Considering One of 'Allure' Magazine’s Top Four Plastic Surgery Trends?

Considering One of 'Allure' Magazine’s Top Four Plastic Surgery Trends?

Mall bangs. Permanent lipliner. Bell bottoms. Trends come and go - some of them not soon enough - but when they’re here, they can cause quite a stir. This is nowhere more apparent than in the world of cosmetic surgery. A field that used to be associated with breast implants and rhinoplasties for the rich and famous just 20 years ago is now more commonly associated with Brazilian butt-lifts, Botox and hyaluronic acid lip injections for the selfie crowd.

 

But while some trends stand the test of time, others are resigned to their spot in ancient history. So when "Allure" magazine released an article titled "The Biggest 4 Plastic Surgery Trends for 2018," we wondered how many of these trends were just that, and which procedures would stick around for the long haul. Here’s an expert opinion on whether these trendy procedures are as trendy as they seem.

Claim: "Botox 2.0"A plastic surgeon is quoted saying a product that’s "better than Botox" is set to hit the market in 2018. In fact, there may be several products that are better than Botox headed your way in the new year. But with no other details, it’s hard to know what those products could be.

VerdictWithout giving any real details, it's hard to make the call on this one, but we will say this: Botox isn’t just for relaxing away wrinkles anymore. It’s been used to treat everything from TMJ disorders to overactive sweat glands and bladders. It has been proven safe, and it works. So yes, there may be products that come for its crown, but considering the versatility, effectiveness and relative affordability of trusty old Botox, we doubt anyone will be stealing the throne anytime soon.

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Don’t Try This at Home: Avoid the DIY Plastic Surgery Trend

Don’t Try This at Home: Avoid the DIY Plastic Surgery Trend

For the average consumer, plastic surgery is an investment procedure, something that either requires financing or, at a minimum, a lot of budgeting to afford. But women in Hong Kong are reportedly taking matters into their own hands, spending money on at-home, do-it-yourself devices that promise to correct a lengthy list of problem areas without surgery. But do these so-called DIY devices really do anything at all? Plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, Nevada, weighs in.

 

"Essentially, you’re throwing your money away on these products," says Mitchell. "They can’t do the things they claim to do, and in fact they could actually be harming you in the process."

Mitchell says devices that claim to slim or lift the nose, devices that slim the face and "smile trainers" not only sound uncomfortable, but they could also cause permanent damage to your face and body.

"The truth is, nobody really knows what these things will end up doing to your face in five or 10 years. They could cause muscle damage, or create wrinkles where there might not have ever been any otherwise," says Mitchell.

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Plastic Surgery Trend Alert: Thighlighting

Plastic Surgery Trend Alert: Thighlighting

Those looking for the next big trend in plastic surgery needn’t look farther than the thighs. That’s because these days, thighs are quite literally getting their moment in the sun. With thigh-high slits appearing on runways and red carpets alike, the thigh is the body part celebrities and fashion icons will be showing off this year. For those fortunate enough to have naturally shapely thighs, the fashion options are endless, but for everyone else there’s a new series of procedures called thighlighting.

 

Though thighlighting can include a combination of several different procedures, it generally consists of liposuction that contours the thigh to create shape and definition.

"Many thigh liposuction procedures can help reduce some of the appearance of cellulite and just make the thigh smaller, but thighlighting aims to make it look shapelier and more toned," says Dr. Ryan Mitchell, a plastic surgeon in Henderson, Nevada. "It's not enough to just have skinny thighs anymore. Women want shapely, toned-looking legs, too."

Unfortunately, for some women, getting that toned look isn’t as easy as it sounds.

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Fact or Fiction: Skin Care Wives' Tales Debunked!

Fact or Fiction: Skin Care Wives' Tales Debunked!

Wisdom can be a tricky thing. After all, we’re all raised to listen to our elders - but what happens when mother really doesn’t know best? When it comes to your skin care, your mom might mean well, but she may not realize that age-old wisdom she’s handing out is dangerously dated. Check out this list of top beauty myths and don’t keep making the same mistakes!

 

Moisturizer Prevents Wrinkles

When you came of age, did your mother or grandmother present you with a big bottle of lotion to help you start "preventing wrinkles"? Well, as it turns out, that’s not exactly how it works. If you want to prevent wrinkles, not just any old moisturizer will do - it has to have anti-aging properties like SPF, otherwise it's not doing anything but moisturizing your skin. The good news is, when you moisturize your skin, it looks healthier and more vibrant. But those results aren’t long-term, and that moisturizer offers your skin no protection from aging. This is an easy fix, though - just swap your regular lotion for a product with an SPF and boost the benefits of your moisturizer without adding another step to your routine.

Darker Skin Doesn’t Get Cancer

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Can FSA or HSA Funds Be Used on Plastic Surgery?

Can FSA or HSA Funds Be Used on Plastic Surgery?

A question we get asked a lot this time of year is, "Can I use my FSA or HAS account to pay for my plastic surgery procedure?" Of course, this varies by provider, but when considering using the remaining balance in your FSA or HSA account, consider the following.

 

What Is the Difference Between FSA and HSA Accounts?

The first thing you need to consider is the difference between FSA and HSA accounts. While both accounts offer tax benefits to those who utilize them, there are a few key differences.

FSA: FSA accounts are employer-sponsored Flexible Spending Accounts. Employer-funded FSA funds are usually pre-tax income that may or may not be matched or contributed to by your employer. You do not need to have medical insurance coverage to have an FSA account. FSA money can be used to cover co-pays, deductibles, coinsurance, prescription medications and medical procedures that are not covered by your insurance plan, such as certain surgeries. Check with your individual plan to see what it may be applied to.  

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Don't Skip the Sunscreen - Here's How to Remember

Don't Skip the Sunscreen - Here's How to Remember

A recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that a majority of American adults do not regularly wear sunscreen. According to the data, less than 30 percent of women and about 14 percent of men regularly apply sunscreen to their face and exposed skin before heading outdoors, and about 42 percent of women and 18 percent of men regularly apply sunscreen to their face only.

Though the study didn’t address why Americans are so lax about applying sun protection, it’s easy to theorize. It can often be difficult to remember an extra step to your routine, especially if you don’t think you need it. But even driving in your car to work or walking outside to the mailbox exposes your skin to dangerous UV rays. Worse yet, with an estimated one in five Americans expected to develop skin cancer in their lifetime, keeping your skin safe at all times has become especially crucial.

 

So, what can you do to help encourage yourself to wear sunscreen every day - and not just on your face? Here are some ideas to help keep this healthy habit going.

Slather Up!

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Drinking Alcohol Could Be Harmful to Skin

Drinking Alcohol Could Be Harmful to Skin

If you are one of the approximately 30 percent of American women or 14 percent of American men who regularly wear sunscreen when going outdoors, you should be proud of yourself for doing your part to prevent the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays on your skin. But a recent study has revealed that if you’re drinking even one glass of alcohol per day, you could be increasing your risk of developing a form of skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma (BCC) by 7 percent and your risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) by 11 percent!

 

"For every 10 grams of alcohol you consume, you dramatically increase your risk of developing these cancers," says Dr. Ryan Mitchell, a plastic surgeon in Henderson, Nevada.

This is because once consumed, the ethanol contained in alcohol can transform into a chemical called acetaldehyde, which has been proven to damage DNA and prevent it from repairing itself.

"The study shows that for every 10 grams of alcohol you consume daily, you increase your risk by 7 percent or 11 percent, respectively," Mitchell says.

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Study: Skin Health Can Have Alarming Effect on Daily Life

Study: Skin Health Can Have Alarming Effect on Daily Life

A recent study of 2,000 British women sponsored by United Kingdom-based Sanex Zero% found that British women experience 72 "bad skin days" per year. More alarming, those 72 days a year (or six days a month) are affecting the "mental well-being" of 61 percent of respondents. Though the causes of bad skin days vary - respondents cited everything from acne breakouts to dryness - most troubling are the effects those bad days have on the lives of the respondents.

That’s because, according to the survey, a full 25 percent of respondents have canceled dates over bad skin, and one-fifth have canceled plans with friends.

 

"Even the most beautiful people in the world have days where they feel insecure about their appearance," says Dr. Ryan Mitchell, a plastic surgeon in Henderson, Nevada. "Having days like that is normal, and generally not a problem. But when those insecurities stop you from living your life, then they become a big problem."

So, what can be done to minimize these bad skin days, or at least minimize the effects they have on your emotional state?

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Five Common Skincare Mistakes That Age the Face

Five Common Skincare Mistakes That Age the Face

Softer, clearer, younger-looking skin is something we all aspire to have. But unfortunately, sometimes in the pursuit of younger skin, we end up making skincare mistakes that make us look older than we are. If you are looking for ways to recapture that youthful glow, check your diet and your routine for some of these common skin-aging mistakes!

 

Too much sugar: Yes, sugar is delicious and has been scientifically proven to activate the pleasure centers of our brains. But it also has a dark side. In addition to raising the risk of diabetes, heart disease, chronic inflammation, high blood pressure and obesity, it can also wreak havoc on your skin. That’s because sugar causes a process called glycation, which occurs when the sugar in your blood combines with proteins and forms new molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). At around age 35, these AGEs make the collagen and elastin in your skin dry and brittle, causing your skin to wrinkle and sag - and it gets worse over time.

Not wearing an SPF daily: Don’t think that just because you’re not going to the beach or spending the day outdoors you don’t need to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. You should wear a lotion containing a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 15 on all exposed areas of skin any time you plan on stepping outdoors or sitting by a window - even if it’s just for five minutes or to drive to work. 

Be sure to reapply lotion as needed by following the directions on the bottle, and remember the higher the SPF, the longer your skin will be protected. A good rule of thumb for choosing SPF is if your skin burns within 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure, an SPF of 15 would extend that by 15 times. So, you’d get 150 minutes of sun exposure before you’d begin to burn. For an SPF of 20, you’d get 200 minutes of sun exposure before your skin begins to burn.

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Pregnancy and Cosmetic Procedures

Pregnancy and Cosmetic Procedures

When headlines recently alleged that celebrity Kylie Jenner may be pregnant, many wondered if the reality star would continue to get her signature lip fillers during pregnancy. In recent years, Jenner has become equally as well known for her allegedly cosmetically enhanced physique as she has for her reality show. But what many people may not realize is that cosmetic treatments like lip fillers and Botox aren’t safe for pregnant women - and no reputable doctor will perform them on a pregnant patient.

Why? Because there have been no studies proving the effects of Botox or fillers on an unborn child. While there have been cases of women getting these procedures without knowing they are pregnant and going on to deliver healthy babies, there is no guarantee that this will be true for every patient, and it's simply not worth the risk.

 

Pregnancy Acts as Its Own Filler

The good news is that pregnancy sometimes causes a little natural swelling, so you may still look like you’re maintaining your fillers even if it’s been awhile since you had them. Many people are able to maintain the results from their last treatment well into the first or second trimester before the real swelling occurs.

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Melania Trump Is the Latest Cosmetic Surgery Inspiration

Melania Trump Is the Latest Cosmetic Surgery Inspiration

She’s beautiful, she’s polished and she’s becoming one of the most requested faces in plastic surgery today. Following in the footsteps of her fashion-mogul stepdaughter Ivanka, Melania Trump’s face is rising in popularity among patients looking for plastic surgery procedures.

 

"For the past year, we’ve been seeing an increase in people around the country asking to look more like Ivanka Trump," says Dr. Ryan Mitchell, a plastic surgeon in Henderson, Nevada. "But there’s been a slow uptick in people requesting Melania Trump’s features, too."

It’s easy to understand why women want to look like Trump, with her high cheekbones and strong jaw.

"She was a model, after all," says Mitchell. "Models and celebrities are common inspirations for plastic surgery. But until recently she wasn’t a common request."

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The Hidden History of Plastic Surgery and Prisons

The Hidden History of Plastic Surgery and Prisons

It used to be that when people thought about plastic surgery, they considered it a luxury reserved for those in the very top tiers of society, such as celebrities and socialites. Today, thanks to lower prices and more surgeons, plastic surgery has become more accessible to the middle class, and though it is still often thought of as a luxury, an increasing number of Americans have undergone plastic surgery procedures.

 

What many people don’t realize is that despite its lofty reputation, plastic surgery wasn’t always for just the wealthy. It has a lesser-known history of use on an unlikely segment of the population: prisoners. In the 1950s, a Canadian plastic surgeon named Dr. Edward Lewison had an idea. Lewison believed that if prisoners looked better, they’d feel better about themselves and acclimate better into society upon release from prison.

Lewison tested that theory, performing over 450 rhinoplasties and other procedures on prisoners in British Columbia’s Okalla Prison.

"The surprising yet wonderful thing is that it worked," says Dr. Ryan Mitchell, a plastic surgeon in Henderson, Nevada. "The men who underwent plastic surgery returned to prison about half as frequently as prisoners who had not received surgery."

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Which Skincare Products Should I Use?

Which Skincare Products Should I Use?

In our office we're often asked if the Zo Skin Health line is really better than less expensive skin care lines you can get at the pharmacy or department stores. Do you remember those shampoo commercials from the 1990s and 2000s with the two women side by side? One woman used "salon brand" shampoo while the other supposedly used a bargain brand shampoo. Both women’s hair looked great, and the commercial’s tagline and moral of the story was "If you can’t tell the difference, why should we?" 

 

Well, that may work for shampoo, but in the world of skin care, you simply cannot get the same results from a lower-quality, discount-store brand as you might with the more expensive lines that are sold exclusively in surgical practices. The reason is the ingredients.

The product line we recommend for all patients looking to protect their skin and reveal a more youthful, healthy glow are the Zo Skin Health products. The Zo line was formulated by dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi, M.D., who is the founder of the once popular and extremely successful Obagi line. Unfortunately, after Dr. Obagi sold off the line, the original Obagi formulation changed. Thankfully, Dr. Obagi heard his patients’ concerns and replaced the Obagi line with a new line, Zo Skin Health. In fact, today’s Zo line is even better than the original Obagi line, because it has evolved with new advances in skin care science.

So, why are product lines like Zo Skin Health only available through medical practices, and not at the store? This is because product lines like Zo Skin Health use medical-grade ingredients that cannot be sold at retail stores. Though they are not prescription, using this type of product without medical supervision could cause anything from serious skin irritation to a huge waste of money. After all, why pay to treat a problem you don’t have, or use the wrong product to treat a problem you do have? Offering these products directly through a medical practitioner allows us to help patients select only the products they need for the issues they have. It also allows us to show our patients the proper use for each product to get the most benefit from it.

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Texas Beauty Blogger Livestreams Breast Augmentation

Texas Beauty Blogger Livestreams Breast Augmentation

If you’ve ever wondered exactly what goes on during a breast augmentation, you now have a chance to watch a live recording of the procedure, courtesy of popular beauty blogger Ashley Devonna. Devonna, a resident of Fort Worth, Texas, recently made headlines when she decided to livestream her breast augmentation surgery on her Facebook page for her thousands of followers.

 

In addition to the live videos Devonna streamed during her actual procedure, she has since posted a video with footage documenting her feelings on her way to the procedure, getting her anesthesia, and even an update on how she was feeling 24 hours after her procedure.

Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, Nevada, did not treat Devonna but says Devonna’s willingness to share her surgery and the emotions she experienced before and after the procedure are admirable.

"Many women go into breast augmentation not sure what to expect," he says. "Being able to see a real person go through it will hopefully help adjust their expectations and calm their nerves."

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Designer Nipples Are the New Trend in Plastic Surgery

Designer Nipples Are the New Trend in Plastic Surgery

 Breast augmentation is the No. 1 plastic surgery procedure in America, increasing in popularity by 31 percent since the year 2000, and up 4 percent just since 2015. However, for as much attention that has been paid to the breast, very little has been paid to the nipple. But that may be changing, as an increasing number of women are turning to plastic surgeons for nipple augmentation procedures.

 

"Nipple augmentation isn’t a new procedure by any means," says Dr. Ryan Mitchell, a plastic surgeon in Henderson, Nevada. "Traditionally it was used to fix oversized or inverted nipples in both men and women, but lately it is becoming more popular both with and independent of breast augmentation or lift surgery."

The procedure, which can be done in as little as one hour under local anesthesia, is growing in popularity especially among women who have finished having children and are looking to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies.

"Pregnancy takes a toll on your body," says Mitchell. "Even if you don’t breastfeed, the pregnancy hormones and weight gain can permanently change the shape, size and even color of the nipple."

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Benefits of Plastic Surgery Go Beyond the Mirror

Benefits of Plastic Surgery Go Beyond the Mirror

When you think about undergoing a plastic surgery procedure, you’re probably only thinking about the physical outcome of your surgery. A breast augmentation will give you fuller breasts with less sagging, while a rhinoplasty may straighten a crooked nose or remove a bump. But what you may not consider is the positive effect that procedure might have on the rest of your life!

 

Increased Self-Esteem 

Self-esteem and plastic surgery go hand-in-hand. When you improve your appearance, you feel better about yourself. This renewed self-esteem can help give you the confidence to do everything from wearing something you never thought you’d wear to trying new things you may never have tried prior to surgery. From taking a cruise to giving a big presentation or applying for a dream job, when you feel good about yourself, it’s easier to feel like your goals are attainable, too.

Better Health

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How Do I Shrink Enlarged Pores?

How Do I Shrink Enlarged Pores?

If you’ve ever had oily skin (or been a teenager!) you have probably experienced the frustration of a clogged pore or two. Very typical among teens, clogged pores comprise a mixture of dead skin cells, sebum (oil) and dirt.  

For teens, clogged pores can translate to painful and unsightly blackheads and acne. For adults, it can be far worse. That’s because as we age, our collagen production slows down, causing our skin to lose elasticity. When this happens, it becomes difficult for our skin to "snap back." This means that when adults experience clogged pores, not only are they subject to the same acne and blackheads as teens, but now their pores may also not shrink back to their normal size once the dirt and oil is cleared out. As a result, the skin appears rough or pitted, and pores are often noticeable - even when they aren’t clogged.

So, what can you do if your pores are clean, but they don’t seem to shrink back to their normal (invisible) size? Here are some tried and true treatments that will shrink your enlarged pores and help restore a radiant and youthful glow to your complexion.

 

Microdermabrasion 

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Woman Uses Plastic Surgery to Escape Debt

Woman Uses Plastic Surgery to Escape Debt

A Xinhua, China, woman was recently apprehended after fleeing from her home in Xinhua to the city of Shenzen in an attempt to evade payment of $3.7 million in personal credit card debt. But when police located 59-year-old Zhu Najuan, they received quite a surprise.

"According to news reports, Ms. Najuan had undergone so much plastic surgery, she was nearly unrecognizable," says Henderson, Nevada, plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell.

 

Xinhua police claim Najuan used "borrowed" credit cards to finance her plastic surgery procedures in an effort to hide her identity and avoid paying her credit card bills. Officers on the scene reported that Najuan looked to be in her 30s, not her late 50s, and they were initially shocked that the woman they were arresting was the same woman in the photos known to be of Najuan.

"They don’t say which procedures she had," Mitchell says, "but if you look at the photos floating around that claim to be her before and after photos, it looks as though she may have had a facelift or eye lift."

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Augmented Reality Could Be Coming to Plastic Surgery

Augmented Reality Could Be Coming to Plastic Surgery

Researchers at the Osaka Medical College in Osaka, Japan, have recently developed an augmented reality (AR) program that could assist plastic surgeons during surgical procedures. The program works by creating a 3D simulation of the patient’s desired results and then using AR to project those results over the patient’s face during the procedure. 

Researchers Koichi Ueda, Ph.D., and Daisuke Mitsuno, M.D., believe the AR program could assist with eight current common surgical procedures, with more possible as the technology further develops.

 

Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, Nevada, thinks programs like the AR technology developed at Osaka Medical College could be very useful to surgeons working on more complex procedures. But he's skeptical that it would be of much use on a daily basis.

"Most surgeons wouldn’t need such a complex map of potential outcomes during surgery," Mitchell says, "but it could be nice to have just in case."

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Breast Lift Versus Breast Augmentation: What’s the Difference?

Breast Lift Versus Breast Augmentation: What’s the Difference?

You’ve probably heard the terms "breast lift" and "breast augmentation" before, maybe even used interchangeably. But did you know that a breast lift is a completely different procedure than a breast augmentation? Whether you’re just curious or are considering a surgical procedure to improve the size, shape, volume or lift of your breasts, there are many things to consider.

Breast Lift

A breast lift is a procedure that is done to correct the loss of volume and sagging (ptosis) of the breast. Breast lifts reshape the breasts and lift them up without the use of implants. There are three main types of breast lift. 

Vertical Breast Reduction: With vertical breast reduction, the breasts are opened around the areola and the middle of the breast. Tissue is then removed from the central and lower part of the breast, and the remaining tissue is stitched back up in a lollipop-shaped suture. This procedure is best for small to medium reductions, and does away with the lower breast-fold scar commonly associated with the inverted T procedure. The healed breast appears rounder and more youthful than with other lift procedures.

Inverted T Incision: The inverted T incision is the most common breast lift procedure used today. Also known as a full mastopexy or anchor incision, the inverted T is often used for women who have moderate to significant drooping. The inverted T is best for women with excessive skin at the bottom of the breast. It gets its name because of the shape of the incision made on the breast. The incision in an inverted T goes down the middle and continues along the base of the breast. This incision allows the surgeon to remove more tissue and reshape the remaining tissue into a more desirable shape. It also enables the surgeon to lift the areola without disconnecting it from the nerves and tissue of the breast.

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