In 2011, about 13.8 million cosmetic plastic surgery and non-invasive procedures were performed in the US, a clear sign that the procedure is becoming socially acceptable. Just a few decades ago, people who had surgical enhancements were stigmatized for being “too obsessed with their appearance.”
Meanwhile, these are the most surprising facts about plastic surgery:
1. Breast augmentation is currently the most popular cosmetic surgery.
Last year alone, about 307,000 women had breast augmentation. If this rate continues for the next couple of years, about 3 percent of adult females in the country will have augmented breasts, experts have estimated.
2. Pets are having some nip and tuck themselves.
Some people have found weird ways to spend their money. A Chihuahua in Florida had liposuction, a St. Bernard in UK had facelift, a mutt in South Africa fitted with a titanium nose, and a dog in Australia had a brow lift. Also, canine nose jobs, tattooing, ear piercing, Botox, and braces for teeth are slowly becoming commonplace.
3. Turning an outie belly button into a cute innie.
A plastic surgery procedure called umbilicoplasty, which is typically performed under local anesthesia, can turn an outie into an innie. After the surgery, most patients can go to their normal activities the next day, although they have to avoid sit-ups or crunches for at least a month.
4. A Florida woman with the biggest augmented breasts in the world.
Sheyla Hershey, 31, has had over 30 breast augmentation surgeries to achieve the 38KKK cup size, making her augmented breasts the biggest in the world. Her most recent procedures were performed in Brazil and Mexico because Florida has limits on the size of implants.
5. Plastic surgery for a sexier and younger voice.
While many doctors discourage voice lift (the procedure involves “lifting” the vocal chords) that is performed purely to improve the sound of voice, some patients are still willing to take the risks.
Possible side effects of voice modification surgery include infection, permanently raspy voice, and voice that is too low or too high pitched.
6. Countries with the highest number of cosmetic plastic surgery.
When a country’s per capita is taken into account, South Korea, Greece, Italy, Brazil, and Colombia ranked in the top list of countries with the highest number of plastic surgeries, according to a 2009 survey conducted by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).
But when it comes to “raw data,” the US, China, Brazil, and India ranked in the top list because of their large population.
Contrary to popular belief, breast implants do not automatically result to “plastic” look; in fact they can create a very natural appearance that only the patient and her doctor would know that she had cosmetic surgery.
One way to achieve natural result is to use the right implant profile which is the amount of projection off the chest wall.
During the previous years, breast implant comes with a predetermined amount of forward projection based on its size. However, manufacturers have realized that in order to create the most natural result and accommodate the specific anatomical needs of the body, they have to make implants that come in low, moderate, and high profile.
The general rule is that the higher the breast implant profile, the more projection per measurement of base diameter it offers.
If you have thin frame, i.e., narrow chest, high profile implants are the best choice. Their base diameter is not too wide so they do not occupy too much space and reach the armpit. Another benefit is that they could create great cleavage because of the forward projection they offer.
Some plastic surgeons suggest that the added height of high profile implants may also reduce visible rippling.
By contrast, low profile implants are ideal if you have a wide frame. They offer less projection than the moderate and high profile implants but at least their base diameter is broad enough to occupy the space in your chest wall.
Meanwhile, if you want to achieve a full and rounded look, you may benefit from moderate profile implants, which add a significant amount of dimension and volume to your breasts.
Moderate profile implant creates “normal contour” and was the only design available between 1970s and 1990s. However, it has become less popular over the past couple of years with the introduction of high and low profile implants.
Some doctors believe that moderate profile saline implants, which are filled with a sterile solution of salt and water, are more vulnerable to rippling than other profiles. Some patients have also complained that they lack forward projection especially for those with wide chest.
A good compromise is Mentor’s moderate plus profile implant that is between moderate and high profile implant. It provides a mid range of forward projection and is not as wide and flattened as the moderate profile implant.
Moderate plus profile implants are usually ideal if you do not want too much upper pole fullness, something which high profile implants provide.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards has been rumored to have liposuction, a cosmetic surgery that removes the unwanted fats that do not respond to exercise and diet. Meanwhile, one source said the celebrity decided to go under the knife after seeing her costars in scanty bikinis.
One source tells Radar Online that Richards felt insecure when costars Camile and Brandi wore tiny bikinis while the cast was filming around the pool.
Right after the Housewives trip to Las Vegas, Richards underwent liposuction surgery. According to reports, her plastic surgeon removed a small amount of excess fats in different parts of the body, leading to a curvier figure.
This is not the first time the reality tv star had cosmetic enhancements. In one episode of Real Housewives, she expressed her concern over her “muffin tops” caused by sagging skin and some unwanted fats. Her doctor recommended laser treatment to correct her aesthetic problems.
With Richards’ slimmer but curvier appearance, the source said the television personality is happy with the liposuction result.
While liposuction removes the “unwanted” fats, patients should remember it is not a substitute to weight loss and healthy lifestyle because it can only eliminate the superficial fatty tissues underneath the skin.
Liposuction cannot remove the deeper visceral fats that cover the abdominal organs and are responsible for weight-related health problems.
Sustainable sources of energy are making raves these days. From hydroelectric cars to solar-powered buildings and houses, it seems that scientists and inventors have a plethora of ideas when it comes to cost-efficient supply of electricity.
But it seems like a California plastic surgeon has gone to far in terms of finding a sustainable source of energy. Dr. Alan Bittner claimed that the fatty tissues he collected from liposuction, a cosmetic surgery that removes the unwanted body fats, was used to power his car.
While the doctor’s idea may sound good particularly to environmentalists, the California’s state medical authorities were not happy with doctor’s discovery. In fact, they conducted an investigation in 2008, forcing the surgeon to close down his clinic, shut down his website, and allegedly moved to South America.
Apparently, it is illegal to use any human parts or human medical waste to power vehicles.
The authorities haven’t figured out how the doctor turned the liposuction fat into fuel, although according to Forbes a gallon of fats can produce the same amount of fuel that drivers will get the same amount of mileage comparable to regular diesel.
Meanwhile, the plastic surgeon posted on his website, which has been shut down since 2008, that he used “lipofuel” to power his Ford Explorer and his girlfriend’s Lincoln Navigator.
Whether he used liposuction fats as an alternative to regular diesel or he was just making up stories to stir controversy, his idea is not far from impossible. In fact, about half of bio-diesel in the US comes from beef and pig products, in addition to vegetable and corn oils.
Vegetable and animal fats contain triglycerides which can be extracted and converted into diesel.
Mastopexy, or more commonly referred to as breast lift of boob lift, is a cosmetic surgery that raises the sagging breasts by removing the loose skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape it and create a support to the new contour.
You have to remember that the right timing can help you prolong the result of your breast lift.
However, how do experts define the “right” and “best” time to have the surgery? To help you decide on this issue, leading Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smaili has provided some simple tips.
* Wait until you’re done having children.
Several studies have suggested that pregnancy is one of the leading causes of breast ptosis or sagging. During this period, the ovaries produce estrogen and progesterone hormones that stimulate the milk-secreting glands, leading to breast enlargement.
Women who experience repeated pregnancies are prone to sagging because their breasts change in size and weight more frequently. But contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding does not cause ptosis.
* Make sure your weight is stable.
A significant number of breast lift patients have sagging breasts due to weight fluctuations. Massive weight loss patients, or those who shed 100 lbs. or more, are particularly prone to this problem due to redundant skin and flaccid tissue.
One way to prolong the result of your surgery is to maintain a normal weight. Take note that with a stable weight, your breast tissue is not subjected to sudden changes in size while your skin can preserve its elasticity and firmness.
* Quit smoking before you undergo breast lift.
According to a study conducted between 1998 and 2006, smoking is one of the key factors of breast sagging. Cigarettes contain chemicals that break down a protein in skin called elastin, which makes it elastic and contours the shape of the breasts.
* Have the surgery only if you are living a healthy lifestyle.
As mentioned earlier, one effective way to prolong the result of breast lift is to maintain a stable weight, and for this reason exercising regularly and eating a well-balanced diet should be part of your lifestyle. But if you can’t commit yourself to healthy living, body contouring surgery in general is not recommended.
While a significant number of breast lift patients are between 40 and 50, age is not a determining factor that makes a person a good or bad candidate for breast lift. You have to realize that some women experience sagging at a fairly young age.