It’s well known that gym membership signups spike on January 1. But there are other ways to kick off the new year with a new look. Cosmetic procedures soar at this time of year, and the “gifting” of plastic surgery is reportedly a rising holiday season trend.
Leading into the holiday season, it looked like plastic surgery was shaping up as a hot gift item. According to plastic surgeons cited in an ABC News report, the gifting of cosmetic surgery is up 20% to 35%, depending on the procedure and practice. Sales of gift cards—often for $150 to $200, which cover low-cost procedures like medical-grade peels, injections and med spa services—have undergone a “dramatic increase.”
There’s a rise in pricier gift surgeries as well, with family and friends paying for the nose jobs, breast augmentation, or Botox treatments of loved ones. We’ve really seen it all with holiday gifting. We’ve seen mothers get daughters laser hair removal. In the Las Vegas area, quick plastic surgery procedures spike before Christmas arrives. Treatments and surgeries are often up 20% to 30% in December, typically with patients who want to look their best for holiday parties and/or the start of the new year. Per the According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
“People find themselves with a little more time off for recovery from surgical procedures,” said Dr. Terry Higgins, a partner in Anson and Higgins. “It’s also party season, when everyone’s out and about and being seen more than normal. Or people may be seeing relatives they haven’t seen for a while. They want to look their best, so they get noninvasive quick fixes that can help them look good rapidly.”
The plastic-surgery-around-the-holidays trend has been noted in the past. A year ago, the South Florida SunSentinel reported on the rise of stockings stuffed with cosmetic surgery gift cards. One woman, who happens to be a psychotherapist in Fort Lauderdale, gave her husband “a wrapped box under their tree with a $500 gift certificate for botox injections and laser hair removal.” The reasons that the holiday period is peak season for plastic surgery are fairly obvious, according to a 2011 Wall Street Journal story:
After many cosmetic procedures patients want to go underground during the days-long recovery period, which might involve swelling, bruising and oozing. The holiday season makes it easier to avoid interacting with others at work or in school car pools.
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Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ Kylie Jenner can’t keep up with all the uproar over her newly plump pout – and she doesn’t want to. The 17-year-old took to Twitter Monday evening urging her critics to get over it. “How long are we gonna talk about this lip thing lmao,” she wrote.
Yet controversy over the reality starlet – who may or may not have had work done – highlights a trend that is anything but boring: Teens having cosmetic procedures.
Nearly 18,000 teens aged 13 to 19 got wrinkle-removing Botox last year, according to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. And NPR reports that the ASPS reveals nonsurgical procedures are on the rise for teens, noting: The most popular cosmetic surgical procedures for teens include rhinoplasty (nose job) for 30,672, breast augmentation for 8,234 and otoplasty (ear pinning surgery) for 6,871.
But just how young is too young to undergo cosmetic surgery? The answer depends on a few different factors. You have to consider a child’s anatomical development, maturity and motivation. Certain features mature at different times. Ears become stable the earliest, typically by age 4, which is why he says you’ll see kids getting protruding ears tucked back before Kindergarten. The nose is done growing by age 13 in 99 percent of girls – whereas boys’ don’t mature until 17 or later. But lips are likely still changing at 17 and breasts may not be mature until 20.
As for a child’s maturity, that’s a tougher one to call. Parents have to talk with kids about why they want the procedure. Parental consent is actually required, or all plastic surgery procedures performed on teens younger than 18. Basically mom and dad need to know how the child is currently dealing with whatever issues they have with the part of the body they want to change and try to be fair and objective about coming to a decision.
Kids also have to understand what having work done entails. An ASPS fact sheet spells it out. Teenagers must be able to tolerate the discomfort and temporary disfigurement of a surgical procedure,” it reads. “Plastic surgery is not recommended for teens who are prone to mood swings or erratic behavior, who are abusing drugs and/or alcohol, or who are being treated for clinical depression or other mental illness.”
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports that surgeons found 69 percent of children and teens are actually undergoing plastic surgery as a result of being bullied. Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app Selfie.im, which are solely image based, force patients to hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with a more self-critical eye than ever before. These images are often the first impressions young people put out there to prospective friends, romantic interests and employers and our patients want to put their best face forward. Which brings us back to Kylie Jenner, who swears, for the record, that she is confident regardless of what anyone may think about her, or her appearance. “Since I was 9 years old, I’ve been in the entertainment business, and everyone is always telling me what – and what not – to do,” she confessed to Seventeen. “You just get a tough skin and have to not care about what people think or you will not end up in a good place.”
El continuar con el Kardashians ‘Kylie Jenner no puede mantenerse al día con todo el alboroto sobre su puchero recién regordeta – y ella no quiere. El joven de 17 años de edad, tomó a Twitter la noche del lunes instando sus críticos que superarlo. “¿Hasta cuándo vamos a hablar de este labio cosa lmao”, escribió. Sin embargo, la controversia sobre la realidad estrella – que puede o no haber hecho el trabajo tenía – pone de relieve una tendencia que es cualquier cosa menos aburrida: Los adolescentes que tienen los procedimientos cosméticos. Cerca de 18.000 adolescentes de 13 a 19 años llegaron para eliminar las arrugas Botox año pasado, según la Sociedad Americana de Cirujanos Plásticos. Y NPR informa que la ASPS revela procedimientos no quirúrgicos están en aumento para los adolescentes, teniendo en cuenta: Los procedimientos quirúrgicos cosméticos más populares para los adolescentes incluyen la rinoplastia (cirugía de nariz) por 30.672, aumento de senos para 8234 y la otoplastia (cirugía de orejas en asa) para 6871. ¿Pero qué tan joven es demasiado joven para someterse a la cirugía estética? La respuesta depende de algunos factores diferentes. Usted tiene que considerar el desarrollo anatómico, la madurez y la motivación del niño. Ciertas características maduran en diferentes momentos. Las orejas se estabilizan los primeros, por lo general a los 4 años, por lo que él dice verás niños conseguir orejas prominentes metidos atrás antes de Kindergarten. La nariz se hace cada vez mayor a los 13 años en el 99 por ciento de las niñas – mientras que los niños “no maduran hasta 17 o posterior. Pero labios están probablemente todavía cambiando a los 17 y los pechos pueden no ser maduro hasta el 20. En cuanto a la madurez de un niño, que es una pregunta difícil de llamar. Los padres tienen que hablar con los niños acerca de por qué quieren el procedimiento. Consentimiento de los padres es realmente necesario, o todos los procedimientos de cirugía plástica realizadas en adolescentes menores de 18 años Básicamente mamá y papá necesitan saber cómo el niño está tratando con lo problemas que tienen con la parte del cuerpo que quieren cambiar y tratar de ser justa y objetiva acerca de llegar a una decisión. Los niños también tienen que entender lo que tiene de trabajos realizados. Hoja informativa ASPS lo explica. Los adolescentes deben ser capaces de tolerar la incomodidad y desfiguración temporal de un procedimiento quirúrgico “, se lee. “No se recomienda la cirugía plástica para los adolescentes que son propensas a los cambios de humor o comportamiento errático, que abusan de drogas y / o alcohol, o que están siendo tratados por depresión clínica u otra enfermedad mental.” La Academia Americana de Cirugía Plástica y Reconstructiva informa que los cirujanos encontraron 69 por ciento de los niños y adolescentes están ya sufriendo la cirugía plástica como resultado de ser intimidado. Plataformas sociales como Instagram, Snapchat y la aplicación para el iPhone Selfie.im, que son exclusivamente de imágenes basado, pacientes de fuerza para sostener un microscopio hasta su propia imagen y, a menudo miran con un ojo más autocrítico que nunca. Estas imágenes son a menudo las primeras impresiones de los jóvenes ponen por ahí a amigos potenciales, intereses románticos y de los empleadores y de nuestros pacientes quieren poner su mejor cara. Lo que nos lleva de nuevo a Kylie Jenner, que jura, para que conste, que ella confía con independencia de lo que cualquiera puede pensar en ella, o su apariencia. “Desde que tenía 9 años, he estado en el negocio del entretenimiento, y todo el mundo siempre me lo decía – y lo que no – a hacer”, confesó a Seventeen. “Usted acaba de conseguir una piel dura y que no se preocupan por lo que la gente piensa o que no va a terminar en un buen lugar.”
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2013 was a good year for butt augmentation and neck lifts
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released their annual results on plastic surgery procedures in the U.S., reporting 15.1 million cosmetic procedures in 2013, a 3% increase from 2012.
Some of the findings were expected. For instance, breast implants remain the top cosmetic surgical procedure and Botox remained the top minimally invasive procedure. Interestingly, the procedures that are gaining popularity are buttock augmentation and neck lifts. Below are some of the most popular procedures Americans are going under the knife for.
Eyelid surgery and facelifts are up. So are butt augmentations and neck lifts, according to new figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that show a steady increase in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures in the United States. This was the fourth consecutive year of growth, the society reported, noting more than 15 million cosmetic surgeries and minimally invasive procedures were performed in 2013, an increase of 3 percent from the year before. Nose jobs, liposuction and laser hair removal missed the boom, however. These procedures declined from the previous year, the report said. Meanwhile, reconstructive surgeries increased by 2 percent, the society reported. Better technology and new products, including a facial filler that uses hyaluronic acid (Juvederm Voluma) to treat mid-face volume loss as well as two types of silicone gel breast implants recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are likely the reason behind the upward trend, the society noted. “The demand for plastic surgery remains strong, with our statistics showing increases in both cosmetic surgical and minimally invasive procedures,” said society president Dr. Robert Murphy. “Facial rejuvenation procedures were especially robust last year, with more Americans opting for facelifts, forehead lifts, eyelid surgery, fillers and peels,” Murphy said in a society news release. “With new devices and products hitting the market each year, there are more options and choices available to consumers wanting to refresh their look or [undergo] a little nip and tuck.” Of the 13.4 million minimally invasive procedures performed in 2013, the most common included:
Botox injections: 6.3 million injections, up 3 percent
Soft tissue fillers: 2.2 million procedures, up 13 percent
Chemical peels: 1.2 million procedures, up 3 percent
With more people taking steps to smooth out their wrinkles and folds, the report noted that Botox injections jumped 700 percent since 2000. And hyaluronic acid facial fillers have increased 18 percent since 2012. There were also 1.7 million cosmetic surgeries in 2013, up 1 percent from a year ago. Among the most common procedures:
Breast augmentation: 290,000 procedures, up 1 percent
Nose jobs: 221,000 procedures, down 9 percent
Eyelid surgery: 216,000 procedures, up 6 percent
Liposuction: 200,000 procedures, down 1 percent
Facelifts: 133,000 procedures, up 6 percent
Silicone implants were used in 72 percent of all breast augmentations, while saline implants were chosen for 28 percent of these surgeries. The experts noted new technology offers women more natural looking and feeling results. Butt augmentation with fat grafting and neck lifts are two new procedures also on the rise in the United States, according to the report. There were 10,000 butt augmentation procedures performed in 2013, up 16 percent from 2012. More than 55,000 neck lifts were also performed last year, up 6 percent from the year before. Reconstructive plastic surgery to improve both the appearance and function of abnormalities also increased 2 percent in 2013. The top reconstructive procedures performed last year include: tumor removal, up 5 percent from 2012; laceration repair, with 254,000 procedures; and scar revision. Breast reconstruction, with 96,000 procedures, was up 4 percent last year. “It’s promising to see breast reconstruction rates rising,” noted Murphy. “Less than 20 percent of breast cancer patients undergo breast reconstruction because they are not always informed of their options, although studies show that reconstruction greatly improves quality of life.” This News Brought to You Courtesy of Dr. Bishara and The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med Spa Please visit us on Facebook at The Paragon Plastic Surgery and MedSpa
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More and more Americans are opting to enhance their assets. According to a new report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 15.1 million cosmetic surgery procedures took place in the United States in 2013 – up 3 percent from the previous year. While breast augmentations and nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) are still the most popular surgical procedures, butt augmentations are also on the rise. Nearly 10,000 procedures took place in 2013, an increase of 16 percent from 2012. The report also noted that neck lifts have become very popular, as it is one of the first areas of the body to show a person’s age. More than 55,000 neck procedures were performed in 2013. ASPS President Dr. Robert Murphy said advancements in technology have ultimately paved the way for growth of the plastic surgery industry. “The demand for plastic surgery remains strong, with our statistics showing increases in both cosmetic surgical and minimally-invasive procedures,” Murphy said in a press release. “… With new devices and products hitting the market each year, there are more options and choices available to consumers wanting to refresh their look or a little nip and tuck.” This Information is Brought to you courtesy of Dr. Mark Bishara and The Paragon Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Mansfield and Southlake. Please also visit our Facebook page at Paragon Plastic Surgery and Medspa
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