Posts Tagged ‘plastic surgery’

Plastic Surgery: Feeling Good Inside, Looking Good Outside

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Some looks are appreciated, while some are totally not. Most think pointed noses will always look good compared to crooked noses. Why? As much as we wanted to figure out the answer, would that still matter with our people today? If you don’t look ‘wow’ to them, they’ll judge. If you change your look for them, they’ll still judge.

They say being you and what’s inside you, regardless of how you look, is the most important thing, but in reality, that’s not how it works. Either way, all you get are judgments. So why not be beautiful inside and at the same time, outside.

As plastic surgery is simply defined, it’s a surgery that improves or repairs the form of appearance of body parts and since when did the word ‘improve’ became bad? Plastic surgery has its way to be appreciated and here are some factors why it’s not really that bad:

  • Have an improved appearance. Enhancing your physical look by repairing damaged parts of your body or correcting a part you heart desires, plastic surgery is your genie. With the help of high quality plastic surgeons, you will definitely have the results you’re looking for if your appearance is not in line with what you desire.
  • Works out confidence. One reason why people lack confidence is the struggle of accepting the outward appearance. If you want your self esteem rise, Plastic surgery can not only improve your appearance, but it can also improve your confidence as well.
  • Have better relationships. When you lack confidence, you lack the willingness to express yourself out to others, even with your love ones. For your desire of changing the way you look outwardly by plastic surgery, you can be the person you always wanted to be, to look and others will finally see you this way, happy. 

However, plastic surgery is also simply expensive. At this point, money may buy happiness but in a positive approach. Since getting a plastic surgery is an elective one, you must be willing to pay top amount of money to get the result you desire. If you cut the costs, it will just lessen the quality of the result.

As they say, change is the only permanent thing in the world. Sometimes, acceptance isn’t enough to make a person totally happy, or hearing other people compliment you even though what you have in mind is dissimilar to what they say.

Having a plastic surgery is a personal decision. Some may appreciate it, some may not. If you think you need it or want it, and if it can make you happier, just go ahead and pamper yourself with the things you want to do or have. Just make sure you won’t regret any single thing that makes you happy, perhaps happier.

Kylie Jenner and Her Stand on Plastic Surgery

Monday, September 28th, 2015

In less than 24 hours that Kylie Jenner refuted the allegations that she had breast enhancement surgery, she was spotted leaving Epione, a popular plastic surgery firm in Beverly Hills, California. This is the same practice where the Keeping Up with the Kadashians star has gone to before to get Juvederm and injectable fillers for her lips.

On her website, Jenner admitted that she only had lip fillers. The 18 year old star further explained that her lips have always been a major insecurity of hers, that was why she wanted to make a change.

In an article printed on Sept. 8, Kylie talked about her lip injections. She still goes to Dr. Ourian and has Juvederm for her lips. She trusts the doctor and considers him to be the best and natural about plastic surgery. In fact, Kylie went to another doctor before, but was not happy about it.

She actually recommended to anyone who would like to undergo injectable filler to opt for the one that lasts for two to four months only. It could get annoying to have the procedure again and again, although you can stop it any time you want.

Looking at Kylie Jenner, her face still looks natural even after admitting to getting a lip plumper surgery. It actually also shows us the power of makeup, as Kylie likes to use lip liner as a way to enhance her features.

When it comes to the rumors about breast enlargements, Kylie wrote on her website that her change in breast size was attributable to her growing up. However, even though the teen star shut down the rumors about going under the knife, she pointed out that she is not totally discounting plastic surgery.

If, in the future, she will get to a point where she feels uncomfortable with any part of her body, she would probably undergo some cosmetic surgeries.

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Delaying Retirement with Plastic Surgery is the New Baby Boomer Trend

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The number of cosmetic surgeries being performed all over the world has increased in the last few years. This does not affect the fact that these surgical procedures are among the most expensive operations undertaken, mainly because they are complex surgical operations that require specialized and skillful surgeons.

Among those that want to undergo plastic surgery are the boomers, as a way for them to stay competitive at work. On the other hand, some others wait until retirement, and consider a cosmetic surgical procedure as their greatest reward.

The most common cosmetic surgeries in the 55-plus age bracket are face-lift, forehead lift, ear reshaping, hair transplant, pectoral implants, and nose reshaping.

In the case of Margaret Cipparrone, 63 years old, her main reason why she wants to undergo plastic surgery is because she is not yet ready to retire. She is a county assistant prosecutor, and would like to keep working. She is financially stable and wants the school loans of her children paid off. She knows she is old but still would like to fit in her workforce, hence the need for cosmetic surgery. Despite her age, Cipparrone does not think that it is time for her to retire.

Another example is a lawyer, 64, who took a long vacation and instead had a face lift. It actually gotten her another ten more years of working in her company.

In line with this, private lenders are stepping in to finance the nips and tucks of these boomers. These firms establish relationships with cosmetic surgery facilities. The data of the lenders are showing that people in their 60s to 80s were asking for loans for plastic surgery such as eyelid lift, face lift and tummy tuck.

Generally, many boomers go through these plastic surgeries because they want to be useful to their families and to the society.

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The Reverse Stigma Of Plastic Surgery

Monday, September 21st, 2015

How things have changed. A decade ago, plastic surgery is often hidden and denied. Patients are not just looked down upon, they may even be insulted face to face. Fake, insecure, vain and no value for inner beauty are derogatory terms usually thrown at those who admit and even those who are just suspected of going under the knife.

These days however, with access to, constant visibility of, and a lot of confessions of celebrities in the media, it is becoming common for public figures to be criticized if they don’t appear to be taking cosmetic steps to take care of themselves.

Well Wishes for Hilary

Some supporters of the GOP candidate wish they can give the hardworking secretary a treat to the spa for relaxation and some Botox for firmer and fresher look. Not only does she deserve it, they claim, it would also improve her image, making her look more youthful and energetic and dispel concerns about her health. These concerns for her well-being as well as enhancement of public perception seem to be legitimate reasons, especially as she is aspiring to replace an exuberant Obama. Still, she should be free to choose what she wants.

Dealing with Misplaced Criticisms

The public is harsher on showbiz personalities in their demands and definition of presentability. With the perception that celebrities have easy connections, money and even sponsorship offers for plastic surgery, the public can become cruel if these celebs don’t “fix less desirable features”. From simple dry skin, to teeth gaps, to crooked noses to wrinkles, magazine and YouTube comments can be demanding and demeaning. The usual rationalization for the public clamor is that celebs make their living in front of the camera, and must thus, look appealing to the public

This discrimination against physical appearance is the very thing plastic surgery is hoping to combat. Plastic surgery aims to make persons comfortable and confident in their own skin. The last thing we want is to pressure people to get things done even if they don’t want to.

It is a Choice

If plastic surgery would help persons gain confidence and feel good about themselves, they should be supported. If they don’t want to get anything done, they should still be accepted as they are. We are in an age when we claim to have most freedom to pursue what truly makes us happy. Let us all make this a reality by loving and respecting people the way they want to be.

Mariah Carey: To Go Under the Knife Again?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Plastic surgeries are popular with models, movie stars, and singers who are trying to prevent or delay aging. It has become extremely popular all over the world, that even ordinary teens and self-conscious individuals turn to it as well.

And, the latest celebrity in the center of plastic surgery is Mariah Carey.

Mariah is rumored to be happy to do anything for her new boyfriend James Douglas Packer, an Australian business tycoon. This means the diva is willing to undergo a cosmetic surgery, specifically breast reduction. The reason for this, is that Carey is feeling insecure of the bodies of Packer’s former girlfriends.

After seeing photos of Packer’s slim ex-girlfriends, Carey began to feel self-conscious of her large build. Even though the singer has always attracted a lot of attention with her curvy figure, she apparently wished to have smaller breasts for her Aussie boyfriend now.

According to reports, the legendary singer is determined to get some plastic surgery done to her breasts. Aside from hoping to look her best for the new man in her life, Mariah Carey has actually been complaining that her breasts are a bit spread out and looking like plastic.

Despite the insecurities, boyfriend James told Mariah that she does not need to undergo any cosmetic procedures. The billionaire likes her body just the way it is. But, the singer has already sets her mind to it.

However, this is not the first time that speculations over the internet about Mariah Carey attempting to undergo plastic surgery. She was also thinking about doing a gastric bypass surgical procedure to help reduce her weight.In fact, it was James who recommended this procedure. According to sources, Carey opened up her weight problem to Packer. He even offered to pay for the said surgery. He has been suggesting it because back in 2011, James Packer lost about 75 pounds with the same procedure.

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Gain The Upper Hand

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Our hands can be argued as one of the hardest working parts of our body. We use it to swipe and carry our smartphones,  we use hand gestures for clearer communications, we use it  for work, for eating, for cleaning ourselves, for exercising, and even for testing things out (make up, perfume, lipstick, whether the shower is too hot or just right). It is an impulse agent, the go to part for reacting to danger or accidents (whether to grab at something in the possibility of falling off, or shielding/shoving away hazardous objects).

Yet, what little care do we often give our hands. The face gets all sorts of special wash and creams, the tummy gets tucked and firmed and the foot gets spa’d and massaged. Of course, there are hand treatments; creams, massages and manicure; but if you’ll think of it, these procedures are not nearly as popular as other care procedures for other part of our bodies. No wonder, when we come out looking all fresh, tight and slim from our plastic surgery procedure, our forgotten hands look like they’ve been left to age from decades ago!

Hands, being exposed to so much work, stress, sun and chemicals end up looking wrinkled and dry, with prominent veins popping out.

It is time that we give back to our hands and give it the pampering that it deserves. These are a list of care procedures and plastic surgeries you can give your hands:

  • Chemical Peel – uses special chemicals to make discoloration disappear
  • Microdermabrasion – applying refined crystals to skin for a clear and fresh polish
  • Sclerotherapy – injects solution to veins to lessen visibility
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing – laser light is used to remove marks of veins and sun spots
  • Dermal fillers – gives volume to hands, allowing for a plumper and smoother look; variations of this also provides collagen for skin nourishing
  • Thermage – used for skin tightening

Some procedures involve the combination of fillers, pulsed lights and lasers for a better overall effect, depending on patient’s skin type.

Taking care of our hands does not necessarily mean undergoing plastic surgery right away. We can start small by ensuring our hands are well protected by sufficient sunscreen (not just from excess sunscreen applied to our faces).

Now put your hands up and let us be proud of our beautiful, tight and hardworking hands!

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The Evolution of the Nose Surgery

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Operation involving the nose, being a prominent part of the face, is a delicate process that seem to require high tech operating rooms and highly specialized surgeons. So it is a surprise to find out that the “nose job” or rhinoplasty is an old practice that dates back to Ancient Egypt!

It is hard to imagine how the ancients were able to execute such a complex plastic surgery and one can wonder whether such procedures left visible scars on patients given that old civilizations lack access to such fine scalpels and medical equipment that we have these days.

More fascinating is the implication that there had been a “demand” for plastic surgery long before its boom in our time.

Let us take a look back at the past and discover how the art of rhinoplasty had evolved before becoming the high-tech science that it is today.

1550 BC – in the Ebers Papyrus; described as a remedy for people whose noses were cut-off as punishment for crimes done

800 BC –  in the Sushruta samhita; the physician Sushruta used the technique of flapping skin from the cheek and attaching it to the cut-out nasal stump to reconstruct the nose

AD 14 – in De Medicina; procedure for reconstructing amputated nose was described by Aulus Cornelius Celsus

AD 400 – in Synagogue Medicae; Oribasius also used the skin flap technique along with innovations for quick healing and infection prevention

AD 920 – in Bald’s Leechbook; described the procedure with additional techniques of using herbal medicine to accelerate healing. Prayers and incantations are also included as part of the procedure.

1597 – in Curtorum Chirurgia Per Insitionem; Gasparo Tagliacozzi gave a detailed and new technique of using a biceps muscle pedicle flap. The cosmetic surgery was to help out disfigured soldiers.

1794 – in Gentleman’s Magazine of London; Cruso and Findlay published a detailed description and illustration of a new technique – the forehead pedicle-flap

More and more publications came out in the 19th century, largely fueled by the great wars that led to the deformation of many soldiers. With the desire to restore the appearances and dignity of these heroes, rhinoplasty had only gotten better and better.

Now, the choice of the modern patient for cosmetic surgery is no longer confined to what part of the body the skin for reconstruction will be coming from. The new techniques are vast and the purposes and reasons for undergoing the procedure are also varied. Main techniques are split between open and closed rhinoplasty, and more recently, the non-surgical innovation of using injectables.

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Bakin’ under the Plastic Surgery Sun

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Summer time is perfect: no school, no rain, crowded beaches and sun, sun, sun! And teens are finding another reason to love summer more: plastic surgery.

Statistics show that teen surgery peaks during the summer months. In a teen’s schedule, summer is the ideal time to set that date with a cosmetic surgeon for several reasons:

  1. There is no need to be absent from class for the surgery
  2. The long break provides a lot of time for recovery
  3. There would be lesser chance of gossip as all the change in appearance could be blamed on simply growing up during the summer.

Adventurous teens could even have the procedure done while on vacation on any of the top plastic surgery countries like Brazil, South Korea or Thailand.

But no matter where or what season the procedure is done, youngsters must be well informed before committing to go under the knife. High-profile teen plastic surgeries like that of Kylie Jenner and Ariel Winter are being cited as the cause of the high numbers, but the truth is, the pressures of adolescence had been leading teens to the path of cosmetic surgery in search of their identity and self-confidence. At this stage of their life, they are very vulnerable, that is why it is important to consult with a surgeon who understands and can explain the effects.

A major factor that must be considered before a surgeon agrees to operate is the physiology of the patient. Features are still being developed at this age, and operating without caution might spell a disaster if the mixture of the surgery and natural physical development of the teen are not complimentary.

Risk of the procedures must also be well explained. Technology is now very advanced and is still getting better, but full disclosure of what could go wrong must be made. Teens must also have the right reasons for taking the surgery. Many teens are already mentally mature, but they are still forming their self-image at this phase and regret later in life must be avoided as much as possible.

So before lying under a surgeon’s sun this summer, teens must think first if they can wait another summer and trying laying out under the sun for the mean time.

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Increasing Support: More Timing Choices for Breast Reconstruction Candidates

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

One of the biggest proofs of the benefits of plastic surgery is seen in the area of breast reconstruction after mastectomy or lumpectomy. In the previous years, having a breast cancer and mastectomy meant permanently losing one’s breast. This prospect often added to the anxiety of the patient, who did not only face death but also losing part of their womanhood.

Although prosthetics had always been an option, the tedious process of maintenance and putting it on and off discourages cancer survivors. The entry of plastic surgery for the breast as an option brought so much light and promise in making thousands of women feel whole as they start anew after their staggering battle.

The better news is that surgeons are relentless in improving this technology allowing for more alternative procedures that patients can choose from, such as the location of donor areas from which the fat and muscles of the reconstruction would come from.

Another important option is the flexibility of the timing of the breast construction operation. Although results are still better the nearer it is performed to the mastectomy or lumpectomy, new technology allows for improved outcomes for operations performed latter down the line. Here are the timing options available:

  • This requires the coordination of the mastectomy/lumpectomy doctor and the cosmetic surgery doctor. Although this ensures that the breast construction considerations are incorporated into the mastectomy procedure (such as where to make the cut) leading to superior results, this also brings a lot of pressure to the patient who has to make two concurrent decisions regarding the two procedures.
  • After mastectomy/lumpectomy. The decision for breast reconstruction could be made further down the line, when the patient has recovered and is thinking more clearly. This is applicable even to patients who had initially decided to go “flat”. Downside is there would not be much flexibility on the plastic surgeon’s side as he has to work with the scars and constraints of the earlier operation. This could be remedied by already having consultations between the cancer and cosmetic surgeon early on.
  • By stage. Some of the reconstructive surgery could be started with the mastectomy procedure and then finished at a later time. A tissue expander is first placed allowing for a space for the reconstructed breast that would be placed later. This saves the shape and skin of the breast. This is usually done when the patient needs further procedures to defeat the cancer and a full breast reconstruction procedure would impede healing.

Having these timing options is amazing. This takes a lot of tension from decision making by giving women a lot more time to contemplate their lives after the horrific cancer encounter. They can choose to have their breast backs right away if it will make them recover emotionally faster, they can also choose to have it later when they have lesser objects on their plate.

The hope is that would further advance and provide more effective support to survivors.

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Paris Hilton’s Perfect Skin Needs No Plastic Surgery

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Born to fame and living in fame, Paris Hilton confessed that a lot of people actually don’t know the real Paris Hilton.  She told New You that, “A lot of people don’t know the real me….The Paris that they were introduced to over a decade ago on The Simple Life is not who I am. That was just a character I was playing.”

Now, that got us all curious as to who the real Paris Hilton is. According to the 34-year old heiress, “The real Paris is a down to earth, sweet, real girl—woman now—who is a business woman and feels very proud…I have a really big heart.” She also shared how she maintains her youthful skin and it is not because of plastic surgery.

Still on the topic of plastic surgery, Paris continued, “I’ve never done anything in my life. People love making things up, but I am very lucky that I have listened to my mom through my young age. She told me to stay away from the sun, so my friends would be frying in the sun every day and now they all look much older and all have Botox.”

“I even asked my dermatologist if I should do it and he’s like, ‘I refuse to do it to you…Your skin is perfect. I will not do it to you until you need it and I don’t know if you ever will.’ I am happy with that. I have nothing against it; all my friends have done everything—boobs, nose, chin, cheeks. I live in Hollywood so I’m used to seeing it. It’s just that I’ve never wanted to do it,” she said. She definitely doesn’t need plastic surgery with her perfect skin, we salute you Paris!

When asked about her biggest regret in life, she said, “I have now learned that you can’t trust everyone and that not everyone has good intentions. My biggest regret is letting certain people into my life who were bad people.”

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