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.

2016 Plastic Surgery Techniques Showcase Regenerative Medicine

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

There have been numerous advances in Plastic Surgery over the past 10 years — both socially and medically. Patients wonder what advancements are on the horizon in the realms of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery? Looks like regenerative medicine may be the next big thing in this constantly evolving field.

Matthew Q. Miller of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and fellow coauthors have recently written a review article that considers regenerative medicine techniques in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and revealed suggested directions for future studies. The researchers studied stem cells, growth factors as well as synthetic scaffolds. This burgeoning field provides hope to patients suffering crippling disorders of the face and other body parts, in addition to individuals seeking anti-aging remedies.

For instance, “Plastic Surgeons and researchers are developing regenerative medicine-based treatments for people with congenital anomalies of the hands and face, such as microtia, cleft lip and cleft palate; burns; limb and muscle loss; facial aging; facial nerve injuries; breast cancer; and other reconstructive needs,” the Mayo Clinic reported.

“Regenerative medicine is an exciting field with the potential to change standards of care in FPRS [Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery]. This review touches on soft-tissue, cartilaginous and bony regeneration in Facial Plastic Surgery using stem cells, growth factors, PRP [platelet-rich plasma] and/or synthetic scaffolds. Our subspecialty has to continue to clinically investigate these techniques to show whether the new frontiers of regenerative medicine improve outcomes and cost-effectiveness in FPRS while not adding to the risks of treatment,” the review article noted.

As reported by Miller, regenerative medicine focuses on unlocking the regenerative potential of allografts and flaps, which are the foundation of surgical reconstruction.

“Regenerative medicine is a game-changing area of medicine with the potential to fully heal damaged tissues and organs, offering solutions and hope for people who have conditions that today are beyond repair,” the Mayo Clinic stated.

“I am very excited about the possibilities regenerative based medicine opens up, as it will positively affect the standards of care we have for crippling facial disorders and anti-aging treatments.”

— Dr. Slupchynskyj

Scientists anticipate that this new field could be a supplement or replacement for other tactics and procedures that have dangerous side effects or may not be good long-term solutions like Botox.

Recently, a similar study regarding Botox has been published. It provides evidence that injected Botulinum Toxin, can actually jump between neurons and hit areas it wasn’t intended to treat — adding legitimacy to a fear that began when the product first hit the market.

In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration added a warning to Botox’s prescribing information “to highlight that Botulinum Toxin may spread from the area of injection to produce symptoms consistent with botulism.”

Source: Miller MQ et al. The next frontier in Facial Plastic, Reconstructive Surgery. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2016.

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 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.

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