The Correlation Between the Health of the Global Economy and Cosmetic Surgery Revenue

The U.S. is currently the largest market for cosmetic procedures globally.

Recently, a report published by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons demonstrated that service profits for Plastic Surgery increase and decrease with economic trends. The journal has analyzed the revenue trends and their possible relationships with numerous economic statistics. According to their analysis, profits from surgical procedures are reflected by economic criterion like stock market averages. When the stock exchange average increases, the revenue from Cosmetic Surgeries also increase. When the unemployment rate goes up, the revenue from Cosmetic Surgeries tend to decrease. During 2015, in the U.S., which is the largest market for cosmetic procedures, the overall revenue increased 20%, but there was 10% decline in service profits from surgical procedures, such as Breast Augmentation and Facelift.

On the contrary, trends in minimally invasive procedures reflect microeconomic benchmarks. Revenue from minimally invasive procedures increased along with real estate value, disposable income per capita and real Gross Domestic Product per capita. Consequently, there was an approximate 200% increase in service revenues generated by minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, such as Botulinum Toxin and dermal fillers. The market shares for service profits from these procedures increased from 30% in 2000 to about 50% in past two years. Subsequently, the service revenues from surgical procedures have remained stable.

Non-surgical treatments blazed a path across the globe; they are generally divided into three major categories: injectables, energy based devices and active cosmetics. Injectables include neurotoxins, such as Botox® and dermal fillers like Restylane® and they have the largest market share. These are followed by energy–based devices, such as lasers, radio frequency and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). The cosmeceuticals include skin care, eye care, skin lightening, and scar care products.

The North American market comprises approximately 45% of the global market; however, the dominance of the U.S. is migrating towards Asia, specifically in the energy–based devices sector. Asia is considered the next frontier and the number of physicians and clinics in China and India has been steadily increasing, along with medical tourism in the region. In the injectables and devices category, the E.U. occupies the second position behind the U.S. Brazil remains a strong market for aesthetics and cosmetic procedures. Russian market is also experiencing fast growth than many E.U. countries and the Russian market is especially strong for devices and topicals.

Along with the global giants like Allergan, Galderma and Merz, a lot of smaller companies are offering wrinkle relaxing agents and wrinkle fillers. These products have only temporary effects requiring repeated procedures. The market for these products is nearing maturity and they are widely accepted only in the U.S. and E.U., whereas, permanent fillers are widely in demand in Asia. Artefill is considered to be a semi–permanent to permanent filler. It contains a synthetic ingredient known as polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) mixed with animal collagen. Use of off–the–shelf dermal fillers and fillers containing Lidocaine for pain management is becoming a gold standard in the E.U. and U.S. markets.

Aesthetic practitioners have now the choice of new instruments such as, soft and bendable needles, blunt-tip cannulas and injector pens for minimally invasive procedures. Recent years have seen wide acceptance by consumers for microneedle treatments administered via handheld guns, for restoring skin with vitamins, amino acids and hyaluronic acid. Consumer aesthetic products, such as “micro–botox” and “bro–tox” are experiencing substantial growth. Adipose Derived Stem Cells (ADSC) have gained acceptance for rejuvenating face and breasts, and stem cells from green apple, lilac and alpine roses are now being integrated as ingredients in topical cosmetics. Facial treatments have gained a significant market share with the availability of plenty of off label products. New technologies to treat excessive sweating, Cryoneuromodulation for wrinkles and eradication of toenail fungus offer new areas for physicians.

Another growth market is for body shaping procedures that involves reduction of fat, cellulite, skin laxity and vein removal. An injectable drug, currently in clinical trials is most likely to become a game changer in body contouring segment in the near future. On July 10, 2014, FDA accepted the filing of a New Drug Application (NDA) for the drug Kybella (deoxycholic acid) by Kythera Biopharmaceuticals. Plug–in at–home devices for treating sun damage, hair removal, skin decoloration, acne, hair growth, skin texture, microdermabrasion, and cellulite continue to expand particularly in developed markets. The aesthetic market is expected to witness a new innovation, the introduction of transepidermal drug delivery technologies for facilitating topical treatments.

Facial Aesthetic Surgery Can be Completed Safely Under Oral Sedation, Local Anesthetics

According to study results, facial aesthetic surgical procedures performed by means of Oral Sedation along with with Local Anesthetics were safe and well-tolerated by patients.

Researchers conducted a retrospective chart review on 199 patients (mean age, 49.8 years; 176 women) who had an office-based Plastic Surgery procedure between July 2008 and July 2014. The patients received Oral Sedation in conjunction with Local Anesthesia.

Patients received minimal Oral Sedation that included a combination of diazepam, diphenhydramine, and hydrocodone/ acetaminophen or acetaminophen alone. There was a minimum of 30 minutes after receiving Oral Sedation before infiltration of Local Anesthesia to the surgical site was administered.

Age, gender, BMI, past medical history, social history, surgical history, allergies, and medications were the patient demographic data collected and included in the review. American Society of Anesthesia (ASA) class, type of procedure, medications administered and major complications related to sedation were measured.

Patients underwent 283 facial aesthetic surgical procedures, with 195 patients in ASA class I and 4 patients in ASA class II. Procedures included 44 Upper Blepharoplasty procedures, 5 Browlifts, 43 Upper Blepharoplasty-Browpexy, 46 Facelifts, 38 Neck Lifts/Lower Facelifts, 54 Fat Grafting, 3 Tip Rhinoplasties, and 15 minor revision cases.

Average follow-up time was 23.5 months. There were no major complications and no sedation issues during the study period, with all procedures completed under Oral Sedation. There were no cases converted to IV sedation, ended due to pain or discomfort, or requiring hospital transfer. All patients tolerated the procedures well, with the average surgery length of 84 minutes.

“In healthy patients, office-based facial plastic procedures can be safely performed under a combination of Oral Sedation and Local Anesthetics,” the researchers determined. “Patient selection and pretreatment counseling are critical in ensuring a satisfactory and safe experience.”

Learn about the major differences between General Anesthesia and Local Anesthesia.

Vanishing Taboos : As More and More Women & Men Choose to Undergo Cosmetic Surgery There is Less and Less to Hide

Since the dawn of the Plastic Surgery industry, Plastic Surgeons have made a business out of literally giving their patients less and less to hide.  Whether it be performing a breast implant operation that made someone feel confident to wear form fitting shirts or a Rhinoplasty that inspired more picture sharing for someone who is online dating, for the most part those who have achieved a look they are satisfied with tend to assume spotlights more frequently.

 However, this is quite the opposite for many when it concerns sharing the news that a cosmetic surgery is what boosted their confidence levels.  There have been and still are a number of taboos surrounding plastic surgery.  Recipients of these surgeries want to show off results, however more often than not they would like us to imagine these results materialized out of nowhere.  They would prefer that everyone just forget all about what they looked like several months earlier.

Good news for Cosmetic Surgeons who may be tired of living in this closet.  Recent statistics suggest that this past trend toward secrecy may reverse, due to sheer numbers of those who are undergoing cosmetic enhancements and as one source suggests, the lack of restrictions on advertising in the industry which has led to more frequent and potent ads for things like Breast Implants and Botox.

Cosmetic Surgery advertising was the recent topic du jour for a British publication, The Guardian in its discussion of the “normalization” of Plastic Surgery that seems to be occurring. They suggest that it may be both an increase in cosmetic surgery advertising as well as a shift in the tone of the advertising that are partly responsible. Content is now tending to mimic advertising in other established factions of the beauty industry, such as make-up or diet fads.

Recent industry advertising content plays upon notoriously prevalent female insecurities (90% of all Cosmetic Surgery is still undergone by females) like coping with postpartum birth weight or pleasing their male counterparts and securing more dates.  It is also suggested that the ads attempt to create a sense of urgency in the mind of the viewer so that they may be less likely to consider surgery at a slower pace.

At the end of the day, The Guardian summarizes that this all comes together to create an unrealistic view of Plastic Surgery as “surgery”.  People are starting to confuse running to the store to buy a new lipstick with running to their surgeon to have breast implants.  Is this a fact?  This is one perspective.  However, of course there are others that exist and are valid.

Others may point to cultural perspectives.  For example, amongst latin american women there has never been such a taboo.  As one recent interviewee in a NY Times  article about Ethnicity and Plastic Surgery states: “We latinas define ourselves with our bodies. We always have curves”. The Examiner presents a concurring view in its review of attitudes toward plastic surgery in Latin America, suggesting there is more stigma associated with not having surgery than there is with having had numbers of them.  In Latin America stepping out quickly to see your surgeon has never been viewed as a potential issue, it is expected.  Latina women would ask quite the opposite question of, “What’s all the fuss?!”.

 We would be interested to learn more about different cultural and business or advertising related perspectives on the “normalization” of cosmetic procedures.  Thoughts and opinions on this hot topic are perfect fodder for this week’s thoughts and reflections.  Many people’s confidence and self-esteem levels have been raised considerably after undergoing a longed for cosmetic surgery.  Regardless your level of comfortability with talking freely about Plastic Surgery, you still may be contemplating it.  If you have been considering surgery, the first step is a consultation with a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon with experience and a tacit understanding of aesthetics.

The Guardian  http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/feb/09/is-cosmetic-surgery-normal-modern-life

Thew New York Times  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/19/nyregion/19plastic.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

The Examiner  http://www.examiner.com/article/plastic-surgery-trends-latin-america-leads-the-way

Face Maintenance For Everyone

Marilyn Monroe has said that imperfection is beauty.  However, if there are aspects of your natural appearance that continually make you unhappy you may have considered or already undergone Cosmetic Surgery. What is considered normal maintenance of your facial appearance will vary from one individual to another and can fall along a spectrum that includes everything from cleaning and moisturizing your face daily to non-surgical interventions such as Botox injections or the more invasive, undergoing a full scale Facelift. Below are some face maintenance tips and FAQs that cover something of interest for this entire spectrum.

For Those Of You Who Prefer To Go “Au Naturel”…

A Beauty Routine Tip :  Homemade and all natural masks

Here are two easy homemade masks to nourish the skin day and night:

Morning – mix 2 strawberries, half an apple, pear and orange juice, add some honey to make the mask sticky and apply to the face and neck. Leave on for 5 minutes and then wash the face with chilled water, not warm water. Cool water will stimulate blood flow, which keeps the skin looking young.

Nighttime – dip a cotton ball in a glass of milk and massage it on to the face and neck. Leave on for 20 minutes, until it feels dry and then wash with warm water. This mask will make the skin soft and brighten your complexion the next morning.

Stuck In The Middle Again?

A Beauty Routine Tip : Daily Anti-Aging Creams & Make-Up

Some of the most problematic areas of the face and those that we often need to devote additional care to include: The skin of the eyelids, certain areas of the cheeks, the fold from the nose to the mouth and the neck area.  The daily grind may seem to consistently leave us with less and less time to take care of our face and especially its sensitive problem areas. If you are open to a less natural approach than that which was described above you can seek out make-up and skin care products that can be used regularly to help you maintain ageless beautiful skin, such as Clinique Anti-Gravity cream, which is both affordable and effective. For anti-aging makeup there are products like the newest CC cream by Peter Thomas Roth.

Are You Falling Off The Charts?

For Those Of You Ready For A More Serious Commitment To Looking Younger:  FAQs About Facelift Surgery:

The most common question is what is the right age? And when is it too early or too late for a Facelift? The truth is there are a range of options in Facelifts that suit a range of ages and even lifestyle preferences.  A full scale Traditional Facelift, requiring larger incisions and at least a 2 week recovery period is something that is typically considered by older people with considerable signs of aging.  Dr. Oleh Sluchynskyj has created the SLUPlift™ Mini Facelift, performed under Local Anesthesia and with only two small cuts by each ear and typically 5 days recovery, for younger people, those on the go or those who at any age simply want to avoid the trauma associated with a more invasive procedure.  Under all circumstances, if you are considering a Facelift you must secure a consultation with a Board Certified and experienced Facial Plastic Surgeon for the best results.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Fairest of Them All?

How important is physical attractiveness to success?  Are there areas of our lives where it is more important than others?  These are all legitimate questions, whose answers may help us to explain or at least rationalize some of our past successes and failures.

Perhaps we must first define physical attractiveness.  Dr. Slupchynskyj explains that beauty indeed can be quantified and clearly defined by what is known as the “Golden Ratio”.  This ratio signifies mathematical proportions that are considered most pleasing to the human eye.  Far from being an arbitrary number of 1.618, we see these proportions reflected everywhere in nature and art, from the number of leaves on a tree or petals on a flower to the dimensions of an awe inspiring and iconic face like that of the Mona Lisa.

But does this actually affect our opinions of who we consider beautiful in everyday life?   An Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon who extensively studied this ratio,  found that the features corresponding to icons of female beauty truly crossed historical, racial and cultural barriers, all while exhibiting proportions at or near this ratio.

So if we have established a universally accepted definition of beauty, the question remains of its influence on success in different areas of our lives.  We surmise that a concept capable of inspiring a multi-billion dollar beauty and fashion industry as well as a thriving cosmetic, surgical medical industry must be influencing the direction of our lives to some extent.  Why else would we spend so much precious time and money improving and maintaining our looks to meet predetermined standards?

The Economist reported that it does in fact hold great deal of influence over financial earnings in a person’s lifetime.  Citing studies by Daniel Hamermesh of the University of Texas that all other things being equal, ugly people earn less than beautiful people. Surprisingly, the penalty for being “ugly” was steeper for men than it was for women, at -9% versus -6% .  Similarly, there were financial premiums associated with being beautiful and once again they were higher for men than they were for women at 5% versus 4%. (http://www.economist.com/node/10311266)

Another area where we would expect physical beauty to hold a great deal of influence over success would be in our romantic relationships.  According to OK Cupid, what we imagine to be true is a reality.  Although men rate the marjority of women as being “moderately” attractive on an on-line dating site they see to all compete the hardest for those at the “beautiful” end of the scale.  A woman rated as “modelesque” by male OK cupid users recieves about 5 times as many messages as an “average” looking woman and about 28 times as many messages as a women considered to be “unattractive”. Conversely women were much tougher on men in regards to rating their looks, reporting almost 80% of men to be “less than average” in terms of physical attractiveness. Take it easy ladies!

So at the end of the day what does all of this mean?  Can we learn anything from these statistics to help us in our everyday lives?  We are who we are… right? Realistically, there are only so many changes we can make to the way we were born to look.  However, taking care of ourselves through maintaining a good diet and regular exercise can help us to optimize our looks and confidence.

 If you are comfortable with cosmetics and other enhancing products, it doesn’t hurt to give them a try to see what they might do to help you project a desirable image to the world.  Additionally, if there is a part of you that bothers you so much that you cannot get past it and it seems as if it is creeping into all aspects of your life you can also explore Non-Invasive and Surgical, Cosmetic interventions.  If you want to explore this route, be sure to research your doctor and choose someone who is Board Certified in their specialty.

Should Plastic Surgery Be Rated “R”?

We place age restrictions on the ability to view violent or sexual content in movies and on internet sites.  We have made it illegal for those under 18 to drink alcoholic beverages and we would certainly never ask them to serve in the military, we even limit how many hours they can work at summer jobs.  So what do we say when they seek out Plastic Surgery?  Should it also matter why they are seeking out the surgery?

Recently the issue came to the forefront of social and policy discussions within the context of another popular ‘topic du jour’ — bullying behavior amongst children.  Numerous parents are seeking Plastic Surgery to “fix” what other children have decided is “wrong” with the way their children look.

The Today Show recently profiled a charity organization, “Little Baby Face”, that grants free surgeries for low income children who have been chastised by peers for not conforming to cultural ideals of beauty.  They do however make a distinction, the child’s problem must meet the medical definition of a Facial Deformity vs. an Aesthetic Concern.

Dr. Slupchynskyj explains the basic difference. “Facial Disfigurement is something a child can be born with that could include Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate, Facial Tumors or malformed facial bones for instance.  An example of an Aesthetic Concern would include ears that may stick out more than one wants, but the ears function perfectly well.  I have had many young patients who have been taunted for this very reason.”

If the issue is teasing for what some define as a “not pleasing” look, how can we limit those who can access a low cost service based upon a medical definition, when the consequences are determined by non-scientific, social standards?

Teens seeking surgeries that are purely based in aesthetic concerns has recently caught a buzz in international news.  With some of the highest rates of plastic surgery in the world, teens in Asian countries like Korea and Japan, who cannot afford or do not want to risk invasive surgeries are using DIY alternatives akin to ancient foot binding for your face.  From a vibrating mouthpiece, that is to be worn several minutes a day to have a slimming effect on the jaw line to eyeglasses that supposedly train the eyelid to develop double folds, its turning into a circus in Asian high schools, literally.

Much of the Asian Plastic Surgery craze has to do with workplace competitiveness and standards that are highly judgemental of a person’s physical appearance and a desire to look more Caucasian that seems to have affected a lot of the region’s women.  Dr. Slupchynskyj who has always addressed a diverse range of patients understands cultural concerns as they relate to Cosmetic Surgery.

As an expert in Ethnic Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Slupchynskyj has a number of Patient Educational Videos available for those who have questions about ethnic beauty and aesthetic surgery.  Not every Plastic Surgeon can address questions in this area because it requires specialized training and experience

While on the topic of young people and plastic surgery of course we will have to briefly address Hollywood and “double-of course” this segment will include a mention of  the Kardashians.  Recent rumors speculate that Kris Jenner suggested Khloe Kardashian have Rhinoplasty as early as 9 years old.  Entertainment reporters have been loving to speculate as to the emotional effects of such a comment from a mother to her daughter at a young age.  It may be best left for families and their members who have been affected to determine for themselves.  However, it is a popular and controversial debate.  How young is too young to talk about or consider Plastic Surgery?

Plastic Surgery for the Other 47%

We are accustomed to popular culture discussions of beauty standards, such as the pressure to be thin or look young, and in most cases we have also grown accustomed to talk about these standards as they apply to women rather than men.

Consequently, we are bombarded with mainstream media talk of celebrities and their beauty related trials and tribulations-from their struggles with weight gain to their decisions to undergo Cosmetic Surgical enhancements.

Let’s also not forget the two cents on the topic we receive from ad agencies who provide a real time stream of commercial protagonists beating odds and transforming their lives using branded skin care lines and weight loss programs.

Who are these celebrities and protagonists for the most part?  Well once again you guessed correctly, they are mostly female.  The beauty industry, more than any other seems to segment and target along thick gender lines.

Women may wonder how members of the other 47% (men) were so lucky to escape these pressures?  Perhaps they haven’t, or at least not anymore. Recent statistics released from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) suggest that hoards of men are now entering the race to the “I look great” finish line, too.  In 2012 men underwent 5% more cosmetic procedures than they did the previous year, and they now account for 9% off all procedures performed.

So enough then about the Kardashian sisters — we want to know which procedures Kanye and Bruce are most likely to have!  The ASPS reports that the top 5 surgical procedures for men, in descending order were Nose Reshaping, Eyelid Surgery,Liposuction, Male Breast Reduction, and Facelifts.  Those men who are less committal (no pun intended) and opted for minimally invasive procedures chose, once again in descending order, BOTOX®™  Injections, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peelsand Soft Tissue Fillers.

What is the psychology behind this recent male beauty craze?  Dr. Slupchynskyj’s numerous male patients share that its not only the higher rates of “singlehood” and divorce that are driving them to be more conscious about looks, they are also using cosmetic surgical enhancements to gain an advantage in the workplace.  Looking good helps them win out against younger competitors.

In regards to male celebrities who may have had cosmetic surgical procedures, well The Huffington Post recently tattled on Gene Simmons, Barry Manilow, Burt Reynolds, Enrique Iglesias, as well as many others.  Their July, 2013 slideshow expose not only dishes the dirt on numerous male celebrities, but it also answers our previous question about Mr. Jenner.

Read the full Huffington Post report on male celebrities who have undergone Plastic Surgery here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/18/male-celebrities-plastic-surgery_n_3618124.html#slide=2712558

Read the full ASPS 2012 report here:

http://www.plasticsurgery.org/news-and-resources/2012-plastic-surgery-statistics.html

The Latest DIY Beauty Treatment: “Selfie-Help”

Announced as the 2013 “word of the year” by the Oxford English Dictionary, the “selfie” is officially ready for its first celebrity close-up, thanks to recent additions to your friendly, neighborhood app store such as Perfect 365 and Facetune.

It is imagined that millions of Social Media addicts everywhere, especially young women, gasped a sigh of relief when they first realized they could download photo customization programs that convert the magic of Photoshop into a literal “at your fingertips” format to  conveniently tote around with you on your smartphone.

This pret-a-porter glamour goes beyond the eradication of red eye or the application of filters for mood enhancement, which are now standard on smartphones and most Social Media Sites. These new downloads allow you to apply make-up like a top artist, eradicate skin flaws like acne, brighten and whiten teeth, and yes – even create a look that in real life might require surgical procedures such as a Nose Job or an Eye Lift.

If you’ve already been considering a cosmetic surgical procedure for your face, but you have been hesitating due to an inability to consult in person with a Plastic Surgeon, downloading one of these apps might help.

Perfect 365 is a free download with edit features for the eye such as a “dark circle” detector and pupil enhancer that may help you to judge whether the improvements associated with eye lift surgery are really something to consider.  The edit features for the face also include the ability to lift the cheeks and change the width and shape of the nose which enable you to see the benefits of something like a Mid-face Lift or Rhinoplasty.  To satisfy those with a non-invasive curiosity, you can lift your eyebrows to a higher and more aesthetically pleasing position like that which may result after Botox injections or you can use one of the program’s filters like, “Brighten Skin” to explore the confidence you might possess with more radiant skin that develops after an investment in regular skin peels.

Facetune is not a free download, however, $2.99 is a small price to pay to explore the larger investment of plastic surgery or even non-invasive treatments like Botox and Dermal Fillers, especially if you’re just at the curiosity stage. One of the products 5 co-founders, Itai Tsiddon, described the distinguishing feature of Facetune to be its use of advanced technology in comparison to what currently exists on most of the other selfie apps.  He went on to say that most apps rely on automation to assist the user in creating improvements in their photos, whereas Facetune allows the user to work locally, down to the pixel to create desired effects and changes, but they have tweaked this advanced technology in such a way that it is still accessible for use by the average Joe.  He recommends the sites “reshape” section to play around with changes you might desire from a cosmetic, surgical enhancement.

The development team for Facetune is composed of four PhD, level computer scientists, a much “brainier” group than your typical app development team, and Tsiddon added that this originally, unintended usage for the technology may be blossoming into many new possiblities on the horizon.

Both sites allow you convenient upload of your photos to Social Media Sites for an instant share with friends and followers, and if you’d like, on Perfect 365 you can create a poll so that friends and followers can vote on the likeability of your enhancements.

As is always the case, playing around with an app such as Perfect 365 or Facetune is never a substitute for a consultation and Computer Imaging with a medical expert.  If you have been considering a cosmetic procedure and you’re ready to speak with an expert in the NYC area, Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj is available for a consultation by calling (212) 628-6464.

Perfect 365

Facetune

Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery Procedures for Men

Say the words “Cosmetic Surgery” and people’s minds usually go directly to women: BOTOX®™, Facelifts, and Breast Augmentation. But, we know from our successful New York Plastic Surgery Practice, men are most certainly embracing the power of surgical advancements to enhance their looks and physique. Just take a look at this list, The 10 Most Popular Cosmetic Surgeries For Men,” published on therichest.com. Excluding a few body-based procedures, such as Liposuction or Breast Reduction, the bulk of the procedures requested by men revolve around anti-aging procedures for a more youthful and vital appearance, or to correct facial features — like the nose or ears — that have plagued them for years.

So, let’s take a look at some of the most popular Plastic Surgery procedures that appeal to men.

Rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is one of the most common Cosmetic Surgery procedures requested by men of all ages. The nose is a funny thing — even the slightest amount of disproportion can affect the way a person views himself or herself in the mirror. This is especially true if an individual was teased about the size or shape of their nose when they were a child or adolescent. Rhinoplasty procedures are performed to alter the size and/or shape of the nose in a way that is in better proportion with existing facial features. Dr. Slupchynskyj has revolutionized Rhinoplasty procedures, specifically Ethnic Rhinoplasty, with hisSLUPimplant™, which uses a custom carved silastic implant.

Otoplasty. This is one of the cosmetic procedures that is actually requested more frequently by men than by women. There are several reasons for this. The first of which is that men usually wear their hair shorter than women, which makes their ears more prominent. Otoplasty, also called Ear Pinning (although no pinning is involved), can be used to change the shape of the ear, or it can be used to prevent the ears from sticking out perpendicularly to the head. Again, facial proportion is the key. The doctor will use precise facial measurements to determine the size and shape that works best with your natural features.

Brow Lifts. One of the first signs of aging in a man are the brow lines, or brow sag, that begins to appear as skin elasticity decreases with age. This can be more dramatic in men due to their naturally prominent brow lines and shaggier eyebrows. Over time, the brow line can droop significantly, causing a hooded look as the eyebrows begin to sag over the upper eyelids. A Brow Lift can be used to gently raise the eyebrow line, which helps to alleviate the hooded look and will ease wrinkle lines. This procedure is often paired with an Eyelid Lift, to help remove excess eyelid skin that can begin to sag both above and below the eyes. BOTOX®™ injections can be used to further diminish frown lines or creases along the brow line or between the eyes.

Face and Neck Lifts. Another common complaint for older men is the “jowly” look that can occur as the cheeks begin to sag. Again, the culprit is decreased collagen production. This will also affect the skin on the neck. A Facelift and/or Neck Lift can be used to remove excess skin and gently stretch the skin to its normal position. The goal is to create a natural, healthy, younger skin tone – it should not pull the skin so taught that it appears stretched or shiny.

BOTOX®™ injections. BOTOX®™ injections have revolutionized the world of Cosmetic Surgery because they allow Plastic Surgeons to create significant improvements in regards to anti-aging treatments without using invasive surgical procedures.BOTOX®™ can be used in a variety of areas, most commonly the brow, around the nose, and the lips. It eliminates wrinkles and worry lines, smooths sagging skin, and re-plumps skin that may be sagging or deflating with age. BOTOX®™ injections can also be used to enhance lips, which can alter their shape with age, or can change as the result of long-time smoking. Many of our patients opt to use BOTOX®™ when they first notice the signs of aging on their face, and save more invasive Cosmetic Surgery techniques for when the signs of aging become more dramatic.

Are you interested in learning more about Cosmetic Surgery for men?

Please contact the office of Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj and schedule a consultation. You will have the chance to share your concerns, ask questions and learn more about the Cosmetic Surgery procedures we offer for our male clientele. In addition to viewing before and after photos, we will use enhanced digital technology that allows you to see what you will look like after your surgery is complete. Don’t let the signs of aging, or a disproportionate facial feature, affect the way you view yourself, or the way the world views you.

Is Teenage Cosmetic Surgery Increasing?

Depending on the sources you read, there are conflicting statements about whether or not teenage Cosmetic Surgery is on the rise. While headlines on major news sources say it is, the American Society for Aesthetic Surgery states that teenage Plastic Surgery procedures are actually on the decline, and their statistics are backed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well. There are really two issues that are pressing when it comes to teenagers and Cosmetic Surgery:

•   Are surgeons performing these procedures unethically? Upstanding Plastic Surgeons will not perform a Plastic Surgery procedure, such as Rhinoplasty, that will affect a physical feature that hasn’t fully matured. Nor will they perform a procedure if their patient has unrealistic expectations regarding the outcome.

•   Are the patients fully aware of the risks? This can be difficult to assess with teenagers as their perspective is so limited, and they are unaware how much they will mature and change after high school and beyond. It is imperative that a Plastic Surgeon is very careful, open, and honest, when speaking with teenagers about Plastic Surgery and its long-term affects.

The American Society for Aesthetic Surgery says that teenage Cosmetic Surgery is on the decline.

Here are some of the statistics, provided by the ASAPS, supporting that teenage Plastic Surgery is actually on the decline:

•   Ten Years Ago: there were 220,077 procedures in 2002

•   Five Years Ago: there were 178,041 procedures 2006

•   Last Year: there were 131,877 procedures in 2011

•   This Year: there were 130,502 procedures in 2012

Unless you have a teenager who is agonizing daily over their physical appearance, it can be difficult to understand why teenagers would want to undergo surgery in order to improve their physical features. However, the recent media attention on bullying helps to de-mystify this issue; children and young adults can be incredibly cruel, especially regarding their physical differences. The teasing and bullying that happens as a result of a big nose, ears that stick out, or abnormally large or flat breasts can be devastating for an adolescent who is coming of age.

This short video posted by ABC News follows two teenage girls who elected to use Cosmetic Surgery to enhance their physical appearances. Katelyn and Tracy are two adult teens that have opted to have Breast Augmentation and Rhinoplasty, respectively, in order to say farewell to deep-seeded physical insecurities. Both girls waited until they were adults, using their years as insecure teenagers as fuel for their Plastic Surgery inspiration. While both of these young women are very happy with the outcomes of their surgeries, there are also cases where adults regret the surgeries they had as teens.

One example is Sabrina Weiss, who underwent a Rhinoplasty procedure immediately after graduating from high school. In hindsight, Weiss realizes that she projected all of her hopes of becoming an outgoing, socially accepted young woman into her nose. She says, “Looking back, if anyone had questioned what my reasons for doing this, they would’ve seen it was irrational and a fantasy that having this surgery was going to somehow transform my entire life.” 

Here is a list of the Cosmetic Surgery procedures most commonly requested by teenagers:

•   Otoplasty. Also called Ear Surgery or ear pinning, this procedure was the most popular Plastic Surgery procedure for teens in 2012. It helps to pull back the outer portion of the ear, aligning it with the head, correcting embarrassing large earflaps that stick out.

•   Rhinoplasty. Anyone with a large or misshapen nose understands why this procedure took the Number 2 slot. Having a nose in proportion with the rest of your facial features can make a dramatic difference in your appearance.

•   Breast reduction. Contrary to what many may think, Breast Reduction is more popular than Breast Augmentation for teenage girls. Large breasts are heavy, and can cause neck and back pain. They make it difficult for female athletes to move comfortably.

Is your teenager interested in Cosmetic Surgery procedures?

If your teenager is interested in Cosmetic Surgery procedures, it is imperative that you take him or her to a reputable Cosmetic Surgeon that is willing to say, “No,” if he feels the procedure is being performed for the wrong reasons. Questions that should be asked include:

•   Whether or not the teenager is physically mature, “late bloomers” often mature years later than their peers.

•   Does the child truly understand the risks?

•   Are the child’s expectations realistic?

•   Does the child feel their life will be completely changed by the surgery?

•   Is the child aware that the surgery is a permanent procedure?

If your teenager is interested in Cosmetic Surgery, please make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj. He will be 100% honest with your teenager, and will screen him or her carefully before deciding whether or not Cosmetic Surgery is the right decision at this point in his or her life.

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