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Table of Contents: Beauty and Cosmetic Surgery

New Survey Reveals Dramatic Rise in “Aging Face” Surgical Procedures Including Facelifts Baby boomers are not accepting growing old gracefully. A survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery points to a huge increase in recent years in facelifts and other facial cosmetic procedures. Men appear to be almost as concerned as women though are more often likely to say it is because of competitive work-place reasons they need to appear younger.

Maxillofacial Surgeons Bring Unique Set of Skills to Elective Cosmetic Surgery The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons think that its members are very well placed and trained to perform elective cosmetic surgery procedures especially as they have so much experience dealing with facial traumas.

Some Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Patients Continue to Place Themselves at Risk; American Society of Plastic Surgeons Concerned for Patient Safety Despite advice from the American Society for Plastic Surgery, a number of patients continue to place themselves at risk by having procedures performed by non-specialists in non- accredited facilities. The ASPS recommends that all surgery be performed by board-certified specialists in facilities accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).

New Reality TV Programs Create Unhealthy, Unrealistic Expectations of Plastic Surgery The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is concerned about the new "reality TV" shows such as "I Want A Famous Face" and "The Swan." The worry is that these shows lead people to think that there are few risks to cosmetic surgery and that it can radically makeover your life.

"Virtual Plastic Surgery" - Announces Launch of Cosmetic Surgery Digital Imaging Services An interesting new service has been launched by the cosmetic surgery site You can now get photos of yourself digitally imaged so that you can see what you might look like if you had a face lift, breast augmentation, or liposuction.

MTV's "I Want a Famous Face" Sets a Dangerous Course, Says the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery disapproves of TV shows such as MTV's 'I Want a Famous Face'. They think that shows like this will only lead to unrealistic expectations. It is well-known from research that if plastic surgery patients have unrealistic expectations they are more likely to be dissatisfied with the results of the surgery.

After the Fat: Rise in Post Weight-Loss Surgery New Data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery "Plastic surgeons say that post bariatric body contouring is an area of cosmetic surgery that is set to virtually explode over the next decade. With nearly one-third of U.S. adults obese and another third overweight, many are turning to bariatric surgery to lose pounds. But after the fat is gone, these patients are faced with the problem of loose, hanging skin - and lots of it."

More Than 8.7 Million Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures in 2003-Up 32% Over 2002 More than 8.7 million procedures were performed on people who took action to proactively manage signs of aging or enhance their appearance by choosing cosmetic plastic surgery in 2003, according to statistics released today by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), up 32 percent from nearly 6.6 million in 2002.

Popularity of Plastic Surgery Does Not Diminish Risks The increasing popularity of cosmetic or plastic surgery does not diminish the risks. It is very important that potential consumers or patients make sure their physician is properly trained and accredited in the procedures he or she is suggesting.

Bill Would Open Door To Dentists Performing Plastic Surgery Colorado Senate Health Committee Passes HB 1102 Broadens the Definition of "Dentistry" The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is concerned, as are other surgical organzations, about a bill in Colorado which would permit dentists to perform plastic surgery and thereby possible putting patients at risk.

Brits borrow their way to a better body New research commissioned by the Abbey reveals some startling facts about contemporary Britain and how the British are becoming more preoccupied with their appearance to the degree that many are now prepared to borrow significant sums of money for that cosmetic surgery makeover.

Excessive Cosmetic Surgery: How Much is Too Much ASAPS Press Release: "Undergoing multiple cosmetic procedures, simultaneously or over a period of time, is not unusual. People today live longer and, increasingly, seek to achieve and maintain an appearance that matches their self-image at every stage of life. Yet there is a very small subset of people who, if given the opportunity, may elect to undergo an excessive number of procedures without ever feeling satisfied with the outcome."

ASAPS Cosmetic Surgery Attitude Study Shows Big Gender Differences: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Reports 2004 Survey ASAPS Press Release: "Women are more than twice as likely as men to consider having cosmetic plastic surgery, and the gender gap may be widening. According to a February 2004 attitude study of 1000 Americans 18 years of age and older, 34 percent of women said they would consider cosmetic surgery, an increase of 4 percent from February 2003. Among men, 14 percent said they would consider cosmetic surgery, a decrease of 4 percent from a year ago."

Domestic Violence: Healing the Wounds-Plastic Surgeons "Give Back" to Their Communities Press Release: ASAPS. One out of every four women in the United States will experience violence by an intimate partner sometime during her lifetime, according to findings from a National Violence Against Women survey (National Institute of Justice, 1999). This article reports on the work of Dr Monasebian who is an plastic surgeon who treats victims of domestic violence for free through 'New York Heals'. His work helps them to remove the physical scars of the violence and to regain their self-esteem.

Florida Office-Surgery Moratorium on Combined Liposuction/Abdominoplasty: Position of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Press Release: ASAPS. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) supports the Florida Board of Medicine's investigation into a small but significant number of patient deaths associated with surgical procedures, including plastic surgery, performed in office-based surgical facilities. However, ASAPS believes that the Board's recent vote to enact a 90-day moratorium on the combination of liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) in office-based facilities may not address the root causes of the problem.

Botulinum Rejuvenation: Men Finding Benefits Are More Than Just Skin Deep Press Release February 6, 2004. The American Academy of Dermatology reports on the growing numbers of men seeking 'botulinum rejuvenation' (Botox) and the need for the differential treatment of men from women.

Hair Disorders: Dermatologists Identify the Top 3 Causes of Tress Distress Press Release February 6 2004. This useful article from the American Academy of Dermatology identifies three major causes of hair loss and provides information as to what are FDA recommended treatments.

2003 Cosmetic Surgery Statistics Show Strong Increases Press Release January 26, 2004: The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery has released its statistics for 2003 which show growth in nearly all cosmetic procedures. The greatest growth area was non-invasive treatments. Over 870,000 patients received treatments in 2003. This figure is up 6.7% on 2002.

Love is Not Blind, Survey Says Press Release January 15, 2004: The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery conducted a survey which revealed that most men and women would like to change at least one feature on their partner's face. Men were usually insulted by this suggestion, women took it as a sign of love.

Liposuction: ASAPS Position Statement and Guidelines Press Release: The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has published guidelines to aid doctors in clinical decision making when it comes to lipoplasty or liposuction as it is also known. Potential consumers of this procedure, which is major surgery, should read these guidelines as well.

FDA Says Not Yet to Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implants Press Release, January 8, 2004. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: Despite advice from its own panel of scientific experts the FDA has taken the nearly unprecedented step of saying not yet to silicone gel-filled implants.

10 Cosmetic Surgery Predictions for 2004 American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Read this article to find out what the ASAPS thinks will be hot next year in the world of cosmetic surgery.

Checking Credentials Press Release: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. It is vitally important when deciding to have plastic surgery performed that the credentials of the person doing it are checked to ensure that they are qualified."

Breast Implants and Mammography: JAMA Study Highlights Risks and Benefits Press Release: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. According to a recent JAMA study breast implant do not increase the risk of a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer.

Facing the Age Old Question. How to Turn Back the Hands of Time American Academy of Dermatology: A recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) finds 94 percent of women are confused by the myriad of anti-aging treatments available both over-the-counter and by prescription, and those cosmetic treatments available in a doctor’s office.

When It Comes to Plastic Surgery, Extreme is "Out," Subtle "In" American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: "Despite the popularity of "makeover" reality shows, most Americans who might consider cosmetic plastic surgery would not want to drastically change their appearance, according to a national survey of 1000 American households sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)."

Body Contouring After Weight Loss Surgery Body contouring after weight loss surgery has a low rate of complications if the patient waits for a year after the bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery can lead many previously obese people to lead more ordinary lives and improve their self-image.

Revolutionary Wrinkle Reducing Fillers Restylane and Hylaform have been approved by the FDA as soft tissue fillers. These longer lasting products may mean an increased demand for injectables as these can postpone surgery.

Lasers Offer New Medical and Cosmetic Options For Patients With Skin of Color Press Release July 27 2003: American Academy of Dermatology. Lasers are becoming one of the most versatile treatment options for everything from leg veins to birthmarks. However, the first generation of laser treatments was not appropriate for use on darker colored skin because they could result in loss of pigment and scarring. As a result of the research and development conducted by dermatologists, advances in laser technology have made treating conditions that affect even the darkest skin safe and effective.

Faces of Beauty-Yesterday and Today Press Release January 2003: The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery nominated Halle Berry and George Clooney as the "modern day ideal face of Beauty" in 2002. This press release informs the public of the standards for facial beauty held by facial plastic surgeons.

Desire for Plastic Surgery May Be More Than a State of Mind The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is organising a course to help plastic surgeons better identify patients who may have psychological disorders which are leading to their desires for plastic surgery.

Journalists Receive Awards for Reporting Plastic Surgery From The ASPS Awards are being given to reporters in various media recognize their reporting of plastic surgery.

Emerging Trends and Hot Technologies in Cosmetic Surgery The annual meeting of the ASPS will discuss emerging trends in cosmetic surgery at its annual scientific meeting on Oct 25, 2003.

New Survey Shows Majority of Americans Approve of Cosmetic Surgery, Says American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Press Release: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. A new survey shows that more than half (54%) of all Americans approve of cosmetic plastic surgery and nearly one-quarter (24%) say they would consider having cosmetic surgery themselves, either now or in the future.

6.6 Million Have Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in 2002 Nearly 6.6 million Americans had cosmetic plastic surgery in 2002 however there was an overall decrease of 12% from 2001. It is thought this is due to the high unemployment rate and declining consumer confidence.

Health Which? The Ugly Face of Cosmetic Surgery

Ten Predictions for 2003

Majority of Americans Approve of Cosmetic Surgery

Restylane: The Next "Must Have" Injectable?

ASPS: Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Steady at 7.5 Million Despite Economic Recession

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