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17.5 Million Can’t Be Wrong!

March 21st, 2018

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17.5 Million people can’t be wrong, as The American Society of Plastic Surgery releases their latest stats for last year, along with the top 5 elective cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States. Here they are in order of popularity:

  1. Breast Augmentation
  2. Liposuction
  3. Nose Reshaping
  4. Eyelid Surgery
  5. Tummy Tucks

If we add up the number of people having cosmetic surgery to the number choosing minimally invasive procedures like Botox and temporary fillers, the number is a staggering 17,504,950. Why are over 17 million men and women seeking aesthetic changes in record numbers? In my experience, my patients report dozens of reasons for requesting a change. But studies have shown that self-esteem is often linked with the perception of your own personal appearance. There is no doubt that first impressions are proven to create strong assumptions of what people might think of us. In this age of social media and an intense focus on looks, this can serve as a harsh barometer. Confidence in one’s appearance is often related to a sense of acceptance and well-being, so now it can be measured with number of Followers and Likes or Shares. The bottom line is that elective cosmetic surgery and minimally invasive procedures continue to grow in popularity, but it is the responsibility of medical providers to give patients informed consent and for patients to have realistic expectations.

I find that many of my patients mention that they find satisfaction in their new appearance and are pleased with their decision. So whether you are sporting a new hairstyle, a flattering new outfit, or yes, even have had cosmetic surgery; the idea of feeling good about yourself often translates to self-confidence.

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Is Medical Tourism Worth Your Risk to Save $$?

March 6th, 2018

Dr. Ralph Bashioum arriving at KARE11-TV for interview

Is Medical Tourism Worth Your Risk to Save $$?

Saving money on surgery may sound like a great deal, but there can be hidden costs.Traveling to a foreign country for cosmetic surgery may come with extra costs due to complications abroad or more frequently, having to be have sorted out back at home. Is it worth it?

Complications from botched procedures abroad actually cost the U.S. healthcare system an estimated $1.3 billion a year, according to one recent study. Upward of 15 million Americans are seeking medical care overseas every year, and it’s a growing concern. Dr. Ralph Bashioum discusses some of the problems and possible dangers associated with having surgery abroad in this interview with Pat Evans at KARE TV in Minneapolis.

Watch the television segment here:

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