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Cosmetic Surgery on the Rise After Pandemic

January 27th, 2023


going up graphicThe American Aesthetic Society announced the latest figures for cosmetic surgery procedures. Breast procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift and reductions were up 48%. Specialized face procedures such as brow lifts and face lifts also increased last year. With more than 2,200 Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons active members, which I am a member, the statistics report that Americans spent over $14.6 billion dollars on aesthetic procedures in 2021.

This data may point to possible effects of life during the global pandemic, with patients having more downtime to undergo cosmetic surgery without missing work at the office. While 2022 figures are not available yet, I suspect the trend will continue, as more of my patients express a pent-up desire to consider cosmetic surgery now.

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Too Big or Too Small?

October 30th, 2017

Eye Picasso-esque

During my 30 + years as a cosmetic plastic surgeon, one particular observation has proven to be true: Never guess why a patient has chosen to see you for a consultation. So whether it is the size or shape of someone’s nose or their breasts, desirable appearance is a personal choice and as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I believe that informed consent includes offering a patient their options and information about choices, allowing you to make the best decision for yourself. A strong physician/patient partnership is important in providing healthy expectations with a safe and speedy recovery. Are your breasts too big or too small, read on.

Breast surgery is one of the most common elective plastic surgery procedures, with almost 600,000 women choosing breast reduction, breast enlargement, or breast lift surgeries last year. Our readers find our patient guest blogs especially helpful to understand cosmetic surgery from a rather personal perspective. Michelle has been kind enough to write about her breast reduction surgery. Her candid diary includes reasons why she considered a breast reduction, and she writes about her experience from the 1st surgery consultation, concluding with recovery and reflections. We appreciate Michelle’s willingness to share her experience with us and we are pleased that she is happy with her decision. In case you missed Michelle’s series, here are all the links to her complete story.

Diary of Breast Reduction #1: Intro to My Story,  #2: Why I am Considering Surgery,  #3: My Pre-op Instructions,  #4: Day Before Surgery,  #5: My Surgery Day,  #6: My Recovery,  #7: My Reflections

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