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Cosmetic Surgery: the New Normal

June 24th, 2015

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Is Cosmetic Surgery the New Normal?

This week’s Time Magazine cover has a provocative title, Nip Tuck or Else. Author Joel Stein predicts that cosmetic surgery will not only become more common, but those opting to age naturally will be in the minority. While elective cosmetic surgery has lost much of stigma for being exclusively for the rich and famous, I am less convinced that most women will feel compelled to undergo surgery just because it is fashionable.

As a plastic surgeon, I regard surgery as a major decision for my patients and disagree that a nipntuck is the new stylish makeup. However, the non-surgical procedures such as Botox ® and synthetic fillers top more than 5 times the number of surgical procedures like facelifts and breast enlargements. According to Stein, these quick fixes represent a whopping 83% of the treatments done by dermatologists today. There is no doubt that social media has had an impact on the perception of beauty and the constant scrutiny of an increasingly narcissistic society has driven the marketplace. In my opinion, the bottom line is to seek out ethical practioners if you are considering having cosmetic surgery and schedule consultations with Board Certified Physicians. Useful websites to check physician credentials are The American Society for Plastic Surgery and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, both organizations in which I am a member.

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Breast Restoration After Pregnancy: Patient Comments

May 29th, 2012

Photo: Dr. Bashioum’s daughter as a baby.

Angie writes:

For years I had believed that breast augmentation surgery would give me the confidence I needed to help me feel better about my body. Not only was one of my breasts 50% larger than the other, but I had also lost breast tissue in both breasts due to nursing and childbirth. I decided to finally check into it.

I visited several surgeons that specialized in cosmetic surgery, however I never walked away feeling quite certain if this was something that I should do. After talking to a friend that had this procedure done and was absolutely thrilled with her results, I asked her about her doctor. It was Dr. Ralph Bashioum who had done her surgery.

I was very excited to make an appointment to see him. I contacted his office and spoke with Sandy. She couldn’t have been any nicer or more helpful. She was professional, kind and put me at ease right away. She was able to fit me in for a consultation with Dr. Bashioum. Upon meeting him, I found him to be very warm, professional, knowledgeable, and trustworthy and to have a great sense of humor. He made me feel very comfortable, so I decided to go ahead with the procedure.

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