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Plastic Surgery in 2015

Plastic surgery has changed quite a bit through the years in terms of who is seeking what and why and also how those procedures are performed. It might seem like people seeking to be beautiful would be a constant, but, as with everything else, the only constant is change.


According to the statistics kept by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 15.6 million cosmetic procedures, including both minimally-invasive and surgical, were performed in the United States in 2014. In general this is a six-fold increase in less than twenty years. Six times as many procedures are being done annually since 1997! That’s an enormous shift in the acceptance of and demand for the types of hands-on self improvement Bancroft Feldman does every day.


Of the top five cosmetic surgical procedures performed, breast augmentation was number one, and liposuction was number three. The number of breast augmentation procedures is up 35 percent since 2000. Of course, this reflects the fact that what people consider beautiful or alluring is different than it was then.  Trendier procedures now include: buttock augmentation, labiaplasty, and fat grafting, which is the insertion of fat into the body, often into the face, and particularly as it ages. It’s likely that the demand for the last procedure is driven by the Baby Boomers’ demand to maintain their appearance as well as their competitive edge in the workplace.

 

What procedures are less popular now than they were in 2000? Eyelid surgeries, facelifts, forehead lifts, hair transplants, and chin implants. It would seem that, from the neck up, people are experimenting with no downtime injectables like Botox and fillers as a first step before surgery.

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The Importance of Following Post-surgical Instructions

When patients come to us for plastic surgery so they can feel better about their bodies, they trust both their health and the ultimate aesthetic outcome - better looking breasts or a sleeker looking figure - to our professional skill. This is why Drs. Bancroft and Feldman have spent so much time acquiring training and expertise: so that every surgery they perform can be a success.

However, it’s also very important that our patients follow the details of our post-surgical instructions very carefully if they want that to happen. A caring and qualified surgeon can only do so much. During the healing process when the patient is at home, she is the one doing the monitoring and maintenance, and if she doesn’t take care of her body in the right way during this crucial period, she may not like the results of her procedure.

Immediately following surgery, our patients are primarily concerned with how to deal with their bandages, manage pain or the effects of sedation, and avoid scarring. Our care instructions provide patients with the information necessary to make this as pain and scar-free a process as possible. It’s important that patients know what to expect and what kinds of physical reactions fall in the range of normal post-surgical experience. This will help minimize worry and maximize healing.

Bancroft Feldman also provides their breast augmentation patients with a surgical sports bra in order to facilitate healing and keep the implants where they are supposed to be while the body readjusts after surgery. This bra won’t do all the necessary work, though. After a breast augmentation, a woman needs to specifically limit her physical movements as well. This means waiting to do certain types of exercise lift things over 2-3 pounds at first and 10-15 pounds later. She should sleep on her back as well for the best results.

Massage is also important. It may not be something women desiring breast implants would expect  to do, but regular, daily massage will keep your breasts soft and even and will ensure a better long-term outcome for this surgery.

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What Is a Mommy Makeover?

 

Most people would agree that there is little that is more beautiful than a young mother with her first child. While pregnancy is not always enjoyable or pleasant, the hormonal changes to a woman’s body often give her a “glow” that is lovely to see, and when her child is placed in her arms to look at and to love, it’s a moment in a lifetime. Anyone is lucky to see it.

Those same hormonal changes that help to prepare a woman’s body for childbirth and nourish her baby both inside and outside the womb, alter her in ways women do not understand until they experience it for themselves. Skin and muscle ligaments soften, stretch, and sometimes even tear. Pregnancy is a dramatic and sometimes traumatic process, but nursing a baby is a taxing one too. After all of this, few women look or feel the same.

A “mommy makeover” is a combination of surgical procedures designed to restore a woman’s body as closely as possible to her pre-pregnancy state. The physical changes described above often result in loose skin, abdominal fat build up, and sagging breasts, particularly when a woman has gone through multiple pregnancies. Some women assume that when they’ve birthed and then weaned their last child, they can pull themselves into pre-baby shape with the right healthy food choices, exercise regimen, and body creams, but they do not understand that skin and muscle is not like a rubber band. It stretches, yes, but it doesn’t just bounce back with hard work and good intentions.

The mommy makeover involves both an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck (with potential liposuction to remove any stubborn abdominal fat) and a breast lift. The abdominoplasty procedure removes any sagging skin, stretch marks, and bulging and restores the tummy to its previous flat condition. Breasts lifts are used to tighten lax breast ligaments and help the breasts regain their previous “perky” look. Breast augmentation can also be done at the same time to add fullness.

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