Plastic Surgery 2013

Plastic Surgery 2013

Hello and Welcome to 2013!

It’s a new year and January is all about new beginnings.

We begin to focus on ourselves and our bodies again after the hectic holiday season, and start to think about diet and exercise, weight loss, beauty treatments, facial peels and procedures, and taking better care of ourselves from the inside out.

This year is all about looking natural and not looking like you have had “cosmetic surgery”, or looking too “done”.

Certain surgical procedures are always going to be popular such as Rhinoplasty, Breast Augmentation, and Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck). There really are not any non-surgical alternatives for these three procedures.
Breast implant sizes for this year are still erring in the B to C cup range (300 to 400cc). 10 years ago, most patients wanted full D cup breasts…the trend is smaller and more natural now.

Mommy Makeovers and Tummy Tucks are going to be big news as some well- known celebs are having babies this year! Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian, and Jessica Simpson are all pregnant and due later this year.

For the face, however, there are numerous lasers, fillers, skin tightening procedures, facials and peels that can be done as another option besides surgery.
Some of the newer ones that I like are:

The Micro Needling pen-

This takes place of the needle rollers that were popular last year and are better for your skin. I am a huge fan of micro needling and have tried both…the pen allows more control of depth and is less traumatic to the skins epidermis.
With the micro needler, many products can be used in conjunction with it which allows better penetration of any product (Vitamin C. PRP) and it is stimulating new collagen production at the same time.

The Sublative E-Matrix Fractional laser by Syneron:
This fractional treatment is amazing. It is virtually painless and requires little to no down time. Also, it continues to tighten your skin for weeks afterwards, stimulates new collagen which in turn smooths and brightens your face.

Platelet Rich Plasma:
Although it has been around for years, PRP is now getting much recognition as a facial procedure. With the growing popularity of the Vampire Facelift, which combines PRP with Restylane or Juvederm, Celebs like Kim Kardashian and Demi Moore are trying this one out because of the natural growth factors and the glowing skin that results from this procedure.

The wonderful thing about PRP is that it can be used anywhere in the body because it is a product of your own blood, so there are no adverse effects that can happen. (It is currently approved for orthopedic use but used off label just like other products are).

Of course Botox and fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse have and still will continue to be the first line of treatments to keep wrinkles at bay…but even the over-Botoxed face is not as popular, and patients are asking for a more relaxed look with some movement to the forehead.

There are also non-surgical alternatives for liposuction for those patients who do not want surgery or the downtime associated with traditional liposuction.
Some of these are:
Cellulaze (for cellulite)
These can all be done in as little as one hour (on your lunch break) and are good for problem smaller areas such as the love handles, arms, and chin.

As the year unfolds and technology advances, it will be fun and interesting to see what new procedures and treatments will be arriving.

I will do my very best to investigate and try them out so that I can report back to my lovely readers.
Happy New Year to you all!

Sylvia Silvestri, RN