Millions of men and women go under the knife each year in order to gain a trimmer figure, younger-looking skin, or a tightening of wrinkles. The cosmetics industry has never been stronger, yet some people may believe that plastic surgery should only be reserved for celebrities. This question may come to the forefront in the near future due to the political certainty of a woman – likely Hillary Clinton, but possibly another high-stature female politician – running for office. Will the public judge a woman of such status on the basis of having cosmetic surgery? Continue reading
Many Korean women are unhappy with their appearance because it does not fit in with their society’s view of beauty. For this reason, more and more people with this cultural background are undergoing plastic surgery. The most common procedures being performed on faces are nose jobs and eyelid surgeries. These are two areas of the face that cannot be altered with mere cosmetics. Here is a look at other ways that Korean women are searching to find ideal beauty. Continue reading
In the past, masculinity was equated to being rugged, tough, and being unconcerned about looking young and attractive. In such a world, a man desirous of undergoing plastic surgery was considered ‘not man enough’ and to be lacking masculinity. Just as women have stepped beyond their stereotyped roles, men too are beginning to look at plastic surgery and cosmetics in a completely new light. Continue reading
The amount of people who opted to have some sort of cosmetic surgery rose again last year (2012), and the numbers are staggering. Over 14.6 million people decided to undergo cosmetic procedures in the United States. This was a five percent rise compared to 2011, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). What’s truly remarkable and interesting to note was just how many were considered “more invasive procedures.” Only 1.6 million. Continue reading
Plastic surgery has become popular among many women of Afghanistan due to several different factors. Changes in traditional norms, more access to disposable income, and an ever more free media all play a key role. The country’s open access to Western ideas is still relatively new, following the collapse of an authoritarian government. While Afghan women still hold to their core Islamic faith, many now feel they do not need to simply accept every part of their appearances as Allah-given. Cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty and eyelid surgeries have become especially popular among women who now have the means to pay for them. Continue reading
Droopy eyelid condition, also known as Ptosis, is very common among older people. However, hereditary factors may also lead to droopy eyelid at a very young age. Regardless of the age of the individual, Ptosis can give you a tired and aged look. In severe cases of Ptosis, one’s vision can also disturbed due to droopy eyelids. The patient might suffer trouble in reading and concentrating and most people develop a habit of keeping a chin-up posture or that of raising their eyebrows while focusing. This can cause headaches and forehead muscle fatigue. Creams and other over the counter stuff may not be very efficient in this case and the best treatment is droopy eyelid surgery. Continue reading
A blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that gets rid of bags underneath your eyes in order to provide a much more youthful look. Sagging upper and lower eyelids are common results of aging and can be reversed through having a blepharoplasty. This is a relatively minor plastic surgery and it can make your eyes look refreshed. Let’s take a look at the procedure itself and the risks and benefits of having it done. Continue reading
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid plastic surgery was one of the five most common performed plastic surgeries in 2007. People want to have eye plastic surgery for both functional and cosmetic reasons, even though the last one is the most common reason. It can be quite annoying however to have limited eyesight because of the excess of skin from your eyelids and that is why eye plastic surgery is sometimes done for functional reasons. Continue reading
Every year in the Los Angeles area, eyelid surgery is one of the most frequently chosen forms of cosmetic surgery. This makes some sense, when you consider the fact that your eyes are one of the first things that someone notices about you. If you have a droopy eyelid, or puffy lower eyelids, what do you suppose that says about you? For most of us, the answer would be “it makes me look older.” A chance to rejuvenate the youthful look of the face is a big reason that eyelid surgery is so popular in the Los Angeles area.
(Author: An anonymous bride-to-be)
As a bride-to-be, I spend quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to look my best on my wedding day. I’m trying to diet and take care of my skin, and definitely considering some cosmetic surgery. Liposuction for my love handles or something to relieve the bag under my left eye would be perfect. But before you think I’m a narcissistic woman focused only on her appearance, note that I’m not alone. Record numbers of brides—and even grooms—are choosing to have cosmetic surgery done as their big day approaches. And all of them are doing it for the same reason—to look their very best. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, says that he’s watched this trend grow over the past few years. “For most couples this is the biggest day in their lives and the attention is focused entirely on them, ” says Dr. Ourian, “it’s not really a surprise that they want to look their absolute best. And don’t forget the photos; the party is only one day but the wedding photos are forever.”
There are a number of different types of cosmetic surgery options for brides and grooms. Here are a few of them:
Injectables and Fillers
These are great for brides in their late 20’s, 30’s or 40’s who don’t need more in depth surgery, but want to get rid of facial lines. Dr. Ourian cautions that the procedure should be done several weeks ahead of time, to allow for any possible bruising and swelling an opportunity to fade. Full results may take a week to be visible, and the bride or groom may need a touchup as well.
Botox may also be used to alleviate sweating. A quick Botox injection will help a nervous couple get through their vows without staining their clothing, and definitely cut back on dry cleaning bills for the day.
Advanced Cosmetic Surgery
Older brides may need some extra help before their weddings. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or full facelifts will help tighten excess skin, fat or muscle. But these are very invasive procedures, and recovery will not be nearly as fast as with a simple injectable or filler. It is advised that patients give themselves at several months to fully recover from the surgery.
Lipo Before “I Do”
Brides and grooms will do just about anything to lose weight for the big day. They will try every diet on the market, and work out till they drop, but all the diet and exercise in the world may not get rid of the last few stubborn spots—love handles, spare tires, or saddlebags. Liposuction can help get rid of these fat deposits in the abdomen, hips, buttocks, back, or neck. For best results, liposuction should be done at least a month ahead of time to allow your body to fully heal.
A friend decided to undergo bariatric surgery before her wedding and went from 300 pounds to a svelte 145. The problem? Now she has a great deal of excess skin, which is hampering her self esteem. Brides and grooms who undergo this type of surgery may find themselves in the same boat. Body contouring surgery can eliminate the extra skin, and allow the bride to get that sleeveless wedding dress she always wanted, or the groom to show off his newly flat stomach out on the beach. Unlike the rest of these surgeries, however, it is strongly recommended that the patient have the contouring done in stages. At least three operations should be done, with healing time accounted for, and the patient must plan for them accordingly.
This is one of the most popular surgeries for brides. Many women may have wanted to enlarge or even reduce their breast size, and their wedding day gives them the perfect motivation to do so. Naturally, they want to look good, and they want their pictures to show them at their best. Brides who undergo breast enhancement should have it done a several months before the surgery for best results.
I am fortunate to have clear skin, but other bride-to-be’s may not be so lucky. They must be careful with treatments such as facials or microdermabrasion, because they can make acne worse. Microdermabrasion blasts the skin with tiny crystals to remove a layer and get rid of mild acne scars and brown spots, among other skin problems. Unfortunately, this kind of abrasion can stress the skin out, and trigger an eruption of pimples. Laser therapy, on the other hand, may be used eliminate blotches and noticeable blood vessels.
Regardless of the method you choose, remember that your wedding day is fleeting. The effects of your makeover, however, will last for years. Choose wisely, and you’ll have memories for a lifetime.