Beauty is more than skin deep—looking your best can help give you the confidence and self-esteem you need for good physical health too. And as cosmetic plastic surgery procedures have evolved to become safer and easier, more and more people are taking advantage of them.
A whole array ofminimally invasive surgeries have emerged, with new technologies such as fiber optics and endoscopy leading to mini-facelifts and mini-abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with shorter scars, less swelling and bruising, and faster recovery times.
Body contouring after weight loss has increased over 200% over the past 5 years as a result of advancements in weight loss surgery, including gastric banding and gastric banding, as well as massive weight loss from dieting and exercise. In fact, I have just coedited an entire textbook, entitled Encyclopedia of Body Sculpting After Massive Weight Loss, published by Thieme Publishers (New York, NY and Stuttgart, Germany), that is dedicated to surgery after weight loss. The textbook describes surgery of the abdomen, breasts, arms, legs, and face, and includes a DVD of live-recorded surgery. It has become a best-seller in plastic surgery and just received a national book award from the American Publishers’ Association.
Procedures that can be done in a doctor’s office, such as Botox® injections, are seeing the biggest increase among cosmetic options. Botox temporarily freezes the muscles that cause wrinkles along the forehead, between the eyes, and around the eyes.
Fillers such as Restylane®, Perlane®, and Juvederm® work by filling in creases around the mouth, lips and chin with laboratory-manufactured sterile medications
that can be administered in just a few minutes. Patients often return to work or school immediately after these treatments.
In addition, in-office laser treatments can provide facial rejuvenation, eliminate spider veins on the face and legs, and permanently remove hair.
Skin resurfacing techniques have also evolved into popular procedures. The Obagi® system of facial creams and in-office peels, one of the most requested, can
treat blemishes and fine lines along the face, neck, chest and hands. The medical-grade system of creams, available from physicians, is designed for at-home use;
you simply apply them daily to produce marked improvement in your complexion and wrinkles.
Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to find the cosmetic surgery options that are right for you. Your primary physician may be
able to refer you to an appropriate professional, or you can contact the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at www.plasticsurgery.org.
1. Is the procedure appropriate for me both mentally and physically?
2. What do I need to do to get the best results?
3. What kinds of risks might be involved?
4. How long will recovery take? Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons
By Charles K. Herman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Ph: (212) 249-7000
Dr. Charles K. Herman is a highly regarded and published, Board Certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He has offices on Fifth Avenue in New York City and in Stroudsburg, PA. He is Chief Medical Executive, Chairman of Surgery, and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Pocono Health Systems and on the faculty of both Albert Einstein College of Medicine and The Commonwealth Medical College. He has published over 50 textbooks, journal articles, and book chapters.