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19Jan, 2017

Plastic Surgery Consultation: Plan Ahead

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Plastic Surgery Consultation: Plan Ahead

For some individuals, a new year means new possibilities. One pathway of possibilities may be aesthetics by way of plastic surgery. When one has located a board-certified plastic surgeon, the next step is scheduling a plastic surgery consultation.

It’s completely normal for a patient to feel a blend of excitement and nervousness at this appointment. Nevertheless, there are some things that a patient can do ahead of time to make the most of their consultation.

Karen Martindale is a patient concierge for San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho. Dedicating more than 25 years in the cosmetic surgery industry, Ms. Martindale brings a wealth of knowledge to patients preparing for a consultation.

Ms. Martindale’s sage advice is to plan ahead.

Top plastic surgeons like Dr. Bolitho are going to be booked about four to six weeks in advance. So most of the time, a patient will not be able to walk in and request surgery the very next week,” Ms. Martindale said. “With that said, it’s never too soon to come in for a consultation.”

According to Ms. Martindale, some patients who want to learn more about liposuction or tummy tuck may think that they need to be at their ideal weight before their consultation. Ms. Martindale shared that potential patients do not need to wait.

“It’s always a great idea to come in for your consultation three or four months ahead of time so future plans can be made. Even though you may not be at your ideal weight, coming in and having your consultation is a great start,” Ms. Martindale said. “Many patients have also explained how the consultation served as a great incentive to help them achieve their weight loss goal.”

In other instances, achieving a certain weight loss for a particular procedure may not be necessary. Ms. Martindale shared an example such as for those wanting a neck lift or surgical facial rejuvenation procedure.

“If you’re within 10 to 15 pounds of your ideal weight, having a facelift may not make that much difference,” Ms. Martindale said.

Planning ahead is also needed if one is smoking traditional cigarettes or inhaling e-liquid nicotine while vaping.  Ms. Martindale wants potential patients to know that they need to stop smoking four weeks before and after surgery. And on a side note, Ms. Martindale happily reported how many of their patients never returned to their cigarette use.

Writing down questions ahead of time was also mentioned by Ms. Martindale.

“These questions can vary, but generally they range from recovery, when they can resume their exercise routines, and when they can fly,” she said.

For marathon runners readying for a future event, planning ahead on the opportune timeframe for surgery is important to address.

“Busy moms also need to coordinate their surgery time with their children’s schedules and possible childcare assistance,” Ms. Martindale said. “Another thing a patient will want to inquire is if their plastic surgeon will be out of town during the time they are interested in having surgery.”

In many respects, a plastic surgery consultation can help turn a possibility into a reality.

21Dec, 2016

Plastic surgeons recommend cessation of e-cigs prior to surgery

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Plastic surgeons recommend cessation of e-cigs prior to surgery

In a recent December publication of United Press International, Health Day News reported how two plastic surgeons stated in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery December issue how stopping the use of e-cigarettes prior to surgery was highly advised. The doctors highlighted in the piece included Dr. Alan Matarasso of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Dr. Peter Taub of Mount Sinai Medical Center.

According to Health Day News, the doctors stated, “Based on our current best knowledge, it seems reasonable to advise plastic surgery candidates to cease e-cigarette use,” they said. The doctors continued, “Refraining from [e-cigarette] use four weeks before surgery is a prudent course of action, despite the fact that it has yet to be determined if the effects are similar to traditional cigarettes.”

While the health impacts of “nicotine vapor” continue to be researched, it appears the reason for this medical recommendation underscores patient care. The doctors referred to a study which revealed how stopping traditional smoking three to four weeks prior to a procedure could significantly decrease the risk of postoperative complications.

Blood flow and blood supply is essential following plastic surgery procedures, such as breast surgeries and abdominoplasties. Tissue healing following surgery requires this blood flow.

Erring on the side of caution, it’s believed that e-cigarette users should follow the same protocol as those who use traditional tobacco products. The reason behind this cautionary advice stems from the fact that the side effect of nicotine is best described as a vasoconstrictor.

According to the American College of Surgeons, traditional cigarette smoking does increase complications both during and following surgery. It’s their estimation that following the “no smoking rule” a few weeks prior and after surgery lessens the risk of wound healing by nearly half.

Many plastic surgeons also encompass the cessation of nicotine patches and gum in this medical protocol.

In addition to nicotine, carbon monoxide is also another concern.

While carbon monoxide withdraws oxygen away from the tissue area, as mentioned earlier, nicotine constricts blood vessels which deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues. Again, this blood flow is vital to the healing process.

If the percentages in oxygen and nutrients drop during the recovery process, there is a risk factor following surgery in areas such as infection, increased chance of scarring, and additional complications.

While some plastic surgeons follow a smoking cessation of four weeks prior and after surgery, others have a more conservative approach of six weeks. A large gap of time is highly recommended and encouraged.

During a patient’s consultation with their plastic surgeon, it’s imperative to be candid regarding any smoking history. And this includes vaping. A surgeon’s top priority is the care of his/her patients and making certain, as a doctor-patient team moving forward, all can be done for an outstanding surgical outcome.

6Oct, 2016

Methods to help reverse the signs of facial aging

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Methods to help reverse the signs of facial aging

As one becomes mature with age, they may notice over time that their skin appears less hydrated and fine lines are more apparent. While these signs may be normal, both women and men may very well want to take steps to facial rejuvenation.

There are various reasons as to why skin ages. For many, although they have been incredibly diligent with their sunscreen, over sun exposure may still have occurred triggering premature aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.

While UV damage plays a role in aging skin, other factors contribute to it as well including a sluggish cellular turn over, loss of natural hydration, and repeated facial movements that cause dynamic wrinkles. For those unfamiliar with the term, “dynamic wrinkles,” this occurs from recurrent facial actions such as smiling which can develop wrinkles over time along the outer corners of the eyes and mouth.

While surgical facial rejuvenation such as a facelift or lower limited facelift can produce excellent results, some patients may decide to travel a nonsurgical pathway first. And on this road are the following aesthetic avenues.

Skin Care Regimen

One of the best investments an individual can make is to team up with a medical skin care professional. An example of this is an aesthetic nurse specialist who works alongside a board certified plastic surgeon. Partnering with such an expert will offer a springboard of skin care options such as being afforded medical grade skin care products which match a person’s needs.

While many plastic surgery offices offer specific skin care lines, one prescription product not to be overlooked is Retin-A. This topical appeared on the market nearly three decades ago and was intended for the use of patients with acne. Not long after it was on the market, users noticed another improvement in their skin: Rejuvenation.

Patients agreed that their skin appeared smoother, age spots had diminished, and fine lines and wrinkles were less noticeable.

A complete antiaging skin care regimen requires Retin-A.

In office visits with a medical specialist may also include chemical peels, dermaplaning, and micro-needling to enhance those skin care results.

Botox

As mentioned earlier, dynamic muscles occur due to the frequent use of facial muscles. One way to minimize their appearance is via Botox injections. A board certified plastic surgeon or their aesthetic nurse specialist can deliver this leading cosmetic injection. Finding a skilled injector who is adept in the facial anatomy is critical for one interested in receiving Botox. The results of Botox should be a refreshed and natural look.

It’s important to note that some individuals in their late twenties and/or early thirties utilize Botox to prevent these dynamic wrinkles from forming.

Fillers

The loss of hydration in one’s skin will have side effects. Some of these may include the following:

  • Less youthful fullness
  • Dull facial canvas
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin sensitivity

While some topical and in-office treatments can help with hydration, a group of patients turn to hyaluronic fillers to help treat nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Conversely, fillers such as Juvederm can help augment the lips, while Voluma can augment the cheek area.

From skin care products and treatments to cosmetic injections, each one should be tailored to a patient’s aesthetic needs and desires.

9Sep, 2016

A great skin care routine makes a difference

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A great skin care routine makes a difference

While individuals are incorporating a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise, their desire to keep their skin looking youthful is also important to them. Many are beginning to realize that incorporating a great skin care routine compliments those health and wellness efforts.

As one ages, skin changes naturally occur such as the following:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Age spots
  • Lack of skin hydration
  • Loss of volume
  • Loss of elasticity

While the aging process impacts the above facial characteristics, it is also important to point out how the environment takes a toll on one’s skin.  For example, free radicals, pollution, and unprotected sun exposure can also accelerate premature skin aging.

Despite these daily challenges, one should not curtail their skin care energies but instead implement a regular regime for both morning and night.

Partner with a skin care professional

With a mountain of skin care products to choose from, the task of choosing the right skin care routine can be downright daunting. Teaming up with a skin care professional, particularly an aesthetic nurse specialist, is an exceptional choice.

A person of this magnitude and skill can perform a skin care evaluation and help map out the right morning and evening routines. They can also afford patients medical grade skin care products which truly offer users driven results.

Skin care plans are tailored specifically for one’s skin type and examples may include the following:

  • Cleanse – To prepare skin for topical treatments
  • Treat – To target specific challenges such as fine lines and wrinkles or hydration
  • Repair – To reverse skin damage such as the use of a retinol product
  • Moisturize – To add hydration to the facial canvas including the eye area
  • Protect – To implement a solar defense to help ward off future skin damage

Skin care treatments to reverse skin damage

The advantage of partnering with an aesthetic nurse also means that they are adept in particular skin care treatments that can help diminish the signs of aging. Even in cases where one has undergone surgical facial rejuvenation, such as a lower limited facelift, skin care texture still needs to be addressed.

Most skin care treatments can be performed on a monthly basis, but again, it’s all patient dependent. And some treatments can be done with less frequency. These procedures require minimal to no downtime and produce radiant results:

  • Dermaplaning: To remove the top layer of dead skin cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz)
  • Chemical Peels: To help rejuvenate the skin by diminishing the signs of fine lines, even out skin tone, and lessen the appearance of age spots
  • Micro-Needling: To help stimulate collagen and to deliver medical grade products into the skin for more luminosity.

In addition to these treatments, patients may also decide that they want to pursue cosmetic injections which may consist of Botox, Kybella, Juvederm, or Voluma to maintain their youthful skin care goals.

Solar protection bears repeating

While one is implementing a healthy lifestyle and skin care routine, a SPF sunscreen defense is of the utmost importance. When an individual turns a broad spectrum sunscreen application into a daily habit, they will invariably reap the rewards because of it.

 

 

17Aug, 2016

Changing the face of science

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Changing the face of science

Science continues to redefine itself in the area of facial rejuvenation. With an eye to the future, a recent article published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery has paved the way to new ideas and possibilities. And in the world of science, it’s all about new concepts.

While facial surgery such as facelifts, cosmetic injections, and even fat grafting have filled a vital niche for many patients opting for rejuvenation, researchers are testing to see if the human body can somehow perhaps be encouraged to stimulate facial tissue regrowth.

This area of science is called regenerative medicine.

In Vocativ, reporter Alexandra Ossola covers this recent article which was authored by Matthew Q. Miller, MD. Miller is a surgeon specializing in the head and neck regions from the University of Virginia Health System.

Ossola writes, “Though scientists’ interest in regenerative medicine has grown steadily since the early 2000s, interest in facial surgeries in particular isn’t reflected in the literature until 2010. Miller believes there are two reasons for this. Generally, facial surgeries have good outcomes—they heal quickly and have a low rate of infection, so there’s no need for dramatic improvement.”

Miller also shared that there is not “margin for error” in operative facial surgery.

“Even small imperfections can really stand out, as people’s eyes always focus on the faces of others in day-to-day interactions. Because of this, new techniques are a little slower to gain widespread acceptance among surgeons,” Miller said.

Also interviewed in the article was Richard D’ Amico who serves as the chair of the Regenerative Medicine Task Force which is a branch of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

D’Amico notes how hyaluronic acid fillers support facial structures. Fillers such as these are noted to add a more youthful appearance when volume or elasticity has dissipated due to age or premature aging. While injections of this type such as Juvederm offer a great outcome, the results are temporary lasting up to a couple of years.

While patient dependent, fat grafting is generally utilized during a facial surgery to add volume. Following liposuction of a small area such as the thighs, abdomen, or hips, the fat is then filtered via a centrifuge before the injections occur in the rejuvenation procedure

In the article, D’Amico described this process as labor intensive thus requiring it to be more expensive for the patient.

“If regenerative medicine works the way researchers think it could, patients could just get a quick injection, plus some localized anesthesia, to repair their facial tissues,” Miller writes. “And while it might not be able to repair tissues in a “Star Trek-like fashion” (that is, with a device that can heal wounds almost instantly), Miller and his co-authors write, these regenerative techniques could usher in a new age of plastic surgery for the face.”

The three levels scientists are currently focused on include the following:

  • Stem Cells
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Protein Matrix

While more research is underway and these above scientific avenues still require more answers, it’s interesting to know how science continues to play a role in facial rejuvenation in one form or another.

13Jul, 2016

Online Consultations Garner Attention

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Online Consultations Garner Attention

A new online cosmetic consultation portal helps individuals connect with multiple plastic surgeons.

Plastic surgery is an evolving field of medicine affording patients with refined techniques, superior technology, and strides in science at every turn. While patients are benefiting from these numerous changes, pathways in learning more about procedures and board certified plastic surgeons are progressing, too.

A variety of internet platforms such as patient review sites have helped numerous individuals. However, there is a new site named Zwivel that has emerged addressing the needs of potential patients living in a fast-paced world. Described as an online cosmetic consultation portal, individuals can connect with multiple plastic surgeons learning about the procedures they are interested in, recovery information, surgery prices, and more.

Janet Morrissey of the New York Times wrote a comprehensive piece on Zwivel. While plastic surgery entails even nonsurgical treatments such as cosmetic injections, it’s an industry that is indeed becoming part of the American culture. And it’s available to everyone. 

Many who have used Zwivel are calling it the pre-step to a plastic surgery consultation. It’s a complimentary site for potential patients which can mean a cost and time savings of booking multiple consultations with plastic surgeons in the early stages of their research.

Founded by Dr. Gary Breslow and Dr. Craig Abramowitz, Zwivel was created to help make the introductory process with plastic surgeons and prospective patients more effective.

“Just as Match.com allows strangers to scroll through and evaluate potential dates, Zwivel allows patients and doctors to size up each other and ask questions before committing to surgery,” Morrissey reports. “The site allows patients to check out doctors’ credentials, send photos or videos of themselves to preferred doctors, and get those doctors to answer questions about cosmetic procedures and prices, all free.”

With a Zwivel connection, the same questions can be sent to multiple doctors allowing a person to decide which doctor is a better match.

According to Zwivel, numbers have swelled since 2015. Last year, 800 doctors were signed up and that has skyrocketed to 1,400. Patient numbers have jumped from 6,100 to over 28,000.

When interviewing co-founder Dr. Breslow, he conveyed to the New York Times that roughly 36 percent of individuals who book a consultation actually move forward in scheduling the surgery. Dr. Breslow believed that this ratio was a direct link to people having incorrect or insufficient facts prior to their appointment. 

“Patients who are severely overweight sometimes think liposuction is the answer, and I tell them, ‘You don’t need liposuction; you need to lose weight,’” Dr. Breslow told the New York Times in his article. “Or a patient may want $20,000 worth of surgery and thinks the whole thing is going to cost $200.”

For some, Zwivel is creating a window of opportunity to transform connections between individuals and doctors into formal consultations. It also affords people with the opportunity to be reminded of realistic expectations and to help do away with any misconceptions.

While Morrissey pointed out that not everyone is still convinced that a virtual consultation is their current way of doing things, it’s available. And at the end of the day, having options and being mindful is always a great thing when plastic surgery is up for consideration. 

 

11May, 2016

Skin care treatments following a facelift

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Skin care treatments following a facelift

Over the years, operative facial rejuvenation procedures have become incredibly refined. Be it a facelift or lower limited facelift, a board certified plastic surgeon can adeptly create both youthful and natural looking results. Operative facial rejuvenation is a blend of sheer artistry and skill. It requires years of dedication for a plastic surgeon to reach this level of perfection.

When a patient embarks on the operative facial rejuvenation journey, they will be delighted with their refreshed appearance. However, skin care treatment is an important part in maintaining those youthful results since a facelift does not alter the skin per se.

Different ways to enhance those facial features may include the following:

  • Chemical Peels
  • Dermaplaning
  • Botox

As mentioned, one way to rejuvenate the skin is by way of a chemical peel.

According to Elizabeth Reed, a registered aesthetic nurse who works for San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho, a chemical peel can also help prepare the skin prior to surgery.

And following surgery, it can be an excellent protocol in controlling fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots.

“A chemical peel can give patients a nice healthy and youthful glow to their skin,” Reed said.

This type of luminosity is a skin care goal. According to Reed, following an operative facial procedure, she typically recommends a series of three chemical peels.

“You can space those about a month apart, and then the maintenance can be once every three months,” she said.

Another popular procedure that Reed likes to employ for patients is dermaplaning. Gently, she utilizes a stainless steel tool and delicately glides it along the face to remove both dead skin cells and vellus hair.

There is no downtime to dermaplaning and it can be performed on a monthly basis. With the right type of skin care navigation, an aesthetic nurse can map out the right anti-aging regimen. A few times a year, it may be suggested to combine both a dermaplaning and chemical peel. Performing a dermaplaning prior to a chemical peel will allow for better product penetration and optimal results.

“Following a dermaplaning, your skin is super soft,” she said. “So when you’re washing your face or you are putting on your makeup, you are noticing a wonderful smoothness to your skin.”

Another pathway for maintaining facial rejuvenation following a facelift or lower limited facelift is by implementing a regimen of cosmetic injections. Botox is highly sought after since it helps diminish the appearance of fine lines.

Every patient is unique and their skin care should be just as distinct. Prior to starting skin care treatments, an aesthetic nurse should thoroughly examine a patient’s face while listening to their patients’ skin care goals.

For Reed, this begins with makeup removal and then utilizing a bright magnifying light to afford a better skin care analysis. And then a suggested customized treatment plan can begin.

“It’s based on what the patient is looking for, and then I tailor the treatment for you,” she said. Reed added, “And it’s not always the same for everyone.”

Partnering with an aesthetic nurse can help achieve and maintain a youthful facial canvas.

27Feb, 2016

New Consulting Suite Increases Service

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New Consulting Suite Increases Service

The Clifton Room offers patient care in a warm setting.

Recently Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho opened his new consulting suite adjacent to his operating suite. The new addition truly exceeds the expectations of his patients in an effort to ensure that each individual receives genuine care and comfort. This has always been the cornerstone of this compassionate practice.

Tucked away in the new consulting suite is the Clifton Room. The finest of patient care begins here in a warm setting, punctuated with a memorable ambience. The room exudes comfort allowing a patient the time they need to chat with their patient concierge, Karen Martindale, and ultimately their plastic surgeon, Dr. Bolitho.

Before visiting with this dynamic duo, patients can enjoy the privacy of this sitting room while being afforded the opportunity to view the “before and after” photo gallery on a flat screen television.

In many respects, the Clifton Room satisfies the unexpressed personalized desires of their patients, and the move into a larger suite made the Clifton Room possible.

The visionary behind the Clifton Room was Karen Martindale.

“Having been in the field of plastic surgery for the past 30 years, it was my dream to do something special like this for our patients,” she said. “While working at different practices over the decades, I have met with thousands of patients. Firsthand, I noticed the anticipation one feels when they are about to meet with a plastic surgeon.”

Martindale added how disrobing for a potential body contouring procedure may sometimes elevate this anticipation. And at many plastic surgery centers, patients are automatically escorted into an examining room which can be stressful.

“We wanted to take that anxious feeling away and instead create an atmosphere where the patient has the opportunity to get to know us before going into the examining room. We wanted to create a living room environment where one could sit down, relax, and be greeted in a proper fashion,” Martindale said.

And in this setting, one can unveil their aesthetic desires in the most comfortable way possible.

In many respects, the Clifton Room allows patients the ample time they need to spend with Dr. Bolitho and his medical team. Even with a demanding practice, Dr. Bolitho welcomed this new opportunity making certain his patients were indeed receiving the attention they deserved.

“Dr. Bolitho is not the type of doctor that only spends 15 minutes with a new patient,” Martindale said. “Dr. Bolitho’s different in that he really likes to visit with his patients. It’s something that he enjoys.”

Martindale also shared that since the Clifton Room was created, the patient flow at the practice is notably smoother. Following their visit, Martindale then escorts them to the consultation exam room.

However, the most wonderful part of the Clifton Room has been the client feedback. Many patients agree that they have never experienced a room such as this before in a doctor’s office.

“I’ve been personally told by patients how quickly they are put at ease and don’t feel as anxious as they once thought they would be,” she said.

And that was the mission all along: enhanced patient care, memorable comfort, and a polished ambience.

27Jan, 2016

Comparing U.S. Cosmetic Surgery to Great Britain

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Comparing U.S. Cosmetic Surgery to Great Britain

It’s always incredibly interesting to see how cosmetic surgery trends in the United States compare to other parts of the world. Recently, the Telegraph in the United Kingdom wrote an intriguing article about cosmetic enhancements.

And quite frankly, the title of the article says it all: “Why are the over 55s turning to cosmetic surgery?”

Reporter, Saffron Alexander, begins the article by reviewing data from The Independent Pensions Advisory Service in Britain, otherwise known as TPAS. According to statistics, residents are enjoying their fifty-something years with purchases such as musical instruments, RVs, and telescopes to view the constellations.

However, another interesting find was cosmetic surgery spending.

Alexander turned to the United States, citing numbers from the American Society for Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). In 2014, the data collected revealed that Americans 55+ accounted for 24 percent of cosmetic procedures while those between the ages of 40 to 54 accounted for 34 percent.

Comparing the above information to The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) was informative. It appeared that plastic surgery percentages since 2013 have dropped 9 percent. The new mantra is “tweaked not tucked.”

In the article, the following BAAPS statement was included: “The demand for subtle, understated anti-aging procedures such as eyelid surgery, facelifts, and fat transfer remain largely unchanged, while more ‘conspicuous’ treatments such as tummy tucks and nose jobs are dropping dramatically.”

Alexander interviewed plastic surgeon and member of BAAPS, Naveen Cavale, who shared that this trend is more obvious for those over the age of 55.

“There has been a slight rise in the number of people aged 55 or older who are opting for cosmetic surgery. This could partly be because of the new financial freedoms they’re enjoying, but also the fact cosmetic surgery is no longer a taboo in society,” she said. Cavale continued, “It’s also much more affordable and accessible for the average person. The procedures we’re seeing most among the over 55s are things that contribute to facial rejuvenation. We’re seeing them opt for non-surgical procedures like fillers or Botox and other procedures such as facelifts or eyelid correction.”

Here in the United States, facial rejuvenation by way of lower limited facelifts, temporal brow lifts, eyelid surgery and cosmetic injections such as Juvederm and Botox are in the lead.

Most plastic surgeons will agree with Cavale that those who choose facial rejuvenation procedures are in a different demographic as compared to patients in their twenties and thirties.

The most telling information in this published article is that those over 55 who seek a cosmetic surgery procedure do so not to alter their facial features to turn back the clock decades, but rather the yearning to look “less tired” and refreshed is key.

While Cavale succinctly conveyed that patients want to “look better, not younger,” many would agree with this while also adding that any facial rejuvenation being performed affords natural looking results for the most optimal patient satisfaction.

 

23Dec, 2015

Holidays: Cosmetic Procedure Time

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Holidays: Cosmetic Procedure Time
When one thinks of the holiday season, they often conjure up images in their mind of shopping, decorating their home, office parties, and family gatherings. The holidays are a precursor to celebrating the New Year.

While these festivities move full steam ahead, a recent press release floating around cyberspace indicated that the month of December is also one where there is a marked increase in plastic surgery procedures.

Reporter, Rachel Gross from Slate, indicated to her readers that when she first saw the press release, she thought it was gag of some sort. But as she read on, she realized it was anything but a joke.

She wrote, “People really do get more plastic surgeries in December. Surgeons consistently report a surge in people coming to them for procedures at this time of year, with treatments and surgeries often increasing by 20 to 30 percent.”

So why is this so?

According to the research consensus on this subject, December affords so many people long stretches of vacation time, particularly toward the end of the month. For an operative facial procedure such as a lower limited facelift, temporal lobe lift, eyelid surgery, or neck lift surgery, there is some bruising and swelling which can last up to two weeks. Following this downtime, people can return to work with limited swelling and any residual bruising can easily be camouflaged with a touch of makeup.

And operative facial rejuvenation procedures are actually the most sought after during the month of December. During the holidays, avoiding co-workers and others during the recovery stretch can be done far easier than the rest of the year.

And for those interested in body contouring procedures such as a breast augmentation, a patient can be back to the workplace or even be part of the holiday festivities a week or so after her procedure.

And speaking of the holidays, gift buyers such as significant others are purchasing a “treatment gift certificate” for whatever procedure their recipient wants.

While operative procedures were mentioned in the research and media, it’s also important to point out the large role cosmetic injections have made in the world of plastic surgery. Many have opted to have either fillers or Botox done in the early part of the month to have them looking their best during the holidays.

Cosmetic injections require no downtime. Minimal redness and bruising may be apparent for some a couple days following the procedure. A skilled hand such as a board certified plastic surgeon or one of their highly skilled injectable nurses adeptly deliver fillers and Botox for optimal results and minimal side-effects such as bruising.

While one group has benefited from these liquid facelifts, others have chosen a series of chemical peels before the holidays so their facial canvas is smooth and luminous. Generally, it’s recommended to have a chemical peel about two weeks before an event.

The holidays are a time for celebration, but it also seems it is the time for someone to celebrate themselves through their own gift of aesthetics.