How To Make Your Facelift Last Longer

Posted in Atlanta Plastic Surgery, Face Surgery Procedures, Non Surgical Treatment | September 30, 2014

Young sexy girl with facial treatment modern arrowsWhen you’re feeling droopy, your friends always advise you to keep your head up. Well, your face is one of the most important parts of your head, so a great way to get rid of that droopiness and refresh your appearance is by a facelift. A facelift is a procedure that tightens the skin of the face and sends wrinkles and crinkles to their grave.

While the surgery has different results for every patient, a full facelift procedure could last 5-8 years. This length of rejuvenation is decent, but the secrets we’re about to tell facelift patients about how to keep that face lifted longer will make you consider getting one yourself.

Like for most people, sunrays take a toll on your skin. Especially after a facelift procedure, it is advised to stay away from the sun for a bit. Direct exposure to the sunlight causes those wrinkles and can contribute to skin cancer. An SPF of 30 to 40 is recommended daily to keep your face looking rich of youth.

Hydration is a skin’s best friend. Your skin responds to proper hydration by maintaining a glow, which is produced by an abundance of collagen and elastin, making your face look supple. Drinking 4 16-ounce glasses of water a day will keep your skin looking vigorous and full of life.

A poor choice in one’s lifestyle is a factor in the way your skin looks. Drinking, smoking, poor health choices, and major fluctuations in weight can have a negative effect on plastic surgery results. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise can help regulate your skin and actually help in the results of your procedure.

Skin care products are the prescription drugs for post-facelift patients. Besides using sunscreen, using mild, hypoallergenic products can help in the recovery of your skin. Fragrance-free moisturizers and lotions are also beneficial in the process as well. After surgery, using a retinoid, which is chemically similar to vitamin A, will help with any irregular pigmentation of the skin, as well as fine lines, and healing.

Regular injectable appointments are in order for a post-op facelift patient. Refreshing the results with injectable fillers is a popular option. Fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are being used to improve the appearance of the facelift in the areas the traditional surgery can’t touch.

If considering a facelift procedure, it is recommended to be in the best health before the surgery. Myths about this type of procedure are concluded that everyone ages the same, and if you have cosmetic surgery, you will not age naturally. Dr. Rohrich of UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, busts these myths, saying that everyone ages differently in the face, and the environment one is in plays a role in how they age. Additionally, it is said that aging in the face is due to loosening of the skin and loss of facial fat, and that with this information, customized facelift technology is now available by using new concepts of fat compartments and replacement.

For post-op facelift patients, the only step to making that lift last longer is by taking care of your skin!


3D Printers Bring A New Dimension To Cosmetic Surgery

Posted in Atlanta Plastic Surgery, Body Procedures, Non Surgical Treatment | September 30, 2014

Young sexy girl with facial treatment modern arrowsMany have dreamed of the day where plastic surgery would expand beyond the common Botox injections and nose jobs. They’ve dreamed of correcting deformities with more customization to each patient, expanding to personalized medicine. With 3D printing entering the field of medicine, this dream is close to being reached.

Additive manufacturing, another name for 3D printing, was first developed in the 1980s. Since then, strides have been made in taking 3D printing beyond expectations of intent. From architectural design to automotive creation, a new form of physicality in the making.

Stories of 3D printing in the medical field first rose to mention in December of 2013 when Dutch surgeons placed a plastic skull dome on a 22-year-old woman’s brain. She had a rare bone condition that was causing her skull to thicken, which pressed down on brain tissue causing vision loss and extreme headaches. The 23-hour surgery’s success was as planned, and it was a procedure that was unparalleled to any surgery of its kind.

According to studies conducted by the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, no less than 5.5 million people have already underwent 3D printing procedures for body parts or implants. This statistic ranges from fully developed prosthetics to custom printed bone structures. Doctors say that 3D printing is the future of new plastic surgery operations.

Dr. Matthew Bramlet, a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Hospital of Illinois, commissioned to have a 3D printed heart from a 9-month-old patient with a congenital heart defect. He brought the idea to the patient’s cardiac surgeon, Dr. Randall Fortuna, when their planned surgery was posing a potentially fatal threat.

By basing images from the patient’s MRI scans the 3D printer was able to construct a heart duplicate to that of the patient by using polymer powder and liquid glue. The 3D printer was able to correct the 9-month-old’s defect of having many holes in her heart.

Not only has 3D printing stabilized patients of the medical field, it has also been used for creating other things in fields such as aerospace and food industries. In the future, 3D printing is expected to make life we know today barely recognizable in 50 to 75 years time.

3D printing is a market that has skyrocketed into mainstream in just this year alone. Companies like Amazon, Intel, and The Home Depot are offering some sort of 3D printing purchases. Either selling 3D printers in their locations, or giving customers an option to purchase products that can be 3D printed on demand, these companies are jumping on board with the trend.

Predictions are being made that the worldwide demand for 3D printing will increase at least 20% each year – projecting sales of $5 billion in 2017. Buildings, clothes, musical instruments, shoes, and more will be printed and sold to the public. From meeting everyday needs to correcting medical conditions, 3D printing is the future of tomorrow.


Joan Rivers: The Proponent of Cosmetic Surgery

Posted in Body Procedures, Non Surgical Treatment | September 10, 2014

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Late last week, we lost one of the pioneers of female comediennes and one of the biggest advocates to cosmetic surgery: Joan Rivers. The legendary entertainer died last Thursday after complications of an endoscopy. From nose jobs to tummy tucks, Joan Rivers was not afraid of a beauty operation.

Joan Rivers made her start when appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. From then, she went on to break down the stereotype that females can’t be funny. She blazed the path for other female comediennes. However, other than being known for her humor, Joan also became known for something else.

Dr. Norman Leaf first met Joan Rivers in 1978 in Newport Beach, California, and started a connection that would last more than 40 years. Joan Rivers went under the knife of Dr. Leaf’s numerous times, with numerous operations including Botox injections, face lifts, nose jobs, eye tucks, and more.

She was a great protagonist to cosmetic surgery. Her quotes for plastic surgery will make you laugh!

“I wish I had a twin so I could know what I’d look like without plastic surgery.”

 “Looking 50 is great — if you’re 60.”

 “I’m never without a bandage.”

 “The only way I can get a man to touch me at this age is plastic surgery.”

 “With age comes wisdom. You don’t need big boobs to be feminine. Look at Liberace.”

 “I saw what’s going on under my chin. I don’t want to be the one the President has to pardon on Thanksgiving.”

 “I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.”

And we can’t forget the most memorable quote that is an excerpt from her book co-written with Valerie Frankel, entitled Rivers: A Woman’s Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery:

 “Looking good equals feeling good … I’d rather look younger and feel happy than look older and be depressed.”

Joan Rivers may be gone, but the spotlight that she shed on plastic surgery will be eternal.


Botox: The Surprising Potential Weapon to Fighting Gastric Cancer

Posted in Non Surgical Treatment | September 10, 2014

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Botulinum toxin, or Botox, has been around since the 1800s. To give a brief history of how Botox came along, it was originally seen with sausage, which caused poisoning in improperly handled meats. Physician, Justinus Kerner, discovered its therapeutic use, but it wasn’t until the 1980s, after purification of the toxin, that the first Botox procedure was performed on a human. It was first used to cure a patient who was “cross-eyed.”

As time went on, research concluded that Botox could treat many disorders, from excessive sweating to muscle spasms. However, recently research by Scientists Columbia University Medical Centre in New York, as well as Norwegian University of Science and Technology, discovered that Botox could possibly be a treatment of gastric cancer.

Botox has been found to slow tumor growth by intercepting nerve signals that stimulate cancer stem cells. In laboratory studies, Botox was proven to suppress gastric cancer in mice. This study has led to the clinical trials of subduing human stomach cancer cells in Norway. Through the trials, scientists and researchers have discovered that the toxin reflected similar effects to the removal of vagus nerves, a procedure known as vagotomy.

U.S. lead researcher of this study, Dr. Tom Wang from Columbia University, said, “We found that blocking the nerve signals makes the cancer cells more vulnerable – it removes one of the key factors that regulate their growth.” By preventing nerve cells from releasing a chemical signal, Botox has the same result of vagotomy, the procedure of removing vagus nerves.

Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles, which are injected with the toxin. This is what happens with Botox is injected into the stomach by a gastroscopy. The benefits of these options in comparison to the vagotomy are that it reduces the length of the patient’s hospital stay, and it’s relatively cheap. Also, the Botox procedure reduces the risk of side effects.

Trials have taken place studying prostate cancer, in the hopes that Botox does the work that it does with gastric cancer. In the future, who knows what Botox can do for cancer patients?


Even Silicone Had A Facelift

Posted in Breast Surgery Procedures | August 18, 2014

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In January of 1992, silicone disappeared from the market as the FDA placed a suspension on the synthetic compound, banning it from breast augmentation procedures. This ban was initiated in order to evaluate new safety techniques. There was speculation that silicone implants were causing connective-tissue diseases, so the FDA put the suspension in order.

By February, the FDA reevaluated the safety of silicone gel-filled breast implants. It was voted that silicone be removed from the market until further evaluation can be done. By the summer of 1992, after more research was conducted, the FDA found no sufficient data to support the hypothesis of the disease-causing implants. Thus, moving forward, the FDA continued access to silicone implants in July of 1992, but only for patients undergoing breast reconstruction or silicone implant replacement. In addition to the restriction, it was put to a vote that the patients undergoing the procedures are subject to be clinically studied. This is when saline implants were developed and substituted for new patients with the desire for breast augmentation surgery.

By 1998, the FDA approved the clinical study protocol for those with silicone implants. It also set a limit on the number of augmentation, reconstruction, and revision patients to a select number of locations. Through the course of several years, this was the practice for silicone implant procedures.

From 1998 to 2006, procedures were performed, studies were implemented, yet after the rigorous studying, the FDA failed to find evidence that proves the silicone gel-filled breast implants to pose health risks to patients. So, in November of 2006, the suspension was lifted. Once again, silicone implants were put back on the market, alongside the option for saline implants.

In January of 2011, the FDA issued a safety communication that stated that women with silicone gel-filled breast implants are at an increased risk of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), which is a cancer of the lymphatic system in the scar capsule next to the implant.

With that information, FDA’s Advisory Panel held a meeting to conclude that the silicone gel-filled breast implants be created with a more cohesive gel. In conjunction, more studies would be conducted with patients undergoing the procedure to generate a more efficient safety protocol.

Today, women undergo breast augmentation, reconstruction, and revision surgery.  With the past studies conducted to find a more efficient use of silicone implants, the procedure is safer. With that, you can rule out most of the dangers you think of when considering the surgery.


The Future of Plastic Surgery

Posted in Atlanta Plastic Surgery | August 18, 2014

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The trend for the perfect body is reaching a peak in the field of cosmetic procedures. With surgical and minimally invasive practices, the obsession to have the perfect breasts or the perfect face structure is widely trending.

According to the 2012 vs. 2013 statistics conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cosmetic procedures are growing in popularity since the previous year.

 

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If you look at the chart above, you can see that from 2012 to 2013, the amount of procedures has increased in variety. From statistics, it’s observed that there were 15.1 million procedures that were conducted in 2013. 1.6 million of those were surgical, while the remaining 13.4 million were minimally invasive.

The top five surgical procedures of the year were beast augmentation, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction, and facelifts. From the chart, you can see the fraction of the sum of 1.6 million procedures conducted. The top five minimally invasive procedures were conducted as Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox), soft tissue fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion. You hear that Botox is the most common of cosmetic procedures, and this chart is the proof in the pudding.

Cosmetic surgery is most commonly being performed on patients over the age of 55. Up by 3% of surgical procedures, and up 4% of minimally invasive procedures since last year, this is the most gained performance of procedures in any age distribution between the years. With Georgia being in Region 3, according to the 2013 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, the region has gained a 19% trend in cosmetic procedures within the age of 55 and over.

Let’s not look at just one demographic. Plastic surgery is performed on a variety of ethnicities, ages, and in both genders. The most common ethnicity that procedures are performed on is Caucasians. A calculated 10.5 million Caucasians had cosmetic procedures of some kind. That is a 3% gain from the 2012 statistics having close to 10.4 million.

Who knows what’s in store for 2014 when it comes to cosmetic procedures? Will the trend of cosmetic surgery increase or decrease? Will the amount of procedures incline or decline? More questions arise as we start to approach the closing months of the year.

 


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