Plastic Surgery News for March 2017!

We’re nearing the end of March, and you know what that means! It means that everyone already filled out their brackets and watched a little basketball. Or a lot of basketball. Of course, the plastic surgery news for march is pretty substantial as well. There’s been a lot of things happening, and we’re here to get you caught up in case you’ve been spending too much time watching basketball and filling out your brackets.

Most Popular Procedures of 2016

So let’s start with something pretty simple. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released their statistics for the year of 2016. They release these stats annual—that way, surgeons and patients alike can keep up with the latest trends in a field that is already highly innovative.

The top five plastic surgery procedures of 2016 were as follows:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Facelift

As you can see, there’s a real emphasis on facial plastic surgery procedures, as well as body contouring. There’s certainly some speculation that this is, in part, due to the never-ending rise in popularity of social media. That makes sense to a certain degree—your face is out in the world a lot more than it used to be.

Revision Rhinoplasty Helping Out

We also spent some time this month wondering how you could get the perfect nose. To be sure, the nose is not something that can ever really be called “perfect” for, you know, everybody. In other words, there is no such thing as a perfect nose for everybody. Rather, you should find the perfect nose for you.

Unfortunately, this isn’t always easy. Indeed, rhinoplasty is a powerful procedure, but it isn’t successful 100% of the time. And, often, patient expectations have a way of getting out of control sometimes. That’s okay. (That’s certainly not blaming the patient at all—it’s just the nature of plastic surgery sometimes.)

Suffice it to say, sometimes you might need a second rhinoplasty procedure in order to get the results you want. This is usually called a revision rhinoplasty procedure. The newsworthy thing here is that often, patients will seek out a procedure called a non surgical revision rhinoplasty is order to (at least temporarily) improve the look of their noses.

This lets patients achieve a more aesthetically pleasing nose without having to go through all of the pain and recovery associated with a rhinoplasty procedure. Usually, that rhinoplasty is completely worth it—but many patients don’t want to go through recovery twice (understandably). Non surgical revision procedure allow patients to get results without surgery—which is pretty nice for them!

Liposuction of the Face

And as long as we’re talking about the face, we can comment on liposuction of the face! Liposuction itself has long been popular, but one of the interesting things about it (and most people may not realize this) is the amazing flexibility of the procedure. Indeed, it’s terribly uncommon for patients these days to get liposuction of the face.

That’s not to say liposuction of the face isn’t a delicate procedure. It certainly is! Surgeons have to be quite careful when performing this type of liposuction (especially when they perform lipo around the cheeks). But for many patients it’s worth it.

Think about it this way: there isn’t really a great way to get rid of fat around the face. You can diet and you can exercise, sure, but you have no little control over whether those healthy lifestyle choices will be reflected in your face or not. So many people will get liposuction of the face for a couple of different reasons:

  • To reflect their level of fitness: It can be frustrating, after all, when you maintain a healthy lifestyle, but that health is not reflected in the way your face looks. Diminishing the fat around your face is sometimes done to ensure you have a slimmer, athletic looking jawline.
  • To diminish the signs of aging: Sometimes lines and wrinkles (not to mention sagging jowls) can be caused by excess fat. Eliminating some of this fat, often during a facelift procedure, is a way of helping you look more youthful. For this reason, many patients will seek out liposuction fo the face to help ensure they look just a little bit younger.

More to Come

As always, we’ll continue to keep you updated on the latest plastic surgery news. We let a little bit of extra time slip by this time (we can admit we maybe caught a basketball game or two… or not. I don’t actually watch basketball. I’m just trying to relate to you!) But we’re committed to keeping you up to date on the latest plastic surgery news!


Social Media and Plastic Surgery

I’ve been reading in various places that social media is really giving plastic surgery a leg up—that it’s been giving plastic surgery a nice “lift.” (Haha, get it?) Well, I’m not sure I can argue with that. But what I can do is give it a little context.

Because the conclusion that many people will jump to is rather unflattering. Of course social media produces an uptick in plastic surgery interest: selfies are narcissistic and so is plastic surgery, so they’re a match made in heaven. Unfortunately, that might make for a good headline, but it leaves out some important truths.

You Can’t Avoid Yourself

My dad hated getting his picture taken. I remember as a kid he not only avoided the camera, he avoided looking at the pictures. That was a long time ago. The problem that social media presents in the modern era (wow, how old do I sound?) is that you simply cannot avoid looking at your picture.

When you sign on to Facebook, all of the pictures of you are there. Same when you sign on to Instagram or Snapchat or Twitter. Even if you never take pictures of yourself, other people are going to take pictures of you—and those pictures (because people tag them) are unavoidable. And once they’re on the internet, they’re on the internet forever.

There’s no avoiding pictures of yourself. And for people who are self-conscious about certain aspects of their looks, that can be kind of nightmarish. It’s not unthinkable then, that if you can’t avoid your picture you might want to improve it.

Social Currency of Social Media

I also want to push back on this notion that social media is only for the narcissist. There is a great deal of social currency in Facebook or Twitter. Here’s what I mean: if you were to apply for a job today, it’s not out of the ordinary for your potential employers to check your Facebook page.

In some ways, it might be hard to get hired without a Facebook page or a Twitter account or (at very minimum) a LinkedIn account. It’s hard to blame people, then, to want to really control the kind of image they project on these pages. There’s a great deal of social currency (and social power) locked in your Facebook page.

Getting plastic or cosmetic surgery can be a way for people, again, to exercise control over that social currency.

Not For Everybody

Now, this doesn’t mean that plastic surgery is the best idea for everyone with a Facebook page. But when you see articles talking about how Instagram is great for plastic surgeons, hopefully you can take a moment and consider that the relationship is probably a little more complex than it might appear on the surface.

For the most part, people who are interested in plastic surgery have been thinking about getting a procedure done for ages; Facebook might just be the final push, and I’m not convinced that’s necessarily a bad thing.

How Can You Tell When a Celebrity Got Plastic Surgery?

We keep pretty close tabs on the world of plastic surgery news, so it doesn’t surprise us when “rumors” of celebrity plastic surgery start spreading. Usually there will be one or two celebs who post something on their Instagram feed or who hit the red carpet for the first time in a while—and they’re singled out because something looks…different.

This can take a few different forms of course. In many cases, it’s about a breast augmentation or liposuction. In other cases the rumors swirl around Botox. And in a fair number of instances, plastic surgeons are trotted out to speculate on what this line means or that blemish is all about.

There’s a serious cottage industry composed of these articles. And, to a certain extent, they’re pretty harmless. They even give us inspiration on occasion, as well as cause to discuss this procedure or that procedure. But it’s worth talking about this; how can you tell when a celebrity got plastic surgery? When they admit it.

Can You Use Clues?

Certainly a confession isn’t the only way to suss out whether a Megan Fox got her lips augmented or Rihanna got a nose job, right? Well, if you’re talking terms of 100% certainty, it really is. Sure, you can compare images of Megan Fox’s nose pre-Transformers and post-Transformers.

But the problem with celebrities and pictures is that, well, pictures lie. That’s the whole way you get to become a celebrity: by developing an exaggerated notion of beauty (okay, it’s way more complicated, but that’s at least a component for many celebs).

In other words, many celebrities already have non surgical tips and tricks to enhance their beauty:

  • Beauty makeup: You’d be surprised what the application of eye shadow can do. The fact of the matter is that we get so accustomed to celebrities with their makeup on that when they change it up and try a different style, they can look like a different person (or that they had work done).
  • Contouring: This is another makeup trick. Contouring is a way of using makeup to create shadows and highlights. This can actually make your breasts look bigger or your nose look different. And trust me, celebs (or their makeup artists) are highly skilled in this technique.
  • Photoshop: When your brand is beauty, there’s going to be significant pressure to use Photoshop or other photo manipulation tools. Most celebrity images you see have gone through some kind of processing. That’s true for television and films as well. There are plenty of celebrities who you have probably never seen without some kind of touch up having been performed.

When all we have to go on is rumor and innuendo, it really is difficult to look at an image or look at some video of someone’s face and claim that Botox has been performed.

Now, there might be a suspicion that cosmetic surgery has been performed. But there’s a long way between suspicion and certainty. So, in most cases, it’s important to remember that, until the celebrity confirms the rumor, a rumor is all it is.

Who is Botox For?

We usually talk about “plastic” surgery, but there’s certainly room on this blog for non surgical, non invasive procedures. Like Botox! Look, Botox is one of the most popular medical procedures on the planet, with millions of patients every year. It’s a huge procedure.

And lately we’ve been seeing stories about young people looking into Botox. Now, we want to make clear, you should certainly consult with your cosmetic surgeon before deciding how old is old enough to get a Botox injection. After all, there are certain age restrictions to getting Botox and your cosmetic surgeon will be quite familiar with them.

However, it’s worth noting that a bunch of Millennials are flocking towards Botox. At first, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Millennials are young—too young for wrinkles!

Botox Prevents Wrinkles?

That’s true. Millennials are cursed with being young and beautiful (for now—trust me, people, it will catch up with you). But I happen to think Millennials are actually being pretty smart about this.

Here’s why: Botox can actually help prevent wrinkles. Now, the jury (the scientific jury, that is) is still out on just how effectively this happens. But there seems to be a significant amount of evidence that suggests getting Botox injections before wrinkles form will actually stave off the formation of those wrinkles.

That kind of makes sense. Botox is making the muscle relax. So the more relaxed the muscle is, the less likely it is to end up forming that wrinkle (at least, as quickly as it otherwise would).

Is Preventing Wrinkles Worth It?

All of this begs the question: what’s so wrong with wrinkles that they require this much time and effort to eliminate? I mean, do you really need to start planning your wrinkle-fighting strategy while you’re in your late teens? Well, the truth is that wrinkles aren’t going to be all that bad for everyone. Just for some people!

And if you find yourself as one of those people that’s bothered by wrinkles, it can be cost effective to start combatting them sooner. After all, Botox tends to be much less expensive than, for example, a facelift procedure. So you can actually save yourself a significant amount of money by avoiding surgery (in this way, Millennials are being quite smart).

But there’s nothing inherently bad about wrinkles. In fact, many people find wrinkles to be quite attractive. They can distinguish you. They can help you look your age.

The people that find wrinkles most distressing are those that feel aged prematurely. And that can, understandably, be something of a bummer. If you’re only twenty and your face makes you feel thirty, that can be a downer, and it’s hard to fault people who want to address that.

That’s why, in general, plastic surgery tends to be a non-judgy arena. So if you’re thinking about Botox, talk to a plastic surgeon to see if Botox really is the best option for you. You never know when it might be a good time to start!

What’s in a Mommy Makeover?

Plastic surgeons, you may have noticed, are pretty adept at naming things. The “Vampire Facelift” is proof enough of that. But those names sometimes require a little more explanation and depth than is common. For example, what’s in a mommy makeover? It’s a good question, and one that bears answering. After all, the words “mommy makeover” could mean just about anything.

Because, let’s face it, it’s not like motherhood really leaves any particular part of your body intact. But there are some common areas that pregnancy and motherhood tend to damage more than others. Not coincidentally, those are the areas that mommy makeovers tend to favor.

Procedures Covered by a Mommy Makeover

Let’s take a look:

  • Breast Sag: The breasts take something of a beating during motherhood, thanks in large part to the strains of nursing and expressing milk. The breasts can either “deflate” or become larger than desired, depending on the individual. Additionally, the breasts can start to sag significantly. That’s why many times a breast lift is included as part of a mommy makeover.
  • Stubborn areas of fat: The human body likes to hang on to fat. That’s just a fact of life. That can be especially true if you happen to be a mother. Sometimes, the only solution is to simply remove or mitigate that fat. Liposuction is a great way to do that. In fact, often, liposuction is the only way to get rid of these stubborn areas of fat (they tend to resist diet and exercise-based remedies).
  • Areas of excess skin: Pregnancy tends to pull and stretch, and the skin doesn’t always bounce back. That’s why women who have been pregnant often have significant amounts of excess skin around the tummy area. The solution for this is usually a tummy tuck procedure. A tummy tuck can return the belly area to a more youthful, more fit look. The skin will look tighter and the abdominal muscles will look a little more structured.

Not Just for Mothers—But Preferred by Them?

To be sure, a mommy makeover isn’t only for mothers. Sure, what’s in a mommy makeover is comprised primarily of procedures designed to treat issues that mothers commonly complain about. But sagging breasts, stubborn fat, and excess skin are also simply signs of aging. It’s just that mommy makeovers tend to speed up the process a bit.

So if you want to learn more about the procedures included with a mommy makeover, you should talk to a surgeon. You can talk about these procedures individually or all at once—just the same as how you can have them performed. Either way, talking to a surgeon is a great place to start!

What Do You Want to Change About Your Nose?

It might sound a little counter-intuitive, but most people who want a nose job actually like their noses. That’s true with plastic surgery across the board. People like most everything. They just want to tweak one or two things. So when most people talk about getting a nose job, they aren’t actually looking to change the entire nose.

Instead, they just want to change something about the nose. And there are plenty of targets. Many patients who consult for rhinoplasty procedures point to at least one of the following:

  • The bridge of the nose (either it’s too thin or too thick)
  • A lump on the bridge of the nose
  • A drooping tip (especially when one smiles)
  • A tip that is too far upturned
  • Nostrils that flare too widely

When Should You Consider Rhinoplasty?

This does not preclude the possibility, of course, that some patients will indeed want to change several features of the nose. However, that’s not the most common case. More commonly, patients want to address only one of these features.

Typically, patients will seek out rhinoplasty when they feel as though their noses are drawing attention away from their other features. Remember that the face is all about proportions—the cheeks in proportion to the lips in proportion to the eyes, and so on. But the nose has the potential to throw those proportions off.

And so when those proportions are thrown into doubt, it can feel like people are staring at your nose. If that’s the case, then it might be time to consider getting a nose job.

People also consider getting rhinoplasty when:

  • They suffer a broken nose or other nose trauma
  • They can finally afford an aesthetic rhinoplasty procedure
  • They suffer bullying or other mental trauma due to the nose
  • They make a decision to change the nose
  • They finally see what a nose job can actually change

If you want to know what a nose job might be able to change when it comes to your own nasal area, there’s plenty more information out there on what rhinoplasty can alter. It never hurts to do some more research!

Are Small Nipples the Next Big Thing?

Among the latest “big trends” for the next year, we’ve heard rumblings that small nipples might be up there. Now, we’re all familiar with breast augmentation—a procedure designed to make the breasts appear larger. But making the nipple smaller seems like a rather novel procedure. We should probably talk about what’s involved and why someone might want to get a nipple change.

Now, this nipple surgery is not the same thing as the kind of nipple reconstruction that accompanies reconstructive breast surgery (the type of surgery one might get after a double mastectomy). They’re incredibly different procedures! We’re going to focus on cosmetic nipple surgery.

Why Get Nipple Surgery?

Nipple surgery might seem like it’s incredibly shallow or vain. After all, how many people actually see your nipples? Is it unrealistic to expect even the most private parts of your body to appear absolutely beautiful all the time? Well, yes. And if you feel comfortable with your nipples, you should not feel compelled to, somehow, improve them.

But not everyone feels comfortable with the way their nipples look, no matter how many people (or who) might see them. Because, importantly, you see them. Patients will get nipple surgery for a wide variety of reasons, including the following:

  • Patients might feel uncomfortable because of inverted nipples
  • Enlarged nipples due to breastfeeding children
  • Drooping nipples due to age or breastfeeding
  • Discomfort caused by the interaction of clothing and larger nipples
  • General aesthetic preferences

Indeed, the motivations behind nipple surgery often center on retrieving a more youthful look for the patient. They want their nipples (as with the breasts) to look more like they did in their youths. In that way, nipple surgery is not terribly different than many other forms of surgery.

How is Nipple Surgery Performed

Most nipple surgery procedures tend to be minimally invasive, with only small changes made to each nipple. However, each patient will be different. That means it depends on what the patient’s primary issue is and the best way to solve it.

In other words, the best way to find out if you’re the right candidate for something like nipple surgery is to talk to a surgeon. Most surgeons offer confidential and (maybe more importantly) complimentary consultations. So if you want nipple surgery, that type of consultation is the right place to start!

Khloe Kardashian Plastic Surgery Rumors

One of the types of news we like to emphasize here on our Plastic Surgery Articles blog is celebrity surgery news! I want to emphasize that we’re not here to shame celebrities who get plastic surgery. We think it’s great! We’re also not here to out those celebrities.

Discussing Celebrity Plastic Surgery

What we’d like to do instead is simply use whatever celebrity plastic surgery rumor is going around as a baseline for a discussion of plastic surgery. For example, you may have heard about the rumors circulating around Khloe Kardashian. She has a new show premiering soon, called Revenge Body. The premise of the show is that Khloe has turned into something of a fitness guru.

But there are rumors she’s gotten extensive plastic surgery—mainly, liposuction. This brings up questions about fitness and surgery. Is it possible to be authentically fit while still getting liposuction, is the question.

The answer is as surprising as it is simple: yes.

Fitness and Fat

And that’s mostly because the human body is weird. Looks, let’s say that you spent months or years getting yourself into peak physical condition. You eat right, you exercise regularly (and vigorously). Your body might still stubbornly hang on to some areas of fat. And you might think these areas of fat are unsightly or, at the very least, undermine all of your efforts.

The truth of the matter is that it’s nearly impossible to get rid of these stubborn areas of fat with diet or exercise. Your body just tends to hang on to all that material no matter what you do. So the only way to get rid of that fat is with liposuction. That’s why it not uncommon for liposuction patients to already be quite fit. In fact, many surgeons prefer that liposuction patients are near their ideal weight.

Liposuction for Celebrities

So if indeed Khloe Kardashian got some work done before her new show, she’s in line with millions of other patients who have used liposuction in order to finally get rid of those stubborn areas of fat—and end up with the fantastic and fabulous bodies they always wanted!

Welcome to Our New Blog!

You might be familiar with our main website, Plastic Surgery Articles. At PSA, we offer the world the very latest and greatest plastic surgery news. After all, it’s a field that is constantly changing and always innovating. We gladly enforce the strictest editorial standards at Plastic Surgery Articles to make sure you’re getting the best possible news and information.

What Will We Offer on Our Blog?

So there are going to be certain news items that aren’t really going to be the right fit for our main website at Plastic Surgery Articles. That’s why we’ve started this blog. Here, we’ll feature all the snippets and tidbits that don’t really fit in at our main website. And in doing that, we hope also to start a kind of conversation.

After all, plastic surgery is enormously popular, but not always well understood. It’s one of those things that everyone has an idea about. Everyone thinks they know something about plastic surgery—or about the procedures themselves and why people get them.

This Way Nothing Slips Through the Cracks!

We’re betting there are quite a few plastic surgery stories out there that buck the perceived notions of what plastic surgery really is. The plastic surgery stigma of old would have us believe that all those who get plastic surgery are either shallow, vain, or, perhaps, addicted. But that’s not the reality.

Plastic surgery is a wide ranging field capable of addressing a significant variety of issues and conditions. That’s why plastic surgery is one of those fields that—especially when you include cosmetic procedures—is growing explosively. People use plastic surgery to feel comfortable with their bodies, to address problem areas, to feel good in their own skin.

That’s one of the reasons why plastic surgery is so popular—and continues to be. So if you want to know more about what plastic surgery has to offer and why people are drawn to it, keep your eyes peeled here (or check out our main website). For the full experience, you’ll want to stay tuned to both our blog and our main site!

Either way, welcome. We hope you have an experience that is both entertaining and insightful.