Yearning to Remain Viable, an Increasing Number of Americans 65 and Older are Turning to Plastic Surgery

Maria Vargas resented looking like an old woman. That was how the 68-year-old felt when she walked down the street. “I’d lost the looks of men,” said Vargas, who is divorced. “I’d walk by men and men would probably go, “Yeah, there’s a cute grandma’.” So in February, after months of grappling with the choice, she decided to have a Neck Lift.

“I got so excited about the difference that it made that I was like, ‘Oh my god, I want more’,” said Vargas, a Sacramento, CA resident who had never undergone elective Plastic Surgery before. Now, she said, “No 30-or 45-year-old guy is going to ask me, ‘Hey, what’s your number, honey?’ But a 60-year-old will.”

As reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of people 65 and older receiving Facelifts and Cosmetic Eyelid Surgeries has more than doubled over the last two decades, with much of that increase occurring over the last five years. In 2015, 39,772 Eyelid Surgeries and 37,632 Facelifts were performed on people 65 and older. Although there is no age analysis within the category, doctors report that most of their older patients are between 65 and 75, and around three quarters are new to Plastic Surgery.

Part of it is related to demographics. People are living longer, and the baby boomer generation started turning 65 five years ago, so there are more people over 65 than in the past. But even taking that into consideration, the rate of Eyelid Surgeries among that age group has increased 62% and the rate of Facelifts has doubled.

The trend seems to reveal both cultural and economic shifts, including a growing acceptance of elective surgery helped along by popular shows like Nip/Tuck and a reduction in the procedures’ cost and invasiveness. Then, too, people are remaining in the work force and dating game later in life and dread becoming victims of age discrimination.

Some supporters argue that in trying to avoid the latter, older people who undergo Plastic Surgery to look younger are unintentionally bolstering ageism. But simultaneously, they acknowledge that in a world that fetishizes youth, the impulse may make practical sense.

“People are making a calculated decision, trying to escape the stigma of aging and buy a little time, be in the world and not be sidelined because of their appearance,” aid Bill Thomas, a Geriatrician who is trying to push Americans toward accepting old age as a welcome stage of life.

“It’s the age equivalent of ‘passing’,” Thomas stated. “You’re actually in this cohort but can you get everybody to believe you’re in a different cohort?”

Recently, both surgical and non-surgical options have increased. Doctors operating on older patients face factors like whether they are on blood thinners or need a stress test. Many people are forgoing the far more expensive Traditional Facelift, choosing minimally invasive in-office surgical procedures instead that cost $4,500.00 to $6,500.00, and also minimize the risk of medical complications more prevalent in older patients.

“Over the past five years, I have definitely seen in a dramatic increase in patient requests for minimally invasive Facelift Surgery using only Local Anesthesia. Yet, many are demanding the same results that a Traditional Facelift achieves. I developed the SLUPlift™ mini lift, which addresses all concerns. I have performed this procedure on patients from 40 years of age up to 79 years of age with excellent results.”

— Dr. Slupchynskyj

The reduced cost has made Plastic Surgery an option for more individuals. A generation ago “you may have had the odd movie star having something done, but it wasn’t something for the masses,” said Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging, an organization that promotes healthy aging. “Where it was once exclusive, it’s no longer exclusive.”

Presently, there are numerous economic factors. More Americans 65 and older are working than at any time since the turn of the century, and many encounter age discrimination.

If opportunities are favoring the young “and you begin to get old, you want to fit in….You’re invisible. And maybe this is the way for people to be visible.” Milner said.

But the change also reflects an evolution of how older people perceive themselves—which is to say, typically not as old as they have previously.

“I’m 60 and I remember when my grandfather and grandmother were 60 and it was like they had a foot on a banana peel and the other in the grave—and now (people their age) are skiing,” said Dan Mills, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

More and more, as Americans stay more physically fit later in life, they often see a disconnect in how they look versus how they feel. That concern is not limited to baby boomers. Mills recalled a 78-year-old woman who played tennis and yet was constantly fending off a little boy who wanted to carry her groceries. After a Facelift and a Forehead Lift, the offers stopped.

It should come as no surprise, now that women are under more pressure to remain physically attractive, most older patients are women. But rather than the wholesale change in appearance that was more common in the past, they are more often seeking to return to work or social lives looking more refreshed than transformed.

When Linda Dodson, 68, of Oroville, CA, had a complete Facelift in March, “a lot of people, unless I told them, they didn’t really notice. They all just said I look great.”

She made the decision after receiving treatment for Breast Cancer, including a Mastectomy. “Things had been taken away from me personally, because of the cancer, and this was something I wanted to do for me,” she said.

Not everyone was convinced. “My husband was totally against it. He’d say, ‘I don’t want you to change, I love you the way you are.’ It made me feel good, because that’s how a husband should feel about you, but…I wanted to wake up in the morning and feel better about myself.”

Her husband wound up liking it—and it had other effects. “As I became older I had noticed that the general public isn’t as interested in what you have to say,” she said, “but afterwards I noticed a big change in how people react to me.”

That reality is discouraging for Ashton Applewhite, an anti-ageism activist who likens Plastic Surgery to “a prejudice against your own future self.”

“I really, really get the reasons why people dye their gray hair, lie about their age, and have Cosmetic Surgery,” she said. “But it’s not good for us, because it’s not authentic and it gives a pass to the underlying discrimination that makes those things necessary.”

She recommended that older women seeking romance “look around at your friends who are dating—they’re not the thinnest, they’re not the most wrinkle-free. They’re the ones who believe they’re the most fun in bed and who feel the best about themselves.”

However, Jean Stark, 83, a retiree in Lakewood, CO, isn’t interested in dating and sees no need to hold off as a political statement. She had work done on her eyelids a decade ago and is planning further procedures, including to her neck and jaw.

“It’s no big deal,” she says.

“If you look in the mirror and you don’t like the way you look, if you can improve yourself, why not?” Stark said. “I would have done this years and years ago, but then a lot of this wasn’t available years and years ago…What in the world have I got to lose? If I drop dead the next day, at least the undertaker will have a good face to look at.”

Millennials Apt to Post Plastic Surgery Results Via Social Media

Millennials post Plastic Surgery Results on Social Media

Everybody knows millennials rule social media.

Also called Generation Y, the typical 18 to 34-year-old crowd has grown up immersed in the digital age. Millennials typically feature their lives on multiple social networks.

Social media offers a sanctuary where people openly share every intimate part of their life, one post at a time. Very little is taboo ranging from captivating to the everyday, even provocative subject-matter.

With so many details about people’s lives visible the Internet, it’s no surprise that the results of Plastic Surgery procedures are also candidly broadcast and discussed on social media.

When it comes to honest posts about Plastic Surgery millennials dominate the social space. From posting about their surgery journey—snapping selfies in the waiting room—to flaunting photos of obvious body changes, there is virtually no shame affiliated with the choice to go under the knife for the sake of beauty.

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, by and large, Plastic Surgery has seen a dramatic increase in the U.S. over the past 19 years from about 1.6 million total procedures in 1997, to nearly 13 million in 2015.

The ASAPS is an organization comprised of Plastic Surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who focus on Aesthetic Surgery rather than Reconstructive Surgery. The group works on providing research and education on Plastic Surgery.

ASAPS research revealed Americans spent $13.5 billion on combined surgical and non-surgical procedures in 2015. That’s a $1.5 billion increase since 2014. Non-surgical procedures refer to services such as Botox or lip fillers as in comparison with Breast Augmentation or Liposuction.

Over the past five years, the demand for cosmetic procedures have increased 39% in the U.S.

As per the ASAPS, Millennials comprise nearly 18% of all procedures performed in 2015. They may not be the age group with the most procedures performed, but it’s still a large group.

Although many patients still remain tight-lipped about their Plastic Surgery, Dr. Daniel C. Mills, the President of the ASAPS, said sharing on social media is commonplace inside Plastic Surgery Centers and hospitals.

“The number of millennials willing to do that is a lot more than any age group,” Mills said. “They’re just used to it.”

Mills expounded that for millennials, it’s not about whether or not to share a post about their Plastic Surgery, it’s which social platform to feature it on.

“They’re just much more open about it on social media,” Mills remarked. “They’ve grown up with it.”

Social media can also play a major role in urging or inspiring a person to surgically enhance their body.

With nearly 78 million followers on Instagram, Kylie Jenner, famous member of the Kardashian family, is one of social media’s reigning queens.

The 19-year-old launched a media frenzy in 2015, when she admitted to having lip injections to create her now highly sought-after lips.

There may be no proven scientific connection between Kylie’s lips and millennial Plastic Surgery, but according to the ASAPS, lip fillers, formally known as hyaluronic acids or collagen, saw a 27% increase in 2015 with more than two million procedures performed.

These filler enhancements ranked as the third most popular non-surgical procedure for millennials in 2015, following hair laser removal and Botox, according to ASAPS research.

Many millennials have their front-facing cameras ready for their not-so-secret beauty enhancements when going in to see a Plastic Surgeon, even for a basic consultation.

“Being tight-lipped about having had a Plastic Surgery procedure is a thing of the past, not only with Generation Y. We see patients in my waiting room exchanging their selfie before and afters and they are many times patients in their 40s 50s and even beyond. They see the young crowd feeling quite comfortable sharing their everything including cosmetic procedure experiences with each other on social media and so they think, Why not? I have a group of ladies who friended each other on Facebook in my waiting room and now, they even like to book appointments together and follow each other’s progress.”  

— Dr. Slupchynskyj

Millennials may love to highlight their Plastic Surgery, but those social media posts come at a cost.

The average cost of a hyaluronic acid treatment in the U.S. is $591.00, according to the ASAPS. Lip fillers are temporary, meaning it’s a recurring.

ASAPS research reveals Breast Augmentation was the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure for millennials in 2015. The surgery will set a patient back an average of about $4,000.00 for silicone gel implants and $3,500.00 for saline implants.

1 in 5 American Women Ponder Undergoing Plastic Surgery: Body Image Issues Don’t Discriminate

women and Plastic Surgery

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) may not just be restricted to young girls inundate with skinny girl propaganda and media; a new survey discloses that older women are afflicted by the same body image problems.

85% of 55-to 64-year-old women said they were not satisfied with the appearance of “at least one” body part, according to the survey, commissioned by RealSelf.com. Additionally, 1 in 5 American women proclaimed they had planned or at least considered Plastic Surgery. 7% said they had undergone cosmetic operations previously. Over 90% of women between the ages of 18 and 24 are dissatisfied with at least one body part, the survey also found. That’s an extremely high number that doesn’t vary much as women mature.

“While the total market has previously been calculated by the procedures performed in the past year, we can see that the total addressable market is actually far greater,” remarked Tom Seery, CEO of RealSelf.com, in a press release. “As cosmetic procedures continue to become mainstream, millions of women are overcoming social stigma to pursue cosmetic changes they have been researching, often for years.”

Although many of these women might consider the idea of Plastic Surgery, most don’t actually go through with it. Their hesitancy stems from several factors. Among the biggest reasons why they don’t go through with it is debt (60%), fear of complications (58%), fear there would be a great deal of pain (5%1), fear from hearing negative stories (47%), fear it would leave them look worse (41%), fear of death (37%), long recovery time (54%), and the difficulty finding an honest, reliable doctor (40%). All very valid reasons to not have Plastic Surgery.

The survey revealed that young women were more likely to go out of their way to get help to change a certain body part, including going to spas, retail stores, Dermatologists, or Plastic surgeons. Though all women, regardless of age, were likely to mention their midsections, abdomens, backs, legs, thighs, buttocks, and skin as “problem areas” they were most displeased with.

“I have patients from 18 up to 80 years young who have pursued cosmetic changes. There is no age discrimination when it comes to enhancing one’s appearance.”

— Dr. Slupchynskyj

BDD involves believing that your appearance is defective, and therefore it must be fixed, hidden, or altered in some way to become more attractive. Many people with BDD turn to eating disorders or Plastic Surgery to quell these disturbing thoughts.

Most Popular Plastic Surgery Ranked by State. Google’s Top-Searched Procedures in the U.S.

In 2015, 15.9 million cosmetic procedures were performed across the U.S. As reported by the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, Breast Augmentation was the most popular Plastic Surgery, but what are proclivities ranked by state? The Plastic Surgery Portal compiled information from Google to determine which procedures Americans are most curious about, but might not actually go through with.

On a map revealing the top-searched Plastic Surgery categorized by state, procedures include Breast Implants, Laser Hair Removal, Lip Injections, Penis Enlargement, Eyelid Surgery, Vaginal Rejuvenation, and Liposuction.

“I have seen a dramatic increase in the demand for Juvederm®™ and Microdroplet Silicone Lip Injections in the last two to three years.”

— Dr. Slupchynskyj

Adjoining states such as New York and New Jersey saw some drastic differences in popular procedures: the former searched mainly for Liposuction, while the latter was curious about Laser Hair Removal. Currently, the country’s two newest states, Hawaii and Alaska, were most interested in Penis Enlargement Surgery.

Overall, most state residents in the southeast region of the country were searching for information about Liposuction. Presently, Breast Implants were a top-searched term in the northwestern United States.

Compared to the previous year, Americans saw a 2% increase in Plastic Surgeries in 2015. Breast Augmentation has remained the most common procedure since 2006.

It’s a Family Affair

Depending upon your personal and cultural preferences, your beauty routine and treatments may or may not be something you share with other members of your immediate family. Culture and religion from a variety of traditions dictate the behavior that accompanies the way we take care of ourselves. It may specify acceptable behavior along gender lines and also tell us how much of our routine we are allowed to share with others.

Recently, there have been a few stories making headlines that are breaking these barriers. They highlight a cultural trend in beauty treatments, including those we have considered more extreme in the past like Cosmetic Surgeries, becoming more common place and acceptable. Additionally, they speak of these procedures turning into a “family affair” and cutting across gender lines.

This week, The NY Daily News published a story on twins in Australia who have been undergoing Cosmetic Surgeries, such as Breast Augmentation as a team. In an effort to remain looking exactly alike the twins have had identical Breast Implants, Lip Injections and tattooed Eyebrows. These ladies don’t stop there and in addition to having the same surgeries they also share identical wardrobes, a bed, a job and a salary, a Facebook account and event a boyfriend! They strive to remain identical in every single way!

They tell The NY Daily News that their Breast Implants were originally inspired by the Kardashian look, of course. We are wondering if the Kardashain claim to “family style” publicity is behind this trend in the least.

Also interesting is a recent spin on family surgery that some Plastic Surgeons have witnessed cases where husbands are going under the knife more than their wives. We typically associate anti-aging and weight loss procedures like Facelifts or Abdominoplasty with women, but men are jumping on the bandwagon now too. Additionally, there seems to no longer be any shame or emasculation associated with them undergoing these types of interventions.

Daily Mail Online asks, “Would you let your husband have Plastic Surgery?”. The headline comes as part of a report on more and more middle aged men choosing to undergo cosmetic procedures. They quote psychology experts who attribute this rise in desire by older and married men to go under the knife to the cultural construct of the “metrosexual” and the emergence of icons like David Beckham.

The article however, goes on to talk about how a man’s confidence may soar after a successful surgery (one of the benefits of anyone undergoing a successful Cosmetic Surgery), but how men may cope with this high a bit differently than women. They may be more likely to distance themselves from their committed relationships, start going out all of the time and even strike up affairs and eventually end the marriage. This was the case with a couple that shared their story with Daily Mail Online. Their marriage only survived 14 months after the husband had a successful Otoplasty.

To end on a positive note, CBS 8 in San Diego ran a story of an older couple that underwent Facelift procedures together. They both felt more confident after and it seemed to make their marriage stronger. This headline read: “Couples Who Have Facelifts Together Stay Together?”. We’re guessing, just like everything else it’s on a case-by-case basis or a family-by- family basis.

If you are seeking more information regarding a facelift, either alone or with your spouse or significant other, The Aesthetic Institute of New York & New Jersey would love to see you for a consultation. Reach out to us for the most cutting edge treatment in the mecca of beauty itself, New York City.

References: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/twins-share-boyfriend-surgery-article-1.1716573

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2577053/Would-let-husband-plastic-surgery-More-middle-aged-men-doing-But-beware-end-marriage.html

http://www.cbs8.com/story/24706157/couples-who-have-facelifts-together-stay-together

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

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