I’m Jodi Olson from the American Society of
Plastic Surgeons and this is your Plastic Surgery Update.
Have you heard about those sweet deals on holiday trips abroad that include cheap plastic
surgery? A lot of Americans in search of R & R and
a new look, travel to warmer countries for a little of both…completely unaware of the
risks. It’s called medical tourism and the American
Society of Plastic Surgeons cautions consumers to do their homework long before they pack
their bags this holiday season. The ASPS says that while there are qualified
plastic surgeons abroad, consumers need to be aware not all practitioners, products and
devices meet stringent U-S standards. Infections are the most common complication
seen in patients who travel for plastic surgery. And, fixing complications can be far more
costly than perceived savings of bargain shopping abroad
Check out the ASPS “Find a Surgeon” tool to search for qualified plastic surgeons in the
U-S and around the world. It’s at plasticsurgery.org
We all know gravity never lets up, but apparently it’s no match for most facelifts
New research shows the results of a facelift are indeed long lasting.
It’s in the current issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official scientific journal of
the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The study found three-fourths of patients
still look younger than they did before surgery, up to five years after they had the procedure.
Also from PRS, a study on the growing number of Indian Americans having cosmetic nose surgery.
Researchers believe the surge in nose procedures may have been influenced by the beauty standards
shown in Indian films also known as “Bollywood” movies.
Although the Indian Americans in the study wanted to change their appearance, none wanted
to remove their Indian ethnicity. “Most of the ones that I’ve done are people
who have more of a hump or what they perceive as a little bit larger nose and they just
want it refined and less noticeable, and, I am also one of those people—and I totally
agree with the article—You don’t want to lose your ethnicity. You don’t want everyone
to have that small teeny tiny upturned nose. That would not look good. (laughs).” Overall statistics show nearly a quarter of
a million people in the U-S had nose surgery last year.
For information on these stories and other trends in plastic surgery go to plastic surgery
dot org. Remember for any cosmetic or reconstructive
procedure, make sure your surgeon carries the ASPS symbol of excellence—an assurance
of the highest standards. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.