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.

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.

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?

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

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.”)

Best or worst cosmetic surgeries

The best plastic surgeries are the ones which are undetectable. Sophia Loren, Angela Lansbury, Julie Newmar and several other celebs have been under the knife but you wouldn’t necessarily know it unless you’ve seen before and after pictures. Especially in Angela Lansbury’s case–she looks like she had been away for a long restful vacation. She still looks like a 60-something year old grandmother, just one who’s taken really good care of herself. That woman in the New Yorker Magazine article is pathetic.

 

I think her surgeon was trying to make her Julie Newmar, but he really just fucked up her face. From the sound of that article, her life was equally as pathetic despite all the money. I’d love to see what she looked like before. NY magazine said something about her “delicate milkmaid features”. That sure isn’t what she looks like now. They said her husband asked to have her barred from the court during divorce proceedings because “her looks scared people”. I just can’t fathom why someone would do that to themselves.

 

Or let a doctor do it. You think that the picture on the front of the New York magazine was horrific, you should have seen the picture of her on the front of the New York Post. I saw it at their on-line site and was totally disgusted. You should have seen her before, she was beautiful. Now they derisively call her “The Wife of Wildenstein” and quite rightly. It said in the Post that some women in Southern California would envy her look. My question is this: is this how crazy they are in Southern California?

Cosmetic surgery can be dangerous

Cosmetic surgery is still surgery, and surgery can be very dangerous. The worst side effect of any procedure, even a minor one, and particularly ones involving anesthesia, can be death. That can be due to incompetence on the part of the medical provider or bad luck on the part of the patient, or poor aftercare or unfortunate allergies, or any one of a number of reasons. Really, anything can happen.

 

You are taking your life into your hands when you have ANY procedure done. You really can’t say that about changing your hair color. If a person wants to get elective surgery done, then that’s their choice, and I’m not going to call them shallow for it. But it’s NOT the same as changing your hair color or getting a piercing. I too have bad BAD vison (contacs.. -6.0, -6.5) and usually wear glasses.

 

The worst is that when i have them off i cant see anything more than a foot away. :( I’ve been thinking about having it done as well, but Im also worried that Id be the one person to go blind… weighing it that way id rather have glasses my whole life than be blind. Absolutely serious, actually. A generation ago nobody would dream of the popularity that piercings and tattoos are enjoyed today. It all boils down to modifying your body.

 

I have worked in the tattooing and piercing industry and as a nurse. I have seen people do outrageously beautiful tattoos all over thier bodies. I have also seen people alter thier bodies with surgery and I have heard the same reasons explained by both groups.

Reconstructive plastic surgery in eye

I haven’t been following this thread so I don’t know what’s been said. I reconstructive plastic surgery in my eye area and its not something I would ever want to go through again. I don’t know the exact procedure for getting rid of under eye creases-but I would be especially careful of any surgery near the eye area.

 

I had an amazing and talented (and extremely horribly expensive) surgeon and luckily my scar is practically invisible and the surgery went without a flaw, but the recovery sucked. So think carefully and make sure its worth the risks and the side effects/recovery etc. But I also feel that if its something that *really* bothers you then surgery could be worth it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, so please don’t take my words as an insult.

 

I agree in the picture at the above link, she doesn’t look more than just unusual or highly exotic, though not my brand of attractive. You can see just what damage the plastic surgery has done to her. She no longer even looks HUMAN, and not in a good way. I find what shes done to herself pretty sad.

 

I hope for her sake, _she_ likes the way she looks, cuz really, thats the only opinion that really counts in the end, isn’t it? And if she’s happy with it, more power to her for having the guts to do it.  The more exotic, the better. I don’t dig the ‘Tom/Britney’ look either [I find miss Spears repulsive, actually] and lord knows some of the things I’m wildly attracted to aren’t in any way ‘pretty’, but I don’t find Ms. Wildensteins artificial alien face in any way appealing.

Wearing cosmetic products

Yes, she did it for herself. Last boyfriend she had used to threaten he’d leave her if she did it because he thought she’d be trying to get other men, and her reply was “why don’t you understand, it’s for ME I’m doing it for, not for the benefit of anyone else.” So it had to do with her self-image irrespective of attraction from men. Believe me, she didn’t have to get the surgery to attract guys. Regarding Hepburn comment (yes, isn’t she classy?), well, should a woman base her appearance on what she likes, or what she thinks her man likes?

 

It doesn’t have to be 100% one way or the other, IMO. If my girl friend really wanted to do this, should she have declined out of what? respect? love? for me and my desires/wishes? What if she bought a dress she really liked, but I said “don’t wear that”? Should she accede to my demand, or say, “I like it,Some, but not 100%. When I want to look dashing, or whatever, and I dress up, make sure

 

I’m neat, I’m not trying to attract women, and I’m not trying to impress my gf. Sure, some women, if a guy takes extra care to look good, she might say, “why are you bothering? Who are you trying to impress/attract?” But don’t you think we often do this for *ourselves* and our happiness? I mean, if I look good, I feel good. If I’m working to stay fit, I feel good because I’m not being a lazy slob. Not because I think I’m going to pick up babes. I’m wearing it”?

Surgical intervention into women’s beauty

It is known that women who are in a relationship but who still want major aesthetic surgery is because they are not happy with their current relationship and are unconsciously open to men who will sweep them off their feet. Women who are not obsessed with their looks while in a monogamous relationship are the ones who are comfortable with their relationships that they do not feel they must put all their effort in trying to attract the opposite sex.

 

These women are satisfied with their men and their relationships. As for the original author, enjoy while it lasts. She’s basically looking to other men want to do her best to attract other men. As soon as she finds what she’s looking for, adios mustachios! what’s the deal with korean americans going to korea for plastic surgery? my mom says it’s cos it’s cheaper there n they r more aesthetically/plastic surgery-wise advanced than here. no wonder, cos koreans r so damn vain. hell, i’m vain, too . in the sense that i care about how i look . . . hair-wise, fashion-wise . . . but permanently altering flesh is a different league. sounds like in her case, she did it for herself & everyone else but u.

 

When asked how she came to be so fashionable, audrey hepburn simply answered that she dresses for the man in her life. when u look at make-up, keeping fit, being fashionable . . . don’t u think the underlying motive is to appeal to the sex which u want to appeal to? for example, hetero-women especially go thru lots of body farming (electrolysis, skincare, shaving, u name it) to lure as many men into their fold . . . not that they’d necessarily keep them in harems but to have a larger pool in which to select THE ONE. anyway, my point there was to say that if there were no men on this planet, it is true that there would be a lot of fat, happy women.