Neck Botox is the Next Frontier

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While injecting a little Botox in our foreheads has become commonplace, and even scalp injections are the new ‘it’ area to talk about at the water cooler, Botox in the neck area may be the next frontier in the battle against looking old. Truth be told, I really hadn’t paid much attention to the neck area until recently, when I discovered among my fellow beauty blogging buddies that this is fast-becoming a ‘thing’ and that it’s worth paying attention to.

“I often inject Botox into the neck bands (also called platysmal bands) to cause them to smooth out temporarily,” Dr. Anthony Youn MD, a board certified plastic surgeon and ASAPS member, explains. “The results last 3-4 months, after which it must be retreated, otherwise the platysmal bands return back to how they used to be. It is an off-label use of Botox.”

According to the doc, Botox and other similar botulinum-based toxins (like Dysport and Xeomin) are the only effective ways to treat aging, saggy platysmal bands other than surgery. If you’re wondering exactly what a platysmal band is and where it’s located, lift your chin slightly and grit your teeth. Now run your hands along your neck and feel the flexed muscles protruding between your collarbones and chin— those are your platysmal bands, and they are a very distinctive indicator of aging (especially among women).

Wendy Lewis, Editor in Chief of beautyinthebag.com, has been Botox-ing her neck for at least a few years.

“I was treated to reduce the appearance of jowls. Botox and other neurotoxins are often used to soften vertical neck bands on a thin neck. I do not have a thin neck,” Wendy shares. The ultimate goal was to give her lower face a subtle lift. “For me the results on my neck were good but not great. I am not sure that I am the ideal candidate for Botox in the neck, and I have seen a lot of women who see a dramatic improvement. I do think it lasts at least 6 months, whereas I go back every 4 months for my forehead and crow’s feet.”

According to Wendy, if you can handle the discomfort of Botox injections in your face and glabellar creases, you can probably handle it with ease in your neck, too.

“I would say that it was about the same [level of pain] – which is very tolerable. I never ask for a topical anesthetic cream or even ice. I wish everything was as comfortable and predictable as a Botox treatment!”

Botox continues to amaze me. It seems like there’s little the toxin can’t do (frankly I’m just waiting for it to become a magical solution for saggy abs too). It combats sweat, helps treat incontinence and migraines, and even effectively eliminates the more apparent signs of aging, including the face and now the neck. While my personal research has been limited to some forehead Xeomin (the most cost-effective sister of Botox), my neck wrinkle-radar is now on high alert. I notice saggy, wrinkled necks everywhere I go and wonder just how inappropriate it is for me to tell people in a hushed, whispering voice, “Hey – you know, there’s Botox for that, too!”

The Healing Process: Recovery Times for The Most Popular Procedures

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You’ve done your research, chosen the right board-certified plastic surgeon and gotten through your surgery without a hitch. Now you can’t wait to jump back into your daily routine, and maybe show off your fabulous results, right? Well, cool your jets, cowboy, because the truth is: you may not be ready.

According to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2014, the top five surgical procedures performed were breast lifts and augmentations, eyelid surgery, liposuction, and tummy tucks. That’s a lot of collective recovery time. Since knowledge is power, we’ve put together a few guidelines for when it’s safe to get back to life after undergoing some of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, with the first rule of thumb being: listen to your surgeon. (Repeat 3x).

The single most popular surgical procedure for both men and women — with 300,000+ women and 40,000+ men opting for the surgery in 2014 alone — is liposuction, and your recovery time will likely be contingent on whether or not your surgeon used general anesthesia. Liposuction patients should typically be able to return to work within a few days and return to light, physical activity within about 10 days. The key word is “light”. Allowing your body to fully recover for at least three-weeks before returning to your butt kicking workout, strength training or intense running is imperative to achieving the best and safest results.

In the popularity department, breast augmentation comes in a close second to liposuction, with over 285,000 women opting for the procedure in 2014 alone. With self-care being as vital a component to your results as the surgery itself, you’ll need to take it easy for a while; regardless of how badly you want to show-off your new look.

Patients can typically return to work anywhere from a few days to a week post-procedure, with a few key rules. Do not strain the area. You may be able to tackle light activity, but anything that strains the pectoral muscles or is highly uncomfortable or painful should be avoided. Your surgeon will likely recommend that you hold off on exercise for at least 2 to 3 weeks post-surgery, at which point you can start by performing light exercises depending on your level of comfort. Performing more physical tasks like cardio and weight training will happen gradually, but again, straining the pectoral muscles is a no-no.

Much of the same rules apply to a breast lift procedure. The most important gauge of how quickly you can get back to 100% is your own comfort level and your surgeon’s aftercare direction. If you’re in pain or at a high level of discomfort, or if your surgeon directs you to take it easy for a bit longer, it’s important that you take a step back.

In 2014, 150,000+ women chose to undergo a tummy tuck procedure, which puts this on our top 5 list of most popular plastic surgeries. As with all procedures, the most important aftercare instructions will come from your surgeon, which you will follow to a ’T’, right? Right.

Your surgeon will likely recommend a heavy dose of rest and relaxation post-surgery, including having someone to help you around the house for a few days to a week. Most patients will be able to return to work after about 2 to 3 weeks, but should avoid heavy lifting for about 4 – 6 weeks. Walking around (with assistance as needed) will help alleviate concern of swelling and blood clots, but that’s likely to be the extent of your exercise for between 3 – 6 weeks. Your doctor will be able to better advise you when you’re ready to hit the gym again, but be prepared to lay off any heavy aerobic activity for up to two months before you’ve fully recovered.

Eyelid surgery, while seemingly not as invasive as some of the other procedures we’ve discussed, comes with its own set of aftercare instructions that will vary greatly from patient to patient. Generally, you’ll want to take at least 5 days – 1 week off before returning to work and be sure to check with your surgeon when it’s okay to apply makeup to the area. At 2-3 weeks you’ll likely be able to start incorporating light exercise, but keep in mind that activities like exercise, bending, lifting and crying — lay off those post-surgery chick flicks — all increase blood flow to the eyes and should be avoided until your surgeon gives you the go ahead.

Whether you’re recovering from a cold or from a major surgery, it’s always tempting to get back to the gym, work, and life — sometimes before you’ve really given your body the time it needs to heal. The decision to return to an active, normal lifestyle is reliant on a number of variables — what your job entails, your exercise routine, the procedure you underwent, and how your body is responding to the surgery itself. Since we’re uniquely different creatures, it’s important to give your body every chance to heal without taxing it too soon post-surgery. They don’t call the “healing process” a “process” for nothing, folks.

Women Are Getting Surgery Down There to Look Better in Yoga Pants

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According to reports, some women are getting their labias tightened for a better look in their yoga pants. Ouch! (Getty Images)

Activewear isn’t what it used to be. No longer just for the gym, workout clothes have become a trendy fashion statement for people on the go – especially for women. Maybe you’ve read about the“athleisure” trend?According to a recent article in the New York Post, women are willing to go the extra mile to look hot in their yoga pants…by electing to undergo surgery on their va-jay-jay to permanently remove the dreaded “camel toe.” 

The latest statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) state that below-the-belt procedures have been on the rise. Labiaplasty—a surgery that involves reshaping and trimming the excess labia minora—increased by 44 percent and the number of surgeons who are performing labiaplasties increased by 8 percent (from 21 percent to 29 percent) in 2013. 

Related: 8 Myths You Should Stop Believing About Vaginas

“The reality is that women have been grooming themselves differently for about the past ten years, with many eliminating pubic hair altogether, and consequently, they are noticing what things look like in that region as a result,” said Christine Hamori, MD, an ASAPS member specializing in labiaplasty, in a formal press release. “Many of my patients want to achieve a clean, smooth look as they would with their face and underarms.” 

“Yes, our office has heard of the ‘Yoga Pants trend’ being one cause of the problem,” James C. Grotting, MD, FACS, President of The American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and a board-certified plastic surgeon at Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery in Alabama, tells Yahoo Health. 

But doctors are also seeing an increase in newly divorced female patients who are looking to nip and tuck their nether regions. “They have usually had their children, and the changes that occur in the labia become a source of embarrassment,” he explains. “When the labia minora are contoured back inside through the surgery, they feel better about getting out there and dating again.” 

Related: 5 Things You Definitely Should Not Be Doing To Your Vagina

Aside from feeling self-conscious, Dr. Grotting says the more common reasons for undergoing labiaplasty stem from pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), chaffing in the area or the presence of clitoral hooding “which can cause a woman to lack the ability to reach orgasm during sex.” 

The surgery, which can be done under local anesthesia, IV sedation or “twilight” anesthesia or general anesthesia, has about a seven- to 10-day recovery period, where typical side effects include tenderness in the area. Sexual activity can usually resume approximately six to eight weeks later. And getting this look doesn’t come cheap. Since labiaplasty isn’t usually covered by insurance (imagine that!), Dr. Grotting says it can cost between $6,000 and $9,000. 

So would a plastic surgeon ever discourage a woman from having this procedure? “One reason would be if the request is coming from someone other than the patient, i.e. a spouse or sexual partner,” says Dr. Grotting. “It is a personal decision which carries some risk (possible infection, bleeding, or prolonged pain—all of which are unusual) and should only be done if the woman herself desires it.” 

Related: 10 Things You Never Knew About Your Vagina

The second reason would be is she was suffering from any medical problems that could interfere with the healing process. “Also, if a patient has other symptoms, such as urinary incontinence, an evaluation by a gynecologist or urologist prior to proceeding is advisable.”

SCULP SURE – NEW NON-INVASIVE FAT REMOVAL

There will soon be a new “non-invasive” way to remove fat from your body non-surgically.  When it rolls out is unknown but the $64,000 question is how effective will it be.  Some early reports are that it is more effective than it’s sister, Cool Sculpt.  The procedure takes about 25 minutes and “heats” up the fat to destroy it.  The treated area loses 24% of its fat cells.

The number of sessions depends on a patients desires and how well they respond the  first session.  The results may not be seen for several weeks following the session.  The fat cells are permanently destroyed but rest assured many remain behind that can cause you to gain weight.  One can have “multiple” areas treated at the same time.  Like many “non-invasive” procedures I think it is important to have realistic expectations and not let our imagination get the better of us.

NEW TREND IN BREAST IMPLANTS

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Reading the above title one probably expects to read that once again breast augmentation is on the rise.  However from 2010-2014 the number of breast augs has actually declined about 3% while implant REMOVAL actually rose 10%.  In 2014 just under 24,000 women had their implants removed.

One reason may be due to the fact we put an increased emphases on fitness and frankly big “boobs” get in the way.  Also large implants can cause neck, back and shoulder pain just like naturally large breasts.  As implants age they can break down and many women do not want to spend thousands of dollars to have them replaced.

Why Is Generation X Having More Cosmetic Procedures Than Any Other Age Group?

As each decade goes by at warp speed, plastic surgery has become a more widely acceptable option for aesthetic improvement, even for the youngest generation. Gone are the days of waiting until your golden years to visit the plastic surgeon.

For Generation Xers, whose previous trip to the cosmetic surgeon may have been for a post-adolescence nose job or breast implants, the types of procedures they’re seeking now are helping them to turn back the clock and keep up with the selfie-obsessed generation.

According to statistical data released by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) in 2014, adults between the ages of 35 and 50 account for the most cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures—more than 40 percent of all procedures performed. That adds up to more than 4.2 million procedures, beating out Baby Boomers and Millennials for all the nips, tucks and injections happening in the U.S.

Why Is Generation X Having More Cosmetic Procedures Than Any Other Age Group?

As each decade goes by at warp speed, plastic surgery has become a more widely acceptable option for aesthetic improvement, even for the youngest generation. Gone are the days of waiting until your golden years to visit the plastic surgeon.
For Generation Xers, whose previous trip to the cosmetic surgeon may have been for a post-adolescence nose job or breast implants, the types of procedures they’re seeking now are helping them to turn back the clock and keep up with the selfie-obsessed generation.
According to statistical data released by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) in 2014, adults between the ages of 35 and 50 account for the most cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures—more than 40 percent of all procedures performed. That adds up to more than 4.2 million procedures, beating out Baby Boomers and Millennials for all the nips, tucks and injections happening in the U.S.

LIPS, HIPS AND CUP SIZES, OH MY! 3 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN CONSIDERING COSMETIC SURGERY

“You know what I wish?” My neighbor and new mother confided over lunch. “I wish I wasn’t so ashamed of my body.”

The “face” of cosmetic surgery is definitely changing. It brings with it exciting and affordable new options that are changing the way women view themselves. By considering your expectations, your motivations and the financial impact this decision may place on your family, you can consider whether or not cosmetic surgery is the right choice for you. (Phong Pham, ©istockphoto.com/spxChrome)

My neighbor is a beautiful person with four healthy and adoring children, yet I understood. Many women would empathize with her desire to feel more beautiful and be more confident about their appearance.

It isn’t a matter of vanity. For many, it’s celebrating the family they brought into this world but wishing that sacrifice hadn’t taken such a physical toll on their bodies.

Cosmetic surgery. The very topic has a polarizing effect on most social circles. But in today’s world, the perimeter of aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery reach beyond going “under the knife.” Although there is plenty of that, too. When facing sagging breasts or a jowly jawline, how can we know if seeking cosmetic surgery is the best option? Here are 3 things to think about.

Are you looking for a better version of yourself or the copy version of someone else?

Often a patient’s disappointment stems from expectations placed too high on the outcome. Kate Middleton has a fantastic nose, but not everyone can successfully pull off that same feature.

“Understanding what can be done given your personal situation is something you need to talk to your surgeon about.” Wrote Christina Haller in the article, The pros and cons of plastic surgery. “If you walked in with Sarah Jessica Parker’s nose expecting to walk out with Natalie Portman’s and instead ended up with Anne Hathaway’s, you have to be alright with that.”

Another thing to consider is what is truly motivating this desire for change. Would this procedure bring about an inner confidence that is lacking due to a physical condition or is this desire motivated by a need to be accepted?

“Having low self-esteem as a result of a physical attribute you’re not happy with can affect all areas of your life,” wrote Haller. “There’s nothing wrong with thinking you could be happier, as a result of being more confident, if you could put your best face forward. Remember though, surgery is not a cure for deeper issues such as depression or jealousy. Be sure you are working through the root of the problem before going under the knife.”

The idea of pursuing plastic surgery is to improve what already exists. Don’t expect to come out of surgery looking like a Victoria Secret model with tons of friends and a trouble-free life. Instead, your goal should be attaining a younger, firmer version of yourself that enhances a stronger inner self.

Do you need a procedure or just some pampering?

As new technology in aesthetic medicine is being introduced, many women are finding satisfaction in “treatments” instead of “procedures.”

For example, a local company called Venus Concept has perfected a technique that offers patients a non-invasive treatment using a Multi-Polar Radio frequency that delivers fast, homogenous heating deep in the dermis where collagen is located without damaging the epidermis. This “massage” performs deep penetration, lymphatic drainage and stimulates both fibroblasts and circulation. In layman’s terms, this means 30 minutes in a chair creates softened laugh lines and wrinkles, tighter skin, contoured upper arms and abdomen.

“It created subtle changes,” explained KUTV Channel 2 media personality Shauna Lake. “Changes that made people say, ‘You look great and well-rested.’ Or, ‘Have you lost weight?’ After the first day I noticed results. That was really the only assurance I needed.”

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, doctors are seeing the biggest increase in nonsurgical procedures with Botox leading the list followed by chemical peels (Hyaluronic acid), hair removal, microdermabrasion, and photo rejuvenation.

If you are feeling dissatisfied with how you feel or look, rather than focusing on major surgical procedures, first consider less committed options such as regular massages or non-invasive techniques that improve your appearance.

The cost.

Because most procedures are considered an elective surgery, that bill is yours to pay in full. For example, breast augmentation can cost upwards of $4000 to $10,000.Liposuction can reach totals of $11,000.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Americans spent 12 billion dollars on cosmetic procedures. “Of that total, more than 7 billion was spent on surgical procedures and more than 5 billion was spent on nonsurgical procedures.”

What was the most popular surgical procedure this year? Liposuction replaced breast augmentation as the top procedure with eyelid surgery, tummy tuck, and nose surgery completing the list.

“In 2013, more than 2.5 billion dollars was spent on injectables alone. In addition, nearly 1.9 billion was spent on skin rejuvenation, a fast-growing sector of the aesthetic nonsurgical industry.”

“A significant increase in the number of both cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures suggests that people are once again investing in their appearance and perhaps have more disposable income to do so,” notes Michael Edwards, MD, President-Elect of ASAPS. “Given the state of the economy and the competitiveness of the job market, we expect to see the numbers for anti-aging procedures continue to increase.”

Keep in mind, this isn’t the time to settle on the cheapest bidder. Be sure to consult with a board- certified doctor who understands your desire, has experience in that type of procedure and can be someone you trust to handle the surgery well.

The “face” of cosmetic surgery is definitely changing. It brings with it exciting and affordable new options that are changing the way women view themselves. By considering your expectations, your motivations and the financial impact this decision may place on your family, you can consider whether or not cosmetic surgery is the right choice for you.

Five Ways to Save Money on Plastic Surgery

Five Ways to Save Money on Plastic Surgery

Nowadays, plastic surgery is enjoying an unprecedented level of popularity. Unfortunately, while cosmetic surgery access and options are more abundant than ever, plastic surgery is still prohibitively expensive for a number of people. If you’re looking for ways to get the cosmetic enhancement you’ve been dreaming about without draining your bank account, take a look at the list below to see ways that you can save money on plastic surgery.

Talk to Your Doctor

One of the easiest ways to make cosmetic surgery more affordable is to talk to your doctor. Many plastic surgeons run their own private practices, which allows them to be flexible when it comes to pricing. So during your consultation, talk with the doctor or his staff about short­-term discounts or a price reduction for paying cash up front. A simple conversation could save you some money.

Schedule Smartly

Since insurance companies usually consider cosmetic enhancement to be an elective surgery, they typically don’t cover any part of it, including your lab work. An easy way around this problem, however, is to schedule your surgery for around the same time as your annual physical. Your surgeon can use the insurance-­paid lab work from your physical, so you don’t have to cover that cost out of pocket.

Agree to Give a Testimonial

Cosmetic surgery relies on word­ of ­mouth endorsement and stunning before and after photos. And when a cosmetic surgeon is just beginning to build his or her practice, they need patients to give testimonials and and to act as spokesmodels for their company in both online and printed materials. If you agree to let your doctor use your pictures or endorsement, maybe they’ll knock some money off the cost of your procedure.

Use Reward Points

Believe it or not, there are actually rewards clubs for cosmetic surgery. Through rewards programs such as Brilliant Distinctions or CosmetiCare, you can actually accrue points and put them towards a wide array of cosmetic procedures. There are a number of reward programs out there, so do your research and find out which one works best for your needs.

Do More Than One Procedure

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, a large portion of the cost comes from lab work and anesthesia (And if you’ve been paying attention, you already know how to save on lab work.). If you’re considering getting more than one procedure done in the next few years anyway, then bundle them together into one operation and save on your anesthesia cost as well.

If you’re dissatisfied with some aspect of your appearance, then you shouldn’t let money stop you from fixing it. With a little creativity and ingenuity, you can drastically cut down on the cost of cosmetic enhancement.

If you or someone you know would like more information about plastic surgery, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

PLASTIC SURGERY PRICING – WHAT IS IT WORTH?

One of the basic tenents of pricing is supply and demand. As supply goes up, the price goes down. I read an interesting article about pricing of Plastic Surgery procedures written by a Dr. Gupta and it appeared in a recent issue of the Aesthetic Journal.

 What he found after surveying 10 practices in 15 U.S. cities was that there was NO association between the cost of the procedure and the number of plastic surgeons in that population area. Things such as regional culture, ease of acquiring the said services and social perceptions played a role. But another big factor – non plastic surgeons entering the market place providing cosmetic procedures at discount prices. This has created deviation in the supply and demand curve.