Dads, You Deserve a Cosmetic Daddy Makeover

When your car needs a tune up or repairs, you take it to the mechanic. What about when you need a little extra attention? Most men, especially fathers, neglect themselves for too long before giving themselves the attention they deserve.

But that number is changing. Though men made up only eight percent of all cosmetic procedures in 2010, the number of men seeking those procedures has increased by more than 88 percent since 1997.

Dads are no longer taking their love handles, spare tires, saggy skin and slack jaws lying down. The Daddy Makeover is changing how dads feel about themselves. With a mix of face and eyelids lifts, abdominoplasty (removing excess fat and skin from the abdomen), liposuction and gynecosmastia correction (for a firmer, flatter chest), dads are helping themselves look on the outside like they feel on the inside.

More than any other procedure, nonsurgical BOTOX® has seen the largest increase among men. Selecting the procedure because of its affordability and lack of downtime, men are able to achieve a low-key refreshed look.

More and more, I see men coming through the doors of my office ready to take charge of their image, and during the follow-up visit after a procedure, I see a noticeable change in their overall confidence. It’s time to do something for yourselves Dads.

The Surge of the Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedure

While plastic surgery procedures continue to be embraced by more people ready to project their best self on the outside as well as the inside, nonsurgical procedures have increased by 228 percent since 1997, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. In 2010, 5.75 million nonsurgical procedures were performed.

Of these procedures, BOTOX® is by far still the most popular. Part of this popularity can be attributed to the quick adoption from Hollywood, but affordability and a lack of recovery time for a fresh face are also attributes leading to the popularity of the procedure.

Other than BOTOX®, injectable dermal filler treatments, like Juvederm and Radiesse, also are top performers. These gels are injected just under the skin to correct smile lines or mouth “parenthesis” and smooth away wrinkles or folds. The results can last approximately a year depending on the product.

Any of these temporary procedures, can be a great way to rejuvenate your look without the commitment of a surgical procedure and at a fraction of the cost per procedure.

Celebrity Plastic Surgery: Britney Spears To Fix Uneven Breasts?

Britney Spears’ breasts have made the news multiple times since she hit the music scene in 1999. Fake? Real? Now lopsided?

According to source reports to the Daily Star, Britney is considering plastic surgery to improve the symmetry of her breasts, claiming she feels they are lopsided after the births of her two children.

Whether the Star’s sources are correct or not, breast unevenness is a popular concern among women. Though most women have uneven breasts to some degree, for some, the asymmetry is pronounced enough to cause a negative self-image. Child rearing can worsen or even create this problem.

As breast tissue swells with milk and then shrinks again after breastfeeding, the contours of a woman’s bust may change, and some women end up with one breast a full cup size smaller or larger than the other by the time they stop nursing their children.

Depending on the desired post-opp look, a breast implant may be used to increase the size of the smaller breast, a breast reduction may correct an oversized breast or a mix of both may be used if the severity of the unevenness calls for it.

So if Britney IS considering breast augmentation, she’s certainly not alone. Breast aug is the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure of 2010, with more than 318,000 surgeries performed. No woman should feel less than her best inside and out.

Baby Boomers Opting for the Plastic Surgeon’s Knife on the Rise

Better health, longer life and an active social calendar. Wanting to look as young as they feel, cosmetic procedures for Baby Boomers are on the rise.

According to plastic surgery statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were nearly 85,000 surgical procedures among patients 65 and older in 2010.

Recently the New York Times [hyperlink location:] and Good Morning America [hyperlink location:] published stories about 83-year-old Marie Kolstad who chose a breast life with implants. Some people were highly critical of her choice, saying she is too old to voluntarily go under the knife.

While for some older patients, healing can take longer, there is no reason a healthy, mature adult cannot opt to improve his/her looks. In fact, as stated in the NYT article, medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found complications are no greater in people over 65 than younger patients, a fact many other surgeons and I uphold.

If you are a Boomer generation patient, there are a few things you should consider. While you could see dramatic improvements in your appearance through surgery, you will never look like you did in your 20s. The longer you wait to have a procedure, the less elasticity your skin has, which has a profound effect on how successful a procedure will be. It’s important to have realistic expectations of what surgery can do for you. As long as you have this understanding and are in good health, don’t let anyone stop you from being your best self.

Surgery For a New Life Phase: From Widowhood to Dating

Recently a patient came to me who had lost his wife a few years before. He told me he had worked through his grief and was ready to begin dating. However, he was worried because he didn’t look like he did when he was married “many years ago.”

Getting back into the dating scene is scary enough without feeling self-conscience about years gone by. There are a number of ways you can rejuvenate your looks, either with surgical or nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.

Most people are concerned with lines on their faces or tired eyes. I usually recommend a mid-face lift (if most lines and wrinkles are concentrated in the eye, nose and mouth area) or a traditional face lift combined with an eyelid lift if there is significant sagging, puffiness or wrinkles.

For men, sometimes a receding hairline poses challenges because of the visibility of incisions. For these men, BOTOX®® has become a solution for erasing moderate to severe frown lines between the brows.

Other alternatives to surgical procedures include fillers like Juvederm or Radiesse, which correct smile lines or mouth “parenthesis” and smooth away wrinkles.

Some widows and widowers who are not ready for the commitment of a cosmetic surgery select these non-surgical procedures because of their affordable and temporary nature.

As long as you are healthy and have realistic expectations about the benefits and limitations of surgical and nonsurgical procedures, there is no right or wrong route to take, just the one that’s best for you.

Mommy or Daddy Makeover Transforms Parent Body

For mothers and fathers alike, children are a tremendous blessing to your family. However, most parents also would agree that children have not been a blessing for their bodies and waistlines.

Whether you are seeking to regain your shape to go back to work or are looking to recover from years of neglect, wanting to look like your best self does not make you a selfish or bad parent. To take care of others, you must also take care of yourself. Parents who feel more confident about themselves share that confidence with their children.

Cosmetic surgical procedures working together can give you a full-body transformation. We call these Mommy Makeovers and Daddy Makeovers.

The Mommy Makeover usually includes a tummy tuck to remove excess or loose skin and tighten muscles weakened by pregnancy and liposuction to sculpt and contour the body. Many women opt for breast augmentation to bring back the size, shape or fullness of their breasts or a breast lift to improve firmness.

Daddy Makeovers focus more on counteracting deep forehead, eye and mouth creases, a slackened jaw line with a face lift and an eyelid lift to rejuvenate puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes. Liposuction can offer tremendous results in flattening the stomach and removing love handles, and many men opt for Gynecomastia Correction to gain a firmer, flatter, more contoured chest.

Are you ready to give yourself the attention you deserve?

Revenge Surgery or a Fresh Start: Cosmetic Surgery After Divorce

A recent study by the Transform Cosmetic Group in Great Britain revealed that more than 25 percent of plastic surgeons’ patients are newly divorced women. Some critics are labeling this phenomenon as “Revenge Surgery.” They say divorcees are going under the knife to show their exes “what they are missing” post-divorce.

For some, that may be true. However, overall, the patients coming to my office simply have been looking for a fresh start. The unhappiness of their marriage took its toll on their minds, faces and bodies, and they are looking to feel comfortable in their newly single skin.

Some of the patients I see are worried about what others may think or that they may be seen as selfish. My advice to them is as long as you are making the decision for yourself and not to fit someone else’s image ideals, cosmetic surgery may be just what you need to boost your self-confidence. It’s a personal decision made by a patient with her surgeon.

Don’t let critics talk you out of making the decision to improve how you see yourself.

Lift Surgery Boosts Your Confidence Competing for Employment

A still shaky economy means that many people are spending longer periods of time on the job market after businesses around the country were forced to downsize and are often competing with younger applicants for the same position. In fact, a disproportionate number of the long-term unemployed are ages 45 and up.

Unfortunately, many of the veteran workers competing with younger applicants may experience unfair “age bias” because of brow lines, crow’s fee or slack jaw. If your face is not fresh, some employers assume your ideas aren’t either.

To help combat this bias, patients have come to me for face lifts and eyelid lifts. Many opt for the mini or mid-face lift, which can be more affordable than the traditional overall face lift and have a reduced recovery period.

The mini face lift can focus on trouble spots if the face is not severely aged, while the mid-face lift focuses on the nose, eyes and mouth. More mature patients may require a full face lift to tighten muscles and lift the deeper layers of the face.

The eyelid lift rejuvenates puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids, giving a more alert and youthful look.

As these procedures help rejuvenate your face, they also can help boost your self esteem, which is then translated into confidence in the interview process. A youthful look doesn’t enhance your job skills, but it does make a difference in how you present yourself.


Have You Let Yourself Go? Cosmetic Surgery Can Get ‘You’ Back

With busy schedules, longer work hours and on-the-go eating, it doesn’t take long to lose sight of yourself. I hear it from many of my patients. The “I can’t believe I let myself go like that” or “I just don’t look like myself anymore” statements of regret.

You’re not alone. Studies have shown a 71 percent increase in cosmetic surgery procedures in the past 14 years. There are several procedures that can bring “you” back.

Stubborn fat deposits are often one of the main culprits of self-image dissatisfaction. Liposuction helps remove these deposits in various body locations, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. Abdominoplasty, more widely known at the Tummy Tuck, also has gained in popularity, about 13 percent from 2009 to 2010.

The chest is another target area that causes unhappiness. For women, it’s often sagging from weight gain, aging or childbirth, usually fixable with a simple breast lift. For men, the complaint I often hear is the development of “moobs” or “man-boobs.” This can be corrected with a reduction or liposuction techniques.

And the biggest giveaway of your self-neglect, your face. Several face lift techniques – including the full face lift, mini face lift and mid-face life – are available to target the specific area of your face that could use a little rejuvenation.

The bottom line? It is important to take time for you, and it’s not too late to start. Cosmetic surgery can be part of the way you get “you” back.

What to Expect with Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgery

Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is one of the most commonly performed types of plastic surgery. It can be done to elongate or shorten the nose, lift the tip of the nose, change the shape and contour of the nose, or narrow the nostrils. Rhinoplasty can effect the cartilage, bone, or both. Procedures in which the bone is effected result in a longer recovery time.

There are many reasons you might want to undergo rhinoplasty plastic surgery. You may want to straighten your nose bridge, increase or reduce the size, change the tip, or improve the angle of your nose. Rhinoplasty can also be done to reduce the effects of an injury to the nose, reverse a birth defect, or correct breathing problems.

There are a few risks with rhinoplasty, just as there are with any surgery. In addition to common surgical risks such as bleeding, infection, and reactions to anesthesia, rhinoplasty carries risks of recurring nose bleeds, numbness in and around the nose, difficulty breathing through the nose, persistent pain or swelling, and scarring. These risks are minor and do not occur in very many patients, however you should be aware of them before going into surgery. Talk to your doctor about what risks are involved and how they may effect you.

It is also important to understand exactly what will take place on the day of your surgery. First, you should talk to your doctor about what type of anesthesia will be used. If the procedure is not going to be extensive, a local anesthetic may be used and you will be awake during the procedure. However, for more extensive surgeries you will likely be put to sleep using general anesthesia.

Once under anesthesia, your doctor can work on your nose. The exact process that will be done will vary depending on the results you are looking for. Most of the work is typically done within the nose. Incisions may be made in the nostrils and the septum, and the skin will be peeled away from the cartilage and bone so that adjustments may be made based on what you discussed with your doctor. Your doctor should give you a step by step procedure as to how the surgery will take place before the day of your surgery.

After the surgery is complete and you are awake, you will need to rest in bed with your head higher than your chest to reduce swelling and bleeding. You may become congested due to the swelling or the packing of cotton in your nose during the surgery. Dressings will remain in place for one to seven days after the surgery, depending on the extensiveness of the work done. If your doctor uses a plaster cast or splint on your nose to hold it in place, this will typically stay on for about a week. During the first few days or after removing the dressings you may experience drainage of mucus and old blood.

Full recovery after rhinoplasty takes a few weeks as a general rule. During this time you need to limit your activity, avoid swimming and blowing your nose, limit movement of your upper lip, and avoid clothing that pulls over the head. You will also have to avoid glasses or sunglasses for about four weeks after the surgery.



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