The Best Season for Plastic Surgery May Differ for Some

best season for plastic surgeryPatients often ask plastic surgeons, “When is the best season for plastic surgery?” While this can vary based on individual needs, some guidelines may help prospective patients.

In a recent article on the Huffington Post, NYC plastic surgeon and author Dr. Robert Tornambe discusses some of the ways that you can plan your procedure around the seasons.

Winter is a great time for undergoing cosmetic surgeries. You can wear bulkier clothing to conceal scars and swelling, more easily avoid direct sunlight, and combine your recovery period with winter vacations. It’s the season for just about everything: facelifts, liposuction, and breast surgeries.

Spring is the lead-up to bikini season and has some of the same advantages of winter. Body contouring and facial surgeries are excellent options during this time of year. If you’re considering breast augmentation or liposuction, be sure that your body has lots of time to recover before you hit the beaches!

Summer is usually the best time for minor procedures, such as Botox and facial fillers. Heat and sun are usually bad for post-operative swelling and can often produce discomfort. Immature or new scars should never be exposed to direct sunlight, since they will stay tanned and be more noticeable. However, some people may still wish to pursue surgeries during this time of year, especially if they have summer vacations. They should be prepared to stay indoors for 1-2 weeks.

Autumn is the time to consider your appearance for the holidays. Surgeries targeting the face, nose, breasts, and body can improve your look in time for winter festivities and New Year’s parties.

To learn more about your options for the best season for plastic surgery in Seattle, or to find out about our specials, like deals on Botox, please email Dr. Jonov.

Study Finds Nasal Deviation Affects Quality of Life

nasal deviation and quality of lifePeople often consider rhinoplasty to change the shape of their nose for cosmetic reasons, but others may choose nose surgery to help relieve nasal obstructions or after a facial injury. A new study found those with nasal deviation â?? when the nasal septum is not in the midline of the nose, which can cause obstruction â?? are more prone to depression.

The study, published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, looked at health-related quality of life, as well as self-esteem and depression in patients with nasal deviation.

The study had 66 participants: 32 patients with congenital nasal deviation (mean age of 27.5 years) and 28 without nasal deviation (median age, 29.5 years) as a control group. The patientsâ?? quality of life was measured by several questionnaires, which evaluated characteristics such as general health, social functioning, mental health and self-esteem.

The results showed that depression was detected in 34 percent of nasal deviation patients, compared with just 7 percent (2 people) of the control group. In addition, there were significant differences between the groups in physical functioning and general health

The researchers concluded that nasal deviation is a scope of rhinoplasty that the plastic surgeon should be aware of, as this group has significantly worse quality of life and is more prone to depression.

Learn more about nose surgery.

Teens Seek Plastic Surgery to Combat Bullying

A recent Good Morning America segment reported on some teens who have gotten plastic surgery to try to end teasing and bullying about their appearance.

Erica Morgo, a high school senior, was featured and says that she was bullied about her nose by her classmates in middle school. “They would call me Pinocchio. And in school, in class, people would point it out. I felt helpless. I felt like a loser,” she said.

Her mother, Dana Manzella, allowed Erica to undergo rhinoplasty when she was 15 to shape her nose to her liking.

Manzella said that she thinks it was a good decision. “It brought her back â?? her self-esteem back up to be able to do activities that she did before, with comfort.”

According to the report, nearly 90,000 teenagers had plastic surgery in 2007, and doctors say the numbers are growing.

“I do see a fair amount of parents coming in with their child because of bullying and teasing and feelings of self-consciousness,” said Dr. Michael Fiorillo, who was interviewed on the program. “My preference is, of course, to work out the issues first, the bullying, the teasing. But there are certain situations where people are mature enough. And surgery is a final resort.”

Popular plastic surgery procedures for teens include nose jobs, breast reductions, breast augmentations and ear tucks.

Michelle Martin, who was also featured in the segment, waited until she was 19 years old to get a breast augmentation after years of teasing because of her small chest.

Martin said the recovery and scars from the surgery were worth it. She said she “absolutely” feels prettier. “This was just something to make me feel better. To make me happy. To make me feel like a beautiful woman,” said Martin.

Nose Tip Asymmetry Top Reason Patients Seek Second Nose Surgery

Woman's noseWhatâ??s the number one reason a rhinoplasty patient considers getting a second nose surgery? Dissatisfaction with the symmetry of the nose tip, according to a new study.

Dr. Kathy Yu, of Columbia College and Cornell University, New York, and colleagues surveyed 104 patients who were seeking nose revision surgery in 2008 and 2009 and asked them why they wanted the second operation. The top three reasons were:

1. Nose tip asymmetry

2. Difficulty breathing or nasal obstruction

3. A crooked middle third of the nose

However, a surgeon who examined the revision rhinoplasty candidates cited slightly different findings than patients, which suggests that communication about nasal surgery could be improved.

The surgeon who consulted the patients reported three primary aesthetic reasons for revision:

1. Tip asymmetry

2. A crooked middle third

3. Irregularities in the upper third of the nose

Sixty-four (62 percent) of patients reported breathing problems or other issues with nasal obstructions. The surgeon confirmed this problem in 60 (94 percent) of those patients, the researchers found.

“The discrepancy between patient concerns and surgeon findings arose for a variety of reasons,” the authors wrote. “One of the main reasons is the surgeon’s use of a conventional set of anatomical boundaries, specifically regarding the upper vs. middle third of the nose. Patients often do not have intricate knowledge of nasal anatomy to properly distinguish between nasal thirds.”

The researchers concluded that their findings â??emphasize the importance of physician awareness of patients’ concerns, understanding the causes of post-surgical nasal obstruction and clearly explaining nasal aesthetics to patients seeking revision rhinoplasty.”

Between 5 percent to 15 percent of nose surgery patients want revision surgery, according to Dr. Yu.

The report, Functional and Aesthetic Concerns of Patients Seeking Revision Rhinoplasty, appears in the September/October issue of the journal Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

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