Beauty trends in cosmetic surgery

The following was released today by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: * In the aftermath of September 11, Americans will continue to reevaluate their priorities; some will focus on personal improvement and, perhaps for the first time, consider cosmetic surgery as an option. * New surgical and skin care techniques offering improved results for darker skin will increase cosmetic procedures among ethnic minorities in the U.S. *

 

Non-surgical “pick-me-ups” such as injectable wrinkle treatments (including Botox(R) and the newer Myobloc(R)) and skin resurfacing with peels and lasers that require little or no downtime will be the fastest growing segment of the cosmetic surgery market. * The trend toward “short scar” and “minimal incision” cosmetic surgery will continue as more plastic surgeons adopt these newer techniques in response to patient demand.

 

* Current fashion interest in midriff-baring tops and low-riding jeans will increase the popularity of abdominal contouring procedures such as lipoplasty (liposuction), tummy tuck and, for those wanting a more sculpted abdominal musculature, “abdominal etching.” * The popularity of thong lingerie and swimwear will stimulate an increase in cosmetic surgery of the buttocks, including lipoplasty for contouring of full buttocks and buttock augmentation for adding curves to flat buttocks. *

 

Advances in the formulation of silicone gel will encourage renewed interest in its potential U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval as a safe and effective breast implant filling material. * The interface between plastic surgery and anti-aging treatments involving nutritional and other “wellness” therapies will increase as plastic surgeons respond to consumer interest in alternative medicine. * Fat from lipoplasty procedures will be further investigated as an important source for stem cells, opening the door to a new era in aesthetic surgery utilizing patients’ own “manufactured” tissue for a variety of cosmetic enhancements.

 

Additional states will mandate accreditation of office-based surgical facilities as consumers demand the highest safety standards for ambulatory surgery. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is the leading organization of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) who specialize in cosmetic surgery of the face and the entire body.

Cosmetic surgery is not a solution for teenage beauty issues

I suffered from BDD when I was a teenager. From the ages of 13-18 I was convinced that I was grotesque. My diaries of the time are filled with pages of self loathing. It is quite painful to read. I was convinced that the only solution to my ‘problem’ was plastic surgery.

 

I borrowed books on the subject from the library and poured over them. I spent hours fantasising about the surgery I would have. No one believes me when I tell them this now. They say, ‘But you must have *known*. You only had to look in the mirror’. I have difficulty believing it myself. I look at pictures of myself taken at that time in my life (and there aren’t many. For obvious reasons, I always ensured that I was on the other side of the camera) and while I was no Helen of Troy I was certainly not grotesque. Fortunately, I never embarked upon the path of actually going through with surgery.

 

I would have been one of those people who would never be satisfied b/c the problem is in my head and no amount of surgery can fix that Lately, I’ve been grappling with how I look issues (mid-life crisis) Wondering how my children will fit in with society. Will they ever talk plainly(though they improve each day) And somewhere in the back in the recess of my mind and from the depths of my soul, I see it trying to come through–the attitude that I don’t have to be like everyone else.

 

That I stand alone on the merits of who I am–with or without cheekbones, regardless of any nasality, but by what I say and convey to others. We(a society) are working towards this…but still have a long way to go. . People with developmental disabilities (there’s that concept again : )) are working in the mainstream more, living independently, seen in restaurants, other public places more than before. Places are handicapped accessible. Sign language more prevalent. Schools mainstreamed and on and on.

Repeated cosmetic surgery for certain conditions

My boss’s sister just had cosmetic surgery done on her nose and mouth. She was born with cleft palate and her nose and upper lip were flat, her lower lip protruded. She had surgery 15 years ago, which corrected part of it. Last week she went back and the surgeon fixed her nose and lip.

 

To me, she looked fine, not “freakish” as she felt. But I don’t think she was “not sane” for going through the surgery. She feels normal. I can understand how she feels, except my “freakishness” can be fixed without surgery. Of course, my solutions haven’t exactly been healthy. :-) I can see your point, though, Lea.

 

I used to watch the “Trauma” show and I can’t even begin to imagine being a surgeon. Just watching the images on TV creeped me out so I can see why you would feel that someone going voluntarily into surgery would not be “sane”. I certainly don’t want anyone near me with any type of scalpel.Sadly I think it all comes down to MONEY. Doctors can make loads of money performing surgeries and so aren’t gonna question that as a disorder.

 

Likewise they can make loads of money treating eating disordered people so yep of course are gonna recognize that as a disorder and encourage treatment. In some cases surgery may be justified but in many cases yep I think such surgery could be considered on par with an eating disorder.

Repeated cosmetic surgery

As others have said, many people who undergo repeated cosmetic surgery procedures may be experiencing body dysmorphic disorder. Good plastic surgeons will interview prospective patients thoroughly before agreeing to perform any sort of surgery which doesn’t seem to be warranted.

 

If it seems that a patient has unrealistic expectations or is overly-focused on flaws which are not apparent to anyone else, good surgeons will refer them to a psychiatrist or psychologist and refuse to do surgery. Other surgeons are not that scrupulous. There is a woman who lives in NYC who has had so many repeated cosmetic procedures on her face and her eyes that she is now rather bizarre looking, almost deformed, rather than having whatever appearance she was originally seeking….probably she was a perfectly ordinary or good looking woman before she started her frequent trips under the knife.

 

There is a distinct difference between plastic and reconstructive surgery which is done to repair damage of some sort due to congenital anomalies, accidents or disfiguring illness, and the more popular cosmetic surgery.As someone who has had the benefit of reconstructive surgery, I am quite disturbed when I read of some of these situations or see them on TV where a patient who is perfectly normal is requesting some cosmetic procedure which may or may not actually enhance their appearance and which may have no real impact on the underlying psychological problems which most likely exist.

quite frankly i think anyone who has surgery for anything other than an emergency, to prevent an emergency or for medical necessity doesn’t fall in the sane category. maybe that’s because I’ve spent more time in the OR than i want to remember and I’ve seen everything that can happen.

COSMETIC SURGERY and ISLAM

I was recently watching Kilroy and they were talking about cosmetic surgery.
So I was wondering, what are people’s thoughts on this subject and what does
Islam have to say about it. I am not talking about surgery for horrific
accidents or massive burns etc. I am talking about stuff like breast
enlargements, liposuction etc. Personally I think that surgery in this area
for any reason except a medical one is wrong, but I would like to hear other
people’s opinion. What do the Marja’s say about this and what does Islam in
general say about this.

 

Well I don’t think the Koran says much about it. But you can bet the Muslim “experts” will have lots to say:) personally i don’t know how the doctors can justify it on moral grounds. “If something inst broken don’t fix it” one of the few sensible sayings to come out of America. Unfortunately so did plastic surgery! I find it all rather sad. Except in extreme cases, people should accept their bodies the way God delivered them! Of course that’s easy for me to say.

 

Body Art is a movement away from the mainstream, and “cosmetic surgery” is a movement _toward_ the mainstream, aren’t you creating a contextual definition on the terms? i.e. to a middle class US citizen, breast implants or penis enlargement are “cosmetic surgery,” while tattoos are body art… but to others, elsewhere, breast implants, being strange and abnormal, are body art, and tattoos are “cosmetic surgery?” wouldn’t it be more logical to say that body art is a synonym for “cosmetic surgery,” both of them being physical operations for changing appearances– i.e. Surgery on a Cosmetic level?

Cosmetic surgery for disabled kids

The kids themselves ranges from severely disabled to very mainstream-able(I have no idea what the proper way to say that these days). They also had the doctors who specialized in this and other reconstructive surgeries. The parents seemed all to be very comfortable with their special kids.

 

They did the surgery so the kids would look more like the mom, dad or other siblings, rather than other kids. You could still tell the kids had a “problem” but the surgery results were amazing. As an outsider to this situation, most Down’s kids that I have seen all have very similar features and don’t really look like their families. But after the surgery, there were noticeable similarities to the parents.

 

They didn’t drastically change the children’s features. Just smoothed out (I guess you’d say) harsh obvious features of Downs (mostly the eye shape). The kids on the show that day were happy to look like their families. You could probably write these shows for transcripts or video of the episode. In the situations presented on the show, I didn’t see a problem with it. The surgeries weren’t long drawn out over years type of changes and the kids were content. The mom’s seem to be doing for the kids, not to deny the Down’s.

 

Let me say that we love him tremendously no matter what the shape of his head, but I do not want his teased by people that don’t later in life. I do not want him prejudged on his “different” appearance if it can be corrected. It had nothing to do with our acceptance of him, and everything to do with his acceptance by others and himself. I know “normal” teenagers don’t like their appearance, and I see no reason to add to that stress.

The government does not cover your cosmetic surgery costs

The government does NOT cover cosmetic surgery. If somebody wants a nosejob, hair transplants, etc., it’s not covered by ANY insurance plan. OHIP *does not* cover cosmetic surgery. Call any doctor and they’ll tell you that. Cosmetic surgery is only covered when someone has gone through some sort of traumatic accident like severe burns, and skin grafts are necessary. Even then, your going to go through alot to justify this.

 

So please don’t give me this nonsense how “cosmetic surgery costs you money” in Canada. If it’s not you having it done, it costs you zilcho. So perhaps you had better be careful before making erroneous generalizations like that. If I’m wrong (which I’m sure I’m not since I’ve met several people who have had cosmetic surgery and NOT ONE has had coverage from the government or insurance plans) then please enlighten me.

 

If I’m right then there goes your argument. Los Angeles is probably the world capital for plastic surgery. Men are very definitely being targetted in the ads around town. I’m actually kinda concerned about these penile and testicular enlargements that are being advertized. I think it’s possible a man could have serious complications from the surgery, such as heavy bleeding and scarring that could lead to loss of function.

 

Does anyone happen to have some safety stats or general information on the procedures being used? Related to this, don’t forget all the money men spend on health clubs, home weight-lifting sets, and all the guys going over the border to buy anabolic steroids. Oh, yes, and buying Rogaine at $60 per bottle

Risks involved in cosmetic surgery

Although more and more men are undergoing cosmetic surgery, women remain its chief consumers. A face lift. A tummy tuck. A nose job. A breast enhancement. The terms sound so cozy, even if the actual procedures are anything but. Women have played an active role in encouraging the culture of cosmetic surgery, but of course women are under far more social pressure than men to look good.

 

Even feminists disagree among themselves about cosmetic surgery. Is it capitulation to the cultural ideologies and beauty myths that have historically victimized women? Or is it a form of self-empowerment? Haiken suggests that it’s both: It may empower individual women, but its history is “a compelling reminder of just how limited has been the range of options that women have perceived to be available to them.” No cosmetic surgery has been more controversial than the silicone breast implant. Haiken’s chapter on the subject is excellent. She writes that the fundamental question is not whether cosmetic surgery is feminist or antifeminist, or whether or not implants cause illness, but how it happened that so many women became convinced that their lack of mammary endowment was a disease, and why implants were so universally heralded as a cure. Cosmetic surgery is singular among medical specialties in being consumer-driven.

 

Those consumers are, for the most part, average Americans. A recent survey revealed that 30 percent of patients had household incomes of $25,000 or less, and another 35 percent were in the $25,000-to-$50,00 bracket. Haiken writes, “Without the thousands of Americans who begged their surgeons to devise solutions to the problems that distressed them, cosmetic surgery would not be the phenomenon it is today.” Cosmetic surgery responds to public demand, inventing new and controversial methods of self-improvement. Liposuction, for example, in which fat is sucked out of the body with what is essentially a glorified vacuum cleaner. Or botox injections, in which small amounts of the deadly botulism toxin are injected into facial wrinkles to paralyze them temporarily.

Coming face to face with cosmetic surgery

Elizabeth Haiken delivers much more than the subtitle of her book implies: not just a history of a medical specialty but an intelligent, perceptive, and very lively analysis of 20th-century American culture and values as reflected in the rise of cosmetic surgery. Self-improvement is an American obsession. Up through the 19th century, Americans defined it @only in terms of character development and “inner beauty.”

 

By the beginning of the 20th century, though, the rapid growth of the commercial beauty business had made the means of external self-improvement available to women everywhere. Looking one’s best was seen as part of America’s democratic tradition of self-improvement – or, as one contemporary writer put it, “of decent respect for oneself, of optimistic belief in one’s heritage of beauty and a desire to come into one’s own.” As Haiken makes clear, cosmetic surgery, which lies at the nexus of medicine and consumer culture, found an ideal time and place to thrive in modern America.

 

The first successful cosmetic surgery on record took place in the 16th century, when an Italian surgeon reconstructed a man’s nose, which had been severed in a brawl, using skin from the patient’s upper arm. But cosmetic surgery wouldn’t emerge as a medical specialty until World War I, when British, American, and French doctors worked together to develop techniques to repair the shattered faces of soldiers.

 

By the 1920s, cosmetic surgery had a hold on the imagination of the American public, thanks in large part to the efforts of journalists, who, then as now, were fascinated by its possibilities. In 1923, the famous Jewish comedian Fanny Brice submitted to a much-publicized nose bob in hopes that it would enable her to play a wider range of roles. “Hurrah for the intrepid Fanny,” The New York Times editorialized. (Writer Dorothy Parker, @also Jewish, saw it differently, commenting that Brice had “cut off her nose to spite her race.”)

Cosmetic surgery more effective than upgrading ?

From what newspapers have shown young pretty babes with skimpy bikinis and tiny skirts selling hundred cups of bubble tea to many eager and ‘thirsty’ patrons, somewhere in Woodlands, it has totally validated my view that Singaporeans do not need diploma, degree or high education certificates to find a job and create wealth. What Singaporean need is cosmetic surgery to enhance their face and body and the desire to bare them to their eager public !! Singaporeans should forget about upgrading their brains and go for upgrading their bodies instead.

 

If our society desire young beautiful perky working boys and girls to man their stations and entice customers, Singaporean should go for cosmetic surgery and appeal to the government for more “cosmetic surgery funds”. Since most employers want only good looking and relatively young workers, having a S$1 billion funds will allow all Singaporeans to fixed their crooked teeth, stop hair loss, lose tummy fat and perk up their nose, ear, mouth, eyelid plus whatever is visible to the employer.

 

Singapore service industry is also moving towards “world class” and therefore no ‘ugly’ or old workers are desirable as this is bad image for the service industry. If the sale assistant is as ugly as your dead grandmother, where got business !! Singaporeans urgently need many cosmetic surgery before job application is successful as that is what employers want, hence, instead of life long learning, how about having a life long “cosmetic surgery funds” ?