Many people are under the impression that plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery describe the same class of procedures. The truth of the matter is that a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon are two different kinds of doctors with very different levels of training. Let’s take a look at what sets one apart from the other.
When pursuing plastic surgery as a career, a doctor will attempt to become board-certified with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In order to qualify for this level of certification, the doctor will go through an intense training and formal education period of between 6 to 8 years after completing medical school. This includes completing a residency training program that focuses exclusively on plastic surgery, including both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures.
During this specialized residency, a doctor may find that he or she has a particular interest in one area of practice and may choose to pursue that field as a specialty. These specific areas can include breast augmentation, facial reconstruction, or one of many other concentrations. Doctors also receive training in non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as Botox and other filler-based treatments, plus laser-based treatments.
A cosmetic surgeon, on the other hand, does not have the formal training period of 6 to 8 years following medical school. Technically speaking, nearly any doctor could give himself or herself this title as there is no residency or training program that leads to a specialization or certification in cosmetic surgery. This means that a family care practitioner or emergency room doctor, for example, could technically offer cosmetic surgery, though they do not have the formal training or experience needed to be recognized as a Board-certified plastic surgeon. To ensure they get superior care, it’s important for patients to understand the qualifications of all of their doctors and surgeons, including those whom they depend on for plastic surgery.
Research from 2011 shows that the chin implant is becoming the fastest growing procedure. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that people from all major demographics are participating in this type of plastic surgery more than ever before. Men and women of all ages and a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds are seeking this option.
The number of chin implant procedures in 2011 was listed at 20,680. That number represents an astonishing 71% increase over 2010. The number of men and women who had the procedure is very comparable, with 10,593 surgeries reported for men and 10,087 reported for women, representing a 76% and 66% increase, respectively.
There are several key factors that are contributing to the trend. First, baby boomers getting to a point in their lives where they see very noticeable signs of aging in their faces. Many people in this category lead very active lives and consider themselves to be young in spirit. They’re not ready, so to speak, to look like a senior citizen. A chin implant is a feasible way to give them a more defined facial contour and younger looking appearance. Many patients within this category combine procedures or treatments, such as a chin lift with Botox injections, to get even more noticeable results.
Another component that may be contributing to this trend is the increased use of video chat technology. These programs are used more than ever both in the workplace and at home. People are more inclined to notice their double chins and unpronounced jawlines when using these programs, and many of them don’t like what they see.
Competitiveness in the workplace is another driving factor that has people of all ages wanting to look polished and professional in every way possible. A chin implant is a popular option that gives a more defined jawline, one physical attribute that is linked to professional success.
The number of women undergoing arm lift procedures is rising steadily year after year. Recent research published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reveals that this plastic surgery option may very well be on its way to becoming one of the most common throughout the United States. The number of these surgeries has increased annually by more than 4,000% in the last 13 years. In 2000, just 300 women received an arm lift, and by 2012 that number had increased to more than 15,000.
So why has the demand for this procedure increased so much? There are several factors to consider. First, there has been a nationwide focus on health and fitness. Gym memberships are more common, adults are becoming more involved in group sports, and the whole country is working to maintain a more active lifestyle. This is a result of an increased awareness about the alarming obesity rates and dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. Many people today work hard to be – and look – healthy. When exercise and diet fail to address a trouble spot, like the arms, cosmetic surgery is the next option.
The media has also put a spotlight on many women who have toned arms. From the First Lady to movie stars, the arms have received a lot of attention in recent years. Naturally, women watching at home want to mimic the tight and toned look they see on TV or online.
Many fashion trends that have appeared over the last 10 to 15 years are sleeveless or highlight the arms in a prominent way. Tank tops have gone upscale and are now offered in elegant styles that can be worn to work or out to dinner. Whether in a professional or personal setting, there are many style options that show off a fit – or flabby – upper arm.
Because of these reasons, there has been an increased focus on wanting to have great looking arms. An arm lift procedure provides the opportunity to get the look you want when exercise hasn’t produced the results you want.
Everyone knows that a woman’s body changes significantly during pregnancy. The extent of the changes varies greatly, depending on her health, hereditary factors, and a number of other components. Fortunately, a woman who becomes pregnant after having gone through breast augmentation will have an experience that is comparable to a woman who has not gone through the procedure. There is no additional risk for complications.
Over the course of a woman’s pregnancy, her breasts will enlarge. This is a universal rule that nearly every woman should expect. Following the birth of the child, the breasts will lose volume and skin will likely become looser. Some women’s tissue repairs itself, while others may find themselves with a permanent change to their body. Having breast implants can actually help combat this common issue because they won’t change significantly in size over the course of a year or two like natural breast tissue often does.
Stretch marks are another area of concern for any pregnant woman. The odds of stretch marks appearing on a woman who has breast implants are comparable to those of a woman who does not have implants. No research suggests that the likelihood of stretch marks increases because of augmentation.
One common result of pregnancy is that implants may seem to sit lower and be less perky that beforehand. It’s not uncommon for patients to come back for a follow-up procedure after giving birth and healing from delivery. During this follow-up procedure the patient may choose to have another augmentation or a breast lift to get back her pre-baby bosom.
Whether they have implants or not, women can avoid issues like sagging and stretch marks by carefully monitoring their weight throughout pregnancy. By keeping their weight gain to a recommended amount, they’ll be minimizing the long-term effects to their bodies.
Laser hair removal is a popular treatment that helps patients address unwanted or excessive hair on the body. One question prospective patients often ask is if the procedure can be done on skin that is scarred. Fortunately, the procedure is completely safe for these areas. There are a few extra things the surgeon can do to ensure everything goes smoothly from beginning to end with this procedure so that the patient gets great results. First, a spot test should be conducted. A lower energy laser will be used to ensure the skin doesn’t react negatively. If everything goes well with the test, it’s a very good indicator that the whole area will respond well to treatment.
Another thing that can be done to ensure a patient with scarred skin gets optimum results is to employ the use of a small-tipped laser. This promotes results to appear even faster. If the scar is colored, a different type of laser may be used as well. If the scarred tissue is sensitive to treatment, a cooling device can be used to minimize discomfort.
One important thing all patients should know is that skin must be completely healed in order to be eligible for laser hair removal treatment. If a scar is only partially formed or there is a visible opening in the skin, it will be necessary to wait for the wound to heal completely and the skin to repair itself.
A complete series of laser hair removal treatments, which includes between six and eight total sessions, can give incredible results. Patients experience a permanent reduction of 80% of the hair in the treated area. This practical treatment is an excellent option for patients of many skin types, including those with scars.
Patients often choose a tummy tuck procedure to obtain a flat abdominal area that they struggle to achieve through diet and exercise. During this procedure, which is formally known as abdominoplasty, loose tissue is removed and muscles are tightened. Every patient has two options to consider when opting for this procedure: the mini and the full tummy tuck. Both procedures address problematic areas and provide similar results, so choosing which to pursue depends on the patient’s individual situation. It’s always our goal to provide each patient with the knowledge she or he needs to make an informed decision that best fits her or his needs.
A full tuck completely addresses the abdominal area, and dramatic results are seen throughout the stomach area. A mini tuck, on the other hand, is appropriate for those patients whose “trouble area” is much smaller and limited just to the area directly above the pubic area.
Just as its name implies, a mini tummy tuck is less invasive than the full version. Fewer incisions are made, and in some cases, just one incision is necessary. A full tuck, on the other hand, requires multiple incisions, including one around the belly button. With the mini version of the procedure, one small incision at the bikini line will often grant sufficient access to the treatment area. Because the procedure is less invasive, recovery time for a mini tuck is shorter as well.
Patients may choose to combine either a full or mini tummy tuck with other cosmetic surgery procedures. Liposuction, which involves the removal of excess fat using suction power, is often incorporated into the process to achieve the absolute best results. The two procedures, when combined, are known as lipoabdominoplasty.
The results are in, and I’m proud to announce that AZFoothills.com, the website for Arizona Foothills Magazine, has included yours truly in the “Best Plastic Surgeon in Scottsdale” category for their annual Best-Of edition. I’m humbled to be recognized amongst some of my peers in the industry, and even more so because the results are based off of the opinions of readers and real patients of plastic surgeons in the area, who voted for board certified plastic surgeons practicing in Scottsdale, AZ.
Being named to the category is not only a reflection of my work as a plastic surgeon, but also on the entire staff I work with. In the 12 years I’ve been practicing, my entire practice has worked toward the goal of enhancing not only our patients’ looks, but also their overall quality of life. From breast augmentation to facial surgery, we work closely with each and every patient in order to achieve their aesthetic goals with results that complement their natural features.
Patients who undergo a facelift look forward to many milestones during the recovery period. Being able to wear makeup and dye their hair are just two of the things patients will look forward to. As with any cosmetic surgery, it’s important to allow enough time for the wounds to heal fully. Remember, this procedure is a major surgery, and the body will be working hard to heal during this recovery time.
Hair dyes have chemicals in them that can cause irritation and even infection, so it’s important to follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon. As a general rule of thumb, most patients are advised to wait for a period of three to five weeks.
Scabbing along the hairline is a visual indicator that the patient’s scalp is not yet ready for hair dye. Patients should wait until all incisions are healed and scabbing has ceased before coloring their hair. This typically means waiting for three or more weeks after the facelift procedure has taken place. In some cases, the patient will need to wait six or more weeks, depending on the rate of healing. Those patients who are anxious to go to the salon may benefit from a trim or updated style, but coloring may have to wait.
Many patients plan for this time period well in advance of having the facelift done. They schedule a visit with their hairdresser just before surgery so that their color is fresh and has a better chance of lasting for the necessary time. It is generally recommended to dye the hair approximately 7 to 10 days beforehand so that any residual chemicals are thoroughly cleaned from the scalp by the date of the surgery. This will minimize the chance of irritation during and after the procedure. Every patient is different which is why it is important to consult with a plastic surgeon to get individualized instructions on pre- and post-surgery hair dying.
Last years winner, @DrMarcMalek, are you ready to show us your skills? We can’t wait to see your creation! pic.twitter.com/zumZZV0QI6
— AZFoothills.com (@AZFoothillsMag) October 10, 2013
By Dr. Marc Malek
In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that only 20 percent of all reconstructive breast surgeries used silicone implants. That number has drastically increased to over 70 percent since the FDA moratorium was lifted. The medical community and cosmetic surgeons in Arizona and across the world have perfected the art with the use of the saline and silicone implants. In the early 1990s, complaints were rampant in the cosmetic surgery field with ruptured devices and worries about the links between the liquid filling and arthritis or autoimmune disorders.
The FDA has since lifted the ban after several studies were conducted in a four-year span to insure the safety of breast enhancement participants.
There are still risks and concerns with silicone and it advisable to discuss your options with a local Arizona aesthetic surgeon. The first step is to make sure your surgeon is board certified, which my practice qualifies as.
There are benefits to different types of procedures. Some will give you more flexibility to adjust, while others may last longer or look more natural. There is never a one-size-fits-all in the cosmetic health industry, so it is advisable to discuss with a trusted top Scottsdale doctor before making any decisions.