Her first official portrait drew a mixed response, but Kate Middleton’s nose has topped the list of celebrity features most requested by people seeking cosmetic surgery. New figures have shown that the number of patients asking to look like the Duchess of Cambridge has trebled in the last year.
Other celebrity body parts also proved popular with patients in 2012, with Myleene Klass’s jaw line and chin and Cheryl Cole’s cheeks, admired for their dimples, among the most requested. For women seeking to change their appearance, the most requested pair of eyes were those of model Rosie-Huntington-Whitley, while the most popular lips came from X Factor judge and former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.
The trend of taking inspiration from famous faces when considering cosmetic surgery, however, is not confined to women, as there has also been an increase in men wanting to look like celebrities. Robert Pattinson, star of the Twilight films, has the most requested chin and jaw, while Two and a Half Men actor Ashton Kutcher’s cheeks are also very popular. Also topping the wish list of desirable male celebrity features are Zac Efron’s hair and eyes, Jude Law’s nose, and Ryan Gosling’s lips.
The Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group, who have released these figures, told the Daily Mail that the number of patients asking for specific features of certain celebrities has increased dramatically, and that the trend seems to be for famous figures who are sophisticated as well as being naturally beautiful.
Cosmetic surgery is normally associated with women, but a recent trend has seen the men of New York visiting cosmetic surgeries in large numbers for treatment. The most common problem requiring treatment is acne, although the range of conditions is increasing.
Dr Mitchell Chasin, who is a cosmetic physician and acts as the medical director for a clinic based in New Jersey, has observed a notable increase in the number of men seeking cosmetic surgery, evening out the ratio of male to female patients considerably. The past five years, in particular, have seen male patients go from being extremely rare to fairly commonplace in some surgeries.
Dr Chasin believes that although men are the same as women in terms of what they want out of cosmetic surgery, their way of approaching it is very different. While women are more likely to go for a drastic change straight away, men are more cautious and prefer to spread their treatment out into a number of smaller procedures.
They may have different approaches and different preferred treatments, according to Dr Chasin, but the motivation for undergoing cosmetic surgery is the same for men as for women. Both want to feel good about themselves and boost self-esteem by changing something about their appearance they are not happy with.
Figures provided by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry also indicate that men in America are increasingly likely to undergo cosmetic dental treatment, as the number of male patients is growing for specialists in cosmetic dentistry. Men now account for almost a third of the overall number of cosmetic dental patients.
So what is leading to the increasing numbers of men having cosmetic treatment? Some, including Dr Irwin Smigel, believe that our modern lifestyles are leading to men becoming more aware of their images, particularly those who are between the ages of 35 and 65, as they are more likely to be focused on their career and how having a particular image can help. A smile is a key part of making a first impression on someone and improving it can lead to increased self-confidence when trying to build both personal and professional relationships.
According to statistics and surveys cosmetic treatment is more popular than ever—but what happens when the treatment that you believe will make you look and feel a million dollars goes wrong?
Mary Catchpole is one of the thousands of brides across the world who decides to treat themselves to cosmetic treatment in the run-up to their wedding. Mary, 41 years old, decided to give fillers a try to boost the appearance of her skin and roll back the years.
It was her understanding that fillers were a safe, quick and painless alternative to cosmetic surgery. So, when Mary saw a great deal at a local clinic, she decided to have the treatment. Unfortunately, her dream wedding preparations turned into a nightmare and she was left with swelling and pain, not to mention blurred vision, bruising, insomnia, nerve damage and depression.
The complications were caused by an injection which was supposed to tackle crow’s feet and lines around the eye. Unfortunately, the injection was inserted into a vein and problems quickly followed. At the time Mary was assured she would recover without any issues and was allowed to go home. However, shortly after she returned home she began to suffer severe pain and burning sensations around her eye.
Doctors told Mary hyaluronic acid from the filler injection could have got into her bloodstream and she should not have been sent home.
Marie Adams, another victim of dermal fillers negligence, visited a beauty salon for treatment and believed the ‘nurse’ had the relevant training. She quickly found out that the deal which seemed too good to be true actually was and that the money she had saved from having treatment at a salon was being used to pay a doctor to fix the botched procedure.
Experts advise that people ensure they are seeing fully qualified professionals when getting cosmetic treatment. Paying for an experienced doctor will cost you a lot less than paying to have botched treatment fixed.
A growing number of brides are splashing out on cosmetic treatments in preparation for their big day, it has been revealed.
Despite the economic difficulties across the globe the latest figures show that brides are more eager than ever to look their best for their wedding day. According to Forbes magazine, a large proportion of brides are willing to spend money on treatments like Botox and tooth whitening in order to look as good as possible on their wedding day.
Founder and director of 5th Avenue Dermatology and Surgery & Laser Clinic, Dr Paul Jarrod Frank, said a growing number of brides are deciding to invest in their looks to ensure they feel their best on the big day. He added that many feel the short term investment is well worth it when they look back on the photographs and memories, knowing that they looked great and felt special on the day they got married.
Dr Frank said Botox, fillers and cosmetic dental treatments are not cheap, but are relatively inexpensive compared to other costs associated with a wedding. This is why so many women are willing to part with their pounds in the run-up to their wedding.
New York cosmetic dentist, Dr Marc Lowenberg, said brides are more willing to spend money on their appearance, despite the recession and financial troubles left in its wake.
Popular treatments for brides-to-be include tooth whitening and veneers for a camera-ready smile, Botox and fillers for a smooth, fresh and youthful complexion, and body sculpting to ensure each bride looks great in their wedding gown.
Plastic surgeons at Advanced Aesthetics say that there are five main characteristics of an ageing face. When patients say that they look older there can be a variety of issues at play such as;
- Loss of elasticity, and muscle tone in the face
- Jowls and deep creasing in the nose and mouth areas
- Severe neck and face wrinkles
- A tired haggard look
- Less definition in the jaw and chin area
A face-lift works to tighten the skin from the eyes down and including the neck area. Surgeons will look at the five area above and depending on how sever they are they will customise a plan for the individual patient. There are a range of face-lifts available which include;
- A standard facelift-A complete facelift is often suggested if a patient has all five aspects of ageing with noticeable sagging skin and jowl area.
- A mini-facelift- If there is mild muscle tome loss with a general tired appearance a mini-facelift may be suggested. The procedure tightens and lifts the skin and works to address minor signs of ageing. Usually there is no work done to the neck area and is more suited to younger patients with less signs of ageing.
- Short Scar facelift- This is a variance on the mini-facelift often referred to as an ‘Extended MACS’. This procedure can be suggested for mild to moderate skin elasticity issues and signs of a jowl. It only treats the face, lifting the face up rather than back. It is less invasive and leaves fewer scars with a faster healing time.
A treatment plan is started during the consultation procedure where a surgeon can decide with the patient the best solution for their face.
The amount of men having breasts reduction surgery or ‘Moob’ operations had doubled in the last 5 years and more and more men turn to surgery to remove extra fat from their chest. Figures show that almost 800 men had breast surgery last year; experts believe this may be down to the rise in obesity levels and an imbalance in testosterone levels. The medical term for male breasts is ‘gynaecomastia’ and thousands of men across the word are developing this condition.
Having this condition can cause embarrassment for many men as well as adolescent boys which can often be the time in which the condition develops. Although obesity is one of the main causes of this condition there are other factors as well. Certain medications can also cause gynaecomastia such as heart and liver pills and certain anti-depressants. An imbalance of sex hormones can also be a cause of this issue. There is also a link between some drugs taken during cancer which can lower testosterone and using anabolic steroids can also increase breast tissue growth.
One 29 year man had the surgery and felt that not only has it changed his physical appearance, it has also changed him psychologically as well. Ayp Adesina developed the problem when he was only 8 years old. He became so desperate and ashamed of his breasts that he had private surgery after being taunted for having ‘man boobs’ when he was a child. Many men have admitted to having been taunted for their chests prior to surgery which affects how they feel about themselves. Most of the men surveyed after having breast reduction surgery said they felt more confident afterwards.
This growing trend is plastic surgery which can help to return the new mother’s body back to it’s pre-pregnancy state. Having a child is a wonderful and special occasion but a down-side for new mum’s is often that they struggle to regain the figure they once had and don’t feel “themselves” any more. This can lead to a lack of confidence and self-esteem after birth. Often a healthy diet and fitness routine are both difficult to stick to with a new baby and also don’t always give the changes wanted.
Mommy makeover plastic surgery is fast becoming a popular alternative for mothers to get back their pre-pregnancy bodies using customised treatment to suit each individual and their targeted areas.
What is Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgery?
Normally a mommy makeover is made up of several procedures rather than one to tighten, lift and to tone areas affected by pregnancy. There are a number of issues that many new mothers have such as stretch marks, sagging breasts and a loose tummy, but every woman is different and may want the opposite areas treated to other new mums, there is no such thing as a standard mommy makeover.
The breasts are is a key focus point as the breasts expand both during pregnancy and after birth and this can often end with saggy breasts. Also fat deposits can often be seen on the stomach, thighs and hips and skin over the stomach can be loose looking
The main areas that new mother’s focus on include;
- Breast Enhancement
- Breast Lift
- Tummy Tuck
- Breast Reduction
New mothers can also treat themselves to less invasive treatments such as fillers or chemical peels to freshen up their looks and give an extra boost to their self-confidence.
In today’s society there is a huge focus on the physical appearance and when it comes to ageing, the issue can start to become emotional. People often feel that they look older than they feel or don’t like the changes in their face and body and want to look younger. A while ago cosmetic surgery was something the rich and famous did, but now as cosmetic surgery becomes more assessable and “normal” more and more people in the general public are having procedures done.
Rise in cosmetic surgery
Even though there is a huge recession going on the actual number of people having cosmetic surgery has risen year on year by 5%. Popular surgical procedures include facelifts, eyelid surgery and nose surgery. Also less invasive treatments have also risen in popularity such as Botox treatment, fillers and chemical peels. There are many dental clinics and beauty salons which offer many of the less invasive treatments at an affordable price.
Both men and women are turning to surgery in order to enhance their natural state as surgery and treatments become more and more natural. This means that your average Joe, the banker, the teacher, nurses and shop workers are turning to face and body enhancements. Not everyone wants to look like a “Barbie doll” stereotype but may just want to correct a bump in the nose, or have a mini-facelift or perhaps remove that stubborn muffin top that will not shift. Cosmetic surgery for the masses must address that fact that everyday people want a natural look and a boost to their confidence rather than a frozen face or huge lips.
Many believe that these kinds of treatment offer a way for patients to self-improve and boost their self-esteem and confidence.
Treatments that many patients have for lines and wrinkles and signs of ageing are treatments such as Juvederm, Restylane and Botox that can be completed in a short period of time with natural results.
Earlier this year the PIP scandal left many women having second thoughts about what they were putting in their bodies. The medical profession and plastic surgeons have been working on a way of increasing breast size without the need for implants. One alternative is using our own fat from areas where there is excess and then transferring this into the breast area.
There will be a gathering of twenty of the leading plastic surgeons from around the world as well as scientists of cell biology and tissue engineering experts. They will gather at the G20 forum in a few days in Switzerland.
The technique is called ‘lipo-filling’ and is already being used across the world by many plastic surgeons as an alternative to implants. When the fat has been taken from areas of the body, it is then purified and injected into the area that needs to be filled.
The downside of this treatment is that once the fat had been transferred to a different part of the body around half of it is reabsorbed into the body after 6 months. This is due to the fact that fat cells need a blood supply so the surgeons and medical professionals will be discussing ways of growing blood vessels in the fat implant, which is called neoangiogenesis. There will also be looking at ways of having stem cells in the fat so that the fat implants last longer.
Whatever the case, plastic surgery is forever modernising and new techniques are discovered regularly, and the creation of patient-own fat grafts is just one of many exciting treatments of the future.
It is becoming increasingly popular for teenagers who are the victims of bullies to turn towards plastic surgery in order to boost their self-esteem. One teenager resorted to a new nose, chin and ears at the extremely young age of 14 after being taunted by school bullies. Her classmates would call her ‘Dumbo’ ever since she was six years old. She felt that by having surgery she could stop the abuse.
Outrage around the globe
This teenager’s story was shown on CNN and sparked outrage from many over the fact that young children were having surgery so that they would not be bullied anymore.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released figures showing that over the last 15 years more and more teenagers have been having plastic surgery such as breast enlargements, hair removal, rhinoplasty and ear pinning. Doctors argue that teenagers should learn other methods to deal with bullies rather than resorting to surgery at such a young age.
In America, nearly a quarter of a million teenagers have cosmetic procedures in America. Two of the most common treatments were to pin back the ears and to treat a cleft palette. In Britain, a survey of plastic surgeons revealed that there are still a very low percentage of teenagers having treatments, with only one or two coming into surgeries.
In America patients can go straight to a plastic surgeon for treatment whereas in the UK patients have to go to their GP’s first and get referred to a plastic surgeon. This means that many cases where plastic surgery is not needed can be screened out.