistic the patient’s expectations were regarding their plastic surgery. According to these numbers, only about 12% of potential patients had unrealistic expectations of their outcomes and the effect their surgery would have on their lives. The American Psychological Association noted that previous research had firmly established a link between dissatisfaction, poor outcomes and unreasonable expectations. Overall, other statistics collected by the survey showed that woman remain the driving force behind plastic surgery. According to those numbers, 87% of patients who choose cosmetic procedures are women. Photo by Stf. O on Flickr.

Washington Man Accused of Administering Illegal Breast Injections

Police in the small city of Quincy, Washington are hoping to hear from anyone who may be a victim of illegal breast injections. Mario Palafox Valle, a 32-year-old resident of Quincy, has been accused of illegally giving a woman injections to augment the size of her breasts and buttocks. The man was found hiding in a closet during a search of his home, and is being held while an investigation moves forward.

Earlier this month, the Washington health department had ordered Valle to stop performing augmentation injections because he has no health care credentials. According to Oregon Live, the woman who received the injections had to undergo corrective surgery. Police believe that there may be additional victims, and are asking for the public’s help in the investigation.

These types of stories seem to be in the news more and more often lately. People posing as medical practitioners often scam their clients of thousands of dollars, while performing risky procedures that are often life-threatening, or even fatal. Sadly, it is not unusual for patients of people who practice medicine without a license to die unnecessarily.

Why do people do it? In part, it may be because cosmetic surgeries are elective. Many people don’t take them as seriously as medically necessary procedures like open-heart surgery. But any medical procedure is extremely serious and should only be performed by properly trained and licensed professionals.

The other part of the problem, of course, is simple economics. It’s easy for criminals to provide cosmetic surgery on the cheap. After all, without training, proper medical equipment, sanitary procedures, and aftercare, these types of services certainly do cost less than what you might find in a properly accredited facility. Of course, there is the flip side of the equation infections, disfigurement, and potentially fatal complications. It boils down to which one you value more: money or your life.

How can you avoid falling prey to someone pretending to hold a medical license? Most of the time, it boils down to being a good sceptic. Ask about their qualifications, and check with the accrediting body. Ask to see pictures or other evidence of their successful work. Above all, keep an eye on the bottom line, and walk away if the price seems too good to be true.

Liposuction May Not Be Best Option for Sedentary Patients, According to New Study

Each year liposuction lands on the list of most popular cosmetic procedures. It’s no surprise liposuction results in rapid fat loss. But according to a new study, abdominal liposuction may put you at a higher risk for gaining unhealthy fat if you’re sedentary.

The study, published by Brazilian researchers at the University of Sao Paulo, found that women who have undergone abdominal liposuction may actually gain deeper “visceral” fat which surrounds the abdominal organs. Visceral fat is often associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Fat is not “inert tissue,” said study leader Fabiana Benatti of the University of Sao Paulo. “Removing it by surgery may have important consequences, such as the compensatory growth of visceral fat.”

But there’s good news regular exercise can prevent this fat from developing after liposuction.

The study followed 36 normal-weight women who elected liposuction to remove localized stomach fat. Prior to surgery, each of these women prescribed to a mostly sedentary lifestyle. Two months following surgery, half of the women were randomly assigned to an exercise group, while the remaining half resumed their sedentary lifestyle.

Four months later, both groups still exhibited flatter stomachs, but those who remained sedentary were already showing signs of visceral fat gain  approximately a 10 percent increase. The exercise group on the other hand, showed no signs of visceral fat gain.

More research is needed to replicate these findings, but that shouldn’t deter you from initiating a healthy diet and exercise routine. This will maintain the long-term benefits of your liposuction procedure.

Liposuction results can dramatically improve the appearance of your abdomen, thighs, hips back and neck. Learn more about liposuction Seattle, WA.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Joan Rivers Opens Up About Facelifts and Other Plastic Surgery

The celebrity queen of plastic surgery Joan Rivers, recently sat down with Barbara Walters for a 20/20 segment investigating plastic surgery. Rivers’ who has become just as famous for her plastic surgery as she has for her career as a stand-up comedian held nothing back in her candid interview with Walters.

So what procedures has she really had? Rivers had no problem opening up on this topic she’s had two facelifts, breast reduction and a tummy tuck. She also admitted to getting dermal fillers every six months as a maintenance routine. When asked why she’s been so open over the years about her plastic surgery procedures, she had this to say:

We’re in a society where looks count¦ And all the beautiful women lie and say I’ve done nothing and that is so unfair. And I just want women to know it’s okay, do it.

Rivers also had some advice for those in search of a plastic surgeon:

  • Ask your hair dresser for advice because he or she can see the scars from plastic surgery
  • Look your plastic surgeon up on the internet and make sure there are no outstanding law suits
  • Interview your plastic surgeon and make sure he or she is compassionate
  • Arrange a meeting with the anesthesiologist

In the opening episode of her reality show Joan and Melissa, Joan Knows Best, Joan bares all and shows the audience a step-by-step look at what plastic surgery entails from start to finish. I wanted to people to see what it really was about.

When asked if she feels that means justify the end result, she answered yes, with no hesitation. â??I think it gives you such self-esteem. It makes you feel good. It’s a very happy experience.

Learn more about plastic surgery in Seattle.

New Statistics Released by the ASPS

Despite an overall sluggish economic year, the plastic surgery industry is still going strong. According to the new 2011 statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), more than 13.5 million cosmetic procedures were performed this past year, up 5 percent from 2010.

Of the 13.5 million procedures performed in 2011, over 12 million were considered non-surgical cosmetic treatments, up 5 percent from the previous year. Non-surgical cosmetic treatments were up 123% from the year 2000. The top five non-surgical cosmetic treatments in 2011 were:

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A (5.6 million)
  • Soft Tissue Fillers (1.8 million)
  • Chemical Peel (1.1 million)
  • Laser Hair Removal (1 million)
  • Microdermabrasion (900,439)

Cosmetic surgical procedures also saw an increase in 2011. Surgical procedures were up 2 percent from the previous year. However, surgical procedures in general, were down 17 percent since the year 2000. The top five surgical procedures in 2011 were:

  • Breast Augmentation (307,180)
  • Rhinoplasty (243,772)
  • Liposuction(204,702)
  • Eyelid surgery (196,286)
  • Facelift (119,026)

Some other notable trends included chin augmentation, which saw a 71 percent increase from 2010. Cheek implants, pectoral implants and buttock implants also saw significant increases this past year, each climbing over 40 percent from 2010.

The most notable decrease in non-surgical cosmetic treatments were collagen fillers, which saw more than a 50% decrease in popularity from 2010 to 2011. As for surgical procedures, lower body lifts saw the most significant decrease, down 21 percent from 2010.

The numbers appear to speak for themselves. Cosmetic plastic surgery is more popular than ever, despite a precarious economic climate, with minimally invasive procedures leading the pack.

Learn more about non-surgical cosmetic treatments in Seattle.

New Treatments for Skin Cancer, Both Topical and Oral

new treatments for skin cancerTwo new treatments for skin cancer that can be used topically and taken orally may soon be available through your plastic surgeon.

These new treatments for skin cancer both target basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common type of skin cancer. This type of cancer is brought on by exposure to UV rays, either from the sun or tanning beds. It can account for about 80% of all skin cancer cases.

The first of the new treatments for skin cancer is an oral medication that has already gained FDA approval and should be available in specialty pharmacies soon.

Erivedge, when taken once daily, can prevent a basal cell carcinoma from continuing to grow, according to WebMD.

In a study of nearly one hundred patients, Erivedge was shown to shrink 30% of metastatic tumors, and to shrink or eliminate 43% of locally advanced cancers.

The second of the new treatments for skin cancer is a topical application that researchers say may be best for skin cancer tumors on the face, according to The Telegraph.

Most patients who have tumors develop on their faces seek out alternatives to surgery, which can lave scarring or other disfiguring appearances. This new cream, when applied to the surface of the skin, irradiates the skin and causes the tumor to shrink. Success has been seen in a majority of cases up to 95%.

If made available, this topical treatment would add another option for patients seeking treatment for basal cell carcinomas.

The best way to avoid skin cancer, however, is to limit sun exposure. You should also email Seattle cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jonov and ask about skin care products to protect your skin.

Best Cosmetic Surgery Procedures, as Researched by Noted Surgeon

best cosmetic surgery proceduresAfter completing a review of nearly 100 clinical trials and research studies, one doctor has shared his findings of the best cosmetic surgery procedures, according to Northwestern University.

Though the term “best cosmetic surgery procedures” may seem subjective, hundreds, if not thousands, of research studies and trials are conducted each year on procedures and non-surgical treatments. Researchers are often on the lookout for treatments that provide optimal results, with minimal side effects for the patient. The better the results of the study, the more likely the product or treatment may be included among the best cosmetic surgery procedures.

In his review of 98 studies, Dr. Murad Alam of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital found the best cosmetic surgery procedures, based on his research.

Botox and other botulinum toxin-based injectables:

Dr. Alam said that based on the two decades of research and findings on Botox-like treatments, they are safe and effective for patients to use.

Tumescent Liposuction:

When tumescent liposuction is performed, special fluids that are used help the surgeon to safely remove fat cells. Dr. Alam added that tumescent liposuction minimizes the chance for excessive bleeding, improving the patient’s comfort and overall health and safety.

Dr. Alam looked into additional treatments, some of which are relatively new on the market. While he found that treatments that freeze fat or shrink it with laser light, and treatments that tighten skin are safe for use, he was not able to confirm the long-term benefits of each treatment.

To find the best cosmetic surgery procedures for you, Alam suggests talking it over with your surgeon and confirming what will best meet your needs.

For more about the best cosmetic surgery procedures in Seattle, please email Dr. Jonov.

Winter Dry Skin Tips: Keep Skin Hydrated and Healthy

winter dry skin tipsFor those who struggle with problem skin when the weather turns cold and dry, The Associated Press has provided some winter dry skin tips.

These key winter dry skin tips can be applied throughout the day from the moment you wake up to the time you head to bed.

Winter Dry Skin Tips for Your Morning

Though a hot morning shower may feel good on cold skin and feet that have hopped across a cool floor, dermatologists say it can be detrimental to your skin. The hot water can zap your skin of its hydration.

Rather, you might take a cooler shower and place a space heater in the bathroom for your comfort.

When buying shower products in the winter, itâ??s important to avoid harsh soaps that will dry your skin. Also, the use of conditioner more frequently may help maintain your hair’s health.

Daily Skin Care Tips

After a tepid shower, the next winter dry skin tips center around protecting your skin. It is important to shield your skin from ultraviolet rays, even in winter, by wearing long sleeves. Using a moisturizer with SPF is also important year-round.

If skin has already become damaged or even cracked, try applying Vaseline to it, which will work to restore and seal in moisture.

Nighttime Winter Dry Skin Tips

When you head to bed in the evening, the use of a humidifier can help heal dry skin as you sleep. If you suffer from dry hands and nails, oral Vitamin B and the application of a sealant with cotton gloves while you sleep can curb these ill effects of dry and cold winter air.

To learn more about winter dry skin tips and our options for skin care products, please email Seattle cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jonov.

Botulinumtoxin Study Closely Examines Crow’s Feet

Botulinumtoxin StudyA new study looked at the benefits of botulinumtoxin injectables when used to treat crow’s feet, according to HealthDay.

The study, which was published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, compared two common types of botulinumtoxin abobotulinumtoxinA and onabotulinumtoxinA. Specifically, researchers at the University of California San Francisco, wanted to determine which of the formulations of the botulinumtoxin provided maximum smoothing of crowâ??s feet around near the eyes during the botulinumtoxin study.

To complete the botulinumtoxin study, researchers chose 90 participants and treated opposite sides of their faces with abobotulinumtoxinA (30 units) and onabotulinumtoxinA (10 units). Because of their different compositions, researchers were not able to use the same treatment amounts of each injectable for the botulinumtoxin study.

In intervals of two days after the treatment, both the participant and an investigator examined both treatment sites on the face and evaluated smoothing of the crow’s feet on a 5-point scale. The crow’s feet were assessed both when at rest and when the participant contracted the muscles.

Though no adverse reactions were found to either injectable used in the botulinumtoxin study and both treatments diminished the facial lines, abobotulinumtoxinA was found to have a greater effect in smoothing crow’s feet. The researchers determined that both treatments achieved a “statistically significant” improvement after two days.

To learn more about treatments for crowâ??s feet with botulinumtoxin, like Botox in Seattle, please email cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jonov.

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