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Plastic Surgeon Examines the Idea of Beauty

While the old adage is “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” a New York plastic surgeon suggests it is rather the perception of beauty that matters. In an article for The Huffington Post, Dr. Robert Tornambe points out that each of us consider varying aspects of the human form to be beautiful. In a similar manner, plastic surgery procedures are customized with aesthetic sensitivity in mind, as no two people’s faces or bodies are exactly alike.

Take, for example, a facelift. This procedure, which tones sagginess in the lower parts of the face, could not successfully be performed in an identical manner on a man and a woman. For the man, the ideal result might be a strong, toned jaw line and the woman may desire a softer look, if applying conventional beauty standards.

It is with these conventions that Dr. Tornambe also takes issue. Rather than use a checklist for what is beautiful, he suggests that each woman has a Beauty Quotient. This is made up of three components: Physical Health, Psychological Health and Personal Appearance. He asserts that the combination of these three elements, which can be improved greatly with even minor tweaks or changes, make up a woman’s individual beauty.

When you go in for a cosmetic appointment, like a facelift, rhinoplasty or even a body procedure, such as a tummy tuck to tone hanging midsection skin, your plastic surgeon will keep this aesthetic sensitivity at the forefront of their mind. The goal of any good plastic surgeon is not to mold you into someone else’s idea of beauty, but rather to highlight your own beautiful features.

Archive for March, 2011:

Plastic Surgeon Examines the Idea of Beauty

More men than ever are choosing to undergo plastic surgery in order to look as young as they may feel inside, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In new statistics published this month, the ASPS found that the number of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures chosen by men rose 2% from 2009 to 2010. More dramatically, however, was the increase in the popularity of individual procedures for the face and body, some of which saw rises of nearly 15%.

Of the more than one million cosmetic procedures men chose in 2010, a majority of the top 10 were surgical, a change in the previous trend toward non-invasive options.

Plastic surgeon and ASPS President Dr. Phillip Haeck said this is largely because “as you age and gravity takes over, surgical procedures that lift the skin are necessary in order to show significant improvement.”

The procedure that saw the greatest spike between 2009 and 2010 was the facelift, which saw a 14% increase. This procedure tones the sagging skin of the lower face to remove jowls and deep wrinkles.

Otoplasty, a type of ear surgery that decreases the size and projection of protruding ears saw an 11% increase. Though this jump was among adult men, this procedure is often performed on children, as well.

Two body procedures that saw the greatest boost were liposuction and male breast reduction. Both of these body slimming procedures aim to create a more masculine form through the removal of excess fat and tissue.

On the non-surgical side, injectable fillers and Botox, which treat many moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds saw increases of 10% and 9% respectively. This indicates that even with a greater spike in surgical procedures, some men still choose the non-invasive route, at least at first.

Archive for March, 2011:

Plastic Surgeon Examines the Idea of Beauty

It’s certainly not news that wrinkle-reducing injectables like Botox and Dysport are seeing sales increases as the economy rebounds. It is noteworthy, however, what the companies are working toward in the wake of renewed consumer interest—topical versions, according to

Botox, produced by Allergan and Dysport, produced by Medicis, contain similar components of the botulinum toxin, which controls muscle movement when injected between the brows and diminishes glabellar lines and wrinkles. On top of this cosmetic use, botulinum toxin-based products have been used to treat excessive sweating and migraines and now the makers are taking the next steps in making their products widely available to those averse to injections.

So far, the news is good for consumers. The second phase in trials for topical Botox, which was completed in October, was successful. While no market date has been set for the topical version of Botox, nor for its Medicis-produced rival Dysport, needle-shy individuals can still test the possible effects of Botox by using Allergan’s Treatment Visualizer.

To learn more about injectable treatments as well as other skin care options, we encourage you to join the mailing list of Grand Rapids based plastic surgeon Dr. Ringler and to call to schedule a consultation.

Archive for March, 2011:

Plastic Surgeon Examines the Idea of Beauty

What were once two separate forces working to provide reconstructive services to children with cleft lips and palates—Operation Smile and Smile Train—are joining forces moving forward to become Operation Smile Train, according to Operation Smile.

“Our merged resources and knowledge will enhance educational and research programs, laying the foundation for long-term, locally-driven progress in cleft lip and cleft palate treatment,” the cofounders of both organizations said in a statement.

The organizations work to treat children in developing countries who struggle with cleft lip and palates—a condition that can cause difficulty with communication, breathing and eating.

In the surgery, which plastic surgeons working through the organizations will continue to provide to children in more than 90 countries worldwide, the gap in the lip or roof of the mouth is closed, making day-to-day function easier.

In a move the organizations hope will strengthen their efforts worldwide, Operation Smile says the merger is waiting on regulatory approval before moving forward. Grand Rapids plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Ringler has worked with Operation Smile for over twenty years. As founder and medical director of the Michigan Chapter of Operation Smile, Dr. Ringler stated, “The merger of these two successful volunteer organizations will help streamline our efforts to treat even more children around the world.”

Archive for March, 2011:

Plastic Surgeon Examines the Idea of Beauty

In a survey published in the February issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) found that many of its members prefer more traditional liposuction methods to newer techniques.

The survey asked members about various liposuction techniques including newer technologies. It found that overall, most respondents perform between 51 and 100 liposuctions per year and they said traditional liposuction was their preferred method over other techniques such as Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction or Laser-assisted Liposuction.

Jamil Ahmad, MD, lead author of the survey said, “Our survey found that ASAPS members tend to more frequently employ the fat removal methods that have the longest track records and the most data to support their efficacy and safety.”

Ahmad went on to say that surgeon preferences may change as they become more experienced with newer methods and continue to improve patient safety standards.

According to ASAPS member, Steven Ringler, MD, the reluctance of many of his colleagues to embrace the newer technology may stem from the fact that providers outside the field of plastic surgery were the first to adopt laser -assisted liposuction services. Ringler stated, “I have been providing body-contouring services to my patients for over twenty years, and I have found some of the newer technologies like the SmartLipo Triplex, Body-Jet (water assisted liposuction), Power-Assisted Liposuction, and CoolSculpting by Zeltiq are providing excellent options for the right patient.” Ringler added, “The newer technologies are safe and effective, provide for quicker recovery, less bruising and swelling than traditional SAL, and that is something patients today look for when choosing body-contouring services.”

Members surveyed also said they encourage on-going training of those in the aesthetic field, but are concerned about some doctors practicing outside their field of expertise. This stresses the importance of ensuring your surgeon is specifically trained and experienced to perform any procedure you will undergo.

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